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May 8, 2014 / familyties8

WHAT ARE WE REALLY TELLING THE WORLD? By: Daniel Ingram

Dan and Levi playing Wa-hoo

Daniel and his little son, Levi…spending quality time together.

What Are We Really Telling The World?

My name is Daniel Ingram and I am a baseball player. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I think about is baseball. My entire day revolves around baseball and how I can be a better player in the future. Everything that comes out of my mouth and all my actions scream out that I am a baseball player. I can’t take all the credit, this kind of attitude and commitment has been passed down to me. My father and his father before him were both baseball players. They have showed me that there is nothing more important than baseball and it should be number one priority in my life. Nothing gets in the way of me practicing baseball. My wife realizes that this is important to me and she not only supports me in this but she is also caught on fire with love for this special game. I know that by my commitment and my desire to be a great baseball player, my children will catch on to what is truly important and have a desire to pursue this great sport. I know that because of my hard work and dedication that I will be able to achieve my goal of playing professional baseball. Knowing the time and energy that I have put into baseball, going professional will be a dream come true. Then, I will finally have the product of my heart’s desire.

My name is Daniel Ingram and I am a Christian. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I think about is Christ. My entire day revolves around Christ and how I can better serve in His kingdom. Everything that comes out of my mouth and all my actions scream out that I am a Christian. I can’t take all of the credit, this kind of attitude and commitment has been passed down to me. My father and his father before him are both faithful Christians. They have shown me that there is nothing more important than Christ and He should be the number one priority in my life. Nothing gets in the way of me drawing closer to Jesus. My wife realizes that He is important to me and she not only supports and uplifts me in this, but she is also on fire with love for Christ and God. I know that by my commitment and my desire to be a faithful Christian, my children will catch on to what is truly important and have a desire to pursue a Savior who loves them. I know because of His commitment and faithfulness that I will be able to achieve my goal of heaven. Knowing the pain and suffering that He endured on the cross, I turn my heart to him daily so that heaven will be a promise fulfilled. Then, I will finally have the product of my heart’s desire.

In our lives what do we treasure? It may not be baseball; it may be work, money, a hobby, fame, recognition, or even sin. The thing about it is, people can see where our hearts are. Usually the things that you talk about, how you spend your time, what you teach your kids, the things that you are committed to; truly tell where your heart is pointed.

In Matthew 10:17, a rich young ruler comes to Jesus and asked what must I do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers his question by telling him to obey the law. Then Jesus tells him there is one thing that he lacks, and he tells him to go sell all of his possessions and follow Him. At this the young man goes away sad because he was very rich. It was the man’s actions that truly stated what his heart was focused on. I need to make sure that my heart is turned to Christ. I need to make sure that my actions and my commitment is turned to Christ. I need to make sure that my family sees where my heart is pointed. I need to make sure the world sees where my heart is pointed. I am promised that I will have the product of my heart’s desire. The questions I need to ask myself daily “Where is my heart”, and “What am I truly telling the World”?

Written by our Grandson, Daniel.

March 30, 2014 / familyties8

OUR NATION IS DEPRIVED OF COMMON SENSE AND MORALITY.

 

 

The leaders of our nation need to try their best to fix the economy, instead of tearing it down… and the cost of living, where one income would do for a family… so the mother, if she wished, could stay home and take care of her family. I know that my husband and I would rather pay extra income tax towards giving a mother a reward for marriage and for taking care of the children in their own home, rather than seeing day care centers spring up all over our nation and funded by our government, which we help pay for anyway!

As it now stands if a couple has children out of wedlock, they gain more monetarily by remaining single and either living in the same house without marriage or go their separate ways without benefit of a mother and father to their little one. What a sad commentary it is when evil and weakness is rewarded in our country and on the other hand and for the same consideration, marriage and making a home for a little child is penalized!

If every house hold were taxed for this reason, what an improvement in morals and child care it would have for the United States! Granted, it takes more than perks to have good morals, but our country has been penalizing morals and marriage and giving perks for immorality for a long time.

For instance people can draw more money for living together than for being married in some cases. I don’t begrudge them the money, except for the fact that the little child doesn’t have a good home and also I would like for them to be encouraged to live right and have good spiritual health along with the other needful things in life.

We had rather give our taxes for a mother to be able to be with her children rather than working…than for a grant of thousands of dollars, to study the digestive system of a buzzard and the many other foolish things they give grants to.

