Friday, May 27, 2016


"I count all that part of my life
lost which I spent not in communion
with God, or in doing good."
- Donne

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last,
And when I am dying, how happy I'll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee."
C.T. Studd

"For if you want to save your own life,
you will lose it;
but if you lose your life for my sake,
you will find it."
(Matthew 16:25 GNT)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Leaving God out of your plans
causes futility.

"If the Lord does not build the house
the work of the builders is useless;

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if the Lord does not protect the city,
it does no good for the sentries to 
stand guard.

It is useless to work so hard
for a living, getting up early
and going to bed late.

For the Lord provides for those he loves,
while they are asleep."
(Psalms 127:1,2 GNT)

Put God in control of your life 
to cut out the futility.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Many years ago one of the greatest kings of all
time; and a man who was pleasing to God gave
us the path to peace and contentment.
he said,

"Lord, I have given up my pride and 
turned away from my arrogance.

I am not concerned with great matters
or with subjects too difficult for me.

Instead, I am content and at peace.

As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms,
so my heart is quiet within me.

Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!"
(Psalms 131 GNT)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


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The caption for this image called it a computer screen
plantation.  Now we know where computer screens 
come from and that this was a crop from a few years
ago.  I have learned a lot today.  But what has that to 
do with prayer?

More seriously.
That happens to be about the number of computers we
have around the house and in my office - that are on
the internet.  So,  this has helped me to understand 
prayer better to.

I still do not know how God can hear and answer 
prayer individually to millions of people at the same
time.  It would seem impossible.  But just on our
LAN we have eight or ten computers.  All going
through one router from one internet provider.
And, we can all be on the same or different web
sites receiving or sending information while a
million or more other people are doing the same

If mankind in his stupidity  can do that, well God
is infinitely further ahead and can do even more.
Is it any wonder that God can hear and answer
millions of prayers at the same time?

What a great God I serve.

Friday, May 13, 2016


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You hear them too.
Friends, relatives or neighbors who are constantly telling
you what they are going to do - but it never happens.  It is
just so much talk.  You have heard it so many times that
you could recite it just as well as they do.

And even more in the political realm.
ALL the politicians are telling you what they are going 
to do for you.  How they are going to clean up corruption
or bad situtions and so forth.  But it never happens.  The 
only thing that happens is that you lose more of your 
freedoms and your taxes increase.

Our words do us no good if they are not backed
up by action.  St. James when talking about faith
said what could just as well apply to words we talk.

"My friends, what good is it for one of you to
say that you have faith if your actions do not
prove it? ...... So it is with faith: if it is alone
and includes no actions, then it is dead."
(James 2:14,17 GNT)

Talk is cheap.  Or is it.

Consider this.  One day both you and I are going to 
stand before the God who created us - whether we 
like it or not. Then we are going to give an account of 
our lives.  Every bit of it.

The one who created the heavens and the earth, and gives you life it's self said,

"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 GNT)

All of that cheap talk may end up coming
at a very high price.

"Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry"
(James 1:19 GNT)

Solomon the wisest man who ever lived 
gave this advice,

"Think before you speak, and don't
make any rash promises to God.  He
is in heaven and your are on earth,
so don't say any more than you have to."
(Ecclesiastes 5:2 GNT)

Someone said,
"Wisdom has two parts:
1.  Having a lot to say.
2. Not saying it.

Rochefoucauld said,
"As it is the characteristic of great
wits to say much in few words, so 
it is of small wits to talk much and
say nothing."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Have you ever felt like life is just toooooo much?
All the disappointments, discouragement, pain and
hopelessness is more than you can handle?
I have.

I have lived a long time.  I have walked (Tried to.) with
God for most of those years.  And in the process of trials, 
pressures of life, discouragements, pain, hospital beds 
and heart ache I have learned a few things about suffering.

God uses any and all of these things to TRY to get our
attention.  He wants to draw us to him just like a crying
child will go to it's parent.  If you have been living your
own way - you have just figured out your problem.  Simply
turn to God.

