2014 Year In Review

As another year begins I wanted to write to thank all who have stopped by and read, commented, and shared any of the words I have posted here on this blog in 2014 so here it is…Thank You!

I do appreciate your time and input and hope to be able to post something that might interest you in 2015 too.

As the old year becomes new it is always good to look back to see what interested most readers last year, what worked and what didn’t. That information is always useful to me and it is a factor in what I choose to write about in the future. It would be silly and foolish for me not to consider this information. I am silly from time to time but try not to be foolish when I can avoid it.

Based on total number of views here are the top five most popular Peculiar Perspective posts of 2014.

Watch Your Back – Published 11/22/14

In case you missed it there were some interesting events in the October 21st school board meeting. Here is how it was reported in the local papers.

An Enterprise third grade teacher remains on 20-day suspension after the Enterprise Board of Education voted unanimously...Read more here Watch Your Back

YOU Are Not Alone – Published 12/01/14

A little over a week ago I published a post called Watch Your Back. In that post I asked for feedback both positive and negative as feedback is the only way I know whether my thoughts and observations have any validity or not. I mentioned I would be happy to post a follow up if feedback indicated I was on the wrong path. Well, this is that post…Read more here YOU Are Not Alone

Partly Cloudy – Published 01/29/14

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Mayor’s State of the City luncheon last week. I am grateful for that opportunity to visit with friends both old and new, enjoy a good meal, and learn about the state of Enterprise, The City of Progress, through a presentation by Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell.

In case you were not able to attend or did not see the reports in the Enterprise Ledger Friday and Sunday, the state of Enterprise is very good. Read more here Partly Cloudy

Confused Yet Confident – Published 03/04/14

It has been 18 days since the announcement the 9th grade would be moving to the high school next year and one week since the school board meeting, and then the post-board meeting. I attended both and am still confused as to why now. Read more here Confused Yet Confident

Why I Don’t Have A Fish On My Car – Published 08/08/14

I don’t have a fish emblem on my car and probably never will. I have nothing against fish or what the Christian fish emblem represents nor am I judging or condemning anyone who does have one on their car. I am a… Read more here Why I Don’t Have A Fish On My Car

Reading and Writing in 2014

The post that generated the most blog comments was Reading and Writing in 2014 published on 01/16/14.

As a follow-up to this particular post I had mixed results. I did meet the writing goal of 500 words a day for most of the 31 days of the writing challenge but that did not translate into an ongoing practice throughout the rest of the year. I would like to get back into that routine and actually create one that I can continue this year.

For the reading goal that one lapsed also but I did get 25 books read in 2014 which is about the same as 2013 so I am still reading and learning and still believe this is critical for anyone to continue to grow and improve themselves. I think a book every other week is a pretty good pace and goal and hope to meet that again this year.

Fewer Posts

I did have fewer posts in 2014 than 2013, 29 versus 38, even though the blog was active the entire year versus only about 9 months in 2013. Although I did have fewer posts they were viewed more times than the posts in 2013, an increase of about 60%. This information has helped me come to the realization that one blog a week is too ambitious for me. I am going to cut that in half this year and shoot for one every two weeks or twice a month.

Where was it viewed from?

It is always interesting to me to see the different countries where this blog was viewed from. In 2014 it was viewed in 56 different countries. Of course the United States was the primary location but coming in second was Brazil, which was a surprise, and then Canada was third. It was also viewed in India, Russia, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mali, Ghana, Pakistan, Angola, New Zealand, France, Germany, Poland, Indonesia and South Africa, among others.

That still boggles my mind but just shows the potential reach of anything posted online, whether it be in a blog, in a Facebook or Twitter post or any other social media platform. Once Publish, Send, or Post is clicked those words are permanent and this is a good reminder or caution for anyone in the techno-social world we live in today.

Thanks again for your support and taking the time to stop by last year and may 2015 be your best year yet! I hope you choose to stop by here again from time to time. If you want to make sure you are notified when a new post is published, enter your email address in the sidebar to the right and you will get an email. You will not get added to any other email lists if you choose to do this.

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George Bailey or Bill Gates?

Are you rich?

In one of the most beloved movies of all times “It’s A Wonderful Life” ***spoiler alert*** Harry Bailey, George’s brother, says George is the richest man in town because of the life he has lived and the friends he has.

