Category Archives: Miscellaneous

God’s Yeast–blog

  This blog was inspired by Genesis 29:15-28 and Matthew 13:31-52 The stories of the Bible teach us so much about human nature. Jacob was a quiet lad like his mother-he preferred cooking and staying indoors. Jung the eminent therapist … Continue reading

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Wild Flowers or Weeds?

This beautiful display of wild flowers, now in my living room, graced Bates Memorial Church this morning.  A gift from a long term member. Since the scripture was about the Parable of Weeds, a spiritual anecdote told by Jesus to demonstrate human … Continue reading

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Shining Like the Sun

Inspired by Genesis 28:10-17  and Matthew 13:24-30 Did you know that if you stand still for an entire day, you will have traveled almost 25,000 miles? That’s the circumference of the earth. Furthermore, you will have moved 1.59 million miles … Continue reading

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Seeds for the Soul

Inspired by Matthew 13: 1-23 The Parable of the Sower Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path. Gertrude Weaver who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas just turned one hundred and sixteen. She is the … Continue reading

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Newness of Life

Inspired by Genesis 24:34-67 We never know when times will change. We never know what we might be called to do by God. Fourth of July celebration is about newness of life. Many are home to be with family. We … Continue reading

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God’s Love

So many of us do not understand the Bible. In fact, probably, none of us, even the greatest scholars, really get it completely. We certainly do not understand the concept of God very well, but perhaps it is not a matter … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone

In my unpublished biography, Samurai to Sushi, the teenager, Yasunari Kawabata cannot stand to see his grandfather so confused. For a while, he runs away. Scroll down to discover what Monk suggests and link to Song of Solomon – lyrics … Continue reading

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Breaking Free

  inspired by Genesis 22:1-18 Breaking Free from what—to what? Our religions are dust in the wind if they do not free us to become deeper better more-engaged, connected people who tolerate, love, assert and create abundant life for others. … Continue reading

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Abundant Life

  Based on Genesis 21:8-21 (NIV) Do you believe in angels? the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven.  Clearly in Old Testament times people did not doubt the presence of supernatural forces. They were immersed in the mystical. … Continue reading

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Wish Upon a Boddhisatva

   Japanese Boddhisatva. This blog is the continuation of an unpublished biography of Yasunari Kawabata, a Japanese literary genius who won a Nobel Prize for literature.  When he was young, he lost his mother, and then his father. While living with his grandfather, his … Continue reading

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