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Levy County elections move
forward with more security

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Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones speaks to the County Commission on July 17.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 19, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.
     BRONSON –
Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks will be signing a certificate of equipment for casting and counting ballots as a result of a motion by County Commissioner Rock Meeks, seconded by Commission Vice Chairman Mike Joyner on Tuesday (July 17).

 

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      Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones found unanimous approval to her request, which reflects continued progress with secure elections in Levy County.
     Out of the $19.2 million granted to Florida, Jones said, $76,304 was provided to help Levy County in its election process – from the Elections Security Grant, which was provided under the Help America Vote Act.
     Improving security for the elections is where these funds are going now. Jones said an IT person is helping her meet the challenges of having a secure election in Levy County.
     Even training employees is a key component when it comes to security, Jones said. The United States Department of Homeland Security is scheduled to conduct a free analysis of the office in Levy County, she said, and one or more staff members from Homeland Security are anticipated to come take a physical scan of the building to determine possible improvements.
     Jones mentioned that her effort for more security includes changes she added since taking office. Cameras, key-required access to certain areas of the office and other aspects of security are in place.
     Jones said she feels comfortable with the current level of security at the office, but she knows there is always room to improve.
     Accepting the grant funds results after a conference in May, Jones said. A month later, she was told the county would receive the money, given the information that was needed could be gathered within three weeks.
     Jones was not seeking approval from the County Commission on Tuesday, but she needed the chairman’s signature on “attachment C” of the documentation that says the county has equipment that is secure for casting and counting ballots.
     Jones mentioned this fact is true because Levy County in 2014 bought that very equipment, which most other Florida counties are just now purchasing. She mentioned her appreciation for the County Commission four years ago taking action she sought in that regard.


Magic Abounds At
Levy County Public Libraries

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Rebecca Rodgers, 18, models a bracelet and bookmark that are like those created by children during the Levy County Library System's Summer Youth Program this week.


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In this other photo, she is starting to perform a magic trick. She was helping her mother Levy County Public Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers. Also active at the Bronson Public Library on Tuesday morning (July 17) was Levy County Library System Youth Services Assistant Jennifer Becker. The list of the whole summer's programs at all five libraries in Levy County can be viewed by clicking HERE. There are two more weeks of programs. Next week is Mini Angels Rescue Petting Zoo, and the final week is Lego Obstacle Course. During the program this week, which is in A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown) on Thursday, July 19, and at the Luther Callaway Public Library (Chiefland) on Friday, July 20, children saw magic tricks performed for 30 to 40 minutes. This program is free for all ages. The theme this summer is ‘Libraries Rock!’ One of the Summer Break Spots each Monday through Friday is at the public libraries in Levy County. As for Tuesday's fun in the Bronson Public Library, each child was provided with a lunch. The lunch on Tuesday at Bronson Public Library was a turkey and cheese sandwich, a bag of chips, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and a choice of chocolate or regular milk.
Each child was given the opportunity to create their own bracelet, which they took home with them. Each child was given the opportunity to build their bookmark, too, which like the bracelet was modeled by Rebecca Rodgers in the photo. Rebecca Rodgers is going to New York City in September to model at Fashion Week, where she will be showing The Wow Wear Collection by Michael Galanes.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © July 18, 2018 at 12:28 p.m.


CF Foundation receives $11,000
from Florida Society Of
Registered Nurses Retired Inc.


Seen during the ceremonial acceptance of the gift to the College of Central Florida from the Florida Society Of Registered Nurses Retired Inc. are (from left) Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president CF regional campuses; Lorraine Regan, RNR member; Judy Herron, RNR member; Diane Woodruff, RNR member; Marion Winner, RNR member; Traci Mason of the CF Foundation; Sonya Warden, director of student affairs, CF Citrus Campus; and Elvie Tyler of the CF Foundation.

Photo Provided by CF

Published July 17, 2018 at 7:08 a.m.

