Monday, December 27, 2010

Today My Anniversary

Today my wife and I have been "Honey Mooning" for 29 years. If you don't know what that is, we've been married that long and are still on a "Honey Moon." I know what your are thinking, "Yea Right."

Now don't get me wrong we've had our differences, or as we call them "Christian Discussions" but the love is still sweet and gets sweeter as the days go by. She treats me like a "King" and I her like a "Queen." The one thing that we attribute the success of our marriage to is the Lord Jesus Christ that we put first in our lives.

I thank the Lord for her and all she does for me. Today I made her cry. Now don't nail me to the wall just yet, it was a good cry. You know, one of those cries that the man ask if everything is all right, and she says I'm just happy, that kind of cry. Makes us men wonder what makes woman tick... well enough of that. Men you know you've done good when you make them cry for the right reasons.

I just wanted to share this with my readers and say to my wife in front of the World Wide Web of bloggers. Happy Anniversary Sweetheart. I Love You.

I thank all of you for your support and prayers.


The preparation of the sower

C. The preparation of the sower

1. Must have good seed

Matt. 13:24
Notice the sower was sowing good seed. If we are to know anything about what type of seed is good we must know how to tell its quality.

2. Must know his seed

Matt. 13:37
Here we see and recognized seal of approval, the Son of man.

3. Must prepare his seed.

Matt. 17:21
Preparation of the seed many times comes by prayer and fasting.

Acts 27:33
The results of a good seed many times come with much trouble and strife.

Ill. Prayer is the bow, the promise is the arrow: faith is the hand which draws the bow, and sends the arrow with the heart’s message to heaven. The bow without the arrow is of no use; and the arrow without the bow is of little worth; and both, without the strength of the hand, to no purpose. Neither the promise without prayer, nor prayer without the promise, nor both without faith, avail the Christian any thing. What was said of the Israelites, “They could not enter in, because of unbelief,” the same may be said of many of our prayers: they cannot enter heaven, because they are not put up in faith. (6000 Sermon Illustrations pg. 512)

4. Must prepare the ground.

Prov. 18:24
Show yourself friendly; you will be surprised by what you may receive.

Luke 10:33-34
Have compassion on those around you. Some may be hurting on the inside and not showing on the outside. Only God knows the heart of a person.

Luke 15:20
Have compassion on those we love, no matter what failures were committed in their lives.

I Peter 3:8
We should have compassion on our brothers and sisters in the Lord. This will generate blessings from God.

Ill. A pious man of rank was in the habit of associating intimately with pious poor people. A worldly friend of his rallied him on the subject of his associates, and expressed his surprise. The noble Christian man replied, that, as he could hardly hope to enjoy so elevated a rank as they in a future world, he knew not why he should despise them in the present. (6000 Sermon Illustrations pg. 70)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Making the Port of Heaven

Amos 4:12
Prepare to meet your God of Israel.

The steamship London sank off the Land' s End in the English Channel on January 11, 1866 amid a terrible storm. Only one lifeboat was launched before the great ship sank, and only three passengers survived. Among the dead was Daniel Draper, a Wesleyan Methodist preacher. In the hours before the ship was lost. He reportedly went from person to person evangelizing the passengers and crew, and he led virtually the whole ship to faith in Christ. The last words, anyone heard him utter were "Those of you who are not converted. Now is the time, not a moment to be lost, for a few minutes we shall all be in the presence of the judge."

Our world is a storm and many are sinking in life's alarms. Revelation 20 vividly describes the coming judgment of the great White throne of God at the end of history. If you don't know Christ as your Savior there's not a moment to be lost. Prepare to meet God by confessing Christ as Lord of your life today.

The captain tells us there is no hope: that we must all parish, but I tell you there is hope for all. Although we must die, and you shall never again see land. We may all make the Port of Heaven.
Daniel Draper, above the London

From: Turning Point online Devotional.
June 24, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gratitude Attitude

Assume you are a Christian who lives in a politically and spiritually repressive country. You learn one day that all who refuse to renounce their faith in God will be killed. What would you do? Would your activities on that day be any different than the day before? Would your activities include prayers of thanks to God?

