Saturday, January 27, 2007

Verse of the day

I don't need no tooty fruity no Lollipop
Come on Baby let's rock rock rock..........

R. Valenzuela 1959

Friday, January 19, 2007

Follow up

The God Box really does Work.......


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The God Box............ Wednesday night service

There's nothing Holy about the box. It's just a simple 5" X 3"X 4 " teak wood box. But it's what it represents that can be therapeutic as well as devine.

In most 12 step programs a Key element of success is the term "Let go Let God". Meaning; there are some things bigger than you that you are going to have to trust God to handle. (or if you're PC, your "Higher Power") As the song goes

"What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privelidge to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh what joy we often forfeit
Oh what needless pain we bear
all because we do not carry
Everything to God in Prayer"

A Christian understands that God controls all. God is omnipotent (all powerful) Omniscient (all knowing) and Omipresent (everywhere) A Christian learns to trust God with those issues beyond our circle of control. James writes in the new testament:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

This is the faith Jesus talked about when he mentioned the faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains into the ocean. The God Box Idea is a phyical representation of letting go of a problem and handing it to God. You write down your prayer request. Stick it in the box, and trust that God will resolve your issue. As humans, we like to "solve" problems as part of our survival instinct. The Idea of "faith" contradicts that practice. With faith, we could possibly percieve ourselves as helpless and vulnerable when relying on the unseen for results. But that is by definition what faith is. So the Idea of writing, putting and trusting is much easier and reassuring than kneeling in prayer day after day until the issue is resolved. AND the physical action can support your spiritual faith. It's like putting your ATM card in an ATM machine. You expect to see the 20's kicking out. But without the physical insertion of the card, even though the cash is in there, you won't see any results. In a way, that's how the God box works. Putting the request in writing and in paper does something for your subconcious mind that strengthens your spiritual faith. There's nothing more you can do. BUT you must be prepared to accept God's response. You can't say Lord I want you to help me as long as it's the help that I'm asking for. That's the double minded man that James goes on to talk about.

I remember applying for a loan. I had to show the loan officers that I was good for the money. I guess my total worth factored into how much money they were willing to loan me. So I filled out the application and submitted it not knowing if I was going to get the full amount I was asking for. Again, I was prepared to recieve what the loan company felt was best for me. The same mentality needs to be employed when approaching God in prayer. You need to understand that God knows what is best for you. He might shower you with physical blessings beyond what you asked for; or he may make you wait. Both would be according to what God knows is best for you in your situation. That's where trust is a valuable friend.

I think it was Garth Brookes that wrote the song "Some of God's best blessings are unanswered prayers". Of course God answers all prayers, just not the way we want them answered. NO is an answer. And many times denying us what we think is right for us is actually God saving us from damnation.

The God box is a useful tool. I like the poem that goes:

When your head starts to Worry
And your mind just can't rest
Put your thoughts down on paper
And let God do the rest

God can handle our simple human problems much easier than we can.

Trust HIM.

Here's a link to a vender that makes specific Boxes. But any ol' cigar box or jewelry box works.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ace's Sunday Sermon -Monday edition I'm Spiritual but not Religious

What on earth is the point of being spiritual and not ackowledging your spiritual maker? To be honest, I don't think you have to be "religious" to make it to heaven. You DO have to understand that the maker of YOUR spirit controls the fate of your spirit. We ALL have spirits. We are ALL spiritual, just as we all breath air. We all are subject to gravity.

I'm spiritual but not religious is analogous to saying: "I have a brain, but I'm not intellectual", or "I have a car but I don't drive it" or " I'm a spouse, but I don't love my wife". Yes you have a spirit. Does your spiritual life consist of trying to talk to ghosts? Do you try to connect with the forces of nature? This is like the car owner polishing his finish or adjusting his rearview mirror but not turning the key. Your spirit is the part of you that will survive your physical death. And Paul wrote, (quoting Isaiah)


So all of you yoga practicing self-awareness spirits be advised. Your spirit is no more useful than your hands or feet if you don't ackowledge the purpose given for them. Ghosts aren't important. Prohets are not important. Knowing that all of them are from God IS important. Knowing that every knee shall bow on Judgement day IS important. Being born again in water IS important.

I'm spiritual AND I know that there is more to life than is humanly comprehensable.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Fried Bologna Sammiches

I now live in a land of Paradise where it's not unusual for a Hamburger to list at 15.00 and an extra 2.00 for grilled mushrooms or cheese. But I just had the memory of when I was a child and we use to make grilled bologna sandwiches (sammiches) with white bread and mayo. Ah what a delicasy.

Some things you just can't find in a 4 star restaraunt. Ya know?

Ace out.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bipartisan Bumper Sticker 100%

At last, a bumper sticker for both parties. FINALLY, someone has come out with a 100% bipartisan political bumper sticker. The hottest selling bumper sticker comes from New York state .


Democrats put it on the rear bumper.

Republicans put it on the front bumper.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Stay away from your Heros

Terry Anderson wrote a song on his "I'll drink to that" called, "Stay Away From Your Heros". The follow up lyric is "They'll only let you down".

When I look at my Heros, I see the same disappointment Terry wrote about.

Chuck Berry is amongst the sickest spiritually.

Jerry Lee Lewis earned the nick-name "The Killer"

Eddie Van Halen after going through Chemo/surgery for tongue cancer, starts smoking again.

John Phillips (mamma and papas) said after his 2nd liver transplant he was going to throw a big party.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Predictions for this year for all the X-15 fans. Prepare for a "best of the X-15s" album to be released soon with many cuts from the obscure "Hunka Gyrations" album. Also, we're targeting the end of the year for the release of " Spies, Lies and Alibis".

This will be followed by a tour.

Cya then