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The Cracked Acorn: Movement




For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28)

I watch foreign mystery films, especially Swedish ones.  I have noticed that on the English subtitles, the translators take advantage of several commonly used English words to convey action.  We have a wonderful language, and I often am amazed by the difficulty it must present to language people when they have to translate English into another language.  The Bible must be its own voice when we try to reach people beyond our shores.

Eventually, I want to ‘talk’ about one of those words, but first…are you old enough to remember ‘dollar’ watches? I do.  When I reached the 5th or 6th grade, my aunt gave me my first wrist watch which did not survive the school playground.  It was the first time that I grew interested in the inside of a watch.  I had overheard from the older people that I was looking at the movement.  I thought it was the most and ventured to ‘repair’ my broken wristwatch, which never worked out, but I did get knowledge and respect for those who had made the watch.  This was also the day of the pocket watch. Blue jeans came with a pocket for your watch, this was handy for farmers…it provided protection and safety for your Bulova pocket watch.

The word ‘movement’ is a noun. (Remember those English classes!) “We watched the graceful movements of a dancer.”

Christ is our ‘movement’ through Him; we ‘move’ and have our being in Him. Again: Acts 17:28.

Philippians 3:14…So I run straight(make movement) toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above.

John 5:8…Jesus said to him, Get up,(make the movements), pick up your mat, and walk.”

John 14:6…I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life; no one (makes the movement) to go to the Father except by me.”

Proverb 3:5,6…Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall (make the movements) to direct your paths.

Movement is kinetic energy and not stationary, or as I heard a Church of Christ minister put it, “If we wish to accept Christ and have it all, we could just enter our car, take off and put it on cruise and say, “Christ come into my heart!”, indeed many today wish that this could complete their salvation and know nothing thereafter.

I had the fortunate experience to hear Brother Marshall Keeble during my year in David Lipscomb…the following is good Christian advice.

“When mean things happen to you, don’t get angry; just pray for him, then go off and live so your prayers will be answered. Live so your friends won’t believe it, and your enemies can’t prove it”

“I’ve never murmured or complained at anything that ever happened to me. I’ve just stood still while God handled it, and He’s brought me this far. The people of Israel murmured and complained, and God told them, ‘Stand still, I’ll handle it.’”

Marshall Keeble (1878-1968)

Born to former slaves near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Marshall Keeble became, in time, the most successful evangelist among Churches of Christ.

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The Cracked Acorn: Life



Subreddits – about  life – if it were a video game

Wouldn’t life be easier if it were a video game? If murder hornets were a computer glitch and could be patched? If our pets’ short life spans be reprogrammed and live longer?  If all aspects of life, from broken hearts to deaths, were merely quests that could be overcome. 

What if you could get in touch with the higher power that developed the program  –  the existence of God – and whether or not he cares about us is a deep, philosophical question that (the writer of Subreddits) most people will wrestle with at some point or other, and it’s a scary question not to know the answer.  All suddenly becomes less serious and less threatening because it doesn’t matter if you as an individual.  It matters only to your character. (apologies to Travis Andrews of Wash. POST)

Yes! I have a computer but never got far into games.  SUBREDDIT, so I read from the edited prior article is like FaceBook, but 650,000 souls also treat it as a game. A “The Game Store” has opened here in town; I must go in and see what is offered.  As I have learned in the past, I will have to move up to a much faster computer to stay abreast of the times.  Will it be worth it?

What if the answer to “Why?” Many are rushing to online devices and services to exercise their protoplasm to pose questions and post remarks to the giant audience in cyberspace that all questions have answers, do they?  Where are the answers?  I remember a lady in a Sunday School class admitted that she had lots of questions and would instead wait until she was in heaven to get the answers from the Lord.

Calculus was invented to answer questions with long, infinite answers.  Calculus will chop off the infinite part and give the searcher a finite answer.  A teacher many years ago would answer a question by saying, “For your needs, the answer is, ….”

