My wife and I took in the California Midwinter Fair and Fiesta last Friday. For those not in the know, the CMF&F (as I like to call it, okay I don’t really call it that, but it’s a lot to type out the other way) is Imperial Valley’s county fair. I have been hooked on the fair since I arrived in Imperial Valley in 1974. When I was in high school it was a great place to talk to girls, and hopefully get a few numbers. It was always weird to me how many girls had the same phone number as a pizza place or some other restaurant. Who knew?
When I got married the fair was (and still is) a good place to show off how blessed I am to have such a beautiful wife. I proudly walk with Lanette all over, hoping that someone I know sees me and notices her. Continue reading The Fair and Heaven
When I became a parent I got a whole new vocabulary. Not just baby goo goos and gibberish, I never spoke that way to my boys. I read Sports Illustrated to Isaac when he was just a few weeks old. No, the vocabulary I learned was phrases I never thought I would hear come out of my mouth. Here are just a few of them… Continue reading Parent Phrases
Part of the Remnant sermon series, “Tough Sayings of Jesus.”
Audio from the Assemblies of God men’s ministries meeting 1/14/13.
If you haven’t seen Les Miserables yet, you really must. The performances are amazing, and I have no doubt that there will be more than one Oscar awarded for the film.
What struck me most while watching the movie was how powerful the story of redemption showed through. Jean Valjean is a convicted thief, and when we first see him the officer Javert is telling him what a failure he is, and how a criminal will always be a criminal. Javert’s world view has no room for redemption or people who can change. Continue reading Les Miserables
As a pastor who also works in law enforcement, when tragedies like the horrific school shooting in Newtown, CT take place, I am asked by coworkers and friends to explain how it could happen. I grasp for words to explain it, but in the end there is only one response: We live in a desperately evil world.
Let’s learn some business terms, shall we? The Acid Test is a ratio used to determine if a company has enough short-term assets to cover its immediate liabilities without selling off its inventory. It is a useful ratio to know if you are looking at investing in a business. You can figure out the acid test ratio by this simple equation (Cash + Accounts Receivable +Short-term Investments)/Current Liabilities. Pretty simple, huh?
Another useful ratio is the Current Ratio. The current ratio measures liquidity of a business. The equation for this one is simpler: Current Assets/Current Liabilities.
There, don’t you feel smarter now? Two and a half years ago I would have thought that the acid test was something you did to see if someone was high on LSD. I would have guessed that a current ratio was something that measured electricity. I had no idea what they were, or how they were used. I didn’t even know they existed. I was ignorant of their existence. Continue reading Acid Test
Well, Thanksgiving is over. As we sit on the couch, watching football, and burping pumpkin pie, we start thinking of what Black Friday stores we will hit. That’s what Thanksgiving is about, isn’t it? Continue reading Attitude of Gratitude