Favorite Animal

March 17, 2017
Death Marches On
Please skip this intro if you don't want to listen to "heavy stuff."

There's something about the month of March that I don't like – mostly it's because it was a year ago that my Mom met Mr. Death.

This March, Death has been extra busy. He was there when our local police officer Keith Boyer (53) was shot in front of our church. He was there again, days later, when my friend Jerry's brother died of medical complications after his premature release from Kaiser Med. Last week, Heather's son had a heart attack and drove into a major accident. Death is waiting as her son remains in a coma with massive head and heart injuries. Death was also waiting for Shirley (93) last Saturday but her doctors pulled her out and she's recovering. I wish I could say the same about Marcus who was also in the hospital. We comforted his girlfriend who was sobbing uncontrollably and we prayed for him; but Death still took him away. Peya waited 104 years until Death finally caught up with her last Tuesday. I know of others whose friends and families are meeting Death very soon.

Ever since we were born we were drafted in this race called life. Death will be waiting at the end of the finish line. We know he's there but we don't know how far that line is to where we are.

Statistically, consecutive bad news isn't supposed to happen. So I asked God – why?

I believe His answer was – "To remind you."

To remind me that death is just around the corner. To remind me that many races are ending sooner than expected. To remind me that I don't have enough time to share my faith and hope to everyone that I love. To remind us that Christ came to give hope – Jesus Christ wins over Death – it's not even a contest.

Of course this is just me. I'm not selling anything. I'm not better than you. I say this as a friend because, at the rate Death is working, I want to make sure you know you can talk to me about this.

If you have spiritual questions, "ask." Many believers have lost their sensitivity because even if they are aware of the urgency, they have tried to share their faith but only received ridicule and rejection. They love you but they don't want to offend you. They don't know when it's okay to share. And if they share and you don't "buy it" that's okay too. At least you would have gotten some answers, right?

Please figure it out now before Death comes marching your way.

People get ready, there's a train a comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith, to hear the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

— Curtis Mayfield

TGIF people!

My Favorite Animal
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Some people can't handle the truth.

Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn't funny; but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did.

Fried chicken is my favorite animal!

I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.

Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office.

I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what live animal was my favorite. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why; so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office.

He laughed and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous military person I admired most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where the heck I am now.

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Hi Raoul,

March is a very popular month for death.

On a drizzly morning on March 5 1980, a man, who didn't know or didn't care what a wonderful person my father was. Happened to stop by my dad's Mercedes service shop and take his life.

That day our family was crushed for a $20 bill.

God didn't create evil, it is here on earth. God loves us and carries through these devastating times, He makes us stronger and we grow. That's how we can make it through.

I'm so sad for those who go through these things and don't have God. Saddened by the anger they must be living with.

God's there to help us and forgive others so we may live in piece.

Thanks for your share,
Robert R

Hi Robert,

Wow! So sorry to hear that Robert. To die for $20 makes the loss even more painful. I can still feel your pain even though it's been over 30 years ago.

Indeed evil is all around us. God allows man to make choices and many choose to be selfish. Thank God that we Christians have a hope that goes beyond this present life. We know that when we get to our true home in heaven that not a single atom of evil exists there. Thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ who made it all possible.

Looking forward to seeing our parents in heaven.

Thank you so much for sharing.


Thanks Bro for the TGIF. Thankfully we made it to the weekend. Have a good one!

I got some interesting responses to my intro.

It only bolsters my mission to spread the simple love of Christ. They say the longest distance is about a foot --- the distance from the brain to the heart. People may understand the Gospel intellectually but to let the message absorb its deeper meaning takes faith that only comes from the Holy Spirit. It isn't the messenger that chooses. It is the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Love.

We’re into heavy, it’s where we live.

Well done.


Melanie B

I appreciate that Melanie.

FYI, I took a risk with this one and I got some "unsubscribes" --- obviously they didn't like what I said. Oh well ...

Please pray for those who are resistant to the Gospel. May His love reach them soon before it's too late.

Happy St. Pat and TGIF!

My son Happy just passed away. He is at peace now and forever. thank you all for your kind thoughts and words.


Sorry to hear about his death.
Hope you're feeling better.
It must be tough. Call me if you want to chat.

Great selection and I like being reminded that I am Finite in this life but trying to earn the Eternal one. Thanks


We should remind ourselves about this all the time.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Tom!

Hi Raoul,

Col. Sanders is one of my favorite old men too! I have made some folding money at Halloween Contests dressed up like the old Geezer! I even have a rubber chicken that I use!

As a Christian I would humbly suggest that your Mamacita did not meet Mr. Death in March. Rather You did! Mr. Death is for the living who question death. Your beloved Mom, as a Christian rather met Mr. Life; Jesus Christ the resurrected Lord. Halleluiah! You are only separated for a time.

The Methodist's sing some great Hymns, but one of my favorites for Easter is "Up From the Grave He Arose"! When played on a huge pipe organ it is spiritually moving and breathtaking! Because He Lives - so does your Mom - That Jesus arose is not as spectacular as the knowledge that so will we - along with our Mom's and all of the other believers too!


Easter blessings,

Brother Chuck

That's very true Chuck. Mom is not with Death. I didn't think of that.

I think you do make a great Col Sanders.

Happy Saint Patrick's to you Mr. Sanders!

Hello Raoul.

I am sorting through old email and discovered TGIF that I had not read from last year. I saw that your mother passed away, and I don;t think I caught that news. I offer my condolences, as you approach the anniversary of her passing. My mother has been gone 5 years, and every so often I think of her and would love to have a chat about something. We will see our mothers again, when we go to our eternal rest.

Love to you, brother.

Anne S.

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