A Life with Friends

A Life with Friends I am very fortunate to be rich in friends, close friends….my wife and family of course, my business partner, small group brothers and others who have come into my life. Because we are true friends, they can tell me when they think I’m wrong or they can correct some error in my thinking, but even more important that that, their main concern is to move me closer to God, where He can address any issue or

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The Tiller’s Hand

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ… Ephesians 4:15 Truth and love truly go hand in hand. It seems love was made for truth and truth for love. This is especially true in relationships and in these politically charged times. I can have the most powerful truth in the world, but if I don’t express it in love, it will likely land with a thud…and

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The Shade of Love

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 My daughter and I went to Texas recently to visit my sweet sister who is valiantly and gracefully dealing with cancer. Because her immune system is weak, the doctor suggested she and her husband move to a more secluded place away from the college campus of Baylor. So, they are now living with dear, sweet, loving friends they have known since the mid-1980s.

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Separated, but loved

Separated…but loved In a still and darkened room Grandma waits in thin draped gown Her family waits across the town Laughing gone, now only frowns Concerns have come so near to roost Fear and angst they do seduce. No way to love or reach outside I only wish that I could hide In her room, there by her side Oh Grandma Jane, a joyful soul Without her here, there is a hole Within my heart I cannot fix I pray

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The Pace of Our Lives

Note: This blog was written nearly 10 years ago towards the end of 2009.   I was thinking of writing about the need to slow down and found this old blog "on slowing down" in my draft outbox.  God surely has a sense of humor.  I suppose He's still working on this part of me.  I once had a customer who was very slow about getting things done. At first, because of his slowness, I thought he didn't care, but I was wrong.

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Purpose and the Apparel Industry

I was fortunate to be able to work for my brother, Jim, for a couple of years in the apparel industry. I loved working with him and to this day, find him to be one of the smartest business guys I know. He’s also just a really great brother. He was quite successful in the apparel business managing large brands like Ocean Pacific (Op). He knew when to be tough and when to give. I not only I loved working

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What legacy will you leave?

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. – 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 (ESV) My

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A Tender Heart Towards God

My brother Jim is a really great cook.  He’s so good he was on NBC’s cooking show Food Fighters and won against some nationally known chefs. So, I had a question for him about the heart.  I’ve been thinking about the fact that when we don’t pay attention to our hearts they sometimes become hardened and tasteless, like a hard piece of steak lacking the flavor and tenderness. Jim said, “I think about how you can take a very tough piece of meat, like brisket or

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The Whisper of a Prideful Heart – Part 2

Of all the concepts in the Bible related to the heart, a prideful and conceited heart tops the list – by far.  Of all the verses in the Bible related to the heart, there are more verses on pride than any other topic. Satan helped bring about sin and pride in Adam and Eve with a simple question – “Hey guys, don’t you want to be like God”.   Satan was whispering a prideful message to their hearts…”God’s holding back on you.  You deserve better!”

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Journey into the Heart – Part I

From the verse Proverbs 4:23 it’s easy to grasp that the heart is preeminently important. “Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flow all the issues of life“ The heart is a hard thing to put into words and is surely mysterious.  While the heart muscle in our chest cavity is easy to describe, the other heart, our ‘inner self’, is significantly harder to capture.  Since we lead lives filled with desires, emotions, intentions, willful action, rational thoughts and whispering dreams, we might want

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