Saturday, July 21, 2018

We keep trying to clean him up

Jesus that is. We keep trying to clean him up. Clean white robes, nicely cropped beard, pearly white teeth, you get the idea. Oh, and he doesn't like sinners.

Really? Stop. Over and over again, Jesus is found running with sinners. In Luke 7:34 he says, The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

Jesus reputation was that he was a friend of sinners. He ran with sinners. Not repentant sinners, sinners. Jesus didn't insist that people clean up before he loved them.  We should not either.

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.....

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Soul Awareness

One of my friends asked me to write something about soul awareness.

Yes.  There is this 6th sense.  There is this knowing that cannot be explained.  There are these experiences where we meet someone that we have never met, yet there is some connection.  There are those in this life to which we feel an other worldly bond.

My friend Paul Dodds used to tell  me that when you have those feelings for someone, that you were neighbors or cousins in heaven before you were born.  Maybe so, I don't know.

I do believe that the spiritual world, though unseen, is just as real as the physical world.  From time to time, I sense the presence of loved ones who have died.  I have a feeling for a person that is so special, it goes so far beyond what I would normally expect.  Love is deeply spiritual and deeply soulful.

It is all around us, yet so many people live life as if the most important things are whether or not I can get my car in front of yours.  Or who has the most or biggest toys.

When we are stuck in the world of stuff, it is easy to forget that we are all souls on this journey.  Not that we have souls, we are souls.  How would today look differently if you and I saw everyone that we met, not as a random human, but as a living soul?

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.....

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

With

If you are getting the idea that I have no original thoughts, you have probably hit upon something. I would tell you that some of my best thoughts come from you guys.

My friend Pat wrote in regarding the potential split in the Methodist Church: "What’s tragic is that one central point of Christ’s ministry is to teach us how to be “with” one another. I firmly believe that with is the most important four letter word in the New testament."

With. With. Is there any Christianity really if we are alone? Didn't Jesus gather people around him? And while I am on this subject, where is the phrase "personal relationship with God" found in the Bible? It isn't. Now I am all for personal relationships with God, but has our insistence on keeping faith private and personal allowed us to push away anyone that we wanted? Has it allowed us to ignore the plight of many needy people in the world? The Good Samaritan did not have a private faith, he had a "with" faith.

We are all in this together. Everyone matters. Even those with whom we disagree.

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.....

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

worth splitting over?

Another thought that came from a dialogue with one of you readers.

A friend wrote in... my husband and I were discussing this while we were driving back from Texas and it just seems interesting that this [homosexuality] is the one issue that the Methodist church has decided is worth splitting the church over if necessary. What about all the homeless people, the hungry children, the poor all around us? To me, those issues seem much more important and life threatening to some.   I have been going to a Methodist church every week since I was born and it seems like kind of a silly issue to hang our hat on.

I find this to be a fascinating thought.  We Methodists have stayed together even though we have had different views on politics, abortion, gambling, capital punishment and the list goes on.  But on this one, it appears that we might be throwing in the towel.  Sad indeed.

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.....

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trip Updates and New Trip to Paris/Normandy

Let me use today's post to give you some updates on the trips that I am leading.


The Cuba Cruise August 13-17 has no more availability thru my travel group so if you want to go, you can book through Norwegian directly.  WWW.NCL.COM



The Ireland trip has 21 signed up.  9 are taking the London extension. 
The Cliffs of Moher
There is still room for you to go!  I am very excited about this trip.  The link to it is here:

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




Temple Mount and Wailing Wall
The Holy Land Trip has 14 signed up so far.  This will include many of my favorite spots including:  The river Jordan, Caesarea by the Sea, Caesarea Philippi, Mt Carmel, The Sea of Galilee, Masada, The Jerusalem holocaust museum, Jerusalem and the temple mount.  I am still trying to negotiate for a visit to Beit She'an, a fantastic archaeological sight.  the link to the Holy Land trip is here:

Holy Land Tour - with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019



I am adding in river cruise to Paris and Normandy.  
Fly to Paris, Cruise the River Seine.  Visit Les Andelys, Le Havre, Rouen, The Normandy Beaches and more. Click below for more information.

