Why I Choose the King James Bible

Some time ago I posted some discrepancies between the King James and some of our modern translations. I will not bore my readers with the formidable number of differences. Instead I will re-cite the admonitions of God given in four different places of scripture (most of which are repeated in the newer translations) not to add to, diminish, or change His word. I have also included verses and passages that, to me, empasize the need to have one standard rather than a smorgasbord of choices.

This is not intended to be a criticism of anyone who uses other translations, nor is it meant to turn into a debate. Rather, it is meant to be food for thought for those who may be considering which Bible to choose.

Deut. 4:2: Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deut. 12: 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Ps. 12:6–The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Ps. 119:89– For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Ps. 119:160–Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Ps. 138:2–I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Prov. 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Matt. 5:17-19 — “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”        If not one jot or tittle will pass away, then it follows that there would only be one correct version for His people, in whatever language they speak. One jot, one tittle=the smallest letter and a mark which distinguished two letters in the Hebrew words of the Old Testament. Thus, even the letters are divinely inspired.

Rev. 22:18, 19–For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Ps. 12:6, 7–“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

“The approved method of the present carnival of unbelief is not to reject the Bible altogether, but to raise doubts as to portions of it , . . .” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The fall of mankind began with this question: “Yea hath God said. . .?”

The battle is for the word of God. Modern “translators” use the excuse that the King James was not based on the original manuscripts. The argument that the manuscripts used to translate the KJV were in terrible condition, some of which supposedly were found in trash receptacles, is precisely what makes them more reliable. When something gets used frequently, such as ancient scrolls, the frequent handling of them would deteriorate the papyrus on which they were written. When they get so worn as to be difficult to read, new copies would have been copiously, meticulously copied by scribes in order to preserve them. Those in turn would also become deteriorated from frequent usage.  When modern translators prefer the manuscripts (scrolls) that are in better condition they are using scrolls/manuscripts that had been put aside as unreliable.

There are other varied excuses for changing it too. I am really tired of hearing people say that the KJV is too hard to understand. It is written on a fifth grade reading level. More likely we are in a society that wants everything spoon fed to them so they don’t have to think about what they are reading. There isn’t enough time to think. We’re too busy. Too busy to learn about how to walk with our Creator? What if He didn’t have time for us?

When people feel that they have to explain a passage of scripture using the Greek and Hebrew they are 1)trying to correct the word of God, and 2) they are not using the ancient languages, but rather the languages as they have evolved since the original.

Perhaps the skeptics of the KJV will say that I am naïve in my belief. They may think what they choose. They will anyway. But when God says He values His word above His name (Ps. 138:2), I assume He knows how to preserve that word to all generations. My God is not bound by time, ethnicity, nor circumstance.

Ps. 119:89–“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”  So, which word would that be? We need to realize that the Bible is not a book of fairytales, or history written by man’s whim.

The Psalms are filled with verses about keeping not just God’s commandments, but His statutes. In order to know what they are we must have them, and have them correctly. If we study all of the different versions and the changes (some very subtle) we will see how the very meanings have been altered.

God is not an idiot. He created all languages and understands every nuance of every meaning, right down to the intent of the heart of the person who changed the word, and thus the meaning. There must be a standard; else any religion, philosophy, or theosophy will do. If there is no standard then God is a liar and unable to preserve His word as He intended it. How then can we know His mind and His thoughts if we are unsure of His word?

The Bible is not a book of great ideas and morals. It is the very words of God, down to the last jot and tittle.

Is. 59:21–“As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. ”

Did you catch that? This is God, the Mighty God, Jehovah, the Great I AM speaking. These words are not just for Isaiah. They are for all of God’s children. We are told in Deut. 6:7 and 11:19 to teach God’s word, every word, to our children and our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren as we go for a walk with them, as we play with them, as we read to them, and as they prepare for bed, to all future generations. This is not an option. It is a command yet not listed in the Ten Commandments of Ex. 20.