That would certainly help us all with life’s questions, I think?

Now, I am fighting off an urge to return to a game I  purchased many years ago. SIBERIA – Deep in alpine valleys, Kate uncovers a secret that has unexpected turns and twists; her business trip is a journey across a land where time throws all her values into question…and becomes a pact with destiny…

In times like these, you need a Savior,
In times like these, you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.!

( a hymn of long ago)     [I wonder what the 650,000 are doing at this moment?]


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The Cracked Acorn: Limitations




And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. – Genesis: Chapter 2: 21-22

A part of the day’s routine for me is to drive to the nearby SHEETZ for the morning newspaper – it should be after midnight, but for once in a blue moon, I am out at 10 p.m. – so I intended to get coffee, a snack and return a few hours later for the POST. DITTO – I am in the snack aisle and looking over the goodies; a woman is on her knees looking at the bottom shelf; she was after Mrs. Freshley’s Cinnabon Twirls (make life Sweeter!) – I got down and found them for her, so then she told me all the details about this wonderful eatable, I listened and finally wandered away, but not until she complimented my choice of what I was carrying – Quaker Maple/Brown sugar Instant oatmeal.

I didn’t want Decaf at the coffee bar and needed something stronger. “Emma” came over and told me of her favorite coffee’s strong choice (Sumatra & Choice) – I followed through. She beat me to the checkout. “Emma” has red hair and is maybe in her 50s, well-dressed in a casual, expensive style. I would guess she was the outdoor type and could hold her own with the best if that should happen. It came my time to pay, and I mentioned my “contact” to the clerk and that I intended to remain inside until I knew she had departed the parking lot. Now I wish I had seen what she was driving. I knew I would never have to speak another word if we ever developed a relationship.

“A man must know his own limitations!” – Clint Eastwood.

Emma is the name of my father–in–law’s girlfriend’s sister. I last remember her in Albany, NY; I dropped her off at her apartment, and then she followed me back to the car and kept talking; eventually, I told her I had to leave, or my family might declare me missing!

READER’S DIGEST – “The police were following a car with an elderly couple inside. At a stop light, the woman fell out. She was o.k., and the police followed and pulled over her husband. “Sir! Did you know that your wife fell out at the stoplight?” He replied, “Oh, thank you, officer, I thought I had gone deaf!”

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The Cracked Acorn: Stuff



The following was given to me by a young lady at church. In a corner of the article, it was inscribed “Alice.” It is so well written about our society that it has done its job, and I hope that Alice ( bless you and your stuff, are happy!).

“Every fall, I start stirring in my stuff. There is a closet, drawer, attic, and basement stuff. I separate the good stuff from the bad stuff; then I stuff the bad stuff anywhere the stuff is not too crowded until I decide if I will need the bad stuff.

When the Lord calls me home, my children will want the good stuff, but the bad stuff, stuffed wherever there is room among all the other stuff, will be stuffed in bags and taken to the dump where all the other people’s stuff has been taken. Whenever we have company, they always bring bags and bags of stuff. When I visit my son, he always moves his stuff so I will have room for my stuff. Their stuff and my stuff—It would be so much easier to use their stuff and leave my stuff at home with the rest of my stuff. This fall, I had an extra closet built so I would have a place for all the stuff too good to throw away and too bad to keep with my good stuff. You may have this problem, but I seem to spend a lot of time with stuff, foodstuff, cleaning, medicine, clothes, and outside stuff. What would life be like if we didn’t have all this stuff?

Now, there is all that stuff we use to make us smell better than we do. There is the stuff to make our hair look good. Stuff to make us look younger. Stuff to make us look healthier. Stuff to hold us in and stuff to fill us out. There is stuff to read, stuff to play with, stuff to entertain us, and stuff to eat; we stuff ourselves with the food stuff.

Well, our lives are filled with stuff…good stuff, bad stuff, little stuff, big stuff, useful stuff, junky stuff, and everyone’s stuff. When we leave all our stuff and go to heaven, whatever happens to our stuff won’t matter. We will still have…good stuff God has prepared for us in heaven.”

