Wednesday, August 24, 2016
 

Never Ever Order Vanilla

Never Ever Order Vanilla

 

Written By

 

Dr. James Spinnati

 

        When we were in Pigeon Forge Tennessee this summer we walked into a Baskin-Robbins and just stood there and tried to take in all the flavors that they offer. It was amazing; there was Baseball Nut, Cherries Jubilee, Black Cherry Walnut, Bubblegum, Candy Corn, Creole Cream Cheese, and dozens of others. It seems as if it is a major undertaking just deciding what flavor you would want. And of course we have to sample a few before we make our decision. So Jim what is your point? The point is; why would anyone walk into a Baskin-Robbins and order vanilla? You can get vanilla anywhere! It is bland and it is boring.

 

        Why am I bringing this up? I am bringing it up because many are living vanilla lives when they could be experiencing Love, joy, peace, and mercy through Jesus Christ. In other words they could be living a victorious Christian life!  Instead of living above the spiritual poverty level they are living not just below it; they are living under it. They can’t grasp that it is a great day to be a Christian in fact they reject the King of kings and the Lord of lords. It is a shame that many in our area and around the world could be experiencing victorious living and yet they love and lust after mediocrity. One does not have to be living very long on this earth before they see people step up to the counter of life and say, “Give me a half-gallon of bland. Give me a double dip of mediocrity. Give me a sundae covered with blah.”  Why do they settle for less? I don’t know; in fact it blows my mind. I know my life has so much abundance that I can’t help but share it with others.

 

        Then there are others who are Christians and yet they are not reaping the bounty that the Lord desires to give them. We often hear John 8:32 quoted. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not the truth that sets you free. There is truth floating all around us, but it will set no one free. People can sit in church buildings, where truth fills the air every time they are assembled, and still not be free. You see, freedom doesn’t come by truth. True freedom is only possible when one knows the truth! Let me prove that to you. You’ve all seen elephants at the circus haven’t you? What keeps them from running all over the place? Well, they have a chain around their leg. Could they break that chain if they really wanted to? Yes, so what’s their problem? They don’t know the truth. When they were young they were chained to a log that they couldn’t move. You see, circus elephants have been programmed. The reason the elephant doesn’t break the chain is not because he doesn’t have the power, it’s because he doesn’t believe he can! Like the elephant many times we have been programmed for defeat. We don’t believe that we can live victoriously, because we really don’t understand what freedom IN CHRIST really is! And until we do, we will never experience true victorious Christian living.

 

        There was a program on television that showed a Northern Pike that was taken out of one of the Great Lakes for an experiment. They put him into a tank and then they dumped a bucket of minnows in. The Pike immediately attacked the minnows and within seconds he ate every one of them. The next day the scientists put minnows back in the tank. Only this time they were protected by a glass container. The Pike banged into the container without any success until finally he gave up and went to the bottom. The very next day the scientists again let minnows swim freely in the tank. What did the Northern Pike do? He just floated on the bottom and didn’t even try to eat the minnows. The funny thing about it was that the minnows swam right past his mouth and he just “sat” there. What was the end of the matter? He eventually starved himself to death, even though life giving food was swimming past his mouth.

 

        That is exactly what is happening to thousands of Christians. They are starving spiritually while just inches away are all the spiritual blessings that they will ever need. Spiritual blessings are floating right past their noses and yet they fail to “feed” on them. Are they floating past yours? Are you ordering vanilla when there are 31 flavors of ice cream just waiting to be tasted? You see, you have to KNOW THE TRUTH, not just hear the truth. You can starve spiritually with spiritual blessings surrounding you. If you don’t understand who you are or whose you are you will be defeated. But if you know who you are then you like Paul can say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” You can live a life that makes a difference to everyone you come in contact with. Start today; after all it is the first day of the rest of your life.

 

 

Resolutions, Resolutions, Resolutions

Resolutions, Resolutions, ResolutionsNew Years

Written By

Dr. James Spinnati

         It’s time to make New Year resolutions. Have you made yours yet? I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or brag but last New Year’s I made 6 resolutions and I am proud to say that I kept them all. Right now I know you are all ecstatic about my accomplishment. Now that was the good news; now for reality. To tell you the truth I did keep my 6 resolutions; I kept them because I kept them in an envelope in the top drawer of my desk! And yet as I pulled the sheet out and read it I found that I didn’t even come close to fulfilling some of them. I think we all can relate to my underachieving.

