Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/13/18
 “What are the American ideals? …They are the development of the individual through liberty, and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.”  (Louis Brandeis)  I wish I’d saved the textbook from my college American Ideals course, but when a “girl” friend asked for it….  From what I remember, the basic ideals are: rights, democracy, liberty, opportunity and equality.  And…Gov’t is meant to protect them.   ;-)  Jack

Monday, November 12, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/12/18
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it’s the home of the brave.”  (Elmer Davis)  How do you say, “Thank you,” to military veterans who have served their country, often in the face of great danger?  The Italians have a word which they shout, Bravo!  It’s a cheer, it’s applause.  “You are brave!”  Maybe it’s a call, an e-mail, a personal letter, or just a handshake.  Thank some veteran this week!   ;-)  Jack 

Friday, November 09, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/9/18
”Whose faith story are you helping to shape?”  (Seen on a plaque)  It’s said that the average person “meets” upwards of 10,000 people in a lifetime.  Sociologist Stephen Whitehead suggests that in this globalized society it could be tens of thousands…family, friends, co-workers.  Your place/job in society may skew the numbers, but “how many” is really not that important.  Even if it’s only one, that’s important.  Who is “one” who has helped to shape your life?   ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  my parents. ♥️===JACK:  I expect a similar response today from many of my friends.

FROM WALMART REV:  I must admit its a dear friend from Nazareth of some 2,000 years ago and His many friends along life's pathway. I met one such pastoral friend of His named "Jack" back in 1984 and have been friends ever since shaping each other's life. 0;-)===JACK:  I still recall the time I first met you as you walked into my office to introduce yourself and tell of your desire to begin AG work in the area.  Only God would know that our friendship would continue for over 30 years.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  My mom was the biggest faith and life shaper I had, but she also had truly amazing Christian women friends who were my Sunday school and vacation Bible school teachers who also shaped my life.  As I grew older they became my friends as well.  There have been two pastors who have also shaped my faith life – you and Hollis Bishop (pastor I worked for before leaving IL). You two continue to guide me in thinking about how my faith life can be consistent but also grow and change – to be open to new ideas and how to welcome people who might be different than me. I have been truly blest.  Now I wonder who I might have helped on their faith journey…am I living up to my task.===JACK:  I seem to remember having met your mother.  Am I right?  In my history of starting new churches, your husband,  Bob, was the kind of person I was looking for,.  In my opinion, he was a difference maker.  I'm sure that was characteristic of his as he came into people's lives.  Of course, you were that kind of person, too...just in a different way.  Two of my great friends!===CAROL:  ===CAROL:  I’m sure you met my mom as she was a big part of our lives and always involved.  Yes, Bob can be a difference maker.  He is a hard worker wherever you put him, but he’s always ‘challenging’ a person of faith.  He likes to push buttons and make people think.  Know we have cherished our friendship with you and Mary.===JACK:  Do you recall your first date with Bob?===CAROL:  Our first date was to a football game.  The following weekend we went to homecoming our senior year – 1960. That’s a lot of water over the dam.

FROM JDR IN SOCAL:  Here's something to consider:    " Steve Jobs Died a billionaire at age 56.  This is his final essay:  "I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world.  In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success.  However, aside from work, I have little joy.  In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.  At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you.  Material things lost can be found or replaced.  But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life.  Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others.  As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time.  You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.  Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.   Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness!  Don't educate your children to be rich.  Educate them to be happy.  So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price.  Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.  The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.  Only a few really understand it.   You are loved when you are born.  You will be loved when you die.  In between, you have to manage!   The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and  friends   .     Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life."===JACK:  It seems as though Steve Jobs was more than the Mouse, the i-Pod, the i-Pad, and the i-Phone.  In fact there's more to each of us than meets the eye.===JDR:  just have to reply to today's "winning words"....my beautiful mother, Margy...hugs,===JACK:  My mother was a Margie, too--and a major influence on my life.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  There are many who have helped shaped my life for the better - including you.  On another note, if you enjoy kids, music and a good message, you will enjoy this  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI   Hope your day is fabulous.===JACK:  I know of a businessman who keeps a file of letters of appreciation that he has received.  On the "down days" he goes to that file to be uplifted.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  You are, Jack!===JACK:  As a child, did you ever sing this song?
Two little eyes that blink, blink, blink,  Two little eyes that see;
Head and shoulders; knees and toes;  And many more things make me.
Tra la la la la la,  Two little eyes that see,
Two little eyes that blink, blink, blink,  And many more things make me. 
It gives one pause to realize that "eyes" are looking at us as examples.

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Actually, I think YOU were amongst the many that helped shape my life.  I miss those good old days.===JACK:  The church and the YMCA (and the people I met at those places) helped shape my life.   A major remembrance of the good old days.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I hope I helped shape the faith of my choir kids and also the confirmation kids I had.  Now—who knows?? ===JACK:  When I wonder about things, like the things you say you "hope" for, this country/Gospel song supports my thinking...
When we see Jesus coming in glory When he comes down from his home in the sky
Then we shall meet him in that bright mansion  We'll understand it all by and by
Farther along we'll know all about it  Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine  We'll understand it all by and by 

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i suspect hundreds if not more...===JACK:  As a pastor, I saw teaching Confirmation classes as an "immense" responsibility.

FROM DAZ IN CO:  YOU!πŸ˜€===JACK:  We've shared a wide variety of experiences, haven't we?  That's what friends are for.

FROM STARRY KNIGHT:  FAye ❤❤❤❤ #1===JACK:  That seems reasonable!


Thursday, November 08, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/8/18
“On a clear night and you see the moon smiling down on you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”  (Neil Armstrong’s family)  Perhaps you’ve seen, First Man, the movie about the first human landing on the moon.  A friend of mine was part of the team that made it happen.  Often, on a bright moonlit night, I look up and marvel that such an event as the moon landing took place in my lifetime.  During your life, what marvelous event comes to mind?   ;-)  Jack

  FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  my birth! :):):)    the computer and the internet.   heart  transplants.   the jet engine.  the Red Sox winning the World Series 4 times after an 86 year drought!===JACK:  Those happened in my lifetime, too.===JACK:  Have people ever been offended (or taken it in the wrong way) when you've winked and smiled at them?

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  https://youtu.be/Nz5DLO8fclA===JACK:  On a clear day, or on a cloudy day, Barbra's voice brightens my day.===LIZ:  https://youtu.be/vipeYpS7m14  this was one of dad’s favorite movies & songs, “annie.” no one does it better than barbra...the sun always shines again. if not tomorrow, then the next day... or the day after that. bet your bottom dollar!===JACK:  Gaga has Little Monsters.  Mariah has Mariah's Lambs.  There are Fanilows, Claymates and Parrotheads.  Sometimes Barbra's fans are called, "People who need People!"

FROM WALMART REV:  Up till now, my lifetime on planet earth...here, I thought the moon was winking at me in agreement?!?! 0;-)===JACK:   Have people ever been offended (or taken it in the wrong way) when you've winked and smiled at them?===EWV:  You can count them on one hand over the past many years here in Willlmar . . . usually lumped them into just the greeting in general . . . only 2 or 3 come to mind.===JACK:  Life is full of risks.  To do nothing is a risk, too!

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  All my children and their families have accepted Christ, and I think they are tithers.===JACK:  Congratulations.  I'm pleased that my children seem to be following the teachings of Christ.

FROM DB IN WB:  1) seeing blood moons  2) seeing the ocean floor and tropical fish firsthand ===JACK:  I've heard that the4 ocean is the most unexplored frontier on Earth.===DB:  Thank you for helping bring to mind such beauty and wonder!  for fun:   go to You Tube and type in  "scuba video"  search for whatever looks interesting.  Certain parts of the world are known for their extraordinary diving due to the water clarity. Belize is one site, Indonesia is another. I was at John Pennicamp Park in Key Largo. It was pretty good. I saw parrot fish and queen fish, and a baby nurse shark and a tiny fish that was magenta!  Amazing!

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  The births of my daughter and grandkids.===JACK:  Of course, but, apart from that...how about learning to fly a helicopter?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  The births of my 4 children; Riding high above the panoramic terrain of IL in the 12 story high Disney Hot Air Balloon; Trip to Japan during Cherry Blossom time; Yes, the Space saga is certainly fascinating and spectacular!  (I cannot believe that 207 people have prepaid ($250,000.00!) to be a passenger on the first tourist rockets to go 100 miles up into space, and view the Earth, and experience weightlessness , tentatively scheduled for 2023!) So many
"Spectaculars" in our lifetime! Who would have thought of robots and drones in the work force, of computers and phones with instant messaging and information , etc. etc. etc. during our childhood in the 30's and 40's??! Incredible years to be alive, haven't they been?!===JACK:  ...and, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,  Nor have entered into the heart of man  The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor 2:9)

FROM APPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  I was on a USAF C-141 transport bound for Europe when the landing occurred. A matter of tremendous excitement and pride for all aboard.  You may remember that I am a ham radio operator. My present emphasis is on bouncing signals off the moon back to other hams. You really get the feeling of the distance when you simply ping and listen for your own echo. Your signal takes around 2 1/2 seconds to return and because of Doppler effect its tone is either higher (when the moon is rising and getting closer) or lower (on moonset). The signal is extremely weak under the best of conditions.===JACK:  Are the "ham operators" a dying breed?  It would be such a terrible loss if they went the way of T-Rex.  What is the source for new operators?