NOTE: My garage is cluttered with “I may need that stuff for some reason someday.” There is always a need for stuff that, if not used, may call for a visit to the nearest hardware store, and their stuff then costs more! Mine is free, or so I think! The dictionary defines stuff as an unlimited amount of materials needed for the various activities and emergencies that could come our way during one’s lifetime. (Ole English and circa 1840)

Matthew 6:19-“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,…but lay up treasures in heaven,’

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The Cracked Acorn: The Note on the Door




This is a true story.  I know personally the party involved.  Love dwindled, unhappiness and dissatisfaction grew, daily fussing and fighting characterized the relationship of husband and wife, and ultimately, a divorce wrecked the home, leaving two bewildered, emotionally scarred children in its wake.  The father gained custody, and the mother went her own way, doing her own thing.

The children loved their mother.  The strange thing about love – it’s so often blind to the faults of those we love.  Months went by, and the mother longed to see her children.  She mustered up the courage to visit.  Leaving her car at the curb, she walked to the front door only or find no one at home.  But posted on the door was a note from the youngest of her two boys, the seven-teat-old.  It read, “Mother, I’m at the park.  Please come to the park.”  She hurriedly made her way to the park, and there, sure enough, was the little fellow.  After the preliminary hugs and kisses, the mother, still amazed by the note, said, “Honey, how did you know I was coming to see you today?”  He answered.

“Oh, I didn’t,”

“But what made you put the note on the door if you didn’t know I was coming?”

In response, the love-starved little one said, “I put a note on the door every day, every time I leave, ’cause I knew you’d be coming to see me.”

 “I knew you’d be coming to see me!”    I wonder if there are not those OUT THERE, life’s rejects, those hurt by cruel circumstance, those whose life seems to be hopelessly going nowhere, those groping for some spiritual meaning in their lives, who are daily placing a note on their door which reads, “I’m not at home just now, but please – PLEASE – come find me..” 

by David  Ladd,  preacher


Facts and Statistics

Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent. There are 17,900,000 orphans who have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets and lack the care and attention required for healthy development.

According to the U.S. State Department, U.S. families adopted more than 7,000 children in 2012. Last year, Americans adopted the highest number of children from China, followed by Ethiopia, Ukraine, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

No child under three years of age should be placed in institutional care without a parent or primary caregiver, according to research from 32 European countries, including nine in-depth country studies, which considered the “risk of harm in terms of attachment disorder, developmental delay, and neural atrophy in the developing brain.”Children raised in orphanages have an IQ 20 points lower than their peers in foster care, according to a meta-analysis of 75 studies (more than 3,800 children in 19 countries). In 2012, 23,396 youth aged out of the U.S. foster care system without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed. —American Surveys Digest—

Student A: I can spell my mom’s name! Teacher: Oh yeah? How do you spell it? Student A:  M-O-M.

Student B: That’s how you spell MY mom’s name, too!

“We love him because he first loved us.” – 1 JOHN 4:19 KJV

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The Cracked Acorn: The Eternal Garden




“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.” Genesis 2:8

The grandchildren wanted to know why Grandma was always reading her Bible. They decided it must be like school; she was studying for her finals.

The SECRETS OF THE BIBLE – will test your knowledge of the Bible. As a child, I have always wondered if they would ever find the spot of the Garden of Eden; the Sunday morning children’s dream of the docile animals and the fruit would keep one young forever.

With refinements of aerial photography, GPS, and global tectonic studies, several theories point to the great possibility that there was such a place. Writing started about 3000 B.C.; two of the four rivers mentioned in the Bible are still here today- the Tigris (Daniel 10:4)and the “Prat,” known from ancient texts and translated today as the well-known Euphrates.

