I had an interesting conversation with a dear friend at church who is a special needs teacher at a local high school. One of her specialties is teaching Art and she had mentioned a method of helping students who have difficulty in learning how to draw. She first asks a student to draw an inanimate … Continue reading Who aren’t I?
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I don't do this as much as I'd like to, but sitting down with someone over lunch to ask them questions from their experience and unique perspective is a healthy exercise in personal growth. In my youthful ignorance, I used to only meet with leaders to ask these questions, but have since learned that we … Continue reading If you and I had lunch…
'For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”' Acts 8:23 Simon the sorcerer, who was well known for his magic, had come to faith in Christ and wanted the same miraculous powers the apostles displayed. Peter called him out for his hidden agenda. Some things can't be seen just by … Continue reading Faith vs. a Desire for Power
My wife and I started dating in April 1996 and were married two Independence Days later. As a young man, I was plagued by passivity which led to a couple of breakups while dating. I remember the two of us sitting in a Village Inn restaurant one night with a couple of friends and we … Continue reading Every Word Costs
One of my sons crawled in my bed tonight after being told multiple times to get in his own bed. I normally have to be firm on this because he does it a lot. It doesn’t upset me, really. I love that he likes to be close to his mom and dad. He’s still at … Continue reading Do you know that I love you?
Writing has become labor. I don’t remember it ever being like this. I have no thoughts worth capturing and the ones which have merit can’t be said just yet. Each day has enough melancholy to cloak the light of innovation like an overcast Cleveland afternoon. This year has challenged or completely taken so much away … Continue reading Something is Missing
“This one calls for wisdom…” (Rev. 13:18a). Understanding Scripture requires wisdom from above, especially passages which are hard to possess intellectually. Wisdom is applied knowledge through experience and insight and the kind of insight we need to aid us in following hard after God requires a wisdom of a heavenly sort. If you don’t understand … Continue reading Wisdom from Above
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? ... I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”Psalms 13:1, 6 NIV I have not been so low to find myself lower than David. I have not been so high to find myself … Continue reading Sighing and Singing
The good thing is I know you. The bad thing is I knew you.Former Boss These were some sobering words I’d heard from a former boss who interviewed me for a position for a job I’d been previously let go from 5 years prior. Yes, youthful mistakes were made, right relationships not established, trust had … Continue reading Sad but True
I was in between jobs from June 2015 until January 2016. I had a job during that time but I had went from salary to hourly and a family of seven which means you cut deep into your budget to make as much room as you possibly can. I worked in the catering department at … Continue reading The Normal Life of Jesus