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Note: I’m late posting this article from Christmas Eve, but the message remains the same. I hope it helps you.

It’s Christmas Eve, 2017. Do you know what that means? It means that it’s almost January first!

I’m not a proponent of New Year’s Resolutions; not at all. Resolutions rarely work. I won’t bore you with all the scientific details, but there are actually physiological reasons for the failure of resolutions.

Resolutions rarely work because we stand up tall, square our shoulders, and declare to ourselves that we resolve that next year will be different because we resolve to accomplish something; and it’s usually the same something we declared last year. Then something happens. It’s called life. As life happens, those spoken resolutions fade into the blur of a fast-moving calendar and everything that comes with it. But for the most part, those resolutions are forgotten until December 31 of the next year.

I am a believer in having goals and that leading up to January is a good time to review, renew, and establish goals. What’s the difference? Honestly, I’m not totally sure; but hang in here with me.

I believe in establishing goals. Goals are life targets. However, there are problems with goals, too. Goals can be forgotten. I have an application on my devices called Evernote. The cool thing about Evernote is that you never lose anything you put into it. Word recognition makes it almost if not entirely impossible for anything to be lost. Scan a document in and it will recognize the words in that document. Simply type some words into the search bar and every note and document you have that includes that word will appear.

Recently in Evernote I typed “goals” into the search bar. Goals that I had typed into Evernote as far back as 2012 came to the surface. With those goals came some disappointment. I had typed them into a note and forgotten them. Why would I forget an important goal? Because life happened and, well, I forgot.

Why is it so easy to forget? Life! Looking back at my goals from 2012, I found one of my goals that I didn’t totally achieve but I didn’t forget it, either. I set a goal in 2012 to read fifty-two books. I do believe in reading, but fifty-two books is not a goal that I necessarily recommend. I didn’t forget that goal to read all of those books because it was always in front of me. Every day, my current book was there for me to pick up. On my desk there were always three or four books that were in the bullpen just waiting for their turn. As I started reading one book, I ordered another. I didn’t read fifty-two books in 2012, but I did read thirty-four, which is pretty good and most importantly, I never forgot the goal because it was in front of me.

Lately I’ve been thinking again about my goals and that 2012 goal to read fifty-two books. So, I’m approaching the year with a new, untested goal- tracking system. I bought myself a cheap journal. It’s one of the spiral bound type that almost looks like your typical high school composition book.

Here is the untested system.

First, I wrote my goals on the first two pages of the journal. Remember, some scientists say that the action of writing makes the information more concrete, mentally. Now every morning as I have my quiet time, I read from the Bible, pray, listen to a podcast, read a few pages from my current read, and I re-write my goals. That’s right! The plan is that everyday of this next year, I will rewrite my goals. I will also add notes such as, “goal completed” and “goal dropped”; or I may write a note to explain what I will do on that day to help myself achieve that goal. We’ll see how it goes.

W Clemet Stone said, “No matter how carefully you plan your goals, they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.”

Finally, here are a few goal-setting pointers:
1. Write you goals down.
2. Read or rewrite your goals daily.
3. Be willing to edit your goal list. You may find that your priorities will change as the year goes by.
4. Act! Do something to make your goals a reality.


Are you stressed out? Are you stressed because you’re worried about something? You’re not alone. Worry is a real problem in the lives of “Most” people.

The Bible is very clear when it comes to worry.  In his letter to the Philippians in chapter 4 the Apostle Paul said, “Don’t worry about anything.”  What? That’s right. He said not to worry. It’s easier said than done. I’ve come to grips with the fact that it’s not about not worrying as much as it is about what to do when you are worried.

Worry is an enemy.  It’s an unfruitful waste of time. When you think about it, worry is unreasonable. What do I mean? You’ve never changed a circumstance by worrying about it. Worry is also unhealthy. Medical articles are replete with evidence that worry damages your health.

So here is what you should do when your worried.

