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In each episode of the Rhyme and Reason Podcast, Tony Funderburk shares how life makes sense. As an author of more than 20 books for adults and kids, and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit, Tony wants to show you why you're important. Get some free words and music by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon at TonyFunderburk.com It's like a backstage pass to the secrets of eternal life.

Rhyme and Reason with Tony Funderburk Tony Funderburk

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In each episode of the Rhyme and Reason Podcast, Tony Funderburk shares how life makes sense. As an author of more than 20 books for adults and kids, and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit, Tony wants to show you why you're important. Get some free words and music by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon at TonyFunderburk.com It's like a backstage pass to the secrets of eternal life.

    Relationship is key to a blessed eternity

    Relationship is key to a blessed eternity

    I watched a well-made movie, starring Robert Duvall, the other night. And he’s a very good actor who can keep you engaged. I wish he’d learn how stupid he sounds as he takes God’s name in vain in just about every character he plays. But I’m not sure Mr. Duvall understands how that relationship is key.

    In the movie Mr. Duvall’s character, Felix Bush, is a hermit who’s lived alone for 40 years. And he let his hair and beard grow out extra long and wild. All the townspeople know OF him. But they don’t know ABOUT him. And his deep, dark secret.

    Felix committed a sin and a crime 40 years ago. And it was so egregious he determined, on his own, that it was unpardonable. So, that’s part of the underlying plot. And I won’t give any more of it away in case you decide to watch the movie. I can’t recommend it because it takes God’s name in vain. But if you can find a filtered version, the rest of it is very good production.

    And the filmmakers showed the value of wiser relationships.

    In fact, a good relationship with your Creator is the Way to a blessed eternity.

    There’s no other way. Your family, your friends, your husband or wife or significant other…they’ll let you down. And they’re just as flawed as you. So, your hope for a blessed eternity, absolutely can’t be found in them.

    When you read how Jesus described Himself in John 14:6, it’s impossible to miss His definitive description. He’s not “a” way, or truth, or life. He’s “The” way, truth, and life. And He states it boldly. So, it better be true. Because, if it’s not, He’s not to be trusted or followed.

    But it IS true. And the evidence for His truth is overwhelming…to anyone willing to go where it leads.

    And it leads to an eternal relationship.

    So, like I said, relationship is key.

    For the Truth is absolute.

    And it’s foolish to dispute.

    It confounds the wise but it opens eyes,

    And it saves the destitute.

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    • 8 min
    Cling to what is good. Yes, we certainly should.

    Cling to what is good. Yes, we certainly should.

    You and I should cling to what is good. Not because it’s some kind of law. But because there’s much benefit to it. Sometimes eternal benefits. But you can’t do it. And I can’t either. We just can’t do it.

    Because it doesn’t jive with our human nature to cling to what is good.

    And that sounds bad. Right? (tongue only slightly in cheek) And it sounds bad because it IS bad. But human nature looks for ways to be king (or queen) of the world. You and I don’t go out of our way to be “kindly affectionate to one another.” And we sure don’t wanna “give preference to one another.”

    Especially nowadays. Because all that gushy love your neighbor kind of stuff is seen as a sign of weakness by many, if not most, people these days. And weak definitely ain’t cool. So, skip that goody two shoes stuff.

    But that brings up a good question.

    Since we can’t do all that patient love and affection stuff, why does God ask or tell us to do it?

    Yeah. And in fact, he gets downright insistent about it through His apostle, Paul, in his letter to the Romans.

    “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”

    Sure, sounds straightforward enough. But I can’t do it.

    And neither can you.

    Not on our own anyway.

    You’re gonna need help to show brotherly love to people in this world. And you’re gonna need help being fervent in spirit and patient in tribulation. Because your flesh…your self…wants to BE served. And without the “continuing steadfastly in prayer” part, that’s the way it will BE.

    So, cling to what is good. And here’s the best way to do that. Cling to God. Because only He is good. All the time. And in every way. Only God will never let you down. And only His love will get you through your life.

