Simple Abundance

Fields of Abundance

Abundance can’t be simply measured in material possessions.

Abundance is often measured in material wealth. But don’t be fooled by all that glitters. There are people with a lot of possessions and money that live miserable and miserly lives. There are people with few possessions and not much money who are filled with joy and walk with a peaceful confidence that transcends the accumulation of things.

I don’t believe there is anything wrong with material success – wealth can be a reward for hard work and a wonderful blessing that spills over into many lives. [Read more…]

Steroids, Blood Doping, and Deflated Footballs

Tom Brady

Deflate-Gate: What did Tom Brady know?

If it wasn’t for steroids, blood doping, and deflated footballs – plus a plethora of well-publicized misbehaviors from adultery to drug abuse to gambling – our sports heroes would still be our heroes.

In a distant past and far away galaxy, reporters would protect the reputation of a raging, self-destructive alcoholic like Yankee great, Mickey Mantle. (Those were his own words.)

The 60s and 70s brought a different brand of reporting that was a mix of a more robust and aggressive investigative journalism with a heaping dose of shock appeal. The “shock” part of that mix exploded first with the internet boom and then went from a hydrogen bomb to a nuclear bomb with the eruption of social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a host of others are Barry-Bonds-level steroid injections for the TMZ-reveal-all world we live in.

The latest scandal to rock the world of sports is the revelation that the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, a game which they won, to reach Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, against the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, 2015. [Read more…]

5 Reasons This Will Be a Great Year for You!

It’s good to take a look back and see what we liked – and didn’t like – about last year – our circumstances, relationships, and personal behavior and integrity. But it’s even better to look forward with renewed faith, commitment, and optimism. As the Apostle Paul reminds us:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT). [Read more…]

10 Great Christmas Movies


10 MOVIES OF CHRISTMAS from Mark Gilroy

I hope you enjoy my list of 10 great Christmas movies that I can watch year after year – and usually do. Maybe one of your favorites was left out – but there might be a classic on my list that you’ve forgotten about and that you’ll want to watch this year! Now all you have to do is add time with friends and family, games, music, and some special moments to reflect on the meaning of the season, and you will have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

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