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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ The Gift of The Magi ~ 21 December 2014

    12/20/2014 5:00:38 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 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 ~ WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET ~ 14 December 2014

    12/13/2014 5:03:41 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 66 replies
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          WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET The poet wrote, "Two men looked out through prison bars: one saw mud; the other saw stars." Commenting on this, Father John Powell once wrote: "In the pursuit of the fullness of human life, everything depends on this frame of reference, this habitual outlook, this basic vision which I have of myself, others, life, the world, and God. What we see is what we get." Don't you find that to be true? There's a lot about our world that isn't the way we would want it to be: cruelty,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THINKING OUT OF THE BOX ~ 30 November 2014

    11/29/2014 5:01:03 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 65 replies
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          THINKING OUT OF THE BOX "A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous, and then dismissed as trivial, until finally it becomes what everybody knows." - William James One of the great war films of all time was made in the '50's, "Away All Boats", starring Jeff Chandler. It chronicles the adventures of a fictional APA (Amphibious Assault Ship, forerunner of today's LHA'a), USS BELINDA, fighting its way across the Pacific. The ship's skipper, Captain Jebediah Hawkes, is a seasoned veteran, a good guy, but not liked by the crew. They don't understand many of his...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PSALM 100 ~ THANKSGIVING ~ 23 November 2014

    11/22/2014 4:59:36 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 82 replies
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          PSALM OF THANKSGIVING 100 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ GROWING DEEP AND STRONG ~ 16 November 2014

    11/15/2014 5:00:14 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 92 replies
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          GROWING DEEP AND STRONG One day, my mother and I were working together in the garden where we were transplanting plants for the third time. Grown from seed in a small container, the plants had been transferred to a larger container; then transplanted into the garden. Now, because I was moving, we were transplanting them once again. Inexperienced as a gardener, I turned to my green-thumbed mother. "Isn’t this bad for them?" I asked, as we dug them up and shook the dirt from the roots. "Won’t it hurt these plants, being uprooted and transplanted so...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ A FEW GOOD WORDS ~ 09 November 2014

    11/08/2014 5:00:48 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 104 replies
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          A FEW GOOD WORDS The accuracy of lie detector tests has never been completely decided upon. Although it is inadmissible as evidence in court, even the proponents of lie detector testing agree that it is not always accurate. Among the first lie detectors, considered by some to be the most accurate, was the donkey's tail! That's right, in ancient India, a suspect would be escorted to a darkened room. Only three would be present: the accused, the interrogator, and a donkey. The person being questioned was told that the donkey would bray if his responses were...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ OBSTACLES ~ 02 November 2014

    11/01/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 83 replies
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          OBSTACLES "For a long time it had seemed to me that my life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in my way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles WERE my life." Fr. Alfred D Souza    
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MEDITATION ON SUCCESS ~ 26 October 2014

    10/25/2014 5:02:56 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 95 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!...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ISN'T IT OBVIOUS ~ 19 October 2014

    10/18/2014 5:01:19 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
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          ISN'T IT OBVIOUS? This warning label (among about a half dozen warning labels) appears on my son's baby carriage: Do not fold carriage with baby inside! It may seem funny to state something so obvious, but I suppose to cover themselves against lawsuits from people who couldn't figure out to first remove the baby, they put on the warning label. The Prophet Micah gives us easy-to-follow instructions for a good life that seems so obvious and elementary we wonder, is that all we have to do to live happily and peacefully? The answer is YES! All...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ NOAH'S ARK ~ 12 October 2014

    10/11/2014 4:59:31 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
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          ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM NOAH'S ARK 1. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. 2. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big. 3. Don't listen to critics -- do what has to be done. 4. Build on high ground. 5. For safety's sake, travel in pairs. 6. Two heads are better than one. 7. Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails. 8. If you can't fight or flee -- float! 9....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ TIPS FOR THE PITS ~ 05 October 2014

    10/04/2014 5:00:47 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 64 replies
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          TIPS FOR THE PITS We have all been there....Blue Monday. Nothing is more miserable than feeling depressed. Depression has been, and continues to be, the world's #1 public health problem. All of us are susceptible to depression. It all begins with the blues, which come and go like the common cold. The "Poor Me" syndrome hits us and drags us to the pits of depression. What are the signs of depression? Dragging through the day, wondering how we will get through it; getting bogged down at the least little obstacle; thinking negatively about everything; all we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ JUST FOR TODAY ~ 28 September 2014