Paris-Normandy River Cruise
October 23-31, 2019
Click here to read or download the Paris Normandy Brochure

I have found travel to be such a beautiful way to see and experience God's world.  I have also kept up with old friends and made many new, valuable friendships along the way. 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  Thanks.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

It is a gift to say, "I love you"

From my friend, Di...

I LOVE YOU

How often do you hear these words? From how many different people? How often do you say them?

Until about a year ago I only heard them consistently from one person.. not daily but often. Now I have been blessed with another person in my life that tells me this just about every day. So I have 2 people.

This morning the thought of that made me sad...
I thought about the person I love dearly and that I speak those words to everyday - very rarely getting more than a mumble in reply. I thought about the person that died a couple of years ago and all I wanted was to hear those words whispered to me. Yes. I know they love me but there is something about hearing it that makes a body feel good. Strips away the anxiety. Warms the heart. Lifts the spirits.

I thought about my friends that hear this all the time. Even several times a day. I stop myself before I start wallowing in self-pity and get stuck in the comparison trap. Instead I hope they realize how blessed they are.

I thought about the people that don't have anyone. That really made me sad.

Now as I write this an inspiration strikes me. I do have someone else..I have God. He loves me so much!!  I just need to be quiet so I can hear.
I need to open my eyes and really look around. Breathe deeply and smell. Eat slowly and taste. Reach out and feel.

Quit rushing through each day. Stop. Be grateful. Share His love with others. Help them to know.

God is love.
God loves me and God loves you!

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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

today's sermon audio the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

click here to listen

this is the link

one mouth, two ears

My friend Lori wrote...

In a world of "I'm right and you're wrong" or "it's all about me," it is challenging to face hard times without feeling judgment from those around us.

Since no one is perfect, we can even find ourselves judging others. We know how it feels to be judged, but yet we judge others.  It is a vicious cycle of the human ego.

Are there negative Nellies in your life?  What if the naysayers win the day? What if those who look down on you win the battle?   Would the world be a better place?

And what if, instead of being negative, we used the tools God gave us for good. What if we used our two ears to hear - to listen - to understand - to be empathetic? What if we used our eyes to see beauty in acts of kindness?  What if we learned to see those around us as God's children?

What if we used our mouths - our one and only mouth - to seek truth, offer forgiveness, and to speak love? What if we held our tongues as our grandmother's reminded us to?  How would our world be different?

We have two ears and one mouth for a reason.  May our listening be more than our talking.  May kindness dominate what we allow to pass our lips.

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.....


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




Saturday, July 14, 2018

last Sunday's Sermon audio 7-8-15 The Parable of the mustard seed and Yeast - it's about change

Sermon on the Mustard seed that grows and morphs.  Yeast/Leaven that slowly changes the dough.

click here to listen

God in a box

From Richard Rohr's daily devotional on Sunday, July 1.

It takes a long time for us to allow God to be who God really is. Our natural egocentricity wants to make God into who we want God to be... While there are some “pure of heart” people (see Matthew 5:8) who come to “see God” naturally and easily, most of us need lots of help.

If God is always Mystery, then God is always in some way the unfamiliar, beyond what we’re used to, beyond our comfort zone, beyond what we can explain or understand. In the fourth century, St. Augustine said, “If you comprehend it, it is not God.” [1] Would you respect a God you could comprehend? And yet, very often we want a God who reflects and even confirms our culture, our biases, our economic, political, and security systems.

...God created human beings in God’s own image, and we’ve returned the compliment, so to speak, by creating God in our image. In the end, we produced what was typically a small, clannish God. In America, God looks like Uncle Sam or Santa Claus, an exacting judge, or a win/lose business man—

...Normally we find it very difficult to let God be greater than our culture, our immediate needs, and our projections. The human ego wants to keep things firmly in its grasp; so, we’ve created a God who fits into our small systems and our understanding of God. Thus, we’ve produced a God who requires expensive churches and robes, a God who likes to go to war just as much as we do, and a domineering God because we like to dominate. We’ve almost completely forgotten and ignored what Jesus revealed about the nature of the God he knew....


