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 season....as 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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/13/17
“It’s a healthy thing to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”  (Bertrand Russell)  Russell has been labeled a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but said, “I have never been any of these in any profound sense.”  I can identify with him in this respect.  I resist being “tagged.”  But, I am willing to be called observant, interested, and open-minded.  With the passing of years, there are both more ?-s and also more !-s.    ;-)  Jack 

FROM HONEST JOHN:  When I was a boy, I was very patriotic and loved my country.   I am much less that way now.   I will fight to try to make it better but know that it is doomed like any other nation or empire.    The Lord, on the other hand, continues to grow in importance to me...in the long run, that is all we have....and, fortunately, that is enough.====JACK:  I think that Russell's question mark reference was a call to "rethink."  Your response indicates that you've done that. ====JOHN:  I have rethought...and continue to rethink....I want to think better of my country than I do. ====JACK:  The Christian Century magazine carries essays from time to time from theologians.  The series is titled:  How My Mind Has Changed.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  you got up early today, Jack.  hope you went back to bed:):) ====JACK:  2 AM, your time....which reminds me of an old song...
Well, it's 2 o'clock  In the morning
And I'm sittin' thinkin', wonderin'
Gettin' curious about one thing
Because you and I  Have a lot in common
And I figure it's the reason
Why we get along so easily
Natural friends  Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
====PAUL:  your memory for old songs and their  lyrics is truly amazing.  you can sing it to me sometime:):):)

FROM TARMART REV:  "... observant, interested, open-minded and friend of many!!"====JACK:  "To have a friend, be a friend!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  That would do it, for sure! WOWSIE!====JACK:  Joe E. Brown used to say, "Wowser!"====JACK:  Inspector Gadget used to say, "Wowser!?  Were you ever a fan of his?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/12/17
“Let’s not get panicky.”  (Branch Rickey)  Did you know that Abe Lincoln had problems with anxiety?  And so do Barbra Streisand. and Whoopi.  In fact, most of us have experienced “panic” situations.  “Experts” advise…Stop and take a deep breath; try to think through the situation, and try to think positively (I think I can; I know I can).  Maybe it’s an unexpected stress event, or being in a crowd, or asked to speak publicly.  If Lincoln could master it, I can, too.    ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP:  And it's ok to seek experts for help. Took me many years to accept that I needed help. Years of feeling physically ill. Years of feeling dread. I can work through it better now but an outside perspective was needed to guide me down the path and give me tools to navigate better. I see friends and family struggle with similar things but there is such a reluctance to find help. So maybe I'm a bit preachy on it now but it can affect anyone, whether life is good or tough. It's ok.====JACK:   I recall someone who would not come forward to receive Holy Communion.  I decided to talk with her about the situation.  While we did not get to the bottom of the issue (and that was not my purpose), my assurance that God welcomes all to his table, regardless of past issues, seemed to unlock the gate that had kept her away. 

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  One day at a time====JACK:  ...or, one minute.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Panicking is when you realize you can't find your child in the store!!  Sometimes it's hard to stop and take a deep breath even though that's the thing to do.====JACK:  That happened to my mom when I was little.  A person came in the store and announced that "a child has been hit by a car outside."  Yes, I was the child (not injured).  I had a habit of running away.  They tried to solve the problem by putting a harness on me with a leash.  ====JUDY:  You were hit by a car?  Your parents must have had nervous breakdowns!!!  We were at Hershey, PA., and we lost Andy in the crowd.  We looked everywhere and were panicked.  He had walked to an employee and told her we were lost and could she help him find us!!!  So....they did.

FROM TARMART REV:  “I think I can . . . I know I can!”====JACK:  So help me, God.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  A comedian once said, "I tried to drown my sorrows, but the little devils learned to swim!" :-)My husband was pretty unflappable, which probably kept me grounded, for who doesn't have panicky moments?   When upon the Billows you are Tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, Angels will attend, Help and Comfort Give you, 'til your journey's end!"  Stay Positive!====JACK:  Panicky?  I was at an out of town meeting and received a message that our youngest daughter was in the hospital and that I needed to come home immediately!  Nothing more than that.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/11/17
“If I am what I have, and I lose what I have, who then am I?”  (Eric Fromm)  The word, xenophobia, is often seen in the news…fearing people who are different.  It’s part of racism, ethnic superiority,  classism.  A children’s song says: “All creatures, great and small, the Lord God made them all.”  Or in the words of Dr. Seuss, “There’s nobody you-er than you.”  Resist the temptation to preen at the expense of others.  Who do you think you are?    ;-)  Jack
www.jackswinningwords.blogspot.com to see my blog

FROM TARMART REV:  Resisting the temptation to "preen" at the expense of others, I am. 0;-) ====JACK:  Jesus described two people praying:  One stood by himself and prayed: "God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers...or like the tax collector over there.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get."  But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner." ====REV:  ...beating my breast, in deed, with grateful thanksgiving and praise!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words, Jack!  thanks...====JACK:  Jesus said, "My words are not my own.  They come from the Father who sent me."  My "good words" are the words of the people I quote...and the words of the Spirit who often puts them into my mind.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  you know, dr seuss is racist now...====JACK:  If I were placed under the same microscope that was used to examine Dr. Seuss, I know that some signs of racism, classism and superiority would show up.  "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."====LIZ:  no kidding! all of us!!!

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  I don't  think  "All things bright and beautiful"  is necessarily  a children's hymn. Many couples choose  it for their wedding, some for funerals and always at Harvest Festival.  I used it just last week when taking a celebration service for harvest at the home where Angela is a resident.  Of course even people with dementia  can sing it because of childhood memories, sadly no longer for Angela, she no longer speaks.====JACK:  Wikipedia isn't always reliable, but that is where I often get my information.  "The hymn (All Things Bright and Beautiful) was first published in 1848 in Mrs Cecil Alexander's Hymns for Little Children. It consists of a series of stanzas that elaborate upon verses of the Apostles' Creed. The hymn may have been inspired by a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: 'He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all.'"  Regardless...It's one of my favorite songs.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  A redeemed Child of God without the garbage!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 10/10/17
“Don’t tell me it doesn’t pay to worry; most of the things I worry about never happen.”  (The Church Secretary)  I like the Bible verse: “Cast all your cares on the Lord, because he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7).  To know that God cares about us and our situation is a real comfort.  It may be apocryphal, but I once read of an Asian man, named, Lo, whose favorite Bible verse was, “Lo, I am with you…always.”  It really helps to know that God is always with us.    ;-)  Jack   

FROM TL:  Jack, thank you for the beautiful reminder.  Thanks for WW.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I love that story about Lo...have used it many times....it is comforting  ====JACK:  I suppose you've used is at Christmastime, too.  "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming."

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Trying to remember that this AM.  They had to put G into ICU last night for an elevated heart rate.====JACK:  "The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee (O Lord)." ====JACK:  God hears, God understands.  "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  this one i really like!   will add it to my Mary/Martha sermon file having to do with worry and anxiety.   glad you got home safe and sound.  have a blessed day...   p.s. the Lo story reminds me of a fellow in the Army whose name was Glenn Oscar Davidson (true story).  so on all his equipment he had the initials GOD.   he took a lot of ribbing for this but he was also reminded constantly that God was with him:):)

FROM JE:  I really needed this today. Thank you for your words of wisdom.  God is with me and HE helps me every day.  Take good care and enjoy this beautiful sunshine.====JACK:  Our family tombstone has "Cast all your cares on the Lord..." engraved on it.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  It does indeed, tho sometimes like my daughter Sarah, I want "someone with skin on"!:-)  I have a small wooden plaque on my fridge that says, "Good Morning; This is GOD. I will be handling all of your problems today."  I often have to be reminded of that! "Be not anxious....He tells us!====JACK:  It also helps to sing: "Jesus loves me, this I know," or "Jesus knows me this I love."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  That's funny!  I'm not a worrier but Gary is.  I love the Lo story.  Judith is in the unbible so I don't know a lot about her.  I wonder if she was a worrier!?!====JACK:  What's the un-Bible?====JUDY:  We tried to figure out how to spell apocrypha!  I finally ask Siri.

