Fear Social Media Politics

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Listening to a Chinese diplomat being interviewed yesterday, he was asked what was China’s response to the political harangue going on in the U.S. His response grabbed my attention as he said in no uncertain terms that China’s leadership was not interested in America’s political drama or engaging with it.

Folks, it breaks my heart when i notice that a close friend has seemingly become addicted to the social media /Facebook political stuff, the ultra left in this case, but also some on the ultra right, Posts and more posts daily spewing the political BS.  It’s almost like they have joined a cult where they are being brainwashed and enslaved and unable to break away. Where once I enjoyed their posts on daily activities, fun things, humor, and general stuff which I enjoyed seeing and reading, it’s nothing now but politics and fear.

Listen to me.  Just as President Obama didn’t become a dictator and the country fall apart with a Muslim flag (which there is no such thing) flying over the white house, neither is President Trump going to be a dictator and take over the country.  This idea is totally ludicrous and highly inane. America is going along just fine, will swing back and forth to the right and left, and will continue to do so as it has always done. Stop the fear-mongering, hate-spreading and spread out a little love and care.

Could you please go back to your old self!

© Copyright Feb. 2020, Chaplain Bob Haines

Got Clutter?

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This life is made up of all sorts of people — different folks — it’s cluttered with people — some are like you, some are different. some we understand because they are like us, some we don’t understand because they are so different.

For example, i don’t understand persons who like clutter. Everything about them is cluttered. Walk into a room and look around. The walls are cluttered with pix and stuff. Everything in the room that has a top has clutter on it. It’s one huge display case. I don’t know if they are displaying stuff for themselves to look at or for others. I think it is a symptom of a cluttered mind. Too much stuff on display and too much stuff in the brain, on their mind.
Then take a look at their vehicle, their car or truck. Open the door and some items are bound to fall out. Want to put something in the trunk? Forget it, it’s full of clutter, the same stuff that was in it last week, the week before that, and 6 months ago. Have a flat tire? Might as well have a yard sale out on the side of the highway so you can get to the spare tire.

Look in the yard. clutter. I don’t understand people who must have stuff in the middle of the yard. If you’re gonna have stuff in the yard, spread it around a bit, give the yard and visitors breathing room for crying out loud. Otherwise someone is going to trip over something and sue.

Now, I got me some clutter, not much, but too much. Stuff. Things been hauling around for years. C’mon Bob, get rid of that clutter. You don’t need it.

© copyright Auguest 2016, Bob Haines


On Negative People

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i wish Facebook memes and all those positive preaching liberal preachers would stop their attacks on negative people.  i’m fed up with it and it hurts. especially all those memes and sarcastic BS.

hey, everyone knows the earth is flat. believe it.  besides all you have to do is observe the earth.  it’s flat as flat can be and any fool that tells you otherwise is wrong as wrong can be no matter his so-called evidence.

furthermore, the earth is the center of everything. again, just observe — the sun, moon, and stars — all revolve — they move around the earth. everyone believes it. it’s status quo, it’s the way things are and most important, it’s the way God made it. geez, get real man! everyone knows it. so stop complaining, bitching, being so damn negative and just go with the flow and it will make you feel better and you will get along with everyone and they will get along with you. we don’t need no questions because we have all the answers so stop questioning everything. makes for a nice day! don’t screw it up.

stop attacking negative people. you need us whether you realize it or not.

the next time you see one of those negativity memes on Facebook, stop for a second and remember bob’s rant and hide it and whatever you do, don’t share it!  and remember too, you need us negative people to keep everything in balance.

note: the normal average reader will most likely need to read this twice to grasp it’s meaning.


© copyright 2015 Robert A. Haines.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

On History

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Recently I attended a church Homecoming and a funeral of a life-long acquaintance on the same day. Many memories welled up both in my mind and in my heart, while at the same time thinking that within a few short years, maybe even months the experiences and events of these people will be gone forever, remembered no more. Then, too, the artifacts and things those people loved will also be gone, many to be given away, sold, discarded, and maybe even burned.

