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A NIGHTMARE! — September 21, 2011

A NIGHTMARE!

You are having a nightmare! You are upon a very high tower and you feel like you are falling in slow motion. It is so scary and unless someone helps you, you are going to hit the ground.

Someone throws you a rope…You grab hold of the rope…but Alas! It is anchored to the ground in Nashville, Tennessee. No hope to grabbing the rope and gliding to safety!

Another hears of your predicament and another rope is thrown to you, but is also anchored to the ground in Cleveland, Tennessee!

Another one whose headquarters are in Missouri throws you a rope. Another and another are thrown to you, sincerely hoping to save you…but they are all anchored somewhere on the ground in the USA or in Rome, Italy.

For some, this is not a nightmare…but a spiritual reality! We were once in this nightmare….I remember well!

Finally someone in the church that Jesus built, sees your predicament and throws you a rope. But you have had so many false hopes dashed that you are afraid to take hold of it and glide to safety. Seeing no other choice though, except to tumble…you learn finally, that you need to take the rope. It feels secure…because it is…It is anchored in heaven where its Headquarters and its King is located.

You keep holding to the rope (learning and obeying the gospel of Christ, and living a faithful life unto death)  and everything will be ok.

Many people think the church of Christ is just another denomination founded by mankind.  But many people are wrong.  It is founded by Jesus Christ and He keeps adding the ones to it who obey Him. 

“…Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18.

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.  Ephesians 1: 22-23.

Ephesians 4: 4-6  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

    

AMERICA —

AMERICA

America the Beautiful, or so you used to be;

Land of the Pilgrims’ pride; I’m glad they’ll never see…

Babies piled in dumpsters, abortion on demand;

Oh sweet Land of Liberty…. your house is on the sand!

Our children wander aimlessly, poisoned by cocaine,

Choosing to indulge their lusts, when God has said  “Abstain.”

From sea to shining sea, our nation turns away

From the teaching of God’s love and a need to always pray.

We’ve kept God in our temples, ow callous we have grown…

When earth is but His footstool and heaven is His throne.

We’ve voted in a government that’s rotting at the core,

Appointing Godless judges who throw reason out the door.

Too soft to place a killer in a well-deserved tomb,

But brave enough to kill a baby, before he leaves the womb!

You think that God’s not angry, that our land’s a moral slum?

How much longer will He wait…before His judgment comes?

-Judge Roy Moore, Alabama

Note:  Judge Roy Moore from Alabama. Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama! What a great man and a great patriot.

SELLING JESUS — September 20, 2011

SELLING JESUS

 

Your Son For $2.00…….

Several years ago, a new preacher moved to Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him $2.00 too much change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, “You’d better give the money back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “Oh, forget it…it’s only two dollars. Who would worry about this little amount. Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from God’ and keep quiet.”

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the money to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.”

The driver with a smile replied, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town? I have been thinking lately about going to worship somewhere. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday”

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, “Oh Dear Father…I almost sold Your Son for two dollars!”

What would we sell him for? And who are we influencing?  Our children are the ones we influence the most.  We probably would not sell Him out for a measly two dollars, but a lot of us have our price…a few hundred dollars maybe, a quiet evening at home when the saints are meeting,  an extra hour of sleep, a few bales of hay, important company, a meeting to promote our job, a sports event (spectator or player)…or ????. The list could go on and on………………

THERE’S SOMETHING IN OUR WAY UP THERE! — September 19, 2011

THERE’S SOMETHING IN OUR WAY UP THERE!

Written October 26, 2010

Bobby and I went to Coalgate to their meeting last night. I am so glad we went on this particular night. Richard Jones is such a good speaker and he brings some good thought-provoking lessons. Some things were brought to my attention that explains a lot that has happened in our lives.

“Jesus has walked this trail ahead of us and He knows the pitfalls and we can follow Him with the confidence that He will get us through it safely.” -Richard Jones. It is only by His grace that our life goes as smoothly as it does…because He has seen the pitfalls and can guide us around them! Just one tiny example of what I mean:

While coming back from visiting my dad, we got so terribly sleepy and still had over 2 hours to go. It was almost time for evening worship by the time we got to Anadarko, OK and I wondered how we were going to spend an hour in there and probably 30 min or so visiting with the brethren and still drive home without going to sleep and running off the road. We also had our ‘precious cargo’ in the back seat! It was so very tempting to not stop, but we just couldn’t do that…and to think the kind of example for our children that would have been.

It was amazing that when we got back in the car to finish the trip home…we were not even a bit sleepy! And…we didn’t get sleepy all the way home. If we had decided to not follow Jesus in His trail, I’m convinced things would not have turned out so good. This is just one little example and there are   many. 

