Asleep On The Job

If you’ve been following my blog or if you’ve read my book, you know I’m not one of those Christians who pretend they’ve never done anything wrong. We all have a past, and at some point, we have all said … Continue reading

Stuck – Part 2

Just over a year ago I wrote a post called “Stuck.” I talked about several times I was stuck when I was growing up. Today I want to tell you about a few other times I got stuck.

I don’t remember exactly how old I was when this first one happened, but I know I was between three and six years old. We were at our mom and dad’s house, and they had a wooden kitchen chair in the living room. I don’t think we had any chairs like that at home. I believe my grandmother’s kitchen chairs had metal frames with no rounds.

My sisters and I were playing on the floor and for some reason, I put my head under the bottom of the chair between the seat and the round. When I went to pull it out I was stuck. I couldn’t get free. I panicked and started yelling and screaming. My mom and dad ran to see what was wrong. I was young, but I remember even then feeling so stupid when they told me I had to turn my head sideways to get my it out. I didn’t remember turning my head sideways to get it in there, but sure enough, that’s all it took to get free. I can see my dad now just laughing his head off. It’s funny to me now, but it sure wasn’t then.

When I was about nine years old, I had a plastic toy car with big wheels, about as big around as a baseball. Of course, they were only about an inch wide. They had a metal axle made into the wheels which just snapped onto two plastic braces on the bottom of the car. I guess I was pretty rough with it because, as I played with the car outside the wheel and axle assembly kept coming off.

When writing about the crazy things I did when I was younger, I always say “for SOME reason” because I don’t know why, and I can’t even begin to imagine why I did most of the dumb things I did. Well for some reason, I put one of those wheels in my mouth. The next thing I knew, it was stuck.

The axle and other wheel were sticking straight out. I pulled and tugged on it, but I couldn’t get it out. It was stuck behind my top and bottom teeth. I was opening my mouth as wide as I could, but it wasn’t wide enough to get the wheel out. In fact, my mouth was opened wider than it had ever been before, and it hurt really bad. When I saw I wasn’t going to get it out, I panicked.

I was closer to my aunt’s house than ours so I ran screaming as loud as I could with a foreign object prying my mouth open. Finally, I found her, and once again, I felt so stupid when she just took hold of the wheel that was sticking out, tilted it upward, and pulled it right out. What an ordeal. I was so happy and thankful, and embarrassed. All I could do was hug her and cry. Wow! What a memory.

Another time, which I plan on writing about in more detail later, I went to my uncle’s house to stay for a few days. It was winter and there was snow on the ground. While I was there it got worse and I was stuck there for more than a week, but it was warm and I was safe. One day the sun came out and the snow started to melt. That afternoon I went with him to the store about a mile from his house.

It had gotten cloudy again and the melted snow was freezing again when we headed back to his house, which was at the top of a steep hill. We were almost to the top when the tires started spinning, and we were stuck. The good thing was the snow had melted quite a bit and most of it ran down the hill. It was only a few inches thick there close to the top. So, he kept spinning in one spot until the ice crumbled, and the tires touched the road, allowing it to gain a few feet. He did this several times until finally, the car was over the top of the hill. Soon, we were back to his house. After a few days of sunshine, the snow was gone, and I was able to go back home. Another wild adventure came to an end.

What a crazy childhood I had. What a bunch of dumb stuff I did, but God always provided for me and protected me. I’ve done many things in my life I shouldn’t have, and some have caused me pain, stress, and all kinds of other troubles, but God has always provided a way out. I’ve learned many lessons from my bad decisions, and hopefully, I won’t do those things again. Hopefully we all learn from our mistakes, but I think if we just trust God and stay in constant communication with him, he will tell us when we are about to do something we shouldn’t. That’s what Paul meant when he said, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17). We need to stay in constant contact with our creator, and we need to listen when he speaks to us, and we need to obey. Life will be better for us, and we will spend a lot less time being stuck in bad situations.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I’d like to take a few minutes to thank everyone who reads my blog. Thank you for making it worthwhile. I love writing, but without you, there would be no reason to put it on the internet. So thank … Continue reading

The Horse That Almost Reached The Sky

When I was five years old, my sister and I lived with our grandmother in a place called Theo, in Mississippi. One day a man came by our house on a big, beautiful horse. This was the first time I … Continue reading

A Strange Tale

Ricky had just graduated from high school and was preparing himself for college. A few of his friends had been telling him about a new friend they had met a few weeks earlier out in the woods just South of town. This was not a man but a strange creature with strange powers, but soon, Ricky’s friends talked him into going to meet this stranger.

