Friday, March 23, 2018

President Trump Should and Must Veto the Spending Bill

IF TRUMP IS TO KEEP HIS CONSTITUENCY, HE MUST VETO THIS GARGANTUAN BILL.  And insist on more border security, including monies for The Wall.

And speaking in the 'common' parlance of the day featuring Stormi and Karen, it is an orgy of fiscal lack of discipline and restraint.

Trump must do the right thing amd veto. 

My New Studio Office/Guest Quarters/Get Away From Noise Retreat

BEEN GETTING THIS FABULOUS NEW SPACE MOVED TO WHITE BLUFF AND SET UP over the past few days.  There are  also several  other pressing projects pending as spring teases us into thinking, hoping! she's almost---but not quite-- here.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday, Yet Man Is Born to Trouble As Sparks Fly Upword (Job 5:7)

NO SURPRISE.  Sparks fly upward from a fire natually,  so human suffering is inevitable.  God told us so in Genesis 3:13-19)  so we should not be shocked at suffering.  Modern Western people are more traumatized by it than others.  We have too much faith in our technology and our democratic institutions, and we are conditioned by our secular, materialistic culture to seek most of our happiness in fragile things like looks,  wealth and pleasure.

It is wise, however, to be ready for suffering.  Often most of the painful emotions people experience during adversity are actually  the shock and surprise that they are suffering at all. Even many Christians believe won't let really bad things happen to them.  But Jesus himself disproves that. If God allowed a perfect man to suffer terribly for a greater, wonderful good, why should we think that might not happen to us?   "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery something strange were happening to you." (1Peter 4:12)

How can we have fellowship with Jesus in our suffering?

PRAYER: Lord, as I read about your life in the gospels, I see you experencing pain and rejection on every page.  Yet somehow I assume that I deserve a better life than you!  My heart's foolishness is so deep when it comes to suffering.  Make me ready for it.  Amen.

----Timothy Keller,  God's Wisdom for Navigating Life,  page 76

Monday, March 12, 2018

President Trump's Remarks At the Gridiron Recently


Thank you all very much. Melania and I are thrilled to be here. It’s been another calm and quiet week at the White House. We finally have it running like a fine-tuned machine. 

I know the Gridiron is an old tradition in Washington and one that’s important to many of you in the media—so I was very excited for the invitation to come here and spoil it in person.

My staff was concerned heading into this dinner that I couldn’t do self-deprecating humor. I told them not to worry—nobody does self-deprecating better than me. 

They told me my remarks tonight should be something like a late-night routine. So in preparation, I did what any good late-night comic does these days—I called Chuck Schumer to ask him for talking points.

Mike Pence is doing a fantastic job as our Vice President—or as I call him, the Apprentice.

He’s showing a particularly keen interest in the news these days. He starts out each morning asking, “Has he been impeached yet?”

It’s great to see Attorney General Sessions here tonight. The truth is I have some thoughts for Jeff that are best shared in private. Which is why I will be posting them on Twitter later this evening.

It’s also nice to see Jake Tapper from CNN. He recently said that the “job of the press is not to be liked.” Jake, mission accomplished.

As I’m sure you’ve seen, we are now riding high in the polls. The numbers are looking really good. A lot of people said I wouldn’t be able to do so well after losing my chief strategist. But somehow, we’re still doing great, even without Omarosa. 

The unfortunate thing about tonight is that no matter how well I do, no matter how amazing my jokes—I could be even better than Bob Hope, and you’ll all write stories titled, “In First Gridiron Speech, Trump fails to mention Russia.” I’ve also steered clear of the bar area—I don’t need stories headlined "Trump spotted at bar with white Russians." 

I do enjoy gatherings like these that give me the chance to socialize with members of the opposition party. And it’s also great to see some Democrats here too.

I know New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu feels right at home in Washington.  Coming from Louisiana, he’s used to being in a swamp. Mitch, while you’re here in our nation’s capital, I only have one request: Please don’t touch the statues.

I thought my State of the Union Address was very good. In fact, Louis Gutierrez was so overcome with emotion, he had to leave the chamber. I probably could have found a way to get the Democrats to stand and applaud, but I decided not to include a salute to Fidel Castro. 

I’ve been watching Nancy Pelosi lately, acting like she’s some sort of Populist. She’s worth more than $100 million. We all know you can’t be a real populist unless you’re worth at least $10 billion.

You also have to have the right kind of ideas—ideas like DRAIN THE SWAMP, LOCK HER UP, and BUILD THE WALL. Nancy has been trying out some new ideas of her own. But MOW THE GRASS doesn’t pack the same punch. 