Jack’s Winning Words 10/9/17
“I stand in awe of my body.”  (Thoreau)  In this world of ours, with its penchant for “rating” people based on bodily appearance…each of us needs to look in the mirror and repeat, “I am not my body.”  The body is simply a transportation device for the real me, my soul.  It is a marvelous gift to have been created in the image of God, to have a spirit.  Yes, the body is a remarkable piece of equipment, but what is that compared to being like God?  I’m in awe!    ;-)  Jack

FROM SHALOM JAN:  In my late teens and early 20s when my friends and I at Capital University referred to Sallman's "Head of Christ" (a copy of which I carried in my wallet for decades), we called it "The Girl Jesus" because of the long, dark-blonde, curly hair on "Jesus".  My favorite(s) are several of Rembrandt's paintings.  He used as his models young, Jewish men who lived near his studio in Amsterdam, where Jews were much better accepted into the fabric of the city than elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century.  One copy, stuck on the side of my fridge, is an almost wistful-looking "Jesus".  Maybe that is why Rembrandt's depictions of Jesus weren't as well-accepted as his other paintings, because Jesus looked, as you say, like a Middle Eastern "misfit".  One of my favorite children's books about the birth of Christ is Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell, because of the illustrations by Jason Cockcroft of Mary and Joseph appearing very Middle Eastern.  I often have used this book to "tell" the story during Children's Time at worship.====JACK:  We received Sallman's Head of Christ as a wedding gift and still have it hanging on the wall,,,a reminder of "the good old days."  But, times change, and so do our tastes...even religious ones.


Jack’s Winning Words 10/6/17
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  (Quoted by Dave Johnson)  Mick Jagger sings, “I can’t get no satisfaction…”  Is it that way with you?  I guess that there are times for all of us when we become frustrated because of some “lack” in life.  Dave J suggests that satisfaction can come by helping those in need.  “Find a need and fill it” is good career advice, but it also has a way of making this world a better place.    ;-)  Jack 

Jack’s Winning Words 10/5/17
“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want.”  (Ben Stein)  What is it that would cause you to be happy?  Is it more money, more control, more things, more love?  Or maybe less…less stress, fewer problems, etc.  Maybe it all begins with an attitude adjustment,..a willingness to make some changes.   Maybe we need to reassess this life of ours and that which is so important.  Is it really those things?...or something else?    ;-)  Jack

Jack’s Winning Words 10/4/17
“You have to be sold to sell, convinced to be convincing.”  (An Old Saying)  Anyone who’s been into sales knows about Zig Ziglar, one of the greatest salesmen and motivational speakers.  Zig said,  “You can have everything you want by helping others get what they want.”  The turning point in his career happened when he began living by Biblical principles.  It also helps to be able to get along with your co-workers, customers, neighbors, family…and self.    ;-)  Jack

Jack’s Winning Words 10/3/17
“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”  (Walter Payton)  After Las Vegas, do we stop going to concerts?  After 40,000 highway deaths last year, do we park our cars?  All it takes is a crazed shooter or a drunk driver…life is so uncertain.   A friend of mine used to close his TV program by saying, “Be safe.  Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.”  Annie Johnson Flint wrote:  “God has not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through…But God has promised strength for the day, Rest for the labor, light for the way,”    ;-)  Jack

Jack’s Winning Words 10/2/17
“Be interesting and enthusiastic and don’t talk too much.”  (Norman Vincent Peale)  In my home church the pastor was called, “20-Minute-Tillberg,” because his sermons were that length (which was short for that time).  A preacher in our area once held the Guinness record…a 24-hour sermon.  FDR said it best: “Be sincere, be brief, be seated.”  Whether it be a sermon, a business presentation, or any talking, you can’t miss by following NVP’s advice.    ;-)  Jack

Jack’s Winning Words 9/29/17
“Be content with your lot.  You can’t be first in everything.”  (Aesop)  Are you contented, happy, satisfied?  Cicero said, “If you have a garden and a library you have everything.”  In the movie, The Jerk, Navin says that all he needs is an ashtray, a thermos, matches and this remote control.  “What do you think I am, a Jerk?”  Only a jerk has to have it all.  Only a jerk is never satisfied.  Today is a good day to appreciate the good in the lot that is ours.    ;-)  Jack

Jack’s Winning Words 9/28/17
“You always get lucky…sometimes!”  (Unknown)  “Lucky at cards” doesn’t apply to Alex Mullen.  He’s a memory athlete and recently won a contest, memorizing the order of a shuffled deck of cards in 18.65 seconds.  Luck doesn’t apply to Alex.  “Luck” is that which, good or bad,  is beyond our control.  Interestingly, “luck” traces its origin to a word meaning, “appointed by destiny.”  If you can’t explain it, God comes in handy.  For me, I’ll just wait and see.    ;-)  Jack       

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/27/17
“I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”  (Marshall McLuhan)  Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois was once criticized for changing his vote on a certain issue.  His response: “The only people who do not change their minds are those in asylums or cemeteries.”  Looking back, I see that time has allowed me to change my mind (or come to a better understanding) of biblical and theological and social issues.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m wishy-washy.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  then why do we so often  severely criticize politicians who also change their minds?  truly we are a strange lot...  also, recall McLuhan's other big line: the medium IS the message.   i.e.  people don't always choose a hymn because it fits the liturgical calendar.  the choose it because the melody does something for their soul and they could care less what season of the church year it is or what the lyrics are.   i found that out at SLLC where the congregation always chose the last hymn of the service.  sooo,  we would sometimes be singing a Christmas hymn in July or a Holy Week hymn during Advent....the medium (melody) was the message and not the lyrics.   we are a strange lot...====JACK:  Sometimes in church, it's a fine line between what the customers want and what the customers need.  I've always liked the quote:  "The role of the pastor is comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable,"  You've done a pretty good job of that in your ministry.
FROM TARMART REV:   I believe we all have a little hypocrisy found to be alive within us...never beyond the process of change, knowing we will eventually grow into full maturity and be like Him.====JACK :  A little hypocrisy?   

FROM BB:  You make a fine distinction; thanks for sharing.  Think we need to be more forgiving of folks who change their position on issues, even when they disappoint us?====JACK:  Change is REALLY hard for some people.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/26/17
“When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover that they are not in it.” (Bernard Bailey)  When I was growing up, the expression, “He’s full of himself,” was used to identify egotists.  In today’s world the braggart is called a gasbag or a blowhard.  Steering away from politics…Jesus advised humility.  “The humble will be exalted.”  Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins.  Smugness could be number 8.     ;-)  Jack

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  i witness this scenario each year when the new little ones join our school group.  some adapt quite quickly and are happy to part of a bigger vision.  some need more time and extra love and guidance to make the leap.  the sooner learned and accepted...the better for their world and the world's future.✌❤😊====JACK:  You probably don't teach them this song...
School days, school days, Dear old golden rule days.
'Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic, Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick.
I was your queen in calico, You were my bashful barefoot beau,
And I wrote on your slate, 'I love you, Joe,'  When we were a couple of kids.
...especially the part about a hick'ry stick.

FROM BB:  Big Smile.  Watched a pilot TV show last night called, “Good Doctor” about an autistic physician who’s applying for a surgical residency at a hospital.  After doing emergency procedures on a child at the local airport, he’s allowed into the OR under the surgeon who will be his mentor.  At one point, after being slammed for his thoughts/contributions, he tells the lead surgeon something like, “I’ve noticed you are very egotistical; do you find this trait makes you a better surgeon?  Does it get in the way of working well with your colleagues?”  I found the discourse and the whole show interesting – told from the point of someone socially uncomfortable and, very blunt/honest.  Wish there was a bit more of that trait and a bit less ego….====JACK:  Some people probably confuse your name with that of water filter.  Incidentally, that filtration system was founded by a German man who named it after his daughter.

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA:  That’s a great quote, Jack.  …and your subtle gag was LOL!
Regarding the ‘center of the universe’ theme — here is a hilarious and brilliant piece of standup satire by the former Saturday Night Live writer and ‘news’ commentator, A. Whitney Brown.
====JACK:  I'm glad to know that someone reads between the lines of my postings.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/25/17
“There’s a point when patience ceases to be a virtue.”  (Thomas Morton)  Patience and Prudence McIntyre, were singers in my younger days.  Their unusual names trace back to the Puritans who named children after virtues, like:  Faith, Hope, Charity, Grace and Verity.  I once knew a Loyal and a Constant.  But I’ve never met a Calm, a Silence or a Helpless.  On the 2017 list of popular baby names, not one Virtue Name is there, unless you count Sophia.    ;-) Jack

FROM RVB:  You will get a kick out of my Sunday school brothers names:  Sir, DaMan, JaMere, and Sincere====JACK:  I not only got a kick out of it...I got a smile, too.