FROM SHALOM JAN:  That event was witnessed on TV at the "clubhouse" for a park where we were vacationing together by our then-3-year-old son and my dad, his only grandfather.  That's a pretty cool event for my 52-year-old-son to remember!===JACK:  9/11 kept me glued to the TV.  I'd rather be watching the moon landing...more positive.

FROM MY LAWYER:  Indoor plumbing!  When I was a little boy growing up on a farm here in Oakland County, we had a one-hole privy.  Fortunately, it was just in the summertime, so we didn't have to wade out in the cold!!!===JACK:  What I remember about outhouses was the odor , the bees, and the catalogs and their shiny paper.===ML:  I remember my Dad shoveling lye in the hole about once a week!!!  All that aside, look what we've witnessed during out lifetimes.  From privies, to watching men walking on the moon, to instant world communications, etc.  Just amazing.  Think of what changes our grandchildren will experience!!!===JACK:  My grandchildren and I may see the same things today, but they understand more than I do.  They skim through the information on their Smart Phone while I hunt and peck on my old-fashioned Flip Phone.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  There are so many! We used to love to drive across the state to see the rockets go up!  And now we love to visit NASA!===JACK:  I'm told that the sight, as well as the sound, make the lift-off event spectacular!

FROM JP IN MF:  I always marvel that my mother's grandpa Harvey, who lived with us, was 19 when Wright brothers flew at Kitty hawk AND alive for manned space flight. Talk about blowing your mind!===JACK:  Yes, that is a "two-fer."  Does it count for anything that I knew Harvey and was his pastor?

FROM CPA BOB:  The polio vaccine, end of the Vietnam war, revitalization of Detroit (excluding schools), particularly downtown, the Tigers winning the 1984 World Series.  I’m sure there are many more.  What have others come up with?===JACK:  The Salk Vaccine!  How could I forget?  Read the blog for some more interesting =comments.  www.jackswinningwords.blogspot.com 
===BOB:  I was thinking public type events.  Of the comments in your blog, the miracle of childbirth would come first for me. Thanks for giving us so many things to think about.===JACK:  As I sat down at the computer to begin my day...for some reason your name came to mind even before I touched the keys.  Twilight Zone!

FROM PRAW:  I thought of a pizza pie..=== JACK:  Do you remember the song, That's Amore withe line:  "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie?"  It was sung by Dean Martin.

Dean Martin - That's Amore - YouTube


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/7/18
“If you do not change direction, you may wind up where you are heading.”  (Buddha)  A pastor that I knew would begin his daily radio program with these words…”Up and away, this is God’s day.  Are you going God’s way?”  Then, he’d suggest positive ways in which life could be made better.  Today might be a good time to do a self-check.  Up and away!  Are you satisfied with where you’re heading?  Are there possible adjustments that could/should be made?  ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  MN made some positive changes last night!===JACK:  "You gotta accent the positive, e-lim-i-nate the negative"...so sang Johnny Mercer.===PAUL:  So true! ===JACK:  In case you don't know that song...
Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
Feel a sermon comin' on me
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'
If you wanna hear my story
The settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive")
("Eliminate the negative")
("And latch on to the affirmative")
Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)
(Bring gloom down to the minimum)
(Have faith or pandemonium's)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)

You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  https://youtu.be/HfxqQmWtGNM===JACK:  "My Beautiful Balloon" by the 5th Dimension is a great song with a great message.  Have you ever ridden in a balloon?   I was scheduled for one, but it was scrapped because of unfavorable wind conditions.===LIZ:  no, not sure i would want to! i quit flying decades ago, after challenger crashed. had just returned from phoenix.
am considering meeting college friends in florida next spring... we shall see!

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Lot’s of ways I know I can be better. Thanks for the reminder to do something about it.===JACK:  Every day presents a new opportunity to get "it" right.

FROM IKE AT THE MIC:  On that theme:  Ikeism #311states:"If God does not seem as close in your life as he used to,guess who moved?"===JACK:  Are you familiar with the word, immutable? ===IKE:  According to Webster's definition it means unchangeable or unchanging  & that's why I thought my '' ism'' was appropriate for your message, because when people change their belief of their religion they are upset that their religion is not as meaningful as it used to be to them.
The religion stays the same it is their change that has caused them less belief in a higher power.
One of my favorite quotes about religion is: "The purpose of religion is to comfort the troubled & trouble the overly comforted"===JACK:  Do you think that God ever changes his mind?

FROM CZB IN NH:  Was this purposely timed for after elections? ;)===JACK:  There's an old saying, "If the shoe fits,..."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  So many good books which help to "change' or adjust our daily lives, like
My Utmost For His Highest, (Oswald Chambers), an oldie but goodie, and the newest one I'm reading, "Be Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado, who is so good at putting things clearly understandable and "doable'! Key verse:  "Rejoice in the Lord Always"...the focus being on IN THE LORD, as of course there are times in our lives where we cannot rejoice in our circumstances.  Plenty of help out there, if we strive to take a higher road!===JACK:  "You can lead a horse to water..." ...but sometimes you patiently need to lead a blind horse to the water.===OAKS:  I imagine you've had your share of "blind horses" to lead!===JACK:  I have to remind myself that I, too, have been a blind horse in my lifetime..  These words from Amazing Grace, by God's grace can apply to me..."I once...was blind, but now I see."

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  One day at a time is my philosophy!===JACK:  Each new day presents you with new choices.

FRO KZB:  LOVE this!===JACK:  Buddha's not such a bad guy!===KZB:  Yeah, he’s pretty wise!===JACK:  So you're saying that "he's a wise guy?"






Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/6/18
“The ingredients of good conversation are truth, good sense, good humor and wit.”  (William Temple)  I would add to Temple’s ingredients this one--have a genuine interest in other people and what they have to say,..and you might learn something, too!  One thing I particularly enjoy about being a pastor is the chance to talk with people…of all ages…from a variety of backgrounds.  We’ve shared ideas about truth, some good sense and some good jokes, too.   ;-)  Jack

 FROM SF LEAVING MI FOR FL:  Love it. And yes, that is definitely your gift to yourself and to others!  Leaving shortly for the airport.  Be well. See you in the spring!  Warm (literally too) regards,===JACK:  It's sometimes said that a person who hogs the conversation has "eye (I) trouble." That's not a problem when we get together...at least, not on your part.  I like this song!
That's What Friends Are For - YouTube

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:   i would like to have a dinner party w/you as a guest!  ===JACK:  I remember well our first dinner party, a couple of years ago, held on the streets of Moline.  You brought the cake.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  One thought I've been dwelling on lately is, "Love your neighbor as yourself."===JACK:  I recall how you once drove to Michigan to meet me for face to face conversation.  Your concern for others is not just a recent one.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  when i was at the sem for those 3 years as 1/2 time interim campus pastor, i sometimes told the students that if they did not truly enjoy conversing with people of all ages, in all walks of life, and all conditions of life,  they should perhaps think about a different profession.  i sometimes got some strange looks in response.===JACK:  It might not "fly," but I'd like to have you (or someone like you) conduct a required conversation with seminarians on "Tips on how to become an effective pastor."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Love those with a good sense of humor!  Good conversation is a treat, and you're right, you hear some interesting stories shared! (The cache of "Marilyn" stories are fairly extensive by this time in my life! Usually good for a hearty
laugh!)  As my grandchildren used to say, ""Nitwit Nana strikes again!"  Hoping the voters elect a few new faces, with good sense, great ideas, and respect for the truth!! I'll try to keep my sense of humor!===JACK:  My favorite "M" story is about how you ran out of gas on the bridge in the morning with no purse...the policeman...the tow truck driver...etc.


  

Monday, November 05, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/5/18
“Your life is the result of your choices.  What will you choose today for your tomorrows?  (Robert Allen)  Recently, I saw this sign in a doctor’s office: “Thou Shalt Not Whine!”  Have you heard any political whiners lately?  Perhaps the whiners (or all of us) should read this  thought-provoking essay: “Is voting a right, a privilege or a responsibility?” Think about that!  If it’s a Blue Wave or a Red Wave, unless you have voted, “Thou Shalt Not Whine!”   ;-)  Jack

 FROM VW MARY:  All three, don't you think? Listened to a high school classmate rant about politics for over an hour last night ☹️.===JACK:  Over an hour?  Over a minute of ranting is too much for me..  A "RIGHT" is the most important to me.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON:  A result of choices and very much environment.===JACK: In Michigan we have a chance to vote on an anti-gerrymandering issue.  One way, or the other...the effectiveness of casting a ballot will make a difference.

. FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i voted early for the first time. voting is a right!===JACK:  Should the "right" to vote early be offered to all voters?===LIZ:  i do not like early voting, bc it gives our beloved gov’t more time to manipulate the results.  It should be left up to the states whether to offer it.===JACK:  As a child I was taught that "cheaters never win."

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Again, why either/or?     Why isn't it all three?===JACK:  As a citizen I have a "right" to reject all three and choose not to vote (without being made to feel guilty) .===JOHN:  But since voting is a duty  , you have a right to exercise your privilege.===JACK: Which "duty" is it?  A requirement? or a moral obligation?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Certainly both a right and a responsibility. My son's 92 yr. old wheelchair-bound mother-in-law is set to get out to vote tomorrow, no matter what the weather! She's blind and frail, but WILL vote. Listens to the endless news and political ads, so is well-versed on candidates!  I'm sure most of us are hoping for some changes;  We've lost so much morally, civility-wise and  sensibility toward those different than we are: Such divisiveness fosters hatred and violence! PRAY and VOTE! That's something we can all do! Then whine if we have to...:-(  (Our Governor's race is the most expensive in history...$$$ talks, but both candidates are far from Ideal! :-(  )===JACK:  Who is the IDEAL candidate?  When the crowd was asked what to do about Jesus, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him."===OAKS:  Yes, I hear you...even Jesus was not considered by this crowd,  worthy of being saved, or released.... The way of the World...?

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  If you don’t vote then you can’t bitch ===JACK:  There are winners and losers, and there are sore-losers.

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Today’s WW motivated me to look up the derivation of the word “Whine”. It turns out that it is old english meaning”whistling through the air”. That means to me that whining is a passive activity void of action to help solve the problem. It has such relevant meaning today and tomorrow. So, we can “stop whistling in the air” and take action!   VOTE!!!!!!===JACK: A more descriptive word for whine is mewl!
...and, NO, I don't want to be paid to vote
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  someone told me that in Australia,  they pay everyone a small amount to go and vote.  seems like a good idea to me.  also,  in AZ i often see this sign:  Stop in and we can WINE for a while:):)===JACK:  I like the rejoinder..."Do you want some cheese with that whine?"...and even setting aside a "Voting Holiday" would be subject to abuse.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  re: whether voting is a right, privilege or responsibility......I think it's all three.===JACK:  During this "go-round" in Texas, responsibility seems to be the dominant reason.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I’m hoping that when the elections are over and voters have made their choices, the media will accept graciously whatever the results are.  This last two years of ‘whine’ by the media has me to the point of not watching many news programs anymore.  We can’t always have our way when it comes to people making choices; teams winning/losing a game.  Life moves forward and changes will be made; elections will happen again and new choices will be made and life will move forward once again and changes will occur…maybe to our liking and then again maybe not.  I would like to choose to look on the positive side of life, but understand there is a lot of unnecessary tragedy in life that we must also address.  Our area is worrying about a young 13 year old girl taken from her home after her parents were murdered and now 3 Girl Scouts and one of their leaders (a mom to one of the deceased girls) have lost their lives doing something good and others are injured by someone being irresponsible with his choice about drinking and driving.  PS It snowed here yesterday, stuck around for a while and then thankfully melted.  Might see more of it yet tonight and tomorrow.===JACK:  What disturbs me more than "the media" ate the PACs (Political Action Committees) which pay the profit-making/losing media to run the incessant ads...particularly the negative ones.  Give me a break (That will come on Wednesday)===CAROL:  I agree with this too…if you just listened to the negative political ads you know none of them are fit for office.===JACK:  ,,,and yet they see3m to be effective, which says something about some of the voters.

FROM THE SHARK:  That's why I always vote Jack, so I can whine often :)===JACK:  What I like from you is your inside knowledge/background to explain the reasons for a win or a loss.

FROM AW IN WB:  Well said, Jack.  Keep up your good work.===JACK:  After the voting is over and the results are tallied,  we need to be reminded of the last words from the novel, Gone With the Wind,.."after all, tomorrow is another day!"

FROM JDR IN PSCAL:  voting is all of things you mention.....oh, how I wish the California politicians could have been on term limits years ago===JACK:  Be careful what you wish for.  In Michigan we voted for term limits, and it didn't seem to make a bit of difference.




Friday, November 02, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/2/18
“If we don’t heal our own hood, who will?”  (Nelly – the rapper)  birthday 1974)  As a kid, , Nelly moved from hood to hood, but wherever he lived was important to him.  Most people are proud of where they live.  Our high school fight song was, We are Moliners!  Moline was our hood!  Do you feel like that about where you live?  During this time of a divided nation I’m listening for a Nelly-voice calling out, “If we don’t heal our own hood, who will?”   ;-)  Jack

FROM RVB:  That is why I’m still so connected to my home church and love the roots of my hood in respect and history of the Jewish faith and traditions. Thanks for reminding me!!===JACK:  I think that I'd feel the same way, if we were to exchange places.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  https://youtu.be/o_NxSTX0jkc  my 2nd favorite fight song is this ^ ===JACK:  I always thought that the Univ of Iowa Fight song was" We're from I-o-way...That's where the tall corn grows."  Thanks for enlightening me.===LIZ:  https://youtu.be/l4ANP8g8wrE
and you can’t beat meredith wilson. my mom’s old ‘hood/alma mater.===JACK:  Were your mom and Meredith in the same Iowa class?===LIZ:  no, he was born in 1902. she, in 1923...

FROM GOPHER (POLAR) LYNN:  I was a Polar in high school – fight song was “We are the mighty mighty Polars”    mascot was a polar bear.  I have so many fond memories of high school
===JACK:  Have you ever taken "The Polar Bear Plunge" where members in swimming suits dive into ice-chocked waters?  Not for me.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Jack,  we just saw the movie,  The Hate U Give.  its quite powerful and disturbing but does end on a small note of hope.  mostly about race relations and growing up "in the hood".  go for a matinee===JACK:  My children grew up in a different hood than I did, and it reveals that "we are who we were."===PAUL:  i was only in Moline, Ill. once in my life as a teen when my  Bro was a student at Augustana College.  he dated Marty Lindberg for a time whose Dad taught at the seminary.  perhaps you had him as a Prof.  I  can't even recall why we were in Moline.  but i saw an actual, working steam locomotive switch engine with smoke pouring out of its stack  and i thot it was the coolest thing i had ever seen.    i love railroading and even model railroading to this day.  but that was a highlight that i clearly recall to this day.  i assume it was soon taken out of service for reasons of air pollution, if for not other reason.===JACK: Conrad Lindberg was one of my profs.  The coal-buring engines gave way to the cheaper and cleaner-burning diesels.  I remember when the switch was made.  I don't think that pollution was that big of an issue.

FROM JDR:  Were your mom and Meredith in the same Iowa class?===JACK:  It may sound like a "corny" song, but it's OUR song!.

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  I have had wonderful friends in the "neighborhoods" of all the places Ruth and I have moved to, but NO feeling is the same as our original Moline "hood" when we were growing up.  The 50's were definitely a different, and I feel, better time.  I still think of Moline as "home"===JACK:  Even tho I was born in Des Moines, I always claim Moline as my home-town..
===DS:  You almost had it right...it's  "our team's the FINEST you've ever seen"   
WE ARE MOLINERS
WE’RE FROM MOLINE
OUR TEAM’S THE BEST TEAM
YOU’VE EVER SEEN
YOU DO YOUR BEST, BOYS
WE’LL DO THE REST, BOYS
RIGHT ON FOR OLD MOLINE!
RAH, RAH!
===JACK:  Since you're so smart...What are the words to the Augustana Fight Song?===D:  All Hail to you Augustana, all hail to the Gold and Blue, our heroes we cheer to victory as .......Do you want me to continue?===JACK:  That's enough, thank you.  Do you know the Augie cheer that goes, "Rootum, scrootum,etc>? 

 FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  We have always had the right to think for ourselves! Mother was a republican and Dad was a strong union Democrat and the were married for 73 years!===JACK:  Just like Kellyanne Conway and her husband.===FRPM TAMPA SHIRL:  A good reminder of our high school days- a loooonng time ago!===JACK:  BTW, Do you remember when girls weren't permitted to be cheerleaders?  At the time, did you think that that was unfair?===SHIRL:  I do remember Joline from Moline. I also remember Kenny Johnson!===JACK:  I think the Class of 45 might have been the last one with male cheerleaders...only.  Bill Gustafson was one.  Tom Getz was an earlier one.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Jack, I'm so happy to be living in Iowa along the Mississippi River. Our neighborhood is very special to us, having moved here in 1976. Sue & I started an annual Fall Picnic for our area of 75 homes in 2004 or 5, which has had good success.  But I'm still a Moliner and am going to the M Men's night for basketball this January.===JACK:  For me, nothing has replaced the "growing up" years.

