Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Like A Grain of Mustard Seed

Mark4:30-32  "...Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?.....It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:  But when it is sown it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches;....."
     We often speak of these verses as "faith" verses, but if you noticed, it doesn't say, "Faith is like a grain of mustard seed....."  Yet, I believe these verses do tell us much about faith.
Faith is not here referred to in quantity but it is referred to in quality.  These verses do not say that faith is a grain of mustard seed, nor does it say that the Kingdom of Heaven is a grain of mustard seed.  It says, "...It is LIKE a grain of mustard seed....."  So, what is meant by "LIKE"?  LOOKS like?  No!  Of course not.  Rather, it ACTS like a grain of mustard seed.
     If you take a grain of mustard seed and lay it on the table, you may watch it all day long and it will not do anything.  It is dead, or dormant!  But if you take that dead seed and put it into soil, water it, and tend it carefully, it will come to life and spring up into a great plant and be productive.  That's just like faith.  You may have a table top full of faith but it is dead.  James 2:26 says, "...Faith without works is dead also."  So, faith must be put to work.  It's not how many seeds of faith you have, but it's the quality of the seed that will make a difference.  Faith can be dormant or it can be active.
     I think we can say that faith works like this:  First the seed (faith) is planted into the ground.  Don't worry about what it looks like now.  It must complete it's dormant state of existence.  Then water by prayer and positive confession.  That's not Positive Mental Attitude statements, rather Positive Word of God statements.  Finally, wait!  This may be the hardest part - Waiting.  Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint."  Wait patiently and expectantly.  Then comes the harvest!
     Don't be concerned that you have a little faith or a lot of faith but see to it that you have active faith - faith like a grain of mustard seed!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


What is retirement?  Wikipedia says, “Retirement is the point where a person stops employment completely.  A person may also semi-retire by reducing work hours.  Many people choose to retire when they are eligible for private or public pension benefits, although some are forced to retire when physical conditions don't allow the person to work any more (by illness or accident) or as a result of legislation concerning their position…..”

Now that just doesn’t fit my erroneous ideas of retirement!  Does it fit yours?  Isn’t retirement supposed to be a time of happy celebration, fishing on the bank under the shade tree, hammocks, Ice tea or lemon aide, birds chirping in the trees, etc?  I want to do what ever I want to do and I want everybody to cooperate with everything I want to do.  I don’t want to pay anymore bills.  I don’t want to receive anymore aggravating telephone sales pitches nor do I want my mailbox to be cluttered up with a lot of useless paper sales pitches that I have to put in the trash and then have take out the trash!  Just give me a life of ease and let me close my eyes and float off into the wild blue yonder! 

HaHa, HaHa, HaHa, Ha!!!  WOW!  Let me pull my mind back together and get real.  Look at Wikipedia’s definition again – “…the point where a person stops employment completely.”  If by ‘employment’ they mean ‘work’, then I am not retired. 

My wife Janis, ‘retired’ from teaching yesterday, Friday, May 25, 2012.  We are excited.  It was posted on facebook and many friends congratulated her.  My mother took Janis and I out to dinner to celebrate the event.  I thought about buying her some flowers to help celebrate, but wouldn’t you know, I didn’t ever get a ‘round-tuit’.  Sounds like something big, doesn’t it?  Well, the truth of the matter is this:  I don’t do any fishing or sleeping in the hammocks, I do not get to have my own way about very many things and I still get those aggravating phone sales calls.  Based on my experience, I’d say that Janis will not stop working.  After all, she’s a workaholic anyway. 

I do not have any intentions of taking advantage of her (as if I could) and putting her to work on fulfilling all my wishes, BUT, I’m getting a little worried.  You see, I’ve been ‘retired’ for about five years now and while she has been faithfully going off to work everyday, I’ve been a little on the lazy side, calling it ‘retirement’, but now, she will be home!  I will be giving up my laziness and taking on a new job every day.  As a matter of fact, I've got to hurry and get off this computer before she catches me playing around again. 

Yes, Janis has retired, and I am retired.  Life will be changing.  I just hope I am able to cope with all the changes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One More Time!

OK, OK, So I don’t understand it all and I may know less about how to explain it to you, but here’s what I think:  By using Windows Live Writer, you can type your blog once, and post it to different blog sites.  However, you must have the different blog accounts.  Also, you type your blog in Windows Live Writer, post it in any one of your blog accounts, exit out of WLW and open it again and paste the blog (hopefully you knew to save it) to the new blog account.  There’s something I’m missing here, but you adventurous souls will have fun figuring it out, just like I did.  Oh, yes!  I wanted to try out some of these extras!  Like, larger print, italics, strike thru, and adding a link.  Enough!

How Many Blogs Will Get This?

