Meant to Be United!

Growing up as a young man in the 1970’s meant I heard some of the best music in the world! One song I remember that got the whole car singing along was the anthem “United we Stand” by the Brotherhood of Man. The chorus was “For united we stand, divided we fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, together you and I.” Unity is a…

Let Your Light Shine!

“Get out of the way!” My daughter in the back seat was yelling at the cars in front of us as we were on our way to her dance class. She was frustrated at the amount of traffic in front of us and reacted like she had seen “someone” else react in the same situation. And, no, I’m not going to say who that “someone” was because I have a right not…

TODAY We Kick Off the Campaign…

…to make “A Journey to Fullness” Video Project a reality! And, we are already, on the VERY FIRST DAY, at almost $15,000 toward our goal of $85,000! THANK YOU! ALL proceeds of this fundraiser will go to the production of the Project. “A Journey to Fullness” is a ministry of Faith Encouraged Ministries, a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit. “A Journey to Fullness” Video Project is a series of 20 fifteen minute videos,…

Even His Enemies Praise Him

Let’s face it, the only way to guarantee one never makes an enemy is to never speak, never act, and never make a choice. In other words, it’s not going to happen. Winston Churchill once said “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime, in your life.” There was a man who use to take great pleasure in insulting me. He seemed to go out of his way…

He’s Crazy!

A friend of mine is something of a daredevil. He loves those extreme sports we see on the internet or on some special TV sports report about such daring do. He thinks its cool to jump off a high cliff and then open his chute right before he hits the ground. He thinks its great to jump out of a perfectly good airplane! But what’s worse, he wants me to do it…

Perspective Matters

Perspective changes everything. Just take for example the modern tendency to hold up the anti-hero as someone to be admired or at least respected, and sometimes, even cared for. This is especially true in several contemporary television series. From Tony Soprano to Walter White of Breaking Bad fame, it seems our modern media is desperate for us to see the “good side” of being evil. They seem to be telling us that…

One Million Americans Will STOP attending Church this Year! Why?

With the growth of the “nones” as the fastest religious category in America, those of us who love the Faith are left to wonder what is happening. It’s simple. People are becoming MORE honest about their dissatisfaction with Church. What if there was a tool to help your parish introduce interested persons to the Orthodox Faith? What if you had a tool you could use after your annual festival; when you had…

You Were Made for Freedom

Paul Laurence Dunbar, an American poet of the early 20th century, wrote a wonderful poem called “Sympathy” and the third stanza is powerful in its pathos and beauty and heart-breaking truth: I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he…

It’s Not Always WHAT you Say…

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I loved public speaking. I loved it because it allowed me to flesh out my ideas and communication tools with real people and get real time feedback about the effectiveness of those tools. And yet, most people are terrified of public speaking. Some surveys show that most people are afraid of public speaking more than even death. I’m convinced this is probably…

The Time Is Fulfilled

The American astronaut Buzz Aldrin once said “Timing has always been a key element in my life. I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.” And, of course, this reminds me of the old saying in comedy “Timing is everything.” It really is amazing when all the elements of time, opportunity, ability, and circumstances all mix together to create just the right environment for things…