Doh! A Dear...

May 31, 2006
File this under the things 4 year olds say....

So the other night we're eating dinner, sans older child who was over at a friends. My wife asks me something and in the process refers to me as dear (always a good thing :)).

DD pops up and says "Daddy's not a deer! He's a husband!"

Ah, the things a young child can come up with. Today, coming home from daycare, she told me that she, for her birthday, wants a motorcycle...with training wheels. I can just see me at the local Harley shop. " you have any hogs with training wheels?" :)

And finally, in the Daddy's not ready for this category, we have the following conversation while brushing her hair after bath:

"When I grow up, I'll find a husband, go to a park and get married, like you guys."

(How she knows we got married at a park I have no idea...)

"Yes, we got married at a park. You weren't here yet."

"I wasn't born yet. You guys had to make me."

"Yes, we did."

"How did you make me?"


Phone update

May 30, 2006
I got my phone back!!!!! A nice lady named Dawn called me about 11:00 PM on Sunday night to let me know that her husband had found my phone on the MAX. Now, you may be thinking "But, wasn't your phone already found on the MAX on Friday?" And yes it was, and on Saturday it was pouring rain so I didn't run out to do errands, nor did I call the gal who had my phone (who called me late Friday night to let me know that she had almost left it at work and missed her bus because she went back to get it) ... but anyways! So, the first person to find it, for some unknown and unfathomable reason hauled it around with her on Sunday before I even called her or set up a time to pick up my phone. And maybe even on Saturday too, who knows.

Now, Sunday after church I called her and left a voicemail stating that I was out and about and please call me on my husband's cell phone so that I could come get mine. While we were at the Acapella concert, she called. Tim talked to her. She had lost my cell phone on the MAX (AGAIN! the first time being when I lost it). I couldn't believe it. So we called T-Mobile and had them suspend it (again), and I asked about how to get another one (we should have equipment protection on our phones) .... so I was more than thrilled to hear "Is this Annette?" and then "My husband found your cell phone on the MAX about 2 hours ago. Did you want to pick it up tonight or later in the week?" I practically squealed. I explained that it had been lost twice in almost as many days and yes I would come pick it up pronto! and yay! you live only 15 minutes from me!

So now I have my phone back. WHEW!

Acappella Concert

May 28, 2006

New look, new sound, new tour and now, NEW ALBUM!

The Acappella guys have been hard at work in the studio for the past few months, and now the time has come. Their new album, Radiance, is here! This album pays homage to the classic sound of Acappella and will take listeners back to the days when they first heard Acappella's distinctive harmonies and God-centered melodies. Radiance blends the guys' fresh sound and youthful charisma with the trademark sound of Acappella, making this an album that will appeal to fans of all ages. The songs themselves dive deep into scripture, many of them word-for-word from the text. This unique focus helps brings the listener into the very presence of God."
We're going to a concert!!! Not many people I know have heard of Acapella, but they are one of the best groups around. I've been listening to them since I was 14, when my dad bought their Sweet Fellowship CD. Criminal on the Cross still makes me tear up. Can't wait to hear what the new guys sound like.

Today's Misadventure

May 26, 2006

Well, today, I lost my cell phone.

At 9:06AM I know I had it because I was on the MAX, in the Tunnel and checked the time. When I got off the MAX, I put my hand in my pocket again to check the time and … no phone. Looked on the ground. Knew that I hadn't heard or felt it fall. Recalled seeing it poking out of my pocket as I read The Merchant of Vengeance … "Oh crap!" thunk I. I just left my cell phone on the MAX! At the tail end of rush hour. Oh great, oh great, oh great …. So, I get into work trying to fight a panic. We're almost full. 4 kids out of 6. Ok, can't call T-Mobile till later. I manage not to worry about it till about 11:30 when everyone is gone. I first call Tim to let him know that I have lost my cell phone and would he mind calling T-Mobile and Tri-Met for me?

After that I remember the number for Tri-Met (503-238-RIDE for any who care) and call myself, looking for Lost and Found. The fella on the phone tells me that he won't know anything till Monday. "Monday!!!!"  "Yeah, at the end of the day the drivers walk through and collect things that have been left, but we are closed on the weekend. You could try calling your phone."  Oh yeah, duh. "Thanks".

So, I called my phone, and the nicest lady answered, "Hello?" and I said "You have my phone!" all excited like, not accusatory. She replies, "Yes, you left it on the MAX", "I know" I say. She tells me where she works and that she doesn't get off till late and then I tell her that I work Downtown and get off early evening. She asks me to call again, on her cell phone so we can try to set up some way to get my phone back. And she's a T-Mobile customer too … she was comparing our phones.

Here's to hoping that I will have my phone back soon. Now to find the paper that I wrote her number on …. Damn my lousy memory.

Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler

Maneuvering in Space

May 25, 2006

Astronomy Picture of the Day

2006 May 22
See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.

Maneuvering in Space
Credit: STS-114 Crew, ISS Expedition 11 Crew, NASA

Explanation: What arm is 17 meters long and sometimes uses humans for fingers? The Canadarm2 aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Canadarm2 has multiple joints and is capable of maneuvering payloads as massive as 116,000 kilograms, equivalent to a fully loaded bus. Canadarm2 is operated by remote control by a human inside the space station. To help with tasks requiring a particularly high level of precision and detail, an astronaut can be anchored to an attached foot constraint. The arm is able propel itself end-over-end around the outside of the space station. Pictured above, astronaut Stephen Robinson rides Canadarm2 during the STS-114 mission of the space shuttle Discovery to the ISS in 2005 August. Space shuttles often deploy their own original version of a robotic arm dubbed Canadarm. Next year, a second robotic arm is scheduled to be deployed on the space station.

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May 22, 2006
This was cute today

Why men shouldn't take messages:
"Someone from the Gyna Colleges called. They said the Pabst Beer is fine. I thought you didn't like beer??" :)

New Feature

May 21, 2006
So, I noticed that some of my posts are kinda long, so I went looking through Blogger Hacks to see what could be done. I found one that works, however, every single post has "Read More!" (which I will eventuall change) at the end. Some posts are short, some are not. It's something for me to puzzle over (me, who hasn't done a lick of real coding in almost 4 years). So ... please bear with me and try not to get pissy about the read more. I will try to make it obvious (like breaking a sentence in half) as to which posts actually have more to read.

Thank you.


Servant Quarters

Gayle Erwin CaricatureJerry

The intensity in his voice foretold the nature of our phone conversation. When he determined that I was Gayle Erwin, he blurted out, “The Jesus Style is the most powerful book I know other than the Bible. It has changed my life. But I have a story to top that one.”

I waited, little knowing on that mid-August afternoon that his story would have us both crying before the conversation was over.

He continued, “I went on a ten-day Hawaii cruise and took your book to read again as a part of my morning devotions. In one of the ship lounges, I sat with my Bible open and The Jesus Style laying face-up beside me. An 84-year-old gentleman stopped as he walked by, pointed at your book, and asked, ‘What is that?’”

“I quickly explained that the book described Jesus. ‘Here, would you like to read it?’”

“I can’t read with my eyes like this at my age. Anyway, I am on a ‘goodbye’ cruise with my family. I sold everything I had to bring my family on this trip. The doctors gave me two months to live with my cancer, so I have paid for this cruise for all my family to say goodbye to them.”

“Will you let me read it to you?”

“Sure. Why not. I have been an alcoholic all my life. In fact, I plan to get so drunk I won’t even know I am on this boat. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to hear this.”

“So, for the next four mornings,I read the entire book to him. On the fifth morning, he accepted the Lord and asked Him to forgive his sins. I marveled at the timeliness of our meeting and thanked the Lord for the power of The Jesus Style to reach into his heart.”

However, the story had only begun.

On the flight home, as this 84-year-old sat beside his son, the son asked what had happened to him that he wasn’t drinking and was no longer so foul-mouthed. The father told him what had happened and brought out the copy of The Jesus Style that Jerry ultimately gave to him.

“What is it about?” the son asked.

“Here, read it for yourself,” the father replied as he handed the book to his son. By the end of the five-hour flight, the 57-year-old son had also begun his walk with the Lord.

But the story was not over.

The 57-year-old son had two sons in Georgia, who, like the rest of the family, lived as far away from Christ as they could. When the grandfather died three days after the cruise, they both accepted the Lord. He strongly urged them to go to a church in that town that was the same kind that the “Jerry” fellow went to. The Gospel quickly penetrated their lives.

Jerry interrupted this story to exclaim again how anointed he felt the book was. Then, he asked, “Do you have a few minutes? Would you like to hear my story?” He didn’t need to ask.

“I grew up as a Christ-hating pagan myself. My grandmother was the only godly woman I ever met other than my wife. I had a brother-in-law who was a strong Christian, but that was my only interface with Christianity. In fact, this brother-in-law told me once that God had revealed to him in a dream that I, Jerry, would become a Christian before he, my brother-in-law, died. To this, I only laughed.

“For twenty-five years my wife prayed for me every day, until the power of what the Holy Spirit was doing brought me to the crunching moment.

“Ten years ago, my brother-in-law lay in a coma on the hospital bed. Doctors said he would not live through the night. I sat beside him, holding his hand, remembering the prediction of his dream and feeling the incredible pull of the Holy Spirit.

‘“God, I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know what to say, but if you will take away my morphine habit and my other bad habits and let my brother-in-law die tonight, I will try to make the best Christian I can be.’ Peace settled across me. I noticed that tears had filled my brother-in- law’s eyes and I felt a squeeze from his hand. Twenty minutes later, my brother- in-law died.”

