Category Archives: Personal Stories

Some Thoughts on Christmas

Every Christmas Eve our church has a gathering in which different people volunteer songs, skits, readings and other things to share with the church family. At the end of the evening we gather in a large circle around the auditorium and sing ‘Silent Night. A great time of fellowship and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus. Below is my contribution to our gathering. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful Christmas!

Ever since I was a kid I have had a lot of questions; even about Christmas. Yesterday in the morning service we all sang a couple of songs asking questions;

What Child Is This?

Mary Did You Know?

So I am pretty sure I am not the only one with questions.

Angels seem to get a whole lot of attention at this time of the year.
Two Sundays ago we sang Angels We Have Heard on High; It seems like Gloria gets an awful lot of time in this song. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria but nothing about Suzy, Tom, and for that matter Vernon? Is it just the way the music is written … that it wouldn’t sound right?

Ever since I was a kid I have watched the movie; “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It’s an almost annual tradition. I really enjoy it but; where in the Bible does it ever talk about men dying and becoming angels? Even if it were true, why would a loving and gracious God who gave us eternal life through faith and faith alone; require works before we could “earn our wings”? To this day when I hear a small bell ring I still start thinking about angels, and their wings and Harold Franks.

While we are on the subject of angels and Harold Franks; those of you that have been around Community Baptist for years will remember Harold Franks; I miss him, know he is with the Lord in Heaven and I will see him again. I know Harold isn’t an angel and he is not trying to earn his wings….but what I don’t know is how many angels are called Harold and why are we harking to hear them sing?

On a different note or should I say song; Why is there no L? I can understand the First no L but 2000 years later? This is America…I know we are on the edge of the Fiscal Cliff…. but has our Wheel of Fortune turned so far that we can’t chip in and buy an “L”?

And what about the 3 Kings; you know ….We three kings of Orient are…No where in the Bible does it say that there were 3 kings, yes there were three gifts but any research into historical documents will show that there was undoubtedly a large group of “wise men” from the East and that many servants and others were with them. And they didn’t come to the stable….it was later at least a year or so. Look what the Bible really says about them to get some of those questions answered.

And the gifts they brought….most of us can remember those…. Probably because of the songs we have sung over and over. It might be my age but I can’t remember many of the gifts I have received over the years. I can remember events with grandparents, parents and children. I remember the things we did together much more than any gifts received or given.

If you don’t have much to give to someone this year….give them something they will remember more….your time spent with them. That is really what Christmas is all about anyway. God sent Jesus Christ, as God/Man, as a baby in the manger. He grew into an adult who would die on the cross for all of man kind’s sins Through-out the Gospels it tells of how Jesus took time to stop and share with individuals the Good News.

I still have questions about Christmas and life but I hope you have made time in your life to start that personal relationship with the One who we honor tonight. If not I encourage you to keep asking questions until you find your way to that place where a baby was born in a manger to set all men free!

Part Two Award 2

By Regular Joe aka Vernon Weiss

I actually feel a little odd accepting awards, although I greatly appreciate the consideration and thank you very much to; For His Glory and Praise, for the nomination.  As I mentioned yesterday this is the second nomination that I have received this month.  For those Versatile Blogger Awardnot familiar with these awards they usually come from fellow bloggers and usually have a few requirements to fulfill.  In the case of the Versatile Blogger award it involves listing 7 things about yourself and 15 to 20 bloggers that you like.  Now some might consider that a burden but I find it to be a rewarding experience.

First I find I get to know the person who nominated me much better.  I have learned several exciting things about both of the bloggers who nominated me this month.  Secondly I take very seriously the nomination or recommendation of other bloggers so do a bit of research on each of them before passing them along to you, my readers.

It is a busy world these days and I don’t take your time lightly; if you choose to come visit my blog I desire to make it worth your time.   If there is one thing that gets me when I get a ping back, (a link to my blog from another site), it is when the other blogger just added a bunch of links without really reading what they were about.   I know, God works in mysterious ways, and I have certainly seen that since I started my blog, but I still find it aggravating at times.

