Opportunity Knocks

March 22, 2016



“For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.”
~Mark 14:7, NASB


A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

~Winston Churchill

The verse above keeps showing up in my devotional reading. Judas was outraged at Mary’s extravagant love. He said the perfume was worth a years wage. If you translate that into today’s economy, you are looking at 50,000 bucks. Judas excuse was that the money could have been given to the poor. John said, Judas was not concerned about the poor; he was greedy and saw the money as a waste. It not only hurts a miser to spend money, they hurt when they see others spend money.

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you giving her such trouble? She did a very good thing for me. You will always have the poor with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me.

Not all opportunities are the same. Some opportunities are rare while others are common. Anointing Jesus for His burial was a seven day window and Mary got it done just in time. Helping the poor is a 365 day window.


  • We had a good turn out on Sunday night for the egg hunt and fellowship. We had a lot of visitors. Hey, we are blessed with preschoolers at DBC, I bet we have 50. The kids did good on their musical. They will be doing the one about Easter this Sunday morning.
  • We spent yesterday evening in Addison and Double Springs. We attended Blayton Adair’s COLS and attended the visitation of Ray’s brother-in-law John William Sudduth. Darren Cleghorn’s mother is also a Sudduth and a member of the family. Interesting evening, the battery on the Lexus was not getting a good connection and for a while, I thought I might be spending the night but a very nice man named Tim Garrison stopped and helped me. He knew more about my car than I did. Thanks to the LORD’s goodness and Tim, I got home around 8:00 pm. Joyce Moore’s nephew Lance Hogan will be helping with the service today.
  • I am sure you have heard by now that DBC took a big hit Sunday night with Gray Garner being promoted. Our loss was heaven’s gain. How could you not love Gary? I think the COLS will be Friday at the church. I will share more as the week unfolds.

Keri and Kane

The Mystery Of Prayer

September 13, 2015

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“Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”

~John 11:21-22, NLT


God answers all true prayer, either in kind or in kindness.

~Adoniram Judson

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I love John 11: in verse 3 we have the sisters prayer request–So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” Then in verse 4 we have Jesus response “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” Jesus delayed his coming for two days and when He gets to Bethany, Lazarus is physically dead and in a tomb. Then we have the sister’s response to Jesus not coming immediately or in time to heal Lazarus.

  1. They blame…“Lord, if only YOU had been here, my brother would not have died.” {Both said the same thing}
  2. They are disappointed.
  3. They are bewildered: they do not understand why Jesus was not there when they needed Him most.
  4. They are filled with grief.
  5. Mary may have been depressed: she did not leave the house to met Jesus.

Lesson from the story:

  1. Jesus answered their prayer but just not as they had imagined. God’s plans are much better than our expectations. Actually, His plans are better than our dreams.
  2. The sisters wanted a ‘healing’ but Jesus gave them a ‘resurrection.’ A resurrection trumps a healing.
  3. We all experience the same negative emotions when Christ does not respond to our prayer in the way that we had imagined–disappointment, grief, doubt, fear and despair.
  4. It all boils down to FAITH in CHRIST. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died but even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord, I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who has come into the world from God.”
  5. Mary’s devotion was off the charts but it was Martha {the OCD pot banger} who had the greatest faith. Never underestimate the Martha’s.


  • Gary is making slow progress: he is extremely weak.
  • Kane Hogan: {from Michelle at 8:30 pm last night…9/12/15} The steroid is really playing with Kane’s blood suger. We are going on a week in the hospital. The insulin keeps getting increased but the blood suger still climbs in the evening. We will be in the hospital until they get the right combination. They tell us it is all medical. They have done this. Now we wait for the chemo to hit his system they say it is ruff stuff. He feels fine and we are thankful for that. He takes 3 to 6 shots of insulin a day right now.
  • Today’s schedule: Coffee, Biscuits and donuts at 9:00, LCBS at 9:15, Worship at 10:15 and 6:15. AWANA and VISITATION at 5:30.
  • LORD willing, we will be in REVIVAL at Belleview today through Wednesday night.
  • What about this weather. I went for a walk around 6:00 last night and came in at dark and my hands were cold.
  • I got home at 1:30 am Friday night and that is why there was no EXTRA.
  • I think you are going to love the PARKING LOT. One caution: do not park on the areas where you see the wheat straw; we have back filled those areas and reseeded them. Your not going to need a shade tree to park under today.