As Jerry continued our phone conversation, he tried to cover his choked-back tears by telling me he pulled off the freeway to call me, because he knew he couldn’t drive while telling me this.

“Now,” he continued, “I am a business man and I have noon- time Bible studies for anyone interested. We are using The Jesus Style and four of my employees have accepted Christ.”

However, the story still wasn’t over.

Back to the family of the 84-year-old man. At last count, 47 members of his family have begun to follow Jesus. All of this between July and December of 2005.

Somehow, I don’t think the story is over yet for that family or for Jerry Patrick or for The Jesus Style.



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How terrible to put such a sweet name on such an awesome disaster. Many of you know that my parents live in Pascagoula, Mississippi and that their home was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Because of surge water, they lost all of their furniture and appliances along with a lifetime collection of mementos and important papers. The house had to be virtually gutted and all the interior doors and cabinets replaced.

I flew down and retrieved them (ages 88 and 92) shortly after the hurricane to live with us for the next three months. Some of you felt the effects because of what I had to cancel in my schedule.

My job was to work with FEMA, since I was the only one with internet capability at that point. Meanwhile, my two brothers, J.M. and Wayne, began the complicated work of restoration. Wayne lives nearby and had to work on his own damage as well as help restore the damage at the company that employed him, so he had multiple jobs. His wife, Kathy, added great decorative skills.

Rebuilding supplies were scarce, so J.M. and his sons, regularly brought trailer loads of building materials from Virginia where he lives. He is a construction superintendent, so his skills were much needed. J.M.’s wife, Janet, spent much of her time there working on the house. He totally lost the houses they owned in Pascagoula and has no plans to rebuild them since insurance companies have called it flood water and refuse to pay.

However, this is not just a blood family story. This is a kingdom story. Here is how.

Churches across the nation poured their hearts and substance out to help. Sandy Adams and his fellowship at Calvary Chapel of Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia, became the director and funnel of help along the coast. My first cousin, Steve Mayo, joined as on-site coordinator. Now, churches from across the nation sent their skilled and caring workers to simply serve the Katrina victims. Workers arrived from as far away as Washington State, Oregon, Michigan, New York, Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, to name a few.

As they say, “When the dust cleared…,” people from 18 different churches had worked on my parents’ house—clearing, rebuilding, restoring. My superintendent brother, J.M., was totally impressed with their skill and care. Some of them were impressed with my brother Wayne’s seafood cooking.

In mid-January, my parents returned to a better home than they had before.

We, as a family, pray God’s blessings on the 17 Calvary Chapels (maybe more) and Church on the Rock of Pascagoula for their expressions of the Love of God to us.


Perhaps, You Wondered…

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Through the years the mailing list for Servant Quarters has grown beyond our ability to handle it in-house. To improve our production we are now having it printed outside without Gayle Erwin’s schedule and with a volume number rather than date.

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Thank you for your writings. I appreciate your stories especially realizing what it took to trust God and your parents through a dramatic accident. I am thankful that your brother needed stories to help him calm down at night. I keep your stories and teachings on my nightstand.

When our area received CSN, I set my morning priority around the radio with Bible, notebook and pen. I fill my son’s Bible with notes. My heart experiences a transformation as well as my face. Hopefully, my son, who also loves your stories, will trust in the nature of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I pray that he can see that nature lived out in me. I feel that I drag the flesh around with shock paddles to resurrect it.

In watching the TV show “Three Wishes,” I pondered what wish I might have if asked by the show. You came to mind. It would be a joy for my family to visit yours. I just didn’t know a smiling Jesus. You have put a smile on his face and, possibly, an Hawaiian shirt on his back.

Susan McCloskey
Virginia Beach, Virginia

I picked up the DVD and what a message you gave! John 5 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and I had never before thought about the fact that the sick man could have refused Jesus and given the reason, “I don’t want to give up my spot”. After watching the DVD I thought about all of the “spots” in my life that I fight against giving up for the wonders God has for me. It is something that I told my daughters would alter the way I argue and make excuses with God in my ignorant times when “I know better” than Him.

Louis Escarcega
Menefee, California

Some time back, my friend, Sonya, and I were studying your series “The Jesus Style”, “The Father Style”, and we have yet to watch the videos of the “Spirit Style”. Sonya wanted to call you but she has cerebral palsy and has great difficulty in speaking. We did call you but she was so excited she couldn’t speak. You told us that you wanted us to get back to you when we were finished with the series.

I just wanted to let you know how much she has loved the series and how much she would like to meet you. She is confined to the Extended Care Unit in Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee. I don’t know what your schedule is like and I am afraid even to ask, but would you please consider stopping at the hospital to see her. She is so amazing, she loves the Lord and has been so terribly handicapped all her life. She has a wonderful sense of humor and so she just loves your tapes. She has been such a good example to me!!!!!

