Thoughts

You’re Weird And That’s Good!

I heard a great story the other day of a teacher who recently taught a Bible class made up of 4-year-olds. The lesson dealt with one of the widows in the New Testament and the teacher asked the children if they knew what a widow was. When they responded to her question with blank stares,…

Choosing to be Holy

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so…

The World Doesn’t Owe Me

From Chet McDoniel You may already know that my wife and I own our own travel agency that specializes in Disney Destinations called Off to Neverland Travel.  Disney released a new special the other day, and inevitably, some clients’ reservations are excluded from the new rates due to the terms and conditions.   Every time…

God Has Chosen You

“Congratulations, you’ve been selected to receive a fabulous gift set worth up to $5,000!” The messages used to come by mail emblazoned on shiny paper with pictures of exotic getaways and luxury vehicles. For a time, they were the stuff of golden-throated game show hosts via voice mail and answering machine messages. Lately, they’ve been…

Christmas Wishes

I wish it wasn’t Christmas. There I said it. I’ve been holding it in for some time now and I thought the feeling would pass. Like a bad mood or a Texas cold front, I hoped it might sweep in stay for a few days and then be on its way. But, here it is.…

Company is Coming

I can still hear my mom’s voice ringing out today and the thought of it makes my spine tingle. “Todd, Jennifer, and Jeff you need to go clean your rooms! Company is coming!” That we were listed as a triumvirate was the first sign that mom meant business. Akin to being called by all three…

You’re Next

From the blog of Chet McDoniel… Seeing as how it was my second trip to the DMV in one day, you can understand how my patience was already quite thin.  I had spent the day running errands, and my first trip to the DMV ended in failure as I was told I needed my wife’s…

Going Viral

You may have heard the story of Johnny the Bagger. It’s one of my favorites and is a perfect illustration for all the “one anothering” we’ve been studying these past few weeks. Barbara Glanz is a nationally known motivational speaker and corporate trainer. While speaking to a convention for a very successful grocery chain, she…

The Gospel Truth

I heard the “true” story of a woman who explained that her favorite spot at the local zoo was the “House of Night.” This particular enclosure housed all the nocturnal creatures that crawled, slithered, flew, and generally creeped everyone out. She said “One very bright day, I stepped into the exhibit and was plunged into…