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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS ~ 27 July 2014

    07/26/2014 5:00:50 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 85 replies
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          ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS Most of us become familiar with the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," fairly early in our childhood days. Significant others, who happen to be adults, seem to stumble over themselves in being the historic "first" to teach the young child this bit of wisdom. Hmmmmmmm, I stumbled upon a quote for those of us who are adults with a burning desire to pass the Golden Rule on to our young children of today: "We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ NEVER ENOUGH TIME ~ 20 July 2014

    07/19/2014 4:59:56 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 96 replies
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          NEVER ENOUGH TIME While I have only been an occasional visitor to Washington, I was struck by one scene so strongly that it remains as somewhat of a reference. My first view "up close and personal" of the Pentagon was neither awe-inspiring nor intimidating. To be sure, I was impressed with the size of the building, but that was about it. What came upon me, and has stayed with me, is the image of an ant farm. An enormous one, surely, but an ant farm nonetheless. So many passageways with so many ants constantly traveling them...seemingly...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MOVING BEYOND CAPE BOJADOR ~ 13 July 2014

    07/12/2014 4:59:49 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 76 replies
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          MOVING BEYOND CAPE BOJADOR The early Portuguese explorers believed that the oceans were impassable below Cape Bojador, a point on the West African coast. When sailors set aside their fears and moved past Cape Bojador, they found that their fears were groundless, that their limitations were imaginary. We all have our own Cape Bojador. We fear things that we need not fear. We draw boundaries around areas of our lives and decide that we can't go past them. Since we believe these false paradigms, we will stay within their artificial boundaries and lose whatever experiences we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE MAN IN THE GLASS ~ 6 July 2014

    07/05/2014 5:01:42 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 105 replies
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          THE MAN IN THE GLASS I first heard the poem some years ago as a song performed by a former pop musician turned Christian entertainer. Its words had a powerful impact. They were a challenge to self-examination, and a warning about the consequences of life lived without integrity. They were a reminder that each of us must live with his or her self. And that we KNOW what's behind our image, no matter how carefully crafted, or how convincing it may be to others. I wonder if it might also speak to you. It's entitled "The...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A MESSAGE FROM MOM ~ 29 June 2014

    06/28/2014 4:59:56 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 96 replies
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          A MESSAGE FROM MOM I gave you life, but cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you. I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it. I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe. I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you. I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside. I can offer you advice, but I cannot...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ IMPORTANT WORDS ~ 22 June 2014

    06/21/2014 5:00:47 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 81 replies
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          IMPORTANT WORDS The SIX most important words: "I ADMIT I MADE A MISTAKE." The FIVE most important words: "YOU DID A GOOD JOB." The FOUR most important words: "WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?" The THREE most important words: "IF YOU PLEASE." The TWO most important words: "THANK YOU." The LEAST important word: "I"    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE KEY TO FAILURE ~ 08 June 2014

    06/07/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 90 replies
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          THE KEY TO FAILURE I recently read a devotion in God's Little Devotional Book for Women, which really touched my life. This book was copyrighted in 1996 by Honor Books, Inc. in Tulsa Oklahoma. The story on pages 98 and 99 tells of a painter who wanted to produce one work which would please everyone. So she painted a picture, and hung it in the public marketplace. She posted directions for people to mark the places they did not like with a small paint brush. She was surprised when she returned to find her picture was...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ HOW TO SPEND THE DASH ~ 01 June 2014

    05/31/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 124 replies
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          HOW TO SPEND THE DASH I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. he referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning....to the end. he noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered the most of all was the dash between those years. for the dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth...... and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. for it matters...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2014 ~ 25 May 2014

    05/24/2014 5:09:58 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 83 replies
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    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2014 ~ TAPS Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. In honor of those who lost their lives while serving our country, we would like to share with you President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery: Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DOING WELL WHAT OTHERS MAY NOT SEE ~ 18 May 2014

    05/17/2014 5:00:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 95 replies
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          DOING WELL WHAT OTHERS MAY NOT SEE In the New Testament scriptures, the Apostle Paul talks about the importance of striving for excellence. He writes, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8) Allow me to share with you a story about striving for excellence. . On one of the arches of a magnificent cathedral in Europe is sculptured a face of great beauty. Yet it can be...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A CHEERFUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE ~ 04 May 2014

