Month: November 2011

Those Liars!

Read an article this week that got me thinking about things in our lives that lie to us all the time.


I feel it is my responsibility,

as a friend,

to shine a light on the things that lie to you everyday.

1. The text on your electronic devise that says 100% charged.

Have you ever noticed that once you pull your phone, iPad or tablet from its charger that the charge % drops a few percentage points with in the first 5 to 10 minutes after it is unplugged from charging? The reason it does this is because if a battery charges to 100% and stays there, it can do long term damage to the battery.  So, batteries are designed to charge to 100% and then drain 10% of that charge and rest in that 90% state, all the while telling you its resting at 100% so you will take it off the charger.

Yes, it lies to you, because if it didn’t you would never unplug it and it wants you to take it with you where ever you go.

2. Cell Phone Bars.

These bars, that we think are informing us of signal strength, have hardly ever really corresponded to actual signal quality. Furthermore, those bars only tell you “how well” you’re receiving a signal from the tower. They do not tell you how well the connection between your phone and the tower is working.

Just incase I lost you (because I think I lost me in that last paragraph). Phones are like a two way street.  One way is the signal from the tower to the phone, the other side of the road is your phone’s signal to the tower  (and your phone does not give a reading for its signal to the tower)

So it hast to lie to you so you will feel good

That way when the call breaks up it is the person you are talking with that has a problem with “their phone”. It doesn’t want you to think it is “its” (your phones) fault.


“It” doesn’t want to be thrown across the room or out the window toward oncoming traffic.

3. Scales.

They all lie, they are all off, yes they all give you incorrect measurements… even in the doctors office. Now I am sure that somewhere in the world there is one that works.  But I can weigh at my house, my parents house, the doctors office, or on random scales in different people’s homes and I never weigh the same.

Furthermore it is hard for me to believe that my weight fluctuates 10 pounds in a given day.

What you can trust is… if you weigh on the same scale everyday and you weigh less on average, you can say you have lost weight. How much is the debatable part. I have actually weighed myself in 5 minute intervals before and gotten 3 separate weights in that 15 minute period of time.

So much for your height to mass ratio.

4. The Weather Forecast

It seems that if the forecast is “in the ball park”… its good enough.  I have noticed that if the forecast is a 10% chance of rain, it really means there is a 10% chance it will not rain and a 90% chance it will…. especially when your are trying to paint the outside of your home.

But of course if you get your weather from the evening news… inaccuracy sort of fits in with all of that.

5. Speedometers, or Police Radar Guns

Why else would the officer come to your window and ask…

“Do you know how fast you were going sir?”

He obviously doesn’t. 🙂

Enough said.



This morning was a gray sort of morning.

The sun was hidden behind the clouds.

Rain had fallen sometime in the night

leaving evidence a storm had been at work.

As I drove on 421, surrounded by shades of gray


faint but visible colors arched over the morning sky

it was a faint but definitive reminder of hope

that God keeps his promises

that things will not always be gray

on days no rainbow can be found.

The Possum Chronicles – Thanksgiving Edition

Its a great view from up here huh? (Daresum)

Great view. (Grissum)

There she is…. the farmer’s lunch. (Daresum)

She doesn’t even know… She’s so happy (Grissum)

What a life, she has ate well this year. (Daresum)

Very well… Sun’s starting to come up. (Grissum)

Lights (Daresum)

and now for the… (Grissum)

Action. (Daresum)

Screen door opens and shuts.

Hey look over there… a doe. (Daresum)

Yea a john doe. (Grissum) I wonder where he is?

Here comes the farmer

He’s got the ax… this is so exciting (Daresum)

That’s kind of morbid (Grissum)

Look she’s waddling right up to him, just like she does every day. (Daresum)

She is huge (Grissum)

16 pounder? (Daresum)

Naw more like 36 pounder, the biggest turkey yet. (Grissum)

plenty of scraps for us. (Daresum)

plenty. (Grissum)

food is on the stump. (Daresum)

She’s movin to gobble. (Grissum)


Look at that head roll. (Daresum)

Dumb bird. (Grissum)

Look at him just pick up the body. (Daresum)

Strong. (Grissum)

Well tomorrow we’ll have…. (Daresum)

BOOM! (Shot Gun)

Grissum and Daresum startled, Daresum looses his balance and slides down the barn’s metal roof.

He falls

On to John’s back,

and grabs His rack.

John is moving,

John’s doe is moving.

Daresum is hanging on

John is running for dear life.

another boom.

Grissum looks on watching Daresum’s backside hobble up and down on John’s back.

John’s Doe disappears,

John and Daresum disappears

into the woods.

