Here again I am not here to persuade you to vote my way. I am telling you what God has been telling me. When I get into the booth and vote I will say a prayer. A prayer for wisdom and guidance. I am still not sure who I will vote for. I am positive it won’t be for Clinton. I have been struggling with this since Trump got the nomination. The only reason I might vote for him would be to get a conservative back on the Supreme Court. A good reason but is it good enough. Building a wall is not a good reason. He is building a wall but it is a bad one to have. Keeping out Islam is not a good reason. Sorry folks it is here already and it would be unAmerican to keep them out or shut down the mosque for just because we can.
But the really big reason I will pray is because I would like to hear God’s voice in this. God will allow whom ever we choose. For the good or the bad. He will use that choice for His works. No matter who we choose that will not alter His strategies or His thinking. It could have a huge difference on how America goes. Whether it keeps going down hill or it has redemption and a revival.
God is in control all over the earth. When an evil person or government is set up, God will allow evil things to happen. But in the end God and good will prevail. Example, Hitler in Germany. Hitler rose up because he tickled ears and he was led by the evil one. Satan has always tried to get rid of the Jews. He tried the Pharaohs, Different city states in the promised land and different peoples such as the Philistines and the Hittites. He used the Judges to keep going on a straight path. The people kept going away from God. They told Samuel they wanted a king like every one else. They got Saul who was very much like the other Kings. Most of you know the history of the OT Jews so I won’t go into all of the stuff that went on but the people followed the Kings good or bad. The leadership set things up for them and their children. From Solomon to Zedekiah. Back to Hitler he tried very hard to get rid of the Jews. 8 million by him alone. I don’t think that those in Russia and the Ukraine were a part of those numbers. Maybe they were. But God used that awful war to get a home for the Jews. So God can use horrible things to come for good and to fulfill His prophecies.
This US election might be one of those cases.We will get what we deserve no matter who is elected. I know not of anything good that can happen if Clinton is elected. But I have to be honest and do not see much Godly good coming from Trump. I can have both sides mad at me and I don’t care. No matter who wins Tuesday there will be a Wednesday. God will still be God and will be LORD. We must stay on our knees so we can hear his voice and not some tickle of the ear. Too long and boring maybe but I write from my heart when it is time to write. God Bless all of you. Ben C
I am not here to try to change any minds about anything. So if you disagree then leave it at that. You are still my friend and I want to be yours.
Hillary Clinton… I didn’t think I could dis like any one like I do Bill but his wife is coming to that. She is a liar and a very mean and spiteful woman. She has lied all her life. She has no qualifications to be president. NONE. She has used her money to manipulate people, to buy her way into her jobs she has had and used the power that she never should have gotten to advance her political career. Bill Clinton was not the worst president we have ever had. The current one is that. But Bill used people and misused people all his life. He has ruined the lives and families of many women. In Arkansas there were no independent council to see what crimes he had committed. They were all bought and paid for. How do I know this because I knew one of the women. Getting back to Hillary, she couldn’t have gotten dog catcher in Arkansas after she and Bill left Washington. That is why she moved to New York, the people didn’t know her. She was never qualified to be Sec. of State but smoothed mouth and I am sure paid off people for that job. She has proved several times she was never qualified for it. She is not qualified for president either. Oprah wants a woman president. Doesn’t matter if they are qualified or not she and many feminist want a woman president. Second people want her because she is pro abortion. Doesn’t matter than 30 years ago she was against it or 10 years ago abortion if only necessary . Even 8 years ago only early term abortion. Well she goes with the money and the abortionist have given her a lot so now it is abortion at anytime and she now wants the tax payers to pay for it. If the women have the right to choose then they should have the right to pay.
Sadly I don’t think we will ever change Roe vs Wade. It is truly an insane law and 57 million children in America alone have died from it. I hope I am wrong about that. We do need to keep showing up at the clinics and praying. Babies are being saved that way.
Homosexual marriage is a sin. You cannot prove to me that it is not a sin. I have seen a lot of excuses but not one single thing from the Bible supporting it. Genesis 2:23-25
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
‘This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called “woman”,
for she was taken out of man.’
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
He made man and woman for each other. That is the only way it should be. There are many side items I could write about but these I felt a need to share. If you disagree that really won’t change my mind about you so do as your conscience tells you. Welcome comments if any.
This not to change any ones mind on anything. Just me letting off steam. So if you disagree, that is okay.
First off is that the world doesn’t survive on sports. Now those of you that know me know I like sports, almost all of them. But my world does not rotate around one team or sport. What I am saying that I like to watch the Tigers on Friday nights, the Hogs on Saturdays and Dallas on Sundays. I watch a lot. Nothing wrong with that as far I know but my life is not sports. Take them all away,everything, and my life still goes on. I would find other things to do.
