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The Rebel

November 26, 2012

A passage written by my father, Frank J. Surface:

In the eyes of the molded images that spill forth from our systems of learning, the rebel is an idiot. These who are well indoctrinated in greed take advantage of this simple love the rebel has in his heart. They use his honesty and trust to gain an advantage over him then take his money, power, and position in life and afterword laugh at his misery.

Even though the rebel has been robbed, the world finds that he is made of a very hard and durable steel. He is able to withstand all these pressures from the world. This power to sustain is drawn from an unending source of power, God.

STAR our Speculations and Interpretations

October 7, 2012

On October 18, 2009 my father, Frank J. Surface, wrote the following article STAR – SCRIPTURAL – MY SPECULATIONS – INTERPRETATIONS. Today I am using dad’s post and including my writing along with it. Dad has been with the Lord for just over a year now.

I have studied the scriptures, the books of Genesis through the book of Revelation several times. Each time they puzzle me in that they are not in clear open language that is understandable by my feeble brain. The scriptures are filled with parables, codes, and very shady hidden and obscure meanings. It is very hard to try and find the true picture.

Dad was 78 years old when he wrote this article and I did not realize he was so old. I thought dad would live on for years to come. I agree with dad about the difficulty of figuring out all the scriptures. Not sure if the average Joe really can. However I am learning the scriptures are much more than just words. These words are God talking to you. Dad spoke of codes, who knows maybe so. The bible appears worded where it applies to each individual heart in special and unique ways.

There are many revisions to the KJV of the bible that clear this up, however, I trust my own interpretations more than those found in the revisions. There are times when reading these revisions of others I find that the total, the complete meaning to the scripture is sometimes totally changed.

Read more…

God Does Answer Prayer

August 23, 2012

I was so disappointed after praying for Anna’s spider bite for things turned to the worse, much worse.  The sore deepened, red swelling and sappy blistering immediately took place after we both prayed for healing of this bite.  Bandages and wearing a sock over the wound, for it is on the top of her foot, would peel skin from the wound when removed.  The bite was quickly resembling the look of a volcano.  Then there was today.  Her foot started hurting her like crazy and she elevated it in hopes of getting the blood flowing and easing the pain.  Eventually the pain subsided.  Later this afternoon she was in her recliner and I in mine for our afternoon nap.  I work a split shift so these naps are part of our routine.  When we both woke from our nap the volcano of her bite was completely filled in and a very hard black skin formed over the hole like a scab only scarier looking.  I went on to work to complete my second shift and when I came back I found pink skin with some remainder of black around it.  I have never seen a wound go from sappy wet red swollen to dry solid pink in the matter of a few hours.  Anna says she feels no pain at this time and the bite is looking better than ever.  I guess the old adage applies on how God will answer prayers but maybe just not exactly how we think it should go.    This does help restore my believe.  Will keep updating the recovery of this bite.

This is the second bite this year.  It has been mighty dry and there are more spiders than ever.  We had the bug man out to spray and he will be back to spray again soon and to set spider traps.  We live in an old farm house.  The first spider bite left a serious scar and this one will most likely do the same.  When her foot is totally healed and some time passes by she is contemplating getting a spider tattoo to cover the scar.  We are in our mid-fifties with not a tattoo on us, but somehow this sounds cool to me…

I Prayed to God

August 21, 2012

I prayed to God the other night for my wife Anna. As I prayed I placed my hand on her ankle right above a nasty spider bite. I asked God, “Please heal this spider bite. I realize you don’t have to have much faith, just the amount of a mustard seed God, I have that much I’m sure. Please heal her. Lord she is not lame nor blind, just has a nasty bug bite. Please heal her for you have said, “Ask and you shall receive”. I’m asking God.

It has been several days now and the spider bite has not healed.  Actually it got worse.  We had consulted with a doctor earlier, prior to my prayer and the spider bite is doing what spider bites do.  In time after the poison destroys more skin and tissue the natural healing will begin.  We know, for Anna had a spider bite last year and it took nearly 3 months to heal.  I prayed asking God not to let her suffer and just heal the doggone bite.  When God does not answer prayer as is most the cases I can think of it makes one doubt the bible.  The bible said ask and you shall receive.  If that passage is wrong then other passages can be wrong as well as far as I’m concerned.

I’m disappointed with the bible.  The old testament is so harsh, cruel, demanding, sadistic, and basically replaced by the new testament.  The new testament has things such as “Ask and it shall be given” written in it.  Jesus goes around healing all sorts of people and bring them back from the dead.  We are to understand all these angels throughout the bible, the miracles, and healing were just signs for their time and not ours.  On the contrary greater is our blessings supposedly if we accept without having any signs whatsoever.  We are blessed when God does not answer by essence.  Always when prayers are not answered we rationalize about the bigger picture.  People claim there are so many different versions of the bible causing all the confusion.  Only if we truly understood then things would be so great.   Seems God could send another messenger and revise the writings so we could all understand and maybe toss in a few miracles as well.  Or at least heal a stupid little spider bite.

