The Story of the Three Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: ” I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!” The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it’s way to the ocean. ” I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world! The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me...

Adversity Pays

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the word as much as adversity has.” –Billy Graham

Coder Quotes

“I’m going to try something and if it works, I’m going to be so happy and so sad at the same time it’ll be like I am right now.” Well. . . It didn’t work    🙁

Bitter or Better

At our staff meeting today, Brad shared this video about attitude. I know its easy for me to tell people to choose a better attitude and change their life but my life is so full of blessings that some people look at me and say, “Its easy for you, everything is good.” So listen to this guy and think how good it would be to be like him physically. When you’re done thinking how muck that would stink. . . think about how your life could improve if you could be like him mentally and emotionally. Don’t leave yourself on your face in the mud. Be Better not Bitter. God...

Need Washin’?

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters , so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target . We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day. The little voice was so sweet as it broke the...

Pain is Temporary: His Fire of Refinement

2 Corinthians 7:8-11 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal and such a readiness...

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