Jeff comments... I love it!  Yes we have made God into something that we can control.  Some have made him into something that they can use to hurt others.  God is not there for us to use to hurt others, and God is not there for us to try to control.

God is love, and that is what he asks us to do.  Simple.  Period.

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.....


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

Friday, July 13, 2018

we might be getting a little bit picky

I received this cartoon from my friend Linda. 

It made me think about how picky we humans are.  How we have rights and demands that even Jesus did not have.

I want to drive this kind of car.
My AC better not be broken.
My order better not be messed up.
I want thin crust.
Don't forget the red peppers.
I want
I want
I want
I
I
I

Sometimes it seems like the world is more about me than it should be.  Let us take stock and remember that it is not our world, it is our Father's world.

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



Thursday, July 12, 2018

people are generally good

My friend Sharon from Cape Coral wrote this in....

"we have found people to people, one on one, stranger to stranger, to be kind, caring...in a word...wonderful. WE are not the problem. Media, politicians, the search for sensationalization, etc. are trying to tell us we all suck! Not so! Love, baby! Just love on one another. So simple...that is what we are supposed to do!"

My comments..... I think of how the news on TV is always bad. A shooting here, a problem there. The president did this, the president did that. It is like the media wants to keep us upset about something.

What if we choose to opt out. I choose to not be upset by what is going on. I choose to focus on the 10,000 good things instead of the 37 bad things.

I choose to smile instead of frown. I choose to love instead of hate. I choose happiness. I choose to see the good. Hey, wait, that has a ring to it....

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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, July 11, 2018

I am retired

The internet has given us an unprecedented ability to stay in touch and keep up with each other.  In a matter of seconds we can reach out and wish each other happy birthday or ask a question.  We are living in a very different time.

In 1994 I moved from one church to another.  There was no internet, no email, no blogs, no texting and no cell phones.  Back then if someone wanted to stay in touch with me, they sent a card or made a phone call on a land line [remember those?]

Today because of all of the electronic stuff, we can stay in touch, and we do.  And I am glad to stay in touch with you.  I am glad that you read my daily blogs.  I am glad that we share email.  However, I can only be your friend, or your former pastor.  You have a new pastor.  I can love you and you can love me, but I cannot serve the role that I used to fill for you [unless you go to the Ft Pierce church.]

In Princeton and Mercer, Shawn is your pastor.  In Lee's Summit, Robyn is your pastor. In Cape Coral, Chuck is your pastor.  And after November 2018 in Ft Pierce, Tim will be your pastor.

I love you and I am fine with us staying in touch but I want you to lean in to your pastor.  I want you to love and support them.  As a former pastor I know, they need your love and support.  Hug them, look them in the eye.  Thank 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 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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Is it right?

A friend wrote in to ask me about homosexuality.  I think that they were asking, Shouldn't we tell people when we think that they are wrong?

We who grew up with Midwestern old fashioned values have a long list of things that we think are right and wrong.  At some point though we need to ask ourselves what business is it of ours?  I don't think that God put Christians here to be the morality police.  We don't get to vote on what other people do in their own homes or bedrooms for that matter.

The Bible teaches that we are all in the same boat. We are all sinners.  There are not categories of sinners.  One category for those with what we consider little sins and another for what we consider big sins.  We are all in the same boat.  All sinners.

I don't think it is our job to straighten people out.  That is God's job.  He has the Holy Spirit and he does not need our help.  Maybe we need to work on the board in our own eye.  I know that I do.

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



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

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Walk of Shame

 So I have been watching the scale.  It must be broken.  I have been noticing that my clothes are getting smaller.  They must be shrinking!!!

I lose a notch in my belt.  My Sunday pants are getting tight.  Finally it is time for the walk of shame.  The walk of shame is when you go to Kohls to buy bigger clothes.  No one wants to do it.  I hope you never have to.

We took our 30% coupon in.  Do you know that I know someone who just tells the clerk that they have a 30% coupon even when they don't?  We actually had the coupon.  So I am looking for a suit that will fit because I have a wedding coming up.