I was hoping we’d see Adam Schiff tonight.  He was going to come until he heard there were no cameras.

Adam is constantly on TV pushing the absurd idea that I want to undermine democracy. But I have great respect for the four branches of government: The Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and Fox and Friends.      
There’s talk about Joe Biden getting into the race in 2020.  Give me a break.  A guy who keeps making outrageous statements thinks he has a shot at being president?

I hear a lot about the Dreamers.  I have nothing against them.  The Democrats can dream all they want about winning in 2020.

Oprah says she’ll run only if she gets the go-ahead from the Almighty. Alright, Oprah—go, ahead.

I will say, Elizabeth Warren has a unique plan for how to ease world tensions—sitting down with the leaders of Iran and North Korea and smoking a peace pipe.

I have been asked if I'd be willing to smooth things over with our adversaries by making a trip to a hostile country.  Yes—I'll be visiting California very soon.

I don't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  As far as having o deal with a madman is concerned -- that's his problem.

In fact, General Kelly is one tough cookie and he’s doing an amazing job. He even tells me he’s going to let Jared and Ivanka visit me in the Oval Office on my birthday.

That reminds me: I want to apologize for the slight delay in getting started this evening. Jared had some trouble getting through security.

There’s been a lot of discussion about Jared’s clearance. To be honest, it’s not a big deal. You don’t think I had a thorough background check done before I let him marry my daughter?

Many people have asked how my time as a reality TV host prepared me for the Presidency. The truth is, there’s very little overlap between the two. In one job, I had to manage a cut-throat cast of characters desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their roles, and each week afraid of being fired. In the other job, I was the host of a smash-hit reality TV show. 

Well, I better wrap up-- I have to be up early tomorrow. Fox and Friends comes on at six. 

This was a beautiful dinner, and I will say the wait staff was very helpful. When they put down my plate, the waiter asked, “Mr. President, do you want fries and 12 Diet Cokes to go with that?”

I do want to say this is one of the best times I can ever remember having with the media. This might be the most fun since watching your faces on election night.

In all seriousness, it truly has been a wonderful evening. It has also been an opportunity for us to pause and remember how privileged we are to be here. All of us are temporary players in two of the great traditions of American life: a free press, and a representative government. For America to be strong, we need each of those traditions to be great and worthy of the people’s trust. So whether we work in the halls of government or in the newsroom, let us strive to embody the best of these historic traditions and to serve the nation that we all love so much.

Thank you and GOODNIGHT.
Thanks Judy for sending! Classic Trump.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Proverbs 31---Leadership Is Lonely At the Top

(This has been a tumultuous week in Nashville politics as former Mayor Megan Barry was forced to resign due to a two-year affair with her body guard, as well as due to the misallocations of tax payers' monies during the onging heat of this passion.  The following devotional is to remind us of God's way of leadership and how lonely it can be at the top for a truly righteous leader who is able to withstand the temptations inherent in leadership:)

“Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of!
    Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women,
    promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.

4-7 “Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves,
    gulping wine and swilling beer,
Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong,
    and the people who depend on them are hurt.
Use wine and beer only as sedatives,
    to kill the pain and dull the ache
Of the terminally ill,
    for whom life is a living death.

Proverbs 31: 3-7

LEADERS ARE ALONE from God's Wisdom for Navigating Life with Tim and Kathy Keller)

This is the advice of a royal mother to her son, the young King Lemuel (31:1-2)
Proverbs is filled with  warnings against sexual immorality and abuse of alcohol, but leaders have even more need for self-control, because of their power to do good or ill.  When Lemuel's mother proposes that those without power drink till they are drunk, she is actually making a rhetoric point.  Others might have a drinking binge or wild affair,  but leaders must not do this, for it could destabilize a whole nation (or city!).

Leadership, then, is lonely.  Leaders cannot allow themselves many of the indulgences others have. Because of the peculiar stresses and sacrifices leaders make, they can be prone to self-pity, to engage in a secret affair or addiction, because they say to themselves, "After all I've done, I deserve this."

But they must not do this.  After all, the rights of the oppressed are on their shoulders. John the Baptist was unjustly executed by a sovereign whose pride and fears were out-of-control (Mark 6:21-29)  Don't be a leader, or in ministry, unless you accept the high standards for self-control and dependence on God.

Have you been in positions in which you sensed the loneliness of leadership? Can that help you imagine what it is like higher up?