I’m so tempted to box up all my bibles and study guides into a box and store them away.  I feel like deleting all the apps from my Iphone dealing with religious studies and the bible.  Doesn’t matter if man has made so many versions of the bible, he was just trying to figure out what the heck is going on.  Maybe if God would actually back you up in your belief it would be easier to believe.  If after praying for Anna her bite would have been healed up like the next day, I would have felt like WOW… and want to dig deeper and try harder.  Right now I feel very disappointed.

I remember nearly 4 decades ago my father breaking all his eye glasses with a hammer for he was sure God would cure his eyesight.  Dad had to get new glasses of which he could not afford.  I wonder if he told the eye doctor how his other glasses were destroyed.  If God loves us so much why doesn’t he answer prayer?  You know I’m thinking He doesn’t answer prayer, never has.  This part about answering prayer are just mans words imposed into the bible.  Maybe the bible is not correct and in fact carries lots of mis-guidance.

I so want to put all these books away, but at the same time feel at loss to do so.  To empty my desk of all these studies would make me feel so empty.  I believe there is truth to be found, it is just where do you go to find it?

It should be simple.  Ask and there it is.  This would restore faith and help us in building faith.  Many folks would turn to God in a heart beat if only He would answer their prayers.

Wise Advice from a 90 Year Old

August 17, 2012

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!

Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regia Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

quote:To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10.When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye…But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words…’In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Maybe We Should Fear God

August 8, 2012

I always thought it ridiculous to fear God and also love Him, did not make and sorta’ still doesn’t make sense to me. Then again I’m just someone living in the year 2012 as compared to people living thousands of years ago. I know about Presidents, Kings, Queens, Parliament, and Congress for I’ve grown up knowing about these type of leaders. However, unlike the world of several thousand years ago, I’ve never considered God as ruler over all where the nation would recognize Him in all events and decisions. Actually my nation does their best to exclude God from all events. Maybe my nation is failing because we do not have a fear for an Almighty God.

Just maybe God is all powerful and can hand us over to a modern day Israel if He should so desires. Maybe God could crush us and give our land to some other tribe of folks He better favors for they are following and trusting in Him. A lot of things have been made to be acceptable and ok in our nation, but are they really acceptable to God? Do we even care if God accepts things or not?

I’ve never really considered Gods Awesomeness every minute of every day. Maybe by considering what God has the power to do, what God has done, what God has promised, and of an eternal life which He has offered, maybe this fear/love thing is getting more understandable.

Stumbling in the Dark

August 5, 2012

Over the last couple of months I’ve been listening to the bible through the audio version called The Word of Promise as can be seen in the above YouTube. I had purchased the app “The Word of Promise” for my Iphone so I could listen to the bible as I drive back and forth to work each day.  Over the course of two months I’ve listened to the entire bible.  This is the first time ever I’ve gone through the bible.  As I would listen, the reader would drone on as my mind would wander, and then something would be read which would capture my attention.   So early this morning, I mean real early I’m up stumbling around in the dark with my mind just a grinding.  So I sit down to read Hebrews for this book captured my attention.  Anna, my wife, gets up and  stumbles into my study to see why I’m up so early and then later appears with a cup of coffee.

So I start reading in my bible called The Message for it is simple to read.  I then scratch, mark, and highlight in the New International Version study bible my daughter gave me.  She felt sorry for me for I was reading from an old KJV bible with yellowed pages and taped together with duck tape.  My daughter did not realize the KJV I was reading was my dad’s bible, he had died a few months ago.  I also have a small KJV from my earlier church going days.  I now use the little KJV to help me in solving my Jumbo Bible crossword puzzles.  My desk is covered in bibles and related material; maybe the more you own the better your chances…

For quite some time I have believed Jesus created the world. In the book called The Urantia it is mentioned of Jesus creating the world, so when I heard Heb 1:2 read my attention was spiked. …he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe… This helps me re-affirm my belief.

Then I read about Angels in Heb 1:14. So I wonder where all these angels are at and then Tigger my cat, snatches my tee-shirt and forces me to look at him. I have always enjoyed Tiggers company for he always makes me smile. According to the bible there are angels around and their job is to not only to minister to us but to serve us as well. Reading in the second chapter of Hebrews I discovered Jesus did away with death. So we should not fear death but to look at it as the doorway to eternal life. In the third chapter of Hebrews I discovered why God was so angry back in the Old Testament. The folks from Egypt would not believe and trust in God to get them to the Promise Land. They had hardened their hearts. Somehow I believe folks back then could not soften their hearts. During my study of Hebrews I came up with the verse from Ezekiel 3:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws… So to keep from getting God angry we must not harden our heart, but it appears God has given us a heart led by His spirit which should move us in the direction of doing what God desires us to do. Then in the fourth chapter I read about a Sabbath-rest. It appears one should really strive to enter God’s Rest. This may have to do with some inner awareness and peacefulness like through meditation. God called Rest – “Today” Heb 4:7. You don’t have to wait until you pass the shadow of death for this rest, instead you can enter this foretaste of eternal joy Today. Also in chapter 4 I learn how to pray to God. In the old testament only the high priest could go before God and then only once a year. Today any of us can go before God for Jesus has cleared us of all our sins. Not only can we go to God in prayer whenever we like, but to do so with confidence.

Well this post is written different from which I first started for Tigger was sitting on the escape key causing me to lose what I had first written. Darn cat…