Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friend Day

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

People in the Background

For these past several years that God has allowed me to serve with the Florida Baptist Convention staff I have grown in my gratitude for their efforts. Those who serve on our Florida Baptist Convention staff are Godly and dedicated people who serve our Lord selflessly and sacrificially. Most of these are people about whom you have read in the Witness or heard preach at a meeting.

However, there are several people that I have observed who work tirelessly to make the service of the rest of us possible. Don Hepburn, Steve Baumgardner, Patty Vansant, and Barbara Denman labor consistently to see that proper materials are provided, rooms are arranged, and the needs of the participants are met. While their labor is not always visible it is always apparent. The work of our Florida Baptist Convention would be much more challenging were it not for the efforts of these dear people.

It has been my opinion that the finest resource of the Florida Baptist Convention is our people. These four are among our very best. I shall be ever grateful for their time, energy, and sweet spirit in causing our work to run smoothly.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Modern Parable

Fall has arrived in Sarasota (at least for a few days). Morning temperatures are in the low 60’s. I am happy to get back to my early morning back porch Bible reading before an open fire pit. Don’t laugh, it doesn’t really get cold in Sarasota, you have to take every opportunity to enjoy a change of seasons.

This morning I loaded the fire pit and started the fire. It began to blaze away. As I read the book of Genesis, I noted that the neatly stacked logs had separated and one small log was off by itself. Previously this log was burning brightly, now it had begun to die out. All alone it was struggling to continue to burn. As it was dying out I rearranged the logs and brought them back together. The log that was dying out soon reignited and came back to steady burn.

Sitting and observing the scene reminded me that we are at our best when we work together. While we may survive alone we only come to a full blaze when we work together.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
Jer 20:9

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