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  • Living Faith Haiku
    Faith sitting like stone Floats in, energizing love Filling lively rock (Inspired by Galatians 5:6; James 2:17; 1 Peter 2:5.) (Image elements courtesy of OpenClipart.org.)  
  • One (Metaphorically) Dark and Stormy Night
    One dark and stormy night (metaphorically speaking) Alfred’s soul grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and slammed him against the wall (in a spiritual sense). “I’m your soul. We need to talk,” said Soul. “I’m pretty sure I don’t have a soul. I am a soul. I stand on Genesis 2:7 on this […]
  • Clear!
    By Steve Kindle, guest blogger; Image: Openclipart.org “Clear,” she said, as Jake pulled into the heavily traveled intersection, unaided by any traffic signals. The little VW Bug’s right side passenger window was situated such that his wife, Clara, blocked the view. So they came up with this verbal strategy to make up for the […]
  • Preserving Life
    You’re really in there, I believe. You wanted to die, but I saved you. As I read your brain activity, you’re still aware. You just can’t show us. How do I know that? I’m the neurologist who saved your life. You botched the attempt to kill yourself, and I kept you alive. There was […]
  • The Removal of the Tree
    In the center of the city stood the tree. It had stood there since the city was founded. Nobody was certain how old it was. There were those who wanted to call the tree majestic, but few who could manage to do so without qualification. The tree was somewhat tall, but not unusually so. It […]
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Threads from Henry’s Web



  • What About the War on Christmas?
    Each year I’m saddened and yes, annoyed, by the supposed war on Christmas and responses to it. Every time someone can’t set up a manger scene on public land, or is even forced to share the public space with other groups, there’s an outcry. It’s a war on Christmas! Never mind that there are, in almost every case, plenty of churches nearby, where such a scene could be placed with at least as much visibility. Or someone is wished “Happy… Read More Read More
  • Elect a Nurse as the Next President
    93 percent An annual U.K. survey asking people whom they trusted most found nurses absurdly credible, with 93 percent of people trusting them. [The Guardian] {My source: FiveThirtyEight.com} This is for my sister, mother, wife, several aunts on both sides of the family, and a bunch of friends who are nurses. Also for my daughter who is in training to be a nurse. I don’t know what the figure would be in the U. S., but I bet it would… Read More Read More
  • Toward a Strategy of Worship
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a great deal about strategy in connection with Christian living. It started when I was invited to preach the Sunday after Veterans Day, which was also the Sunday after the election. I used the first chapter of Colossians to talk about our identity and the means that we, as Christians, have to impact our culture. We have an identity in Christ, an authority in Christ, and a mission in Christ. The key… Read More Read More
  • Credit to One of My Teachers
    Today in Sunday School class the teacher referred back to challenge I had presented to the calls some time ago. I had suggested reading the prophecies of Isaiah, particularly 2nd Isaiah (40-55) without our “Jesus colored glasses.” I don’t suggest this not because I think Christian readings are inappropriate, but rather because it helps give you a sense of history. Place yourself as best as you can into the place and time from which the prophecies were spoken. Our Sunday… Read More Read More
  • Videos: Taking a Break from Paul
    I’m going to take a break from my Thursday night studies on Paul and resume them on the first Thursday evening of the new year, January 5, 2017. I simply have too many things to complete for the publishing business before the end of the year and do not have the time to prepare properly. I hope you’ll join me in January!
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Participatory Bible Study Blog



