Saturday Evening Post – May 28, 2016

Good evening everyone. I’m writing this evening from a hotel room in Manassas, Virginia. We are on our family vacation and have spent the day in downtown Washington DC. I mean all day. From 10:00 AM this morning until 10:00 PM this evening. We visited three of the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II and Korean War Memorials and have been to the Capitol Building and the White House. At least close enough to make a few pictures. There must be several thousand bikers here right now. I think they are here for a big Memorial Day celebration and concert.Very crowded.

What is really sad is we haven’t heard a whole lot of English spoken here. It seems that everyone on the street and even all the vendors are foreigners with most of them Middle Easterners. I really consider myself a man without prejudice but I am beginning to wonder. It has done something to me to be in the heart of America, where most everything we do is governed in some way, and all I seem to see is people benefiting from our country but probably 98% of them have not contributed one single thing to the success of our nation. A bunch of takers not givers. Well, enough of my rant.

I thought I would be ready with my first issue topic but I’m not quite there yet. In some ways what I have witnessed today is somewhat of a prelude to my first one. I will try my best to complete it by next weekend but no promises.

I hope all of you have a great day in the Lord tomorrow and a wonderful Memorial Day as we honor those who have made such great sacrifices for our country. They are heroes in my book and I am so thankful to be one of those they sacrificed for. A real American. Sorry. There I go again.

May God richly bless each one of you. Until we meet again.


Saturday Evening Post-May 21, 2016

Good evening everyone. Sorry about the lateness of the hour. We have survived our first birthday party of the year here at our house and it has been a long day. I believe the youngsters had a good time in the swimming pool even though the water was not as warm as most of us would require. It’s amazing how 6 six year old kids can tolerate undesirable temperatures when there is fun to be had!

I will keep my comments short tonight due to it being so late and the fact that I am not prepared to begin the next series of discussions regarding today’s issues in the church. I am working on the first of the series but I am not quite ready to release it. Although we will be on vacation I plan to share what I think as the number one issue in the post next Saturday.

I don’t know about you but I love Spring. I love to see the trees and the flowers begin to turn green and blossom out. I love to watch the robins build their nests and the bees go from clover to clover gathering what they need. Even the air seems to smell different because of the newness of life that surrounds us. It is a wonderful reminder of what has happened in our own lives if we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus. We have been raised in newness of life much like the surroundings we see in Spring. What an amazing thought. And all because of His amazing grace!

I hope each of us have taken advantage of any opportunities we’ve had this past week to share the good news of the gospel. I especially hope our lives have been a gospel witness and that it is a reflection of the new life we now have.

I pray that each of you will have a wonderful day in the Lord tomorrow. May God bless.


Saturday Evening Post – May 14, 2016

Good evening to all. I know it’s late but it’s been a long day. Worked in the yard until time to go to a school play. Didn’t get home until around 9:00 pm. So I’m just now getting to this week’s post.

Earlier I was reading my daily bible passages and listening to some praise and worship music. An old song came up in the que that I have not heard in a while. It  reminded me of how God takes care of us as we trust in Him daily. The chorus goes like this:

Through it all. Through it all. I’ve learned to trust in Jesus. I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all. Through it all. I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

It still amazes me how He brings to our minds His words of comfort and encouragement when we really need it. Thank you Father! Thank you Jesus!

I’ve been compiling a simple list of the issues that I believe are causing so much complacency and confusion in churches today. Please keep in mind that these have come from my personal observations but are also somewhat biased in the direction of my personal beliefs. I’m sure that others, including you guys, may have totally different views and certainly different perspectives from what I may have. As I begin to share my thoughts about these in the future posts, I would love to know your thoughts and have your comments on anything that I present. Even if it is contrary to what I believe and share.

It is my honor to call you friends and brothers in Christ. I am so blessed to have been around each one of you because you have had a tremendous impact on my life. May God bless each of you!



Saturday Evening Post – May 7, 2016

Good evening everyone. Boy what a beautiful day. What beauty in His creation! And He let’s us share in it by using the very senses He created in us. We can see it, we can hear it, we can even smell it. Not bad for something formed out of nothing wouldn’t you say.

