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He Lifts Me Up


He Lifts Me Up

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

What This Isn’t About

So, this is not about how my heart keeps trying to give out, or about the constant physical pain I am always in, pain that robs me of sleep, relentless pain that will not go away.  This is not how losing sleep all the time is negatively affecting everything I do.  This is not about my lungs no longer functioning the way they used to. It’s not about how I have to gasp for air just from climbing a ladder or going up a flight of stairs.

All of these things are true.  But that is not what this is about.

 A Long Week

Sleep had vanished again.  I looked at the clock and saw it was only 1 AM.  I had had maybe 2 hours of sleep.  This was the second week in a row that this has been happening.  By Friday, my body was done.  My heart couldn’t keep its rhythm, my lungs were not giving me enough air to function.   I was overtired from losing sleep and my body was telling me in its own way that I need to stop and rest.   I went home.  I took a nap…ok, I took three short naps. 

In His Presence

During my last nap, I had a wonderful dream.  I was standing in the healing light of the Lord.  I woke up feeling more alive than I have felt in weeks.  My heart was calm and keeping its rhythm.  My mind was clear.  I was calm for the first time in weeks. 

I am still in a lot of pain, but isn’t it in our trials that the joy of the Lord is revealed?  Wasn’t it in the fiery furnace where one “like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:24-25) was walking around in the furnace while Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego were singing and dancing?

If I have placed my trust in Him, He does not remove me from the fire of my trials.  Instead, He joins me in my trials and keeps the flames from consuming me.

Whosoever Will

When we let him join us in our wilderness, He makes the most desolate landscape a Holy garden.  It is when we are in the firey furnace of our trials we discover who Jesus really is. 

He is my Savior because I surely do believe He is the Only Begotten Son of God, who died of all my sin, and proved His claim by rising from the dead on the third day.  (John 3:16)

He is my Shepherd who leads me beside the still waters.  (Psalm 23)

And He is my Lord who covers me in His grace when I am in turmoil. (II Corinthians 12:9)

He lifts me up when I haven’t got the strength to call on Him.  (Isaiah 40:31)

I know that while I am in this world, there will be pain, and heartache, and there will be suffering.  

When I called on Him, He was there.  His presence gave me joy.

This is what I know and attest to be true:

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Romans 10:13 – KJV).


I love you in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Let’s be about it.

David G. Perkins

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A Tale of Two Churches


“Jesus said to Peter the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’” (John 21:15-17, ESV).

Steak House 1:

You go to a steak house.

The Maitre D’ invites you in, finds a table for you, and gets you seated.

A glass wall separates you from steaks sizzling on the grill.

The Maitre D’ describes to you the steak, how it is cooked, what side dishes are available, and then he points at the chef who cooks all this.

The Maitre D’ then tells you your time in the restaurant is up, and invites you to come back again.

You leave hungry, but don’t understand why.

Steak House 2:

You go to a steak house.

The Maitre D’ invites you in, finds a table for you, and gets you seated.

He serves you water and bread and says, “Let me introduce you to our Chef.”

The Chef comes out carrying an excellently prepared steak with all the trimmings.

The Chef and Maitre D’ sit with you and share a delicious meal with you.

After the meal, the Maitre D hugs you and asks that you return soon, and the Chef hugs you and says,

“I’ll come to your house and feed you again if you will let me.”

What It Means:

The Steak House is your church.

The Maitre D’ is your pastor.

The Chef is Jesus.

The Steak is the Word.

The Glass Wall is the thing that separates you from Christ and His Word.

When you leave your church each Sunday, has the Pastor done everything he can to make sure you are fed?

When you leave your church each Sunday, have you had an encounter with Jesus?

When you leave your church each Sunday, have you been fed a healthy portion of the word?

The Glass wall is there at the first church because they have no idea what it takes to open the way for you to meet Christ and enjoy the Word.

There is no glass wall at the second church because the pastor of that Church has gone through the door that leads to Christ and can take you through the same door.

If Christ is not your Savior and your Lord, you will have no idea what it means to bring others to Jesus and learn from His Word.

