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Commitment and the Tree Swing

“Committed”can mean…many things to many people.We tend to think immediately of a level of investment to a person, place, or thing. Ah, but that’s not the only option.In professional mental health circles…it can signify a life saving, altering, or intervening event. When I was a lowly employee of the “Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare System” there were times I had to man the “hotline.” Of course, its name represented everything you needed to know about its purpose. When it rang it usually meant that an emergency was happening with someone somewhere in the state of Georgia. A few times it was in reference to an “EIC” – emergency involuntary commitment. If that was the case a counselor would have to make a determination about the immediate need and get the paperwork rolling for a person’s placement in a care facility. So, “commitment” wasn’t about having personal control of your level of “investment” but someone else committing YOU!


Sometimes, the right question

Sometimes, the right questioncan be a wonderful tool. You can gain information and insight. Besides that, it’s a pretty decent ice breaker. Yep, a well placed question can tell you a lot about a person…or a church


At our recent “Pastor & Wives” retreat...during one of our sessions I asked that all of us fill out a questionnaire. One particular question was the most fun. “What would you do with a sudden gift of $_____?” There were three amounts listed: $100, $10,000, $1,000,000. We were to respond to each as a standalone amount and tithing was a given. The instruction was to withstand the temptation to give a “Sunday School” answer you know, like “I’d give it all away to help achieve world peace!” Oh, wait. Was that a beauty pageant response? Anyway, you get the direction



I Like Snow

I like snow. I’s winter I can’t stand.

That seems a bit ridiculous, doesn’t it? In the “Peanuts” comic strip Linus tells Charlie Brown that he loves mankind. “It’s people I can’t stand.” Same thing here. Snow is pretty as it falls and turns everything it latches on to “wonderland” gorgeous. There’s just one thing: it comes with cold weather – and sometimes (like the last few weeks) bitterly cold temps.


Vested – Invested

I am impressed…with word-smiths. These are the people who can string words together and make you see in your mind a vivid picture. They may be writers, sports announcers, or speakers. They have in common a keen ability to use words to draw us into the experience they are having or have had. Perhaps, they use this gift to get us to imagine something different or to persuade us to another way of thinking.
Sometimes I watch TV shows…simply for the actors’ dialogue. West Wing was one of my favorites. Aaron Sorkin was amazingly skilled as its writer. While I didn’t agree with its political slant I would sometimes re-watch an episode for the way he crafted the


I Miss Singing

I miss singing. Don’t get me wrong. I still hold my own in corporate worship.(By the way, in the shower and in church are the best places to vocally let ‘er rip especially, if you sit near the drums. Seriously, who’s gonna hear you?) Anyway, I just miss singing the way I used to: easy, no vocal cord problems, good range (in my mind). It was one of the ways I served the Lord.

You didn’t know this…but I haven’t always been a pastor. I had a real job. I was a minister of music.Ok, it’s one of many positions I held in “church work.” Let’s see, youth pastor, education guy, singles ministry, and the best job –



It’s time to do this thing. “What thing,” you ask? “The ‘Facebook’ article that has been bouncing around in my head,” I reply. Social media is now woven into our culture.




STRESS … some people have it and some people give it! The question is, “What do we do with it?” Well, let me take a shot at helping you do just that. Here are a few things to consider in order to STRESS-LESS.


The Word is “New”


The word is “NEW” as in…new year, new opportunity, new resolutions. You know…NEW. The format of our newsletter is new for one thing. The timing is another – monthly. So “new” is the new…well…new. (Yeah, I’m not following either so let me change direction.)


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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Let’s break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.


Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.

If you are a Christian, you trusted God for salvation. You can trust Him with the rest of your life, too–every detail.


Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding

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