My First Gopher Catch

My first gopher catch


We’ve had an infestation of gophers tearing up our front yard for months. It seems like every day I would go out front and scoop up four or five mounds of dirt from the front yard.  Finally we bought a CINCHTrap gopher trap and within 30 minutes, I had our first gopher.  I hate to kill these things but would rather just scare them off but I’ve been unsuccessful to date.  People tell me that if I put some of those spinning flowers out in the lawn, it would scare them off but I don’t think they would be very well accepted in this neighborhood.  Of course the gophers are not very well accepted either.

Mole and Gopher Repellant

I got a bag of stuff called Sweeney’s Mole and Gopher Repellent as shown above.  I am hopeful this will do the job as well but as large as my lawn is, I am concerned this may get expensive.  This stuff is supposed to just make the ground unpleasant for them where they will go somewhere else.

The gophers had reached a point where I had to do something because I am afraid that once the rains come back, we’ll have holes and trenches all over the lawn.  Hopefully that will not be the case.

Why am I King James Version Only?

The story that I am about to tell is likely to upset a few people, including family and friends.  Over the last few years, I’ve become very firm in my King James Version  only stand.   My stand is different than most in that my issue is not an argument over accuracy.  My stand is based on 1 Corinthians 14:33.  The more time that passes, the more I am convinced that the existence of all of these new translations is from the devil himself.  I am not saying that one is less accurate than the other but rather, their existence creates confusion.

Over the last two decades, I’ve noticed that people often say that they use these new translations because they feel they are easier to understand.  It seems like a legitimate concern because after all, most people don’t speak with thou and thee on a daily basis.  It is interesting that their claim is to prevent confusion or to give a better understanding.

I want you to think back to your days in elementary school during reading.  The teacher would point to one child and tell them to begin reading the text aloud.  Before long, the teacher would interrupt and point to another child and have them continue reading along where the last child left off.  This continues until everyone in the classroom has read part of the text.  While one child is reading, the others follow along in their books until they are called upon to read.  Visualize this scene in your mind.  The other children must follow along or they will not know where to begin reading when the teacher calls on them.

The class room is a place of learning and has a unique environment where each student not only learns from the teacher but also from their fellow classmates.  The classroom environment is a great place for students of differing backgrounds to ask questions and learn from the other perspectives.

Now imagine this same reading scenario where each student has a text book translated differently.  There is no standard text where every student can follow along.  Now lets imagine the teacher asking all the children to read a story out loud together.  It would be utter confusion as the words are not the same.  You have people losing their train of thought because they are trying to keep up when their text is worded differently.  You can imagine the confusion.

The picture that I’ve just illustrated is exactly what is going on in the church today.  The Pastor is reading from the ESV, some are reading the ASV, NIV, NAS and KJV.  It is difficult for me to follow and I know I can’t be the only one. It is the individual’s responsibility study and “rightly divide the word of truth” as spoken of in 2 Timothy 2:15.  When you go to church and the Pastor is going from one version to the next, it is difficult to follow.  For generations, Christians did Bible memorization where scriptures are memorized and quoted through time.  Everyone knew the famous John 3:16 was…

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 KJV.

We are living in a world now where people in the same church building cannot quote that scripture because they learned it as the NLT puts it…

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT

I am convinced that when people are reading the same text written completely different, confusion is bound to reside.  I don’t know how it could be avoided.  Imagine if the classroom was to recite the Pledge of Allegiance written by people that had completely different dialects.  Imagine if each student was told to memorize it but they were given different translations of the same pledge.  Imagine synchronized swimmers swimming to the same song, with each listening to headphones. One swimmer is dancing to the song in country while another is dancing to the same song in rap and so on.  I pretty sure the tempo would not match.  My point in all this is that I see a clever attempt at being easier to understand creating more confusion.  For this reason, before I read a scripture in a post online, I always look to see what version it is before I read.

One may think that I am being petty and just looking for reasons to be controversial.  If that is the case then I think they missed the whole point.  I see the Bible as the inspired word of God.  The most important piece of information that we can have.  I rely on the Holy Spirit to clarify the meaning of a word. I just have a hard time accepting that having nine different translations of the Bible has any good outcome.  It causes confusion and disagreement when the stated goal was to make it more understanding. Just as Joshua said…

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 KJV

In the same spirit, I say, “as for me and my house, we will use the King James Version”.  I mean no one offense or controversy.  That is just my opinion.

