WHAT LIES BENEATH?

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My wife has been doing a study in the book of Hebrews lately with a group of ladies on Wednesday mornings and God has really been working in her heart. Well, last week the Lord laid a lesson on her heart to share with our youth group about the modern day Christian. But what really touched my heart as she spoke was this word “honesty”. You see, it seems that our churches are filled with what I refer to as, Sunday morning Christians. And as I pondered this predicament over the next few days God gave me a little something that I would like to share will y’all. So here goes…….my latest poem.

 

 

WHAT LIES BENEATH?

Gentle breeze blows calm, serene.

What lies beneath will soon detain.

Detain is say, what futures hold,

What lies beneath will soon unfold.

Unfold I say, the layers peel,

What lies beneath shall be revealed.

Revealed I say? What comes to light?

What lies beneath? IT’S ALL A LIE!!

You say your true, your faith so strong.

What lies beneath that surface calm?

The calm I say is just a farce.

What lies beneath that’s hidden, dark?

Dark I say, this poor lost soul.

What lies beneath will one day know.

Don’t say, “I’m God’s, my future sure.”

When what lies beneath is sin, impure.

Impure I say, yet not out of reach.

Let God’s love be….what lies beneath.

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WHAT ARE WE PRODUCING?

I heard tale of a man who was driving by a chemical plant with his young children in his vehicle. As they passed by the plant the man glanced at his children and asked a question, “do y’all have any idea what they do inside that facility”? To which the youngest child eagerly exclaimed….”of course we know dad, it’s so obvious”. Well out of curiosity the father asked the young child  back, “well, what do they do there sweetie?”  “WHY!!! THEY MAKE SMOKE DADDY!!!” she eagerly exclaimed. I’m certain that the father smiled as he heard her simple explanation, but this story struck a chord with me because it so totally represents the modern day Christian conservative persona.

 

The reality is that the Bishop Ticona plant actually produces plastics and sells the byproducts to other companies. But to the innocent child all she could see was the tops of the cooling towers silhouetted in the sky, and the massive stacks as they billowed out clouds of smoke and steam. To someone who is unfamiliar with the plant, to the untrained eye, that’s all that is observed…just smoke. It’s not like the plant does any sort of ad campaign or sends folks out into the neighborhoods to let us know what the heck they’re doing behind those massive fences. They don’t spend money to go door to door to educate the public about their functionality. Why would they, it wouldn’t be cost effective and would deviate from the actual goal of their facility. Well, unlike that chemical plant, what they don’t do is exactly what we SHOULD BE DOING.

 

Now I’m going to ask you, my reading audience, a similar question. When the world looks at you what do they see as being produced in both your life as well as the body of Christ? Are we producing qualities that others can benefit from? When your community looks at your church, is it just another building that gets filled on Sunday morning? Are you a good show on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s? Are you an outreach and inspiration to your community? Are we being productive and proactive or are we simply filling pews? I guess to really dumb this question down I could just ask this……ARE WE BEING PRODUCTIVE OR ARE WE JUST BLOWING SMOKE OUT THE STACKS???

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The Blame Game!!!

DADGUM LIBERALS……..destroying America is what they’re doin’. Obama and his bunch of minions. Stinkin’ NSA spyin on us. Hillary gettin away with murder. Supreme court Justices changing the laws of the land to suit their liberal agenda. Gun runnin schemes by the Attorney General. Communist lovers holding Sec of State positions. NY state governors telling conservatives they are no longer welcome in “his” state. Muslim extremists infiltrating the highest levels of government. IRS singling out Christians and TeaParty groups. I mean COME ON FOLKS…..how much more of this can we stomach? And all of this we blame on the liberals…..right? Hold on, wait a tic, this is the same thing we accuse Obama of doing, passing the buck. How much of this is our fault? Would you be shocked and confused if I says that this is our fault? And as much as you might hate it, I would be 100% correct.

