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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GOD'S PERFECTION ~ 07 February 2016

    02/06/2016 5:02:24 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
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            GOD'S PERFECTION In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career, while others can be main-streamed into conventional schools. At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, "Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A HUMBLE SPIRIT ~ 24 January 2016

    01/23/2016 5:00:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 92 replies
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            A HUMBLE SPIRIT It's always surprising to me when someone, in an honest and unguarded moment, confides that God could never use THEM. They may keep up appearances most of the time, but, down deep, they just don't feel worthy. Have you ever felt that way? If so, you're in luck; God places a high value on humility! In fact, your sincere recognition of your own need may just be the key that opens the door to a deeper, more genuine and rewarding spirituality. Isaiah wrote, "For thus says the High and Holy One Who...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ TRANSITIONS ~ 17 January 2016

    01/16/2016 5:02:55 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
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            TRANSITIONS It's a "red letter" day at our household today...(and maybe a time for some "red eyes" as well). It is a time of real adjustment...so much so that my daughter asked to stay home from school. And my wife has been dreading the inevitable battle with emotions...one which she will probably lose. There were phone calls from family and friends, and parties over the weekend. Old scrapbooks were dusted off and passed around. Memories of other times and events were recalled and relived. There was some good-natured "ribbing" and some nervous laughter, all leaning...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION ~ 10 January 2016

    01/09/2016 4:59:25 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 60 replies
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          THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION During my second month of night school, our professor gave a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Obviously this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ONLY GOD GIVES PEACE ~ 03 January 2016

    01/02/2016 5:08:50 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 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 once...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ What I've Learned From Life ~ 27 December 2015

    12/26/2015 4:59:32 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 99 replies
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            WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM LIFE "I've learned that although it's hard to admit, I'm secretly glad by parents are strict with me." (Age 14) "I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice." (Age 16) "I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater the need to cast blame on others." (Age 24) "I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die." (Age 53) "I've learned that making a living is not the same as making a life." (Age 58)...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE GIFT OF THE MAGI ~ 20 December 2015

    12/19/2015 4:59:03 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 76 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 PARABLE OF THE FENCE ~ 13 December 2015

    12/12/2015 5:02:41 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 35 replies
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            THE PARABLE OF THE FENCE Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright...a natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he seemed to have little regard for those around him...even friends. So, naturally, he had few. "But," he told himself, "that just shows how stupid most people are!" As he...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ON PRAYER ~ 06 December 2015

    12/05/2015 5:01:02 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
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            ON PRAYER The Sacred Scriptures urge us to pray always. That seems impossible at first sight; you can't spend your life on your knees. But people pray in many ways. Physical positions and movements, the lotus position for Buddhists, kneeling and folding hands for many Christian faith groups are prayer. Any attention paid to God is prayer. Whether or not any words are spoken, the actions themselves express awareness of, and communication with, God. As St. Teresa of Avila put it, way back in the 16th century, "For though we are always in the presence...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WHO ARE YOU CALLING A HYPOCRITE? ~ 29 November 2015

    11/28/2015 4:59:30 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 81 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 ~ GIVING THANKS ~ 22 November 2015

    11/21/2015 4:59:57 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 58 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 ~ DON'T GET NUKED ~ 15 November 2015

    11/14/2015 4:59:46 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 45 replies
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            DON'T GET NUKED The Navy and Marine Corps rightly spend much of their time on chemical, biological and radiological training. As bombs and triggering devices become more mobile and terrorists become more sophisticated, it is important to prepare ourselves for disaster while hoping that it will be avoided. Regarding chemical and biological warfare, it is especially difficult to believe that something so small and invisible can be so deadly and dangerous. Just a little toxin in the air . . . and the next thing you know you're doing the "funky chicken" on the ground....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ON A GOOD DAY ~ 08 November 2015

    11/07/2015 5:00:25 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
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            ON A GOOD DAY Our worth is tested every day. We are given the choice of being nice to people or uncharitable. We are given the choice of doing our work as well as we can or of goofing off. Some days it seems the tests are harder than on others, but every day brings with it some kind of test. Even the really good days! To have everything go wonderfully for us, to feel like a million dollars, to have one of those days when nothing and nobody can upset us, they are days...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GIVING IT ALL YOU'VE GOT ~ 01 November 2015

