HOWDY! “Lost ART”

Art Bell, taken at his home studio in Pahrump, Nevada, 1997.

It was back in 1988, while working for a west-coast powerhouse radio station, that I received a phone call around 10pm from the Program Director, “Hey, Jim!  Art just called and he is stranded in Pahrump and can’t come do his show.  You’re the only one he will allow to fill in, would you please?”     Art Bell was on-air from midnight to 5am, Monday through Friday with a fledgling all-night talk show that would soon become one of America’s most listened to phenomena.   I had only spoken to Art as he arrived prior to beginning his show whenever I was filling in 6pm to midnight when I first started ‘filling in’ at KDawn.   I was somewhat surprised that he would make such a request, but I did so and for a year, as his show was taking off, adding stations as “West Coast AM”, I filled in for Art numerous times.  We never were close at all.     Some years after leaving KDWN, my wife and I were having dinner at Marie Callender’s Restaurant in Vegas, when Art and his wife, Ramona, were seated near us.  As we were leaving, I stopped to say hello (I had taught Ramona when she was a student and I an instructor at Nevada Broadcasting School).  Ramona greeted me warmly, but Art didn’t say a word!  That didn’t surprise me since I knew him to be a rather strange fellow.   He was brilliant, but bent.  His claim to fame was due to his ‘totally-off-the-chart’ delving into the dark side with focus on the bizzare.  Art passed away, supposedly from a Drug Overdose, at his home in Pahrump, Nevada about two years ago at the age of 72.  His life would make a very interesting novel.  Filled with mystery and strange occurrences.  He has been featured on many of the television programs that deal with UFO’s and Aliens.  Interesting that we both smoked and ended up with COPD.   Even with all his idiosyncrasy, I liked Art.  He created drama with just his voice, and that made him unique.  I wish we had taken time to talk about Jesus, and it is also my opinion that whatever Art and his fans talked about, well….it may not be so ‘farfetched’ at that, donchaknow.

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.      AMEN

HOWDY. “Born To Die”

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Not a pleasant way to say, “Good Morning”, but in all actuality, totally true.  We are all born in SIN, thanks to our first couple back there in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve’s SIN is our inheritance from our very first breath.  Paul wrote this along with many other letters to the Church in Rome, probably during his last days on earth.  It is fair warning, but it also offers a way out.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23)

We are human and have ‘human nature’, easily tempted to go against God’s Will by the ‘Ruler of the World’, Satan himself.  I have given him the additional name. “SIN”-ister minister.  Without Jesus Christ and Salvation through him only, we work for the devil and he pays us regularly with “IOU”s.  Once we have lived as long as our life is the be, we pay our way into HELL, just because we never took advantage of the Eternal Warranty of Life with Jesus Christ and all the Saints in Heaven with a Holy God.  We may have never made headlines in life, but we still will reap the same benefits that Paul and Peter and Abraham and Moses and Jacob and Joseph and Mark and Luke and Matthew and John and James and Joshua and David and Caleb and Gideon and Mary and Martha and Ruth and Esther and Dorcas and Rahab and Isaiah and Jacob and Malachi and Samuel and Job and Isaak and Enock and Noah and Jerimiah and Jude and Solomon and Elizabeth and Zacharia and every other human being in the “Hall of Honor” who accepted God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind, the Soul-Cleansing Blood of the Lamb, My Lord Christ Jesus. Only Christ is the “Gift of God for Eternal Life” and only those who BELIEVE and LOVE everyone in His Name, will sit at the ‘Family Table of God’, Heirs to everything, needing nothing, forever.  Now, that’s something to shout about, donchaknow. Really. And that’s how you too, get a box of chocolates to share with others.

As my Aunt Myrtle used to say, “HEELAWSY!