Gary, Keri and Kane

At The Feet Of Jesus

September 11, 2015

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The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to Him, grasped his feet, and worshiped Him.

~Matthew 28:8-9, NLT


Worship is always an act of giving: you cannot divorce giving from worship–it’s impossible.


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Remember what Paul said about the Macedonian Churches–They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. [2 Cor.8:5] Mary of Bethany {Martha’s sister} is mentioned in three different passages and in each one she is at the feet of Jesus.

  • John 11:32–When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
  • John 12:3–Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
  • Luke 10:39– Mary sat at the LORD’s feet, listening to what He taught.

What is the significance of posturing yourself at the feet of Jesus?

  1. It is an act of worship.
  2. It is an act of submission.
  3. It is an expression of adoration.
  4. It is a place to pray.
  5. It is a place to learn.
  6. It is a place to rest.

Understand the truth: The Macedonians first gave themselves to the LORD but then they gave a large offering, much more than they could afford. Mary was not just a sponge soaking up the teaching of Jesus; she gave Him the most precious thing she had, a bottle of perfume that was worth a years wages. For me, that would be $60,000.00. How does that compare with our giving? I would call her gift extravagant, wouldn’t you? Worship is always and act of giving and giving should always be an act of worship.


“We Fall Down (My Jesus I Love Thee)”

We fall down, We lay our crowns,  At the feet of Jesus

The greatness of Mercy and love… At the feet of Jesus

We cry holy, holy, holy;  We cry holy, holy, holy;  We cry holy, holy, holy Is the lamb.

My Jesus, I love you, I know thou are mine
To thee all the follies of sin I resign
My gracious redeemer
My savior, art thou
If ever I’ll love you
My Jesus tis now

[If this doesn’t move your spirit, you need reviving]
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  • Tracey Hill should get to come home today is all goes well.
  • Gary Garner is fully awake but he still need our prayers: don’t let up.
  • Kane Hogan: I got this report from Michelle at 8:00 PM [Sept.10]….He is better. Blood suger is still up and down but treating it with insulin. Staying in the hospital till Saturday. Then to Ronald McDonald House for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Pray for Judy Davis: she is one of our best Shepherds. We need Judy! Those senior adult women respond to her.
  • I have a Uncle [Daddy’s baby brother] and an Aunt who are battling cancer. I pray for Revival daily and sometimes more than once a day and I also pray for a cure for cancer. I don’t have any long range plans for this sin cursed earth, it is not that: I just hate cancer and what it does to people. I loathe it with every bone and breath.
  • The Stripers finally showed up and showed out: the kid who runs the machine is 25 years old and he doesn’t slow down. He was trained my his dad but he got so good his dad realized that he was better and gave him the reins. Our parking lot looks great. We need to seal-coat in next July during the break. He and his helper are both believers: we had good fellowship.
  • Sunday schedule: Biscuits and donuts at 9:00, LCBS at 9:15, worship at 10:15 and 6:15. AWANA and VISITATION at 5:30.
  • I will be in REVIVAL @ Belleview Sunday through Wednesday.
  • Joe David and Lori had 27 at the Thursday night college Bible Study.

College Bible study

Gary, Keri and Kane

Martha, Martha!

May 21, 2015

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The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.  One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.”

~Luke 10:41-42, CEB


  It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?

