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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.

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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.

    Mobile office and blue skies put a sparkle in my eyes

    Mobile office and blue skies put a sparkle in my eyes

    It’s pretty amazing what technology can help you do these days. For example, I’m using my iPhone as my computer to write this. And I’m typing on a small bluetooth keyboard that feels almost as good as the keyboard on my laptop. And my computer…I mean my iPhone…is propped up nicely on a little “drawer” in the dash of my mobile office (aka my little blue Toyota truck).

    My mobile office is parked in the sunshine with a view of Pike’s Peak.

    And from this vantage point I can see a fairly long stretch of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Blue skies, snow-capped peaks, and a few swatches of white clouds drifting by.

    It’s an early winter day in the early part of 2021 (January 3rd to be exact). And the fact that I can sit here soaking in the scenery while sharing it with you on my small devices is yet another blessing. In a never-ending series of blessings that come with living in the digital age.

    And I call ’em blessings because there was a time, not all that long ago, in my past, when none of this would have been possible. NONE!

    But these days, I can write words and music and literally share them with the world…almost instantaneously. Skip the publisher’s rules and arbitrary methods. Skip the hassles of waiting for printing and binding and distribution. And skip the need for bulky, loud, and unreliable equipment.

    Now, it’s just a matter of whipping out the little device you carry with you all the time, open up your word processor app of choice, and typing your thoughts.

    And here’s what’s especially cool about all this.

    The information and resources to do all this have been here on our little blue planet since the day it was made.

    Let that sink in for a minute.

    Yeah, every single thing you and I ever needed, to be able to type words on a little keyboard and have them show up on a small screen (connected through the air) has been here our whole lives.

    The only thing lacking, until this time in history was the know-how. Knowledge, which is synonymous with understanding.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s part of why God tells us to get understanding. Matter of fact, He says “in all your getting, get understanding.” But He adds a caveat just before that when He says “Wisdom is the principal thing. Therefore get wisdom.”

    And that’s because humans tend to have an uncanny knack for messing up a good thing. So many people immediately look for (or stumble into) a way to corrupt or pervert the very things that make their lives better and easier. And it’s almost impossible to avoid being one of those people without wisdom.

    But that’s not you and me. Right?

    No, I’m sure you’re just as much in awe over the ability to have a tiny, mobile office as I am. And I’m sure you wanna use your technology and gifts and talents to help others get and maintain an eternal perspective on life.

    If so, I encourage you to look for opportunities to serve others. Starting today, if you haven’t already. And help them see how they wouldn’t be able to enjoy any entertainment or business applications on their smartphones, laptops, or TV’s, if God hadn’t put all the information here in the first place.

    Okay, for today, look for wisdom from The Way.

    And you can then do more of what God wants you to.

    Your eyes, on the prize, will help you to recognize

    God makes no mistakes. So, we have all that it takes

    For days, full of praise. Never-ending life-filled days.

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    Age of the Earth for what it’s worth

    Age of the Earth for what it’s worth

    The age of the Earth increases all the time. And you’re probably thinking, “Duh. Doesn’t the age of everything, Tony?” But I’m not talking about how Earth is another year older every year. No, I’m talking about how some so-called “scientists” have increased Earth’s age by millions of years in just the past 150 years. And that does not compute.

    Because the age of the Earth shouldn’t be determined only by a worldview.

    And yet, that’s what happened over the past century and a half. And, according to an extremely reliable source, so-called “scientists” have doubled the Earth’s age “at roughly a rate of once every 15 years. In fact, since 1900 this age has multiplied by a factor of 100!”

    Wow. Talk about needing a makeover.

    Can you imagine how most celebrities would feel if they aged that much? There’d be 24 hour lines at all the plastic surgeons offices.

    But why do so many of those so-called “scientists” increase how old our little, blue planet is by so much? Because they assume something to be true that isn’t. And you know what happens when you assume something. Right?