     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida Foundation has received an $11,000 gift from the Florida Society of Registered Nurses Retired Inc. to provide funding for nursing scholarships. The scholarship committee presented a check to the CF Foundation at the end of June at the Citrus Campus in memory of Shirley McElhiney, past president of RNR.
     “As our state organization comes to an end and now becomes the Citrus Marion RNR, we hope that this gift to be shared by future nurses will help to lessen the nursing shortage in our state and especially our counties,” said Diane Woodruff, RNR board member.
     College of Central Florida offers the three nursing career tracks. The Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree Nurse Bridge program designed for the Florida-licensed LPN with the transition into the role as a registered nurse. The Associate in Science in Nursing that focuses on the preparation of qualified individuals without previous nursing experience to become a registered nurse, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing that allows associate degree registered nurses to advance their education, and facilitate entry into graduate nursing programs. 
     “Such a generous gift allows our students the leverage to transform their lives,” said Chris Knife, CF Foundation executive director. “We are thankful for the generosity of donors like the RNR in helping students pursue their dream careers.”
     The CF Foundation, founded in 1959, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the college’s programs and services through the development and management of private contributions and community partnerships. To learn more, visit http://cf.edu/foundation/.


Williston welcomes
annexed property owner;

Apartment complex
may be on the horizon


Williston City Councilman Charles Goodman is seen on Tuesday night (July 10) with his hair a bit longer than some weeks ago. The city councilman said his daughter had cancer and he told her that he would grow it to donate to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Goodman said he needs to grow it at least 12 inches long before he can donate it.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 11, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.
     WILLISTON – Tuesday night (July 10) was a banner night for progress announced at the Williston City Council meeting.


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Williston City Clerk Fran Taylor mans her post at the temporary City Council chambers in the abandoned Williston High School’s Multipurpose Room. Years ago, she practiced music as a member of the WHS Marching Band in this room. The lit display clock next to her shows three-minutes plus have elapsed since a person started speaking at the podium. City Council President Nancy Wininger said if people want to comment about anything to the City Council in regard to things not on the agenda, then they may do so for five minutes. If it is a matter that will take longer, the person should have it put on the agenda. With this lighted clock display, the speaker can see how long he or she has spoken.

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City Councilman Justin Head looks at a business card given to him by Drollene Brown of the Citizens for an Engaged Electorate and the American Association for Retired Persons Williston Chapter 912. Brown and others have planned a forum for candidates to be conducted in the new Williston Middle High School Cafetorium on July 28. For more information about that, please see the Community Page.

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Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson reaches for a soft drink can at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

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City Council President Nancy Wininger welcomes everyone to the meeting.

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Williston City Councilman Elihu Ross listens during the meeting. Ross is also a volunteer with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol organization.


Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann looks at his computer screen during the City Council meeting. The city manager and other staff have adapted to the temporary City Hall while the new one is being built.

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Williston City Attorney Frederick L. Koberlein Jr. looks at his computer screen during the City Council meeting. This attorney is known for his quick wit and solid legal advice.

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Williston City Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson thinks about some of the matters brought before the municipality’s leaders.

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Dr. Kenneth A Schwiebert is a highly rated general dentist in Williston. Here, though, he is speaking at the leader of the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency. Dr. Schwiebert shared his opinion with the City Council that some of the work on the recently dedicated memorial to veterans left something to be desired, in regard to the level or professional workmanship. The five elected leaders concur with the volunteer and the city is moving forward with taking care of business to let the contractor understand about the odds of seeing payment until the customers are satisfied.