The idea of an Eden would have been known to the race of Sumerians in that area -the fertile crescent- and passed down to the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and finally to the Israelites, and then made its way into the Hebrew Bible. Another conjecture is that if the Garden of Eden were any place on earth, it would have been near the previously mentioned rivers.

A professor at Southwest Missouri University has suggested that the underwater area where the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers spill into the present Persian Gulf would have been the likely place in ancient times.

A relatively unknown idea is that “the Garden of Eden, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, the story of Abraham – all took place in a small area between the Black Sea in the Ararat range in Turkey.” One scientist claims to have identified four of the rivers of Eden from NASA satellite photography. Further, this same person claims to know the location of the Ark of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments, Solomon’s Temple, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Tower of Babel.

If all these places are found and certified, will it change how we think of the Bible? I doubt it! Biblical studies conclude that “man may never find Eden outside the pages of God’s WORD.”

Meanwhile, Grandma can keep on reading her Bible and believing every word as God gave it.

There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting.
There’s a place that is wondrously fair
For it glows with the light of His presence
‘Tis the beautiful garden of prayer
O, the beautiful garden, the garden of prayer!
There, my Savior awaits, and He opens the gates.
To the beautiful garden of prayer

(Eleanor Schroll, 1878-1966)

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The Cracked Acorn: So COLD




 Well, the season is upon us when the winds are blowing warm and then cool.  The trees are trying to hold on to their leaves but are losing the battle.  Children are having a ball diving into raked piles of leaves.  You pause and think it might be nice to be young again.  Those wooly caterpillars are crawling out of cracks.  Old timers noted that if they were all dark, it meant a hard winter.  Brown caterpillars held the promise that we could put away the snow shovel until next year.  When I was a kid, most every winter was ice and lots of snow.

Helen Keller, born deaf and blind in 1932, wrote these comments. To many people, autumn brings a sad mood.  They think of the stripped tree, the stubble in the field, all the summer charms gone, empty nests clinging to the boughs, brown leaves swinging their last hour on the sharp breeze. Who is not grateful to the Creator for autumn’s rich display of hints of gold, crimson, purple, and the softer glints of the myriad ecstasies of ripe fruits and grains?… The glossy brown chestnut beloved of children,…the tingling odor of burned leaves scenting the sharpness of the afternoon air?

My childhood Kentucky winter was around a hot stove that was banked overnight.  We slept on feather beds with lots of covers.  It was winter days of long-handled underwear and lots of wool clothing for those long, deep, dark, and very cold days.

Yes, it was so cold that you could chip your tooth on soup; we chopped up the piano and only got two chords, the cows started giving ice cream, the dogs put jumper cables on the rabbits to get them running, the flame froze on candles, you couldn’t take the garbage out-it wouldn’t go, one day I came home from a walk without my shadow- it was frozen to the sidewalk, it was so cold that roosters were rushing into the kitchen to use the pressure cooker, grandpa’s teeth were chattering-in the glass, airplanes needed icebreakers to clear a path through the sky, I thought I had a stone rolling around in my boot-it was just one of my toes,(for you country western fans-Shania Twain covered her midriff), geese flew backward to stay warm, and our words froze in the air. If you wanted to hear what someone said, you had to grab a handful of sentences and take them in by the fire. (from-IT WAS SO COLD..)

I worked for seven years with a lady at the U.S. Geological Survey.  We managed credit card accounts.  I often received telephone calls asking me to verify certain merchant names and amounts.  She said this before hanging up the receiver, “I LOVE YOU.”  When I heard across the cubicles, someone mentioned that someone had said, “I LOVE YOU,” I instantly knew they had been talking to Barbara Heilemann. What would happen if all of us said this in our transactions and these three words froze till the spring thaw?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear for a few days or a week these important words that add a loving spiritual dimension to our lives?

I love you with the love of the Lord. I see in you the glory of my King; Please love me with the love of the Lord.  IT was all paid when He rose up from the grave. And He loves us all with the love of the Lord. (#703 lyrics- Songs of FAITH and PRAISE)

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