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Friday, December 31, 2010

CAST YOUR BREAD!

“Put out (CAST) your bread on the face of the waters for after a long time it will come back to you again.” Ecclesiastes 11:1

There are many issues in life that require strong faith and this is one of the testiest one among them. It has been said, “If you keeping on giving, soon we will have something coming back on every wave but most of us (me) want to give and wait on the seashore until it comes back to us before we give anymore.

There are those who take advantage of our giving spirit, and after being taken advantage of a few times we are suspicious of all needs that are presented to us.

We like the scripture that says:
Luke 6:38  "Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down shaken together to make room for more running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."

Another promise is in Matt. 7:7-8
“Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. Everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened."

We are told to be good stewards of goods and we need to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in the matter of stewardship.

Don't try to give to everybody who comes along for many are just trying to rip you off. A good sob story doesn't mean you owe them anything.

How about this, be led by the Spirit as to what to give to instead of emotional feelings. Sometime The Holy Spirit will say yes, and other times He will say no.

When you are led to keep on casting you will be blessed in your deed.

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=_9s7id89Qsk&feature=related 

Be wise and not foolish, but do be open to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

THE GAME

It was Christmas in simpler times, when a boy dreamed of being the king of the diamond.

At last he felt it was time for him to play on a team, surely he was big and strong enough play with the bigger boys.

Recently the little league teams had gotten uniforms and looked very professional when they were out on the field. However his old glove was worn out when he got it, and it made him look bad when trying to field a grounder; the ball would pop out of the glove and the runner would be safe.

All year he had been hinting he wanted a new mitt for Christmas. He even humiliated himself by sitting on Santa’s knee and asking for a certain glove.

Now, it was Christmas day and he was almost afraid to go downstairs for fear there would be no glove for him.

This was the happiest moment of his life because he received just what he wanted, a Rawling fielder’s glove, the best one made from pure leather.

Immediately he hurried to the garage and took down the oil he had been saving for the day he would get his new glove. Carefully he oiled it and then placed a baseball in the pocket tying it up tightly for he wanted to shape the pocket to the ball.

When he showed up for the team practice with the new mitt the coach told him he could try out and play third base. The first ball hit to him went straight through his legs, and his heart almost stopped beating because of everyone making fun of him. The coach yelled at him; “No biggie, just tighten it up.” From that day to this, no ball ever did that to him again.

Each day his skills improved, though he had never played in a game until the third baseman moved, and they had no third baseman. His coach said; “Okay get out there and let’s see what you can do.”

Before he had been used as a utility player, playing all the infield spots until third base became his territory to defend. Even at this youn age he could rifle a ball across the diamond and few could beat out a hit on him.

As time went by he constantly improved with his glove, and his hitting ability until a scout saw him, and he got a tryout with a farm club.

It was a short time until he moved up to the majors. At first it was back to being a utility player but that didn’t matter, for he was a major league player and that was everything.

The one thing he had learned was patience, and then one day, again he was promoted to third base where he wanted to be all along.

Year after year went by and his career was most fulfilling, but time was beginning to tell on him. He was slower at getting the jump on the ball and guys were getting hits they should not have gotten. He was sluggish at running the bases now, just a half step slow down.

He began to see the end was coming for him because time was moving on and wasn’t waiting for him. The manager used him as a teacher for the younger players and played him less.

Then one day they had a party for him, and he gave a farewell speech about what baseball had meant to him, and then it was over.

More time passed and he could no longer do what was once so easy for him. As the days went by not even his sport was as meaningful to him, in fact nothing was as interesting as it had been.

He was a victim of the natural decline that all experience to one degree or the other. He didn’t think about the past anymore and the future wasn’t in view. The present was the only thing there was, and the “now” was very dull and unresponsive.

On occasion the thought would stir his mind; “I ain’t the man I used to be” but it would fade into the lapse of thinking.

This went on till one day the game was over and people said nice things about him and what he had meant to them.

He had played the game fair and gave it all he had, that is all you can ask of anyone. Remember being in the game of life is what is important, but how you play it makes it meaningful to you.

Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings;

Monday, December 27, 2010

THE EMPTY STOCKING

I can still remember when stockings were hung up for Christmas. Each child would find the biggest stocking they could find and hang it up. We figured that the bigger the stocking the more goodies we would get.

For some reason my Christmas memories start at the age of five. I’m sure that I got a little something before that, but I can’t remember what it was.

