and have a nice day…

i have a regular saturday morning coffee time with a buddy of mine here in portland. we talk mostly about God…and movies…and whatever else comes up over the hour or so we spend together. he is truly one of the smartest conversationalist i’ve ever known. a big guy with a big heart, as a child he was ‘labeled’ slow and it wasn’t until much later in life that he learned he was dyslexic https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002379/ he gets me thinking about so many things, which isn’t always a bad thing for a friend to do, you know. i came in from our time today, getting ready to juice for lisa and pondering some of the thoughts he stirred up as i watered a couple of my plants which are struggling through this persistent drought; no rain forecast for another week.

i tell you, do not complain about the weather; we’ve had a good summer that won’t go away. as it does almost everywhere out here in the wild west, the thermometer follows the sun and dips way down every night, but give it a few hours in the morning and we’re right back in summertime, even as we start buying our ‘scareween’ tricks and treats and the leaves keep turning colors and falling everywhere. the sunshine certainly helps lisa’s overall health like it does for everyone…except the vampires, i guess (but the ones we have further down peacock lane don’t seem to mind too much)…and puts me in a generally good disposition as i look fwd to embrace another nice day. i have a best friend in town playing at the aladdin tonight https://www.aladdin-theater.com/event/160411/ and i’m really looking fwd to church tomorrow; i’m going to include in the sermon one of the wittiest things i’ve read this week, my buddy shari’s open letter to people who see jesus in their food https://dustyearthmother.com/ there’s the link, just in case like millions of people, you won’t get to hear my great sermon tomorrow. i’m going to talk about why jesus is attractive. he is, you know. while christianity these days is usually stereotyped by extremes and politics and history, true jesus club members know that the real jesus is magnetic, drawing everyone to him even if at first they disagree with his theology; which is the same way it should be for his disciples. even if people think they hate your theology, there should be something about your unconditional love and pleasant disposition even in the face of adversity that makes you appealing as a friend rather than repulsive as an ideologue …

so today, as you go on your way, be kind to everyone and have a nice day.

Steve has been a minister for almost 5 decades; and for more than 40 years married to the wife of his youth and partner, Lisa. Steve has spoken in Madison Square Garden. He's swam the Hudson River to raise money for his favorite charity. He’s the writer, producer and director of an award winning short film. He’s an author, speaker, and father whose messages are hilarious, soulful and life changing. When he's not trying to sell, ride or make friends on a motorcycle, you can find him in Portland, Oregon where he is happily serving with the https://portlandchurch.org

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