Preconceived Expectations

Preconceived Expectations

In the Second Book of Kings, Chapter 5, there is the story of Naaman and Elisha.

Elisha was the understudy of the prophet Elijah and when Elijah slept with his fathers, Elisha became the man of God, the prophet.  Naaman was the commander of the army for the king of Syria and he was held in high regard by his king.

At that time the Syrian army had been making raids into Israel (see how long this stuff had been going on in the Middle East) and one of the captives was a little girl who ended up working for Naaman.

Naaman is described in the Bible as a valiant man, but he was a leper.  The girl from Israel knew of the prophet Elisha and told Naaman’s wife about him.  The little girl told her that Elisha could cure her husband. Continue reading

Keep It Simple My Friend!

Keep It Simple My Friend!

I watched an interview of  Leland Sklar, it was part of the “Legend Series” by Don Famularo.

Any drummer or musician who is not familiar with Leland Sklar should immediately turn in their musician card.  Look him up and spend some time listening to his work, then you can have your card back.

Here is the interview.  Watch it when you have a half hour to spare.  It’s pretty cool. Continue reading

A Low Whisper

A Low Whisper

1 King 19:9-15

There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.  And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.

The prophet Elijah has fled to a cave to hide from the persecution of Jezebel.  Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab who did not walk in the way of the Lord.  Jezebel had slaughtered the prophets of God, except for one hundred who Obadiah, the overseer of Ahab’s household hid in caves. Continue reading

Top Ten Vinyl Albums I Forgot

Top Ten Vinyl Albums I Forgot

Over this past summer I was rooting around in a storage room in my basement and came upon my old vinyl record collection. I had thought about selling them since they were just rotting away in the basement for the past 20 years.  But when I saw them I thought let’s get them out and see how hard the years of sitting in a damp storage room had been on them.

Much to my surprise they weren’t as bad as I thought.  A few of the album covers that didn’t have a high gloss finish had a bit of mold on them but they didn’t appear to be warped or not playable.

So I go them out, clean them with some mild Murphy’s Oil Soap and a very soft rag and voila I had a vinyl record collect of approximately 300 albums at my disposal.

There were a number of albums I was looking for as I was going through the cleaning process.  Albums that I recalled spending numerous hours listening to and enjoying I was now anticipating listening to again.

But as I was taking this trip down the vinyl memory lane I came across a number of albums I forgot about until once again seeing the cover.

I thought I’d take a few moments to share my ten favorite vinyl albums that I forgot.  These are in no particular order, just ten great albums that had skipped my mind over the past 20 to 30 years. Continue reading

Presumption Is As Iniquity

Presumption Is As Iniquity

1 Samuel 15:22-23

And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of divination,

and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

he has also rejected you from being king.”

Saul has just been anointed the first king of Israel.  One of the first things he was instructed to do was pay back the city of Amalek for opposing the Israelites as they made their exodus from Egypt to the promised land.  His instructions were to totally destroy everything in the city, men, women, children and livestock.

Saul totally annihilates the residents but keeps the best of the livestock, figuring they would make good sacrifices to God. Continue reading

Some Of My Favorite Funny Movie Clips

Some Of My Favorite Funny Movie Clips

Today’s post is just a nonsensical look at some of my favorite funny movie clips.

I’ve watched a lot of comedies and so called comedies over the years and here are some of the clips that still buzz around in my head. I thought I would share five of them with you. Continue reading

Every Man Under His Vine

Every Man Under His Vine

1 Kings 4:25

And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.

When I read this it reminded me of my post “Candy Cried” which referenced the scene in “Of Mice and Men” where all the misfits were gathered in one place and talking about their collective passion.  All they wanted was a little piece of land to call their own.  A place in life to work and reap their rewards, a place to be left alone. Continue reading