good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Friday, July 31, 2009

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.


Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.


There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.


There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!


There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.


Oh that I might have those showers of blessing today :) AMEN! PRAISE THE LORD!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The American Spectator

The American Spectator
July 24, 2009
By Ben Stein

We've Figured Him Out

Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?

Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.

They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois state legislator, and Senator.

The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.

The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill -- a great idea in theory -- was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be -- a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.

Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.

There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It Satisties me

This is a song that a Family singing group, The Sheltons, sing. It just really has always touched my heart and I wanted to post it here for others to read. I hope it's a blessing to you. I wish I could figure out how to post the song on here off my computer but maybe I'll figure that out tomorrow.

It Satisfies Me

In the garden of Gasseminee
I can see my Savior there
As He talked to His Father
in earnest prayer
He said if it be Thy will
let this cup pass from me,
but if not, Lord, it satisfies me.


Now if it satisfies you, Lord,
then it satisfies me
These few words may my prayer
ever be
If you have me on a mountain
or in a valley on my knees
either way, Lord,
it satisfies me

Now the signs of the times
They are on every hand
And how my heart
longs to see that promise land
If I go by the grave
Or in the rapture your face I'll see
either way, Lord,
It satisfies me


If you have me on a mountain
Or in a valley on my knees
either way, Lord,
It satisfies me...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Walking in the Spirit (a daily devo from Days of Praise)

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

This promise is our text is followed in a later Pauline epistle by two nuanced commands in the letter to the church at Galatia.

"This I say then," Paul says, "Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). Then again, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).

Althought they appear to be the same command in English, there is a significant distinction in the original Greek language in which Paul penned the letters.

Both the Romans 8:1 and the Galatians 5:16 passages use the word perepeto, which carries the connotation to "walk around" and to "be at liberty."

The second iteration in Galatians 5:25 uses stoicheo, which means to "step precisely," to "march," or to "go in procession." Same command, but different emphasis.

The context of Galatians 5 stresses the difference between a lifestyle of fleshly behavior and a life controlled by the Holy Spirit. The "fruits" of the flesh and the "fruit" of the Spirit are diametrically opposed. They cannot exist together; they are not harmonious (Romans 8:5-8). We either "mind" the things of the flesh or the "things of the Spirit" (Romans 8:5).

The Christian walk has great liberty (Romans 8:21), but that liberty must "step precisely" in honesty (Romans 13:13), good works (Ephesians 2:10), and in truth (2 John 4-6). Our walk is expected to be by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and we are to conduct a spiritual warfare in the Holy Spirit's power (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) protected by the full armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-18).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Why Go To Church?

This was e-mailed to me and I thought I share it.

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

All right, now that you're done reading, send it on! I think everyone should read this! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?

Katie: "This is great and it speaks real truth. I can tell you there has been more than once my flesh didn't want to get myself going and into church, whether it be b/c getting out of bed in the morning seemed too hard or I've just had a long day and having to go out the door for one more thing instead of staying home seemed too much... It has been THOSE times that I need to be in church to hear God's Word preached more than any other. It was and is nourishment for the soul! Praise God for it!"

Borrowed from D.L.Moody

Some day you will read in the papers that K. S. Hughes of Shelby, NC, is dead. Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.

I was born of the flesh in 1985. I was born of the Spirit in 1991. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.

The Man Born Blind

"And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." (John 9:2-3)

Mankind has always found it easy to fall into the trap of thinking that suffering of any sort is due to sin. To be sure, much suffering is due to sin, and even after repentance and forgiveness, scars may remain. Futhermore, evil and its attendant grief surround us. Our civilization is plagued by sin and its evil fruits- some of which reach even the most godly Christian. Indeed, "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain" (Romans 8:22) as a result of the curse brought about by sin. If there had been no sin, there would have been no suffering.

But this does not imply that all personal suffering stems from personal sin. The blind man was the way he was to bring glory to God, we are told. Although many at the time failed to recognize "the works of God" when this man was healed, countless millions have glorified God throughout the centuries for this act of creation.

Now some may ask, how could God have been glorified in this grown man's life of blindness up until his healing? Actually, all life is a miracle, even the single-celled amoeba. Nothing living could possibly have arisen by accident, and such testifies to the marvelous "works of God." In this case, the item of interest was a human being, complete with fully functioning organs and systems. Even though he could not see, he could smell, taste, hear, speak, touch, move, walk, eat, breathe, digest, think, etc. This could not be the result of time and chance acting on "primeval slime," as the evolutionist would claim. Any living system points to a loving Designer. Thos who "willing are ignorant" (2 Peter3:5) or such facts are more blind than the Pharisees.

- this is an excerpt from "Days of Praise": June, July, August 2009 issue. Printed by Institute for Creation Research in Dallas, TX.

Stand For Christ

Hey you guys! I just wanted to send this to you to watch. There was something about it on TV WJZY ( i think). Someone sent me the website so I could watch it. It is a battle out there. It's speaking about the new hate crime laws that have come out in the past few years and the "homosexual agenda" that started back around 1989 with a book. (don't remember the name of it) What do you know of the AFA (American Family Association)? I don't know much about them or what they stand for so I'm not sure if they are a reliable source. I just thought I'd send this to you because it peaked my interest and got me to thinking some on the issue today.

I've known some who claimed homosexuality and spoke with them, even been persecuted by more than one. Our nation is becoming more like Sodom and Gamarra everyday. My question is "How much longer before the Lord is no longer merciful?" It isn't long now before we are to be called home, and while I am overjoyed for I long to be in the presence of my Lord, I feel an urgency to speak out, to share Christ with others because I'm saddened by the truth of the outcome of eternity is for those who don't except Christ as their Savior.Now is the time to be bold and zealous for Christ and while I know this, I fear that I too have fallen into a stagnant pool of "do nothing" What do we do? What can we do? How do we move forward for the Lord in this world we now live in? We're being attached from all sides and even from the inside out in some cases. How do we fight? Are we to fight or do we just stand? I know what my weapons are, and I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea on how to use them, (though I'm not perfict), but then what? Logically I would think the next thing would be to go to battle but perhaps thats just me leaning unto my own understanding.

I'm just voicing some questions that came to mind as I watched this video and also as I sit and think on this spiritual battle we are in. More rambling than anything, but I did want to share it with you because it is a subject that we face today. I'm thankful that as of right now, though it is increasingly difficult, we can still home school. I hope a pray that the government will not be allowed to take that away. But what of our churches and our businesses? I had often toyed with the idea of a Christian library or bookstore or some other Christian based business but with this issue how would that be affected? Or any other faith based Christian activity in the public eye... God forbid we not be allowed to even hold church services in a building but end up having to go underground or something... This really concerns me. I pray for our nation and our leaders but I also pray for us Christians, that we would stand firm for the cause of Christ. They are taking away from what Christ did for us that day upon calvary and while God does not force himself on anyone and they have a right to be wrong if they so chose someone has to stand up and point out the fact that it is, in fact, wrong. Isn't that suppose to be us? So I end with asking, "Lord, what can I do? How would you use me? How can I be of service for the Lord and for others?" Not because of what I am or what I have done, but because of WHO HE IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE...

As Children of God, Blessings We Have In Christ

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1)

The blessings we have in Christ are far too many to number, but it is a blessing even to note just a few of those indicated by the words "we have" or "ye have." First of all, in Christ "we have" redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). As a result, "being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).

Thus, through such promises, His Word assures us of salvation. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (1 John 5:13). Further assurance is given by the witness of the Spirit who indwells our bodies when we believe on Christ. "Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Romans 8:15).

There are many other blessings that are ours in Christ. In Him, for example, "we have obtained an inheritance" (Ephesians 1:11), for we are joint-heirs with Him. God has even confirmed His promises, the writer of Hebrews says, by taking an oath in His own name that "we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast" (Hebrews 6:18-19). Indeed, "we have a great high priest" (Hebrews 4:14) ever living to intercede for us at the throne of God.

Finally, in the words of our text, when God calls us home, "we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, " and then we are "to be present with the Lord" throughout the ages to come (2 Corinthians 5:8). These are a few of the blessings we have in Christ.

The Second Coming

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the comping of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23

It has been observed that this first- written of Paul's epistles contains more direct references to the second coming of Christ than any of his other writings. Each of its chapters comes to a close with a reference to Christ's return in relation to some aspect of His great salvation, as applied to our personal lives.

In the first chapter, he speaks of the second coming in relation to SERVICE. "... how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven" (1:9-10).

