Story Time- I Forgot My Gum Last Night

Last night I had the urge to stop at a restaurant I like in the downtown of my city to get some food to go. The restaurant is Ali Babas. I had a craving for a gyro plate which comes with steak fries, gyro meat, and is topped with onions, a sauce, tomatoes, and cheese crumbles. It was so satisfying.

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There was a slight problem. As you can imagine, the onions and sauce might have done a number on my breath. I didn’t think about or worry about that when I got the food. My college is also downtown only a few blocks from Ali Babas. When I got to the college, I went to the adjunct office and sat down to savor my delicious food still no concern at all about what the onions and sauce did.

It wasn’t until I reached into my laptop bag that I realized my dilemma. I forgot to bring my gum and had no time to go buy some. Why is that an issue? I am glad you asked.

We have to wear masks in the college, so as I taught for three hours, I was wearing my mask with yes, the onion and sauce still on my breath. I think that is enough said.

Did you know that fortunately for us there is actually something that God will not remember? Isaiah 43:25 says


“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

If we come to Jesus, God forgives us and will not remember our sins against us. What a wonderful gift from God.

By the way, I put a few packs of gum in my laptop bag.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Why I never Watched The Movie Cats

That Broadway musical Cats that was made into a movie is one I never watched and don’t intend to watch. It is the same reason I never watched the Garfield cartoon. I feel it is a very valid reason. What is the reason you ask? Good Question.

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As it just so happens, I am allergic to cats. If I watch the movie Cats or Garfield cartoons, I am sure my allergies will flare up. Allergies are quite an unpleasant thing. Now if there was a movie Dogs, count me in because I am not allergic to dogs.

I also have allergies to tree pollen but they are short lived only affecting me in the spring, so watching Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers was no problem even with the Ents- talking trees basically- because the movie was so awesome maybe it drove out my tree pollen allergies. 🙂

Allergies, animals that don’t get alone like dogs and cats, and more are part of the curse on nature after the fall. Yes my post is an attempt at humor, but seriously all of creation longs for Jesus to return.

Romans 8

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

The question is do we groan, long for, the return of Jesus?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- The First Time I Grew A Beard

It’s double story time week for our first week of January. Too much of a good thing? Perhaps but here we go.

The first time I a grew a beard it was actually unplanned. Yes, my great discovery was unintentional. It was the winter of 2017/2018. We had a long cold snap of artic weather, once again my Canadian readers can laugh and shake their heads, and due to the cold weather and it being winter break, I stayed inside and did not go anywhere. I also did not shave for those two weeks. One morning towards the end of those two weeks, I finally went out to check the mail. I realized my face felt warm and putting two and two together with my powers of deduction a little like Sherlock Holmes, I realized it was because I had not shaved. Boom-Discovery.

Adding to this, I went to church the first Sunday after winter break and some women at church told me I looked good with a beard. If men say it, I tend to ignore it because, well being a man, I know most of have us no clue about things like that. Having a face for radio anything that might constitute looking good on me stays, so the beard stayed and has been in different forms.

Might I point out that the disciples and Jesus would have had beards, so it maybe it is a bit more spiritual to have one. 🙂

This is now my fifth winter having a beard that keeps my face warm, which causes me to have sympathy for my women friends. Alas they cannot grow beards for the winter. I wonder if they wish they could?

I tell my students that I dye my beard white to look like a teacher, but they don’t seem to believe me. Isaiah 46:4 says,
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. I think white hairs count with this too. I have certainly seen Jesus rescue me at times. 🙂

So my blogging colleagues, let me know which beard you think is better. By the way no beard is an option. 🙂

Short Beard- taken at a coffee shop and coincidently a painting of a man with a beard in the background.

Medium beard

or Long beard- taken in the coffee area of church

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time-Airports versus Shopping

There are two smaller stores where I buy most of my food from. One is a neighborhood grocery store. The other is an organic/natural food store that is next to the coffee shop I frequent. What do they have in common? They are small, I know where everything is, and I share jokes with the people who work there. They are also both more expensive than supermarkets, but that brings me to things I don’t like about larger supermarkets.

