Cynical Minds Want & Need To Know

recall a magazine called “The National Enquirer”. It was filled with trash about well known people. Some common folk enjoyed reading the juicy details that may have had some truth to them but were more cold hard fiction than warm hearted fact.

You may notice that the older one gets the more they contemplate things and more often than not I find myself becoming more & more cynical. The negative seems to sometimes out weigh the positive when weighed down by the world and the shape it is in.

I recall some lyrics by John Mehler that went a little something like this…

Cruising down the highway late one night, thinkin’ bout the world & the shape its in….thankful for the peace that I have within…The world is 

in such a mess….too many people love to hate each other. The love of plenty is growing cold. We should be honoring our mother and mother as it was written in all of old….

Too many dollars shot into space, not enough food for the human race. 

-John Mehler

I recall for years hearing  the older generation saying, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket!!!” Well, yeah, it has been since the beginning when Adam & Eve disobeyed God. 

History has a tendency to repeat itself. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over again, expecting a different result. If we continue to act & react according to our nature the results will always & forever be disobedience to God (sin) and death (separation from God).

Because world around us is in such a poor state we could easily become bitter and just plan crouchey!

I’m no great scholar, philosepher, prophet or king. I’ve got a serious learning disability that tries to hold me back from accomplishing greater things. More recently I am dealing with a physical disability that tries to hold me down & hold me back from moving at all; however, Christ is my Lord and in Him I am made new and my Spirit, belonging to Him, inherits so much more than this world or anyone in it can offer. I possess a living hope because The Living hope possesses me. 

I recall Scripture assuring me,

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” 

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. 

We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. 

And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! 

We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! 

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. 

The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. 

Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. 

Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. Romans 8:15‭-‬21 MSG

In God’s hands I know that every little thing is going to be alright.

John Mehler was a Christian rock artist who stood on The Word of God and encouraged me when I was new to the faith. Here is one of his songs that ties in well with what The Holy Spirit is saying to my heart as I write this:

(Some of the Lyrics – Cruising down the highway late one night, thinkin’ bout the world & the shape its in….thankful for the peace that I have within…

The world is 

in such a mess….too many people love to hate each other. The love of plenty is growing cold. We should be honoring our father and mother as it was written in all of old….

Too many dollars shot into space, not enough food for the human race. But it’s alright, Jesus is coming, He’s coming for me…He’s gonna pick me up in His arms, gonna set me free. Alright! 

-John Mehler



So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat.
Psalm 26:3 MSG

In music, especially the rhythm section, timing is everything.

This verse (Psalm 26:3) is written on my drum heads. As the drummer of the band it is up to me to keep time. If there is a conductor I must watch his every move and keep the orchestra in time.

When the conductor is not seen for some reason, or I’m playing with a small group with no conductor, the rest of the bands ears are tuned into my time keeping.

I’ve played with some groups while a metronome or set tempo is clicking away in my ear. I follow that and the rest of the band stays in time. It is not an easy task but as long as I focus on that tempo everyone around me will be in time too.

Real life is not the same as a song. Regardless of the way I walk (live, keep in step) others are going to play their own tune….”March to the beat of a different Drum”.

When you are around people who desire to live in harmony & march to the beat of the same drum it is an amazing thing. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5‭-‬6 NLT) 

Surrounded by Love

When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:17‭-‬20 NLT

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.”

1 John 4:9‭-‬11 NLT

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

He will renew you with His love.



Throughout our lives God is at work all around us. Whether we feel Him or not, whether we’re even paying attention or not, He is near. 

Through every season His love surrounds us. 

We were never promised an easy life. 

In several places in Scripture Jesus calls attention to the hardships that we will face if we decide to follow after Him. But before His ascension, He leaves us with the assurance that we can confidently carry through any circumstance. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Backed by The Bible

God leads us, it is up to us to follow. He walks beside us, we hold His hand. And, during our journey He also gets behind us, picks us up and will carry us completely.

 With His Word, ever in our ear, we can be reminded of how He goes before us and defends us. Is always by our side as a friend, as well as carries us throught it all.

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9 NLT

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalms 34:18‭-‬19 NLT

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalms 46:1 NLT

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.  You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.  This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12‭-‬17 NLT

“I Can Be Friends With You” by Petra 

Begotten. What does that mean?