Then, in the second chapter, Paul speaks of SOUL-WINNING. "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?" (2:19).

Next, there is an emphasis on STABILITY. "To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." (3:13).

The fourth chapter concludes with perhaps the greatest passage on the second coming in any of the epistles, verses 13- 17. All of this said by Paul to be the basis of our Christian STRENGTH. "Wherefore comfort [literally 'strengthen'] one another with these words" (4:18).

Finally, the last chapter concludes with the words of our text, speaking of our eternal SANCTIFICATION as a result of this blessed hope of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The second coming is thus all-important. It is a practical incentive and enablement for the Christian life, encouraging service, soul-winning, stability, strength, and sanctification; culminating in full and everlasting salvation.

A Lesson From Job

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There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men was the greatest of all the men of east.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burt- offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the LORD and said Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshiped,

And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

In Job chapter 1 we are shown true faith in the Lord during the darkest hours of life by Job, a righteous man who feared God. Job could have forsaken God and said "to heck with it and with the Lord." but he did not... not only that but Job eschewed evil, meaning he avoided it. What a lesson we as Christians can learn from this fine example given to us by God in His inspired and Holy Word. As you read through this chapter notice the last verse in particular. Not once in all this did Job sin or turn from God. This was just the beginning of this time of testing for Job. As one gets farther into the book of Job you see how things seem to get worse and worse for him. Then at the end of the book you see that "this too passed" from Job's life and he was once again blessed of the Lord. Job's faith wasn't falsely placed in the Lord nor did the Lord forsake him. We need to remember Job when we too are being tested. I hope this has been a blessing and an encouragement. I hope the rest of your day is a blessed one.

Philosophy and Vain Deceit

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8

It is bound to be significant that, in the only place where the Scriptures even mention philosophy, we are warned to beware of it! Likewise, the only philosophers mentioned were evolutionary humanists who called the apostle Paul a "babbler...because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection" (Acts 17:18).

The word "philosophy" literally means "love of wisdom," and every philosophy- ancient or modern- is essentially a humanistic devotion to man's wisdom for it's own sake.

But such wisdom is false wisdom. It derives in type from "the tree of knowledge," through the "vain deceit" of Satan, who tried to persuade us that partaking of it would "make one wise" and that "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods" (Genesis 2:17; 3:5-6). It has "indeed a shew of wisdom" (Colossians 2:23), but "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Corinthians 3:19), and eventually all "the wisdom of this world... [and] of the princes of this world,... [will] come to nought" (1 Corinthians 2:6).

Genuine wisdom, on the other hand, is as our text reminds us, "after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" ( Colossians 2:8-10). For in Him "are hid [literally 'stored up'] all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3).

The Lord Jesus Christ is "the truth" (John 14:6), and is both "the power of God, and the wisdom of God" ( 1 Corinthians 1:24). This true wisdom is freely available to all who desire it. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God... and it shall be given him (James 1:5). Therefore, we need never waste our God-given time on human philosophy.

Know and Walk In Truth

1 Timothy 1:5- "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."

Much of modern, self- oriented Christian preaching and writing has tended to downgrade biblical "doctrine" in favor of an emphasis on "love" and "fulfillment," the "pursuit of happiness," "sharing and caring," and other such sentiments. Some popular religious leaders major on "confident living," "self- improvement," "personal success," and the like.

Doctrine is thus downgraded in favor of practice, and "works" are considered more important that the Word. But this type of emphasis places the cart before the horse and can never succeed for very long. "Doctrine" is simply "teaching," and true teaching must come from God's infallible Word, whether that teaching relates to great divine truths (creation, atonement, sanctification, etc.) or to the daily Christian walk.

As the apostle Paul reminds us, "evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Corinthians 15:33). "Profane and vain babblings... increase unto more ungodliness" (2 Timothy 2:16). We cannot escape being taught doctrine somewhere. If we will not receive true doctrine from God's Word, we will inevitably become indoctrinated with the world's humanistic deceptions, for these impinge upon our thinking continually, from classroom and journal, from television and (unfortunately) sometimes even from the pulpit.

If we are REALLY concerned about love and happiness and such things, we must acquire them from the right sorce, the doctrinal truths of the Word of God. It is knowing and obeying the commandment, as our text says, that generates pure love, a faithful heart, and a daily life that supports a clear conscience.

When we "know the truth" (John 8:32), then and then only can we "walk in truth" (3 John 4).

The Good Ol' Days

The Simple Joys

Beverly J. Anderson

They miss so much who do not know

The simple joys of long ago

When life was lived with easy pace,

And thankful hearts said table grace.

When folks took time to be a friend,

A helping hand, so quick to lend.

When houses had front proch swing,

(Oh how we loved that creaky thing!)

On summer evenings friends would call

And they were welcome, one and all,

And mom would serve homemade ice cream

As laughter from the porch would stream.

And vendors came to sell their wares;

The fun- filled trips to county fairs.

The concerts at the old bandstand

When music was so very grand!

They miss so much who never knew

Old- fashioned joys, such as I do.

The village church so gleaming white,

It’s steeple bells that rang each night,

The solace that we all found there

As we met for a time of prayer.

Our values were quite different then,

Oh, time, can’t I go back again!

We were not rich in days of yore,

But we had blessings by the score;

Our wealth was found in many things

From which the soul’s contentment springs.

Our homes were filled with so much love,

Deep faith was ours in God above.

How much they miss who do not know

The lovely joys found long ago.

I wish that they could share with me

My pleasant trip in memory

Back to the good old- fashioned days
When life was lived in simple ways

You Ask Why I follow Jesus...

You Ask Why I Follow Jesus?

You ask why I follow this Jesus?
Why I love Him the way I do?
When the world's turned away from His teachings
And the people who serve Him are few.

It's not the rewards I'm after,
Or gifts that I hope to receive.
It's the Presence that calls for commitment
It's the Spirit I trust and believe.

The Lord doesn't shelter His faithful,
Or spare them all suffering and pain,
Like everyone else I have burdens,
And walk through my share of rain.

Yet He gives me a plan and a purpose,
And that joy only Christians have known,
I never know what comes tomorrow,
But I do know I'm never alone.

It's the love always there when you need it.
It's the words that redeem and inspire,
It's the longing to ever be with Him,
That burns in my heart like a fire.

So you ask why I love my Lord Jesus?
Well, friend, that's so easy to see,
But the one thing that fills me with wonder
Is Why Jesus loves someone like me.

A.D.I.'s rules for dating his daughter- always brings a laugh

Rule One:
If you pull into my driveway and honk you'd better be delivering a package, because you're sure not picking anything up.

Rule Two:
You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter's body, I will remove them.

Rule Three:
I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

Rule Four:
I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a "barrier method" of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule Five:
It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is "early."

Rule Six:
I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

Rule Seven:
As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process that can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight:
The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there are no parents, policemen, or nuns within eyesight. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka - zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folk’s homes are better.

Rule Nine:
Do not lie to me. On issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.

Rule Ten:
Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a rice paddy near Hanoi. When my Agent Orange starts acting up, the voices in my head frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull into the driveway you should exit your car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password, announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, and then return to your car - there is no need for you to come inside. The camouflaged face at the window is mine.

Tips on how to take advice

1 RESERVE judgment- It's easy to tune someone out before he/she ever starts talking simply because you know what they are going to say. But even if you think you know what's coming, listen anyway. Sometimes a friend can frame the truth in a way that's fresh and enlighting. They might come up with an angle you haven't even thought of. Their idea might be the one that makes all the difference.

2 RESIST the temptation to butt in- You should have learned in kindergarten that interrupting is rude. It also creates confusion by fragmenting thoughts. If you've ever watched political news programs, you know that when people are constantly interrupting each other, the truth suffers.

3 REMAIN calm- especially if the person you're listening to becomes agitated or uses inflammatory language. Keep in mind that anger is one of Satan's most effective tools. He knows that if you get mad at the messenger, you'll completely miss any wisdom that may be in the message.

4 REVIEW for the purposes of clarification- When the person has stated their case and you're still not sure exactly what they mean, you can paraphrase what you just heard and ask, "Is that what you're saying?" If it isn't then keep asking questions untill you get it straight.

5 REFLECT on the advice itself- Pray about it and search the Scriptures to determine God's will in the matter. Imagine yourself following the suggested course of action. What might happen? How would your life be changed? How would others be affected?