And that’s what I get from My box of Chocolates.       AMEN

HOWDY! “Old and New”

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” This verse comes from the Book of Jeremiah.   Blessed is the man who does not walk nor sit among unbelievers.” This verse begins the first chapter of Psalm.  Why are we troubled today?   What is missing in our lives?   What hope is there for America and the World? The Bible covers everything that we may have happen and it does in both the Old and the New Testament.  That should convince us of the majesty and power of a loving Creator.  That should be all the proof we need in following what God, The Father of All Mankind, says, but to know what He says, we need to study His Word.  The reading material America has been publishing has led us in the wilderness of dark moon.  Our behavior speaks much louder than anything we can say.  Our constitution is a perfect document, inspired by God.  It isn’t alive and open to edit.  It says what we should do as a nation.  It gives us TRUTH!  It must be totally followed.  Otherwise we will be just like all the rest of the world.  Are you certain you want to be like the rest of the world?  If that’s the right course, why is the rest of the world so anxious to join us, by any means?  WAKE UP, America!  These Bible verses have the answer to what ails us.  TRUST and OBEY!

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.   AMEN 

 

 

HOWDY! “Dont Miss This Channel”

Gary Stearman and Bob Ulrich

If you really want a complete picture of the time we are living, you must check out “Prophecy Watchers”, free on the internet.

These men have been close friends and collaborators in the Bible’s revelation of end times for over 20-years.  They just completed the purchase and refurbish of a television studio in Oklahoma and have a great ministry of internet video and publishing by today’s most celebrated ministers of prophecy.  With over 80% of Americans claiming to be Christian, but with over 80% of these believers doubting some of what God has inspired in the Holy Bible, Gary and Bob are vehemently attempting to bring America and the world, ‘back to the Truth of Scripture’.  I have become a fan of their ministry and urge your perusal of same.  What you will learn is that a very small percentage of sermons delivered from pulpits in our nation will ever delve into ‘End Times’ as revealed in the prophetic scriptures that total one-third of the entire Holy Bible.  Why is this not taught today?  Why are preachers failing to preach the truth of America’s lost love of God’s Word?

Find out for yourself.  Watch Prophecy Watchers at http://www.prophecywatchers.com and make up your mind as to just what is really going on in our lives today.  I’ve said that the spiritual clock is dripping zeros….look Gary and Bob up and see why.

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.   AMEN

HOWDY! “The ALL-FRUIT” Diet.

As a nation, we are producing very little of lasting importance.  God created us for a holy purpose, but he also gave to us, Free Will.  We’ve been Freeing Will for centuries, but have little worthiness to show for it.  One time, that wasn’t so, but we’ve modernized and transformed into creatures of habit and self-adoration.  We glory in looking nice on the outside, but what is on the inside is detritus, unworthy of interest.  Comedy and Entertainment has led us to believe in nothing–Nothing of lasting value, but God’s Truth still remains, regardless of how we may perceive it.  I’ve said all along that we’ve lost our “First Love”.  The Love spoken about in Scripture and here’s proof!  How much of the following ‘life ingredients’ can we say exist in our hearts?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5: 22-23)

LOVE

JOY

FORBEARANCE

KINDNESS

GOODNESS

FAITHFULNESS

GENTELNESS

SELF-CONTROL

How many would others say were evident in our lives?  Who do you know whose life is such an example?  I’d be interested in knowing the names on each list, wouldn’t you?  How many reading this can say that about yourself?  Now, that’s Tough Love!

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.     AMEN

 

 

 

 

HOWDY! “Growing Up”


“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
(1 Peter 2:2-3)
I believe too many ‘babies’ have been fed the wrong ‘milk’, don’t you?   I’ve heard about the ‘milk of human kindness’ all my life, but in retrospect, that IS not the milk that brings about spiritual change.  As a matter of fact, what the world really needs is not milk, but ‘water’.  “Living Water” that only comes by Faith in God’s Greatest Gift to mankind….Forgiveness of all sin through belief in the sacrifice paid for everyone by Jesus Christ.  The great hymn written by Robert Lowry years ago says it all: 

Here is the entire Hymn of  four verses of Pure Truth, copied from the Internet-

 

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my cleansing this I see—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my pardon this my plea—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, ’tis all of grace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

This is all my hope and peace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my righteousness—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

 Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
  Nothing but the blood of Jesus

And that’s what I get from My box of Chocolates.      AMEN

HOWDY! Meet Paul of Tarsus, “Rebellion Becomes a Cause”

Another Bible Verse that teaches “Getting Along Without Conflict” comes from Apostle Paul.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”      Galatians 5: 22-23

Have you ever considered just how important this man was?  Have you read any of his letters to the seven churches full of Gentiles?  Gentiles, like “US”?  Without Paul’s journeys, only Jews would be welcome in Heaven!  According to Thomas Neary, “Paul’s missionary journeys took place within the political structure of the Roman Empire. This was one entity at the time that had conquered formerly independent nations. So he traveled in Israel, Syria, modern day Turkey, Malta, Cyprus, Crete, Italy and possibly Spain, but they would have been defined by the cities he references and the provinces of the Roman Empire they were part of at the time with the exception of Israel.”

