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Unless the Lord Builds a House... Or a Ministry

Psalm 127:1 says 'Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." This isn't just true about houses, it's also very true of ministries. The Lord is the source of our strength and must be at the forefront of everything we do. This means that our ministries must be bathed in prayer. I will be the first one to confess that in seasons of busyness, I can be quick to work and slow to pray and the truth is I can still come up with some good stuff. Here's why that's a…

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Added by David Weiss on April 18, 2017 at 3:02am — No Comments

Palm Sunday and Screaming Rocks

We're entering the time that, for Christians, is the holiest time of the year. Today is Palm Sunday. This was the day when it seemed like it was all coming together for Jesus (to everyone but Jesus). He enters Jerusalem, riding on the colt of a donkey. This may seem cruel, big man on a little horse, but please…

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Added by David Weiss on April 9, 2017 at 4:28am — No Comments

Andy Andrews: The Little Things

The Little Things is another moment of brilliance from Andy Andrews. This man may be my favorite writer and this book does not disappoint. Most books in this genre tell us to look at the big picture. Andrews focuses on small things that make a big difference. Small choice that yield amazing results. His chapter on offense and tolerance alone was worth the price of the book. Working through true stories from his personal experiences as well…

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Added by David Weiss on March 27, 2017 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Anybody Want to Join Me Reading Andy Andrews’ “Little Things?”

I just started reading Andy Andrews latest book, The Little Things and I was wondering if anyone would like to join me as we read it together and share thoughts back and forth. I am of the belief that he is one of the great thinkers of out time and this book is no exception. I'd love to share this journey with a couple people. Any takers? 

Added by David Weiss on March 21, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Moderation

Well by now a lot of you know, I am not a big fan of snow. I know God is a great artist and he has good reasons for snow, and it is very pretty but I much prefer when he works in his green palette. This year in this part of Pennsylvania, we had very little snow, as a matter of fact we had quite a few days in February where it was near 70 degrees. It was awesome, but now... this...

We are in blizzard conditions, the snow is falling horizontally and piling up in huge drifts. It's pretty…

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Added by David Weiss on March 14, 2017 at 6:06am — No Comments

A Fresh Approach to Easter

We're creeping up on Easter. Now if you're in any kind of ministry, one thing becomes readily apparent. Where for the rest of the year you can pick from virtually any subject matter when it comes to Christmas and Easter, most people expect that you will stick with those two most important of stories. The downside of this is they are stories that people have heard so often I fear they take it for granted. This provide a unique opportunity to be creative, to help them see the story with fresh…

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Added by David Weiss on March 8, 2017 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

What Is "Good Art?"

So I saw this article the other day saying that the Grammy awards were becoming irrelevant. They made this assertion because Adele won the Grammy over Beyonce. The writer further asserted that racism was involved. I don't know if this is the case or not and I certainly don't know the hearts and minds of Grammy voters. Here's what I do know. I know Beyonce is very talented and I have seen her sing spectacularly well, but if you ask me which album I'm buying, it's Adele every time. This has…

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Added by David Weiss on March 7, 2017 at 5:52am — 1 Comment

Knowing When to Hang It Up...

Sometimes you just need to call it finished. A good friend contacted me last night with a humorous cry for help. At least I think it was humorous. He was finishing an absolutely brilliant painting. This is a piece that would have made Van Gogh proud (and I meant that!). He's a great artist and this piece was one of his best. He wasn't looking for advice. He's better than me and I don't think I could actually help him with art stuff, but this I could do. You see what he really wanted was just…

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Added by David Weiss on March 6, 2017 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Attention!

I spend a considerable amount of time on this blog talking about how God uses our creations to draw attention to Himself. He uses us to create things that draw people to Him, so to speak. I know this is somewhat flawed but God's grace to and through us is sometimes put into words, but what I am about to say next is not.

How much of YOUR attention does He have? How is your connection to God? How is your relationship with Him? How are your devotions and other Spiritual disciplines…

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Added by David Weiss on January 28, 2017 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Christmas Eve

Well my wife and son are off work today, but I still have to work, today and tomorrow. Of course I'm not complaining. I get to proclaim the Gospel of Christ on the most blessed birthday of all. I count it as an extreme privilege to get to do what I do, but especially tonight.

