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The Cracked Acorn: Farming



“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  – Matthew 13:8-9

“It’s planting time!”
“Whoa! Whoa!, I’ll tell you when it’s planting time!”
“O. K., it’s planting time!”

We all recognize the re-phrasing of the opening of GONE WITH THE WIND. I remember when we had our Sunday lunch and drove into town to line up to see this movie about the Old South.

I was born in what I call the’ Old South’, like GWTW, it does not exist any more. Farming was horses and mules and manual labor was a normal thing. Hay baling required 6 or 7 men to cut and gather and haul the hay to a stationary baling machine, I would have been 5 years old, one of the men gave me a ride around the field, pulled by two horse, gathering the cut hay.

The Bible says everything has a season, and this is still true, This is the first week of June and in Kentucky, corn should be out and wheat, oats and barley are a short time from reaping. Since this was once tobacco country, the plants have all been set out in several acres of rich prime farm land. Cattle, hogs and chicken are doing well. That span of time from 1939 to 1962 is the time I knew only those who farmed the land with a small tractor and implements for plowing and seeding. No farmer today could make a living in that long gone fashioned farming, now it is big time seeding, cultivating and harvesting and hardly a foot touches the ground from seeding to the mills and markets.

The successful farmer has to know all about the seasons and that this is a time for all things to happen. He must put the seed in the ground and wait. If it is all about patience then the farmer must have this one virtue. The good farmer is a person of action and is prepared for the eventualities whether they are good or bad.

Careless soul, oh, heed the warning, For your life will soon be gone; Oh, how sad to face the judgment,
Unprepared to meet thy God. Why so thoughtless are you standing while the fleeting years go by,
And your life is spent in folly?
Oh, prepare to meet thy God.

CLOSING HUMOR: Why did the unwashed chicken cross the road twice?
Because he was a dirty double crosser!
What do you call a sleeping bull?
A bulldozer!
What has four legs and flies?
A pig!
What do you get if you cross a cow with an octopus?
A cow that can milk itself.

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The Cracked Acorn: Insurance



For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.* Romans 10:13

I love insurance. days may go by but eventually we get an advertisement from like: Mutual of Omaha, or it could be others , by the hundreds, in the vast regions of the USA.

Life insurance, this is misnamed it should be called death insurance, but then who would want to buy it. I have never known an agent that would tell me I had enough. All the TV murder mysteries have lived on plots that someone was “bumped off” so that the villain would reap millions from a Life Insurance policy.

I don’t think that now in this modern age that there is not one person ‘born of woman'(Job 14:1) that does not have some kind of insurance. You must be some kind of a nut, if you dare venture out into the public without coverage or additional coverage or supplemental coverage that covers all other coverages just in case all those companies just could go into bankruptcy.

Space here does not allow me to list all the kinds of insurance offerings there are in the real world. Many of us, I sincerely hope, are not going to need it all, but there is a warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing that you would be totally covered in case a rock fell from the sky or someone slipped and fell in your driveway.

What about heavenly insurance?

I have heard this also called ‘pie in the sky.'(Revelation 21:21..And the street of that city was paved with pure gold.)

If you are like myself, I am leery about someone offering me ‘free’ products or services. Oh, just give me your name and address and good things will happen .

Yes! Good things may happen and I pray that there are a lot of good things out there.

“*…saved.”, from what?, could be the answer to this week’s ACORN

It was years ago, that I presented a short sermon “Lessons Learned. too late!”

This covered 3 basic points:

1) Eternity…the vast ocean of unlimited time,

2) The Plan…,

3) Judgement…,

Our society does not like to remind us that one day we will be sent from here to eternity, in the blink of an eye or heartbeat.

The Plan by God is that He has sent His Son, who has told us what we must do to be citizens of a great heavenly Kingdom.

There will be a judgement for all of us that have lived on the earth.

Assignment: Open any BIBLE and it will point to our short life here; it will easily show the Plan, and to the quick point…it will show the results of what our life will mean in the Judgement.

Lawyer to the Judge. “I wish to appeal my client’s case on the basis of newly discovered evidence.”

Judge: “And what is the nature of the new evidence?”

Lawyer: “Judge, I discovered that my client still has $500 left.”

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The Cracked Acorn: Regal Authority



I admit it.. I may watch too much TV, there’s not much on digital antenna programming. It was several weeks ago on channel CW a new program – The Outpost.

It is Sci-Fi and Fantasy, imported. The first episodes were good and I thought I was going to be addicted. I thought it worthy when the Queen of this land of yore had to convince the military that the reasonability she had inherited from her father was going to be of value.

They listened as Queen Rosmund sat on her horse and pledged herself to tasks of merit that would insure that freedom from harm to their families would be assured and that food and safety would always reign in her kingdom. ” I ask for your fidelity to what I am speaking of and that it will always be the first utmost in my mind for each and every one of you. How feel ye?”

It was one of those moments when all the Queen had said hung on the cusp of the morning fog. No one had ever taken the step forward to say such things! One of the front men dismounted and fell prostrated on the ground before the Queen; it was another and then another until a field of them lay before the Queen…they were saying that they choose to die for the Queen, if it so happened.

