Comments by Mike Childers
I just watched a commercial for Hobby Lobby. It featured an elderly man working on a jigsaw puzzle by himself. He receives a large, thin envelope in the mail...a Christmas card from his grandkids. A smile makes it's way across his face.
Then the message from Hobby Lobby:
CHRISTMAS IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.
I thought about that statement for a moment and found it to be very profound. Most of you know I am a Christian preacher, so you know I can go on about the positive side of their statement, ie, the perfect Gift from God to the human race in the advent of Jesus Christ.
Yet, what I found to be so profound was their effort to put away the negative aspects that humans find with the Holiday. The commerialization, the pagan trappings, the feeling that a gift must be purchased for all, or even the loneliness that many find themselves grieving through.
Maybe, just maybe, you can heed Hobby Lobby's suggestion and ignore the negatives people find in the Holiday. Instead, discover why we who enjoy it so look forward to it.
It really is a joyous experience. It is the humans who are messing it up. Christmas is what YOU make it, so make it happy!
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and a Joyous Christmas!
(and a thank you to Hobby Lobby!)
A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates.
St. Peter says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.”
“Okay,” the man says. He thinks for a moment. “I was married to the same woman for fifty years and never cheated on her, not even in my heart.”
“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “that’s worth three points!”
“Three points?” the man says.
“Well, I attended church all my life and I supported its ministry with my service and my tithe.”
“Terrific!” says St. Peter. “That’s certainly worth a point.”
The man begins to panic, slightly. “I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points.”
"TWO POINTS!!" the man cries, "At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!"
"Come on in!"
California is burning.
I have read posts on FB declaring that California is burning due to God's wrath in judgment of the widespread debauchery which is so prevalent there. I seriously doubt I could convince some that is not the case, so I'll let those who believe that stay saddled on their high horse.
California burns every year. Is it because they are stiffnecked and refuse to accept Christ? This may surprise many, but there are millions of Christians who live in California. Personally, I reject this thought process.
So, why does California burn every year? Because the leadership in California is profoundly stupid. It is illegal to clear out all the underbrush in the wooded areas. The environmentalists have won the hearts of Californians, proclaiming that clearing out the underbrush disturbs the habitat of several woodland creatures.
Never mind that the underbrush is a catalyst that turns the forests into a huge inferno when ignited. Water is channeled from the melting mountain snow into the ocean as opposed to piping it to the dry southern regions.
Californians are receiving exactly what they have voted into office...pure self centered idiocy. The leadership also make government workers eligible to 90% of their pay at retirement after a mere two years of service. That's not sustainable gang.
It's time for the residents of California to wake up and join the rest of the country, and open their eyes to reality.
Just my humble opinion, but I doubt they will listen.
A little story about hating someone...
Years ago I worked in this print shop and got crossways with a co-worker. He promptly went up front and and had a discussion with the boss. End result, I got fired. In fact, it was the first from which I had ever been fired. It not only hurt my feelings, it kindled an undying wrath in my soul for this co-worker.
Two years later this co-worker was walking through the new print shop where I was employed. A guy hollered, "Hey Mike! There's Don!" Immediately the anger within rekindled.
Then it dawned on me. I was working in a place I really loved, earning more than I was at the old place, and this idiot was still getting to me! This is where I learned from first hand experience that forgiveness benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven.
I got over it.
So, for those on the Left, this constant barrage of hate toward President Trump and his administration is hurting you much worse than it is him. In fact, he probably loves living rent free in your heads.
Will the Left listen to my advise? I doubt it. I guess I just don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick. (Jethro Till reference was intentional)
Have a hate-free, Blessed day!
With the recent school shooting tragedy in Florida, comes the usual gun-ban lobbyists. This go round they are focusing on background checks for mental illness.
Since I am a Bible believing, Jesus loving, Spiritually active Christian, I am considered by the Left as mentally ill.
Forgive me if that gives me pause, but I don't trust them.