Joseph’s Story

Have you ever read the full story of Joseph in the Bible?

A descendant of Jacob, Joseph was sold into slavery at the age of 17. His step-brothers hated him as he revealed his dream that one day, they would all bow down to this younger brother.  He was Jacob’s favorite son and was given a coat of many colors. Some of you may remember the stage play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As a side note for many of my old SF church friends – I have many fond memories of performing Dreamer – What Really Happened to Joseph every weekend for months! In spite of the loss of one of our brothers, we chose to live on.

Joseph’s life endured many twists and turns until he finally became second in command in Egypt – only the Pharaoh had more authority. This was unheard of for a foreigner to rule Egypt. However, God used Joseph to interpret dreams that would one day save Egypt and Israel by storing up a percentage of harvest in the good years and rationing the food in the lean years.

Joseph definitely had the courage to live on in spite of his circumstances. Here is what I have learned from this Bible series. Continue reading “Joseph’s Story”

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The Storms of Change

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” – John 8:7

It is a shame that when change occurs, human nature acts out in a selfish manner. Who is truly entitled to cast blame and doubt on anyone except the blameless?

Yet no one is blameless even though some believe they are above the others.

Let us get deeper.

When devastation occurs in a person’s life such as the loss of a loved one, would you not agree that this is a “major storm” in life? Who would want such tragedies to occur? Who can we blame for our circumstances?

Who has the courage to choose resilience over resistance? Continue reading “The Storms of Change”

Little Mary (part 2)

You might be wondering why this is part-2 of my previous blog entitled “Little Mary”.

To fully understand the impact of the story written in part-1, you have to read the letter written in 2010 from this little girl (who was a three-year seasoned performer by now with Kidz Praise).

The letter was written as a class assignment and the comment at the bottom came from her teacher. The letter is written here in the original format (misspellings and all) …

Continue reading “Little Mary (part 2)”

Praying For A Miracle!

What an emotional weekend!

On Friday, we received word that a young man (from a family at our church) ran into the back of a parked tractor-trailer off the freeway. His injuries were life threatening as it caused much injury including a massive brain trauma.

The local churches have been praying all weekend for a miracle to happen. There is strength in prayer and God is always in control even though we often times try to take responsibility on our own. The situation is dire and although you may not know this person, your prayers are much appreciated.

There are two schools of thought here and this was inspired by a recent post by someone on Facebook that shared their frustration that we should not say, “If it is God’s will“. I have a different opinion…

Continue reading “Praying For A Miracle!”

A Familiar Look…

We attended the funeral service of a dear sister in Christ who was suddenly taken home at the end of August. She was only 55 years young and was full of life. She had a conversation with her brother the night before she passed and everything seemed normal.

She leaves behind a humble and wonderful husband and two grown daughters who are just beginning their lives in the world. Nothing prepared them for this unexpected loss. I was very shocked to hear this news (as many were as well) and could not wrap my mind around the finality of the situation.

The funeral service was amazing and celebrated her life in a beautiful way. Continue reading “A Familiar Look…”

Deja Vu (from the movies)

Have you ever watched a fact-based movie and got caught up in the emotions of the characters? I don’t mean crying when the script manipulates one’s feelings but to have a heart-felt hurt for the character because YOU have lived it yourself?

This happened to me recently and I was totally caught off-guard.

It all began one evening when I was exhausted from the week’s activities and simply wanted to watch a movie on Netflix (you know, something mindless). I had been following this one series due to the nature of the characters and was excited when part-3 was available.

OK, it was an action movie but based on a true story. I like those type of movies. So I hit <Play>… Continue reading “Deja Vu (from the movies)”

The Graduation Card

WOW!

My son and I spent some time this evening to assemble his high school graduation invitations. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I had spent time to create a simple mail merge document to print the mailing labels. The return address was already provided by the company the school used to print the package.

Due to limited seating, we were allowed to send a finite number of invitations so immediate family members and close friends were on the guest list. There was a bit of hesitancy as we had to figure out the order of the materials but it did not take long before we had our system. He assembled the invitation and stuffed it into the tight-fitting “inner” envelope and passed it to me for the outside assembly.

The process was swift and after I  placed the postage stamp on the last invitation, Continue reading “The Graduation Card”

All For A Purse?

I wonder how society has reduced itself to material possessions in exchange for dignity and human preservation. In spite of the economic data (which I always believe to be politically slanted), the good people of the United States are not completely back on their feet financially.

This gives way to an excuse for criminal activity by some while others are simply trying to get by with whatever they have left. Many strive to live on and do their best to maintain whatever lifestyle they can afford. Yet, there are some who insist on inflicting pain and suffering to satisfy their own lack of gain.

Such was the sadness felt by my local community only a few days ago. Continue reading “All For A Purse?”

Here Comes That Next Wave…

The significant dates in your life are like the various stages of the ocean waves.

One thing is certain – that special date (or dates) will recur every year you are alive. Just like the annual holidays, we all have specific dates in our lives that hold significant meaning.

No, I am not talking about birthdays and anniversaries. This blog is devoted to stories of how to live courageously when our loved ones have passed. Those are the dates I am referring to. Continue reading “Here Comes That Next Wave…”

Goodbye Old Friend…

The unexpected letter from an old friend was sitting in my mailbox the other day. The ritual was usually the same – I would send him a birthday card to arrive just before Christmas Day (his birthday) and they would send me their annual Christmas letter which would arrive shortly after the New Year.

Our friendship spans over thirty years, beginning in Singapore where we first met while I was on a singing tour and his father was a local pastor who hosted our team. When I returned to San Francisco, his family moved there shortly thereafter. We hit it off very well and I could tell that this would become a friendship that would last forever! He did too!

As bachelors, we enjoyed our time together and learned a lot about each other. Late night chats, spending time in ministry together, and supporting each other’s triumphs and miseries were some of the many things we did together.

Continue reading “Goodbye Old Friend…”