Monday, November 20, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/20/1
“How ya livin’?  Ask yourself each day.”  (Dr. Rick Rigsby)  Several people sent me the video of Rigsby’s commencement address which began, “The wisest person I ever met was a 3rd grade dropout.”  He was referring to his father who had to quit school to work on the family farm…but he never stopped learning…and giving good advice.  “Always remember to be kind…Every day, ask yourself, ‘How ya livin’?’”  Today…Ask yourself: “How am I living?”    ;-)  Jack

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/17/17
“People ask me, ‘What about gay adoptions?  Interracial? Single Parent?’  I say, ‘Hey fine, as long as it works for the child and the family is responsible.  Every child deserves a home and love.  Period!’”  (Dave Thomas)  Tomorrow the dreams of thousands of children and adults (I know of 5) will come true as adoptions are finalized on National Adoption Day.  One reason I patronize Wendy’s is because of Dave Thomas’s support of adoptions.    ;-)  Jack

FROM PPM:  We adopted this little bug one year ago. I’m excited for all those families that will be celebrating their legal adoptions tomorrow. Such an amazing gift for the children and those families!  ====JACK:  Before my mind kicked into gear, I thought you were going to show me a video of a bug.  But it made my day when I saw that it was your child.  And since it was a year ago, the process probably was part of National Adoption Day.  What's the bug's name?

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  plus they have great chili and frostys!!====JACK:  I usually get a Spicey Chicken Sandwich...and a Frosty====SP:  chocolate or vanilla??====JACK:  Chawk-lit! ====SP:  love your spelling!!   do you  recall the old Nestle's jingle.  N E S T L E S     Nestles makes the very best.......Chawk lit!

FROM TARMART REV:  . . . .it sure beats abortion rights in my way of thinking." ====JACK:  I haven't seen any people walking around with "adopt a child" signs, although I do see plenty of "adopt a pet" advertising. ====REV:  So true...perhaps health care expenses for animals runs with equal statistics as children’s nowadays?! A retired farmer friend of mine refers to all pets (goats, miniature horses, dogs, cats, etc.) as “just farm animals and are very expendable if need be!”====JACK:  Those who wish to adopt a child should be held to a higher standard than those who want to adopt a stray dog or cat.====REV:  I would surly hope so.

FROM TRIHARDER:  Smiling,====JACK: Do you handle adoptions in your practice?====TH:  No. I've never been involved with one. O. The contrary,  I've been involved where parents lose rights to being a parent -- but rarely.====JACK:  Sad to say, but there should probably be more cases where parental rights are taken away.====TH:  The options are weighed.  Whether the child would be better off permanently at various foster care facilities vs. Counseling and rehabilitating a parent. 

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Amen, brother!  With Korean and Ethiopian adoptees in our family (Scott's) and my (thwarted by my husband at the time) desire to adopt a Vietnamese orphan after the airlift, I am all for adoption!  I'll meet you at Wendy's sometime for lunch!====JACK:  I once was privileged to baptize a child, born of a surrogate mother.  Does that count as an adoption, or part of one?  ====JAN:  I'm not sure what surrogate mother means, legally.  It seems to me it is at least a partial adoption, as you suggest.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  absolutely!  i like wendy’s chili & frosty.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FJack’s Winning Words 11/16/17
“True wisdom comes…when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.”  (Socrates)  Did you know that the 3rd Thursday of November each year is observed throughout the world as World Philosophy Day?  I didn’t, either.  Philosophy means, “Love of wisdom.”  The day is meant to get people to stop and think and to see the need for wisdom, to fight stupidity and prejudice.  I guess we need more than a day for that.    ;-)  Jack 

FROM TRIHARDER:  Yes! The more you know,  the more you know how little you know. ====JACK:  Do you remember Mr. Know-It-All from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show?

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i am soooo sick of hearing about prejudice! ten years ago was the US “prejudiced”?  prejudice was resurrected/manufactured for political purposes.  and that is my philosophy.====JACK:  Forgetting the specific references....I can't see how you'd be prejudiced against the concept of prejudice.

FROM TL:  Thanks, Jack.  Now I understand why I woke up in such deep thought this morning!  ====JACK:  Was that before or after you listened to the news?

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  how about a lifetime??:):)   starting the Oval Office??====JACK:  The need for self-examination extends beyond the Oval Office.  Of course would look at the results of their self-exam and call it, Fake News.====SP:  funny,   i don't ever recall hearing the phrase until Trump came along.  his deep desire to discredit some of our most respected news outlets in troubling indeed!====JACK:  One of the first lessons is gaining true wisdom is learn that you might be wrong.
A good executive will often have an underling who's not afraid to say, "We'd better rethink that one." ====SP:  i doubt those words are spoken in the Oval Office these days...

FROM THE SHARK:  Amen my friend, thank you for sharing.


FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Good WW words! I had no idea today was World Philosophy Day!  There is so much in our universe to know, and so little time to gain knowledge, isn't there ??!  I read recently that 380 MILLION years ago life evolved on land! Can we wrap our minds around that, or understand how we've become educated enough to KNOW that?! Definitely we need more than a lifetime to gain wisdom, and fight stupidity, etc. Times of disaster do show the humanity and kindness of the majority of humans...that is heartwarming. We sure need it!====JACK:  There are some who think that studying philosophy is a waste of time (no certain answers).  I majored in philosophy and have never regretted it.  Did it make me money?  I doubt it, but it did help me to understand things and people better...for what it's worth.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jack’s  Winning Words 11/15/17
“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”  (Fredy Paul)  There’s a hymn, “Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.”  It goes on…”Take my hands and feet, lips, silver and gold, intellect, will, heart, love, myself.”  Giving to the needy isn’t “a handout,” as some would describe it.  It’s our opportunity to show kindness by extending God’s hand out to the disadvantaged.     ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words, old friend.   i may use this as a quote in my sermon this coming Sunday====JACK:  You might want to take a look at Fredy Paul, just for some background for the quote.

FROM HY YO SILVER:  Beautiful====JACK:  "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  This idea that beauty id subjective was first expressed among Greek thinkers in the 3rd century BCE.  Later on it appears in Shakespeare's writings and in Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Love these Winning Words!  I think I will write them down and cross stitch them!    Is this hymn still in the Lutheran Hymnal?  They removed a bunch of my favorites! ====JACK:  Yes, I think it's in there.  One of the good things about removing "old" favorites is that it provides room for some "new" favorites...and there are several of them.====JUDY:  There’s something very comforting about some of those old hymns.  I love some of the new ones too, but draw comfort from the old ones.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I'm not familiar with this person, but love the quote. Wrote it down for future devotional use! Frances Ridley Havergal's hymn "Take My Life" has an interesting story...she was a well-known concert pianist who began o think "applause" might becoming more important to her than her faith, so she prayed about giving up her career, but felt she received the answer, "No, but use your talent for ME". She then focused on religious hymns and was very effective with youth crusades. This particular hymn came about when she was staying in a lodging with six people, and prayed for their conversion before the week was out. When this did happen she was inspired to write, "Take My Life", and in so doing, gave all of her fine jewelry to finance religious charity, keeping only her mother's cameo brooch, which she wears in her photos. Take my silver and my gold" convicted her...That is the story in one of my hymn story books, at least! I hope it's accurate! ====JACK:  I've often thought that the singing of hymns would be more meaningful if we were to know the background as how they came to be.====OAKS:  Sometimes you run across more than one story about a song's origin, and then you don't know quite what to believe!====JACK:  Even if it's only one, you might wonder if it's true or not.  Whatever suits your fancy.

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Good one!  Have you ever heard of the app called Sprinkle of Jesus? Kiki loves it… she said the messages make her feel good about the world… just like your Winning Words do for me!  There's some good stuff out there in cyber-space.  You just have to know which keys to punch.

ROM INDY GENIE:  "Two little eyes to look to God. Two little ears to hear His word. Two little feet to walk His way.  Hands to serve him all my days.  One little tongue to speak the truth.  One little heart for Him in youth.  Take them Lord Jesus, let them be.  Always willing, true to Thee."  (I didn't google it so all the lyrics may not be exact!)  I guess I was pretty influenced by Sunday School too:)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/14/17
“Ya either get faith or ya get unbelief, and there ain’t no middle ground.”  (Bob Dylan)  How do you remember Bob Dylan?  Folksinger, rocker, crooner or sage?  Critics have called him “arrogant” and “smug,” particularly during his “faith phase,” when Christian conversion took over his life.  For me, “Blowin’ in the Wind” will be his signature song.  Inspirational!   I have learned, through the years, to let God be the judge.  I will only have opinions.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  "Blowin in the Wind" is a rest it====JACK:  What do you mean by "a rest song"?====JOHN:  Meant to say "great"

FROM TARMART REV:  Good advice-- "I will only have opinions?!"====JACK:  Opinion is derived from the word, opine...meaning, thinking.  It's good to put on your thinking cap once in a while.  Did a school teacher ever say top you..."Put on your thinking cap."?

FROM TRIHARDER:  I'm pretty sure  "Blowin' in the Wind" was before his conversion. ====JACK:  Without looking it up, I think that you're right.  "Conversion" is a word most often used in a religious context, but we can be converted in other ways, as well.