  • Make a decision that based on the previous evidence that you refuse to worry. It’s not enough but it’s a start.
  • Pray about it.  Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   Pray about the very thing that you are worried about. Take it to Jesus and mix your prayer with praise for the answer.Allow the peace of God to take control of your thoughts.
  • Change what your thinking about. Stop thinking about worry and start focusing on good things. Philippians 4:8  …. brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Does it sound too easy? Does it sound too easy to be true? I dare you to try it. It sure beats being worried.

Here are a couple of good books that will help you in the quest to overcome worry.

The Battlefield of The Mind, Joyce Meyer

The Battlefield of The Mind Devotional, 100 Insights That Will Change The Way You Think, Joyce Meyer

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The Day I Almost Died.

Jeff Scurlock —  February 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

As the sun began to set and the temperature began to drop  somehow I felt like  darkness would finally bring some peace and much needed rest.  I pulled my coat around my neck to try and make myself warmer.  My makeshift shelter had just enough room for me to squeeze in. I leaned against the tree. So tired! tired from the stress of the gunfight from earlier in the day.

It was do or die.  I’m not a violent man but back me up against a wall and I’m coming out, gun’s blazing.  The man who was trying to kill me proved to be no threat and no contest for my gun..  With adrenalin pumping my draw was faster than ever. Faster than his.

Now the intenseness of that moment is gone and my eyes are heavy. I pull my hat down over my eyes and wrap my jacket even closer to my body.  I need to get some shut-eye. I need to be on the move at first light.

Suddenly I could hear the beat of their drums echoing through the valley.  It was so spooky. Chills from the cold and the sound of the drums covered my neck. It was the drums of the Blackfeet Indians, the most furious of all of the Indian tribes. What did the drums mean? Were they making the sound of celebration, or could it be music for a war dance? I had faced death once already was I about to face it again? I didn’t know. I didn’t know that I was so close to one of their encampments. Earlier in the week my friend Daniel Boone warned me to watch out for them.

In spite of the sounds my eyes are getting heavier. Surely I will be safe at night. I purposely didn’t build a campfire. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself.  At first light I’ll move toward the east. Farther away from the trouble I had been in earlier and farther away from the sound of the drums.

I’ll go to sleep now. Wait! The drums have stopped.  The only sound is the trickling water in a nearby branch.  That sound after dark is a lullaby.  As my eyes get even heavier I begin to hear the chirps of crickets and the bellowing of bullfrogs. Its a definite sound that the sun has gone down.

As I drift even deeper into sleep I hear another sound. It’s from far away. “Supper’s ready, come home!” I waited, keeping quite. Was it a trap set by the Blackfeet?  Again I heard it. “Jeffrey! Come home, suppers ready!” How did they know my name? Surely it was some kind of a trap.

Again it came. Come home! Now the voice behind the sound is familiar.   It was a bitter-sweet sound. Bitter because I knew my adventure had come to an end. Sweet because it was the sound of my mamma and I knew there was some good grub waiting for this  this weary pioneer.

Crawling out of my make shift fort I began to make way from the woods to the dirt road that would lead me home. Still watching out for the Blackfeet I would make out a light in the distance. What was it? A campfire? The torch of a search party maybe? No, wait. It’s getting clearer. It’s the back porch light and there standing on the steps to the back porch is  my mama calling me to supper.

“Go wash your hands for supper.” She said. When I sat at the table I dug in. Fried chicken, peas, butter beans and mashed potatoes with gravy, um good.  The funny thing, it fit right into my story as a country lodge I happened upon while fleeing the Blackfeet Indians.

Once upon a time we played outside.


The photo to the left is a recent one of my dad and me. My dad taught me to do. Get a job! Cut the grass! Do Something! It didn’t kill me to have to DO at a young age. It built character and a work ethic in me.

I have to ask the question which of the follow carries the most power? What I THINK, How I FEEL, or how I ACT.  Some high THINKING individuals would say that they are all connected. Are they? They might say that all three carry the same amount of weight of importance. Do They?

Let’s use a story from the Bible to weigh out the matter. You will have to excuse me in the fact that with this story I must read between the lines. I’m not creating doctrine by adding to scripture. I am merely using my imagination to wonder if.

