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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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Mark 6:47-56 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." Then he got into the boat... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at The Dream Factory
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One secret of effective communication is connecting with your audience. This is true whether you are dealing one-on-one, with small groups, with large groups, or with invisible groups over radio, television, or the internet. It is true with speaking and with writing. I was reading my scripture devotions this morning when something slapped me in the face. You read the same passage, year after year for decades and one day, something pops out at you that you have never stopped to ponder before. "...After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray." - Mark 6:46 Did... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash A Composite of Several Journal Entries from Several Years Do not assume that all your troubles are a spiritual deficit in your life. They may, however, be a profound spiritual opportunity for asking deeper questions, exploring deeper waters, and seeking and knowing God more deeply. " All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way; yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Mood matters, but you are not at the mercy of your mood. You can influence it. You can choose your attitude. Surround yourself with an arena of encouragement. Music is one way to do so. Another is to read and listen to the right teaching. It is right when it is true. It is right when it is positive. It is right when it is encouraging. It is also right when it energizes you to do what is right, Turn on the lights in your workspace. Discipline your thoughts. Now, turn on the music. It is not an inauspicious opening... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Sometimes, we are most complimented by those who unfairly criticize, maliciously malign, or insult us. Their opposition is a good sign that we are on the right track. If the right people hate you and misrepresent you, it is a really good sign. If, when they represent you, they tell the truth, as if it were a dirty truth, smile. They probably do not have a clue. The early believers were called "Christians" as an insult and term of derision and they embraced it. They did so because their Master had told them to expect persecution and to meet it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Put your John Hancock write here. Happy birthday, Governor! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Dream Factory
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More content to inform, inspire, and ignite your thinking. What Makes Me Content with Content The short answer is: Nothing. I cannot digest enough content and I cannot create enough. But here are a few things that leave me with a warm and satisfied feeling until the next content meal. Content must have context. It must be set somewhere in time and space and be surrounded by an ocean, forest, cityscape, or universe of relevance. Content must have integrity. It must be both true and truthful. Somewhere else, I explain the difference. Content must be labeled accurately. I know why creator use clickbait, but I still don't like it. Content must have some purpose and value. It should inform, inspire, equip, encourage, entertain, or in some other way, add value to the life of the consumer. Content should be as professional and quality driven as possible. Content should be as attractive and readable as possible. It should be clear and understandable. It should not go on forever ... So, that is all for now. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash Message from Facebook Service Called from darkness where we wandered. Called to follow brilliant light. From the lives that we had squandered. From our blindness, hearts ignite. We have heard the distant voice Growing closer by the hour. We have made the desperate choice. We are consumed by gentle power. He has said now, "Follow me." We have answered, "Yes. We see!" We were looking for a light to follow, Dear God. We were searching for hope. We were looking for a way and you found us. Thank you. Amen. Let Us Pray Isaiah... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash Abraham Lincoln: The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. Malcolm S. Forbes: The best vision is insight. Theodore Roosevelt: The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Lincoln, Forbes, and Roosevelt have contributed to my thinking about best things today. In the early 70s, Jimmy Carter wrote a book inspired by something Admiral Hyman Rickover said to him. The title of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Dream Factory
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THE CALL TO SUBMISSIVENESS Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” -Ephesians 5:21 Submission to God is something we "get." Submission to others does not always bring a smile to our faces. Great theological debates have waged over the issue of submissiveness. Generally, they seek to soften the edges of the call to voluntarily take the back seat to another brother or sister. All they ever resolve is that everyone has missed the point. We are to submit to God. That is the starting place. After that, submission to others... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Patrick Schneider on Unsplash God’s Care “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”- Psalm 23:1 Today, we take a fresh look at the most familiar words in the Bible. Yahweh, the God of Israel, is my very own shepherd. He has many sheep, but He is MY shepherd who knows me, cares for me, leads me, and speaks in a voice I recognize. He can differentiate me from all other sheep and always knows whether I am walking with His flock or wandering away. When I do wander, He seeks me because I am His. