Saturday, June 16, 2018


A quick overview of the book of Judges

You may wonder why I have imbedded a you tube showing an oversight of the book of Judges.  Well, years ago, as I was reading through the Bible, I was appalled that God had chosen Samson as one of His anointed Judges.  I asked my dad why God would choose someone like Samson.  He said he didn't know.

Well now I have just read "Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis," by Abigail Santamaria.  You may know of and have read some of the books by C.S. Lewis.  He wrote: 

The Chronicles of Narnia
Mere Christianity
The Allegory of Love
The Screwtape Letters
The Space Trilogy
Till We Have Faces
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

He became a Christian at the age of 31 in 1930. After a lifetime of seeking God and mentoring countless others through his books, and through correspondence, Joy Gresham came into his life.   According to Santamaria's biography Joy was not a very good woman.  But, that said, Santamaria goes on to reveal, "her spiritual journey culminated in Christianity.  Her human condition continued to be plagued with self-interest, even hypocrisy.  These failings however, did not nullify her faith, they reinforced the purpose of redemption."

Throughout Joy's life she was seeking Utopia and discovered that the only true utopia is Heaven. 

I recommend the book.  Do you have any biographies you would recommend?

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Many people are discouraged these days.  Their search for the answer to life is fruitless.  The point of life will not be found in good works, drugs, pleasure, or anything other than Jesus Christ. The Gospel Project is a curriculum which explains how Jesus is the hope of the world. Trevin Wax, a blogger I read, has an update on "The Gospel Project."  Click here to read.  The above 2 minute video is an overview of the project.

Monday, May 28, 2018


Markers for my parents. Photo taken in 2003.

As we celebrate another Memorial Day by thanking our military men and women for their service, I began to think about how my generation no longer has a buffer going in front of us.  We now lead the younger generations as we run the race.  We more than ever need God to grant us wisdom and direction for our lives so we don't lead any astray.  It's all about obedience to the Lord and joy in His provision.  May God help us and bless us with His peace.

I thought this song by Steve Green had a good message--"Find us Faithful:"

Thursday, May 17, 2018


1952 Fairbanks, Alaska--  we were boarded and then deplaned several times before we were able to fly to Seattle on this non-pressurized airplane.  My dad coined the phrase, "If time to spare go by air." We were ready to stay while being ready to go.

A newspaper clipping I assume from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.  Dave Stowell atop the U.S. Weather Bureau's airport station.

Many, these days, are watching with alarm the turmoil in the Middle East and around the world.  Israel celebrated 70 years as a nation.  The U.S. moved their embassy to Israel's capital, Jerusalem.  We are nearer than ever to the return of Jesus as He promised.  I'm ready to stay, amid all the conflict. This hymn came to my mind about how to live day by day in spite of the circumstances:

  1. Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
    Striving to please Him in all that I do;
    Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
    This is the pathway of blessing for me.
    • Refrain:
      O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
      For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
      I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
      My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.
  2. Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
    Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
    Such love constrains me to answer His call,
    Follow His leading and give Him my all.
  3. Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
    Doing each duty in His holy Name;
    Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
    Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
  4. Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
    My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
    Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
    Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

But even with this hymn in mind I realize that if Jesus comes back, I'm ready to go.  He said He was preparing a place for me, ( John 14:And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.)  I'm looking forward to it.

In view of this prophecy I enjoyed this sermon series from Peter Hubbard, Senior pastor at North Hills Church in Greenville, South Carolina.  He started with an illustration about his brother and family having to be ready to go and ready to stay when they were flying overseas.  I will post the links for the 2 videos as Peter explains II Thessalonians 2 about the return of Jesus. Click on this link  Then click on this link to watch #2

Are you ready to go and also ready to stay?

Monday, May 7, 2018


Jes has added another memory of his time in Japan.  Here he relates a tale about his bike ride around the country town where he lived when he was teaching English as a second language...

