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So I was asked to share about John.  That is really difficult because most of you know him better and longer than I and are much more capable. I thought about just “winging it” or starting 10 minutes late, in “John fashion” but I am not that good! I met John when we moved back […]

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The first time I met you was at Disneyland and you were enthusiastically greeting my daughter! I had seen you prior to that because you were in Emily’s class at church, but that was my first official introduction to you.  Then when you came on staff as a lead, you seemed so young (and you […]

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Saved

50 years ago today Jesus saved me. I was 9 1/2 years old and we lived in Calabasas. I remember it like it was yesterday. Jesus Saved me from sin. from Hell. from falling. from myself. for good works. to be His His treasure. Forever. again and again. because I called on Him and asked […]

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Never a Shadow

Today is Ground Hog Day. It is also Tim Hummel’s Birthday and the Appleton’s Anniversary. Emily Beth Elwood was born this morning, And on the high church calendar it is Candlemas Day. Most of the time Punxatawny Phil is wrong in his prediction about the weather and the seasons changing. But I had a thought […]

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I must say that last year I was very successful at meeting my resolution, which was to not make any resolutions! LOL This year however is different. There are only 250 days or so until I hit a big birthday and I feel like I have some things to address as I say goodbye to […]

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A Jimbo Reflection (a birthday reword of The Rainbow Connection with gratitude to Kermit) Why are there so many thoughts about heaven And what everyone’s doing today? Jim’s so happy, singing and playing Heaven’s so hard to convey This life is short; the next is forever I know it’s real – wait and see Someday […]

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Romans Eight Twenty Eight

Last night was my Bible Study group and we were studying this great chapter 8 of the book of Romans.  One of my friends asked me the question about how I interpret the verse that God works all things together for good in light of the death of Jim.  I gave a brief off-the-cuff answer […]

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Earl Degrafft

One of the amazing and greatest blessings of living across the street from Downey First Baptist was the family that moved into the house in front of ours.  Earl and Connie Degrafft, who went to church with us, who were almost empty nesters (Susan was in high school, but the older 4 were grown), who […]

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DFB is 150

Downey First Baptist is 150 years old.  Today was a celebration.  Dennie led the challenge from Philippians 3 to forget what lies behind and press on to the goal to win the prize. There were many friends, former staff members and memories to share.  It was fun to stop and remember the importance and the […]

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Ready or Not!

My dad has always been interested in prophecy and the study of last things, which means I grew up in a state of urgency. My dad is convinced that God is painting a picture through the heavens with a blood red moon over Jerusalem on July 27th, aka the 15th of Av, the day that […]

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