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Tom
Loveland, Colorado
Coaching and Training People for Life and Ministry
Interests: golf, hiking, photography, blogging, and reading
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While on our last vacation, we enjoyed a wonderful adventure searching for lighthouses. As we prepared to go out on our quest, my best friend Roger (see picture), struggled to put on his University of Illinois ball cap. I asked him what was wrong, and he replied, “Nothing really. I am just trying to get the ‘I’ straight.” We soon headed out, but his words haunted me: “Get the ‘I’ straight”. I know he was talking about the big “I” on the front of his hat, but God used it to whisper a message to me. Get the “I” straight!... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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I was flipping through the channels and came across an old Superman movie. Okay, I admit it. I am a Superman fan, and my family knows it. They gave me a Superman T-shirt and a Superman ball cap, both of which I wear very often. As a child, Superman inspired me with courage and integrity rescuing and protecting people and fighting for truth and justice. As a young adult, Superman inspired me with a warm heart, a sharp mind, and strength of character. As an older adult, Superman inspires me with humility and compassion, sacrificing his life to save others.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Tom's Good News
I am not sure if it is the builder in me, but I enjoy the remodeling shows on HGTV. My favorites involve the “Property Brothers” (Drew & Jonathan Scott), but I also like “Fixer Upper” with Chip & Joanna, “Flip or Flop” with Tarek & Christina, and “Love It or List it” with Hilary & David. They fascinate me with how they fix up and renovate homes, but the costs seem excessive. Christy and I have renewed and repaired several homes, and the price was always an issue. The process began with a dream of how we could improve the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Last month Christy and I had a wonderful vacation in Newport, Rhode Island. Christy loves lighthouses, so we went to see many along the coast in Newport and Cape Cod. The one pictured was one of our favorites, Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport. Christy is standing next to it on the left. Castle Hill Lighthouse was built to guide vessels, especially in thick and foggy weather, into Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. To get to this lighthouse we had to walk through the woods on a trail covered with mud, snow, and ice. The walk was peaceful, but when we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Christy and I had a wonderful vacation with our good friends Roger and Annette, filled with lots of adventures. We drove through blinding snow to get to Newport, RI, endured a Nor’easter, and drove home in the snow too. We only lost our power for a short while and we were well prepared to sit the storm out. We had all the food we would need and played games all day while the storm raged around us. On the way home Christy and I were talking about playing games. We enjoy playing Apples to Apples, Cribbage, Mexican Train, Scrabble, Sequence,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Our dog Storm is a bundle of energy. She loves to run and play. She makes the Energizer Bunny look like a sloth. One of the strangest games she plays we call “chase your tail.” She starts out by looking back at her tail waving from excitement, and quickly reaches back to get it. Then it moves as she turns and the chase is on. Okay, sometimes we edge her on by saying with enthusiasm, “Get your tail!” “Get your tail!” Last time I watched this game I took this picture, but then as I looked at the picture I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Christy and I had an inspiring time on Mission Jamaica. Working hard in the heat was also very exhausting. Fortunately, they gave us the last two days for rest and reflection, and we needed both. On our last day, we decided to cross two things off our bucket list, parasailing and sailing on the ocean. If you look closely, this picture from the beach captures both activities, and no the sailboat wasn’t pulling the parasail. They were very different experiences, but the common thread was the excitement and power of the wind. First, we went parasailing. When they took us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Meet a new friend of mine from Copse, Jamaica. I met him when I went to work at an orphanage in a remote area of Jamaica. He inspired me with his engaging smile and positive attitude despite his being severely handicapped from birth by Spinal Bifida. He is a former resident of the orphanage where many found a home when they were case aside by their families. He is one of the few that has left the orphanage and assumed an independent life. He lives in a small home nearby, and comes to visit the other children and teachers daily.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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It was hot and humid at the Westhaven orphanage in a remote area of Jamaica. We all interacted with the children, but I spent most of my time remodeling their facilities. Christy did the more important task of feeding and caring for the residents. At the end of one day she shared with me her difficult challenge of feeding a young adult male that was an invalid and couldn’t eat solid food or feed himself. She did it at first imagining herself as Jesus caring for a beloved child of God. As she was feeding him that slowly changed as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Tom's Good News
One of the Webster Christmas traditions is to go see a movie as a family. This year we chose “Rogue One”, a Star Wars film that is a prequel of the original Star Wars movie that came out in 1977. I enjoyed the show as I have been a Star Wars fan from its beginning. I will try not to spoil the movie for those who have not yet seen it, but essentially it was about a time of great conflict in the universe. The struggle of good against evil was being fought on a cosmic scale. In that time,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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The other day I was sitting in our living room talking with Christy. Suddenly she smiled and said, “The sun light is reflecting through your hair and it looks like you have a halo.” I must have looked at her strangely as she stood up and took this picture to show me. I have never considered myself a halo person, horns perhaps, but not a halo. Yet the light of the sun reflected through my grey hair and it looked like I had a halo. When I moved out of the sunlight, my halo disappeared. The halo did not come... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Last week my son Andy and I dug out our Christmas lights and began to decorate the outside of our home. When I plugged in the lights I was disappointed to discover that some of them didn’t work. I began to replace the burnt-out bulbs, but finally, I gave up and decided to throw the old light strings away. As I thought about what happened I began to wonder if God is ever irritated with us trying to get us to shine. We are called to be the light of the world, yet too often we walk around like burnt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Last week one of our members took this picture of a flower blooming out of a storm sewer on Park Ave. If you look closely, you will see it’s growing out of a nest of dead branches and leaves stuck in the opening of the gutter. Somehow a seed landed in the brush pile and grew to be a beautiful flower. The member posted this picture on Facebook and shared that it was a God sighting for her. A friend of hers commented that they saw the flower as a sign from heaven. I smiled when I saw it, because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Christy and I love spicy food. Just this morning we prepared a large pot of spaghetti sauce from fresh ingredients that will simmer all day on the stove. I can’t wait to get home tonight to enjoy that meal. So, it is no surprise that for Trunk or Treat we dressed up as the spices, salt and pepper, and our dog Storm, went as sugar. The vehicles around us were all decorated and most everyone wore costumes. If you missed the fun and fellowship you will want to come next year. We estimate over 100 children and parents were there.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Tom's Good News
