No Place Like Home

November 27, 2015

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Scripture

Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

~Luke 16:9, NLT

Quote

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I have lived in many houses, apartments, etc. but in my 66 years I have really had only two homes. While my parents were living, I considered Sardis Springs my home but now my earthy home is in Danville or Rocky Ford, if you want to be technical. A house is made of brick and beams, a home is made by hope and dreams. A house has no eternal significance but home has infinite worth.

Bro. Inman use to say, “Everyone needs three homes, a Christian Home, a Church Home and a Heavenly Home.” Thank God for a Christian home and for a church home but the best is yet to come. I’ve had an easy life but many of my friends have had deal with sorrow upon sorrow.

I visited one of the sweetest ladies I know on Wednesday and she has stood at the grave side of three children: not one, not two but three and has a sweet spirit and wonderful attitude in spite of the sorrow.

I have a cousin who can’t remember a healthy family. His father had rheumatoid arthritis and sugar diabetes. His oldest brother had MS, his only sister had a rare disease that I can’t spell. His mother had a bad heart and his baby brother was a chronic diabetic, two insulin shots per day since he was 10 years old. His dad and older brother died in their 50’s, his mom, sister and baby brother died in their 60’s. At age 70, he has outlived everyone in his family by three years. No one else got past 67.

I am sick of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and all the other forms of illness that bring pain and sorrow to families. Do I have perfect peace in this world? NO! I see hurting people almost every day of my life and I am looking forward to going home, my real home where we will experience infinite joy, peach and love–with no sorrow, sickness or death.

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  • Another great THANKSGIVING service. I loves things that are simple and we had a service in which our children could participate. When Braden Bass grabs the mic, I thought, “There is no telling what he is going to say,” but the little fellow was clear, articulate and right on the money. If his dad had been there, he would swelled up like an old dead dog. Renee was so moved, she could not say a word. Granny T came with Sue and when it came her time she said, “I am thankful for Teddy.” Just kidding, she said, “I am thankful for Sue.” Sue is so high on Granny’s list that she can be the center of a family photo. They still make Adam stand on the edge in case he needs to be cropped out someday. Granny would have sung for us but June could not find the sheet music. We’ve booked her for next year.
  • Gary Garner had his final chemo on Wednesday, we pray.
  • Dropped in to see David and Kay: David is doing well but also being careful to follow the doctor’s orders. He may get out Sunday if everything falls into place.
  • Also stopped by to see Mrs. Jewel Roberts who has not been out in 5 weeks but she may get to come Sunday weather permitting.
  • Folks, I had a great THANKSGIVING. I am thankful for a lot but at 1120 Ironman, Big Mama is the MVP. I didn’t mention that at church or with the family but we all depend on Big Mama and she does a terrific job taking care of the family. I am very blessed! All Bailey’s have sinned and come short of the perfection we see in Jesus but all things considered, I am very proud of my children and grand children. I hope you had a good day also.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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SCRIPTURE

It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

~Psalm 119:71

QUOTE

It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirring of good…so bless you, prison, for having been in my life.

~Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 

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In Charles Swindoll’s book Encourage Me, he tells the story of a 1968 commercial airliner landing on its belly in New York City. The landing gear malfunctioned and they had to land without wheels on a run way coated with foam. Everyone survived but prior to landing there was some tension. Once the flight attendants had everyone buckled in their seats with head between knees the Captain came over the intercom with this message….We are beginning our final descent. At this moment, in accordance with International Aviation Codes established in Geneva, it is my obligation to inform you that if you believe in God you should commence prayer. I had never heard of this pray code, had you?

The amazing thing about this incident is no one on board, other than the Pilot and Co-pilot knew anything about the Geneva prayer code. It was there all the time but it took a crisis to bring it out.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was once acclaimed the greatest Russian author since Tolstoy. He was a not only a gifted writer, he was very outspoken about the evils of communism and for that he was sentenced to 8 years in the labor camps [prisons]. It was in one of these prisons that he meet Dr. Boris Kornfield, a Jew who had converted to Christianity. Although the Russians needed doctors, they did not look favorably on Kornfield sharing his faith daily. On Kornfield’s last night on earth, he sat by the bunk of Aleksandr Solzhenitysn and shared his faith in Christ with the Russian novelist. Later that same night Boris Kornfield was beaten to death with a mallet. Some think he was murdered by prison guards and others think inmates.

