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Sunday greetings everyone.

We Popped The WORLD’S LARGEST BALLOON!There was no mailing last Chicken Thursday because I was not feeling very well when it came time to put the final touches on the issue and send it out.

I have been having stomach problems on and off for the past year. At first some diet changes were helping, but in the last couple of weeks there have been a couple more painful episodes. Not all the diagnostic tests I should have are available right now (a number of our local medical labs are closed due to short-staffing because so many workers have COVID) but my doctor has begun treating me for an ulcer because that is what the symptoms oint to. To be completely open, it was probably stress that caused the recent flare ups.

The above is really more details than I would usually go into here, but stomach ulcers are one of those medical things that can come with a stigma, especially in the Christian community where worry and anxiety are viewed by some as a failure to trust or have faith in God. Many of the people who default to this view forget that when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing the time for his crucifixion was close, his sweat was like drops of blood. Many believe that was hematohidrosis, a condition brought on by incredible stress. Given what Jesus knew was coming, as he willingly became the sacrifice for the sins of the world, I am one of those people who believes it was just that.

Now, I am not putting my stress on par with what Jesus faced. But my sister's passing at the end of 2021 did have my stomach in knots - and my mind in numb - for many days. That piled a load on top of other stress I have because of my business, which is growing and stretching me to grow in areas that are very new to me. I know many people wished they had that problem, but it's a problem just the same because even in good things, being outside of one's comfort zone still can take a toll.

The fact is, life happens to all of us and sometimes that means there will be valleys we pass through that impact us physically, mentally and/or emotionally. In Psalm 23, David took comfort that God was with him in those valleys. That is an encouraging reminder to me and all of us who have placed our faith in Jesus. He is with me/us too. Many of David's other Psalms (and his life story) also encourage me because there were many times when David was a hot mess because of stress! Basically, depending on what you read from David, one ends up either wanting to be more like him or less!

If I do indeed have an ulcer, I am confident God will bring me through and teach me what I need to learn about myself and the course forward from here. I'm not going to add stress to myself by pretending I don't have stress because some people want to be "judgy" to help them ignore the reality that they may not always be able to prevent the effects of stressful times in their own life.

Today's video share is stress related; in a fun way. I regularly watch the YouTube channel, "How Ridiculous." The three young lads on this channel have fun doing ridiculous things that are a ridiculous source of entertainment for me, such as popping the world's largest balloon.

Click here to watch the video.

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone.

ss Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha apaiGrandma Cybersalt and I woke up to a tsunami warning yesterday. That sounds far more dramatic than it actually was because even though Cybersalt World Headquarters is only a few thousand feet away from the ocean it is also about 250 feet above sea level. We were totally safe.

There was a lot of news coverage of the volcanic eruption that spawned the warnings. I must say that volcano has my favourite volcano name of all time: Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai. If we ever get another dog, I might just name it that so I can be heard calling it's name throughout the neighbourhood if he or she ever goes missing!

I tried Googling what Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai means but was unsuccessful in finding any answer. My guess is, "Big Lonely One." That would explain why it desperately waved at millions and millions of people yesterday!

Today's video share is more about the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption.
Click here to watch the video.

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, Chicken Thursday!

America's Funniest Home Videos - Episode 1I was sorry to hear that Bob Saget, the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, passed away this past week. It bought back a flood of memories from a time when the availability and delivery of funny home videos meant gathering around a TV at home at the same time each week. The times have certainly changed!

Today's video is a nostalgic look back at the first episode of AFV. The situations in the videos are not that much different from today. However, the fashion, hairdos, and resolution of the day certainly are!
Click here to watch the video.

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone.

Extinct tree from the time of Jesus rises from the dead in IsraelThank you so much for all of the messages of sympathy, condolence, and encouragement after the passing of my sister, Melissa. Susan and I appreciate all of your spoken and unspoken kindness and care.

Today's video share is a pretty amazing account of bringing back a Holy Land tree from extinction.

Click here to Watch "Extinct tree from the time of Jesus rises from the dead in Israel."

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, the first Chicken Thursday of 2022 - Happy New Year!

