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Day One or One Day? 
Sunday, January 9, 2011, 06:00 AM - Church, Sermon, Podcast
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Genesis 1:1-5

Is today just one day like all the others, or is it Day One of something great?








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Stop Lights 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
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Faster Than Light

The church I serve observes Epiphany tomorrow. An Epiphany is a sudden revealing of some deep mystery. In a cartoon, it is a light bulb above the head. In science, it is Archimedes in his bathtub shouting Eureka when he solved a riddle.

In Christianity, it is linked with the revelation of Jesus as the Christ at his baptism, the adoration of the baby Jesus by the magi, and even Saul's sudden recognition of Christ in the blinding light on the road to Damascus that turned him into the Christian apostle, Paul.

What invites an Epiphany? Today, some use the term "lateral thinking" to describe the process of seeking and having Epiphanies by indirect and unconventional means. Daydreaming, letting the mind wander, even boredom can lead to Epiphanies.

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What is the chance of off-line Epiphanies if we are always on-line? With phones delivering entertainment and constant connection with others, video screens in every public space, our homes flooded with entertainment barely damned by our DVRs, even billboards changing every few seconds, who has time to reflect, to be bored...who takes time out for Epiphanies?

My father-in-law always pointed out that "stoplights" are "traffic signals" that are "green as much as they are red". Balance We don't need to go all the time avoiding the stops of the day and life. For when we stop, we might notice new light.

Hope you take time often to have an Bright Epiphany.
Surprised by Joy

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:10-11

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Speegle's 60th Anniversary Prayer 
Saturday, January 1, 2011, 04:00 PM - Family, Prayers
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My in-laws, Bruce & Kathryn Speegle, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary New Year's Day. (They were married on New Year's Eve because the rent was paid starting January 1st.)


Here's the prayer I offered:
God of Generations
Giver of Love,
Guarantor of Relationship
Thank you for the love of Kathryn and Bruce
that brought them together sixty years ago
and brings us together tonight.

May the love they share be a blessing to us
and those we love; tonight, and throughout our lives.
as your love holds us safely through eternity.
Amen


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Tweets in 2010 
Friday, December 31, 2010, 01:13 PM - Media
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Above are the top 50 words in my tweets in 2010. The bigger the word, the more times it appeared. Thanks to tweetcloud for the graphic!

Hope the cloud that follows you into 2011 is bright with promise and joy.



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Happy Holy Days 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy
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I love this week because you can wish EVERYONE a Happy New Year without fear that they don't observe the new year. Right?

Well, I guess it works for our Eastern Orthodox friends, the wish just has to hold for an additional two weeks! Chinese New Year celebrators can store our greetings until February 3rd.

But the Jewish New Year is Rosh Hashanah which was back in early September and the Isalmic New Year was Dec 7th! So we are too late or way too early.

And to be liturgically correct, Advent begins the new year for Christians, which this year was the last Sunday in November! (We are now in Year A, if you are sending greetings.)

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Sigh.

Silly worry? I think so. I propose everyone accepts everyone elses greetings as good wishes and even affection instead of an attack on ones faith or calendar preference. That way, we could have happiness wished for us from September to February instead of just for a week!

That would make a happy new year, by anyone's count.

Greetings to All

Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings.
Greet the friends there, each by name. - 3 John 1:15

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