Things Found No Where in Any Bible

Religions evolve. Seems they don’t believe the Bible is up to date. As if when the Bible was written God did not know the future. As if things that happen today are a surprise to God.

No where in ANY Bible does it tell us to pray to Mary the Mother of Jesus. Not even a hint.

Nor is there anywhere in ANY Bible where it tells us to pray to dead people.

No where is any Bible does it speak of Purgatory or Limbo. These Doctrines were not introduced into the Catholic religion until about 600 years ago, well after Christ went back to Heaven.

No where in the Bible does it tell us the church is our Salvation. The Bible clearly teaches Jesus and Jesus ONLY is the Saviour.

Burning candles, penance and the like is found no where in any Bible.

No where in any Bible does it teach that a priest today is a mediator or go between us and God.

The story goes on and on. The next time you hear a catholic say their religion is built on the Bible or that as a catholic they believe the Bible, it is ABSOLUTELY false. More later as I recall…….

Sick but Recovering

OWE MORE THAN I CAN PAY

It all started about a week and a half earlier. COPD and heart problems my health often plunges quickly. On a Thursday evening symptoms began. No question in my mind trouble was coming. Why? I have a history. Rather than doing anything about it, I chose to wait it out and hope. Just one of my less intelligent moves.

Could not attend church Sunday. Let my brother know I was sick and on Monday he got an appointment for noon at my doctor. Doctor called and ambulance which took me to Butterworth hospital. They decided to admit me but was short on rooms. They called an ambulance and sent me to Blodget hospital.

In thinking back I was completely disoriented. At 3:00pm in the afternoon I was upset because I was sure it was 3:00am.

Later that evening a male nurse came in and pulled up a chair. Told me that he needed to have a conversation with me and it would take about 15 minutes. Began by asking me if my heart stopped do I want resuscitated. I told him absolutely not. After all  I’m going on 74 years of age and DO NOT want to be a burden. He then asked was religion I was. Told him Christian and he asked if I wished to have any religious rights performed. I said no.

The good thing about it, I did not say what I was really thinking. For keeping my mouth shut once I was very proud of myself. Often I get in trouble with my big mouth. I wanted to say, “Yea, tell the Pope to kiss my backside and if he sticks his toe out for me to kiss it like he does to so many, we’ll have the first toe-less Pope in the history of the catholic church.” But I kept my big mouth shut.

I owe my brother much and owe more than I can pay. If he would not have taken me to the doctor I am not sure if I would have even had the wherewithal to call an EMS rescue.

Then my younger son came upon my release from the hospital and drove me across State to stay with my daughter. My daughter is like none other.

It was Christmas weekend. My daughter is taking care of me. Her Mother came for a couple of days and fell down a couple of steps and had to be helped, after spraining her ankle, to move from place to place. My daughters husband had his parents over. My younger son and family was there. All five grandkids home plus my daughters husband and dog. In watching my daughter she was pure grace with a smile. Fixed some of the best meals I have ever had. If my daughter thought I had a want she responded. I’m thinking about calling Donald Trump and tell him if he wants the best chief of staff in America he should hire my daughter. One thing for sure, I owe her more than I can pay.

In being honest with myself that has often been the story of my life. Owing more that I can pay.

I can’t carry a tune. However when no one is around I sing. The last few days I have sung the song, out loud, “How Great thou Art.” When I get to the 3rd verse I mostly can’t sing it. Not because of my poor singing ability but because of the words:

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

Why God would extend His mercy to me and forgive me, I have no idea. Truly I can scarce take it in.

Owe more than I can pay is me. More later as I recall…….

Likes and Dislikes About Trump

Seems to me we should paint a correct picture. Voting for Trump should NOT be a like in everything he does no matter what. Say what’s good, say what’s not good.

From a Bible stand point is all I speak here.

First, I love the stand Trump has taken in support of Israel. If for no other reason God will bless him. In his earlier debates before the election Trump made some statements that simply were in error and anti-Israel. He said in order to have peace Israel would have to sacrifice. Indicating that Trump like so many before him was wanting a two State solution. Now here is the problem. The Palestinians have been offered a two State solution several times but each time turned it down. Israel even gave up some major land portions in hopes for peace. What was the Arab Palestinians reaction? They announced the only peaceful solution was to drive the Jewish people and Israel into the sea and completely destroy. Thus they fired thousands of rockets into Israel and hired suicide bombers to kill innocent people including children.