    05/03/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
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          A CHEERFUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Which came first the chicken or the egg? We may never know the answer to this question, but when it comes to living a fulfilled life, the joy precedes the good feelings. As a matter of fact, the joy is the antidote to the woes of life. Humor is great medicine. Humor helps us to see the big picture. It provides us with a new context by which to view our situation. It...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ KEEP MOVING ~ 27 April 2014

    04/26/2014 5:01:02 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 82 replies
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          KEEP MOVING A college class was graduating on a hot and humid day. As the graduates walked across the platform and received their diplomas from the president of the college, he smiled, shook their hands, and said loudly, "Congratulations!" Then, in a much lower voice, one that was firm and could be heard only by the graduates, he would say, "Keep moving". He was only trying to keep the line moving across the stage, but his words were good advice for a lifetime: "Keep moving". After every achievement growing up, graduation, marriage, job promotion, even retirement...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ NAVIGATION ~ 01 April 2012

    03/31/2012 5:01:48 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 45 replies
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            NAVIGATION Navigation of a ship at sea is, in principle, a very simple matter: you plot a course between where you are and where you want to be, and let the propeller muscle the ship through the water. As simple as that seems, it won’t happen without another very important element: the rudder! The rudder performs its quiet, steady work, unshaken by the tremendous pressures directed against it. And it must hold the true course without deviation. The navigation of a human life is also, in principle, a very simple matter. As with a ship,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel Palm Sunday ~ NAVIGATION ~ 13 April 2014

    04/12/2014 5:08:34 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 104 replies
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          NAVIGATION Navigation of a ship at sea is, in principle, a very simple matter: you plot a course between where you are and where you want to be, and let the propeller muscle the ship through the water. As simple as that seems, it won’t happen without another very important element: the rudder! The rudder performs its quiet, steady work, unshaken by the tremendous pressures directed against it. And it must hold the true course without deviation. The navigation of a human life is also, in principle, a very simple matter. As with a ship, there...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LEADERSHIP AND LISTENING ~ 06 April 2014

    04/05/2014 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 89 replies
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          LEADERSHIP AND LISTENING "Listen to what I am saying," Job cried out to his "friends" in the biblical story. "That is all the comfort I ask from you. Give me a chance to speak, and then, when I am through, sneer if you like." Job didn't ask for much. But it was more than these colleagues were prepared to offer. Unfortunately, such encounters are far too frequent -- even among those we would expect to care about what we think or feel. Back in 1989, Admiral Carlisle Trost (then Chief of Naval Operations) asked a group...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ATTITUDE ~ 30 March 2014

    03/29/2014 5:00:50 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 replies
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          ATTITUDE Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, and where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GOD WILL NOT LET YOU FALL ~ 23 March 2014

    03/22/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 81 replies
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          GOD WILL NOT LET YOU FALL My family and I went camping this past summer. We took several hikes down the little river bed as it flowed through the Cuyamaca State Park near our home in San Diego. We stopped for a picnic lunch, and ate with our feet in the cool running water. As I ate my sandwich, I started tracing a trail through the rocks that shot up into the air in front of us. It was an old habit from days gone by of rock scrambling: no ropes, no hardware, no helmet, no...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DARE TO DREAM ~ 16 March 2014

    03/15/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 96 replies
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          DARE TO DREAM Someone once commented that "One of the most powerful things in the world is a dream. Not those dreams that come to us while we sleep, but those we consciously pursue while we are awake." Think of how dreams have shaped our modern life. Of Martin Luther King whose famous speech began, I have a dream today." And of Robert Kennedy who said, "Some men see things as they are and ask "Why?"; I dream things that never were and ask 'Why not?'" Think of how children's lives are often shaped by their...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ You Will Never Be Sorry For... ~ 09 March 2014

    03/08/2014 5:00:16 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 108 replies
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          YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY FOR: ...thinking before speaking, ...hearing before judging, ...forgiving your enemies, ...being candid and frank, ...helping a fallen friend, ...being honest in your work, ...standing by your principles, ...blocking your ears to gossip, ...being courteous and kind. Unknown    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ U-571 ~ 02 March 2014

    03/01/2014 5:00:26 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 109 replies
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          U-571 U-571 is truly an "on the edge of your seat" film about a US Navy crew trying to sail a Nazi U-Boat to England in 1942 (won't explain how that happens, see the movie). In one scene, the boat is attacked by depth charges from a German destroyer. The crew turns to the young skipper for guidance and asks what they should do to save the boat and their lives. He says he doesn't know. Somehow they survive this attack. The wise, crusty Chief then has a fatherly chat with the skipper in a quiet...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ~ 23 February 2014

