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Living Water Christina Church                                                                                  November 25, 2020

                          Carson’s Corner     

WHAT’S YOUR LINE?

Written by Carson Lauder

There was a popular T.V. show on years ago called “What’s My Line?” A person was asked questions about what they did in life. The panel would proceed with questions to uncover the person’s connection to what they did.

I remember a funny story about a man that had an unusual name and didn’t like it because of the connection to life it gave him. His name was “Odd.” No joking, his last name was “Odd.”

He hated his name and was so annoyed by it that he told everyone when he died, his tombstone would be blank. There would be no name, no dates, absolutely nothing would be engraved on it.   He told his friends that after he passed, no one would say his name again.

Well after his death and burial, his marker was placed on his plot. But you know what happened when people walking through the cemetery came to his gravesite. They looked at his totally blank tombstone, stood shaking their heads, and after a pause said, “Well isn’t that Odd?”

What’s going to be on your tombstone besides your name and dates of life?

Some people put a lasting message on it perhaps a line or two to sum up how they lived and want to be remembered.

Mike Mansfield of Montana as a young man had served honorably as a U.S Marine as well as an Army and later a Navy member. Beyond that, he would serve as U. S. Senate Majority Leader longer than anyone in history. He then continued his public service by serving as U. S. Ambassador to Japan under both Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Before he died, he instructed that his headstone would simply read “Michael J. Mansfield, Pvt. U. S. Marine Corps. That’s something to think about.

Jesus did not need an inscription because he rose from His grave; but I’m

thinking this would have been fitting. “I died so you might live.” Let’s think about that. What will be on our tombstones?

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

I Died So You Might Live

                                                                   

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                                  November 17, 2020

                          Carson’s Corner     

GOOD TO THE LAST DROP

Written by Carson Lauder

How’s your life going; is it full and overflowing? Is your life’s content full

of flavor, or perhaps it’s nearly empty with no flavor or sparkle to enjoy?

ACCORDING TO Maxwell House coffee lore, President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting Andrew Jackson at Jackson’s estate, the Hermitage, on October 21, 1907.

During this visit he was served Maxwell House coffee, and was overheard saying, “It’s good to the last drop.” True or not it is a great slogan.

Life like our favorite coffee cools sometimes and we have to reheat it.

Sometimes we have to add flavors to it. The Christian Faith (I didn’t call it a religion) tells us that God, our Coffeemaker, can make our lives renewed by rewarming our very natures, by adding a little sweetener so people will want to share with us what we enjoy among our Christian friends.

By the way we can find it in the “best coffee place“ around, the worship service in your favorite church. If you’re not a coffee person just tell the

“Master Chef “what you need to warm your spiritual life. He will be glad to talk with you about what you need to add flavor to enhance your life.

I remember when my family worshiped at Riverton United Methodist Church and we had finished taking Communion. The service had ended (I thought) when Jenna our very small daughter suddenly quickly went back and found her cup and drank the last few drops and told us that she wanted to drink it all.

GOOD TO THE LAST DROP AND IT DIDN’T TAKE A PRESIDENT TO TELL US. IF WE BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, LIFE WILL BE GOOD TO THE LAST DROP.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

                                                                                

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                                  November 10, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner     

Written by Carson Lauder

I was outside at my daughter, Jenna’s house sitting in a chair in the warm sunshine reading a book titled “Living Amazed” by James Robison. What happened next was truly amazing. A butterfly hovered around me and landed on the top of the open book. I watched it for a short time thinking it would quickly fly away. But it didn’t; not until I moved. At that time I did not see how amazing the sign really was.

I understand they were first called Flutterbys years ago. The next morning, I was outside again reading the same amazing book about being a servant in God’s world. The sun was getting hot and I was thinking about taking a quick break; when, just then a smaller butterfly landed on my shirt pocket right next to my blue pen that I always use to write my column. WOW! Thanks for the sign God; now that’s amazing!