Which words should we teach? All of them from the Authorized King James Version (for English speaking people). There has been a growing movement among educated people to teach their children language, reading, math, and culture from a very early age. If a child is able to learn these things from the cradle, because they have become the norm for that child, the child will also learn scripture from a very early age because it is part of the child’s routine. Any parent can do this. Scripture is available to all of us in so many different venues. There is no reason for any parent not to be able to teach their children scripture. We have blogs, websites, social media, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Amazon, brick and mortar bookstores. If a person can’t afford a Bible, any pastor worth his salt would be glad to give a Bible to a parent who wants to educate their child in the precepts of God.

Jesus said In Matt. 4:4–“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Not just the Ten Commandments, but EVERY word. In order to obey this command we must have EVERY word. It’s not a smorgasbord where we get to pick and choose that which is palatable and ignore that which is uncomfortable. If we want a close FELLOWSHIP with the Lord, we must value His word as He wrote/inspired/dictated it.

When Jesus quoted scripture (Matt.4:4) He didn’t have the original manuscripts but He had a copy that matched the passage He quoted from the O.T. As in the case of His quote from Deut. 8:3. He added the word “word,” which was in italics in Deuteronomy, meaning it was not in the original. Yet Jesus knew the correct word because He is the Living Word. Only He has the right to add or diminish because He is God. (see Is. 53). He quoted the verse correctly without the original (written nearly 2,000 years before His incarnation.)

The Authorized King James Version has a built-in dictionary. In most passages it defines itself (except where archaic measurements are used and a few Old English words whose meanings can be derived from reading the context of the passage. Please don’t think I am some scholarly person trying to sound like I have all of the answers. I am of average intelligence, but I take God at His word. I believe He is able to preserve His word in one form for eternity. If we have to keep changing it then there is no standard, and it just becomes some publisher’s idea of what that scholar or group of scholars who put it together, thinks it SHOULD mean. Are we greater than God that we can tell Him what His word should say? I would be sorely afraid of God’s judgment should that be my attitude.

One final note: The King James uses words like throughly, which many newer versions have translated to thoroughly. They are not the same thing. Going through a door is not the same as seeing through the door. When something is done throughly, it is done from the inside out. When something is done thoroughly, it is done from the outside in. Through is avenue; thorough is the complete transaction.

When scripture says we live by the faith of the Son of God, is not the same as having faith in the Son of God. The former is the practice of living by God’s faith which has been imputed to believers. The latter is believing in God the Son. If you look in a dictionary you will find that these two prepositions do not have the same meaning. God’s faith (the faith that created the words that He used to create the universe) is given TO believers. It is His faith at work in us. We then exercise that faith to believe IN the Lord Jesus Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection.

All of our modern non-KJV Bibles change these, to the current mode of conversation. God understands language and chose the right words in the first place. He expects His children to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15.


God Is In Control

Copied from Josh Goodwin’s FB page.

Pro 21:30-31 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. (31) The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
NOTE: This verse doesn’t speak against preparation, but rather puts our actions into perspective.
EXPLANATION: If we are against the Lord, there is no possibility of success. If we are with the Lord, he is where our safety ultimately lies.
This passage gives us a glimpse and reminder of God’s sovereignty. In a year of riots, killings, unrest, moral decay, and political madness we need to remember the almighty, imminent power of a good, wise, loving, holy God.
My personal note. Josh Goodwin is pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring, FL, and I have often had the privilege of hearing him preach. He loves the Lord and he loves people. Though the world seems to be spinning out of control as chaos and violence become more and more prevalent in the news, God has not lost control. He is allowing all of this to get us to seek His face, His grace, His mercy, His protection, and His peace. None of these current events surprise true believers in Jesus the Christ. He said it would happen. He even said it will get worse as Satan realizes his time or rule is coming to an end.
God gives each of us a choice: accept His free gift of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, or reject Him. When we accept His sacrifice we are given eternal life, to spend eternity with the God of the universe, who created everything and everyone, and willingly came to suffer and die as no one has ever suffered before or since. He took our punishment. Romans 3:10 tells us that there is none righteous. None of us, not one single person, is good enough (nor can be) to enter God’s kingdom. We all fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Romans 6:23–For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:8–But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21–For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Ephesians 2:8, 9–For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
Revelation 20:15–And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. If you don’t believe in hell, or if you think it’s a big party place, read the description in Luke 16:19-31–There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luke 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luke 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 
Romans 10:9–That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13–For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Salvation (asking Jesus to save you from your sinful nature) is a free gift. You can’t earn it and once you have it, you can’t lose it. It is eternal. God created language. He has perfect understanding of every word so He says what He means, and means what He says. He is perfect and cannot lie. He is a God who can be trusted. He did not promise to keep us from tragedy or trials, or problems. Every person will go through hard times. It’s a part of life. The question is: do you want to be left on your own to deal with everything when life is at its worst, or do you want a comforter (the Holy Spirit of God) to be with you through everything? To comfort and strengthen you? To give you hope that even if you should lose a loved one, God will see you through the pain, help you heal, surround you with His peace and love? There is NO ONE that God hates. He hates sin. He hates some of the things we do. He hates some of the choices we make. He hates sin. He wants to deliver us from the bondage to sin. Rom_6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom_6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