If you leave Church hungry, maybe you are attending the wrong church.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ (Mat 7:21-23)

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It Is Time For Genuine Repentance


I don’t often see eye to eye with the author of the below, but it is nearly identical to what I was going to write.

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/84139-a-strong-appeal-to-those-who-prophesied-trump-s-reelection?fbclid=IwAR2awvyJXgjRbwrhqsGyNB_-BaHFT1qKyo0K4MC4kvMZ2PMZB_5gVyIDBQI

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At All Times


A Friend Loves

From “Lessons In The Wilderness” by David G. Perkins

“A Friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” Proverbs 17:17 ESV

“Faithful are the wounds of a Friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” Proverbs 27:6 ESV

Loves takes on many characteristics.  God knows what characteristic of Love you need and when you need it.

God offers fortification when you need it.  He offers discipline when you need it.  Correction, understanding, the warmth of His presence and the intensity of His silences, but He is never absent from your circumstances.  He is always there.

Sometimes our circumstances distract us to the point where we don’t remember to turn to Him for wisdom or guidance or comfort or anything else.  When that happens, God will send a friend.

AT ALL TIMES

Your friend loves you, even when you are unlovely.  Your friend cares about you, even though you are driving everyone away from you.  When you have made a royal mess of your life, and no one can stand being near you, your friend cares, steps in, and loves you. Even if it doesn’t look like love, he loves you.  It’s just that you are not in your right mind, and don’t recognize all the facets loves shows you.  But your friend does, and is there to love you in spite of yourself.

FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS

Your friend will tell you something that hurts like blows to the ribs and a kick to the heart.  You will not want to hear this.  You will want to hear what you want to hear, but not this.  You will go so far as accuse your friend of things that aren’t true rather than face the facts of the circumstances. That is OK because your friend loves you at all times.

Be patient and let this teach you something valuable.  Don’t disown your friend for being honest.  Wait, let God show you what this means.  

The next step in this dance, if you refuse to learn from your friend, is that your enemies will slide a knife between your ribs while kissing you and praising you.

WOULD YOU RATHER

Would you rather be hurt for a short season by the sincere blows of your friend, or shun that friendship and be met with the deadly things your enemies will give you with a smile?

Your friend stepped in where other family has feared to tread because you have already shown them you are not stable enough to hear the truth.  Your friend cares less about how you will react to the truth than how you should react to the truth.  Your friend can tolerate your reaction and forgive you for being an ass.  

Don’t forget, God sends you His friends, who are also your friends to tell you things no one else has the desire to tell you. It isn’t that they love you less than your friend, its just that they have grown weary of trying.

Your Friend, however, is less concerned for his safety than he is for yours, and will tell you things you simply don’t want to hear.  It is from love he does this.  A friend like this is a gift from God.

I praise you, Father, in the name of Jesus, for the blows of a friend, and pray you protect me from the sweet kisses of those who will do me harm.

Let’s be about it.

David G. Perkins

Sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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Who Cares?


From “Lessons in the Wilderness” by David G. Perkins

Lonliness

“Look to the right and see: there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.  I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:4-5 ESV

 

There Are Times

When abandonment is a reality.  When your tears are your only drink.  When loneliness threatens to crush you.  When your love has abandoned you for any number of reasons, and the pain is still as intense today as it was when it first happened.  When you are standing around with your co-workers who do not want to hear about your circumstances.  When you text or call someone because you need to talk, to feel connected to another human, to know you are not as alone as you think you are…and it becomes immediately obvious you have not connected in the way you need to connect.

When no one genuinely cares.

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” – Mother Theresa

Who Cares?

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; My sighing is not hidden from you.” – Psalm 38:9 ESV

This is the hardest time.  This is when you have to stop struggling and start trusting God.  Even when it seems like your prayers are bouncing off a brass ceiling, please, know, dear friend, God has not abandoned you.  God is not unaware of your pain.  He sends his own Spirit to keep you company.  He loves you beyond your ability to comprehend, but not beyond your ability to appreciate, if you will simply be still and listen.

