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Angie Land's Heart Matters, June 18, 2018
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Guy Sheffield's But Anyway, June 12, 2018

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Tri-County Cruisers Help Scholars
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On Tuesday (June 12), the Tri-County Cruisers presented NAPA of Chiefland with a $700 check for the NAPA Auto Parts Scholarship Fund. The money was raised during a yearly car show held at the Chiefland location on March 31. Seen here (from left) are club members Duane Jenkins and T.J. McKechnie, NAPA owner Tom Crittenden, Tom Crittenden Jr., speed shop manager Dennis Brooks, and club members John Mather and Dana Sheffield. Another popular place for the Tri-County Cruisers to have vehicle shows and competition is at the Chiefland Farmers Flea Market.
Published June 16, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.

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American Legion
Auxiliary Post 383 cleans up!


Story and Photo
By Bob Leichner
Published June 13, 2018 at 8:58 p.m.
Updated June 15, 2018 at 8:58 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
This past weekend, volunteers performed an Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup on behalf of Old Town's American Legion Post 383 Auxiliary.
     A total of 17 bags of highway trash and litter were collected from the group's "adopted" highway section on U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town. Although the agreement is for a two-year commitment, this summer marks the fifth year that the American Legion Post 383 Auxiliary has participated in this community service project.
     However, this group of people is even better than that, because the Auxiliary has been participating for five years with the section they NOW have; they originally started in 2009 at a different section.
     The Adopt-A-Highway program in sponsored and supported by the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), which supplies safety equipment, pickup implements, and trash bags.
     The DOT removes the collected bags of trash as well. Florida's DOT began the Adopt-A-Highway program in 1990 and participants can "adopt" a two-mile section of state-maintained highway.
     Word has it that the 12-mile section of U.S. 19, from the Suwannee River to the Town of Cross City, is the longest continuous section of adopted highway in the Tri-County Area.
     Other Dixie County groups actively participating include the Dixie County Historical Society, Dixie County Republican Party, Robert and Gail Carter, Dixie County Little League, and Dixie Music Center.
     For more information, or for an agreement application, please contact Bob Leichner at 352-542-3001 or dixiemc@gmail.com.


Students Honored
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Sheila Williams (left) and Destiny Castillo stand as Chiefland Vice Mayor Chris Jones reads comments about them being outstanding students.


Sheila Williams, Destiny Castillo and Chiefland Vice Mayor Chris Jones pose after the awards are given. Caroline Kohn of Chiefland High School was unable to accept her certificate Monday night because she was shadowing a doctor. Kohn has been accepting to a very prestigious summer program for young students studying health occupations.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 12, 2018 at 10:38 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND
– Destiny Castillo of Chiefland Middle School, Caroline Kohn of Chiefland High School and Sheila Williams of Chiefland Elementary School were honored with presentations Monday night (June 11) at the regular meeting of Chiefland City Commission.
     Chiefland Vice Mayor Chris Jones gave the students certificates of recognition and $20 gift certificates to Walmart. The $20 gift certificates were purchased by the Rotary Club of Chiefland.
     Castillo is the daughter of Stephen and Sherry Nygard. This eighth grader was nominated by all of the CMS eighth grade teachers. She is a student leader. She is involved in CMS volleyball, basketball and journalism. Her teachers noted that Destiny Castillo is “… always engaged, prepared and a hard worker. She is an honor roll student and is loved by her peers and adults.”
     Kohn, the daughter of Atha Ellerker, is an 11th grade student at CHS and was nominated by all of the teachers for that grade. She was unable to be present to accept her recognition, because she was shadowing a doctor as a leader in the CHS Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).
     Kohn was noted to be “… an exceptional young lady who participates at the highest level in many activities at CHS. She was this year’s band major, HOSA officer, took multiple Advance Placement classes” and more.
     It was also noted that Kohn was accepted for the Healthcare Institute’s Medical Summer Camp at the University of Florida for this summer, which is a highly prestigious honor.
     Sheila Williams was the CES Student of the Month from April.
     She is the daughter of Mary Byrd and Robert Williams. This fourth grade CES student was nominated by her teacher Megan Snyder.
     The young Miss Williams was noted as being “… a hardworking, caring, sweet young lady who shows integrity in everything she does. She is a role model and leader who goes above and beyond to help others when needed.”
     Her teacher went on to note that she cares about her classmates; exhibits exemplary behavior; takes pride in her education and perseveres until she reaches completion – including when she faces tough problems, and she never complains or falters – while taking time to help her peers.


