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Friday, June 29, 2012

SUNSHINE AHEAD



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The day is dark and dreary and rain is slowly falling. The weather report is given in hours.

As I count the hours down I look forward till 3 o'clock for that is when the sun is coming out and the rain will be over with just a few clouds blocking the full sunshine.

As I wait for this event I try to busy myself with chores but time seems to stand still. The seconds are clicking off ever so slow and will the minutes never come.
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As a youth I would count the days till my birthday, and waiting for Christmas seemed like an eternity away.

School was the worse, three fifteen when school let out bordered on being tedious, the clock on the wall refused to move. I felt I would never make it till the end of the semester.

The words I hated the most were "Just until your father gets home."  Dread became personified and consumed my very being until the moment of truth arrived with stark reality, and I wished for this part of my life to be over quickly.

As a Christian my life has continued to be a waiting game. Scriptures by the thousands carry with them the thought of waiting.

Psalm 37:7, 9 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him... Those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 But listen, I tell you this secret: We will not all die, but we will all be changed.

It will only take the time of a second. We will be changed as quickly as an eye blinks. This will happen when the last trumpet blows. The trumpet will blow and those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we will all be changed.

The Lord knew his people would get bored with just waiting so he gave both talents and tasks to perform.

Luke 19:13 Occupy till I come –

The word "occupy" here means not merely to "possess," as it often does in our language, but to "improve," to employ "in business," for the purpose of increasing it or of making "profit" on it.

When one's interest level is high in doing the Lord's work time passes much more quickly. As with birthdays the time comes when the waiting is over as will the coming of the Lord for His church.

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

Until then those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

While we must wait, learning how to wait is imperative for this is how we remain vibrant in the Lord.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

THE KILLING FIELDS


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Today, there is a continued practice of killing people who are not of the Muslim faith. Each and every day there are reports of more Christians being murdered not by terrorists but by normal everyday Muslim adherents.

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These are the same born again Christians being killed as those who are in the USA. A search of the Internet reveals the diabolical nature of Islam, and what the future holds for all Christians if the Muslims are not stopped.

The crusades stopped the Islamic take over of the world if nothing else. The world is fueling the new march of Islam, and what they can’t get by peaceful means they take by force.

We usually follow the UKs lead, but we are a few years behind, and today there is a strong push to accommodate the Islamic Sharia law in Britain which will nullify English law pertaining to Islamic people.

Martyers Polish
Muslim organizations in Britain have squealed in collective horror at a secret government-funded report leaked onto the Internet which revealed that, “The ideology of non-violent Islamists is broadly the same as that of violent Islamists: all Islamic groups want to see Britain turned into a Caliphate, they disagree only on tactics.” UK GUARDIAN


“These are a selection of the various groups and institutions active in the UK which are broadly sympathetic to Islamism. While only a small proportion will agree with al-Qaeda’s tactics, many will agree with their overall goal of creating a single ‘Islamic state’ which would bring together all Muslims around the world under a single government and then impose on them a single interpretation of Sharia as state law.”
Quote from the Internet.

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Those who are interested in what is happening in the killing fields against Christians need only to read their newspapers and search the Internet.

I find that the USA President is strangely quiet concerning the daily murdering of Christians.

I suspect he is too busy running for reelection to be bothered or he just doesn’t care one way or the other.

Today the Muslims are demanding that Britain become an Islamic state, tomorrow it will be the USA’s turn.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

He Paid a Debt


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I am the center of the universe or at least the center of my universe, and I exist only because of the will of GOD declared it to be so.

First created and then recreated because of human error. While life's battle flourishes within my soul I stand as a conqueror over all.

Romans 8:37 The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.

1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

As a Christian it is difficult at times to be open and honest about being selfish, and to admit that I believe - - as the first sentence in essence states, "I'm number one."

To think other than this would be unbalanced, pretentious and guilt driven. This very attitude makes you a whole person, and when you come to GOD you come complete with nothing held back or hidden.

This doesn't mean you can't choose to put others first, but it is done from strength and not from weakness.

This also doesn't hinder me from realizing I have needs that others can supply and that there are some (must have) needs that only God can supply.

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He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe

Upon an old rugged tree - hanging there between two thieves -
My Jesus paid a debt for me - he did not owe -
Now by his grace I'll make it home -
For with his blood he saved my soul -
Yes, my Jesus paid a debt for me the did not owe

(Chorus) He paid a debt he did not owe
And I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
Now I'm singing a brand new song - of that happy day
Yes, my Jesus paid a debt for me - I could not pay

I walked on everyday - and I felt I'd lost my way -
From all the pain and my trails down here below -
Then one day - he set me free - he opened my eyes so I could see -
Yes, my Jesus paid a debt for me - He did not owe

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Monday, June 25, 2012

IMPOTENCE




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I have had two or more dogs for more years than I can remember, and have had a strong attachment to all of them.

