You can click on the following link to visit the new Retread Scribbles blog.  We are still working through some minor technical issues, but for the most part it’s up and working fine.  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like the new look and let me know if you find something that’s not working correctly.  This blog will be going away, so don’t forget to bookmark the new site.

I’m looking forward to seeing you over at the new site!

Retread Scribbles Blog

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It really does!  Love will always be more powerful than hate.  Love will always win in the end, because of the ultimate love Jesus  showed us from the cross.  He could have given up, but he didn’t.  He remained on the cross and died for us, so that we might live.

I’ve wanted to get a tattoo for over a year now and I actually went twice to get it and was stood up both times by the tattoo artist.  I’m actually happy that I ended up waiting, because what you see in the picture is my new tattoo and yes it says Love Wins.  I love it, I’m happy with it, and I think the artist I finally chose, did a great job.

So why?  Why “Love Wins?”  Because I often find myself impatient and frustrated with people.  I don’t show them the kind of love that God expects his people to show towards each other.  I even struggle with showing enough love to my family.  You would think love would come naturally, but because of the broken, sinful, and selfish nature we are born with, love is something that takes work and practice and effort.

I really want my scribbled life to be a reflection of Christ’s love to others.  Will a tattoo that says “Love Wins” on my wrist mean that loving others will be easier?  No!  But maybe, just maybe, it will be a small opportunity to testify about my need for Christ’s redeeming love in my life.  Maybe it will pave the way for a future conversation with someone about how I struggle with loving others and the only way I can successfully love people is through the grace of God and because of his love for all of his creation.

Do you wrestle with the ability to love others more than you love yourself?

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Retread Blog Sneak Peak

I’m very excited to announce a new design for the Retread blog.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with a designer to develop a professional and great looking site that will be a new extension to the Retread website.  Coming on Tuesday of this week, you’ll see some very cool changes.  A great design, a great look, an easier way to maneuver the site, and hopefully great, challenging, content that will continue to not only reshape my life, but the lives of the people who read this blog.

Now that I’ve stepped up to make this a site where people will be proud to stop by, I have to ask YOU to step up and take a risk too.  It’s time to start leaving a comment or two and give me a chance to respond to those comments in a positive and encouraging way.  It will do me good to interact with you in this way and hopefully it will give you an opportunity to vent as well.

On Tuesday you’ll find a new link on this blog page to follow to the new site.  Once you get there, please book mark this site, and please come back often!  I will be doing my best to write interesting and thought provoking articles that come from my heart and straight from the scribbled life I live.

Don’t forget to check back on Tuesday for a great new start!

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The name Keziah is a Hebrew word.  It describes a tree that has aromatic bark or berries.  This “spice” tree produces berries that have a sweet smell.  Birds often pick these pure berries for a delicious treat.

Keziah Design can be summed up in three words – fresh, relevant and creative.

What I do and how I am different!
Anyone can make a logo or design, but not everyone can make creativity relevant to your specific needs.  Simply stated, it takes a partnership and collaborative, creative thinking.  I bring ideas that are unexpected and fresh.

Hey everyone, I just wanted to highlight a little design company I’ve been working with for over a year now.  My good friend Dave Butler is the owner of Keziah Design and he has helped Retread with all of our branding.  He’s currently working with us to develop a logo and membership card for our Jubilee Kids Club and he’s also helping me with the design and branding for the personal photography business I’ve started.

The reason I continue to go back to Keziah Design when I need something designed is because of the personal hands on relationship that’s formed between Dave and any person he’s working with.  He cares about what you want and will work with you until YOU are satisfied!  So, go over and check out their website today!

Especially his illustrations!  If you’re looking for someone to illustrate the children’s book you just wrote, Dave’s your guy!!!

 

The whole reason for the untold story yesterday in the parable of the sower was because of a conversation I had with a co-worker.  During our conversation I was being cynical and pessimistic and complaining about people who go to church, listen to the word, and then do nothing.  I complained about how the church is producing these types of people left and right, but not producing people who are going out and producing a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.  Of course he is very optimistic and shared with me, that even the seed eaten by the birds eventually could be deposited onto the good soil.  Hummm!  Hope?  Grace?  Redemption?  Second chances?  Never give up on people?  These were all thoughts that have continued to flow through my mind over the past two days as I’ve been convicted about my negative attitude.

If you watched the little video clip above, from the movie The Bucket List, you got to see one of my favorite parts in the movie.  It’s funny and raw, but I think it’s a wonderful story, the story about the Kopi Luwak coffee bean.  If you’ve seen the movie you’ll remember how Morgan Freeman’s character shares this story with Jack Nicholson’s character by having him read it out loud.  Of course, Nicholson’s character is not too pleased to find out his favorite and extremely expensive coffee is the bi-product of a tree cat.  It’s the combination of the bean and the gastric juices of the tree cat that gives the coffee its unique flavor and aroma.

Even if you are the most committed coffee drinker you have to be asking yourself, how can tree cat crap make coffee taste that good?  Not sure I’d want to find out.  But, it does paint a beautiful picture of how something that sounds disgusting can become something loved and desired by others.

For me, the untold story is full of hope and redemption.  The bird may represent the evil one, but even the evil one does not have power over the redeeming grace of God.  The seed passing through the digestive system represents the Hell so many of us allow ourselves to be in by not listening to God’s word, but hope lies is in the fact that the digestive system (Hell) doesn’t have to be the end.  Soon we may find ourselves deposited onto good soil where God can use us to produce a crop beyond our wildest dreams.  God is redeeming and restoring everything so we should never give up and never lose hope.

 

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The Parable of the Sower

(From The Message)

3-8“What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.

18-19“Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.

 20-21“The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

 22“The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.

 23“The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”

 

The Untold Story

After the birds ate the seed from the road, the seed traveled through their digestive system.  A business man walking along the road frightened the birds and they scattered over the field, crapping the seed onto the good earth, where the seed eventually took root right along side the seed originally cast there by the farmer.

Think about it and then tell me what you think this story means?

I’ve been putting off going to the zoo with my family for years, because it’s just not one of my favorite things to do.  I grew up on a farm so I got to see plenty of animals and smell plenty of crap, so why would I want to go to the zoo?  Last Friday during spring break I finally gave in and took off work to take my wife and son along with my brother and his family to the Fort Worth zoo.  It was a really great time and I walked away with a clasic picture.  Definitely worth the day!

Today you get to help me have a little fun.

Caption Please….

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Taken Friday, March 20, at Fort Worth Zoo Copywrite by Kyle Stickens/Urban Eye Studio

 

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