Heart artery disease
insight shared with Rotarians


Rotarian Dale Elzie, Linh Nguyen, Rotarian Andrew Nguyen, Nelson Nguyen, Jessica Nguyen, and Gilchrist County Rotary Club President Bob Clemons are seen next to the banner at the meeting on Monday (June 11) in Trenton.

Story and Photo
By Holly Creel, Gilchrist County Rotarian
Published June 12, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.
     TRENTON --
Monday (June 11) was another informative meeting for the Rotary Club of Gilchrist County, which was conducted in the Woman's Club of Trenton's building.
     Rotarian Andrew Nguyen, M.D., hosted the meeting. He introduced his beautiful family members - wife Linh Nguyen, son Nelson Nguyen, and his daughter-in-law, Jessica Nguyen.
     Dr. Nguyen, a Rotarian since 1985, provided an overview of coronary artery disease. Then his son Nelson, an RN with a Master's Degree in Nursing Science and a graduate of Trenton High School, provided more detailed information about the disease that is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
     Did you know that every 40 seconds someone in the United States of America has a heart attack, which is also known as a myocardial infarction or MI? 
     Nelson explained that atherosclerosis, or the build-up of plaque in the arteries, causes a narrowing of the artery or a clot that blocks blood flow to cardiac muscle. This starves the cells of oxygen and nutrients so that the tissue either is damaged or dies.
     Nelson described the major signs of a heart attack which include pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back, feeling weak, light-headed or faint, chest pain or discomfort and shortness of breath. Nelson, who works for the cardiac catheter lab at North Florida Regional Medical Center, emphasized that women can experience other symptom and some people experience no symptoms at all.
     Risk factors for a heart attack are increasing age, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.
     He went on to explain that lifestyle management is the first choice to reduce risk factors and if that is not successful medications may be used. Lastly, stenting or surgery is employed. An instrument can be threaded into the restricted artery and a balloon can be inflated to push back the restriction.
     Or, a stent, which is like a small sleeve, can be inserted into the effected artery to keep it open. Surgery, known as a coronary artery bypass graft can be utilized, which uses a vein from the leg to replace the damaged arteries in the heart. Our Rotarians appreciated learning this vital information and gave special thanks to Dr. Nguyen and his knowledgeable son, Nelson.
     The Rev. Dale Elzie was the club's Rotarian in the Spotlight. Dale has been the pastor at Trenton United Methodist Church since 2010. He is a Social Worker who retired from the VA Medical Center last July but continues to have a private practice. Dale, who is married to a retired nurse, enjoys fishing, golfing traveling and playing in two different bands!
     Chef's Table Bistro catered our luncheon of Cuban sandwiches, potato chips, Mexican salad and mini cupcakes. Rotarian Andrew Nguyen played piano for our enjoyment!
     The Gilchrist Rotary Club will meet next on Monday, June 18 at Akins in Bell. State Rep. Chuck Clemons is scheduled to be the guest speaker.


Kelly Runnels wins a
3D printer with his invention


Kelly Runnels sits next to the box holding his prize. in the background, his invention display is on the table.

Photo Provided By Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers.

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 7, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
Kelly Runnels was the top winner from Levy County in the 2018 Invention Convention held by the Putnam Alachua Levy Cooperative, according to information in a press release from Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers.


(from left) Kelly Runnels Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt and Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks are seen at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown.
Photo Provided By Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers.


Kelly Runnels watches his new 3D printer create an object.

Photo Provided By Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers.


A finished product is seen from the 3D printer.

Photo Provided By Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers.

