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Tony Funderburk shows, in each Rhyme and Reason Podcast episode, how life makes sense because God made you. He’s the author and publisher of 34 books for adults and kids and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit. Get some free songs and a book for kids by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon today.

Rhyme and Reason Tony Funderburk

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Tony Funderburk shows, in each Rhyme and Reason Podcast episode, how life makes sense because God made you. He’s the author and publisher of 34 books for adults and kids and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit. Get some free songs and a book for kids by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon today.

    You did it. So just admit it.

    You did it. So just admit it.

    Got some health challenges? Or other physical obstacles? How about emotional or relational problems? And let’s not forget your mental well-being. Have you discovered you’re not as young as you used to be? And wouldn’t you like to know why bad things happen to “good” people? Well, I can tell you why. You did it.

    “Wha?! I did it?!,” you ask incredulously.

    Or maybe you don’t because you’re already ahead of me.

    Either way, YOU did it.

    Yep, you are your own worst enemy. And there have been times when you allowed your emotions to sabotage your actions. And you made decisions you knew were wrong and went through with them anyway.

    Believe me I don’t condemn you for it. For a couple of reasons. One, I don’t have the authority to condemn you. And two, it would be somewhat hypocritical of me.

    Because I’ve done those kinds of things, too. So has everyone else, whether they admit it or not. Yeah, I’ve been, and continue to be, my own worst enemy. Less than I used to be, thank God.

    But here’s the thing. You and I are flawed. And you and I were born into a broken and flawed world. So, you and I are gonna make mistakes and bad choices. Wow, that kinda sounds almost dark and hopeless.

    But the silver lining to this dark, gray cloud is that we have a living, loving Creator. In fact, He loves us so much and wants us to live forever. So, He made a Way to be sure that can happen. In spite of all our ongoing worst intentions.

    But here’s another “but.”

    That kind of living, loving God would never (and does not) make you do the terrible things you do in order to somehow glorify or magnify Himself. Too many Christians (I hope they’re Christians) say everything is part of God’s plan. Everything that happens in this world is under His control because of that plan.

    And that’s ignorant at best. And despicable if left unchecked. Because it means anyone who perpetuates that lie is either ignorant of what the Bible actually says, or they just don’t care what it says.

    And that ignorance or apathy has eternal consequences. Not only for the perpetrator. But also for the ones they influenced to turn away from God. And I guarantee that when you tell an unbeliever that God is in charge of this world, they’re even more likely to hate Him. And I can’t say I blame them. Because what kind of God would tell us not to do evil that good might come of it and yet instill all the evil in this world?

    A god made in man’s image might do that. But not the God of the Bible. No, the responsibility for all the evil in the world is your fault. YOU DID IT. Well, to be fair, you AND every one of the rest of us.

    Thankfully, the living, loving Creator of the universe DID make a plan to save us from ourselves. And He made Himself accessible to anyone who’s willing to take responsibility for his or her own actions. To anyone with enough humility to ask Him for help and wisdom.

    The Power of His love created you and me. And the sovereignty of His life can sustain you and me forever.

    Life IS tangible. It’s the self-realization force that originates God, the uncaused “first cause.” The one who breathed His life into the first man and woman. He is The Alpha and the Omega. He is the first, and…

    The Last Word

    Keep a bolt of lightning in your brain

    And a jar of honey in your heart.

    Let love be the last word from your lips

    Whether you’re together or apart.

    Lightning is your passion over pain.

    Honey is your holy hope within.

    Send those feelings through your fingertips

    And remember,

    • 8 min
    Words can be deceiving. What are you receiving?

    Words can be deceiving. What are you receiving?

    I know that you know that words can be deceiving. When I was a kid, we had a rhyme to thwart something somebody might say about us. It went like this: “Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never harm me.” But people are even meaner these days. And they have more complex weapons.

    And words can be deceiving you in spite of what you “see.”

    Or they can at least attempt to do that. Here’s an example from a website I won’t mention. Because I don’t want you to support them with a single click. Check out this deceitful blurb:

    “A new video is causing controversy in the Christian community. It was released by a group of alleged “woke” Christians, and it reveals a long lost Biblical secret. The secret challenges 1,635 years of Biblical teachings. And some say it has changed what it means to be a Christian — forever. The video, which has now gone viral, has caused a clear divide among Christians. Some are calling it a ‘Must watch’ while others are petitioning to have it removed from the internet. As of now, it is unclear how long the video will remain online. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    Yeah, that’s deceitful because it claims factual information. Like the first sentence, “A new video is causing controversy in the Christian community.” No facts or stats to back it up. Just states it like it’s true. Then, they say the video “reveals a long lost Biblical secret.” And that it “challenges 1,635 years of Biblical teachings.”

    Balderdash.

