Will Rogers Defines Insanity

You see medical science has developed two ways of actually tracing insanity. One is if the patient cuts out paper dolls or works a jig-saw puzzle, and the other is if the patient says "I will tell you what this economic business really means." Los Angeles, Cal., April 23, 1933Seventy seven years ago the country was in depression. The greatest economic minds were unable to come up with solutions according to Will Rogers’ quote. Not only that, but anyone making economic forecasts must be insane! Nothing was working – unemployment was high. The Roosevelt era had embarked on massive deficit spending and government work programs. Sound familiar? It should, it’s out of today’s headlines!

Today we have the benefit of hindsight that they didn’t have. They didn’t know socialism/communism would ultimately fail. They didn’t know tax cuts under John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan would produce economic growth.

It’s time to go back to the future, and end this economic insanity. It starts with a vote on election day!


Image Information: The image of Rogers is from his 1921 silent film Guile of Women. Rogers plays a Swede named Yal who travels with a friend to America to seek his fortune. After misfortunes in love and business, his girlfriend finally arrives from Sweden.

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Will Rogers on “Mister, Can You Spare $10 Billion?”

This country runs to the figure ten. There has been many who has had to say, “Mr., can you spare a dime?” but President Roosevelt is the first man in the history of the world who looked a nation right in the face and said, “Mister, can you spare ten billion dollars?” BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Jan. 5, 1934The saying: “Mister can you spare a dime?” typified the poverty and despair during the depression years. My Grandmother told me that young, out of work, men would travel from place to place looking for jobs. Many times they would come to her back door to ask for a bite to eat. Those were difficult years for many Americans.

On Jan. 5, 1934, Will Rogers published this quote in his Syndicated  Daily Telegraph column. Well, the numbers have gone up by more than 10 this time. The President looked the country in the eye recently and said: “Mister, can you spare $800 billion?” That $10 billion in 1934 looks like 10 cents today!

What in the world are they going to do with all that TAXPAYER money? Why stimulate the economy, of course.

By the time the government hires millions of administrators for all the programs, accounts for inefficiency and waste, plus fraud, some of the money might create a few jobs. But that comes after bank and union bailouts, even foreign banks we now find out.

Here’s a novel common sense idea! How about if the government cuts its bloated spending, and lets me keep more of my own money that would have gone to taxes. That way I can stimulate the economy with my money, without all the government inefficiency, waste, fraud and bailouts!


Image Information: This picture was taken at the Will Rogers Ranch in Oologah, Oklahoma. The farmhouse where Will Rogers lived has been preserved and is administered by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. The Museum and Ranch are great places to visit if you are ever in the Tulsa area.

Will Rogers is a man worth remembering, and quoting. His wit, humor and insight into life will amaze and astonish you. His life will inspire you. Watch for new blog posts from my Will Rogers quotes collection.

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Spurgeon on “The Transfer of Sin” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

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The Transfer of Sin



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Let Me Dwell in Your Presence – Psalm 140 NASB 2 Minute Devotional

We don’t have to look far back into history to find oppression of innocent people. The holocaust during WWII certainly comes to mind along with many other cases of the brutal treatment of people whose only crime was being born in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Bible specifically records the oppression of the Jewish people under Pharaoh and Babylon.

We also see in Scripture that the suffering of God’s people did not go unnoticed. That God had a plan and a purpose all along. God would be glorified in the outcome and His people would be set free.

This is a bit hard to see when you are suffering persecution for your beliefs. The headlines today cover persecution of believers in many parts of the world. Some of them pay with their lives.

Some people will not see the day of vindication on this side of heaven, but through it all the Psalmist says the righteous “will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.”

Dear Lord, Give me strength to stand firm in my faith in the face of persecution and hard times. Let me learn to give thanks and dwell in your presence daily. Amen


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Will Rogers on “The Mythical Bean Bag.”

As with so many of Rogers’ quotes, nothing has changed in politics after all these years. Congress is still counting mythical beans.

There is a slight problem though. Taxpayers, their children and grandchildren will have to pay for the mythical beans!

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Will Rogers on “Public Speakers”

Now air is a mighty fine thing (when not oozing from a public speaker). BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Nov. 22, 1933Have you ever listened to a political speech and wondered what in the world was that guy talking about? Perhaps you fell asleep during a speech and woke up to find out you didn’t miss anything.

Will Rogers had heard his share of political speeches. He regularly attended the conventions of both parties and reported the results to his readers with his characteristic humor.


Image Information. Will was a skilled horseman and he loved to ride.  When he first started his own stage act, a live horse was part of the act as he demonstrated his skill with the lasso. He even had a polo field built at his California ranch.