Recently Obama and Kerry stabbed Israel in the back by taking to the United Nations the proposal to condemn Israel for building houses in East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem? Yes, the same streets Jesus walked. Plus God gave the entire land of Israel, unconditionally to the Jewish people over 3000 years ago. Hundreds of years before Islam was invented.

God bless Trump, he has seen the light and is now 100% on the side of Israel. So I say bravo Donald Trump, I love it.

What don’t I like about Trump? Most of his life he has been immoral. His 3rd wife recently said in an interview that she was proud she posed nude because she is proud of her body. Many of you Christians make excuses to justify. Lesser of two evils. Better than Clinton. God has used immoral people in the past. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You have no idea how to call a spade a spade. We now have our young women looking up to a first lady, as their example, and surely our young women must now think it OK to pose nude and display their body for men to lust after.

You may think it OK but God does not. You are nothing but hypocrites.

Let’s call the good and the bad. Let’s cling to what is right and shun wrong. Let’s not follow any man blindly. Let’s just believe the book. Let’s just stay on the side of God. More later as I recall…….

 

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Careful America…………..Careful World…….Be Very Careful

Is Israel on your heart? Or do you never think about it? If you are a Bible believer you should realize the importance of Israel to God. Need a blessing? Read Genesis chapter 12 below and then begin to pray and talk about Israel. Broadcast to your friends Gods love for Israel. If you do so, since God always keeps his promises, God will reciprocate and send you blessings. Should we not have in our heart what is in Gods heart? Look what God says in Psalm 122:6………..
¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.  Psalm 122:6

¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis chapter 12:1-3

¶ And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:9
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. Joel 3:16-17

God loves Israel. As a Christian Israel should be MAJOR in our hearts and mind. Christianity is more than me, me, me. More later as I recall…….

I Love Christmas

I thought Santa was real but can’t remember being disappointed when I found out he was not. I read comic books about Donald Duck, superman and watched Roy Rogers movies. I knew they were not real but enjoyed them. Imaginations in children can be beneficial in my opinion. I love Christmas. Love giving gifts and the happy moods. I love hearing the story of the birth of my Saviour. I am well aware that many are against the celebration of Christians and I could care less as they are NOT going to ruin it for me.

 

The following by Scott A Thomas:

Here’s my soapbox post for the month. Christian parents have the right to decide whether they want to play the game and have fun with their children by telling them there is a Santa Claus.

Some folks are having a hard time discerning the difference between telling fiction for entertainment and enjoyment reasons and telling a lie. There is a difference.

If you cannot see that telling kids that there is a Santa Claus is a fictional story in order to bring joy and entertainment to their childhood, then don’t ever read another fictional book or story to your children because you would be telling them a lie. Don’t ever let them watch a fictional movie because you would be letting them believe a lie. That is ridiculous logic in my opinion. However if you still see it as a lie, then that is your right, but do not force your opinion on my family who sees it as a fictional story to entertain and bring joy for a season to our kids.

My parents let me believe in Santa 🎅🏻. It was a game. It was fun. I found out the truth by catching them putting Santa gifts under the tree. Did I call them liars? No. Did I feel like they were trying to deceive me in Biblical matters or about Jesus? No. When the fiction was revealed they explained to me that it was a fictional story and character to enjoy as a game and to have fun with. WE ALL LAUGHED ABOUT IT.

It did not scar me for life or caused me to question whether Jesus was real or not. I got saved when I was 8, before I found out about Santa being a fictional story that we had fun with. I didn’t question Jesus because I FELT Him in my heart through salvation and knew He LIVED in my soul. I’m now still serving the Lord as a pastor and saved by grace! I’ve been preaching the non-fictional Word of God for over 30 years. It’s called having common sense people of knowing the difference between a fictional story and game and a lie.

My dad did tell me the truth. He told me it was a fictional story and character that allows you to have fun and excitement as a kid. No one has ever grown up believing there was a Santa Claus or believing they had been lied to if they had any sense at all. That’s just how he said it.

This post has not been posted for arguments, debates, or bashing. I’m simply sharing my opinion, and I don’t want to necessarily read your opinion.

