2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

This is perhaps the most heartbreaking story in the entire Bible and lets us know the depth of the love he had for mankind:

Matthew 27 (KJV)

1  When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

36 And sitting down they watched him there;

37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.


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This past week’s revelation that there were  36,000 instances of possible voter fraud in North Carolina got me to thinking about the kind of people who do this.  Of course North Carolina is not the only state where such takes place as has been revealed during the last few election cycles.  What kind of people do that?  I say they are desperate people running scared who out of ignorance think that certain parties are their saviors.  But there could be any number of reasons.

North Carolina, like other states, have passed SESSION LAW 2013-381 HOUSE BILL 589  whereby there is a Photo identification requirement for voting in person commencing in 2016.  Yet, we have a very important election coming up in 2014 whereby new senators have to be elected and several congressmen and this law will not be in effect.  One such congressman running in my district has emphatically stated he does not support the Voter ID requirement.  Needless to say he wouldn’t get my vote anyway as he is a democrat.

So I have to ask this person, how do you explain such rampant voter fraud in this state?  What do you propose that will correct this?  To me the only viable solution is to have each person who votes confirm that they are indeed the person who is registered and that a system be in place that ensures that person voted only once; plus a system that ensures that person doesn’t vote in another state (State lawmakers last year mandated the State Board of Elections to enter into an “Interstate Crosscheck” – a compact of 28 states that agreed to check their voter registration records against those of other states. The program is run by a Kansas consortium, checking 101 million voter records. The largest states – CA, FL, NY, and TX – are not part of the consortium.)

So to everyone out there who does this sort of thing you ARE GUILTY OF STEALING.  You may ask how is that stealing; well here is the answer to that, you have stolen my vote by cancelling it out and your 2nd vote is the one that is counted.  If you think that is not considered such just wait until judgment day when you stand before the Lord and he tells you that you have broken one of the ten commandments and because you did not repent of that sin you will reap your just reward.

It’s time states stood up to protect it’s citizens against this CRIMINAL act.  Too bad that the largest states CA, FL, TX and NY are not willing to participate in the Interstate Crosscheck.  Those leaders of those states as well as the federal judges who have ruled that the laws are discriminatory too will answer one day as they have condoned such theft and therefore are just as guilty.

WOE UNTO THEE and here are your woes  (Matthew 23)  as you have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith.

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Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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It has been said that our thoughts come from 3 different places – from our own minds, from God (The Holy Spirit) and from satan.  How do we learn to discern the difference?  That still small voice within us (our conscience) speaks to each of us but many times our own jumbled thoughts seem to drown out that voice.  Amazing, however, it is that we seem to listen more to the voices of the world (that is things of satan).   We must learn to train our minds to the things of God by studying his Word and above all LISTEN DEEP WITHIN YOUR HEART.



Josie May arrived at her new home Thursday afternoon, much to Bridget’s chagrin. She’s not sure what to make of this little bundle of energy and sharp teeth, but they’re slowly learning to bond and play with each other.

Josie is quite the energetic little girl, and like most puppies, wants to bite everything in sight. We’d forgotten just how much work and effort these first few days and weeks are, but that’s probably why puppies are so darn cute. It makes up for all the other stuff.

To say her habits and quirks remind us of Hayley would be an understatement. It’s actually quite eerie how similar they are in looks and mannerisms. She’s quickly learned how to let us know she wants to go outside, and we’re quickly learning to read the signs from her. She LOVES her new back yard, and is having a ball yanking up dead grass like a little power rake. The backyard declines slightly and Josie thinks it’s great fun to roll around and around. Already she’s picking up using the doggie doors and in a few days will be much more confident using them. And our second night was much easier as she slept on the bedroom floor, snuggling near the patio door (coolest spot in the room), or curled up against Kurt who stays on the floor with her during these early days. Only one trip outside at midnight and we all got about 7 hours of sleep. Whew!

Bridget was always the smaller dog, and now she looks huge. She was also the most feisty, and now she’s the calmest. She’s tolerating this new disruption better than we hoped, and getting lots of extra snuggles and love for it.

Our biggest challenge is feeding time, because Josie is a voracious eater and Bridget is an all-day grazer. But all in all, Josie has brought some much needed laughter to our home, and we’re looking forward to watching her grow into a beautiful girl. Sorry for all the pictures, but this is just a fraction of the ones I’ve taken. She’s so darned photogenic it’s hard to choose. Hope you enjoy the smiles.

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There are so many versions of this little ditty out there and initially thought to be from the writings of Ogden Nash – who knows where they all come from as people made up their own little versions and were popular back in the 40′s and 50′s:

De spring is sprung, de grass is riz
I wonder where de boidies is?
De boid is on de wing, but dat’s absoid,
De wing is on de boid

De grass is riz de trees is green
And in de moitle tree a boid is seen.
A boid is seen and also hoid
And also felt. He dropped a toid.
Dis gets woise

And so de boid what did doit
Has got to die and dat’s a coit
I gets me gat intent on moider
Detoimined dis won’t get no foider
Oh boy! Oh boy! Am I pertoibed

I lifts me gat de boidie choips
I gotta give de squoit de woiks
But in the moitle tree above
There sits a little toitle dove
Remember moitle?

I’ve got me shooter primed but now
2 boids are sitting on de bough
And so, I cannot shoot de dove
Because de spring’s de time for love

Sounds like Hoi-Toider (High Tider) Brogue to me  :)

Regardless, I am ready for spring and I know many of you are as well.



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There are basically two types of knowledge:

Gnosis – head knowledge

Epignosis – heart knowledge (knowledge taken in by the mind and engrained within our being)

I have come to the conclusion that the older one gets the more heart knowledge we seem to have.  To me this is what is known as wisdom:

Proverbs 14:33 – Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding

All of us today in regards to what is taking place in our nation want to impart the wisdom we have garnered over the years.  Yet, there comes a time when we find that such is no longer heard.  Therefore, it becomes evident that we are wasting our time trying to convince people who refuse to be convinced and will remain ignorant and unreceptive until they die.

Matthew 7:6 – Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.


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