PRAYER:  Lord, I have come to see that doing right, telling the truth, going against the evil tide----can be so lonely.  When I'm tempted to give in, help me to remember your loneliness.  In order to save me, you bore rejection not only of enemies and of friends, but of your Father----and all for me.  Amen.

-----page  325

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Will David Fox, Narrowly Defeated by Barry in 2015, Run For Mayor?


UPDATE: IS FORMER MAYOR BARRY'S EX-SECURITY LOVER THE REAL VICTIM? Actually, they victimized Nashville, themselves and each other. There's enough victimization, deceit,  and suffering (featuring depraved nude photos) to go around for years to come. 

I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. I HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY FOX WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO RUN AGAIN in the next few days. Without doubt he's a very viable, fiscally conservative candidate and can win if he runs. I voted for him last time and support him now. Step up, David, and hit the ground running. And now I give you a taste of true irony in one of David Fox's 2015 campaign ads. Take it away:

Only mistake David makes in that ad is that Big Spender Dem Megan Barry FIRST turned Nashville into Club Med BEFORE working us towards Atlanta.

Barry's transportation plan must be defeated in the May special election.

Democrat Mayor Barry Resigns---Et U Tu, My dear?

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. Details later. Now, let's move on.

Monday, March 5, 2018

@ Powerline: Mark Levine Interviews Rep. Devin Nunes

THIS IMPORTANT INTERVIEW POSTED ON POWERLINE BY SCOTT JOHNSON is worth watching from start to finish at least once: It's a good way to get a panoramic view of the outrageous spying---domestic surveillance---on the Trump campaign by the Democratic party, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the FBI and the Obama administration to undermine first his candidacy and, second his duly elected administration. I am horrified and frightened for our country and Constitution. This is shocking because of the ongoing investigation to nail Trump with no evidence whatsoever to warrant this fishing expedition.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

7 Ways To Work Hard At Rest

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

By Gavin Ortlund @ The Gospel Coalition

LIFE TENDS TOWARDS BUSINESS. Have you noticed? Clutter and frantic are effortless. Clean and calm tend to slip away while we’re not looking.

Over the last several years I’ve been through busier seasons, and now God has kindly provided more of a sabbatical kind of season. I’ve noticed several things about the idea of Sabbath rest:
  • Busy seasons are often when I’ve learned how to do Sabbath well.
  • Not being busy is never a guarantee that I’m actually resting my soul.
  • Paradoxically, drawing from both of these points, rest is hard work.
Here are some specific lessons I’ve learned along the way. Maybe they’ll help you to endure amid busyness and fatigue.

1. Rest Before You Get Tired

Working until you crash is an easy default. When there’s a lot to do, it’s easy to keep going as long as you have the energy. But I’ve found that effective Sabbath rest requires paying greater attention to patterns of behavior over the long haul than bursts of energy in the short term.

It can be difficult to wrench yourself away from the computer when you still feel like working. But it’s healthy to have defined limits determined by objective plans more than by moment-by-moments feelings. If I go home at 5 p.m. even when I feel like I could keep working, for instance, I almost inevitably have more energy the next day. Taking Sabbath rest well requires discipline and intentionality. Again, paradoxically, rest is hard work.

2. Have a Rhythm to Your Rest

Christians interpret the fourth commandment variously. But whatever your view of the old covenant regulations, we can all recognize a more abiding significance to the Sabbath. After all, Sabbath is not merely a commandment to Israel (Ex. 20), but a part of creation (Gen. 1), and a picture of the gospel (Heb. 4). So whatever our Sunday schedule looks like, none of us can avoid wrestling with the larger principle.

In my own life, I have carved out particular portions of my week for particular kinds of rest. When I don’t have structured times of work and rest, my times of work are less productive, less enjoyable, and accompanied by a nagging feeling of guilt that I’m overworking. By contrast, if I know I have a time for rest with my family coming up, I can work with greater productivity and with a sense of freedom, knowing that God’s pleasure is in my work insofar as I do it unto him. It’s a great feeling to come home exhausted, feeling like I’ve given it my best, and then genuinely leave my work behind me.

3. When You Are Resting, Rest

It’s easy to think during our day off, “I’ll just respond to this one email; it’ll only take 30 seconds.” But there is something healthy about having space that is truly blocked out for rest, space that nothing that can invade. An email may take 30 seconds to write, but it will probably take more psychological and mental energy, especially if it’s something important you will keep thinking about. There’s also wisdom in setting good boundaries and helping people not expect immediate email responses all the time. (If you answer once, will they keep emailing?)

