Saturday, May 26, 2018

back from the dead?

Wow.  I had one of the most real, vivid dreams that I have ever had a couple of nights ago. 

I was in my house and a man walked in the room.  I recognized him right away.  He had died a few years before.  In his life I knew him well.  There was no question whatsoever that this was him.  His wife followed in behind him.

Let me try to describe the looks on their faces.  I saw the man first but I am going to describe the wife's countenance first because I think that it is easier.  The wife had a look on her face that carried a numbed of emotions:  joy, disbelief, concern, and fear.  She was clearly is a state of uneasy happiness.

The man was definitely alive and he knew who I was, but he appeared to be in a state of confusion.  He did not speak, but his face carried so many messages.  I could hear him ask, "why am I here, what happened to me, and what is going on?"

When I woke from this dream I was a bit unnerved.  It was  almost frightening and it felt very real. 

What might it mean?  Well, I don't believe that the dream means anything about the eternal resting place of the man, for he was a fine man and a fine Christian.  I guess if I have to declare a meaning, I would say that for all of us, there are times when we are uncomfortable, living in an uneasy state.  Uncomfortable about life, death and everything in between.  There are times when our emotions are so full and so raw that we can not sort them out.

Maybe the moral of the story is this.  Live.  L-I-V-E LIVE!!!  What ever you do, do it to the best of your ability.  Seek the joy and don't be drug down by circumstances.

[any alternative interpretations of my dream would be appreciated.]

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019


Friday, May 25, 2018

excellence

I heard of a sermon recently that used this illustration from Monty Python.  I was 18 when the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail came out.  There is one scene that I often think about.  Late in the movie the knights come to a bridge and they must answer five, no three questions.   One of the questions is, “what is your quest?”

Just for a laugh, here is the clip:
click for video of bridge of death

In this life, as individuals and as a church we must answer the questions, what is our quest?  Why are we here?  How will we go about doing what we do?

Some describe their mission as “connecting people to Jesus,” some as “loving god and others,” and some as teaching people that “they matter to God and to us.”  However we describe what we are doing, the how of it all is very important.

Will our church be an afterthought in our lives?  Will our church be the parsley on the plate of our lives?  Or will we approach every aspect of our church with an attention to excellence.  I believe that if a church is on the right track, we will always be out of our comfort zone, trying to make it better, every single aspect of it.

Excellence demands that we call things to account.   That you push on toward a better tomorrow.  Excellence stays up with the times.  Excellence challenges the status quo.  Excellence pushes for the mission.  Those things are never easy, but healthy organizations must keep thinking about and focusing on excellence.

It is true of our lives as well.  If we would live excellently, we must keep trying to improve ourselves.

Marked improvement rarely happens overnight.  It is something that comes in time and with persistent effort.  Pat Riley said,  "excellence is the gradual result of constantly striving to do better." 
That is a pretty good explanation of how I think healthy people go about trying to do what they do.  You just get up every day and do your very best.  You keep after a thing.  You try to fix the things that are broken.  And guess what, little by little, the ship is turned and we get headed in the right direction.

Excellence is the gradual result of constantly striving to do better.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019



Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Archer

The archer shoots for fun when it is a hobby.  When there is a prize involved, everything is ruined.

When I was a kid I bought a bow and arrow at a garage sale.  It was an old school bow, but the arrows were steel tipped.  It was the hunting bow of it's day.

When I was a kid I shot the bow and arrow for fun.  Then one day someone suggest that I enter a competition.  I became nervous.  There was a prize to win.  Other people had better equipment.  I could never do well.

I never entered the competition.  I lost interest in the bow and finally got rid of it.

Why wasn't it enough for me to just shoot in the back yard?  Why did there have to be a competition?  Why winners and losers?

All of the fun was taken from shooting the bow and arrows.

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Life.  Just live it.  It is not a competition.  Sometimes we get so worried about things that don't matter that we forget to celebrate life.  There are no winners or losers.  Every life matters.  Every life is worthwhile.

