Tag: Encouragement

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I was watching a video this morning of Louis Armstrong singing, “What a Wonderful World,” and it had me thinking quite deeply about life. The song reminded me of the current atmosphere, not only in politics, but also with life in general. There is a lot of Thanksgiving that needs to be instilled into our hearts and into our minds. People are ultra focused on everything that is wrong around us. There is constant criticism of everyone’s move. This is…

FanOfTheChurch

I became a Pittsburg Steelers fan during one of their Super Bowl appearances years ago. I was a little boy and my family was in the basement by the wood burning stove cooking on it and staying warm because we had lost electricity. My dad had a battery-powered radio and we were listening to the game. I remember that day long ago and the images of that moment still reside in my mind very clearly. That was the beginning of a…

GreatForGod

This is a sermon I preached at my local church for youth Sabbath this past weekend. God moves when we step out in faith. When we let go of our time, our talents, and our treasures. God moves when we, the church, go all in. Don’t settle for good. Be great for God.

Flopping

The recent 2014 World Cup was a huge success internationally and was overwhelmingly popular in the US, even though it is not as popular of a sport here as some other big league sports. One particular aspect of the World Cup games became a frequent conversation at work and amongst friends and created jokes all over the world. Although it has been rather normal for players to do this occasionally, flopping appeared to be even more highlighted since the World Cup was…

Easter-GoodFriday

I knew I would get your attention by the title of this post. Now that I have your attention I can tell you about the Pagan history surrounding Easter… you know… the goddess of reproduction: Ishtar. That’s where the bunnies and eggs come in to play folks. It’s a well documented history lesson for those that pay attention to history. No one can really refute this. It is true. Easter lands on the first Sunday after the first full moon after…

mom

Last month was the first time in my life when someone very close to me passed away. I have been in a writing slump because I wanted to write about my Mom, but really needed to step away for a while and gather all of my thoughts… and there are many about my Mom. In my early years, my Mom and I didn’t seem to get along well. There was the rebellious spirit in me that assisted in the situation…

DiscouragedPastors

Most people are not sympathetic with what the pastor goes through. He does administration, visitation, counseling, youth, committees, board meetings, denominational responsibilities, and community activities.

good-enough

I know that Jesus has qualified me for His work. The problem with me is that I do not always qualify myself. Doubts lead into my mind and change my attitude towards myself. This often creates an insecurity that prohibits me from reaching my potential in Christ. This is a prevalent thing to a lot of people. We often feel we are not good enough for His work. That our education is not enough. That our standing in church is…