4. Rest from Social Media and Other Electronics

Social media speed up and often clutter life. They are great resources but can also be incredibly destructive if we abuse them. I try most weeks to take Sabbath rest from my phone and computer from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. It’s a way to declutter my mind before church. I’ve found I really need that space, and I didn’t know how much I needed it until I started doing it.

I wonder if sometimes our minds and habits are so enmeshed with social media that we aren’t even aware of the effect they’re having upon us. It’s healthy to take small steps and see what effect it has: even turning off our phone for one hour in the middle of every day can start to show us just how addicted we’ve become.

5. Find a Hobby

I think one of the reasons people don’t rest well is they don’t have hobbies. Hobbies are helpful because they occupy our minds and energies during Sabbath rest. That’s often more balancing and more restorative than simply sitting on the couch and watching TV. Sabbath rest is not just about ceasing activity, but redirecting activity into alternative, life-giving channels. Once again, Sabbath rest takes work.

Often it’s good, I think, for our hobbies to be different from our profession. For instance, if you have a desk job, join an intramural sports team. Or if your job is highly relational and fast-paced, find a hobby that is leisurely and provides solitude. Pastors and others who work in a Christian environment can often benefit from having hobbies that put them into close contact with non-Christians and/or in a non-leadership role.

When your identity six days a week is “pastor,” there’s something healthy about your identity switching on the seventh day to “the guy in right field.” It’s healthy and normalizing. I know one pastor in the UK who joined a boxing league. He said he loved it, and also got to share the gospel with Muslims regularly. What a good idea: for the exercise, for the gospel opportunity, and also for the personal rejuvenation.

6. Find Ways to Rest with Your Family

Sometimes being a father or mother is exhausting, and sometimes marriage takes a lot of work. But for the most part, family can also be a healthy distraction from busyness. I’ve heard it said you can often measure how healthy a family is by how much they play together and have fun and laugh together. I think there’s truth to that. The overworked dad may find nothing better for his own soul than to come home and play with his kids at the park. Rather than see it as another thing to do, see it as a divinely appointed distraction and Sabbath opportunity.

For me, this means going to the park with my son between 5 to 5:45 p.m. every day. I started doing this to serve my wife and get more time with Isaiah, but now I look forward to it daily. It’s relaxing at the end of the day to be outside and to slow down a bit before I come home for dinner.

7. Where You Struggle with Sabbath, Remember the Gospel

If you struggle to take Sabbath rest, it may be a gospel issue—finding your identity in your work, or being a people-pleaser, or using busyness to distract you from unhappiness. So much overwork is driven by self-justification efforts: we need to accomplish more and more because we’re failing to apply to our hearts what Christ has already accomplished for us. So the most important thing to do during Sabbath rest is to refresh your heart with fellowship with God, and to enjoy your status as his beloved child because of what Jesus has done.

A great irony is that if my day off is going poorly and is not fun or restful, I can start to get a little agitated or stressed at how poorly I am “doing” Sabbath. In those moments I need to remember that Jesus himself is my truest Sabbath rest. Ultimately, my rest is not in a Sabbath day but in the One who has promised: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Friday, March 2, 2018

My Nomination For Lifetime Movie Achievement: Bagdad Cafe

ROGER L. SIMON: WHY I DIDN'T VOTE IN THE OSCARS   TRULY, ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT MOVIES. The haunting song.... calling us to make something out of seeming nothing, even in the middle of seeming nowhere. Even when we've seemingly lost everything.This movie has it all. I love it!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tennessean Editoral Board: Why Megan Barry Must Resign As Mayor of Nashville

THE TENNESSEAN, A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT NEWSPAPER IN NASHVILLE, and my former employer, is calling for Megan Barry to resign as mayor of Nashville. David Plazas of the USA Today Network in Tennessee explains why. Good work, gentlemen.

 It's no longer possible for Barry to remain in office. Her political career is over. It's not a matter of if she resigns, but when. Clearly, she has very poor judgment and even poorer integrity. She has to go, and for Nashville's sake, it needs to be sooner rather than later. Read the full Tennessean editorial published Wednesday afternoon.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pastor Mike Atkins At River Crossing On Staying True


Without Further Ado, Defiant Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Should Resign

AT THIS POINT, there's absolutely no way Megan Barry can survive politically as mayor of Nashville. Nude photos and deleted texts on cell phones are not the worst of it. It's carrying on her affair on taxpayers time and money is sinking her .

What was she thinking? Megan Barry may have looked the part of a mayor, but she was never ready for prime time in Nashville or anywhere else. She should do herself and all of us a favor and resign now before it gets even more humiliating.  Her personal and public lives have become  a soap opera and monumental distraction.

