As i switched from one channel to another, I landed briefly on a channel showing men in search of gold in the country of Australia. Partially through a narator they fussed because it rained. They said that they couldn’t search for gold while the dirt was wet.

I shook my head at the irony. Without the water brought by the rain, they’d be hard pressed to search for gold. It is with water that they separate the gold from the dirt.

Don’t get me wrong. Gold is used for more than looks. The fact that it resists corrosion makes it very useful in many industries.

However, let’s put it in proper perspective. If God removed all gold from this earth, it would cause problems, some which would be serious. On the other hand, if God were to withhold His rains for a month, it would start causing serious problems.

If the rains ceased for a year, people would die by the millions. If it stopped raining for a decade, the only life left on the planet would be a few doomsday preppers, maybe. And, by the way, they’d not have much to look forward to.

As a side note, there would be a big push on desalination plants. Few, if any would have any interest in that yellow metal. Water is what men would seek. It would not be to look at but to survive.

I know those gold hunters make their living finding gold; but I would hope they will remember to keep their perspectives.

Ad Fees

Every phone call made for advertising purposes should have a fee paid to the receiving person for use of their phone.

A. It would decrease the ad calls.

B. People would get their phones paid for by the advertisers. It’s only right if they insist on using our phones for advertising, like newspapers, like radio, like TV, and like billboards. Why should we have foot the cost of their ads?

For years we’ve been giving them free advertising. It’s about time they start paying as the rest. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it just might help to cut down on one of the biggest bothers since the door-to-door salesman.

My Little Wish

I have seen, perhaps dozens of movies based, shall I say loosely on the Bible. Some were by Hollywood producers, some by so-called Christian organizations.

The one thing I can honestly say about every one of them is that they are not accurate. It is so disappointing. It is so frustrating. I don’t know why but they never get it right.

Then, those who see the movies and don’t read the Bible believe the lies. Sometimes these lies stand in the way of salvation. Yet, those who make those movies pride themselves on what they and those who help them promote.

So it is that my one little wish is that someone, someday actually gets one of the movies right.

Until then, might I suggest you read the Bible. Until then, don’t put much faith on movies getting it right. Salvation is not something to trust to Hollywood. Indeed, the vast numbers of those in Hollywood pride themselves in their unbelief. Many of them mock the book on which the movies are based.

If You Have to Ask….

There is a saying, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” I guess in the case of continuous glucose monitors it’s true.

I just saw one of the ads for the umpteenth time and, because I’m diabetic, I decided to check on their price. After 20 minutes of looking on the web, I’ve come to the conclusion that they would just as soon I don’t know the price.

They tell you the advantages and how well they work, not what they cost. Apparently, that’s a secret.

So. I guess I can’t afford it if I need to ask. No sense checking into it any more. Don’t guess I need it anyway.

It just makes me wonder, why the big secret.

It Started With Love

God made man on the sixth day, only after he built the perfect place for him to live. Then He gave it all to man as his dominion. Adam and Eve walked among all the animals totally without fear. To me, that was God’s first expression of love.

Even before God spoke it all into existance, He knew Adam would eat the fruit. Even more, he knew every sin that all men would ever commit. Then, even then God the Father decided to give his Son for us. Jesus the Son decided he would die on the cross for us. That, indeed was, as far as I know was his first act of love toward us. It was before the creation.

Then to, it was all inclusive. He did not carve out any exceptions. No one was excluded. No sin was excluded. He did not say he would exclude murderers, lawyers or even politicians. It means that salvation is available to the poorest and the richest, although the riches can make it difficult difficult to receive that salvation. It is available to the weak as well as the strong, though the pride of the strong might blind him to his need.

Though the salvation is just as available to geniuses as the mentally challenged, some of those geniuses are literally too smart for their own good.

Because of His love, He is merciful. Without the mercy, there would be no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there would be no salvation. All of us would get exactly what we have coming to us. It’s called justice.

God absolutely requires justice. That means, for every sin, large or miniscule, someone must pay the price.

That is the reason for the cross. Jesus, because of his love, paid the price for all sin. By the way, he had no help. There is simply no way we could have helped, no matter our effort, no matter any power or fortune we might have.

To succeed, Jesus and Jesus alone has that power, that ability.

Finally, it’s His power, His authority. If we don’t believe that, then we lack faith. When anyone claims that he is providing his own salvation in part or in full, he is attempting displaying a lack of faith in Jesus.

It is the only condition of salvation: complete faith in Jesus. It is more than fair. He is the one who paid the price for our sins. It is certainly right that He and he alone receive all the credit and all the glory without exception. We ought not be allowed to steal any of it.

