Comments by Mike Childers

Jan. 6, 2021
So. What's in your cup?
I love this analogy!
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.
Why did you spill the coffee?
"Because someone bumped into me!!!"
Wrong answer.
You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
*Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.*
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
*So we have to ask ourselves... “what's in my cup?"*
When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?
Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.
Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.
(Shared from a friend whose cup is full of goodness and inspiration- Sharon Baker)
Dec. 24, 2020
As many of you know, I was laid off last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was already drawing my retirement and only working about 20 hours weekly anyway, so it was anticipated. It had been a great place to work for the past 19 years.
 
However, over this past year I have been like the Army's Ready Reserve. You know, you used to work somewhere but they can call you back at anytime...which they did.
 
I have been cautionary about how much I worked, because if I earned over $25,000 the IRS would tax my Social Security. That cost me over $500 last year. The good news is, that has been upped to $50,550.
 
I was called in on the 23rd and was pleasantly surprised. They had catered in Count Porkula for the shop. Bodacious pulled pork sandwiches and ribs...including pasta salad and fried pie. Exquisite.
 
When I got my food to my work station, I discovered a Christmas card from my boss. How nice. Within the card I found a very generous Christmas bonus by way of a VISA gift card. (The IRS doesn't have to know about this!)
 
2020 has been a tough year for everyone: A pandemic thrust upon the world by the Chinese, businesses and schools shut down, the mainstream media spreading downright unAmerican propaganda, the Democrat elites committing election fraud in the Presidential election.
 
As I have said, if you look for the bad, you will surely find it. But if you look for the good, you can find that as well. Family,friends, generous employers, and most of all, Jesus loving Christians.
 
I was fired this year as a LRFD Chaplain. It seems the Assistant Chief has no concept of the First Amendment. Andover Chapel was shut down due to the pandemic and the attendance by senior citizens. I'm in the process of losing my oldest brother due to stage 4 cancer.
But I've got Jesus.
 
I still preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in spite of the objections of the Assistant Chief. We the nonresidents of Andover have been meeting covertly and fellowshipping around God's Holy Word. My brother may be losing his battle with cancer, yet Jesus has him in the palm of His omnipotent hand and the Victory will be His!
 
Despite the adversity of the world, the Good News of Jesus Christ will not cease to be broadcast boldly by this preacher. He is the ONLY Savior and our only hope.
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!
 
~Brother Mike
Dec. 9, 2020

Happy birthday to the original Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton!

Nov. 1, 2020
I was reading some threads on Facebook from people who literally hate our President. Here are some terms used in recent history to describe President Trump supporters:
Deplorable, xenophobe, homophobe, racist, low IQ, misogynist, bigot, ugly, dope, chump, lying dog faced pony soldier, hater, Trumpster, stupid, Trumpnista, clown, idiot. I intentionally left many off the list as they are obscene.
 
What is interesting is the response to these interjections. If you were to use any of these endearing terms toward a Democrat or a leftist in general, there would be an explosive response. However, when used against a Trump supporter you will see an entirely different reaction. Usually a smile and an "okay."
 
Why is that? Trump supporters have done their homework. Anti-Trumpers rely on the mainstream media for their information. Anti-Trumpers are filled with intolerance for opposing opinions. Trump supporters believe in the Constitution...including the First Amendment. Anti-trumpers are filled with hatred. Trump supporters realize hatred is like drinking poison in order to do in your adversary. You are only killing yourself.
 
We will either cast our vote or sit at home and complain about the results of an election in which we did not participate. The people choose their leaders in America by voting. If we like them, we reelect them. If not, we vote them out.
 
There has been much pontificating about how hateful the discourse is. Yet, they always like to include the phrase "from both sides" in their summation. Rarely have I heard anything like the above list from Trump supporters. If it happens at all, then I suppose you can count it as true to include "both sides" in your analysis. However, to say it is equal on both sides is being less than honest.
 
Election day is Tuesday. If you haven't voted yet, go vote. This is the method as a free and fair country resolves their political
disputes. Choose wisely, not emotionally. Let the chips fall where they may.
 
God Bless you, and God Bless America!
~Brother Mike
Sep. 2, 2020

 

I'm not talking about the riots. I'm talking about the two major political parties. Who is doing the shaking? None other than President Donald J Trump...and they don't even realize it.

Look at the Democrats. Is there any resemblance to John F Kennedy? The President has forced them out from behind their facade and have shown themselves as they truly are: communist, hate filled, baby killing racists. They admit it simply for the fact that President Trump is against all those things. There is no argument they are the "liberal progressive" party.

What about the Republican Party? I was a dues paying member of the Republican Party. I dropped out and quit paying dues during the George W Bush administration. I figured if they were going to act like Democrats, why not just go ahead and vote for the Democrats? I would vote for who was the most conservative, no matter the Party. Which still meant it would be cold day in hell when I would vote for a Democrat.

Then along came Donald J Trump. The Republicans bill themselves as Conservative, yet "reach across the aisle" and work with Democrats. The Democrats have refused to compromise their ideals for decades. If there was to be any compromise, it had to come from the Republicans. How do you ever compromise to communism, hate, baby killing and racism?

President Trump, in all reality, is neither Democrat or Republican. He is a Pragmatic Populist. He is a Pragmatist in that when he identifies a problem he will go through the flames of hell to fix it if necessary. But what of Populism? Is that good for America? Exactly what is Populism?

The dictionary defines Populism as a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups. That sounds like me, how about you?

Never mind what the polls or the MSM tell you, the majority of Americans are Conservative whether they admit it or not. Freedom, marriage between a man and a woman, patriotism, judging a person by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin (MLK), respect for Old Glory and America the Flag represents, and faith in God with the freedom to worship Him are all fundamentals of conservatism.

President Trump is the "Changer-in-chief". The Democrat Party is done. They are the Communist or Socialist Party. The Republican Party is now the Populist Party. We are just waiting for them to change their names.

Ivanka Trump once said when asked about her father's brash personality said, "My father is an equal opportunity offender." He doesn't care about people's dainty, snowflake feelings if they are standing in the way of what is beneficial to America.

President Trump is doing what is right for America. He is not seeking approval of everyone like Presidents Clinton and Obama. He is seeking to undo the damage that has been done before his arrival in the White House and to...

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
#TRUMP2020

~Brother Mike