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The ClutterStuff Shoppe!

To shop or not to shop that was the question. My wife and I just returned from a very much needed day “away from the farm.” What we had decided to do was to get away from the smokie haze of the wind drift smog and take refuge on the north shore of Lake Superior.

historic lift bridge

Everything is changing!

First of all the drive took us through some of the most beautiful areas of northern Minnesota and past some of the range cites/towns on our way to the Great Lakes. The closer we got to Duluth the cleaner and more clear the air became. The “fog” had lifted, the clouds had all begun to thin, and soon the air was pure and clean and clear. With a windless temp in low seventies the Lake emerged smooth as glass and all the troubles we had been smothered by back home receded into the darkest parts of our concious awareness! What a change! Words are not good enough to describe how we felt. If only you had been with us you would know!

Along the way other changes were obvious. Some of the old tourist trap shops were still present, but every once in a while a new one or two or three had been built and/or sprung up in the old locations since we last made the trip. The brightly colored signs, the out front displays and the many clutches of curious folks such as us were coming and going. We couldn’t decide where to stop. But once we had gone to the end of Minnesota point and back, visited with an old frined, and made our way to one of the finest restaurants in Duluth, we began to relax and make plans for the rest of the day! So much was new and so many of our favorites were still there, we had a hard time mapping out our course for the rest of the day! WOW!

What about the shops?

There are hundreds of them. All over the place. How could we do justice to the seductive invitations? Maybe its the color of the paint. Maybe the architectual style, or maybe it was simply that we had been to that shop before and we knew what to expect. We have tried a lot of them; bar food restaurants, candy stores, clothing hangouts, ice cream parlours, pie shops, hand made this or that, artisan studios, and the places of learning that peddle their fare and finished products! We even stopped at the “absolutely must do” shop, the smoked cisco favorite of the driver of our car!

The shop that beckons

Let me degress here a little bit to make a point about different retail shops as I see them. There are those who “make it” and are successful, and those who come and go like these beautiful days on the North Shore. The survivors are the ones that are here to stay and they always have been. When you go into one of them you know immediately why you are there! Maybe its polished agates, clearly handmade wrought iron, or yum delicious pie alamode. There’s no guessing, there are no hooks, there’s no opportunistic proprietor trying to sell somethinig, anything, using the language of market blab just to make a few cents on over priced “ClutterStuff” picked up somewhare or nabbed at a clearance sale of dusty imports.

When sisters love to make candy and are pasionate about it you know! It looks like candy, smells like candy, and tastes like candy! And once you’ve tried some you can’t be told otherswise and you will go back again and again to get some more! Then there are…

The ClutterStuff Shoppes!

This is a Brewery!

Since I live in metropolitan with over a million people, I am familier with shopping! I’ve been taken shopping, I’ve been made to go shopping, I’ve even exercised my perogative by going shoping by myself, for myself, and without any kind of restraint (That’s another story!).

What you see is what you get!
I want you to know that I know a great shop when I see one. I also know a “crap shop” when I get sucked into one! If you are thinking about starting a business and opening a shop then, please, oh please, don’t make a great idea turn into a cesspool or dump of cast offs! Here I must tread lightly, but let me say that in my opinion, if you have a passion and a great idea then go for it. But make sure that your shop is identifiable both within and wthout. Don’t let some fast talkng consonee talk you into making your shop look like a collection of a “pickers” dumpster! Everything in your shop should serve the underlying core business you want to pursue. If you want to sell junk then call it a “junk” store, “Grandma’s suff unlimited” or “Tools Grandpa couldn’t wear out!”

The Peace of God?
Sometimes churches are like that! You walk through the door to the sanctuary and it smells like “pot Luck.” You look at the outside marquee and you’s think the pastor’s sermons are going to be some of the biggest jokes. Seating yourself in a beautiful quiet place to search your heart and recieve peace for your soul, and what happens, the ear splitting thumping and banging of heavy metal is served up endlessly. No “Good news to be heard, only a steady flow of psycho bable designed to make you feel good and live in the delusion that “all is well.” When you leave you move away to the quiet of a noisy world wondering about the definition of “Church!” Is this a “ClutterStuff Church like to many others?

