Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Spiritual Life, Part 2

The Paregien Journal  –  Issue 338  –  June 21, 2016  –  Stan Paregien, Editor

The Spiritual Life, Part 2

Our dear friends Clay and Pat Landes came into our lives when we moved from Edmond, Oklahoma to Bradenton, Florida in 2013. We were immediately attracted to them by their openness and hospitality, each with a smile displaying they were in a close walk with God. He has been serving Christ in many ways, and for several years has been one of the elders leading the diverse body of believers we call Central Church of Christ in Sarasota. 

1994  --  2015--09--05  Sarasota, FL - Clay and Pat Landes' 50th Anniversary --  by Stan Paregien

Clay & Pat on their 50th wedding anniversary

renewing their vows. Sept., 2015

 

Though he grew up in a Christian home and once professed his love for the Lord, in his early adult years he had strayed far away. When Clay finally saw the light and returned, he had a burning desire to reach out and help others who had never accepted Christ or who had let their love grow cold. And he is still at it.

That is so despite the fact that about eight months ago he was diagnosed with cancer. In early June, his regular physician said his condition had worsened significantly. So he is now in a hospice program with an array of medical and social and psychological professionals to assist them as needed. Little did that group know that they were dealing with an upbeat, optimistic man . . . who was still on a mission. He told us on Sunday, June 19, 2016, that he had just arranged to have Bible studies with two of those folks “because they need the Lord.”

That same Sunday, Clay found the strength to teach a fine Bible class on 2 Timothy 4:6-18. There was a large audience of adults, many of whom were visitors — friends of his from years back. He began by singing a song that he wrote about a year ago: “Jesus, May Your Will Be Done.” There was hardly a dry eye in the audience.

Then he went on to read the first section of Paul’s letter which begins with, “I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

It was a powerful lesson from a man who, indeed, has fought a great fight for the Lord he loves and who trusts deeply in God’s grace. He knows he is going to heaven, fairly soon, and doesn’t want anyone else to miss out on going there, too. 

So here is his song, both as a poem and then as a song with the chords.

 

2016--06--19   03-A    Sarasota,  FL  -- Clay Landes -  by Stan Paregien

Jesus, May Your Will Be Done -- 2, a poem -  by Clay Landes - Copyrighted 2015

Jesus, May Your Will Be Done --  by Clay Landes - Copyrighted 2015

For those who may need a little guidance in how to share their faith more easily with others, I recommend the following book. The author was a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee during part of the time that I was also there. He has had a wonderfully productive Christian life. But he, also, had a diagnosis of cancer and went through many treatments before it went into remission. So he knows what it means to walk through the Valley of the Shadow of death . . . and had been able to help others who needed to walk more closely with the Lord.

1997 book by Randy Becton, EVERYDAY EVANGELISM, page 1

1997 book by Randy Becton, EVERYDAY EVANGELISM, page 2

 

Poem 454   The Purpose of the Lord's Supper - by Stan Paregien Sr  1 Cor 11 v17-34 -- Page 1 of  2

Poem 454   The Purpose of the Lord's Supper - by Stan Paregien Sr  1 Cor 11 v17-34 -- Page 2 of  2

Keep on the Sunny Side   --  Ada Benkhorn in 1928  -- gospel, bluegrassLife's Railroad to Heaven  --  Gospel, bluegrass

2015--02   The Christian Appeal -- Page 1

The above little magazine is one I’ve read and enjoyed for many years. The editors are two “Texified” brothers, Gene Shelburne of Amarillo and Curtis Shelburne of beautiful downtown Muleshoe. They are gifted writers, teachers, authors, and preachers. They are simply solid-citizens and dedicated Christian men. 

Their magazine is not jammed with the latest hot topic or with shrill voices. It is a relaxed and thoughtful, Christ-centered journal with real-life applications. So I hope you will consider becoming a subscriber. The additional good news is that it is free. Yes, Virginia, there really is such a thing as a free magazine. It is free as in no cost to you. Hundreds of folks who appreciate the journal do send money to help out. But, again, there is no subscription fee and you won’t be barraged for a donation. So give it a try. And tell them good ol’ boys that Stan sent ya. The address is below.

2015--02   The Christian Appeal -- Page 2

One of my current challenges is reducing my number of file cabinets from three to no more than two. Sounds easy enough. But my collection of articles, songs, photos, genealogical material, and etc. and etc. is a bit overwhelming. Fifty years of collecting will do that to you. But once or twice a month the notion of junking some of it strikes and I dutifully start through the files.

Well, it was while I was doing that a week or so ago that I came across the following message by a former Bible professor of mine. Dr. Batsell Barrett Baxter was a congenial, soft-spoken man with the heart of a servant and the mind of Christ. While I was at Lipscomb University, he was head of the Bible Department. And he was the beloved preacher for the Hillsboro Church. And . . . he was the featured speaker for many years on the radio and TV broadcasts called “The Herald of Truth” originating from a congregation in Abilene, Texas. So he was a busy, busy man.