And then…there are the cases in families where being satisfied with a smaller loaf of bread would help. -Edna L. Ingram


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March 21, 2014 / familyties8

Who Died?

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Just imagine that someone very close to you died…and the day of their funeral, you decided you were tired and would just sleep in that day and skip the funeral or maybe you had taken a job and had to work that day or maybe company came and you stayed home with them. Do you think that decision would persuade anyone that you were really close to that person…or that you even cared for them at all?

Well,Someone did die…and that Someone did it because He loved us so very much that He gave up, not only His life, but also His equality with God, (Philippians 2:5-8) to be our Savior and take our sins away on that cross (if we obey Him.)

Many do not even accept Him and obey Him…but many who do, eventually let their dedication slide and when the church meets together they cannot be depended…

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March 17, 2014 / familyties8

Today, exactly thirteen years ago (on St. Patrick’s Day) our house burned.  I had come in from working at the post office that Saturday morning and after lunch decided to wash my hair. First I turned on the central heat because it was a tad chilly in the house;  (Mistake #1)  then I let Baby Bird out of the cage…mistake #2!   As I was rinsing my hair, I could hear Baby Bird squawking and flying wild about the room.  I finished rinsing my hair and put a towel over it and raised my head up. 

I could tell what he was upset about and it was pretty serious.  Black smoke was pouring out of the vents in the ceiling.  I hurried around trying to get Baby Bird on my hand to put him back in his cage and get outside.  He wouldn’t let me.  I was beginning to feel the effects of the smoke and sadly, had to get out and leave him. The squirrel cage of the central heat unit in the attic had frozen up.  One of our neighbors later that afternoon, said that he heard an explosion before he saw the smoke.  I didn’t hear it with the water running over my head.  

As I went out to move the car from under the carport and down the road a ways, an old classmate stopped and told me he would go tell Bobby at the shop….As I was about to move the van, Bobby drove up and moved it for me and someone had called the fire dept.  I told Bobby, in tears, that I couldn’t get Baby Bird out.  Bobby wanted to go in and get Baby Bird but I was afraid the burning ceiling would fall in on him. He went in to get him, with me begging him not to.  I told him he’d probably be dead from the smoke by that time.  By that time there was quite an audience out in the road watching the fire with me.   The fire dept had left the screen door propped open and Bobby saw Baby Bird fly by and went in to get him and brought him to me.  I was so happy to have the little fellow again!

The month before the fire, my kidneys shut down from a prescription I had received from a doctor who thought I had rheumatoid arthritis, which I was found to not have.  I was in the hospital about 2 weeks until they were sure my kidneys were working okay again.  That’s why the smoke got to me so fast.

About a month after the fire, I lost my full time (temporary position)  and went back to part time.  They had left me in the full time position 8 months longer than they were supposed to over the 6 months’ time limit.  So that was a triple whammy in about the space of about 3 months.  Three bad happenings???   No, not really!  It wasn’t long until I realized they were all three big blessings?  We are told in Romans 8:28 that “….all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  

All of these really did work together for our good.  In June of that year I could tell my strength was not building up as fast as I needed it to, so I retired from the postal service.  Eight years later Bobby decided to retire from his barber shop.  So we have had these 5 years together without a constant watching of the clock….just in time for our little Great-Grandchildren to arrive on the scene.

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March 8, 2014 / familyties8

PREPARATIONS

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Bobby goes through a lot of preparatory stages before he puts the knife to the wood in his carving of guns or airplanes. Here is a picture of the specs of the one he is working on now. There’s no comparison with him to NASA because they, of course, go through even more preparation in building space shuttles, satellites, etc. This reminds me of a spiritual thought:

Not comparing God to NASA and Bobby…but God went through much, much more preparation in the building of His church. He prepared a nation and then a tribe for His beloved Son to come through. This Son would come in human form and have the name of Jesus…and it was prophesied that He would die upon a cruel cross in the fullness of time. It was prophesied that this would happen during the Roman empire.

If Jesus had been guilty of what they accused Him of, the Jewish Law’s penalty would be stoning. During the Roman empire, the penalty was crucifixion. It all comes together just as it was prophesied. He was born, he lived about 33 years, he told about His kingdom for about 3 years and then He was crucified for the sins of the world, because of His great love for us.

Then on the third day, He was resurrected and after He had left instructions for His apostles that He had chosen, He ascended back to heaven… and they remained in Jerusalem until power came from on high. On the Day of Pentecost after the resurrection (50 days from the Passover) the church began and 3,000 heard the apostles teaching, believed, repented, confessed Christ and were baptized into Christ on that first day. Since that day many more have been added to His church by being obedient to the gospel of Christ.