May your church be about Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now may The peace of God which surpasses all human understanding keep your hearts and minds through faith in Christ Jesus!



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Lonely but never Alone

Pastor Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Lonely but Never Alone!

Sometimes we just want to be alone. I know that there are times when I prefer more than anything else to be able to go into my wood shop and make something. I don’t want or need anyone to be there with me. I’m at peace and it gives me time to think.

Lonely at one time or another

Other times I feel very lonely. I become anxious, and a fearful wave of uncertainty comes over me. I feel empty, disinterested, and have no desire to do anything. This feeling can come over me even when I am in the middle of a group of people. It seems that this is true for many people. Over the years of pastoral counseling I have had folks come to me just to have a chat. At times they express their fears. Sometimes they have come to express their loneliness and their desire for some companionship and a chance to visit or share ideas.

God answers our need

It’s then that the Spirit of God reminds me that in my loneliness, in our loneliness, that in a very real sense we are never alone. Deut. 31:6; “ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Oh, how good and gracious The Almighty Lord is to us.

How to help others in their loneliness.

A few years back I had a fellow who would regularly, the same day of week, same time of the day, unannounced, stop by my office for a chit chat. I saw his need and recognized the pattern. This prompted me to call a couple of his peers who were struggling in the same way. I suggested that we get together for coffee at the local bagel shop. Three guys came and the four of us had a good time swapping stories, slurping coffee and talking about everything. I offered to close our gathering with a prayer. It was good for all of us! (for more info drop me a line FREDERICKKOGLER@gmail.com
You can do it, too!

The original threesome has grown to a baker’s dozen! Some have invited friends along, others have added a donut to their morning klatsch, one guy is the coupon gatherer for the group. When one of the fellows took sick and landed in a local nursing home they prayed for him, then the whole group moved their meeting place (they had moved the local market deli) to his residence. When The Lord called him home, the “boys”, as I call them, returned to the local market/deli where they meet weekly, to this day, slurping their coffee, sharing their faith in Jesus and planning how to encourage others.

They are never alone, nor are any of us!



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Senior Faces reflect God’s graces!

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Frederick A. Kogler

Senior changes

What’s next for you? That’s a question often asked by individuals who have redirected their lives from lifelong careers to completely different life filling activities. This is true for both men and women who are called “seniors.”

Who are seniors? The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.

That will certainly bring changes to the fabric of our American society. One of those changes will include how to deal with the uncertainties of the days ahead. May we be comforted by the Lord as he speaks to that very matter: the uncertainty of the future.

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah 46:4 we hear God’s promise:
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

That verse expresses the great love and mercy of God which he promises and gives. We teach the children to know about the undeserved love of God which we call grace. We speak of the “Means of Grace”, The Gospel in the Word and sacraments. To be sure as we age, God is with us; as we hear the word our faith strengthened; as we remember our baptism and receive The Lord’s Supper the Lord is really present with us on our journey. Be at peace the Lord will continue to carry you. Please share your comments: FREDERICKKOGLER@gmail.com



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Product, Process, and Purpose

Pastor Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Product

When describing myself and the product that I offer to others, I have to explain that my stock in trade is commonly known as organized religion. Over the past few months I have been trying to get a handle on the current state of organized religion in America. One of the things that has come to my attention in this regard is the widespread willingness for people to speak openly about what they believe.

Process

My process is not unique, nor is it very scientific at this point. That, however, may soon change as I continue the course I have chosen to follow in the time of redirection. I have talked to men and women, young and old, married, single, students, single parents, laborers and highly skilled professionals, those who declare a denominational tie and those who eschew membership in any church at all. In addition to personal interviews and discussions, I publicly proclaim my biblical Lutheran Christian point of view and listen carefully to the feed back that comes my way after delivering a sermon or writing an article in our church’s newsletter.

All the time, including here and now I ask for feedback and listen carefully to what is offered. I am conscious of how, like so many others, I am inclined to hear what I want and chose to ignore all the rest. But, believe me when I say that, I try real hard to hear and understand what others have to say and what they claim to believe.

