Looking Forward

I look forward to the rest of my life with Julie at least as much as I’ve enjoyed the last 33 years with her!  There have been great times and very hard times, but we always managed to pull through together.

That’s what marriage is.  It’s commitment, not giving up, willingness to give in, and always looking ahead…not dwelling on past regrets and troubles.

Julie and I raised two daughters, had career changes, travels, and really great friends to share our lives with.  Age has slowed me down, and I know there will be challenges to face.  But I also look forward with hope to more good times; holding hands in the sun, maybe another trip or two, and who knows what else.  By God’s grace we will have many more years together!

I wrote another lyric with that optimism in mind.  Rick hasn’t been able to come up with music yet; after a lifetime of paying the piano, his arms are hurting him, and he needs his one day off each week to give them a rest.  It couldn’t possibly be a problem with my lyric, could it??

So here, with optimism and faith in God, is a lyrical look back to marriage and family as well as wondering, “What’s Next?”  If you missed yesterday’s entry, you can go back and hear the finished song that started us out 33 years ago!

My Jewel 2

Quote for 3/17/2018

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.    Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV


Looking at the 23rd Psalm as an actor, I see two peak phrases.  Both come after a short list that quickly becomes inadequate.  David quickly shifts gears to a single phrase that encompasses what he was starting out to describe.

The fist peak phrase comes after he tries to describe what it’s like to be Jesus’ lamb; “He restores my soul.”  Can you hear the sheer luxury of that phrase?!?  It’s like falling back onto  soft bed in simple trust, into the virtual decadence of comfort!

Yes, decadence!  Jesus’ saving grace is nothing if not decadent and lavish.  He does a lot of things along the way; green pastures, still waters, etc.  But what it really adds up to is the restoration of my soul!

She’s My Jewel

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She’s My Jewel. That’s the title of the song of the night at our wedding reception 33 years ago today!

Happy anniversary, Julie!

My best friend and best man, Rick, and I had collaborated on a number of songs over the years; my lyrics and his music. If there was ever going to be a time when we needed to come up with something, my wedding was it!


Best man’s toast right before the song!

Rick’s real start was being part of the Bershire Boys Choir. They were in Leonard Bernstein’s original production of Mass to open the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Bernstein hand-picked Rick to perform the altar boy solo with Alan Titus. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts academy in northern Michigan, and was nick-named The Whiz at the New England Conservatory for his perfect pitch.


When I finished the lyrics and handed them off to him, I was nervous that inspiration might not hit. But hit it did!

In addition, he knew someone who had a professional recording studio in his house, complete with a state-of-the-art synthesizer. We were able to go well beyond recording on his dad’s reel to reel tape deck. We had strings, brass, percussion, chimes…the whole shmeer!

The opening verse was just Rick singing and keyboard. The second verse opened the song like a blooming rose as the chimes started the second verse. And it went on from there. On one take his voice cracked during the chorus, but it was at the perfect moment to add an emotional touch, so we kept it.

Yes, Rick sang the song, but given his resume’ and my voice, well…I’m sure you understand! He also arranged all parts and recorded them all on the synthesizer. It was a tour de force!

Rick was already playing professionally and had a professional Bose sound system. We set it up at the reception hall before going to the church. I spoke with the banquet manager, and explained the surprise we had in store. Right after the best man’s toast, he would hand me the microphone so I could introduce Julie’s song. I wanted the lights dimmed and all staff to leave the tables and stay in the back of the room. All attention was to be paid to my bride and her song!

The moment came. I started talking about the songs Rick and I had written and how there was something missing from our catalog; a song for my new wife, my Jewel.

Well, she cried. All the women at the tables cried. Even the waitresses cried!

I measured that night’s success in running mascara!



So what was it like? Really?? I finally did something I’ve meant to do for years; I took the original cassette tape to a studio and had it saved digitally. So here, to commemorate our 33rd wedding anniversary and for your listening pleasure, is She’s My Jewel!


Quote for 3/16/2018

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;   Colossians 3:12 NKJV


Locally there have been a rash of violent crimes. A man with a knife stabbed two people at the grocery we shop at and hijacked a car. In another instance a woman was waiting at a light when it turned green, and the car in front of her didn’t move at all. She tapped her horn. Just tapped. He got out and threatened to kill her getting himself arrested and jailed.

We need to pray for protection as we go out into our day, BUT we perhaps need to pray for guidance to maintain ourselves in the midst of so many assaults in an increasingly coarse and violent society. Being tried and stressed more each day, we need God’s Spirit and power to maintain…

…tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering conduct.

Quote for 3/15/2018

“…let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”   Acts 4:10,12


This is Peter testifying to the Sanhedrin when called to explain healing a lame man. His audience was the high priest Annas, Caiaphas, and their family. Nepotism was rife within the priesthood! And these were the very men who engineered Jesus’ crucifixion!

