From the Corner Studio comes today's thought


Are You Kidding Me?! 

Board of Regents, if you have placed a lady Liberal in the President's Chair, you have raised a very large red flag among Former Students.  Allowing such a travesty of leadership curdles our milk! It's bad enough that our Athletic Director has encouraged rebellion against that we hold dear, now you have opened the door for pom poms with"diversity,equity and inclusion.  All creations by the SINisterminister!

I cannot believe the spirituality of Texas A&M has moved so far left!  Our leadership is treasonish!  

Wake Up, Former Students!  Do we really want everything from Yell Leaders, the 12th Man, HOWDY!, Midnight Yell Practice and common sense disappear from our campus?

Think about it before you sign that next check.

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

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Cattle Calls

Anyone who has ever been involved in professional theater cringes at the mention of "Cattle Calls".  We all experienced them, but the only times I was hired was out-of-the-blue.  Living in Houston, there were many opportunities and they were attended by many hopeful actors.  I stopped attending after half-a-dozen.  It was happenstance that I was part of the Houston company of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". 

I was doing over-nights at KODA-fm in Houston. We had just moved from Bolivar to south Houston, saving me that ferry trip each night.  Just as the Cowboy/Steeler Super Bowl was beginning I got a call from one of the other guys working at KODA. He said to call Sydy Rojo.  I knew her from a summer in Kerrville doing summer stock at the Point Theater.  She was assistant stage manager of the up-and-coming production of ''The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Houston company opening at the Tower Theater.  That show was to play 8-weeks, but ticket sales were longer than that and we played a year, then on the road to twenty-six cities, closing in honor of Dolly's movie in 1982 at the Desert Inn.  That tour was a HOOT!  We stayed on in Vegas and had a great run in radio, television, training films for the Diocese of Boston and leading worship at three churches over the next 23 years.  

As I sit here in my little corner, it is obvious that my heart has always been here where God blessed me with a fine group of young people who in turn blessed those to whom the ministered.  I have awards, trophies and great memories of wonderful moments, but none compare to SO Good1

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

I intended to include this from Romans yesterday:

"You see, at just the right tim, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ Died for us."


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And We Still Are!

In Romans, it say that Christ died for us when we were sinners.  It's interesting, we only focus on the 'were', thinking our sin is past, but guess what?  We Still Are!  You and I are sinners by brith.  We will never rid ourselves of sin, but it's OK, since Christ died for past, present and future sins.  We will never be sinless, but we can be forgiven!  He paid the full price for every sin by everyone, forever on that terrible cross.  Are you a murderer?  Are living with someone, outside of martimony?  Have you failed to keep a promise?  Have you aborted a baby?  Do you envy?  Are you jealous?  Do you gossip?   Have you stolen?   Do you fornicate?   Do you commit adultry?  Do you take the Lord's name in vain?   Do you look at someone with lust?  Are you a total sinner and lawbreaker?  Well, join the club!  Me TOO!  I have committed many of your same sins, but I Am Forgiven!  I will be found innocent at Judgement because Jesus is My Savior and Lord!  He has promised to keep me safe for ever and that's much longer than the short life span we now enjoy.  If you believe, repent and continue to walk the righteous path, you will be there with me.   HALLELUIA!

Romans 5:6-8 says: "

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EVERY SIN, past, present, future...but one!

This isn't an "April Fool's"!  It is for real, guaranteed by God.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."  (Isaiah 53: 5-6)

Isaiah's description of the situation in his day sounds like today.  When will we ever learn?   We follow the loudest, most attractive and have all our lives.  One thing I believe we must do to survive and that is to do away with "Party Patriotism".  Men and women are elected to office at all levels and they bow to the pressure of their party.  They assume the position of being a loyal Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever, never considering we all must  serve our best effort for us all.  

I believe it is time to lump all the political parties into one...make it "The American Party" and stop the bickering.  

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

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If Only

If only this was what each of us could say without equivocation:

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."                                    (2 Corinthians 2:20)

What a wonderful world this WOULD be!   If Only.....