        Webster’s Dictionary defines “resolution” as a firm decision. It’s a strong commitment to a course of action. Today though I have great news for you; I have found 10 New Year’s resolutions that I think we can all keep.

 1. Gain weight

2. Stop exercising. It’s a waste of time.

3. Read less it makes you think.

4. Stop cooking, eat out more.

5. Get another credit card.

6. Yell at someone who is driving carelessly,

7. Focus on the faults of others.

8. Sleep in every chance you get.

9. Go on a chocolate-only diet

10. Never make New Year’s resolutions again.

         This week, people will be making resolutions of changes they wish to make in their life for the New Year. Some of the most common are to get out of debt and to quit smoking and most people are well intentioned but most of the time they fail to fulfill their commitment. They remind me of the young man who was at a New Year’s party. He asked his friend for a cigarette. The friend replied “l thought you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.” The young man answered, “l am in the process of quitting, right now, I am in the middle of phase one.” “What’s phase one?” his friend asked. The young man replied. “I’ve quit buying.”

         There is an old story about a little boy who went out to play baseball. “I’m the greatest batter in the world,” he exclaimed!  He threw the ball in the air, swung and missed. “Strike one,” he said. He picked up the ball, examined it, and then threw it into the air 2 more times missing the ball each time. He then picked up the ball, raised his arms into the air and yelled, “Strike 3, wow I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”

         We have all struck out from time to time. As we look ahead to 2015 some people might eagerly look forward to what each day will bring! Others might be filled with dread, worried that this year will be worse than the last. Like the little boy our attitude makes all the difference whether we will be victorious or defeated. The battlefield that we are all on is the six inches between our ears; it is the battle that rages in the mind. So how are we going to have victory? Well, Paul gave us 3 things that we need to focus on in the book of Philippians.

        Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

 I. Forgetting Your Past!

         Paul’s Past: He could have walked around saying, “Woe is me.” Why, because when Paul wrote those lines he was sitting in a prison cell. Many people dwell on their past failures, mistakes, and they become spiritually paralyzed, unable to live productively for God. Our greatest victory is not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fail! We’ve failed many times but that is no sign to quit! Did you know that Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 7l4 home runs and R. H. Macy failed seven times before his New York department store finally caught on!

         What is tragic is missing opportunities because we are afraid to fail. Here is one you probably thought you would never see in print. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career … I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.  I have failed over and over and over again in my life … And that is why I succeed.”  Michael Jordan

 II. Focus Your Priorities

         In verse 14 Paul says, “I press toward the mark”; yet in verse 13 he said, “But this one thing I do.” Now we all know that Paul did more than one thing!  He made tents, preached, planted churches, and wrote books.  Paul did a lot of things, but his number one priority in life was to “press toward the mark.” Paul’s number one priority was the Kingdom of Heaven; what is yours?

 III. Function In The Present

         Look at verse 13 again; Paul said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do.” Now notice what Paul didn’t say. Paul did not say, “One thing I hope to do.” He didn’t say, “One thing I’m going to do.” Or “One thing I will get around to doing someday.”  He said, “One thing I do!”

         Paul was living in the present!  Many people live in the future.

 Do you know what the busiest day of the year is? No, it is not Christmas Day. It is not the day after Thanksgiving; black Friday. “It is someday.” Everyone in the world has something scheduled to do someday. You hear people all the time saying, “Someday, I’m going to do this or that.” The problem is that “someday” is not on any calendar. I’m sure that we’ve all made plans for “someday,” but the fact is, “someday” will never come!

         Paul is the ultimate example of living each day to the fullest.

He lived each day as if it were his last! When he was imprisoned in Rome, he didn’t sit there stewing, thinking about all the things he would do when and if he got out of jail.  He wrote letters to the churches, sang praises to God, and even converted some of those who had imprisoned him!  Paul used every day for the Kingdom of God.

         Now that you are thinking; how are you redeeming the time? What if there wasn’t any church tomorrow because you were too busy to worship God today? What if God could not hear your prayers tomorrow because you were too busy to pray today? What if there wasn’t any Bible tomorrow because you would not read His Word today? What if there wasn’t any invitation to salvation tomorrow because you did not respond today?

