It was Cold!  (A Story for Summer’s End)  A True StoryBLOG ENTRY

It was Cold! (A Story for Summer’s End) A True Story

As we reach the end of summer and officially move into fall in just a few days, I wanted to share one more story of summer. The story took place 45 years ago, and, yes, it really happened!

It was early June. We were the first group that summer. A week of camping on the shores of Spirit Lake would be the high point of the season for this little troop of Boy Scouts. Our planning began the previous fall. Each weekly meeting increased our anticipation. The first Friday in June was the last day of school. Two days later, on Sunday afternoon, we were setting up tents, inflating mattresses, and envisioning the adventures before us. It was a boy’s dreams come true.

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Water Spilling Out of the Glass

I want to share an old illustration that is well known. What makes the story special to me is that I heard it from Dr. Dennis Kinlaw when he held a revival at the church where I pastored. He reported the story as he saw it happen.

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How Is Your Soul?

This is one of my favorite short pieces. It comes from a great mentor and friend, Dr. Jerry Flora, Professor Emeritus, Ashland Theological Seminary. These are his words:

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Below the Bottom Line

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Matthew 16:26

Helping people take hold of the deeper priorities of life is something I do in a seminar exercise called, “Below the Bottom Line.” Everyone is given a blank sheet of paper.

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Scrooge in May: A Story of Forgiveness

It was my oldest son’s 5th birthday (that was more than 25 years ago). His grandfather (my dad) wanted to send a special present. I told my father, “This is simple. He wants a two-wheeled bike, but he will need training wheels.”

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Amigos: A Story of Priorities

Here is a story gathered from the “internet-highway” many years ago. If you have read it before, you will enjoy it again. If you have not, you are in for a treat. I have shared this at scores of leadership gatherings:

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

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Strong Hands On My Shoulders

I remember a class in educational leadership that I took during my doctoral program. The class had a special meeting on a Saturday to accommodate a visiting professor, the president of a community college. I admit, I had a bad attitude that morning, “This isn’t fair, to make us come to class on Saturday. And, this guy is going to lecture us all day.”

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Movin’ Piles: a Call to Faithfulness

Years ago I heard a wonderful illustration of what it means to be “real.” Here goes: There are three types of Christians. First, there’s the TOP-OF-THE-PILE Christian. You have seen these folks. You ask them “How are you doing?” and away they go: “Top of the pile! Movin’ and groovin’ with Jesus. Growin’ and glowin’ in Him.” Really? All the time? You can’t be that way all the time, it is not realistic.

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YOU, A Spiritual Leader? YES!

Spiritual leadership! This is a different kind of leadership, and it includes YOU. We have leaders in all segments of our world: politics, the military, education, business, business, social services, the church, etc. Now, all this “leadership” is good and I have consulted and taught leaders in all these areas. But, this is not the kind of leadership I am speaking of in this blog.

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A Compassionate Person

I’ve known and worked with a wide diversity of people in the last 40 years of pastoring and teaching. I’ve worked with people who lived in homes that were so big and so beautiful; frankly, it made me nervous to go inside. And, I can remember a fellow with crooked teeth and scars on his face who, every Sunday, walked from the Union Gospel Mission to sit on the second row in church.

Here is what I know: Scratch any person, and they will bleed. Everybody carries a load. I would like to put a badge on every person that reads, CAUTION! HUMAN BEING. HANDLE WITH CARE.

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