You see if past years are any indication, my church will be full tonight. I'll see people who I haven't seen all year. Some church folks lament these people. They've even given them a nickname, "Chreasters."…

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Added by David Weiss on December 24, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

You Can't Win...

Okay, time for another confession. I would love to win the Powerball. I mean they regularly rack up prizes in the hundreds of millions of dollars and I could really use that kind of money. I could help a lot of people with a hundred million dollars. I also could make all my creative dreams come true. Yessiree I would love to hit the Powerball, but there's a problem.

I don't believe in gambling. I don't play the lottery as a matter of conscience and faith. You can disagree if you want…

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Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

A Christmas Riddle.

Get it?

Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

The Power of Light

I wrote this for an advent reading for Christmas Eve at my church and thought it might be good to share here. If you’re from my church, you might want skip this one. 

Imagine this room was totally dark. You couldn’t see a thing, but then someone lit a match, a candle, even a small spark. It might be…

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Added by David Weiss on December 22, 2016 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

Fake News and the Power of Story

You've probably been hearing about this a lot lately, the idea of fake news. I have to tell you the truth today, fake news is for real. Is it true, of course not, but, and this is something anyone who wants to communicate any message needs to learn, to the vast majority of the public, perception is reality. Think about how many people believe all manner of things after having seen nothing more than a social media meme. Can I tell you the truth? I can generate about four memes an hour, more…

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Added by David Weiss on December 19, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

A Christmas Skit You Can Use...

I decided I needed a little something more for a Christmas program at church and I thought back to a script I wrote in 2001. At the time I was a church youth leader. Much is made of the fact that Mary the mother of Jesus was probably quite young, a teen, not much different than many of the students I was working with. Before long a strange idea hit me. If Mary and Joseph were in my youth group and told me the story of Mary being with child what would have my reaction been. What came out of…

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Added by David Weiss on December 14, 2016 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Bulding a Body of Work,,,

In our creative lives, there will be creations that will connect and others that don’t. There will be some with mass appeal and others that do nothing more than help us express something that is deep inside is and screaming to get out. Please remember there is good in all of it. 

Consider the music business. We all know about the one hit wonders. You know a band that writes one song that connects and then they fade away. In the world of albums, (and I know I…

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Added by David Weiss on December 9, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

Who Inspired You?

Sometimes as we work in our gifting, it's important to look at how it began. When did you first discover your love of what it is that you do? Who encouraged you and who helped you become who you are?

For me a couple people come to mind. My Nana, Beatrice Steininger was among the first to ever put a crayon in my hand. I don't know how old I was, but I am sure I was younger than the package recommended. As I grew, she gave me a multitude of gifts and flea market finds. I remember the…

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Added by David Weiss on December 5, 2016 at 11:26am — No Comments

Guns 'N Roses and The Importance of Being Nice

Okay, another confession. I really like Guns 'N Roses, like a lot. Now in these post-salvation, preacher days, I would do without some of the imagery and content, but the music is pretty great. Axl's unique voice and insane range with Slash's amazing guitar work and one of the strongest rhythm sections of their day made them hard not to like. They could do it all. That moment in Paradise city where the whistle blows and the guitars charge in is a musical moment like few bands could…

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Added by David Weiss on November 29, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving... It's About A Lot More Than Turkey

Well its almost the day. A day some people call turkey day and while I do plan on eating a decent amount of turkey, you'll never hear me call it that. It's Thanksgiving. Some people say it's the day when the Pilgrims thanked the Native Americans for helping them to survive in the new world, that's not even close. Oh I have no doubt they were grateful and it seems they blessed their new neighbors with a feast, but their Thanksgiving was to God. Thanksgiving is a day about God and our…

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Added by David Weiss on November 22, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

I Voted... Now What?

Well I got up this morning and did my civic duty. I have to admit, I can't recall a time when I was less excited to cast a vote. I felt like this time the two major parties gave me a choice akin to "Would you rather have nausea or (how would Sheldon Cooper say it?) digestive distress?" Nonetheless, those were my choices and I had to choose.

I can almost hear someone screaming "What about a third party?" I'd love a viable third party, but the third parties have got to get their…

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Added by David Weiss on November 8, 2016 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

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