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Author Archives: 2nd Cup of Coffee

About 2nd Cup of Coffee

Dan has worked for the U.S. government in both civilian and military capacities; is an ordained minister, hospital chaplain, entrepreneur, speaker, writer and a survivor of several life-threatening events.

A December 2nd Cup for 12/1/19: ADVENTAGE JESUS

God sends His messages daily; all you have to do is watch and listen. We know from historical and Biblical record there was a time in the world when nobody wanted to hear it. God’s message, that is. People had gotten a taste of what living a no-boundaries, no-guilt life was like. They decided always … Continue reading »

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QTM for 11/29/19: YES, YOU DO

“Hey, you know that song?” “Hmmph?” “Sorry. That one, ah, Christmas song that says ‘I have no gift to bring’? That one?” “Sure. What about it?” “Well, I don’t.” My permanent sense of humor almost bit, but I heard no lightness or neutrality in his tone. It wasn’t a lure. He wasn’t being dark, not … Continue reading »

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A Thanksgiving 2nd Cup: SIGNS YOU OVERDID IT THIS THANKSGIVING

~ Paramedics need the Jaws of Life to extract you from the recliner. ~ You find grass stains on your butt after taking a walk, but you never sat down. ~ On your jog Friday morning, you set off three seismographs. ~ Giving end-of-year blood tests yields only turkey gravy. ~ You have 5 flat … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 11/23/19: BAFFLED BY GRACE

The older man sat at a table by himself, two fingers of his right hand casually hooked through the handle of a cup of steaming coffee, and he was thoughtfully looking off into somewhere. His demeanor caught my attention as I laid my stuff down on the table I chose. I’ve been around enough maudlin, … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/18/19: GOD’S RABBIT

When the journey has made you weary and you can’t see the way home, it’s comfort to the soul to encounter someone who does. Captain Golden and I had spent hours in the frigid air aloft over northeastern Montana, doing our best in a trusty little T-33 to dodge and frustrate the efforts of two … Continue reading »

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Saturday 2nd Cup for 10/5/19: BETTER? NOT.

He awakened to the familiar discadent drum section warmup. A Fall overnight thunderstorm was his alarm, and he laid there for a few extra moments, listening, sensing, absorbing. The Columbian Supremo he’d prepared the night before was ready. So was he. As he poured the fresh, steaming java into his big white Perkatory mug, he … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 9/28/19: From Humility To Excellence

Humility is one of those things we may find confusing to define, but I believe we all agree what humility’s absence looks like. I recently read that almost everyone you meet claims to be humble. Yet even while making that claim, they have their eye on the Trinity just in case there’s a vacancy. QTMs … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 8/30/19: “COULD YA MAKE ‘EM WITH LARGER HANDLES?” Or “FUN WITH THE BATHWATER OF THE NOBLE BEAN.”

G’mornin’. Writers can and often do find inspiration in just about any setting. You may or may not ever again see your morning coffee in quite the same way; yet I hope this little bit of fun involving java will help make your Friday a little easier to take. Enjoy. “I was on my third … Continue reading »

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Saturday 2nd Cup, 8/24/19: HEY, DIDN’T WE JUST PASS THAT?

Before the truth sets you free it tends to make you miserable. ~ (Richard Rohr) It’s that unpleasant truth about the truth that makes us prefer almost anything else, even if it’s only a repeat of something familiar we’ve gone back to we know still won’t work, and for that reason is not our friend. … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 8/23/19: WHAT DOES ‘HOME’ MEAN TO YOU?

Whatever picture just flashed in your conscious mind, there are people somewhere close by who don’t have that. My mission this morning is to help change that reality for a few families. Every quarter, our local church joins many others in the greater Wichita, Kansas area in being a week-long Family Promise host. I haven’t … Continue reading »

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