Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:29
Well folks, as I look back over the year and see how people have changed and how our way of living has changed, one thing is we had to walk to school down the creeks and dirt roads. Today, children ride buses. When I was a boy, there were very few automobiles and not any buses. We didn’t have electricity, only coal oil lights. We didn’t have all the things that we have today. No bathrooms, only out houses. No running water, we had to get our water from the well with a bucket.
Our young people don’t even know what hard times are. When I went to high school, I had to walk about six miles each day, three down and three back. I wonder how many would walk to school today. We kids worked on the farm and there were plenty of work to do. Milk the cows, feed the hogs and chickens, cut stove wood, and in the fall, we cut fire wood to keep us warm.
The most things we had to eat, we growed in the garden and the fields. We grew white corn and we shelled the white corn and many times on Saturday we would take the corn to the mill and they would grind it. That’s how we got our corn bread. We got our eggs there on the farm and our milk and meat, there wasn’t any money then like it is today. A big lot of people draw chucks now, as a boy you never heard of anyone getting a check.
As I said, our youth have got it easy today compared to when I grew up. Well, so much for that. Maybe some time, I’ll write about all the things we done around the old home place.
There will be a gospel singing this Saturday night. The Turbilefield family and the Star of Bethlehem Church will be singing also, so come and be with us. Everyone is welcome, it starts at 7 p.m.
Some folks are sick and need prayer: James Brown, Edgar Lawson, Waymon and Joyce Mills, Bobby Hacker and George Blair. So many each week, so pray for all these people. Remember the ones that have lost a loved one this past week and the ones in the hospital and the nursing homes.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to these twin boys, Cecil and Matthew Mills, they are my great nephews. Also Jacob Daniel Roberts. So may the good Lord bless all of you to have many more.
I still have some good sweet potatoes left, if you want any call me at 598-6348 and if you need any firewood, call 598-5411 or 598-7812. They have plenty and they will deliver it for you. I’ll stop for this time. May the good Lord bless you and may He forever hold you in his hand.
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:39
Granny Lena’s Helpful Hints
To loose weight the easy way – mix a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water and drink before each meal.
If you have a kerosene lamp and you need a new wick – cut one from and old felt hat.
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets and wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save them for a special occasion. Every day is special.
If you get a bug in your ear – flush your ear with water and the bug will back itself out.
To clean under your refrigerator or range – wrap a yardstick with a piece of cotton material. The stick will move easily under either.
Remember – left is loose and right is tight on most screw treads.
Over prepare, then go with the flow.
Acid loving plants will bloom more if you add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 quart of water before watering.
Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
A school eraser makes a great pincushion.
To remove a rusty nut from a bolt – spray it with ammonia let is set for 10 minutes and the nut will come off easily.
To keep a friends address - clip it from their letter and cover it with transparent tape and stick it in your address book.
The Teen Commandments
Don’t let your parents down; they brought you up.
Choose your companions with care; you become what they are.
Be master of your habits or they will master you.
Treasure your time; don’t spend it; invest it.
Stand for something; or you’ll fall for anything.
Select only a date who would make a good mate.
See what you can do for others; not what; not what they can do for you.
Guard your thoughts; what you think, you are.
Don’t fill up on this world’s crumbs; feed your soul on the Living Bread.
Give your all to Christ; He gave His all for your.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:44
Letter to the Editor
Constitutional Republic or Democracy
Our founders gave us a Republic. Benjamin Franklin said, “We have given you a Republic if you can keep it.”
America is moving away from the Republic’s constitutional rule of law toward democracy. Cicero once said, “Without checks and balances, democracy becomes mob rule, chaos and a prelude to dictatorship.” Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto, totally understood that a socialist or communist dictatorship would be the next step after a democracy.
Unfortunately, many Americans in today’s world erroneously believe “Freedom” and “Democracy” are interchangeable. They have been led to accept this distortion by influential politicians, news media, educators, and members of the clergy. Democracy is never mentioned in our founding documents or Pledge of Allegiance.
The founding fathers of this nation often expressed their loathing of democracy. Let us make a valiant effort to keep our “Constitutional Republic”.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:17
The word gospel, which is found man times in the bible, is a German word. The word, gospel, is from the Anglo-Saxon word, god-spell. Good means good, and spell means a tale or speech. It means a good speech or good word. The Greek word that it is translating is euaggelion. It is a combination of two Greek words, eu and aggelos. Eu means good or well and aggelos means a messenger. Aggelos is translated several times by the word angel. Euaggelion means glad tidings or a good message. The old French word for good news or glad tidings was evangile. Whether you say it in German, Greek or French it has the same meaning.
