God, I AM

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in blog

  Morgan Freeman is God. At least he thinks so. Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor who played the role of God in Bruce Almighty. However, he actually believes he is God. In an interview with Fox411 in July 2012, the host of “Through The Wormhole” on the Science Channel confessed his deity. And rapper Kanye West thinks he is a god, too. His song “I Am (A) god” celebrates his deity. But, then, Dr. Wayne Dyer thinks he is God. On the website that hawks “I Am God” T-shirts, he explains his deity and says each of us is god, too. He even cites Jesus as a good example of being...

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Christmas past awaits a glorious future

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in blog

Ever notice how prophecies about Jesus’ birth has two parts? For example, when the angel Gabriel announced the virgin birth to Mary, he said, “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. (Luke 1:32) That prophecy came true on Christmas day. However, the angel, in the same breath, also told Mary about a glorious future for the Christmas child that has yet to be fulfilled: “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever;...

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What is God like?

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in blog

What we think God is like determines our relationship with God. An eight-year old boy lost his bike and his mom warned him to find it or else! So that night he prayed, “Lord, if you help me find my bike tomorrow, I promise I’ll mow the yard every week for the rest of the summer without my parents asking me.” But, as he thought about how long and hot the summer would be, he prayed. “Lord, cancel that promise. Instead, if you help me find my bike tomorrow, I promise you that I wash the dinner dishes every night for a month without being asked.” But then, thinking about that messy job...

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The Most Important Thing About Your House

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in blog

The Carpenter taught us that there are two ways to build a house: on the sand or on the rock. What foundation are you building your life on? The fool may work hard, sincerely, with great precision and expense to build his McMansion. But when the rains of circumstances beat on it, and the winds of adversity blast it, and the floods of problems rise, that house will fall with a great crash. I saw that foolish crash this week when an 88-year old man in Oregon City set his house on fire, killed a police officer, and then kill himself. All those years of building on sand ended by his house...

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The Most Important Thing About God

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 in blog

Moses taught it. David believed it. Isaiah proclaimed it. Paul praised it. Jesus lived it. Even the demons believe it—and shudder. Do we realize it? What is the most important thing about God? God is one. That’s it? Yes. That’s what the Bible teaches. For example, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4 Monotheism is such a vital truth for Israel that it is the centerpiece of morning and evening Jewish prayers. It is traditional for Jews to say this verse as their last words and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at...

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The Most Important Thing About You

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 in blog

Maybe you haven’t thought much about the most important thing about you. But, it changes us forever. It’s not our DNA. It’s not our ethnicity. Not our family. Not our education. Not our socio-economic status. It’s not our health, either. But, consider this: What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. For example: Some people are suicide bombers because they think their god honors that. Some people in ancient cultures sacrificed their children because they thought that would appease their gods. During WWII some people flew their Kamikaze...

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How to get control of your time and your life

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in blog

Some may consider me a time management freak. You know what? I am. Since the mid-seventies I have read lots of books on time management and rigorously tried to practice the principles those time gurus espoused: Set priorities. Make a daily “to do” list. Eliminate distractions. Touch your mail just once. Basic stuff like that. One of the best resources I found was in 1977: How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life, by Alan Lakein. But, today at a Chamber of Commerce/Buy Local meeting I found out that I didn’t know (or practice) even half of what I thought I had learned about time...

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A Dad’s greatest joy

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in blog

Little did I know how profoundly meaningful it was when I answered, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” That day 15 years ago, my answer was spoken with tears of joy, “Her mother and I.” Then, Marcus took our daughter as his wife. He took her far away from us. From southern California to northern Washington, close to the Canadian border. Judy and I cried when we watched him drive her away to their home. Tears of joy, tinged with grief, we cried over this change of Mary Margaret’s presence. For 24 years, we had deeply invested our lives in her for this very moment—that she would...

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Labor Day Camp Photos!

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in blog, recent events

Here are some of the great photos we got during our Labor Day camp out this year! You can see these and more photos on our facebook page, like us by clicking...

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You gotta love hummingbirds.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in blog

You gotta love hummingbirds.  Incredibly cute and fast, hovering so precisely by my feeder.  But not until a couple of days ago.  Used to have many hummers circling our feeders until last winter’s freezing fog.  The tree limbs were sheathed in white ice ready for the witch of north from the Chronicles of Narnia to come into our back yard.  Then, no hummers.  That’s where my story begins. Trying to attract the hummers back, I was persistent. My wife joked that I was being obsessive compulsive. Not me. But, I bought new mixes. Cleaned the feeders with hot soapy water, rinsed them in a...

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