On the last page of this four-page message, I have added a few photos of this wonderful Christian gentleman who died of cancer several years ago.

Baxter, Batsell Barrett  -  'The Days of Our Lives'  -  Page 1 of  4

Baxter, Batsell Barrett  -  'The Days of Our Lives'  -  Page 2 of  4

Baxter, Batsell Barrett  -  'The Days of Our Lives'  -  Page 3 of  4

Baxter, Batsell Barrett  -  'The Days of Our Lives'  -  Page 4 of  4Bible  -- not a bag of trail mix to pick and chose only what you like

 

Land of a Thousand Hills Cafe - Bradenton, FL 06-02-2016  - Benefits farmers in Rwanda - Part 1 of  2

Land of a Thousand Hills Cafe - Bradenton, FL 06-02-2016  - Benefits farmers in Rwanda - Part 2 of  2

 

Family -- Grandma - church - always welcome at church and Grandma's house --FAMILY CIRCUS

 

 

John 03 v16 --  02

Guess I’d better close for now. I do thank you for stopping by on a regular basis to see what is new. The easy way to do that, of course, is just to sign up to receive a simple email notification that I have posted more material. Please consider doing that.

For several years, Peggy and I had a little sign on our dining room wall that said, “Life is short. Eat desert first.” I saw a lot of wisdom in that and sometimes followed it.

The fact is, though, that none of us has a guarantee of even one more hour of life. Folks die all around us on a regular basis. And in that sense we are all “terminally ill.” So, my friend, let’s you and I do what we can with what we have where we are . . . to help others and to make this a better world, condemned though it is. And that also means periodically conducting a self-examination to make sure we have done all we can to have our lives and our house in order when we die. Just sayin’. 

 

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Life in Florida, Part 5

The Paregien Journal  –  Issue 337  –  June 21, 2016  –  Stan Paregien, Editor

Life in Florida, Part 5

2016--05--08   A--1C    Bradenton, FL -- Peggy Paregien on Mothers Day -- by Stan Paregien

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Hillbillies and Flatlanders

My cousin Jerry Paregien and his wife Muriel live in the nose-bleed heights of the far northeast mountains of Tennessee. I am told that he generates his house electricity from the same system that operates his still a hundred yards down in the woods from his house. But that is another story.

Since we have lived here in the Flatlands of Florida, they have been to see us about three times. And we have a boat-load of fun doing whatever we want. I had a sister and no brother, but ol’ “Jay-ree” is about as close as I’ve come. He is a scholar (written a couple of eBooks about particular firearms), a Southern gentleman (he is actually an immigrant, from that other country, . . . California) and our Christian brother and friend. 

Part of the fun we have and the bond we share is that Peggy and Muriel get along so doggoned well. Of course, each of them was a “P.K.”  For the uninitiated, that is a code for “Preacher’s Kid.” And they were. Muriel’s father was a well-known preacher in the mid-West and central California. He had qualms about tying the marriage knot for her, considering her mate selection; but it appears to have worked out. Her brother, Victor Knowles, is a long-time preacher who has lived in the Joplin, Missouri area for decades. He is the editor of ONE BODY, a magazine advocating Christian unity. And . . . Peggy’s father was a preacher in Nebraska (Kearney and Albion) and mostly in Ventura, California. Plus, Peggy was married to a guy who preached full time for about ten years ( I know him well). So Peggy and Muriel have fun discussing the pluses and minuses of living in the glass house of a parsonage.

Anyway, these photos show a little of what we did here this time.

2016--05--14   A1  Bradenton, FL -- Peggy Paregien and Muriel Paregien.jpg

2016--05--14   A2  Sarasota, FL -- Cousins - Stan and Jerry Paregien - by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--14   A3  Sarasota, FL -- Jerry and Muriel Paregien - by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--14   A4  Sarasota, FL -- Stan and Peggy Paregien - by Jerry Paregien

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Note the electric scoot-mobile Jerry has been using for about six months for longer walks. It is an amazing little thing that folds up compactly and only weights about 35 pounds, as I recall. So it gets an amazing number of miles per gallon of gas.

2016--05--17  B01   Bradenton, FL  --  nearly 30 million tourists visited Florida in the first quarter of 2016

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2016--05--15  A8B  Sarasota, FL - Old Guys Napping

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2016--05--20   A01   Bradenton, FL  is 6th fastest growing town in Florida, 46th in the nation

2016--06--15  05A   Venice, FL  -  Dr Brian Smith on his tricycle - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--15  05B   Venice, FL  -  Dr Brian Smith on his tricycle - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--15  05C   Venice, FL  -  Hand-made quilt given to Dr Brian and Ruth Smith - by Peggy Paregien

This beautiful quilt, above, was given to the Smiths recently by a friend — Jean Pendergrass. And . . . that reminds me of a poem about quilters . . . 