Matthew chapter 14 tells the story. The disciples are in a boat and it’s dark, “shortly before dawn,” and Jesus approaches the boat, walking on the water. It scared the disciples because they thought He was a ghost or something. So, Peter says, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water,” to which Jesus replied, “Come.”

This is where my imagination kicks in so bear with me. Not wanting to be outdone James and John are considering a walk on the water right along with Peter.  James says, “I THINK a walk on the water is highly possible since Jesus is doing it and He said to come.  John says, “I FEEL something powerful in the air, I FEEL goose bumps all over my body. I just FEEL as though I should walk on the water to Jesus.

While James is talking about what he Thinks and John is talking about what he feels, Peter is already in the process of climbing over the side of the boat and putting his feet on the water.

Which one carries the most weight; Thinking, Feeling or Doing? Two Thousand years later James and John are not even mentioned by name in this story.

You can talk about what your going to do but until you put actions to your words it’s just words. You can expound upon what you feel but until you put your feelings into motion with some action you’ve accomplished nothing.

James 2:14 – 20

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

 It applies to everything.

What do you think?

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Like you, I have been horrified and grieved over the last few days as a result of the massacre of little children and their teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school.

In spite of that horror I managed to somehow manage emotionally until, until the news stations began putting their names on the screen. Just seeing the names was almost too much to bear. Then it was pictures. We saw many of their faces in school pictures and family snapshots.

I live in Alabama. It’s a long way from Connecticut but not any more. Now it seems as though the people of Newton CT. are our next-door neighbors. Neighbors we care deeply about and our hearts are broken for them.

I have seen pictures of some of my neighbors in Newton who had just found out that their child was among the dead. I’m sure that the looks of horror and grief on their faces cannot even begin to tell the pain that they were feeling at that very moment and the pain that they will deal with for the rest of their lives.

Why did this happen? There are no clear-cut answers, but we do have a clue as to why our society as a whole is shattering beneath us.

Former Governor of Arkansas, Presidential candidate, Fox news personality, talk radio host and former Baptist preacher Mick Huckabee said this. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”  The far left has done their typical howling at the very suggestion that an attack on Christianity had something to do with this tragedy.

Huckabee later explained that he in no way was suggesting that if their had been prayer in school that the shooting would not have happened.

The fact that prayer, mention’s of God and any symbol relating to him are being systematically removed for the public life of our country must be noted, noticed and declared.

We’ve heard much over the last few years about the war on Christmas. Most people, even Christians roll their eyes in their head in disbelief that anyone would make such a deal over something so trivial. Is it trivial? Is it??

Visit your favorite department stores in your local mall.  Look for even the word Christmas. Visit their websites.  I just did. I was surprised to find that the word Christmas was used on most of the sites but in very small insignificant ways.

It’s not trivial that our nation has turned its back on God.

Will we ever return as a nation to our Christian roots? I’m not optimistic. I will tell you this. If every person in the United States who claim to be Christian would stand up and be what they say they are some things would change, for the better.

Continue to pray for these parents who are hurting so badly and for the community that now has to begin the process of moving forward.

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MY BOOK, THE EYE OF A NEEDLE. It’s a very encouraging book for those who are facing serious life challenges. 

APPLE iPAD: Esquire has listed this as the #1 item that kids want for Christmas. Oh by the way, adults love them too.  Felicia and both have iPads and we use and love them lots. 

CHRISTIAN FICTION: Great idea for the Christian lady in your life who likes to read. Gift Card – Who wouldn’t want an Amazon gift card so that they could shop after Christmas? I would!

Keurig B70 Platinum Coffee Brewing System.  This is the Keurig I have at my house. I love it and recommend whatever Keuring system fits your needs.

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Kindle Fire.  I use my iPad with a Kindle app for reading books. These readers are a great way to read. Get one for you and every member of your family.

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VIZIO TELEVISIONS. Our Television is a Vizio and we have been extremely satisfied with it.

Apple MAC BOOK PRO 13.3 Inch.  This is the computer I use and I LOVE IT!!!!

