Posts by Kurt Jones (Page 5)

When I win the lottery…

Have you ever said, “When I win the lottery…” It has become an idiom, even for people like me who do not play, for a financial windfall that solves every problem and guarantees a happy life. This is why millions of people continue to buy their tickets, despite the fact that the odds of winning…

STEEEEEEEEEEEERIKE!

Dear Valley Church Family, Can you believe Summer is almost over? I hope you’ve had a chance to relax, take some vacation, and maybe even watch a baseball game! You’ve probably head of Babe Ruth, but have you heard of Ralph “Babe” Pinelli? He was a professional player for Cincinnati and then highly-regarded baseball umpire in the…

Are you smart?

How would you fill in the following sentences? Don’t bite the hand that… Where there’s smoke, there’s… A penny saved is… Even if you don’t know these particular sayings of wisdom, no doubt you grew up hearing things that were like them — practical knowledge summarized in succinct sayings, designed to be helpful and memorable.…

Needs vs. Wants

Do you know the difference between a “need” and a “want”? Are you sure? Most of us have read “And my God will supply every need of yours…” in Philippians 4:19 and had a certain set of circumstances in mind. Webster defines “need” as, “a lack of something requisite, desirable, or useful; a condition requiring…

Honk if you love Jesus!

What comes to mind when you picture the Holy Spirit? Flames of fire, gusts of wind, or a dove? I’m certain most of us have never considered the Holy Spirit the way the ancient Irish and Scottish Christians did! In the Celtic tradition, the Holy Spirit is represented as a bird – but not a peaceful and serene dove. They chose the…

Got Stress?

In the past week have you felt… … inadequate? … overextended? … strained? … no sense of getting ahead? … swamped by your responsibilities? … that the odds were against you? … that there wasn’t enough time to get to everything? … like you were rushed? … like you couldn’t cope? … like you had…

Measuring Up

When I was a missionary in the Philippines I learned to appreciate the jokes of my hosts and co-workers. I say “learned to” because their sense of humor is quite different from mine. Much of their humor is based on wordplay and therefore difficult for a non-Tagalog speaker to appreciate. For instance, one of their…

Running the Race of Your Life

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up; it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up; it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle-when the sun…

Palm Sunday

On January 26th, 1988, I had the opportunity to be on Sydney harbor for Australia’s Bicentennial celebration. It marked 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet of British convict ships in Sydney in 1788. If you know any Aussies, they’ll tell you they take great national pride in their convict roots and celebrate…

I do it MYSELF!

Parents love to see their young children learning new skills – feeding themselves, reading “c-a-t”, or putting their own shoes on. When our kids got to be a certain age, they had a favorite saying. It came a little bit after some of their other favorites, “Mine!” and “No!”. The saying was, “I do it…