Just live.  Pull out your arrows and give life a shot.  It does't matter if you are the best.  Just get out there and get your licks in.  Life is good.  Enjoy it.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl19030419g17768#.Wt84h7lRHcs


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Friends are all thinking about love

From my friend Chris......


You are loved.
By God.  

By Me.  Yes, I love you.  

By your family.  Yes, even thought there are times you may not feel it.  Parents have a tough job of teaching us discipline while also loving us unconditionally.   

By your friends.   Yes, We Love you.    

By your church family.  Show up to feel the love.  Show up to give some love.  

By Strangers.  Yes, complete total strangers.  Remember that person that let you nudge in on that line of traffic?  that fellow driver that shows your grace after you made a bonehead move?   Thats love. 

If you aren’t feeling the love today, go out & try giving love.   See what happens.   You’ll have a hard time not feeling any love back.  

Happiness is a choice.   Suffering is a choice.    Choose carefully.   
Love is always available.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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August 13-17, 2018

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

from my friend Susan

We all have disappointments, people don't live up to our expectations, things don't go our way.

My friend didn't answer my message. I invited people to my party, and no one can come (or they just didn't bother to respond). No one noticed my new shoes. He or she forgot my birthday or anniversary. I was left out. I was passed over.

All of these things can and do happen to us every single day. When it gets to be too much, it can lead to head trash, or stinkin' thinkin'. "I'm not good enough." "They don't like me." "They don't want to be my friend." "What did I do to deserve this? "

Have you been there? Yeah, you and me both. The truth is, it is NOT about you. If truth be told, it is probably something you aren't even aware of. They were so busy with personal issues, they forgot to RSVP, or say Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday. They are so caught up with living life, that it was all about them, nothing against you.

So, how do we avoid the disappointments, the woe-is-me cloud that engulfs us? Self affirmations....every day. When you affirm your worth, you believe it! Look in the mirror and do this every stinkin' day! I AM ENOUGH. I AM LIKEABLE/LOVEABLE. I AM A GOOD FRIEND/SPOUSE/MOM/DAUGHTER/SON. I AM LOVED. I AM AN ENCOURAGER. I AM BRAVE. I AM SMART.

Add in your own. I like I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. GOD MADE ME FOR A VERY SPECIAL PURPOSE. Get out of your own way, and see things in a new perspective. You are loved.

Susan

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday's sermon audio

click here to listen to the sermon from 5-20-18

California Vacation Day 4

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)

I love vacationing in California.  There are many beautiful places in this world, but Northern California is one of my favorites.  Oh, the hills! Oh, the trees!  Oh, the weather, the cool crisp air!


croquet fields at La Crema winery







Tomorrow we go to San Francisco, then fly home to Vero Beach.
Love to you all, we are having a great time!

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Sunday, May 20, 2018

consequences

So a week ago I posted some things about bad choices.  I talked about the folks who lost their homes that were built so close to the volcano.

A friend wrote in and asked, "so we shouldn’t pray or expect God to protect us if we go ahead n make bad decisions or NOT use common sense? Should we just expect that common consequences will occur?"

So I am a big believer in cause and effect. If I build my house by an active volcano, the outcomes are predictable. If I make bad decisions, the outcomes are predictable. If I make choices based on my brokenness, the results are predictable.
Dear God, I know that I am just a 
cat but if you save me from this 
moment I will never do this again.
I have made bad decisions.  We all have.  When we do, I think that we know what is coming.  There is no point to be mad at the police officer if you were speeding.  The consequences are deserved.  Instead of praying for protection from a ticket, we should be driving the speed limit.

Anyway, here is my suggestion for praying if you have made bad decisions.  "Dear Lord, you know that I messed this up.  I am sorry.  Please forgive me.  I know that there are likely consequences that may be coming my way.  I pray for grace.  Please do not give me what I deserve.  Please let me make it through this without the penalty.  But no matter what, I will trust you.  I know I put myself in this situation, and I will trust you no matter the outcome.  Amen."

