Friday, December 15, 2017

Prejudice

My friend Brian sent me a note.... "prejudice is leaping to exclusions."  He said that I have been on a long campaign of inclusion.  I find that to be a wonderful compliment.

When I was younger, I was not a person of inclusion.  I was against this group, that group, this political party, this person that person.

All of that came to a screeching halt the day that God allowed me to see how much my words and actions were hurting people.  I still hear well meaning Christians excuse their judgement of others.  I wish to remind them that Jesus only squared off with the Pharisees.  Jesus welcomed and included all of those that the Pharisees were excluding.

I wish in the Spirit of Jesus we could help people see how much they hurt others- maybe they would stop.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Thursday, December 14, 2017

what do you see?

In October I was working with my friend Chris in Kansas City.  We stopped at the McDonald's the the corner of I-70 and Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs.  We were pulling a big trailer so we parked in the back on the west side.

As I got out of the truck I noticed something down in the woods.  This is a completely undeveloped area behind and to the west of McDonald's.

Here is the picture that I took that morning....
What do you see?  Look right in the middle of the tall grass...

I zoomed in.  It is still hard to see.  Do you see the bluish gray?

It was a tent.  Just like this one pictured below.  A homeless person had set up camp there.  Maybe a couple, maybe a family, who knows.  Across the highway are all of the hotels that house the transient folks.  Super 8, Quality Inn, LaQuinta and such.  $50 a night, $300 per week.  It makes me sad when I see the school buses there to pick up the kids... from a hotel!








I guess the point of this post is this.... I own a home in Florida.  I got to fly on an airplane to KC to visit a friend.  I have a friend.  I stopped at McDonald's for a burger.  I can afford a burger.  I have a warm bed to sleep in.  Someone else, some other human that I do not know, is sleeping in a tent in the woods behind McDonald's.  Difficult in October, tragic in January.

Friends, we have so much.  I should never be allowed to complain about anything ever.  Remind me of that the next time I do complain.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

funk update

My funk is over.  Partly because the circumstances have changed a bit, and partly because I insist that the fund ends.  Sometimes we have to put our foot down and insist that our attitude or outlook change.  On Sunday a friend said that they were worried about me.  In admitting to a funk, I did not mean to worry anyone, I was just being honest.

I got some great notes after that post.... here are some of them.....

    -the good thing about a funk is tomorrow has a great chance of being a fantastic up grade in outlook.

    -Sorry to hear about your funk......Chin up!

    -I'll hold positive thoughts and send you some highly charged energy.

    -Funks are the pits, aren’t they? ..... Love you and miss you.

    -Sorry to hear you are feeling a little down----I think The Season is a part of it, too...... Tomorrow will be a better day, I promise.

    -Smile. The world loves you.


And so I think of you that read this daily rambling.... and about how fortunate I am to know you and love you. I wish you a terrific week. The world loves you and so do I!!!

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

prayer

"Prayer is not about us finding God.  In prayer, we allow God to find us."                     Paul Coutinho

God is always available to us. It is we who become so busy with life that we lose our connection to him.  The moment that we stop running we arrive.  The moment that we stop struggling we find peace.  The moment that we look for God we see that he is already there.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Monday, December 11, 2017

sermon audio from yesterday

For those of you who are interested....

here is the link to Sunday's sermon

click here to listen to sermon Joyeux Noel 12-10-17

more on words that should not come out

My friend Jill sent this in, the words hang on her refrigerator.

“Swallowing words before you say them - is so much better than having to eat them afterward.” 

We’re all guilty of doing this sometime in our lives. The worst part is being a “slow learner.”

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Sunday, December 10, 2017

this job


I was walking thru the Orlando airport on Halloween and saw the maintenance crew putting up the Christmas decorations.  I saw this guy inside the tree.... I thought about how he probably did not take this job so that he could be inside of a Christmas tree.

I thought about how it didn't seem very macho to be doing that.  Maybe he didn't care.  Maybe he was glad to be inside with air conditioning.  Maybe it made he and his friends happy to be adding to the Christmas celebration. 

