Friday, October 31, 2008

This coming Tuesday will you be voting for what is spiritually right, what is morally right, and what is logically right?

Or will you just be a voting sheep... led around by the liberal press?

Use you own mind..think about what is right

Vote what is best for the Nation.

Vote RIGHT !!!

The proceeding is a personal opinion and yes it absolutely reflects beliefs and views. I approved this blog entry.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It was the first production of this season for the Anderson University Playhouse. “Little Women” done as a musical is a large production so for the first time the show was moved into the larger 1200 seat Henderson Auditorium on campus. Good thing, because the opening night crowd was huge, a sell out.

“Little Women” is a story about four sisters and their struggle as they grow into wives and mothers. They each have their own personality quirks and flaws to address. With Meg, it is vanity; Jo, has a hot temper; Beth, is painfully shy; and Amy, wants everything to be about her. She struggles with selfishness. It’s a story about life and family relationships. We all read the story as a child in school.

I am normally not a big fan of musicals but this adaptation was well done and I had a great time. I had a raging headache at the beginning but by the intermission it had vanished. It’s a longer than average play, but worth your time.

A.U. Theater. Check them out. They are superb.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dad Update:

Once again quicker than I could return home to request it my prayers concerning dad have been answered. This past Friday we got a call from the care center where dad takes his rehab that they were admitting dad to the hospital because of suspected heart failure. Needless to say we dropped everything and dashed off to meet him in the ER. Dad has no history of heart related problems, but it was scary thought

It turns out to be a false alarm but it's always better safe than sorry. Dad does have some serious breathing issues and is still in the hospital undergoing treatment for that. But they appear to be related to the sinus' and throat and he should recover quickly. As a part of his treatment however they gave dad some medications which cause him to become very agitated. So for the past couple nights we been sitting, holding and helping prevent him from hurting himself while in this restless state. It is an exhausting task.

But today dad is much improved, up and walking around with minimum assistance. A prayer request answered before it was even asked for.

God is great.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I wonder where he works now.

July 21st was not a good day for William. He is a mechanic with Atlantic SouthEast Airlines (the Delta Connection) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His normal day is checking, repairing and testing Jet engines on the $21 Million dollar Canadair Regional Jetliners operated by ASA.

What started as a routine day turned into a big expensive mess for poor Bill. They were simply washing the compressor section of an engine on a 70 seat jet. You only do this job when the engine is running at idle. Suddenly the engine spooled up to nearly full power and the plane jumped the chocks designed only to prevent it from rolling when parked. Tearing across the ramp it collided into two parked 50 seat jets. All three aircraft sustained serious damage and may have to be scrapped entirely. Luckily none of the mechanics working around the area were injured. But a lot of money was lost in just a few seconds.

I wonder if unlucky William is now flipping burgers at the local drive in.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hailed as a musician whose work is inspired, anointed, powerful and explosive, Huntley Brown is a Christian concert pianist whose versatile repertoire includes classical, jazz, gospel, reggae and many other styles.

Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown

Dear Friends, A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an email with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but it's worth repeating...

First I must say whoever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain
why I will not be voting for him.

Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He does because He is the leader.

I can't vote black because I am black; I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior.

In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few, wrong economic concerns will soon not matter.

We need to follow Martin Luther King's words, don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I don't know

Obama so all I can go off is his voting record. His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007.

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)

To beat Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing. Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.

There is a reason Planned Parenthood gives him a 100% rating. There is a reason the homosexual community supports him. There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc. love him. There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the Supreme Court. There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill. There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. There is a reason he voted No on banning partial birth abortion. There is a reason he voted No on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.

Let's take a look at the practice he wanted to continue

The 5 Step Partial Birth Abortion procedures:

A. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. (Remember this is a live baby)
B. The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
C. The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
D. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
E. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.

God help him. There is a reason Obama opposed the parental notification law.

Think about this: You can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.

There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.

Obama tells us he has good judgment but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wright's sermons. I wonder why now?

Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 - 20 "Go and make disciples of all nations." This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you; talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?

Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a ...

1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic

4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.

Would you support a President who went to a church like that?

Just change the word from white to black and you have the tenets of Obama's former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside.

This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world.

A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if it's a white church or a black church it's still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.

Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.

Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?

So what does all this mean for the nation?

In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing - judgment.

Read 1 Samuel 8 when Israel asked for a king. First God says in 1 Samuel 1:9 "Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."

Then God says

1 Samuel 1:18 " When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."

Here is what we know for sure.

God is not schizophrenic

He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says, a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.

Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.