FROM MY ATTORNEY:  Dylan's song, "Like A Rolling Stone", was voted No. 1 of the 500 greatest songs ever recorded!!!  Rolling Stone Magazine.  He had a lot of good ones.  Bryna and I just saw him at the Fox.  Disappointing, to say the least.  He didn't sing any of his signature hits and never said one word between songs.  After each song, the lights went out, and when they came back on he was at a different location on the stage and then sang another song.  When the show was over, he and his band just walked off the stage.  Zero personality.====JACK:  The job of an entertainer is to entertain.  For fans to walk away disappointed says that the entertainer needs to re-evaluate his work.  ====MA:  Doctors practice medicine, but good doctors also have a good bedside manner. ====JACK:   I'm sure that you've heard of psychosomatic medicine.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Dylan seemed to become much more introverted after he quit drinking in 1994; He surprised most of us when he won he Nobel Prize, but considering the bulk of his work, you can see why he was considered. Like most celebrities, it's complicated!  He seems to think deeply on what gives life meaning, and his songs pose some good questions! "How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?" Indeed!  There will always be doubts to resolve, regarding Faith...that's how we grow.====JACK:  "Conversion" ought to involve more than just words.  As the poet put it..."I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  He will always be a rocker to me.  Love the song too!====JACK:  Dylan as a folk singer is the Dylan I like.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I don't remember anything about bob Dylan but I was into folk songs like the Weavers and Pete Seeger. That all seems like a long time ago! We went to the Magic Kingdom on this beautiful day. Christmas was in the air====JACK:  The message of The Big Bands was not the same as the protest singers of the 60's.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/13/17
“There’s nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”  (Nelson Mandela)  My first parish was 3 churches…one is now an apartment building, one a museum and one sits in a farmer’s backyard (he bought it at an auction}.  The only thing remaining from those days is the cemetery…and that has changed with new graves.  The hymn writer got it right.  “Change and decay in all around I see.  O. Thou who changest not, abide with me.”    ;-)  Jack 

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Does the museum contain Jack Freed Memorabilia?====JACK:  The pulpit and altar are still there.  …and so is the Moller organ that was ordered and installed when I was there.  Mary’s grandfather was the chairman of the building committee when the church was built.  The museum received a sizable endowment and has used it to put in an elevator, re-lead all of the windows, tuck-point all of the bricks, install new rest rooms and upgrade the heating system.  While I was there the “Norwegians” located their new church on the same block as we were located.  That was the beginning of the end.  I’m satisfied that the church building is still there, looking better than ever.  At least it’s not a vacant lot or somebody’s apartment building.  I’m at peace with “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  I recently toured the museum with my son.  It's filled with memories.====JOHN:  That's a great story.  Glad I asked.


FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How appropriate!  We took a drive on the back roads of The East side of Ohio.  Gary had an account in Minerva and he stayed down at the Star Motel for the 4-5 years he was down there.  We stayed with him a lot too.  We also made very good friends with Jerry and Sue who lived in Minerva and worked with Gary.  They have a 110 year old farmhouse and 32 acres of beautiful hilly farm land.  There land was also part of the Trail of Tears.   We stopped by to see the Star Motel, believing it would never be there....but it was!  Old and falling down, but it was still standing!  The Motel didn’t have phones or TVs.  Gary would call in a pay phone down the road!  It brought back so many memories!    But it was visiting with Sue and Jerry which was such s blessing.  We’ve talking but hadn’t seen them in over 20 years!  We were all thrilled to see them. Their son Jay runs the huge farm and lives in the big farm house.  Jerry and Sue  now live in a small home on the top of the hill overlooking them farm!  What a wonderful blessing!====JACK:  Yes, there really are times when "you can go home again."====JUDY: It was such a wonderful time!  Yes we can reminisce and revisit the old days!!

FROM INDY GENIE:  I was in "Our Town" in high school. I had 2 parts. "Lady in the audience" and "lady in the 2nd row of the cemetery"  We 'cemetarians' sang "Abide With Me".....I always liked that song...good harmonies :)====JACK: "It's a good funeral song."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Certainly our old home town Moline has changed A LOT since we grew up there! I see the big down town Methodist church still strands, but know nothing other than that! Is Tillberg's Lutheran church still active? I imagine it is...All the homes I lived in are still there, looking pretty good in their old age!  Our High School is now a nice apartment building!  Yes, it's good to realize that Jesus Christ is the Same, Today, Yesterday, and Forever! Otherwise, our lives bear many losses as the years fly by.====JACK:  The home I remember the most is now a parking lot.  The first home, on 26th Ave, seems so small.

FROM JT IN MINNESOTA:  Not grays lake?====JACK:  When I went back there for the church's 50th anniversary, Dog n Suds was still there, but the town had changed in other ways.  Even the church had changed, although there were a few familiar faces that I saw.  I went through the old parsonage and relived some memories. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/10/17
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”  (Vince Lombardi)  Vince wasn’t the best football coach ever (people in Green Bay might disagree), so why do you suppose the NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is named after him?  Lombardi might have become a Catholic priest, except that he wanted a career where he could stomp and lose his temper.  He lived and also expected his team to always “chase” perfection.     ;-)  Jack

TARMART REV:  ...kind of like chasing after Jesus Christ, hey Jack?!?!====JACK:  Have you ever read The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson?  Google it!====REV:  I have not . . . You have uncovered one of my major weaknesses . . . Book reading .  . . Short stories are about my limit most times.====JACK:  You can read a synopsis of Thompson's book on your computer.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Yep, very successful, but at the expense of his relationship with his family.  His son said he (Vince) was never home and there for them.  Everything has a price.====JACK:  The absentee father (mother) is not only a problem for the coaching profession, it's a problem with other jobs, too.  As a pastor, most of the time I was able to control my schedule, but there were times when "duty" called.  Life is sometimes a balancing act.====RS:  It is.  I have a lot of respect for good "jugglers" who are so effective in doing so many different things.

FROM DS IN CA:  I admired him.  Guess that's why I'm always stomping and losing my temper..... but I'm trying!!!====JACK:  Like my mom used to do....when "my" team is doing something stupid, I just stomp out of the room.  I blame it on the genes. 

FROM BB:  You know I’m a Packer backer – always interesting to read Lombardi trivia; thanks for sharing.====JACK:  What was Lombardi's political affiliation?
 He never registered to vote

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/9/17
“Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection.”  (Tavis Smiley)   I “met” Tavis on NPR where I learned that he became interested in politics at age 13.  It made a big difference for him.  Did you know that Madonna was fired after working less than a day at Dunkin’ Donuts?  After his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told that he’d be better off driving trucks.  I was fired only once in my life.  When were you directed (redirected) into your “career”?    ;-)  Jack

FROM TRIHARDER:  If i was more proficient in math, I would have been an engineer.====JACK:  Someone told me that I would make a good pastor.  That was something I'd never thought of. ====TH:  Interesting the directions one takes as a result of offhanded comments made to us.

FROM LBP:  Not quite in your WW line of thought but I was “directed” into my first real job. It went something like this:  Mom: “you should probably start looking for a summer job.” Me: “yeah where do you think?” Pr Freed: “They are hiring at the Dairy Queen. You should apply.”  Uncanny timing. But I loved being a DQ girl. And I still draw on things I learned there that summer.
====JACK:  Something else you learned by working for Frank..."When you're at the window I'm not paying you to chat with your boyfriends."  Or, do I have that wrong?

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I was on a scholarship to Harvard's Summer Institute of World Affairs.    I was the youngest person there....most were grad students.   Most were also agnostics or atheists.    Had some powerful discussions on religion.....which at that point was not the center of my life.    The atheists pushed me toward God.   I went home from that program committed to Christ and his church.    God evangelized me thru the atheists!    In my ministry, I think I was always good at listening to the skeptics and the doubters....I was always one myself.    And, I always needed a good shot of skepticism to renew my faith.====JACK:  Even Jesus associated with tax collectors and sinners.  What is faith, if it is not "tested?"====JOHN:  The point was that the skeptics did not test my faith but instead changed and deepened it.  Not much there before.

FROM LK:  I was fired three times, Jack. Including one that you know of.  The root problem: my own arrogance. 20/20 rearview is helpful, is cleansing.====JACK:  I wear my "firing" as a badge of honor.  It was a job (cleaning toilets) was one that I didn't want, anyhow.====LK:  "cleansing" (toilets), haha!  Gotta smile at times, the more frequent the better.====JACK:  No brush and gloves, either.. just bare hands and a rag.  I can't believe I did it.

FROM TARMART REV:  West Bloomfield, Michigan to Willmar, Minnesota, from pastoring to becoming a church outreach staff pastor and community chaplain to a small rural city of 20,000 residents and county of 40,000 . . . at it for over 25 years now, and enjoying it as well.====JACK:  WB prepared you for Willmar, and Willmar prepared you for not returning to Michigan.  There's a saying: "Bloom where you are planted."  I'm sure that you know the song..."Where He leads me, I will follow."

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good thoughts for today.====JACK:  I can't imagine that "fired" appears anywhere on your resume.  Vince Lombardi once said to his football players, "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."  Do you think that a bishop would ever dare to say that?