When I think of history, some things come to mind. First, I think that history is, in some sense, personal. History is about people, who they were and what they did. It is about how they paved the way for you and I. Secondly, history is about struggle, the struggle to overcome obstacles and to make life better, not only for themselves, but for everyone. Thirdly history is full of both successes as well as mistakes and failures and we should remember and honor both and I believe it is the latter that teaches us most because it is the mistakes and failures that leads to success.

As young people, we most likely didn’t pay much attention to history. i took history courses in both high school and college, but honestly i learned little to nothing. By the way, if one would say we “studied” history, I would guess that most of us only studied in order to pass tests. We did not study to learn. Now that I am older, and my memories even increase as days go by, I now want to study to enjoy it as well as to learn from it, and maybe pass it on when I get chances to, to my children and whoever will listen.

There are two instruments today that help in both remembering the past and in sharing memories and data of the past. The first is the personal computer and the power of the internet to store and share information. Second is the social media, and for me, the use of Facebook. People use Facebook for many reasons and so do I, but one of the main uses for me is to share photographs, documents, and personal stories with family and friends while at the same time simply posting this stuff preserves it.

There are many internet sites and Facebook pages and groups dedicated to the preservation and sharing of historical information and I find these exciting. I belong to some and I have created some, primarily on Facebook. I have personally been responsible to bring hundreds of people together and reacquainted via the creation of these groups which have led to reunion events. I have seen people that I have not seen in 50 years, more or less. One old military friend gave me a hat that I had left with him while stationed in Pakistan ovwe 50 years ago.

As we chat with these old friends, our memories are made clearer and sometimes we re-remember something we had long ago forgotten and the friendship is even stronger today than it was then. Sometimes, though, as we learn about the old friend, we find we have little or nothing in common now as we have both changed in so many ways and it is too difficult to overcome those differences in order to connect well. And, sometimes we simply have to let go of a person where the friction of the relationship is just too strong.

Finally as i think about history, i am acutely aware that there is more than one history in our local area, our state, and in our nation. Why? Because we are a diverse peoples and history has not always been kind. When discussing local history with someone, I always take the opportunity to remind him or her that that are two histories of our county — one good, one bad; one rich, one poor; one happy, one sad; one white, one black. The national motto, E Pluribus Unum didn’t apply. However, as I think about it more, there really was only one history because no matter how difficult to unite two or more peoples, we were, in fact one although we didn’t treat one another too kindly.

Now how do we tie in history with the future. We should celebrate the past, both the bad and the good and work toward uniting the two into one. In doing so, in remembering, celebrating, and enjoying doing so, we should work together to build a better future for our children and future generations, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Nostalgia is great.  I love looking back, to reminisce about the past.  But I live in the present and try and make the best of it by living it in all its fullest while maintaining goals plans for my future.

© April 21, 2015. Bob Haines. All rights reserved

Stupid Facebook Questions

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1. when i eat an apple, i eat the peeling and the core, including the seeds.

2.  started college at age 26, finished at age 34 with 2 bachelors and 1 master degree.

3.  served with every military branch except for the Coast Guard.

4. have moved (changed physical addresses) more than 30 times.

5.  i’ve lived in  my present location longer than any other place.

6.  i’ve written 3 self-published books.

7. i am creative and innovative, but i let others finish the job.

8.  i am altruistic but with a juxtaposition of narcissism (HUH!).

9.  i am slow to anger and on the rare occasion that you see me angry, best to keep your distance and carefully measure the need to intervene or not.

10.  i don’t like parlor games.

11.  i give directions well.

12.  i am a skeptic — i question most everything. (not just to question, but to find an answer).

13.  when i settle on something, or have a 99 % degree of certainty about something, you can count on me.  but there will always be a slight “what if”.  (should we pass, run, or kick?).

14.  i believe that there are certain natural laws/principles that are the way things are supposed to be but that there are variations.  the question is, should the variation be “fixed”?

15.  i use the word, “but” a lot.  maybe there’s a better way.

16.  i am not perfect and i don’t try to be nor to i expect others to be.

17. i have an extraordinary amount of questions but i realize there are some answers that will never be known.

18.  i struggle with many questions and issues of life because many of the recognized  answers or solutions are based on faith and not substantial, scientific proof.

19.  i truly never say never.