FROM LBP{  Yay. V :)  Grace was popular about 10 years ago. We knew a few that age. We actually met another kid named verity too. ====JACK:  Jesus said, "Verity, verity, I say unto you.."  Oh, I guess it was verily, verily."  Verity means, "the fundamental belief."

 FROM HONEST JOHN:  How could I not count Sophia?====JACK:  Sophia is fortunate to have a modern-day sophist for a grandfather.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i love the virtue names. grace has made a comeback in recent years. ====JACK:  Grace (God's undeserved love for us) has never gone out of style.  I rely on it every day.

FROM KF:  Hmmm....not even Grace?====JACK:  Wasn't Gracie a member of your "family?"

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  now that was an interesting bit of history regarding the Puritans...  ====JACK:  History also reveals that the Puritans weren't always so pure.  BTW, they are said to have invented shuffleboard.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Sarah's best friend named her daughter Sarah Grace, and we have a Faith, and a Hope among our church children, so some names do live on. I knew a Charity, also, about my age. I was surprised to find Imogene in the top 5 names for 12016! Who knew? I was surprised when my great g.son was named SAGE, but actually there are several Sage's around now that I notice it!  Like fashions, names kinda go in cycles, it seems.We just need to "take the name of JESUS with us". ====JACK:  If Sage could find someone named, Rosemary and a guy name, Tim (pronounced with a long i), they could form a singing group and called themselves, "Sage, Rosemary and Tim."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I knew a Penny Nickles and a Larry Krapp.  I do know a bunch of Faith, Hope and Graces though.====JACK:  Another Judy asked, "What kind of a Judy do you know who is referred to as "Outhouse?"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/22/17
“Most of us are pretty good at keeping promises to others and pretty bad at keeping promises to ourselves.”  (Lawrence LeShan)  The Optimist Creed has a line…”Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”  Self-promises, like that, are often easier said than done.  12-Step Programs, designed to face addiction problems, call for a decision to seek the help of “a higher power” and the help of others in keeping self-promises.    ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP:  A New book out by one of my favorite podcast hosts, Gretchen Rubin, posits that people can be classified by how they respond to expectations. One of the largest groups she dubs the obligers which fits today's quote. But it's interesting to think about how others struggle (or don't) with inner and outer expectations. Her motivation is not to box people but to figure out strategies for yourself and your interactions with others. If nothing else it reminds us that people aren't one size fits all and helps us think about some other perspectives.
What is your tendency? https://gretchenrubin.com/2015/01/ta-da-the-launch-of-my-quiz-on-the-four-tendencies-learn-about-yourself/====JACK:  "Much obliged" is an expression you don't hear much anymore.  In today's world it's "Thanks, man! or "Thanks, maaaam!"  I saw a picture of Jesus giving the thumbs-up sign and saying, "Thanks, dude!"

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  That is a great idea!👍👍👍====JACK:  It's always a great idea to seek the help of the higher power.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Promises to others are strong words.  We shouldn't promise unless we DO the thing we promise.  But, the promises we make to ourselves are often broken.  Not sure what the answer is but I promise I will try to be better at it! 😊====JACK:  "I promise, so help me, God!"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/21/17
“There is no harm in repeating a good thing.”  (Plato)  In my ministry I preached one sermon at least a dozen times…Come Before Winter (2 Timothy 4:21).  “Do that thing that needs doing before it’s too late.”  There’s no harm in repeating the warning that “too late” means “too late!”  A letter that needs to be written; a fence needs to be mended; there’s unfinished business.  Procrastination can be a soft bed.  There comes a time when tomorrow is too late.    ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I like Garrison Keillor's comment "Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted." To make time for your Children, "Grands", and "Greats", neighbor kids, church children, is to leave a kind impression and the warmth of love, with another generation. I love it when I come into church, and little kids run to give me a hug!! And to hear my Grands and Greats enthusiastically yell "NANA" when I join them...is worth the time invested a thousand X over! Jesus loves me, this I know....!====JACK:  I like the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World.

FROM SA IN KENT:  I bet that sermon was a favorite. I have a 2" button from the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. that's black with white lettering, "What you Do, Matters". It states the obvious, but people still ask me about it, and usually respond with a nod.====JACK:  We all need a reminder to do what needs to be done, before it's too late.  A poke, a nudge, a string on the finger, a post-it, a beep, a pop-up, a calendar date X...you name it.

FROM KANSAN DON:  Glad to hear your good experience.  I don’t doubt that I may have sounded the same tune more than once. But one time in Lindsborg I looked back on old sermons.  So I brought it to the pulpit.  I could not get any juice out of it.  Never again!====JACK:  I was just listening to a concert movie, Monterey Pop, featuring rock groups and their famous songs.  They've repeated many songs, and their fans clamor for them.  My congregations came to expect "Come Before Winter" at the close of the church year.  It was not a word for word repeat, but the message was the same...the same as in Winning Words today.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Enjoy each day!====JACK:  That's on my To Do List each day.

FROM KLM:  Good advice.  Thanks.====JACK:  Did you notice that today's quote is from Plato?  Now, that' "old" advice, and I'm sure it's been repeated many times.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/20/17
“Knowledge of the world is only acquired in the world and not in a closet.”  (Lord Chesterfield)  Simeon Stylites was a monk who was so distressed by the world that he chose to escape by living on a small platform on top of a 50’ tall pillar of stone for 37 years.   When the world looks bleak to you, don’t hole up in a closet.  Look for even little ways to make it better.  Take the Biblical advice, “Don’t be overcome by evil; overcome evil with good.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:when i feel depressed, i go somewhere, anywhere... even if only a drive to walgreens to buy some coke or milk.  it breaks the chain.====JACK:  I came across this interesting quote.  "Often we tell ourselves, 'Don't just sit there, do something!' But when we practice awareness, we discover that the opposite may be more helpful: 'Don't just do something, sit there!'"  (Nhat Hanh)  Sitting and meditating can be good, at times, too.

FROM DR J:  Thanks... needed to hear that today!====JACK:  Motivation is somewhere...when you look for it.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think again it is not "either/or" but "both/and".    We need to be there to see and experience the world and we need to withdraw from it at times to think about what we have seen.====JACK:  Kierkegaard had it right, but I  don't remember reading about him sitting on a pillar of stone.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  How very appropriate words for today.  Facing evil head on!
We pray for guidance as we face this evil ridden world but we know...we are sure...God is stronger than any evil we face!!!====JACK:  "God is stronger than any evil we face!!!"  Keep repeating that!

FROM TL:  Thanks, Jack.   That really helps!====JACK:  When i push "Send" I never know what's going to happen, hut I hope it's for the good.

FROM BLAZING OAKS: The world does often look bleak these days, but we can, as you point out, do our little bit to brighten the corner where we are, and  invest in world-wide mission efforts, and charities who can minister and heal where we can't.  Tons of opportunities are there, if we have the health and energy to "do" and prayer is a powerful force....I think we have very little idea how powerful, actually! There are so many inspiring stories of answered prayer!====JACK:  While Googling around, I saw that some have taken 'closet prayers' literally.  They set aside a room or a quiet corner in their homes, furnish it with a comfortable chair, table, Bible, and maybe a notebook, and use that corner for a regular prayer time. A “prayer closet” might be a daily commute, a bench in the back yard, or the kitchen table. John Wesley’s mother is said to have sat in a chair and thrown her apron over her head as a sign to her kids to leave her alone. Jesus usually went to a secluded hillside. The point is that the “closet” is free from interruption, distraction, and listening ears====OAKS:  I think I remember that Mrs. Wesley had either 10 or 13 children. Probably the only privacy she had was under that apron!! I often pray in the car while commuting from one place to another...and while I walking around doing household chores!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/19/17
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep you from reading old ones.”  (John Worsley)  I just finished reading a new book.  But, Worsley reminds me not to forget the old ones on my library shelves…like, Your God Is Too Small, written in 1957 by J.B. Philipps.  It begins, “The trouble with many people today is that they have not found a God big enough for modern needs.”  Hey!  That sounds interesting and up-to-date, and it’s only 140 pages.    ;-)  Jack

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  I remember years ago you recommended Your God Is Too Small  to me.  I bought it and have it here on my shelf, handy to look into every once in a while.  I've also recommended it to others.  And about "old books", on vacation this summer I read David McCullough's book about the Wright Brothers and their commitment to finding the means for man to fly.  It's been out for a while but was a good read.====JACK:  A "new" book that is similar is Rob Bell's, WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD.  It's worth a read.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I try to read at least one classic each year.    Read Jane Eyre a couple of months ago.====JACK:  I still have my 2-volume set of The Dialogues of Plato.

