It Sucks and It Hurts

(From May 2, 2018)

God is good.

God still heals today.

The enemy is real. He still works his evil schemes throughout the Earth.

Sometimes people get sick. Cancer and other life-ending diseases run rampant across our world.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Terror attacks, heinous shootings, and tragic accidents take the lives of people we know and love.

Sometimes we pray for people with terminal illnesses and they still die.

It sucks and it hurts.

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So Long Chicago Bears

(From May 2, 2017)

As most of you know, I grew up in the St. Louis area. I consider St. Louis to be my “hometown”, and as such, I root for the St. Louis professional sports teams, albeit some more vigorously than others.

Last year marked the first time since 1994 that St. Louis was without an NFL team, which meant I had to find another team to support and call “my own”. Since Champaign is firmly entrenched in Chicago Bear country, it only made sense that I throw my support to Da Bears.

Da Bears

However…

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Phase 1 Ends, Phase 2 Begins

12 weeks ago, I began a journey that has been a long-time coming. For all of my life, I have been overweight. I have been told time and again by doctors that I needed to lose weight. Yet, I ignored them because I didn’t want to give up the food that I enjoyed eating.

After a number of life circumstances, not the least of which was a diabetes diagnosis a year ago, I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight. It began at work.

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Thought Shrapnel Indeed

The title of this blog is Thought Shrapnel. It’s time for a brain dump. There is no rhyme or reason to these thoughts. Some are my random thoughts. Some are from our senior pastor, Happy Leman, who spoke at our Discover class last Thursday. Some are from Illinois women’s basketball coach, Matt Bollant, who spoke at our Men’s breakfast this morning. Some are song lyrics. Some are book quotes. So duck and cover!!! 🙂

You need to learn to laugh at yourself.

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I’m an Introvert.

Hello. My name is Steve, and I am an introvert.

Those of you who “know” me are probably thinking, “Duh. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out”. And that’s true, I’m the quiet one in the group. I’m the guy making eye contact and trying to listen, but not saying a whole lot. I’m the guy who walks into a crowded room and looks uncomfortable. Actually, I’m probably trying to figure out how to gracefully and tactfully excuse myself. Surely, I need to go use the restroom, or maybe I’ve left something in my car. Or some other lame excuse to rescue myself from “certain doom” in the crowd of people.

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