Musing & Amusing

Thoughts from Pastor Larry Ambrose

Just One Thing

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose
There’s a movie that we really liked. It might be considered “old” now, since it was released in 1991. But it’s still funny.
It’s called City Slickers. In it Billy Crystal plays Mitch – one of three “City Slickers” who go to a dude ranch to de-stress.

What Happens When You Assume?

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

You’ve heard it said. “When you ‘assume’ you make a [donkey] out of you and me.”

In fact, I’ve taken to using the word ‘presume’ where ‘assume’ might otherwise be viable. Just to lessen the number of opportunities for people to say it to me.

Forgive and Forget

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose
Even as forgetting seems to get easier as I get older, it seems that we struggle to forget those things that we would be best served to forget. Like when someone says or does something to hurt us.

Resolutions Reputation

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

There’s this guy I know. Nice guy. Real positive. Always encouraging. Into things like healthy eating, physical fitness, and fiscal responsibility. Hard to find something NOT to like about him.

There’s just one problem. He’s got kind of a bad reputation. If you’ve ever had a bad reputation (and who hasn’t?) then you know that they’re not always accurate, or fair. But once attached – fair, or not – they’re ALMOST impossible to lose.

If Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

You’ve heard the phrase. “Actions speak louder than words.” That made me think, “If actions speak louder than words, do action words speak the loudest?”Hold that thought.

A friend who knows I’m a grammar nerd reminded me that a gerund is a verb that acts as a noun. A web search turned up this definition: “a verb ending in ‘–ing’ that is used as a noun.”

I Choose

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose
I choose Sweet Tea … but I try to choose it a little less often.
I choose breakfast sausage over bacon … but I choose bacon often enough.
I choose meat over veggies … I just try to choose smaller portions.
I choose Aquafina 99% of the time … just because I like it better.

DON’T Have the Last Laugh

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?

You know, like Santa. He had a “round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.”

There are many reasons to have a good laugh. For starters, it burns calories. Maybe not as much as a good run. But laughing is a whole lot more fun.

How Perceptive Are You?

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

A pastor I served once told me "Reality is 90% perception."

You see there are two very real realities. There's what is actually going on, what actually happened. And there is what anyone believes to be going on, or has happened, based on their perception.

Under the Big Top

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

Maybe you’ve heard the old joke. “Marriage is a three ring circus,” it begins. “Engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.”

Well, if you know me at all you know I don’t feel that way about marriage. But I do love a good circus.

This morning I read something about a circus, and it got me wondering. What do you suppose is the most important part of a circus?

One Big Day Announcement

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose
O.K. What was our big news? If you’ve been in church lately at Manning First Assembly, or if you’re connected to me on Facebook, you may have seen that we were making a big announcement today. Even friends who live in other states have been asking what it is, so here goes …

As it was…

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

Rain. I’ve seen it before.

Half of my 50+ years living in Miami. Another ten in other parts of Florida. Native Floridians know rain.

Hurricane Andrew. Been there, done that. Hurricanes (yes, plural, like my favorite college football team) Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne. The eye of each of those three passed within a ten minute drive of our apt. at the time.

Zaxby’s … Mondays at Noon

Written by Pastor Larry Ambrose

Two orders of the five wing combo, wimpy.

Maybe you’re not familiar with Zaxby’s. Or maybe you are, and don’t care for it. That’s o.k.

But for Deb and me, it’s our regular, weekly date “night” (if you will). We haven’t always had a date night this regular. But for the last couple of years, with very few exceptions, you could find us at the Zaxby’s in Manning on Mondays, between noon and one o’clock.