Month: December 2010


It is good to reflect this time of year over the events that have occured during this year…. Events that were good and bad.

If you are breathing you have had both.

Some people can only remember the bad things that have happened while others can only remember the good. If you fit into either one of those categories you are in denial.

The fact is you have had both good and bad happen to you this year. The good is only good because of the bad and the bad is only judged as being bad because we have tasted good.

The trick is to learn from what we did right this past year and repeat it and also learn from what we did wrong so we will avoid it in the future.

The good news about the bad stuff is our failures are really where we learn and change the most. Failures help us grow into better people. In fact if you had successes this year it is because you learned from the failures of your past.

So take sometime to reflect over the good the bad and the ugly moments of this year. Then learn from those moments and move ahead with confidence into the new year.



I think we should hire everyone that has submitted a video on AFV.  Here is why.

1. AFV people are not afraid to try things, like snow boarding off a roof.

2. AFV people are not afraid to laugh about their mistakes.

3. AFV people are not afraid to admit they made a mistake, infact they will take credit for it on the ” world stage”

4. AFV people find the good in the accident that just happened.

5 AFV people know how to get the most out of life.

You see people that do not make ” any mistakes” are no fun, in fact those that point out other peoples mistakes in a degrading manner have character issues.  These people will also cover up their own mistakes or they believe they truly never do anything wrong and so they never apologize.  These types of people can cause a lot of damage to an organization and they never change ( though they think they are open to it).  

Mistakes are how we learn. Failures are really just gigantic steps forward.  The only way to go forward is to say… I blew it there, I was wrong to say or do that. Then move forward avoiding that mistake in the future.

So whatever has happened to you this year, just learn from it and go forward.  If you find yourself complaining about someone else check your heart for that is where the problem is.  Take the next few days of 2010 and deal with these issues of the heart and ask God to help you be less critical of others and more honest about your own strengths and weaknesses.

If you do this you will set yourself up for a better year in 2011. Your relationships will be better.  Your view on life will be better. You will learn new things and you will find you will not get upset quite as often.


It was a manger, in a stable. Whether it was a cave that was a stable or one made of wood it doesn’t matter.

If the manger was wood or stone, that detail doesn’t matter either.

It was still a stable, and in a moment only mothers understand a baby was born. Not just any baby. This child was God coming into this world, from His world to dwell among us.

His plan was not just to dwell, or live like we live. For in the moment of “the last push” a Kingdom started. A Kingdom unlike any other kingdom. A Kingdom not of this world. A Kingdom that would change this world one soul at a time, for this baby was King Jesus who would lead the march of hope, and peace through redemption.

So after Mary’s last pain, Joseph held a Hope that had become flesh and bone. Peace had a heartbeat, and as Joseph cut the cord, the first cry of redemption was heard in the world.

Yes, the time for our sin debts to be paid was here.

“Let us not forget as we celebrate His birth why Jesus came to earth…

He was born to die”

The Possum Chronicles – Christmas Edition

December 22nd, 6:15pm

A host of possums positioned themselves on top of the barn, looking, gazing, hypothesizing about the road.

Look there’s another one! (Havsum)

And another… (Daresum)

What are those lights Grissum? (Jensum)

Don’t know, but they seem to be lining the road. (Grissum)

They are Possum Ghost! (Knowsum) Coming back from the dead because of an improper burial!

What are you talking about? (Havsum)

Well, just a few weeks ago when all our friends, relatives and loved ones died on the road, we let the humans clean them up instead of going out there and dragging them off the road and buryin them proper… They are up set and now they have come back to search us out, to find us and torment us…. THE END IS HERE! (Knowsum)

Oh please… (Havsum)

What if he’s right…. they could becoming for us… and they would know! (Jensum)

Know what? (Newsum)

That we are playing dead! They know our secret! (Jensum)

There were more lights appearing… now they lined both sides of the road.

Grissum began to leave the roof…

Where are you going? (Daresum)

I am going to get a closer look. (Grissum)

Well I am going with you…. (Daresum)

You two are crazy! I’m staying right here! (Knowsum)

December 22nd, at 6:49pm

A “flock” of possums pass by Grissum and Daresum, running away from the road… screams, hisses, panic sounds emerge from the group…

Something about…. they’re back… the “spirits of the possums have come to haunt us”….

Grissum and Daresum ignore them and head on toward the road.

December 22nd, 7:03pm.

Grissum and Daresum make it to the road…. they see the lights and walk toward them.

December 22nd at 6:59pm

Jensum, Newsum and Dumsum made it to the road.

Carefully and slowly they crept toward the “lights”

December 22nd at 7:04 and 48 seconds….

A loud shout came comes from behind Jensum, Newsum and Dumsum…

“how did you three get here so quick?” (Daresum)

Startled each swings around, losing their bearings….

many lights are tipped over…….. which in reality… are bags with candles in them. As the bags were turn over — from the commotion of the trio…. they catch on fire…

Jensum’s – who is still not in control – catches his tail on fire… the pain radiates through his body, he hops, dances and wiggles trying to put the fire out…

screams, and hissing

December 22nd at 6:09 PM

Jensum …..

Screaming and hissing loudly ……. hopping and dancing about on the roof.

Newsum grabs Jensum and shakes Him…

“Wake Up… Wake Up!!! Jensum WAKE UP!” (Newsum)

Jensum comes out of his sleep while saying….

“My Tail is on fire!!!!”

Newsum smacks him….

You don’t have a tale! (Newsum)

Memories flood the mind.

Jensum attacks….

Problem… They’re on a roof.

A metal roof…



Two thuds.

December 22nd, 6:15pm

A host of possums positioned themselves on top of the barn, looking, gazing, hypothesizing about the road….