Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Taco Bell Burrito Used in Assult

There are a lot of weird news in the world today. And here is another! My family might have accused me of assaulting them after I ATE a few treats from Taco Bell.....if you know what I mean. "THINK OUTSIDE THE BUNS" Couldn't help my self!

A Florida man has been charged with simple battery after "delivering" (his word) a Taco Bell burrito directly to his 16-year-old brother-in-law's face. Erik Brown, 36, argued with the teen before deciding to settle things by launching $.99 worth of spiced meat, beans, and cheese at the boy's face. Apparently not content to leave that well enough alone, Brown remarked (after being taken into custody) that he would "take care" of the teen upon release, saying the boy "was going to get knocked out." Police declined to specify whether the altercation occurred during Taco Bell's vaunted "fourth meal" or during one of the day's preceding three meals.

Et this I believe

Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

They Might Be Giants - 9. The Beguiling Giant: Deception

What does beguiling mean?
Enticing, charming, mesmeric, fascinating, captivating, enthralling, appealing, attractive, mesmerizing

What does this giant look like?
Powerful and Cruel Giant
He can strike in an instant
Devastation to ourselves and others around us
He doesn’t carry weapons of wood or iron.

“Our WORDS have untold power to BLESS, but they can do equally untold harm when we don’t speak truthfully.”
Lives…..DESTROYED (Deceptive words)
Reputations…..Ruined (Well placed lies)
Dreams…..Dashed (misled)

Psalm 38:11-12
New King James Version (NKJV)
11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
And my relatives stand afar off.
12 Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;
Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction,
And plan deception all the day long.

Matthew 24:10-12
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Matthew 24:23-25
New King James Version (NKJV)
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

Life and death is in the tongue

Proverbs 18:19-21
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Commandment #9

Exodus 23:1-3
New King James Version (NKJV)
Justice for All
23 “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice. 3 You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute.

“Neither my words nor my actions contained even a hint of deception”

Matthew 24:4-5
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

4 types of Deception
Outright lies
Twisted Truth
Malicious Gossip
Flattery (inaccurate picture of the truth)

Many times it involves CHEATING OTHERS.

Proverbs 26:18-19
New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “I was only joking!”

Jeremiah 9:3-6
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” says the Lord.
4 “Everyone take heed to his neighbor,
And do not trust any brother;
For every brother will utterly supplant,
And every neighbor will walk with slanderers.
5 Everyone will deceive his neighbor,
And will not speak the truth;
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6 Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the Lord.

Scramble to remember our latest FABRICATION so as to “KEEP OUR STORY STRAIGHT”

Adam & Eve
Serpent Deceived Eve by blurring the distinction between DIVINE ORDER and A FRIENDLY PIECE OF ADVISE.
Moses and the 10 suggestions
Eve misled husband
The two attempted to deceive their maker

Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on!

Genesis 3:12-14
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.


LIE TO ME (television show)
Inspired by a real-life behavioral scientist, this FOX drama tells the tale of a deception expert who helps uncover the truth for the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations, and individuals. Dr. Cal Lightman and his team are effectively human polygraph machines, and no truth can be concealed from them.

Our faces reveal multitudes about what we are thinking, feeling, intending.
A slack jaw hints that we’ve been surprised,
flared nostrils suggest hostility.
Drooping eyelids indicate sadness or perhaps just … exhaustion.
This is to say nothing of the powerful messages communicated by the face in the embarrassed downward glance,
the flirtatious “look away,” or the piercing stare.

10,000 expressions – 43 muscles in the face
7 basic emotions: fear, happiness, sadness, anger, contempt, disgust and surprise


1. Lack of self-reference

Truthful people make frequent use of the pronoun "I" to describe their actions: "I arrived home at 6:30. The phone was ringing as I unlocked the front door, so I walked straight to the kitchen to answer it. I talked to my mother for 10 minutes before noticing that my TV and computer were missing from the living room." This brief statement contains the pronoun "I" four times in three sentences. 

Deceptive people often use language that minimizes references to themselves. One way to reduce self-references is to describe events in the passive voice.