At first, Ricky was afraid, but his friends assured him that the creature would not harm him. He promised Ricky joy and happiness and vowed to make every part of his life better than it had ever been before.

The creature was strange but very fascinating. After Ricky got to know it, he was no longer afraid and began to spend more and more time with it. By the end of the Summer, they had become best friends. By this time Ricky had his own place on the College campus and his best friend had moved in.

When Ricky was feeling bad, his friend was always there to make him feel better. When he was feeling down, he could always count on his friend to cheer him up. Ricky soon discovered that his best friend had a strange power. When he couldn’t sleep his friend would work his magic and before long Ricky would be in dreamland.

After some time enjoying this perk, Ricky started noticing something strange happening. The creature began to take control, and started putting Ricky to sleep when he needed to be awake, and would keep him asleep long after he needed to wake up.

Ricky was missing appointments, and he wasn’t keeping plans he had made with family and friends. He was late for classes and his on-campus job way too often, and he was unable to do anything about it. The creature was now in complete control of his life.

Eventually, he lost his friends, and his relationships with his family members were on the rocks. He lost his job at the school and his grades were suffering severely. All he had left was his friendship with this strange creature who was now ruining his life. He now saw this creature as a demon, instead of the magical, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky pal he had met only a short time ago.

He wanted out. He wanted to go back to the time before he had met the creature and get his life back, but it seemed impossible. He seemed to have no power over his own life. What could he do? How could he ever escape?

As Ricky sat thinking, trying to find a solution, he remembered his grandmother, and something she had always told him. She knew a man who could help people in any situation. Ricky knew he needed help. He knew he couldn’t do this on his own. With one last act of desperation, he knelt down to pray, and ask Jesus to help him defeat this monster that had taken over his life.

As he prayed, he felt a peace come over him. He knew everything would be alright now. Jesus would be by his side every step of the way. He knew Jesus would help him overcome this demon. And he did. Today Ricky is free from the power of that monster that many call alcohol. He has a wonderful life with a great family, and he’s truly happy.

If you’re a slave to alcohol, drugs, or anything else, Jesus can help you. He can set you free from addiction and give you a new life. All you have to do is ask him. You can trust him. He has set millions free from addiction. He did it for me, and he can do the same for you. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said, “Ask, and you shall receive.”

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DRINKING ALCOHOL?

 

Understanding Bible Truth

I have been reading the Bible since I was very young. I knew it was God’s book, but I didn’t really understand exactly what that meant. When I got older and learned how to properly study the Bible, it came alive to me. What I once thought was a big book of collected stories from a bunch of different writers, is actually one big book, containing one story about God and his people.

It’s not only a history book, but a book of promises for us, now, and for the future, as well an instruction book on how God wants us to live and treat each other. As we all can see, many who do not follow God’s instructions, contained in the Bible, do whatever they want, and violate every command Given by God and cause countless innocents to suffer.

The sad thing is, there are many people who claim to follow Bible teachings, but are often caught up in the same mentality as those who don’t. Part of the problem is the interpretation, or should I say, “misinterpretation” of scripture. This leads to all kinds of problems; from simple disagreements, to split families, and split congregations, to starting new denomination, and even total rebellion against God.

Everyone thinks their interpretation is right, and most will not even consider the possibility they might be wrong, even when shown from the holy word of God. Almost every denomination believes it is the only one who has the truth.

In giving Bible studies, I have studied with, and talked to many people over the years. I have studied different denominations and I have arrived at one conclusion. No denomination that I know of has all the truth. Most of them have some true doctrines, but it seems the Truth is scattered throughout the earth.

God’s true Church is not a denomination nor a certain building. The true church is made up of believers all over the world who have been born again. Those who follow God wherever he leads, and obey his Commandments. (Luke 17:21)

There’s only one Truth and it is there in God’s word for all of us to see. There are so many denominations because there are so many different interpretations of God’s word. Too often, people will develop their own views, and when they come to the bible, they look for evidence to support their beliefs. This is the wrong way to study the Bible.