Another thought: There’s always going to be something in our way. Some things that get in our way may be more tempting…some may be less tempting, but the mountains will be there.   It’s Satan’s way of getting us back on his side. Jesus knows that but there are times when we think we are following in Jesus footsteps…but we are not at all. We are just fooling ourselves…like we could have done that night by rationalizing our situation.

Yes, there’s something in our way up there, there always will be…but if we follow the trail that Jesus blazed for us,though hard it may seem at the time, we will be all right, but otherwise not so much! Edna L. Ingram

 

THE LOVE FOR BASEBALL…AND JESUS —

THE LOVE FOR BASEBALL…AND JESUS

Some say that they love baseball

And the evidence is plain;

Because when it comes to baseball

They never miss a game!

 No matter what the weather

Heat, cold, rain or shine;

You can bet they’re going to be there

And you can bet they’ll be on time!

 In fact…they’ll be there early,

They wouldn’t miss a single play,

And they’ll stay till the game is over,

If it takes all night and day.

Yes, some say that they love baseball

And you can see without a doubt;

That this game of baseball

Is what their life is all about.

 Some say that they love Jesus,

But the evidence is not so clear;

Because when His saints assemble

You never know if they’ll be there.

They’ll be there when it’s convenient,

When they have no where else to be;

When the weather’s fine and the fish aren’t biting

And there’s nothing on TV.

 Rarely do they get there

Before the assembly has begun;

If there’s somewhere else they want to be,

They’ll leave before it’s done.

Yes, some say that they love Jesus

But the evidence is plain

Their love for Jesus can’t compare

To the love some have for a game.

-By Wendell Ingram

 

 

BE THANKFUL IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES — September 18, 2011

BE THANKFUL IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

 

Sometimes we find it difficult to remember to be thankful when we are enjoying peace and prosperity, and the many good things we have received from God. But something that is even more difficult, is to be thankful when we face trials and troubles, when we suffer the loss of our health, or of a loved one, or of material possessions.

We all have to face these difficulties from time to time, yet we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

It is truly difficult to be thankful in times of suffering, but we should keep in mind the words of James as he wrote in James 1:2-3: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

As Christians we need to understand that even the trials that we are called to face can become an avenue in which God blesses our lives. I am reminded of a young man whom I met a few years ago. He had been injured in an auto accident and was paralyzed from his waist down. Later, because of his depression, he had taken a gun and shot himself in the temple. His head was badly disfigured, but he survived the suicide attempt.

When I met him he was in a nursing home and had lost his will to live. He would not eat and his weight had dwindled to less than 85 pounds. I began to visit with him every week and we began to study the bible. After several weeks he was baptized into Christ. He took on a renewed interest in life. He began to eat and to gain weight. He looked forward to Sunday when we would pick him up and take him to the morning assembly.

One day when we were talking, I expressed to him my sorrow for his condition and how I wished he were able to walk. He told me that he was glad for his injuries. He said that he had lived a very ungodly life before he was injured and had he not been injured, he would have never been interested in hearing the gospel message and becoming a Christian.

This young man had the faith to look beyond his trials and see the way God had used his trials to bless his life. That is the kind of faith to which we are called. No matter what the circumstances, let us be joyful and give thanks to the Lord.              -Wendell Ingram

DOING WHAT WE WERE PUT ON EARTH TO DO. — September 16, 2011

DOING WHAT WE WERE PUT ON EARTH TO DO.

Everyday in our yard there are lots of activities that go on unnoticed by human eyes. One that almost escaped our attention was a lowly earthworm being picked out of the ground by a mockingbird.

The bird had the worm about half way out of the ground and was still tugging on it when we left.  I know it is natural for the little robins and mockingbirds to eat the worms and to feed them to their baby birds, but it made me feel sorry for the worm.   We didn’t linger long to see what happened, but later I began to think about how the earthworm must be at the bottom of the heap in God’s creations.

But still…. think how important the earthworm is in the ecology of the earth. Its importance is seen in the breakdown or decomposition of matter. If that process didn’t happen continually…nothing would ever go back to the dust…and think of the putrefying odor that would be constant. It would be unbearable I can imagine.

One of its most valuable attributes is in the garden or flower bed. If a little cornmeal or other similar edible material is added to the soil, it will attract earth worms and you will have a great source of aeration and loosening of the earth around the growing things.

This all started me wondering if God sees us like the earth worm. I know He loves us more than that….because He says we are more valuable than the birds of the air, but He is so great, does he see us like we see the earthworms?

We, mankind in general, are so self focused at times that we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think and think we are so self-sufficient and yet at other times, we feel that we can’t accomplish anything worthwhile.

