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The Platinum Rule

If you grew up in the church I am sure you have heard of the ‘golden rule’; it is long established as the gold standard for how we should treat ...
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October 31, 2018

Prepare for Rain

When thinking of March 11, 2000 and September 15, 2008 what comes to mind? Some might remember that those 2 days marked the beginning of the Dot-com Crash, and the…
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October 17, 2018

Act Justly, Love Mercy

From its beginning the Church has always struggled with balance. It doesn’t come naturally to individuals, so I guess it is bound to also be the nature of those gathered…
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October 3, 2018

Legos

I still remember the first time I received Legos for Christmas. It was a huge plastic bucket filled with endless possibilities. The question wasn’t what was I going to make,…
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September 26, 2018

Not So Common Sense

I was watching a documentary about Jews in Iran the other day which I found most intriguing. It talked about the fact that the Jews have been in Iran (or…
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September 19, 2018

Who is My Neighbor?

Well, I always think of my neighbor as the person living close to me, which consists of my family, and the people who live in my neighborhood. Now, it is…
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September 5, 2018

You Will Have R-E-S-P-E-C-T

When I write R-E-S-P-E-C-T, you probably instantly think of Aretha Franklin’s popular song called Respect. What an amazing artist. Over her singing career she had two Number 1 hits and…
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August 29, 2018

Courage

I recently came across a quote from Winston Churchill that has got me thinking. In the quote he said, “courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the…
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August 22, 2018

Time Flies

Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the more quickly time seems to pass by? I’m sure you have. We all have! Of course time doesn’t actually pass…
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August 15, 2018

Live Life Together

So often as Christians, I think we undervalue our own need to be around other believers. Yes, it is important to reach out to those who have different beliefs and…
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August 1, 2018

It’s About Relationships

Have you ever toured a college campus during the summer and thought “it does nothing for me”? Maybe you find that “it seems so cold”; only to go later when…
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July 25, 2018

Finding Comfort in Technology

Not many things have changed society as much as steam engines, electricity, the printing press, and digital technology. These 4 inventions have been so life changing that they have their…
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July 11, 2018

Expectations

We can’t live a life of expectation, and not accompany it with deliberate discipline and planning. Unfortunately, a lack of discipline and planning has placed many baby boomers into an…
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July 4, 2018

Those Rich People

Think about the richest person you know. What makes you think of them as rich, assuming they haven’t come right out and told you? Usually we assume a lot about…
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June 13, 2018

Bam

Over the past couple of generations some significant trends have changed regarding giving as a percentage of income; going down from a high of around 10% of income during the…
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June 6, 2018

Listen, Trust, Follow

Listen, trust and follow God’s direction. That sounds simple enough, but why then is it so difficult. It seems we can do one or maybe even two, but often not…
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May 23, 2018

Sleepless Rest

A new baby. What a blessing to be able to hold, and as a mother, nurture a new baby. The smell and the feel of a newborn in your arms…
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May 9, 2018

Giving Trends

With the new tax changes that have taken effect this year in the US, it has been estimated that 80-90% of households in the US could see a drop in…
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May 2, 2018

Open Letter to My Son

I was recently asked by my son’s teacher to write a short word of encouragement to my son as he prepares to graduate high school and head off to college…
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April 25, 2018

Millennial Views

I recently wrote a paper for a class I was taking, where the teacher randomly assigned the topic each student should write about. The topic I received was how Financial…
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April 11, 2018

Is There a Hell?

Today we are interested in an easier Faith, one that does not involve too much dedication or sacrifice. Many Christians are interested in “new” interpretations of old truths. One example…
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April 4, 2018

Duck on the Pond

Have you ever had the feeling that everything (okay, that’s an exaggeration) you do seems to be accompanied with a challenge? Nothing ever seems to come easy. Maybe you have…
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March 28, 2018

Purging for the Win

When 2018 began I decided that my word for the year – that thing I wanted to focus on all year – would be PURGE. Much has been written on…
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March 21, 2018

Reputation

I spent a decade of my life in Chicago and during that time met many of its people as individuals, and if I was to sum up the majority traits…
A Missed Opportunity Articles
March 7, 2018

A Missed Opportunity

Canadians have always had a unique relationship with the United States in part because of the huge percentage of trade that flows between the two countries. Due to Canada being…
God in Your DNA Articles
February 21, 2018

God in Your DNA

When growing up, I never quite understood who I was, from an ethnic standpoint. I always knew I was a Heinz 57. Our last name “Glim” is Dutch, but I…
We Already Won the Lottery Articles
February 7, 2018

We Already Won the Lottery

Have you ever noticed that we often only turn to God for help when things get bad enough? When things are going well, we might feel we don’t need God…
Refining Us Into Gold Articles
January 31, 2018

