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   Bettijo  Interview with God.
May 22 at 08:05 EST .

   7 people like this.

   MeiDei  Just lovely and timely. Thanks for posting - now going to shre.
May 22 at 15:56 EST .

   MeiDei  A touching speech given by a father to the groom -
May 19 at 15:21 EST .

   8 people like this.

   Surfhut  My life has been off the charts stressful for a couple of months. A dear family member passed away. The father of a dear friend passed away. My job has been extremely stressful. I'm by nature a glass is half full person, but was teetering on becoming a glass is half empty person. It scared me. Then ... BOOM ... my little sister became a grandmother. Into this world, the lives of people I love the most, and my life came a gift from God. My glass is full. Thank you, Lord!
May 9 at 08:58 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Balogreene  It gets so hard sometimes, Surf.

When I came back from Oklahoma, my boss (a retired Lt. Col, who tries not to notice women because it might be sexual harassment ) told me I looked so good, relaxed, happy, well-rested, and maybe I lost weight. I've lost close to 50 lbs in the last two years, but let him believe it was OK that did it : )

It just took some good time with family to finally bring me back to my senses. A new great-niece must be great. Have fun with the whole family!
May 21 at 22:10 EST .

   Balogreene  I don't want to take away from Papasparky, but I learned this week our contract with the government will end 2 December. I need a job for a few more years. I never expected this one to last, but, was sure there would be more available. There doesn't seem to be much available. We are all praying.
May 7 at 20:27 EST .

   5 people like this.

   Surfhut  See you on the Faith wall here in a bit.
May 9 at 08:28 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Papasparky  On March 19th in the blink of an eye, my "mamasparky" left this earth by way of a tragic auto accident to make music for Saint Patrick, her most beloved Saint.

She will be missed by all who loved her, and most especially by her students. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

   April 5 at 15:08 EST .

   13 people like this.

   Linder  I am so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to her was lovely.
April 6 at 11:44 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I can't improve on what Linder said. Your fans here all have their hearts and prayers going to you. Beautiful lady in looks, heart, and faith.
April 7 at 19:31 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Surfhut  I, too, am so sorry for your loss. My mister surfhut went to Heaven suddenly and unexpectedly. You are in my prayers.
April 12 at 08:03 EST .

  4 people like this.

   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up for you and yours Papasparky, may God be with you until you are reunited.
April 12 at 21:41 EST .

  5 people like this.

   Dixonnh  I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. Prayers for you and Blessings from God.
April 14 at 19:36 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Straitpath  I am so sorry.
April 16 at 00:05 EST .

  6 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Our condolences, this is a rough time for you.
April 25 at 17:04 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Gram77  Very sad news. An unexpected death is always extremely difficult and I send prayers to you.
April 29 at 12:52 EST .

  2 people like this.

   Balogreene  I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I agree with Gram, it is always extremely hard when unexpected. I send prayers for you.
May 7 at 20:24 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Prayers for you and your family.
Yesterday at 20:27 EST .


This King Is Coming
April 4 at 18:48 EST .

   14 people like this.

   MeiDei  On St. Patrick's Day...
   March 17 at 20:27 EST .

   14 people like this.

   M2  This has stood me in good stead over the years in my Walk from Atheism to late-life Christianity. The man who said this is a brilliant Christian Apologist, probably among the best in the last fifty years. As I teach Bible study classes, I keep this in mind for my students, most of whom are older.
   February 24 at 11:08 EST .

   18 people like this.

   Straitpath  Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for answered prayers.
   January 24 at 23:57 EST .

   19 people like this.

