Life Savers

One of my favorite stories my parents used to tell me is the time my dad took my mom ‘sparking’ on a date.  Being the science nerd he is (I’m proud to say my geekiness is inherited) he took her up into the mountains, popped a wintergreen Life Saver into his mouth and proceeded to bite down on it in order to give off tiny flashes of light.  Romantic, right? If you’ve never tried this, you really should.  It’s one of those amazing things that happen in everyday life.  It’s a process...
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Looking for Gold

A while back my kids decided that they wanted to collect a coin from every country on the planet.  It seemed like a fun activity, especially because we could learn a little geography together.  We headed off to the local coin shop and each kid would pay a quarter to pick a world coin from a bucket.  We’d go home, figure out where the coin was from and put a little star on our map.  But after a few trips I realized that this would end up requiring a lot of time and money if we were actually g...
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Finding God and the Messiah

In this inspiring 9 minute video a Jewish man tells how he sought God, and in finding Him he also found that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews have long sought.  His quest started when he embarked on an odyssey that took him from Buffalo to southern Oregon to Mexico to San Francisco, and back to Oregon.  Searching all along the way, he truly fulfilled the words of the song, "If with all your heart ye truly seek me, Ye shall ever surely find me."  And he found two life-long and dearest friends a...
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I’m Having Another Moment

As I was saying (A Moment of Epiphany) yesterday, those moments of epiphany don’t come along very often. They are gifts, in my opinion. You’re lucky if you get one of them in your lifetime – at least that’s the way it has been with me, and I’m very grateful for getting that one moment. I’ve often wondered if everyone gets them. I suppose everyone does, but possibly for different reasons. I had a friend tell me he knew he was going to be a doctor from a very young age, and he set his c...
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A Moment of Epiphany

I remember it like it was yesterday. The first time I was struck by a piece of art. It was like ringing a bell, and it has been reverberating ever since. I was a sophomore in High School and was at my friend Tom’s house. He had a copy of a catalog of graphic works by the Bakersfield College art students. The piece he showed me was by the brother of another friend of mine. It was a pencil drawing of such incredible detail that it looked like a photograph. I couldn’t believe that someone I ...
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