If you were the Old Testament prophet, Daniel, nothing would change. After learning that the King of Babylon had signed a decree stipulating that anyone caught praying to another God would be thrown in the lion's den, Daniel went home and did what he normally did three times each day: He prayed and gave thanks to God--thanks that he was now a wanted man? Not likely. Daniel's gratitude was based on knowing that God is sovereign over all things; that God knew his life would be threatened long before Daniel knew it; that he could entrust his future to God without fear of the outcome.

If gratitude and thanks to God are part of your daily pattern of life, then no unforeseen circumstance can create fear.

It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Facing Death

What’s on the Other Side?

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to
Leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die.
Tell me what lies on the other side.'
Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know..'
'You don't know? You're, a Christian man,
and you don't know what's on the other side?'
The doctor was holding the handle of the door;
On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining,
And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room
And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said,
'Did you notice my dog?
He's never been in this room before.
He didn't know what was inside.
He knew nothing except that his master was here,
And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.
I know little of what is on the other side of death,
But I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough.'
Sent to me by a friend. A thoughtful way to look at death for a child of God.
May God Bless You.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Do You Believe in Easter

This story challenged my heart and my life for the Lord and His work. I hope it will challenge yours too. Have a box of tissue handy. May God Bless you as you read.

In His Love.


Happy Easter!

Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San
Antonio, Texas. She was the patient of a doctor by the name
of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw
patients as people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it
was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that
waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in
her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way:
"Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"
Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times
people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw the
head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she
was taking her blood pressure. Edith began by saying,"My
name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"

Beverly said, "Why yes I do."

Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"

Beverly said, "Well, it's all about egg hunts, going to
church, and dressing up. " Edith kept pressing her about
the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving
knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, " Beverly , don't call Edith into the
office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery
taking place in the waiting room.

After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith sat
down and when she took a look at the doctor she said, "Dr.
Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are
you praying?"

Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're
the patient," with a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report
came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you're not
going to live very long."

Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you
so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just
told me I'm going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband,
and my friends. You have just told me that I am going to
celebrate Easter forever, and here you are having difficulty
giving me my ticket!"

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman
this Edith Burns is!"

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and
the office was closed through January 3rd. On the day the
office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon,
Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be
moving her story to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm very
near home, so would you make sure that they put women in
here next to me in my room who need to know about Easter."

Well, they did just that and women began to come in and
share that room with Edith. Many women were saved.
Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so
excited about Edith, that they started calling her Edith
Easter; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head

Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with
Edith because she was a "religious nut". She had been a
nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it
all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married
three times, she was hard, cold, and did everything by the

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were
sick. Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had to go in and
give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile
on her face and said, "Phyllis, God loves you and I love you
, and I have been praying for you."

Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for me, it
won't work.. I'm not interested."

Edith said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God not to
let me go home until you come into the family."

Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that
will never happen," and curtly walked out of the room.

Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith
would say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm
praying for you."

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to
Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on
the bed and Edith said, "I'm so glad you have come, because
God told me that today is your special day."

Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody here
the question, "Do you believe in Easter, but you have never
asked me."

Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told
me to wait until you asked, and now that you have asked."
Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the
Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Edith said, "Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do
you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to
live in your heart?"

Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of
my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life." Right there,
Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her
heart. For the first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of
a hospital room, she was carried out on the wings of

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, "Do
you know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why Edith,
it's Good Friday."

Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy
Easter Phyllis!"

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into
work, did some of her duties and then went down to the
flower shop and got some Easter lilies, because she wanted
to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter lilies and
wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed. That
big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that
Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis
Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was
dead. Her left hand was on John 14: "In my Father's house
are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will
come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there
you may be also." Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4,
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there
shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there
shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed

Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and then
lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down
here cheeks, said, "Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"

Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out of the room, and
over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She
said, "My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?"

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Source of the Sower

B. The Source of the Sower

1. The word of God

Ps. 119:11
It is important that a child of God hid the word of God in his heart. That will help us often in times of need. It can keep us from doing those things that are not pleasing to God. And it will help us to maintain a good testimony.

Ps. 119:105
God’s word will help up along the way. It will give us direction, security, and peace of mind.

Ps 119:9
The word of God will help a child of God to keep his way clean, if we take heed unto it.

