Monthly Archives: July 2012

Work Disrupts Regular Joe’s Writing

Good Morning Regular Joes and Janes;

I have not made a post to my blog for over a week and thought I would update my regular readers at least.  I have been working on a large deck project with a short timeline for completion, (This Friday).  That combined with incredibly hot weather has me working long hours and coming home exhausted.  Hopefully, Lord willing I will be back to a more regular schedule and writing again next week.  Thanks for hanging in there.

Regular Joe

A New Week; Get Up and Follow Me

Good Morning from the Bitterroot Valley;

I must start with an apology to my regular readers.  I was missing in action most of the last week.  Paying work took precedence over by blog devotionals.  It is hard for me to balance everything out with work and home life and chores.  Winter in construction is generally a slow time while summers become a frenzied rush to first catch up and then store up for the winter ahead.

The past week we have had temperatures close to 100 nearly every day, quite an adjustment from the 60’s only a couple of weeks ago!  This week promises to be cooler, in the 80’s, and the sun is about to poke its head over the horizon so enjoy the view and today’s devotional.

In opening the Bible this morning I came across Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.

11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

A few quick thoughts from a Regular Joe on these verses before I head out the door:

  1. When God calls on us to do something, do we as Christians, get up and follow?
  2. Are we as Christians meeting with “tax collectors and sinners” and sharing a message of love and salvation, or are we more comfortable in our “church family” never getting out loving the lost?
  3. Are we judging and looking down on the “tax collectors and sinners” around us thinking that we are above them like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day?
  4. Jesus did not come to call self-righteous Pharisees to follow him, but rather sinners, people who knew that they needed a Savior.

If you have accepted Christ as the Savior then remember the joy and freedom that you felt when the weight of the sin was lifted from you.  Can you think of someone who would like to experience that feeling also?

If you are not a follower of Christ Jesus, consider his message of love, hope and grace.

John 3:16-21

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

If you have been blessed in reading this share it with someone you meet today.

Regular Joe

Do I Want To Get Well?

Good Morning Joes and Janes;

I just have time for a quick thought from the New Testament this morning.  This text is from John 5:1-9

The Healing at the Pool

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.

2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.

3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 

5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

The important question that Jesus asks this man is; “Do you want to get well?”  Whether you are a Christian, a Christ follower struggling with a problem in  your life or a non-believer who has struggled with whether God is real or will make a difference in your life; often the question we need to ask ourselves is do we really want to get well?  Sometimes we can, even unconscously become so adjusted to the discomfort, sin or situation in our life that we come to rely on it.  It can be our crutch, the reason we don’t have to move and stretch ourselves.  It can be an excuse not to grow closer to the Lord.  We can use it as a reason why we don’t do something we know the Lord wants us to do.

Once we answer the big question; Do you want to get well, with a YES, that is when Jesus Christ will step into your life and act!

We are responsible to make the commitment, then Jesus Christ will do what we cannot do for ourselves.  We cannot save our selves from sin and bring about salvation in our lives and we often do not have the power to break sinful addictions or heal our bodies from disease.  But, we can have personal access to the one person in the universe who has all of the power.

Today, ask yourself the big question; Do I want to get well?   Then bow your heart and speak to the one who has the power to answer it!

Regular Joe

Chasing Money Never Wins You the Race

Good Monday Morning!

I spent the better part of the weekend just visiting with family and relaxing on a beach yesterday afternoon.  It has really helped recharge my batteries.  It can be easy for me to get caught up in trying to pay the bills and get ahead a little for the winter months when construction slows down.

That can get in the way of enjoying the short life God gives us here on earth.  Sometimes it can get us lusting after money,  making us wish we were rich or at least comfortably well off so we didn’t need to worry about getting the bills paid.  However, this morning when I opened the Bible I found myself in Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 5:8-12

8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.

9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.

11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?

12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.

We all have our problems, whatever our station in life, and just having more money will not solve our problems.  In fact in my experience we can often find ourselves in more trouble.  It can be tempting to fall into the habit of trying to get a little more money, “to get ahead.”  But when this starts getting ahead of our personal relationships with God and family it becomes sin.  We can fall into a trap that the verses above talk about.  No matter how much money you have it is all spent, never enough.

