Caddo’s Seven Word Sunday 10-20-13

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CALLING: REFLECTING GOD’S BEAUTY TO THE WORLD

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C.cada Weekend 10-18-13

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Dear Readers,

I am writing you from the quiet of the church sanctuary where I am sipping the first of what I expect will be many cups of Hawaiian coffee. The weekend of our annual C.cada art show has finally arrived. This is the first year we have done a full weekend of display. The show has also doubled in size since last year. Hanging and setting up displays for over 150 works of art is a larger undertaking than I expected. I am so glad I opted to start setting up after service on Wednesday night!

The work you see above is a multimedia wax and wood piece entitled “The C.cada Cross”. The cross is the collaborative effort of 13 artists from C.cada and has been donated by our group to the Christian Healing Center of New England. It will hang in the center’s  guest hall for their open house scheduled  next week. We presented “The C.cada Cross” to the Christian Healing Center’s board of directors last night in a public prayer segment of the show.

If you are in the area today, stop by. The show is on until 6 P.M. and if you miss that come to church for a visit tomorrow! The artwork will still be on display through our morning and evening services.

Cornerstone Church

Rt. 140

Winchendon MA

For a schedule of events go to     http://www.artistdayapart.com

Pastor Wrinkkles: House On Fire Pt. 17

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Our study through the Book Of Acts is going strong. I am truly enjoying the on-line discussions Thanks to Debby and Daryl ( http://darylgstewart.net/ ) for joining the conversation in our last class. If you have missed any of the chats you can catch up and take part by going to my House on Fire Page here http://wp.me/P39vIx-Gh

Now on to today’s discussion:

We are hanging around in Acts 7 again today and there is lots to notice here:

7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”

2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’

4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’ 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

9 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.

11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.

17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.

20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’

27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’

35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors;and he received living words to pass on to us.

39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’[i] 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
Therefore I will send you into exile’[j] beyond Babylon.

44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[k]47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?’

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Tell me five things that stand out in this sermon of Stephen’s.

 

 

 

The Inner Sanctum is Now Public!

I am so glad God has leveled the playing field and made the way open to Him for whosoever will believe!

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Each year the most hallowed of tennis championships is held at Wimbledon.  In the late afternoon of each tournament day, you can buy a ticket that will get you into one of the outer courts for about $8.00.  You probably won’t recognize most of the competitors, since the higher seeded players are usually found on one of the center courts.  It takes a special ticket for those center courts–one that is more expensive and more limited in number.  Even fewer people get to go into the locker rooms–a very select few.

In the Temple, there were different levels of access.  Paul reminds the Gentile believers that they were about as far apart from God as they possible could be.  Ephesians 2:13 says, “Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought to Him through the blood of Christ.”  When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain shielding…

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Heaven Pt. 131: What’s the Good Word?

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

“You came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and instructions that were just, and decrees and commands that were good.” Neh. 9:13

One of the complaints, about the Bible, that I hear frequently is that it is only a book of  do’s and dont’s…rules and regulations for people to follow.  While that is a massive oversimplification of the Scripture, even if it were a complete truth, I would say to it “So what? What is your point?”

If the only thing God gave us was a rule book to follow so that we could make our way to Him, wouldn’t it make sense to follow it to the tee? If the Bible is only a regulation book designed to successfully get us closer to God, why do the people who think of it in this way not pay more attention to the rules?

Well the Bible is partially a rule book, but the rules were only given to us in order to show us that we cannot even meet God’s minimum standard. The point of the rules is not to do them but to understand that we can’t do them and therefore will never succeed in life or in getting close to God without some divine help. That leads us to the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus (which is really the point of the Bible).

The instructions in the Bible are good. They are how we are meant to live. But the point of the Bible is that we humans are broken beyond our own ability to repair. We can’t live like we are supposed to until we let Jesus, Heaven’s Repair Man, into our lives to fix what’s broke!

God came down on Mt. Sinai and released the law to the people of Earth…a law we could not obey because we were slaves to sin. He was raised up thousands of years later on a Hill called Calvary to break the power of sin and release grace into our lives so that we could live after His pattern.

Believe on Jesus and receive the power to live!

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 36

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Hello all! Today is a  holiday in the merry state of Massachusetts. The office is closed and I have been working on projects around the house most of the day (though at a very relaxed pace). I just popped by the office for a few  minutses (I must be channeling Gollum) to blog and to dig out some fabric  for the art show coming up this weekend. Cee’s questions this week seemed pretty relaxed; So before I go I shall endeavor to answer them!

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

Far and away my least favorite mode of transportation is dog sled. I have never ridden one but I am pretty sure I would hate it. That would be followed up by my second least favorite mode of transportation…long distance swimming. The swimming thing would only be more tolerable if I was in shark free warm water with super buoyant arm floaties. 🙂

Where do you like to vacation?

I just love to vacation period. Each place I have been has had its own special attraction. I have really enjoyed my visits to the Netherlands though.