Most jobs have parts that we prefer and parts that we don't prefer, but it all has to get done.  I used to put off the things that I did not want to do and then spend the rest of the day sulking over the fact that those tasks were still out there.  Now, I do the less pleasant things first and enjoy the rest of the day.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

funk

I am in a funk.  Hate to admit it but it is what it is.
I miss my friends.
I am worried about my kid.
I am frustrated over things that I wish were going better.
I am in this odd passage of life....
It's a funk.

I am gonna go take a nap.  Maybe that will help.
I may call a friend. 
I don't feel like doing anything.
It's a funk.

Years ago I had lunch with my friend Jim Lavelle.  He said, "hey I see that you are depressed.  What are you going to do about it?"  It was a wonderful reminder that I am in charge of my life.  I must take the initiative to change how I am feeling.

Gosh, I already feel better.

The thing that has always helped me in the past was going to church.  No matter how I felt during the week, going to church and being with the good folks always lifted my spirits.  I can't wait for Sunday.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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


Friday, December 8, 2017

As a man thinketh

My favorite elementary teacher sent me a note about my blog posts about getting older.  She suggested that I read the book, As a man thinketh by James Allen.  It is evidently a classic, written in 1902.  I bought the book.  After I read it I will share some of it's ideas with you.

I got to thinking about how we all need to read something good from time to time.... Something that opens our minds maybe...

Maybe some of the best reads we will find will come as suggestions from friends.  Dave Ramsey insists that all of his employees read -
Rhinoceros Success
The Go-getter
The Question behind the Question.

What are your favorite books?

And by the way, I know that I am not old, I am just older.  I did not mean to be complaining about getting older in my posts.  Getting older beats the alternative.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Thursday, December 7, 2017

funny sign

I love funny things.  I love people that have a bad sense of humor.  This sign is hanging in the window of a hair salon in Vero Beach.

If you need me to explain this to you, let me know.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

words that hurt

I said something the other day and hurt the feelings of a friend.  I felt terrible about it.

Why do good people say dumb things?  I wasn't thinking.  I was thinking from my situation in life not theirs.  I was............
Sometimes there is no good excuse.

From time to time it is going to happen.  Our words are going to hurt.  The only thing that I can tell you is that it is very important to apologize.  Do everything that you can to keep your words healthy.  But when you don't, be sure to own your part in the story and express your regret.

An apology does not make it all go away, but it does indicate that you value the person more than your own ego.

I'm sorry may not always be easy to say, but a sincere apology can go a long way to restoring a relationship.  I am sorry for any times that my words may have hurt you.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.





I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

poem

A friend asked if I was depressed because of a post from last week.  I am not depressed.  However, I am thinking about and making the adjustments that we all must make as we age.  Don't tell me that I am not old.  I turned 60 this year.  Yes I hope I have 20 more years, but I am much closer to the end than the beginning.

If you are young, savor it!  It goes by so quickly.  

So anyway, some years ago I came across this poem. I thought it was nice but I filed it away in my brain. Now I think about it from time to time as I watch the responses of young people to me.

An Old Lady's Poem

What do you see, nurses, what do you see?
What are you thinking when you're looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice, "I do wish you'd try!"
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.....
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill....
Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse; you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of ten ...with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.
A bride soon at twenty -- my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.
At fifty once more, babies play round my knee,
Again we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead;
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
And I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;
'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I'm loving and living life over again.
I think of the years ....all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, nurses, open and see,
...Not a crabby old woman; look closer ...see ME!!


Dear friends... all around us are beautiful people... let us be sure to SEE them.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

sermon audio from Dec 3

For those of you who are interested, here is the audio of yesterday's sermon.

here is the link:
sermon 12-3-17 The Christmas Carol

Serenity Prayer

Most of us are familiar with the serenity prayer, at least the short version.  Here is the long version written by the theologian Reinhold Neibuhr...
From time to time I find this prayer to be a necessity in our lives...



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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Sunday, December 3, 2017

disaster

Something bad happened.  It is a disaster.  Or is it?
It depends on how you look at a thing.  It is a disaster if you see it that way, but it can also be viewed as an adventure.

Just because we did not want it to go the way that it has gone, just because there is suffering involved does not mean that it has to be viewed as a disaster.  Things happen.  Our parents die.  Loved ones get sick.  We get sick and die.  We lose a job.  Relationships fracture.  We are not immune from such things in life.  We have no promise that such will not come our way. 

We can consider them disasters or adventures.  Painful adventures, but adventures none the less.