20.  i don’t believe in capital punishment in any case.

21.  i hate stopping at #21 because it represents something finite and i believe in the infinite, but infinity boggles my mind to the degree of insanity.

bonus: i enjoy retirement and the freedom it brings.  (it pains me to know that others don’t have the same freedom because of the lack of finances or other reasons).

there are many more things about me that people may or may not know but if i don’t stop now, i’ll be at it for who knows how long.

i have many regrets that i did not learn many of life’s lessons early on to the point that i want to pass on my lessons learned to others.  the problem is, most others don’t listen to me, especially the younger set because they are like me when i was younger.  the older set?  well they are like me also, set in their ways — except that i am NOT set in my ways.  oh wait — maybe some ways — IDK — i want to be settled in some ways, i want to be a creature of habit, but it just ain’t that damn simple for people like me.  figure that one out too.

Bottom line?  There is no bottom line.  The more I re-read the above, the more it needs revision so if I’m going to publish, I need to stop and do it — but I don’t like stopping.

Bottom Line #2 — I’m about as confused as a baby in a topless bar!

© copyright Feb. 2020
Robert A. Haines, Chaplain Haines

Death, A Realistic But Spiritual Perspective

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handling the death of a loved one well is a healthful and healing thing.  that’s why we have friends to wrap their arms around us and just be there for us, and sometimes say things to comfort us, some helpful, some not so helpful but mean well. thank God for friends.

the first major death of my life, my own father at age 35, me at age 15. there is some difference between managing death as a teenager and someone who manages death at, say age 40, 50, 60, 70, and beyond. for example it may be the first or second major death, or the 12th or 13th, a father, mother, spouse, or child.  however, it never gets any easier.

there is ample information on the internet and good books such as Kubler-Ross’, On Death and Dying, so i am not going to go through all that about stages of grief, etc. The only thing i really want to mention here is one spiritual dynamic, to wit, that death is a fact and will happen to all of us and our family members and friends and after a reasonable time period, realize that yes, it is over, and move on to a happy and fulfilled future without your loved one. oh, you say that may be a grotesque, unhealthful, and hateful thing to write, but i say unto you that when we face reality squarely and take the necessary time to understand reality, we can then learn to go forwar with out lives with the memories of our loved one, but not living daily in those memories which prohibit the future happiness.

so, if you have experienced the death of a loved one, and you probably have, whether it be in the distant past or recently, let me assure you as others have, that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life as your life is not over ’til it’s over even though your earthly relationship with you loved one is over. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you both now and forevermore. amen.

“And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 20:34-36)

“And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 12:22-25)

“For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.” Paul of Tarsus (Romans 7:2)


© copyright 2014, 2020
Robert A. Haines, Chaplain Haines

What I Learned on Facebook Today

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(BTW, what i learned on Facebook today is the same as yesterday and no doubt will be the same tomorrow for about 70+% .  nothing new, nothing gained.  instead of taking all that time in the morning with your news feed, just read thru this note once a week and you won’t miss anything)

— OMG is a well-used acronym (if you don’t use it, your not a true blue Facebooker)

— a missing boy was found in an arcade claw machine (very important news, so parents you know where to look if one of your toddlers is missing)

— community pages advertise a lot of strange stuff

— seems like people use Facebook groups to gather material to write books. no doubt they use internet blogs also.  (not sure it’s plagiarism but evidently it doesn’t matter anymore).  OMG, BTW, wonder where all the meme image makers get those photos for their silly-ass annotations?  you put a cool pic on Facebook, chances are it’ll be lifted and used.

— very very very strange humor, like trespassers into one’s garden will be composted.. (people feel noticed when they go to sites and share 10 or more weird banners that are so outrageous as to be anti-funny)

— pretty pic of scenery which looks nothing like the real world (in other words, everyone is not happy with where they live, and they are dreaming the impossible dream)

— people die daily (prayers going up)

— many people are sick (prayers going up)

— many people’s family members are sick (prayers going up)

— many people’s close friends are sick (prayers going up)

— cat’s die (OMG, sympathy and prayers going up)

— dog’s die (say it ain’t so.  sympathy and prayers going up)

— people hate spiders and snakes (no prayers unless bitten)

— a guy was arrested after 13 years of not reporting to prison because he never received instructions to report, so he rehabilitated himself.  now he’s been arrested since he was never told to report and so he didn’t report. (i’ve seen that post 10,248 times.  everyone downloads the meme rather then share it so they can take the credit).