"The safe was left unlocked" rather than "I left the safe unlocked."
"The shipment was authorized" rather than "I authorized the shipment."
Another way to reduce self-references is to substitute the pronoun "you" for "I."
Question: "Can you tell me about reconciling the bank statement?"

Answer: "You know, you try to identify all the outstanding checks and deposits in transit, but sometimes when you're really busy you just post the differences to the suspense account."

In oral statements and informal written statements, deceptive witnesses sometimes simply omit self-referencing pronouns. Consider this statement by a husband who claims his wife was killed accidently: "I picked up the gun to clean it. Moved it to the left hand to get the cleaning rod. Something bumped the trigger. The gun went off, hitting my wife." The husband acknowledges in the first sentence that he picked up the gun. But the second sentence is grammatically incomplete; "I" has been omitted from the beginning of the sentence. In the third sentence, "something" rather than "I" bumped the trigger. The statement also contains few personal possessive pronouns. The witness refers to "the" gun and "the" left hand where we might expect "my" to be used. 

2. Verb tense. 

Truthful people usually describe historical events in the past tense. Deceptive people sometimes refer to past events as if the events were occurring in the present. Describing past events using the present tense suggests that people are rehearsing the events in their mind. Investigators should pay particular attention to points in a narrative at which the speaker shifts to inappropriate present tense usage. Consider the following statement made by an employee claiming that a pouch containing $6,000 in cash was stolen before she could deposit it at the bank (I have emphasized certain words.):

"After closing the store, I put the cash pouch in my car and drove to the Olympia Bank building on Elm Street. It was raining hard so I had to drive slowly. I entered the parking lot and drove around back to the night depository slot. When I stopped the car and rolled down my window, a guy jumps out of the bushes and yells at me. I can see he has a gun. He grabs the cash pouch and runs away. The last I saw him he was headed south on Elm Street. After he was gone, I called the police on my cell phone and reported the theft."

The first three sentences describe the employee's drive to the bank in the past tense. But the next three sentences describe the alleged theft in the present tense. An alert investigator might suspect that the employee stole the day's cash receipts, then drove to the bank and called the police from the bank parking lot to report a phony theft. (See another example in "Antics with Semantics" at bottom.)

3. Answering questions with questions

Even liars prefer not to lie. Outright lies carry the risk of detection. Before answering a question with a lie, a deceptive person will usually try to avoid answering the question at all. One common method of dodging questions is to respond with a question of one's own. Investigators should be alert to responses such as:
"Why would I steal from my own brother?"
"Do I seem like the kind of person who would do something like that?"
"Don't you think somebody would have to be pretty stupid to remove cash from their own register drawer?"

4. Equivocation

The subject avoids an interviewer's questions by filling his or her statements with expressions of uncertainty, weak modifiers and vague expressions. Investigators should watch for words such as: think, guess, sort of, maybe, might, perhaps, approximately, about, could. Vague statements and expressions of uncertainty allow a deceptive person leeway to modify his or her assertions at a later date without directly contradicting the original statement. 
Noncommittal verbs are: think, believe, guess, suppose, figure, assume. Equivocating adjectives and adverbs are: sort of, almost, mainly, perhaps, maybe, about. Vague qualifiers are: you might say, more or less.

5. Oaths

Although deceptive subjects attempt to give interviewers as little useful information as possible, they try very hard to convince interviewers that what they say is true. Deceptive subjects often use mild oaths to try to make their statements sound more convincing. Deceptive people are more likely than truthful people to sprinkle their statements with expressions such as: "I swear," "on my honor," "as God is my witness," "cross my heart." Truthful witnesses are more confident that the facts will prove the veracity of their statements and feel less need to back their statements with oaths.

6. Euphemisms

Many languages offer alternative terms for almost any action or situation. Statements made by guilty parties often include mild or vague words rather than their harsher, more explicit synonyms. Euphemisms portray the subject's behavior in a more favorable light and minimize any harm the subject's actions might have caused. Investigators should look for euphemistic terms such as: "missing" instead of "stolen," "borrowed" instead of "took," "bumped" instead of "hit," and "warned" instead of "threatened."

