” But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives “ (2 Peter 3:10-11)
Devastation has brought tragedy in all our lives recently. It seems that every day brings more bad news of death and destruction. Consider all the photos of what is left after a flood or tornado and you begin to get a glimpse of just what is in store for this world. It’s called “Tribulation” and it is much worse than anything we have experienced thus far. Some theologians believe that God has become so disgusted with his creation, that he totally wiped the earth clean, twice. The first time he destroyed everything! In the book of Genesis, we read of a second chance and we blew that one so he did away with everything but a small family and two of each of the living creatures. He made a covenant that would guarantee no more wiping everything out by water, but he never said just how he would do it in the final step. Peter reveals that man will finally be judged by fire. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to consider just what nuclear warfare will bring. I fear we have detoured from his will to the point of no return. I regret that I have lived long enough to see America legalize abominations.
I wish I could write uplifting messages like Fred Rogers. I wish I didn’t see into the mirror darkly, but all will end soon and the end will not be pleasant. If you have not accepted God’s Greatest Gift of Eternal Life through Faith in Jesus Christ, it’s not too late, yet. SIN kills and the SINister minister is thrilled by that. He knows he has lost opportunity to be “GOD”. He knows the Truth, but that doesn’t stop him from bringing men, women and children down. All I can say is, “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Better be ready! And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN
Scripture says, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good work and glorify your Lord in Heaven.” Tom Hanks and I share an epiphany. Mine was when I portrayed John Proctor in “The Crucible” at Stage Center in Bryan many years ago. Tom’s happened during his portrayal of Fred Rogers. When a role takes hold of your soul, there is a sense of belonging. It just feels right and, for years afterwards, you find you are reacting to situations as the person you portrayed would react. Perhaps you have found that to be true in your own life. You suddenly recall a scene in a movie or television show that fits the moment. Take pleasure in that, just for that brief moment, you have paid tribute to another and it is most precious when you find yourself being “Christlike”. I am convinced that God just smiled and thought “Well Done”. I do not know Tom Hanks, personally, but I do believe him to be a genuine individual who is utilizing God’s gift to God’s glory. That is true humility in theater. and in life. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN
Look around you right now. When you get to be 88, approaching 89, you simply just enjoy the “look”. Limited to only fond memories and blessed to be around to have them, it is just about as good a Thanksgiving as one can have. My fridge is loaded with all the proper ingredients for a scrumptious meal and all that is required is for one of my room mates to arise and shine. I’ve already been visited by my two pups and they’ve had their Thanksgiving Treat, so here I am, writing to friends who are experiencing what God has provided. As the day continues, may we be a bit thankful for our blessings, too numerous to mention here. And, while you’re at it, thank those who keep us safe and sound. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You. May He smile on you and give you Peace. And, that’s what I get from My box of chocolates. AMEN
There is a family made film making folks smile. It shows the reaction of two youngsters who meet their Christmas favorite character, “Grinch”, when a “Grinch” suddenly comes through a hedge. Sudden panic flight! I recall the times we innocently took our children to events that had the same results. My eldest grew hysterical when at a pancake supper for Kiwanis, a person dressed as “Aunt Jemima” attempted to serve her. ( she never forgave us and “beejeemama”). My son refused to sit on Santa’s lap and screamed when my mom dressed him as a Court Jester in full face makeup and showed him in the mirror before he went “Trick or Treating”, he totally lost it. So, I suppose all parents have had similar experiences. Funny now, but not so much then, donchaknow. ( I expect comments from “All My Children”, by the way) And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates. AMEN
I must have been told, “I can’t sing” numerous times and that proved to be false in many cases. I believe God places a song in each heart, but our human nature is such that it dampens it to silence and that’s a shame. That song is uniquely ours and since the SINister minister has complete control of nature, he can stop our singing it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. My Bible says that “one day every creature will begin to sing. To God “. That tells me that our heart song can be sung when our heart becomes Spirit led. And I believe getting a head start down here will bring hope and joy far exceeding expectation. Lack of music in a person’s life is by choice, not change. Most everyone has experimented with ‘song’ in the shower. If you haven’t done so, you’re in for a real surprise. Shower acoustics are the best! That’s why sound technicians have created that same sound effect digitally. When something is digitally enhanced harmonics add quality. Recording artists have long been benefitted by it. “Echo chamber” makes everything better, but reverberation destroys. In the business of sound production we call it ‘feedback’ and it isn’t good. What you get singing in the shower can be duplicated by a sound technician and it’s a HOOT! The first ‘echo chamber’ was a stairwell. We would place a speaker at one level and a microphone at another and by ‘tweaking’, we got a nicely rounded effect. Today, every shower stall is an ‘echo chamber’ par none. So, give it a shot by singing a song next time you shower. Be prepared for a thrilling surprise. Start out with “Happy Birthday To You” or “Jesus Loves Me”….whatever you choose, it’s the music of your heart that results. (If you want to be technically ‘musical’, try “Do, Re, Mi” from “The Sound of Music”) Personally, I like “Down By The Station”, donchaknow, really!
