Friday, August 10, 2018
My daughter and I were returning from an overnight ocean trip and were in the town of Weaverville, 44 miles from home when we first heard about the Carr fire. Hwy 299 was closed, so we stayed the night in Weaverville in an old Victorian Inn. The next morning we took a twisting mountain road, hwy 3 and 36 that took us south to Red Bluff. For many the fire is an inconvenience, but for thousands more it was losing almost everything. The fire raged on with tornadoes of fire reaching 140 mph coming within 10 miles of our home. Over a thousand homes were burned up. Twenty-two families in our church lost their homes. Our pastor set up some beds in our fellowship hall. The Church bathrooms had seldom used showers for the guests use. Our Sunday school teachers came to class with their dog. They did not want to leave him at home with the fire coming that way. Two people that are musician friends in groups that I play with had homes in places where many were burned up, but their homes were spared. Our outdoor summer concerts at the park have been cancelled due to the unhealthy air from the fires. My family was inconvenienced by the fire but all were affected by it, some are still in bewilderment. The fire still burns to the east and is 50% contained. I made a poster of the picture above for my store window. The firefighters and those who lost homes and loved ones in the fires need our prayers. Lord, we ask for the fires to be put out. Send the rain and may many trust in God and Jesus for their needs for now and for all eternity. Amen
Monday, June 18, 2018
2Co 6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2Co 6:2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2Co 6:3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,
2Co 6:4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, ...
Things happen to slow you down, to discourage and to convict you. In this world there is a war; the devil seeks to destroy you but the Spirit of God points to Jesus and your eternal salvation. Once saved, I believe that he continues with you even through difficult times when you may feel that all is looking bad. He is good and God loves us through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hold onto him and fellowship with Him. As the hymn says,
"What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms."
My dear ministry friend, Dorothy, sent me two large custom made coffee cups celebrating the founding of our Eaglewings Ministries. On the cup was this verse:
Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
On the cup in large letters was written "KEEP GOING". I see this as a useful motto for all who trust in Jesus as our savior. KEEP GOING, for he is drawing you to him now and forever more. My ministry friend has grown older and is no longer online. Other friends have gone on to be with the Lord. We remain and we are to remain faithful.
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Monday, June 11, 2018
I opened a Chinese fortune cookie that had been waiting on my desk. I read the fortune that said "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." Immediately I thought of our crooked politicians who when asked questions they say "I don't remember." Their memory is selective and their stories are layered with lies. This is an era when God's word is censored and human thoughts are exalted. Humanism and the absence of absolute values result in "my truth and your truth, which is is no truth. "Progressives" remove the boundaries of established morality and impose their dictates as the politically correct order of things. Oh how we need the word of God!
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Joh 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Pro 14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Our nation needs the truth of God's word and to depart from evil.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This morning at five AM my daughter answered a call from a very upset friend. Her friend had been startled awake by her mother screaming, "Dad is dead"! He fell asleep in a favorite chair in his hobby room and his soul and spirit peacefully passed on to be with Jesus. Yes, the family were Christians with the promises of life after death, and yet it came at an unexpected time for them. Losing a loved one is difficult.
Another man has died, who was a friend in our Rest Home ministry. He played the harmonica and was a WW2 veteran. When we would play the hymn, "Are You Washed With The Blood", he would tell us of a true story from the battle of Iwo Jima. He was driving a Caterpillar tractor and beside him a soldier fell wounded from gunfire. He got off the tractor to help the soldier and by doing this, he himself was covered with his blood. An officer saw Bill covered in blood and came to help him. He said "I am not hurt, just covered in the blood". This is also is our story, we need not fear death, for we are covered with the blood of Jesus.
Bill lived life to the fullest . He was in his nineties and his mind was still alert. When we visited him at his home he was in bed. The doctors said that he was dying. He said, "I am not dying, I have things to do and places to go. I feel fine"! He was a fighter. We can learn from his desire to keep on going. Love life and do now the things still undone, places to go, friends to love, and yes things to do. Live life to the fullest for Jesus gives us life more abundant and because of this we live productive lives for as long as we are able.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John chapter 14 has awesome promises.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Joh 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Joh 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Thank you Lord Jesus for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, The fullness of God dwelling in the believer. His love pours out to us. When we are in need, we have other brothers and sisters in the Lord who we can go to. My daughter was a good help to her friend in need this morning. My daughter is a wonderful person, a true friend. Jesus makes us available for others and we have his abiding presence that gives us peace in all situations.
Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
This is my verse, that means so much to me. Be at peace for Jesus is with us always and when we leave this body we continue with him.
2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
2Co 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Be comforted by this. We have only just begun to live.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I came through the wonderful teaching in a Baptist Church. They taught me that the word of God is truth, all of it and I believe this. Having been in an Assembly of God church for a number of years, I have not changed my thoughts that the Bible is the word of God. The Assembly church also teaches that the gifts, such as tongues and the interpretation of tongues are for this time as well. I came across an interpretation of tongues given in my church in March of 2005. It was with my wife's things. She was going through a difficult time with her health. Any interpretation or prophecy must line up with God's word. Here is the interpretation.
In this day when there is darkness all around you, people will say, my people have the strength of God and the joy of the Lord. You will walk with joy. You will walk with understanding. You will walk in wisdom because I am your God. You have acknowledged me. You have given honor to my name. I am your God and I will walk with you through these things and you will see the light. You will not see the darkness for the darkness will not cover you. But I the Light will cover my people.
When we walk in the light with God, people will see Him and He will be glorified. The LORD is our Light and our strength.
Psa 89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Psa 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Psa 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psa 89:16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
Psa 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
Psa 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
My wife left this life knowing that the Light of God will not go out. She is in the light of his presence and of His glory. Our walk of faith is a walk with the Lord. He takes us through the darkness, for we are in him the people of light and truth. Jesus is the real truth and I believe in Him.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Jos 23:6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
Jos 23:7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
Jos 23:8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
Jos 23:9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
Jos 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Jos 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
Jos 23:12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:
Jos 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
Jos 23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Jos 23:15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
Jos 23:16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
Monday, February 26, 2018
As a result of the school shooting in Florida that took the lives of 17 people people are seeking answers. Those who have been trying to remove guns from people are wanting to take guns away as an answer to the problem. The problem is a sin problem. A killer will find a gun or some other way to kill. People need Jesus and the Ten Commandments. Jesus is God's Son. The Ten Commandments are a moral guide for people to obey God. The spiritually blind allow atheists and others to remove the Ten Commandments from public places. This is an open invitation for demons of violence to enter the minds and hearts of our young people.
Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Psa 138:2 ...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
We must never turn from God or his word. Jesus is the Word of God come in the flesh. He died on a cross, shedding His blood for the removing of our sins. Billy Graham preached Jesus and the cross. Now that Billy has been removed from preaching, we must keep the name of Jesus before the people. Preach Jesus for the removal of our sins and bring back the Ten Commandments as an answer to godless violence. Will we follow God or the godless people? I will follow Jesus.