Things I Think…

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  1. Alan says:

    Birthday blessings Michael. Like hiking in the mountains each crest seems to lead us to another that beckons. So let’s keep going and see what is just yonder beyond that next rise.

  2. Michael says:


    Thanks, my friend.

    My primary goal at this stage is staying upright… 🙂

  3. Dave Rolph says:

    So good, on all counts! And happy birthday!

  4. ( |o )====::: says:

    Thanks Michael for this post today. We’re all holding you, your mom, Trey and your FurFamily near and dear in our hearts

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dave!

  6. Michael says:

    Thanks, Man…we’ve been friends for a long time now…

  7. Terrie R. Beede says:

    Happy Birthday Michael. May the Lord bless your day, and bless you with many more in the years to come.

  8. Dan from Georgia says:

    Happy Birthday Michael. Many blessings to you and your mom, Trey, fur babies, etc.

  9. Michael says:

    Thank you, Terrie…

  10. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dan…all will be well…

  11. Laura Figueroa-Scott says:

    Happy Birthday Michael! I have been praying for you and all your family.

  12. Captain Kevin says:

    Happy Birthday again, Michael! We were both in our 40’s when I started coming around. Seems like yesterday, or 100 years ago.

    #4 – Grace that is greater than all my sin.

  13. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    happy birthday indeed

  14. Michael says:

    Thank you, Laura!

  15. Michael says:


    My body feels like it was close to 100…

  16. Michael says:

    Thanks, WTH!

  17. Linn says:

    May you have many more birthdays to share your profound and wise thoughts with us! (I personally second #7).

  18. Shawn says:

    Happy Birthday. May His grace uplift and sustain you for another year or ten. Thanks for being a blessing in my life, brother.

    #5- Yes, but… Lol. However, I do honestly struggle to believe and appropriate acceptance, grace, and love as you define it. Yet, I never thought I could understand why some Christians believe in Purgatory until my mother died. I don’t believe in it but I understand how now. Simply put it is a doctrine of hope and redemption. If only it were true… The reason I struggle with an all encompassing grace, acceptance, and love is because I view God, based on my limited understanding of Scripture as a complex and multi-faceted person with a very diverse range of attributes that comprise His composite character and nature. Yet, I hope you are right for my mom’s sake and ultimately my own. I could add a lot of other people to that list as well. I hope you understand I am not arguing to the contrary but rather articulating my initial thoughts and inner doubts. I follow where the point of inspiration leads. Thanks for providing the spark.

  19. jtk says:

    Alan introduced me to you 20 years ago, give or take….Skip H’s return to Abq times

    Glad to still be here…

  20. Michael says:


    Thank you, my friend…the Lord bless you and yours.

  21. Michael says:


    Thank you.
    I understand the doubts…we’ve been taught all our lives to live in fear.

    My mom is actively dying…she is not a believer and used to refer to my library as “all that crap”.
    According to standard evangelicalism she will soon land in eternal fire.

    However…I know the life she lived that made her what she is…a hard life, indeed.
    The Christians she knew were mostly abusive and they did much damage.

    If I, a sinner, can understand why she couldn’t embrace faith, then I know that the God who so loved the world that He let it murder Him to save it does as well.

    I have a deep reverence and awe of God….but perfect love casts out fear.

  22. Michael says:


    It’s been a hell of a ride…I’m glad you’re still here too.

  23. Josh says:

    Happy birthday brother! Glad you are still here with us, and hope for many more.

  24. pslady says:

    Happy belated birthday Michael! I’ve got a few years on you…so to me you are still “young”. Prayers for you, your Mom & family & your fur babies!
    👍🏻 on “Things that you think”

  25. JD says:

    Happy birthday to you!

  26. Someone Else says:

    Michael Happy Birthday! Ees a sweater. Also glad I am wasting my night on here so thank you.

    #10 Definitely worse. Definitely wondering what kind of anecdotes are allowed on here…? 2nd hand stories…

    # 9 is a great parenting tip, btw. As a dad I am so tempted to settle the issues with the resonance of my large chest. Then I remember how long it takes to repair that. My marriage and family is not built like a tank, it’s built like a Hyundai Sonata that keeps getting recalled…

    #7 When I say things that make everyone mad I love to remember my Lord and my God, who infuriated all the right people with perfect love. Oh but I said that not him and the love was not so much love but “I’m the Wiz, nobody beats the Wiz!”

    #6 So you are not leaning towards Calvinism?

    #5 Someone wise once said that the church dispenses grace as if it purchased it on its own…”

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