A Sweet Lady Wrote

A sweet lady wrote:

“Sometimes I just want to get in my jeep and never come back.” Another responded, “but unless you can forget everything they will follow you. ”

I guess none of us have gone through life without pain. Some worse than others but I must agree, life is sometimes just plain painful. However there many things I don’t want to forget. Never do I want to forget the night I came to Christ and decided I would believe everything in the Bible. Never do I want to forget my love for my children. Not often but there have been times when I have helped others in distress and I sure love to remember those times. There have been times when I have just had it with life and its often ugliness and then someone comes along to my rescue and demonstrates their love for me in so many ways.

In being truthful I really don’t want to forget the times I blew it. Why? Seems like I have a thick skull and those times, though painful, have at least given me pause to not repeat.

Then I look at my present life and realize how very blessed I am. I have a warm house, food on my table, a good church to attend, children that bring a smile to my face, good medical care, transportation and yes, I even thank the good Lord for Sam my dog who sleeps with me every night. Blessed beyond measure, I am.

Sure, I would like to have more money, be able to travel when I wish. I even wish I had a loving wife I could dote over but I have what the Lord wants me to have by the Grace of God.

I have a Bible to study, I have an opportunity to spend much time in prayer to the very God who created me. I live in a free country, I live in a small community and when I take my evening drive, it is the most beautiful scenery I have ever looked at. Trees, old barns, wild life, planted fields, kids playing, lake after lake, four seasons, and best of all I have friends. When I am sick there is folk nearby and far that help. I even have people who pray for me.

Retired with an adequate pension, and I still have goals and dreams. None of this do I deserve but Gods great love and mercy have surely blessed this old sinner. Often throughout the day I tell the Lord I love Him but never can I do such without admitting that I do not love Him as much as I should and asking Him to help me love Him more.

Some have said they wished they never would have been born. Not me, I’m at least not that selfish. Yes, I live pay check to pay check simply because I did not prepare properly for retirement. Even the money I do receive I often handle it poorly by either spending foolishly or giving it away.

Going on 74 years of age I sometimes wonder how many days on this earth I have left. I don’t have the foggiest idea but I do no it is not many compared to the many days and years behind. I guess this is the best part because some day or night soon I will see Him face to face. You see when I came to Christ I now have the promise my sins are forgiven and I have been washed whiter than snow. Yes, all because of Calvary.

It sure is a wonderful life. Those words sound like they would be a good title to a movie. More later as I recall…….

My Favorite All Time Song

Little is known of Mary J. Cartwright who wrote the lyrics of this old gospel number in 1889. She wrote at least 15 hymns, but this is the only one that has survived. The music was written by Daniel Brink Towner who composed the music to over 75 hymns.

 

The Old Ship of Zion
(Ship Ahoy!)

I was drifting away on life’s pitiless sea,
And the angry waves threatened my ruin to be,
When away at my side, there I dimly descried,
A stately old vessel, and loudly I cried:
“Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!”
And loudly I cried: “Ship ahoy!”

’Twas the “old ship of Zion,” thus sailing along,
All aboard her seemed joyous, I heard their sweet song;
And the Captain’s kind ear, ever ready to hear,
Caught my wail of distress, as I cried out in fear:
“Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!”
As I cried out in fear: “Ship ahoy!”

The good Captain commanded a boat to be low’red,
And with tender compassion He took me on board;
And I’m happy today, all my sins washed away
In the blood of my Savior, and now I can say:
“Bless the Lord! Bless the Lord!”
From my soul I can say: “Bless the Lord!”

O soul, sinking down ’neath sin’s merciless wave,
The strong arm of our Captain is mighty to save;
Then trust Him today, no longer delay,
Board the old ship of Zion, and shout on your way:
“Jesus saves! Jesus saves!”
Shout and sing on your way: “Jesus saves!”

Is Gambling Stupid and Sinful? Or is it Freedom We Should Cherish?

Yes, there is a thrill in gambling, that is when you win. I am very ashamed that I have gambled in casinos all over America and even Mexico and Canada. Some would say I got real good at it but they are wrong. Better than most? You be the judge, but as you will soon learn there is NO WAY to come out ahead in the long run.

