“And then what are you prepared to do?” That’s a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time, The Untouchables. Eliot Ness is an FBI agent trying to bring down Al Capone, but is getting nowhere when he meets Jimmy Malone a beat cop who’s tired of seeing Capone have his run on the town. Ness asks for his help, but before Malone … Continue reading And Then What Are You Prepared To Do?
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing – Proverbs 12:18 I thank God every day for political correctness. Being politically correct or “PC” is the reason people don’t call me a “jap” anymore which happened by the way when I was a kid. It’s the reason I wasn’t called “four eyes” in high school just because … Continue reading Was JC PC?
What is the key to success? People all over the world are trying to figure that out. Apparently most of them never do. Eighty percent of businesses fail in the first 18 months according to Bloomberg. Churches do better, but still after only four years 32% of them close their doors. And those numbers don’t reflect churches that stop growing and just hang on for … Continue reading The Happiness Factor
75 years ago, my parents were locked up. Their only crime – being born of Japanese descent. Like nearly 120,000 other Japanese-American citizens and legal Japanese immigrants, my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were taken far away from their homes and locked up behind barbed wire fences with armed guards in the middle of nowhere. My mom was taken to Arizona and my dad to … Continue reading What Have We Learned in 75 Years?
I think I know every line by heart. One of my favorite movies of all time is When Harry Met Sally… I’ve watched it more times than I can count. And there’s a part of me that’s admittedly a little like Harry. There’s probably a little Harry in all of us, and Sally too, which is why the movie is so relatable. But in particular … Continue reading These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls
I hope I can be like Lisa Starr. Lisa was a friend of mine in high school and I thought she was really cute. But that’s not why I want to be like her. Sure I’d like for people to think I’m cute, but who doesn’t? Just kidding. I want to be like Lisa because she was the lone voice who stood up for me … Continue reading When The Going Gets Tough
We close our sermon series – Got Prayer? – with a word about how you should pray, but I don’t know if it’s what you think it is. Hopefully this message will offer something to think about. Eyes open or eyes closed? When you pray, if you pray, do you do it with your eyes open or closed? I think most people’s gut reaction is … Continue reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Craig