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A thankful heart

A thankful heart determines the kind of attitude we have in life, the kind of disposition we display every day, the kind of expressions we have on our face, and represents the kind of faith that we have. A thankful heart is extremely important.

One of the greatest men who ever lived was Dr. Billy Graham. He preached to more people and saw more people come to Christ than anybody in modern history. He once said, “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord.”

A thankful heart represents a humble spirit where we recognize that we did not create the things that we enjoy. A heart that fails to give thanks is one that begins to take blessings for granted and take credit for all accomplishments. G.K. Chesterton said, “The critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

A thankful heart requires that we take the effort to thank not only God but also people. During the Pandemic, Jeff Gerson was placed in New York City’s NYU Langone Tisch Hospital with COVID-19. When he was intubated, he lost consciousness. He woke up one month later and had no memory of his recovery.

But he wanted to thank the heroes who saved his life. He tracked down the names of all 116 doctors, nurses, and therapists by looking through his insurance records and treatment charts. He then sent a handwritten note of thanksgiving to each one of them. He explained, “Healthcare workers often go without appreciation and the point of my letter was to thank them for what they did for me.”

Each of us is where we are because someone helped us get there. A terrible thing is to develop an arrogant attitude that assumes we are responsible for the accomplishments that we enjoy. Remember—if you ever see a turtle on a fence post, you know he didn’t get there by himself!

One of the marks of genuine thanksgiving is when we can thank God for the tough times of life. The tough times are when we learn the best lessons. Paul reminded us that we should rejoice in our suffering because suffering brings endurance, and endurance brings character, and character brings hope, and hope never disappoints. (Romans 5:3-5)

Rev. Martin Rinkart was a 31-year-old German pastor when the 30 Years War broke out. He ministered during the war, the Plague, and a time when there was very little food. He wrote that he saw “30 or 40 people fighting in the streets over a dead cat or crow.” He buried 4,480 people during that time!

Martin always encouraged people to take refuge in God. Their ultimate security must be with God and not with the military. Through all the suffering, grief, and deaths, Rinkart always thanked God for the blessings he enjoyed.

In that setting, he wrote the hymn, Now Thank We All Our God. It became the second most sung hymn in Germany behind A Mighty Fortress is Our God. It began as a prayer before meals and later became a national hymn. It taught people to thank God even in the toughest times.

A thankful heart is not developed by receiving thanks but giving thanks. And a thankful heart isn’t active just one day a year, but every day!

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Our sweet dog Bo

I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Alabama in 1995. One very nice Spring Sunday afternoon Marie and I drove to the animal shelter in Wetumpka. I was writing a story on overcrowding at the shelter.

While we were there a man drove up in a pickup with five six-week old German Shepherd-Beagle mix puppies, four girls and a boy. I picked up the male (just to look at him for a few minutes). I could hold all of him in the palm of one hand.

I just happened to have a cardboard box and some newspapers in the back seat of the car. The littie puppy we named Bo went home with us that afternoon and for the next 14 years he was our most loved member of the family.

Everyone liked Bo and Bo liked everyone who came to the house. He always thought our guests came to the house to see him and he greeted them with licks and wags that made them all feel loved and welcome.

In July, 2009 we had to make the gut-wrenching decision to put Bo to sleep. His kidneys were failing, he stopped eating and he was sick a lot. All Bo did all day was lay under the bed and sleep or gaze at nothing. We could tell by looking at him that he was tired. He had no quality of life any more.

The vet told us she could not fix him.

When we took Bo to the vet for the last time, Marie and Lois and I all lay down beside him on the blanket and spent our last moments with him, petting him, cuddling him and telling him what a good dog he had been and how much we loved him.

Those were his last memories of us, and our last memories of him. He died peacefully and quietly and very quickly with us next to him.

Then we cried and sobbed and wept.

We will never forget Bo. We don’t want to. All our memories and stories of him are good ones. And though we no longer have his love and loyalty and his funny ways, we have all those memories.

And we will treasure them always.

God

Gay Pride Parade Weekend

ATLANTA–Every year on the second weekend in October thousands of gays and queers ( Oops. Can I even say that word any more? Can I call someone a queer without being called a racist or a bigot?)

Gay pride is a cast-in-stone, dyed-in-the-wool MISNOMER! Every year thousands of them march and decry their gayness and queerness in one of Atlanta’s biggest parades of the year.

My pals over at the Oxford English Dictionary place tell me pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated (other gays and queers). In other words they’re saying, “Look at me, honey. Look what I’ve done. Look at what I’m wearing” That smacks of self-righteousness for one thing, in my book.

But what does God’s word say about sexual perversion and homosexuality?

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. Leviticus 20:13

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice homosexuality deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:32

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

But God has a plan for redemption–His name is Jesus Christ. God valued you and me so much that he willingly allowed his only son to be crucified on the cross to pay the price for all our sins, eradicating them all for eternity (past, present and future), even those sins of the most wicked and vile creatures in all of humanity.

All any of us has to do is believe that what God promises us in his Word is true.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 “ ‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Leviticus 20:13tus

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Family is an invaluable blessing

I am blessed way more than any child of God deserves to be.

First, I was born into a typical midwestern WW2 Veteran family. We lived on a quiet street in a neighborhood of families like ours in Shenandoah, Iowa. My brother Sam and I both had plenty of friends and spent seasons (even Winter) mostly outside playing with our friends. We share wonderful memories of a blessed childhood and a loving family in a small friendly midwestern Iowa small town.

Then, after I sowed enough wild oats to choke a herd of horses, I met the love of my life, Marie. She and I will celebrate 29 blissful years of marriage and each other’s best friend in December.

Her family took me in and made me feel like a special part of the family. Take about close-knit family–we were the poster child. It was a happy, friendly hoot when we all got together.

Her dad, my father-in-law, Robert, had a peculiarly way of giving me his approval to marry his daughter. Marie and I went to visit Robert and Joyce one Saturday at the Perlis Truck stop near Opelika (Robert’s home town) which was about half way between Montgomery where we lived (engaged) and where they lived, in Atlanta.

Half way through the meal Robert turned to me and said, “Let’s take a little road trip.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but if your future father-in-law asks you to go with him on a road trip and you’re still awaiting his blessing, you go anywhere he wants to take you.

Turns out we had a delightful time. We talked and laughed and told stories. Mostly I listened to his, and he had a bunch. He showed me his old high school and took me to an old railroad bridge where we dove head first into the water to impress his girlfriend. i saw everything there was memorable to see in Operliker (op-er-liker) as Robert called his hometown.

Robert didn’t mention our road trip to me ever again. As far as I know he didn’t say anything to anyone.

I learned later that our road trip was sort-of my audition for Robert’s approval to marry his daughter.

I can’t write a story about family without fawning over Joyce the Matriarch of the Wallace clan. Everyone, including me, loved that woman in their own way, and Joyce loved them all in her special way. After my mom died in 2004, Joyce became a loving mother figure to me. WHAT A BLESSING! Family is and always will be an invaluable blessing to me.

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How do you handle defeat?

How do you handle defeats in life? Defeats do come. Nobody wins every time they go on the playing field, or business negotiations, or doctor’s visit, or any venue in life. It’s always fun to win, but how we handle defeat usually tells more about who we really are.

The third Saturday in October has become famous because Alabama plays Tennessee in football. It’s an intense rivalry. The relationship between the fans of both schools is extremely competitive. In fact, it’s despicable how some of the fans from each school talk about the other.

Alabama has had the upper hand for the past several years. In 2022, Tennessee was excited about changing that part of history. They did on Saturday, October 15, by winning 52-49.

Alabama had a stellar performance from its Heisman winning quarterback, Bryce Young. He is an exceptional young man. People weren’t sure whether he would be able to play or not because of a shoulder injury. He took every Alabama snap.

Bryce is a great leader and a great football player, but he is even greater in his witness of the Christian faith. You will always see him before the game in the corner of the end zone, kneeling to pray. He doesn’t do it for show—he does it to acknowledge his commitment to God through Jesus Christ.

Bryce Young had a great game against Tennessee. He took a lot of punishment from the Tennessee defense. He never fussed at his teammates, complained to the referee, or lost his cool.

How would Bryce Young handle defeat? He sent out the following message the day after the Tennessee loss, which demonstrates the kind of winner he is: 

“If you want us to cry—we will not. If you’re looking for excuses—there are none at the University of Alabama. Tired & Weary, but never broken. The things you learn fromlosses are far more important than those moments when you’re standing on the mountain top. Romans 5:3-5 says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Win, lose or tie, I’m Alabama ‘til I die. If you haven’t given up on the Tide, go grab a jersey!

When a person loses, he has a lot of options of how to handle it. Some people quit—some people complain—some people have a pity party—some blame it on the referees or the weather conditions, etc. Bryce Young handled defeat using a Biblical perspective. That’s the best way to handle defeat!

I have a hunch that Bryce Young will be a better leader than ever. He has oftentimes stood on the mountain top—he also knows how to go through the valley. He doesn’t stay in the valley–he goes through it! (Psalm 23:4) It will be interesting to see the next mountain top that he conquers.