If Barry has a modicum of judgment left,  she should be realistic and show she sincerely cares for Nashville by stepping down.

One more thing:  our mayor and all the families touched by this tragedy need our prayers.  I am deeply, deeply sadden by this terrible mess.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nashville Taxville Under Madame Mayor and Lover of Big Spending Megan Barry

THIS BARRY TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS A MASSIVE BOONDOGGLE. We're committed to defeating it! MORE @ No Tax 4 Tracks

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Psalm 37

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

[a] Of David.

37 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b]
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Few Words About Black Panther

CALL BLACK PANTHER WHAT YOU WILL,  I certainly would not call it the best film ever made by a long shot. Against all odds, I would also not call it a predominately black film, although it most certainly takes place in a mythological country in Africa and is cast mainly with beautiful black actors in superhero costumes with a supernatural metal, on stunning sets.

It's Everyman's story.  It's every leader and king's struggle to stand for the good of his country by ethical means or to rule in greed and self-interest (think Hillary).

After seeing this highly acclaimed movie yesterday at a matinee during a rainy downpour, I was heartened by its prevailing sweetness and goodness as its age-old classic plot of good verses evil unfolds. A struggle of wielding good power in right ways to encourage human dignity, flourishing and ethnic identity versus wielding evil power with violence to subjugate, subdue and mete out revenge for all the hurts of the distance past (think Ferguson, if you dare). It's shockingly chock full of traditional values and nationalistic, though not necessarily totally isolationist, themes. This is not a Christian film though the young king is a Christ-like figure who 'dies' and seemingly 'rises' again from near death to save the world in an epic battle. It might be easy to miss in the midst of all the loud noise, blood and guts, fiery gun battles and high-tech special effects.

Best of all it is delightful to watch a film with just enough romantic tension yet no inappropriate sex as strong men and strong women take stands in this battle of good and evil that they are willing to live and die for.

In the end, good wins, and many wrongs of the past are righted one humble step at a time. This is a movie that kids of all races and both sexes can find role models to emulate.

Do go see this movie. I'm certainly glad I have.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rogers L. Simon Asks Where Are the Adults?


Frankly, things may have to get much worse before they start getting better. Guns are the easy scapegoat in all these shootings, but honestly, the problems in our society go much deeper and wider.

ALSO, AS IF THE METRO NASHVILLE POLICE DEPT. doesn't have enough problems with its former officer bodyguard having an affair with Mayor Megan Barry,  it now has a great First Amendment lawsuit against it which I predict could go all the way to the Supreme Court  I'm predicting the fired (outstanding) police officer will win.  Will be back to write more about this fascinating case in the days ahead.

FINALLY, did you know Peter Thiel is fed up and parting ways with the increasingly left leaning Silicon Valley?  He's moving his life to LA from SF.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GOP Kevin Nicholson Running For U.S. Senate In Wisconsin, Raised In Liberal Dem Family

KEVIN NICHOLSON is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. Oddly enough, Nicholson's parents donated $2,700 each -- the maximum allowed under the law -- to the incumbent, Democrat Tammy Baldwin.
From The Week:
Nicholson, a former president of College Democrats of America, told CNN he's not taking it personally. "My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin, who shares their perspective," he said. Nicholson said he became a conservative in 2007 after serving with the Marines in Iraq, and "regardless of who may disagree with my life decisions, I would not trade these experiences for anything, and they will always guide my views as Wisconsin's next U.S. senator."
Image: Youtube campaign advertisement for Kevin Nicholson

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday: Call It Lent Or A 40-Day Opportunity to Maximize Your Easter Gladness, Season Begins This Week On Ash Wednesday


PLEASE NOTE:  I have been away from the computer much more than I intended this week, taking care of personal business, family business,  rental property and car electrical problems that no mechanic has yet been able to diagnose and fix.  Hope to do better here this week.  Thanks for coming by!

By Scott Hubbard @ Desiring God

THE PROTESTANT CHURCH has a checkered history with Lent.

On the one hand, many of the earliest Protestants revolted against the forty-weekday stretch from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The Catholic Church had turned the pre-Easter season into a mandatory fast, promising spiritual merit to everyone who skipped some meals and avoided certain foods, including meat on Fridays. In response to such man-made religion, the Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli began one weekend with a sausage dinner. Since then, a host of Protestants have followed Zwingli and ditched the Lenten fast.

On the other hand, many modern Protestants have sought to reclaim the ancient practice of Lent by grounding it in the gospel. Recognizing that every church follows some calendar or set of seasonal rhythms, these Christians take advantage of the late winter to till the soil of their hearts. Like Advent, Lent becomes an opportunity to prepare room for Jesus in the overcrowded quarters of our souls.

Tremors of His Rising

Whichever side you land on, consider the coming weeks as an opportunity to maximize your Easter gladness. You don’t need to call it “Lent.” You don’t even need to fast over and above your normal practice. You just need to devote yourself to a forty-day soul feast.

If we want to make the most of this annual opportunity, we’ll do more than just give something up. We’ll silence ourselves before the Sovereign who became a servant. We’ll fasten our eyes upon him as he teaches and heals and smiles and weeps — the only upright man in a world of cracked and curved impostors. We’ll stand in awe as we hear him plead in Gethsemane. We’ll marvel as he moves from the garden to the cross, silent as a sheep going to the slaughter. We’ll adore him as he lets the nails pierce his sinless skin until it is finished.

And then, we’ll put our ears to the ground and listen for the tremors of his rising.

If we do, we might just find ourselves erupting with a deeper joy as we join the universal shout: “He is risen!”

Forty Days of Reasons

If you’d like to join us this year as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, consider reading Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die between now and Easter Sunday. In fifty short chapters, John Piper asks the simple question, Why? Why did Jesus come to die? The Bible gives more than one answer. Piper ransacks the Scriptures and finds fifty. To move through the whole book, read one chapter a day beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 14), and then two chapters a day on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. You can download a copy of the book free of charge.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Inspiration, Humility and Many Failures of Eagles' Nick Foles


It speaks volumes about Nick Foles that 11 hours after putting on one of the greatest performances in Philadelphia sports history, Nick Foles stood at a podium, accepted the Super Bowl MVP trophy and spoke about his shortcomings.

This is Nick Foles.

This is why he's special.

Foles continued his torrid postseason Sunday, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass in the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It was a remarkable performance for Foles and continued his wild ride from Eagles Pro Bowler to Rams castoff to Chiefs backup to Eagles backup to Super Bowl champion.

Monday morning, Foles was back at the Mall of America, the Super Bowl headquarters all last week, to accept the MVP trophy.

I asked him what he wants people to take from his journey, from the way he's handled himself, from his ability to shake off some incredible disappointments and even contemplate retirement, from being unwanted by three teams to standing there with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell posing for pictures with the Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Foles' response was incredibly revealing and quite powerful.

"I think the big thing is don't be afraid to fail," Foles said. "I think in our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it's a highlight reel. It's all the good things. And then when you look at it, when you think like, wow, when you have a rough day, 'My life's not as good as that,' (you think) you're failing.

"Failure is a part of life. It's a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn't be up here if I hadn't fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.
"We all are human, we all have weaknesses, and I think throughout this, (it's been important) to be able to share that and be transparent. I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weaknesses, I'm listening. Because (it) resonates.

"So I'm not perfect. I'm not Superman. I might be in the NFL, I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that's where my faith comes in, that's where my family comes in.

"I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that's just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that's just been the message. Simple. If something's going on in your life and you're struggling? Embrace it. Because you're growing."

Foles' postseason was one of the greatest in NFL history. He completed 72.6 percent of his passes (second-highest ever), averaged 324 passing yards per game and threw more touchdowns (6) than he threw in the regular season (1).

His 113.2 career passer rating is highest in NFL postseason history.
The Eagles haven't lost a game that Foles started and finished since 2014.
And he did what Jaws couldn't do, what Randall couldn't do, what Donovan couldn't do.
He delivered a championship to Philadelphia.

Doug Pederson, a backup himself for most of his Eagles career, doubted every step of the way as a coach, can certainly relate to Foles' journey.

"Nick has been the same guy that I can remember who we drafted," he said Monday morning while accepting the Lombardi Trophy from Goodell.

"He doesn't change. He doesn't change at all. The things he did back then when we had him in Philadelphia to today? He's just a better quarterback today, he's a smarter quarterback today, he's a veteran quarterback today.

"But Nick is Nick. He's who he is. You just saw here how genuine he is. I have a lot of guys on that roster that are just like Nick. Very unselfish. Call them role players if you want, call them whatever you want. Call them backups.

"These guys helped us win this championship. My hat's off to Nick for what he's gone through, what he's had to deal (with), what he's had to block out these last two months."

