Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trip to Olive Garden December 2015

I recently received a $50 gift card to Olive Garden, today we decided
to use it. It has been almost a year since I had visited Olive Garden
so I was not aware that they had little electronic tablets on the
table that you could use to call your server, pay with and also to
play games on. A good idea I guess, convenient but I thought it a bit
tacky that to play the unlimited games on the device you are charged
$2 which is added on to your bill. My wife and daughter mentioned it
but I wasn't paying them much mind and having not read the fine print
I hit the button on the screen to play a game. Whammo, two bucks on to
my bill. It was my fault so not complaining so much about the $2 but
it just seems to diminish the class of an otherwise somewhat classy
Italian restaurant to be charging patrons $2 to play games when
probably most have smart phones with their own games. I know it brings
in a little extra revenue for Olive Garden but no pun intended it
seems a little cheesy to me. In my opi
nion, I have always thought Olive Garden was a little classier
establishment than to resort to such ploys to make a few bucks. Guess
it's just the days we living in.
However, the food was good, service excellent, good to have WiFi,
which as they advertised was free but who charges anymore anyways, just
surprised that Olive Garden is charging their guests to play games.
What's next, Cracker Barrel renting out their famous peg board games.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

After leading the children of Israel across the river Jordan on dry ground, Joshua, Moses' successor comes upon a man with a drawn sword. The biblical account is found in: Joshua 5:13-15 KJVS
[13] And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? [14] And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? [15] And the captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. …

Joshua asks if the man be for the children of Israel or for their enemies, the reply he receives drives him to the ground. ' And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? '

I believe Joshua was face to face with the pre-incarnate Christ, Joshua knew he was face to face with deity. The Lord's response to Joshua's question revealed did not answer Joshua's inquiry of who's side the Lord supported but He simply stated that He was the captain of the host of the Lord. Joshua was then commanded to remove his shoes for in the presence of the Lord is holy ground.

Two points on this passage. One, when confronted with Jesus, one should not ask which side the Lord is for but rather seek to be on His side. Our own personal war, agenda,advantage, aspirations or whatever we may seek from a purely fleshly standpoint is not the issue; what is, is God's predetermined will for our life. We present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice and let Him use the person He created us to be for His glory.

Second point, God is holy. The presence of Jesus is a holy place. All believers have become one with Jesus through the Holy Spirit, therefore, we are in a perpetual holy place. I.E. at all times we should be reverencing the Lord for we are always in His presence.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

20 Years from Now

I believe the 20 year analysis is correct, but I am afraid it may be sooner. 
The below is a good read, please take the time.

  20 years from now, I will be in Heaven -This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.. Make sure you read the paragraph  (in red) toward the end.
Joys of Muslim Women
By Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child, consummating the marriage by 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the Western World ( Canada, Australia, United States and Britain) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened Canadian, Australians, American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.
 Ripping the West in Two.
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza ......

When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society..

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing.. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping Shariah law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose Sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one's children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Shariah teaches two systems of ethics - one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Shariah encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others..

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Shariah advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism

It's hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Britain To elect the heads of Government by themselves! Rest assured they will do so... You can look at how they have almost taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. is one, and there are others....Britain has several cities now with Sharia Law controlled zones, totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Great Britain should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. The peaceful Muslims support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion.While Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of their children, the Muslims are planning a great jihad on North America, Australia and Britain .........

This is your chance to make a difference...! Pass it on to your email list or at least those you think will listen..
Some of those I'm sending it to WILL NOT! Put your head back under the covers AND DO NOTHING!

----- End forwarded message -----

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunday School Lesson 1st Peter 3:8

1st Peter 3:8
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

After speaking on marital relations between believers, Peter now addresses the relationship of believers to one another.

1. ''be ye all of one mind,"
He first calls for unity, harmony within the body of Christ. Though there may be things believers disagree about, we should stay focused on the essential tenets of faith and conduct and the crystal clear teaching of the Holy scriptures we all can agree upon.
Paul wrote this to the Romans about issues of conscious that could have caused contention.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

2."having compassion one of another"
In addition to unity, believers are to be sympathetic with one another, be able to share the feelings of one another, just because one person has teflon skin does not mean all do. We should show sympathy for others, sympathetic of feelings and circumstances. I am reminded of Paul's admonition to the Philippians.
Philippians 2:1-4 KJVS
[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, [2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. [3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. [4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. …

3."love as brethren"
In addition to unity and sympathy there is also to be brotherly love within the fellowship of believers. We are to love as family, by the saving grace of Jesus we are all part of the family of God.

