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?

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 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.

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



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


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

too good not to share

A friend shared this story.... it is too good not to share.

Yesterday at lunch with some former business associates, one of the women talked about having just come from her church, and a very moving experience. She's a devout Catholic and long time member of Cure'ofArs church in Overland Park. Somewhere in the neighborhood of the church a man died. He had no family, and probably not many close friends. He had left a wish that, at death, he would like to be buried in a Catholic cemetery. After the mortuary contacted Cure's priest, he decided the lonely man should have a nice funeral service. So he contacted his entire church member list and told them of how alone in life the man passed, and asked their members to come to a funeral service yesterday morning, and be the "family he never had."

But the priest didn't stop there. He contacted two more Catholic churches in the area, and asked those priests to invite their church members. My friend was very moved by what resulted. She said at their church yesterday, it was standing room only, and she had to sit in the children's section to have a seat.

If this isn't what church is about, I'm not sure what more God could desire.


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

Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

flowers

During late August I took my annual trip to the redwoods.  This year I went north and stayed in Ft. Bragg, California.  I saw some beautiful flowers on the trip.  These pictures were taken in the little town of Mendocino. 

Have you ever had the experience of looking at something beautiful, and find yourself at a loss for words?  That's how I feel when I look at these pictures.








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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

Monday, November 13, 2017

who does this?

I was out at one of my favorite haunts a few weeks ago and I saw other patrons park this guys car in.  I am often reminded of the country song, God is great, beer is good, people are crazy.

I am not able to believe that people did this on purpose.  I must simply believe that they were not paying attention.  Father forgive them for they know not what they do.  Surely they did not know how their actions would affect another person. 
Actually if we saw the results of our actions, I think that we would start doing a lot of things differently.  How do the choices that we make affect other people?  Do we care?

Don't go through life like a bull in a china shop.  Leave room for others to live.

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 12, 2017

hugs part 2


My friend Sherry send this in....

Hugs Part Two

Now that we may have piqued your awareness of the value of increasing a person’s sense of well-being, by sharing a hug with them, the issue of whether we keep hugging the same people, and are unknowingly preferential about who we hug comes to mind.

Do I only hug my favorite people, or do I reach out to those who are really in need of a hug, but I haven’t noticed them.  We have a very loving church family at our church, but sometimes on Sunday morning I notice that people keep hugging their friends and their favorites.

I would invite you to join me, the next time you’re at church, and catch a glimpse of those who do not feel a part of the inner circle, but might really feel valued if they received a hug. 

This coming Sunday I’m going to try to be conscious of giving one person a hug, or sharing a kind word with them, but I haven’t previously reached out to them.


I encourage you to do the same.


My comments....... How true!  If we only love those who love us, what reward should we expect?  Even non-Christians do that.

I have noticed at times though, when I reach out for the "less desirable people" some of God's beautiful people get annoyed.  That is too bad.  Every human is desirable.  We don't live the same life, but we will all die the same death and stand before the same God.  When we were in Jr High we only sat at with our friends at the lunch table.  We had our little group and we played favorites.  We  are not in Jr High any more.  Whether a hug or a handshake and a smile, let's learn to value and to reach out to everyone.

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 11, 2017

pastors are less than perfect

After yesterday's post, I thought of this story.....

The village priest was a holy man, so each time the people were in trouble they had recourse to him. He would then withdraw to a special place in the forest and say a special prayer. God would always hear his prayer and the village would be helped.

When he died and the people were in trouble they had recourse to his successor who was not a holy man but knew the secret of the special place in the forest and the special prayer. So he said. “Lord, you know I am not a holy man. But surely you are not going to hold that against your people? So listen to my prayer and come to our assistance.” And God would hear his prayer and the village would be helped.

When he too died and the people were in trouble they had recourse to his successor who knew the special prayer but not the special place in the forest. So he said. “What do you care for places, Lord? Is not every place made holy by your presence? So listen to my prayer and come to our assistance.” And once again God would hear his prayer and the village would be helped.

