Monday, December 31, 2001

Sign on a convalescent home: "For the sick and tired of the Epispocal Church."

Sign on a shop in Maine: "Our motto is to give our customers the lowest possible prices and workmanship."

I have read the first edition of "High Alert 2002."
Not only did I not fall to sleep, in the Proverbs portion I continued on beyond the prescribed number of verses.
Lord, help me to continue with the same enthusiasm throughout the year.

As I write this I am looking at a photo Mamabos "shot" of myself on a bench surrounded by three of the incredible edibles; (grandchildren)
How could that happen? They are so beautiful! God truly DOES make good stuff out of whatever.

The Bumblebee and the Hummingbird, a poem

I walked out with my saw to cut down the tree.
As I approached I saw a bumble bee.

Upon closer examination,
To my elation,

The bee was a humming bird!

I stood there in wonder,
My saw didn't thunder.

As he flitted from petal to petal.

Little bird won't you stay?
But he soon buzzed away.

My new friend is gone.
The tree remains.
Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Sunday, December 30, 2001

As we prepare ourselves for worship today:
"I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor."
Martin Luther

Sign outside a muffler shop: "No appointment necessary. We'll hear you coming."


It is possible to turn your back upon goodness and idealism, but it is impossible to escape it.

Norman Vincent Peale

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Giddy Up

If I do not step forward I will not ever accomplish. With the grace of God, I am with you where lead.


Welcome Chris!!!!!!!
Please don't be shy.
Share with us your wisdom (or whatever)

Giddy Up
With fear and trepidation I shall say yes. I have a BAD history when it comes to commiting to staying on a reading schedule. I have a short attention span and at my age fall to sleep easily.
For those of you who happen upon this blog, Giddy Up is pastor of our little flock.

A guy named Nelson Henderson once said: "The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."

This makes me think of the word "legacy". There are some who try to create one for themselves. In the end, the legacy one leaves behind will be because of who you really are and not what you try to make others think you are.
Shalom Y'all,

I'm onboard, great idea. Let's all Giddy Up

I have a vision this year, It is called "High Alert 2002 - The Hour Has Come To Wake Up"
I'm going to ask people to dial up their commitment to reading Holy Scripture. I have a plan that
would put us all on the same page reading Holy Scripture. Can I get a witness?

Giddy Up

Friday, December 28, 2001

Sign on a fence: "Salesmen welcome, dogfood is expensive."
Sign at a car dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss one car payment."

The devil can do no more than a bad dog on a chain, which may bark, run here and there, and tear at the chain.
But because it is tied and you avoid it, it cannot bite you.
Martin Luther


Thursday, December 27, 2001

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
George Halas Pro football coach

"I never learned anything while I was talking."
Larry King (Not the Lee County Deputy)

At an optometrist's office, "If you don't see what you're looking for you've come to the right place."

Sign at a butcher shop: "Let us meat your needs."

"The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression."'
Proverbs 19:11

The truth has come out. Osama has admitted the reason for his hate of Americans is their willingness to defend Israel.


Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einsein
More signs of the times:
On a maternity room door, "Push, Push, Push."
On a front door, "Everyone on the premesis is a vegeterian except the dog."


Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Hey everyone, Merry Christmas. Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. My wife blessed me with Palm Pilot. Just got done downloading the Bible and concordance and I found this for all you weight watchers out there.

You can download this app to journal your points everyday.
God Bless, and hopefully I'll make Weds morn, its only 6:30 hours from now.

Merry Christmas to all. And we need to be thankful for God's grace in sending His Son to take away our sins and give us everlasting life.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by Him: and without Him was not anything made that was made.
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shined in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not...................................................................................................
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
God came down.
Today is the day we commemorate that blessed event.
Some people like to remind us Jesus was a Jew.
This person will remind you he still is.
God ain't dead, I just talked with Him.
Shalom Y'all

Monday, December 24, 2001

As I have said before, Raisin, I look forward to your "rantings". Don't stop!!!!!!

Sunday the children were incredible All of them!!!!!!

Signs of the day:
In the front yard of a funeral home, "Drive carefully, we'll wait."
On an electricians's truck, "Let us remove your shorts."
Outside a radiator repair shop, "Best place in town to take a leak."
In a nonsmoking area, "If we see you smoking, we'll assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

The town of Gander Newfoundland is home to 10,500 souls. On 9/11/01 fifty two aircraft were diverted to their airport in the wake of the World Trade Center / Pentagon disaster. Six thousand, six hundred strangers were housed, fed, taken on excursions,
given special diets as needed, etc. The passengers on one flight set up a trust fund for students of the local high school to show their appreciation.
Yes, there are some bad people in this world, but there are so many good folks out there too.
God bless America and God bless Canada.
And don't forget! The reason for much of the unrest in the world today is because of hatred for the people with whom God made a special covenent many years ago.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Shalom Y'all
P. S. Tired of my rantings? There is a way to silence me: Contribute

Sunday, December 23, 2001

Good morning worshipers
Let us fall down and together on our knees.
Let us fall down together on our knees.
Oh Woahooh sometimes it causes me to wonder.
Let us fall down together on our knees.