Without a doubt my all time favorite was a blue tick hound I named "Blue". To say the least he was a raunchy animal but he loved everyone, and people liked him. When someone would visit he would get behind them and poke them with his nose, and they would stand on their toes.

I had Blue for many years and when I took him to the vet for a checkup he told me that my dog (Blue) was too old for breeding and that he was impotent; but Blue didn't accept that answer as final.

As time went by I purchased a female blue tick and a few weeks later she had a litter (10) of pure blooded blue tick hounds.

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I had to get rid of these dogs for I couldn't keep them where I lived. I devised a plan to sell them for they weren't the most popular breed for the city.

First my wife and I registered them with names like Princess Anne and Sir Max Wellington, this immediately moved them up in class.

Then we devised an ad in the classifieds; "If you are going to have a dog, don't you deserve the best? Call before they are all gone." We received many calls and sold them all except the three that I decided to keep, plus their mother and Old Blue.

Ole Blue hated his offspring with a passion and they felt the same way about him. We had to keep them in separate pens until the pups (who fought among themselves) were grown, and as you would have it they got out of their penned area and (all three) jumped ole Blue.

He ended up with a hundred and fifty stitches.

He was a tough old bird and if it had just been one of them he would have been able to handle one, but all three was too much for him.

They beat him up good, but didn't defeat him for he was ready to fight them again at any time.

This is the attitude we as Christians must have for we face everyday situations where we simply come up on the short end of things, and if you can remember ole blue and emulate him then what seemly is defeat is just a bump in the road and like a bump in the road you are soon past it.

Romans 8:37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. While we may lose a few battles we will win the war.

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ANOTHER DAY Forty Minutes South of Paradise (Repost)


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I would have liked to have said, “Another day in Paradise” but Paradise (the city) is forty minutes north of me.

My day wouldn’t have been a reflection of the paradisiacal imagery projected by being in the Garden of Eden Paradise enjoyed by Adam.

My day started at six o’clock AM. I was more awake than asleep but was still stumbling around. As I took inventory of my state I discovered I wasn’t feeling well. My usual remedy was to get a cup of coffee, and on my way to make coffee I stopped at the scale and weighed myself. The nonjudgmental scale informed me that I had gained three pounds since yesterday.

In total disbelief I uttered the usual; OH NO!

I continued on my way to make some coffee, but I not only felt bad but now I was also depressed about the weight. Immediately my problem solving capability engaged, and the only thing it came up with was “Don’t eat breakfast”

So now I felt bad, had gained weight, was depressed and was also hungry.

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I was praying that the phone wouldn’t ring, and someone tell me some bad news. Soon the mail would be delivered, and on occasion I have received some distress from being informed my bank account was overdrawn. I decided not to go get the mail today.

We were scheduled to go out for lunch, and I ordered the largest meal they served, and I was determined to eat it all. From out of the blue the accusing thought came to me; today if you eat too much, tomorrow the scale will “tell it like it is.”

Now I felt worse, I was depressed, was stuffed to the point of being uncomfortable, I needed to rest, and feared having to face that scale tomorrow.

After a nap, I did a few chores, and before long it was time to go to bed and get some beauty sleep. It will be interesting to see what tomorrow will bring; on another day, forty minutes south of Paradise.

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DOWN TIME


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He had experienced “morning after” confusion before, but after a couple of hours and some coffee he gradually began to come to himself. He knew the day was going to be difficult, but he would get through it. By the middle of the week he would back to normal, and it would be business as usual.

Still at this particular moment he had never felt like this before and it was getting progressively worst. He had often ended up in some flop house after a night like he just experienced, but this was far worse than he could ever imagine.

Over and over the thoughts came to his mind, “Where am I, how did I get here?” The more cognizant he became of his surroundings the worse things got to the point of true agony.

As panic and fear began to consume him he thought, "I've got to get out of here now."

He started to walk and to jog until finally he was running in a big circle and then he saw it, a wall too high to get over and no way to get under, there was no escape.

He had never felt loneliness like he was experiencing. Day after day the torment grew to the breaking point.

If only there was someone to share the pain with. but alas there was none. After many days his vision became keener, and dimly he began to make out faint images like unto persons. They were there but yet separate from each other, untouchable as they were.

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In the midst of his torment he attempted to communicate with the faces that faded in and out but he could only hear his own voice echoing back to him.

The specters were without the ability to speak even though they tried to form words and converse they were unable to utter a word aloud. Perhaps he thought maybe I could lip read, and know what they were saying and he hoped they could do the same.

After many attempts he had a measure of success and asked, “Where are we?” The images faded in and out. At long last one remained long enough for him to ask again, "Where are we and how do we get out of this torment?"

