Podcast is up!

Yes!  The podcast is up and active. The first episode, to be honest, sounds like a first episode, but we’re going. I’m so excited. This is so different than anything I’ve ever done.  If you’re not interested in the Paranormal, or Supernatural, just give it a miss, but tell your friends who are.

I hope you enjoy this. I will probably put it on YouTube in a couple days. If so, I’ll let you know. Just go to YT and like the post. Even if you listen on the anchor site or at Spotify. It probably won’t be active on Spotify until Friday, or Saturday.

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Podcast Launch Coming Soon!

Events With Benefits® Podcast | Travel headphones, Smartphone, Motivational  giftsI am getting excited. My new podcast is inching closer to launch. I still don’t have an exact date, but maybe by the end of the week. I’m going into the studio today to record the first episode. After that it will all be about editing and getting it published. I’m just not sure how long that will take me. I’m a bit out of practice.

I’m calling the program, Mysteries, Magic, and the Supernatural, or MM&S. My plan is to look at popular weird topics, like, UFO and Crytpid sightings, Poltergeist activity, and other Paranormal events, and to look at them from a Biblical perspective. What? Yes, I believe they are real. And I believe the Bible has a lot to say about weird stuff like that. I’m going to use some of my own paranormal experiences to get the ball rolling.

I’m also going to show you some of the weird stuff that’s in the Bible. Christians have kind of hidden from these topics for way too long, or tried to ‘Spiritualize’ them in some way. But I believe if we look at this stuff honestly, it will all make sense.

Frankly, I’m taking a huge risk with this project. Many Christians will automatically think I’ve become a heretic, and will not hear me out. Many Unbelievers in either the Bible or the Supernatural will think I’m a religious nut, and not listen. But this subject matter  was the basis for my doctorate, and I’m quite passionate about it.  It will take several episodes for the pieces to begin to fit together, so I wonder whether listeners will stay with me long enough to make sense. I don’t know. But life is all about risks. If we live our lives in bubble wrap, we’ll never experience anything.

I can promise you this. Every story I tell, will be true. Whether it happened to me, or to someone else. Every Bible story I tell, will be accurate. The world we live in is mysterious, magical, and supernatural. And God is trying to tell  you something by it all.

I will use this site  as a place to announce new episodes. I’m going to use my personal Facebook Page for discussions. As the program grows, I’ll likely make a new FB page dedicated to it. I’m thinking very seriously about putting the episodes on YouTube. I’ve cleared out everything I had on one of my channels for this. I just don’t know whether it’s a good place to put podcasts anymore. YT is going crazy with adverts. It has become really annoying. Ads are one of the reasons I hate television. So I’m still trying to decide on that one. Do me a favor, email me and let me know whether or not you’d listen to a podcast on YouTube. I will be making it available pretty much everywhere else, including Stitcher, and I hope, Spotify.

Spoiler Alert:  In the first episode, I will tell the story of my UFO encounter. In the next few episodes I will talk about personal interactions with demons, and shadow people. I will also talk about the Loch Ness Monster in the first 5 episodes. After all, I live less than 60 miles east of the Loch. So, if you have any stories or question related to those subjects, email me or write them in the comments.

Hey, if nothing else, maybe MM&S will give you something to do during lockdown. And you don’t even have to wear a mask. Have a great week, y’all.

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First Anniversary Of My Open Heart Surgery. Let’s Celebrate

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Image result for Celebrate images public domainSpeaking of it being June, it was one year ago today, that I received triple bypass surgery. Between January 2107 and June 4, 2018, I had a heart attack and 4 strokes. The last stroke was during my heart surgery. That’s pretty scary. The only after effects of all those attacks on my body, are scars on my chest and legs, loss of vision in half of my left eye, and trouble remembering names and names of places. My speech is not slurred. My long term and short term memory are good. I’m not as quick remembering things. I used to be really good at quizzes and memory games. I could think of things quickly. I’m not as quick as I used to be. It’s kind of like the way you lose a step in football or tennis when you get older. But this is with my mind. I can still recall things, it just might take me a minute to process the question. But all things considered, I’ll take it. The heart specialist told me that it’s not uncommon for a patient to die if they have a stroke during heart surgery. Ok, I’ll take a bit of blindness and a slower recall of historical information. And, with the names, it’s not like I don’t recognize people. It’s just embarrassing, when I’ve known someone for years and suddenly their name is gone. Still, what’s a little embarrassment in the great scheme of things.

