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Inspiration and hope

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where on earth is Tucumcari? • How I got stuck. • Unstuck. • Dinner at Dels restaurant. • Valuable learning.

WHERE ON EARTH IS TUCUMCARI? It’s in New Mexico between Amarillo and Albuquerque on the main highway I40 which runs east-west across the United States. The highway was originally Route 66, made famous in John Steinbeck’s book called The Grapes of Wrath. The 1940 movie starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, an ex-convict on parole who with his family escaped the bank foreclosures during the Great Depression by fleeing to California. It was where the term “Okie” came from.

In 1972, I came to the USA and worked in Los Alamos. In 1973, I Moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to teach at Oral Roberts University.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Fish Creek beach. • A little like heaven. • Tragedy at Independence, Kansas. • The process of pain. • Any good purpose for the trials of life?

Fish Creek, Wisconsin is a tiny village pregnant with tourists in Door County – a finger of land that sticks out into Lake Michigan about a hundred miles north of Chicago.

FISH CREEK BEACH. I’m typing up my thoughts on my deck at 3 pm. Across the road is a beach. It’s not a man’s beach like in Australia with enormous waves crashing on miles of golden sand, and tanned surfer-hunks on the watch for rip tides. Fish Creek beach is only 75 yards long, with lawn not sand, and of course the water is fresh lake water not salt.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Is the Shroud of Turin an image of Jesus? • How did the Shroud get from Israel to Turin? • How was the image formed? • What about carbon dating? • Conclusion.

PHILLIP WIEBE IS A FRIEND FROM CANADA. Phillip and his wife, Shirley, helped me make copies of my Ph D thesis while we both were studying at the University of Adelaide. A Professor of Philosophy with a Ph D, he is currently Human Research Ethics Co-Chair at Trinity Western University.

Phillip is also co-director of a very interesting club: the Vancouver Shroud Association. This club meets regularly to discuss the latest findings about the Shroud of Turin. Phillip has meticulously collected reports written about the Shroud, especially the results of scientific studies.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The Good Samaritan story in brief. • A modern-day example of helping someone not like us.

One of my favorite stories of Jesus is the Good Samaritan. A man was beaten and left for dead in a pitiless desert on the way to Jericho. Two leaders of the Jewish church ignored the man – their compassion trumped by their ritual religious rules. A Samaritan, despised by the Jews, stopped to help. Patched the man up, put him on his donkey, and took him to an inn where he payed the innkeeper to oversee the man’s recovery.

The story is about compassion in action, even though apparently the Samaritan was a businessman with his own pressing goals (he left the innkeeper with money to care for the beaten man).… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • How do you keep on living? • Dawnya’s story. • Lola creates a garden. • If you have lost a child…..

PREAMBLE: I have made a few more videos (most of them less than 2 mins) on the subject of Fracking for Dummies and Non-Experts. How to access? See at bottom of this blog writeup.

HOW DO YOU KEEP ON LIVING? How do you survive 15 years of clinical depression? When friends thought you would die. And when you have to hold your head up high because you’re the wife of a prominent missionary to the hippies?

How do you deal with a daughter who was rebelling for 10 years? But then the prodigal comes home, and you become best friends, talking every day.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • I spent a morning with Staci. • Staci heard the audible voice of God. • The memorial service. • The white feathers.

Staci was my step-daughter. I have known her for 30 years. She passed away last Sunday on April 1 – Easter Sunday — which was resurrection day.

I SPENT A MORNING WITH STACI before her fourth brain operation to remove cancerous tumors. A delightful time with a gracious lady. Drove her down to Bartlesville for a blood test. At Vintage restaurant we shared lunch. Three of her close high-school friends dropped by after lunch: Lisa, Robin, and Jaci, and I watched the four girls bubble and sparkle in their conversation. Their love for each other spilled over onto me.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The reverend Billy Graham died this week • I spent an afternoon with Billy Graham’s sister • The canvas crusade that made Billy Graham • Relationship with Martin Luther King • What did Billy mean to be born again?

THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM DIED THIS WEEK. When I was a kid in Australia, I heard Billy preach over my Dad’s radio, and I can remember him railing at communism, as well as inviting people to come forward to receive Jesus. Moved in some mysterious way, people would come forward hundreds at a time.

My Dad was born again when I was 6 years old (he was 33). I have a clear memory of him stumbling toward the back door, leaning heavily on a neighbor.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Filling 450 Christmas gift packs. • Delivering them to a women’s prison.

This blog falls in the category of Inspiration and Hope. My other two blog categories are Science and Energy, and Health and Hiking.

DAY 1: WAS SPENT FILLING 450 BAGGIES WITH GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS: Candies such as Reese’s Peanut Butter, tracts which share the gospel of Jesus, a New Testament, and a pair of white tennis socks. Woops I nearly forgot: Rice Crispies, and Oreo cookies, and a Bible study guide.

The organizer was Don Compton of Shalom Ministries, which has had a prison ministry for 45 years. Don began his ministry by witnessing to the hippies who lived in communes in the mountains around Santa Fe in early 1970s.… More

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You mean kids don’t have a bed to sleep in? A visionary program Beds-4-kids. How it all started. Excitement on their faces.

I VOLUNTEERED SOME HOURS THIS WEEKEND TO GIVE BEDS TO NEEDY KIDS. Some families may need food, yes, but there are welfare and church programs for this. Some kids may need doctors, but we have Medicaid. Some kids may need clothes, but we have Goodwill, etc. Some kids may need beds, but…… Wait– do you mean kids don’t have beds???

But when a church gets out of the pews, and gives time and money to provide beds for poor and needy kids in the community, that’s impressive.

HOW DID IT START? Steve Stucker is an ordained pastor at New Covenant Church in Albuquerque.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Mind-bending labyrinth in the sand. • Crashing waves and captivating video. • The rugged south Oregon coastline. • Tsunami warnings…. An overdue mega-quake is coming.

Our rental house in Yachats, on the Oregon coastline, was only 20 yards from the Yachats River and 150 yards from the Pacific Ocean. The water was always moving – tides coming in and out of the river which supplied a thousand seagulls with minnows every day, and waves breaking on rocks and ledges with hidden tidal pools of crabs and anemones.

Like gazing at a fire, water movement is enchanting to me. From my training I find the physics of water flow fascinating. But more than that, my mood gets reflective as I recall other rivers and oceans I have seen.… More

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