Eileen Milligan
Truckee, California


My mother and I have been listening to your show for awhile now. It is a huge blessing to turn it on and hear your messages, especially with what we’ve gone through in the past few years. My father cheated on and walked out on my mother when she was sick with double pneumonia 2 years ago, and she is still hurting from it. Your messages have been the only thing to make her laugh in years. I wanted to ask, is there any way possible for her to get any of your tapes?

A Friend
New York

I have recently begun to return to church and I have never felt or understood too much until I heard you speak. Thank you for being there.



Thank you for once again blessing me with your witty insights to God’s word. My wife and I brought our children to an evening message of yours knowing they’d pay attention to your delivery style. They did. And, best of all, my two teenagers both experienced a Holy Spirit conviction for things in their individual lives. Thank you for saying yes when God calls.

A Friend


I have been listening to you from my friend’s CD and would love to share you with my friends and family.... I think you are a true blessing. Great balance of truth and love, exhortation, mercy and grace, oh, and did I say HUMOR...half the fun in re-listening to them is to hear the whole-hearted laughing in the background...there have been a few that made me laugh EVEN MORE. A sign of a great teacher!!!

Thank you for sharing the Love of Jesus with us all, in a very real way. You have become a sort of surrogate grandpa for me. And I feel fortunate to glean from the wisdom the Lord has imparted on you through experiences, and just out of His bountiful mercy and grace.

Andrea Bell
Portland, Oregon


I’m giving you opportunity to flip through your memory cards and see if you can find “Betty Reber”. It might say “she attended a weekend conference in Santa Ana where Lloyd Ogilvie also spoke.” Or it could say, “was director of Released Time Christian Education in Orange and asked you to speak at their board dinner.” Or perhaps, “saw her up at Calvary Chapel Lake Arrowhead.” If you find no card at all, it is not necessary for what I want to share with you.

I got a tape of your talks at Santa Ana. We listened to them often and with great joy and laughter.

In 1999 we moved to San Antonio. The following year I was asked to give a workshop on Storytelling at an Awana teachers conference. I had the workshop pretty much together when I thought of your Frog kissing story. I played the tape over and over—stopping and starting until I had copied the story. I put it in a giant lily pad shaped book and used it as an example that sometimes a story just needs to be read.

This last Oct. I went to Croatia and Bosnia with our church team (four members). In my storytelling workshop I used the story and they loved it.

Last month I was asked to speak at the Annual Teachers’ Appreciation Banquet at our church (Wayside Chapel) which will be held in March. They wanted me to use the “frog” story. We have marvelous table centerpieces featuring frogs. (of course!)

I wanted you to know how God uses messages in ways we can never imagine—or seldom hear about.

I am 76 now and when they asked me to go to Croatia I began to wonder if I could have anything to share at my age. On the Sat. before we were to leave I got a call and a man asked if I were the Betty Reber who taught RTCE at LaVeta school in Orange. He had been searching to find my phone number. He said someone he called said “I’m not sure she is still alive.” He wanted to tell me that I had introduced him to Jesus and he had gone into full time ministry and was going to Israel.

I was so in awe and was able to tell the teachers over there that it may be a very long time—that was 25 years for me—or we may never hear—but when we share it goes on and on. My age proved to be my greatest asset.

I thought that “hearing back” had meant so much to me that I should pass on the encouragement.

I am so enjoying being a Princess!!! You see, I was a frog myself once.



I’m a 26-year-old international student from Nigeria and I have to tell you I love your messages and the way you carry humor with the real stuff. I’m getting back to God seeking his help to rebuild the broken walls.

Dennis Antigha


For a few years I taught a Christian Ethic Course in the Department of Corrections which was taken from Jerry White’s book about Honesty, Morality and Conscience, coupled with your Servant Quarters tapes and most importantly founded on the Word of GOD. Strangely enough the course became the only recognized Christian program by the department as a program with promise...little do they know “How much Promise”.…

I pretty much wore your tapes out—they are beat-up! Is there a DVD set you can send me...? I will continue to share your precious love for our KING through them.

Bryan & Linda Gaston
Trinidad, California


I wrote to you about 8 years ago—Becky was nine and she had a set of your cassettes, and she would sit in the back of the car with your messages on her head phones. Every once in a while, we would hear her giggle from the back seat, as she was listening—it brought me great joy to hear her chortling over the Word.

Things haven’t changed a whole lot, except that now she is in the driver’s seat, and listens to you on her MP3 player that she somehow has affixed to the radio of her car. She still giggles a lot. She has grown up in a slightly similar situation as you described in one of your messages. She is pretty bright, and is geared toward a medical career. God has graciously allowed her to score pretty well on her testing (see—we should tell everyone who seeks improved standardized test scores to listen to some of your messages weekly) and she is at present agonizing about which college to pick. I try to tell her it doesn’t matter a whole lot, but it isn’t sinking in at this age. She is just weighed down by thinking the decisions she makes now will change her whole life.