  • What About the War on Christmas?
    Each year I’m saddened and yes, annoyed, by the supposed war on Christmas and responses to it. Every time someone can’t set up a manger scene on public land, or is even forced to share the public space with other groups, there’s an outcry. It’s a war on Christmas! Never mind that there are, in almost every case, plenty of churches nearby, where such a scene could be placed with at least as much visibility. Or someone is wished “Happy… Read More Read More
  • Elect a Nurse as the Next President
    93 percent An annual U.K. survey asking people whom they trusted most found nurses absurdly credible, with 93 percent of people trusting them. [The Guardian] {My source: FiveThirtyEight.com} This is for my sister, mother, wife, several aunts on both sides of the family, and a bunch of friends who are nurses. Also for my daughter who is in training to be a nurse. I don’t know what the figure would be in the U. S., but I bet it would… Read More Read More
  • Toward a Strategy of Worship
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a great deal about strategy in connection with Christian living. It started when I was invited to preach the Sunday after Veterans Day, which was also the Sunday after the election. I used the first chapter of Colossians to talk about our identity and the means that we, as Christians, have to impact our culture. We have an identity in Christ, an authority in Christ, and a mission in Christ. The key… Read More Read More
  • Credit to One of My Teachers
    Today in Sunday School class the teacher referred back to challenge I had presented to the calls some time ago. I had suggested reading the prophecies of Isaiah, particularly 2nd Isaiah (40-55) without our “Jesus colored glasses.” I don’t suggest this not because I think Christian readings are inappropriate, but rather because it helps give you a sense of history. Place yourself as best as you can into the place and time from which the prophecies were spoken. Our Sunday… Read More Read More
  • Videos: Taking a Break from Paul
    I’m going to take a break from my Thursday night studies on Paul and resume them on the first Thursday evening of the new year, January 5, 2017. I simply have too many things to complete for the publishing business before the end of the year and do not have the time to prepare properly. I hope you’ll join me in January!
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Jody’s Devotionals



  • The Life Journey/Mission Continues
    I have spent the last eight weeks praying and thinking about what is next in God’s plan for me. One of the specifics points was the question on whether to continue writing “daily devotions” as I have done for the last … Continue reading →Related Posts:Honor Your Father and Your MotherSpiritual HealthWhat is a blessing?Proverbs 16Grace: Comes Full CirclePowered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Commission
    Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given … Continue reading →Related Posts:Christ’s Membership CardA Time of RepentanceI Have SeenTaking Up My Cross: PersecutionWhat Are We Doing?Powered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Persecution
    “Disciples are not better than their teacher, and slaves are not better than their master.25 It is enough for disciples to be like their teacher and for slaves to be like their master. If people call the head of the … Continue reading →Related Posts:The PersecutedWorthy is the LambThe Beauty of WorshipTaking Up My Cross: CommissionThanksgiving PreparationPowered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Peace or Sword
    “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”        Matthew 10:34 (NIV) There have been many people I know who find this verse … Continue reading →Related Posts:The Weeds in My LifeChristmas: The MotherMary, A GirlPrepare for GraceRock or Sand?Powered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: I Am Loved
    [And then Jesus said,] “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog … Continue reading →Related Posts:Taking Up My Cross: CommissionWhat is Important?The Greatest GraceHis Love Never EndsListen to God’s Love SongPowered by Contextual Related Posts
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Neufeld Computer Services



  • Firefox Vulnerability
    I just got notice of a vulnerability in Firefox from Wordfence. I have no original information, but I have generallly found that the Wordfence people provie good information. I will post a comment here (an a note at the top of this post) when this vulnerability has been fixed. The one way to avoid the […]
  • Link: Open Source Alternatives List
    Opensource.com is a very useful site. Here’s a list of open source alternatives to some common applications. I have used many of these myself. I plan in the near future to talk about the differences between the commercial options and open source options. There are often excellent reasons to use the commercial options, for example, […]
  • Past Meets Present: Command Line Twitter Clients on Linux
    Today in my inbox, which often overflows with notifications about open source software, I received two separate notifications which I plan to combine in one blog post. The first was a list of command line clients for Twitter for use under Linux. My main office machine runs Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), and I date from […]
  • New Tech: I Need a Mini-Drone Like This
    Amazon has filed a patent for a mini-drone that would be easily transportable (perhaps in a bag or attached to your clothing), and would be able to find things. You might have your car marked in some way, and when you get to the parking lot, the drone would fly from your clothing, locate your […]
  • Buying Groceries? Placement is King
    Some time back I wrote a post about grocery shopping in which I said:   Grocery shelves are not arranged for your convenience. When I first started shopping for a family, rather than for one, I also noticed how often grocery shopping took me on inconvenient routes. I also notice this when I shop at […]
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