Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Matthew 5 (King James Version) Read The Message is next.
1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5 (The Message)
1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
3"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.
6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
7"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.
8"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
10"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.
11-12"Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Are you blessed today or are you like me....We need to kinow Jesus.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you
Explain it to me?"
The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my
Weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.
At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his
They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said,
"First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed.
The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was
Naturally confused, but did as he was told.
The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.
The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"
The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.
The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.
However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!"
The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."
I just want to add one thing. There will be water spilled and evaporated as the carrying goes on....so when all is said and done there will actually be less water in the pool. Go figure.
Our great gran daughter Kaylee got to go home from the hospital yesterday. A few days earlier than the Drs. expected. Children are resilient. She is still on antibiotic but is feeling better every day. Praise the Lord for a quick recovery.
Brother James went into surgery and had his tube replaced. He still has good days and not so good days. It seems the liver has about 12 drain tubes and he only has 2 which are actually draining correctly. They will decide next week if they will put another tube to help drain the other side of his liver. He says he feels a little better and his billy count is a little better. Praise God for some progress.
Both of Jana's babies Hogan and Ella have been sick. Hogan strip throat and a rash. They called it Scarlet Fever. The Drs. said to keep him somewhat isolated but that is hard to do with a 2 year old in the house. Ella just has a cough and runny nose.
There is a little boy in Olney, Texas who had a bad accident and is in Cook Children's Hospital in the burn unit. His name is Clay Fite. Here is the site to read about his accident and updates. He needs all the prayers we can give.
We are told to pray for those in leadership ie President and all who are in authority in order to have a peaceful life. 1 Timothy 2:2
And last but not least we are always told to PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM. Israel has elected Benjamin Netanyehu as Prime Minister...if he can bring together a coalition of the other parties.
< 99% of the ballots in: A clear majority for the right wing under the Netanyahu's leadership. Netanyahu: "the people have spoken I'll lead the next government". Right wing block has a 65 to 55 majority in Knesset.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Netanyahu claimed victory late Tuesday night after all TV stations exit polls project a clear majority to the right wing block of 65 seats to 55 for the left. Netanyahu addressed his supporters in Tel Aviv saying: "God willing I'll be the next Prime Minister. I'm sure I will be able to form a wide and stable coalition government that will know how to cope with the crisis and promote reforms in the education" Netanyahu has detailed his next political moves:" I'll start by turning to our partners of the right wing; we've already set up meetings for tomorrow. Then I'll seek out the rest of the Zionist parties (meaning Labor and Kadima) in order to unify all of forces of the people."
Netanyahu also responded to Kadima's claims that they won the elections "There is no doubting the conclusion that the right wing under the Likud has won a decisive victory… the question is not what the polls said, but what the reality states, in the going out Knesset the right wing had only 50 seats and today it has a majority, in the last elections the people voted us into the opposition, and in these elections we increased our votes more than any other part.
Thanking God that He is in control and that He hears our prayers whether it is small things and the bigger things. Again as one of my favorite writers Jan Karon says,
"The real issues of life aren't the ones in the national headlines but the ones in our small personal spheres of life."
If you don't believe this just ask Clay Fite's family. Please pray for this family.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
From my friend over at A Patriot's Heart.
Here is a partial yet disturbing list of what can only be seen as special interest projects offered up in HR1:
▪ $650 million for digital TV coupons
▪ $50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts
▪ $200 million for the National Mall, including repairs of grass destroyed during the inauguration festivities
▪ $400 million for "National Treasures"
▪ $99,600 for doorbells in Laurel, MS
▪ $500,000 for a dog park in Chula Vista, CA
▪ $3,450,000 to "rehabilitate" sidewalks in Alexandria, VA
▪ $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
▪ $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
▪ $75 million for "smoking cessation activities"
▪ $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
▪ $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings
▪ $850 million for Amtrak
▪ $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
▪ $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
And my favorite – and, evidently, Nancy Pelosi's as well – $30 million for a wetlands restoration project in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. Not coincidentally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has championed preserving the mouse's habitat in the past.
The larger point I am trying to make – aside from the fact that this piece of legislation is as much a stimulus bill as my electric bill – is that because of our collective habit of taking the less engaged avenue in governmental oversight, in attributing blame for this act of pure politics over good government, we will allow the mainstream media and political operatives to place the onus of either congratulations or condemnation onto President Obama. While the president does deserve a portion of the condemnation that will surly rise once our citizenry wakes-up from their “hope & change stupor” only to realize they have been manipulated into believing that installing doorbells in Mississippi and protecting the salt marsh field mouse will somehow save the economy, the true ownership of this massive fraud rests with Congress. This is the Pelosi-Reid Special Interest Appropriations Bill, not an economic stimulus package.
I agree with Lindsey Graham, "The American People have been scr__ed."
That James' determined purpose is that He may know Him, that James may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly. This is from the Amplified Bible but here it is in the King James in context.
This is Paul talking about his faith in Christ in verses 7-10
"7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
I pray that James will come to know Christ more and more during this difficult time in his life.
Monday, February 16, 2009
"The real issues of life aren't the ones in the national headlines but the ones in our small personal spheres of life." Jan Karon
Our great gran daughter Kaylee is in ICU at Scott and White. She will be 4 in March. All the world problems take a second seat when we have an emergency in our family. A good family friend Durwood Thigpen is in ICU in Abilene with heart and kidney failure. Please add both of these precious people in your prayers.
