Sunday, November 30, 2008

Will you please pray with me for my son David? He's going through some very tough times, dealing with things I won't go into in this format. He did go to church with us this morning and said he wants to go back next Sunday. For that I am very thankful. He learned just yesterday that he'll be laid off at the end of this week. Because his work was tied to the auto companies, there's a good possibility his company will close if things don't drastically pick up soon.
I thank each of you for praying for him. May God bless and keep you all.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Have you ever thought you've 'cast all your cares on the Lord' and then learned you've not done that at all? That's what I experienced earlier today. We're dealing with some family problems and I thought I had turned it all over to the only One who can fix it. I was working in the kitchen and these words came to me ..."Let Me carry the load". I knew it was the precious voice of my Father and it was then that I realized just how tense I was. I gradually relaxed my shoulders and just stood for a minute, taking those words in.

Have I prayed about the matter? Certainly. Have I believed I've trusted God with it? Yes. But today showed me just how much I was carrying and how unqualified I am to carry much of anything on my own. I had taken the problem and the person into myself, if that makes any sense. I was carrying the problem and didn't know how heavy it was until I let go and allowed myself to relax.

How about you? Are you also carrying something that needs to be released to the Lord? His burden is light and I gladly give up mine for His.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Prayer need

This prayer need came in today, Friday, Nov. 28, from Teresa in Ky ... please join us in praying for this need:

"Pray today as the family of Mort Judy in Fla. as they are faced with a heart-wrenching decision about his health care. He had a motorcycle wreck about 6 months ago, developed a terrible strain of pneumonia in the hospital that required antibiotics that has shut down his kidneys. He has been unresponsive recently. Today his son and daughter are having to re-visit his living will to decide if he wanted to be taken of the machines (ventilator) that are currently keeping him alive despite brain scans showing full brain function. His son is my brother-in-law and is also currently dealing with a possible impending divorce. It's all so heart-breaking. Pray that Mort will regain enough function that there will be hope, that he will be saved before death, that his children will also be saved and their marriages blessed. Evil things have practically destroyed this family and has spread outward. They truly need Our Father's holy touch and love. Many thanks to all who pray, Teresa"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving to all who read this, especially to all my sisters-in-Christ ...
Trish, Sara, Pat, Mrs. Mac, Deb, Deena, Margie, Amber, Amrita, Jeanette, Carol-Ann, Kelly, and t in Ky. You're a blessing in my life and I love you all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Please pray for a dear friend Nina. She goes for medical testing on Monday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Update on Darlene: I talked with her Mom this evening and she said Darlene is doing exceptionally well. She is witnessing to other people and is planning on moving as soon as a money situation is settled.

Would you also please pray for her sister Lisa ... she told her Mom she will go to church with her this Sunday and seems open to what the Bible tells us about salvation.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some things to think about...

Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of. In nothing on which you might not pray for the blessing of God. In nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed. In nothing which you might not safely and properly be found doing if death should surprise you in the act.

God is down in front. He is in the tomorrows. It is tomorrow that fills men with dread. God is there already. All the tomorrows of our life have to pass Him before they can get to us.
F. B. Meyer

I am His by purchase and I am His by conquest; I am His by donation and I am His by election; I am His by covenant and I am His by marriage; I am wholly His; I am peculiarly His; I am universally His; I am eternally His. Once I was a slave but now I am a son; once I was dead but now I am alive; once I was darkness but now I am light in the Lord; once I was a child of wrath, an heir of hell, but now I am an heir of heaven; once I was Satan's bond-servant but now I am God's freeman; once I was under the spirit of bondage but now I am under the Spirit of adoption that seals up to me the remission of my sins, the justification of my person and the salvation of my soul. ... Thomas Brooks

Breezy, self-confident Christians tell us how wonderful it is to accept Christ and then have a good time all the rest of your life; the Lord won't demand anything of you. Yes, He will, my friend! The Lord will demand everything of you. And when you give it all up to Him, He may bless it and hand it back, but on the other hand He may not. . . . A.W. Tozer

Monday, November 17, 2008

Please pray for these ladies:

Norma - Health problems and going through a divorce.

Darlene - Accepted Christ as her Savior just yesterday, but is living with a man she's not married to and wants to end the relationship. She is dealing with extreme fear and isn't able to sleep. She is the Mom of 3 children and the daughter of a dear friend of mine.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I too often forget what this sign says ... I, Louise, am a child of God. I was chosen by the Creator of all that is, to be His own. How blessed, happy, fortunate and to be envied am I by those who don't have this privilege. Not everyone does. I am His not by my choosing Him for He choose me long before I could give voice and say "Yes" to His call. I need to stop frequently and think about these things and then give thanks for His great mercy and grace to me. Not only did He choose me, He granted me a precious, life-changing gift ... the Holy Spirit to live within me. I also need to stop and consider that more often than I do. Each time I place my hand upon my chest I need to remember Who lives inside. I am not my own, I have been bought with a price. The blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, has paid for me and cleansed me from all unrighteousness and the life that I now life, I live by faith in the Son of God.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20

After some thought and consideration I realized that I am not to be dismayed over the recent election. God is the ultimate reason Mr. Obama will be taking office come January. Daniel 2:21 says, "God changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings." Mr. Obama would not be in this position if God did not warrant it. Amen Lord. Your will be done.

