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Made in America?

Posted by cjoshua15 on December 8, 2008

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).

After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in…..AMERICA…..

This is a not really a story of Joe Smith, but of us and you better realize it before it is too late!


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Thanks for giving me…

Posted by cjoshua15 on November 26, 2008

It is Thanksgiving once again and I am to remember all those things I am thankful for.  I thought it was odd that it should be emphasized one day a year.  This has become a daily thing for me.  Perhaps some need reminding they should be thankful.  But, I started to think am I giving thanks or am I saying thanks for giving me.  Is it possible that we could become prideful of what we have?  Maybe not intentional, but nonetheless possible.  Thanks for the great job, thanks for the car, thanks for the church, thanks for the friends…oh wait, sounds like I might be taking a bit of pride for the good things.  I have to be cautious not to sound boastful, but thankful and humble.

There are things that happen in a day that aren’t so great but because God directed them I should be thankful for them.  God thank you for the detour on my way home, I don’t remember having that extra 15 minutes in my schedule, but wait, I’m seeing I was not involved in the accident that occurred at the place I would have been passing had I been on time.  Thanks for letting me lose my cell phone for an hour today, albeit hectic to look for it, I did have an hour to pray to you to help me find it and confess those things that possibly could have been why you let me lose it.

So what are you thankful for?

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Crystal Ball

Posted by cjoshua15 on April 1, 2008

Does God know the future?

Back it up with scripture.

Revelation 1:1

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Could of had a V8!

Posted by cjoshua15 on October 12, 2007

Those great commercials are back with the direct jarring of the head to scramble the thought process that kept them from drinking a V8 with great nutrients and settling for junk that wasn’t good for them.  I keep thinking that is what God is doing in my life right now.  The same scripture passages in Exodus keeps cropping up in my daily life.  Moses went up the mountain to meet with God and the Israelites didn’t have the patience to wait for him to come down.  So, in his absence Aaron constructed a golden calf for the Israelites to worship.  They couldn’t even wait 40 days for him to return with God’s instructions.  Even worse, they sacrificed at the altar of the calf. 

I am seeing that not waiting on the timing of God can have mentally the same affect as missing the V8.  It seems obvious but it is so small when many things at one time would be better, right?  All the nutrients packed in one drink; it makes more sense to have some of all the stuff in it so it looks like more.  God’s blessings often times come in small compact packages when it would seem more would be better and look better.  Realizing it isn’t about the look of what you have but the light of what you are in Christ that is the real revelation.  The 2×4 smack that reminds me if I just waited the blessing would have been more than me trying to assist in the process.

The world is a very visual place these days and keeping up with the neighbors is more like keeping up with a community.  It is not possible!  When those things become the calves before the altar we are willing to sacrifice to have, the God that loves us so becomes window dressing for Sundays.  God removed the altar of sacrifice because He made the ultimate sacrifice for everyone through Christ.  I must remember every day that what I have is a gift from God, what I want would be more blessings or corrective directive if He chooses not to give it to me.  Taking what I want is only asking for the V8 knock to come quickly.

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Full of changes…

Posted by cjoshua15 on October 10, 2007

There have been so many changes in life lately this blog has been all but abandoned.  I haven’t even been reading blogs for months either.  I know that I was so caught up in reading them that I was taking away from things I needed to be doing.  I learned that if God was going to bless me then I needed to make sure I was doing the things I needed to first.  I am working hard at getting some priorities straight and actually enjoyed a Saturday of not having to be somewhere doing something because I had to but doing something because I wanted to.


Teaching Sunday School on a regular basis has scared the fire out of me or into me.  The opportunity to pick the curriculum and then have something that is so pertinent to life on a daily basis has buried my face back in the Word.  Not that I quit but slacked off is a good way to look at it.  I have been reminded so much lately how great God is and how much He loves me.  That is such a comforting thing in the hectic world of today.  I finally feel like I have landed on both feet and neither of my ankles are shattered.


I have always known that God is so big and completely capable of anything but to see him at work in my life, in the life of the church, and in others around me over the past 10 months has been overwhelming.  Every time I think He has done something beyond belief He one ups Himself and does something even better and bigger.


I can remember when listening to all the broadcasts, praise and worship, as well as the mini sermons were what I lived for daily.  That waned away to where I was just saturating myself with the music and the words were being absorbed in the frequency bandwidth floating in the air.  I had to hear God calling me back to Him and I really didn’t want to listen because I had become content with life and it was good.  God reset the radio stations recently and removed my ability to tune in to the all music Christian station so I had to listen to the local station with the sermons included.  The first sermon I heard kept me in my car in the parking lot of work until it finished.  I didn’t care if I was late I so needed to hear the rest of the story.  At the end I found out that it was a replay of something they had run several years ago and the person had passed on to be with the Lord a few years back.  It didn’t matter, it was relevant today.  I needed to hear it and God knew it, He is so cool that way.  The station stays on the blended local Christian station all day now and I have and am continuing to work on a healthy balance of life.  I am working hard to honor God by doing my job first because He blessed me with it so I owe it to the people I work for to do it for the Glory of God to the best of my ability.  I am doing things I enjoy on a more frequent basis and praising God all along the way, for the good and the bad.


This rambled a bit but I felt like that would help put things in some bit of perspective of where I have been and where I am headed.  God continues to surround me with folks that have a great love of the Lord as mentors and I rejoice in that and look forward to what He has in store for every minute of every day.


Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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