Good News - December 2022

As we approach the holidays, many of us are in search of the perfect gifts to buy for our loved ones. Good News Wants to Know... What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? "Caveat Emptor," which means "buyer beware." I don't know about you, but I have had to learn this lesson several times. There she was on the cover of the magazine, a beautiful doll which would be a perfect birthday gift for our granddaughter. The purchase was made, the delivery date was given and so we waited. Upon arrival and to our disappointment, the doll did not look like what was advertised. The colors were faded, hair falling out and a big disappointment. There is always the uncertainty of any product that you may purchase on-line. Isn't it wonderful that we can not only be certain but also comforted and assured of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Repent and believe and rest assured in Christ Jesus! Ken Kerrigan, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Cornerstone Church This is a great question, and both involve my beautiful wife. The best Christmas gift I ever bought was an antique pocket watch, which I gave her on our first Christmas together and which still hangs in a small glass dome in our family room. The worst "suggested gift" I didn't buy was a car. I gave her an envelope where I suggested a particular car, and I totally missed the mark on her not wanting a car at all! William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott, PA Best purchase of all-time: Bitcoin (at $3,900). Worst purchase of all-time: Bitcoin at ($52,400). Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting There are a lot of contenders for the worst purchase I've made. Any one of the real-estate investments I made during the Great Recession would fit. The best is easy though, my wife's engagement ring. I found what I thought was perfect online and took a leap of faith without seeing it in person. The ring and the band proved to be perfect. Most importantly, it led to marrying my best friend and the best wife ever. Brian Mudd, Program Director \ Host of The Morning Rush & The Brian Mudd Show, iHeartMedia I was at amen’s conference years ago in Dallas, Texas, and every time I traveled, I would bring my wife Wendy a gift back. I was running late, and I had to shop at the airport. I picked out some armadillo earrings - not a good move. We can laugh about it today but at the time, I got a lot of grief. Chris Lane, President, First Priority South Florida Over the years, we’ve come to really enjoy experiences over “things,” so one of the best gifts was, after two decades of parenting and 'family trips,' a weeklong couple's getaway with my wife to Napa. One of the worst was the unintentional purchase of the exact same sweater for my mother that my brother had just gifted her for Christmas! Bless her, she was thrilled nonetheless! Chris Simpson, President and CEO, CBMC International My best purchase by far is my current house. It was close to my parents when they were living, and it provided a great place for our six children to grow up. My worst purchase was a 1966 Mercedes 230 SL four-speed (a two-seater roadster) on the verge of having my fifth child. It was a fixer upper, had no a/c, and I had no time to devote to a restoration project. Shortly after I bought it in the dead of a hot Florida summer, I consigned it back to the dealer who had sold it to me. Live and learn! H. Collins Forman, Jr., P.A. The best purchase was made on my behalf by a Jewish carpenter, born of a virgin, resurrected from the dead, raised to heaven, and coming again to judge the living and the dead. Worst purchases… pet rock and decaf coffee. Dennis DeMarois, Executive Director and CEO, Gathering Palm Beach County The best Christmas purchases I ever made were anything I gave my mother, including any card I gave her with my handwritten expression of love for her. She was the most thrilled, appreciative receiver of any effort of love shown her, not just gifts. The worst Christmas purchase I ever made was a costly gift for a friend years ago who literally tossed it aside and said they had no use for it without an ounce of gratitude for the heart or sacrifice behind it, especially since they had just wished for that very item a few weeks prior. Dolores King-St. George, President, King Communications and GraceNet Radio Worst purchase: A preconstruction condo we bought in 2006. Best Purchase: A silver heart necklace that my wife still wears 25 years later. Doug Sauder, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale The worst gift I ever gave my wife for her birthday years ago was a Bullmastiff puppy. The dog was a real blessing as a puppy but grew to 200 lbs. almost overnight. It made no difference to her that I put a pretty ribbon on the puppy. No more doggies for her birthdays. 1 Peter 3:7 says I’m to love my wife with knowledge. I blew it big time on that birthday. However, God’s mercies are always new. Amen!! Fidel Gomez, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Hollywood My worst present of all time for any occasion was a vacuum cleaner for my wife one Christmas (it wasn’t a joke gift)! I purchased an expensive one thinking she would love it! My best gift is about to happen this Christmas. Two weeks in Colorado for this Christmas now that two of my grown kids and five grandchildren moved to Denver this year! Fred Scarbrough, DVM, Founder, Scarbrough Animal Hospital and HOPE South Florida Chris Lane Chris Simpson H. Collins Forman William “Bill” C. Davell Bob Denison Brian Mudd Wants to Know… Ken Kerrigan