• Pastor Jerry talks about one of his biggest pet peeves in this blog post.

    Loitering

    As we continue looking at life, and how to live it well and with intent, we come to a place that is uncomfortable for me, and likely will be for you also. I hope you’ll stick around until we get to the end of the article, because this one is...

  • Lacking

    For a while now, something has been rattling around in my mind. Are you OK with me letting you in on it? (Coming into my space may not be exactly safe.) Why do we do what we do when we do it? Why don’t we do something else? What moves...

  • How do you react when your ideas are challenged?

    Accepting the Challenge

    In the last post, I challenged you regarding your mindset about Millennials. I linked to an article that stretched me in that regard, and I hope stretched you as well. How was your mind impacted and expanded by said article? Did you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with what you...

  • Pastor Jerry talks about what makes a life worth living?

    What makes life worthwhile?

    If you’ve been with me for the last few posts, you can detect a theme emerging. If need be, go back a few posts and read up to the present. (You can read them here, here, and here.) Do you see the theme? What is it? Life, worthwhile. Many today...

  • What is life really about?

    Living

    Living. Isn’t this what we all are doing? Isn’t living defined as making your way through life as best you can? Living to provide for yourself and your family? Living to hopefully enjoy some of the fruit of your labor? Or is there more to living than this mere existence?...

  • Listening Well

    How Can Your Experiences Help Shape Your Friendships?

    Having listened to others (you DID find new people to listen to, didn’tcha?) what have you learned? Did you learn that others aren’t as different as you thought? That others have the same cares and concerns that you have? That others, like you, are trying to make their way through...

  • Pastor Jerry shares his thoughts on how to listen well.

    Want to Influence Others? Listen well.

    Listen. I have something to say. But I’m not the only one. The last time we were together, I suggested making friends for the sake of having more friends to learn from. When we value the views and opinions of others, we tell them that they mean something to us,...

  • The Denny Project brings assistance to residents of the Ozona Community.

    Behind the Scenes at Ozona Community Church

    According to the dictionary, community means, “an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location.” For us, that common location is the little area of Ozona, tucked next to Palm Harbor, along the shore line of Pinellas County. For years, First Baptist Church of Ozona quietly sat...

  • How to Make Friends and Influence a Generation

    What would happen if we simply met people and made friends of them, having no agenda other than to be their friend? What would happen if we use this strategy with younger people? Would this enable us to broaden our reach? Would this empower us to become involved with their...

  • Moving Forward

    Another new year. Each one brings with it opportunities and problems; hope and despair; future and past; experiences and memories. This seeming paradox about the onward marching of time while reminding of time past is part and parcel of living. What’s the best way to manage this dichotomy? Acceptance. Accept...