Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Fathers Prayer for his son

Build me a son, oh Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is
weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will
be proud and unbending and honest defeat, and humble and gentle in
victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be;
a son who will know Thee -

Lead him I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the
stress and spur of difficulties and challenges. Here let him learn to
stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a
son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one
who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will
reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of
humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too
seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the
simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the
meekness of true strength.

Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."

General Douglas MacArthur, "A Father's Prayer"

Monday, May 23, 2016

11 Verses for Breaking Up with your Past from the Diceman

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."  John 8:36

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:32

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from
all unrighteousness."   1 John 1:9

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."  John 10:10

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians 1:6

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  2 Corinthians 5:17

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  Romans 8:1

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us." Psa. 103:11-12

"But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13

Monday, January 04, 2016

Bible Verses for the New Year

As your making plans and resolutions, here are some Bible verses that are perfect for a new, fresh start.  Grab one of these (or all of them) and take it as your own for this New Year.

  "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

  "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. " Psalm 37:4

  "But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11

  "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans." Psalm 118:8

  "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:14

  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6

  "All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly." Proverbs 13:16

  "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Proverbs 16:3

"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Ps. 127:1

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." 2 Pet. 3:18

  "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21

  "The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty." Proverbs 21:5

  "Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law." Proverbs 29:18

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?" Luke 14:28

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

  "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." John 6:27

  "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7

"May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You

Parents.  Here is an article that the Diceman is discussing on SMILE FM.   You can find the full article here  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davewillis/the-5-things-your-kids-will-remember-about-you

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

To Treat Or Not To Treat

Smile FM Explores Alternatives To Traditional Halloween Activities

By Brian Dumont

October is here and fall is officially upon us.  It’s the time of year that brings a variety of exciting seasonal favorites including football, cider & donuts and for a lot of people, Halloween.  I know some are sensitive to the negative spiritual connotation associated with Halloween.  If that is you, I completely respect your position and will not be offended if you skip on to the next article at this point.  However, if you are open to the possibility that Halloween could be more than just an excuse for kids to dress up in scary costumes, and gallivant about the neighborhood begging for candy from strangers, please continue reading.

First, consider the alternatives offered to traditional Halloween activities.  Many churches will host a “harvest party” or “trunk-or-treat” event at their place of worship.  Kids still get to dress up and get candy, and maybe even get a little something more.  My church has been doing what we call a “Hallelujah Party” for as long as I can remember.  It’s set up like a carnival where kids play games and win candy.  Then at the end of the event everyone gathers in the sanctuary for a big prize drawing and while waiting, they are presented with a gospel message and an opportunity to receive Jesus.  The end result is a lot of fun, a lot of candy and a lot of new souls added to the Kingdom of God.  In the time my kids have grown up thousands have attended this annual event and hundreds (if not thousands) have made decisions for Christ.  That’s just at my church.  Imagine what kind of effect alternatives like this can have on the community as a whole when everybody participates. 

Of course, if you’re going to attend a Halloween alternative, you might want to consider costumes.  Depending on the event, costumes may be encouraged or frowned upon, so be sure to check with the organizers ahead of time to find out what is appropriate.  In the case where costumes are part of the festivities, let me offer this suggestion… dress like the good guys.  Stay away from traditional secular costumes like witches and devils and go for something a little less associated with the dark side.  When in doubt, side with the good guys.  For example, if you’re choosing between going as Batman or the Joker, choose Batman because he’s the good guy.

Since we’re talking about costumes, I’m feeling compelled to share some of my favorites from over the years.  I’ve always loved theatre and acting, so putting on a costume and pretending to be someone else tends to come naturally.  Halloween happens to be the one time of the year where I don’t get strange looks for doing so.  One year in elementary school I found an old snowman costume leftover from a Christmas play.  I didn’t really want to be a snowman at the time, so I made some modifications, added a piece of yellow material, a hula hoop and ta-da…  I went as a fried egg!  As an adult I’ve dressed up as fan favorites like Mr. Incredible and Nacho Libre, but I think my favorite costumes were some that I made for my kids to wear.


One year when my oldest son was in elementary school I asked him what kind of costume he wanted to wear.  He said, “Optimus Prime” from that year’s incarnation of Transformers.  One problem, the franchise wasn’t quite so popular back then.  No costumes available to purchase.  So I did one better…  I made a costume from scratch!  A little cardboard, some duct tape and paint…  okay, it was a LOT of cardboard, duct tape and paint…  and probably way to many hours invested into the project, but I was …  er, I mean, HE was the star of the show.  That year I also made a box of cereal for my youngest son to wear.  He didn’t care for it so much, but everyone else thought it was the cutest thing ever.  Wait, what were we talking about again?  Oh, that’s right…  Halloween alternatives.

For years, I used to only participate in church related alternatives to Halloween.  I didn’t want to have anything to do with the “negative spiritual connotation” I mentioned earlier, so if there wasn’t another option on Halloween night I would simply turn off the porch light and ignore the kids walking by.  But more recently I’ve been wondering if I’ve missed something.  I’m thinking, what if I could use this opportunity to make a difference somehow?  Kids are coming to my house with the expectation of receiving a free gift.  Maybe I could give them something that would really change their lives.  In the Bible, when a lame beggar asked Peter and John for a handout, they gave him a healing instead (Acts 3:1-10).  Now, I’m not planning to set up a revival tent meeting on my front porch or anything (not this year, anyway), but maybe handing out candy to the kids on my block is a good way to show the love of Jesus to my neighbors.  And if I happen to be playing Smile FM in the background, that might not hurt either.