FROM LK IN OHIO:  GM, Jack!  Indeed!  I carried Phillips with me during my college years. Lots of re-reading.====JACK:  Phillips' Translation of the New Testament into Modern English in a favorite of mine.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I just reread my C.S. Lewis books, which are still current, in my opinion, and  one of my favorite novelists' "The Shell Seekers" and "Coming Home" as I loved the stories, and had forgotten the details....But your WW guy is so right, There are a ton of good NEW books to delve into! As I  said earlier, As Long As We Don't Know When the Lights Will Go Out, Might As Well Read!====JACK:   Have you ever read by candlelight?  The invention of the electric light was real boon to reading, but, of course, not as important as the printing press.====OAKS:  I have, when the electricity has been out for extended periods, and by flashlight at camp, etc.I hope I can keep my eyesight into old, old, age! :-)Yes, aren't we the lucky ones to live in an era when books are inexpensive or can be borrowed at the library?!!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i recall that "classic" too.   also,  Are You Running With Me, Jesus?    and Black Like Me.  and Lord of the Flies.  there were some great books that came out of that era (when we were in our prime:):):)====JACK:  How did you do with cuneiform when it came out?   ====PAUL:  Jack,  my writing is sooo bad,  that cuneiform would be a breeze to read!  my Dad said my writing was so bad he could hardly read my typing!

FROM KANSAN DON:  That reminds me.  Screwtape Letters should come off my shelf again.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/18/17
“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”  (Yiddish Proverb)  Did you know that the phrase, reading between the lines, originated with secret messages written in disappearing ink between the sentences of a letter?  At least, that’s what I’ve read.  Sometimes conversations with people are like that…hidden meanings in what it being said.  While truthfulness is good, I think that sensitivity is better.  The proverb is good advice for both speaker and hearer.   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  You just gave me the intro for the sermon this week.   I am baptizing my granddaughter SOPHIA on Sunday at St. Andrew and. Will preach on the subject of wisdom....found in her name and in Isaiah 11.     Thank you.====JACK:  What a great opportunity...to baptize Sophia. and what a great name for a granddaughter of yours.  Here's another Bible verse that you might use - Hosea 11:4 - "God leads his people with human kindness and love.  He is like one who lifts a little child to his cheek."  You can quote that as you lift up Sophia at her baptism.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  If u can't say something good,just don't say anything

====FROM BLAZING OAKS:  What an insightful proverb! Yes, understanding the hidden emotion or "truth" behind what is said, (in your word, sensitivity) is the art of a good listener...one that has to be honed. It's like Alan Greenspan is quoted as saying, "If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said."

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/15/17
“May your coffee be strong and your burdens light.”  (Quote for Selichot)  My Jewish friends know about Selichot, the prayers said late at night or in the early morning, confessing and asking for forgiveness…as the New Year (Rosh HaShannah) begins.  The drinking of “strong coffee” at this time is meant to keep the praying ones awake.  But whether it’s the Selichot, or a simple, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner,” prayed by anyone…It’s a great way to begin a new day (or new year).    ;-)  Jack  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/14/17
“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”  (Peter Marshall)  Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Epaphroditus.  He was the “unknown” who brought a gift to the apostle Paul when he was in prison.  There are many “unknowns” in this world who do simple good deeds, not expecting recognition, only to make life better for others.  Kagawa tells of one who planted a violet outside of his cell window.  Jesus said…“the unknowns shall inherit the earth.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM DEACON ROBERT:  Was he an Ethiopian?====JACK:  Nope!  I remember how much fun I had trying to pronounce it for the first time.  ee-PAFF-row-DIGH-tuss.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  No one can argue with that! Kagawa is also the one who said, (at our  AB Nat'l Convention years ago) "I read in the Bible that Jesus went about doing good, and I am convicted that I am so easily content with just going about..."  Which I'm sure was not true of him, from all I've read of his life!  I gave a children's message on Epaphroditus, the kids chanting the pronunciation of his name, to set it in their heads. Fun to say!  Praying we will continue to do small deeds and create smiles in the world!====JACK:  It was said that Kagawa could never keep a shirt.  As soon as someone would give him one, he would find another person greater need and give it to that person.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/13/17
“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”  (Ben Franklin)  What’s your health plan?  HMO?  PPO?  EPO?  POS?  Maybe you don’t have one.  Even with the Affordable Care Act, 27 million Americans have no health care.  When it comes right down to it, sick is sick, money doesn’t buy health.  Oh, it might buy classier care.  But in the end, the survival rate for all is zero.  Jesus had it right when he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM TRIHARDER:  Her, Jack, I worry about running out of funds to take care of myself with dignity when I approach the end, hoping that I don't end up in a Medicare facility.  In that case, wealth would be a nice thing.====JACK:  A doctor was writing out a prescription for me.  "Some of my patients can't afford these, so I save the samples for them."  Mixed feelings....====TH:  Wealth, or lack of it, is also linked to mortality ====JACK:  The profligate life can also lead to an early death.

FROM ESTWING JR:  Amen to that Jack!====JACK:  Health IS wealth!

FROM LGam:  So true!====JACK:  This more than a truism...It's really true!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/12/17
“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”  (Thomas A. Edison)  A little boy was asked by his mother, “What is the most important part of the body?”  The ears!  “No.”  The eyes!  “No,”  The heart!  The brain!  “No.  The most important part of the body is the shoulder.  Everyone needs a shoulder to cry on at some time…and I hope that you will always have a shoulder when you need it.”  I wonder if Edison ever needed a shoulder?    ;-)  Jack

FROM TL:  You have provided a shoulder for many in your day; I hope you now have what you need.  You remain in my thoughts…and prayers.====JACK:  In one of his writings, Carl Sandburg called Chicago, the City of Broad Shoulders.  The Church has been that for many people...a place of broad shoulders.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I'm sure he did!  He failed a lot which probably left him needing a shoulder!  Don't we all?====JACK:  I like the song, Lean On Me...
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

FROM PZ:  Thank you for sending this food for thought. It gives me a mini-vacation every day. ====JACK:  From one writer to another...Thanks!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  We've probably all been "the shoulder", and all needed "the shoulder" if we've lived very long! Thankful that my son John, came through his hip-replacement surgery to day in good shape. Spent most of the day from 7:00 A.M. on in the hospital with his wife, Jan.  Prayers for complete and swift recovery appreciated!!====JACK:  I'm sure you remember when you carried your son on your shoulder.====OAKS:  Yes, indeed I do...and now he is 65, so many years ago!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/11/17
“2 teach is 2 touch lives 4ever.”  (Sent by Laura B)  A recent article ranked Michigan Elementary Schools from best to worst…1452 of them.  I don’t know about you, but I didn’t go to any “top” schools, yet I had some great teachers.  Children generally succeed because of their teacher.  Technology and class-size are fine, but, in the end, a teacher who is knowledgeable and can motivate is “the best.”  Miss Erickson was like that for me.  Did you have one?    ;-)  Jack

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  mrs. korell is my earth angel.  she was my 5th grade teacher and the mother of a dear friend so i had the gift of knowing her outside of school as well.  she just celebrated her 101st birthday!====JACK:  Your song for today!
Earth Angel, Earth Angel...
I fell for you and I knew  The vision of your love, loveliness
I hope and I pray that someday  I'll be the vision of your happy, happiness

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I was fortunate to have some great teachers at all levels....Augie was a wonderful place for me....the Sem was a major disappointment.     Your point is well taken. ====JACK:  I had only one pastor before I was ordained, and, fortunately, he was a good teacher, preacher and friend.  On the whole, my seminary professors were good ones, too.