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Extended family blessing

Herve

it is rare when everyone in a family gets along. You can usually dredge up some contention somewhere. Sometimes the contention finds you. Not in the Wallace clen. The brothers-in-laws are like real brothers.

I must confess, though, when I get together with my two brothers-in-laws at family get-togethers We always argue about which brother-in-law is Joyce’s favorite. Of course Bob, sister Peggy’s husband and Herve, sister Nancy’s husband always get their dander up when I win every year. I have to console both of them, and shrug it off and just say, “Maybe next year, guys”.

Herve, pronounced er-vay, is a Koi fanatic. He raises them in a lavish Koi pond Herve built himself.

Herve is from the Netherlands which adds a colorful twist to his Dutch flavored-English. Herve has been a pond fanatic since his grandmother piqued his interest in ponds and fish when he was a toddler.

Herve is just one of my favorite people. He is highly intelligent and can carry on a solid conversation on a wide range of topics. One of the most resourceful, interesting folks I know and love to be around.

Today is a special day–Herve’s birthday.–66 candles on his birthday cake.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DUTCH BROTHER-IN-LAW.

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Everyone is fed up. So, who wins?

I’ve published Bob Dylon’s song, “Everything is Broken“in several recent posts. It is so true and so appropriate for the times we are living in today.

One question: Can you think of anything that’s working the way it’s supposed too today? Everyone is arguing. Everyone is out to meet their own needs. Personal conversations are non-existant. There’s so much lying and unresolved anger and angst and hostility and unbridled resentment in every people group. Most folks are loathe to accept, let alone, listen to or accept another person’s opinion or idea that differs from their own.

If someone asked me to describe every aspect of our nation today I would respond without hesitation, “Contentious‘! And a I would add an exclamation mark!

So, who wins? God, of course?

God is sovereign. God knows everything about everyone. He knows their thoughts before they think them, their intentions, their motives, their level of devotion to Him, how much they love or don’t love Him/her, their deepest, heartfelt desires, their failures, their sins, their successes. Nothing escapes His attention, Ever!

Noone’s evil or disgusting behavior gets by Him. Noone’s callous disregard for the truth escapes His attention. Don’t try to hide anything from Him. You can’t.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans: 8:28

He’s going to work everything out for His glory and our good. ALWAYS.

So why worry about ANYthing?

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Daddy, what’s a portfolio?

One of the most disdainful, aggravating tv commercials these days is the one when some already-filthy-rich guys try to convince guys like you and me to buy some gold and add it to our portfolios to protect our wealth.

How disgusting. My wealth is all wrapped up in inflation–On our fixed income, we’re lucky to pay all our bills and have any money left at the end of the month.

Jesus had a different take on wealth than these hoarders on TV hawking gold.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:19-24

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Talk about persecution. . .

Persecution’s been around a long time. It was prominent in Jesus’ day among Jesus followers and his disciples who went around sharing the Gospel.

Today persecution is most prominent in countries like China, ,Nigeria, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Syria and Vietnam.

But in the past several years we have witnessed an increased amount and severity of persecution in our country. And Christians are bearing the brunt of it.

That shouldn’t surprise us at all. Jesus told us

 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for utheirs is the kingdom” of heaven.

 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you Matthew 5:9-12

So we shouldn’t get upset when we experience persecution. Jesus told us we would. He said, they hated him and persecuted him, so they would persecute them too.

Well, persecution came right to Joseph Kennedy’s job site to persecute him. You see Kennedy, the former High school football coach at Bremerton Washington high school.

After every game he coached, he went to the 50-yard line and knelt to pray. After awhile his players joined him. The prayer eventually attracted even some parents and opposing players.

Eventually one of the coaches on an opponent’s team objected and claimed a football game was no place for religion or prayer. The coach sued the school and the school board Now, “Coach Joe” stood at the center of a national debate on First Amendment rights, religious freedom and prayer in public schools, according to an article in the Seattle Times.

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Coach Kennedy Praying

The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

In June of this year the high court ruled 6-3 in Kennedy’s favor

The Court ruled that Kennedy who prayed with his players and other students on the field, could legally do so under his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, The Times reported.

So much for persecution .”Thank you Coach Kennedy for being courageous and committed enough to doing what Jesus would do and being willing to stand up to those who would persecute you.

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Continuous Improvement

When I moved to Frazer in 1972 it was just a little church out in a cotton field. I had to drive four miles at lunch just to get a sandwich.

As Eastdale Mall was under construction, I received a telephone call from Mr. Truett Cathy, the owner of Chick-fil-A. He asked me if I would be willing to do an opening prayer of dedication for Chick-fil-A and give him names of young people who might want a job. I gladly said yes.

I asked Mr. Cathy why he would call a church looking for potential employees. He said that kids who were involved in a church would have a better work ethic, a better personality, and would help establish Chick-fil-A as being a different type of eating establishment.

Truett Cathy was a genuine Christian who wanted to honor God by not being open on Sunday. Jeff Vines was the owner of the new Chick-fil-A in Eastdale and he embodied Truett Cathy’s values and vision.

When I was invited to serve on the national board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, one of the first persons I met was Buck McCabe, the chief financial officer for Chick-fil-A. He is one of the finest Christian gentlemen I have met. Truett Cathy knew how to pick good leaders. I learned a lot about Chick-fil-A from Buck.

Gary Soriano owns the Chick-fil-A at Eastchase, which is one of the busiest franchises. Eastchase is especially known for the efficient way they operate the three lines of their drive-through.

I was talking to Gary recently and he shared that they have a special consultant working with them to try to improve the efficiency of their drive-through lines. While they are already the best, that’s not good enough for them. Gary told me that one of their core values is “continuous improvement.”

The consultant has spent two weeks using the technology that the NFL uses to evaluate players and plays in each game. Gary gave me a detailed explanation of the things they were looking to improve. While they already can serve 200 cars an hour in their three lines, they have set a goal to raise that to at least 220 cars an hour!

I love that attitude—continually improving. Too often a business, or a church, or individuals become satisfied and “sit down.” At Chick-fil-A the people are trained to be life-long learners. They are looking at ways to eliminate bottlenecks in every aspect of their business.

How many churches are like that? How many businesses have that attitude? Paul wrote, “You have received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God that you may excel still more.” (I Thessalonians 4:1) Excellence is never an accident!

If I see you at the Chick-fil-A drive-through, speak quickly because neither one of us will be there very long!

Where in your life needs to experience some “continuous improvement?”

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What I believe

If someone who knows you were a Christian and a follower of Christ came up to you and asked you, What do you truly believe? How would you confidently respond?

As a small boy I memorized and learned to recite the Apostle’s Creed. Its memory and words of belief and faith have remained in my heart all these many years and serve as my testimony about what I sincerely believe about God and life.

I believe in God, Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. On the third day he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and sitith at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

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Saving our planet

Our president (and I use that term loosely) recently told a gathering at the United Nation that the US will commit $11 Billion, (that’s Billion with a “B“) to “Climate Change” funding and what he said will help “save our planet”.

I can just hear God and Jesus both chuckling together over this totally absurd presidential gaff!

Lots of countries are committing millions of dollars and millions of resources to what they believe will lead to transformative climate change and save our planet. I read a statistic recently about electric cars. The research revealed that if everyone on the planet drove an electric car for a year, the result would warm the planet a whopping .00002 of one degree.

I have said this before: Climate Change is a total joke from a bunch of liberal dreamer clowns trying to play GOD.

They all refuse to accept God’s role in all this nonsense.

First of all God CREATED the planet they’re all trying to save. With one wave of His hand God could make the earth evaporate. But he’s not going to do that. And He doesn’t need anyone on Earth to help him save the planet, if that’s what he chooses to do.

God also created every human being on the planet.Why? Why would Almighty God create all those people? One word–LOVE.

God created mankind to love them and provide for their well-being so they would in turn glorify Him, by surrendering their lives to him, claiming Jesus Christ as their Savior, and becoming a child of God.

Mankind’s efforts to change the climate will fail miserably. God is in complete control of the climate, the earth, and every other thing or human being He has ever created.

The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Proverbs 16:4

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3

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When a team is together

An organization functions best when each person correctly accesses his/her gifts, then deploys those gifts as a part of a team effort. Organizations get into trouble when individuals try to function independently rather than collectively as a team.A good model to follow is I Corinthians 12. Paul describes the Church as the human body. My body has different parts, such as feet, hands, ears, and eyes. My body does not function well if my eyes try to hear or my ears try to see. There is also dysfunction when one part of my body starts claiming that it is more important than another part.  Each part is extremely important and essential for my body to function as a coordinated unit.

There is a beautiful example of this reported in China. A couple of eco-warriors in China are redefining what it means to work together. Jia Haixa is blind, and Jia Wenqi is a double amputee who lost both his arms at age 3. They both found it very difficult to find a job.

In 2001, they decided to engage this basic principle. They began working together planting trees along the riverbank in their hometown of Hebei. Despite the fact that neither one of them could do the work by himself, they discovered that together they could accomplish amazing things. They saw their respective situations not as disabilities but as possibilities if they worked together. The 53-year-olds have now managed to plant 10,000 trees over the last 10 years!

Today they are making a modest living which is helpful to their families but is also helping to protect their village from dangerous floods. Haixa says, “I am his hands. He is my eyes. We are good partners.” It is amazing what can happen when each person contributes his best gift to the work of the entire team.

