Norma Jean Hughes – August 24, 1939 -August 28, 1939


Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown

On this day, 75 yeas ago,  a baby was born to Richard Marvin Hughes and Ida Odessa Russell Hughes – a girl. They named her Norma Jean. There are no pictures of this child – not even one. My mother says she had beautiful, black curly hair. She died four days after she was born.

She now is at rest in Shoal Creek Cemetery in Morgan County, Alabama. She lies next to her grandmother, and mine, Temperance Jane Russell.

Her name is seldom mentioned anymore. When I was a child, I would pretend she was with me and imagine what she was like. I still wonder what she would have been like.

There are few stories about her life, but one about her death fascinates me. Our mother tells me that on the day Norma Jean died, Mother saw the ceiling of the bedroom where she lay, open, and an angelic figure took an infant child up through the opening. A few minutes later my dad came into the room and told Mother the baby had died. Mother was never a person who was considered ‘psychic’ or even overly religious. This type story was rather ‘out of character’ for her. She always told the story in a matter-of-fact way and she never doubted that it actually happened. Neither did I.

Today, were she still living, we would most likely be celebrating in some way as she would be turning 75. Instead, I am remembering that I have an older sister in heaven.  A sister, my living sister and I have never seen, but one that we will meet someday. I believe that we will know one another the moment we get there and will not have to be introduced.

Happy Birthday, Sis!

I guess I could be wrong about the introduction part.

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Support Israel’s Right to Self-Defense!


Does the nation of Israel have a right to defend itself in the fight with Hamas?

Should the question even be asked? Doesn’t every nation have a right to self-defense?

Apparently, there are many who think Israel does not have this right.

It seems that because Israel is very effective in their fighting, they are now considered, by many, to be the “bad guys” in this war against terror and many have gone so far as to say they do not have the right to defend themselves. Few stop to consider the idea that IF Israel is actually as effective against Hamas as is being reported perhaps this terrorist organization would cease and desist in their attacks. When the cease-fire ends it is Hamas who disrupts the peace by resuming the attacks, not Israel! (Cease-fire ends with rockets from Hamas)

Meanwhile, a ‘Propaganda War’ is raging, even here in America.

Thankfully, as of July 20, 2014, our leaders here in the USA were still supporting Israel’s right to fight back when attacked by terrorists, but the idea Israel needs to be given “permission” indicates that the opposite could hold true as well.

Both Obama and Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

This is a very troubling trend and just as anti-Semitism was prevalent in Germany during WWII, it is becoming prevalent through-out the world today.

At a diversity event in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jewish organizations were specifically told not to bring Israeli flags, while other cultural groups were given no such instructions and in fact brought flags.

In France and Germany, synagogues and Jewish community centres have been firebombed. In Britain, a rabbi was attacked near a Jewish boarding school. And in Australia, a bus carrying Jewish schoolchildren was targeted by teenagers shouting “Heil Hitler” and threatening to slit the children’s throats.

Many have tried to soften the disgusting bigotry by calling it anti-Israel rather than anti-Semitism, but changing the language in no way changes the heart of humanity.

Please stand with Israel. Contact your Congressman and our President and encourage them to continue to support this tiny nation who has long been our ally.

Also, learn more about Israel.  The following web-sites may prove helpful:

Stand With Us

Librarians for Fairness

Stand By Israel Meet-Up Groups

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History of Impeachment Pushes – Truth vs Stahcer


Jeff Stahcer, a political cartoonist, recently produced the cartoon called “History of Impeachment Pushes.” Political Cartoon 001 I found the cartoon to be quite interesting. Mr. Stahcer has a different recollection and perception, not only of history, but of the present. I believe his view is different from that which can be supported by historical facts and current events.

For example, Richard Nixon was impeached because he was determined to have “prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice” in the investigation of the break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C. See Articles of Impeachment Against Richard Nixon.

Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power. See Articles of Impeachment Against Bill Clinton. (Stahcer got the lies part right.)

Somewhere, Mr. Stahcer has gotten the idea that all who call for Mr. Obama’s impeachment want him to be impeached because he was elected president. I believe a careful look at facts will show otherwise. For example:

1. Evidence has been reported by many sources of a Benghazi cover-up that reaches the White House.

2. Billions of tax dollars are being lost every day to waste, fraud and corruption in the federal government, but President Obama’s administration is blocking inspectors general — the officials who are most likely to find and expose such wrongdoing…

3.  The IRS has been given broad powers under the Obama Administration which have been abused. Some evidence indicates Obama has been involved in this abuse. Certainly the Obama Administration  has not been serious about investigating the IRS.

4. Personally, I believe the use of drones to spy on American citizens should be an impeachable offense.

5. Many other impeachable offenses by the Obama Administration may be found at Red Flag.

 So, Mr. Jeff Stahcer, I was offended by your cartoon. I hope you understand why.