Yep, I have not only read but studied many of the books. I can count cards playing black jack, though not good at it, memorized all 284 moves in basic black jack.  Can stand up with the best in Texas Hold-em. Can equal Jimmy the Greek in craps. Have gambled with many celebrities such as Jimmy Johnson the football announcer, Don Zimmerman the hall of fame baseball guy,  Quarter back Daunte Culpepper,  Mick Jagger and many more. Even at one time was a bookie that took sports bets.

Sound charming? I hope not because gambling is a disaster.  It robs poor people as well as the well to do.  The only ones who win at gambling are the owners. For the most part, no owners of casinos ever gamble. There casinos is NOT a gamble but a sure thing. The odds are always against and in the long run it is impossible for patrons to win.

Two days ago I was talking to my barber. He is in his eighties and though I never mentioned gambling, he proceeded to tell me how good he did at a casino. He only went twice but won both times. Did I believe him? Of course. If he would have told me he was a regular patron I would have then know he was a liar. Anyone can win once in a while.

I was told once they if I would improve my card counting skills I could make much money. That is an out right lie. Yes, a card counter can beat the casino but there is one small problem. Detecting card counting is super easy. As soon as you are caught you are kicked out and all your personal information sent to casinos all over America.

Here is the thing. If one person could actually beat the casino on a regular basis the casino would be out of business. Sometimes people team up. They are immediately caught and removed. Has it ever happened to me? Once a pit boss suspected I was teaming up and I was asked to leave. Did I leave? Yep, much better than broken fingers.

Why did I quit? I would like to say because I am bright and a good guy but neither is the case.

I had a habit of taking $10,000 dollars to the casino on every trip. Once or twice I came back a slight winner. The casino loves it when you win because they then know you will come back.

Before I tell you why I quit, I will tell you things they use to lure you. If you are a regular gambler that bets much they will offer you free trips, which includes air fare, fancy hotel and wonderful food, plus a few other unmentionable things.

Gambling can be very addictive. It cm dominate your life. In looking back I can honestly say that gambling played a huge part in the ruin of my life.

After retiring about 7 years ago, I decided that my only answer was Christ. Though a poor Christian, I happen to know that the ONLY thing worthwhile in this life is to be pointed in the right direction. I had the gambling habit so bad, I do not permit myself to watch poker on TV.

When I keep my eyes on the Saviour, for the first time in a very long time, I have peace and joy. I have something to live for. I have something that brings me actual happiness.

The truth is, I hate cards of any type. Gambling for fun or actual money turns me off. Sometimes I might joke about it but I am joking about my own stupidity and sinful nature.

We never hear political candidates speak against gambling. I wonder why not? Do they really not know how the casinos and bookies destroy families? Among many things that point to the decline in America are casinos.  Never should it be legalized. You disagree? We should have freedom to do what we want in all things? Don’t be silly, no one actually believes such non sense. No one believes we should have a right to murder at will or rob who ever we want. If you say gambling is not as bad as robbery you are simply ignorant.

Gambling is morally wrong and sinful.

I could and perhaps should write much more on the subject but writing more will convince no one if they choose not to listen.  More later as I recall…….

I’m In Trouble

Many seem to live such a smooth life. As I look back, trouble seems to have followed me at every turn of the wheel.

Ran away from school in the first grade. Caught a few blocks from my escape and drug back. Cut from football team lost fights in golden gloves bouts. Teachers in high school unanimously agreed I would never get anywhere in life. Flunked out of college. Later in life, one heart attack, 9 heart vein stents, bad lungs and a host of health problems. Living alone my dog Sam is my best friend.

¶ Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. Psalm 31:9

Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Job 5:7

¶ Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
Job 14:1

David and Job had lives full of trouble. Trouble follows birth. One trouble solved another waits at the door. Am I discouraged? Am I down cast? Not even slightly. Why? The song writer said it best:

This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
Oh lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home then lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

I have a loving mother just over in gloryland
And I don’t expect to stop until I shake her hand
She’s waiting now for me in heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
Oh lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home Then lord what will I do

The angels beckon me From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home In this world anymore

OR:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

I’m not much but I have Him. Not much longer and I shall pass this life with a shout, saying glory to His name. More later as I recall…….Wait, hold on. Must add something:

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. Psalm 37

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalm 50:15

Gods word works. It sure does. Now I can say, more later as I recall…….