WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

From my blogger friend, Elle. What are your thoughts? I prefer electronic media while Carol prefers paper. Perhaps there is a place for both.

Originally posted on Finding Myself Through Writing:

So what are your thoughts on this? Do you prefer a physical book – one you can hold, smell, feel, and showcase on your shelf? (And share with others as you wish!)

Or do you love the e-book – landing silently on your kindle or tablet from the technology of the 21st century? It takes up little space –  just a small notch on your memory and you have every book you ever bought to take with you wherever you go! (And you can’t always share!)

My last post (BOOKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS) brought this question up and I had many comments on the subject via FB so I thought I would take a poll to get a count.

You can actually check out e-books through your public library along with the old-fashion way of checking them out in physical form. How many young children have a kindle or tablet or phone to read…

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Memorial Day – It’s Not Just a Day Off

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. If you are off today, I certainly hope you take time to say a prayer for a soldier who died protecting your freedom to enjoy your day off.

If you have never witnessed the Flags In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, please take a moment to do so now. The Flags In ceremony is performed to commemorate and honor U.S. military personnel ahead of Memorial Day weekend and has been conducted annually since 1948.

This is a photo of my Great Uncle Earnest Pearson. He died December 15, 1918 while serving as Private in Company I, 360th Infantry stationed in France during World War I.

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I salute my Great Uncle Earnest Pearson for his ultimate sacrifice protecting my freedom.

While you enjoy your day off, and Memorial Day sales, please take a moment to remember the fallen soldiers.

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Grace – What’s So Amazing About It?

Today, May 24, 2015 is Pentecost Sunday. While Pentecost Sunday is not celebrated as well in Christian circles as Christmas and Easter, it is a significant date Christians should remember because 50 days following the passover celebration, the Holy Spirit came down from Heaven like a rushing wind and transformed Jesus Christ’s followers.

Pentecost literally means 50th day which is used as a measure throughout the Old and New Testaments. The most common use sets the date of the Feast of Pentecost also called the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest, and the Feast of The First Fruits.

15 “‘Count seven full weeks from the morning after the Sabbath. (This is the Sabbath that you bring the bundle of grain to present as an offering.) 16 On the fiftieth day, the first day after the seventh week, you will bring a new grain offering to the Lord. Leviticus 23:15-16 (NCV)

Additional Old Testament references to the Feast of Pentecost are Exodus 34:22, Numbers 28:26, Deuteronomy 16:16, and 2 Chronicles 8:13,

In the New Testament, Pentecost is better known as the Day of Pentecost and is considered by some as the birth of the Christian Church. I like to think of it as the day that transformed the early Christian Church.

Pentecost marked the fulfillment of the promise of God’s Grace

The Apostle Paul explained God’s Grace in his letter to the Christian Church in Rome. God’s promise to Abraham is spelled out in Genesis 12.

Abraham and his descendants received the promise that they would get the whole world. He did not receive that promise through the law, but through being right with God by his faith. 14 If people could receive what God promised by following the law, then faith is worthless. And God’s promise to Abraham is worthless, 15 because the law can only bring God’s anger. But if there is no law, there is nothing to disobey.
16 So people receive God’s promise by having faith. This happens so the promise can be a free gift. Then all of Abraham’s children can have that promise. It is not only for those who live under the law of Moses but for anyone who lives with faith like that of Abraham, who is the father of us all. Romans 4:13-16

And God’s promise to Abraham was repeated in Genesis 22:18 after God tested Abraham’s faithfulness.

Pentecost marked the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus

Following the last Passover with His disciples, Jesus promised them they will not be abandoned.

If you love me, you will obey my commands. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you. John 14:15-17 (NCV)

The disciples’ faith was tested for 50 days before the Day of Pentecost.

Pentecost marked the day Jesus’ followers were empowered to spread the Gospel

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left these parting words to His disciples:

But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world. Acts 1:8 (NCV)

Jesus had previously told His disciples:

But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words, but he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come. John 16:13 (NCV)

Until the Day of Pentecost, Jesus’ followers did not know how to follow through on Acts 1:8. They remained together in Jerusalem as Jesus instructed them and waited for the Holy Spirit.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a noise like a strong, blowing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something like flames of fire that were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages by the power the Holy Spirit was giving them. Acts 2:1-4 (NCV)

The people in Jerusalem saw the transformation the Holy Spirit brought on the disciples.

The Apostle Peter stood up with the eleven apostles, and in a loud voice he spoke to the crowd: “My fellow Jews, and all of you who are in Jerusalem, listen to me. Pay attention to what I have to say. Acts 2:14, (NCV)

The same Peter who had denied Jesus some 50 days before, delivered the Gospel Message (Acts 2:15-40, NCV) with boldness and authority, just as Jesus said he would be able to do. As a result, 3,000 souls were saved by Grace that day.

What’s so amazing about Grace? Grace changes everything. It all starts with salvation.

There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. Salvation comes to those who believe the truth of John 3:16.

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

Salvation cannot be earned, it is a gift from God.

For by Grace, you are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Salvation is as simple as A B C.

  • ADMIT that you need Christ as your savior, and that all those who call on the Lord Jesus and obey Him will be saved. You can’t be saved without Him, nor add to or take from what Christ has done for you (Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23).
  • BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. You can know He is Who He says He is by the hundreds of prophecies that came true in His Life. Many things foretold hundreds of years before His birth came true in His lifetime, and others, He Himself made, came true later (Romans 10:9, 10:10).
  • CONFESS to the Lord and admit to yourself that you have responsibilities and that you have commitments as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. The more you know about the Lord Jesus Christ, the more you’ll want to tell other people about Him (Romans 10:13, 11:36, John 1:1).