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Come let us reason together…


If you are sometimes confused by reading the Bible, studying themes might prove helpful. Remember that in literature, the theme is the underlying message of the text. The Bible is a rich book that can be read everyday for a life-time without being exhausted. In actuality, there are no contradictions, but the truths taught concerning God (Jehovah) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit must be comprehended before the Bible becomes an open book.

Themes that are found throughout the Bible are: 

Creation – Everything that exists was created by the fullness of our Mighty God-

Commandments  – God sets a standard for mankind’s behavior-

Covenant – Promises that result in the coming of Messiah and Redemption-

Christ – Living a regenerated life is possible and pleasing to God because one is found ‘In Christ’ -

Once the basic truth about who God is and His nature is accepted and once we are willing to receive His Word by faith, rather than trusting our own understanding, these great truths form a beautiful story that is consistent from Genesis to the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

The LORD suggested by the prophet Isaiah that we should be able to reason together. During Old Testament (Covenant) days as well as New Testament times, the need of mankind has been and is forgiveness and restoration:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.

The underlying theme of the Bible is certainly God’s plan to save mankind from death and ruin, or destruction brought about by sin. There are absolutes in the Bible and unless we realize that God requires us to observe these absolutes, we will get into a lot of trouble and miss the ‘Way’ He has provided.

One common mistake is the issue of judging others. When we judge others rather than trusting God, we will find we often go the wrong way.

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Where is it written? In the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

Do these verses help identify the Lord Jesus Christ? I believe they do, because Paul wrote:

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Some stumble here because the Scriptures say that  God had to bestow the name on Him. Judging by human standards this might appear that Christ’s position is less than God. However, the Bible clearly teaches, God (Jehovah) is one, then He will never bestow that name on a person who isn’t already a part of this “One.” Just as Christ gave up the glory They shared, He also have up His position, yet the Father restored Him to His former glory and His former position.

God’s glory is not shared with another, just as He tells us that He is one and there is “no other God” but Him, He tells us that He shares His glory with no other.”

I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols. Isaiah 42:8

And yet Jesus said quite plainly:

John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Paul asked an important question that would apply here:

What then shall we say to these things?  Romans 8:31

His answers are in the same verse.

If God is for us, who is against us?

The one who is against us is Satan, and he has no power over those who are “in Christ.”

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 2 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do…10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you… 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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James Rogers – Our Hometown Hero


James Rogers -

Most small towns have somebody who is famous they are able to call their own, but few have someone who is as nice and as equally talented as James Rogers. This is the person we claim in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.

James Rogers was actually born across the state line in Chattanooga, TN, but he and his family moved to Ft. Oglethorpe while he was a child. 

I began teaching at Ft. Oglethorpe, the elementary school he attended, after he had completed his years there, but I did get to enjoy his yearly returns to entertain at our Labor Day celebrations – Labor Day at the Post.

Many of you may know him from seeing him perform at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN. He spent most of his career performing there, but during that time he also performed at other venues and had many great recordings. Fly Eagle Fly is probably my favorite, but he also has a great video called, “I guard America.”

James was highly honored in 1999 when the National Guard adopted the song, “I Guard America” as their official song. If you haven’t heard this, you will want to watch the video.

He is well-known for his great rendition of Donald Duck singing ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

May God bless James Rogers, our hometown hero, as well as the USA.

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Well said, Jon Voight.


His letter begins with the words:

My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry…

It ends with:

You should hang your heads in shame.  You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.

The letter will educate those who need an education concerning the recent history of Israel and why they must defend themselves today.

Mr. Voight’s letter needs to be read by those who do not understand that Israel has a  right to self-defense. Actually, he could have made a case for Israel having a God-given right to self-defense if he had chosen to do so.

Not only does Israel have a God-given right to defend itself, Israel is a chosen nation. Perhaps we should all be reminded of what God has commanded and promised  concerning Israel:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6

Many hate Israel because God has chosen her. This reaction is so very wrong and shows a misunderstanding of why God chose the nation and a misunderstanding of how God blesses all people through Israel. We should honor God, obey His commandments, and consider what He is teaching all people through the story of His chosen people.

Here are some of the verses concerning just Israel (Jerusalem). Please don’t go away until you get to the end of the story!

Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51:18

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,  The LORD bless you and  keep you;  the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27

Yes, God has promised to bless Israel and it began with one man, Abraham, who believed and obeyed:

“And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18)

For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3

Israel began as a blessed nation when Abraham believed and obeyed God. As a result, from that nation came the Holy One of God who would bless all nations. His name is Jesus.

Thus both Jews and Gentiles (all nations) are blessed:

Galatians 3:11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”– 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith…29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

The blessing we receive is forgiveness of sin and life everlasting by trusting in Jesus, the only begotten  Son of God.