Now he too died and when the people were in trouble they had recourse to his successor who did not know the special prayer or the special place in the forest. So he said. “It isn’t the formula that you value. Lord, but the cry of the heart in distress. So listen to my prayer and come to our assistance.” And once again God would hear his prayer and the village would be helped.

After this man died, when the people were in trouble they had recourse to his successor. Now this priest had more use for money than for prayer. So he would say to God, “what sort of a God are you that while you are perfectly capable of solving problems that you yourself have caused, you still refuse to lift a finger until you have us cringe and beg and plead? Well, you can do as you please with the people.” Then he would go right back to whatever business he had in hand. And, once again, God would hear his prayer and the village would be helped.”

Pastors are not perfect.  Never confuse them with God.  Beware of putting them on a pedestal.  Pastors should always point people to God, never to themselves.

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, November 10, 2017

I fumbled

Sunday I fumbled, I bumbled my way through the service.  I was gone last week so it was like I forgot how everything went.  People don't understand how much pressure is on a pastor or worship leader's brain to do all the things in the right way and the right order.


  • It started when the song lyrics on the screen did not match what the song leaders were singing.  I tried unsuccessfully to get their attention.
  • Next I wasn't sure if it was time for the passing of the peace.  I had to ask.
  • Then I forgot that it was time to preach.
  • Now I am completely disheveled and I forgot to record the sermon.
  • Then I forgot to ask the people to bring their connect cards and their offerings up during communion.
  • Then I introduced the closing hymn.......... "Lets and stand and sing This is my Fathers world."  The hymn was actually "Faith of our Fathers."


I felt like a complete loser..........
I am glad that God uses those who are less than perfect.


It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
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Travel with Pastor Jeff

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 9, 2017

Glad

I am glad to see you.  That is how I feel every Sunday morning, and how I have felt every Sunday morning for 30 years.  If you are in church I am glad to see you.  And for that matter, if you are not in church and I see you at the grocery store, I am glad to see you there as well. I am glad to see you.  Heck.  I am just glad.

I can feel the energy coming out of the pews when I am glad to see them and they are glad to see me.
We all want someone to be glad to see us.  Tyler, if I get to see you, I will be glad to see you.  I will hug your little Western Kansas neck.  Same for 700 more of you.

We humans love to be liked.  If you can, if I can just spend a few minutes and recognize someone who is there, it makes them feel valuable.  And we all want to feel valued.

I am glad to see you.  Find someone today and look them square into the eyes and tell them that you are glad to see them.

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, November 8, 2017

question

A friend asked, if I am having a bad day should I call the blog, "Can you hear the birds poop?" My friends are very funny.

I am not going to discuss whether bird excrement is heard or smelled, but let me say this... I do have days that seem crappy, but are they really?

Lets say that 3x per month you have a crappy day or a day that feels that way to you. Would you like to ask God to remove them? Let's do the math... 3 x 12 = 36. That is 10% of a year. Would you like to have 10% of your life cut off so that you experienced only pleasure? Isn't it the hard days that help us to recognize the good?

This discussion reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas stories... it's about two brothers, the first a pessimist, the second an optimist.

A father once had two sons. He was something of a psychologist. He thought he would give them a little task to see how they reacted. Christmas morning he prepared the stockings for the boys and for the pessimist he filled it up with the finest toys that could be found. And the stockings of the optimist he filled them with horse manure. Christmas morning the two boys came down. The pessimist arrived, grabbed his stocking full of beautiful toys. In a few minutes he was crying his eyes out. The father said, “What is wrong, son?” He said, “Father, just think, in a few days all these beautiful toys will be broken.”

Later, in comes the optimist, grabs his stocking with a whoop of joy, and said, “Father, isn’t it wonderful: with all of this poop, I know that there must be a pony hiding nearby!!!