Which place do you recommend as a Must-See? Please state which country, state or providence.

Oh there are so many must sees! Delft South Holland, Museum Plein In Amsterdam The Grand Canyon, The Gulf of Mexico, Yellowstone Park,.

How about must- not- sees can I do that instead? If I were to un recommend anyplace it would be Gatlinberg  Tennessee. I would say go to Pigeon Forge but do not climb the mountain pass! Someday I will tell the whole story.

If money was not an issue, would you go on a cruise?  If so where would you go?

Oh sure, I would definitely go on a cruise. I would try to find one that took me to a place where they had bungee jumping! 🙂  Explanation here      http://wp.me/p39vIx-Nq

Hey there! I hope you have enjoyed reading my answers. for more fun with Cee goto http://ceenphotography.com/2013/10/14/share-your-world-2013-week-36/

Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 16

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

As we continue our discussion through the Book of Acts let me reference another of my studies for you in Connection with House on Fire Pt. 15. The study is called Ferocious and deals with the information Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13.  It can be found here   http://wp.me/P39vIx-NC     Sometimes in the church we get kind of hung up on the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  I love the supernatural move of God. I love to see people supernaturally healed from sickness. I love to hear people speaking in tongues and giving words of prophecy, but none of those gifts can ever bring salvation to a lost soul unless they are used in the context of God’s ferocious love flowing through believer’s lives. I believe it was the display of God’s love flowing through the church to the Grecian widows that finally convinced so many of the priests that they should follow Christ. The personal application here is obvious. We need to seek the manifestation of God’s love through our lives before we ever seek the manifestation of God’s miracles through our lives.

Now on to  today’s discussion:

Today’s portion of Scripture is lengthy. Please don’t let that throw you out of the game: Acts 6:8-7:59

8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.

11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin

7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”

2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’

4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

9 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.

11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.

17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’ 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.

20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’

27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’

35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors;and he received living words to pass on to us.

39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
Therefore I will send you into exile’ beyond Babylon.

44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?’

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Today’s questions:

What kind of man was Steven? What do you imagine he was like? Would you have liked being around him? Why?

Pastor Wrinkles: On Being A Sacred Space

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When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
4 the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water. Psalm 114 NIV

            Israel was destined for greatness from the birth of its Patriarch Abraham. Technically the nation’s destiny was probably written generations before when the great great and so forth grandfather of Abraham won a blessing from God after the flood (see Ge. 9). But Israel did not begin walking in the power of that destiny until after it left Egypt.  According to Psalm 114:1, it wasn’t until the Jews departed from their slavery in Egypt that God began to “Sanctuary” Himself in them. With the Exodus God made the people of Israel His sacred space, His dwelling place and that’s when oceans began to open before them and mountains began to burst into flame around them.

        What God wrote about nations four thousand years ago He is speaking to you today. He longs to make you His sanctuary… His sacred space… His dwelling place. He longs to open up the oceans closed before you and to set the mountains of your life ablaze with His holy fire; But He cannot do that until you choose to leave your personal Egypt. Is your life lacking the power or the presence of God? It could be because you’ve chosen to trade God in for the safety of Egypt. Maybe Egypt stands for a relationship you have chosen over God. Maybe it s stands for a job. Maybe it stands for a dream house or a dream vacation that you have focused too much on. It could be anything that is keeping you from walking towards the promise of God.

      Here’s the thing Egypt always looks like a safer more comfortable choice than becoming God’s sanctuary…His sacred space. In fact Egypt is sure to keep you comfortable. It will probably comfort you to death as it separates you from God. Walking out of Egypt into God’s holy plans for your life is edgier, seems more risky, more scary, but in the end it is much more satisfying than settling for slavery. Allow  me to encourage you today to come out of Egypt and to become God’s sacred space!

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 35

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Lately I have cut down on my writing so that I can get more reading in. I was feeling sort of depleted in the inspiration department and always rushed to get the next post out. So I am taking a new tac on the waters of the blogging ocean. I am trying to focus on things that gain me inspiration even if that means my “productivity” goes down a little.Quality versus quantity is my new motto and who knows maybe some day I will be able to have both!

All that said I love “Share Your World” so much I just have to keep it as part of my writing routine. Check out Cee and her other contributors at http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/10/07/share-your-world-2013-week-35/

Now onto this week’s questions!

Have you ever bungee jumped?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

I never have bungee jumped, but sure I would give it a try (those who know me well are now being given CPR by their closest loved one). I say “Why not bungee? you only live once. ‘For me to live is Christ and to die is gain’ to quote the apostle!”

Where’s the nearest bridge?

For your computer Mac or Windows-based computer?  Desktop, laptop, Pad or other?

I write from a desktop when I use a computer. I find it keeps me centered on the writing. A fixed location is very important for me to concentrate.

If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?

I think it would be the guitar. I currently have one sitting in my office but finding the time to practice (and the desire to face the pain of building callouses) is the hard part.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

Humorous, Faith-filled, Patient,  Discrete.