~ Henry David Thoreau

my thoughts redBesides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. When someone repeats your name as Jesus did with Martha, it generally means that you need to stop and think. Martha was so busy that she had not taken time to think. First of all, you do not give Jesus instructions…”Tell my sister to help me.” We just don’t tell God what to do; obviously Martha was not thinking. Secondly, Martha was distracted about many things. She lacked the power to focus. Meditation, contemplation, solitude, prayer–all these things help us clear our minds so we can focus on the One thing most important instead of being occupied by a multitude of things that mean nothing. Thirdly, Martha’s haste, her business kept her from knowing, being aware of what Jesus really wanted. Martha pretense was to please Jesus but she was actually doing as she pleased. In truth, she had not taken the time to see what Jesus wanted most. Jesus had Mary’s undivided attention and He wanted Martha’s also. Have you ever given anyone your undivided attention lately? It is a precious gift.

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  • We had a healing service: we took June to Kroger’s after church: she is OK now. She ask some of the grandkids what they were going to be when they grew up. Ryder is going to play right tackle for Auburn and then go to the NFL. He plans to do ventriloquism in the off season. Josie want to be a school teacher like her mom and a veterinarian but she said, “I don’t think I can do both so I guess I’ll be a teacher.” Ty didn’t exactly shoot for the stars. He is going to marry a hot chick with $5,000 and they are putting in an in ground swimming pool. Of the three, I would say that Josie is the most realistic.
  • Miss Clara is sick again. I will be at the office today but if you call, use my cell number. The phone doesn’t work in my office. {Not kidding}
  • Great Music again last night: every band member was there doing their job but every church member was not there in support. We need REVIVAL!
  • May 21-26 Mandy is on Vacation. If you need help with your phone, she will be available Wednesday May 27.
  • May 29 Senior Adult Cook Out. BBQ chicken and ribs.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I think the time is 3:00 PM
  • June 8-12…VBS and VBX
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VBS-VBX June 8-12


Wow, That Is Amazing!

February 17, 2015

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And His {Jesus} mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”…So they followed His instructions.

~John 2:5,7, NLT


Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

~Charles Wesley

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I love the story of Jesus transforming water into wine and Mary’s incredible faith in her Son but today I want to focus on the SERVANTS. The servants, who represent us, did nothing spectacular. They simply filled some pots with water and at Jesus instruction, they carried them to the host. I could fill a pot with water and so could you. I could not do what Jesus did and neither could anyone else. Jesus did and does things that no other man can do. No other human lived a perfect life and thus fulfilled the laws every demand. No one else could die for our sins and no one else could do the miraculous signs He performed {John 15:24}. Jesus is the unique Man.

I am a servant and I can pour water in a pot. I cannot do anything spectacular; but I can follow Jesus instructions and I can celebrate His wonderful uniqueness. So today, we look at this story from the servants point of view.

  1. The servants witnessed the supernatural glory and power of Christ.

  2. The servants were the only ones who really knew what happened.

  3. The servants witnessed the results of the miracle: the celebration extended, the host overjoyed.

  4. The servants experienced personal joy because Jesus involved them in the miracle.

  5. The servants had a testimony…they had a story to tell.

I don’t think these servants were tempted to take the glory from Jesus. I think they were just thrilled to be there and be a part of this fantastic moment. When we are in the presence of such greatest, we are absorbed in the shadows of their glory. We are like Peter when Jesus directed him to the miraculous catch, we are so overwhelmed with His infinite greatness, that in the moment, we cease to exist apart from Him. The problem with our worship these days is that we do not cease to exist. “LORD Jesus do something among us which would cause us to lose our ‘selves’ in Your glory.”

  • Today we Pray for TEACHERS.

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  • Those who know me well know that you never walk up before a service or after a service and give me money for anything. When I came home last night, after visiting the Funeral Home, Hospital and Nursing homes in Decatur; June was hanging up my jacket and she said what is this and she pulled out a $500 which will build another house in Guatemala. I had forgotten all about it. This means we are almost halfway to our goal.
  • Don’t forget to pray for Kane and I think we gave 110 pints of blood on Sunday which is a record for our church. The LIFE SOUTH workers were exhausted and had Hurricane KaTrina shut it down at 6:00. There were 10 waiting to give. This means we had 135 donors–some got turned down. Trina did a great job. She is to be commended.

