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Jack Blanchard Column: Still More Odds & Ends

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STILL MORE ODDS AND ENDS.

THE BALLET EXPERIMENT.
Business was off at the ballet.
The theater manager was sharp enough to realize
that not everybody likes the ballet.
Some people like trombone playing.
He did an extensive talent search
and found a ballerina who could play the trombone.
He offered her big bucks if she could learn to do both at once.

The house was packed on opening night.
The ballerina danced “Swan Lake” brilliantly,
playing the trombone all the way until the last act,
which called for a pirouette
and a seventh position trombone lick at the same time.
She tripped over another swan,
blew her teeth to the audience,
and did an ad lib five minute pain dance.

I know this story is true because I was that ballerina.
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1957.
When my Dawn Breakers vocal quartet,were recording for a Detroit label,
we stayed at an old hotel called The Barlum.
A lot of traveling show biz people stayed there.
I found it had a long closed penthouse nightclub with a white grand piano.
I was up there alone writing songs each night
and enjoying the view of the city lights.
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Miami, 1960’s.
Misty and I were just coming off being homeless,
when a couple of musicians who had always snubbed us
asked us to fill in on their gig
because they had something better to do for two nights.
It was in Hialeah near the race track
and a winner came in and tipped us $100.
We almost passed out!
That was like $1,000 then.
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I wrote, arranged, and conducted the music
for a government documentary film about The Everglades,
called “Million Acre Playground”.
It was good experience watching the film
and getting the live band to synchronize with the scenes.
I went to the premier in Ft. Lauderdale and sat through
it just to see my name fly by in the credits.
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Starting out, we couldn’t afford a Hammond B-3 organ,
so Misty got a Wurlitzer and tinkered with it.
She got the keys to pop like a Hammond by putting a switch halfway on.
The audiences liked to see the sparks fly in the back of the organ.
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Over forty years ago
we were driving in heavy traffic down a six or eight lane highway
near the Pentagon.
There was a small injured dog trapped in the median.
When I could stop a few miles later I called the police
trying to get help for the dog.
The cop said. “We ain’t allowed to shoot ’em.”
Nothing I could do.
Now, four decades later, I still remember that little dog,
and the look on his face, and I still feel somehow guilty.
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The teacher said, “What is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?”
I said, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
* * *
“Bewitch me, darling. Bewitch me.”
“I’ll bewitch you in a minute. I’m busy.”
* * *
A group of rabbits walking backwards is a receding hare line.
* * *
I don’t know why the doctor gave me an anti-depressant. ..
unless it’s because I had my hands around his throat.
* * *
I’m getting crows feet, but somehow my shoes still fit.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackandmisty Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.

© Jack Blanchard, 2017.

Jack Blanchard Column: Ruining Lunch Hour

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HOW WE RUINED LUNCH HOUR IN DULUTH. 

We were not recording stars, 
and had no idea we would ever have hit records. 
We were just three Florida musicians, Misty, me, 
and our guitar player Doug Tarrant, 
who somehow wound up in the north country in December. 
Our booking was at the Black Bear Lounge in the Hotel Duluth.

Our dog, Brubeck, accompanied us on the tour.
He looked like a Jack Russell Terrier,
but he wasn’t anything you could pin down.

Brubeck would not eat dog food.
He would eat cat food 
or a foul smelling liver and garlic concoction that Misty cooked for him.
He would also eat complete motel mattresses,
medium sized linoleum floors, and my better clothes.
We loved him!

Misty felt a need to dress Brubeck up like a rich lady’s poodle.
He would be led through the lobby wearing a leopard print dog coat, 
a hat, and four yellow boots,
at least one of which was always turned around
with the toe facing grotesquely backwards.
He would be shaking a rear leg trying to get rid of it.
This gets worse.

The hotel had a classy restaurant which was below ground level.
The sidewalk and snow covered grass
were exactly at eye level with the lunch crowd inside.
The place was packed with business people enjoying their food,
when Misty’s legs appeared in the far right window,
then the leash,
and finally what looked like a dog in a pimp suit.

The pimp dog went right up to the restaurant window 
and proceeded with a long overdue bowel movement.
Misty, totally embarrassed at being the focus of every eye in the crowd, 
tried her best to look like she’d never seen this dog before in her life.
It didn’t work, and Brubeck went earnestly on and on.
Then she made it worse by trying to drag him away while he was still going.
A lot worse!

The lunch hour business dropped off abruptly after that.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan 

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackandmisty
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Award Finalists.  

© Jack Blanchard, 2017.

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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What God Expects From You !