FROM INDY GENIE:  I love sharing you and the WW's :)====JACK:  Missionary Frank Laubach had a slogan/philosophy for teaching the illiterate and sharing the message of Jesus..."Each one teach one."  I remember this song from Sunday School...
If to Christ our only king  Men redeemed we strive to bring,
Just one way this may be done—  We must win them one by one.
Refrain:   So you bring the one next to you,  And I’ll bring the one next to me;
In all kinds of weather, we’ll all work together,  And see what can be done.
If you’ll bring the one next to you,  And I bring the one next to me,
In no time at all we’ll have them all,  So win them, win them, one by one.
====GENIE:  Good Sunday School song...I'm imagining you singing it as a little boy:)====JACK:  Sunday School singing made a BIG difference in my life.  I wonder what made the BIG difference for you?  ..for your children?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/8/17
“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.”  (Sent by Paul McCullough)  Last Sunday’s paper had an article listing the best places to work in our area.  The top company encourages new ideas from employees.  One person wrote: “They make me feel important.”  Each worker is given a book to read which tells of a mail carrier who was known for giving consistently good service.  It pays off…for a company and for its employees.   ;-)  Jack

FROM LPD:  Very true!====JACK:  It never hurts to say..."Job well done.  Thanks!"

FROM TARMART REV:  It surely is a good quote to pass along and apply . . . blessed me that day I saw it and passed it on, and will bless your readers as well as they too invest it into the life of another. ====JACK:  Did you ever play the children's game, Pass It On?
When a kind word comes your way  Just say thanks, you made my day  Then........Pass It On
When you see a child smile  Just enjoy it for a while  Then........Pass It On
When a good deed happens to you  Feel the Holy Spirit renew you
Let it live a new life through you  Then........Pass It On
Pass It On was what we called it, but back then it was a game
Years have passed now and we're older, we are called to do the same
Pass It On is what He taught us, when He walked across this land
Pass It On the love He brought us, and make others understand
====REV:  I have not seen or recalled seeing it before . . . one for the "saved file".

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  There’s nothing like a “good dinner Mom” or a good “you’re the best Monnie/grandma”!  It does make your day.  Gary always says thanks for the meal!====JACK:  In the Deep South or the Bible Belt, people might say, "Much obliged," meaning: "Thank you" or "I'm indebted to you."  Have you heard (or used) that expression?====JUDY:  Yes definitely.  We travel a lot, in-fact we are on our way down to Shipshewanna and Ohio.  But our favorite trips are our trips out West.  You still hear that a lot and even in the east side of Ohio.  We have frIends, Jerry and Sue who have a very pronounced western accent.    I love it!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/7/17
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”  (Marilyn Monroe)  A psychology study has shown that people tend to remember “the bad” more than “the good.”  It’s part of the makeup of our brain.  Knowing this can help us to focus in on the good when bad things happen.  A woman, going into the hospital for another of several procedures, was heard to say, “I wonder what good I can do here this time?”  Life is often affected by attitude.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  someone has said that life is 80% attitude and 20% fortitude... ====PAUL:  Marilyn's was not an easy life, but she did have fortitude.  However, it was sad the way it ended.

FROM TARMART REV:  Life . . . definitely affected by attitude.====JACK:  Surely, you remember the verse: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)====REV:  ...most generally walking in that realization!====JACK:   Do the AGs know this song?  SING IT!
Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,  Trying to follow our Savior and king;
Shaping our lives by His blessèd example,  Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,  Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,  Led in paths of light.
====REV:  Unfortunately, the younger AG folk never hear it anymore . . . The few of us older ones still hold it in our hearts dearly.

FROM CS IN RO:  SO RIGHT====JACK:  You know it when you've experienced it.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Attitude is everything if it’s a good attitude!====JACK:  Who determines whether an attitude is good or bad?====JUDY:  Well, if you bark at everyone and everything but smile though you are heartbroken, it’s easy to see your attitude.  You can just look at a person’s face to read his attitude.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I remember the good things! We have just returned from a beautiful trip to Washington and Gettysburg! Two daughters one grandson and one son in law are all graduates of Gettysburg. We walked the campus saw a football game and drove the battlefields twice. I like the peace light a lot. Have u been there recently?====JACK:  I have never been to Gettysburg, even though it's the place of one of our church's colleges and seminaries, dating back before the Civil War.
I have been to D.C.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/6/17
“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”  (Goethe)  As I reread these words of Goethe I began to imagine a beautiful world, a world swept clean of all that hides its real beauty.  The lyrics of Lennon’s song came to mind.  Imagine…peace in the world…no walls…no divisions by religion or nationality…humanity not tied to possessions…no my-God-is-bigger-than-your God.  Perhaps if we each swept in front of our house.    ;-)  Jack

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  Those words from the German poet refer to the morning "ritual" that formerly prevailed in German towns.  Early every day the woman in the home would go out with broom and water bucket, and clean the entry steps of the house.  It was a practice that showed their concern for taking care of things, a commitment to cleanliness and order, with everyone doing their part in the interest of the whole community.  Too bad that it hasn't caught on across the world.  Fact is, it's not so prevalent in Germany anymore.====JACK:  Did your mother ever sweep the steps in Missouri?====RI:  My mother was a ward in an orphanage in St. Louis, from the age of 7 until 16, at which time she was assigned as a house maid to a wealthy family that supported the orphanage (the Hauptmanns...German enough, huh?).  Among her morning duties she lighted the fires in the various chambers of the house, and scrubbed the entry door steps.  At age 18 she married my father, and her life changed considerably.  I don't remember ever seeing my mother wash the steps of our home. ====JACK:  What an interesting insight into the family which was yours.  It only adds to the truism:  "We are who we were!"

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  What a wonderful thought!  Guess we would be in Eden then. ====JACK:  I suppose Adam let Eve do the sweeping...and so it began!

FROM DR JUDY:  Beautiful!! From your mouth to God’s ears Jack.====JACK:  I'd rather have it the other way around.====JUDY:  You already do Jack!!!!====JACK:  As the old song put it..."If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be."  That's another way to translate Goethe's quote.====JUDY:  You have a million of them!====JACK:  When people would laugh at (old-time comedian) Jimmy Durante's corny jokes, he'd say: "I got a million of 'em!"====JUDY:  Loved that show!!!====JACK:  Did you know that Umbriago was Jimmy's imaginary fun-loving friend?  Just saying, Umbriago, makes me smile.  During WW 2, a B-17 crew named their plane, Umbriago, because it was their friend.====JUDY:  I did not. That’s awesome. And the word does bring smiles.  Uh oh. Looked it up to see if it has meaning. Seems to mean drunkard.   That Jimmie!

FROM MY YO SILVER:  Wow. That quote is from Goethe?  It could be from a modern day leader!  Incredible.====JACK:  Maybe I should send it to the White House. 

FROM TARMART REV:  Indeed, sounds like heaven in earth . . . I'll have to shovel a little snow at first thats covering the dirt in Minnesota.====JACK:  Do you know of any biblical reference to snow in heaven?====REV:  Not so much in Heaven, as at Heaven's Door-- One remembered from years gone by and highly recount again today-- "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18 KJV)

FROM MAGGIE:  This Goethe quote was adopted by Mayor Orville Hubbard of Dearborn. When I moved there it occurred to me that not everyone is capable of keeping their own sidewalk clean. They need their neighbors help. Then...the whole world will be clean as we aid and help each other. ====JACK:  I was surprised to hear about the connection to Dearborn.  In fact, it seems like something Henry Ford would have said.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Original sin means that world is not possible.   Why dream of the impossible?    Let our dreams be possible so that we are not reaching out to grasp what us not there.    A good place to start, however, is at our own doorstep.====JACK:  Goethe  was a German Lutheran pastor.,,and you are a Swede.  Who are we to believe?====JOHN:  The which original sin is a given====JACK:  Which do you think is correct..."We are conceived and born in sin" or "We are conceived and born into sin?"====JOHN:  Yes.    I don't think we are sinful at birth.   We are born, however, into a world of sin that makes us not able to live a life without sin.    It was for this reason, Anselm tells us, that we are in need of a savior.     A price had to be exacted from us and we were unable to pay that price.   Only Christ "was good enough to pay the price of sin."    I do not subscribe to Abelard's point of view.   Abelard, the rake, of all people should have known better.

FROM KF:  good words to live by ====JACK:  Yes, they are winners!

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA:  Beautiful thoughts to start the week, Jack.====JACK:  Thoughts are only thoughts, until they are put into action.  The same goes for the biblical words of advice.  ====MT:  True. So it’s a good thing that a thought can also be the stimulus for action.====JACK:  It's just like with a designer...a sketch is only a sketch until it takes real form...or, as the saying goes, a song isn't a song until it's sung."   

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  What a wonderful world in "Imagine"...human nature seems to negate that dream!  But we can do our positive bit in our little corner of the world, to create beauty and good will... .Altogether now sing "Brighten the Corner Where You are (2) Someone far from Harbor you may guide across the Bar. Brighten the Corner where You Are!" :-) Another mass shooting, this time in Texas (at a Baptist Church!~!) brings yet more news of violence and hatred. We have our work cut out for us!!====JACK:  "The Little Light Of Mine...I'm going to let it shine."  The suggestion (in response to the Texas church shooting) that we should arm more church people is insane.  "Imagine" that in your church and mine...unbelievable!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How very true!  Sweep all the dirt of the world away.  One day it will happen!====JACK:  It would be nice if all people would come to do it...but I'm not holding my breath.====JUDY:  There are more sweepers in this world than non-sweepers.  We just hear more about the latter.====JACK:  I suppose that their names are written in the Book of Life under, sweepers.