Chronologically I can only place one Christmas, before the age of five. We had hung our stockings up and the next morning it wasn’t filled up to the heel. A few nuts, an apple and an orange and that was it. It wasn’t much but I was happy to get it.

One reason I remember my age five Christmas was because I got what I wanted, which was a pedal car with lights, and a pilot’s cap with glasses. It didn’t matter that my stocking wouldn’t hold my gifts; the only thing that mattered was what I received.

I had more than one empty stocking Christmas, and sometimes we only had our regular fare to eat.

After marriage we always saw to it that our kids had a good Christmas with presents for each child. Usually Christmas dinner was at the grandparent’s house until one day they announced that from now on the dinners would be at my place. That was a surprise but from that time on, that was the way it was.

Thinking back I remember those Christmas, and the empty stockings, this was supposed to be a special time where you received rewards for being good.

Being older I think of a time when we shall be joined unto the Lord’s house and enjoy Christmas in heaven. I expect to have my stocking hung and to receive presents galore.

Rev.22:12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

The last thing I want to see is an empty stocking with my name on it. All it takes is - - to obey the rules and it will be the happiest Christmas of them all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZEn7Tq0GU

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

Life is all about decisions.

At times we are hard pressed to make a decision that will give direction to the rest of our life. This decision must be made wisely and with counsel.

Our lives consist of both the natural and the spiritual, and both need to be addressed in a reasoned manner.

Circumstances always play a big part in our lives. If you are born rich you have an advantage over the poor for their struggle starts at the bottom of the ladder while those of affluence start near the top.

Still sometimes those who are not well off do better and prosper while others will waste their goods. In the end, character usually will prevail.

Though you become rich in natural things, but do not prosper in the spirituals you are only half rich.

Happy is the man who says; “I have decided too follow Jesus” for he has made the most important decision it is possible to make.

Jesus said, John 10:27 “I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

The song says;
He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

And so it is, the decision to be a follower of Jesus is one that is blessed, but not necessarily easy. But always it is GOD’S hand that leads you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NKIMfgOI_w

Monday, December 20, 2010

MA WAS A COUNTRY GIRL

In those days to be pregnant with no husband was looked upon with disdain to say the least.

Being engaged helped, but still the people wanted a wedding where they could be wined and dined at the wedding feast, and much of their concern was about missing out on that.

To say that Joseph was an understanding and forgiving boy friend was putting it mildly.

Even though he was older, still it was a hard pill to swallow (Holy Ghost or not).

Mary had to hang on until the time came to be delivered of this miracle child before she and Joseph could start their normal married life.

Jesus Christ being born in the cow shed wasn’t a very prosperous beginning, but the angels (heavenly host) sang as they had never sung before, for this was to be a single performance. Perhaps the song was something like;

“O HOLY NIGHT”
Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error, pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the Angels' voice
Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born.

Never before in the history of man had the angels been assigned a task such as that; the announcement, "The Savior is born."

This night actually had it’s beginning before the creation, for Christ was as one slain before the foundation of the world.

Yep, his ma was a country gal but she knew how to be obedient to GOD and by her obedience to bless the entire world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ-8jYpa1-o&feature=related

Saturday, December 18, 2010

TRUTH

There was once a T.V. Program called truth or consequences where you answered truthfully or had to pay a penalty. If you told the truth you were rewarded and if you were wrong you had to earn your prize the hard way.

In the game of life the same thing applies, only there it is truth or deception.

John Medina had some interesting comments about truth in his book; “The truth will set you free.”

“Ever since you were a kid, you’ve been programmed with the many different “life truths” of countless well-intentioned humans. It likely started with your parents, then your teachers, society, your pastor ... The list goes on and on. As you began to absorb all these “truths,” you might’ve noticed that some of the supposed “truths” weren’t necessarily aligned. The “truth” of your parents might not have resonated with the “truth” of your teachers. The “truth” of society, in most cases, won’t correspond with the “truth” of your pastor. Let’s not even get into the “truth” of the different religions.”

He goes on to say; “While I find it important to respect and consider each “truth program” offered by the well-intentioned people in your life, you’ll never “be free” until you experience life, and comfortably cultivate your own truth. Experience is life’s greatest teacher. One of the most important truths in your life was the reality of Santa Claus. If you were a nice boy or girl, Santa Claus would bring you all the toys you wanted! If you were a naughty boy or girl, Santa Claus would leave you hanging. Although Santa Claus was a huge “life truth” for a period of your life, when you found out that your parents were involved in a global scheme to trick youngsters into behaving, you realized that it was time to release your “truth” regarding Santa Claus. Did that make the “truth” of Santa Claus any less real, while you were in the fantasy? Of course not! You thought Santa Claus was real! Take this awareness into the other “life truths” you’re currently processing. In most cases, just like Santa Claus, these “truths” are also make-believe. You make them real by your belief in them. And just like your experience with Santa Claus, once life experience shows you a different perspective regarding your current “life truths,” you’ll release the idea of these “truths” being real. Your mind is constantly being fed “truth program” after “truth program,” and each one is claiming to be “the” truth. The true truth is this: Only you can determine Your Truth.”

