Animal Abuse

​I can’t bear to watch animals abused/tortured. 

“Whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do also unto me.”  

This extends also to animals. It is a very short step between abusing a dog and abusing a child, between thinking it is acceptable to mistreat an animal and thinking it is acceptable to mistreat people. Mistreatment of animals is a warning sign of the true nature of the person.

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Season of Mourning

​”The Season of Mourning…”

Lying here next to my beloved dog,

Stroking her aged body, I find myself

Mourning her absence in her presence.

When does the season of mourning arrive?

I believe that season is always in us, alive…

Hauntingly reminding us of the eventual night,

When our spirit will need His might

To make it through the loss of our beloveds.

Leaning on the everlasting arms ❤

~May Lyn 2/2017

Childhood Memories

​Some childhood memories may be better left unsaid…

Or speak out, and rid yourself of all the fear and dread…*

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay, 

An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away, 

An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep, 

An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;

An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done, 

We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun 

A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about, 

An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you 

Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

(lines from “Little Orphant Annie” 1885 by James Whitcomb Riley)

Some are luckier than others

Given their fathers and mothers,

But never doubt the love they had 

Through all your times of good and bad.

Write your story!*

**May Lyn 2016

Christmas Season

​DECEMBER 27…I sit here watching a neighbor disassembling his Christmas lawn decorations…Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Nativity Set. I realize Christmas Day is past, but only by two days!

When is Christmas over for you? The day after, two days after, New Year’s Day, twelve days after? The excitement of Christmas builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.

Why is Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? It is a most beautiful time of the year with lights glistening, maybe on new fallen snow and with a full moon for a backdrop. Most hearts seem lighter during the season except for those in despair and in need of prayer. Shouldn’t we be rejoicing in the Lord every day of the year? “Rejoice evermore; Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”; and see Psalm 100. For those whose elation comes only with lights and libations, the saddest day of the year is December 26, because it’s all over and the depression soon sets in. Then…”In the dead of night we now strain for the chink of light that comes from a Bethlehem cave.”** 

What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you remember ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’? What’s the message you get from that story? How would you explain Christmas to your future grandchildren? Is it about gifts or the Giver of gifts? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about the birth of our Saviour and love, even of a scraggly tree! 

Christmas is not a day, it’s a season…the season of our lives. “To everything there is a season…” 

May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bring light to a world of darkness and hope to a world of despair. May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” all year long! 

~May Lyn – December 27, 2016

**Ronald Knox

The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die

​”The Mouse That Wouldn’t Die”

In previous years when the mice came in from the cold we would purchase d-CON pellets. The mouse would eat them and go out for water. We never saw it again.

This year we couldn’t find that particular product so we bought another d-CON bait box. We put it in a safe place where Priscilla couldn’t get at it. 

This morning, while sitting in the kitchen, I heard a noise and saw movement on the floor out of the corner of my eye. I looked down and saw a mouse running in circles close to my chair. I thought, now what do I do? If I get up it will probably run off into another room, die, and I’ll never find it until it stinks. I stood up, the mouse kept circling. I grabbed the fly swatter and gave it three whacks. It stopped moving but was still breathing. I scooped it up, put it in a plastic bag, and put it in the trash can. A little later I heard a noise in the bag so I grabbed the bag, gave it a whack alongside the trash can and dropped it back in. No more noise from the critter. 

Why do I feel like a serial killer? I’m now thinking the mouse was having seizures and coming to me for help! Loving animals the way I do, I can’t believe I acted so uncompassionately toward a living creature. I’m still having trouble tonight knowing what I did to that mouse! 

(12/2016)

A Sweet Surprise 

​”A Sweet Surprise”

I was browsing the DVDs at Walmart when I felt someone grab around my waist and hug. I looked down and here was this precious little boy holding on with his head rested on my back! I looked around behind me and saw two other children and I suppose, their mother. She saw my surprised expression and said, “I guess he thought you needed a hug!” I said, “Yes, and Thank You” to the dear heart and wished him a Merry Christmas. What a joy to have this delightful surprise the day after Black Friday!

