Sunday, August 17, 2014

Disengaged

This has been coming on for a time, and some few of my readers might have noted a change in FDW and FerDW posts in the past few. Time to state the state of the state.
I'm still here, remain in the same house, work the job, feed the cats...
But
I feel more alienated from the world, the mess and tumble of world events, I'm tired of emotionally dealing with the dire catastrophes which pop up as often as acne does on teenagers.
In part, my disassociation with current (D/C) events began a few years ago when I shut off my subscription to DirecTv.
Gone are the news channels and Breaking News(!) alerts and all that stuff.
I also used to listen to talk radio, rhymes with Cush Mimbaugh. Now? Nope.
When I watch TV shows, I pretty much only watch DVD season sets. I haven't followed
a 'new' show in years.
In both fictional worlds: TV series and news broadcasts, you can only watch the same events unfold so many times before it all blends together into ennuiac 'blah'.
I usually hang up on Republican election mopes who call to ask for my support. I care about my country, sure. I love my country. Warts (politicians) and all.
I feel disengaged from the 'political process' which is a term which can be used in polite company and in front of children.
Whether Republicans or Democrats "Win" the next or any elections...it's hard for me to care.
Ennuiac blah. (Don't bother looking that word up-minted here for right now. yay.)
When will I become engaged again? Hard to say. I am waiting for the return of Christ, when
He will rule the world with truth and grace. And make the nations prove the glories of His Righteousness.
In that day, Christ ruling the nations with a rod of iron, THEN I will happily engage in world events. And wonders of His love. And wonders of His love.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm Poor and Happy About It

In short, what follows is a post which is also a Bible study; if you have no love of Scripture, just pass on by, friend. If the topic interests you, I encourage you to open your Bible and follow along.



The Poor In Spirit
Matthew 5:3
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The Beatitudes, among the most beloved teachings of Christ, are where He describes the character and attributes of those who have a part in His Kingdom and family.
What does it mean to be ‘poor in spirit’?
My (MacArthur) study bible notes that someone who is ‘poor in spirit’ recognizes his or her sinfulness, knows that because of that sin they are ‘spiritually bankrupt’, having no inherent goodness to commend themselves to God. To be poor in spirit is to be humbled, recognizing the need for Salvation.
By contrast, those ‘rich in spirit’ would be like the Pharisees who were so certain that their good works and law keeping were pleasing to God and were their ticket to Heaven.
As Jesus said of the hypocrites who made a showing of glorified piety, “Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. Matthew 6:2b
We can find many examples of ‘poor in spirit’ Godly people throughout Scripture; here are just a few:

David-after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba, wrote:
1    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;     According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
2    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity     And cleanse me from my sin.

3
    For I know my transgressions,     And my sin is ever before me.
4    Against You, You only, I have sinned     And done what is evil in Your sight,     So that You £are justified when You speak     And blameless when You judge.” Psalm 51:1-4
We can read of David’s sin with Bathsheba and against Uriah in 2 Samuel chapter 11.

Another man who recognized his spiritual poverty is Isaiah.
In Isaiah chapter 6, when Isaiah has his vision of being in the presence of Holy God, he cries out:
“Then I said ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined!     Because I am a man of unclean lips,     And I live among a people of unclean lips;     For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’”
Isaiah 6:5
Just are we are poor in spirit, depending on the Grace of God to make us right with Him, when Isaiah spiritually poor, God extended His Grace:
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 
7He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Isaiah 6:6-7
I’ve always wondered why the angel used tongs to take the coal from the altar. Was that altar so Holy that even an angel could not touch it with his hand? But he held the coal when he touched it to Isaiah’s lips. I guess we’ll find out when we get there.
Here are some examples of people who were poor in spirit who would become rich in Christ-
A tax collector: “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’. Luke 18:13 (from a parable, but representing a repentant soul begging for mercy)
A centurion: “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof” Matthew 8:8
Peter: “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” Luke 5:8
One more example which might not come immediately to mind regarding the poor in spirit whom Christ gathers into His Kingdom-we do not know his name, but we will meet him in Glory:
 