FROM AA:  you would love mine ... Mrs Lord====JACK:  I suppose that when she gave commandments, you and the others paid attention.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I had more than 1—small towns are the best!!! ====JACK:  A school is only as good as its teachers.  Small towns , like Lake Woebegone, are places "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."====MARLYS:  You got that right!  Ha!  Teachers that teach in small towns do it out of love for teaching—OK—some of them could not get into a big city and they need a job—but most of them stay for years which they do not have to do.  I had some wonderful teachers!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  There were no school teachers who really stood out to me but I had a wonderful Sunday school teacher.  Mrs. Woike made a huge difference in my life.  She told me how much Jesus loved me.  I had her several different times as a teacher...when I was 4 and when I was 17.  She was a blessing!====JACK:  Sunday School teachers don't always have the "correct" theology, but the good ones have something more important...a caring heart.  Do you remember singing the song...
I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart
Down in my heart!
Down in my heart!
I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus
Down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/8/17
“The water is rising, the rescue truck is coming, you have 5 minutes.  What to bring?”  (Stephanie McCrummen)  This happened to Dale Crumbaugh in Elgin, TX during Harvey.  What would YOU take?  Right now!  Begin making a list!  They’re calling…Hurry up!  Medicine.  a pocket knife,  cellphone,  a paperback.  That’s it?  That’s what Dale took.  What’s on your list?  That happened often during Harvey.  A Bible, toothbrush, insurance papers, flip flops, lipstick.  Left?...lots  of stuff… a Trump sign, a diamond bracelet “They’re just rocks!”    ;-)  Jack

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/7/17
“Two great rules of life:  #1 Never tell everything at once.”  (Ken Venturi)  The Optimist Club has a creed which begins, “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”  That’s a pretty good rule of life.  So is, “Think, before you act.”  Another suggestion…”Forget about the money (, sort of),”  A man asked Jesus for the most important commandment…”Love God, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  What's the second thing????====JACK:  Read the first rule again!

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  one of my sem profs used to tell  us not to tell your congregation everything you know the first month you are there!:):):)====JACK:  Great advice.  For some he might have said..."in the first week."  Have you ever gone into the barrel for a sermon?

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I will go with Jesus' saying....easily the best====JACK:  Sometimes people will substitute other names for Jesus.  I remember hearing...Geez Louise...and, as a kid, I would say (instead of swearing) Jee-Zoo.  You probably never did that.====JOHN:  I still say "Geez-Louise".   Often have wondered from whence it came.    What did poor Louise do to end up being part of a corruption?

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  😉====JACK:  "By George, I think she's got it!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  HA! Had to think a minute on that one! :-)   Harold Pinter (in the Wall Street Journal) observed:"One way  of looking at speech, is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness"....that gives one something to think about too! Ahem! So Think before you speak?! ====JACK:  Rule #2...Don't try to put something over on Marilyn!

FROM KF:  My favorite "rule".......Think before you speak (or text : ))====JACK:  ...or, before you press, Send!  I've broken that rule a few times.  Noooooo!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  What wonderful creed.  Today, and half the time I could never live up to that statement.  We've had a very traumatic year and I sink into despair.  I know my God is with me and that keeps me strong but not strong enough that I can handle life by myself.  We keep plugging along knowing things ARE in God's hands and we will overcome this life for an eternally "happily ever after!"====JACK:  "Yea, though I walk through the valleys...thou art with me...to comfort me."

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/6/17
“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”  (Cato the Elder)  The word, monument, is from Latin meaning, “to remind” or “to warn,” which seems to relate to what’s going on in our world today.  Are statues warnings or reminders?  I guess it depends on the interpreter and which interpretation appeals to you.  Kurt Vonnegut wrote: “Symbols can be so beautiful…sometimes.”  So…a reminder or a warning?    ;-)  Jack

FROM SHARIN' SHARON:  Your WW today, Pastor Freed, are so thought-provoking. "Reminder" or "warning". With all the devastation and pain and suffering from war, the loss of life and property, destruction in a country, it simply hadn't occurred to me that war statues could be seen as a "warning", I suppose because people only seem like they like to make statues, monuments of people that look heroic and not un-heroic. Even crucifixion statues of Jesus hanging on the cross become heroic and not un-heroic. Because we know the reality of that hanging on the cross. Can it be that many people in the South never saw the reality of the Civil War in a similar way to the rest of the country? as a loss and a warning but rather that their cause was just? Symbols can be.....beautiful but symbols based on fairy-tale wishes are very disturbing.====JACK:  I guess that the crucifix is a statue, although I've never thought of it in that way.  Even the 10 Commandments are statutes (statues)...and flags, too.  Reminders or  warnings...The statues are what we want them to be.

FROM KF:  I like Mt Rushmore. That dynamic foursome often made decisions that were not 'popular'...but they pushed on....====JACK:  When Mary and I were married we visited Mt. Rushmore.  It was cloudy and rainy the whole time we were there.  We never got to see it, but we knew that it was still there.  It's sort of that way with God.

FROM TARMART REV:  ...all in the eyes of the beholder..."do this in remembrance of Me" 0;-)====JACK:  Many theological discussions with regard to the Lord's Supper as a remembrance or a sacrament,  It is what it is...to the one who participates.

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Interesting...I guess I'm not the only one who got up early this morning! ====JACK:  Interesting things happen when we put our brain in gear and step on the gas!

FROM SG:  Thank you so much for your Winning Words!  I, like so many others, look forward to reading it every day to give me a fresh start to our morning!  Have a wonderful, fantastic, super day!!!====JACK:  Strange...but I look forward to sending out WWs each day.  The creation of each can sometimes give the brain a workout.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think that they should have a monument of us....two fairly successful heretics!====JACK:  I came across this quote today..."The bourgeois today burns as heretics..those who he erects monuments tomorrow."  I wonder how POG will recognize your ministry after your name appears in the obituary column?====JOHN:  It is odd to say...but I don't really care....I hope I have been faithful

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  is it judgmental to put all recipients of monuments in one category... undeserving?  i am more concerned w/hurricanes, wildfires & the lunatic in north korea than someone's hurt feelings over historical statues, frankly.====JACK:  Cemeteries are filled with monuments, usually "reminders" of loved ones.  Right now I'm working with my family on a similar one.  As for the weather and international politics...I'm concerned, but these things are beyond my control, except in the broadest sense.

FROM HAPPY TRAIL;S IN NOVA SCOTIA:  Did you happen to see Kurt Vonnegut's cameo appearance in Rodney Dangerfield's movie "Back to School" (not 100% sure of the title)? Rodney tried to buy his way to academic success (later reformed and succeeded) and hired a ghost writer for a report on some Vonnegut creation. No less than Kurt himself turns up at the door to exchange the paper for a check. Later Rodney gets his paper back with a poor grade and a comment that "It is obvious you don't understand the work of Kurt Vonnegut." Rodney turns around to his bodyguard/chauffeur and says "Stop the check!"  Another of several funny scenes in that movie was when Rodney didn't want to wait through the long lines at registration. Shortly after he arrived, the chauffeur in uniform showed up with a sign "Bruce Springsteen" (I think) and walked through the registration hall. Almost all the students followed him like the :Pied :Piper.====JACK:  Rodney's expressions win me over.  I liked him in Caddyshack.  Vonnegut is one of those names you know, but have a hard time wring a paragraph about him.