And verse 12 talks about an ultimate shame; getting to the point that you have plenty of money so that you have all that “spare time” that we all so much desire….only to find that you can’t even get a good night’s sleep because you are worried about your riches.

I begin a new week, and a new job with a renewed happiness and satisfaction for where I am in life.  I know that at the end of every day I come home tired and get a good night’s sleep.

I pray that whatever your station in life; God is the center, the focus, not an empty love of money, riches or fame.  Life is fleetingly short and only God can fill the deepest desires of your heart.

Regular Joe

Professing to Be Wise, They Became Fools

Hi Joes and Janes;

Just a few thoughts on this Saturday.  If we were not in such dire financial straights as a Nation these two stories would be more humorous than they are.  Both came to my attention this week and involve money  that came out of your pocket assuming that you are paying taxes.  With over 16 Trillion in debt and 100 trillion in unfunded liabilities I just wonder if we could not have figured these things out on our own with out paying someone money to study it.

Item #1

Hold on to your seats, you won’t believe what you are reading, but…..Mermaids are not real!  NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after years of research has determined that there is no evidence that aquatic humanoids exist.

NOAA Says Mermaids are not real

Update on July 9th 2012; Please note the comments and links by Keith regarding this story.  I was in error as to the length of study and actually the reason that NOAA put out this news release.  My thanks to Keith who reads regularly, and though we disagree on some major areas of life we always have civil dialogues and stimulating discussions.   That is where learning and change of opinion and thought occur.

Item #2

Again, sit down, you are not going to believe this next research tidbit!   Most fireworks injuries happen in a 30 day window around the 4th of July!  Among the facts that they discovered after a costly study are these:

65 % of all fireworks related injuries happened during a period starting 15 days before the Fourth of July and ending 15 days after the Fourth.

Hmmm… I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that most fireworks are used during that period?  I am guessing that a significant number of the rest occur around New Years….. but then that is just me.

Of the fireworks-related injuries sustained, 68 percent were to males, and 32 percent were to females.

Males are more likely to use fireworks than females…. sounds very sexist to me…but fits with my experiences since I was a young child and no one paid me for my opinion.

The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 46 percent); eyes (an estimated 17 percent); head, face, and ears (an estimated 17 percent); and legs (an estimated 11 percent).

Apparently there is a relationship between hands and fingers being used to light fireworks and the injury rate….who would have guessed that one!  Head face ears and legs were next in injury… I wonder if  it has anything to do with them being less likely to be clothed?  Perhaps full body and head armor should be required.  Maybe a safety officer assigned to each individual using fireworks.

Burns were the most common injury to all parts of the body,

Boy! who would have thunk that one!

This report goes on in detail for 50 boring pages.  I will not bore you.  But here are a few of my own ‘research data for absolutely free;

  1. If all fireworks are outlawed then the only injuries that occur will be from illegal fireworks.
  2. The majority of deaths that occur from hanging also include rope burns to the neck
  3. Injuries from gun accidents include puncture wounds from bullets 98% of the time.  (once in a while you only get grazed)
  4. People who propel themselves at speeds over 10 miles per hour in vehicles are more prone to injuries than those who walk everywhere and
  5. the injuries of people riding in or on vehicles are more severe than those of people who are walking.
Hopefully the CPSC will read this blog post, realize it’s importance to the scientific community and the public and send me a couple of million OBAMA bucks to help defray my costs of conducting all of the scientific data collection to come up with these masterful findings.  In the mean time I will continue planning my regular jobs for next week.
If you would like to read a boring report today you can find it at the link below

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

In summation the previous articles reminded me of a Bible verse that I thought I would share

Romans 1:22-23

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

And one final thought before I leave….I wonder if I am more likely to injure myself while using power tools in the week ahead than if I stay home and sit at the computer?  I wonder which one will pay the bills?  I wonder if power tools should be banned?  I wonder if Obama will send me some more of  ‘his stash’ so I can stay home and be safe.

Have a great Saturday!

Regular Joe

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