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. . . of Search Texts By Which People Found The Responsible Puppet

Subheading 1 – Evidently, if anyone on the internet googles anything with “Puppet” – it comes to me:
* What does the bible say about puppets
* Armor of god puppets
* hippopotamus puppet bath dollar store
* conclusion of puppet
* brickhouse betty stolen by the puppet
* mate, darn and make puppets
This last one was searched (sought?) for today – and in all of Google, my blog is at the top of the list for it.

Subheading 2 – Also “Poems”
* poems about been thankful for employees
* poems about Woodticks
And the best poem search . ..
* Revenge poems that rythme with Debbie
Any luck with that one, I wonder?

Subheading 3 – Um . . . what?
* we can see speckles in a piece of granit
* what did Friday’s moon look like?
* Inverse Cinematics – Pet Legs mix 1
* monumental teepee
* policing for God
* what happens to a person in a submarine

Subheading 4 – My Favorite
* deer god my kids are disrespectful

A few questions arise from this one, to wit:
Is it a cry for help or just a rhetorical exclamation?
What did his/her kids do to provoke such an outburst?
Is that a misspelling or did the searcher really hope to invoke the help of a lesser-known pagan deer god?

1. (To get it out of the way) You make a list about lists.

2. You sometimes add things to job list after you have done them just to have the satisfaction of crossing it off.

3. Some of the items on your list are notes to add things to other lists.

4. You have list file that you edit and print out every week.

5. Or two.

6. Your weekend list actually has 5 sublists.

7. You are aware, at the end of the day, how many items you crossed off your list.

8. Sometimes you tell others of this accomplishment.

9. And you are slightly annoyed when they don’t share in your enthusiasm about it.

10. You use multiple colors to highlight the crossed off items.

11. You have a category on your blog called lists.

10 Bad Excuses For Not Disciplining A Disobedient Child

1. “I’m really busy”
2. “I don’t want to ruin a special evening/day/event.”
3. “I didn’t give him a second warning”
4. “I don’t want to get up from this chair”
5. “She didn’t hear me”
6. “We’re eating”
7. “It’s not going to work.”
8. “Disobeying isn’t that big of a deal.”
9. “If anyone sees me do it, it will be tantamount to admitting that my child isn’t sinless.”
10. “Maybe Solomon was wrong when he wrote those things about child-raising.”

25 things about Jamsco’s Christmas

1. Our family drove to beautiful Arkansas for Christmas

2. To get there we drove through a Wind/Snow Storm in Iowa.

3. We counted 81 cars in the ditch.

4. Two of them were upside down.

5. My wife saw a car out of control going down the highway sideways – it managed to stop while still on the road and kept going.

6. Arkansas is the “Natural State”.

7. We climbed around the woods of the Ozark mountains, jumped over creeks, and climbed rocky paths.

8. Our kids had fun with their cousins.

9. Twelve kids from two families (ours and theirs) age 2 to 11.

10 They slept in two bedrooms. Boys in one room, girls in the other.

11. We sang lots of Christmas carols not just because the adults wanted to, but because the kids kept asking

12. I turned 40 on Christmas day.

13. I received a Birthday card handmade by my 5 year old niece.

14. We ate tomales cooked in corn husks – and I, a big baby from the Midwest who eschews foreign food, liked them.

15. This is a traditional meal for Christmas eve for my brother in law.

16. He’s an MK from Honduras.

17. We drank fresh cow’s milk.

18. . . . and ate homemade ice cream

19 . . .  and homemade Caramel popcorn sweetened with real maple syrup

20 . . .  and homemade cranberry rolls.

21. We had our 78th picnic of the year (breaking last year’s record by 1!) on an island in the creek.

22. On the way home God protected our family on the way home by alerting us to a very bad tire – with a three inch in diameter gash of open tread – before it went flat.

23. We also drove through fog so thick that to find an exit (when I wanted to get off the highway to clean off the windows) I had to find a spot where the white line on the side of the road bent off to the right.

