History repeats itself


As important as our lives are there is no discernable sense of direction. It seems that our lives just float along until something hits and moves us one way or the other. Why don’t people remember from one generation to the other? Wars are fought because of selfishness and jealousy. Where whole generations are wiped out and no one remembers how terrible it really is. Why is the honor of sacrifice only reserved for soldiers on the battle field? Where is the honor for those that sacrifice their lives for you to live a decent life? Or where is the honor for those who loved so much that they sacrificed their lives to change the world where you live? You see history repeats itself. Most people have short term memory and their long-term memory fogs out. Most people’s focus is on the here and now. They are more concerned on food, clothing and shelter than where they are today. It is a sad commentary on the human race. But what is to done with mankind so they will understand and change their world? This is where push comes to shove. Change is the word for the day. But change takes effort on our part. Is not always easy, but it is very simple. So, is this where history repeats itself or we are going to improve our lives. It is funny or I should say it terrible that people know how to change their lives and just won’t. It takes 30 days of doing something different to change a habit. Are you willing to change, then stand up and be counted. We need people all those people today.

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Itching Ears


Why would I spend my life learning things that most people don’t want to hear? There is a vast difference between what is real and needed and what most people want to hear. The bible says that people heap to themselves teachers to hear things that will satisfy their itching ears. It doesn’t make it true or even needful, but it satisfies an itch. It seems that like clockwork, there are ideas that appear and capture people’s imagination. You look around there are dozens of ideas that are circulating today. And just as it was in Jesus’ day, He said to combat heresy you tell the truth. It is unfortunate that many people will not accept the truth. Why, because it means not only they were wrong but will have to change. So, they go on with heaping to themselves teachers. When Paul came to Athens to preach the gospel, there was a free forum for anyone to speak. People from everywhere would come to express their views. Paul was given the opportunity to talk at the forum. After he shared the gospel, people just dismissed what he had to say as just another philosophy. There itching ears had dulled their senses so much that they couldn’t hear the truth. And it isn’t just in the first century that this happens. There are enough theories going around today to choke a horse. None of them are true or real, but people will fight to the death to defend them. People laughed and made fun of Noah, until the sky became dark and the rain fell. But it was too late for those people. There is a reference that Jesus made about the last days on earth. He said just as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be again.

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In this World


I have never been shy about sharing what was on my heart. It is a trait that has been with me since I was small. I would see something and say what I saw. Now people didn’t always appreciate what I had to say, but I said it anyway. For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with me. But it was a gift of God functioning in me. Being honest with people takes a lot of courage on your part. For part of my life, I just didn’t talk to people. It produced loneliness in me. I wanted someone to talk to that would understand what I was saying. I did find one person who knew exactly what I saying, because He actually gave me the thoughts to say. Our relationship has stopped all the loneliness. And I actually have found several people who understand what I am saying. Unfortunately, they don’t all live around here. But the bond between us is as strong as anything. My faith was built a little at a time, line upon line, precept upon precept. It was built this way by God for one purpose. So, that my faith in God wouldn’t wane at the first sign of battle. You see my words are a sword to be used in battle. They are as sharp as any two-edged sword, cutting both ways in battle. As it says, dividing asunder even soul and spirit. It took a long time and lot of practice to be able to handle this sword correctly. But I can run through a troop and leap over a wall with no fear. Because my faith in God will carry me wherever I go in this world.

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Dead man walking


Years ago, I went into a Christian bookstore. I was looking for a certain book. This was a new bookstore located in our town. A young couple operated the bookstore. The young woman was behind the counter as I came in. As we were talking, a man walked in. He said he didn’t need any help. To look at him, you would say that he was a derelict. His clothes were worn and tattered. He hadn’t take a bath in a while. The bookstore was just 2 blocks from the railroad tracks and all kinds of people would get off the freight trains. The young woman became afraid passed me a note asking me to stay in the store. We talked more as the man finally left. I said goodbye and left. To look at the man that came into the store, you would call him a dead man walking, without hope and just existing. I wondered about him for a long time. I didn’t talk to him and I believe I was supposed to. Fear came in and both of us didn’t reach out to him. It prevented us from doing what God would have wanted to do. I believe it was a missed opportunity to share the love of God. There are many times the God will bring people to us to share the gospel with them. It happens to me all the time. Strangers will walk up to me to ask a question and I know that God sent them. The bible says that we entertain angels and we are unaware who they are. God does this to see what is inside of us. Whether or not we are ready to give an answer about our faith to anyone that asks.

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Understanding


Wanting to understand has been a lifetime desire of mine. I always wanted to understand how things worked. I would take things apart just to see. Sometimes I couldn’t put them back together again. My quest for knowledge has never waned. I am driven by this quest as much as when I was young. Wisdom is a combination of knowledge/understanding and experience. With the wisdom comes a different prospective. You see things as they are, not as you want them to be. As I read of the stories of Solomon and his wisdom. I knew that I wanted this kind of wisdom. Solomon asked for wisdom from God. God gave him wisdom and extreme amount of wealth. When I asked God for wisdom like Solomon, He gave me the wisdom of the ages. God also gave me another gift, He said my words wouldn’t fall to the ground but accomplish where I sent them to do. For a long time, I didn’t speak much. I have only written this blog because God wanted me to. Solomon said this about wisdom, it brings grief and sorrow. Understanding a situation and seeing what is really there, brings sorrow. He wrote this at the end of his life in Ecclesiastes. It is one of the reasons that God doesn’t tell us everything in advance. These gifts were given to me to help in my ministry of prayer. And to be able to speak to people about situations in their lives. I have seen the beginning and the end and understand God’s purpose. And all I want to do is cry, because I know how it all ends. Never be afraid to ask God for wisdom in your circumstance. God will give it freely to any of his children. Wisdom is needed to live our lives according to God’s will. So just ask.

