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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.

    Fluff the pillow, feel the wind blow, sleeping willow

    Fluff the pillow, feel the wind blow, sleeping willow

    I spent a lot of my formative years in Texas. So, I still use (and always will use) some of those friendly southern, colloquial expressions in my everyday language. And many of those southern memories are some of my fondest childhood recollections. Like the sounds of croaking bullfrogs. And the chatter of bugs just as dusky coolness sweeps away the heat of the day. Or the chunky sound when mom would fluff the pillow.

    Yeah. Fluff the pillow. That’s what we called it.

    Have you heard that expression? And do you use it for the same reason? If not, then you might not quite understand my reference to it in my lullaby song, “Mornin’ Skies.”

    In that song I used several southern expressions and references. And I sing about a mockingbird (Texas state bird), bullfrogs, bugs, and even a blue-eyed armadillo. Now, the blue-eyed armadillo reference is a bit of stretch. I mean, I’ve never actually seen an armadillo with blue eyes. But maybe some exist. One sure does in the song.

    And, in the song, all those creatures and night time sounds become music. Music to let little kids know everything’s gonna be alright. And to let ’em know it’s OK to close their eyes and go to sleep.

    Then, the song uses the celestial creations of God as instruments for the music. Like stars used for chimes. And moonbeams and dreams you can practically hear, too. Then the words encourage young listeners to relax and listen. And they show how the Mornin’ Skies will bring a brand new day.

    Who couldn’t use one of those each morning?

    Of course, that’s inspiration from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Remember when he told them how believers are being “renewed day by day?” And Mornin’ Skies is a metaphorical reference to that renewing.

    The chorus of the song delivers the hope every young listener (and older ones, too, for that matter) should never forget. It’s a hope that the rest of the world doesn’t have. And what a shame. Because it’s so easy to get. And speaking of easy to get…the songbook, called Bedtime Buckaroos, is yours when you click the link below. Be sure to look for the super secret download link to all the songs.

    Mornin’ skies will bring a brand new day, but

    Mornin’ skies are still eight hours away…

    © 2011 Tony Funderburk

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    Lariat Loop where the eagles swoop

    Lariat Loop where the eagles swoop

    It’s 33 miles in a round trip. And I read where it’s apparently America’s only “urban byway.” And that means it’s a scenic byway (on the National Register) closer to an urban area (Denver) than any other anywhere. And since it’s part of the “old west” it seems appropriate to call it the Lariat Loop.

    Not so long ago, we called the Lariat Loop just part of the neighborhood.

    Because part of the loop was only what we called “two hills away” from where we lived.

    I found an actual html website (yep, they still exist) with a sort of cartoon mockup of the Lariat Loop. You can find it at this link: https://www.coloradodirectory.com/maps/lariat.html  And the page hits the high points you’ll see when you take the drive.

    Basically, if you start in Golden, Colorado, you drive up Lookout Mountain first. Then you wind around the front range foothills till you pass through Evergreen. And you wind your way back down through Bear Creek Canyon till you get to Morrison. And you go north from there past Red Rocks and back to Golden.

    OK, that’s all well and good. And you’ll have a nice time even if that’s all you do. But we rarely started the loop in Golden. Because, like I said, part of it was literally only a couple of hills away from our house. So, we drove off Green Mountain and crossed over Dinosaur Ridge (where you can see dinosaur footprints in the rocks) to catch the loop right by Red Rocks Amphitheater.

    That’s a fairly famous “natural concert hall.” Famous enough to have hosted acts from The Beatles all the way to…well…whatever bands play there now.

    Then, we headed slightly downhill to the town of Morrison.

    Now, that’s a town you wouldn’t typically blink twice at if you went there at certain times. But Elgielene and I used to enjoy delicious all-American breakfast dishes there as often as we could. Crispy bacon with eggs and the trimmins. Yum. And all from a tiny diner called the Blue Cow Café.

    From the Blue Cow Café…I mean, from Morrison, we’d drive up the winding road through Bear Creek Canyon. And we drove through the town of Evergreen. Right in the “downtown district” is the Little Bear Saloon. It’s famous, too. In fact, I remember watching blues player, Buddy Guy, rippin’ some leads on a guitar that looked a little like a modified cigar box.

    Just a little more up the hill, we drove past the classic Evergreen lake. During the winter, it freezes over and looks like a postcard from the 40’s when skaters take to the ice.

    From there we headed up North through the outskirts, which is where a lot of the new town growth is, and on toward I-70. There was a short jaunt across I-70 to the Genesee exit. And that’s where we’d cross over I-70 to take the rest of the byway. But we didn’t always just keep driving.

    Because right there, is where we could take pictures of real, live buffaloes. Up close and almost personal. Well, fairly close. And as personal as having a strong fence in between you will let you feel.

    After watching the buffalo roam, we’d follow the winding road, across the smaller front range mountains. Through some lazy, mountain neighborhoods, till we reached the turn-off for the Buffalo Bill Museum and souvenir shop.