I hope that helps.  Nothing wrong with asking for leniency from the IRS, nothing wrong with hoping for a warning from the police officer, but in all things we must put our trust in God and be prepared for the likely outcome.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Saturday, May 19, 2018

3rd Grade Birthday

For some reason I was thinking the other day and I remembered my 3rd grade birthday party.

Let me set the stage.  The year is 1966.  We lived at 9601 Walnut in Kansas City.  This is a spec house of 1100 sq ft in a subdivision that was 20 years old.  Yet my mother insisted that we belong to a country club.  She wanted us to appear to have money.  Must have been funny to the Corinth Country Club members when we pulled up to the pool in our 1950 Packard.

Anyway, my birthday was in the summer back then and it was a custom that summer birthday parties were pool parties.  Mom asked for a list of who I wanted to invite.  I am sure that the list looked like this:
  • Greg Fisher
  • Bobby Berry
  • Dave Finlay
  • Sue Ellen Butler 
  • Janine Johnson

Well my mom was very particular and everything had to look just right to the rest of the world.  I would not be allowed to have a "mixed" party.  She told me that I could invite boys or girls but not both.

So guess what I did???
I made a list of girls!!!

So the day of the party came and we were having a grand old time and I decided to jump off of the high dive for the first time.  Maybe I was trying to impress the girls.  Remember, I am 9 years old.

Anyway, I get to the end of the high dive and I am petrified.  I finally jump, exactly how they tell you not to do it.  I jump off the side.  I remember to this day the feeling of belly flopping into that water.  I had bloodied my mouth and destroyed my pride.

This would be the last party that was girls only.  From then on, I hung with the guys.  And that's the way it was, July 5th, 1966.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Friday, May 18, 2018

your ideas, my ideas

I don't just look at beautiful things on vacation.  Well I do look at as much of God's creation as I can.  It is amazing!!!

I also read.

Something that I reread on this trip is this: "your ideas about God are not God."  I don't know the source of this as I had written it in the margins of a book that I read a few years ago.

But I think it is true.  No, it is true.  Your ideas about God and my ideas about God are not God.  People need to stop being so insistent that they have God all figured out.  When we have him figured out, we in essence can control him.

Yet God is beyond our control.  He is bigger, wider, stronger than our ideas.  Instead of trying to figure him out and manage him, maybe we should relax, step in and lean on the everlasting arms.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

                                  Is 55:8-9

Trusting in God means that we give up our notions of what he is like and simply fall into his amazing grace.  It is not about what we think in our head about God.  He is beyond our ideas.  Just relax, accept the love, take it in and give it away in every way that you can.
It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Thursday, May 17, 2018

profound


What is profound anyway?  Some great mathematical truth?  Some supposed theological truth?

I am coming to believe that profound is defined by the giant WOW that comes out of a person from time to time.  I see the redwoods - WOW!  I see the ocean - WOW!  I think of how cool love is - WOW!!!

To look at what God has done in this world and feel the giant WOW is truly a holy, profound thing.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
                                 Psalm 8:1-4

WOW!!!

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

California Trip - Jenner

Cathy and I have made the trip to Napa/Sonoma every year since 2008.  In the early years we focused on South Sonoma county and Napa.  In the past few years we have hit Napa and then moved over to Santa Rosa and the Northern part of the county that takes in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.

Personally I am done with Napa.  The tasting fees have become outrageous and the wine prices are no longer in reach of the common man or woman.

One of my favorite parts of this annual pilgrimage to California is the drive that I take one morning on the trip from Santa Rosa to Jenner.  I get up early and drive the hour over to the Pacific and then get back in time to pick up Cathy and take her out for the 10am tastings.

So I leave the hotel in Santa Rosa and drive Occidental Road to highway 116 into Guerneville.  If you have not been to the town of Guerneville, it is a beautiful quaint little town nestled in the redwood forest.  Just north of town is the Armstrong Woods Redwood Preserve.  Def worth the few minutes it takes to get there.

Take 116 out of Guerneville and follow the Russian River until it pours into the ocean at Jenner.  This is one of the most beautiful drives in America.

It made me so happy to take this drive.  It was so beautiful and so peaceful.  If I lived here I would make the drive at least once per week.








