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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

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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.

    Back for seconds because the bee beckons

    Back for seconds because the bee beckons

    Cow secretions and bee vomit. Yum, yum. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be goin’ back for seconds. Oh yeah! But first, here’s my desire as I share a little something with you today:

    Let my teaching drop as the rain,

    My speech distill as the dew,

    As raindrops on the tender herb,

    And as showers on the grass.

    I can’t (and don’t) take credit for that most pleasant prose. Because it was written by Mo very many years ago. And Mo was the one who put the dude in Deuteronomy. He was inspired, by God, to give an account of how the nation of Israel came to be. And how that nation was God’s chosen people who actually betrayed Him repeatedly. The prose I just shared comes from a section in Deuteronomy known as “The Song of Moses.”

    What’s that? You didn’t know Moses was a poetic guy? A songwriter? Well, you learn somethin’ new every day.

    And now you know he’s the guy I called Mo.

    So, what does any of this have to do with me comin’ back for seconds?

    Especially when we’re talkin’ about cow secretions and bee vomit.

    Well, imagine you’re in a desert land. And it’s quite the understatement to call it a terrible place. Because you have virtually no hope of getting out. No food or water or shelter. And no idea which way to go. Then, out of the blue, a ghost appears and leads you to food. In fact, you walk into fields of juicy, tasty produce. Not only that, but the ghost shows you how to get honey and good fats from the ground.

    If all that happened, you’d probably think you just hit the best lottery ever!

    OK, now imagine that the scenario I just shared isn’t make-believe. Because the “ghost” is a real person. And the story I just told is based on a true story found in the Bible. It’s about how God took a man named Jacob and made him into a nation. And that nation is Israel. The story I told you to imagine goes like this:

    “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the Lord alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him. He made him ride in the heights of the earth, That he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock…”

    If someone did all that for you, would you betray him?

    My guess is, on some level, you probably would.

    Because, on some level, we all have. And that’s because of the lowest common denominator we all have. Selfishness. Somewhere inside you is your desire to be your own king. To handle everything YOUR way. And you either fight against that desire or you give in. Most give in. Reminds me of these lyrics from The Who:

    Out here in the fields

    I fight for my meals.

    I get my back into my living.

    And I don’t need to fight

    To prove I’m right.

    I don’t need to be forgiven.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    Don’t cry.

    Don’t raise your eye.

    It’s only teenage wasteland.

    Yeah, that whole selfish concept of “I don’t need to be forgiven.” But, even though Pete Townshend didn’t realize it at the time, it’s actually that kind of selfishness that keeps you in the wasteland. Keeps you in the desert.

    But there IS a Way out of that desert and into the land of cow secretions and bee vomit.

    I keep saying that to poke fun at so-called “nutrition influencers.”

    That’s their descriptions of milk and honey.

    Double Helix in a delicious mix

    Double Helix in a delicious mix

    Guy walks up to the bar and orders, “Gimme a Helix, bartender. And make it a double.” I know you’ve heard of the Double Helix. It packs a powerful punch. But there’s no hangover the next morning. Maybe that’s because it’s filled with Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

    “Yeah! Don’t be stingy with the Deoxyribonucleic Acid in my Double Helix, bartender!”

    That’s such a tongue-twisting mouthful. Surely, there’s a quicker way to say it. Hmm. I kinda like DNA. What say we go with that? All in favor? Great! The eyes have it (yes, I meant to say “eyes”).

    Alright, let’s get your mind out of the bar for a minute or two. And let’s talk about how DNA is scientific proof you and I are fearfully and wonderfully made by the one, true, living, loving God of creation. Not merely carbon copies of carbon lifeforms. Even the term “carbon lifeforms” contradicts itself. But, right now I’m gonna share some tidbits of information about information I shared several years ago. It bears repeating. Because it’s inside you right now.

    In almost all of the 30,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion, by the way) cells in your body there are duplicate copies of your DNA. Each human cell contains 46 segments. You got 23 segments from your mom and 23 from your dad. No one else on Earth has the same DNA as you. Cool, huh? Well, here’s something even cooler.

    All that information in your DNA is a blueprint for how to build the one and only YOU.  The blueprint contains the information on how you’ll look, much of how you’ll act, and how every cell in your body will function during your life.

    And here’s some more interesting factoids.

    The DNA from one of your cells, uncoiled, connected, and stretched out would be about 6 feet long.

    It would be so thin you couldn’t see it. Not even with the most powerful microscope in existence today.

    The coded information found inside that cell could fill a library with somewhere around 4,000 books.

    And if you took all the DNA in your body and stretched it out end-to-end, you could go to the moon and back more than 165,000 times.

    That’s mighty impressive. But, how about this?

    The information found in your DNA could fill the Grand Canyon almost 30 times, if you put it in books. And yet…you could take one set of DNA from one cell of every person who ever lived, put them all in a spoon, and they’d weigh less than an aspirin.

    So, how could anyone actually THINK about the complex information inside us and not believe in God?

    I love knowing we’re created. And not just an accident that rose up out of nothing.

    No matter what you believe about how life started, you’ve made a choice to believe it.