As a child of God you will still be tested - severely.
If you think being a child of God and the Christian life
is a "joy ride" like some of the "televangelist" would 
have you believe, you better change stations.  It "just
ain't so".

Over the past year or so I have been seeing something
over and over and over in the Scriptures.  For example,
the apostle John who God use to write the book off 
"Revelation" said,

"... I am your partner in patiently enduring the 
suffering that comes to those who belong to his 
(Revelation 1:9 GNT)

And this is because God has a purpose in it.  No, I don't
like it either, but he is training and strengthening me with
it.  He is preparing me to be with him forever.

Look at these guys below.  They are in army boot camp.
They are enduring training, hardship and suffering 
willingly - for their own good.

So, what am I do do?


"Good people suffer many troubles,
but the Lord saves them from 
them all."
(Psalms 34:19 GNT)

H.W. Beecher said,
"God washes the eyes by tears until
they can behold the invisible land where 
tears shall come no more."

Friday, May 6, 2016


That's my little old ugly truck.
I must admit, it does not have the words,
"RUST BUCKET" on the sides.
They are only in my computer.

That picture was taken several years ago.
Only the rain has washed it since and the 
rust has grown. A lot people would be ashamed 
to be seen in it because it is so ugly.
But, Hey!  
It is not a trophy.  It is a tool.
It still runs very good and does everything
I want a truck to do.  In short, I'm still
very happy with that ugly old truck and
have no desire what ever for a newer,
nicer truck.

What's the point?

As a person I think of myself as "ugly".
How many a time I have wished that God had
made me different than I am.  There are things
from top to bottom that I would change if it were
up to me.

I have been having a hard time to think that God 
made me the way I am because this is the way that
God wanted me.  (Well! Other than what I as a person
have messed up.  You know.  Over or under eating
or other things that are my fault.)  However, at my
age I am beginning to see the point.

Years ago there used to be a beautiful women come
into the shop with her car.  She was young and usually
when she came in, about half of the guys working 
there found some excuse or other to go by and 
see if they could "help" or what ever.

One day the boss ask me if I would that her to work
the next morning and bring her car back to the shop.
You bet I would.  (I was not in my eighties then.)

When she came early the next morning she happened
to have her kids with her.  And the way she treated her 
kids in the few miles to her work totally turned me off.

Since then, I have seen many a "lovely" lady that I
would not want to put up with as a wife.

One time God was having the prophet Samuel
pick out a king for the nation.  But Samuel was
looking on the outside and God said to him;

"But the Lord said to him,
'Pay no attention to how tall and
handsome he is.  I have rejected him,
because I do not judge as people judge. 
They look at the outward appearance,
but I look at the heart'".
(1 Samuel 16:7 GNT)

I notice something of interest to myself 
regarding the prophecy of God himself
coming down to us in the form of Jesus

The prophecy of his coming says,
"He had no dignity or beauty
to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about
nothing that would draw us to him.
We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him -
we ignored him as if he were nothing."
(Isaiah 53:2,3 GNT)

Lets face it.  
When our time has come, it is not a man or
woman that we will stand before in judgment.
It will be God himself.
He is not going to looking at our hair do 
or fake smile.  But at the our heart.

We can do something about our heart
or attitudes.

And it does help to realize that God had a
reason for making me the way I am,
even if it does not suit me.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


A truism  

"Born once, die twice.
Born twice, die once."

That's right.

The very creator himself said,
"I am telling you the truth: no one
can see the Kingdom of God
without being born again."
(John 3:3 GNV)

He goes on to explain that we are 
born physically of our human parents,
but we also need to be born again of 
the Spirit.  That is the Spirit of God.
Then when we die, we go into the presence
of God himself.  Born twice, but just
die once.

But, if we are not born again of the Spirit,
when we die we will go to an eternal hell
that was prepared for the Devil, and we
will experience a "second" eternal death.
Born once, but die twice.