Drollene Brown of the Citizens for an Engaged Electorate and the American Association for Retired Persons Williston Chapter 912 tells the City Council about a forum for candidates to be conducted in the new Williston Middle High on July 28
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     From start to finish that night the city’s leaders progressed through the agenda.
     Among the many bits of positive news from the night, was the opening comment from City Manager Scott Lippmann that the construction team for the new Williston City Hall have told him with a relatively high degree of certainty at this point that the structure will be ready for occupancy and ready to serve the people at the end of September.
     While Dr. Kenneth A. Schwiebert, the leader of the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency, shared with the City Council members that there are some flaws with workmanship on the recently dedicated memorial to veterans, he intends to continue his effort to help the builders understand about their need to correct the monument’s defects as much as is reasonably possible.
     There was some commentary about the company appearing to show a certain level of disrespect and unprofessionalism in regard to its failure to respond more quickly and completely to the city’s complaints.
     On another matter, the city leaders moved unanimously forward in the process required to send an application for a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to refurbish the wastewater treatment plant. A public hearing is scheduled in relation to that, and the hearing will be at the July 24 regular City Council meeting.
      Among the many other matters showing the city is continuing to grow an improve, Mark Schwebel was approved for his voluntary annexation of five acres of property from the unincorporated part of Levy County into the city limits.
     Schwebel’s property is near to Williston Elementary School and is adjacent to the current city limits.
     If all goes as he currently plans, he will build a 60-unit apartment complex. These units will be one-, two- and three-bedrooms in size. They will be for regular working people who do not need government subsidy for housing.
     The apartments will range in size from 600 to 900 square-feet.
     City Councilman Charles Goodman said he is happy to welcome the new member into Williston city limits.
     Schwebel already has built homes in Williston.
     He said he loves the city of Williston. Seeing a need for people to rent normal apartments, he is going to build them.
     City Manager Scott Lippmann and City Planner Josie Lodder helped him understand the process to build this apartment complex, Schwebel said. By being within the city limits, he added, it will be easier for him to accomplish this goal.
     City Councilman Charles Goodman wanted to be certain that Schwebel understood connecting with city utilities such as water and sewer service is his responsibility as the developer. He replied that he understands this, and that he does not see a lot of distance between the closest connections to make this work.
     On a motion by City Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson, seconded by Councilman Goodman, the City Council approved the voluntary annexation by a 5-0 vote.


CF EMT application
deadline is July 20

Published July 6, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.
     OCALA
— The deadline for applications to the College of Central Florida’s Emergency Medical Technician program is Friday, July 20.
     An information session will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road in Building 35, Room 105, and at 6 p.m. at the Citrus Campus, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, in the Dorothea Jerome Building, Room 103.
     The EMT program is a 15-week course that includes lectures, skills labs and clinical experiences on ambulances and in an emergency department. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for state certification and may find work as an EMT on ambulances, in hospitals, in industrial settings and more.
     Fall classes start Aug. 20 at the Citrus Campus, four days a week, from 6 to 10 p.m.
     For more information or to fill out an application, call 352-291-4440, or visit http://www.cf.edu/EMT


Fireworks cap county seat’s 4th;
Fuses out, earplugs in

Fireworks in Bronson on the Fourth of July are enjoyed by many people.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 5, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.

    It was another Fourth of July to remember in Bronson, with Williston, Cedar Key and other places providing memorable moments as well.



This video has a short introduction. Then there is a lightning bolt flashing down in the background – wait for it. Then there are clips of fireworks at Bronson. The whole clip lasts about two minutes.

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This still shot shows one point where the lightning was flashing down in the background. It almost appears to be coming out of the palm tree, but it was in the distance. The bolts are seen better in the video above.

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Ed and Peggy Rowe accept cans to help in the Food4Kids Backpack Program.

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Bronson Fire Rescue Firefighter Bobby Kramer places a mortar launching device on plywood as the process begins to set up the show.

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Bronson Fire Chief Dennis Russell attaches a firing device to plywood.


Bronson Firefighter Jacob Arnold stands near the trailer used to carry $5,000 worth of fireworks into James H. Cobb Park on the Fourth of July.

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Capt. Clayton Drew of the Levy County Public Safety Department, which years ago was two separate groups – the Levy County Volunteer Fire Department and Levy County EMS – looks over at the start of the pyrotechnics program by Bronson Fire Rescue.