The specter softly whispered, "You are here for eternity and there is no way of escape."

It was then realized that he was in Gehenna (hell) and remembered the scripture in

Revelations 21:7-8 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

And then the verse; Hebrews.2:3 So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?

He answered it himself, "I can't."

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

SCARS


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I have many scars on my body. I can remember how I got some of them, others I just can’t recollect.

Most are the result of carelessness either by me or someone else but I have some from being operated on to fix me.

There are scars that are not physical but emotional, but in each case there is pain associated with every one of them.

Whether the scars were physical or emotional or a combination of both, each has had its effect on me because of the damage it caused me. The effect of the injury lingers on even after the healing process, for things are never the same again.

The outward scars on the physical cause you to relive the event over again. My right hand and part of my arm were burned by 500 degree hot asphalt, and if I notice the scars I recall the whole event happening over again in a flash because it is rooted in my memory.

In the 1940's Agnes Sanford invented a ministry called “Healing of memories,” that has been adjusted and modified by many people since. They are trying to remove the scars of having to relive the cause of emotional pain.

This method in my mind is somewhat questionable because as long as the memory remains the hurt is still there, although the practitioners would disagree with me.

The pharmaceutical companies are doing their bit to help by blotting out the pain for a season but the need for another fix is in the near future. In any case scars are evidence that something has occurred.

There is a passage in John 20:25-28 They told Thomas, "We saw the Lord." He said, "That's hard to believe. I will have to see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side. Only then will I believe it."

A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them. He said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to Jesus, "My Lord and my God!"

This resurrection body of Christ is what went to heaven, scars and all.  He is now at the right hand of the Father at this very moment interceding for you, and his word to you is; forget the past, it no longer matters.

As one T-Shirt said “Are You Gonna Cowboy Up or Just Lay There and Bleed?” your answer to that is a resounding, “NO I'm too busy pressing toward the mark of the high calling Christ to be bothered with the past. I'm on my way!”

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

HAND ME DOWNS


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Being the oldest in a family has some drawbacks such as “You are supposed to know better.”

Even when a younger sib does something bad, you get to share the blame because you should have watched over them.

The list goes and on, of course the younger ones have their list also.

One thing I didn't have to do was wear hand me down clothes. When I got some clothes they were new and since I outgrew them before they were worn out the next in line were duty bound to wear them.

I never was happy about second handed stuff although I had my share of used cars.

I do have one hand me down daughter (foster daughter) and she has been a delight and we love her and her offspring as our own.

Now when it comes to religion GOD has no hand me downs for HE only has children born from above. There is no hand me downs with GOD for all is fresh and new directly from HIM.

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There is a very old song "Hand me down my silver trumpet" and if you have missed it we can correct that by clicking the link below.




They have added an extra verse but the original goes like this;

HAND ME DOWN

Chorus: Oh, hand me down (Hand me down)
Hand me down (hand me down)
Hand me down my silver trumpet Gabriel
Hand it down, Throw it down, Any old way, just get it down
Hand me down my silver trumpet Lord

If you get there before I do
Hand me down my silver trumpet, Gabriel
Tell all my friends I'm comin' too
Hand me down my silver trumpet, Lord.

Oh, Satan's mad an' I am glad
Hand me down my silver trumpet, Gabriel
He lost a soul he thought he had
Hand me down my silver trumpet, Lord.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A GOOD THANG


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I started getting serious about religion at the age of 18.  I reckon the Devil didn't like it for he was giving me some trouble, usually using some of my former friends.

This question is posed in  Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Because we didn't agree we couldn't walk together any longer, we were now heading in different directions.

While looking to the Bible for help concerning this matter I read in Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a "good thing" and obtains favor from the LORD.

That sounded like a win, win situation. First, in finding a good thing, and then favor with the Lord.

In my mind I related finding a good thing to making a good deal and then as now I'm always a candidate for a good deal.  I started looking high and low for my "good thing".  First I looked low to see if she was there. I finally concluded that was like shopping at a used car lot.

While there were many fine looking cars that were suitable and with many good miles left in them that could provide years of good service none were exactly what I was looking for.

There were some that owner just got tired of them and traded in them for another while others were just rentals and a temporary arrangement.

Having failed in my quest by looking low I proceeded to look high for "my thing" where the new models were.

There were far fewer of these available but after some looking I finally found one I liked and could afford. She didn't come with all the bells and whistles some had but she had everything I needed and was a brand new model to boot.

Genesis 2:24 explains what happened next which was; For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh and so it was and is.

The word "inequitable" comes to mind when thinking about this "he and she" thing for the man gets a "good thing" when he gets a wife where the woman just gets a "thing" and has to try to make something good out of it.