That means that if you read this and want to respond you may simply send my you perspective to Frederickkogler@gmail.com

Purpose
My purpose is gather more authentic data about religion and human spirituality than what I’m being exposed to in our present era. There will be no personal quotes, references, or debates in this process. If you feel, however, there is a similarity between what you have written and what I may post it will be purely coincidental.



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Hope Is Positive: I See a Hopeful Horizon

Hope for 2017.

As I write these words I’m looking at my calendar and planning ahead for hope filled new year. This is an activity that is done by most people every time we get to the after Christmas time before the

How do You See It?

New Year’s observance. I see a hopeful horizon for 2017.

I’ve chosen the following words to guide my thoughts: Romans 5:2-5: (ESV) 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[a] into this grace in which we stand, and we[b] rejoice[c] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

There are two words here that draw our attention, they are: “Produce” and “Hope.” This reference is also optimistic.

Hope more than an attitude

Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

Optimistic people see the best in the world. Optimistic ideas have been around for a while. Consider Voltaire’s “Candide” (1759) he mocked them thoroughly. Here’s an optimistic quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Sometimes, however, it seems impossible to have or to maintain a positive and/or optimistic attitude or point of view.

Hope for all Generations

I have come to know several individuals who are the very opposite. Instead of looking forward with eager anticipation, they live in the darkness of fear and trepidation. Whenever the slightest variation in their lives appears they become upset, agitated, their personalities change, and they lash out against others and with much “hand wringing” while negatively influencing others. Baby Boomers and “millennials” fall into these cohorts.(Pew Research Center reports and data on the Millennial generation, and describes “millennials” as those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.)

Reasons for Millennials Lack of Hope

The number of millennials is greater than boomers and the numbers in the greatest generation. Asking specific questions about religion, God and heaven when speaking to a millennial, more often gets a response of uncertainty if not hopeless pessimism. The reason for this is attributed to the lack of training in higher and more lofty matters of life. Boomers raised them while placing emphasis on the matters of self, stuff, and cynicism. This era of “empty” training should be laid at the feet of the “Boomers” and their wholesale pursuit of consumer satisfaction.

Grandma Has Hope

This explains why “grandmothers” are the better ones to ask about removing stains with Apple cider vinegar (ACV). Boomers would just throw their soiled things away while “older” generations would clean them up with ACV. If you’re really interested here’s something you can read: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/13-ways-to-clean-your-whole-home-with-apple-cider-vinegar-235579

Hope for little children

We gain further insight then when we see that so many of our 3, 4 & 5 year old children have not been baptized. They are not because their parents have been taught to leave them on their own. ‘When they get older they will decide.’ They are not taught to pray, they do not understand death and dying while they see it all around them, and their hearts and minds do not know about forgiving love, mercy, compassion, and human spirituality.

This is especially saddening when educators, doctors and psychologists talk of the same ages as the most important for training in the basic concepts of self worth, socialization, forgiveness and human spirituality.

When something goes wrong during the formative years, that has an effect on how the person grows and develops later during adolescence and adult life. Most time lines consider the first five years the formative years, and during this time social skills and basic motor functions are learned and practiced. Learning to walk, talk and use the bathroom are some key examples of these formative skills.

In addition, personality is greatly impacted by these years. Many basic likes and dislikes, such as arts and sports, have their beginnings in this period. Emotional development also starts in the formative years. It is important to focus on encouraging a child’s intellectual and thinking abilities during these years, as it can have a significant impact on them later in life. It is difficult to make up for a lack of this encouragement at an older age because by the end of the formative years so many basic building blocks are set in stone. For example, a child who does not learn to speak early enough will have difficulty learning later on.” https://www.reference.com/family/formative-years-cdabfff5b1d7e413#

(Please note that most school districts implementing 4-k programs seek to perpetuate the humanistic world view)

The Bible is full of directions to train up children. The last time I counted there were 31 easily identified passages. Proverbs 22:6 is readily understood: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Children of all generations are to be given hope. That hope is based on the righteousness of Christ. They need to learn about Jesus. We teach the children at home, in our preschool, Sunday School,  Christian Day Schools and confirmation classes to have an optimistic perspective based on the absolute truth of God as set forth in the Scriptures.