The equestrian statue at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum is a fitting tribute to Will, since horses were such an important part of his life. I took this picture at sunset, and you can see some of the glow in the clouds as they passed over this magnificent statue. It is the focal point of the beautiful walkway and gardens at the museum.

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Spurgeon on “Ye That Love the Lord, Hate Evil” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Ye That Love the Lord, Hate Evil

 


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Will Rogers on “You Can’t Legislate Intelligence”

You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people. HOLLYWOOD, Cal., March 16, 1934Whenever a company tries to idiot-proof a product, along comes a smarter idiot! Whenever congress tries to “protect” us from ourselves however, there always seems to be what they call “unintended consequences.”

But wait a minute, what about a little common sense when it comes to legislators? For example, if you take more and more money away from people and corporations in the form of taxes, will that encourage economic growth? Not only does common sense tell us the answer is no, but history also tells us no.

I’ll feel a lot better when Washington begins to show some common sense!


Image Information: This publicity picture of Will Rogers is from his early days in show business when he would use rope tricks to punch-up his monologues. The “pretzel” is one of his trademark tricks where he flips the end of the rope into a pretzel shape with the flick of his wrist.

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Spurgeon on “The Great Dog of Hell” ~ 2 Minute Devotional

Though you become greatly sanctified by the Holy Ghost, expect that the great dog of hell will bark at you still. In the haunts of men we expect to be tempted, but even seclusion will not guard us from the same trial. Jesus Christ was led away from human society into the wilderness, and was tempted of the devil. E2-20Some people are under the impression that it is possible to be fully sanctified this side of heaven. Is it really possible to be without sin in our daily lives here on earth?

Perhaps when I am older I could isolate myself from the cares of this world. I could live without sin and temptation and simply commune with Jesus until he returns or I die. In the past, monks and nuns separated themselves from the world in order to live a more perfect life before God.

Experience, common sense, the Scriptures, and Spurgeon tell us that in this life there will always be temptation and sin. There will always be a struggle with the flesh for the christian, even after a lifetime of serving God.

Spurgeon’s imagery in this quote drives home the point! “The great dog of hell will bark at you still.” The christian cannot avoid temptation, even through seclusion. Spurgeon points out that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness while alone.

What can we do? We can pray “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We can trust God to not let us be tempted above our ability to endure it. (I Corinthians 10:13) If we do fall, we can repent and ask for forgiveness: “forgive us our debts.” (Matthew 6:12)

Dear Lord, Help me to draw closer to you each day, so that when the “great dog of hell” barks, I may resist temptation, and if I do sin that I may find forgiveness through Jesus. Amen.

If you are struggling with sin, and don’t have a relationship with Jesus as your savior, take a moment and pray for his forgiveness and help. Begin reading the Bible. I suggest starting with the gospel of John in the New Testament.  Also, ask God to lead you to other christians for fellowship.


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Spurgeon on “Be Zealous” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Be Zealous


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Will Rogers on “Hot & Bothered”

We can get hot and bothered quicker over nothing, and cool off faster than any nation in the world. NEW YORK, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1930“Never let a crisis go to waste,” so says the current administration. We now have the Libyan crisis and the Japanese nuclear crisis . Before that it was the Egyptian crisis, and who could forget the worst ecological disaster ever, the oil spill in the gulf.

Everyone gets whipped up into a frenzy by press reports of riots, radiation maps and gushing oil wells under the sea. But just like Will Rogers says, we “cool off faster than any nation in the world.”

Using a crisis for political gain, however, is about as foolish as using a skunk for perfume. It just doesn’t smell right!  The stench from the economic bailout crisis and the healthcare crisis is getting worse every day.

We might heat up and cool down quickly, but skunk-smell doesn’t go away over night! If the stink is there on election day, people will remember.


Image Information Will Rogers was an expert with the lasso, perhaps the best ever. In this picture he is roping a moving rider from the back of his own horse. The rope is thrown to catch the horse by the legs.

The image was taken directly from pictures at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum archive. I apologize for the quality of the image, but this is exactly what the 1920s photo looked like when I scanned it. In the hundreds of images contained in this iPhone application, I wanted to share as many different Will Rogers photos as possible from as wide a variety of times and situations – movies, cowboy, vaudeville, with famous people, and family scenes.

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Spurgeon on “The First Day” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

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The First Day


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Spurgeon on “God’s Love & Discipline” ~ 2 Minute Devotional


God hath not forgotten us because he smites – his blows are no evidences of want of love. If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. E2-24
I can remember being disciplined by my parents. Sometimes it was a spanking, restriction of privileges, or a stern lecture. Normally, I knew exactly what the issue was. I did the wrong thing, and I was being punished for that specific deed.