    The fireworks show in the Levy County seat of government fell again on the heels of the July 3 events in the eastern metropolitan area of Levy County.
     Bronson is in the heart of the county. The day before the Fourth of July, Williston conducted its Independence Day Parade and that was followed by food, fun, live entertainment – including renowned singer Reggie Stacy – and fireworks at Horseman Park.
     The people of Williston hold their celebration a day earlier than some of their neighbors so as to not pull away from those other celebrations. In Williston, there was a torrential downpour, complete with lightning just before the parade.
     People and parade units, though, participated in the event that was followed by fireworks and other fun at Horsemen’s Park
     Also putting on a fireworks show on the Fourth of July was Cedar Key, where the rockets’ red glare was over the Gulf of Mexico off of Dock Street. The fireworks were launched from a barge. The best place to view the show is from the restaurants on Dock Street (like Steamer's Clam Bar and Grill), or the big concrete pier.
     People in Yankeetown, though, have been known to go to the end of County Road 40 as they Follow That Dream and look over at Cedar Key’s fireworks.
     Meanwhile as has been the custom for the past several years, everyone gathered on Independence Day at James H. Cobb Memorial Park, which is also known as the Bronson Sports Complex.
     Some things were a little different this year.
     Bronson Town Councilwoman Katie Parks said that due to a shortage of town staff, there was no afternoon event, which in the past included vendors and other forms of fun.
     This year, it was strictly fireworks.
     As a result of rain making certain parts of the park too soggy, the launch area was altered from the past few years as well. This year, the fireworks went up from the area near the huge pole barn at the far end of the main parking lot.
     Some things remained the same.
     While some firefighters have gone elsewhere over the years, it was the Bronson Fire-Rescue Department putting on the show.
     “Fuses out. Earplugs in,” has been a call for action in years gone by.
     The stars of the show this year were Fire Chief Dennis Russell, Capt. and Assistant Chief Gail Foote, Capt. Jerry Horton, Lt. Jacob Arnold, Safety Officer Jesse Baggett (a very longtime member of the BFR), and firefighters Mark Marrazo, Adam Macedward, Cliff Guido, Brandi Hibbard and Bobby Kramer. Chief Russell mentioned that this year the BFR added seom 5-inch mortars, where there were only 3-inch mortars during the past several years.
     There was an ambulance on standby to whisk injured people to the hospital in Williston or to a hospital in some other county. There were also members of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the LCSO COP group to help direct traffic.
    With thousands of people gathering as the time drew near for fireworks, it was plain to see that everyone in Levy County knew Bronson was one of the places to be for fireworks on the Fourth of July.
    The program wrapped up with an outstanding show of lights in the air.
    The Bronson Town Council dedicated $5,000 toward fireworks, Councilwoman Parks said, with $2,500 coming from the BFR funds and $2,500 coming from the General Fund.
     Parks is the Town Council member responsible for events.
     The Bronson Fire Rescue Department set up and ignited the pyrotechnics. Firefighters actually lit the fuses, because there is no electronic ignition method for this show.
    The fireworks show on Wednesday night was phenomenal. The “ohhs,” “ewws” and “ahhs” of the crowd showed that the colorful, tantalizing displays of light and the resounding booms were launched with style by the local firefighters.
    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office did a superb job of directing traffic after the show. Like the fun parade, festivities and the fireworks shows in Williston and Cedar Key, the show in Bronson was a great event.

 





     On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of HardisonInk.com, started, about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially started Feb. 1, 2011. The name "The Christian Press" was derived from an encounter a decade earlier in 2001 in St. Petersburg, when and where a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And the the journalist said that if he could work for The Christian Press, then that certainly would be the publication to serve.
     Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals from several individuals who contributed over the past eight years. Many daily devotionals are pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to hardisonink@gmail.com.


July 21, 2018   Saturday at 7:38 a.m.

A RELIGION FOR A REAL MAN

Read Psalm 1

     Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
– 1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)


     “Quit you like men” can be translated to “Play the man.” The writer paid a heavy price for his faith. He was bitterly hated, persecuted, driven from place to place. Never was there a more daring pioneer. He launched three great missionary journeys, covering large portions of what are now known as the Near East and Europe. (The ancient Near East was the home of early civilizations within a region roughly corresponding to the modern Middle East.) He was brought before magistrates, cruelly scourged, imprisoned, tortured, shipwrecked three times, stoned by the mob, finally condemned and beheaded by order of the Roman Emperor. Barring Jesus of Nazareth, he was the greatest man of the first century. His name was Paul.
     “God doesn’t want jellyfish; He wants men!” said a rugged, old Christian sea captain, in the midst of a terrible tempest, to his first mate who was showing signs of cowardice and disloyalty.
     It is written of Christ that when the crisis hour of His life came, “He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” He refused to quit or to retreat.
     Just before Paul said, “Play the man!” he said, “Stand firm in the faith!” Real faith in God makes real men. To believe something wholeheartedly is to achieve something worthwhile. God give us clean, strong, dependable men in this tremendous day.
     MY FATHER, GOD, present out yonder in the spaces that no one can measure, and here with me in this place, I offer Thee the adoration and love of my heart. Forgive me, cleanse me, empower me. Help me to be loyal, faithful, efficient today; and when the night comes may I not be afraid to look the Master in the face. Hear my prayer for victories of justice and righteousness, and for peace that shall endure, Christ’s peace for people and nations. In His name I pray. Amen.
W.E. McCulloch
Superintendent of Missions
United Presbyterian Synod of California

