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My Fantastic Journey: It’s In The Lyrics

This week on ‘My Fantastic Journey’ it’s the New Orleans area rock band 12 Stones with their Summer of 2007 Christian and Secular rock radio smash “Lie To Me”. It’s from their gold-certified album “Anthem For The Underdog” with songs that were inspired by the devastating effects of and slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina on their hometown. The weather destroyed God’s great creations – just as people of the world can do – but that doesn’t mean that after a period of anger and resentment there can’t be daylight and victory in the end. Sometimes there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, but if you’re not searching for the hope of the daylight then you may never find it in the end. It is worth it in the end. Oh sweet redemption !

It’s in the lyrics:

Psalm 49
1  Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world!
2  High and low, rich and poor—listen!
3  For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.
4  I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp.
5  Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me?
6  They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches.
7  Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.
8  Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough
9  to live forever and never see the grave.
10  Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.
11  The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves,
12  but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.
13  This is the fate of fools, though they are remembered as being wise.
14  Like sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be their shepherd. In the morning the godly will rule over them. Their bodies will rot in the grave, far from their grand estates.
15  But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave.
16  So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.
17  For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.
18  In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success.
19  But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day.
20  People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.

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Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

Approaching it’s 2ND anniversary it’s another exciting edition of the ‘Grab Bag’:

1.  I waited an unusually long period of time in my Doctor’s waiting room this past Monday morning. I even watched calmly as at least a dozen patients who arrived after me saw the Doctor before me – including an apparent brand new patient straight off of the streets. All was forgiven though when I finally got to see the Doctor and he promptly delivered the good news to me. After 49 days of taking Lipitor my cholesterol has PLUMMETTED by over 50% !  My overall cholesterol was previously in the mid-220s, but now it’s barely over 100. Are you kidding me ?  Happily I’m not !

2.  Although I no longer eat the non-stop junk food that I previously did for about 25 years I still indulge occasionally. For example I celebrated my unbelievably low cholesterol results yesterday morning by immediately enjoying a MASSIVE Lunch in the same shopping center (as my Doctor’s office) at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. I enjoyed the ‘O’ Brady Burger – their signature specialty. Good Stuff !

3.  This past Sunday I picked-up a package of 20 hot wings from Publix – where shopping is a pleasure. I like their hot wings a lot because they are barely hot (as in spicy). I would describe them as having just a dash of hotness. If they were too hot then I wouldn’t like them. I ended up eating 14 out of the 20 for Lunch at home that day, and then the remaining 6 I ate cold for Dinner the next night. Fried chicken and chicken wings are two of the rare foods that are intended to be eaten hot, but for me they also taste delicious cold straight out of the fridge.

4.  Can you feel the difference outside ?  We actually have unusual (near record-breaking) dewpoints way down in the upper-50s this afternoon here in Homestead. That is bone dry heat, and it’s more typical of late-October and early-November. It’s a sure sign of some cooler air to come. For the next two mornings much of the Florida panhandle will be shivering down into the lower-50s (actual air temperatures). Tampa, Orlando, and Melbourne will be comfy into the middle-60s, and a few select pockets of the Homestead farming areas could skirt with the upper-60s !  It’ll be the coolest air that much of the state has seen in about 5 months.

5.  My brother is off to the American Airlines Center in Downtown Dallas Texas tonight to see Metallica LIVE in concert as they rock the house with their hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and today. Maybe my brother will send me an in-depth review of the concert so that I can post it here on the blog for the entire world to see.

6.  Here’s a special bonus 6TH ‘Grab Bag O’ Thought’ – it’s 3 movies that I plan to see over the next 3 weeks – “Zombieland” this weekend, “Couples Retreat” the following weekend (in Naples), and “The Stepfather” the weekend after that.

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The Major’s Tweets


If you’re not following me on Twitter then have no worries, for I’ve got the best of the best tweets from this past week. They are listed in chronological order:

– Hello Friday. It is SO great to see you. Let’s do stuff. [6:11 AM Sep 25th from Junkyard Dog]

– Jingle Bells: It’s exactly 3 months to Christmas Day !  [10:00 AM Sep 25th from Junkyard Dog]

– I finally replaced my old home office chair from the mid-1990s with a new modern 2009 model. I could sit in this thing all day long !  [2:22 PM Sep 25th from]

– I would love to sit in this new home office chair at Life Pointe Church on Sunday morning, but I don’t think that it would fit in my car !  [7:48 PM Sep 25th from]

– Every 52 days I get a haircut at the legendary Woody’s, and this morning was no exception. Now my hair’s so short I don’t have to comb it !  [9:09 AM Sep 26th from]

– If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift for me then you simply can’t go wrong with ‘The Slanket’. I’ll take the Camo. [1:46 PM Sep 26th from]

– Talkin’ Turkey: Thanksgiving Day is exactly 2 months from today !  [3:01 PM Sep 26th from]

I just ate 14 hot wings courtesy of Publix – where shopping is a pleasure – and their hot wings are barely hot – but that’s how I like them. [12:57 PM Sep 27th from]

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Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Misfortune Cookie

– This morning I attended the Shanghai campus of Life Pointe Church.
– We had Chinese Restaurant music playing in the background.
– I caught Nancy L. dancing to it, and Kelly D. and Ritz C. cheering her on.
– We served crunchy noodles and hot tea at our Shanghai Cafe.
– Meanwhile European techno music played just before Praise & Worship.
– I nearly got up and danced with fluorescent glow sticks.
Kelly J. hosted during the first service.
– Be sure to check out her ‘Sunday CHICK-Kabob’ within the next few days.
Pastor Jesse led this week’s message – substituting for the ailing Travis.
– Travis lived up to his reputation as the ‘Pastor Of Disaster’.
– This week’s message was titled – ‘Won Ton Words That Win Friends’.
– A friend is someone who knows your past and believes in your future.
– He or she accepts you just the way that you are and doesn’t try to change you.
– He or she understands your areas of weakness and helps you conquer them.
– He or she doesn’t give up on you when it becomes inconvenient.  
– The Bible: A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
– What you say to a friend is important, but how you say it is also critical.
– It’s not good enough to simply coast along with your friends.
– It is healthy to have conflict with your friends, but move beyond it.
– Be enriched by the conflict, and learn life’s lessons from it.
– Don’t tell me what I want to hear – tell me what I need to hear.
– Don’t be a mere acquaintance, as those are a dime a dozen.
– Be a friend and save a Life when your friend has a crisis.
– Show up and be there physically for your friend’s pain.
– Share your friend’s pain.
– Support your friend with prayer because the Holy Spirit can stop the pain.
– Help your friend with forgiveness.
– Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
– Be brutally honest with your friend and accept reality – accept The Truth.
– Strengthen your friend with total faith in God.
– Speak hope with your friend, for anything is possible with Our Father God.

Proverbs 27 (NLT, 2ND Ed.)
2  Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.
6  Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
9  The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
10  Never abandon a friend – either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.
17  As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Be sure to hang out with this blog during this upcoming week. I’ve got new posts every single day including the long-running ‘Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts’ and the spontaneous ‘Thursday Night Mini Thoughts’. Until we meet again – be a friend.