In its literal sense, begotten refers to a child who shares the same nature as his father. 

This word powerfully shows that Jesus shares the same divine nature as the Father. 

Begotten is meant to equate Jesus with the Father, not deflate Him before the Father.

Jesus was “begotten, not made.” 

As you read these verses think about that…

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)

Jesus said “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30 NLT)

Source: The Holy Bible (God’s Word) and day 5 of the @YouVersion Plan One Minute Apologist “Who Is Jesus?”. Check it out here:

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Jesus took on the troubles of the troubled

Romans 15

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us.

 Strength is for service, not status. 

Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” 

That’s exactly what Jesus did. 

He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. 

“I took on the troubles of the troubled,” 

is the way Scripture puts it. 

Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us .

 God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us , keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. 

May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. 

Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. 

Jesus did it; now you do it! 

Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them.

 As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. 

Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! 

For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! 

And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! 

And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! 

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! 

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. 

So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit. 

Looking back over what has been accomplished and what I have observed, I must say I am most pleased—in the context of Jesus, I’d even say proud , but only in that context. 

I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures, only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me that triggered a believing response among the outsiders. 

In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. 

My text has been, Those who were never told of him— they’ll see him! Those who’ve never heard of him— they’ll get the message! And that’s why it has taken me so long to finally get around to coming to you. 

But now that there is no more pioneering work to be done in these parts, and since I have looked forward to seeing you for many years, I’m planning my visit. I’m headed for Spain, and expect to stop off on the way to enjoy a good visit with you, and eventually have you send me off with God’s blessing. 

First, though, I’m going to Jerusalem to deliver a relief offering to the followers of Jesus there. The Greeks—all the way from the Macedonians in the north to the Achaians in the south—decided they wanted to take up a collection for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. They were happy to do this, but it was also their duty. Seeing that they got in on all the spiritual gifts that flowed out of the Jerusalem community so generously, it is only right that they do what they can to relieve their poverty. 

As soon as I have done this—personally handed over this “fruit basket”—I’m off to Spain, with a stopover with you in Rome. My hope is that my visit with you is going to be one of Christ’s more extravagant blessings.

 I have one request, dear friends: Pray for me. Pray strenuously with and for me—to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit—that I will be delivered from the lions’ den of unbelievers in Judea. 

Pray also that my relief offering to the Jerusalem believers will be accepted in the spirit in which it is given. 

Then, God willing, I’ll be on my way to you with a light and eager heart, looking forward to being refreshed by your company. 

God’s peace be with all of you. Oh, yes!
Romans 15:1‭-‬33 MSG

Prophecy of Messiah (No gamble here)

Watch “DAY 4 Does Prophecy confirm that Jesus is the Messiah” on YouTube

Prophecy Confirms Jesus as Messiah.

I have a Bible that places a solid star next to prophecy then the outline if a star when that prophecy is fulfilled. It’s awesome when you realize that Jesus Christ’s birth fulifilled  the historical & prophetic writings.

The above video & following info. is from:  Day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan “One Minute Apologist “Who Is Jesus?”.  Check it out here:

The Old Testament contains some three hundred prophecies that Jesus fulfilled during His coming. The number varies among scholars, but whatever the exact number, it is huge.

To help us understand the significance of Jesus’s fulfillment of these prophecies, Peter Stoner in his book Science Speaks offers this well-known example. Stoner hypothetically figures what the chances are of Jesus fulfilling only eight prophecies. Even if Jesus fulfilled only eight prophecies, Stoner claims that the odds of this happening are 1 in 1017 power. That would be 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (17 zeros after 1), a number so mindboggling it’s impossible to grasp apart from an illustration. 

Stoner provides one by having us envision 1017 silver dollars spread out over the entire state of Texas. The silver dollars would cover the state of Texas two feet deep. Now mark one of the silver dollars and stir them all up. Then blindfold a man and tell him he can go wherever he wishes, but he’s allowed to pick only one silver dollar out of the mass of silver dollars covering the state. 

What are the chances of him picking up the marked silver dollar? 

The same chance that the prophets had of writing out just eight prophecies that would be fulfilled in Jesus. Astonishing! 

If that’s not convincing, I’m not sure what is.

This not only validates Jesus as the Messiah, but it also gives credence to the credibility of God’s inspired Word. 

If the odds of fulfilling eight prophecies seem staggering, imagine the math on roughly three hundred prophecies.

