Wednesday, April 04, 2018

WORLD IS BROKEN!

If you hate all of the troubles in your life, hate all of the troubles that you see in the world...it is all because of sin.
Your sin. The world's sin, in that the world is full of sinners.
You are part of a broken system which continues to fall further apart each sinful day.
But God's people are not part of your broken system-we've been redeemed, saved from it.
God still saves sinners, redeems souls from this broken creation to His better, fuller, perfect Creation.  
It's been said many times-the only Peace that lasts is Peace with God, and that
happens on His terms, not yours or mine.
Seek the Lord while He may be found.




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Errant Perfumerists

Meet Chuck.
Chuck is one of 'those' Christians, who cannot be trusted to remain polite
in polite company.
He offends many, with his sin and damnation talk.
Chuck's own family is embarrassed by his constant yammering of hell existing, need for repentance and Salvation.
Chuck is one of 'those Christians'.
But Chuck is their brother and friend.
Family and friends try to modify his behavior by letting him know that he is welcome in their homes and family functions...if he drops that 'sin' talk.
He can be a great guy when talking sports scores, blockbuster movies or even politics. 
But Chuck offends.
Even as they "spritz him" with the perfume of their best intentions, trying to make nice with him... he stinks.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishingto the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?






Saturday, February 17, 2018

Great News For All, Even You!!!

Guns, nukes, cucumber salad. Wait-what?
Guns, nukes-all ordinance have triggers. Wait for it...
We all mourn when terrible tragedies, school or concert
shootings take lives.
It IS horrible!
THIS POST is about the WONDERFUL taking away of all triggered
ordinance. Can't happen soon enough!
I know, I know-some may say it's a human issue, as the shootings
are perped by flawed, very human humans.
Some others, demanding laws against what they don't like,
demanding NO laws for things that they do...seem to want to ban certain
weaponry. 
My friends and fams:

4    The LORD will mediate between nations      and will settle international disputes.      They will hammer their swords into plowshares      and their spears into pruning hooks.      Nation will no longer fight against nation,      nor train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4

What is impossible for "Man(un)kind" to accomplish the LORD WILL do!
Swords into plowshares, spears into gardening tools-ordinance eliminated!
Nation will no longer fight against nation-PEACE RULES the planet.
Nor train for war anymore. No armies needed, no nukes or other 'deterrents' which in this present evil time are used to haphazardly achieve co-existence amongst the nations AND amongst you, me and our neighbors.
No cops and no cop killers.
PEACE.
God will make this happen.
May it happen soon!

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Smarts Businessing

So, here we are again, again. Picture above is from the movie "Coco" from Pixar and Uncle Walt. On the wall we see a poster for "The Incredibles 2", coming out later this year. Cool, and...good marketing.
Recently watched an old RKO "Dick Tracy" film from 1945-there's a scene on a street with a movie palace showing a double feature-curious, I checked IMDB and the two films were coming out from RKO the next year.
I thought, "Sharp promoters, RKO. I wonder if the other studios practiced this promoting?"
Yup. Also happened to watch Warner Bros. "Torchy Blane-The Adventurous Blonde" from 1937 and once again a movie house is shown showing one of Warner Bros. films, "Strike Up The Band" with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
Very cool, and very smart marketing.
Sometimes it can be...odd.
In 1985's "Echo Park" there's a film poster on a wall of the low rent horror movie hostess "Elvira", who was played by Cassandra Peterson...who is IN Echo Park as another character. I doubt that RKO or Warners could have pulled that off.
Keep you eyes open, and there's all kinds of stuff happening.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

World's Casino

"9But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 
10For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows." 1 Tim 6:9-10

 Not just the gold seekers who pierce themselves with many sorrows, but they are a fine example of bad living.
'people who long to be rich'-that is, rich in this world's treasure.
Christians, those belonging to Christ are, according to Romans 8:17, co-heirs with Christ of EVERYTHING.
" 17And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."
So, if we inherit everything, why should any Christian 'long to be rich' in this world's casino?
I lived in Vegas for years, and I can tell you that the glitz and glamour of Sin City is founded on the idea of promising riches whilst emptying your pockets.
My boss once said, "Las Vegas wasn't built on the backs of Winners."
So, this world system which promises riches will glitz your eyes, sell you their fools gold and laugh at you as you try to become 'rich'.
Soft sell, hard sell, fear sell, sex sell. Whatever bait the world tries to hook you with, you don't have to take the bait, and you don't have to pierce yourselves with many sorrows.
So, WHY? Why do Christians take the bait?
Ego. Stubbornness. Rather go our own way than go with God.
But God, 'who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.' 
God has been dealing with stubborn egotistical knuckleheads forever, so you might as well save yourself some pain and heartache by returning to Him, begging the Forgiveness you desperately need...and He will Forgive.
He forgave me when I was that knucklehead.
Right at the cusp of becoming a Christian, one of the verses which tore me up was
Mark 8:36 "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" 
I was a poor sailor, but I realized at that time that even if I were the richest man in the world, it would only count on this side of eternity. But my soul is forever.
Give up the ego. Trust that God has more riches for you than this world could ever offer, AND...be safe and rich for eternity. Wonderful.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Talking To YOU, Human

I will Moses you out of bondage, friend.
Here, on the Ninth of January, get in front of your TV (or other temple/altar) and proclaim loudly,
"I WILL refuse to complain about anything until I have appreciated FIVE things in my life which I love!".
No complainy until after 5 appreciates!
Be tough on yourself. Honest with thee to thee.
Also...
do five good things for others without expecting any thanks.
One thing you can do: when you're walking into the grocery store, grab a cart from the remuda in the parking lot and walk it in. Costs you nothing; each cart in is one less that stock persons have to deal with. I've been doing this for years; it makes me happy and doesn't hurt anyone.
Do stuff like that-discover your own 'good things'.
You will no longer be in bondage to a complaining life. Freedom is good.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Doesn't Matter What President Trump Says