    No one (at least virtually no one) is being forced to believe how we all got here.

    My question is this.

    Why would you want to believe you’re just the random result of trillions of mutations? Especially when there’s so much information inside you to the contrary. Because you’re an information-based life form. And that information, coded into your DNA, proves there must be a super coder.

    The good news is…that coder is the Creator who loves you. He made you a human being. In His image and likeness. And He allows you to choose to love Him in return. Or not. So, have another Double Helix. And choose wisely.

    You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

    There is information locked inside your cells.

    When you choose to discover why you’re here,

    You’ll find out what the information tells.

    And you’ll see you’re not just an accident

    Fumbling through the hours, and days, and weeks, and years.

    All the evidence is pointing out the way.

    Evolve or devolve? Will the whole world dissolve?

    Evolve or devolve? Will the whole world dissolve?

    Here’s a list of words, found in a thesaurus, you can exchange for one other widely used word. I bet you can guess the word: develop, progress, advance, move forward, make headway, mature, grow, open out, unfold, unroll, expand, enlarge, spread, extend; alter, change, transform, adapt, metamorphose, differentiate – Did you guess evolve?

    Yeah, evolve is the word of the century.

    People LUV to use that word. And it’s not an evil word. So, this isn’t what I’d call THE issue of the day. But I find it interesting how everything from hair salons to food companies to pet products to marketing businesses use the word, evolve, in their name. Especially when there are so many synonyms just as enticing.

    As a matter of fact, I just read two short articles about quirky so-called “national holidays.” These two are both “observed” today, May 22nd. National Buy An Instrument Day. And National Vanilla Pudding Day. Now, I have nothing against either one of these. In fact, I’d be willing to celebrate them both. Because I love music AND vanilla pudding.

    But check out these snippets from the stories of how we got these holidays:

    “Archaeological studies and remains show that musical instruments have evolved over time. Each generation improved the designs and creations that came before it until we arrived at the instruments of today.”


    “This dish was common in the Middle Ages and the traditional pudding has evolved a great deal over time.”

    Probably just a coincidence.

    But, as I doublechecked the info, I got the distinct impression that multiple articles were generated by “artificial intelligence.” Because they sound so automated. And it’s probably no big deal. I mean, you probably couldn’t care less. And, by now, you’re wondering why you stuck around to read this far.

    So, I better leave you with something more entertaining. Forget about those other notions. Put them out of your mind completely. You and I can do that because we’ve evolved to the point of having control of our minds. Cool, right?

    OK, so here’s a rhyme to redeem your time:

    Sugar Coated Serenity

    The road led to a magic place

    With icy clouds of marmalade

    In skies of azure butter mints

    And honey-sweetened lemonade.

    I found a house of chocolate

    And nougat-filled divinity.

    Faith, Hope, and Love are keys to this

    Sugar coated serenity.

    © 2024

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    Faith and doubt and what you might leave out

    Faith and doubt and what you might leave out

    You’ve probably experienced faith and doubt at the same time. It’s OK to admit it because it’s part of your human flaws. I know. How dare I say you have flaws, right? Easy. Because everybody does.

    I talk about the Apostle Paul a lot. And that’s because he’s the best example of where you and I are right now. And he expressed his concerns about his own ways when he wrote to the new Christians in Rome. Check out what he said and see if you detect yourself in his words:

    “…we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”

    And a few lines later, you can see those weren’t just idle thoughts. Paul was so deeply affected by that inner conflict that he said, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Yikes!

    Yeah, flaws, like the ones Paul described, can allow doubt seep into your mind. That doubt can affect your day, your decisions, and your dreams. And that’s even if you’ve expressed a true faith in the One who made you. I’m not talking about the skepticism kind of doubt, the kind of uncertainty of how we even got here.

    No, this is about Christian faith. And doubt in yourself or your future.

    Uncertainty and insecurity can sneak into your life if you don’t watch out. Regardless of that, I want you to know it’s not an unforgivable sin for that to happen in your life. But doubt can grow when you focus on it instead of the solution.

    Faith and doubt are mentioned, a lot, in the Bible.

    Doubt is often referred to as fear, or a lack of courage, or unbelief. But, no matter what kind of doubt it is, the solution is always presented as faith. God wants you to have courage. He wants you to be powerful and loving. And He gives you the tool to get the job done.

    His word.

    His word is also called “the sword of the Spirit.” It’s an invisible sword, more powerful than brass, iron, or steel. And yet it’s sharp enough to “divide soul and spirit.” Wow, that’s difficult to even imagine.


    Here’s my main point. I just want you to know that if you’re bouncing back and forth between faith and doubt, it means you’re doing something wrong. Not evil, but wrong. And it’s probably that you put most of your trust in yourself. But that’s leaning on limited understanding. And certainly not trusting in the Lord with all your heart.

    There are successful people who don’t trust in the Lord. That’s undeniably true.

    But what profits will you enjoy if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

    Most millionaires and billionaires go to hell.

