Most Beautiful Lady I Have Ever Known

On this Mothers day I celebrate my Mother. So many wonderful memories I often drift them back in my mind. She was my fishing buddy. We jump fished together. Yes, jump fished. We would get in my car, drive the country side and looked for fishing waters. We would jump out of the car, walk to the water and fish until we were told to leave.

I remember one time when she was on the opposite side of the pond and she caught a really big bass. Oh, Jimmy she said, I caught a hog. She was a good artist and once she saw an old piece of barn siding down a steep hill. Later she painted the most beautiful picture of the scene etched in her mind. I few years later as I drove from Alabama to spend Christmas with her and Dad, she had a package wrapped that I eagerly opened. Inside was the picture and I wept like a big baby.

Many times during my life I had made bad choices and paid a heavy price each time. Mom stuck by me no matter what.

From about the age of 30 I moved away from home. There were few days that we did not talk on the phone. I really don’t remember the details of our conversations but I remember vividly her voice when she would say, “Hello Jim.” I sure would like to hear that one more time.

Mom was one of the hardest workers I have ever known. She was scrappy and seldom held her tongue. I guess I inherited that from her and have got into much trouble because of it.

One thing I can always remember is that she loved my Dad passionately. Mom said Dad could be described with two words, “A Gentleman.” In all my years of knowing my Dad I don’t think he ever raised his voice. Dad also adored my Mother.

Dad was a big man, most of his life he drank too much and he claimed it was because of his Irish heritage. When Dad died on Saint Patrick’s’ day in 1990, Mom was devastated. The first night at the funeral home, as we all were leaving, I took Moms arm as we walked up to the casket. Never knowing what Mom would say she uttered the words, “You old fool you.” That was her way of telling him that she loved him.

Mom also drank much and one scene still sticks in my mind. My younger brother Steve was in the army and spent one year in Vietnam. On one occasion just after my brother left and we all drove back home, we sat in the back yard to console one another. My younger sister Deb was having a hard time with it and blurted out to Mom, “Oh, just have a drink and forget about it.”

Both Dad and Mom did not become Christians until a year or two before their death. My younger brother led both of them to the Lord. I can’t type the rest of this without tears.

I was living in a suburb of Detroit. Mom had been diagnosed with cancer. I could be wrong but I don’t think I ever missed a weekend driving to where she lived to visit. We would sit at the kitchen table, drink stale coffee  and talk to each other. Mom got up from the table, walked to the back of where she lived and for a reason I can’t remember, I followed her. Suddenly she stopped, turned around and said, “Oh, Jimmy, I never knew it was so easy.” After we got back to the kitchen table I asked her what was so easy. To know Jesus, she said.

Not long after that I was visiting and as my practice was I drove back home on a Sunday evening. The next day, I think it was my brother who called me and said I had better come as he did not think Mom had much longer. I was busy with my business but did not argue and quickly drove the two-hour trip. Mom was put in the hospital and I think all seven of us siblings were in the hospital room. I was the last to arrive. I walked over where Mom was laying and put my head on her breasts. Though I desperately not wanting to but I wept uncontrollably. Mom woke up for a short moment and say, Hi Jim. Please don’t worry, I am going to see Poppy now.

So blessed to have a wonderful Mother. Mom went to see Dad and I can’t wait to see her again as I’m sure the first words out of her mouth will be, “Hello Jim.” More later as I recall…….

 

Bring Us Jobs, Better Health Care, Low Taxes and Prosperity

No one wants to be poor. It is well said that we vote with our pocket books. We want child care for our children while working. A nice house to live in and hopefully a good looking reliable car. Great vacations are in order and top notch education is a must. The latest fashion clothes are a must. From baggy to tough apparel to sexy and alluring is our cup of tea. Whatever makes others pay attention to us.

We want everyone to like us and are proud when we think we have matured with the attitude I don’t care if people like me or not. We love cliques and clubs. Social gatherings are high on our list. If found no where else our I Pad will do.

We count our children successful if they live in the upper class.

Have you ever wondered what God thinks about all this? Listen to what Jesus says in Revelation chapter 3 verse 17:

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

Do you know why most of us never read our Bible? Because it says so many things we do not like. My guess is, no one would admit that they fall in the category of not loving God with their whole heart, mind and soul yet most of us instead of concentrating our life on Gods word and what it says, concentrate and dedicate their life to have their increase in goods and all the perks of life.