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  I was in Gettysburg with Sue a week ago. There are scores of monuments from both sides. They line seminary ridge(confederacy) and cemetery ridge ( union) as if the solders stood there waiting for battle. These are both warnings and reminders of the problems we had and thought we solved but continue to battle. Too many don't understand what these represent. Have you ever been to visit?====JACK:  Why is it that some want to refight that war?  Thinking that the outcome will be different? As Peter, Paul and Mary sang..."When will they ever learn?"  BTW, the Gettysburg Seminary is one of our Lutheran schools, dating back before the Civil War.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/5/17
“No one ever climbed a hill just by looking at it.”  (Dr. Phil)  It’s not a mountain, or even a hill.  It’s a pile of papers on my desk that need to be attended to.  I can look at it every day, but it’s not going away until I decide to do something about it.  I know that I’m not alone.  We all have that hill that needs to be climbed.  What is it that needs doing in your life?  I wonder if Dr. Phil has some things that need doing?  I’d be surprised if he doesn’t!    ;-)  Jack

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  Why is it that ‘stuff’ collects on our desks?  I have a stack that needs filing; I really dislike filing but love it when the job is done.====JACK:  Quilters have stacks of stuff, too....but quilters seem to be more organized than ordinary people.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We always have those piles!  Whether it's writing those letters, laundry, keeping my scrapbook room picked up or...paperwork!!  Have a good day!!!====JACK:  I once went into a pastor's office....stuff all over the floor, on window sill, on side chairs.  "It's always like this!"  We laughed about it.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Oh my, yes, I still have boxes in my garage from moving 2 yrs. ago; Continue to slowly lessen the Mountain to  small hills! :-(  But a long Labor Day weekend in Chicago seeing Tony award play MOBY DICK, and WI on Lake Nagawicka at son Fred's is so much more fun than tackling moving boxes!! :-)  There's always an excuse...!====JACK:  If you don't need it, leave it in the box.  That's like it is with with words...If they don't need saying, leave them in the (voice) box.

FROM KANSAN DON:  Sorted miscellaneous stacks yesterday.  Permanent placement to be determined — but it’s a 'bit' neater.  Much empathy.====JACK:  It's Wednesday, and I'm just getting around to yesterday's e-mails that needed responses yesterday.  Which reminds me...I like the song, "Yesterday!"

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  my "hill" today  is opening up my preschool, (aka home away from home), and then shortly afterwards traveling to san fracisco, (aka new home away from home), to climb up and down the hills with a stroller cradling our darling grandson.  it needs doing to keep him in the arms of family as long as possible.  life is good...change for me is hard...i know you've been through your share.  you are always with me reminding me to keep the faith.  thank you! ====JACK:  Your song for the day...."Climb Every Mountain!"====MARY:  been humming it all day!  you know me well.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  tackle the pile w/this strategy... first, sort pile into smaller piles, such as:
bills  correspondence  magazines... you get it.  then tackle one pile at a time, till finished====JACK:  The word, beatnik, referred to a messy lifestyle.  The word, neatnik, became its antonym.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 9/1/17
“God has no hands but our hands to do his work today.”  (Annie Johnson Flint)  God’s hands/Our hands is a poem written to define the need to rebuild Europe after the devastation of WW 2.  Annie’s words can apply to the task of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.   Many groups, secular and religious, are collecting funds to help rebuild after Harvey.  Our gifts are a way to be “God’s hands.”  I’m looking at my hands…now…and my checkbook!    ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdiZhJh5q3E
I can change the world, with my own two hands
Make a better place, with my own two hands
Make a kinder place, oh with my, oh with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands
With my own, with my own two hands
====JACK:  Yes, that's the message I wanted to convey.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  this is the america we know & love!====JACK:  I've always admired Jimmy Carter for actually using his hands in the Habitat for Humanity housing project.  ====LIZ:  yes! me, too. glad he is ok... keeps on going thru his adversity. admirable, indeed.

FROM TARMART REV:  Our church and denomination are actually involved as well. We sent a group down to New Orleans last time . . . I won't be surprised if we send another team to Houston when called for====JACK:  That "team" might also need a chaplain who knows how to use a hammer.====REV:  They might; but he just may be out of town by then?====JACK:  While we're making plans, sometimes God is making other plans.

JACK:  Someone sent the lyrics for Jewel's "Hands,"  which say, in part:  "We are God's eyes
God's hands  God's mind  We are God's eyes  God's hands  God's heart  We are God's eyes  God's hands  God's eyes  We are God's hands"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

ack’s Winning Words 8/31/17
“It’s a dangerous business, going out your front door.”  (J.R.R. Tolkien)  I checked on some “dangerous business” you can be insured for before you walk out the door today.  Like being hit by a coconut, being struck by lightning, losing your hair, or being attacked by zombies… really, I’m not kidding.  But, kidding aside, we do not know what the day may bring.  I like the Jewish tradition of touching a mezuzah before leaving the house.  “God go with me.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Here, I am the optimist.   I go forth with hope.====JACK:  One line from "The Optimist Creed" reads..."To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best."  

FROM DMF IN AV:  I remember there was a mezuzah at our house in Michigan when we moved in. ====JACK:  You probably wondered what "that" was.

FROM TARMART REV:  I have one and for many years posted on my office door frame as a reminder of our time in WB.====JACK:  I'll bet there aren't many AG pastors who started a church, using a synagogue as a worship place====REV:  ... only a handful, if any others at all.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  If we knew what was before us on this planet we would never leave our house.  However, God goes before us and with us so we rest assured.  We are not of this world but the everlasting eternity with our God.  We are just passing through!====JACK:  Did you ever sing.. "This world is not my home I'm just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Oh lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven's not my home then lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

FROM SUNSHINE:  Many, many years ago Joanna and I hiked the Austrian Alps.  Everyone we encountered greeted us saying, "Gross Gott"====JACK:  What a great greeting.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/30/17
“If you would judge, understand.”  (Seneca)  A friend, who is a judge, asked to be on my daily Prayer List.  To make decisions that dramatically affect the lives of people is an awesome responsibility.  I can see why a judge might ask for God’s help in decision-making.  In reality, we make people decisions every day… about people at work…or people in the news…or the person honking…or a “class” of people.  Seneca’s advice…”Understand!” (or try to).    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  i just forwarded your W Ws  to a friend of mine who sits on the MN Supreme Court.  a good man and a good Lutheran.====JACK:  Judges are human beings, and I'm sure that most of them (Lutheran or not) appreciate words of support for the job that is theirs to do.

FROM TRIHARDER:  "What an easy job."  How hard are the decisions when someone's freedom, life hang in the balance; Someone's life's work?  How much sleep is lost?  Especially if one does the job right.====JACK:  Did you ever aspire to being on the other side of the "bench?"

FROM NLAZING OAKS:  We're advised in the Bible, NOT to judge, but of course judges have no choice, and how very difficult their jobs must be ! Just read DARING TO DRIVE by Manal Al-Sharif, and what a memoir that is! Nothing but judgment for women in Saudi Arabia from parents, co-workers, educators, Muslim leaders, and police. My, to be female there! :-(  !!  These are  truly wise words from Seneca!  Understanding is the key====JACK:  You've highlighted one of the reasons not always to read the Bible literally, but rather to consider the context.  Daily life depends on making all kinds of judgments.  Some judgments have more serious implications that others.  Think of the ramifications of a society if there were no judges.  Even the Bible has, "Judges."  The fact of the matter is that true judging needs understanding.

FROM JE:  Please keep me on your prayer list. Yes – I do understand it is an awesome task to remember all who need God’s blessings and guidance.  Thank you dear friend====JACK:  I just checked.  You're still there.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/29/17
“Master told me one day…Keep your head to the sky.”  (Maurice White)  This song was included in a recent concert by the group, Earth, Wind and Fire (have you heard of them?).  It’s a song of inspiration, about not giving up during the dark times.  It was first performed in the ‘70s, but it has relevance today.  In fact, it has relevance whenever things don’t seem to be going “right.”  God promised to Job (and to us)…”You will be safe, because there is hope.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM DMF IN MN:  I like the Earth, Wind and Fire quote.====JACK:  Thanks to YouTube, I can enjoy the words and the music.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Words that are apt as Hurricane Harvey "sits" over Texas, with rain expected to equal 3.5 times the volume of water in the daily output of the Mississippi River. ====JACK:  I wonder if the people in Noah's day were looking into the sky and wondering. Why?  Noah also saw in the sky, a rainbow, a symbol of hope.  ...and, I also wonder what the "rainbow" will be at the end of Harvey's rain?

