Lessons 121 – 131

Lesson from Owner’s manual, # 121…

No room at the Inn. Wonder why? Could it possibly be because it was a young man, with a pregnant girl, who was not his wife? Wonder if that played into the comment…”No room at the Inn” Possible that Inn was indeed full, lots of eating and partying would be going on. People were there to get census count, and pay taxes. Then they were told by someone, got some room in the stable. Don’t find where anyone else was sent to stable. Had to have a smell about it. .Mary gave birth. Had to be painful. Eve and Adam saw to that. Bet the baby cried as well. Then, Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes. Swaddling referrers to the way he was wrapped, Hands and arms by his side, legs together, first, he would have been scrubbed with salt, as was the custom. Then wrapped. A little known fact that may have come into play here. The Jewish people of the time would carry their death fabrics with them wherever and whenever they travelled. Usually, was the best linen they could afford. So if they died, would have clothes to be wrapped in for burial. Perhaps baby Jesus was wrapped in that linen that Mary and Joe would have had. Just another example of Jesus, wrapped in “death clothes” when born. HE WAS BORN TO DIE, FOR YOU AND I. Give it some thought, I mean really think about it. The birth of Jesus, not just a Christmas fable. It really happened. Thanks for reading this. Please feel free to comment and share. Really like getting feedback from all of you.

God Bless, and remember the reason for the season.

 

Lesson From Owner’s Manual, # 122.

Thoughts I don’t want to think, but must. I don’t want to think that every time I speak to my parents, it may be the last time. Mom is 86, recovering from a serious fall, and had Valve replacement 3 years ago. Dad is 88, recovering from Pneumonia. My sister Betty doing the best she can to care for them. I don’t want to think about the repeat of a series of tests, this time to be done by Vanderbilt rather than VA. Don’t want to think about the multitude of “stuff” they found before. Especially don’t want to think about recent diagnoses of diabetes. Eating is one thing I have always been real good at. Don’t want to think about how hard my wife works. (and will say, my previous wife was a hard working individual as well) Now, before you think this is some type of “downer” post, hear me out. This is where Faith comes in. Faith, the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. NO MATTER WHAT, it will be OK. No matter what, I WILL BE OK. Sadness, of course. Pain? Unavoidable. But HOPE, always present. So I chose to look to the time when the trials and pain of this World will no longer affect me. “Well, Claude, sounds like you are talking about Heaven. You really believe that stuff?” Absolutely. Heaven is as real as the air I am breathing right now. Does not matter if you disagree, not trying to convince you. I went through a long period of time when I didn’t really believe, or just ignored it. Some things you can teach people, some things they have to learn on their own. I have been a slow learner at times, but I learned. So while these things may cross my mind, I don’t dwell on them. Can’t control my thoughts, but can control my thinking. The difference? Let me put it this way…I cannot stop a bird from flying over my head, but I don’t have to let it build a nest in my hair. I don’t worry about tomorrow, it is not promised to any of us. We all know someone who had plans for next week and now their family is planning their funeral. And no matter how hard I try, can do nothing about yesterday. It is gone, cannot be repeated, or fixed. That leaves today. What do we do today? My friend Mick Shade says it about every day (see, Mick, I do pay attention) Random Acts of Kindness. Do something for someone, without anyone knowing. Do it, and be quiet. That can be tough for some of you. “So Claude, when these things you don’t want to think about cross your mind. what do you do?” So glad you ask. I chase them away with a God Bless, a smile, and Faith that all will be OK, it warms my heart. Better close this one down.

Can get a bit verbose, when talking about my Faith, not my “religion” my personal relationship with God. May you develop a relationship of your own? Thank you so much for reading this thus far. Would appreciate your comments, please, and as always, please feel free to share.

God Bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 123

Good night, fellow inhabitants of this Big Rock. Just want you to know I believe in the big bang theory of Earth’s creation. God said it, and bang, there it was. And He did all of that in total darkness. Remember? Let there be light? I really have no problem with science, evolution that whole bit. God formed man. And since God is not constrained by our sense of time, who knows how long it took? I like the way I heard my dad give his opinion years ago. He said “take a fine Swiss watch, take it all apart. Every screw, every gear, and every spring. Put it in a shoebox and shake it all up. Open the lid; pour it out on the table. If it comes out a whole, working Watch, then he would agree God did not create everything. “Common sense from a common man. Who is not so common after all? Give it some thought. As always, your comments are welcome.

