Old Friends

So heartwarming.
I wish this for all my friendships someday 🙂

Mitch Teemley

Two-old-dogsI had dinner yesterday with an old high school friend, Jeff. We reminisced about our teenage years, and then went on to talk about the times we’ve gotten together since. I couldn’t help smiling because when I was 17, thinking about our “long” 2 1/2 year friendship, I’d written,

“Old friends sit and talk about the good times they used to have. But really old friends sit and talk about the good times they used to have sitting and talking about the good times they used to have.”

It took a few decades, but that youthful prophecy finally came true. ;>)

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Making God Famous

Today, go. Make God famous!

The Focused Heart

Making God famous, what’s that like?

You see, God needs no introduction. Trust and believe, His creation knows who He is.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

Psalms 19:1-3

Making God famous is not so much about God being unpopular, especially in today’s society. It is that we have the rare opportunity of getting to know this King on a personal level, and then being able to tell the world what He is like.

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Earlier this week, I launched a t-shirt line: Focused Heart Apparel.

Please feel free to stop by the website and purchase any items you love. I have posted just a few photos below for your viewing.

JC ©2018


Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

Reposting this today, just because. Our feelings are not always right but God acknowledges them; and, if we let Him, He can teach us through those moments when it seems our feelings and personal opinions get the better of us.

The Focused Heart

But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Jonah 4:9-11

A quick background story: God had sent Jonah on a sort of ‘special op’ – into dangerous territory, to deliver a not-so-friendlymessage.

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Comparing themselves…

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10:12

Truth is, you always have some advantage. But, you will never discover what it is if you live your whole life comparing yourself to and competing with others.

JC ©2018


Earth Day is Us Day

“What is it we can’t afford, again?”

Mitch Teemley


There are those who say, “We can’t afford environmental regulations–too many lost dollars (or pounds, or rubles, or yuan), too many lost jobs.” Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization:

  • Over 7 million humans a year die from air pollution
  • One quarter of all child deaths under age 5 are due to pollution
  • People with medical conditions directly related to air, water, soil and other forms of pollution: 200 million; people indirectly affected by pollutants (lower IQ, weakened immune system, etc.): approximately 2 1/2 billion
  • The economic effect in lost labor and medical expenses (never mind the immeasurable cost in human suffering): tens of trillions of dollars – every year

What is it we can’t afford, again?

Earth Day is Us Day.

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He is Risen!


I love how the next verse (verse 18) says to “encourage one another with these words.” We have the hope of rising again to meet Jesus in the air because He came, He died, and He rose again! Think of it as your equivalent of the Latin phrase veni vidi vici (I came, I saw, I conquered); except, in this case, this was and still is a victory for the entire world – for you, for me! So, comfort and encourage one another, as it says in verse 18. We won!

JC ©2018