Refining Us Into Gold

My good friend of 20 years and I were headed out of town one warm August morning. Pati wanted to grab a cup of coffee, so before beginning our journey,…
Change Articles
January 30, 2018

Change

What enters your mind when you think of the word “change”? What images or feelings are created as you contemplate that transformational verb? Have you ever reflected on how you…
Gray Divorce Articles
January 17, 2018

Gray Divorce

In a recent Pew Research Center poll, the rate of gray divorces, which is divorces among people over 50 years old, has doubled since 1990, from five per thousand per year, to now being…
Starting the New Year on the Right Foot Articles
January 3, 2018

Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

2018 has arrived! I pray your Christmas was richly blessed and that you rang in the New Year with great anticipation as you look forward to how God will use…
The Simple Life Articles
December 20, 2017

The Simple Life

We all have heard the nursery rhyme of “what good little girls are made of”. Many of us can think of a kind little girl who would fit that description…
Soap On A Rope Articles
December 6, 2017

Soap-On-A-Rope

Soap-on-a-rope and man size Kleenex. These are the most memorable Christmas gifts I received when I was 17 years old. In fact, the memory of them still elicits a strong…
More Than Saving Articles
November 22, 2017

More Than Saving

I was reading an article recently that talked of the importance of saving for retirement. It recommended saving ten percent, or more, of your current pay check. I don’t disagree…
It's Not All A Bed of Roses Articles
November 8, 2017

It’s Not All a Bed of Roses

Some time ago I was driving to my office when something unexpected happened. A man and a woman - apparently a couple - were in the middle of the road…
Calm Passion Articles
October 25, 2017

Calm Passion

I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but I have felt his spirit with me these past months; firstly, after doing some research on his life, and…
Virtual Assistant Articles
October 11, 2017

Virtual Assistant

“Siri, what is the name of the song that is playing?” “Alexa, remind me to pick up the dry cleaning at 5:00 pm today.” “Hey Google, what was the score…
Malaise Articles
September 13, 2017

Malaise

Back in 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his “Crisis of Confidence” speech that has since been often known as the “malaise speech”. In the speech, he challenged Americans to face…
The Future of Social Security Articles
August 30, 2017

The Future of Social Security

What is social security and where did it originate? The Social Security Act was signed by FDR on August 14, 1935, taxes were collected for the first time in January…
A Millennial Challenge Articles
August 16, 2017

A Millennial Challenge

Did you know that millennials are now the largest living generation in the United States? In 2015, they took over that distinction from the baby boomer generation. Baby boomers have…
The Poor Rich Articles
August 2, 2017

The Poor Rich

When watching the typical news story which involves wealth, you often get the strong impression that the wealthy have always been in control; and that it is getting harder and…
More Than Preaching Articles
July 26, 2017

More Than Preaching

I recently had lunch with a young pastor who has been leading a church plant for a couple years now. The church is doing well, but it has had its…
Unconfessed Sin Articles
July 19, 2017

Unconfessed Sin

Boethius was a Roman senator at the time of Rome’s fall, and through treachery, was condemned to die by the new-king-about-town, Theodoric. It was during the year that he was…
A New Life Phase-Retirement Articles
July 12, 2017

Retirement – A New Life Phase

With the 76 year bench mark now behind me I am thinking it may be time to retire from full time ministry. I have served for over 15 years as…
Freedom Articles
June 28, 2017

Freedom

Mike Merrill was short of cash in 2008, so he decided to incorporate himself - but not in the way that most people start a shareholder company. He decided to…
Contentment Articles
June 21, 2017

Contentment

Sing this hymn with me. They will know we are Christians by our stuff, by our stuff. Wait….that’s not right! Isn’t it they will know we are Christians by our…
Sovereign God Articles
June 14, 2017

Sovereign God

I was visiting a church while on vacation a few months back and they played a song that I had not heard before. One of the main stanzas which struck…
Pastors_Parsonage or Own Home Articles
June 7, 2017

Pastors – Parsonage or Own Home

It was a beautiful spring, Sunday morning. Pastor Steve and his family were settling into the church parsonage, and Steve was excited with anticipation as he prepared to preach his…
Lost Ring Articles
May 31, 2017

Lost Ring

I grew up in Scotland, where I attended university, and began my career as an accountant. I loved my Scottish heritage, but, soon felt God calling me to new adventures.…
Eternity Articles
May 24, 2017

Eternity

I am intrigued by mankind’s thoughts on eternity. Some have had real thought put into them, others - not so much. Some try and make the vastness of it more…
Emergency Manual Articles
May 17, 2017

Emergency Manual

In my younger days, which was a very long time ago, I had this yearning to see the world. I had dreamed of leaving my job behind as a student…
Rich Beyond Measure Articles
May 10, 2017

