Integrity: Do We Have Any

 

Yes this is a personal question to you, me, and everyone else. This is not a question where I am looking for you to say your own personal answer to me or to anyone else. It is a personal question for each of us to really do some soul searching with but one that we can keep secret to just ourselves and God. Um, God, I did have to include Him didn’t I. When we hear that little quiet voice that is deep inside each of us, that voice that tells us right from wrong, the voice that tells us as we approach the traffic light whether we can run it without getting caught or not, do we listen and obey, or do we start an argument with ourselves? That voice that tells us it’s okay for us to lie, cheat, or steal, or not, that inner person that is each of us is what I am trying to address today in this post.

 

Scripture tells us that what we humans consider to be righteousness is but filthy rags to God. So if I want to get on my high horse and stick my smug little nose up in the air and go about my daily life telling others how good I am then I in fact would be nothing but a reckless idiot, a liar, and a fool. Fool? Yes a fool! Most all of my life I have tried to be a good person and there are a lot of people who know me who would say in private to you that I do try to be a very good Christian person. But the truth is, by Biblical standards, Old and New Testament, I personally feel like a pathetic failure. Truth is even though by our cultures standards I may live a more pure life style than what is excepted in our culture to be except-able, in my own soul I know I am really pathetic and my own failures sicken me to the core of my being.

 

My list of sins and personal failures if numbered would have many zeros in it. I know that the blood of Christ that He spilled when He sacrificed Himself to help save all of us washes away our sins as we commit them, as long as we are really trying to be pure in our daily walk with Him. I just wish that I would stop screwing up so much and that isn’t even counting the times I messed up and didn’t even realize it. It is a sin when we know something is a sin but we go ahead and do it anyway, those are the worse mess ups because when we are preforming our lives in this manner we are courting the favors of the Devil and purposely turning our face away from God. We have all been told plainly that “the prayers of the wicked are an abomination to me and I turn my face from them”. Friends, egos are a very dangerous thing to possess. Especially when we can’t even be honest with ourselves about ourselves.

 

I know that in my life that I have not committed every “sin in the book” but when I start thinking about all of the sins (the ones I know of) that I have committed in my life, all the times I have done other people wrong, it does kick my ego right in the family jewels. In other words my flaws make me rather sick at my stomach. None of us are ever going to be perfect in this life, but if we walk our lives after the example Christ gave us which is what all people who confess to be followers of Christ are suppose to be doing everyday, then the Blood of Christ will save us. But when we do not then it is that same Blood that will condemn us.

 

I just don’t want any of the people who read this blog to ever think that I am talking down to them as though I am better than other folks, I’m not. If there is a adding machine in Heaven with my name on it that has dinged every time I have sinned in my life they have probably had to replace that poor bell a few times by now. In my days I have stolen, lied, had sex outside of marriage, physically beaten men into unconsciousness, and there are probably a hundred other things that would total a million sins on that adding machine tape. For me to say I am more Holy than another person I think it best that I shut my mouth and not add that lie to my list. Integrity, I’m trying to possess it in my daily life, I just thank the Lord that He is as merciful and love filled as He is because He is my only hope of cleaning my daily slate. I hope and I pray that trying to walk a Christ filled life is my first daily agenda, I do very much hope and pray that it is for you also. We can’t be perfect, but that doesn’t mean that we are not suppose to try our very best each and everyday to walk our lives with integrity. Good day friend, I hope you all have a good one, God bless.

Bill Nye Is Only Half Insane

This title is obviously just my opinion of Mr Nye, I do not know the man and I have never met him. My opinion is simply formed by articles I have read on the net where his opinions were down in print. Do I believe that I am smarter than Mr Nye, no I don’t. But in some areas of science and faith (which he seems to have none at all) I know for a fact that I am wiser than he is. I do not blame him or anyone else really for their distorted views on the earths and our creation. The reason for that is simple, I do not personally know of any Christian or Jewish faith that seems to understand the beginning of the first book of the Bible (Genesis). I believe that it was the Apostle Paul who wrote that all people should study (the Scriptures) daily to so that we can be a workman that need not be ashamed for our lack of knowledge. As it is also written that when a person is preaching/teaching you that the Scriptures say we should all read/check to see if the things we are being taught it correct or not. Do we ever question our Church leaders about what we hear from the pulpit? How many Christians never or almost never go to Church services or if we do, how many follow the Preachers message in the Bible as he/she is talking? How many people who say we are Christians do not even own one single Bible? If we do own one at home do we even know where we stored it? How many folks could gag from the dust accumulated on its cover?

