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Photo of a glass ceiling, from John Ed Mathison's Blog "From Rejection to Resiliency", illustrating the metaphor of Naomi Campbell breaking the glass ceiling

From Rejection to Resiliency

Posted on November 13

The good thing about the gospel of Christ is that Jesus never put ceilings on people! In fact, He was always inspiring people by showing them the possibilities of what they could be. He dealt with tax collectors, prostitutes, religious hypocrites, murderers, ordinary people, etc. He showed everybody how they could accomplish unbelievable things.

Posted in Inspirational

A photo of a gravesite funeral from John Ed Mathison's blog "Funeral Lessons"

Funeral Lessons

Posted on November 6

Funerals are an important part of a Pastor’s ministry. I have officiated at over 1,000 funerals. Funerals can be very unique. Let me share three stories about funerals that occurred in October 2019.

Posted in Inspirational

Title graphic for John Ed Mathison's weekly blog called "Three Attitudes." Graphic reads "Attitude is Everything."

Three Attitudes

Posted on October 30

Every day, we have an opportunity to adopt one of three different attitudes. The one we adopt will go a long way in determining how much we accomplish during the day. This is true in sporting contests, work environments, church opportunities, and every relationship we have in life. Your attitude is your choice!!

Posted in Inspirational

A picture of a sign showing the slogan "Start Today," used to illustrate John Ed Mathison's blog "Today is the Day!"

Today is the Day!

Posted on October 23

When we get up every morning we have two choices. We can either look back at yesterday or we can look forward to the day in front of us. Yesterday might have been either good or bad, but it shouldn't ever determine what's going to happen today. If it was bad, quit looking at it. If it was good, don't let it get to your head.

Posted in Inspirational

An older picture of John Ed Mathison playing doubles tennis at a charity event with his partner, two-time grand slam champion and men's tennis legend Rod Laver

Pick Your Partner

Posted on October 16

As my dad told me once, the most important aspect of playing doubles in tennis is picking the right partner

Posted in Inspirational

A hand reaching out to a higher power, represented by the overpowering light of the sun setting on the horizon. The gesture represents the desire to improve quality of life. From John Ed Mathison's blog "Live Longer or Live Better?"

Live Longer or Live Better?

Posted on October 9

One of the hot topics of discussion today is how we can help people live longer. Between 1900–2003, the average life expectancy of the US rose from 49 up to 78 years. That’s almost a 60% increase. People are living longer.

Posted in Inspirational

Picture of church steeple from John Ed Mathison's blog about Paul's letters to the Corinthians "How to Live in God's Presence and Power"

How to Live in God’s Presence and Power

Posted on October 2

I often have people say to me “I just don’t feel the presence of God in my life” or “I oftentimes wonder if God is with me” or “How can I know that God’s presence is real?”

Posted in Inspirational

University of Virginia Men's Basketball coach Tony Bennett celebrates after winning a national championship in 2018-2019 by cutting the net off the hoop. From John Ed Mathison's Blog "Realize What's Real"

Realize What’s Real

Posted on September 25

Some people are fakes—other people are real. Fake people follow the lead of the world—real people follow the lead of the Word. Fake people follow perverted (worldly) choices—real people follow preferred (Godly) choices. It’s a choice! Realizing what’s real points to the right choice!

Posted in Inspirational

Charles Van Doren appearing on an episode of NBC's Twenty-One in the 1950s

Don’t Take the Fake!

Posted on September 18

Our world has enough fakes—what we need are some real, genuine, authentic people. Our world needs people who can be trusted and don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk as well.

Posted in Inspirational

The Boy Scouts Got This Right!

Posted on September 11

I was a boy scout. I will always remember the motto—Be prepared. Those words have echoed in my mind for years. Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

Posted in Inspirational

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