Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bathroom Commodes and Baptist Churches

Find out what these two have in common here.

Bobcat and Fawn

The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara , CA last week caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpentaria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.

Extremely alert reader is reporting that Animal Planet is reporting the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzeneggers ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.

They rescued the fawn during last weeks wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice. During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.

White House Reveals Obama Is BiPolar

This video totally cracked me up!

PETA's unethical treatment of women

Advocacy Group Decries PETA's Inhumane Treatment Of Women

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Higher Math

This is an email from my uncle:

The Dept Of Defense briefed the president this morning.
> They told President Obama that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed
> in Iraq .
> To everyone's surprise, all the color drained from Obama's face.
> Then he collapsed onto his desk, head in his hands, visibly
> shaken,
> almost in tears.
> Finally, he composed himself and asked, 'Just how many is a
> brazilian?'
> This is not surprising, since he obviously has no understanding
> of
> billion or trillion either.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1909 - 100 Years ago - Fascinating!

The year is 1909. One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

The average life expectancy was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only
144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all doctors had
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
Entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
Hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had
Graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
( Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least
One full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE
U.S.A. !
I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the world
- all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
In another 100 years YOU won't be here. Where will YOU spend eternity? Every day is a gift. Cherish it.

Ford Commercial

I never knew a car commercial could make me cry!

Buzzard, Bat and Bumblebee

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and
is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its
ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is
that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a
run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit,
it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner
for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable
nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level
place.. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it
can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully,
until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can
throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like
a flash..

The bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler,it will be there
until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the
means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find
some way out through the sides near the bottom.. It will
seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the
bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and
frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look
up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution
to any problem! Just look up.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

Story of two horses

Now this story comes from Jeff. Notice the amazing parallel between this story and the story about the dog named Faith. There are echoes in the universe.

There is a field, with two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will
notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes
of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner
has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a
good home for him.

This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the
sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of
the sound, you will see that it comes from the
smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.
It lets the blind friend know where the other
horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two horses, you'll see
that the horse with the bell is always checking on the
blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for
the bell and then slowly walk to where the other
horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter
of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and
looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't
too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not
throw us away just because we are not perfect or
because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our
lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by
the little ringing bell of those who God places in
our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others
to find their way....

Good friends are like that... you may not always
see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell, and I'll listen for yours.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Dog Named 'Faith'

This story comes from Wang Yang - man who works in the quarantine department of the Chinese government who I met once in Chicago.
This is 'Faith'
This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs - 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which had to be amputated.
He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.
His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.
But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.
She named him 'Faith'.
In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.
Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward. After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him. He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows. There is now a book entitled'With a Little Faith'being published about him.
In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better you just need to look at life from another direction.
I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day. Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life .

Friday, August 21, 2009

And God Said "Let Them Be Cute..."

I went to the Minnesota Zoo today and had a revelation: God made the entire animal kingdom cute. Everything is cute! Even the grizzlies are cute as they straddle a huge log and lazily lie around with nothing special to do, their huge bodies draping over the sides of the log and their limbs dangling, their huge snouts sticking out in front of their faces. And even giant exotic fish are cute.

Of course, there are people who have been deceived by this and gotten too chummy with wild animals and gotten killed in the process. But there has to be a reason God made everything cute.

Maybe it was God's way of putting man in charge of the animal kingdom. It's why we are prone to become the ultimate "parents" of animals.

OK, KD reminds me - there are animals that are not so cute! Snakes are still not cute, no way. But most of the zoo animals were cute, and some are so ugly they're cute too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Shack - Mars Hill Church

I thought I would post my own feelings about this book, because of the comment that was left. I realized I left out telling what I thought about the book.

I got only so far in the book and then I had to decide, "this book is playing with my head," and put it down.

The author is denying the importance of authority in relationships. He says that authority is just people trying to control other people and that the trinity has no authority in it - that the three in one are all equal. This is not entirely true. Though they are equal, God the Father is higher in authority than the son and the holy spirit. The bible says that the son does not know the times or seasons set by the Father's authority.

Also, the book states that there are many ways to God, while the bible clearly says that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

This is a dangerous book because we need to respect the place of authority in our lives. To get the idea that authority is evil would be an evil in itself.

And, to start to believe that God did not make the way to Himself through Jesus, but that there are many paths to knowing God, all just as sufficient, that it is not imperative to come to faith in Jesus, is indeed a dangerous idea.

The Shack - CrosstalkAmerica

Monday, August 17, 2009

Church Of No People Giveaway

Matt at Church Of No People is giving away free stuff on his blog today! Check it out!

I Am Pro-Life

This is a profoundly striking image that I found on someone's blog, who also found it on a Facebook pro-life group's page. It speaks for itself.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Dream I Had Last Night

I was thinking about dogs before I went to bed and about how much I could love a dog because they are so loyal and love people so much and I love animals so much.

So I dreamt about dogs - all kinds of dogs, but since I love cats, the dogs were sort of like cats, only they were dogs. And I was loving these dogs, and thinking about how great it is to love an animal.

And suddenly, I had a baby in my lap and it was my younger brother. When I was about 8 I did hold my younger brother in my lap like this. In my dream he was sick and dying, and I was saying, "no" to him. I was wooing him back to health.