I have put my last blog on two different blog sites – one located at, and the other at  I created one here on Windows Live Writer and then had to copy it and paste it for the second one.  Bothe time here on Windows Live Writer.  What I want to find out with this blog is, will this blog be posted on both blog sites with this one posting?  Don’t know if I’ve made that clear or not but hopefully I’ll be able to give a better explanation of what I’m trying to do and say.  Again, we’ll see.  And maybe I’ll let you know.

Just Trying Out Windows Live Writer

Sometimes we have stuff on our computer that we are not aware of.  Sometimes this is good and sometimes this is not so good.  I was just curiously browsing my stuff and clicked on my Windows Live folder and saw Windows Writer.  I clicked on it and followed through with what seemed like a good thing and so here I am now.  I think this will let me blog from here (wherever I am) and then my other blog/s will be notified.  So, this is an attempt to just see what happens.  I think it will be good.  We’ll see.  And if I remember, and feel that I have the time and knowledge to do so, I’ll post another blog letting you know how it all panned out.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Concerning Muslims and Their Islamic Faith

This is not intended to address the Islamic Faith, so much as it is to address a thought of mine about Muslims.  My knowledge of Islam is limited and can only be expanded by the books that are available on the market.  I have been enlightened by the videos and emails that have been circulating on the web and on Christian TV.  Some very knowledgeable ministers have shown the errors of the Islamic faith and the evil agenda of the extreme Islamic radicals.  I believe, and I certainly hope, that there are some Muslims who do not follow the extreme agenda that others do.  I will say right up front that I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.  His blood sacrifice has provided the way for us to obtain peace with God, through faith in His blood.  Acts 4:12  "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."

If I really believe that, then I believe that the Muslim religion is wrong.  That does not mean that I have to hate a person because he is a Muslim.  I would dare to say that the Muslim people probably have similar feelings about their religion.  They have a right to feel that they are right and I am wrong.  This is America!  The United States of America.  That is one of our guaranteed rights - to believe about God as we choose.  Freedom of Religion!

Christianity is a wide spread religion with many variations by many people.  These variations sometimes are so huge that people of another faith, maybe Muslims, do not even recognize the two as being Christian, or maybe they would not take the time to investigate the differences and would just class them all the same.  I'm beginning to see Islam similar to that.  It is a wide spread religion and I suppose that there are many segments of Islam that do not agree on all things that they teach and/or practice.  I don't think that we need to class them all together but they are still all Muslims.  They are proud to be Muslim and I am proud that I am a Christian.  I am embarrassed and ashamed of some so-called Christians and am not the least bit pleased with some Muslims.

Can I tell you what I believe with out you getting mad at me?  I believe all true Christians will go to heaven.  All others, whether they are called Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Atheist or whatever, If they do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will not go to heaven.  That is what I believe.

Now, I'm not going to take up sticks and stones, nor any other material weapon, and launch an attack against those who do not believe what I believe, unlike some "religious" people.  However, I have a guaranteed right in the Constitution of the United States of America to Freedom of Speech.  I will attempt at times, to convince other people that Jesus is the one and only way to heaven.  If the Holy Spirit doesn't get involved in opening the blinded eyes of those who do not believe in Jesus, then I will be wasting my time trying to convince them.  I will then focus my attempts on others.  I will not try to slander or destroy those who reject my testimony.

I hope this is understood as it is intended.  I'm just taking a stand and making my view known publicly.

Friday, March 9, 2012

So You Can't Have Peanut Butter?

Why would anyone be told that you can't have peanut butter?  Well, if you were told that you can't  have peanuts, that does it.  Everyone knows that peanut butter is made out of peanuts.  How sad!  Peanut butter is supposed to be so good for you and besides it makes a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  We haven't even mentioned the Reese's peanut butter cups, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter cookies, and of course, peanut butter covered pancakes (If you haven't tried that, you're really missing out).  Sadly, it is true, some people have been told that they can't have peanut butter.
I don't know all the reasons why some people cannot have peanut butter, but I do know one reason it is bad for some folks.  If you have a bad liver, some doctors will tell you that you should not eat peanut butter.  What ever the reason may be, I have found a solution.  Hooray!  My first discovery was that other nuts that make butter is a very good substitute.  For example, Almond Butter.  I've found it at Walmart, Bi-Lo, and of course the health food store.  But, be ready to pay noticeably more.  Not as much as medicine but a lot for 'peanut butter'.
The next discovery I made was "nutella".  Have you ever heard of it?  Yes, it's on the shelf near the peanut butter also.  Nutella is a Hazelnut spread with skim milk and cocoa.  Believe me.  This is good stuff.  It too is more expensive but it may be worth it if you can't have peanut butter and wish you could.
Now, there is one more substitute that I have found to be excellent, maybe the best yet.  I just found this at Bi-Lo about a week ago.  It's called "Soy Wonder", a creamy soybutter.  Don't let the "soy" scare you.  I'm willing to try things.  Sometimes I loose and sometimes I win.  I believe I have won with this one.  I'm telling you, this is good.  Ummmm-ummmmm good.  Of course it is peanut free.
Three peanut butter substitutes.  All priced about two dollars more (depending on the size).  All good.  So, do not be distraught, you peanut-butter-loving friends.  There is more than one way to satisfy that peanut-butter-loving taste bud.  Almond butter, Nutella, and Soybutter.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It May Be Time For Another Change

