DID YOU MISS ONE OF THESE?

The "Top 10" Of The Year So Far

Summer is here. 2016 is half over! Where does the time go?

Below are links to the “Top 10” posts on this blog so far this year. Ranking is based on downloads, reads, and shared. Maybe you missed one of these.

By the way, I’m not surprised at the post that came in at #1.

10. HOW RELIABLE IS YOUR GOD?

9. THIS LIFE MAY END, BUT…

8. FATHER’S DAY 2016 (Some cool vids in this one)

7. WHAT’S IN YOUR PAST?

6. OUT TO SEA AND UNPLUGGED

5. WHO AM I? REPLAY (Music Video)

4. 2015 WAS A VERY TOUGH YEAR

3. 3 POWERFUL WORDS (Music video)

2. MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2016 (Very moving video)

1. LIFE IS FRAGILE 

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THEY RUINED MY WHOLE LIFE

Can Someone Or Something Ruin Your Whole Life?

I have no intention in this article to belittle the hurt and harm people do to others. Those hurts can be anywhere from small to enormously devastating, physically and mentally. Whether intentional or unintentional, all of us experience hurt or harm from others at one time or another.

Life’s not fair. Life is often very challenging. Okay, should I have just said, “Life is hard,” instead? Yes, agreed, it is hard at times.

But most of us can safely say things happening to us could be a lot worse, right? Not to be uncompassionate to those who do have it a lot worse, but admitting things could be worse doesn’t really help us much.

My point here

FATHER’S DAY 2016

Happy Father's Day To All Dads!

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This year for Father’s Day, I recommend some past posts.

There’s a couple of really cool Andy Andrews videos from, Father’s Day 2012

There are some great quotes in the post, Father’s Day.

You’ll find a really interesting and insightful podcast in the post, Who’s Your Daddy, and What Does He Do? (In the gospel of John there’s a pretty intense discussion about, “Who’s your daddy,” between Jesus Christ and the religious leaders!)

Happy Father’s Day Weekend to all you Dad’s!

MONKEYS AND THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION

Does This Perplex You Like It Does Me?

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Do you know why I’m so perplexed when I think about the theory of evolution? I look at humans, and then I look at monkeys, and then I look back at humans again, and it just baffles me. And, now, I am pondering a new question about the theory of evolution.

But first, a quick question about all the monkeys on the planet. If humans did evolve from monkeys, what are we supposed to do or say when we go to the zoo? Do we shy away from the monkey exhibits all together, because we don’t really know what to tell them? Or, do we go and see them anyway and offer the monkeys

MORE FAVOR FROM GOD

Do Your Actions Play A Part In Receiving More Favor From God?

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Can you and I get our act together to such a degree that we receive more favor from God so He will bless us more? Protect us more? Prosper us more? Heal us more?

Some do think living a better Christian life than others do results in them receiving more of God’s favor. If it’s true, the better life you live the more of God’s favor you get, that means His favor is obtained by

Who Am I? Replay

This Is A Very Inspiring Song!

I posted this video a year ago.

It’s a very inspiring song: Who Am I?  It’s by the group, Casting Crowns.

I thought it might be time for a replay. Must be the old deejay in me.

I hope it inspires you too!

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2016

A TIME TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER

memorial dayThis is Memorial Day Weekend for those living here in the United States. There are a couple of videos below.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States.

It began as a way to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War. Later, it was extended, after World War I, to honor American military who died in all wars.

There will be barbecues, visiting friends, road trips, great sales, NBA Playoffs, Major League baseball games, and of course, the Indy 500. Some people even have a longer weekend, as they get Monday, Memorial Day, off from work.

Here in the United States, we should take a little time this weekend to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could have freedom. We can also pause and thank God for the freedom we still have, freedom that comes at such a very high price.

If you don’t live here in the United States, take some time this weekend to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for your country. And, regardless of where we live, we all ought to keep praying to God for our country.

We Will Not Forget

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OUT TO SEA AND UNPLUGGED

How I Spent 7 Unplugged Days

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Have you ever just unplugged yourself from it all? I did. Sheer bliss!

No phone calls. No voice mails. No texts. No emails. Bliss!

No Instagram. No Twitter. No Facebook. Bliss!

I unplugged for seven days as Kathy and I took a cruise celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. Lazy time. Relaxing time. Reading time.

I read two books, seven articles (I printed ahead of time), and

Re-posting: WHO IS THE GREATEST TODAY?

He Gets My Vote

There are some today who would say the greatest person in the world is the president of the most powerful country, the United States of America. Others might say it is the pope, overseeing a church of around 1.2 billion people. Others may say it’s some very benevolent person.

When it comes to the greatest person in the world today,

I REALLY CAN’T BRAG

My Wedding Anniversary Is A Milestone, But...

I’d like to, but I really can’t brag.

It’s been a lot of years.

Kathy 1971But compared to them, we have a long way to go.

That lovely lady on the left? It’s her anniversary picture; I still carry it in my wallet. Kathy and I have been married now for 45 years.

I know to some, including me, that’s quite a milestone. But compared to John and Ann of Connecticut, we have a long way to go. They have been married for 83 years!

He’s 104 and she’s 100. I thought doing a story about them on this, my anniversary weekend, might be inspiring to some people. Mostly it’s mind blowing to all of us. Listen to the segment Liz and I did on The Optimistic Spin. And there are some pictures of John and Ann below.

Meanwhile, I am truly grateful to God for my wife and our marriage. And do you think perhaps after another 38 years for us, some bragging might be in order? I do!

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Below is the most recent video I could find – from 2014.