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A Full Moon


A Full Moon

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than a full moon. The bad weather came and went. The skies are clear and the moon is shining. After all it is spring and the rain cleared the air. The earth just righted itself. And I am thankful to God that He hears me and answers my pray. I really didn’t want to be running around in the rain all day. It seems that I am more like a cat each day. I like my comfort. It isn’t always like that. There are times that I just don’t want to see, but I do have to go through it. As God says in every temptation, He always makes a way of escape. So that I or anyone else will be able to bear the trial. I try to learn as much as God is willing to teach me. Because if I don’t learn it the easy way, I will have to learn it the hard way. It is funny how everything is moved through pressure. The wind, the waves, the weather and us are all moved by the amount of pressure applied to us. At the full moon the barometric pressure upon the earth is released. Sometimes strange things happen at the full moon because of this release. But I am enjoying the beauty of it all. It is so easy to find ugly in this world. All you have to do is just look around. But finding beauty sometimes takes time and effort. As you know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is a lot to be said about looking for beauty instead of the ugly. As God says in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” {KJV}.

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Where is our Place?


We search for the place where we belong all of our lives. From our birth, we are looking for a place that we can call home. we look for a place that is comfortable and fits our life. You know what is unfortunate, is that homeless people are searching for a place to belong. We will find a place that fits most of our needs before settling down. There isn’t a perfect place on this earth. but we still look anyway. My wife and I just bought a home. it is the right size for us and for the most part we really like the house. And yet we still look for that perfect place. This life wasn’t made to be perfect. It was made to be livable. There are things that are predictable, a spouse, family, job, debt, and education. But then there are times that are almost perfect. We think about those times and hold them up as examples of what we could have. There is a plan and purpose to all of these searches. When we come to ourselves, we see that on this earth there isn’t perfection. There is only one place that I know of where we can reach perfection. And the funny part about it, is that it is offered to every human being. If only everyone would accept it and be able to reach that place of perfection. The bible tells us about this place. It says in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many go in, because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few find it.” So, where is your place?

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Daylight Savings Time


Or as it is called summer time. It is an effort to use daylight more efficiently. They do it on Sunday so people can more easily adjust to the time change. As the saying goes, you fall back or spring forward. We have to spring forward. That means we have loss an hour of sleep time until we adjust our schedule. That is why I am almost 3 hours late posting this blog. I slept in this morning. Do you know that Benjamin Franklin suggested a form of Daylight Savings Time?  Many countries have used this at different times. Did you know that people live in the northern and southern part of the earth have trouble with the constant night time? When the earth is tilled on its axis for winter or summer, there is a period of total night or day. Image 24 hours of dark or sun. I have even experienced a little of that malady. During the winter months there is a time when I get up in the night to go to work. Then I come home in the night when I get off of work. It is due to the short days of winter. I don’t want to find out about 24 hours of night. Of course this is an effort of the government to keep people productive in their work, for obvious reasons. I still like gaining an hour of sleep and not losing the hour. But it is a beautiful day and the thunderstorms we have been experiencing have blown away. I feel sorry for the people in the northern and eastern United States. They are being deluged by rain. Some have seen tornados that have destroyed homes, but mostly flooding. I am an optimist. I have always tried to live my life with hope for the future. I don’t believe that we can’t do anything about our situation. This is why I believe what God said. He said, this is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

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Babies


On Facebook, there are pictures of babies, both human and animals. There is a whole bunch pictures of babies with puppies and kittens. There is a real fascination with babies. There are cute and cuddly. Who require a lot of effort to care for. Not so long ago, the same people were babies doing the same thing and we were fascinated with them. Life continues. The shame of it is that those babies don’t stay babies for very long. There is a season for everything, a time that comes and goes. The cycle of life is consistent and persistent. Time marches on and doesn’t stop to consider who we are or where we are going. In our lifetime, we become babies in every season of our life. Then we grow and mature into the person we are today. And depending on what we learn and use, depends on how our life will go. The babies today don’t care who is president or what fashion is in. As long as their life is full of food, clean diapers and love, they are happy. It is more than I can say of most of the population. Is that the only season where we are happy and contented? The bible talks about being happy and content. It says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”(KJV) It’s time to learn something new.

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Effectual Prayer


Everyone that prays, wants their prayer to be effectual. It doesn’t matter whether you are sick or praying for someone else, we want our prayers to work. For the longest time, I really didn’t know whether or not God even heard me. I would pray and it seemed that I was hitting a stone wall. I will tell you a truth, I was hitting a stone wall. Although God hears everyone, He only answer His children’s prayer. This doesn’t mean that God will not get one of His children to pray for a person who isn’t His own. Many times, God will use redirected prayer to get someone’s attention. God is His own person. And we, as outsiders, have to get to know God to enter into His family. Once we are in His family, we have that right to petition God for help. This is all in God’s plan. But being effectual in our prayer requires effort on our part. Prayer isn’t verbiage. God doesn’t hear our prayer because we repeat it over and over again. Have you ever walked up to your dad and began to talk excessively? His eyes glaze over and his thoughts go elsewhere. God is our father and He doesn’t want to listen to nonsense. Prayer is communication with God and God communicating with us. Don’t be surprised that God talks to us. It was a shock to me also. So, what I am saying is that prayer is two-way communication. You want to be effectual in your prayer, then get the two-way communication going with God. You must believe that He is and a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. This is effectual prayer.

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