Ps. 119:50
The word of God is a comfort in the time of affliction. It will make you come alive

Ps. 119:89
A child of God can know with out a doubt, that Gods word is established in heaven and will not changed.

2. The house of God

Heb. 10:25
A child of God needs constant fellowship with Gods people. Even so more as it gets closer to the Lords return.

3. The man of God

I Pet. 5:2-3
The man of God has the responsibility of the care of Gods people. So he should most knowledgeable about God and his word

4. The people of God

Acts 2:42
A child of God should have fellowship around Gods people and his word.

II Cor. 4:16
A child of God can only have fellowship with Gods people.

I John 1:3
The fellowship of Gods people is truly around one another and the Son of God.

No Power

“Where there’s no faith in the future, there’s no power in the present.”

From: Turning Points Magazine & Devotional pg. 42

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Sorry for not posting in quite some time. I've been real busy with work, church, family and recent death of my wife's sister. It has been hectic here for some time but God is still supplying all my needs. I will be posting other post soon and look forward in hearing from you. Once again, please forgive me for not posting sooner than this.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Clay Balls

A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock . Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

Sent to me by a friend.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Sack Lunch

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of
plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

'This is your thanks..'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.
A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when
applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

Sent by a Friend. God Bless our Troops.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Country Cooking

A group of country friends from the Cottonwood Baptist Church wanted to gather together on a regular basis to socialize, and play games.

The lady of the house was to prepare the meal. When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hose, Janet wanted to outdo all the others. Janet decided to have a mushroom smothered steak, but, mushrooms are expensive. She then told her husband, "No, mushrooms, they are too high!"

He said, "Why don't you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty in the creek bed."

She said, "No, some wild mushrooms are poisonous."

He said, "Well, I see varmints eat them and they are okay."

So, Janet decided to give it a try. She picked a bunch, washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak. Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ole' spot a double handful.

The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a helper lady from her town to help her serve. She had a white apron and a fancy little cap could on her head.

After everyone had finished, they relaxed, socialize, and played phase 10 Mexican Train Dominoes. About then, the helper lady from town, came in and whispered in Janet's ear, Mrs. Williams, Ole' Spot just died..."

Janet went into hysterics. After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened. The doctor said, "That's bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quick as possible. We'll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone's stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them calm."

Soon they could hear the sirens as the ambulance was coming down the road. The EMTs and the doctor had their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump.

One by one, they took each person into the bathroom gave him an enema, and pump out there stomach. After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, "I think everything will be fine now." Then he left.

They were all looking pretty weak sitting around the living room, about this time, the helper lady came in and said, "You know, that fellow that ran over Ole' Spot never even stopped."


This was given to me by a friend. Hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In Honor of our Soldiers

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,

And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life..
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable 'To My Country' for an amount "up to and including my life."
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

Soldier Died Today

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path"


A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Roger Clemens' hands is worth $475 million.
It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Andre Agassi's hands is worth millions.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away an angry dog.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A slingshot in my hands is a kid's toy.
A slingshot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
fish and 5 loaves of bread in Jesus' hands will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will
Produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now, it depends whose hands it's in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God's hands because...
It depends whose hands it's in.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Sower "Who is the Sower"

The Sower

Ill. One day, the master of Lukman, an Eastern fabulist, said to him, “Go into such a field, and sow barley.” Lukman sowed oats instead. At the time of harvest, his master went to the place, and, seeing the green oats springing up, asked him, “Did I not tell you to sow barley here? Why, then have you sown oats?” He answered, “I sowed oats in the hope that barley would grow up.” His master said, “What foolish idea is this? Have you ever heard of the like?” Lukman replied, “You yourself are constantly sowing in the field of the world the seeds of evil, and yet expect to reap in the resurrection-day the fruits of virtue. Therefore I thought, also, I might get barley by sowing oats.” The master was abashed at the reply, and set Lukman free. (6000 Sermon Illustrations pg.603)

A. Who is the sower

1. Christ

Matt. 13:3 Mark 4:3 Luke 8:5
Here we see mentioned that a sower went out to sow

Matt. 13:37
Here we see the one that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.