24. Throughout the week we thanked God for His incarnation and explained it more fully to our kids.

25. I love Christmas.

6 Famous People Pairs Who I (sometimes inexplicably) Get Mixed Up (or use to):

1. Matthew Broderick and Michael J Fox
 Okay, let’s see, is that the Ferris Bueller guy or the Back to the Future guy?

2. Daryl Hannah and Kim Basinger

3. Sally Field and Debra Winger

4. Melanie Griffith and Meg Ryan
 I actually lost a pizza bet with my brother on this one.

5. Martin Short and Rick Moranis

6. Bernadette Peters and Carole Kane

Who do you get mixed up?

Our group at work volunteered to make chili for the United Way Chili Contest and they left it to me to come up with a name. This got me thinking. . . .

Top Ten Rejected Chili Team Names

(And yes, we decided from the outset that that the name, whatever it was, would have an exclamation point after it – for extra oomph)

10. Store-bought Chili!

9. UW_CHIL_SCPA_FR! (Our Data Field Engineer verified that our name didn’t have to be standardized database compliant)

8. Toe-Tappin’ Chili! (would have been a great name, up until a month ago – leave it to a senator to ruin a perfectly good title)

7. Head-Explodingly Hot Chili! (Rejected when our documentation expert noted that adverbs (which is what ‘head-explodingly’ is, apparently) usually modify verbs (which ‘hot’ is not)

6. Machu Pichu Chili! (Oops, sorry that’s a rejected Chile team name)

5. Parameter Management Update: Loop and Supermarket Calculator (LSC) and CSL Optimizer Tools Chili! (name already taken, and Joe isn’t on our team) <This is in reference to this>

4. OJ’s ‘If I made it’ Chili! (again, recent events have rendered this less usable)

3. We Got The Iraq War Vet – Vote For Us! Chili!
(Scott was personally sickened – Sickened! – that someone would suggest playing the support-your-troops patriotism card in this manner)

2. Qlikmark Chili! (we didn’t want to have to put our chili through the Satellite System) <Okay, this is very inside>

And the Number One Rejected Chili Team Name:
Midwest Chili! Now With Even Less Chili Powder!

And by the way, yes, I work in Corporate America. Didn’t you know?

. . . made by people which enabled them to find the Responsible Puppet:

* Return of the Jedi sermon

* Curiously Inconsistent Pirates * Puppets sermons for Labor day

* Steal gas from dispenser (I am not proud that this one found my blog)

* Bible: Saying what nobody dares to say

* I want to see the old PetsMart commercial

* How to build fishing electroshock equipment

* If I could climb a ladder up to heaven

* Likeness between Friday everythung chang
* Likeness between Friday everything chang
(Yes, both found its way here)

* You ask me why I chose the glass of wine

* Recycled material robots for kids

* Meat Bazookas Hams

* Salty looking spots appearing on my bric
(Hmmmm. . . . I hope that word is ‘Bricks’)

Make no mistake – the JamFam kids have toys. Thanks (and we are thankful) to the many gifts from Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles, our kids have never lacked Legos, dolls, Bionicles, cars, planes, tinker toys (just to name a few) to play with.


So it is with a certain amount of bemusement that we often find our kids playing with (and making big projects out of) household items that have original usages that are not kid oriented. And I know that my kids are not in any way unique in this respect. It makes one wonder if toys are a necessity.


Anyway, in case you are interested, here are –


16 Non Toy Items that our kids have used as toys:



Twisty Ties


Paper Plates and Cups

Paper clips

Big cardboard boxes

Leftover Material from Sewing projects


Cardboard flat pieces

My Recycled office paper (for reasons other than drawing)



Tin Cans





What notable household items do your kids play with?


Did I miss any?

. . . for a total of 116!

