Gayle Crowe KNLS.ORG, World Christian Broadcasting Alaska... http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe.html Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:36:26 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Instant Transformation? http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/111-instant-transformation.html http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/111-instant-transformation.html A professor at the University of Stockholm returned home from a trip through the United States. Someone asked him what impressed him most about America. What would you imagine he would have said. Our skyscrapers? The vastness of our country? The system of government that seems to work in spite of people and circumstances that try to tear it down?

No, it was none of those. What impressed this professor more than anything was sod. Some of you may not know what sod is. You may be driving through the countryside in America and see acres and acres of nothing but grass growing. When the grass is just right, machines come in, cut underneath it a few inches so that what you have is like a carpet of grass. The machines then roll it up, put it on trucks, and those trucks head for new housing developments. The crew unloads the rolls of precut sod and then in a very short time they lay all the pieces down and produce the best looking lawn on the block. A carpet of grass, and it only took a few hours to create. Instant transformation.

The professor could sense that we are not a patient people. We don’t like to wait a whole summer for a lawn to come up. We want it today. We don’t have the patience to plant a seed and wait a few years for bush to grow up. Instead we go to the nursery, buy a bush, come home and set it out—all within an hour. A yard that’s downright shabby can be transformed into a picture in just a short time.

Funny things about this, though. You can transform the yard, you can transform the house overnight—but you can’t so easily transform the home that lives in that house. In a home you’re dealing not with plants, but with people . . . and that makes a big difference.

To have an influence on the children in a home requires careful attention. Lynn Okagaki, a professor of child development at Purdue University in Indiana, has published her research in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. She found that even if parents hold strong moral and religious beliefs, the only way their children will pick those up is for the parents to talk about what they believe and teach the children what they want them to know. Otherwise, children won’t “get it” on their own.

How much do you talk to your children? I don’t mean about their homework and their chores. I mean about the values, the standards you believe in. What your children believe, the principles they will live by the rest of their lives, they will have learned from you only if you have consciously taught them through the years. Important things take time. Begin now.

Do you need to know where to start? Write us at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska USA 99556. Or we’re at KNLS@aol.com.

 

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khtan@worldchristian.org (Gayle Crowe) Gayle Crowe Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:34:23 +0000
It’s Good For You! http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/110-its-good-for-you.html http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/110-its-good-for-you.html The day started out like every other day. Reginald Denny was a truck driver in the California city of Los Angeles. On that day he happened to turn a corner into a situation he didn’t expect. An out-of-control gang of enraged men stopped his truck, dragged him out, and beat him savagely. Mr. Denny was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Now that much of the story isn’t why I’m telling you this. Sadly, that kind of thing happens every now and then in cities around the world. The reason I’m relating this story to you is what happened next. Mr. Denny’s recovery took months, but when he was better he asked to meet the men who had beaten him. He spent a few minutes face to face with them, shook hands with them, and said he forgave them. In spite of the fact they had nearly killed him, he forgave them. A reporter observing the scene wrote, “It is said that Mr. Denny is suffering from brain damage.”

That’s the way it is, isn’t it? Forgiveness is so rare—because it’s so difficult—that when it does occur, people don’t understand. “He must have brain damage,” they say. Or “He must not understand the situation.” “He must have an ulterior motive.” “He is so naïve.”

Forgiveness is an important principle talked about often in the Christian faith. Jesus Christ knew how difficult forgiveness is. In one of his prayers he said, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” But then he came back to the subject after the prayer as he said, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Wouldn’t you love to know why he came back to that topic? Maybe it was in response to a comment. Perhaps it was because of a questioning or disbelieving look he saw in the eyes of the crowd when people heard the words in the prayer, “Forgive us . . . as we have forgiven.”