So here are 7 things about myself; (none revealed in yesterday’s post)

  1. The only sport I really follow is NASCAR, which I have followed all my life.  In Junior High I worked weekends and summers at a local dirt track in Waterloo, Iowa.
  2. It doesn’t bother me in the least to be called a person clinging to my Bible and my guns, although it concerns me that the current President of the United States finds that so abhorrent.
  3. Jack of all trades and master of none hits pretty close to the mark although I consider myself to be a really good carpenter in the residential and commercial areas.
  4. I believe that through Christ you can accomplish anything you put your mind to as long as you rely on Christ for wisdom and strength and then give him the glory for it when you accomplish it.
  5. Beside Christ the most important person in my life is my life partner, my wife.  She completes me and balances me.
  6. My musical tastes vary widely from Rock in its various forms to country, to gospel and contemporary Christian music.  Probably my favorites are Mississippi Blues and Southern Rock.
  7. The older I get the more I realize that I can really mess things up when I am not walking with the Lord and the happier I am when I am walking in his footsteps.

Now you know a little more about ‘Regular Joe’, the man behind the curtain so to speak.

15 to 20 Bloggers I like:

These are in no particular order although the ones I follow the most are closer to the top of the list.

  1. Three Days to Anarchy
  2. Fraidy Cat Confessions
  3. Chief of the least
  4. Broken Believers
  5. Life of a Female Bible Warrior
  6. Roger Tharp
  7. Media 4 Life Ministries
  8. Justification by Grace
  9. Psalms Life
  10. Fellowship of the Minds
  11. His Creation
  12. Dorothy’s Space
  13. The Revival Generation
  14. Bummyla
  15. When is a Party Not a Party?
  16. The Waking Giant
  17. Of Dust and Kings
  18. Prepping 2 Prep
  20. Wild Cookery

Well that is my list of 20 blogs I follow.  I hope you find some interesting reading.  By the way these are all smaller WordPress Blogs, I also follow some large national / worldwide blogs but I figured they were outside of the realm of the award and get plenty of attention anyway.

Have a great Saturday out and about!

Regular Joe

Remember The Good Old Days?

Remember more innocent times?  I remember back in grade school singing songs with great historical and political input.  Songs  with lyrics like:

Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to

Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to

All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it

Etc. ect. You can find the rest of the words here

And remember roller rinks!  I don’t think there is one in 300 miles from where I live, which got me thinking…… Read the rest of this entry

Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse!

I was not sure what category to put this post under Joes and Janes!  Maybe I should start a category on my blog called RANTS.  I will probably put it under politics although that doesn’t  quite cover it.  You’ ll understand  as you read.

To protect and serve?

To protect and serve?

What a ludicrous statement that is!  I have been told exactly that by a law enforcement officer a couple of times in the past 50 years, a lot more in the past 20.  Probably most recently a couple of years ago my wife and I were riding our bikes on an asphalt trail in a local wild life refuge.  My mother who is in 70 recommended this to me as she and her husband really enjoyed it.

As we were coming out to the parking lot a National Forest service Law enforcement officer stopped us.  Actually there were two.  The one taking the lead was a short redheaded gentleman with an obvious Napoleon Complex.   After having watched us come off the trail he asked “Were you just riding on the trail?”  Deciding to be polite and giving up my 5th amendment rights I stated the obvious; “Yes”.  To which he went into a lecture on the fact that it was not legal and that he could give me a citation for it. Read the rest of this entry

Paying Attention: The Rest of the Story

Hello Again;

My wife reminded me that she had some photos of the canoe trip in today’s devotion.  They aren’t anything spectacular but I did want to give credit to two great Samaritans that put off fishing to retrieve us from the bank of the river and go looking for our canoe.  They took us a couple of miles down the river, helped retrieve the canoe and get us back on the water.  They didn’t want anything in return but certainly were a God send for us.

Pulling the canoe off a submerged rockFree again in tow to the river bank

Turning a canoe upright in the river is no easy task, Thanks guys!

Don’t forget to be that good Samaritan when you get a chance and to say thanks to those who God sends your way in times of trouble.

Regular Joe

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