Life will bring you it's moments. We still have to keep looking for the good.  Poop and all.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
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Travel with Pastor Jeff

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 7, 2017

Italy

Florence Cathedral
Today I begin the Italy tour with 8 friends.  I can't wait to see these friends and catch up.  I am also very much looking forward to the sites that we will see and the memories that will be made.

Today I ask you to share my joy.  Take a short 2 seconds and be happy for me.  This is actually a great exercise in life... to learn to be happy for another.  For example, when our team loses, we can sulk or we can take a moment and be happy that the other team's fans are happy.  When we take joy in the joy of others, our minds get off of our own issues and for a brief moment, we can see the good, and by seeing the good and the joy in others, we take some of it into our own lives.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
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Travel with Pastor Jeff

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 6, 2017

Holy Land and being open to grow

Good Morning,  I want to let you know that if you are interested in the Holy Land trip, there is an early registration discount that ends on Nov 20.  So far 9 people are signed up to go so the trip is a go for sure.

Here is the link for the Holy Land trip:

http://www.eo.travelwithus..com/tours/hl18-brinkman-030518j-17768#eotours

Now on to today's blog post.

 One of the things that I have noticed in this life is how many people there are that either consider themselves "finished products" or act as if they are.  I know there were times in my life when I thought I knew everything.  I am sure I was very annoying then, more so even than I am now.

I believe that a sign of greatness is the openness and desire that a person has toward learning and growing.  To seek, discover, and assimilate a new idea is a tremendous gift from God.

What are you reading?  What are you learning?  How are you allowing God to morph and shape you?

There is a great joy in expanding our horizons.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
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Travel with Pastor Jeff

Italy's Historic and Religious Sites
November 7-16, 2017
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours


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 5, 2017

cheap or generous

So I was going into Sam's Club and I saw this group raising money for a trip to Washington DC.  I had one $20 bill in my wallet.  Now I wanted to help them, but not $20 worth.  So I thought about this while I was in the store.  What should I do.  Then I figured that lots of people just walk by and do nothing for them.

So when I came out of Sam's I stopped and talked with them.  I stepped out on a limb... I asked them if they could break a $20 bill.  They said yes of course.  I gave them $5.  Then I asked them if that was generous of me or cheap.  They laughed.

Was that a generous act?  Or a cheap act?
I'm still thinking about that....

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
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Travel with Pastor Jeff

Italy's Historic and Religious Sites
November 7-16, 2017
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours


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 4, 2017

rich

We were getting off of the shuttle bus at the airport.  Almost everyone handed the driver a couple of $ bucks.  I overheard a 10 year old boy say to his dad, "gosh everyone is rich."

I stayed close to them so I could hear the father's response.  It was classic.  "Son, they might be rich, but maybe they are just generous."

You can be generous even if you don't have lots of money.  In fact, I think that I would rather be generous than rich.  To live a generous life, whether by giving money, time or attention, to live a generous life is to live a happy life.

We can all be more generous.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
Travel with Pastor Jeff



Italy's Historic and Religious Sites
November 7-16, 2017
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours


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 3, 2017

For Granted

For granted

Possibly one of our worst sins as humans is taking things for granted.  When we don’t have enough of a thing, we want it.  During the hurricane, water was scarce so everyone wanted it.  We crave the things that we don’t have.  Then one day we wake up and we see that we have so much.  

We wake up in beautiful homes with nice cars and television sets.  We shower in clean water, we eat fresh food and we surf the web.  We are so entitled, we get mad when the cable goes out or the internet is down.

It is time to appreciate our abundance.  It is time to count our blessings.  There are so many. 

