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Wisdom for the Day

It is impossible to govern the world without God. It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly implore his protection and favor. I am sure there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which was so often manifested during the revolution; or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of Him, who is alone able to protect them. He must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.     General George Washington

Lots of money may make you wealthy but it does not make you rich

For a Christian to have an affair with another Christian is incest.

Satisfaction is the greatest enemy of the soul.

The hunt for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.  Eisenhower.

Those who crave authority rarely feel they don’t deserve it.

Sex is the oil of the marriage relationship but will destroy the engine if put into the gas tank.

A true growing Christian will hurt more than the person they hurt.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

We choose to be miserable.  How stupid is that?!

If love is blind, sex is the blindfold.

Book Quotes Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill

More quotes from the book  Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill, 1962

…the record stands that men who prayed most accomplished most.

Most of us are but sparrows in prayer and flutter no higher than the lower branches…”

Prayer is another way of telling God that we have all confidence in Him and no confidence in our own native powers.  Neglect of prayer is an effrontery to God, for by it we are saying that we have confidence in the flesh and can operate the spiritual life on a do-it-yourself basis.  Strong men (self- strong) neglect prayer, or sometimes slight or ignore it, and therefore show their self-esteem and their near-independence of divine help.  But weak men cry to God, because God’s strength is guaranteed to be made perfect in their weakness.

The trouble with many believers is that they get angry because of some personal slight, but are sphinx-like while wolves of lust devour our youth and while demons of false doctrine scatter the flock.

The stark-naked bankruptcy of human attributes is never more revealed than in the prayer chamber.  Outside the prayer closet, influence, affluence, prestige and possessions hold sway and grant privilege; inside the secret place, all human values are negated.  Muscle men and millionaires, philosophers and fighters leave all their man-made glory on the other side of the door of the prayer chamber.  In this issue of prayer, what counts is holy character, obedience and faith.


Wisdom for the Day

Wise words from Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

If God is just, I tremble for my country.

Is Your All on the Altar

Is Your All on the Altar?

Romans. 12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

As a child, I remember this song being sung by my pastor, Enoch Carlson, with his elderly, shaky voice but passion and fire in his soul.  He lived this song.  I can still hear him sing this.  Why, after probably 55 years?  What happened to embed these words deep in me?  I think one reason is the words of this song cut to the core of why thousands of Christians struggle with holiness and Godly living, with the resulting unsettled restlessness of soul.

But as this hymn explains, the cost for peace is high and it seems there few are willing to pay it.  So we substitute activity and entertainment, dulling our senses so we don’t feel the uneasiness of spirit.  It seems to be working because our churches are full of it.  And thousands of Christians sleep a restless sleep, knowing things aren’t quite right with their Savior but don’t know, and don’t want to know, why.

Lately I have been revisiting this theme.  I’m tired of the hype, the make-me-feel-good message usually pandered by those who have no clue as to what Rom. 12:1 means.  What would it look like if I really gave all, put it all, my whole life and lifestyle (there’s the problem, isn’t it), on the altar?

This hymn spells out the path there.

Is Your All on the Altar?
E. A. Hoffman  1900

  1. You have longed for sweet peace,

And for faith to increase,

And have earnestly, fervently prayed;

But you cannot have rest,

Or be perfectly blest,

Until all on the altar is laid.


Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?

Your heart does the Spirit control?

You can only be blest,

And have peace and sweet rest,

As you yield Him your body and soul.

  1. Would you walk with the Lord,

In the light of His word,

And have peace and contentment alway?

You must do His sweet will,

To be free from all ill,

On the altar your all you must lay.

  1. Oh, we never can know

What the Lord will bestow

Of the blessings for which we have prayed,

Till our body and soul

He doth fully control,

And our all on the altar is laid.

  1. Who can tell all the love

He will send from above,

And how happy our hearts will be made;

Of the fellowship sweet

We shall share at His feet,

When our all on the altar is laid.

Wisdom for the Day

The whole inspiration  of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets.  To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life. Hoover

Without God, there is no virtue, because there is no prompting of the conscience.  Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive.  Without God, there is a coarsening of the society and without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.  Reagan.

Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.  Adams

(from a pamphlet from Coral Ridge Ministries, handed out at a county-wide prayer breakfast)

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.

 George Washington

Woodworking Tips and Tricks – Wobble Dado

There is nothing like having the right tool for the job.  And sometimes, these tools can be expensive.  When I started out with no money, most of the tools in my shop came from my personal arsenal and the rest I bought used at garage sales, thrift stores and pawn shops.  I had no money to buy expensive tools and when I did, it really hurt the budget.  So I was always on the lookout for cheaper ways of doing things and one I found was the carbide Craftsman wobble dado, 93261.  It was the first one I bought and have been using it for probably 40 years.