    10/31/2015 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 79 replies
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            GIVING IT ALL YOU'VE GOT Ever hear the expression "Giving it the whole nine yards"? Do you happen to know where it comes from? I used to think it was a sports term. "Not so", say several experts. But there seem to be at least two schools of thought on the phrase's origin. Both seem plausible. I'll let you decide. One explanation says that it's an expression from the construction trade. A full truck load, according to this rationale, will dump nine cubic yards of sand or gravel at your work site. In such a...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ KEEPING THE FAITH ~ 25 October 2015

    10/24/2015 4:59:55 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
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            KEEPING THE FAITH The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GETTING UNDERWAY ~ 18 October 2015

    10/17/2015 5:00:46 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 53 replies
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            GETTING UNDERWAY A young Ensign, who had just completed his first overseas deployment, was given the opportunity to "show his stuff" by getting his ship underway. As he yelled out commands with great confidence, sailors were running everywhere. In no time, the ship came out of the channel, headed for home. It was accomplished so well that he set a new record for getting a destroyer underway. He wasn't surprised when a seaman approached him with a message from his CO...he WAS surprised to find that it was a radio message. He was even more...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DISCOVERING GOD ~ 11 October 2015

    10/10/2015 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 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...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ BE HAPPY ~ 04 October 2015

    10/03/2015 4:59:48 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 55 replies
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            BE HAPPY "Don't worry. Be happy". I'm sure everyone has heard that song on the radio at one time or another. But I wonder if we ask ourselves, "Are we happy?" I don't mean that we should be constantly ecstatic or exuberant, but HAPPY, full of that deep down inner contentment which persists even in the midst of trials and tribulations? Because we are the children of God, God is concerned and cares for us. Whatever our real needs, we can rest assured that God will fulfill them, albeit in His own time and accordance...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GESTURES OF LOVE ~ 27 September 2015

    09/26/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 72 replies
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            GESTURES OF LOVE Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love . . . and weep with them who weep. —Romans 12:10,15 Cards...hundreds and hundreds of cards. Our mail carrier must have thought we were going for a world record. They came by the stack—day after day after day. It was just one of the many ways we knew that people cared for us as our family endured the painful first weeks after our teenage daughter Melissa died in a car accident. But it wasn't just the cards that provided assurance of loving support...food...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Onward Christian Soldiers ~ 20 September 2015

    09/19/2015 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 56 replies
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            ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before; Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; Forward into battle see His banners go. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee; On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory. Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise; Brothers lift your voices proud your anthems raise. Like a mighty army moves the church of God; Brothers, we are treading where the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WHY DO WE STILL HAVE SCARS? ~ 13 September 2015

    09/12/2015 4:59:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
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            WHY DO WE STILL HAVE SCARS? One of the greatest truths we can know in life is that God is always able and willing to forgive us for our shortcomings. All we have to do is ask for His forgiveness. And if God is willing, then we too, should forgive ourselves. Yet one of the greatest ironies concerning forgiveness is that the painful memories, the scars of our past, remain with us. We may wonder, "What's the sense in receiving forgiveness if the scars from the painful memory remain?" Maybe the question should be, "What...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ OUR COVENANT WITH GOD ~ 06 September 2015

    09/05/2015 4:59:46 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 60 replies
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            OUR COVENANT WITH GOD Abram accepted the covenant God offered him, "I Am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers." Abram fell face-down, and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram: your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations." (Genesis 17:1-5). Like Abraham, we also have a covenant with God; we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ When Do We Start To Live And Be Happy? ~ 30 August 2015

    08/29/2015 4:58:49 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 65 replies
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            WHEN DO WE START TO LIVE AND BE HAPPY? We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated we have teenagers with whom to deal. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage! We tell ourselves our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a vacation, when we retire....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFEBOAT ~ 23 August 2015

    08/22/2015 4:59:40 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 66 replies
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            LIFEBOAT One of the great World War II films was LIFEBOAT, about the ordeal faced by survivors of a passenger ship that was sunk by a Nazi U-Boat in the middle of the Atlantic. The film details their struggle for survival in a small lifeboat, fighting the elements, thirst and then fighting against each other. Each person has their own ideas about how to navigate the little boat: they argue about who should be in charge; and they find little things to fight over even when they run out of things to fight over. Eventually...
  • Here’s why Bernie Sanders plans to speak at Liberty University next month