There is a story about a captain of a ship and the chief engineer who one day began arguing about which was more important to the ship. To settle the argument, they decided to swap jobs for a few hours. The chief engineer went up to the bridge and the captain went into the engine room.

About an hour later the captain appeared on the bridge. He was covered with oil and soot and wildly waving a monkey wrench. He said, “I can’t make her go.” The chief quickly said, “Of course you can’t, we have run aground.”

An important aspect is the capability to both give and receive the help we need. It was reported that Apple chief executive Tim Cook revealed he once offered a dying Steve Jobs part of his own liver. Jobs’ response was, “I’ll never let you do that.” He refused the help. Cook said that he worked with Jobs for 13 years and was never yelled at but four or five times, but this was one of them. I wonder what could have been if Steve Jobs had received Tim Cook’s offer.

Working together is the “together” that makes for success. Sir Thomas Beecham, the eminent conductor of the London Symphony, was once the guest conductor in another venue and was frustrated with the seemingly undisciplined group of musicians. During the rehearsal, the concert master asked Mr. Beecham how he wanted a particular section played. After a long pause, and with great emphasis, he replied, “Together!”

We may not have it all together, but together we can have it all!

God

Healing impossible situations

Every one will face an impossible situation at least once in their life. If you haven’t yet, one is on its way. Trust me.

When one arrives, it devastates the whole family. Panic, despair and fear settle in. There’s not even a straw to grab on to.

It’s the elephant in the room that won’t go away. It could be a spouse dying from lung cancer.
It could be papers on the kitchen counter your wife brought you to sign to make your divorce final. It could be those bills on the desk you have no idea how you’ll pay them. It could be the miscarriage your daughter-in-law just told you about. It could be your neighbor across the street who had a stroke on Saturday and died on Sunday. Your water heater is leaking all over the garage floor. You’re getting another splitting migraine headache. “God, help! Won’t you do something? All this suffering. And no relief in sight.

Regardless of the severity or duration of your impossible situation, there is only one way to find relief and healing.

Go to Jesus.

Jairus knew that. In Luke chapter 8 his only daughter, just 14, was very sick and was dying. She hadn’t gotten out of bed for a month.

This was Jairus’ impossible situation. But he knew what to do. He trekked across town to find Jesus, who was in the temple. Jesus agreed to go home with Jairus to check on his daughter.

On their way home, some of Jairus’ friends met them on the road. One of them said, “Jairus, we have horrible news. We regret to tell you that your daughter is dead. Jesus said “No she isn’t. She’s not dead, she’s just sleeping.”

Jesus walked into the little girls bedroom. And there lying in the corner in the shadows was the still little figure. Jesus sat on the bed and took her pale hand. He

reached down into death and gently brought the little girl back to life.

She leapt out of bed. Jesus threw open the shutters and sunlight flooded the dark room.

“Hungry, little girl?” Jesus asked. She nodded”.” Jesus called to her family, “Bring this little girl some breakfast.”

And that’s how to heal impossible situations. The only way–with Jesus

Portions of this blog post were taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible, pg. 220

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Down with pride

In my opinion gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and queers could not have picked a more offensive, morally reprehensive label to celebrate.

Pride is at the root of every sin known to mankind. Every one.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:8.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverb s 8:13

You folks and your pride collide headlong into God’s will for your lives and lifestyle.

My friends over at Miriam Webster’s place describe pride as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements

Totally self-absorbed, self-centered. ME ME ME! Focused on what you think of yourselves rather than showing thankfulness for who your Creator and mine created you to be. No matter what or who you are and what you believe about yourselves, God loves every one of you unconditionally and has a beautiful plan for your life if you will trust Him and His will.

I have a suggestion: A serious one that just might be a beautiful thing.

Rather tha call your celebration PRIDE, why not your celebration–SERVE?

After all Jesus commanded me and you to LOVE ANOTHER and to consider the needs of others greater than our own. That’s our greatest purpose. It’s God’s personal calling for each of our lives.

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He washed their feet…HE WASHED THEIR FEET!

Foot washing was common around the evening meal dinner table in Jesus’ day.

But wait a minute. This is the Creator of the Universe bent over washing the disciples’ feet. This is the Savior the world. The King of kings. The Lord of Lords. Washing feet. Peter said “No.” But Jesus said to Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me. Then Peter answered, “Then, Lord, Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well. “

This account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet is the only place in all of Scripture when Jesus gives the disciples a personal, visible example of how they are to love and serve each other.

So, are you ready to wash your family’s feet tonight at supper? How about your neighbor’s feet, whom you don’t particularly like? Are you ready to wash a stranger’s feet who is hungry and tired and cold?

Are you ready to serve and love others like the example Jesus showed his disciples by washing their feet?

God

My prayer

At the end of Psalm 19 David writes what he calls his prayer for life.

For my Bible study this week one assignment was to write a prayer for my life.

Heck, I couldn’t top David, so I told myself I’ll just use David’s.

The pastor at my home church in Montgomery, Alabama used to pray this prayer every Sunday right before his sermon.

Now may the words of my mouth

and the meditations of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

my Rock and my Redeemer.

God

Who fixes the broken?

So many people today are hurting, misguided, looking for answers, and feeling totally inadequate and broken. Many of them go for help in places that falsely lead to greater brokenness.

This was the case of Riaan Swiegelaar. In looking for answers, he began to resonate with the people and views of satanism. He joined their group.

He became a leader and was one of the cofounders of the South African Satanic Church. It was the first satanic church in the country of South Africa.

Earlier in 2021, he was doing a series of radio interviews concerning the satanic church. He was not ugly or argumentative—he just confessed that the people following Satan had cared most for him.

An amazing thing happened. After the radio interview, the interviewer named Amy came up to speak to him and simply hugged him appropriately. He said he had never experienced that from a person who called themselves a Christian. He couldn’t believe it. He had only experienced negative rejection from Christians.

I don’t know what Amy might have said to him. She did communicate that she was a Christian and that Jesus loved everybody.

A little later, Swiegelaar was involved in a satanic ritual, and he felt that Jesus appeared to him. He said that he recognized that it was Jesus because he saw in Him the same kind of accepting love that he had seen in Amy at the radio station. That was how he recognized the love of Christ.

He became a believer on May 30, 2022. He resigned as a “Presiding Reverend” of a satanic church. It just reminds me that God can change anybody anytime from anything.

Please note that it was the witness of a wonderful person who didn’t judge or condemn, but simply allowed the love of Christ to show through her. Jesus uses people to bring people to Him.

I encounter people who say that they have gone too far for Jesus to redeem them. Each of us is just a person who has sinned and stand in need of God’s forgiving, redeeming love that has no boundaries. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That “whosoever” is the most inclusive word in the English language. It includes everybody!

The founder of a satanic church is on a different road in life today because somebody shared the love of Christ with him. That’s what we are called to do as Christians.

We live in a world that is broken and is filled with broken people. Broken people want to get fixed somewhere. The only real fix is done by Jesus. He is the Great Physician and can heal anybody. Whenever anybody chooses to follow Jesus, that person becomes a new creation. (II Corinthians 5:17)

I am so grateful for who Jesus is and how vast is His love. His love reached me and fixed my brokenness. His love reaches you. It reaches out to every person regardless of what they have done.

Be sure that you receive God’s grace. Be sure that you become the kind of witness that helps broken people find healing. I like the words of an old country preacher who said, “I’m just a nobody telling everybody about somebody who can change anybody.”

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So many people today are hurting, misguided, looking for answers, and feeling totally inadequate and broken. Many of them go for help in places that falsely lead to greater brokenness.

This was the case of Riaan Swiegelaar. In looking for answers, he began to resonate with the people and views of satanism. He joined their group.

He became a leader and was one of the cofounders of the South African Satanic Church. It was the first satanic church in the country of South Africa.

Earlier in 2021, he was doing a series of radio interviews concerning the satanic church. He was not ugly or argumentative—he just confessed that the people following Satan had cared most for him.

An amazing thing happened. After the radio interview, the interviewer named Amy came up to speak to him and simply hugged him appropriately. He said he had never experienced that from a person who called themselves a Christian. He couldn’t believe it. He had only experienced negative rejection from Christians.

I don’t know what Amy might have said to him. She did communicate that she was a Christian and that Jesus loved everybody.

A little later, Swiegelaar was involved in a satanic ritual, and he felt that Jesus appeared to him. He said that he recognized that it was Jesus because he saw in Him the same kind of accepting love that he had seen in Amy at the radio station. That was how he recognized the love of Christ.

He became a believer on May 30, 2022. He resigned as a “Presiding Reverend” of a satanic church. It just reminds me that God can change anybody anytime from anything.

Please note that it was the witness of a wonderful person who didn’t judge or condemn, but simply allowed the love of Christ to show through her. Jesus uses people to bring people to Him.

I encounter people who say that they have gone too far for Jesus to redeem them. Each of us is just a person who has sinned and stand in need of God’s forgiving, redeeming love that has no boundaries. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That “whosoever” is the most inclusive word in the English language. It includes everybody!

The founder of a satanic church is on a different road in life today because somebody shared the love of Christ with him. That’s what we are called to do as Christians.