         As we face 2015 let us determine that it will be a year of victory! Let us choose positive attitudes and follow the example of the Apostle Paul. Resolve today to; forget your past; focus your priorities; and function in the present.

         Second Corinthians 6:2tells us, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

 

 

Do You Have A Answer?

Do You Have An Answer?

Written
By Dr. James Spinnati

 The Bible says to have an answer for the hope that is in you. Do you know why you believe what you believe? Can you give an answer to the faith you hold?

As I travel the United States and the world there is one question that is always the one that unbelievers ask me. What is it? I’ll let you learn that answer through an illustration.

A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut and beard trimmed as he always did. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him. They talked about so many things and various subjects, but suddenly they touched on the subject of God. The barber said, “Look man, I don’t believe that God exists.” “Why do you say that?” asked the client. “Well, that is the easiest to answer, just go out in the streets of our city and you will realize that God does not exist. Oh, tell me, if God existed why would there be so many sick people? Why would there be abandoned children and so much crime? If God existed as you believe, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t think of loving a God who permits all of these things.”

The client stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn’t want to respond so as to cause an argument and lose his opportunity to uplift his Heavenly Father and make a difference in the barber’s life. The barber finished his job and the client went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with a long hair and beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut and he  looked so untidy). Then the client again entered the barber shop and he said to the barber, “You know what? Barbers do not exist.” “How can you say they don’t exist?” asked the barber. “Well, I am here and I am a  barber.” “No!” the client exclaimed. “They don’t exist because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beards that need to be trimmed like that man who walks the streets in front of your barbershop day in and day out.”

“Ah, barbers do exist, said the  barber, what happens is that people do not come to me.” “Exactly!” affirmed the client. “That’s the point. God does exist. What happens is  people don’t come to Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the  world.”

 

Can America Return To Her Greatness?

Can America Return To Her Greatness?

Written By

Dr. James Spinnati

 

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge
the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full
of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance
you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

–Proverbs 24:3-6

 

        We have come to a pivotal time in our nation’s history. This election will determine America’s future. Will we return to an America full of opportunities to advance and grow beyond human history or will she journey down the same destructive “road” that the Roman Empire traveled? At the present time we are traveling the “Roman road” to destruction. Any time one “thumbs their nose at God” the outcome will be disastrous.

         Because of our current situation God and family have been devalued. Our nation and our president has, in many instances, tried to redefine marriage and the family. But there is a problem that faces all who seek to become God. What is the problem? The problem is that our Heavenly Father will have the final word. Remember at the end of time the Books will be opened, which are the books of the Bible, and we, everyone including the president, will be judged according to what is written in the books and not according to their opinion!

        When the family is devalued, America is devalued and the future of America
rests with God and families as defined by God, not by the government. Because
when you fight for the family, you strengthen the family. And when you
strengthen the family, you strengthen the nation! Our true national security is
not in weapons of war or in warheads, but in the moral and spiritual strength,
fiber, and faith.

          In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus tells us a story about two men. One built his house on the rock and the other man built his house on the sand. And when the storms came, the house that was built on the rock stood strong. But the one that was built on the sand fell! In fact, Jesus said, “Great was the fall of it.”

        What I’ve come to learn over the years is that in life, you’re either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or about to go into a storm. So it’s vital that you build your life and the life of your family on a solid foundation, the Rock of Jesus Christ!

       What foundation are you building your family on today? Is it the foundation that will never fail or is it the “foundation” of sifting sand? Is it the Word of God or man’s opinion? Maybe your family has been built on the sand of worldly wisdom. Possibly you’ve allowed the sewage of our contemporary culture to seep into your home. Well, it is time to call “Roto-Rooter!” Today, I want to challenge you as a mom or dad to build your house on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ. Because I can guarantee you that the storms of life are going to rage and their harsh winds are going to blow! But I want you to also know that if you build on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and His Word that He will never leave you or forsake you! Our fellow citizens and our ambassador depended on America in Benghazi and look what happened to them. Please remember, American can’t save anyone only Jesus Christ can!

