Saturday, September 25, 2021

 

WHY PAY TAXES?


A greedy, irresponsible multitude of lying, cheating, thieving politicians, bureaucrats, and freeloaders of every description steal, squander, embezzle and waste tons of U.S. (OUR) tax dollars every year. An “Untold Number” of Americans use that fact to justify their own cheating, stealing and lying to the IRS about their income. “Scores” of Americans know all about these two groups and would themselves join in the cheating, lying and stealing but for the fear of being caught, or for the fact that they are employed in such way that prevents it. “Some” Americans, despite their neighbors' thieving behavior, pay the IRS honestly for sake of conscience (Hats off to their parents). A “Few” patriotic Americans pay their taxes honestly, despite their knowledge of the foregoing facts, because its the “American” thing to do. “Christian” Americans (Christians of the real sort) pay their taxes to

Saturday, August 28, 2021

 

HARLEY

LESSON 1

When I met Harley in my 62nd year I had less muscle and he had more pounds than if we had been introduced in, say, my 22nd year. That earlier meeting would likely have spared his being dropped and my being “skint” several times while we were getting acquainted. And, getting Harley back on his feet also earned me some painful scoldings from a good half dozen muscle groups. Despite all this I never considered myself too old a dog to learn new tricks. However, I do admit that these “new tricks” did take the old dog a little longer than expected to learn them.

When I met Jesus in my 28th year I had less time before me to get acquainted and more sin to conquer than if I had come to know Him in any of my previous years. Our meeting at an earlier time would have sparred me many scars, within and without; and, I would not have many of the memories I would rather be without. As great as our relationship is today, I am persuaded that my knowing Him earlier would have made my life better now, for I do believe older dogs learn much slower than puppies.

I am now in my 76th year. Harley and I are still the best of friends, and, although we get together much less than we did when I was 62, I rehearse and cherish every lesson He taught me in these 14 years. I can say the same, and much more, of the 48 years I have known Jesus. To both of my friends, but especially to Jesus, I say, “I surely wish I had known you earlier. I am convinced that I would have been greatly benefited if I had.”

Eccl 12:1

1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  KJV

Ps 71:17

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.   NASU


Friday, August 20, 2021

 

HARLEY

FOREWORD

Rom 1:18-2

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Teaching models are abundant in the Scriptures. Shepherd and sheep, warfare, planting and harvesting, building a house and athletic games are just a few that are used in the Bible to illustrate and clarify the eternal principles of the Kingdom of God. In a word, we can understand the invisible things of God through the study of the natural creation.

The model I use in this writing is not a model from the Scriptures (contrary to the belief of some more avid bikers, Jesus did not ride a Harley, but a Donkey). However, my personal relationship with Harley has referred me to the scriptures many, many times. I ask that I might share some of these references with you as I recount the Lessons That Harley Taught Me.