April 3, 2017

If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi

Every March, Diane and I are blessed to spend the month in sunny Naples, Florida. We love the nearby Vanderbilt Beach and walk the beach every morning for an hour and a half.  We are so grateful to share this time together. Every year, I comment on how I missed my life’s calling as a beach bum!

Naples is an upscale city and most of the people here are retired successful folks from other parts of the country and seasonal vacationers.  I love everything about the area except for one thing. In the 20 plus years we have been coming here I can’t believe is how un...

March 15, 2017

Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians  1:27-31

The seasons are changing and for the first time it was cold enough that I needed a coat.  As I scanned the coats in the hall closet, I spotted a nice looking black...

September 25, 2016

This week, we got into a lively discussion with two inmates at the jail.  They were on fire with their faith and it was refreshing to hear young men speak of their love for God.  Near the end of our time together, one of the inmates took a hand-written, folded letter on notebook paper from his bible.  He asked if he could read it and he did.  It was a Fathers letter and every line was taken from scripture.  I had never heard it before, but he was really moved and motivated by the message, and I could tell that the rest of the group was moved when he read it.  I know I was!  He didn’t know the origin or who had done the beautiful research for the letter, but after a couple of Google sea...

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