    02/22/2014 4:59:32 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 78 replies
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          SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want" - the crowd would listen attentively. And then, at the conclusion of the Psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor's incredible ability to bring the verse to life. But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. "Sir, do you mind if tonight I recite Psalm 23?" The actor was quite taken back by this unusual request, but he allowed the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ YOU ARE NOT SUPERMAN ~ 16 February 2014

    02/15/2014 5:09:21 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
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          YOU ARE NOT SUPERMAN There are times when some events of life overwhelm us. Things at home or things at work can drain us. Sometimes we sense an urge to be "Superman" or even "God." We want to "fix" things or "make everything better." In reality, this feeling can be the source of great stress and tension. We sometimes have to admit that certain things can't be fixed; certain things will not go away. Got a problem, talk about it. It may not get "fixed" or go away, but you will feel better. CAPT Thom Dansak,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE CRACKED POT ~ 09 February 2014

    02/08/2014 4:59:20 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 91 replies
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          THE CRACKED POT A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of full of water in his...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ CHANGE FOR BETTER SERVICE ~ 02 February 2014

    02/01/2014 5:00:39 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 106 replies
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          CHANGE FOR BETTER SERVICE Have you ever noticed that the typewriter keyboard places the most frequently used keys far apart from each other? The purpose of this arrangement was to slow down the typing speed. Keys on the machines of the 1800s used to jam if the typist went too fast. About 40 years ago, the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard was developed. On this keyboard, the most frequently used keys were in the home row, and the right hand did 56 percent more work than the left. Typists using this keyboard could increase their speed up to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ HAVE I EARNED TOMORROW? ~ 26 January 2014

    01/25/2014 4:59:18 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 85 replies
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            HAVE I EARNED TOMORROW? Is anybody happier because you passed this way? Does anybody remember that you spoke to them today? The day is almost over and its toiling time is through: Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you? Can you say tonight in parting with the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single person of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said? Does the one whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead? Did you waste the day...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ INTEGRITY: THE HEART OF NAVY CORE VALUES ~ 19 January 2014

    01/18/2014 5:00:14 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 92 replies
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            INTEGRITY: THE HEART OF NAVY CORE VALUES by a Submariner The following essay was written by a young enlisted submariner as a disciplinary assignment after a Captain's Mast for taking a shortcut in a maintenance procedure. Both the author and his Commanding Officer have agreed to its publication. Integrity is the heart and the very essence of each Navy Core Value, but more importantly, it is the foundation on which every aspect of submarine operations is built. Integrity must be the standard instilled within the innermost heart of every man who takes a submarine to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PSALM 121 ~ 12 January 2014

    01/11/2014 5:00:29 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 149 replies
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            PSALM 121 1...I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2...My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3...He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4...Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5...The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6...The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7...The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8...The LORD...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ How Big Is One? ~ 05 January 2014

    01/04/2014 5:00:01 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 131 replies
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            HOW BIG IS ONE? As a man walked a desolate beach one cold, gray morning he began to see another figure, far in the distance. Slowly the two approached each other, and he could make out a local native who kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he hurled things into the ocean. As the distance between them continued to narrow, the man could see that the native was picking up starfish that had been washed upon the beach and, one at a time, was throwing...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A FRIEND IS..... ~ 29 December 2013

    12/28/2013 4:59:37 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 89 replies
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            A FRIEND IS.... The person who gives you the better of two choices Holds your hand when you’re scared Helps you fight those who try to take advantage of you Thinks of you at times when you are not there Reminds you of what you have forgotten Helps you put the past behind you, but understands when you need to hold on a little longer Stays with you so that you have confidence Goes out of their way to make time for you Helps you clear up your mistakes Helps you deal with pressure from...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ The Gift of The Magi ~ 22 December 2013

    12/21/2013 4:59:46 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 101 replies
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            THE GIFT OF THE MAGI Those of you who are more "mature" Marines & Sailors will remember one of the pre-eminent TV series of the '50's, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. Many of these programs were quite scary, but they usually had a good moral and made the point in a rather unforgettable manner. On one episode, an astronaut is readying for his blast off on a fifty-year mission to outer space. He is to be placed in a state of suspended animation and will not age one day by the time he returns to Earth....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE VISIT ~ 15 December 2013