Forbes Magazine says Bill Gates the richest man in the world.

Who do you believe Harry Bailey or Forbes Magazine? Or both?

These are obviously two very different definitions and examples of being rich. Which one do you align more closely with and which would you like to be if you had the chance to choose?

If you are honest you would probably say, like me, I could be George Bailey with Bill Gates’ money, but could you really?

Matt Ham explores exactly what it means to be rich in his new book, Redefine Rich. Redefine-Rich-front-667x1024He might just help you redefine what rich means for you. Through personal stories and experiences from his life, he reminds us of some important life principles.

How do you define rich? Does the world’s definition of riches leave you feeling empty?

“Is there more to being rich than what you’ve come to understand?”

Redefine Rich will help you ponder these questions and will either give you a new perspective or remind you of one you once had that has slipped away.

Books don’t always have to reveal something new in order to be entertaining and enlightening. Often they are just reminders of something we already knew or help validate what we already know. If you can identify with any of the experiences or stories the author describes it can be life altering for you. Redefine Rich can be just such a book for you.

Matt digs deeper than the surface question of “Are you rich?” to “Are you living richly?” which is a question you may have never considered.

There are many passages from the book I have highlighted in my Kindle Notes. Here are just a couple.

“This book isn’t about finances. This book isn’t about death. There are many books on both subjects. This book is about our choice. A choice to live richly.”

“Can we all live a life abounding in desirable qualities? Can we all live richly? If so, what would that look like?”

As the author says, this book isn’t for everyone but his ground rules are.

1. You can live a rich life.
2. It will not happen by accident.

The thing about books is, as the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” Covers can be nice, pretty, disturbing or awful but you can only judge a book by what is inside the covers and you can only do that by opening it and reading it. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Redefine Rich and open it and read it. I believe you will be richer for making that decision.

This could be considered another spoiler of sorts but if you have read this far probably not,

“A great, wonderful life has everything to do with being rich, and being rich has very little to do with money.”

You might be richer than you think.

You can also check out Matt’s blog here http://mattham.com/blog/

Until next time…

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YOU Are Not Alone

we-are-enterprise-logo-150x150A little over a week ago I published a post called Watch Your Back. In that post I asked for feedback both positive and negative as feedback is the only way I know whether my thoughts and observations have any validity or not. I mentioned I would be happy to post a follow up if feedback indicated I was on the wrong path. Well, this is that post.

Most widely read post I have ever published

Watch Your Back was the most widely read post I have published so far. However, the reason for the follow up is not to report I received a lot of negative feedback saying what I posted was wrong or off base;  just the opposite. I have received zero negative feedback from this post, indicating to me most who read it agree with it.

This is not a conclusion based on a scientific poll of some kind just one based on human nature. People are just more likely to provide negative feedback than positive. Think about how many times you have contacted a company to give them positive feedback and compare that to how often you have contacted them to complain. No one has felt strongly enough to dispute anything I said.

I have received comments on Facebook, on the blog and in person that have been very favorable and in agreement with what I wrote but none indicating otherwise. The reason I felt this needed to be shared is to encourage anyone who did read it and think you were the only one who held these feelings.

YOU Are Not Alone

Many “suffer in silence” believing they are the only ones who notice or are experiencing this dynamic when, in fact, they are not. After well over 2000 views of this post, I can say with confidence in this case YOU are not alone. That is the primary reason I thought this post was necessary. Without this follow up post you might have thought there was only one other person who understood your situation. Based on the response to Watch Your Back you can add at least a couple thousand others to that group. I also know in the past the blog statistics I see do not reflect the total number that normally read the post but I can verify well over 2000.

Other reasons I thought this post would be worthwhile are:

  • If knowing there are many more in the same situation helps just one person know they are not alone then it was worthwhile.
  • If it helps one or more to speak out then it was worthwhile.
  • If it encourages one person to get involved, attend more meetings, and vote in the next election who might not have otherwise, it was worthwhile.

Not exclusive to teachers

My previous post was triggered by the board meeting I attended and subsequent lawsuit filed by Mrs. Dean. However I suspect there are others in town who are not teachers in the Enterprise City School System that share similar feelings about their jobs as well.

What can YOU do?

