Just A Quick Update!

First, I want to thank all of you who sent emails to check on me or requested access to the website. (I had made it “not visible” because I didn’t want anyone to leave comments, etc. that never got posted or responses, etc.)

Second, all is fine here for me and my chickens. I did receive a job offer as a temporary employee shortly before my unemployment ran out. That was a blessing, even though it only paid about $1.00 more per hour that what I received through unemployment. It DID allow me to continue paying my “big” bills and fulfilling my financial pledge to my church.

In a little over a week, I will begin a permanent job with benefits and a better hourly rate. And I won’t need to be getting up at 4AM! (That’s even before the chickens are ready to get up!)

More importantly, I have learned to be much less anxious about the future. I’ve learned that I can truly trust God to take care of me. It may not be in the way that I hope for or imagine, but He is dependable. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that it has taken 60 years to begin to learn such a basic lesson.

Oh, and my girls would be disappointed if I didn’t let everyone know that Miss Bessie has been laying eggs for about a month now almost every day! The others aren’t quite there yet, but it shouldn’t be too much longer. Two are already eyeing the nesting box curiously and wondering what goes on in there!

Finally, I’ve removed the “not visible” from the website. Who knows, there may be some who still want to read previous posts. I just can’t guarantee any responses to comments, etc. It is likely that I will pick up posting again regularly once I’ve gotten adjusted to my new job and have better, more reliable technology.

I can’t say what any new posts will be like. There are some of the old comic characters that just don’t “speak” to me the way that they once did. I can’t “hear” their dialogue in my head any more. In other words, Laser Eyes Jesus may have zapped his last zap. But that may not be such a bad thing. When I look at the statistics for “likes,” the “Some Serious” posts really do way outnumber the “Some Funny” posts even though there are more in the “Some Funny” category.

Perhaps some of that has to do with getting older. A good deal of it has to do with being concerned about how WordPress can be used as a tool to reach “Church Outsiders.” Some of the posts here did that, I believe. But most seem to have only reached “Church Insiders.” Not that I would consider that a bad thing…it’s just that more and more I feel that the world of “Church Outsiders” has turned its back on Real Life Jesus and I want to somehow be a part of the solution.

Well, that’s about it for how. Thanks again for everyone’s kind words and prayers!

John

P.S. Sorry no graphic…working from the library computer!

“Unexpected Immunity? Or Delayed Effect?”

Maybe our alarm at the last installment of “The Lloyd Servant Show” were premature? Does Laura have some unexpected immunity to the Hypnotic Glasses? Or is there some unusual delayed effect? Some type of slow brainwashing happening?!? Her reaction does seem to be unexpected!

Posts this week may be fewer than in past weeks. I am relying on cellular data to post, and keeping a good signal has been a challenge since last week. This is also preventing me from reading reading and commenting on what you have to share as well. There may be tower issues here? Or my technology may be just a little out-of-date? Anyway, just wanted you readers to know posting and reading are both challenges right now. Thanks.

“Metaphoric Is Not A Denomination (Even If It Sounds Like One)”

I’ve been thinking about this metaphor off and on for some time now. Maybe it fits, maybe it doesn’t. But if there’s any group that could definitely answer the question “What are you seeking?” well, it would have to be zombies. They sort of have a one-track mind. They just want “Brains!”

But discussing zombies could be a lot like walking through a theological minefield, even a metaphorical one! Not everyone likes zombies. (But there are some people that I’ve avoided just like they were zombies, and I shouldn’t have.)

I remember many years ago reading a warning about all kinds of science fiction and horror movies because they are all the devil’s counterfeit of God’s realities. Somehow talking about zombies and other imaginary topics was opening a door for the devil to come in and take over your life. Certain kinds of music have been said to do the same thing. I can’t really say whether or not those beliefs are valid or not, but I don’t want to offend anyone who holds to them or discount anyone’s personal experiences. (For me, I believe that the devil is real, but we need to realize that he has only as much power as God allows him to have. We are not to fear Him. The devil and God are not equals.)

Anyway, I may be exploring this a bit further in a few future comic strips, particularly from the standpoint of being spiritually dead. And if zombie aren’t for you, not even metaphorical ones, I understand.

“And When The Pudding Cups Run Out?”

There are three possible solutions to all of the world’s problems presented in this comic strip. Two of them depend on pudding cups. One does not. I guess that makes it fairly obvious which one I prefer! But what is the cost of that solution?

Any real change for the better will come through and because of a Real Life Messiah who people love more than they love themselves. I guess that’s rather direct, or more direct than usual. But what do you do when the pudding cups run out?

I believe that may be the thought behind messages from the Old Testament prophets like this about the Real Life Messiah:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)

I think about what if I had been one of the twelve disciples. Being in the presence of the Real Life Messiah, would I have loved Him more than I loved myself? I don’t think so. I would have fled for my own life when He was arrested. 

But that is only a hypothetical “What if…?” question that I’ve asked myself. Every day is really centered on one real life question: “Will I show that I love Real Life Jesus more than I love myself?”

It helps me to remember this small portion of scripture, just eight words.

…who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

How can I not do the same for Him? Yet I know it will require His strength in me.

“Now It’s Time For ‘Watch Out!’ Without A Doubt!!!”

There are the Hypnotic Glasses again! The same glasses that seemed to have rocketed “The Lloyd Servant Show” to overnight success with hundreds and then thousands of people sending in their cash!

“I believe all the right things. All of them.” What’s up with that? If those words don’t send up a red flag of warning, what would?!? Does it make you a little skeptical when you come across someone who appears to know everything about God? (And even more importantly perhaps, when we get to where we might be thinking that ourselves?)

Does Laura have a chance? Will she become subject to His every whim and command? If there ever was a time to say this, it’s now! “Watch our, Laura! Watch out!” Much more to follow for sure!

Great News! This installment of “The Lloyd Servant Show” is also on the Nickel Boy Graphics page at Patreon.com. Even Greater News! You will also find attachments will allow you to catch up with all of Chapter 2 in either a PDF or ePub document! (The ability to share ePub documents is something new with Patreon and not offered with WordPress!) This is really exciting for me because with ePub documents, you can have a genuine real comic book feel with pages that can be turned!