If you don’t know who James Robison is –then get to know him. He’s truly one of Gods amazing people. I thought that he would be an excellent president for our Country, and apparently, I was on the right track because years ago the world’s richest man at the time, H. L. Hunt called him in for a lengthy discussion about gearing up for a look at a run for the top leadership role.

Mr. Hunt was turned down because Pastor Robison said “a preacher for God is the highest position in the land.” The next day I was reading a column by Cal Thomas from whom I borrowed my Presidential quotes for the “It’s In the Bank” Carson’s Corner.

Mr. Thomas did another completely different article about national debt, and had used the same quotes in July which is where I first read them. His first article was printed a couple weeks before I wrote mine.

What’s interesting is Cal Thomas’ second article on the national debt came out on the same day Pastor James emailed out “It’s In the Bank”. To make it more special it was one of four new columns I had sent James. He could have chosen another one and then Cal Thomas article and mine on the national debt would not have appeared on the same day. Amazing, so amazing! Two butterflies, two newspaper columns in the Northern Virginia Daily, my Carson’s Corner column emailed from a choice of four columns I had sent to James for use over the next month for our Living Water Christian Church members.

That’s how God does things and nothing can be more amazing than that.

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                    November 5, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner     

The First Transfusion

Written by Carson Lauder

Have you ever given blood? Have you ever received blood? We can’t receive unless someone has given. It’s a lifesaving process. I have given blood. It’s not uncomfortable and doesn’t take long. Blood has to be available.

Receiving blood for new life is a process (as you know) called transfusion and brings you “new life”.

A transfusion is a fresh start – a change that can refresh and renew you. It is a change that can allow you to go on freshened and renewed. Jesus gave his blood that dripped from his body and ran down onto the wooden cross that He was nailed to. This was real blood that allows you be renewed spiritually and completely.

Today when you get real blood it travels your whole body as it is pumped by your heart through the eyes to see the world differently, through the lungs to breathe in fresh air for a fresh start, through the kidneys to cleanse the whole body. It’s important to remember that even after the initial cleansing we have to be renewed again and again.

Thanks be to God for His Son and the first transfusion and our new life, but don’t forget to have your life checked daily and be renewed again and again. As we pile on life’s miles, we need to go to our service station. (You are invited to join us at Living Water Christian Church) at least once a week to check vitals and make sure your new blood is being continually purified.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

                                                                                       

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                    October 22, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner      

From the Womb to the Tomb

Written by Carson Lauder

I remember the story of a woman who was on the way to abort her baby.

She had made an appointment to have her baby aborted. On the way she was hit by a car driven by a man. She survived but the fetus did not.

He was arrested and charged for murder, before she was able to legally murder her child. That’s completely wrong and absolutely upside down!

One was accidental and the other was intentional. Either way a human life was taken.

If you are reading this, it’s because you weren’t aborted. Extermination or abortion – both are wrong in God’s sight. To snuff out a life before the first breath is taken is against the laws of heaven. It’s about time the laws of the United States of America understand this and stop this from happening.

The Chief Judge of all life understands this. It’s about time our earthly judges do. And write laws that we obey! And God the Father would bless His children even more. AMEN!

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

                                                                                                                                           

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                    October 9, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner      

Vote Where?  Anywhere?

Written by Carson Lauder

You have to be kidding. What, you can vote anywhere? That’s right anywhere! Hurry on down to Hardee’s! O thank heaven for 7- Eleven! Have it your way! Whoa, stop.

What’s wrong with this? From commercials enticing us to eat fast food or grab a quick snack, the importance of the family eating dinner together has changed.

Back in the early days of voting, people would leave early to travel hours, even days by horse and buggy just to be able to cast their vote. Now voting means that we are so busy that we have to have early voting with extra dates and options just to vote.

What’s next? Voting in your truck, car, or even your boat. Let’s think this through. If the privilege of voting is really important let’s find a more grounded way to vote. If we take this right seriously as legal voters then we can come up with a better and more reliable system.

