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Common Sense

6/25/18 – Granger: WHAT DOES AN INTROVERSION LAYER DO?

It was one of those mornings you wish you could seal in an old Ball/Mason jar and keep. A rollicking, early-summer thunderstorm had stomped its way through at 1:30 AM with all the finesse of an attention-starved 3-year-old.  I’d ground and perked a pot of Air Capital medium roast.  As I sat sipping the fragrant … Continue reading »

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Granger: THE NEW GUY LIES, TOO – 6/7/18

His name was “Doc”. At least, that’s what his nametag read.  Since Jimmie’s is a 50’s-style diner, the décor reflects that, and the servers all wear that period of dress:  poodle skirts, bobby socks and big hair bows for the women, slacks, white shirts, bowties and soda jerk hats for the guys. I don’t know what … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 5/10/18: YES, THE MAMA!

I knew I had just written history’s all-time, lifetime-achievement Mother’s Day message. No new pastor before or since had ever shown such sparkling wit and penetrating insight. I knew every other pastor would read my work and lower his eyes in blushing shame.  I knew publishers would be lined up at my door, begging for just one more … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 4/16/18: MIGHT AS WELL FAITH THE FACTS

It is a thing of pleasure to listen to a masterful communicator.  Our lead pastor is one. Yesterday morning’s message was a piece of a series, the theme of which is seeing Jesus for who He is, and working to follow in that understanding as authentically as possible.  Studying in Luke 18, Pastor Brent ended … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 3/27/18: THE WISDOM OF THE WABBIT

Good morning, coffee lover friends.  After some frustrating internet issues, here’s your 2nd Cup, fresh-ground and served up piping hot.  The cream and fixin’s are right over there. I found this set of fun things on a friend’s site this morning, and it’s catchy enough I want to share it with you.  It’s patterned after … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup Saturdays for 3/3/18: THIS IS NOT THE ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

The little story opens with a boy who has such a crush on a girl he follows her everywhere.  She can’t go anywhere without him tagging along like a hopeful stray pup. Finally, after weeks of this, she stops, turns, and asks, “Why do you keep following me like this?” His answer is artless and to … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup for 3/1/18: THE RETIREE’S QUIZ

The Retiree’s Quiz How many days are there in your week?  6 Saturdays and a Sunday.  Sort of. When is a retiree’s bedtime?  Whenever they wake up from falling asleep on the couch. How many retirees does it take to change a lightbulb?  Just one.  Might take all day, though. What’s a retiree’s biggest gripe?  … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(usings) for Valentine’s Day, 2018: THIS ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK, NOR SHOULD IT BE

A fellow decided to buy his girl some perfume for Valentine’s day, so he went to the cosmetic counter in his girl’s favorite store. The prices were horrific! No matter what the sales lady showed him, even the tiniest bottles were beyond his budget. Finally, he asked her: “Can you show me something really cheap?” … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 12/25/17: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ‘EMMANUEL’?

If you don’t know what Emmanuel means by now, Google it.  You haven’t been listening. We all tend to hang a haloed Jesus on the tree.  Eye him on an old canvas painted by a 16th Century artist.  Or it’s convenient to leave Him forever a needy, shivering baby in countless creches.  Those remembrances are worth … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 12/4/17: THE TREASURE of a FEW DEAR FRIENDS

I cherish good truth wherever I find it. This great post was in last Friday’s mail.  It speaks so well I chose not to editorialize. A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.  As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, … Continue reading »

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