Monday, August 31, 2015


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We live in an age when it is "the in thing" or 
popular to go around with a BIG smile on,
even if it is fake.
Or when your heart is breaking.

But sneak a look when the person is not looking.

Compare todays ads and/or "selfies" to 
some of the photos of the early 1900's.
Were they happier?  Probably not.
Just more real.


Consider putting out a line of fake plastic smiles.
They could come in different sizes.  And in several
smile types.  Even offer a bag to carry them in.

You would simply fit them in your mouth
and clinch them in your teeth.

You would only need to take them out when
you want to;
or give the normal fake laugh that would
go with the fake smile.

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Friday, August 28, 2015



                    I SHOULD BE DEAD BUT,

"I cried to you for help,
O Lord my God,
and you healed me;
you kept me from the grave.
I was on my way to the 
depths below,
but you restored my
(Psalms 30:2,3 GNT)

Over a year ago my body quit producing blood.
I should be under a grave stone like the one above.

Of course I have been seeing doctors -
after praying about it.
And taking their medicines and advice.
And praying about it.

About a month ago within just a few
days I begin to feel like my old self.
The doctors do not offer me any explanation.

I do not know where it will end.
BUT God,
has worked it out so that instead
of being in a hospital bed,



"But those who trust in the 
Lord for help
will find their strength renewed.
They will rise on wings like eagles;
they will run and not get weary;
they will walk and not grow weak."
(Isaiah 40:31 GNT)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


"Happy is the one who reads this book,
and happy are those who listen to the
words of the prophetic message and 
obey what is written in this book!
For the time is near when all these
things will happen."
(Revelation 1:3 GNT)

 I know.  I know.  I know.
The passage of Scripture quoted above specifically
applies to the book of Revelation.  Or the last book
in The Book.

However, over many, many years I have found the
above quote to be true of the entire or whole book,
that is, the HOLY BIBLE.

It is through the Bible that I have found a joy that
comes from God.  Joy over the blessings and help
I need presently.  And joy over the blessings and
rewards that God has for me in the future.

I am happy over the peace that the Bible brings me.
In the midst of turmoil, anxiety and doubt, this book
gives me the peace about the whole thing that I need.

When life gets tough for me.  When sorry tears at the
very depths of my being.  This book, the HOLY BIBLE,
gives me a comfort that no human being can,

And, it is the only book in the world that can and does
give me the direction I need for my life.  How to live
in a way that is pleasing to God.  Yes, sometimes it
whips me around when I do not live the way I am
suppose to.  And God knows how to get my attention
and yours too if you will permit him to.

Spend some time in the HOLY BIBLE.  Let it talk to
you.  You will be glad you did, and you can be happy,
happy, happy.

"The longer you read the Bible,
the more you will like it;
it will grow sweeter and sweeter;
and the more you get into the spirit of it,
the more you will get into the spirit of Christ."

Monday, August 24, 2015


Did you know that before 1675 there were no germs 
or microorganisms?
That's right.

Before 1675 
People could not see microorganisms. - so there were none.
People could not handle microorganisms - so there were none.
People could not hear microorganisms - so there were none.
People could not smell microorganisms - so there were none.
People could not taste microorganisms - so there were none.

Of course,
In 1675 Anton van Leeuwenhoek
spoiled all of that with his  microscope.

But prior to that;

There were no microorganisms because people were like
and ostrich with it's head in the sand regarding microorganisms.
Or an atheist ignoring what does not suit him.

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

Friday, August 21, 2015


Over the years I have noticed a number of streets named after
specific individuals in this area.   When around the university 
I find more names on stadiums, buildings, gates etc. And when 
you go around the regional hospital there are even more
 buildings, named after people.

Yet most of these names mean absolutely nothing - to most people.
It might just as well be a number.  That is, unless you knew the person.  
Or you are from their area and generation.

What does it cost to get your name put up before the public that way?
Lot's and lot's and lot's of money.

All to no avail in time to come.

Want a reward that will last you forever?