41“And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.
42And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 
43And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:41-43
So shall all the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Versus




"12But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment."
James 5:12

"33“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 
34But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 
35nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 
36Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 
37But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." Matthew 5:33-37


What does this have to do with the price of apricots?
Prevarication.
Christians are called to the same standard as everyone else, the same standard which is
supposedly adhered to by all, that we be honest in all of our dealings with others.
We are entering the political season when false promises are the norm, lies about opponents are brightly printed and propounded and everyone feels slightly dirty when they vote.
To politicos, Image counts for more than truth; we all lose when the politicians fight.
My Yes will remain Yes, my No, No. You will not find me stumping for Republicans, passing on to my (few) readers the talking points, the 'facts' promoted by any politico.
Please, do the same in your life-yes is yes, no is no, and don't pass on any lies to help your side color outside the lines of truth.
Both your and my honesty are valuable, too valuable for us to be manipulated by politicians. 
And may neither side win.



Sunday, August 03, 2014

"It Doesn't Say: "Blessed Are The Peacefakers"

Peacefakers abound in the midst of this stinky rotten uncivilization.
Muslims seek all to be at peace with them...through the process of submitting to Islam and yes, they are willing to kill you to bring about Peace.
They are Peacefakers.
The acknowledged 'Doves' of our political process, the Democratic party, are all about Peace.
They agitate against War and generally feel superior to those misled and ignorant 'Hawks'
who seem kind of...bad . Evil. Warm ongers.
But I see Democrats as Peacefakers because they may preach "Peace" but continue to protect and defend (!) Abortion, which is a 'silent holocaust' decimating millions of human lives. 
"Oh, but you see, Doug, legally those fetus are not human, so there!"
So, who ARE the the true PeaceMakers? The verse answers the question:
"9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
The Peacemakers are those promoting Peace with God, sharing the Gospel, letting people
know that they can be at Peace with the King of Peace.
No one need shake their fist at God forever. Peace is possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Who came that we may be restored to a right Peaceful relationship with God.
We sons and daughters of God beg you to surrender to God as we have, because we want ALL to enjoy the Peace which passes all understanding which we have through Christ.
Unlike Islam, we won't kill you to win the Peace.  We already have won by surrendering to God. Our war is over.
Seek God and know His Peace.

Friday, August 01, 2014

This Is Getting Old

I just caught you! You read the post title and the first thing in your head was, "That sounds negative, like something someone says when they are getting tired of dealing with fill in the blank.
Not Guilty, at least regarding this post.
I was just reading a tribute to makeup artist Dick Smith at Movie Morlocks the TCM blog. He 'aged' Max Von Sydow to play Father Merrin in "The Exorcist".
When I saw Von Sydow in "Shutter Island" it was like seeing Merrin in a business suit, that is how accurate Dick Smith's makeup was back in 1973, when Von Sydow was a robust 44 year old.
Movie magic from the make up trailer-we can all appreciate well crafted works, and Smith
was a master craftsman.
To read the fine tribute, go here:
 http://moviemorlocks.com/2014/08/01/applied-genius-remembering-dick-smith/

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewer Rollercoaster

I have resisted the call of the political Sirens, beckoning me to join in their muddy skirmishes. I received an email the other day from the Republican Party asking if I had abandoned them as I have not contributed for quite awhile.
I'm not going to promise money I don't have to people who don't deserve it for objectives
they have proven to be incapable of winning.
Reading today's headlines, there is so much turmoil and political garbage that I dare not sully my soul by 'getting political'. I refuse to ride on the political sewer rollercoaster.
As Pogo famously said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
My nation, right or wrong, is still my nation. My President, right or wrong, is still my President.
Today I read that some believe that President Obama is 'begging to be impeached' now so as to energize his political base before the mid-term elections.
That sounds crazy to me. That is an example of how nuts politics is right now.
I'm not smart enough to follow all of those twisty turns.
So, what do I do?
Trust in God Who is above all nations and presidents and kings and political parties.
President Obama's Day will pass just as it did for each of his predecessors. Whether he should be impeached is not for me to decide. If he hopes to gin up his base by suggesting that 'mean evil Republicans' are trying to run him out of office, he will do so without any help from me.