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
Travel with Pastor Jeff



Italy's Historic and Religious Sites
November 7-16, 2017
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours


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 2, 2017

about me


Stuff about Jeff
Somebody wrote in and asked me to share some things in the blog about myself that people might not know.  I not sure if anyone is interested in this stuff, but here are some little known Jeff facts.
  • I was baptized at 8 days and I smiled when the water was applied.
  • I named our daughter Jenny after my first dog.
  • I got my first kiss in third grade from Sue Ellen Butler.
  • I was the president of the bicycle club in high school.
  • I am a black belt in Karate.
  • I have kayaked on the ocean.
  • I once kicked a 40 yard field goal.
  • I slammed my thumb in the car door on Superbowl Sunday in 1970.  We had to drill a hole in the nail to relieve the blood pressure.
  • I was once shot right between the eyes with a bb gun.
  • I play the saxophone.  I was once in a band.
  • I used to have hair.
  • I once got 6 foul balls at a Royals game.  
  • I had perfect attendance in jr. high.
  • I once had meningitis.
  • I scored a hat trick in a college intramural soccer game.
  • My first concert was BTO at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1974.
  • I got kicked out of boy scouts.
  • I was fired from my first job.

Ok, those are the only things that I can think of that you might not know.

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

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Travel with Pastor Jeff



Italy's Historic and Religious Sites

November 7-16, 2017

http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours



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 1, 2017

all saints day

It is all saints day and I am thinking of some of my friends.  You know, we could have been born hundreds of years apart.  You could have been living in the middle ages, and I in the Roman empire.  But no. We are here now.  You and I we are living this life together now.

Scott, Jim, Paul, Dave, Brian, Donna, Kim, Aaron, Chris, Mike, Ginger, Joe, Judy, Adam, Keefe, Peggee, Jennifer, Bernie, Martha, Arlene, Kathy, Cathy, Carlotta, and 100 more of you.

We are in this together now.  You and I.  Saints or sinners.

I am so glad to have foujnd you in this life.  I am so glad to have crossed paths with you while we yet lived.



It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.
Travel with Pastor Jeff

Italy's Historic and Religious Sites
November 7-16, 2017
http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/it17-brinkman-17768#eotours


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, October 31, 2017

Halloween

My mom was a pretty fundamental Christian. Everything was black and white. Lots of judgment.

That was then, this is now. She is in heaven with Jesus now and I know that she is basking in his love and sharing it with others. She is whole.

So what does this have to do with Halloween? My mom, the fundamental Christian, loved Halloween. She set aside all of her dogmas and let the dogs out for Halloween. Demons that were feared and riled against during the rest of the year were amicably welcomed on Halloween. She had more Halloween decorations than Christmas ones.......

One of my favorites was a sign, which went up every year on the front door. The sign had an ugly witch on it and it said, "Welcome kiddies, put all your goodies in the box below... go quietly and no one will get hurt." Yes there was a box underneath the sign. No one ever left any candy, but I find the story to be so funny.

Have a Happy Halloween. October 31 is the Lord's day too.  The devil does not get a day.  Today is the Lord's day.  This is our father's world.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Wesley's Ireland
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Monday, October 30, 2017

victim

We have all been victimized by something.  We are all refugees from something.  A certain amount of grief is natural, a certain amount of a pity party is warranted.  Lord knows I have had my share.

Hopefully though, we don't get stuck on the negative forever.  We don't want our lives to be dominated by what is wrong or what was wrong.  At some point, hopefully, we rise up, get our feet back on solid ground and get back in the game.

Remember in the movie Top Gun when Maverick had disengaged from the dog fight?  He said, "talk to me Goose."  He found the inner strength and resolve and reentered the fray.