In the above verse Jesus is talking to the church and why most folk are lukewarm concerning their love for Him.

I hang my head when folk write me when talking about politics and make such statements as:

We are not electing a Pastor.

David was also immoral and God used him greatly.

We just want a leader to bring us jobs and prosperity and keep us safe.

Most of us do not even care if our elected leaders lie or are crooked. Sad to say but we expect it. Just bring us jobs and prosperity.

Make America first, keep others out. Me, Me, Me, Me is the order of the day. Give us better health care, lower our taxes, make it all about us. Forget sacrificing for others. Make us first. After all our needs and wants are satisfied, if we have anything left we will then give some to others from the things we don’t need.  More later as I recall…….

 

Gods Simple Plan of Salvation

It is not a guessing game. it is not maybe if you meet all the requirements of living right. It is not wait until you die to see if you make it. God did NOT leave us up in the air with no way to actually tell. Breaking it down it boils down to this:

  1. God instead of making us robots gave us a free will.
  2. We all have used our free will of choice to rebel and sin against Almighty God.
  3. God created us and loves us so much He made a way for each one of us even though we are sinners to be reconciled to Him.
  4. God performed the ultimate gift of love by sending His only begotten Son to pay for our sins on Calvary. Jesus Died, Shed all His blood and Rose again the third day. Jesus gave His life that we might have life.
  5.  To gain this life we must admit we are sinners in that we fall way short of being and living as God intended.
  6. When we admit we are wretched sinners and turn to Jesus the Christ and Him only we are Saved for all eternity from the fires of Hell. We are then and only then reunited with God. It is called being Born Again because the first birth is a reject. It is called being Saved because we are Saved from Hell and its torments.

Jesus said:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.   John chapter 3

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me  John 14:6

John the Apostle wrote:

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1 John 5:12

There is no other way:

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts chapter 4

Is He your Saviour? Have you turned to Him and to Him only? He is a wonderful Saviour, I recommend Him highly. Do it now. It is only between you and God. More later as I recall…….

My Sin, Your Sin Effects Others

Sin never is fair. Sin hurts others not just the one who has sinned. Never could we understand the Holiness of God unless we know the seriousness of sin. Sin spreads its wrath just like a spider spins its web. Sin has cursed an otherwise perfect world. From the crops of the earth to the storms in the sky sin has taken its toll.

Sin brings out Gods love but also invites Gods anger and judgment.

Sin, the friend of Satan the curse of mankind.  Someone says to themselves, “I’m only going to sin a little.” But it has rightly been said that sin will take you farther than you want to go.

The first sin of Adam and Eve cursed the entire human race. Sin always effects others. Pride is the root of sin. Sin is the result of pride. Sin is a disease that spreads more surely than the common cold. Sin tells others that sin is OK.

Satan cheers when we sin, God weeps. Jesus wept over Jerusalem for rejecting Him.

Sin is the reason we have hospitals, lock smiths, a military and police force. Sin is the reason for pesticides, drivers license, hunting and fishing regulations, and all sickness.

Sin that from the beginning is neither necessary, natural nor normal. Sin is self afflicted just as surely as if we pointed a gun to our head.

Every once in awhile I hear some well intentioned person say or wonder why sin effects others. My suggestion is to study the Holiness of God. Only then can we begin to understand why sin is so serious, why sin should be avoided at all cost, why others suffer in its wake.

If there was no sin there would be no Hell. Our attitude and hate of sin is a test of our love for God.

Sin tears families apart. Sin is the cause of riots and civil disobedience. Sin is why we elect ungodly people to lead us. Sin mixed with good ruins the good. More later as I recall…….

So Many Different Interpretations of the Bible

Folk see things different and it depends on so many things. It gets very confusing but listen to what the Bible says about this confusion:

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33

From this we can deduct where confusion comes from. Satan does his best to confuse and sin plays a big role.