We live in a world that is broken and is filled with broken people. Broken people want to get fixed somewhere. The only real fix is done by Jesus. He is the Great Physician and can heal anybody. Whenever anybody chooses to follow Jesus, that person becomes a new creation. (II Corinthians 5:17)

I am so grateful for who Jesus is and how vast is His love. His love reached me and fixed my brokenness. His love reaches you. It reaches out to every person regardless of what they have done.

Be sure that you receive God’s grace. Be sure that you become the kind of witness that helps broken people find healing. I like the words of an old country preacher who said, “I’m just a nobody telling everybody about somebody who can change anybody.”

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When your daughter suffers

Dad

Suffering is never easy. It is amplified when it befalls the family. It can become almost unbearable when the one suffering is a child. Even worse when the suffering child is your only daughter.

My saga of dealing with my daughter’s suffering actually began when Leah married the love of her life, Danny Stephens. I have never seen a couple so much in love as those two were. They doted on each other, and fawned over each other. It was such a joy to see them love each other.

They tried to have a baby naturally. It didn’t work. They tried in-vitro fertilization. And that didn’t work either. They both really wanted a Stephens’ baby. So they collected Danny’s sperm and Leah’s eggs and hoped for another way, another day.

In February, 2021 Leah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Then, just four months later Leah fixed Danny a bowl of ice cream and took it to him in their bedroom. She went back to check on him a few minutes later. . .

Danny was dead.–a sudden massive heart attack.

Leah’s ovarian cancer treatment is ongoing. She is participating in a trial at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They told her that surgery for her cancer would be very, very risky.

Leah works in a research project at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Several months ago driving home from work she was in an accident and totalled her car. She broke several bones in her back and had to wear a cumbersome back brace for a month.

Then on August 26 she was admitted back to M.D. Anderson for acute care. They were treating her for pneumonia. For several days she had trouble standing and walking. No pneumonia thank God. She’s better now and is feeling better back home. She goes back to M.D. Anderson on the 18th or 19th to meet with the oncologist to see if the cancer has spread to the lungs.

Please pray for relief and healing for Leah.

Leah and Danny both know Jesus. I know, as sure as I know my own name, that in just a flash Leah and Danny will be reunited and resume the love relationship they started down here, then live together and love each other for all Eternity with God in heaven.

God

The old is gone. Don’t dig it up.

The Bible teaches us,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Let’s unpack this pivotal verse and see what God reveals to us about our life.

First of all if anyone is in Christ, (is a true believer with an intimate personal relational with Christ) the rest of this verse is true about them.

the new creation has come–that’s you my brother and sister, the new creation. You are brand new in Jesus. You have a new life. You don’t have to do anything.

the old is gone. The word “old in this text is from our English word for archeology which means buried, irrelevant, gone, useless.

The Apostle Paul says that when we are united with Christ through faith in Him, it is like putting on new clothing. In fact, when Jesus saves us and gives us His Spirit, it’s like putting on a new set of clothes each day. So, if you’ve got a new set of clothes to put on you have to take off and destroy your old clothes.

Wouldn’t you love to be living that new life in Christ all the time?

But if you don’t bury your old clothes, what often happens is that something from that old self rears its ugly head and we find ourselves wrestling with a demon or two from that old buried life.

Sometimes, if you don’t bury your old clothes you can think something from your past will define your future. Maybe you dropped out, maybe you slept around, maybe you were in jail, maybe you were a drunk, maybe you were a thief. But who you’ve been does not define who you will be. We are not who we were; but we are still becoming who we are.

The Apostle Paul says that when we are united with Christ through faith in Him, it is like putting on new clothing. In fact, when Jesus saves us and gives us His Spirit, it’s like putting on a new set of clothes each day. So, if you’ve got a new set of clothes to put on you have to take off and destroy your old clothes.

Idleman
The inspiration for this post was a message entitled "The Old is gone, the new has come" by Kyle Idleman, Senior Pastor, Southeastern Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Idleman

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The old is gone (for good) the new has come

I didn’t go in for all that Nintendo and game boy fad in the 80’s. It didn’t intrigue me like it did a few of my friends. The Nintendoe technology was crude and still in its neophyte stage. The Nintendo did have one really cool feature though. Right next to the “START” button was the “RESET” button. So if you didn’t like your score, or just wanted to start over, all you had to do was hit “RESET” and you could begin a new game, start over. A brand new fresh start.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a reset button for life?

What about that discussion you had with your wife that went South in a heartbeat and you said some awful, mean, hurtful things to her. With the reset button it’s like it never happened. You could reset the balance on your credit card so your balance could go back to $0. You could reset your marriage, relationships, the mortgage. All kinds of stuff if you just had a reset button.

Some

If you are in Christ, then Jesus is your life’s reset button. Jesus has a brand new life for you; but you need to completely destroy the old you completely.

So how do you make sure your old self is gone completely. That’s no easy task. Come back to my For His Glory blog site Monday t find out how you can get rid of your old self completely and forever. Promise!

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The best stress relievers. Guaranteed.

The experts define stress as our body’s way of responding to any kind of external demand or threat. In other words: your life feels out of control.

Stress doesn’t just bother us. It overwhelms us. Stress can trigger other troubling emotions such as fear, anger, irritability, anxiety, depression, isolation, panic attacks loneliness and more.

Our stress response1 is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

When stress grips our body, what do we want right then more than anything else: rest and peace. Right?

Stress impacts folks differently, depending on the life event causing the stress. A pair of psychologists studied stress and assigned numeric values to a variety of life events causing stress.  They call them Life Change Units, or LCU’s. Here are a few and their numeric values:2

  • Death of a spouse–100
  • Divorce–73
  • Marriage–50 [Shouldn’t this number be higher?]    :>)
  • Pregnancy–40
  • Trouble with in-laws–29
  • Change in sleeping habits–16

1To review all the LCU’s or evaluate your stress level by the numbers now, click here.

However, all the LCU’s and psychologists and doctors and stress management books and tapes and websites can’t begin to relieve our stress as thoroughly and as quickly as these proven stress relievers.

Try these infallible stress relievers:

You want rest? 

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and humble in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 61:1-2

You want peace?

You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; [Talk to God about your stress] and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Here’s another:  In the middle of your struggle and trials with stress, just keep repeating the name, Jesus.  “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”

A note to ye of little faith in these stress relievers:
You may think just saying scripture is bogus. “No way quoting scripture is going to relieve my stress.”

I would ask you, have you tried it? If not, why? What’s do you have to lose except stress?

If you’ve tried it and it doesn’t seem to work for you: Keep quoting. Keep meditating. Keep memorizing and keep remembering:

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

This paragraph taken from HelpGuide.org

2 To see statistics for stress indicators, click here.

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Labor Day and work

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Many Americans go to the beach on Labor Day weekend, or another favorite vacation spot in the woods or mountains, or perhaps taking a “stay-cation” in their own backyard. This holiday marks the end of summer, the last chance to relax together as a family before school and fall activities start.

It’s a good time to think about labor—work. Work is regarded, even by some Christians, as part of the curse that came as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3:1-24).

But work actually came before the curse. When God created Adam in his image, He gave him work to do—just as He Himself had worked in creation (Genesis 2:15,19-20).

The word labor or toil comes from a root word meaning “representative, messenger, one sent.” God placed Adam and Eve on earth to care for it as his representatives (Genesis 1:26-28). After they disobeyed, their sin effected their work. God cursed the ground with thorns and thistles and said, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” (Genesis 3:17-19).

We all find thorns and thistles in our gardens. Fellow workers do not always cooperate. Someone else gets the attention or raise we wanted. Our ideal job turns out to be much more effort than we expected. We sweat, maybe psychologically more than physically.

We need to recognize that God has given us work—“good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” as Paul says in Ephesians 2:10. We need to seek his guidance in finding our jobs and then dedicate them unto Him, especially when difficulties appear. If we allow God to work through the thorns, thistles and sweat, we will grow and be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-30).

Can you see that God has given you your work? Instead of “TGIF,” can you say, “Thank you God, for the work you’ve given me”?

Devotional today courtesy of: Dig Deeper Devotionals

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The Green New Deal bamboozle

I published this post earlier this summer. We need to keep hammering this message home. These left-wing radical climate change and green new deal intellectual snobs are in direct conflict with God and His creation.

They are not unlike scores of other left wing radical, angry, extremists in society devoid of common sense. They rally around some make-believe cause and rebel and protest and burn things and break windows and give word-salad speeches to convince others to think like them.

The green new deal is a hoax and a fraud. There’s no way the green new deal ever happens.

Think about this: Who’s going to make all the parts for electric cars and how will parts be mad?All the climate change and all the green new deal folks will fail.

For one reason–God is in charge of everything. He is sovereign. Nothing that happens ever, that is not under His control.

There is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.” God has no competition in this universe. There is nobody He is trying to wrestle control of this universe from. Psalm 125:2

God will determine what happens in the earth and everything that happens on it when and how. God controls everything that happens in the entire universe.

These green-new dealers and all the climate-changers are claiming “We can do things better than God. Let’s see who’s right in the end.

