Sunday, December 30, 2012


"But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
But if we have food and clothing,
let us be therewith content.
But they that will be rich fail into temptation
and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which plunge men in destruction and ruin.
For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred
from the faith, and pierced their hearts
through with many sorrows."
(1 Timothy 6:6-10 AKJV)

Friday, December 28, 2012



That was not supposed to be in there.
I bought a camera off ebay for a specific purpose.
While playing with it and snapping a couple of pictures
I found in it pictures of this young girl - who ever she is.

Somebody had not deleted them from memory.
Now to give credit where credit is due, 
all the pictures in memory were decent.
Also, she is a lovely young lady -
when her mouth is closed.
(It was in a few shots.)

She has teeth and a tongue.
Teeth to eat with and a tongue to talk with.
What more could a young girl want?

If any of you live in the Tooele, Utah area.
Thank the young lady for giving this old man a laugh
before deleting her pictures for her.

Thinking of things stored in memory.
For the last two years my wife has vacationed with the daughter
and her husband.  (I stayed home to take care of critters.)
On each of these vacations she has taken hundreds of photos.
And as a loving husband I have down loaded them all to at least
three computers for safe keeping.

The best I know, to date, she has not gone back and looked at
even one photo she took.
But, they are in memory. 

Now God has a memory also.
Call it a flash drive, memory card, memory stick, hard drive
or what ever.  His memory is worlds ahead of the memory
devices we have.

Further God tells us,
"Whatever is covered up will be uncovered,
and every secret will be made known.
So then, whatever you have said in the dark
will be heard in broad daylight, and whatever you
have whispered in private in a closed room will be 
shouted from the housetops."
(Luke 12:2,3 GNB)



"You can be sure that on the Judgment Day
you will have to give account of every useless word
you have ever spoken.  Your words will be used to 
judge you - to declare you either innocent or guilty."
(Matthew 12:36,37 GNB)

Nothing we do escapes God's knowledge.

But the GOOD NEWS,
God also has a delete button.
Want to know how to get Him to use it?

"But if we confess our sins to God,
he will keep his promise and do what is right:
he will forgive us our sins and purify
us from all our wrongdoing."
(1 John 1:9 GNB)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


"And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
and the effect of righteousness
quietness and assurance for ever."
(Isaiah 32;17 KJV)

"The promises of the Lord can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver refined
seven times in the furnace."
(Psalms 12:6 GNB)

1. Meditate on God's Promises.
2. Plead the Promises at the throne of Grace.
3. Act in Faith that God Will Perform His Promises.
(William Gurnall)

Monday, December 24, 2012




"For God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him
may not die but have 
eternal life."

Have you accepted and opened His gift to you?
Or, have you been ignoring it?

May this be your best Christmas


Sunday, December 23, 2012


"Have you not known?
Have you not heard, that the everlasting God,
the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
faints not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
He gives power to the faint;
and to them that have no might
he increases strength.
Even the youths will faint and be weary,
and the young men will utterly fall:
But those who wait upon the LORD
will renew their strength;
they will mount up with wings like eagles;
they will run, and not be weary;
and they will walk, and not faint."
(Isaiah 40:28-31 AKJV)

Friday, December 21, 2012


About three days ago three of the neighbor's sheep got into
our yard.  And yesterday it was seven of his sheep in our yard.

Now my opinion is that sheep are neat critters.  Also the more
they eat - the less there is to mow or trim.  Cool, right?
Bring them on neighbor.

But my wife has a different opinion.  She actually spent some 
money on a bunch of plants.  Hard earned money and lots of it.
That's beyond my comprehension.  But it's a fact.

The sheep are the neighbor's.  And on that side the fence is his.
But he is a busy man.  So all I could do was say, "Yes dear.  As 
soon as I come back from the barber in the morning I'll fix the fence.
[Or something like that.]
That was yesterday.

[This is the day that the Lord has made.]
This morning early on my way to town - there were thirteen sheep 
in the yard.  Hey the day is just starting.

And were the fence needs repair there is a LARGE briar bush.
With lots and lots of thorns.

 I rode one of my motorcycles to the barber shop.  (The old back road 
one to gas it while in town.) The parking lot is on a good slope.  So
I pulled up close to the door.

When leaving I got in too big of a hurry and did not back down far
enough to get off the slope.  You guessed it.  I dumped it right there 
on the slope - on the right side.

The barber helped me get it back up.  Got it on it's kick stand to 
try starting it, but I was still on the slop.  It rolled forward off 
the stand and dumped it on the left side this time - with my left
foot pinned under it.  (Praise God for such an exciting day.)
You can see what it did to the windshield.

And this is oil all over the right side from the broken valve cover.
Hey, PRAISE GOD I was not hurt and it rode home O.K.

