Religion

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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Is there a climate change of the soul?

August 31, 2018 at 3:00 am

I’m going to give you some words and you tell me what you think about them: climate change.What comes to mind when you see these words? Do you think that they represent a hoax? Do you think those who believe in such a thing are out to lunch...

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You too can be a history maker

August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

I talked with someone recently about their choice of novels. Besides the Bible, I was wondering what kind of books they liked to read.It turns out the favored genre was time travel.I asked her why? She responded, “One reason is that of all ...

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God’s door is always open for us

August 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

Three years ago, for our summer vacation, Jeanne, Ben and I took care of Dew Dance “Ranch,” in Port Angeles, Wash.The owner, Marcia, is a friend of our family. She was going on vacation and needed someone to look after the property.We lived...

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Unwelcome words that fall upon deaf ears

July 20, 2018 at 3:00 am

When you hear the word “prophet,” what comes to mind? I think most would say that it invokes the image of a grizzled old man with a long gray beard, where birds might build a nest. He would be dressed in clothes made of animal hair or some ...

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Please note: the menu has changed

July 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

What is the most unusual sandwich that you have ever tasted?The following is a menu of 12 real sandwiches. Which one would you order?1. Luther Burger (Hamburger or cheeseburger served between two glazed donuts)2. St. Paul Sandwich (Egg foo ...

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