For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say; Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion. He might have to nominate three or four Supreme Court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be making laws that are against you. I also know he will continue to push for homosexual rights, even though you destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this. I know I can look the other way because of the economy.

I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends.

Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,

1. Whose value system should be placed on the nation.

2. Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?

Blessings, Huntley Brown

I did not write this. I couldn't agree more. I did verify it actually came from Mr. Brown.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Blonde is watching the news with her husband when the newscaster says 6 Brazilian men die in a skydiving accident.

The blonde starts crying to her husband, sobbing 'That's horrible.'

Confused, he says, 'Yes dear, it is sad, but they were skydiving, and there is risk involved.

After a few minutes, the blonde, still sobbing, asks: 'How many is a Brazilian?

Disclaimer: This joke was presented in total jest. It is in no way meant to reflect my view of Blondes or blondeom world wide. If fact I a married to a blonde who is the most beautiful intelligent person I ever have known. She has a great sense of humor and enjoys a good blonde joke herself from time to time. If you were offended by this attempt at humor may I respectfully suggest you immediately contact your doctor and have your funny bone replaced asap. Get a life, lighten-up and smile some. Life is too short to be bitter.....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Corey Mann posted this on his blog. I liked it so much I am doing it too.

Check out Corey and send him your answers too.

* What song makes you instantly think of junior high?
* What song takes you immediately back to high school?
* What song reminds you of your first girlfriend/boyfriend?
* What song reminds you of your first heartbreak?
* What song reminds of being young and reckless?
* What song is still your favorite after all these years?
* What song reminds you of summer?
* What song reminds you of vacation?
* What's the first album/cassette/cd you purchased?
* What song do you still have in your collection after all this time?
* What song do you think you can sing but you really can't?
* What song do you always mess up the words to?
* What song makes you immediately 'bust a move'?
* What song do you wish you could fall asleep to?
* What song do you wish you could wake up to?
* What song do you want played at your funeral?
* What song do you want played when your casket opens?
* What song do you currently have as a ringtone?
* What song do you currently have as a ring back?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Deep Thoughts #11

I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they
don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some
good ideas.

When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if
they ever press charges.

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no
choreography, and the dancers hit each other.

Probably the earliest flyswatters were nothing more than some sort of
striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.

Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his
head out the window when you're coming home his face might get singed.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yesterday was a long day filled with miles of driving. About 250 miles mostly on rural roads, passing through four or five small towns and two larger urban areas. While driving, mostly to help pass the time, I started counting the presidential campaign signs. It was my own very unscientific poll. If my count was true to the entire nation then Republican McCain / Palin ticket will win in an overwhelming landslide. In fact I only saw one Obama sign the entire trip and that was in front of the democratic party headquarters in one of the large cities. But unfortunately my poll is vastly inaccurate. For one I was driving mostly the back roads out in the country. And I believe rural people tend to be much more conservative. Then too my drive was in South Carolina and Georgia which are both red states. It was a meaningless exercise, but interesting non the less.

Today is my wedding anniversary. I am sure that beyond any shadow of a doubt I am the luckiest man on earth. Seventeen years ago I made the second greatest choice of my life, when I confirmed " I DO ". My bride is a beautiful, smart, amazing woman. She is a Godly woman, truly sold out to Jesus. Every part of her world is guided by that faith. I am blessed to be loved by someone who has more talent and ability in one finger than I have in my whole being. She is the most important person in my life and my best friend.

I am thankful for her and her influence on my world. She is an answer to prayer everyday in my life. I love you sweetheart, you are my dream come true.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ethics ? Are there any left ?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It was a soccer night for us. Monk's team, the Thunder are playing much more seriously than last years team. It is amazing the level of intensity just being one year older creates. For most of the first half it looked to be a low scoring contest and the ball just went back and forth with not even one serious goal attempt. But just before the end of the second period Ashley's team mate Ross scored an easy shot. The third period was more of the same until close to the end when the Thunder score a hard fought goal making the lead two to nothing. But in the final period the other team ran out of steam. The thunder rolled with Jackson, one of our Home Group kids, scoring then moments later Ashley scored a quick point. Two more goals were tacked on and the Thunder had a shut out.

It was a lot of fun. Yesterday was a beautiful day and the win capped off the evening.

I have a quick prayer request. A friend and former member of our Home Group was injured on a dirt bike over the weekend. He was in the Hospital until last evening but should recover just fine. Remember them as he recovers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I have suffered a setback in my never ending quest for a quiet relaxed place to dine around town.

Thanks to a recent vote the prohibition on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants has been lifted. The ends of these so called “Booze Laws” mean the end of pleasant peaceful lunches on Sunday after church.

