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A Phone Call and a Dinner

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Just got a call from my older brother Bob who was at the Albuquerque airport on his way from Anaheim back to Lubbock. He had just finished reading I Saw Jesus This Morning for a second time and wanted me to know how much  he enjoyed it. Especially wanted me to know how the part […]

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Do It Again Jesus

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Tonight we started our second small group. Had nine, all good Christian friends we know well but haven’t hung out with in a while. I began by reading my journal entry (included in the Study Guide) which I wrote before our first small group met last summer. Here’s what I said: What if I had […]

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We Succeed Together or Not at All

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So much for Thursday’s schedule. Didn’t get one of the book things done. Time was ruled by the urgent (never fails, write about it and it happens). Funeral for an old friend in the morning. Picked up Jon and Holly at the airport and took them to eat. Josh (my truck driver son) came through […]

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Buddy Holly and Bookstore Signings

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Does scheduling work for tomorrow count as work on the book today? I hope so because that’s all I’m doing. I want to meet with a couple of local, independent bookstore owners to see if they will carry the novelette, plus host a book signing. Problem with the big chains (B & N)–they want too much […]

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A Little Can Go a Long Way

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This week we begin our second small group, and today I deliverd study guides to some of the participants. Did I mention that one of our first group members is also starting a new group? Makes me think. What if every small group spun off another like that? It’s called geometric progression. You know, 8, 16, […]

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Advice from Churchill

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After last night’s blog, my friend Sue posted this quote by Winston Churchill on FB: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” If Churchill had been the whiner I am, WWII would have been lost. “Never, never, never give up.”

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Tired of Promoting

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In his book On Writing, Stephen King asks the question: “What are you going to write about”? He emphatically answers his own question, “Anything you damn well want. Anything at all as long as you tell the truth.” Sounds easy, huh? Especially for Christians. Truth telling is what we’re all about. I wish. The problem is […]

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They Have My Back

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The preacher dropped by unexpectantly on the Searchers’ Class this morning. Of all passages, I was teaching I Corinthias 14, a lesson I titled “How to Do/or Not Do/Church.” John’s a warm, friendly guy, but I wonder if I made laypeople that nevous when I showed up unannounced. Keeping my promise (something every day): I invited another […]

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The Urgent and the Important

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“The important is seldom urgent, and the urgent is seldom important.” I think it was Dwight D. Einsenhower who first said that, and it rings true with me, especially while working on this book. So easy to let urgent things, reading student papers for instance, crowd out promotional work. But it’s not that easy; is […]

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A Good Word

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“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). My friend and former pastor, Richard Bales died today. I’ll remember him for many things, but mostly for being a person who offered encouragment at just the right time. I’ve been blessed with many friends like […]