Dell Optiplex Desktop Computer.       Nintendo DSI        LL BEAN Stuff

Converse Black Chuck Taylor Shoes             Wii Game Systems   

IPhone 5 Covers       MOSSY OAK Stuff       HARLEY DAVIDSON STUFF

BOSE QUITE COMFORT 15 ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES. If these were do so expensive I’d love to have some.

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Jeff and Jacksson

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving.

It’s about 7am. I’ve taken the dogs out for their morning relief and now I sit in my chair with the television on ESPN. I’m also working on, no wait a second…..have just finished my second cup of coffee. If I wasn’t in my chair with my computer in my lap I would be getting another cup right now. Where is Adam when I need him?

Television update: I’ve changed the channel to a replay of the Stanford vs. Oregon game. GO STANFORD!

Everyone else is still in the bed. GET UP!!! My daughter Lauren and her husband Trevor are home for the holiday. I thought surely they would be up by now. After all it is 7:20 now.

The word Thanksgiving means to give thanks. Thanksgiving is great because we spend time with family, eat some really good food (no diet today) and maybe even watch a football game. However, contrary to what we think the word thanksgiving does not mean the ability to eat 5 meals in one day. It means to “Give Thanks.”

Today your challenge is to do that. Give Thanks! First of all give thanks to God. I mean really do it. Don’t just think about what God has done. Tell Him, with your voice, out loud, thank you. But…. Don’t stop there.

Tell someone thank you this morning. Oh by the way Adam just came in and I’ve already told him all the reasons I could think of to be thankful for him.

Thank you for reading this post. Thank you for being a regular reader of my blog. I don’t take you for granted and I’m glad for you.



The title of this blog is Real Issues. I named it that because my plan was to write a lot about just that, the real issues of life. Now I need your help.  I need you to give me subject matter. If you will help me what I plan to do is use your suggestions for this site and for chapters in a future book.

So, what are the real issues that you deal with, that you would like for me to address?

  • The Real Hard Issues
  • The Real Discouraging Issues
  • The Real Family Issues
  • The Real Financial Issues
  • The Real Christian Life Issues
  • The Real Child Raising Isses

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I, like many of you sat in my chair, watching the presidential election returns with hope for a better tomorrow. As the evening wore on it became more and more evident that things may not go the way I hoped they would,  yet I still held onto hope for a last minute miracle.

When Fox News called Ohio for President Obama I felt as though I had been kicked in the gut. The level of disappointment that washed over me is hard to put into words.

It was important for me that President Obama not win the election and for me it came down to Biblical values.  As far as I am concerned the Democratic Party and their leaders have completely forsaken the moral and Biblical values that they stood for years ago. My hope was that the majority of our nation would stand up for those values. They did not.

Take all the items that we differ on in this nation and boil them down, I believe that what you come up with is this: Those who voted Democratic want to live in a society where the government takes care of them and government assistance is more important to them than moral values.

Now as a Christian believer I have to face some realities and look for hope.

REALITY #1: God’s Word does not promise us a free and moral society without cost.

REALITY #2: It has and will continue to get more and more difficult to stand for Biblical values in this Nation. However there is still hope because with God, nothing is impossible.

So what do I do now? What is my response to an election that is a win for advocates of same sex marriage and the murder of un-born children supposed to be?

#1:  I must remember that my trust has to be in God and not in the moral fabric of my nation and not in my government.

#2:  I will continue to pray, daily for my nation. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

#3:  I will continue to pray for my President. Even though I do not agree with him and did not want him to be re-elected I will pray for him because that’s what I as a believer am supposed to do.  Who knows what could happen in response to prayer?

#4:  I will continue to stand for Biblical values in my nation.  Remember; those who will not stand for something will fall for anything.

#5:  I will continues to serve God, put Him First and give Him glory, all the days of my life.

#6:  I will pray for, hope for and do my best to elect morally conservative candidates in future elections.

#7:  I will look for the return of my Lord. 2 Timothy 4:8 “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Even so come, Lord Jesus!