    08/18/2015 1:04:43 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 15 replies
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    But the independent senator from Vermont , who is vying to be the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nominee, has been booked to speak there next month at a university convocation. “It goes without saying that my views on many issues -- women’s rights, gay rights, education and many other issues -- are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community,” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who is Jewish, said Wednesday night, in comments relayed by a spokesman. But Sanders said he would like to see if “we can reach consensus regarding the grotesque level of income...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WINNERS vs LOSERS ~ 16 August 2015

    08/15/2015 5:05:29 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 72 replies
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          WINNERS vs LOSERS When a winner makes a mistake, he says, "I was wrong". When a loser makes a mistake, he says, "It wasn’t my fault". A winner always gives 110% no matter how big or small the task. A loser is always "too busy" to do what is necessary and finds excuses. A winner goes through a problem. A loser goes around it, and never gets past it. A winner makes commitments. A loser makes promises. A winner says, "I'm good, but not as good as I ought to be". A loser says, "I'm not...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ROSE ~ 09 August 2015

    08/08/2015 5:00:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
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          ROSE The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!", and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PRAYERS TO ISRAEL ~ 02 August 2015

    08/01/2015 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 54 replies
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          PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL Maschil of David, when he was in the cave; a Prayer. With my voice I cry unto HaShem; with my voice I make supplication unto HaShem. I pour out my complaint before Him, I declare before Him my trouble; When my spirit fainteth within me--Thou knowest my path--in the way wherein I walk have they hidden a snare for me. Look on my right hand, and see, for there is no man that knoweth me; I have no way to flee; no man careth for my soul. I have cried unto Thee, O...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PRAYER FOR THE NATION ~ 26 July 2015

    07/25/2015 5:00:50 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 80 replies
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          PRAYER FOR THE NATION Our Father and Our God, We praise You for Your goodness to our nation, giving us blessings far beyond what we deserve. Yet we know all is not right with America. We deeply need a moral and spiritual renewal to help us meet the many problems we face. Convict us of sin. Help us to turn to You in repentance and faith. Set our feet on the path of Your righteousness and peace. We pray today for our nation's leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ YOU ARE SPECIAL ~ 19 July 2015

    07/18/2015 4:59:33 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 54 replies
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          YOU ARE SPECIAL "I don't know why I was even born," the young sailor confided! "I'm ugly. I'm not talented. I've never been what you would call smart. I don't really have any friends. And I can't seem to do anything right. I feel like I've spent my whole life letting people down. Sometimes I wonder if even God could love me!" That conversation took place more than a decade ago, but I still remember it as if it were yesterday. That one and a lot of others over the years with the same message: "I'm...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WORD POWER ~ 12 July 2015

    07/11/2015 5:15:12 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 replies
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          WORD POWER!! During the invasion of Salerno, Allied forces employed propaganda on a scale they had never tried before. Artillery was used to fire shells, each containing thousands of leaflets, encouraging the Germans to surrender and promising them humane treatment if they did. The shells would open about 300 feet in the air and rain down the leaflets on German troops. One British Major made no secret of his anger at having to fire leaflets at the enemy instead of high explosives. In a short while, however, he changed his mind. For days his men had...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ EXAMINING THE FOUNDATION ~ 05 July 2015

    07/04/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 76 replies
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          EXAMINING THE FOUNDATION It was back in 1962, I'm told, when cracks began to appear in the 42nd story of a very expensive high-rise in Hong Kong. It had already withstood numerous typhoons. And there was no ready explanation for the cracks' sudden appearance. Yet there they were. Obviously, there had to be a problem somewhere. So a team of architects and structural engineers was called in to ferret out the cause. Finally, one determined engineer stumbled upon the reason as he was prowling around the foundations deep in the basement. When he tapped the plaster,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ SEEK TO KNOW GOD BETTER ~ 28 June 2015

    06/27/2015 4:59:58 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 94 replies
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          SEEK TO KNOW GOD BETTER [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]. — Philippians 3:10 This was the cry of the apostle Paul’s heart as he sought to have such a deep relationship with Christ that the trials of life would barely be noticeable. At the beginning of this new year, it is a wise thing for you to seek also. There are plenty of problems...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ FDR'S D-DAY PRAYER JUNE 6TH, 1944 ~ 07-June 2015