 

Isaiah 1:4-6 KJV

4Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

5Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

6From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

 

You see, what we have here is a heart problem. The problems in this country are a manifestation of the heart of its citizens. In the 80’s we decided, AS A NATION, to begin removing the 10 commandments, prayer, and the Bible out of our public schools. We murder babies like it’s a fashion craze. I read an article the other day that cited NYC kills enough babies through abortion in one year to fill the Super Bowl. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/01/22/number-of-babies-aborted-in-new-york-city-in-one-year-would-fill-super-bowl-stadium/ Our churches preach a prosperity gospel and our pastors refuse to preach on sin and the consequences of it.http://www.svchapel.org/resources/articles/22-contemporary-issues/620-joel-osteen-and-the-prosperity-gospel  We speak constantly of God’s love yet refuse to acknowledge His HOLINESS. State and Federal governments now accept that same sex unions (I personally refuse to call them marriages) are both legal and acceptable. And all of this happens the meanwhile Christians do very little to stem the flood of unGodliness. We blame the Democrats…..we blame the R.I.N.O. Republicans……we blame everyone except ourselves.

If you knew that you had a cancer in your body you would do everything you could to get the cancer out. Why? Because we all know that cancer kills. This country has a cancer in its heart yet we don’t exercise our God given rights to perform the necessary surgery. And the more we delay the worse the condition gets. Now the real question is, Is it too late? And I reckon that the answer is up to you and me.

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

Are we willing to humble ourselves before God? Are we willing to accept responsibility for our own actions? Can our country be healed from the great sickness that we have allowed to prosper? YES IT CAN, BUT IT’S UP TO US TO CHANGE OUR HEARTS.

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THE TOWER…A CALL TO FREEDOM!

The once brave warrior gazed with longing across an open field. The field lay vacant and deserted…not long ago this field was bustling with activity. A pile of bricks and masonary equipment lay idle and abandoned. A half finished battlement stained the panoramic view. Such hopes and dreams lay in this field. Plans of grandeur and strength lay in that pile of rubble. “Where did I go wrong?”, the warrior thought to himself. The enemy was still lurking in the shadows and his plans of fortitude and solace lay in ruins upon the floor of the otherwise vacant field.
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Luke 14:28-30 KJV 

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

 

We call ourselves patriots but how many of us are just like this warrior? How many of us have actually counted the cost? We happily join this group and that group. We pledge allegiance to one organization or another. Yet scripturally we are not even close to ready to begin the battle. We often find ourselves sitting in that vacant field gazing at dreams of freedom and wonder where we went wrong. Being a patriot is so much more than sending out 100 tweets a day pounding on Obama (and there’s nothing wrong with that). But do we couple that with a proactive approach to freedom? Do we count the cost of time and money. In the year 2014 we will witness countless dollars being poured into the liberal regime to forward their message. And while we may criticize that, are we counting the cost? Are we working the phones for a candidate we believe in or are we cussing at our phones when they call us from their campaign trail? Are we vetting our candidates or are we letting the MSM or even FoxNews do that for us? Witnessing Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan that is obviously not such a wise idea.

 

PATRIOTS….IF WE ARE WILLING TO CALL OURSELVES THAT…..HAVE WE COUNTED THE COST?

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“The Once Good Sailor” a story of God’s unfailing love and mercy.

I’m gonna tell y’all a story. A story of God’s amazing grace and mercy. Ya see there was once a sailor…he was I reckon an ordinary sailor, ordinary but good. He loved his job and performed it above reproach. But it so happens that this sailor kinda lost his way and began abusing alcohol and yup you guessed it, drug usage. Somehow he managed to scrape by with an honorable discharge but from there his life took on a pretty rough course. No fair winds and following seas for this sailor. Nope, he went straight into a life of cocaine usage which led ultimately to an addiction to meth (or what y’all might know as ICE). Let me lay it on you straight…this stuff will wreck the strongest person, it is highly addictive and almost impossible to live without once your hooked. After a couple of near death experiences due to overdose this once good sailor decided that no longer would meth control him but he would “control the meth”. Yea, that’s a really smart idea right? Well, whoever heard of a smart addict? I keep referring to this individual as a “once good sailor”, am I making excuses for him? Like perhaps his time served in military service had something to do with his constant drug usage? I most certainly AM NOT!!! Consequences and repercussions, we are all responsible fer the choices we make and if we are to move on we cannot place the blame on anyone but ourselves. AND THAT’S THE TRUTH. The education systems would have our children believe that we are the victims of our surroundings, well this is an all out lie perpetrated by Satan himself. After being arrested and spending some time in county to dry out this once good sailor gets out with every intention on walking the right path…..yea, that lasted all of about 6 hours before he was up to his old ways. Perhaps a change of scenery would suffice? He moves and his addiction moves with him. Keep in mind that this once good sailor was saved and a child of God. That’s important to know cause you’re about to hear, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story”