  • If you have concerns I encourage you to talk to school board members, the superintendent, city officials and express your concerns. Attend board meetings and city council meetings. Bring your concerns before the board or city council if you feel strongly about them. If you don’t feel like your concerns are being heard or addressed then there are other options available to you. I will mention a few here but this is by no means intended to be an extensive list.
  • On speaking out I know many still do not feel they can freely do this individually and publicly and still keep their jobs or at least suffer some repercussion on their jobs. An experience with some of my comments being posted as a Letter to the Editor in The Southeast Sun reminded me of an option that is available to anyone who wants to speak out on this or anything else and remain anonymous. My comments were inadvertently posted with “Name withheld by request” instead of my name. That was just an honest mistake and there is no harm done from my perspective. However, if you do want to speak out and need to remain anonymous you can send your comments to the Southeast Sun and request your name be withheld. They will do this as long as you do sign your comments. I am not sure if the Enterprise Ledger/Dothan Eagle will do this as well because I have never requested this myself.
  • Another way that everyone  who lives within the Enterprise city limits can express your displeasure with this or any other decisions and actions taken by the school board and central office is to vote in the next city election.  You CAN still cast a vote without any fear of repercussion and elect city officials who share your principles who will appoint board members that also share these principles. That is the only way real change will come. The next city election will be in 2 years in 2016.

Just for reference, in the last city election in 2012 three councilmen and the mayor ran unopposed and in the two council seats that were contested the total votes cast in District 2 was 453 and in District 3 was 630. You can refresh your memory here if that interests you Enterprise Incumbent Council Remains.

In any case, I hope Watch Your Back and this follow up are confirmation to you, if you needed it, that if you do feel bullied and intimidated in your job, YOU are not alone and there is something YOU can do about it.

Until next time…

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Watch Your Back

we-are-enterprise-logo-150x150In case you missed it there were some interesting events in the October 21st school board meeting. Here is how it was reported in the local papers.

An Enterprise third grade teacher remains on 20-day suspension after the Enterprise Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to uphold the superintendent’s decision.

Harrand Creek Elementary School third grade teacher Sonya Dean had requested a hearing before the board following her written notification of the suspension, according to a statement read by Enterprise Schools Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright during the board meeting Tuesday evening.

“Board, before you, you have the information regarding the proposed suspension of an employee,”
 said Wright in her written statement. “At this time, I recommend that Miss Sonya Dean, teacher at Harrand Creek Elementary School, be suspended for 20 work days without pay for the following reason: Ms. Dean struck a child on the back of the neck on Sept. 24, 2014, which is in violation of her performance duties to establish and maintain a positive and safe learning environment and to act in a professional manner.” ...Full story at link below

Enterprise BOE upholds teacher’s suspension

The Enterprise City Schools Board of Education suspended a Harrand Creek Elementary School teacher without pay Tuesday night over allegations she struck a child.

Sonya Dean, a third grade teacher at the school, was suspended for 20 days after the board returned from deliberating in private for more than an hour Tuesday night.

Dean was alleged to have struck a child on the back of the neck, according to Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright.

Dean’s lawyer, Tom Brantley, said Dean was alleged to have “rubbed her hand behind the neck of a sleeping student” so the child could finish taking a test...Full story at link below

City school board suspends teacher without pay

I was at this board meeting and the way it was handled was much different than other similar personnel issues have been handled in the past. I perceived this as public bullying and intimidation. I don’t know any of the facts in the case other than what I heard at the meeting and read in the subsequent news reports but the way it was handled was out of line, in my opinion.

Whether it broke any laws or not will be decided in the lawsuit if it moves forward. Laws can be applied with malice toward none. That did not seem to be the case in this meeting. The accused was presumed guilty and there was no chance to change that presumption. Presumed innocent was not in play here at all. After the allegation details were read in the public board meeting, it seemed rather hypocritical to adjourn to executive session to protect the “good name and character” of the accused when that had already been publicly tainted at best.

And then there was a lawsuit

Not surprisingly, this week it has been reported the accused teacher is suing the school board. The articles below show how that was reported in the local papers.

A Harrand Creek Elementary teacher filed a lawsuit against the Enterprise City Schools Board of Education on Thursday, saying she was wrongfully suspended over allegations she struck a child.

