Foretold Already

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”

I love to study prophecy. It just seems to fill in some blanks, but this verse from Deuteronomy 18:15, tells me that we have already been visited by THE prophet with the final word. All through the Old Testament, we have been introduced to this man. Foretold and as promised, Jesus Christ came to fulfill this promise. The complete history has been written, but it’s not been taught. The SINister minister has complete control of our human intellect and we’ve been following it for so long, we can’t hear the still small voice of truth and reason. We see the impact of his power every day. We have allowed lies and false teaching to permeate our entire education system and we are reaping the harvest. Grace and Mercy still abound, but we prefer greed and maliciousness. I wonder just how much longer God will wait for us to return to Him? All I can say about that is that the clock is ticking, donchaknow. Really. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN

An Absolute

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” I am sure you are familiar with this passage from the gospel of John, but one phrase simply jumped out at me this morning, “…..apart from me you can do nothing!”…… Now that’s sobering for us all. As I think of my life and all its bevy of blessings, I realize all my good deeds….all those wonderful warm fuzzies of doing good…all of it amounted to nothing if I left My Lord out of it. That doesn’t leave much, donchaknow. Really. How about you? OUCH!, right? That puts a lot more on my plate than ever imagined. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN

Fear Not

“For Behold I bring you great tidings of great joy!”

Those are the words we need to recall every time something jumps up and bites us on the rear! And that will be happening more and more lm this life/ You will be inundated by AI! Artificial Intelligence is here and it soon will take over. Already driverless automobiles have been tested in over a billion miles, worldwide. Eventually we will not be allowed to drive an automobile, be transported in “Pods”. But the biggest invasion of our lives will come with “personal assistants” with information gathered from social media, like Facebook and Google, that will know us better than we know ourselves. They will be offered for free by download and will have the power to control thought and deed. You doubt his old guy? Get the information or yourself on our friendly internet. It all has to do with “5Gig”. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN

John 8:12

” When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

This is tough for us to believe. We are human and are influenced by the world. The World is controlled by the Sinister minister and all he does is lie. By nature, we are tuned to his channel and that lasts forever without Jesus. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit and daily Bible Study provides access to the light. Without acceptance of God’s Greatest Gift, repentance and daily Bible study, it is a tough road. Temptation comes in constant doses and it is easy to make wrong choices, but with Jesus as our defense, we will enjoy that light of life. And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN

"Trail of Vengeance"

It was 1963 when Frank Q. Dobbs was News Director at KBTX, channel 3 in Bryan. Our entire staff numbered less than 20 folks. I was a part-timer, working from 5pm until 11 pm nightly, unless I had choral responsibilities elsewhere. As I recall, our night shift included Frank, Wallace Taylor, Alan Wood, George Shearer, Earl Greathouse and myself. Our staff artist was John Scoggins and Jim Mitchell was Operations Manager. Frank had long wanted to write a script for “Gunsmoke”, the top television show at that time. He had submitted a script considered a winner, but with the ‘turn-down’, he determined to make the film himself. We all read the script and agreed to contribute $16.00 each for the 16 millimeter color film. We scrounged around for gear and finally found horses that were loaned to us. There was no sound capability, so we planned to record every one of the sound effects on a tape cart and prcctice numerous times to make it happen. Alan wrote a fine theme song and he played guitar accompaniment and I recorded it. The story was about a “Pilgrim” and his wife who were homesteading a small tract of land that had been used by a cattle baron for his herd. The rancher (Jim Mitchell) hired a gunfighter(Wallace Taylor) and had two of his crew(Alan Wood and George Shearer) accompany him to visit the sodbuster and convince him to leave. I played the sodbuster and Frank’s wife, Carol, played my wife. John Scoggins was the local sheriff and I cannot recall the folks who played as his posse. The film opens with the Pilgrim plowing his field when the hoodlums attack him. His wife bursts from the house with a shotgun and fires it into the air. The gunslinger draws and shoots her. The Pilgrim is left beaten badly, but when he comes to and realizes his wife has been killed, he begins his “Trail of Vengeance”. We shot the film, over several weekends, at locations around Bryan and at Six Flags in Dallas. Frank developed and edited the whole thing in our film lab at channel three. Upon completion, we ran the film while siting around monitors (off air, of course) recording sound sequence on a tape cart. We placed red grease pencil marks where each ‘cue’ was and then rehearsed’ a number of run-throughs. We ‘aired’ the twenty-six minute ‘Epic’ twice following subsequent Saturday nightly newscasts on KBTX. It is hard to imagine how well the whole thing went. Rustic, by the seat of our pants, but that pretty well describes what early television was like. A six man crew did what scores are required to do today and if I might say so myself, “Did it Better”! And, that’s what I get from MY box of Chocolates. AMEN

Our “Spirit of Aggieland” has gotten too sweet!

And it seems to have rubbed off on my Cowboys. No opponent fears us anymore ‘cause WE seem to enter the field in fear ourselves. There is no more evidence of a wrecking crew or doomsday defense, The Great Wall is a fence of yarn. We tout talent and demonstrate inefficiency. All it proves is that deep pockets and fine facilities do not championships make. If we had farmers anymore, we should be visiting fields while being plowed, and ask, “ Which way is North”? If he gets down, picks up the tractor and points a direction, SIGN HIM! JESUS SAVES!
And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates. AMEN