6 RECEIVE or REJECT- As stated earlier, you do not have to take anyone's advice. Over the course of your life you'll undoubtedly reject a lot more advice than you'll take. The point is simply that you should work through the process to avoid making a hasty, thoughtless decision.

(taken from the book "The Samson Syndrome" by Mark Atteberry)

1 Peter 3: 12 through 4:6

1Peter 3:12 through 4:6

12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open untotheir prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conersation in Christ.
17) For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21) the like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the puting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answering of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22) Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Chapter 4

1) FORASMUCH then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2) That he no longer shoud live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3) For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4) Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5) Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6) For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

An elderly, deaf man was knocked down in the street by a cart and horse. The accident severly injured his head. As he was lying in the street, he moaned, "Why did this happen?" Those who were standing nearby picked him up, and as they did so, his eyes grew big, and he cried out, "I can hear you speaking." His hearing had been restored by the sharp blow he recieved to his head.

There are times when Christians are dull of hearing, and they need the sharp blows of adversity to bring them to the place of dependence upon the Lord. However, suffering does not come only to those who are out of fellowship with the Lord. There are other reasons why Christians experience suffering.

Peter's readers needed the encouragement the apostle could offer because of his personal experience. He had been persecuted, and he had been an eyewitness to the abuse heaped upon his Savior. Such is the background of this message to suffering saints.

- this is the introduction to chapter 5 "Suffering Saints" in the adult study book "Strong Faith for Rough Times" by William G. Bellshaw1978, revised in 1986

Prepare To Meet Thy God

If this is not a call unto salvation, then I don't know what is...


"Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." Amos 4:12 (KJV)

There is only one thing that everyone can know for sure. Not even death and taxes are certain, for some will never die. But "every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12).

Even those who don't believe in God, those who ridicule His Word, those who disobey His laws, those who worship false gods- everyone must some day meet God. There is no better advice than "Prepare to meet thy God!"

If anyone should ask what God, the answer is the TRUE God, the Creator. Not the false gods of pagan pantheism, not the natural systems and processes of evolutionism, but the one and only God of Creation. He is the one who knows the thoughts of man and "maketh the morning darkness" (Amos 4:13) for all who reject or ignore Him. Thw word here for "darkness" is used only one other time in Scripture and is synonymous with hell- "A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness" (Job 10:22).

In the coming judgement, "the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17). The message of Amos needs to be heard in every generation: "Prepare to meet thy God!" For "the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement" (Psalm 1:5), and the judgement is sure: "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement," and for those who die unprepared, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 9:27; 10:31).

The only way to come into His presence prepared, of course, is through Jesus Christ, who is Himself the Lord of all the hosts of Heaven.

This was written by Dr. Henry M. Morris in Days of Praise for the months of March, April, and May.

A Woman's Love (poem)

A woman's love is like a light,
Shining the brightest in the night.
The stars all day patrol the sky,
But only when the night is nigh
We comprehend their splendor. So
A woman's love we hardly know
Until some moment when we need
A hand to help, a light to lead;
Then woman's love is love indeed.

A woman's love when life is best
Is happy as the happiest,
Signs with the singer, with the gay
Joins in the gladdest roundelay
But, in the hour of grief, her voice,
When there is little to rejoice,
Takes on another timbre, when
The cymbals all are still again
Speaks with an angel's voice to men.

A woman's love is good to own
In hours of joy, But he alone
Knows a woman's love, how deep, how strong,
Who has had hurt and loss and wrong.
Perhaps he hardly knew he had
Her love when all her love was glad.
But he shall learn, who love may slight,
A woman's love is like a light,
Shining the brightest in the night

- Douglas Malloch

A really good quote

"If you ever walked among the giant redwoods, you will never be overwhelmed by the size of a dogwood tree. Or if you have been through a hurricane, a spring rain is nothing to fear. If you have been in the presence of the almighty God, everything that once controlled you suddenly has less power."

Edward T. Welch

2 Timothy chapter 3

2 Timothy 3:1- 17

1 This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life; purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

In the first part of this chapter we are warned of godless religion that we are to stay apart from. We are told of how they act and how to spot them so that we can turn away. In the midst of the chapter Paul (which can be seen as a type of Christ in this chapter) uses his own character as an example of how we should be and as a means of proving scripture. He tells us that as true Christians we will suffer persecution but at the same time, while the evil of this world get worse and worse we are to continue on in truth, in that which we have learned through faith. God has provided the tools we need through scripture. It is good for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction that we "may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

Until Then

Hey everyone I just wanted to post a note on here of a hymn that was a real blessing to me today. You see I've been going through a frustraighting time with this new job still being up in the air but today the Lord just really blessed me during church.

He moved among the cogregation as person after person was touched with the Spirit and gave testamony today and it just touched my soul. I really needed that today because I've been feeling a little discouraged and without the closeness of the Lord. I've really been trying to stay faithful and trusting in Him and His perfict will... Then as I listened to the others and felt the Lord tugging at my heart this morning and then again tonight, I took hold of the hymnal in front of me and started to flip through its pages.

Music has always been a passion and love of mine and the Lord has used it more than once to get my attention or to bless me or remind me of some simple truth or one of God's promises. Well... its no surprise that the Lord would use this once again to impart peace in my heart and that was when I came across this hymn:


My heart can sing when I pause to remember
A heartache here is but a stepping stone
Along a trail that's winding always upward,
This troubled world is not my final home.

But until then my heart will go on singing,
Until then with joy I'll carry on
Until the day my eyes behold the city,
Until the day God calls me home.

The Things of earth will dim and lose their value
If we recall they're borrowed for a while;
And things of earth that cause the heart to tremble,
Remembered there will only bring a smile.


This weary world with all its toil and struggle
May take its toll of misery and strife;
The soul of man is like a waiting falcon;
When it's released, it's destined for the skies.


Thomas Jefferson Quotes

This was in an email that I recieved from a friend of mine. It was full of quotes from T. Jefferson and I thought they were really good and spoke some truth. So I've put them here for others to read...

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as
in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away
from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own
debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the
wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can
prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under
the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad
government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the
right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the
propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and
Thomas Jefferson

Very Interesting Quote:
In light of the present financial crisis, it's
interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

'I believe that banking institutions are more
dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever
allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by
inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow
up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their
children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.'
Thomas Jefferson

One of My Favorite Hymns

I just wanted to post one of my favorite hymns because for me it is such an encouragement when I feel the load of everyday tasks and overwhelmed thinking of what lay ahead. This hymn reminds me that God gives strength and grace for the things of today and that I can trust Him to the things of tomorrow. I hope it is an ecouragement to you who read this. It's called "Just for Today" by: Eben E. Rexford and Victor H. Benke

Just for Today

My Father this I ask of Thee;
Knowing that Thou wilt grant the plea,
For this, and only this, I pray,
Strength for today, just for today.

Strength for each trial and each task,
What more my Father, should I ask?
Just as I need it, day by day,
Strength for my weakness, this I pray.

I do not ask a lifted load,
Nor for a smooth and thornless road;
Simply for strength enough to bear
Life's daily burdens anywhere.

Strength for the present hour and need-
This given, then I'm blest indeed;
For each day, as it comes, will bring
Sufficient strength for anything.

Strength for each trial and each task,
What more my Father, should I ask?
Just as I need it, day by day,
Strength for my weakness, this I pray.

Strength for today, that I may make
Some sad souls glad, for Jesus' sake;
Then they, with me, at eve shall say,
"Thank God for strength He gave today."

Esta Usted 100% Seguro Que Cuando Muera Ira al Cielo?


DIOS DICE que todos tenemos una cita con la muerte.
"Y de la manera que esta establecido para los hombres que mueran una sola vez, y despues de esto el juicio," ~ Hebreos 9:27
No hay nada que tu puedes hacer que sea mas importante que el prepararse para encontrarse con Dios.
Puede una persona estar 100% serguro que el o ella ira al cielo?

DIOS DICE que puedes saberlo!
"Esta cosas os he escrito a vosotros que creeis en el nombre del Hijo de Dios, para que sepais que teneis vida eterna..." ~ 1 Juan 5:13
Mucha gente creen que siendo una buena persona les llevara al cielo.