    I remember the first time I ever went into that log cabin styled museum. There was a big, electric gunfighter in one corner by the stairs. And he had some sort of motion detector built in. Because you could walk by, and he’d “come to life” and say (in kind of a Yosemite Sam voice)…

    “Ya better reach for the sky, you ornery polecat!”

    Or something to that effect. As I recall, he could say a few different things to taunt you into a gunfight. And you try your luck.

    • 11 min
    Word power in your brain helps you on the right train 🎶

    Word power in your brain helps you on the right train 🎶

    🎶 People get ready. There’s a train a-coming. You don’t need no baggage. You just get on board. All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming. Don’t need no ticket. You just thank the Lord. 🎶 Yeah, those are lyrics to the old Curtis Mayfield song, “People Get Ready.” And there’s a lotta word power goin’ on in that song.

    When The Impressions had a hit with that song, in 1965, it was supposed to be a symbol of the so-called growing social and political awareness. But I think Curtis didn’t realize his upbringing in the church was the driving force. I read how he figured that Gospel influence played a part. But I don’t think he understood what was going on.

    God created everything with His thoughts and voice. So word power is yuge.

    My recommendation is to tap into that power every day. Don’t let a day go by where you depend entirely on YOU. Because, you know what? YOU will let you down. Maybe not immediately. But definitely eventually. Self ishness leads to fear. And that brings to mind 2 important words God uses a lot. Fear Not.

    In a world so full of evil people doing evil things, how could God expect us to fear not?

    Because He gave us a whole book of words. And it’s often called The Word. Matter of fact, Jesus is often referred to as The Word in God’s Word. Are you picking up what I’m laying down?

    Yeah, get outta your self and get on board the Bible train. Because that’s when you tap into the endless…

    Power of the Word

    So you’ve been thinking that you’ve got a whole lot to fear

    And you keep asking, “What on earth am I doin’ here?”

    Well I wouldn’t tell you it’s as gloomy as you’ve heard

    You just need the power of the Word

    I know you’ve heard that if at first you don’t succeed

    Just keep on trying and you’re bound to fill the need

    But you don’t believe all that stuff applies to you

    And without the power what can you do

    Well the power of the Word takes an ordinary bird

    And it gives him songs to sing and wings to soar

    With the power of the Word even when your vision’s blurred

    All your dreams will be fulfilled forevermore

    Numbers are crunching and seconds are ticking on

    Your hopes are fading until you wonder where they’ve gone

    But you wouldn’t worry that your life could be deterred

    If you had the power of the Word

    Chorus

    And if you’re asking, “What’s in it for me?”

    Well, give up your soul and I think you will see….

    Eternity…eternity…eternity……….

    nstrumental…repeat chorus to end

    © 1993-2011 Tony Funderburk

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    • 9 min
    Masterplan, yes. The kind we don’t have to guess.

    Masterplan, yes. The kind we don’t have to guess.

    Yes, God does have a plan. A MasterPlan. But He most definitely does not have a plan for your day. As I’ve said many times…He’s far too brilliant a designer than to create a bunch of humans who can’t do anything apart from Him. So, if you’ve been one of those Christians who says things like, “I’ve just got to remember, God’s in control,” stop that. And if you tend to say, “We gotta remember, it’s all part of God’s plan,” stop that.

    Stop saying things that make the world hate God.

    Stop today. Right now…if not sooner. And never say those things again.

    But not because I tell you to stop. Don’t say those things because they go directly against what Jesus says. And He says at least 3 times in the New Testament, that He is NOT in control of this world. And that should be abundantly clear. Because the evidence He’s not in control of this world is ubiquitous.

    All the despicable, horrible, terrible events and sins in the world do not originate in the mind of God. Never did. And never will. And to say that everything is “part of God’s plan” is to say they DO originate from Him.

    So, again, if you have that BAD habit, stop saying that! Or if you know someone else who has that bad habit, make it clear to them it’s a horrible habit. It borders on (or it actually IS) blasphemy.

    Yes, God has a Masterplan.

    And yes, He will one day take back control of this world. But, it should be MCT brainpower clear how that day has not arrived. And it should be MCT brainpower clear who IS in control of this world.

    Sinners who hate God. From satan, all the way down (so to speak) to the lowest of the lowly God haters. Yeah, they ARE in control, somewhat. And they hope to find a way to rule it over everyone else. Forever.

    But that won’t happen. Because even though the Body of Christ has gotten weaker and weaker, we still win. And that’s only because we chose wisely. We at least had enough sense to do that correctly.

    So, I hope it’s also abundantly clear where I stand on that whole “God’s in control” nonsense. And I take that stand because of what God says, many times, in His best-selling book. If you believe I’m wrong, I believe you haven’t read it with the mindset to rightly divide the word of Truth.

    In The Name of Our Lord

    We will set up our banners

    And state our petitions…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    We will rise up and stand firm

    And call ourselves Christians…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    We will sing and rejoice

    For our gracious salvation…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    And we will go with this good news

    Into every nation…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    In the name of our LORD…

    In the sweet, saving name of our LORD.