Interestingly, forgiveness is being talked about these days outside of churches. Psychologists and health professionals are talking about it, too. Recent research says that forgiving other people reduces such things as bitterness, anger, hostility, hatred, resentment, and fear, and that means our hearts, our immune system, even brain function and memory will improve. Research also shows that people who forgive tend to have more friends, and people with more friends tend to be healthier than people with few friends. Old Confucius was on to something when he said: “If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves.”

Having a tough time forgiving someone? Maybe you’d like to write us for some help. We’d like to hear from you. We can’t solve all problems, but maybe we can give you some things to think about. Write us at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska 99556. Or e-mail us at knls@aol.com.

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khtan@worldchristian.org (Gayle Crowe) Gayle Crowe Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:31:44 +0000
Can’t Stand the Noise? http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/109-cant-stand-the-noise.html http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/109-cant-stand-the-noise.html What are you hearing right now? Oh, I know, you’re listening to KNLS, but I mean besides that. Chances are that there are noises around you as you listen to this broadcast, noises which you weren’t even aware of. If you’re in a house, maybe there is noise of appliances like refrigerators or TVs. If you’re listening to this at work, there are machines, bells, people talking to each other—or maybe yelling at each other trying to be heard over everything else. Outside are the sounds of cars, trucks, sirens, motorcycles, trains, planes. Even if you’re in the country all by yourself you still can hear the quiet sounds of insects and birds and small animals.

Too much noise is a major concern for a lot of people in our world. Here in America, the U.S. National Research Council reports that more than 14 million Americans are thinking of moving because they find their neighborhoods to be too noisy.

Actually, noise is not just irritating. It can be destructive. Too much noise can affect not only hearing, but even emotions, attitudes, and habits. Out in California, on the west coast of the United States, two groups of children were studied: one group lived in a quiet residential area; the other lived under the air corridor of Los Angeles International Airport. The children who lived near the airport did not do as well on tests, they were more likely to become discouraged about projects they were assigned, and they were more prone to depression. And for people on the job, people who work in noisy factories argue more, they change moods more often, they are more worried, and they have headaches more often, than do workers in more quiet situations.

How about . . . silence? “What? That’s the problem! I don’t have any silence!” Neither did Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. He lived long before the industrial revolution, long before automobiles, long before radios and TV’s. But even back then, Jesus found times to get away from the noise and hassle of the city. He would go out by himself just to make time for silence.

Some people are afraid of silence. They say they think bad thoughts. That’s very sad, because there are lots of great things to think about, things that build up, that make us feel good. Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed escaping into my own thought world to think about the beginning. Before time, before space, before matter, what was there? Or more properly, who was there? The Bible says God was there, but what does that mean?

Ever wonder about questions like that? You have to have some solitude to get those thoughts sorted out. Do this: take a piece of paper or go to your email, and write us what you’re thinking about the big questions. We could initiate some good dialogue about it, I’m sure. Write us at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska, 99556 USA. Or we’re at KNLS@aol.com.

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khtan@worldchristian.org (Gayle Crowe) Gayle Crowe Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:28:28 +0000
In What Do You REALLY Believe? http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/108-in-what-do-you-really-believe-.html http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/108-in-what-do-you-really-believe-.html Some say they don’t exist. Others claim to have the proof. For more than 400 years people have reported seeing large, hair-covered, manlike animals in the wilderness areas of North America. Sightings of these creatures continue to the present. There’s even an organization that’s been formed to monitor the sightings—it’s the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

Have you heard of Bigfoot? Just who believes in Bigfoot, anyway? The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization is made up of people from all over the world who are scientists, journalists, and specialists in many fields, according to the Bigfoot Organization website.

The stories they tell go on and on. A rancher in North Dakota was searching for stray cattle when he spotted something that looked like a big monkey. He chased it for a while in his pickup, but it jumped over a creek and disappeared into the brush. A lady in Middle Tennessee had never even heard of Bigfoot, but one night she went to the back porch to see what was stirring up her chickens. In her words, “Something about eight, nine feet tall with black hair all over it, just standing there kinda stooped over. Its eyes were shining in the porch light, and I just stood there for a minute. When I moved, the thing growled and turned and disappeared.”