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think we need t keep our heads up to the sky ....and our feet firmly planted on the earth.====JACK:  Some philosophers, theologians and pastors spend so much time with the esoteric that they lose touch with reality.  At the Transfiguration Jesus reminded the disciples that their "call" was to go from the mountaintop to where the people were.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  They were a group from my time.  I saw them at the Windsor Ballroom at one of my Proms.  Loved the song.====JACK:  I didn't know that they were that old.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Yes, I know that group, my younger two kids had some of  their music. We could certainly use inspiration in these troubled times! The golf course today was pretty soggy, cart path only (!),  but nothing like my Lutheran pastor niece is going through in La Grange, TX, and I shot my lowest score to date, so bring on the rain. HA! My  niece's husband works at the Golf Course ,there, but of course it is closed as the rain continues to fall, and fall, and fall!  It sure seems like America has had more nature catastrophes than I ever remember in bygone days!! We'll continue  to keep our heads to the sky....====JACK:  Do you remember this song?
Into each life some rain must fall  But too much is falling in mine
Into each heart some tears must fall  But some day the sun will shine
Some folks can lose the blues in their hearts  But when I think of you another shower starts
Into each life some rain must fall  But too much is falling in mine

Monday, August 28, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/28/17
“Many people need someone on the totem pole below them.”  (Dr J’s mom)  A “totem” is a family, or a group, and a totem pole is a way of telling something about that group, using images.  Typically, the most important person or thing is at the top.  That’s the way most of society is structured today.  But, some poles have the most important person on the bottom, supporting all of the others.  Biblically, the humble are the strong.  “Blessed are the meek, etc.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM DR J:  ;-) love the extra wisdom supporting this quote... my mom is smiling... and so am I ;-) ====JACK:  The temptation is to compare totem poles. but that usually brings about judgment.  I'll do it silently in my mind.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think I spent a lot of time on the bottom....don't think I can do it anymore. ====JACK:  In your totem pole, would the strong be on the top or the bottom? =====JOHN:  Bottom.   They have the lion's share of responsibility.    I no longer am able to do that. ====JACK:  Remember what Paul says to the Philippians..."I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength."  You can still be supportive of people, maybe just in a different way.

FROM CP IN WI:  I learn so much from your Winning Words.  God bless you and have a good Monday,====JACK:  We both learn.  Mine comes from the research.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Now that's a unique saying!  But oh how true!  G faces issues like that all the time.  He's doing contract work for his old company and says he runs into the "totem pole issue" now more than ever before.  I wonder what made it stronger!?!====JACK:  "My ways are not your ways," says the Lord.  WWJD is a good question to ask when there are dilemmas.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Pete Seeger's comment comes to mind : "All of us, we're links in a chain. And if we do our job right, there will be many, many, links to come."  As an elderly "bottom of the totem pole" matriarch to my ever growing family, I pray the support and nurture I've given kids, g.kids and great g,kids will forge totem "links' for many years to come!  Interesting thought in  WW today! thanks!====JACK:  Sometimes on the bottom; sometimes on the top...depending on the situation.
FROM JACK TO RS IN TEXAS (HOUSTON):  How are you doing?  Are you in a position to answer?====RS:  Yes - we're fine - thanks.  All the problems are 150-400 miles SE of us.  Many parts of Houston are under water.  Our daughter and her family live in a NW suburb of Houston, but they are just high enough that they have not been affected, other than they can't go far because most of the roads around them are flooded.   We are thankful they are OK and starting to look at things we can do to help those in Houston that have lost a lot.  Unfortunately, those that have the least seem to be the ones that often are the hardest hit.  Prayers are welcome for all those affected.  Thanks for asking.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/25/17
“Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide.”  (James Russell Lowell) These words, written just before the Civil War, took on new meaning 50 years later when a group of politicians decided to cross party lines to end government corruption.  Enough was enough; they wanted good government.  They were called the “Goo Goo guys.”  It seems that every generation has its moments to decide…and “there standeth God keeping watch,” writes the poet.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Jack, wasn't this poem also set to music and appeared in one of our Lutheran hymnals??  but i can't find it anywhere.  what was its title, if i am correct in stating that is was set to music?====JACK:  It appeared in the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, used, prior to the green book which was used prior to the current cranberry Lutheran Book of Worship.  We often sang..."Once to Every Man and Nation."====PAUL:  found it!  Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal,  page 547.  i KNEW we had sung it before.  its not in the LBW or the new ELW.   and so it goes...   thanks for the info.

FROM CZB:  Did you read the mayor of New Orleans speech about bringing down confederate statues? Wow, that makes you think. I need to find out what my dad, the civil war history buff, thinks of taking them down.  Interesting times of social consciousness.  It's good, even if it is difficult. ====JACK:  Statues don't bother me as much as does tacit racism which is brought into the open by demagoguery.  I went to the Dream Cruise in Michigan recently.  It was noticeable that there were only American flags flying.  In previous years there had been a presence of some Confederate flags.

FROM TARMART REV:  "Go, Goo Goo guys, once again!! Even so, come quickly!!JACK:  Do you know the song, "Barney Google, With The Goo, Goo, Googley Eyes?"====REV:  I don't . . . too sheltered of a life!====JACK:  You're too young.  The song came out in 1923.  One verse went...
"Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.    Barney Google tried to enter paradise.  When Saint Peter saw his face, he said, "Go to the other place".  Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes."

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Sounds like what we are facing today.====JACK:  If so, who will be the Goo Goo Guys/Gals?====RS:  That is the question, isn't it.  Bernie Sanders comes to mind.  Not our current POTUS.====JACK:  I'm afraid that Sanders doesn't have the reputation of being a uniter.  I heard Franken's name mentioned today, but I think it might have to be someone from the GOP side, someone with "guts."

FROM JP:  I remember that hymn from one of the old hymnals.  It was always one of my favorites, for whatever reason.  I don't think it's been in any of the new books.  Too bad!====JACK:  When new hymnals are published it must be difficult to choose which new ones to include and which old ones to omit.  I agree that "Once to Every Man and Nation" is one that should not have been omitted.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  God is watching!  Is he shaking his head in amusement, amazement or anger?!?  I wonder.====JACK:  I'm careful about trying to guess what God is thinking..  "Who has known the mind of the Lord, as to try and instruct him?"  (1 Corinthians 2:16)

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  This was Bill's absolute favorite hymn...our congregation sang it at least once a year, probably more, on election years! :-) It is still in our current hymnbook, new just 4 years ago (The Worship Hymnal, Lifeway Christian Resources).  I wish a group of  politicians would again have the guts to cross party lines, and get SOMETHING accomplished!! As Susan Decuir stated, "Sometimes our only means of transportation is a Leap of Faith!"  Quoting the hymn: "Tho the cause of Evil prosper, Yet the Truth alone, is strong;  Tho her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong; Still that Scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown Standeth God within the shadows , keeping watch above His own!" Amen and Amen!====JACK:  I knew that I'd hear from you on this one, because I remembered how you said that it was Bill's favorite.  Talk about an "old favorite" taking on "new legs."  This is the perfect example.  I only wish that more legislators would put themselves in a position to be influenced by hymns, such as this one.====OAKS:  There are Christians in our House and Senate (Nat'l). I wonder If they are ever influenced by pertinent hymns!  I'm with you dear Jack, in wishing it was so!!====JACK:  I reread my response about legislators and hymns.  I should have first read the words of Jesus....: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

FROM CP IN WI:  I want to tell you I love your "Winning Words".  It's the first thing I look at and read in the morning.====JACK:  You (and others like you) are the reason I try to get WWs out by 5 am, each day.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  We are certainly living thru interesting times!====JACK:  That seems to be an understatement.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/24/17
“We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first the doing of their practical duty well: then, that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.”  (John Ruskin) I read recently that buildings are like people.  Both have personalities.  They are born; they die.  The windows are the eyes; the door, the mouth; the framework, the skeleton; the walls, the skin; each has a use; you get the idea.  I think Ruskin said it well.  Be useful!  Be graceful!    ;-(  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Maybe now, buildings will be allowed to donate to political campaigns!  Corporations can!====JACK:  Buildings with personalities opens up a lot of new thinking...schools, hospitals, prisons, tiny houses, mansions...you get the idea.

FROM FM IN WISCONSIN:  In my 40 years working with architects I learned that if the structure being designed is graceful and beautiful, the designer (architect) needed to be graceful, humble and creative. ====JACK:  How about the pastor?