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  • Lara and Lexi had lunch with Big Mama and I yesterday. Lara said, “Big Mama, I want you to make me a carrot cake.” June said, “I can’t. I do not have enough carrots.” Lara said, “Do you put carrots in a carrot cake?” June said, “Of course, why do you think they call them carrot cakes?” The girl is a true blond. I have bad news for Mr. Hardy and several more: Big Mama says she is shutting down the bakery–no more cakes for anyone. If you want her to make you a cake, you’ll have to go through Seth. She told me after Christmas…”No more cakes big boy, this bakery is closed for good.
  • HOUSE COUNT: 8 down and 12 to Go!

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Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.

~Matthew 2:16, NLT


Herod the Great was a barbarian, a malevolent maniac.


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The Wise Men got Herod shook up when they rode into town asking questions; especially this one,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Herod the Great was a cruel dictator who was obsessed with power. The Jews feared him but they had no desire to worship him. He was ruthless. He had his mother-in-law executed. Perhaps you are thinking “so what, if I had his power, I might do the same.” Well, it gets worse, he had a brother-in-law executed, two sons and one of his ten wives. When he realized that the Wise Men had out foxed him, he was furious. He sent his soldiers back to Bethlehem and they slaughtered every male child two years old and younger.

God spoke to Joseph in a dream and warned him to flee Herod’s wrath. Joseph woke Mary up in the middle of the night and they left for Egypt. Some think they used the gold given to them by the Wise Men to finance their trip and stay in Egypt. In the movie, Herod’s executioners get there the next morning after Joseph and Mary have fled to Egypt. Herod died a few years later in misery and pain.

What a contrast between Herod the king and Jesus the King of kings. The Romans gave Herod power when he was 25 years old. He used it and abused it and then lost it forever. Jesus was born a KING, He had power from birth. He used His power to help others. Jesus power will never be diminished!

What kind of power do you have? Will you use it to help others? 

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  • Two more office days until Christmas.
  • Today we pray for FAMILY. Why don’t we focus on families who will be missing a family member this Christmas. Grief seems to be a heavier burden during the holidays.
  • Preston is better and Katie Sparkman is tired and wants rest. All the children are doing well as far as I know.
  • Edward T. is home; I saw him from a distance.
  • If any of you SMITH LAKE folks need some trees to bait your Crappie holes, there are plenty at church. You can’t miss them, Marty put them in the front. Get a truck load.
  • Deacon and wives meet this Sunday at 8:55 on the money. Biscuits and donuts will be there around 8:45. LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15. LORD willing we are preaching on HE WHO IS BORN KING OF THE JEWS. No pm services.

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June 20, 2014

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“Do whatever he tells you.”

~John 2:5, NLT


The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your life. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.

~Adrian Rogers


No one knew Jesus like Mary. She had spent more time with Him than anyone on earth. She went to Him with her problem but His verbal response was, “It’s not My problem.” Actually He said, “Woman, it’s not My problem.” He was either disrespecting her or kidding her and I choose to believe the later. She knew He would do something but she dared not tell Him what to do. She knew that whatever He did, it would be something new, refreshing and probably incredible. I love this woman and this story…she says to the servants, “Do whatever He tells You,” and walks off.

Presumption may be the mother of all sins. The Jews presumed the Messiah would be a king in the mold of David and would lead the Jewish Nation to military victory over the domineering Romans. They never imagined a suffering servant who would be crucified by the Romans, with their help of course.

Now days we have all these prophecy experts telling us exactly what is going to happen in the end time. Time will reveal them to be as presumptuous as the Jews. He will do something they have never imagined. It is His nature and Mary knew Him well and so she said, “Do whatever He says.” She left all the details to Jesus. To quote Yoda,  “Intelligent woman she was!”