One of the most famous queries concerning the phrase; “What is truth” was spoken be Pontius Pilate at the trial of Jesus. Jesus had answered this question prior to this event, in Pilate’s case it was a rhetorical question but in real life one's journey for truth requires one to start with “I am the way, the truth and the light for the true knowledge starts with the beginning of knowing GOD.

It starts with the experience of the new birth and continues with daily experiences with GOD in your life. The culmination of knowing truth ends with resurrection of the body of Christ when we will know all truth being known even as we are known.

1 Corinthians.13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Friday, December 17, 2010

AIN’T IT GOOD?

Being from Tennessee, I had some good raising down there. I reckon I ate my share of grits and fat back when they were available which was most often.

I decided I would share some of my heritage with my children so I loaded them up and headed south to Tennessee.

The kin folk were hospitable and took us in and fed us, it were hard on the chickens though. We visited the family graveyard that was dated back to the Revolutionary War and you must admit it isn’t everyone who has there own cemetery to bury their kin in.

From there we went to Georgia to visit some of my father’s kin.  We saw Grand-Mama moon who was deaf to anything less than shouting, She died a little later at 103 years old.

Aunt Jesse saw to it that we were well fed.

Now some diets say drink some water before eating and you won’t eat so much, Aunt Jesse had a different take on that as she gave us all a big piece of watermelon before supper. That seemed to satisfy some of our hunger.

While we were eating the melons she would always say, “Bob, ain’t it gooood?” Aunt Jessie owned over a hundred houses and she showed us most of them complete with history. She took us to visit the other aunts and uncles and we headed home.

Things were hard in the thirties in Tennessee, but we were able to do a little with little. The people had to take care of themselves for there wasn’t any free money in those days. If you was hungry you worked and lived within your means which was very little.

Things change, today if the people need some money the government prints them some. The people today are educated and nobody has to work if they don’t want to. I finally figured out what is meant by the saying this is the richest country in the world; it means we have the best printing presses in the world and as long as they don’t break down we will be the richest country in the world.

Uncle Dave Macon used to sing the Tennessee gravy train. Sounds a little like today. Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io_KIWqjWbI&feature=related

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Prohibition in the United States

The Volstead Act prohibited the sale and manufacturing of alcohol in 1919. This act was the eighteenth amendment to the constitution of the United States.

On December 5, 1933, the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.

People with good intentions (in their minds) tried to regulate people’s lifestyle by using federal law.

While we live with many prohibitions, we should ask ourselves are there no limits to restrictions on our conduct.

Since the sixties there has been an increase in lawsuits aimed at enforcing the will of a few upon the vast majority of Americans.

Leading the charge is the A.L.C.U under the guise of protecting the constitutional rights of citizens while nullifying the rights of the many.

At present in my city of Oroville there is a man who is trying to stop the building a super Wal-Mart store by using environmental laws. This store is needed and could serve 100,000 customers. He has delayed the start of the building for two years so far, and still has the option of filing future lawsuits.

Surprise!! He does not live in Oroville in fact he lives some 60 miles away from here, yet he says that we in Oroville can’t have the store because he doesn’t want us to.

McDonalds is under a similar attack by a woman who wants to control what parents can feed their children.

She has filed a lawsuit to stop the selling of meals for children because she wants to establish the nutritional value of food served to them.

Schools that receive federal monies have to ban certain drinks and food from school cafeterias. The rational for this is trying to put a ban on obese children.  One would suspect that the villain in the case of the obese child, is not getting enough exercise because of television, computers, and telephones.

As these prohibitions are placed upon us and backed up by the law enforcement agencies what is to stop them from banning all groceries not on a list they approve of.

Where and when we can go and what we can wear, what kind and size of car we can drive depending on the number of people who will ride in it and how much they weigh.

We live in an age where the tail wags the dog, where the minority can control the majority and where one person has the power to tell us how we must raise our kids.

Could health care be banned for those who do not obey the rules laid down by these power brokers?

