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Monthly Archives: January 2015

“I’M SPECIAL.” Well, Of All The Conceited . . .

Read this aloud to yourself:   I’M SPECIAL I’m special.  In all the world there’s nobody like me.  Since the beginning of Time, there has never been another person like me.  Nobody has my smile.  Nobody has my eyes, my nose, my hair, my hands, my voice. I’m special. No one can be found who … Continue reading »

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“INFORMATION, PLEASE”

I love stories that cast long shadows and are cherished in the arms of memory. This is another of those I noticed in passing and told myself:  “You ever find that again, save it and share it.” Well, I did.  And I am.  The original writer is, I think, older than me.  I don’t remember … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/16/15: ELIMINATING THE MIDDLE GUY

Since The Inquisitor never flinched at testing Jesus, what makes you think he’ll hesitate before testing you? “Don’t you mean ‘tempting’?  He’s The Tempter, right?” Satan, the deceiver and Adversary of your very soul, is whatever he needs to be to ruin your day.  His design is to get you to surrender your soul so … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/14/15: BY THE WAY . . .

  My inbox often has all the grace of a cattle roundup.  Or stampede. I had this little jewel go galooping across my monitor one busy morning last year.  As sometimes happens, I’d already clicked ‘DELETE’ before it registered. Wait.  What? By that time I’d already branded that critter ” — NONE” and couldn’t find … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/13/15: KNOWING WHAT’S ON THE TEST

“Close your books.” If you weren’t prepared for the test, those words would strike sudden terror into your heart.  Think of Redd Foxx slumping theatrically in his busted-down easy chair, clutching his chest and wailing, “IT’S THE BIG ONE!”  Hey, relax, will ya?  This is Quiet Time Musings.  It’s not a test.  Here–have some fresh-brewed Community … Continue reading »

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Sunday QTMs – 1/11/15: AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING

To appreciate the ability to learn and sing and pray and participate in worship, try getting by without it some time. It must’ve been something to watch and hear The Baptizer preach.  Mp3s hadn’t been invented.  There was no such thing as mics and amps.  Those old boys had lungs of leather and voices that could crack … Continue reading »

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MISTAKEN INDENTITY – A Granger Story

When people are whistling it’s a sign of bonhomie.  When the wind is whistling it’s a sign that another cup of hot coffee is called for. I called.  The cup remained obstinately almost-empty. Sighing yet being a man of patience, I opted to show it one more time the mechanics of a refill.  Crossing the … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/9/2015: “YOU WANNA PEACE OF ME?”

“Tensh–HUH!” One word.  That’s all it took. It didn’t matter what we were doing, dressed or undressed, shining this or aligning that or polishing something else or tucking this in.  60 young men instantly snapped upright into studied, drilled compliance to an order we all knew well. Every veteran who’s reading this is chuckling to him- or … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/7/15: YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT FAITHFUL IS

“God does nothing except in answer to prayer.” Whoa.  My brain skidded so fast those sitting close by thought I was wearing BURBERRY NASCAR.  I thunk to myself, God does nothing except in ans— I wasn’t a wet-behind-the-ears kid.  We’re talkin’ mid-30s and in grad school.  The guy teaching the class wasn’t a lightweight, either.  He’d not … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 1/6/15: THE RHYTHM OF GOD’S GRACE

Somebody I love is being unfairly accused and harshly treated. The accusers know it’s unfair.  They also know they’re taking the easy, convenient, PC route, playing dogpile on this one for whom I care. “Due diligence”?  That’s amusing.  It would seem ‘due diligence’ has become a euphemism for what insurance companies do to exhaust all possible … Continue reading »

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