    12/14/2013 4:59:48 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 73 replies
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            THE VISIT A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the president's outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. She frowned. "We want to see the president", the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ The Real Meaning of Peace ~ 08 December 2013

    12/07/2013 5:00:05 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 96 replies
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            THE REAL MEANING OF PEACE There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE ~ 01 December 2013

    11/30/2013 5:01:47 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 101 replies
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            ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Good morning this rainy Sunday! This morning someone asked me, "How do you like the lousy weather, Chaplain?" I thought a moment about the fact that my uniform was wet, my car had trouble starting, and about all those poor people stuck in the wall of traffic that inevitably occurs when 58 gets drenched. Then later I thought, how would we exist without the rain which makes all life on our planet possible? I remembered the old prayer in my prayer book, a blessing to God for the gift of wind and...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GIVING THANKS ~ 24 November 2013

    11/23/2013 4:59:54 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 110 replies
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      ~ GIVING THANKS ~     Psalm 92:1 - 5 1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 2 To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. 4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A TIME FOR EVERYTHING ~ 17 November 2013

    11/16/2013 4:59:25 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 91 replies
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            A TIME FOR EVERYTHING There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel & Marine Corps Birthday ~ 10 November 2013

    11/09/2013 5:05:12 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 116 replies
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    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 238th Birthday10NOV1775 – 10NOV2013 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal ChurchAnd...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DON'T BLAME CHANGING TIMES ~ 3 November 2013

    11/02/2013 5:02:30 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 112 replies
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            DON'T BLAME CHANGING TIMES Most of us have learned to cope with, if not exactly embrace, the technological revolution that has completely restructured our world over the past two decades. Words like "Internet", "e-mail" and even "distance learning" may not be in your dictionary yet, but they soon will be. And that dictionary probably won't be paper like the ones most of us learned to use; instead, it will be part of the "spellchecker" on a computer hard drive, or perhaps on a single "CD-ROM" that contains thousands of pages of information. Despite my RELATIVE...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WHO ARE YOU CALLING A HYPOCRITE? ~ 27 October 2013

    10/26/2013 5:00:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 94 replies
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            WHO ARE YOU CALLING A HYPOCRITE? I always chuckle a little when I must sit through someone's "sermon" on why he/she doesn't ever darken the door of a church. Invariably at the top of the list of reasons given for not attending is something about the church being so full of hypocrites. You know, those people who affect virtues and qualities they don't have ... religious fakes. The humor in this line of argument rests not so much in the fact that I never hear anything original, but rather in the facts surrounding the genesis...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ YOU'RE THE ONE ~ 20 October 2013

    10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 127 replies
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            YOU'RE THE ONE Les tells the story proudly now, with an ending that few would have ever predicted when he was in high school. He remembers the turning point as though it were yesterday. Just a chance encounter and an offhand comment... but it changed his life forever. He had slipped quietly into the back of a classroom to wait for a friend that day. The last thing he wanted was to be noticed, but the teacher asked him to go to the board and work out a problem. Les pointed out that he wasn't...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DISCOVERING GOD ~ 13 October 2013

    10/12/2013 5:01:15 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 100 replies
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            DISCOVERING GOD Tomorrow many will enjoy a day off to celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus day is a legal holiday that we, as North Americans along with Latin Americans, celebrate the landing of Columbus in the Bahamas in 1492. Because of this discovery, a country, the United States of America, would come into existence based upon a pursuit of God Jehovah and the right to worship as we please. "Admiral Byrd, the explorer, one day was passing through the lobby of a hotel when a large company of people commenced cheering him. Two men were joining...
  • Military chapel closed in Georgia: ‘Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice’

    10/08/2013 4:35:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/8/13 | Alex Pappas
    Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest who serves a Georgia military base, was not allowed to celebrate mass at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay this weekend. “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice,” a sign posted on the chapel said. Leonard — who is contracted with the Department of Defense to minister the military on the base — is not allowed to work on the base during the federal government shutdown. In fact, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA has warned that — under current law — some military priests under contract could even
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Cardinal John J O'Connor ~ 06 October 2013

    10/05/2013 5:02:25 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 117 replies
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            CARDINAL JOHN J O'CONNOR Cardinal John J. O’Connor passed away May 3, 2000 at the age of eighty. Much has been said and written about this remarkable man of faith. Most obituaries mentioned that he served as a Navy Chaplain, but failed to mention that at one time he headed all Chaplains in Vietnam, and then later served as Chief of Chaplains with the rank of Rear Admiral. As Cardinal for New York he reached out to people of all faiths and to people who had no faith. He cared for the homeless, AIDS victims,...
  • HVEs Target Veteran's Memorial In Coos Bay Oregon with IEDs (news/vanity)

