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Does God Care? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (IPeter 5:7).  During the three years of His ministry, Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).  He was moved with compassion by the poverty, disease, and grief that he witnessed.  He wept with those who were hurting.  He worked to help those who were suffering physically and spiritually.  His entire life was proof of the concern of His Father for humanity.

            The pews are filled on Sunday mornings with those who claim to be walking in the steps of Jesus, but something is missing in too many of them—the heart of Jesus.  There is a vast difference in claiming and doing.  Oh, the meeting house where they assemble has the right name on the front but some of the members don’t have the right practice, for unlike God and Christ, care for others is missing.  Thank God for the few congregations which care for its members and people of the community who need compassion.  If God cares, and He does, how can the uncaring church goers, for that’s all they are, call themselves godly?  Show me their godliness and I’ll show you their hypocrisy.

            A lady church member comes home from the hospital after major surgery, unable to cook or do any of the many things she is accustomed of doing, but though there is a congregation in her community only two Christian ladies come to see her.  No minister, no elders, no others of the congregation.  No wonder there is a lack of respect for a congregation that does nothing but come to church.  “Few there be that find it.”

 
Rural Viewpoints Salutes Macon Farmers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

If there is a group of people who have contributed more to Macon’s economy in recent years than Macon County farmers and agriculture in general, then I am not aware of it.  We salute them for their hard work and for what they mean to this county.

I have especially been proud of the younger farmers who have worked hard and managed their farming operations with wisdom and for the older farmers who have helped guide them in their efforts. 

Agriculture in general is a major part of Macon’s income and two of the greatest rural banks in Tennessee—Macon Bank and Trust and Citizens Bank have encouraged and financially supported agriculture and made it possible for those who needed it to farm in a bigger way and operate agricultural businesses. 

Most are not aware that there is a young business in East Macon that has grown in recent months by leaps and bounds—Performance Feeds owned and operated by the Tony Ferguson family.  We wish for them the best.  They have approximately 100 employees and serve much of Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of Georgia and Alabama.

I’m glad I moved back to Macon County after graduating from college.  It is a good place to live.  Incidentally, I worked with the ASC office (USDA) for four years in Lafayette before going to college, and have farmed a little myself (one horse farm).  So I feel close to farming.  Best wishes to our farmers!

 
Skunking Tennessee’s Teachers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

            My readers may not be familiar with the term being skunked, but I can illustrate it with the pay plan designed for Tennessee’s teachers.  It’s a rip off, not a pay plan.  If this plan stays in force, then young teachers will be skunked—taken advantage of, beat.  Imagine spending four years and eighty thousand dollars to become a teacher, and earn only $30,990 the first year as a teacher.  Then nine years later, the teachers would earn only $37,005.  No increase for getting a Masters Degree or EDS.

            What is so stupid is an attempt to hold teachers to blame for the low scores of students who come from a negative environment—drug infested homes, parents fussing and fighting, the children never helped with homework.  Why not blame the low scores on the Commissioner of Education, who has absolutely no background in education?  When the Day of Judgment comes, students will still be making low grades, at least some, for sin will still be around and sin is usually responsible for students who fail in their educational pursuit.  This is not a cop out.  This is reality.

            Stop holding teachers responsible for something they can’t help—what goes on in the home.

            By the way, the Republicans had better get a handle on their efforts to improve education…it ain’t working.  Some will come home following the next election.  And the only job they will be able to find is a substitute teacher.  Then they can try out their new plans.

 
Death In A London Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

“Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you, deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous” (Koran, 9:121-123). “If you do not go to war, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men…. (Koran, 9:39). The man who took a machete and beheaded a young English Soldier last week in a London street was being directed by the Koran-Muslim Bible. Can you think of a more vicious act than that? We may not be at war with radical Islam, and we aren’t, but the radical Muslims are at war with us. They’ve been killing innocent people since the beginning of Islam. How long will it be until this radical religion beheads people in the streets of America. Remember 9/11? Remember the shooting at Fort Hood? Remember the Boston Bombing?

How any politician can put his or her hand on the Koran and swear to uphold the laws of Democracy is beyond me. Radical Islam is unacceptable in the home of freedom, and we must deal firmly but lawfully with any citizen or cult which attempts to rob us of our freedom and replace it with a dictatorship patterned after radical Islam.

God Bless America!

 
Subsidizing the Terrorists Who Come to America PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Cook   
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Was it a shocker?  Not really!  Even before Obama took office the liberals had passed a bill to subsidize the immigrants coming to America—rent, food, medical needs, and scholarships to college.  Guess what?  The two terrorist brothers while living in their apartment for 10 years were living rent free, eating food that was free, going to college free—all paid for by our American taxpayers, and all the while they were developing plans to bomb the Boston Marathon, which they did.

            How do you think the parents of the little boy that was blown to pieces, and the little girl who had her leg blown off, and the adult who was killed, along with over 250 person’s injured feel to know that the taxpayers of this country were funding two people who would cause untold misery to countless people?   What kind of message is this sending to other terrorists—come on over, we’ll keep you up while you draft plans to kill other innocent people.  And the Obama cult didn’t want suspect number two questioned.  Why?

            And while all this was going on, the Obama cult was holding up the hand of murdering abortionists and declaring they would continue to fund Planned Parenthood,  and why?  So babies can be killed.  Such as has been done by the Pennsylvania doctor, who according to reliable sources was sticking scissors in the back of babies that live after the abortion and then clipping the spinal cord of the babies.  Will the doctor be found guilty when the trial ends?  I doubt it.  He’ll probably be given a plaque, but his trial won’t be over, no, he’ll have to meet God in the judgment.  And God is no Obama cult member.  Hang him!  That would be scriptural read Romans 13: 1-7.

            God Bless America!

 
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