    That’s how you do the impossible. Let God do it through you. Remember…you get to choose.

    You can’t begin the day, it’s impossible.

    You don’t know what to say, it’s impossible.

    And so you seem to pray to impossible gods.

    But let God take a turn, it’s possible

    To make the image burn, it’s possible

    You still could overturn Impossible Odds.

    (from the song, Impossible Odds)

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    • 9 min
    Unborn children have rights to all their days and nights

    Unborn children have rights to all their days and nights

    In 2008, I was part of a pro life group in Colorado that actively advocated for the abolition of abortion. And, believe it or not, that’s not the general consensus in the “pro life movement.” Typical pro life organizations have become compromising cash cows. And their policies have created complicated schematics for how to kill unborn children.

    Because they forget that unborn children are persons with rights.

    And when you dedicate all your so-called “pro life” efforts to a bill, or a policy, or a law that ultimately ends with ends with “and then you can kill the baby,” you win nothing. And the baby loses everything.

    I know this is a topic 99.9% of the Christian population would rather not talk about. In fact, the people I know, who stand up for the rights of preborn and unborn children would rather not talk about it. Because it’s an uncomfortable issue that affects anyone who has even an ounce of compassion. And it would be awesome if it wasn’t even an issue.

    But it’s going on. Right under your nose. And possibly right in your neighborhood. Every day thousands of Americans are murdered by their own parents. And the numbers reach into the millions, worldwide, every year.

    Regulation of the abortion industry has never been, and never will be, the answer. Just like back in the days of slavery, the only solution is abolition. Because everyone has a…

    Right To Life

    When tiny seeds take root in tiny eggs,

    Then you get tiny eyes, ears, arms and legs.

    Then tiny babies form inside their mother’s womb,

    And then the human life begins to bloom.

    I was an unborn child until the day I was born.

    I lived inside my mom until the cord was torn.

    Then I began to grow and grew up “big and strong”

    And learned to cherish life…and so I sing this song.

    Everyone has a right to life.

    A gift from God before it even starts.

    Everyone has a right to life.

    Your right is wrong when it stops innocent hearts…

    Innocent hearts deserve a right to life.

    (Repeat)

    When you’re born, and someone lets you live,

    You only take cause you’re too small to give.

    But the joy a tiny baby brings

    Is way beyond all those other things.

    Give yourself some room to think about

    What your “right” might do…who you’re leaving out.

    Put yourself right there in that baby’s place.

    Either way you “choose” you’ll see a baby’s face.

    Everyone has a right to life.

    A gift from God before it even starts.

    Everyone has a right to life.

    Your right is wrong when it stops innocent hearts.

    Let’s defend the innocent and life.

    © 2008 Tony Funderburk

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    • 8 min
    Empty the ocean was a poetic notion

    Empty the ocean was a poetic notion

    Empty the ocean with a spoon? Yeah, that was a thought that rushed into my head one day back in the 1970’s. Because I was thinking about all the people in the world who give up too easily. And, at the same time, I thought about all the people in the world who would never give up.

    And I wanted to make sure I’d always be in that second group.

    At the time, I wasn’t as aware of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians and Ephesians. He exhorted them to keep on keepin’ on. Run the race to win the prize. And never give up.

    Even when it feels like you’re trying to empty the ocean with a spoon.

    Imagine how impossible that would be. But it would be nothing more than a drop in the bucket to the Creator of the ocean. He could drain it with a whisper. And that’s the God I’ll put my faith in, thank you very much.

    Empty the Ocean

    The wall stands before us.

    The fire burns behind us.

    And the sky frowns upon us.

    And the ground below us trembles.

    Did you ever feel like saying I can’t make it?

    Did you ever have a chance and passed it by?

    Well, the world’s full of people who would empty the ocean

    With a spoon in their hand and a light in their eye.

    Our eyes seem to blacken.

    Our minds tend to waver.

    And our backs start to weaken.

    And our legs begin to crumble.

    Did you ever feel like saying what’s the use now?

