Using Your Yesterdays

I hope all of you have had a great week and you’ve had the opportunity to encourage someone or share the good news of the gospel. It has been a wonderful week for me and I am so blessed. The week started off great and ended great. The only negative part was being without my wife since Thursday morning. She is at the Women of Joy conference in Pigeon Forge and is obviously being blessed as well.

The week started with a very simple sermon by Jim Warren which he entitled “Using Your Yesterdays” and as you can see that is the title of today’s post. It had a significant impact on me and I have dwelt on it all week long. His message came from 2nd Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 3-5. To paraphrase what Paul says goes something like this; “God the Father is full of mercy and the giver of all comfort. He comforts us in our time of trouble so that we can comfort others in the same way that He comforts us.” What an amazing thought and admonition! So, those times we have suffered with whatever troubles we had and God comforted us so that we could bear the trial, it was, in part, for the purpose of preparing us to comfort others the same way He did for us. Comfort comes in many forms. Sometimes it is a word of encouragement. Sometimes it is just listening. But most of the time it is just being there, even if no words are spoken, that brings the comfort needed. What an awesome God we serve that He would allow us to be a part of what He wants to do in the lives of those around us. God help me to not miss those opportunities!

On Sunday night our quartet, Reassurance, had the opportunity to visit with the saints at Mount Moriah Baptist Church and share our ministry with them. We were well received and they were very gracious. I love being around God’s people. Especially in small settings where people are willing to share their hearts whether it be a praise or a problem. I hope that God used us to uplift and encourage those who needed it, to comfort those who were hurting, to reassure everyone there that God is still in control but, most of all, that Jesus loves them and gave Himself so that we could have eternal life if we place our faith and trust in Him. Thank you so much Brother Scot for having us!

The week has ended with a great bible study this morning in the 2nd chapter of John and with a group of men that I am coming to know and love as brothers in Christ. Some I knew before but others are new friends and I am so encouraged by their stories and personal testimonies. It is so apparent when we get together that the phrase “iron sharpens iron” has real meaning to it. The more in-depth we look at God’s word the more hungry I get to learn about and love Him more. I guess that is what is meant by being sanctified on a continuing basis. I just know that I need what His word has to offer. I need what other brothers have to share. I need the encouragement. I need the accountability. Thank you Bob for your word this morning! 

If it gets any better this coming week I’ll have to clone myself to take it all in. But I do realize it is a mountaintop experience right now and I could just as easily be down in a valley. But thanks be to God, that wherever I am He is there!

I hope each of you have a wonderful week and that God richly blesses in all sorts of ways.



Although it has been rainy for most of the day, I have sure been blessed in so many ways. We had a great time together in our Saturday morning bible study as we continued in the book of John, chapter 2. The input from the group this morning was tremendous and I left with a new understanding of some of the verses thanks to those that were willing to share their hearts. What an encouragement it is to me to be able to share with these men on a weekly basis.

We had a late evening quartet practice tonight that lasted for a couple of hours. The others in the group didn’t leave until about 10:00. I also love being with these guys and sharing our common love for gospel music and the great hymns of the faith. Please pray for us tonight and tomorrow as we will be sharing our music with a local church in their evening service tomorrow night.  We sincerely hope that the Lord will use us to minister to those that need encouraging or comforting. But more than that we hope that he uses us to share the gospel and see others come to know Him like we do. 


This afternoon my wife and I had dinner at a local restaurant in Florence and decided to stop by the grocery store on our way home. She needed to pick up a few things for preparation for lunch tomorrow. As she was shopping and I was doing my usual “just standing around” thing I happened to see someone  I thought knew but wasn’t sure because he was some distance away. However, as we approached each other I realized it was who I thought. I haven’t seen him in a couple of years but he was one of my favorite people that I had worked with in the past. He was someone I admired because of his integrity and his witness and we had spent time discussing God’s word on several occasions. And today was no exception. As we talked about some of those times I was reminded of the tragedy his family suffered a number of years ago. His 25 year old daughter had died from an apparent drug overdose under questionable circumstances in 2000 and it devastated him and his wife. He spent many hours after that speaking to different groups about the tragedy and how God brought them through it. I remember very well when it happened and how my heart ached for him at that time. But today, in his true fashion, he made this simple statement; “One of these days there is going to be a grand homecoming!”. What an exciting thought. He is so right. There is going to be a time that we will see loved ones gone on before us again face to face. I find myself thinking more and more about “going home” and being reunited with those I love. It really will be a grand homecoming. But the grandest thing of all is that we will see Jesus face to face. What a day that will be! Thank you my friend for reminding me of what we have to look forward to.

I hope you can say that you are looking forward to that day. It’s really not that far away because life is but a vapor and we are allotted only so many heartbeats. I know that I am closer today than I was yesterday. How about you?

May God richly bless you this coming week.


Alive and Well!

What a beautiful day it’s been! More and more trees and flowers are budding and blooming. What a difference there is between Spring when life is everywhere to be seen and Winter where everything around us appears to be dead. In some cases it is but in many cases it is only in a dormant state. Whichever the case, the fact is that it can be a very depressing time. 

As I thought about today being the day before Easter I began to wonder how this day must have been for the disciples. Was it a beautiful day like today or was it ugly and overcast, a picture of gloom? Whatever the weather was that day there is no doubt that it was full of sorrow  and maybe even doubt for them. The man they had chosen to follow for the last three years had been horribly crucified and then buried in a borrowed tomb. It appeared to be the end for them because they may possibly be next. They surely didn’t really understand and believe what Jesus said about rising on the third day. Boy, were they in for a big surprise! The next day would change their lives for ever.

