Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hiding Our Heads In Sand, Kneeling Towards Mecca





GREAT! The Circus is in town but I'm busy!
Grand Guignol, anyone?
Caught only a few DNC moments, but I did hear Lizzy Warren state that their candidate Hillary Clinton would stand up to the big banks!
Well, she DID stand up in front of a few of them and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak.
Words of wisdom or last year's box scores-content was not...um...Queen. They were buying low, getting in early, hoping that their ROI would be HUGE once she was ensconced in the Ovoid Office.
You know what I would have loved?
If Bernie Sanders (remember him?) would have taken the mic, stared right at Hillary and shouted,
"INITIATE PLAN X-1"
PEACE NINJAS JUMP IN FROM THE SHADOWS, KITE IN FROM ABOVE, SHOUTING
"A NEW DAY DAWNS! A NEW DAY DAWNS RIGHT NOW! IF YOU ARE WITH US, STAND UP NOW!"
And Bernie wins it all-the Nom, the Gusto AND the right to lose to Trump in a spectacular fashion. November can't November fast enough for me.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Best News Forever

Forget Christians and your issues WITH Christians for a moment.
God is still saving souls.
There is HOPE for you.
Cut out the middle man-if you were to ask Christians questions about God, we would point
you to the Bible, so forget Christians and ask your questions of God.
Ask Him to prove Himself to you through His word.

"The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,     To the person who seeks Him."

You may think that you cannot trust the Bible's accuracy.
But a perfect God is fully capable of keeping Man from ruining His word.
Which is why there is HOPE.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Hilly's Choices!

Oh, the FUN! This is 2016, folks! Goldman Sachs, (which paid Mrs. Clinton bundles of cash for a speech) Morgan Stanley-heck, even AARP each have a plentitude of Vice Presidents!
AARP probably has a Vice President in charge of keeping track of how many Vice Presidents they have!
So, why should Hillary be limited to one running mate?
It's not illegal, is it?

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

I Expected No Less

So...what's new, politically?
Oh yeah-FBI recommends no charges for Hillary Clinton concerning her home server fiasco.

I'm not surprised-this be a corrupt world, and the corrupt cream still rises to the top in every corrupt society. Since this world is upside down, they actually descend...but I don't want to scare the kiddies.
Do you want dictators? Because that's how you get dictators.
(dougshrugs)
Not a betting man, but I would bet that IF Hillary hadn't gotten the "All Clear" from the FBI, we wouldn't see President Obama standing next to her in the fot-op above. 
I obey the laws of the land in which I live
BUT
I am an alien.
At least that's the term Peter used in 1Pet2:11.
Here, I live under a corrupt government in a sinful world.
But my residence is in Heaven.
According to scripture, Christ will return and rule the nations.
We will be with Him, though we do not yet understand how the world will
change, or what our particular roles may be. 
I look for that day. 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Atheists Blessing Christians

Sounds like I'm joking-"Atheists Blessing Christians"? In what mad universe, Fredric?
S'true, though.
Heard a sermon today about humility, of how God humbles those whom He will.
Christians most especially aren't exempt. He humbles us for our own good and for His good purposes.
We Christians can suffer from pride/arrogance just the same as any other bi-pedal non-monkey.
Atheists may not believe He exists, but they are doing the Lord's work when they criticize/point out the hypocrisies of the saints.
Case in point-a few decades ago an evangelist named Swaggart was discovered to be having sex with a prostitute who was not his wife. This made the headlines for a few weeks, and Swaggart begged forgiveness from both God and the world.
When he was later caught once again with a prostitute, he claimed "The Lord told me it's flat none of your business."
Enter our hero, Frank (Joe's Garage) Zappa.
Guitarist. Atheist. Snappy dresser.
Zappa released "Jimmy Swaggart versions" of some of his songs. They are...what you might imagine.
I am a Christian who will remain imperfect until Heaven. I fall into sins as we all do; anyone who has known me for a while could probably point to this or that and say, "Doug is a hypocrite and a  __________ and there's the proof!"
Atheists  delight in finding such proof and broadcasting it. I try to live my life so that they have noting to talk about...but there's that Pride thing again.
Keep us honest, Athei-buddies. But be careful that none of our pride/arrogance/hypocrisy gets on you and turns you into simulacrums of Us.


