Monday, August 3, 2015

"There's no good outfit for 100 degree weather in New York City." ~ Lo Bosworth, TV Personality

Welcome back folks. It's Monday, August 3, 2015. I have a special recognition to share. I actually didn't know whether I should call Al Gore about it, or, as they say back home, stew in my own buttermilk. Last Tuesday, July 28th, out at the big airport where they keep all the 'official official' weather records, it hit 100 degrees right on the nose. I know that you knew it was really hot but this was a significant occurrence, not because it doesn't happen frequently in the summertime in Texas, but here's why this was quite remarkable. That was the first time the 100 degree mark was reached at this official weather recording station since September 3, 2013. Nearly two years. Now don't go to shivering on me. I mentioned something about this to my wife and she let me know that her car temperature indicator for the outside air has shown it to be well over 100 several times already. Inside my car it tells you that it has been over 100 when that sun screen deal you put up on your windshield has melt marks on it. I do know that when I am out and about and I get out of the vehicle it seems like all the air has been taken already. I usually look around to see if I can find the culprit. But, it pretty much works that way for everyone so we grin, bear it, and dream about some cooler air that's bound to show up sooner or later.

I used to love to stop at one of those shaved ice places. But they have all gone modern on me. That green stuff they sell is typically no longer the delicious lime it used to be. It's now sour apple or some other concoction, and as they say back home, that stuff would gag a maggot. Sorry. But that's what was said. It really was. What has happened to our tastes here in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Green tea flavor? Guava punch? Wedding cake? Wild berry? Cappuccino? Kiwi fruit? Chocolate? You gotta be kidding. Someone may need to get 911 on hold just in case I keel over. On top of that, some mix them all up together. They come away with all kinds of striped stuff in their cup. Have we gone completely mad? I can see my self all hot and bothered ordering up a big ole cotton candy snow cone to help cool me off. NOT!!! I thought we had some kind of law about the basic food groups and it includes the basic flavors for snow cones? Right? I know. Maybe I could just get a cup of ice and be done with it. Not a bad idea, my friend, not a bad idea.

While I was out on the road the other day I heard an interesting story about those who run the rides at amusement parks. They asked people to call in with their best stories about rides at a fair, carnival, or amusement park. Many called in about roller coasters. Some reports were scary because of a malfunction. Several ladies called in and said they received their wedding proposal while riding a roller coaster. One had a story about her proposal experience that ended up with very mixed feelings. Her boy friend went to a lot of trouble to conceal his intention. He had even slipped around and gotten her grandmother's ring to use in his proposal. Just when he got down on one knee and handed her the ring the roller coaster lurched and the ring fell down into the bowels underneath. They looked for hours along with the entire staff of the amusement park. The park folks continued to look for weeks but to no avail. Two months later she received a call. They had found a ring. She was overjoyed. It was an engagement ring but sadly, it wasn't her grandmother's ring. I guess someone else suffered the same outcome. I suppose the moral of the story is if you decide to propose on a ride make sure it's stationary at the time you hand your intended the ring. If it has to be a ride maybe you could choose one of those little horses out in front of Wal-Mart. Maybe not. Take care and may God bless one and all is my prayer. Amen. ...More later.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

The prevailing thought of many is that since the Bible was not canonized until sometime between 300 and 400 A.D. that the church of Christ did not have New Covenant Scriptures as their guide for faith and practice. That is simply factually incorrect.

The Lord's church of the first 400 years did not rely on the man-made traditions of men for New Testament guidance.

Jesus gave the terms for pardon 33 A.D. after His death and resurrecting. (Mark 16:16) All the words of Jesus were Scripture.Jesus did not have to wait for canonization of the New Testament in order for His word to be authorized.

The terms for pardon were repeated by the apostle Peter 33 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-42) The teachings of the apostles were Scripture. The words of the apostles were Scripture before they were canonized.

The apostle Peter said the apostle Paul's words were Scripture. (2 Peter 3:15-16...just as also our beloved brother Paul , according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures...

The apostle Paul's letters and words were Scriptures when he wrote and spoke them. Paul did not have to wait for canonization to authorize his doctrine.

John 14:25-26 'These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said to you.

The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture and they did not have to wait for canonization to be deemed authoritative. The apostle did not use man-made creed books of the church or man-made oral traditions to teach the gospel of the New Covenant.

Did the early church have written New testament Scriptures? Yes, and they were shared among the different congregations. (Colossians 4:16 When the letter is read among you, have it read in the church of the Laodiceans and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodica.) Paul's letters were Scripture and they were read in different churches.

They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.


Matthew A.D. 70
Mark A.D. 55
Luke between A.D. 59 and 63
John A.D. 85
Acts A.D. 63
Romans A.D. 57
1 Corinthians A.D. 55
2 Corinthians A.D. 55
Galatians A.D. 50
Ephesians A.D. 60
Philippians A.D. 61
Colossians A. D. 60
1 Thessalonians A.D. 51
2 Thessalonians A.D. 51 or 52
1 Timothy A.D. 64
2 Timothy A.D. 66
Titus A.D. 64
Philemon A.D. 64
Hebrews A.D. 70
James A.D. 50
1 Peter A.D. 64
2 Peter A.D. 66
1 John A.D. 90
2 John A.d. 90
3 John A.D. 90
Jude A.D. 65
Revelation A.D. 95

All 27 books of the New Testament were Scripture when they were written. They did not have wait until they were canonized before they became God's word to mankind.

Jesus told the eleven disciples make disciples and teach them all that He commanded. (Matthew 28:16-19) That was A.D. 33, They were teaching New Covenant Scripture from A.D. 33 forward. The apostles did not wait to preach the gospel until canonization occurred 300 to 400 years later.



AS A MATTER OF FACT! When God said "Let Us make man in Our image, (Genesis 1:27) it was God's Word. God's creation of man was true before it was canonized 4450 years later. The book of Genesis was Scripture the moment it was written. Man-Made oral tradition was not, nor will it ever be Scripture.


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