The 12 apostles were sent to the nation of Israel with the good news of Christ’s resurrection and an offer of amnesty to that nation if they would repent their murder of Christ and be baptized in his name for the remission of sins. God’s message to Israel through the apostle Peter was “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Chris, which was before preached unto you: Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things…(Acts 3:19-21) In other words if they would repent, Christ would return and bring in the times of refreshing which had been spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets. The nation rejected Peter’s message. (Paul was later sent to the Gentiles so that they could obtain mercy through Israel’s unbelief.)(Rom. 11:13-32)
Peter’s message to Israel was a good message but it did not contain the fact that Christ died for their sins, or that they could receive the Holy Spirit by the hearing of faith apart from baptism in water for the remission of sins. It did not contain the truth that they were no longer under the law but under grace. There was no good news for Gentiles.
Paul’s message was good news to Gentiles. He was sent by the risen Christ to preach the mystery of the gospel, which had been kept secret since the world began, but revealed to him. (Rom. 16:25-26) This message found in his epistles teaches that we receive the Spirit by the hearing of faith. (Gal. 3:2) He never commands the Gentiles to keep the Law of Moses, or to be circumcised. He never commanded them to keep any Sabbath day or Holy day. He never commands the Gentiles to be baptized in water for any reason. His message was referred to as “the preaching of the cross” and the “gospel of the grace of God”.
Peter’s message was called the gospel of circumcision (Judaism) and Paul’s message was called the gospel of the uncircumcision (Gentile). (Galatians 2:7-9) When Peter came to Antioch, Paul asked him a question. (Gal. 2:14) He said to Peter, “Why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?” A more accurate translation is, “Why do you force the Gentiles to Judaize?” If we seek to put Gentiles today under Peter’s “Acts” messages to the Jews, then we are frustrating the grace of God. Paul said to Peter, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal. 2:20) How man people are aware of the fact that Peter and the believing Jews were still under the Law of Moses at the time that Paul asked him this question? (Read Acts 21:17-26)
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 13:09
Change and Stokely Carmichael
There is nothing in this world more satisfying than ending a semester. I’m pretty sure that as you read this, I will be finishing up my final exams and assignments. My brain is a swirl of convergent plate boundaries, Stokely Carmichael, gender stereotyping, Noam Chompsky, and Greek literature. I’ve dreamed of nothing but time traveling to the civil rights era and volcanoes in my bedroom. The best part of my day is the fifteen minutes we spend making jokes and laughing in the bed, while waiting for the heat to kick on before I dig into a book or study guide, and sometimes I wonder if I’m so tired that I’m dreaming with my eyes open. If this is a dream, I should be far more rejuvenated.
New developments in life make me happy. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone down this path with my readers, but I think it’s time again. If you aren’t happy with your life, change it. If you don’t like your job, get a new one. If you feel like you’re not smart enough, go to school. If you’re not happy with the way you look, give yourself a makeover. While I realize the job and school situations are tricky, particularly the way the world has been working lately, I honestly believe if you truly want change, it will happen. But you have to work at it. It won’t always be easy, and you might have to pray a lot and cuss a lot, and lose valuable sleep time, but in the end, it will be worth it!
A HUGE shout out goes to my friend Sheila London, for doing the most incredible job of air brush make up on me at Temptations this weekend. As a person who rarely attempts make-up, I was astonished at how I look when I do wear it. Twas amazing.
A shout out also goes to my other good friend, Kelly Sandlin, for doing pictures for me and mine this weekend.
My cousin and extra-cool lady, Scarlett Napier gets a shout out this week, because she’s an exceptionally sweet and thoughtful person, as well as great hairdresser.
Richard Sester gets a shout out this week, because he has to be the most talented local artist (or just artist period) that I know. He also has a super talented wife, not to mention his girls are too cute for words.
Nick Metcalf gets a shout out, for coming through for me, always!
Lindsay Smallwood gets a shout out this week, for winning homecoming queen! And also for being a good friend, who will co-star in goofy youtube videos with you if you let her.
A big “welcome back!” goes to my friend Christan Tremblay, who happily returned to work after an emergency appendectomy. We missed her, but Cody Hua came in on the clutch for us.
Mark Hoskins also gets a shout out, for having the same reaction twice to news that he previously forgot.
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