HOWDY! “Grown Up”

How important is “TRUTH”?  Well, it must be very important since God talks about it so much in His Word.  The problem, as I see it, of the travail we are going through, is immaturity.  Oh, sure, we have evidence of ‘aging’, but not mentally.  Not enough.  Are we speaking “Truth”?  Are we the least bit in love with each other?  I think not.  We are making a terrible mistake in disrespecting others, especially our President.  I have recorded a video that comes from the very heart of how I perceive truth.  We believe lies simply because we live a lie.  Liars abort babies, live abominable lives in sinful relationships and love self more than others.  We are our own worst enemy, surrounded by worst enemies and we are making a big mistake.  Cogitate this verse from Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus:

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

And then watch my video.  What I share is what I genuinely feel to be TRUTH.















HOWDY! “The Universal Language”

I taught music all my life. I lived music all my life. I hear music all the time. It was my privilege to create music and so I thought you might, during this ‘stay-at-home’ period of our life, you might get a lift from some musical fact.
1 Music is Universal.
2. Printed music is understood ‘Universally’.
3. Music is comprised of ‘specifics’, so it appeals to the most intelligent mind.
4. The Music Alphabet has only 7 letters (A B C D E F G)
5. A musical scale has 8 degrees. You may have heard them in a song from “Sound of Music”. (Doh Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Doh)
6. A standard piano keyboard has 88 keys. (52 ‘white’ and 36 ‘black’)
Here is a segment of a piano keyboard:

7. Notice the black keys are in patterns of 2 and 3. Each has two names.
8. White keys are ALL in the key of “C Major”.
9. A “C Major” scale has 8 degrees. (C D E F G A B C)
10. The black keys are either ‘sharp or flat’ and take the name of the white keys adjacent.
11. A Major Scale is comprised of ‘whole steps’ and half steps’.
(Looking at the keyboard segment, Do you see that the first of two black keys would be ‘C-sharp or D-flat’ and the second of two would be ‘D-sharp and E-flat? Now look at the cluster of three black keys and determine what names they can have.)
12. There is a total of 30 keys of musical composition. (15 are Major and 15 are minor)
13. There are 7 keys with ‘flats’ and 7 with ‘sharps’ PLUS the Key of
“C Major” and “a minor’).
14. The sixth degree of a Major scale is the first degree of its minor. (scales are designated by upper case (Major) and lower case (minor)
15. In a Major scale, half-steps occur between 3 & 4 and 7 & 8. (Prove this by looking at the keyboard segment and notice that there is no black key between B & C and E & F. They are the half-steps in a C scale.
16. Now, notice that the sixth degree of a C-scale is ‘a’, if you begin a scale there, the half steps must be different. (What are they?)
17. Just for fun, start and build a Major scale on “F”. What ‘black’ key would you use ‘in flats’? Now, build a Major scale n “G”. Where would you use ‘sharps’?
HINT: Sharp keysignatures begin with “G” and move in fifths. Flat keysignatures begin with “F” and move in fourths.
Let me know how you do in ‘comments’. Thanks
And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN

HOWDY! “It Is No Secret”

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1: 27-28) The Jewish Nation is still God’s Chosen nation, all the rest of us are “Genitles”, so, fellow Gentiles, let us celebrate ‘adoption’.  How many of us will be among the Saints, feasting at God’s Family Table?  There has been an open invitation dating back to Paul’s meeting with Our Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.  Praise God for that meeting!  From God’s eneny to Jesus’ most loyal servant, this man who had held the cloak of so many who stoned believers!  This man Paul of Tarsus, was instrumental in bringing God’s Hope for a lost world to that world.  Who today will continue to carry that torch?   It will not be a HOOT, donchaknow.  It will not be the most popular of activity.   It will only bring about opposition from those who follow the “SIN”ister minister.  You will know him as the “Prince of the World”, some will meet him, face to face, as the Antichrist.  One truth from scripture (at least I believe it to be truth) is that today’s Children of God will not be among those who meet him. Some have reached Spiritual Maturity in Jesus.  That is the ‘hope of glory’ Paul is talking about in this passage from the gospel of Colossians, through which, we overcome and go home before the Tribulation.  Oh, that will be Glory for Me!    And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.      AMEN

HOWDY! “Free Admission”

Knock, Knock, KNOCK!