It's a beautiful, adventure filled day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I need some humor

Some days we just need some humor.

Christmas jokes....


Why does Santa like to work in his garden?
He likes to Ho Ho Ho.

Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
The Christmas alphabet has Noel.

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Claustrophobic.

What do you call an obnoxious reindeer?
RUDEolph.

Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini.
The bartender asks, "Oliver twist?

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours"

Friday, December 1, 2017

capacity for pain

I believe that we only have a certain capacity for pain.  We hurt, we struggle, we suffer, but only to a point.  I think that at some point, the melotonin or the serotonin or the tonin tonin takes over and we release ourselves from the pain and find a smile.

So the problems did not go away, the pain did not go away, but you can only cry for so long, then there must be a smile.  That is why children still played during the war.  That is why friends still got together for parties during the war.  That is why in the midst of winter, the bird still sings.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Harold and Maude.  At the end of the movie, Harold has absorbed a terrible loss.  He must decide if he is taking his own life or if he is going to live his life.  Although his hopes are dashed, from somewhere deep within him, a song emerges.

We hurt, yes.  But life goes on and we must smile, love and cherish every moment.

Here is a video link from the end of the movie of Harold deciding that he wants to live and that life deserves a song.  It doesn't do the movie or the ending justice, but you get the idea.... The problems may remain, but a song can still rise to the surface.  We just have to choose to let it out.

Harold and Maude ending

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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Thursday, November 30, 2017

anonymous writes

From a friend...

Life happens. As a matter of fact, sometimes life just sucks. Someone dear to me always says "okay, life's sucks, now what are you going to do?"

Murphy showed up at our house over the last few years. Unemployment was forced upon us and we started over in mid life. We lost friends to cancer; the engine in the truck failed, and then I was diagnosed with cancer. Sounds like a bad country song.

Life brings things like that. God doesn't. God is a comforter. He is a love deep in your soul that tells you it's all going to be alright.

As we lay in the valley and look up at the mountain we can focus on the difficulty of the climb or we can feel the lushness of the grass beneath us and the beauty of the mountain waiting to be climbed. And we know we will climb it again. Life is great that way. You get second and third and more chances. Give thanks to God even when life sucks.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/wesley-in-ireland-2018-with-rev-jeff-brinkman#eotours

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

what was, what is....

What was, what is…

So I was in grade school. I was not liked. I was alone and lonely. I felt dumb and slow.  A rough start to life for sure.
That was then.

In Jr. High my brain started to work. I began to engage in adult conversations. But I was not popular. Still much a loner.

In high school I ran track and played football. I ditched the glasses for contact lenses. I played tennis. I worked at the Bicycle shop. I was president of the bicycle club. I had a girlfriend. I graduated.

In college I was an average nobody.

In seminary I worked to survive. I was 18th out of a class of 84. Nothing to write home about.

Then I served churches in Cache, Oklahoma, Indiahoma, Oklahoma. Lebanon, MO. Princeton, MO. Mercer, MO. Lee’s Summit, MO. And Cape Coral, FL. There was a time when I had the ear of the leadership of our Conference.

Now suddenly I am retired and serving a church part time in Ft. Pierce, FL.  [Great people at this church by the way...]

What was vs. what is….

I used to have energy. Now it appears to be optional. I used to run the 440 yard dash in 58 seconds. Now I don’t run. Some days I hobble. I used to think about the future, now I think about the past. I used to have new ideas. Now I manage old ones. I used to put up the Christmas lights every year. Now I put them up with a note that explains how to do it since I know that this year may be my last.

I used to have ideas about how to fix things at churches. Now I look at what is going on at a church and I think, “oh, my, how do you fix that?”

Life was simpler when I was younger. Life made more sense. Life came easy. The answers seemed readily available.  Now I work really hard to enjoy every day. There is nothing wrong with that. I think a lot of people struggle with meaning as they age.

I am still looking for the beautiful things. A sunrise. A smile. A hug. A friend flying in. There is a savoring of life that I have now, that I did not have when I was young. God makes all things beautiful in his time.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

bitterness

For years when I was active in full time ministry I wanted to preach on this scripture, but I could never bring myself to do it. I did not want to be the guy who was calling people out from the pulpit.  