— someone had a lot of time on his or her hands and created a photoshopped pic of dehydrated water to make strange people post it to make other strange people have a chuckle.

— people post historical photographs of famous people, things, and events.  (i don’t know why, perhaps to impress friends that they found an old photo on the internet of JFK who was president of the U.S. for 3 years and was assassinated.)

— military veterans are deserving of special recognition (well, yes they are, but IMO [another well-used acronym] but they are not bona-fide heroes unless they went above and beyond the call of duty, IMO of course. in other words, IMO, not all military veterans are heroes.  just ask them, they’ll tell you.  of course some will fake being heroes.)

— many Fox News videos (above and beyond all other news agencies, but followed by ABC news in a distant 2nd place).  every time a friend posts a Fox or an ABC news article they lose a friend.

— speaking of friends, OMG chances are you’re gonna get a friend request from someone who already has 10,248 Facebook friends.

— men in denim built this land. men in suits destroyed it.  (the person who posted this was at work wearing a suit when he posted it.  also, he didn’t realize that the industrial revolution which, BTW (here’s that acronym again) really built America and was created and led by men in suits with lots of money, you know people like Rockefeller and his ilk.)

— lot of political posters about politicians, freedom, liberty, the Constitution, famous quotes by famous people (most of which the guy probably never said it or it was taken so much out of context so as to distort the true meaning of the context from which it was taken) — mostly of a satirical and sarcastic nature.

all Muslims and all Bible-toting Christians are . . . . . (fill in the blank)

— heard that one of my friends was down on his luck (i felt sorry for him, but if i went out of my way to try and help all of my friends who are down on their luck, i would be doing it 24/7.  prayers going up)

– (BTW, if your prayers are going up, in actuality, to the person on the other side of the globe, they are going down.  so which is it and which one is correct?  are your prayers going up or are the going down.  this issue might be something that you want to post on your timeline for debate so that everyone can reach an impasse, because in a FB debate, no one, and i mean no one is going to change their minds.  furthermore someone is going to get so PO’d that he or she is going to unfriend someone, and when confronted with it, going to say it was an accident and re-friend the person.)

— the energizer bunny was arrested and charged with battery (that one is kind of funny, but i do have a kinda warped sense of humor)

— someone posted the Mexican immigration laws which caused people like me to check google and snopes and wound up spending two hours to discover that no one knows what the hell they’re talking about when they make up s**t like that because it starts a 10+  year debate on the internet and both sides of the argument throw so much BS out on blogs, boards, twitter, FB, etc., only to wind up knowing that it’s impossible to find out what Mexican’s immigration laws are without going to a Mexican law library and spending another 10+ years searching for them.

— was reminded by several postings that all Atheists, Muslims, and Christians are wrong about everything (that is from the perspective of each other).

— lots of pix with hidden images and stuff on them for you to waste time trying to find and if you re-share it, you will have extra luck and God will bless you 3X more for having done so.  (BTW, everyone  can read that puzzle, so you’re nothing special and most certainly NOT a genius).

— someone is running for president 24/7

— lotsa useless scientific data that you didn’t know but which will not make one bit of difference in your life (it really impresses me to know that some of my friends are so knowledgeable, but in reality was very lucky to have a friend who had a friend who had a friend — back 231 friends — who found it on the internet while haphazardly searching for something else and thought it was cool and posted it to impress his or her friends and now that’s exactly what you are going to do — re-post it to impress your friends that you found something extremely unique and unusual

— if you eat meat, you are going to die and if you abuse animals, you are going to hell. (well you’re going to die anyway, but probably out live your vegan friend who posted the one about eating healthy, but as for abusing animals, ever kill a deer? deer, elk, and moose jump over cars.)  OMG, BTW honey and cinnamon will cure all ills.

— posts by foreign friends are mostly the same as American friends except they have changed the picture and translated the caption to their languages.

