For "Scripture Sunday": Happy Mother's Day from The Rainforest Site:
Living In a Crazy World
We can live in a world that has gone a little crazy without joining in on being crazy ourselves.
It is easy to think that it is no use and you cannot change the whole world. That is true, but you can exert an influence on the person next to you and you can be a calming island in a crazy world. People may think it strange that you do not run with them in the same excesses (1 Peter 4:4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:). When truth is known, those living a crazy life wish it were different.
You can make a difference in this crazy world. You can briefly touch the heart of a harried person and give them a short rest. You can help others slow down and calm down by your words and demeanor. The nice things in life like a "thank you," a friendly smile, an attempt to understand the frustration another feels or a pat on the back and encouraging words are like water to a desert. We can live in this crazy world without becoming crazy ourselves. From: http://www.ucg.org/this-is-the-way/living-crazy-world/
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May 11, 2012 - Sexual immorality is not a new problem. The Word of God gives the ultimate perspective.
May 10, 2012 - Is marriage only a political issue? What does God's Word -- the Bible -- say about marriage and what is God's vision for marriage?
Can You Trust the Bible?
"What makes the Bible different from other ?holy books?? Is it just another historical document, filled with human error? Or is it really the word of God? Can you prove to yourself whether the Bible is the reliable source for truth? You can!" 28 minute sermon uploaded by tomorrowsworldtv on Feb 9, 2012 http://youtu.be/gG_ZpNBigRk
This morning's program on WGN: You Are What You Eat
Most agree that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food. But what should you do to stay spiritually fit and strong?
"What exactly are you eating? Gourmet? Organic? Junk food? Walk down the supermarket aisle and you'll see all kinds of foods that claim this one is healthy and that one's nutritious.
Most agree that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.
Now take that thought to another realm: To be spiritually fit and strong you must choose what is good.
Now is there a connection between food and holiness?
Prepare to be challenged on Beyond Today as we examine: "You Are What You Eat."
"It was just an expression in my life that went in one ear and out the other. You are what you eat. But could my mom be right?" More at:
Transcript at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-program/christian-living/you-are-what-you-eat
I Hate Mother's Day , Funny But True!
"I hate Mother's Day. I know this makes me a curmudgeon and an ingrate. But in the brief time that I've been celebrated by this so-called holiday, I've come to really, really detest it. I dislike greeting cards. Chocolates go straight to my hips. Orchid corsages make me sneeze. And don't even get me started on breakfast in bed.
Oh how I loathe it! In tromp the children, interrupting my sleep. Bleary-eyed, I must feign hunger and excitement: "Ooh, oatmeal scrambled eggs! What fun! And are those jelly beans floating in the smoothie? Great! It will be sweet, just like you." Then there is the sharing, spilling, and witnessing. The kids suspect my enthusiasm, and actually want to see mommy consume the food. Last year, I ate cheesy, green eggs (my eldest daughter was on a food coloring kick) until I nearly vomited, which, truthfully, would have neither looked nor tasted very different than the eggs did the first time around. I was only reprieved from the feast when my youngest daughter overturned pink apple juice on the comforter. That was the first 15 minutes of Mother's Day." Complete article at:
On This Day:
The inventor of western swing dies, May 13, 1975:
"Bob Wills, one of the most influential musicians in the history of country-western music, is born on a small farm near Kosse, Texas.
Born James Robert Wills in 1905, he was trained to be a musician from an early age. His father was a champion fiddle player, and he began giving Wills lessons as soon as the boy could hold the instrument. By the time he was 10, Wills was a skilled fiddler and a competent guitar and mandolin player.
Wills left home at 16 and worked various jobs, like picking cotton and preaching. He eventually joined a traveling medicine show, where he played fiddle and met Herman Arnspiger, a Texas farm boy who had learned to play guitar from a Sears catalog guitar book. The pair began playing at dances and parties around Fort Worth, and after adding a singer, won a regular radio gig performing as the Light Crust Doughboys.
In 1933, the group separated and Wills formed the band that would make him famous: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. With the Playboys, Wills perfected his hard-driving country-western sound, which drew heavily on the rhythms of the popular jazz-swing bands of the era. Wills' fiddle playing sounded nothing like the traditional folk music he had heard as a child. By using strong beats and syncopation, he produced a sound that seemed to cry out for dancing.
Wills eventually added drums, brass, and woodwinds to the Texas Playboys, making himself into a country-western bandleader in the style of Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw. Several of his bands were as large as 22 pieces, and Wills worked with more than 600 musicians in his long career. In 1940, Wills took some of the Playboys to Hollywood, where the band appeared in a number of western movies that won them a nationwide following. Among their many hits were highly danceable tunes like, "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Bubbles in My Beer," and the ever popular "San Antonio Rose." All told, Wills has sold more than 20 million records to date.
Many critics have argued Wills and the Texas Playboys had a greater influence on the sounds of country-western music than any other performer or group. In recognition of his achievements, Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968. He believed his chances of winning were so slim he was backstage chatting with friends when the award was announced. When he was finally tracked down and brought on stage, he said, "I don't usually take my hat off to nobody. But I sure do to you folks."
Stricken by a series of severe strokes, he died seven years later at the age of 70."
Misty and I took some food down to Jay's for the little wild kittens and their mom. The neighbor's little chihuahua who gave birth to 7 babies, is always waiting for us, for a hand-out, too.
We picked up Jay, came back here, put Misty in my house, and switched into the van to go to the Church of God, 8 miles from here. As we entered, each lady was presented with a red rose for Mother's Day. We both enjoyed the message, but Jay didn't want to stay for the pot-luck, as a friend of his had arrived at his house before we left. I was surprised that Jay even went to church and didn't beg off to stay with his friend, a drinking buddy! Maybe there is a glimmer of hope for Jay, yet.
Still lovely weather, not humid, and not hot, today.