Tom's Journal. http://tomschuckmanjournal.blogspot.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. ~ 1st Corinthians chapter 2, verses 9 and 10. --Old Scofield KJV Bible [October 1st, 2011] PTL.
I am glad that the Spirit put this thought/ scripture in my head this morning-- to crack open that grand Book-- the Old Scofield KJV Bible, given to me as a gift in the mail, by a good man/ Christian brother from South Carolina, named Jimmy Hood, a fellow helicopter crew chief and door gunner in the same 240th AHC outfit in Vietnam. [AHC stands for: Assault Helicopter Company] He said: 'Tom, read this and you will be smart' [LOL]. Jim is an old 'Country boy', but wiser than a 'tree full of owls.' I guess he drove truck --OTR most of his life, after he came home from the 'Nam... RVN, and is also a great mechanic, among other things. I sent him a gift--a $70 tactical knife [Cold Steel.com] in return-- NOT something meant to be a 'reciprocal/ pay back' item-- but just a gift from one brother to another. You might say that I have strong, deep 'brotherly love' for many combat Veterans-- a bond that cannot be broken, and I call on them from time to time, for special advice, wisdom and help because I respect and need their expertise in certain areas [like Bill Tippett, another crew chief/ gunner]. I would say that I belong to a close knit, special net work/ circle of tested, wise, knowledgeable gentlemen [and some smart, cool women, who care about my welfare] that I care for. An exclusive 'club.'
So... it's about the Spirit [the Holy Spirit-God] that the apostle Paul is talking about in the cited scripture, and the deeper things that only REAL, born-again Christian can glean when they read and study the Bible. I have posted many times, scriptures like: "The wisdom of the world is foolishness with God." --[1st Cor. 3:19]...to prove my point, that the majority of mankind follow some false Messiah, false religion, or goofy political "leader," like a piped piper was leading them all, down the road to destruction [Hell], and they will NEVER even consider what the bible has to say-- just like the problems of Israel right now! People just don't realize that the State of Israel is the 'center of the world' and anyone trying to hurt her will suffer big time curses brought by God Almighty-- see: Genesis 12: 3. In my eyes and millions of other studied Christians, the coming [first] war between Israel and her hateful Islamic neighbors will precipitate the Rapture, shortly after that war in Israel [and the Bible also shows WHO WILL WIN THAT WAR!!] -- when Jesus will gather up His 'bride class' of servants and Believers. And the devil KNOWS all about this fact-- so he and his demons are working overtime because they know that their time is short. What sort of people ought we to be in view of these facts-- recorded in the Bible???
Personally, I need to straighten up and 'fly right too !!' I am weak in certain areas, lonely, have strong desires, needs, wants, and I figure the only way I am going to make it is to crack open the Bible EVERY SINGLE DAY and pray my head off to avoid temptations! My Christian friends help me too by praying and offering advice. I'm saying that's what I [ME] need to do-- not others. I request prayers in this area too, please. Just because a person is knowledgeable and educated in areas, especially the Bible, doesn't mean that his/ her life is all 'smooth sailing', easy, free of temptation, stress, loneliness, pain, and wrongful desires. And I realize that some close friends at church struggle with their mates, marriages, poor economy, loss of a job, etc., and I need to step up to the plate and help/ encourage THEM! Remember that the Lord Jesus gave us TWO new commandment-- superseding the original 10 [really over 300] Commandments. See: Exodus 20: verses 25 and onward... proof of what I say. So, if you think about it, Jesus' new 2 commandments actually 'encompass' the Mosaic 10-- really over 300 commandments-- with many carrying the death penalty in ancient Israel. We are NOT UNDER THE OLD LAW OF MOSES ANYMORE-- THE 10 Commandments-- as Christians, but few people know, understand, or care now days-- and the churches, pastors are to blame!! Shame on them, and I would be loath to be in their shoes when the Lord comes back...for not teaching the TRUTH OF THE BIBLE or watering it down, merging other pagan/ heathen, New Age, religions, with biblical true worship services that include the issues of sin, salvation and hell/ punishment.