Like Pearl Harbor day, the day the happy meal is turned into a veggie plate it will be a day that will go down in infamy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TOO FAR GONE TO BE SAVED?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus continued . . . . “You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life.”

The scriptures declare that Christ made provision for everyone to be reconciled to GOD, and fully given right standing before HIM. To be made completely a new creature spiritually and transformed into a child of GOD.

The question remains; Why are some men unwilling to accept GOD’S gift of salvation?

Some views of this question is answered by saying it is an issue of predestination. GOD has predestined some men to be saved and some are predestine to be lost, and this is the result of HIS omniscience.

Others reject this view for there are two parts of salvation; GOD’S side, and man’s side. Based upon Christ’s sacrifice GOD has been reconciled to man, but yet man must be reconciled to GOD.

Are some too far gone to be saved? From GOD’S side the answer is NO not any, but from man’s side it would seem that some have gone too far.

Jesus spoke of some who rejected HIM and his salvation.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stone to death those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling!”

Even as they in JERUSALEM rejected Christ, so do many today.

Yet, you have a choice. Choose Jesus this day and choose life.

There are those who are trapped in other religions, cults and philosophies. There are some who declare, they are atheists and reject Christ out right.

Are some too far gone to be saved?

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to repent.

But there are those whom Jesus spoke of; “And you will not come to me, that you might have life.”

Gone too far? Maybe.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Twins in mythology; Castor and Pollux

In the myth the twins shared the same mother but had different fathers which meant that Pollux was immortal and Castor was mortal.

When Castor died Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation.

The pair were regarded as the patrons of sailors to whom they appeared as St. Elmo's fire.

Another set of twins were Artemis and Apollo and several others. It seems that twins held a fascination for the creators of the mythical stories.

Http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/whatismyth.HTML
The site above has a brief explanation of the reason and purpose of myths.

The word twin stirs up certain emotions and is applied to many things. There were the twin towers in New York until they came down.

There are several twin cities such as Minneapolis–Saint Paul and Dallas Fort-Worth San Diego and Tijuana.

There are several actors who are twins not always of the same sex.

The word can be applied to character traits like spirituality and morals. When they are in tandem they constitute that which is required of the Christian. When either is lacking it results in disgrace and besmirches the name of Christ. If one is seemingly spiritual and lacks morals he does more to harm the cause of Christ than the A.C.L.U.

Integrity is the product of morality and is essential to anyone who speaks in the name of Christ for without integrity they are as the one spoke of in  . . .

1 Co.13:1 I may speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But if I don't have love I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal.

It is time for less Gong and Cymbal and more Spirituality and Morals.

To do as I say and not do as I do - - doesn’t cut it in the world today.

Today’s church leaders must excel both in spirituality and morals.

Monday, December 13, 2010

HOGS FLY OVER THE RAINBOW?

Having spent my youth both on the farm and in the city, I discovered a lot about both and the differences of life style associated with each.

A couple of differences was in the dress; on the farm it was overalls, clod hopper shoes, and straw hats with some variations.

In town it was wing tip shoes, Levis, and Sanforized broadcloth shirts. Hair styles were different to a great degree also.

Another big difference was in the odors, in the city it was the exhaust fumes mixed with the restaurant cooking and the bakeries. On the farm it was the exhaust from the animals especially the hogs.

I found all the animals both fun and interesting. The chickens made their own music, the roosters bragged on themselves by crowing while the hens would be scratching and singing. If you haven’t heard a happy hen sing you have missed one of nature’s finest moments.

Sometime the dogs would get bored and chase and catch a chicken. The chickens had a special squawk they used as they were getting mauled. Most of the time the chickens would get loose, while saying (in chicken talk) “I didn’t like that.” Each of the farm animals had their own peculiarities and I enjoyed studying them.

Something you will never see is a pig fly unless you have been using what the dopers call recreation drugs. They are earth bound creatures and do hog stuff.

They truly enjoy eating and when you come to “slop them.” They squeal with a high pitch sound that could injure your ears, you should have ear plugs on when you feed the hogs.

Among the things that characterize a pig is how they cool themselves. They wallow in the mud. You might mistakenly think they are just nasty but their cooling system isn’t the greatest so they have learned to improvise.

One standout feature of a hog was the fact they knew who they were and they acted accordingly as did all the farm animals.

This brings me to a point that in studying the conduct of some Christians I have concluded that they don’t know who/what they are. They do some sinner stuff and act that it is alright to do it.

This reminds me of the scripture; “It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."