I am sure the retail industry believes this as a plus seeing the $ dollar signs as they are eyeing the Sunday afternoon football crowd. But it is a tragic loss for me. No longer will we have a chance for a quiet meal without the unpleasant din from the bar crowd and the TV’s.

Monday, October 13, 2008

"The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B."
--James Yorke, mathematics and physics professor

Time for plan "B". I am off to White Jones for lawn mower parts in the morning.

The grilled pork chops absolutely rocked

Frustration; n. [L. frustratio: cf. OF. frustration.]
Date: circa 1555

1: the state or an instance of dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs

On Thursday it was a broken retaining clip on my lawn mower. Frustration !! I fashioned a temporary replacement and started the mower once again. Actually I had to adjust the replacement part and tweak it several times. Starting again, maybe now I can make progress. It ran maybe 10 feet. This time it was a slipped connector. Frustration !! After struggling to replace the rod and after several scraped knuckles I cranked the mower again. It had now been going on three hours and I had 10 feet mowed. I mowed about 2 minutes when silence..... examination revealed a pinched fuel line. Frustration !! That one was my fault. I had replaced it with a twist in my haste after the previous repair. Fixing that was simple and I again yanked the started rope and jumped on. After mowing twenty more minutes the mower stopped. Out of gas. I hadn't refilled it because of the engine being hot. No problem except I had none in the can. Frustration !! So rather than clean-up and drive to the station to buy more I stopped. It was almost supper time anyway.

Today I finally am able to get back to the of cutting my lawn. I fueled the mower and rolled it into the grass to start it up. Yanking on the rope until I was red in the face. It usually starts right away. Frustration !! Checking it out I noticed a bent spring on the choke control. My long nosed pliers soon had that restored to a working configuration. Again yanking the rope and to my sweet relief the engine fired right up. But this time it once again would not go into gear. This time it was a related problem to the broken clip of last Thursday. The clutch spring was broken. Frustration !! After an hour of bending and reattaching the old one Again I started the mower. Ah ha is working. I start mowing in earnest finally. I was about 75% finished with the job when ... The blade drive belt assembly broke. Yep I missing clip ( another one )

YIKES Frustration !! again

You know my old Snapper was first owned by a crewman on Christopher Columbus' ship the Santa Maria and I think it left the factory new and shiny around the middle 14th century. I have a growing list of parts I need. I was hopping it would hang in there until the season was over before I started the rebuild. Guess not.

Frustration !!

Oh when I came in just now to blog .... the light blew out in my office.

Frustration !!

The good news, I get grilled Pork Chops tonight. Frustrations solved.

Isn't it funny the way the little thing frustrate us? I am learning not to sweat the little things.

I heard in the news that Billy Graham got to return home from the hospital. And that Clemson had fired football coach Tommy Bowden.

I don't think the two events are related.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

GOoooo Bull Dogs eat up the Vols

Friday, October 10, 2008

So I am wondering. When exactly do you stop being a young buck and become an old codger?

When do you quit being Newly Weds and start being an old married couple?

I am not sure that you have to become either.

As long as your heart is young, then I think you are young.

As for my wonderful marriage I still feel like a newly wed. Do you? My bride and I are very much in love. Friends say that all the time. Yes we are, and better still. My wife is my best friend. I assure you it takes a commitment. And hard work. You find you need to surrender your own self and become us.

Our Anniversary is in about a week. I am open to new and unique ideas to celebrate that event.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Over the past three nights I have had the same dream. Two of the nights it was an exact replay. Last night it varied slightly.

Is a repeated dream a message? Is my sub-conscience trying to tell me something? I doubt it. I do believe that in some cases, some dreams can have significance. Can the future be foretold? YES. But only in as much the dream could represent our thoughts and so on. And those thoughts could shape our actions thus our future. I’ll leave that debate for another time. Similarly in this case I’ll discount the possible actions of angels or demons for this post.

This dream seems benign. In it my wife and I are at a large banquet, with hundreds of people being fed. A young girl I don’t know, maybe 5 -6 years old walks up to our table and cuts us a large piece of chocolate cake. Just as she serves it her father rushes up and warns us not to eat it. Because she had made it using muddy water. So we humor her by telling her we’ll save it for later. She smiles, bows and moves on.

Odd huh ?

Obama: We Are No Longer A Christian Nation

This is a sad and pathetic statement on his part.

The majority of Americans are Christian About 82% of Americans are self-identified Christians. We are an overwhelmingly Christian nation in terms of our people’s religion, but we are a secular government. Our laws and culture are based on Judeo-Christian values. At least until Obama gets into the White House. Under his plan our country will change in ways that have unintended consequences. He is at best, naïve.