What ever has got you down, may you have a talk with Goose or Jesus or your best friend and rediscover the inner resolve.  Your world needs you back, heck, the world needs you.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, [and even a better day with you engaged] be sure to see the good.
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Wesley's Ireland

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

why am I here

A friend sent in this thought from "Grace For The Moment" by Max Lucado. Max was talking about how time slips by, and here's what he had to say:

"As we get older, our vision should improve. Not our vision of earth, but our vision of Heaven. Those who have spent their life looking for heaven gain a skip in their step as the city comes into view. After Michelangelo died, someone found in his studio, a piece of paper on which he had written a note to his apprentice. In the handwriting of his old age the great artist wrote: "Draw Antonio, draw, and do not waste time." Well-founded urgency, Michelangelo. Time slips. Days Pass. Years fade. And what we came to do must be done while there is time."

I think that we have all asked the question, am I doing what I should be doing? Or in my life overall, have I been busy doing what God put me here to do.

Let me comment.... Being a pastor is not enough. Being a school teacher is not enough. Being a nurse is not enough. Being a whatever is not enough.

Was I a pastor that loved? Was I a school teacher that loved? Was I a nurse that loved?
We make it so complicated, when it is really quite simple. Did I love?

If you love, you are doing what you were put here to do. It just takes some of us a while to discover that.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

my friend

My friend is sick.  Maybe.  She has been to the doctor a bunch.  They can't find anything.  I guess that is good.  Maybe it's just stress.

This is someone who has given so much to so many.  So much to life.  So much to children and families.  This is someone who is as good of a person, as good of a soul as I know.

So here is some free advice from an old partly retired Methodist...
1.  take it easy
2.  work less hours
3.  go on vacation
4.  go skiing
5.  go somewhere with your friends
6.  drink a beer.
7.  go watch a road race
8.  treat yourself to a pedicure
9.  let someone else be good to you

We who were raised  by Lutherans tend to work ourselves to death.... no need.  Life is good if we take time to savor it.

"There is no duty that we so much underrate as the duty of being happy."
                                                        Robert Louis Stephenson

"Every now and then, one must take care of themselves so that they can again be good for others."
                                                       Jeff Brinkman

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Wesley's Ireland
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Friday, October 27, 2017

promise

The other day I was out to breakfast with my new friends Jim and Betsy.  Half way through our meal, there was a hubbub.  Servers talking to each other, running around.  We thought someone was sick or in trouble.

Being nosy, we asked what was up. 
All they said was, "LOOK!"

Outside across the street was the most beautiful rainbow.  I stopped and smiled and appreciated it.   I savored it.  Then I thought about how so many people don't go to church, but they see God's miracles and are amazed.  Romans 1:20 tells us that enough of God is revealed by the things that he has made so that people are held accountable, have no excuse.  This rainbow was so beautiful, anyone would have said WOW!  I hope that their WOW is a prayer of thanks to God.

His promise is still out there in the world.  His promise of love and grace.  The promise that he is the great Creator and Victor over all fear and worry.

Wow!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

empty

 I saw these empty carts early one morning at Walmart.  I thought immediately of how they were going to be used later in the day.  They were resting now but would soon be bustling around.  I thought about how crazy it gets around dinner time and at the holidays.  Empty carts at Walmart are a harbinger of busy times ahead.

They I thought of the empty pews at so many churches...  Signs that we used to have more people in worship than we have now.  Signs that we built buildings to accommodate the crowd that used to be.

I find it sad that empty shopping carts speak of hope, but empty pews speak of decline.  What if we started looking at empty pews differently?  What if we began to believe that the pews can be full again?  What if we began to pray for those who might come and sit in them?  What if we began to graciously look for those whom we could invite to come to church with us?

Let's Pray, "Dear  Lord, may the empty pews be full again, may the power of your message reach into the community, may we see our churches as places of hope.  Amen" 

If Walmart can do it, so can we.  God is not done with our churches.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

it ain't over yet

My friend Pat wrote in to say that as Christians, we always believe that "the worst thing that happens is never the last thing."

This reminded me of Paul's statement in Romans 8 "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed."

No matter what is going on in your life today, there are better days ahead, and as much as I want us to see the good and celebrate this day, here and now, there is for sure a home for us with God in the heavens.


