It was a beautiful cool dry day. Airplanes fly better in low heat and humidity. Mr. Bob had just “soloed” (had me do 3 touch and goes while he stood on the ground and watched.) me and now he was bound and determined that I was not only going to pass my check ride, but that I would get a perfect score! So, Bob decided this day to “Put me through my paces.” We flew out to the practice area about 20 miles north of PDK and he had me do a series of maneuvers including lazy 8’s, turns around a point, steep banks, low banks etc. He was grading my proficiency at handling the controls, throttle, and instruments. I scored a perfect.
Then Mr Bob decided to trick me. He took the controls and pointed our Piper Cherokee nose up and hung us on the verge of a stall, then he intentionally stalled the plane, and shut off the power. The stall warning was going off and Mr. Bob said, “you’ve got her!” Not knowing how to correct a stall can cause an onset spin and that is bad news. I was ready. I had studied stalls and practiced them over and over in my mind. So, I just took my hands off the controls let her settle back, turned the power back on and and gently applied a little pressure on the controls. Bingo straight and level. Now what most student pilots do in a situation like this is panic. But I was prepared and Mr. Bob was crazy happy. Another one of his students had nearly killed them both by trying to over-control the airplane in a stall.
I wanted to take my Dad for a ride so we decided to pick him up at Gainesville Georgia and fly him to his home town, Dalhonega, about 30 miles away.
We put the old boy in the back seat snugged him up and off we went. I was in the left seat flying and Bob was in the right seat doodling and doing aviation equations and pointing out land marks like the Gold Dome on the top of a clock tower at North Georgia College. The old man flew in the navy and knew about aviation.He knew that whoever is in the left seat is the pilot in command. Wimpy field the airport in Dahlonega, is a short runway in the middle of a cow pasture surrounded by hills.
There was a fairly high crosswind so i had to do some crabbing, I had my hands full. I had entered a left down wind and was running down to the base leg when I saw Big Daddy tap Bob on the shoulder and ask this question, “Is he flying the plane?” pointing to me. Bob put his hands on the ceiling of the cockpit. I came in a little high and ran down the runway about 68 mph and right in front of me was a freaking cow! Luckily we got stopped before I hit the cow. As it turns out, there was a small barbed wire fence between Daisy and us. That airport is really hard to work but very cool. When you take off, you fly right by a guy’s living room at about 50 feet.
Now Big Daddy didn’t ask the dumbest question of all time. That was done by a man called in the Greek, Didimus or in english, Thomas. Check out this conversation between Tommy and our King Jesus! Now understand Tommy had seen Jesus raise the dead several times, heal all nature of diseases, walk on water, feed 5,000 people not including women and children, make a boat travel at the speed of thought, cast out demons and many other amazing miracles.
The red letters are Jesus’ words:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled! You believe in and adhere to trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me! In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.”
“And when I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And where I am going, to the place I am going, you know the way.”
Here comes the dumbest question of all time!!!!!!!
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by me!!!!!!!! (Not muhammed, buddha, behavior, confusious , worshipping cows or any other way.) “If you had known Me, you would also have known my Father, From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.”
I have a wonderful new partner and friend who recently accepted Jesus as his King. My friend was raised in a Jewish home and knew nothing about Jesus. Yet, in a matter of months he has learned more about Jesus than 80% of the “Believers” that I know. We were in a meeting yesterday and he said to me that he knew that Jesus and God were the same! Wow! I am still trying to get Christians to believe that!
Now get this one: Philip made another stupid statement, it was even dumber than Thomas’ question. But it isn’t the dumbest question of all time, because it wasn’t a question, it clearly offended Jesus:
Philip said to Him. Lord show us the Father then we will be satisfied!” Holy Shamokes! I think Jesus blew His cork, here is what he probably shouted to them all!
“Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, show me the Father?” Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the work! Believe Me that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me; or believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
(John 14: 8-11)
Now before you go judge these cats, think about this question! How many works has Jesus done in front of You? And do you believe Him? Write me and let me know if you believe the next two verses.
“I assure you most solemnly I tell you, if ANYONE steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things because I go to my Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son and extolled in the Son. I will grant whatever you shall ask in My Name.” (as presenting all that I AM)
Please note that Jesus did not add any qualifiers to His promise!!!!! He did not say “Yes but you must pray in His will!, or any of the other non-sense unbelievers attach to this teaching. Here are some examples, yes but God won’t bless a mess, yes but you have to be without sin, yes but you must increase your faith, you don’t have enough faith to do what Jesus just told you that you can do, yes but you can’t ask for something that would hurt you, yada, yada yada! If you have made Jesus your King, you are not going to do or ask God for evil things such as your neighbors wife etc.
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