2. The child of God

Matt. 13:38

Here we see that the good seed are the children of the kingdom;

Ps. 126:6
Here we see that we are to go forth and bear precious seed then will we see reward.

II Cor. 9:10
The writer implies that not only dose God supply the seed for us to sow, but also supplies the food needed and will increases what you sow.

Ill. Mr. Chapman was born in Leominster Massachusetts in 1774 around the time of the battle of Bunker Hill. Mr. Chapman, not like most men. He had a big heart. During his adult life he would go from the east in Pennsylvania and travel west planting his crops in the states of Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. When he saw travelers heading west he would give them seed to plant on the homestead that they would settle.

Mr. Chapman even when faced with the dangers of the Indians, had such a reputation of a man with a different heart, that the Indians would give him safe passage across their land.

Mr. Chapman spent 40 years of his life traveling looking over the fruit of his labor. He was an unusual man. You would often see him with a tin pot for a hat, and old cloth sacks for clothing. Many others have enjoyed the fruit of his labor, in his life and ours

Mr. Chapman later died in 1845 at Ft. Wayne Indiana. You see Mr. Johnny Chapman was his name given by his parents, but we know him as Johnny Appleseed.

His Legacy not only left for all to enjoy the fruit of his labor. But it also left us with one of this nations greatest folk hero.

As a child of God we to can leave a legacy for others to enjoy and bear the fruit of our labor.

Fruit of the Spirit Introduction


In our daily Christian walk do others see us as Christ like? Christ instructed us that we were to be like him. We should share his love. We should be joyful, gentle, kind, longsuffering. Have a life of meekness, and temperance.

Many times we can look at things and determine what they are. You can look at a tree that has apples and immediately tell it is an apple tree. You may see a tree bearing things that look like apples but feel soft and fuzzy and tell it is a peach tree. Why is it we can tell what these things are? Is it because of what we have been taught by our family, peers, and teachers?

Can a child of God live a life that is pleasing to Him? Can the world look at us and tell that we are Christians? As we study the fruit of the spirit in the word of God, we will see how Christ, which dwells in us can produce a life full of Godly fruit.

Fruit of the Spirit (outline)


I. The sower

A. Who is the sower
1. Christ
2. The child of God

B. The source of the sower
1. The word of God
2. The house of God
3. The man of God
4. The people of God

C. The preparation of the sower
1. Must have good seed
2. Must know his seed
3. Must prepare his seed
4. Must prepare the ground

II. The ground

A. Unprepared
1. Not tilled
2. Walked on
3. Vulnerable to attack

B. Partially prepared
1. To rocky
2. No support
3. Burns easily

C. Unkept

1. Not weeded

D. Well prepared
1. Plowed
2. Good nutrients
3. Watered as needed
4. Weeded daily
5. Produces

III The Husbandman

A. Who is the husbandman
1. The Father

B. What is His Duty
1. To remove unproductive branches
2. Prunes productive branches to produce more fruit
3. He waits for the labors of his work

C. What is his reward
1. The fruit

IV The plant

A. It’s origin

1. From the original seed or producer

B. It’s growth
1. Must be planted or die
2. Put off the old covering
3. Begins new birth

C. The root

1. The receiving room of the factory

2. The growth of a root

D. The stem or vine

1. Supported by the roots

2. Made of several layers

3. The growth rings

E. The Branches

1. Sustained by the vine

F. The leaf of leaves

1. The backdrop fro the beauty of the plant and its fruit.

V. The Fruit

A. Love

1. Agape Love

2. The character of agape love or charity

B. Joy

1. The character of Joy

C. Peace

1. Source of peace

2. How was peace brought to us

3. When is peace given

D. Longsuffering

6. Examples of longsuffering

7. Instructions regarding longsuffering

E. Gentleness

1. Examples of gentleness

2. Exhortations concerning gentleness

F. Goodness

1. Examples of goodness

G. Faith

1. Types of faith

H. Meekness

1. Types of Meekness

I. Temperance

1. Examples of temperance

2. Types of temperance

Fruit of the Spirit Blog Bible Study

I apologize for the delay in posting for the bible study. There were some unexpected events that happened in my with my family. All is OK and the Lord is working all things out.