When we do accept His salvation, why shouldn’t we know we are saved. Why should we doubt his promise or his ability? If we are saved why can’t we declare it. It is not our ability we brag on but rather the salvation that Jesus has provided.

And, to be sure, He has provided that salvation because of his love and mercy toward us, toward me and nothing else. His salvation was paid for me. I know that because when he said whosoever in John 3:16, He did not make me an exception.

I think, actually I know, if you cannot say you’re saved, you just might want to place yourself in the hands of Jesus as your only savior. That way you’ll be included in the whosoever of John 3:16.

Caution! WARNING!

The question of the day is, “Will the one person in this world who reads all those cautions and warnings that come with those wonderful products raise his or her hand.” My reasoning tells me there can’t be more than one in this world. OK. Maybe two.

I can’t remember exactly when. Seems like it was in the early 80s when I heard a news story about two men who sued Sears and won. It seems Sears did not caution against using a lawn mower to trim hedges. Now I don’t know about you but I would hope most people, the human type, would actually realize the Hazzards of such a thing. Besides, I would think it’s a little awkward.

Nonetheless, I’m sure the Sears corporation started adding the proper caution. Even more, their lawyers likely met in some big room and started dreaming up dozens of other cautions and warnings to keep their company out of the courtrooms.

I also suspect that many other outfits, large & small, took note. And now the trees are falling so that thousands of companies can have paper to print millions of pages of warnings and cautions, which never-ever get read.

Indeed, it has defeated the very purpose of them. And so it is that people suffer because of too much caution ⚠️.

It is, however, nice to know that the big corporations will suffer no loss. The info is there. If we don’t read it, it’s our fault, not theirs.

Sometimes, I wonder if our lawyers, law makers and those looking to get rich quick in the courtrooms will be the downfall of this country.

Regardless, we know the lawyers and those who write the laws will do really well, until we the folks that put up with them get tired of it all.

It’s about time we do away with this absurdity, that is, before it does away with us.

Now, let’s see. Do you suppose a lawnmower could be safely modified to trim hedges. Maybe those 2 men had a brilliant idea after all.

What It Used to Be Was News

I suppose I’m dating myself. So be it. There was a time each day when the TV stations transmitted actual, real news. As times have gone by, not so much.

We get ten minutes of weather, ten minutes of sports and ten minutes of propaganda. Somewhere in there, we get a minute or so of traffic.

Somehow, they get away with calling that news. Now that is just crazy nuts.

Oh! And by the way. Ten minutes of really stupid advertising is distributed through it all. Sometimes, if were lucky, we actually get two or three minutes of news out of 30 minutes of what they call news.

In a way, this just might say more about the viewers than the NEWS programing. I’ll let you judge.

Running & Hiding

After Adam & Eve ate the fruit, they ran and hid from God. When I first heard the story as a child, I thought that was dumb. I mean who can hide from God.

Yet, to this day, men think they can run from God. We seek darkness in hopes that He can’t see what we do. One well-known prophet even tried to escape into the depths of sea. Can you believe an adult would try such a thing?

It is the nature of man to run from God as we seek safety from his wrath. What we should do; the right thing to do; the thing most beneficial for us is to run toward God as fast as we can. He is our provider and he is our protector. He has promised us love and mercy. Why then do we run. Why do we hide.

Whatever the reason, we have had millenia of practice. In every case it has not worked out well for us. Do you suppose it might be time for us to learn and rush to Him for a change. It seems us humans must always learn the hard way.

A Fascinating Question

The other day I heard a comedian tell a joke that prompted a question that I found fascinating, though I must admit most would not.

Suppose the house next to you just became vacant and you just found out that God was going to move into it. Of course, the question is ludicrous. Yet, the question still intrigues me. It launched me into hours of thought.

The comedian suggested that most would be horrified at the idea. To be sure, He would be close enough to observe everything that is done and overhear all arguments. How embarrassing that would be.

The thing that actually makes the question so ludicrous is that God does not need to be standing next to us to know our every thought. Actually, he’d not be surprised by anything we say or do. He knew them before the earth was.

I would like to think that I would be thrilled, though I can’t say that with any surety. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to visit my neighbor once or twice a day and converse with the person who made everything.

Then again, we really can do that anyway. He is everywhere and He can carry on a conversation with any of us any time He wants. To some, I suppose it’s comforting. To others, maybe frightening.

It’s what makes the question fascinating.

Half and Half and Half

Due to a cost of living increase, I am now getting more for my Social Security. I spend about half of it for groceries, about half of it on higher costs of energy and about half of it on everything else.

Typical dems. The more they help me, the worse off I am. I am advancing very quickly to the rear.