He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:10-13

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JESUS FOUND THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE


Jesus in the Torah

GENESIS

While the word Trinity is not found in the Holy scripture, the concept is certainly found throughout the Bible. The first suggestion can be seen in Genesis 1:1-4. Here God is introduced as the Creator, but also as the Spirit and the Word as God’s Spirit hovers over the face of the deep and the spoken Word brings forth the light. Thus the idea of three facets of the Godhead is introduced early. Throughout the creation process, the spoken word brings forth each created life form teaching us that:

“In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” John 1:1

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:2 And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:4  And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

The language battle is still raging over the meaning of the text in Genesis 1:26. Those who hate the idea of Jesus being worshiped and the Holy Spirit being all-powerful, will deny the Trinitarian nature of God. They refuse to acknowledge that this language means that God is plural in nature:

“Then God [plural elohim] said, “Let Us [plural pronoun] make man in Our [plural pronoun] image, according to Our [plural pronoun] likeness” Genesis 1:26

I suggest we consider if we, as humans, have a plurality to our image, since men are made in the image of God. We do consist of body, soul, and spirit.  The Bible tells us that our body  and soul will die and await resurrection, but our spirit will go to be with the Lord at the time of our physical death or else go to be with those who are in Gehenna.  This suggests a Trinitarian person to me – body, soul, & spirit. At the resurrection, the body and soul will be reunited with the spirit. Matthew 11: 29, Hebrews 12:3, Zechariah 12:1 2 Corinthians 5:8-51 1 Thessalonians 4 Revelation 20

EXODUS

In Exodus, we see Christ as the Passover Lamb.  Does this prove Christ Deity? Oh, it does! Probably more than any other passage or theology, because Christ is righteous. If Christ were not righteous, He could not become our Passover Lamb. There is none good but God!

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 and ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even.

The Israelites knew! The young man who came to Jesus knew! That is why Jesus said to him:

Matthew 19:17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Jesus dying at Passover, was intentional. He became the Passover Lamb.

Matthew 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Had He not been righteous, He could not have done this. Just as the death angel passed over the households of those who had the blood on the lintel or doorpost of their homes, if the blood of Christ has been applied to our lives by faith, the death angel will pass over us and we will not be subject to the second death.

The righteous will inherit eternal life:

Matthew 25:37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You a drink?

Jesus called these people “righteous”? Does this mean that we who are ‘in Christ’ are more righteous than others?

Remember that Jesus, speaking about those who considered themselves the most righteous people to be living on earth, said:

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20

Who are the righteous? Those who are ‘in Christ’.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

When we read about Passover, in Exodus, we are pointed to Christ.

Exodus also teaches the beautiful story of how Christ as our Living Bread and how we are to be fed by His Presence because it is here we read of the bread of the Presence.

And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me regularly.* Exodus 25:30

Prior to Jesus coming to earth, this bread of the Presence was a part of Jewish history and something with which Jews were familiar. The bread represented the Presence of God caring for His people. Peter declared that from Jesus declaration that He was ‘the bread from Heaven’, the disciples had come to know that Jesus was the Holy One from God. Over the years, gentiles like myself, do not always get the significance of what Jesus was saying in these verses, but most Jews knew and I suspect that Jesus explained it to those who were less familiar with the finer points of the Torah.

* This bread of the Presence was set out each week. It was eaten in the Holy Place by Aaron and his sons who were on duty on the Sabbath day.  Frankincense was to be placed with the bread of his Presence as a food offering to the LORD and as a covenant forever. Frankincense was later brought by the wise men who worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Jesus came as the bread of God for our spiritual nourishment (John 6:32-51)

John 6:32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst…”

Leviticus

Leviticus shows us our desperate need for a Savior. Throughout the  book, we see the need for sacrifices in order to atone for sin. Leviticus 16 is about the Day of Atonement. 

For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. Leviticus 16:30

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:11

Read more about Jesus in Leviticus at In Constant Search for Him: Jesus in the Old Testament

NUMBERS

Numbers 6:24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ‘

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

I suggest readers go to Numbers is about Jesus.

DEUTERONOMY

Deuteronomy 6:4 says:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD [singular] our God [ELOHIM-plural] is one Lord.”

John 10:30 I and My Father are one.

It is in the book of Deuteronomy we find that Moses, who represents the law, is unable to lead the Israelites into the promised land, but Joshua, who represents the Savior and a deliverer is sent to take the children of Israel over the Jordan and into the promised land. Symbolically, here we see that the law will never save us, but Christ is able to deliver us and save us.

Why is it important for us to see Christ in both the Old Testament and the New Testament?

Jesus said:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40

 Yes, the scriptures all point to Jesus Christ. Time is counted by His coming. He is the King of the ages as well as the King of kings.

But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:16-17

The law shows our need for a Savior and shows human weakness with the first covenant, the prophets foretell His coming, the New Testament teaches us about the New Covenant and the Bible ends with the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, Himself, told us that when the end comes:

Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

No wonder Paul said:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

We should understand why the Bible says of the Father, that:

He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23

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