10 Misconceptions About Being A Christian

1)      I’m an American

2)      I was raised in a Christian home

3)      My dad/uncle/grandfather was a preacher

4)      I’ve gone to church all my life

5)      I’m a good person

6)      I’ve never committed a crime

7)      I read the Bible and pray

8)      I don’t hurt people

9)      Someone told me I’m a Christian

10)   I was born a Christian

I have heard every one of these statements from various people. None of them are what makes anyone a Christian.

Someone recently made the comment: “I’m no sinner. We’re not bad people.” Anyone who watches the news knows there are bad people in the world. If you aren’t perfect you’re a sinner. There is only one perfect person who ever lived: Jesus the Christ, the only BEGOTTEN Son of God.

John 3:16–For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17–For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18–He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19–And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:20–For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3:21–But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

These are words that Jesus himself spoke.  He was fully God and fully man. These are copied from the King James Version of the Bible. We have many Bibles today, and all of them are supposed to be easier to understand. But if you compare them to the King James you find that most of the time, where the words are changed, the meaning is also changed. There has to be a standard. I would highly encourage anyone who truly wants to follow God to study how all of these versions came about. I have done so and have concluded that the King James is God’s preserved inerrant word for English-speaking people.

Isa_64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Think about this: how can any mere mortal be good enough for a holy, righteous, perfect God? How many good deeds would it take to deserve the cruelty that Jesus the Christ suffered WILLINGLY for our sakes?

The apostle Paul called himself the chiefest of sinners. I don’t know about you, but I know my faith and my walk with the Lord are not even close to his.

Rom 3:10—As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:11—There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Rom 3:12—They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:13—Their throat is an open sepulchre (grave); with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

Rom 3:14—Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Rom 3:15—Their feet are swift to shed blood:

Rom 3:16—Destruction and misery are in their ways:

Rom 3:17—And the way of peace have they not known:

Rom 3:18—There is no fear of God before their eyes.

The above verses are what we were before we recognized that we were sinners and asked Jesus to forgive us and change us. Even if we’ve only done some of these things (at least in thought, if not deed), we are still guilty. Jesus took OUR punishment, yours and mine, on a cruel cross, after being beaten with a cat-o-nine-tails until he looked like 100 pounds of ground hamburger meat, had his beard plucked out by the handful, was spat on, punched or slapped in the face while blindfolded, had a wreath of 2-inch thorns thrust on his head, and finally nailed to a cross. He didn’t have to go through all of that. And on top of that, while he was on that cross, his Father turned his back, because God is so pure, righteous and holy that He can’t look at sin. Jesus didn’t just carry our sins. Scripture says he BECAME sin for us. It was the first time Jesus was ever spiritually separated from his Father. It was the first and only time he addressed his Father as God when he cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Rom. 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Does a sovereign God have the right to decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Guess what? No mere human is going to tell God what He can or cannot do. If you don’t think He’s being fair, your opinion isn’t going to change anything with God

Rom 10:9—That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 10:10—For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Rom 10:13—For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:14—How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15—And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The only way to be saved is to accept the fact that you are a sinner, (that means agree with God that this is a fact), ask God to forgive you of your sins, and invite Him to take control of your life. It must be done with a sincere heart, in humility. After all, you are addressing the Supreme Being: then find a church that is friendly and preaches from the King James Bible (so you get the truth, without omissions), attend Sunday School (yes, adults need teaching too), and read your Bible every day. I usually recommend starting with the gospel of John. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs: one for every day of the month. As you read and listen, ask God the Holy Spirit to teach you and help you understand. The more you read, the more you understand. Don’t try to absorb too much at once. Start with just a few verses a day. Then think about them as you go through the day, pondering what those verses mean to you, and how they apply to you. This is how you grow in the Lord.  Have a great day.

