Gary Lee

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  1. Should we be constantly seeking to make ourselves happy? I assume the "WE"above is addressed to us, specifically, born again Christians. Who rely upon the Bible for instruction. happy; definition; feeling or showing pleasure or contentment, cheerful, cheery, merry, joyful, jovial, jolly, jocular, gleeful, carefree, untroubled, delighted, smiling, beaming, grinning, in good spirits, in a good mood, lighthearted, pleased, contented, content, satisfied, gratified, buoyant, radiant, sunny, blithe, joyous, beatific. I see nothing in that definition that would not be a good description of someone living for Christ. In fact, if you look at each word, and apply it to what's a Christian, that's what a Christian should look like. Christians have a bad reputation for being so somber, solemn, earnest, serious, grave, unsmiling, stern, grim, dour, humorless. There is a time to mourn, and a time to rejoice. Showing others just how serious, solemn, somber,we feel, is not the best way to share the GOOD News We, as the forgiven, whom the Creator of the universe left heaven and submitted Himself to crucifixion for us, have the greatest reason for happiness, to spend eternity with God. Happiness is not a bad word, especially for a Christian. We should be the happiest people living. Especially in the midst of tribulations.(As God told us) Rom_5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience And I believe we should show it. And give to the others the reason for our happiness. And help others to know the reason for our happiness. (Or as the more serious would say, our joy, our blessings) Joy' definition; a feeling of great pleasure and happiness, delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness. Blessed, definition; supremely blest, fortunate, well off, blessed, happy, prosper It's normal to want to be happy. Lost or saved. It's not normal to want to be unhappy. That would be dysfunctional. There is a worldly way to acquire happiness. Not always bad, but not always good. Judge not! But our bible has instructions about this for believers. So, how do we seek to make ourselves happy? What does God say? Psa 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Psa 64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory. Psa_118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Good one for breakfast..) Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Psa 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Can an unhappy person do all that? Just a few reasons. So many more. Chuck Swindoll is one of my top favorites, the funniest and happiest believer I've ever heard. Next to Zig Ziegler, a very positive and down to earth man. I have several of his books, and a special one "Learn how to Laugh Again" Yea, learn how to laugh again. On the back of the book cover is a picture of him and his wife Shirley, in full leathers, on the back of his Harley Davidson, driving into a filled up arena full of applauding Christians. He's cool, not pretentious or pious, and happy in the Lord. And if you ever heard him on the radio, he loves to laugh. (Good book) "Don't worry be happy" is a dumb motto. NOT! (A cool song, a cute, uplifting, non offensive song) The bible tells us above to rejoice, be glad, shall glory, joy in God, joyful, exceedingly rejoice. Is it possible to follow these instructions and not be really happy? Telling people the Good News with a joyful and happy face, will be more receptive than an unhappy or stern face. Mat_11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. "Don't worry be happy" (by Bobby McFerrin lyrics) It's kinda funny, as my wife and kids gave me this very song years back because I was always so down and gloomy. But think about it. .....Don't worry Isn't that what God said, Be anxious for nothing? Quit worrying, and trust in the Lord. Sufficient is the day.....And then above, Be glad, be joyful, rejoice! .......Come on, get Happy, Mun.....Happiness is a benefit. Of obedience. Regardless of outcome. I personally, am blessed exceedingly beyond measure. (How could I not be happy ) Just not as the world. Joh_14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Be happy!.......
  2. My family has fished the Padre Island surf a lot, and while talking to park rangers, they said that when they fly down the beach of the the sixty five miles of the island, they can see the sharks from above real easy. Mostly black tip and bulls. They said they see them swimming among the fishermen and swimmers all the time. When fishing shark tournaments, we swim out bloody shark baits at night three hundred yards on a surf board to drop the bait, and sometimes get a fish on before getting back. There's nothing as exciting as hearing a twelve ought reel screaming out in the middle of the night, hoping this one will be the winner. Man, we need to go fishing!
  3. I know what you mean. Sometimes it could be two days before I finally catch a keeper. My son got a really nice bay boat and almost every time we go, on the Texas gulf coast near Rock port, we limited out on speckled trout and red fish. I really like fresh cooked Gulf coast trout. And to have a son that also has the boat to get us on the water where the fish are. (It's great to know some one that has a boat!) My girls were born in Corpus Christi by the bay, and as a family we literally spent most of our time in the salt water. They swam in the surf before the age of one! A great blessing for our young family. Now, my wife and I, and all the kids and all the grand kids get together each year at least once, and spend a week fishing, and cruising the beaches, and getting sunburned. Again, very blessed.
  4. Way to go Willa. Now that's expanded. I think I'll bring up a new page and leave this one alone to ck it out through the coming days. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things".
  5. Yes. I listen to music, that is not exclusively for Christians. Some are very beautiful, and inspiring. Try this one by Selah, a Christian group. It's on their "Press On' album. "In my life/If we never meet again" The first half is from the Beatles, In my Life, the second half is a southern gospel song, If we never meet again this side of heaven, on utube. Then there's Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. The best rendition of it, I think is; "Irish girl singing Hallelujah" also on utube. I usually post that one at Christmas. Original lyrics were secular, by Cohen, then Christian lyrics by permission.