 

America: Past, Present, and Future

America: Past, Present, and Future

Written By

Dr. James Spinnati

 Blessed isthe nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

This July we will celebrate the 236th birthday of our country. My only question to you is, “Have we thought about our responsibilities to each other and our nation?” Someone has said, “The temptation is to enjoy the fruits of citizenship without tending the tree of liberty.” This quotation points out the fact that many of us haven’t earned the freedoms we enjoy. We didn’t go to foreign lands and fight for them. We have not shed our blood, sweat, and tears for them. One poet expressed it better than I ever will when he said, “We eat from orchards we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. We reap from fields we did not sow and fires we did not kindle warm us. Roofs we did not build shelter us and we are blessed by moneys we did not give.” If we ever forget the blessings of freedom and the call to sacrifice we will, without realizing it, cut down the tree of liberty.

            We must never forget what God has done in the past for America. We must examine what our present reality is and then we must know that God will deal with America and each one of us in the future.

I. Remember God’s Grace in America’s Beginning

God Birthed America

           When you read the writings of America’s early patriots you will see that God birthed America. Our Founding Fathers spoke of the need of the Bible in order to preserve our nation:  President George Washington said, “It is impossible to govern without God and the Bible.”

            In 1782, the U.S. Congress voted in favor of a resolution recommending and approving the Bible for use in school.

            Patrick Henry the first governor of Virginia and a member of the Continental Congress, stated, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

John Adams after signing the Declaration of Independence said, “Whether we live or die, sink or swim, succeed or fail, I stand behind this Declaration of Independence. And if God wills it, I am ready to die in order that this country might experience freedom.” It was that kind of patriotism which led men, armed with little more than hunting rifles, to engage in battle with what was the most powerful nation in the world. Many of our forefathers paid a terrible price so that you and I might be citizens of the “land of the free and home of the brave.”

Not only did God birth America, He has blessed America! Throughout our history there are stories of God’s miraculous intervention, but you won’t find them in today’s history books!

There are so many instances in American history where men have paid the ultimate price and yet through it all God has blessed America. In fact in 1776 the British General William Howe’s mission was to destroy the American army and take New York. Howe had 30,000 fully equipped veterans while General Washington boasted 18,000 inexperienced troops. During the heat of the battle Washington lost over 1,000 men and two of his generals. Everything looked bleak for the Americans. The British had Washington trapped on Long Island. Then without reason the British troops halted their advance on the American forces.

Washington’s only escape route was to cross the East River. But there was another “road block” to the crossing; the weather was terrible which made it seem impossible. Through this Washington called for a prayer meeting to ask for God’s guidance and help. That night he decided to attempt the crossing. It was storming, but at 11 pm the wind died and the rain stopped.

Those that were part of that mighty army wrote later that the river was as smooth as glass and a miraculous breeze began to blow pushing them to the opposite shore. Another soldier wrote in his journal that it would be impossibility for all the troops to cross without being seen, but as the day began to break a miraculous thick fog engulfed them hiding them from the British troops and the rest is history.1

II. America’s Present Reality

God is looking at America. He sees how far we have come since our birth in 1776. The truth is we have come a long way since 1776. We have eradicated the Bible and prayer from most school systems and we are aborting babies at an alarming rate.

· Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. 2

· Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. 3

· In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions occurred. 4

· Each year, about two out of every 100 women aged 15–44 have an abortion; 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion.5

           According to the FBI there is a murder in America every 24 minutes, a forcible rape every 7 minutes, a robbery every 68 seconds, an aggravated assault every 51 seconds and a violent crime every 27 seconds! Therefore a major crime is committed every 3 seconds day in and day out in America. 6

III. What God Will Do to America…

            Brothers and sisters histories highways are filled with the wreckage of nations that forgot God. America and each one of us individually must one day stand at the judgment bar of God.

“So then every one of us must give an account.” {Romans 14:12}

“How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation”

{Hebrews 2:3}

            This will be your day of liberation or a day you will be forever judged for rejecting Jesus Christ.

IV. What Is The Answer?

              Religion is not the answer. According to statistics there are 340,000 so called “churches” in America.7Religion is at an all time high and yet there is more corruption and hypocrisy in the government, the corporate world, education and the religious world than ever before.

So, what is the answer? The answer has always been and always will be Jesus! He is the only one who can bring change to America and He can only do it through you. He is looking for the church to stand up and do something other than play midnight basketball or have a walk-a-thon! Brothers and sisters there is nothing wrong with either one of those mentioned, but God wants His people to do what He has called them to do! Have we so soon forgotten the call to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20?

