Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

I recently took the StrengthFinders assessment and discovered my top character trait is—achievement. I must confess, it fits. I have a strange love of tests and filling out forms. A deadline is an invitation to tackle a project and wrestle it into submission at least a week before it’s due. And I never meet a to-do list without instantly strategizing how to multitask and conquer. Now, we’re in the midst of a month of Generosity, so that virtue has been high on my list. Comparison shopping for... Read More
You Never Know

You Never Know

Back in the early ’70s, my dad had a visitor stop by after school one day. You can imagine my dad’s surprise when he saw this young man in his early 20s walk into his classroom that day—in his military uniform. He explained that he was on leave, and was now stationed back in the states. They talked a bit and then this soldier began to explain why he had come to see me dad. He recounted how one day his platoon was in an area where there was a great deal of fighting. There were all very tense,... Read More
Oh! Now I Get It

Oh! Now I Get It

One thing I’m learning as I continue to write for 252 Basics is that when we take on a characteristic of God, we learn to understand and appreciate Him more. I’m still a little confused by the concept, so let me explain in a way that’s easier for me to grasp. My daughter was born about four hours after we arrived at the hospital. Jealous? My love for her was instant. I’ve heard it takes a little while for fathers to warm up to their newborns, but not me. I was smitten immediately. I love that... Read More
Core Essentials: Bring Orange to Local Schools

Core Essentials: Bring Orange to Local Schools

Core. The central, innermost, or most essential part of anything. That should be the church. But, did you realize that 60 percent of families in your community will never step foot in a church? How do you really impact those families? What is it that most families have in common? Kids. And where do kids spend most of their day? In schools. So—watch this video and learn about a way to reach out to kids and ultimately, their families, in schools, and help support schools at the same time. School... Read More
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