  6. Thanks for the heads up, Neighbor. I had forgotten all about them. I too am listening to them now.
  7. First post Second post I'm confused. You said; "I am not allowed to say what I think of you". Seems your doing a pretty good job above, especially for someone ignoring me. But your right. America does make mistakes. Big ones, sometimes. I could give you some examples, but I'm sure you have a file stored, of all of them. You never have mentioned your country, that I have seen. You used French words? Being as you state Europe, then it is probably one of our allies. Cool. I'm sure you love of your own country, which would show your patriotism and pride. As do I. America had many ancestors/foreigners from our beginning, maybe even from your own country. Wow, maybe we're even related. Would that be cool/ironic or what? It seems you obviously can only see all that is wrong with my country. And there's plenty, for sure. Would it be to your good pleasure that we just disappeared? Think about that. Would that help to finally have world peace? I'm sure there were a few mistakes from your side of the pond, what with the Europeans colonialist and imperialist ventures that, to this day, the peoples who were the victims still associate the Europeans with the darkest moments of their history. The French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. Guess we all have some skeletons in the closet. But that's all past, right? We learn from our past, sometimes. But think about this. What would it be like if only the critics would step up to the plate and fight for human rights, freedoms, and democracies? To stay the invaders. Those people that never made mistakes, nor ever tried, or were not willing to possibly get their hands dirty. During our American revolution, there was only a little under a third of the colonist that fought the British Redcoats, and the rest were called sunshine patriots, waiting to see who won, to then join them. When a country steps into the ring to help, there's always going to be some to criticize. With as much as you post, with so many passionate replies, I cannot find the logic in your "ignore" stance. I'm sorry if I offended you, it was not intentional. I can't imagine why you say you cannot say what you think of me, or why. Is it because this is a Christian forum? On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave what would become one of the most widely quoted speeches of his career. The former president—who left office in 1909—had spent a year hunting in Central Africa before embarking on a tour of Northern Africa and Europe in 1910, attending events and giving speeches in Cairo, Berlin, Naples, and Oxford, among others. He stopped in Paris on April 23, and, at 3 p.m. at the Sorbonne, before a crowd that included, according to the Edmund Morris biography, Colonel Roosevelt, “ministers in court dress, army and navy officers in full uniform, nine hundred students, and an audience of two thousand ticket holders,” Roosevelt delivered a speech called “Citizenship in a Republic” PDF], which, among some, would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.” In addition to touching on his own family history, war, human and property rights, the responsibilities of citizenship, and France’s falling birthrate, Roosevelt railed against cynics who looked down at men who were trying to make the world a better place. “The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer,” he said. “A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticize work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life's realities—all these are marks, not ... of superiority but of weakness.” Then he delivered an inspirational and impassioned message that drew huge applause: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." The speech was a wild success. According to Morris—who calls it “one of [Roosevelt’s] greatest rhetorical triumphs”—“Citizenship in a Republic” ran in the Journal des Debats as a Sunday supplement, got sent to the teachers of France by Le Temps, was printed by Librairie Hachette on Japanese vellum, was turned into into a pocket book that sold 5000 copies in five days, and was translated across Europe. Roosevelt, Morris writes, “was surprised at its success, admitting to Henry Cabot Lodge that the reaction of the French was ‘a little difficult for me to understand.’”
  8. Let's go fishing. I always enjoy fishing with somebody who always catch a fish. (Or is that another fish story).....
  9. My wife and I and our young family did foster care for a number years, way back, and with few exceptions, babies from birth till about two years old. This was done at first through a Christian organization, and we took extra training year round, and for special needs babies. Most of the infants, usually only weeks old, were beautiful bi-racial crack babies. Still in some withdrawal symptoms, they were very lethargic and not too responsive. But when you have a wife and two young girl mommies giving them round the clock attention and constant playing, talking to them, teaching them, holding them, dressing them up, playing mommy, for months, they all eventually responded as any healthy growing child. My girls didn't share their new sisters/brothers with dad much, cause what does a dad know. And it was tough to let them go, especially for my girls. So we always had a crying baby in the house for several years till we were forced to work with the state run agency, and the new rules and regulations became just too much, so we left foster care. As did many other friends. Sometimes very time consuming, it was a great family experience, and blessed our family much. You can make a lot of money too. My wife figured we made about thirteen cents an hour average. But all the girls did it for a different reason. Then we did it all over again. Our three kids produced twelve grand kids. (More crying babies) Ain't God good....
  10. Maybe they just want to sit around together and pick a few bones........................ Question: "What is the difference between veneration and worship?" Answer: In response to the accusation that they worship Mary and the saints, Catholics will often claim that they “venerate,” not worship, them. To venerate is to regard with great respect or to revere. Veneration can be defined as “respect or awe directed toward someone due to his/her value or greatness.” The simplest definition of worship is to “ascribe worth.” Worship can be more completely defined as “showing respect, love, reverence, or adoration.” Based on the dictionary, no clear difference between veneration and worship exists. In fact, veneration and worship are often used as synonyms for each other. But dictionary definitions are not the point. It does not matter what it is called. The Bible nowhere instructs followers of Jesus Christ to offer worship, veneration, adoration, or anything similar to anyone but God. Nowhere does the New Testament describe any followers of Jesus Christ worshiping, venerating, or adoring anyone other than God.