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69


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On The Road

Larry King and Pete Masterson co-wrote the play and Carol 


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Again and Again

Nothing new in politics.  We just recycle the same stuff, election after election and with the exception of Donald J Trump, we continue to do that again.   The problem with America is us!  We recycle the same detritus, year after year, election after election, and when we get the right man sitting in the oval office, we reject him for terrible reasons.  Intelligence is diffused by false statements of fact.  Scripture says that Jesus Christ was not an appealing man.   He was different than the norm and even though he created miracles, he was murdered.  It was all God's plan to begin with.  Our Father was not surprised at the outcome of His Son's Ministry.  Death was necessary as a sacrifice for us and we are becoming just like the heathens who killed Jesus.  We are judgmental and unfair in our opinions.  We hold a man's mannerisms more important than his results.  We pushed the man after God's Own Heart out and recycled with an elderly gentleman who can only parrot what others tell him and even then he fumbles and mumbles.  Why are we in trouble and like the frog, blissful in a pot of water being slowly brought to boiling.  We do not deserve saving, we are happy as a pig in slop with mediocrity and liars.  We will never learn until the curtain falls on a drama that began with hope and proper direction and ends with the same mediocrity we've experience for our entire life, led by a creature cast out of the presence of an Almighty God for disobedience.  Aren't we something else?  No, not really, we're the same old same old and we are beginning to smell bad.  Just like Dandy Don Meredith always said, "Turnout the lights, the party's over. Stick a fork in us for we be done."    

But there is hope for even us.  It is evident in that America still exists because, with all our faults, we are the only Hope for the World, thanks to a Loving God!  We need to stop sowing wild oats.


And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69


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To Love One Another

There is a verse in 1John that has always been difficult for me.  It says: 

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

At first, I thought, "How do I do that, since I do not LIKE everyone?" Lately, the scripture that warns about being unequally yolked seems to separate me from everyone who is not a believer.  There is a great song titled, "Let There Be Peace on Earth" that says, "With God as our Father, Brothers all are we".  My question is simply, "Are we all Brothers and Sisters, even those who are believers in other gods or simply unbelievers?"   Do you ever think about it?  Christ died for ALL.  Then God says in Chronicles, "...People who are called by my name..."?   Is everyone 'called by God's name?'  'Tis a puzzlement, since it is absolutely impossible for me to recognize believers unless I can observe their "Fruit".  God, through Jesus, Saves!  But to be saved means we must do one definite thing.  John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he sent His beloved son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."   That tells me that unless you believe in Christ Jesus as Savior, you are an UNbeliever.  Does that mean that I am not required to lay down my life for you?  Our service people, from military to law enforcement, put their lives on the line every minute, indiscriminately.  Isn't that what God is asking for each of us.  A person in service of security must never ask that question.  He or she simply does their duty to protect us all -  race, creed or color.  

So, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

See, how this is one difficult request?

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

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My Big Girl

Is not a baby anymore.  She's my favorite caregiver and closest friend.  We don't always agree, but that's the Austin way.  I don't always do as she suggests (and she's never without one), but at the end of the day, We Love Each Other More!  All my children are comfortable in their own body.  They bless my heart, even though I do not hear from them often enough, but isn't that the way today?

Today is Martha Jane Austin's birthday and I never can remember her age.  She seems ageless and sage.  She finally got the COVID shot, but that's the Austin way.  We never jump on board anything until we've weighed the costs.  But that's not so about Amazon!  We all love Amazon.  (I wish we had all bought stock when it was first issued)

I want to take time to wish my daughter a very happy birthday along with her thousands of former students who will never forget her classroom antics (and the poor adminstrators who witnessed same).  Martha retired a WINNER, and Bryan Public Schools are not the better for it.  Not a day goes by that she doesn't miss her children.  Same goes true from yours truly.  The only good thing about retirement and old age is our fond memories of school days and a labor of love.

Happy Birthday, my precious!  I promise to do one or two of your suggestions .... someday.

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under that shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

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Daily Deeds

Charles Barkley is a former NBA star and now a sports commentator.   He is outspoken and usually right on.  At the basketball tournament, he made this statement.  "Politicians fuel hatred between 'whites and blacks' to keep their grasp on money and power."   I couldn't have said it better.   Don't you see?  They make promises for decades and forget about them as they do their ditties to stay in office for ever.  Unfortunately President Trump was focused on draining that swamp, but he wasn't pretty and appealing enough to meet our standards.  We may never find another like him.  We cut off our own nose to spite our own face.

