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Two frogs in a pit

James poignantly reminds us in that,  “…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8 NIV). Truer words were never spoken!  And I am as full of that poison as any other staff, camper or member of this church.  I say things I don’t need to say but for some reason can’t resist.  I utter things that are utterly purposeless, harmful and without merit—-and perhaps you do the same. What are we to do about this?   The tongue: what an incredible tool for good and bad.  We get  angry at the pride of arrogant people because of what they say.  What they do that annoys us usually follows later, if...

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A trip to slums of Nairobi….

A trip to slums of Nairobi…. While in Nairobi, a few years ago, my host wanted me to meet some of the orphans in the city. At the time, aids had killed many of the Kenyan parents, leaving hundreds of children on the street, literally begging for food.  But some of these orphans were able to pull tougher and create “families” of orphans that lived together in a sort of commune. They shared what they had and the older ones looked after the younger ones. One afternoon my host took me to the middle of Nairobi, to an area between several other buildings,  to a block building that was long ago abandoned and incomplete. There was no roof or windows—-just...

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The Vaccine Against Sin...

On January 12, 2021, CDC announced an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation. This Order is effective as of 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.   There are the  requirements, posted and at every port of entry, for foreigners entering the USA now.  You can’t just waltz in here without document and proof that you are not carrying...

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Lost in a Sam's Club......

My youngest son and I went to Sam’s Warehouse recently for some supplies.  But once inside the cavernous store Tyler, who was eight, asked if he could go look at some toys. I reluctantly let him go and started getting what I needed.  (I suppose that a proper father would never do this, but it seemed okay at the time.)   After thirty minutes of shopping he came running to my cart as I was checking out talking about all the people he had talked to, and I recall thinking, “What kind of dad (myself) would let a child wander around talking to strangers.” And then I saw a merchant rushing toward us from the back of the store, waving...

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A Father's Love for His Son...

All three  of my boys got stomach flu this past weekend. What a miserable two days. One by one they each succumbed to a 24 virus that was going around the local schools.  It’s horrible to hold your child and see them suffering and crying and not know how to help him.   This is not how things were meant to be— I am sure of that. My middle son was first to get sick. He vomited every 45 minutes all night long. The next night the other two  had the same experience for twelve hours and had to miss school. They were weak,  barely able to walk, had no appetite, and just moped around the house all day. Of...

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