Tim and Melissa - Last picture togetherI had intended to send a new year mailing out sooner than this, but simply ran out of energy and emotional gas on the weekend. In my Christmas Eve mailing you will remember that I referenced the medical masks that my dear sister, Melissa, sewed for us with "great love." At that time, I did not tell you she was scheduled for brain surgery later this month. Sadly, she suffered a complication and passed away following emergency surgery on December 28th. This is a picture of us together for the last time together - in this life, that is.

So Grandma Cybersalt and I ended the old year feeling very sad and have begun the new one in that same state. That said, we did enjoy the company and distraction of our son and his family being with us December 31 through January 2nd. We are as OK as one would expect as we continue to navigate these early days of grief, which includes not flying home to be with my parents and other family members, due to COVID health concerns.

Today's video share is one I watched a month or so ago and saved because I thought it would be inspiring for the start of a new year. It's a beautiful story.  I must say that my favorite part is the exuberant clap right near the end. You'll know it when you see it.
Click here to watch the video.

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, the last Chicken Thursday of 2021!

cabooseBefore moving to Vancouver Island, 25 years ago, I was somewhat of a railfan. But with no regular trains around here I've put that interest on the back burner for my own sanity. However, from time to time, I do indulge myself to some train stuff on YouTube. Today's video share is of a fascinating railroad crossing.
Click here to watch it.

This is the last mailing of 2021. Thank you for being a part of it!

May God bless you all richly in 2022 and give you peace.

~ Pastor Tim

Oh look, Chicken Thursday! OK, today's mailing is very late, but it is still Thursday on the left coast of Canada.

Every year I try to send out a separate mailing for Christmas Eve, and I intended to do so again this year, but after celebrating an early Christmas with a couple of our kids and their families, Grandma Cybersalt and I were just too tuckered out to put together our regular mailing on time. So I am combining today's mailing with a Christmas Eve mailing - which will actually work much better for all of you keeners living in the earlier time zones.

tim and susan christmas masksYou may recognize this picture of us in our Christmas masks from last year. These were sewn with great love by my younger sister, Melissa. I mention "great love" because Melissa suffers terribly with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though sewing helps to distract her from the pain she lives with, it's still not easy for her. And so last year, when we received them as a surprise in the mail, I quietly thought, "So much work for something we will be wearing for only a few weeks."

Fast forward one year and here we are wearing them again.

We are all tired of COVID and everything brought with it, taken from us, and what has changed seemingly forever. The pandemic continues to make what used to be simple harder, and what was already hard even more so. In so may ways we thought it would be over by now, or at least easier. But it's not.

We sing a song at our church that speaks to the wearying experience of being disappointed that the change and deliverance we want has not yet come to our lives. It sings of the reality that God will once again do the delivering work in our lives that he has done in the past. It may not be happening as fast as we thought or expected, but it will happen some day.

That is why we celebrate even the hardest of Christmases! We remember that the "back then" good work of God's deliverance, born of a virgin in Bethlehem, is like what He is going to do in the "not yet" of our lives, until all His plans and promises are fulfilled. Remember, God sent a great Savior because our need was great. And where our need IS still great, He can and will deliver for sure.

So whoever you are, wherever you are, and however you are, put your trust in the Jesus of Christmas because He will not fail you.

Today's video share is the song I mentioned above.
Click here to watch it.

From Susan and I, a Merry and Blessed Christmas to you all.

~ Pastor Tim

Sunday greetings everyone.

Christmas MangerLast year Christmas had barely passed when I realized I had hardly listened to any Christmas music while I worked or played. I remembered that this year and have been intentionally flooding my days and nights with Christmas music. One of the gems I have found is a concert by Sting.

Now, I am sure this performance is not everyone's cup of tea. It's not all Christmas music, and it's not even all Christian music. But I think it's inspiring and beautiful, so I am sharing it as this today's video share. With all music, including Christian, Christmas music, discernment is a gift to be opened regularly all year round!

Click Here to Watch "Sting: A Winter's Night... Live from Durham Cathedral" the Video

Enjoy the rest of today's mailing!

~ Pastor Tim

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