Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today is not the only day people are afraid...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We Love NYC



In honor of the millions of people who are displaced along the Eastern seaboard, we offer this video that ran shortly after September 11, 2001.  Broadway is dark tonight, but the lights will shine again soon.  God bless all those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, October 29, 2012

It is true that...

"He that can have patience can have what he will."
~Spanish proverb

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Sunday...


"Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshipped." 

~Jack Hayford 

Let God change you to be more like Him today.
Worship with God's people wherever you may be.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Remember...

"It is better to be alone than to be in bad company."
~Germanic proverb

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Musical Theatre Friday quote...

"The only way out is up. A leap of faith..."
~Spoken by the character Maureen in Jonathan Larson's RENT

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fight the negative


One of the hardest things to do is to stop negativity from taking control of our lives.  In a person's heart, in a family, in a church, in a business or in society at large, once we give in to the desire to be negative, condescending and even cruel in our speech, our posts, our conversations or our attitude, we are letting Satan and all he stands for win.  

Fight evil ~ Be positive.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Remember to...

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time."
~Betty Smith

Monday, October 22, 2012

Humorous but true...

"It's funny, but when you date someone it's like your taking one long course in who that person is, then when you break up all that stuff becomes useless.  It's like the emotional equivalent of an English degree."
~Character of Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Of love and God...


Many of us can remember the first time we fell in love (or at least thought we did).  Regardless of the age at which this phenomena occurs, certain behaviors start to take place.  The sound of your beloved’s name begins to sound sweeter in your ears than any other word.  You change plans and alter schedules to spend just a few extra moments with your special someone.  You try to learn everything about your love’s wants, desires, dreams and cares.  You spend hours upon hours talking about everything with the object of your affection.  You feel that you want to be with this person regardless of what others think or the risks you might have to take to make it happen.  You can’t imagine ever feeling that same way about another person ever again.
Notice each of these behaviors we exhibit when we are in love.  They all serve as a pattern for how the Christian should feel about and act toward God.  As Christians, our relationship to God should be the primary relationship in our lives.  God, and God alone, should occupy the most important place in our lives.
The question is then: are you in love with God?  Many people know a great deal about God objectively, but they have never made an emotional investment in having a relationship with Him.  Just as someone can know all the facts about a person, until emotion becomes involved they will never see all that the person truly is.  Our challenge is to come to love God in much the same way as He has already loved us: totally, sacrificially, deeply and eternally.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Broadway meets the Grand Ole Opry...

Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean and longtime Phantom, performs the Southern standard and co-Tennessee State Song, "The Tennessee Waltz."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Truly...

"A measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."
~British historian Lord Macauley

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Truly...

"Religion may not keep you from sinning, but it certainly takes all the joy out of it."

Monday, October 15, 2012

Always...

"Love your enemies - for they reveal to you all of your faults either by pointing them out or bringing them out."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Something to think about...

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Will you use any of them to thank Him?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Of life and years...

Unlike many people, I do not personally date my years from January 1 to December 31.  My year always begins and ends on October 11.  This date has long been significant to me.  As a child, I remember this day being my grandparents' birthday.  Two people so connected to each other that only one date on the calendar was needed to commemorate the origin of their existence.  In my eleventh year, on Wednesday night, October 11, 1995, I committed my life to Christ at the midweek service of my childhood church.  Other events, or near events, both personal and in my dealings with others have occurred on or around this date through the years.  Breakups, hospitalizations, mission trips and my almost annual shift to the lower moods of autumn seem to hover around this date.  What does the arrival of October 11, 2012 signify in my life?

I believe special days on the calendar provide us with an opportunity.  We have the ability to look back over the actions, thoughts and feelings of the past year and see how we have made it.  Sometimes this backward glance is affirming and other times it can prompt us to try and do better.  For me, the last year has been steady and solid.  Nothing too high and nothing too low.  If you know me, you will realize that is is unusual.  My roller coaster life at last seems to be at rest among family, familiar surroundings and a well-disciplined routine.  This is not to say that there haven't been challenges, but I believe I am responding to them better now than ever before.  My ministry is fulfilling in many ways, my emotional life is more stable, my fears are more abated and I am living a more healthy, calm lifestyle.  I am glad I can look back today at places I have been - some that I long for and others I have no desire to return to.  Perspective is the blessing not only of age but of experience and I believe the trials and difficulties of past years have lead to the inner strength that has allowed me to make this year so positive.

You can do this too of course.  You might use a holiday, your birthday, your anniversary.  Make a practice of using this day each year to look back but also to look forward.  As long as we have life, we should live in an effort to fulfill our purpose.  Our primary goal should not be personal happiness at any cost.  If we will be faithful to the people we love, to fulfilling our role in the world and to our faith, happiness will be a natural byproduct.

Here's to looking ahead to all that we can be...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Think about it...

"If He who in Himself can lack nothing, chooses to need us, it is because we need to be needed."
~C.S. Lewis

Monday, October 8, 2012

This didn't post this morning...

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
~Franz Kafka

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On Sunday...

"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You."
~Psalm 143:8

Saturday, October 6, 2012

In life...

“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.”
~Walt Whitman

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Always remember...

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Truly...

“Letter writing is the only device combining solitude with good company.”
~George Gordon, Lord Byron

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One year...


I'm in a New York state of mind.
NYC 2013
365 days and counting...

Monday, October 1, 2012

New week, new month

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables