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CA STATE “ALLGRNZ”

Dear Church Family, Recently I was driving to my daughter’s soccer game when I snapped a picture of a Jeep with the license plate “ALLGRNZ.” As a church family on pilgrimage, we’ve been on different surfaces this week (although we’re all heading to same ultimate destination). Louise Winsor is on El Camino Hospital soil where…

Law and Grace

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Earlier this year, I got an envelope in the mail.  These days, when you get physical mail, people get excited about it.  This one though, wasn’t such a good one to receive.  Yes, I know, I should do my civic service as a citizen of this country, but I was being…

Another catastrophic and heart-breaking day!

Dear friends, Today is a tragic day in our nation as we all have heard by now the senseless murders in Vas Vegas!  Dreams have been crushed, hearts have been shattered and torrents of tears flow!  catastrophic. Today, questions abound afresh but answers are few and far between. What we can do is pray as,…

Back to the Bible!

Dear friends, Patty and I were waiting to board a plane from London Heathrow to Harare, Zimbabwe several years ago. I saw a young man who was also waiting and reading his Bible.  I said, “You don’t really believe what you are reading do you?”  He said, “yes sir I do!” I said something like,…

Asked Any Questions Recently?

Dear sojourners, Life is full of questions!  Some are trivial, some essential and some indispensable!  How would you answer this question?  What kind of people go to “heaven” if indeed such a place exists?  A common answer is, “good people go to heaven.”  The logic flows something like this:  There is a good God who…

Bird Songs and Bee Stings

Dear Church Family, I saw this cartoon in a magazine the other day. It shows a man sitting in an office cubicle with a beard of stinging insects. Perched around him are a variety of flying creatures. His boss approaches and says: “Roger, I think it’s time we had a little talk about the birds…

Dash and Dot

Dear Church Family, I like aphorisms, slogans, sayings of all kinds. One of my favorite three-part sayings relates to our faith. Here it goes: “Christianity is a venture, not an event, a process, not a point in time, a dash, not a dot.” Anyway, I took a run through my neighborhood the other day —…

Got Stress?

In the past week have you felt… … inadequate? … overextended? … strained? … no sense of getting ahead? … swamped by your responsibilities? … that the odds were against you? … that there wasn’t enough time to get to everything? … like you were rushed? … like you couldn’t cope? … like you had…

Measuring Up

When I was a missionary in the Philippines I learned to appreciate the jokes of my hosts and co-workers. I say “learned to” because their sense of humor is quite different from mine. Much of their humor is based on wordplay and therefore difficult for a non-Tagalog speaker to appreciate. For instance, one of their…

One Heartbeat Away

Dearly beloved, Are you dying to live, living to die or both? Death is a daily occurrence in our world as 152,000 people took their breath yesterday. The same number today and every day! Do these stats surprise you, shock you or both? (They are our brothers and sisters.) “An estimated 100,000 Christians are killed…