In the late 50’s Solzhenitsyn was freed from prison and he lived the last three decades of his life in freedom. I don’t think Solzhenitsyn had any desire to go back to prison but he did realize his prison suffering forged his character and his faith.

After the crisis, whatever it may be, when we are sufficiently crushed: Christ steps out of the shadows into the light and begins to comfort and to teach. Pride is our enemy and humiliation becomes our friend because it makes us teachable. It reminds me of a little poem I heard when I was a child…

I walked a mile with pleasure, she chatted all the way

But I was none the wiser for what she had to say.

I walked a mile with sorrow and never a word said she,

But Oh the things that I did learn with sorrow walked with me.

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  • Today we pray for the WORLD, not the system but the people who need Christ.
  • Regular schedule tonight….supper at 5:30, AWANA at 6:15 and the GATHERING at 6:30. I don’t know if I will get to attend or not; it depends.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS is on for Saturday.

Keri and Kane

Crisis

April 6, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

~James 1:2, NLT

QUOTE

We learn more from life’s trials than we do life’s triumphs.

~Chip Ingram

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The Chinese word for “crisis” (simplified Chinese: 危机; traditional Chinese: 危機; pinyin: wēijī) is frequently invoked in Western motivational speaking because the word is composed of two Chinese characters that can represent “danger” and “opportunity“. Some linguist accuse motivational speakers of taking liberties with the word.

One such case was in a speech by President John F. Kennedy, in Indianapolis on April 12, 1959. In his speech, Kennedy said that, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.”

The word “crisis” (wēijī) consists of two syllables that are written with two separate characters, wēi and jī. . . . While it is true that wēijī does indeed mean “crisis” and that the wēi does convey the notion of “danger,” the jī syllable of wēijī does not literally mean opportunity but it can be translated “Critical or defining moment” which is most always an opportunity.

This same concept is what James has in mind, we should consider trouble [various trials] as opportunities for ministry, spiritual advancement and joy. How did Job respond when the bottom fell out of his world? He did respond nobly with sincere worship but you would not consider his first response one of ecstatic joy. Generally, when trouble comes our way, our first response is and intense struggle with our faith that may lend itself to doubt, discouragement and despair. With time we begin to see God at work in our crisis and we begin learning things that we could never understand a part from the crisis. The joy of the crisis is like the sonic boom that follows a super sonic jet. You see the plane long before you hear the sound. Our first response to crisis will most likely be fear but the joy is coming. In Psalm 30:5 David stated the principle like this: Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

I hate to agree with a democrat but I’m going to concur with Kennedy, a crisis is a critical point that presents both danger and opportunity. Remember the old adage, “Don’t waste your sorrows.”

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  • It is good to be back on line after being down for two weeks. I am no where near 100% but I am better PTL.  I hope this is not a premature celebration but Lord willing I will be blogging daily again: at least that is my prayer. I was able to attend the second service yesterday and see all the babies and children in their Easter outfits. I enjoyed the Praise and worship: The Band, David, the Choir and the Praise and Motion Team were fantastic. I thought Joe David had a great message and I enjoyed the entire service and that includes the offerings.
  • At this time we do not know what the treatment will be for the back and sciatic nerve. They may do an MRI next week. I stay on the steroids this week. Barring a miraculous turn around, I doubt that I can be back in the pulpit for a couple of more weeks. We will play it by ear.

Thank HIM For Who He Is

November 28, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

~Psalms 86:15, NRSV

QUOTE

To be thankful for our blessings leaves us falling short: we need to give thanks to our Benefactor but even that is insufficient, we need to thank Him not just for what He does but for who He is.

