Friday, July 21, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/21/17
“It is not so much our friend’s help that helps us, as the confidence of that help.”    (Epicurus)  This may seem strange, but I’ve never seen an episode of “Friends.”  The good news is that I am living a daily episode of being with friends.   In my reading, I came across this from Cicero (63 BCE): “A friend is a second self.”  Think of the word, symbiotic…meaning, two benefitting from being with each other.  Thank God for second selves…and symbiosis!    ;-)  Jack

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/20/17
"Borta bra men hemma bäst"  (Swedish Proverb)  I first saw these words on a library wall at college.  Curiosity led me to a translation:  “Away is good but home is best.”  “Dorothy” gave another…”There’s no place like home!”  We each have our “home” thoughts.  They might be the place where we grew up, the place where family is.  Even baseball has its “home” plate...Home is best!  Songwriters have often used “home” as a theme.  What comes to mind?   ;-)  Jack

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/18/17
“Mary was crying beside the empty tomb when Jesus appeared and said, ‘Mary!’  At first she was puzzled, but then recognized him.  With joy she ran to tell the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.  He is alive!’”  (John 20 paraphrased)  The resurrection and the promise of life beyond death has a miraculous way of turning sadness into gladness.  “Fear not”, said Jesus.  “Where I am, you will be also.”    MARY (ANDERSON) FREED  3/7/1930 – 7/18/2017    Jack

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/18/17
“Too blessed to be stressed.”  (Paul Torn)  Do you think that God plays favorites?  The word “blessed” means to be favored by God.  Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and others claim to be blessed by God.  Are some groups or individuals favored by God over others?  Why are the prayers of some answered and others are not?  Who are we to know the mind of God?  Simply, count your many blessings and know that God loves you.    ;-)  Jack

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/17/17
“Accept life and what it brings, I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things.”  (The Kinks)  Peter Marty wrote recently about the difference between wishing and hoping.  Wishing upon a star is different than placing hope in God.  Hope seems to have a spiritual tone to it.  It’s what sustains us when we’re not ready to give up on God.  The Kinks’ song came out of the writer’s down time.  As I read the lyrics I see more hoping than wishing.  What do you see?    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen... Hebrews 11:1====JACK:  Someone said to me last week.  "What if heaven is all make believe?"  Have you ever wondered about that?"====SP:  not really.  it seems to be the natural conclusion to our mortal lives.  either we are just dust in the wind (as the rock group Kansas sings it) or we are creations of God and i have a hard time believing that it all just ends meaninglessly at the grave.  as God has provided for all our needs in life,  so too in death.  that is surely a leap of faith statement but one that i willingly and joyfully take.  short answer to a very profound question. ====JACK:  Maybe it's my interest in philosophy which causes me to question beliefs.  I think that questioning leads to a stronger belief...or to ask more questions.  As my old seminary religious philosophy used to say..."You can't unscrew the inscrutable."  When the person asked about heaven and "make believe," it was only out of wonderment, not out of doubt.SP:  i also think that faith and doubt are two sides of the same coin.  still,  if we had all the answers and no uncertainties,  there would be no need for faith.     Fred Buechner says that doubts are the ants in the pants of faith! ====JACK:  I was just wondering if you'd ever had ants in your pants.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Definitely more hope.  Wishing is like asking for something to stop in your lap.  Hoping is knowing God is with you and with sustain you with his grace!

FROM CR:  Thank you!  Just thought you would want to know that with time, love, hope, and faith .... I'm doing very well.  Divorce is nothing I saw coming in what life would bring but it did and I'm here, alive, well and finding better tomorrows.====JACK:  As the old hymn goes..."Be not dismayed whate'er betide, God will take care of you."