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded & from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48

Added blessing always brings added responsibility, so:

1) Stop complaining. Happiness doesn’t come from getting what you want; it comes from recognizing and enjoying what you have. So keep a positive attitude and be grateful every day. Rudyard Kipling said, ‘Don’t pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Someday you’ll meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you’ll know how poor you are’.

2) Stop assuming. When you see your neighbors buying new furniture, taking expensive holidays, and driving the latest car, does something stir inside you to do the same? Be careful; just because someone appears to be in similar circumstances to yours doesn’t mean anything. They might earn twice as much. On the other hand, they may be in debt up to their ears or three-quarters of the way to bankruptcy or a divorce court. Stop making assumptions and trying to be like somebody else.

3) Stop withholding. Bruce Larson said, ‘Money is another pair of hands to heal, feed, and bless the desperate families of the earth. In other words, money is my other self’. But that’s only true if you’re willing to part with it. Money is like manure: If you let it pile up it stinks; if you spread it around it helps things grow. Money gives you options the less fortunate can only pray for. And one more very important thought: How you see your money – that it is all God’s -and how you use His resources that He entrusted you with- will be asked on the Judgement Day. “I was hungry, did you feed me …… Matthew 25:34-46

Prayer Heavenly Father,

help me be faithful with what You have entrusted me with to do Your will.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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Author Ruth Bell Graham: The Fools

“THE FOOL says in his heart “There is no God.””This designation goes for those who doubt God’s   sovereignty  as well as those that  deny him. Either he is sovereign, or He is not God. Therefore when we become so preoccupied with and dismayed by circumstances and certain people that we doubt God’s ability to Handel  things in His own way, and in His own time, then we, too are fools.

Ruth Bell Graham

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Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Focus On Honoring Christ, Not Personal Ambition !

Author:  Alden Marshall-Writer for Newspaper “Mountain Press”

How much of our ambition is for the glory of Jesus Christ, and how much is for our own glory ! 

And yes preachers and singers need to ask ourselves prayerfully that question at least as much as others should

Are we content to fade into obscurity if that best honor Jesus Christ. Here is the observation of John the Baptist on that issue, “He must increase, I must decrease.”  These were unselfish  spoken sincerely.  Yet  when John was thrown into prison (and later murdered) , he was so discouraged that he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah or should they look for another!

Did Jesus use this opportunity to criticize John? No.  He reminded John of the miracles he had done, and said the person who is not offended in him is blessed.  Do we sincerely want to be blessed by God? Then we must seek glory for our selves.  Does that mean we should not look for a spouse, a job, health, or better ways to serve God?

This is where the holy spirit should be invited into the situation, Because the Bible is not specific  about any of these matters for me or you.

How  much we should increase and how much we should push for our gifts and abilities to be valued should be on ongoing matter of prayer.  Frankly , I try to “pray through” about such matters of great importance.  This means to pray until we have the peace (or lack of peace).  of God  regarding a particular person or circumstance , and how and where we should proceed.

David in the Old Testament and Paul  in the New Testament  got that kind of guidance time after time.  So have I and many Christians regarding a wife or about taking a particular pastorate or not, etc.

How good it is to get other sincere and Godly people to pray with us about matters that are very important to us, when possible.  Then  God will either give us the grace/favor from Him to endure the situation, or he will lead us into a more pleasant one.  In my own life, as with John the Baptist and probably all followers  of Jesus , I am sure that very difficult circumstantiates  have caused me to draw closer to him and more dependent on him.

The Russian writer  Solvents  said he blessed his prison walls, for there he became a Christian.  As we draw neat to Jesus for the first time or more deeply , our ambition will be that, our ambition will be that he may increase, whether we increase or not in the sight of others!

Dr.  Alden Marshall is a Presbyterian minister who lives in Gatlinburg, TN.

 

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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STORMS HEADING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN FLORIDA

Special Message From Rhonnie Scheuerman: Bob and I have many in our family that live in Florida. As I was  brought up in Florida, I also have a lots of friends there.  My heart aches with them with the storms that will be there starting Saturday. We have been praying to Jesus, and thankful for many people who have contacted us by phones and sent e-mails to us, Rhon

Chaplains Bring Christ’s Love to Shattered Hearts

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Dear Friend, Texas is reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on our nation’s southeastern coast. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team [Left] chaplains pray with a woman in South Texas who is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Chaplains deployed while the hurricane was still churning and will stay in Texas as long as they’re needed. They are also standing by to deploy as Hurricane Irma threatens the Caribbean and the U.S.

The devastation these massive hurricanes bring is hard to fathom, and my heart goes out to the millions of people who are enduring tragedy. We ask you to join us in praying for them.

We have over 350 crisis-trained chaplains already in Texas or ready to come as authorities allow us farther into disaster zones. They will continue bringing the compassion and healing love of Jesus Christ to shattered lives and communities for many weeks or even months.

