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Tapestry: Lenten fast is not ‘punishment’ but means of spiritual growth
“Why don’t the followers of Jesus fast?” wondered the disciples of John the Baptist. Since then, questions about fasting — refraining from certain types of food or any food — have abounded. Why do Christians fast? What benefits does fasting have? Why do Christians fast during Lent — the 40 days before Easter? Some scoff at the whole idea of prescribed fasting, which for Orthodox Christians means eating no animal p...
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The secret's out
This has been a great week to walk the dogs early in the morning. The tide has been out, giving us some beautiful beach time on Mission Beach. Our little dog, Smidgeon, checks out every strip of kelp because she just knows there are some treasures there to eat. The people may tidepool for treasures, but she scavenges the scraps that the seagulls have somehow missed. Our chocolate lab rushes across the sand and spl...
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: An act of grace
The old adage says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We have all seen pictures taken by great photographers that give credence to that thought. Right here in Kodiak, we have some great photographers whose pictures are shared on the walls of the Fly-By from time to time by the Arts Council. Sometimes those pictures are shared by the Chamber of Commerce or Discover Kodiak on printed media or online. Sometimes ...
Apr 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Former Kodiak resident involved with prison ministry
Statistics can be discouraging to those who want to make a difference in the lives of prisoners. As former Kodiak resident, David Phillips, ministers to prisoners at the Palmer Correctional Center, he’s aware that 75 percent of those who are incarcerated return to prison. He finds another statistic that is encouraging: faith-based programs, such as the one he is involved with, have only a 35 percent rate of recidi...
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The Mold Of Sin
My wife and I are in Angoon this week as part of a six-member team that is clearing out some buildings in preparation for a contractor to arrive and assess for repairs. This has been a most interesting week. Our weather has been typical Kodiak weather. One day it began overcast, turned windy, rained, hailed, snowed several times, and closed clear and calm. The buildings have been vacant and without heat since 2004...
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Wine-tasting event will raise funds for memorial site
The other day, Dodi Cobban asked me if I’d like to buy tickets for the upcoming Fishermen’s Wives wine-tasting party and dessert auction. How could I turn her down? She slapped the tickets in front of me, but before I could reach for my pocket book, I asked Cobban and her friends, Wanda Jentry and Barbara Burch, to tell me about the organization which they’ve participated in for many years. By the time they answer...
Apr 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Packing for a journey
My wife and I are getting ready for another journey. We will be traveling to Petersburg for the Southeast Alaska Congress, a large gathering of all of the Salvation Army units in the Southeast. That tradition has been going on with The Salvation Army since before Alaska was a state. After Congress, we will be traveling to Angoon with four other Salvation Army officers to get the property there ready to reopen this...
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Tapestry: Easter celebration is climax of most important week in history
Protestant and Catholic Christians are observing what they believe is the most important week in history. The week began with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and a crowd exuberantly shouting “Hosanna, in the Highest” as they threw palm branches in His path. Several days later, on Good Friday, the masses cried “Crucify Him!” But the passion, betrayal, denial, torture and death of this darkest week in hist...
Mar 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Salvation demands a verdict
We all know how Facebook works. Somebody posts something we like and everybody else shares it. Pastor Elmore of Frontier Baptist Church shared the photo, and I followed suit. It was a picture of an empty tomb and the caption read, “Christmas was the promise. Easter is the proof.” Some who liked and shared it from my posting were other pastors. Some were family. Some were just friends. It’s easy to share Christian ...
Mar 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Kodiak shows up for Roy Madsen’s 90th birthday
Kodiak showed up in force Saturday at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center to wish 90-year-old Roy Madsen a happy birthday. The retired Superior Court judge, bear hunting guide and fisherman was congratulated by fishermen, pilots, honoraries of the bench, priests, enforcers of the law and even law breakers (reformed, that is.) Madsen’s long, rich life was depicted in life-sized photographs covering a wall, a slide ...
Mar 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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