FROM TARMART REV:  I do, as well.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/14/17
“When my arms can’t reach people who are close to my heart…I always hug them with my prayers.”  (Snoopy)  A confirmation student once asked me if her dog would go to heaven.  I made the mistake of trying to give a theological answer.  I might better have said, “If dogs have a heaven there’s one thing I know…old Shep has a wonderful home.”  One thing I like about Charlie Brown’s dog is the way he expresses his feeling of happiness…by dancing!    ;-)  Jack 

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  it would not be heaven without dogs.  the pope even said so recently. for what that's worth!====JACK:  I saw a couple of Therapy Dogs in the hospital recently.  They were angels!====LIZ;  you won't see therapy cats.====JACK:  Maybe not in hospitals, but I know of some people who have them in their home.====LIZ:  cats are very therapeutic for their owners.
gisela told me cats can shed spontaneously due to stress. it is true. like a porcupine throwing quills or something!

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  God bless Snoopy. I do the "Snoopy Dance " when big projects are done. It's been witnessed by many. I am sure they would testify ♡====JACK:  As the years pass, is it more like :slow dancing?"

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  God knows every little sparrow who falls.  If he cares that much, surely he would take of them always!!====JACK:  It is comforting to know that God is omniscient!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  That's what I told my scattered grandkids, "I hug you with prayer every day".! Good  ol' Snoopy!  For some of the elderly, a hug hurts due to sore shoulders, etc. So we clasp hands and say, :Hugs"! In the nursing home I hug very gently when I call on them. But hugs are so affirming, aren't they?!  Prayer is, too, so hope Snoopy and we keep on dancin'. There is usually SOME reason to be happy during a day!====JACK:  One of the associates in my doctor's office is Dr. Hug.

FROM LH IN FH:  This is wonderful.  How is it that I never saw it before???  I always read Peanuts. I’m going to make a screen shot of it and add it to my “quotations” file.====JACK:  There's something new to learn every day, if you keep your eyes and ears open.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/13/17
“Wishing are the dreams we dream when we’re awake.”  (Buddy DeSylva)  The head of a mortgage company said, “We aren’t just doing mortgages, we’re helping people make dreams come true.”  We all have our dreams.  “You have your dream, dear; I have one, too.”  As times change, so do our wishes.  That’s normal.  Yesterday, Jan wrote to me about change…”In 1966 it was going to a hip joint; in 2016, it’s getting a hip joint.”  Do you know of more?  ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Lots of top golfers are here this week and dreaming of wining the John Deere TPC tournament====JACK:  I suppose you've played that course.  If so, how do your scores compare with those of the pros?

FROM TARMART REV:  ...working towards one, even today!!====JACK:  Joseph had dreams, too, and God was able to turn them into reality.

FROM VW MARY:  I was thinking yesterday that I've spent over 50 years acquiring stuff; now, I want and need to get rid of it----JACK:  As I look over at my desk I see lots of stuff that should be organized,  Only 5 days worth, but it's daunting!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/12/17
“Success can be defined in three simple words: And then some."  (Darnell Johnson)  The top people did what was expected, were considerate, kind, helpful, were good friends, and then some.”  (Darnell Johnson)  I looked in on an internet conversation where people were trying to come up with adjectives meaning, “more than expected.”  Someone suggested, “Amazing.”  It must have been a jock who said, “110%”  Another said, “A+.”  The one I liked was, “Prodigious.”    ;-)  Jack

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/11/17
“If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.”  (Italian Proverb)  There’s a book,,,”How to speak Italian when you don’t know Italian.”  If I ever go to Italy I’m taking that book.  A good word to know is Boh (I don’t know) said with a shoulder shrug.  Andiamo (Let’s go) is also the name of a restaurant near where I live.  (Lasagna vito aperto è fantastico!.)  My favorite Italian saying is Ancora Imparo (I’m still learning), spoken by Michelangelo.    ;-)  Jack

FROM COPPER COUNTRY PASTOR:  I’m preaching at Pelkie on Sun.  It’s the story of the generous Sower of the good seed.   thus, I will use your word as a   “no - no”  comparison. ====JACK:  I'm glad that you can use it.  Don't forget to use your "artificial inseminator" illustration, too.

