A work in progress. Articles will be added as time marches on month by month. The year's worth will be finalized early in 2020, God willing.
Thank You; Thanks to all of you who gave me Christmas cards.
Looking Back; I printed this in the November 2008 issue of this newsletter. It is still true and worth repeating.
Reverend Carl Townsend – I got an e-mail from Carl with this in it, nothing else.
“We truly take a lot for granted. Forget the football "heroes" and movie "stars. Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”
Three Wise Women; Last year about this time I saw a web article humorously discussing what might have been if the three wise men visiting Jesus had been women. I realized there could be a serious side to the three wise women idea. I never wrote it. probably never will; still there are interesting possibilities. What if one were your mother?
Sheep and Goats; The December 30 Sunday School lesson talked of Jesus separating sheep from the goats, the sheep receiving eternal life and the goats doomed to eternal punishment. We should do all we can to aid those destined to be sheep and ignoring those destined to be goats. Our problem is that we do not have God’s wisdom to know if someone will be a sheep or a goat. Our solution is to treat everyone as a potential sheep, very hard to do.
As an aside, real goats, although temperamental, serve useful purposes, giving milk and mowing lawns.
Calendars, Address Labels, Cards; I received 23 unsolicited and unwanted 2019 calendars, innumerable greeting cards, and a lifetime supply of address labels. Someone suggested I count the cards. I might if I could count that high.
Apology; I have been writing a lot, perhaps too much, about the evils of Progressivism. It is because I feel it is regressive, destructive, and evil and has failed in every country trying it. Why should we adopt it expecting a different outcome?
Cancer; There is a cancer spreading over this nation, this world that is far deadlier and more aggressive than the one I have.
Eggs; It just occurred to me that eggs are in the same group as milk and honey. No harm comes to the hen laying an egg and laying an egg doesn’t hurt unless you are a would-be comedian. That may sound strange to young folk, but back in the day (before movies) theater entertainment was live. Comedians were part of the show. A bad joke was sometimes followed by a barage of eggs thrown at the comedian. I was called "Laying an egg."
Upper Room Pages; These two pages appeared back-to-back in the November-December 2018 issue of the The Upper Room. The First One seemed aimed directly at me. What she and her husband experienced is very similar what I am going through. God will walk with me just as He is with them. I found a web site connected to her name, emailed it, and discovered I had found the author when she sent me an email later the same day. I think you would like her site, https://dianaderringer.com/ I began receiving a weekly newsletter right after I found the site. It is wholesome and fun.
The Second Page is about freedom which I think we are slowly losing as our big government intrudes more and more into our lives. George Orwell in Animal Farm had one of the privileged pigs controlling the government say, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The sentence is a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim the absolute equality and freedom of their citizens but give power and privileges to a small elite. Sadly, it seems to me we are becoming such a nation.
Preaching for Profit; I wrote about TV evangelists and my suspicions of them in the December of 2017 issue, but this January 20th Sunday School lesson shed a new light on the subject. The lesson told us to focus on the message, not the messenger. Regardless of the TV evangelist’s motives, if the message is true, learn from it, if not change channels. Their motivation, selfish or Godly, will be recorded in their record book. What I think of them will be recorded in my record book. Just the same, I still question their wealth but cannot judge it. Wealth may be essential to the effort they are making,
Advertising Wording; I recently heard this in a TV commercial, “It has been successfully tested to help you,” It occurred to me that the successful test could have ended in failure to help. I wonder if the product could be advertised this way, “It has been tested to successfully help you.” Both use the same words, but the meaning is very different.
Is Everybody Happy?; Ted Lewis made the question famous in two movies (1929 and 1943) and the title song of that name. In today’s world, progressive people, groups, organizations and governments seem to be trying to do just that to all of us.
Because of progressive efforts in today’s world, a second question comes to mind, “Is anybody happy?”
Now for the answer. It is, “No!” to both questions.
Progressives are unhappy because they have not destroyed enough barriers; the rest of us are unhappy because our freedoms are being eroded, one by one.
If you try to make everybody happy the end result is that nobody is happy.
From the February 2019 Kentucky Explorer – “The economic and technological triumphs of the past few years have not solved as many problems as we thought they would, and, in fact, have brought us new problems we did not foresee.” - Henry Ford II who died on September 29, 1987.
And he wasn’t speaking of the internet, social media, home computers, or cell phones. What would he say today? He would say the same, but in a louder voice.
St. Valentine’s Day; It may have been a good day for you, in the year 278 A.D. it was bad for St. Valentine. He was beheaded on February 14 of that year.
About The Following Sabbath Day Editorial; I hope I offend no one with the rather long writing about the Sabbath Day. It is vital that we keep it Holy for our future. That said, I do not believe anyone with absolute certainty can say which of the next seven consecutive days is the Sabbath Day.
Sabbath Day; While waiting to see my doctor before my biweekly infusion of OPDIVO (the capital letters are theirs, not mine), I came across a book titled “Ten Commandments Twice Removed.” I didn’t have time to read it but was intrigued by the title, so I ordered it.
In Chapter 1 It briefly identified the first removal as that by the government and other institutions removing the Ten Commandments from buildings and lawns all over the country. The rest of the book tried to prove we all have removed them, especially the 4th one, by treating Sunday as the Sabbath.
The book turned out to be a Seventh Day Adventist publication with much good reading. but aimed at proving Saturday is the Sabbath Day. I found it confusing and no more convincing than Catholic and Protestant arguments for Sunday and Islamist views that it is Friday.
The Bible speaks of a seven day sequence of six working days followed by the Sabbath Day. It never links them to the seven man-named days we call a week.
To be God’s Sabbath Day, the day, counting from God’s day 1 must be a whole number divisible exactly by seven. Was last Sunday one of those? Or was it Saturday or possibly Tuesday?
If one believes this is year 5779 (as it is according to the Jewish calendar) from the first year, then somewhere near 2,100,000 days have occurred. It is a Sabbath Day.
I believe there is only a one-in-seven chance of that. I base my opinion on a lack of any means of keeping track of days gone by in the very early days and my fallibility at keeping track of days gone by in these days. I have gone a whole day thinking it was another. I believe that could have happened to the day counter before calendars existed, perhaps more than once.
The Gregorian Calendar, the one we use, was introduced in 1582. It identifies its Sundays as coinciding with Sabbath Days. Did or will one of its Sundays coincide with day 2,100,000, the 300,000th Sabbath? Possibly, but more likely not.
I also believe the same of the Jewish and Seventh Day Adventists belief that Saturdays are Sabbath Days and the Islamist belief that Fridays are Sabbath Days.
If we assume a day for God is 1000 of our years as stated in the Bible, then we are near the 6th day in His second week following the creation and His second Sabbath will be around our year 3000, perhaps coinciding with the second coming.
What is important is that we observe the Sabbath Commandment on one day out of seven, Sunday being that day.
I also think each of God’s days once there was light and dark began at sunup when he began the day’s work after which time he rested (slept?) until sunup, not that a day starts at sundown. A day consisted of work time, evening and morning, the sequence written in Genesis.
God has it right and will fairly judge us.