Saturday Morning TV…If You Dare…

Television captures (literally) the audience so commercials can convenience the viewer to buy products. Not sure who coined the phrase “electronic baby sitter” but the phrase fits today’s media. Just think about how this has even morphed itself into DVD players built into cars so the kids in the back seat can be ‘entertained.’ Parenting did not get easier with electronics – just more complicated.

Humoring the Goddess

Poltergeist-movieHave you watched Saturday morning TV lately?
In a while?

Saturday morning television (and, I’m sure, Sunday through Friday too), is not quite what it used to be in the olden days. Since my grandkids have lived with me, I’ve seen weird talking sponges, bunnies and squirrels using cell phones, human families with wild superpowers, princesses and pirates, and idiotic starfish, to name a few.

Now, I don’t expect it to be much like when I was a kid. With the ease of computers, poppy music, and an overabundance of adorable, obnoxious, little kid actors and actresses, it’s not hard to put together a half hour of babble. There is money to be made in morning TV land, and somewhere there must be a study that says to sell to kids you must be loud, colorful, hip, and overbearing.  It is a sugar-filled, rude, sassy, whirlwind trip through psychedelics…

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year, peeps; wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2016. We are beginning the fifth year of living full-time in our house on wheels – and we are loving every minute of it.

Where Have You Been?

Since this journey began in January 2012, we’ve logged just over 15,000 miles. According to the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Americans travel an average 13,476 miles per year. We are enjoying life in the slow lane averaging less than 4,000 miles per year. This does not include trips to grocery stores or local excursions.

My PlacesEach of the 53 dots on the map represents a place we’ve parked our home for at least one night. For a more colorful map, click here.

Where Are you Now?

thumb_IMG_3202_1024We are finishing up our work at the Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA in Virginia, where we’ve been since April 2015. This is the longest period of sitting still since we began traveling in 2012. That is OK with us because there are many things to see in this area. When our RV wheels are not rolling, we are saving on fuel expenses. However, the longer we sit on one spot, our ‘nest’ tends to grow; sorta like taking roots.

Where Are You Going?

Virginia-TennesseeApril 1st of 2016, we pull up roots and head back into Tennessee – Manchester, TN to be specific. We are planning on staying there for 6 months. Then we will head to the Hill Country in Texas for winter 2016. The only thing on our plate for 2017 is an 8 day cruise to Alaska with family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Beyond that, we have no plans yet.

On a more serious note –

Where Have You Been?

Just about everyone know the tune that carry these lyrics:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

This certainly describes my life during my early years. Have you ever hiked a trail and had trouble finding the way back? Most trails are clearly marked so the hiker can find the way back. But what if the trail markers have faded away? Without guidance, it is easy to get lost. I took the trail behind our RV park driving our Kawasaki Mule following the trail markers until I realized the markers where faded pretty badly. That is when I turned around and discovered I could no longer see the RV park. To make matters worse, there were no visible tracks on the ground marking the path traveled. After overcoming a sense of panic, I saw a faint marker on a tree up ahead. Thankfully that was the correct direction.

We walk through life either with direction or aimlessly without direction. For years, I walked through life aimlessly. My goal was to satisfy selfish desires. When I realized I was lost and in despair, I wanted to be found (Romans 7:24 NLT). That was November 1972 while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany with the US Army. God heard my cry for help, reached down from Heaven to touch my soul and give me a sense of directions.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Where Are You Now?

I still struggle with my old life of wanting to satisfy selfish desires. But now I have a compass to help guide me along the way. For 43 years now, I’ve learned my compass is more trustworthy than me. And I’ve learned to share my compass with others who are lost.

The Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. —
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:1-2,14, NIV)

Continuing from the faithful old hymn:

Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.

Now I keep my trusty compass and sword by my side and constantly use them as a guide as I move through life.

Where Are You Going?

The most important thing I’ve learned when hiking and traveling is to keep going in the same direction until a change is directed. When we leave Virginia in April, I know we will be traveling in a southwesterly direction.

GPS technology will keep me on the correct path. As I study my map, I have a general sense of intermediate stops along the way. I know how to read markers that keep me on track. When driving, I look through the windshield – not the rear view mirror. I remain focused on where I am going, not where I’ve been.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14, NIV)

This is my GPS verse that keeps me focused.

As we begin a new year, I urge you to think about these three questions?

  1. Where have you been?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. Where are you going?

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Are you Lost and Blind, or are you now Found and can See?

Whoever has not been born of God cannot ever see the kingdom (John 3:3) and cannot even enter the kingdom (John 3:5). If you have never been born again, repent or turn away from your sins, place your trust in the Savior, and you will have God’s wrath removed from you.  If not, it still rests upon you as you read this (John 3:36) You must face the wrath of God after you die (Hebrews 9:27) on the Day of Judgment (Revelation 20:12-15) therefore I strongly urge you to make today the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Wishing you a Happy New Year a new sense of direction. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.


A Christmas Carol

The Original Christmas Carol

We are all familiar with A Christmas Carol written by English author Charles Dickens and published in 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

While we enjoy this seasonal classic, let’s take a look at the Original Christmas Carol to see three gift’s God has for us.