FRO SHALOM JAN:  Good one!  As a resident of Pontiac, my hood is charged more for life, health and auto insurance, gets fewer road services such as patching and scraping, and still has an unconscionable unemployment rate.  So, I keep urging people to vote, to attend meetings held by our Representative, Brenda Lawrence, and in other ways seek to improve things here.  We need a lot of healing but we need to act on that ourselves, too.===JACK:  Pontiac, IMO, seems to be making a turn-around.  Baby steps, to be sure, but steps.===JAN:  "'The times are bad! The times are troublesome!' This is what humans say. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our times."--Augustine of Hippo.........Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams."--Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky..."We will not raise arms against other nations, we will not practice the art of war, because through Jesus Christ we have become children of peace."--Origen of Alexandria--3rd century...and another. from Mother Teresa of Calcutta:  "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."  Ain't that the truth!===JAN:  I agree!  I hope, "Slow but sure wins the race," applies.  :-)

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We are the Pioneers mighty mighty Pioneers!  We grew up in Harper Woods.  Harper Woods is s little under 2 miles wide and long but there were 9 school.  There was Harper Woods High School, Regina High, Notre Dame High, Bishop Gallagher, Lutheran East High and Tyrone, Beacon, Parsells, and Queen of Peace.  Needless to say, we were all strong supporters of our own schools!  The other schools called us “Harper Hoods” and we were looked down on.  Everyone has issues and we’ve all learned how to deal with it.  Well, mostly all of us.  It was appalling to see that pastor at the Jewish funeral screaming.  I asked for prayers for her but she did a lot of damage to the Christian imagine.  In my humble opinion.===JACK:  I guess that every "time" has its appaling events.  I try to put them in the rearview mirror.



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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 11/1/18
 “I’d rather be black than gay, because when you’re black you don’t have to tell your mother.”   Charles Pierce)  I’d be surprised if you didn’t know of someone who is LGBTQ.  .  We used to sing in Sunday School…“You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store, in church, by the sea, in the house next door, They are saints of God, whether rich or poor….”  All Saints Day is a reminder that the judgment of who is (or is not) a saint, is God’s.    ;-)  Jack.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good one, Jack!  thanks...    we have a grand niece and a grand nephew who are gay.  the niece is a rather amazing young lady and is now married to her partner.  the nephew has lots of issues mostly due to the fact that both of his parents have been in jail for doing drugs,  petty theft, etc.  kind of a sad story.  but as you said,  only God gets to decide who is truly a saint.  now don't O D on any left over Halloween candy:):)===JACK:  The song should say that you can even meet them among your relatives.===PAUL:  agreed.   when MeKenzie and Julie got married, about 2 years ago,  some members of the family did not attend in protest.   they are mostly the LCMS wing of the family which explains a lot.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes it is a holy day! One of my cousins in Moline just passed away! We used to be 14 cousins. Now we r 3! One is in Rockford! He went to Augustana and his Lutheran Church has now sold it to a Lutheran school and shares services with an episcopal church! ===JACK:  Yes, we should not forget that this All Saints' Day,  The Winning Words were chosen with that in mind.

FROM M&L IN WB:  That's a good one, Jack.  I wonder if there is a universal consciousness  shared by all, instead of it being personal.  That would preclde judgement===JACK:  There shall be a final judgment when "the wrong shall fail and the right prevail."

FROM DR J:  Yep... even the Pirates are of us and of God :-)===JACK:  When it comes to bare bones we are all equal.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Hi Jack - Our church - King of Glory Lutheran in Dallas - just recently re-emphasized that welcome all - lbgtq, all races, etc. That makes me feel really good.===JACK:  It's good to know that there are "welcoming: churches in Texas.  How does the community respond?

FROM GDJ IN WI:  Love it!===JACK:  Love the Saints, too.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Love this WW! I know several gay people very well, and it's a hard life, though these I know have made something admirable of their lives. One Atty. in Chicago often very creative!  Your quote from the song "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God, Loyal and brave and true" is such a good one. Like Lazarus and Dives in Luke 16, we many find our roles in reversal when we greet Eternity!! Ours not to judge, but to love unconditionally, and serve where we can!===JACK:  I remember, growing up in Moline, that it wasn''t "Kum Ba Ya" with regard to people of color and gays.===OAKSL  Dave McAdams was a good friend of mine, and as we sang in a mixed quartette, often walked home together, as he had to go my way to get to his house. My mother once said, "I don't know what the neighbors think, when you walk by with David carrying your books". I said, "I hope they say, "Isn't  that Dave McAdams,outstanding athlete and beautiful singer?  What a nice guy!" She never mentioned it again...I was "going steady" with Crutch, so she knew I wouldn['t be dating him!  He was class President, and 1st attendant to Crutch in Homecoming Royal Court!  Of course he never talked about hard times he experienced. :-( So more a superficial friend. ===JACK:  A perfect example of what I was talking about.  The McAdams boys were great kids.  It was a time when nicknames were used.  Not only "Crutch," but "Stinky" trevarrow, too.  I have a book by Jack Zukerman in which he describes growing up in Moline as a jew.  The kids in grade school called him, "Christ Killer."  He cried to his mom, "I wasn't even there when Jesus was killed."

FROM JK:  Thank You Pastor John!===JACK: Thanks.  I appreciate your commrnt.

FROM OUTHOUSE MARRIAGE:  It reminds of the Simon and Garfield song...”El Condor Pasa!”  I do know some gay fellows.  One of the guys who came to live with us in his teens named Steve, and another boy who my parents raised has a grown son who is gay.  The church should have open arms for all of them but should follow God’s Word on marriage.

FROM JT:  Awesome!  Thank you for sharing.===JACK:  We're still in the process of understanding some things.  I'm suspicious of those who have all of the answers.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/31/18
“Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”  (Oscar Wilde)    Masks have been used long before there was a Halloween.  In some cases they were for protection.  They were used for entertainment, too.  In most cases they were used to hide something.  Theologically, Adam’s fig leaf was considered to be a mask.  Some communities have banned clown masks, not because of Bozo, but because of the Market Rasen clown who is really creepy.  Boooo!~   ;-)  Jack 

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  I keep hearing from people that Halloween is there favorite holiday. Most holidays are either religious or civic celebrations. Why do you think that Halloween is so popular? ===JACK:    Halloween is a religious holiday.  Halloween is short for All Hallows Evening, the day before A;; Saints Day (Nov 1(, a day for remembering the faithful who have died.  In days of yore, it was thought that evil spirits were around seeking to enter God’s people.  The scary masks and costumes were meant to chase those ebil spirits away.  Like Christmas Eve, much of the meaning of the day has been lodt to commercialism.

FROM WALMART REV:  I'm a Lone Ranger fan myself and always we be! Isn't that right, Kemo Sabe!?!?   0;-)===JACK"  Many people don't know that The Lone Ranger radio program originated in Detroit..  One of the actors who played the Lone Ranger lived in West Bloomfield.  I happened to meet him and talk with him in a local restaurant.  Tonto wasn't with him.

FROM GF:  Happy Halloween Jack!===JACK:  Is that like Merry Christmas?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  It is so much fun to see the children in their costumes! I am looking forward to tonight.===JACK:  I'll bet it's really scary when the Tampa old folks dress up and knock at your door and yell, :Trick or Treat!"

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  what or who is the Market Rasen clown?  was that the guy in the news a year or two ago who was sort of terrorizing some neighborhood?===JACK:  I purposely did not"say," hoping that curious people woul go to Dog Pile.com.

FRPM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Halloween was never fun for me.  I don’t like Masks and never have.  I like to see a person, even a little person, face to face.  We always had painted faces as did my kids and now my grandkids!!\\\JACK: No trick or treaters...mask, or no mask.





Monday, October 29, 2018

Jack’s Winnning Words 10/29/18
“Oh, Man, if in real life…I had all the answers, things would be easier.”  (Kyle Chandler)  I started with Google…and then to Dog Pile looking for the origin of the expression, “Oh Man.”  The phrase traces to Anglo-Saxon days, and can mean: surprise, amazement, even exasperation.  I’m reading Man, Oh Man, a new book (an un-novel novel) by Mike Corrao.  A book’s title can often hint at its content.  As I read, I’m being surprised, amazed and even exasperated.  ;-)  Jack
Man, Oh Man - Orson's Publishing

FROM SF:  I’m going to read it. πŸ“š===JACK:  Have you ever read an un-novel novel?   Man, Oh Man!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I am reading Alexander McCall  Smiths a time of love and tartan! Have u read any of his series? The r great! I started with the woman’s detective agency. This is part of his Scotland series! The author of Harry Potter series are neighbors in Edinburgh where I once spent the summer of 1956!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I've never heard of an "un-novel, novel". It sounds intriguing, and yes,
exasperating!!  I'll have to check it out. But having "all the answers" to Life would take away the thrill of the "adventure" wouldn't it?  Who knows, since most of us have come by some answers to an abundant life by trying to live out our faith. (More or less, now and then, as Bill used to opine...)
Big Blessings, and continued answers!