FROM KC:  I'm going to read that book.====JACK:  I suppose you're the only one in the family who needs it.  You can loan the book to me after you're done.

FROM TARMART REV:  The Italians have a thin waffle cookie that appears during the holidays called a Pizzelle. Fran made some to share with the ladies of the church on an occasion and our daughter brought a few up to the church office to share with our Scandinavian secretary. She said that looks like "Krumkake" (she pronounced it as if "krum ka ka" to which our daughter looked puzzled.
In our home we often heard Fran say, "That looks like cucka (poop)." Maria thought secretary was calling Fran's Pizzelles "coon cucka". A laugh enjoyed by all!!====JACK:  It must be a barrel of laughs to be married to an Italian, or is it the other way around?  ...for an Italian to be married to you?  Do you use a lot of hand gestures?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/10/17
“This world would be better off if everyone had a front porch.”  (William Martin)  Yesterday I read about a man who honored his mother by starting a neighborhood library.  At the end of his driveway he placed a box called, The Little Free Library.  A sign says, “Take a book.  Leave a book.”  Other places are now doing the same thing.  What a great idea to promote neighborliness and to encourage reading.  What’s it like to live where you live?    ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  In Québec City, there is a neighborhood who made great use of a closed school. It was turned into a community center and "a toy library."  People came in and checked out toys just like they did books.  Kids loved it and parents saved tons of money.  The library was started with donations and grants. Everything was very clean and always in working order...big and small.  Stimulated my imagine as you may guess.====JACK:  When opportunity and need and imagination come together, great things can be done.

FROM LS:  Sam Pernick ( he was honored the evening you gave the invocation at the 14th district Democratic dinner a few years ago) the young Democratic Party  leader's father Nat Pernick has one in front of his house in Huntington Woods on Ludlow.  So cool.  Children  in the neighborhood are curious about it.  My grandma had a front porch and often she was preparing beans and visiting with anyone and everyone who had the time to sit with her .    I wish to this day to have a home with a front porch where all those that seek comforting conversation and love could gather. I ask and I receive.  Now, my front porch travels with me wherever I go!  I have enjoyed this moment on your front porch this morning.  Have a good day.   Thank you for being here for the conversation. ====JACK:  We have the front porch.  I'm now working on getting one of those little libraries built and installed in front of our home.====LS:  One day I look forward to sitting with you on your front porch and sharing words of wisdom 

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I have seen several of those in Ann Arbor====JACK:  Somehow, I'm not surprised that AA has them.  I hope to get one in our neighborhood.

FROM MY LAWYER:  Raining!!!====JACK:  Right now we need the rain more than a Little Library.  If we want a book we can always go to the big library.

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  We are using the old fashioned  red phone boxes (now defunct due to mobile phones ) in villages as libraries.  Take one, leave one.  Great idea!====JACK:  I like the idea of recycling the unused phone boxes.  I'm putting on my thinking cap to see if I can come up with a similar idea.

FROM TARMART REV:  ... one such box is seen in our community, as is another placed in a walk-up fashion, filled with small food items.====JACK:  During the Great Depression my wife's grandmother lived next to the railroad tracks.  Hobos would sometimes jump off the train and appear at her door asking for food.  She never turned them away.====REV:  I'll bet there was a "hobo marking" somewhere that indicated a "welcome sign" of sorts in their language.===JACK:  She didn't mind.  She just saw them as hungry people.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  We were just remarking on that on our trip to MI; LOVE those roomy porches like most of us grew up experiencing, and it often led to neighborly conversations. Ours was screened in, so pleasant to sit out there in late afternoon and evenings. In my present neighborhood, many retired folks have chairs on front patios or in front of garages, and sit out and visit, as most homes don't have porches as we knew them.  We have many Little Free Libraries around Springfield and the area, built by boy scouts to earn badges! They are really nice, and seem to be used a lot. Agree with Wm. Martin today!====JACK:  Ours is one of the few front porches in our neighborhood.  Most houses have private patios and decks in the backyard, shielded by shrubbery or fences