~Yaakov

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Thanksgiving and praise go together and David was good at both because he focused on God’s attributes. In Psalms 86 he strings together a list of divine attributes: we see at least six in verse 15 alone. David begins with But You, O Lord God are”God here is not ‘elohiym [object of our worship] but El, the Strong One, the Almighty. And the Almighty is merciful, gracious, slow to anger [patient], steadfast in love and faithful [True]. When we are sorrowful, the LORD is full of compassion. When we are battling temptation, the LORD is slow to anger. When we sin, He is merciful and kind. Even if we are unfaithful to HIM, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself. Nothing we do or say has any influence over His attributes. I cannot influence God to be more loving or less loving. He is who He is: it is all in His name Yahweh [I AM WHO I AM]. All these attributes make Him worthy of praise and since all the attributes are good, we should be thankful.

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  • We had a very good THANKSGIVING SERVICE. We were missing a lot of regulars for one reason or another but we had two, make that three new families to join us. It was a good service.
  • We had our Thanksgiving at Hannah’s with 23 present. We had another testimony time there which is always a blessing.
  • We did get some sad news [for us] while we were there: our dear friend Mrs. Martha Newby was promoted yesterday morning [Thanksgiving]. She was an outstanding Christian lady so it was a promotion for her but I was going up today to carry her a flower. I thought I had more time. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Sunday evening at 2:30 or 3:00. They were not definite about the time yesterday.
  • Don’t forget we are showing the Billy Graham MY HOPE video Sunday morning and it is on heaven. It is good: invite your friends to come see it. Deacons meeting at 8:50, LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • June and I had planned to go see SAVING CHRISTMAS but it is doing so poorly that they are not showing it at night at all. I really hated to hear this but I have had no success in promoting the movie. The world will be declared the winner here and that bothers me. Christians should have supported the movie. You know why we have Obama? Only 50% of evangelicals are registered to vote and of that number only half actually vote. You’d be shocked at why they don’t vote. I will tell you sometime.

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Who Cares?

August 28, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Take a look around and see—to the right, to the left—no one is there who cares for me.
There’s no way out of here; no one cares about the state of my soul.

~Psalm 142:4, The VOICE

QUOTE

God will mend a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.

~Aesop

my two cents worth.

The human heart is more fragile than we want to admit. We may not weep in public but very few of us will escape this life without shedding some tears. I talked to a widow woman yesterday who is grieving the lost of her husband. She said, “I break down over the simplest things like a coffee cup that he use to drink from.” Remember Lacey Strum, she cried her self to sleep for 15 years and these were her childhood and adolescent years. Broken homes break children’s hearts. Only God knows how many children cry themselves to sleep due to the sins of their parents.

King David was one of the most successful people who has walked this earth. He was a multi-talented super-star who was loved and adored by thousands that is until his charming son Absalom stole the hearts of the people and turned them against David. The king would not even wear shoes as he fled for his life. He left the city walking barefoot, head down, weeping with every step. I wonder if he remembered the song he wrote in Psalm 56, “You have kept record of my days of wandering. You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them.” It is no shame for a man to cry; even Jesus wept.

I don’t understand a lot of the Revelation but I do understand 7:17 and 21:4, “He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.” These words don’t mean much to those who are at ease in Zion but to the broken-hearted they are words of hope. Jesus is our King, our Liberator, our Savior, and so much more: just don’t forget that He is also a healer and He is going to mend your broken heart. You can count on it.

I keep thinking of Winston Churchill’s quote: “When you are going through hell, keep going.” Don’t give up. Do like King David, keeping walking and say a prayer with each step. It is OK to weep while you walk but do not quit: Never, never, never quit!

