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Boiling Death

In ministry you will meet some people who will give you the most interesting things to write about. As we create new coffee chats (blogs) for you to read, God sends these people into our lives. Recently I had to deal with a family that is on the edge, physically, spiritually, and mentally. They leave me shaking my head with each encounter. Now I fully understand that I may be that person to someone else. People are imperfect and when they are learning to trust God, or simply leaving Him out of the Read More→

Grow UP

growupI have had the privilege of teaching preschoolers for over 20 years. Boy, I could tell you story after story of all kinds of hilarious things that I have experienced over the years. Tempting as that might be, I will refrain in this setting. One of the more unpleasant things that came with that job were the numerous temper tantrums that I would witness day after day. Some of these outbursts were worse than others. They would range in severity from foot stomping, to yelling and screaming at the top of one’s lungs to literally dropping to the floor and rolling and flailing about in hysteria. One thing I learned early on was that if the child Read More→

Fifty Shades of What?

Handcuffs-BlackI suppose one would have to live under a rock not to know that the Hollywood release of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will be Valentine’s weekend. I must admit that when the book by the same title made its debut, I was not the least bit interested in reading it. There really were multiple reasons that I didn’t even give it a second glance. I really do not consider myself an avid reader. I typically will be a feast or famine kind of reader. I will spend an entire weekend Read More→

The Dog No One Liked

Labrador_retrieverThis week’s chat probably will not get shared over and over. It probably will not get rave reviews or give readers the warm fuzzies. Truth is, some of you might even get mad by reading this one. Ultimately, that is the point; if you get mad while reading this, perhaps it is for you that I am writing it. Few blogs that I have written have stirred up as much emotion as this one. God has been developing it over the course of quite some time and this week it finally came together. Greg and I have been coaching couples for years and one phrase that we hear over and over that really irks me is: “I love you, I’m just not in love with you.” Read More→

History Lesson

When George Armstrong Custer started out to the Little Big Horn area in the Black hills of Montana, he had a plan, a goal he hoped to achieve. Right or wrong, he used his experience and skill to achieve an end result. We all know how it ended. We know it didn’t go as planned.

If your not a history buff or wild west fan you still may have heard of Custer’s last stand? Well, let’s just say he deviated from the original plan and he and approximately 300 men died on a hill top on a hot June summer day.

Of course there are men and women who stayed the course, stuck to the plan Read More→