As our personal and professional lives get more complicated and as the world becomes more specialized, there is no shortage of free advice. Always remember that there may be nothing more costly and expensive than free advice.
New Year Brings New Challenges
Each year at the beginning of a new calendar, we all struggle with trying to write the appropriate year on our checks, letters, and other documents. In addition to this annual ritual, many of us wrestle with the daunting task of setting New Year’s Resolutions. Before you set this year’s resolutions, think back to last year’s resolution and resolutions you have made in previous years. If you are getting ready to copy stamp the resolution you have made for the last four years and made for this year’s New Year’s Resolution, you are setting yourself up for failure once again.
Tulsa Ministers Create A New Military Devotional
Two Tulsa ministers, the Rev. Danny Lynchard and the Rev. Emile Hawkins, wrote Coming Home: A Devotional Journal for Those Who Serve and Those Who Wait for service men and women, their families and loved ones. It is designed to give hope, inspiration and comfort to these military families and others who are sacrificing their lives and time in the pursuit of freedom for everyone.
‘Doc’ Blevins Drawn to the Ministry by the FCA
Have you ever asked the question “Why was I born?” One man who has probably never asked that question is Rev. Gary “Doc” Blevins. Blevins, who was a political science major at the former American Christian College in Tulsa, has worked in broadcasting, politics, and direct mail fundraising, and he now pastors New Creation Church at 1200 S. Olive in Broken Arrow.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Europe
In Europe, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are very festive and exciting.
In Germany the Christmas celebration starts four weeks before Christmas Eve. Doris Gallagher, a public relations representative of the German American Society in Tulsa, was delighted to introduce me to German traditions.
Christmas is Busy Time for Catholic Charities
“This time of the year, we have Christmas toy distribution and will give about 1,000 food baskets and toys to 300 families,” says Quentin Henley, associate director of Catholic Charities, located on 739 North Denver street in Tulsa.
Words Should Agree With Actions
by JIM STOVALL
When it’s all said and done, there’s a lot more said than actually done. Talk is cheap. Results are gold. The more experience I get in life and in business, the more I pay attention to what people do as opposed to what they say. Actions speak so much louder than words ever can.
Faith Publishing Company Expands
Jim Barnes liked the company He Calls You By Name so much he bought it. And, since he and his wife Elayne purchased the small publishing company in 2000, they expanded the product line, and extended the sales from a few states to several countries.
Vision of Small Group Grows into a Thriving Church
By MARIA JONES
Trinity Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow began with 27 people meeting in a home on May 1, 1983. In October of that year the first service was held under the leadership of the Rev. Lawrence Boye and was formally recognized and chartered by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Oklahoma District. From that small beginning, the church grew from a congregation of 27 to 750. The church built the first sanctuary in 1986 and in 1996 a new sanctuary was added along with classrooms. The old sanctuary is now used for a fellowship hall, with plans to add more classrooms and a larger kitchen area. A second building, formerly the parsonage, is used by the youth.
Always Doing Your Best is Important
By Jim Stovall
Like me, you were probably told from the time you were a young child to “Always do your best.” As an adult, I have had time to reflect upon the things I was told as a child. Virtually all of those things have a great deal of merit, but when I examined whether or not it was important to always do your best, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that it may seem like it is not important to always do your best. There are many times in your personal or professional life you can do a mediocre or even substandard job, and it may seem that it simply doesn’t matter.
You can look back on many situations when you have given a maximum effort to prepare for something, and all of your hard work simply didn’t matter. Unfortunately, deciding when your best is needed can only be determined in hindsight. It’s like a game of basketball. Every shot counts, but somehow when you get down to the last few seconds, it seems that a player is taking a shot that will result in either winning or losing the game. In reality, any basket during the entire contest could win or lose the game just as easily, but you don’t know when it’s going to come down to the wire; so in order to be safe, you’ve got to play your best during the entire game.
TU Students Participate in Interfaith Awareness Program
As part of the celebration of interfaith awareness during October, Faith & Values Media has partnered with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and the Interfaith Youth Core to launch “CampusQuest,” an interfaith outreach project. “Campus-Quest” is designed to help students promote interfaith dialogue during the 2004–2005 school year, and to make this dialogue a vital and visible part of campus life. Students at the University of Tulsa have joined the program to increase interfaith and intercultural understanding in the community.