I found something to fit.  It was on sale.  Plus and xtra 30% off!  I hope it still fits me in a few weeks.

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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Balcony People

Some years ago I did a sermon based on the book Balcony People by Joyce Landorf Heatherley.  It is a marvelous book about how real people have real needs. 

Joyce says that some people look down from the balcony and judge those below.  Some live down below and complain about everything.  But there are those who reach over the side of the balcony to lend a hand up.  This is what we should all aspire to be.

We can grouse about our lives.  We can look upon others with scorn.  Or we can see people and reach for them.  Are you reaching for people?  Are you helping people up in life?

Every moment wasted on negativity is a moment that cannot be recaptured.  May we all lift one another up.

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

another great day!

I am celebrating last Tuesday, June 26th.  I am actually writing this on June 26, celebrating today!
I wasn't working and my wife was out of town so it was a day for me to catch up on things.

I slept well.  11pm - 5am.
I got a cup of coffee.
I watched the news.
I watched ESPN Sport Center's top ten plays from the day before.

At 6:30 I started working on the truck's rear brakes.  The rotors were stuck on of course, but I learned a cool way to get them off.  The brakes were done by 8:30.  I had done the fronts a few weeks ago, so now I am in a good stopping truck.

I built a shelf for my wife's closet.

I hung two towel racks.

I went and got a haircut.  I bought a saw blade at Harbor Freight tools.  I went to the grocery store and bought a tomato and a head of lettuce.  Do you see where that is going???

I went home and at 12:30 made myself a wonderful BLT sandwich.  MMMMM.  Yummie.

All of this before lunch time!!!  How exciting.  Gosh we should be excited for every day shouldn't we?

Randomly at lunch I was listening to music and one of my favorite songs, Into the Mystic by Van Morrison came on.  I have loved that song for years.  I thought as I listened, when did I first hear the song?  And I remembered that it is on the sound track of the movie Patch Adams.  Another great movie.  I was watching Patch Adams with Robin Williams and I heard that song and loved it.

click to listen to into the mystic

This afternoon I am going to meet by daughter and one of her friends and my Florida friend Jeff.  We are going to drink a beer and throw some cornhole.  [dumb name for the game]
The other thing that I am going to do this afternoon and into the evening is hurt.  Every bone in my body is sore from the brake job.

Sore isn't bad though.  It reminds us that we are still among the living.
I hope you had a great day on June 26th and every one since.

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

grateful or thankful?

I was talking to someone the other day and they were telling me that they were explaining to their son the difference between gratitude and being thankful.

I thought, oh, I am about to learn something.  Because prior to this if you asked me, they were the same.

He told me that you can be thankful and sit on your butt in a chair and do nothing.  You can be thankful and appreciate a thing. 

He said that gratitude has a different connotation.  One derivative of the word is "gratuity."  Like you leave a tip.  I am grateful for what you did so I leave a gratuity.  Therefore he says that to be grateful is to take action. 

So we are thankful when we appreciate a thing, we are grateful when we act to repay or pass on the kindness.

Something to think about.

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
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

reflections on my birthday

Today I am 61.  My sisters and I are chatting quite a bit about becoming 61 and 62 because mom died at 62 years, 363 days.

Reflections on my life.

I have been so blessed.  I have a wonderful wife and three wonderful kids.  I have had the privilege of serving wonderful churches.  All of them were wonderful.  You guys helped me grow up.  You raised my kids.  You welcomed and accepted me.  It is hard to believe that I got paid for hanging around the church, preaching, and loving people.

Now I am partly retired.  I love the church that I am serving, or I should say that I love the people.  I have another little part time gig with my buddy Derek.  My family is comfortable.  I have so much to be thankful for.

I want to thank each of you, and I looked the other day and there are 700+ people that read or get this blog.  I want to thank each of you for loving me.

On my 61st birthday I want to say to myself and to anyone else that is listening... we get caught up in so much stuff that is hurtful...  love them instead.  Love them all.  It is the only thing that matters.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
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March 4-13, 2019
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 4

Reflections on July 4th.  Read the whole post please.