7. Alluding to actions

People sometimes allude to actions without saying they actually performed them. Consider the following statement from an employee who was questioned about the loss of some valuable data: "I try to back up my computer and put away my papers every night before going home. Last Tuesday, I decided to copy my files onto the network drive and started putting my papers in my desk drawer. I also needed to lock the customer list in the office safe." Did the employee back up her computer? Did she copy her files onto the network drive? Did she put her papers in the desk drawer? Did she lock the customer list in the office safe? The employee alluded to all these actions without saying definitively that she completed any of them. An attentive investigator should not assume that subjects perform every action they allude to.

8. Lack of Detail

Truthful statements usually contain specific details, some of which may not even be relevant to the question asked. This happens because truthful subjects are retrieving events from long-term memory, and our memories store dozens of facts about each experience — the new shoes we were wearing, the song that was playing in the background, the woman at the next table who reminded us of our third-grade teacher, the conversation that was interrupted when the fire alarm rang. At least some of these details will show up in a truthful subject's statement. 

Those who fabricate a story, however, tend to keep their statements simple and brief. Few liars have sufficient imagination to make up detailed descriptions of fictitious events. Plus, a deceptive person wants to minimize the risk that an investigator will discover evidence contradicting any aspect of his or her statement; the fewer facts that might be proved false, the better. Wendell Rudacille, the author of "Identifying Lies in Disguise" (Kendall/Hunt, 1994), refers to seemingly inconsequential details as "tangential verbal data" and considers their presence to be prime indicators that subjects are telling the truth. 

9. Narrative balance

A narrative consists of three parts: prologue, critical event and aftermath. The prologue contains background information and describes events that took place before the critical event. The critical event is the most important occurrence in the narrative. The aftermath describes what happened after the critical event. In a complete and truthful narrative, the balance will be approximately 20 percent to 25 percent prologue, 40 percent to 60 percent critical event and 25 percent to 35 percent aftermath. If one part of the narrative is significantly shorter than expected, important information may have been omitted. If one part of the narrative is significantly longer than expected, it may be padded with false information. The following statement, filed with an insurance claim, is suspiciously out of balance:

"I was driving east on Elm Street at about 4:00 on Tuesday. I was on my way home from the A&P supermarket. The traffic light at the intersection of Elm and Patterson was red, so I came to a complete stop. After the light turned green, I moved slowly into the intersection. All of a sudden, a car ran into me. The other driver didn't stop, so I drove home and called my insurance agent."

The subject's statement contains four sentences of prologue, only one sentence describing the critical event, and only one sentence of aftermath. The prologue contains a credible amount of detail: the day and time of the accident, the driver's destination, and the location of the accident. But the description of the critical event (i.e., the alleged accident) is suspiciously brief. The claimant did not describe the other vehicle, which direction it came from, how fast it was going, whether the driver braked to try to avoid the accident or how the two vehicles made contact. 

The aftermath is also shorter than one would expect from a complete and truthful account of a two-car accident. The claimant does not say which direction the other vehicle went after leaving the scene of the accident. He does not mention getting out of his vehicle to inspect the damage nor does he say whether he spoke to any people in the area who may have witnessed the accident. A claims adjuster receiving such a statement would be wise to investigate whether the policyholder concocted a phony hit-and-run story to collect for damages caused by the driver's negligence.

10. Mean Length of Utterance

The average number of words per sentence is called the "mean length of utterance" (MLU). The MLU equals the total number of words in a statement divided by the number of sentences:

Total number of words / Total number of sentences = MLU

Most people tend to speak in sentences of between 10 and 15 words (ACFE Self-Study CPE Course, "Analyzing Written Statements for Deception and Fraud," 2009). When people feel anxious about an issue, they tend to speak in sentences that are either significantly longer or significantly shorter than the norm. Investigators should pay particular attention to sentences whose length differs significantly from the subject's MLU.

Why does telling the truth seem so difficult when stretching the truth comes so easily?

What motivates us to speak deceitfully?
Why do we find it necessary to lie or twist the truth?
Why do we tend to present the facts in a way that is unfairly or deceitfully beneficial to us?

CAUSES: Caving into the Giant

We fear the outcome of telling the truth
We lack the courage to face the consequences.
What are the consequences?

Romans 6:23
New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Thessalonians 2:2-4
New King James Version (NKJV)
2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Deceitfully gotten material. Wealth will never satisfy you, but will only make your lust for more stronger and stronger to the point that that is will consume you.
Your possessions will posses you.

2 Timothy 3:12-14
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

“Get even” – False truths about others
Speaking deceptive words is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die: It may hurt your enemy, but eventually it will destroy you.

Deuteronomy 11:15-17
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’ 16 “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, 17 lest the Lord’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.

Ephesians 5:6-7
New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Pride motivates us to use deception because we feel the need to build ourselves up in the eyes of the world around us
Pride kills

Galatians 6:2-4
New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.


We must DISARM the Giant!

Proverbs 26:20-22
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.

Poisonous Communication

GOSSIP (Relaying Information)
What is your motivation for relaying those facts. Constructive Information or Destructive Gossip
Example: Merchant
Verbal Vandalism Destroying his or her own property.
Have you listened? “Accessory to SIN”
Gain Advantage
Get even
Example: Guards
Van Alen Story
Opposite of Encouragement
Speak from Pure hearts.

Colossians 2:4
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.

Deception is Deception
“White Lies or Half Truths” – HALF Truth is always a WHOLE Lie
Stop and think! Who is this going to benefit?
Consider your Motives
Count the Cost of your Words
Weight Watcher!
What can you loose?
Advantages of Truth

Proverbs 19:1
New King James Version (NKJV)
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

The only one Lying is the Giant: Deception

Bible technology

Ok so just to make sure everyone knows....I still use my regular old crinkled bible with pages nearly falling out, some blurred due to spillages of soft drink beverages near by and all the notes of varying colors with circles and arrows depicting each thought and idea throughout the bible. The same bible I received as a gift nearly 20+ years ago. I will never want to give up this New King James Version faded green leather friend. There are just too many notes and scribbles all over it.

This week I started using my new iPad to document and use while I was teaching class. It has a few advantages as I can make my notes and alter, edit, highlight, bold and add thoughts easily while in class. Not to mention preparing the lesson itself on the iPad instead of my laptop. Laptop was getting old and I needed an upgrade for all my typical morning social media communications......and blogging.....and whatever else. Now I can do it on the wonderful new toy.

But just let me assure you that I haven't abandoned my trusty old friend....the actual book in place of this cold mechanical technological sophisticated inspirational sometimes complicated iPad. As useful as the iPad seems to be....and I will certainly find out more as I continue to use just is no substitute for actual paper bible.

Who knows, all the scape pieces of paper that are stuck in my bible with various notes and thoughts of possible sermon outlines might get placed on the iPad quicker and become ACTUAL sermons instead for just sermons thoughts.......we will see.

They Might Be Giants - 8. The Selfish Giant: Disregard

Two wealthy men. Both are have achieved exceptional wealth in their lives. They both have beautiful homes and many paid servants. Both have many acres of land, cars, boats, etc. They both have all the money they could ever use in this lifetime as well as the next. One is the picture of generosity. He pays his employees well, and gives to the poor and needy. He brings his tithes and offerings to the house of God. He gives cheerfully, because he knows

2 Corinthians 9:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

How can we be a cheerful giver? In your estimation what makes a cheerful giver? Are you a cheerful giver? Are you as big of a cheerful giver as you are cheerful with your big screen television purchase? Electric bill? Are you excited? We are obviously excited about spending time with our new big tv about your excitement for your offering you give.

The other man is every bit as wealthy as the first, but anything but generous with his material blessings. He's stingy especially when it comes to the salary of his employees. He rarely helps those less fortunate than himself. He gives in the offering, but not near as cheerful as the first man. It almost pains him to drop that check into the offering. This man has been blessed with material wealth, but lives a life of disregard for anyone's needs but his own.
The second man describes the next giant we're about to discuss. The giant called “disregard.”

Proverbs 11:25
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.

Proverbs 22:9
New King James Version (NKJV)
9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.

When we spoke about the giant of discontent, we said there was nothing inherently wrong with working hard to create material wealth, that it is fine to have ambition. We warned against making the acquisition of material wealth the center of your life. Not allowing yourself to fall into the trap of loving or serving money or material goods.