GOD'S plan "A" has been best for me while others have had good success in plan "B".

Whichever plan one chooses the promise still stands; He that finds a wife finds a good thing and favor with the Lord.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

RUSTLERS ALERT!!


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As a boy I grew up loving western movies.  William S. Hart was a little before my time but Ken Maynard, Bob Steele and a host of others were my contemporaries (although I was only about 5 years old).

Cattle rustling has been going on in real life for the last 200 plus years and continues today. We were too poor to own any cattle (although we had a milk cow from time to time) but what we did have was chickens.

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Now in our part of the country there were chicken rustlers. We usually had to leave someone at home to make sure our chickens weren't rustled while we were away.

This interfered with church going because if everyone went to church we would worry about the safety of our chickens and we couldn't enjoy the sermon.

Now there was a widow woman down the road apiece who was rustled and all her chickens (except a few who escaped) were stolen. She said she knew who took them but was afraid to accused them. She figured that they moved them out of the county and had already sold um.

Now it is stressful to know there are chicken thieves in the neighborhood and you can't do anything about it. You know who they are and that they are just looking for a chance to steal your flock (our chickens were just like cash for we could sell them or their eggs).

As time has gone by and I don't have chickens anymore but today the thieves are still trying to steal my chicken feed (an old expression meaning my paltry sums).

In John 10:10 Jesus said; But a thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy.

That is the thief's first and principal view;  to steal, to invade, seize, and carry away another's property. Such teachers that come not in by the right door, or with a divine commission, seek to deceive, and carry away the sheep of Christ from him (Gill notes)

Even as I guarded our chickens I still have to stand guard over my offspring and cover them with my resistance to their enemies and protect them with my prayers.

1 Peter 5:8 Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (or those you love).

Of course in order to do this I must walk as I ought and a good place to start is with

1 Peter 3:7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life.  Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

Don't let your chickens be rustled!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

AUGUST AND THE DOG Repost



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I must say that I have struggled and hesitated to relate this story and am going to preface with the warning and let you decide as to the truth or fiction of it.

There was this man named August. His papa and mama named their kids after the months of the year.

They did this so they could remember when they were born. I thought this was a little strange but I figured whatever works. There was June, July pronounced Julie, May, April, September called Ember and August.

August lived on the edge of town, not really a city family nor altogether country either, I guess they were tweeners.

August wasn’t working regular and had some time on his hands. Once a month the auction people held a hog auction and August decided to go.

While chatting with some friends he saw a man holding a sign saying “free dog.” That immediately got his attention because the dog was a fine looking animal. August asked his friends if they knew any thing about this man and the dog whereupon they said, “No, just go over and ask him about the dog.”

August ambled over to where the man was and after awhile he said, “Howdy“ and man said howdy back, and they just stood there without saying anything else.

After a few minutes August asked. “Is that dog any good?” The man said. “Well he is friendly and well behaved, so far he hadn’t bit anyone.”

Everything was quite for awhile and then August asked, “Is he a pure bred hound?” and the man said I think so, but I ain’t for sure.

Now this conversation was getting longer and longer and information was coming very slowly.

August said, “How come you want to git rid if him?” and the man answered saying; “I just thought it was a good idea.” August replied; “The hog sale is a starting and I should get in there and see what hogs are going for, but if you are going to be here later, we’ll talk some more.”

As August started to walk away the man said. “If you decide to take him, he will be free, and I will also give you fifty dollars to take him.” August said, “I’m interested and we’ll talk later.” and the man said, “Okay, but I can’t guarantee he’ll still be here.”

As August walked away there were a myriad of thoughts going through his mind, all the “What ifs” and how comes? It don’t make sense, but the fifty dollars seemed to over-rule all the questionings.

When the hog sale was about over August began to look for the dog and the man, and to his surprise he
and the dog were still there. August said. “Do you have the fifty dollars?” and the man said, “Yes I do.” August told him, I guess I want him, whereupon the man pulled out the money giving it to August, as he handed him the rope that was around the dog’s neck.

August hollered as the man left and asked what the dog’s name was. The man shouted back and said,” FATE” and was gone.

August looked at the dog and felt the fifty dollars in his pocket and thought he had made a pretty good deal. He told FATE to get into the truck, and the dog jumped in and sat up looking out the windshield like he was interested in every thing that passed by.

When August got home he decided not to tell his wife about the fifty dollars for she didn’t need to know about it. His wife took one look at the dog, and went into the house mumbling under her breathe saying; we don’t have enough to feed ourselves much less a dog.

August fixed the dog a place to sleep and told him that he had to stay out there, whereupon the dog looked at him and then at the box August had fixed and proceeded to run into the house. August followed close upon his heels and tried to catch Fate for he didn’t dare let his wife see him in the house.