— old Christian prayers and sayings have been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and other languages, changed the word for God (Allah), and the Koran for the Bible and then posted into Middle Eastern FB groups as if they were ingeniously made up by the person who found it on a Christian web site, copied it and made the changes.  (of course, this is not plagiarism.)

— lots of pix of friends’ kids (makes me proud to have parents who are doing such an outstanding job of raising their kids and to know that their kids are smarter then the neighbors’ kids)

— several posts by conservatives that Muslims, in general, are violent by nature.  posts by liberals that conservatives are haters and vice versa.

— posts by conservatives who believe that Muslims are taking over America and going to establish Sharia Law and fly a Muslim flag over the White House.

— The English language is a complex language (so are all the other languages, except Hebrew)

— some selfies are just ordinary and some are photoshopped (which impresses me to know some of my friends are proud to show off their photoshopping ability. built-in filtering).

— 91% of selfies are by females.  1% of selfies are by Harley bikers.  8%, males, decided to try it but had trouble holding the camera steady.

— a cat and dog video, one of thousands on YouTube (it really is unbelievable how many funny pet videos there actually are).

— saw a quiz — didn’t do it

—  funny squirrel video (seen it before and didn’t watch it cas it wasn’t very funny the first time).

— learned that recipe posts are passe’ and getting scarcer.  i like recipe posts, even knowing that the person copied it off the internet, changed some wording, and claimed it as their own.

– Obummer stuff is also getting to be more rare.  (didn’t see one today).  tRumpster stuff has replaced it.  i prob may not be around in 2024 but it’s gonna be the same for whoever is elected president.

— hmmm, haven’t seen anything posted by some friends for a few days some for months, others for years (are they on vacation? are they burned out on FB?  are they quitting FB?  are they hiding their posts from me? did they unfriend me? maybe they died!)

— if  you’re a member of more then one similar FB group, you’re gonna see the same post by the same person in all of the groups.

— it snowed in late spring and people are fed up with the rough winter.  (in August when it’s damn hot, they will be craving cold weather).

— all holiday memes are re-cycled

— ABC News posts are nothing but tragedies- another reminder that all FB users are abnormal or very disturbed.

— FB users know more about God than God knows about Himself (Herself?)

— another reminder to leave the past in the past (BS!  i like my past and have fond memories and enjoy reflecting on nostalgic things.  i even remember the bad parts and how i learned many lessons even today by thinking about them)

— some friends are deliberately trying to make me feel guilty and miserable. (i don’t know why. maybe they have all the answers — but so does everyone else, except of course, me). seems that every FB user knows what’s best for every other FB user)..

— another banner that shows that there’s an ongoing battle of the sex’s

— another cat video!- everyone wants to live on an island, or on the beach, or on a houseboat, or in the mountains, anywhere but where they chose to live.  (OMG, BTW, they don’t want their new abode to have WIFI!  so how are they gonna post the fact that they want to live in the wilderness without WIFE???)

— wow, a chicken video

— a baby video

— i’m not a racist, but you are

— i miss my dad (who is  dead) and my mom (who is also dead), and my grandpa and grandma (they are dead also).  i post pix of my kids when they were young.  my kids are awesome. my  brother is awesome, and awesome sister (oops, sorry if you are an only child — you’re missing out and your parents should be ashamed for not giving you a brother and sister, or maybe blame God for not “blessing” you with a brother or sister — but we all know there’s a reason for everything, but we never know what the reason is.  maybe God just didn’t think you could handle it. anyway, have a “blessed day”)

— some of my friends give a lot of advice.  (some i need, some i don’t.  some i agree with, some i think is BS.  WTH  WTF  OMG )

— a pic of someone in Walmart (NOT!)

— weird looking car for rednecks

— another dreadful post about a victim of cancer (makes me sad as always.)

— a war post.  (what else is new?) (haven’t seen any drone attack posts in quite a while)

— all the various definitions of what a true friend is (as if there is a difference of what a friend is and what a true friend is.  i never could figure that one out.)


well, that is just 8 hours of selected stuff.  but believe me, it’ll be the same for the next 8 hours.  love it or hate it, but you’re gonna see it and laugh a little, cry a little, and get mad a little, but as they say, “that’s life” and it’s the only one you’ve got so might as well take the time up doing something and i recommend doing something that you enjoy.

