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Monday, September 29, 2008

Kitchen Renovation

It truly has been a renovation. We started at the beginning of August and spent two solid weeks on the project and then several full days since then. This past Saturday we finished the last major piece of the puzzle when we put down the new flooring. There is still what is called in the construction business a "punch list" to address, but it is mostly done.

Our kitchen has needed attention since we move in. In recent years it has become a desperate situation. Our youngest son Daniel financed the operation. All of our children have been very giving in this regard once they started making money. We actually bought the sink and faucet about a year and half ago.

Finally we carved out a couple of weeks to tackle the project. The nature of the project was kind of refreshing for me. I have been around the construction/remodeling/roofing business most of my life. My Dad is a carpenter by trade as was his father. While I did not inherit the skill level of either of these two men, my gifts lay else where, I do enjoy the challenge. My dad built the cabinets, I helped and learned some things. One is that I will probably never attempt to build cabinets on my own. My two boys helped some as well as the girls in the family. Most of the rest of it I did myself. The girls did most of the painting, I do not like painting, even though it is amazing what a difference a coat of paint can make.

So, the kitchen is not perfect, the flaws are all my own. But even so, we are happy to have it. It is 1000 times, at least, better than what we had. And of course we made memories in the process which is a vital part of these kinds of projects. We will Lord willing enjoy it for many years to come.

Of course the project gave me an excellent excuse to buy some more tools and most guys are always looking for an excuse to spend money on tools.

I took pictures or had others do so for me all along the way. Those of you who visit my wife or daughters blogs have seen some pictures as the work was progressing. I decided to wait till the end, we are close enough, and then post them all on the Picasa web site. There are over two hundred pictures for those who may have an interest in seeing the transformation.

There are also a few pictures early on of a few grandkids in there, now how did that happen???

Oh, by the way did I mention I have a new granddaughter, Alisa Grace. Held her last night after church. I like her. She is the tiniest baby I have ever held.

Pictures are here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Real Source Of Discontent

"The real cause of our discontent is not in our circumstances; if it were, a change of circumstances might cure it. It is in ourselves, and wherever we go--we shall carry our discontent heart with us. The only cure which will affect anything--must be the curing of the fever of discontent in us." - J. R. Miller 1895

Discontent is cultivated by focusing on what we don't have.
Contentment is produced by focusing on what we do have.
Thanksgiving is promoted by focusing on the fact we deserve nothing.
Humility is present by realizing that all we have was provided by a merciful and gracious God.


There is so much I want that if I am not careful I will lose sight of all that I have. If I had all that I wanted would I then be content? I doubt it! I would simply find other things to want! "the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing."

The only words that may be as hard to say as "I'm sorry" is "it is enough".

Proverbs 30:15,16 - The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

May the Lord continue to teach me to say, "It is enough".

Luke 3:14 - And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Philippians 4:11 - Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

1 Timothy 6:8 - And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Hebrews 13:5 - Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

One Another

A few years back when we were going through a study on the church covenant I was stuck by the two words "one another". I complied a list of verses that utlized these two words and passed them out during one of our classes encouraging the Fathers to go over the verses with their families.

Having done that I often think about those verses. I thought I would share them here and let the Scripture speak for itself.



Ø Romans 12:10 - Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Ø Romans 13:8 - Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Ø Romans 14:13 - Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Ø Romans 15:7 - Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Ø Romans 15:14 - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Ø Romans 16:16 - Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Ø 1 Corinthians 16:20 - All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

Ø 2 Corinthians 13:12 - Greet one another with an holy kiss.

Ø Galatians 5:13 - For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Ø Galatians 5:15 - But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Ø Galatians 5:26 - Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Ø Galatians 6:2 - Bear ye one another‘s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Ø Ephesians 4:2 - With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Ø Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ø Colossians 3:13 - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Ø Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Ø 1 Thessalonians 4:9 - But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

Ø 1 Thessalonians 4:18 - Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Ø 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ø Hebrews 3:13 - But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Ø Hebrews 10:24,25 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Ø 1 Peter 1:22 - Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Ø 1 Peter 5:14 - Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Ø 1 John 3:11 - For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Ø 1 John 3:23 - And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

Ø 1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Ø 1 John 4:11,12 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Ø 2 John 1:5 - And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

Monday, September 22, 2008

He Never Sought To Amuse Them

The following is from Archibald Brown's message, The Devil's Mission Of Amusement.



"Jesus pitied sinners, pleaded with them, sighed over them, warned them, and wept over them; but He never sought to amuse them!"



When many of His disciples turned away, because of the searching nature of His preaching--I do not find there was any attempt to bring them back, by resorting to something more pleasant to the flesh. I do not hear Him saying, "We must keep up the gatherings at any cost! So run after the people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow! Something very short and attractive, with little, if any, preaching. Today was a service for God--but tomorrow we will have a pleasant evening for the people! Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it, and have a pleasant time. Be quick, Peter! We must get the people somehow; if not by Gospel--then by entertainment!"


No, this was not how He argued. Gazing in sorrow on those who would not hear the Word--He simply turns to the twelve, and asks, "Will you go away also?""

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Alisa Grace McEntire

Yes, I know it has been a while since I have blogged but this could not wait. We will get back to some regular blogging at some point in the future.
I want to take this opportunity to introduce my 5th grandchild and 2nd granddaughter. Alisa Grace McEntire was born on September 11, 2008 at UTMB in Galveston Texas. Yes, that's right she was born the weekend of hurricane Ike on the Island that was devastated shortly after her arrival. Needless to say within 12 hours of her birth she was on a plane headed to Austin, Texas. I was 18 before I boarded a plane. Just found out she is going to stay one more night with mom in a regular room. She will probably come home tomorrow.
Michele and I drove up to Austin this morning to see the baby and to try to be an encouragement to Caleb and Heather. They have had a very trying week beginning last Monday. Having a baby five weeks early is one thing but then to have all the commotion created by Ike did not help matters any. But.....Alisa is here and well, Dad and Mom will be the stronger for the challenges and we are feeling very blessed this evening. We do serve a good and gracious God!


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