    Did you ever hear yourself say, “Let me die.”

    Well, the world’s full of people who would empty the ocean

    With a spoon in their hand and a light in their eye.

    So, there’s just no need to worry,

    If you think about the people

    Who would empty the ocean with a spoon in their hand.

    Did you ever hear a word and no one spoke it?

    Did you ever see a star fall from the sky?

    Well, the world’s full of people who are living on wishes.

    But it’s also full of people with that light in their eye.

    © 1976 – 2021 Tony Funderburk

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    • 3 min
    Time shall be no more. What do they say that for?

    Time shall be no more. What do they say that for?

    I just saw three weak references to time by Christians. And all three of them talked about when time shall be no more. Sadly, those Christians are perpetuating an impossibility. Because there will never be a time when there is no time. See, how it even sounds silly when you put it that way?

    To say time shall be no more is the same as saying God shall be no more.

    But this notion of timelessness doesn’t come from the Bible. In fact, all through the Bible, when you find references to time, they show the vastness of it. And that’s what makes the Christian God of the Bible even more amazing.

    From everlasting to everlasting.

    That’s a key description of your Creator. And it clearly describes an eternal past through now and on into the eternal future. But don’t take my word for it. If you truly believe time shall be no more (at any time in your future), then I wonder why God inspired John to talk about the passing of time in Heaven. Here’s the passage I mean…

    “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

    So, according to God, we’ll even still have months in Heaven. And it seems as though there’ll still be twelve of them. Now, I think that’s awesome.

    And it sure doesn’t sound like no more time.

    Time will go on forever

    Because God is eternal and true.

    Time will go on forever

    For God, and for me, and for you.

    (At least if you’ve chosen to recognize Jesus for who He is.)

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    • 6 min
    Right or Wrong – the idealogical song

    Right or Wrong – the idealogical song

    Something is either right or wrong. And, it goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway) some of those right or wrong things are more important than others. And some are of great importance. But the foundation of the statement remains the same.

    Because right or wrong can mean the difference between joy and torment.

    For example, I’ll share a snippet of conversation I had with someone who disagreed with me on this idea. And I’ll put in their comments first, followed by my reply.

    “Being right has nothing to do with it.

    The idea that you call ‘right’ is the idea that someone else calls ‘wrong.’ The solution that you call ‘perfect’ is the solution that another calls ‘unworkable.’ The position that you feel is unassailable is the very position that others assail.

     What will solve all of this? Not attack, that’s for sure. And not defense, either. So what is left? Simple human love. The kind of love that says, “It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. It only matters that you are not hurt.

    And that we both can benefit. All true benefits are mutual.”

    Ok, before I add my reply to those comments, yes, love is the answer.

    But not simple human love.

    Now, here is my reply to the previous statements…

    “Being right has nothing to do with it” Is that right? “The idea that you call ‘right’ is the idea that someone else calls ‘wrong’ ” Is that right or wrong? “The solution that you call perfect is the solution that another calls unworkable” Is that absolutely true?

    Can you actually know anything? Or can you only attempt to correct others for not knowing what you think you know? Does absolute truth exist? Because a statement that says “all true benefits are mutual” is a statement of absolute truth by its inclusion of the word “all”. That leaves no wiggle room, ringing of absoluteness.

    True love tells the truth.

    True love rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes, hopes, and endures all things…even those things which we might not prefer to believe are true. I don’t attack you. I respond to your challenges in kind. And I say these things with no malice toward you…no expectation of spontaneous illumination. I say them out of a love…a love you will never understand if you choose to live out your life elevating yourself above your Creator. And it is choice, not predetermination.



    OK. There are two opposing views of the right or wrong debate. And I’d like to add that Love isn’t merely a feeling. It’s an act of your will. It doesn’t simply fall out of the universe and land in your heart. You choose to either love or not love. And it’s either freely given, or it’s not love.

    What do you think? Am I right or wrong?

    Do you even care about this idealogical song?

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    • 6 min

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