What do you think caused this child to react as he did?  PMCBurkey 11/2016

Those Were The Days

​Those Were The Days!

Put On Your Thinking Cap…

#1

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), There be some (how many?) standing here (where?), which shall not taste of death, till they (who?) see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?

So, who was the Son of man, and when did he come in his kingdom?

#2 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 24:34, Matthew 23:36, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32…

“Verily I say unto you (who?), This generation (which generation?) shall not pass, till all (how many?) these things (what things?) be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34; Matthew 23:36; Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken? Was Jesus mistaken?

#3 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 23:35…

“That upon you (who?) may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye (who?) slew between the temple and the altar (where was the temple and altar? were you there?).” Matthew 23:35 

Who was speaking? Who was being addressed? When was this spoken?

#4 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 1:1-2a…

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past (when?) unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days (which last days?) spoken unto us (who?) by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2a 

When was this spoken? Who was being addressed? 

So, when were the ‘last days’?

#5 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 9:26b…

“Now (when?) once (how many times?) in the end of the world (what was the world that ended?) has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (when was Christ sacrificed?) Hebrews 9:26b 

To whom was the book of Hebrews written? When was it written?

So, what was ‘the world’ and when did it end?

#6 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Hebrews 6:7-8…

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God; But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:7-8

The word ‘earth’ may be a type and be figurative for the land, the planet, or the people according to the Hebrew/Greek word in the original text. Consider ‘earth’ in Hebrews 6:7. Taken in context, it’s speaking of people…those who continue on with God or those who fall away from Him.

#7

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Genesis 37:9-10…

“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth?” Genesis 37:9-10

“Celestial Figures/Types”: Joseph’s dream of the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowing to him was figurative for his father, mother, and eleven brothers. 

Just like in Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2; Galatians 4:3-9; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 21:23…The celestial elements/heavens stood for people: oppressive, authoritative, or religious figures. 

Within the New Covenant we look to Jesus Christ, “The Sun of Righteousness” and “The Bright and Morning Star.” Malachi 4:2; Revelation 22:16.

#8

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15.

Still waiting for the gospel commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15 to be fulfilled before Jesus returns in vengeance? 

It’s said in Acts 2:1-6, that when Pentecost had happened, there were devout men out of every nation under heaven dwelling at Jerusalem.

In Romans 10:13-18 and Colossians 1:5-6, 23 Paul said the gospel was heard in all the world and was preached unto every creature under heaven.

Jesus’ vengeance was fulfilled on Jerusalem in A.D.70.  Wait no more!

#9

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker intent, read again Acts 2:1-21 and Joel 2:27-32…

The supernatural events of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-21 were prophesied in Joel 2:27-32. 

Joel said they were to happen “in those days.”

Peter said, This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’ says God, I will pour out my Spirit…”

So, when were “those, last days?”  Think about it!

#10 

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again Matthew 5:17-18…

Jesus said He had not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. He said not one letter of the law shall pass until heaven and earth pass away and all is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-18

If the heaven and earth of the old covenant world have not passed away already, then the law has not passed either.

Then, are we now living within the grace of God through Christ, or are we still under the law?

Think about it!

#11

Using Audience Relevance and Speaker Intent, read again 1 Corinthians 10:1-13…

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [types], and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Who sent this letter? Who received this letter? When was this letter received?

So, who was being admonished about “the ends of the world” having come upon themselves?

Think about it!

#12

Many Biblical scholars believe and teach that the Bible books weren’t completed until circa A.D. 90. If that were so, then why didn’t the Bible writers speak of the Jerusalem temple having been destroyed in A.D. 70?

Think about it…

#13

If Jesus spoke of the physical world/planet being destroyed in Matthew 24, why did he warn the people to flee to the mountains? Would that have made a difference in their being saved?

Think about it…

#14

Today’s theologians speak of a coming “great tribulation”. Why?

Jesus, speaking in Matthew 24, warns of the days of great tribulation which occurred A.D. 70 (See the historical writings of Josephus). Jesus said in Matthew 24:21…”For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, NOR EVER SHALL BE.” According to Jesus, there will never be another great tribulation.

Think about it…

(PMCBurkey 2013)