It’s OK Mommy

Here is a post I read of a Mom dealing with leaving her children at school this morning. She gave me permission to repost. Feel free to send me your story. Please continue pray for the families in Ct. and pray for America.

They were singing “I’m Mr. Heat Miser & Mr. Snow Miser”. There was excitement in the car as they had their gifts to give teachers today. I silently thanked God for this normal morning…I’m not thinking about who my babies were…I’m not thinking about moments that were stolen out of my hands…I’m not planning funerals… I pulled up to the school and in front of the door there was a State Trooper. My heart constricted with fear, but not my girls. Meredith said in her best Dora The Explorer voice “he’s here so we can be safe.” She knows nothing of last Fridays events. Tears cascade down my cheeks & my senior citizen child (Ansley) who does know of the horrific occurrences squeezed my hand & said “it’s ok Mama, we’re ok.” I said goodbye & I love you. They went into school, bathed in prayer. I drove over to the trooper & asked “is everything ok?” I’m sure my tear stained face gave him the inclination that worry & panic have set in. He replied “yes ma’am, I just have babies here too.” I pray for protection for all of our babies. I pray for the courage that those teachers in Connecticut had for our teachers & officers. I pray for comfort that only a Savior can give for those parents & family members. I pray for America. I pray….
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MARRIAGE

WOW! It’s been a busy week. But it’s been a good busy. I don’t mind busy when I can see progress from the business. We had a wedding this week at our church. Planning, preparing, praying and our people worked so hard to get everything ready and then clean it up and get it ready for church tomorrow.

In the midst of all this business the Lord gave me a thought about marriage. It’s nothing new or original but it may seem earth shattering to some of you. Our society has lost the meaning of marriage and the value of marriage for the most part. Marriage has become fast food, have it your way, toss it when you’re done.

Well here’s my thought: The Bible says marriage is a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride, the Church. As the church is subject to Christ, the wife is to be subject to her husband. As Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it, the husband is to love his wife and give himself for her. That being said:

MARRIAGE SHOULD BE AN ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP. The relationship between Christ and the Church is eternal and marriage should be as the scripture teaches till death do us part. Marriage is not and never has been a temporary arrangement. What God hath joined let not man put asunder.

MARRIAGE SHOULD BE AN EDIFYING RELATIONSHIP. The word edify means to strengthen or to build up. The relationship between Christ and the believer strengthens the believer and builds them up into the person they were created to be. Marriage with God in the center builds up and strengthens all involved. The longer the couple are together the stronger they become and the more equipped to handle the storms of life they will be.

MARRIAGE SHOULD BE AN ENJOYABLE RELATIONSHIP. The Christian life is the most enjoyable life thee is. I have had more fun as a Christian by accident than I ever had as a lost man. I can also say that I have enjoyed the last 29 1/2 years of marriage with the greatest woman I know. We have FUN. You see TRUTH is if you let God guide and do marriage the Bible way it is absolutely a blast!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Denny Miller. Thank you both for following the Lord and doing the right thing!

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FRICTION

 Proverbs 27:17 ¶ Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (KJV)

Conversation, communication, even conflict is profitable for us. Relating with others causes us to examine our ideas and beliefs. It causes us to dig deep into the why and why not of our thinking. This principle works when we find those who agree with our thinking and we can bond with them and reinforce our ideas and comfort ourselves in the agreement of a friend. We often look for “yes men” to assure us that we are “right”!

 I am not sure that this is exactly what God had in mind in Proverbs 27:17.

Iron Sharpeneth Iron gives the image of two hardened opposing opinions colliding with one another. True the verse uses the word “friend” but does a friend have to agree with me on everything. A true friend would correct and challenge me to greater levels of thinking and being.

Sometimes we avoid the very conflict or confrontations we need to sharpen us to greater effectiveness. Iron sharpeneth iron carries with the image of  spark flying, Metal being worn away, friction and heat being produced. But the end result is worth the pain.

A bright shiny new edge that makes us more efficient and effective. Why not be a friend to someone with a different political opinion, or someoneone with a different racial background or someone who has a different view of worship?

What are your thoughts? How can you be used to sharpen others and be sharpened in the process also? Have you experienced this in the past? Tell me your story.

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EVERYBODY HAS A STORY PART II

 I recently posted a blog that basicly said that everybody life is a story and that it needs to be told. As a christian and a pastor I am mostly interested in the story of how Christ has changed your life. I have recieved many wonderful stories from people of different ages and backgrounds. It is wonderful to see how God has worked in their lives.

I have also realized that in addition to many people thinking their story would not interest anyone else there are many who want to tell their stories and just have no idea how to start. Here are some questions to get you started.

1. Where were you before Jesus? Not all the gory details, we don’t want to glorify Satan and Sin, but what were you? How did you think? How did you live? What were your goals and desires?

2. Where did Jesus find you? How did He get your attention? What or whom did He use to influence you?

3. How did your life change immediately? In almost every Christian I talk to somethings changed immediately after their salvation experience. Ex; I went home the night I accepted Christ and poured out all the liquor in my house and have never drank alcohol since. That doesn’t make me special but it was one thing that Christ changed when He moved into my life.

4.How has He changed your life since then?

5. Have there been any outstanding happenings in your life since you were saved where God really made the difference?

Maybe these will help you tell your story. I would really like to hear from you. Send me your story to baptistpreacher56@comcast.net   If you have ideas on how to improve this blog I am just starting out and would appreciate your ideas.

Your story is the story of God’s investment in you. It is valuable. Tell it!

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HOSPITALS, FUNERAL HOMES AND GRAVEYARDS

HOSPITALS, FUNERAL HOMES AND GRAVEYARDS…. Its been that kind of week for us this week. Three families with deaths to loved ones, hospital visits, E.R trips and Dr’s. Coroners, Nurses, Funeral Directors; people who were hurting and people who were doing all they could to help. People who had gone their last mile and people who were going the extra mile.

A real busy week and a real emotional week, I don’t think I realized how emotional until I started writing this and a wave of emotion just swept over me…. tears…. not for me but for those people who are hurting and for those people who are trying to help and feeling frustrated and useless.

As a Pastor I was reminded this week of the humanity of people, the weakness, the vulnerability, the sense of utter helplessness as you watch you loved one die, and you ask “why” or at least “why now”?

But as a Preacher I was reminded this week of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. This is not the end, death is not final, this is not “goodbye” this is just “see you later”. See the TRUTH about death is “you” don’t really die. Your body does but you just move out and are immediately with the Lord or in the flames of hell.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

I don’t know about you but that TRUTH helps when you’re in the hospital or the funeral home or at the graveyard.

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THE PARDON OF GOD

John 4:4 ¶ And he must needs go through Samaria.
 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

When we think about truth we must think about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well. If you only knew the gift of God… The Bible teaches us in more than one place that Salvation is a free gift of God. Forgiveness, Cleansing, Pardon, Eternal Life. The Pardon that God provides reaches past Geographical Barriers; He went into Samaria, It reaches past Racial Boundaries; She was a Samaratian, and it reaches past Religious barriers. Thank God for the truth of the Gospel and thank God for the day it reached past all my barriers into my cold dry heart and birthed me into the family of God.

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EVERYBODY HAS A STORY – TELL IT

Truthfully, everybody has a story. Sadly most people probably think nobody wants to hear there story and so the story goes untold. I learned a long time ago that you can learn something from everybody. Some can teach you how to do things rights others teach how to not do something. People are interesting and i love hearing others peoples stories, especially stories of their Christian faith. How did you come to know the Lord? How has He impacted your life? Any interesting encounters along the way? I expect responses would be varied but also they would have a lot in common. Take some time and tell your story! Send it to me; I want to hear! Send it to baptistpreacher56@comcast.net. Nmaes and dates can be changed to protect the innocent but i would never disclose those things anyway. Looking forward to hearing your story. Please reference this blog when you send the e-mail.    Thanks

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