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                                                                                       How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Breaking the news that all's well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
                                                                                                                            telling Zion, "Your God reigns!" 
    

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Excellence

Posted on May 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Excellence

        Is excellence an obsolete word? Does anybody have pride in workmanship? Will anybody pay the price required to have a work of art? Is it possible to find quality? It seems that the number one that consumers consider when making a purchase is the price. There used to be a piece of wood, which actually was 2” by 4”; it was called a 2x4 and was a basic part of any house. Automobiles were built of steel and cast iron. Judges used to dispense justice, instead of the majority opinion. Society valued hard work; and people despised having to go on welfare, they got off as quickly as they could. Today it seems they strive to stay on welfare.

When I was a child, one of my responsibilities was to wash the dishes. I often would rush through the job, and end up leaving bits of food on the plates. My mother quoted “A job that is worth doing is worth doing well” Her response to my sloth, was to, and empty the entire cabinet, and stand there watching me for the entire afternoon, until every food container, serving piece, and tableware were washed to her satisfaction. I quickly decided that I did not want to waste my time, redoing a job which did not satisfy her.

            What is Excellence? My personal definition is: an effort which is accomplished with ever increasing competency. I have three grandchildren. We were thrilled when they could roll over, and begin to crawl, but we have far more expectations of out 8 year old granddaughter. Their report cards do not list the old “A,B or C” that most of us grew up with. The new evaluation method, atleast in their school is “Met expectations, improving expectations, or not meeting expectations” When I first was employed by a major automotive manufacture, I could hardly put part “A” in slot “B”; by the time I retired not only could I  get stuff in the right slot, they took videos of me doing it to teach other people how it was done.

            How do you accomplish excellence? First you have to name a goal. Then you have to research the goal. What does it really entail, how will the goal be reached. Does the goal need to be done? Are you the best person to do the goal? Is now the right time to do the goal? I laid in bed one morning thinking that I was going to get up and cut the grass on my lawn. I hopped up got dressed, took my insulin and then looked out the window,…It was raining. I found other tasks (cleaning the house, and my favorite, washing dishes) to be done. Having accomplished those tasks, I was able to cut the grass later.

            A while ago I decided to move to Oklahoma. My mother and two of my brothers decided to assist me with the move. I thought I had done a good job planning the route. I did not know that there was construction going on, on the highways. First, my wife got separated and lost on the trip. Then, I attempted to gather everyone together, at an amusement park parking lot. I got halfway done the driveway when I discovered that to park we had to pay admission for everyone. I stopped in the middle of the driveway and created a traffic jam. A security guard came along stopped the traffic and allowed us to back up to a bypass and get out of the amusement park.

General Electric has a goal of making money. They make a lot of money. A one time, they paid somebody to manage their money. They created Capital Credit and collect all that interest, they used to pay to others.

Those that employ the quote “Jack of all trades…” seem to forget the rest of the quote “…Master of none.” It takes time and effort to be good at anything. I am not attempting to comment on parenthood, society and religious matters, until now after I have had well over 30 years of experience, plus an education which includes a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.

Craftsmen will produce as good or as poor of materials as the consumer demands. But remember quality cost, if we want furniture, automobiles and houses that will last we must be willing to pay the price that these things cost. If we want obedient, respectful, honest, moral children we have to give them the time and the examples that will produce these things.

 

Don't misspell JOY

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

J-Jesus

O-Others

Yourself


If you try spelling it with yourself first it does not make any sense. You can not even put others before Jesus. You have to keep yourself in the picture.

Our Creed

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (3)

An Adaptation of The Nicene Creed (with scriptural references):

We believe in ONE God, (Deuteronomy 6: 4, Ephesians 4: 6)
Father, (Matthew 6: 9)
Almighty, (Exodus 6: 3)
Maker of Heaven and Earth, (Genesis 1: 1)
and of all things visible and invisible. (Colossians 1: 15-16)

And in ONE Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 11: 17)
Son of God, (Mathew 14: 33; 16: 16)
Only-Begotten, (John 1: 18; 3: 16)
Begotten of the Father before all ages. (John 1: 2)
Light from Light; (Psalm 27: 1; John 8: 12; Matthew 17: 2,5)
True God from True God; (John 17: 1-5)
Begotten, not made; (John 1: 18)
of one essence with the Father (John 10: 30)
through whom all things were made; (Hebrews 1: 1-2)
Who for us men and for our salvation (1 Timothy 2: 4-5)
came down from heaven, (John 6: 33,35)
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 35)
and became man. (John 1: 14)
And He was crucified for us (Mark 15: 25; 1 Corinthians 15: 3)
under Pontius Pilate, (John 19: 6)
suffered, (Mark 8: 31)
and was buried. (Luke 23: 53; 1 Corinthians 15: 4)
And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, (Luke 24: 1 1 Corinthians 15: 4)
and ascended into heaven, (Luke 24: 51; Acts 1: 10)
and sits at the right hand of the Father; (Mark 16: 19; Acts 7: 55)
and He shall come again with glory (Matthew 24: 27)
to judge the living and the dead; (Acts 10: 42; 2 Timothy 4: 1)
Whose Kingdom shall have no end. (2 Peter 1: 11)

