Tough decisions

Would that all my decisions were this easy.

My struggle is not between good and bad, safety or danger. My struggle is between good and gooder, good and great. My struggle is between what I could do and what I must do, between what I should allow others to do and what only I can do. Safety and danger, those are the easy decisions.

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Posted by on July 21, 2018 in Personal growth, Zits


Building Renovation – inching forward

Our building renovation project is moving forward. You can see the door for the handicap lift for the stage in the sanctuary, the woodwork around the stage, new lights under the balcony, cabinets in the workroom, new flooring in the lower fellowship hall, and cabinets in the new kitchen in the lower fellowship hall. We are on track to “move in” this fall. Exciting things are happening at First Central Bible Church. Stay tuned.


The Numbers Game

Who is more successful—the multi-site, megachurch pastor with a podcast and twitter followers or the pastor who ministers to 75 or perhaps 200 people?

Which prophet was more successful—Noah, who preached for 120 years and had only 8 people in his congregation (himself, his wife, his three sons and their wives) or Jonah, who reluctantly led a city-wide revival in Nineveh and then pouted because God showed grace and spared judgment?

Would Isaiah or Jeremiah be considered successful today? They were given a job description to preach to people who would never respond. They were faithful but saw no fruit.

How do you measure success? By numbers? By faithfulness? Men & women use the former while God uses the latter.

1 Corinthians 4:1–2 – This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.

May I be found faithful.


Family legacies

On our last evening in SoCal, we had dinner at the home of Carol’s parents, Tom & Barbara Bolinger. Tom & Barbara have been married for 62+ years and have left quite a legacy. Each one of their children in involved in ministry. Carol and I serve in pastoral ministry in MA. Nancy and Russ serve with international students in CA. Ruth and John serve in missions in OR and around the world. Dan and Mihoko serve in missions in Japan. While one spouse, John, was missing, and a few of the grandkids–Phillip, Caitlin & Andrew, Beth & Richie, David, Michelle–were absent, we were able to include most of the clan in the family photos.

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Posted by on July 18, 2018 in Uncategorized


Beth & Richie’s wedding

Carol and I were in SoCal to attend the wedding of our niece, Bethany Spradlin, to Richie Graffeo. It was a beautiful affair at the Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. It was the first time Carol and her siblings–Nancy, Ruth, and Dan–had been together in 13 years.

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Family & Friends, Photos, Weddings


KidConnect Summer 2018 – Day Two

Today was the second day of KidConnect Summer, the week-long summer ministry program of First Central Bible Church. We had Bible lessons, songs, games, food, science projects, and a missionary story. Today’s theme was that when we worry, God rescues us. The Bible lesson was about Mary & Martha, how Martha worried about many things but Mary chose what was most important–Jesus. It was another great day.


KidConnect Summer 2018 – Day One

KidConnect Summer is the week-long summer ministry of First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA. The week is filled with Bible stories, songs, games, science projects, missionary stories, friendship, and fun. This year we are using “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus” from Group Publishing. Today’s lesson was that when we are lonely, Jesus rescues us. It was a good start to what should be a great week.