This is just a really really old picture now from the back roads near where I lived in Japan on a circa 2004 Sharp cell phone (I still have it. It's bright blue and has a satisfying click when you open it that Japanese phones of this era had). Back then I was riding my bike a lot. The routes near my house were pretty amazing with mountain views, lush vegetation, nice old grandmas walking around with their strollers and some oddities like this along the way. There was little traffic and in a pinch if you ran out of water in the 95 degree heat and full humidity, a vending machine was always nearby.

Monday, April 30, 2018


National Day of Prayer is May 3, 2018.  To find an event in your area click here.  May our Nation once again call on God to help us.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Chris shot the above picture for the Spokane Daily Chronicle in April of 1977.  Here is the rest of the story as told by Chris:

There is a story behind this picture.

Early in the day, there had been an armed bank robbery in the Cheney area and the robbers escaped. There was a massive police search for these two guys around the back roads of Cheney. I was out there as a Chronicle photographer chasing around also. I was approaching my noon deadline for the final edition and was heading back into Cheney with the photos I had, mostly of a bunch of police cars (rather boring).

Anyway, as I approached Cheney I saw a huge plume of smoke rising from the campus. I followed the smoke and came upon the above scene. I jumped out of my news car and took a few shots of the fire and took off for Spokane. I was only about 15 minutes to deadline, but it could be pushed for major news. I called the city desk and told them to block out a six-column front page about the same depth and I told them what I had.

Since I knew all the police, including State Patrol and even Spokane City police were out chasing robbers still (I had a police scanner) I drove into the city never going below 80 MPH. I dropped the car off in our garage and ran to the darkroom and put the film in the chemicals. A few minutes later I saw I had the above shot, still a negative. I called the desk and said to give me about 5 more minutes. I put the wet negative in the enlarger and made the print, processed it, and took it down to the newsroom still damp.

The desk took the picture sent it to engraving, then onto the production. We made the evening edition. Not bad since I took the picture in Cheney not more than 30 minutes before the presses ran. Oh, the fire was caused by a welder cutting down some old metal beams, but that old WW2 wood was just tinder. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


All of the family in Redwood City, except Grace Marie and the future spouses of the grandchildren. 

As children, when my cousin and I would visit our grandparents on their farm in Eastern Washington, we would play with the blossoms of the tall hollyhocks our grandmother grew.  We would make hats for ourselves or turn the colorful blooms into dresses for puppets.  Then, years later, we learned from my aunt and my cousin's mother that the hollyhocks grew over the septic tank.  We were aghast!  How could something so beautiful have sewage below?  But I think that life is a little like that.  There are beautiful things in our life but sometimes bad things come into our lives as well.

I enjoy reading or watching biographies.  Last week I watched the movie "Temple Grandin."It depicts the struggles of an autistic girl.  She was an extreme case.  Sometimes I observe similar problems in some engineers, and other highly intelligent people.  They have problems relating to other people.  I think that my brother Jay was somewhere on the spectrum for autism.

I first noticed that Jay had trouble relating to other kids when I was five.  The neighbor kids had chained him to a tree in our back yard.  He enjoyed being wound up with chain.  It must have been like a hug to him.  In the Temple Grandin movie she enjoyed being hugged in much the same way they hold cattle still with a devise. So this and other observations of Jay's life lead me to believe that he had struggles that the rest of us don't.

This makes me think of the letter I found where Mother was defending Jay to my aunt and uncle and my dad's parents.  They highly recommended that he go to a trade school out of high school.  She was adamant that he would go to college.

 Mother expected all five of us kids to attend and graduate college.  Being the compliant and passive children we were, we obeyed her.  In order to pay for this advanced education it was necessary for each of us to obtain employment and save our money.  My parents moved us into a 32-foot trailer to save money toward our college expenses.  (Grandmother Stowell did not agree with this decision and I agreed with her.  We did have some good times living in Woodley Hills trailer park though.)

My brother, Jay, was the first to acquire employment.  He was hired to clean our church, Calvary Presbyterian, each week.  Mother didn't think that he could do a good job so she cleaned half the church for him. 

Just saw this on Facebook:

When I graduated from high school I was expected to get a job.  I applied to the library and other places but they weren't hiring then.  So for my first job, besides babysitting, Mother secured for me a job at a Presbyterian conference center.  She asked me if I would rather clean rooms or wait tables.  Disliking housework, I chose to become a waitress. Unfortunately for those who wanted their coffee first thing in the morning, (we did not drink coffee at home), I didn't understand the need for caffeine, and was behind in my coffee pouring. My salary was tips only. The attendees were generous despite my failings.

Evy's first job, Wayne thinks, was working as a waitress at an I Hop restaurant. Davy's first job was probably working as a newspaper carrier. And Wayne worked as a lifeguard.

Needless to say we all made it through college.  This week I'm reading Condoleezza Rice’s autobiography. Her parents had the same attitude that Mother did.  All the children must go to college.  Condoleezza received her doctorate.  Many other children in the community were college graduates because of the support and encouragement of her parents.  She grew up in the most segregated city in America--Birmingham.  The difficulties that were overcome are a lesson for us.  Some day there may be stores and establishments that do not serve Christians.  Currently in Lebanon and other places there are such conditions.

Everybody will have something to overcome in his or her life.  With God's help we can make it through.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Here is an example of the stories Chris covered.

Another college classmate has passed away.  I knew Chuck Hiatt.  We had gone out one time and I had seen him at several EWU reunions for our class of 1965.  As a result of this loss I began to think about my wonderful life and all that had happened in college and beyond.

EWU highlights for me include the talk with Dr. Fretwell about my future as a psychology major.  After my failure in my descriptive statistics class she advised me to change my major.  I had my best grades in PE thanks to Pat Whitehill and Mary Jo Tracey.  With wavers from Dr. Leighton of all team sport classes I was able to graduate the summer of 1965.  Chris and I were married that August.

With a year as the commander of the EWU ROTC Sponsor Corps, and several other honors under my belt, and Chris having been EWU yearbook and Easterner photographer and Easterner editor (taking over from the editor who flunked out with a .007 grade point average), as well as mentors Dick Hoover and Pat McManus for Chris, we had plenty of background for future employment. 

With our degrees in hand we set out to look for work in Santa Barbara, CA. After a 3-month stint we returned to EWU to prepare to become teachers. We looked for work in Spokane.  I was hired to teach first grade. Chris transitioned from the color dark room for the Spokesman Review to news photographer for the Spokane Daily Chronicle.  Chris became famous in Spokane for his photographs in the newspaper.  My grandmother Stowell clipped and saved them all.  He did some guest teaching for EWU at the extension in Spokane.  He also was on the board for the Spokane Falls Community College. 

But we were a couple of kids who didn’t want to settle down.  Our dream was to live on a boat.  After joining the United States Power Squadron and taking seamanship classes we bought our first boat-- a 14-foot C -Lark sailboat.  After that we upgraded to a 17’ Thistle, and then a 21’ San Juan.  We bought and sold 3 houses, God blessed us with 2 kids, and then we set off for Seattle to begin sailing in Puget Sound.  We lived in Seattle from 1978 until 1982.  Then it was off for Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi for Microwave Electronics school.  Then to California from 1983 until 1985.  Then off to Arlington, WA, Kirkland, WA, and Woodinville, WA. 

The rest is history.   If you have been reading my blog you read about our sailing adventures from 1997 to 1999.  I published these memories on my blog for September 9, 2014 to September 16, 2014. 

Now we are in our “Golden” years.  Time to start on our new adventure.  So far we have tried a digital photography business and next will be publishing e-books.  Only God knows how many days we have but with His help we will make them count.

Monday, March 26, 2018


The movie "I can only Imagine" was a surprise hit at the box office over the week end.  Above is a You Tube of the title song.  Below is a link to an article telling about the showing.  Click here to read.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I have considered, semi-seriously, living in our car at times.  It is paid for.  The roof over our heads is not.  Expenses and taxes increase on a daily basis.  I am genetically opposed to debt, as is God, (Romans 13: Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.)

