Sunday, October 31, 2010

Now That's Really Scary!!!!!

I am not much for scary movies but I remember one movie with Dan Aykroyd that was funny and scary. In one scene he is driving down a dark country road with a guy that I believed had been hitchhiking and Aykroyd's character had picked him up. They were having nice conversation and Dan Aykroyd turn to the man he had picked up and said, "Do you want to see something really scary?" Then he turned away and turn backed and his face had transformed into a really scary monster. I don't remember much else but I remember that line "Do you want to see something really scary?"

On this Halloween do you want to hear something really scary. The scariest words ever spoken? "Depart I know you not." Now that is really scary. Everything else pales on the "Really Scary " meter when you compare it to the words of Jesus, "Depart..." Aren't you glad that Jesus know you? He does doesn't he?????????????

Friday, October 22, 2010

People I have met and Lessons I have learned

She had lots of tattoos and talked rough. She was a native (born and bred in Jersey) She was at my office to sell me radio time for my Bible Break radio program. She sure didn't appear to be interested in Christianity and yet she was. She was the first person I baptized in New Jersey.

It turns out that she really did have a Holy Hunger. That she was a God seeker. You can't always recognize a God seeker by their appearance or even manner of life. God knows those who are his. We must not be soil inspectors but rather sowers of the seed. God makes it grow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Someone Cares

Have you ever felt like no one cares? This article by Phiilip Eichman touched my heart.

SOMEONE CARES

There were only two of us waiting in the truck on that cold winter morning. One was an older man who had worked at the cemetery for many years, and the other was me, a college student who worked on Saturdays and during the summers. We had been told to wait by the graveside because they might need help with pallbearers.

Finally, the black hearse pulled up and the driver got out. The three of us carried the casket to the grave. It wasn't very heavy--only a wooden box covered with some type of fabric and the remains of a frail elderly lady who had died in a nursing home.

The man from the funeral home read a few words from a small book and we lowered the casket. That was it. No one else seemed to know or care that this lady had passed from this life to the next.

That isn't quite right. Someone did know and did care. The Bible tells us that God knows and cares about each of us. David wrote, "O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways" (Psalm 139:1-3). Jesus used a more earthy, yet no less profound illustration when he said, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).

Perhaps most amazing of all is that God still knows and cares about those who live in defiance of him. Like the father waiting for his rebellious son to return home in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, God hopefully waits for those who live as if he does not even exist.

Yes, it may have seemed as though no one cared that cold morning in the cemetery, but Someone did.

Philllip Eichman

Searcy, Arkansas

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I am on my way to the Lewisville Texas church this morning. Please pray for Traveling Mercies for the little blue Gospel Chariot as I head down the road.

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It has been a joy to watch Diane and her sister. Sherry is visiting with us and it is a joy to see the Bodine girls at "play" with each other. Family is so important. How sad that so many are without family while others undervalue it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

People I have met and Lessons I have learned

Tim had not been a christian very long but he was on fire. I baptized Tim in Williamstown West Virgina. Tim was not raised in the church. He was dating one of our outstanding young ladies. Tim was not a push over. He questioned everything. But when he got it he really got it. What he knew he shared. And now here he was in the baptistery ready to baptize a friend. When he immersed his friend he brought him up and joyfully said"Wow this is fun!" Some sitting in the office were offended by his joy. I wasn't because I knew Tim "Got it." Now some 30 years later he still gets it. He is a preacher and elder at a congregation he helped start from scratch. It is a amazing congregation of several hundred filled with lots of people who "get it." Thanks Tim for the joy you have given me watching you teach what you know (which is a whole bunch now) to hundreds and helping them "get it."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This and That


My little Caden was four this week. I bought him a bicycle and Diane will take it to him this weekend. Where do the years go.
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People I have Met and Lessons I Have Learned
I completely forgot my Financial Peace class last Thursday. I have only done something like this a couple of times in my 40 plus years of preaching. One other time I was sitting at my desk in Mt Carmel, Illinois and my phone rang. The voice on the phone said, Where are you? We have 500 kids waiting for you to speak." Opps! Big Opps!!!! Thankfully they were very forgiving although they never asked me to speak again. We all do big Opps don't we? Thankfully God is very forgiving. But in saying that we must be careful. While God forgives there are often ongoing consequences. So let's thank God for His grace but let us also work at going to him in our times of need so we can beat (with his help) some of our weaknesses.

Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. New Living Translation (©2007)

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I leave for Fayette Missouri in the morning. When I return I Thursday I teach Financial Peace that night. Friday I leave for Waco Texas. I will speak to three different congregations. Then when I return on Tuesday I get to spend the night at home. Wednesday I leave for Lewisville Texas. When I return I have two days at home and then I head to Bernie, Missouri. I think I hear, On The Road Again, lightly paying through my mind. Please pray for Traveling Mercies.

Monday, October 11, 2010

People I Have Met and Lesoons I have Learned

I really wasn't all that interested in what was going on. But when Madge sang in the beautiful alto voice I couldn't help but listen. Sometime I would every try to sing the notes she was singing. I was only 12 or 13 and still had a very high soprano voice. Despite my bests efforts I really enjoyed singing, especially when I could hear Madge. Some of the songs shaped my faith.

You never know how God is impacting lives. Sometimes even 12 and 13 year olds.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sunday Night At the Park

















People I have met and Lessons I have learned

Bob was one of the rowdiest kid ever. Well not "ever" but he was pretty rowdy. At church camp he was a really a pill. But you couldn't help but like him. He had a wonderful personality and I felt like he had a lot of talent but I was afraid he might never use it productively. Who would have thought he would ever stand before thousands preaching the Gospel. Or that he would help establish a congregation of hundreds. But he did both.

He has turned out to be one of the most effective preachers I have ever know. You just never know do you? God does amazing things with people. A rowdy young man has become someone I admire greatly. Isn't God good. He doesn't give up on us. If he could use a rowdy young man with a good heart I wonder what he could do with you and me.