New Year’s Resolutions

1. “Stay in love with God. Do good and do no harm.” Reuben P. Job
2. Concentrate on virtuous things; they build good character, shape and color attitudes, and influence behavior.
3. Look for and graciously acknowledge the good in others.
4. Walk only the fence grounded in cement, and only to avoid the danger lurking on each side.
5. Do not befriend talebearers; they are not concerned with the common good.
6. When possible, be at peace with everyone.
7. Work hard, relish the comforts afforded, and rest often.
8. Forgive freely and always.
9. Accentuate and embrace the positive.
10. Keep faith in God.

Mustard Seed Size Faith

Biblical faith is believing God’s word. It is trusting God to fulfill His promises in spite of circumstances. Biblical faith gives one the will to withstand the fiery darts of every attack (Ephesians 6: 16). Biblical faith gives one the assurance that God will fight his or her battles, so long as the one attacked remains steadfast, unmovable, and doing the work of God (1 Corinthians 15:58). Biblical faith knows that a little bit of faith, even as tiny as a mustard seed, goes a long way with God (Matthew 17:20).

Biblical faith gives one the courage to stand for what is godly, good, and right, even when such a stand is unpopular (study the lives of the Apostles and other early believers). Biblical faith gives one the courage and confidence to confess one’s own shortcomings, and to trust God for forgiveness and deliverance.

Biblical faith

  • is God centered and concerned about restoring wholeness- physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being (James 2: 14 – 26)
  • helps one remain focused on the power of God, not mired down by the problems of the present (Proverbs 3: 5 – 9)
  • gives hope that there is light at the end of every tunnel (Psalm 30: 5)
  • gives one the confidence to confess his or her sins knowing God hears and forgives (Mark 9: 21 – 24)
  • is a tool used to request deliverance from distress, protection from the powerful, and to uplift broken spirits (James 5: 17)
  • wants justice for all (Micah 6: 8)

Keep faith in God!

 

Amtrak Sleeper Car 1st Experience

I made this video as a keepsake of my first trip in a sleeper car. The crew on Train 49 were professional, courteous, and downright friendly. The roomettes are incredibly tiny, but I saw several in which two and three adults were crunched up. I valued the privacy this car afforded. Also, the bed was relatively comfortable. Next time, God willing, I’ll book early enough to rent a larger room.
Train rides are long, but in my opinion, they are a great alternative to flying. I hate flying and don’t always have the time to drive then relax when I reach my destination before heading back home. So, I’ve made up my mind to travel by train when time permits.

I hope you guys enjoy the video. I’ll get better with practice.

Call Me!

Lord, call me.
Your servant I want to be!
Show me your way!
Send me, I say!

What! You’re calling me to love those who hate me?
Wait a minute! Hold on, I have neither the desire nor will to complete that task.
Give me something more pleasant. I ask!

You want me to bless those trying to destroy me?
What you require is too hard for little weak-kneed me!
I don’t want to help my enemies!
The degree of goodness it takes to do that is not rooted in me.

I will do good when it benefits me.
Please don’t ask me to do it anonymously!
For you see, others won’t laud me.
I want to serve you by doing things that gratify me.

I will testify about your goodness to everyone I see.
Just give me the grace to humiliate anyone who dares cross me.
Against such people, I will fight.

I will sing of your power and might.
Just purge my critics and compel them to take flight.
In them, my sin, I see.
Please, God, help me!

Condon me not helping those whom you’ve sent to me.
They are not the ones I choose.
In helping them, there is no glory for me.
I reject them until they are of immediate benefit to me.

Preaching, I will gladly do.
Prison ministry, I will humbly and proudly do that too.
Praying, I will pray loud and long day and night night and day, I shall pray.
Please help me, Lord, is my plea!

Almighty, don’t you see!
I want to serve Thee!
But the things you require are too hard for me!

If I do what you ask, people will see you; not me!
They will criticize, isolate, shun, and vilify me.
That burden is too much for me.
Let them see me in you, not you in me!

But,  call me!

Are Cable Companies in Trouble?

Cable companies charge too much and offer limited programs. They have lost most younger viewers to Netflix, and now they are on the verge of losing baby boomers.

Until recently, I was a baby boomer addicted to cable television.  The television in my bedroom played all day and night, even when I wasn’t watching it. That changed after I picked up the remote and began exploring the APPS on my television.

Initially, it was the joy of seeing and hearing Youtube on a big screen that drew me away from cable. I spent hours relaxing while listening to the Audio Bible unfiltered and listening to a wide range of Gospel music. I even listened to old time radio shows like Nightbeat, Dragnet, Johnny Dollar, and Have Gun Will Travel. I was like a kid turned loose in a candy store.

Then I branched out and tried Netflix (not Netflix originals) followed by Amazon Prime. I was amazed by the BBC content offered by these two services. Once I started watching, I knew my television viewing habits were forever changed. Between the three services, Amazon Prime T.V,  Netflix, and Youtube there is a wealth of good programming. Also, the cost of all three services is cheaper than what I pay for cable.