FROM INDY GENIE:  Beautiful thought. I'm going to try it..====JACK:  I imagine that will do a good job, too.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/3/17
“If you could stand in someone else’s shoes, would you treat them differently?”  (Whitney Hess)  This season baseball player Ian Kinsler suggested that one of the umpires get a new occupation.  Disagreements like that are nothing new…but one of the commentaries after the incident suggested that it would be good if players and umpires could benefit by standing in the other person’s shoes.  At home, at school, at work, in politics…good advice for all.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Sometimes we need to stand in our own shoes and see how imperfect we are....====JACK:  In the old Augustana Lutheran Church Worship Service, the Confession of Sins began, "We poor miserable sinners, conceived and born in sin, with all our heart confess unto Thee.."  Are you ready to go back to that?====JOHN:  Something like that might be a good anecdote to today's feel good ism.....the only sin spoken of now is our failure to follow ELCA social teaching!    We do need to know more of what Reinhold Niebuhr knew about original sin resting beneath our social attitudes and the distinction between moral man and immoral society.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Or just be kind to everyone====JACK:  I seem to recall from my childhood..."Jack, just be nice to your sister."

FROM INDY GENIE:  Perfect....I'm dealing with a "touchy" situation this morning and this is perfect for me to think about. Thanks:)====JACK:  Sometimes "touchy" situations take care of themselves, if left alone.  BUT, most of the time they don', if putting yourself in other shoes (even if they're tight and pinch), then do it.

FROM JB IN OLV:  This brings to mind a lesson I learned many years ago.  While our daughters were young I did my work for our business out of a home office so that I could be at home with our children.  The year before our eldest graduated from high school we added a second building on our property that had an office in it for me.  After it was finished I worked from there rather than from home.  All the years that I was at home I could not understand why when Bill was going to be late-he did not phone and give me some idea of what was going on...even though he had told me to go ahead and eat dinner with the girls whenever it was ready, I still tried to wait so we could all eat together.  This was a point of contention in our household.  Once I started working at the shop and saw what happens when customers bring in problems late in the day and need their vehicle to get to work in the morning I begin to understand.  No matter how well we think we understand another person's job-we don't until we are in their shoes/or have a front row seat to what is really going on.====JACK:  The phone call might have happened if he had been standing in your shoes.  But it was what it was and it is what it is.  It's always good to learn from the past.

FROM COPPER COUNTRY PASTOR:  Warm greetings from 8 in. of snow covered Calumet.    I’m supply preaching Sunday. In addition to asking folks who have been the saints in their lives who have grown them to the richness of the Gospel I’m going to ask them this 2nd question:  Rev. 7   Describes the ultimate future in heaven.  Not just 144,000 but people from every tribe, nation, and language. 
With that awareness will St. Peter ask you at the gate,  “Do you really want in?  This is Jesus house of many mansions.   Jesus has a very  blended family. You’re going to rub shoulders with Jesus’ family of native Americans, blacks,  Asians.  You’ll be with Jews who believe, Muslims who believe, Buddhists who believe.    You’ll be standing with folks who don’t dress like you, eat the same food, talk the same way or worship the same way.   Haven’t You’ve been throwing rocks at these folks much of your life? ……. been insulting them numerous times during your life.....  making fun of them on the playground...........avoiding them during your days?  Do you really want to live with Jesus in His home?    If so, might you need a reformation in your life while you are still alive down here on planet earth?”====JACK:  In heaven, do you really want to associate with a bunch of (Swedes or Finns or Norwegians) sinners?  During the time when we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we might well remember what Luther said.  "When I get top heaven three things will surprise me.  I will miss seeing some people that I expected to see there.  I will see some people I never expected to see there...and most surprising of all...that I am there."  That's what grace is all about.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I wonder how many would actually want to stand in our President’s shoes with what he faces everyday...or any President?====JACK:  I'm pretty sure that if I were standing in his shoes, I would certainly do some things differently...and quickly.  But, I'm not.  ====JUDY:  I just pray for him.

FROM SA:  At risk of being emotional, or 'sappy' as Dad used to say, I aspire to your 'shoes'.  God's Peace, Wisdom, and Strength be with us. ====JACK:  You couldn't go far wrong, when facing certain "right or wrong" situations by asking, WWWD?

FROM BB:  Absolutely; both standing and walking in those shoes.  Have you ever heard of the (Sarah’s circle charity – I think) event where men walk a mile in high heels – stilettos as a way to highlight the disparate treatment receive vis a vis violence?====JACK:  Sarah's Circle Walk is a great idea, but I don't think that I'll be signing up for the February walk.  I would like to see a video, if one becomes available.  I remember, as a child, walking in my father's shoes, pretending that I was a grown-up.

FROM LBP:  Funny. My mind went to treating the shoes differently. Would I give more care to them because they belong to someone else? Now there is a different take on it. Going to think on that a bit  ====JACK:  Here's another idea.  Why not polish your husbands shoes without telling him...and see if he notices.  Or...have your children walk in your shoes...and then talk to them about putting themselves in the place of other people.====LBP:  The kids LOVE to play in mommy’s shoes... and to play mommy, well sometimes...

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  There's no doubt in the world that walking in another's shoes would create much understanding;, and more tolerance!  Husbands and wives should probablyl do that occasionally! :-) I know some shoes I would NOT want to walk in, that of being a woman in many parts of the world!! So blessed in America...Good WW to remind us to THINK before we CRITICIZE~!====JACK:  The quote question..."Would you treat them differently?"  Obviously...

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  we are just now  home from 8 days in the deep South visiting almost all of the important Civil Rights sites of the 1960s across 4 states and talking with 16 of those "foot soldiers" who were in the Movement. many beaten, spit on, imprisoned, and even survivors of bombings!   it was an amazing week in sooo many ways!====JACK:  You were too young to walk in their shoes...then.  But, you have found a way to walk in  so true!   just to put a finer point on it,  many of them actually had no shoes.  but  your point is well taken.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/2/17
“Everyone has a story.  Every story matters.”  (Nicole Wedemeyer Miller)  Have you ever listened to StoryCorps on NPR?  Each episode is a simple, unscripted conversation between two people, exploring what’s important in life…love, loss, family, friendship.  Sometimes I find myself blinking back tears as I’m reminded of the things that matter most…personal stories.  I’m convinced that this world would be better off, if we could learn more about each other.    ;-)  Jack

FROM SF:  Mr. Rogers carried in his wallet a quote from a social worker that says “Frankly, there isn't someone you couldn't learn to love if you listen to their story."====JACK:  I wonder if that advice still holds true today?  Maybe in this cyber-world we know too much about people.  NAH!  I seem to remember a saying...God Knows Me and Still Loves Me.====SF:  Love it.

FROM RVB:  Ooooh so true...Thanks for sharing your stories!====JACK:  As I grow older, each day provides new what happened at Sunny's yesterday.

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  There is a school of thought that the best way human beings can communicate with each other is through stories. The older I get, the more I believe this is true.
 In ancient times, a coveted position in the tribe was the person who who told the history of that tribe through stories.  Alex Haley, in ROOTS, brought this fact to life when he wrote how important that role was in his ancestral tribe.  I love stories!====JACK:  Many rabbis are great story tellers.  Rabbi Syme was a perfect example.  When he gave a eulogy. I almost wished I was in the casket.

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Amen! I had a great discussion with someone on social media yesterday about kneeling… instead of yelling at each other, we simply listened to each other. It was a heart warming experience to talk and realize we agree way more than we disagree… if we take the time to listen!  Thanks for your winning words… they are… WINNING!====JACK:  "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing."  (Vince Lombardi)  Sometimes you win, "ugly."  BTW, I thought that USA was a place where citizens are free to protest...whether other like it, or not.====DR J:  Right on… that’s what I said… maybe taking a knee is the very best image of patriotism in action… showing how much you love your country … so much so that you’d take a knee to show that we are better than our current beliefs and actions. I believe protest is the RIGHT that our soldiers fought for… the RIGHT and FREEDOM to protest.====JACK:  Some people need to take a refresher course in American Values...or perhaps "refresher" is an adjective that does not apply.

FROM TARMART REV:  I've sure enjoyed knowing some of yours!!====JACK:  Mine are nothing, compared to yours.  I've never sung the National Anthem before a car race...or sat in the Target coffee shop eating popcorn.====REV:  ...we’re always looking beyond ourselves toward other’s accomplishments . . . I will never have the privilege of confirming as many young persons faith as you have over the years. I still remember looking at the number of classes pictured on Holy Spirit’s wall.   ====JACK:  Do the AG's believe that each person has a crown reserved for them in heaven...and that each time the believer does a good deed, a star (or jewel) is added to that crown?
You probably know (and have sung) this song....
"I am thinking today of that beautiful land  I shall reach when the sun goeth down
When through wonderful grace by my Saviour I stand  Will there be any stars in my crown.
Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown  When at evening the sun goeth down
When I wake with the blest in those mansions of rest  Will there be any stars in my crown."
====REV:  It is my understanding when the Book of Life is opened and our names are found within, God will reward us as to our faithfulness in serving Him with what He has gifted us with, some with fewer outward gifting and others with more notable ones . . . " (Matthew 25:14-23).====JACK:  Does that mean that "works righteousness" works?====REV:  We’ll have to ask Him when we get there, hopefully I’ll be there at the gate to welcome every one . . . I’ve put my application in early!

FROM KITTY:  Agree!====JACK:  That's better than...disagree.  Thanks.

FROM MAGGIE:  Good morning, Jack. Always good to "hear" your words.====JACK:  It's interesting to ponder how "sending out Winning Words" relates to Longfellow's poem, "I shot an arrow into the air..."

