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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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At the General Assembly, Christy and I saw a sign that read “Chapel”. We had visited chapels at previous assemblies and have been impressed with them. We decided to look inside. We entered the dimly lit room and saw a group of people sitting around a small table with a lamp. As we stood there, a person at the table raised his head and said, “The phone chargers are over there.” I looked across the room and saw another small table with a lamp. Looking more closely, I saw several phone charger wires spread across it, all set up to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Tom's Good News
Much has been going on in our world recently: Hurricane Harvey, riots and racial unrest, terrorist attacks, tensions with North Korea, and political gridlock just to name a few troubling issues. We seem to exist in a world traumatized with darkness and despair. We see the violence, injustice, oppression, poverty, and destruction in our world and we are overwhelmed with concern. What can we do? It is too easy to get stunned by the scope of the problems, and miss the opportunities to do something about them. In times like this, God calls us into action. If we open our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Tom's Good News
I had an awesome week at CYF high school camp this year. Campers and counselors shared powerful God moments at evening campfires and we were all inspired. Tears and laughter filled the camp with God’s love. What impressed me most was how much each camper and counselor invested into the camp experience. A good example was in the Camp Offering. We had told them that if they raised at least $5,000, four counselors and myself would get camp #17 tattoos. They raised almost $5,500. So, I am getting my first tattoo. On a sad note the region has decided to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Tom's Good News
I recently saw a post on Facebook that featured a word I'd never seen before, “sophrosyne”. According to the post, it's a Greek word that means “a healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, resulting in true happiness.” Wikipedia described it as “an ideal of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence, purity, and self-control.” Intrigued, I did some online research and found an article by Dani Dipirro who called “sophrosyne” the concept of “choosing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Early spring Christy cleared a small section of our backyard with the help of our son and grandson. She then planted wildflowers to bring color and beauty to our yard. She also watered them regularly to help them grow. After a few weeks, I looked to see what was growing, and was very disappointed. I commented on her flower garden, “Those plants look more like weeds than wildflowers.” She then said back, “Wait and see if they bloom. Then we will know if they are weeds or wildflowers.” Then it happened. They bloomed! They are beautiful and colorful! Then God... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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I have told this story many times, but it spoke to me again, and I want to pass on that message. A little girl was playing ball with her friends and missed a catch and chased after the ball. The ball rolled out between two parked cars and into the street, followed close behind by the girl. Meanwhile an elderly man whose eyesight and hearing were both slowed by age drove down the street. Just as the little girl reached the ball the car hit her. She was thrown over 40 feet. The little girl’s father came rushing out to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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Two years ago, Christy and I purchased a new love seat with dual recliners. I was preparing for my knee surgery and anticipated sleeping in it until I could climb the stairs. It is very comfortable, and has been a real blessing to me in my recovery. Unfortunately, I had one problem. Almost every time I pushed off on the arm rests to stand up, something sharp would pierce my hand. I adjusted my hand so it would miss the sharp object, but soon I would forget and get poked again. Finally, last week I had enough! I carefully pushed... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Tom's Good News
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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