And in the Holy Spirit, (John 14: 26)
Lord, (Acts 5: 3-4)
Giver of Life, (Genesis 1: 2)
Who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; (John 15: 26)
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; (Matthew 3: 16-17)
Who spoke through the prophets. (1 Samuel 19: 20; Ezekiel 11: 5,13)

In one, (Matthew 16: 18)
holy, (1 Peter 2: 5,9)
Church. (Acts 2: 42; Ephesians 2: 19-22)

We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. (Ephesians 4: 5; Acts 2: 38)
We look for the resurrection of the dead, (John 11: 24; 1 Corinthians 15: 12-49; Hebrews 6: 2; Revelation 20: 5)
and the life in the age to come. (Mark 10: 29-30)


The Miracle

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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The Miracle

          Actually there have been several miracles in my life. Today I was reminded of this one. Shortly after I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling, I established a practice in Grand Blanc Township. The office was nearly perfect. For only $100 per month, I had a beautiful office including heat and electricity, use of a kitchen and a conference room. I was just beginning to gain a reputation and clients when I received an offer.

Don Mobanasso, the director of Donelson Counseling in Oklahoma City, offered me a position as Director of Mental Health in his agency. Having been born and raised in the Flint, Michigan area, I was reluctant to move across the country. I thought that my wife, Mary would be even less interested in leaving her family behind. I hesitantly agreed to travel to Oklahoma to discuss the position. Once there, I was sure this was not the place for me, until I had a second meeting in the afternoon, with the man that was to head the substance abuse part of the agency. I only agreed with the understanding that the agency would assist me in being licensed in Oklahoma. After gaining assurances from Oklahoma licensing agency that I could be licensed, I returned to Michigan, gave up my office, and sold my home.

Almost everything went wrong from the moment that I arrived in Oklahoma. I had a car accident. I was told that I needed more education before I could be licensed. I received no support from the agency. I was terribly homesick. In fact I sank into a deep depression. The Department of Human Services threatened to remove my grandchildren from my home, due to unsanitary conditions. We had to replace the roof on our house before we could sell it. The roofers began to tear off the old roof, and then it started to rain. The ceiling fell in, in my daughter’s bedroom. People from the local church came in, and cleaned the house. They installed a new kitchen counter. The church happened to have an empty house and allowed us to live there, until the DHS allowed the children to return to our house.

After a busy, anxious time, I decided that I would take my three grandchildren to a lawn and garden center called “Under the Sun”. This was something I had done before, and even though they were all under 4 years old, I had no reservations about taking them with me. We did our shopping and were done about 3:30 PM. I loaded the children in the van. They began to fuss and fight with each other. I was looking forward to getting them home and relinquishing the responsibility.

I jump into the van and turned the key – Nothing- The van would not start. I suddenly realized just how isolated I was; Thousands of miles away from any family or friends. I really did not want to bother the church which had already done so much to help us. I might have been able to call Mary, but what good would that do. She did not have a vehicle to come get the children. I sat there; trying and failing to refrain from freaking out. As so many of us do, when at the end of options, I turned to God. I prayed and told God I had no idea where to turn and what to do.

 It was now 4:30 PM, the store and almost all the other businesses in the area closed at 5:00 PM. I walked into the lawn care service center, and told the clerk, a teenage girl, I needed help. She called over an older woman that was the mother of the owner. This lovely lady took care of my grandchildren, while I walked to the Firestone Auto Center at the other end of the shopping center. They were already supposed to be closed. The manager took me back in his truck and jumped the van. I realized that it was not going to do me any good to get the van back to my house, and then not be able to start it again. I went into the “Under the Sun” and spoke to the lady caring for my children. I asked if she would be willing to continue to care for them while the van was repaired. This would have been a great imposition and she was not willing to do it. I greatly appreciated what she had already done; and in no way had any hard feelings regarding her inability to help me more.

I packed the grandchildren into the van and drove to Firestone. The manager had to unlock the door to let us in. He found coloring books, and turned the television back on for children. After an hour and a half, he returned to the waiting room and announced that I needed an alternator and new tires. It was going to be over $700.00. I think I was in a state of shock. For the first time in my life, I placed something on my credit card knowing that I would not be able to pay it off at the end of the month.

I suppose many people would not consider this event a miracle, but it was to me. I guess I was immature. It was something that needed to be dealt with. I could not handle it by myself. The Holy Spirit sent the help I needed, when I needed it; and for me that was a miracle. I praise and thank God for His mercy, power and direction.

 

 

 

The Old Professor

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

David's first book has been published. You can order it from Barnes and Noble, Amazon or your local bookstore.

Here is how you can get The Old Professor.

Go to the Amazon website, below

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3845449195/sr=1-1/qid=1362937220/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1362937220&seller=&sr=1-1

or go to a local bookstore and have them order the book from the information below.

Title: The Old Professor

Author: David Sumner

Paperback: 168 pages

Publisher: JustFiction Edition (February 20, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3845449195

ISBN-13: 978-3845449197

 

David is already hard at work on his second book, Pastor Joe, which is a prequel. The new book follows Joseph Brown from the streets of New York, on his journey to Shirley, PA, and then explains how Shirley Community Church was established. Characters that are barely mentioned in the previous book, are developed.

 

 


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