FROM BB:  Lovely, thank you.  Be graceful====JACK:  Be graceful?  Have you ever seen me try to dance?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/23/17
“I’m jus’ pain covered with skin.”  (John Steinbeck)  I remember reading Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath, for the first time.  Today’s quote is from that book and describes the plight of poor people during the Great Depression.  Talk about descriptive writing!  Come to think of it, Jesus could be referred to as God, covered with skin.  The life of Jesus, his teachings, are God, the invisible, becoming visible.  Does he even become visible in Steinbeck’s book?    ;-)  Jack

FROM PM:  I haven't read this book since I was a kid. What a description! I think I'll have to check it out from the library.  I'm still greatly enjoying these words of wisdom and pass them along to those they remind me of. Thank you for continuing to take the time to send them each morning. ====JACK:  Some of the pictures of the poor, taken during those days, helped reinforce the Steinbeck book.  It was a rough life, truly pain covered with skin.

FROM HY YO SILVER:  I've always struggled to comprehend how Christianity is a monotheistic faith with the existence of the Holy Trinity. This makes sense. Thanks for sharing.  Have a good day, my friend.====JACK:  One of the good things about living in West Bloomfield...It allows me to interact with friends who are Jewish...and to learn from each other.

FROM ANNE IN WATERFORD:  Thank you for winning words.  I have re-read Grapes of Wrath. What a time and story!====JACK:  One problem with today's world is that so many people have not gone back to re-read the events of history.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/22/17
“Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.”  (Oscar Hammerstein II)  Which version of YNWA do you like the best?  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Elvis?  How about when Jerry Lewis sang it at the end of his Muscular Dystrophy telethon?  People with various “needs” are encouraged when someone says:  “Don’t give up hope.  You’ll never walk alone, because God is always with you, and I’m with you, too.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  Thinking of you, especially this morning . . . ====JACK:  Have you ever sung "You'll Never Walk Alone" as a solo? ====REV:  Only in the shower and while alone, of course!! 

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Why choose?====JACK:  The Bible commands..."Choose this day!!!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I've sung this song many times when giving a program, it is inspirational, and very melodic.  I often have a running conversation with God, as I toodle about my business, alone; Often to say thanks for a small blessing, and sometimes a large one! :-) Think it makes my day go smoother...getting much needed rain here, which canceled the golf league, so have the gift of extra time today! Yes, we never walk alone, and we can help some who need "someone with skin on" in their time of need. (That expression is an inside family bit of levity: When daughter  Sarah was 3, she called me in the night 3X during a bad thunder storm, when I assured her that Jesus was watching over her, she wasn't alone, the rain would help flowers grow,etc. etc. and the last time, she said, "I know that, but I kinda need someone with skin on!" :-) Needless to say, I stayed with her! ====JACK:  Great story!  I've got a Winning Words quote that's percolating... “I’m jus’ pain covered with skin.”  (John Steinbeck).  I may use it sometime this week. 

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We loved to watch some of his Labor Day program when we weren't traveling.  And his old movies were hilarious to us.  He will be missed!  This version because it mentions hope!====JACK:  Hold - On - Pain - Ends.

FROM MV:  Was that song from Carousel? I loved the song and the musical.====JACK:  Yep!  Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.  The number of great songs that they wrote in unbelievable!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  I love that song!====JACK:  It certainly fits with identifying with the MD kids.

FROM SA IN KENT:  You are an extraordinary man, Uncle Jack. My children know you. They aren't so certain about other cousins, or aunts and uncles on my mothers' side, and extended family and friends in the local area. But when I mention 'Uncle Jack', they perk up and listen; they know you as a friend, the best kind of friend. They all have been thinking of you these past weeks and lifting you up in prayer in their own way. And the best thing is that, I can say, 'What would uncle Jack say?' when they are thinking about doing something, and it works! Haha! They pause and consider that voice; that laugh. I think I'll get some ice cream today. ;)====JACK:  I've got so many "Anderson stories!"  I could write a book.  I do follow your family on Facebook, although I'm not a post-er boy.

FROM DC IN KS:  We’re with you, Jack!====JACK:  Do you remember this song...
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.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I would pick Fred Waring!  How old am I!!!====JACK:  He died about 40 years ago.  Mary and I saw him and The Pennsylvanians in Wausau, Wisconsin, many years ago.  I was surprised to see how small the choral group was.====MARLYS:  I liked everything he did.  I love his arrangements to sing too.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  My high school choir version has always been my fave.====JACK:  It's always good when you can connect something up with life.  In Homiletics I was taught: "Take the Biblical text and connect it up with life." 

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  "It’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction."  (A chalkboard quote in a gas station)

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  i like the movie version when a very young shirley jones sings it.  every christmas mark gives me a calendar and inside are surprise tickets to a show or concert taped to a particular date.  we saw carousel on stage two years ago.  it was fantastic!  i have known this song since i was a little girl.  the "lillstrom family singers" sang it in four part harmony.  our high school choir sang it at the funeral of a classmate.  i sing it when i need a little hope in my heart.  life is a musical.====JACK:  Rogers and Hammerstein were a fantastic team...so many great songs, but when I think of the Lillstroms, I remember being introduced to, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," in your Lake St living room.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/21/17
“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”  (Unknown)  A Vietnam tradition says that a solar eclipse is caused by a giant frog eating the sun.  I like the belief : “Flowers planted during an eclipse will bloom brighter.”   Here’s a thought:  Why not do something to bring sunshine into a person’s life?  It could be making a phone call, or sending a text, just to say, “Hi!”  Or, doing an unexpected good deed.  Make the world brighter, today!      ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP:  With all the hype I have trouble avoiding  feeling guilt about not doing something super cool.. ... thanks for brightening my day by giving me a new perspective====JACK:  In Sunday School we used to sing (at the top of our lungs)...
Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.
Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor "you" may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!
(You can YouTube it!)

FROM MY LAWYER:  Hi Jack!  Have a great day.====JACK:  It's starting out bright and sunny!  Thanks for your wish!

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  I hope you realize you do that every day with Winning Words.
Thank you for that.====JACK:  I am simply the amanuensis for the Holy Spirit.====RS:  ....and a good one at that.====JACK:  Did you have to look it up?====RS:  Yes, but my guess was pretty close.  That's one of the things I really like about you - you broaden my vocabulary.  As if the English language needed more broadening!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Wrote notes to shut-ins this A.M. Experiencing the solar eclipse is exciting and amazing!! My daughter took the  train to Carbondale where it is clear and sunny, to experience the TOTAL eclipse from there. Here it will be 95%...Brighten The Corner Where You Are, is a great song, and is just what we all can do ! You certainly do your share to spread sunshine on any day of the week! Thank You!====JACK:  And, of course, This Little Light of Mine!  Hold it high so all can see!

FROM SHARIN' SHARON (to Brenda and Kris):  A bunch of us get these "Winning Words" each morning from a retired ELCA pastor.  With your neat interest in frogs, wondered if you might find the Vietnam tradition mentioned in this morning's WW intriguing.  Best wishes and love to both of you, hope your day is pleasant.====JACK:  Thanks, Sharon, for not hiding your light "under a bushel."

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  ❤️ (emoji - Red Heart)====JACK:  Thanx

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Hi!====JACK:  I see that you're following FDR's advice for a successful speech:  "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

FROM KC:  Mom passed away peacefully last night at 4 AM. The family had a nice visit with her yesterday after church. The nursing home called me at 3:40 last night and We got there as soon as I could but she was not conscious.====JACK:  What a beautiful person.  She made the world a brighter place for many people for many years.  Thanks be to God!

FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA:  Wonderful words for an extraordinary day!====JACK:  I sat on the porch waiting for night to fall.  It just stumbled a bit and got a little gray outside.

FROM GK:  again, wonderful words of wisdom.  Didn't plant any flowers today but I DO with you a wonderful rest of the day and look forward to tomorrow's message.====JACK:  I wonder if it really is true...that flowers planted during an eclipse bloom brighter.  You'll have to wait until 2099 to try again.

FROM DC IN KS:  We tried, but some raindrops prevailed.  So we didn’t lose.====JACK:  Some religious groups are saying that the eclipse is a foretelling of some disaster.  Be on the lookout! ====DC:  Maybe we are exempt missing seeing the Eclipse?  Welcome to Kansas.====JACK:  Perhaps the Brownback austerity program included doing away with eclipses, too.