Category Archives: Miscellaneous

– Being Found Faithful –

His Eternal Word

cropped-rose-4.gif1 Corinthians 4:2, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful”
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What comes to your mind when you hear the word faithful? Webster defines the word as being steadfast in affection or allegiance. Loyal or firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty.  Being resolute which implies a firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose? Many people would say they are faithful to their partner in marriage or they are faithful in sticking to a diet plan or exercise program. But what about our faithfulness to our Lord and His ministry? Are we faithful in this area as we are in other areas of our life?

It’s sad and true that many believers in Christ profess to be faithful; however, there are varying opinions about what actually constitutes faithfulness to them. There are those who think if they attend at least one church…

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How To Read the Bible

See, there's this thing called biology...

Anyway you want! Read it while hanging upside down off the bed and eating cheese puffs. Go on line, find a voice that is pleasing to you, and have it read to you like a bed time story. Doesn’t really matter how you go about it, as long as you are taking it in, like regularly putting gas in your car or checking the oil.

My parents were atheists, the Bible was absolutely forbidden, so naturally I read it from cover to cover in as many versions as I could get my hands on. When I was 3 my grandmother taught me how to read and there was some concern over whether or not I should actually learn on account of the fact that there were things in the world that could influence me if I knew what they said. I had no idea what a Bible even was, but…

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Through the Narrow: Life is Short, Eternity is Forever – By Tami Dykes

Tulips & Honey

Life Is Short, Eternity Is Forever

While waiting in the E.R. my youngest brother says to me, “Tami, I’m dying.” This was already understood by the whole family but he had never said those words before.  After a few seconds, I broke the silence with, “Well, we are all dying, none of us get out of this life alive.” I know that probably sounded insensitive but it was true. But I also desperately wanted my brother to think deep and hard about the statements we were both making. I then asked him if he got right with God and repented of his sins. Our conversation pretty much fizzled out after he said, “Yes, I did. “I so needed him to understand that he did need to repent for the sin in his life, he wasn’t innocent, noneof us are. The conversation was awkward, to say the least, but awkward was the…

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Against socialism

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I know better than to check social media at bedtime. But, for some reason, I decided to look at Facebook late Saturday evening. When I saw that my sister had shared a poster favoring socialism, my ability to sleep was entirely lost. My first impulse was to reply to her that someone must have hacked her Facebook account, that she could not possibly have intended to share that post. But instead I shut off the computer, went to bed, and tossed and turned for hours, framing the response I wanted to make to her post.

Of course, what I arranged in my head during those hours far exceeded the proper length for a Facebook comment, or even for a single WordPress post. In fact, before I fell asleep, I probably had the makings of a book arranged in my mind. I have taught college history classes. I have addressed socialism…

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Thanksgiving patrol

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Sometimes my imagination runs away with me. Since I’m a writer, that can be a good thing. Stories come from the question, “What if?” and some of those stories are worth sharing. Others belong in the trash bin. This is one of those stories.

I imagine the local police patrolling the neighborhood this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. When they spot a house with several cars parked outside, they look more closely. Especially if they see out-of-state plates, they call for back up… and then they invade. For the good of the people, they arrest those violators of quarantine and put them in a special holding cell for the next fourteen days. Those who remain healthy are released, free to go about their business. Those who fall ill remain in quarantine until they are cured.

Can’t happen, you say? Impossible in this country? Do you remember Elian Gonzalez?

Twenty years ago, Elian…

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The Bone of Contention

See, there's this thing called biology...

“A person’s character matters far more than their anointing.”

Ah ha! I have solved a riddle, found the bone of contention. No offense to the person who wrote the above quote, in fact, I’m quite grateful for it. It is a puzzle piece I needed.

That’s the world. The world is just obsessed with character, reputation, background checks, references. The world thinks “character” is everything. Sometimes people have told me they can’t support President Trump because of his alleged “character,” and I’ve just been left scratching my head! I’ve heard the same thing about many pastors, book authors, neighbors, etc, etc.