The Bigfoot Organization has conducted many excursions into places where Bigfoot has supposedly been seen. They have interviewed witnesses, checked out reported sightings, and combed the brush for clues. But—still no Bigfoot. And yet, they don’t give up! As the president of the group says, “It’s just a matter of time until we produce Bigfoot.”

Bigfoot may or may not ever be found. But we have to give one thing to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization: we must admire the passion of the group that has given itself to searching for him. These people really believe in the existence of Bigfoot, and they are willing to invest time, money, and their own personal prestige in the search.

That’s the way it is with people who are passionate about something—whether something sort of bizarre, like Bigfoot, or something that’s real, and significant, and life-changing. They’re passionate about it and it means the world to them. They’re willing to take the scorn and the jeers of people who don’t believe. But, that all comes with the territory when you really believe in something.

In what do you really, passionately believe? Here at KNLS, we really and passionately believe in God. We believe that God came into the world in the form and the flesh of Jesus 2,000 years ago. And we believe that the life, the message, and the death and resurrection of Jesus can make an eternal difference in the life of every person in the world today. Are those new ideas to you? If so, write us and we’ll be glad to explain. Our address: KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska 99556 USA. Or e-mail us at knls@aol.com.

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khtan@worldchristian.org (Gayle Crowe) Gayle Crowe Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:25:27 +0000
Accepted! http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/107-accepted.html http://www.knls.org/reading-pleasure-main/gayle-crowe/107-accepted.html “What is it you really want in life?” That question came up the other day. Almost immediately, one of the men in the room spoke up very distinctly, “Acceptance. To be accepted is what I really want in life.” I knew, of course, why he said that: he has been an alcoholic for years, and now that he’s leaving that lifestyle behind he’s aware that it’s tough to be accepted by many of the people whose acceptance he values. Other people answered with other words, but most of the other answers were just variations on the theme of “acceptance.”

My mind wandered to two days before. I flew out to the East Coast of the U.S., near Washington, D.C., where I was visiting my son and his family—which includes their two year old daughter. The second day I was there we decided to go someplace, so I went downstairs to get my coat. As I started back up, I looked at the top of the stairs and there was my granddaughter, sitting on the top step, just waiting for me. I hadn’t seen her for months, and when I walked in the door from the airport I was obviously a complete stranger to her. But in those 24 hours we had bonded, so there she was at the top of the stairs just waiting for me to come up. Her message, without saying a word: I had been accepted.

On the plane on the way home I started thinking how many figures in the Bible circle around the theme, “You’ve been accepted”! The Old Testament says that the Hebrews, the Jews, were God’s chosen people. The Hebrew word translated “to be chosen” means that one is accepted into God’s service as a chosen instrument. The person isn’t worthy, he probably doesn’t have any special qualifications, he may not even do that great a job at what he’s been chosen to do. But in God’s eyes he’s been accepted, he is considered valued, and hence he’s a special person to God. The same idea is picked up over in the New Testament in these words to some early Christians, “You are a chosen people, . . . a people belonging to God” (I Peter 2:9).

Wow – that’s heavy, isn’t it? It says that human beings are accepted by God—chosen by God. In fact, God is so heavily invested in people that he went to extraordinary lengths to draw us to himself. Have you heard the story? It’s a tremendous story. Well, so tremendous that it’s been the cornerstone of the Christian faith for the past 20 centuries. If you haven’t heard the story, write us here at KNLS. All you have to say is, “Please tell me how God accepts people.” We’ll know what you’re talking about and will take it from there.

It’s wonderful to be accepted by the people around us – it’s extra special to be accepted by 2-year-old granddaughters. But for all of that, it’s even better to be accepted by God. Write us at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska, 99556 USA. Or we’re at KNLS@aol.com.

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khtan@worldchristian.org (Gayle Crowe) Gayle Crowe Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:20:07 +0000