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  • GREAT PICNIC…good crowd…plenty of food and outstanding desserts. Way to go ladies, you hit a grand slam. We want to thank Johnny Burnett for cooking and Zeb and Justin for helping. They did a great job.
  • Tomorrow [Friday] is full: Breakfast for football team at 7:00; Senior Adult Lunch at 11:30 [Fried Chicken and trimmings] and 5th Quarter after ball game. Ginger committed to working with us on the Senior Adult lunches last night and David told her she did not have to go back to work as long as she was involved in Ministry, not! Ginger has a good heart if she could just get some encouragement at home.
  • Looking ahead: no Deacons meeting Sunday. Donuts and Biscuits at 8:30, LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15 with Joe David preaching.
  • A little bird told me some 3-4 years ago that it was coming [or he feared that it was coming] and it happened yesterday. The board of trustees of the IMB elected David Platt, a five point Calvinist, as President of the IMB. It makes absolutely no sense. His church has never supported the Cooperative Program nor Lottie Moon. I confronted them when we were in Richmond either 3-4 years ago next month. It was a surprise because sources had told me it had been taken care of but evidently they got bad information. Folks we need to pray. I cannot in good faith support the propagation of Calvinism. I am all for getting the true gospel to the world but I will not support the propagation of reform theology. Let them use their own money. It would also be nice if they would be honest about their intentions.

Spiritual Sensitivity

August 27, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

 Then He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He grew sorrowful and deeply distressed. My soul is overwhelmed with grief, to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me. He walked a little farther and finally fell prostrate and prayed.

~Matthew 26:37-39, The VOICE

QUOTE

We ought never sin; yet we always should have sorrow for sin.

~Watchman Nee

my two cents worth.

Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and for the better part of a week, He taught daily in the Temple, in broad open daylight and He healed the sick. He transformed the Temple from a market place to a ministry place, from den of thieves to a hospital for the hurting. Toward the end of the week as they neared Passover, Jesus begins to feel the weight of the cross. The atmosphere at the Last Supper in very heavy and from there He goes to the garden of Gethsemane. He takes Peter, James and John  into the garden. After asking them to pray for Him, He goes further into the garden but with each step the sorrow and stress mounts. Jesus was overwhelmed with grief to the point of death. Jesus was feeling the tremendous weight of our sin and shame. It was so traumatic that blood oozed through his pores like sweat. This kind of trauma if sustained will kill a man. A part of that unbelievable burden that Jesus bore was our indifference; our unawareness of the battle being fought. While Jesus was sweating blood, the disciple who represent us were sleeping soundly.

How sensitive are we to sin? Are we burdened  in the least about sin and what it is doing to our culture? We may feel a tinge of guilt now and then or of the shame that accompanies sin but we do not have the holiness, the purity to be burdened by our sin nor the worlds.  We are too backslidden to be burdened. It was such a burden on Jesus that He fell on his face. Our sin and shame were such a weight upon His back that it pushed Him to the ground literally crushing the life out of Him. You know what we need more than anything else? It is not a raise, not a new car or house, not even a new president: we desperately need spiritual renewal…old fashioned Holy Ghost REVIVAL, the kind that makes us conscious and broken-hearted over our sin.

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A SOAP OPERA IS A SOAP OPERA

The Last ShipJune and I anxiously awaited the final episode of THE LAST SHIP this past Sunday night. The USS Nathan James contains the lab and the scientist that can save the world. It is commanded by the heroic Tom Chandler who has led his crew half-way around the world giving Dr. Rachel Scott time to come up with a vaccine for the Red Flu which is whipping out one-third of the world’s population. One big problem, it was not the final episode. It is nothing other than a night-time soap opera and will not resume until the summer of 2015. Are you kidding me; I don’t even buy green bananas. I don’t even know if I will be around by the Summer of 2015.  Sunday night was the final episode of the season leaving us hanging on thread. We are not much closer to a solution than we were after episode one. I hate soap operas for this very reason.  When I sit down, I want to watch something that reaches a conclusion. I came up out of the recliner Sunday night saying, “June, what have you done. You got me hooked on a soap opera. This blasted thing has no ending.” Soap Operas don’t bother her but they drive me crazy. What ever you do, don’t get hooked on the last ship.

