'Jared Jenkins' Tagged Posts

'Jared Jenkins' Tagged Posts

SOUND WORDS, DEC. 24, 2023

STRENGTHENING WEAKNESS I try to be a well-rounded musician. I seek influence from many different genres. Although I listen to all types of music, I definitely have a comfort zone when it comes to what I can play. For example, in order to play a “simple” jazz standard I would have to essentially relearn how to play the guitar. I would have to learn new complex chords, new strumming patterns, and (worst of all) learn basic music theory. Sure, music…

SOUND WORDS, MAY 7, 2023

LOVE YOUR ENEMY…EVEN THAT ONE May 2, 2011 As I was sitting in the kitchen eating my cereal, I looked to my right and saw President Obama walking to the presidential podium.  “Good evening,” he said, “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda…” We had finally found the man responsible for the death of six lives and…

SOUND WORDS, OCT 9, 2022

SILENCE We live in a world surrounded by noise. We listen to music while in the car, while making dinner, or even on a hike. We turn the tv on just to have it in the background and, on that tv are loud people with loud personalities competing with louder personalities to determine who can be the loudest personality. Every time there is a lull in a conversation, we call it an “awkward silence.” Why are we afraid to be…

SOUND WORDS, SEP 25, 2022

GOD’S RAMBO Bosnia 1992, Yugoslavia collapsed. Large cities were abandoned. Rubble littered the streets and sidewalks. In the distance there can be heard the cries of 100,000 Bosnian, Muslim, and Croatian civilians being murdered in cold blood; among other unspeakable war crimes. 2 million displaced Bosnian civilians need supplies. The United Nations sent trucks full of supplies, but the trucks were either targeted by pirates or the Serbian forces that were more than happy to see the Bosnians starve to…

SOUND WORDS, JUL 31, 2022

THE LUMBERJACK In a lumber camp not so far away, there was once a young lumberjack. One night he was talking with one of the older lumberjacks in the camp. He said, “I bet that I can chop down more trees than you can tomorrow.” The old timer agreed to the bet and early the next morning the young lumberjack started chopping trees down left and right. 8 hours in, he looked over his shoulder and saw the old man…
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SOUND WORDS, MAY 29, 2022

DEACON JIM Pecos, Texas, 1894:  Grover Cleveland was president, snake oil stocks were through the roof, and “Camptown Races” was still at the top of the charts. Jim Miller was a pious man. He went to worship at the local Methodist church every Sunday. He had a wife and kid. He was kind. He was polite. He never swore. He never drank or smoked. That is why the people of the town called him Deacon Jim. It’s unconfirmed how many…
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SOUND WORDS, MAY 8, 2022

the good fight John Paul Jones was handsome, Scottish, and completely insane. During the American Revolution, Jones led a campaign to invade England knowing full well that the British Royal Navy was the largest and most powerful navy on the planet, and he had less than 100 converted merchant ships. The way he managed to achieve this, without an early visit to Davy Jones’ Locker, was by using pirate tactics. First, he captured a British vessel off the coast of…
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SOUND WORDS, APR 10, 2022

WANNA BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN? BE A GOOD SALESMAN “…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Those are the departing words of Jesus before he leaves his disciples and ascends into heaven. Every Christian may not be a preacher, but every Christian must study the art of teaching. It doesn’t matter if a certain brother or sister is a better teacher than you are. It doesn’t matter if teaching is a real weakness…
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