Question to Consider –

How can learning some of these prophecies both encourage your faith and make you more effective in your relationship with The Messiah and sharing the Gospel with non-believers?

Scripture: “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.

Matthew 5:17 NLT

Scripture: All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NLT

Source: Day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan- One Minute Apologist “Who Is Jesus?”. Check it out here:

Season of Gift Giving

Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

Context: Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure

“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 

As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat

In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. 

And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 

So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 

As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

2 Corinthians 9:6‭-‬15 NLT

At Thanksgiving and Christmas time there is a push to buy and give and give in order to get. The ad man is working overtime and retailers are droping prices to make us an offer we can’t refuse. Charities also remind us that there are others in need who don’t have families & friends who meet their needs, let alone their wishes and wants. 

As we go through this season may we not give until it hurts, but rather, give until it feels good.

God provides the seeds for us to plant. We can’t plant anymore than what we have to plant. If we plant a lot we will reap a lot and have plenty to share. If we plant only a little, because we only have a little, we will harvest only a little. From our little or large harvest it is up to each of us, as the scripture says; You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  

May we be thankful, truly grateful, for what God gives to us and may we freely give what we can to others during all seasons, as we are able & fit to do so.

Tom The Turkey on Satisfaction and Christ mass Timing 

All through Scripture we see Jesus’ example of setting the pace

He is never in a hurry. He never allows others to rush Him. Instead, He makes time for all that He feels called to—often to the frustration of His followers. 

The pace of the kingdom of this world is one of hurry, busyness, and exhaustion. 

The pace of the Kingdom of Heaven is patient, restful, and life-giving. 

The world wants immediate results that dissolve quickly to keep you searching for a deep soul satisfaction that only Jesus can give. ( Taken from day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan “Breaking The Silence [Magenta].” Check it out here:

Perhaps we associate satisfaction with timing. Getting the most done or accomplished in whatever time frame we are giving; however, when we follow Jesus’ example we see that for Him every moment counted but He took each moment as it came along, savoring even the smallest things and counting the least of these as presious. 

Christ often took time to stop in order to not over look children, the widows, a woman at the well, a sinner up in a tree, the funeral of a friend, a troubled father, those who loved Him as well as those who hated Him.

This post is about two things really, finding satification and timing.

Like a long distance runner or swimmer we must all pace ourselves. Not rushing things in order to finally rest. 

If we hurry along through life we miss the little things that will satisfy us more than the larger things that will never outlast all the tiny treasures and gems along our journey before, during and after the much larger events. 

So I never lose sight of God’s love, But keep in step with the Creator, never missing a beat

The company we keep helps or hurts us too. Sometimes the people we associate with have a great influence so, I don’t hang out with tricksters, I don’t pal around with thugs; I hate that pack of gangsters, I don’t deal with double-dealers. (Psalm 26:3‭-‬5 MSG)

 God helps us be aware of His unfailing love, and beware of people who take joy in stealing our joy (misery loves company). 

Better to be alone and truly content than with a large group or crowd full of contempt.

Have you been running and fighting the good fight for a while now? …“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?” Jesus says, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 MSG

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28‭-‬29 NLT

Are you getting caught up in the black Friday sales and some how lost sight of good Friday because that is a completely different season? We are blsted by deals & offers we can not refuse and yet what have we gained if we gain the whole world but our focus leads us away from seeking God’s soul satisfying salvation, redemption and transformation?
Often you can follow where your focus is by looking at reciepts, bank statments and your check book or simply how much time you have “spent” on something.

Jesus said,  Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT

I ask myself, am I planning my lunch during breakfast and my dinner during lunch? Am I fasting from breakfast and lunch just in order to have a big feast for dinner? Am I more interested in what feeds my stomach than what satisfies my soul & spiritual appetite? I remembered stating to others, “I want to be Spiritually overweight!”

Especially during this time of year I ask and challenge myself with the question,  “Does my life revolve around what is given to me or what I give?” As I get older I notice that people and places mean more to me than perks.

The thought occured to me that the holidays are not always a holiday or break from activities. Sometimes we are more busy during the holidays than we are on an average work day. Am I right?

