Goodbye, Joey

Joey First (2)I had to say goodbye to a friend on February 4th. While I set about writing this memoir, I am aware that a great many people knew and loved him. We all said the same thing: natural causes or not, he left too soon. But while the world is poorer for his absence, heaven is richer. Blessings and fondest regards to the family and friends of Joseph Bendickson.

I met Joey around 5 years ago when I went into the Milwaukie Teen Challenge thrift store. He was a student working his way Continue reading

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Thinking it Through

thinker_flickrDisclaimer: If you are offended by rational examination of cultural hot button issues, this article isn’t for you. This discussion is intended to ask simple questions as well as examine  preconceived ideas and practical outcomes associated with homosexual behavior. Keep in mind that God loves everyone and willingly condemns no one. The purpose is to show the way to better health, wisdom and harmony. Continue reading

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The New Racism

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I’ve understood the new system for a number of years now, but I’ve never experienced it so directly. Continue reading

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Reflections on Psalm 119

Reflections on Psalm 119

I spoke with a friend recently about a persistent bout of the blues. She listened patiently, then suggested daily reading and journaling through Psalm 119. This was the result.   Continue reading

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Coffee Fast

COFFEE-TEA-TASTE-facebookSome time before the week is out, I plan to embark on a coffee fast. I am doing it in place of a food fast because the last several times I did food fasts, I experienced a great deal of weakness, lightheadedness, severe anxiety and was essentially worthless for any focused activity. So I’m fasting from coffee instead. Continue reading

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Unbroken

unbroken-pb“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Every once in a while, a book comes around that has it all ― adventure, romance, high suspense, life-and-death struggles, villains, heroes, redemption and panoramic scope. Unbroken, the 2010 bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, satisfies on all counts. It is at once a great feat of writing, a monumental story and a call to the transcendent. Continue reading

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The Job Principle

hopelessness_portrait_by_apalkin-d75pnb9Imagine you’re a real pessimist. Eeyore’s got nothing on you. You have to periodically fight through major depressive storms that are fueled by the conviction that you’re SCREWED. Period. You’re the only person on God’s green earth that he doesn’t love, who can hit one-in-a-trillion odds when it’s a bad thing, but who misses the sure thing when it’s something good. Continue reading

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