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In Genesis Chapters 37 through 50, we see the making of a Man...a man of influence...a man of significance. Joseph was a Man placed in one of the most powerful positions in  all of Egypt. God raised him up into a position of prominence in a foreign culture, hostile to his faith.

God has placed a similar calling on each one of us...Joseph finished his life well...ultimately using his gifts, talents, abilities and acquired experiences for the sake of saving his loved ones...God has gifted us with an opportunity to do the same...

But, much like Joseph, our character will be forged by adversity...adversity will either make us bitter or better, depending on our perspective...Quality of life is dependent upon attitude...The scriptures tell us that godliness with contentment is great gain...the secret to happiness is not getting what we want, but wanting what we already have...

What a great epiphany it is for each of us, when the light bulb goes on and we realize that we are in no way lacking and that God himself is forming our character for a significant role in which we impact people's lives for eternity.

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02
Help I’m Stuck! Oh Wait… Not That Kind Of Help.
February 2, 2016

In The New Testament book of Acts we come across an interaction between a couple of Jesus’ disciples and a man who was seemingly stuck in a hopeless situation. It is a "crisis of the will" moment for the man. It is a moment, in which, God provides a transformative opportunity to step into a new way of living. In verses one through six we read-

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” [READ MORE]



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Wailing on the Worm
September 11, 2014

His name was Matt Hupp, and he was a different sort of kid. He was considered weird by some, and he definitely marched to the beat of his own drummer.  According to the standards of the day, he was fashionably unaware.  While other kids were sporting their Hang Ten shirts […] [READ MORE]



04
Sculpted Butter
September 4, 2014

It was a 3-shirt day. In other words, it was summer in the Coachella Valley. Mary Beth and I, as well as the Bible College students, were preparing the retreat-center property for an incoming retreat. The grounds had been tended to, plumbing fixed, and bed linens laundered and placed on […] [READ MORE]



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Open Hands Or Closed Fists?
August 28, 2014

Prior to 1994 in South Africa, an oppressive political system called Apartheid existed. The country had more than 30 million blacks, and only 4 million whites, yet whites had the ruling authority. Prejudice and racism existed in the form of atrocities- beatings, torture, and even murder. This was done to […] [READ MORE]



21
A Father's Love
August 21, 2014

Homework was done, chores were done, so I headed out to the greenbelt to meet up with my best bud, Mike Hanson. Mike was a scrawny, wiry kid, filled with spit and vinegar. His mom was Mexican and his dad was Irish. He seemed to possess the stereotypical temper from […] [READ MORE]



14
Familiarity Breeds Stagnation
August 14, 2014

Familiar faces…familiar places…we find a measure of comfort and dependency in that which is familiar. We like routine. For the most part, we are indeed, “creatures of habit.” This is true of me to a fault. Take me out of my routine for a week, and frankly, I can become […] [READ MORE]



07
Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
August 7, 2014

At the time, we did not consider the outcome of our actions…it just seemed like a fun and funny thing to do. Didn’t think about what our decision might do to someone else. It was a Friday night in the beautiful Bel Meadow apartments and we were bored. Nothing sounded […] [READ MORE]



23
Escape
July 23, 2014

Living in Southern California years ago, I was able to enjoy mini-escapes to a second run movie theater that was just a few blocks away from my home. This provided Mary Beth and I a much needed reprieve, especially during the sweltering heat of Coachella Valley Summers. I’m sure after […] [READ MORE]



17
Legacy of Pornography
July 17, 2014

There are certain Bible verses that, unfortunately, we don’t find out to be true until after the fact. For me, James 1:15 happens to be one of those scriptures. James 1:15 reads,      “Then when lust has conceived it gives birth to sin; when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” […] [READ MORE]



10
Card Board Entrepeneurs
July 10, 2014

We’ve all seen the signs…we drive across an intersection, and there to the left, on the island, we see the dirty cardboard…maybe two by two feet with frayed edges…and in big block printing, it says something like, “Will work for food…God bless.”We’ve all heard the stories…We get an earful from […] [READ MORE]



03
Weak-End Warrior
July 3, 2014

I was 6 years old and it was a very unstable time in my life. I was feeding off the fall-out of my parent’s divorce…under the influence of my mom’s fears and insecurities. Because of my dad’s departure, I was beginning to develop some of my own.When it came to […] [READ MORE]