A good professional quality carbide stack dado set can cost you anywhere from $150 to $200.  The cheaper ones will have questionable carbide and will not last as long between sharpenings (just like cheap carbide saw blades or router bits).   These are adjustable in 1/16″ increments and if you want precision (to fit precisely the thickness of a shelf), you have to do the tedious task of adding pieces of paper or cardboard until you get the exact measurement.  The positive of these sets is the square bottom of the dado, and will cross cut veneer plywood with very little chipping.  The negative is that the outside blades usually have teeth that extend beyond in depth the bottom of the dado, which will show at the front of the joint.  And they are expensive…

Notes on a stack dado set:  buy ones that have a LOT of teeth on the outside blades.  These are what insure no chip out and if they only have 8 or 10 teeth, just picture what a 10 tooth saw blade will do to veneer…I think stack dado may have 20 teeth and is 7″ dia.

The wobble dado is way cheaper and has infinite adjustment.  It will chip in a cross cut of veneer plywood, but not so much in solid stock.  (This chipping can be minimized with a cobbled up zero clearance throat plate ).  So if this is what you will be doing, then you need a stack dado.  But I have found that for a LOT of work, the wobble dado is my go-to tool, mainly because it is so easy to setup.  I especially like that the outside of the cut does not have the tiny v-notches from the outside cutters, which show in the front.  It does not have a perfectly flat bottom cut, but the radius is so small that it hardly matters.  I have read this is a negative for glue strength, but if you are depending on end grain for strength, you will be sadly disappointed.

By the way, a groove is going with the grain, and a dado is against (across) the grain.  I bet you can use that tomorrow at work somehow, showing how smart a woodworker you are.   It’s always good to have some water-cooler conversation tidbits in case the talk turns to politics.

I made a huge amount of Lincoln logs for my grandson last year for Christmas and made them all with with a wobble dado and jigs.  It was so easy that I figured that if a few were good, a lot was better…the pile grew and grew and grew…and grew…

One thing about dado cutting, is the wood (especially plywood, which is NOT flat) has to be flat on the saw, with no bowing over the dado.  If you don’t push the piece down while running it through the saw, then the dado will not be an even depth and whatever measurements you were depending on for your parts to fit just got trashed.  One solution is to run the piece twice to take off any high spots. I have done this many times, especially in long plywood pieces.  I use it to dado the sides of a cabinet to fit the back flush with the back, so it doesn’t show from the sides.

Tearout as the dado comes through the end (like if you have edge-banded plywood with veneer) can be eliminated with a push piece.  Just continue the cut into the waste piece and there will be on chipping.

The alternative is to use your table saw and make multiple cuts, which I have done when I am lazy and don’t want to change out the blade for the dado.

In the end, you will probably need to buy both, but don’t buy cheap.  You buy cheap, you get cheap, not matter how tempting the price is.

WARNING:   Any dado is dangerous.  A saw blade will cut a finger off.  A dado will shred it and a lot more of it, too.  (Gives me the creeps just typing that…)  Turning on a saw with a dado for the first time is a sobering experience, and if it’s not, you need to cut the cord off your saw.  To have all that steel flying around, open to the air with no guard, making lots of whirring sounds and creating a rush of air, it’s not something to take lightly.  Always work with extreme caution.

My worst injury came from a dado.  I had a kickback (stupid carelessness) and it shattered my thumb.  There are just a few teeth (like 8 or 10) doing the cutting instead of 60 like with a saw blade.  So there is more resistance when pushing the stock through and more chance of a catch.  Hold on to the piece like your fingers depended on it.  Never run your hand over the blade area holding a piece down.  If there should be a catch, it will throw the piece out of the saw, and your hand will go directly down on…well you get the picture.

Lock the blade depth, as a dado vibration has the tendency to move the blade either or down.  Down is ok if you catch it before you assemble your cabinet.  Up, and it will ruin the piece and possibly tear you up if you happen to be pushing down on the piece and it comes through….

Don’t stand in the path of the wood (better to see it as a potential lethal projectile).  It’s better to put a hole in the wall or garage door than your stomach.  After it had damaged my thumb, it had enough momentum to hit me in the stomach (put a perfect rectangle bruise, through my apron, my jeans and my shirt. If I had been standing a little different, it probably would have shattered my hip bone.)

Power tool woodworking is no joke.  It’s serious business when what you are working on can disembowel you, put out your eyes, cut off your fingers and generally mess with your ability to make a living otherwise.  I sat in the ER waiting for a Dr., pondering just what I had done to myself and my income producing capabilities (it’s probably why they made me wait so long).  Fortunately, I just ended up with an interesting looking thumb print and a weird thumbnail.  But it could have been way worse.

I heard once that we are supposed to go through the school of hard knocks on someone else’s tuition.  So I hope I have paid someone’s here.




Wisdom for the Day

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.  Coolidge

Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life.  Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism.  Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.  Ford

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  Washington

That the Almighty does make use of human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible.  I have had so many evidences of His direction – so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will – that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.  Lincoln

It is fit and becoming, in all people, at all times,
to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God;
to bow in humble submission to His chastisement;
to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of  the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
to pray with all fervency and contrition.  Lincoln

Prosperity is an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped.  Coolidge

I firmly believe in Divine Providence.  Without belief in Providence, I think I should go crazy.  Without God, the world would be a maze without a clue.  Wilson

Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Adams

(The complete quote: Because we have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion, avarice, ambition, revenge, and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.)

(from a pamphlet from Coral Ridge Ministries, handed out at a county-wide prayer breakfast)