Another mistake we make when studying God’s word is one that we often ignore because we don’t really think about it. When we read something, we understand it based on how we think and what we have learned. Even our understanding of word definitions color our thought process.

When reading the Bible there are several things we need in order to understand it properly. One is a desire to know the truth. The other is an understanding that there are words and phrases in the Bible that meant something different when it was written that they do now. A Strong’s Concordance will help with this. I also recommend the Free computer program called e-Sword which has the Strong’s Concordance integrated, and a ton of other helpful tools. The Bible usually interprets itself and the King James Version has a built in dictionary. As you study the better you understand.

We should always come to the Bible as little children with humble, teachable spirits and be willing to change our beliefs when they are different from God’s Truth. We should always pray and ask God to guide us in our understanding of scripture. Who better to help us understand the word of God than the One who inspired the men who wrote it. (2 Peter 1:21)

When we do this we will see the Truth more clearly. The Bible will become to us the book that God intended it to be from the beginning, and we will join the ranks of those who make up the true church scattered throughout the entire world. The ones who know the Truth and have been made free by it.

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Laughter Is Good Medicine

In this life we all have pain and sorrow. We all have stress from our daily routines of work, and other responsibilities. We all have times when we feel down. We all have days when we don’t feel good, and days when we are literally in pain.

The bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22, that, “A cheerful heart does good like a medicine.” The word HEART here is just another word for MIND. So “A cheerful mind does good like a medicine.” I have found this to be so true. When I’m feeling bad and something makes me laugh, I feel better.

I don’t sleep much most nights, and last night was no different plus I’ve had a really rough week at work. This morning I was feeling really bad both physically and emotionally. I just happened to remember something funny from my childhood, and it made me laugh.

I think I was around six or seven years old, and my older cousin was a teenager. When he would come over he would entertain me and my younger sister with wild stories. We loved his tall tales, so we would listen intently as he talked. I don’t know where he was going with this story, though. All I remember is what my sister interjected just as he started.

He said, “If you pull a hair out of your nose you’ll die.” My sister looked at him with her eyes as big as the moon. Then he calmly said, “I pulled a hair out of my nose one time.” Before he could say anything else, my sister gasped as her eyes got even bigger, and with deep concern in her voice, she said, “Did you die?”

That’s still so funny to me, no matter how many times I remember it. Most times it still makes me laugh out loud. I loved my early childhood. We didn’t have much at all, but we didn’t know it. Everything seemed so simple. No worries, no cares, no big responsibilities, lots of love, and plenty of fun times to remember.

I hope you have some good memories in your past. When you’re feeling down, bad or sick, try to remember one or two that will make you laugh, or at least smile. I promise it’ll make you feel better.

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The Holy Ghost And Fire – Mystery Solved

There are so many subjects in the Holy Bible that have been misunderstood by many. This is one of them. Many people misquote the bible and don’t even realize it, while others are just saying what they’ve heard others say. Many just read a line or two and don’t get the context, but there are some who actually twist the scriptures to make them support what they already believe. Let’s see what the Bible really says about the Holy Ghost and Fire.

In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”

Some use this verse to show that when the Holy Ghost comes upon a person it is like a fire affecting your body. That’s not what John was saying at all. The very next verse explains.

Matthew 3:12
“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Here John is using an analogy of someone separating the wheat from the chaff to describe Jesus separating the saved from the lost, or the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the wicked, etc. He was saying that some would receive the Holy Spirit, and some would burn in hell fire. John was not saying the Holy spirit is like a fire inside us.

The other verse used in conjunction with Matthew 3:11 has been misquoted to describe a feeling some say the Holy Spirit gives. The verse is Jeremiah 20:9. When quoting this verse, some say, “Jeremiah said, the Holy Ghost is like a fire shut up in my bones,” but that’s not what he said at all. Read it carefully.

Jeremiah 20:9
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
This verse says it’s God’s word that is like a fire, not the Holy Spirit. Look at Jeremiah 23:29.

Jeremiah 23:29
“Is my word not like as a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”

We need to be honest with ourselves when studying and looking for proof-texts in the Bible. Otherwise we are misleading ourselves and others, and that’s not acceptable to God. We will be judged by everything we say and do. (Rev. 22:12)

So, instead of twisting the scriptures to fit what we believe, we need to read the Bible, and follow the clear instructions of our Lord. Only then can we worship him in spirit and in truth.

