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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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My grandfather was a master, finish carpenter. His son, my father, was not. He dabbled and actually had some very fine projects like a room addition and an attic conversion. He liked the idea of using tools to make toys... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
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In Psalm 66:12, The psalmist decla res that God let men ride over their heads, that they, his people, went through fire and water, and then, "you brought us to a place of abundance." The simple question today is not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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I have missed you. That is what happens when I go silent. I miss you. When I am silent, it is difficult to hear you breath or listen or respond. I thought about you and wished you today what I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Welcome to a time of worship online with Pastor Tom Sims and the Fellowship of Joy at 4141 Ministries. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
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How do we make DREAD work for us in meeting the demands of my life each day? Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” – Psalm 74:17 “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
Tongues of fire descended ... and something individual happened. Lighting upon each ...dividing ... They united all in one Spirit. A paradoxical contradiction connected multiple languages,traditions, and customs into curious Oneness. What could not be achieved by ingenuity,invention, or inquisitive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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We all cast a shadow in our lives and we all provide snapshots of ourselves in the lives of the people we meet that last long past the moment in which they were engraved upon our hearts and minds. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Every forlorn and desperate psalm is an invitation for us to come to God in very honest prayer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Should a person always answer his or her critics? It is our impulse. We might feel that silence implies vacillation, lack of courage, or unwillingness to engage. Perhaps, sometimes, it does. At other times, it merely indicates a feeling that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Integrity, Vulnerability, and Authenticity - IVA Are you real? You know the answer, but the clincher is how people perceive you. Do you come across as real? If not, you are paying a high price because your credibility account is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. - Proverbs 14:1 Are you a builder or a destroyer? Some of us are on life's demolition crew and others are on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Dream Factory
To ask, to seek, to dwell, to gaze, to inquire. Mix them up, stir them around, or take them in reverse. You could do them all at once. You could take them in order. It is a simple "ask" that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10 This simple word from the Master answers the criticism of stale religionists that He was spending too much time with sinners.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft… In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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“… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 Whatever happened to the cross? To the Romans it was merely another two pieces of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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I get ticked off and harsh when I perceive people are ticked off and harsh and I judge judgmental people and I am just as human as the rest. If I am sick of anyone, I ought to be sick of myself. Does Jesus get sick of Christians? When we just don't get it? When we act the same as the folks He was calling to repentance but with Bible verses to justify our rigidity and graceless living? Maybe, but He doesn't give up. Surprisingly, He loves us passionately and is infinitely patient with us. He uses our crude attempts at service. He includes us in His purpose whether or not we get it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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The Pain Now is Part of the Happiness Then "The boy chose safety. The man chooses suffering." I was thumbing through "Shadowlands," a novel by Leonore Fleischer based on William Nicholson's stage play recounting the romance and tragedy of C.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Trinity Sunday remembering the Great Commission Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity', fresco, 1738-9, St. Gaudenzio Church at Ivrea Welcome to worship online at the Fellowship of Joy at 4141 Ministries. Scripture – Genesis 1:1-2:4a Invocation Hymn This Is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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“And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” – Psalm 55:6 It was November 21, 1783 in Paris, France. Physicist Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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"Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories." ~John Wilmot Any parent, worth his or her salt, will readily admit to ignorance on any number of subjects, especially... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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We choose how we will spend our time. It is a commodity that is not renewable, but with proper stewardship, it can be maximized. It is ironic, but true, that our decisions about expenditures of time will determine the quality... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. - Psalm 40:2 Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far I tread cautiously on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory
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Just showing up. Maria Shriver said this about her father Sargent Shriver, "He showed us how to show up in other people's lives." What a gift - to be able to show up in other people's lives ... positively ...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Dream Factory