This week I have read several stories about how the NFL is losing people watching. Not on purpose but I am one of those. I don’t have cable or satellite tv so I can’t watch but a quarter of Sunday night and maybe a Thursday night game. You know my life hasn’t ended or I haven’t gone insane because of not watching. As of 2015 the league office is no longer considered a non profit. So nice of them to become a part of the real world. 4 to 10 billion dollars they can be taxed and not hurt anything. I haven’t watched a whole NBA game in years. I haven’t missed it at all. When Jordan quit so did I.
Now you are wondering why the title. Sports is minor in your life also. How about the political scene or obscene as the case may be. I think I said in the past neither one of the major candidates are worth the sheet of paper or the electricity for the computer that will be used to vote for them. I do mean both of them. I am really tired of all the crazy ideas of Trump and how he will save the U.S. We don’t need a wall the whole stretch of Mexico. That is one of the dumbest ideas ever. Give the law enforcement the money they need and let them do their job. That will help more than a wall. Best reason, we can’t afford one. Unless Trump builds it himself. Second is his keeping out all Muslims. It will never happen and shouldn’t. This country wasn’t built on fear or keeping people out. No I don’t like the religion either but this country was built on letting people in that did it the right way. Now I am not for 50 thousand refugees that we have no clue of who they are in. If they come put, them in D.C. I am stopping here not because I am not done but I have a lot more and it is late. I haven’t started on Hillary yet. Please hold any comments [if any] until part 2 comes out please.
No, I haven’t got a strange disease or anything like that but I do want to write a few things before October. A dragons curse is when you take the dragons gold or you have become obsessed with it. I know of 2 stories where this has happened. First in Tolkien’s the “Hobbit”. Second is C.S. Lewis’ ” Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. In the Hobbit King Oakenshield has taken over the den of Smaug, but has become obsessed with the gold and the Arkenstone. It makes him mad with greed and he will not share any of it though he has done nothing to earn it himself. In the Dawn Treader, Eustace, the pain in the neck cousin, is smite with this when he puts on a gold bracelet he has found from a dead dragon. Eustace turns into a dragon himself. Edmund and Prince Caspian has a bout with it, though no dragon was near. They found a pond that turned everything into gold. They argue and have a small fight over what to do with it. I will not delve into more of the stories because every person should read them if you haven’t. The Lewis books [Chronicles of Narnia] are quit managerial any time and ” The Hobbit” makes a great winter book for the long nights ahead.
Now why did I bring all that up. Good question. I have never thought of me as a greedy person but I can sometimes remember places and times when I was. I didn’t want to share. I wanted to have whatever small thing I had for myself. Sometimes begrudgingly I would share without any one asking. Other times I would try to hide what I had. Then other times I would get convicted and share. Now most of us have been in these situations. I hate them because I know I am always wrong when I don’t share. ANYTHING. Whether it be a couple of fries or a new toy I may have. But I am learning, whether fast or slow I do not know, I am learning. This may all sound trivial to you and it may be but I think all of us to a degree have a bit of dragon sickness in us. I think too often about the wonderful things I could do if I were to win a lottery at some time. I would use some for very good things but even in my day dreams I come to realize how much me, myself and I would be in that money.
I am not pointing a finger at anyone. Nobody else brought this on. Doesn’t matter to me if you are just hanging on or are very well off, this can hit any one. I would like you to take a closer look this week and see if you can be a sharer and not a keeper. I will try. It will take work.
Thanks Ben C.
I won’t write down the song. It is truly a favorite of mine. Especially the Willie Nelson version. I have had a hard time trying to think of a something new to say. Every one knows this is my favorite time of the year. College football, cooler weather around the corner, and baseball playoffs ready to start. To some this is a beginning of the end. The leaves change and soon fall off and the grass dies, winter and the cold after that. But this year it is a beginning for me. I cannot say why but new things are happening. Good things, creative things, spiritual things. I do not know what these will be but deep down new things are happening. Whether it is just for me or something I can share and will know exactly when they happen I do not know but I look forward to such things.
