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April 30, 2017

    I once met a pastor whose last name was "Boring" and he immediately joked about his good fortune. It must have been a personal challenge for him to preach with great spiritual power in order to offset his surname. I also have known a pastor whose first name is "Blessing" but he chooses to live into this moniker and has done so with ease.  Oxy-morons are those fun to think about words that say one thing but describe something else. You have he...

April 28, 2017

    Replacing a $2.49 part on your vehicle often requires a toolbox full of tools, several hours, and dismantling half the vehicle. In some cases, a person's religion can be threatened as well. The actual part swap takes about 3 minutes. A lot of work has to occur before the repairs are made. Strained muscles, bloodied knuckles (when the wrench slips), and unforeseen added repairs are part of the process. In some cases, special tools have to be p...

April 27, 2017

When life gives me lemons, I make a lemon meringue pie with a side of orange sherbert.  

    Ever have those days you didn't want to get out of bed? Maybe your exhaustion is too great. Maybe you have too many tasks to do. Maybe depression is choking the life out of you. It could be any number of factors holding you under the warm blankets.   It is okay to feel these things once and awhile, but chronic fear, panic, and lethargy are detrimental to o...

April 27, 2017

    I may not always have a very long fuse when it comes to waiting for service in restaurants. I despise waiting in line or taking a pager in order to have a dinner date.  Reservations would certainly solve that problem.  Oh well, planning isn't high on my list some days either. Worse still is the day I walked into an eatery and stood waiting to be greeted and to be asked for my order. I waited --- and waited --- and waited. Another couple walke...

April 25, 2017

    Leave no trace. Whatever you carry in, you carry out. Reduce your footprint. Leave this place better than you found it. All of these ideas are often seen at the office of your nearest state park.  It should be fairly easy to grasp the gist of the instruction. Take care of this place. It is here for you to enjoy and not destroy.  The basic principle of stewardship is that one cares for something they do not own. It is important to consider lea...

April 24, 2017

    The CEO of a company that started out as a bottom rung employee often is the most understanding and best person for which to work. They get it. They understand the twists and turns of vocation. They remember the tired muscles from hard labor. They know what monotonous and boring mean when associated with work. Through all the different levels of a corporation, they have endured and thrived when others moved on. In short, an excellent CEO coul...

April 23, 2017

    I used to love priming the old hand pump at grandma's house. The cistern held water from the barn roof and would be used to water the cows.  Pouring water into the top of the pump, while working the handle, would prime the mechanism and lift water out of the cistern as long as your arm could keep moving the pump handle. Once one stopped pumping, the water would drain back down into the cistern and a new dose of water would be needed to prime...

April 22, 2017

    I am trained to be a clown. No, really, about 15+ years ago, my wife and I were trained to be clowns and to use that training in ministry. We learned the premise for using clown ministry to connect with people of all ages. We were instructed that the "Christian" clown never belittles anyone but always lifts people up. We learned the different face covers and designs and discovered each differing look has its own identity. Underneath the makeu...

April 21, 2017

A long time ago I had a special place I would go to escape the problems of life. Our family farm had a small orchard with a few pear trees, and several different kinds of apple trees. I adopted one of those apple trees that afforded my safe space. I would climb that tree all the way to the top and it felt like I was on top of the world. Never mind the nearby spruce and white pine trees that towered above my safe perch.

    Somewhere along the jour...