 

In a recent National Geographic News article Mr Nye was quoted as saying that “evolution is undeniable and creationism is insane”. I respect the mans position because it is given through a total lack of knowledge of what the Scriptures say. I had this same conversation with Carl Sagen back in 1991 in person when we met in Madison Wisconsin after a speech he gave there. In the discussion he asked me how someone who is as studied (in Scripture) as I am could possibly believe that there is a God that created all things. I asked him how someone who is so knowledgeable and so intelligent could possibly not believe in a Supreme Being (God). If we could only get the churches and the synagogues to open their eyes to the words they read so blindly then maybe, maybe there would be a “coming to Jesus (God) moment” when our eyes begin to see and understand what is there and what isn’t said. There is so much information in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis, it covers several billion human years, NOT just seven human days. The seven human day theory is as Mr Nye says “insane”. Another term would also be “just plain ignorant”. Now saying that someone is ignorant of something by no means is a slap at the person, ignorant just simply means lacking knowledge of a certain event.

 

By faith I am a devout fundamental Christian yet I totally believe that our universe and this planet began with the big bang that science believes that it did. I also do believe in evolution, to a certain point. What I do mean by evolution is in the evolving of the human race. Evolving such as the phasing out of one group of humans as they assimilate into another culture such as in how the Neanderthals bred into a slightly more evolved group of humans thus phasing out their race. Breeding a race out of existence is nothing new to humans it has been going on for a long long time. An example would be like the American government back in the late 1800’s when political and military opinion was to wipe out the Native Indian peoples. You kill all the males and then bred with the females. In just a very few generations of mixing blood the American Indian people would have only been in a few history books. Some evolution cycles throughout history have been forced but most were of nature weeding out the sick and the stupid.

 

One of the first things that people need to do when we seek knowledge that is given through the Scriptures is to pray first before we study and that (studying) needs to be a daily part of our lives just like setting aside a few moments a day for prayer should be an automatic for us. When we read Scripture we need to do it with an open mind, not a mindset of trying to prove a “Church doctrine” to be the Truth. If people pay attention to the words written down in the first two chapters of the Bible you should notice very plainly that there are two “human” creations. This understanding of this fact is very helpful in understanding that the seven human days of creation are not at all correct. God most of the time speaks what He wishes done, then puts the building blocks into place to then form His wishes into existence.

 

Time is the issue here in the argument that Mr Nye puts forth in his argument about creationism and he is correct on that issue. People need to understand time differences, they exist all around us but we humans choose to not understand. Look at the other planets that revolve around our Sun, check out each planets length of a day, they all differ from each other. Look at different living creatures on our own planet, dogs, cats, starfish, seahorses, the list is very long, look how long their life cycles are. To these other creatures of God’s hands, do you think a dog realizes that his ratio is different than ours? Why can’t we humans realize that our time is different than Gods time even when the Scriptures tell us pointedly of this fact? Until people who believe that the Bible is the Word of God starts reading/studying it with an open mind, not one predetermined by a Church Doctrine our eyes will never be opened to the understanding of what God is telling all of us. Until we do this as a Nation and as a World People then there will always be this ignorant discussion like the one Mr Nye uses when he shows us all his lack of knowledge concerning God, God’s Word, and Time it ‘s self. But to his defense he is in an argument with people who are lacking the understanding of the very issue they are using to make their argument with in the first place!

Lightning Facts: (It Hurts)

Lightning Facts

 

Lightning is pretty in the sky at night

It flutters and flashes from the heavens on high

A power from God only an atheist could deny

The beauty is awesome, the power, a fright

 

Like the fingers of God stretched across our domain

The thunder adjoins like the clapping of God’s hands

When the lightning strikes close

It will scare the hell out of a mortal man

 

Do not seek shelter from the beauty

Underneath of a tree

If you feel the hairs of your back stand high

Fall on your face and pray that you will not soon be fried

 

Please take it from me, your brother and friend

If one of God’s fingers touches you

And you are blessed to survive the fright

You’ll never again stand in the open, enjoying the sight.