It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Power of a Hug


From my friend Sherry...

I remember walking into the common area near our church library one Sunday morning and there stood a church member with a sign that said “free hugs.”  The spirit in our church that morning just kind of lit up as people stopped to get a free hug.

I’ve thought many times lately about a Carnegie Mellon study a few years ago that said there are indications that a hug can actually help people feel better, and maybe enjoy better health.  There were indications that it could even reduce the symptoms of a common cold.  I have also read studies that say that people who live alone, especially the elderly just thrive better if family members remember to hug them.

If newborn babies thrive on being hugged, and the elderly who live alone need hugs, then maybe we’d better think about the benefits for these and all the ages in between.  Hugs cost us nothing, and when extended along with a genuine smile and caring words can lift a person’s spirits.

We have recently had someone in our family who went through a health crisis.  While they were on the mend, and I was wondering how I could help encourage them in feeling better physically and mentally, God just seemed to make me aware of the power of a hug.  I’ve been trying it, and guess what.  It’s making the person feel more secure and experience a stronger sense of well-being.

Not to preach at you or anything, but this is a bit of encouragement to find someone in your daily walk of life who could use a hug, and watch the results.  Hugs may even speak louder than words.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
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Wesley's Ireland
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday's Sermon Audio

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here is the audio from 10-22-17

Sermon- The Wind Blows


Witness

Someone asked me about witnessing to others...

A few years ago, the United Methodist church added the word witness to our membership vows. Prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Witness scares most people. I am supposed to do what?

Witness does not mean that you run around scaring people to death. It doesn't mean that you become an annoyance to others. It doesn't mean that you leave your normal life to corner folks and talk to them.

When we are living the Christian life, we are a witness. Our word and our actions, are a testimony to Christ. We don't have to tell people that we follow Christ, they can see it. They can tell that there is something loving and joyful about us.

John Wesley is quoted as saying, "Share your faith, when necessary, use words."

Our goal should not be to rush out and witness, our goal should be to follow Christ and then just do what comes naturally. You will know when it is right to talk with someone, and you will know when it is weird. Stay close to your Father and love Him with all your heart. If we do that, we can't help but be a witness.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
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Wesley's Ireland
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

God can use you

So many people wish that they could be used by God, but they just cannot believe that God would use someone as broken as they are.

If this is your thought process, who do you think that God uses? Does he look for perfect people to use? Where would he find them?

Think about it... if you are looking for comfort and advice in the midst of marital troubles, would you rather talk with someone who had no problems or someone who had lived through marital hell? If you were struggling with an illness would you rather talk with someone who had perfect health or someone who had lived through some rough illnesses?

Our hurts can be a blessing to others.

"Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, 'How can we hide our wounds?' so we don't have to be embarrassed, but 'How can we put our woundedness into the service of others?' When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers."                                                              Henri Nouwen

Don't rob others of the gift that you are. Get over the fact that you are broken and reach out to others with compassion. God will use your brokenness to bring encouragement and hope. I promise.

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
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

hurting

Maybe as you read this, you are hurting.

I hurt sometimes too.  I wish that I had the magic pill to take away your pain, but I don't.  Every life seems to have it's problems, it's issues.  It almost seems to me that the longer I live, the more problems I collect.  And I thought when I got old enough, my problems would go away.  Ha ha.

Anyway, let me say this.... I have learned along the way that feelings are fickle.  I can have a problem and it will be eating my lunch.  And then the next minute or the next day, I can find happiness even though the problem is still there.

We have no choice but to live with and within our problems.  It won't hurt forever.  Stay with the program, stay with life, keep seeking the good.  Your feelings will turn, even if the problem does not.

I am so sorry that you hurt.  I wish I could hug you and make it all go away.  Keep your chin up.  Life is still good.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Holy Land via Jordan
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Wesley's Ireland
October 8-17, 2018
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Friday, October 20, 2017

creation miracle

I tend to notice things in creation... I think that is good.  Odd things, beautiful things, things.  I can't explain how or why but my brain just looks for and sees things that speak to me.

