Sunday, February 19, 2006

PLease check out the link to Habitat for Hope. It is on the left margin of this page.

Recently I met Jack Lannom.
Jack is A karate expert, author, and a person who trains business people.
His latest book is entitled: "People First."
The book has many interesting truths in it, such as "If you want profits to grow, grow people first. If your goal is for one year, plant wheat. If your goal is for ten years, plant trees. If your goal is for a lifetime, plant people."
Well said, Dan.

Shalom Y'all,

P. S. My beloved camera is gone. Probably into the hands of someone who decided he or she had use for a "free" camera.
I need a good digital camera that works as well as my old SLR Nikon.
Any suggestions?

It is a frustrating time for me.
I go to work ten hours a day, then come home and do therapy on my old, abused lower back. The lawn isn't mowed, the garden is a mess, projects begun or planned go unfinished.
This weekend "favorites" were supposed to visit and attend the annual Parade of Lights.
Too much sickness, and a fifteen year tradition comes to an end. Meanwhile, I sit with a cold pack on my back.
I'm glad to have such things as cold/hot packs, medicine that decreases swelling and my little tens unit to stimulate whatever it stimulates.
The back improves and I will get to visit some of the favorites this coming weekend.
Ain't God good?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Trouble Looking For a PLace II

This morning I had a brief conversation with T, the fellow who suffered permanent
physical damage when he injected himself into a fight as a teenager.
He has little use of his right hand and arm.
I asked him about it and he said when others ask it provides oportunity for him to tell them what God has done for him! He also told me he would pray for me since I am suffering great pain in my lower back!
I can only repeat what I said before:
Ain't God good?

Saturday, February 11, 2006

"Most Christrians want to be holy. The opposite of holy is not evil, it is common.
If Christians are not holy they are like everybody else."
Shalom Y'all

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Trouble looking for a place

It seems like a lifetime ago when our “children” were teenagers.
I suppose we encountered all the typical challenges that most other parents do, probably one or two more.

Our favorite (and only) son was wont to be drawn to people and situations we tried our best to influence him away from. He once stated: “I would rather learn from my own mistakes.”
This was in response to the obvious conversation most have with their offspring about learning from the mistakes of others.

There was a family of young fellows in our town who could most accurately be described as trouble looking for a place to happen. It often did.
Names? Let’s just call them R and T.

One such incidence was when a fight occurred between a friend of the brothers and someone else. T injected himself into the fray and he never knew what hit him, but HIT it did.
His scull was no match against a tire iron. It was a miracle he survived.

Of course the arguments were “He had to do it, it was his friend.”
Comments like; “If they hadn’t been hanging around with those kinds of people it wouldn’t have happened.” had no meaning to a teenager who knew all the answers to all the questions, even some that weren’t asked.

My grandfather, the late, great, Cap’n Ernie Hall the last, would say; “We grow too soon old and too late smart.” I still miss the Cap’n who has been gone about forty years.

Fast forward more than twenty years to three Sundays ago.
A young couple sat in church near the front, him very quiet, her, animated, head nodding in agreement to the words of the pastor.

I didn’t get the opportunity to meet them until the next week when another young fellow introduced himself and said; “Do you remember me? I’m R.” That’s my brother T.”

It was the two brothers who as teenagers were always in trouble, all grown up and here in our little church!

I could say more, but ………………..
Ain’t God good?

Shalom Y’all

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go forth and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give you.
John 15:16

It's an awesome privilege to be chosen but don't leave out the responsibilities.
Shalom Y'all

Saturday, February 04, 2006

I call him Jessie the Body because his first name is Jessie.
He looks and is built very much like the bald black man on one of the old James Bond movies.
That is where the similarity ends. He is very lazy and complains a lot.
Jessie works for a courier service that delivers goods for my employer.
Most days it is my responsibility to sort out for him his deliveries for the day.
Friday the weather was humid, precursor to the rain which came later.
He asked me did I feel the God ..... Moisture in the air?
"I bless Him for it." Is all I said in response.
That seemed to make him angry.
I hope it troubled him in his spirit and caused him to consider.

Shalom Y'all

Thursday, February 02, 2006

At our litle church we have been having a study on Wednesday nights.
Afterward, tonight, favorite eight year old was being a typical little boy and running non stop to nowhere, anywhere, whatever.
As he ran past I greeted him; "Hello David." Without stopping he shouted; "I love you Poppy."
"I love you too, Bubba." I said as he ran down the corridor searching for adventure with his little friend.
Ain't God Good?

Shalom Y'all

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