 

Our Age

Our Age

 

 

I have a simple question that I would like to pose to you. It is a question that most everyone in the  world will know the answer to, but there will be many different answers given. What is it, it is simply this, how many years old are you? Me, this calendar year if the Lord is willing, I will be 58. Like a lot of kids when I was young I couldn’t hardly wait to turn 18 so that I could get out of the living situation I had when I was a kid. Shortly before I turned 18 the drinking laws reverted from 21 to 18. But I was never really much of a drinker because I had seen adults getting drunk and acting like idiots and dumb asses my whole childhood and I really didn’t want to act like that myself. So the drinking age change was of little value to me except when a date wanted a bottle of wine I would now be able to get it for her. As a young man I guess I never thought too much about getting old and the changes that age does to a mind and body. This is probably because I never thought I would live to see 30. I remember though in moments of deep thought what it would be like to live long enough to see the year 2000. I remember when that did happen I went outside right after the Ball dropped and laid on the hood of our car with my back against the windshield closed my eyes and thanked the Lord for His kindness. The year 2000 was the year that my Mom was killed in a car wreck though, it was exactly three weeks before her 70th birthday. In 1993 my Dad died at the age of 66, so it seems in our DNA becoming an ancient one is not likely. My heart Doctors thought I would be dead about ten years ago but for some reason the Lord is still walking with me.

 

 

A couple of things that have happened here this week  has put me on the thought path of age. A real good friend of mine turned 59 last week and my wife who is 48 but will have a birthday soon and is seemingly depressed at the thought of number 49. I know that for a lot of folks the birthday’s that end with a zero causes them a lot of stress and it does appear that my Bride is one of them. Then there is my sweet Sister who, Lord willing, will hit the big 60 this fall. Since I was injured while in the Army I always say a prayer of thank you to our Creator for being so kind as to allowing me to see another year.  I took a break this morning to watch my local news and a bit of the Good Morning America program and heard that Shirley Temple died yesterday, they said that she was 85. This is a woman who lived an extraordinary life, if you are a person who doesn’t know who she is go ahead and Google her.

 

 

In the time that Mrs Shirley Temple Black walked here among us she used her God given time well, but my question is, have you? Have I, that answer for me has to be no, I have been a screw up most of my life. When you know that your time is fading and you know that it is a truth that when you tie your shoes in the morning that it could easily be the undertaker who unties them tonight, this reality can make one drift off in thought as to how you have performed your life. What I have learned in my life is to be thankful when I open my eyes each morning and to thank the Lord each night when I put my head down on my pillow. We are all given much more grace than we deserve (in my opinion), at least that is the truth in my case.

 

The reason for this little message today is to speak with each of you personally about the path of life that you are on. I just want all people to spend a little quiet time with just yourself and God (if you are a believer) and to take a good look at the path in life that you are on. Are you happy in your life? If so, consider what you need to do in your future to continue in this blissful life. If you are discontent spend some quiet time with your thoughts and consider what have you experienced in your life path that has put you where you are. Now, just take a pen or pencil and write down the little things that you would like to see change in your life. Now write a commentary beneath it on what you need to do to get that event behind you so that you can go onto the next event you would like changed in your life. If we chip off the foundation of a big problem soon that big problem will fall to the ground where we can kick the air out of it to. I would just like it if everyone could be living a content life style, but such a miracle is accomplished one life at a time. I have learned that it is difficult to be the kind caring person I want to be if my own life is filled with tension. I know that I probably have not said anything that is new to you here today in this post. The purpose of this note to you is simply to  get you some quiet time for your inner thoughts to be in your minds eye as you were reading this note to you. I pray that God the Father will bless and protect you and your loved ones as you float through your day, stay safe, God bless.

 

 

Is Today The Day The French woke Up

The Premier of France said today that the people of France are “at war” with radical Islam. What I read from the BBC and Google News about today’s events in Paris has come as quite a shock. I am a bit surprised by the impression that they would be shocked by these events. Here in America yes, France no. It is a sad reality to us old folks but most of us know that for our children and for our grandchildren today, is going to be their “good old days”. So, the French are officially at war with a faith system that has been at war with them for almost 1, 400 years. Does this mean that it will only take the politicians here in America another 1, 200 years to learn what the French people and their government learned from today?