I do not think God wants me to suffer, Do You?

These are the drugs I have prescriptions for from VA. I had three back surgeries in 3 yrs, Arthritis is crippling me. The doctors cannot practice anymore on my spine. I need a shot in my neck. I have cancer from Agent Orange or Camp Lejeune water, the VA could not decide the cause but admits they are responsible because of service. If I did not have the care I get from the VA I could not survive or afford to live. I do not take the psyco drugs for PTSD, those are brain robbers to me. Others may benefit, I have never talked to anyone that said different drugs

Many senior Americans are getting to the winter of their life and as some of us say, “Life ain’t for sissies!” or “Life is a @#$**” With multiple surgeries and pain from wounds many veterans are forced into addiction to gain any relief from the pain. Include those of all ages that face Cancer every day, the pain, the emotional toll, facing death, How do they get peace of mind. Why would anyone deny these hurting humans God’s own healing herb? This truck was at one time bright and shiny,

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ready for work down on the farm or a run uptown. Now as with all the children of men it lies rusting, abandoned.

When I take the opioids as prescribed, I become a zombie, I only want to sleep and my health goes down as my weight goes up! Coming off oxy or hydrocodone is not for sissies no matter the age. Whoever takes these evil drugs for fun has got to have a death wish.

When we were in Viet Nam was the first time I smoked marijuana. We never used on an operation or on duty in the units I was with. When on a firebase fenceline we did not indulge, I heard some did but I never knew of an active combat unit that was using while active, and that was most of the time. I saw no drug use in the units I was at later except in Cuba when the fleet was in or a Jarhead would buy some from the Jamaicans the Navy had as cooks and other workers.  The marine would get caught or ratted out and get office hours. When I was working at the Datsun dealer as shop foreman, one of the mechanics found a huge plastic bag of weed in the new car they ( it was one of the Sewell Manufacturing of Breman Georgia sons) had bought a 280Z and had it in for service. The mechanic went to the grocery store and bought a big box of oregano and we shared some of the pot in the bag with everybody in the shop but Rick. Before that and after I can count on one hand the times I have shared some until my first back surgery and a friend gave me some brownies. Another gave me some raw weed. I made my own brownies and got off the drugs for the pain I was prescribed. Those brownies saved me. I never would have regained what health I have if I had stayed on opioids.

The government was giving us cigarettes and beer free or so cheap, to teenagers during the 4 yrs I served. I wonder how many veterans are now addicted to those two loser drugs? I don’t mean sharing a beer or wine, even a whiskey with friends or “for your stomach sake”  I mean when you must have __________(fill in the blank) or you face withdrawal after your mind is made up to quit and you have not quit!   When I returned to my hometown, I got a job and an education without even thinking of any use of recreational drugs. If MJ is addictive I have never met anyone that was. As I go into my 70th year I do not think I will be on the road or operating machinery or be too much of a danger.  I would like to see numbers on how many died from alcohol abuse, addictive hard drugs, prescription drugs compared to God’s own healing herb.

Grace full and overflowing

Here is a list, Count the ones died from dancing with Mary J?

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Ministries We Suport

DSCF0277We are a self-supporting ministry that believes followers should give to neighbors in need and support ministries that serve others as Jesus did helping the poor, seeking the lost and supporting the orphan, widows and homeless. We encourage you to give using the model of 2 Corinthians 9 with a cheerful heart knowing we can never outgive God.

We support and recommend these ministries:

Jesus Place Inner City Mission Atlanta Georgia  http://jesusplace.info/ministriesWe served with Jesus Place as interns in 73-74 while attending Atlanta Christian College. Jim Vernon started this mission to the homeless of the streets of Atlanta.

The Inn Ministry of Jacksonville provides a home for new and expectant mothers as an alternative to less than desirable conditions and abortion for desperate women.

1720 Hamilton St. , Jacksonville Florida 32210  cell 904-860-4164
Five Star Veterans center of Jacksonville Fl. http://www.5starveteranscenter.org/  

Five Star is a nonprofit homeless shelter for Veterans provides a full range of services to restore the person to an active life off the streets. My favorite! Semper Fi!

New wine in old bottles, No way!

A paradigm* shift for the Church! A simple Gospel!  How refreshing to put new wine in new bottles. To be a child following Jesus. No more temples, clergy, reverends, tithes on demand and silly man-made names, titles or rules to divide us. The New Covenant sets us free. A follower, not a fan! Amen Come Lord Jesus! Matt 9:17 

Let’s build the Church. We have the foundation #. When we are together we are able to be the Church! All that is needed is to acknowledge Jesus, invite Him to join us. Peter and the disciples went fishing and had breakfast with Jesus! John 21.  Perhaps you are like me and in your heart, you know that the model of today’s mainstream American Church is not the model in the New Testament. Of course, some groups are focused on Jesus and doing the right things as they follow the mission. If that is you and yours, “keep running the race”  Perhaps you have left the model that you once had as a child and followed this or that because you like the seed of the sower fell on rocky soil, or have been distracted by life events and the cares of the world. Fan or follower? Chan asks this question in his book “Crazy Love”

The traditional mainstream church in the CONUS is terribly divided with different doctrines, rituals, traditions and least of all names. If you read 1 Corinthians you see that early Church was divided, yet Paul called them Saints, Sanctified and the Church. My plea is not to throw rocks at anyone’s church or doctrine. My prayer is the same as Jesus when He said ” That they may be one” John 17: 21-

Paul wrote the Church at Corinth” I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 
My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas ”; still another, “I follow Christ.” 
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? ” 1 Corinthians 3:10-13 niv
I am not advocating you give up anything of your faith. We are all learners, we are all followers if we truly seek Him. We are divided because we are human and we have our own mind. When we put on the mind of Christ we can see these differences and still agree to love one another.  What does God’s word say to you? Does it matter what I believe vs what you believe? Does what I think matter? Not really. What matters is the relationship we have with Jesus above and beyond all those traditional things we call religion and church. Religion has never saved anyone. Religion placed Jesus on the cross.
To begin we must find common ground. Do you love God with no reservations? If that is lacking you need Grace. I have many times, like a bratty child throwing rocks at God. He still loves me and I paid dearly for those tantrums. Accept His Grace.
When Jesus talked about forgiveness He is clear we can’t fail if we ask for Grace.

He said “Ask and it will be given unto you, poured out, overflowing. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. ” Luke 6, read the whole passage in your bible and forgive your biggest debtor, yourself.

My prayer for you today.
Lord, I come hungry and thirsty for your love. I come to drink, to fill my soul with you. I am redeemed by your cross and will be glorified in your resurrection. My sins are forgiven, my regrets are history and my death is defeated. Empowered by your Holy Spirit I can do all things through Christ. Without you I am nothing. I welcome your Lordship. I am happy to be your child. Nothing can separate me from your Love, Nothing comes to me that has not passed through you. In the name of Jesus above all names, Amen!
Accept His forgiveness, Grace and mercy, learn to love as a child. Jesus said, “Such is the Kingdom. “

* “Paradigms are the mental maps that we use to describe the world around us.” Stephen Covey 7 Habits of Successful People

#“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 3:11