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Memories Of Days Gone By

Long ago and far away, there lived a family of five. A Mom and Dad, two boys and a girl. And of course, a cat and two dogs. We can’t forget them. It seems like only yesterday but, actually it’s been quite a few years.

One day, one of our kids asked if they could do something later, and either my wife or I, said “We’ll See.” Our youngest son, who might have been three, asked the question, “What does WILSIE mean?” Our oldest son spoke up and said, “It means, No.” My wife and I had a good laugh, and once in a while that funny memory will come up, and our whole family has a good laugh.

Another time, our youngest was around six years old, I think. He had a lot of energy and he talked all the time. Even in his sleep. One day he was talking, talking, and talking. I finally asked him, “Can you not be quiet for 5 minutes? You never stop talking.” Well, that hurt his feelings and he said something like, “I’m just gonna stop talking. Nobody wants to hear me talk, I’m not saying another word as long as I live.”

Not even a minute later, just out of the blue he said, “Is Michael Jackson a woman”? That’s another memory that has brought our family laughter time and time again over the years.

A few years earlier, when our daughter was about 5, I think, she gave us another good memory to laugh about over the years. We were in the car and she was writing. She said, “Daddy, how do you spell one?” I said O.N.E. She said, “No, the other won.” I said, W.O.N. With frustration in her voice she said, “No, Wun, like you wun down the woad.”

I laugh every time I think of those times. Those were the good ole days. Our two oldest ones are grown now and our youngest is almost there. We’ve had some struggles but we’ve had a lot of good times, too. God has been so good to us. I praise him every day for all his blessings. He’s brought us a long way from that little three room shack, with no running water, where we first started out.

I hope we can always look back and remember good times. I hope we can continue to make good memories and always have new things to laugh about. Life is short, and we never know when it will end for one of us, so make good memories while you can. Some day that may be all you have left of the ones you love.

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Things People Think Are In The Bible, That Are Not – Part 1

I’ve always found it frustrating when people miss-quote the Bible, but what was really frustrating was hearing people “quote the Bible” when what they were quoting wasn’t even in the Bible. I tried not to be too critical when letting them know their quote wasn’t there, but I was thinking, “They must not read the bible much at all.”

The Bible is a big book and I’m sure not many people can quote the entire thing word for word, no matter how often they read it. I know I sure can’t, but I’ve made it a goal of mine to read it every day and study it as often as I can, so I think I know it better than some, but certainly not as well as others.

That being said, something interesting happened to me recently. I was writing an article and was planning to end it with a certain “Bible quote” that I’ve heard all my life. But, I was surprised when I couldn’t find the scripture I was looking for. I was sure it was there, but where? Maybe I wasn’t quoting it exactly right. I searched the internet and soon found the quote, but it wasn’t from the Bible at all. I found out it came from a preacher and martyr from the 1500’s named John Bradford. Here’s the quote and a link to the story.

But for the grace of God, there go I — John Bradford
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/there-but-for-the-grace-of-god.html

I guess we know what we know, and we don’t know, what we don’t know. I hope that’s not too confusing. Maybe this will clear it up. There’s a song that says, “Them that don’t know, don’t know they don’t know. Again, we know what we know, and we don’t know, what we don’t know.

I’ve been planning to write an article about things people think are in the Bible that are not there for a long time. I just never got around to it. I have a list I’ve been collecting for a while and I was planning to put them all in one article but, I think I will tackle some of them separately. Since I’ve joined the ranks of people who have thought something was in the Bible that wasn’t, maybe I can write the articles without being critical or judgmental.

Any way, this is Part One. Look for Part Two in the near future. Please subscribe to my blog and you will receive my next post by email. Thanks for reading.

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The Most Popular Sin

What is the most popular sin? Well, I’m sure if you asked several different people you would get several different answers. The most popular sin among the people I have known over the years is lying. It seems so easy for people to lie. Sometimes, it seems, for no reason at all, except to be lying.

A few years ago I was talking to a friend from my school days. As old friends often do when they get together, we were talking about the good ole days. He asked the famous question, “Remember When?”…… I remembered alright. I remembered what a big lie I had told that time. We talked a while longer, then came another question and I remembered another lie. Then another and another.