All Christian will probably struggle, fight temptations, and wrong thinking, plus persecution will befall all who confess Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and publicly proclaim their trust and faith in the Lord! "It comes with the territory" and we should not be surprised if we lose EVERYTHING because of our love and faith in Christ! Sorry folks-- I calls 'em like I sees 'em... lol. I am just saying that we ought to be prepared and have a lowly, humble mindset in these perilous times, according to the 2 books of Timothy.
Folks, you know what? I feel much better now, as writing and blogging are good for me-- 'therapeutic' and my VA doctors recommend that I continue writing, etc., to help my challenges with PTSD [Combat Post traumatic stress disorder]. I started writing in my Journal when I was in High School and have been writing ever since. I started to write my own book/ autobiography soon after I got called back to work at Chrysler, in May of 1995, and hired a proof reader-$$, who also advised me-- she was a real professional. Her and her female friend critic-ed the 150 pages I had so far, and recommended that my book be 300 pages, but for some reason I had a 'mental block' and just set my Journal aside. A big reason was: I was becoming Spirit-filled, and a 'new born-again Christian, so I lost interest in writing an autobiography, thinking that it was just an 'ego trip' and prideful venture, pointing the spot light on ME, a simple soldier, and not something of real value. I had other fish to fry and my priorities had changed again. That happens when people get the Spirit and push on with maturity, IMHO [in my humble opinion]. New Christian quit gambling, smoking, drugs, drunkenness, immoral activities, heathen/ pagan mind sets, and wrongful thinking. Their eyes are opened for the first time in their lives, and they speak up-- give glory to God, and Jesus Christ-- their Lord and Savior. Folks who are mum, and never share or talk about the joy and happiness that comes from fully immersing one self in the Bible, IMO, don't have the Holy Spirit and Jesus in their hearts! Their lives are going down hill, not knowing what the Lord has in store for mankind and the world-- because they have NO INTEREST in the Bible, nor love for Christ.
Well, friends, it's going to be another beautiful Autumn day in Wisconsin, and I need to go to the bank to move some money around. Thank you, Lord, for giving me enough income after retirement to pay my bills, and have enough dog food for 'Deuce' my noble Rotty, etc. I retired at age 54, but was by that time partly disabled from carpal tunnel problems, from repetitive work activity-- and that comes with the territory too. Most of us Chrysler guys and gals have the scars from surgery due to carpel tunnel, and we had to work on the assemble line with goofy, immoral, spunky people, so we could raise our families in a dignified manner-- food, shelter and clothing. It was a hard life, hard work, but we earned a good living and were envied by others who didn't make that much, nor have good health care benefits. MOST people could NEVER handle the slave work and super stress working on the line every day, and I certainly remember a dozen people who walked off the line at noon/ lunch and quit-- never returned because the work load was so heavy and brutal, when the company hired about 200 new people to start up a 2nd shift! I just hate to hear ignorant people say that we were over paid and spoiled--working at AMC/ Chrysler, because we worked hard and sweated our buns off, and the company often abused us and treated us like trash. Sorry-- that's the truth of it. Sorry I got off course again. My proof readers said that I wondered a bit too in my book, and I still have the 1st draft, manuscript at home...Ha!
I would like to take my dog with me this morning, but if the car rental discover dog hair in the car-- they will prob. charge me for a full detailing and clean up. I can't afford that right now, and I have decided that I WILL BUY 2 new tires for my Ram truck before the Winter snow flies, just to be safe. Saturday morning, 0900, and all is well. I went to be last night about 9:30, very sore, pained and tired from over doing my walking, sometimes with only ONE cane to support me. Starting Monday, I plan to go back on my diet and lose another 50 pounds.. my pants are falling down already, and that's why I carry and use a 'belly bag' to keep my wallet, etc., so I don't want to take a chance of losing my pants in public, or church. That would be a nightmare!
God bless all servants of the Lord, and all Believes!!