03/22/2016 | Tags: bunny, death, easter, eggs, hope, Jesus, Life Lessons, meaning, Old Stone Church, Personal Development, Power2ools, resurrection, Self help
What does Easter mean for you? What Easter traditions do you celebrate? My adult mind still conjures up wonderful childhood memories of colorful woven baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and the hardboiled eggs that my family and I colored together. Easter meant going to church tucked into a stiff new suit and then gathering around the dinner table with family afterwards. But as we get older, while we still love many of our Easter traditions, I think we yearn for something more.
For Christians, Easter is the story of a God who loves us so much that not even the grave can keep us apart. When the tomb seemed like the end of the story for Jesus, God wrote another chapter for him, for the world and for us.
In an anxious and fearful world that too often shouts, No! to the abundant life, Easter is God’s great big Yes to hope, freedom and eternal life. Where the world builds up fences, God tears them down. Where the world draws borders, God sees us as one. When the world knocks us down, God lifts us up. When the world says that death is the end,
01/27/2016 | Tags: happiness, Inspiration Video, Life Lessons, Life Management, Personal Development, Personal Growth, Power2ools, Powerball, Self help, Volunteers
Volunteers show us the path to happiness
Just a few days before the big $1.3 billion Powerball draw, I asked a volunteer in my church what he would do if he won even a smaller amount like a million bucks. His answer was priceless!
But before I tell you what his response was, let me tell you what kind of man he is. He’s the sort of guy who hops on a bus every day at 6:00am and rides it over to the church to volunteer for a whole host of jobs that need support. Chances are if you’ve held the church’s newsletter in your hands, he’s one of the ones who assembled it and mailed it out to you. If you’ve walked on the clean sidewalk outside the church in the dead of winter, he’s the one who shoveled it. If you’ve held a bulletin in your hand on a Sunday morning or at a wedding or even a funeral, he’s the one who carefully folded it and stuffed it full of inserts. If you came to the church to get a bag full of food for you and your family because you were hungry and broke,
07/03/2015 | Tags: American Composers, Emerson Lake and Palmer, patriotic music, Power of Knowledge, Power2ools, theme songs
Can you name the tune in the Power of Knowledge, our Independence Day episode of Power2ools? It sounds very familiar doesn’t it? It should be. This song has been used as a soundtrack for sports teams, inaugural events and a lot television shows and movies including Path to War (2002), Brothers in Arms (2005) and even an episode of the hit TV show, The Simpsons (2007).
This inspirational song was written by one of my favorite composers, one of the greatest American composers of all time, who wrote it for the Cincinnati Orchestra in 1942, just as the United States was entering World War II. Ironically, the first time I ever heard the song, it wasn’t being played by a classical orchestra at all but by the 1970s rock English rock band, Emerson, Lake and Palmer!
Whenever I hear this piece, in my mind, I can see the grand and open spaces of America, the rolling plains and the mighty mountains. Sometimes, I even picture myself standing on a coastal cliff staring out into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. To me, and many others, it is a very patriotic piece and it is the very reason I chose it for our Independence Day themed Power2ools,