We listened to your message about how you ended up walking away from a medical career, and I am not sure the Lord does not have something similar in mind for her. I was hoping that maybe you would pray for her from time to time, as God brings it to your mind—that He will just guide her into whatever role He has chosen for her, and that she will sense his presence in all this. I am very grateful that you made the choice to be a true healer, instead of a medical doctor.




The Jesus Style in Portuguese is now available and we have copies in our office. Call us if you need one or more.

Also, we have copies in German now in supply. Once again, call us, 1-888-321-0077.



By the time you receive this newsletter, my next book called Not Many Mighty will be in production. Pre-production price is $10 if you want to order ahead and wait. After that, the normal $12.95 which we usually drop to $12 for your orders.


Why Are Men Happier?

Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. Car mechanics tell you the truth.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000/Tux rental $100. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.You can play with toys all your life. You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.



These messages are in CD and video DVD.
See below for DVD descriptions.

Audio CD $5

1. The Nature of Jesus, Part 1
2. The Nature of Jesus, Part 2
3. The Nature of Jesus (Mind of Christ passage) Part 3 4. The Nature of Jesus (Mind of Christ passage) Part 4 (1-4 sold as set only) 5. Are You the One? John 1 6. The Last Supper, John 13 7. Dealing with Manipulators 8. The Nature of the Father, Part 1 9. The Nature of the Father, Part 2 (8-9, 14-15 sold as set only) 10. All that God Is, Colossians 1,2 11. The Jesus Style of Leadership 12. Jesus, the Great Hunter, Luke 19 13. Worship in Spirit and Truth 14. Spirit Style, Part 1 (Joy) 15. Spirit Style, Part 2 16. Hearing the Voice of God 17. Clues to the Nature of Jesus 18. Examples of the Nature of Jesus 19. Training of the Twelve 20. Peter, Before and After 21. One-Hour Seminary, Deut. 10 22. Three Great Relationships 23. Feed My Sheep, John 21 24. Portraits of Christ 25. Jesus and Family 26. Freedom and Bondage, Luke 19 27. For the Glory of God, 1 Peter 4 28. The Garbage Is Gone, 2 Cor. 5 29. The Two Prodigal Sons, Luke 15 30. Forgiveness, Col. 3 31. Hall of Fame, Mal. 3:16 32. Digging Wells, Psalm 84 33. Jesus vs. the Pharisees, Luke 5 34. Jesus Is Enough 35. Guaranteed Happiness, Matt. 5 36. Humanity at Poolside, John 5 37. Faith and Grace, Romans 4-5 38. Purpose of Discipline, Hebrews 12:1-12 39. Access to God, Luke 11:1-13 40. The Urge to Live, John 3:16 41. Communion, 1 Cor. 11

Video DVD Sets

These sets are in video only.

Israel - (4 hrs) DVD $30
Home Fellowships -(4 hrs) DVD $30
Couples Retreat- (4 hrs) DVD $30
The Holy Spirit - (10 hrs)DVD $40
The Gospels - (16 hrs) DVD $40

Video and Audio Sets

These sets have both video and audio availability.

God’s Nature (8 hrs) DVD $40, CD $25
Evangelism (4 hrs) DVD $30, CD $15
Leadership (4 hrs) DVD $30, CD $15
Encouragement, (4 hrs) DVD $30, CD $15

Books $12 each
Audiobooks ( CD) $15 (Read by Gayle Erwin)

The Jesus Style
The Father Style
The Spirit Style
The Body Style
Handbook for Servants
That Reminds Me of a Story
That Reminds Me of Another Story

MP3 $25 each

MP3-2 All seven books read by Gayle

MP3-1 Messages 1-41 plus The Lord’s Prayer

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Each of our single DVDs contains two messages. Each single DVD is $15.

Our best set is God’s Nature which contains 8 of the numbered messages.

GN God’s Nature (1-4, 8-9, 14-15) ($40)

1. Are You the One (5); Jesus Is Enough (34)

2. The Last Supper (6); All That God Is (10)

3. Dealing with Manipulators (7); The Jesus Style of Leadership (11)

4. Jesus the Great Hunter (12); Humanity at Poolside (36)

5. Worship in Spirit and Truth 13); Purpose of Discipline (38)

6. Hearing the Voice of God (16); One-Hour Seminary (21)

7. Clues to the Nature of Jesus (17); Examples of the Nature of Jesus (18)

8. Training of the Twelve (19); Peter, Before and After (20)

9. Three Great Relationships (22); Feed My Sheep (23)

10. Portraits of Christ (24); The Two Prodigal Sons (29)

11. Jesus and Family (25); Freedom and Bondage (26)

12. For the Glory of God (27); Digging Wells (32)

13. The Garbage Is Gone (28); The Urge to Live (40)

14. Forgiveness ((30); Faith and Grace (37)

15. Hall of Fame (31); Guaranteed Happiness (35)

16. Jesus vs. the Pharisees (33); Access to God (39)

17. Teachers Handbook; The Lord’s Prayer


Bill Johnson's Blog

This guy is pretty funny - here is a small snippet. You should read the whole post

Bill Johnson's Blog: "New Wookiee in the Family

I called my mother the other day. 'Are you ready to be a grandmother?' I asked her.

