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Hold On And Don’t Let Go

Hold On And Don't Let Go "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into Heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess."(Hebrews 4:14 NIV) Thank our Lord for His healing miracles! Our family has experienced those healing miracles many times over the years. One such time was when our son David was healed of uncontrollable and...

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Secret Closet of Prayer

Guidance through Prayer "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:6 NIV) Many years ago, on the Saturday night before Mother's Day, the Lord woke me up with a clear call to pastor. I was not searching for the call but prayed He would use my ...

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Adopted and Grafted In.

Adopted and Grafted In. "but you received the Spirit of Adoption by whom we cry out 'Abba Father' ". (Romans 8:15) One of the best days in my life is when I got married in 1981. My life changed in so many wonderful ways, as marriage should. But I was not expecting a package deal. When I met my wife, JoAnn, she had an eleven-year-old daughter named Melissa. During the t...

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“God Loves the Broken Shells”

"God Loves the Broken Shells" "I will bind up that which was broken" (Ezekiel 34:16) A Pastor's life can be extraordinarily busy with all the continual demands and countless requirements. Sometimes, it's very hard for pastors to balance overwhelming ministry activities with home and family. Being a single father requires more of an effort to keep that balance in tact...

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Partakers of His Divine Nature

"you may be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4 NKJ) Some time ago, my 10 year old granddaughter Olivia, was going to the movies to see the latest version of Cinderella. As I spoke to her on the phone, she was excited to go see the movie. However, as her grandfather, I told her that when she sees Prince Charming in the movie, he will look a little familiar beca...

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Death to Life

"Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my words and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life." (John 5:24 ESV) Doesn't that Scripture seem the opposite of what really happens? In this world, don't we go from life to death? Everyone who is living now will experience death from life to death right? We...

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Not Yet!

"We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4 ESV) The other day, I was driving my son David to his job. As many of you know, David is a Developmentally Delayed young man who is high functioning, extremely social and loves the Lord and His people with all His heart. As we were driving, I said to Dave that somed...

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Simplicity

" From the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:3) The other day, my son David a special needs young man, came out of his room and wanted to ask me a question about a store in which he wanted to purchase something online. Now David does not actually purchase things online but he has excellent computer skills and enjoys searching for gifts for others. I usu...

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My Father

"Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name." (Matthew 6:9) At a recent Wednesday night prayer meeting at church, we began the meeting by taking some time to really focus on "who" we were praying to.Sometimes, when we come into God's presence to pray, we might do so a bit casually or lightly not realizing that we are coming into the presence of a Holy and Almighty Go...

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Daily Bread

"Give us today our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11) When Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, He was showing them not only how to pray but also how to live. He wanted His disciples to live every day in absolute trust and reliance upon Him to provide for all they needed. Today, He speaks the same thing to us. Trust Him for daily bread that...

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