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  • Envision Your Future (Begin with End in Mind)

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Feb 1, 2022

    On January 10, 2022, Georgia finally won the NCAA College Football Playoff by beating the University of Alabama in the National College Football Championship game. They are now the undisputed National Champions. Stetson Bennett, the Georgia Quarterback, was named the Offensive MVP of the Championship Game. Bennett is 23 years old and was a walk-on to the Georgia Football Team in 2017. He is 5-foot 11˝˙'´, 175 pounds. Not very big for an SEC QB. But he had had a dream since he was a kid. He dr...

  • 2022 – Make It The Best Year Ever (Here is how you do it!)

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jan 1, 2022

    Get Outside I recently read that the average person spends 93% of their life indoors! Wow! That is unbelievable. And sad. That means that if you live to be 100 years old, you will have spent 93 of those years indoors and only 7 years in God’s amazing and beautiful creation. God created us to be outside and to enjoy His creation. Our souls need it. Our bodies need it. Our minds need it. In the 23rd Psalm we witness one of the most important ways God soothes our souls, “He makes me lie down in...

  • In the Beginning was the Word…

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Dec 1, 2021

    John’s version of the Christmas story begins like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made. ... The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” – John 1:1-3, 14 The Word, as referred to here, in the Greek language is Logos. The Logos is the Word, reason or plan. In Ancient Greek philosophy and early Christian theology the Logos is the...

  • The Wise, the Foolish and the Evil

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Nov 1, 2021

    “The wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Ecclesiastes 2:14 “For the evil person has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” Proverbs 24:20 In his bestselling book, Necessary Endings, Dr Henry Cloud explains to us that there are three kinds of people: the wise, the foolish and the evil. One of the most memorable talks I have ever heard and actually remembered was Dr Clouds talk on this same subject. I have found this to be some of the most helpful advice...

  • Truth is Like a Lion

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Oct 1, 2021

    A young boy was the key witness in an important lawsuit. The attorney had put the boy through a rigorous cross-examination and had been unable to shake his concise, damaging testimony. He had given clear answers to all questions. In a stern voice, the attorney asked, “Your father has been telling you how to testify, hasn’t he?” “Yes,” said the boy. “Now,” said the attorney with smug satisfaction, “just tell us what your father told you to say.” “Well,” replied the boy, “My father told me that th...

  • Where Were You?

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Sep 1, 2021

    Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day? Were you in the yard with your wife and children Or working on some stage in L.A.? Did you stand there in shock At the sight of that black smoke Risin’ against that blue sky? Did you shout out in anger In fear for your neighbor Or did you just sit down and cry? Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones Pray for the ones who don’t know? Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble And sob for the...

  • Freedom

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jul 1, 2021

    Only four people ever successfully escaped to freedom from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island. The following story is an excerpt from my book, Free For All, which explores the different ways we can experience God’s amazing grace. It is only by God’s grace that we can be truly free! Alcatraz Island sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, surrounded by almost two miles of turbulent and treacherous water. For nearly one hundred years, the island housed a prison, and the place earned the nic...

  • Never Give Up!

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jun 1, 2021

    Can you name the person that Life magazine named the number one man of the past millennium? He had over 1,000 inventions and held more patents than any other person in the world – at least one every year for 65 consecutive years. Are any lights coming on? You guessed it – his name is Thomas Edison. We should give thanks for his genius every time we turn on a light or listen to recorded music! Thomas Edison also said some remarkable things: “Genius,” he declared, “is 99% perspiration and 1% in...

  • Summiting Mount Everest: It Takes A Team To Reach Your Goals

    Dr. Lester Spencer|May 1, 2021

    At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest is one of the most inhospitable places on earth. Everest is very remote and the altitude incapacitates all but the hardiest and most experienced climbers. On top of that the weather is ruthlessly unforgiving and extreme. Because Everest is the highest mountain in the world, many have tried to summit the great peak. Between 1920 and 1952, seven major expeditions tried to summit Mount Everest and all of them failed. In fact, the mountain is littered with at least 120...

  • 3 Simple Steps To Discover Who God Created You To Be

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Apr 1, 2021

    Would you take 3 simple steps to discover who God created you to be? Sounds too easy? Maybe. Maybe not. Try taking the steps and see for yourself! I learned these 3 steps and started trying to practice them years ago when I first read a little book by John Maxwell entitled, Think On These Things. I share them now with you. Step 1: Discover Your Potential I love the story of a young farm boy whose father raised chickens in the mountains of Colorado. One day the adventuresome boy climbed a high pl...

  • Do You have Questions about Lent, Easter & Other Churchy Words?

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Mar 1, 2021

    Ash Wednesday. Lent. Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter. The Season of Lent and Easter are full of strange names and words that many people do not understand. I have found that a great many people do not know the meaning and significance of these “Churchy” words and Holidays in the Season of Lent and Easter. In fact, most people probably don’t know that the word “holiday” comes from the old English word “Haligdaeg” which literally means “Holy Day.” So, let’s see if we can help...

  • Random Reflections From A Deer Stand

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Feb 1, 2021

    I’m writing this article from a deer stand as I look out into the woods and onto a small green field on a beautiful and sunny winter day! I love deer hunting, and I just love being in the woods! There is something about men and women hunting and the connection many of us have with the wilderness. Now I know a lot of women who love the woods, too, and I know a few that love to hunt as well. My wife, Janeese Spencer, doesn’t like to hunt, but she has a very special appreciation for God’s creat...

