One of the greatest joys of this last trip to California was sitting in the home of our son and daughter-in-law celebrating our grandson’s 16th birthday. We sat around a table, the entire family along with my brother who joined us. There were ten of us and I don’t know exactly who started it but while we ate we began to tell “family tales.” My brother and I came from a very dysfunctional family and we had plenty of tales to tell. Our own family had a few of their own to add also. The laughter began; sometimes so much…

I took my laptop into the Geek Squad before we left on our trip. When I got to the counter, the Geek Squad asked me what it needed. I told him it needed a “Spa Day.” He gave me a blank stare. So, I elaborated. “It needs a Spa Day, you know mani-pedi, massage, facial.” Another blank stare. So, I went on, “it doesn’t have anything actually wrong with it, it just needs a ….” “Ah,” he said as understanding set in, “it needs a tune up.” Yep, that’s it. Geek Squad and I speak a different language apparently. Just…

Investing

/ August 16, 2019 / Devotions / 0 Comments

I’m not sure where the stock market is now. I know it took a big dip one day before we left for California (and another just this week). I didn’t watch or read much of anything while we were away, so not sure if it “recovered.” I have very little interest in trading investments anyway. I have a great interest, however, in “investing.” 1 Timothy 6 reminds us to do good, to be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share. It says that when we do this, we will “lay up treasure for [ourselves] as a firm foundation…

I have met a lot of people in my 72 years. Some of them had gorgeous outsides, some didn’t. Some had beautiful hearts, many others didn’t. The outside and the inside don’t always match. Many a person has been fooled by a charming, good-looking exterior that covered a heart that was anything but. I have also known people who have suffered great disappointments because the world was looking for an “image” rather than quality of character. All you have to do to see that in action is to watch some of these reality talent shows and how the judges “judge”…

Standing up for Christ often makes us targets for those who wish all mention of God to be silenced. Right this moment, there are people being troubled because of their testimony for Christ Jesus. The enemy of our soul wants to instill fear. He wants us to believe that he has the power—when it is Christ Jesus who has both the power and authority over all of heaven and earth. The enemy knows the time is short, he can hear that chain rattling in the hand of the angel that will one day bind him and cast him into the…

California trip. 3 AM living room curtain rod breaks, must nail up a sheet before we leave. Work Zones/pilot cars. Flying locust attack over Donner, hundreds of insect bodies impact Black Bart head on. Non-working hair dryer at first hotel. Tahoe Joe’s gave us worst waiter they had. Forgot hat and got scalp sunburn while eating outside in hot sun at lunch following older grandson’s scrimmage. Santa Cruz boardwalk, crowded, noise level off the charts. Traffic …. Wait. Stop there. Don’t hold that thought! “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is…

August 7 – OFF LINE THROUGH August 12 I am going to be offline through August 12.  My computer is going in the shop for a “spa day.”  And Bob and I are spending time with family.  I pray God ministers to you each day and gives you opportunity for prayer and praise. God bless you all!  I so appreciate you taking the time to read my daily thoughts. Terry

Yesterday I wrote that I came across two familiar verses from John’s Gospel this week.  The first was John 1:12 and spoke of those who believe on Christ Jesus as LORD who have been given the “exousia” – the right, power, and authority to be children of God, birthed supernaturally of Him. That left me with such a sense of wonder. But as enthralled as I was by that verse, I think the second one even more so.  Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17. The part of His prayer that left me awestruck was the first three words…

I came across two verses in John’s Gospel that gripped me. One came to me through my Daily Bible Verse email this week, the other through my PC Bible Study Program.  The first is John 1:12-13. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  [NIV]  The “right” to become children of God. The KJV uses the English word “power.”  The Greek word is “exousia,” and carries with it the…

I worked hospice for a few years and pastored for a lot more. I don’t think I would be exaggerating to say that I think I’ve seen it all. Let me toss out a few words and you’ll understand. Cancer. ALS. Alzheimer’s. Suicide. Murder. Accidents. Child Abuse. Domestic Violence. Infant Death. Most pastors could toss out the same words, and perhaps even more.  There have been times when I wondered how people could go on after experiencing such tragedies. When I get to thinking like that, I remember a phrase in a verse in 2 Corinthians, “the God of all…