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Posted By Harolene

When I was very young, about seven, we had some members in the church who were lucky enough to have a TV!  It was a big deal to have a TV in the 50's! On Friday night there was a show called "The Life of Riley" that starred William Bendix and sometimes they would invite us over there to watch that show. The child of the family, who was my age, would get up during every commercial and turn the TV off so they would not see a commercial about smoking or drinking! At least they did that when we were there and even as a kid I did wonder if they did it when no one was there but them? I’m not criticizing them I’m just saying I wouldn't have turned it off no matter who was there if I had a choice because I was so happy to see those little figures moving around on that magic screen that I would watch anything! One of my mother’s sisters had a TV set and they would call us from where they lived in Athens (Tennessee) and say, “Hey y'all come watch TV with us tonight, the reception is so good that you can almost see their eyes! We didn't have a set until I was ten and that was a twelve-inch screen in a wooden cabinet, my brother and I thought we were in heaven! We would even watch the Gillette Friday night fights just to be watching it! Then there was Adventure Theatre that came on in the evenings and the Popeye cartoon show, but our favorite thing to watch on that little box, from inside a 16 foot trailer that was sitting on a gravel parking lot of the church my parents were pastoring in downtown Chattanooga, was The Oral Roberts Tent Meetings. I remember that we sat spell-bound watching the miracles that happened as Brother Roberts would pray, sometimes getting so tired that he would have to sit in a chair as people walked by for him to touch them. I honestly believe that the ministry our parents planted in us at birth, and watching those services watered us growing up as PK’s. Now you have to be careful even changing the channels because there is so much garbage on that it can just slam you in the face! I remember one evening when my grandson was four, just old enough to get the remote and change channels that I was cooking supper and suddenly I saw the most pornographic scene that I could ever have imagined! Gabriel was sitting there looking intently at the TV screen; I went running as fast as I could to change the channel and couldn't get it to change, finally having to turn it off to get rid of the scene because he had flipped onto the On Demand and hit the "purchase" button and that was that! What if I had not been there to stop that? No telling what that little child would have sat there and watched! That was ten years ago and I quickly installed parental guides that only I had the code so that couldn’t happen again!

The devil is trying from every angle possible to suck us into his devices and if he can get our mind into the proverbial gutter, he will because getting into our mind’s eye is the first step to trying out some of these antics, remember that the eye is the window of the soul! 

I didn't know where I was going, just rambling, I’ve actually been watching college football most of the day, but decided it was time to say, “Be careful what you see because it stays in there for a long time!”

Posted By Harolene

Why is it that my grand children can quote words from songs that I can't even understand a word they're saying and then have to have their Bible memory verse pounded into them and it is so hard for them to remember? Because the devil makes his stuff taste like chocolate and look like cotton candy and they gravitate toward the sweet! We have to be aware of what's going into their mind and heart. Just because you love the Lord and know His Word, does not mean that they will just "get" it, they have to be taught. Let's teach them well, our future depends on it!

Posted By Harolene

When you watch strong men contests on TV (don't tell me you never saw one), or you watch a beauty contest (same thing here), you can see strong, lean, muscled, toned bodies! Do you think any of those people just got out of bed one morning and looked like that? Do you think any of the strong men could pick up a bull or pull a truck without ever having gone to the gym and working out? Can you imagine any of the beautiful people ever just eating with abandon without worrying about what they just ate? It’s something I think about every time I get hungry!

OK let me get to the point, we're wasting time and space here…Well, here it is: People commit their life to the Lord and then suddenly expect to be Super Christians. There are people I know that have been Christians for a long time and still can't quote a scripture with the possible exception of the Lord's Prayer, and yet they consider themselves mature Christians.

Let's look at Hebrews 5:12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God's word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Christians are growing older without growing up!

We make plans for everything in our life from what our next meal will be to saving for our retirements but we forget the most important thing in our life, we forget that spiritual growth is not automatic, just look at that scripture again! If the people had been growing spiritually the writer would not have told them that they had been believers so long that they should be teaching, but were instead still needing to be taught!

I notice that there are people who rearrange scripture to fit their particular theology, like making Jesus Christ just a way to God and putting other spiritual leaders right there equal with him, well excuse me, but Jesus is the only way to the Throne and anyone who has accepted Him should already know that! Do we need to publish "Christianity for Dummies" to explain the basics? Maybe we should.

I have found that every time I read, even familiar scriptures, I see something new and different because the Word is living. The book of John opens with "In the beginning was the Word", well dear reader that Word was Jesus, Jesus is the Word, either way you say it is right!

Pick up your copy of the Bible, if it is hard to understand get a translation that is easier, like the New Living Translation, or the Message.

Learn something from the new from the Word every day; just pick up the Good Book and read!

Posted By Harolene

I heard a beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow today and it started a thought process. When we are young, Over the Rainbow sounds like the place where the pot of gold is, the place where our best dreams and wishes come true, it is the hope of where we will be at a certain time of life.

What is that certain time?

It's different for everyone, but we all have those dreams.

What is the problem with looking at the rainbow? We never see the end of it or the pot of gold because it simply doesn't exist. What did you imagine was at the end of your own rainbow? Was it riches? Is your end-of-the-rainbow a happy marriage with 2.5 children, a home and a soccer-mom van, or for you guys a little sports convertible or Harley? Is it a brilliant career? For some it would just be to have a full stomach at night instead of going to bed hungry, or the ability to eat food without their body rejecting it, or being able to stand and walk on their own without the assistance of anyone's helping arm.

Genesis 9:16-17 "And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

We look at the rainbow after a rain and we remember that God set it as a sign of His faithfulness to us, His covenant to care for us. It is as much to you and me as it was to Noah "back in the day"! Noah found "grace in the eyes of the Lord", that is why he and his family were spared from the destruction of the flood. What is Grace? It is the "unmerited favor of God" Romans 5:1-2 "By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise."


Posted By Harolene

Romans 11:6 "And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved."

God has given us life and salvation freely, a part of His grace and mercy towards us!

If you could reach up into the sky to touch a rainbow, you would find it is nothing, we see it, and there are various colors, yet it isn't tangible to the touch. Kind of reminds me of Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."

We sing songs about it, admire its beauty, and talk about its pot of gold, yet it isn't there except to our eyes. God's promise to us is that He hears and answers our prayers, we believe even if we are not able to touch it.

Isaiah 65:24 "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."

So friend, what is at the end of your rainbow? Right now for me it is to know for certainty that my family is safe and secure both in this life and in the life hereafter. Of course if things like ice cream could suddenly be eaten with out consequence of calories that would be nice! Look for your rainbow