Rich Beyond Measure

When I was much younger, I loved to go for walks through wealthy neighborhoods and think, “someday”. The houses were amazing, and the yards were equally impressive. I don’t know…
Back in Love With Debt Articles
May 3, 2017

Back in Love with Debt

After the debt scare many experienced in 2008-9 we should have mended our ways. However, the truth is that our total debt levels are back at those same levels again.…
Lukewarm Articles
April 26, 2017

Lukewarm

In Revelation 3 Christ talks of the 7 churches. Like a good manager would do, Christ points out the things they are doing right, and then points out the things…
Looking Forward Looking Back Articles
April 19, 2017

Looking Forward – Looking Back

At Church last Sunday, the preacher asked our congregation if they prefer to hear “Good News first or Bad News first?” Very interesting question. Research tells us that over 70%…
Nudged Articles
April 12, 2017

Nudged

I read an interesting article earlier this week that talked about how retired people often get stuck in their spending habits. They are so aware that they are on a…
Take a Load Off Articles
April 5, 2017

Take a Load Off

I met this girl once (let’s call her Jan) that found herself in financial peril. Jan was one of the most vibrant girls I ever met. She loved life and…
How Much Do We Need to Save Articles
March 29, 2017

How Much Do We Need to Save?

If you have been to a financial planner, you may have come away discouraged by the amount of money that you have been told it will take for you to…
Tiptoeing into Retirement Articles
March 22, 2017

Tiptoeing into Retirement

In those carefree summer days as a boy, my brother and I loved to spend time in and around a pool. That required either riding our bikes to the park…
Route Recalculation Articles
March 15, 2017

Route Recalculation

“Route re-calculation.” I hear it nearly every time I use my GPS. More often than not it’s because I accidently missed a turn, but sometimes it’s because I think I…
Building a Foundation Articles
March 8, 2017

Building a Foundation

In 1995 our family immigrated to America. At the time, it was just my dad, mom, older sister, and me, two suitcases, and $2,000. I was just a kid, and…
Fastest Growing Crime Articles
March 1, 2017

The Fastest Growing Crime

A couple of weeks ago an observant Uber driver in my town rescued a 16 year old girl from being a victim of sex trafficking. During one of his shifts,…
The Rich Are A Puzzling Lot Articles
February 22, 2017

The Rich are a Puzzling Lot

The wealthy can be a puzzling lot. After all that is written as a warning in scripture, many of them still think that their wealth in some way makes them…
Hope in Mom-isms Articles
February 15, 2017

Hope In Mom-isms

Over the years Mom-isms have reigned in almost every household. These little bits of wisdom have shaped us into who we are today. I was thinking about some of these…
Honoring Your Parents Articles
February 8, 2017

Honoring Your Parents

I was intrigued by a story I recently read which spoke to what it meant to honor your parents. We all have heard the verses, but it was surprising to…
Failing For God's Plan Articles
February 1, 2017

Failing for God’s Plan

I found myself giving my son advice the other day on how to deal with a challenge he was having with his soccer coach. I started telling him that he…
Working Together Articles
January 25, 2017

Working Together

The Great Recession has forced many families to work together to save their homes, and in some cases those who did lose their homes had to move in with either…
Economic Mobility Articles
January 18, 2017

Economic Mobility

Trending on Facebook is the story of Milton Hershey. It’s one of those stories that has a picture and a caption set to music, kind of like a silent movie,…
Preparing for Change Articles
January 11, 2017

Preparing for Change

It was over 22 years ago now that my wife, Nora, and I decided to have our first child. We had been married about 5 years already, but yet we…
How Majestic Articles
January 4, 2017

How Majestic

This summer my family and I went on an adventure to explore Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. We had never visited before and heard it was one…
Pay Scale Data Articles
December 21, 2016

Pay Scale Data

Lately, there has been some interesting data coming out of the records from PayScale.com, the wages website. According to their stats there has been some long term changes happening in…
Christmas Traditions Articles
December 7, 2016

Christmas Traditions

Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. When I was a child, we had quite a few traditions, and when I married Nora, we came together…
Virtual Reality Glasses Articles
November 30, 2016

Virtual Reality Glasses

It can be funny to watch someone put on a pair of VR (virtual reality) glasses for the first time. Once you have tried them you quickly realize how easy…
It's About Communicating Articles
November 23, 2016

It’s About Communicating

It’s Friday morning and I just arrived at the airport to begin my journey from Sacramento to Portland for an annual meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing my good friends…
Leading By Example Articles
November 16, 2016

Leading By Example

In our church, like many other churches we have a ministry named Awana. It is a time when kids can gather and spend time studying the bible, playing sports, and…
The Totem of Sins Articles
November 9, 2016

The Totem of Sins

Each of us has grown up with an inbuilt hierarchy of sins, whether we are aware of this or not. Most of us see murder as worse than stealing, and…
Changed Lives Articles
November 2, 2016

