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Why I Recommend Toastmasters

Why I Recommend Toastmasters

Why would an experienced speaker join Toastmasters? I’ve  learned that being an experienced speaker doesn’t make a person a good speaker. We would hope it does, but it doesn’t always do so. I had about forty-four years of various speaking experiences, mostly preaching...

Did Jesus Give Money To the Poor?

Did Jesus Give Money To the Poor?

Earlier this year while preparing material for teaching on stewardship, it dawned on me that there is no example in the four New Testament Gospels of Jesus giving money to a poor person. This observation intrigued me and motivated me to investigate it more in-depth....

Stewardship 101: Serving God’s Gain

Stewardship 101: Serving God’s Gain

I told my Russian coworker that I was going to India to teach on stewardship. She challenged me to define it for her in three words. I wasn’t able to do it at that time, but I came up with a three-word definition the next time I was working on my material. My...

Is Retirement in Your Vocabulary?

Is Retirement in Your Vocabulary?

I recently read in my son’s copy of Gordon MacDonald’s 2004 book A Resilient Life hoping to find some good quotes or stories about stewardship or generosity for teaching I’m preparing on stewardship. I did find several good quotes that were keepers, but the quote I...

Transforming Menial into Memorable: Part 2

Transforming Menial into Memorable: Part 2

How did you feel when you received your first pay raise? I felt appreciated and happy. Receiving a pay raise for what I’ve considered menial helped transform it into memorable for me. I’ll remember hearing my supervisor who conducted my sixth month evaluation tell me...

Turning A Dream Into A Home

Turning A Dream Into A Home

Our dream house is 99.99% completed. We moved into it at the end of August and have been unpacking and decorating it to make it our home. The dream itself is about eight years old, so my wife Jan and I are elated that we’re living in the house. Since moving in, I’ve...

What Is Your Creative Capacity?

What Is Your Creative Capacity?

The art book in the photograph belonged to my maternal grandmother Grace Myrtle (Williams) Kilbourn. The art book is copyrighted 1906 and one of my grandmother’s mounted drawings in it is dated ‘June 1910.’ After Grace’s father died in 1908 she was sent to live with...

Transforming Menial into Memorable

Transforming Menial into Memorable

When is the last time you consciously humbled yourself? When you said, “I’m sorry” to a family member? When you gave the right of way? When you gave time to a child when you were in a hurry? Humbling oneself can be a learned trait, but it doesn’t always come easy. It...

When Does Retirement Begin?

When Does Retirement Begin?

I was sitting in the Donut Hole in Rosemary Beach, Florida having recently retired. I was chatting with a new acquaintance and asked him what he was doing to prepare for retirement. Without letting a second pass, he replied, “I’ve been preparing for retirement since I...

Birthdays

Birthdays

On January 30, 2013 I asked my Dad what he wanted for his birthday which was on February 9th. I should have known that his response was going to catch me by surprise. He blurted out, “I just want the birthday,” and added a big laugh. His thoughts were on material...