"'Make certain you do not perform your religious duties in public
so that people will see what you do.  If you do these things publicly,
you will not have any reward from your Father in heaven.

'So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big
show of it as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the
streets.  They do it so that people will praise them.  I assure you,
they have already been paid in full.  But when you help a needy
person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will not 
know about it.  Then it will be a private matter.  And your Father,
who sees what you do in private, will reward you.'"
(Matthew 6:1-4 TEV)


"Jesus looked around and saw rich people dropping their
gifts in the Temple treasury, and he also saw a very poor
widow dropping in two little copper coins.  He said, 'I tell
you that this poor widow put in more than all the others.
For the others offered their gifts from what they had to 
spare of their riches; but she poor as she is, gave all she
had to live on'".
(Luke21:1-4 TEV)

"'You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water
to one of the least of these my followers because he is my 
follower, will certainly receive a reward.'"
(Matthew 10:42 TEV)

"The greatest humbug in the world is the idea
that money can make a man happy.  I never 
had any satisfaction with mine until I began to
do good with it."
C. Pratt

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


There is an old idiom we used to hear that said,
"The pot calling the kettle black".

That of course was because both of them had
soot on them from the fire.
The meaning was,
someone was accusing someone else of 
the same thing they were guilty of themselves.

This was brought to mind when on our way to church 
a few days ago.

The side road we live on dead ends at the main road.
But our side road comes into the main road at an angle.
This forces you to look over your left shoulder and 
look for traffic before pulling out on to the main road
in ether direction.  And when the foliage is heavy,
you have to pull out into the main road a little ways to
see and be safe.

My wife was driving.  The nose of the car was out a
ways into the main road so she could see.  Signals
were going.  Stop had been made.  Everything was
proper, but for safeties sake, a little further out than

To our right on the main road was an open Jeep coming.
You know.  A real Jeep.  No top.  Half doors etc.
The Jeep made a left turn in front of us and went 
up our side road.

I made two observations.
1.  The driver of the Jeep, a man, was shaking his head
in a very intentional, obvious manner at the wife.  The 
meaning seemed to be, 
"Stupid woman driver."

2. The other observation, he made the left turn off
the main road in front of any and all traffic with absolutely 
no signal of any type what ever.

"You teach others -
why don't you teach yourself?
(Romans 2:21GNT)

Friday, August 14, 2015


"God is our shelter
and strength,
always ready to help
in times of trouble."
(Psalms 46:1 GNT)

Monday, August 10, 2015


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Have you thought about making your own god?
A lot of people in this old world do.  It does not
matter if it is an ignorant savage down in the 
South American jungle whittling one out of a
tree, or a sophisticated person from a cultured
country making one out of gold.  Or even an 
highly educated intellectual deciding in there 
mind what kind of a god they could believe in -
they all have one thing in common.


They are like the the sculpture below.
It is only material, it lacks power.
No engine, no power.


"God is Spirit, and those who worship
Him must worship in spirit and truth."
(John 4:24 NKJV)

But there is a God who has been hearing and answering
my prayers for over sixty years now.  Has your god got
that kind of record?

He is found in the Holy Bible.
He created this old world and gives us life.
He loves us enough that He even died for us
then rose again.

His name is:


Thursday, August 6, 2015


So it's a shaggy old cat.  So what?

Yes, it's getting old and shaggy.  It leaves hair
all over the place.  I do not know how old it is.
But the wife and I were a whole lot younger 
when she came dragging it home.
But that's not the point.

Notice that it is asleep right in the middle of 
the floor.  That cat spends lots of time sleeping
right in the way - where we walk.

Because it has learned to trust us.  It knows
that we will not step on it intentionally.
It just simply trusts us.

That is what God wants us to do.
Just simply trust Him.
From one cover of the Bible to the other.
God asks us to TRUST Him.

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit."
(Jeremiah17:7-9 NKJV)

"Therefore humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time, 
casting all your care upon Him,
for He cares for you."
(1 PETER 5:6,7 NKJV)