God

Infomercial faith

How many folks reading this post have ever bought something off an infomercial on TV? Come on. Be honest. Well, at least some of you are buying. In 2015 for instance, infomercial sales pushed $250 billion.

That’s billion with a B

Even if you’ve never bought something on an infomercial, I’ll bet you probably know someone who has. To be honest I’ve never known anyone who’s ever praised a product, gimmick or gadget they bought from an infomercial. In fact, I’ll bet most of the reactions are just the opposite of praise.

Even my pastor succumbed to the wiles of a slick pitch man one night to the tune of $45. The wand was going to take the place of his back yard sprayer. It didn’t. The magic wand ended up in the trash. The pastor was livid. He was disgusted with himself for being so guidable.

Do you know why infomercials get such a bad rap for being so cheap and sleezy. First of all because they are cheap and sleezy.

Secondly and most telling–Because they over sell and under deliver.

And if we’re not careful, infomercial faith can creep into the church and inhibit our ability to handle impossible situation that beleaguer us in life.

Folks with infomercial faith know just a little bit about Jesus and the bible but their faith and their Christian walk is shallow and shy of the truth.

God

Satan

How long has it been since you have heard a ministers’ message from the pulpit about Satan?

Probably quite a while, if ever I’d guess. Do you know why? Because Satan is difficult to talk about. He’s also difficult to hear about.

Kevin Myer

Before we go on–Everyone reading this post, no matter who you are, where you’re from, whether you are a believer or not, we are ALL in a war–a spiritual war.

Let’s go back to the Garden. Adam and Eve had the chance to trust God and enjoy all the benefits and blessings of Paradise in the Garden.

But Satan had other plans. Satan played with their appetites. “See how good that fruit looks. Surely it’s delicious and will be good for you.”

Adam said, “but God said it is forbidden to eat it. And if we eat it we will die.”

“Oh, God didn’t really mean that”, Satan said. If you eat that delicious fruit you certainly will not die”.

“And why would you want to follow his rules and worship him? Don’t you want to govern yourselves, make your own decisions. Come on, be open-minded.”

But Adam and Eve fell to the temptation, and they sinned. As a result they lost it all and everything that went with it.

But God, being  all wise and loving did not want to leave his children in this God-forsaken world, so he sent his one and only son “I

God wanted to call us back to follow Him

As far as Satan goes I think a lot of folks with marginal faith concock a bunch of stuff they’ve heard or read some stories from other people to assuage their conscience and can say to their friend they know Satan.

You see,the thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy.

Remember, whether we want to be or not, we are in the biggest war of our lives–a spiritual war. Everyone needs to believe it.

I think lots of folks with marginal faith fabricate a definition of what they think Satan is to assuage their conscience so they can say they know Satan. But their idea of Satan goes something like this:

“I believe in jesus and I try to follow him, but I don’t believe Satan is a real being. The devil is like a concept. When you get right down to it the truth is that it’s just me and God trying to figure this life down here out.”

Okay, first of all, Satan has no physical body. He is a spirit being. He whispers lies in your ear. At one time he was called an angel of light. Fallen angels became demons and they can tempt us.

Satan is a liar. He hates the Cross of Christ. He is not omniscient. he is not omnipresent.

Satan can only tempt us, He can’t make us sin. We have to choose to sin. He pretends to be our friend when he is tempting us.rgiveness

Every sinful or “holy” choice we make. Forgiveness removes the eternal consequences but rarely the earthly ones.

God

How big is your but. . .

In his book, The Rest Of The Gospel Dan Stone writes most of us live behind our buts. No matter how we phrase the sentence, what lies behind our buts is our truth.

excuses

For instance,

  • “I’d like to help with Sunday School, but I’m not very good with children.”
  • My neighbor needs Jesus, but I’m afraid he’ll get mad if I share my faith with him.”
  • “I know the student ministry needs help, but I can’t relate to teenagers these days.”
  • “I’d love to play ball with you, Son, but there’s a baseball game on I want to watch.”
  • “They asked me to volunteer in the food pantry Saturday, but that’s my day off.”

Isn’t it a good time to get off our buts and start being servants?

In Henry Blackaby’s Bible study, Experiencing God, Blackaby says we need to look around to see where God is at work and join Him in His work. Living behind our buts with Christ’s perspective sounds like this:

  • “I’m not very good with children, but I know they need help in Sunday School.”
  • “I don’t understand teenagers today, but I know the student ministry needs help, so I’m going to help.”
  • “Saturday’s my day off, but I’m going to help them out in the food pantry anyway.”

Where we put our buts can make an eternal difference in the lives of others and in our own walk of faith as servants of the Most High God.

So, how big is your but?

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Counterfeit Christianity–Legalism

Sometimes Christians find themselves believing and living a counterfeit Christianity.

This type of fraudulent living is never productive. In fact, if you keep practicing it,

it can reek havoc with all your relationships, your work, your marriage and your intimate relationship with God

The inspiration for this series comes from a message from Pastor Trey Hildebrandt at 12Stone church called Christianity is a Lifestyle

Counterfeit Christianity–Legalism

If your brand of Christianity embraces legalism you  develop a dependence on moral law rather than on personal religious faith. You stress obedience rather than faith.

Legalism emphasizes a need “to perform certain deeds in order to gain salvation (works) and.

right standing before God.

Additionally, legalism refers to the view that Christians should be a Christian witness to things such as gambling, dancing, consuming alcohol, enjoying secular entertainment, or wearing immodest clothing. 

God

Opportunity–see it or seize it

Before the days of modern harbors, a ship had to wait for the flood tide before it could make it to port. They had a Latin term for this situation which was op portu. That literally means that a ship is standing against a port waiting for the moment when it should ride the turn of the tide to the harbor.

It is from this image that we get the word opportunity. The crew members and the captain had to be ready and wait for that special moment of opportunity. They knew that if they missed that moment, they would have to wait for another day for another tide to come in.

When opportunities are presented, it is so important to seize the opportunity. If opportunity arises and you don’t take it, somebody else will.

Jeremiah 46:17 says that “Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth who missed his opportunity!” Ephesians 5:16 reminds us that we need “to make the most of every opportunity.”

Oftentimes, opportunities are not easily distinguishable. Sometimes opportunity is a result of some obstacle that you overcome.

There is an old fable about a king who placed a large boulder in a very heavily traveled road. He then hid so he could see if anyone would take the time and effort to remove it.

Some of the great merchant people in the kingdom traveled the road. When they came to the boulder, they simply went around it. Some of them even began to criticize the king for not keeping the roads in better shape. Nobody even attempted to move the boulder.

Eventually a poor farmer came along carrying a load of vegetables on his back. He laid down his load and began trying to move the boulder to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort in pushing and straining. He finally succeeded.

When he paused to catch his breath and pick up his load of vegetables, something caught his eye. It was in the sunken area where the boulder had been.

When he went for a closer look, he saw a purse. He picked it up and opened it. Inside was a note from the king that said, “ Whoever removed the boulder from the road could have the contents of the purse,” which was filled with gold coins.

Many opportunities are missed because we try to go around them or criticize someone for putting something in our path that we think is an obstacle. Overcoming an obstacle can lead to an opportunity.

The greatest opportunity God gives us is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Every day we have many opportunities. Paul writing to the Colossians says, “Make the most of your opportunity to tell others the Good News. Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6)

Don’t sit around waiting until your ship comes in. Someone said, “Many of us fail to see the door opening because we are in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.” Be proactive and be like a ship that is prepared, ready and waiting for the tide to change and present the op portu—opportunity—to bring passengers to the port.

When opportunity arises, do you just see it and acknowledge it, or do you seize it and act on its possibilities?

God

Sweet Tea and Jesus

(Editor’s note) I wrote Sweet Tea and Jesus several years ago. It remains one of my readers’ most liked posts. It is also one of my favorites.

Folks who live outside the Deep South don’t understand Sweet Tea. If you go to most restaurants or truck stops north of the Tennessee line and ask if they have Sweet Tea, they’ll say, “Sure, sugar’s on the table.” (That means, “No.  We don’t have sweet tea. Sugar’s on the table.”)

When you make real Sweet Tea, first dump two cups of sugar into a pitcher. Bring a half gallon of water to a boil. When it boils put in three family-sized tea bags. Leave it alone for five or six minutes. Remove the tea bags and bring the tea to a boil. Pour the tea into the pitcher and stir it until the sugar melts. Fill the pitcher half way with ice and stir until the ice melts. Then fill the pitcher with cold water. Stir until blended.

Something real scientific happens when you make Sweet Tea. When the sugar dissolves in the tea, you no longer have sugar and tea, you have Sweet Tea. It is a different mixture. Two separate ingredients mix together to form a new substance. It’s no longer sugar, and no longer tea. It’s Sweet Tea. The sugar won’t settle on the bottom of the pitcher, because it’s not sugar any more. The liquid will always be Sweet Tea to the last sweet drop in the pitcher.

The Bible teaches us that’s the same thing that happens when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and invite Him into our hearts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man (water) be in Christ, (sugar) he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (Sweet Tea).

As born again believers we are now spiritually in Christ, and will be forever. God has already guaranteed our position in Christ for eternity.  Ephesians 2:5-6 proclaims, “even when we were dead in our transgressions (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

As a new creation in Christ, He wants to live His life in us, through us and as us to bring glory to God. As part of our true identity we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We’re new creations.

