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By admin on 7/19/2014 9:38 PM
“Every day I am reminded that our life’s journey is really about the people who touch us.”

 

This quote was given just last night by Stuart Scott, an ESPN broadcast announcer who received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the annual ESPY Awards ceremony.

 

I’ve seen Stuart Scott on ESPN more times than I can count but never knew he has battling with appendiceal cancer for the past 7 years.

 

His quote hit me on a nostalgic day. Just the night before I had gone to my first Phish show. First and last Phish show to be exact. I am not into Phish’s music, nor do I even really know their music. I actually didn’t go because of Phish performing. I went because of good friends who are big Phish fans. One has gone to over 10 shows, the other to over 30 shows! I know how pumped up they get about Phish shows, and I simply wanted to experience Phish with them. (And what an experience it was.)

 

We had a great time at the show but for me it had nothing to do with the band and everything to do...
By admin on 7/11/2014 3:07 PM
Sometimes I get burned by people.

Sometimes people annoy or frustrate me.

This makes my patience, love and tolerance for others dwindle.

But that’s not where I want to be in life. That’s not the attitude I want towards others.

Can you relate?

I often find myself praying and asking God to give me the heart He has for others. To love despite. Yes, love despite. Despite their flaws, inadequacies, weaknesses, let downs and so on. Just like I want others to love me despite.

So as I was reading my Bible today, this particular verse caught my attention:

And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding,

and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.

I Kings 4:29 NKJV

The Message translation says “the largest of hearts.”

How cool is that!

Large is defined as “of more than average size or quantity; exceeding that which is common to a kind; on a great scope;...
By admin on 6/26/2014 3:14 PM
To all the kids who said thank you, I just want to say, thank you.

 

For reals, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 

Thank you for acknowledging our thought.

 

Thank you for acknowledging our hard work and effort.

 

Thank you for being respectful.

 

Thank you for showing appreciation.

 

Thank you for saying thank you.

 

I don’t ask for much. I don’t want much. I don’t even NEED a thank you. But I sure do love when one is given.

 

In a world where entitlement rules the day, the prevalent thought is that this is my right; it’s owed me; I deserve it. That thought process can often time take away from the beauty of a gift or thoughtful gesture.

 

Such as what we did last week.

 

Myself and some youth leaders delivered study bags. It was finals week, and we canceled INSIDEOUT so kids...
By admin on 6/19/2014 1:32 PM
We experienced a HUGE storm the other night. Torrential rain, thunder, a spectacular display of lighting and even hail in some areas. Some lost power, such as Mighty Taco, where Jimmy, myself and a friend ducked into for a quick dinner after our softball game was canceled midway thru. There’s came right back on, tho not all were so lucky.

 

A group of friends from the softball game chose to go for frozen yogurt after the called off game. They were surrounded by an area where power lines went down, some falling on cars. Thankfully, all escaped injury free, but my friends were trapped at the frozen yogurt place for hours while live wires lay on the wet pavement.

 

Talking with a friend the day after, she simply said a difference of 5 minutes, and it could have been them; it could have been a power line falling on their car, with them in it.

 

Thank You Jesus for safety.

 

Mary’s simple statement that it could have been them reminded me of our heavenly...
By admin on 6/5/2014 11:39 AM
I thought I was better at adapting to change than I really am.

 

Years ago, I moved offices. My new office was much smaller, yet a much better set-up for me. I wanted to quit the day of the move. Seriously. It threw me right off.

 

But that at least 7 years ago. I’m maturer now. I can handle change.

 

Or so I thought.

 

I bought a 2004 Ford Explorer in 2006. Fast forward 8 years, 140,000+ miles and an expired warranty later, and things were starting to go on my beast of an SUV. The latest incident was left bearings to the tune of $800. That’s when my husband and I decided it was time to stop throwing money into the Ford Exploder, I mean Explorer (so many people call them that but I truly loved mine!), and invest in something newer.

 

I started looking and test driving. Thank God we weren’t in any rush as this took some time. I wanted a large SUV, but everything I’d love to drive and call...
By admin on 5/15/2014 12:59 PM
I would never consider pulling a chair up to my trash can with a fork or spoon in hand and dig in. A feast of garbage.  No thanks. I’m not that hungry. It would never happen.

 

Yet, in reality, you really could say we feast on garbage.

 

Consider local morning radio shows. They appall me. Really, it’s wretched. Phone taps and the like that enthrall the public with scandal, arguments, jealousy, cheating and foul language between husband and wife, father and daughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, roommates and friends.

 

Even more appalling is how much listeners love it, delighting in the scandal, abuse, profanity and arguments. We eat it up! The dirtier and uglier it gets, the more we like it; the more we want. Just the other day an acquaintance posted how they spilt their drink all over their car because they were laughing so hard at the expense of another; another who answered their phone unsuspectingly.

 

I’ve boycotted radio stations’...
By admin on 5/2/2014 1:05 PM
I was leaving the gym the other day and told my friend to have a nice day as I passed her on my way out of the locker room.

 

Her response wasn’t the typical, “You too.”

 

No, her response was “Thanks. I’m gonna!”

 

“I’m gonna!”

 

That was the response I got. And I liked that response! It stuck with me all day. The “I’m gonna!” mentality, confessing “I’m gonna!” have a good day before the day has gotten underway. Nancy had no idea what the day held. Actually, we did know the day held rain in the forecast, as did the whole week, as we had already discussed that in our few minutes together. But she still chose to say “I’m gonna!”

 

What a great attitude! In fact, Nancy’s response put a skip in my step as I walked out to my car. Her response encouraged me. Her “I’m gonna!” response inspired and challenged me. She had already made the decision that the day was going to be a good day. She...
By admin on 5/2/2014 10:32 AM
Pastor Jim Crowley

5/1/14

 

  I really didn’t want to go but I had to. First of all, I’m not a big movie buff to begin with. It’s not that I don’t like movies but they tend to be long and I’ve sat through far too many boring ones. On top of that, biblical stories played out on the screen are often disappointing. Despite my inner reservations, I did go to see the movie Noah. This movie had created quite a stir among some people I know and although that alone would not have been enough to make me buy a ticket, I sensed the Lord wanted me to do a series on Noah in the church. So there we were, my wife and I, on my day off with the super sized box of popcorn sitting in my lap, watching Hollywood’s version of a great man of God.

     I do understand that Hollywood is not interested in telling bible stories. Hollywood is interested in selling tickets. Lots of tickets. I am also aware that they are going to take some liberties with the story. Any story. I have seen...
By admin on 3/6/2014 2:38 PM
Have you seen the 2014 Kia Soul commercial? The one w the pudgy hamsters working out? It’s great! And it’s set to Lady Gaga’s song, “Applause,” which has amazing energy and beat to it. I live for the applause, applause, applause I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me The applause, applause, applause Yeah, you can hear it now. It gets you singing along, tapping to the beat. It may even get you a bit pumped up. It has that effect on me at least. It’s a catchy tune, sticking in your head long after it’s been played. Something else that has stuck in my head regarding this song tho is the question, “What happens when the applause ends?” I’m not a famous celebrity singer; I don’t live for the applause of a crowd. But I may find myself living for the affirmation of the crowd. There are certainly plenty of things I do, even placing my identity and happiness on, where I have to ask myself “Is this what I’m living for?” Some...
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