When I was a kid I thought our country was perfect.  Over the years I learned that we have been involved in some questionable wars.  I have learned that we have done some things behind the scenes that were not so nice.  We have propped up dictators who had terrible human rights violations.  Our Congressmen and Senators seem more interested in their pockets than the country.  We conveniently got into a war with Mexico and ended up with California, Arizona and New Mexico.

All of that said, I can not think of another place where I would rather live.  I have been to Mexico, Canada, Nicaragua, Mozambique, France, Italy and Russia.  I wouldn't trade Missouri or Florida for any of that.

I am thankful today for the opportunities that my parents and this country gave and give me. 

  • freedom
  • the abundance of food
  • the ability to travel from state to state or country to country
  • the right to vote
  • a college education
  • the right to have as many children as I want
  • the right to associate with whomever I choose
  • the freedom of worship


Yes our country is not perfect, but it is a wonderful place to live.  Happy Birthday America!

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

pick your sin

So some churches and some Christians are all up in arms insisting that homosexuality is a sin.  I am not addressing that here today but I do want to address this thought.

The Bible also speaks to gluttony, to gossip, and to hatred.  Where is the Christian outrage over gluttony?  We so easily pick which things and which people we want to pick on.  And you know what?  It usually is not me.  We usually pick on those whose problems are different than mine.

Ever hear a fat preacher drone on about gluttony?  No.

We all have our problems and we would all be better off if we concentrated on resolving our issues instead of pointing the finger at someone else.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Monday, July 2, 2018

but what does Jeff think?

Several have asked, but what does Jeff think about homosexuality?

Let me begin with this.  We live in a particular culture.  The religious culture in America is simply American.  Many American Christians believe that commonly held views in America are held around the world.  Not so.  Many American Christians have confused the American version of Christianity with actual Christianity.  Around the world there are many different beliefs among Christians.  Some American Christians believe that drinking is wrong.  The culture in Europe is different.  If you go to Ireland and tell them not to drink beer, they will laugh you out of the church.  Go to France and tell the Catholics not to drink wine and they will laugh your Christianity away.  So it is true with homosexuality.  While it is a big issue here [in some circles], it is not an issue everywhere.  There are some countries where it is much more normalized and there are still countries where you can go to jail for it.

So what do I think.

I am straight.  I have always been.  If the most handsome guy in the world is George Clooney, I have never looked at him or another man and thought, "hubba hubba."  Honestly there is not a fiber of my being that understands homosexuality.  But there is not a fiber of my being that relates to murder or 50 other things either.

I have met many gay people over the years.  They are people.  They deserve to be loved and respected.  One of the saddest things in the world to me is when someone comes out as gay and their family rejects them.

Just because I am not something does not mean that I or we have to reject someone or hurt them.  Jesus surely encounter gay and bisexual people.  In his day it was common for men who owned slaves to use them.  Jesus loved everyone.  Period.  We should as well.

Yes there are a number of scriptures that talk about homosexuality and I will address those one of these days.  But remember, the dominat theme of scripture is love.  Love.  LOVE.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
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March 4-13, 2019
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Way Forward

The purpose of the blog today is to bring you up to speed as much as I can about the tension in the United Methodist Church over human sexuality.  If any of you have corrections or anything to add, please help me get it right.

Annual conference is a yearly meeting of your Methodist group.  Missouri has an annual conference.  Florida has one.  Etc.  Then there is what is called General Conference which meets every 4 years.  It is the world wide gathering of Methodists and it alone speaks for the church.

I went to my first Annual conference in Tulsa in 1982.  I have been every year since except for one.  At that conference in 1982 and at every General Conf since, the issue of Homosexuality has come up.  The current stance of the UMC is that "homosexuality is not compatible with Christian teaching."  We are not allowed as clergy to perform same sex marriages and our buildings are not allowed to be used for them.  Many clergy and congregations around the country ignore these Methodist laws.

Just as the country is divided, the church is divided over these issues.  As a general rule, the northeast and the northwest are more liberal or progressive and as a general rule the south and the African Methodists are more traditional.  That is a generalization of course.