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Patrick Schneider on Unsplash God’s Care “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”- Psalm 23:1 Today, we take a fresh look at the most familiar words in the Bible. Yahweh, the God of Israel, is my very own shepherd. He has many sheep, but He is MY shepherd who knows me, cares for me, leads me, and speaks in a voice I recognize. He can differentiate me from all other sheep and always knows whether I am walking with His flock or wandering away. When I do wander, He seeks me because I am His. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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When your heart belongs to God and is, essentially set on the purposes of God, a new shaping begins to take place. None of this is perfected in time and space, but, to the extent that it is dominant reality of our lives, it does effect our desires. Our desires exist at multilevel layers. They are not all-together free of corruption, but neither are they all-together corrupt. We must listen to our emerging desires, inner stirrings, and subliminal awareness because it is often at that layer that our minds, hearts, and spirits are sorting out the scriptures and insights that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Jesus must have been agitated and grieved here at the same time, because otherwise good people with sound doctrine are adding burdens to people that stand between them and their healing and redemption. Jesus' heart does not allow him to pass a man with a withered hand and not do all he can to help and restore. He can no less pass an opportunity to make a teaching point in his own indignation - even if it creates hostility against him. "Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Andrew Thornebrooke on Unsplash "Be Ye Kind" "... and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you." Am I kind? It is more than just being nice. It is is not being a push-over. It is not being a limp rag. It is not about never having a point of view. It is not a benign presence. It is about acting in kindness toward people with a tender heart, empathy, and a forgiving spirit. It is about following the example of Jesus in all of our relationships. It is about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Photo by Andrew Thornebrooke on Unsplash "Be Ye Kind" "... and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you." Am I kind? It is more than just being nice. It is is not being a push-over. It is not being a limp rag. It is not about never having a point of view. It is not a benign presence. It is about acting in kindness toward people with a tender heart, empathy, and a forgiving spirit. It is about following the example of Jesus in all of our relationships. It is about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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The worship of One God is the greatest common ground that Christians, like myself, find with Judaism and other monotheistic faiths. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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As a preacher, I would say that there are two ways to know me. Listen to my sermons. Watch my life. See where they agree and forget the resume and the introductions. I am who I am at the intersection of my preaching and my living. That is how it was with Martin Luther King, Jr. The Junior is important because, Daddy/Pastor Martin Luther King, Senior was such a vital part of the mix that made MLK Jr. He too, was a powerful preacher who lived what he preached. "Strength to Love" is a book of ML Jr.'s sermons that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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What can faith do? Even a little faith? The answer is audacious. The prospects are awe-inspiring Matthew 17:14-23, New International Version When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Music in a Rest In spite of my pronouncement that there is music in a rest to hear, I offer a counter view: “There is no music in a rest, but there is the making of music in it.” ~ John Ruskin And further, he says ... “In our whole life-melody the music is broken off here and there by rests, and we foolishly think we have come to the end of the theme. God sends a time of forced leisure, sickness, disappointed plans, frustrated efforts, and makes a sudden pause in the choral hymn of our lives; and we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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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 I tread cautiously on the subject of safety, for safety is an ultimate value, not a temporal one. It is often misunderstood as the absence of danger or trouble or even risk. That is not the characteristic of the Christian life. Rather, Christianity promises ultimate safety and the safety of ultimate things. He has brought us, by His grace, through dangers, toils, and snares. These we have experienced fully and yet,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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We must be prepared, always, to move on, to pass the torch, and to bear testimony, in short, to say "Yes" to God everyday for what He has prepared for us to do and to be! John 1:29-42, New International Version The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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A Sermon from Tom's WayBack Machine The secret is in the following. "I saw you; come and see; follow me." Seeing is believing and believing is seeing. I feel a sermon coming on out of this passage that might go something like this: "Come and see." "I saw you." "You will see." So ... Follow me! "'The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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Are these conflicting statements? "I came not to bring peace, but a sword." "Blessed are the peacemakers...." Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2023 at The Dream Factory
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In "CEOs forecast a 'shallow' recession," Jake Perez, Editor at LinkedIn News observes this: Virtually all U.S. CEOs — 98% — expect a recession in the next 12 to 18 months, Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2023 at The Dream Factory