Friday, October 26, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/26/18
“Life is not like Burger King.  We can’t always have it our way.”  (Randi Zuckerberg)  R.Z. wanted to do it all!..Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, Friends..and what she got was guilt.  I can’t do it.  What she did was to choose 3 of the 5 to concentrate on each day and stick to 3 (not the same 3 each day).  Randi tracked what she did each day.  Prioritizing worked for her.  Really, it was a way of balancing her life..and shedding some guilt.  You can have it all…kinda!   ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J:  Maybe life is like McDonald’s, “I’m loving it!”===JACK:  A great response, and "I'll have fries with that!"

FROM DR PHIL:  My cousin is a marketing guru and wrote several books. In one book  he called "Marketing Warfare" he used Burger King to note that they lived on the fact that they were no 2 compared to Macdonald's.  I have used it in a sermon or two.===JACK:  Avis used to advertise that they were #2 in the car rental business.  I haven't seen football fans hold up two fingers and scream, "We're number two!"  I guess we just celebrate who we are, whatever the number might be.

FROM SF WAITING FOR FL:  Hah! Forget about Burger King.===JACK:  Did you ever wear one of those paper crows that Burger King passed out for kids?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I just have a sort of plan each day! Today I plan to early vote and then to do errands! Tomorrow is Susie and Jeannie’s birthday and we will be celebrating the first year that we know they're identical twins-not fraternal-due to ancestry DNA!===JACK:  DNA is something our parents didn't know about...among other things.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  That’s so true!  We can and do have it all.  Life is a balancing act.  It’s a matter o“.”f when, what and how we balance!  Life is grand!===JACK:  John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Participated in an all day bus tour by Network Knowledge yesterday, and that was challenging enough for ONE day, for this old lady. Always time to catch up on other things later, I say! No, you can't always "have it your way", but usually God's way works better anyhow! Good words for today. I'm not a McDonald's fan for food, but I like their slogan for Life, "You'll Love IT!". Gotta think positive!! :-)===JACK:  2 McD burgers suits me just fine for a snack while traveling.  BTW, how do you know the difference between God's way and your way?  OOPS!  That's right.  God's way is, "Don't go chasing golf balls in ditches."




Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/25/19
“The elderly don’t drive that badly; they’re just the only ones with time to do the speed limit.” (Jason Love)  I know of someone who got arrested for going below the speed limit.  It wasn’t me!  AAA research shows that older drivers are safer than any other group, generally avoiding situations that put them in danger.  A recent study shows that the number of drivers over 65 has increased by 20% in last 10 years.  So, ease up on the horn when see grampa or grandma behind the wheel.   ;-)  Jack

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  The secret is to stay off the main highways like I-4 in Florida and to take the surface roads! To me the traffic is horrendous-especially in Southern California, Washington, Boston, and Miami! Maine is good!===JACK:  A lot of jokes are made about Florida's elderly drivers.  You've probably seen that some of it is true.  But, of course, you're certainly not one of them.

FROM EAGLE EYE JAN:  Is this your own quote?  No one else's name is attached.  I learned a long time ago that it's more dangerous in these parts to travel the speed limit due to tailgaters on my back bumper than it is for me, with decreasing eyesight, to speed up and still try to keep a good following distance between my car and the vehicle ahead of me.  When I was in Houston last winter I learned they follow too close for my comfort because, as more than one person said, "Texans drive as if they're on horses."===JACK:  Thanks for your observation.  I've since made the addition of Jason Love's name.  Jason is a stand-u[ comedian from California.  He probably has some jokes about ordinary California drivers, too.

FROM TL:  Thanks for the good chuckle to start off my day.===JACK:  Don't chuckle too hard.  You'll be old one of these days, too.

FROM DR J:  my first week of “retirement” I had a car following me very closely, then pass me and scream bad things at me…. all for… going the speed limit.  I find myself slowing down and enjoying the ride more often now… and I LIKE IT!===JACK:  Which car gets the most reaction, the Bug or the Bolt?

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words for today,  Jack.  thanks!  i am putting this quote in my sermon file on aging!    i have given this sermon  twice down in AZ and i always get lots of positive feedback.===JACK:  Isn't it about time from your annual migration to Trumpland?  Are sermons different there from those in Minnesota.  Don't "snow" me with "I preach the Gospel in both places."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  That’s funny but also true.  Several of my friends are struggling with how to get their parents to stop driving because they are truly unsafe drivers.  We got a call from an aunt saying she saw my dad driving 20 mph down M72 in a 55 mph zone.  We all talked quickly to figure out how to tell my dad he couldn’t drive anymore.  But thank the Good Lord, Dad walked in the house and tossed the keys to me sister and said “I’m done driving!”    It must be so frightening to lose your freedom to drive.===JACK:  It "means" something when young people first get a license to drive.  It also "means" something when that license to drive is taken away from the elderly.

FROM LK IN NV:  Everyone has the time to drive without electronic devices===JACK:  I know someone who owns two self-driving cars.  Do they count as electronic devices?







Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/24/18
“I hear, I know!  I see, I remember!  I do, I understand!”  (Confucius)  Confucius usually says serious stuff, but do you remember Confucius say… jokes?  Confucius say, man who laughs last not get joke.  Confucius say, a bird in hand makes hard to blow nose…Confucius say, man who sit on hot stove will rise again.  Jimmy Durante would sing, You gotta start off each day with a song.  Let’s change that a bit and sing, You gotta start off each day with a smile.   ;-)  Jack 

FROM A POLICE OFFICER:  How about you gotta start off each day with a prayer===JACK:  A good suggestion...and how about starting with a prayer for the safety of all protect and serve us each day?

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  Thanks for bringing Confucius back to mind.  And a serious sample of his thinking.  The humor generated by his sayings isn't prevalent lately, but the jokes you mentioned still provoke laughs.  I'm starting off this day with a smile!===JACK:  There may be some confusion about Confucius in the minds of some (not you).  How about Googling him to clarify?

FROM TEACHER AP:  When I first read this years ago, I created a large poster which hung in my classroom for many years. It was a good reminder for me on how to conduct my teaching.
Thank you for this good reminder today. I'm working in a preschool daily this year. I missed working with children!!===JACK:  Speaking of magic, do kids still like to sing, "Puff, the Magic Dragon?"

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes enjoy each day! We went to Epcot yesterday and saw lots of happy people enjoying the food and wine festival on a very beautiful day!===JACK:  I didn't realize that
 EPCOT, is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney, often interchanging "city" and "community."===SHIRL:  Unfortunately Walt died before he could carry out his plan. It is very beautiful though and we were there for the food and wine festival!===JACK:  So, you were on a first-name acquaintance with Mr Disney.  Was he ever over at your house for sinner?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  “Let a smile be your umbrella for a rainy rainy day!”===JACK:  Did you sing that song at Girl Scout Camp when it was a rainy day?  I'm sure that you sang some other "smile" songs at camp.  Summer camp...a great experience.===JUDY:  We learned and later I taught many songs. Most had “sunny words”.  A lot we silly songs and some were Girl Scout Songs. ===JACK:  Did you ever sing, "I wear my [ink pajamas?"===JUDY:  Yep!!  The girls loved it!!  Lol

FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  This did start off our day with a smile and some laughter. ===JACK:  Not politically correct, but in those days the term was not known.  But society always has room for improvement.

FROM LB IN MI:  Well, Jim's mom sometimes took a while to get a joke, but she did get it.  One day she was laughing at the sink while washing dishes and Jim asked her what she was laughing about.  She had just gotten the joke he told her the day before.===JACK:  Not everyone is able to process humor at the same rate of speed.  That's why some conversational-speak is misunderstood.









Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/23/18
“Robots are not people.  They are mechanically more perfect, they have an astoundingly intellectual capacity, but they have no soul.”  (Karol Capek)  In a recent conversation, robots came up in 4 unrelated ways…cleaning Hospital ORs…a surgeon saying that robotic surgery can be more exact than humans in certain situations…a person who owns two self-driving cars…and, after seeing, 2001, A Space Odyssey…The final thought was: “but robots have no soul!”  What are the ramifications?   ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i once met a person who i thought may also have had no soul.  hopefully he one day found one.  such an "empty" person morally, spiritually, ethically, etc.  have a good day, Jack.   btw,  i saw a video clip a year or two ago of an auto plant in Japan and 70% of those cars were made by robots.  robots don't get sick, don't show up late,  don't argue with the boss,  don't go on strike, don't take vacations, and generally they do near-perfect work.  you can see their appeal for manufacturing companies.===JACK:  What is a soul?  A God-connection?  Even the person you described has a God-connection by way of being human.  The manifestation of a robot society is a society apart from God.  I believe that the omnipotent God can do something about that.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Getting an early start today?===JACK: Winning Words is such a part of my life that I want to make sure that readers get them as they start off their day.