Cable companies are good at providing news coverage, but their prices are too high and the variety of programming they offer is limited. If cable companies are to survive, they must lower prices and expand the kind of programs they offer. Cable television is going the way of landline telephone service – out of step with the times.

Following is a list of the shows that had me temporarily spellbound.

  • Scott & Baily – This series has a female-led cast with dynamic characters and interesting and believable storylines. The series explores complicated family, workplace, and other intimate relationships. It shows women in the workplace supporting each other and it also highlights sexism in the workplace.
  • Doctor Foster– Female characters struggle with relationships. Nothing unusual, aging wife struggles with moving forward after the breakup of her marriage. The plot also explores the complexity of divorce when young children live at home and it amplifies the theme that divorce can adversely affect one professionally as well as emotionally. Good acting makes this show worth watching.
  • Father Brown– ENTERTAINING and interesting!!!! An eclectic bunch of main and recurring characters and their interconnectedness to each other make this show worth watching. Touches on and in some instances explore a wide range of social issues – immigration, racism, domestic violence, religion, classism, and infidelity are some of the issues this thought-provoking show addresses.
  • DCI Banks – Interesting
  • Kavanaugh QC– Binge watch well-developed characters and believable plots
  • Miss Frasier’s Murder Mysteries- The lead character is a strong, independent, compassionate woman who uses both her mind and sexuality to get what she wants. The setting, 1920s Australia, and main character make this series interesting and fun.
  • Unforgotten– Worth watching detective show.
  • Midsomer Murders – Good detective show
  • House of Cards – Unscrupulous politicians, their spouses, and ambitious reporters do anything to get what they want. This show is plot and character driven.
  • Mad Men – Shows there was a time when advertising influenced the markets and changed people’s lives. This show is character and setting driven.

Sunday Night Thoughts

1. Anyone can excel when conditions are favorable, especially if they get a helping hand. Only those anointed by God thrive in adverse circumstances.
2. In a race, neither the fastest, the smartest, nor the strongest is guaranteed victory.  Sometimes the race is won by the one who perseveres in spite of adversity.
3. Do the right things for the right reasons, even when it is not popular or desirable to do so.
4.  Take courage in knowing God has equipped and empowered you to overcome every hurdle.  Dig deep, push hard, and watch God work.
5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your understanding.
6. Pray continuously about everything.
7. Do Not deliberately cause pain!!
8. Give thanks in every situation and look for the silver lining. Once found, hold tight and remain fixated until another one appears.
9. Stay encouraged and don’t stop doing good. Remember, people look at the outward appearance, but God sees the thoughts and intentions of a person.
10. God’s timing isn’t the same as ours. Have faith and seek God’s perfect will.

 

Ramadan Greetings

To Muslims Worldwide,

Peace and prosperity!

I am a baptized, born again, Bible-thumping, Holy Ghost believing Christian. I don’t know the appropriate greeting for Ramadan, so, on the eve of Ramadan 2019, I offer my prayer for peace and prosperity to Muslims.

May the Spirit of the only authentic, wise, and living God abide with all God’s people wherever they are.

God is good and great all the time and because God is omnipotent and omnipresent, God’s people exist in every nation and speak every language. It is love for God and the desire to do good and be at peace with all people that sets God’s people apart from others.

We Christians do not celebrate Lent we observe the period, I’m assuming the same holds for Muslims observing Ramadan. Therefore, I bid Muslims peace!

Your Christian Friend

Seven Scriptures for Seven 1-minute Daily Meditations

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1. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised… (Psalm 48: 1)

2. This is a day that the Lord has made; [let us] rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24)

3. [Let us]enter his gates with thanksgiving [in our hearts], and enter his courts with praise, [let us] be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)

4. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 150: 6)

5. Favored by God are those who do not follow ungodly advice, nor engage in fellowship with people who have evil intentions, or who express contempt for others. (Psalm 1: 1)

6. Favored by God are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5: 6)

7. Favored by God are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Matthew 5: 7)

A Litany of Thanks during Lent 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Dear God,
Glory to Your marvelous name!
Thank you for this glorious day among the living to magnify you in thought, word, and with good deeds!
Thank you for multiple chances.
Thank you for never giving up on us.
Thank you for opening doors that no human can shut.
Thank you for waking us up with our minds on you.
Thank you for blessing us to retain you in our thoughts.

Thank you for people of goodwill, they have existed in every time and every place.
Because of your Spirit, benevolent men and women are in every ethnic group; represent every religious tradition and every social class. They are as numerous as the sand.
Thank you, God!
Kind people make the world better, often at great personal sacrifice.
Their presence changes the culture, even if only superficially and temporarily.
Unwittingly, they inspire others to want to be better and to do good.
Once again, thank you for them!

Thank you for abolitionist, civil rights advocates, and Freedom Riders!
Many of them gave their lives and experienced significant personal loss to end slavery and institutional discrimination.
In most cases, they had everything to lose and little to gain by going against the powerful and ugly practice of institutionalized racism.

Thank you for those who work without fanfare to make wherever they are more just.
Help us all practice peace by living the Golden Rule – treat each person exactly as we want you to treat us. When we fail, forgive us and help us do better.

In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray!
Amen.