In this blog bible study we will be looking at the "Fruit of the Spirit." This is one area of my life the the Lord so graciously dealt with me in my life. It has been a great influence in my walk with the Lord.

Many of the class members that I shared this with were very thankful for what they have learned from it also. I hope it will be a blessing to you in you life as you grow and walk with the Lord.

I will post an outline of the study as well as the complete bible study on a weekly bases. Your input is greatly appreciated and it will help me in knowing its effectiveness in the work that I am doing for the Lord.

Thank you and may God bless you in your study.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Oh, the Humanity!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
Romans 1:18

The Hindenburg was coming in for a landing in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. It was a thrilling sight, a zeppelin three football fields in length, held aloft by 7 million cubic feet of hydrogen. The blimp was luxurious, with a dining salon, lounges, and staterooms. Gigantic Nazi swastikas adorned its fins. Suddenly a flame appeared near the stern, and the blimp exploded in a ball of fire, falling tail first with flames shooting out the nose. In one moment, the wonder was turned to fiery destruction.

Without Christ we're all passengers on the Hindenburg. We may be enjoying ourselves to the fullest, but the next moment is going to bring the fires of God's wrath. That doesn't mean God is mad at us in an immature or juvenile way. The wrath of God refers to His right and necessary response to moral evil.

The good news is that we don't have to experience the judicial wrath of God. The Bible proclaims: "Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:9). We don't have to go down with the Hindenburg.

God does not throw temper tantrums or pitch fits, but His anger against sin is intense.
Tony Evans


To all who are interested! There is a new page on my site that will help those who are interested. The page is called "Searching for Gold." It's a page geared to helping those who want to learn more from the word of God.

Starting the week of May 24, I will post a bible study topic that you can study along with me and others. You will be able to leave comments, questions and input relating to the current bible study topic.

It will be a great time to come together as children of God and fellowship around God's word. I look forward to seeing you there and hearing from you.

May God bless you as you "Search for Gold," using the word of God.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Don't Suffer Alone

Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
Isaiah 55:6

Recommended Reading
1 Samuel 20:1-4

We sometimes discover that a friend had a need that he or she didn't make known; went through a time of trouble without asking for help. And we say, "Why didn't you say something? Why didn't you call me? You know I would have been there." And the answer often is, "I didn't want to bother you. This was my problem and I needed to solve it myself."

Such a scenario is going to play out during the coming Tribulation on earth. There will be multitudes of people who find themselves in a fix: They will have failed to believe on Jesus Christ before the Rapture, and they find themselves enduring the pain of tribulation on earth. But hopefully they will not fail to call out to God for salvation. We know that many will call upon Him, based on the multitudes "of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues" the apostle John saw in heaven--those who had "come out of the great tribulation" (Revelation 7:9, 14). Even if they lose their life via persecution on earth, their eternal life is secure. God always delivers those He saves.

Don't endure alone. Call out to God, or to godly friends, in your hour of need, and experience God's comfort.

Calvary is God's great proof that suffering in the will of God always leads to glory.
Warren Wiersbe

From: Turning Points Devotional Magzine

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Scarlet Thread

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Romans 5:9

When kindergarten teachers need to move children from Point A to Point B--especially when it means a walk of any distance (particularly outdoors)--they sometimes take a long piece of rope and tell each child to hold on to it as they walk. The children hold on tight to the rope, keeping themselves linked to one another as they walk.

The late, great preacher Dr. W. A. Criswell once delivered a series of messages on a similar theme: the "scarlet thread" that runs through the Bible. The scarlet thread refers to the blood-bought redemption that secures the fate of the redeemed from Genesis to Revelation--first, the blood of animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, then the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross. Regardless of when a person is saved--past, present, or future--"without shedding of blood there is no remission" of sin (Hebrews 9:22). If you are a Christian, someday you will join that great "cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) that are linked together by the scarlet thread of redemption.

All it takes to grasp that thread today is the hand of faith, reaching out and holding on.

Life is not worth living apart from redemption.
Oswald Chambers

From: Turning Points Devotional Magazine

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Squandered Fortune

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
Revelation 5:1

An interesting obituary appeared recently, announcing the death of Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P fortune. His grandfather had helped found the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company in 1859. It grew to be the world's largest retail empire, making the Hartford family one of the wealthiest on earth. But Huntington frittered his millions away on frivolous projects, misguided ventures, four marriages, and well-documented affairs. His biography was entitled Squandered Fortune. He died with little left.