            Some who are challenged with the Great Commission will begin to make excuse, “It is different today after all this is the new millennium.” Please examine the world in which Jesus ministered. It was not unlike our day and time. The Roman government was corrupt and the Jewish temple was full of deceit and hypocrisy. Pilate and the high priest and his cronies are not much different from the “Potomac Fever” that engulfs Washington D.C. and the corruption and misuse of Scripture by the religionists of our day. But there was one difference, there were 12 who stood up on the Day of Pentecost and preached the unfathomable truths of the gospel.

           Brothers and sisters it can be done today. But who will stand? Who will make a difference, if not you, then who, if not now, then when?

All statistics were from http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/offenses/violent_crime/index.html

 

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Written By

Dr.  James Spinnati

 

       Happy Father’s Day men, please understand that Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, only they don’t spend as much money on the gift. And when you hear the sermon on Father’s Day it is never on a father’s love instead you get chastised and told what you are not doing right! Forget all the love stuff it ain’t going to happen. I know that is not proper English but I’m a father too and I at least ought to get a pass on this one. The “no love thing” is the truth because I’ve preached many Father’s Day sermons like that. Some of the men have asked me, “Why don’t we tell mothers what they are doing wrong on Mother’s Day?” Hey that is a stupid question, Mother’s Day only comes around once a year and we would like to eat the rest of the year!

        When I think of Father’s Day I remember Bill Cosby and this story about his father, “Now that my father is a grandfather he just can’t wait to give money to my kids. But when I was a kid and I asked him for 50 cents, he would tell me the story of his life. How he got up at 5 a.m. when he was 7-years-old and walked 23 miles to milk 90 cows. And the farmer for whom he worked had no bucket, so he had to squirt the milk into his  little hand and then walk 8 miles to the nearest can, all for 5 cents. The result was…I never got my 50 cents. “But now he tells my children
every time he comes into the house, ’Well, let’s see how much money old granddad has for his wonderful grandkids.’ And the minute they take money out of his hands I call them over to me and I snatch it away from them, because that was my money!”

       Why do I think about Bill’s story? Because it never ceases to remind me of my dad and all the things he said to me that I said I would never ever say to my children, but I did.

 
            This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.

  • Quiet. I’m watching the ball game.
  • Don’t forget to check the oil.
  • Bring back all the change.
  • How should I know? Ask your mother.
  • I’m not made out of money!
  • When I was your age I walked 5 miles to and from school each day and it was uphill both ways.
  • You are going and you are going to like it, or else!
  •  Who’s paying the bills around here, anyway?
  • Don’t put your feet on the furniture. Your mother will kill you.
  • Were you born in a barn?
  • Quit playing with your food.
  • Be quiet! Can’t you see I’m trying to think!
  • Why? Because I said so!
  • If you don’t quit that I’m going to call your mother.
  • You better get that junk picked up before your mother gets home.
  • I wasn’t asleep I was just resting my eyes.

         You know I never thought of this before but fathers spend the first part of a
child’s life urging them to walk and talk, and the rest of their childhood telling them to sit down and shut up!

         As I close this tribute to dads all over America it is truly fitting to call your
attention to a poem. I have no idea who wrote it, but it speaks to my heart how
I feel about my dad. So here it is Dad and please know I love you and wish the
best happy Father’s Day ever!

A LETTER TO DAD

There are so many things I’d like

To tell you face to face;

I either lack the words or fail

To find the time and place.

But in this special letter, Dad,

You’ll find, at least in part,

The feelings that the passing years

Have left within my heart.

The memories of childhood days

And all that you have done,

To make our home a happy place

And growing up such fun!

I still recall the walks we took,

The games we often played;

Those confidential chats we had

While resting in the shade.

This letter comes to thank you, and,

For needed words of praise;

The counsel and the guidance, too,

That shaped my grown-up days.

No words of mine can tell you, Dad,

The things I really feel;

But you must know my love for you

Is lasting, warm and real.

You made my world a better place,

And through the coming years;

I’ll keep these memories of you

As cherished souvenirs.

 

 

Memorial Day The Cost of Liberty

Memorial Day

The
Cost of Liberty

Written By

Dr. James Spinnati

          Eighty-seven years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Abraham Lincoln looked out over the battlefield at Gettysburg, and reflected on the cost of liberty. He said, “It is for the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they, who fought here, have thus far so nobly advanced… the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here, so highly resolve that these  dead shall not have died in vain.”