 1. I am not just a list guy as a blogger, I’m a list guy with my life. Every week I print out two complex, multi-column lists: one for work and one for home.
2. But I am not so fond of schedules.
3. This bugs my wife.
4. We just finished watching “Stranger Than Fiction” – it has a unique plot and has some interesting things to say . . . or at least ask.
5. Just finished reading “Children of Hurin” by Tolkien
6. It is a dark and tragic story.
7. This week I heard my daughters singing the song that our eldest made up.
8. I jog two miles two times a week.
9. Even though I have been trying to increase my speed, I am not very fast. Today’s time for the two miles: 17:25.
10. Before May of this year, I had never done more than (I’m guessing) 10 push ups in one sitting.
11. On Memorial Day of this year, I did four pushups and every day after that for 41 days I increased by one. Since then I have done 45 pushups everyday.
12. I was inspired to do this by a guy in my small group who does 90 pushups every day.
13. Since I got married, my weight has never been more than more than 10 pounds over my wedding weight (206 lbs).
14. Today my weight was 209.6.
15. I disagree with the idea that Television is low quality; there are excellent shows on every night.
16. Nevertheless, I think there are better uses of your time.
17. I have never tasted beer. I say this with some pride and some shame.
18. I have never smoked
19. I have never gambled with real money.
20. But I have won money with state lottery scratch games twice. (I found them on the ground, unscratched).
21. I put the period after the close parenthesis in the last sentence purposefully. The mathematician in me thinks it is a more accurate way of punctuating it.
22. One of my superpowers is to be able to name a pop song heard on the radio very quickly.
23. I promise to never use this superpower for evil purposes.
24. I am right handed, except for shaving. I don’t know why.
25. I think “The Fugitive” is a pretty good movie.
26. I think you can tell a great deal about a person from looking at their music collection and their bookshelf.
27. I generally look at these two items in every house I’m in, where available.
28. At work, I’m a database guy.
29. Despite my work in information technology, we don’t own a cell phone,
30. . . . Our means to the web at home is a regular phone line,
31. . . . I have never listened to an iPod,
32. . . . I have never sent a text message, and
33. . . . I don’t really know what a blackberry is.
34. I like my work and try not to take the fact that I have a good, fairly well-paying and enjoyable career for granted.
35. I don’t really like coffee and I don’t think I’ve had more than 5 cups in my life.
36. Neither my wife nor I like watermelon.
37. That last sentence originally had the word ‘or’ in it, but Word suggested ‘nor’ so I’m going for it.
38. My method of determining the quality of music is selfish and subjective: If it makes me want to sing along with it, it is good. If it makes me want to turn it way up in the car and sing along with it at the top of my lungs, it is great.
39. I think that one of the coolest album covers is Styx’s ‘Paradise Theatre’
40. I started this list about a month ago.
41. I don’t Glorify God enough.
42. It is not a big enough goal of mine to Glorify God.
43. Nevertheless, it is my continuing prayer (almost daily) that people will think good things about God because of things our family does.

12 Questions One Might Ask Themselves When They Are Thinking About Buying Something 

(In our consumer culture, we all have plenty of motivations to buy stuff. Here are some checks which have the goal of motivating to decide to not buy it.) 

  1. If it is top of the line, can you get something with 90% of the value at one third the price?
  2. If you make this purchase, will it alienate your friends who don’t have as many resources as you?
  3. If you put off this purchase for a month (or two months, or half a year) will it hurt?
  4. Will this purchase enable you to better glorify God?
  5. It is decent for you to want yourself (or your home or your car) to look reasonably put together, but are you making this purchase to help you look stylish, or ahead of the curve?
  6. If it is replacing something, is the something still functional?
  7. If it is new, could you buy it used?
  8. How much long term joy will this give you?
  9. How much long term utility will this give you?
  10.  Is this purchase likely to bring you into temptation to sin?
  11. If you don’t buy it, do you think it likely that you will regret it?
  12. If you do buy it, do you think it likely that you will regret it?

And now I hear the slightly miffed rejoinder coming back to me –

 Alright, Jamsco. What, now you are a financial adviser? I can buy the idea that you have six kids and thus might have something interesting to say about parenting, but what makes you the expert on spending? 

To this I don’t really have a response, except to say that like so many other things I post, I just want to get it out of my head. You may disregard at will.

