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Saturday, April 26, 2014


Watch your Mouth !!
You need to be Scared

There are a mass of people who are speaking damnation unto themselves and do so with a misconception of impunity.

Check out these words;

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7

To take His name in vain is to do despite to the one it represents. To attribute emptiness to what the name represents. Often it is used to command the GOD of the universe to curse or damn someone or something.

Perhaps the time will come when they will be able to speak His name in vain without any restraints. This will be when they have moved to a place called Hades. There they can speak loud and clear for no one will be offended and others will encourage you to take your freedom.

Many profess to be Unbelievers and yet the call upon the Deity that they don’t believe in to curse someone. I don’t know about you but that seems inconsistent somehow.

Some Unbelievers use the name of GOD and they say I find it to be very expressive. Once again one must ask how can something that they believe doesn’t exist and has no significance express anything?

The issue is the one who takes this liberty has to justify the usage of such words. Could it be that such folly is the acknowledgement of this higher power and their act of rebellion against Him?
There are so many things one doesn’t have to believe in order for them to be true.

Examples are GOD is real and his word is true.

Those who neglect their salvation are lost and bound for the lake of fire.

Using God’s name to accent some stupid statement they are making or other usage will and does bring punishment upon the user.

Ah yes it is true the rebellious can utter things that shouldn’t be said and mock God in doing it but Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

Job 4:8 As I have observed, those who plow evil, and those who sow trouble reap it.

When one uses God’s name in vain he is sowing big trouble and will have an abundant harvest of woe and they SHOULD BE SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Old Rocking Chair

I woke up the other day and found myself taken captive by that old rocking chair.

I knew it would get me some day but I didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

I fought it the best I could but in the end it got me.

After some effort I get going and try to do the young me but it don’t last.

With each step taken my huffing and puffing increases and I sound like a choo choo train. Then I hear it calling me; get in here where you belong. I can do nothing else but obey.

I have gotten so used to rocking away that I can't recollect any other way of living. I’m sure I must have done something afore but just can't recall what it was.

The exception to that is when some faint memory comes floating up from somewhere and then fades away.

The time will come when the old rocking chair will come for you and you will resist but in the end it will prevail and you will sing this old rocking chair has got me just like me.

One day my chair will stop rockin’ there will be no need to look for me for I have went with the upper taker to the land of the free.
(Mills Bros)

(Mildred Bailey)

I love both versions of this song, Hope you enjoy good music !!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Having been thrown back to my country childhood roots, some years ago I bought some Blue Tick Coonhound pups.  Then of course I had to train them to go night hunting.

I hooked up with some other hunters, most of which I dropped due their lack of intelligence.  My pups grew quickly and started to do what Coon hounds do and that was to hunt.

The problem was they would hunt everything especially deer.  When they started to chasing a deer they would run for miles, and the hunt was over for the night.  Some hours later when the dogs came back we would go home very unhappy about the night’s event.

I really enjoyed hunting especially when they would get mixed up with a skunk. There was nothing better than to be washing dogs at 3 o’clock in the morning and having to smell skunk odor for the next few days.

In order to break my pups off of deer I bought a coon and kept him in a steel cage made of heavy steel rods and he was suppose to be my example of what they should be hunting for.

Old Cooney boy was consistent he hated everything and everybody.  He would rip your leg off if he got to you.  He let me know right off that he didn’t train dogs.  He was one mean sucker that you didn’t mess with.  Since I didn’t want my dog’s ears tore up I never let them get together.

I always thought if I could be as constant and unswerving in my Christian walk as Cooney was in his, I’d be a better man for it.

Cooney lived with us for quite awhile, and my step dad LD, always fed him.  After many months, LD could feed him without having to use a piece of plywood to pin Cooney in a corner while he filled his food bowl.

After a couple of years I decided Cooney boy wasn’t a mind to be tamed down so I took him up to the woods and let him go.  He walked a few feet away, turned, snarled and hissed at me and took off never to be seen again.

