Mar 30, 2012

Men Beating Drums

What Killed Paul Bern?

Reason is like most tools: helpful if used properly dangerous if abused.*

Bern was a small member, or had a small member, and played a large part in the lore and legend of "Ta-ta Hollywoodland". If your mind is going to a place of sexual intrigue, then good; Paul Bern was a man obsessed with his sexuality, and it eventually consumed him. He was born with a penis the size of a pinky finger. .  He read the psycho-babel of Freud, and found an enlightened solutions, he would find the best and most sexual girl he could find and marry her. His solution was based on faulty logic, that he needed replace the affection that was given to him by his mother.
He found this woman in the screen sensation, and platinum blonde bombshell Jean Harlow. He married her in hopes of curing his need for attention, an attention that could not be filled by any woman, even Jean Harlow. He needed to find the love of God, for this was his only hope of reshaping his deformed mental frame. His solution was to kill the body that he saw as deformed.  His final solution was formed by his belief in the wrong means of redemption.   He destroyed his body, in order to release himself from the curse of a small penis.  
God does not see our bodies as deformed but as perfect, because when he looks at us, he looks at Christ. Christ has taken our place.  Christ lived in order to free us from  the harmful effects of our sin.  Christ lived in order to reconnect us to our loving Father who is in heaven.   He lived to set our minds and our hearts to a way far from the old path.  He died to release us from the bonds of enlightened works. Allow us today, to set our deformities at the cross of Jesus. His power cures the most decrypted mind and set us on a beautiful course.

The ideas were shaped from reading the biography of Jean Harlow and also reading:

*A Shot Of Faith (To The Head): Be A Confident Believer In An Age Of Cranky Atheists 

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Mar 23, 2012

Men Beating Drums

Money Ball First Base

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Apple Inc.

Guiding Questions

What is stopping you on first base?

What are you scared of? .

Analysis and Answers to the Guiding Questions

 Hmmm progress in a man's life is a funny thing. Even when you have hit a home-run, you cling to first base because it is the familiar location. I learned of this clip from Christ Community Church in Daytona and Larry Kirk. The lesson of first base is important.  I have worked at getting my close in the kitchen for the past six months.  I need to get the job done by 10:30 p.m..  But for some reason this time would pass and I would not be done yet.  I found that psychologically I was slowing down when I should have sped up.  I would spend too much time trying to get to perfect on details.  Why?

Because, some deeper pathology was keeping me from finishing on time.  It was an inner thought that somehow I was not good enough to be efficient in the kitchen.   So I remembered the parable and thought, oops, I have been hugging first base when I have it in me to hit a home run.   So I ask again what's holding you on first base, when you have it in you to hit a home run?  Go! Score! Forget About your past mistakes! And embrace Christ so that you can be released from the need to be scratching to get a hold.

Mar 22, 2012

Book Review: The Love And Respect Experience:

The Love and Respect Experience by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

We envisioned a marriage that danced beautifully and was a beacon of hope in a pessimistic age. We thought we were doing fine, just fine, with our steps.  But sometimes, our feet became tangled up, and as we bent over to untangle the mess, the knot of frustration only got tighter.  We asked: How did we get here in this knot of frustration?  What can we do to untangle the knot?  We did not want to get divorced, we thought, as this would mean that we were disobeying God!   Were we to suffer and live in a silent house until we died?  These thoughts did cross my mind in the first five years of marriage, however now our marriage is growing brighter with good friendly council and good books like Emerson Eggerichs Love and Respect Experience: A Husband Friendly Devotional.
Gentlemen, we often work more on our occupation than we do on our households.   Why? We stay at work, because it is often easier or at least more understandable.  As time goes by, our marriages end up in a heap of dusty debris.  The devotional walks besides you like a friend.  The meditations are great and can be read in less than ten minutes.  Eggerichs guides you in a prayer after the meditation that helps through-out the week.   Then the weekly action steps will help you put the meditations into a workable plan.  The follow up questions can be used to learn from each other and discuss frustrations and joys. 
My wife Jessica and  I received a free copy from book-sneeze, and liked it so much that we actually bought one for her kindle.  We have also recommended this book to our engaged friends Mike and Missy.  We feel this book is great for any married couple, no matter how long they have been married.

Mar 21, 2012

1137-1144 Church Aspirations (Reprint)

"I seem to find myself, as it were, in some of the earth nor wholly of the serenity of heaven, but by the Grace of God I seemed lifted in a mystic manner from the lower ends to the upper sphere." Suger the Abbot of St. Denite (guiding the rebuilding between 1137 to 1144)

Lifting up higher in arched finger as if picking grapes from the outstretched branches.
500 churches went up.
White-washed steeples promised renewal.
Reaching out like the tender waves collecting sand off of the rocky beaches.
High standing alters went up.
Aspiring like a great cedar, or was it an oak. The high middle ages attempted to build a golden stairway to heaven.

Mar 9, 2012

The Study of History

Why study history? What does it matter to me? Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)by David Hackett Fischer (Pulitzer Prize for History (2005), Ambassador Book Award for American Studies (2005), Massachusetts Book Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2005)) is such a book that all American's should read! Why? Because it shows how providential God has been in putting us where we are currently as a nation.
Had Washington not been General? Had General Charles Lee not been captured? (Lee would have stalled Washington from crossing the river, as he was the typical overcautious general.) Had the Hessian Forces and Brits not been overconfident? Had a woman not kept the Hessian General at home, instead of in his key position on the battle front?  Then the American Story would have been quit different.
Let us not loose hope when the odds seem to be stacked up against us! For that is when the American Character shines best. For this nation was created by just a few farmers, fishermen, and good old boys from humble beginnings. At times it looked like the American Revolution would be a losing cause, but by faith and a reliance on the providential hand of God, we were able to wear down the Powerful Occupier. The Europeans looked down on our yoemen, a Hessian general said,: "Fiddlesticks!” Rall replied. “These clodhoppers will not attack us, and should they do so, we will simply fall on them and rout them.” Rall said these words on December 23rd 1776, two days later Washington had surprised the superior forces and took back the most important Delaware City.

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