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The Good One 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 06:30 AM - Extra Christy, Family
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The Tool Ark

Like a Workshop Noah, if my Dad had anything; he had at least two of them. From several wrench sets to two arc welders, he had the the good one and the other one.

Sometimes, he just wanted one tool for the basement workshop and another for the garage, (and maybe one for the car). Other times there was a good deal on a tool and he bought them all. Or one tool was not quite perfect, but not quite worn out, so he bought another but kept the old for sacrificial projects.

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My brothers and I learned early that not only could we borrow tools, but when borrowing, to always ask for "the good one". Usually, we didn't know what the good one was but Dad knew, and that is the one he gave us.

If someone tells you that God gave them them something bad, from an earthquakes to blunt screwdriver, remember my Dad, for like all good parents, God always gives "the good one".

Hope you always give your best to God and God's children.


Giving Good Gifts

"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" - Matthew 7:7-11

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Akron Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 09:00 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Dr. Frank Douglas President & CEO, Austin BioInnovation Institute.

Although I am a Presbyterian, and sinfully proud of it, I am fond of our brothers and sisters in the UCC (United Church of Christ). I borrowed from and gave credit to one of theirs for this months prayer, Olivia Masih White, Ph.D., a professor of genetics and a longtime member of the United Church of Christ.

Here's Dr. White's prayer:
We thank you, O God,
for the wisdom and knowledge you bestow upon scientists
who work at revealing the secrets of creation.
We stand in awe and wonder at the history of the universe
and of life on this planet.
This knowledge strengthens our faith in your creative power.
We are grateful for this wonderful creation
and for being a part of your blessing. Amen.


Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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Perspective 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 07:00 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
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Bringing the Impossible Together

The Akron Art Museum has an exhibit of M.C. Escher's work through May 29th. I urge you to visit and enjoy 130 works on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece.

Escher deals with mind-bending explorations of perspective. Trace the water course in the lithograph "Waterfall" at the right and you will see that water flows up!

Of course, such a structure could not exist in the "real" world. The water falls up only by the genius of M.C. Escher in presenting 3-D perspective in a 2-D print.

However, part of the exhibit is a actual 3-D model of the lithograph print "Waterfall". It is a distorted mess with unattached columns flying unsupported into space. It seems to have been caught in mid-explosion.

Waterfall by M.C.Escher
Yet, when viewed through a carefully mounted pinhole, the jumbled parts resolve into a perfect copy of the print! The columns attach, the arches meet, and the watercourse connects...up. The model was constructed so that from that one viewpoint only, its appearance matches the scene in the Escher's print.

Escher's work reminds us how important perspective is in how we view reality. Looking at reality without depth or standing still at a certain spot with only one narrow point of view, we can be convinced that water falls up!

I hope you move up and down, back and forth, and even to the right or left when you look at the world and don't let your perspective (or even M.C. Escher) fool you.

I also hope you move around enough so that every now and then, when you hold yourself just right, you can see the world as God sees it. All connected and correct where even what we believe to the the laws of human nature bend to God's vision.


Where God Looks

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." - 1 Samuel 16:7

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January Akron Roundtable Prayer 
Monday, January 31, 2011, 09:00 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Senator Sherrod Brown United States Senator from Ohio on this special Monday edition of Akron Roundtable.

Here's the prayer I offered:
Giver of all that is good,
We see protests in Egypt
and thank you for our freedom.
We see chaos in Haiti
and thank you for good government.
Help us to use our freedom
to bring good to all people
together at these tables
and at yours.
Amen


Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20


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Walking with God (Or God's Annual Report) 
Sunday, January 30, 2011, 06:00 AM - Church, Sermon, Podcast
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Micah 6:1-8

How Can You Walk With God?




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