I have found that it is wise to consider trusting an idea that comes from two relatively non-connected sources. My wife and my Mom, for example, don’t always agree, so when I am undecided on a decision we are trying to make, and both of them have an opinion, and they agree with each other, I am relieved. Because if they agree with each other, it’s a pretty good bet that they are right.

Another example of this is when Debbie and I were newly married, within a few weeks two former roommates of mine (both who knew me well but didn’t really know each other) both commented that I was a person who rarely complained. (This was 12 years ago, mind you.) Sometimes a person is unsure whether to trust a compliment. This time, because it came from two sources, I trusted it. So did my wife and I was grateful for their words.*

The flip side of this is when two disparate sources think you are wrong. This means it’s time to reconsider and it happened to me on Monday after my post about less important activities.

Marie, generally a thoughtful person, commented, cordially, but her message was clear: I was mistaken. Okay. Hmmm. I wrote a quick rebuttal and hoped it would help me stop wondering if I had written an unwise post. Nope.

So I walked over and showed the post and the comments to BlaChr, who never has any qualms about stating that I am crazy and nor did he, in this case, show any hesitancy to state that this was a wrong-minded post. (He took especially exception to the personal hygiene items on the list, to wit: “Why you gotta hate on being clean?”) (And he suggested one that I had missed: Video Games)


So I brought it home and showed it to my wife who was, I state with zero pride, somewhat angered by my post. She would like me to make it clear, for example, that she has our kids dust once a week, and she does iron and we do vacuum more than once every half year. Indeed, now that I think about it, I vacuumed on Saturday.

I’d like to hide behind the idea that I was intentionally overt exaggerating (like you do) and that the astute reader would know this, but (at least) three usually astute readers didn’t enjoy the post’s subtle humor. To say the least.

So . . . what to do now? I think I can say that my main point is still valid: There are things that people do that keep them from doing more important things. But maybe I was a bit overzealous.

So, how’s this for a new list?:

6 Time-users which, if you do one of them, (in Jamsco’s Opinion, but he in no way thinks this list is universal, complete or decisive) (and he readily admits that he wastes his time regularly (and perhaps if anyone reading this would care to comment with some additions to the list, maybe he, too, would be forced to rethink his priorities a little)) should, perhaps, cause you to pause and wonder if doing the thing less will enable you to glorify God in a more real way:

1. You play video games, like, a lot.
2. You wash your car more than once a week (with an exemption if you live in a really dusty environment)
3. You watch more than, say . . . 5 hours of TV a week.
4. You golf.
5. You read fame magazines.
6.  You dust more than once every half day.

But I don’t know. Is 6 enough to make a list worth reading?

* Guys, if you want to do a friend a favor, make nice comments about him within earshot of the girl he is trying to impress.

10 Ways to Know If You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands*

  1. You weed-wack.
  2. You wash your car.
  3. You watch more than, say . . . 5 hours of TV a week.
  4. You golf. 
  5. You dust more than once every half year.
  6. You vacuum more than once every half year.
  7. You read fame magazines.
  8. You iron your clothes.
  9. You take a shower every day.
  10. You give your kid a bath more than twice a week.

Any suggestions? Do you think I should put fishing here? Things I should take off this list?

 If you discover, using this handy list, that you do indeed have too much time on your hands, consider helping out people with fewer resources, or at your church. Or consider adopting or going on a short term missions trip. 

* and no, I’m not going to put anything about blogging here. Too obvious, too self-deprecating and I don’t really agree.


* and no, I didn’t try to make #4 appear to stand out like it does there. Just one of the many random formatting changes made randomly by this blogging software, at random.

Last week I mentioned that we go on a lot of picnics (now 41 this year so far. Tonight 42!). Here are some things we have learned.

26 Suggestions For Going On Picnics:

1. National Parks are typically really good locations. They often have lots of space and a sense of grandeur.

2. State Parks are great, as well, assuming you have a state with good parks. Like Minnesota.

3. But . . . don’t eschew City, County or Regional parks.  Some are very impressive.

4. Have a designated picnic bag/basket with the stuff in it (napkins, plastic utensils, small first aid kit) that a picnic may require. In this bag make sure you have –

5. Closed bottles for everyone (different color so the kids know which one is theirs) which don’t spill if they are tipped over.