No Ice Storm

Good morning!

The big ice storm that we were expecting over the weekend turned out to be nothing but some light rain. I am not complaining because I just wanted some moisture and we got that.  Apparently the temperature never dropped to freezing through the entire system and now that it is gone, it got down to 17 degrees. I am not sure what the low was but it was 17 degrees when I got up this morning.  It looks like the cold is here to stay for a while as it should be in January.  It is hard for me to imagine that it is 2015 and January.  It seems like a month ago, I was still mowing the lawn.

I have a serious gopher problem out in the lawn and I am thinking of getting some of those Cinch traps. I’ve seen a few videos on Youtube that show how to set them up and use them.  I’ve read they are the best for this purpose. There is a guy in the neighborhood that catches them for $7.00 each but after three of them, I could have bought my own trap.  I’ve scooped up about eight loads of dirt from the mounds in the front lawn.  They have got to stop and I am hopeful these traps will do the job.

It sure was nice having a couple days off for the New Year.  Work is so mentally draining and any time we can take off and give our brain a break, I am all for.

Ice storm warning

The local media is all wound up about freezing rain today resulting in an ice storm. At the moment the temperature is 33 in the morning and no rain. While there may be some coming and the temps may drop, right now things are clear. I would not be upset if we do get rain, ice or snow. I would be plenty happy if we just got rain. Our work has already made the decision to close today but since we were already scheduled to be off today, it doesn’t really make any difference. My wife and I are enjoying the day off today. Forgive the poor quality of this post. It was posted via my phone so it is tough to type on the small screen. It has been nice having a few days off for Christmas and New year holiday. I guess Monday we’ll be back to work.

Back Into Photography

Silver and Gold 11/30/2014


Since we moved out to the edge of town, we’ve been so far from things that we like to do. I’ve not taken many pictures in a long while other than family events because it is just too far to go and also too much gas to burn.  We are considering a move back into town and if so, maybe I can get back into photography.  While we do love it out here, the house is just too much for us, both financially and upkeep.  I miss driving around taking pictures around town but as it is, I simply can’t justify spending so much on gas and wear and tear on the car.  Maybe soon I’ll be able to get back into photography soon.

Happy New Year 2015

First photo of 2015 taken at 12:02 AM.


I took this picture of my wife and I about 12:02 AM.  The past year was a good one overall. I am confident that God has an even better year for us in 2015.  This morning, I have been seeing reports of ice on the roads in Oklahoma City. We live on the far East side of OKC and have no ice so I am guessing that it is either coming this way or very small in coverage or both.  I hope those that have ice will be safe and start off the new year on a good note.

First post of 2015

Well it was tough but my wife and I managed to stay up until midnight. We have been up since 4:00 AM and now it is after midnight. The last year was a great year with the blessings of God over us. We’ve been blessed with good health and financial stability. We give God praise in Jesus’ name for the overwhelming blessings that have been poured out over my family. I am convinced the 2015 will be even better. It is a good time to be alive.

It is very late for me so it is time to get to bed. It is long over due.

Day at the Movies

Warren Theater in Moore, Oklahoma on Christmas Day 2014.

On Christmas Day, afternoon my wife and I decided to go to the movies.  We went to the Warren Theater in Moore, Oklahoma.  It had been a long time since we’ve been to the movies but we needed to spend some time together.  I took this photo from my iPhone while upstairs.  This was before they got too busy, around noon.  By the time 7:00 PM came around, they were so busy that there were lines all the way down the halls from one end of the theater to the other.  My wife was smart enough to buy our tickets three or four days before.  I am doubtful that we would have been able to get tickets the day we went.

We went to see two movies, the first being Into The Woods and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  The first movie was several fairy tales combined into one.  They brought Cinderella, Jack and the bean stalk, Little Red Riding Hood into one story.  I guess it was okay and kept my attention.  I am thinking that being there with my beautiful wife and enjoying my day contributed more to my having a good day than the movie itself.  The second movie was okay as well but neither of them were the type of movies that I normally would go see.  Don’t get me wrong… I did enjoy them but again, I think spending the day with my wife at the movies made it more of a good time that whatever movie was showing.  I always enjoy doing this, though we don’t go enough.  While we really didn’t have much in terms of normal Christmas celebrations this year, it was great having some alone time with my wife.  Life just seems to go so fast and busy that we never get enough time to just enjoy.

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