  11. You've already read that. The rest is your imagination. Not my words. I read your statement. I did assume your point was, prior to US involvement, the Taliban had better control of those growing or selling heroine using the death penalty. That is what you posted. Was this an incorrect assumption? The implication I arrived at then , was that you believed we should have stayed out of their country, that we only created a worse situation, the Taliban should have been left alone? If that was not your intention, I apologize. But then, I still don't know why you decided to give this information about heroine ?, in reply to myself trying to defend this country from some disgruntled poster, from another country. And, the rest is not my imagination. I'm sure you have a good knowledge of American history, and people have been flocking here for more than two hundred years. (I don't like it any more than you do with what is going on with illegal immigration and terrorist coming in, living on tax payer's expense. Fact; 49% of those living in the US pay NO taxes. I;m past seventy, and I still have to work, as does my wife, and all my kids, as somebody has to pay for those other 49%. Will work till I can't.) I had to look up your description of myself. "snarky" sharply critical; cutting; snide. You said; Why is it that more than one person here manifests their own thoughts under cover of a member they quote, and then post snarky replies to what is actually their own invention? I had to read that one several times, but am still not sure what you mean. manifests under cover snarky replies their own invention But it's really not important, is it? I realize I'm not eloquent enough in my forum dialog to reply to you, as I ought. I'm out of my league. I apologize if I upset you. I don't apologize for my country, or for defending it. I also criticize (and pray for) many of our leaders, I try to stay involved and informed. Why I'm here. I suppose I need to tone down a little, especially when I realize my flesh is highly aroused, as in this discussion. I've deleted my response several times already. (I thought it was pretty cool,but, I couldn't get permission.) I still think this is the greatest country on this planet, we need to be good stewards of it. I believe God had a purpose for us. Look at history. And I concede whatever you want, really. .......................God bless America........Gary Lee In Him Who is.....Semper Fidelis Pray for our country G
  12. And your point? The Taliban is a better choice? They're pretty good at inflicting the death penalty. I wonder, if this country sucks so much, why is everybody climbing the walls (and fences) to get here, why is there so many people from so many countries getting their American visas? For the last two hundred years. Is there something special about our/your country? Something like freedom? A better chance/opportunity for their family? And why is it that so many that have so much against this country don't leave to that" better place"? Strange............
  13. Amen, sister. “The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work.” Everybody in my family carries a fishing license. And remember; "God does not subtract from Man's allotted time, the time spent fishing."
  14. So. We go from support of Trump to Vietnam atrocities. cool The Vietnam "conflict" was lost due to Washington's insane political interference trying to run a war on the phone, and the stateside armchair generals, the rules of engagement, and more importantly, our country's total lack of support for our troops. We had the assets to win, we had the equipment to win, we had the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines to win, and we had plane loads of body bags and left a sea of blood to win. But no support at home. Just the opposite. The idea was to give their country a chance, an opportunity like us, at democracy. There. Like Thallaa said, one of those baby killers. So. You would rather we, Americans, not interfere with other countries affairs, like your country, Europe. Are you aware of what you said? Can you name any country that has helped other countries as much as has the United States. There is no other country that has as many cemeteries in their soil with American blood and bodies as the United States of America. Ever hear of the cold war? Do you know anything about the two world wars. Are you speaking English, or German and Japanese. The United states remained neutral as long as possible (not interfering!) while supplying the allies and your country with military equipment, guns and ammo, tanks and ships and airplanes, to assist Europe in fighting against Nazi Germany. We then entered the war. Would you consider that interference? Well, it was. And at least most Europeans were glad we did. Thallasa said; People have been afraid of America and her arrogance and military power wielding for years ,so who is the evil enemy ,really ? .....There might have been a reason...........mutually assured destruction (MAD) (The cold war, remember?) When I was younger, we here in America were proud to be Americans. We felt good about sacrificing our time, resources in aid to needful countries. There is NO other country that has done as much. But obama's venom has evidently reached across the ocean to infect others with his hatred of our once great country. We have been mightily blessed of God. Your thoughtful appreciation overwhelms me. Nobody really likes the bully with the big stick till they need him on their side. And still he gives his life, for the ungrateful.
  15. "How I Know The King James Bible is the Word of God" Copyright © 1997 James L. Melton Published by Bible Baptist Church, Sharon, TN James L. Melton Bible Baptist Church was organized as an independent Baptist church on December 31st, 1995, with James L. Melton called as the pastor. Reading his site, he definitely appears a very committed Christian. King James is what I used the first years of study, and now ninety five percent with occasionally the expanded bible which I hand out to unbelievers. The way I see it, it's not what I don't know about God using all the different versions, it's what I do know, and how to put it to use. When I pass out bread to the hungry, they really don't care where I found it.