Henry and Houdini
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Henry and Houdini
The person mailed it from Zanesville, no return address, and a $5.oo bill in it. A late birthday gift? A bothered conscience? A gambling debt? The latter sadly is the story. I was bet that I could not climb to the top of the nearest tree. Should I accept this money? Should I return it? Hmmmm.....
PS. Thanks Holly. I actually owed Dave a couple of bucks when I ran short at the auction. I will buy him a case of birch beer and bring it your way soon.
Clockwise (l to r) Paul Klein, Tom Rodgers, George Randall, Kenton Gurnee, and Blaine Cosner.
George pouring Kenton some Florida sunshine.
We had a good devotional time and then prayer.
I can not stress the importance of christian fellowship!! We need it spiritually as much as our body needs food and drink physically. Thank you Tom and Connie for hosting a much needed spiritual get together.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I thought Kenton was trying to ham it up until I heard the crash and turned around and saw that the house had collapsed.
I can think of a few more buildings in Albion that need a visit from this machine!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.
"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.
The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years. But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.
"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.
2. Mon, May 26 – at Det, 8:00 pm EDT (VS., CBC)
3. Wed, May 28 – at Pit, 8:00 pm EDT (NBC, CBC)
4. Sat, May 31 – at Pit, 8:00 pm EDT (NBC, CBC)
5. Mon, Jun 2 – at Det, 8:00 pm EDT (NBC, CBC)
6. Wed, Jun 4 – at Pit, 8:00 pm EDT (NBC, CBC)
7. Sat, Jun 7 – at Det, 8:00 pm EDT (NBC, CBC)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Regardless of church size, denomination or location, pastors are often troubled by how easily many members leave their church families. When someone leaves, the body is injured. Think of losing a finger or a kidney. You would feel the loss, and so does the church.
Most of us would not leave our biological families, but this doesn’t always translate to our church families. Members frequently leave without a word or with vague answers when contacted by a church staff member who misses them. This is personal for pastors and ministers, evoking emotion, passion, confusion and hurt.
There are both poor reasons and good reasons for leaving a church. Make sure you know the difference.
I don’t like the music anymore. Drums and electric guitars moved into spaces where pianos and organs traditionally ruled. A good way to look at this issue is to realize that, in a church of 400 people, if you have the music the way you want it on one Sunday every 7.7 years, then you have had your turn. Let others enjoy their turn as well. Music style should never be more important than relationships.
An unresolved difference of opinion or hurt feelings. The church is a living parable on forgiveness, mercy and grace for a watching world. How we treat one another speaks loudly. The Bible is clear on dealing with problems: Go first to the person with whom you have the problem and try to resolve it for your own good, his good and the good of the church. Many times the real reason never surfaces. Instead a run around of easily repaired exscuses are given.
Another church has more to offer me and my family. If your church is lacking in an area, pray to be able to fill the space or for God to send someone who is able. Make the shift from consumer to producer.
I have lost confidence in the church leadership. Major doctrinal differences, vastly different values and priorities, unclear direction or compromised leaders may call for a change. Praying for your leaders, pastors and their families is good preventative medicine. If you cannot support your leadership, pastors agree that leaving is better than staying and spreading discontent. Don’t worry about convincing other churchgoers of your need to leave; God is perfectly capable of revealing to others what they need to know and do.
I am more comfortable reaching people for Christ who are from my own generation or culture, and I need to be in a church more like me in order to be effective. As long as you are reaching the lost, encouraging new believers and continuing to grow and mature in your own spiritual life, most pastors would want you to be where you will best use your gifts and abilities.
Last, but not least, please know that your pastors are only human. They will err, misspeak and otherwise blunder from time to time. The church is one of the best places to find mercy and grace and to extend it to others.
You are an important, valued part of the church on a mission to transform the world.
This article first appeared in the May, 2008 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright © 2008 Gail B. Houston. All rights reserved. Gail B. Houston has worked in church administration for 14 years. She lives in Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I can not say to much about the Cleveland team, but at least Pittsburgh is in the Championship game!! Will it be the Dallas Stars or the Detroit Red Wings???
Penguins win series 4-1
Game 1: at PIT
PHI 2, PIT 4 - Final
Game 2: at PIT
PHI 2, PIT 4 - Final
Game 3: at PHI
PIT 4, PHI 1 - Final
Game 4: at PHI
PIT 2, PHI 4 - Final
Game 5: at PIT
PHI 0, PIT 6 - Final
The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man! Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him for comfort.
Moral of the Story: