Sunday, February 18, 2018

Herkimer for the Homerun

I had a hot little fire going in the wood stove; keeps the workshop quite cozy.  Had just settled into the lounger, had the ballgame, sound muted, on the telly.  Heard the door hinge behind me s-k-r-a-w-k and that is why I don't oil the thing-- alerts me to the pending disturbance.

Herkimer came in, stamping his feet, slapping his hands together.  "When will this winter be over?" he whined.

"About six weeks," I said.  "What's with the long face?"

"That woman!  Can I hang out here awhile?  She's all bent out of shape."

Now I know that Tildy can get "bent out of shape," and I also know that in most instances Herk precipitates the crisis.   "What did you do now?"

"You always have to take her side, assume I'm in the wrong."

"I'm not taking sides.  Anyway, who spends a lot of his time in my warm man-cave? What'd ya do?"

"Okay," says Herk, "lunch over and we are sitting at the table, she is setting up her pills in one of those little by-the-week containers.  She dumps a few tablets on the table and proceeds to break each one in two.  'What?' says I.  'Are those the pills for a woman who is only half-crazy?'"

"Pull up a crate and have a seat, Herk.  But when the fire burns out, you're out of here and on your own."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Did I really just hear a commercial for Outsteak Backhouse, or are my ears, in cooperation with a warped mind, playing tricks on me?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Talk to Me

 We are created in His image!

Jesus is the Living Word through whom all thing are made.
One of the biggest problems the disciples had was talking over Jesus.  At Pentecost the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the ability to preach.  The Holy Spirit inspired and anointed the writers of scriptures so that we all could have the Word in our hands.

God is a communicating God!  We are a communicating people, yet we are so bad at it.

Communication, dialogue, discourse, conversation; we could all improve in this capacity!

Arrogance, self-absorption, emotions take over and our mouths run on autopilot and the ears stop working!

To ensure proper and effective communication there must be a balance between talking and listening.
  1.  Explore the others point of view.
  2.  Learn each others language.
  3.  Intentions don't matter unless they are wrapped in kindness.

    "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."  James 1:19 (NIV)

    Know the definitions of terms used-- yours and those of the person you are communicating with.

    Tone is important-- a harsh response follows harsh words.

    Must have 1) unity, must be on the same page; 2) intimacy, a feeling of knowing and being known.  These both rely on communications skills!

    Use these communications techniques:
    1. Lock eyes!  Be seen to be understood.
    2. Listen up!  Strive to hear.
    3. Lean in!  Posture, body language is important.
    4. Loving response! Be kind, be caring.
    5. Linger there!  Communication takes time.

     We need a speed bump between the brain and the mouth!

     Pastor Johnnie Blair
    Sunday morning

Sunday, February 4, 2018


The scripture lesson is from the twenty-ninth chapter of Genesis in which Jacob bargains with Laban for a spouse, gets more than he intended.

The message is a tag-team presentation by Pastor Amanda and Pastor Johnnie.

Amanda:  Describes the feelings of her 18-year old self as she awaited the groom

Johnnie:  Described the emotions of his 17-year old self as he was about to be yoked to the girl of his choice. 

Attribution of the following goes to the team.

God wants your marital relationship to be a blessing to you.

Like Jacob, when we marry we get more than we bargain for.

A relationship cannot be built solely on feelings.  It must be built on decisions.

1.  Choose to commit to one another every day.  You will have to put work into the relationship.

2.  Choose to love when the feeling of love is not there.

3.  Choose to honor Christ and keep Him at the center of all you do.

Many relationships fail because they are not Christ-centered.

Jesus is the only one who makes true love possible.

Today make a re-commitment to your spouse.  Work on your marriage, work on your relationship with Jesus, and you and your spouse will have the joy of being united as one.

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  Pastor Amanda Blair
Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bob Cooks

The Missus told Tildy "When Bob cooks he uses every skillet in the house.  Fries or sautes  everything.  Well, except for the ice cream he dips for dessert."

She said Tildy said, "And t,his is a problem how? Herk not even can't find his way around a kitchen, I doubt he even knows what a skillet is."

Then she said, "Thank you, Hon, for fixing dinner.  But maybe next time you might not fry the green beans."

So and So

Recently it seems that every third paragraph I read and most verbal accounts of a life-incident begin with "So."  So here is a whole bunch of them, used up and canceled.  Find another opener.

So so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so
so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so 
so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so

And so on and so forth.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Well, that was disappointing.

He's no John F. Kennedy.

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Best Part of Me

We did go to church yesterday but circumstances precluded posting of sermon notes.  So for your Monday consideration the scripture lesson is from Genesis 22 in which Abraham is directed to take his son, Isaac, to the mountain of sacrifice.
Abraham experienced testing.  He demonstrated a willingness to give up everything for the sake of following God.

 Strong faith means everything is in subordination to adoration and worship of God.

God + nothing = Faith

On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided.

What?  When God lays his hand on what you hold dearest, then what? To what extent has God tested your faith?

When things get shaky, that's when you know the kind of faith you have.

     There is a time in every person's life when one must undergo a crucial test.

     It will take place in reference to that which we love and value most.

     Your answer must be "God will provide.  God sees."

God sees the details of your life.  God is in the details.  God is not out to hurt you: He is after your heart.

It is through testing that character is shaped.

God was making Abraham like Himself.  God reminds of His promise but we must continue to obey. 

(Pastor described a severe testing in his own life.)
    "Would I have chosen to go through that test?  NO!  But it was necessary for me to become a new kind of me!"

(Study question.  When you read the account of Abraham and Isaac traveling to the mountain, did you note that Abraham, when he told his servants to wait, said, "We will be back"?  That is an expression of complete trust in God.)

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Don't Forget Me

Continuing to follow the account of Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 14-16.  Looking today at the couple, failing in patience awaiting God's promise of offspring, hatch a plan outside the will of God.

Snippets from Pastor's sermon:
Whenever we act outside the will of God there will be negative consequences.
Too often instant gratification gets you into serious financial difficulty.
God's time-frame is not the same as yours.
When you receive a promise of God, it is as good as done.
 "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.'
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."  --Lamentations 3:19-26 (NIV)
 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him.
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Read an article which centered on the foolish behavior of some teens.  A woman commented to the effect that she had been a middle school teacher for many years and it was her observation that taken by ones most youngsters are good and well behaved people; it is when you get them in groups that the nonsense takes over.

I taught junior high school kids for many years and in general I concur with the lady's observation.  Dad stated the principle in these words:
One boy's a boy; two boys, a half-boy; three boys, no boy at all.