12 Jul: Moving Forward From Here

INTRO: Our friend Jimmy Meeks wrote this week’s TAI for us… No one needs to be told about the chaos that has hit our country. Between the pandemic and the protesting, blood pressures are soaring. Unfortunately, instead of offering viable solutions that could help, too many are prone to gripe, murmur, and point fingers. I have no interest in that. I want to know what I can DO that will help bring some healing and peace. And I think I know. Let me make four suggestions as to what we, as disciples of Jesus, can DO RIGHT NOW… PENITENT. To be penitent is to be repentant, contrite, sorry for our sin. And this can only happen when we are willing to allow God to search our hearts and reveal what WE are doing wrong — not what everyone else is doing wrong. The pandemic shut down my seminars, but it…

05 Jul: What Motors Teach us

One of my life goals is to earn enough money to hire someone else to do all my mechanic-related work (on vehicles and machinery). Until then, most of it is up to me. The 60-year-old motor failed on my tractor in 2018. This Spring I pulled the engine apart and went through it. Putting a motor together requires a shop (spec) manual. Every bolt must be tightened in sequence, to specified torque; moving parts meeting other moving parts must have specific clearances (measured in thousandths); timing must be right between valves, piston position and ignition, all wires of the right size for their load and many other specs. When that day comes to turn a restored engine over the first time, it will start and run if everything was done per spec. It might even run if you messed up something, but it won’t run as long or as well…

28 Jun: There’s Light!

We have watched as our nation was brought to its knees by an unseen virus. Then we were angered at a reprobate police officer who abused his authority while 3 subordinates stood aside not daring to stop their bully officer. Then the discussion on racism got hijacked by anarchists bent on destruction instead of reconciliation. Three watching one and doing nothing turned into millions watching bully mobs and doing nothing. Now we see a nation of angry, fearful citizens. News is all about the worst discovered atrocity designed to enrich the fuel-soaked unrest with headlines of incite instead of insight. A nation where seldom is heard, an encouraging word. Stop! Consult the most infallible words of all times. Open your bibles first; not your computer screen, TV or newspaper. Start every day on the enduring guidance God gave us. Absorb every word. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say…