Dec4WedDecember 4, 2019
Samuel and Nathan showed up right after supper and deftly lifted the air conditioner out of its window in the breakfast room and carried it, like so much luggage, out to the porch where we store it for the winter. Then they followed me two flights to the attic and did the same with our boxed Christmas tree, dropping it off in the living room for...
Nov13WedNovember 13, 2019
FCC ran its first Alpha Course in 2011. We’ve hosted it eight more times since then (twice one year and none in 2018) and 2019 was the best ever! The reason? Not because our team was any better than previous years. We had many of the same people. And not because the food was any better, although it was great. And not because the Alpha...
Nov6WedNovember 6, 2019
Physics recognizes the second law of thermodynamics. Everything is winding down. Everything atrophies. Everything decays unless it’s maintained.
Do you have a car? The clutches and seals in the transmission will wear out. Own a home? The siding will rot. The mortar in the bricks will need touching up. The porch will sag. The plumbing...
Oct31ThuOctober 31, 2019
In 2003, my daughters had a funny lesson on the inevitability of change. Their uncle Mike had given them a whole box of VHS tapes containing 144 episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation. The videos dated back into the 1980’s so watching them was like being in a time machine for commercials. But what really tickled the funny bone was...
Oct23WedOctober 23, 2019
The world is changing more rapidly than it ever has before. Just take a look at some recent statistics.
Population – It took until 1850 for world population to reach 1 billion. By 1930 it was at 2 billion. By 1960 it was 3 billion. Today it is somewhere close to 7.7 billion.
Books – There were almost no books until 1500 and...
Life is tough. And it only gets tougher. I’m discovering as I get older, and I know you are too, that “life is good, no worries” is at best a temporary arrangement. “Life’s a witch” is usually waiting just around the corner. The tough things in life are one heartbeat, one doctor’s report, one emergency phone call, one company meeting away.
Oct9WedOctober 9, 2019
“Are you listening to me at all?” My wife asked gently as we waited for our meal at Applebee’s.
Oops, I thought. You’re so busted! “Uhhh…No, I was trying to see who won the game last night,” I replied, still snatching glances at the wall-mounted screen over her right shoulder. Good thing she likes...
Oct2WedOctober 2, 2019
I can see it now, an ad headline on Yahoo or Youtube: SECRET BIBLE CODE PREDICTS HOW TO ACHIEVE FACEBOOK SUCCESS! We are such suckers for looney lines like this that it would likely get a million clicks. The surprising thing is that the headline is true, from a certain point of view.
I discovered this by doing something else you will no doubt...
Sep25WedSeptember 25, 2019
Editor’s note: Today’s devotional is provided by my good friend and former FCC Worship & Youth Leader, Dr. Kevin Jones. DS.
"Daddy, I want you to go first!" said my three-year-old son, Micah.
"But I didn't bring my suit bud." Not to mention that I didn’t want to go down the Slip-n-Slide we’d just set up in my...
Sep18WedSeptember 18, 2019
Scratch, scratch, scratch . I lifted my fingers from the keyboard and listened, but the noise had stopped. I refocused on the sermon I was writing and clicked away at the keyboard, trying hard to put in print the thought flitting through my head before it escaped into the ether of ever-shrinking memory.
Scratch, scratch, scratch . There it was...