Words Mean Things

In the Christian World yesterday it was Resurrection Sunday, where Christians celebrate Jesus’ being raised from the dead after execution on the cross a few days before. Why is this important? Basically Christians believe that we humans will never be able to meet God’s standard of absolute perfection — every one of us, at some point in our lives, has stolen something, or told a lie, or used God’s name in vain. Just once is enough to disqualify from perfection which by definition has no flaws at all. Since God also loves every individual person and wants to bring every single person home to Him in heaven (but the standard for heaven is absolute perfection) He sent His Son Jesus (fully God and fully man) to endure God’s separation so that, if we accept that Jesus paid our penalty FOR us then we are legally forgiven and reconciled to God. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is proof that the price has been paid for us in full. Hence the celebration.

In the Sunday service yesterday we received a bulletin of the church program. As I studied it, I realized there was something bothersome in the verse on the front. Can you see it? Take a look for a few moments at the verse (transcribed from the bulletin) before you read down.

 

AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW… EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.

— Philipians 2:10-11

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Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream You Can Make in Five Minutes (And You Can Make this Low-Carb/Sugar Free if You Want!)

Last week my kids were looking for a) entertainment, and b) something good to eat. Normally I don’t have it, but  coincidentally from another recipe I had a carton of heavy cream in the refrigerator, so I suggested we make ice  cream.

It was fun! In five minutes they measured ingredients into the blender, and half an hour after that they had a  yummy treat. The good thing about this recipe is you can multiply quantities as you want. This is best eaten soon  after you make it though to avoid its icing up, so don’t make too much. Continue reading “Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream You Can Make in Five Minutes (And You Can Make this Low-Carb/Sugar Free if You Want!)”

Lester Dent’s “Master Fiction Formula”

Lester Dent is famous in some writing circles for his output: about 175 novels in 16 years. He was born in 1904 and  started work in the 20s as a telegraph operator — until a friend of his published a story in a pulp magazine and  earned an enormous sum. “I can do that!” he said, and wrote his first novel on the graveyard shift of his job.

Dell Publishing was so impressed that they offered him a good monthly stipend — during the Depression, mind — to  write exclusively for their magazine, for which he learned tricks to turn out stories quickly. His “Master Fiction Formula” coming up in a moment! Continue reading “Lester Dent’s “Master Fiction Formula””

Puppy Time

Call us crazy, but our family adopted a recovered racing greyhound at the  end of October.

We went to a recovery center and had a choice of two dogs: a sleek brindle  named Perseus, and a gentle black-and-white named Reuben. We decided that  Reuben’s cuddly demeanor was more suited to us than Perseus’ frenetic  devil-may-care attitude, so a few hundred dollars later (for dog,  accoutrements, and deworming medicine) we took Reuben for a 3 hour ride back  home. Our son sat in the back and got drooled on.

Reuben was three years old and six weeks off the track. Since he’d been  known by the names “Lodwick,” “Jake,” and “Reuben,” (and perhaps others)  within the past year, we figured we could change his name one more time  without a problem. Since October Zorro has learned the home routine and has  a sweet situation: breakfast and naps on a big cushion in the morning,  chasing squirrels before a noon snack, more leisurely walks in the afternoon,  and a nice dinner and bedtime. He especially likes bully sticks for an  afternoon chew.

You can learn a lot about people from animals. Continue reading “Puppy Time”

Welcome to My New Blog!

Hello World! I’m happy to say this is my first blog entry and I’m hoping you might enjoy the ride with me.

I plan for this blog to be a little bit of many things I’m interested in:
Writing, Cooking, Family, Religion, and General Things I Notice in the World. I hope my thoughts might spark a bit of intrigue and diversion for you as well.

Lots to think about. I’ve just spent the evening figuring out WordPress and how to start a new blog so I’m going to sign off now… but will be seeing you real soon!