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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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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 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
An Optimist Reads the Book of Ecclesiastes Anything can be meaningless if we are not connected with meaning. That was the dilemma of Solomon as he reflected on his life journey. Meaningless work is not satisfying work. The grief and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
Psalm 18:1-2 - I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
"In Love's Service Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve." -Thornton Wilder, ("The Angel That Troubled the Waters") Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
Only the fear of the Lord begins a process of wisdom. There is no wisdom in any other sort of fear, only poor choices that seem right in the moment. All other fears are cast out by that awe-some, jaw-dropping,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” - John 20:21 Peace settles things. It allows the right order and relationship and brings vision into focus. It is absolute well-being and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
"... by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
A Pre-Father's Day Preparation and daily advice I know Father's Day is a few weeks off, but you may be shopping ... And preachers, while Mother's Day texts are hard to find, fresh ideas from Father's Day are not easy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
There is an upside and a downside to being responsible for our own messes, decisions, and general junk. The downside is that we are responsible and we have to pay our own price. The upside is that we are not... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Here's the full transcript of Curry's "The Power of Love" sermon: And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: Set me as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
Shadows are shadows. They are a sub-reality reflecting a more tangible reality which may, itself, be pointing to a deeper reality: " And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. - Acts 2:3 Sometimes the word God has for others or for us comes and sits on us. Then, it does its... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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“… he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” From John 14:17 God is whispering in our ears, “Give me your hands and let me move them in my rhythm.” God thinks of everything. His purposes are complex, but... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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He won no popularity contest that day, but He did define His mission without ambiguity and with utmost clarity: * to proclaim good news to the poor. * to proclaim liberty to the captives * and recovering of sight to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Dream Factory
"In academic life the temptation to worship the Part instead of the Whole is subtle and rationally appealing. In the sciences—natural and social—in the humanities, we learn an enormous amount of invigorating truth. We know this search is valid. And... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Narcissism is a heavy burden to bear in any place of leadership. It cripples credibility, curtails collaboration, crushes constructive criticism, and cancels cooperation. Not only that, it obscures vision, muddles thinking, and distorts perception. So, how does one shake it?... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Dream Factory
I can pray to hear and I do. I can embrace the peace and I do. I can receive the salvation and anticipate the glory. I do. But ... Let me not turn back to folly for folly follows my... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at The Dream Factory
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This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Fount of blessing, River of love, Giver of refreshing grace, Hope of the hopeless, Friend of the loveless soul, Life of all who live, God of Life, Mercy to the tormented soul, I am, "prone to wander from the One... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Posted May 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” - John 17:3 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
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I am in a state of unready readiness ... paradoxically speaking! God of readiness, of constancy, and of mystery, Invade me, overthrow my stubborn reluctance and Disperse my stagnant sentries who stagger the soul And stalwartly resist that which you... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Dream Factory
This popped up in my "On This Day" feed from May 11, 2016: Have you ever felt intimidated about stating an opinion, question, observation, or passing idea? Have you ever calculated the fear of being judged, labeled, or categorized for... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Dream Factory
It is not just the urban cowboy who is looking for love in all the wrong places. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Prayer is sometimes difficult. It is work. It is worthwhile work, but it is work. Connecting seems tough. Distance. Cold indifference. Lifeless words. Soulless sentiments. Mundane moments. Routine. Ritual. Obligation. Distractions. Guilty self-flagellation longing for relaxed intimacy and immediacy. Then,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The Dream Factory