6. Have a designated picnic blanket in your car at all times. This makes it so you don’t require a picnic table.

7. Get a toothpaste holder to hold a small knife to cut cheese or fruit.

8. Always bring wet wipes.

9. Bad weather is the only reason to eat Subway at the restaurant. Go find a park.

10. But speaking of bad weather, don’t let it stop you – think outside the box. Big shelters when it’s raining, coats when it’s chilly, shade and lake breeze when it’s hot.  As you might expect in Minnesota, we generally don’t picnic in January and February, but by March we start getting antsy and the first low fifties sunny day we are out.

11. And speaking of Subway – feel free to think outside the box with what you can eat on a picnic. We have enjoyed a classic fried chicken meal, but we have also had chicken pot pie, homemade pizza and Burger King Whoppers on a picnic.

12. Looking for a lesser-known picnic destination? Have you considered geocaching? One of the better benefits from this hobby is that cache-placers generally know the region they live in and they know the unique places to visit. Just this weekend we found an area in Minneapolis hidden down by the historical mills along the Mississippi (yes, it is our 21st spot on that river)  that we have been near many times but only learned about because someone place a cache there.

13. On a long driving trip? Long trip lunches are for picnics. Get out and really stretch your legs.

14. Do you have young kids? Look for a park with a playground.

15. On the other hand, don’t feel like you require a playground. Go for a nature walk, or read to your kids, or find a geocache.

16. And don’t forget the football, baseball gloves, Frisbee or croquet.

17. Also if you have kids, consider leaving them at home and go on a picnic date. Pick up take out.

18. Are there any historical markers around? Instant social studies lesson!

19. Are you going to be in Grand Marais on Minnesota’s North shore of Lake Superior? Read this.

20. My eight year old son suggested I remind you: Stay together, so you don’t get lost.

21. My kids also wanted me to say that everyone can help carry the food, blanket and other supplies from the car to the picnic spot.

22. Find a park that you like near your home? Make it a yearly tradition.

23. Is your home dining situation too small to have guests over? Invite them on a picnic in between your homes.

24. Are you going to be at the Devil’s tower in Wyoming? Read this.

25. Or how about Moscow?

26. Make sure you take a look around where you are and enjoy the beauty that God has created. Give thanks to him. If you get a chance, lay back and relax on your blanket or on green grass. This is especially appropriate on a Sunday afternoon.

Any other suggestions?

10 1980s Pop Songs which do a good job of revealing (intentionally or unintentionally) the sinful nature of man (in no particular order):


Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana

Eagles – Hotel California

Eagles – Life in the Fast Lane

John Lennon – Imagine

Billy Joel – Only the Good Die Young

J Geils Band – Centerfold

George Michael – I Want Your Sex

Huey Lewis – Jacob’s Ladder

Madonna – . . . . okay, every 80’s Madonna song does this

John Cougar – Lover That Won’t Drive Me Crazy


Am I missing any? (Of course I am . . . )

All honest prayer is good. But some kinds require more belief, or a different kind of trust in order to pray them.  

1. Praying for something which, if the prayer is granted, you will never know it.           

     Several years ago, I prayed out loud for an ambulance as it was driving by with flashing lights and siren (Prayer for wisdom for the caregivers, peace and healing for the patient.) Since then, we cannot see an ambulance without one of my kids telling me that I should pray. So I always do. And we will never know any details about what happens to the people in the ambulance. 

2. Praying for someone who doesn’t know that you are praying for them

     I think there is great value in telling someone who is going through some difficult ordeal that you are praying for them. But I fear that there are times when, in my mind, this is the only value. I think it is wise to try not telling them and see if we are still inspired to pray, not just for the nice feeling that someone will think well of us because we are praying for them. 

3. Praying for something which, if the prayer is granted, will make your life harder           

     That your missionary calling will be confirmed, that the adoption will go through, that you get the tough job, that you will be broken of some sin.         