Finally Fate went under the bed and wouldn’t come out. August went and got some dog food and showed it to Fate but to no avail. He kept coaxing him when - - - Now here is where the story becomes unbelievable and you might want to stop here and not read any further because what happens next is a bit strange to say the least.

For those whose curiosity has got the best of you we continue on.

August pushed the dog food further under the bed and Fate said, “Get that stuff out of here, I don’t eat dog food.”

I won’t attempt to tell you how that affected August for he was beside himself for awhile. When he calmed down he hesitatingly asked, “What did you say?”

Fate answered and said, “Get that stuff out of here for it isn’t fit for a dog,” and under the bed he stayed.

August asked, ‘What do you usually eat?” and the dog answered and said, “Usually I have some good grade hamburger and a glass of milk. On some occasions I will have a steak with mushrooms.”

August dragged Fate out from under the bed by the ears and put a rope around his neck and off they went to find the man that had give the dog to August.

After a long and trying time he found the man and tried to give the money and the dog back to him. The man said, “No a bargain is a bargain, and any way he knows where you live, and he would keep going back to your house.” The man turned and walked away and August watched him until he vanished out of sight. There was nothing to do but go home.

August settled down and started to talk to Fate like he was a human being, trying to make some sense out of all this.

One day he got up the nerve to ask him how this all came about and Fate said;

“It is like this, I was supposed to be a charismatic preacher and like a lot of charismatic preachers I was all mixed up. My mother was due and I was waiting to face the world when the flip flop occurred. As I started to take the breath of life I ended up in a litter of pups being birthed. A twist of fate occurred and I ended up as a dog.


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 The man who came and picked me out of the litter was a good ole boy but he was a Baptist and he couldn’t take a dog who - - - Well you know what charismatics do; it was just too much for him.

He tried to give me away, but had no takers, and that is the reason he offered the fifty dollars to anyone who would take me.

My desire to preach was so strong in that I went to several preachers and got the same response, ‘If I let you preach here, people would say I have let the church go to the dogs.’

Of course that was after they had composed themselves; for to have a talking dog saying he was a preacher was shocking. Usually the first words out of their mouth was, “Shades of Balaam’s donkey!”

I tried to do some preaching to some Pentecostal people thinking surely they can look beyond the obvious, but every time I would start they would gather around me, and try to cast the demon out of me.

That brought my preaching career to an end. So then I wondered what is next for me.”

FATE told August, “I'm not sure how long you can control your wife for she doesn’t seem to like me, and when you tell her she must prepare a nice meal for me - - - Well I just don’t know.

Here, I find myself in a quandary; I don’t fit in with the dogs because I can’t stand all that yipping. I don’t fit in with people because they don’t accept me as an equal, and I’m am tired of them saying you ain’t nothing but a - - - hound dog!!

I could start a church but how many of you people would come and hear me preach every Sunday? - - - that is what I thought.

And so I started my singing career. August said he just couldn’t hang any longer. So I am enjoying my success out on my own.”

This is a true story, or at least it is a story, you have to admit that!

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GREAT EXPERIENCES

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Without question the number one Christian experience is when the Believer is BORN AGAIN.

Following conversion is the occurrence when CHRIST BAPTIZES THE BELIEVER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Although the Christian will have many outstanding experiences during their walk with GOD the next greatest one is when the believer comes to the place where they can approach GOD with only one purpose in their heart and that is to WORSHIP HIM with unfeigned love.

Without harboring sin in their life, nor petitioning for things, just a time of adoration because of whom our great GOD is.

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Little needs to be said except the word "Hallelujah." This is the purist form of worship when one speaks from their innermost being and says; Hallelujah.

When properly done from a prepared heart it is praise that is received by the Father on high and the believer is communicating spirit to Spirit.

Guttural sounds of hallelujah may rise from the lips but they will not reach the throne room if they are only feigned praise out of duty.

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Let us come boldly into the throne room with heartfelt singing, shouting, and even whispers of our Sacrifice of Praise.  Hallelujah.




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Saturday, June 16, 2012

RELATIONS UNKNOWN



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My father was married before he married my mother, and he had a son by his first wife.

While I knew he existed I never met him until I was nearly forty. Even today I have many other relatives whom I have never met, and this is not exclusive to me for most all of us are the same concerning this matter.

There is an old song called “There is going to be a meeting in the air,” and it is my understanding that it will consist of those who are caught up to meet Christ in the air, and those who Christ Jesus brings with him at the rapture.

There are numerous pastors who claim to have many thousands of members in their congregations but when Christ returns it will be the largest meeting of Christians ever gathered together at one time. 

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 1Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.


