One Forked Tongue

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Ouch! This image truly pains me. But it is a great reminder of the damage done by one forked tongue. Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” Kind words are a little bit like forgiveness: Our own souls benefit when we are forgiving, but we destroy ourselves when we aren’t. It is a strange phenomenon that we hurt ourselves when we are angry, even though we think we are hurting others. …


Rainbow Sheep

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I loved sheep. They are one of the most enjoyable domesticated farm animals. The lambs are fun to watch, as they playfully frolic in the fields. Natural sheep varieties come in many different colors and hues, which provide the best fleece for wool fibers and fabrics. Sheep are friendly, they can learn their names, and will respond to them, whether they are pets or wild stock.

For many reasons, there is significant sheep representation in language and symbology. We use expressions such as, the , to represent a different (sometimes rebellious) individual. Or we say a , to distinguish the dangerous person from a harmless one. Sheep figures were also used in mythologies, such as the Golden Fleece, where the rams were winged creatures with shining wool, and were symbols of authority and kingship. Sheep were also recognized and representative in major religions. In Christianity, The Good Shepherd’s sole focus was on His flock, and His priority was to attend to their needs and safety. …


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Two Qualities Happy, Successful People Have

It is an interesting phenomenon that we look at others, who seem to have it all, or have it “all together,” and we think their lives are perfect, they are flawless and they don’t have any problems. It is such a natural tendency to assume that we are the only ones who are deficient in talents or consumed with worry. Even though the grass is always greener on the other side, one of life’s great lessons is that everyone is here to grow, overcome, achieve, and triumph.

Even throughout the best of childhoods/adolescences, it is a struggle to find ourselves and to discover our purposes. There are many avenues we can pursue in trying to do so. Some people figure out at an early age the things they enjoy or that come easily to them, while others have a deeper search ahead. They experiment with arts & sciences, sports, activities, reading, writing, and so on, until they begin to recognize their interests and proclivities. Growing pains are an integral part of youth, and, unfortunately, once we reach maturity, they don’t just magically disappear. Our journeys lead us through the winding road of self-discovery and lifelong-learning. …


Eyes on the Prize

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Photo by Rhett Wesley on Unsplash

For a musician, playing live is a truly noble profession. There are a few who do it exceptionally well and I have always stood in tremendous awe of their accomplishments. It is such good fortune to achieve dreams and to be able to make a living doing what one loves most — in my case, music.

I wish I could say I were in that League. My little league is the one that works by day to pay the bills and lives by night to make the music. Nevertheless, whether it is from the fifth row of an intimate theater or the pigeon rafters of an enormous auditorium, I find it remarkably rewarding to observe the great ones; I try to take away some morsel of craft that I can use to improve my performance skills. …


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Photo by Caroline Ingebrigtsen on Unsplash

Moonlight to Daylight

Welcome Daylight savings time! I don’t know that I have been a proponent of year-long daylight savings. I always enjoy the feel of a season change when shorter days become noticeable and longer nights appear earlier. But with the approach of spring, it is enjoyable to bask in the glow of longer days and frolic in the warmth of moonlit nights. Not that Spring has completely arrived. It is certainly winter in most parts and, in California, it is still rainy and cool. Nevertheless, the Choir is undertaking rehearsals of heavenly music in preparation for its annual Easter Concert. …


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Hubble Telescope “Spies” a Cosmic Butterfly (huffingtonpost.com)

What Do Black Holes, Cosmic Butterflies, & Shooting Stars Have to Say About Your Chances for Success?

Amazing! That was the impression I recall when I think back to The Imax Theater’s 3D movie production of the Hubble Telescope. It was beyond incredible! The images from the telescope and the scientific discoveries were absolutely mind-boggling. I returned several times just to try to begin to absorb such infinite significance.

Remember how much fun it used to be to go to an observatory and look through telescopes? Not anymore! Earth’s atmosphere distorts even the most sophisticated telescope’s photographs so that they seem primitive and inadequate. The Hubble orbits the entire earth in 97 minutes, traveling 5 miles/second, capturing a crystal-clear display of stars and worlds in countless galaxies. There is no atmosphere to interfere with the Hubble’s picture-taking abilities so, it’s phenomenal visual achievement will ultimately enlighten scientists and amaze onlookers for years to come. …


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Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

The Benefits of Continued Thanksgiving in 2019

The past year-end holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are still fresh in my mind, even with the passing of nearly two and a half full months in 2019. Cold winters and cloudy days still have me remembering the sparkling lights, family, friends, food, reunion, gratefulness, fun, music, presents, love and joy! The miracle of the season is the confirmation of Belief, which confirmation occurs from the small, but exciting, acts of heartfelt gift-giving and service. The Holidays are the time of year when love, hopefulness, and renewal are most apparent.

Psalms 51:15–16 reminds us to This is one of those Scriptural passages, in which God gives commandments and then states the reward He intends to bestow. First, He commands us to offer thanksgiving: Be thankful. Secondly, He instructs us to pay vows: Keep commitments to God. Then, we are directed to call upon Him in the day of trouble: Pray for assistance. Next, He guarantees deliverance from trouble: Relief. Finally, He commands us to glorify Him, once deliverance has occurred: Return thanksgiving. …


Why read the Bible?

Going to church is the way we worship God and we participate in fellowship with other believers. There is a peace that comes from the momentary escape of weekly concerns. We settle into the reverence of the sanctuary and the calming music that precedes the hour’s lesson of religious instruction. It is a time to offer prayers of gratitude or concerns, sing praises, recall stories, and reflect on the activities of the recent past. We contemplate intended strategies for improvement, as we go forward towards a brand-new week of hopefulness. There is a generated energy achieved from the weekly “battery recharge,” a refocus on God’s priorities and a re-commitment to follow Him and serve others. Fellowship is gained from associations with similar believers. …

Kristy Landgren

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