May we do all that we can to teach by word and example the message of the Gospel!



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The World is Changing, Is That Change Real?

 

Frederick A. Kogler

To anyone aware, the question of our world changing looms big! Just pause for a moment and sense your surroundings. It has to be obvious that things are different today than ever before. What’s really happening? Change is everywhere around us. It’s more than political redirection. It’s more than provincialism being replaced by globalism. Yes, it’s more than ice melting and freezing. From the simplest of perspectives one will have to agree that there is nothing the same as it used to be.

Change is all around us.

You can pick almost any activity, place, or preceding era and see that change is real. The notion that history repeats itself is passe. The “tried and the true” may have served as some sort of axiomatic benchmark in the past.  In each case, however, the fluid circumstances for experimentation and the criteria assumed to render judgements were never static. The fantasies of such notions were tolerated only because of shorter life spans and the speed with which communication took place. That’s all changed.

As I write these words I’m using a computer. From what I understand it uses assigned combinations of X’s and O’s to convey the thoughts I have. Rheinhold in his book, Tools for Thought:The History and Future of Mind-expanding Technology, Simon & Schuster 1985, writes about this while explaining the impact of micro-computers on the future(his future is our here and now).

How does change impact my life?

To answer my thematic question I’ve pondered the tools I use in my public ministry and the hobby, the turning of pens.

A sportsman grouping of pens

Both my Mac and my favorite pens are used for the same reason, word-processing. One process is a calculated tapping on a keyboard. The other is the disciplined art of drawing letters and numbers clearly enough to convey a message.

Consider these changes

Dramatic changes in writing have happened in a short period of time. Who would have ever thought I would be able to speak the words of this blog and have them appear on the monitor in front of me? (check out ReadingMadeEZ for more details: http://www.mpextserver.com).

I try to discipline myself to keeping current in the areas of electronic communications, politics, and the matters of religion.  A side bar to these is the impact that they might have on the aging of our world. Statistically the dramatic changes in global aging http://www.helpage.org/resources/ageing-data/global-ageing-statistics/ give an insight to the importance of each of the above as they relate to seniors throughout the world.

My wife and I belong to the cohort of “Old old”. We have, in part, committed our time, talents, and resources  to keeping up with the changing world that spins around us.

There are three categories for older adults’ ages, “young old”, “old old” and “oldest old” (Papalia et al., 2009). Young old is suggested as the age from 65 to 74; old old is suggested as the age from 75 to 84 whereas oldest old is suggested as the age of 85 and the above. https://www.ukessays.com/essays/sociology/three-categories-to-aging.php.

This blog’s thread lays the groundwork for discussions of one of Thomas Friedman’s 3 exponential changes occurring today: IT and its impact on marketing or the sharing of ideas.  Our discussion will be on how to deal with those changes. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 



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What About Christian Baptism?

This past week I was planning on making 20 spinning tops for a bunch of kids. They’re all different and made from some special wood. When I was describing my project to a friend (a mother of one of the recipients) she asked me about having her son baptized. I briefly discussed with her some of the thoughts that came to mind and she responded with two questions:  1. When can it be done, 2. Would you please write a summary/introduction that could be shared with others who might have similar questions?

What follows is an attempt to respond to her request. I realize there is more to the teaching, but this, I thought, would give a basic introduction to the Biblical teaching, provoke further discussion perhaps, and give me a chance to hear from others on the subject.

WHY IS BAPTISM SO IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN? …… By Rev. Frederick A. Kogler

Let me start by explaining Baptism. The answer to the main question itself is based directly on what the Bible says. Baptism is a Biblical teaching and is not unique to Lutherans.

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

The Bible teaches us that baptism is not just plain water, but it is water used by God’s command and connected with God’s Word. Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!”