For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Normally I don’t like crowds and especially being with people I don’t know, but I am looking forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters I haven’t ever met. What a glorious day that will be.
But until that day Paul the apostle gives us some extremely good advice;

Hebrews 12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,


We are earthen vessels that God has designed to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the person and work of Christ.

When this occurs in us, it will result in transformed lives. Into persons that manifest the power of God in Christ-like living.

Paul points us to the kind of fruitful life that is the designed end of a being filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Thanks be to Paul for that good advice
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Friday, June 15, 2012

OH! HENRY


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While attending Bible school we heard many stories, some were true and others somewhat questionable.

Over the years I have forgotten most of them but one stuck in my mind for some reason. As the story goes there was a man named Henry.

Henry tried to serve the Lord in true fashion but he wasn't satisfied with his lot. Henry would pray and talk about his comings and goings before the Lord and at times would voice his concern about a feeling of "lack" in what he concluded to be a successful Christian life.

Henry was full of self pity.

As the story went he was praying one time and he said; Lord you don't seem to love me like some of the others around me." Now Henry thought this was a reasonable thing to say for he had always experienced a "left out feeling" when viewing the lives of others. He had prayed along this line before but never got an answer and didn't expect what happened next. In his next prayer he added. “Is there something wrong with me?”

The Lord answered and said' "I don't know Henry but there is just something about you that just ticks me off" or so went the story.

I suspect that there are many that share "Henry's" feelings concerning their service for GOD buoyed by the fact that there are others who are accomplishing much more than they are.   (Or so it seems.)

I am reminded of the scripture in Luke 12:48b When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

The burden of the Lord is not equal for some are required to do more and have been enabled to accomplish a greater task.

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Because of our zeal to see the work of GOD to prosper and go forward it is easy to feel we are failing but you are only required to do well in the ministry GOD has given you. To try to do more than that is to intrude into areas beyond what you are called to do and confusion can result from that.

1Corinthians 4:2 Those who are trusted with such an important work must show that they are worthy of that trust.

If you are faithful in the work GOD has given you it is most likely you will be trusted with greater responsibility in the future.
Just be faithful and then rest at ease having fulfilled your ministry!


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MASTER OR ??

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 GOD makes a wonderful master but a very poor servant.

It is very easy to misconstrue the relationship between GOD and man due to the fact there are so many promises in scripture.

Along with the conditional promises there are a myriad of conditioning commandments that prepare us for being the recipients of this grace.

Whether we like it or not our attitude and conduct reflects our opinion of who GOD is and what we think of HIM.

We may have all our excuses and reasons for how we act but it is always a reflection of how we view GOD and HIS MAJESTY.

Any misconduct on our part diminishes GOD in our sight and reduces HIS power on our behalf for faith is weakened and the FATHER son relationship is strained to the degree of commission of offence.

We would like to think that uttering words of repentance changes everything, but such is not the case. It may bring forgiveness but it does not restore the respect necessary for a walk with GOD (only obedience to HIM can do that).

Living in the need for constant forgiveness shows constant disrespect of GOD almighty and HIS word.

The Old Testament is filled with people who walked contrary to GOD'S commandments and the judgment that fell upon them.

Being under grace instead of law mitigates the judgment somewhat but not altogether.

GOD'S attitude toward this disrespect of HIS grace will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.


James 1:21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.  (And will make a difference in HOW you think of GOD).

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Monday, June 11, 2012

SACRIFICE OF PRAISE

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Psalms 51:17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

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Psalms 4:3-5 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. {4} Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah {5} Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.


Psalms 107:21-22 Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! {22} Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.


Psalms 116:17-18 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. {18} I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:15-16 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. {16} But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

While we are often called upon to give sacrificially to others the main interest of GOD is that each of us should live a life wholly dedicated to HIM.

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Galatians .2:20 have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Ecclesiastes 12:13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

Every once in awhile it is good to remind ourselves of these scriptures lest we get so caught with ourselves their impact is lost in the rush of the day.

Enjoy this Song; sacrifice of praise
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GRANDPA’S NEW WIFE (repost)

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At one time my family had a large farm, it reached from the creek, unto the river which was quite a large span. With every generation it shrunk, because each person wanted their share of the land, when the parents died. This went on until my grandfather had what was left. It was now only about forty acres; a barn and a house.

For some reason the big house caught fire, and burned down. Grandpa cut down some trees hauled them to the saw mill and got the needed lumber to build another house. The new house had three rooms that were good size, with beds in the front room, a kitchen with 2 beds, and a catch-all room.

Kerosene lamps were for seeing at night, a wood cook stove for cooking, and a fireplace for heating. If you were cold, you stood in front of the fire place and turned around and around, until you were warm. Oh yes, it had a front porch also.