   Bettijo  Here’s A Nuclear New Year Biblical Message For Those 'Least Likely To Succeed'
Doug Giles | Jan 04, 2015

How many of you are familiar with David and Goliath?
Is that the place where you can get food and beer and play hundreds of games under one roof? Man that place is a hoot. A real hoot!
Uh… no, Spanky. That would be Dave & Buster’s.
No, David and Goliath is the epic biblical tale in 1st Samuel 17 about a teen who had the moxie to take on a giant with rocks and a slingshot while all his bros stood by and shook like scared punks.
By the way, not only did David’s siblings dwell in immobilizing dread, but like most terror-addled slaves they also discouraged David from taking Goliath on. Don’t you just love advice from the unimaginative-risk-adverse-shriveled-testicle-cold-water-bucket-brigade? No? Me neither.
Yep, this well-known, scriptural narrative spotlights the fact that an ill-equipped person with ridiculous odds piled against him can achieve gigantic accomplishments if they dare to believe and act contrary to what the “experts” advise.
In this little screed I hope to help you defy the way you think about all the sucky stuff that keeps most people curled up in the fetal position wetting their big “Woe-Is-Me” diaper instead of cowboying up and playing the man.
So… without further ado let’s check out David’s dilemmas… dilemmas, little kiddies, that David wouldn’t allow to hamstring him.
1. David was not liked by his family. According to this book called “The Bible” David had two half-sisters (1 Chron. 2:13-16 ) and the father wasn’t old Jesse but some cat named Nahash (2 Sam.17:25, 2 Sam.10:2 ) who was a king to the Ammonites. David’s old man might not have been Jesse and/or the boy’s old lady could’ve been the second wife of Jesse.
If the above deduction is spot on, it would explain why David’s bros considered themselves better than David and also explain why he got overlooked when Samuel sought to anoint a king from Jesse’s brood (1 Sam.16:11 ).
To leap further down the tawdry funnel, it also could mean that Jesse was bumping uglies with some other lady who was married to another man and she got preggers. Good Lawd! This is Honey-Boo-Boo-Reality Show stuff.
Suffice it to say that, whatever the scenario in which David was conceived, it was not heavenly like the Christmas Story. It’s more akin to something The Kardashians would be accustom to, which might explain verses like…
Ps.51:5: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
And … Ps.69:8: “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.— 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.”
Indeed, it seems as if David was a product of adultery. Which is no big whoop nowadays in our decadent days, but back in the OT that was a deal breaker regarding respect and covenant blessings. According to his culture, in his day, David was a skank… a
   January 4 at 08:08 EST .

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   Bettijo  … a mere bas**d rube.
2. David had a horrible job. 1 Sam.16:11 states that David was a shepherd of his dad’s sheep. That’s not the dream job, folks. I doubt that David Facebooked his vocation or took pics with his moronic sheep that he had the misfortune to oversee.
Sheep are dull animals that do nothing but eat, crap, sleep, have sex and grow fur. That’s it. Nothing exciting about that line of work except of course when predators come in to try to snack on your old man’s livestock.
Most of the days are simply spent just sitting there watching them exist. It’s much like viewing paint dry or grass grow or reading the instruction manual of a hinge over and over and over. Nothing sexy or inspiring about that work. I seriously doubt even Mike Rowe could make it look robust.
3. David was a teenager. Just like with most teens today, people back in the Old Testament didn’t look for jaw- dropping greatness to come tumbling from a teen.
4. David had no “military training” to tackle the monster he faced and the only weapons he knew how to wield were “ridiculous” according to military wizards of his day.
5. David had zero support from his family or peers. No one believed in him. No one was singing encouraging Katy Perry songs to him or quoting to him heretical, anthropocentric Joel Osteen quotes on how to “Make Every Day A Friday!” No one thought he could/would be king or that he could topple Gath’s ghastly, gigantic ghoul who had cowed all of Israel. No one. As in zippo.
And yet… with all this smack stacked against him David succeeded against all odds and all naysayers.
So … how would you have fared if you were saddled with the same slop David was saddled with? Would it constrain you? Would you cry for mommy? Would you join a Jewish shepherds' gang and whine about Philistine oppression? Would you give your goals to the trolls and live on the sidelines of life with your dreams in check simply because others didn’t encourage po’ whittle you? Are you one of those pouty babies that need a red carpet rolled out for you or you’re not gonna play? Not David. Oh, heck no. Nothing of the aforementioned smack kept this kid down.
So, how did David play this wicked hand/golden opportunity when it was dealt to him? Check it out and follow simple shampoo instructions when faced with the ferocious; namely: lather, rinse and repeat what David did.
1. When it came to David’s family not digging him he didn’t turn into a brooding, multi-tatted, Gothic moaner who did death poetry slams about how he’d like to stab his parents with a butcher knife for skipping his 3rd Grade play.
Yep, even though David was rejected by those closest to him he knew that God hadn’t tossed him out with the trash and had the audacity to believe that even though others thought he was garbage. In God’s eyes, which were
January 4 at 08:16 EST .

