Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two mediums

I don't know if one can still call book reading a medium today, with the advent of tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices that are rendering them virtually non existent.  I on the other hand LOVE the printed word, the book bound word.  I on the other hand am not a Barnes & Noble fan (as I spit on the ground).


This is a position I will hold f o r e v e r.  A n d e v e r.  A n d e v e r.
I have tried reading books on my laptop, iphone and other devices.  I feel nothing.  Yet, when I have a book in my hand...haha...I can almost feel the emotional roller coaster of the author as I hold it.  Somehow I am transported to that time and place in which thought became a reality and found its way onto the pages.  Believe me when I say I have read thousands of books across many literary platforms and genres. Science fiction is in my top 3 ( anything Star Trek baby), as is, fiction (which covers many books) and of course the classics.  I will not buy a book just to buy it, but the books I do buy I read multiple times.  

Here is a short list of some of the books I have read, not in order of importance.  
1. The Oedipus Trilogy
2. Lysistrata (probably the funniest book I ever read)
3. A Walk to Remember
4. The Outsiders
5. The Left Behind series (prequel and sequels)
6. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
7. The Cat in the Hat
8. A Boy Called It (never finished, could not get past first chapter)
9. Star Trek (almost all of them)
10. Old Man and the Sea
11. Of Mice and Men (more on this on later)
12. Black Boy (second funniest book I ever read)
13. Native Son
14. Jane Austen (most of them)
15. A few biographies (Lincoln, Washington, M. Albright, Hamilton)
16. War and Peace
17. Withering Heights
18. Charles Spurgeon biography
19. The Notebook
20. Hamlet
21. Tom Sawyer
22.  House of the Seven Gables (THE Great American novel)
Ya get the hint.  

Now, I would like to present a second list of books that are even more special to me.  Why?  These books have made me cry.  Sniff, sniff.  Once again no particular order.
1. The Outsiders
2. A Boy Called It
3. Through Gates of Splendor (current read)
4. A Walk to Remember
5. Of Mice and Men (probably the first) 
That's it.  

Monday, February 17, 2014


I am at my favorite morning hangout, mcdonalds.  I don't have work until 12 but I wanted to get out and feel the warm sun as it melts some of the snow we have gotten the past few days.  
Right now it is a wonderful respite from being indoors and cowering underneath several layers of clothing.  I was starting to get cabin fever.  

Here is a view of some of the snow.  Did you get much?  If not, where do you live?  Just joking.
We will probably need all of spring and most of the summer seasons to get rid of all the snow that has come so far.  
To put a positive spin on this, from years back, I would always say "the snow is like God's laundry detergent for the earth."  As we get closer to the return of Jesus we do need a good cleansing down here.  Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Business is booming and community boundaries are bulging.  But below the surface, greed and injustice are festering.  Hypocritical human morals have replaced true godly morals, creating a false sense of security and a growing callousness to God's disciplining hand.  Famine, drought, plagues, death, destruction--nothing can force the people to their knees.  This nation, like a basket of rotting fruit, stands ripe for judgment because of its hypocrisy and indifference.   

The opening paragraph describes the nation of Israel in the year 755 B.C. Amos was the prophet during this unprecedented time.  

Much of America is described in that opening paragraph also.  Record numbers are being seen in the stock markets.  The problems that defined the housing markets are now turning back to pre-financial crisis years, albeit slowly.  The jobless rate is declining and more people are getting their personal ships righted.  
I shudder to think what will happen when our, the United States of America, house of cards comes falling down?  Government backbiting, behind the scenes deal making and a nation of people left out in the dark by its chosen leaders.  Even within the halls of congress, a chasm exists between the democrats and republicans.  

Psalms 94:1-3 (v1)"O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs--O God, to whom              vengeance belongs, shine forth!  (v2) Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud. (v3) LORD, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?"

Not long according to the scriptures.  We have closed our ears to the voice of God and shut our eyes to the things we are doing to one another.  Self has become the god of this nation.  Just as we have done to God, He will do to us.
Amos 8:11-12 "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.  They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to west; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it."  

Sunday, February 9, 2014


One of my favorite movies of all time, "12 Angry Men."  Filled with some of the greatest actors of all time.
I am currently watching this.  Although I disagree with AFI's (American film institute) designation.  Way to low in my book.  Should be a top 10-15 movie.  
Had they asked me some of the movies would not be on list.  Check it out, both list and movie.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

All I Need

All I Need to do is:
Kneel down and bow to You
Surrendeer my life to the One who gave His for mine
Lay aside my inadequacies and fears and worship the King

All I Need to do is: 
Come back to my first love
Flee the idolatrous living
Ask for Your forgiveness

All I Need to do is:
Take up Your yoke and find rest solely in You
Trust in the work done on the Cross
Love You as before

All I Need to do is:
Forsake the world and its promise of 'more'
Worship the Creator, not the created
Hold fast to my faith, not riches galore

All I Need to do is: 
Sing a song
Offer You praise

All I Need to do is:
Remember the promise 
Endure to the end
Hope in You

All I Need to do is:  
Glorify Your name Jesus
   Glorious One 
   Risen King
   Son of God
   Lamb of God

All I Need to do is:
Lift up my eyes
Look into Your Holiness
Sing Hallelujah

All I Need to do is:
Draw near to You and You will draw near to me
Know I am not forgotten, though I forget You
Hold Your hand as You hold me in Yours

All I Need is YOU

Friday, February 7, 2014

Famous Quotes

It is more valuable to seek God's presence than to seek His presents.

John Mason

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Famous Quotes

If there are a thousand steps between us and God, He will take all but one.  He will leave the final one for us.  The choice is ours. 

Max Lucado