  • Essie Holladay, Gregg’s Aunt and the last of her generation was promoted on Tuesday June 17th at the age of 100. She was pretty active until the last year or so. Her COLS is today at FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH at 11:00 am with Dr. J. Wayne Penn, Dan Compton and Don Gentry. Mrs. Essie was born November 17, 1913, in Lawrence County to Dr. James Samuel Crow and Dona Bell Miller Crow. She and her husband, Clyde Holladay had six children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two children: Parris Holladay and Lyle Holladay, and her siblings: Coy Crow, Myrtis Crow, Evie Holladay, Hazel Holladay, Zemon Crow and Christine McKay, and her son-in-law: Bob Puckett. Essie was a homemaker, quilter, gardner, hospital employee and caretaker of children and the sick. She was a life-long faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church.
  • Full slate this Sunday beginning with Deacon’s meeting at 8:00. We have one surprise which we will share with you Sunday morning. I know how much you like surprises.
  • Adam’s family, not the Adams family, left for China yesterday morning and the Guatemalan crew came home yesterday evening except for Haley Rae who is going to spend the Summer is beautiful Guatemala. Haley Rae is a good Missionary: she never gets home sick. You have to love the country and the people to be effective and I think she does both.
  • I am not responsible for what my daughters post of FACEBOOK!

Extravagant Love

April 17, 2014

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But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to Me?”

~Mark 14:6, NLT


Love [Agape] is the only spiritual power that can overcome the self-centeredness of our human nature.

~Arnold J. Toynbee

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Jesus was a superb teacher and He was filled with truth but very few heard what He was saying. Humans, as a general rule, are horrible listeners. We are not active listeners: we are passive. We do not work at listening and thus we do not hear what the other person is actually saying. Mary was an active listener. You can make fun of her domestic work ethic if you like but when it came to listening, she was well ahead of the curve. She understood what others did not: Jesus was about to die! This was the eve of His crucifixion and Mary sensed his heaviness of heart while others were insensitive. We need the Martha’s to serve but boy do we need our share of Mary’s. When was the last time someone really listened to what you had to say?
Mary’s love for Jesus was so great that she was willing to embarrass herself. Her love was so great that she gave Jesus the most precious thing she had, knowing that it would last less than 24 hours. Perfume is expensive but it has a short life span once it is broken and spilled out. Others considered it a waste but not Mary. She didn’t care what others thought, her focus was solely on Jesus. She was a woman in a man’s world. She did not lack courage but she lacked strength: she was no match for an angry mob, a roman soldier or a pagan governor. She could not stop this world from abusing her LORD but she could express her love. Jesus said, “She did what she could.” Somehow she sensed that it was in God’s will for Jesus to die but she did what she could. Have we done what we could? If I only knew that Jesus would say the same thing about me but I fear that it will not happen. It is a sobering thought.

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  • The sun needs no witness to it’s glory, amen. The glory of the sun is self-evident. The sun felt good yesterday and it was rather nice when the wind laid. The Son needs no witness; when we see HIM, when the world sees HIMHis glory will be self-evident.
  • We are working on something special for Sunday or you might say different. I think the children will be with us in the service and we want the service to move but we also want the gospel presented clearly. We are not going to hurry because that could offend the Holy Spirit and without Him we are whistling in the wind. It would help if we could get all our video equipment to function properly. One way or the other, we intend to present the gospel. Our job is to plan and present, your job is to pray.
  • Sunrise at 7:30…Breakfast at 8:00-8:30…LCBS at 9:00, Easter Parade at 10:10, Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus at 10:15. No pm services.
  • The series on Colossian is going better, for me anyway and we had another good crowd last night and a few Mary’s out there which is always encouraging.
  • Don’t know if the video will work or not: just don’t click on it: I may use it Sunday.

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Instant Joy

March 26, 2014

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“Woman, what have you to do with Me? My time to act has not yet come.”

~John 2:4


Christ will always accept the faith the puts its trust in Him.

~Andrew Murray

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I like the story of the wedding In Cana of Galilee where Mary was in charge of the reception. She fixed it so that her son Jesus got invited and of course He came, perhaps to honor His mother. They ran out of wine and Mary goes directly to Jesus who basically says, “Woman, this is not my problem” but He must have said it tongue in cheek because Mary does not get upset but turns to the house hold servants and says to them: “Do whatever He tells you.” Then Mary leaves the room and goes about her business. Let me tell you what I like about Mary:

  1. She knew more about Jesus than anyone on earth.
  2. She knew exactly where to go when she had a problem.
  3. She does not tell Jesus how to solve the problem: just dumps it in His lap and goes about her business. She does not nag, whine or fret.
  4. She has incredible faith in Jesus, very close to perfect. Matter of fact, I wonder if she even had a doubt.

