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Frenetic, Frazzled and Frenzied

Frenetic, Frazzled and Frenzied (Audio) A conversation a few nights ago spoke of the Christmas shopping season. The weariness one feels by the time one has spent August to mid-December with Christmas decorations, songs, parties, and gifting. It feels like the season is more than a night, it’s nearly 6 months long! Imagine all the…

What Is A Friend?

What Is A Friend? (Audio) My bride and I have chatted recently how our busy lives make it difficult to enjoy being around friends. We make time for the family, but it’s often easier to crash in the evening and recoup on Saturday than to carve out time for friends. Maybe it’ll be different after…

Action Triumphs Words

Action Triumphs Words (Audio) Why do things happen at the time they occur? Political, cultural and economic pressures often cause an eruption from hidden, yet known pressures. The pressure builds and finally produces a head, sort of like a volcano that is rumbling deep and the pressure dome builds to a point that it is certain…

Your Best Year Ever

Your Best Year Ever… Every year, about this time, we start thinking about our goals for next year. I’ve worked through this process any number of times. Some years are better than others. Some goals are met, easily or with great difficulty. Some goals never make the light of day. There are many shoes you…

It’s All About Your Shoulder

It’s All About Your Shoulder (Audio) A thought early this morning made me wander down the rabbit trails of my mind, thinking about all the times we reference our shoulder. As in: Put your shoulder into it. Shoulder your load. Shoulder the responsibility, shoulder the blame. Strong shoulders to lean on. Put an arm around the…

Every Day

Every Day (Audio) Every day I aim to learn something new. Maybe it’s a fact I did not know, a process to accomplish something I had never tried before, or even something new about myself. Even polishing something I do know so I can do it better the next time… That’s me every day! Why?…

Your Starting Place

Your Starting Place (Audio) Knowing where you are is always important. I seldom get lost but I don’t always know where I am… Your present location, status and knowing what’s available to you as an option – all are important things. Back in 1968 or so, my science teacher, Mr. Doolittle, taught us that light…

Making Sense of Life

Making Sense of Life (Audio) A few months ago I modified my blog site in a number of ways. Along with migrating to my new Domain name (MichaelGurley.org),  made better choices of photo’s (if any), changed the things I was writing about and practiced writing quicker and slimmer. I did not change my personal photograph…

The Circle of Difference

The Circle of Difference (Audio) It’s often difficult to be titled a “pastor” in today’s age. The older folks have their idea of what the pastor should be like, and what the pastors family should act like. It’s easy to see the younger folks, especially if you are in my age bracket of nearly senior…