Grandpa had eleven kids, three of which died very young. The other eight lived out their life. Grandma died in her early forties, leaving grandpa with three having gotten married, and five kids at home,  These young ones left at home were three boys, and two younger girls. The reason I told you this was to show you the situation as it was.

Some time had passed, and my grandpa being in his late forties, was lonesome for female company, with all the trimmings. It wasn't that he didn't have people around, but they were not the kind he needed.

He heard about a girl that was single, and was a good prospect for a wife. He managed to get an invite over to pass the time, so he went, and they talked, and become friendly enough for him to be welcome any time.

Now there wasn't any courting going on as some would count courting, but things were progressing. The fact was that everybody knew what was on his mind, even it wasn't being discussed. After many visits, he finally got around to talking to her father about the reason for being there, and he got engaged country style.

Grandpa’s brother was a store keeper and grandpa ask him to pick out a fine gift and wrap it up for his finance, and his brother agreed that he would pick out something nice.

Grandpa took the gift, and off he went to see his girl.  When he got there he gave her the gift, and all the rest of the family wanted to see what she got.

When she opened the package there was a pair of ladies under drawers in it.  Terribly embarrassed, she threw them down, and was not seen for the rest of the evening.

My grandpa was stunned, and couldn't speak or explain, and when one of her sisters picked them up and paraded them around the house, grandpa decided it was time for him to leave.

After a few days the embarrassment subsided, and grandpa went back and proceeded to woo that gal.

It was kind of hard to court with the whole family looking at you, but soon after they got married.

Now this is the circumstance, you have just married a young woman age fifteen, and you have three sons, and two daughters living with you. The daughters sleep in the same room with you, three feet away. The boys sleep in the next room whose walls are made of one half inch boards, and you are on your honeymoon.

There was no privacy at all, and enough of this was enough, but what to do. Well grandpa finally told the boys they were going to have to move and get their own place. He didn't feel comfortable having the boys hanging around all day while he was working.

This was in part because they were only a bit older than Annie May his new wife. His young daughters were about her age, and were like sisters to Annie. The boys wouldn't move so grandpa rented him a house, and moved away, taking the girls with him. I can understand grandpa’s feelings.

He went on to have four more kids with Annie May for a total of fifteen children altogether, and they were together until he died years later.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

THE MOST AMAZING SCRIPTURE


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One of the most amazing scriptures in the Bible is; but before I get to that let me set the background for this scripture.

As most Bible students know or at least have some opinion about the pre-creation times when there was no earthly realm; The Holy Trinity dwelt in the heavenly abode in an eternal state.

Past creations included angels and all the other heavenly beings. A few had reached a high position like the archangels. Michael and Gabriel and some have included Lucifer in this category. Other religions have identified seven archangels as being in this group. I focus only on the three I feel certain of.

Lucifer overstepped his bounds and ultimately was demoted with the fallen angels. He and his angels were also judged and sentenced to dwell in the lake of fire in the end times.

Then GOD said, “Let us create the heavens and the earth.”

My personal feeling is that the Holy Trinity had a meeting and decided to create something that had never been before. The whole process was complicated and many issues had to be resolved.

Finally it was decided that the earth would serve a multiplicity of purposes. It would be a place of confinement for Satan and also serve a future creation which GOD called man.

Ephesians 2:2 identifies Satan as the “Prince of the power of the air,” a position he was demoted to prior to the creation of man. While he is not omnipresent he works through empowered demonic spirits.

Genesis 1:1-25 tells of the creation process and says in effect “So far so good.” Then in verse 26 the Father says; “Let us make man in our image.” What happened between the time of the creation, and the making of man I can only speculate?

I suspect it was then that Satan was cast out and took residence on earth. This is one of the complications I mention before, the fact that there had to be coexistence between this fallen angel and man.

It’s always fun to speculate about the decision as to how man was to be made.

Could the discussion go along these lines? Let’s make man where he can do no wrong, we know what happened when Lucifer and the angels were given power of choice. Or maybe let’s protect him from all evil so he will remain holy forever.

However the discussion went - - the result was made to allow man to be a decision making being, but along with that he was to be responsible for his actions.

So it was, man was made in God’s image with decision making ability and a set of instructions of what was right to do.

As it happened man failed the first test GOD set before him, but has been given a chance to be retested, and be restored to his rightful position in GOD’S kingdom if he so chooses.

What should the mind set of each and every individual be today? I submit that they should see this time on earth as a time when they are being retested and conditioned for their eternal existence.

When we accept GOD’S restoration and are ready to join all the saints who have gone on, we still must finish our course, and prove ourselves worthy of our calling.

Surely during the discourse on the creation of man the question must have arose “Will man be wise enough to accept the way of redemption should he fall?” The answer to that question is being answered each day as people are being challenged to accept GOD’S forgiveness, and be restored to their fullness.