FROM CL:  we need to learn to listen instead of thinking about what we are going to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!====JACK:  Hey, now you're getting personal.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Amen to that====JACK:  What's the background story to your mom's name, Tyra?====RS:  Not sure why my grandparents chose that name for her The only other one I know of is Tyra Banks, the model, but she pronounces it tira instead of teara.====JACK:  It’s a Scandinavian name have to do with a battle warrior…I think.  If so, it doesn’t fit the Tyra I knew and heard about.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Rabbi Syme must have been SOME Eulogizer, to almost make you wish you were the corpse in the coffin! High praise, indeed! :-) The NPR stories ARE very moving sometimes, I agree. Reader's digest also has stories of 100 words sent by readers which are well worth your time! We just had Brian "The Fox" Ellis, International Story-teller for our Senior Luncheon event, and he always holds us mesmerized: So fluent, interesting sound effects (like a BAM! to wake any dozers up!!), and diverse "voices". Story can be an art, and very effective.  We all love stories, and there are some hilarious "Marilyn" stories floating around Illinois, believe me!  I used to do a fun program "Memories from the Manse". Life in the parsonage is fodder for many a good tale! ====JACK:  My favorite "Marilyn" story is the one about you running out of gas while taking kids to school in the morning.  Do I have that right?====OAKS:  Yes, in my black lace baby doll p.j.'s, no slippers, no robe, no money....:-( Hilarious in retrospect. When the gas station man who befriended me showed up for church the next Sunday, Bill quipped, "Maybe we should send this in to the Evangelical committee as a way to get new members!" Bless his unflappable heart!! :-)

FROM FLYIN' CHUCK:  Sometimes I just can't blink them back, no matter how I try. ====JACK: I wonder if they've been able to program emotions into robots.  I hope not.

FROM KIM S-G:  Hi Jack...your daily quote today made me smile!  Dad LOVED to hear everyone’s story!  I had even written that in his obituary!  I don’t know if you had heard the news about Dad completing his baptismal journey...====JACK:  Your dad was one of the nicest persons I've known, and I have stories to back that up.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  If we learned more about people, their families, children, dreams, hopes and lives how hard it would be to hate them.  We need more listening and more love for each other.  You are definitely correct in pointing it out!====JACK:  "Another Judy" on the Winning Words list wanted to know how someone named, Judy, came to have "outhouse" attached to her, I told her your story.====JUDY:  Glad you told her.  I hope she got a chuckle.  If she knows of an outhouses, ask her for pictures.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  That is what makes life so exciting In my olli classes I have Met a former Eastern flight attendant a woman whose son just left for Antarctica To study something a  couple who returned from the great  barrier reel where they say the corals Are white!====JACK:  It was interesting to read about the Bernard Osher Foundation which promotes Life Long Learning.  If I were in Tampa I'd take advantage of it, too.  I see that the University of Michigan has one....
Seven lecture series totaling 43 presentations, with average attendance over 250 people; more than 140 study groups on a wide variety of topics;

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 11/1/17
“I don’t have to be wrong for you to be right.”  (Sent by Don Sunshine)  Have you noticed this to be true?  We tend to surround ourselves with people who confirm what we believe.  I’m guilty!  A true seeker after truth would attempt to see all sides of divisive problems.  Equal time for Fox News and MSNBC.  Oh, RATS!  I don’t have enough time to listen to “the other side,” so I’ll just stay with what’s comfortable.  …and I blithely expect unity to evolve.    ;-)  Jack

FROM TL:  Profound!====JACK:  I guess it's in the eye of the beholder.  A 2nd read tells me that I could have done better...telling me that there isn't always a wrong and a right.  But, it is what it is, and if your eyes like it, I should be OK with that.====TL:  Jack, you are an incredible thinker. ====JACK: Let's eliminate the incredible.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How true!  It’s so easy to get caught up in the norm and just listen to one channel or one opinion, especially one that is the same as mine!  Good thing to think about today!====JACK:  That goes for religion, too.  Michelangelo said it well, toward the end of his life...ANCORA IMPARO...I am still learning.====JUDY:  Absolutely!!!

FROM BB:  Lovely and thoughtful; thanks as ever for being a bright spot in the day.====JACK:  Bright spots are there for those who choose to see them.  Responses such as yours brighten my day.

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  Here’s the problem; what if someone is not interested in the truth or willfully ignores the facts or claims alternative facts, then what?  My niece’s husband really believes that the moon landing was staged!====JACK:  The point as I see it...We can each be right, if there is no bi-partisan agreement on what is the truth.  I can believe that there is a God, but if another person denies the existence of God, in his mind that is true.  It's the same with the moon landing, with the birther controversy, with climate change.====HH:  Your talking about relativism. I don’t think certain things can be relative to a point of view.. Slavery is wrong. Murder is wrong. Etc.  The “scientific method” is designed to lead us to the truth whether we like it or not. Truth is not relative to ones beliefs system, it exists on its own. The earth is not flat, period.  I do like this discussion about truth. It gets me thinking.  Thanks====JACK:  The original statement about wrong and right was about arguments (family, business, politics) was simply meant to say that just because one person is right, the other person is not necessarily wrong...not always absolutes.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/31/17
“WWLS  What Would Luther Say?”  (Pamela Nelson)  P M’s article,  noting the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, lists 3 basic Luther-an precepts.  1) Put the best construction on everything…Be positive.  2) Call a thing what it is…Be honest.  3)  Speak well of your neighbor… Be charitable,   I’m not sure that Luther was consistent in all of these.  Maybe that’s why he spoke extensively about the grace of God.  Good words to ponder today.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA: Was it somebody's joke that I heard that Luther's three precepts for peace of mind were...o amor puellae  o ein butes Bier, und  o spreading manure in the garden?====JACK:  I think that the word, ribald, could sometimes be applied to Martin, especially after a few steins of bier.

FROM TARMART REV:  ...a Pentecostalist would do well to live by them!! One I know of, for sure!!====JACK:  I think that you could actually become a Lutheran, if you'd allow yourself to loosen up a bit.  Drinking beer might be a stretch...but not all Lutherans imbibe.

FROM KIMLM:  Thanks for your daily messages.  Really enjoy them.====JACK:  ...and I enjoy sending them out.  Basically, I try to have the reflect my personality, so it's more like an e-mail conversation.

FROM KANSAN DON:  Amen!====JACK: Are you wearing red today?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Since Jan and Hal were Lutheran Clergy, I heard a good bit about Luther, a good man, who sometimes suffered the flaws of human Nature that beset us all...His life makes for interesting reading, and these precepts are worth emulating.====JACK:  Augustana College and the Augustana Lutheran Church had roots in Swedish pietism.  In that sense, they could identify with some of the Baptists.  When mergers linked the Swedish Lutherans with the larger German Lutheran Church, pietism tended to give way to the more worldly German customs.

=FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Luther was not perfect and we know it by his struggles.  But he knew God loved him and it was by grace he was saved.====JACK:  It is hard to fight against, "We are saved by our good works."  Listen to most funeral eulogies.

FROM KF:  Good words to live by!  I have a maize and blue tshirt "WWBD" - what would Bo do? (Schembechler)====\JACK:  If Ann Arbor is heaven (as some say), it follows that God should be worshiped there.

FROM TARMART REV:  By the way . . . St Mary's Catholic Church here in Willmar invited members of the Lutheran churches throughout our small city to their sanctuary to celebrate together the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. I wished I had attended, I'm sure I would have been welcomed among the 800 present.====JACK:  WWLS?  He'd say that you should have gone.  You're more Lutheran that you think you are.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/30/17
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”  The Psalmist)  The #1 fear for Americans is, being asked to speak before a group.  “My” fear (heights) comes in 2nd.  BTW…I’ve never watched “Silence of the Lambs” to its conclusion.  The Fear of Death shows up as #7.  It doesn’t have to be on the Godly person’s list, because God promises to be with us no matter what may come.  A sense of God’s presence is a great comfort.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  I'm discovering the facts that:  The older I get the slower I move, and the faster that time goes by. I'm going on a week-long trip without my computer, starting today.
God Bless you today.====JACK: Will you be taking your i-Phone?  That counts as a computer, I think.

FROM HY YO SILVER:  I’m sure you’ve heard of the line...Most Americans would prefer to be in the coffin than giving the eulogy.====JACK:  Nope!  That's a new one to me.  For me, it's the opposite...I'd rather be giving the eulogy.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I don't so much fear heights...go to the mountains every I fear standing on the edge of a precipice.====JACK:  You remind me of Fearless Fosdick.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  My number one is heights.  I have to be driven across the Mackinac Bridge, and I'm not fond of the Blue Water, either, but they don't provide drivers.====JACK:  Where does the "religious right" appear on your list?====JAN:  I don't know what you're fishing for but my take is:  You may be religious in your own manner but that doesn't mean you're right (in the way you act). ====JACK:  I chose today's quote and commentary, thinking of the coming Halloween when people try to put fear into other people.====JAN:  I'm not afraid of them (the religious right) but I fear they have already and will continue to do great harm to the people of our nation.  :-(====JACK:  What disturbs me is how the word, Evangelical, has been "stolen" and turned into something opposite of what it really means.

FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  Christine and I walked out of Silence of the Lambs. Films likes these have no redeeming value as far as I am concerned. Everyone fears something, but I believe in the saying the all fear is . IS FALSE EXPECTATIONS APPEARING REAL!!====JACK:  I can't remember walking out of a movie because I didn't agree with its content...but I don't go to many movie.  I think that Inspector Gadget was the last one.