Wait on Him.  God cares for it is written, “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

Let go of your agenda for happiness and fulfillment, it is not working for you.  Instead, remember that as you turn everything in your life over to Him, his promise is:

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

 

Let’s be about it

David G. Perkins

Sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Restored Things


From “Lessons in the Wilderness” by David G. Perkins

Author’s note. This is revision 2 of the same article published a while back.  It needed refining.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

(Psa 51:17)

Broken

We all break. The array of things that break us is astonishing. Each thing is exactly the tool needed to do the breaking.

When we break, we look for a remedy from the pain.

Some turn to alcohol.

Some turn to sex.

Some turn to pills.

Some turn to secular solutions, full of promise, empty of results.

If we belong to God we will see that what God could have prevented by His power, He allowed in His wisdom. It is to Him we take our broken pieces.

Let the bones which You have broken rejoice (Psa 51:8)

Restored

God understands brokenness. Jesus was God in the flesh. Jesus was shattered on the cross for us. Jesus was broken. Yet, He rose again.

God’s strength is revealed in our broken pieces. God mends all that is broken and restores the damaged vessel to a greater purpose. His handiwork is revealed in our brokenness.

What others have written off as trash and useless, God will mend with His pure love. No one is so broken that God cannot mend him. What pieces are discarded, He replaces with Himself. You become a reflection of His Own Son in the handiwork of His healing.

Broken things become blessed things when God does the mending.

“…by His stripes, we are healed” Isaiah 53:5

Take your broken pieces to God.

His love will repair you and restore you.

Your purpose in Him will grow to greater things than before.

Let’s be about it.

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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“…and My words abide in you…”



If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – Jesus – John 15:7 ESV

 

Joe

A co-worker (I’ll call him Joe) and I were talking on the phone at the end of a long day. We were exchanging notes about a project. The project is taking a lot of effort, both mentally and physically. I told Joe that just when I think I am ready to quit, I find that, if I dig deep enough, I have 10% more in me than I thought I did, and in finding it, I press on and do my best.

From that statement, my co-worker asked me what part of his mind or brain does he need to reach into to find that 10% so he can do the miracles that Jesus did.

In my heart, I prayed to God for insight and wisdom so I can help Joe understand the weight of what he is asking. We talked at length about what the Bible says about this, starting with the quote that heads this blog entry. I carefully guided him through several scriptures that deal with the things we would request of God. There is a lot of scripture involved in this topic, and God was amazing in that He helped me recall them as we talked.

Eventually, Joe told me that he was not familiar with the scriptures and that he doesn’t read the Bible. I tried ever so gently to tell him that before we can be responsible for greater things, we need to be responsible for what God has already given us. His word, our Bible, is the bedrock of understanding God and why He sent Jesus to die for us.

Joe told me that he thought it was great that I knew the Scriptures, but he is more of a “spiritual intuitive” and relies on that intuitiveness to understand the mind of God.

Joe is not the only one I have met that believes this way. Many people, over the last 3 years have stopped to talk with me about their spiritual life. Most of them are regular attendees at church. Some are church leaders. Some are even the best friends of their pastors. The majority of them, I have discovered, have no clue about what the Bible says about anything.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – Apostle Paul – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV (CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT THIS)

The Modern American Church

We pack our Church’s pews by making the “Church” less uncomfortable to people who would normally not attend. We want to make non-believers believe that we are no different than they are, except we attend church and Jesus is our best pal. We avoid certain scriptural truths because we know it will scare people off.

We would rather offend God than offend people with the truths of the Bible. In our effort to make church “cool” we have made the scriptures irrelevant unless we can find a way to twist them into a message that will not offend anyone. We have compromised to the point that, apart from the fact we attend church, no one can tell us apart from anyone else.

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – King David of Israel- Psa 119:11 ESV

By the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ, I am saved.

By studying His word, I can see a benchmark that guides me to be closer to Him.

The Bible is God’s love letter to us.

We really should read it.