4. Praying for something that is unlikely to happen (The Obvious One)    

     It’s easy to pray “That I will do my best on my finals” (but like I say, it’s still good to pray for this) It is less easy to pray for healing for a man who has been given 3 months to live.                       

5. Praying for something about an event that has already happened.   

     This one I think is a bit controversial. Let’s say you get an email from a missionary who sent it on Friday, asking for specific prayer for a big Christian evangelism outreach meeting on Saturday. But you don’t get it until Monday. The meeting has already happened, but, as a Calvinist/hyper-compatibleist I think it is still wise to pray for it, because God, who is in some way outside of time, will know about the prayer and use it just as he would use the prayer that had been made before the meeting. My thought, though, is that an Arminian, or at least an open theist, wouldn’t think this to be wise, because, God doesn’t know what you’re going to pray, so how can he use it? Comments? 

Any suggestions for other extra faith requiring prayer types?

13 Promises from a Father to his 6 Kids* (under the age of 10**)


1.  I will point you to God and his glory.

2.  Despite my repeated statements that life isn’t fair I will nevertheless try to be fair and explain myself when you don’t think I am.

3.  I will remember that tickling can be abuse. If you want me to stop, tell me and I will. If you want me never to tickle you, tell me and I won’t.

4.  I will not shame you. If my laughter at your behavior bothers you, tell me and I will stop.

5.  I will avoid saying bad things about you to others.

6.  I will consider what is in your heart, not just your actions, when I consider whether (or how much or in what way) to discipline you and what you should learn from the situation.

7.  I will not expect you to be like your brother or sister.

8.  I will recognize and point out when you do something well.

9.  I will be reasonably discrete in the way that I discipline you.

10.  I will bring you into life experiences that enrich your knowledge of life.

11.  I will expect more from you tomorrow than I did yesterday.

12.  I will pray for you and expect miracles.

13. You will not want for food, shelter, clothing or safety nor will you experience too much convenience. 


Any suggestions?


* I should be careful here – I don’t want to make it sound like I always do this. Many of these are things that I am constantly working on. But this title sounds more catchy than “12 things that as a parent I think I should do, and want you (my children) to have confidence that I will do, but please don’t consider me to be a liar if I fall down on one of these every once in awhile, which is probably going to happen.”

** My thought is that these might change over time? But some of you know that better than me.

When considering how to spend your free time, choose something that:

1. Is relatively inexpensive.

2. Creates something.

3. Doesn’t take you away from your spouse and our children (assuming you’re married) for long periods (like days or weekends).

4. Is mentally healthy, challenging and encouraging.

5. Is legal, ethical and not sinful.

6. Helps you relieve stress.

7. Something that you could do with your spouse and children.

8. Glorifies God.


Happily, blogging can fit all of these.


Any suggestions?

. . . About Jamsco 

 (idea blatantly stolen from Steve – every blogger should do this)

1. For the first 35 years of my life I lived in 6 different towns, but always within a 6 mile square radius.

2. I’m not super proud of this.

3. I graduated in the top ten percent of my high school class.

4. I don’t know what to think about Evolutionism vs. Straight Creationism

5. Same thing with Global Warming

6. I’m a Baptist

7. I think my Primary Goal should be to Glorify God

8. I pray that God will make this more and more my primary desire.

9. Favorite book: Lord of the Rings

10. I try to read all of Clancy, Crichton, Beale and Grisham

11. Not proud of this either (mainly the Clancy part)

12. Of those four Crichton is best.

13. 3 books that made my heart pound while I was reading them: Clancy – Sum of All fears