    Yes, in the name of our LORD…

    In the wonderful, beautiful…

    Glorious, marvelous…

    Holiest name of our LORD!

    We will learn from His whole Word

    And rightly divide it…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    We will fight against sin

    Though the world wants to hide it

    All in the name of our LORD.

    We will love every neighbor

    From the kings to the unborn…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    And we will rest in the knowledge

    When we die, we are reborn…

    All in the name of our LORD.

    © 2010 Tony Funderburk

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    • 11 min
    My cup runs over through thorns and through clover

    My cup runs over through thorns and through clover

    Just in case you haven’t noticed, the world is full of mean people and bad stuff. Nations are at war…all the time. Political parties are in constant power struggles. Murder is consistently at epidemic levels. And man-made pandemics are all the rage. But, even with all this dark-hearted dreariness, my cup runs over.

    And my cup runs over because all this will go away.

    Yeah, it’s temporary. Sure, it doesn’t feel all that temporary when the really bad stuff is happening. But one day we’ll all look back on this and see how it all went by in the blink of an eye.

    And I have something that buffers the suffering. Something that stands strong and true. And something that rejoices in the truth, which helps me rejoice. It bears all things, so all things are more bearable. I’m talking about something that hopes all things and endures all things. And it helps me hope and endure.

    What is this that’s able to do such wonderful things?

    Love.

    But not the typical love you’ll find floating around the world. Not that here-today-gone-tomorrow love. And not the confused human love based solely on feelings. No, this is REAL abiding, everlasting love.

    Have you ever watched the old movie, “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven? We watch it every Christmas. Not because it’s good Biblical teaching. Far from it. But because it just hearkens back to a more loving time in America.

    But there’s a scene, in the movie, where Cary Grant’s character (he’s an angel) pours some brandy into a professor’s glass. And as the professor talks and drinks, Cary’s character magically refills his glass with brandy. And no matter how much he drinks, the professor only feels the good part and not the drunk part.

    The love I’m talking about is like that. You and I can’t use it up. And we never will. Because it’s only found…

    In The House of the Lord

    Father God,
 You never leave me You never forsake me.

    And Your Word…
Gives me courage to go where you take me.

    You are with me through each dire upheaval.

    With You in me I will fear no evil.

    As I walk through the shadow of death…

    I will sing till my very last breath…

    Green pastures, still waters…

    Goodness and mercy for your sons and daughters…

    True love dwells in the House of the LORD.

    Each person, each nation…

    Can be renewed through Your sweet restoration…

    True love dwells in the House of the LORD.

    Father God,
You made a Way for my total redemption.

    I believe…
Jesus died to provide that exemption.

    He’s my shepherd through thorns and through clover.

    He’s my new wine, and my cup runs over.

    As I walk through the shadow of death…

    I will sing till my very last breath…

    Chorus

    © 2010 Tony Funderburk

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    • 10 min
    Legal protections lead in the wrong directions

    Legal protections lead in the wrong directions

    Everybody’s trying to be nicer than God. Even real estate websites like to show off their “LGBT legal protections.” Which, of course, are bigoted policies. And I oppose any ideology that singles out individuals or groups who hate God and give them their own so-called “legal protections.”

    Instead, I wholeheartedly support the MJSPBR and their God-given legal protections.

    What? You’ve never heard of the MJSPBR organization? I’m guessing you have. But you just never heard ’em called that before. Because MJSPBR people don’t identify themselves by their sexual preferences. Gasp! Can such a group actually exist? Yes, Poindexter. And I won’t leave you in the dark. Because this is important…even to you.

    And, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to seek out the MJSPBR organization. And grab your free lifetime membership while the limited time offer lasts. You won’t find another body of people in the world as long as you live. Because the owner paid up each and every member’s dues. And you can get that same deal. Guaranteed.

    All you gotta do is ask.

    What’s that? You’d like to know more about who these MJSPBR people are before you join?

    OK. No problem. Would you believe they’re just like you. And they’re quite possibly, literally, all around you and your community. Right now. Yeah, they had to discover, for themselves, all the lasting (dare I say everlasting) benefits of membership. And they had to ask to join, too.

    Every single person, who’s ever joined, identifies with a single individual.

    An individual who started the organization in hopes of overcoming the world with graceful love. And an individual who was Manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

    I highly recommend you join today. Like I said…limited time offer. When you expire, the offer expires, too. And it will never be available again.

    Membership has its rewards. But be warned. Most of the world will do its best to make fun of you, mock you, and create policies designed to shut down the MJSPBR body of members.

    But we have legal protections the whole world will never remove.

    Trust the Judge, trust the Judge

    Who will never ever budge

    From what’s right. He’s the light.

    He will lead you out of night

    Into day, He’s the Way.

    Seek Him out. Join today.

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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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keithgreen ,

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!

Elgielene ,

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.

Dittos ,

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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