Poem 450   Old Quilters Never Die  --  Stan Paregien Sr - copyrighted June 14, 2016

2016--06--15  05D   Venice, FL  -  View from condo of  Dr Brian and Ruth Smith - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--15  05E   Venice, FL  -  Stan and Peg Paregien with Ruth and Brian Smith  - by Bonnie Hamill

2016--06--19   01--A  Bradenton, FL  -- 8 dogs in the back of a convertible car - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--19   02--A  Sarasota, FL  -- Don Betts and Judy - by Peggy Paregien

These are two of our favorite people in Florida. No, make that the United States. Naw, make that the continent of North America. Aw, shucks, you catch my drift. 

2016--06--19   03-A    Sarasota,  FL  -- Clay Landes -  by Stan Paregien

Be sure to check back for the next posting on THE PAREGIEN JOURNAL, as it will tell more about Clay’s story of faith. And it will have a copy of that great song he wrote.

Now, a very important personal note . . . 

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Paregien, Jr.

2016--05--10   Anniversary of Becky and Stan Paregien Jr - May 10, 1986 in Stroud, OK

2016--05--29--B   30th Anniversary renewal of wedding vows of Becky and Stan Paregien Jr -  married May 10, 1986

2016--05--29--C   Waterloo, IL - 30th Anniversary renewal of wedding vows of Becky and Stan Paregien Jr -  married May 10, 1986

Major Stan Paregien Jr., U.S.A.F., and wife Becky renewing their vows  on their 30th wedding anniversary. Columbia, Illinois. May 29, 2016

2016--05--29--C2   Waterloo, IL - 30th Anniversary renewal of wedding vows of Becky and Stan Paregien Jr -  married May 10, 1986

2016--05--29--C7   Waterloo, IL - Stan Paregien Jr, and Becky with kids - Daniel and Jodi - 30th anniversary

Becky & Stan Paregien Jr. with their children: Daniel (also in the U.S.A.F.) of St. Louis, Mo., and Jodi P. Barrow of Arkansas

2016--05--29--D   Waterloo, IL - Brandon Barrow, Jodi P Barrow and Bailee

Jodi Paregien Barrow with her husband Brandon (U.S. Coast Guard) and daughter Bailee (not shown, son Dominic)

Our 54th Wedding Anniversary

Peggy and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2016. This year it was just a little different. Okay, a whole lot different.

Previously, we celebrated it together by eating at a nice restaurant or going some place special. On our 25th anniversary we made our first trip to lovely Hawaii. On our 50th we flew to London and took a bus tour of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and one day in France. 

This time we also celebrated it with a trip to a special place. Only she went alone. And all day and night on May 31st she was enjoying being at sea on a 12-day cruise aboard the Holland American Oosterdam, as the guest of our friend and neighbor Evelyn Skliar. Meanwhile, I was home walking the dog and watering the flowers, neither of which I bargained for when we moved to Florida [upon her return I turned in my license to do such].

Oh, well. One of the little zigs and zags in life. 

Poem 445   Another Anniversary, My Love  --  by Stan Paregien Sr - copyrighted  May 31, 2016 -- Page 1 of  2

Poem 445   Another Anniversary, My Love  --  by Stan Paregien Sr - copyrighted  May 31, 2016 -- Page 2 of  2

 

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Peggy’s Mediterranean Cruise

The Paregien Journal  –  Issue 336   –  June 20, 2016  –  Stan Paregien, Editor

Peggy’s Mediterranean Cruise

One of the folks who has been a blessing to us since we moved to Florida, is a perky Christian lady named Evelyn Skliar. She was born in bonnie ol’ Scotland, spend her early childhood in Canada and then attended high school and college in Rochester, New York (N-e-w Y-o-r-k ??? Yep, New Yak.). 

She has spent many years of her life working as a nurse on cruise ships for the Holland Line. Yes, I know, really tough duty. Yuk, yuk. And the last year or two, whenever she has her feet on Mother Earth, she often attends a women’s Bible study with my wife Peggy at our church in nearby Sarasota. Evelyn is of the Presbyterian persuaion, but — like us — enjoys the fellowship of a wide range of other Believers.

That brings us to the point of this essay: Several weeks ago Evelyn contracted to serve as a nurse on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. It would originate in Barcelona, Spain and would stop at three other ports in Spain, in Gibraltar, in Corsica, in Marseille, France, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and also at a port near Florence and Piza, Italy. They would then deboard at another port and fly out of Rome. Well and good.

Then she asked Peggy, “Do you suppose you would like to go with me on this cruise as my personal guest at no cost to you?”