It was not long before this that Peter denied Jesus, and he was hunkered down with the rest of the disciples in hiding from these very men! But then the Holy Spirit came to them in the sound of a mighty wind and flames of fire on each of them. Just as in the passage above, they proclaimed the unadulterated Gospel. They stated plainly who Jesus was and is and what He had done for all humanity.

I sometimes struggle with what to tell people, how to start a conversation about salvation. Every person needs a different approach. They have different reasons for not believing in Jesus and accepting Him.

Maybe I should just start with the simple, powerful Gospel. Let them raise their objections, and let the same Holy Spirit guide my words from there.

It worked pretty well for Peter.

Wild at Heart

Bride and GroomWives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[d] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[e] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.   Ephesians 5:22-33

The above passage gets a lot of people’s ire up. Feminism has generally got a lot to say about the whole submission line. “Obey” is usually omitted from marriage vows nowadays.

But read the whole thing, slowly, deliberately, and dispassionately. You’ll see that the majority of this passage is directed at the man and the sacrificial manner in which he is to treat his wife. Wives’ submission to their husbands is characterized as the loving response for husbands’ devotion to them. This is how marriage symbolizes our relationship to Christ.

So each, the man and the woman, have a role to play in their relationship and as a family.

Wild at HeartEnter Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. This book was an eye-opener to me when I first read it many years ago. Eldredge shows us how the sexes are wired to assume their roles as adults. Clichés about the damsel in distress and the heroic knight are clichés simply because they are based in reality. That’s how clichés become clichés! The woman wants to be cared for. The man wants to be heroic.

Here’s my take on what Eldredge has to say. God is definitely masculine, but He also possesses the feminine nurturing qualities as well. The Holy Spirit has a feminine expression in the original languages. God symbolically split Himself in two when He created Adam and Eve. Their marriage – and every marriage since – is a symbolic reunion of those two essential parts of God. The union of a man and woman in marriage and producing children is our act of creation, symbolically showing God and His creation in earthly acts.

Do you see now why marriage is so important to God? Do you understand now why sexual sins are especially abhorrent to God?

This is also why Satan is so keen to destroy the family unit on earth. His greatest servant of modern times, Alistair Crowley, founded the modern day Church of Satan. Consider the following:

  • He wrote The Book of the Law, which he claims was dictated to him by “…a disembodied voice that claimed to be that of Aiwass, the messenger of Horus…”1960s
  • Crowley wrote “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” This became the 60’s mantra, “Do your own thing.”
  • He claimed to be The Great Beast, 666
  • “I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”
  • Following a mountaintop sex magic ritual, Crowley also performed an invocation to the demon Choronzon involving blood sacrifice, considering the results to be a watershed in his magical career.
  • “Let me seduce the boys…and the oldsters may totter unconverted to their graves. Then these boys, become men, may bring about the new Heaven and the new Earth…but without an army I am useless…give me my army, young men; and we will sweep these dogs into the sea.” Calling for a sexual revolution and destruction of the family.
  • He declared family to be public enemy #1 in his book, Magick Without Tears, saying of family, “Think what horrid images it evokes from the mind. Not only Victorian; wherever the family has been strong it has always been an engine of tyranny…curse them! They are always in the way…to the performance of this work (the New Age) the nearest obstacle and the most obvious is the family.”

Crowley did everything he could to subvert Christian living, including perverted sex, drug use, and rock and roll. If Crowley could see what society has become, he would be proud!

We must cling to what is good, to the teachings God gave mankind from the beginning! History shows that societies who have taken the path we are now on will destroy themselves from within.

I strongly recommend Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I encourage everyone to not listen to secular, Crowley-influenced teachings about human relations, sex, and family. Remain grounded in God’s Truth and share it with all you know!

King James Bible

Quote for 3/14/2018

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   2 Peter 1:5-8


First, virtue. Do you believe? Excellent! Do good. Our conscience directs us.

Knowledge refines our understanding of what our conscience teaches us in broad strokes.

Self control is needed, for with knowledge, pride can enter. Paul warns in I Corinthians 9 that knowledge has given him understanding, and he knows what he is free to do. However, he refrains from letting his pride drive his actions. Rather, he restrains his actions which knowledge allows out of consideration to others so as to be careful not to offend or lead weaker brothers astray.

Perseverance is necessary, for we can weary of the battle against the flesh as Paul also wrote in Romans 7. He despaired of doing what he wishes he wouldn’t and not doing that he wants to do, thanking God for Jesus forgiveness!

These having been adopted, we can truly be considerate of our brothers and sisters, both those of the faith and those still lost.

We can even…LOVE them!!

Quote for 3/13/2018

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.   Romans 8:28 NKJV


This is at least partly an answer to the wrong belief that “everything happens for a reason,” meaning a good reason. Bad things happening is Satan at work; that’s the reason. Why does God let bad things happen? He doesn’t. We do. Well, That’s “we” collectively, starting with Adam and Eve.