So many times I would hear of someone in the congregation that was unhappy with me or something that I did. They would wander around and tell their friends and anyone who would listen how upset they were with me. It poisoned the waters. It hurt my soul. People have no idea what damage they do when they are spewing negativity around. I often thought of this passage and how I wish the unhappy people could find the joy and see the good.

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.   Hebrews 12:15

When we are negative our bitterness spews into others. Trouble is caused and others are defiled. God's family becomes dysfunctional. I am not saying that there isn't a time to complain, but our complaints should be done with kindness and grace.

Is your voice a blessing to others? Is your voice a blessing in your church?

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday's audio sermon 11-26-17

Good Morning-
Here is the audio of yesterday's sermon.
Hope you have a great week!

Click here to listen

little things

My friend Brian shared this quote with me...

“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you may look back and realize they were big things”.
       Robert Brault

So let us pause and give thanks for the little things. For the smile of a friend. For a well needed hug. For a time to enjoy a meal with another. For those moments where friends sit together and catch up. For times when friends sit together and nothing is said, but the ambiance of being together is worth a million.

So here is a toast....
Here is to the little, big things of life, may we see them and cherish them.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

good advice

Sometimes we worry too much.  My friend who plays the piano, missed a note a few weeks ago and was mortified... no one else noticed.... I fumbled through worship a few weeks ago and hardly anyone noticed.

My friend Harriett who is a retired teacher sent in this advice: When I was teaching I use to ask the kids and myself at times the following:  Did anyone get hurt?
Will I remember this next year on this date?
If the answers were no, I and or the kids moved on! Everyday is a new day with no baggage if you will let it be.


So the only baggage that we have in this life is the baggage that we choose to carry. Maybe it is time to put some of the junk that we are carrying down. Then we will have the strength to concentrate on what really is important in this life.


It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

hugs

Hugs are good.

My friend Alan Powell sent me these pictures and thoughts from Charlie Brown.  I can relate to both of these thoughts.





May you find a meaningful hug today or very soon.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

disappointed

I was listening to some Christians talk the other day and one of them said something about how God was disappointed when we sin.  Ouch.  That struck a nerve with me.

Let's discuss this for a moment.  If God is disappointed when we sin, God is always, always disappointed.  He must have a very sad and depressing life because we humans never get it right.

Maybe I have missed the biblical reference but I don't see anywhere in scripture where God is disappointed with us.  The woman at the well in Jn 4 is a prostitute.  Jesus does not express disappointment, but talks to her of living water.  The thief on the cross is a thief.  Jesus does not shame him, but invites him into paradise.  The father is not disappointed in the prodigal son but rushes out to welcome him home.

If we are going to believe that God is disappointed in us, we are going to carry a lot of guilt.  I prefer to believe that God looks at us as we look at our children:  not perfect, but still loved.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
Ps 103:8-14


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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has become one of my most treasured times of the year. My family comes home, and they are on their best behavior. The food is amazing. If you ever get a chance to eat my wife’s cooking, you will never feel sorry for me again. Even in Florida, the weather is cooler.  Football is on the television. And most of all, gratitude is in the air. Whatever attitudes have been carried throughout the year, at Thanksgiving, everyone pauses to give thanks.

Giving thanks changes nothing, but it changes everything. Gratitude can take us from complaining about our job, to being thankful that we have a job. It can take us from complaining about being old to giving thanks that we are alive. Gratitude can change our perspective, and when the way we see the world changes, everything changes.

Someone once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that it does not have to be locked into November. The Fourth of July is always in July. St. Patrick’s day is always in March. Thanksgiving however, given a chance, can take over the entire year. It can become a friend that travels with you everywhere that you go. It can take over any month, any day, any hour. It can dominate, if we allow it, every month, every day, every hour.

I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for my friends.
I am thankful for my new church home in Ft. Pierce.
I am thankful for you.

The scripture asks us to give thanks. Psalm 118 says, “”Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Do you want to change your attitude? Do you want to change your life? Give thanks. Give thanks. Give thanks.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rome

Oh my.  Rome was awesome.  If you asked me which day of this trip was the worst, there was no worst day.  I loved every day.  If you ask my favorite day, that would be the days in ancient Rome.

The forum is amazing.  This is a temple overlooking the forum from 100AD.

original column and marble work.  amazing.