I was reading in my bible last week and came across this passage in Malachi: “Bring the whole tenth-part to the storage house so there might be food in my house. Please test me in this, says the Lord of heavenly forces. See whether I do not open all the windows of the heavens for you and empty out a blessing until there is enough.” (Malachi 3:10) The context of this passage reveals that the Israelites were giving God their leftovers instead of their first fruits. They gave God only what they didn’t want or need. My mind went back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Tom's Good News
Someone emailed me this story and I wanted to share it with you. I am not sure if it is true, but it could be: “There was a guy on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the middle of a storm. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly he saw a car coming toward him and it stopped beside him. Without thinking, the guy opened the door and got into the back seat. When he closed the door he realized there was nobody behind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Last weekend I was helping lead a spiritual retreat event called The Walk to Emmaus. I was an assistant spiritual director for the men’s weekend and gave the talk “Obstacles to Grace.” It was a powerful experience and many men moved closer to God. The conference room we met in was adjacent to the church’s preschool. I didn’t think much about that until nature called and I had to find a men’s room. I went inside and quickly discovered that the fixtures were set up for preschool children, not people of my height. The sink pictured barely came up to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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I can’t claim to know what animals are thinking but looking at this picture we might imagine Stormy and Kefir are mad at one another and about ready to get into a fight. They look more like foes than friends as they face each other with fierce expressions. Stormy seems to be saying, “I’m going to get you!” and Kefir replies, “Go ahead and try!” They are actually good friends and this standoff was in the middle of a playful wrestling match. Their idea of fun is to pounce on one another, biting, and scratching each other with spirited ferocity.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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On our vacation Christy and I went to see Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado. The falls are beautiful and I felt the powerful presence of God sitting at the base. I also discovered that if you sit at the base of a falls, every tourist that passes will ask you to take their picture. I was amazed that many tourists stopped first to look at the sparkling stream fed by the falls. The stream was beautiful, but it does not compare with the breathtaking falls. I wanted to call out to them, “Hey! Look up! You are missing out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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As I write this article I am co-directing a high school camp. Camp is a life changing experience in the lives of both youth and adults. One of my most treasured experiences at camp is sitting around the campfire at the end of the day. We sit in the glow of the fire, sing our favorite camp songs, and commune with God and one another. One of our counselors, D.J. Freesmeier, took this photo last year that captured the holiness of this time and place. I am the one in blue right under the cross. I remember the many times... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Christy and I recently added a new member to our family. Kefir is a blue smoke Siberian kitten. He is a bundle of energy and joy, and if he is not playing, he is sleeping or cuddling with us as seen in the picture. He loves to play with us and our dog Stormy. He plays with such delight and liveliness that it warms our hearts, and then suddenly he stops and curls up for a nap. He is very interactive and a constant companion. He follows us around the house and is always curious about what we are doing.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Bruce Gowen is a dear friend and a few weeks ago he invited me to go fishing with him. We met at the church and he took me out to Big Creek. We put his nice pontoon boat into the lake by the dock, and settled in to go to his favorite spots for fishing. But when he tried to start the engine it would not go. Determined to not let this setback stop us he put the electric trolling motor into the water and headed out to fish. Knowing that the electric motor had a limited battery power, we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Christy and I were driving down the highway when we spotted a car with these words around their license plate: We turned to each other to say, “Amen!” We know it is easy to get off track and go in a different direction than God would have us go, and God wants us to be on the right path. Think for a moment about the times we have gotten distracted or off track from living as God intends us to live. If we can’t see the truth in our own life, then we don’t have to look far to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Tom's Good News
Erma Bombeck once wrote: “In church the other Sunday I was intent on a small child who was turning around smiling at everyone. He wasn't gurgling, spitting, humming, kicking, tearing the hymnals, or rummaging through his mother's handbag. He was just smiling. Finally, his mother jerked him about and in a stage whisper that could be heard in a little theater off Broadway said, ‘Stop grinning! You're in a church!’ With that, she gave him a belt on his hind side and as the tears rolled down his cheeks added, ‘that's better,’ and returned to her prayers. I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Tom's Good News
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Last Sunday I was walking down a hall at church and noticed an empty box on the wall and the sign pointing to where the emergency defibrillator kit should be. We recently discovered that our defibrillator was in need of maintenance, and we removed it to get it done. What struck me though, was that we left a sign pointing to an empty container. (We took the sign down now.) The sign guided people facing an emergency to a box that should contain a lifesaving instrument, but instead is an empty promise. People in a life threatening situation could be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Tom's Good News