In the above passage Jesus establishes the sacred act of Baptism. The words are all inclusive. That means that all people of all ages are to be baptized in the name of the triune God. The word “baptize” means to use water in various ways: for example, to immerse, wash, pour, or sprinkle. But according to the Bible there’s more to it than just applying water.

The application of water is accompanied by very special words.Those word’s are ”in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

When the water is applied together with the words expressed above something very special happens. Baptism sets a person apart as an individual who is now brought into a new relationship with the Triune God. To baptize “in the name of” the triune God means that God makes us members of his family. The words “all nations” means that all people, young and old alike are to be baptized.

BAPTISM IS MUCH MORE THAN A MERE ACT OF DEDICATION

Little children should be baptized when they are brought to Baptism by those who have authority over them.

It is especially important to baptize children or infants not only because they are included in the words “all nations” but also because they need to be spiritually cleansed and because from infancy on they can believe.

“13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:13-15.

It is very important to understand that all people are spiritual beings. Children are something completely different from all other creatures. Children are much more than highly developed animals, they are human beings! Not only do little ones have a body and a mind, but they have a spiritual part called a soul. It is with their heart mind and soul that they believe. Their lives matter greatly to God!

“6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matt. 18:6.

BAPTISM BRINGS WITH IT SOME VERY SPECIAL BLESSINGS

We may wonder what good it is to be baptized. Baptism works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16.

Let’s look carefully at what the bible says about the great things that Baptism gives or works in an individual.

  1. It works forgiveness of sins;

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ Acts 22:16.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Gal. 3:26,27.

  1.  It delivers from death and the devil;

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Rom. 6:3.

  1.  It gives eternal salvation;

21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21.

By His suffering and death Christ has indeed earned these blessings for us; Baptism, however, is a means by which the Holy Spirit makes these blessings our own. (Baptism is a means of grace.)

11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified,you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11.

Baptism gives these blessings to all who believe, as the words and promises of God declare: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16.

AT THIS POINT WE MAY ASK: “HOW CAN WATER DO SUCH GREAT THINGS?”

It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says, in Titus 3: but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN HAVE NOT BEEN BAPTIZED PLEASE CONSIDER DOING SO…

(for a more complete discussion of baptism please contact Pastor Kogler email: kogler@comcast.net.)

I have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday. Since the two families are very large they have chosen Saturday so everyone may fit in our little church. A slightly revised version of this blog will be distributed to everyone.



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The Glories of late summer through the eyes of Faith

Outside the back door of our north woods cabin we have this wonderful display of flowers and plants that are in full bloom. the combination of vibrant colors, proper sunlight, and the the right amount of moisture have combiCabin flowers 1ned to make this and the other flower gardens my Janet has nurtured throughout the summer some of the most beautiful of all the years that we have called Needles of the North our summer home.

Every time we make the journey to and fro (216 miles portal to portal) we have our little Honda CRV loaded “to the gills” with all the stuff we “must” have with us. Every time,  and I mean every time, I am instructed to load, protect and transport the precious living things that our master gardener has set out in our staging area on either end of the trip.

This process is one known to most Minnesotans!

Consider only this;

Today,  a spokesman for the Minnesota Seasonal Property Owners Coalition says the average cabin owner is 62 years old, the average household income is $58,000, and the average Minnesota cabin has been in the family for 25 years.

“This is something you want to hang on to forever and pass on to your kids, your grandkids,” said Johnson.

So take 122 thousand cabin owners, add the kids, grandkids and cousins: Forester from the owners group says you could easily have one million Minnesotans claiming a piece of a cabin.

Some names are clever, others are basic. “This is the Place”, “Dun Rov’n”, “Legacy”, “Up North”, are a few that come to mind. For many a surname says entitlement very well: i.e., “The Johnston’s Place” and its many  variations work and are considered to be the best.

“The cabin isn’t about the structure, it’s about the experience. That is part of our DNA in Minnesota. We have to get away,” said Ohman.

There’s more to it than flowers, fishing, food and fresh air.

Getting away doesn’t mean leaving it behind! We must have our flowers and our pets! Oh, yes…and our many tools! (for me my buckets of turning tools are just the beginning.)