The Bible is a spiritual book and many are simply blind as to what the Bible actually says. Unless a person is born again spiritual things are simply not understood. This is what the Bible says concerning such things:

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  11 Corinthians chapter 4:3-4

Before you were born into this world you understood nothing. After you were born it took time and teaching. It is no different spiritually. Unless you have repented and come to Jesus and to Him only, spiritual things are often very confusing. You probably read the Bible little, if at all, because it does not resonate with you.

Those who read much of what I write know that I am often encouraging folk to read and meditate on the Bible. If you are not born again you probably have little interest. It simply does not mean that much to you even though it is Gods message from Him to us. More later as I recall…….

Old Rugged Cross Museum

An afternoon spent at the museum of the author of “The Old Rugged Cross.”

A grand trip it was. The museum was more than expected and afterward drove to the cemetery to visit the grave of George Bennards second wife Hannah.  Close by on the road is a pull off with a tall wooden cross erected that marks the nearby site of George Bennards home in Reed City Michigan.

The museum is broken down into 3 large rooms. The first room where I spent most of my time contains many of Bernnards personal effects. Three Bibles that he used, two are under lock and key but one you can leaf through but has little writing inside the covers. The piano he used, shaving razors, pocket watches and many things he personally used.

The other two rooms are certainly interesting. Mostly of things from the 1800’s and it gives a sense of how folk lived back then.

So walls are covered with artifacts. There is a framed piece of paper in which he hand wrote the “Old Rugged Cross.” Many of his personal notes throughout as well as his dinning table and couch.

Few folk were there so I got a personal tour by a man familiar with the museum and who actually sung at Bennards funeral.

The entire trip and experience was enough to make me want to learn more about him and especially his ministry. An afternoon well spent for sure. More later as I recall…….

The Super Natural Book

Find below 12 statements concerning the Bible being a supernatural book. In all 12 statements an entire book could be written or have been written to demonstrate each point. Not sure how much the 12 books would weigh but they would be heavy.

1. No proven errors of any kind found in the Bible
2. Penned by at least 40 people of whom most knew not each other, most with different back grounds yet the Bible is completely harmonious and in sync from beginning to end.
3. Not one single proven contradiction.
4. Prophecy fulfilled to the smallest detail.
5. Has withstood the test of time.
6. Countless times have the Bible been burned, banned with a huge attempt to eradicate  yet the Bible lives on.
7. Thousands throughout the centuries have attested to the Bible changing their lives.
8. Hundreds of medical and scientific does the Bible contain yet only relatively recently verified by scientists.
9. The most printed and published book in the history of the world.
10. Completely accurate in every aspect of history.
11. The only book that lists moral principles as they should be.
12. The only book that originated the tenet that the Saviour paid mans penalty of sin.

As a person reads and studies the Bible they soon learn that it is a bottomless well of learning. No one in a lifetime will learn everything God has to say in His book and it is refreshing each and every day. More later as I recall…….

Christianity Such a Bloody Belief

Christianity is a bloody belief.

Way back in the book of Genesis we learn that blood sacrifices pleased God. But why? Why did God accept the offering of Cain but not Able?

3 ¶ And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Genesis chapter 4

Why at Passover time  did God direct a lamb to be killed and the blood sacrificed be sprinkled of each door? God said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” Other wise the first born would in every family would the death angel kill.

Why is the blood sacrifices found throughout the Bible so important to God?

First let’s take a look at blood. We learn from scientist that blood does many things in our bodies. It cleanses, carries oxygen throughout our bodies and nutrients to feed our body.

Back in the book of Leviticus the Bible says:

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11

Notice it say the life of the flesh. Now listen to something Jesus said as He was preparing to go to the cross and shed His blood:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

After Jesus died on the cross we read this:

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John chapter 19

We learn from the medical profession when both blood and water flows it is a sign that all the blood has been expended. You see Jesus spilled ALL His blood as an atonement for our sins. Not ordinary blood but the blood of the only begotten son of God.

Truly the greatest act of love was the sacrifice God made on Calvary.

Have you yet put your trust in Him and Him only as your only hope? He is a wonderful Saviour. He is the only Saviour. I bid you to do so today. Do so while you still have the opportunity. Never will you regret it. For all eternity you will be glad you did it.

I love the song “Nothing but the Blood:

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow,
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

[Chorus]

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

[Chorus]

Glory! Glory! This I sing
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Not Marry, not the church, not in your efforts to be good but in Him, the Saviour. The one who willingly gave His life for our life. Jesus said:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Oh what a wonderful Saviour. More later as I recall…….