California has some cool old vehicles.









It's a very very very beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

California Trip Day 3 = fire

Today we drove from Calistoga to Santa Rosa.  In October there had been some very bad fires in this area.  Lots of scorched earth and many homes were completely lost.

What can we say about fire?
It has it's good points.  It keeps us warm.  It cooks our food.  It replenishes the earth by naturally burning off that which needs to go.
It is also devastating.  Your house can burn to the ground.  Fire can be used as a weapon.  It is catastrophic when it comes into contact with human flesh.

Fire is a part of this world.  It has it's good and bad.  I think that there are many things in this life that have their good and bad attributes.

We felt very badly for those whose homes had burned.  Yet the community has pulled together and is working to support the folks that are without a place to stay.  They will rebuild.  Life goes on.








Pray for those who have lost so much.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Monday, May 14, 2018

California Vacation Day 2

20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
             Romans 1:20

What God has made speaks so clearly that every human is held accountable.  He has made himself known through the things that he created.  These are some of the sights of day 2 of our vacation.














It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Sunday, May 13, 2018

California Vacation Day 1

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
                                                                                                       Psalm 96:11-12

These are the beautiful things that I saw on day one.  I love the beautiful things that God has made.  I had a wonderful day just taking in the crisp Napa air.












It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf

Saturday, May 12, 2018

common sense

As a follow up to yesterday's post, Bobby Pinson sings a country song titled, Don't ask me how I know.

You know that I like both kinds of music, country and western, so here are the lyrics.  They speak a bit to common sense.

Don't ride your bike off a ramp
That's more than three bricks high
Don't take a candy from the store
If you ain't got the dime
Don't pick a fight with a little guy
That doesn't talk that much
Don't pick up a cherry bomb thinkin it's a dud
And don't sneak out of a two story house
Usin bed sheets for a rope
Don' t ask me how I know


Sell your truck while its still runnin
Save the Jesus off the dash
Say a prayer when you feel like cussin
Save your money pay with cash

Forget your pride, buy the roses
If you're sorry tell her so
Don't drink the water in Mexico
Don't ask me how I know


Don't quit your high school football team
Halfway through the season
Don't bust your buddy in the nose
When you know he didn't mean it
Don't lose a girl you love at home
For a night in Panama City
Don't rush off the phone when your Mama calls
You know you ain't that busy
Ya oughta make that drive to say goodbye
To your grampa fore he goes
Don't ask me how I know

Sell your truck while its still runnin
Save the Jesus off the dash
Say a prayer when you feel like cussin
Save your money pay with cash
Forget your pride, buy the roses
If you're sorry tell her so
Don't drink the water in Mexico
Don't ask me how I know


Forget your pride buy the roses, if you love her tell her so
Don't go to Vegas when you're heartbroke
Don't bum your cousin for that first smoke
I'm tellin' ya, don't drink the water in Mexico
Don't ask me how I know
Don't ask me how I know
Ya, I just know
Sell your truck while it's still runnin',
Say a prayer when you feel like cussin'
I know

Here is the link if you would like to listen.  The pictures are great!

Common sense.  I wish it was a bit more common.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf



Friday, May 11, 2018

its so sad

I was watching the news and a woman who had lost her home in Hawaii was crying.  She said, "it is so sad."  Yes indeed it is sad, but wait a minute.

You bought a home in a development that is built on the side of an active volcano.  Kilauea means "spewing or much spreading" in Hawaiian.  It has been named that for a long time because it has been erupting and active for hundreds of years.  Yet we build houses next to it and we get sad when our housed are destroyed.

Yes it is sad, but come on.

A 15 year old boy went for a swim in a lake in Orlando known for it's alligator population.  Although
locals know the gators are there and signs are posted, they continue to fish and swim there.  The boy is missing.  Yes it is sad, but at some point don't we need to think a little harder about our choices?

I wish that common sense was a bit more common.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/cc18081318h17768#eotours

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#.WqHrI7puLIU

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL19_G_Explorations.pdf