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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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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5 By now, your community is lighted with beautiful reminders of the Christmas season. The... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at The Dream Factory
Five years ago, we were all shocked and shaken by Sandy Hook and the unbelievable events that touched so many lives with death and devastation. I processed as I often do, by writing. This showed up in a review of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
There is wisdom in our weakness and poetry in our mortality. We speak wise things; we ponder understanding; we sing the proverbial metaphors of life's great truths. "Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, both low... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
Father of Lights, Lord of Glory, Master of the Universe, Arbiter of Covenants, Leader in Battle, Thou Who stillest the storm and declares peace, Giver of good gifts, Creator of all, God of Heaven Whose footstool is earth, King of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
Now, tomorrow, some day, Informed by yesterday, Embracing the moment, Inspired by the future, Fearful of fear, Faithful to the path we see Through eyes of faith, We do believe, Deep in our hearts, We do believe We do not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
The psalms are full of paradox; that is why I love them and relate to them so. In the same breath: "God, you beat me up badly" and "God, you have always protected me." And ... "Where are you God?"... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
Sometimes there is less to say than one would think. Sometimes there is less to think than one would say. Sometimes profundity is mere redundanty. Sometimes redundace is profundance. What time it is, I do not fathom. I shall look... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
This is a new day, God of hope. It has not been fully formed. A million choices will frame it and fill in the blanks. Some are ours; some are others' and then ... There is nature and nature's choice's.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
Dear God, I hope I am not standing on the street corner praying to be seen by men. It's just easier to type some prayers and invite any who might like to join or pray with me or for me.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
1. Evaluate - Is there something in my thinking that is getting the results I do not want? 2. Excavate - What is the source of that thinking? Is it possible that I am moving on a belief about myself,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
Elements melting with fire ... heavens set ablaze and dissolving. These are images from 2 Peter 3:8-15. We had a taste of fire this week. California has been on fire for months. We experience firestorms in our lives. Fire today... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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I walk slowly through the morning ... Adagio. Otherwise, I must run and, Though running is good, It is not ... Now. Now is slow ... Like snow ... flakes falling, So my falling thoughts ... Heaven sent must have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
“But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” – Amos 5:24 It is as if Amos were here with us today. His words sing out the song of “judgment” or “justice.” It is a strong... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
Psalm 20:1 - May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. In the spirit of blessing and benediction, we come to pray for a friend. Such a prayer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
Psalm 21:1 – O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! The truest and noblest kind of joy is always rooted in who God is and what God does. Human... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
"I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: (2 Cor 4:13 ) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak ..."... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
"It is in dying that we are born to eternal life." - Prayer of St. Francis So, let me die today and die daily. There is nothing in my instincts to pray such a prayer. But then, there is nothing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." How can I, God of mercy, How can I humble myself To seek Thy forgiveness If I am haughty enough to demand retribution From my neighbor? How can I seek pardon, Guilty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The Dream Factory
Show me your pain and I will show you your passion. It is the same and it is transforming, first, by transforming itself ... into joy! Without the pain, there is no passion, Without the passion, there is no joy.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Oh LORD, We are also your planting, Pleasant to your sight. You have looked for justice, Whose lips have kissed mercy And peace. You have sought truth among us. You have longed for us to do what is right, To... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The Dream Factory
I said in my alarm, "all men are liars." - Psalm 116:11 Yes. We get pretty disheartened with people sometimes. We see the world buying into false narratives and the outright lies they have heard so many times that "they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Dream Factory
"For it is in giving that we receive ..." Yes, it is. Only with an open had can I do either ... And the same hand that gives, receives. Lord, guide my intentions to give today. At the moment, my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Dream Factory
This is from my napkin ... some "P"s for starting a new business or non-profit venture (or any bold initiative): First, it is spelled, "prop-o-sition. - But then, there is poetic license. I inserted "I" because it is just an personal observation and not necessarily, universal truth. I also say it because it props me up. My "I." Then, I thought I would check and see if any of you would catch it --- because details matter. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Dream Factory
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble. - Psalm 20:1 I am sure that someone is having their own "day of trouble" today. It is a wide enough community that some some, today is extremely critical and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The Dream Factory