The moral of this story is “If you ain’t a hog don’t act like one.”

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (or thyself) From Shakespeare

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rY8bMkUipM&feature=related

Sunday, December 12, 2010

PITY THE MAN

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

It isn’t always easy to do what the scriptures command as in the case above.

If I disagree with the leaders I might be able to try to pray them out of office but to ask God to make them successful is another thing.

He (GOD) changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

If our leaders realized that GOD allowed them to serve and rule over the people perhaps they would see their role differently.

We just had an election, I wonder how many of the elected believe they were selected by GOD to serve in office and be a blessing while in office?

"Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil."1 Thessalonians5:21,22.

This would be a good verse for every elected official to read each morning and act on the principles therein.

While it is easy to criticize those in office, often they are a reflection of the people they serve. People with an unrighteous agenda support them expecting a payback from them when they get in office.

When the officials are proven to be unworthy they should be removed from office, and prayed for that they might recover themselves from the snare of the devil.

Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers." Psalm 1:1.

"If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked." Proverbs 29:12.

Still, like it or not we are admonished to both pray and offer thanksgiving for leaders. The time will come they will have to answer to a higher power and pity the man found wanting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSHS-TTcpBE&feature=related

Saturday, December 11, 2010

JEREMIAH SPEAKS

Jeremiah 6:13-15 "For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace. "Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the LORD.”

Jeremiah, the prophet of old dwelt in a land where the people were deceitful and while they were GOD’S chosen people they conducted themselves like the heathen around them.

Personal greed was their first commandment, and sinful lust the second.

To the question asked by David; “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?”

The people’s answer was I’m not interested, and if I was I don’t have the time.

The priests message was be happy, get rich, everything is good. I’m good you’re good all is well. Their prosperity message allowed them to accumulate great wealth for themselves. Both the prophet and the priest were involved, which today would be called the pastor and the evangelist.

When Jeremiah spoke out against this abominable behavior, he was incarcerated and beaten nearly to death. There came a time when Jeremiah was vindicated, but until then the false servants lived high on the hog.

If these type of ministers lived today they would preach a false superficial message that would titillate itching ears and would fill their coffers with money gathered in the name of the Lord.  Instead of chariots they would have a fleet of Rolls Royce automobiles, jet aircrafts, several mansions and would see to it that their kids had the same.

Their mode of preaching follows the donkey and carrot scenario where the donkey is promised that in the future they will get something good if they continue in well doing such as doing the pulling while the boss man rides.

Should there be these false prophets in today’s world, Jeremiah would preach the same message to them that he preached to the ones in his day. “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,” when the people need to be made whole.

When Jeremiah saw this in the priesthood he wept, for where they should have been strength there was only spiritual emptiness, and they were being supported by the people.

Friday, December 10, 2010

THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Something all fair minded people want is the level playing field where all participants have an equal chance of success.

The government has entered into the process by giving some “extra help” and penalizing others.

While on the surface this might seemed to be fair, this handicapping of the more proficient only leads to sub par performance on the whole. The punishment of those who are successful through regulation and higher taxation tends to lead us into temptation to cheat or stop striving to maximize our efforts. This squelching of achievement only serves to diminish the effort of excellence.

In sports the professional basketball NBA decided to integrate more white players into a sport that was being dominated by the black athletes, for fear that white people would lose interest in the sport. So thanks to this policy you see several white faces on the court.

In order to further level the playing field the federal government has passed a myriad of new laws, and then regulators take over to interpret and apply the regulation as they see fit;

The General Accountability Office (GAO) reports that in the four fiscal years from 1996 to 1999, a total of 15,286 new federal regulations went into effect. Of these, 222 were classified as "major" rules, each one having an annual effect on the economy of at least $100 million.

As you can see the government is busy ordering our lives anew each year.

One would think that the whim of political correctness is not the best way to run a government.

This reminds me of when Adam and Eve tried to improve the level field laid out by GOD, and ended up being cast out of the Garden of Eden. The net result of this according to Bible teaching is each and every man has died spiritually, and is alienated from GOD.

While all were equal before GOD they certainly needed help for restoration.

So enter Jesus Christ who made it possible to be redeemed in the sight of GOD, but strange as it seems, not all will take advantage of GOD’S gift, even though every man feels the need for something within.

The scripture “All have sinned and come short of the kingdom of GOD” speaks of the need of man.

Another scripture answers, “Whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.”  

Check out this song;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDtZaVYV8Kw&feature=related 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Et TU, Brute?"

A Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his murder by stabbing.

