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August 28 , 2015

I was in a meeting this morning where the conversation drifted to auto accidents. I told the group I had never been in an accident. Several people quickly "knocked on wood" and told me not to push my luck. Luck? What does luck have to do with it?
   It was an August midnight when I headed towards my car after working all day illustrating ministry materials. My car was parked outside in the street. I turned on the ignition but the battery was dead. I realized I arrived in that office very early that morning when it was still dark and had left my headlights on. I tried to push and get the manual transmission going but the car was too heavy. It wouldn't budge. There was no one around. I was resigned to sleeping in the car until someone could help. Frustrated, I started a conversation with God asking him if I deserved this. I mean, here I was --- doing ministry work and then this? To my surprise a man started limping towards me from behind. He volunteered to push the car. I laughed because if I couldn't push the car, what more for this limping man? But he insisted so I got in the car while he pushed. Incredibly, the car started. This limping little man had the strength of an ox. I was overjoyed and offered to drive him home but he pointed at the shanties in the distance and said his house was just a few blocks ahead. So I drove my car and left. A few seconds later, I didn't feel right and decided to go back to insist and take him home. I turned around the short block but when I got to the spot where I expected him to be, he was gone. There was no way he could have limped that far and that quickly. The street was empty. An angel? What do you think? If I never turned around would I have noticed?
   Sometimes God does strange and wonderful things for us and we shrug them off as luck. Do we dare classify them as miracles? Some say that If it brings joy and transcends explanation and (most importantly) if it brings glory to God, then it's a miracle. But I say miracles happen all the time. Luck has nothing to do with it.
    I'm looking forward to my conversation with God when he will point out the many miracles that I never noticed. Have you met any angels lately? Witnessed a miracle? Think again because I bet you have.

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he will find one reason to hold on.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom and Art of Pasadena; Mike of New York; Charlie of New Jersey; Don of Kelowna; Jody of Vancouver; Chuck of Whittier.

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And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
--- Matthew 8: 26-27

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Tonsilectomy vs. Circumcision
Contributed by Mike of New York

Two little boys are in the hospital prior to having their operations.
One boy leans over and asks. "What are you having done?"

The second boy says. "I'm getting my tonsils out and I'm afraid."

The first boy says. "You've got nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep and when you wake up, they give you lots of jelly and ice cream. It's a breeze."

The second boy then asks. "What are you going in for?"

The first boy says. "Circumcision."

"Whoa!" The second boy exclaims. "Good luck, buddy, I had that done when I was born ... couldn't walk for a year!"


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Videos of the week:

Beluga Whale Plays Boo! With Kids

Contributed by Jody of Vancouver

Beluga Whale Scares kids

Cute and funny. Enough said. I wonder who's cuter --- the beluga or the boys?

Operating Room of the Future
Contributed by Chuck of Whittier, CA

Future Operating Room

This is not the future. It is today. An amazing technology that does not require any incision. This gadget blasts the problematic cells into smithereens. Surgeons, this is gonna change the industry big time.

How Blood Pressure Works
Contributed by Don of Kelowna. B.C.

Blood Pressure

I wish I had this video when I was taking my biology classes. This is a great explanation of how our circulatory system works.
Stay off the sugar, salt and the fat!

Mr. Spock's Legacy in Canada
Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey

Spock Canada

Have you heard of this amusing trend in Canada? I was giggling the whole time I read this article. I'd like to get my hands on a Canadian bill and do something mischievous as well. I laughed out loud when I saw "Bill Murray."

Airbnb Horror Story
Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey

Air BnB Horror Story

This is not a joke. Let this article serve as a warning for you travelers out there. We expect people to be as trusting as we are to them but that could be dangerous. Read what happened to a young man when he rented a bed and breakfast through Airbnb in Madrid. Uber aficionados, be careful as well.

Applying the Magnus Effect

Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA
Magnus Effect

Here's a little science lesson for you. This explains how baseball pitchers spin their balls every which way. It explains the mystery of curved balls.

Sliding Squirrel
Contributed by Mike of New York

Sliding Squirrel

Cute little rascal who steals bird seeds is finally outsmarted. Poor guy ... I say "just give him the bird seed!"

Christopher Walken Dance Moves
Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey

Christopher Walken Dancing

Still there? Did you know that Christopher Walken can dance? Well, neither did I. It's a bit long but if you like this actor, you'll really like this video.

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