One day this week I was listening to David Jeremiah on the radio and he reminded his audience of an event that occurred during Jesus’ ministry here on earth. It involved the death of  very close friend, a man named Lazarus. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, had sent for Jesus several days before Lazarus died because they knew that He could heal him if He was only there. When Jesus finally did arrive Lazarus had been dead for several days and Mary and Martha were distraught that Jesus had not been there. When Martha said to Jesus that if He had been there their brother would not have died, Jesus responded with these words; “Your brother will rise again.” Martha replied that she knew he would rise again in the resurrection on the last day. What Jesus said to her at this point is so foundational to our faith that we should be constantly reminded of it. His words are recorded in John 11:25-26 and here they are:

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believe in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

We should remember that there are two types of death; physical death and spiritual death which is eternal separation from God. Jesus told  Martha in these two verses that even if we experience the dreaded physical death we can still live and never experience the spiritual death that He referred to. Paul says in his writings that if we have put our faith and trust in Jesus then to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. In other words, we just change locations. So the question that Jesus posed to Martha is one that we also must answer. Do we really believe that He is the resurrection and the life? Do we believe that even though we may die we will live forever with Him? He settled it all when He shed His blood on Calvary and then rose from the grave on the third day. He is alive and well, seated at the right hand of the Father waiting to bring His bride home. I believe! Do you?

May God richly bless you on this wonderful Easter. He’s Alive!

Peace, The Gift of God’s Love

Just like last Saturday, we were blessed with another beautiful day! The beauty of God’s wonderful creation is really beginning to show its colors as Spring arrives. I love this time of year. New life is springing up everywhere just like what happened to us when we said yes to His offer of salvation. We became a new creation according to His word and He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. In addition to that we have been sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. And all of this because He loves us.

I realize that the title above is somewhat unexpected but during our bible study this morning the Lord reminded me of the wonderful peace He gives.  Because we have put our faith and trust in Him we now have peace with God. But more than that we have the peace of God. A peace, according to the bible, that surpasses all comprehension. In other words, there is no way to explain it, describe it or understand it. However, I believe this peace flows from the riches of His grace. The bible tells us that His grace is sufficient in all things. That includes times of discouragement, times of sorrow, times of anxiety or any other thing that life brings our way. The sufficiency of His grace is what leaves us with that peace that allows us to make it through difficult circumstances. It is not something we can create it is simply a gift from God. What a wonderful gift!

As all of you know next Sunday is Easter. As we go through this week we should be reminded of what Jesus has done for us. First of all, He was willing to lay aside His glory in Heaven and voluntarily come to this earth for one purpose; to die. He became human so He could be tempted in all manner as we are but yet never sin. Because of His sinless life He qualified as the perfect sacrifice God the Father required to pay man’s sin debt and reconcile man to Himself. Jesus was willing to bear the physical suffering on the cross and the emotional suffering of having His father turn His back on Him as He became sin for us. But when He uttered those words “It is finished!” God the Father was satisfied that the price had been paid for us. But thanks be to God it didn’t end there either. Jesus was buried but on the third day He arose from the grave just like He said He would. Not only had He paid the debt for our sin, He had conquered our most feared enemy, Death. Oh death where is thy sting, oh grave where is thy victory? He then ascended back to the Father after revealing Himself to many others as proof that He was alive. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father always interceding for those of us that belong to Him. He’s waiting for the day when God says “Go bring your bride home. It is time for a great marriage supper.” What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!

And that is the gospel folks!!!


Out of Control? There Is An Answer

Boy, what a beautiful day that God blessed us with today! Started the morning with a wonderful group of men, studying God’s word together, lifting each other up in prayer and making plans on how we can better minister to those around us. Spent the rest of the day removing a large pecan tree in the front yard so we can attempt to get some grass to grow. Becky and I sure make a good team!

Last week we talked about how it seems this world is spinning out of control. We discussed the fact that it is the result of a severe moral future on man’s part. This has dramatically affected our families, our churches and our great country. We also decided that it is probably no worse today than it has been in the past, we are just more aware of it because of the advanced technologies we have at our fingertips. So amid all of this mess the first question is this; “What can we as believers do to ensure we don’t become apathetic and begin to slowly become like the rest of the world?” Number two is this; “How can we make things better for those who will follow behind us?” And thirdly; “Can we really have an impact and make a difference?”

Well, those are some mighty tough questions? However, I believe we should answer the last one first. And the answer is an emphatic and resounding “Yes!” This leads us then to determine the answer to the other two.  The answer to these is really quite simple if we just stop and think about it. The answer is certainly not found in some thing or some action. The real answer is found in someone. Someone who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Someone who was in the beginning and is the beginning and the end. Of course that someone is Jesus. Yes, He’s the One. The only One.

Okay, now that we have answers to those three questions, how do we fit into the overall solution? I believe that our reliance on God’s word is what creates the greatest potential for us to have an impact in this world. First of all, if we stay in His word we will be more likely to communicate with Him on a regular basis through prayer. Study of His word and our prayer life are the things that keep us in tune with the Holy Spirit who directs our lives in such a manner that we don’t succumb to apathy. Our fellowship with other believers also plays a huge role in our desire to become more like Him. As we grow in Christ we begin to rely more and more on His word and this is our best defense against apathy. In addition to resisting the pressure to become apathetic this also results in our desire to live our lives before others so that they may see Jesus in us. By this means, we are thus making things better for those to follow. Our lives should encourage others as they see the examples of how one should live in order to have a positive impact on the saved and the lost alike.

To summarize; it is critical that we remember who we belong to, we communicate with Him on a daily basis and that we stay committed to His word at all costs. This is our best chance to stay out of the apathy trap and be a real witness to the world around us. I pray that I personally will pay heed to the words I have written and be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Will you join me?

To the glory, praise and honor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We owe it all to Him!!