America needs to stop, look and listen!   We need to stop being nosy.  We need to stop being envious.  We need to stop gossiping. We need to stop watching news channels.  We need to stop the garbage that is being fed our children daily.  We need to stop depending what someone says without looking at the facts.  We need to take a close look at God's Holy Word!  We need to stop listening to our own thinking and pay attention to what the Holy Spirit has to say.

Every one of us has automatic access to God's Truth, but the SINisterminister has control of the world around us and the world around us is simply LOST beyond Hope!

We need to stop and look in the mirror and say, "You aren't so Dang Smart!"   We need to start listening to reason.   Surely we've not lost that sense.  

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69


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Funny Thing

In a letter to the Ephesian Church, Paul wrote this: "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace".  I've lived through 90 of today.  Growing up in a small East Texas town of a giant population of 15000 (it hasn't changed much), there was no big political problem.  We went to Easter Service, but for me, it was just another Sunday since I never missed one service for 18 years.  I've shared that my 1949 graduating class was the first to go 12 years in Mount Pleasant.   We had the traditional "Egg Hunt".  We prepared decorated boiled eggs and shared them with others from other families. (I recall some were soft-boiled, yuk!)  It wasn't until I was ten years old that I experienced tragedy of war, rationing and Gold Stars in windows.  Back then, Western Union boys rode bikes in a blue uniform and everyone held their breath as they started down our street with "that telegram from the War Department".  Those of us who can recall, can even quote the first words of that telegram, "We regret to inform you....".  I still recall the wails of pain and loss that accompanied each and the poor delivery boy always walked to his bike, head down with tears. I could never understand that cruelty that brought about wars until much later.  I lived a rather sheltered life, spoiled beyond belief.  Fast Forward to today. I can't recall anything like what we are experiencing now.  In spite of all the rhetoric, Trump is not responsible for what we have gone through in the recent years.  We are all responsible and don't have a clue.  We are all simply relying on the wrong thing.  Ignore as we will, but God is in charge and our account is overdrawn.  Soon, we will have absolutely no concept of Truth and that will really be tragic. Government has become god to too many.  Today isn't the same anymore.  Maliciousness and hatred abound.  Envy and greed is in every heart.  We are the world and We are in trouble. But, there is still hope since Jesus hasn't signaled for Gabriel to sound that horn.  Until Heaven gives up hope, we are in luck.  A nation, on its knees, imploring a mighty, loving God will bring about revival of the spirit that has always been AMERICA!  It only takes one by one.  You know the words!

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace".

What's Funny is that we've ignored all this for all these years and God still loves us enough to forgive.    Funny!

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69

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I Wonder

I wonder if the Regents of Texas A&M have ever read the Bible.  I wonder just how many of the bright minds in control of our campus have any idea as to who God really is and how important it is that educational institutions teach trout and only the truth.  Of course, Jesus Christ said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!"   He wasn't talking about the version of truth taught in our entire school system over the past decades.  You who sit in a Regent's chair should be ashamed of the direction you are taking my University!  You are totally subject to the Dark Side!  You should be ashamed!  You should be replaced!  Whomever appointed you to those chairs should have their head examined for density.  Your latest choice of Director of the "Fish Camp" is a perfect example of ineptitude!   First year Aggies will be taught everything that is abominable in the eye of God.  They will be indoctrinated with maliciousness and disrespect of our own Constitution and basic principals of Democracy.  Parents who truly love their child should do some research a to the degreen an Institute of Higher Learning Excellence has been waterd down and even "Dumbed Down"!  What is being taught on our campus is absolute detritus.  What we are seeing expressed by our present young adults is just the tip of the iceberg for years to come.  I do not intend to be disrespectful of anyone here, but what I am seeing being graduated from my most esteemed university is not what I would expect to see.  I am sure the determining fathers of Texas A&M believe to be doing a fine job, but they are evaluating their job by the wrong measuring stick.  They have been contributing to the problem for years by turning out misinformed young adults who believe in lies.  America is not the enemy.  We have met the enemy and He Is US!

There is an orgaization that has begun with the total object of truth and honor restored to the classroom at Texas A&M.  They are young and determined Former Students who need Godly help and input.  You may find out how you can help stop the erosion of integrity in education by going to www.rudderassociation.org.  Please, don't delay, our children need us!

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.

AMEN

James G Austin '69




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