Fun Stuff

When I was about 12 years old

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait any longer. She was eager.

When I was born I was taken to the front of Joy Road Baptist Church in Detroit Michigan held aloft and dedicated to Christ. I did not receive infant baptism. The thought of baptizing an infant was repugnant. Where do you find that in the Bible? That was a surely a man-made Catholic tradition.

My parents had “found Christ” less than a year earlier. After twelve years of painful miscarriages, my parents had discovered Jesus through the preaching of Billy Graham. The radio was on one morning as my mother was getting ready to go shopping. With keys in one hand and purse in the other, she stopped in the kitchen before heading out the door. She heard something she’s never heard before.

Rev. Billy Graham c. 1953

She heard the compelling voice of Billy Graham passionately explaining the precious blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. It was shed for my mom to pay for her sins. It could save her from hell and ensure her a place in heaven.

My mom raised without any religion, heard John 3:16 for the first time: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

She told me she fell on her knees on the kitchen floor. With tears rolling down her cheeks she “accepted Christ as her personal Lord and
Savior and asked him to come into her heart.”

You can read the whole thing HERE.

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I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything.

My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy!

I started out with this one:
“China started a sickness contagious,
The countries responded outrageous,
They locked us away
so we all lost our pay,
And the cure was disadvantageous.”

My brother Tim:
They say that it started in Wuhan.
On the skin of the rats, it grew on.
They ate them fried,
and most of them died
Now the world has gone to ruin.

Grandson Damian (15 years old):
Corona has wreaked a pandemic,
It causes the countries to panic.
It shortens the breath,
and all men fear death
cause God is not known in the havoc

Grandson Dominic (17 years old)
“Freak out and run for your lives
Only congregate in fives
Buy all the sanitizer,
and you’ll be the wiser”
On these things the media thrives!”

“In the midst of delirium
Bow before the imperium
beg and plead,
hope they’ll concede
To quickly find a serum”

My son Jesse:
“The virus made everyone scared,
except for those who prepared.
But it won’t matter much,
cause we’re all sitting ducks
When those who have less become flared.”

Granddaughter Maria Faustina (15):
What is More Dangerous than Coronavirus?

“Many dangers are written down on this list
let’s cut it short and get to the gist:

When men are afraid
they’ll trade freedom for aid
and that’s when things turn communist.”

“While some fling their hands up in despair,
feeling powerless in the general scare,
there are those who hold strong
though the storm rages on
for they know the Power of Prayer.”

Grandson Joshua (17 years old):
“This catastrophe must be Trump’s fault,
“He screwed up his job” they all cry.
But Trump fights day and night
To secure all our rights,
Fake news can do nothing but lie.”

My conclusion:
“I’ve got the smartest grandkids ever,
Perceptive and wise and exceedingly clever,
The look on the scene
The lines read between
And we stand in the truth altogether!”

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Ray Family Favorite Movies Update (while locked away at home)

March 21, 2020

Janet and I have always loved good movies that are of high quality with good acting. But it must also be entertaining, redemptive, inspiring and challenging us to the good, the beautiful, the human. As St. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, […]

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Choirs of Angels in Three Hierarchies

March 20, 2020

We have a pack of dogs, a flock of birds, a forest of trees – the word used for groups of angels is “choir.” Here is a clever little diagram to describe and explain the choirs of angels in all their different categories. (Click on the image for a larger image). According to many theologians, like St. […]

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A Bit of Humor and Sanity about the Virus – Lady in a Grocery Store

March 17, 2020

A little sanity and good humor in the midst of a world gone mad. Janet and I laughed at this 2-minute common sense reaction to hysteria in the grocery store.  

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Excellent Riddle: Can You Discover What God Made?

March 17, 2020

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer […]

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Girl with the Beard Slated to Win the Race

March 11, 2020

If you aren’t subscribed to the Babylon Bee, it’s a good daily dose of conservative, moral and political satire. It is social commentary and a lot of fun. It is the Christian version of “The Onion.” You can subscribe here.

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Faith is Like a Hotdog – youth group’s fun skit :-)

March 2, 2020

Hi Steve, some of the members of a youth group that I lead watched one of your videos and loved your description of faith being like a hot dog. We wrote up and performed a sketch of it. Here’s a link. Hope you like it, the kids sure do. https://www.facebook.com/NewFireYouth/videos/522482411805777/  

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Funniest Camel Ride I’ve Ever Seen

February 14, 2020

We’ve arranged for thousands of people to ride camels during our pilgrimages. But we’ve never had this happened. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. But I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time.

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Me Getting into Line! Funny!

February 9, 2020

You may have seen this already but it’s funny every time I watch it. My wife said this is definitely ME! I have to agree, but a bit of jocularity is a good thing, as it laughing at myself.

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

November 21, 2019

When I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth. There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. Other verses did not fit our Protestant theology so we kind of set them aside or […]

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New Convert Holds His Ground with a Street Preacher

November 17, 2019

I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to reshare it with everyone! Darrell should be a model for all of us!! Hi Steve, Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. […]

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Turkeys Arrive Early! Happy “Almost” Thanksgiving

November 11, 2019

It snowed a bushel load today at our house before we left for Israel in the afternoon. We were surprised and delighted to see 37 wild turkeys in our backyard even flying up into the crab apple tree. Great fun! Had to share it :-)

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Biblical Measurements and Units

November 11, 2019

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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Stunningly Beautiful and Well-shot Nature Commercial – “What a Wonderful World”

October 17, 2019

This is eye-candy with some of the finest nature shots with animals and scenery. Published as a promo to a new series on the earth, David Attenborough did a fine job of showing the magnificence of God’s creation. What a Wonderful World. Enjoy!

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