Thoughts Along the Way

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How Much Are You Worth?

by Bob Chance

There is a story that in 75 BC a young Roman nobleman named Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and held for ransom. When they demanded twenty talents of silver in ransom (about $600,000 today), Caesar laughed and said they obviously had no idea who he was. He insisted they raise the ransom to 50 […]

Scarlet Tanager Moment

by Bob Chance

Recently, I remembered the sheer joy of having spotted a Scarlet Tanager on one of my long-ago hikes with dear friends.   Some friends and I were hiking south on the Appalachian Trail.  About half way through the day we decided to take a side trail.  It led to a waterfall and along the way we […]

The Leaves Are Changing Color…It’s a New Season!

by Bob Chance

There was an excellent article in the Washington Post recently about the challenges facing nearly every congregation in every denomination all across America.  The short of it is we are living in challenging, unfriendly times as far being a“church” is concerned.  Society is or already has moved away from church.  Young people in increasing numbers […]

The Three Bells Little Jimmy Brown

by Bob Chance

“There’s a village hidden deep in the valley    Among the pine trees half forlorn And there on a sunny morning Little Jimmy Brown was born (Bung, bung, bung, bung)”   So begins one of the great songs of all time.  It’s entitled Little Jimmy Brown or sometimes “The Three Bells”.   It’s a beautiful song […]

Joy & Disappointment

by Bob Chance

It seems like there are often times in my life when joy and disappointment are present at the same time and in the same place and sometimes even in the same circumstance.  You might say “joy” and “disappointment” are brothers and sisters in the same family. Sometimes something happens when we experience a great joy […]

Making A Difference

by Bob Chance

When I saw the cartoon where Peppermint Patty was wondering what teachers make and Charley Brown said “A difference Peppermint Patty, they make a difference!” I not only smiled with enjoyment but was reminded about the call we all have to make a difference in our own lives.  Teachers do make a difference.  I remember […]

Leaving Something Behind

by Bob Chance

More than once I left something on the bench or behind the backstop of a ball field.  Sometimes it was something really important, like my wallet or my car keys or my ball glove or an expensive bat.  Truth be told there was no telling what I might leave behind by accident.  One time I […]

What You Give Is What You Get!

by Bob Chance

The amount you give to anything in life is directly correlated to the amount you get back.  That’s the truth.  I’ve seen it play out countless times in my own life and in many others as well. I sometimes hear people say “I don’t get anything out of the Service”, or “I don’t get anything […]

Taking Time for Children

by Bob Chance

Layton is a new friend of mine.  She is two years old and everything in life is a new adventure for her.  Layton and her mom and dad are new neighbors of ours and we are delighted to have them as new friends. Layton and I made instant friends (some say I’m at the two […]

Seeking God

by Bob Chance

I remember one time last fall when I wanted to see what images had been captured on the game camera in the woods in my backyard.  Once before I had captured images of deer, fox, and even a wild turkey and I wanted to see what I could find now.  In retrospect, I guess I […]