It Can’t Be!! 


I heard the news just an hour ago, The Great Paul O’Neill has passed away. I guess he was battling some illness. He was 61, far too young to pass away, right? But, his legend lives on.

I remember my first TSO show. At The Historic State Theater. Of course, Trans Siberian Orchestra always does meet and greets with any fan that wishes to meet them afterward. They will stay until every single fan has been greeted. And yes, even Paul O’Neill.

I will never forget the first time I met him. The entire group was lined along a great table. My best friend and I had just seen Beethoven’s Last Night. Paul O’Neill and I struck up a conversation with the narrator of the show. I mentioned how I wanted his job, and Mr. O’Neill jokingly said, ‘Well, Maybe someday, but he is doing really well for us right now.’ 

I still cannot believe the founder of TSO is gone at 61. Thank God we still have Dick Dale, even though I don’t believe he is touring anymore.

Rest In Peace, Mr. O’Neill.

Learning On Faith

Learning On Faith

I am not who I once was. I am not even the same person I was when I began writing this sentence. With every word I write on this page, I become someone new. New thoughts emerge. New ideas blossom into keystrokes on the keyboard. They, in turn, move into words, and thoughts, and phrases. 

It has been said that every day we are learning. I believe that is true, but I wish to break it down further. Every moment we change. Every moment we grown and we learn. As you read these words new thoughts are emerging from you. Because of this one blog post you are now a changed person with more knowledge. You have learned my thoughts, if nothing else. 

Every moment is new from the one before. Every moment we grow older and often times we learn from our experiences. But will we ever experience the exact same experience twice? No. Time and learning marches on. Even if we experience the same situation a thousand times we are still different every time it occurs. 

Life is a series of infinite learning experiences. Although, in the grand scheme of Eternity, they indeed are not infinite. One day, we will have all the answers to our questions. Until then, we will keep on learning on faith. 

Imagine this.

Imagine this.

Imagine something with so much depth and width and then multiply it times Eternity. Do you have a number in your mind? 

If you have a number in mind, you do not yet understand the Love AND Grace AND Forgiveness of our Heavenly Father. So many think they have this all figured out, we don’t! There is so much depth to God we cannot humanly explain Him. It all needs to be taken on Faith. 

Now THAT is depth! 

The Invitation. 

The Invitation. 

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Jesus Christ ate a last supper with His disciples. He ate many meals with many different people. It wasn’t always a feast, but when Jesus was there it was always something special. 

Today He wants to invite YOU to a feast! Heaven is going to be awesome! And the only way you will get there is to be on the invitation list through Jesus Christ. Will you take this invitation and come join the feast? 

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

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Feast or Famine

Have or Have Not

Live or Die

Day or Night 

Black or White

Why must we ALWAYS live our lives in one of two extremes? It makes no sense! God has provided enough for all. God gave all in His Only Son, Jesus Christ. 

How about a new comparison? 

Greed or Grace. You either take more than you need or you give what you don’t truly need so others can have some. What’s wrong with that ideal? 

Jesus lived, died and rose again so we all can join in the feast. Are you willing to come to the table?

Sometimes We Smile.

Sometimes We Smile.

Sometimes the devil whispers in our ear, but we smile anyway. 

Sometimes the devil tries to convince us we are not good enough, but we try anyway. 

Sometimes the devil whispers to give up and give in, but we fight through anyway. 

Sometimes the devil convinces us we are frail and weak, but we fight through our weakness because Jesus is stronger. 

When we are weak, Jesus is strong.

When we are unsure, Jesus gives us peace. 

When we are at war with others, Jesus whispers turn the other cheek. 

When we have been wounded and are frail and weary, Jesus gives us strength. 

Seek ye first the kingdom, and even though this life brings pain and frailties and weakness, we can be made strong. 

A shepherd slew a giant. 

12 fishermen spread the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide. 

A deaf composer composed some of the greatest music we have ever known. 

Do not fear frailty! Embrace it and see how The Lord uses you to bless others. 

Wheels In The Sky!! 

Wheels In The Sky!! 

I am the type who wants to get in the car and just start to drive. My wife is not. 

Today is the perfect day for a drive. We had a massive storm come through last night and there is a lot of newly placed trees in our little town of Montevideo. 

We had no power until late last night. My wife and I went to sleep with no sound, and no night light. My wife was not happy. 

We woke up this morning and the sun is shining and the storm has past. The wheels in the sky keep on turnin’. Weather comes and weather goes, but it is not what drives us. 

I am driven by the need to move and explore. Others may be driven by their idea of success. Others still may be driven by other people and their happiness. What drives you? And what are you willing to do after the storms of life? Are you willing to get in the car and drive? Are you willing to drive to where needs help? What drives you?