DIOS DICE que no hay ni uno que es bueno.
"Como esta escrito: No hay justo, ni aun uno;"
"... No hay quien haga lo bueno, no hay ni siquiera uno." "por cuanto todos pecaron, y estan destituidos de la gloria de Dios," ~ Romanos 3:10, 12b, 23

DIOS DICE que hay un castigo que se ha de pagar por nuestro pecado.
"Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dadiva de Dios es vida eterna..." ~ Romanos 6:23a

Jesucristo murio por nosotros para que nosotros no tuvieramos que ir al infierno!
"Porque de tal manera amo Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigenito, para que todo aquel que en el cree, no se pierda mas tenga vida eterna." ~ Juan 3:16
"Mas Dios Muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aun pecadores, Cristo murio por nosotros." ~ Romanos 5:8
Jesus derramo su sangre preciosa para limpiarnos da nuestro pecado.
"en quien tenemos redencion por su sangre, el perdon de pecados." ~Colosenses 1:14
3 dias despues que enterraron su cuerpo en una tumba, Jesus se levanto de los muertos.

DIOS DICE que tenemos que creer esto, no solamente con nuestra mente, sino con todo nuestro corazon.
"que si confesares con tu boca que Jesus es el Senor, y creyeres en tu corazon que Dios le levanto de los muertos, seras salvo." ~ Romanos 10:9

DIOS DICE que hay que arrepentirse.
"Os digo: No; antes si no os arrepentis, todos perecereis igualmente." ~ Lucas 13:3
Esto significa estar triste por tu pecado, y tener el deseo de dehar u pecado por Jesucristo, y recibirle como su Senor y Salvador.
"Porque la tristeza que es segun Dios produce arrepentimiento para salvacion..." ~ 2 Corintios 7:10
"Mas a todos los que le recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre, les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios;" ~ Juan 1:12

DIOS DICE que cualquier persona puede ser salvo.
"porque todo aquel que invocare el nombre del Senor, sera salvo." ~Romanos 10:13
Si usted cree en este evangelio de Jesucristo con todo su corazon, entonces con fe, simple como la del nino, recibelo por medio de invocar su nombre. Por favor, hazlo ahora, antes que sea muy tarde!
"El que cree en el Hijo tiene vida eterna; pero el que rehusa creer en el Hijo no vera la vida, sino que la ira de Diosesta sobre el." ~ Juan 3:36
"Y el que no se hallo inscrito en el libro de la vida fue lanzado al lago de fuego." ~ Apocalipsis 20:15

Great Psalm for "recharging"

Psalm 46

1) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2) Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3) Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mointains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4) There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5) God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall halp her, and that right early.
6) The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8) Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9) He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breakesth the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exhalted in the earth.
11) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

This Psalm is a great one to read when you need to find rest and refuge in the Lord. There are 3 things I see in this particular one... I see God's Protection (verses 1 through 3), God's Presence (verses 4 through 7), and God's Power (verses 8 through 11). Also, through out the Psalm it is said 3 times that God is our refuge and that He is with us. (us being those who have trusted him as their one and only Savior.)

Spurgeon Quotes

These are just a few Quotes I found by Charles H. Spurgeon. He was a Spiritual Giant of a man and one of my personal heroes. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did when i found them. These are curtousy of

A man says to me, "Can you explain the seven trumpets of the Revelation?" No, but I can blow one in your ear, and warn you to escape from the wrath to come.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Evangelical repentance is repentance of sin as sin: not of this sin nor of that, but of the whole mass. We repent of the sin of our nature as well as the sin of our practice. We bemoan sin within us and without us. We repent of sin itself as being an insult to God. Anything short of this is a mere surface repentance, and not a repentance which reaches to the bottom of the mischief. Repentance of the evil act, and not of the evil heart, is like men pumping water out of a leaky vessel, but forgetting to stop the leak. Some would dam up the stream, but leave the fountain still flowing; they would remove the eruption from the skin, but leave the disease in the flesh.

Some of us think at times that we could cry, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" There are seasons when the brightness of our Father's smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us. It is only a seeming forsaking with us, but in Christ's case it was a real forsaking. We grieve at a little withdrawal of our Father's love; but the real turning away of God's face from His Son, who shall calculate how deep the agony which it caused Him? In our case, our cry is often dictated by unbelief: in His case, it was the utterance of a dreadful fact, for God had really turned away from Him for a season. O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God's face, but art now in darkness, remember that He has not really forsaken thee. God in the clouds is as much our God as when He shines forth in all the lustre of His grace; but since even the thought that He has forsaken us gives us agony, what must the woe of the Saviour have been when He exclaimed, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

Snarling at other folks is not the best way of showing the superior quality of your own character. He is blind who thinks he sees everything. The observant man recognizes many mysteries into which he can not pretend to see, and he remembers that the world is too wide for the eye of one man. But the modern sophists are sure of everything, especially if it contradicts the Bible.

A chasm is opening between the men who believe their Bibles and the men who are prepared for an advance upon Scripture. Inspiration and speculation cannot long abide in peace. Compromise there can be none. We cannot hold the inspiration of the Word, and yet reject it; we cannot believe in the atonement and deny it; we cannot hold the doctrine of the fall and yet talk of the evolution of spiritual life from human nature; we cannot recognize the punishment of the impenitent and yet indulge the "larger hope." One way or the other we must go. Decision is the virtue of the hour.

There is a general kind of praying which fails for lack of precision. It is as if a regiment of soldiers should all fire off their guns anywhere. Possibly somebody would be killed, but the majority of the enemy would be missed.

You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.

Our prayers may be very beautiful in appearance and might appear to be the very paragon of devotion, but unless there is a secret spiritual force in them, they are vain things.

If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world. it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb,'a lie will go round the world while truth is putting its boots on.

Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace.

A genuine revival without joy in the Lord is as impossible as spring without flowers, or day-dawn without light

It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better farther on. Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation.

It is not thy hold on Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. It is not even thy faith in Christ, though that be the instrument; it is Christ's blood and merit.

These are but a few of the things that Spurgeon ever said that planted, cultivated, or watered the seeds of the Spirit. All, I believe, were given by God's grace to men who needed inspiration, encouragement, and solid truth. Like a slap on the back of the head; it isn't meant to be demeaning, it is meant to be an eye opener.

My Purpose Statement (updated)

My Purpose Statement

Life Verse: Acts 20:24~ “ But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”

My Ultimate Purpose: To love God with all that is me according to His word in Matthew 22:37. Also to love my neighbor as myself and to serve God and others. Finally, to follow the Lord wherever He leadeth me to go and do His will, sharing the gospel.

Freedom in Truth: (some of God’s promises, to remember throughout life.) I must remember God’s promise to comfort us in times of trouble (John 14:1-6).
That He is constantly working to make me more like Him (Philippians 1:6 and 1 Thessalonians 5:24)
That He is faithful and just to hear my prayers and answer them according to His perfect will.
My weakness is made strong in Him. (Philippians 4:13 and 2 Corinthians 12:7- 10)

Some Gifts of the Ministry: (some skills and abilities that God has given or is developing in me)
• Music: singing and playing piano
• Speech: sign language and speaking to others and to groups
• Organization
• Management skills
• Computer skills
• Working with youth, teens and young college age
• Offering new solutions
• My education
• Developing teaching skills
• Friendly personality
• Crafts or other things done with the hands
• Caring for others
• Developing soundboard abilities and audio/ computer program abilities
• Sewing clothing
• Listening to others and offering encouragement

For Such a Time as This: (how I am using this now)

Quote: “ Develop a love for God, the rest will come naturally in time as He gives it.”

I can apply this today by doing my very best in the ministry of Morning Star Baptist Church and my surrounding community; by thinking of others and not myself; by singing and speaking about Christ throughout the day. Being friendly, praying always, quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger, and should God give opportunity to reach out then I should share the gospel with another. Using my skills at Sign Language to share the gospel with others and teaching others to do the same. Reaching out to my Sunday School students and teaching them about the Lord. Always being willing to follow the Lord and trust Him with all that comes in my life. By assisting the Pastor and his wife and other workers in my local church in whatever way might present itself as well as fulfilling my duties as the church’s Assistant Clerk and by being an encouragement to others.

My Prayer: (this I prayed after writing this purpose statement and wrote it down to always remember.)

“ Lord, it is with a sincere and earnest heart that I pray to you, that you would take Acts 20:24 and apply it to every part of my life. And that you would take these things written in this my purpose statement and use them for thy honor and glory all the days of my life. Amen.”

Psalm 27

King James Virson is the only Bible I use and it is the best...