You might as well expect it and get ready for it.  Change, that is.  It will happen.  We try to make life simple and easy, yet enjoyable and meaningful.  Sacrifices are made so that we can have the greater benefits tomorrow, or next week, next month or next year, but, as you might already know, things change.  So, in our attempt to accept change, we may decide that we really don't want, nor need the so called benefits that we have been working for.  It seems then, that we have wasted our time and energy, and if we can't accept the change and go with the flow, so to speak, we will likely become frustrated with life in general.
I know that we must put forth or best effort, and when things don't seem to work out properly we must try and try again, and possess a determined spirit.  But, like it or not, sometimes our efforts are only driving us further away from our goal.  Then it's time to accept change and take a new course of action.
I have found that I have been able to adjust to change fairly well.  That doesn't mean that I like change, it just means that I can go with the flow, so to speak, and make life enjoyable to some degree of acceptability.  For example:  When I joined the Air Force, life changed drastically for four years.  When I completed my tour of duty and returned to civilian life, my life changed again.  When I got married, my life changed to never be the same again.  When I lost my wife in an automobile accident, change forced it's way in upon my life.  Then I remarried and started a new journey.  Children came; life changed.  My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer; change.  I was diagnosed with Hepatitis-C; change.  Over and over again, changes come.  We must face it.  Change will come.
All of these changes were happening while I was trying to become a minister of the Gospel.   I had accepted the call to the ministry while still in High School and had set my sails for that 'beautiful isle of somewhere', or at least I had 'visions of sugar-plums dancing in my head'.  Had I not accepted the changes and learned to live with those that I had no power over, I would have most likely been misdirected early in life and probably would have never been ordained to the ministry by any church synod.
Now, I am retired.  WOW!  What a change.  I'm still adjusting to changes.  Doesn't it ever stop?  Yet, there is one more change that I am anticipating.  It is the change from this mortal body to an immortal one, from this corruptible body to an incorruptible one.  I shall be changed, and I will go with the flow, so to speak.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We made it through the Thanksgiving season with rather traditional activities; turkey & dressing, family, special gatherings both at church and home. I think it is sad that we get so excited because of the tinsel and holly surrounding the Christmas season, the gift giving and receiving, Santa, and jingle bells, but do comparably so little when it comes to giving thanks for the many blessings we possess. 

I know that if it wasn't for the Christmas reason for celebrating this season, we really wouldn't have much, of lasting value, to be thankful for. I do love the Christmas season. The Christmas carols, the Christmas plays, the family get-to-gathers, and yes the overeating, are things that I enjoy. As I get older, I find some of the values of these things seem to change, but it is still a great and enjoyable season. 

I'ts important that we understand the reason for the season. Without beating around the bush, I'll tell you that the reason for the season is Jesus, The Christ, The Son of God. We celebrate His birth on December 25th. and that is the reason for the season. Somehow Santa Clause & the reigndeer, elves, trees, lights, trimmings, the snowman, etc., entered into the celebration. To some, that takes away from their idea of a joyous Christmas. To some it seems to add to the celebration. There are some people who do not believe in Santa or Jesus and the whole season is an annoyance to them. I say, every man has the priviledge to choose for himself, but I do hope each and everyone of you will know the joy of the season like I have found it to be with Jesus. I've made my choice: "As for me and my house", we believe that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just to let you know that I'm still alive!

Looks like my last post was on March 12, 2011, so I may have lost any followers that I had. Well, that’s what happens if you don’t take care of business. This post has no particular theme or topic. It’s just here to let you know that I’m alive and well, and to try to keep this blog up with some life. What would you like to hear about? I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the internet, so why do we post blogs. We do it to give our opinion. We want to be heard. sometimes I actually have something to tell and when I do, I want you to hear it. If I try to speak in a crowded and noisy room, I’ll not be heard, but if I blog, and you read my blog, I will probably have your attention and what I say will be better heard. Too bad I don’t have some real important stuff to tell you, but that’s just the way it is. Really, do you think all those blogs out there have important stuff? Yeah, I guess some of them do, but many do not. Neither does this on have important stuff, so, here it is anyway. You can do with it what you like. Maybe next time I’ll have something to say.