From a Negro spiritual I sang in the 1950's (Probably politcally incorrect today to call it that)

Shalom Y'all

Saturday, December 22, 2001

" To believe in God is to believe that humans are more than accidents of nature. It means that we are endowed with purpose by a higher scource, and that our goal is to realize that higher purpose. If each of us creates his own meaning, we also create our own morality. I cannot believe this. For if so, what the Nazis did was not immoral because German society had acceppted it. Likewise, the subjective morality of every majority culture throught the world could validate their heinous behavior. It comes down to a very simple matter: Without God there is no objective meaning to life, nor is there an objective morality. I do not want to live in a world where right and wrong are subjective."
Rabbi Stewart Vogel
Words from a Jewish Rabbi on a Christian blog.
Ain't that sumthun?
Sahlom y'all,
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Friday, December 21, 2001

Eli is here. Brian & Stephanie Fearn had a little boy yesterday around 3:P.M. He plans on being in church this Sabbath. I think he wants to see Sidney Reece (my granddaughter) in the Christmas Play. This dude has really good taste. So be on the lookout this Sunday for Eli...Giddy Up

Eli is here. Brian & Stephanie Fearn had a little boy yesterday around 3:P.M. He plans on being in church this Sabbath. I think he wants to see Sidney Reece (my granddaughter) in the Christmas Play. This dude has really good taste. So be on the lookout this Sunday for Eli...Giddy Up

Rebecca and Vernon are traveling over the holidays.
They live in Southwestern Missouri and are visiting New York.
They want to do what they can to help with the clean up at ground zero and will work eight hours on, eight hours off serving the workers.
Please pray for 'Becca and Vernon, she is our youngest daughter.
They told me an interesting story yesterday.
They have guinea fowel. The purpose of having the birds is to control the tick population near the house and it works.
Although usually they are rather wild, these birds have struck up a freindship with the cat, (the lion shall lay down with the lamb?)herself a biological control (mice).
The guineas try to follow cat into the house. They also like to perch upon the air conditioner and peck at the glass to get in.

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
Thomas Edison.

Lord willing I'll be there Wednesdy A. M. too.

Shalom, Y'all, Raisin

Thursday, December 20, 2001

We must make a great difference between God's word and the word of man. A man's word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the word of God is greater than heaven and earth."
Martin Luther
"If you are serious about improvement, be brutally honest with yourself."
Greg Norman.

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

I will be there. It is the fellowship not the food that is important.So even if I just have coffee( Ha) I will be there.
As Father Gary so aptly put it last week it's God not the food or the individuals that is important. What better time than the day after we celebrate the birth of Christ , to maybe let others know what that day has meant to us.

Oops! We should have discussed this a.m. about meeting next Wed after Christmas. After "possibly" eating too much on Tue (Christmas) should we consider not meeting next Wed? What do you all think?


Thank you Raisin for your daily words of wisdom.

If you have a setback, don't take a step back-get ready for a comeback.
Tom Storey
"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
Harry S. Truman 33rd US President
Love grows best when watered daily with kind words.
Shalom Y'all: Raisin

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off your goal."
Wally "Famous" Amos

The secret of a successful marraige is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.

"One man with courage is a majority."
Andrew Jackson.

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Monday, December 17, 2001

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10

Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Food for thought as we prepare ourselves for worship today.

"The words of Psalm 51:17 "Oh Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise did not make sense until I began my search for for God." Only then did I realize that this was an appeal to God to help us transform a prayer of our lips into a prayer of our hearts." Rabbi Stewart Vogel.

Sign in a mens clothing store: "15 men's wool suits, $10 they won't last an hour."
Sign in a doctor's office: "Specialist in women and other diseases."
Sign in front of a church: "Come in and get a faith lift."
Sign on a plumber's truck "A flush is better than a full house."

Saturday, December 15, 2001

"A good wife is not found accidentally and without divine guidance. On the contrary, she is a gift of God and does not come, as the heathen imagine, in answer to our planning."
Martin Luther
Shalom Y'all, Raisin

See them run,
Little legs churning.

See them kick,
Shin bones burning.

Long tresses streaming,
Family, on the sidelines screaming.

High five, low five, ball kisses net,
Let me hug you,... "Your'e all wet!"

Victory!! Pizza!!
Seasons end
Congratulations Madisen

Friday, December 14, 2001


What do ya'll think about the video tape??
Should it have been released???
Especially what about the 4000+ exponential families directly effected by this tragedy, do they really need to see this???