I copied this message from my daughter's blog. Please Pray.
Our 3 year-old granddaughter was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night with a severe case of pneumonia. They were not able to halt the infection and her left lung filled up with fluid. They transported her to the Scott and White Pediatric ICU Saturday morning in order to drain the fluid from her lung and she's there now. This is an incredibly painful procedure for an adult, let alone a little bitty girl. She now has a large tube sticking out of her tiny little chest and she is in a great deal of pain.
The doctors have been unable to find the right antibiotic to kill the bacteria in her lung and her lung continues to fill up with fluid as fast as they can pump it out.
Please pray for these specific things:
1) That the doctors are able to find the right medicine to kill the infection. That is the most critical.
2) That the drain they've placed in her lung pumps out the fluid better so that they don't have to put in an additional tube to drain the fluid. As I said, it's very painful and we don't want her to endure another.
3) That she will have as little pain and as much peace as possible during this week. As you can imagine, she reacts to the adults around her. Pray that everyone around her is full of faith and optimism and encouragement for her.
4) Pray that the next two days are as stress free and pain free as possible. The doctors have said they will be much more aggressive in their treatment during the next two days, which means she's going to be in even more pain because of the things they plan to do. Lift her up during this time.
5) Obviously, anything else God might lead you to pray for as she and her Mommy and Daddy need all the prayers they can get. They are all hurting and exhausted, but our little kitty cat most of all.
We do have an amazing blessing in all of this. Her doctor has actually had this same procedure with his own lung....3 times. He is incredibly attentive to her and very compassionate about her situation. He's made sure that she is as comfortable as they can possibly make her. And he's been very helpful in explaining not only the medical things that are going on, but telling us all how she's feeling and what she will and won't want to do. He's been checking on her repeatedly during the day and even came in today and sat with her for 45 minutes. Having this man dealing with our case has been wonderful for her parents and really, all of us.
However, glimmers of our feisty little pumpkin pop up. Today Veritas and Vision made up a little song for her to the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, because she has a little red monitor on her toe. She's got tubes and wires everywhere. Oxygen in her nose, IV in her arm, tube in her chest, heart monitors, blood pressure cuff on her leg, plus this thing on her toe that lights up red. The song went something like, "Kitty, the red-toed kitty cat, had a very shiny toe, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows..."
And she started grinning and sang, "All of the other reindeer, told her she was pretty, brave and sweet..." She made up several very flattering verses.
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER.
Friday, February 13, 2009
1 a: given to generous and cordial reception of guests b: promising or suggesting generous and cordial welcome c: offering a pleasant or sustaining environment
If there was a picture in the dictionary under Hospitality it would be of our good friends Shirley and Perry Pierce.
Bud is not working these days (which is another story that I may get to one day) so we decided last week on the spur of the moment to drive to Victoria, Texas to visit our old (yes, Ron we are old) friends. They have been inviting us down for years but somehow we are always too busy. Busy, busy, busy! We are all too busy. We should never be too busy for friends.
Bud and Shirley grew up together at Pumphrey, Texas. They rode the bus together and from what I hear Bud bugged and aggravated her all the time. Perry moved into town about the 7th grade when they were in Winters Junior High. They all graduated together and off they all went to College Station where Perry and Bud attended Texas A & M. That was back before A & M was coed so I think Shirley took some courses but mostly had children and babysat. Perry and Shirley were in the school business with Perry serving as a coach, teacher, principal and superintendent. Shirley also worked in the schools as Librarian. Bud came to Plainview married me and the rest is history. A few years back we all got together at a class reunion and they invited me to be part of the friendship. We have said for years we wanted to get together but just never got it together. When we called on the spur of the moment they were so gracious to invite us down. I have never been treated so royally. Talk about good cooking and lots of it. They just outdid themselves and I have about 5 extra pounds to show for it. We had so much fun.
Thanks guys for showing us such a great time.
Simple is not a word in our vocabulary. We always try to add all we can into our trips. Our grandson Levi was playing one of his last basketball games in College Station so we decided we would go see our gran daughter Kelsey who is a Sophomore at Texas A & M.
We went to see Levi play Basketball and he had a really good night.
Levi's made 31 points and they still lost. Bad coaching and bad referees I always say. Anyway, he played good and we had a great time watching him play. Then we watched Kellyn cheer for the J-V Team.
Kellyn has been a cheerleader all of her life and she is really good at it. Cheer leading is not what it was when I was in school. You have to be an athlete to do all they do. We had fun. Kellyn is on the back row on the left.
We got home about midnight on Tuesday and I had to go to work on Wednesday. I need some help from the Stimulus Bill...and from what I read I can expect anywhere from $7.00 to $13.00 a week. I think I may just retire on that.
Monday, February 2, 2009
at National Review: Read it all here.
Only 12 Cents of Every Dollar Is For Something That Could Plausibly Be Called a Growth Stimulus [Andy McCarthy]
A good quote:
Mahatma Gandhi gave a pretty good description of our current situation in one of his quotes:
"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience, wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."
Anne Wortham is Black, an Associate Professor of Sociology
at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar
at Stanford University's HooverInstitution. She is a member of the
American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical
Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and
honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National
Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
(Thanks Cuz Ron)
Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America. Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them. I would have to be wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
I would have to believe that "fairness" is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!" Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States, the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.
November 6, 2008