FROM LGAM:  I've heard it said there's scripture that states something like "That which you fear most comes upon you." However, I've never actually found this scripture... But it certainly played out in my life! I never wanted to live with addiction again after childhood, and yet, genetics brought it into our home. For me, this is when the "rubber hit the road" of faith. I learned in my fear and powerlessness to fall on my face and submit to God's will. And I found Him to be true to His word!
Fear is an emotion placed in us by God, so it's natural to FEEL fear. I believe the Lord calls us to BELIEVE and TRUST in the face of our fears. And this has made all the difference for me! ====JACK:  Isn't it strange...I think that the only time we met face to face was at a Maple Grove training event on addiction many years ago.  We exchanged e-mail addresses at that time and have been in touch ever since.  In addiction cases, I've seen faith overcome genetics...not always, but enough so that I believe that it's possible.

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  I fear being alone; although heights and being enclosed(claustrophobia) are close seconds.  I remember that psalm at my father’s funeral, it was a blustery, blizzard cold day in January and when they were lowering his casket I thought he never liked being cold, he won’t like this. Funny the things you think at those difficult times.  I can also tell the story of how a rabbi spoke inappropriately to me during a shiva service the next day, but another time.====JACK:  I've told this story before...but once, when I was stopped for speeding, the officer discovered that I was a pastor... and he said, "Reverent, you guys are supposed to scare the hell out of people with your preaching, not your driving.  Slow down!"

FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH:  My current fear is that the Dodgers will lose Game 6.  However, if they do lose the Series, I will be pleased that the winners are the Houston Astros, who, along with their flood ravaged communities, will be most deserving.====JACK:  My wishes for who wins the baseball World Series vacillates...I like the Astros when Verlander is pitching and when Altuve is batting.   I like the Dodgers when I want the better team to win.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Talking in front of people has never been an issue for me.  Driving someplace I’ve never been before scares me.====JACK:  I think that pastors sometimes fear going into a tragic situation and wondering if they will find the "right" words.  I do praying at times like that.====JUDY:  You are put into very bad situations and I can’t even imagine how you deal with some of it!  God blessed you with some special strengths!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I think we tend to be anxious about the "unknown" and life after death is pretty much an unknown entity. The fact that Jesus has prepared a place for us to be with him, is comforting, but "life" without these bodies is a mystery!  I'm not at all fond of snakes, but I wouldn't call it a might be if I was thrown into the midst of some! :-) Hare to believe Fear of public speaking is # 1.  To each his own, I guess!====JACK:  So, I guess you never went to see the movie, The Snake Pit.  Maybe you should just read a review.===OAKS:  Yes, I did see the Snake Pit: All I remember now is the scene at the dining table where they were passing the food family style, and the words were passed along, "Save some for Virginia"...and of course by the time the food dish got to Virginia it was empty..My gang of girls in H.S.used this as an inside :joke" from then on, when we ate together. ====JACK:  "Save some for Virginia!"  I like it.  I'll have to try it out during the family Thanksgiving dinner this year.  You might want to reprise it at your table, too.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/27/17
“If you keep saying that things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.”  (Isaac Singer)  What’s “your” song going to be today?  Is it Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” or Judy Garland’s “Somewhere, Over The Rainbow” (where troubles melt like lemon drops)?  A. Lincoln said that “you can be as happy or sad as you make up your mind to be.”  While I like Hank, my choice today is Judy’s “where dreams that you dream of really do come true.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Rainbows!!====JACK:  A sign of promise and hope!

FROM KANSAN DON:  How about Dorothy of Wizard of Oz — with friends Cowardly Lion (courage), the Tin Man (heart) and Straw Man (brain) and their inadequacies.====JACK:  The song was written by two Jewish men, Yip Harburg (lyrics) and Harold Arlen (music) in 1939, at a time when Jews in Europe were facing increasing hostility.  The song is about hope that the bad times will come to an end.  Apply "Over the Rainbow" to the Jews of the Holocaust and it takes on a whole new meaning.====DON:  Good comment.  Thanks!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Isaac Singer is an excellent short story writer, and this quote sounds just like him, and I suspect it is true...attitude is everything in most scenarios ! i'm currently staying with my daughter-in-law's mother, who is 91, legally blind from macular and suffers much pain with arthritis, which causes her to use a walker and wheelchair. Brings home how blessed I am, at nearly the same age, but without aches,pains, and disabilities.  Yet she keeps going as best she can, and tries to be upbeat. It would probably be easier to stay in bed all day and mope  !!  A few of us today took a cake and cards to a 94 yr. old friend in the nursing home for her birthday. Same story, but had a pleasant visit, with a cheerful and appreciative bedfast lady!   Positive attitude sure helps!! Rainbows win!====JACK:  The rainbow was given to Noah and his family as a sign of hope.  People continue to use it to signify hope.  It's interesting that the LGBTQ group has chosen rainbow colors as an identifying symbol. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/26/17
“A misery is not be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.”  (Joseph Addison)  In the “olden days” people used some pretty descriptive terms to indicate they didn’t feel well.  For example…I’m sick as a dog…I’m ailing…I’m under the weather.  One that I especially remember:  I’ve got the miseries.  All suffering is not necessarily related to illness.  What gives you the miseries these days?  Malaise does it for me.    ;-)  Jack

FROM GOBLULYNN:  GM, J! May a big win over Rutgers help us out!====JACK:  The troops are restless.  Any team that loses its first-string QB is bound to have the miseries.====GB:  Maryland is playing with its third string QB.====JACK:  During the Great Depression, when there wasn't always what was needed, there was an expression: "We're just going to have to make do."

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I actually feel pretty good....both physically and emotionally.....I tend to be very positive about life!     A lot of that is because, ultimately, I think the Lord is very positive about us. ====JACK:  That's quite a trick...being positive in a negative world.  Or, maybe it's not the world that's may simply be the way most people view it.

FROM TARMART REV:  ...this old body of mine trying to keep up with this "fit as a fiddle" young man inside!!====JACK:  Perhaps you should be wearing that button which reads: PBPGINFWMY!  People might ask what it means, and you can say, "Please Be Patient.  God Is Not Finished With Me Yet." 

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  we all are suffering malaise...  the current state of things in the world is quite enough to give anyone uneasiness. add to that our personal lives... but such is life.  we’ll just have to search a little deeper for the beauty till the feeling passes...and it will.====JACK:  "till the feeling passes" reminds me of the person who prayed, "God give me patience...and give it to me right now!"====LIZ:  it subsides, anyway...====JACK:  In teaching the Lord's Prayer to children, when it says, "Thy will be done," Martin Luther writes, "The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also."  God's will is done, whether we pray for it, or not.  The prayer is rather that we do his will.

FROM SHARIN' SHARON:  Enjoyed reflecting on your WW again this morning, even though miseries is such discomforting emotion to think about.  Here is Richard Rohr's meditation for today too in which he is reflecting on climate change, the miseries connected with it and yet a hopeful and encouraging word at the end of his essay.  A misery of mine is that President Trump seems to be putting in place, in his administration and cabinet, a whole slew of people whose opinions and perspectives run counter to the kinds of opinions and perspectives which I and many people I know hold.  This certainly is a misery but I take heart in knowing the opinion and perspective of the Pope and that I'm on the same side in caring about the indigenous people of the world and the people living a subsistence lifestyle in all the poor areas.  Enjoy your day, there is still the opportunity to pray and the power of faith to lead us forward to some sort of constructive actions.====JACK:  One of my miseries is frustration with people who can't see the world as I see it.  There misery is probably the same as mine.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  (My misery is) G being in the hospital- but that’s also a source of hope...... and faith..... and love.====JACK:  It's a hard prayer, but it's a comforting prayer: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I suspect any of our miseries pale in comparison to most of the rest of the broadens your Horizon and makes you thankful for life in USA. Even in illness we have qualified  medical personnel to deal with it.  A small misery was seeing the CUBS LOSE, instead of CUBS WIN!! :-) But everything in perspective, it's a good life!====JACK:  Just wait another 100 years.  The Cubs will be back!!!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/25/17
“Just because there are checks in the checkbook doesn’t mean there’s money in the bank.”  (Quoted by DAZ)  A 2016 credit study shows that debt is “as American as apple pie.”  For the avg household, it’s $137,067, with $1,300 in yearly interest.  Trends show an escalation, so some are turning to financial consultants.  Bankruptcy isn’t always the answer.  Some go online to sites like NerdWallet.  Regardless, whenever you sense a problem, it’s best to seek help.    ;-)  Jack

 FROM TL:  Thanks for the practical reminder Jack.====JACK:  When my mother was working at Montgomery Ward her pay was cash in an envelope.  When she brought the envelope home, she would take out marked envelopes and put a part of the pay into each of bills...etc.  There was nothing extra. left over.  No credit card payments at that time.====TL: I say to myself, "it worked then, why wouldn't it work now?"====JACK:  My sister still uses that method when they go on vacations.  A certain amount put into an envelope for each day.  When it's gone, it's gone.  Not me.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  "Nerd wallet" is an unreal name.====JACK:  It may sound unreal, but it is real.  Google it and see.====JOHN: I don't think of nerds as financial whizzes....better at high tech....