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Lost 'cause

Word in the neighborhood is that Hillary Clinton is being interviewed by the FBI concerning the home email server business.
Won't matter a fidget for her supporters-they don't care.
Won't change the minds of anyone else, either.
Those who already don't like her weren't going to vote for her anyway.
I'll share one of the secrets of the Universe, so please listen carefully:
The only way that Trump might be beaten in November is if Joe Biden
steps in (it) to supplant Hillary Clinton as the nominee.
He may be the epitome of a goofy TV sitcom Dad...but he isn't hated by
many of the Democrats that can't stand Clinton.
Please remember that wisdom guided by experience is out the window with this
election.
Past is no predictor of the future.
See you on the other side, Rhodes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Comfort For Some


"Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God." 

Even in the darkest of dark times, we who fear (respect) the LORD, who obey Him, who Trust in His name can and do rely on Him.



Behold, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with firebrands, Walk in the light of your fire And among the brands you have set ablaze."
The human assumption is that our 'own' light/wisdom/achievement is capable of dispelling/vanquishing darkness. But such Human wisdom always fails, because we carry the Darkness inside each of us. It's called Sin. 

"This you will have from My hand: You will lie down in torment."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"He Is Not Mad At You"

"He Is Not Mad At You".
Looks like a positive statement, right?
It's been posted on the signboard of the local Christian radio station for months.
If we assume that "He" means God...
then it really is important to know who the "You" represents.
If the "You" means Christians, then I am fine with the sign-God is not mad at us.
But if this is a blanket statement, telling all who read it that
"He Is Not Mad At You"...
then that is bad humanist thinking masquerading as theological thought.
God is indeed at enmity with a sin-plagued humanity which is absolutely
filled with hatred/ at enmity with Him.
 "He Is Not Mad At You" is awfully close to the lie that God is too loving to send anyone
to hell.
God is loving, but also just, and hell will be full of people who have rejected His Grace, the atonement made available through Jesus Christ.
Bottom line: if you are not at peace with God, then God is not at peace with you.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Best News I've Heard All Week

Congrats to United Kingdom for throwing off the chains of the European Union!
Let the modern day King Georges of the E.U. get MAD...I don't care.
Sure, the U.S. stock markets dived down tremendously...just means that this is a
great time to invest, so buy! Buy! BUY!
President Obama had "WARNED" the U.K. that if they did choose to leave the E.U., they
would go "Back to the end of the line" regarding trade agreements with the U.S.
I'm assuming that President Obama's psychosis has degenerated into full blown Solipsism.
He may leave office in January right into the safe haven of a padded room. Visitors allowed every other Tuesday.
Back to the Good News-just as it is a bad idea to co-sign a loan for someone who has no financial discipline, the United Kingdom will no longer be tied to the loser Countries of that same stripe-Greece, are your ears burning?
May Germany follow the U.K. out of that amalgamation of despairs.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Competitive Presidentializing

The local rhubarb getting the vapors concerns 'fears' that Hilly or Trumpy would 'be the Worst President EVER!"
Hold on, Peanut.
Franky (Swifty) Pierce would be hard to beat.
A pro-Slavery Northerner whose own party decided to "go another direction" rather than support him for re-election.
Think about that.
We've had a couple of "one termers" in our lifetime, but to be so bad that your own party dumps you out of the Oval Office?
Relax on the "If ______ wins, we're DOOOOOOOMMMED!" jargon.
We've survived worse.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

How About A Little Truth For A Change?

