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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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I humbly offer you my recipe for Cabbage Soup and Meatless Meatloaf. This can even provide the basis for a stock for other soups. I like to slow cook it with onions, garlic, peppers, a few carrots, a little veggie bullion, and whatever other veggies are hanging around. Then, if... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Fresno Food Collaborative
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I humbly offer you my recipe for Cabbage Soup and Meatless Meatloaf. This can even provide the basis for a stock for other soups. I like to slow cook it with onions, garlic, peppers, a few carrots, a little veggie bullion, and whatever other veggies are hanging around. Then, if you like, you can pour off the broth to drink, leaving some or all solids. Set some solids aside and use a hand blender to pulverize them. In a bowl, add any combination of these (or all) - cooked black beans, lentils, or other seeds/grains/crushed nuts, sunflower seeds, cumin, salt,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
Photo by Miguel Bruna on Unsplash Living a Life of Confidence Excerpts and Paraphrases from “The Confidence Factor” by Thomas B. Sims We so often stagger through life encumbered by the pressures of everyday problems and phantom concerns. We are sensitive to slightest slight and the subtlest gesture. We are quick to take offense and slow to receive healing when offended, much less to extend forgiveness. We step gingerly into new experiences and tremble at the very suggestion of risk or danger. We take our cues about our self-concepts from other people’s words and evaluations. We speak our minds and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
Happy Mother’s Day Photo by Sidney Pearce on Unsplash I recorded a 25 minute sermon from the notes below, but … somehow, there was no sound. It was silent. I replaced it with a shorter version. Here is the text of the sermon I first recorded — Rough Notes. Mother’s Day, not Mothers’ Day is an American tradition started by a daughter, Anna Marie Jarvis, who felt one day needed to be set aside for children to honor their own mothers. Paul reminds us that we are part of a larger family as well and that the call to honor is even... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Dou_Old_woman_in_prayer.jpg If My People I exhort, therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. – I Timothy 2:1 I am as put off as any by the empty words, “thoughts and prayers” whenever those words are empty and used to dismiss one’s own responsibility to act with justice, mercy, and resolve. Thought, however, is a very good thing, especially compassionate thoughts about others. Likewise, prayer is good, especially when one opens one’s life to being used by God to help others. With echoes of II Chronicles 7:13-14 in the background, Paul... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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"Ask and it will be given you." (Matthew 7:7a, NKJV) At the risk of seeming obvious, have you asked God for anything lately? Have you with some heart for a pure motive and unselfish desire asked for Him to supply your needs, lead you according to His purposes, given you strength and wisdom to become all He wants you to be, and to help you delight in Him so that He may give you the desires of your heart? "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 - NIV)" That... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Patrice Bouchard on Unsplash There was a little blue jay lying lifeless on the ground when I went out to feed my chickens this morning. While I could not tell him apart from the other jays that I feed and enjoy watching, I was reminded that my Heavenly Father knew him personally. My dog sniffed him curiously and I was sad. That blue jay had not spent one moment of his life worrying about anything. He probably had not seen death coming. He was pretty much always in the moment. I like to think I know my own... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at The Dream Factory
One of the great words in scripture is "Nevertheless." -------------------------------- "Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity." "Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love." (Psalm 106:43-45 ESV) Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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"The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.'” First, this verse is not really or primarily about atheism, because it is not about an intellectual conviction or doubt. It is an assessment of a heart inclination that knows one thing and behaves in an oppositional manner toward truth. There are many theists who have said in their heart that there is no God. Second, it is not about intellectual deficiency. The biblical context for use of the word, "fool" is almost always the absence of wisdom and moral discretion. In fact, it self-defines in this verse as, "they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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EC Publications; web source: http://www.madcoversite.com/mad030.html - Fair Use … Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. – Matthew 6:28 Someone has said that weeds are flowers we didn’t plant. That is not always true, but it sometimes is. We get so orderly and systematic in our gardening that we forget that there is nothing more beautiful than a field of wildflowers in an untended meadow. Untended? Indeed not. They have the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Bad Hair Day Preaching from Pastor Tom Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Christ in You; Hope of Glory Riches of his mystery, Struggling, but encouraged, United in love, Assured, Faithful, Continuing, Abounding, Christ in you, Hope of Glory. Amen. Prayer and statement of reality. Epistle Reading Colossians 1:24-2:7 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Christology and "Humanology" A Prayer on Tap There is nothing that stands between us and the God of the Universe as we honestly pray. I need a prayer song and I need it now! So, the heart has insisted with restless desperation more than once. Psalm 38 is a template of timely prayer for anyone who has suffered or is suffering. It gives voice and emotion to the cry of the heart that struggles to emerge. It holds a mirror before our souls so that we can know what we may be feeling within. The psalm takes our innermost thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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We have been made low and crowned high. It is a mystery that can only be explained when framed in the unconditional, covenant love of God for undeserving humanity. The merciful love of God elevates us and causes us to behold His majesty in a whole new light. We have been given dominion over, and the power to enjoy, all that God has made. More important, we have been equipped with the capacity to see God in it all. “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” -------------------------------------------------------------------- Psalm 8 (NRSV) Domine, Dominus noster O... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Sharing a meal is something intimate, conversational, relaxing,enjoyable, and community building. Here are two, very similar messages on being nintentionally inclusive about sharing meals, inclusive of Jesus and of others. When I think about church, I think about the sentiments in this song. And true enough, for the last several plus years, thinking and rethinking church has been on my agenda. It is not to recreate as much as to rediscover whatwas and what was intended. When church and p;ace intersect, I am singing these words. A People Place by William J. Crocker, sung by Ken Medema, describing what the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2024 at The Dream Factory