14. . . . Beale – The World in Shadow 

15. . . . and Crichton – Disclosure

16. Last week, for the first time, I was able to see the bald spot on the back of my head in the mirror. Great!

17. Favorite Author – C.S. Lewis

18. Favorite C.S. Lewis Book: Screwtape

19. I’m not a sports guy.

20. During the school year I teach First Graders at our church’s Wed. Night Activities

21. I am writing a novel.

22. I don’t know if I will ever finish it.

23. Reading right now: Cryptonomicon by Stephenson

24. Coolest internet tool: Google Earth

25. I weigh five to ten pounds over my wedding weight

26. We (thanks to my wife’s work) eat a lot of natural foods

27. . . . Including Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

28. . . . And Raw (non homogenized, non pasteurized) milk

30. . . . And Only Maple Syrup (A gallon a month) or Honey for sweetener

31. . . . And forget Cold Cereal

32. I met my wife in a Christian College’s Choir.

33. It’s a good place to meet a spouse

34. I was a tenor, now I’m a baritone

35. She’s a soprano

36. Actually I was always a baritone, but they always need more tenors

37. We paid off our first home in less than seven years.

38. Not so our second home.

39. We just got a quarter cow and it is frozen in our freezer.

40. On Oct 21, 2007 the ages of our kids will be 4,5,6,7,8 and 9

41. My wife wants more

42. A family of 8 eats on average a dozen eggs a day.

43. On Oct 21, 2017 the ages of our kids will be 14,15,16,17,18 and 19

44. I fear how many eggs we’ll eat then.

45. I play the Piano, the Tuba and the Ukulele

46. Pretty much the only TV we watch is “The Office”

47. Kirk or Picard? Picard, of course. Less Swagger, More Subtlety

48. Star Wars or Star Trek: Don’t make me pick.

49. In high school I listened much to Supertramp and ELO

50. These days I buy every Weird Al CD

51. I considered it somewhat of a failing that I like secular music over Christian music

52. I am currently in a 40-Day No secular music (except classical) fast

53. I’ve been to two big name concerts: Supertramp and U2 (Joshua Tree)

54. My Dad died of cancer when I was in fifth grade

55. My mom remarried – now she and my New Dad have been married 26 years.

56. Our family likes picnicking – we’ve picnicked in 8 different states

57. Two Favorite Vacation Spots: Black Hills and North Shore of Superior

58. I like blizzards (both weather and DQ dessert).

59. Favorite Book of the Bible: Ephesians? James? Job?

60. I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science

61. If you’re in the Twin Cities and you see a blue suburban with 8 fish on the back, it’s us.

62. As far as I can remember, I’ve never told a flat out lie in my life.

63. My Birthday is Christmas Day

64. I like DQ cake better than regular cake

65. Current Favorite Verse: 1 Peter 2:9-10“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . .”

66. Beatles, Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin? Beatles

67. Although I might have gone with RS or LZ . . . if I liked a single one of their songs.

68. Although “Shattered” is halfway decent.

69. Your God (the way you think of him) is too small.

70. Your God (the way he really is) is infinitely good.

71. Any sin against him is infinitely bad.

72. Any infinitely good being is worthy of praise.

73. So praise him.

1. Think about the words you’re singing

2. After: Talk about things you liked about the service.

3. Join a small group

4. Make sure you are going to a church with biblical teaching

5. Before: Pray that God will show himself to you.

6. Consider that the God you are singing about deserves all the glory

7. Look around – all of those people have been forgiven of all their sins or can be if they just ask.

8. Remember that when you belong to the Church you are a part of a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession”

9. Take notes on the sermon

10. Go to Sunday School

11. Before: Find out what songs you’re going to be singing and look at the words.

12. Invite church people over for dinner

13. After: Ask your kids what they learned

14. Volunteer in the nursery once, or twice . . . or three times.

15. Complain about your church less

16. Find a way to use your gifts as a service to God

17. Sing loud.

18. Before: Pray that God will be glorified.

19. Give a tithe or more.

20. Remember that all of the epistles were written to churches or leaders in churches

21. Be a part of the children’s ministry

22. After: Think about how you should change your life based on the sermon or the scripture that was read.

23. Cast your burdens on the Lord

24. Remember – Your God is sovereign.

25. Remember that even if you have nothing else in common with they guy next to you, if you are both Christians, you have the most important thing in common with him – You are both children of God.

26. Mention a prayer request.

27. Bring a meal to new parents or to a family with a member in cancer treatment.

28. Greet a stranger.

29. Remember that Paul commands us to rejoice in the Lord always. Twice.



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