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:   SaWe all sort of watch out for each other. I have the same neighbors on both sides as we had when we moved here in1970!====JACK:  That's 47 years ago.  I thought that old people, not kids, moved to Florida.====SHIRL:  We moved here in 1963 from Ann Arbor. Our new home was about a mile from that in 1970.  It was in a wooded area where people used to come to shoot wild boar.  The builder was putting up 30 houses each month. Lots of military and lots of children! What a wonderful life!====JACK:  Life consists of all ages.  Age is just a random number.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  We have one of those libraries in our neighborhood.  There was a big article in the Star/Trib just yesterday about a neighborhood in Edina who are adding “front patios” to their homes to get to know their neighbors better.  Good idea I think.  I am going out to lunch today with my neighbors.  We do it once a month!====JACK:  The thought just occurred to me...Leave a music CD; take a CD.

FROM KF:  When we downsize (working on our house so we can sell), #1 on my list for a new place is a front porch and screened in back porch so we can be outside even more. Rose and I used to count 100 fireflies at night in the summer before we'd go in. Our neighborhood is in transition ... we are one of the few original homeowners .... the 3 other houses on our little block have turned over 12 times in 25 years!  About the "take a book, leave a book", we do that often with our vacation rentals! And participate in Bookstock every year - donating and buying. I have lots of "book friends" at church, too : )    My girls are big readers, too - we're working on Mark (I think he reads so much at work every day it has less recreational appeal for him).====JACK:  We could even have a "Leave a book, take a book" table at church.   Maybe "you" can start one.

FROM DAIRYLAND DONNA:  So true. Love this!====JACK:  What book would you leave? ====DONNA:  The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah!  Amazing book about a woman who saved many lives during World War II. Amazing characters.

FROM SUNSHINE:  "neighbors" reminded me of the attached, which I wrote some time ago, ====JACK:  It was fun to read about your "new" neighbors when you moved from the city to Appalachia.  I'll forward it to any Winning Words people who want to read it.

FROM FOXY ROXY:  We have a neighbor who just did this last week as her son requested it. Great idea====JACK:  My question....Have you used it?

FROM HUNGRY HOWIE:  This is something that is done throughout many Seattle neighborhoods. When I first saw this on a walk with My grandson when he was an infant I was startled that a box with books for the taking were just out in front of someone's house. It made me feel a connection to the community.====JACK:  Have you noticed any difference in the neighborliness in Seattle compare to that where you live in Michigan?====HOWIE:  Where I live now there is a whole new crop of kids running around, I like that. The neighbors are friendly and watch out for all.
In Seattle Laura and Blair live on a similar street. Lots of kids. The neighborhood formed a group and have permission from the city to actually close the street on Friday afternoon for four hours so they can play in the street.  That's unusual.  So, no difference in attitude or caring

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We've run across many of those little Libraries!  We saw several in and around Cadillac this weekend.  I was thinking of starting one out front.  We live in the middle of farm country.  Most of the vehicles traveling down our road are tractors, trailers and other farm equipment. Our neighbors are "front porch" people when they're not in the fields.  They have helped us numerous times with stuck tractors, leveling around the barns, felling dead trees, cutting down brush...many tasks.  We love it!!!====JACK:  Your Little Library could be built in the shape of an outhouse., and big enough to hold a Sears catalog.

FROM CS IN RO:  I have seen these all around Detroit for a few years--great idea!!====JACK:  Have you ever used one?  Here's an idea.  Keep a book in your car.  When you see a box, stop and make an exchange.Have you ever used one?  Here's an idea.  Keep a book in your car.  When you see a box, stop and make an exchange.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  our neighbors are more likely to leave wine in the box... we love them, & they're all well-read, too!====JACK:  You could dig a hole, put the box in the hole and call it "The Little Wine Cellar."