I just got word of a local young man who committed suicide today. I’ve known his dad for many years going all the way back to our high school days. I can’t imagine how he must be hurting right now and I certainly can’t understand how life could get so desperate for a person that they would take their own life. But God knows and He is still in control. Please pray for this family.

I have compiled the Wonderful Words of Life series into a small booklet and saved it in a pdf format. I have attempted to create a link to it so it can be retrieved and used by any of you. If the following link doesn’t work and you would like to have the complied version I can email it to you. Just let me know. So here it is: Wonderful Words of Life

I’m not sure what I will move to now. But I think I might do a few takes on issues that are causing our churches to become apathetic and complacent resulting in a diluted gospel and a lack of real ministry and evangelism. I have a few in mind but I need to make sure that is the way the Lord is leading me at this time. It might be a week or two before a conclusion is reached regarding the matter. However, I will have a post each week until then if nothing more that just staying in touch with you.

I hope all of you have a great day in the Lord tomorrow as we honor our mothers for what they have done for us. I realize that most of us have already lost our mother but tomorrow will be a good time to reflect on all the good memories that God has allowed us to keep. May God richly bless each of you. I love you with the love of the Lord!



Conclusion; The Words Entwined

If you have ever raised vegetables in a garden most likely you would have included some kind of beans, cucumbers, watermelons or some other type of vegetable that produced a vine in order to bear its produce. You would also have provided some means to support the vine if you didn’t allow them to grow along the ground. As the vines grew they would become entwined around the support and even around itself. They might also become entwined with another vine from a different vegetable. When the growing season was over and you began to clean up the garden it was a difficult task to remove the vines because of their attachment to the other vines and the support structure. You couldn’t remove one without affecting the others.

The five wonderful words of life that we have considered are much like the vines above. They are so entwined with each other that it is almost impossible to separate them. The order in which we presented them was random. But it became obvious that as we considered each one it became difficult to appropriately describe the word without relying on the others. In other words, one became an adjective for the others. All five words are so fundamental in our faith in Jesus Christ that we find them in separable. But with that said I want to make an attempt to put them in some kind of order so that we can see the full wonderfulness of them. So here goes.

When God completed His work of creation the Bible says in Genesis that He saw that it was good. He then created man to take care of His creation and to have an intimate relationship with Him. The Bible then says He saw that it was very good. I believe that we see here for the first time that God loved what he had created and especially man. Therefore I believe that because of His love and out of His love all things came into being and exist today.

When man disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden it gave birth to what we know as sin and resulted in the loss of that intimate relationship that God had intended. Man was separated from God without any hope of having that relationship restored because there was nothing he could do on his own to earn it. This is where God’s mercy takes over. Because of His love for us and His desire to have a relationship with the creature He created He invokes His mercy on us and provides the means for restoration.

So enter grace! God new from the beginning that man would sin and would not be able to do anything to restore himself to a relationship with Him. As we have learned, the word grace literally means unmerited favor and that is exactly what God provided for those of us who have said yes to His call. That call is extended to all men but all will not answer. But for those who do, His grace becomes the means by which salvation is given. All we have to do is place our faith and trust in Him and His promise. There are those who say that man doesn’t have a choice in the matter but it is obvious to me from my study of God’s Word that man had a choice in the Garden and still has a choice to make today. But it is by God’s grace that we are saved.

One of the greatest benefits of God’s grace on our lives is the peace that it brings. We are not only at peace with God but we have the peace of God that allows us to live a life free from fear and worry. It gives us a great sense of confidence that everything is alright between us and Him and that He will provide the grace needed for any situation we find ourselves in. It is an indescribable peace and goes beyond all comprehension.

Following close behind peace is joy. We can have joy in all that we do although we may not necessarily be happy. There can be great confusion between joy and happiness because the world teaches that happiness is the ultimate goal of success. But we know that happiness is more of an emotional feeling. Joy, on the other hand, is more of a spiritual matter and, according to Paul in his letter to the Galations, is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is joy that others can readily see in us and therefore bears witness of a transformed life.

In conclusion, let’s regard  love, mercy and grace as inseparable words in our understanding of God’s saving work. Let’s also live in a continual state of gratitude for the peace and joy we have in Him.  I hope these five “Wonderful Words of Life” have brought a new light to what it means to be a child of God.