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   Bettijo  were the only eyes that mattered to young David, he was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Check it out in David’s own words in Psalm 139…
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
* Is that powerful or what? Please note David didn’t quote what his dumb brothers thought about him or his seedy conception.
2. David didn’t drone about his job even though it sucked worse than an airplane toilet. Matter of fact, David not only didn’t complain or give minimal effort but he was super contentious of Jesse’s critters (1 Sam.17:15,20 ) and he even jeopardized his life for his father’s flock (1 Sam.17:34-36 ).
In addition, instead of whining and complaining during work, he obviously milked a sucky experience and turned it into songs and revelation of how God relates to us… his dumb sheep. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” (Ps.23:1 ).
You see homoslackiens, David did his work, his “inglorious work”, unto the Lord, not men. Chew on that nugget for a few hours, por favor.
Oh, and one more thing: when Samuel sought for a king to replace numb-nuts Saul he found David, the only arrow in Jesse’s quiver who was working. Think on that for a little while, Tinker Bell.
3. David didn’t let his age hold him back and neither should we, whether we’re young or old. It’s simple, folks: If God injects something into your spirit that’ll bless his heart, better our planet and scatter his enemies, then guess what? You’re the right age, no matter what your age. David understood this and so should you. Please notice: when David was faced with Goliath he didn’t say ‘’I'm too young,” but rather, “Who is this who defies the living God?” (1 Sam.17:26 ).
4. When Saul “the expert warrior” tried to saddle David with his “advanced weapons and armor”, weapons and armor that “made sense” to the “consultants” when tackling monstrosities, David would have none of it (1 Sam.17:38-40 ). Read this slowly: David was encumbered by their tools of the trade and relied on what he knew he could kick butt with, versus what they were selling him. Boom. Ballsy man stuff right there, hombre.
5. Finally, David encouraged himself in God. David filled the encouragement vacuum created by jealous brothers with the awesomeness of God and the sure knowledge that what he was
January 4 at 08:17 EST .

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   Bettijo  doing was right and that God would back him up. He built his spirit up and remember … he had no Christian Facebook group and/or a loaded iPod filled with contemporary Christian rock to make him chipper and bold. He was a force of nature, in and of himself, via his relationship with God, when he descended as the bad-*** into the Valley Of Elah.
Take these little ditties and meditate on them as you face the giants in your life and in our nation in 2015 and refuse to stay marginalized and terrified in front of what confronts you in this coming year.
And lastly, please email this, share on Facebook and tweet this to folks who’re rowing against the tide of the establishment and clowns who try to keep them from slaying giants.

I had so much trouble posting this as the censor keep detecting “bad” words and I had to go back and find them, delete them, and repost. And, this is a “religious” post, no less, not a raunchy joke. Ugg.
January 4 at 08:25 EST .

  20 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Thank you, Bettijo for taking the time and having the patience to get it all done.
January 6 at 07:26 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Ditto Birdy's remark, saw this in my email and blasted it out.
January 9 at 18:46 EST .

  18 people like this.

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