Obama needs to remember the verdict of the Supreme Court of the United States in Holy Trinity v. U.S. Feb 29. 1892

George Washington was a devout Christian. He held strong a strong faith. He and the other early founders of this country understood that a government founded on Biblical principles would be strong and just and truly free. We truly need this type of great statesmen now.

OBAMA is not the answer

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Rain Rain…better stay…..we need more each passing day!" - Kristie 10/08/2008

Village re-elects dead mayor

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The residents of a Romanian village knowingly voted in a dead man as their mayor in Sunday's municipal election, preferring him to his living opponent.

This headline jumped out at me a few days ago. Did you watch the debates? Who will you vote for? Are you, like me voting not so much FOR someone as voting AGAINST someone else?

I am thinking what we really need is a leader who is with vision. Some who has moral values and practical sense. We need some who is realistic and shoots from the hip. A leader who pulls no punches and does what is right, not what is popular or pleases a fringe group.

But who?

A couple nights ago PBS broadcast a two and a half hour program profiling the very man we need in Washington.

Ronald Reagan.

But he's gone you say! Well if a village can elect a deceased mayor then why can't we do the same for the most powerful office in our nation?

Even in his condition he'd surely do a better job than most of our current crop of choices. We need a man who will ask himself daily..."What would Reagan do?"

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

New Seaplane service to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Aren't these interesting shots ?

We need rain but not like this.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Ahoy!! Be lending an open ear ye scurvy dogs, says me.
Our favorite swash-buckling of off-beat pirate Captain Jack Sparrow is returning once again.
Disney pictures confirmed they had signed agreements with actor Johnny Depp to film "Pirates 4"
The previous three installments of Capt’ Jacks adventures have become a phenomenon worldwide and have earned over $ 2.6 billion (dollars) so far.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me. Argh !!!!
The photo of Sherlock Holmes in my previous post is actually the incredible Jeremy Brett who stared as the famous detective in the BBC Granada series back in the 90's. For most people he IS the definitive Sherlock Holmes. They made forty-one episodes and all are amazing. I bought the entire series on DVD and watch them over and over. Since they tend to stick very close to the original story lines I sometimes keep my Conan Doyle volumes open and follow along. And I never watch one with out my Encyclopedia of Sherlockiana handy.

Actually here is a shot of the real Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in the sitting room at 221b Baker street, London.

Bet you did not know he looked so much like me

Kristie and I visited there a couple years ago .. Yes the actual address is 221b Baker Street London.

Taco Girl you rock

Sunday, October 05, 2008

My beautiful bride is away this weekend on a visit with her brother's family at the far end of North Carolina. So I am home alone. But don't fear I have the ever growing "honey do list" to keep me company. But the truth is I will likely ignore it for the most part. I mean I am home alone and the stereo is blasting , movies are playing ... you know?

After some tree clean-up. ( yeah I finished ) I headed off to NewSpring for our Annual Baptism Tailgate. It's amazing to see hundreds publicly acknowledge Jesus reigns in their lives. Thanks to my buds for keeping me company with such great eats.

On the way back home I stopped off downtown at the Annual Greek Fest.
Singing dancing, arts, crafts and foods. But it was not the same without Kris.

Last night I fixed me a massively large frosty glass of my Sweetie's famous Southern Sweet Ice Tea. Then I settled in for several hours with the worlds Greatest detective .

Sherlock Holmes

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dad Update: We had wonderful news back at MCG hospital Wednesday. We all traveled the 2 1/2 hours to be with dad as he once visited the neurosurgery clinic for a follow-up visit with the doctors. His fresh C.T. scans confirm the swelling and bleeding on his brain has stopped and is reducing. They also show that the additional concerns we were watching have disappeared and are no longer a factor.

What this means is that as soon as he is a little stronger dad can safely enter much more aggressive rehab and that translates into heading home once again. The doctors still refuse to put a time line on this but we all know he is much closer than before.

Prayers are being answered.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

As promised here is more DecembeRadio at NewSpring last Sunday.

All the photos here were taken by my friend and team partner Wayne Richardson

I don't think too many people realized there was going to be special music this week. Here is a typical Sunday crowd.

This one was shot from the balcony

Here is a shot of the production crew and the band, Can you spot me? Hint: it's very early in the morning.

See I really was there on Camera

Wayne shot this one standing right beside me on the camera platform. I had pretty much the same view all four services.
Isn't this a cool shot? We use two large screens in all our services

Another shot of the band and the production crew early Sunday morning just before run through.

and finally