Golfing With The Alligators


Ron and I went golfing today, but my game was not going well so I decided to go back to my other hobby which is photography. So I took some pics of an alligator we met on the 11th tee. Actually we did not even notice the alligator behind us until we had already teed off. So I had Ron take a pic of me as I posed how I was when I teed off not knowing I was being watched.

Here are some golf quotes I found in a book by Golf Magazine called “The Wacky and Wonderful World of Golf.”

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” -Mark Twain

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s game. It’s called an eraser.” – Arnold Palmer

“Ninety percent of the putts that fall short don’t go in.” -Yogi Berra

Folklore has it that after Jimmy Durante completed his first round ever- he scored well into the 200s- he asked his companions, “What should I give the caddie?” The answer: “Your clubs.”

By the way check out my small study golf group at my church!

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It’s Valentine’s Day and I am in a Relationship!

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.  Proverbs 18:24


Today is Valentines Day. (Dude! I so hope I am not the first one to tell you this just now.) This is the day that husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends all get gifts and flowers for each other and go out and spend quiet romantic evenings together while the rest of us are just glad we are not “in a relationship” so we can save all that flower and romantic evening money and spend it on golf or whatever we want.


However this Valentines Day I too am in a relationship. Um, several actually. Let me share with you.


First I am in a relationship with Jesus. It has been going great for me but not too sure about Him. I mean He has done so much for me and I have done so little for Him. Our relationship has survived decades now simply because He is so accepting and forgiving.  While I often make mistakes, He will do something wonderful in my life and make it look like it was me doing it but actually it was Him. Actually He is the only good thing going on in my life. Because of Him there has never been a day of my life that I have not been loved. He actually loves me to death-literally! I love Him more each and every day as I read His letters and see His love in nature.  


I am also in a relationship with my family. We stay so close it is hard to believe how far apart we all live. We are always there for each other. I am proud of my parents. They are known for their integrity and willingness to help others. They know what it means to sacrifice for others and for me. My sister and her family have sacrificed for me too. I am very proud of them too. They all love me and just like Jesus my relationship with my family has endured decades just because they are so accepting and forgiving.


I have been in a relationship for sometime with all friends. I would like to mention names but don’t want to hurt anyone by leaving them out. So let me put it this way. Thanks to the friends who believed in me even when I did not believe in myself. Thanks to the friends who listen to me talk about myself all evening before it finally dawns on me that I made the evening all about me. Thanks to the friends who sent me money from Texas to fix my car even though I told them I had no clue when and if I could every pay them back. Thanks for meeting me on the side of the highway in the middle of the night when my car broke down. Thanks for never reminding me that you had to get up early the next morning to go to work. Thanks to my friends who spent their whole vacation helping me move from Texas to Florida. Thanks to my friends who tell me what I need to hear and not just what I want to hear. Thanks for inviting me to your homes for holidays and making me feel like family. Thanks for telling me to visit anytime and I don’t need to call. Thanks for forgetting all the stupid things I have done and said treating me like a king. My friendships have endured because my friends are so accepting and forgiving.


This Valentine’s Day I want to celebrate all the relationships I am in. I am thankful for each and every one. There are many important things to any kind of a relationship, but what I see in all my relationships from Jesus to my friends is their acceptance and forgiveness.

  So this Valentine’s Day if anyone asks, yes! I am in a relationship-many!

Walking on Water

William by the water

William by the water

In our Tampa First SDA group studies/ prayer meetings on Wednesdays we have been studying the book of John. I thought I would share a little of what we discovered tonight, while looking at Jesus walking on the water in John 6:16-24


Discussion question: What was one of your greatest childhood fears: Bugs? High places? Water?


16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19When they had rowed three or three and a half miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified.


Discussion question: How would you have reacted if you saw Jesus walking on water?


 20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”


Discussion question: Have you ever been terrified by some drastic changes or trials in your life only to find out it was Jesus working in your life? In what areas of your life do you need to hear Jesus say, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”


 21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.


People say walking on water was a sign of Jesus’ divinity. While Jesus was the divine Son of God was God Himself, he never did anything, including walking on water that we could not do through the power of His Father as well. Jesus walked on water but so did Peter. In Matthew 14 we see Peter walking on water so long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. Earlier in Matthew 14 we see Jesus spending the evening in prayer. I wonder if Peter had also spent the evening in prayer if he would have still fallen while on the water? Jesus did wonderful things in public after spending quality time alone with the Father. In order to be like Jesus in public we must first be like Jesus in solitude by spending quality time with God in prayer and Bible Study.

Again Jesus did not do anything but what He also made it possible for others to do. He walked on water so peter could walk on water. He raised the dead, but Peter also raised the dead. (Acts 9)

All the wonderful things Jesus did, He did not on His own, but by the power of the Father: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. John 14:10


Jesus promised us that whatever He did He would help us do it too! I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12


We have always heard that Jesus never did any miracles just for display or to “show off.” His miracles served a purpose. What purpose did Jesus serve by walking on water? I don’t know, but here is my idea. Isaiah 59 talks about the enemy coming in like a flood of water. In Revelation 21 John does not see any heaven in paradise. In Isaiah 59 the flood of water is evil. In Revelation 21 John does not see any sea to separate us anymore. The sea and is like sin in that it separates people. Could it be that by walking on the water, Jesus was showing us that He had conquered sin for us and was bruising the serpent’s head in Genesis 3:15? In Prophecy “sea” represents peoples and nations. Could He have been showing us that His kingdom was greater than the kingdoms of the earth?

Not only does the Bible teach us plainly that Jesus had conquered sin and this world so that we too can overcome, but here are some passages from the classic book, Desire of Ages, that gives us hope as well.

It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.  {Desire of Ages p. 48} 


Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church.  {Desire of Ages p. 671}


“The prince of this world cometh,” said Jesus, “and hath nothing in Me.” John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan’s sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ’s humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.  {Desire of Ages p. 123}

For a complete Desire of Ages study on the victory Jesus gives, please visit the Vicotry page at In Light of the Cross.