Thanksgiving Leftovers

At top is the letterhead I use when I am doing something as an Independent Affiliated Missionary of the Teaching & Sharing Centers 501c3 non-profit. However, I like to make the point that I am not truly independent. I am God dependent ó totally. That is why I split the word independent and put Jesus in the middle of it. Hence, I describe myself as an in "Christ" dependent domestic missionary. 

I came up with this Thanksgiving Leftovers newsletter shortly before Thanksgiving in 2021, and I began it the day after. With a smaller than usual gathering, we had a lot of leftovers, which is the same position I had been finding myself in with regard to the Thanksgiving 2019 to Independence Day 2020 newsletter. That July 3, 2020 communication is what I casually had been referring to as my "last newsletter." In a sense, it will remain so, since I got out of the email business in 2020, and will not be sending this "newsletter" to a mailing list, or anyone. It is simply being placed on this website for those who go exploring. But, I felt the need to wrap up the other, in spite of the excess of "leftovers" which had not been added to it yet. Those will be placed here as time permits.  

The image following my letterhead above is the same one that opens the Thanksgiving 2019 to Independence Day 2020 newsletter. I put it here to symbolize the connection of the two. You can click on the picture to go directly to that "last newsletter." 


Happy are they who mourn the inadequacy of self, for they shall be comforted with the sufficiency of God.

ó Billy Graham



It is my prayer that . . . .

True instruction will be in my mouth,
and nothing false will be found on my lips. 

ó paraphrase of Malachi 2:6


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, well, and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand with preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. 

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." 

ó Abraham Lincoln


Best Tip (Advice) I Ever Received

"Dampening the toilet paper slightly before wiping
   will allow it to clean better and be less abrasive."

I have no idea how that came up in our conversation, but that advice was given to me by one of my policyholders early in my State Farm career of 20 years. It was emphasized that "dampen" was the key word, because getting toilet paper too wet will cause it to disintegrate in your hand. But, I am ever grateful to him for his tip. It has saved me a lot of aggravation over my lifetime. 

"Charting the unknown possibilities of life."

Sometimes I will hear (or read) just a sentence, or a phrase, that stirs something inside of me, so I jot it down on a piece of paper not knowing what I will ever do with it. That is the case with this above quote. For me it exudes hope, yet also perhaps adventure, fulfillment, something beyond mundane, or routine. Its presence here can now eliminate the piece of paper on my desk. 



Once again, the above graphic is a carryover from my "last newsletter." I kept it here because I had a couple of notes about "false gods" we deem very important that are totally artificial ó money, and keeping track of time. 

Money is simply a thing we created to keep track of the values for the exchange of goods, and services. It has no intrinsic value in and of itself, especially now that it is often just numbers on a computer screen, rather than paper, silver, or gold. Not that those are all that much better in truth, but they at least have some potential functional uses. I often use paper to help me start campfires. Perhaps that was one of the uses for Confederate dollars after the American Civil War, which is an excellent example of the artificial nature of money. Yet, money is a common "god" in our culture. 

Time keeping (clocks, watches, calendars, etc.) is the artificial system we devised to calibrate change, especially cyclical change, but also what we deem progression. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect example of the fickle nature of our trying to schedule life, rather than harmonizing with it. Speaking of which, our local newspaper had an article with some interesting trivia about DST in it late last year (Grand Ledge Independent, November 7, 2021). Here it is: 

"Get ready for the 'better' time change as we end daylight saving time by moving our clocks back one hour on Nov 7. Unlike when we lost an hour in March to 'spring ahead' into daylight saving time, most people look forward to autumn when we 'fall back' into standard time and gain an extra hour of sleep. That switch happens this year on Nov. 7, when at 2 a.m. the time officially rolls back an hour to 1 a.m.

Here are some interesting factoids to consider as we prepare to change our clocks: 

Fact 1:

Daylight saving time was created to conserve power and electricity by optimizing the use of daylight hours during seasonal changes.

Fact. 2:

The U.S. made daylight saving time an annual event in 1966 after passing the Uniform Time Act. 

Fact 3:

The first official use of daylight saving time was in 1916 when Germany and Austria used a one hour clock shift to save electricity during WWI. 

Fact 4:

Daylight saving time was first proposed in New Zealand by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, but he was unable to get the time shift approved. 

Fact 5:

In 1905 a British man named William Willett proposed an 80 minute time change in fall and spring he called 'summer time.' The plan never made it through Parliament. 

Remember, while most of your clocks on cell phones, computers and other technological devices will change automatically, you may need to reset clocks on appliances or your car's clock radio. It is also a good time to change batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, change vent filters and other timely household tasks that are often forgotten."  

Jordan Nelson
Lansing State Journal
USA Today Network Ė Michigan
Sunday, November 7, 2021 



As if I do not have enough stuffing already set aside to place into this "leftovers" newsletter, I keep running across items I deem worthy of sharing. The "sending song," which refers to the final song sung at a service in my wife's church, last Sunday was one that I could not remember ever hearing before. Yet, it is an outstanding explanation, and perhaps a little bit of rebuke to our culture, of what constitutes "the true church."  

"The Church Song"

Refrain: We are the church, the body of our Lord; We are all Godís children
We have been restored.

The church is not a building where people go to pray;
Itís not made out of sticks and stones, itís not made out of clay. (refrain)

You can go to worship but you cannot go to church;
You canít find a building thatís alive no matter how you search. (refrain)

The church is not a business, a committee or a board;
Itís not a corporation for the business of the Lord (refrain)

The church, it is the people living out their lives,
Called, enlightened, sanctified for the work of Jesus Christ. (refrain)





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