Here is a Banyon tree.  Banyon trees have a very odd characteristic.  Off of their branches, they drop "feelers" that make their way to the ground and become roots.  It is so strange... like one of your whiskers growing down and becoming another leg....  One of God's interesting oddities of life.


Now here is a Banyon tree in Jaycee Park in Vero Beach that has a palm tree growing right out of the middle of it.  I guess a bird dropped a palm seed right in the right crevace of the tree.  Every time I see this tree in a tree I smile.

God's world is amazing.
What do you see when you wake to a new day?  There are miracles all around us.

And so it is a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

losing

Working hard at seeing the good is so very important.... 

"If you lose your possessions, you may have lost a lot.  If you lose your health, you have lost a great deal.  But if you lose your peace of mind, you have lost everything."

It's a beautiful day in God's world, keep working hard to see the good.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One of my favorite stories

A mother could not get her little son to come home from his games before dark. So she frightened him: she told him that the path leading to their house was haunted by ghosts who came out as soon as the sun went down.

After that, She had no more trouble making him come home before dark each evening. But when the boy grew up he was so afraid of the dark and of the ghosts that he refused to go out of the house at night.

Occasionally she would need something from the store and would want him to go get it. So she gave him a medal to wear and convinced him that as he wore his medal the ghosts would have no power to harm him. So now he ventures forth into the dark clutching his medal.

The moral of the story.....
Bad religion gives us fear and powerless medals. Good religion helps us to see that there are no ghosts.

A nineteenth-century Shaker by the name of Thomas Brown questioned the infallibility of the Shaker leader "Mother Ann" and the ministry that followed her. He complained to the elders that "Your gospel seems like a tunnel: the farther I travel in, the narrower it grows." A true community of faith provides the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Free

Happiness has nothing to do with the outside. Money, power, respectability promise to bring happiness. But they don’t. People without these things can be happy.

There once was a prisoner held by the Nazis. The poor man was tortured every day. One day they changed his cell. In the new cell there was a skylight. He wrote home to his family about the joy of the fresh air and the sunlight.

What difficulty are you facing?  Do you allow it to keep you in prison, or are you still free?

"One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in prison"
                                                                                             Plato

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Audio from Sunday's Sermon October 15, 2017 The Greatest Commandment

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Link to 10-15-17

https://clyp.it/jachm0h4

help my church grow

Sometimes people still ask me for ideas to help their church grow.  Here is something simple that I thought of the other day.

You want your church to grow?  Remove all undesirables.  Remove all obstacles to growth.

By undesirables I don't mean people, but there might be some that you need to manage and get under control.

Barriers to growth, undesirables might be-

  • not enough parking
  • a shabby exterior appearance
  • sad colors
  • trash outside
  • trees that need  to be trimmed
  • no greeter
  • an overly forceful greeter
  • bathrooms that are not clean
  • bathrooms that need to be remodeled
  • rusty water
  • bad singers
  • too long of worship service
  • themes of guilt and shame
  • no nursery, dirty nursery
  • on and on it goes


In short, anything that would cause someone to take your church off of their list, fix it right away.   Any agenda, even if it is your favorite, if it is off mission, let it go.  You may even want to have some fresh eyes come in and look around because we humans get used to "good enough" and that won't win new folks.

Removing barriers won't guarantee growth, but keeping the undesirable things will certainly create barriers and keep new people away.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

criticism

There is always someone that will criticize you.  Let it roll off of your back.

A monkey was up in a palm tree.  He saw a Methodist Preacher walking below.  The monkey pulled a coconut loose and threw it down, striking the Preacher on the head.

The preacher picked up the coconut, drank the milk, ate the coconut flesh and made a bowl from the shell.

May we all have that response the next time we are given grief.

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