     Runnels invention "Electric Car Charger System" was selected as the Levy County winner, Rodgers said. He was presented with the grand prize of a 3D printer by Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks and Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt.
     The young man took the printer home and had his first print completed within an hour, Rodgers said.
     The 2018 Invention Convention was a Putnam-Alachua-Levy Libraries Cooperative venture, however only the libraries in Levy and Putnam counties participated this year.
     The contest started March 12 and ended April 14. Every single Levy County participant won a prize, even if the prize was a candy bar.
     There are top prizes, though, far beyond edible candy.
     Prizes will be awarded at each of Levy County’s five public libraries -- A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown), Bronson Public Library, Cedar Key Public Library, Luther Callaway Public Library (Chiefland) and Williston Public Library.
     At each library there will be winners in two age categories. The age divisions are 6 to 10 years old, and 11 to 18 years old.
     The five first place winners in the 6- to 10-year range at the county level won a 3-D Doodler Pen. The five first place winners in the 11- to 18-year range at the county level won a Kindle Fire Tablet.
     The first-place winner in the two-county contest won a 3-D printer, and Runnels was the winner from Levy County.
     The Make Life Easier Invention Convention competition was at the five public libraries in Levy County as well as the libraries in Putnam County. There were two ways to compete. The participant either told about their creative and innovative idea or invention to make life easier; or they told about their favorite inventor (living or historical) or their favorite invention.
     The 2018 Putnam-Levy Invention convention was a success, Rodgers said. Both Levy and Putnam counties received amazing entries from children and teenagers, Rodgers said. Each of Levy County's branch libraries had finalists that went on to compete by video against Putnam County's branch finalists.
     The finalists from Levy County were:
Luther Callaway (Chiefland) Public Library Teen Winner (and Levy County Winner) Kelly Runnels
A.F Knotts (Yankeetown) Public Library Teen Winner Misti Brice
Bronson Public Library Elementary Winner (it was a tie) Chanson Dasher
Bronson Public Library Elementary Winner (it was a tie) Micah Dasher
Bronson Public Library Teen Winner Patrick “P.J.” Whitehead
Bronson Public Library Teen Second Place Winner Madison Dasher
Cedar Key Public Library Elementary Winner Reese Solowski
Cedar Key Public Library Teen Winner Madison Brice
Williston Public Library Elementary Winner Trace Klemencic
Williston Public Library Second Place Elementary Winner Hannah Klemencic
Williston Public Library Teen Winner Leah Stringer


Army the armadillo finds treasure

Army the armadillo is still a baby. He is very brave in regard to a photographer on the grounds of The Ink Pad.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 7, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Army the baby armadillo made another daylight foraging trip through The Ink Pad property on Thursday morning (June 7).



To put the armadillo's size into perspective he is about six inches long, not counting his tail.




This eight-second video shows Army -- the cute baby armadillo -- as he waddles around the area. He is a relatively quick critter, and some people think he is adorable.

 


Baby armadillo visits The Ink Pad
Needles the cat says 'Hello'
Army the armadillo meets Needles the cat
Needles says ‘Hello’ to Army as seen in this still photo taken from the video.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 5, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.
All Copyrights Reserved
     LEVY COUNTY --
Needles the cat had completed his evening meal and was being directed to a coyote-free location Monday (June 4), when he was observed going into a hunting stance.


In these two video clips filmed from a cell phone screen, Needles the community cat of the unrecorded subdivision in Levy County named Jemlands greets his new friend Army the baby armadillo with one little meow after getting a close look at him. (it can be heard for people who have audio with the video.) The second part of the clip shows the baby armadillo making his way across a short stretch of The Ink Pad property relatively quickly.

Army the armadillo and Needles the cat go their separate ways
In this still shot taken from the video, the point where the two animals go their separate ways is captured.


     Despite being called by the human to leave the other animal alone, the somewhat feral cat stalked what looked like a small squirrel at first take.
     This "squirrel" however, did not seem to hear the warnings directed to it by the human either as the man’s means to prevent a cat-squirrel fight.
     Needles, s0-named because he blends in with the pine needles in the area where he lives as a relatively wild cat who is somewhat trained, had discovered a new friend. The baby armadillo - Army - had found his way onto The Ink Pad property. The Ink Pad property is land which houses the Code Orange Office – headquarters for HardisonInk.com.
     After a quick "Hello" both animals went their merry ways. Needles departed from the short confab by sauntering over to a porch where he could sleep without much likelihood of coyotes or other creatures eating him; and Army continued scooting along quickly and seemingly blindly as he sought a place to eat, drink and perform other baby armadillo activities.


Students Prepare For July 28
Candidates Forum In Williston


Williston Middle High School FFA members (from left) Anthony Griffith, Maclayne McGanan, Adam Sistrunk and Will McCoy, and their sponsor Chris Wilder meet May 30 to learn what their roles would be at the candidates' forum on July 28 (a Saturday). Bridget Barley was also present. The forum sponsored by Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) and Williston Area AARP Chapter 912 will take place at the WMHS Auditorium, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Federal, state and local candidates on the 2018 ballot are scheduled to be present. The forum will be open to the public. Any young person wishing to participate in the democratic process and earn volunteer hours credit may send an email e-mail citizensengaged2012@gmail.com.
Published June 4, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

Information and Photo Provided by Drollene Brown

 





     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.


June 19, 2018  Tuesday at 8:08 a.m.