Nope. Doesn't matter what President Trump says about Jerusalem, nor
what the United Nations condemns.
God has the final and only relevant say in the matter.
Psalm 2 
  1    Why are the nations so angry?      Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
2    The kings of the earth prepare for battle;      the rulers plot together      against the LORD      and against his anointed one.
3    “Let us break their chains,” they cry,      “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
4    But the one who rules in heaven laughs.      The Lord scoffs at them.
5    Then in anger he rebukes them,      terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6    For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne      in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
7    The king proclaims the LORD's decree:     “The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son.      Today I have become your Father.
8    Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,      the whole earth as your possession.
9    You will break them with an iron rod      and smash them like clay pots.’”
10    Now then, you kings, act wisely!      Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11    Serve the LORD with reverent fear,      and rejoice with trembling.
12    Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,      and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—      for his anger flares up in an instant.      But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

...In Lonely Exile Here

I love this song, this hymn. I've always thought that it points to Christ's return rather than His first 'advent'.
Before church this morning I pulled out an old hymnal and sang this...and then sang it again in the service.
"We look for the Day of our Lord's return.".
That prayer has been on the lips and in the hearts of Christians down through the centuries since Christ ascended to Heaven, recorded in Acts chapter one.
Why has it taken so long for Him to come back?
We don't know, but the fact that Christ is still adding souls to His Kingdom is one possibility.
We don't NEED to know, and we don't need to worry that He won't return.
In His perfect time, O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nev Let Crisis Go Waste

Seemingly unending sexual harassment accusations against "The Powerful".
I am certain that there is fire behind some of these smoke, but I am also certain of a little thing called 'Human Nature'.
Remember playing "King Of The Hill"?
Someone on top defends against those below.
Those below working to take out the King.
Mixed in with the many actual accusers who have been assaulted/harassed, there will be some who will USE such accusations to forward their own agendas.
Not saying that ANY of 'The Powerful' are innocent-but that there will be some who will use the present atmo of harassment/assault grievances to "take down or shake down" those above them on the hill.
Human nature, and not the good one.




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Driving With a Full Thank

Sure, sure-I've posted this picture before, but this is the internet-always someone seeing something for the first time.
Some pop sugar Star recently claimed that she 'Created mirror selfies' a decade ago. That's cute.
Here-I can sound brilliant after five seconds on a search engine:
"Why, I'm sure that Nicéphore Niépce, after he created the first camera probably made a few duck lips." 
This is the internet-you read a name like that, tied to the thought of this guy having created the camera, and 2.4 seconds later that knowledge is discarded by your brain as something of no value.
What DOES have value?
Thankfulness.
Thankfulness is a self priming engine of good. Being thankful engenders more thankfulness and peace.
Back to the picture of the long ago me.
My net monetary value back then was whatever I had in my pocket.
It wasn't my house, it wasn't even my camera...but notice that I was smiling.
I'm still smiling. Thankfully, I don't need to get haircuts as often as I did back then.
I will never be 'rich' by this world's standards, and it doesn't bother me a bit, as my treasure is in the next, where robber moths can't get at it. Or something like that.
You might find these words false to your ears, if you don't feel as if you have anything to be thankful for.
I understand that, and this world can shred you. I've been there.
But there is always some light in every dark life.
Don't give up the search for peace and things to be thankful for.
If nothing else occurs to you, be thankful that I didn't post this as a rapping video.
See? SEE? light.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hearly Near

See you on the other side, Rhodes.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blessed Forgotten

Seems that political candidates/sitting Senators are catching flack for misconducts.
Doesn't matter if such misconducts are 11 or 30+ years past-nothing is forgotten.
Let me quickly state that this post won't j'accuse  anyone. Plenty doing that already.
But I will say that there is blessed forgotteness with God.
Have you done something wrong?
Are you guilty of anything? God has Mercy.
"For I will be merciful to their iniquities,     And I will remember their sins no more.”Hebrews 8:12, quoting Jeremiah 31:34.
Are all your sins remembered? (quoting Joe Haldeman)
God says,  "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake,     And I will not remember your sins." Isaiah 43:25
One more, to drive home the point:
"As far as the east is from the west,     So far has He removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:12.
Though our sins are as scarlet, we shall be white as snow.
You can't buy that. But forgiveness and blessed forgotteness can be yours through God.
Believe me, I have sinned. More Ain't than Saint some days.
But God 'for His own sake' does not remember my sins.
And it feels wonderful.





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Worship For God

Now that I'm multi-mediate, and am catching up with friends from ago, from time to time I'll bring back some older stuff-this first is a song that I've been singing
for a few years now.
May God richly Bless you today.

Monday, November 13, 2017

When Is Good But Not Good?

When IS good but not good? I'm amongst the millions of Crime watchers, we who love to see Cops and Robbers copping and robbering. We love seeing justice served, bad guys and gals punished, happy endings.
But not good comes in if we Binge-watch our faves too plenty much. Good may win out at the end of {most} episodes, but the steady intake of the violence/heartbreak/impolite criminal activity we must swim through to get to that final scene-bad recups, man.
Above are just a handful of the Crime Dramatical shows available most everywhere. I added "Crossing Jordan" because that was the template for most of the other 'CSI' procedurals, including 'Rissoli and Isles'.
Law & Order is it's own grandpa, so to speak-STILL kicking out Justice 47 minutes at a time, with SVU still being produced.
It's all good in moderation, but...mix it up a little, please, for your own Peace.
A good palate cleanser would be...well, there's a clue in the photo.
Bottom line-too much of anything can overbalance your load. Be cool.