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Everything posted by Ragamuffin_John

  1. Wow, Nicola—glad for you. I haven’t been to any event for him, though I know he frequents California. I just stumbled upon his singing in YouTube as I tried to find singers who you know are singing “from the gut” and profoundly so, like Rich Mullins, Bob Bennett, Michael Card and John Michael Talbot have done. The first song of his that I heard was “Burning Ember”, and his devotion expressed—how can I say it? It jolted me in a good way.
  2. I've been combing the Web for Christian songwriters and singers who are posting encouragements to us during this COVID-19 Siege. Canadian singer/songwriter Steve Bell has been posting short solo sessions on Youtube for the past four Fridays. In them, he sings, laughs, cries, and exhorts. He will continue to post these every Friday for the time being. Below are the first four episodes. I hope each of these speak to you in the midst of your needs as well: Steve Bell's Vault - 1 Steve Bell's Vault - 2 Steve Bell's Vault - 3 Steve
  3. Great, great humor. I don’t have a visual aid, but I do have questions: Where are all the robocalls and telemarketers when you need them? Can you refer some to me? How would Barney Fife react to all this? I’m just imagining: Now Andy! How are we going to handle prisoners? Could we ask Aunt Bea to give Ernest T’s cell a good scrubbing? I mean— Now, Barn, stop your fretting. Firstly, Aunt Bea, although spry for her age, is in that age group that needs to stay home, you know. ‘Sides, ol’ Ernest will bring in the best disinfectant with th
  4. I understand your points, Sharvida, but in some cultures, humor is wedded to seriousness. I have shared on CW how I just recently barely made it out of Spain. My wife and I were visiting family. There is an underlying sober attitude by all concerned, but light, polite humor has been a medicine. Yes, even some laughter. It is not a nervous giggle, but a way of encouraging one another to not fall into despondency.
  5. Just prayed, BK, for the Lord to open the doors for you to return soon. Sam, PenName, for your family members.
  6. While recently in Spain, I was driving the "autopista" from Zaragoza to Pamplona. I passed a stretch of military convoy vehicles that must have taken 10 minutes to do so. The convoy going about 45 mph, and I, 70. I was the only civilian vehicle during that stretch, and I wished I had a Christian fish symbol on the rear bumper of my rented Peugeot. I mused about what an end-time, one-world government would look like, but this was interrupted by a huge surge of confidence that hit me. I couldn't but help think that God is so much bigger than humanity's attempts to glue the world toget
  7. It is so human to not understand the turbulence that others feel, especially when things are going relatively well for us. I must admit, God is fine-tuning my empathy meter at this time. My antennae are also up about how the God of Love is is also Creator and Mover & Shaker. This definitely makes the Old Covenant soak in more readily.
  8. There's a web article that explains Italy's vastly higher number of deaths due to the virus. Hard as it may seem, people can die while having the virus but not because of it. Italy doesn't distinguish. There, to have it at the time of death is counted as dying from it.
  9. Thank you, Quietspirit. Offering up prayers for those you mention.
  10. Right. I’ve received a half dozen emails from varying industries about their promise to deliver the goods during the virus outbreak. None from my firewall software company. Unlike the Corona beer company, I suppose the computer outfit thinks a play on the word “virus” would too be flippant for a company to invoke. I have called a couple of the companies that emailed me. For once, their decades old recorded mantra of “Due to our unusually high call volume” makes sense.
  11. Humor... In Spain, we were about to taxi for take-off (language and company not given) when the pilot suddenly announced, “We are delayed for maintenance that should have been performed.” During some apparent testing, all power to the cabin shut off twice. Empty silence among the passengers until one said, “Let’s go outside and push.” Lots of laughter. The pilot then advised, rather bluntly, “We are switching to a different plane; this one is broken.” When we got aboard the sister aircraft, the same pilot (!) announced we should still arrive at out our
  12. Thanks to God, my wife and I found a way to leave Spain and get back to our Stateside residence. We arrived home yesterday. My wife and I have no COVID-19 symptoms. I can’t stand that acronym. It sounds like the Evil Empire’s version of R2D2. Well, today is Day 1 of our required 14-day self-quarantine. Immediate challenges: * Grow in fellowship with Abba Father through prayer and His Word. * Make the required contact with the State health officials (we have to log daily temperature readings and call them in) * Yeah! As soon as we got home, my wif
  13. The true test of exceptional actors is when they don’t get pigeon-holed by a previous role. It takes a true hombre like Duval to make us forget he was a consigliere.
  14. Whoa, that squinted eye look that the Preacher gave the evil boss!
  15. Not even a fan of the Three Amigos singing in the desert?
  16. Okay, okay! There might have been one, just one Centered Cowboy. And I nominate "Gil Favor". His, Rowdy Yates' and Wishbone's are some of the earliest character names I remember. As a boy, I came running to the rabbit ears when the Rawhide theme song came on. Rowdy seemed shifty to me. Wishbone, everyone's grandpa. But that headman, Favor. In my boyish mind I'd think, now there's a boss I'd follow. Rock sold. I recall being sad when Mom told me they quit filming because the trail boss (Eric Fleming) died during filming. Your nomination? Must be justified by undeniabl
  17. Open Range. Outstanding choice. “Sticks in my craw” and “Bluebonnet Spearman. And don’t you tell no one.”
  18. John Wayne in “The Shootist” and Paul Newman in “Hombre”. Movies for the thinking person, reckon?
  19. Clint, “Paint your Wagon”. Punishing to watch.
  20. Yes! I cannot get enough of that one. Could almost be an evangelism tool!
  21. The evening I was born, the process started when Mom and Dad were in a theatre watching "Shane". Mom made it to the hospital and intended to name me Shane. I always joked with Mom that I missed my chance for fame by being given plain ol' "John". At least it wasn't "Sue". Anyway, I watch "Shane" once a year to remember Mom and how we fondly bantered about that rascally "No good Yankee liar". Back to my topic, I just can't picture the young lad yelling at the movie's close, "Shane, come back! Mother likes you, she thinks you're centered!"
  22. Yes, RMGAL, The way the McClintock film director spoofs the rivalry between settlers and American Indians is hilarious. And that Donnybrook with everyone sliding in the mud, something else. Kind of gets one in the mood to watch "The Quiet Man".
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