The tension between these groups came to a head at the 2016 General Conf in Portland.  At that conference, it was decided that the Bishops would come up with a plan to resolve this.  The Bishops appointed a group of people to a commission called "The Way Forward."  After some months of meeting, the Way Forward group came up with three proposals.  You can read about them here.

click here to read about the three plans

In my opinion, many church leaders are speaking with naive optimism that the church will stay together.  My Missouri Bishop Robert Farr gave a wonderful talk at annual conference and he is concerned that we may lose 1/3 of our churches.  I am concerned too.  I do not think that any of the proposals will satisfy the traditional group, except the traditional plan.  I fear that we will be facing
some difficult days ahead as a denomination.

Here is an illustration of how polarized the situation is:  Rev. Rob Renfroe is the president of Good News, an unofficial advocacy group that seeks to strengthen enforcement of church laws on homosexuality. [keep and enforce the ban] At a luncheon with likeminded United Methodists in the Texas Conference, He urged liberal/progressive Bishops to “Admit you no longer have the moral authority to lead this church,” he said. “And if you want to lead others out to something other than The United Methodist Church, we will bless you as you go.”

The report of The Way Forward commission will be voted on at a special general conference to be held in February in St. Louis.  I was going to go to this meeting, but I understand that it is closed.

I wish that we could all just get along and love each other, but it isn't looking promising.

However, it is still a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
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March 4-13, 2019
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

social issues

I mentioned that I would be writing some thoughts on the issue of homosexuality and the church.  Please remember that I love you all and we don't have to agree on everything.  I am not going to write consecutive blog posts but my thoughts will come out over the next few months.

I would like to start with something that I posted back on Friday, June 13, 2014.

Ahh, the great social issues of the day. Some Christians love to fight over them. I am not one of them. I assume that you, like me, have considered them deeply and have your own opinions and feelings. I respect your thoughts, even if I don't agree with them.

Your opinions on social issues are not a litmus test for whether or not you are welcome in our church. Everyone is welcome in our church. Period.

Our church is not about social issues. It is not about who you vote for or what party you belong to. Our church is about the kingdom issue. There is only one kingdom issue. Do you know what it is? It is love. God is love. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The great social issues of the day existed in Jesus time. Homosexuality, the death penalty, gambling, etc. In fact Jesus has some experience with the death penalty, and his clothes were sold at his crucifixion by lots. Homosexuality was all around the Greco-Roman world.  The issues existed in his day, but he never addresses them. He does however, have much to say about love.

You will not hear many sermons on social issues from me. I did not go into the ministry to try to get you to think like me. I went into the ministry to help you on your journey with Jesus Christ. I remain committed to this goal.

In today's world, many people are staying away from the churches. I wonder why? Is it possible that outsiders are tired of the fighting? I encourage all Christians everywhere to pursue Christ and on all other issues: think and let think. We should be spending our time and energy on living a life of love.


It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
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Friday, June 29, 2018

a little more

There is always a little more to a story than what I know about it.  There is always a little more information than what I am thinking of. 

My mother used to love to say to me, "there is more Horatio than is dreamt of in your philosophy."

So lets take the topic of the American Indians.  Over the past few years I have thought pretty seriously about how badly we treated them.  How badly our great grandparents treated them.  We celebrate a nation from sea to shining sea, but that came at a cost to those who got in our way.  But, there is a little more to the story.  It does not justify what we did to them, but I have learned as well that we only did to them what they were doing to each other.  Killing and taking was a normal part of life in pre-Columbus America.  For that matter, killing and taking is what much of life has been about for eons.  That is why castles have moats and cities had walls.

It doesn't justify what we did, but it does put it into a perspective.

Now a week ago I mentioned in a post that unless you were an American Indian, you and your family were at one point immigrants.  True, but there is a little more.  A bit more to think about.  My friend Pat [one of the smartest guys that I know] Pat wrote in to say, "yes, but the Indians came from somewhere else too.  We are all travelers in this life."

There is always a bit more to the story than what I know.  There is always another perspective and finding it makes me a bit calmer, a bit more careful and hopefully a bit more compassionate.

