Friday, March 31, 2017

Upcoming April 15-16

Sermon Series: Spring 2017

Finishing up on King David this Sunday .... then we have an Easter Presentation through song on April 9th and Easter April 16th ... Then going into a series on Elijah and Elisha .... which I'm looking forward to.

Leading from the Second Chair

This is the current book I'm reading. I have several other books on my to read shelf at home. Including: Divine Direction, and Grace is Greater. So what are you reading ?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sermons We See

Came across this writing in a frame while visiting a local church.

Sermons We See

Edgar Guest

I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;

And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles
and a strong man stays behind

Just to see if he can help him,
then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful
as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness
that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many,
men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed
is worth forty that are told.

Who stands with men of honor
learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language
which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me
with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one, any day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Immigration Reform.

(I originally wrote this in 2012 and thought to share as a Canadian Student who came on a vise to Religious Worker to Permanent Resident via marriage)

Let me say this I'm all for Immigration Reform. I think both political parties can legally say that. But how does one go about it?

I. One needs to patrol and close the borders. You don't put a bandage where there is a severed wound.

II. Deal with the laws of immigration and simplify them. (Confusion over the laws and State Rights and Federal Territory haven't been verified )In alot of ways those that have come legally are being downplayed to those that are here undocumented and illegally. (and recently with the election some have discriminated against those legally who came -SAD)

III. With simplification - have each state have their own ICE office and paperwork. No more complex forms, laws, out of state offices, changes of INS to ICE, and the rules, or no word from the agency. There maybe laws but ultimately the federal government has made this a complex and complicated issue where there is none. Make the process simple and easy. You would think with our computer technology, being able to put men on the moon etc ... this would be one issue to solve ....

IV. Let people tell their stories. I came here legally. I got a visa, I changed my status and currently have to go through the process again after consulting a immigration lawyer ... and yet (I won't say how many times I've dealt with INS/ICE and many red tape paperwork .... it can be frustrating)(Update: Finished paperwork: permanent resident working on what is called N-400 aka citizenship)

V. Immigration Reform can be done with some Common Sense. It is not a FREE for all, nor for racial profiling. Unfortunately it has become such a Hot Button and political topic ... it has hurt some of us who have/ or are in the process of obeying the laws.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Why funerals, memorials?

Funerals, memorials are a way to say goodbye. Those that are Christians, we have the hope to see each other again.

The 4 Rs in dealing with Death.

Here are some insights I have. First is I don't have all the answers, only God does. And that in such times I just listen, and be there.

Here are the 4Rs.

I. Reality. We are all going to die. When is the question. But we're all going to die. Death is an enemy.

II. Reason. Death was alien to God's plan. We were never intended to die - but due to sin.

III. Realm. There is a realm of separation of the soul from the body.

IV. Readiness of Death. Live your life in such a way that speaks of eternity.

I do not like Death. Death, dying isn't easy. It affects you. I still carry the scars and wounds that death has had on me ...but it has made me stronger. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

How have you encounter death?

What do you say to someone that has lost a loved one?

All I know if to be there.