    06/06/2015 4:59:08 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 135 replies
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            FDR'S D-DAY PRAYER JUNE 6TH, 1944 Films such as "Saving Private Ryan", "The Thin Red Line", and "U 571" bring to life the struggles of a whole generation of Americans who fought tyranny in World War II. No movie, however, could adequately capture the sense of dedication and courage which so many ordinary men and women demonstrated in order to bring an end to the horrors that were being committed against innocent people around the world. Sadly, this generation is passing on, as about 1,000 of these heroes are now dying each day due to...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE FIRST STEP IN RESOLVING INTERPERSONAL CONFLICTS ~ 31 May 2015

    05/30/2015 5:00:23 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 115 replies
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          THE FIRST STEP IN RESOLVING INTERPERSONAL CONFLICTS C. W. Moore, in his book, The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict defines conflict as "struggles between two or more people over values, or competition for status, power, or scarce resources." Experts in conflict management believe that conflict is inevitable in any organization or relationship. Many strategies have been developed to mediate and resolve organizational and interpersonal conflicts. What is usually missing in these mediation processes is a biblical understanding of the nature and causes of conflict. James 4:1-2 indicates that the causes of fights and quarrels...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE LOSER WHO NEVER GAVE UP ~ 17 May 2015

    05/16/2015 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 85 replies
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          THE LOSER WHO NEVER GAVE UP For "Sparky", school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. He also flunked Latin, algebra and English. And his record in sports wasn't any better. Though he did manage to make the school's golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season. Oh, there was a consolation match; he lost that too. Throughout his youth, Sparky was awkward socially. It wasn't that the other students disliked him; it's just that no...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIVING PRAYER ~ 03 May 2015

    05/02/2015 5:00:06 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 64 replies
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          LIVING PRAYER Brother Lawrence was a monk who lived almost 300 years ago and worked in the galley of his monastery. He wrote a book, The Practice of the Presence of God, which today is considered a classic in the area of Christian devotion. Brother Lawrence spent much of his time in the monastery scullery scrubbing pots and pans. He also had a collateral duty as the monastery cobbler. In these jobs, he said, he learned to glorify God in simple tasks and to pray with his hands. By bringing to each small job the best...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ BE KIND TO STRANGERS ~ 26 April 2015

    04/25/2015 5:02:36 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
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          BE KIND TO STRANGERS Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood — being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2 A clique is an exclusive group, one to which not everyone is welcome. Being "in" makes us feel important, but being "out" can be very painful. I find that even the church is full of cliques. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, you and I are...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ General Charles C Krulak Speech ~ 19 April 2015

    04/18/2015 5:00:22 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 89 replies
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          GENERAL CHARLES C KRULAK SPEECH The word integrity itself is a martial word that comes to us from an ancient Roman army tradition. During the time of the 12 Caesars, the Roman army would conduct morning inspections. As the inspecting centurion would come in front of each legionnaire, the soldier would strike with his right fist the armor breastplate that covered his heart. The armor had to be strongest there in order to protect the heart from the sword thrusts and from arrow strikes. As the soldier struck his armor, he would shout "integritas", (in-teg-ri-tys) which...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ CHARACTER ~ 12 April 2015

    04/11/2015 5:03:19 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 40 replies
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          CHARACTER A wise person once said, "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing to him or for him." (author unknown) Columnist Ann Landers put it this way, "The best index of a person’s character is how he treats people who can do him absolutely no good." In the Christian Scriptures, the Apostle Paul talks about entertaining "angels unawares." (Hebrews 13:1) What these writers are talking about here is more than an act. It’s an attitude - about life, about people, and most importantly, about the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DISAPPOINTMENTS ~ 22 March 2015

    03/21/2015 4:58:52 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
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          DISAPPOINTMENTS Disappointments come to all of us; and the more I see of life, the more convinced I am that one of the most important lessons anyone can learn is how to handle these disappointments. One of the great disappointments in my youth happened during my sophomore year in high school when I was running for class president. The class elected a cute brunette cheerleader. Another popular girl, another of the cheerleaders, came in second. And I trailed the field with only four votes. That was quite a blow to a cocky young boy to be...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ YOUR RELIGION, NOT MINE ~ 15 March 2015