None of us are as smart as we would like to think.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

to be known

I never really got to know my parents.  It was not important to them to know us as people.  They kept their cards pretty close to their chests.  Late in life, if you asked my Dad, if you pried, he would tell you some things about his life but for the most part we did not know them.

I feel very differently about that.  I want my kids to know me.  I want anyone, someone, to know me.  I want to be known.  Not famous, but known and remembered.  I want to feel like I made a difference in someone's life.  Doesn't everyone?  I don't know, maybe not.

A few weeks ago I was watching the movie Walking Out starring Matt Bomer.  It is s wilderness story about an estranged father and son that go hunting.  At one point in the film, Bomer says to his son, "Someday you’ll have a son. And you'll want him to know who you are so badly that you would cry."

I take consolation in the fact that my kids should be able to read this blog and watch sermons on youtube years after I am gone if they are interested.

I think one of the joys of friendship is that you can let people see who you are.  Your friends can know you and you can know them.  I think we feel more safe when we are known.  We feel at home.  I think that there is something spiritual about being known.  Galatians 4 talks about us knowing and being known by God.  The spirit within us cries out "Abba" Father.  [Daddy]

I hope that someone knows you.  To know you is to love you.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

a log in the road


I am Chris Henning.

So, I’m driving around Lees Summit a few weeks ago with Jeff Brinkman. Were going down Woods Chapel Road. I see something big in the roadway. I can tell because others ahead of me are steering clear of what ever it may be. It’s not a stick. It’s not a piece of tire. It’s something bigger. We get closer. It becomes clear. It’s a piece of log. A chunk of tree.

As we approach I’m looking in my rear view mirror, probablty for the 3rd time, checking to see if there is anyone behind me. There is not. The coast is clear. I start to slow down. My passenger starts to question my motive. What are you doing? What are WE doing? I tell him were going to try to attempt to remove the log. I will approach it perfectly if you can open the door, reach out & pull it into the car. He is not interested in this move but nighttime was approaching & Someone might not see it at night. Someone might run over it. Perhaps an older couple might hit it. A teenager might miss it at dusk & blow out a tire. So many what if’s.

I ask my passenger if he can pick it up. He gives me that look, as if saying, ‘are you for real?’ then, after a few seconds, his mind shifts. He realizes what were doing. He’s on board. He likes the idea of picking it up. He loves doing these kind of things as well.

I slow down, he guides me in perfectly, we slowed & he plucked the log out of the roadway.



I’d like to think that perhaps we saved someone a flat tire. Or perhaps even saved one or more from an accident trying to avoid it. Regardless, all that matters is that we did the right thing. Perhaps we went just a little above & beyond. And, Jeff got the ants on him, not me!

What would this world look like if we all made a conscious effort to do the right things & go above & beyond when given safe circumstances?




It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

wrong again

Writing every day allows my thoughts to be evaluated by a number of readers.  It is not uncommon for many of you to know more about a thing than I do.  I am always glad when a correction comes in.  When people point out that we are wrong, there is no reason to be defensive.  We learn when we are corrected.

So one of my friends is a biologist. On June 10 I wrote a post about why we were created. I said that we were created to love. I said that birds were created to fly. I mentioned the Dodo bird as the only flightless bird. My friend wrote in to remind me that there are other flightless birds that are doing just fine....including the ostrich, emu, cassowary, penguins and kiwi.

So there you have it. Wrong again.

We usually don't ask ourselves if we are wrong because we think we are right. If we thought we were wrong we would change. Wouldn't we?

What am I doing today that is wrong? What am I doing that is wrong that I can't see? Don't be a dodo. A little self introspection is a good thing.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018
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Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Sermon Audio from Sunday

This is the story of the unmerciful servant.  It is a sermon about forgiveness, and our general outlook on life.  Do we keep score or do we offer grace and release people.

click here to listen

cell phone manners

Today I am going to rant a little.  Sorry.

When I grew up a telephone hung on the wall.  It had a cord that limited where you could go with it.  There was only one line in our house and we were limited to the amount of time that we could talk with our friends.

Now phones are everywhere.  Everyone has them. Heck if you can’t afford one, there are government subsidies for that, as if having a cell phone was an unalienable right.