Colosseum was wonderful.  Too bad that early Christians took over half of it away to build churches. 

Trevi Fountain

Hadrian's temple facade 130 ad, now used as an office building

Pantheon.  Yes that is me down in front...
We gain so much by going places that we have never been.  We gain so much by meeting people that we have not known.  We gain so much by learning things that expand our hearts and minds.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Italy

Over the next few days we visited the American WW2 cemetery.  That was tremendously moving.
WW2 cemetery near Florence.  I cried here.

Gelato... mmmmm.

San Giagnano

Sienna Cathedral

Assisi - home of and burial place of St Francis



We visited the towns of Assisi, San Gimignano, and Sienna.  All wonderful.  All beautiful.  All amazing.

I have also contacted a head cold which is not much fun, but......

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

sermon audio from Sunday Nov 19

For anyone who is interested, here is the sermon audio from yesterday.

click here to listen


day 5 Florence

This day we spent in Florence.  I have watched so many TV shows about the construction of the cathedral at Florence.  It was so cool to actually go there and see it.

Florence is also home to many famous people Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Da Vinci, Galileo and many more.  Certainly a blessed town.  We saw the statue of David by Michelangelo.... He is 17' tall and quite amazing.  I am only showing the top because he isn't wearing any clothes!

Michelangelo's David




The cathedral was started in 1296 and took 140 years to build.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

day 4

The Medieval town of Lucca, Italy.   And the leaning tower of Pisa.

The city walls of Lucca were amazing.



The front fa├žade of the Lucca Cathedral


The church and tower in Pisa.



yes the tower leans!  and so beautiful!


Why does Pisa have a tower?  Every city in Catholic Europe has a tower.  The Catholic religious complexes had 3 buildings- the Cathedral, the bell tower [leaning tower of Pisa] and a separate building for baptisms.

So the leaning tower, is a bell tower.  Do you think the bell would ring if the tower leaned?

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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

italy day 3

OH MY!!!
We are having such a time.  It is so beautiful.  So amazing.  Today we spent the day in Venice.
Here are some of the sights....









I love history and we are having the time of our lives.
Anytime that we have the chance to see another part of the world, we should.   I am so thankful for the chance to go on this trip.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

their culture our culture

Some years ago, I was upset to learn what happened to the cover stones of the Egyptian pyramids.  Why are they so rough except for the top of the largest one?  Well I was upset when I learned that the Muslims had removed the smooth cover stones to build their mosques.  Who would do that?  Why would someone deface one of the 7 wonders of the world?  To worship their God?  What would God think of that?  Tearing into one of the greatest structures in the world?  I was upset.

Yesterday, I learned that the reason a big chunk of the colosseum in Rome is missing, is because the Christians removed the stones to build St. Peter's basilica and other churches in Rome.

Hmmm.  So about the time I think that our ways are better than someone else's ways, about the time I think that we are not like them, who ever them is, I find out that we are all the same.  We all have our faults.

Evidently it is common practice to tear down the temples and buildings of other cultures to build our own.  Besides, who wants the reminders around that there was another culture here, maybe greater than our own?

People.  I guess they didn't realize the historical value of the places.  Point being that we shouldn't be pointing the finger at anyone else, because we do the same things.

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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Italy day 1 and 2

 Ok, these posts are going to be about a week behind schedule but I wanted to share with you what I am seeing in Italy.

Day one of our trip was spent in air travel.  I woke up at 4am, electrically excited about the trip.  I left Vero Beach at 8am and drove to Orlando.  I flew out of Orlando at noon, arriving in Newark at 2:45.  In the airport, I found Steve and Laurie, then Lori and Lynn.  Later Jim, Marilyn, Doc and Nancy arrived.  It was like old times.  I was so glad to see everyone and so glad that everyone is doing so well. 

Our plane took off for Milan at 6:30.  There is a six hour difference, so we landed in Milan at 8:30 in the morning.

That was day one.  Day two was much better.  Great bus, great driver, great guide.  My favorite part of the day was Verona.  Seeing the old city walls, the old Roman amphitheater, and the quaintness of the Italian town landscape.

I was excited when I left Vero to drive to the airport.  I am more exited now.  I can't wait for tomorrow.  All day in Venice.


It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips in 2018. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Holy Land via Jordan
March 5-14 2018
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

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