Sadly, there is another prophesy that will come true someday, stated in several places in Scripture and in different ways. This one:

(2 Thessalonians 1: 7-12) “… And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

March 8, 2014 / familyties8

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS? By Wendell Ingram

An open bibleWe hear a lot of talk in our nation today about “the separation of church and state.” Many in our society believe that religion has no place in the political arena. Even some Christians believe that because our citizenship is in heaven, we have no right or responsibility to participate in civil government. As our nation prepares for another election, every Christian should consider this question: Does God want His people involved in civil government?

A clear answer to this question can be found in the Bible. For example, in Genesis 14:18, we read of Melchizedek, who was the priest of God Most High; he was also king of Salem. In Genesis 29:41, we read of Joseph, the son of Jacob, who through the providence of God was raised to power in the kingdom of Egypt. In Exodus 1-2, we read of Moses , who through the providence of God was brought up in the palace as grandson to the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Throughout the history of Israel, God sent prophets to be advisors to Israel’s kings. Samuel was advisor to King Saul; the prophets Gad and Nathan were advisors to King David; Elijah prophesied to the wicked King Ahab; Isaiah was advisor to King Hezekiah of Judah; and Jeremiah prophesied to the last four kings of Judah. God also sent prophets as counselors to other nations. Daniel served as advisor to the kings of Babylon, and Jonah was sent to preach to the city of wicked Nineveh in Assyria.

In the New Testament, we are told in Matthew 14:1-5 that John the Baptist rebuked King Herod for his immoral conduct. In Luke 21:12-13, Jesus tells his disciples that they will be brought before kings and governors as witnesses to them. In Acts 9:15, the Lord, speaking about Saul of Tarsus, says that he would carry the name of the Lord before the Gentiles and kings. Saul, later called Paul preached to the Roman governors, Felix and Festus, to King Agrippa and even to Caesar and his court in Rome. It is obvious as we look at both the old and New Testaments, God has always wanted His people to be involved in influencing civil governments.

An objective examination of our history reveals that the principles of Christianity had an overwhelming influence on our founding fathers and the forging of this great nation. These Christian principles produced a government that gave every citizen the opportunity and the responsibility to participate in the political process. Having a government that is “of the people, by the people and for the people,” there has never been a nation throughout history where Christians have had a greater opportunity to be an influence for the cause of Christ. For almost two centuries the citizens of this nation enjoyed the freedom to speak, to print and to preach what we believe, and it is the principle of Christianity that prevailed in such struggles as abolishing slavery and extending civil rights to every citizen.

Yet in the last fifty years, these freedoms have been threatened. Prayer and the Bible have been removed from our public schools. Efforts are underway and great strides have been made to remove the influence of God and Christianity from every level of government and almost every aspect of public life.

Why are these things happening in our nation? The answer is simple. While the advocates of atheism and humanism have been actively working to influence our government, Christians for the most part have been complacent and willing to sit quietly on the sidelines and let it happen. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 13-16 that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Much can be said about these words of Christ, but it is obvious that He wants us as Christians to affect the world around us and to permeate every aspect of society with the illuminating, liberating, life-giving influence of Christ and His Word.

As we approach the next national election, let’s take our influence for Christ outside the walls of our church buildings. Let’s speak out for Christ on the moral issues that are debated in the political arena. Let’s inform ourselves and others…about the candidates and where they stand on the moral issues, and let’s cast our vote for the candidates that hold most closely to the Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. May we let our light shine for Christ in every aspect of our society, including the political arena…and may God continue to bless America. -Wendell Ingram, in House to House /Heart to Heart publication

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Psalm 33:12

January 24, 2014 / familyties8

BANANAS AND MORE IMPORTANT STUFF

 

 

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We heard a good tip a few days ago about bananas.  If you separate them from the herd…they keep better than leaving them in a bunch. It works. We had a lot of trouble using them up before they turn black even when we just bought a half-dozen. 
A parallel:  It is just the opposite for Christians.  Some have taken to forsaking assembling together and just substituting the internet for church. God commands that we not give up assembling together with our Christian brethren. 
Hebrews 10:23-26.  “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” 
It is pretty neat to look up all the “One Another” Scriptures.  Would be good to hear a complete sermon on “one another”.  God’s Word has the best spiritual tips and we would do well to heed them.
January 11, 2014 / familyties8

LITTLE SELF TO GROWN-UP SELF

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My Dad

 

TO MY GROWN UP SELF: Dear self, I don’t know how long it has been since you thought of me, your little girl self.