I would love to hear your story about how Grace changed you.

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Grace – What’s So Amazing About It?

Recently, I’ve read some comments to my Facebook friends’ status updates that made me wonder, how in the world can someone be so bitter and angry at life? Then it hit me.

UnforgivenessBefore I continue, let me add a disclaimer –

I am not a trained psychologist, psychotherapists, or counselor of any kind. I am not a Bible scholar nor a theologian. I only offer my opinion based on my personal experiences.

Unforgiveness is cancer of the soul. It will eat away at you and destroy your life. It is a spiritual poison and silent killer. Once unforgiveness takes root, it silently grows and takes over your entire being.

God promised sickness and illness to fall on the Israelites when they chose to not follow Him in obedience.

Be careful to obey everything in these teachings that are written in this book. You must respect the glorious and wonderful name of the Lord your God, 59 or the Lord will give terrible diseases to you and your descendants. You will have long and serious diseases, and long and miserable sicknesses. 60 He will give you all the diseases of Egypt that you dread, and the diseases will stay with you. 61 The Lord will also give you every disease and sickness not written in this Book of the Teachings, until you are destroyed. Deuteronomy 28:58-61 (NCV)

I have seen bitterness and anger that seem to permeate generations.

“I am the Lord. The Lord is a God who shows mercy, who is kind, who doesn’t become angry quickly, who has great love and faithfulness and is kind to thousands of people. The Lord forgives people for evil, for sin, and for turning against him, but he does not forget to punish guilty people. He will punish not only the guilty people, but also their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren.” Exodus 34:6-7

God also promised a cure for this.

If you worship the Lord your God, I will bless your bread and your water. I will take away sickness from you. Exodus 23:25

The Lord will take away all disease from you; you will not have the terrible diseases that were in Egypt, but he will give them to all the people who hate you. Deuteronomy 7:15

Jesus give us two commandments to follow

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ Matthew 23:37-39

This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Unforgiveness is deadly. We can choose to live a life rooted in bitterness and unforgiveness or we can choose the opposite and live a life filled with the richness of God’s Grace. Remember – Grace Changes Everything. It all starts with forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

WOW! That’s tough. Yes it is, but it is possible – with God’s help.

Many of us learned to recite The LORD’S prayer as a child. But do we really understand the words we say?

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one,
for yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV)

Notice verse 12 above. We are to ask God for forgiveness just as we forgive others when they sin against us.  The next two verses are just as important –

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

I cringe when I hear people tell me they cannot forgive someone because the hurt or pain is too deep. When I explain that their unforgiving spirit is the root of their bitterness, they generally blow me off as a religious fanatic. At that point, all I can do is say, “I’ll pray for God to open your eyes so you can see the miracles of His teachings.” Psalm 119:16

The Apostle John recorded Jesus saying “A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.” John 10:10

Has bitterness due to an unforgiving spirit taken root in your life? Have you tried to rid your soul of an unforgiving spirit but just can’t do it? Without Christ, you can do nothing. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

You CAN break free from the grip unforgiveness has on your life. But you cannot do it alone. You can only do it after receiving the free gift of Grace because Grace changed everything.

Satan will remind you that you are not good enough for Jesus. He will remind you that your past cannot be forgiven. When this happens, tell Satan that the Jesus who defeated him on the Cross is the same Jesus who has removed the bitterness and unforgiving spirit from your life. Remind Satan that you are now a Child of the King and he has no authority over you!

Have you been changed by Grace? If so, I would love to hear your story. If not, do you know Jesus personally just like you know your spouse, child or parent?

The Bible says:

  1. All have sinned (Romans 3:23)
  2. The price for sin is death (Romans 6:23)
  3. Jesus died for our sins (Romans 5:8)
  4. By declaring with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believing that Jesus has risen from the grave I can be saved (Roman 10:9-10)

Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. The choice is yours.

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Mother’s Day – A Reflection

This will probably get me in trouble. Yesterday was Mother’s Day not Mother of My Children’s Day. My wife is not my mother so I leave it up to our kids to honor their mother on Mother’s Day – just like I honor my mother on Mother’s Day. For years, I’ve held the belief that Mother’s Day is a day for children to honor their mother. Father’s Day is the complimentary day for honoring dads. This practice is #5 in the Ten Commandments.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12

From my Dad, I learned to thank my mom for her unconditional love and her unselfish commitment to provide a loving home for my brother and me. As we grew older, we took the initiative to remember mom in special ways she would enjoy.


That’s me on the right.

Mom was born in a small village near Florence, Belgium. She spent her teenage years as a war refugee.  World War II was happening in her home land. Living under such horrible conditions certainly had an impact on her life as an adult living in Austin and Houston, Texas.

It was difficult for her to be so far away from her family in Belgium. Dad made efforts to keep her in contact with her Belgian family. In the 70’s many Belgian families came to Houston so their children could have pediatric heart surgery. Mom and Dad opened their home and hosted several of these families. It was a joy for Mom to interact with people from her home country.

Dad/Mother 11/15/1973

Dad/Mother 11/15/1973

In November 1973, Mom received  a special humanitarian award from the Belgian government for her tireless work with these Belgian families.

Each year, I reflect on this and say, “Thank you, Mom, for inspiring me to make a difference on others.”

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