Religion

Where have you been? Who have you met?

November 09, 2018 at 3:00 am

I was raised in a town that had a good degree of diversity.Growing up, I remember the population being a mix of white collar, blue collar, hippies, rednecks, mill workers, small business owners, artisans, teachers and farmers, to name a few...

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Thoughts on traffic, parking lots and the Old Testament

November 02, 2018 at 3:00 am

Jeanne and I were born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula of the state. At age 16, we both learned to drive there.We also lived in the Bay Area of California for three years, and the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex for ten. Driving in those pl...

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What is an anniversary for, anyway?

October 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

What is an anniversary? It is the day you remember something that happened a year or more ago.What kind of anniversaries come to mind for you? The obvious — the date of your birth. If you are or were married, the day you exchanged vows. The...

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God created the potato and it was good

October 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

Have you had the opportunity to visit the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center recently? Their current theme is “Reheated: Baked, Mashed, or Fried; a Potato Art Show.” There is a variety of items at the MAC representing the potato art genre...

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Why not buckle up and test drive the following?

October 12, 2018 at 3:00 am

When I was in my twenties I drove a little blue Honda Civic. Right now, I own a silver Nissan Cube. I call it my “to-go box.”I favor something simple to get me from one point to the other.I’ve never considered my vehicle to be a status symb...

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When elder care becomes too difficult

October 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Over the years, I’ve spent time visiting parishioners in care facilities. Years ago, my mother was in such a place. One day I was told by my older sister that Mom wasn’t doing so well. So, I boarded a plane from Texas to return home. Mom ha...

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What would Jesus do: use his neocortex

September 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

As human beings, we may consider ourselves to be a “higher life form” than any other living creature on the planet.We have a well-developed neocortex, which allows for complex thinking. This may involve such things as compassion, mercy, and...

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Finding the sweet spot for happiness

September 21, 2018 at 3:00 am

It’s that time of year again, mid-September, when temperatures both inside and outside of our homes fluctuate between warm and cool.There is nothing extreme. However, conditions may convince us to wear what we’ve been wearing during the pre...

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We are beggars, that is true

September 14, 2018 at 3:00 am

Church reformer Martin Luther died in the year 1546 at age 62. Beside his deathbed was a desk that had a piece of paper with writing on it. There were just over 100 words written, the last being, “We are beggars, that is true.” What does th...

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Hearing the benefits of a silent night

September 07, 2018 at 3:00 am

A few weeks ago, our family took a vacation in the country.That first night, both Jeanne and I woke up around 3 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. We didn’t have a clue as to why. Then I asked a question to my wife: “Can you hear anything...

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