When we have a diet of manna we are tempted to think that we work for it. We sink into the assumption that our efforts are indespensible We cover our minds with forgetfulness that every day, manna is a gift. We turn legitimate work ethic into work ego. We need rest from that -- a day of utter dependence. We need a day of emptying, releasing, and reflecting. "See the LORD has GIVEN you the sabbath." Yes, it was a specific gift to a specific people, but it was also a broad principle for humanity. The story is a lesson... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Do You Journal? In the course of a day, you have many thoughts. Some matter much, matter more, matter enough to remember. If they should,l be remembered, might they not be written down somewhere? May they not even be shared at some point? Here are a few of my thoughts over the last fifteen years. What they have in common in April 8. That is when I wrote them down. Doubts in the Midst Even Moses doubted in the midst of the mission. Even while performing signs and wonders, having seen what he had seen and having experienced what he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Refer to I Peter 1:1-16 Visionary people are holy and hopeful people. It is hard to talk about vision without mentioning hope. And it is difficult to find a great deal of hope without seeing a manifestation of some type of holiness in the lives of those who invest everything they have and are in the source of that hope. Holiness is about setting aside something for one and only one use. To do that with one’s whole heart, one must be rooted and grounded in trust and faith that the reason for hope is strong and stable. Our confidence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash The mystics have "studied" the works of the LORD. They have engrossed their hearts, minds, and eyes in the intense delight of sheer observation. The reverence of a John Muir, the childlike joy of a St. Francis, the eager eye of an artist studying the works of the LORD humble me. More delight and less compulsion to be right may be the path to insight. Today, LORD, may I bask for a few moments in the light of Your revealed glory and simply worship. " Great are the works of the LORD, studied by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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"Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." - I Corinthians 15:58 We gathered in the shade of an old oak tree that stood sentinel over the neatly placed markers that signified the lives of ten or twelve souls whose earthly remains were interred beneath its shadows. We joined hands as we sang together: “God be with you till we meet again, till we meet at Jesus feet.” Minnie had labored hard for many years in God’s vineyard.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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“For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people...” – Psalm 149:4a God cares for your soul. Do you care for the souls of others? Do you care for your own soul? Sometimes the way we treat our physical, emotional, and spiritual health is an affront to God. The soul is the totality of a person and God takes pleasure in all that you are. For you to decide that some aspect of your life is not worthy of being nurtured is not an act of sacrificial worship but of negligence. We have seen that God cares for our souls and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=QKGLvRPe_V0&si=SMW_z7GSjMgrpmyK The Elixir BY GEORGE HERBERT Teach me, my God and King, In all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything To do it as for Thee. Not rudely, as a beast, To run into an action; But still to make Thee prepossest, And give it his perfection. A man that looks on glass, On it may stay his eye; Or if he pleaseth, through it pass, And then the heav'n espy. All may of Thee partake: Nothing can be so mean, Which with his tincture—"for Thy sake"— Will not grow bright and clean. A servant with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Dreaming is the mental and spiritual activity of visualizing something invisible. perhaps. spiritual, that has not yet been actualized, but to which we are committed. Welcome to the Dream Factory. I decided to slightly revise and repost the first post I ever published on this blog. It was October 10, 2006. There has been some water pass over, under, around, and through any number of bridges. I was coaching someone slightly older than myself the other day and encouraged him to keep dreaming. I let him know that I was still dreaming as well. These days, my dreams are bigger... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2024 at The Dream Factory
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Grab your Easter basket, put on your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it, and don your Easter duds. Hop in your car and head to the nearest church, but stop a moment along the way and reflect. You can go through all the motions of Easter and fill yourself with Easter goodies and still be carrying perfume to a hole in a rock if you do not believe that this celebration is more than a seasonal exercise in dead ritual. Life began and ended in a garden and it is in a garden that life began again. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2024 at The Dream Factory
The Dark Silence of God Holy Saturday, Stepping into the Darkness with Jesus Photo by Ruel Calitis on Unsplash The point of Saturday is that God enters our darkest darkness, our most silent silence, our deepest sorrow, our most fearful horrors, our harrowing despair, our relentless guilt and self-loathing loneliness. God enters boldly, willingly, humbly, and moved by nothing more nor less than love. He enters having checked one more time to see if there is another way. God in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, God in Christ, suffering, God in Christ, buried and laid aside, this God in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2024 at The Dream Factory