On this earth, parents are fallible, discipline and punishment can be abused, so we have to be careful how we view discipline from the Lord. Parents should discipline a child because they love their child, and in their wisdom, they know that a particular behavior is not healthy. For example, lying is not acceptable behavior and telling the truth is a far better way to conduct one’s life.

So how do I know if God is disciplining me? Let me suggest that if you are being disciplined by God, it will be obvious to you. Just like I mentioned above, I knew exactly why my parents were disciplining me, so it is with God’s discipline. I also know that I tried to hide from my parent’s discipline, because the consequences were painful. It is also our nature to hide from God’s discipline. It is important for me to learn to respond to God’s discipline with repentance, and with His help, to correct the problem.

Here’s the tough question. If something bad happens to me, is it because God is disciplining me, or is God mad at me, or has He forgotten me? First, let’s establish that nothing, good or bad, happens to us without God’s purpose or knowledge. Ultimately, everything will work out for God’s glory. The problem is that we aren’t privy to the details, this side of heaven. As a result, we must trust each event to God’s wisdom and purpose whether we understand it or not.

To answer the question then, if bad things happen to us because of God’s discipline, it will be obvious to us and we should respond with repentance. If it is not obvious, we should ask for God’s help, understanding that He has a purpose for leading us through such a trial. In either case we should humbly look for the opportunity to grow in grace.

Dear Lord, If you are disciplining me for specific sin, help me to humbly repent. In all things, good or bad, let me praise you for daily grace, and understand that all things work together for good for those who are called according to your purpose. Amen.


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Wait for the Lord – Psalm 2 Minute Devotional

I love these little penguins because they symbolize patience in the extreme as they care for the eggs. They are also cute. It seemed to beautifully fit Psalm 27:14 as shown in the image.


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Spurgeon on “I Long to Love You More” ~ 2 Minute Devotional

Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more. M2-4When I think of the the “love of God,” I find it easy to let the thought pass without much reflection. Three words that make up a simple, well worn phrase just don’t seem to carry much weight in our culture these days.

Spurgeon’s quote gives us a view of the infinitely vast reach of God’s love, and that exploring it will inflame our hearts. This isn’t just a feel good type of love, or even a truly deep human expressed love. It is so much more; beyond our comprehension.

God’s love is a love that reaches beyond our sin. In Romans 5:8 we read: “God shows his love for us in that ‘while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’” Think of the most wretched human being, a person who has betrayed you, or a person who hates you. Could you love that person? Would you die for that person so they might live another day? Yet this is what Christ did for us.

Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly realized you had hurt someone deeply. Perhaps you yelled at your spouse or children in a moment of anger. Did you feel the physical effect? Did your heart burn within you? I’ve felt it on occasion.

As we grow in grace and come to more fully realize the depth of our indwelling sin, our heart should burn within us as we understand God’s love and forgiveness reach beyond our sin. Infinitely beyond! This realization should cause us to “long to love him more,” as Spurgeon says.

Dear Lord, Help me to more fully understand your love for me. Your love led Jesus to the cross, and your Holy Spirit brings grace and help every day. Because of what you have done for me, I long to love you more. Amen.


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Navy Psalm 39:12 ESV on “Hear My Prayer”

Everyday Act of Valor Until I started looking through the Navy archives, I didn’t realize that burials at sea are routinely done to honor shipmates’ final requests. This image is unique in that a son has the opportunity to honor his own father, as he carries on a proud military tradition. You can see both …

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Navy Psalm 108:12 on “Help Against the Foe” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

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Navy Psalm 105:41 on “Remembering the Promise” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Devotional When you are in the military, water is important, just like it was to the children of Israel. It is necessary to sustain life, and must be supplied for an army to move. In the Navy, water must also be controlled and used as part of everyday operations. Ships float above it, submarines travel …

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Navy Psalm 109:30 on “Give Thanks to the Lord” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

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Spurgeon on “ Enter the Door” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Evening by Evening Readings at Eventide Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Enter the Door I hope you have been blessed by this Readings at Eventide devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit …

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Spurgeon on “God Remembers You” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Morning Readings Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. God Remembers You I hope you have been blessed by this Morning Readings devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook …

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Spurgeon on “ Treacherous” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Evening by Evening Readings at Eventide Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Treacherous I hope you have been blessed by this Readings at Eventide devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook …

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Spurgeon on “Everlasting” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Morning Readings Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Everlasting I hope you have been blessed by this Morning Readings devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook page regularly …

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Spurgeon on “Serve the Lord” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

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