Say what???  Hey, I’m not kidding. This would be a cruise of a lifetime for poor country folks like us, so I told her I’d hold down the fort here and keep our dog and flowers in a survival mode, if she wanted to go. I encouraged her to do so. And so she did.

Peggy and friend Evelyn individually took flights out of Sarasota, Florida on May 22, 2016 and met up at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain the night before their departure on the 2,500 passenger ship on May 24th. This part of the trip was not free, of course. But it was a pretty uneventful trip for Peggy from Florida to Toronto, Canada, then to Dublin, Ireland and then into Barcelona.

2016--05--23  01A    Barcelona, Spain  --  Spanish flag

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2016--05--24   01  -  Peggy Paregien's 'Non-Rev Passenger' status

2016--05--24   02A1  -  The Holland Oosterdam cruise ship

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Peggy’s private cabin
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The windows of Peggy’s cabin

2016--05--24   06  Map of the Mediterranean region

2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 02

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2016--05--26  01A  Cadiz, Spain  -  Logo  -- flag  of spain

2016--05--26  02B  Cadiz, Spain  - map

2016--05--26  02F  Cadiz, Spain  - music in Spain

2016--05--26  02G  Cadiz, Spain  - map

2016--05--26  04C  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  04G1  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

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2016--05--26  04H  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  04J  Cadiz, Spain  -  by Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  12  Cadiz, Spain  - Marcado -- shopping area - Peg Paregien

2016--05--26  15  Cadiz, Spain  - - Peg Paregien

2016--05--27  01A Flag of Gibraltar, United Kingdom  -- 01

2016--05--27  02A   Gibraltar --  map  -- 06

2016--05--27  02C   Gibraltar, United Kingdom  --  map

2016--05--27  03A   Gibraltar, United Kingdom  --  things to see

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2016--05--28   01A  Malaga, Spain --  logo

2016--05--28   02B  Malaga, Spain --  map

2016--05--28   03A  Malaga, Spain --  info

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2016--05--28   08C  Malaga, Spain --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--28   08D  Malaga, Spain --  by Peggy Paregien

 

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2016--05--29  - 01   Sunday - Alicante, Spain  --  logo   by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--29  - 02A   Map  - Alicante, Spain

2016--05--29  - 02D   info  - Alicante, Spain

2016--05--29  - 05   Sunday - Alicante, Spain  --  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--05--29  - 20B   Sunday - Alicante, Spain   --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--29  - 23A   Sunday - Alicante, Spain   --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--05--30  01B  -  Logo  --flag of spain  Palma de Ballorcas

2016--05--30  02A   --  Map  - Balearic Islands

2016--05--30  03C  -  info -  Palma de Ballorcas

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2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 03

2016--06--01  01   --  Flag of  France
2016--06--01  02A   -- Map of Marseille,  France

 

2016--06--01  02E   -- info of Marseille,  France

2016--06--01  02G   -- info of Marseille,  France

 

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2016--06--01  12   Port at Marseille, France  -  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--01  15A   Vineyard -  Marseille, France  -  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--02  01A   Flag of Monaco

2016--06--02  02B  --  map of Monaco

2016--06--02  03C  --  info -  Monaco

 

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2016--06--03   02A2   Balearic Islands, Spain  map

2016--06--03   03A   info - Ajaccio, Corsica

 

2016--06--03   05  Napoleon Bonaparte was born in  Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

 

2016--06--03  12   Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--03  13   Evelyn Sklair - Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--03  14   Evelyn Sklair - Ajaccio, Corsica --  by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--04  05A  -- Italy's history2016--06--04  06A  Maps of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  06A  --maps of Pisa, Italy

2016--06--04  11  --history of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  13  --history of Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  14A1  -- Florence, Italy

2016--06--04  14B  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  14C  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  15A  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  17  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  19C  -- Florence, Italy - Neptune's Fountain

2016--06--04  20  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  21A  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  24  -- Florence, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

2016--06--04  50  -- map of Pisa, Italy - by Peggy Paregien

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2016--06--05  04D   History of Rome, things to see

2016--06--05  04E   a long night at the airport

2016--06--06   01C  Peggy's 'Buddy Pass' purchased through a Delta employee

2016--06--06   01D  Peggy's 'Buddy Pass' purchased through a Delta employee

2016--06--06   01E  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01F  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01J  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--06   01K  Peggy Paregien's flight from Rome, Italy to Minneapolis, Minn

2016--06--08   01A  Peggy Paregien's flight from Minneapolis to St Louis

2016--05--24  09  Cruise Log -- post cruise --  Page 03

 

And so, . . . the great adventure finally ended. Peggy and Evelyn had a grand ol’ time, though Evelyn had seen most of the ports a number of times. For Peggy it was, indeed, the cruise of a lifetime. Thanks, Evelyn!

 

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