I heard a loud gasp on the other end. 'You've got to be kidding.'

'We just got a dog,' I said.

'I could slap you!'

Oh, the fun of raising your mother's hopes then dashing them to pieces! That's just one of the many benefits of getting a dog. I'm sure there are other perks. Hopefully I'll experience them soon."

I don't answer to my slave name ....

Tim thought I was about to have an orgasm ... if you are an X-Men fan and haven't seen the trailers yet, you gotta see them! Go to the X3 site and check it out! Oh my gosh ... Can't wait!!!

and it's got Angel!!! and Juggernaut! (in the trailer he runs through a wall) and Dark Phoenix, and the BEAST!!!!! (yeah, I like X-Men. Not as much as my brothers, but damn, do I like a good action flick).

Free calls to any phone within the US and Canada with Skype

May 20, 2006

If you don't have a long-distance plan, and have a computer, get Skype!

Skype is a little program for making free calls within the US and Canada to all phones until the end of the year. Skype to Skype calls anywhere in the world are also free. It's easy to download and use, and works with most computers.

"Changing French fries to freedom fries didn't work, did it?"

May 19, 2006
Annette has sent you this article.
Personal Message:
Jiminy Cricket ... I guess Cali IS different from the rest of the states. I LOVE being a (transplanted) Californian
"Spanglish" California mocks Senate English push
Fri May 19, 2006 7:19 PM ET

By Aarthi Sivaraman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A day after the U.S. Senate proposed declaring English the national language, Californians wondered on Friday what all the fuss was about. Most immigrants embrace English, and Spanish exists happily alongside.

"I do have my own language but I do feel that if you are here, want a career and a good life, you should embrace English," said Spanish-speaking immigrant and cafe manager Sam Simonian.

On the streets of heavily Hispanic Los Angeles, both Latinos and non-Latinos said what is decided on Capitol Hill won't change their plans to learn the language.

"If you went to France, you would learn French. This country is built on English so you need to learn it," said Elmira Ross.

Seeking to add an amendment to the contentious immigration reform bill, the Senate agreed on Thursday to make English the national language and moments later also adopted a milder alternative calling English the country's "unifying language."

Which version ends up in the bill will depend on negotiations with the U.S. House of Representatives.

President George W. Bush has long opposed making English the country's national language, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told reporters on Friday, but he did not say where Bush stood on the amendment.

Neither proposal would bar the use of Spanish or other languages in government services.

In Los Angeles, some saw the Senate move as an overture to conservatives who say immigrants are destroying the American identity, while pro-immigrant activists denounced it as chauvinistic.

"It is cultural chauvinism at its best and reactionary nativism at its worst," said Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican-American Political Association.

"It is premised on the false notion that new immigrants cannot be assimilated, which is false. And that has been demonstrated repeatedly in history."

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science at the University of California at Riverside, said the Senate's move likely stirred up controversy where there wasn't any.

"It is a highly charged symbolic issue and conservatives care about it more than liberals or even Latino advocates," he said.

Ramakrishnan said it might also be a reaction to a Spanish version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which aired in Hispanic media this month and many Latino activists think backfired.

In a place where many of the city names hark back to the Spanish missions, immigration activist Oscar Sanchez said Spanish was simply "embedded in our culture."

"Are we going to change the names of cities? What are you going to call San Jose or San Diego or San Francisco, if you look at the rules?" he asked.

"Changing French fries to freedom fries didn't work, did it?"

(Additional reporting by Mary Milliken)

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The World Famous KROQ is online now!!!

May 18, 2006
I got this update from a friend. I used to listen to "Crock" off and on as the mood hit me. But hey, good music is always hard to come by :)

From: Daphne

Hey everyone, for the last 6 years I have been wishing this would happen. KROQ the local SO CAL Alternative Radio station is now online, you just have to sign up for their "STREET TEAM" and you can listen to them live on the internet! It's been impossible to stay on top of who the new bands are. When I went home on leave I had NO CLUE who half of the bands on the radio were. But they all rock of course. So go to


Time to go to the Zoo again

May 14, 2006
I wouldn't mind going to Botswana .... but not in the cards this year.

New Zoo Residents
Egyptian Spiny Mice Debut at the Zoo
Tiny mice make a big entrance

Our newest zoo residents are a group of Egyptian spiny mice in the Africa Savanna exhibit. The tiny animals have foxlike faces with enormous ears and big, round, black eyes, and a spiny back, which is covered with a bristly-looking fur. They are on display in the giraffe-viewing overlook next to the naked mole-rat colony.