Those Blue Tick Hound pups loved to hunt.  One named Sugar died first but Ole Blue lived almost 15 years.  Even when he couldn’t hardly get around he would still sneak off to hunt, and I would have to go looking for him.  One day we went out to our kennel and found Ole Blue stiff as a board.  I have had many dogs, but Ole Blue was my favorite of all because he was very special, but that is another story.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014




The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." JOB1:7
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1Peter 5:8
I'm not sure who wrote the following but I found it interesting;
Men: Beware of Temptation

Men and women respond to temptation differently. Women tend to flee temptation, while men like to crawl away slowly and hope temptation will overtake them.
No man sets out to succumb to temptation on purpose. Yet every day we learn of men, Christian men, who fail. Unless a man remains perpetually vigilant, his own evil desires carry him into temptation and sin.
Six temptations men face:
1. Emotional neglect. Men are most tempted not to give their wives the thing they desire the most: emotional connection and intimacy; the sharing of yourself at the deepest level, and wanting to know the same level in your spouse. God commanded, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25). The Bible gives no similar instructions to wives because wives are naturally drawn to an intimate love relationship. For men it must be learned.
2. Lust. Men become sexually stimulated visually. When a man looks and lusts, that does not mean he no longer loves his wife. He is engaged in temptation - physical and spiritual. We live in a sexually over-stimulated culture in which many men are drained of the spiritual energy needed to expose temptation and the moral energy to resist it
The best way to resist sexual temptation is to flee from it.
3. False gods. You can have only one god. Most men try to worship an idol and God. That, too, is impossible. Idolatry is the error of giving worship or homage to any power or object other than God. It's either going to be Jesus Christ or something else. And whatever the something else is, it will never satisfy (e.g. accomplishments, money, pleasure, possessions, power, prestige, or position).
4. Money and debt. Men find money intoxicating. Jesus named money as his chief competitor: No one can serve two masters....You cannot serve both God and money (Matt. 6:24). Not only is man tempted to earn more money, but also to borrow more money than he can afford to repay. The temptation is not to love God or money. The temptation is to love them both. To live debt-free within your means, with Jesus as the god of your life, is the goal.
5. Whining. The Bible tells of people who grumbled about the sufficiency of God's care. When men see others advancing more rapidly, frequently resentments, jealousies, envy, and bitterness build up. Slights, perceived and real, grind on his ego. The way to overcome the temptation to complain is to accept your lot in life and get on with a positive outlook. Paul said, I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Phil 4:11).
6. Pride. Stubborn pride often keeps a man from humbling himself and admitting he's wrong. Temptation to pride comes in many disguises. The most common form is for a man to look down with disdain on others. It is a sin of comparison in which a man compares his [perceived] strength with another's weaknesses. Equally insidious is the temptation for a man to look up in disgust to others who have it better or have accomplished more. Pride can even cause some men to feel they are above talking about "touchy feelings," and so emotionally neglect their wives.
An old song by Perry Como; "You were temptation"
You came, I was alone
 I should have known you were temptation
 You smiled, luring me on
 My heart was gone, you were temptation
 It would be thrilling
If you were willing
 If it can never be
 Pity me for you are temptation and I am yours
 Here is my heart, take it and say
 We'll never part
 I'm just a slave
 Only a slave to you, temptation
 You were born to be kissed
 I can't resist.
 You are temptation and I am yours
 Here is my heart, take it and say
 We'll never part

Monday, April 14, 2014


When Lord?

“In denial simply stated means denying that which is obvious?”

 I ran across this statement while thinking along this line, “The Unanswered Prayers.

“I have found some religious believers who are willing to admit that a prayer might have gone unanswered. They usually note that even though it failed in the sense in which they intended it, they still gained something else from the act of praying. Maybe it is an increased sense of calm, clarity, relaxation, or reassurance. I'm usually content to take them at their word that prayer helps them feel better in this way. Without the supernatural baggage, it makes sense that prayer would offer the benefits of meditation or relaxation. In this sense, perhaps unanswered prayers are still beneficial”.
Atheist Revolution

Julie Munro wrote;

“Yet faced with a disease that does not let up its crippling attacks do you begin to deny who Jesus is? Do you lose faith in the One who can help you because your situation is not turning out the way you expected or wanted?

When questioned about your faith in the situation you face do you deny Gods ability by making excuses for why you are not healed?”

While it is difficult to answer others why prayer didn’t have the desired result it is even more difficult to explain it to yourself.

Watching a loved one fade away while you are holding on to God’ promises tests the strongest among us. Their faith is put on trial as it were and the thoughts go through their minds “It don’t work.”  It certainly becomes paradoxical when along side are the prayers that absolutely worked especially when the miraculous was involved.

It leaves the believer seeking the essence of truth concerning the why and why not of prayer.

On a personal note there have been many, many prayers that have flat not been answered. I have long ago decided not to make up some excuse for God not hearing and fulfilling my request. It goes without saying the request was worthy, and was prayed on a scriptural basis but without the desired result.