In 1776, the colonists were declaring their independence from England. They were dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” They made this
pledge:”We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

These men did not make this pledge,
lightly. They had much to lose.

          · They were 56 of our finest, educated, influential, and wealthy.

  • · Twenty-four were lawyers and judges.
  • · Eleven were merchants.
  • · Nine owned large farms.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

1. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

2. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

3. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

4. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

I hate to point this out to the 99% and those who possess the class warfare mentality, but all these men would have been mark as part of the one percent! They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

It is good for us to remember Lincoln’s words one more time. “It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” The work is still unfinished.

There are many similarities between the struggle of our nation and the kingdom of heaven. It is not surprising that the similarities would occur, for our nation took as the foundation charter of its existence those great divine truths that emanate from the heavenly kingdom: honor, justice, compassion, and the respect for human dignity.

Benjamin Franklin commented as this new experiment began: “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God rules in the affairs of men…” With God as their guide, and with hearts full of gratitude, our founding fathers opened their arms to the outcasts of the world. God’s kingdom is like that. It beckons to the people of all nations and ages saying, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

William Arthur Ward said it best, “I believe in America. I believe it became great because of its faith in God, its hope for independence, and its love for freedom. I am not ashamed to take my hat off and to stand at attention when Old Glory passes by. I do not apologize for the lump in my throat when I repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. I am not embarrassed by the tears in my eyes when I hear the Star Spangled Banner.”

Think of the liberty that you have, and then think of how you came to posses it. It came from those who gave their lives so that you might be able to walk down the street without fear of your life. Their sacrifice allows you to drive anywhere within the borders of this great country without being stopped and asked for you to produce  “your papers.” It is for the little things that you take for granted each and every day of your life. Now this Memorial Day you need to find a man or woman who gave years of their life defending your freedom and thank them for their service. Then you need to get down on your knees and thank the God of creation for blessing our country and our lives! And after you rise from your kneeling position pledge to be an old-fashioned American who is determined to love the Lord and be entrusted with a new-found determination to do your part to continue to make America great!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Happy Mother’s Day

Written By

Dr. James Spinnati

You might be a Mother If:

·       You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re equal.

·       You can place any amount of food on a plate without anything touching.

·       You become a member of three aquariums because your kid loves sharks.

·       You use your own saliva to clean your child’s face.

·       You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.

·       You read that the average five-year-old asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your kid is “above average”.

·       You hire a sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages and then spend half the night checking on the kids.

·       You realize that you have just cut your husband’s Steak into bite sized pieces for him.

 

        Young mother’s I have a word for you today. Maybe you have left a basement full of laundry and a hallway full of muddy boots and there is a make shift fort in front of your garage. The baby is teething; the boys fought all the way to church and your husband spent an hour reading the sports page. If that describes you continue reading and you will find Erma Brombeck’s article she wrote years ago that is so true for us today.

Mothers There will come a day when “you’ll straighten up the boys’ bedroom neat and tidy: bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on their shelves and hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you’ll say out loud, “Now I want it to stay this way.” And it will.

You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you’ll say “Now, there’s a meal for company.” And you’ll eat it alone.

You’ll say, “I want complete privacy, No dancing around. No demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?” And you’ll have it.

No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti. No more bedspreads to protect the sofa from damp bottoms. No more gates to stumble over at the top of the basement steps. No car seats and No more playpens to move around.

No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent. No more sand in the sheets. No more rubber ducks floating in the toilet. No more fake tattoos, rubber bands for ponytails; tight boots or wet knotted shoestrings.

Imagine lipstick with a point on it. Washing clothes only once a week. Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.

There will be no PTA meetings. No car-pools. No blaring radios. No teenage girls washing their hair at 11 p.m. or having a roll of Scotch tape with tape actually on the roll. Think about it. No more Christmas presents out of toothpicks and library paste. No more sloppy oatmeal kisses. No more tooth fairy. No giggles in the dark. No knees to heal. Only a voice crying, ‘Why don’t you grow up? And the silence echoing ‘I did.’

This was all written by Erma Brombeck before her grown children moved back home. I know that there is not a dry eye in the house but there is one more thing that you need to know and it is sobering.

