August 22, 2014

Feel Good Friday: A First-Class Act

A First-Class Act

Jemele Hill, an ESPN host, witnessed an incredible act of kindness while on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles back in June. It seems a passenger in first-class had noticed a soldier in uniform while they were boarding the plane. Once all the passengers were seated, the first-class passenger very discreetly and to the surprise of the soldier, got up from her seat and arranged it so that the soldier would now be occupying her seat in first-class while she took his assignment in coach.

It turned out the first-class passenger was Academy Award nominee and famous “Big Screen” movie star, Amy Adams. Ms. Adams has entertained audiences since 1995 with roles in everything from Enchanted to American Hustle. However, I’m guessing there are several witnesses to her most recent act of kindness that may believe that was her finest performance.

Enjoy Your Weekend :)

What Will We Wear?

What Will We Wear

Like Solomon, we should be seeking God’s wisdom and knowledge above all else. Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:31-33

Once and for All

Once and For All

Christ’s blood doesn’t cover, conceal, postpone, or diminish your sins. It takes away your sins, once and for all.

Max Lucado



Where does our help come from? It comes from God. The maker of heaven and earth.

                                                         Psalm 121:2



Our deepest struggles are sometimes revealed through our words. Take caution in what you say for the tongue is a fire.

James 3:6

American Foods-Part 8

American Foods-July 2

Americans love to eat. Unlike many other cultures, eating in America is about the food and not so much the socialization. Don’t get me wrong, we all enjoy sharing stories over a meal but its really about the food. It may take an hour to eat a meal, maybe twice that long if we are really enjoying ourselves. In other countries a meal is a several hour gathering and an opportunity to bond with each other on a deeper level. Neither is right or wrong…the concept is just different.

Seafood in the United States originated with the Native Americans, who often ate cod, lemon sole, flounder, herring, halibut, sturgeon, smelt, and salmon. Other popular seafood amongst the native peoples included shrimp, lobster, crayfish, Dungeness crabs, clams, oysters, and mussels.

Commonly found meats on the table include cow, chicken, deer, buffalo, and turkey. Around this time of year a person can smell the BBQ’s firing up in anticipation of a belly full of hamburgers, hot dogs, fish, or if BBQ isn’t your thing you can’t go wrong with the famous deep fried crispy chicken.

Desserts include…Apple Pie…need I say more?

“The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:22)

Sports In America-Part 7

Sports In America-June 30

Sports are an important part of the culture in the United States of America. The four major professional sports are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). All enjoy massive media exposure and are considered the preeminent competitions in their respective sports in the world.

However, it was baseball that caught our forefathers’ attention and paved the way for the success of the other sports. Baseball used to be known as “America’s National Pastime”. The game has been played in the United States for nearly two centuries, from its humble beginnings in the Northeast to the multi-million dollar professional sports franchise we know today. Since then, football seems to have made the surge into the #1 spot, but somehow I think baseball will always hold a special place in our hearts.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)

Feel Good Friday: One Last Wish

A Dying Wish

A former forest ranger only known as Ed, who once lived for the outdoors, found himself bed-ridden as life was slowly fading from his body. Being too sick to venture outside Washington’s Evergreen Health Hospice for several years, Ed’s dying wish was to once more experience the scent of fresh growth and fertile earth. So he shared his dream with the hospice chaplain, Curt Huber, who made it a reality.

In March, a team from the local fire district took Ed through a forest on a hospital bed so he could see, hear, feel, and smell the beauty of the trees one last time. Ed was visibly delighted and appreciated the effort by the small team of people who unselfishly gathered together to grant a dying man his one last wish.

Enjoy Your Weekend :)

Democracy-Part 6

Democracy-June 25

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally, either directly or indirectly through elected representatives, for the purpose of developing and creating laws. It encompasses social, religious, cultural, ethnic, and racial equality while seeking justice and liberty. Admittedly our great nation has struggled through the years, and continues to face challenges, with this concept but arguable there is no better example of democracy on the face of the earth.

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

Capitalism-Part 5

Capitalism-June 23

Capitalism is one of the reasons for America’s quick rise towards global leadership. Capitalism in its purest form is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy.

Capitalism was carried across the world in the 20th century and overcame a challenge by centrally-planned economies. Because of its ability to overcome the challenges, it is now the encompassing system worldwide, with the mixed economy being its dominant form in the industrialized Western world.

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’” (1Chronicles 16:31)