Not so the heirs of God. According to Romans 8, if we're children of God, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. According to Titus, the "elect" are heirs according to the hope of eternal life. James says we are heirs of the Kingdom that He promises to those who love Him.

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus is given the title deed to earth; and Revelation 11:15 proclaims: "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ." The joy of being a co-heir with Christ is beyond the limitations of our finite minds, but it should bring joy to our heart today.

Joint heirs with Christ Jesus! I defy you to exhaust that topic, though you should think about it all the days of the next week, nay, though you should muse upon it till eternity commences with your soul.
Charles H. Spurgeon

From: Turning Points Daily Devotional

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Laodicean Chruch

The Laodicean Class

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock....
Revelation 3:19-20

Recommended Reading
Revelation 3:14-22

Churches find a lot of creative names for Sunday school classes and Bible study groups. Some churches, for example, have a Berean class, named for those who studied the Bible daily in Acts 17. Others have a Lydia class, named for Paul's convert in Acts 16. But you've probably never heard of a Laodicean class, named for the church in Revelation 3 that lost its zeal. Rather than being hot with love and passion, it became lukewarm.
Unfortunately, there are many classes, churches, and Christians for whom "Laodicean" would be an appropriate title. Small compromises, neglected habits, distracted devotion... these can lower the temperature of our Christianity without our realizing it. The Lord warns us by rebuking and chastening us; but we have to respond by opening the door and letting Him back in full force (see Revelation 3:20).
It's vital to stay at the boiling point in our ardor for Christ. Are you boiling, simmering, lukewarm, or cold? If we've lost our passionate love for Christ or the driving force behind our Christian labor, there's only one thing to do. Be zealous and repent.

Our Lord would have the Laodicean church be boiling and repentant. Some of us simmer all our lives and never come to a boil.
Vance Havner

From: Turning Points Devotional

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wired for Sound

A preacher was using a microphone on stage while preaching. While walking back and forth, he would jerk the cord in an effort to keep from getting tripped up. As he grew more intense with his message, his pace back and forth on the stage quickened. Not paying attention to the cord, he almost tripped and fell. He started jerking violently on the cord trying to untangle his feet. A little girl sitting on the second pew leaned close to her mother and whispered, “If he gets loose, will he hurt us?”

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Seeing God’s Beauty for the First Time

The story was told of a young boy who was blind from birth. As the child grew, his mother would tell him of the beautiful flower garden she had. Often the young lad would go to the garden with his mother to explore its beauty. Using his hands he would feel the texture of the plants trying to imagine what they could possibly look like. He would make frequent stops along the way smelling the plants that had the sweetest fragrance. Sometimes he would notice a new plant and ask his mother about it, insisting she describe to him every detail about the plant.

As time went on, the mother was informed of a procedure that would bring sight to her child. Elated about this new discovery, she agreed to the procedure and the time was set. After the operation, the mother was instructed to only remove one rap at a time for thirty days; this would allow his eyes to adjust to the light.

The day before the final wrap was to be removed. His mother asks him what would be the first thing he’d like to see. Without hesitation, he told her he wanted to see the flower garden. The next day he and his mother went to the garden to remove the bandage. The air was filled with the aroma of sweet smelling flowers and fresh soil. As she removed the wrap he squinted against the bright morning sun. Once his eyes adjusted they started welling with tears. His mother looked at him with concern and asks if everything was alright. He turned to her and in a quivering voice asks her why she didn’t tell him it was so beautiful. She knelt down beside him and explained that she done the best she could; but only until you could see with your own eyes, would you see the real beauty of the garden.

As a child of God, we are blinded to some of the things that God has in store for us. We try to understand and even want to receive it, but we aren’t quite ready for what He has to offer. When He finally opens our eyes, and shows us the truth. Oh what a wonderful sight to behold. So stay faithful to His word. Seek the truth while you can and let Him open your spiritual eyes. His blessing are there waiting to be revealed so you can enjoy them and share with others.

