A characteristic worth imitating that John learned from the wilderness

John the baptizer was a man accustomed to “wide open spaces” to say the least (Luke 1:80). And I believe several personal characteristics came from his experience of living outside the “city limits” of Jerusalem…or any other area of Jewish pop-culture of the day for that matter. Of these characteristics was the obvious lack of concern for the wants of society.

With organic locusts and honey on his plate, and a camel-hair coat and leather belt for a wardrobe, I think it’s safe to say John wasn’t worried about keeping up with the Herod’s when it came to cuisine or clothing. John was more interested in God’s desire for his life than he was in trying to get God interested in some worldly desire.

Am I saying it’s wrong to have a closet with several changes of camel-hair-free clothing or a refrigerator with a steak in it? Nope. I’m not saying that at all.

What I am saying is that John was more interested in having an effect on his culture for God’s sake than he was in allowing his culture to influence his pursuits in life. And I’m saying that we could all learn the lesson that the wilderness no doubt helped to teach John – we will not take anything with us that our pop-culture considers to be so important when our body feeds the grass and the flowers that the locusts and bees enjoy.

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15 NKJV)

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“Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow” by Gospel Minutes

I talked to the editors at Gospel Minutes and I received their permission to put up a PDF of the article that I referenced a few days ago written by Clem Thurman called “Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow.” I encourage you to check it out if you don’t receive these papers through your congregation. Brother Thurman did an excellent job relating an “obscure” piece of scripture that’s thousands of years old to our modern-day mindset when it comes to finding fulfillment in the wrong places of life. Just click the link below!

PDF of Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow

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Are We Living In A Popped Culture?

Pop-culture in a sense obviously defines a culture. After all, “pop” stands for what’s “popular.” But I’m beginning to think that “pop” stands for “popped” culture!

Guns that are currently under the microscope have been around and available to the public for a solid two generations, and it wasn’t until the later generation’s sensibilities “popped” that all of a sudden people began to think that all of our problems should be blamed on an inanimate object instead of the animate person who chooses to abuse the use of the said object. Why is it that these recent tragedies seem to be knitted so closely to this current generation despite the fact that the weapons used have been available for some 60 years? It very well may be that our culture has “popped!”

Popular drinks (we’ll just call them “pop” here for the sake of not calling on one name brand) that contain large amounts sugar have been around, again, for generations, but it wasn’t until this generation’s personal accountability “popped” that the government decided that all of our health problems needed to be blamed on an inanimate drink instead of the animate person who chooses to abuse the use of the said drink. Moderation would go a long way for sure, but how is it that multiple generations could enjoy a soft drink without the ills but this generation must be forced take such a hardline stance? It very well may be that our culture has “popped!”

Politicians who are currently holding some of the highest positions in the land have the nerve to publicly and boldly support issues such abortion and same-sex marriage while at the same time thinking that placing their hand upon a Bible or using the phase “so help me God” will secure the blessings of an Almighty God for an anything but almighty nation reveals that common sense has been “popped” in our culture right along side our spiritual sense. Now, has there ever been a politician who used the appearance of religion to gain votes while living like the devil inside the office? Without a doubt. But one major difference between many of the past politicians and the present politicians is that the “horns” of the present one’s are as obvious as the disingenuous words they use when referring to anything about the God of the Bible and His book – but people are still “wooed” by a man who places his hand on the Bible for a public show as if it stands for something good. It very well may be that our culture has “popped!”

Parents allow their children to idolize “pop-culture stars” who have multiple sex partners, who display a complete lack of self-respect for their own bodies on stage, on the screen and in the songs they sing but then wonder why their child acts like the very people who they are allowing to mold and shape when it comes to their heart, mind and body! Parents of teenagers have always had their angst to deal with, that’s nothing new, but for some reason the minds of this generation’s parents have “popped” over what to do with children who are raising their parents instead of parents raising their children. When a generation of children never grow up, what will that generation teach the next? It very well may be that our culture has “popped!”

I don’t want anyone to think that I’m being too negative here. Honestly I believe there are a lot, a lot of good decent thinking people out there who, when they are pressed, will do the right thing. But unfortunately, our culture has gotten to the point to where good people have to be pressed hard before they will stand up, stop being so soft and do the right thing!

From here-on-out, I think the phrase “pop-culture” should be replaced with “popped-culture” not because there is no hope, but because our hope is not going to come from our culture! And don’t forget, we’re not the first culture to “pop” but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an effect on it with God’s word.

that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:15-16 – NKJV)

Related Article: God Gives Boundaries For A Reason


Dead the announcer of “Hi-Yo, Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!”

Fred Foy’s ‘Lone Ranger’ lead-in became the best-known introduction in radio history.

Fred Foy, whose voice at one time was better known to the average American than the voices of Presidents Harry Truman or Dwight Eisenhower, died Wednesday at his Woburn, Mass., home.

He was 89 and a genuine legend in the radio and television world – because in the 1940s and 1950s he was the voice who introduced the Lone Ranger.

Foy’s breathless cry of "Hi-Yo, Silver!", which introduced the Lone Ranger’s daily and weekly adventures, became the best-known introduction in radio history and one of the most imitated and parodied broadcast monologues ever.

Fred Foy's 'Lone Ranger' lead-in became the best-known introduction in radio history.

The full introduction went like this: Continue reading

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