  • Realistic Expectations for 2021

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jan 1, 2021

    MOST OF US ARE READY FOR AND EXCITED ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF 2021, AND MOST OF US ARE GLAD TO BE PUTTING 2020 IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, RIGHT? Everyone I know is anxious to return to some semblance of normalcy, and it is tempting to look toward 2021 as the cure for all our problems related to this past year. But as much as I and many others want to do just that … it might be a big mistake! Now, I view myself as a very positive leader. One of my favorite quotes is this: * A pessimist complains about t...

  • Generosity is Good For You!

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Dec 1, 2020

    In this season of Giving, may you discover that Generosity is Good for You! Generous people discover something about giving that selfish people will never understand. What is it you may ask? Generous people discover 7 reasons why generosity is good for you: 1) It guarantees that your priorities are served. Think about it – you can’t always spend your time on your priorities, but your gifts can see to it that the work you deeply believe in goes on. 2) It breaks the hold of selfishness. In every o...

  • Respect and Civility: Where Have They Gone? Part Two

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Nov 1, 2020

    Civility is formal politeness in behavior and speech! Civility comes from the Latin word “civis” which means “citizen”. So, civility is civilized conduct. The Bible actually has a lot to say about civility. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” - Jesus, Luke 6:31 “Let your conversations be always full of grace and seasoned with salt.” - Paul, Colossians 4:6 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” - James, James 1:19 Well, I think it is safe to...

  • Respect and Civility: Where Have They Gone?

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Oct 1, 2020

    Political discord. Civil unrest. Violence in the streets. Toxic division. Ugly accusations. Harmful words. In the minds of many, these words define the state of our wonderful country right now! The lack of respect and civility in our country in recent months and years is very alarming and downright scary to me! It is a red flag waving in the wind for us as Americans, and we should tread very carefully in determining how we as a people in these great United States Of America will personally...

  • Crisis is a Revealer: You can't control the wind. But you can adjust the sails.

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Sep 1, 2020

    This COVID-19 crisis has revealed a great many things about us. You have probably learned a lot about yourself in the last six months, right? Crisis does that to you. Crisis isn’t just an accelerator, it’s a revealer showing you some surprising things about yourself - some good,some not so good. Since COVID struck in mid-March, many of us have seen more than a few habits, wants and preferences revealed. It may be wise to take stock in what we have learned so far. You never know how much you lov...

  • Three Wise Ways To Master Our Mouths

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Aug 1, 2020

    Mastering our mouths, taming our tongues, watching our words is one of the toughest things to do! We use words all the time, not only in our conversations but also in our emails, texts, social media, blogs, posts and tweets. We are a nation of talkers! “Self-control means controlling the tongue!” – Proverbs 13:3 Another way to put it: He who guards his mouth controls himself. The Book of James has this to say about the tongue: “...but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, f...

  • Taking A Stand Means Not Being Silent

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jul 1, 2020

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated the following truth: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter most.” In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, my family lived in Mobile, Ala. where my Dad was serving as the Senior Pastor at St. Marks United Methodist Church. The black leaders of the Civil Rights movement in Mobile requested to hold a peaceful rally and a march in support of voting rights and other issues of equality. The Mayor of Mobile, Geo...

  • A Message to All Graduating Seniors

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jun 1, 2020

    The Secret 4 C’s of Success Three military recruiters accepted an invitation to speak to the Senior Class of a local high school. It was agreed that each recruiter would take fifteen minutes to make his pitch. The army recruiter went first, but he spoke for more than twenty minutes. The navy recruiter also spoke for twenty minutes. The Marine Corps recruiter, realizing that his fifteen-minute speech had now been cut to about two minutes, walked to the podium and spent the first sixty seconds in...

  • Don't Worry – Be Happy

    Dr. Lester Spencer|May 1, 2020

    In 1988, Bobby McFerrin released this famous song, which is still enjoyed by millions around the world as a light hearted, fun, happy song! In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, maybe some would think it a bit shallow. But I would say there is some great truth backing up the song. In fact, Jesus had some very pointed things to say about worry and teaches us that worry is a waste of time. Every time that song, Don’t Worry Be Happy, comes to my mind, I think of what Jesus had to say about w...

  • Always Choose Faith over Fear

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Apr 1, 2020

    I'm not sure how you and Marie labeled any carryovers to other pages/sections ... ------------------------- A message of encouragement from Lester and Janeese Spencer As Christians, because of Easter and the Resurrection, we are people of faith! Through the resurrected Christ, God has given us His Spirit of power, love and self-discipline! “God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” Paul, 2 Timothy 1:7 With the onslaught of information being rel...

  • Escape from Alcatraz

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Mar 1, 2020

    Alcatraz Island sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, surrounded by almost two miles of turbulent and treacherous water. For nearly one hundred years, the island housed a prison, and the place earned the nickname “The Rock” because it was inescapable. Constructed as a United States Army fortress in the 1850s, the twenty-two-acre island became an Army prison during the Civil War. In 1933, Alcatraz was turned over to the Department of Justice to be used as a federal penitentiary, and dur...

  • Scuba Diving…

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Feb 1, 2020

    Several years ago, I went scuba diving with my sons. Although it was not the first time we’d dived together, and it certainly would not be the last, this particular trip was special, because it was the trip in which Joshua, my younger son, earned his certification as a scuba diver. His older brother, Harden, and I were already certified, and we accompanied Josh on one of his first open-water dives, which are part of the certification process. On this particular open-water dive, we were in the Ba...

  • Remembering…

    Dr. Lester Spencer|Jan 1, 2020

    I read about an enlisted soldier who was walking along a Bavarian road. World War I was over. Germany was defeated and devastated. The land around him was scorched by the destruction of war. This little fellow decided to end it all. With the Fatherland finished, what was the point of living? He came to a river, and he looked over a bridge railing to the icy waters down below. He decided to jump. He looked around again, and saw people aimlessly wandering about trying to find what was left of...

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