Thomas Merton on Gratitude

Gratitude is more than a mental exercise, more than a formula of words. We cannot be satisfied to make a mental note of things which God has done for us and then perfunctorily thank Him for favors received. To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — [...]

Thoughtful Thursday November 19 2009

"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." - Jeremiah 6:16   I'm reading a book on liturgy right now. Not sure what I'll find. I like the "rest for your soul" concept. I'm [...]

Having Fun in Broken Arrow with Mission Ablaze!

I apologize for my lack of posting, I've actually been sick. Still am. However. I did want to jump online and give you some highlights from church for the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy the pictures. This is our crew from the Murder Mystery Night at my house. Planning nights like this are [...]

It all Started in Branson: How I became a stand up comic

The roads I travel in life are rarely smooth. Maybe it's because I live in Oklahoma and we don't believe in repairing concrete, or maybe it's the wonderlust redhead in me, either way I start down one path and I inevitably wind up on some motorcross race track doing loops, turns, tricks and stops, pausing [...]

The Danger of a Single Story

When all you know is a single story, about yourself, about your neighbor, about the world, a dangerous thing can happen. "Single stories create stereotypes. The problem with stereotypes are not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete" --Chimamanda Adichie I've never heard of this young author. She is an amazing woman. This [...]

Ablaze Church Update Nov 2 2009

There are days when I wish we all read the same Websters Dictionary. Words are becoming too interchangeable  and it is easy to miss a point and lose your audience.  I'm especially aware of it now that I've returned from a speaker's conference. The "but I know what I meant" doesn't cut it. I need to make sure [...]