PHOTO: Verdun Hayes, a D-Day veteran and great-grandfather from southern England, recently became the oldest person in the world to sky-dive – at the age of 101years and 38 days. He took the plunge along with three generations of his family. The family feat raised more than $2,000 for the…
When we first went to Chile seventeen years ago, we were surprised that a woman on the board of the church interviewing us, had good friends who lived in Maine!  After all, it is over 6,000 miles between these two destinations and we had never really known anyone from Chile…
When we first arrived in New England the end of January for our annual family “time share” trip, we spent the first weekend with some friends in Connecticut. On Sunday morning, we went to church with them and heard an interesting sermon about "biblical one-another’s".  I remember very little about…
I am always surprised when I pray for God to speak to me about something in my life about which only HE can provide the wisdom and guidance that I need…and rather soon He does!  Here is the latest example.  Last Sunday, Janet and I were back at the last…
Many years ago when we had our small farm in Maine, one of our sons belonged to a group at the local Baptist church that was similar to the Boy Scouts called the Boy’s Brigade/Christian Service Brigade.  Thru this group, he and his friends went to an inter-denominational independent Christian…
We are not really sure how many years we have been coming to the mountains of New Hampshire to enjoy some winter fun with our family but the pictures we have been sorting recently document at least fifteen years!  Normally we have two weeks, one by ourselves, and the other…
My youngest Pittsburgh granddaughter, Charis Madeline, came to the mountain with her father this year and yesterday morning she took a bad tumble while skiing so we got the emergency call to come and bring her back to the condo to rest.  After the routine checks to make sure she…
One Sunday several years ago when I preached at the Las Condes Vineyard in Santiago, Chile a young man approached me after the service whom I had never met.  He introduced himself and said that he was not a member of the congregation but came that morning with some friends. …
Recently, I had the first root canal in my seventy-nine years of living! I was a bit anxious even though my regular dentist who I like very much had recommended the new one to do the job. At the initial exam, I was not given much comfort by the new…
For months we have been planning to spend several weeks in Pittsburgh on our way north this summer.  Our oldest son, Jonathan, his wife Laura and their family live there.   We wanted to have some time to enjoy their company as well as with the many church friends we still…
Earlier this month my middle son and I drove from Houston to Florida to meet up with my wife who had flown to Florida several weeks before to spend some time with a dear friend of ours who is battling brain cancer.  I was especially pleased that Christopher could come with…
We have just returned from our first ocean cruise.  Originally it was suppose to happen last year at this time to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary BUT our grandson’s high school marching band got invited to Hawaii to play at Pearl Harbor so we had to be there!  Actually, we…
Every so often I find a message in fortune cookie at a Chinese Restaurant that has a message, which I’m sure is “meant for me”!  Some people would call this happening a co-incidence, BUT I prefer to call them “God-incidences” because I truly feel the Holy Spirit urging me to…
During the month of March, Janet and I had the great opportunity of visiting some friends in Ireland whom we first met some years ago in Chile.  He is Irish, she is Chilean and they originally met at university in California!  They were members of our English home-group during our…
When we went to Chile the first few weeks of this year, we had numerous experiences with old friends both in a church setting and others more privately “in the open air”.  Ever since my early experiences of renewal when I discovered the power of the Holy Spirit in various…
For weeks now, I have been trying to “jump start” my blogging engine in order to begin this exciting adventure (Blogging Biblical Buts) which I believe is going to be exciting for me and helpful to many folks who follow our ministry, Foundations For Glory. BUT, my energy level has…
For many years now, Janet and I have talked about writing a devotional book entitled “Biblical Buts”.  Every bible I own has a list of these interesting verses from God’s word which have caught my attention and pierced my heart since the time I was first saved almost forty years…
Last week we spent celebrating with over 4,000 people from Vineyard churches from over 60 countries at the International Vineyard Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  With all the amazing experiences of worship, teaching and interaction that happen at such an event, I am always touched by the "God-incidents" that happen when…
Janet and I knew from the beginning that the trip to Costa Rica to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Church of the Good Shepherd in San José would be full of many emotions.  We left Portland, Maine the day we were married, August 14, 1965, and arrived in…
One of my best experiences last year before we left Chile was a trip I took with my friend, Roger Cunningham, to Bolivia to visit the Compassion child that Janet and I support.  His name is Michael and over the three years that we have been sponsoring him he has…