A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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How important is TRUTH to you?  Is there such a thing as a little white lie?  Well, what does God’s Word say about building a house on sand?

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  – Matthew 7:24-27

NO EVIL

One cannot build a lasting house of TRUTH using cement made with lies. We all have history but we cannot be captives of our history – for if we become slaves of our past due to simple things in life, we are destined to lose it all at the end. Whatever you build on a lie, you shall lose – for it lacks the blessing of GOD. We believe in the working God who never gives greatness to lazy and myopic multitudes, but to those few disciples who are willing to sacrifice present goodness, feel the pain and are willing to work hard for His blessings. Using the words of Martin Luther, “You cannot steal second base with your foot on first.” Today, decide to move forward; to accept to work hard for what you want; to sacrifice and sometimes feel the pain for what you love: desist from easy life and having free things – or else fulfill the saying that, “today’s easy gain is tomorrow’s hard loss.” My brothers and sisters, do not worry how long it is taking you to get to the promised land, simply walk and stay on track and one day, you shall realize that those who looked powerful before your eyes were the most weak in the eyes of God – for they were never truthful. Build your life; your business; your relationships; your marriage and your future on TRUTH no matter how hard, tempting and painful it can be – for you cannot build a life on lies because a time comes and the truth manifests itself before the eyes of men.  – Mark Farouk

 There are rewards for an honest life filled with hard work and good clean livin’…  may we embrace God’s way and be a good witness to the world around us.  🙂

BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

TL 9-19 BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate!  It began back in 1988…  every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales!  The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.

Here’s how it works.  About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks.  Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with.  A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.

It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants).  It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!

The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!  – Toshihiro Kawabata

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 If you’re looking for a great coffee table book, this is a favorite of mine.  Published in 2004, this book of fishing tales will keep you “hooked” from cover to cover!  It’s a series of books entitled THE GREATEST (fill in the blank) EVER TOLD.  There are only twenty-eight fishing stories, so it is a quick read – but if your family is like mine, we like to pick up books from the coffee table when it’s cold or blustery outdoors – and just thumb through, half-reading, hoping to escape to a better climate.  It’s not a book about big whopper lies, but extraordinary true stories about fishing excursions.

A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?”  “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”

Are you a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away???  Today’s the day you have permission to tell a WHOPPER lie!  While you have the chance, you’d better tell your best story.  Tomorrow will be too late!  Wink!  😉

PRO-LIFE DAY OF SILENT SOLIDARITY

TL 10-21 PRO-LIFE DAY OF SILENT SOLIDARITY

ABORTION QUOTE

If you met a pregnant woman who was considering abortion, what would you say to her?  While I would not want to judge her in any way because I am not walking in her shoes, I would like to be compassionate and kind as I listened.  I want to help her sort through the lie of the world and the truth of God’s Word.

I believe in families.  God had a good idea when He came up with that concept.  To accept abortion as an alternative is sad because it is basically embracing failure.  I know you think you will just get rid of the baby (the “problem”) and go on with your life, but it’s really not that easy.  That fetus is a part of you.  Please don’t buy into the lie that once the baby is aborted, life will just pick up where it left off.

It’s bad enough to miscarry a baby – believe me.  I think about those babies every day.  I know how old they would be and I know that now I would surely be a grandma.  But no…  it just was not meant to be.

Maybe I feel so strongly about Pro-Life because of the losses I’ve suffered.  I don’t understand why a woman would CHOOSE to kill a fetus (which is a life – because life begins at conception).  I’m sorry but according to God’s Word it is murder.  Last time I looked, that was listed in the Ten Commandments.  And no, I am not going to preach to the pregnant woman considering abortion.  I just want her to know all the facts.  To take a Pro-Choice stand is to be very selfish.  Whose life are you ending and whose life are you saving?  Life is a big deal to God – the biggest of deals!

I do not hate you for weighing your options.  I do pray for you and for the life you have been blessed with.  There is a lie in the Pro-Choice camp that wants you to see this as a choice for freedom.  If you kill this child, you will be tighter bound than ever.  It’s a choice that will haunt you for the rest of your life.  That’s not a lie – that is the real truth.

Have your baby.  Please consider adoption.  Let another couple raise and give that baby everything that you are not prepared to give it.  Adoption is LOVE.  Abortion is HATE.

I’m so thankful my birth mom chose ADOPTION.  May God help you choose LIFE for your baby.  ❤