Texas is the second-largest state in America, and I plan to spend much of October focused on going to seven cities across the state on what we are calling Decision Texas: The Lone Star Tour. Those plans were made long before the hurricane, and they are as vital as ever.

Franklin Graham
President & CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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Grace

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, 

so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

The Bible says: ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’ (vv. 15-16). Dr. Tony Evans says that God’s grace is like an ambulance coming to treat you when you’ve a medical emergency. First, it dispenses immediate grace to your most serious symptoms. Then they slide you into the ambulance, which is equipped with more grace – more medical facilities to deal with your problem. Then the ambulance races to the hospital where even more grace awaits. And once you’re admitted, the hospital keeps dispensing grace until your need has been addressed and you can go home again. In the words of John Newton’s beloved hymn: ‘‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home’. One day Jesus heard our emergency call: ‘Lord, be merciful to me a sinner’. He came to earth, found us dying in sin, and reached down to save us. And as our High Priest, He transported us from where we were to a place that has all the grace we’ll ever need until we go home with Him. One day God will sit on a throne of judgement where there’ll be no more grace, but until that day He’s seated on a throne of grace. So anytime you fail or falter, you can ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence’ and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Prayer Heavenly Father,

thank You for your GRACE that sustains me every day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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STORMS HEADING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN FLORIDA

Special Message From Rhonnie Scheuerman: Bob and I have many in our family that live in Florida. As I was  brought up in Florida, I also have a lots of friends there.  My heart aches with them with the storms that will be there starting Saturday. We have been praying to Jesus, and thankful for many people who have contacted us by phones and sent e-mails to us, Rhon

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Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Devotional: Gentleness Is Not Weakness

“Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5

We don’t hear much talk about gentleness these days. We do however hear far more about toughening up, sucking it up and never letting them see you sweat. What does gentleness really mean? Society has pared gentleness with weakness and in so doing we often miss the beauty and strength found in the gentleness of Jesus Christ. To be gentle is to have a temperament that exudes kindness, tenderness, compassion, and a calm presence. It is not harsh or severe in actions. Jesus, by His kind and quiet nature, set an example of gentleness. Sure there were times that Jesus exhibited zeal and righteous indignation. We see this in Matthew 21:12-13.

Jesus’ ministry centered on the calling and drawing of people to Himself, through forbearance and gentleness. In Paul’s letter to Titus, he instructs Titus “Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work, to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone. (Titus 3:1-2).

Jesus calls us to learn from Him, the Master of gentleness. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29). Jesus gives us a place of rest where we can learn from Him and obtain godly wisdom for living life. In man’s pursuit of wisdom however the lines can become blurred.  James 3:17 clarifies this for us,”But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.” There’s the word again; gentle. Gentleness is not a vice but rather a virtue. It is named among the fruits of the Spirit, “gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:23).

Our Lord Himself is gracious and gentle and aren’t you glad He is? Jesus comes to us in power, yes, but also in love and gentleness. Look at the action/reaction in Philippians 4:5: Action: Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. Reaction: People will see that “The Lord is near.” Never underestimate the power of gentleness and its ability to point others to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Gentleness brings unity and power, not weakness. “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Do not fear showing gentleness to others. Remember, you are in good company.

Prayer
Heavenly Father,

make me more like You. Let my heart be gentle,

my words graced with kindness and my life be a witness to Your faithfulness and lovingkindness,

in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

How to Overcome Anxiety

Here are some steps to overcoming your anxiety

1) Talk to God. Don’t bemoan the collapse of an investment; ask God to help you. Don’t pace the floor of the hospital waiting room; pray for a successful surgery. ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him’ (1 Peter 5:7).

2) Slow down. ‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him’ (Psalm 37:7). Jesus’ first miracle took place at a wedding. They had run out of wine, which was a social disaster in those days. Mary could’ve blamed the host for poor planning, or the guests for overdrinking, but instead she took the shortage to Jesus and He solved her problem. You can do the same. Assess the problem, and then take it to the Lord in prayer.

3) Don’t let your anxieties get the best of you. When a mosquito lands on you, you don’t say, ‘I’ll take care of it in a minute.’ No, you kill it before it can bite you. Be equally decisive with your worries. The moment they surface, deal with them. Before you rush to diagnose that mole as a cancer, have it examined. Instead of assuming you’ll never get out of debt, consult a financial expert. Be a doer, not a stewer.

Horace Bushnell said, ‘Anxiety is a word of unbelief or unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest.’ The crosses we bear over anxiety concerning the future aren’t crosses that come from God. So give your anxiety to God, and leave it with Him!

Prayer Heavenly Father,

I know it doesn’t help to worry, so help me to turn it over to You right away.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

 

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