    And what is their assumption?

    That there is no God. And that the universe, the solar system, and all of us living under the sun are all here because of evolution. It’s all just a result of natural processes.

    But the problem, for them, is how far our technology has “evolved.” Especially in the past couple of decades. And technology has increasingly allowed us to see how irreducibly complex even the design of a single human cell is. And that design implies a Designer.

    But when you hate God…or at the very least, prefer there to be no God…then you have to devise, invent, and basically make up an alternative theory of origins.

    And as Shakespeare would say, “therein lies the rub.”

    Because almost all dating techniques show the universe and our humble, little solar system to be young. Probably (or at least possibly) less than 10,000 years old. Yes, that’s the correct amount of zeros in that number.

    But some might wonder why a words and music guy, like me, would care about topics like the age of the Earth and evolution and science. Well, because like a friend of mine says, “ideas have consequences.” And those consequences can be eternal.

    So, that’s no small matter.

    And like I’ve said many times…if matter’s all there is, then nothing really matters.

    But fortunately, matter is a tiny fraction of all there is.

    All the universe is so small

    When compared to the All in All.

    He created this grand design,

    And He is a True friend of mine.

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    • 8 min
    Continuity and change as the numbers rearrange

    Continuity and change as the numbers rearrange

    You’ve heard this expression: The only thing that stays the same is change. Right? Well, it’s the only thing because there are two things that stay the same. Continuity and change. Wait! How can that be? Two things stay the same because there’s only one thing that changes? Ow…my head hurts. And I didn’t even have champagne last night.

    Continuity and change are two sides of the same coin.

    And we just flipped that coin at midnight, last night.

    Can you see where I’m going with this? OK, riddle me this. What constantly changes but stays the same? For those of you playing on the West Coast, where everything is more relative than anywhere else, here’s the answer.

    Time.

    And with time you’re guaranteed two things. Continuity…because time keeps flowing. And change…because everything changes as time passes.

    But then again, time doesn’t actually “pass.” That’s just a figure of speech. It’s you and me. We pass through time. And it’s even become the “thing” to replace “She died” with “She passed.” (Side note: for some reason that annoys me.)

    OK, I’m rambling on about things that maybe only a handful of people in the whole world will understand. Much less care about. But here’s why it’s important to contemplate. Because time is real. And you’re real. And there’s only one reason you’re connected to this space/time continuum.

    Because God is real and He created you.

    I’ve heard Christians debate whether or not God is outside of time. But I’ve only heard a couple of them say something similar to what I’ve always said. Time exists because God exists. He can no more be “outside of time” than you or me. Because God also thinks one thought after another. And that shows sequential process. And sequential process is, by definition, time.

    So, today, as you ponder a whole New Year, I hope you’ll take some time (which you can never give back, by the way) and think about the existence of time. And it’s way more important than just tearing off a sheet from a calendar to reveal another number and another day.

    Each of those sheets represents another day closer to your chosen eternal destiny. Choose wisely.

    And Happy New Year 2021! My hope for you is abundant life and blessings beyond measure.

    Get Wise

    Don’t drink the wine of violence

    Or eat the bread of hate.

    You might just get away with it.

    Can you afford to wait?

    Don’t push and shove the simple.

    Seek knowledge just like gold.

    And in so doing you’ll lay up

    Your treasures manifold.

    A word to the confounded…

    Pour light into your eyes.

    If you expect more than neglect,

    Get wisdom; yeah get wise.

    Get wise to the deceiver.

    Don’t harken to his lies.

    Keep commanding understanding.

    Get wisdom; yeah get wise.

    Don’t walk, you, with the wicked.

    Beware the scornful tongue.

    Let never part your loving heart

    And live forever young.