The world is missing out on a real bargain.  There is a saying that became the title of a popular song years ago, “The Best Things in Life Are Free”!  Humanly speaking, we totally ignore this truth:

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Why are we missing this fact?  Well, we’re too smart for our own good.  Free Will is our major stumbling block to eternal bliss.  The two most powerful influences for people are Human Intellect and Spiritual Truth.  Human Intellect tells us that Spiritual Truth is a lie and without us knowing it, we miss out on God’s Plan for our lives.  Jesus Christ calls himself the son of man.  He capitalizes “Son” and “Man” since he is BOTH.  He is GOD in the FLESH and that is difficult for human beings to accept.  Failure to do so sends human beings to HELL.  No one really wishes to reveal this fact since it makes for uncomfortable conversation, but It is TRUE!  Are YOU one of those about whom Jesus is speaking?  Probably so, since you’ve not accepted the Greatest Gift of God to Mankind.  Jesus Christ knocks on every heart’s door since there’s no door-latch on the outside.  To receive His Gift, you must OPEN that door.  Knock, Knock!  Knock, Knock!  Knock, KNOCK!!

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

HOWDY! “Most Precious”

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:1819)  The Magic Moments of life are “Precious and Few”.  The big fisherman knew this and that’s why he was given the words he wrote in his gospels.  The most precious time for any man, women or child, is when they come to the realization that they are totally lost without the Soul-cleansing Blood of the Lamb.  Have you ever heard this great old hymn:?  “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more.  But, the Master of the sea, billows His will obey, from those waters lifted me, I’m saved today!  (chorus) Love Lifted Me!  Love Lifted Me!  When nothing else could help, Love Lifted Me!  LOVE LIFTED ME!  LOVE LIFTED ME! WHEN NOTHING ELSE COULD HELP, LOVE LIFTED ME!”  Born in SIN and totally set free, once and for all, eternity.  Precious!

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

HOWDY! “For Your Information”

It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” (Romans 14:11)  Enjoy life!  Give it all you’ve got!  Never worry about tomorrow for tomorrow never comes!  You only go around once in life!  Grab all the Gusto! “Que Sera, Sera”! “What, Me Worry?”  “When I get A Round 2 it”!  There is one thing that will most definitely, without doubt, for sure happen and that’s a Final Judgement for us all.  How we spent the precious moments God gave us will result in consequences.  You’re reading this now, so….you still have time to make up for all those failures.  Regardless of just how you’ve spent you time, nothing you have done or failed to do will have ‘amount due’.  There will be “Paid in Full” stamped on your final bill with Jesus as your Savior.  Nothing else can make you worthy of an eternal home with God.  Nothing!  You really do not want to face HIS judgement!  Really!  Come to Jesus and be saved from all sin.  ALL YOUR SIN!

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

HOWDY! “A Certainty”


For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)  No Excuse!  I recently had a conversation with a very intelligent agnostic.  An agnostic is just a bit shy of atheism.  As far as the Bible goes, both fall short of God’s Glory.  To me, both fall at the extremes of intelligence.  This scripture says that every living human ‘knows’ of God’s existence.  No Excuse given.  America seems to be agnostic.  We can’t get away from God, since we are constantly reminded of Him on our paper money and we certainly are conscious of our paper money. We must have been paying lip-service for a bunch of years since our man-made laws reflect total ignoring of God’s Law.  My intelligent friend may never accept the existence of God, but that doesn’t change the fact that He exists.  Look around and tell me that what we observe doesn’t scream of miracles.  Ignore Truth all you want, but my Bible says that there is coming a day when even the rocks will sing His Praises.  That about wraps it up for me, donchaknow.  I refuse to wait on the rocks.