On March 15 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators, including Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar's close friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate.

Betrayal takes many forms, a well known case was Judas’ betrayal of Christ and the act of betrayal was completed by his kissing Christ in the garden.

Peter’s betrayal was when he denied being a follower of Christ three times and then lit in to cursing fisherman style.

From this time many of his disciples turned back, and no longer followed Jesus. As Christ’s words made more demands on his followers some turned back. It was cool as long as He was doing miracles but they weren’t into demands upon themselves.

Betrayal in marriage is devastating for all parties involved, hardly anyone escapes unscathed. If kids are involved they bear emotional scars for the rest of their lives.

We can betray friends, fellow workers, and those we are acquainted with - - and in politics, those of other nations.

Part of the flap about WikiLeaks is that persons in Washington have been shown to be deceivers, their sin has found them out.

Someone said “forgive and forget.” They were an altruist or just a plain moron, because that isn’t the way the brain works. Once an issue is implanted in the brain it stays there unless there is brain damage involved.

He should have said forgive and move on. Here are some interesting quotes;

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner was you." ~ Lewis B. Smedes

"Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over."

"A heart filled with anger has no room for love."

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself." ~ Harriet Nelson

"We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice." ~ Louise Hay

"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." ~ Josh Billings

Betrayal is something we all will face if we live long enough. We can’t avoid it, but the way we deal with it, makes all the difference in the world.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

APPETITE

From Old English appetit, French appĂ©tit, from Latin appetitus, from appetere (“to strive after, long for”)

As we dissect the human animal, and we seek to find what drives this creature, there are complexities that overtax the wisdom of the most brilliant of us.

Close examinations of the soulical expressions of love, hate, envy, greed are merely outward expressions of inward traits. We must look some where else to find the force within that motivates each and every one of us.

Perhaps it could be our appetite that drives us to do - - or not do that which controls us. While all of the soulical qualities are inherent in us all, it is the appetite hunger for the expression of these attributes that controls our actions.

When coupled with the physical needs and hunger for satisfaction, I suppose a place to start would be food. My lack of energy has stimulated my desire for food, and I (being faithful to my bodies cry) seek to satisfy that desire several times a day, to the point where I could exist several days without anything but water. On the surface this would seem to be the proper response but I’m not so sure that is true, for the added body weight is not altogether a good thing.

The same thing applies to most obsessions that are appetite driven.

The prisons are full of those whose lack of control of appetite has caused them to do that which was not profitable both to them or others.

Whether for money, power or sex, an over stimulated appetite can have disastrous results.

There are also problems when there is a lack appetite for a necessary issue of life.

This can be found in spiritual things. We are admonished to seek after GOD but this requires us to make a concerted effort on our part. If there is no appetite for seeking GOD we may come up short on the most important issue of life. Spiritual anorexics are those who starve themselves spiritually to the point where they have no desire for spiritual things, and like the food anorexics they feel no need to eat.

If found in this condition, the individual needs an Orexigenic, or appetite stimulant. This is found in the Word of GOD. By reading the Word with an open, expectant heart, spiritual life begins to flow, and the appetite is stimulated for things spiritual. Starving oneself spiritually is not an error of the understanding but an error of the will.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything else you need !!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DAMN FOOL DAYS

I was thinking about all my damn fool days, but since I don’t say damn I thought about my darn fool days.

I ran across a guy named Elbert Hubbard, and one of his first quotes I saw was, "Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”

I thought now that is where I have been missing it; I have been a full time “darn fool.” I have decided to become a five minute man. The only thing is I can’t quit “cold turkey” for I’m afraid the trauma of doing that might do me ill repairable damage and that wouldn’t do.

Elbert said some other things that I’m still thinking about like; “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Well two out of three isn’t bad for me and I intend on working the third one.

Going on; "Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.”

And; "Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation."

I think there is some truth in this one because I had high expectations for calf’s liver until I tasted it. When it was frying with some onions my nose said this is going to be wonderful, but my tongue said spit that out.

On patriotism; "The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.  Two of these are democrats and the other is republican.”

Editor: “A person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”

Folks who never do any more than they are paid for, never get paid more than they do.

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.

A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist. I met an optimist once but since I didn’t need glasses our relationship didn’t go any father.

Reckon I’ll close for now and work on my darn fool day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I WANT

There are two words I have used many times every day, “I want!”

I suppose they open up my vistas to greater fantasies. Some form of stimulus excites me and out of my mouth comes a verbalization, an inward desire and I can’t restrain myself any longer and I say “I WANT.”

