Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Tuesday Rambling 10.22.13

As usual, a bunch of thoughts in one place. Tuesday Rambling here we go!


  • I had the opportunity to spend a couple days with friends the past two days.  When you spend some extended time with people you can really get deeper into those relationships than you can in the course of day to day life.
  • I really think this principle applies in any relationship.

Customer Dis-satisfaction.

  • How do you handle it when you don’t get what you paid for? It can be a difficult thing.  I’ve never been too much on the end of having to handle customer complaints, but the people who are best known for it make people feel like they’re treated right. It’s just frustrating when it happens.
  • A challenge: when was the last time you were dis-satisfied? How did you handle it and for how long did it bother you?


  • There is a life of true contentment that we find in the cross of Jesus Christ.
  • When we truly allow forgiveness and humility to be dominant themes of our lives, we really start to change the filter through which we see others, and ourselves.
  • If you don’t believe in Jesus, please consider the truth that he died for your sin and rose from the dead so you can be filled with hope!


  • Do you have a view of things that can handle breakdowns?
  • Yes, sometimes people breakdown.  Relationships, conversations, etc. Are you able to look forward when trouble arises within friends, family, co-worker relationships, or do you get stuck?
  • Having a framework that looks forward through difficulty is very important and healthy.


  • Brandon Weeden should never play another game in the NFL, unless he’s backing someone up.
  • I hope the Cardinals win the World Series.  My prediction? Red Sox in 6 games.
  • Prediction: The Cavs will be a .500 team this year and make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday Rambling 10.15.13

It’s Tuesday. Let’s get ready to ramble!!


  • It was a joy to have my mother come and stay with us a couple days to help Julie be able to go on the retreat with our church’s youth. It’s great for me to see Julie doing ministry she genuinely loves.
  • It’s amazing to me in the Old Testament how much family is a place where faith is lived and spread. Sin can affect a family; so can living for God! (Here’s hoping you’ll pick the right one and enjoy the family benefits).

World Issues

  • Pray for Syria. Wow, what a mess. What suffering. God, have mercy!
  • Pray for Japan as a typhoon comes toward Tokyo (as of this morning the typhoon was weakening).
  • Pray for India, where immense suffering is now added to devastating poverty in the wake of a typhoon that hit over the weekend.  Thankfully, the loss of life was not catastrophic (only in the teens in a densely populated area). But, the loss of livelihood is striking and should be worth our prayers as the gospel is shared in the wake of this loss.
  • Pray for Saeed Abedini, a pastor suffering in harsh conditions in an Iranian prison.  May God’s mercy visit Iran on Saeed’s behalf, and all who suffer oppression in Iran.

Brandon Weeden

  • Hey, when you throw a pass this bad, you get your own heading in my rambling. Watching this will truly lift you up if you’re having a down day.  It’s worth a laugh!


  • What a great post-season that is going on. Crucial games tonight!
  • I hope the Yankees don’t have Alex Rodriguez for 2014.
  • A Dodgers – Red Sox series would be great, considering the trade they pulled off last year.  Players from both sides of that trade are contributing well for both teams.  Although, if the Sox didn’t make it, I wouldn’t be too heartbroken.

From the Quote Book

  • “Sometimes a person’s mind is stretched by a new idea and never does go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Tuesday Rambling 10.8.13

Let the rambling begin!


  • I get tired of trying to fix the same issue when I’ve been told it’s already fixed. I’m looking at you, car repair place! Let’s get this van fixed!

New experiences

  • Last week I went on an overnight with our oldest daughter’s school. I am usually a little tense in a new situation, but it went very well. I was glad to be a part of helping with the event.

Spiritual Growth

  • Growing spiritually requires that we participate in something only God can do. Chew on that and consider both parts of that statement.
  • Trying to encourage the spiritual growth of individuals without prayer is a guaranteed failure.


  • Browns win. We’ll see how many more now that Hoyer is out.
  • It kills me to say this, but I really don’t think the Red Sox will lose a series this postseason. So deep and so consistent.


  • So much of God’s plans for us involve the family. It is something that Satan has been great at distracting people from for a long time. If you are a believer and you think there is some way to glorify God WITHOUT putting your family first, then you’re mistaken!

Tuesday Rambling 9.24.13

Here are a few thoughts on some varied and random topics, otherwise known as Tuesday Rambling:


  • The following conversation was heard Monday morning in our house. David: “Lexi, did you know the Bengals beat the Packers?” Lexi: “I don’t care.”
  • Yes, the Browns won.  The real war rages on against Satan.


  • I am excited to be preaching from the Old Testament.  It’s fun to think about how things were in the beginning days of the faith.
  • I am praying for God to be at work and stay at work in our community.
  • Spiritual warfare is constant and something to stay aware of all the time.

Social Media

  • I think a lot of people waste a lot of time on social media. There really isn’t much new. I do enjoy basic status updates, pics, and things like that. But the complaining, drama, negativity I can do without.
  • Twitter is hard because there is absolutely no way (that I know of) to filter my feed.  For instance, I’d like to categorize the types of things in my feed but I don’t think I can.  Oh well.
  • If you are on social media, realize it is NOT reality.


  • Someone recently told me they thought our kids listened to us well.  They must have caught us on a good day.  C’mon, each family has its ups and downs so let’s not pretend they don’t. Also, let’s not build ourselves up by comparing ourselves to others.
  • Thought: Julie and I both believe it is important for our children to understand that we say what we mean and mean what we say. We believe God’s Word is to be trusted, and the logic for us is that we want to give our children a picture that our word can be trusted as well. We think that as parents we will give our children a picture of what God is like.
  • That is a LOT to think about.


  • I have ZERO hope the Yankees make the Wild Card game.  They could win all six games left and STILL miss the game. Not likely for them to be playing past Sunday.

Tuesday Rambling 9.17.13

Ready for some rambling? I suppose you wouldn’t be reading if you weren’t. Here goes:


  • The wildcard is hitting the stretch run. I am hoping for the Yankees to play the Indians in the Wild Card game so I can go to Cleveland to see my first post-season game.
  • However, I am doubtful right now because the Yankees really need to go about 10-2 and just don’t have very much pitching. Too many injuries may have finally sunk the ship.


  • I feel like our involvement in Jocelyn’s life is an incredible picture of God’s calling on our lives. We responded to do foster care several years ago and God finally showed us the finalization of her adoption about a year ago. It’s exactly what He called us to do and that’s a sweet place to be.
  • It is fun to help people when they are grateful.
  • In preparing to preach this week about Adam and Eve, I am overwhelmed by God’s grace.


  • We are settling into the family structure and routine of a new school year quite nicely. Not without bumps, but very good so far.
  • It takes a lot of balance to make sure you invest in your children in equal ways.
  • There are a lot of things written about parenting today. I pray for my own wisdom and also for parents I know. The Bible lists very few specific things to do, and instead points to a lot of principles on how to parent children. If we focus on principles, we’ll be ok, even if our specific methods may vary.

Fried Chicken

  • Yes, two weeks in a row. Listen, I know it’s shallow, but I like to spend my money well.
  • I had some Barberton fried chicken (Whitehouse) last week that just wasn’t the best. Then I ordered Talamos again over the weekend. This was my third trip to Talamos. Let’s just say this: I had Talamos’ leftovers yesterday for lunch and it was STILL fantastic.
  • Ok, I feel better now.