Sure, everyone is busy, but what’s the rush? “In person” means that as a legal citizen, I take pride in the most important right and responsibility that our country can give its voters because I care enough to vote. It certainly could be helpful especially in larger cities to have an extra voting day or more locations. Our great country needs to work at voting, but making it too easy is not the only answer.

I wrote the above article at 6 am on Monday September 21st and thought it was finished. I then picked up my copy of the Northern Virginia Daily and read an article about a new voting machine. I couldn’t resist adding the new conclusion below.

A resident in Mason, Michigan was obviously trying to make a joke that turned out not to be so funny. The resident put a toilet on his front lawn with a sign that read “place mail-in ballots here.” The clerk of Ingram County filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with the voting system. “It is a felony to take illegal possession of an absentee ballot,” the County Clerk said. “Elections in this country are to be taken seriously, and there many people who are voting by mail for the first time this election.                       The police are investigating the clerk’s complaint.

I would hate to see some of Michigan’s ballots flushed down the toilet; it might clog the system. Our great country needs to work at voting, but making it too silly is not the answer either.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                    September 29, 2020

                                         Carson’s Corner              

We Can’t Change HIS-TORY

Written by Carson Lauder

We can’t change HIS-story. HIS-story states that from the beginning God created everything. We can’t rewrite what has been done. PERIOD!

What we can do as a God-fearing people is to create a better future that will leave a better world behind. We have to stop destructive living and live constructively.

LET’S CULTIVATE AND NOT DI SIN TEGRATE our earth built

by God. If your roof leaks you don’t tear down the whole house, you repair it. If your foundation is sinking you again don’t demolish the entire structure you fortify it.

That goes for anything in the rest of the house. A little paint goes a long way in giving a new look.  A new roof will keep out the storms of life.   A better and stronger foundation will keep things from caving in.

So, as we repair and improve our living conditions today, we insure a better and stronger HIS-story for tomorrow.

And that will be HIS –TORY.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                   September 25, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner             

What’s on Your Menu?

Written by Carson Lauder

Uncle Marlin in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania would often tell the story of two friends who worked and always ate lunch together.  In those days almost everyone brought their lunch from home.

Every day one of the men would unpack his lunch, look at his friend with disgust and say, “peanut butter sandwiches, I hate peanut butter sandwiches.” His friend would answer, “Why don’t you ask your wife to pack something different?” The upset man asked, “Why, I pack my own lunches.”

I’m sure you laughed, just like I always did.

But sometimes we do the same! We keep doing the same things the

same way and don’t understand why we keep getting the same results. Why do we continue to pack in our lives every day what we know we really don’t want there?

Do we use our time wisely? Who do we hang out with? Do we really strive to do our best? How is our spiritual diet? Is our spiritual diet well rounded? Do we pray daily with thanksgiving and praise, or do pray to God only when we need something?

Do we share God’s love and concern and the Bible with people we meet as well as our church friends? Do we really know that God is in control of our lives?   Are we hungry for God’s word? So, let’s not pack something into our menu that we know Jesus would not like. That would be a real joke and that would not be very funny at all.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

             

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                   September 15, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner   

Keep Your Hands off Our Statue

Written by Carson Lauder

Statues are being removed in this Country; but there is one they should not touch. It’s called the Emancipation Statue. It’s the statue of President Lincoln and young Archer Alexander who was the last slave captured under the Fugitive Slave Act.

The statue was put in Washington, DC back in 1876, exactly 100 years after the

U. S. Constitution was written. (Maybe that was a God Wink!) This monument was also known as the Freedmen’s Memorial.                                              And it was paid for almost entirely by former slaves who wanted to honor President Abe Lincoln.

D. C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton is seeking to remove the statue with the help of Congress. It is rarely noted that many enslaved African Americans pushed for their own emancipation.

Archer Alexander had escaped from four owners. Pastor William Greenleaf Eliot took him in and sheltered him, until Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to picture a statue of Jesus (instead of Lincoln) with a young boy kneeling. Jesus would have his hand on the boy’s head, saying go now and proclaim that you have been released from bondage.