The document was filed by third-grade teacher Sonya Dean, who was suspended without pay for 20 days between Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 on allegations she struck a child on the neck during a classroom exam…Full story at link below

Teacher sues Enterprise City Schools over suspension without pay

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Coffee County Circuit Court, a Harrand Creek third grade teacher charges that her rights were violated under Alabama law in connection with her recent 20-day suspension without pay.

Charged with denying Sonya A. Dean of her due process and equal protection under the law are Enterprise Schools Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright and Board of Education members Gloria Jones, Bert Barr, Ross Cotter, Doug Vickers and Dorothy Richardson, all sued both in their official capacities and individually.

Dean charges that she was wrongly suspended without pay for 20 days from Oct. 22 through Nov. 19 of this year and that her suspension cost her to lose $5,494.20 in pay…Full story at link below

Teacher sues Enterprise BOE, Superintendent


If this is indicative of how other issues are handled now in Enterprise City Schools then it is understandable if teachers feel intimidated and are not speaking out when they disagree with management decisions they are required to implement. A healthy working environment encourages different and dissenting ideas because that is what makes the final product better.

As an outside observer it appears this is the environment we are asking and expecting our teachers to operate in is not one conducive to their best performance. My conclusions are based on what I have observed in board meetings.

Credibility is lacking

In the August 25th board meeting the Director of Elementary Instruction, Mark McCrory, was asked by Mr. Cotter if there was any dissent for the policies removing conduct grades. He said there was none, that this decision had unanimous support, and, in fact, the teachers had come to him and requested it. I don’t know if all of that is true or not but the unanimous support and no dissent is not believable to me and makes me question everything else we are being told. One of the few things I do know and can believe with that degree of certainty is any school board or city council vote on any action item on the agenda will be approved unanimously. Having sat through many of both over the last year and a half that is as close to a sure thing as I have ever seen. I suspect all of the instructional changes, testing, and new policies along with the micro-management are not as universally accepted as we are being told either.

Leadership is lacking

In my career I have worked in environments myself where I had to watch my back because I could not trust my manager to have my back and he tried to “manage” using implied threats and job security. Management by intimidation and threats is not leadership and is not conducive to good performance. I ended up leaving that job and becoming an independent contractor for a few years. I actually did contract work for this same employer, but on my own terms.  What I learned from those experiences, and have tried to do since, is I should always work as if I am an independent contractor because that is, in reality, what employees are in today’s economy.

That is my perception of what faces many not in the central office right now in the Enterprise City School System. Having to watch your back instead of knowing your managers and superiors have your back is not a desirable environment for the teachers and administrators and, ultimately, the students of Enterprise City Schools. One cannot do their best work in this type of working environment.

I would love to be wrong and, if I am, please respond and let me know. This is, after all, just one man’s opinion based on my own life experience and what I have observed. I do know many will not respond due to the reasons mentioned above and understand that. If I do get an overwhelming response telling me I am wrong I will be happy to write a follow-up post saying so.

Let me know what you think and Watch Your Back!

Until next time…

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Right Thinking

Thoughts Banner 2From the title of this post you might think this was a political book expounding on the virtues of how right thinking, in the political realm of thought, is powerful. Let me put that thought to rest for you. It’s not.

What the author does provide in “You & Your Thoughts: The Power of Right Thinking” is much more powerful than any political thought ever…and there have been some powerful political ideas or thoughts.

Enough about, or not about, politics.

From the Foreword, “Many Christians are trudging through life without any compass, unaware of the transcendent yet everyday practicality of the timeless truths of God’s Word. Rediscovering a life of confidence and hope is what this book is all about.”

In this updated version, the original was published in 1977, a few minor changes have been made to bring the text up to date, but all the original ideas of Dr. Radmacher have been retained. The purpose of this book is to “allow Christians to use their minds to lift up the name of Jesus, advance the Gospel, and boldly proclaim God’s free grace.” I believe this book will help all who read it make progress toward that goal.

As Dr. Radmacher explains, using the computer related example of GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out – our minds function very similarly. Just as computer programmers understand this truth and do their best to keep the garbage out, we should do the same for the computer God has given us, our minds…but do we?

This book will remind you of the importance of not allowing garbage into your mind and will go one step further in encouraging you to put the Word of God into your mind and heart instead.