For a year and a half, I was so sick. I tell people all the time, that it’s like I was asleep. I have very few memories of what happened during my sick time. I remember being a lot of trouble for my wife, if we went places to sight see, or shop. I was always having to stop and rest, and often spraying my heart meds. Poor lass, couldn’t have had much fun.

We live two or three blocks from the Church of Christ, where I’m the minister, and I couldn’t even walk it without stopping to rest. I remember that Sundays took a lot out of me. Preaching in the morning and at night was almost more than I could do. I had to start taking Mondays off, because I couldn’t get out of bed.

But now, a year on, I feel great. I still need to do some work to get seriously fit. I need to lose some more weight, but I’m losing it. Last week, I walked down to Buckpool harbor and back with my grandchildren. There were no problems. I’ve walked up and down all the stairs over at Brodie Castle. And, I’m awake. I feel like I was asleep, and I’m awake. So today, I’m celebrating. Life is not to be taken for granted. We live in a beautiful world. Especially up here in Moray. From the Sea to the Mountains, and every mile in between. We are surrounded by some amazing views of nature. And let’s not forget all the wonderful people we meet. Life really is a blessing.

But what about after. What would have happened to me, if my stroke during surgery had been fatal. Sure there would have been a sense of shock for some of my friends, and all the folk at church. Probably my wife would have been pretty upset at me. And I hope, a little sad. But what about me?

I am 100% confident of what would have happened to me. I would have awakened with no pain, in a place even more beautiful than Moray. I would never know a moment of sadness or illness, or pain ever again. Not because we all go to a better place, but because Jesus promised a forever of joy for ever single person who would put their Faith in Him. He is the creator of the world we live in. He died on a cross because we sinned, and he didn’t want to be separated from us. And he rose again, to conquer death. Not just once, in his case. But for all of us. And I made the choice many years ago, to give my life into his care. For that reason I know what will happen to me when I die. I know I’m not perfect. I’m not even close. Just ask my wife. But I am forgiven. Like the apostle Paul, For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

And what about you? On this anniversary of my surgery I have to ask. There is a funeral going on right now in Buckie. I saw the cars. There have been quite a few recently. Yikes. What if one of them next week is yours? What if your family and friends dress all in black and weep at losing you. What happens to you? Have you made preparations? Do you have a will? Do you KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt what your future will be? You can. Seriously. I’m not joking. You can hand the keys over to Jesus right now. You can say, Jesus, I need you. I surrender. You drive from now on. And I can tell you, from experience, that new life with and from Jesus is even better that waking up after surgery. I’m glad I’m alive. I love my life. I love this town. I even love all the rain. And it’s much easier to love it all, because I know that even after it’s all behind me, life gets even better.

We’d love to have you visit us at Church sometime. We talk about things like this. You don’t have to dress up. Wear something. Otherwise you might get arrested. But you don’t have to get all dressed up. Sometimes people think you have to put on fancy duds to come to church. No Way. You can. Some people do. Heck sometimes even I do. But not always. Come as you are. We meet at 11 a.m. At the intersection of West Church and Pringle streets. We also have a meeting at 6:20 sunday evenings. You’d be welcome at either…or both. If you have a church home, I encourage you to go there. But if you don’t you are more that welcome to visit with us.

That’s all I’ve got for now. We’ll talk again soon. But for the rest of this week…..I’m out.

Such A Strange Way To Save The World – Scandalous, Part 3

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Episode Notes –

One of the evidences of the truth of the Christmas Story is that no one would make up a story this way. Who would have the king come as the child of a peasant girl engaged to a pauper of a carpenter from a backwater town in an occupied land? Who would include a stable, a manger and shepherd? Is there really a message of love and hope in those details?

How is poor Joseph of Nazareth one of the greatest Biblical examples of faith? How does God reward him?

This weeks text is Luke, Chapter 2.