Virtue of the Week: Hope

ONE STARFISH A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy walked slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish […]

Can you help?

Friend, A few years ago, I was accompanying our local Police Chief to look for a high school boy who had left a suicide letter addressed to me on his bedroom dresser. We found him later that day laying dead in the back of a pickup truck with a pistol in his hand. Every time […]

My Hope

My Hope For nearly five years now my health has gone down, quite often I feel like I’m going to drown. I serve others and that is what helps me to cope, some wonder what drives me and where I find hope. I don’t put my hope, in what man offers me, my hope is […]

Virtue of the Week: Hope

HOPE AND THE PROMISE Each and every “transformation” of a human being starts with a change in their heart. They put on a “new” man or woman. The change in their heart is more often than not, initiated by a “promise” made to them by someone else. One of my favorite quotes is, “ A […]

Virtue of the Week: Hope

Hope, Peace and Success A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.” “Is the man of […]

Virtue of the Week: Hope

KEEP YOUR FORK, THE BEST IS YET TO COME There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was given 3 months to live. As she began getting her things ‘in order’, she called her pastor and asked for him to come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her […]

Itzhak Perlman – Making Music With What We Have Left

Friends, An old friend of mine send me this article about Itzhak Perlman. What a treat! Making Music With What We Have Left On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been to […]

Hope for our Public Schools

Friends, When it comes to addressing the problems in our public schools, I have heard this over and over again: The reason public schools are failing is because they are expected to replace parents who are not fulfilling their roles as parents. That it should not be the job of the public school system to […]

Hope that sustains life

Admiral Jim Stockdale was the highest ranking U.S. military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam War. Tortured over twenty times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973, he lived out the war without any prisoner’s rights, no set release date, and no certainty as to whether he […]


Friends, What a great thing to be able to be here and serve you with a little hope and a little encouragement today! What does hope do for mankind? Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope motivates when discouragement comes. Hope energizes when the body is tired. Hope sweetens when the bitterness bites. […]