Find happiness when you seek the Lord

 

People seek happiness in other people, jobs, money, the government and other worldly things.  The only true happiness is in Jesus.  We have to choose to be happy everyday.  Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  There is song called “Happiness is the Lord” and real joy is only found in Jesus.

There is another song  about choosing to be happy.  Are we going to be happy today?  I know I will and choose to praise Jesus.

 

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Happy Birthday America…Freedom is found in God

On  July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed by congress and the US celebrates this day as federal holiday.   Our founding fathers believed in freedom.  They wanted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The founding fathers believed in God.

James Madison, our fourth president is known as the Father of  our Constitution.  He made the following statement, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Exodus 20:1:26 (NIV) has the ten commandments:

1.  You shall have no other gods before me.

2.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything.

3.  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

4.  Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

5.  Honor your father and your mother.

6.  You shall not murder.

7.  You shall not commit adultery.

8.  You shall not steal.

9.  You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10.  You shall not covet.

God can only save America, not Romney or Obama.

Here is video of Gaither’s  singing “America The Beautiful” .

Another “what the huh!!?” moment

I don’t have much to say, currently. I’ve intensified my job search.   So here are a couple of random things that may warm your heart, while they leave your mind in confusion.

Surprise! Alice Cooper is a Christian

Some may not get this next one….I mainly just love the intro with Orson Wells. It’s like something I would want to have heard from my own father….or something that I would love to tell my own son…..

Manowar-Defender (original version)

Father! Father! Father!

This letter ends my search.

I’ll live your dream.

Now passed on to me.

In my version of the song, civilization has fallen, and a Defender needs to arise to save the innocent from the dark deeds of the foul fiends that have corrupted and darkened our world. The Corporation shall not always have its say. And the downtrodden of the world will one day find a Champion that will avenge them. The blood of the saints will not be forgotten. precious in God’s sight is the blood of His saints.

Creflo Dollar family needs prayer

Creflo Dollar is/was a successful televangelist who was recently accused of abusing his daughter. He is one of the wifer’s favorites.  I don’t know the truth of the story. Without that, I can’t comment on who is right or wrong. But I can tell you this, someone is guilty of folly…..

Father’s Day 2012 is coming up, and I (Duncan Mcshame,  the negative husband), have no idea of what I want for F Day. The wifer has already gotten me  a good book, any way (the last one written by Billy Graham) and so her bases are covered.

Creflo Dollar had some trouble as a father last Friday. Here is his version of events.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/10/creflo-dollar-denies-punching-choking-daughter/

In my opinion the daughters are in rebellion and we need to be praying for his daughters.  We need to pray for Creflo and Taffi Dollar as they raise their teenage daughters.

Recently, Bitter Clinger gave some pretty epic commentary about the Consumption Craze of our present culture.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/ill-always-bring-you-roses/

Anyhow, my point is, that like other silly people, I sometimes daydream about the next gift. And usually it is something materialistic. But as I get older, “The gold loses its luster, the jewels cease to sparkle, and the throne room becomes a prison. All that is left, is a father’s love for his child.”

Conan the Barbarian-King Osric

Like Solomon, the only gift I really want is wisdom….

Proverbs 6:1-35 (NIV)  are warnings against folly

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, 2  if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 3 then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen in to your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!  4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids, 5 Free yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wide! 7 It has no command, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.  12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart – he always stirs up dissension.  15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy.  16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:  17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, 18 hands  that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.  20 My son keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  21 Bind them upon your heart forever, fasten them around your neck.  22 When you walk, they will guide you, when you sleep, they will watch over; when you awake, they will speak to you.  23 For these commands, are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the correction of discipline are the way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.  25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.  27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? 29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.  30 Men do not despise a thief is he steal to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.  31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.  32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.  33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; 34 for jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.  35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

We all need to be more humble and do what is right according to the Lord.

At the Cross by the Gaither Vocal Band

Marriage is worth fighting for

Marriage should be forever.  People tend to get divorced for petty reasons.

I am not saying that a person being abused should not get out, but other than extreme cases marriage should be forever.  Marriage should contain honesty, trust, and commitment.  Marriage should have Jesus first.  Proverbs 5  is about adultery. In today’s time, it is common for wives to commit adultery too; so to me this passage is for anyone who is considering adultery not to do it.

Proverbs 5:1-23 is warning us against adultery.

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips, may  preserve knowledge.  3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, shard as a double – edged sword.  5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.  6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.  7 Now, then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.  8 Keep to a path far from her, do go near the door of her house, 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel, 10 lest strangers fest on your wealth and your toil enrich another man’s house.  11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.  12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!  How my heart spurned correction!  13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.  14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly.”  15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.  16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?  17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.  18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  19 A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated, my son, by her love.  20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?  Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?  21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.  22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.  23 He will die for lack of discipline,led astray by his own great folly.