Some people have lost all sense of boundaries when it comes to phones.  The world has in essence become their phone booth.  Even though it is not illegal, I find it totally annoying when someone has to make a call on an airplane.  Can’t you wait til we get to the baggage area?  Can’t you just send a text?  And why do you have to talk so loud? 

It should be against the law to talk on the phone when you are in line at Taco Bell  or the grocery store.  I find it completely rude to the clerk and to those in line.
I came out of the grocery store the other day and there were kids selling girl scout cookies.  I always buy their cookies.  Usually I ask the kid what their favorite kind is, I buy that box and give it back to the girl.  If there are 4 girls, I buy 4 boxes.  

But not this time.  You see the leader was on her phone, talking loudly.  I could not hear the girls talk, the woman was so loud. 

Do the world a favor.  Keep your converstations to times and places that are more private.  The world is not our phone booth.
Sorry for the rant.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Leadership

I had some thoughts on leadership the other day.  Not new thoughts, but good to remember.

1.  Everyone is a leader.  We are all leading people somewhere.  Forward, backward or just plain into lethargy.  Everyone is a leader and we should take responsibility for our potential to effect others.

2.  Being in charge of something is different than being a leader.  You are only a leader if people follow you.  I remember a Far Side comic from some years ago where the cowboys were out on the range alone.... one said to the other.... "Hey we are missing something.  Yes, the cows!!! Where are the cows!!! We forgot the cows!!!"

3.  The most important part of leadership is building relationships.  People will tolerate weak sermons and all kinds of mistakes if they know that you love them.

4.  Having established relationships, a leader must cast a clear vision.

5.  Every good decision, well communicated that you make fills up your reservoir of good will.

6.  Leaders must learn what they do not know.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  Good people grow into good leaders because they surround themselves with good allies and they actively work to learn what they do not know.  They set aside their pride and seek to grow in areas where they need to.

7.  Leaders make no excuses.  They take responsibility for where the group is at.  They regroup when they need to and then continue on with the journey.

Random thoughts on leadership.  Who are you trying to lead?  Are they following?  Are you working on relationships?  What can you learn to help yourself improve?

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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4 Night cruise from Port Canaveral to Key West and Havana, Cuba.
August 13-17, 2018
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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
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Do not be weary in well doing

Don't you dare laugh at me...

So a neighborhood kid asks me to help him with his bicycle.  I say sure.  I drive over to his house [in my wife's car for some reason] I pick up the bike and drive it home.

As I am driving, I think about the condition of the bike.  Really really rusted.  Probably has sat out in the weather for months.


I get home, pull in the garage and unload the car.  When I pick up the bike 1,000 ants come running out of some hole in the bike.  WHAT???!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Now I have hundreds of ants running around in my wife's car.  I run and get the spray.  I start spraying them, smashing them, stepping on them.  I am on full fledged ant murder mode.

I think I have killed them all and the stragglers keep showing up.  Boom.  No mercy for you.

Now the front has fallen silent.  No more of the enemy in sight.  The only problem is that my wife's car smells like raid.

No, there is another problem.  I have to go inside and tell her.  UGH!!!

All of this started because I tried to help a young person with a bicycle.  I think I am just going to buy him a new one.  I am certainly not going to take the bike into my garage for repairs.

Do not be weary in well doing.

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

Friday, June 22, 2018

if everyone did what you were doing

I received a very nice note the other day to which I replied...

"if everyone in the world was as nice to each other as you are to me, wow the world would be a wonderful place.
thank you."


So let me expand the question. If everyone talked to others as you do, would the world be a kinder gentler place or would we be at war?

If everyone drove as you drive would the roads be safer or deadly?

If everyone supported the church as I do or you do would there be plenty, or would the church have to close its doors?

If everyone did what you were doing... if everyone did what I was doing.... would the world be a better place?

Never forget that you and I have great power in our own sphere of influence to make an impact in the lives of those around us. In fact we are making an impact, either positively or otherwise.

The world is a beautiful place. Lets use our words, our smiles, our eyes and our hugs to improve it.

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
Send replies to jsbrink57@gmail.com

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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