Changed Lives

I arrived at the mission a little early for the Sunday worship service and watched the people as they streamed into the small chapel. By the time the music began,…
Put Some Effort Into It Articles
October 26, 2016

Put Some Effort Into It

Why does it seem that more and more, mediocrity is rewarded? When I was 16 years old, I was working at a fast food chain for a minimum wage. Did…
Trusting Articles
October 19, 2016

Trusting

I came across these three questions some time back that are helpful in clarifying whether an employee/employer relationship is healthy. In each case, the question must be answered in the…
I Will Plant Trees Articles
October 12, 2016

I WILL PLANT TREES

We all have heard that God knows the number of hairs on our heads. I firmly believe that he also knows the number of trees on Earth. I also believe…
2 Good 2 be True Articles
October 5, 2016

2 GOOD 2 BE TRUE

Your intentions were to put a money away a little bit at a time so that by retirement age you could rest easy. Unfortunately, saving for retirement hasn’t gone quite…
True Friendship Articles
September 21, 2016

True Friendship

A strange thing happened a couple of years back while I was in Shanghai sitting alongside their beautiful boardwalk called “the Bund”. It was a beautiful sunny day and I…
This Too Shall Pass Articles
September 14, 2016

This, Too, Shall Pass

I ran across an article a few days ago on the causes of stress. It listed events that result in great amounts of stress, such as death of a family…
Real Power for Change Articles
September 7, 2016

Real Power for Change

It is amazing how much the experiences of our youth can affect us over the remainder of our lives. I was reminded of this recently in an article I read…
Forty Years of Memories Articles
August 31, 2016

Forty Years of Memories

My 40th high school reunion is coming up next week. Thinking about it brings back memories of not having a worry in the world. I remember memorizing every single name…
Training Day Articles
August 24, 2016

Training Day

I am not sure if you have been into the Olympics these past two weeks as much as I have. I took holidays to watch them fulltime, watching from early…
Having an Impact Articles
August 17, 2016

Having an Impact

I recently read that millennials are now the largest living generation – overtaking baby boomers. And just as baby boomers greatly affected the economy over the years, so too are…
What is Prayer Articles
August 10, 2016

What is Prayer?

For many, prayer is the same…..for others, very different. I don’t believe God cares so much about how you pray, but that you pray. Prayer can come in many forms,…
I'm Not Buying It Articles
August 3, 2016

I’m Not Buying It

I walked into my local Walmart the other day and was instantly hit by the aromatic smell of fresh bread baking. Uh, I love the smell of bread baking. It…
Engaging the Next Generation Articles
July 27, 2016

Engaging the Next Generation

According to a recent poll done by The Harvard Institute of Politics only 19% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 years old consider themselves to be capitalists.…
Start Looking Up Articles
July 20, 2016

Start Looking Up

It is estimated that the average person spends roughly 23 days a year looking down at their cell phone. Technology can help us stay in touch with what is going…
Welcome to My Community Articles
July 13, 2016

Welcome to My Community

Come join me on my latest travel adventure across the southern USA. My destination was the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. I traveled up the Gulf Coast enjoying ocean views and…
A Strange Thing Articles
July 6, 2016

A Strange Thing

A strange thing happened this past year when I bought my first Subaru. Well that actually isn’t the strange part. The “strange” part started when I bought the car without…
Synergy Articles
June 29, 2016

Synergy

A few years ago, God impressed upon my heart to enter into sports outreach. Quite honestly, I was somewhat surprised. I wasn’t a sports athlete; my husband and children were…
A Bridge to the Lost Articles
June 15, 2016

A Bridge to the Lost

Churches have often been portrayed as lighthouses, those places which guide people toward safety and away from the rocks. The analogy works because it makes sense to build a church…
Pay as You Go Articles
June 8, 2016

Pay as You Go

Traveling across the country has been your dream. Now you have come to the place in your life where you have the time to go but just don’t see a…
Where There is a Will Articles
June 1, 2016

Where There is a Will…

Recently, the singer “Prince” passed away. Now, you may, or may not be a fan of him or his music, but it’s what is happening after his death that caused…
Trusting God Articles
May 25, 2016

Trusting God

Trust God. How many times have you heard someone say this? For me these two words have made all the difference. For the last six months my life has been…
The Sound of Silence Articles
May 18, 2016

The Sound of Silence

Finding solitude so that I can be silent in the presence of God is not something my busy schedule seems to allow. There is always something that needs to get…
Steps to Success Articles
May 11, 2016

Steps to Success

Remember the children’s story, “The Little Engine That Could?” First published in 1930, the story is used to teach children the value of optimism, determination, and hard work. The engine,…
His Obedience Articles
May 4, 2016

His Obedience

I came from a different world before getting into ministry 16 years ago. It was a world where I could measure things easily. I could add up the income, subtract…