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  • Tonight is our end of Summer Celebration. We do have water slides coming so Youth and Kids need to dress appropriately. We are doing nothing on the inside. Everything is out side and it is basically a picnic so bring your lawn chairs and a pic-ah-nic basket with food in it. We furnish burgers, dogs, buns, ice, paper products. You bring drinks or homemade ice cream or anything that will go with hamburgers. We begin at 6:00. Clara was sick yesterday: pray that she gets better. Shohn planned this event and I hate for her to miss the fun.
  • Congrats to Catfish and Sally on the healthy birth of their baby girl Cora Grace. She looks just like Willard. {Kidding Fish}
  • Big week: Remember the events for Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfast for Football Team Friday morning at 7:00
    • Luncheon for Senior Adults Friday at 11:30
    • 5th Quarter after ball game Friday night.
    • Bro. Bryan Mission Trip Saturday morning at 7:30
  • I intended to write a prayer for our School Teachers yesterday but did not get around to it. June and I were at hospital all morning and I had to go to my stomach doctor in the afternoon. Today, we pray for the WORLD. I have been burdened for Israel lately: pray for the peace of Israel. It’s coming or should I say, He is coming.
  • I am looking forward to the week-end. I do love LABOR DAY WEEKEND. Aren’t we blessed. As June and I rode home from HH yesterday in the heat; I thought, wow, isn’t it great to have cars and A/C. I would hate to ride from Huntsville in a wagon in this heat, amen. I love horses and mules but I thinks cars are great.

February 20, 2014

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This Sunday…two services 10:15 and 6:00

Nursery and Children’s Church for both Services

SCRIPTURE

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

~Psalms 34:18, NKJV

QUOTE

Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.

~Thomas Watson

COMMENTARY

There are times when I feel totally inadequate. I get overwhelmed by the need that seems to tower over my meager gifts and resources. If I had the experience of Job I would feel more qualified but I lack the courage to ask for such a test of faith. Although it has not been my personal experience, I have gotten acquainted with grief and sorrow over the years through the experiences of my friends. I do know a couple of things about a broken heart: [1] It hurts and hurts deeply. It has a way of isolating us which makes us feel alone. Sometimes we even want to be alone. I think withdrawal is a protective instinct. [2] Secondly, although you know that your friends lack the power to heal your broken heart, it sure helps to know that they care. The greatest pain is to have a broken heart and no one care.

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  • We got another $1,000.00 in the mail for the LEARNING CENTER in El Tahar; that puts us up to $11,041.10. Alaben el nombre de Jesús
  • I am hearing glowing reports on the General’s breakfast menu in Guatemala but the same source tells me that Bev was a slacker. That has to be pure gossip. I wonder how something like that could get started?
  • Sammy Jo and Aaron are going to B’ham today. The doctors here tell her that something is wrong with the baby. Lets pray that it be nothing serious. Pray also for Jimmy, Sandra and Dana. They had a hard day yesterday. We had a prayer circle last night and two very moving prayers were lifted up for Dana and Sammy Jo. We love you guys and we want you to know it.

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No More Tears

November 23, 2013

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SCRIPTURE

But now there is a veil covering all nations and people. This veil is called “death.” But death will be destroyed forever. And the Lord God will wipe away every tear from every face. In the past, all of his people were sad, but God will take away that sadness from the earth. All of this will happen because the Lord said it would.

~Isaiah 25:7-8, ERV

QUOTE

Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.

~Elisabeth Elliot

COMMENTARY

This has been one of those weeks that makes us long for Jesus return and heaven. The physical death of a 38 and 39 year old; a 47 year old in critical condition and a very young grandmother dying of cancer. We weep with those who weep. We have grieving parents and grieving children. What do you say to a child that loses his/her mom or dad? How do we comfort a parent that stand over a child wishing they could take the illness upon themselves. One thing is certain, all this grief and sorrow destroys our love for this world and it arouses our hope for heaven.

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I’ve been asking you to pray for Penny Hazel; she is a precious woman who has that very rare gift of making you feel good about yourself. She is a refreshing spirit. Penny got more bad news yesterday and really took a turn for the worse as the day unfolded. Penny is Tony Smallwood’s sister. I got to speak with her briefly last night but she was in a lot of pain and could barely hold her eyes open. I called Sandra a little after lunch and she said Dana was about the same. Then while I was at the Hazels, we got word about Brian Randolph’s heart attack. I liked Brian. He was the kind of young man that it would be hard not to like. I can never remember one time when he was disrespectful to me. I always pulled for Bryan in high school. He played end on the football team and center on basketball. He never started in basketball but he was a good 6th man. He gave it all he had and I thought he always displayed a good attitude. Brian comes from a good and hard working family–a family that has always been good to the Bailey’s. Our hearts go out to Randolph family.