There are many details of Archer Alexander’s story not included because of limited space. What we can learn by studying HIS-TORY and the Bible is that no country or people should dominate anyone or any people from now on.

We’re not perfect by any means; we’ve made mistakes. But today is a new day in HIS-TORY. We need to remember the past so we don’t continue to be unchristian to any one at any time. God has forgiven everyone if we confess we have wronged Him. Go and sin no more.

A brother in Christ Carson Lauder

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

Living Water Christina Church                                                                    September 8, 2020

                              Carson’s Corner             

It’s in the Bank

Written by Carson Lauder

Our daughter Jenna recently went to a birthday party for one of her close friend’s four year old son Grayson. Jenna did not give him the usual present of a toy that might be broken and certainly outgrown. She gave him some money for use years from now; perhaps for college. Jenna’s thinking was that Rheannon his mom would put it away for that very reason.

But mom didn’t have a chance. Grayson grabbed the twenty dollar bill and hollered, “TWENTY DOLLARS,” AND ZIP ZIP ZIP UP THE STAIRS HE WENT and put it in his money

bunny (bank).  Wow, how about that?  It’s in the bank.

But can we say that about money in this country? Is it in the bank? Oh it does not matter, you say. The country can just print some more.

YEAH RIGHT!

We have to slow down the money presses. There are many reasons why our country is sinking; one of them is MASSIVE DEBT! Let’s pay attention to great and early leaders.

Thomas Jefferson: “We must not let our leaders load us with perpetual debt.”

Alexander Hamilton: “Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibl(e) the incurring of any new debt.”

George Washington: “Avoid occasions of expense… and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing on prosperity the burden which we ourselves should bear.”

James Madison: “I go on the principal that a public debt is a public curse.”

Lastly, John Adams: “The consequences arising from the continued accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be more careful to prevent their growth in our own.”

CONGRESS, PUT YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND AND LISTEN. Do you hear the earth

thumping? That’s a landslide of massive debt. Our leaders’ thinking is like Annie singing,

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow is always a day away.”

Tomorrow might not get here, but we are being crushed by the avalanche of debt. Until Jesus’ Second Coming, let’s tighten our belts - money belts that is! Let’s make sure it’s in the bank.


A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                          August 31, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner      

I’m Home

Written by Carson Lauder

I called my 14-year-old grandson one Monday afternoon and asked him, “where are you”? He answered; “at home”.

Everything was fine. I knew it would be. I wanted to be sure because COVID-19 was just ramping up. And I just wanted to know.

That reminds me of a joke. A man was in a hardware store and his wife called him on his cell phone. And after a short chat and a fond good-bye, he said to the store clerk, bragging about his wife, “she’s so smart that no matter where I am, she can find me.”

That’s God. No matter where you are, He can find you. You can’t hide from God! He is your Father, and your Father knows where you are and what you are doing.

You might be at a meeting or in a store but he knows your number. You could be in school or at play or at work.

What’s that? Someone’s at the door. Jesus wants to say, “Hi, how are you?” Invite Him in, show him around.

He gets along with everybody, and He wants to be your

trusted friend.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                         August 18, 2020

20/20 Capital Improvements Vision for 2020                          Carson’s Corner        

    VISION

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Written by Carson Lauder

Have you had your vision checked lately? If you couldn’t read the eye chart your eye-doctor most likely was able to help you.

Seeing things clearly is a big challenge. Seeing things in the mind’s eye is even more difficult. We can distort what we really see and sometimes slant opinions that we otherwise know to be true.

We can distort anything we don’t wish to be right. We often see people and facts through shattered lens.

We have said or have heard it said, “if I knew that was going to turn out that way, I would have done things differently.” I myself have said, ”if our far sight was as good as our hind sight, we would be a lot better off damn sight.”

We need to make better decisions.                                                       And that is a hard and tough task.

But if you have a partnership with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with God’s help you will see things as God’s intends them; and your vision will improve.             Try it and SEE!

