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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Love thy neighbor

I have had several people tell me that the font size of my "love thy neighbor" post was very small. I'm not sure what I did different, but this should be much larger. Here is my Mulligan.

I'm speaking somewhat in generalities today, because of other people involved and this is a conglomeration of several different situations.

In the Bible it says that we should not be surprised, as Christians when we are attacked, hated, made fun of, or shown disrespect because of what we believe. Jesus said, because they hated me, they will also hate you. Up until recently, I have not noticed this, not because it wasn't happening, but probably because I wasn't aware of it. Reading the Bible is much easier than doing what it says to do. Loving your enemies, turning the other cheek, and many other things that we as Christians are supposed to be striving to do. I know for myself, I am work in progress. I have plenty of faults and I know that there was only one who walked this earth without a fault. Jesus.  I've been told recently that the Church, and all of us who believe the Bible are bigots and hypocrites, intolerant people, and several other names associated with being "politically incorrect".  I do agree that every church is full of sinners, and any church that is not, is already in Heaven. I know personally that I'm not where I need to be, but Thank God I'm not where I used to be. Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself. He then went on to define the word neighbor. I'll let you look that one up, in case you don't already know, It is the parable of the good Samaritan.    THUD.

That was the sound of me jumping off my soapbox.

I just want to say that I believe that it's okay to make fun of yourself, and I thought this joke was appropriate because there are hypocrites in every church, and on occasion I've been guilty.


A drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway next to a preacher. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the preacher and asked, "Say, Reverend, what causes arthritis?" The preacher replied, "My Son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath." The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be darned, " Then returned to his paper.

The Man of God, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?" The drunk answered, "I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Billy Graham does."

MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.

Much love, Dennis

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day, something that we now associate with sending flowers or candy to our "significant other". It is a nice gesture but as many other Christian traditions, things have changed over the years. I suppose that Cupid might possibly be an angel sent by God to shoot arrows that caused people to fall in love :-)

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine." Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on Agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

I remember a story about a wealthy man who died. He left his wife the mansion and a Rolls-Royce, however, he left his secretary $40 million. His wife, full of anger, stormed down to the funeral home to edit his tombstone. When she got there the engraver had already chiseled in stone his name, the dates, and the inscription "Rest in Peace." The man said, there's nothing to do, I can't just erase it. She thought for a second and then she said I want you to add underneath "Rest in Peace."-"Until We Meet Again" .
Much Love, Dennis




Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy birthday Cheri

Happy Birthday to my wife, I can never express in words what she means to me.
Cheri is actually the singer in our family. This is a picture of the Gospelletts from the 70s. They won several contests and actually made a 45 record.
From left to right.Cheri Olson Boyer, Nita Lamle Hill, and Cindy Lamle Nelson

 I don't want to make a big production, but I thought that a small production really wouldn't hurt.
 Much love
  Much Love, Dennis

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"That's What She Said"

I'm sending you to my wife's blog, (Thus the title), because she took the pictures and I was taught, "Ladies First".

My dad is an excellent carpenter and a very clever man. This squirrel maze is a really neat addition to my backyard wildlife sanctuary. The Plexiglas on the front is hinged on the right hand side and has a latch on the left. This makes it very easy to restock the squirrel treats. Cheri has some really neat pictures, but I'm hoping we can capture some video soon.

Much Love, Dennis