You may be thinking, I don’t have time to memorize scripture. Regarding that thought the author poses a few convicting questions.

“Do we Christians have time to eat daily, but no time to get into the Word? Do we have time to read the newspaper every day, but not the Bible? Time enough to glue ourselves to the TV set, but no time for the Scriptures? What does all of this say about our values?

Do those questions hit you as hard as they do me? Do you really pay attention to what you are allowing into your mind? 

This principle reminds me of what Zig Ziglar often said, “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and how you are by changing what goes into your mind.”

David said it best in Psalm 119, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

What are you hiding in your heart?

If this sounds like something you would like to explore to refresh your memory or understanding or learn for the first time get your copy of You and Your Thoughts today and start re-programming your mind and thinking right. “It will make a difference.”

Until next time…

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Independents Do Not Decide Elections

3002776434_643d076694_nI am tired of hearing the supposed election experts and pundits (insert name of your choice here) say the election (insert election here) is going to be decided by independents.

That is just not true.

The election will be determined by two groups of eligible voters, the Robot voters and the Single-Social-Issue non-voters. It is really very simple.

Robot Voters

Most people think of robots as some technological creation that somewhat exist now but will be more prevalent at some point in the not too distant future. That is one definition.

However, robots have existed for years. They show up every two years at the polling places on Election Day and pull that lever for the party their parents and grandparents voted for, for no other reason than, “they have always done it that way.” They do not educate themselves on the issues, how the candidates they are voting to elect or re-elect have voted or not voted, or the character of the candidates. All those facts and characteristics are irrelevant as there is no decision-making process taking place at all.

Black voters do make up a large portion of this group of robot voters but it includes members of all races and all political parties. Since Blacks do comprise the largest block of this group, if they maintain their status quo of the past 60 years and vote for the Democrats as they have done consistently there is a good chance that many Democrats will be re-elected, deservedly so or not. This vote has been consistent and reliable for the Democrats, and even take for granted, even though when you look at what they have received for this unwavering support there is very little to be found. This support without any accountability continues to astonish me.

Both major political parties come around every couple of years and make promises that sound good and tell their constituents how much they care about them and are working tirelessly for them and need to be re-elected in order to continue this important work. However if you look for any evidence that indicates this work has accomplished anything for the voters it is proposed to help, very little can be found.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is what these voters have done over and over. They are not holding those they are electing accountable for results. If it wasn’t so predictable and preventable it would be sad. Maybe they are getting the results they want but if so, their expectations are really low.

Single-Social-Issue (SSI) Non-Voters

The other group that will determine the outcome of this upcoming election as they have in past elections are those who select a candidate based on their stance, support of or opposition to a single social issues alone. This group is not mutually exclusive from the Robot voters. Christians are the largest block of this group. The participation rate of Christians in recent elections is embarrassing and disgraceful to this Christian.

They will show up to support Chick-fil-A or Hobby Lobby but then choose to stay home on Election Day. This makes just about as much sense as the Robot voters vote…none at all.

One significant difference in this group and the robot voters is the robot voters do consistently show up at the polls and cast their votes. This SSI group stays home and forfeits their voting privilege because a candidate or party does not meet “all” of their requirements. This excuse for not voting is just as astonishing as the voting record of the robot voters to me.

In the last two presidential elections there have been millions, primarily from this group, who have just stayed home and not voted because they did not like either of the candidates. These people are looking for the perfect candidate, which does not exist and never will. When not having the option of voting for this non-existent candidate they have chosen to just stay home and not participate as some type of protest. This non-action and abdication of their privilege to vote is the same as a vote for a candidate or party they would not have likely voted for. This is astonishing to me as well.

Don’t be a Robot or SSI citizen

If any of this applies to you, don’t be a Robot voter or SSI non-voter this time! I would rather you not vote at all if you are not going to cast an informed vote. I did write about that previously at Maybe you shouldn’t vote.

Inform yourself about the candidates and the issues and get to the polls Tuesday and exercise your privilege to vote and select those who will be making decisions that will affect you, your children and even grandchildren. There are many ways to get informed. I will mention a couple here but this is by no means an exhaustive list. As long as you are making the effort to learn and cast an informed vote that is all I am asking.

