Thursday, July 24, 2014

For Your Listening Pleasure

Today Trevin Wax published a list of the podcasts he listens to.  Here is the link:

So I decided to share what podcasts and sermons I listen to on a regular basis:

Podcasts I listen to:

 CitizenLink –2 minutes
FRC-Daily – 1 minute
FRC-Washington-28 minutes
Huckabee- 4 minutes. (He hasn’t recorded any since June 27)
Just Thinking (Ravi Zacharias)-13 minutes
Let my People Think (Ravi Zacharias)26 minutes
Reaching Your World (Luis Palau) 2 minutes
Revive Our Hearts (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)26 minutes
Telling the Truth (Briscoes) 26 minutes
Joni and Friends- 4 minutes
Understanding the Times (Jan Markell) 57 minutes once a week
Weekly Standard-13 minutes

Sermons I listen to:

Capitol Hill Baptist
Faith Bible Church
Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church Greenville, SC Andy Lewis
North Hills Community church Greenville, SC Peter Hubbard

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Do you have any podcasts or sermons to recommend?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grandma and the International Father's Day Association

Left to right:  me,  Grandma Stowell, Grandma Edson, cousins Dorothy, and Janet.

A Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

My grandmother, Isabel Stowell, was the secretary for the International Father’s Day Association in Spokane, WA for many years.  In reading through her minutes for many of the meetings, it appeared that usually 9 to 12 women would attend the meetings, held at a local hotel.  The first meeting I have the notes for was in 1959.  The earliest meetings were at the Desert Hotel.  Later they moved to the Coeur ‘d Alene Hotel.     The last gathering she recorded was in May of 1963.

Isabel was also a representative of the group to the Spokane Federation of Women’s Organizations.

Mrs. Dodd is not mentioned very often in the minutes.  She was cited at the May meeting in 1960.  “Mrs. Dodd’s idea in regard to the June Father’s Day luncheon was given.”

The officers were elected each February.  Some of the names mentioned are Margaret Brown, Jessie Gibson, Freda Carpenter, Mae Masecar, and Lydia Himes.  The meetings were opened with prayer and the flag salute.  The meetings closed with a prayer or the Mizpah.

Genesis 39: 49 and Mizpah, for he said, "May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.

Afterward they adjourned to the dining room for lunch.  Now I know where I get my preference for going out to eat! 

Grandma’s notes are succinct.  In one page she covers everything accomplished. I also prefer writing this way.  No excess words for me!

Only one time was any controversy mentioned.  “A resolution from the City Federation favoring the proposed civic center was read.  The Father’s Day Assn. tabled the proposition as it is a controversial subject.”

These records remind me of a Norman Rockwell town.  Such peaceful precious lives they all seemed to live.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ugly Is In

Here is a 9 minute interview of Rayfield Barber, first black student at Groveton, in Alexandria, VA., and Mr. Hiller, history teacher from 1959 through the '70's. Mr. Hiller makes the comment that in the 70's ugly was in.

Is history repeating itself?  In the 60’s and 70’s much turmoil caused by protests against war, against sexual purity, and against conservative dress played out during the time of civil rights legislation, and the Viet Nam war.  Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated peaceful protest, but the Weathermen and the Black Panthers bombed. Iran held Americans as hostages.  Israel was defending it's borders.  The hippies dropped out, smoked pot, and made love not war. 

Now we have the same conflicts going on.  Pot has been legalized in 2 states.  Same sex marriage is making its way into the churches, domestic terrorists are shooting people, and there are gang wars in the streets.  Islamic terrorists are attempting to destroy the United States and Israel. Israel is still defending it's borders. .Drug cartels and jihadists may be smuggling illegal aliens into the United States.  See here

 Saw Megyn Kelly’s interview of Bill Ayers and Dinesh D’Souza last week.  Ayers is still trying to destroy the United States and still hating it by continuing on with the story line that everything in the history of the United States is bad.  D’Souza, an immigrant from India, points out the good that the United States has done in the world.  See this blog:

But is it really just a debate about politics or is it a clash of atheism and Christianity?  Which belief system does the most good?  I would say Christianity.  But now the children of the militant anti-war, hippy, and baby boomers are of age and covering their bodies with tattoos and piercings.  The media is more left leaning than it ever was.  They are also ignorant of many things.  See this blog:

 Some reasons that our 20 to 40 year olds in this country are leaning toward communism could be the influence of some pot smoking free love, anti war parents.  Then there are some college professors who put pressure on students to buy in to atheism or communism.   Another reason could be celebrities like Jane Fonda.  Here is her story:

Yes, the whole world is in an uproar now as it was back in the 60’s and 70’s.  Is history repeating itself or are these signs that Jesus will be coming back soon?