Strength for Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)

 



CONNECTIONS
Published July 19, 2018 at 11:48 a.m.
First UMC CHiefland Pastor Alex Christian   HardisonInk.com Connections

 

     Pastor Alex Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland provides a daily devotional video each Monday through Thursday via the church's Facebook page. Pastor Christian (or Pastor Alex as some people call him) in this video offers insight as well as other as aspects that may be inspirational to individuals.
     Throughout the summer Pastor Christian will be focusing on a remix of the 10 commandments and how they apply to us in our current context. In his four daily videos this week, Pastor Christian plans to share with people how family relationships impact our life.
     The pastor provides insight today about the meaning of family.
     Click HERE to hear this pastor in this video.

     This message, includes Deuteronomy 5:16  New International Version (NIV).
     “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”


 




Outdoor Truths Ministry
By Gary Miller © July 16, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

     I say the same thing every year at this time. “It’s hot!” I guess it’s supposed to be, but this year seems to be especially dry and excessively hot. Outside work is relegated to early mornings and late evenings, and I hate that! If you just look outside from the comfort of your own living room, you think, “What a beautiful day! I think I’ll work around the yard.” Then, you open the door and are smacked back into reality from the backhand of a sweltering heat wave. So, you just stare out as if you are under Mother Nature’s house arrest. I don’t want to wish away the next two months, so I’ll just pray for a unique summer arctic blast or a day or two of steady rain. In my area, we definitely have all four seasons. It seems, however, the most extreme ones always seem the longest. Spring and Fall are never long enough. While my area has pronounced seasons, other areas have less distinct lines. Winters in these zones amount to shoes and a light jacket and summers in some places amount to nothing more than a long vacation in a warmer climate. Nevertheless, these places have seasons too. As long as the axis of the earth tilts, and the earth rotates around the sun, these differences will always take place.
     One of the Outdoor Truths that has always been paramount is the one that explains how nature points to God. While I always knew this, I never fully embraced it until I began talking to hunters and fishermen. I also never knew it until I read in the Bible that God created nature to give people our first evidence of the existence of God. This means when one makes analogies about nature, God, and man, he is not making things up as he goes. If the Bible says God uses creation to point people to him; that means, well it means that nature is analogous to some very important spiritual things. Not only things like the evidence for the existence of God, but clues about his nature, power, and will. And even clues about you and me and life. One of those clues is found by looking at the seasons. Seasons give us a clear picture of the periods of life. Spring brings new life, summer and fall point to the days of growth and harvest, and winter to a period of death and dormancy. This is the picture of our life but also, for Christians, our hope. Because just as sure as winter buries us in snow, new life in the spring will push its way through the earth to live again. And just as sure death will come to all people, Jesus has promised a resurrection to a new life, a new body, and a new beginning. I hope you see it, but more so, I hope you have it.
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Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.

Gary Miller's website is located at http://www.outdoortruths.org/.



Heart Matters
By Angie Land © July 16, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.

     Take a quick look and count how many keys are in your pocket or purse. Don’t we take these funny looking little things for granted? That is, until we need one and can’t find it! Even the name of a “key” is synonymous with how important they can be: crucial, important, significant, vital, strategic, basic, central, major, and essential, just to name a few! In other words, it is usually “key” that we find our “keys.” Now look at your keys and think about what they do for you. The job of a key is to give us access to something that is protected or limited only to designated people. If we have a key, we have been granted access to what that key protects. For example, my key ring includes a key to my car, house, office, post office box, my husband’s truck, and a safe deposit box. With each key, I have been granted access to all these places.
     I bring this up because I read something recently in scripture that stuck in my mind about keys. Isaiah 33:5-6 has this to say:
     “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
     He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
     He will be the sure foundation for your times,
     A rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
     The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