It is not my place to tell you how to vote. I would be happy to discuss any of the candidates or issues with you personally but that is not my purpose here. I just want people who are eligible to vote to exercise that privilege and cast an informed vote. If that were the case we would have much better representatives making better decisions to make this a better city, county, state and country.

As Ursula from The Little Mermaid said, “Life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?” Selecting a candidate when none meet all of your criteria or expectations can be one of those tough choices; but it is one we all should be making. Doing the research to learn about who and what you will be voting on will take a little time but it is time we should all be taking. Only then can we expect those we elect to make tough wise choices when they are faced with them in their term serving us.

Your One Vote Does Count!

Dr. Ben Carson has written a short book called One Vote that reminds us or informs us why our One Vote does count and why we should not take this privilege for granted, make ourselves informed voters and vote. You can get your own copy on One Vote free at Make Your Voice Heard. Get it and read it before you vote next week. You will be reminded why you should vote and should be an informed voter. You might just be inspired to vote if you were thinking about sitting this one out too.

Even if you choose not to download the free book you can go to OneVoteBook.com and take advantage of all the resources available there to inform yourself about the process, issues, and candidates.

If you are a potential Alabama voter you can learn more about the statewide amendments by clicking Fair Ballot Commission 2013-2014 Statewide Constitutional Amendments Ballot Statements.

This is America – Act Like Americans!

If you are an American citizen you have the privilege of living in the greatest country on the face of the earth. We have been blessed and continue to be blessed by God. You have a responsibility to be part of the informed electorate and take part in the democratic process of electing those who will “serve” for the next 2, 4 or 6 years. Do your part and make your vote an informed vote. Whether you take your responsibility seriously and fulfill it is your choice. Choose wisely. Make a choice you can live with.

Independents do not decide elections. You do!

God Bless America!

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What Do YOU Expect from the Holy Spirit?

Well, what DID you expect? When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour what did you expect? Did you expect an upper room experience like the first Christians as described in the book of Acts?

For all of us who have come to accept Christ after his ascension we don’t have to wait. The moment we make that decision the Holy Spirit is there, immediately.

So, since we have this Helper or Holy Spirit inside us, what should we expect?

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What To Expect from the Holy Spirit by Dr. Earl D. Radmacher and Jeremy Myers will help you answer that question.



Have you ever thought about what the responsibility of the Holy Spirit really is? I suspect you have or you wouldn’t still be reading this post.


Dr. Radmacher will either enlighten you or remind you of what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, why it would be coming, and exactly what the purpose for its coming was.

The chapter titles will give you a clue as to what is discussed in this book.

The Pattern of Dependence

The Power for Witness

The Protector of the Church

The Provider of Gifts

The Possessor of the Body Member

This book is an essential study of the Holy Spirit Dr. Radmacher delivered as messages in 1980 and originally published by RBC in 1983.

This version has been updated and now re-published by Jeremy Myers. Dated references and references only really applicable in a live sermon were removed and a new preface, introduction, and Conclusion chapter was added.

The goal of this book is also to clarify some of the confusion that often accompanies teaching about Spiritual gifts and the filling of the Holy Spirit. I believe this goal has been accomplished.

The central message is to explain and reinforce the premise, “The Spirit of God has only the desire to focus on Jesus Christ.”

“This book seeks to determine from the Scriptures what we can know about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.”

The following excerpt from the book was an eye-opener for me. I guess I did know it but had never really thought about it exactly this way until reading it here. See if it has the same effect on you,

“The issue isn’t how much of the Holy Spirit we have or how much of the Holy Spirit’s power we can get. Due to indwelling and sealing, we have all of the Spirit we are ever going to get. The issue for Christians is how much of us does the Holy Spirit Have!”

So, if you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit living inside you. If you want to learn more about exactly what that should mean for you this book is an excellent resource. This book will also explain the Holy Spirit’s role in helping you discover and implement YOUR spiritual gift or gifts.

After reading this book you will possess either a new understanding or better understanding of what to expect from the Holy Spirit.

If you are not a Christian and want to learn more about what the Holy Spirit would mean should you ever decide to become a Christian, this is a good place to start.

This book was both enlightening and informative for me. I hope it will be for you too. I recommend you get your copy today, right now!

Until next time…

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Unforgivable? Not so fast…

Have you ever entertained the thought that you might have committed the unforgivable sin?

