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A Corner Turned? -- Part One

I'm turning a corner, I hope. Though two straight days of doing well isn't necessarily a sign of things to come, I am hopeful.
The past several months have not been good for me. My depression has zapped me of all energy, motivation and ability, keeping me virtually tied to my chair. When I would try to do things, I would be so exhausted it would take days to recover. Things I used to be able to brush off or take in stride became such monumental stressors I would shut down for days on end. It hasn't helped that my knee has been giving me so much difficulty that I simply cannot walk like I used to and I miss that a lot.
So what has changed? Why do I think two good days are the indication of better things to come? I'm not sure, really. Tom is back in school (he's a school principal). That might be a contributer. I know people have been praying for me. Specifically, there are two wonderful women at church who have been praying this past week. Why this week? …

Imam and Jesus Coming Together?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that the 12th Imam, the Muslim messiah, is coming soon to earth, likens him to Jesus Christ and says the two will come together at the Second Coming, working together to spread brotherly love: NBC News' Ann Curry: In your speeches, you pray for God to hasten the arrival of the hidden Imam, the Muslim messiah. Would you tell us, as I know you will speak about this at the general assembly, as well. What is your relationship with the hidden Imam, and how soon do you think before the second coming?Ahmadinejad: Yes, that's true. I prayed for the arrival of the 12th Imam. The owner of the age, as we call him. Because the owner of the age is the symbol of the – justice and brotherly love prevailing around the world. When the Imam arrives, all of these problems will be resolved. And a prayer for the owner of the age is nothing but a wish for justice and brotherly love to prevail around the world. And it's an obligation a person …

Lockerbie Victim Forgives Gadhafi

"How many times should I forgive my brother who has sinned against me," Peter asked, "up till seven times?"
"I tell you," Jesus said, "not seven times but seventy-seven times."
Lisa Gibson, sister of a US service man killed on Pan Am Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb, chose to visit Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi during his visit in New York to the UN General Assembly though most families of those who died on board blame Gadhafi for the terrorist attack that cost the lives of 270 people. Why the different attitude?
"I wanted him to know there were some people out there who've lost loved ones who have a different vision and different heart," she said.
Her motivation? Her Christian faith of which a key component is forgiveness.
"As a Christian, I need to forgive you," she told Gadhafi. "Only God knows if you are responsible.
"At the heart of terrorism is hate and the only way to effectively battle that is with love,&…

Brian Ollman

Brian Ollman died unexpectedly last week at the age of 40.I didn’t know the man.I’d never heard of him until reading the Tall Skinny Kiwi’s remembrance of him but he sounds like he an intriguing person.One time, as a guest creative director for a “multi-media worship installation,” in Austin, Texas, he went around the city collecting garbage and dirt, brought it into the church sanctuary, spread it on the floor with bread and cheap wine and invited the participants to remove their shoes and sit in the mess to have communion—a representation of God “coming into our messiness to lift us up and animate us.”He once blocked the regular entrance to a church so that all had to file through a back door in an awkward place, symbolising the words of Jesus, “Enter through the narrow gate.”Tall Skinny Kiwi describes him as “an amazingly creative, spiritual, emotional, crazy guy.”I would have loved to experience some of his out-of-the-box-ness.What fresh ways to illustrate God and his truths!Thank…

Run! Run for Your Lives!

Stop! Listen! What kind of church do you attend? Should you be running like those did who fled the Trade Center on 9/11? On the first Sunday following the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, Carter Conlon delivered this soul-stirring message at Times Square Church in Manhattan. The sermon was titled, "Run For Your Life" and it is certainly worth the effort to listen to it in its entirety. Visit to access the sermon MP3.

"Forget About the Ones Who Don't"?

I received an e-mail today—one of the sort that’s full of pithy wisdom, engaging pictures and the direction to “Send this to all your friends including me and see how many you get back.” I usually look at them, though I rarely pass them on, because they help to lighten the day.This particular one is good:Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.The best vitamin for making friends..... B1.The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.All wise statements—and so are the rest until I read this one:“Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't.”Oh? Really? That’s not what Jesus said. He said to love our enemies, be kind to those who mistreat us, do good to those who hate us.Feel-good theology/psychology is very attractive. We all want to feel good, to embrace what makes us happy and eschew what makes …

QQC--A Night of Wind, Fear and Noise

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 14:21-22 The night Israel spent trapped between the sea and their powerful, ferocious enemies, God’s angel was there with them, along with a pillar of fire, standing between them and the Egyptians. Presumably the Egyptians’ view of what was ahead of them was blocked—not only by the angel and the fire but by the masses of people they were trying to capture. (There were over 600,000 men fit for fighting in addition to women, children and those men not capable of going to war—easily two million in my opinion. They took up a lot of space.) During the night God drove the sea back with a strong wind. Imagine what that night must have been for everyone! Tension was running high on both sides of the pillar of fire—the Egyptians wondering what the next calamity might be (surely the pillar or wall of fire must have unnerved them) and God’s people expecting to be annihilated, for how could they escape? Added to this was the storm that came with the wind …

Dog Protects Lost Toddler

What a wonderful story!

B.C. toddler lost in Yukon gets to keep dog he followed
Last Updated: Saturday, September 5, 2009 2:27 PM PT CBC News
Searchers found a toddler who had wandered away from a campsite near Tay Creek, about 50 kilometres north of Ross River, Yukon. (CBC)

A two-year-old boy lost in the Yukon bush overnight after wandering away from his family's campsite will get to keep the dog he followed.

The toddler, identified only as Kale, wandered away from a campsite north of Ross River, Yukon, on Thursday.

The boy, from Kamloops, B.C., apparently trailed after a dog, which stayed with him throughout his 25-hour adventure. Continue reading.

QQC--What Confidence!

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 14:10-14 God’s people had finally been given permission to leave Egypt, the land of their slavery. They were leaving loaded down much of Egypt’s wealth and heading to freedom—a land “flowing with milk and honey.” But now they find themselves trapped. The Red Sea is before them and the troops and chariots of fickle Pharaoh behind them—fickle because having said they could leave, has changed his mind and wants them back. The people are terrified! How can they escape? They are doomed to die! But Moses encourages them: Don’t be afraid.... The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Okay, we know the story. We know the outcome. Moses has been known as a man of God for millennia. But stop and think for a minute. How certain could he be that God really would get them out of the jam they were in? I think it took an enormous amount of confidence of Moses in God. By all appearances, there was no way out. Who would guess that God wou…

QQC--Favourably Disposed

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Exodus 12:33-36 Pharaoh has summoned Moses and Aaron and told them to get out of the country. By now all the Egyptians want God’s people to leave. “Hurry! Shoo! Get out of here!” But God had told his people to do a curious thing. Back at the burning bush, God said to Moses: “I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbour and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:21, 22 So now that God’s people can finally leave, it’s time to plunder. It has always boggled my mind that 1. God’s people were bold enough to ask their former captors for silver, gold and clothing and 2. That the Egyptians actually gave them what they asked. The passage says that God had made the Egyptians favourably disposed to his people—an ama…