I missed several weeks because the writers tried to have other subplots to fill the hour. Last week I taped it and saw that the Queen had a visitor from the underworld. Anet ( an evil woman with pointed ears) sought an audience with the Queen. She was granted it and entered the  room where the Queen was on her throne. She had the crown and finery of absolute authority. The Queen made a motion for Anet  to approach but only within a few feet. Anet went into a speech of how she could bring forward powers that would insure the Queen to conquer all the surrounding enemy tribes. When Anet stepped forward the two armored men at her elbow brought her back, this happened a second time and the men grabbed her shoulders and brought her back, it was not to happen a third time as the Queen said, “Leave!” Anet’s wishes were never to happen.

This evil person’s temper was to be sated somehow, she hid in a corner of the courtyard until late evening when the Queen’s attending ladies came out, and one so young and favored by the Queen wandered over to a bunch of wild flowers and at a moment of admiration of the floral beauty , was daggered by Anet.

We now see Rosmund,the Queen in grief over the body of her friend. What will happen next? Will she seek revenge in some form; one in power must not let this go unnoticed. (I admit that I can’t wait to see what will happen.)

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour –1 Peter 5:8

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The Cracked Acorn: Time



“Just a few more days to be filled with praise and to sing the old, old story” – Psalm 39:4,5

Have you ever heard someone say, maybe in a restaurant, “Look over there near the window, that person sits there and stares outside, Wow! That one must have ‘time on their hands.'”

On the radio, the news person, (notice, how I left the he or the she out, Ha!; if it was French…I could have used a word that was either male or female; time has caused us to leave that behind…how about God; is HE/She or the ‘I AM’ ?, must have cause heartburn to the translators (You see, that may wherein lies the reason there are many, many forms …Bible translations on the market.)

Is there a church named THE I AM, or CHILDREN OF THE BLOOD, or FOLLOWERS OF THE LAMB? I don’t know, would have to surf the INTERNET for help,,,if such a church is out there. Maybe, I should learn texting and find out if anyone can answer this question.

Sorry, I drifted from the straight and narrow. “Yes! The old thing that will level the playing field for all of us, politicians, quadruple killers, planned or other wise, Time will get everyone, no one has a GO TO Jail (TIME) card to let them escape from the scythe carrier to let us “Live, forever!”…on the wonderful God created Earth. Knowing Olfry will not help, either.

When I was a first-order stargazer there was a need to note certain heavenly stars for position and have an accurate time-keeper. We had to know TIME to a fraction of a second, when quartz clocks arrived… it reported TIME to the milliseconds and soon there after another replacement for our faithful chronometer now to the microsecond. News the other day noted that it was possible to capture TIME to the billionths of a microseconds… now it was it was time, to report , we can say, “TIME is at last, close enough for Government work!” TIME can be sold in a bottle, at all the stores, but be careful when you uncork , there may be lots of side effects.

TIME has been good to me; I have never regretted when I went down the church aisle and said, “I now believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; baptize me.”

Years ago, I heard a preacher mention that ‘time’ exists only for us mortals, eh, ? Many moments when I was idle and looked at this wonderful country we have been blessed with and should appreciate more, that if we took away time, what would be left, we could not exist without this ingredient in our lives, but we sing hymns about heaven and how wonderful it will be there, eventually for all of us…but there is no time there…what will we do? there? Has time disappeared and been replaced by eternity. The same preacher went on to allay any fears that I might have about ‘time gone’ in heaven, that we will be praising God and will not even notice that TIME is gone, forever.

It is About Time: (from Readers Digest)
A few weeks? after the death of my father-in-law, I found my seven-year-old son crying in bed. His grandmother had died the previous year, and he was taking it all very hard. “You know, Kyle,” I said, “When we die, we’ll get to see Grandma and Grandpa again in heaven.” With tears spilling down his face, Kyle cried, “That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have that long!”

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The Cracked Acorn: Am I Crazy?



“As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.” (Matthew 9:32-34)

One of our adopted sons was a delayed learning child and eligible for school programs that required him to meet with a psychiatrist and a psychologist, all needed for education. The Washington area has a large market for counseling psychology and mental health problems, but you may have to wait several weeks for an appointment.

Consider the following from WMAL Radio…Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in , “Roger Goes to the Psychiatrist.”

“Good morning, Roger and how are you?”

“I am happy and really love life and I can’t really explain it to you !”

“Well this is most encouraging and I can see that your visits are paying off for you, and is there something that has given you this new lease on life?”

“Yes, doctor! It is because I have fallen in love with someone.”

“Oh this is good news, with a woman?”

“Yes doctor and her name is Stephanie!”

“What a coincidence, Roger, that’s the name of my wife.”

“I know and I can’t stand the thought of you touching her, and I want to kill you, NOW!”

“You are doing so well and I understand your love for my wife, but this is most inconvenient that you want to kill me , at this moment; could you pop by on Wednesday at 2 o’clock and kill me then ?”

“Yes, doctor, I can do that.”

“Goodbye for now , Roger , you are doing so well, I can’t wait to see you again on Wednesday.”