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Megan Barry: Mayor and 'Moral Compass' of the New Tabloid Sodom of the South, Nashville, Tennessee

MAKE NO MISTAKE,  MEGAN BARRY IS THE DARLING OF THE NEW, TRENDY, BIG-SPENDING  NASHVILLE.  With the revelation yesterday of her year-long affair with her policeman security  'body-guard,' Robert Forrest,  her popularity with her liberal left fan base will only increase.  Forgiveness, thy name is political correctness and notoriety which she has in spades.  TMZ and the Daily Mail --are all over this drama.

She's everything the once fiscally and morally constrained, conservative city today wants in its mayor:  She's a woman and a feminist.  She's a liberal big spender who wants to use other people's money for grandiose  schemes. She's married to Bruce, a super-liberal ACLU activist who also teaches at Vanderbilt Owen School.  They had an only son Max who was rumored gay and after  graduating from Evergreen State moved to the lethal gay drug scene in Denver where he tragically died of a drug overdose last summer. My heart goes out to them for their terrible, heartbreaking loss.

(You remember, Denver's infamous gay drug scene was where Matthew Shephard got started dealing drugs back home in Laramie, Wyoming and having gay sex with the likes of Aaron McKinney, a bi-sexual man who would  later murder Shepherd in a fit of rage during a meth deal gone horrendously wrong.  The national media went totally beserk, hijacked the narrative and made it into the Fake News Story of the Century:  that Matthew Shephard was the victim of a horrendous hate crime.  The rest is history and a huge gay rights grievance industry..  But I digress...)

Anyway,  the once conservative, religious Nashville has been hijacked by Music City Myth making into a hip, trendy, progressive, big spending city that everybody seems to want to chain migrate to, even as crime, drugs, sex, traffic and the insatiable need to be popular increase exponentially.

The Megan Barry drama will continue to unfold in the days to come,  as her poor moonbat husband Bruce vows to stand by her, her policeman body guard retires and faces the ire of his wife of 30 years and the city falls all over itself to declare her righteous and forgiven.  Let's move on to bigger things and more popularity.

David Fox where are you when we need you?

But what can't be forgiven is Megan's greatest lack of fiscal restraint:  Her new gazillion dollar transportation proposal to 'solve Nashville's traffic from Hell'  problems.  She's even going to churches to sell it.  The increasingly liberal Metro Counsel is voting to put it on the ballot this spring.  And it is a complete boondoggle that needs to be defeated.

Stay tuned to As the World Turns with Mayor Megan Barry and her free-wheeling city of Sodom.

Meanwhile, we're having too much fun kayaking,  hiking and hanging out around Mrs. Saint and My Bad Influence's RV in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Trump's SOTU Speech Powerful and Passionate For America

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW ANYONE WHO'S A TRUE AMERICAN CAN FIND FAULT with Trump's heartfelt SOTU speech tonight.  With so much to comment on at this late hour, the best feedback to note was the glum, sour expressions on Cory Booker and Nancy Pelosi's faces throughout this speech. What an embarassment.

As I listen to poor, clueless, dark Joe Kennedy the third make a stab at rebuttal and demagoguery,  all I can say is,  How come all your forgotten people weren't helped by the last eight years under your man Obama?

Trump has done an outstanding job in the past year in the face of the most outrageous opposition, FBI gestapo tactics, searing criticism and fake news that any president has had to endure.

God bless America, God bless President Trump, and God bless the marvelous heroes the president highlighted who were sitting in the gallery with the beautiful First Lady.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Texas Wadi

TOOK THIS NEAR THE TEXAS-NEW MEXICO LINE. Never tire of getting back to this country....

Think we'd better fasten our seat belts ahead of the release of THE FISA MEMO...It will most likely be a real shocker, so we'd best get ready.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Late Sumday---Psalm 16


You Will Not Abandon My Soul

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord, I have no good apart from you.'

As for the saints in the land,  they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.'

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiple; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;  you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;  indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand,  I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;  my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How A Brilliant, Naughty Trickster---With Fake Reviews----Managed to Make A Fake Restaurant the #1 Eatery in London On TripAdvisor

SAW THIS ON PJMEDIA TODAY. It's an outrageous, welcome relief to all things FBI, Mueller and the putrid Washington swamp. Take a minute and look at the whole video. Than reflect on how absolutely ravenous and gullible creatures we are. There is no telling how many fake reviews are on TripAdvior and Amazon. 'The Shed' became a #1 London restaurant in seven months of fakery.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Megyn Kelly Gets Her Groove Back and Then Some Standing Up To the Jane Fonda Flap

TUESDAY UPDATE: MEGYN OFF THE AIR TODAY. Is divorce coming between Megyn and NBC? Will they make her apologize for Fonda remarks? Will she? If not, what will happen?

IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING, but today Megyn Kelly finally put her controversial Jane Fonda interview of last fall into some well-needed perspective.

Apparently it was on the 9 am segment of Today show which I haven't watched in decades and never plan to. Still, when it hit the Daily Mail, it made me grin. She sounded like her old self again.

From what I've read of her at NBC, it hasn't been an easy ride as she's given up some of her hard-edge news woman persona at Fox in favor of a nice, fun, tip-toe through the tulips  daytime approach. This has apparently been to her detriment. Today, however, she showed she still has it in her. I  have to congratulate her on her home run.  I can only image what Jane Fonda must be saying tonight.  On second thought I really don't want to know.  She's never been my cup of tea.

Megyn has probably gotten herself into a bad marriage with NBC which will  likely end in a divorce, sooner rather than later.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday: Sin of Complacency



AS WE HAVE SEEN, the mark of the fool is to be wise in his own eyes. This leads to the deadly spiritual condition of smug complacency. There is nothing more foolish than to think you have life under control when it is not controllable. The classic example is Jesus' parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:19-20). No matter what type of designer life you think you have put together for yourself, bereavement, illness, betrayal, and financial disaster happen to everyone. No amount of wealth, success, power or planning can make you impervious to them.

Fools live in a dream of metaphysical self-sufficience.  They think they have everything sorted, and the complacency leads to disaster.  But the opposite of complacency----anxiety---is no solution.  We can lose our overconfidence and still be at ease, without fear if we remember that we have the omnipotent, sovereign Lord of the universe as our father.  Christians also remind their hearts that if God did not spare us his own Son,  how will he not give us whatever we need (Romans 8:32)?

If things are going pretty well for you, are you getting complacent?  If things are not going well, are you getting anxious?  How can you avoid both?

PRAYER:  Lord,  I have been so often whiplashed back and forth between thinking I have everything under control and feeling panic that everything is out of control.  Neither is the case.  You are in control, and until I rest in that,  I'll be a miserable fool.  Amen.

---Timothy and Kathy Keller, God's Wisdom For Navigating Life, A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs, Page 16

Monday, January 15, 2018

Please Join Me In Reading Through the Bible This Year---The Word of God Is Living and Active

DO YOU HAVE YEARNINGS  in your life that no amount of worldly success, popularity, influence, money, therapy, fame, family and even religiosity can satisfy?  If so, then join the human race because God has created us that way.  He made us with yearning holes in our hearts that only He----and nothing else---can ultimately fill and satisfy.  It's through a personal relationship with his son,  Jesus Christ. Salvation,  peace and joy can only come from Him and his Word no matter how hard we try and try to stuff our holes with any and everything.

The story of the Fall of Man, Sin, Salvation and ultimate Redemption is stunning, convicting and encouraging to every heart willing to see,  listen and be transformed slowly over time.

I want to invite you to join  Mike, me and thousands of others this year in reading through the Bible----from Genesis to Revelation--- at OneYearBibleBlog, linked at the top of my sidebar to the right.  Every day there's a reading from the Old and New Testaments,  Psalms and Proverbs.  It's all in context, often with brilliant commentary for further thought.  There's always food for thought, prayer and wisdom for life.

Even if you don't  have time to read extensively on a particular day,  you can read Mike's commentary and find something to mull over in your heart and mind.  Every year that I do this,  I see a little  more and feel more and more gratitude for the redeeming and finished work of Christ on the Cross, as he took our sin to the Cross and got what we all deserve so we can be saved from the ultimate separation after the Second Coming.

The best part is seeing how God uses rebellious, imperfect people like you and me in the world to accomplish his purposes.  That's the best news and doesn't require us to wait to approach him until we're perfect, cause we never will be.  I hope you'll consider joining many of us in this wonderful journey this year.  You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Who Would Have Thought the West Coast of Florida Could Look This Good Three Months After the Hurricane?

I HAVE ESCAPED THE ICE AND SNOW OF TENNESSEE for a short visit to Sarasota/Longboat Key.  That's where many of my buddies from Wyoming and DC are at this time of year.

We all expected the hurricane in September would completely destroy the west coast here, like it did sadly in so many places in the Caribbean..  Yet, miraculously and by the amazing Grace of God,  it was mostly spared. What looked like another monster storm petered out as it slammed into the mainland and whimpered up the coast.

Today,  this part of Florida couldn't look better.  Who knew? Got here, collapsed,  took a great nap first thing  and listened to the sound of the ocean outside.  Incredibly relaxing!