Friday, July 07, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/7/17
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”  (Unknown)  My wife still has the book, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which her father gave to her after one of his business trips.  Also important are the letters he wrote to her when he was away.  What things have you saved since childhood that bring back pleasant memories?  And, when adding up riches, don’t forget those who care about you…especially God!      ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  For years I had my Nancy Drew collection of mystery books, and a scrapbook of all the "goings on" during my school years! A few years ago Mrs Hultgren sent me the program of our High School graduation (Her husband was principal of John Deere Jr High, and they were our neighbors in Moline)...I still look at it and remember singing the duet "Gay Butterfly" with my twin (very operatic!) that night, and received the "Outstanding Music Award" for that class...sweet memories now. As V.Pres I got to bring greetings, Whoop, Whoop, big deal! Ha!  And Yes, my husband was that kind of  rich man with his four children, especially his baby girl, but the boys as well. Family is the greatest blessing!!====JACK:  I remember when the Hultgrens were dating.  Big deal!  He was one of my teachers at John Deere.  As times change, I don't suppose the school would put on "Gay Butterfly" these days.  The age of innocence.!

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  God thoughts.  Yesterday a got an email from a guy I met at my first duty station in 1960. We have kept in touch via email for some 20 years. His wife had just died in his last mail. Some things are hard to accept, but I can more easily because of what our Lord has promised us.====JACK:  The hymn, "O God, Our Help" has this stanza...Time, like an ever-rolling stream,    Bears all its sons away;  They fly forgotten, as a dream    Dies at the opening day...While death comes to all, God is our help, our hope!

FROM RVB:  That's true wisdom!  On the 4th, Amara was over but I didn't hold her. While Crystal was holding her she continuously gazed into my eyes and watched me among 5 others at the table. Although Crystal made a point of it, I knew it was because I had begun reading with her the Lord's Prayer and praying with her on my lap on early Saturday mornings. Until she is baptized I also have been making the sign of the cross on her forehead.  Thanks for your encouragement and wisdom! ====JACK:  Sometimes God's gifts to us come in unexpected packages, at unexpected times.  One of the hymns that is often sung out of the ELCA Hymnal is this one by John Ylvisaker...  You can hear it on YouTube...Borning Cry

"I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell."

"When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I'll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk 'till rising sun."
In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I'll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I've begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I'll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise."

"I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold."

FROM KANSAN DON:  My most comical discovery was a letter from my Aunt written days after I was born.  It was from "Uncle Miriam" to "Little Niece Donald.”  (I didn’t know that about myself!)  Miriam was 12 years old.  Swedish was the language at home, but she tried English for her first nephew.  You may know her.  She was the widow of Carl Manfred and celebrated her 100th birthday in May.  We’ve had a good laugh.====JACK:  I think that ,ost Americans are missing out when only one language is spoken in the home.  BTW, in our community's high school, over 60 different languages are spoken in the homes of the students.  I doubt that one of them is Swedish.

FROM BB:  Always loved Mary and appreciate your sharing the story about her father.  Thanks! ====JACK:  Her father was also a very good singer and soloist.  She has a CD of him singing songs, including I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked and There Is A Balm In Gilead.  There's also a CD of her father and mother singing a duet.  Priceless!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/6/17
"Your best friend is the one who brings out the best in you.”  (Henry Ford)  A young Norman Vincent Peale asked Henry Ford what advice he would give to a young person starting out in life.  Henry told him to choose his friends carefully.  You want them to be people who bring out the best in you.  A good friend will respect and encourage you, will not put you down, or desert you.  Avoid the negative person, the gloomy one.  Ford knew more than how to build cars.    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  very true indeed!==== JACK:  Henry Ford was a very complex man.  Aren't we all?