These words when either spoken or in thought, starts a process within me whereby I begin to plan to fulfill that desire.  Sometimes the plan fails, but other times it succeeds and then I begin to (With fear and trembling) evaluate what I have done.

To my sorrow I have been successful in getting what I wanted only to find out I would have been better off if I hadn’t wanted it in the first place. Example: I wanted Mexican food and then set up the rest of the night with heart burn, (please pass the roll aids).

I walked by a used car lot and the salesman told me that I wanted a certain car, so I bought it, when in fact I didn’t want it and never did like it. He somehow turned my “I want” on - - and before I could turn it off  I was signing on the dotted line.

My “I want” is working 24 hours a day; I dream about stuff, and then I want it. There is this other side of wanting where when you get “it” there is something extra that goes with it. For instance if you ever see the word “FREE,” run for your life, for I guarantee it will cost you more than you expect.  I discovered that when you get what you want, sometimes you also get what you don’t want?

I wanted a wife and when I got one, and I also got a bunch of in-laws. I wanted some kids and I got…. Well you know what I got and then some.

I wanted a house and I also got grass to cut, gutters to clean and keeping it up was like a full time hobby.

My want getter doesn’t always work out as I wished it would. Just because you have got a cow that doesn’t mean you are going to get milk and butter. My want-ter is always online, and ready to place an order.

I want to live a long time but I don’t want to get old, I guess I will just have to wait and see how that plays out, but I have the feeling that …….  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnT21hmlT4o

Sunday, December 5, 2010

ISLAMIC AMERICA?

A hard line Pakistani Islamic cleric has offered a reward to anyone who kills a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy against Islam.

He said "No president, no parliament and no government has any right to interfere in the commandants of Islam. Islamic punishment will be implemented at all costs," said Qureshi.

We see the mentality of the true Muslim believer in statements like these everyday.

Muslims are attacking Christians around the world and their deaths are acceptable to the standing president for he is mute when it comes to speaking in defense of these Christian believers.

When the proverbial, “push comes to shove,” all Muslim believers feel the same as this maniacal cleric. To speak a word against Islam and their prophet is worthy of death.

What is their goal? It is to dominate the whole world and put it in subjection to Allah.

I hear no outcry for the death of these murders in the name of Allah from the Muslim community around the world. The reason for this is that they all believe the same doctrines which finds satisfaction in, “Kill the infidel.”

You only need to look to Great Britain and see how these peaceful people act when they have increased in numbers.
They are making their demands known and are beginning to declare England is a Muslim nation.

My Message to Islam, “STOP KILLING CHRISTIANS.”.

Muslims

"Muslims have the right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama told a White House dinner crowd.  He and others were celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan Friday, after defending the plans to create a mosque two blocks from New York's ground zero.

While the president was lauded by many in attendance at the white house, there are a few who do not like the building of this monument to those who successfully destroyed the twin towers in New York.

Not all Americans are gullible enough to believe that this is not a tribute to those who gave their lives in service to their god.

Other nations have stopped laughing at America and have started pitying us for our naiveté. The practice of their religion includes turning this country into one giant mosque ruled by Muslim law.

It is only a matter of time when Obama cannot stay in the closet any longer, and his Muslim upbringing will shine forth in boldness, and he will be revered as the first Muslim president.

If twenty terrorists can scare this country into a hysterical state and fear, what will happen if several million decide it is time to take this country?

Which of you do not fear what the terrorist might do to you?

Friday, December 3, 2010

ISN’T IT A WONDER HOW?

Isn’t it a wonder how GOD made man to be attracted to the woman, and have a strong desire to bond for life with her.  I didn’t say that all men who are controlled by Satan still have this lifetime bonding capacity.

Being partly raised on a farm, I was taught how to slaughter an animal in preparation for cooking proposes. When finished there would only be a shell left, still having the form of what they were, but with all the essential parts missing.

This is what people are when they have been prepped by Satan, there are too much of the essentials missing.

Satan’s control over man is highly customized to fit each person. They still can decide to what extent they will allow him to have mastery over them. This is the reason they are not demon possessed.

People who are reborn into GOD’S family can be honest, love their family, and are good neighbors, but may still be the subject of the enemy’s enticements.

Some people are more scrutinized than others, politicians are watched closely. They will at times profess to love their wife, but will have a mistress and children on the side; they are double minded with a double standard.

