All is Well

A week ago, a friend and I drove up to see the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California. It was a glorious ride. We stopped at the first turn out and the air smelled like heaven: sweet, sun-warmed redwood trees. We walked the paths and admired the beauty of the area. We did this [Read More...]

Planting Seeds

When I was a farmer, I used to spend every spring planting seeds. The tools, of course, were so much more sophisticated than centuries ago when humans moved from their hunter and gatherer state to the agrarian state, but still it struck me as a relatively boring task. What kept me engaged though was realizing [Read More...]

Getting Happiness Back In Your Life

This week I want to chat with you about how a room freshener led to a change in my thinking and attitude. Now you might be wondering exactly how that could happen. Or, you might rabbit hole I may have decided this week to fall into. Either way I can safely say that you probably [Read More...]

What Will You Remember?

When you think back on the past what comes to mind? Good memories? Painful ones? Tomorrow is Patriot Day in the United States. It’s observed on September 11 to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks in 2001. (Side point? It’s “Patriot Day,” NOT “Patriot’s Day!” Patriot’s Day (or Patriots’ Day) commemorates the battles of Lexington and [Read More...]

You Only Live Once?

Do you believe you only live once? When I was a child I was taught there was no life before this one. It was drilled into me that if I died before Judgment Day there would be no life after death, unless I had been really, really … I mean REALLY … good and did [Read More...]

Have You Arrived?

How do you know when you’ve “arrived?” What I’m asking is, How do you know when you’ve accomplished what you set out to accomplish, or that you have the life you want? With some things, like taking a plane from one city to another, you know exactly when you’ve arrived. The aircraft stops, you get [Read More...]

“Genie, You’re Free”

Are you thinking about the death of Robin Williams today? With all the news channels reporting it, Twitter feeds going wild and the many photos on Facebook it’s pretty hard not to think about it. I’m publishing this week’s message early, unedited, unproofed and in completely raw form. Why? Because that’s what many of us [Read More...]

HOT FOR GOD

HOT FOR GOD By Nirvana Reginald Gayle We’re in the month of August, the hottest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. So I wanted a theme for my sermons of the month, that dealt with the heat, something hot. So I came up with the theme of “Hot for God.” I almost made [Read More...]

Breathing Our Way to More Peace

Do you sometimes feel like no one is listening to you? And, if you find someone who will, do you then wonder if you are being understood? If so, I hope it’s not an experience you have often. Speaking from experience I know it can be a very lonely feeling. No matter how much faith [Read More...]

Why Be Normal?

Do you remember what it was like being a teenager? Boys and girls going through the cycle of adolescence find themselves with a paradox. Their bodies and minds are developing a sense of separation and independence from their parents. At the same time, middle school and high school are places where fitting in, not sticking [Read More...]


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