#205: Once for All!


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


Free  from the law — O happy condition!

Jesus bath bled, and there is remission;

Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,

Grace hath redeemed us once for all.


Once for all — O sinner, receive it!

Once for all — O brother, believe it!

Cling to the cross, the burden will fall —

Christ hath redeemed us once for all!


Now are we free — there’s no condemnation!

Jesus provides a perfect salvation;

“Come unto Me –” O hear His sweet call!

Come — and He saves us once for all.



Children of God — O glorious calling!

Surely His grace will keep us from falling;

Passing from death to life at His call,

Blessed salvation — once for all.



Jersey Boys


June 27 – July 2, 2017

Show Time: 8 p.m.
Gates Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes, with intermission

“Too Good to be True!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “The Crowd Goes Wild!” cheers The New York Times.
Contains strong adult language and subject matter; national tour recommends for ages 12+


I forgot to mention the above performance, that we are going to see tonight, when I put up the look ahead last Thursday.  I’m sure I’ll comment on the performance, as well as the Starlight experience, and separately.  No use biasing my review of the show by my review of the Starlight experience, which hasn’t been as stellar for us in recent years as it was previously.

Fitness Update: Swim Meet/Tug-of-War


This past week I didn’t have any specific fitness activities: swimming, running, cycling — that was part of my previous planned regimen.

I took vacation for the Kansas City Corporate Challenge Swim meet. I cycled up to the Gladstone community center each evening, and came back afterwards — 11 miles round trip. I swam very little at the swim meet. Nothing worth putting on my tracker.

Swim meets are all about sitting around for a long time, and then swimming for a minute or less in your event. From the physical exertion perspective, it takes a lot less time and effort than most of the other events in the Corporate Challenge, running, cycling, etc.

So I was able to log bicycle miles.

On Saturday morning the KCCC had its tug-of-war competition. I was on my company’s team. It was held out at the Longview Lake Swim Beach. Durning my second pull I found turtle eggs in the hole I was using to anchor myself. To preserve the remaining eggs they moved all pulls from that rope to another one.

Tug-of-war is another event that doesn’t take a lot of time.  Both our pulls were less that 15 seconds.  A full tug is only a minute, and then they decide which side moved the most.

So I didn’t do any running.

But I did add some “leisure” swimming at Oceans of Fun. On Sunday, after everything was done, I did three laps of the Caribbean Cooler for 800 yards of qualified swimming.


#204: Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


O soul, are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and free!


Turn you eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face, (wonderful face,)

And the things of earth will grow strangely him

In the light of His glory and grace.


Thru death into life everlasting

He passed, and we follow him there;

Over us sin no more hath dominion —

For more than conq’rors  we are!



His word shall not fail you — He promised;

Believe Him, and all will be well;

Then go to a world that is dying,

His perfect salvation to tell!


Chiming in …


I’ve been living life, some of which will come up in Monday’s fitness blog, but haven’t spent time chronicling it, so instead today, before I run out of day without posting anything, I’ve decided to throw up an older video clip from a Easter service several years ago. Hallelujah just seems appropriate in thanks for all the good things in life I have experienced today…

A Blast of the Past #102: Hannibal


On the way back from our meeting with family in Ohio, and tour of the parks, we stopped to see some sights in Hannibal.  We always prefer going across Missouri on Route 36 (eventually Interstate I-72?) through Hannibal rather than I-70 to St. Louis.

For the first time, for me and the kids, not sure about Betsy, we toured the Mark Twain caves, or whatever they were called.  It was a fun tour, but as Betsy pointed out, they talked about it as if everything had actually happened, instead of being stories that Mark Twain made up based on the caves.

So here are our pictures:


Before we did Hannibal, we also hit a campground in Indiana where we took some neat photos, so here they are:

A Look Ahead …


This week’s look ahead has four items, including glance ahead teasers …


AUMC — Vacation Bible School


Avondale United Methodist Church Invites Families to Rome: Paul and the Underground Church

[Kansas City, MO] A summer family event called Rome: Paul and the Underground Church will be hosted at Avondale United Methodist Church. Families step back in time at Rome, exploring the life of the apostle Paul and the underground church. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig in to Roman eats, visit Paul while he’s under house arrest, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Each day concludes at Extollo—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

Kids and adults at Rome will join The Missouri United Methodist Conference in the “Water for Haiti” project—a project that provides water filters to families in Haiti. With this service opportunity, families’ donations will change the lives of other families across the globe by helping provide them with safe drinking water.

Rome will begin on Friday, June 23, with supper at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30.  Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Sunday, June 25, 9:30-Noon. For more information, call 816-452-3518.

Please register both adults and children using forms located in the foyer or by calling the church office.  We encourage parents and grandparents to accompany children as we learn about Paul’s Rome.  All church members of any age are welcome to attend with or without children!

Worlds of Fun

The big events coming up all relate to a week from now, with Celebrate America on the July 4th weekend, and Family Reunion Days and a Military Day all packed into the July 4th celebrations.

KCCC Tug of War

This week, the final week of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge, has been the swim meet, the penultimate competition,  since Monday night.  Tonight is the final event: freestyle — both 50 individual and 200 relay.

Saturday is the ultimate event — the tug-of-war.  I might even be doing it again  for my company this year, for the second time.  We are still trying to put together our team. Event itself starts 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Longview Lake Swim Beach.

Teaser — Liberty Con

And finally the real look ahead teaser.  More to come next week:

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