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   “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/31/20    From Ken Smith <><

When living at Pleasant Hill, Oregon about 15 miles south of Eugene I owned a big red house that I built on 15 acres or orchard lands.  I had a big summer single season garden and my son David was good friends with the son of Ken Kesey of the Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters and wrote the book, “One Flew over the cuckoos’s Nest.,”   And though I was a very out spoken Christian at the time we got along really great, I would spend time at his 20 ac. farm and he would bring his big family over for Mexican.  Got a lot of good stories about the time.  But the one that I really enjoy the most was one New Years Eve like tomorrow, I got it in mind to really make a big bang.   And I had about 20′ of Primer Cord for cutting down small trees and one big stick of rock dynamite left (equal to about 4 normal sticks of dynamite.   So I wrapped the Primer Cord around the big stick of dynamite and stuck a fuse detonator cap on 12″ of dynamite fuse and sunk it into the big stick of dynamite.  It was about 6″ in diameters and 12″ long.  A Monster Bomb.

So after dinner I took off for Ken’s farm as I knew that it would make a memorable New Years Eve.   So we talked for awhile when I got to the farm and as the night got to about midnight I told Ken I had some noise to set off at midnight.   He got excited and said, “Go get it.”  And I did. and when I came back from my Truck and he saw it he became very excited.  Usually way laid back but this bomb got his attention.  So he quickly ask me if I would mind if he lit it off at midnight.  And I said fine, go for it.  Well the first thing he did when he got it in his hand was to tell me that the fuse was too long and cut it down to 6 inches (30) seconds and that was OK.  But this his good buddy took out his knife and cut it down to about 3″ or (15) seconds and not always exact.  Now I am getting a little concerned.  And Ken, not to be out done with this little game of macho war, cut it off at about a ½ inch ( 4 sec.?) from going into the dynamite.   At this time I am now in serious retreat towards the barn from this stupidity.  No way to stop it though.  So at the stroke of midnight, Ken held the bomb over to his friend to light in a good throwing position.  His good buddy lit the fuse and away it went.  Then both of those guys dove over the top of a big pile to get on the other side from the explosion.  Well that thing went off as expected and rattled window for a 1/4 mile and all the dogs were barking for miles.  Everyone clapping.  What they forgot was that on 12/30 each year was barn cleaning day and the pile that they dove into was a years worth of chicken, pig, horse and rabbit manure.  They both came up out of that pile like a really funny cartoon and had to head for the showers.  Instantly the verse came to mind, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a great fall.”  Even tonight as I am writing this down I had to again laugh out loud at how the LORD knows exactly how we tick and loves us anyway and will take us home to live with HIM if we will accept HIS terms for living in HIS new home and not mess up the place.

So seems much of our home life and our church life is our little ego in pride, only making a shorter fuse and forgetting the truth about the barn cleaning and diving into the manure of this world.  I know that both of those guys knew what that pile was and perhaps even helped to put it there.  But in the pride and competition they totally forgot.  Of course it was also rather dark but anyone breathing definitely knew it was there. 

Even in our Churches and homes pride, rebellion, anger, selfishness, divisions and competition may in charge and get us into trouble.  Our little ego works overtime to be “Top Gun” and in fear look like we have it together when really we don’t.  Jesus taught a lot about working on the outside and us forgetting that it is only the inside that really counts.  Only our sanctified eternal soul can be changed to make the jump to light speed to live with the God of Light.  This present body or house that we now live in is only made to last about 120 years if we take good care of it, Gen. 6:3.    I look at the ages in the Obit column once in a while, and very rarely do I find someone older than me now when they die.  Then what?   Expect the Creator to make a brand new body and world for someone who is really a major part of the problem and refused HIS help?   Would it be wise to allow the destructive forces that are now quarantined in this solar system loose in all of the Galaxies?  Got to be kidding.  In Psalms 2 we find this written: “11 Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].   12 Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!”     Might want to do a word study on WRATH as seems it could be happening in the very near future.  The word WRATH is used over 261 times in our Bible.  You might just want to find out what makes our Creator wrathful in time to make some adjustments?  Just might want to avoid the manure pile by learning just how to kiss the SON before the bomb goes off.   39 verses in the New Testament on the Wrath of God.  

BIBLE GATEWAY:     Is a great source for an in depth “Word Study.”

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><
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Worthy Brief <;    Murders have skyrocketed this year, as local governments have become softer on crime. In the 57 major cities for which data are available, the murder rate is up an average of 36.7%. Murder went up in 51 cities, and down in only six cities. Murder is up 74.1% in Seattle, 72.3% in Minneapolis, 55.5% in Chicago, 54.1% in Boston, 39.2% in New York, 34.5% in St. Louis, and 30.4% in Los Angeles.     Luke Letlow, the U.S. congressman-elect from Louisiana, died Tuesday of COVID-19 after being hospitalized, state officials confirmed.      Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Wednesday that he will oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to certify the electoral college results.     The current lockdown is going to destroy the State of Israel and devastate more lives than COVID-19 itself.    As proof of COVID-19 vaccination may eventually be required for traveling abroad or for entering many public spaces at home, technology groups are developing smartphone systems for users to upload their vaccine certificate and show them where needed, CNN Business reports.     Amid rising tensions with Iran, the U.S. military flew two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East Wednesday, the military confirmed. In a statement monitored by Worthy News, the U.S. Central Command overseeing military operations in the region said the flights were “to underscore the U.S. military’s commitment to regional security.”

Nothing that happens this coming year can threaten your union with Messiah Yeshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, if indeed, He dwells with you. He is the embodiment of Love, and “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;” [ 1 John 4:18 ]. Daniel prophesied of the end days that “those who know their God will display strength and take action;” [ Daniel 11:32 ]. So, whatever the coming days call for, consider yourself equipped! Go out with joy, be led forth with peace….and a very happy and blessed New Year!

There is but One Church of Christ Jesus and all who Love, Honor & Obey HIM are members.

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