“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

~John 14:27, NLT


When the power of His love overcomes your love of power, you can have peace.



I have had a good week but an unusual week: for the last two nights, I have preached from my morning bible study. I the only sermon I intended to preach was Sunday morning and I have my doubts about it. In my bible study yesterday morning, I discovered four things in John 14 that the world can not give you.

  1. A HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: [14:1-4] We believers have a future and Jesus talks about it in the first four verses. No matter how bad things get here, this is not our home. The good news is: we are just passing through. Let not your heart be troubled, heaven is our home.
  2. A PERFECT SENSE OF SATISFACTION. [14:8] It doesn’t matter who you are or how much you have, you are not perfectly happy and you are most certainly not perfectly fulfilled. This is true because this world is not our home. Christ fills the void but the consummation of the filling comes with His return. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [I Cor. 2:9]
  3. A PERFECT FRIEND WHO CAN STAND WITH US IN ANY SITUATION. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate {Helper, Intercessor, Friend, Standby}, who will never leave you. [14:16] I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. [14:18]
  4. PEACE OF MIND AND HEART: [14:27] Do you not covet peace of mind and heart. The peace Jesus gives the world cannot take away so don’t be troubled or afraid {these are not my words}.

I have to be honest, my heart is often troubled; I don’t understand what is happening. Can you explain to me why a 15 year old is fighting for his life while a 66 year old who definitely deserved death and hell is still walking around? Why is it that the best among us seem to suffer the most? I don’t know the answers and Jesus has no obligation to explain His infinite plans to me and even if He did, I would not be able to understand. I do very much believe in heaven: without John 14:1-4 nothing would make sense.


  • Another good REVIVAL SERVICE: God is good.
  • Gary is still very weak and Kane is now in ICU. We need to pray fervently for these two guys and their families. You can text me anytime and I will pray with you. All you have to do is send me the praying hands or just say, “I am praying for Kane and Gary,” and I will send you a voice mail or a text. We had almost 40 to respond the last time and we’ve had only 8 this time but I know other groups are doing prayer chains and the more the better.
  • Lifting Kane in Prayer meeting: Joe David said they had around 70. I don’t have any other details. I hope we have more good news for you tomorrow.
  • We need some good news and Judy Davis got some this week: Judy has been under the anxiety of her cancer returning but growth was benign Praise the LORD.
  • More good news: Jack Nicholson is pro-life….check it outJack is Pro-life for good reason

Gary, Keri and Kane

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But you do see; You take notice of trouble and suffering and are always ready to help. The helpless commit themselves to You; You have always helped the needy.

~Psalm 10:14, GNT


We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.

~Elisabeth Elliot

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Personally, I know very little about suffering but I do see it everywhere and practically everyday. In the last 48 hours, I have hugged a child that has a broken heart, prayed with a friend who is battling cancer, visited a sweet lady who is just worn out and ready to go home and then finished the day at Huntsville Hospital where my brother-in-law survived death by inches and my aunt had a late evening emergency surgery that lasted until 9:00 PM last night. I thought about a passage I read in the message this morning…LORD, You know all about it–the contempt, the abuse, and those who never seem to catch a break but ultimately, You will not let us down. Orphans will not be orphans forever. A day is coming with orphans get parents, the homeless get homes, the sick get healing and the reign of terror {death} is over. No matter how dark it gets, there is always hope for a believer in Jesus Christ. He is hope for the hopeless.


  • June’s brother is going to be OK but he was fortunate. He got blind sided right behind the door of his pickup. I don’t think he would have survived had he taken a direct hit. He has a lot of bumps and bruises. He has one bad cut and maybe a few cracked ribs but to this point, it appears that he is going to be OK. Jason said, “Uncle Jack, Dad will be there for the Thanksgiving dinner. We are thankful and we give the LORD praise.
  • There is something that I am forgetting but it is late and my mind is getting fuzzy. Maybe I will think of it tomorrow.