The next time you drink a big glass of Sweet Tea, think about being a new creation with Christ living in you and you in Christ. And for all you Yankees, I hope y’all get to visit us down here one day and savor a tall cool glass of this delicious nectar us Southern folks call Sweet Tea. Y’all will just love it.

God

A True Southerner

I am not a Southerner.

I talk like ’em, I think like ’em, I vote like ’em, I eat like ’em. But I am not one of ’em. I will remain forever an outsider, content only to revel in close proximity (to rub elbows, if you will) with those true Southerners I have come to admire, love and yes, even envy a little.

My father-in-law is a true Southerner. Robert “Skinny” Wallace was born and raised in the South, so were his father and his father before him. His “people” (as true Southerners refer to their kin folk) migrated to Opelika, Alabama from the East in the 1830’s, when Alabama was first settled.

But that doesn’t make him a true Southerner.

My father-in-law grew up on a farm, hunted and fished, picked cotton, went to all-white schools, played with toads, jumped off a railroad bridge and broke his arm trying to impress some giggling little girls.

But that doesn’t make him a Southerner.

My father-in-law married a Southern girl, served his country honorably in World War II, then returned to the South where he raised three charming, little angel daughters.

But that doesn’t make him a Southerner either.

What makes Robert Wallace a true Southerner is a passionate and indelible link to the land of his Opelika roots.

Alabama, and the South, has forever been inextricably agrarian. Industrialization helped heal the South after the Civil War. However, all the efforts to modernize (ergo transform) the region could not alter that most fundamental and prevailing kinship of its people with the land.

A true Southerner never forgets that.

My father-in-law took me back to that most treasured birthplace of his roots over the Christmas holidays. Geda (pronounced “Gee-daw” because one of his grandchildren couldn’t say “Grandpa”), lit up like a Christmas tree when we drove up to Bean’s Mill just off Highway 29. Despite poor ciculation in his legs, which hinders his walking considerably, Geda walked all around the mill and affectionately recalled old times with John Ross who is restoring the mill. My father-in-law reminisced about his kin folk and his school days with Mr. Ross for half an hour.

We visited the old cotton gin, the abandoned railroad depot, the railroad bridge, his old school, his birthplace, the church his grandfather helped found, the graves of his parents and grandparents and other relatives, his old hunting grounds, and lots of other places.

He had a story about every one of them.

We put more than 70 miles on the car in about four hours and covered only about five square miles. For a few hours my father-in-law took me back, gave me a taste, an old wrinkled snapshot, of the life he lived as a true Southerner.

My father-in-law moved away from home shortly after graduating from high school with his graduating class (he and another boy). When he retired, he and my mother-in-law settled down. They now split their time between a home in Atlanta and a quiet beach house in Panama City.

But, as often as he can Geda returns to Opelik”er,” as he likes to say. That’s where his heart will always be–where he grew up as a True Southerner.

God

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Birthing Parent? Birthing Parent? What?

Is that some kind of stupid joke? What kind of mental midget would come up with an asinine idea like “birthing parent”. I’ll bet it was one of those West coast radical, left wing, liberal, clowns. That’s about as absolutely stupid as wanting to teach our second and third graders about their sexuality. Or putting feminine hygiene products in the boys restroom. Or letting boys who feel more like a girl some days use the girl’s bathroom.

The person who gave birth to me was a woman–my mother. I harbored no doubts in my mind whatever that she was a woman. She was a full-fledged, 100% died in the wool Grade A example of a woman. And I always identified her as woman my whole life.

Helen Reddy helped me reinforce mom’s identity as a woman and every other man’s definition of a woman in 1971.

https://youtu.be/rptW7zOPX2E

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EVERY

I was speaking recently for the 7th consecutive year to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coaches Family Conference. I am so impressed by the quality and quantity of coaches who are committed to Jesus Christ. And FCA is so effective in challenging and encouraging coaches in Christian coaching principles.

The young man who was in charge of the music stated on the first night that he had just heard a song he wanted to make the theme for the weekend. It fit exactly the theme of what I have been focusing on all year—looking at life through human glasses or looking at life through God’s glasses. That determines what we see.

The song was by Phil Wickham and is titled “Battle Belongs.” Here are some excerpts:

When all I see is the battle, you see my victory
When all I see is the mountain, you see a mountain moved
When all I see are the ashes, you see the beauty
When all I see is a cross, God, you see the empty tomb.

Chorus:
When I fight, I fight on my knees
With my hands lifted high,
Oh God, the battle belongs to you, and every fear I lay at your feet.
I will sing through the night
Oh God, the battle belongs to you.

God already knows who is going to win the battle. When we learn to look at things the way He looks at things, we learn to fight on our knees and claim that the battle belongs to Him!

The theme for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2022 is “Every.” The idea is that God wants “every” thing that we have. We don’t just pick and choose some things we want to commit to Him, but “every” thing. God doesn’t want to just do some things through us, He wants to do “every” thing through us.

The theme verse is Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Notice the tee shirt I’m wearing in the picture with my granddaughter, Healy Mathison.

Seeing things through human glasses causes us to fight with our fists and weapons. Seeing things the way God sees them causes us to fight on our knees. The total victory will never be won through weapons—it will only be won through trusting Him in “every” situation!

If you have don’t have a pair of God’s glasses, ask God for some. They don’t cost anything because they are God’s free gift to you. His glasses will give you a different perspective in “every” situation. He will let you see “every” thing as He sees “every” thing.

Define what “every” means in your commitment!

God

God is “Pro Choice”

When my daughter was 14 she decided to make Rice Krispies® Treats.  I told her to wait till I finished something and then I would help her make the tasty treats. She was making them for the first time. But my daughter, knowing everything there was to know about life and cooking, decided she could do it herself.

rice krispies

She dumped a box of Rice Krispies® into a pot on the stove and turned up the heat. Then she poured in the marshmallows. I walked into the kitchen and,

Of course I knew exactly what she was doing. She was ruining our Rice Krispies® and scorching a good cooking pot. But I wanted her to understand she disobeyed me and ruined desert for the family in the process.

I wonder if God felt as exasperated with Adam in the Garden as I did with my daughter that day? God witnessed Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden when He asked Adam, “Where are you?” God knew exactly where Adam was. God was always in Adam and Eve’s presence. God wanted Adam to understand exactly where He was–in Paradise. In God’s perfect garden where Adam and Eve COULD HAVE enjoyed peace with God. They COULD HAVE lived in God’s presence with all their needs met forever. Instead Adam ruined Paradise for God’s entire family he decided to do things his own way.

My daughter could have enjoyed the sumptuous, gooey treats we had planned for desert that night, if she had listened to her father. But she ruined desert for our family because she decided to do things her own way.

I wonder how our lives would be different today if Adam and Eve had just listened to their Father in the Garden of Eden.

God

Where does God come down on the Supreme Court’s ruling to reverse ROE v WADE?

Where does God come down on the Supreme Court’s ruling to reverse ROE v  WADE?

God has ALWAYS been Pro Life AND Pro Choice.

Of course God s pro life. 

God is the Creator of all life. And he loves every life he created. God evenGod’s own image loves all those who think the court should leave Roe alone. They wanted abortion on demand. God even loves those folks (remember they each were created in God’s own image. God loves Maxine Waters and Chuck Shumer and members of Antifa and AOC!  

God’s not concerned with your political persuasions or your goals and aspirations or your station in life..  God is concerned with your heart. God loves every ones children to love him back. In fact he spends his time pursuing his wayward children in hopes they will turn back and love him back.

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. From Genesis 1

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. From Psalm 139

Here’s a truth to rejoice about. Do you recall them saying that since Roe was enacted back in 1973 60 million babies have been aborted in this country.

Do you know where every one of those 60 million babies are? They are ALL  with God and he is loving and caring for them like only way God can.

God

What’s with LGBTQes and pronouns?

LGBTQes have a real problem with identity and acceptance by normal folks. One way they try to garner support is to use pronouns in their quest for true identity.

Here is a very partial list of pronouns LGBTQes use

fae e/ey he per she they ve xe ze zie then theres–(f) em him per her them ver xem hir

I have absolutely no idea what these groups of letters mean that LGBTQes call pronouns. And to be honest I understand it’s common when one gay meets another gay to ask them what pronoun they want to go by or what “gender” they want to be referred to as. They’ve got a bushel full of gender identities they can use as their identity.

An LGBTQ can identify themselves as male, female, transgender, gender neutral, non-binary, agender, pangender, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, and all, none or a combination of these.

God settled His plan for identity in the Garden of Eden. I wrote about God’s plan on a post on this site back in May.

Follow this lihk https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/2022/05/17/god-settled-gender-identity-in-the-garden/ to read about God’s plan.

According to the Almighty God there has only ever been or ever will be two genders, male and female. God will accomplish His entire plan for ALL of mankind with the two genders He created.

God

INFLATION, SHRINKFLATION, SALVATION

I wrote recently about how people are dealing with inflation. Since then, inflation has risen to 8.6%! It is a major problem, and it is being handled in a variety of ways.