Even before leaving the house I had determined to spend a little more
time in the "Word" when I got back.  So after parking the bike in the 
shop I went straight into the office and started reading where I had left
off.  I read only two verses and then read,

"We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble
produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval,
and his approval creates hope."
(Romans 5:3,4 GNB)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012


"The LORD loves his people
and protects those who 
belong to him."
(Deuteronomy 33:33 GNB)

"The promises of the Lord can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver refined
seven times in the furnace."
(Psalms 12:6 GNB)

1. Meditate on God's Promises.
2. Plead the Promises at the throne of Grace.
3. Act in Faith that God Will Perform His Promises.
(William Gurnall)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


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"For forty years the LORD led you through the desert,
and your clothes and sandals never wore out.
You did not have bread to eat
or wine or beer to drink,
but the LORD provided for your needs
in order to teach you that he is your God."
(Deuteronomy 29:5,6 GNB)

There is trouble ahead.

Unless you are an ostrich with your head in the sand,
you can see the whole world crumbling around you.
And you know that things are getting worse, not better.

If you are a student of the Bible, you know that things
are going to get much worse.  Worse than the world 
has ever known.

It is a historical fact that God lead over 600,000 men
with their wives and children through the desert from
Egypt to the their promised land.
And took care of them.

It is time for us to quit trusting in ourselves,
 and put our trust in the one who can take care of us -
 Jesus Christ our creator.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


"And the LORD heard your words,
when you spoke to me; and the LORD said to me.
I have heard the voice of the words of this people,
which they have spoken to you: 
they have well said all that they have spoken.
O that there were such an heart in them,
that they would fear me, 
and keep all my commandments always, 
that it might be well with them,
and with their children for ever!"
(Deuteronomy 5:28,29 AKJV)

Friday, December 14, 2012


Yes, it is only a cup.
But twenty four hours ago it was buried trash.

I was down in the bottom of a ravine cleaning up again.
After every storm or rain something else always seems to
show up.  So I was looking for any trash that might have
been missed.  You know, tin cans, bottles, beer cans etc.

Walking along searching for trash a corner of 
this little cup peeked out from under the leaves.  After
digging it out it appeared to be in tact.  So a clean up was
in order. It probably had been discarded with the trash ten to 
fifteen years ago.

After a good scrubbing and a trip through the dish washer,
you can see what I was rewarded with.

That little cup is just like a lot of our lives.
Discarded.  Thrown out with the trash.
On the trash heap of humanity.

But like I wanted to clean up that little cup,
God wants to clean up and restore us.

However, there is one difference.
That little cup is an inanimate object.
It has no will of it's own.

God gave you an I a "free will".
We have the choice.  We can turn to him
and let him restore us.
Or, we can stay on the trash heap.

"The LORD says,
'Now, let's settle the matter.
You are stained red with sin,
but I will wash you as clean as snow.
Although your stains are deep red, 
you will be as white as wool.  
If you will only obey me,
you will eat the good things the land produces.
But if you defy me,
you are doomed to die.
I, the LORD have spoken.'".
(Isaiah 1:1820 GNB)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


"In my distress I cried unto the LORD,
(Psalms 120: 1 KJV
Emphasis mine)

"The promises of the Lord can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver refined
seven times in the furnace."
(Psalms 12:6 GNB)

1. Meditate on God's Promises.
2. Plead the Promises at the throne of Grace.
3. Act in Faith that God Will Perform His Promises.
(William Gurnall)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


In the time of king David of Israel there was a man named
Ahimaaz.  His name was almost as funny as some of our names.
But his actions were much the same as ours.

A very important battle had just been won.  Ahimaaz wanted
to be the one to run and tell the king the outcome of the battle.
But some else was sent.

Ahmaaz kept insisting that he should run and tell the king.
Finally he was allowed to run with the news to the king also.
Ahmaaz out run the first runner and delivered the following
message to the king.

"Sir, when your officer Joab sent me,
I saw a great commotion,
but I couldn't tell what it was."
(2 Samuel 18:29 GNB)

Now what kind of information is that????
How informed did the king become from this message?

I love the ease of finding information on the internet as vs.
buying a book or card files in the library.
But I have learned something.

If you really want to learn something - stay away from forums.
Some of the people who post on the forums have no concept of
what they are talking about.  They simply want to say something.
Many others are only guessing, but also only want to say something.
And a few - very few - know what they are talking about and
have useful information.  That is, if you can be patient enough
and keep digging through the rest of the postings.
Forums have become a last resort for myself.

If you watch videos you have found much the same thing.  A
lot of the videos were made by people who do not know what
they are doing.  They just want to make a video.  I have even
seen some that have never even done the task they are trying 
to teach you about.

