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  1. Well, thank you all! On Nov. 21st I officially became an "old guy". There are certain perks being a Senior Citizen: 1. You are not expected to remember things like you used to 2. Automatic discounts for haircuts and meals at restaurants 3, A little automatic forgiveness for my sloppy driving habits from the younger crowd 4. Drooling is permitted somewhat, nose picking is still frowned on 5. People talk louder assuming my hearing is diminished, which it is, but at least I don't have to ask them to repeat what they say 6. Kneeling for prayer; it's the getting up that's hard! Where did I put those aspirins? See point #1 7. Subtle and not so subtle hints from folks that retirement may be a good idea, to do what? 8. Tying my shoes becomes a mental challenge. Which way do the laces go again? Yup, Refer to point #1 once more. 9. All of my friends look so OLD!
  2. I just wanted to check in and give my Christmas greetings to you all, Merry Christmas! I have been spending a lot of my free time on Face Book, which I finally managed to figure out. My family communicates with me through the site which I have enjoyed a great deal. I also have put some of my writing there with the hope that some of my brothers and sisters find encouragement from it. God bless you all and your families in the season we recognize as the birth of Jesus Christ, my Lord. Larry L. Gibboney (aka Drumrunner) https://www.facebook.com/Larry.Gibboney
  3. This is my favorite Psalm Psalm 131 A song of ascents. Of David.1 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.
  4. Cat, that makes my day knowing that I have encouraged folks to be true to the God that created us all. Ah..... as far a blogging, probably not as I keep my writings for my brothers and sisters in Christ, the world cannot not comprehend things that are spiritual. And I have no doubt that the worldly minded people have the idea that Christian men (and women) are weak, but WE ARE! Christ in us makes us strong, only Him. Without Jesus we can do nothing on our own. But, the world will soon learn that the Man who was so humble and gentle, was crucified for my sins and rose again on the third day, is coming back again for their judgment. He IS coming back and will not be in a good mood. Wise and Manly? Hmmmm.....Moses, Joshua, Gabriel, David, Sampson, Samuel, Elijah, Solomon, Daniel....and Jesus Christ Himself. I could go on, but the men in my Bible are excellent examples of real men who obeyed their God to the letter and accomplished though the Lord what the world considered impossible. My God is all powerful, all knowing, all holy, all wise, all loving....and is a Jealous God (Exodus 20: 4-5). Therefore....since my God is jealous FOR me, the world's opinion matters absolutely nothing. https://bible.org/seriespage/jealous-god Worth reading
  5. Jeepers, my Mrs. is an absolute sweetheart and has been my rock (of course not the ROCK, only one of Him) that has kept me cheered up, prodded when necessary, loved me through thick and thin, and in general has been the person I have leaned on for encouragement and strength during this totally weird experience. By the way, last month we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Incredible that the time has flown past so quickly. Leyla and I met while I was working in her country, Turkey, as a civilian engineer for NATO. We wed 18 moths later and came back to the USA where she studied hard, took the oath and is now a full US citizen (that obvious fact is shown in how eloquently she complains about our politicians now after her first vote!). With God's blessings, we are hoping for a 30th anniversary. Well, almost time for my third nap of the day. A restful Sabbath to be sure!
  6. Wise advice, MT. My fatigue is cured by naps, lots and lots of naps! It is a HUGE burden off my mind to know that the cancer is getting a daily beating and my chances to live a longer, productive live are much higher than this time last year. And you are also correct about adjusting to the new-normal, in fact I'v already started! I had the great opportunity to teach some of our kids in VBS last month, write a great deal more, camp with the Mrs., and talk with others who are going through their own battle with cancer. In a way, this has been a blessing in disguise. I have been brought to a place where I had to face the fact of my own mortality and deal with it. For me, It has brought into crystal clear focus the things which are important; the love that my wife and I have for each other, service to the Church, my family and friends, performing better for my employer, seeing and helping those in need or just being available to talk when someone is down. These things count. What does NOT count is buying more "stuff", having useless emotions such as anger, self pity, envy or apathy. I have no use for these especially now that I may have a little more time here on planet earth to invest well. I want to thank each one of you here on the forum for your prayers and expressions of concern for me during this small trial. Even though I have never seen your faces (and you have not seen mine), we share a friendship. Thank you all. Larry (aka Drumrunner)
  7. Glad to hear it! Now the effort I put in on the CD was worth it. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and well wishes, if the PSA reading continues to stay low I may have a good chance of being around several more years vs the original 12 to 18 month estimate (which did NOT amuse me much). Interesting tidbit, One of the side effects from the cancer treatment is sudden and extreme exhaustion, quite noticeable and annoying at first. The doctor quite plainly told me that this was my "new normal", being tired ALL the time. However I can easily manage to take more naps if the cancer is being soundly thrashed. <I suppose running 26 mile marathons is probably no longer an option, so I'll settle for 26 yard walks!>
  8. Thought I ought to check in and relay a little news. After all the treatments and tests, my doctor call me late yesterday afternoon and let me know that my PSA level (prostate specific antigens) has dropped like a rock! Initially it was at 37 (30 is considered extreme indicating lively cancer), if I remember correctly "normal" is 0 to 2. My PSA as of yesterday is 00.4!!!!!!!!!! A slight "WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" and tap dance is in order I believe .