Christmas Past

VOIDIn the beginning (Gen 1:1) God created the heaven and the earth. Gen 1:2 says the earth was empty and without life. Over the next 5 days, God gave it life. On the 6th day, God created man.

God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Gen 2:7 NIV)

God breathed His soul into His creation. Thus the earth was full of God’s character. This was Christmas Past.

Christmas Present

the-birth-of-christNow there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
 you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
 and the glory of your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:25-32 NIV)

With the birth of Christ, God gave His Son, Jesus, so that whoever would believe, would have eternal life. When Simeon saw the Christ child and recognized Jesus is a special gift from God, he praised God.

During His three years of public ministry, Jesus showed the world the greatest gift possible; the gift of life. John 10:10. This is Christmas Present.

Christmas Yet To Come

New JerusalemThe Holy Spirit gave the Apostle John a look at Christmas Yet To Come

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
(Revelation 21:1-5 NIV)

A new heaven and a new earth – A New Jerusalem full of God’s character and nature. This is Christmas Yet To Come.

Now you have a choice to make. Some choose to believe while others choose to not believe. Do you believe God did what the Bible said He did?

If so, celebrate Christmas by praising God for His creation, His Son Jesus, and for the New Jerusalem yet to come.

If not, ask God to reveal the mystery of His precious gift to you. All you have to do is receive it.

Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.

US 2015

Enjoying a picnic lunch on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia


Do You See What I See? #5

The Magi’s Perspective – Matthew 2:1-12

Some time after the birth of Jesus, a group of magi visited the small child and brought gifts worth of a king. Christmas tradition often show three stately figures bearing three gifts. Some consider the visitors to be kings, wise men or astrologers.

wise-menWe do know that they traveled a long distance and used a single star as their navigational aid (Matthew 2:2). We can deduce that they were scholarly astrologers who were so moved by the stellar sighting, that they change their course of study, packed up an entourage and headed west to follow this spectacular and unusual sighting. Their lives were dramatically changed.

When they arrived in Jerusalem, King Herod called for them because he wanted to enlist them to conduct a search and find mission in Bethlehem to locate Jesus (Matthew 2:7-8).

As they departed Jerusalem, the star re-appeared as their navigational aid. They found the Christ Child, presented their gifts, worshiped Him and departed a different way for they were advised to not report back to King Herod (Matthew 2:9-12).

The magi brought special gifts to offer Jesus in worship:

  • Gold – a rich commodity that often signifies divinity. It was used to cover the Ark of the Covenant – God’s presence (Exodus 25:10-17 ). It signifies Jesus’ deity.
  • Frankincense – an incense (Exodus 30;34-36) used to produce a sweet aroma from burnt offerings presented to God in worship. It signifies Jesus’ willingness to give himself up – a lamb given for redemption.
  • Myrrh – a spice used in the embalming process  (John 19:38-40). It signifies the death of Jesus on the cross.

Following the magi’s visit, Mary, Joseph and Jesus traveled to Egypt as instructed by God (Matthew 2:13). Oral tradition implies that these gifts financed the journey.

Key point(s)

  1. Something dramatic happening in the world parallels something dramatic happening in the heavens. (Revelation 12)
  2. When God reveals Himself to you, you cannot remain where you are. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  3. God supplies all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

This Christmas season, I hope you take time to reflect on the events surrounding the birth of Christ. More importantly, I pray that you use this season to refresh your commitment to Jesus and share the good news of the Gospel message to those around you.

If you do not know Jesus in a personal way, I encourage you to invite Him into your heart. The gift of life from Jesus is yours to have.

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the grave after He defeated death.
    (John 10:10)
  2. Confess your sins to Him. He will forgive you and cleanse you. (1 John 1:9)
  3. Thank God for the new work He will complete in you as you walk in the newness of life. (Philippians 1:6)
  4. Ask God to lead you to a group of Christians who teach the truth from God’s word. (Acts 2:42)

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Do You See What I See? #4

Simeon and Anna’s Perspective – Luke 2:22-40

Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple for purification rites as prescribed by Jewish law (Leviticus 12:2-8). This is where we encounter Simeon, a righteous and devout man, and Anna, the Prophetess.

simeonBefore Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon people to empower them to perform specific task. Here are a few of many examples:

The passage tells us the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon. He was promised that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.  On that faithful day, Simeon was moved by the spirit to enter the temple courts where he met Joseph and Mary and identified Jesus as the Messiah. He praised God for His faithfulness and declared that Jesus was the Messiah to all including gentiles.

After praising God and offering a special blessing to Joseph and Mary, we encounter a new character – Anna, a prophetess (Luke 2:36-38).

AnnaAnna, like Simeon was quiet old. She, too, was righteous and devout. I find it interesting that she is the first female recorded to have an encounter with the new-born Jesus. To me this an example that Jesus is the Messiah to all. The passage does not tell us what she may have said to Mary and Joseph. Her witness following the encounter is the significant point of the story.

Anna “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:38)

Key point(s) – God empowers His people with a message of hope and salvation.

To be continued…

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