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

HOWDY! “Trust, Honor and Obey”

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”  (Romans 13: 6-8)

There is a ‘key’ phrase smack dab in the middle of this verse that brings about focus for me. Do you see this?:” who give their full time to governing”?  Who among those we’ve elected give their FULL TIME to governing? Isn’t there a majority spending most of their time demanding political pork-barrel?  Is that what God intends?  I think not!  It reminds me of my conversation, years ago, with a former school administrator.  He and I had a running skirmish over this management skills and motivation. He was much more interested in teachers’ total loyalty with never a “Why or Why Not?”.  He was constantly accusing me of insubordination…and he was right.  Just prior to his succumbing to cancer, I visited with him.  “You were one of my best teachers, Jim, but I couldn’t break you”!  I simply couldn’t determine the difference of his definition of “Co-operation” and “Brown-nosing”.  I believe, in education, SERVICE goes two ways. EGO must never enter into a classroom.  Never!  It should never enter into governmental service, either.  

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

HOWDY! “Jack Lemmon”

Jack Lemmon

One of my most admired actors, Jack Lemmon and I met briefly a long time ago while awaiting a taxi in front of a hotel in Dallas.  He spoke, “Hello”, and I just stood there in awe.  He smiled and got into his taxi and that was that…until sometime in the mid 60’s when my Bryan home telephone rang about 7pm.  I answered with the usual, “Hello”, and there was a pause and then the voice said, “Who is THIS!”,  I said, “Jim, Who is this?” “Jack”, he said, “What are you doing answering my phone, where is my wife?”.  “Well, Jack”, I responded, “I have no idea where you wife is, but mine is right here, ‘ya won’t to speak to her?”.  He paused and I said, “you must have misdialed, Jack”.  He said,” isn’t this 714-434-0458?”  “No, Jack”, you dialed 704 by mistake.” He apologized profusely and by then I thought I recognized his voice, “You must be a long way from home, Jack, this is not the best quality. “I’m not surprised.  What’s your name?”  “Jim Austin, Jack.”  Well, Jim Austin, what a coincedence, right?”  We carried on a conversation for a time. He was playing at a theater in Canada and was miserable.  He said it wasn’t much of a play and he couldn’t wait to get home.  He asked, “Since you’ve been in theater, would you agree to never share my number.  I hate to have to change all that.”    I agreed and have shared it only once, but that was long after his death, back in 2001.     Jack Lemmon seemed to be a kind, respectful gentleman.  I though so all along.  I must admit that I considered calling for another chat a few times, but since I had given my word, I didn’t do it.  I do wonder about his soul and all the other famous souls it has been my opportunity to come in contact.     I should have asked.       I will probably have to depend on Jesus to defend that omission, donchaknow. Really.

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




























































HOWDY! “Sin debt, PAID in Full”


Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1) It’s sad, but true.  So many claim to be Christians, yet many do not believe what the Bible says about it.  I have lost a bunch of my followers over the past years.  I have lost contact with over 1200 to exact.  It is probably due to the fact that I’ve been so urgent in my message of salvation.  It’s OK since I understand the difficulty in truly being ‘Christlike’.  God makes that possible.  He could have made everyone to be believers from their first breath.  He chose instead, to have all of those who are His Children, be so by doing the one simple thing: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures“.  Mankind has added stuff like “you must be baptized” or “you must belong to a certain church group” or “you must work at specific activities’ or ‘you must receive absolution from a certain man or church’.    All of these are totally unnecessary, donchaknow. To be mislead by any ‘works’ demanded, other than belief, repentance and faith in scriptural fact, will simply send a person to the wrong eternal destiny.  Jesus Paid It All! PERIOD!

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