FROM KZB (to her father):  My DAZ?!  Even if not you,  you were always an amazing saver Dad!  I learned well from you.  You always taught us to save before we spend.====JACK:  Are you teaching the same lesson in these days of "easy credit" and "online ordering"?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We are deeply thankful that we have enough!  Enough to pay the bills, send a little and give a lot.  It’s enough.  What we want??  No but it’s enough!====JACK:  There's an audio-book, How Much Is Enough?  It's a call for a moral approach to economics, drawing on philosophers, political theorists, writers, and economists from Aristotle to Marx to Keynes.  What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many ask themselves. This book tackles such questions head-on.====JUDY:  Sounds like a good book.  But the Bible tells us all we need to know about money.  How many do you think can actually tell you what’s in the Bible about money, the good life and the long hours working for money?

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  One of the titles in my book is, Life is Reciprocity.====JACK:  Don't you have to buy "on credit" to stay in business these days?====GEORGE:  You do not have to, at least I never HAD TO DO SO.====JACK:  In business...You NEVER bought anything on credit?  Even machinery?  WOW!====GEORGE:  I misunderstood the writing.

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Yep - help is good - just make sure the help source is knowledgeable and reputable. I have found a lot of so called experts don’t always have the best answers. I normally recommend getting several opinions.====JACK:  ...but, eventually you have to choose.  Even "no choice" is a choice.

FROM LBP:  Huh.====JACK: Huh (I agree!)  Right?====;LBP: It’s a statistic that needs more information. Technically I have more than that in debt because my mortgage is higher but I’ve got decades to make payments. That kinda of debt on a credit card or to a hospital would have much more immediate consequences. Also the 1300 per year is only 1% of the 130000 average debt which is a super interest rate! But that is still a lot of money.  Averages are tricky because they can be skewed by outliers. The average scenario may also be not observed in this context. Who has 130000$ of debt at 1% apr?  Scaled numbers or graphs give more information but aren’t always as easy to digest as simple numbers. I went to a talk this summer about communicating statistics to a general audience. It was certainly interesting to think about how to make information accurate and digestible.
But of course I expect the intent of the post was to think on the state of things that gets people into that kind of hole and how to help them out or to stay out ...  So many different scenarios ...  ====JACK:  House debt really isn't debt, if the house is collateral.  Right?  I guess it depends on the value of the house.  (It's interesting to read a stat answer from a stat person.)====LBP:  Hmmm... maybe I'm borrowing against the value of my property. But I still owe a bill monthly and am fined if I don't pay it. And when taking out a loan it's counted against you as money owed, right? I have a colleague who didn't own a home until he was able to afford to pay in cash because he didn't want the debt. So stat question number 2... how does the person who got the $130,000 estimate interpret debt? what 'counts'?====JACK:  As to "personal debt," I just Googled "personal debt in America for 2016," and the computer sit out the statistics.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/24/17
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.”  (Margaret Mead)  Proving I.D. is becoming more complex.  PINs, SSNs and photos aren’t enough.  There’s an I.D. business called, biometrics, which uses hands, eyes, voice and other parts of the anatomy to prove that you are you.  At this point, most people rebel against having a chip implant.  But God doesn’t need that stuff.  “Fear not.  I have called you by name.  You are mine!”    ;-)  Jack

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  "You are my are special!"  (Mr.Rogers and Ms.Mary) ====JACK:  "There's no one youer than you!"

FROM SUE:  Your Winning Words today gave me a new favorite, comforting Bible verse.  I have read Isaiah, but  missed the wonder of 43:1  Thanks====JACK:  That's one of the Bible verses that I memorized long ago...but neglected to memorize the source.   Thanks for being my concordance.

FROM AW IN ILLINOIS:  Jack,  I  first misread this.  to always remember I am antique like everyone else.    and to that I say: Amen!====JACK:  An antique is something more than 100 years old.  I'd say that you are vintage!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  "Unique, like everyone else"...I LOVE  it! :-) Yes, even identical twins have SOME differences, as my sis and I discovered.  But God loves each of us the same, as  a Father. Rich blessing indeed!  Always!====JACK:  Was there a special way that friends could tell you apart?  We have twin girls at church who still mystify me.  I'll have to ask if there's a secret way to tell the difference.  At birth, one of them almost didn't make it...but she did...and was given the name Crista.====OAKS:  At first my mom had blue and pink tiny bracelets on us (I was pink) which she moved from R to L arm (and back) when she nursed us, so she wouldn't nurse the same baby twice! But quickly saw differences..I had a rounder face for one thing, and a slightly lop ear!  I think the  trick for relatives and friends were to remember which twin had the name Marilyn Jean and which one was  Janet Eileen: We weren't so identical that you didn't know which one was which, I don't think! It didn't help that we dressed alike all through  school ! :-(  But a lot of twins did that, in those days...!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:   Scary isn't it?  Thankfully, we are God's and God's alone!====JACK:   I'll bet  there's only ONE Outhouse Judy on his list.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/23/17
“What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.”  (Oprah)  I don’t know about you, but robo-calls and direct mail don’t motivate me to give…nor, does trying rev up my guilt complex.  I tend to support charities that work to find cures for diseases that have claimed friends of mine.  I also look for those causes that have lower administrative costs.  Oprah probably got her quote from the Biblical promise: “Give, and it will be given to you.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  you could also add:   It is more blessed to give than to receive.... which seems to come with a built-in blessing:):):)====JACK:  That's a good thought for this time of the year....when most churches are concentrating on "stewardship."

FROM EMT SINGS IN TC:  What do you think about Gardenhire coming to Detroit?  I still think about that little exchange we had when Mother was still alive and I wrote that letter.  Fun memories! ====JACK:  That's not a fun memory for me.  I still think that he could have responded to the request to contact your mom.  But, that's in the past.  Since he's now in Detroit, I may have a chance to ask him to contact her daughter.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  ...Or some may "pay it forward". Either way, it is good (and satisfying) to be a Giver. Though it may not be much, it is a blessing to whomever it goes! Our Tues. to feed the homeless in Springfield falls on Halloween, so we are decorating, wearing costumes to serve, and making it a real party. Hope it lifts a few spirits, in what is usually a pretty dreary life! How blessed I am to have a home, food, and all I NEED!! (And most of my WANTS!)====JACK:  Would it be wrong for someone to dress up as Jesus?====OAKS:  Not in my estimation. My son Mark was a great "Jesus" at cantata time, dark hair, dark eyes, beard...He looked the part! Maybe we could incorporate that into the scheme! :-) Hallow-een indeed!====JACK:  The more I think about it, the more I like it.====OAKS:  WOW! You really did your homework on the costumes! We do have some good costumes, beards, etc. at church, as we did the Last Supper drama several years, and almost all of my Christmas and Easter cantatas  required them! You are amazing in your outreach!! ====JACK:  IMO...Everyone should be dressed as they normally would.  The person, dressed as Jesus, should be just one of the servers.  Someone should video the line to see some of the reactions.  In case you're not up on abbreviations, IMO stands for In My Opinion...On second thought, you probably already know that.====OAKS:  No, I didn't , but good suggestion!! :-)  I think we have a good likeness willing to serves...:-)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/20/17
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”  (Thomas á Kempis)  If you could change one thing about yourself, what might that be?  Emotional?  Physical?  Emotional Consultant, Robyn Stitt, lists “reduction of aches and pains” as the main change that people want in their lives.  A more attractive body, less guilt and more energy are on the list, too.  Self-change precedes trying to change others.    ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  This one requires a lot of thought.  Like Solomon, I would love more wisdom.  Wisdom would help me deal with the things I can control:  weight, health, faith etc etc etc.  and it would help me deal with the things I can't control:  pain, issues and general life.====JACK:  A one-time shortstop for the Chicago White Sox was nicknamed, "Old aches and pains," because he was always complaining about how he felt.  Empathetic people can understand!====JUDY:  Unless someone has suffered constant pain they can't understand.  But it's amazing how you can overcome and live with it, isn't it?  Do you have problem with reoccurring pain from the polio?  My friend Tom Shirley had polio.  He had a "shrivel leg" from it so he walked with a big lump.  But he was a swimmer and did wonderful in swim meets!!====JACK:  I was one of the luckier ones, in that the disease affected only my upper right arm, and there is no pain...only the pain of not being able to have total use of the arm.  The good age 16, polio caused me to rethink my life and had a part in leading me to the ministry as a career.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I don’t tell adults what to do.====JACK:  Sometimes adults need it more than children.  Of course, adults generally have more hearing problems than do children.

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  Love this…. and a great Jack Freed Quote: "Self-change precedes trying to change others.”====JACK:  Sometimes the teacher needs to be the pupil.  Life can be complicated.

FROM LBP:  matthew 7:3-5? Of course the skill needed to remove a plank is likely different than that required to remove a speck. (Another way of saying what works for one might not work for others.)====JACK:  I don't want someone using a hatchet to do surgery on my eye.====LBP:  Me either! In the literal world of eyes... did you hear that my dad now wears safety goggles (mostly) when using the chainsaw since a couple years back he got a stick lodged in his eye? His eye is thankfully fine. In contrast, my great uncle, a barber, lost his eye after getting an infection from a stray piece of hair that landed in his eye. Sticks, twigs, sawdust, hair... hard to know just what the outcome may be.====JACK:  Stuff like that happens more than we might think.  Every nine weeks the doctor injects medicine (after numbing drops) into my eye to control macular degeneration.  I hold the office record for having received the most injections.====LBP:  numbing drops or no, you are one brave guy. I look away from needles. No looking away from one going in your eye! ====JACK:  A friend mine has a saying, when it comes to choosing the lesser of two evils..."It beats a sharp stick in the eye."

