Sunday Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

-Matthew 7:7-8

Personal Meaning:

The Lord is there waiting and wanting us to seek Him, to come to Him. If we do, we will be welcomed as a member of His family. The converse is true as well. For those who do not sincerely seek Him the doors remain closed. Even after death. So, those who chose not to be with Him in life are granted an eternity away from Him in death. This is Hell. He will not force himself on us. We must choose Him.

Prayer:

Lord God almighty, master of Heaven and earth, we honor and worship You. Your glory shines brighter than the sun and we bask in Your love. We exalt You above all.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

Lord, I have been so stressed and worried. Thank You for the peace and comfort You have given me today. Help me to continue to put my trust in You and rest in Your promises.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Project Get Fit 2021: Week 19

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

Other than my Monday workout, I basically didn’t do anything this week. A few sit-ups and a few pushups and that’s it. I have been really dragging and had no energy. I am not sure if I am getting sick or what but there you go.

Friday was a bit better. I didn’t workout as such but worked in the yard for a couple of hours. Saturday was more of the same and worked in the yard for a good four or five hours, unloading soil from the truck and building up the flower beds. It was the best workout I had all week and I really feel it.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2021

My primary goal is to get in shape but I have started tracking my weight as well:

Starting weight: 210.9 (1/4/21)

Current weight: 212.8 (1/18/21)

It Is Time To Stand Up, It Is Time To Lead…

I am sick and tired of elected representatives pushing their agendas on us. We elect these folks (clowns) to represent us and then they use every mechanism possible to force us to confirm to their goals and plans.

We are the citizens of this nation. In our representative republic it is the citizens of the nation are the leaders. Our elected representatives are supposed serve us and represent us and our goals, values and agendas. This is true of every elected official from the President to Congress to our local school board members. They are our servants.

When those servants do not represent us it is time to replace them. When they use their power to overrule the citizenry or to stifle the voices of the the citizenry it is time to replace them.

That is the reason for the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

We need to exercise those rights and make our voices heard. Loudly, clearly and peacefully. We need to vote for candidates that represent our views and not for candidates from a specific political party.

Now what happens if we find that we are no longer able to make those staffing changes through the ballot box?

Well, for that situation, and I pray it never comes to this, the founding fathers gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Second Amendment…

Stay alert, stay prepared, stay safe and pray for our nation.

God bless.

Conflicted…

I haven’t been posting much of late and one of the main reasons is that I am struggling with just exactly what I want to post and what I should be posting. One the one hand I want to call attention to the actions of the “powers that be” and do my (tiny) part in rallying opposition to their destruction of our nation, our constitution and our founding principles. On the other hand I am hesitant to fan the flames of division that are tearing our nation apart.

The Bible teaches that I should put aside the concerns of the world, focus on Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel. At the same time, we are not supposed to stand by and ignore the evils of the world. I have been praying on this for several and I think I have come to a place of clarity. I will continue to pray on this to ensure that my point of clarity is correct.

If Christians had united to stand against the rise of the Nazis and the Bolsheviks it is possible many millions of lives could have been saved. I believe we are at a similar point in our nation’s history. If we do not make a stand not only will our nation, constitution and founding principles be washed away but many thousands will likely meet their end and the Gospel will be subverted and suppressed.

So, I believe speaking out is not only a secular duty but a duty of my faith to speak out against the path our nation is on and the forces pushing us down that path.
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.”
-Ephesians 6:10-12

Stay alert, stay prepared, stay safe and pray for our nation.

God bless.

Sunday Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

-Matthew 7:12

Personal Meaning:

Love one another and treat them as you want to be treated. This is the full summation of Mosaic Law and the words of the prophets. We tend to equate love with romance. Love is not ALL hugs, kisses and blue skies. Sometimes love means being tough. If (when) I am going down a wrong path I want someone to tell me. If someone is about to hurt themselves or someone else love may mean grabbing them by collar and yanking them back. If a loved one were about to fall from a cliff or burn themselves badly does love mean letting them do so or does it mean stopping them? Even if stopping them hurts for a moment?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

Heal our nation. Help us turn back to You and away from the spirits of darkness that are leading us astray and turning us against You and one another. Shine Your cleansing and Holy light on us and guide us back to being One Nation Under God.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

I am thankful that Wonderful Wife is feeling better. Please continue to heal and protect her.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Project Get Fit 2021: Week 18

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

In an effort to better my APFT scores before our challenge deadline of Memorial Day I have started to focus on building my push-up and sit-up scores. I am doing a minimum of 100 push-ups and 75 sit-ups every day.

One day I will do the 100 Push-ups in as few sets as possible (max reps each set) while on the next day I do 10 sets of 10.

For the sit-ups I am doing as many sit-ups as possible within a 30 second set. I do seven sets throughout the day. Each week I will add 30 seconds to the set so that by the end of the month I am doing 2 minute sets and will be ready for the APFT.

I started this program on Monday. I have streamlined my gym workouts to muscle groups not targeted with this daily plan. I also adjusted my intervals between walking and jogging to include more jogging time and less walking. The result was the fastest mile I have recorded so far (still super slow). I will continue trying to shorten the recovery intervals and increase the jogging intervals for the rest of the month.

I did pretty well on this plan all week. Looking forward to the improvements it will bring next week.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2021

My primary goal is to get in shape but I have started tracking my weight as well:

Starting weight: 210.9 (1/4/21)

Current weight: 212.8 (1/18/21)

Hubris and Arrogance: Failing The APFT

I have been planning to take the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) for several months now. I kept putting it off usually making the excuse that I did not want it to get in the way of other training and fitness goals I had been working towards. Based on my experience with a physical fitness challenge through my work I decided the best way to force myself into taking the test was to make it a challenge and include others in my insanity.

So, I did…

I issued a challenge to the members of my family and some of the men in my church to take the APFT twice. Once on, or before, May 1st (what better way to celebrate an international Commie holiday than taking a fitness challenge?). Then, a month later on May 31s (Memorial Day) we would take it again and see how we improved.

Of all the men (and women) challenged only two others accepted; my son and the education pastor at church. When my son shared his results (a week early) I was surprised at his results and was arrogantly confident that I would do pretty well even compared to a gym rat twenty years younger than me. Then my education pastor shared his results and again I was confident that I could “prove a thing or two to our small group.”

God has a way of humbling the prideful (Proverbs 16:18) and, well, I am humbled. My results were dismal…

    • Push Ups: 31 (55%) – I expected 50-60
    • Sit Ups: 22 (33%) – I expected 50-60
    • 2 Mile Run: 35:23 (7%) – I expected 27-30 minutes

With an overall score of 96 out of a possible 300

Sure there are some reasons (excuses) for my performance:

    • Between my sciatic nerve issues and the colonoscopy, I was pretty worn out and had not exercised in two weeks
    • Mistimed my running/walking intervals
    • I did it before breakfast with nothing in my stomach
    • I had not had much sleep the night before
    • blah, blah, blah…

The bottom line is that for the last several months I was arrogant in assuming what my performance would be and the good Lord has seen fit to show me my arrogance.

Now the work begins!

No more whining and procrastination on this for me. I have a little less than a month, let’s see how much I can improve (good Lord willing).

Stay alert, stay safe and stay prepared.

God bless

Sunday Scripture: John 8:31–32

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

-John 8:31–32

Personal Meaning:

God’s truth, the truth preached by Jesus does set us free. We are free from the slavery of sin and the consequences of that sin.

Prayer:

Lord,

Help me to find the peace in Your words and focus on them. Help me rise above the cares and worries of this world.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

Thank You for loving us enough to pursue us even in our rebellion. Help me to love others in that same way.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.