More information about Egyptian spiny mice can be found at:

Winged Wonders Grand Reopening
Butterfly exhibit will reopen on May 21

The zoo's popular walk-through butterfly exhibit is back! Starting May 20, Winged Wonders, presented by HomeStreet Bank, will be filled with no fewer than 450 butterflies at any time. Children and adults can learn about butterflies at the exhibit's interpretive center, where hands-on activities show how a butterfly uses its senses of sight, smell and taste.

For more information about Winged Wonders, visit

Bike-to-Work Day on May 19
Bike riding helps save the environment and money

To help raise awareness about global warming and the effects it has on animals, the Oregon Zoo is supporting Bike-to-Work Day and inviting you to ride your bike to work or the zoo. In addition to saving money on gas and parking, if you ride your bike to the zoo on May 19, you will also receive free admission!

To find information about the quickest and easiest way to the zoo, visit

Oregon Zoo Leads Safari to Botswana
Zoo invites travelers to experience the stunning wildlife of the Okavango Delta

Known as "the river that never finds the ocean," the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana is the world's largest inland water system. Intrepid adventurers can join Mike Keele, deputy director of the Oregon Zoo, on this 11-day Wild World Tour November 7 - 18.

For more information, please visit:


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May 12, 2006
damn, what did I miss on ER .. Michael is back? and ah crap!!!! his jeep just got blown up!

So, like, those that love me can pitch in and get me ER on DVD. I've been watching it off and on since Season 1. It was a lot easier to watch in HS. Darn RL.

The Lord is good

because He knows how bone tired I am. Class ended early, I got an 85 on a test I barely prepped for (yay!), when I left the building, the bus I take was waiting (another yay!) and then it got to the MAX station and the train I needed to take was waiting (another yay!) and there were seats! Earlier, when I left work, the MAX was packed like sardines. No sitting and I was wearing heels today. so I get home, actually make my lunch and breakfast for tomorrow, and make it upstairs in the relative *quiet* of my home. And I still have time to watch ER before passing out and starting all over again.

and I am still confused and etc. but sleep will hopefully take care of the depression part of it. Nanner doesn't do well with no sleep. Nope, not at all.

3 minute blog

May 11, 2006
because I only have 3 minutes to get out what's on my mind

It's amazing how fragile an emotional state can be. You think everything is going along all hunky-dory (just fine as it were) when something innocuous triggers a reaction in someone else and then that triggers a stronger, unexpected, and unprepared for reaction in yourself. All within the proverbial blink of an eye. It might have taken a little longer than a blink of a eye, but it was quite the emotional landslide towards depression, hostility, confusion, and longing for things to be different. And for me, the inevitable playing of "what if". Though, to be honest, I only played that for a minute or two instead of all night like I usually do. (one minute down).

I know some of you are just dying for details and I wish I could give them. Email me!!!
Call me! Today is going to be a long day .... and I really need a beer, a chick flick, and an excuse to cry. Now who's the emotionally constipated one?

ah crap, went over by a minute.


The end of an era ...

May 9, 2006

I've been watching 7th Heaven since Season 1 with Josh. It was the only show on primetime that I could watch with my then 2-1/2 year old. I can't believe that I have watched Ruthie, Simon, and Lucy grow up. Josh exclaims that Joy looks just like Ruthie used to at the beginning. Because my Monday night Bible Study has been going on for 3 years now, I missed a lot, but Josh kept me informed. We made it a point to watch tonight as a family. I think tomorrow I am going to go buy Season 1 on DVD. We need something to take the place of good TV on Monday nights.

I'm so sad ... well, despondent about what to watch next year.

Nookie Detector

May 8, 2006
You can read the whole post on Tim's new blog.

No, I didn't misspell Wookie. As I said, this blog won't contain posts solely related to Star Wars. This is one of them.

What is about kids and their ability to detect when mom and dad are 'getting it on'? I understand, as one of my co-workers put it, that once kids are on the scene the nookie meter goes way down. But for them to know, and more importantly, interrupt nookie when it's actually occuring? Me thinks that is most unfair...

So Saturday morning our DD, who just turned 4, decided to demonstrate her new found skill to us as we were...finishing...some mommy and daddy time. New found skill being her ability to open doors that have child safety mechanisms on them. In this case, the little balls that go around door knobs that require pressure on both sides to grip the knob so you can turn it."

FW: Three things to think about.



Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can
track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall
where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves
to their stalls.

But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around
our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we
just give them ours?

It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200
years and we're not using it anymore.

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a

You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery"
and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and
politicians -- it creates a hostile work environment.

I love my kids...

I love my kids ...

But I swear my daughter is going to drive me to drink, and drink, and drink …. It's been one of those days. Ok, her playtime is almost over. And I still have a ton of homework to do. I need 4 of me. One for each class, one to be the mom and one to go to work. Wait, make that 5 or 6 of me. I can't even count any more!!!!