To my little girl self: Oh my! I think of you all the time….remembering the happy times and a few sad times. I wonder how different I would have been if our mother had not died so young. I know you don’t remember her at all being only 3. I doubt life would have been a lot different with such a wonderful dad and a grandmother who helped him out a lot…but it would have been easier on them. But I’m looking at that, not used to having a mother and that isn’t fair to her. In fact just calling someone ‘Mother’, ‘Mom’ or ‘Mommy’, isn’t in my vocabulary and I can’t remember when it was. When I speak of her I always say “our mother”.

To my grown up self: Well in growing up, I remember only one or two times envying my friends who had a mother…but I think there were more times when they envied me. LOL They seemed to want to spend the night with me and my sister a lot. They thought we had more fun at our house.

To my little girl self: One thing I regret that my dad did: Our mother was an artist and had a scholarship to go to art school and she married my dad instead. But she drew a lot on the backs of calendars etc., and Daddy let us play with them…..I know his thinking and I respect him for it. I know he was thinking that our mother was taken from us and he wasn’t going to take her stuff away from us too…But oh! How I’d like to have her art work now! I don’t remember our brother playing with her stuff because he was always making airplanes and doing boy stuff. But we would play school with them and use those for our papers. It wasn’t long until we were a little older and we remembered them but realized they were gone. Our brother can draw really well but my sister and I can’t at all. We reap what we sow…or destroy. LOL

To my grown up self: Now that you are grown up what single thing did you learn that helped you in your adult life?

To my little girl self: Well, I remember being left with a neighbor woman only once because a guy who used dirty language was going to be cutting wood with my dad that day…but all the other times, I went with him. He always made sure we were at home when my brother and sister came in from school too. My dad being a great mother/father figure made me realize that our children can and may have to…. do without one parent or the other…and if I were going to be one, I needed to try to be the best I could be for them. He had the tough part of being dad but he also had the sweet tender part, needed of being a mother. His influence went a long way into how I view a mother should be. He has been gone now for 23 years but I still feel a perpetual hug from him.

January 1, 2014 / familyties8

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December 31, 2013 / familyties8

New Year and Years Past

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This year is almost gone…it makes you wonder what the new year holds. Here is my view of some of the years gone by…and I must add that they went by mighty fast!

When our children were small and so sweet and precious, I thought that no time in life could be as good as this.
Then they started growing up and their activities multiplied and we were on the road a lot trying to take in all their activities…and I thought that no time in life would ever be as good as this!

Well they were almost grown up and we were so proud of them. Their values echoed our values and it was then that, finally, I began to know that there would be other good times.

When they grew up and moved a few hundred miles away, I would stand at the window to watch for them when we were expecting them. I could see headlights top the hill about a mile west of us and I would stand at the window to see if the car would turn south at the next hill. Sometimes it did…sometimes it kept going east…but when the car came under the street lights a couple of blocks from our house, I could tell if it was their car and I would turn on the porch light for them and be ready to hug them. I would stand and watch for hours. It was about a 7 hour drive for them and I would start watching at eleven P.M., just in case they got to leave a little earlier than planned,

Then the grandchildren came and what a grand time that was! We were busy going to their activities as they were growing up and it was so good to watch them as they excelled in lots of things they did. They are grown now and their values echo their parents’ values and when they come, we are not situated geographically where we can watch for their headlights…we just have to be content with their cars pulling up in our driveway…but it seems that no time in life can top this either.

The sad times in our lives besides the passing away of both our parents was our daughter passing away at the age of 32, in 1990. We had a hard time coming to grips with losing her but so many prayers of our Christian brothers and sisters helped tremendously. Now she is in our hearts so much, it hardly seems she’s gone from us at times. We speak of her often and it helps.

Now our son has gone through all these phases in his life…one of them being the ‘empty nest syndrome‘, which is the most distasteful of them all, (except for the death of a child) …but it has to be endured for the next phase to come around.

Then came the phase of his and Kathy’s grandchildren…4 of them so far! I’m excited for him and Kathy! I’m excited for us!

Every phase of life has its great moments, its griefs and its missions. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future and we are going to rush into it with faith in God, without fear, and with great anticipation…knowing that it still holds a lot of things that we have never experienced before!

Jeremiah 9:24: “…but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”

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