Satan gained ownership of the world when Adam and Eve chose him over God and gave him creation. We are their physical descendants; we are Adam and Eve. Bad things are Satan at work.

God, however, is our galactic chess master. He can outplay every move Satan makes against us. He can take all bad situations and make them “work together for good to those who love God.”

You and I inherited Adam and Eve’s sin no less than we might inherit blue eyes. We also sin daily and have bad things happen continually. Thanks be to God who can take all of that and make us shine in the shared glory of Christ!!

Quote for 3/12/2018

the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.   2 Peter 1:4


God made a promise to Eve roughly 6000 years ago. Her Seed would make her mistake right and defeat the evil that had persuaded her. God remade that promise to Abram and Sarai 2000 years later. Those promises were personified in Jesus another 2000 years after that.

That first promise to Eve is still being fulfilled to all who believe in Jesus and call on His name. More than that, Peter tells us that we also share in Jesus’ divine nature. How else can we possibly believe such fantastic words, such incredible promises? How else can God look at us and see brothers and sisters of Jesus instead of lustful sinners?

They are promises of love beyond measure, timeless and priceless…and ours!

Down the (Black) Rabbit Hole

Yesterday’s article, Take Your Hawking to School Day, reminded me of this article I wrote back in 2014 about black holes being disproved by a theoretical physicist like Hawking. She solved a fifty year old paradox in black hole theory, and, to her own shock, proved black holes can’t exist! Maybe the kid, Maillis, is on to something!


I had thought black holes were a certainty. I thought I’d read or heard that they have been observed, directly and visibly through the Hubble Space Telescope or indirectly by way of radio telescopes.

Exodus CaseApparently, I was mistaken. Apparently, black holes may not exist after all. I would also like to point out that this possibility is not the declaration of a Christian going after the world of physics, a Christian who could be accused of having an agenda. This is a scientist at a state university who did the math and discovered to her own great surprise that black holes may have been a figment of our collective imagination – a wrong interpretation of data from countless observations and measurements. As the author of The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden observed, “There are never incorrect results. Only incorrect interpretations.”

This is the work of Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences. From Wikipedia:

Professor Laura Mersini-HoughtonProfessor Laura Mersini-Houghton is an Albanian cosmologist and theoretical physicist, and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proponent of the multiverse theory which holds that our universe is one of many. She argues that anomalies in the current structure of the universe are best explained as the gravitational tug exerted by other universes.

Mersini-Houghton received her B.S. degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, and her M.Sc. from the University of Maryland.[11] She was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After earning her doctorate, Mersini-Houghton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she had a postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Syracuse University.[11] She accepted a job as faculty at University of North Carolina, and in January 2004, she started as assistant professor of theoretical physics and cosmology at UNC and was granted tenure in 2008.”

I also wondered exactly what cosmology is, so I found the following, also from Wikipedia:

“Cosmology (from the Greek κόσμος, kosmos “world” and -λογία, -logia “study of”), is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe.”

So we have a tenured professor at a state school, who I would guess is not a Christian, coming out with information that says black holes may be nonsense after all. She’s got degrees from American and European colleges and universities and earned a post-doctoral fellowship in Italy. My guess as to her not being a Christian is based on her pursuit of cosmology. Spoiler alert: Jesus comes back, believers go to heaven, non-believers, regrettably, go to hell, and there’s your eternity, sport fans.

Is this a good place to say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out?

My overall point – and there is one – is that this isn’t someone secular folks could call a crazy Christian with an agenda. Nope. She’s one of them.

According to the article in the London Daily Mail:

“A scientist has sensationally said that it is impossible for black holes to exist – and she even has mathematical proof to back up her claims.”

Hawking_andEventHorizon2-150She also says she can confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory that stars, as they die, release a type of radiation known as Hawking radiation, which Hawking predicted. This introduces the information paradox. If black holes suck everything in and crush it into infinity, but quantum theory says no matter and information can ever disappear from the universe, we have the paradox.

Mersini-Houghton says that black holes, at least as we now know them, cannot exist. Far from running around yelling, “Eureka!”, she claims to be in shock over the results of her work. She doesn’t seem to have been expecting this result, especially since it’s a problem that’s been wrestled with by theoretical physicists for fifty years. I doubt she even expected to be the one to find a solution, let alone one that crushed black hole theory like…a black hole. She says “the mathematics are conclusive.”

An interesting side bar to all of this is what it does to The Big Bang Theory, which states that the known universe started out as a singularity, a black hole, and then exploded and expanded into what we today call home. She’s created a problem for physicists everywhere:

Professor Mersini-Houghton’s new theory does manage to mathematically combine the two fundamental theories, but with unwanted effects for people expecting black holes to exist.

Oops! So there goes Deep Time and Evolution!  We are back to creation and God.

Read the article for yourself: Black Holes Do NOT Exist and the Big Bang Theory is Wrong