Psalm 27 (kjv)

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, the the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of min enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mune enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27 has always been my favorite, I think, mostly because it is a well-spring of encouragement and confidence in the Lord. If you know anything about what King David was going through when the Holy Spirit inspired him to pen this particular psalm, then you can see how it's words can be so compelling when a Christian is going through a difficult time.

When I read what John White had to say about the 27th Psalm in his study book "Songs That Touch The Heart: selected Psalms" I wanted to share it with others. I agree with what Mr. White had to say and truely believe that it is through the Lord that he was given such insight into the words of this piece of scripture. So I have taken this and typed it here so that others may read it.

Confidence and Crying

Psalm 27

The Lord is worthy of the believer's confidence.

Can confidence and crying exist in the same person at the same time? As we first consider it, this combination may seem impossible. But after we consider it further, we realize that crying, or pleading, is often based upon confidence.

In Psalm 27 David expressed great confidence in God. In the first six verses of the psalm express this great trust. In the last six verses David cried out to God with a pleading prayer. He built his prayer life upon the foundation of confidence. Because of God's past care for the king, David knew God would hear and answer his prayer for the problems he faced day by day.

Confidence Quiets Fears

Having declared that Jehovah was his light and his salvation, David asked the question, "Whom shal I fear?" (Ps. 27:1). The obvious answer is no one. God provided light in his life; therefore, David was unafraid of the sin around him.

Many people fear the dark, where unseen and unknown things lurk. However, when they see those things in the light of day, they feel no fear.

Tiffany Marie was a happy little girl and a genuine pleasure to her parents. One evening after her parents had put her to bed, she became restless and began to scream. Her mother rushed to the room and picked her up. After Tiffany had quieted down, her mother put her back to bed; but as she left the room, Tiffany began to scream again. Night after night this problem continued without relief.

The worried mother urged her husband to do something about the situation. So one night he went to Tiffany's room and sat down beside her. His wife turned out the light and left the room. Suddenly he saw something he had not noticed before. A sreetlight down the block shone through the branches of the trees outside Tiffany's window. It cast shadows on the wall at the foot of the bed. As the wind blew gently, the branches seemed to reach down toward the bed with grotesquely shaped fingers.

Tiffany began to scream. Her father wanted to scream with her. But understanding that the grasping hands were only shadows on the wall, he got up and turned on a little light. With a flick of the switch, the terrible shadows of the darkness disappeared, and so did the little girl's fears. Tiffany slept peacefully thereafter because she had nothing to fear. The light had removed the imagined foes of darkness.

All of us have been afraid of the darkness of the world about us. We have cried to the Lord, and He has come to dispel the darkness and doubt. He has taken away the confusion and stumbling caused by sin and has restored our confidence. Thus the Lord has become our light, even as He was David's light.

David declared that the Lord was also his salvation and the strength of his life (v.1). Time after time God intervened to deliver the psalmist and strengthen him to live his life as he faced wild animals and the willful men of his day. As the strength of David's life, God stepped in to becomea shield, a wall and hedge when David desperately needed protection (Ps. 3:3; 28:7; 33:20; 84:11; 115:9-11; 119:114; 144:2).

Confidence Conquers Foes

In Psalm 27:2 David testified, "When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell." David did not play the peer-group game; he was able to stand alone. He did not care whether an entire army set up camp against him (v.3). He knew that even if the odds were a thousand to one, everything would turn out all right because God would defeat his enemies.

Can you imagine a solitary figure facing an entire army in battle? The desperation of such a situation would drive that lone soldier to flight or dispair unless he knew that a supernatural force was on his side to defeat the foe.

When I was a young child, a recurring nightmare would occasionally disturb my nights. In my dream, everybody in school was against me. My brothers, who usually protected me, weren't around to help. The other students tried to beat me or throw desks at me, but somehow they could never actually get to me. An invisible field shielded me from my opponents, and when they ran into the shield, they were rebuffed or injured.

David knew that God had served as an invisible shield so that when his enemies approached him, they stumbled and fell (v.2). Their greatest efforts were insufficient to get them near the man of God.

Confidence Gives Calm

David explained that in the midst of the tumult coming against him, he would "not fear" (Ps. 27:3). His confidence in the Lord quieted his heart.

Sometimes the anticipation of problems causes a doubting Christian to be silent when he should speak and to retreat when he should fight. With clammy hands, he freezes in terror, waiting for the worst.

But great men of faith have a confidence in God that will not allow them to falter in the face of great odds. In the case of Old Testament men of God, their confidence gave them a powerful calm that took them from battle to battle, through clashing swords and prancing hooves to victory for God. (cf. Exod. 17:9-16; Judg. 6; 7; 1 Sam. 17:25-53).

Confidence Prompts Fellowship, Prayer and Praise

A desperate, fearful person has a tendency to be extrememly self-centered. He worries about what will happen to him. He needs continual reassurance. Well-defined objectives give way to simple self-preservation. Preoccupation with problems inhibits ambition and saps strength. Movement gives way to lethargy, and accomplishment is swallowed up by defeat.

The man who has great confidence in God, however, takes certain well-defined steps that produce happy results. In Psalm 27:4 David recorded his desire to "dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of [his] life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple." "To enquire" means to pray. The temple hadn't been built in David's day; the word temple in this verse indicates a large public building.

David's words in verse 5 reflect his belief that God would take care of him: "For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me." In response to God's protective care, David proclaimed, "Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord" (v.6b).

Thus we learn from David that the confident believer has victory over his enemies and creates sacrifices of joy through signing to and praising the Lord.

It is inappropriate to have undue confidence in ourselves in the humanistic sense, but it is appropriate to have confidence in God, knowing full well that with God on our side, we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37). We can look at the future with expectation and plan for accomplishments in the name of God, realizing that the One Who has begun a good work will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).

Having stated this confidence, David turned to prayer. Six specific requests came to his lips as he cried out to Jehovah.

A Cry for God's Attention

Each of us at some time has spoken to another person who did not listen. At times even God does not listen to the cries of men. Isaiah wrote, "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" (Isa. 59:2).

When Elijah faced the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, he pleaded for the ear of Jehovah: "Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou has turned their heart back again" (1 Kings 18:37). David called for God's attention in Psalm 27:7: "Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me." Calling for God's attention demonstrates our intensity and sincerity of heart as God's children.

David desired for God to grant him His full attention concerning the problems he faced. In verse 8 David recorded his response; he told God, "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." David obeyed the Lord by seeking Him, or calling for His attention.

A Cry for God's Assistance

Four strong requests in Psalm 27:9 indicate David's intense desire for God's assistance in his life. The fist, "Hide not thy face far from me," involves God's watchfulness. When a pilot flies his plane into heavy clouds, he wants to know that someone at a radar screen knows his location and the location of other planes in the vicinity. Without the watchful eye of the radar observer, he might collide with another plane. In a similar way, David requested God to keep His eye constantly on him to guide and guard him.

Second, David pled, "Put not thy servant away in anger." He did not want God to isolate him because of failure or sin in his life. Third, he requested, "Leave me not." David did not want God to turn His attention away from him.

Fourth, David asked God not to forsake him. David had no desire to be left to his own devices. He depened upon God and knew that no amount of his own knowledge or prowess could preserve him.

A Cry for God's Attachment

David wrote, "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up" (Ps. 27:10). Family loyalty and protection are among the most precious possessions on earth. But today adults often leave children by themselves. They languish in neglect or seek the companionship and advice of peers who lead them astray. What a comfort it is to know that the Lord does not abandon His children, young or old.

A Cry for God's Advice

In Psalm 27:11a, David asked God, "Teach me thy way, O Lord." Every child of God needs to let God chart the course of his life lest he become confused by the storms and cross-currents of his environment. Desperation rises in the heart of a man lost in the forest without a compass, adrift on a sea without charts or wandering in the darkness without light.

God has graciously given us a chart and compass. It is His holy Word. In it He gives advice for any situation in life. David himself could tell the Lord, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Ps.119:105). Besides the infallible Guidebook, God has given to every believer a personal Interpreter and Guide, the Holy Spirit.

A Cry for an Uncluttered Life

In Psalm 27:11b David asked the Lord to lead him "in a plain path, because of [his] enemies." The word plain here means straight and carries the idea of moral straightness- righteous, or with equity and justice. David wanted God to spare him from paths strewn with trees, brush and rocks because his enemies often lurked along the path to destory him. He wanted an open road, where no enemy could attack him by surprise. He wanted God to keep his life free from the clutter that harbored his desperate foes.

