Advent

So Sunday is the first day of Advent. And the season of Advent is all about hope. There was a time when all the people who believed in charity and faith were in a rather poor position. They had been conquered by a people who saw kindness and mercy as…

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Just A Mite

I remember once, when one of my sons was just about ten (I won't say which one). He was over at my apartment complaining about his mom. She had borrowed ten bucks from him from his birthday money and had promised to pay him back by that Saturday. Unfortunately, she…

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Call Waiting

081218 Call Waiting The little red light on my phone is blinking. This is because, somehow, when we set up a bundle program with Verizon, they gave me voice mail. What they didn’t do was tell me how to retrieve my voice mail, so the little red light on…

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The Missing Peace

I’ve been practicing kung fu now for a very long time. I started with the club back in 1984. I worked out hard, earned my own class, even. I practiced diligently every single day. But around the year 2000, I injured my foot while practicing. I could barely walk…

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The Mission

My late friend, Paul, was a Wizard of Oz fanatic. More than that, he was a Judy Garland fanatic. And imagine, he always insisted that he wasn’t gay. Go figure. I miss you, Paul. Anyway, Paul was enamored with Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz so naturally, one…

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The 51st Dragon

In 1919, Heywood Broun wrote a short story titled “The 51st Dragon”. It tells the story of a young awkward knight by the name of Gawain. Gawain fails miserably in all areas of knight errantry. In an attempt to help the boy, the headmaster decides that Gawain should be trained…

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Take Some Advice

I remember one winter when my wife, Becky, and I were going back to Indiana for a visit to her brother, Eddie, and his wife, Gayle. It’s cold in Indiana, very cold. And being native Californians, we wanted to know what to expect. So, we asked some of our…

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Johnny Be Good

I have always had more than a passing interest in our family tree. My mom used to tell us stories about our family, her side of the family, anyway. I used to listen to them. I enjoyed them. Who isn’t interested in their family? She would tell the stories,…

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Safe Harbor

The Sea of Galilee is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. It is 700 feet below sea level. It is about thirteen miles long and seven miles wide. It’s about 200 feet deep. That’s a pretty big lake. I guess that’s why they used to call…

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Carry Your Cross

One of the things that drive people crazy about religions in general, and about Christianity in particular, is this perverse need many followers have to suffer. For some reason, these fanatics have equated a letting go of the world with the need to wear barbed wire underwear. In Ireland, every…

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The Body

There is an old saying that we all know. You are what you eat. I never understood that statement, not really, until I had some health and nutrition classes in college. And even then it didn't really hit me. It wasn't until I started working out a lot that I…

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Three in One

I like to think of myself as a scientific sort of guy. I find science fascinating, especially physics and astronomy. And I like to think I have a passing understanding in most of the sciences, and well I should have, since I had to teach science to a bunch of…

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Fifty Days

Everybody likes a good party. I know I do. I don’t go to nearly enough. Let’s face it. People just love to celebrate. Just about every culture I know has some kind of harvest festival, a way to celebrate the gathering of food. And that carries over even…

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Rising

Today, according to the church calendar in the United States, is The Feast of the Ascension. This day we celebrate Jesus rising up to heaven. According to the story, Jesus, witnessed by his disciples, and about 3,000 others (Peter tells us in The Book of Acts), rose up into…

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Who Loves You?

A few years ago, I found myself driving to Bakersfield to see my mother. She was in a convalescent center. She had fallen the Sunday before and broken her pelvis. Now she was in a bed in a nursing center in Bakersfield, flat on her back. Now my mother could…

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