    Then, The Blurb (sounds like a 60’s sci-fi monster) says “some say it has changed what it means to be a Christian — forever.”

    No. It hasn’t.

    And it won’t. Because it can’t change what it means to be a Christian. That’s impossible. Because humans don’t get to determine what it means.

    Final point I’ll make is the click bait finish. “Viewer discretion is advised.” People see that and almost immediately are drawn to the click button. Because it’s human nature to do what we shouldn’t. Go where we shouldn’t. Especially when “discretion is advised.”

    But here’s the real kicker to The Blurb. A quick check at the bottom of that same page, in a much smaller font, reveals this message:

    “The products and the claims made about specific products on or through this site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.”

    So which words are deceiving?

    The Blurb? Or the disclaimer about The Blurb? Or are my words?

    How can you know anything is true?

    Is there any way to know at all?

    Maybe there is when you rightly divide

    With discernment and wherewithal.

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    • 11 min
    6/8 Time Doesn’t Have To Rhyme

    6/8 Time Doesn’t Have To Rhyme

    Norwegian Wood, by the Beatles. Scarborough Fair, by Simon and Garfunkel. We Are The Champions, by Queen. And even She’s Always A Woman, by Billy Joel. Those songs all have something in common. Do you know what it is? Well, I won’t make you guess. They’re all performed in 6/8 time.

    And 6/8 time is one of the best for heart-felt emotion.

    6/8 time is a meander, not a walk.

    A delightful conversation, not a talk,

    Where a heart’s not a heart, it’s the Master’s best art,

    And why the rose is on the vine, not the stalk.

    Probably all the best classical composers wrote music in 6/8 time at least once in their lifetimes. Because they understood the power contained in that gentle sway of notes.

    One 6/8 song, I discovered to be a new favorite, is called “Song For Sienna,” by Brian Crain. Check it out in this YouTube video link:



    See what I mean about the heart-felt emotion?

    There isn’t a ton of instrumentation to Brian’s song. But the notes, combined with the time signature, pull you in. And, if you’re a musical note to word picture person (like me), you’ll take off right away.

    But, as always, I’m not sharing this with you because I want to promote Brian Crain’s music. Because I don’t even know Brian. I have no idea if he’s a Christian. There’s no mention of it on his website. So, my guess is, he either isn’t, or he’s a middle-of-the-road “believer.”

    And that doesn’t diminish the quality of “Song for Sienna.” I still like it very much. Because it’s a great example of how music, the second best gift from God (first being Jesus, of course) is the quintessential communication tool. I’m confident that God gave us music simply because it delighted Him to do so. And I hope, if you haven’t already decided God is real, and that He loves you, that you’ll do that today.

    And enjoy the beauty of 6/8 time for all time.

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    • 6 min
    Big plans and dreams against darker schemes

    Big plans and dreams against darker schemes

    They’re everywhere. In almost every household. Certainly in every politician’s office. And in the heads of most every kind of person there is. From young graduates to old tyrants. Big plans. For good. And not so good. And downright evil.

    Big plans and dreams are fine.

    If you’d like to achieve and receive awards, scholastic achievements, and trophies, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that.

    And if you can speak three languages, program computers, and even design and improve infrastructure, that’s awesome.

    Do you practice intellectual philosophical meanderings? Do you seek out cataclysmic discoveries? And are you excited by geological conquests? OK, that’s interesting.

    Riddle me this. Do you have a keen eye for detail, a sharp ear for nuances, and an acute awareness of your surroundings? Because those are some cool abilities.

    Got any world-changing inventions you care to share? Like some life-changing machinery. Or a miraculous AND safe medicine? Please, do tell.

    Now, tell me about your diplomacy, diversity, and democracy.

    And don’t leave out any of the beneficial details.

    And tell me about your physical prowess, your endurance abilities, and your driven personality. Because those can certainly be useful.

    And are you one of those supernaturally gifted people who can prophesy, or speak in tongues, or heal people with your hands? Because those might come in handy right about now.

    But you could tell me you have all these things and more. And you could tell me you have the world on a string. And I’d be skeptical. In fact, even if you said you have the whole universe at your disposal, I’d say there’s a very real possibility that you have nothing at all.

    Because there’s only one thing that makes any of those other things worth anything. And that one thing comes from only one source. That doesn’t make it scarce. Quite the opposite. But it DOES make it the most valuable resource in existence. Because it conquers darkness.

    So…

    If your big plans and big dreams don’t include it,

    And your reflex is always to elude it,

    Then you’ll lose out on paradise and real peace

    For the temporary things that don’t increase.

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    • 6 min
    Bad apple, good fruit. And a great reward to boot.

    Bad apple, good fruit. And a great reward to boot.