The challenge to make the right decision is too much for some people and they try to eliminate their responsibility for by ignoring the scripture, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged.” We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

They will not join with Paul the Apostle in saying, “The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

So then what then is the greatest scripture in the Bible? I can only speculate but I believe it is;

Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

THEM DOGS!


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I'm not sure if my dogs appreciate me as they ought to. I supply all their needs and some extra. I allow them to do all the dog stuff they want to and also feed them too much it seems.

They just act like they have it coming to them. The best I get out of them is a tail wag occasionally. They always want more without doing anything necessarily to deserve it.

As I thought about this I was getting madder and madder and was plotting on how to get even with them for my perceived mistreatment.

Then it occurred to me that I'm not sure that I appreciate what GOD does for me. It is easy for me to get down on the dogs, but maybe I am guilty of doing what I accuse them of doing.

I didn't dare to make a list of all the things GOD has done for me for that would compound my neglect of HIM.

As the darkness of guilt began to envelope me I fought back by saying; “You have given so much more to others than to me and it doesn't seem fair.”

That eased my pain a little until the verse in Luke 16:10 came to mind;

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

This shook me up to the point of repenting, and deciding from this day forward I will be thankful for all GOD has given me and will tell HIM so often.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

BE YE PERFECT

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Matthew 5:48 What I am saying is that you must be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

In Matthew chapters 5 and 6 Jesus really said a mouthful. In the middle of them he says; "be ye perfect." Those three words have provoked many explanations, I say explanations because it is multi faceted as to possibilities of meaning.

Right off we need to know, “By what standard are we to be measured by?”

Is it to be our own personal standard? Or could it be the world’s standard?

Then there is GOD'S standard which is often excluded and rejected by the masses.

One thing for sure is the subject matter under consideration is the conduct of individuals and their relationship with other people. Then there are goals we set for which like athletes who run we strive to prevail in.

The scripture addressing the end times found in Revelation 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" - - tells us that GOD made provision for man's failings prior to the creation of man.

The realization that my name is enrolled in the "Book OF Life" is awesome and is more than I can fully comprehend at the present time.

All the rights and privileges here and the future are mine as an enrollee in the "Book". I have been ennobled and belong to the "Class of Majesty!"

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The Apostle Paul admonishes us to walk uprightly; Ephesians 4:1,2, I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,

Ephesians 5:1,2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

And Peter joins in and says; 2 Peter 1:10 My brothers and sisters, God called you and chose you to be his. Do your best to live in a way that shows you really are God's called and chosen people. If you do all this, you will never fall.

Having said all this I come to an embarrassing question; am I really working on this being perfect or just letting some things slid? Can I do better if I really wanted to? The answer to that brings me to a point where I realize the value of GOD'S grace and am thankful for HIS provision for my lack of perfection!

Tomorrow is another day, another day in which I have an opportunity to fulfill the admonition to "Be Ye Perfect".

I believe you will enjoy Ron Tranmer's Poem on this subject!

"Be Ye Therefore"
by Ron Tranmer

Matthew five, verse forty eight.
is a challenge for the soul.
"Be ye therefore perfect".
What a worthy goal.

With love for God, my father
I'll go about each day,
working toward perfection
as I worship and I pray.

I'll read my Holy Scriptures
and do everything I can.
I'll follow Christ's example,
and I'll help my fellow man.

Then if I don't reach my goal
after giving it my best,
perhaps my Savior's sacrifice
and love will do the rest.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

THE ONLY WHO DIDN’T SPEAK

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I attended a funeral of a friend and as it ended I notice that many had spoken. The minister, children, friends and neighbors.

As I sat there I thought the only one who hasn't spoken was the deceased. Of course I realized if he had spoken the place would probably emptied out quickly, for even in this enlighten age, people aren't ready for such a phenomena.

This thought developed a little further and I wondered if this Christian could speak what would he say. Later I wrote a song with some of things I imagine a deceased Christian might be apt to say. The lyrics are below.

A New Beginning by Robert Moon

Though I have entered through an open door
Don’t think you won't see me any more
It’s in your hearts I will remain
Until we're together once again

It’s not the ending just the beginning
All is so new to me at last I’m truly free
My soul is filled with joy that I’ve not known before
And just to think I will live forevermore

It’s not time to feel remorse
Thinking I should have done so much more
Nothing can be done to change the past
Though we're apart our love will always last

Beyond the veil of tears not counting time in years
My race is run at last forget the past I’m free
Until you join me here you're memory is dear
\And just to think we will live forever more

It’s not the ending just the beginning
All is so new to me at last my soul is set free
My soul is filled with joy that I've not known before
And just to think I will live forevermore
It’s not the ending just the beginning

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Perhaps this song will be played when my time comes for it will express some of my feelings to those left behind.

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