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Yikes! Our A/C is Down!

So, yesterday morning we awoke to a hot, stuffy house.  Yep, the 14 year old air conditioner was not working!  A call was made to the Repair Guy, but he couldn't get here until around 5:00 P.M.  By then the outside temp was hovering at 93, with very humid, sticky air.  The sad news was the motor on the  outside compressor was kaput!  A new motor was ordered and should be here sometime this afternoon.  Yippie!

Last night we turned our ceiling fans on and I took a cool shower before going to bed.  We both actually slept very well.  However, I was thinking this morning, just how spoiled I am.  We live in Florida.  We are not the hottest state in the Union, but possibly the muggiest!  Corinne and I often talk about how the old "Crackers" actually made it living here.  I can't even begin to imagine not wearing shorts and sandals every day of the week.  Once in awhile we get to learn more of old Florida, Cracker heritage.  Those old homes, most without even screens on the windows and no fans or air conditioning units must have been unbearable during the summer.  I shudder at the thought of trying to sleep at night while being buzzed by mosquitoes and noseeums  all night long, while laying in a puddle of sweat!  People must have smelled pretty ripe back in those days!

As a kid, growing up in hot, humid Michigan summertime, I can remember my Dad, an on the road salesman, coming home from a two-three day road trip before the days of auto A/C.  He would be totally beat!  Dad always wore a ball cap to keep the sun off his bald head and out of his eyes.  His tie would be hanging loose around his neck, and his shirt would be wringing wet!  Often Mom, would have a picnic supper all packed and ready to go. Dad would quickly change and we would all head for a local lake to eat supper and soak in the cool water most of the evening.  Then we would come home and sweat again because we didn't have A/C in the house in those days.  How happy my Siblings and I were when one day Dad announced that he was going to have a in ground swimming pool installed.  After it was installed, as soon as Dad got home, I'd put a chuck roast on our fire pit.  Mom would have the other fixings ready to go, and by the time Dad cooled off in the pool, we'd eat and spend the rest of the evening in the water.  What awesome memories!

OK...enough of the old days!  Suffice it to say, I'm glad that we have air conditioned cars, homes and everything else here in Florida these days!  And...yes, I'm spoiled and I like it that way! 

So, here is to a happy afternoon when our A/C Guy shows up! 

The Distorted View of God!

OK, I've been very remiss in blogging lately.  My poor excuse has been that I've been very busy writing the manuscript of my new book, based on my battle with cancer and the lessons learned.  So, this morning, I've felt the nudge to get a blog update up and running.  So here it is....

You may or may not be aware of the fact that every morning, seven days per week, I write a short Facebook post that I call Grace Nugget of the Day.  This post is a very short, one or two sentence thought I wish to share in regards to the principles of New Covenant Grace.  These posts are all Scripture based, even though I never list the verses that refer to the Nugget as I desire the reader to do a little searching for themselves.  One day I hope to include the Nuggets in a one year, daily devotional book.  It would state the daily Nugget, list the Scripture reference, have a short, one or two paragraph meditation and end with a daily prayer.  This thought is based upon many daily meditation type books that are available, only this one will be 100% New Covenant Grace.

Yesterday's Nugget was: "To say you still sin is to put Christ back on the cross!"  Of course, I certainly created a little tension with this post.  I knew I would!  One guy, not even a Facebook Friend, replied several times to my original post, totally in disagreement with me and ended up calling me a "fool."  Of course, at that time I blocked him.  I had another person post a quote from a famous writer of a very old daily devotional book, written maybe 100 years ago, that was in disagreement with my original Nugget.

You know, the issue of sin can really stir up the troops!  I had to reply a short post that stood in disagreement with the old, famous author.  In thinking about this some today, I kinda stand in amazement about how some of our old doctrines of the Church have come about.  And, here I am, not some famous author or theologian, standing in opposition to those who are famous.  It's kinda like, "Who does Larry think he is?" 

Here is what I've discovered as a result of my journey into New Covenant Grace: I have had to do a lot of mind changing over the past years!  You see, there was a time, not too many years ago, that I most likely would have labeled me a heretic!  That's right!  How well I remember, the times gone by, when God was revealing Grace to Corinne and I.  At first we thought that we had fallen off the edge of correct theology and doctrine, into the abyss of heresy and error.  It was very scary to have to admit that we had been teaching false doctrine all of these years.  That's right, I said, FALSE DOCTRINE!      You see, to teach that Christians can still sin is, false doctrine!  Ouch!  No one likes to hear that!  Yet, it's true!

Most of us in ministry teach only that which we have been taught.  Most Christians believe only what their pastors have taught them.  This is not a problem if the teaching is correct, but if it isn't correct, then we end up believing and often propagating false doctrine.  The first thing I discovered, years ago, was that I needed to open my mind to change.  Some, just refuse to do that!  The guy who called me a fool refused to open his mind to the possibility that he was wrong.

OK...this blog is getting way too long.  You can tell that I've not written one for awhile!  Please allow me to just state in closing, that we are to show the world a non-distorted view of God.  It is a distortion to suggest that sin still exists!  It places Christ back on the cross.  He no longer is there.  Hebrews says that He died only once, not over and over!  Here is just one of many, many verses that suggest that Christ did away with all sin.  I close with it!  2 Corinthians 5:19, "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, NO LONGER COUNTING PEOPLE'S SINS AGAINST THEM."  The question I often ask people is, "What part of NO LONGER don't they understand?

Grace and peace!