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Large supermarkets are impossible to navigate. I don’t know where things are. They are too complicated. Worst of all they are so crowded. They could cause a person to have anxiety.

So can the same be true to airports? Say it isn’t so. Airports are vastly superior to large supermarkets. Yes, at face value one might think they are similarities such as many people, but that is a superficial comparision.

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Airports, especially international airports, represent fun and adventure. When one is in an airport, one is going somewhere on an adventure. Even being in an international airport gives one the adventure of finding the gate and the fun of looking around and seeing people from all over the world. Yes, there are overpriced shops, but they are easily avoided and hey malls are full of overpriced shops too, but one isn’t going anywhere.

With supermarkets or malls, all one is doing is walking around way too much with the only destination being back to one’s car. Where is the fun in that? With airports one also walks around a lot, but one is going to someplace exciting like Brazil or Europe.

Supermarkets are boring. One needs to daydream at times to make it through such as pondering deep things like if a team of elves from Lord of the Rings played a team of Jedis from Star Wars, who would win. In an international airport, there are so many fascinating people from all over the world that walk by that there is no need for daydreaming.

The list of reason airports are superior to supermarkets/malls could go on, but in the interest of brevity, give me my small stores and airports any day not supermarkets/malls.

Airports have one more huge advantage. Whenever I fly to another country it reminds me that one day Jesus will return and those who believe in him will fly away to our eternal home. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- A Tale of Two Pizzas

Gluten free frozen pizzas have been a bit of an ongoing saga of frustration over the pizzas not being cooperative and ending up overcooked and at times burned such as I shared a few days ago in- Story Time- A Funny Thing Happened to My Lunch.

Today I gladly share a success story and a new method. The new method was inspired by a comment David of davidsdailydose.org made on the post. “All you need to do is match the length of your TV program to the cooking time, Matt. 1 🍕 pizza = 30 minutes. Problem solved.”

Yesterday I placed a gluten free frozen pizza in the oven. Realizing the show I was watching on Hulu had segments on the bottom of the screen indicating when commercial breaks would occur, I used those as a way to keep track of time. The instructions for the pizza were ten minutes at 375 degrees. Ten minutes is how long the segments are between commercials. The results speak for themselves.

Thus a dilemma that has plagued perhaps the whole world, well at least mine, has been solved. My little sister in Jesus Alicia of forhispurpose.blog might find this useful as well. She has been public about her propensity for the occasional burning of things.

So the new method that I freely share is to use the time indicator at the bottom of the screen while watching a show on a streaming service. The segments are about ten minutes each some a bit longer. No need to thank me. This was a collaborative project between David and myself.

This new method can be adjusted to listening to music such as two of three songs, depending on how long the songs are, can indicate ten minutes. If more time is needed, listen to more songs.

Perhaps this is what Proverbs 15:22 is talking about:


Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

What should we call this new method? The steaming service method? David and Matt’s Collaboration? Any ideas?

Feel free to share this revolutionary new method 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- A Funny Thing Happened to My Lunch Today

My plan was to stay home today, relax, enjoy some movies, take a nap and cook something I bought last night. Knowing I would have today off, I stopped by the store on my way home from class last night and bought a gluten free frozen pizza. Alas the fatal flaw in its design struck again. It did not alert me to the fact that it was burning.

I put aforementioned gluten free frozen pizza in the oven and began to watch the movie The Shack- great movie by the way. After some time went by, I remembered the pizza and discovered it was, well, overcooked to put it nicely. Why it did not tell me it was done, I cannot explain,

So off to the store I must go to buy something else for my lunch. Perhaps something I do not need to cook since there appears to be a problem somewhere but of course it could not be me. 🙂 lol

I am glad God does not forget us like I did the pizza. He remembers every little thing we do for him. Hebrews 6:10 says:

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Off to brave the wind and buy some food 🙂

Thank you for reading God Bless.