Every Christian who has prayed has had to face this issue of unanswered prayer.  Some deny that any prayer that is uttered is unanswered and continue to defend it by listing reason why it might seem there was no answer but still the premise of always receiving the answer.

On a personal level I have accepted the fact that God knows best and there are somethings I must endure and yet still maintain my faith in God. There is something about Job’s attitude that encouraging me “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”  I find this far superior to whining and allowing my faith in God to weaken.

Unanswered prayer is a paradox the Christian must face but then they pick themselves up and continue on as if nothing happened. My faith doesn’t rest on how many times I’m successful in praying but in God himself.
I like the way it is said in the song; “The solid rock.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.


On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.


Sue Bohlin has some interesting thoughts on this subject check it out.


Saturday, April 12, 2014


I remember like it was yesterday, the day the president came to our town.
Our town was a Midwestern small community which was less than ten thousand people, including the out lying area. Our mayor Boggs was a small man with big ideas.
One day Mayor Boggs received a communiqué from the president’s office.  It stated, because we had supported his election, we were being included in the whistle stop campaigning, he was doing for his reelection.  Mayor Boggs was beside himself, he had only dreamed about being recognized by people in higher authority.
We only had three weeks to get ready for the event of a lifetime. The mayor’s staff laid out the plan for this visit; which included, getting a big write up in the local weekly news paper and a parade with high school bands from nearby towns participating. The mayors from nearby towns would also come, and ride in open cars so they could be seen by everyone. 
A stage was built at the railroad station so everybody could see and hear the president speak.

The news spread, about the president stopping in our town, and the parade and everything else.  Vendors from everywhere began applying for street permits so they could sell their goods.
The day finally arrived, and everything was in its place. The vendors were set up and ready to sell, mostly hot dogs, cold drinks, and ice cream bars.
The parade started with all the mayors waving to the crowded streets, the bands marching and playing John Phillip Souza’s music.  All this cumulated at the train depot where the invited guests of the mayor sat on the platform above the rest of us. There were barriers set up for crowd control, and our three man police force was trying to control this mob of people.
It was almost noon, and the weather was getting muggy and uncomfortable, babies were hot and hungry.  Mothers would try to find some shade and nurse their babies; unashamedly.  This was before Hollywood turned men into raving maniacs at the sight of a woman’s breast.
Time was slipping by and people were getting restless especially those on the platform.  All the mayors had prepared speeches to give welcoming the president. The sun was now directly overhead, and no shade was to be found. The ice cream bars were melting because the hot ice was evaporated and the vendors watched as their profits also melted.
Boys were putting their ear on the railroad tracks trying to hear the noise of the train wheels.
What occurred next happened so quick that most people didn’t understand it until later. Off in the distance the sound of the train whistle could be heard and the people began to get excited.

Meanwhile the station got a message that read: Due to running behind, the president will not be able to stop and greet the people. He sends his regrets and hopes they won’t be disappointed.  However the train will slow down and the president will be on the observation deck and you may see him as he goes by.

Before the message could be given to the mayor, the train went straight through the station with steam escaping from the drivers.  The whistle was blasting, and the ground shook beneath the people, while kids were frighten and started to cry.

Some claimed they saw someone on the back of the train, and he was waving.
The paper got out a special one page edition explaining what had happened.
While some were disappointed, no one ever forgot that the president came to our town.
There is one who is far greater than, kings, rulers, and presidents who has sent a message, not from Washington, but from the throne of GOD.

Jesus spoke in the book of John 14:1-3  "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” This Jesus will come to our town, and for those who look for his coming.  They will be received unto him and be with him forever more.

There are some people who ask me if this is a true story, and my answer is, well at least part of it is.



Friday, April 11, 2014

The duck and the devil

Subject: The duck and the devil
  There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their
  Farm. He was given a slingshot to play without in the
  Woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit
  The target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back
  For dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.
  Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the
  Duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved.
  In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to
  See his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
  After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash
  The dishes" But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he
  Wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him,
  "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.
  Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go
  Fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make
  Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because
  Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again,
  "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
  After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and
  Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
  He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the
  Duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said,
  "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window
  And I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I
  Forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let
  Sally make a slave of you."
  Thought for the day and every day thereafter?
  Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... And
  The devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying,
  Cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness
  , etc.)... Whatever it is... You need to know that God was
  Standing at the window and He saw the whole thing... He
  Has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He
  Loves you and that you are forgiven.
  He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of
  The great thing about God is that when you ask for
  Forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets .
  It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.
  Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today.