September 25, 2015



“Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”

~Matthew 25:21, NLT


Character is what comes out in a crisis.



Right out of Seminary, I prayed for God to give me good circumstances. We all think that given the right set of circumstances we could produce unbelievable results. Lord give me a bigger church, a higher paying job, a more affirming support group or an understanding spouse. Have you noticed, God does not give us ideal circumstance and for good reason. We grow best when the circumstances are less than ideal. The first lesson Christ wants us to learn is: we cannot control circumstances but via His grace we have the power not to allow the circumstances control us.

Don’t cheat on your daily quit time. Don’t cheat on your bible study. Don’t cheat on worship. Don’t slack on any of the Christian disciplines. Then when the storm comes, you will be anchored. If you cheat, your true character will come out in a crisis. Some people spend their life waiting for the big opportunity. You are not ready for the big opportunity until you learn to be faithful in the daily grind of small opportunities. If you are not faithful to the small things {Christian disciplines}, you will not be faithful with big opportunities.

Bloom where you are planted. Don’t pray for ideal circumstance or big opportunities; this is not what we need. We need to develop more character and that come through tribulation and perseverance.


  • Gary Garner was transferred to Health South yesterday.
  • Kane Update: Kane feels pretty good. The doctors are amazed. His insides have a lot of healing to do. It will take time to get his strength back inside and out. I think they are keeping him here because they enjoy having him. The doctors and nurses come see him when they are not working. It is going to be a slow but steady climb. Here is his mail address Ronald McDonald House in Memphis: Turner Kane Hogan #41, 535 Alabama Ave, Memphis, Tn. 38105. We should be there by Saturday. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.
  • I want to be at the right place at the right time and it’s not always easy to discern. I had planned to visit my Uncle Floyd on Friday but June suggested I go yesterday. I told her I would pray about it. It was after 10 am when I left the office and headed to Rome. It was the perfect day. Uncle Floyd felt like visiting with me and then he ask me to stay and see his friends from Douglasville. The senior adults from his church of 40 years rented a motor coach and drove to Rome to see him: wow, what an outpouring of affection. It was an awesome sight. There were 42 of them. One by one, they climbed up the back deck and hugged Uncle Floyd. He was moved to tears. The entire experience was overwhelming. I am so thankful I was there to witness such a sight and it was all God’s grace. I rejoiced on the way home and thanked Him for His leadership.

Uncle Floyd

  • It is a beautiful drive from here to Rome. I could live in Center, Alabama. It is located on the banks of the best crappie lake in North America, maybe the world and they have everything I need [McDonalds, KFC, John Deere dealership] except a Marco’s Pizza. I am also afraid I wouldn’t see much of my grandchildren. If somebody gave me a house on Weis Lake, I would be tempted. Tell me these two pics aren’t beautiful…

Weiss lake falls

Weiss Lake

  • I hope we get all 40% of the rain they are talking about. We need a good rain.
  • Joe David and Lori had 27 again last night for the COLLEGE BIBLE STUDY.
  • The CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE for Glenn Jolly is today at Peck’s, 1:00 PM. Joe David is the minister. Remember we are helping with the lunch after the service. Get your desserts to Jennifer by noon, no later.

Gary, Keri and Kane


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