  9. I'm doing well. MT. Radiation treatment is finally finished and now it's a "wait and see" situation (according to the doctors) to see what the outcome will be; except I'm not waiting very much! I decided awhile ago, to enjoy every day to the absolute fullest and treat it as if it would be the last day of my life in this world. So, with that in mind, I have done and/or experienced the following; 1. Turned the TV OFF. except for briefly watching the "local news", and even that time is becoming more of an annoyance than any help. 2. Took my Mrs camping for a few days, so far into the mountains that there was not even a cell phone signal! No internet, newspaper, phone, email or TV. Just a lot of quiet. The only reading material I took with us was my Bible, and boy did I get some studying done!! 3. My sister and her three young children came out to Colorado to visit for a week. I had totally forgotten that children can be loud, messy. creative, adorable, loving, argumentative, quiet, beautiful, inquisitive, sensitive, and capable of completely stealing my heart. They left this morning for Arizona, and my house is much too still now. 4. Discovered that when one is driving in the mountains and happens to come upon a moose grazing, it is a really bad idea to honk at it. This startles the moose and irritates my wife who wanted to take a picture of it.
  10. Sam Jones Methodist Evangelist told the story of being on a Pullman traveling one night after a tiring meeting. A young child was crying and keeping every one awake. He wanted to say something to the father, but thought better of it. Soon, one man unable to take it, hollered at the man and said, "Master, for God's sake, why don't you take the baby to his mother and let the rest of us get some sleep?" The man replied sobbing, "Sir, I'm sorry. I wish her mother could, but she is in a casket, in the baggage coach." The complaining man got out of his berth, kneeled beside the father and said he was sorry, and offer to take the child and let the father get some sleep.
  11. This is a wonderful two sentences! I will remember them for quite awhile.
  12. I want to thank each of you for your prayers as I obeyed the Word yesterday. Afterwards, the pastor and I had very fruitful and lengthy discussion about Christian faith, allowing the power of God to take full control in my life and being faithful in obeying the commands of Jesus. Thanks again! Faith= knowing the promises of God as found in the Bible + believing God said them (He does not lie and never changes) + me acting on the promises as I understand them + knowing the outcomes are sure!
  13. My pastor was surprised and pleased that one of his sheep would want the anointing of the sick as commanded in James 5: 14-15. This Thursday at 3pm, we will ask in faith, for God's complete healing of my body, in obedience to His Word. This is a gentle and kind man, who I admire and trust. I thought I would share his reply that he sent to me earlier today. "Dear Larry, I believe in the text, and I believe in the anointing with oil. And, I always have a bottle of oil on the corner of my desk if you would ever want to have me anoint you with oil, please come by and we will do that ok! I have a funeral Thursday morning, but have nothing in the afternoon Thursday!"