    © 1995 Tony Funderburk

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    • 7 min
    Last day of a year that manipulated new fear

    Last day of a year that manipulated new fear

    Well, here it is. The last day of 2020. And it has been one of the strangest, and certainly the stupidest year in my life. And that’s saying something, considering the decades I’ve accumulated. I wish I could say it surprised me. But the only part of it that surprised me was the level of fear and how easily it could manipulated. Right here in good ol’ America.

    So, this last day of the year is an ending date, but not an end.

    In fact, 2020 seems to point to a new beginning. A beginning of the end. But not the exact beginning. Because that started during the foundation of America. Our “founding fathers” were brilliant men. But they weren’t infallible. Not by any stretch of your imagination. So, they built a government that was actually doomed to fail. Doomed to go exactly where it has gone. And all because they compromised.

    But I’m not going into the whole history of America’s roots. Because I’d like to focus, for a minute or two, on that “beginning of the end” part again.

    When a small group of elected “officials” discover they can manipulate the entire population of a country with an invisible germ, it’s just a matter of a few steps until that manipulation becomes control. And when control freaks (aka elected “officials”) get control, they rarely give it up.

    In fact, they typically double-down on their control when confronted with even the strongest, clearest evidence against their positions.

    But what keeps millions and millions of people from rising up and fighting off that stranglehold of control?

    Fear.

    And, in this case…like I said…fear of an invisible germ.

    Of course, I understand germs can be deadly. But that didn’t start in 2020. There have been deadly germs since the first or second generation of human beings. But when America used to operate more from a powerful position of logic and reason, citizens understood their responsibility to step up. And not give in to fear.

    Even a socialist president, from our past, understood it.

    Franklin Roosevelt famously said, during an inaugural speech, “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…” Yeah, that’s the famous part. But his description of fear that followed that part is even more relevant to what America’s fear is like now. Roosevelt said that fear was (and is) “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

    So, my recommendation, as 2020 ends and a new year is on the horizon, is this…

    Don’t let an invisible, unreasoning, unjustified terror paralyze you. And don’t let it stop your efforts to advance toward those who’d prefer to usher in tyranny. And don’t let it stop you from saying, “My rights were given to me by God! And no person can ever or will ever justifiably take them away!”

    If you follow my recommendation, I can almost guarantee you won’t be popular among your friends and neighbors. But I can also guarantee you’ll store up treasures in Heaven none of those people can ever take away again.

    Now…even though this message doesn’t sound particularly happy, I hope you have a blessed, Happy, and healthy New Year. This year, and every year for the rest of your life.

    Here’s something I started the first day of this year with, and it still applies to this last day.

    Alliteration Translation

    Fill the feelings fuller.

    Make the moments matter.

    Steal the silent seconds

    Cheat the childish chatter.

    Be the better beacon

    Or the obbligato

    Reconciled to reason.

    Mindfulness the motto.

    Upbeat understanding

    Tethers this translation.

    Welcome words of wisdom

    In imagination.

    © 2020 Tony Funderburk

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    • 22 min
    Man made objects are found in odd places underground

    Man made objects are found in odd places underground

    Dr. Rockrazer, an archaeologist from the twentieth century was excited. And, for him, that was completely out of character. Because most of his contemporaries and fellow workers in the dirt found him to be quite dry, if you’ll pardon the accidental pun. But here he was with a face full of obvious exuberance as he held a tiny thimble above his head to get a better view in the light. And the thimble was just one of several man made objects his team had uncovered.

    But how was it possible those man made objects could be where they were?

    And the list of those objects sounds like they came from someone’s house. Or garage. An iron pot and some type of vase with silver inlay. And an 8 karat gold chain, a ceramic doll, and a curious coin of some sort. There were also tools, nails, a screw, and an iron instrument.

    But the strangest part isn’t the objects themselves. It’s where they were found. Dr. Rockrazer (or Doc Rock as his friends like to call him) and his team uncovered all these things from down deep in buried rocks. In fact, they were encased in coal.