The Great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus; He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, Oh, hear the voice of Jesus!
His name dispels my guilt and fear, No other name but Jesus; Oh, how my soul delights to hear The precious name of Jesus! (from SACRED SELECTIONS)

A last jab at psychology: Once I had multiple personalities, but now we are feeling well.
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.
The best thing about being schizophrenic is that I’m never alone.
Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you!
Hypochondria is the only illness that I don’t have.

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The Cracked Acorn: Making It Home



How many times have we seen this movie! I was inspired by the movie TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH.

(WAIST GUNNER)- Captain, reporting heavy damage. Andersen’s out of it. An ME-109 was lucky.
(CO-PILOT) – I’ve taken over. Cockpit riddled. Captain injured.

The BETTY GRABLE is on her 13th WWII mission. Will this weary scarred B-17 bomber reach the target and return home. In a movie theater, this question is usually answered in about two hours.

(NAVAGITOR) – Within the target area.
(BOMBADIER) – 3-2-1 and bombs away.
(CO-PILOT) – Lost #4 was on fire. One inboard with low oil pressure. Fuel is low.

It does not look good for the BETTY G. We are taunt in our comfy seats. Fingers are crossed that our crew will make the long journey through unfriendly skies to safety. BETTY has made it before and she should do it again, but there are some terrifying moments ahead.

(BETTY G.) – Control Tower,on two engines. Have wounded. Landing gear may be damaged. Fuel about gone.
((Control) – Copy, emergency strip cleared. Good luck.

I can identify with the BETTY G. The years are beginning to show wear and tear on my covering (skin). I no longer look youthful, except in spirit. The landing gear (my legs) can’t do their job as well anymore. I try not to run and run like I was a youngster again. This is long past. I try to stay on level ground and avoid too many hills;mountain climbing is out of the picture. The enemy has made several “runs” on me. At times, I wanted to walk (fly) away and bow to the “I’m just human.” But something always whispers in my ear “be strong, be courageous for I am with you.”

So far, I have been a winner. I am nearing the target (threescore and ten). I think of home (heaven) often. Many loved ones, friends are waiting for me with smiles and breathless hugs. Do we breathe in heaven? I am working to take many with me eventually (co-pilot and crew). I have encouraged others and try to lend silent comfort in times of joy and sadness. I need your help and assistance and prayers to aid me in reaching the heavenly home. There are many forces that are determining that the journey will be bumpy and not a smooth ride. We must remain alert and not sleep lest the enemy take advantage, wound us and cause us to fail. Constant training (Bible study) must be our sword and shield. We have many examples before us that this can be done.

“Be strong and of good courage,fear not,nor be afraid of them:for the Lord thy God,he it is that doth go with thee;he will not fail thee,nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“Wait on the Lord:be of good courage,and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait,I say, on the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14)

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The Cracked Acorn: Bird Brain



“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?”– Matthew 6:26

I love birds, there’s no other way to say it. I don’t know if I wish I were a bird. There are some things birds can do that we cannot do. Sure, we can fly into the air and etc. but it has its faults. We have to construct airplanes to do this and at a great cost.

For the time though, think of how many birds there are in the world and all kinds of them. It is no wonder that Jesus used them for a teaching example. Their needs are taken care of and they do not worry about tomorrow, like we do.

It all came to me one morning in one of the Warrenton parking lots. I had no sooner pulled up and was about to get out of my car that I noticed a sparrow lit and was soon walking about seeing if If someone had left behind a crust of bread. I wondered where he/she had come from and what hiding place concealed his/her nest. I assumed that he/she ‘shopped’ often at all the local McDonalds.

Have you ever heard someone use the term ‘bird brain’, sure you have. Birds are in comparison to us, very small and do have a tiny brain. The brain that the birds have is just right and according to avian studies puts them on a reasonable scale of intelligence. Birds can see better and learn at a rapid pace to know where to search for food and where the best and safe and comfortable housing can be found.

The hymn ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL – Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.

Birds are mentioned in at least 93 places in the Bible.

It is unfortunate in our modern society that we overlook the appreciation of the one creature made by God. In our daily rush, we do not have the time to study and observe the many kinds and colors of the birds that fly above us and sometimes impede our way in the world. Many wise people have advised us to stop and ‘smell the roses’ and also to watch the birds because we could learn more about life from them.

“As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” – Mark 1:10

All four Gospel accounts refer to the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan river (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). The Luke account says “And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him.” Because the Holy Spirit is just that—spirit—He is not visible to us. This occasion, however, was a real visible appearance, and was doubtless seen by the people. The dove is an emblem of purity and harmlessness (Matthew 10:16), and the form of the dove was assumed on this occasion to signify that the Spirit with which Jesus would be endowed would be one of purity and innocence.

Another symbol involving the dove comes from the account of the Flood and Noah’s ark in Genesis 6-8. When the earth had been covered with water for some time, Noah wanted to check to see if there was dry land anywhere, so he sent out a dove which came back with an olive branch in her beak (Genesis 8:11). Since that time, the olive branch has been a symbol of peace.

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