The birds, earthworms and other big and little creatures go about doing the things that God put them here to do. We human beings are the only creatures that can think and reason well enough to decide if we are going to do the things we were put here to do. And many times we reason that we are not going to do it. What a tragedy!

One of the things we reason is in the area of teaching someone the gospel and it seems so hard to even bring it up in a conversation with some of our dearest loved ones and friends whom we know are lost unless they change their ways.

Someone very dear to me once gave the example (by his actions) of how to do this effectively. A dear friend was visiting and the question was simply asked, “Monica”, (not her real name) ‘How is your spiritual life?”

Now that is a question that could be asked of anyone and it is virtually inoffensive, but very thought-provoking. It can help determine if they are interested in discussing it further. Even a strong faithful Christian would hesitate to say: “Just great!”

So it is not a conversation stopper like some of the things we usually say. There are many other things we were put on earth to do that we sometimes decide by our actions that we simply are not going to do.

IF WOMBS HAD WINDOWS, By Tom Wacaster —

IF WOMBS HAD WINDOWS, By Tom Wacaster

 One of our two  precious great grandchildren, born September 4, 2011.

If Wombs Had Windows

I cannot remember the first time I heard the expression, “If wombs had windows, abortions would immediately cease.” Since the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, more than 45,000,000 babies have been aborted. The opponents of abortion have waged an unending battle with those who would undermine the sanctity of life. With increased medical technology comes the very real possibility that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned, and the nightmare of infanticide will end.

Most of us have never taken the time to review the records of Roe vs. Wade, and were it not for a small reference to it in a book I am now reading, I may never have come across this little bit of information relative to this subject. But first, a little background. In 1970, a pregnant woman in Dallas sought an abortion. It was denied under an 1854 Texas law denying abortions except when the mother’s life was at stake. She fought the law, using the pseudonym “Jane Roe.” The Supreme Court heard her case twice.

In 1973, the Court announced its 7-2 vote to strike down the Texas law on the grounds that the 14th Amendment protects a woman’s right to choice in the matter and the 9th Amendment reserves to the people all rights not specifically restricted. The argument for the defense (i.e., the state of Texas) argued that the state of Texas had an interest in protecting the life of an unborn child after a certain point, which was determined to be the first trimester. Sarah Weddington was the counsel of “Jane Roe,” and Jay Floyd and Robert Flowers were lawyers on the staff of the attorney general of Texas.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision on that fateful day in 1973, women in America, with the consent of and advice from their doctors, have been instrumental in murdering millions of unborn children.

Permit me, now, to provide you with a couple of statements from the transcript of the lengthy court session that led to the final decision on the part of the Supreme Court. This little tidbit comes from a book entitled, “Eyewitnesses to America,” edited by David Colbert. On December 13, 1971, Counselor for the defense, Sarah Weddington argued: “We feel that because of the impact on the woman, this certainly, inasfar [sic] as there are any rights which are fundamental, is a matter which is of fundamental and basic concern to the woman involved that she should be allowed to make the choice as to whether to continue or to terminate her pregnancy.” Lawyers for the State of Texas rightly responded: “I think she makes her choice prior to the time she becomes pregnant. That is the time of the choice. Once a child is born, a woman no longer has a choice, and I think pregnancy may terminate that choice. We say there is life from the moment of impregnation.” Justice Thurgood Marshall responded: “And do you have any scientific data to support that?”

Evidently Jay Floyd, lawyer for the State, did not present sufficient or satisfying “scientific data,”and as a consequence, “the rest is history,” as they say. But let us now tell you “the rest of the story.” In late 1972, only three months before the final decision regarding Roe vs. Wade, the following argument took place between the “Court” and Weddington (remember, Sarah Weddington was the Counselor for Jane Roe, the woman seeking the abortion).

Weddington: “The Court has in the past held that it is the right of the parents to determine whether or not they will send their child to private school; whether or not their children will be taught foreign languages; whether or not they will have offspring. So there is a great body of cases, decided by this Court, in the areas of marriage, sex, contraception, procreation, childbearing, and education, which says that there are certain things that are so much a part of the individual concern that they should be left to the determination of the individual. If the state could show that the fetus was a person under the Fourteenth Amendment, or under some other amendment or part of the Constitution, then the state would have compelling interest, which in some instances can outweigh a fundamental right.” Now, dear reader, did you catch that? If the state could show that the fetus was a person, then the state’s interest (in this case, protecting the right of the unborn child) would outweigh the “fundamental right” of the mother!