Human voices…

Dadburn we missed em.

Hey lets shot that possum on top of the barn.

Grissum gone.

flees under a shed near by.

all is quiet…

except for the sound of a fowl being skinned.

5 Reasons it’s Hard to be Thankful

It maybe hard for some to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Now it will not be hard because of the turkey or the meal that will be eaten.

It will not be hard because of the day off… i.e.  the day of vacation that most of us have because of it.


However, here are some reasons it might be hard for us to get into the spirit of thankfulness…

which is the intent of this season.

1. Maybe we really do not comprehend what the pilgrims went through.  I think, what they experienced is hard to  identify with because we were not there. We can read about it, watch documentaries on it, but really we do not understand the feeling that comes when you have no home, no food, you have buried half of your friends in a 6 month period of time and you are excited and thankful because made it through that rough season of your life because of God and some Indians He sent your way.

2. Its hard to list things we are thankful for. As Americans most of us have entitlement blood pumping through our veins. To test this, just take a moment and list 50 things you are thankful for and see how it goes.  (If you do this I would love to see your list) BTW – it is easier for most of us to make a Christmas wish list than a list of the things we already have that we are thankful for.

3. It maybe because Christmas is on your mind.  This is understandable, we are already hearing the sounds of Christmas everywhere we go.  It is hard to find a good Thanksgiving Album that Celebrates the Thanksgiving season. If you find one, most of the songs are out of date and hard to identify with.  You have to look and look for songs to play during this time that celebrate the things we have been blessed with…  the things we are thankful for. (click the link on the side of this blog if you want a Thanksgiving play list.) And maybe if we are honest, after a while “Thank You” in every song we hear sort of gets old.

4.  Maybe its because of negativity.  Everywhere we look there is a negative slant on what is going on. So we lose the feeling that there are good things in the world, that there are things to be thankful for.  Negative thoughts, slants, and feeling are like cancer, they take over and blind us to what is good.  And when we are blinded to what is good, we are unable to see anything we can be thankful for.  (of course this blog is pointing out the negative that we are not as thankful as we should be, not sure how I feel about that).

5.  Maybe its because of sorrow.  Holiday’s are a lonely time for many people who really identify with Charlie Brown when he says “It seems like Thanksgiving is upon us and we have another holiday to worry about.” So you dread being alone on Thanksgiving when you know other families are getting together to celebrate and  you may find yourself struggling to have a thankful spirit.  The fact is… its hard to be alone.

So as we head toward Thursday,

Thanksgiving Day,

Let’s push past whatever the reason might be that we find it hard to be thankful and arrive at the place where we are grateful and we offer up thanks to God for even when things are sower….

He is good.

Psalm 103, 136:26, 140:13, 30:4, 44:8, 9:1

Monday Morning

Samuel (prophet of God in the Old Testament, gift from God to His mother, wise, blessed, and chosen to lead the Children of Isreal spiritually)

Had “Monday Mornings”

Just like other pastors…

or maybe worse.

He told and told and warned and warned and told and warned, the people again and again, it was not a good idea for them to have a king.

He told them it was not what God wanted for them.

But they didn’t listen…

and “thus” came Monday.

So God allowed them to have a king, and Samuel anointed  a man named Saul as the first king of Israel…

And Samuel was faithful in telling Saul what God wanted, what God desired for Him to do…

But Saul didn’t listen…

and then there was another…

Monday Morning.

So for all the pastors out there, who tell people what they need to hear, who push and plead for people to live differently, to take “these steps”, or do “these sorts of things” because this is what God desires…

that have told and told and warned and warned and told and warned them again and again, “the way you are going is not a good idea, you need to change and go in a different direction”…


they didn’t listen

and you find yourself having a

“Monday Morning”

wondering if you really should be a pastor,

be encouraged…

The great prophet Samuel had that sort of day too…

and the cool thing?

God never condemned Samuel for what the people he counseled choose to do…

and that is worth its weight in gold.

Its a thought that will get you through this…

Monday Morning.

Tickets on Sale!

Farmington Baptist Church is raising money for Pinebrook Elementary and North Davie Middle Schools by selling tickets to their Christmas play this year. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds will go directly to these two schools.

The play is a Christmas comedy and will be fun for the whole family!
“We are excited to be able to present this play and help these two schools financially.” Pastor Phillip Brande.

If the event sells out, each school will receive over $1000. Pinebrook night is December 3rd and North Davie night is Sunday December 4th. The play begins on both nights @ 6:30pm.

To order your tickets call the church @ 336-998-3826, or email us at … seating is limited.