Monthly Archives: November 2006

Help for the Holiday Blues

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of good cheer and optimistic hopes. Yet, it is not unusual for some of us to feel sad or lonely during the holiday period—a condition that has come to be called the … Continue reading

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From South Africa – 2006.11.28

We have been so busy since we wrote to you last. On Thursday, we prepared a real American Thanksgiving dinner and had about 15 people join us. It was almost like home. We cooked 2 small turkeys (it was all … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Children, Christian Living, Christian Missions, Following Jesus, Kingdom Living, Missional Church, Missional Living, Prayer Request, South Africa | 6 Comments

A Christmas Project

As most Spiritual Oasis readers are aware, I regularly run the missionary reports Tarrah and Dave Hildreth. This couple, along with their children, is laboring in South Africa. My association with Tarrah and her family goes back almost 25 years. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Children, Christian Living, Christian Missions, Christmas, Following Jesus, Kingdom Living, Life, Missional Living, South Africa | 3 Comments

Will Return Soon

Hello, friends. Just wanted to let you know that I’m taking a few extra days to do some end-of-the-year introspection before the Christmas Holiday revs up to full steam. Lord willing, I’ll be back in the saddle tomorrow. Now, I’m … Continue reading

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What Thanksgiving Is All About

A blessing came in the mail the other day. A couple that God had blessed through me was prompted to spend a few dollars for a nice card in order to express their appreciation. They took a couple of moments … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Christian Living, Christianity, Grace, Kingdom Living, Thanksgiving | 22 Comments

Drive Safely!

Living in Delaware has afforded me the opportunity to be introduced to many new things. One is the ubiquitous “Hidden Entrance” caution sign. There were no such signs on the dusty roads of my youth. Of course, there were no … Continue reading

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Here I Sit

As I compose these lines, I’m more than 400 miles away from home, sitting in one of my favorite places—Panera Bread. It amazes me how familiar surroundings make a person feel like he is at a home-away-from-home. Any time you … Continue reading

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Reaching Goals

There they were. Three young people playing basketball. What fun they were having! Laughing. Jumping. They were hot doggin’ it with visions of greatness in their minds. WNBA, here we come! I started counting their shots. One. Two. Three. Finally, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Christian Living, Leadership, Life | 3 Comments

Follow the Leader

A zippy trip to the electronics store brought unexpected lessons in leadership. After finishing my shopping, I turned out of the parking lot into the right turn lane. At least, I thought it was the turn lane. I stopped behind … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Christian Living, Christianity, Church, Discipleship Training, Following Jesus, Leadership, Life, Missional Church | 8 Comments

Do Something! Anything Is Better Than Nothing!!

Her name is Maryann. Last week I attended a class in Advanced First-Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, which she presented with reassuring confidence. Her poise was developed over thirty years as an emergency medical services worker, coupled with more than a … Continue reading

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Lay It On Thick!

An expert painter instructs a novice on the fine art of covering a dark undercoat. The mentor deftly loads the brush with paint and applies it to the surface with a gentle grace. She turns to her apprentice and affirms, … Continue reading

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Christian Hallmarks

Do you yearn for something more than pat-on-the-back-glad-to-see-ya-brother/sister-foyer-fellowship? Do you wish for something more than the perfunctory, superficial “How are you’s?” often exchanged amongst brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you long for the day that membership in the body … Continue reading

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Beauty From Within

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, … Continue reading

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Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

What do Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Artie Shaw and Kay Kyser have in common? Yes. They are recording artists. Each also scored a Billboard hit with a recording of the collaborative work of Harold Arlen and Johnny … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Christian Living, Depression, Kingdom Living | 5 Comments

Be of Good Cheer – Redux

Here’s something I shared last year that seems appropriate for the needs of the moment: While working for his former employer, a Christian friend of mine had an extremely high pressure job. One Wednesday evening, I asked him how he … Continue reading

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Six Words Say It All…

Listen to this song by Hillsong and I think you will agree: Six words say it all! ALL I NEED IS YOU, LORD! Special thanks goes out to our blogging-friend Mark for bringing this video to our attention. I played … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Christian Living, Christian music, Following Jesus, Kingdom Living, Life | 16 Comments

Of People and Potted Plants

Have you ever had an experience that stays with you, no matter how hard you try to put it out of your mind? It seems to me that the things that linger longest are those which would easily be categorized … Continue reading

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From South Africa – 2006.11.05

Here is the most recent report from the Hildreths. Please continue to remember these dear Christians and their family as they labor for the Lord in South Africa. — — — — — Hi Everyone, Just a quick update on … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Children, Kingdom Living, Missional Living, South Africa | 7 Comments

Lord Save Me by Acappella

“Lord Save Me” Music Video Keith Lancaster has just posted this new music video “Lord Save Me” from Acappella’s new CD, Radiance, which was directed by Ryan Smith. Hope you enjoy this!

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Spiritual Sunsets

Sunsets are beautiful! They are one of God’s masterpieces, which never cease to amaze me. Sunsets over the Pacific are my favorite. It’s been 30 years since I first sat on the beach near San Diego’s La Jolla Cove to … Continue reading

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