Thought I had posted this last week, but apparently there was a snafu.

The Choice

People who choose to ignore God’s word, minimize it, or change it into something more palatable are only fooling themselves. God does NOT hate homosexuals, but He does hate the lifestyle. He made rules for us to follow for our own good (don’t we as parents make rules for our children that keep them from harm?) God also wants His children to be pure and holy, not we will achieve that in this life, but we are supposed to draw as close to Him as we can. We can lie to ourselves all we want to. We can come up with new “bibles” to water it down, but it doesn’t change who God is or what His word really says. There are consequences for every decision we make. But we choose. We are all born sinners. We choose which spirit will rule over us.

We are all in a spiritual battle, whether we know it or not. Ephesians 6:10ff lists our spiritual armor and tells us how to use it. Satan wants to (and has) twist God’s word, cast doubt on it, just as he did in the Garden of Eden. He wants people to love themselves and their own agenda more than they love God. Every time we reject God and His TRUE word (the KJV Bible), it’s like spitting in the face of Jesus and rejecting His sacrifice for us. If there was another way to get to God then He went through all of that torture for nothing. His love for us kept Him on the cross until the disciples took Him down. God offers eternal life with Him, forgiveness, an abundant life (not necessarily in riches), peace, joy, happiness, love, grace, mercy, kindness, goodness.  BUT HE LEAVES THE CHOICE TO US. He didn’t want to force us to love Him. If He did then that love would be meaningless.

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If This Is Your Last Day On Earth

“Death Comes As The End” is the title of one of Agatha Christie’s novels. It’s a catchy title but it isn’t true. I know: there are many different beliefs around the world about death. Most of them are comforting and untrue. Some people believe we just keep coming back to life in another form or as another person, until we finally get it right, and earn our way to the blissful, peaceful wherever.

Others believe that everyone goes to heaven when they die. They reason that a good God would never really send anyone to hell. Since these folks believe in a celestial grandfather who never does anything about bad attitudes, bad behavior or sin, we will all magically be perfect and be allowed entrance into heaven.

Many people believe that when we die, that’s it. It’s over. You lived your life and there are no consequences good or bad. It’s just over.

I’m not even going to get into all of the cults (false religions) that are out there, pretending to believe in the One True God, but denying the deity of God’s Son–the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him. If you want information on those religions you can read Walter Martin’s book “The Kingdom of the Cults.”

The truth, as uncomfortable as it seems to be for the majority of people, is that we were all created by a loving, benevolent God, who created us for His fellowship.

The truth is, we are not a cosmic accident of science or evolution (another religion that does not want to have any accountability in this life). We were deliberately, wonderfully created (see Psalm 139). God chose to create us. Therefore we have value. He already loved us. He planned from day one of creation and before then, to one day send His only begotten Son to die on a cruel cross for OUR sins, in order to offer us eternal life with Him. He gave us a purpose. He placed His value on us. When we ask His forgiveness with a genuine desire to change, to become a better person, He forgives us; He clothes us with His righteousness (since we have none of our own); He justifies us (sees us as if we had never sinned); He never brings up our past because He chooses to forget it; and He places His Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) in our hearts that we may learn more about God. He prepares for us a place in His celestial palace where we may live with Him eternally. He calls us sons and daughters. He adopts us into His family. We can’t earn it, can’t be good enough. If we could we’d have something to brag about; we’d be constantly engaging in one-upmanship with other believers, trying to see who was the best servant, the best Christian, the most dedicated, the most deserving, etc.