FROM WALMART REV:  All I know is I keep being asked if I am one on many of my internet correspondences nowadays . . . even have to decipher some hard to read alphabet letters and numbers to prove I am not?!?! 0;-)===JACK: Ministers have to work at proving that they are human.  I remember the first time I heard my pastor fart.  I never thought that preachers did that.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  They may be able to do many many things and even be given some type of emotions but, they don't have souls.  They can’t imagine what people feel deep down in souls and can they make choices such as good vs evil?===JACK:  Some folks think that when God created people He created robots...Predestination...that it is predetermined (preprogrammed) who will go to heaven and who will go to hell.  That concept is beyond my understanding.

FROM DB IN WB:  Ramifications:  we lose our souls as we rely on them too much and start to expect people to perform just like them!===JACK:  That's an interesting take!  Thanks

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I suppose we'll. always need humans to program the robots; Hard to imagine what the future will look like, isn't it?  Robots are fascinating, but won't ever replace need for humans. Reading material about Artificial Intelligence can give one the shivers! :-)  But assuredly, they have no soul, as we define soul, no Godly relationship.====JACK:  When I begin to fear that robots will take over this world...and that things are going from bad to worse...that old hymn puts things into perspective..."This is my Father's World, O, let me ne'er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the rukler, yet."



FROM RS IN TEXAS:  No making a decision on gut feel there.===JACK:  No "grace" either.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/22/18
“My desire is to walk with God every day.”  (Janine Turner)  I miss TV’s Northern Exposure with Janine Turner as Maggie.  What I didn’t know about Janine was that her great-grandfather left her 365 typewritten pages of “Wisdom for Each Day.”  Today’s thought is from one of those pages.  Wise words from Grandpa!  Could the WWJD bracelet be a reminder that we’re walking with God every day?  You can YouTube Janine talking about Front Porch Philosophy.   ;-)  Jack
Janine Turner Front Porch Philosophy - YouTube

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  What a nice memento her great grandfather left her….and others as she shares.===JACK:  Do you have anything special left to you by a grandparent?  I have a letter sent to me by my grandmother congratulating me on becoming a pastor.  After receiving that letter, hers was the first funeral I conducted...along with my cousin who was a Catholic priest.===CAROL:  After my grandma died, I was given a meat fork, meat knife, and a meat cleaver that she had used.  A couple of my aunts had cleaned out Grandma’s apartment when she went into the nursing home and saved things for each of us grandchildren. When my mom died, my sisters and I divided up some other treasures of Grandma’s – I have four sauce dishes from her good dishes and a green milk glass sugar bowl she got from purchasing gas…a thing in northern MN.  I also have a crocheted edged camisole that belonged to my grandmother too.  I’d rather have a few more minutes of time spent with her instead – but good to have these fun memories.  I never knew my grandparents on my dad’s side.  They died before I was born.  I’m sure you treasure your letter from your grandmother, but how sad you had to do her funeral so soon after.===JACK:  If something were to happen to that letter I'd remind myself..."It's the memory that important.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  my dad loved that show. i never saw it... not sure why.===JACK:  An all-time favorite for me.  The characters were sooooreal!  A niece of mine has every episode on dvd.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I too enjoyed Northern Exposure, but did not single out "Maggie", who was very good in her part. Interesting insight into her family!  Bill had a saying on his desk (I forget who said it!) "The purpose of Life is to spend it for something that will outlast it".  The ministry is a pretty good opportunity to do that!  Walking with God every day leads to some unique "adventures" and opportunities, and her phrasing 'My desire is" acknowledges that we do not always do what we hope to do or try to do, day by day !  Hence, Thankfulness for a forgiving God!!===JACK:  I can't remember a day when I regretted living the life of a pastor.  With Winning Words, I feel that I'm still living that life.

FROM BB IN CHCO:  I watched Northern on occasion and found it funny and touching.  What an inspirational idea about the daily wisdom.  It might take me decades to compile such a list but…God willing, I have at least a few years===JACK:  In the past you've shared with me things and ideas that have been passed on to you by both of your parents.  We each do it in our own way.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We should all desire to walk with God everyday.  One of my favorite anthems is “My God and I”.  It’s wonderful to know He is with us everywhere and always!  We did watch a little of Northern Exposure.  We’re not big tv watchers. Really enjoy her Front Porch talk!  Sent it to Family and friends! ===JACK:  Janine's life has been more than what's seen on the screen.  I'm sure that Grandpa and his words helped straighten things out.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/19/18
“There’s no bad day that can’t be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet.”  (Chuck Sigars)  A favorite movie of mine is The Music Man.  Great music!  Prof Harold Hill’s Seventy-Six Trombones…the Barbershop Quartet singing, Lida Rose.  Quartet singing has had its ups and downs, but it seems to be regaining popularity, even among women.  There’s something about 4-part harmony that brings smiles to listeners.  Are you one of the smiling ones?  ;-)  Jack

FROM PASTY PAT:  Yup!===JACK:  Yup, Yup, Yup and Yup...in 4-part harmony!

FROM DR JUDY:  YES!!!!!! You’re right. When I come across it, I can’t help but smile.===JACK:  One of the barbershop favorites is Charlie Chaplin's song, Smile.

FROM M&L:  Thanks Jack.  We saw Music Man in Stratford Ont. and it was great!  Nice reminder ===JACK:  Stratford doesn't always have to be about Shakespeare.

FROM GOOD DEBT JON:  I disagree. Barbershop Quartets are annoying to me personally. Barbershop Quartets and Opera singers....no thanks. ===JACK:  There's usually someone singing off-key, but that's OK.  I'm like that (more than) occasionally.

FROM CPA BOB:  I smiled when I read “Seventy-Six Trombones”.  They bring back good memories.===JACK:  That's a real toe-tapper, isn't it?

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  I love BSQ’s!===JACK:  I can't recall any school-age children singing BSQ.  Is it just "old-folk's" stuff?

fROM GOPHER LYNN:  I am!    Happy Friday to you!JACK:  I seem to recall that Barber-shoppers sing..."When you're smilin' the whole world smiles with you."

FROM CZB IN NH:  One of my favorites too! Alex played Marion in the school musical. I know all those songs by heart!===JACK:  I'm sure that a lot of people don't know that"Good-night my love" is a slower version of "76 trombones."

FROM INDY GENIE:  Yes I am one of the smiling faces. Music in general does that for me but that 4 part harmony gets right to my heart!===JACK:  A seminary professor once said that church music should appeal to heart and not to the toe. Later in life, he changed his tune.===GENIE:  Oh, that's good!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  The perfect blend of four musically gifted voices sound like heavenly angels!  Love Sweet Adeline’s and Barbershop music!===JACK:  Barbershop Angels?  I guess it says in the Bible that Heaven will be a place where "ear hath not heard" certain things.===JUDY:  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear the angels sing barbershop songs?  I for one believe angels are fearsome creatures and when I picture them singing makes me smile!!

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:   Barbershop Angels?  I guess it says in the Bible that Heaven will be a place where "ear hath not heard" certain things.===JACK:  Has your women's group ever tried "barbershop-style singing?===MARLYS:  Oh yes.  It is fun—but hard to find music.  Most of it is not written in treble clef and they don’t read bass clef.

from kk:  FROM KK:  So timely.  I am at International contest and quartet finals today in St Louis
My chorus Mike tests for finals tomorrow .performances on you tube  My chorus Motor City Blend ===JACK:  I'm going to have to check that out!
Motor City Blend Chorus, Chorus Semifinals, 2018 - YouTube

FROM BB IN CHGO:  I smiled at the funeral/memorial service.  Lutherans are great at the SATB harmony and unafraid to sing.  I recall choir at the Missouri synod school I attended – once some of the guys were able to get low in 8th grade that it took on another dimension.  I feel like good singing is a hallmark of the denomination – what would Luther think? ===JACK:  I could envision Martin singing bass in a BSQ.


FROM SUES:  Agreeing with you, barbershop quartet music warms the heart! ===JACK:  I don't think I've ever heard a barbershop quartet in a church worship service.  I take that back.  In my younger days there was a radio program, The Old-Fashioned Revival Hour, which featured a quartet.  I remember them singing "This World Is Not My Home."  A real toe-tapper!  01 This World Is Not My Home - YouTube

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I sang in Sweet Adelines for several years, and wrote some of their annual shows; In a quartette I sang lead, and in another tenor. It's great music to sing, and I still always go to their annual show. I'm having a men's quartette (champions in contest) sing for our April Senior Event! Music in general is a Smile Promoter! I portrayed the Mayor's wife twice In MUSIC MAN; Such a fun and lively show !! ===JACK:  Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn!  You'd be perfect!  (...because you act good!)  I like the sound of that name, especially when said by Paul Ford.








Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/18/18
“Don’t borrow trouble.”  (Liesa’s Mom)   Good advice from Liesa’s mom!  How about some more?  “You are who you are…All things in moderation…Just do your best…There’s good touch and bad touch…Will it matter in 100 years…Always tell the truth…Don’t attend every argument you’re invited to.”  Someone (I can’t remember who) wrote a book: Lessons My Mother Taught Me That Changed My World Forever.   What things did you hear from your mom?  ;-)  Jack

FROM CZB:  Here are some sage words from mom that made a lasting impression on me:  “No one can criticize you for being kind to everyone.”  “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.”
(Linda and Kathy? What do you remember?)===JACK:  Thanks for bringing back the memories of your mom.  I can "hear" her saying those things===FROM KZB: Those are my favorites. I tell Dylan that first one all the time. I don’t remember mom and dad giving out tons of advice, but I do remember them setting an amazing example!  Mom was so caring and loving, but had that firm edge that made you not cross the line!  We were lucky to have parents that taught by example!  I want to pull out what we said at her funeral again to remember.AND, =I remember 3 big lessons from Dad:
1) Don't marry someone thinking you can change them. They are who they are. (used to dissuade me from Bryce)  2) Learn / go to school so you can take care of yourself  3) Don't spend money you don't have. (Used when I wanted to go to Europe with Marya & Sue after graduation).==JACK:  "I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day!"===FROM LZW:  I thought about it and couldn't come up with others for Mom. Just remember the look when I was doing something wrong or the use of my full name - Linda Karen. Ditto on Kathy's words!  But here are a few from Dad:  - Better than a sharp stick in the eye! - It will never be as good tomorrow as it is today. (Used when looking at the leftover dessert at dinner to decide - Should we eat it now or save it! We usually did not save it. ; )  Wonder what my kids remember as my sayings?!===JACK:  Why not ask those kids?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How to enjoy life and how to help people who need help===JACK:  Well!  You have seemed to enjoy life, and I know that you've done a lot to help people.  Lesson learned!

FROM TL IN KH:  Waste not, want not...Follow your heart...If you have your health, you have everything.===JACK:  In many ways our lives have been guided by mom's advice.

FROM EASTSIDE RAY:  Mom told me that “Nothing good happens after midnight”;  my dad told me that “If I didn’t use my head, I would have to use my feet”.  I love and miss you, Jack.  I can’t wait to get up and read the Winning Words for the day===JACK:  Thanks for introducing me to the Polish Yacht Club in Detroit...and some other neat places, too.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  they don't care how much you know until they know how much you care...     a good motto for life...  also, if you come to a fork in the road, take it!πŸ˜€  yogi berra ===JACK:  I didn't know that your mom was a Yogi fan.

FRIM WALMART REV:  "Someday I won't be around to help you get through life, so be sure to listen to Jack every morning?!" Something like that, I think?! 0;-)===JACK:  My mom died at 102, so I had the advantage of her advice into my adult years.  Did you parents encourage you to become a pastor?===REV:   Not really . . . raised me in a Christian home, always had me present in most church services held during the week and I became involved in all the camp and youth rallies growing up. The choice came from a personal experience I had right after graduating from high school with the movie, "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain" and the role of the pastor and church played throughout the movie . . . for some reason, I identified with it, became very emotional watching it and 50 years ago made a definite decision to become a pastor. 0;-)===JACK:  There's usually a story behind the story.  Thanks for sharing yours.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  patience & fortitude...===JACK:  Did you ever hear the sister singers, Patience and Prudence?===LIZ:   no, but i love the name “pru.”===JACK:  Do you know the meaning of, prudence?
Patience And Prudence - Tonight,You Belong To Me - YouTube
===LIZ:  i certainly do, as it would be imprudent were i to call myself a writer/linguist and not know that!

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover; Remember to say “please” and “thank you”;sit like a lady; If your friends jump off a bridge are you going to follow?; Remember your manners; Be home before dark; Turn off the lights; Shut the refrigerator!; Shut the door – were you born in a barn? (Wonder if Mary told Jesus this?)===JACK:  I wonder if Mary ever had Jesus memorize the Ten Commandments?

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Be polite.  It may change things.===JACK:  Be on the lookout for someone being polite today...and give them a smile and a "Thank-you."

FROM DS FROM SOCAL:  My "biggies" from my mom was "be honest, and never steal".  I'm trusting she didn't mean never "steal" when I was playing basketball.  That was my favorite thing to do.===JACK:  I loved to get away with things when the ref wasn't looking (only one official in those days).  BB...what a fun game.  I'd rather play than watch.

FROM MY LAWYER:  Two things:  1.  Be nice to people; and   2.  When it doubt, don't!!! ===JACK I know that you practice first!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I don’t borrow trouble as I have enough of my own.  Seriously, my mom was a stickler for manners...no elbows on the table, no humming at the table, pick up your messes, chores done etc etc.  I can tell you, the five of us kids were welcomed anywhere.  My dad had a lot of important wealthy clients and they always welcomed us kids because of the way my mom taught us.  She was never unkind but we knew our manners and how to say thank you and your welcome.  We sent thank you notes too.  And, I taught and am teaching my children and grandchildren the same.  Ps. I still get thank you notes from my grandson Noah!===JACK:  Just like with "Faith," Politeness is just one generation away from being lost.===JUDY:  How very true.  It’s amazing watching these protestors and politicians just speak so much hatred.  I truly believe most people aren’t like that but they never get on the news!  We just have to spread kindness with smiles and speaking kindness.

FROM LHK IN NVILLE:  How will you feel about your actions/ situation in 10 minutes, 10 hours,10 days,10 months,10 years, 10 decades ?===JACK:  I have an attention span, but I haven't quite tested for 10 decades.

FRO SANDYBEE:  My mother taught me this little ditty: “Good, better best…Never let it rest…until your good is better…and your better is best.”===JACK:  In catalog shopping, I usually choose the Best when the choice of items is listed as good, better and best.  That's good advice for life, too.

FROM EMT SINGS:  My Mother was so wise and as you know she lived the last 51/2 years with us down in Plymouth.  One time when I was stewing about something (or someone)  and thought I should bring it up for discussion, she told me " I think you should let sleeping dogs lie" .  Best advice I ever got!  I still miss her wise and quiet words!===JACK:  I remember that she usually had a smile on her face, too.









Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/17/16
“It’s what you learn after we think that we know it all that counts.”  (John Wooden)  John might not make it as a coach in today’s basketball world.  …too nice…too soft-spoken.  “When it came to practice, it was all business,” said a former player.  “He didn't swear, but he would blow that whistle, and he’d say 'Goodness gracious!' and you knew you were in big trouble.”  Those who were coached by him learned more than how to play a game.   ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i think we need more John Woodens in our world today.  the world would be a better place.===JACK:  "Goodness gracious," you seem to be making sense! ===PAUL:  hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day!

FROM CJS:  WWs is what I read first "your words" inspire me every day. ===JACK:  That's one of the reasons why I do as I do.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We may know a lot about something,  a little about something and next to nothing at all about most things.===JACK:  Those are good Winning Words, too.  Thanks  ===JUDY:  From my learning brain!!

FROM DB IN WB:  I had the opportunity to get a copy of his book "Wooden" for free when I was in high school. I said that I didn't want it. Oh, how I regret that decision!===JACK:  He was more than a basketball coach.  He was also a collector of Winning Words and would keep them on 3x5 cards.  He'd refer to the cards often when he wanted to make a point.  His love-affair with his wife was touching also.  You might be able to get the book from the library.




 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/16/18
“Do not shorten the morning by getting up late.  Look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent, sacred.”  (Arthur Schopenhauer)  Are you an early bird or a night owl? Schopenhauer was a morning person, seeing the dawn as “something sacred.”   I like mornings!  …the sound of chirping birds…fresh-brewed coffee…the newspaper.  What surprises me about Arthur is how he could love the mornings, and be such a pessimist the rest of the day.   ;-)  Jack

FROM PM:  This morning person is always eager for your early morning emails! As a teacher your emails were a part of my every morning. They were the first thing I read when I got to work. Now they are a part of my quiet time before my kiddos get up.  I appreciate your emails!===JACK:  People don't usually hate getting up when they have something positive to look forward to.  A life that is going well is one of those incentives.  I feel sorry for those who have multiple problems and just want to pull the covers over their head.

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  Definitely a morning person!===JACK:  ...always have been!  And you get up six hours before I do.

FROM SF:  I’m right with you. Love the mornings with my chirping birds, coffee (served bedside..yup), the newspaper, and sunrise over the lake. The trees are putting in their fall dresses and mirroring onto the lake. What a perfect showing of color and quiet reflection. ❤️===JACK:  Someone asked, "Do you wake up, grumpy?"  The reply. "No, I let him sleep in, otherwise he'd be grumpier."

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I am a late riser now but all my life I used to be an early one! At this stage of life-whatever works!===JACK:  I almost never have used an alarm clock.  I just seem to wake up at the right time.  During your working years, did you need a "waker upper?"===SHIRL:  You know I don’t remember that fact. My last job was with the airlines and I was on the evening shift. Time certainly flies, doesn’t it?