Let’s be about it

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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Every Person


Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isa. 5:20

You, individually, are responsible for your soul.  Don’t be pulled in by group think.

Throughout history, every nation who has done what America is doing has been destroyed by others.

This is our time to repent and seek God.

You will not have anyone standing with you on the day of the Lord.

It will be just you.

Alone with Him.

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  – Joh 3:16

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Let’s be about it.

 

David Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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A Message to Our Wonderful Government and Her People


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Evil and Oppression

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies;
your tongue mutters wickedness.

No one enters suit justly;
no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

They hatch adders’ eggs;
they weave the spider’s web;
he who eats their eggs dies,
and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.

Their webs will not serve as clothing;
men will not cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deeds of violence are in their hands.

Their feet run to evil,
and they are swift to shed innocent blood;
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
desolation and destruction are in their highways.

The way of peace they do not know,
and there is no justice in their paths;
they have made their roads crooked;
no one who treads on them knows peace.

Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

We grope for the wall like the blind;
we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among those in full vigor we are like dead men.

We all growl like bears;
we moan and moan like doves;
we hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.

For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
transgressing, and denying the LORD,
and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.

Judgment and Redemption

Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.

Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

The LORD saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.

He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.

He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.

According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.

So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream,b
which the wind of the LORD drives.

“And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the LORD.

“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time forth and forevermore.” – Isaiah 59

In conclusion:

John 3:16

For God So Loved the World

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – King James Version (KJV)

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The Risk Love Takes


…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Rom 5:8 ESV)

Romans 5:8 tells me that it is possible to love someone who doesn’t love you, and is , in fact, your enemy…but you prove your love by laying your life down for your enemy.

You know not everyone you love will receive this gift of love. They will still hate you and be your enemy. You also know that some of your enemies will receive this gift…and they will truly love you.

God thought it would be worth the risk.

Jesus did too.

If you don’t risk your love, your love isn’t proven to be true or steadfast.

Jesus proved it with His life.

I can’t claim to be worthy of that love…no one can. But Jesus made us worthy when He rose from the dead and gave us life.

We live because He died on our behalf, and He rose again.

We have life because He lives.

Tell someone you love about this Love of God.

Let’s be about it.

I love you in Jesus’ name.

David G. Perkins

Sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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When it Really Hurts


I was trying to come up with something to write. I ran across this post I wrote a couple of years ago. I discovered two things. The pain is still very real, and the truths revealed in that pain are still true. So, forgive my repetition, but I am reposting this one.

David G. Perkins

073014_2125_WhomGodChoo1.jpgJames 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Testing of Your Faith?

Sometimes “life” comes along and kicks you square in the balls.  There are events you just can’t prepare for.  You THINK you are prepared, until the reality of it hits you.   Thinking about what is real is not the same as living in the thing that is real.  Virtual isn’t the same as real.

I’m talking about the kind of event that goes beyond mere pain.  I’m talking about an event that makes you feel your soul was just sucked out through your tear ducts. An event so hard you spend at least one entire day crying until you think you will cry…

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The Day I Mooned Jesus


JesusLoookedPNGIf anyone knows me well, they will tell you if it can happen, it’ll happen to me.  I often do things on the fly, without thinking.

I was at Fort Leonard Wood Military Base.  Fort Leonard Wood is a Multi-disciplinary base, where Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and many foreign military came to learn specific skills.

I was troubleshooting some equipment in one of the Chapels on the base.  This chapel was used by the Army and the Marines for their services.  The Army had already had their morning services and I was told I have one hour to get in the Chapel and do whatever I needed to do.

There was a piece of equipment in the kitchen that was supposed to be telling a piece of equipment way on the otherside of the chappel what kind of day it was having.  For that to happen, a wire was run from the kitchen clear across the chapel to the other side of the building.  The nature of this wire is, it is intolerant of being bent to tightly, or of having anything sitting on it at all.  If either of these things is true, the wire is not able to carry the signal that the Kitchen Device was sending .