 Maybe being buried in debt is from the enemy, but God means it for our good.  Somehow, if we trust in Him, He will help us.  He has before.  We have never missed a meal.

But then I see unwashed humanity living and defecating in the streets and piling up garbage.  Apparently they are drug addicts, alcoholics, or mentally ill.  Some say they are military veterans who can’t work.  We may call them lazy, or just not smart enough to get a job, but the truth is that it is a Spiritual problem.  God loves them and is waiting for them to repent of their sins and turn to Him.  My recommendation would be for the government to remove the wrongdoers who are stealing—(crime in the Soho Business District of Seattle is so bad the government will tow derelict vehicles in hopes that the criminals will leave.) The churches and Union Gospel Mission folks have gone into the areas and tried to help.  Only Jesus, if they will ask, can help them at this point.  Of course many prayers are going up for the situation.

I read “Street Lawyer” by John Grisham years ago.  The protagonist attempted to help an alcoholic homeless woman get back on her feet.  He gave her temporary housing and tried all kinds of different scenarios to help her.  Still at the end of the book she was in the same condition.  Jesus told us that this is the way of the world.  

We know that those who believe in Jesus will have a prepared room and a feast when they see Jesus face to face.  I hope and pray that God will be able to get through to these poories before it is too late.

Below are some other stories about the problems in Seattle.

Small business

Man lives in truck

Kate defaced

skate park

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I believed in Jesus from the womb so to speak.  I don't remember not believing in Jesus.  I enjoyed attending church and always felt loved there.  So when I attended a "Youth For Christ" rally I felt no need to go forward to make a public declaration.  The message was simple-- John 3:16.  I had memorized this verse at a very young age.  I trusted in Jesus to save me.

When I listened to Billy Graham on the radio or on TV I knew what he was preaching was correct.  But I, like others, wanted in depth teaching from the Bible.  Billy pointed us in the right direction but his message wasn't going to help us defend our faith.

Here is a podcast from Breakpoint where the life and legacy of Graham is discussed. It is about 25 minutes long.  At one point, the difference between fundamentalism and evangelicalism is explained, in relation to Billy Graham. I come out as an evangelical.  Are you one or the other?

Saturday, February 24, 2018


My generation was told that over population was a threat to our survival.  My brother Jay always said, "we are supposed to obey God and be fruitful and multiply."  He was correct.  A book written in 1968 incited worldwide fear of overpopulation. Here is a blog covering the subject. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Today, Feb. 21, 2018, Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord forever.  He was 99.  Here is a blog by Joel Rosenberg about his memories of Billy Graham.  Here is another one by Anne Graham Lotz. Below is a You Tube of Billy telling us how we can have happiness.  Graham finished well.

Timeless Truth - Happiness

Monday, February 19, 2018


I woke up singing this one today.  I Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,[d] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I John 3:Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


A good reminder from Paul Harvey

1907 revival in Korea.  South Korean believers are asking God to do it again.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader, is now a Christian and is speaking out for the Jewish people

Thursday, February 15, 2018


The only answer is Jesus.  I thought of this Psalm today after another school shooting.  God will take vengeance on His enemies:

Psalm 74 English Standard Version (ESV)

Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause

A Maskil[a] of Asaph.

74 O God, why do you cast us off forever?
    Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old,
    which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!
    Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
    the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
    they set up their own signs for signs.
They were like those who swing axes
    in a forest of trees.[b]
And all its carved wood
    they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
    they profaned the dwelling place of your name,
    bringing it down to the ground.
They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
    they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs;
    there is no longer any prophet,
    and there is none among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
    Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
    Take it from the fold of your garment[c] and destroy them!
12 Yet God my King is from of old,
    working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might;
    you broke the heads of the sea monsters[d] on the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
    you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You split open springs and brooks;
    you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
    you have made summer and winter.
18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
    and a foolish people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts;
    do not forget the life of your poor forever.
20 Have regard for the covenant,
    for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame;
    let the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, defend your cause;
    remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
    the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!