Archives For Thanks

soildersWe recently were able to catch the new Star Trek movie in the newest theater in our town. Though it’s been open nearly a year, this was our first time in the new place. We enjoyed our experience!

I was pleasantly surprised by the handling of the material in the new movie, with the younger characters they were able to pull off a pre-quel of sorts that actually worked. Familiar characters (if you’re a Trek fan) were woven through the entire script. And some actually favored their former counterparts.

One scene took me back to a former episode with Spock dying after sacrificing himself “for the good of the many.” Just prior to that he had melded with Dr. McCoy and simply said, “Remember.”

I know yesterday was Memorial Day for us in the U.S., but I’d like us to remember again today those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – not in a movie, but in reality with their own lives. Some lost brothers, some lost sisters. Some lost parents, others lost children. Many of us lost friends.

May we always remember the price paid for our freedoms that we enjoy. And in the same way remember the One who willingly gave of himself so that we might be free for all eternity.

So take another day, on me, and remember.

For all those who have served and from all of us who have served. Thanks.

thank you2When was the last time someone thanked you for what you do? When was the last time YOU recognized someone for what they do?

Did you know it doesn’t have to be much? Just a verbal thank you or a card of thanks or a small gift goes a long, long way.

Who could you say “thanks” to today?

Why not do it? Today!

By the way – Thanks for reading and following and inviting your friends to join us on this journey!!

ThanksDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Kay and I want you to know how much we depended on your faithful prayers for us this past week in the aftershock of the suicide of our precious 27-year-old son Matthew who struggled with mental illness since birth.

We felt your love and we received strength from your prayers during the most painful week of our 40 years of public ministry for Christ.

Also, the members of Saddleback Church, your sister church in Southern California, asked that we send thanks to you, your pastor, and all your church family on their behalf. Together we have shared what St. Paul called “the fellowship of suffering.”  When one part of the body hurts, all the other parts hurt too, and you can count on the Saddleback family to pray for you too. We are God’s family and we are in this together!

Finally, if you’d like to help us raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness, we’d love to add your voice to our petition. Just visit to add your name and your voice.

We end this note of thanks with the promise of Hebrews 6:10 “God will not forget the work you did, and the love you’ve showed for him by helping other Christians.”   May God bless your church family greatly.

Thanks from me as well. I really appreciate it when the body of Christ truly acts as the body of Christ and cares for one another. You all are my heroes!