Why You Have Not Committed the Unforgivable-Sin - Jeremy MyersIn Jeremy Myers latest book, Why You Have Not Committed The Unforgivable Sin, he discusses this very subject. I know, the title gave that away, right? If you have ever struggled with or just wondered about this question or know someone who has it would be well worth the investment to get your own copy and spend a little time with it.

He makes a very logical case for just what the unforgivable sin is not, what it is, and how you can tell for sure if you have committed it or not.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but if a brief look at the book and what it contains helps someone decide to pick it up and answer a question they have been harboring for days, weeks, months or years then it is well worth my time here and I hope that is the end result of this post.

I have always though I knew what the unforgivable sin was and don’t think my idea was really that far off the mark. It was just not as complete as it is now after reading this book. This was my prevailing understanding before reading this book, If you have made the decision to not follow Jesus and accept his free gift of salvation (Free to us – He paid the full price on Calvary)  then you have and continue to commit the unforgivable sin or the sin of disbelief. Deciding to not say Yes to Jesus or postponing that decision is the same thing as saying No.

However, in this book Jeremy goes a little deeper than my original thought and adds some practical meat around the bones so to speak. He does that in a way that is very easy to read and very concise as well. The book is only 85 pages long but those 85 pages could change your life or the life of someone you care about.

In this book Jeremy covers common views about the unforgivable sin and dispels some common myths. Suicide, divorce, adultery and abortion are discussed.

Next he reviews the most common scripture related to the unforgivable sin.

Matthew 12:21-32 is most frequently mentioned because it is the only passage which specifically mentions a sin that will not ever be forgiven, a sin which is called “blasphemy against the Spirit.”

He details exactly what the unforgivable sin is.

Ultimately, only one sin fits all of the requirements of the unforgivable sin. It is this: The unforgivable sin is a willful and slanderous rejection of the Holy Spirit’s testimony about Jesus 

And, finally, explains exactly why it is likely you have not committed the unforgivable sin. This will likely be for you as it was for me one of those “aha” moments when you will think, “Now that makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Why didn’t I think of that before?”

This is done in a very engaging and easy to read and understand style that I think you will appreciate. I believe you will also gain some perspectives you might not have thought of before in addition to your “aha” moment.

Get your copy today and add to your own knowledge just for yourself or to help others that cross your path in this journey called life. You will be glad you did.

Until next time…

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did receive a copy of the book from Jeremy to read and review and that is what I did and am doing. All the thoughts here are mine. If you do click on a link in this post and buy your own copy I will get an affiliate percentage of that purchase. As with all other affiliate links on this site it doesn’t cost you any more to do so.

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Prayer and Politics

I have always heard and believed the old saying if you don’t vote then you have no right to complain when those elected don’t act in accordance with your beliefs. I still believe that but have come to a new understanding that goes a little deeper. I do vote whenever that privilege avails itself so I do maintain that “right” to complain.

My new understanding has come about over the past few weeks as I have tried to practice what Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. There are many verses in the Bible that are hard for me to live by. In this sermon where Jesus says, “Love your enemies” and “pray for those who persecute you” those are some of the hardest.

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love Your Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers,i what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This goes even deeper than the fact this will drive some of them crazy once they become aware you are doing so. Jesus sets a very high standard for us as Christians to aspire to. I fall short every day.

Prayer changes…

One thing I have learned about prayer over the years is it changes the person praying more than the one you are praying to. It is a little bit…ok…enormously presumptuous to think that I am going to change God’s mind about anything anyway. Prayer, if practiced regularly, will, however put my heart and mind more in sync with what God has in mind for me.

Meanwhile…back to my original topic

It has always been difficult to pray for those in leadership when I do not agree with their methods, decisions, or intentions as I understand them. I have prayed they would be removed or replaced but that is not what I am charged to do from God’s Word.

Recently, I have found a way to do this that has worked for me. Maybe I am a little slow to arrive at this truth but I am there now.

Here is how my prayer goes regarding those who God has placed in leadership roles over me.

Dear God,

Please give our national, state, county, city and school leaders the wisdom and discernment to make decisions based on the best interests of those they are elected or appointed to serve and not based on their own self interests.