Tears

August 22, 2013

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SCRIPTURE

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

~Psalms 56:8, NLT

QUOTE

The tears of Christ are the pity of God.

~Alexander Maclaren

COMMENTARY

Lacey Sturm

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I had not heard of Lacey Sturm until yesterday morning when I watched a video from the Graham Association. Lacey was the lead singer in a rock band called Flyleaf. She quit the group in 2012 and has been touring with Franklin Graham. I don’t know the entire story but in Lacey’s testimony she mentioned that she never had a father. I don’t understand all that was going on in her life but she said that she cried her self to sleep every night since we was 12 years old. She hated church and despised the name of Jesus. She reached such a point of desperation that she was determined to take her own life and her grandmother made her promise to go to church first. Long story short, she went to church and was converted. She is now singing Christian Rock and touring with Franklin Graham. I will link the video if you want to watch. It is very good.

The part of her testimony that struck me was her tears. She cried her self to sleep every night. I cry every now and then, not as much as I once did and I cry about the wrong things. Sad movies make me cry but I can’t imagine crying from endless loneliness, depression, rejection, despair or even sorrow. I have had some sorrow but crying myself to sleep every night just blows my mind. It has me wondering, how many Lacey Sturms are out there? Are there any in Danville?

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  • I couldn’t figure out how to link Graham video to blog. I have lunch with Ken Blackwood today and maybe he can show me.  Someone call me at 11:00 am and remind me that I have a dinner date.

  • Big Mama surgery went great. She will be throwing those glasses away soon.

  • Great service again last night. I got three thumbs up and no land the plane. I can’t remember the last time I got three compliments in one service at Danville. I think it means the LORD was present.

  • The AWANA kick off went great!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Scott Ellis and Allison are having their 3rd baby today.

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SCRIPTURE: It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on Rock. {Matthew 7:25, ERV}

QUOTE: Don’t waste your sorrows. ~Paul E. Billheimer

COMMENTARY: Vern Gosdin sings a song entitled “Is It Raining At Your House Like It Is Raining At Mine.” Here lately I think its being raining at a lot of houses. The storms of life have been raging and families are being tested. Thank God for the ROCK, Amen! The Lord Jesus is the Rock of ages and our shelter in the time of storm.

Isn’t it strange that you never notice vehicles of a particular make or model until you buy one and then you see them every time you get on the road. I drive a Titan and I notice Titans. Titans have been on the roads for years but I never paid any attention to them until I started driving one. It is the same way with sorrow and suffering. Generally, we are not very sensitive to the pain of others until we encounter something of a similar nature.  

As followers of Jesus Christ we must understand that suffering is a teacher and we are very poor stewards if we waste our sorrows. Your ministry will come out of your sorrow, failure and suffering. Bad examples make good mentors. I can tell young people what they shouldn’t do and I know because I have learned from my mistakes. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to make the same mistakes I’ve made. Making a mistake is not the worse thing that can happen. Failure to acknowledge the mistake, learn from it and use your experience to help others avoid the same mistake is the more grievous sin.

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  • I want to thank everyone for their love and prayer support: we could not ask for more. We have a long way to go and we are still in desperate need of prayers but the LORD has really been good to us this week and He deserves sincere praise. The love that has been expressed for us has been phenomenal: to be honest with you, I am awed. We have more friends than we ever imagined. Thank YOU church family and friends. We are endebted to you.
  • I talked with Emily Long yesterday and she told me that her Grandmother {Cybele Anders, Mrs. Jewels niece} is not doing well. Pray for Bobby and Cybele. We need to keep praying for the Martins as well.
  • MOTHER’S DAY Sunday and I am looking forward to it! Light schedule and no meetings. LCBS at 9:00 and worship at 10:15.
VBS June 3-7

VBS June 3-7