  14. Certainly! I have emailed my pastor already as to when, I'll let you know.
  15. I replied to you and I will be sending several cds to those who have requested them. Been a touch busy, so I've been a little slow getting to the post office, but do not worry; everyone who asked will receive. (where have I heard that before?). Several of you "feisty women" (I do love that term!) have offered to pay for the cd and/or shipping, I appreciate the offers, but NOT going to happen. Free is just that, free. However, if you feel that you still wish to compensate me in some way, consider giving to your church or a needy member of the congregation. A brother or sister in need is all of our responsibilities, so as the Spirit leads, share with those who have little; that being done in the Name of Jesus; my Lord and King!!!! James 2: 14-18 Don't be impressed with my acts during this "little business" of mine, it is really of little concern to me. I gave this minor malfunction of my body to my God awhile ago so He can do as He pleases with it. One very cool thing I read in my Bible is this; James 5: 13-15. I intend to ask my pastor for just this thing very soon.
  16. I am VERY happy to have been able to get these prep cds out to all of you and I deeply appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this "little business" of mine. Cancer has changed my perspective and life in ways I could not imagine, I recall when I was first told by the doctor (singular), it was devastating news which managed to get a little worse each time the doctors (plural by then) briefed me after that. For some odd reason, at first I thought NOT to tell my wife, as if it would just go away and she would not need to know. That changed of course and I found that not only did she have the strength to bear the news, she had some strength to share with me. I bless the Lord for her. The most profound change has been with my relationship with my God and Creator as I have faced my own mortality. This states what and who I believe in. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
  17. Got your email, Virginia. Already shipped the CD to you this afternoon.
  18. Found this a little while ago, Apr 30th US HHS Approves Emergency H7N9 Diagnostics Recombinomics Commentary 21:15 April 30, 2013 On April 19, 2013, the Secretary determined that there is a significant potential for a public health emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad and that involves the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus. The above comments are from the US Health and Human Service (HHS)notice entitled “Determination and Declaration Regarding Emergency Use of in Vitro Diagnostics for Detection of the Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus”. The notice allows use of an unapproved diagnostic test for the detection of H7N9 bird flu. Although WHO has cited a lack of evidence for efficient human to human transmission of H7N9, the sequence data provides compelling evidence forsustained transmission in Jiangsu Province (see map), which is further supported by the export of H7N9 from Jiangsu Province to Taiwan via a traveler using a commercial airline. The export of H7N9 suggests the levels of H7N9 infections are markedly higher than the lab confirmed cases, which relies on an insensitive assay which has produced an alarming number of false negatives, when samples from the upper respiratory tract are used. The emergency notice by the US HHS provides addition evidence for efficient human H7N9 transmission, WHO denials notwithstanding.
  19. Jeepers, that makes perfect sense and I do understand. Much of the CD is already here for download online. http://preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html
  20. Well, good morning all. Another beautiful day that the Lord has provided for us. I have to admit that I am a little surprised that only two people have contacted me to ask for copies of my cd since yesterday. Does every one already have a copy or is there only a little interest for the information which is available for no cost?
  21. Thank you, one and all. Prayers are all I need, "man" has done all that can be done at this point, so this has been given to my Lord to deal with as He sees fit. Whatever is His will, it will be done and I fully accept it. I know my eternal destination, it was guaranteed 2000 years ago on a cross. I may be unhappy with this little business, but it is not the end of life. I know Who I believe in and am persuaded that He will keep me for Himself. This is for Jeepers; I have been blessed with a feisty wife, so the additional "feisty women" here on the forum are an added bonus in my book! Now, everyone pay attention. There is a "new and improved" version of bird flu (H7N9) getting ramped up in China, so far it is very unpleasant with a 28% mortality and has managed to find it's way to Taiwan. It may or may not become a world wide pandemic, but my money is on it that it will. Now, I was teaching the topic recently and am making a blanket offer to everyone here. I have edited and updated my preparedness CD, some of you may remember this from a few years ago, for family survival and/or disaster preparedness. Anyone who wants a FREE (read this as no cost, ziltch, nada, zero monies) CD, send me your mailing address to my commercial email address: drumrunner59@yahoo.com and I'll send you a cd. Such a deal!
  22. Hi to all once again. Thought I should check in and see what has been happening. Been a rather grim 2012-2013 as I was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer which has migrated to bone. Unpleasant and very annoying, which completely upsets my retirement plans. Took the hormone therapy, followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments (have a nice glow now, thinking of taking up a second career as a traffic light). Going to teach a small class in about 30 minutes, so I need to cut this a bit short. Bye!
  23. more Water - Rainwater Harvesting.pdf General - Dangerous Animals.pdf General - FEMA AreYouReady.pdf
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