FROM TARMART REV:  ...blessed with one for sure from West Bloomfield, MI, I am!!====JACK:  I remember when you first walked through the door.====REV:  "Old men dream dreams" . . . I've collected many of them myself while visiting Holy Spirit Lutheran Church weekly with the WB Parks and Rec during those 5 years using the church facility and visiting with the Right Reverend Jack Freed!! It was a "whale" of an experience!!====JACK:  I'd almost forgotten the "reason" for my whale collection...a reminder that God has ways of causing his will to be with Jonah, as with each of us.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Some of my best learning has come from folks who have been critical of me...not always optimistic about my prospects.    We need more than one kind of friend.====JACK:  Constructive criticism is good, but usually looks better in the rearview mirror.

FROM DR J:  indeed!====JACK:  A friend in need is a friend indeed.  God seems to send friends among us when we need them the most.

FROM BB:  Interesting quote. I think my father read Norman Vincent peele when he was alive.====JACK:  NVP wasn't the first to espouse the power of positive thinking.  Epictetus was an advocate in the 1st century.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  God knew what he was doing when he made Eve or Adam.  He gave Adam a best friend.  Yep they messed up but they held together and had each other's backs.  Best friends aren't perfect but they are there for each other.====JACK:  Harry Truman supposedly said:  "In Washington, if you want a friend, get a dog."  Why do you suppose dogs are referred to as...Man's best friend?

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Be optimistic! We r all here for a reason!====JACK:  Have you figured yours out, yet?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/5/17
“Excellence takes time.”  (John Wooden)  John Wooden was probably the greatest of all college basketball coaches.  He was particularly concerned with the way his players put on their socks.  “His” way helped prevent blisters.  He was listened to, because he was focused on excellence.  Whether it’s a sports team, a business…even a church.  Success goes along with paying attention to the details.  I’ve been fortunate to have had some “Woodens” in my life.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Prof Holcomb....that's why he won....over and over again====JACK:  Did he teach you how to put on your socks (or how to dress) before a debate?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Are we ever excellent at anything?  I got to thinking about it and I'm not sure I'm excellent at anything.  I do things very very well but excellent?  I'm not sure anyone is excellent.  However, striving for excellence is a wonderful goal.  I shall strive for excellence today!!!  Forward!====JACK:  Usually we don't grade ourselves.  It's the teacher who does that.  In grade school our grading system was E (Excellent), VG (Very Good), G (Good), P (Poor).  I remember once getting a P in Deportment (Do you know what deportment is?)

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  ..and Coach Wooden was a great role model and leader for the young men fortunate enough to have played for him.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 7/3/17
“America’s a family.  We all yell at each other, and it all works out.”  (Louis C.K.)  I’m not a fan of TV’s Family Feud; in fact, I’m not a fan of feuds at all.  There’s too much animosity in our world.  Don’t you agree?  I’d like to see people try to get along together.  If there’s hope for an end to all of the feudin’ and fussin’,  it’s with those who seek to be conciliators.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will called, the children of God.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  Amen, and again I say, Amen!!====JACK:  It sound like I've gotten into an AG auditorium.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  I'm not a fan of any of the sitcoms of today.  Too much sex, violence and stupidity!====JACK:  Family Feud is a game show...and you wouldn't like that one, either..I'm sure! ====MARLYS:  I have watched it and I don't like it.  Whatever happened to shows like "What's My Line"?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  "Family Feud" is not a program we watch at all but I do love "Pyramid".  I loved it when Dick Clark was the host.  Now they have suggestive titles and it ruins it for me.  Do you notice how much suggestive sexual material is everywhere?  So many programs are unwatchable to us!====JACK:  TV shows program that sell.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  Amen to that!!

FROM WATERFORD JAN:  You are so timely!====JACK:  Some fireworks are fun to watch.  Others are just disgusting.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  You and the Moravian Daily Text are on the same page today.  Blessings to you and yours as we celebrate our independence, our freedoms, and our opportunities for peace.
Heavenly Father, you bring us together in community and in friendship. May we honor each other with your love, and may we live more in the fullness of a humble life at peace with your glorious salvation. Amen====JACK:  You may recall that the ELCA and the Moravians entered into full communion in 1997.  Someone said that "They are from the same sheepfold.":