This once good sailor was called to preach at the age of ten, but at the age of 17 decided to rebel and much like the prophet Jonah he hopped on a ship and got as far away from his calling as he could. This once good sailor defamed the precious name of his Lord and Savior time and time again. And each time it got a little easier as he quenched the voice of the Holy Spirit. Well, this once good sailor made his way to Texas after travelling the world over it seems that God finally got through to him. And boy did He ever. It came down to a conversation between said sailor and God. It went something like this, “Paul, if you don’t stop living the way that you are living I’m going to take you out of this world.” You wanna get somebody’s attention? It’s easy, just tell them they’re about to die….yup, that’ll do tha trick. And for all you folks who think that it’s impossible to break the chains of addiction let me tell you about a once good sailor who sobered up in 5 minutes flat. No withdrawals, no shaking and cravings….just flat out quit COLD TURKEY.

Well I reckon by this time you’ve already figured out that I’m that once good sailor and if you’ve read my blogs you know that I am not the man I used to be. God has given me so many chances and I wish to do all I can to never let Him down again. Since my arrival in Texas almost 12 years ago God has blessed me with a wife and son, a ministry at my local church, a full time job and a worldwide family of Christian brothers and sisters. Sometimes Satan throws my past in my face and tells me I ain’t good enough to serve God because of my past…..to that I reply “what past?” Because of my past I am able to minister to the youth of my church, I know what the world offers and I also know the consequences of such actions. All I know is that I serve a powerful, no… the All Powerful, God and He is able to change and transform anyone.

SO, TO ALL OF YOU GOOD FOLKS WHO SAY THAT YOU AIN’T GOOD ENOUGH, OR THAT GOD CAN’T USE YOU. I SAY TO YOU, “GOD LOVES YOU AND HE CAN DO ANYTHING” DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED.

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THE PEN

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This pen it writes all by itself

This song it sings..Alone it swells.

The words create a lonesome verse

Its speech is pure and not perverse.

It writes of God, his grace and peace

The words they flow they never cease.

For when it’s done and done I say,

Will you be ready for that day?

How does it cease, for you end well?

Two choices alone, Heaven or Hell.

To wait till death will never do,

This pen writes NOW, make all things new.

This ink it flows across this page,

Like Jesus’ blood to cleanse all age.

I cannot stop the pen has chose,

Of Jesus love the words compose.

But now lay down this pen is done,

The work complete like God’s own Son.

This pen writes words all by itself,

Its choice is Jesus and eternity’s wealth.

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REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND!

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Matt. 3:4 KJV “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

I Jn 1:9 KJV ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Acts 3:19 KJV “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

Once again I haven’t written any thing fer a while. My life has been, good Lord, hectic to say the very least. Juggling family, church, work and political activity to say I’ve been busy would be an understatement. But I come to ya’ll tonight with a message that the Lord shared with me through my wonderful son. On any given evening after dinner and before bed time our family of three gathers around each other to share what’s happened throughout the day and to spend some time in devotions together then followed by prayer. (they say the family that prays together, stays together. And after 10 years of marriage I can testify to that truth…..also there is documented evidence of the same.)

biblestudytools.com “The old adage, “The family that prays together stays together,” received some additional credence this week. A survey by the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that adolescents ages 12 to 14 reared in religious households are more likely than their peers from nonreligious families to admire their mother and father, to not run away from home, to eat dinner with their parents and to have Mom and Dad involved in their social lives.”