Each of us believers should pray that prayer. When our lives become so filled with activities, involvements and investments that we cannot see clearly, our enemies-- whether they be men or demons-- attack and often defeat us. Single-minded simplicity furnishes a safe walkway for the child of God.

A Cry for an Undefeated Life

Although the events alluded to in Psalm 27 could apply to a number of different times in David's life, David may have written the psalm around the time his son Absalom rebelled against him. Absalom had killed his half-brother Amnon for revenge and then fled (2 Sam. 13:22-30, 33, 38). David missed Absalom, so his servant Joab arranged for Absalom to return home (chap. 14). Two years later, David and Absalom were reunited. Absalom used this return to the king's favor for his own advantage. David was old and weak, so Absalom began judging the people (vv. 2-5), and he "stole the hearts of the men of Israel" (v.6). Eventually he proclaimed himself king (vv.10-13), and David and his followers fled from Jerusalem (vv.14-17). At that point in David's life, his enemies included his son; his former counselor, Ahithophel (15:31); Shimei, an old enemy (16:13); and Ziba, who lied to him about Mephibosheth (vv.1-4).

David was physically and emotionally drained. He cried to God for his continued preservation: "Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" (Ps. 27:12, 13). Only his faith in God kept David from giving up.

Having expressed his confidence and his cry, David concluded with verse 14: "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." In time, Absalom was killed, and David returned to the throne (chaps. 18;19). God had heard and honored David's cry.

Like Daivd, we are at times physically exhausted; our firends and family disappoint us and sometimes even turn against us; the world opposes us. And we just want to give up. At those times we, like David, should recall "the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living," should take courage and strength from our relationship with God and should wait on His deliverance.

Modesty: Incentives to restoring virtue in the local church

Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, were "naked and not ashamed." In this pristine environment there was no reason for them to be ashamed. They were innocent-- their natures had not been warpped by sin. The first couple was in a state of holy matrimony. It was impossible for them to put a stumbling block before others since they were the only two people alive. They were naked and unashamed, and given to the circumstances, there was no reason for them to be ashamed. We also find ourselves living in a day when people are naked (at least partially) and unashamed. However, unlike Eden, there is every reason for shame!

The fashion industry and an immoral culture make it mandatiry to address the issue of modesty. The collapse of standards in society at large has filtered down into the churches. I hold no hope for the world in regards to decency, but I do believe parents and pastors can make a BIG difference in Bible- believeing churches. Note carefully these four incentives to modesty from scripture.


The concept of modesty is not a cultural relative or matter of personal preference. The early church was having problems because some women were living impure and self-centered lives. These women, as the context indicates, were having a negative impact on the public worship service. Paul calls on Timothy to confront the problem. The inspired pen of Paul wrote that women should "adorn themselves in modest apparel" (1 Tim. 2:9) Young's concordance defines modest apparel as long robe or long garment. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 made herself "coverings." When Adam and Eve realized their nakedness they made themselves aprons of fig leaves. But God judged these fig leaves inadequate coverings for their bodies. He then clothed them with tunics (long robes) made out of the skins of animals. When God clothed Eve, He also clothed Adam. The principle of modesty is illustrated in the Old Testament by God Himself making suitable clothing for the first couple and clearly mandated in the New Testament. Not this definition of modesty:

Having a regard for decencies of behavior or dress; quiet and humble in apperance, style, etc.; not displaying one's body; not boastful; unassuming; retiring; virtuous; not vain; not forward; shy or reserved; chaste.

One Christian camping ministry defined modest apparel but the use of three "L's": Long, loose, and lots. By contrast, immodest garments are those which are abbreviated, revealing, or seductive. Immodesty could be defined as dress that draws attention to the body rather than the face; dress that leasves more uncovered than covered; dress that scandalizes others; or personified pornography.

There are two classes of immodest people mentioned in Scripture: harlots and the demon-possessed. Proverbs 7:10 speaks of a "woman with the attire of an harlot." Mo attempt is made to describe this attire as it is assumed everybody knows how a prostitute dresses. One preacher, noticing to provocative dress of a young girl at church, said it reminded him of five pounds of sauage in a three- pound bag. He went on to say this girl had on enough paint to paint a battleship and enough powder to blow it up!

In 1960 Mary Quant introduced the mini-skirt. She said she designed it to announce to the would that she was ready to go to bed with a man, day or night. You can identify a streetwalker by the way she dresses. Style of clothing says a lot about a person's intentions. Harlots advertise their merchandise by their scanty clothing. Plunging necklines, skin-tight body suits, see-through blouses, skirts slit halfway up the thigh, and mini-skirts have no place in a Christian's closet or on a Christian's body. The spirit of whoredoms is upon the fashion industry, but we have an obligation to cast this spirit out of our churches.

The other type of immodest person referenced in Scripture is the demon- possessed man found in Luke 8. Here we find a man "which had devils long time, and ware no clothes." Note three characteristics of this demonized man who spent his days strutting around the cemetery: 1) He was naked- he wore no clothes; 2) He was preoccupied with death- he dwelt in the tomds; 3) He had supernatural strength- he broke the fetters. Do you see any similarities between this man and many Rock musicians?! Oliver B. Green said, "The spirit of the devil within tends to undress people- but the spirit of God creates within them a desire to be modestly and decently clothed." Nakedness and demonism go hand- in- hand.

Mark this down: FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, MALE OR FEMALE, WEAR MODEST APPAREL. They dress to draw attention to a radiant face and a clear conscience, not their bodies.


Another incentive to modesty is God's personal character. God is holy and demands His people to be holy as well. "Be ye holy for I am holy." Throughout the Old Testament God's people were meticulously set apart from the Gentiles. In countless ways His chosen people were distinct from the surrounding pagan cultures. The reason God defined such high stantards for Israel was due to His exacting, righteous character. God never conforms Himself to the whims of man; He requires those who follow Him to conform themselves to His ways. Holiness cannot be optional because "without holiness no man shall see the Lord."

God, by His very nature, is exclusive. The Ten Commandments forbid certain attitudes and behaviors. Proverbs is a tribute to the exclusiveness of God. Here we learn the Jewish mind thought in terms of right/wrong, good/evil, black/white, either/or. This categorical mindset was in opposition to the both/and type of inclusive thinking of the gentiles. God's unchanging character and His eternal Law-Word were the plumbline that separated God's people from the heathen. The personal, private, family, and religious life of the Chosen was meant to accurately reflect the Creator's unique character. Consequently, God's people were unmistakeably distinct from the pagans.

Even so, we Christians muct order our lives and practices based on God's revelation of Himself. REpeatedly we are warned against conformity to the world system (Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15). We cannot think or conduct ourselves like the world and be true servants of Christ. That which is immoral, sensual, demonic, and ungodly must be rejected.

Jacob, who had labored seven long years for Rachel, got the shock of his life when he arose the morning after his wedding to discover, "Behold, it was Leah!" His father-in-law had deceived him. He thought he had Rachel, but the next day he found out he had married her sister instead. Like Jacob, we can be decieved into accepting things under false pretense and making the discovery only after it is too late. Our bodies are "living sacrifices." The question is to which God- the true and living God, or the accommodating god of popular religion?


Because God is holy, He must judge sin. When God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and his thoughts were only evil continually, He sent the Flood and destroyed all except righteous Noah and his family. The Lord rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah because of their great wickedness. Hebrews 13:4 states, "marriage is honourable in all, and th bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Clearly, actions have consequences. Moreover, the price tag for immodesty is extremely high.

That classic passage on moral purity found in 1 Thessalonians 4:4-7 gives a solemn warning against defrauding. "That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." The context clearly has to do with the Christian's body and sexual desire. Defuard means to "overreach" or "to stir a desire that cannot righteously be fulfilled." Immodest dress can stimulate thoughts and desires that are inappropriate. Whenever a person defrauds another person, God Himself has pledged to act as the avenger.

We expect to be scandalized by the media and unsaved people. But no man or woman, young or old, should be defrauded when they attend church. Where are the pastors who will protect their flocks from the unnecessary temptation of immodestly dressed church members? Where are the pastors who fear God more than the inevitable charge of legalism when he sets forth principles of modest dress for those in leadership? Where are the pastors who are willing to teach these principles to his people, especially the fathers? Those who defraud, or condone it through silence, have been forewarned that the "Lord is the avenger of all such."

Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting a harsh and scathing approach that needlessly turns people off. What I am recommending is teaching clear, principled reasons for modest dress. The more godless our culture becomes the more it will be necessary to instruct our people in matters of decency and propriety. Let's face it, those who have been conditioned by the media, pop- music, and the horizontal theology of today are clueless about modesty. Yes, we must meet people where they are, but when they come into church membership and places of leadership we must help them to learn to be exemplary in their deportment. "Be thou an example," "Avoid the very apperance of evil," "That no man put a stumblingblock," and a host of other Scriptures instruct us that Bible principles are not only to be taught and believed, but actually practiced on a individual level! and corporate level.


Modesty is also required because of the man's innate constitution. With a built-in propensity toward evil because of the Fall, man naturally moves in the direction of sin. Civilizations don't give out, they give in.

Throughout history civilizations have morally degenerated, disintegrated, and disappeared. Unbridled sensuality, abandonment of personal responsibility, and humanized religion inevitably bring about the unraveling of society. Man's depravity is the only feasible explanation for the repetition of societal collapses and the atrocities that accompany them.

Man's curious nature also makes modesty mandatory. How many have had their sensual appetites whetted through innovent curiosity? Premature and fobidden knowledge has sidetracked multitudes.

There are two chief reasons this subject needs to be addressed in relation to Christians. Self-esteem, man-centered psychology, and theologically weak pulpits have put question marks in believer's minds about the depravity of man. Second, the restraint of conscience has been debilitated through continual exposure to corrupt media. It started in the 1950's as our nation was stripped of innocence. Rock music and television were two of the chief instruments that robbed us of national character. The Ed Sullivan Show would only show Elvis about the waist because of his sensual gyrationg was too much for the public at that time. Then came a stripping of authority in the 60's when college campuses erupted into violence and policemen were disgustingly called "pigs." The 70's brought a stripping of love and the latchkey generation was born. Post- modernism began the stripping of hope in the 80"s and the "absolutes" of the past have now been discarded. The net result is a contemporary "hostage crisis" wherein Christians have been taken captive to indecency by the relentless assault of declining cultural norms.

Since men are visually stimulated, Christian women must be careful about their dress. Youi are your brother's keeper! Every child of God has a solemn obligation to never put a "stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." (Romans 14:13). Paul determined that if eating meat offened his brother he would not eat meat. Men are also responsible, like Job, to make a covenant with their eyes in avoiding the lustful look. Man's nature, weakness, and inquisitiveness call for us to go the extra mile in order to aviod causing a brother to sin.


The case for modesty is clearly mandated by these compelling incentives: the clear command of Scripture, God's demanding character, the wrath of God, and man's nature. Responsibility is called for on three levels: personal, parental, and pastorial.

First, there is PERSONAL responsiblity before God. The way a person responds to a subject like this says a lot about his view of God, his view of himself, and his regard for others. We know the immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God ( 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21). Intentional immodesty indicates either an ingnorance at best, or an immoral heart at worst. When humility, discretion, and purity clothe the spirit, the body will follow suit and be modestly clothed.

Clothing serves three purposes: covering, protection, and identification. God's people are different in their thinking, being, actions, speech, and dress. Have the courage to buck the trends! Set a high stantard and stick to it. I heard of a girl who would only purchase clothes after her father and brothers approved them. Fear God more than man. Seek God's approoval rather than man's. Dare to be a non-conformist.

Second, there is a PARENTAL responsibility. God judged Eli because his sons made themselves vile and he restrained them not. Do not doubt that the Lord held Eli responsible for the wicked behavior of his children. The consequences of his neglect were substantial. His boys were killed, Eli died, and his descendants were cursed.

Sir, do you recall the thoughts you've had toward immodestly dressed girls and women? Do you want men thinking those kinds of thoughts about your daughters and your wife? Men, we must take our shepherding roles seriously because we will give an account to God for the way that we rule our homes.

Third, there is PASTORAL responsibility on the church level. We need clear teaching on this subject. The preaching of Bible principles must be translated into ministry policies, which in turn must be practiced. Direction in a ministry is determined when a pastor is serious enough to see to it that the leadership exemplifies what he preaches. "Huffing and puffing" in the pulpit while failing to implement consistent standards eventually conditions the congregation to understand that the pastor really doesn't mean what he says. Similarly, when Christian schools do not enfore what is written in their handbooks the students see the lack of integrity and lose respect for the administration.

In no way am I suggesting Gestapo- like measures in the local church. However, the pendulum has swung so far from the plumbline that corrective action must be taken. Instruction, positive examples, and loving confrontation are necessary. One pastor said, "I can't tell you how to conduct yourself at home, but when you come on church premises I do have some input." Since pastors will give an account for their flocks, they can and must do all that is in their power to promote godliness and protect their sheep from being defrauded on church property.

Let's end the "hostage crisis" by determining right now that we will no longer follow the trends of our decadent culture. In matters of personal holiness, why not shoot on the high side? The church is a Bride, not a harlot. Let's determine to adorn ourselves modestly, both inwardly and outwardly.

Written by: Harlod Vaughan

A pamphlet by: Christ Life Publications
PO Box 399
Vinton, Virginia 24179

Secret Of Comfort

The Secret of Comfort
by: F. B. Meyer

Taken from the book " The Best of F.B.Meyer"

"Blessed are they that morn: for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

The Son came out from the infinite blessedness of God to give man the key to perfect blessedness, not only in the life hereafter, but in this, so that in human hearts also, the tide might rise, which is ever full in the heart of the Infinite One. Blessedness is more than gladness, pleasure, the rapture of possession- perhaps words cannot define it- but the heart knows when it enters upon its heritage.

The conditions of human life, which men naturally dread, are shown by Jesus to be the elements out of which blessedness becomes possible. He goes carefully through the various experiences to which our race is heir- our tears, poverty, hunger, temptation, persecution- and shows that these are the material out of which blessedness is produced, as the moisture of the air is necessary for the production of the glories of sunrise and sunset.

So comprehensive and far- reaching is this beatitude, that attempts have been made to limit its scope and diminish its range of blessing. Surely those only can be meant who sorrow with a godly sorrow that needs no repentance! It is remarkable how persistantly men have interposed such reservations on the munificence and largeness of God's gifts.

They assure one another that God cannot mean all He says, and that it will be a profound mistake to trust too absolutely in His assurances. But, in spite of it all, notice the calm strength of these words, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Surely it means that every sorrow carries in itself a clue to blessedness, and that there is no sorrow for which there are not healing and help in the Gospel of Christ. In the soil grow all the herbs which are suitable for the healing of broken hears. For all mourning He has the oil of joy, for every heavy- laden spirit a garment of praise.

Let no mourner turn away from these words, as though they meant all else but him; and were too wonderful, too rare, for those to participate in whose sorrow is ordinary and common. Like all the blessings of the gospel, they are for "whosoever will." They may be safely trusted to the unttermost. Whoever thou art, and whatever the awdul sorrow which is gnawing at thine heart, thou shalt be comforted. The seed of a harvest of blessedness is hidden in these dark pods. An eternal weight of glory is within thy reach, which will make thy present affliction, when reviewed from the distant future, seem light in comparison. Even though, till now, thou hast not professed thyself a Christian, thy grief may be the means of leading thee to the source of everlasting consolation. Only do not wrap thyself aroudn with the heavy garments of proud disappointment, do not shut thyself up alone with thy grief, do not let it harden and corrode thee, but humble thyself under the mighty hand of God.

There are Five Fountains of Tears

That opened by bereavement. Sometimes the blow is sudden and unexpected; we had no idea that that light farewell was to be the last, and that the face would never turn back to give another sunny smile where the path passed out of sight.Sometimes the dear one fades as autumn leaves or the waning moon, visibly, gradually, inevitably. As long as there is life, we are too eager on its careful tending to give way to tears; but when all is over, in moments of reaction and despair, the fountains of the great deep are broken up. Then Rachel weeps for her children, and refuses to be comforted, because they are not, Martha and Mary weep to heart- break at their brother's grave.
For such there is comfort. Not in talking about change or diversion, not in platitudes about the common lot of man; not in invoking Time to festoon the ruin by hanging drapery of flowers and creeping plants, but by opening the heart to God, that He may instil, first by drops, then by slender rills, and afterward by torrents, His own blessed peace. It is God that the bereaved soul needs most of all; and if bereavement leads to Him; if the soul, deprived of its natural support and comfort, turns its thought and desire to the infinite light; if it is led to feel the futility and failure of all that earth can give, and seeks the treasures which are hidden in the hand of God for all who come for theml if the spirit, in its brokenness, seeks the tender touch of the Good Physician for its wounds and bruises, then comfort will arise, the Comforter will come, Jesus will say, "I am glad for your sakes I was not there, to the intent that ye may believe."
The face is the mirror of the heart, and how often in the calm, gentle look on the countenance, the reposeful manner, the tender thoughtfulness for others, which characterize those whose life has been bereft of its light and joy, we recognize that this beatitude has been fulfilled. "Blessed are they that morn: for they shall be comforted." Not in the full life, but in the emptied one; not in the sunny path, but in the shadowed one; not in the house adorned for the wedding, but in that where darkened attire and subdued undertones tell of recent sorrow, will you find that rare plat growing most prlinfically, which Jesus called blessedness.