    03/14/2015 5:00:07 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
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          YOUR RELIGION, NOT MINE "Religion is a great force, the only real motive force in the world. But you must get at [someone] through [her/his] own religion, not yours." -- George Bernard Shaw Real wisdom here; real insight. The adage presupposes the benefits of faith, but it nicely understands that faith is a personal matter unique to each individual. This is not to subvert the strength of organized or institutional religions, but rather to highlight the personal element each must bring to belief. Faith groups, temples, churches, creeds, doctrines, organizations . . . all of these...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ HIGH FLIGHT ~ 08 March 2015

    03/07/2015 5:03:57 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 52 replies
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          HIGH FLIGHT John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Shortly before his plane was shot down during World War II, he wrote a poem called "High Flight." The last stanza reads: Up, up the long delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, Where never lark, or even eagle, flew; And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. John Magee was only nineteen years old when he wrote these words. Today...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE WOMAN WITH THE ROSE ~ 22 February 2015

    02/21/2015 5:00:07 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 67 replies
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          THE WOMAN WITH THE ROSE John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose. His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ TODAY I CHOOSE TO SUCCEED ~ 15 February 2015

    02/14/2015 5:01:09 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 84 replies
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          TODAY I CHOOSE TO SUCCEED! I am here because of prior choices I have made. My thoughts control my actions. My actions determine my destiny. My destiny is controlled by my choices. Today, I choose to … • Live my life with honor, courage and commitment, • Follow the rules and do my best in all my endeavors, • Perform like a mature and professional military person, • Be honest with myself and not make excuses for my actions • Admit when I’m wrong and be held accountable • Maintain a positive attitude. I am who...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GOLDEN MOMENTS ~ 08 February 2015

    02/07/2015 4:59:43 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 74 replies
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          GOLDEN MOMENTS Once upon a time, there was a little boy from "the wrong side of the tracks" who grew up admiring a beautiful house high on the hill overlooking his town. Fortunately, he never lacked for any of the necessities of life, but he hated being "poor." He noticed that people treated him differently, and it pained him to see his parents work so hard just to make ends meet. It just didn't seem right that some should be so favored and others should have so little. But his parents has instilled some rather clear...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ REFLECTIONS ON GROWING OLD(ER) ~ 01 February 2016

    01/31/2015 4:59:34 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
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          REFLECTIONS ON GROWING OLD(ER) Someone once said that we are now living in the age of age. In fact, there are more old people alive today than at any time in history. There are, today, more people over 65 in the United States than the entire population of Canada. Faced with these figures, and faced with the fact that you will someday be, if you are not already, in the category of the aged, the old, or the elderly, how do you, or will you, look upon the final chapter of your book of life? Some...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE GREATEST ~ 25 January 2015

    01/24/2015 5:03:33 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 92 replies
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          THE GREATEST Greatest handicap..........Fear Greatest mistake..........Giving up Greatest stumbling block..........Ego Easiest to do..........Find Fault Top comfort..........Work well done Greatest need..........Common sense Best gift..........Forgiveness Greatest resource..........FAITH    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ TITLES AND POWER ~ 18 January 2015

    01/17/2015 5:00:27 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
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          TITLES AND POWER Now I see why powerful people often wear sunglasses--the spotlight blinds them to reality. They suffer from a delusion that power means something. They suffer from the misconception that titles make a difference. They are under the impression that earthly authority will make a heavenly difference. Can I prove my point? Take this quiz: * Name the last ten Heisman trophy winners. * Name the last ten winners of the Miss America contest. * Name eight people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. * How about the last ten Academy Award...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEDITATION ON SUCCESS ~ 11 January 2015

    01/10/2015 4:58:51 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 69 replies
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          MEDITATION ON SUCCESS "Do not let this Book of Law (The Torah) depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." (Joshua 1:8) "Great success, like disgrace, can bring great trouble. Success which advances ego can make you lose your way." (Tao 13.) A lawyer once commented to me, "If you preachers ever convince people to live by the Ten Commandments, I will be out of business". Now there is a thought: lawyers out of business!...