Well anyways, we were done with devotions the other evening and were praying together. I had shared that evening about how we should confess our sins to the Lord in order to keep our hearts pure before Him. Well, my son was praying and I was listening in on the conversation when I noticed a trend in what he was sayin. “Dear Lord help me to not get angry…..dear Lord help me to not fight with my friends…..dear Lord help me to respect my parents….” I’m not making this up that is almost verbatim what he prayed that night. As he closed his prayer the Lord smacked me in the head and said, “how many times have you asked fer help instead of asking for forgiveness?” I thought about this all the next day till I had a head ache the size of the state I live in (yup that’s Texas) and I came to the conclusion that askin for help (while there ain’t nothin wrong with that) is entirely something different from askingfor forgiveness. I really don’t think that God can or will help us until we first repent of the thing that is separating us from His presence.

Now all that bein said I reckon I should clarify something for you guys…..I never once criticized my son for his prayer. At ten years old he is just speaking his heart to the Lord and I would never wish to discourage him in any way. When he prays sincerely it is so moving and wonderful, and unless you have children you probably wouldn’t understand this emotion.

I WOULD CLOSE THIS BLOG BY ENCOURAGING YA’LL TO SHARE SOME TIME EVERY DAY AS A FAMILY. #1 AMONGST YOURSELVES & #2 TOGETHER AS A FAMILY WITH GOD. I’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT A HUNDRED MORE TIMES. THIS COUNTRY AIN’T A GONNA FIX ITSELF…..IT’S GOTTA START IN OUR HOMES…

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Happy Veterans Day.

I’m a veteran….17 December 1997 I joined the worlds finest Navy. Toured all over the Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic as well as the Black Sea aboard the USS LaSalle AGF-3

          (may she rest in peace)

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But this blog ain’t about me…its about my shipmates. I had the honor and privilege of working with the greatest group of pit snipes who ever lit fires in a main machinery room. My God these fine folks could make those screws turn. Whether we were providing power with the SSTG’s, or pumping out fresh water with the distilling plant, making LP air and steam, setting fire watches, inspecting shaft alley, steady steaming or running GQ….I wouldn’t want to have served with a greater group of tremendous sailors.

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If I tried to list all of the men and women I served with I would bore you half to death….but a couple I’ll name because we were like a band of brothers. MM3 Lieble, MM3 Billiot, MM1 Cornelius, BT1 Hartman, BTC Kipp, MM3 Villasana, MM3 Michaeliuk, MM3 Wilson, SH3 Kitchen….seriously the list could go on (I know I missed a lot) but these were like brothers to me. These men and women exemplified honor, courage, and commitment.

And 9/11 affected even the 6th Fleet. We lost our XO Commander Patrick Dunn at the pentagon.

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http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/pdunn.htm

             Also ET1 Hemenway

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http://www.timehonoredtributes.com/content/biography.asp?bio_id=614

We worked hard and we played hard……

WE WERE/ARE SAILORS…
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THE BANDAGE.

Well I’ve gone and done it. Years of mechanic work are starting to wear on my body. Seems the other day I over rotated my thumb and gave myself a righteous case of torn ligaments in my wrist. I gotta tell you, it hurts like the dickens. So the other night (before doctor visit) I thought I’d be smart and use an ACE bandage to keep my thumb immobile. Looked through the medicine found the bandage but lo and behold the little clips were missin.
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Well I found myself up a creek cause no matter how I wrapped the wrist I couldn’t get the darned thing to stay fer any length of time. It kept unravelling and comin loose. Tied a knot here, pulled it under there….no luck. As I was fightin with the bandage I started thinkin about America, (I do that a lot) and became enamoured with tha idea that those little clips are like some really precious books and documents (I’ll start the list with the Bible, then add something called the U.S. Constitution, throw on a good helping of the Bill of Rights and I think you know what I’m referring to)
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which for quite some time have held the fabric of this nation together and now that they are being removed this country is comin ravelled.
You see, without those clips that bandage would work for a temporary fix but it wouldn’t stand the test of time. One of the main things that hold this country together is the blessing of God. And when we began taking Him out of our schools and courtrooms this country began its downward spiral. The good news is that I was able to replace the missing clips very easily. The task before us as a nation however is not quite as easy. But if we don’t get started it’ll never get done.

I CHALLENGE ALL WHO READ MY BLOGS TO DRAW NIGH TO GOD AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND FREEDOM TO A NATION OF UN-GODLY FOLKS!!

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You can’t delay stupid. H/T wolfiehowls.com

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