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June 9, 2016

This week is graduation for many students and it calls to mind one of Jesus’ most famous parables (Matt. 25: 14-20). He describes a man who before going away on a long journey “hands over” his possessions to his servants and tells them to trade with them until he returns. To underscore this divine trust, Jesus tells us that to one he gives five talents, to another two, and to another one. Now a Greek talenton was equivalent to about 10,000 days of work, a massive sum, meaning that even one single talent was equivalent to a lifetime of wages!

Consider how much confidence the Lord has in us, that he would give each of us at least one talent! For those students who are culminating or graduating this month and beginning a new chapter, may I remind you that God has confidence in you; and that he has entrusted each of you with tremendous talents which he intends for you to use for his glory and the good of humankind. If you question whether or not you have any talents, remember that the talen...

April 27, 2016

Last Saturday, my cousin took our family to a Beatles’ tribute concert.  Her husband, a musician, pointed out the authenticity of the band’s instruments – including a replica of George Harrison’s dark red Les Paul guitar, a gift from Eric Clapton, and McCartney’s stripped down Epiphone.  Those psychedelic satin Sgt. Pepper costumes weren’t bad either. 

 

Before the show began I had to share a story one of my staff members just told me.  It was 1964, and she had gone to see the Beatles with her girlfriends at the Hollywood Bowl.  She had third row seats; and as the Fab Four came out and began their first song, she and her friends redefined “fan”.  I’m not talking about uncontrollable weeping, screaming, or jumping up and down.  That’s for amateurs.  In those days, a pool encircled the Bowl stage, a space now used for seating.  She and her friends dived into that pool, and jumped up on stage as John and Paul stepped back in horror – and fearing that water would short out their so...

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