I had one hour to get it fixed.  The wire in question was running on top of a steel beam 2 feet above a 20 foot tall chapel ceiling. The problem was someone had laid a heavy board over the wire.  By this time I had 15 minutes before the Marines were marched in by their Drill Instructor for the Marines Services.

I had a 15 foot ladder.  I am a little ove 5’9″.  If I stood on the very top of the ladder and hopped, I could reach the steel beam, pull myself up and fix the problem.  My hope was the wire wasn’t crushed too badly and all I had to do was move the heavy board off the wire. I moved the board.   The wire looked fine (It eventually passed the signals test.)

This is where life got interesting for me.  I had to get back down from the rafter to the top of the ladder.

I forgot to mention that, ever since I turned 37, I began fighting a weight problem.  I was over 40 by this time.  And heavy.  Getting up to the beam was very hard to do, but I did it.  It never occurred to me how difficult it would be to get back down.  I decided to hang by my hands off the beam right above the top of the ladder and drop down to the top of the ladder.  It was, afterall, only about a foot space between the bottoms of my boots to the top of the ladder. (OK, all you OSHA safety nuts on Linkedin, get a grip. Breathe into a paper bag, you’ll be just fine in a jiffy.)

The good news about my weight is, I had recently lost about 20 pounds.  My pants were nice and loose as opposed to being so tight I couldn’t breathe.  This was good for climbing up to the rafters.  This is not so good when getting back down.

When I let go of the rafter and landed solidly on the top of the ladder, my pants and underwear fell down around my boots.  To say I was in an awkward state is to completely understate the situation.

I bent over to pull my pants back up just as the Marines were being escorted into the chapel.  I was moonng the Marines.  I didn’t know this unitl I heard the Drill Instructor bark, “Eyes Front!, One sound from anyone, and I’ll wreck your whole day.”  Things got really quiet as the Chaplain and the Sergeant rounded my ladder to look up at me.

If ever I longed for the rapture, it was right then.

I did my best to spin around so I wouldn’t be mooning the Marines only to find myself mooning a portrait of Jesus that was hanging on the wall of the Chapel.

I was done for.

The Chaplain politely cleared his throat while the Sergeant stared daggers at me, and a bunch of raw recruits were doing all they could not to explode with laughter.

I recovered what was left of my dignity and got out of the chapel as fast as I could.  I heard the Chaplain opening the service with, “All things bright and beautiful, all things great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”

Why did I just tell you one of the most embarasing moments of my life? (Trust me, hat’s not the only one, and hardly the most embarrasing!).

God tends to choose the last person we would chose to do the very thing no one else will do.  What really matters isn’t how together you are, or intelligent, or beautiful, or any of that nonsense.  What matters is you love the Lord and are willing and available to take up your cross and follow him.

Don’t worry how you look to others, but have the heart to reach out to all the rest of the messy people in this world.  They need you.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8

 

Let’s be about it.

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Be A Modern TV Journalist


AUTHOR’s NOTE:  This is an edited reprint from WAAAY back.  I’ve edited it a bit.  I thought in light of all the insanity, this would be fun.  Enjoy };-D

Of the roughly millions of imaginary readers of my blog, I receive about 3000 imaginary e-mails a day, asking me for advice on a wide variety of subjects.

I recently received just such an e-mail from a High School Senior at Colon High School, Colon, Mich. Millicent Nederhose asked me not to use her real name, so out of respect for her privacy, I’ll call her “Slagathor.”

Slagathor’s e-mail reads as follows:
“Dear Mr. Poindexter (I decided not to use my real name either),

I read, like, nearly everything you post, and, like, I was wondering, like, if you can tell me how to, like, be a T.V. Journalist?

Like, your devoted fan,
‘Slagathor’ (Not her real name)”

Here is my response to this forward-thinking young woman:

Dear ‘Slagathor’,

Let me be the first to congratulate you on your career choice! Journalism School can be tough. Not all Journalism Majors make it to the big leagues.

I appreciate you asked me instead of someone who actually is a Journalist, or teaches Journalism, or even has a college degree, or has at least driven through the parking lot of a Junior College on his way to Wal-Mart to buy a paper.