    I’m not picking on wealthy people because most poor people are going to hell, too. Because most PEOPLE are not going to Heaven. For one stupid reason. They choose not to go. If you have any doubt about where you’ll go if you die today, I suggest putting your faith in Jesus. Without Him, you face a life full of…

    False Moves

    I seem to make so many false moves.

    So many have misunderstood.

    I guess I must expect the worst results,

    And I’d deal with them, if I could.

    World peace news just in. Same as it’s ever been.

    World peace news just in. Same as it’s ever been.

    I’ve lived several decades on this little blue planet. And, as long as I can remember I’ve heard people talk about world peace. And I’ve heard and seen the world peace news on radio and TV. But the world seems to always snatch war from the jaws of peace every time. Have you noticed that?

    During my time on Earth there have always been wars. We’ve been fortunate here in America. Because we haven’t seen actual war on our soil for a long time. But I figure it’s only a matter of time. Especially since hostile invaders cross our borders every day unvetted.


    I don’t believe (although I wish) the world peace news is gonna change any time soon.

    And that’s because most people refuse to allow the peace of God to rule in their hearts. Probably because they don’t like how the peace of God isn’t based on arbitrary human emotions. It’s based on Truth and Life. And most people believe “your truth is yours” and “my truth is mine.” Same people who love to say “love is love.” Yeesh.

    When you understand you had a beginning designed by the Creator of all things, you can begin to understand the importance real Truth and Life. And it’s basic. It’s fundamental. It’s simple. Truth exists because God exists. And God is the source of all life. You can know that you know. And that knowledge gives peace you can’t find anywhere else.

    Unfortunately, most people don’t give a rip about that peace.

    They’d rather wander, ignorantly, through their life. Searching for answers based on their preconceived notions. Or, worse, their flawed learning process (translation: public schooling). And they choose to live esoteric, experiential lives. But that’s a dark, rocky road, with treacherous turns, that leads to the center of the Earth.

    Yeah, I’m one of those wacky Christians who believes in right and wrong. And I take the road less travelled. The road that leads to the narrow gateway to Heaven. But I have at least one thing that no unbeliever will ever have. The world peace news that’s above and beyond human comprehension.

    Good news is, it’s a free gift from God.

    Ironically, in the world of advertising, the word “free” tends to increase sales and profits. But a free gift from God tends to cause eyes to glaze over and hearts to harden.

    I’m sure glad that’s not you and me. Can I get an Amen?

    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!

    (from my song, “Cold Hard Truth”)

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    Your life design is not the same as mine

    Your life design is not the same as mine

    Your life design is unique. No one else who ever lived, is living now, or will ever live will have the same life as you. But your life is also no different from anybody else either. Here’s what I mean. And why it matters.

    The DNA found in every cell of your body is incredibly complex and completely yours. The odds that it exists by chance are so small, you’d be more likely to win the powerball AND get struck by lightning on 3 birthdays in a row.

    Yeah, your living, loving Creator gave you your life design.

    And He put the code inside you that makes sure no one else will be you. So, are you starting to realize how special you are? Great.

    But here’s the other side of the coin…

    You’re not so special, unique, or one-of-a-kind when it comes to how your life plays out.

    Because you’ll experience awesome days and disappointing days. You’ll have to go through pain. And you’ll enjoy great pleasures. You will. And so will about seven billion other people. So did countless other people throughout history. It’s life.

    But just because God gave you your life design doesn’t mean He designed how you’d live out your life.

    That’s why you’ll find forks in roads where you’ll have to choose a direction, an option, a judgment call. Because, in your life design, God gave you a brain to use. A mind to store data and make options based on using that data well.

    So, what’s the best way to make wise choices when you find one of the forks in the road? It depends on who you’re willing to trust for help. Do you think your best friends have the solution? How about mom? Or dad? Those can be good choices. But what if they’re not available when you’re faced with a situation that needs a “right away” answer?

    Who can you turn to in those times?

    I suggest that same living, loving Creator I mentioned before.

    Remember, He designed you. He formed you in your mother’s womb. And He installed that unique code inside you. He knows what makes you tick. And He’s available 24 hours a day. Every day of your life. And He’s as close as your breath. In fact, He’s closer. He’s the Spirit of Life. For you, me, and everyone who wants him to be. Without Him nobody would exist. And His word is how you get to know Him and discover His advice for those forks in your road.

    God’s word says you can plan your way. And it says He will direct your steps. That means He won’t make your decisions for you. And He didn’t plan your life for you. But when you trust Him, He won’t lead you the wrong way. He’ll lead you the direct way. That means you’ll get where you need to be.

    Here’s a challenge for you.

    Give up self-trust today. Read God’s word even more to understand your life design. Especially Paul’s writings, from Romans through Philemon, in the New Testament. Because Paul’s message is the most relevant part of the Bible for what’s going on right now.

    OK, here’s a rhyme to share with kids about their life design.

    Your Story Matters

    Inside a trillion tiny cells,

    Where no one’s eyes can see,

    A trillion times your story flies

    On sparks of energy.

    That energy is life itself,

    The fire to light your way,

    To write your story and to live

    And love someone today.

    Be thankful for your source of life

    And bow or smile and nod

    Because your story matters most,

    When it reveals our God.

    © 2013

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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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