OUR RECORD

Read Esther 6

     Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
– Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)


     I once heard Branch Rickey (Dec. 20, 1881-Dec. 9, 1965) tell of his first game of professional baseball. It was in Philadelphia. After the game, the team rode to their hotel in an old-style omnibus. As it turned into Chestnut Street, Mr. Rickey saw a great crowd down the street. Evidently there was a fight, or a fire, or an accident. The curiosity of youth had to be satisfied, and so he jumped off the bus and ran on ahead.
     He discovered that the crowd was composed of ball fans reading the details of the afternoon’s game from a bulletin board. A hasty glace at the record showed one thing above all else: there was his name and after it a record of the kind of a game he played – both runs and errors.
     Branch Rickey testified that he never had such a sobering experience before. He realized right from the start of his career that what he did, and how he did it, was of the utmost interested to thousands of baseball devotees.  
     Soldier, sailor, pilot, marine, all eyes are on you. God sees the very core of your heart. A world awaits. Be clean, be loyal, be efficient. The future is with you. That’s why our gaze is fixed upon you with breathless expectancy.
     O GOD, save us by Thy sacrifice; keep us by Thy Spirit. May we be as clean in the dark as we are in the light. Make us an honor to God, an example to our brothers and sisters. May it be that others, seeing our good works, may want to glorify our God. Amen.
George W. Knepper, Former Pastor
High Street Church of Christ
Akron, Ohio

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)
   




Outdoor Truths Ministry
By Gary Miller © June 18, 2018 at 6:38 a.m.

     It had been several weeks since I last visited a favorite hunting area. It was early spring, and the new growth had just started coming up. I tried to get an early start on upkeep by weed-eating around the barn and down a rarely used road that led up the hill. I was hoping to make some progress on the maintenance that would have to be done before the next season. I usually wait until the last minute and only do what absolutely must be done in order to hunt.
     It seems every year I spend most of my time keeping the weeds and limbs from closing in a little more on my hunting area. And it seems I never fully accomplish that task. The paths are narrower, the site windows are smaller, and the trees keep encroaching on my once roomy spread. I wanted this year to be different, but since my last visit, I’ve already been taken over by vines, weeds, and limbs. It’s only been a few weeks, but this has been plenty of time for the weeds to begin to choke out one of my all-time favorite hunting areas. I’ll gather up my chainsaw and weed-eater and make the trip this week. The fight for property rights is on!
     I know of no better picture of many lives today. Neglect has caused some of the most important things in life to be choked out. What was once maintained and protected, has now become swallowed up by so many things that have no value. What was once hallowed ground has now become only a memory of some previous activity. The weeds have become so numerous, we simply become weed farmers than take the effort to eradicate them and return to the worthwhile crop we once produced. Why do we give in? Because it takes time and effort to rid the worthless things from the worthwhile ones. But it must be done. Have you noticed a particular area in your life that is being swallowed up by worthless things? It will always be the area you have neglected. To neglect one worthless thing for another is of no consequence, but to neglect something of great value will not only cause it to be strangled by insignificant things, it will ultimately cause you to lose something you may never get back. Take the time to do maintenance on the most important things in your life and they will be there when you need them the most.
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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 © June 18, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

     Have you noticed how every talk show host and the cover of every magazine promises THE ANSWER to every single problem we face? They pledge to solve our health problems, relationship problems, money problems, etc., with the results of the latest study, survey, or the newest information available. Now, I am not opposed to new information or studies. In fact, I think we are wise to stay in pursuit of knowledge and be life-long learners. My angst comes from thinking that all the right answers have yet to be discovered; perhaps we just keep hoping someone will come up with an easier route to deal with our problems.
     Our pastor recently challenged us to read continuously through the book of Proverbs, reading chapter one on the first day of the month, chapter two on the second, and so on. Since there are thirty-one chapters, there is an assigned chapter for any month’s worth of days. At first glance, Proverbs might seem to be just a collection of quaint, old-fashioned sayings. However, upon study and consideration, deep spiritual insights appear that focus on the character and works of God and prove to be anything but outdated.
     A proverb is a short, concise sentence that expresses a moral truth not just intended to present “knowledge” (having the facts), but to impart “wisdom” (applying those facts to life). Further, the Hebrew word for “proverb” means “to rule or govern.” Hence, the truths presented in the Proverbs provide profound advice for us to live by.
     Written by King Solomon, called the wisest man who ever lived, the book begins with a purpose statement:
      “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
      for attaining wisdom and discipline;
      for understanding words of insights;
      for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
      doing what is right and just and fair;
      for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young.” (Proverbs 1:1-4)
     A few things I noticed about this purpose statement: the priority is about attaining wisdom AND discipline. One without the other can prove dangerous. Wisdom without discipline will give way to temptation (Solomon’s accumulation of wives and concubines that led him away from the Lord is an obvious example) but discipline without wisdom can simply result in punishment or even abuse.
     Second, these verses don’t argue basic spiritual and moral beliefs. They assume the reader desires to do “what is right and just and fair,” not split hairs or look for loopholes about how to define each one. In fact, agreeing with God’s Word is a prerequisite to comprehending Solomon’s proverbs.
     Finally, Solomon seeks to influence the young with his experience and words of wisdom. A young person who energetically seeks wisdom will have success, while those who mock and hate knowledge, calamity will overtake (Proverbs 1:26-27). This holds true whether we are young in years or at heart, so no matter what our age, I challenge you to take a deeper look at the wisdom and insight of Solomon’s proverbs, because every heart matters.