Let me know if you read this to the very end.

God bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 124

I have been doing a lot of reading in my Owner’s Manual, looking to see if I was missing out on something. I think I really have been doing a lot better doing what I am supposed to do than several years ago. So, I wonder, why am I having such a tough time? I mean literally, my body is a mess. Pain is a constant companion, mobility a real challenge, and disorders are more than orders. So, what’s up with that, God? I know the answer even as I write this. God will never get me out of something I got myself into. He will, however, get me through ANYTHING. So, most of my ailments have been brought on by years of self-abuse, intentional or not. Nam certainly was not good for my health, particularly that Agent Orange stuff. (Getting shot a couple of times did not help either) and for years after that, years of hard living didn’t help either. So when I get real honest, I am in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in. One thing that I have now, that I never had before, is Peace.

Peace that goes beyond understanding. The Peace that Jesus spoke of. I pray for myself, and ask God for healing. But if I ask for God to take something away several times, and He doesn’t, then I ask what he wants me to do with it. And that is what my purpose is. To let you know, that no matter what it is, I will be OK, because God is in control, and He sees the big picture. And Jesus never said it would be easy just the opposite. Today, I will bask in the Peace from a Loving God, and know, no matter what, I will be okay.

Thanks for reading this, as always, we encourage your comments, and feel free to share.

God bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 125

JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY…if you are reading this, in some way, you are important to me. Some are family, some are fellow Veterans, some are involved in the Music industry in some way, and some are closer than blood family. I want to let you know I appreciate you. What brought this on? Well, just found out that a friend an associate from another era of my life passed less than a year ago. I was suddenly struck with the fact that I never really told him how much I respected and appreciated him. So, tonight, letting ALL of you know, I appreciate you, I respect you, and am a better person for having you in my life. Yes, even those who don’t like me, for you have taught me to love those that don’t love me. After all, isn’t that what my Owner’s Manual says? Know this, in some way each and every one of you has helped form me into what I am now. Of course, whether you knew it or not, God was using YOU to do just that. I can say, to all who read this, and to all who see it because someone shared it.

I love you,

God bless. (Take time to tell those you care about how much you appreciate them). As always, comments welcome, and feel free to share.

God bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 126

JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY…if you are reading this, in some way, you are important to me. Some are family, some are fellow Veterans, some are involved in the Music industry in some way, and some are closer than blood family. I want to let you know I appreciate you. What brought this on? Well, just found out that a friend an associate from another era of my life passed less than a year ago. I was suddenly struck with the fact that I never really told him how much I respected and appreciated him. So, tonight, letting ALL of you know, I appreciate you, I respect you, and am a better person for having you in my life. Yes, even those who don’t like me, for you have taught me to love those that don’t love me. After all, isn’t that what my Owner’s Manual says? Know this, in some way each and every one of you has helped form me into what I am now. Of course, whether you knew it or not, God was using YOU to do just that. I can say, to all who read this, and to all who see it because someone shared it. I love you, God bless. (Take time to tell those you care about how much you appreciate them). As always, comments welcome, and feel free to share

God bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 127

(I think) Will get the numbers straightened out soon. When they came to get Jesus in the Garden, several things went on that we often dismiss or rush over. We know that Peter cut off the ear of one of them, and we know Jesus rebuked Peter and put the ear back on. Give a little thought to what that man had to think after that. If it were me, might just change my mind about wanting to take this Jesus captive. But think about this. ..When they first approached Jesus, He asked them who they were looking for. Don’t you think He knew? Of course He did. But catch this next part. When they said they were looking for Jesus, He said “I am Jesus” Then, they were all knocked backwards to the ground. How did that happen? What do you think? Why did that happen? Come on, share your thoughts. Now if I were in that group, and suddenly I was knocked backwards to the ground, as I got up, I would be wondering if I really wanted to mess with this Son of a Carpenter, or not. Dwell on this for a moment. What would you have done? Will look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for reading, as always.