Erma is right about one thing. Kids are precious aren’t they? I read about one woman whose daughter just turned 11 months old. Full of the awesome wonder of the new world, she began saying ‘Wow’.”She spoke this marvelous word for anything new and wonderful to her, such as the assortment of toys she spotted in the pediatrician’s office or the gathering of clouds before a storm. She whispered, “Oh Wow!” for things that really impressed her, like a brisk breeze on her face or a flock of geese honking overhead. Then there was the ultimate in “Wow,”a mouthing of the word with no sound, reserved for truly awesome events. These included the sunset on a lake after a magnificent day and fireworks in the summer sky.

Another day, when she was in the midst of her terrible two’s she pointed to a beautiful model on the cover of a magazine and said ‘Is that you, Mom?’

And one day when she was three she put her hand on her mother’s arm and said “Mom, if you were a kid, we’d be friends.” ‘At moments like that’ the woman writes ‘all I can say is ‘Oh, Wow’!

In the book Children’s Letters to God, one letter is from a girl named Sylvia, who wrote: “Dear God, Are boys better than girls? I know you are one, but try to be fair.” Sylvia.

        Mothers enjoy the time you have with them while they are young because they grow up so quickly and then they are gone and you will wish for the good old “bad days”when you thought you would never ever have any time for yourself. Judy and I know what we are talking about because all five of our children are grown up and we miss the elephant calls of our youngest son Chris. The times we had to jerk Scott out of bed and tell him, “You are going to be late for school.” Or Lisa as she would moan the “fact” that none of her friends ever had to do dishes. Then I think of Tad and how many pancakes that boy could put away. He alone cost us a fortune! And who could forget Jamie with the bathroom tied up and the hair dryer running on and on and of course the telephone that was permanently attached to her ear. For all those bygone days mentioned, Judy and I say, “Give us back the old days, please!”

 

The Plans We Make

The
Plans We Make

Written
By

Dr. James Spinnati

Isn’t it amazing how we attempt to plan our lives? We plan to be young forever and then the “balloon” bursts when we reach the ripe old age of fifty. Suddenly we have come to the realization that we have reached the “tipping point” and we are headed the other way. It kind of gets one’s attention doesn’t it?

We plan to climb the corporate ladder, become rich, powerful and receive unlimited acclaim, success, fall in love and be loved forever. This Pollyannaism is not just relegated to one of the sexes, but it crosses all spectrums of life including educational and ethnic “boundaries”.

Did you ever notice that no one ever planned for a business failure, a broken heart
or an adulterous husband? There is not one person on earth that plans to find a
lump in their breast or the death of a loved one. Neither do they plan to be sad, hurt, broke, betrayed or alone in this world.

But here is a truism for you and me, most of the time what we want and what we get are two different things. In fact the longer we live the more we should understand that some things are beyond planning. Life doesn’t always turn out as planned.

You know, this same principle even applies to God. Not everything turns out as planned. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Yet Israel rejected God and His plans for them. In the same way God has a plan for you and me. Yes He does, He doesn’t want anyone to perish. Yet millions will reject the Love that came down from heaven and dwelt among us. So if you are planning anything for the future, how about putting God first in your life? Sounds like the plan, doesn’t it? But you can’t make it to heaven if you haven’t “bought a  ticket” for the trip! How much will the “ticket” cost you? It is free, the Lord paid for it with His life!

 

Calling Dr. Jesus

Calling Dr. Jesus

Written
By

Dr. James Spinnati

               Christian, you and I have been called to take Christ’s love message to the world in which we live. We need to understand that not only have we been called, we have been commanded! The Great Commission is not the great suggestion. Our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ, has given us clear instructions as seen in Matthew 28:16-20.

          And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen

The key to this passage is, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” All Christians are called and commissioned to share the faith we have in Jesus Christ. Now, don’t start making excuses. You don’t have to be a polished speaker, a great debater or a theologian in order to share your faith. What you do need is a heart for God.

What if you were cured of a fatal disease, wouldn’t you tell everyone you knew who had this same disease about the doctor and the medicine that cured you? Of course you would! As believers, all of us have been cured of the fatal disease called sin! And the doctor who cured us is Dr. Jesus. And Dr. Jesus, by the power of His blood, which cleanses us from every sin, has changed our hearts. And because we have been transformed by His love and grace we can’t help but tell others!

So, what are you waiting for? There are a lot of people you know who need your family physician.

 
 
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