1 Timothy 6:10
New King James Version (NKJV)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

When you allow yourself to fall into those things, you have been defeated by the giant called discontent. As long as you are losing a battle with discontent, you can count on disregard to join in the fight too. When disregard goes to war with us, he more often than not enlists discontent as his ally.
The giant named disregard wants us to cling tightly to what we have earned--to what God has generously given us. He defeats us by getting inside our heads and telling us that we don't have enough for our own needs, that we just can't afford to give to others. He takes us down by convincing us that if we give to eternal causes, then we'll be shorted and won't be able to pay our own way in the here and now.

There is something inside all of us that makes it difficult, in some cases impossible, to part with our money for the good of others and even for God Himself. There is some part of our fallen nature that keeps us from enjoying the blessings we receive when we learn to give freely and joyfully.

Ecclesiastes 5:10
New King James Version (NKJV)
He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is vanity.

Even though one may have plenty as far as monetary things, we must not place our trust in that. One day it will be useless to us. We must use our money to do good for those around us and to further the purposes of God. When we do this we store up real and lasting treasures for ourselves.


Numbers 18:12
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 “All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the Lord, I have given them to you.

Ezekiel 44:30
New King James Version (NKJV)
30 The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.

Rams, Lambs, Goats
Exodus and several locations in the front of Leviticus tells us about what and how we select our offering. Unblemished without spots.

Disregard for people

Luke 10:25-36
New King James Version (NKJV)
Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[h] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[i]

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[j] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

Acts 5:1-11
New King James Version (NKJV)
Ananias & Sapphira - Lying to the Holy Spirit

5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”

She said, “Yes, for so much.”

9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. 11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

Ephesians 5:33

New King James Version (NKJV)
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Luke 20:9-18
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

9 Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ 14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”

And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”

17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone’?[a]
18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Matthew 21:27, Mark 12:6
Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

In the presence of true generosity, the giant named disregard will be defeated on the spot. But how do we make use of the weapon of generosity? How do we take on an attitude, a heart condition if you will, of giving?

A mindset of generosity must begin with the realization that God has given us everything we have, our material riches, our power, our gifts, and talents--and He holds us accountable for how we use those things. It's the realization that God holds ultimate ownership over everything, and that includes all we have. Scripture says in


1 Corinthians 6:19, 20,
"Do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you are bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

Whether you admit it or not, without the blessing and generous hand of God, you and I have and are not anything. When God chooses to bless you, He expects you to use those blessings to do the things He wants done.

Does this mean we're to take vows of poverty? Does it mean we should give everything to the poor and needy and move into a cave and become a hermit? NO! It simply means that our first priority, whether or not we are wealthy is to use our resources in a way that reflects God's ultimate ownership of those things.

If we are going to conquer the giant named disregard, we must develop our "weapon" of generosity the way a good soldier develops his swordsmanship or marksmanship skills, with practice, practice, practice.
Conquering the giant called disregard means understanding that you cannot serve two masters--namely God and money. You will always be a servant to something, and if you do not serve God and regard what He has given you, you will become a servant to your money. When you place your earthly treasures at the center of your life, you will be defeated by the giants named discontent and disregard.

Abraham faced a challenge when he was asked to give up the greatest gift he had ever received--his promised child, Isaac. The Lord prompted Abraham to give up Isaac, on an altar. Abraham may not have understood why God wanted him to do such a thing, but he was nonetheless obedient. When Abraham was found faithful to God, when God knew that he would not hold back even his beloved son, Isaac was spared.

Three uses of our generosity weapon
Abraham realized what we must also realize if we are to defeat the giant name disregard. We are to serve God and God alone, and there is nothing we shouldn't be willing to surrender to Him.
Each of us must begin today, through our generosity with those less fortunate, through our giving to the work God wants done--to convert our present wealth into the currency that is going to last beyond our lifetimes. It's the surest way to leave a legacy of lasting success.

It will speak volumes to the next giant we battle and how serious you and I are when it comes to putting the needs of others high on our list of priorities--which is important, because the next giant is disregard's evil twin: division.coming next!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Battery at 20%

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man ......well maybe just really tired at night and then can't sleep any longer cause my back hurts.

