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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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If you are not growing as a person and growing professionally, you are cheating yourself out of success and the world out of the good you can do. You are dying in some dimension of your existence. Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The Dream Factory
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Violence - Our culture thrives on it, or pretends to do so, fooling itself into believing it is being nurtured or protected by it. Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The Dream Factory
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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they are always glad you came. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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The Prince of Peace is sensitive enough to notice the smallest gift given in love. As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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This subversive circular is calling out power for its tracking of humanity. The test of authenticity, legitimacy, and righteousness in any system of commerce and government with all their entanglements may well be --- Does it profit from the enslavement of human souls? Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Speaking a word of liberation and healing is not desecrating, but celebrating Sabbath in its truest meaning. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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There is a fallacy that we can alleviate evil by just being harsher in our judgments and punishments. History and the social sciences join this text in bringing that assumption into question. Revelation 16:1: takes us to an eternal grandstand where we observe a tragic example: "The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds." God exercises such prerogatives when there is no other... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Dream Factory
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The Future in a Multiverse Vision of Universal Prayerful, Personal, and Political Possibilities or ... Who Is Pulling Our STRINGS? Photo by Terri Bleeker on Unsplash Through our personal, prayerful, and political choices, we are working together with God to create a new world. One theory of reality suggests that there are infinite realities in infinite dimensions, each created with each new choice or variable in the previous dimension. It grows through geometric progression ... but since there is no way to cross over from one to the other, it matters little except as an interesting point of speculation. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash " Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent." -Psalm 71:9 (ESV) My heart is young. My mind is young . My dreams are young. My hope and vision are young. I am renewed day by day. Some of you are right there with me, but your bodies are not cooperating, God grant you new energy and strength today. There is much to be done. " May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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We don’t want to do it again, but we can. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Moments create momentum without being obvious or ostentatious. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Karim MANJRA on Unsplash " Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands." - Psalm 138:7-8 (ESV) Who among us does not walk in the midst of trouble? Yet, who among us and reading this has not survived such trouble? Indeed, we walked in the midst and were preserved. We are alive to testify... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at The Dream Factory
Like a daisy Losing Life through drooping blooms, Loosening pedals, Languid luster, Like that! Lackadaisical phase, Looming leveler of a Dooming craze. Into the maze we fall Lackadaisical. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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There is nothing to whisper or to shout. There is just an invitation to relax from it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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I love social media, because where else could I attach Chopin's "Nocturne for Piano and Violin" to the end of a blog about social media when it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter? Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Don’t be stingy and miserly with God’s seeds. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Because you believe, others will find the courage to believe. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Those who cite a decline in Christianity are not taking a world/missional view. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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We need more than subtle reformation. We need re-FORM-ation in all of its implications. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Social media is here to stay; let's learn to use it in the service of truth and compassion. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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I really love this medium for the potential it has for reading, thinking, responding. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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"whatever is is, and what is not cannot be". - Parmenides Days pass ... weeks, months, years ... decades slip away, Accelerating, Jubilating, Re-creating, Innovating life, Invention of our minds, Intention of our hearts, ... or something else .... confiding .... Residing in our soul .... Guiding to some goal? Is there a whole in the hole ... A purposeful role we play in the scheming dreaming of these days? Is there more in gleaming rays to our ways that doth Unfold as the story's told? Am I bold ... or just old? I cannot, will not, shall not fade... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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Jesus' yoke is the yoke that allows us to plow with him and with each other. It fits. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at The Dream Factory
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How to Get Unstuck! Photo by Aubrey Rose Odom on Unsplash Since I need a little advice here, I think I will give it to myself. I get stuck sometimes. It is not usually an absence of options, but a plethora of them. One gets stuck in the process of choosing and then shuts down. I have decided the explore the nature of being STUCK and then I can work backwards to UNSTUCK. I have no idea what i am going to write. Join me: S = Stymied. That implies being thwarted by some outside force. Certainly outside forces influence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at The Dream Factory
When we follow Jesus, it might be a very rocky road where we travel. It is part of the demand. It is part of the contract. It is part of the joy. "As they were going along the road, someone said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.' To another he said, 'Follow me.' But he said, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' And Jesus said to him, 'Leave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at The Dream Factory