FATHER’S DAY

       Cassettes, videos, pictures. If your father is still alive – record moments with him! I believe I’ve told the story of Bonny and I going to visit our friends Matt and Mona Slover. Whenever we would go, I would bring my guitar and Matt and I would sit down and play the old ballads, hymns and other church songs we knew. 

          We came up to their place one time and their son, seeing my guitar, said, “Are you guys going to sing and play again?” I told him this, “You might want to record this because there will come a day when you will want to hear your dad sing and he won’t be here.” 

          I don’t know if he ever did record us and so far, Matt is still here. Somewhere in a box, I have a cassette tape of Matt and I singing. If I find it, I will send a copy to Matt and one to both of his sons. 


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OTTO THE FISHERMAN

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. Luke 5:4-7  

          Otto Rigaud, Man of God, Brother in Christ, Deacon and a Commercial Fisherman. He was a co-owner in a couple of gill net fishing boats and sometimes he didn’t go out with them to fish. One winter day/night he got a call to come down to the docks and meet one of the boats with the other as they had a really good catch in the nets. 

          Otto called pastor (Sam Flannagan) to come help unload when they got to the docks. The first boat had caught so many redfish it was indeed close to sinking and the only thing that kept the fish fresh was that it was so cold, the fish were freezing on the deck. The fish were not spoiling!


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NEVER BACKED UP TO TAKE A CHECK

 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16 

          When I was a contract hand to Gulf Oil in North West Bay, in Louisiana, we were paid weekly and every Tuesday instead of dropping us off at our house or apartment, Ray (the gang “Pusher”) we would go to the office and pick up our paychecks. 

          We would laugh and joke with each other as we waited our turn (there were several work gangs in the office at the same time) to get our paychecks. Knowing some of the men in the other gangs we would tease them with the expression, “You got to back up to get your check!”.  

Meaning you were lazy and didn’t do a full week’s worth of work so you had to sneak up and not let the office folk see your face. That would be embarrassing, but it was all in good fun because working in the oil field was no joke! 

So, when I say I’ve never backed up to take my paycheck, I am saying I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of the work I’m being paid for. I didn’t have to hang my head, mumble my name, or scuff my toe in the dirt and take my check as if I was undeserving. 


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GOD REMEMBERS

 Acts Chapter 10 emphasis on 30-31 the story of Cornelius.  

“And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in thesight of God.” 

 

          Bonny and I worked for a janitorial firm in Eugene, OR in 1987/88 and our account was the first two floors of a large business office complex that was the headquarters for Chef Francisco (I spoke about working there in my blog, “I Bring Messiah”). We usually worked from 5 p.m. (when most of the people had gone home) to 1-2 a.m. depending on the work. 

          This one time, in the middle of winter, the day after a snow storm, as we were going through the offices emptying the garbage cans, cleaning the phones, dusting, etc. one of the employees was still in his office and I commented on the pictures of his two sons (2 and 4 years old). 

He said, “Do you know what I did last night? It was really coming down and the ground was already covered with snow. I put blankets around my boys and took them outside (it was well past midnight he said) and we played in the snow for a while.” 

I told him that he had set a memory in their minds that they would likely never forget! Even when they got older, they would say (and tell their kids), “Hey remember that time Dad took us outside in the middle of the night to play in the snow?!?!? That was cool!” 

Remember what God has done for you and like those young boys (who by this time are probably married with children of their own!) tell somebody! 

 

          “In the Old Testament examples, the text uses the Hebrew word zakar, which means “to remember.” But the definition goes deeper, for it also means to bring someone to mind — and then act on that person’s behalf. Zakar, then, is as much direct action as it is a mental exercise. 

Indeed, in every instance of God remembering, we see in the Old Testament that it always includes an action. For example, God remembered Noah, then made the water recede. God remembered Rachel, then opened her womb. And, years later, hearing the Hebrews’ cries for rescue, God remembered His covenant with their ancestors and rescued them.” 

(https://www.christianity.com/wiki/god/what-does-it-mean-in-the-bible-that-god-remembered.html) 

 

Christian! God does not forget you! He “remembers” you and in His remembering, He does something for you! So, when you see that God remembered you, write it down, tell someone, let people know that in your season of need (and sometimes even before you realize you have a need) God remembered you! 



PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM!

Praise Him! Praise Him! 

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord

Psalm 150 

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HE PAID A DEBT HE DID NOT OWE

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed..” I Peter 2:24 

Some years ago, I opened one of our utility bills and saw that there was $50 credit! I called the company to make sure it wasn’t an error and they told me that someone had sent in the money for us. Wow! And to say it came at an opportune time is not giving it enough credit! 

I went to work that night (at the prison) and was telling some of the other officers about it. My sergeant asked, “Who would want to pay some of your bill?” She was truly puzzled that someone would be that kind or nice to do that. 

I tried to explain, from my Christian perspective, that another Brother or Sister in the Lord was blessing us. Again, she asked, “Who would want to pay some of your bill?” She could not understand. 


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IT’LL BE FUN!

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:7a 

          I was teaching juveniles the class, Thinking Reports, to help them identify problems and to learn about their own red flag thoughts; those thoughts that would lead to actions that would be a problem for them. 

          One young man had written about joy riding. His friends had stopped by his house and they went out for a walk. They saw a car that had the keys in the ignition and everyone jumped in and on the report his first thought was “This’ll be fun!” 

          I told him, “Stop right there! That’s your Red Flag thought!” Then we all began to process his thinking report. When we finished, I told him, “When your buddies say, ‘Hey let’s do this!’ and your first thought is ‘This’ll be fun!’ don’t do it!”     


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ARE YOU COMPROMISING?

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.  Proverbs 27:17 

          When I was in the corrections academy in 1989, the training staff wanted to show us how inmates would gradually gain our confidence especially when it involved the opposite sex. One of our instructors, a very nice-looking lady, had 4 or 5 five of the male recruit’s line up about 6 or seven feet from her. 

          She called the first man to come to her, and as the first man approached her, she greeted him very politely using his last name. “Good morning Officer Jones, how are you?” He returned the greeting and walked away. 

          She motioned for the next man and as he got close, she smiled and said, “Hi Officer, you look especially nice today!” Again, he said “Hello” and walked past her. The rest of us could see where things were going with this exercise. 

          When the next recruit got close, she leaned in to him and began to brush lint off of his shoulder and said, “Wow! You look really good this morning. Oh, you’ve got something on your uniform, let me get that for you.” She also gazed up at him with a big smile and patted him affectionately on the shoulder. 


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BE INSTANT IN SEASON

          Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.II Timothy 4:2 

          My pastor, Sam Flanagan, and I were invited to go to Haiti by a missionary our church supported there. So, after service one evening we got into my car and headed out for Miami, FL from Buras, LA. 

          We stopped for coffee and a meal in Slidell, LA (it was about 9 at night) and talked about the trip while we were waiting for our food. A couple of young ladies came in and sat in the booth directly behind ours. Sam and I were excited about our trip and we talked about what it would be like. 


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PERCEPTION

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. I Corinthians 13:12 

In 2011 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was prescribed a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. It is a wonderful thing! It has cut back on my snoring, I’m able to sleep on my back, and I even sleep better. 

There is a drawback though, the machine is electric. So? Well . . . when the power goes out (not very often, but it has happened!) it wakes me up and I feel like I’m sucking wind hard enough to pull the walls in! 

Anyway, to my point. Every night, as I get ready for bed, I put my glass of water on the night stand in front of my CPAP, then turn on the machine, pull the nose fitting over my head and lay down. 


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