The thing is that my brother is distant from God now. He had a relationship to God in his youth but was disturbed by the idea that God would send anyone to hell, so he left Him.

I was thinking, "how much more we love a person than an animal, because there is so much more to get to know." And I thought how I loved him, and I cried.

Then he revived.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

For KingDavid

Melissa and Jackson Brandts, of Watertown, Minn. took this photo while they were on vacation in Canada.

This is the ultimate KingDavid photo! A squirrel that accidentally shows up in your photo - now there is an example of an "insidious" animal out to have his way!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Sherri!

And here, just for you Sherri: the Beatles!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Constantine 2005

The movie had me up all night because it impacted me so much as a Christian. It makes bold statements and asks bold questions that had my mind reeling for hours.

It's depictment of hell is so real, and it also brings to life other things that are a part of real life though many may not know it - demons that are present with us, even clothed in human flesh, as well as angels of God clothed in human flesh. Satan is real.

The thing that kills me is that it is brilliantly done but by people who don't understand or portray God's grace. What is wrong with this picture? The people who should be showing us the true picture of what hell is like, and the spirit world, and also bringing us up to the God of grace, and doing it brilliantly and creatively is God's people. Ach!

Keanu Reeves plays a man who, no, I'm not going to spoil it. Let's just say that he is trying to buy his way into heaven, and it's like there is hardly a thing he can do to get there. He performs exorcisms, and comes face to face with demons.

The movie doesn't say that his power is God's power, exactly, until you get to one part of the film, then he and a friend invoke the power of the Holy Spirit by using a ritual that is used by the Catholic church that mentions the Holy Spirit.

The symbol of the cross appears here and there, so you know that it is important to the film.

I need to see the movie again, as there is more that I have missed.

The movie powerfully brings you face to face with the question of life after death and the possibility of hell. There is precious little hope of assurance of going to heaven, however.

But it is going to make people think about "what if" about going to hell.

I applaud the filmmakers for powerfully showing the reality of the spirit world!

I have been to something like hell on manic episodes. It's familiar.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Scripture Tree

Find the scripture tree here. Click on a flower to open up a new scripture each time.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

How to stop church gossip

Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business..
Several members did not approve of her extra curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's
only bar one after noon
She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that every one seeing it there

Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny.
He said nothing.

Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house ... walked home . . .and left it there all night.
(You gotta love Frank!)

Healing at Disneyland!

Jesus is still healing today!

Fleetwood Mac - Songbird

Eva Cassidy - Songbird

This is a song I did playing my guitar in the years when I was doing gigs playing and singing. I forgot about this song. It was Fleetwood Mac's.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Accolades to Ben Worley

Ben Worley is responsible for the graphics in this blog - the header! He was formerly Hammerswing75, but his blog is now not open to the general public.

He is so sweet for helping me out with my blog, and so creative!

He recently got married to Mall Diva (Faith) and I wish them all the happiness that God offers!!!!

Hope to Haiti

My friend Scott Bonnell puts out the energy to reach out to people in Haiti and bring them water, and hope! God bless him for this courageous effort!


God just spoke to me about idolatry, that the way we trusted in our President when it was Bush might have been idolatry, and that our idols fail.

Ways I see that Bush failed us:

1. He started a war to liberate Iraq, which was good in some ways, but it prepared the way for the Iraqis to rebuild Babylon, so that makes America directly responsible for the rebuilding of Babylon. Babylon is where the Anti-Christ is supposed to rule from. Great.

2. He started the overspending. His stimulus package was probably not a good thing.

3. He started a surveillance system on the American people that is very invasive of our privacy.

We cannot trust in our president over and above God. If we do it will invite evil. Many well meaning Christians have done this. We have shifted our focus to people in political positions instead of focusing on God.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Casey Carnell - Stand In Awe

This is not the Stand In Awe that Jeremy Riddle does. It was filmed in Romania.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The System Of The Organized Church Is Flawed

The system as it exists for training pastors does not ensure that he is prepared for the office. A man can be catapulted right into the highest position where he has no accountability, and have many character "issues" unresolved, that would have been worked on if there were a system of accountability whereby a person is better trained for that office over a period of time.

A person can be listening to the Holy Spirit and be waiting on God, asking Him to show them if they are ready to be used by Him, and then move out as they are led, and thus allow God to work on their character over a period of time before moving out. But there are those who are all too eager to get into high positions because it validates them, and they lack genuine, authentic closeness to the Father, and the character that is essential to the position that they seek. These people do not listen and they do not wait, and the system of the church that exists is all too willing to promote them anyway.

This is a sad truth that I saw played out with my own father, who now in his late life is left with seemingly no relationship to God at a time in his life when it would seem most desperately needed. He lacks what he needs even for himself, yet he "shepherded" a whole flock. It is so pathetic.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hearing God's Voice

This has been a recurring theme ever since I went to a seminar on hearing God's voice a couple winters ago.

We must hear God's voice or we are lost.

How will we know the way to the job where we belong, the church we belong to, the people we belong to, the things we should be doing, as opposed to the things which are frivolous?

Jesus said, "my sheep hear my voice." This is what distinguishes us as his sheep - that we hear him, and then follow him.