 

What the Bible Says Concerning U.S.A. in History

Whenever I write an article two things come to mind. It must be short if it is going to be read. Otherwise few will read and it simply would be a waste of time. The other thing is I know I am not some great writer with wonderful talent and if I did make it lengthy I would probably get more folk confused and it would not do justice to Gods word.

The U.S.A. is not mentioned by name nor has anyone proven to me that it even can be found directly in the Bible. Theories yes, actual proof no. Sure I have my ideas but since I am not sure, I will leave them to myself.

If you read much of what I write, Israel is the key to prophecy. For that reason I read the Jerusalem post, a few other middle east publications and of course anything that has to do with that part of the world in world news.

We do know as this age winds down it will boil down to every nation in the world will be against and go against Israel. This of course includes the U.S.A. I do believe that when all this unfolds and it begins to happen that the United States will still be a nation and not have been destroyed. I believe this because I believe the time is very short and though we are no longer a godly nation our nation still holds together and is very powerful.

As we look at our people and government it can be said that the U.S.A. is a strong supporter of Israel. However, it also can be said that in many ways we have gone against Israel. The Bible clearly says that every inch of the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and to no other. In fact Israel has still not claimed all the land God once given to them. Of course it will happen in Gods time table.

One thing we must caution ourselves from believing and that is because our leaders say they are a strong supporter of Israel it does not make it so or does not mean it it will remain so.  Starting way back with President Bush we have attempted to push Israel into giving up more land for the pretense of peace. Just a couple of days ago the United Nations declared Israel to be occupiers rather than owners of Jerusalem. The United States voted against the resolution but President Trump has clearly said that he has no opinion on the subject but instead just wants everyone to be happy with the outcome. I take it by what President Trump has said that he will back whatever the majority of the world comes up with.

One of the clear teachings in the Bible is that often when anyone says something they can not always be trusted. Just saying our President or anyone is a supporter of Israel does not make it so. The book of James is a prime example of this principal. Just because a man says he has faith does not mean that he actually does or that his faith in genuine.

One thing we know, Satan is deceptive and a liar. In the end, the man of sin will be revealed and this man, called the antichrist will lead the world. Not now, but when the battle begins to rage, Satan himself will enter into this man. It must be a man full of pride and a man that is deceptive beyond ordinary belief. This man will come and the world will say peace is now here. However it will end up to be just the opposite of peace  as the world led by this man will go against Israel and all out war will come to the entire world. The Bible says it will be a time of war like never before seen on this earth.

Of all the evidence and proof that  one needs to conclude the Bible is in fact Gods word, we only need to look at Bibles prophecy. There is never an error. Once, not long ago, a non believing professor at a prestigious university gave his students as a project to find all the prophecies in the Bible pointing to Jesus as being the Christ. Believing that Jesus comes in two stages, first as a lamb and then the second time as a lion it was determined that mathematically that Jesus is indeed the Christ. No other conclusion could be reached as every single prophecy down to the smallest detail of His first coming has been fulfilled. More later as I recall…….

 

Scientific and Medical Facts From the Bible

No way do I claim this short article to be comprehensive. Scientific facts are only one small reason that logical people should believe the Bible is Gods word.

The Bible is not a science book but it contains TRUTH. And yes, it contains stunningly precise guidelines and statements based on scientific facts which have been discovered only in the recent past.
In Genesis 17:12 God instituted circumcision on day 8 of life. Why day 8? Why not day one? It turns out a critical physiologic development happens between day 2 and day 9 of life with respect to platelet function and clotting. A leading pediatric hematology book describes the phenomenon of platelet hyporesponsiveness which spontaneously resolves by day 8 of life! It takes about a week before these circulating cellular fragments called platelets develop their full “stickiness” and are able to help prevent hemorrhage during circumcision. It is more than a mere coincidence that God would command Abraham to perform this ritual when platelet function reaches physiologic maturity.
Before humans understood the concept of a solar system with the Sun found at the center and the Earth rotating on its axis around the sun, Jesus knew this all too well. The Earth’s 24 hr rotation and exposure to the Sun is responsible for the simultaneous presence of night and day on opposite sides of the planet. Luke 17:34–36 tells us that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working at daytime activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night present on the planet at the same time! People had no concept of such phenomenon back then!
The prophet Isaiah also receives revelation from God that the earth is round: “It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptics maintain, but to a sphere. The Hebrew word used here literally means circle or circuit. Secular man discovered this many years later. It was in fact Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world.
In a written statement from Columbus’ own hand, he testified that it was from reading the book of Isaiah that he discovered that the world is round. He wrote (from his diary, in reference to his discovery of “the New World”): “It was the Lord who put it into my mind. I could feel His hand upon me … there is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures.”