Now that I am disabled I am able to see things a lot differently. I desire to get out and do things or even do things in our own home but I am greatly hindered. Somethings I just can’t do much but that should not make life any less satisfying. Somethings take me a lot longer to do but that makes accomplishing them all the more satisfying. Somethings are not going to get done but that doesn’t mean nothing was accomplished. Now things have really been shoved into reverse. Making it through a single day without doing too much is a blessing.

Going back to the initial subject, there is nothing specifically wrong with spending well earned money, eating well and being busy accomplishing many things. The thing is, for me, I hear the Lord saying to my heart, “Are you remembering who has given you all these ‘things’ (Time, Money & provisions)?” 

Each breath is a gift and someday you’ll run out, everyone does. Rather than trying to “accomplish” more by squeezing every second out of 24 hours realize that there are only 24 hours in a day and 8 of those hours you shoukd be sleeping. The workaholic and party animal in me shouts back, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The real Lord of my life (The Holy Spirit) says softly, “You’ll be dead if you don’t take time to sleep.”

The holidays (when we final stop to carve the turkey, open gifts) also allows us an opportunity to pause or even stop to show our appreciation to each other & our Creator & provider. If we are not mindful the holidays can turn into a time of bitteness, disappointment, depression and distress…the furthest things from satisfaction.

I pray with the Psalmist,

 “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalms 63:1‭-‬5 NLT

The satisfaction we seek will never be satisfied by how much time we are given, how many holidays we celebrate, the money we gain or spend, how much good cooking we enjoy doing or eating. True satisfaction can only come from our Creator, our knowledge, acceptance & appreciation to Him. 

May you also find true satisfaction in the time you are given, not just during the holidays and/or vacation but in your every day life.

Don’t stop the music, play it year around.

Truly God & Truly Man

Notes: An undefeatable army still gets attacked. An unsinkable ship can still hit objects in the ocean that do damage. 

If i gave you a coat hanger you could bend it. If I gave you an iron bar you couldn’t bend it. If I wrapped the coat hanger around the iron bar you coundn’t bend the two joined together.

Christ was truly man but He is truly God as well. People can get caught up in philosophy. Theological debates can be a challenge but I don’t think we should feel like questions, unanswered questions or our lack of answeres shoukd shake our faith.

Theological debates, these issues don’t pose problems. They may pose a little thinking, but not a problem. 

As my dad recovers from neck surgery he was told to wear a bone stimulator (this harness that goes over your shoulders, rests on your chest and some how silently sends impulses into his bones to help fuse the titanium nuts, bolts & rods WITH HIS BONES!!! The medical staff explained how it works but dad said, “Hey, ya don’t have to know how it works for it to work. I can’t see it but I believe it.” He puts that harness on just like a warrior straps on a breast plate of armour.

Jesus was truly man…Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  

One must remember that Jesus has two natures: a human nature and a divine nature. His harness was internal. The two natures were fused as one. The healing we hope & pray & strive for He already had.

As James wrote, “God cannot be tempted with evil” (James 1:13) and in another sense His human nature could be and was (Luke 4:1-2). Since Jesus was God in the flesh, He couldn’t have sinned, but since Jesus was in the flesh, He could be tempted.

That’s worth chewing on. 

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 1 Peter 2:22 NLT 

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,  where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Luke 4:1‭-‬2 NLT (This may lead us to a deeper look at how the devil tempted Jesus & what he tempted him with, as well as Jesus’ response)

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. James 1:13 NLT 

Extra note: Now that Christ as assended into heaven & did what He promised, sent His Holy Spirit, we can open up & allow this comforter & helper inside. With Christ’s Spirit in you you are still human but He will help you through it all.  Think again about my dad and his rehabilitation after neck surgery…He has had to learn how to live with “a new normal.” Just like when we are born again. Our daily devotion to God is not just a time where we sit down for 5 minutes (or more) and read from a small book or when we pray before we eat or say our prayers before we go to sleep. All those things are important & feed our souls but our daily devotion lays in our faith & trust that God is with us (Emanuel), remaining in a marriage relationship with Him, putting His Holy Spirit on like that bone fusing harness. We need to put on the armour of God. The more joined we are with Him the more Spiritual healing takes place.
Joined with Jesus, Beetle

Source: The Bible and day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan “One Minute Apologist “Who Is Jesus?”. Check it out here:

Walk by Faith “Not by Sight” by Petra 

“When I Believe it” by Dogs of Peace “I will see it when I believe.” it.”