Comments welcome and feel free to share.

God bless

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 128

Gonna try this again. Jesus went to hell. That got your attention, huh? During the 3 days in the tomb, His spirit went to hell, whipped the devil, and took back the keys to death, hell, and the grave. (Read in Peter’s writing) That explains why devil is so mad! Would be like someone coming to your house, and whipping you in front of the entire family. That is why I don’t fully understand when someone says they are fighting the devil. Why? Jesus whipped him for all time. All I have to do is claim that victory. Just the name Jesus will make the devil flee from you. Remember, He died for you, and for me. And just a note. If folks claim God “hates” something or someone, not in my Owner’s Manual. One place in the Old Testament does it list very few things that the Lord hates. See, God IS Love. Love and Hate cannot live in the same heart. More on that later.

Happy Easter,

What a wonderful day to cleanse your heart of ALL hate.  God bless, and as always, we welcome your comments and responses.  Feel free to share. Amen

 

Lessons from Owner’s Manual # 129

“Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil “..Take note, says walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Does not say stop and pitch a tent, or stand frozen in fear. Keep moving. (I’m saying this for me as well as others) And take note. Death is just a shadow, nothing to fear. This brings comfort to me. Have not “lost” loved ones, they have walked through that shadow. Will see them again and until then, I will keep on walking.

May God bless, and as always, comments are welcomed. Keep walking

 

Lessons from Owner’s manual, #130.

“Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil “.Take note, says walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Does not say stop and pitch a tent, or stand frozen in fear. Keep moving. (I’m saying this for me as well as others) And take note. Death is just a shadow, nothing to fear. This brings comfort to me. Have not “lost” loved ones, they

 

Lessons from Owner’s manual, #131.

FAITH.

The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen! What does that mean? Well, let’s start with the opposite of faith. Something called WORRY! Does not mean we just sit back and wait for God to meet our every want. I believe that God will meet our every need, if (and only if) we do the “work” He requires us to do. (Remember, Faith without works is dead, not my words, straight from the Owner’s Manual). We have seen it time and again where we follow God’s plan and “things” just seem to take care of themselves. Worry is mentioned more times in the New Testament than Salvation is. And the message is always the same. ..DON’T!! Worry is just another way of saying “I don’t trust you, God” Will let you chew on that for a while. Those who have ears to hear. The power is in the believing. As always, thanks for reading this, and comments are always welcome.

May God bless you? .more on the power of Faith and Believing later.esent with the Lord. I know we miss them, and they can never be replaced, but WE WILL SEE THEM AGAIN. We will know as we are known. How about you? Have you made your Peace, call, and election sure? Look in your heart, see yourself as God sees you. Put away you Church affiliation, look deep inside, are you sure you are prepared, if death should come to your door. If you are not absolutely sure, I want to pray with you. pm me, and we will pray. Christians, look in your heart, See yourself as God sees you. Are you doing what He asks us to do? “why call me Lord Lord, and not do what I tell you.” As Mick Shade says, look for a way to be a blessing to others. If you have read this far, Thank you. Please feel free to share. Also, if you know you are ready to go, simply say “I’m ready” Never know who might read your name, and approach you for prayer. God Bless.

esent with the Lord. I know we miss them, and they can never be replaced, but WE WILL SEE THEM AGAIN. We will know as we are known. How about you? Have you made your Peace, call, and election sure? Look in your heart, see yourself as God sees you. Put away you Church affiliation, look deep inside, are you sure you are prepared, if death should come to your door. If you are not absolutely sure, I want to pray with you. pm me, and we will pray. Christians, look in your heart, See yourself as God sees you. Are you doing what He asks us to do? “why call me Lord Lord, and not do what I tell you.” As Mick Shade says, look for a way to be a blessing to others. If you have read this far, Thank you. Please feel free to share. Also, if you know you are ready to go, simply say “I’m ready” Never know who might read your name, and approach you for prayer.

God Bless.