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Is Osama in Tora Bora?
Does Cofi Annan really deserve a peace prize? Did Yassir Arafat?
Can Yassir stop the bloodshed?
They all think they are in control.
Are they?
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whench cometh my help."
" My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."
Psalms 121:1-2

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Oh my gosh, could it be????
Pastor Gary himself???
I guess you must of took some lessons! hehe just kidding

Anyhow, God is good!, God is such an awesome provider!

I believe I might have cracked the code...Giddy Up

Monday, December 10, 2001

Hey everyone, we might get a surprise Weds morning. Some more "youngins" might show up.

Sunday, December 09, 2001

Ernie, I am reminded about a guy named Job.
He was a man who suffered greatly. This is what he said:
"Yet man was born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause." Job 5:7-8.
There is an enemy who we can not see but like the wind, (if we are perceptive) we see the effects of his presence.
This enemy will use the weak to influence the strong, to bring them down, to cause them to question the one true god, to create doubt.
"Casting all your cares care upon Him; because He cares for you." 1Peter 5:7.
We know your heart. If we know your heart GOD knows your heart.
One thing I have learned is that God's timing is not our timing. Sometimes it seems like He doesn't care, that He is not really in control. Then, when we have nearly given up, HE moves.
Any one who reads this blog, pray for Ernie, that his children will be restored to him.
I am so thankful that Ernie is the fourth grade teacher to my grandson.
Shalom, Raisin

Saturday, December 08, 2001

Doug, no one is removed.
Tom and Charlie are currently the only people who are permitted to edit.
Blog on my good man, we look forward to your shareing of your wisedom and experience.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisedom;
and before honour is humility.
Shalom Y'all

Friday, December 07, 2001

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1

"In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withold not thine hand: for you know not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they shall both be alike good."Ecclesiastes 11:6.

Find the balance. Raisin 12:01

Thursday, December 06, 2001

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Hey everyone, sorry i missed yesterday morning. Will be there next week. I pray that all went well with Ernie.

"If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgement, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condem the wicked." Deutoronomy 25:1
Thought Ernie might like this.

Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Charlie, I was not being disrespectful, it's just that all the wisdom and knowledge you have usually only comes with age

" He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loose." Jim Elliot
"And when the chief shepard shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away." 1Peter 5:4
Shalom Y'all, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Tom, What season are you in? (Pag121, 122, 123.......
Discipline? Pruning? Abiding?
Disrespect for your elders?

"Pray for Isreal and the innocent people who are victims in both Palestine and in Isreal."

Charlie,is there really someone older than you?

Monday, December 03, 2001

Response to Mark.
Went to the courthouse couldn't find them.
When it came time for the hearing I prayed and left. Didn't want to call and disturb.
I know now I should have.
"Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another,............."
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Raisin came from Ohio.
Vineyard, grapes, old dried up grape.........2nd oldest guy in the congregation.
Gary sometimes calls himself Alien Grape. Stranger in a strange land as in: "This world is not my home, I'm just passi'n through.
Don't know what to think about a coffee house.
Thanks, John.
We been bloggin, at the same time.
Shalom Y'all, pray for the peace of Jerusalem

12/03/01 (John Domino)
Pray for Earnie
"May the Holy Spirit and Gods love be with you at this difficult time."

Read Micah 7:1-7
"For a son dishonors his father,
a daughter rises up against her mother,
But as for me, I watch in hope of the Lord.
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me."
"Family struggles for over 2000 years have not changed.
But God has remained faithful to the men of faith."
"Keep the faith strong!"
The Pizzaman

By the way, where did raisin come from??

Hey everyone, has anyone heard form Earnie???
We've been prayin, I pray that all is good.
See ya'll wed's morning
Lets start some food for thought! I have a heart to start a coffee house ministry in dowtown Fort Myers, A non-profit org would be started to recieve funding to run the coffee house. It would start with a program called the 300x10x3, 300 people/business donate 10/week for 3 years. This coffee house would be for fellowship as well as an outreach. What do you think???

Sunday, December 02, 2001

No scriptures, no fancy words, just one line: We're here for you.

Fellas, Pray for Mande Kopil, a teenage girl in turmoil.
Writes about death, parents fighting, parents talking about divorce. I have no way to contact her. God knows her and if he wants intervention from a person, I only pray that individual will respond to the call.
Shalom Y'all

"He who does good for God's sake seeks neither praise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Shalom Y'all, Raisin

Saturday, December 01, 2001

"If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land."
Isaiah 1:19
I need help with that obedient "stuff"

A sign in the office of a Roman Doctor: "Specialist in women and other diseases."
A more approriate reference to women follows.
"Husbands love your wives even as Christ loves the church." Ephesians 5:25.
Welcome "Digger John"
Giddy up. What's your excuse now? If a professor can ..........
Shalom Y'all, Raisin

(1 Dec 2001. John Domino)
"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions,
do not try to break them; bend them with gentleness and time.
- St. Francis de Sales
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."
- Romans 12:14
"Trying to live up to the standards Jesus put before us is not easy. However, in the long run the alternative is the tougher road."
- The Pizzamasn

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