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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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Toastmasters International is an octogenarian organization (the club, not the members) that teaches leadership and communication skills in an atmosphere of fun, acceptance, dignity, and a spirit of collegiality and support. You should visit and then, you should join. You... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
Death and mortality equalize humanity like nothing else. There is no wealth, no skin pigmentation, and no status in our dried bones and decaying flesh. In the grave, no matter how ostentatious the stone is, above our heads, we are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
Strengthening, encouraging, and saying. When it comes to the saying, it is a good thing that the strengthening and encouraging came first, because it is also a dire word of, not warning, not caution, but simple truth that entering the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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"Death spoke to my friend.. Hope beckoned and he responded. Now the only silence Is the emptiness Where he is not." - Tom Sims Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
By Nheyob, cropped by Tahc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.” – Matthew 26:27 It was no time for waste. Nor... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
There are days to make comments on the issues of the day and there are days when the issues are too personal, painful, and powerful to come down on one side or the other. Those are the days when we... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
A friend reminded me of why I often share news items about death, tragedy, how lives of society's or history's "marginalized" people matter (calling out the names of people groups), of oppression and persecution of people who believe like me... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
People before preferences. Love before liberty. Grace over gluttony. Open hearts over over opinionated headstrong determination. Faith over all choices. "Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
Urgency is a poor substitute for priority. When we establish an understanding of what is truly important based upon God’s abiding principles and mission, we need to stick with it. The reality is that the moment we prioritize our ministries,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
Urgency is a poor substitute for priority. When we establish an understanding of what is truly important based upon God’s abiding principles and mission, we need to stick with it. The reality is that the moment we prioritize our ministries,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
How is this for making a case with God? I've been really bad; so please help me. Yet, that is what is happening here. Under the weight of his sin, the psalmist is suffering and cries out for healing. His... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
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The greatness of America has always been in her central idea: the dignity of every human being under God. It is the basis for freedom, laws, and our system of government. For the Christian, that means looking for the image of God in every person we meet and treating that person as we would treat Jesus. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
Not only does God provide light for our journey, but He appoints us as His people to shine in a dark world where there are many unseen dangers and unmarked shores. By taking this stewardship of light seriously, the church and its people have helped to lead many a lost ship and crew into a harbor of safety. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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... future hope must not obscure the present reality that He is here now, present with us and that our call to readiness involves listening for His voice and observing what He is doing in our midst. It summons us to be ready for His call in every life situation and prepared to act upon His command at any moment. Let us be watchful. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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In the matter of resources, be they material or spiritual, we have choices, but not all choices are equal. . Let us invest in His kingdom without hesitation. Like the merchant, may we seek what is of greatest value and invest everything in it. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
"Lift up ye heads, all ye gates, and the King of Glory shall come it!" Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
The Hound of Heaven by William Kurelek "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He Whom thou seekest!" - Francis Thompson "I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted... " 2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at The Dream Factory
"eli eli lama sabachthani" Psalm 22:1 - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? We have the retrospective luxury of knowing the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
" The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever." - Psalm 9:17-18 (ESV) First - The "return" to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Jesus is our high priest and he does three things for us in that function: 1. He cleans us up, cleanses our consciences and creates us anew. 2. He secures our inheritance through sacrifice. 3. He saves us from sin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Dream Factory
Jesus was moved to compassion because the people were: (1) Harassed (2)Helpless, (3) Left without leadership (sheep without shepherd). As heartbreaking as it was, He saw it as an opportunity to cast a vision of harvest and call for laborers.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Dream Factory
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” - Matthew 24:36 We knew she was coming sometime, just not when. We knew that every day brought the visit closer,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Dream Factory
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” -Matthew 24:35 When I was a child, I believed that our house was the most solid reality in my life. I could not conceive of a time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Dream Factory
God the Father by Cima da Conegliano, c. 1515 “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.” -Psalm 18:1 How might we ever presume to love God? Psalm 18:2 - The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Dream Factory