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Pastor Tom Sims
Clovis, California
Pastor-Coach-Encourager-Writer-Friend
Interests: Faith, Mission, Health, Networking, People-Building, Community Transformation, Life
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Small movements and beginnings are only small if all we measure is the present. Retrospective views widen our understanding and inform our sense of purpose in every moment. Small is small thinking and small doing. What is of little account... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The Dream Factory
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Between times of strengthening, what shall we do? We go. We go. We go. "They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.'' (from Psalm 84) There are times and places of meeting, encounter, and refreshing... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at The Dream Factory
I found these notes in my online scribbles from 2010. There are not two sides to an issue. There are at least 360. Most issues are more circular than linear. Today's adversarial form of politics is producing unintended consequences that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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When he awoke from his despair, Daylight spoke; the sky was fair. April pierced the winter night. Faith had come, restoring sight. ----------------------------------- Jesus, hope of dying men, Mover of the heart and pen, Move my heart to pen some... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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This, I pray, of my volition, Alter Thou, my disposition. Amen Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
While we are called to work for justice for others and to hold out the way of righteousness, repentance, and grace, it is not our assignment to exercise judgment - even within our own minds and hearts. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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It is not that He enjoys our pain, but that He sees the irony of our arrogance and it stirs that perfect emotion in Him that we experience imperfectly as poetic justice. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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He runs to God in worship -- whatever outlet of worship is available and thrusts the guilt and all the accompanying insecurity, despair, depression, feelings and reality of persecutions, and anything connected or perceived to be connected to sin before God. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Where is the wide place, the place of latitude, creativity, individual expression, freedom, and joy? It is not in the realm of structure-less ambiguity or undefined purpose. It is within the safety and stability of truth. There we find a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
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"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:8 To be seized by trembling and astonishment is no small thing.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
"At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever..." - Daniel 4:34, ESV To come to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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It is scandalous... he walked in. He stared into the mouth of death and entered the sepulchre ... He believed before he understood. Understanding would take some time. Believing took one moment. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Mine was not an optimistic faith. That came later. Mine was despairing loyalty. So, when he said he was going back to Judea where people were waiting ... conspiring ... actively seeking to kill him, I said, “let’s go.” Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
The disciples did not need new information to understand the resurrection; they needed the illumination that comes when God suddenly turns on the lights in our personal experience of His grace. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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“This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.” – John 21:14 My favorite event in the early years of my schooling was neither recess nor lunch; it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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I like to think that Nebuchadnezzar became a God-fearing, Yahweh-worshiping convert to truth and that he remained so. I believe that God takes our slightest gesture of "yes" to His invitation and continues the process of drawing us closer and closer to Himself as we take baby steps in His direction. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Jesus had spent so much of His ministry walking … and talking … and walking … and talking some more. Sometimes He stopped to teach, but mostly, if you wanted to follow Him as a disciple, you had to be willing to move. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
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We all suffer and no one ... explanation can account for all of it. Some suffering comes because we all breath common air ... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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“Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.” – Psalm 33:3 There are three things that God reminds us of today that He would like for us to offer Him in worship. The first is newness.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Psalm 16:1 - Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. Never separate the two parts of this prayer or you will diffuse its power. The first part is a request made in faith. The second is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
Perhaps the simple answer to Hashtag Test is this. That's all. Follow The Dream Factory . Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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How about placing the hashtag in the excerpt? #hashtag . We shall see. In the meantime, follow my blog: http://pastortomsims.com Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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In the rocky soil of his soul, he extracted...dirt...microscopic life..nutrients. You can't grow a garden in a sanitized pool of water. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Write something right now. Writing will prove to be a great burden if you insist on maintaining your perfectionism. If you must say it perfectly, you will find it difficult to say anything. If you fear mistakes, you will be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
As darkness faded into dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came, bereft, to the tomb, sensing that she would never again call any man, "Teacher," or "Master." Those days had passed with all of their possibilities,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at The Dream Factory