— some more photoshopped stuff, some must have taken the entire day up (like this big waste of time which one or two friends will read all the way through and may or may not like and/or comment on and which will pass always as an act of futility.  OMG Bob, you really need to get out of the house!)

so a few minutes ago i got home from McDonalds, walked passed the washing machine, turned it on to do a load of clothes, walked in the house to put stuff away, forgot about the washing machine. just as i was finishing this blog, i heard it hit the spin cycle LOLOL or LMAO. decided it might be best if i go restart the machine and add the clothes.

— OMG, BTW there still is not a realistic emoticon for satire


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How a Seemingly Simple Decision Can Change One’s Life

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Let me share a story.

On March 15, 1960, there was a family living in smalltown USA. Everything was about as normal as could be — one happy, contented family going about their normal, everyday motions of living without any thoughts of the future.  On that day my mother was visiting her family. I never knew for sure why, but I suspect it was because our cousin was home for a visit (her husband was in the Navy.)

I, my brother and sister, and my father were at home, a typical day.  We kids were getting ready to go to school and dad was getting ready for work.  It was a normal day.  It was a cool, misty morning. As I was leaving the house for the school bus stop to catch the school bus, already in the middle of the yard, dad asked if I wanted a ride. I told him, “no,” and went on my way.

My dad was in car pool to work with some other men in which one man would drive for the week and then they would alternate drivers on a weekly basis.  I don’t know if dad was the driver that week or not, but he had to take my brother and sister to the local school.  On the way, crossing the railroad tracks, they were hit by the train, and he was killed, dead on arrival at the hospital

There are two things that always come to mind when I think of that story.

1. If i had accepted the offer of my father to drive me to the bus stop, my father would be alive today. You never know at any given time what one small decision can do to change your life and the lives of your family and friends. 

2. It is important to be ever mindful of the fact that you, nor your love one(s), may be alive tomorrow. Therefore, it follows that it is important to maintain close associations with family and friends, and always be ready to see them when the opportunity arises.

© copyright Feb. 2020
Robert A. Haines, Chaplain Haines

The Lord’s Day

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Sunday is Sunday, the first day of the week per the common calendar.  It is not the Sabbath.  It is not the so-called Christian Sabbath.  It is Sunday — period, end of story.  It is a day, like any other day, 24 hours long.  The sun will appear to rise and set, although, in actuality, the earth will revolve on it’s axis as it continues its orbit around the sun.

By Custom or tradition, for the Christian church, although not for all Christian churches, it is a (the) Day of Worship.  That is, it is a day, which at some point in the time continuum, it was decided by someone or some group that the church, i.e. the body (congregation) of believers would meet together on Sunday, the first day of the week, following the tradition (custom) of the first group of Christians in Jerusalem, designated in many written commentaries as the first Church or early church, namely the disciples of Jesus along with the other first believers.  They met to devote themselves to the apostle’s teaching, which i assume to mean teaching based on the teachings of Jesus.  They also met for prayer, fellowship and the breaking of bread.  I’m not going to spend time here discussing how the phrase, “breaking of bread” might be interpreted.

In the Pauline epistles, letters by Paul the Apostle to various early churches , churches which he founded during his missionary journeys, the churches (or gathered groups of Christians), throughout the early Roman empire, they became more organized and continued to meet, presumably on the first day of the week, and included the singing of hymns and spiritual songs, teaching, and preaching and whatever else they did during their meetings.

Nowhere in the New Testament is there any mention that the official day set aside to honor YahWeh (the Lord) was officially changed by God to Sunday.  In fact, and here is the kicker, for Christians, followers of Jesus of Nazareth, there are only two commandments (or divine laws).  If you don’t know what these two commandments are, look them up.

So, you, or your group, are free to choose to gather together for worship at anytime, any day, in the morning, afternoon, at dawn or dusk or during the night.  It doesn’t matter to God when, other than being a convenient time for the group to meet together.