Should we even mention Facebook and the stupidity that is
posted daily there?   
Yes, there are some good posts even on Facebook. 
But you will have a warped mind by the time you get to it.

Those of us that try to blog are sure that blogging is much
different.  Isn't it? 

Should we leave the use of these things alone?

"You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will
have to give account of every useless word you have ever
spoken.  Your words will be used to judge you - to declare
you either innocent or guilty."
(Matthew 12:36,37 GNB)

Sunday, December 9, 2012


"I will exalt you, my God,
O king; and I will bless your name
for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you;
and I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, 
and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable."
(Psalms 145:1-3 AKJV)

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do?

It is simple.  
On their part there is no thinking.  No thoughts.
Have you ever seen a thought?
Of course not.

Even with your best pair of glasses on you cannot see a thought.
You cannot see a thought with binoculars or a magnifying glass.
In fact, you cannot take a picture of a thought.  Try it.
Scientist using the very best microscope or telescope have never
seen a thought.

So, thoughts are simply a myth, fable or legend.

Ask your friends if they have ever seen one of your thoughts.

If there were such a thing as "thoughts", certainly you could
measure them, or weight them.

How deep or wide is a thought?  You do not know because
there are no thoughts to measure.

Pressure and vacuum gauges cannot measure thoughts, because
thoughts are nonexistent.

Testing so far only shows that thing we call a brain is simply
a vacuum chamber.

Get out your ohm meter.
Your volt meter.
Or your amp meter and measure a thought.
Can't do it can you.
Because there is not such thing as a thought.

You might hear your stomach growl.
Or one of your joints pop.
But no one can hear your thoughts because there are none.

So what do we do when someone's action seem to indicate
they may have given thought to something.

We do what "scientist" do.
We create a hypothesis that suits our thinking.
Then spend the rest of our life trying to prove it.

Speaking of things we cannot see, touch or measure
with all our fancy test equipment;

"Fools say to themselves,
'There is no God!'"
(Psalms 14:1 GNB)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


"Great peace have they which love your law:
and nothing shall offend them."
(Psalms 119:165 AKJV)

"The promises of the Lord can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver refined
seven times in the furnace."
(Psalms 12:6 GNB)

1. Meditate on God's Promises.
2. Plead the Promises at the throne of Grace.
3. Act in Faith that God Will Perform His Promises.
(William Gurnall)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


"but they who wait for the Lord
shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint."
(Isaiah 40:31 RSV)

It has always seemed to me that the Lord did this backward.
He has a descending order.  And we humans want an ascending order.
You know.
Crawl, walk, run.
Up, up and away.

Years ago Armin Gesswein coined an expression
regarding this portion of Scripture that helps me.
He said this is the three speed Christian.

As a retired auto mechanic and ex car nut -
that speaks to me.

If you are over forty years of age.
you know that all of life is not soaring on clouds
nine to thirteen.

Photo courtesy of:

Whether you are a Christian or not,
there are high points in life.  Mountain top experiences.
Few and far between.  But they are not life.

Most of life is more;
Another day, another dollar.
Ho hum.  Or as some used to say,
"Same O, same O."
Or just plain old boring.
Just another boring highway.

Photo courtesy of:

And by now most of us know that the road of life can be much 
worse than this Australian outback road.  In some parts of our 
area, that looks like a super highway.

Photo courtesy of:

Life often is more of a steep climb with a heavy backpack.
An uphill experience that requires a lower gear than out vehicle has.

So, how do we get this "renewed strength" for today?

The Scriptures say to "wait" on the Lord.  
Some versions say, "trust in" or "hope in" the Lord.
But to myself the help comes from dear old brother 
James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D.  He says this comes from 
the Hebrew word "qavah". [Now that's Greek to me.]
And that it is "a prim. root, to bind together
(perh. by twisting), ..."

Waiting on the Lord for strength is not sitting on a park
bench waiting for help.  That could be part of it.  But
waiting on the Lord is binding myself to the Lord.
Involving God in my life to the point that his life and
mine are twisted together as one.

When my "rope of life" consists of several strands,
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Holy Spirit
and me.
My rope will have all the strength I need
and, the Devil himself cannot break it.

"Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and 
purify your hearts, you men of double mind."
(James 4:8 RSV)

Saturday, December 1, 2012


God through the prophet Isaiah said to the people of that day,

"Because this people draw near to me with their mouth,
and with their lips honor me,
but their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is taught
by the precept of men: ...."
(Isaiah 29:13 AKJV)

And Jesus Christ said of the people of his day,

"This people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honor me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.
In vain they worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
(Matthew 15:8,9 AKJV)

What would God say about you and I today?