Louis Edwards

Monday, March 8, 2010

Church Bulliten Bloopers

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes snacks and meals.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies , don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again , ' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it , we have a nursery downstairs

Hope you enjoy these bloopers. If you have you would like to share, please post your comments about this post along with one of your "Bulliten Bloopers" and I will be glade to post it with your comments.

Thank you

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

How would you define pain? Since 1968, the most widely used definition of pain in clinical settings is the one set forth by pain researcher Margo McCaffery: Pain is “whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever and wherever the person says it does.” In other words, no one can tell another person that they are not in pain. Pain is as unique as the individuals who profess to experience it.

Think about any pain you may be experiencing now—relational pain, physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain. Regardless of the kind of pain you are experiencing now it will “soon” be over. The Bible says that in the New Jerusalem “there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Whatever kind of pain you feel today, an eternal day is coming in which you will feel it no more if you live in the New Jerusalem. Every God-designed need and longing of the human spirit, soul, and body will be met completely in Christ.

Let today’s pain lead you to tomorrow’s pleasure in heaven.

God…shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C.S. Lewis

From Turning Points Devotional Online Monday, Feb 8, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Keepers of the Light

Matt. 5:14
Ye are the light of the world…

Before lighthouses dotted the shores of many of our coasts; numerous sailors along with their vessels lost their lives to the dangers and perils which lie beneath the shallow waters of our country, running aground without warning. Because countless lives were lost, others saw the need to warn them of the hazards which lie ahead. This warning became a light, a beacon of hope in a storm tossed sea guiding many safely home. The lighthouse became a sailor’s friend and brought great comfort and hope.

The job of keeping the light burning so that mariners could navigate through treacherous waters and return home safely was given to the “Keepers of the Light.” The job included many tasks. One had to ensure that the lens was clean and free from cracks or chips which would defuse the light reducing its ability to shine. The wick had to be trimmed properly every three to four hours. Enough oil and supplies needed to be stocked so it would not run out. The light was to be lit at sunset and cut off at sunrise unless there was inclement weather. All the mechanical parts of the light had to be greased regularly. This and many other tasks were requirements of the job. The single most important part of their job was to ensure that the light never went out.

Many “Keepers of the Light” took great pride and dedication in performing their tasks. They realized the importance of the light and the safety of the lives of others which was placed in their hands. Some even sacrificed their lives for the lives of others. There were some that weren’t as diligent about their jobs allowing the light to go out. This lack of concern about their job and others caused many to lose their lives. This also brought on disgrace to the keeper of the light and his family.

As a child of God, we are the “Keepers of the Light” to a dark and dying world. When the storms of life and the perils of Satan try to run others aground, it’s up to us to show them the way to the safe heaven of Gods rest. Are you doing your part to ensure that others see the light, or have you allowed the light to go out? Think about it. It could be your loved one trying to reach the shore.

Louis W. Edwards

PS. Leave your comment if you dare to be a “Keeper of the Light.”

Friday, January 29, 2010

An Obituary printed in the London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing .

Are you one of the few? How will we know? If so leave a comment and take our poll titled, “Do You Have Common Sense?”


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Church Bulletin Bloopers

“The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, ‘Break Forth Into Joy.”
Turning Points Magazine & Devotional July 2009 Pg. 46

“Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.”
Turning Points Magazine & Devotional July 2009 Pg. 46

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Beware Terrorists Groups' in Church

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches.

They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.

Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the chruch disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy. However, there have ben reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church.

Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ.

We have noticed that the Bin prayin group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Fastin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ to return.

I hope you'll join me as part of the last group!

From Bible Baptist Church Burgaw NC. Church Bulletin Jan. 10

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Warrior's Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Your warrior prepares for battle.
Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on
the whole armor of God!

I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word
so I will not be a victim of Satan's lies.

I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil
so I will remain pure and holy,
protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel
so Your peace will shine through me
and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan's firey darts of
doubt, denial, and decite
so I will not be vunerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helment of Salvation!
May I keep my mind focused on You
so Satan will not have a stronghold on my

I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two-edged sword of Your Word
be ready in my hands
so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.

By faith your warrior has put on
the whole armor of God!

I am prepared to live this day in spiritural victory!