    09/27/2014 5:02:12 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 74 replies
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          JUST FOR TODAY As I go through some "troubles" in my own life, I've worked out this "formula" to help me be a useful and happy person. See if it doesn't work for you! JUST FOR TODAY: I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said: "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be". JUST FOR TODAY: I will try to strengthen my mind. I...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Robert L Howard ~ September 22, 2014

    09/21/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 58 replies
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    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Robert L. Howard All info from this website.             Robert L. Howard (July 11, 1939, Opelika, Alabama – December 23, 2009, Waco, Texas) was a highly decorated officer of the United States Army and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.  Biography He entered the Army at Montgomery,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ FROM ONE MEAN MOM ~ 21 September 2014

    09/20/2014 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 65 replies
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          FROM ONE MEAN MOM We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too. Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ LIFE CHOICES ~ 14 September 2014

    09/13/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 66 replies
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          LIFE CHOICES What would you do? You make the choice. Don't look for a punch line...there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PULLED IN TWO DIRECTIONS ~ 07 September 2014

    09/06/2014 5:00:12 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 80 replies
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          PULLED IN TWO DIRECTIONS 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.....23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ... (Philippians 1:21,23) As Christians, we are pulled in two directions. We all want to go to heaven, but this life also holds great appeal. We are like the youngster in Sunday school who listened intently while the teacher told about the beauties of heaven. She concluded by saying, "Raise your hand if you want to go to heaven." Every hand shot...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PERSEVERANCE ~ 31 August 2014

    08/30/2014 5:02:00 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 73 replies
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          PERSEVERANCE The idea of perseverance is an important component in athletics, the military, studies, and even in religion. Perseverance is the master key, the secret of success when you are in the middle of the struggle. It is that extra, the second air, the capacity to overcome the discouragement. Our society is making a lot of progress. We have technology and facilities that no one in history ever had before. The new generations can grow up today more healthy, and live longer. But we do have an Achilles' heel: the absence of the spirit of perseverance....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ~ 24 August 2014

    08/23/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 87 replies
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          MAKING ASSUMPTIONS A story making the rounds this past week told of a policeman who was heading home after a long, hard day on patrol. He had dealt with a whole succession of difficult people, and a mountain of frustrating paperwork. All he wanted at this point was to kick back, unwind, enjoy some peace and quiet, and maybe watch a few innings of baseball on TV. But, as he neared home, he was startled by a vehicle that came careening around a sharp curve and narrowly missed his squad car. As the car passed within...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ BACK TO SCHOOL ~ 17 August 2014

    08/16/2014 5:00:34 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 78 replies
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          BACK TO SCHOOL By Naval Support Activity Chapel Staff A child came home from his first day of school. His mother asked, “What did you learn today?” He said, “Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow”. Going back to school is always difficult for both teachers and students. It also means more traffic with school buses back on the road; probably the only ones delighted about schools reopening are the parents. Going back to school can be a milestone. Kindergarten, sixth grade, high school and college are all significant marks of progress and change (especially...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS ~ 10 August 2014

    08/09/2014 5:00:53 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 106 replies
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          EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS When in sorrow, call John 14 When men fail you, call Psalm 27 If you want to be fruitful, call John 15 When you have sinned, call Psalm 51 When you worry, call Matthew 6:19-34 When you are in danger, call Psalm 91 When God seems far away, call Psalm 139 When your faith needs stirring, call Hebrews 11 When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23 When you grow bitter and critical, call 1 Corinthians 13 For Paul's secret to happiness, call Colossians 3:12-17 For idea of Christianity, call 1 Corinthians...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ AIM HIGH ~ 3 August 2014

    08/02/2014 5:04:25 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 78 replies
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          AIM HIGH A college professor prepared a final exam for his students. The test questions were divided into three categories, and the students were instructed to choose questions from only one of the categories. The first category of questions was the hardest and worth fifty points. The second, which was easier, was worth forty points. The third, the simplest, was worth thirty points. Upon completion of the test, students who had chosen the hardest fifty-point questions were given As. The students who had chosen the forty-point questions received Bs. Those who had settled for the easiest...
  • 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...