One way businesses are dealing with it is referred to as shrinkflation. I thought that that would be just a temporary thing that would stop if it were exposed. Not true. It seems to be escalating.

More companies continue to shrink the size of their products while keeping the prices the same. I want to quickly say that this is deceptive but not illegal as long as the reporting on the item is accurate. We are easily deceived!

Crest toothpaste has gone from 4.1 oz. to 3.8 oz., which is 15 fewer times you can brush your teeth with that tube of Crest toothpaste. Fritos have gone from 9.75 oz. to 9.25 oz. That’s five fewer chips per bag. Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper has gone from 264 sheets to 245 sheets. That’s fewer sheets per roll. Raisins have gone from 22.6 oz. to 20 oz. You can count them—that’s 70 fewer raisins per pack. Kleenex reduced the number of tissues in a small box from 65 to 60. If your coffee doesn’t last as long, Folgers has shrunk its 51 oz. to 43.5 oz. containers.

Even restaurants are doing this. Restaurant costs have risen faster than the rate of inflation. Burger King’s nuggets and Domino’s wings have shrunk from ten pieces to eight. It probably will continue since the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts a 6% increase in retail food prices this year.

Count your chips and raisins and Kleenex—they may shrink even more.

The answer to every problem is salvation through Jesus. The cost of salvation is still the same—it hasn’t changed. The cost is to give everything that we have to God. (Read Matthew 19:21-22) No deception—just the truth.

Salvation brings a new life—a new person! You are born again. (John 3:1-7) You are a “new creation.” (II Corinthians 5:17) You have a new perspective on everything. You enter a new life—an abundant life. (John 10:10)

I am glad that the Christian faith is not practicing shrinkflation in order to get more people to join. God is not providing anything less in terms of forgiveness, grace, love, hope, etc. In fact, He’s offering more than I have ever imagined!

Inflation in our economy is playing havoc with how people live. Anxiety, worry, use of drugs, alcohol, and all kinds of witchcraft are benefiting from inflation. All of these things will leave you in a situation that’s far worse.

Jesus has the only answer! He taught that if God takes care of the flowers in the field and the birds in the air, how much more will He take care of you. There is a price—seek first the Kingdom of God and all the things you need will be given to you. (Matthew 6:24-33) That’s the answer!

You can count the Fritos and raisins in a pack. It’s more important to count your blessings. Fritos and raisins are diminishing—God’s blessings are increasing exponentially! Receive them.

Shrinkflation or salvation—it’s your choice.

God

The Exchanged Lfe

but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew( the word is “exchange” in the Greek) their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

When we become believers, at the moment of our salvation experience, Jesus actually exchanges His life for our old man, our sinful self, the life we were born to from Adam.

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith, in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

He comes to live in us and trades his resurrected sinless holy sanctified life for our old sinful life. In that great transformation Christ took all our sins and guilt, and we received His righteousness as our eternal position in Christ.

Our right relationship with God is based upon what Christ did for us on the cross. Jesus died as our substitute. He took our place on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins.1

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—Colossians 1:21-22

The problem for many Saints (including yours truly) is that many times we choose to revert to our old Adamic nature, our old man, that would rather rely on “self ” than live and make our choices out of the extraordinary righteous freedom we have in Christ.

1 Abideinchrist.com http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/exchangedlife.html was an inspiration for this blog post.

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For His Glory

God blessed me with the gift of writing. I turned His gift into a challenging yet rewarding 30-year writing career. When I retired I created my “For His Glory” blog so I could continue my love for writing. In December I’ll begin my 13th year blogging on  “For His “Glory”. 

If you’d like to chat or discuss a post or Scripture please email me.

stevesaw@gmail.com. I will always respond.

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The First Thanksgiving

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Who Really won

College football has become big business. The introduction of the NIL-Name Image Likeness—has made it possible for players to get paid huge amounts of money. Some college players are making well over $1 million a year.

The introduction of the Transfer Portal has also revolutionized football. If you have a good NIL program, you can get a lot of players out of the transfer portal who add tremendously to your team. Signing on recruiting day is still important, but so many of those high-round recruits wind up at another school.

The buy-out for head coaches in the SEC, who get fired, has become one of the most lucrative professions anywhere. Someone said that if you can ever get a head coaching job, you will be set for life.

Auburn had a coaching change on November 1. It was a culmination of a lot of discussion over the last couple of years. The fired coach Bryan Harsin should be able to live on the buy-out!

An interim coach was named the next day. It was Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. He is a former great running back. He was the coach for the running backs for Auburn this year.

Cadillac is a breath of fresh air for college football. He came in with energy and enthusiasm. He had no experience as a head coach, and only four days to prepare for Mississippi State. Five of the assistant coaches had also been fired. With little time to prepare, Auburn went into the game with an inexperienced head coach and an offensive line coach in charge of calling the plays. No wonder Auburn was a big underdog.

But Cadillac did not dwell on how bad the situation was. He began by thanking God for the opportunity he was given. His enthusiasm and energy were contagious. Auburn almost upset Mississippi State. They lost in overtime.

But did they really lose? They did on the scoreboard, but in the post-game conference, Coach Williams talked about the Chapel service for the team on Friday night. I’ve had the opportunity to speak at that service. The FCA Chaplain at Auburn is my good friend, Chette Williams. He and Coach Williams have more in common than the same last name and the same initials—they have the same values about winning.

In the Chapel Service on Friday night, Coach Williams reported that eight football players accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior! Wow! Coach Williams was excited about that. In my opinion, that’s the most important thing a coach can do. In the future, people will forget the score of the game, but for eternity people will remember the win that night in the Chapel service.

I don’t know how the future will go with Coach Williams, but he has certainly injected a great perspective that I think that all coaches should follow.

The question for you and me is—what kind of energy, discipline, teamwork, and “never quit attitude” do we bring to our work every day? Is our job a platform for doing ministry? I recognize there are some HR guidelines that have to be followed, but within those how can I win people to faith in Jesus Christ?

Football at Auburn is different—and eight young men are really different!

God

Where have I been, you ask?

I miss all of you, my readers and followers? ‘

Truth is I’ve been struggling with crippling laptop and Internet issues for more than a week. If my two IT buds from church can’t get them fixed pretty pronto I’m gonna see how far I can sling the ol’ PC into the Alabama River.

I’m an optimist. The ‘ol HP’s on the mend and sooner than you can snap your fingers we;ll be back writing about how our awesome God is at work in our lives.

Y’all stick’ ’round now ya hea.

God

Thank veterans today

dad


My dad was a proud World War II veteran. Like most of his friends and young men in the 1940’s, Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor shocked him. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps (to eventually become the Air Force) in early 1942.

Dad rarely discussed his tour of duty defending our country. He saw plenty and did plenty, but was reluctant to ever talk about it. I think his contemporaries felt the same way. One day, before he became ill, I asked him flat out, “Dad, would you write your thoughts about your World War II experiences?” I told him I wanted a written account of his career in the military. I wanted a record of his own memories and experiences. He agreed. I thought after so many years he might not remember much. His mind was slowly slipping away. He was having trouble remembering lots of things.

But what he wrote surprised me to the core.

Dad wrote, from memory, every mission (19 total) he flew and the dates he flew them. He remembered the target and the details of every mission he and his crew flew. Dad was the radio man on a photo reconnaissance squadron.  His crew flew in ahead of the combat missions to photograph the locations and areas around potential bombing targets. Dad and his crew flew missions out of Guam and several other South Pacific locations into Japan. On one or two missions they took anti-aircraft fire and feared for their lives.

Dad’s photo reconnaissance crew developed their own film. Dad asked my grandpa to send him a camera, which he did, and dad took more than 2000 personal pictures during his tour, many of them mission oriented. A typhoon pounded the base, however, and destroyed his pictures and everything else on the island. Dad said he escaped the typhoon with only the shirt on his back.

Dad was very proud of his service. He joined the American Legion when he returned from the war and was a faithful member and servant for 50 years. He earned a burial with full military honors, including a flag-draped coffin, taps and a 21-gun salute.

My dad was one of many honorable veterans in our family, including my grandfather, Uncle John and great uncles. I was proud to serve a tour in the Air Force during the Vietnam War in Selma, Alabama (uneventful as it may have been). I didn’t see combat like my dad, but served plenty of airmen and officers who had been in the thick of battle in the Vietnam War.

Dad is and will always be one of my heroes.

Many other sons my age can recall stories (different details, different missions, different theaters of war) about their fathers’ or uncles’ military service in World War II or Korea.

And today we have lots more veterans still serving here at home and far from home. Whatever our political views, or opinions about our United States military, we remain the most independent, blessed nation on the planet. We have all those who currently serve, have served, or died in battle to thank for that.

God

Tell the Truth

Some people are able to think big, far out of the box, and follow through in seeing their visions become reality. Such a man was my friend, Ray Scott, who died recently.

He had a vision about bass fishing. When he shared it with some of his friends, they laughed at him. One friend of mine was invited to be an investor in his dream, and he laughed at Ray Scott and told him, “Ray, all you want to do is go fishing and get paid for it.”

Ray Scott followed through. He developed Bass Anglers, and it became a huge organization. It was eventually sold to ESPN and the headquarters was moved to Orlando.