    So, maybe you can understand Doc Rock’s excitement when you find out the supposed timeline of the rock layers. According to evolutionary dating methods, all those man made objects would have to be millions of years older than mankind. And that, my dear Watson, is most peculiar. Or as Spock would say, “Most illogical.”

    Of course, some might ask, “Well, Dr. Rockrazer, how do you know those objects were made by humans?” But, the astute and silver-tongued paleontologist and linguist would quickly reply…

    “Are you kidding me over here?!”

    If you can’t look at something and almost immediately tell whether it was man-made or not, you have no business positing theories or devising rock dating methods. And you probably shouldn’t have influence over another human being until you develop more functioning brain cells.

    So, I hope my somewhat fictional story

    Helps you see how the earth shows God’s glory

    To anyone who’ll see the truth reasonably

    Even when it’s revealed in a quarry.

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    • 4 min
    Feed me, open my eyes. Feed me, conquer the lies.

    Feed me, open my eyes. Feed me, conquer the lies.

    In 1989, I had been back in Colorado for about a year. And I was in my little apartment, B17 (yeah, like the old Olivia Newton-John song), listening to the cool variety of music on FM station, KBCO. Because they had this segment they called “Home Grown.” And I had sent a song of mine in to them. But they didn’t send out advance notice if and when your song was chosen. So, that’s how they got you to tune in regularly. Well, at least if you were one of the songwriters who sent in music. Like I did with my song, Feed Me.

    My music fit right in with their wide variety of styles at the time.

    And to their credit, the people in charge of choosing which songs were played on the KBCO segment, picked good stuff. And yes, I’d say that even if they hadn’t played my song.

    But they DID play my song. And, as any songwriter who’s experienced it, hearing your song on the radio never gets old.

    So, as it turns out, I still have that song. And when you tune in to the Rhyme and Reason Podcast, you can hear it. But if you’d rather just read they lyrics and skip the song (And why would you do that?)…

    Here they are…

    I don’t wanna leave this moment.

    I don’t wanna get to the future.

    And I don’t wanna find out I was wrong.

    I just wanna be successful.

    And I don’t wanna be a failure.

    I want more of what can keep me strong.

    If I leave it up to you, will you show me what to do.

    If I give my total trust, will you wash away the dust, and

    Feed me…keep me alive.

    Yeah, feed me…give me the drive…feed me.

    Feed me…open my eyes

    Feed me…conquer the lies…feed me.

    I don’t wanna be alone now.

    And I don’t wanna live in a dark cloud.

    I need to know the light is just ahead.

    I don’t wanna be an old man,

    But I don’t wanna be a young man.

    I just wanna be me till I’m fed.

    If I leave it up to you, will you show me what to do.

    If I give my total trust, will you wash away the dust, and

    Chorus…long instrumental…repeat chorus to end

    © 1989 Tony Funderburk

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    • 10 min

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No Greater Love.....

I’m thankful for theses segments with Tony. I’ve been looking for a means to decompress. I can’t think of anything but listening to Rhythm and Reason to decompress. The combination of words and songs focusing on Godly wisdom are just what GOD has ordered! Thank you!

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A Great Tool for the Entire Family

Tony takes information in the Bible and explains it using songs, poems, and easy-to-understand stories. His style is relaxed and friendly. You should listen to every episode and share the podcast with every family you know.

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I'm so GRATEFUL to have found Mister Tony!

I've been enjoying each and every episode. Once I heard a few, I went back to the very first episode and played them each through. That's like 100 episodes, so I'm serious when I say these are fantastic! One of the most varied podcasts I listen to, out of 18 or so I regularly subscribe to. Rarely can someone sing, read prose, AND teach God's truths! But Tony does a perfect balance. I'm sort of a hardcore, black-and-white guy when it comes to Scripture and Tony helps soften me around the edges where my witness needs it without sacrificing one bit of the Sword of the Lord's effectiveness. Thank you Mr. Funderburk, I look forward to the next 100!

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