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Your Efforts need to be FOCUSED

Semper-Fi

Semper-Fi

Before I started setting GOALS I would be carried along by whatever whim I felt at whatever time of day the feeling overtook me.

I was dust in the wind – that should be a song title….

Even since I started making and writing down my GOALS any half-hearted attempt I made at achieving them has been met with as much resistance as any attempt to make a movie feature a cyborg going back in time to save the Titanic – actually that’s the first time that’s even occurred to me – if you know someone that wants to talk script let me know.

Whose “Word” Are You Listening To?

Photo By: John Assink (Creative Commons)

Photo By: John Assink (Creative Commons)

Again I find myself in a place where I feel I need to take my fellow Christ followers to task. To remind them of all the things that Jesus said about love and forgiveness and how we seem to not want to show that to people today.

Bible Study and the Art of Eating Chips

Food For Thought

Photo By: The Delicious Life (Creative Commons)

Photo By: The Delicious Life (Creative Commons)

There is nothing I like more than a good bag of chips. Nothing is more satisfying that digging into a fresh bag of salty slices of deep fried potato. I could easily sit and consume an entire bag without giving it or life a single thought.

I like plain chips – with ridges not flat, except Pringles. I like spicy chips, salty chips, chips with cheese and I really like BBQ chips. Recently, I discovered “kettle cooked” chips and let me just say, “where’s the next bag?”

No, really!

Sunday Special – Father’s Day, Don’t Assume It’s Happy

My Father's Day Gift 2013

My Father’s Day Gift 2013

When I sat down to write about Father’s Day, it was my intention to talk about the positive things and the great things about dads in general and – for me – the great things about being a dad.

Then I started thinking about all the statistics I have read over the last few years as I have been working with men and men’s groups – the few that we’ve had – at our church. And, men, the sad truth is…

WE’RE NOT DOING THE JOB!

Stop TRYING to be Extraoridinary

The Ordinary

sunsetPeople, those that do and don’t follow Christ, have similar issues through their lives. Bills to pay, children to raise, jobs we’d prefer not have to go to and of course in-laws. No one is immune to the trails of life.

No one.

He Made Me This Way

lostCONFUSION

I am not 100% sure of what I want to say. Not right now. Not at this very moment but overall. I am not sure what I want this blog to be about or who I am directing it toward. What its purpose is or will become.

Random thoughts about life and theology? No, not really. Though that seems to be what I do the most. But I don’t wake up every day thinking “OK, I wanna drop some theology on people today.”

Comic thoughts, ideas and musings? Well, I do claim to be a comedian but that does not come out in my writing. So, no, I guess not.  Though I would not be unhappy if that didn’t start happening – stay tuned.

All mistakes according to those in the blogging “know”.

Don’t Fear Satan’s Lies – Yeah, That’s the Ticket!

Satan’s Not So Greatest Lie

liesLast year, I wrote a post titled “Satan’s Greatest Lie,” Jeremy Myers, at ‘Till He Comes.org was nice enough to publish it for me.

I mused about how Satan tricks us with the idea that we have more time than we think and how we can always do tomorrow what we should do today.  You can read it here.

I have been doing some thinking – dangerous – and a lot of reading and I no longer think that the time issue is his “greatest” lie. I started thinking about all the lies that we are told and shamefully – even Christians – fall for. He is, after all, the Father of lies.

Memorial Day, Jarheads and Jesus

Last Soldier and crossMonday Americans observed Memorial Day. The day we celebrate those  that have given their lives in defense of our freedoms as Americans and in support of our way of life. These brave men and women, knowing the potential danger – knowing  their lives were at stake signed a piece of paper and in essence said “yes, I am willing to die for my country.” To be fair, this is admission of anyone that joins the military of their respective country – voluntarily or not – so feel free to applaud your men and women too.

Satan Did NOT Tempt Jesus in the Wilderness

I believe everything the Bible says.  I believe you can trust it in its entirety.

Yes, I am a “the Bible says it, I believe it and that settles it” kind of guy.tempt apple

I try not to portion out what’s easy to believe and turn my eyes away from the really hard stuff, the unpopular stuff; the stuff that’s easy to dismiss as either too antiquated or implausible.

Baseball, Believers and Values

damon  In baseball, well sports in general, most teams have a certain way they approach things. Some teams pay particular attention to hitting, others pitching, most talk about fundamentals and getting the little things or “basics” right. This is usually referred to as the – since I live in the Tampa area I will pay homage to my home team first – “Ray’s” way or the “Buccaneer” way but I have also heard it called the “Steelers” way among others.

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