Now, the purpose of this writing is not to discount the importance of a time set aside for worship, be it on the Sabbath, or Sunday — teaching, preaching, singing Christian-oriented music, breaking of bread, etc — nor is it to discount various practices followed by individual Christians or groups of Christians following various other teachings in the New Testament.  It is simply to provide a short to-the-point commentary concerning the facts that, (1.) the day of worship was never changed from the Sabbath to the first day of the week, and (2.) the Christian church is free to choose how it is to conduct its activities keeping in mind the two “laws” that Jesus set forth for Christians to adhere to.

Every day is the Lord’s Day.

© Copyright Feb. 2020
Robert A. Haines, Chaplain Haines

In Memoriam, Rodney

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50 years ago on 5 Feb 1970, upon my return from Vietnam after serving 7 years, 3 months, and 10 days in the Air Force, I was discharged from the service. I took 3 months to relax and readjust before beginning my college career at Lake-Sumter Community College. The first day, my first class, I was sitting in English 101 being blown away by our instructor, Mr. James Rennie, a fine Scotsman and a great American. In that class was a man who also had recently returned from Vietnam and one who would become my lifelong friend and confidant over the next 50 years. Right off from the start we were able to share together our thoughts, ideas, any questions – anything that crossed our minds we were able to share. We’ve disagreed on many things in politics and religion, and other areas of life, but we agreed on more and had that human relationship that expands politics, religion, and culture in general.

Last Saturday I wrote in my weekly news article, The Chaplain’s Tent, an ode, or tribute to my friend Rodney as published on my Chaplain’s Tent Facebook page and in the Leesburg Daily Commercial – my thoughts as I thought of Rodney’s passing as follows:

“Upon the death of the 17th century French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, some friends found papers he had written in a pile and subsequently had them published under the title, Pensees, which is translated, “Thoughts”.
Many, many thoughts came into my mind since serving in the barren desert of Northern Saudi Arabia and camped outside Kuwait City following its liberation. Over the years since I continue to think about many things – things like, who am I, why am I here, and where am I going? What should I be doing with my time? Can I influence others, should I, and if so, how?
In reviewing a few thoughts of the past with the view of thinking through them again, I continue to think, what is my life all about? That is a question that readily comes to mind when one is prepared to go into combat. For me, as a chaplain, I cling to an old favorite spiritual I learned as a youngster: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” It is not only who I am that counts, but what I do. It is not so much our status in life that is really important, but what we do in our life that has lasting value.
Life is short. The Old Testament says that life is like a flower which blossoms but soon withers and dies. It also refers to life as like the morning dew which very soon goes away. Use your time wisely. What will you do with your time left?
Someone once said, “One never learns to really live until one faces the fact of one’s own death.” I don’t mean to sound grotesque or to dampen anyone’s joy of life. But, I want to encourage you to think about your future in terms of the reality of death.
I have lost three good friends this past year. Last week I lost one of closest friends of the past 50 years. I encourage you to live life in all it’s fullness, each day as if your last. Resolve to use it to its fullest. Make up your mind that you can do anything you set out to do if you use time wisely.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.” By the grace of God, I am what I am and do what I do!” You are what you do. It is what you do for others that really counts. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love is an action verb. How do you love?”

At the end of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan, Pvt. Ryan, now older with a family, went to Normandy to the American cemetery to visit the grave of Captain Miller, his company officer after the invasion and as the American Army moved through France toward Germany. As he was kneeling, then standing up in front of Miller’s grave, his wife approached. He turned to her and said, “tell me I’ve lived a good life.” “What?” she responded. He repeated, “tell me I’ve lived a good life. Five men had died in order to bring Ryan back home safely and he wondered, was it worth it? Though he could never repay them for their sacrifices, he wanted to be reassured that he had lived a good life.

Jesus died for Rodney and he came home from Vietnam and lived a good life. How do I know? Because, regardless of his personality, his character and demeanor, and his experiences, He loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, and mind, and He served others. Like all of us he was not perfect. But he knew Jesus and followed Jesus, and friends, that’s all that counts.

Take a lesson from dear ole’ Bob and his friend Rodney, love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.


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Robert A. Haines, Chaplain Haines



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