Sunday With Smokey

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  1. parts unknown says:

    I had a dog named Smokey, jet black, but as all dogs are was nice 🙂

    This fella looks as if he could be as ornery as his new friend 🙂 … and needs some serious love that his new friend will give and give and give.

    I would hope that Jesus, if he exists, does take in strays…because everything in Christendom up to now has taught me that we have to really want, really work and really earn salvation that we can forfeit in an instant.

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jesus only takes strays. If you are not a stray that means you belong to someone else (other gods).

    You should leave Christendom (whatever the hell that is) and follow Jesus into his Church. Your whole sequence is skewed – the Bible (check that out) says that you can’t want it, let alone “really” want it – it also says that you cannot work for it – it is a gift and through the process you cannot earn it.
    It is solely from God’s grace, given through faith (which he also gives you) – you can’t lose what God gives (in other words you cannot sin your way out of salvation) that is secure. I will concede that through great effort, you can give it up.

    I know you have gone through tremendous hard times these past couple of years, but go back to Christ and the Bible and don’t give in to this “Christendom” crap.

  3. Michael says:

    parts unknown,

    All my cats need to do is show up.
    When they don’t show up, I go find them.

    None of them fully trust me for a long time.
    Doesn’t change me.
    I’m not real pleased with the Almighty now myself…but He can handle it and our relationship is intact despite me.

    Praying some really good stuff comes your friend…

  4. Em says:

    Today it hit me… why God hates pride…. It separates us from seeing Him. .. Even when we conclude that we’ll never be good enough for Him and turn away, we miss the whole impact of the cross – why Jesus submitted to it
    Or so it seems to me today…. ?

  5. parts unknown says:

    Martin Luther’s Disciple, thanks for your comments.

    Michael, thank you, too. What do you do when one of the cats wants nothing to do with you? (I think I know what your answer will be but I want to hear you verify it)

  6. Michael says:

    parts unknown,

    Trey and I were just talking about that.
    If I know they’re hungry I just leave food out where I see them and leave them alone.
    They’re always welcome to come and go as they please…if they need something,they know where to find me… 🙂

  7. parts unknown says:


    That’s close to what I thought you’d say 🙂

    I appreciate the open venue to talk, even knowing I’m opening myself up to be proselytyzed by someone who’s sure the way they worship is the correct way and if I only did a, b and c I’d be right with God and wouldn’t be thinking the way I am right now (and getting off his ass performing good works for God)

    Truth is, I’ve been around Christianity a long time…long enough to see the truth behind the religious facade, long enough to be pissed at God and a bunch of his children, long enough to be sick and tired of jumping through all the hoops…and long enough to question everything and reject some things.

    I’ve gotten to the point that atheism makes the most sense….and then the next day comes, and I’m sure there has to be something greater than us out there, and the Bible is where you start to go looking for him.

    Right now, when I draw my last breath I’m either going to cease to exist (no God) or wake up in heaven (God exists)….but I swear if you expect me to sit in a church service for all eternity praising God, I’ll walk past the pearly gates, build me a bar and still and worship Him while nursing a beer at a table…

    (don’t worry, I’ll sneak in the back door every so often and sit in the back row like I did on Earth. Or sit in the foyer and watch the service on one of the TV screens)

  8. bob1 says:

    This reminds of a really bad, really old white guy’s joke.

    “Missing: Dog. 3 legs, one eye, teeth missing.

    Answers to ‘Lucky.'”


  9. brian says:

    I was looking at some old bible notes and thinking about the love of God, I never really expected God to love me or even like me. If He tolerated me enough not to kill me and mine I considered that a plus for as long as it lasts. It was never preached on but it was injected in almost every interaction when I was in the faith community. We are alone, always and should be, independent, individuals, etc. I did very much appreciate the story, cats are wonderful people.

  10. bob1 says:

    Hey, Brian — it’s great to see you here!

    Your presence is needed. You’re one of the kindest, most gentle souls on PhxP.

  11. Jtk says:


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