And why can't I seem to stick to one thing at a time? I get more done that way, but I can't ever seem to stick to it. Too many things to do …

Do you have a Type A personality?

May 7, 2006
You Have A Type A- Personality

You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

darnit, my brothers were right ... good thing they don't read my blog!

How Sinful Are You?

Your Deadly Sins
Gluttony: 80%
Greed: 60%
Sloth: 60%
Envy: 20%
Lust: 20%
Pride: 20%
Wrath: 20%
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 40%
You'll die from food poisoning - and then the natives will feast on your fatty limbs.

Tapestry Comics: A Directory of Web Comics with Feeds

May 4, 2006
Tapestry Comics: A Directory of Web Comics with Feeds: "Tapestry is a directory of feeds for online comics. They help you to keep up to date from within your favourite news aggregator, especially if you happen to miss a few days. If that doesn't make any sense, take a look at this handy help page from the BBC."

Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary - Yahoo! News

Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary - Yahoo! News: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge, according to a study released Wednesday.

A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts

To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role -- housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist"

Amen to that!! Too bad the US government doesn't help mothers to stay home the way some Western European countries do. Overall, in the long run, it's better for families and business if mom can stay home for 3-5 years, or even work just part-time. Ah well. We are so far ahead and yet so bass-ackwards.

New Software - Outlook RSS Reader

Ok, lazy bum that I am, and not having time to always surf to read my friend's blogs ... I went searching for an RSS reader, and found a FREE one for Outlook. The only drawback is that it requires .NET 1.1 (and it's quite picky about the version, must be 1, not 2 and 1 installs so much faster with much less bloat.). Other than that ... tis a GREAT plug-in. Easy to subscribe, easy to organize, and you can set it to start looking for your subscriptions after Outlook starts. Try it! You might like it!
May 3, 2006
I'm so sleepy and tired it's not funny. I wish I knew why I was so fatigued all the time. Though I think this week I can blame it on blood loss :) I was going to go out to get my homework done (yay free wireless at CoffeePeople!) but Tim took care of Joy so I could get in a cat-nap and then get to writing and reading and video-watching. And at CoffeePeople, much as I love them, I can't chow down on vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and fresh sliced strawberries.

One Man StarWars

This is where Tim went tonight with his sister. From what he says and a little clip I saw on the business site, the guy does seem pretty funny. Sounds like he's added material from Ep. I-III to go along with IV-VI. And Tim wore the Darth Maul t-shirt I got him years ago. So happy he fits into it again :)

Anyways, back to my homework. The Procrastination Goddess in me has been hard at work. On the bright side, my bedroom looks great!
May 2, 2006
cake is fattening. remind me that I can't have my cake and eat it too. unless it's angel food cake ... argh, headaches make me babble. need chocolate. hate being a girl. 21 day cycle is NO FUN! off to eat salt and chocolate and drink caffeine. and take my son to Scouts. It's been a busy busy busy afternooon.

coherent posts coming soon, i promise.

New Google Tool!!!

Just call me a Googlephile. It's a new Google Calendar. Too bad I don't have more friends that have gmail accounts and hang out with. This could be more fun and useful than Evite :) actually, you don't have to have a gmail account to use the calendar. you just get a few more perks of use if you have one. Tim and I have started using it, might be faster than trying to keep our outlook calendars synched. We shall see.
I haven't blogged in so long, I can't stop ....
Your Element is Water

Your power colors: blue and aqua

Your energy: deep

Your season: winter

Like the ocean, you evoke deep feelings and passion.
You have an emotional, sensitive, and spiritual soul.
A bit mysterious, you tend to be quiet when you are working out a problem.
You need your alone time, so that you can think and dream.

Though winter is NOT my season, unless you mean winter in Australia (and by that I mean December through Feb in Australia) *cheesy grin*

Last one ....

Ok, now I have to get my HW done. And IMNSHO, I'm not a comedienne. Whoopi I am not. But I do love to laugh and play.

Your Inner Muse is Thalia

You are most like this playful muse of comedy.
Life is all about laughter to you, and you're a natural comic.
You make people laugh until their sides split.
And you're always up for some play time!

and since I am back in school ...

Your Scholastic Strength Is Deep Thinking

You aren't afraid to delve head first into a difficult subject, with mastery as your goal.
You are talented at adapting, motivating others, managing resources, and analyzing risk.

You should major in:

Foreign language

Genre on 5/2/06

yup, definitely different. I don't even like most of the movies suggested.

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be

I have no idea when I took this test, a few months ago I think. I wonder if my results have changed in the last few months. This was one of the links in my "Blogs I Read List".

Erotic Thriller

You've made your own rules in life - and sometimes that catches up with you.

Winding a web of deceit comes naturally, and no one really knows the true you.

Your best movie matches: Swimming Pool, Unfaithful, The Crush

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