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vacation In Lovely _________!



SEE PARIS THIS SUMMER! OR PERHAPS LONDON?

Don't know if you've been following the Outrage season, but their All Star Game
was held in Paris and London this week; sad to say, the host cities probably won't
invite them back for the foreseeable.
Amazingly, the consensus  for the 66th year in a row is: Israel BAD. As in, "How DARE Israel defend itself when under rocket attacks? How DARE Israel act like it has a right to exist!?!
News flash, Outrage enthusiasts: Israel exists.
Be a good Global neighbor and accept Reality instead of indulging in your fever dreams.
You'll be happier, and so will I.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Not Red Headed, But...

'Ginger' was born Virginia Katherine McMath 103 (or so) years ago in Missouri. Just noted on the TCM site that tomorrow is her birthday, which is reason enough to post about her again.
Some "Stars" in movies or related fields are all flash and image.
Ginger had the image, plenty of flash, but was also exceptionally skilled in various arts. Comedy, drama, dancing, singing...playing heroes and sometimes even a villain-Ginger was always eminently watchable. I've never seen her deliver a bad performance; she is one of the few professionals who always did more than expected, as if she were working at a higher level.
Happy birthday, Ginger!
Some of her best movies to seek out:
The Major and the Minor
Vivacious Lady
Having Wonderful Time
All of the Fred and Ginger musicals.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Apprehending the Unapprehendible






The sign said "Snipe Country" but I wasn't a Snipe-I was behind enemy lines- a deck hand
infiltrating the boundary set by the engineers who proudly called themselves "Snipes".
These dogs were NOT taking 'selfies'. They were interacting with their owner holding a camera.
So what what's is what, Doug?
Simply this: living by faith instead of sight, trusting God makes it possible for us to continue to sing Praises to God.
If we were to look at the world with godless eyes, judging everything we see and understand by our own limited understanding...this would be a horrible existence. Wars and hatred and killing and everyone failing.
In part, that is why the Liberals are always complaining about everything-as most of them do not believe in God, the world they see is ugly grim.
Those few of them who pretend to pay lip service to the idea of believing that God exists join the rest of their heedless herd in living as if God doesn't exist.
Anyone seeing the first picture would assume that the person in it was a Snipe. Wrong.
The dogs picture is funny. Why include it here?
Obviously, we know that dogs can't take pictures of themselves, but because it looks as if they are posing, it makes us laugh.
A picture...which we know isn't true...elicits an emotional response.
Those who would capture your emotions to hold you in bondage to their 'point of view' will use faked images to fool you.
Why does it work?
Because people who live by WHAT THEY SEE, trusting in their own limited understanding can be fooled by fakery. Especially if it elicits an emotional response. Images are powerful. Music is powerful. Our assumption that we are too smart to fall for a lie is powerful. It isn't about smarts-if your emotions are engaged, smarts and logic and reason don't enter into the equation.
Christians should be the ones living by faith. We have all kinds of warnings in Scripture to trust in God rather than ourselves. But we are human and we get fooled, too...on this side of Eternity.
Thank God that in Heaven we will live lives unimpeded by any dishonesty or lies, and our emotions will be engaged honestly to Worship God in spirit and in truth and in person.

May God richly Bless you today.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Cling To What Is Good


Romans 12:9-21 (HCSB)
9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.
10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes.
18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
20 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.