I’m a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. I have little or no use for this “character” thing. In fact, I don’t even know what that is! Also, I’m a bit jaded. I’ve earned my right to sneer at the whole idea of “character.” Did you know…

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– The Church –

His Eternal Word

cropped-rose-4.gif1 Samuel 16:7, “The LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”

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It was a beautiful Sunday morning. People were filling the church to its full capacity! As they entered, each was given a bulletin filled with announcements, topic of today’s sermon, what songs they would sing and who to pray for. At the end of the line stood an older man. His clothes were filthy and you could tell that he had not bathed in days. His face was covered with whiskers, for he had not shaved for a very long time. When he reached the usher, he removed his tattered old brown hat in respect. His hair was long, dirty, and a tangled mess. He had no shoes on his feet, and wore only soiled black socks to cover the sores upon his feet…

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Through the Narrow: Is Nice Kind? – By Gina Cook

Tulips & Honey

I know a guy who is pretty much John Wayne incarnate. Most who know him agree. His looks, his demeanor, his voice, his values… the inability to mince words or hold in his opinion for too long. Mr. Wayne has made a few people cry. Made others look for an exit door. He may very well tell you to get a better-looking hat but he’ll buy it for you and never ask for a dime. He’s a bit softer around his grandkids but never a push-over for anyone. It’s been known that in the stormy weather of life, some grew closer to him because he was the only one not tossed around by all the nonsense. He’s the one giving the shirt off his back when you least expect it. He won’t say a whole lot of warm and fuzzy, but no one doubts he cares somewhere deep under that…

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Dis-Couraged!

See, there's this thing called biology...

“Discouraged, it means, “having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened. ” Oh, I have so totally lost all enthusiasm for this whole game. That’s an understatement. Yep, I have a decided lack of enthusiasm going on.

I am so totally discouraged. These second draconian lockdowns that Jake the Snake just issued are kind of like a death blow to small businesses. He doesn’t want churches to meet either, and no singing of course. Thanksgiving is supposed to be canceled, too.

The restaurant I work at has now been doing take out for several months, just barely, on a skeleton crew. I hardly work 10 hours a week anymore. My heart is just breaking for some others that clearly aren’t going to make it at all. We had another suicide this week, too.

We’re already 7 months into this nonsense about, “two weeks to flatten the curve.” Everybody is masked and gloved…

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One Vote Away – Book Review

Seeing God

One Vote Away, available now!

The last few months saw a great deal of attention on the United States Supreme Court. The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the subsequent hearings that led to the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett actually distracted the nation from the presidential election cycle for a few weeks and turned the focus on the Supreme Court. This was of course related to the presidential election in that both sides recognized the significance of this selection and would have loved for a candidate of their party’s persuasion to be making the choice.

Ted Cruz had obviously been working on his new book, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, for some time before this period, but he could hardly have chosen a better time to release it. Ted’s experience with the court, both as a clerk and as…

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The Kindness of God

See, there's this thing called biology...

So, I recently had a bit of a spat, a bit of a conflict with a couple of people on social media and on the ground too, all while our Governor has decided to flex his foolishness by locking us all down even more.

For some people this means nothing more than taking another trip to Mexico or spending a few weeks warm and cozy in in their fancy homes reading a good book. For the rest of us it means businesses we’ve invested everything in will collapse, people will be unable to feed their kids, and those we love with mental health and addiction problems will not get the help they need and may not survive any of this.

You’re darn right, I’d rather just die of covid then watch people I care about suffer and lose everything due to government incompetence and draconian lock downs.

I have zero…

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Baby Yoda Eating Eggs and the State of our Society

The Domain for Truth

What a strange time we are living in, in 2020.

Disney Plus’ online show The Mandalorian has sparked controversy with a creature that people called “Baby Yoda” (or “the child”).

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– Ironies of History –

His Eternal Word

cropped-rose-4.gifJohn 10:30, “I and My Father are one”

Philippians 1:9-10, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth”

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God, our Creator, has a way of turning the tables on evil. The French philosopher Voltaire predicted that Christianity would be swept from existence within 100 years. Yet just 50 years after he died in 1779, the German Bible Society had occupied Voltaire’s house and was using his printing press to produce stacks of Bibles.

During World War II, Adolf Hitler erected a massive stone structure in Monte Carlo. It was to be a radio station from which to broadcast Nazi propaganda into North Africa. Today from that very building, Trans World Radio proclaims the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus…

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Some Thoughts on Christians Joining Alternative Social Media

The Domain for Truth

Overswamped with ministry specifically with talking to people online outside my church going through various things and late night discussions.  All of it the last few days resulted in me yesterday falling asleep early hence this late post.