Having none of those qualifications, I will be happy to guide you through a preliminary hurdle that should show you if Journalism is the right choice for you.

I want you to know I have already done a great deal of research (a term you might not hear in Journalism school) on this topic.

All week long, I have been watching endless hours of in-depth T.V. Journalism. From this research, I have developed a short quiz that, I believe, will help you know if you can make the cut to the “Breaking News” world of T.V. Journalism.

There are 3 multiple choice questions, with the answer following each item. Please choose YOUR best answer to the question before reading the correct answer derived from my in-depth research. Relax, take a deep breath, and do your level best.

Q1) Define ETHICS

  1. A) Doing the Right Thing, for the Right Reason, at the Right Time.
  2. B) ETHNICS? Isn’t that, like, a racist question?
  3. C) A sauce you sprinkle on your salad that helps you lose those extra 5 pounds.

ANSWER: Anything but ‘A’.  If you answered ‘A’, you have no business being in Journalism.

Q2) You are the first “On the Spot” reporter on the scene of a terrible accident. You see that 98-year-old Griselda Haskins has been run over by a 1965 Buick. You notice that after the Buick had run over poor Mrs. Haskins, the car careened over the curb and smashed into the front window of a Starbucks.

Tired of being an “On the Spot” reporter, and realizing that what you do next will determine whether you finally get to be an “Anchor” (Another Journalism Term), you do one of the following things:

  1. A) Render First Aid until the ambulance arrives, securing your position as the first “On the Spot” reporter who gets to interview Poor Old Mrs. Haskins and the Police.
  2. B) You step over the prone body of the widow, Mrs. Haskins, to ask the driver how he feels knowing he ruined a perfectly good Starbucks.
  3. C) You order a Latte with extra foam and pretend to do A & B.

ANSWER: ‘C.’ If you answered ‘A,’ you clearly have no grasp of the priorities of the Journalistic profession. Drop your pencil and leave now. If you answered ‘B,’ you are destined to remain an “On the Spot” reporter.

Q3) You have finally made Anchor. Seconds before you go “live” (That is TV talk for being on the air), your editor/producer hands you some “Breaking News” that you KNOW is factually inaccurate. Your future as an Anchor is on the line. You do one of the following:

  1. A) Report the truth. Your Journalistic Integrityand High Ethical Standardswill let you do nothing less than tell the truth. Your loyal viewers deserve nothing less from you.
  2. B) You don’t care because you get paid the same no matter what you report.
  3. C) You finish your latte and read whatever pops up on the Teleprompter.

ANSWER: ‘C.’ If you answered ‘B,’ you return to your former job of “On the Spot Reporter.” If you answered ‘A’, you have no future in any form of Journalism.

I hope, Slagathor, this little quiz has been helpful. You can see, now, that Journalism adheres to a standard that not even New Orleans Prostitutes can lower themselves to. Very few people have what it takes to be a T.V. Journalist.

One last thing, Slag; If you don’t look like a super-model, you don’t stand a chance of ever being in front of a camera. Looks matter more than anything in Television Journalism. You don’t even have to pay close attention to what you are doing if you are attractive and can read a teleprompter. The same holds true for Politicians.

Yours,

Peter Poindexter (Not My Real Name).

 

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Restored Things – From “Lessons in the Wilderness”


This is a reblog but has come to mean a great deal to me these last 2 years.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

(Psa 51:17)

Broken

We all break. The array of things that break us is astonishing. Each thing is exactly the tool needed to do the breaking.

Most often, we are broken by the big three things:

Lust of the Eye

Lust of the Flesh

The Pride of Life

When we break, we look for a remedy from the pain. Some turn to alcohol. Some turn to sex. Some turn to pills. Some turn to secular solutions, full of promise, empty of results.

If we belong to God we will see that what God could have prevented by His power, He allowed in His wisdom. It is to Him we take our broken pieces.