For those of you who choose not to believe in a loving God, consider this: if this was your last day on earth, what would you do? Go out with the biggest, baddest party ever? Shoot yourself? Go out with a last Hurrah? Would you crawl into a hole and hide? Would you spend it with family? Would you go around trying to make amends to all the people you have hurt, cheated, lied to or about? What would you do? Would you weep? Would you be frightened?

Did you know: You can’t threaten a true believer with death. We are not afraid to die for our faith. After all, if you kill us we’ll just got straight to God–one way ticket: do not pass go, do not collect $200. We’re there. Scripture says to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I’m not afraid of dying; I’m afraid of suffering. However, if it is God’s will for me to suffer for Him, I pray He’ll give me the strenght to endure to the end, because I’ll never suffer anywhere near as much as He did for me.

So, if this is my last day on earth, my prayer is that God will put a fire in my bones like He did with the prophet Jeremiah, that I may spread His word throughout the world. If just one person turns his/her life over to Christ because of something I post, or say, or sing, then I have done something for my Lord. He deserves all of my time, all of my attention, all of my love. All of my efforts are so inadequate, but He is able to make something beautiful out of all of my meager efforts. I want to spend whatever time I have left on earth praising His name, thanking Him for all of His mercy and grace poured out on me. I want to hear Him say, “Well  done, thou good and faithful servant” when I meet Him face to face one day.

Rom_13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

I Want a Bicycle–a joke

Little Joey went to his mother and requested a new bicycle for his birthday.

“Now, Joey, do you really think you’ve been a good enough little boy to deserve a bicycle? Tell you what. Go to your room and write God a letter telling Him why you deserve a bicycle.”

Joey rushed upstairs to his room and began to write.

Letter #1: “Dear God, I have been a good boy. . .” He crumpled up the paper and threw it away. He knew that wasn’t true.

Letter #2: “Dear God, I have been an okay boy this year.  . .” He crumpled it again. That was another lie.

Letter #3: “Dear God, I have not been a good boy this year, but I really would like a new bicycle.” He crumpled that one as well. There was no way God was going to give him a bicycle for his birthday. He hadn’t been good at all this year.

He ran down the stairs and out the door, running to the church two blocks down the street. His mother was so pleased. Surely he was going to get things straight with the Lord and everything would be okay.

Joey came running back into the house with a small statue of the virgin Mary clutched tightly in his hand.

Letter #4: “Dear God, I’ve got your mama. If you want her back, give me a bicycle.”

My Testimony–Part 1 Marriage

The basics: My husband grew up in a Christian home, always in church, until they went to Africa for two and half years, where he went to British Boarding School. He didn’t know God then, only knew about Him. His parents were in the upper middle class economically.

I was not raised in church. My family was poor, especially after my dad had to retire from the the shipyard at age 47 due to emphysema. I knew very little about God. Never heard the gospel until I was 23 years old, thanks to my husband’s younger sister.

So we weren’t Christians when we got married (Christian means follower of Jesus Christ: it’s not a denomination or a religion; it’s a relationship with our Lord and Savior.).

I had a terrible temper and I had zero self-confidence. My husband joined the military to provide a living for our growing family. I was pregnant when we got married.

His first assignment was a weather cutter ship that stayed out to sea for thirty to forty days at a time. It would then come into port for seven days, two of which had to be spent aboard ship: 48 hours. I was young, clingy, naive, and I missed my husband.

I was a master at complaining and criticizing. But he was gone most of the time and didn’t hear much of it. We were okay. His next duty station was a small boat station and most of his friends were single guys. He didn’t want to spend much time with me and, since I had no driver’s license I had no way to go anywhere. I was stuck at home taking care of our son and babysitting other people’s kids. But we were sort of okay.

His re-enlistment bonus would have been a year of isolated duty in Alaska. He didn’t re-enlist. While he was waiting to be out-processed he sent our son and me home to his parents’ house to wait for him. He called every day, and they would give him a date when he could leave the base, then cancel it because the paperwork got lost. Meanwhile, my sister-in–law was working on me to “get saved.” I didn’t know what that meant but she took me to a Billy Graham movie and I saw my own attitudes and self-loathing in the main character’s life. An invitation was given at the end for people to come forward and ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. I did and I have never been sorry. Unfortunately, that was not the end of my troubles. I was sabotaging my marriage without knowing it.

A few days after I got saved I was really concerned for my husband. He was really getting depressed. I prayed that night before I went to bed and asked God to show me when my husband was coming home so I could have his favorite meal prepared. That night I dreamed I received a telegram that said my husband would be home on Friday. The telegram wasn’t signed but I knew who sent it. The next morning I asked my mother-in-law to stop by the grocery store and pick up the necessary ingredients for me to fix his favorite meal. She did. My husband walked in the door late that night. Our son was in bed; his parents were out at various meetings. I had him all to myself and his supper was ready.

He didn’t go to church with me at first, but I was always so excited to go to church, and so eager to go back, he was sure I had a boyfriend there. One Sunday he decided to go with me to see who it was. He got saved that day and we were baptized together the following Sunday. A young man in the church immediately approached my husband after the service and offered to have Bible study with us once a week. It was great except that my enthusiasm kept my husband from participating. I kept jumping in with questions. The men didn’t stop me and it never occurred to me that I was being self-centered and getting in the way of my husband’s learning.

He tried to get a job in the civilian world but nothing seemed to pan out. He was getting frustrated and left me for a while. I took our son and went home to my parents. I got a job during the Christmas season, praying all the while that God would bring my husband back to me. I was going to church and reading my Bible, learning a lot about God.

Part 2 Tomorrow.

The Audacity of Beauty

Bear with me here as I try to express that for which words are woefully inadequate

One of my passions is jigsaw puzzles, puzzles of scenery, waterfalls, unusual architecture, sunrises, sunsets, aurora borealis, animals, trails, parks, paintings, cathedrals: man’s attempt to recreate or capture that which God draws and paints with His fingers on a daily basis. I am so in awe of the Master Creator, that He would deem to share His art, His handiwork with the likes of man, who ignores Him, takes Him for granted, denies Him, shakes its fist at Him, and dares Him to show Himself, as if He hadn’t already in so many tangible and intangible ways. I cry with the psalmist, “Who am I Lord, that you would be mindful of me?” Who am I, precious Jesus, You who hold the worlds in Your two hands, that You would esteem me high enough, worthy enough, to share Your creation with? And this world is decaying, rotting away, and we see it as beautiful. Thank You, dear Lord, for this and so much more. Thank You for the pictures You paint for us every day. Help us to pay more attention to what You are trying to teach us in Your handiwork.

Just Free-Writing

Due to time constraints and other obligations that got in the way, I don’t have a specific topic today.

so I’m just going to write anyway.

There may be many good things to say

The enjoyment of bird song

Rabbits in the yard

A cat’s purr and sunshine

To light my way

The best thing about life

More than family and friends

And God’s beauty surrounding

Is the knowledge that I’m

heaven-ward bounding.

Anyone want to come along?

Get It Free

Greetings dear friends, followers, and fans. Today is the first day that Mending Fences is available for free on amazon.com. It will continue to be free through October 1. The story is about a Viet Nam veteran turned pastor named Robert McGinn. He loves the Lord and his family but seems to always be away helping someone else when a crisis happens. When his little girl dies, his wife April, decides she no longer wants to be a pastor’s wife. Even his son Jack turns on him. After the funeral Robert moves from their home in Tennessee to Oregon. Seventeen years later he is diagnosed with a terminal illness (a rare disease described on CDC website). Now he has some decisions to make. Amid recurring nightmares of various types of broken down fences, he is trying to decide if he has enough time to mend those broken fences of his life, and if he does, will anyone care?

See the author interview at http://www.indiehousebooks.com.

I am so excited about this. This is a first for me–advertising and/or marketing on the internet. It is also difficult because I don’t like to call attention to myself. This life isn’t about me; it’s about God and how much He loves us and wants to provide for us as a father would for his children. We just have to invite Him into our lives. My prayer is that, through my writing (which is a gift from Him), others will come to know how much He loves them and wants to help them through the struggles, trials, and tribulations that come just from living. If we never had a problem we wouldn’t know we needed God.

Thank you all for repsonding and reading. I promise to try to do better at responding to your comments.


Aleta Kay