    How about this expression? “The bad apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” You’ve heard that, right? Hmm, maybe that’s acorn. Or lemon. Doesn’t matter. The point’s the same. But there’s another expression, too.

    “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch.”

    That, of course, originated from the Jackson Five, where the wise and glimmering guru of pop, EmJay began his journey. But I digress…

    Could there ever be a time when a bad apple leads to good fruit?

    Metaphorically, I think this is possible. And I think you’ll agree after these examples.

    Let’s say a father curses at and beats his son. In that scenario, father equals bad apple. But let’s say those bad deeds motivate the son to seek and discover words of wisdom in the Bible. And then he passes the compassion, love, and mercy he finds there, to his own kids. So, the son equals good fruit.

    OK, here’s another example.

    A mother does too many drugs and ridicules her daughter on a daily basis. In that scenario, mother equals bad apple. But then the daughter reads about the great women of Bible. And she passes on those stories to anyone who’ll listen. So, the daughter equals good fruit.

    Or how about this example?

    A famous athlete has a public meltdown because he’s too immature to handle his fame without alcohol or drugs. In that scenario, famous athlete equals bad apple. But a young Christian boy sees this and uses it as an opportunity to learn how to focus on others. Then, he establishes foundations for the less fortunate. And he creates a legacy of giving. Christian boy bears good fruit.

    In 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Paul used examples of the people who followed Moses out of captivity and into the wilderness. He said “but with most of them God was not well pleased” and that “their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.”

    Paul showed how we can use what they did as examples of what not to do.

    Most of them just wanted to eat, drink, have sex, and complain. Ironic isn’t it? Because, if all you had to do was eat, drink, and have sex, what would you have to complain about? Ponder that for a second.

    And that kind of crazy nonsense is pandemic (used that word on purpose) right now.

    Here in America we have it exponentially easier than our forefathers. Most people can easily and comfortably sit around and watch TV or play video games for hours a day.

    And way too many people eat an almost endless cornucopia of foods and snacks while they watch TV or play video games. And even believe they can have sex anytime, anywhere, and with anyone they want.

    But here’s the irony again.

    Even as they do all that, they complain about how rough and tough and unfair life is. They falsely believe they somehow deserve their piece of the wealth and resources of others. And they believe if they could get their hands on those democratically gotten gains, they’d miraculously have a more fulfilling life.

    That, dear neighbor, is envy.

    Envy turns good apples bad real fast.

    You might get what they got. But it won’t last.

    Be glad with a little or a lot.

    Look for what’s eternal. What they’ve got’s not.

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    • 6 min
    New normal is crazy so we can’t be lazy

    New normal is crazy so we can’t be lazy

    It’s a mean world. Every day you see and experience the cold, hard truth in this world. Whether you like it or not. And whether you prefer to think positive or be negative. Doesn’t matter if you’re a glass-is-half-full person or glass-is-half-empty person. It’s the “new normal.”

    But this new normal is anything but new.

    If you’ve been alive here on planet earth for three decades or more, you’ve seen it expanding. Slowly, year after year. In fact, I wrote a song about it over 30 years ago. And the harsh reality is that the same stuff I wrote about in the song is exploding now.

    But I encourage you to read about this kind of stuff in the Bible.

    Because the Bible is true and trustworthy. It’s like your ultimate James Bond secret weapon (except it’s hardly a secret). And it can help you take on this mean world, cope with the new normal, and face the…

    Cold Hard Truth

    You face the future like a heart attack.

    Your palms are sweaty; you’re a jumping jack.

    Can’t believe the world has come this far,

    And still we’re living on a dying star.

    You put your faith into the promised land.

    You feed the dog and still he bites your hand.

    Maybe you decide you have no choice,

    But you just need to learn to raise your voice.

    Be unrelenting like the tiger’s tooth

    And face the cold hard truth!

    We hear the speeches; see the banners wave.

    They sell the dreams of all the lives they’ll save.

    But in between the lines are pretty lies.

    They seem so right behind that straight disguise.

    No reason it can never happen here.

    This is the place and time to face your fear.

    Financial plans end up rhetorical.

    The errors made aren’t simply clerical.

    Be never-yielding like the tiger’s tooth

    And face the cold hard truth!

    Spoon-feed the apathy and watch it grow into the cold hard truth,

    And if you never care, then you will never know…

    It’s such a cold hard truth…cold hard truth!

    You see the party junkies everywhere.

    Behind their buzz you’ll find a long, blank stare.

    Their windows shut; another right goes by

    Without them ever realizing why!

    Live for the weekend and the gin and vermouth

    And face the cold hard truth!

    Endangered species aren’t the only ones who face the cold hard truth.

    We’re gazing straight into the paper guns

    Through all the cold hard truth…cold hard truth!

    © Tony Funderburk 1991

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    • 10 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!

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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.

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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