Friday, December 30, 2011

Gone Fishing.

Tom's Journal.

Hi Friends, Readers, Brothers/ Sisters in Christ., etc.,
I have decided to put my Blog on hold for a while or what ever, for a number of personal reasons.  I guess that perhaps the slow down of comments reflects a lack of interest these days, and maybe I just lost my touch, became too bitter with the way things have been going,  suffered too great a loss of loved, dear ones this past year,  but most of all, I believe that I have hurt and injured too many others, no matter if I meant to or not.  Yes, the Truth hurts, but perhaps my personal opinions were too 'intense' and people pretty much would rather have their 'ears tickled'... according to Paul --writing Timothy.

I have also spoiled my chances to see and meet new people, prospective ladies, dates, etc.,  and my brand of truth is just not palatable now days with the vast majority of new people who read my posts.  I guess I have been writing for about 5 years or more, and need to give it a break, a rest, and pursue other fields of endeavor-- although I am my VA doctors felt writing was great 'therapy' for my COMBAT PTSD.  Maybe I will go back to finish my book that I started in 1995, but got side tracked and "Writer's block." 

So... you will have to search for another 'whipping boy' ... LOL, and  direct your hate mail else where [some of you], those of you who only know how to pull down and destroy-- but don't have the where with all to build and heal.   Most of the stuff I've used or built around was pure Scripture, and other well known Christian authors, and I am not afraid to suffer for God and Christ, but I seldom hear or ever know if I am doing any good--  not that I am  looking or fishing for praise.  However, I must say that anyone who has read me for any length of time has no leg to stand on concerning the Gospel and Salvation, and I feel that I have done my job well in that regard.  Too, most people really don't want to hear what the Bible says about our future-- Ha! -- it will be getting MUCH worse!!  But the millions of people in my camp are not worried -- because the only way we learn the real truth of our future comes from the Holy Spirit, and we already KNOW where WE are going!  PTL.

Now that my knees are healing better, I hope to walk up to people more and share Bible Tracts, KJV Bibles, and share the fruits of my lips in praising and sharing the Bible with people I meet in everyday life.  And I can and will still write personal emails to my friends, etc.


Warm Regards,

New Web Site.

Tom's Journal.

Please let me introduce a Christian web site that a new friend suggested to me-- from Pastor John Kitchen,  who hails from  the great State of  Ohio.

What Child is this?

“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:36-38)
“He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him”—that is the Apostle John’s commentary on the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. Do you think you would have recognized Jesus for who He was? What if He showed up (physically) this Sunday at church, would you recognize Him? The aged Anna looked upon the 40 day old Jesus and recognized Him as the promised Messiah. What does it take to live a life that recognizes Jesus?
Anna shows us that the one that recognizes Jesus is someone who is keeping life in perspective (vv.36-37a). Whether she was 84 years old (as most of our modern translations take it) or lived for 84 years after she was widowed (which would really qualify her for an AARP discount!), Anna was elderly. In the span of those years her nation and the land of Israel has seen many tumultuous changes. She had obviously survived some personal tragedies, not the least of which was the death of her husband. Yet in the midst of all that chaos and personal pain God enabled her to maintain a personal perspective on what really matters—a perspective that readied her eyes to see Christ when He came.
Anna also show us that the one who recognizes Jesus is someone who has put God in preeminence. “She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers” (v.37b). Is your heart consumed with the things that are upon God’s heart? Do you hurt over what hurts Him and rejoice over what brings Him joy? Anna determined to be in constant communication with God. “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). That doesn’t mean you need to constantly be in church, but you do need to be in constant, conscious communion with Him.
Anna also shows us that the one who recognizes Jesus is someone through whom Christ is proclaimed. She “began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (v.38b). After all she had survived as a citizen, after all she had experienced as a wife and widow, after all she had endured as a worshiper of God—meeting Jesus was enough to produce gratitude in her heart. Not a momentary “thanks,” but a continual bubbling fountain of gratitude that compelled her to tell others of Jesus.
“What Child Is This?”
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise the song on high, The Virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary!

It’s Time

“Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains down righteousness upon you.” —Hosea 10:12
It’s time. It’s about time. It’s high time. It’s past time. “… it is time to seek the Lord.”
That is what Hosea told the people of Israel in His day.
Its not that they weren’t religious. Oh, they were. It’s not that they weren’t in attendance at religious services. They had that down pat. They prayed, offered sacrifices, observed the festivals and kept the commandments. They had this religion-thing down.
But, said the prophet, “… it is time to seek the Lord.”
“What do you mean?,” we might ask, as I’m sure they did as well. “I thought we were seeking the Lord!  We’re doing everything we’ve been told to do!”
How? The command was simple: “Break up your fallow ground.”
Fallow ground is unplowed ground. It is ground that has been made hard by a long winter of neglect. It is ground hardened by cold, dark days of inattentiveness, packed solid by ice, snow and wind. It has been beat into a pavement-hard path by much traffic. The patter of feet, simply by traveling this way repeatedly, have rendered it incapable of producing or sustaining life. Fallow ground is hard, impenetrable, firm and confirmed in its ways.
What makes for fallow ground in my heart or in the heart of a church? Many things, but among them would be pride, presumption, past, preferences, prejudice, tradition, and opinion.
These must be turned over. The ground must be exposed. We must do more than scratch the surface, the spade must be plunged into the heart of the earth. The blade of the plow has to cut deep. It is frightening. It is painful. Most avoid it for those very reasons.
But it is full of hope! The sun is beginning to rise higher in the sky as winter passes and spring hastens. The ground having been turned and the soil having been exposed is embraced by the warmth of the sun and its life-giving rays. This is hope. There may yet be life! Life again. Life renewed. Revival.
How does one “turn over” this fallow ground? Again, the forms may be numerous. But surely it would include the sharp edge of tools such as repentance, confession of sin (to God and one another), brokenness, tears, remorse, contrition, restitution, and specific acts of humbling self before God and others.
When these things happen it might seem to be such a fresh move of God that we will want to just stay there. But we do well to remember that this would only be the beginning. This breaking up of the fallow ground only readies the soil for the seed of the Word to be planted (“He comes”). It only prepares the soil for the waters to come (“till righteousness rains down on you”). All this is so that the soil of our