John 14: 1 "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And you know the way where I am going." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Take me to the King

Just saw this quote from The Little Prince : "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

 The quote made me think about how, as we get older, we long for Jesus to come back or to take us to our real home with Him in Heaven.  Is our longing contagious?

This song was sung on American idol.  Do we long to see King Jesus?

                         Take me to the King               

I don't have much to bring
My heart is torn in pieces
It's my offering
Take me to the King

[Verse 1:]
Truth is I'm tired
Options are few
I'm trying to pray
But where are you?
I'm all churched out
Hurt and abused
I can't fake
What's left to do?

Truth is I'm weak
No strength to fly
No tears to cry
Even if I tried
But still my soul
Refuses to die
One touch will change my life

Take me to the King
I don't have much to bring
My heart's torn in pieces
It's my offering

Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And sing to You this song
Please take me to the King

[Verse 2:]
Truth is it's time
To stop playing these games
We need a word
For the people's pain

So Lord speak right now
Let it fall like rain
Oh, yeah, we're desperate
We're chasing after you

No rules, no religion
I've made my decision
To run to You,
The healer that I need

Take me to the King
I don't have much to bring
My heart's torn to pieces
It's my offering

Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And to sing to You this song

Take me to the...

Lord we're in the way
We keep making mistakes
The glory's not for us
It's all for You

Take me to the King
I don't have much to bring
My heart's torn to pieces
It's my offering

Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And sing to You this song

Take me to the King [3x]

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July

My mom and dad were patriots.  My dad retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserve, where he served after the end of World War II. They loved the United States and always celebrated the 4th in some way.  When they were living in Redwood City, CA. and my dad was working at the weather bureau, they would go up to the flat roof of the building and watch the fireworks from there.  When he retired from the weather bureau they would attend the 4th of July parade in Redwood City.  At their home in Hornbook, CA. they would march in the parade representing the VFW.

Chris and I were fortunate to be able to spend a few 4ths with the folks.  One year, when our daughter was about 3, we viewed the fireworks from the roof of the weather bureau building with them.  I think that was my favorite 4th.  Another year, when the kids were older, we watched the parade.  It was crowded and we didn’t have much of a view.  But the funniest time we had with them was when we parked in the weeds outside of the Yreka City, CA stadium.  We could see a few colorful fireworks now and then, which reached higher than the fence.   We had a good view of the weeds however!

Chris and I had some good and some funny memories of our 4ths after we were married.  When our daughter was 2 we were in Virginia visiting my high school classmate and her husband.  They graciously bought her some sparklers.  She loved the sparkles.

Then, when we were living in Spokane, WA during Expo ’74, fireworks would be set off every night when the exhibitions closed.  That year they had a fireworks show at Joe Albi stadium on the 4th for which we were able to get tickets.

In past years in Spokane there would be a fireworks display over Shadle Park on the north side of Spokane.  So expecting the fireworks as usual and especially to celebrate the 200-year birthday of our country in 1976, a crowd gathered in the park.  We spread out blankets and waited and waited and waited.  Nothing happened.  People began leaving.  Finally we gave up and went home.  We learned later that the fireworks had been set off over the weekend.  There was not one fireworks show in Spokane on July 4, 1976 in celebration of our country's bicentennial!

Another humorous occasion was in July of 1999.  I had planned to live in my son’s rental house in Spokane, while he and his roommates were away for the summer.  Meanwhile, Chris was going to sail to Tahiti on our 40’ sailboat with a couple of guys.  I hadn’t planned to see him until he had sailed on to Australia or wherever he decided to sail.  I was forwarding his satellite e-mails to a group of people who were interested in his adventures.  Suddenly, he sent me an e-mail that he was coming to Spokane from Tahiti, and that I should meet him at the airport.  When he arrived he said that we had to rush back to Tahiti so we could celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.  We hustled and arrived in Papeete on July 13.  On the 14th nothing happened.  I don’t know if it was the language barrier or what but it seems that they had celebrated a week or so earlier!

We had some good times celebrating the 4th with our Port Orchard cousins when they would cordially invite us for picnics.

Here is a blog which sums up the 4th of July for me:

How do you celebrate the 4th?  What are your best memories?