His missionary journey began the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the World! It is quite possible that had he not done so, you and I would never hear this Truth.  If you study the entire story of the life of this great man, you will see just how powerful his faith truly was.  Paul lived after Jesus was on earth. He never met him, AND, he was instrumental in leading those who were set on destroying what Jesus preached, until one day on the road to Damascus, he met Jesus!  At that very moment, Paul’s life changed and Paul began the task God had chosen for him at conception.  Paul’s life changed from being a pursuer of Christians to being a follower of Christ. His life was never the same.  His earthly comforts were always in doubt as was his personal well-being.  But, Paul, even while imprisoned, facing execution, never failed to LOVE others!  What Paul did has been multiplied, over and over, in lives all around the world.  He has reaped the reward of “Good and Faithful Servant” and I can’t wait to meet him, one day soon.  The life of Paul of Tarsus, a Roman by birthright, leaves one breathless as to how a man can be used for good, who began life doing harm.  Some nicknamed him, “The Lion of Judah”, for good reason and his story is worth researching for all Christians.

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.     AMEN

HOWDY! “Turmoil Transformed”

Isn’t it  amazing?  Have you ever considered the depth of intellect and power in Scripture?

As we confront pandemonium daily, just a quick perusal of God’s Word brings it all into perspective:

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)      It takes faith to believe and effort to internalize the truth in what God says about everything we face daily.    Too many are floundering around in the world, panicked and without hope.  Too many are depending on government and charity.  Governments come and go.  Charity takes the back seat to self-preservation and besides, when we are totally supported by either, we become slaves.   Never in my lifetime have I experienced such turmoil.  Hardship hits businesses, schools, churches and it’s all due to a little bug.   Perhaps time alone, with God, is good for us all.   Perhaps it is a personal call on our ‘private line’.  Perhaps we are all being summoned back ‘home’, where we belong.  We’ve tried everything else, why not try “Romans”?   May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Sounds like good sense to me.  We could use some of that “Holy Spirit” right now! 

TURMOIL TRANSFORMED INTO TRANQUILITY!

And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.       AMEN

HOWDY! “In Times Like These”

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The Bible promises everything we need as believers.  God calls us “His Chosen People”.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”(Colossians 3:12)  While the world panics and spins out-of-control, we who have the Hope Eternal, must stay calm.  I have no problem with ‘wash-your-hands’, since I do that regularly.  I do miss a hug now and then, but since I do not wish to wear a mask, I shall refrain.  I do seem to be among the most susceptible to anything that attacks the respiratory system, therefore it is with constant care, I shall overcome this travail.  If you really want to know the depth of my concern it has to do with sports and worship.  My heart goes out to those athletes who are suddenly in a holding pattern and as I watched Pastor Jeffries sermon on the tube last Sunday, I was interested in how First Baptist Dallas would look when limited to 500 in a huge worship center.  They did a great job when many more than that number showed up. They opened every center they had and kept within the law.  What interested me most was Pastor Jeffries continuation of the Tribulation series from the Book of Revelation.  He had watched a movie called, “Contagion” the week prior and was interested in how that story depicted just how people responded to a make-believe tragedy that really was close to the one we are experiencing now.  He thought of the way people responded and compared it to the way people were behaving now.  He shared just how, years ago when the world was at war with Germany and Japan, just how people calmly accepted ‘Rationing’ simply because our military needed more than we did as they sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  Pastor Jeffries said, “I couldn’t help but compare what was happening back then, when people calmly accepted what was the right thing to do, as I watched people fighting over toilet paper at Walmart!   What has happened to America?”  

That’s a very good question.  What?  Is it because there are just too many of us who have lost compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience?  If that’s how “Christians” behave, what does that say about this ‘Christian Nation’, today?   We should be ashamed, donchaknow. Really.

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.     AMEN

HOWDY! “23rd Psalm”

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“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.   He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil.   My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”