Are you Insane?

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

The last Thursday of 2016!
Here we go!!!

Has anyone ever accused you of being “insane”?!
Me too!

The definition of insanity has been described to me with these immortal words…
“Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.” 

Such a strong definition reminds me of the Greek mythological figure named Sisyphus who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again, over and over and over again.

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On being a “Verb” in 2016


On Christmas Eve I shared a list of “Verbs” that I wanted to be and do in the New Year 2016. Here’s my list from A-Z! Let me encourage you to do the same! Be a verb in 2016. Don’t just be a noun! Nouns need verbs…

The Joy of Being a
Noun and a Verb in 2016

A to Z

Accept people for who they are and not for who they should be

Bend over backward to help people get closer to Jesus

Crave God’s word

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What if?


Does your mind drift in reflecting on this past year 2015, probing the deepest recesses of your heart and soul and hovering over the one question:

“What if?”

 I would be a fool if I didn’t agree with you and say, “Me too!”

Here’s a crazy idea for you
And for me…

“What if” we start the New Year 2016 with our default position, our go to response being:

“Why not?”

I have a feeling our view on the previous twelve months will look a whole lot different this time next year.

I look forward to the great adventure before us in 2016!

As always…

Laugh often and Fear not!!


And he (Jesus) who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21: 5)

Laugh often and Fear not!

Get A Life!

I took my 9 year old daughter Faith to see the latest adaptation to the story of Annie today at the movie theater. As usual the movie trailers preceding the main event were numerous. One quote from an upcoming feature presentation grabbed me by the throat and throttled me for longer than I was anticipating or desiring.

The supporting actor looks at the main character and offers this most heart wrenching, thought provoking, mind bending thought…

“You’ve lived but have never had a life…”

A nice thought for us to chew on while the world around us shouts, “Happy New Year!!!”


When I was pastoring in Klamath Falls, Oregon a guest preacher one day told my congregation that any time I mentioned “tennis” in any of my sermons the congregation with one voice should shout, “Get a life!” I am a huge tennis fan and player and found many opportunities to weave tennis illustrations into my sermons. Without fail until the day I moved out of state, one particular member of my church, Jason deVries would take great pleasure in leading the charge by yelling, “Get a Life!” any time I mentioned tennis!

I have seen a lot of people die at some point in their life only to be buried years later.
I know you are living because you are reading this sentence. You have probably lived a long time. But, I am wondering…

Tell me about your life!
What kind of life do you have?
What kind of life are you pursuing?
What will define your life?
What will decide whether you have lived or whether you had a life?
Is your “life” decided and determined by…
Resources or Relationships?
People or possessions?
Money or Mission?
Most of all, is life determined by Self or by a Savior?

One of my favorite quotes is:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Jesus once said to his scared disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14. 6)

I can guarantee one thing in this New Year 2015 – Turn your life over to the Savior and you will have so many moments that take your breath away, it will take all the breath you can muster to measure them.

Get A Life!

Laugh often and Fear not!