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1969 IHOP Commercial

As the son of an IHOP owner (now retired) and a former PT employee, too, I now see why corporate planning was light years behind companies like…say…MCDONALD’S!  Check out this campy (disturbing?) commercial from 1969.  I remember the blue roof, sign, and waitress uniforms.  I always loved the food.  But who got Alvin (or was it Simon or Theodore) to sing this ridiculous song?

How Obedience Works

One of my favorite stories is in Daniel 3…you know…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego get thrown in the furnace for not bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar.  I loved that story particularly in college where I felt like I needed to avoid bowing down to the idols of sex and alcohol.  I didn’t want to “stand out” and look “un-cool.”  But I wanted to obey God.  So, I did.  Did I fit in the crowd?  No.  Did I want to?  Yes.  But in the furnace when I felt like I had no friends, other people appeared in the furnace with me.  It turns out they refused to bow, too.  That’s when I became friends with other Christians who lived out their faith even more than I did.  And because of them I’m in the ministry today.  I’ve lost touch with most of them now.  But thanks to their obedience (and the Holy Spirit’s help in my own obedience) I feel like I’m one of the most blessed people in the world.  I could care less if I’m “cool” now because I’ve got a wife and 3 kids who think I am.

What have you learned from obedience?