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. (Psa 51:7-13)

Restored

God understands brokenness. Jesus was God in the flesh. Jesus was shattered on the cross for us. Jesus was broken. Yet, He rose again.

God’s strength is revealed in our broken pieces. God mends all that is broken and restores the damaged vessel to a greater purpose. His handiwork is revealed in our brokenness.

What others have written off as trash and useless, God will mend with His pure love. No one is so broken that God cannot mend him. What pieces are discarded, He replaces with Himself. You become a reflection of His own Son in the handiwork of His healing.
BROKEN THINGS BECOME BLESSED THINGS WHEN GOD DOES THE MENDING

Take your broken pieces it to God. His love will repair you and restore you. Your purpose in Him will grow to greater things than before.

Let’s be about it.

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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Have Mercy


I heard a song on the radio.  The lyrics were about Jesus’ suffering on the cross.  The lyrics were:

“For the sake of His suffering, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

These lyrics were being repeated over and over and over, as in a chant.  I realized I had tuned into the Roman Catholic Radio station.  The RCs like to keep Christ on the Cross and keep their believers in perpetual shame.  It’s good for business when you can keep your followers believing there is always one more thing you need to do to prove you are worthy of God, but that is a blog for another day.

Even so, I thought about these lyrics.

His Meekness

Before I can address God’s Mercy, I need to discuss Jesus’ Meekness.

When the scriptures say Jesus was meek and mild, God is not saying His son was some light-in-the-loafers, Casper milquetoast.

Meek in Jesus’s case was that although He had the power and authority to wage the most horrible war against all sin and all sinners, He chose to defer his judgement in favor of God’s mercy.

This meek Christ is the same one who braided a whip, beat money changers at the temple and overturned 100 pound tables.

God’s Mercy

Back to the lyrics:

“For the sake of His suffering, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

The concept of sin is foreign to this world.  Everything goes.  If I say this is sin, or that is sin, I am being politically incorrect.  Who am I , after all, to judge anyone?  OK, I’m no one, and I am not judging you.  That is God’s job.  In God’s eyes, there is sin.  Sin must be punished.  It is written that the wages of sin is death.  All who sin are worthy of death and unworthy of God.  That includes all humanity.  No one is sinless.

With one exception.

The Holy Law is that there is a way to redeem sinners, and that way is accomplished only if one person who is without sin freely gives his life to God; and must be willing to take on all God’s wrath and punishment of all sin on behalf of all sinners, even though he himself is sinless.

That is exactly what Jesus did. Jesus is the only one who was ever without sin.  He willingly and voluntarily became all sin, and was judged by God on our behalf.

There isn’t a sin you can think of that Jesus did not become.  The sinless one became, on our behalf, all sin that ever was and will be.

2Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

For our sake, he died of all our sin.

Sometimes God’s mercies don’t look so merciful.  It is written that it pleased God to kill his own son so that we, His creation would live. (See Isaiah 53:10)

The exchange on the cross is this:  Jesus became all our sin, past present and future. In return, you become God’s own beloved child.

Jesus told Nicodemus

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(Joh 3:16-18 KJV)

If you accept this free gift from God, you are born again.  If you reject this, you need to understand, you are already dead.

“For the sake of His suffering, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Jesus’s suffering was God’s mercy.  If you will accept it.

Let’s be about it

David Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

 

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In The Wilderness


For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Rom 8:38-39 AMP)

This Wilderness

We all, eventually, end up in the wilderness. Whether we bring ourselves there or are dragged there against our will or run headlong into it thinking it has to be better than where we are right now or are led there by Ruach ha-Kodesh, the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, we will eventually find ourselves in “The Wilderness. ”

If you haven’t had this fantastic experience, perhaps you should ask why. Read the word, everyone the Father equips for service goes through some kind of experience where his mettle is tested, where he is purified by the refining fire of God, where all the useless dross is scraped away. There, in the wilderness, God prepares a table for you to learn to fellowship with Him and him alone. The question I have to ask myself then, is, have I denied myself and taken up His cross?