The election, of course, is not far off now and it is getting down to the nitty gritty and though nothing new has been thrown out, many things I think are happening. In the world we are in and the spiritual world that we cannot see but in our hearts feel the tidings. Many things can happen between now and then and I do not have any eye to the future of what will happen. But things will happen. Maybe things that will change the out come. But again I have not any sure answers or sight. I am no longer scared of the future no matter who wins. I feel that America is already at a point that God is ready to judge it. No matter who wins, things will be very hard on us. We have a candidate that prefers abortion, the sin of sodomy to be common, and the sin of homosexual marriage to be made pushed on every one. But the other is not much better. A man who only has had the love of money to be his god. A person that puts fear in any that is not the same color or status as he is. Whether it be true bigotry or a way to get votes I cannot say but I do not like him. The next 6 weeks could be very telling for either. I ask that you not put your faith in either person, but put it in God and only Him. Our faith will be tested no matter who wins and we must be the over comers. This is not to be taken with fear and trembling but with joy and glad tidings. Our faith may be tested but when we come out as His with the fire cleansed spirits, we should be very happy and know that God is with us. The fire may burn and hurt but it will be a cleansing fire.
I may do more later. Hopefully with a more uplifting message. Please this is just my thoughts and not prophecy or preaching. Vote according to your heart.
Ben C. Feel free to comment.
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Probably every one has heard this song at one time or another. I have even heard that a few don’t like it. Well it has been heard by me several times this month. TV, radio, internet. The first time ever was in the Shrek movie. The words are strange in a way, is the singer mocking his lover, himself. the Lord. Or is he coming to a revelation that we struggle every day. Big things and small. I have no idea how Cohen feels about God or religion. I don’t think I even care but this song does touch a “chord” that runs deep in everyone if they are truthful. Even atheist cares about something. Family, job, pets. And If we are real with ourselves we know we always fall short of the goals we think that should be obtained. We try to love freely and say and do the right things. But I know that we all fail sometimes. Usually that is from some sort of selfishness. Sometimes we fail and the hurt runs deep. But if we know the Lord we also know even when we are hurt or have hurt some one special that the Lord has for us a love that is deeper and wider than any hurt we have received. Jesus is alive and well. His love is real, alive and well. He loves for who we are right now. We don’t have to change a thing. I have been a Christian for over 40 years now. The first year was spent trying to change my life so I could be a better person. After a long time Jesus made me realize that He does the changing. He does it at his pace and in His time. Some times those thing are quickly taken away. No more ever, others will always be with us no matter how hard we pray or try. Not that He couldn’t take them away but He wants us to depend on Him. If we had no shortcomings then we wouldn’t need Him. So we need to remember those things. God loves us, always has, always will. We will get stronger in Him the more we rely on Him. We will always fall short, then we go back to square one, God loves us.
August the longest month of the year. I know it has 31 like a few others but August I think sneaks in some extra hours some how. The days are still long, they are hot, and it is a time when I think every one wants a change. In September football starts up. School has been going a couple of weeks but it isn’t until September that I feel like school has started. Hunting season is near but it is still too hot to be in the woods. Fishing is slow and I am waiting for cooler days to fish and catch some big ones. Water melons and cold drinks are the best things about August.
Feel free to comment, Ben
Well I skipped July again. The only thing I did exciting was catch one large mouth bass from a pond. 3 hours of fishing. One fish. But it was the first fish in Arkansas that I have caught in years.
Today is the 16 anniversary of my son Marc passing away. I won’t go into details but it was from cancer and it was very hard on family and friends. It is very easy to remember the good things about Marc. His ear to ear smile. His bounce in his walk and his very funny humor. Marc never was mean but he did like to pull pranks sometimes at others expense. He toilet tissued our neighbors trees one time then he tried to push it on some one else. Well we had no proof but I knew the person he blamed wouldn’t do it without help. He was very good at sports. Any he played he seemed to excel in. T ball through Little League. He made several all star teams. He was even better at basketball. He had an excellent shot and was quick enough to play good defense. It was early on that step dad was out of his league. His later years he played some basketball but loved golf even more. I cannot say how good he was because he never played in competition. He played against the course and himself as golf should be played. I would play that also and had even less of a chance of beating him. In fact if I beat any of his friends I was very happy. Yes I did keep my exuberance in check.
The most amazing about Marc was his inner strength. Oh, it was shown at times in ball games and other things that had happened in life, but it was his bout with cancer that it shown like a beacon. From the very beginning he had strength that came through. We all had high hopes at first and we all thought it would go away. But as time wore on instead of letting it get him down to depression he was always ready to tackle any problem that arose. Now I won’t say he never got sad. He did, but what 14 or 15 year old wouldn’t. His amazing attitude never stayed sad. He was always fighting, smiling and good to people.
The world lost a very special person that day. I lost a very special son. But the only thing that helps now is the FACT I know he is with Jesus waiting for us to join him.
I have shed a few tears writing this I am not ashamed to say. It has been a while since I have expressed my feelings about him.I miss him a lot. Thanks Ben C.