Late Summer Beauties

There is no doubt that I love to turn wood into different things with my lathe. And, oh boy do I need my tools! Sometimes its a bowl, sometimes its a spinning top, and sometimes its a seasonal Christmas tree! Most of the time, however, I dabble! Here you can see a few special interest pens that I made toward the end of summer. I’ve sold them all, but will take orders for others. (kogler@comcast.net) ;o)!

I have deer antler bolt action pens, over and under shotgun style awards and gifts, fly fishing models, acrylic as well as wood. Mostly, however, I use native woods from our part of the world and apply different kinds of finish on each of them. While I work in my northern shop I have all the windows and main door wide open. In the full light of the sun, and in the quiet moments of rest I listen as the White pines speak. When the slightest breeze comes up they begin to whisper the calming sounds of acknowledgement that I ascribe to them. Those things give me great peace. To see my partner puttering in her flower garden, to smell the scents of the north woods and to hear the combination of God’s creatures and creation causes me to pause and be at rest.

Further thoughts of my fellow turners and our common bond make me smile within as I conjure up a picture of hundreds of guys and gals seated and transfixed as they absorb the lessons of the more experienced or accomplished members or friends of the MWA. That, too, gives me great satisfaction. I wish they could all find a sense of peace in what they accomplish on their various journeys. Oh, how I hope to see you all at one of our next meetings….

It has a lot to do with spiritual peace

The greatest and most perfect peace, however, comes to any and all who remember at the urging of The Holy Sprit the words of our Savior God. It makes little difference whether one is in her apartment, confined to a care facility, or roaming on the open road…and hopefully standing at one’s lathe with chisel in hand making shavings.

A familiar text in all cases is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace, In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Until next time: “God bless!”



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Lathe, Tree, and table

While puttering these days, last week and today, I did a lot of arranging and cleaning, used my lathe, did some writing and preaching in different venues and  in both shops. The result was to complete a couple of projects and to sort of close the chapter on a sermon series at the same time. Today I preached on the conclusion of Martin Luther’s Small catechism. Yesterday I performed a wedding at Cady Acres in Western Wisconsin, and used the Ecclesiastes verse from chapter 4 that is so very popular.

In the northern shop at Needles of the North I finished the little table I mentioWest End NON studioned before. Jan helped paint it, and now, there is only one special light fixture to install and that studio will be complete. The leaded glass windows are the handiwork of son David.

He did a redesign of a window painted by Karl Larsson and rendered it in the fashion that complimented the rest of the loft. Along one wall we have 3 sleeping cubbies with queen sized mattresses. I made those using northern white pine and Janet put curtains across each one for privacy.

This area (24×36) is furnished further with Ikea pieces and serves as a studio for my design activities, writing, and devotional compositions, and sleeping quarters for our guests and my occasional naps!.

The lower level of this 1.5 story building is my shop area that I use for all kinds of woodworking. Its equipped with 2 lathes (one small lathe for very tiny projects, and a larger lathe for bowls and longer pieces) , table saw, bandsaw,grinder,drill press, sign making machine, auxiliary power generator, shop vac and a large work bench. That’s  all the power tools I need for what I do.  The name of our property in northern Minnesota is called “Needles of the North®” and is located on Northwoods Needles Road! As you might guess our 3+ acres are covered with Larger Pine, Spruce, Poplar, and Birch trees. We have 200 ft. of shoreline on the northern end of Gunn Lake. All of which has been a tremendous blessing to our family and many friends.

When I’m not doing “flat” work I do my turning. Included are pens, tops, trees, bowls, medallions, cutting boards, bottle stoppers, to mention just a few. Here’s a sample of my pen turning activity. If you are interested in any custom gifts or presents send me an email.

The devotion written for today (composed and edited at Gunn Lake) was recorded and posted from WSP and is one that leads me to appreciate even more the many wonderful gifts we have received through the study of the Bible and the many things we have learned and had the privilege to share. School Days is based on Matt. 11:29. Click on the red link “School Days” and you will be taken to the brief video for today.

Until next time, keep learning and “God Bless.”

 

 

 



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