I highly respect Mark Gungor, he does marriage seminars called laugh your way to better marriage.  I would recommend this site to any married couple: it is very helpful.

http://www.laughyourway.com/about/mark-gungor/

I also love the movie Fireproof, directed by Alex Kendrick, for married couples to watch.  This movie delivers a good solid biblical message to fireproof your marriage.  Warren Barfield wrote a song for this movie Love is not a Fight, here is the video.

Wisdom of God, Wrath of God, Wrath of the Titan: Consequences of defying God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titans, in Greek Mythology, were powerful Beings that even gods could barely contend with.  The ship, Titanic, was named for these Beings that were equal with gods.  Everyone thought that the Titanic was indestructible.  Who knows but that the Titanic was cursed by the name.  God does not like to be mocked, he does not like anyone to be over him.  I am not saying that he caused all those people to die, but we have to be careful not to put any gods before our God.

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls in government would be necessary.  In framing government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the government; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.  Fed. 51 Madison

Proverbs 4:1 – 27 (NIV): Wisdom is Supreme

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.  3 When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and only child of my mother, 4 he taught me and said, ” Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.  5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.  6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over.  7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.  9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.  10 Listen my son accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  12 When you walk your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.  13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.  14 Do not set foot on path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.  15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.  16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.  17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.  18 The path of righteous is like the first gleam dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of the day, 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;  they do not know what makes them stumble.  20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Petra wrote song Judas’ kiss, the song talks about how people disobey and ignore God.

Prolong your life with God’s word in your heart

You  have to have discipline in your  life.  When  kids we got discipline from our parents and now as adults we get discipline from the Lord.

Do not forget to read and study the Bible everyday and keep the words in your heart.  The Bible and walking with God will prolong your life.  Walk in love and be faithful everyday.  Do not forget to honor God with the your wealth.  God is one that gives you power to get wealth.

Proverbs 3:1-35 (NIV) is passage about further benefits of wisdom

1 May son do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring prosperity.  3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not be wise in your eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.  9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;  10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.  13 Blessed is man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,  14 for she is profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all paths are peace.  18 She is tree life to those who embrace her;  those who lay hold of her will be blessed.  19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and clouds let drop the dew.  21 My son preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight, 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.  23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;  24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.  27  Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power  to act.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, ” Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow”-when you now have it with you.  29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.  30 Do not accuse a man for no reason – when he has done you no harm.  31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, 32 for the Lord detests  a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.  33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.  34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

Through it all I have learned to Trust in Jesus and I take him at his word.  Andrae Crouch sings Through it all  video.

Jesus is my guide

The truth will come out when you go against God‘s word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Edwards is good example for this.  John Edward is American politician  and he served as U.S. Senator from North Carolina.

John Edwards ran in the race for   Democratic president in 2002 and 2006.  In 2007, John Edwards was caught cheating on his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, who had cancer.  In 2010, Elizabeth Edwards separated from John Edwards.  Sadly, Elizabeth Edwards died on Dec. 6, 2010.  John Edwards suffered the seeds that he sowed and lost his wife due to a separation.  John Edwards was also accused of using a million dollars of donated money from his campaign to hide a sex scandal.  Yesterday, John Edwards was found not guilty.  There was not enough evidence to convict him.  He did apologize and admitted that he was morally wrong.  He said  that he was responsible for his sins.  I hope he is sincere and gets his life on track for Jesus.  Only God knows if he is sincere.  If you seek worldly pleasures you will fail.  When you seek God’s way for your life you will succeed.

Proverbs 2:1-2 (NIV)  is passage about moral benefits of wisdom

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom  and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you will look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is shield to those walk blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.  10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.  12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,  13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.  16 It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, 17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.  18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.  19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.  21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

If I lost it all I will always have Jesus and I will be faithful to him everyday.  I rather have Jesus is song by the Crabb Family.  I rather have Jesus than anything in this word!

 

Cannibal attacks, bath salts, zombie apocolypse. 2012 may be the end, after all….

Rudy Eugene ate Ronald Poppo’s face. Just when I think the world can’t get any worse, it does. Such a fine young cannibal….

This is the negative husband again. I’ve been hearing these stories about this zombie attack in Miami, Florida. I won’t go into all of the details. You can google them for yourself. Police are blaming a brave new drug, “bath salts,” that are the brave new version of LSD.