Piggybacking off yesterday’s post Big Tech Interference with Veritas Domain in 2020 I want to share a post I wrote for an apologetics group in the context of many Christians talking about leaving Facebook.

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Book Review: God Doesn’t Whisper by Jim Osman

Tulips & Honey

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! As promised, I have another book review for you. This one was a joy to read, as the writer has a knack for Biblical truth and turning a phrase. It’s no wonder John MacArthur wrote the forward for God Doesn’t Whisper, published by Kootenai Community Church Publishing in August of this year. Rarely do we see this type of theologically sound rebuke to the popular belief in HVG or hearing the voice of God. In this 281 page book, pastor and author Jim Osman expounds upon his own journey from believing in HVG through the Scriptural reasons he no longer does so. While he explains this disastrous teaching, he boldly calls out those preachers and teachers that promote it.

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Coming from the Word of Faith movement I frequently heard it repeated, “God spoke to me, in that…

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Kepler Talks Turkey

Bible-Science Guy

(4 Minute Read plus video. 11Nov2020)

Wild turkeys patrolling a campground

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

I have some Thanksgiving advice for President Trump. It’s a message whose foundation penetrates to the heart of Thanksgiving, despite disrupting an ingrained ritual of the season.

My message for the President is short and sweet:
Eat the Turkey!!!

What turkey do I mean?

The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has happened for decades shortly before Thanksgiving at the White House. In this meaningless ceremony, the president “pardons” the National Thanksgiving Turkey that has been presented to him.

Don’t “pardon” the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Mr. President. Eat it!

Last year President Trump “pardoned” Butter, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, along with the alternate turkey named Bread. The previous year he “pardoned” both Peas and the alternate Carrots.

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– Speaking with Conviction –

His Eternal Word

cropped-rose-4.gifMatthew 7:29, “For [Jesus] taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”

2 Timothy 1:13, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus”

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The Famous 18th-century philosopher and skeptic David Hume was chided by some of his friends because he went to church on Sundays’ to hear the orthodox Scottish minister John Brown preach. Defending himself, Hume replied, “Well, I don’t believe all that he says, but he does! And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says!”

Jesus’ confident and very clear presentation of the truth impressed people (Matthew 7:28-29). His authoritative tone commanded their undivided attention. Gracious, yet dynamic, He fed their hungry souls as He spoke.

In striking contrast, the scribes were uninspiring. They delivered their messages mechanically and with little true concern…

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Big Tech Interference with Veritas Domain in 2020

The Domain for Truth

This post was prompted by Lauren’s post here.  What a strange time we are in.  You might have hear discussions about Big Techs censorship.  I don’t think I’m a Conspiracy type of guy but this year its evident Big Tech has been bias against Christians.  I don’t mean bias against Christian Conservative with politics.  There is that.  But they are against things Christians too, outside of direct politics.

Let me give you three examples from things affiliated with our blog (Veritas Domain) in different platforms.

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Making lemonade

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We do not know this yet, but let us assume for the moment that evidence of election fraud is not clear and convincing enough to cause judges to disqualify ballots and overturn the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States. For conservative American citizens, that would be a sour lemon to consume.

Now some people say that, when life gives you lemons, you should throw them back and demand chocolate. We can try; life does not often cooperate with our demands. It would be better to pull out the sugar and the ice water and make lemonade. The election of Joe Biden is a setback for conservative voters and politicians, but it is not the end of America. The Constitution is still in force. Checks and balances remain in effect. There will be other elections.

During the last presidential debate Candidate Biden reminded us all that he…

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More about election fraud

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When Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago, his workers had a strategy on election day. As vote totals were announced, they would withhold the counts from some precincts in the city, waiting to see how many Republican votes had been cast in the rest of Illinois (what Chicagoans call “downstate”). They would then know how many ballots to report so that the Democratic Party would win the statewide election. Most notoriously, this practice allowed John Kennedy to receive the electoral votes of Illinois in 1960. Richard Nixon knew that vote fraud had been committed in Chicago and other places. He chose not to challenge the election in court, figuring that such a challenge would be bad for the United States. Eight years later, Nixon finally was elected President.

The appearance that Daley’s method has been imitated this year in Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and other Democratic strongholds is strong…

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