Monthly Archives: November 2013

Today’s ( Friday ) Posts ( Until next Week’s blogging )

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LDS bishop dresses as homeless man to teach lesson
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
Airport chaplains
Ronald Reagan’s Son: ‘I’m Not Afraid to Burn in Hell’
No at times is a good word
Black Friday

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LDS bishop dresses as homeless man to teach lesson

At least five people asked David Musselman to leave the church property in Taylorsville, some gave him money and most were indifferent.

He said he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his congregation a lesson about compassion. To make his appearance more convincing, he contacted a Salt Lake City makeup artist to transform his familiar face to that of a stranger not even his family recognized.

“The main thing I was trying to get across was we don’t need to be so quick to judge,” Musselman told KUTV-TV (http://bit.ly/1gkeZMw ).

He received varied reactions to his appearance at church, he said.

“Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn’t even make eye contact,” he told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1aYkBtP ). “I’d approach them and say, `Happy Thanksgiving.’ Many of them I wouldn’t ask for any food or any kind of money, and their inability to even acknowledge me being there was very surprising.”

The reaction that touched Musselman the most was from children.

“I was impressed by the children. I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more,” he said.
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“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Sometimes the smallest notion can create magic.

The 1973 animated special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ” was based on a “very simple idea,” said the show’s producer Lee Mendelson. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, “said I wonder what it would be like if kids did Thanksgiving dinner and the chaos that would ensue. That is what it is all about.”

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” premiered on CBS on Nov. 20, 1973, and has been a staple on TV ever since. (The classic Charlie Brown animated specials moved to ABC in 2001.) In fact, last year, the special drew its largest audience in four years.
( The recipe for ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ )

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Airport chaplains

ATLANTA (AP) – The Rev. Frank Colladay Jr. stood at the end of the gate waiting. On the arriving plane was a passenger whose husband had just died of a heart attack on another flight. Her name was Linda Gilbert. The two had never met before.

Colladay’s parish happens to be the world’s busiest airport. His flock consists of people passing through who might need comfort, spiritual advice, or someone to pray with.

On this day, a traumatized Gilbert needed even more. Colladay guided her through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, drove her in his silver Ford Fusion to the medical examiner to see her husband’s body and arranged for a flight home for both of them.
“He didn’t say a whole lot. But just his presence being there, it just felt comforting and reassuring,” Gilbert says. “I didn’t know that airports have chaplains.”

Most people don’t.

Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide – Roman Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

The positions are highly sought-after and considered glamorous, with chaplains saying they love the excitement and unpredictability of airports.

The job is unlike other church assignments. There isn’t a permanent congregation. No baptisms, weddings or funerals. Instead, airport chaplains preach to a crowd that is transient by nature.

Trust must be earned quickly. There’s little time for small talk. Everybody is rushing to catch a flight.

“You only get one chance to impress them; one chance to help them,” says Bishop D.D. Hayes, a non-denominational pastor at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. “Many times, we touch lives we never see again.”
( Airport chaplains let fliers connect with heavens )

Ronald Reagan’s Son: ‘I’m Not Afraid to Burn in Hell’

Ron Reagan, an outspoken atheist and the son of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, has recorded a radio advertisement for a major atheist organization, saying in the commercial that he is “not afraid of burning in hell.”

The advertisement is for the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF], a nonprofit atheist activist group that promotes the separation of church and state. “I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government,” Reagan said in the radio advertisement that has been airing on “The Randi Rhodes Show” radio program for the past month.

( Billy’s thoughts – Lets hope Ron will one day follow his father example and turn to the living God. Read more of the above story right here. )

No at times is a good word

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Black Friday

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Today’s ( Thanksgiving Day 2013 ) Posts

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Truly Heart-Warming Video: Fifth Grade Football Team Defends Bullied Water Boy
The Founders Would Not Be Thankful For These 10 Things
College Students Attempt & Fail To Tell The Story of Thanksgiving
Is the UK Church in dire trouble ?
Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789
God created the first phone
Bless the Lord ( Thanksgiving Day 2013 )

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Truly Heart-Warming Video: Fifth Grade Football Team Defends Bullied Water Boy

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The Founders Would Not Be Thankful For These 10 Things

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