In this post we continue to explore scientific facts and principles mentioned in the Bible, validating it as a book containing truth.
The primary purpose of the Bible is not to reveal science but to reveal God and salvation, but nevertheless, biblical scientific revelations are a good addition to the armamentarium of the Christian apologist.
Twentieth century discoveries have solidified our understanding of space and matter in that we understand that all matter is composed of invisible molecules, which are made of smaller atoms, which contain subatomic particles, and many of those subatomic particles are not… particles at all, but quanta of energy orbiting other particles and so forth.
The point is that these atomic and sub atomic building blocks are invisible and detected only using special equipment in university research labs. These invisible atoms make up everything that is visible. And of course we know this from Hebrews 11:3 where it was clearly written 2000 years ago:
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
In Old Testament times when various sources declared that the Earth was fixed on the back of an elephant or a turtle, the book of Job revealed what science now affirms as true: that our planet is not supported by anything except the invisible gravitational pull of the sun. It hangs free of physical support while orbiting the sun! What a radical idea first presented thousands of years ago by Job!
Here is what Job 26:7 says about God: “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.”
Starting in the last century, we came to understand the complex anatomy and physiology of blood. As an anesthesiologist, one of my most important jobs is to monitor a patient’s circulating blood volume and blood loss during surgery, because the most important function of blood (and there are about a thousand such important functions…) is to facilitate cellular respiration. It delivers oxygen to organs and tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste.
Without this critical function, in a matter of 2-3 minutes cells begin to die, with brain cells being the most sensitive to lack of oxygenated blood. That is why in the Emergency Room we say “time is brain” in the case of a stroke. We must restore blood flow to the affected tissue immediately for that tissue to have any chance of survival.
But wait… as recently as 150 years ago contemporary medicine was practicing “blood-letting” for nearly every illness, with many patients dying of severe anemia resulting from repeated intentional hemorrhage.
If they only would have read Leviticus 17:14 “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life,” this bleeding practice would not have persisted throughout the middle ages!
And so… for a long time in the case of “blood-letting” people were also perishing physically not only spiritually from not knowing the word of God… Hosea 4: 6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Again, the Bible is not a scientific book, but the truths it contains are inspired by the One who created the physical laws that govern our universe, and the One who understands every medical aspect of our bodies.
In a moment of stunning revelation the writer of Job understands a physical concept thousands of years before it was defined: that air has weight. He states in Job 28:25 “he gave to the wind its weight.”
Air is made up of 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% carbon dioxide and other gases. Combined, these have a weight of 14.7 pounds per square inch at sea level. There are also gases that weight much less than air, hydrogen and helium being examples.
How is it possible that someone thousands of years ago would have the insight to write down such a concept if it wasn’t for divine inspiration?
As for the Second Law of Thermodynamics it is found in the Psalms. This law states that any system is headed for entropy or disorder unless energy is applied to it to prevent disorder. In other words, breakdown towards equilibrium is a continuous universal process.
Here is what Psalm 102:25-26 says:
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.”
Thousands of years before we understood the biologic basis of infectious disease, God instituted the concept of quarantine in ancient Israel in His Law. Long before we discovered pathogens like bacteria, fungi, viruses, prions and mycobacteria, as the transmissible agents that cause infectious disease, God commanded a critical process for prevention of these diseases in Leviticus 13:45-46
“Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.”
But skeptics will not listen to such arguments. They would rather falsely accuse God of instituting slavery and committing atrocities throughout the Bible.

The above for anyone who actually wants to know the truth should be very encouraged that their FAITH is built on evidence NOT on positive thinking. More later as I recall…….