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SEPTEMBER 2020
THE UBIQUITOUS TIMES
A newsletter for discerning adults in the Gowanda Free Methodist Church.
Others may read at their peril.
Compiled and Edited by David C. Schwedt who is solely responsible for content and errors.
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(IF) We are God’s Creation….
So, Why Am I…..
depressed, inept, a klutz, slow-of-wit, in poor health, unable to handle finances….?
I remind the reader before we go on that many questions presented in these
pages do not have definitive answers but are primarily thought-provoking… note :
THOUGHT-provoking, not PROVOKING! There are so many variables strewn across so many lives, that one
would be presumptuous to claim to have a top-ten list of causes for troubles, griefs, despair, but there can be an answer.  IF, according to scripture, notably Eph. 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV, then can we assume that God has not done a very good job in His Creation?
As noted, the variables, precipitated by a number of causes may be instrumental in a person’s circumstance. We live in a broken, unredeemed world; a person’s lifestyle choices have an impact; is it abominable ‘’luck?;’ is God punishing me? The Lord chastises those he would save;’ it happens to everyone in some measure, great or small. (Is. 53:5)  Even the apostle Paul, a giant of the faith, complained that God had not removed from him a ‘thorn in the flesh.’
So, if Paul struggled with some infirmity, should one be more accepting of one in oneself, also?
But, in this case, I do have an answer: Accept what is.
If you have brought it on yourself, effect change beginning now. Identify the problem
and seek help to modify your behavior. This will not guarantee a quick turn-around
or an immediate solution, but adopt this lifestyle: Mt. 6:33: NIV But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. To some who are a distance from culminating a faithjourney, that may be a platitude. To those who have experienced coming to faith, it is true. It may not change circumstances, but it will surely give you a more positive mindset. 
Thoughts from a recent message:  God is BIG enough to hear your complaints.
Ed. note: Do you wait long enough to hear His answer?.
 
POLITICAL ‘YEAST’
I suppose personality traits have some bearing on how one processes the news, be it of national or international consequence or just mundane gossip. Maybe I’m too lazy to get excited about anything unless there is good reason for it.  The upshot of that is when I hear of some event or story that prompts a rise in concern, I first want to be sure there is some basis in fact for the news. A case in point recently: A group of protesters was reported to have burned some Bibles and and American flag during a demonstration.  As it turns out, while there may have been some element of truth to the story, the fact is that in trying to start afire for their demonstration they used any paper at hand, newspapers, flyers, and a Bible to get the blaze going.  The focus was not to burn Bibles as was ultimately reported.
Some picked up on the story and blew it out of  proportion. The story had been circulated to social media by a Russian agency dedicated to just this type of thing.
So, my advice in this day and age of often-contrived mis-information,
don’t be the ‘yeast’ that makes a kernel of truth a bakery overflowing with bad bread.
Legal Column:
A verbal contract is not worth the paper it is written on. Samuel Goldwyn
 
Now Back to the Salons
Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Known in several other forms. It is a philosophical razor
which suggests a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for human behavior.
Occam’s razor is the principle that, of two explanations
that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct. It is applied to a number of disciplines, including religion, physics, and medicine. This line of reasoning, Occam’s razor, Is used in a wide variety of ways throughout the world as a means to slice through a problem or situation and eliminate unnecessary elements.  Doctors use it to determine the illness behind a set of
symptoms.“The molecular biologist Sidney Brenner recently invented a delicious play on Occam’s Razor, introducing the new term Occam’s Broom, to describe the process in which inconvenient facts are whisked under the rug by intellectually dishonest champions of one theory or another.
Now that you are sufficiently educated on how to think, go out and change the world. And… avoid most of those useless conflicts with others over ideas that can be attributed to stupidity. Just say, ‘Thank you.’
 

When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.
 
If it weren’t for my health issues, I’d have no social life at all.  Walter Lippmann
 
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil
and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson, 1952

Six English words can be made from the following letters; A E P R S [First one to bring them to the
counter at Tim Hortons can buy a cup of coffee. (They must be in alphabetical order.]
 
