The Focus is Off

I’ve always enjoyed the story of the Prodigal Son. But its focus challenged me. My heart went to the son who stayed behind … the one who could not forgive his younger brother.  Brandon Adams writes about that in his latest blog, It’s Never Too Late to Come Back.

It’s important to remember that God loves us all … and offers forgiveness to all who seek it.

A new morning awaits … for all of us.

A Note from Google +

Here’s a note I received from WordPress. I’m confident it wasn’t sent from a prince in a foreign country. It asks for no money but offers instruction as to how to share blog posts to G suite followers.

Actions requested

You may want to ask your users to perform the actions below:

  1. A new version of the Google+ Android app will be released on February 22, 2019. Your G Suite Android users will need to update the Google+ Android app before March 7, 2019, to continue using Google+ on their mobile devices. Old versions of the app will no longer be supported.
  2. If your users own or moderate a community outside your domain and there are consumer contributions that they would like to keep, they should download and save them before April 2019. If they download the data now, they will get links to community posts. Starting early March 2019, they will also be able to download the author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.
  3. Google+ pages and events will be deleted for both G Suite and consumer users if there is content your users would like to keep, they should download and save it before April 2019. If they would like to keep their Google+ tagline, please have them download and save their Profile data.
  4. Google+ gadgets in classic Google Sites will no longer work starting March 7, 2019, so you and your users may want to remove them. Google+ embeds in the new Google Sites will continue to work.
  5. If your users opted in to the Google Play Services Public Beta Program, they may experience issues using Google apps like Gmail and Hangouts as we begin shutting down consumer Google+. To avoid any interruption in service, G Suite users can leave the Beta Program.

For more information, see this Help Center article, which may be updated periodically, or contact G Suite support and reference issue number 123433241.

Sincerely,

The G Suite Team

The Samaritan Woman and Seventh Man

It happened a long time ago. It started when a Samaritan woman met a guy and got married.

We don’t know much more than that. All we know is that they were married … and that marriage ended. Did her husband die or did he divorce her? Was she so hard to live with that this husband couldn’t take it any longer? We can only guess. But she was single again, then married. Again. And again. And again until she had five husbands.

Life went on for this Samaritan lady when she moved in with another man. Had he refused to marry her because of her reputation or was her character so difficult to be around he wouldn’t commit himself? Was she an old woman by now, bitter and worn? At least he allowed her to live there, cook for him and tend to his needs. Continue reading

Metchem’s Three-Day Revival

If you watch the news you’re probably getting depressed … frustrated … wondering if God has looked away. I can tell you, He’s alive and well. Look what He’s doing in Sierra Leone. Thank you, Mike Peper and your team for sharing how God’s hand is moving in your section of Africa.

Please follow Mike Peper’s ministry at  https://www.saltandlightforafrica.com/.

New Year Resolutions Are Over, Now What?

You’re deep into January now. You set your jaw when the ball dropped welcoming the new year. You promised this year would be your year. This time you’d make it for sure. You made resolutions and have white-knuckled it for days now. But now you’re weary and losing hope.

Or you’re in ministry and watching those around you struggle with addictions that seem to own them. How do you help?

You’re in need of a Recovery Revival.

Stop struggling. Check out Jonathan Daughtery‘s blog, What Might Recover Revival Look Like. He shows how God takes white knuckles and turns them into praising hands.

Everyone is broken. Let’s not complicate a simple solution.

Embrace Who You Are

Check out my guest post with Sandra Allen Lovelace. There’s a life outside “the box” and that life has a purpose and is quite beautiful. You can rely on that. And also rely on God’s love and desire to fill your days with peace and joy.

Embrace who you are … you’re pretty awesome.

And don’t forget to sign up to receive posts from Sandra’s website.

 

 

Getting to Know Tez Brooks

I’m super proud of my friend, Tez Brooks. In 2015 he published The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering. and has decided to write a follow-up, PreLaunching: How to Prepare Your Teen for Adulting in Today’s World. 

A writer loses a bit of their heart when they write … especially books on how to raise children. But serendipitously, they gain more than they lose. They gain a depth of understanding of their topic–and a resolve to be the best they can be on the matter.

That’s Tez.

If you’re a parent, have a parent, or know a parent  … treat yourself and follow Tez. And if you’re a writer, know he understands your world. Try to stump him with a question … he won’t let you down.

“Secrets” – A Book Review

Are you setting goals for the new year? Ready to get “that monkey” off your back?

If you’re in ministry, or if you need to be ministered, I have the perfect book for you.

Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances, by Jonathan Daugherty is a must. You will read how a man kept a secret—a secret that shaped his view of life and relationships—for over ten years and how that secret almost ruined his life. It’s a dark story—yet illuminated with the power found in God’s love and grace. Secrets offers an example of no matter how far you are from your purpose, Jesus will reach down—into the depths of hell if need be—and redeem you.

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Dealing with Christmas Chaos

“I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”

Sound familiar? We all feel the pressure. Seeking the perfect present. Wrapping the gifts just right. Setting an impeccable table. No wonder we feel stressful over the season.

What about changing how we think? What about instead of, I have to say, I get to ?

Instead of I have to buy the perfect present, say I get to buy a present? So many people are all alone during the holidays. Consider what they’d give to spend a few hours with family members no longer near. And many people struggle with monthly bills and can’t afford the tiniest gift.

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God Calls Shenanigans

Last Thursday was supposed to be the season where families got together; celebrated their special closeness.

How’d you do?

Know it wasn’t an accident you were placed with your family. God’s plan put you there. With that in mind, let me ask again. How’d you do?

Did you hang on to your old mantra:

“I don’t want to be hurt anymore.”  “You don’t know what they did to me.”  “We have nothing in common; it’s best we just keep our distance and live our lives apart.”

Sorry, I think God calls shenanigans.

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