I also must again realize that I am not a citizen of this world. I belong to another, my citizenship rests and resides in a place I've yet to see. However, my having not seen it does nothing to negate the fact that's where I'm going to live one day.

A young man spoke at our church Sunday morning and reminded us that even though the election didn't turn out the way we wanted it to, we are still a blessed nation. As he said, we don't have military tanks roaming our streets and we don't have soldiers coming to drag us from our churches and our homes because we name the name of Christ. Because of these blessings we need to be thankful. We need to lift the Name of Jesus at every occasion. We need to give Him praise and honor in all circumstances. We need to glorify Him with who we are and the gifts He's given us. We need to look up and realize that our redemption does draw near.

As the old hymn says "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through .. my treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue ..." It's time I lived like I believe that.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Please pray for the Dunsmore family. We learned today that their son, James, was killed this morning in an auto accident in Detroit. His Mom, Dean, is a lady many of us know and a woman of faith and prayer. I cannot imagine the pain this family must be going through. According to the news report, James was just 42 and had 3 children. May the God of all comfort be with this family.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Please pray for this prayer need sent in by Trish

"Would you add Geri to your prayer list. She is in Congestive Heart Failure and needs Surgery but they are giving her blood transfusions beforehand. She has already gone through a Kidney transplant some years back.She has suffered a lot. Geri is my Sister Pam's Sister-in-law and is only around 48 years old."

Father in heaven, we come to You on behalf of Geri. You know each and every problem she's dealing with and we ask You Lord to intervene in her life. Allow the congestive heart failure to mend and heal so that surgery can be done. Give her patience, strength and hope. Minister peace and faith to her family as well Lord. Guide the nurses and doctors who care for this woman and each time a blood transfusion is done, remind her of the blood You shed for her and for each of Your children. Cover her with Your mercy. Silence her fears and give her a song to sing as she waits upon You. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I heard some disturbing news about our new president-elect this afternoon. A local talk radio host, Sean Hannity, was telling us about what is already in the works, even though Mr. Obama hasn't taken office yet.

#1. Certain democrats will push to have any and all talk radio programs that are negative to Mr. Obama taken off the air during his 4-yr tenure as president.

#2. Nancy Pelosi and other democrats are now working out a plan to take all 401K's and IRA's from individuals and put them into a national 'mutual' savings account that will be overseen by the Social Security Administration.

#3. Rohm Emanuel has been picked to be Mr. Obama's Chief of Staff. This man is an extreme left-wing liberal who has a reputation for not-so-nice tactics as his way of getting things done.

#4. People who canvassed for Mr. Obama showed up at his headquarters demanding to be paid for their work. They were each paid with a $30.00 Visa card, not cash or check so the money can't be accounted for.

As Mr. Hannity said ... we will now see who the real Barack Obama is. The teleprompters are turned off, he's won the election and we'll learn soon enough who he really is.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Well, supposedly, 'history has been made' ... the first African-American man has been elected as President of these United (??) States. (Are we united?) My first thought was "he's not african-american, he's bi-racial ... how can he claim to be more of one race than the other? Because the one gives him leverage that the other doesn't in today's world, that's how.

My second & third thoughts go like this: May God have mercy on us and on Obama. His winning this election goes to show us how God-denying and Bibically illiterate the majority of people in this country truly are. His winning shows us where morals lie and what the majority of people believe. A wolf is soon to enter the doors of the oval office; he no longer roams the halls of the white house, he has gained access to the highest office in that building. And who is this wolf? Liberalism at it's most extreme, that's who.

I have a question for you ... Is Obama to be considered an evil man? You be the judge: He condones abortion and leaves those babies who survive this horrendous act to die afterwards. He believes in gay rights and same-sex marriage. In my thinking, only someone without Christ as their Lord can believe in and condone these heinous sins and someone like that has an evil heart. Period. There is no justifying it. You either have Christ in your heart and live accordingly or you don't. There is no gray area.

What does this election mean for Christians? Hopefully that we will pray harder and fast more often and get seriously real about out faith and our witness to the unsaved. Hopefully this will bring us closer to our Lord and King. Hopefully this will wake us to the fact this world is NOT our home...we truly are pilgrims and strangers here. Far too many are far too comfortable with being here. Far too many are anything but Homesick to be with Christ in heaven and the New Earth that is to come.

Indeed, 'change' has come. In ways professing Christians didn't want, but perhaps need, change has come. The election result did not take our Lord by surprise, He's known this is how it would turn out for eons. He's now waiting for us to do what we've been called to do ... bask in His glory and enjoy Him forever ... be salt and light to a soon-ending world ... be about our Father's business while it is day, for night is coming when no man can work ... glorify the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit in all we do, say and think ... yearn for His coming and pray for the salvation of souls.

The Bible clearly instructs us to pray for our leaders and I will do that. They truly need the Lord. I will respect the office of president but at this point in time I cannot respect the man who will sit in that oval office next January. I will have pity on him if he doesn't turn from his sin and lead this country as our God would have him do, for he faces a greater challenge and a much bigger 'change' than he can ever imagine if he doesn't.