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A Leaky Roof

A Leaky Roof

As far as I know this is not a true story. One very rainy day Bob visited his friend Tom. Tom was sitting there amid buckets and pans that were catching water coming in from his leaky roof. Bob: “Tom, why don’t you fix your roof?” Tom: “It’s raining and slippery; I’d...

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Something Fun Saturday

Something Fun Saturday

Before phones had digital cameras, taking pictures was much more complicated. You had to buy film, put it into the camera and remove it properly, then take it somewhere to have it developed, then go back and pick it up later. People would go on vacation for two weeks...

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Early Adopters

Early Adopters

Many people absolutely love lobster; for them it is delicious and the height of luxury. Steamed, or baked stuffed lobster served with lots of melted butter is a spectacular treat. Otherwise dignified people put on plastic bibs and dig in. Yumm! But I wonder about the...

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God’s Hands

God’s Hands

The last job I had before entering seminary was selling construction equipment to contractors. My territory was in central Connecticut. A guy named Stan had a great farm stand with fresh locally grown produce as well as breads, pastries, and jams his wife made. I went...

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Words to Live By

Words to Live By

“And now, let us go forth into the world in peace, being of good courage, holding fast to that which is good, rendering to no one evil for evil, strengthening the faint-hearted, supporting the weak, helping the afflicted, honoring every person, loving and serving our...

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Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews

Someone said the other day that they had saved a fair amount of money lately because they haven’t been going out to eat. Take-out meals are available, but it just isn’t the same. Having said that, it is a good idea to support local restaurants. I don’t go out to eat a...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Once upon a time two parents were going to leave their 4 year old son in the care his 14 year old brother for the afternoon. They had never done this before, but decided it would be ok. As she was leaving the mother told the 14 year old, “He’s not used to us being...

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A Bible Story

A Bible Story

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is a strong Christian who leads a Bible Study to a group of homeless men. Jeff tells this story one of the men told. The man inherited $70,000 and went out of control with crack, booze, and women. He stopped going to work and lost his job. He...

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A Dream of Heaven… and Hell

A Dream of Heaven… and Hell

Country singer Larry Gatlin told this story years ago. It is not meant to be a treatise on God’s justice or the ultimate faith of souls; it merely illustrates a profound truth about humanity. A man had a dream in which an angel brought him to observe hell. Laid out on...

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What We Do Not Have

What We Do Not Have

I have been watching a lot of C-Span. They have a lot of interviews about history, society, and government. They recently did a show about David McCullough, a favorite author. I had enjoyed his biography of Harry Truman, and “1776”, about the first year of the...

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Prayers of Gratitude

Prayers of Gratitude

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High God.” Psalm 9.1-2 “I sing a song of the saints of God, Patient and brave and true.” From the old...

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Your Best Day

Your Best Day

Looking back, what would you say was your best day? What day do you cherish more than any other? What day brings you a sense of joy, gladness, and peace? A few suggestions to get things started: • A graduation • The day you met the love of your life • A wedding •...

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By the Rivers of Babylon

By the Rivers of Babylon

By the rivers of Babylon --- There we sat down and there we wept When we remembered Zion. On the willows there We hung up our harps. For there our captors Asked us for songs, And our tormentors asked for Mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the Songs of Zion.” How could we...

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Coulda Shoulda Woulda

Coulda Shoulda Woulda

One evening I watched the news and saw my friend Tom holding a press conference. Tom had majored in Political Science at Boston College and was “Wicked Smaht.” The press conference was not his idea. The government agency he worked for had been caught in some...

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A Few Times Around

A Few Times Around

Let’s use a track meet as an image of what we are all experiencing now. Let’s consider the lockdown in terms of a race. Let’s think of it first as a one mile race: 4 times around the track. At the starter’s signal the runners take off. For the 1st half of the first...

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