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  1. Paige says:

    🙂 Have a better day.

    As I mused the issue of ‘unanswered prayers’, I remembered that my Christian heroes are Elizabeth Elliot, Corrie ten Boom and Joni Erikson Tada……and I just shut up and had a praise a thon.
    love you!

  2. catherine says:

    How do you do that?? I went from tears to laughter all in one post!
    Good reminder for things in my life too..big things always start from small beginnings..

  3. Nonnie says:

    “My sanity returned and brought gratitude.”

    Isn’t that the truth! When we start to see our circumstances in the light of God’s almighty love, then we come to our senses and run with gratitude back to the Father’s waiting arms.

  4. from this corner says:

    i know the post isn’t about “check engine” light, but an online search is quite helpful on this … doesn’t always mean money, even a loose gas cap can trigger the warning light evidently

    FWIW – Elizabeth, Corrie and Joni are wonderful data points for all of us to be encouraged thu trials and, yet, each one models a slightly different kind of pain and dispair

  5. thinking out loud says:

    unity is not uniformity…

  6. Glen says:

    I really messed up. Please delete 11:20 entry.

    I do appreciate your message here, but on a practical level, I would check my oil and gas cap. Perhaps there is someone in your church who has the device that can read engine codes and pinpoint the reason your light did come on. A little maintenance can prevent a big problem from happening down the road.

    Hope your day goes better………..

  7. Lutheran says:

    I find the easiest way to deal with the “Check Engine” light is to take a small hammer and bash it so you don’t have to see it.


  8. filbertz says:

    I’ve found a small piece of masking tape to be simpler. 😉

    well-written & thought-provoking. Thanks.

  9. covered says:

    Webster’s definition of a parable:

    Parable : example; specifically : a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

    I thought that I would provide this definition to post #’s 4-6 just in case they thought that Michaels post has anything to do with “engine lights”.

  10. from this corner says:

    covered, #4 begins: “i know the post isn’t about “check engine” light, ” 😯

  11. whos_ who says:

    So glad this website is a testament that satan is alive and well by attacking the church from the “inside”. It displays the hypocracy of christians by saying some churches are after money while this site displays “Donate Now” button. This is so awesome.

  12. @11 …?!?



  13. from this corner says:

    ohmigosh! i never noticed that button – now i will feel guilty every time i come by here 😯

    however, isn’t the fact that it is so unnoticeable by all but the web police a pretty good indication that it is not the focus of the site? … or even promoted in any way? … Michael has been starving for years – would who-who care to perhaps help him learn how to go after the money?

    just sayin – cuz i can and i’m in a state of annoyance at people who peek and poke and prod with no intention of buying … buying my house that is, they’re coming at the rate of two every 3 or 4 days since Dec 26th! and i’m sitting waiting for another one … since most folks leave their houses empty during the day, i guess i understand why agents put one on their tour list for the heck of it, but mindless people scare me …

  14. London says:

    Somebody ought to check “who”‘s engine light!!

  15. catherine says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to jump back in….

  16. Michael says:

    You are entitled to express your opinion everywhere but the prayer thread. I moderated your little screed there.
    You may repost it here if you choose.

  17. I hope it was as well-informed as the post we already have 🙂

  18. London says:

    I like the word “screed”

  19. Baptists don’t believe in creeds, just screeds.

  20. London says:

    Ha! I grew up Baptist, I know that to be true.

  21. Jim Jr. says:

    In fact, my life lit up when I read this post today.
    I had THE EXACT SAME SITUATION two weeks ago.
    I have no son that depends on me, but I’m just as broke as you.
    My check engine light turned off by itself too, and I thanked the Lord.
    I didn’t ask God about the other prayers, because I generally don’t ask God to help other people-only myself.
    Just kidding.
    Like I said….coincidence? I think not.

  22. covered says:

    Webster’s definition of “screed”

    1 a : a lengthy discourse
    b : an informal piece of writing (as a personal letter)
    c : a ranting piece of writing
    2 : a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide
    3 : a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete
    In her screed against the recording industry, she blamed her producer for ruining her career.
    Origin: Middle English screde fragment, alteration of Old English scrēade — more at shred.
    First use: circa 1789

    Please forgive me I am being sarcastic. I love that word, screed…

  23. PP Vet says:

    Please, no jokes about the “Apostles’ Screed”. 🙂

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

    What beautiful words.

  24. from this corner says:

    #15 – if i’ve offended today, that isn’t good … grace is a beautiful and not fully understood gift … neither is banter fully understood … or appropriate on the Phxp perhaps?

  25. filbertz says:

    $orry you’re $o $en$itive about finance$ that the only thing on the entire blog you noticed wa$ a donate icon. Don’t let me hold you up from your oxen muzzling…

  26. Lutheran says:

    ‘So glad this website is a testament that satan is alive and well by attacking the church from the “inside”. It displays the hypocracy of christians by saying some churches are after money while this site displays “Donate Now” button. This is so awesome.’


    Simple thoughts from a simple mind.

    Yes, Michael is after money because some banners are displayed on his site. That equates to what? Oh, wait..nothing.

    And yes, Satan runs the church because Michael has banners running across his website.

    I guess when you see the smallest detail in black and white, every little thing is so crystal clear. Obviates the need to think and see nuance, I guess.

    You might be taken seriously if you knew how to spell.

    Which reminds me —

    Is hypocracy a fake form of democracy?

  27. Lutheran says:

    PP Vet,

    Glad you posted the Apostles Screed — I mean Creed. 🙂

    In my limited study of church history, I discovered that there’s quite a heft of theological meat behind each little phrase in that Creed.

  28. Lutheran says:

    And lest you Baptists think you can get away with not having a Creed or confession of faith.

    What about this one, from 1689?

  29. A Believer says:

    LOL. Leave it to the Baptists to cover every “jot and tittle”!

    -vague Believer

  30. from this corner says:

    can i share this? it was sent to me today …
    sometimes it’s easier said than done and sometimes it’s easier done than said and sometimes it just isn’t easy in any way, shape or rationale … but God, Thy kingdom come, … we’re waiting and holding the ground as best we can, eh?;

    God keep all the precious fools here on the Phxp – everyone is trying so very hard – IMHO

  31. from this corner says:

    post script to my #30 … ever since i read Paige’s #1 this morning i’ve been thinking about these people who are heroic … and the one thing that they have in common is back-up … with the possible exception of Corrie ten Boom’s years in the concentration camp … i know there are folks who are not loved or affirmed in their trials – i pray, may our Father’s unfailing love be real and His presence known – in His Word and sometimes in just knowing … feeling it

  32. “I have zero mechanical aptitude,” Well, Michael, there’s another thing we have in common.

  33. Most Autozone’s, NAPA and other part’s places will read the code for free. I find them useful before I take a vehicle into the shop. Gives me a chance to see what’s going on and find out if the mechanic is pulling a fast one.

  34. Haha. Kind of nice to see a little honest levity on the PxP. Gotta laugh at outselves once in a while. Breath a little

  35. Ourselves…sheesh….for me some things never change. Typos are my engine light if you know what I mean

  36. brian says:

    This is sort of off topic, Michael I understand you work in the consumer electronics business at the retail end of this market. I was wondering your experience at training new staff, staff turn around, experience in on-sight training I E the effect of high staff turn over and training time to bring new staff up to speak. I was meeting with some VC folks looking at pitching an scaleable cloud based LMS for staff retraining an eLearning. I am at the angel funding stage of the idea just looking at feasibility. Any thoughts, thanks.

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