     In these verses, I see a list of coveted, protected items: a sure foundation for our times, a rich store of salvation, a rich store of wisdom, and a rich store of knowledge. Who doesn’t want access to a sure foundation, especially in our times? Apart from God’s offer of a sure foundation, the best we can do is recall the “good old days” which had its own share of problems! Secondly, salvation is the question that every religion attempts to answer and one we have already wrestled with or will eventually. Acts 16:30 records the jailer asking Paul and Silas the question “What must I do to be saved?” Countless people are still asking the same question every day. Access to this rich store is indeed priceless.
     The rich stores of wisdom and knowledge are worthy pursuits as well in order to be successful and live rich, full lives. We press our kids to read and learn voraciously in order to gain knowledge and become wise. Studies suggest those who continue learning later in life are less likely to lose brain function. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any downside to having access to a rich store of wisdom or knowledge, but we could be pounding on the door of these rich stores and still be denied access… without the key.
     The Bible clearly identifies the key to this foundation and these rich stores: the fear of the Lord. This fear is defined as a reverence or awe; a recognition of His place and our place. Translated into our daily life, this would mean that we have a clear understanding of who God is and what we are. It also means when God speaks, we don’t keep doing our own thing, shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh well, God understands me.” It means we listen up with fear and trembling. That fear gives us the KEY, the access to these destinations, and is available to “whosoever will.”
Because Every Heart Matters,

Angie
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     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Heart Matters is a column written by Angie Land, Director of the Family Life Ministries of the Lafayette Baptist Association, where she teaches bible studies, leads marriage and family conferences and offers biblical counseling to individuals, couples and families. Please contact Angie with questions or comments at angieland3@windstream.net. She notes that she would love to hear from people.





Just Preaching,
Or Telling The Truth?

By Guy Sheffield © July 16, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

     My daughter Kailey was always picky about restaurants when she was little. In her estimation they all should serve milk and sport a jukebox, or at least exhibit some type of live fish. The Chinese buffet had made strides with the addition of their new shark tank, but the Waffle House generally always topped her list. I recall one early morning visit there in particular when she was five. I held her little hand tenderly as we parted the low cloud of cigarette smoke to our usual booth. The sizzle of bacon and the clanging of the spatula nearly drowned out the ‘Waffle House Boogie’ which was seeping from the crusty ceiling speakers. A long line of bedraggled customers eyeballed us suspiciously from the counter. Obviously we stood out; being the only ones who’d been home from the previous night.
     We ordered and I, being a gung-ho new Christian, set out to teach Kailey about Jesus’ command to spread the Gospel. Right off she seemed totally distracted - just like most other people I’d tried to tell. I could barely get a word in edgewise.
     “Daddy, daddy, Can I haves a quarter for the jukebox?” she kept interrupting. I knew I was in for an uphill battle. Before I could even begin my dissertation from the Strong’s Concordance I could see I was losing her. I was starting to feel a wave of self righteous anger well up. “Don’t kids even care about the souls of mankind?”
     Suddenly Kailey switched gears. “Go tell 'em bout Jesus daddy,” She squeaked, pointing right at a booth full of big, long-haired, loud-mouthed bikers. After a quick mental calculation of my odds of survival, I whipped out a quarter and said, “Here sweetheart. Why don’t you run play the ‘Waffle House Shuffle’ again?” Thankfully, Kailey wiped her milk mustache on her sleeve and took off. While she was gone, I admit I did a little Waffle House shuffle of my own. “Lord, please let her forget about those bikers by the time she gets back!” She didn’t. In fact, she came back with the quarter. “Here daddy, give em’ dis monies when you tell em’ bout Jesus.”
     Five year olds! Do they never tire of ruining your good sermons with their simplistic views of reality? Don’t they understand simple concepts like, “Do as I say, not as I do!”? Surely that’s in the Bible somewhere? But anyway - I was beginning to sweat by that point. Looking into my big ole’ sack full of Christian excuses I whined, “I just don’t feel led right now honey.” Then, to my shame, I added, “You go. It’s your idea.” She just looked at me with those big blue eyes. She’d forced me into a corner. So I did something I didn’t know I had in me. I went. Oh… don’t get me wrong, I went afraid, but I went. I don’t exactly recall what I said to those big bikers; something about Jesus. But you know what? They didn’t kill me or anything!
     I may never know if my witness mattered to those bikers that day. That’s between them and God; but I believe it mattered to Kailey. I know it mattered to the Lord. I think I’m starting to see why He loves the little children so much. (Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Mark 10:15 KJV)

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