Blessings,
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.





Not Perfect, Just Forgiven
By Guy Sheffield © June 12, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.

     Looking back, I’m sure glad I survived my ride with the killer pimp. You see, I was just a naïve little punk at the time, working my way through Jr. College, coughing up sixty bucks a month rent out of my Pell grant money to share a one room efficiency. I had nothing more than an old mattress and a few sets of clothes to my name. A local burglar checked us periodically to make sure of that. I had hopes of catching him one day, but until then, we made do. He always left our toothbrushes and the crusty old hot plate we heated our Ramon noodles on.
     What really got me hot was when somebody went and stole my 1977 Datsun B-210 without bringing it back. I didn’t tolerate horse thieving, so I saddled my mom’s yellow Buick Century and rode out to bring my trusty steed back home. Unfortunately, the first guy I trusted turned out to be the killer pimp. He was loitering out front of the corner store when I rode up.
     “Yeah, I know who got your car man,” he spoke up, “But dem some mean dudes. You bed not go alone.” “Where they at,” I fumed. He glanced around. “I'll take you der man,” he whispered, “but you gon’ need some help." “Well, I guess you’re right,” I agreed. It did seem reasonable to have a partner in case of a ruckus, and I figured him to be a good one, standing at least 6’7”, not counting his 6” fro and 4” stacks.
     He pointed me down some back streets till we came up on a nice looking young lady on the corner. “Pull over,” he said, “I’m gon ask him where yo car be’s at.” “Him?” I questioned. He strutted off like George Jefferson. Some money changed hands, and there was a small scuffle. My partner let loose with a few backhands, and soon came back un-wading some bills. He slid them into his money clip. "What?" he challenged, "She said yo car's two blocks down."
     Well, it weren't true. We ended up in neighborhoods that afternoon I figured I'd never see this side of hell, and it was always the same old routine, "She said yo car's two blocks down." Finally it dawned on me, “I’m being suckered for a ride.” I gritted my teeth and confronted him, "You don't really know where my car is do you?" At that point the killer pimp pulled a gun out of his sock. Needless to say, we went on and finished his rounds. He collected all his money, and when he’d proved his pimp hand was still strong, he turned to me, "Give me yo wallet." “Some partner you turned out to be,” I mumbled. It contained my life savings, but I handed it over and he hopped out with my last five dollars. I shrugged and headed off to pick up my date for the evening. I'm not sure I even mentioned the incident to her, other than advising her she'd be paying again. It’s amazing what you’ll begin to think is common place after you’ve lived a while out on one of those mean city streets named after some dead President. 
     But anyway- Twenty years have come and gone since that day. I now live in a nice neighborhood in a quiet little country town. I even have a fancy alarm system; though I'm not sure why. I’m hardly ever mixed up in gun play anymore, and I was just thinking how great things have become, especially since I’ve asked Jesus to come into my heart. Many would probably say I’ve come a good ways since my days on the horse thieving posse. However, in reality, I think God might say, “Hey man, yo car ain’t but two blocks down.” You see, my little journey towards righteousness wouldn’t lift me to the first rung on the ladder to heaven. Come on- How could I expect to even come close to earning God’s gift of eternal life, or attain to His standards of holiness? Shucks, on the righteousness gauge, the killer pimp and I probably aren’t that far apart. Neither of us could muster enough holiness to fill the tank on my B-210!
     Christians aren’t perfect people. They are just forgiven people. Our only hope is in God’s grace. It’s ridiculous to think our good works could make us acceptable before a holy God. See Ephesians 2:8-9. It is only by our faith in the redemptive work of His son Jesus that we stand. (Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1) Period!
     Don’t let that killer pimp sucker you for a ride. If you’re being told being a good person is going to get you into heaven, I strongly suggest you try a new posse, and quick. You don’t want to stand before a holy God based on your own righteousness. I don’t care who you are. If you think it’s hard out here for a pimp now, how do you think it’s going to be on judgment day? God’s grace and forgiveness is being offered to you right now, but it’s only through Jesus. I suggest you throw your saddle over on that deal.

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