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Monthly Archives: February 2015

EACH DAY IS A NEW DAY – from Mountain Wings

I sat absorbing these thoughts.  As I watched the video, my musician’s mind at first tried to elbow its way to the head of the line:  “That music is pathetic,  impossibly repetitive and disgustingly spliced.  What were they thinking?” I managed to repulse this determined attack.  You see, my attitude’s attitude sucked, and I wanted … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/12/15: DONTCHA BE SECOND-GUESSIN’ GOD, NOW

Whenever there’s a One-on-one encounter with God, it’s always the created who leaves thinking, “Hunh . . .” Arrogant, self-important humans eager to be worshiped and adored don’t impress Him.  Even the Church across the millennia of Time has fielded its own brand of spiritual narcissists.  I’m not saying they were or are smugly incapable … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/10/15: TOWERING ABOVE ALL TIME AND UNTIME

We opened Sunday’s worship by doing an upbeat version of LIFT HIM UP. EV’rybodeh was clappin’ own tew an’ fo’.  That’s always a good sign.  I saw a lot of smiles, some open grins and–and movement.  Swaying back and forth in time with the music, some people who shall remain nameless also bobbing up and … Continue reading »

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AN AGING, AH, PERSON’S PRAYER

I found this in my files.  My attack of masculine smug quickly dissipated when I realized this could just as easily apply to aging men, too. AN AGING WOMAN’S PRAYER Lord, keep me from believing I must say something on every subject and release me from needing to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/9/15: YOU HAVE IT UPSIDE-DOWN

I’ve personally never seen a Bible-thumper. I grew up in strong, Bible-believing and -teaching churches and had plenty of opportunity to observe such activity if it occurred. Let me save us both some time and explain what I did see from my earliest childhood.  I observed gesturing with an open Bible, presenting it in mute … Continue reading »

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Sunday QTMs – 2/8/15: THE UNENDING FLOW OF GOD’S GRACE

12 years ago I was dying by ounces. On this second Sunday of February, 2003 I sat observing worship at West Side Nazarene Church.  I sat about eight or ten rows back in the center section at the end of the pew in case I needed to get out.  Nausea… cramps… bathroom… I didn’t look … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/7/15: HOW TOUCHING

Look around.  Everyone around you has a device of some kind drawing them inward, creating more of a self-absorbed centripetal spiral.  We’re becoming social black holes. “What?  I didn’t hear what you said.” Exasperated:  “I wasn’t talking to you.  Do you mind?  I’m on the phone.” They’re always on the phone.  Even when driving, they’ve … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/6/15: GETTIN’ DOWN AND GRITTY

  Well, it sure got my attention. “We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody.” Well, all righty, then.  I can identify with that.   I’ve had my share of embarrassing moments when Dan The Magnificent … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/5/15: YESTERDAYS THAT PREP ME FOR MY TOMORROWS

Some people are consumed by the fire.  Some people are built from it. Fire can and does destroy if uncontrolled.  Life is a lot like that.  Anything you think of, if uncontrolled, has the power to destroy.  That is true of even the most pleasurable things. Overdoing it with anything can create issues in your … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 2/4/15: RELA-A-AX, ALREADY

I read it several weeks ago and it grabbed me like barbed wire snags your shirttail. Now, wait.  I don’t care how long you’ve been a Christian.  I don’t care what you profess, who you are, who your daddy was, what position you hold, how long you’ve preached and evangelized or how many Sundays you’ve been … Continue reading »

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