Having worked in a town that is quite active with methamphetamine production and use, this really barely amazes me. Cannibalism is about all that is left to see. And everyone is talking about how scary this Rudy Eugene was in his zombie-like mode. His girl friend said that someone performed a voodoo spell on her upstanding boy friend. And I don’t want to make light of the plight of these people….but…..

We live in a world that tells us that morals are relative. There is no wrong….there is no right….and I sleep very well at night. So why was it wrong for Rudy Eugene to get high and eat someone’s face? Yeah, I understand….Ronald Poppo doesn’t like it…but his opinion has no more weight than mine. Why don’t we vote cannibalism to be legal?

Miami cannibal/zombie face revealed, Rudy Eugene identified

These gorgeous, pristine shores are in the Caribbean. The islands are beautiful. I’ve been there. But hundreds of years ago, the native Caribbean’s used to find human flesh a delicacy. Who are we to say they were wrong?

And hey! If that voodoo priest really can make zombies…..in a morally relative universe, who am I to say that he can’t. Of coarse, I don’t want him to make a zombie of me, but who am I to judge?

My point is…..if there isn’t some form of absolute right and wrong (Christian or otherwise, I’m not debating religion, here), then the only real Law is the Law of the Fist. I have a bigger fist than you, so you better do as I say, or I will smash your face in.

I’m high on a drug that causes me to feel no pain, so you can either surrender your bridge-shelter to me, or I will eat your face. And, since I feel no pain, it will take the police six shots to stop me.

And who decides who is right, and who is wrong?

I guess the cops with the guns. Or….with the most guns. Lets face it, if you throw out a belief in the Absolute (still not really talking about God) then what wins is numbers. Strength. Power. And what is the power of steel, compared to the power of flesh? What is the elegant sword compared to the sinews of the hand that wields it?

The Existentialist talk (ad nauseam) about the absurdity of the Universe. I’m not an Existentialist, but after reading The Killing Joke, I think I understand those that believe that the Universe is mad……

Riddle me this, Batman! If there is no Absolute Right and Wrong…..then why did we fight World War II? What was the point of my small home town losing 400 men if the Nazis were no more in the wrong than we are? If there are no Absolutes at all, then the wrongness of killing six million Jews and millions of others exist merely in the accidental happenstance that Germany lost the war!!!!!! No holy cause. We simply had bigger, better, more organized guns.

No…..I can’t believe that. In my darker moments, I long to huddle in the corner with the joker, and howl, and laugh, and cry my despair…..

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;

Thine are these orbs of light and shade;
Thou madest Life in man and brute;
Thou madest Death; and lo, thy foot
Is on the skull which thou hast made.

Thou wilt not leave us in the dust:
Thou madest man, he knows not why,
He thinks he was not made to die;
And thou hast made him: thou art just.

Nobility, humanity, the heroic spirit….does it indeed taste like chicken…..?

The only vague answer I have begins with these lines, from the same poet:

Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be:
They are but broken lights of thee,
And thou, O Lord, art more than they.

 

 

We silly humans make our theories, test our hypotheses….in the end, we merely eat of each others flesh. We devour the hopes and dreams of our fellow-man. And most of us do it with no more remorse than Rudy Eugene. I pray God has mercy on us all…..

Perhaps I am a fool, but I think, though I fight a losing fight, I have to stand for that God who outlasts our little systems. My shots are faltering, fleeting, failing. Like Don Quixote, I know that my cause may even be illusory. But if face eaters are the future….I’ll take my “fictional” God….

Petra-This Means War

Listen to God’s voice

Proverbs is known as book of God‘s wisdom in the Bible.  I will try to write something from it everyday.

Proverbs 1:8-19 NIV version says:

Warning Against Enticement

“Listen my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  They will be garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  My son, if sinners, entice you, do not give in to them.  If they say, – “come along with me lets ‘s waylay some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our homes with plunder; throw in your lot with us, and we will share common purse” – my son do not go along with them, do not set foot on their path; for their feet rush into sin, they are swift ti shed blood.  How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!  These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!  Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”

The first point in this scripture is to listen to your parents.  I was blessed with parents who loved God and taught me the right direction.  I have have messed up some, but their words of wisdom never departed from me. Sometimes we reject what parents teach us; but if you have a Godly upbringing listen to your parents, they are wise.  Do not go with crowd because they are cool.  Listen to God and do what he says, not what some other person tells you.  I am parent now,  I still listen to God and I have to do what he tells me to do.  There are rewards to listening to your parents.

The second point in the scripture is do not be greedy.  The people described in this verse was motivated by greed.  When greed motivates a man’s heart it can make him ruthless.  A greedy man will destroy the life of another and will destroy his own life.

Veggie Tales has song that talks about standing up for what you believe in.  It very important that we all do stand up for God!

 

 

 

 

 

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