I loved Ray’s Montgomery house. He had a lake that was well stocked with bass. The door to his den opened up to his boat into which he could step and go out and catch all the bass he wanted for any meal.

Later he moved to Lowndes County. There he had a private lake for bass fishing tournaments. He invited President George Bush and other famous people to come and fish. The proceeds from these tournaments went to Pintlala Baptist Church. I often teased the pastor, Dr. Gary Burton, of being the only Baptist church I know with a huge statue of a bass in the front yard!

One of the national bass tournaments was held here in Montgomery. I went down to the Riverfront for the “weigh-in.” It was a big event. Fishermen came in and presented their five biggest bass to determine their combined weight. The bass had to be alive when they were weighed. Some bass fishermen were accused of giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to keep a big bass alive!

The biggest surprise to me was that there was a referee on each boat. This was to be certain that no fisherman cheated. The referee saw every move the fisherman made and had to sign to verify the accuracy of the weighing of the fish that were presented. I know fishermen have a big reputation for exaggeration, but the referee eliminated that.

Fishermen do need accountability. A large fishing tournament that had a $30,000 first place prize concluded Friday, September 29, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two anglers had the fish that weighed the most. Before they could get the $30,000 check in their hands, somebody suspected something “fishy.” They discovered that the winners had loaded their five fish with lead balls and other items that added eight pounds to their total weight. You can’t cheat!

Montgomery also hosted a national crappie fishing event. There were 300 fishermen who participated. They could not afford to have 300 referees, so each boat had one. When the fishermen brought in their catch, they had to take a lie detector test to determine they were telling the truth.

There is a story about President Bush fishing with Ray, which I don’t know if it is a fish story or not. A reporter took a picture of the President catching a huge bass. The reporter then claimed it was a mounted fish from the wall of Ray’s house!

Telling the truth doesn’t exempt fishermen—or anybody. Check out chess and baseball this year. “You shall know the truth and it will set you free.” (John 8:32) “Conduct yourself…as the pillar and support of the truth.” (I Timothy 3:15)

The best way to fish and to live is to tell the truth!

God

Why do you do what you do?

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Why You Do What You Do

Baseball in 2022 has seen records shattered and unbelievable accomplishments achieved. One player enhanced his future Hall of Fame resume. He did something great for baseball, but the reason he did it is what makes him special.

Albert Pujols plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 42 years old and is supposed to be “over-the-hill,” but he is setting a new hill, and doing it for the greatest reason in the world.

Only three other players have hit 700 home runs in their careers—Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron. Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run on September 23, 2022. He has since hit a few more this season. Also, he is one of only two players who has had 3,000 hits during his career!

People are amazed at his performance. As one of his coaches said, “He’s hitting home runs in the major leagues against young kids that nowadays are throwing every pitch 95 to 100 mph, and he’s catching up to it like it’s no big deal. He’s the best hitter in the major leagues against left-handed pitching!”

Pujols has made it very clear that his life is not about baseball records but about introducing people to Jesus Christ. He says, “I’ve heard kids say that they want to be just like me when they grow up. They should know that I want to be like Jesus.”

He uses his baseball career as a platform to witness for Christ. He once said, “My life goal is to bring glory to Jesus. My life is not mostly dedicated to the Lord; it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and His will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball, but baseball is not the end. Baseball is a means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior.”

Pujols and his wife have a foundation which serves children and families impacted by Down Syndrome. He also serves many impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.

Pujols states emphatically that baseball is not his chief ambition in life. He says, “Becoming a great baseball player is important to me, but it’s not my primary focus because I know the Hall of Fame is not my ultimate final destination.”

Wow—I love a man who has excelled in his sport and who has given all the glory to Jesus Christ. I wish every little league and high school baseball player could know about the faith of Albert Pujols. All the kids that want to be like him need to know that he just wants to be like Jesus. Maybe you want to share this blog today with some coaches and young people in your area.

You may not hit 700 home runs, or win accolades in any sport, but you do have a platform. How you spend your life is your platform for either making money or making ministry. It’s either bringing glory to you or bringing glory to God.

Jesus said, “ Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John 6:27)

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Baseball in 2022 has seen records shattered and unbelievable accomplishments achieved. One player enhanced his future Hall of Fame resume. He did something great for baseball, but the reason he did it is what makes him special.

Albert Pujols plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 42 years old and is supposed to be “over-the-hill,” but he is setting a new hill, and doing it for the greatest reason in the world.

Only three other players have hit 700 home runs in their careers—Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron. Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run on September 23, 2022. He has since hit a few more this season. Also, he is one of only two players who has had 3,000 hits during his career!

People are amazed at his performance. As one of his coaches said, “He’s hitting home runs in the major leagues against young kids that nowadays are throwing every pitch 95 to 100 mph, and he’s catching up to it like it’s no big deal. He’s the best hitter in the major leagues against left-handed pitching!”

Pujols has made it very clear that his life is not about baseball records but about introducing people to Jesus Christ. He says, “I’ve heard kids say that they want to be just like me when they grow up. They should know that I want to be like Jesus.”

He uses his baseball career as a platform to witness for Christ. He once said, “My life goal is to bring glory to Jesus. My life is not mostly dedicated to the Lord; it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and His will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball, but baseball is not the end. Baseball is a means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior.”

Pujols and his wife have a foundation which serves children and families impacted by Down Syndrome. He also serves many impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.

Pujols states emphatically that baseball is not his chief ambition in life. He says, “Becoming a great baseball player is important to me, but it’s not my primary focus because I know the Hall of Fame is not my ultimate final destination.”

Wow—I love a man who has excelled in his sport and who has given all the glory to Jesus Christ. I wish every little league and high school baseball player could know about the faith of Albert Pujols. All the kids that want to be like him need to know that he just wants to be like Jesus. Maybe you want to share this blog today with some coaches and young people in your area.

You may not hit 700 home runs, or win accolades in any sport, but you do have a platform. How you spend your life is your platform for either making money or making ministry. It’s either bringing glory to you or bringing glory to God.

Jesus said, “ Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John 6:27)

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Why You Do What You Do

Baseball in 2022 has seen records shattered and unbelievable accomplishments achieved. One player enhanced his future Hall of Fame resume. He did something great for baseball, but the reason he did it is what makes him special.

Albert Pujols plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 42 years old and is supposed to be “over-the-hill,” but he is setting a new hill, and doing it for the greatest reason in the world.

Only three other players have hit 700 home runs in their careers—Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron. Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run on September 23, 2022. He has since hit a few more this season. Also, he is one of only two players who has had 3,000 hits during his career!

People are amazed at his performance. As one of his coaches said, “He’s hitting home runs in the major leagues against young kids that nowadays are throwing every pitch 95 to 100 mph, and he’s catching up to it like it’s no big deal. He’s the best hitter in the major leagues against left-handed pitching!”

Pujols has made it very clear that his life is not about baseball records but about introducing people to Jesus Christ. He says, “I’ve heard kids say that they want to be just like me when they grow up. They should know that I want to be like Jesus.”

He uses his baseball career as a platform to witness for Christ. He once said, “My life goal is to bring glory to Jesus. My life is not mostly dedicated to the Lord; it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and His will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball, but baseball is not the end. Baseball is a means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior.”

Pujols and his wife have a foundation which serves children and families impacted by Down Syndrome. He also serves many impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.

Pujols states emphatically that baseball is not his chief ambition in life. He says, “Becoming a great baseball player is important to me, but it’s not my primary focus because I know the Hall of Fame is not my ultimate final destination.”

Wow—I love a man who has excelled in his sport and who has given all the glory to Jesus Christ. I wish every little league and high school baseball player could know about the faith of Albert Pujols. All the kids that want to be like him need to know that he just wants to be like Jesus. Maybe you want to share this blog today with some coaches and young people in your area.

You may not hit 700 home runs, or win accolades in any sport, but you do have a platform. How you spend your life is your platform for either making money or making ministry. It’s either bringing glory to you or bringing glory to God.

Jesus said, “ Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John 6:27)

Who do you want to be like?

Who do you want to be like?

Who do you want to be like?

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The Great Pumpkin

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When Grandma goes to court

EDITOR’S NOTE I published this post back in 2014. It remains one of my readers’ most liked posts.

Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question unless they are prepared for the answer.

In a trial in a small Southern town the prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderelyl grandmotherly woman to the stand. The prosecutor asked the woman, “Mrs Baker, do you know who I am?”

She responded, “Well, of course I know who you are, Mr Calhoun. I’ve known you since you was a little boy, and frankly you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife. You manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you ain’t got the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit pencil pusher. Yes I know you.

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do he pointed across the room. “Mrs Baker. Do you know the defense attorney, Mr. Brock?”

She again responded, “Why yes, of course I know Mr. Brock. I’ve known him since he was a youngster too, He’s lazy and a bigot and he’s got a drinkin’ problem. He don’t have a decent relationship with anybody, and his law practice is one of the worst in the whole state. Not to mention that he cheated on his wife with three different women, and one of ‘em was your wife, Mr. Calhoun.  Yes, I know him. The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both attorneys to approach the bench. He leaned over the bench and in a low voice”, almost a whisper he said, “If either of you ask her if she knows me,  I’ll send both of you to the electric chair.”