It is as if she knows in advance that Jesus is going to tell the servants to do something that doesn’t make sense. Everyone knows, you do not make wine from water: it take grapes and time.  Wine in the bible is a symbol of joy and Jesus can produce instant joy just as he made instant wine. He did it without grapes or time. By the way, water is a symbol of life. Jesus is the LIVING WATER who can turn your life into JOY.


  • What a day, just me, my books, and a picture window 28 feet wide and 30 feet high. I can see for miles on this mountain top. I wish they would move the Smokies closer to Danville. Big Mama left me a gallon of tea, the ice machine is working and the internet is working. We had a lot of trouble last night but it is much better today. Only problem is that I can not post right now [2:07 pm] and tonight it may be sluggish again.
  • I have to enjoy today: I have the Chloe Bug tomorrow and she has not had that “Copernican Moment”, the realization that the world does not revolve around you. I remember the struggle when I had Mother and Lara at the same time. They never got along good because they both wanted all the attention. Chloe Bug would put them both in the shade. She brings a whole new meaning to HIGH MAINTENANCE. 
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    Rub-a-dub-dub Grandkids in the tub

    Rub-a-dub-dub Grandkids in the tub

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    Little Stair-Dare-Devil

    Grand Girls At CB

    Grand Girls At CB

March 3, 2014

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Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

~Luke 2:34-35, NLT


When we obey God, it is going to cost those around us more than it cost us.

~Oswald Chambers


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Mary watching Jesus Being Beaten

In all my education or lack thereof, until Saturday I had never had the above thought. When a disciple is in love with Jesus, he or she does not think of service to Jesus as a sacrifice. Better still, I don’t think Jesus [who made the ultimate sacrifice] thought primarily about the sacrifice He was making. I don’t recall Him using the word sacrifice in connection to His death. You and I know that it was a sacrifice, one that we cannot fathom but Jesus was so consumed with love for the Father and human kind that He endured the cross, despising the shame for the joy that was set before Him . Jesus suffered as no man has ever suffered but Simeon’s prophecy was fulfilled, Mary suffered also: a sword pierced her soul. I’m sure she would have preferred one pierce her body. I can’t imagine the grief she endured as she watched them abuse and mistreat her Son.

As I meditated upon this thought, I realized; it is not I who has sacrificed but my mother and my wife. I think Chambers has hit the proverbial nail on the head. This blog is dedicated to all pastor’s wives.


  • What about that Sunshine and those 65* temps Saturday: and yesterday [March 2]. Can I get a shout out to the LORD: Thank You Jesus!
  • Men’s Breakfast went great: Big Daddy, Catfish and Steadman did a good job. Johnny is joining the crew as a gravy maker since I bombed out.
  • SON OF GOD was very moving. Like the Passion of Christ, I needed to see it but I don’t want to see it again, not anytime soon. Our sin and inhumanity to man is a sobering thing to watch. Believe it or not, I had already written the above devotion before going to the movie. It was Sunday’s post and I forgot to upload it on Sunday morning.
  • I am getting aggravated at myself: I keep forgetting to take pictures when we have a POF. Luis Weaver came yesterday morning and then Walker Young made a POF at home. His mom called me Sunday evening. This good news put the icing on my cake, what a day, two POF’s. We now have three awaiting Baptism.
  • I made the logo at the top using paint…If you can do better, do it and email it to me. I know someone out there can make me a colorful CELEBRATE JESUS.
  • If Mary looked familiar, it was probably because you have seen her on Touched By and Angel. Her name is Roma Downey and she and her husband Mark Burnett were producers of Son of God. She is a catholic and a member of Women of Faith. She and her husband have been mocked by the unholywooders for their part in the movie. I’m telling, when HE returns and it may be soon, He will set the house in order.
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Roma Downey