Satan’s plan usually includes enough pleasure to make it worth taking a risk on being caught. The offender could say; well GOD made me this way, but in reality GOD gave man the ability to love and commit for life. It is Satan who perverts that ability into a false pretence, lustfulness, guilt, loss of self esteem and character. This state at its’ inception is hidden, and then it becomes emboldened by being more openly shown.

Once it is found out -- the, “So what?” attitude sets in, like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's tryst.

Satanic converts are little more than people who are getting a second dose of deception. Grandma Eve got the first and now her grand children are also deceived. It is amazing how people, once deceived will rise and champion the wiles of the devil.

GOD created, Satan decimated, Christ recreated
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbNTYLfB6xQ&feature=related

Thursday, December 2, 2010

ONCE AGAIN OUR GOVERNMENT WILL SAVE US

Not content with laws banning talking or texting while driving; the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering adding technology to automobiles that would disable cell phones. The move is a response to the growing number of deaths and injuries related to distracted driving.

This means you have another right taken away from the people of the USA, under the guise of protecting us from ourselves.

This same administration wishes to take complete control of the Internet like China has.

If they can take absolute control of all our freedoms, then we will be beholding to them for anything they will allow us to have. As we move closer to a dictatorship, the constitution has little restraint for they decide for us just what it does and does not mean.

We are only one Supreme Court justice away from judicial anarchy, for the liberal left will then rule this country. Who among us believes that the sitting president would appoint a strong conservative justice?

The two new justices are firm believers that the constitution is a living document, and can be interpreted in the light of their own personal belief, or in other words it means what they think it should have said - - instead of what it actually says.

The judges are fast being accepted as those who make the laws instead of applying them. When something doesn’t please them they rule it unconstitutional.

The administration has begun to ban some foods from the purchase with food stamps, WIC programs and school lunches, such as potatoes because they have been considered to be unhealthy by an unnamed person appointed by the Great Obama.

Their conclusion was; we must save the poor people from these poison tubers for they know not what they do. As the list grows, food stamps will only be for those who follow the government guide lines for only the Masters in Washington know what is good for the poor.

Of course there will be some detractors who think that the people should be the ones who decide what they should eat but you know how radical they are.

As we proceed toward the American form of dictatorship we must be patient, and let the masters show us the way to rightness.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-0024131-10391704.html
Nutrition facts about the potato;
http://www.coloradopotato.org/colorado_potato_facts_nutrition.php

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BEEN SIFTED LATELY?

Luke.22:31 Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.

This is another quizzical statement Jesus said to Peter and the disciples which disarmed them and left them trying to find out what it meant. Sometimes they were reticent to ask Jesus the meaning for it would reveal how little they knew. If you asked Job, he could have given you a blow by blow of what it meant to be sifted but Peter had yet to experience “the sifting.”

From; Barnes' Notes on the Bible:  “Jesus, foreseeing the danger of Peter, and knowing that he was about to deny him, took occasion to forewarn him and put him on his guard, and also to furnish him with a solace when he should be brought to repentance.”

One of Satan’s works is to try the faith of believers to place temptations and trials in their way so that they may be tested. Thus God gave Job into Satan's hands, that it might be seen whether he would be found faithful, or would apostatize. See the notes at Job 1:7-12.

So Satan desired to have Peter in his hands, that he might try him and sift him as wheat. To place trials and temptations before him; "to agitate him" to see whether anything of faith would remain, or whether all would not be found to be chaff - mere natural ardor and false professions.

Most of us know those who have gone through a sifting process and have come up short. One who comes to mind is Jimmie Swaggart. He was a man who had a ministry that helped and blessed millions but when he was put through the sifting process he failed miserably and disappointed many.

Jim and Tammy Faye Baker couldn’t pass the sifting test and the kingdom of GOD suffered along with them.

Thomas Kinkade has been sifted. He has been sued for business fraud to the tune of three million dollars, is filing bankruptcy and is facing a DUI charge. The sifting process revealed some practices that did not live up to his testimony. I trust he will recover and continue his ministry or art forms, for his paintings have blessed millions.

The main thing to understand is that all Christians are subject to the same process for the scripture says; 1Peter 5:8 Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

So! How about you? Are you ready for sifting? Tests will come to us all, just realize that when temptation comes, it is a sifting process. It is a chafe removing treatment to see if our faith stands and is strong and that we are taking advantage of GODS help in your time of need.

What do you do when you fail the sifting process? You do the only thing you can do and that is to pick up the pieces and rebuild your life. You may not reach the heights you once had, but your faithfulness to the task can restore some measure of it.

1 Peter 5;7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.