How would your verbal output change without the
word A W E S O M E ?
Are many of the things you call awesome equal to an
AWESOME GOD?

UBIQUITOUSTIMES.Edu 
For those teachers and/or school districts wrestling with
how to do school in the throes of COVID-19 constraints, here are some great
suggestions that will eliminate much of the teacher preparation for on-line lessons
in several disciplines.  Except for individual family requirements of having to
pay for cable or dish TV services here are the lesson content sources:
BIOLOGY:
Have students view the plethora of ads depicting and defining all the body parts and how they act and react to various living styles. These include brains, teeth, hearing, lungs, stomachs, intestines, even private parts-mechanics, problems and care. Just the idea should get any teacher started on lesson plans.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION:
Weight Watchers and Nutrasystem will provide the numbers and menu guidance for the viewer.
SOCIAL STUDIES:
The History Channel; a search of
past programs will reveal various topics from which to
choose depending on the content and appropriate class level.
SCIENCE/Chemistry/ Physics:
McGyver episodes.
ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS:
Construct a video game shooting down spelling and grammar errors.
HOME ECONOMICS:
Rachel Ray and any number of other cooking shows.
GOVERNMENT: C-SPAN/FOX NEWS/MEET THE
PRESS/numerous commentators.
. Any child or teen with some degree of interest and acumen can learn much from just watching TV. A word of caution: Don’t believe everything you hear!
REVIEW DAYS BEFORE EXAMS:
Jeopardy

As a former teacher, I think the challenge facing each current teacher is demanding, and in some cases, overwhelming. For the Christian teacher, God does answer prayer and will guide you in the development of a good lesson.

A REAL CHALLENGE:
In a search of a synonym for ‘challenge,’ to mean a mountain to climb to achieve some
goal, no suitable word would come up. All referred to a battle, a rivalry, a contest. The Thesaurus, a dictionary, and finally the internet… and there I was given some
lesser choices among those still ranking with confrontation. The best choice among what I was seeking was: ‘test of…’ And there is no doubt that the ‘challenge’ facing our teachers today is a TEST OF their mettle, their ingenuity, their dedication, and their training in the discipline to be taught.
My thoughts and prayers go out to any of our teachers who will be relying on the Lord to guide in the development of the lessons to be sent out on the internet, and for the students to be receptive and up to the ‘challenge’ of this necessary methodology.
 

Snippets of humor to fill in the down time on your down time

Why do they call it the novel coronavirus?
It’s a long story….

You know what they’re saying about 2020.
It went viral faster than anyone thought it would.

What’s the best way to avoid touching your face?
A glass of [lemonade] in each hand.

So a vowel saves another vowel’s life. The other vowel
says, “Aye E! I owe you!”

The difference between a numerator and a denominator
is a short line. Only a fraction of people will understand this!

Some people can’t distinguish between etymology and
entomology. They bug me in ways I can’t put into words.
 
THE FOUR ‘Cs OF COFFEE
From the Sage of New Hampshire
Cup 1: CONSCIOUSNESS [Wake up!!]
Cup 2: COGENCY [Able to converse]
Cup 3: COURAGE [Able to face the day]
Cup 4; COMBATIVENESS [Ready to challenge the day]
 
HAVE YOU BEEN BLESSED BY GOD DURING THE PANDEMIC?
Have you weathered the disastrous wild-fires in California?
Have you missed the destruction wrought by the recent
tornadoes and hurricanes?
Have you avoided the destructive rioting in cities?
Are you surviving the pronounced increase in dictatorial world leaders?
Have you missed getting ill with the corornavirus?
OR
Was your meal on the restaurant patio not satisfying?
Did your paper delivery end up in the wet bushes?
Did your electricity go out for a moment and you had to
reset all your digital clocks?
YEP… I GOT SNEAKY PREACHY!
And I would encourage everyone to walk around with his/her head up looking
for the good in life. Most of us can find ways in which we
are better off than many others.
And, be a nation that PRAISES GOD in all things