    09/23/2013 9:47:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/21/2013 | Jim Kouri
    I've embedded a bit of my own analysis in the comment below. Excerpt: In a statement released on Friday by local police officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward for information regarding one bombing and one attempted bombing in Coos Bay, Oregon, by a person or persons unknown and unidentified by investigators. (snip) On the evening of August 22, an IED detonated at the base of the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial. While the memorial was damaged from the blast, there were no casualties attributed to the bombing. On September 3, an unsub placed an IED inside...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Conflicting Loyalties ~ 29 September 2013

    09/28/2013 5:00:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 102 replies
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            CONFLICTING LOYALTIES An interviewer once asked the late Senator Sam Ervin, Jr. how he had developed such insight into human behavior. "I had a good teacher, Henry Horace Williams," replied Ervin. "He said the things that try people's souls do not consist of choosing between good and evil. The thing that tries a person's soul is having to choose between conflicting loyalties." Ervin went on to say that understanding that concept had not only helped him make better decisions, but to judge other people more fairly as well. Sometimes unwise choices were simply the result...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ TEN WAYS TO BE PERFECTLY MISERABLE ~ 22 September 2013

    09/21/2013 5:00:04 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 72 replies
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            TEN WAYS TO BE PERFECTLY MISERABLE 1. Think about yourself 2. Talk about yourself 3. Use "I" as often as possible 4. Expect to be appreciated 5. Be suspicious 6. Be sensitive to slights 7. Never forgive 8. Trust no one but yourself 9. Do as little as possible for others 10. Always consider "What is in it for me"    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Prayer For God's People ~ 15 September 2013

    09/14/2013 5:00:58 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 85 replies
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            PRAYER FOR GOD'S PEOPLE "Fear the Lord, you holy ones, for nothing is lacking to those who fear the Lord. The mighty will grow poor and hungry; but those who seek the Lord will never go wanting." (Psalm 34). Mighty God, Creator of the Cosmos, you have entrusted to us the care of this planet. Breathe your loving Spirit into the hearts and minds of us all. Instruct us in your ways. And most of all, enable us to establish justice and peace in our homes, our work sites, our nation, and this world. You...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ONLY GOD GIVES PEACE ~ 08 September 2013

    09/07/2013 5:00:15 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 109 replies
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            ONLY GOD GIVES PEACE The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. — Psalm 29:11 One of the greatest ways God speaks to us and leads us is through the inner witness. In other words, we just know inside what is right or wrong. It is a deeper level of knowing than “head knowledge.” This type of knowing is in the spirit—we simply have peace or a lack of peace. By the presence or absence of peace, we know what we should do. I...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF OTHERS ~ 01 September 2013

    08/31/2013 5:00:17 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 replies
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            CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF OTHERS "Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." -Oscar Wilde It is natural and understandable to feel pangs of envy when we see someone else get promoted while we may have not been; or to see someone else get a NAM and we were not recognized for our hard work. It is human. Life is full of many disappointments large and small, and it is tough to accept that others may enjoy greater fortune when we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ IN GENTLENESS THERE IS STRENGTH ~ 25 August 2013

    08/24/2013 5:00:50 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
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            IN GENTLENESS THERE IS STRENGTH The parents were devastated. Their young adopted daughter had died in an unusual accident. She suffocated when the drawstring on the hood of her jacket became caught in a playground slide. It was later learned their child was not the first to die this way. Design flaws in both the hood and the slide made this an accident waiting to happen. Some people might have viewed this tragedy as an opportunity to sue the two major corporations for a lucrative settlement. The parents, however, refused. In an interview, the mother...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ CATCHING A SECOND WIND ~ 18 August 2013

    08/17/2013 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
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            CATCHING A SECOND WIND Cross country runners and other long distance runners have all relied on a "second wind" to finish their race; the longer the race the more "second winds" will be required. This physiological wind source is a timely aid in propelling an exhausted runner onward to the finish. The phenomenon of the "second wind" has a spiritual principle, too. When the purposes of God seem too distant to continue, God provides a "second wind" to propel his people onward to finish the cause in which they are engaged. Indeed: "They that wait...