The response of the Court to Weddington’s remark will become a crucial issue when the Supreme Court convenes this year to hear yet another case regarding abortion. Please consider these words from the Court made more than 36 years ago: Court to Weddington: “If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person, within the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment, you would have an impossible case here, would you not?” To which Sarah Weddington admitted, “I would have a very difficult case.” The Court to Flowers: “And the basic constitutional question, initially, is whether or not an unborn fetus is a person, isn’t it?” Robert Flowers: (lawyer for the State of Texas): “Yes, and entitled to the constitutional protections.” Court: “That’s critical to this case, is it not?” Flowers: “Yes sir, it is. I think that here is exactly what we’re facing in this case: Is the life of this unborn fetus paramount over the woman’s right to determine whether or not she shall bear a child? This Court has been diligent in protecting the rights of the minorities, and, gentlemen, we say that this is a minority, a silent minority, the true silent minority. Who is speaking for these children? Where is the counsel for those unborn children, whose life is being taken? Where is the safeguard of the right to trial by jury? Are we to place this power in the hands of a mother, in a doctor? What would keep a legislator, under this grounds, from deciding who else might or might not be a human being, or might not be a person?”

With the medical technology now available it can be clearly established that from the point of conception there is sentient life in the womb. We can now look into the womb with cameras and sound equipment, and watch that precious infant as he/she breathes, moves, laughs and cries.

Maybe our prayers will be heard by God, and those men now sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land will realize that life does begin at conception. Let us pray that those men will live up to their God-given responsibility, and pass down a decision that is in accord with God’s will. Oh yes, “If wombs had windows!”

By Tom Wacaster    Note:  I so appreciate Tom’s writings on this very timely and urgent topic. Thank  you Tom.

— September 11, 2011

QUALITY PRODUCTS

Some one dear to us was planning on putting corn in the freezer. She had always blanched it and cooled it first. Some of her friends told her to just leave it in the shulks and freeze it that way. It saves time and is just as good, and works for okra too, they told her.

She tried that on a few of them and about 3 weeks later her daughter fixed some of it. It had a bad whang to it and they could not eat it. The canning and freezing books say that the enzymes need to be stopped by boiling water in order to capture the freshness before being frozen. She will probably go back to blanching it, because you can keep it as long as two years or more and it is still good. It’s worth the time and work to have a quality product.

God loaned us very quality products when our little precious babies were born into our families. They are as pure as they can be when they are born. It is worth the time and effort to see that we give them back to Him as quality products. Yes, it takes extra effort…much, much effort. It takes extra effort trying to be… ourselves what God wants us to be, so they have a good example in a mother and daddy.

It takes much extra effort also, to raise a good child up to be faithful. Just raising them up to be morally right is not enough. It takes extra effort to get everyone up early on the Lord’s Day to make sure we are where we are supposed to be and on time. This should begin on Saturday….no staying up late….no doing something that makes us too tired to go…so that we are at our best for God.

It also takes effort to make sure that our children are not in wrong company during their growing up years. Peer pressure is out there and it is very real! It takes a lot of effort to teach them to not give in to peer pressure in their growing up years. It is not easy to resist…even for adults.  Jesus didn’t use a short cut to redeem us and neither can we in training our children. No such shortcuts exist…we either train them for God or we don’t.

We also need to give them lots of affection so that their emotional and mental health is not impaired. Train them to drink deeply of the Water of Life and they will never want to refresh themselves at stagnant waters. God wants a quality product when they come back to Him!

A Whopper Of A Financial Deal —

A Whopper Of A Financial Deal

When our grandchildren were this age, in fact it was in the fall right before this ‘Christmas Cookie’ scene, I made them a financial deal.

We had a big Magnolia tree in our yard and it made lots of the little burrs. There were many on the ground, and I told them if they wanted to pick them up I would pay them a nickel each for everyone they picked up. Oh yes! They were thrilled. I thought it would give them something to do out in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes.

I got them each a huge plastic bag each and they set to work. I watched a few seconds and then went back into the house. In about 5 minutes they came in and said they were through!!!

It took us longer to count them than it did for them to pick them up. Altogether they had picked up 620 burrs. They got every one of them. It came to $31.00 divided among them. The youngest one Daniel, gathered the least and they added up to 196, which was $9.80 for him, which would have been $117.60 an hour. Angela and Tiffany got over 200 each.  It was a lot of fun and made a wonderful memory.

Note: The Magnolia tree didn’t bloom much the first few year we lived there. I’ve heard that a remedy for that is to beat the trunk with a ball bat or broom handle. We never tried that but when our son and his family moved here and the grandchildren started climbing and playing in that tree…it started blooming profusely every year. I guess children playing in a tree is tantamount to beating it. LOL

 

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