And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN
This topic hits home to me. As a Prodigal, I was “All In”. daily, convinced that Mercy and Grace covered my transgression, I sailed along for decades, totally unaware of the bill coming due. Just prior to Christmas, 2016, I got the taste of the dish I had served the mother of my children over thirty years earlier and will never forget it. “Living together”, unmarried, violates God’s law and even though it is generally condoned, it comes with a cost. Adultery is not an unpardonable sin, but it places layers of hurts that soon damage the comfort zone. The price for sin, even though paid in full by Jesus Christ, can remain as garbage that continues to stink. The SINister minister continues to fight for victory, every day of a believer’s life. Each negative adds up and at just the right time, he whispers, “Enough is Enough!” and it is. What I thought was ‘true love’, must have been a sham. Today, depending on a very precious lady and her niece for care, I can see just how wrong my life-choices have been. To follow the meandering of my career could leave one out-of-breath and scratching your head in disbelief, but facts are that I have been presented too many wonderful opportunities to realize just how great is our God! Many spend their entire life never hearing applause. Too many very important citizens spend an entire life of ministry, never being even slapped in the back for a job well done. Mine has been exceptionally blessed. No way could the music of my life have been composed by other than “He who was and is and is to be”! I do know that for all who have faithfully invested that which God gave them, unselfishly, will have a very heavy, precious jewel-laden crown. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN
We The People are fed up with your lack of respect of the office you hold. Some of you are totally confused as to why you are there. We do not give a “snap” about how YOU feel about issues! You are to represent US. You have hearing loss brought on by arrogance. If you continue ignoring us, we will bring you back home and find good folks who will do what is right for our common good. We demand you to cease and desist deciding what’s what by your own understanding. We demand that you abandon your stinking practice of party loyalty and adhere to the Godly Principle of our Founding Fathers. Start with this scripture passage from 2 Peter: “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” Get it? The “ignorant talk” is the waste of time playing party politics that recent “Hearings” represent. And stop “covering up Evil”! If you want to remain in office, then stop reading your own rhetoric and turn to God’s Will. Either you start doing your job, immediately, or look for employment elsewhere.
Three men stood in a totally pitch black room one day. Gautama Buddha, Muhammad and Jesus Christ each spoke, one at a time, saying, “Let there be light!”. First it was Buddha, “Let there be light!”…nothing happened, so he said it once more and once more…there was only darkness. Muhammad then said, “Let there be light” and nothing happened, even after he tried three times. Jesus chuckled and they said, “OK, you do better”. And He did! Scripture says that Job declared that it snows when God says, “Let it snow”. When God asked for rain, it did so in abundance. It seems to me that for anyone to believe in anything other than God and His Word, they are in for great disappointment. My life has been blessed, even in times of terrible circumstances. I am, by the world’s standards, indigent and needy. When asked, “What’s In Your Wallet?”, I say nothing. If William Devane were to ask, I would say nothing. I’m a poor lonesome cowboy in appearance, yet an Heir to everything. I’ve been adopted by God, Himself. Though totally unworthy, my eternal life is secured and eternally guaranteed! I am a Child of the King of the Universe, not because of anything I can do, but for everything my Lord Jesus Christ did for me on a horrible cross.