A Free Laptop With Microsoft Vista?

December 28, 2006

The buzz is being heard all over the place from “in the know” bloggers who are being sent Acer laptops with Vista Ultimate on them….really interesting.

Scott Beale, Barb Bowman, Zen’s HeavenGames blog, and several others were the blessed recipients of a new laptop with the “coveted” OS just in time for Christmas. I’m anxious to hear what the buzz will be, even though I am a tried and true PC-to-Mac convert. To me, there is just no comparison.

Of course, if the good folks at Microsoft wanted to send me a laptop to try out and let them know what I thought…well, I wouldn’ turn it down. LOL.

Let me know, Mr. Gates.


Linn County Leader Column – December 2006 “A New Year’s Resolution, with a Joyful Message”

December 28, 2006

Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

Out with the old, and in with the new. That’s what we’ll be celebrating in just a few days as the ball drops in Times Square and lights up TV’s in homes across the United States, signifying the end of yet another year.

And what a year it’s been–one of a continuing war in Iraq, one of rising gas prices, one of stock market surges, one of escalating population growth in the U.S. and never-ending gloom-and-doom on the national news channels…you name it, and chances are it was said or done in 2006.

And now it’s time to make a fresh start; to steadfastly recite those resolutions that we promise our best to keep for yet another year. We mark January 1st as a day of reflection on the past and a hopeful future for tomorrow for our loved ones and ourselves as we kick those “bald tires” from 2006 out to the curb and replace them with a set of fresh 2007 treads.

I think the thing that I look forward to the most during the upcoming days and months is the chance to continue to minister to those in need, and to tell people about Jesus Christ and what he’s done in my life. In this world of perpetual spiritual darkness, it’s a ray of Hope that everyone so desperately needs; why not be willing to share the Good News with others?

Yeah, I know, I know…the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s a difficult task; there will be those out there who think you’ve turned into a “Jesus Freak” and that you’ve gone radical for the Gospel. And, to be honest…you actually have! Just like the Word of God says, you’re no longer conforming, or being like, the image of this world…you’re actually being transformed into something and someone different.

No, I’m not talking like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” type of transformation; it’s more like what will happen to your innermost self. Once you accept Jesus as your very own personal Savior, then you will find those selfish wants and desires will become less and less. Selflessness will come to the forefront and you’ll enjoy telling people what He has done for you, and how they can have that same kind of joy and peace, too.

It’s a very gratifying feeling to see someone’s life change for the better. I thank God for giving me the Gift of His Son Jesus and for His Love for me; I also thank those countless people throughout my life that kept telling me about Him over and over again. People like Clayton Harless and Steve Carter (people I used to work with); teachers like Jane Chick and Marcia Cunningham at BHS (who taught by example and showed the love of Jesus through their actions), men of God like Rev. Richard Johnson, Rev. Larry Barber, and Rev. Mike White (all of whom were/are pastors that I learned under throughout my Christian years); and most of all, for my spiritual mentor and dearly departed friend, Walton Counts…I can name many, many more; these were the ones that influenced the path of my Christian walk to where it is today. Because of their teachings and Godly walk, I am able to joyfully share my faith with others.

There is but one New Year’s resolution I have for 2007: and that is to share Jesus with as many people as God puts in my path; to let them know of His Love for them; and to let them know that the door is always open for them to have a lasting (eternal) relationship with God. It’s really a very simple, but very life-changing message.

There’s much to look forward to in this New Year, to be sure. It’s my prayer that you’ll join with me so that we can be Jesus Freaks for 2007…and beyond. Let’s shout His Message from the rooftops of Brookfield, Marceline, Linneus, Laclede, Bucklin, and beyond.

Happy New Year for Jesus!

Comments or questions? Feel free to leave Richard an e-mail at sliceofhome@sbcglobal.net, or visit his online blog at https://sliceofhome.wordpress.com to leave a message. His column appears monthly in the Linn County Leader.

A Short Note On Christmas Eve

December 24, 2006

From the Davis family to your family, here’s hoping and praying that you have a safe and joyous Christmas Day tomorrow! I’ll be back to blog about our services this evening, and family get-togethers tomorrow and have pictures sometime tomorrow evening or Wednesday.

God bless!


Looking Forward To Christ’s Birthday…

December 22, 2006

It will be nice to have the boys here for Christmas; even though it’s a long way to go and get them, it’s worth every single mile we have to drive.

To be able to celebrate the Birth of the Christ Child as a follower of Jesus is one of the most joyous, and reflective, events that I look forward to every year. It gives us a chance to really THINK about the awesome price that God had to pay to send His Son to earth for our redemption. It helps us to focus on Jesus as a Baby; wholly God and also wholly man. Wow.

Makes a person realize just how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things (even though we think we’re right up there with God sometimes) and yet…how much God truly wants to have a loving relationship with us, even through our sinful nature. He made us; He cherishes us; and He loves us unconditionally.  🙂

So, to each and every one of my family and friends this Christmas:

  • May you have the joy of the Lord, which is our strength.
  • May you find wonder and awe as you reflect on that Babe in a manger who is Christ, the Lord.
  • And may you have joy in your heart as you celebrate His Birth…a Birth which opened the door to our salvation, and eternity with the Father.

God bless you richly!

Ever Had Writer’s Block?

December 21, 2006

Been going through that lately….thank God I’ve got a week off from work (starting December 23rd) to kinda recharge from everything. Won’t have to go back until January 2nd.

It’s gonna be nice. Seems like it’s just getting harder and harder to write in my blog, and keep up with my Leader column every month, and write creatively, etc.

I’m praying that will change mightily for the New Year!

Rainy Wednesday…

December 20, 2006

in the Brookfield/Marceline/northern Missouri area; forecast calls for over an inch of rain for today and this evening.

Looks like we might not be having that whie Christmas this year.


One can only hope. At least it will be cold.  🙂

A Pic From The Trinity UMC Christmas Cantata

December 19, 2006

Here’s a quick photo from last Sunday’s Christmas Cantata. It was spectacular and a lot of fun!  🙂

BTW…I’m the guy in the black suit; Jeannie is at the far right in the front row.