Wednesday Night is FUN Night!
Thought this could be interactively interesting:
Okay, so most of us know at least a little bit about the comic goddess Wonder Woman.
Amongst her arsenal of crime fighting goodies is her Golden Lasso.
ANYONE encircled in that rope must fully obey WW and, when asked any question...
must tell the absolute truth!
Interactive time:
Wonder Woman is standing ready to rope and question any/all of the perps shown.
YOUR PART:
Pick one, ask your question, and also share the answer you think you would get.
Example:
Doug asks, "Hillary-who do you think will win in November?"
and the answer I expect, if she cannot lie, is "Trump".
Here's your opportunity-what Q would you ask Trump or the others if he or they had to answer truthfully?
There is no scorekeeping, because we are all winners. Have at it!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

It's Just Sad, Man





I like the show well enough. It's been on for years, and the formula is fine-two guys criss-cross the country, looking for gold amongst the accumulated dross of earlier generations.
The guys, Frank and Mike, generally meet two main types-characters who have collected stuff during their lifetime, who now need to sell, or those related to a character who has passed on who now have to deal with their stuff.
So, what is sad?
The characters. The collectors who have filled their lives with stuff. The stuff itself, some of which has some value.
I have known people who have filled their lives with STUFF. None of it fits in a coffin.
Many of the 'characters' yuk it up for the camera, 'colorful old coots' (of both genders) who attempt
to extract top dollar from Mike and Frank, as if getting 30 dollars more for a coffee grinder from 1923 will somehow make them "Winners".
Full disclosure: I have Stuff which I value, especially items handed down from my family.
But I know that I will leave it all behind someday. My treasure is waiting in Heaven, where thief cannot break in nor moth destroy.
Mike and Frank could go through my house in two minutes, and then ask, "Do you have any more stuff?"
Nope. 
Somewhat related is the "Gold conundrum".
Invest in GOLD! Make it part of your portfolio!
So...let's play. I buy $5000.00 worth of Gold. Put it in the secret little door upstairs at my house.
What can I do with the Gold? Keep it? Sell it? If I keep it, I have now taken $5000.00 of my wealth out of circulation. If I sell it, I may get my money back, but then why buy the Gold in the first place?
Also, Gold does funny things to people. It might even lead some knucklehead to break in to my house, looking for it. Many have killed for less valued possessions.
Bottom line: your life is not defined by the stuff you have. None of it has eternal value. None.
But there is better than gold wealth available to all who cherish their lives. Eternally.



Monday, May 16, 2016

Doug's Mid-terms





Rather than showing a ver' young Doug to kick this off, I was approx 19 when I took this picture of a statue cat in Bergen, Norway. Most of my life was ahead of me then.
Up at the top of a hill/park that same day I found another cat posing on top of a little boat.
Mid-terms now, partway through my life...and life is good. I have a good house, a good job, nearly no debt-all from the hand of God, Who takes care of His children.
I'm not bragging. Every time I would start with the brag, God would humble me a little harder.
No, it's not brag-I'm Grateful. On this side of Eternity, God meets our needs and sometimes blesses us with our wants, just because He loves us.
On the other side of Eternity, Blessings upon blessing upon blessings, more than we can comprehend.
One of them is no sin staining us anymore. Another is our fellowship with our Creator throughout
eternity. If you've ever wanted to live in a perfect world, with zero fear, or crime or heartbreak...that world is ahead of us, though we can't see it from our mid-terms.
God still saves sinners, and that is the most amazing thing that we can comprehend. 


Sunday, May 08, 2016

So Much For The World


For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

The richest man in the world will be a pauper when he dies. Not a cent will
carry over into Eternity. Graveyard cold tears empty pockets BROKE.

In part, that's why the world rejects/ignores Christianity-who wants to hear that their entire
existence will end in bankruptcy? That ALL apart from God is meaningless?

The verse above about 'What shall it profit' was weighing me down-when I was on the cusp
of accepting Christ, that verse burned in me. I knew that losing my soul was a distinct possibility.

You may not want to hear it, but God is real, Jesus Christ is True, and your soul, your life, all that you treasure is in danger.  May God Bless you today.