We recognize that we are all human; we make mistakes, we fail. Life is often painful, even for God’s children. Sometimes because of God’s children, imperfect till Heaven.
When someone has hurt us, we focus on the pain, and our human nature may incite us to be hurtful back,
Which is how wars begin and families can end.
In these verses Paul is giving a ‘prescription’ for how to heal a hurting Christian and a hurting church:
Love must be without hypocrisy. We are called always to be honest and true in our dealings with God and each other. An honest, “I can’t even look at you right now.” is better than hugging someone you would rather punch.
Detest evil. We KNOW that we are supposed to forgive each other; we know that it is evil to hold on to a grievance, carry a grudge. It may be the hardest thing in the world for us to do, but with God’s help and in His Spirit…we can forgive and mean it.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
This becomes easier with practice.
If you look at your offending brother as someone in need of prayer, help and forgiveness rather than as someone hateful, know that you are looking at him as God does.
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. Just as Christ did, setting an example for us all.
Satan is happiest when Christians are at odds and hating one another.
“They will know we are Christians by our love.”

Thursday, July 03, 2014

So, How Was Your Week?

No, I'm not claiming to have been struck by lightning. Singed a little by human nature, but I'll get by.
I had a friend who lived to tell his story. David was 6'5'', standing on a lakeshore, holding a long metal fishing pole over his head when he suddenly dropped to his knees. Lightning had traversed the pole, run through David and the only damage: the heel of his tennis shoe had a hole burned through.
This week hasn't quite risen to that level, but I will say this: there is no such thing as luck. Or karma.
God sets the number of our days, and David has (hopefully) many more ahead of him.
I also hope to  keep chugging along, living for God here until I live with God there. There are many
troubles/cataclysms/catastrophes on this side of the grave; for the Christian, absolutely NONE
on the other. Remembering that makes it a bit easier to carry on. Praise God for his loving-kindness. 


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Obama Said WHAT???

Just kidding-these were soccer fans watching the USA get beat. No one is shocked by the stupidity
coming out of the president's mouth anymore.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Out Of Hope Or Out Of Nope

I personally am out of 'nope'. Meaning, to mis-quote one of my songs,
"From here on out, (my) life should be
 Red roses and sunshine."
Even the best of us cannot see even a second ahead in time. You not only don't know what tomorrow will bring, you don't know for certain what will happen six seconds after you read this sentence.
5..4..3..2..I trust that God, Who sees the end from the beginning, Who stands outside of time, will take care of things, whatever things need to be taken care of.
So, you may ask, why the picture?
Hope. Not nope. I'm reminded of one of the best but also one of the toughest Summers when I look at this photo.
I'm a long way away from there and from that Summer-I have an entirely different life now.
The year following that Summer began about as nope as nope can nope for me.
I couldn't even imagine the good things God had in store for me, and I know that He's not done yet.
Fresh out of nope, and may that be your Blessing, also.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

From The Other FDW: Refreshments Served Daily! Sometimes Hourly!






“5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart     And do not lean on your own understanding.
6    In all your ways acknowledge Him,     And He will make your paths straight.
7    Do not be wise in your own eyes;     Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8    It will be healing to your body     And refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8
I sure need some refreshment for my bones.
The first thing that attracts my eye and mind in these verses is ‘lean not on your own understanding’.
That right there will cause any non-believer to slam shut the book and say that it is nonsense!
But the believer knows that God is in charge, and we not only don’t need the whole story, we freely admit to being incapable of understanding all that is happening. If I were to lean on my own understanding, I would quickly fall over.
I love this passage: “6    In all your ways acknowledge Him,     And He will make your paths straight.”
To put it in simple, if I acknowledge Him, if I consider the world with Him as Creator God working His plan, actively directing everything that happens or will happen or has happened…then I have no need to be led through the desert for forty years learning lessons.
Fearing (respecting) the LORD keeps me turning from evil and protects me from becoming wise in my own eyes because I recognize the limitations my intellect compared to the perfect knowledge of God.
If we get a big head due to being so impressed with the pittance we think we know, God has a cure for that.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord.