Trading Licks & Tricking Teacher

It’s a true story. I lie not. 

The high school student was in the eleventh grade. The building was out the back door of the high school down a breezeway lined with classrooms. In one of the rooms was a young teacher doing her internship. 

 Ms. Bellamy was a twenty one year old beautiful woman. She garnished the attention of the young male students. Little, if any, schoolwork was actually done in the class. A couple of the guys sitting in the back of the class began their own amusing past time by trading licks. 

Now if by chance you don’t know what the game ‘trading licks’ is then I’ll enlighten you. It is where one person hits the other. If the other person chooses he can stop the game or take his turn hitting back. They go until someone gives up. 

The teacher saw one of the guys hit the other. She yelled out at him and called him to the front. She wrote a pass for him to go see the principal for fighting in class. The principal had to sign the pass. It was to prove the student saw the principal. 

An offense like this meant suspension from school, discipline at home to include the lecture from parents and an ole fashion butt whooping. None of which the student wanted any part of!

Somehow the guy had to get out of this mess. It was going to be hard enough but knowing the principal had to sign his pass made it almost impossible. What was he to do? 

The guy reached the school office without a plan or story or scheme to get out of this trouble. Then it happened. There; standing in the school office was the principle. So the guy went into the office and straight to the principal, reached in his pocket and pulled out a nickel. ‘Principal McMillan, he said, I need to buy a pencil.’ With that the principal signed his pass along with giving him a pencil. 

As the student made the long journey back to class, he rubbed his eyes. Over and over again. The hallways were empty because class was still going on. Just before going out the back door, the guy stopped by the water fountain wetting his finger tip and dampening his eyes. 

The guy walked back into the classroom and up to the teachers desk with his head bowed and laid the pass on her desk. She looked up at him with the eyes still damp and red. He walked back to his desk slowly and deliberately without saying a word.

Very shortly after that the bell rang to end class. As the students got up to leave Ms. Bellamy called out the guy out and motioned for him to come to her. The guy just knew he’d been caught. When he reached her desk she told him she was sorry to have to send him to the principals office but the class was getting out of hand and she had to make an example out of him in order to regain control. The guy told her it was okay.

So the guy didn’t get punished at school. There was no lecture and most important, No Whooping. He fooled the teacher. And still won the trading licks!

It’s a true story. I lie not for I am one sent to the office. I tricked the teacher. Hooray!!

Until next time,

Hoss

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The Finger of God

The ‘finger of God’ was said to be on those in the Bible who had leprosy. It was as though God was pointing at them and their sin. Even calling them out as sinners!
Here’s something to think about. Be real. 
Spiritual Leprosy? What would be the sign(s)? How would you know? What is a person to do? What is the result of such a condition? 
Internal battles of spiritual leprosy would be like: 

Until next time

Hoss

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You Gotta Get Your Feet Wet

“You’ve got to get your feet wet.” 

I’ve heard this expression for as long as I can remember. I take it to mean one has to go beyond talking about it and actually doing it. To make any headway, you’ve got to get things out of the way! 

That’s the way it is with faith. It’s no good if it isn’t applied. You have something to do and you’re not so sure about it yet it’s in your heart God wants you to do it, then you must move the obstacles out of the way. Whether it be fear, friends, or foe; faith must be applied. 

I wonder if the expression you ‘gotta get your feet wet’ comes from the Bible. Specifically the account in Joshua where it reads, 

“Now the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'” Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”

Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan. Now then, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe. It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap.”” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭3:7-9, 11-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬ 
What y’all say we get our feet wet? 

Until next time,

Hoss

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Written Down!

I once pastured a church where a member was notorious for having conflict with the members. Strangely the church consisted in a large part of the very people who made up her own kinfolk. Naturally I learned about the woman after I got there. I learned of her just like I learned of the lie told by the pastor search committee about the number of youth at the church. Let’s just say the numbers were exaggerated. Partially because they included those in their early twenties as youth. 

 Back to the woman whose mission seemed to be starting conflict, strife and rifts in the church. It was only a matter of time before I became the object of her attacks. The revelation came in the form of a letter mailed to my home. As a pastor, I was warned of such maneuvers by various church members. After reading the accusatory defaming pages of assault and allegations came the question, how do I resolve this? 

Prayer was spoken. Divine guidance was sought. I petitioned God. After a few days the visit was made to the ladies home. She greeted me at the door, invited me in and wasted no time spewing her vehement accusations as her husband sat in silence. I allowed her to exhaust herself. It took some time. She’d had plenty of practice. 

Once done, I summoned a spirit of meekness and presented the reliable documentation to prove her wrong and myself in the right. She appeared to accept my evidence though I never got an apology or acknowledgement. What I did receive was something I’d never seen before nor since. She produced a record book! 

This lady was so determined to be right, etc that she actually kept a record of being wrong! At least in her interpretation she had been wronged. She had lost upon list where people did her wrong. She wanted to flood me with her ocean of I’ll-will.  I wasn’t interested in the details of the book. I spent my energies moving away from her book and into the Holy Book, the Bible. 

I landed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 where the Bible reads, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,” 

Sharing the verses with her seemed to have little effect on her. I settled with knowing it wasn’t my place to cause a positive effect. That job is up to the Holy Spirit. I share the Word of God claiming His promise that it will not return void. 

When people argue, they are in essence saying, “My way is the right way. If you don’t do it my way, I’ll make your life miserable.” The arguer insists on getting his or her own way. 

I didn’t last long at this church. I wanted to invite people and grow. The majority of the leadership only wanted biological growth. It was their church and they wanted it kept that way. 