That’s it. It is pretty simple and yet it is sincere in that it is what I want our leaders to do. This is true regardless of whether it is a leader I happen to have voted for or agree with ideologically. I want all of those who represent us and are supposed to be leading us to make decisions based on the best interests of us. The fact I may disagree with their decisions and direction they are leading is irrelevant. It really is. That may be hard for some of you to believe but it is true.

It is possible my prayers could help change their hearts but it is far more likely mine will be changed.

Not Silent

However, this does not mean I will be a silent observer when I believe decisions being made by those same leaders are ill-advised or are motivated by their own self interests. I am praying for them to make wise decisions and hope they do but I will speak out and share my thoughts and opinions when I don’t believe they did. I will work within our political process to get them removed and replaced by those who will make wise decisions. That is just part of my responsibility to be a good citizen.

Prayer in the Public Square

Contrary to what many want us to believe prayer does have a place in the public square. It is the only way this government, which was designed to serve and protect the people, will work. Anything else will result in chaos or something worse.

English: I took photo with Canon camera.

English: I took photo with Canon camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.




Will you join me in prayer?

Until next time…

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Why I Don’t Have A Fish On My Car

en: Ichthus (fish, Christian symbol) in dark y...

en: Ichthus (fish, Christian symbol) in dark yellow; de: Ichthys (Fisch, christliches Symbol) in dunkelgelb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t have a fish emblem on my car and probably never will. I have nothing against fish or what the Christian fish emblem represents nor am I judging or condemning anyone who does have one on their car. I am a Christian. I just don’t feel comfortable in representing my beliefs with a fish on my car. I don’t trust myself.

Just for reference, here is a brief summary of what the fish emblem represents. This symbol is called Ichthys or Ichthus from the Koine Greek word for fish.

According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes.

According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company. Current bumper-stickers and business-card uses of the fish hearken back to this practice. —Christianity Today, Elesha Coffman, “Ask the Expert”

There is also a counter-fish emblem created to represent Darwinism.

Darwin fish

Darwin fish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I don’t believe in Darwinism as it relates to Creation I will not have one of these emblems on my car either.

Maybe I am being too critical of myself or being too concerned about something that really doesn’t matter. Maybe not.

Paul says in I Corinthians 8:9, But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”

He is talking here about not eating meat if it causes a brother or young Christian to stumble. At the time Jews thought the meat from many animals was unclean and forbidden. Even though there is nothing wrong with eating meat for Christians – our right – if doing so causes someone else to stumble on their own journey of faith because they believe this is wrong then we should have the maturity and respect to not eat meat in their presence.

If I cut someone off in traffic, don’t let them merge into traffic, or take “their” parking place and they see that fish on my car that is my witness to that person. All they likely know about me is I have a “Christian fish” emblem on my car so I must be one of “those Christians” then that supports some stereotype of what they believe Christians are, just ordinary hypocrites. I don’t want that to happen if I can avoid it. This can be applied to many different situations for Christians. Others that come to mind are drinking alcohol, attending R rated movies, and the words I choose to speak or write.

This is probably one of the few times I really do care what people think of me because as a Christian I am representing Christ to those whose path I cross. I do the best I can but am far from perfect. However those looking for a Christian to make a mistake, for some reason, want to hold others to a standard by which they are unwilling to measure themselves.

I know I am not responsible for anyone else’s thoughts or actions, only mine, but I don’t want to be the reason or excuse someone else uses for their thoughts or actions either if that can be avoided.

This principle can be applied to most any other group you could substitute here. When I worked for UPS one Christmas season they had a policy that employees could not wear a complete uniform home. We had to change our shirts before we left so we, as representatives of UPS, would not do something in that uniform that would disparage UPS.

It holds true for employees as well as employers and those in leadership positions, maybe even more so.

Knowing I am doing my best, with God’s help, to live as a Christian, helps me have peace of mind. That peace of mind helps me sleep well at night. However I do know I have and will continue to make mistakes in this journey called life. As long as my motives are pure I can forgive myself when I do make mistakes. I know God has already forgiven me.

If you don’t have that assurance and peace of mind yourself that is a choice you have made but one that can be changed today. Take a look here for 4 Steps to Peace With God. I promise you will not regret it and can be sleeping better tonight.

I pray that God will give me wisdom to know when to “not eat meat.”

Until next time…

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