Sometimes I just want to go to sleep at night and wake fresh in the morning. Thinking about it, I'm not sure when the last time I woke up full of vigor. You know that feeling? Having a battery on full charge. Sort of wish we had a patch we old where to see how much charge we had at any time. Just like a cell phone. We could tell how much time remained for a task. You could always tell if you needed to stay plugged in for more charge. I like that idea.

So when did just sitting create a drain? At what age? I don't recall that either. It just slowly slips away.

Looking for a fully charged battery. What happens when your battery goes all the way down? When no charge remains? Can it be charged back up? Maybe. Maybe not. Sooner or later I will need a vacation so I can get recharged.....even if it is for just a short time.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ok, I officially hate getting old!

Everything used to come naturally, with problems at all. Remember when you could eat anything you wanted and never gained a pound? Now you have to watch absolutely everything....if not you will gain weight...which will make you buy new clothes....which will make it more difficult to run.....which will make you get fatter.....which makes you depressed....which makes everyone worry about you.....and on and on and on. So I guess I will eat salad tonight!

I know, I is better than the alternative! I have heard that before. Doesn't mean that I rejoice at being bald. Oh, I do wear it well though. I am thankful that I don't have a lumpy head. But I do miss my brown curly hair. Bet you guys didn't know I ever had hair? How about wearing glasses for everything. I can't see anything these days. I wear my contacts most of the time but can't see anything close.....therefore ready glasses. I have pairs all over the house, office and car just in case. If I go somewhere to eat without them I can't even read the menu. My wife needs to order for me....she orders me salad! If I wear my glasses....I really cannot see far away very clear and I can't see really close so I have to take them off......there are too many rules to my eyesight.

Yes, now there is the teeth thing. I know my dentist way to well. One would when you are always in there getting replacement porcelain for those that seem to fall out. What is the deal with that? Brush all the time, floss all the time, water pic thingy all the time.....all to no avail. At least I don't have to put my teeth in a glass at night. That would be gross.

Medicine for this and medicine for that. I swore I would never take any medicine when I got old.....that was because I was young and didn't realize the enviable was coming. Pills for diabetes, pills for high blood pressure, pills for high cholesterol, pills for going and going and going, shots for diabetes, pills for my heart, yellow pills, pink pills, little blue pills (oh stop it I know what you are thinking).....other than the diabetes all of the others are "just in case" pills. It is still such a pain. I need to find that forever young pill. The one you take and stay about 28 - 33 forever. Yes, I have probably given a little too much thought about this fictional pill. How about the injection that gave Captain America.....I will take one of those! There has to be some sort of herb in the jungles of Africa that I can find.

Okay I officially also hate running......well sort of. Run run run run run run and what does it get me? Back in the circle where I started! I am supposed to me motivated and invigorated but sometimes not so much. First I have to fight off the flu bug which obviously you can't run and sneeze and cough at the same time. Then there is the fact that I hate cold weather.....also I hate early mornings. And when I run and just start feeling pretty good guess what happens? Yep, I hurt my Achilles on the right foot. I wait and wait and stretch until it finally feels better. Ad when I start running again guess what? Yep, now my Achilles for my right foot. You have got to be kidding me! I am about as limber as a piece of "uncooked spaghetti".

And what is the deal with falling asleep at 8:00 at night? Yes I wake up without an alarm clock at 6AM on the dot every morning. If I ever make it to the evening news it is a miracle. New Year's Eve ......that was torturous to stay awake that long. And no we didn't go out.....why not? Because would have fallen asleep I am quite sure of it.

Alas, I complain about getting old but there really isn't anything I can do about it. I might as well just suck it up and enjoy grey in my goatee. I have an excuse now for not mowing the lawn, "Honey I don't think I can because......(insert one - it's too cold, it's too hot, my back hurts, I'm exhausted from work, I'm depressed for work, I think it is going to rain, I just mowed it two weeks ago, I need more gas, I can't pull the starter......I don't want to!)

Getting old......a super hero I am not any more.........but I do drive a Z3!
Live now my friends, because once the day is over it will be gone.

et this I believe
Eugene Thompson