The Weekly Babble

Traffic Lights

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:23

Will this light ever turn green!!  How do the traffic lights know when I am running late?  They must know, right?  Every time I am running late the lights are always red.  It is true.  Traffic lights slow us down.  When we are behind the lights are against us, always holding us back.  When time is not a concern, they are hardly noticed.   

Food That Edures

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 19:00

Jesus says in John 6:27, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures.”  This is a verse that does not need a lot of explanation.  We all know that Jesus was the master when it came to metaphors.  He would use words and examples that were well known in order to open up understanding of a deeper meaning.  Some of His comparisons are hard for us to find the truth lying below the surface because the description is no longer relevant or practiced in the 21st century.  For example, Luke 7:32, “They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling

Satisfying a Hunger

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:54

This week I am supposed to be talking about satisfying our hunger.  So how do we do it, satisfy our hunger?  There you go again, thinking about food.  It is time to set the food aside. Jesus said in His famous Sermon on the Mount,  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt 5:6).  By that definition, are you blessed?  Do you hunger for righteousness, and if you do, what level is your desire?  Is it at the same level as a hunger that will eat a fish right out of the river? 

I'm Hungry

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:49

I’m hungry.  Well join the crowd, brother.  We are all hungry, aren’t we?  We all have a strong desire or craving for something.  Now I know that when you read those first two words, “I’m hungry”, you thought food.  Your stomach may have even given you that little pang it uses to let us know it is ready for a refill.  Do we ever use the word hungry to describe a craving other than food?  We know it is a perfectly good word to use to describe our desire to obtain something, but we rarely use it outside our desire for food.  I think hunger is a great word and we should use it for more than ju

We All Have Our Laziness

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:24

I heard a phrase the other day that pricked my ears.  I understood the phrase as soon as I heard it because I have referenced it myself.  I gave it a different name when I spoke about it, but their meanings are the same.  I think I prefer this other phrasing over mine.  It is simpler.  The term I used was “Procrastination by Substitution”.  I know, you’re probably saying, “huh?”.  The phrase I heard was, “Busy laziness”.  This one might make you say, “huh” also, but it is more direct.  Can we be lazy while being busy?   (fun fact) Combining two words that appear to contradict ea

Changed in an Instant

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:09

NBC has a new show this season called Manifest.  The name Manifest is derived from the list of passengers aboard flight 828.  The hook of the show is that the flight takes off just as normal as any other flight, but lands five years into the future.  The weirdness of this phenomenon begins before the passengers even leave the plane.  Time has progressed as normal for them, but the rest of the world is dumbfounded.  Although things seem normal for the passengers, they, themselves, are no longer normal.  Not only have they missed five years of their lives, and five years of their friends’ and

Words of a Feather

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:30

Have you decided firmly on a course of action for 2019?  If so, then you have resolved to do a particular something or follow a particular plan.  Another and more familiar way of saying this is, “You have made a New Year’s Resolution.”  Deciding firmly on a course of action is the dictionary’s definition of the word resolve.  Resolve sounds a little like resolution, but the “v” stuck in resolve makes us question their possible similarity.  Then there is the part of speech aspect to add to our doubt.

Getting Ready for Christmas

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:21

Have you heard or been asked this question recently, “Are you ready for Christmas?”  This is a question only asked in December.  Christmas purchases may start heavily in November, but concentrated focus on Christmas does not begin until December.  Once Thanksgiving has passed and everyone has returned home and to work, thoughts of Christmas begin to heat up.  Decorations come out of attics, closets and garages.  Recipes are pulled out, Christmas cards are prepared, and lists are made and check marks applied.  People are getting ready for Christmas. 

Miraculous Mothers

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:15

Tonight we will be performing our Christmas Musical.  The guidance for the play primarily comes from the Gospel of Luke.  Luke gives the most detailed description of the events surrounding the birth of our Lord.  So it is only natural that his account of the Christmas story is read by more families and acted out by more churches this time of year than any of the other three gospels.  Something I really enjoy in Luke’s recalling is the attention he gives Mary.  Only Luke records the prayer and praise to God by Mary.  We often hear Mary’s youth highlighted in the Christmas story, but Luke nev

Grocery Store Blessings

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:31

This morning could not have been any better.  After dropping Olivia off at school and battling the mini vans, SUVs, and other assorted vehicles, I made my way to the grocery store.  What a delight seeing all the fruits and vegetables, the advertisements enticing me to purchase items I do not need, and the empty space where the one item I was craving should be sitting.  At least the basket I picked only pulled to one side and didn’t make clunking or screeching noises.  It was also a blessing to be able to go in the morning when the shoppers are few and my available minutes are fewer.  On thi