Behind the Scene 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:22 AM - Extra Christy
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Many people liked the photo of Bette Lynn and me in front of a heart sign from last week's post. Some commented on the weight I've lost since last May, others on how happy we looked, a couple wanted to know about the sign and the Cove Haven resort where "Loved Lived".

But the most interesting part of the photo cannot be seen anywhere in the photo but is a critical part of it: The Photographer. I've asked the person who took this photo to raise his hand.

Yes, that is Ray Simpson. In addition to being our vacation photographer, he is the "cop" and lead singer of the Village People..

This is how we got our picture taken by such an icon.

We wanted to have a picture by the heart sign at the resort. As I stood by the sign, Bette Lynn walked back the path and asked the couple walking behind us if they would take our picture by the sign. She offered the man our camera.

Posing awkwardly by the large heart sign, I wondered what was taking so long. Instead of taking the camera, the man just looked at the camera in confusion. Finally, the woman with him, explained the project to him, "They want YOU to take THEIR picture."

That explanation helped! He smiled, said "Oh!" and good naturally took several photos of us. He had us review the pictures and while we were, offered to take more if we wanted. We declined his thoughtful offer and thanked him.

We thought nothing more of the hesitant turned enthusiastic photographer until he walked out on stage that night with the rest of the Village People. Bette Lynn, leaned over to me and shouted above the roar of cheers and song: "The cop took our picture!" I was confused now, (he had a microphone not a camera) then I realized the one who was working behind the scene was now stage front.

Ray Simpson performing with the Village People at Cove Haven Resort in 2011
Looking at the photo, even being in the photo, doesn't tell the whole story of who is involved in the big picture.

Hope you look behind the camera and get to meet who is working behind the scene.

Behind What A Camera Sees

So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group

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Quotes About Criticism 
Friday, February 17, 2012, 06:16 AM - Other
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I found some quotes about criticism from a seminar by Dr. James Sparks.

A fully competent and professional person should analyze all situations anticipate all problems prior to occurrence, have answers for those problems and move swiftly to solve those problems when called upon.

To avoid criticism: Do Nothing, Be Nothing, Say Nothing

The more you do, the better you are what you do, the more you'll get criticized.

There is no such thing as positive criticism except in the mind of the one giving it.

Be human...we water weeds.

The pastor is the only employee most people have.
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A Valentine Life 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy
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Keep Love In Your Life

As part of the process of becoming a Presbyterian minister, during my senior year of college I went to 3 days of career counseling in Columbus. Part of the work with the counselors was to plan out where I will be in the next 5, 10, 20 years. I don't remember the details of that plan of 30 plus years ago, but I do remember that every year included my then girlfriend, Bette Lynn Speegle.

On the last day the counselor and I reviewed my future plans for marriage and family life. His response to my hard work: “Don't you think you ought to tell Bette Lynn?” He was right.

On February 14, 1980 I borrowed a friend's car and drove the 40 minutes to Bette Lynn's apartment, ring in hand and heart in throat. I finally told her that when I made my life plans, I couldn't imagine my future without her. I showed her the ring I had brought and asked her to marry me.

While Bette Lynn and I had spent almost four years dating off and on, she had no clue I had been thinking of the important place she had in the rest of my life. I had just assumed she knew we had a future together. She didn't.

Bette Lynn said “yes” to a life together, and we were married four months later. (Bette Lynn sent a thank you note to the counselor with wedding pictures.)

Valentines at Cove Haven Resort
I share this personal memory on Valentine's Day to encourage you to tell the people you love of their importance in your life now and the days to come. Never assume those you love know how important they are to your future.

Jesus Loves Us Through All

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood
because they hate you.
We're sitting ducks;
they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. - Romans 8:29-39

Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group

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Loving Knowing and Knowing Love 
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 06:00 AM - Sermon, Podcast
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I Corinthians 8:1-13

Worship is the divine intermission in humanity's drama. We can reconnect in love with others without worrying about the parts we are asked to play on the human created stage built in God's realm.

Knowledge Puffs Up but Love Builds Up

Pufferfish by Bruce Moravch, NOAA image

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Manger Moments 
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