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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Living Water Christian Church                                                                              July 15, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner      

Under Water Too Long

Written by Carson Lauder

Turn around, Don’t drown. That’s a very important piece of advice, when you come upon water across the road. However, in this moment I’m talking about being under water in our country. Since the early 1960’s we have been in over our heads. How long can we keep treading water? We need to keep our country afloat. Three U. S. supreme court decisions have taken our breath away. They are “The Bible”, “Prayer”, and the “Ten Commandments”. And without these in our schools the connection to God whom our forefathers knew, trusted and sought continued guidance was lost.

The Bible was in Boston’s schools in the form of a textbook in 1690. After learning the alphabet, they were taught to memorize a Bible verse with each letter. A,B,C,D, etc. Also in the reading primer.

The prayer that sunk prayers in school was: “Almighty God we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee. And we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.

The Ten Commandments could not be displayed in schools. They are as you know: Honor thy father and mother, thou shall not steal, and thou shall not kill, and thou shall not covet, to list a few.

Why would any court or school system not want our kids to learn the Bible, to pray and follow God’s commandments? It might not be too late to save us.

But if we don’t perform C.P. R. we’re dead in the water.

C.P.R. “Christian Principles Revived”.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

Living Water Christina Church                                                                              Augest 5, 2020

                                                Carson’s Corner  

USE YOUR G.P.S. GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM

Written by Carson Lauder

Life’s a trip! “Really”; From our first breath until our last; we’re going places that we have not been before. Our nation is founded on God led ideals and laws. Anything done to the contrary will take us off the chosen path.

That’s where we are as a nation today. Yes, it’s the responsibility of everyone, yes everyone, to find the road that our founding fathers laid out for us. It’s our challenge as Christian Americans to rebuild the highway of history.

As we travel into new territory, we need to insure that our families, schools, and churches are moving together. Because, remember God has our backs. “Power Steering” makes us aware that God is in control.

Our Bible is our roadmap. Jesus is our instructor and the Holy Spirit tells us a turn is coming up in a few more miles. That makes a viable adventurous trip. Want to go along?

If we travel on our own and start losing our where-abouts, let’s not forget to consult our G.P.S. If we don’t, we’ll stay lost on the sometimes bumpy, twisting and unfamiliar road.

Follow your G.P.S. Now turn RIGHT!....

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A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

Living Water Christina Church                                                                              July 30, 2020

                                                Carson’s Corner     

INCOGNITO

Written by Carson Lauder

Can you see me? I’m right beside you. Wherever you go, I’ll be there. I’m not just around the corner. I’m right here.

I’m with you when you go to lunch and all during the work day. I am with you when you go: shopping or go to a meeting. Any where you go, I’ll be there. And when you go back home, I’ll be there.

Oh, by the way, it doesn’t matter what road you take. Because I have the whole world mapped out. I’m still right beside you, when you are on the road again. You cannot lose me!

However, there is one thing that scares me. And I can’t hide from Him.

His name is Jesus. He’s right outside and He’s knocking on the door. He wants to come in. He’s waiting for you to inquire and invite Him in. It’s your choice. Don’t, don’t, don’t answer the door. If you do, I’m out of here.

There’s not enough room for both of us. Signed, (The Tempter)

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Living Water Christina Church                                                                              July 23, 2020

                   Carson’s Corner        

DO THE MATH

Written by Carson Lauder

What’s wrong with our country? A simple observation will allow us to understand. Looking at adding and subtraction, multiplying and dividing, we can see what’s right and what’s wrong. Instead of adding things of value, we subtract them. Instead of multiplying them, we divide them. Instead of becoming stronger in family life, church life and human rights; they melt away.

It doesn’t mean that we have to give everything to everybody. But we can encourage, help build our homes, towns, counties, and states with principles of responsibility and with restoring of caring expectations.

Let’s not devalue life. Let’s value it with Godly laws. There’s more of

course, but it’s no wonder we can’t save our problems when we can’t do the math. Numbers don’t lie.

A brother in Christ, Carson Lauder

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