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News Archive for 2013


December 18, 2013

Have you ever heard a song with no melody? It’s just a lot of harmony parts but nothing to tie it together. The sounds may be nice and pleasing to the ear but somehow there's no cohesion. It makes no sense and there's no sense of wholeness.

Now imagine Christmastime....

December 10, 2013

 Have you ever noticed the visual background when you play your music through your media center? It shows up on your TV panel. And although it’s supposed to be background designs, it seems to have a direct impact on how you respond to everything around you. Sometimes it’s slow moving...

December 2, 2013

Happy New Year! What? Yes, I really do mean that. You probably think I’m a little off in my timing, but in reality, Sunday, December 1 marks the beginning of the Church calendar. Most of us don’t realize that but in fact the Church over the ages has established a...

November 25, 2013

 You panic when you think you lost your phone. It has all your calendar events, contacts, messages, email, and your credit card info…everything you use daily. Now it’s lost! Or is it? It’s kind of nice to be able to log onto your account at any computer, and activate the...

November 18, 2013

 As she finished hanging the drapes, a grin appeared on her face. “That’s exactly what I wanted it to look like!” She had a vision; she went out and bought the material, cut it to size, hemmed it, attached the clips, put up the rods and finally hung the curtains....

November 12, 2013

Isn’t it amazing how the more you remember who you really are, the more you forget why distracting agendas and lures of your current life are so important? When you find yourself caught in the pressure cooker environment of pleasing everyone and meeting everyone’s expectations your best path to stable...

October 28, 2013

 Have you ever wondered how puzzles are made? Probably not! They imprint a beautiful picture on a single sheet of cardboard, then cut it in pieces. When you open the box, the picture is a jumble and you have to put it back the way it was created. It’s a...

October 20, 2013

Have you ever been lost in the maze of the city? You don’t know which way is north or south. You feel confused and completely disoriented. Then, all of a sudden you catch a glimpse of a mountain peak you know well. Everything falls into place and you feel like...

October 14, 2013
I pray your weekend went really well – and that you were able to be in church!  As you start this work week, consider for a moment your starting point.  Often when you walk into the office/work place, you look around at what needs to be done.  Good, that’s responsible. ...
October 7, 2013

 You say one thing and somebody hears something completely different…has that ever happened to you?  Probably.  It’s a frustration.  The more you talk, the more anxious you become and frustration leaks out in your body language, tone of voice, and attitude.  Pretty soon you feel like a good relationship has...

September 25, 2013
Love is as much an environment as it is action.  It is attitude and behavior.  God has shown love for you and me through actions. He sent Jesus, His son, as an expression of how much He loves you. But God also gives an environment full of love.  That is...
September 16, 2013

 Just about everything you do is observed by someone else.  Your supervisor, your co-workers, your family members, your professor, your students all are watching to see if you live up to their expectations.  It’s not hard at all to start living to those standards – attempting to conform your actions...

September 11, 2013

 I pray that the last few months have been a wonderful time of preparing for this new adventure as you begin a year of studies. I want you to know that I along with 14 other regional chaplains in SoulQuest stand ready to help you as you walk through this year. No...

April 9, 2013

The Haitian people are in deep need. Can you imagine if we simply said that “God’s grace will be enough for them” and left it at that? In a case like this we are compelled to become the expression of God’s grace – a touch, presence, a word, food, generosity....

March 18, 2013

The homeowner began his project. He was putting trim molding around the ceiling of his family room.  He had to measure and cut small pieces to fit around the large beams, corners, and angles of the room.  He began with one piece that fit just right into a small space...

March 11, 2013

You’ve probably heard the phrase a thousand times, “you never know!”  With all the variables that are at work surrounding your daily choices you may always wonder, “Is it right?” “Did I choose well?” – Whether you are deciding how to use your time, how to respond to your daughter...

March 4, 2013

It may be pouring rain at your house as you leave for work or school.  And it’s hard to believe that the sun is actually shining anywhere nearby.  But as you arrive at the campus or in your parking lot at work, you look around and suddenly realize that there...

February 25, 2013

I trust your week is beginning as beautifully as the weather!  Have you even noticed?  Don't miss it.  With all you have going on, you may be breathless just trying to keep up with your schedule -- work, kids, home, school, social life.  In it, you may find your mind...

February 19, 2013

It's easy to make resolutions that are full of good intentions for better behavior.  Goals, projects, and great ambitions.  Within a couple of months after New Year’s, though, they can become overloaded with the reality of daily living.  Don't be surprised if after a few weeks the luster of new...

February 12, 2013

Everybody is looking at you in some way -- what you are wearing, what you are doing, how you are speaking, how you interact with others, how you do your job, even what you eat.  Everything they think about you is based upon what they see.  There are two people,...

February 4, 2013

Moments of pause are often thought of as what follows a crisis.  Something dramatic happens and it "gives you pause." If often means something bad, or heart-stopping.  Mostly, though, it is a break, a diversion, a moment when you can center your thinking, your emotions, your spirit and be reminded...

January 29, 2013

When you began your academic program, you had some kind of goal in mind.  A new job, a promotion, a larger pay check or some intrinsic desire to know more or develop personally.  I suppose there are even some who simply like the idea of having letters after their name. ...

January 14, 2013

He went car shopping and found one that was absolutely cool!  And to make things even better, it was actually within reach financially.  From that point on for a few days he could think of nothing but that car, what it would be like to drive it, how it would...

January 8, 2013

The mother and daughter spent part of their vacation time working on the 2000 piece puzzle.  After the daughter went back to work, the mom completed it – except for one piece that she could not find anywhere!  And the puzzle wasn’t finished without it.  A few days later, the...