Old Posts – from the Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy Time

Grief – Wrapped in Worship

It happened again this morning. Pastor Dave was finishing up his sermon on Isaiah 6. If I had to summarize the sermon, I would say it this way, “We serve an awesome God who is way bigger and more powerful than we could ever imagine.” At the end of the sermon, Pastor Dave had the …

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12 Words – a Powerful Statement

You know, I never really gave it much thought. It was just part of the Sunday morning worship service. Sometimes the pastor would say it and sometimes the Pastor wouldn’t. But after a while, I began realizing that no, he didn’t say it sometimes. It was a consistent statement, a solid foundation to build the …

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Talking to Yourself

No, I don’t think I’ve totally lost it (though if I have, how would I know?) but seriously, I don’t know about you but I do a lot of talking to myself – but I do it on digital paper. What’s digital paper? It’s the computer screen. I can usually think and type way faster …

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Thanksgiving:

In spite of sadness In spite of things that haven’t gone right. Thanksgiving: In spite of an empty chair at the table tomorrow In spite of medical questions with very few answers. Thanksgiving: In spite of differences that seem to be much more visible In spite of the hostility that much of this world shows …

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Really? Are you?

Isaiah 25:1-5 (portions – highlighting is mine) God, you are my God.I celebrate you. I praise you. You’ve done your share of miracle-wonders, ……Superpowers will see it and honor you,brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence. They’ll see that you take care of the poor, that you take care of poor people in trouble, Provide a …

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Peter and an Orchestra Concert

It’s a big concert hall, one of those places that has all of the dazzling lights and it seems like they have about 157 balconies that just seem to go up and up and up and everything is shiny and clean and everyone is wearing black suits or tuxedos and really fancy dresses pretty much …

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What day is it?

Read the verse below: “So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.” …

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”Quit Trying to Steal the Pen” by Toby Mac

“God is still writing your story. Quit Trying to Steal the Pen” Quit – Stop – don’t do it. Quit trying – It doesn’t usually work, but you can try. Steal – it doesn’t really belong to you. The Pen – the thing that makes your story the work of art that it is. So …

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I went out for Dinner last night…..

It was at the Frederick Meijer Gardens – the food, the atmosphere, everything was wonderful. It was a gathering of people, many of whom knew my Dad. Many of whom worked with my Dad these last 15 years during his “retirement career.” Many of whom knew my dad either because they had him in class, …

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Truth

Grief – Wrapped in Worship 12 Words – a Powerful Statement Talking to Yourself Thanksgiving: Peter and an Orchestra Concert Next Page »

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It’s been everywhere lately…..

Twitter….. The White House….. The White House on Twitter….. All news sources whether “fake” or “real” Facebook – personal stories that would break your heart. Facebook – personal attacks that brought friends of mine to tears. The local coffee shop Sexual abuse hotlines were inundated with people seeking help. Instagram and I’m sure there were …

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An Open Letter to My Dad

Hey Dad, It’s been a while. Too long. But it only seems like yesterday. While we didn’t talk every day, we talked enough during the week that the silence is often deafening. Today is 6 months. 6 months to the day when God said, “Come home, my good and faithful servant. Come and see the …

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God-School Graduation Rates?

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training , the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not …

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God and Siri

Can Siri help your prayer life? Huh?  You’re probably thinking, Tom, those teenagers in your house have gotten to you or you’ve lost your marbles.   Well, both of those could be true but they have nothing to do with whether Siri (or Google or Cortana or any of the voice apps out there) can help …

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It’s Different This Time? Really?

You know, I could come up with pages up pages of things that are wrong about today’s world.   I could come up with natural disasters, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, and other things that “happen” to us (humans). And then I could come up with another list of evil and difficult things that people have caused or …

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But Pastor….. (It’s Not About Me….)

Or him….. Or her….. Or the guy on TV at 9:00 Or the guy who spoke at CityFest on Saturday “…But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for— God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people. When God, who …

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Looking at Old and Seeing New

Met a long time friend for coffee this afternoon. Talked about kids, church, college, gap years, social media, health, her new job. We talked about her new job – “It’s great! I get to do what I love 6 days a week!” (Did I mention she was my kids youth director prior to this?) “Hey …

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Take a Knee?

Really? Are you? It’s been everywhere lately….. Looking at Old and Seeing New Take a Knee? It all started…. Next Page »

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It all started….

(This was originally written for the “Reaching Out” newsletter at my church, Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, MI.) It all started with a bulletin announcement….. Soul Food Sunday will be held on July 29…….. It sounded like a good thing – some good food, a chance to talk to friends, a little bit of …

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Boy, was I Naive……

If you had asked me before we started this adoption journey what it would look like, I probably would have told you something along the lines of this: • We’d figure out where we were going to adopt from. • Then we’d work with the people in charge and eventually figure out who we were …

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