Favorite Word: INTENTIONAL

How do we move forward? If we do the same things all the time, we get the same results or thus we never change. Change is a hard word. Maybe this pandemic forced us into “new normal.” What is your new normal? This may change again by this fall. Those vaccinated are presumed safe. Those that are not vaccinated are in trouble. Those that do not get vaccinated are okay if they have had the virus. After all these you are quarantined for 14 days. No wait for 10 days.  How many days? Or do we need the vaccine? What is true? This is like a “who is on first, what’s on second” Abbott and Costello deal. Hopefully some of you know the answer to my next question. Is there anything normal or consistent through these times? God is always with us and we are never alone. One side of this for me is to continue to read His Word for His truth. Be intentional to seek where God wants me. We recently moved so we continue to transition and see where God wants us. I (and we) need to find peace, direction and hope through God. We never know where He may lead us and use us. If someone said this pandemic was coming, we would have all say no way!! If someone said I would be in over 55 housing, be an author of four books, start more seriously with a daily prayer journal and even blogging, I would have said no way!! But God has a different plan for each of us. We need to be more intentional and act on God’s plans. If we wait too long we will accomplish nothing. Ecclesiastes 11:4  says’, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever watches the cloud will no reap.” NIV. Stop waiting, seek Him and watch Him work. Pick something God is pressing you and write it down and act on it today. I picked trying to extend my prayer time.

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WHERE IS YOUR LINE FOLLOWING GOD?

One day I was picking up my grandson at school. In his car seat was his favorite stuffed animal – a wolf named Wolfy. As he got into the car, he said, ’Wolfy, I missed you today”. So, I said, “what about me?” He replied, “BooPa, it is not always about you!”. (He calls me BooPa). Wow. It can’t always be about me. Who is it about? The world says it is about me and there is no care or thinking of others. The Bible says it is not about me. Paul, in Romans 15:1-2 says,“ We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” We are responsible to take care of others and not always think of ourselves. Are we influencing others or is this world transforming us away from God. What do we put into our minds – foul language or explicit sex scenes?

For TV we use an antenna and pay for Disney and Prime only. Prime gives us Amazon Prime movies. Total for both is about $15 per month. Recently, prime has been releasing a number of movies and the last six or seven have all been rated R. My wife and I have committed not to watch R movies. The only exception the movie “The Passion”.

Actually, many PG-13’s are now almost like R’s. Also, very few G movies anymore. Where do you and I draw the line. We draw the line in movies we watch, books we read and company we keep. Ask God what line you need to stop at?

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WHAT IS THE ANSWER?

Thanks for all the readers last week. I planned on getting some responses – positive or negative. A concerning subject. I have a friend whose two teenagers are not ready to say what sex they want to be and also, a good friend’s son is gay. A few more comments and then back to our “regular” posts.

Jesus Christ died for our sins, as we are all sinners. Our responsibility is to try to commit our lives to Him. Our reference is the Bible, the inspired writings from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Unfortunately, many Christians (myself included) are not always good examples of our faith in God. We are taking our kids to play sports on Sundays and do not have any other sabbath days at all as we miss church more often than attend. Our language does not match what we believe or how we should treat others. Believers are so far apart in what we believe or not believe. This is probably why we have so many religions and churches. Politics are a whole other issue. Covid-19 reduced our contacts. On top of this, the media continues to manipulate us. Well, enough of this. We need to continue praying for all groups and this country, and to follow Jesus as leader of our lives. There is no “but” in the Bible. If you are a reader, pick up a copy of “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”, by Josh McDowell. This book changed my life.

A reminder, the mission of this blog is: My mission is to turn every one back to the Bible, to daily prayer and to the religious origins of this country. God can bring us through all our trials, including Parkinson’s in my life.

Hope all have a good week.

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HOW CAN YOU TURN TO DO GOD TODAY?

This was recently posted by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham on Facebook.

“Gay Pride month has come to an end. BBC reported last week “Pride has gone mainstream.” This is an entire month set aside to celebrate a lifestyle that God defines as sin. It’s like setting a month aside to celebrate lying, adultery, or murder (which includes abortion), or anything else that God says is sin. The Bible also tells us that God hates pride. Shame on the nation that celebrates and glorifies sin. All of us are guilty of sin, which means breaking God’s standards. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But instead of celebrating and taking pride in our sin, we should come to God, our Creator, in repentance, asking Him to forgive us and cleanse us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay the price for our sin by dying on a cross in our place. Jesus died, was buried, and God raised Him to life on the third day. If you are willing to turn from your sin and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, God will forgive you and give you a new life. Now that’s something to celebrate!”

There are so many areas this country is heading in the wrong direction from God. This starts with us standing up and obeying God to influence those around us. 2 Chronicles 7:14 states,”. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Our land needs a lot of healing. What can we do? How can stay on His path which may make us more enemies than friends. We need to pray for our country and be involved if possible. I have been an election judge the last 4 years and had some discussions with others and have given out book marks with my website. I have also received a prayer journal listing politicians from “presidentialprayerteam.org. This group’s only connection is with God and with no party affiliation. What can you do to turn your life to God and country?

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NO TALKING-TEXT ONLY??

As we started day camp last week June 28th at our church, I was thinking of where these kids would be in another 10 years. They are kindergarten to 6th grade. What will their world be like? What will relationships be like? Technology continues to help us to spend more time by ourselves., as we can do most of or life with our cell phones and computers. We can put up cameras, monitor our homes from a distance and talk to someone at our front door. We can read, listen to music, text, play games, text some more and even set alarms for anything. Now with Covid 19 in 2020, this allowed some many people to become isolated and, due to various good and bad information, some are still concerned about this virus. This was and is an unprecedented event with no prior plans on how to handle. Our day camp theme this week revolves around the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes and goes but true joy through all circumstances remains constant with God. His plan for us always happens if we have faith in Him. I believe we can trust Him with our lives and do not have the right of the God of the universe to sat “why me?” My wife and I have worked through circumstances we have not volunteered for including infertility, cancer and my Parkinson’s. But as we continue through our day camp themes, God is always with us and we are never alone. AS we continue through this pandemic we need to get back into relationships we have lost in the past year. We need to show our kids how to relate to others and not to become technological hermits. I remember Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”. NIV.  We need to reach out to encourage others. Texts are useful but sometimes a phone call is better and a drink or meal out together would be awesome. My wife Patti has a ministry of sending out cards for special occasions and also cards with notes. This includes for someone grieving, weddings, birthdays, health and even just a note of encouragement. She used to copy all these dates every year to next year’s calendar. A number of years ago, someone gave her a vertical calendar of each month. She keeps and adds to this each year! Let’s teach our kids and the adults we come in contact with life is more than buttons on a phone. Call someone this week who you have not talked to or seen for a while. Who is that person? ___________________

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