That opened by care and disappointment. We enter life with such high hope. Not more gay is the colt, careering across the field, started by the scream of the engine and the rush of the train of carriages! How soon are we caught, and curbed, and put to the collar! Can it be that the lightheartedness, the spring, the absence of care, are forever ended? Ideals blurred and disappointed, years eaten with the cankerworm, sunny mornings overcast byu thick clouds! Poverty in circumstance, feebleness of health, disappointment in love, the heart bereft of love, the spirit broken by harsh tyranny, the constant limitation of small means, dread of the pauper's dole. How countless are the ills to which we are subject in this world! From how many sources are the salt drops contributed to the brine of the ocean of grief! But Christ says that blessedness may be found even here.

There are compensations in grief, and care, and disappoinment. How many have confessed that they had never known the love of God, if human love had not disappointed them; had never found the true riches, unless they had lost the heaped-up stores on which their hearts were fixed; had never realized the meaning of the Eternal and Divine, till the transience and vanity of earthly things were no longer the text of the preacher, but the experience of the heart? It is in moments of heart-break at the failure of all our hopes, that the Interpreter comes near to show unto man what is right for him. Then God is gracious unto him, and is heard saying, "Deliver from going down into the pit, let his life behold light." Life without pain and trial is like a Chinese picture, with no depth or shadow.

That opened by undertones. Even in lives which do not share in the causes of grief already mentioned there is a dark undercurrent, a sense of sadness, and oppressive melancholy. Low and plaintive rapturous outbursts, and perhaps touch us more then they. There are shady, lonely, forbidding spots, the lairs of fever and malaria, in the loveliest woods, on the fairest summer days; expressions of unrest and dissatisfaction cross the sunniest faces; wailing notes sweep over every harp strung by earth's poets. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." It is the old complaint, and as true as it is old.
But this is well. There may be blessedness here. The heart of man muct have some bitters in the cup of life, or he would drain it to intoxication and death. There must be freckle in the leaf, and stain on the flower, or man would forget that they were made to fade.

I thank thee more that all our joy
is touched with pain,
that shadows fall on brightest hours;
that thorns remain; so that earth's bliss may be our guide,
and not our chain.

Broken cisterns drive to the Fountain to living waters. The vanity of all discloses the conclusion of the whole matter. The creaking tree impels the bird to build in the clefts of the rock.

That opened by sorrow for sin. This is the work of the Spirit of God. Trouble may make us rebellious, passionate, hard; but when the Spirit of God comes to us of the love of God, of the ideals we have missed, of the stains and rents with which we have defiled our robes, of the hurt we have done to those entrusted to us for our succor and comfort, of the tears we have caused to flow, of the stumbling- blocks we have cast before the weak, of the talents we have buried, of the thorns we have sown, tears of godly sorrow flow freely, and of these there is no need to repent. Let man's heart be brought by the Spirit of God under the cross, and in contact with the broken heart of Christ; let us look on Him whom we pierced, let us realize what sin is in the sight of the love and grief of God, and the strongest will battle in vain with the tears that rise unbidden to the eyes. But each tear is the seed-germ of blessedness. Blessed mourning this!
It is better to mourn for sin than for its consequences. It is not difficult to do the latter. When we are reaping the bitter penalty of mistake and crime, it is easy to be regretful. "Oh, that I had not done this! Would that I had been more thoughtful and careful! Might I but have my chance again!" So we all exclaim often enough. But this is not sorrow for sin. That is deeper, nobler mourning far. Its tears are purer. In it is no taint of selfishness or dread of penalty. The convicted sinner weeps with unfeigned anguish, as he sees what his sin has meant to God, to Divine Love and human, to those who have passed beyond his recall, or must forever be influenced for the worse by his irrevocable past. And God carefully gathers up these tears, puts them in His bottle, writes them in His book.

That opened by the anguish of the world No true man can witness this unmoved. Every breath of air is laden with cries and sighins and prayers for help. "The whole world groaneth and travaileth together in pain." Children in an agony of fear beneath the heavy hand of drunken mothers and fathers; women wronged, maltreated, deserted, young hearts thrust relentlessly back from those whom they had been wont to count true; the slave in the Arabian dhow, the Armenian subjected to nameless indignity and torture, the cancer-ward, the madhouse, the torture-chamber of disease- Ah, my God, my very soul writhes as I write, when wilt Thou bring this scene of woe to an end! How long ere Thous dost arise to say that there shall be no more delay!
But it is blessed to mourn thus, for they that share with Christ in His griefs for men shall share His triumph when He sees of the travail of His soul and is satisfied; when He shall have destroyed the works of the Devil, and put down all rule, authority, and power. And even now there is blessedness in arising to relieve, so far as we can, the sorrow around us, for it is in helping others that we cease to brood over our own misfortunes, it is in wiping the tears of men that we forget to weep.
All that brings us in contact with the Man of sorrows, and acquaints us with His grief, is wholesome and blessed. If you would know Jesus, you mustt find Him, where Jairus is weeping over his daughter, and the widow is following her boy to the grave, in the porches of Bethesda and the dark shadows of Gethsemane, and such sorrow as we have been describing takes us there.

How bravely and nobly does Christ speak. All others sit as still in the presence of uncontrollable sorrow as Job's comforters did; or they endeavor, with well-meant words, to divert the troubled heart from its sources of anguish, but he says, do not be afraid of sorrow, or evade it, or count it as a wildrerness; face it; bow yourself under the mighty hand of God; look up into His face, and believe that all has been permitted with the tenderest purpose; ask Him to tell you His secret: trust Him through all: out of the wrestle of the dark night will come the salutatuion of the Prince at the break of day.
In the judgement of Christ there is no grief that cannot be consoled, no mourner that cannot be comforted, no woe out of which the oil of joy cannot be extracted. Let us dare believe this, and turn to Him, though our faces be wet with tears, and our backs torn and bleeding, believeing that He has balm enough, anodynes, and cordials, to turn the shadow of death into the morning.

These are the Consolations of Christ

A sense of the love of God, that it is in, around, over, and beneath us; always and everywhere, in every circumstance, glad or sorrowful; in every experience, patent to the world or hidden in our hearts.
The secret of humility, which resigns itself to the circumstances of life, because it has learnt to trace them, wither to the appointment, or permission, of a love that cannot err, or be unkind.
The realization of the unseen and eternal, which encompasses our little life, as the blue ether does our world, dipping into its valleys, lying about its mountains, and encompassing its path.
The presence of the Comforter. "I will send Him unto you," the Master said. How vast the change He wrought. Before He came, the disciples were benumbed in hopeless grief. Paralyzed with pain, they sat crushed and hopeless in the upper room till the glad hour, when Jesus was revealed as risen, living, glorified, by the blessed Paraclete. Then their sorrow was turned into joy; and there was fulfilled the Savior's assurance that He would see them again, and their hearts should be glad and their joy none should take away. It is from the darkness of the pit that men see the stars; and in the darkness of sorrow we behold the face of Christ, revealed by the Holy Spirit.
The hope of Heaven. There we shall meet again the beloved and sainted dead; whilst tears will be wiped from off all faces by the hand of God. The adversities and pangs of earth submerged in the exceeding joy. All sin, and failure, and shortcoming forever terminated. The mystery of evil explained; the entail of sin ended: Death and Hades cast into the Lake of Fire: whilst-

Truth, and peace, and love, shall ever shine
About the supreme throne
Of Him, in whose happy-making sight alone,
When once our heaven;y- guided soul shall climb,
Then all this earthly grossness quit,
Attired with stars, we shall forever sit
Triumphing over death, and chance, and thee, O time.

Thou, who hast ascended on high that Thou mightest give the Holy Spirit to comfort us in all our sorrows and afflictions: impart Him to me also, that I may be able to comfort others with His tender consolations.