It was no secret that I hadn’t always been honest when I was younger, but as we talked about all the fun times from our youth and all the crazy things we had done, I found myself confessing to several lies that he didn’t know about. He had given me the nick-name Fred when we were in elementary school. As we talked he just comely said, “Fred, you were just a big ole liar. Weren’t you? Yes, I was. It was kind of a shock to me too, because I guess I had tried to forget the bad things I had done in my early years.

I apologized to my friend, but I still felt so bad. Those memories of who I once was made me ashamed. I tried to think about others I might have lied to and I remembered several, including my grandmother who had sacrificed so much for me and my sisters. That made me feel even worse because she died a long time ago and I can’t apologize to her. I grew up in church and was even baptized when I was twelve years old, but I was an adult before I truly started following Jesus.

I was always told “you shouldn’t tell stories” and “You shouldn’t fib”, but I didn’t really understand the full impact lying has on people, the victims, and the liar as well, until I got to know Jesus.

I had always heard adults talk about telling “Little White Lies” and had seen it on TV, and their situations always seemed to work out fine. Well, it turns out that we have all been lied to about that as well. That’s the lie that Satan tells us. “It’s just a little white lie.”

In the Bible there are several accounts of people who lied. Some people say those stories prove that lying is not as bad as some make it out to be, and that lying is okay in certain circumstances. Well, a careful examination of these stories reveals something interesting. Not everyone who lied in the Bible were even trying to follow God at the time and almost all of them lied for selfish reasons.

1. The serpent lied in the garden so Adam and Eve would doubt God and disobey him. (Genesis 2)
2. Sarah lied saying, “I did not laugh”; because she was afraid. (Genesis 18:12)
3. Isaac lied saying Rebekah was his sister because he was afraid the Philistines would kill him and take her if they knew she was his wife. (Genesis 26:6-9)
4. Jacob lied to Isaac to receive the birth-right blessing that belonged to his brother. (Genesis 27)
5. Laban lied to Jacob when he married Rachel. He gave him Leah instead. (Genesis 29)
6. Rachael lied to Laban to keep from being killed for stealing his idols. (Genesis 31)
7. Jacob’s sons lied to him after selling their brother Joseph because of jealousy. (Genesis 37)
8. Potiphar’s wife lied to him when Joseph refused her sexual advances. (Genesis 39)
9. Rahab lied to the men of Jericho to save herself and her family. (Joshua 2)
10. Saul lied to David because he wanted him dead. (1 Samuel 18)
11. Michael lied to Saul’s men to protect her husband David. Then she lied to her father Saul to protect herself. (1 Samuel 19)
12. Ananias and Sapphira lied to Peter and the Holy Spirit because they were selfish. (Acts 5)

I left out the story where Abraham said Sarah was his sister and she said he was her brother because that was the truth. They had the same father but different mothers. It was deceptive though, because it was not the whole truth, and it was for a selfish reason. Because Abraham was afraid he would be killed and his wife taken because she was so beautiful. (Genesis 20)

So you see, there are no examples in the Bible where God told anyone to lie. God never said it was okay to lie. He says right the opposite. The ninth commandment, which is found in Exodus 20:16 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Some have suggested this verse is only talking about lying about your neighbor. Well, Jesus said your neighbor is anyone you come in contact with. (Luke 10:29-37) Some have even said it only applies in a court of law. Well, for those scoffers I offer you Proverbs 6:16-19. It says that God hates a lying tongue, and a FALSE WITTNESS who speaks lies. The ninth commandment means “DON’T LIE, period.

Revelation 21:8 says, ALL liars will burn in hell fire. How is it that so many find it so easy to lie without blinking an eye? Maybe we have forgotten what lying is. Dictionary.com says, “lying is saying something that is false or untrue.”
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lying

If it’s not true it’s a lie. If we lie, we are liars. If we are liars, we are in serious danger of hell fire, unless we stop lying and ask God for forgiveness.

A LIE IS A LIE and there’s no such thing as a LITTLE LIE or a WHITE LIE. Children need to be taught what a lie is, and to avoid lying at all costs. Lying IS a sin. If you lie, God can help you stop. I know, because He did it for me.

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