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  Today is my 62nd birthday. I am the only me I know how to be. I try to improve each year the me that I am. I will try to accept any aches and pains with grace. I love each day granted!====JACK:  I just read that some of the coolest people have birthdays along with you today...Kim Kardashian, Carrie Fisher, Judge Judy and Lux Interior.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/19/17
“It’s easy to sit up and take notice.  What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”  (Honore de Balzac)  Did you know that there’s a punk band, Balzac, named after the famous French author?  And do you recall the accusation in “The Music Man” movie that Marian the Librarian advocated racy books like those written by…Balzac?  Honore’s realistic writing was new for its time.  Hardly anything (realism) is left to the imagination these days.  Ho-hum!    ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  You absolutely amaze me in your eclectic approach to human challenges!====JACK:  Have you read anything of Balzac...or listened to the punk band?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Never put the references together!  Very interesting! The statement is very true.  As I sit here and look out my window, I see a trench, dug for the electrical wires for our barn, need to be filled in.  Gary's in California so it's up to me, but I'm having problems getting into gear to get up and do it!!  Balzac knew what he was talking about!!====JACK:  "Get cracking!" brings Balzac up to date...or Todd Beamer's 9/11 unforgettable..."Let's roll!"====JUDY:  Yes sir!!!  Let's roll.  You're more than welcome to come and help!!!  Need my address?😊⛏====JACK:  Thanks for the notice.  Right now I'm REALLY having difficulty getting up and taking action.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  but to kill a mockingbird was just banned in mississippi... ====JACK:  Racism has more lives than a cat,

FROM DR J IN OHIO:  so true… so many people say “I support black people” or “muslims” etc… but often they won’t STAND UP for disenfranchised groups via their vote or their voice. Truth be known, we all do this at some point most likely. I think too often we believe as long as we say “I support…” then we are guilt free.  my two cents ;-) keep writing… I love your messages. They always get my neurons firing!====JACK:  No wonder Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn of River City wanted to ban Balzac.  Realism is often hard to take.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  AH, yes! I portrayed Eulalie McKecknie Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN in Springfield Muni Opera. What a fun part to play, and what a great show....still love it!  Balzac!! Racy indeed, for that time! :-) The WW words today are so true, and the older we get the harder it is to get fired up and get going!! But much easier to settle down with a good book, which in turn may make us "sit up and take notice"!.====JACK:  I liked the way that "Balzac" would roll off of her sneering tongue.  You probably can remember the dialog....and say it, right now!  Paul Ford was the perfect husband for her.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/18/17
“In youth we learn, in age we understand.”  (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)  There’s a song, “Grandpa, tell me ‘bout the good old days.”  Sometimes it takes a look at the past to enable us to understand and appreciate the present.  Recently I had a chance to make a video recollection of “the good old days.”  Great as they were, time has allowed me to appreciate new discoveries and life improvements…and new generations, too!  Remember, this is still God’s world!    ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  youth IS wasted on the young!====JACK:  I learned a lot while growing up, but didn't realize it at the time.  Such it usually is for each generation. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  Jack’s Winning Words 10/17/17
“Nomophobia, short for ‘no mobile phone phobia,’ is the fear of being without your cellphone or being out of mobile device contact.”  (The Daily Extra)  I wonder if nomophobia is related to separation anxiety disorder (SAD), that fear of being away from home, parent or any safe place?  I looked for a word describing the fear of being separated from God, but couldn’t find one.  Maybe it’s because God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”    ;-)  Jack 

FROM TRIHARDER:  It's liberating to forget my phone now and then.====JACK:  What are the rules for mobile phones in the courtroom, or does each judge have personal rules?====TH:  The ringer had better be turned off.  Some judges would go ballistic. Others would just give looks.  My watch went off once during a hearing.  The judge demanded to know whose phone was going off in the crowded courtroom. I remained silent and continued to conduct myself as if I didn't hear it.

FROM KITTY:  Interesting thought as always. And being an early riser myself, I can’t help but notice how early you are getting up these days====JACK:  If I wake up after 3 am, I go to the computer and spent 15 minutes sending out WWs to over 500 people.  Then, it's back to bed for some more sleep.  I generally want to have a "positive" message appear on computer screens when people turn on their pc-s.====K:  Often the first thing I see. Thanks=====JACK: . I do it for people such as you…and for my personal satisfaction, too.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Amen!  One of my favorite God-quotes!  SAD also refers to my disorder: Seasonal Affective Disorder which i'm hoping a brighter winter will help me avoid in 2018! ====JACK:  I'm already looking forward to Groundhog Day, which signals the coming of my favorite expressed in these song lyrics...
"So when it's raining have no regrets  Because it isn't raining rain you know  It's raining violets
And when you see clouds up on a hill  You know they'll bring crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for a bluebird  And listening for his song..."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/16/17
“Be nice to people…maybe it will be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread love anyway.  We rise by lifting others.”  (Germany Kent)  I worshiped at a church yesterday, Good Samaritan, which seeks to live up to its name and to the spirit of today’s quote.  I know of another church that seeks to do the same: House For All Sinners and Saints.  Jiffy Church promises: in and out in 15 minutes.  Names identify us.  What do our names say to others?    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i have heard the Pastor from House For All Sinners and Saints speak at the seminary and also interviewed by Krista Tippet on NPR Radio.  she is quite a character with all the tattoos and body piercing and colored hair, etc.  but her theology is quite sound and she is a good theologian.  i have not read her book====JACK:  She abbreviates her church's name...HFASS.  She is out of the ordinary, to be sure.  But, we each have our individuality.====PAUL:  i love it.  at least she has a good sense of humor!

FROM SF:  Yup. A 'Mitzvah' is a good deed with no expectations in return. Whether noticed, appreciated, or reciprocated...====JACK:  Are they commanded, or simply done as the occasion arises?====SF:  I would say, both.

FROM TARMART REV:  1 Take the name of Jesus with you, Child of sorrow and of woe; It will joy and comfort give you, Take it then where'er you go. -- 2 Take the name of Jesus ever As a shield from ev'ry snare; When temptations round you gather, Breathe that holy name in prayer. -- Hopefully found walking in His Name.====JACK:  Are you the Good Samaritan when you sit and wait, while eating popcorn?

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  We are how we are perceived, and we are perceived based on our actions and words.  RE: G- she now has pneumonia- going to do a culture to see the severity. One more hurdle. A real test of our ability to turn it over to God and have peace knowing He is in charge.====JACK:  There are things far more important that baseball and football, aren't there?

FROM DANIEL RIFT  Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal : Today is World Food Day. A day when millions of people around the world come together in the commitment to end hunger – for good.  n commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’re partnering with our friends at Australian Lutheran World Service in the ambitious goal of raising a combined $500,000 toward our jointly supported work in Indonesia.  Your gifts will help fund this cooperative work in Indonesia focusing on sustainable agriculture, education, safe water and sanitation. Any support beyond the goal will go toward other programs where we partner with Australian Lutheran World Service – in Burundi, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and South Sudan.   Every dollar given up to our target will be paired with one from our friends in Australia, so we can make maximum impact – together.

FROM CS: Those churches sound interesting.  Where are they?====JACK:  Good Samaritan is in Waterford, MI.  HFASS is in Denver..  I think Jiffy Church is someone's idea of an antidote for loooong church services.

FFROM BLAZING OAKS:  This SO fits my experience at church yesterday! After our service, a man, woman, 2 children knocked at our back entrance, which another deacon any myself answered, telling them they were too late for our service but could join a S.S. class if interested. The man said they had come to ask a favor; They were on their way to Delaware (!) and were out of gas and needed money...Our deacon pulled out his wallet and showed he had $7.00 in it. I had to hurry to teach my S.S. class, but hurried to retrieve my purse, and took a 20.00 bill out, and ran back and gave it to him, saying, "This won[t get you to Delaware , but it's a start!" He grabbed it angrily, and shouted, "You could give a lot more than that!" I was stunned, as he turned away and stomped off. (He didn't offer to return the money).  I had to remind myself that the judgment was on him; I had been as kind as I could afford to be....Hopefully the kids will remember someone was nice to them!====JACK:  I hope that you're not feeling guilty.  Some churches have a deal with a nearby gas station.  The "needy" get a fill-up.  I was involved in the arrest of a "serial scammer."  He had been telling the same story to churches and synagogues.  The arrest (and a fight) took place in my office.  It turned out that he had a long rap sheet.  His wife, waiting in the car, was so happy that he was to be locked up.  He had been a terrible abuser of her and their children.  I had to testify in court.  WWJD?

FROM TRIHARDER:  Like saying "Thank you" to the person who  pours your water and picks up your dishes at the restaurant. ====JACK:  There's an article in this week's Crainn's Business about Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin advocating raising the $3+ per hour wage to $15+ and eliminating tipping.  Some responses indicated that would result in a lower take hope pay.  Personally, I'd rather tip.  How about you?====TH:  Restaurant owners take "taxes" out for tips. Usually, the formula WAY underestimates the amount of the tips.  The result is that most servers way underpay taxes due based upon their actual wages (including tips) -- I agree they generally make more than $15 /hr, especially at a well attended restaurant.  I'm not in favor of anyone not paying their full share in taxes. Hostesses and clean up crew are generally not tipped unless the restaurant requires shared tips.

FROM BB:  Wonderful, inspirational quote.  Thank you for sharing!====JACK:  Another...Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.