Month: October 2012

The Legacy of Franklin Jones

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The Legacy of Franklin Jones

You can’t hurry up and have a legacy.

Today marks five years since the dispatch from glory stopped by St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and picked up the greatest man I’ve ever known. Franklin Garner Jones occupied earth as a living human for almost 75 years, but his legacy is still strong and powerful, gaining in strength and stature.… Continue reading

The Undeserved Gift I Got

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The Undeserved Gift I Got

I thank God for gifts that were given and put in place long before I knew about them or of their existence. My heart is filled with gratitude that a military family, James and Jewel Chrestman, birthed a beautiful daughter in Heidelburg, Germany on October 18, 1960, and named her Gizelle Lea Chrestman. They raised her to love God, to love people and to love her husband. She would be known throughout childhood as Gigi, I know her as Gizelle, my wife.… Continue reading

The Power of Friends, Laughter and Joy

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The Power of Friends, Laughter and Joy

Since He is God, it is ultra-safe for us to acknowledge Jesus was never at a loss for words to express His deepest, most heartfelt intentions. As God, all words would be at His command and He would never struggle with a desire locked away due to an inability to express the words. So our assumption that His choice of words to express His deepest love is succinctly found in His admission, “Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends… (John 15:13-14a). The God of the universe chose to show His “no greater love” thought by expressing His friendship, which is a pretty strong advocacy for the possession of good friends.… Continue reading