If I sum up what I learned through the years, it is this: Relationship is foundational in all things pertaining to God and his creation. This includes families, ministry, marriage, making disciples, evangelism, worship, counseling, outreach, missions and so forth.
We hear all kinds of voices in the world. There are those who speak the truth in love and there are those who speak in lies. There are voices that hurt and offend. Such words can make us feel worthless. And then, there is another voice that gives life. A voice that does not stop […]
For titles for this blog, I could have used “Finding the Rest of Me”, “Reconnecting” or “More than a Party” – because that is what family reunions are all about. This Christmas season, I am sure hundreds of thousands of people filled up their cars, crowded buses and trains, or hopped into airplanes traveling thousands […]
Where do you come from? It’s such a simple question, but these days a simple question can bring complicated answers.
It’s Christmas season and a new year is about to begin. This is certainly a good time to talk about finances. A friend of mine one time said, “You know these are tough economic times. My hair line is in recession. My stomach is in inflation. My mind is in depression.” Now that may be […]
I invite you to join me by prayerfully reading the lyrics to this beautiful song – “Count your Blessings.” Let us allow God use it to help us count our blessings today. Often, I sing this song to brighten up the dark nights of my soul. The words inspire me and brighten me up.
Just a few minutes ago, my wife greeted me an advanced Happy Birthday coming up in the next few days. If you are like me, I feel like the years are speeding up as I get older. I thought of my life in the past years and one person came to mind. He and I […]
Because I now live in Southern California with a large population of Hispanics, I have often been mistaken for being Hispanic myself. Probably because of my mustache? (smile) I pride myself of having learned little bits of their language. But when I try to speak I end up sounding more like a caveman saying mispronounced […]
One aspect of my life that I will always remember was when my heart begun to palpitate when I got close to Carmelita (now my wife). We were college students then. Some people call this being in love. You know what it is like, right? It feels like your heart is dancing around your chest […]
Two years ago when my 88 year old mother, Verlantina, had a stroke, we called 911 for ambulance so that she can be taken immediately to the hospital for emergency. I began to call family members. Relatives came right away to be with my wife and I. We prayed as we waited for the medical […]