I wanted everyone treated equally. They wanted to keep the two factions separated. The “B’s” and the “H’s” were the ruling sects. So serious was it that they would divide up the dinner on the grounds on two rows so one clan wouldn’t eat off the other and vice versa. They didn’t trust the others cooking. I ate from both as I figured they wouldn’t risk hurting their own kin. 

I wasn’t the kind of pastor they wanted. They wanted a good ole boy preacher and friend. They were not interested in a pastor. I would dare say I was never allowed to be their pastor, only their preacher. 

I miss a few of the good folks there. I ache for God to do a mighty work of grace in that church. Maybe He has.

Until next time,

Hoss

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A Senior’s Poem

As I grew older, I moved a bit slower

So I stepped aside and let the young ones take over

But some of God’s work was left undone.

I decided the young folks shouldn’t have all the fun

So I skedaddled on over to show em how it’s done.

As I grew older I could hardly see

So I let others come and read

But then it occurred to me 

That I didn’t need to read

To tell others what I believe.

As I grew older I could barely hear

So others began to share and teach

But then I remembered my hearing aid

Which helped me to others reach

Even if I must go and preach.

I’m not too old to serve my Lord

My life has purpose I can afford

To live and tell others of Christ’s rewards

How we all can be headed Heavenward.

Until next time,

Hoss

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USA’s 2nd Civil War

Geographic boundaries are not part of this civil war. There is no North vs. South. Some might argue color is expressed in this 2nd civil war. It isn’t like the first. There is no Gray vs. Blue in this struggle. Politics played a role in the first civil war. It plays a role in this 2nd civil war. 

Weapons of the first Civil War included guns, propaganda, and divisive speech. Weapons of this 2nd Civil War doesn’t include guns, least not like the first. This civil war uses rocks to bust out storefront windows, riots in the street with people behaving more like caged animals unleashed on the public than actually being civil in their protests. Starting fires and destruction of vehicles and property in general. I fail to see how this advances their cause. 

Propaganda and divisive speech are as volatile as any gun. The Hollywood Celebrities have taken on the role of mandating the morality of the USA! “Thanks but no thanks.” I refuse to allow the immoral to set the standard for what is right and wrong. I could care less which side of the war you are on. You don’t set the tone. You don’t establish the standard. 

This 2nd civil war has the element of human rights in it just as the first civil war. Where in the first it was the rights of slaves to be free, in this 2nd civil war it is the rights any specific person or group wants. It includes those confused about their sexuality who want to be free to go against the ‘Standard’ and decide for themselves what gender they really are, regardless of biological makeup,  and who they are really attracted to. To carry out this initiative means changing the laws of the land based on a standard opposed to such deviant behavior. It isn’t a far stretch to see those wanting to approve of pedophilia and beastilality as a human rights issue! 

I can’t say for certain what was the most potent weapon of the first civil war but I am convicted what is the most potent weapon of this 2nd (though not official declared as) civil war. It is without any doubt of mine, the great American media conglomerates! They are the ones fostering ideas, plans, themes, schemes and actions to fuel civil unrest. 

I do not trust any news media. You have news venues classified as conservative, liberal, religious, fake, and the list goes on. They operate like the pack of dogs where a rock was thrown into the group. The one yelping the loudest is the one hit. The news media that yelps the loudest is the one getting their agenda heard. 

They make it a point to call attention to what others may not see or even care about just so they can cast discord. It advances their ratings too! I don’t trust media at all. I’d rather blow my nose than watch the news. More times than not I’d get more truth out of my nose than their newscast! 

Our local news runs an hour and a half with a thirty minute national news dividing the last third of their telecast. Two hours total. So driven are they to share their biased and agenda filled perspective they’ll repeat themselves within that two hours. It rolls around again four hours later. Multiply that by four major networks ( NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX) and the vast number of networks devoted only to news (CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, HEADLINE NEWS) just to start the list.

The public is partially at fault cause we listen to their weapons of divisive reporting. I know personally how one ‘investigative’ news reporter didn’t share all the facts of a recent news report and the damage it has done. She will give answer to that. And for that reason I do not trust her reporting. 

There is an undeclared Civil War in the USA. Human rights is the platform. The real issue in not human rights. The real real issue is absolute truth! America wants to get their absolute truth from the leanings of the individual citizen. You cannot get absolute truth concerning morals, human rights and sexuality from immoral, dishonest humans demanding their own particular rights. 

Absolute truth has to come from a source that knows what absolute truth really is. Where then is the place of Absolute Truth? It is found from Almighty God in the Person and work of Jesus Christ revealed in the Holy Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therein lies the struggle. This civil war is the result of those who wish to go against receiving the absolute truth of the Bible to form their own vs. those who want to allow the Holy Bible to be The Absolute Truth which governs our nation. 

Whose side you own? Yours or God’s?

Until next time,

Hoss

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The Holy Spirit’s Fruit

There is one fruit that gushes forth from the Holy Spirit. It is the fruit of love. Many people will site Galatians 5:22-23 and mention the ‘fruit(s)’ of the Holy Spirit. A close study reveals only one fruit. The rest of the emotions mentioned are positive seeds coming from Love. 

With love comes joy, peace, kindness, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, temperance and so on. Those are the positive seeds of love. 

Realistically there is a strong negative seed of love. It is the seed or emotion of ‘hurt.’ Hurt is magnified where there is love. It intensifies the hurt when love is in it’s company. It is worse when a friend whom you love hurts you than some stranger you hardly know.

Think about it for a bit. Then let me know what you think.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-26‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Until next time 

Hoss

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