Still Serving It’s Purpose?

Forty years ago, Motorola introduced the first cell phone. On April 3, 1973, Dr. Martin Cooper, a  Motorola researcher, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld equipment.  The phone used by Mr. Cooper weighed 2.5 pounds, and measured 9 inches long, 5 inches deep, and1.75 inches wide. The battery in this phone lasted 30 minutes, and it took 10Continue reading “Still Serving It’s Purpose?”

Why I Stopped Inviting People to Church

Audio Version I know this will sound strange, but I have come to the point where I have stopped inviting people to church. I should make it clear I still invite people to go with me to worship services and events where the Gospel will be presented. I continue to urge church members to bringContinue reading “Why I Stopped Inviting People to Church”

From IHOP® to Waffle House ®

(For audio version  click here) When we compare the challenge of sharing the Gospel with our neighbors today, with what our parents and grandparents faced, it is similar to the difference between pancakes and waffles. You could say, we have moved from IHOP and to the Waffle House. Here is what I mean by thisContinue reading “From IHOP® to Waffle House ®”

The Language of Blessing

A few months ago, I received a pre-release copy of “The Language of Blessing.”  I could hardly wait until it was released to write this review.  Every parent, teacher, Christian worker and leader needs to read this book! Reading it you will discover how to identify your own gifts and talents, and then learn how to pourContinue reading “The Language of Blessing”

Procrastination . . . When it really counts!

Most of us are guilty of procrastination at some time or another.  Mark Twain quipped, “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” In Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man,” Harold Hill said to the librarian,   “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing butContinue reading “Procrastination . . . When it really counts!”

Failing to Succeed: The Secret to Failing Forward

Every path to success is usually marked by multiple failures.  Success is not achieved by avoiding failures, rather by learning from them.  In 1927, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, and set a world record which was unbroken for decades.  Few people remember however, he also struck out 89 times that same year, and ledContinue reading “Failing to Succeed: The Secret to Failing Forward”

Generosity and a Bag of Skittles ®

We all want our children to grow up and become unselfish, benevolent and generous adults.  However, it seems we are instinctively self-centered and greedy from birth, and without good role models and consistent parenting, will likely become stingy, selfish and greedy adults.  In fact, even with great examples of altruism and generosity from our parentsContinue reading “Generosity and a Bag of Skittles ®”

Repurposing the “Church”

Recently, I ran across a story in an on-line magazine about a couple in Kyloe, Northumberland, England, who purchased an old church building and turned it into a home. The article stated, “If they had not purchased the old church, who knows what would have happened to it, as it was in very bad shape.”Continue reading “Repurposing the “Church””

Hope for the New Year

Each year at this time, we look toward the future, make New Year’s resolutions, and hope things will be better in the coming year.  This year however, the painful memories of the horrible Newtown, Connecticut massacre and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, makes hope seem like an illusive dream. Add to this the Fiscal Cliff and the CongressionalContinue reading “Hope for the New Year”

Living in Kingdom Come

“Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.  Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:9-10)  We know these words from the “Lord’s Prayer” by heart.  What does it require for His Kingdom to come?  In addition, do we mean when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come?”Continue reading “Living in Kingdom Come”