26
Unwanted
June 26, 2014

From the very beginning he wasn’t wanted. He was the product of a molestation; a date rape. A somewhat sheltered and naive young lady was asked to a cocktail party. She was flattered...perhaps, even a little giddy to receive such an invitation from the handsome, charming, older gentleman. Although she […] [READ MORE]



12
The Spanking of Stupidness
June 12, 2014

I remember a stupid mistake I made several years back. A little incident I will simply call ”The Spanking Of Stupidness.” I can’t remember what I got in trouble for, but, for one reason or another, I was guilty of disobeying my mom. Back then, when I was 9, I […] [READ MORE]



04
Ball of Grease
June 4, 2014

My buddy, Jim Parker, wouldn’t want me to say this, but he is one of the smartest individuals I know. He will be quick to tell you that he didn’t get past the 9th grade, but when it come to mechanical aptitude, there are not too many people who can […] [READ MORE]



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A Match Made In H...E...Double Hockey Sticks
May 29, 2014

If you would have met them, you might have come to the conclusion that theirs was not exactly a match made in heaven...maybe the other place. Their relationship...like most came together because of what they had in common and what they had in common... wasnt all that good. Mental illness […] [READ MORE]



22
She Had Issues
May 22, 2014

Years ago, I knew this young lady…She had some painful problems…she had what seemed like, overwhelming obstacles to overcome in her life. She had been deeply wounded in her past. She hurt…and life for her was a living hell. So, she went to a doctor. The doctor did what he thought […] [READ MORE]



15
Hurt People Hurt People
May 15, 2014

The pain seemed unbearable to me. I cannot recall a time where I felt more isolated or more alone. The darkness of the rural road coupled with the reflection of the oncoming headlights, made the situation seem somewhat surreal…trance-like…almost dreamlike. I was wishing…I was hoping it was just a dreamhellip;just […] [READ MORE]



08
Stunted
May 8, 2014

The dictionary defines the word stunt as: to hinder the growth of. A lot of people are stunted in their spiritual growth. Why? Because we hold back… there are areas of our lives that we fail to fully surrender to God. Pastor Paul Shepherd has a plaque that reads, “My ship came inhellip;but […] [READ MORE]



01
Sing Song and Spite the Devil
May 1, 2014

Imagery of the cross is commonplace in our culture, perhaps too commonplace. Churches, T-shirts, bumper stickers, stationary, necklaces, earrings and the like, all display the implement of Roman torture that our Messiah was condemned to die on. There’s something about being able to buy cross-inspired jewelry in bulk from a […] [READ MORE]



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"Shotgun"
April 25, 2014

History repeats itself, often times in the most ridiculous ways. When someone yells, “Shotgun!” with irritation and resignation, we understand, that they have made their claim on the front seat of the car. Of course, this quick-draw declaration does not always go without protest. In fact, the shotgun proclamation has […] [READ MORE]



17
Sea Gulls
April 17, 2014

Phillip Yancey has an interesting perspective on sea gulls. This quote was taken from “The Strong Willed Child” by James Dobson— “It's easy to see why people like the seagull. I've sat overlooking a craggy harbor and watched one. He exults in freedom. He thrusts his wings backward with powerful strokes […] [READ MORE]



10
Never Take a Russian to a Supermarket
April 10, 2014

Never take a Russian to a supermarket…at least that was the conclusion I had come to several years back. Let me provide you with a little context to clear up what I am trying to say. Years back, Mary Beth and I were acting as dorm parents for a group […] [READ MORE]



03
Man Up
April 3, 2014

I officiated at two wedding ceremonies last Summer and Fall.  Additionally, I was involved in counseling a couple who desired to be married the following Spring. There is a lot of preparation involved. Every couple that I am involved with knows that I passionately hold a conviction that people need […] [READ MORE]



26
It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
March 26, 2014

I woke up looking at life through crud covered glasses. To say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed is an understatement. It was a lousy day…well, at least to me it was. Sure, the sun was out, the birds were chirping, the wind was blowing…causing the […] [READ MORE]



13
I Have a Big But
March 13, 2014

“I have a big but.” No, I didn’t misspell that last word and I am not describing an oversize portion of my anatomy. I borrowed that sentence from a humorous and thought provoking video clip that I saw on sermonspice.org. The theme of the clip was not the epidemic of obesity in America that […] [READ MORE]



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