Friday, February 16, 2024

February's Fantastic Song List (WSWK)

February’s “When Swing Was King” shows are really going great. We have already presented shows at senior living facilities so far this month but, if you’d like, you can still catch one of the 4 shows next week (3 next week). You’ll find the schedule on the Vital Signs Ministries website.

And the song list? It’s superb!

1) “Blueberry Hill” -- Glenn Miller Orchestra (Ray Eberle, vocals) (1940)
2) “Secret Love” -- Doris Day (1954)
3) “Little White Lies” -- Count Basie Octet (1950)
4) “I Had the Craziest Dream” -- Harry James Orchestra (Helen Forrest, vocals) (1943)
5) “Blue Skies” -- Artie Shaw Orchestra (1937)
6) “Dear Heart” -- Andy Williams (1965)
7) “Singin’ In the Rain” -- Gene Kelly (1952)
8) “How Long Has This Been Goin’ On?” -- Lena Horne (Backed by the Phil Moore 4) (1945)
9) “I’m Stepping Out with a Memory” -- Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Helen O’Connell, vocals) (1940)
10) “Here’s Love In Your Eyes” -- Benny Goodman Orchestra (1936)
11) “If Ever I Would Leave You?” -- Robert Goulet (1960)
12) “Glow Worm” -- The Mills Brothers (Backed by the Hal McIntyre Orchestra)

Friday, February 09, 2024

Night to Shine Tonight

Claire and I were especially honored and delighted to work with the Night to Shine outreach tonight. This remarkable "prom plus" experience is for special needs people 16 years and up and was created by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The local host is King of Kings Church and they were absolutely fantastic -- creative, detailed, compassionate, unified, and all in.

What a remarkable opportunity this was and we are profoundly grateful to God for allowing us to be a part. Our specific role was with the Red Carpet team but we also signed up for breakdown and cleanup so that kept us on site and busy long after the party was over. But we were greatly blessed in both our jobs tonight.

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Tim Tebow Offers a Prayer

Let me share an example of why Claire and I have been so thankful for our decision to use Tim Tebow’s Mission Possible Daily Devotional as a spiritual disciplines resource. Here is a prayer he recently presented as that day’s entry…

Thank you, Father, for loving me so much that You want me to live a life of significance. Please remind me each day to 1st seek Your kingdom, believing that You’ll take care of the rest. As I wake each day, may my thoughts be aligned with what You say. You are the Lord of my life, heart, soul, and mind. Forgive me when my mind has been preoccupied with worry, questions, distractions, or lies from the enemy. Thank You that You’re will is for my thinking to be transformed day after day into Your likeness. I know transformation happens when I shift my focus from the things of this world to Your truth.

Show me the areas of weakness I need to change. Reveal to me the lies from the enemy I have been believing that keep me stuck and distracted. Empower me to be self-disciplined and a master of my body and mind and remain centered on you. Remind me of my job to take my thoughts captive, and give me the strength to fix my attention on what is right, noble, and true. Thank You for actively working in my life. I trust that Your purposes for me will prevail.

In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Based on: Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 4: 23-24; Romans 12:2; 1st Corinthians 9:27; 2nd Corinthians 10:5; Proverbs 19:21.

Friday, February 02, 2024

Hey! Do Your Pro-Life Political Reps Need to Hear from You?

The answer to the above question is...of course! So, get after it. You expect these guys to do the right thing so you do your part in supporting them, thanking them, praying for them, being a cheerleader for them, and passing along the need for those duties to your friends and church members.

Here's my latest. It's a letter, the basic form of which I sent to all 16 of the state senators who participated in the Walk for Life sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life last Saturday. (Note the addition of pro-life quotations at the end of the letter. I sometimes add Scriptures or quotes to my letters. You might try it too.)

Dear Senator -------------

We wanted to send along an enthusiastic thank-you for your presence at the Walk for Life last weekend. Your participation was a very important witness not only to your own constituents but to Nebraskans throughout the state. Your public support for pro-life advocacy is an encouragement of tremendous value, a “sanity check” for those peaceful, prayerful pro-life citizens who are continually assailed by the left, and a stimulant to “stay the course” in working to protect the sanctity of all human life, religious freedom, and traditional family values.

Of course, Senator, of even greater value is your principled advocacy for these crucial values as you discuss, strategize, and vote to save the lives of preborn kids, help their moms and families, rebuild a culture of life, and otherwise maintain Nebraska’s “good life” reputation.

Please know you are in our frequent prayers and we have recommitted ourselves to also enlist our colleagues, friends, and church members to be praying for you and your family also. Again, thank you and may God continue to bless and use you.

Denny & Claire Hartford
Vital Signs Ministries

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life “the unborn” without diminishing the value of all human life.” (President Ronald Reagan)

“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for me to kill you and you to kill me. There is nothing in between.” (Mother Teresa)

“Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” (Pioneer feminist Alice Paul)

“The Bible makes it clear that God sees the unborn infant not as a piece of superfluous biological tissue, but as a person created by Him for life.” (Billy Graham)