4."be pitiful"
Next Peter states we are to be pitiful, not pitiful as we know by thinking someone in a bad way is pitiful, but pitiful as in being full of pity, full of compassion, tender-hearted. This is much like what was stated earlier in the verse that said "having compassion one of another" which is where we get the word sympathy from, which is dealing more with feeling sympathy whereas the word "pitiful" is speaking of being tenderhearted, compassionate. It is hard to differentiate between the two but perhaps sympathy is the feeling or attitude we have and being " pitiful", tenderhearted is going deeper and maybe a call to action.

The last part of this verse calls for courtesy, which just means to be friendly of mind or kind. This is how we are to be towards one another and I believe towards the world as well. Friendliness and kindness should be our approach to one another another. Snubbing, talking down to people hateful hurtful speech, insults and any other unbecoming behavior should not be done by the saints and as a body of believers we should endeavor that as we come together that it is not named among us.

In summation, may we strive for unity in the essential truths of the faith, emphasis on truth.

May we have and show sympathy for one another, being sympathetic of the feelings and circumstances of others.

May we realize that we are family and labor to promote and love as family and I might add promote a feeling ad atmosphere of brotherly love among us.

May we be tenderhearted and full of compassion, not just feeling compassion but putting compassion into action.

May we be clothed upon with kindness and friendliness.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Wise Cat

Our cat, who is not so bright looks kinda wise with the light illuminating her face.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pictures from Blue Ridge Lake

Some pictures I took Saturday evening of Blue Ridge Lake located in Fannin County. I took these photos from the stretch of lake that borders Dry Branch road that is accessed from Aska Road or Old Highway 76.

Sunset at Green Creek on Blue Ridge Lake 2015

Sunset on Blue Ridge Lake Summer 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Long Creek Falls Photos

More from hike to  Long Creek Falls, photos ta

Long Creek Falls Fannin County

Footage that I took of Long Creek Falls in Fannin County. It  is a mildly strenuous hike to get to the falls but is well worth the walk. It is on a beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail near Noontootla creek

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anna Ruby Falls in North Ga

     Pictures from a recent trip to Anna Ruby Falls in the Unicoi State park near Helen Ga. To get to the falls you a walk a mild incline for .4 miles to the base of the falls. These are nice falls and the creek view as you walk to the falls is very picturesque as well, well worth the trip. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

» Sex Change Surgery for Your Kids… Compliments of the Taxpayer » The Loft -- GOPUSA

This is insanity! Why should our tax dollars be used for this purpose. assuming this article is true. Regardless of what the Bruce Jenners of the world do, I believe that we ought to be what we were created to be, whether it be a man or a woman. In this crazy mixed up culture it is understandable  that our kids are confused but we need to help them sort their feelings out about their sexuality not add to their confusion and encourage these perversion of changing gender, may God help our nation.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pictures from Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains.

Pictures from hike up the Chimney Top trail in the Great Smokey Mountains. I am not sure of the last picture is from the Chimneys or from overlook in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Enjoy these beautiful shots of nature. This is a very strenuous 2 mile hike up the mountain but it is beautiful all the way up. The pristine streams you cross are the clearest I have ever seen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Blue Ridge Fiction

Standing at the north end of west Main Street, he stared down the street towards Southern Charm, one of Blue Ridge's premier eating establishments. It was a hot balmy night in the little Georgia town, sweat poured off of Harry like rain cascading off a rooftop. As he looked down the street he saw his target, a thin figure of a man in khaki pants and black tee shirt emerged from Southern Charm and headed for his Mercedes. Seeing Ben Stellar's car outside the restaurant, Harry decided to wait down the street from the eatery until Ben came out. It was time, Harry had to act fast. ( To be continued)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sitting here at Blue Ridge Walmart parking lot, wa

Musing from Walmart Parking lot in Blue Ridge, Ga.

Sitting here at Blue Ridge Walmart parking lot, waiting on my wife, waiting in life, waiting in line, waiting on death.
Death does not cheat us, no it actually frees us, frees us to enter the vast unknown realm of eternity. Eternal peace for some, eternal death for others.

Little birds flitting about on the pavement, picking up pieces of their daily bread. People pass me by as I sit here dead-locked in self absorption. What do they think of this life or do they think at all? I know we all think, but how do we think is the question. Is it only in the shallow waters of mere existence or upon the true essence of life. I would love to launch out into the deep waters of His life but I find that here in the shallow waters the muddy footing beneath the water is extremely hard to extract your feet from.

Musing from Walmart parking lot🌄

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