Echoes from the Campfire – Summer Edition

“I thought of how the vices of all men, no matter what color, seem to multiply as old social orders break down and new ones try to establish themselves.”      –Douglas C. Jones (Winding Stair)

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves.’ But they protested, ‘We won’t!'”      –Jeremiah 6:16 (HCSB)

Take a look at a few verses from Isaiah 13. It speaks of the “day of the LORD”, which is a future time.
vs 6, “Wail! For the day of the LORD is near. It will come like destruction from the Almighty.”
vs 7, “Therefore everyone’s hands will become weak, and every man’s heart will melt.”
vs 8, “They will be horrified; pain and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look at each other, their faces flushed with fear.”
vs 9, “Look, the day of the LORD is coming–cruel, with rage and burning anger–to make the earth a desolation and to destroy the sinners on it.” (HCSB)

Now wouldn’t that make for a popular sermon today? Get up and preach that one. Perhaps the reason why some are wanting laws passed against the preaching of the message of God is to ease their conscience. Hate speech or truth?
I heard a long time ago, when I was a kid, that if there is a pack of dogs and you throw a rock at them, the one that howls the loudest is the one you hit. Hear any “howling” in society?
If you are a moody person you might not want to read the following, but then again you probably should.
“It will be a sorry day for this world, and for all the people in it, when everybody makes his moods his masters, and does nothing but what he is inclined to do. The need of training the will to the performance of work that is distasteful; of making the impulses serve, instead of allowing them to rule, the higher reason; of subjugating the moods instead of being subjugated by them, lies at the very foundation of character. It is possible to learn to fix the wandering thought, to compel the reluctant mental energy, to concentrate the power upon the performance of a task to which there is no inclination. Until this victory has been gained, life holds no sure promise; the achievement of this conquest is the condition of future success. No matter how splendid may be the natural gifts, unless there is a will that can marshal and command them, the life is sure to be a failure.”
It would behoove the millennials to read this and adhere to it.
“History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy.”
–George W. Bush
“An onion can make people cry; but, there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.”
“Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it.”
“Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was.”

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