Announcements

Like cold water to a weary soul
    is good news from a distant land.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
    are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

  • Proverbs 25:25-26

“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.”

  • Acts 14:15

Okay, maybe this news isn’t that good in that it is like a cold drink of water or helps you turn from worthless things, but I do have a few changes in my “schedule,” in that I am starting one – morning posts only.  The evening posts will still be daily and whatever God has placed on my heart – not that the morning posts are not similar in nature – just themed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Before I get to the ‘announcements,’ I would like to announce a song.  When I was a Cub Scout Leader in the BSA, I was taught a song that was to be sung any time you mentioned the word “Announcements.”  It is fun, but it lets the announcer know that his/her announcements are the least interesting part of the program.  So, ‘get the announcements over and sit down’ – said in a comical way.

Once, our committee chairman, who was fully trained (rare for committee chairmen) and knew the song, said the word at a pack meeting to introduce the new parents to the chaos of the meetings, and give the new boys a good laugh.  He said the word and then protested that he didn’t mean to say the dreaded word, and could he take it back?  Then he pleaded, “Please, please, please, don’t acknowledge that I said the dreaded word!!!!” – Setting himself up on purpose.

The Song:  Announcements (Each part goes from each tune to the next without missing a beat)

(sung doing up a scale progression)
    Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
(Part 1: to the tune of Farmer in the Dell)
    What a horrible way to die.
    What a horrible way to die.
    What a horrible way to be talked to death.
    What a horrible way to die.
(sung doing up a scale progression)
    Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
(Part 2: sung at a faster tempo, to the tune of Frére Jacques)
    Words of wisdom, words of wisdom,
    Here they come, here they come.
    Many words of wisdom, many words of wisdom,
    dumb, dumb, dumb,
    dumb, dumb, dumb.
(Part 3: sung much slower and reverently, if someone could produce a tear or a catch in the throat, for effect, that makes it better – to the tune of How dry I am)
    We’ve lost our cow.
    We’ve lost our cow.
    We have no use
    for your bull now.

Sorry, I have a video of my wife and I singing this song, but I am having difficulty in getting the audio on that one VHS tape to work.  I have been doing VHS to digital conversions lately.  More to follow, but that is not the “announcement.”

The Announcements

I am starting three regularly scheduled morning posts (Eastern US time, 8:30am) starting tomorrow.  They may not be every week as some of these are time consuming.  Only two of each written so far.

1 – Tuesday Mornings – Heavy Topics – made as Light as Possible

Maybe for a short time, I would like to write a few posts about the philosophy book that I recently completed (with other books and topics under consideration).  These will be “heavy topics” taken with hopefully a lighter point of view but getting to some meat to chew on at the same time.

2 – Thursday Mornings – An in-depth Bible Study

For background here, I drove to Tennessee recently to pick up my wife after months of her babysitting the grandchildren.  It was eleven hours of driving.  I had been listening to the audio Bible, the Breathe Bible – just the New Testament, but excellent!  It is a dramatized Bible using the New Living Translation (NLT).  Kevin Sorbo is the voice of God.  Josh Lucas is Jesus.  Wintley Phipps is Peter.  Kurt Naebig is Paul.  And many others, including a few more of my favorites.  The recordings have background music and background sound effects, all adding to setting the stage.  Since I had already listened to a few of the CDs, almost completing the Gospels, during my devotional time at home before I left, I was able to nearly finish the New Testament, having started into the book of Revelation as I arrived at my destination.

Maybe I was exhausted, but the last full CD that I listened to nearly brought me to tears.  Then again, I had started the trip with John’s version of the Last Supper and crucifixion, and I had been totally immersed by this point.  This is an experience that should be considered for anyone serious about getting closer to Jesus, 8-10-12 hours of listening to nothing but the Scriptures.  The last CD that I listened to, until we finished on the return trip, was on 1 Peter (mid book) to the first three chapters of Revelation.  The two Peter epistles (aided by Wintley Phipps’ voice) got me to thinking about what Peter had been saying.  Then, the three John letters convicted me of things where I could have done better.  I would hear something and think, “I need to write a post on that!”  But I was driving.  All the display said was “Track 9 – 2 minutes remaining” or something like that, whatever that meant.  And I could not write what I saw down, as I was driving.  It could have been track 8 – 1:35 minutes remaining, for all I can remember.  If this works, I would like to keep it going beyond the latter epistles.  The Corinthian epistles got my creative juices flowing.  I’m thinking that was in Kentucky somewhere, maybe Cincinnati, OH to Elizabethtown, KY.

About the Bible Study:  So, now that the background is set, I want to write a Bible Study, calling it The Latter Epistles.  I am starting at 1 Timothy.  I have a few references and it may involve anywhere from none of the references to all of them as I quote each passage.  The references are:  One Faithful Life by John MacArthur (on Paul, so it would at least be for the epistles of Paul), The Spurgeon Study Bible, The A. W. Tozer Study Bible, Grace for the Moment Daily Bible by Max Lucado, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, The Serendipity Bible, and any other reference that seems appropriate at the time.

The format of Scripture – Noted Theologians, Preachers, and Teachers – My Thoughts – and A Serendipitous Reflection

3 – Saturday Mornings – A Themed Bible Quiz or Game

In the thought of arming Sunday school teachers with a game for the students, even for adult classes, I posted a few “Fun & Games” posts a few months ago, last one on Mother’s Day (in the US).  Whether I get a lot of views and likes, that doesn’t matter here.  I hope I can arm teachers with something that can change the pace for maybe middle-schoolers through adults, and maybe challenge the younger children that know their Bible stories.  But some of the questions may be hard for the younger children.

Announcements Done, but I have a request.

Pray over these ideas, and visit the site on these days, or every day would be nice.  At this point, I do not have a lot written for each topic, so I might skip a week on occasion until I am in full rhythm.

If God is willing, I intend to keep the daily afternoon posts coming (3:30pm eastern US time).

And I am writing a Deviled Yeggs story that I am dividing into chapters.  It may end up as a novel, novella, or a 3-5 post story.  The story is muddy at this point, and for those who claim all my Deviled Yeggs stories are muddy anyway…  You might be right.  Then again, I claim that the stories are a mash of fantasy, SciFi, mystery, including a spoof of all those – a genre of its own.  So, I kind of break all the rules.

The beginning is written, and I have story-boarded large chunks of the middle.  It will hopefully flip from a Deviled Yeggs view to a Mashie Niblick view with possible alternating “chapters,” as I have experienced in some James Patterson books and some Terri Blackstock books and maybe a few others.  I know why the crime was done and who is known as “the Devil” – just no name for him yet – but I don’t have all the connections to tie those story boards together or bring the story to the end.  Sometimes, I don’t get them until I have written the story to that point.  At that point, I have either written myself into a corner or it becomes obvious what the next move must be, having eliminated most of the logical, or illogical, alternatives.

Stay tuned.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Your energy exhausts me — in a good way 🤩🥳

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