The Place Called Wilderness

Moses was kicked out of Egypt…with good reason. The mercy Pharaoh showed Moses by not killing him outright for the crime of murder is where the evidence of the Grace of the Living God began to exert itself. Moses was driven to the wilderness, eventually learning how to do the unprincely task of being a shepherd. Egyptians thought Shepherds were among the unclean and unwashed of society. Shepherds were shunned. Moses became a shepherd. Think of all the things Moses had to unlearn to learn to be a shepherd. It wasn’t until after a long while of being a shepherd that Moses was finally fit to serve the Living God. Moses had to lose the identity he was raised to believe about himself to become someone God could use. It was in that wilderness of humbling that God called Moses to take off his sandals and follow Him. It wasn’t until Moses lost his perceived identity as a Prince of Egypt that he gained the status as “The Friend of God.”

What self-deceptions do I need to shed to become “The Friend of God?”

Elijah had just witnessed the Living God consume the prophets of Ba’al with a holy blowtorch that consumed everything on and around Mt. Carmel. When Jezebel caught wind of this defeat, she sent word that she will personally destroy Elijah. When he heard about this threat, Elijah immediately ran over 80 miles away from Jezebel’s kingdom, then fled even farther into the wilderness. Elijah stopped under a juniper tree and begged God to take his life. Elijah thrust himself into the wilderness because it looked a lot better than his circumstances looked where he was. Fear and doubt are powerful forces. The conditions Elijah found himself in were not what he expected. After witnessing the awesome power of God at work, neither Ahab or Jezebel were moved to recognize the presence or authority of the Living God. Instead, they grew more defiant and angry. Instead of taking on God (Who just demonstrated he can put on a vast Bar B Que) Jezebel and her henpecked lackey, Ahab defied God and wanted to exact revenge on His messenger, Elijah.

Elijah wanted God to let him die, thinking it would be better to die at God’s hand than to suffer the agonies Jezebel was known to mete out to her enemies. He fell asleep from exhaustion.

While he slept, an angel of God made breakfast for Elijah, and gently woke Elijah up and fed him. Elijah was so exhausted he fell back asleep. A second time, the Angel came, woke Elijah and fed him.

After Elijah ate and rested, God gave Elijah evidence that He is always present and that He is the still speaks to His servants, and He gave Elijah new orders.

What we miss in our sermons here is this: God did not berate Elijah, but served him breakfast in bed, demonstrated His love for Elijah and encouraged him to keep going. When Elijah was exhausted and hiding in the wilderness, God showed up and reaffirmed that He is mightier than any circumstances that arise. Grace, not judgement, was what God fed Elijah.

Sometimes we lead ourselves to the wilderness. Even so, God will meet us there, take care of us, reassure us, and show us He is still God over our circumstances.

Have I led myself to a wilderness? Am I willing to be honest with God about my circumstances? Will I listen to His still quiet voice reassure me He is still Lord of my life?

Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tested. The Holy Spirit of God led him there. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, and at the end of that time, when he was weakest, Satan tried to tempt Jesus. If Satan did this to Jesus, you could bet he will eventually do this with you. Satan will tempt us with things God has already promised us. He will tempt us by questioning our position in God. Satan will examine your calling and offer what appears to be a better deal than God provided. He will challenge your very existence and ask you to do something foolish to prove you are who God has said you are. In every case, Jesus stood fast on the promises of God. Jesus showed if you resist the evil one, he will flee.

When this kind of wilderness arrives in our lives, rest assured, you will be sifted, and God has your back. God’s word has already equipped, you…know the word of God.

Would I survive this wilderness of testing at the hands of God’s enemies? How well do I know God? How well do I know His word?

Wherever your wilderness is; however you got there, understand that regardless the circumstances, God is in control, He hears you, He will take care of you, and he will fortify you when you are tempted beyond measure.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

(Psa 23:4-5 AMP)

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom He called he also justified, and those whom He justified he also glorified. (Rom 8:25-30 ESV)

In the end, the only time we belong in the wilderness is when God leads us there.

Let’s be about it.

David Perkins

Sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

 

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