Story Time- The Time I Tried to Bake Cookies

It was a December afternoon when I was college age. We already had snow on the ground. I decided to bake some cookies, so I went to the store and bought some cookie dough. That was after I made a visit to a Christian bookstore and purchased a new album and a new study bible. Fortunately when I returned home, I was the only in the apartment. My roommates were gone, so there were no witnesses to what was about to transpire.

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I was really looking forward to some chocolate chip cookies freshly warm out of the oven. It seemed easy enough just slice them off and place them on the flat metal thing. I put them in the oven and then went to the small living room in the apartment.

Once in the living room, it was time to listen to my new album and check out my new study bible. I put the headphones on and opened my study bible. The music was a Christian album, so I sat there worshipping while looking at my study bible losing track of time. I was so focused and due to using the headphones, I could hear nothing else.

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Suddenly I smelled something burning. It was at that moment I realized I had forgotten about the cookies. Due to the headphones I could not hear the smoke alarm. I quickly went to the kitchen, opened the oven and saw the cookies were burned badly, Smoke was billowing out of the oven. I opened the sliding glass door to the balcony and shook the cookies off of the flat metal thing down into the snow.

That was the last and only time I ever tried to bake cookies. They are sneaky little things and will burn on your quickly so be warned. 🙂

Fortunately for us God does not forget about us and our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 6:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

As for me, now I buy gluten free packaged cookies, so no more burned cookies.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time-Inspired by Richard of Big Sky Buckeye

Breaking News!!! Stop the presses!!! My culinary universe is about to expand exponentially. Thanks to the inspiration I received from a comment Richard of bigksybuckeye.com gave me. I ordered a George Forman Grill.

Now I can cook burgers at home. I can even cook panini sandwiches provided I can find gluten free bread. I think I could even cook steak. It seems the possibilities are endless. 🙂

One never knows what inspirations can come from fellow bloggers 🙂

My maiden voyage with the grill will be Wednesday. I will let you know how it goes and whether I burned the place down or not. lol

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Dumb Lids

Some of you read my story about buying a slow cooker, a really really slow cooker. I have been using said really really slow cooker and bringing my lunch to school. The other day I learned a valuable lesson about plastic containers that I thought I should pass along to help you avoid the same mistake.

There is a fatal flaw in the design of such containers. Evidently one has to snap the lid down. If it has the slightest crack, it will leak.

How did I discover this fatal flaw that I pass on to you as a cautionary tale? I am glad you asked.

It just so happened the other day that as I held the container slightly at a tilt, juices leaked on the floor. There was a trail of juices on the tile floor in my classroom. Fortunately, no one was around to witness. It was at this time that I was ever so thankful for that marvelous invention called paper towels. It may have taken about twenty to clean up the mess.

The floor looked fine after I wiped it all up and no one could have noticed.

I am grateful that Jesus cleans us up from our sins. Isaiah 1:18 says:

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

If we come to Jesus, he cleanses us from our sins.

Stay tuned for future wisdom regarding cooking. I am glad to share my experiences 🙂 lol

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- The Slow Cooker

It seemed like a good idea at the time to buy a big slow cooker, so I can cook food to bring for lunch. I started doing that a few weeks ago. It is a device that moves at a snail’s pace.

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But it caused another dilemma for me which was having a container to put said food in to bring with me. I have heard of and seen people use a device called Tupperware, but I have never had it myself nor knew where to acquire said Tupperware.

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Then one day in the store while buying paper towels, I saw something called Ziploc plastic containers and purchased the aforementioned item. Problem solved.

My other frustration with the slow cooker is its name is a bit deceiving. For a guy who is used to using the popcorn setting on the microwave, which is still the ultimate cooking method, I think the contraption called slow cooker should be called- Really Really Slow Cooker.

I mean it took hours for the food to cook. Sure the end result was good, but my gosh. 8 hours to cook food!!!

With so many confusing devices like Really Really Slow Cooker, is it any wonder that the realm called kitchen escapes my understanding. This is frustrating for a guy who interacts with diverse cultures every day and can speak three languages. The realm called kitchen humbles me.

What are your thoughts? Really Really Slow Cooker or Popcorn Setting on Microwave?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.