If you are looking for Halloween alternatives in your community, please visit Smile FM’s Family Fun Calendar to find suggestions of events happening near you.  Or if your church is hosting such an event, you can post the information there for others to see as well.  And if you’re planning to pass out candy from your front porch, let your light shine and do it with a smile.  In the meantime, I have a Nacho Libre costume to try on and make sure it still fits.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Do You Have A Mentor

The Diceman is asking that question today... based on this article.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Modern Family- A Dad’s Story

By:
Faron Dice

The group photo was taken at my grand- daughter's baby dedication a few weeks ago. My grown-up daughters are in there and their children (they are single moms), and there’s even an ex-husband and a current boyfriend who is not the father of my granddaughter, too. Did you catch all that?  Me either.  It certainly wasn’t my plan.  I was going to have the perfect little Christian family.  I grew up as a preacher’s kid.  My parents listened to Focus on the Family on the radio, and I did, too.   I went to a Christian high school and eventually Evangel College in Springfield MO.  After that, I took my first full time Christian radio job.   Oh, I was so sure that I had it all figured out.  For the next 15+ years, I couldn’t wait to be on the radio every day to air shows like Focus on the Family and Point of View, and of course, my own radio show where I could be a *true* Christian radio DJ, sharing cool quotes and Bible verses, and best of all, I could act like I had it all together on the radio.  I loved to discuss the evil going on in the culture, and things that needed to change.  I even had a guy tell me once… “Everything is black and white for you, there is no grey.”   (He wasn’t being complimentary.)

On the personal side, my wife and I thought we had it all figured out, too.  We were raising our kids, believing “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (I thought it was guaranteed to happen.) Then, life took a turn.

My 17 year old daughter started getting into all kind of trouble, and eventually got pregnant in high school.  My other daughter married a guy, but that quickly ended in divorce.  My perfect little Christian family was broken.  The truth is…during the process, I was broken.
 
You see, I never did really have it all together.  I spent way too much time acting like I had it all together on the radio, and trying to control my teenagers into what I wanted them to be, and not enough time on my knees just pulling close to Jesus.

I can honestly say that it is only now that, Bible verses like this one really make sense to me…
2 Cor 12:9-10 (The Message)And then God told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need.My strength comes into its own in your weakness.  So, I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

So, now I work at Smile FM, and I can assure you, the people that work here don’t have it all together.  I doubt that most of the people that are in your church have it all together either. If your family is messy, and you feel like you don’t fit in with the church crowd…you’re wrong. 

The Bible is fully of messy families and so is the church.  This recent photo of my version of Modern Family might be the new normal.   And it’s OK.  God is working in us.

Romans 15:30   I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.








Saturday, June 20, 2015

Which Bible Dad are you like?

Take this quiz. Find out which Bible Dad you are most like. (The Diceman was most like Abraham) http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/infographics/quiz-which-biblical-father-are-you.html

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The article every woman should read...

So, I’ve been married for 29 years. I’m like an expert now. This, ladies… is an article that every woman should read. http://branthansen.com/2015/05/26/she-never-crushed-me/ Whether you are married, thinking about getting married, etc. This article is what every guy wants from his wife.

Friday, March 06, 2015

For Parents of Grown Kids

• I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you. • I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. • I can give you directions, but I cannot always be there to lead you. • I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe. • I can teach you right from wrong, but I can't always decide for you. • I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you. • I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish. • I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you. • I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can't achieve them for you. • I can teach you about kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious. • I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make your morals. • I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's Family. • I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God. • I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Him your Savior. • I can teach you to obey but I cannot make Jesus Your Lord. • I can teach you how to live, but cannot give you Eternal Life.

Friday, February 27, 2015

22 Questions

John Wesley and The Holy Club's 22 Questions

In 1729, while John Wesley was a student at Oxford, he started a club with his brother Charles. It was soon mockingly dubbed The Holy Club by some of his fellow collegians. The club members rigorously self-examined themselves everyday by asking the following 22 questions:

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I
am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

3. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?

4. Can I be trusted?

5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?

6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

7. Did the Bible live in me today?

8. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?

9. Am I enjoying prayer?

10. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?

11. Do I pray about the money I spend?

12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?

13. Do I disobey God in anything?

14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?

15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?

16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?

17. How do I spend my spare time?

18. Am I proud?

19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the
Pharisees who despised the publican?

20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a
resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?

22. Is Christ real to me?

The first list appeared about 1729 or 1730 in the preface to Wesley's second Oxford Diary. Similar questions appeared in his 1733 A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week. As late as 1781, Wesley published a list of questions like this in the Arminian Magazine.

Friday, December 19, 2014

99.9 FM is on the air in Grand Rapids!

Can you hear us now? 99.9 FM is on the air in Grand Rapids! As you're out and about this week, we would like to know where the new 99.9 signal goes in both the home and the car. The tech team is always working improve Smile FM's signal and your report can help them out! Email signal reports to 411 @ smile.fm