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Why Wins Over When

Posted on February 26

WHY WINS OVER WHEN Google recently unveiled its new “quantum machine” which scientists have been working on since the 1980s. It’s amazing! Cade Metz reports in the New York Times that it needs less than 3 ½ minutes to perform calculations that would take a traditional computer 10,000 years! Wow! This new machine uses the properties of particle-level physics to boost it to exponentially exceed the speed of conventional computers. I don’t have room here to explain to you... more »

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Landschaft mit der Anbetung des goldenen Kalbes by Claude Lorrain

What Kind of Music Are You Making?

Posted on February 19

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU MAKING? At a critical point in the history of Israel, the children of Israel came to the base of Mount Sinai. God told Moses to take Joshua and go up to the top of the mountain. They left Aaron and Hur in charge of the people. Moses and Joshua were obedient. After six days and nights, God led them to the top of the mountain. Moses remained there for... more »

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Araneta Coliseum in Manila.

What I’m Learning From Kobe Bryant, Part 2

Posted on February 12

WHAT I’M LEARNING FROM KOBE BRYANT, PART 2 Part 1 Basketball has been a big part of my life. It provided me a scholarship through college and the opportunity to play with a basketball team that played sixty-six games in the countries of Japan, Philippines, Korea, and Taiwan. Ten of those games were against the Olympic teams of those countries. We played basketball to draw huge crowds (three games sold out at 25,000 in the Araneta Coliseum in... more »

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John Ed and Ken Ulmer

What I’m Learning From Kobe Bryant, Part 1

Posted on February 5

WHAT I’M LEARNING FROM KOBE BRYANT, PART 1 Part 2 I loved watching Kobe Bryant play basketball on TV. I remember seeing the first game he played in the NBA when he was only 18 years old. I remember his last game when he put up 60 points on the Spurs. Magic Johnson said, “He is the greatest Laker who ever played.” He died tragically in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th, along with eight other people. I’ve... more »

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How Successful Are You?

Posted on January 29

HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE YOU? Everybody wants to be successful, but sometimes success can be the worst thing that happens to a person. People can deal with adversity much easier than they can with success. Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” I remember hearing my Dad say, “It’s difficult to hold a full cup steady, especially if that cup was filled rapidly.” We’re living... more »

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Joe Burrow, LSU quarterback, at a game.

Counting Stars

Posted on January 22

COUNTING STARS Joe Burrow, quarterback for the LSU Tigers, rewrote the record books this year in college football. He threw 60 touchdown passes, led LSU to victory over 6 teams that were rated in the top 10, and will be the number one player drafted by the pros. He accounted for 6 touchdowns in the National Championship game against the reigning champion, the Clemson Tigers. Amazing season! He was once rated a 2-star player. Burrow went to Ohio State,... more »

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Classic painting of God the Father communicating with Solomon (cropped out) in a dream.

What Do You Ask God For?

Posted on January 15

WHAT DO YOU ASK GOD FOR? What if God stopped you right now and said that He would give you anything that you asked for? Anything! What would you ask for? This happened to Solomon. II Chronicles 1 records how David passed the mantle of leadership to his son, Solomon. People came to Jerusalem to celebrate the new king. (v.1-6) That night, God appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask me for anything and I will give... more »

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Microphone on a stand set against a purple and yellow wall, ready to be used in the song "My God Is So Big!"

Let’s Sing!

Posted on January 8

LET’S SING! My great musical talent has never been appreciated except by little children. As pastor of Frazer, they always cut my microphone off as soon as there might be a song in which I would join in singing. But we had a weekday kindergarten of over 400 4- and 5-year-olds. At chapel every Friday morning at 10 o’clock, they invited me to lead them in their favorite song – “My God Is So Big.” I led that... more »

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Photo manipulated image of the parting of the Red Sea from the Bible, part of the Israelites' journey to the promised land.

Promised Land in 2020

Posted on December 31

PROMISED LAND IN 2020 The people of Israel had become slaves to the Egyptians. God raised up a leader – Moses – to free them and lead them to the promised land. Moses was probably a Methodist because he made many excuses as to why he could not do what God wanted him to do! As you live in the New Year, don’t make excuses for what you can’t do. Trust God that He knows what He’s doing... more »

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Red ornaments hung on Christmas tree.

Is Christmas Over?

Posted on December 26

IS CHRISTMAS OVER? Is Christmas over? December 25th has passed. The gift swapping, parties, cooking, and family get-togethers are now behind us. Some people have heaved a sigh of relief. It is over! Others will begin the task of fighting the crowds to exchange gifts received for the proper size, design, color, etc. Some will start storing some gifts for regifting and future yard sales! December 26th marks the beginning of taking down the decorations. We will store them neatly somewhere... more »

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