FROM CJS:  I like mornings too.  I wake up at 4:20 am every day and I'm grateful for each day.  ===JACK:  I wake up early and go to the computer so that Winning Words will appear 1st thing for those who get up at 4:20 AM.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  his pessimism started shortly after he read the paper!!===JACK:  Maybe his pessimism was due to living with poodles and cats and no wife.===PAUL:  that would do it for me!☺

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  I think the day, no matter what part of it, is what we make it.  The optimist sees the glass as half full, the pessimist as half empty  -  the opportunist as a chance for free wine.  Hope YOUR day is great!===JACK:  In Sunday School I learned this song (good for early-risers):
This is the day, this is the day  That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made
I will rejoice, I will rejoice  And be glad in it, glad in it
This is the day that the Lord has made  I will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day, this is the day  That the Lord has made
===RS:  A good thing to put on the bathroom mirror (or whatever place you see first in the morning). ===JACK:  I know of a guy who actually sings the song.

This is the day that the Lord has made - YouTube


FROM LHK:  That is not surprising. I can only speak to decades of adjusting to both morning and late night.  Those who take pride in needing little sleep and rising before dawn are nuts.  We do know a bit about the brain.   Those who can flip between both are the bright stars without pretense. ===JACK:  I guess that's why we're called, individuals!  We each paddle our own canoe...and not always on the same lake or in the same kind of weather.===L:  Freedom to excel.  It reminds me of a story of a third grade boy who got sent to the principle's office 80 some years ago. It was reported to me that this student told the teacher to jump in the lake, rather than seizing a learning moment she scolded the boy.   We can do better than that !   Who was the boy and what has he done as an individual?===JACK:  Maybe I should stop telling stories like that.===L:  As always, my curiosity( sincere desire to learn) tends to lead to more questions.  Lately, there has been a ton of lake and weather inferences.  This holds true in daily encounters with a variety of people.  What is up with that?===JACK:  Sometimes we overthink on some things.  It can lead to paralysis by analysis.  Having said that, I think that curiosity is a good thing.  Sydney J. Harris wrote a book...Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things.  I'm a curious cat, too.

FROM AMcC:  Funny===JACK:  Schopenhauer was a "funny duck."  Have you ever heard that expression before?

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i am both, tho less of a night owl than i used to be.===JACK:  That's another thing that seems to happen with the aging process.  It's not good or bad...It is  what it is. ===LIZ:  yep, teenagers/young adults sleep till noon, miss half the day. but that keeps their disagreeable selves away from the rest of us.  i love to watch the dawn, relish the peace.===JACK:  "Grandpa misses half the night!"  (That's OK with me.  Been there; done that.)





Monday, October 15, 2018

 Jack’s Winning Words 10/15/18
“To different minds the same world is a hell and a heaven.”  (J.B. Priestley)  Forget about traveling to Mars.  You can do explore something closer than that…your BRAIN!  Today’s elementary children are using a book, It’s All in Your Head, which looks at Why..we dream, we remember, we laugh or wink or run.  Scientists know 10% of what the brain does, but believe there’s more than 90% yet to discover.  Do heaven and hell exist in the brain?  ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Jack,  i have been up all night waiting for your WWs.   just kidding:):)  Have you seen the October issue of Living Lutheran?  the cover story is about heaven and hell.  i am now going back to bed☺===JACK:  In that article I read that in Hell there is a Lake of Fire and that, when you tell someone to "Go jump in the lake," you're telling them to "go to Hell."  In 3rd grade the class was assigned to write a letter to someone.  I wrote, "Dear Miss Wilson, Go jump in the lake."  She told me to go to the principal's office.  I refused to go, but that's another story.  ===PAUL:  wow, Jack,  you must have been a bit of rebel in your growing-up years:):):)===JACK:  Yes, some people were surprised when I said that I wanted to become a pastor.===SP:  very "sinful" people sometimes make great pastorsπŸ˜€===JACK:  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don't cheat, I don't sin, and I don't commit adultery. I'm certainly not like that tax collector!" (Lk 18:11)===PAUL:  Good one! ===JACK:  It seems as though we always have to fight the battle against self-righteousness.

FROM WALMART REV:  "...there a lot of matter that matters up there!" 0;-)===JACK:  In the AG, when do you "count" your knowledge of a heaven and a hell?  At your time of commitment?  Or, is it back to the time when someone first talked about God and his love for you?  Or, are you making a daily commitment as you learn more?  Or, all of these?

FROM HONEST JOHN:  In my neighborhood, some folks have a Halloween display that shows two arms above ground...ostensibly of a guy being sucked into Hell.   In the same yard, there is a political sign boosting a candidate for judge ....named Dan Christ....his first name is in very small letters and last name is writ large.....together it looks like an either/or....either go to Hell or vote for CHRIST ===JACK:  There are sermon ideas all around, if you just look for them.  Sermons don't have to be boring or irrelevant.

FROM CHRISTIE KOCH (chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, explaining some of the challenges involved in artificial intelligence design):  “The brain is by far the most complex piece of highly excitable matter in the known universe by any measure. We don’t even understand the brain of a worm.”

FROM DLM:  Thanks for your continued work each day (night?)===JACK:  When you enjoy what you're doing, where the hands are on the clock doesn't make any difference.  Haven't you found that to be true?

FROM JB IN OLV:  Gosh Jack this is very heavy for a dreary Monday morning!  Another question would be - do we all live in the same world?===JACK:  Yes, we do live in the same world, but all brains are not the same...so, we interpret what we see in different ways.   "Cherche le monde."

FROM BLAZING OAKS: The September Reader's Digest had an in-depth article on the brain; one thing stuck with me "The brain is the fattest organ in your body" & this is vital for our overall health.  Another finding: We can get smarter as we get older! YEAH!, also "You can, and should train yourself to be happy".  (The brain is predisposed to see the cup half empty, and we have to overcome that tendency. It made for interesting reading.  I'm sure if one's brain concentrates on the negative, the world appears more Hellish!!===JACK:  I'm surprised to read that the brain is predisposed to see things negatively.  Maybe that has something to do with survival.  "I might not have enough for tomorrow!"  Compare that with "Lay not up for yourself things that moth and rust can corrupt...but trust in the Lord who will provide (or something like that)" which seems more optimistic.  Having said this, I would say that the brain is predisposed to be realistic.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We all face evil and good everyday...it all depends on how you face each day!===JACK:  "Free will" is a great gift from God, but a terribly responsible one, too.  ===JUDY:  Yes it is.  That’s where faith comes in.

FRO WALMART REV:  In regard to you question about the ages of coming into the realization of a heaven and hell and need of our salvation with the leadership of the AG, the most probable answer is perhaps all of the aforementioned...the young ones will hear of heaven and hell during the children’s church services, we have a doctrine’s class for the sixth graders and then through the pulpit messages at times...our pastor presented a series on hell too long ago...my personal reflection goes back to a children’s crusade during my earlier grade school years and a recommitment and affirmation again in senior high school...I’ve never out grown my need of the Savior, forgiveness and appreciation for His assurance He has done so, a heaven to gain and a hell to shun as I have heard preached. 0;-) ===JACK:  I'm always interested to learn about the views of people from other Christian denominations.  In the end, God sorts it all out.



Friday, October 12, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 10/12/18
“Nothing is enough for the one to whom enough is too little.”  (Epicurus)  Many churches emphasize stewardship (asking for money) in the fall of each year.  Synagogues ask for money, too.  As a pastor I never had a problem with asking, because it takes money to do charitable work.  The Bible has many stories about sharing the wealth and the sin of neglecting the needy.  If I were in the business of raising funds today, I might refer to the words of Epicurus.   ;-)  Jack

FROM SF:  Love this. ‘Enough’ is my new mantra.===JACK:  Somewhat related...I've been researching the philosopher Schopenhauer who was a known pessimist.  Life, for him was a negative, full of pain and suffering,  As a friend was dying, he leaned close to him and whispered into his ear, "Have you had enough?"  ...or something like that.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I once read in an article “money” once mentioned more than any word in the Bible.  I don’t believe it but I know it’s talked about a lot.  Money and the means to earn it are gifts.  It All belongs to the One who gifted us with both the means and the money.===JACK:  Talents is a word in the Bible that can mean money as well as special abilities.  The real message, as I see it, is that the haves should be willing to share with the have-nots.

FROM MARMAR:  I once heard a preacher on the radio say, "When it comes to giving, some people will stop at nothing."===JACK:  A friend of mine and his wife were on a "tight budget."  In church he accidently put a $20 bill in the offering instead of a $1.  As the plate went by he thought of grabbing the $20 out of the plate...or telling the pastor after the service of the mistake and asking for the $20 in exchange for a $1.  He and his wife decided to let it go and to trust God.  Later in that week they received news of an unexpected inheritance.  True  story!===MM:  I believe it.  I have heard other such stories.  What a faith builder.  You can't outgive God.===JACK:  Some similar stories might be “made up,” but I’m impressed, because I know the people who were involved.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  My S.S. lesson this week is on the parable Luke 16:1-9. A difficult one
to discuss, so unlike the Jesus we think we know....Bet not many pastors preach stewardship messages on that one! :-(===JACK:  It might be interesting some Sunday to have your class members to tell stories about experiences in giving...and how giving has evolved for them over the years.