TRANSITION TIME!

TRANSITION TIME. We have reached the end of November and the holiday of Thanksgiving has come and gone and because of Black Friday it seems the spirit of giving thanks ends quite abruptly in this generation and the spirit of getting seems to permeate. But I must say most Americans are generous and quite serious about finding and giving just the right gifts to others. And I am glad that those that have for years tried to take Christ out of Christmas appear to be losing the battle though they are not stopping their efforts and many retail establishments have fallen for the “holiday season” rather than the Christmas season. With all the buying and giving of gifts let us remember that God gave t

KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS?

KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS? Well, not literally kill them but it is time for more kindness to be exhibited in our society. And what better time of year is there to show kindness to one another than during the Christmas season? I was standing on the sidewalk in line in front of the Honey Baked Ham Store along with a zillion other people waiting to pick up my items for the Thanksgiving meal. Yes, I know, you don’t have to say it, but the adult grandchildren we were serving appreciated the fact I wasn’t cooking it. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood and we were actually talking to one another even though we were strangers. All of a sudden we heard the sound of a blaring car horn. Loud and long.

SMALL THINKING!

SMALL THINKING! I think sometimes we Christians are too small in our thinking about God’s kingdom, our local churches and the ability of God to do great things in our midst. This phenomenon occurs in small and large churches, in most any size Christian organization and I believe in most individual Christians. At times I find myself thinking much smaller than God intends for me and much smaller than God has plans for. And we are good at offering God excuses for our thoughts and actions. After all if we fail we don’t want to embarrass God not to mention ourselves. So we analyze, theorize, analyze and estimate cost effectiveness, review the past, tell God how much He can do for us and we squelc

JESUS IS ABLE!

JESUS IS ABLE! Big biblical truths can come in small packages. Jude shows us that in his little epistle (letter). In contrast to all the false teachers in the world and the church, stand Jesus Christ and His Word of truth. True Christians are concerned about bearing a good witness for God and not doing anything that would reflect disgrace or dishonor on the name of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. To this point Jude speaks, “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Ju

WHEN IS IT TIME TO FIGHT?

WHEN IS IT TIME TO FIGHT? In the little epistle (letter) of Jude in the bible, this earthly brother of Jesus and James, said this, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s Holy people.” (Jude 1:3 NIV) When a person is surrendered to the work of the Holy Spirit, as Jude was, sometimes the Holy Spirit compels you to do something contrary to what you really desire to do. Such was the case here. Jude would rather talk about the glorious salvation found in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on man’s behalf but there was a problem that had arisen in

WHAT MAKES A PASTOR HAPPY?

WHAT MAKES A PASTOR HAPPY? Some people think Pastors are never happy. Pastors must appear to some as God’s tool to make sure that church members wear sour faces and never experience any fun moments in life. And some Pastors may be like that. I am thankful those men are few and far between. On the other hand there are some Pastors who think ministry is all about fun and hilarity and never deal with the tough issues of the Christian life. I am thankful those men are few and far between. So what does make a Pastor happy? Is it a big salary and benefits? Is it a church that is big in church attendance or is it one that is small in church attendance? Those are good questions and I could list a wh

Give Thanks

Giving thanks to God and others is appropriate at any time but at this time of year in America, as a nation, we pause to offer up thanks to God for His abundant blessings on the citizens of this country. While we may have some who would leave God out of the pause for Thanksgiving at this time I believe the vast majority of Americans still believe that the reason America has been so blessed in so many ways is because of the faith in God that still exists among the common people of this country. The people who serve as staff and partners with Caribbean Vision Ministries are well aware that "every good and perfect gift" comes from God. We are blessed to be able to serve the Lord of Lords and Ki

Reflections on God's Word

(photography courtesy of Mary Eaker) The Caribbean Vision Ministries website has a new feature called "Daily Reflections on God's Word" we hope you will enjoy. Dr. Chuck Davis posts this devotional each day under the heading "REFLECTIONS" in the website menu. If you are a friend of Chuck's on Facebook, you already receive this daily post. We hope you find it a blessing.

SIMPLICITY!

SIMPLICITY. I like things explained to me in a simple manner so that I can understand clearly what is being said. I usually do not like the instructions placed in a box where I must assemble things. Somebody should teach those people how to write instructions that simple people like me can understand. Sometimes I think preachers, Pastors, and bible teachers work second jobs writing those instructions for self-assembly items. Eternal life is an important topic in the Scriptures (bible) for everyone; at least to those who are interested in the ultimate future. And yet there are thousands of religions in the world teaching just about that many ways of planning for one’s future eternal destinati

THANKSGIVING!

THANKSGIVING! “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100 NIV) Today is a special day of Thanksgiving in America and wherever Americans are gathered around the world. For most Americans it is a time of gathering of families, where possible, for a celebration of God’s blessings on the country and people of A

WHERE CAN YOU FIND TRUE LOVE?

True love is derived from God. “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them.” (1John 4:16 NIV) It is God’s life giving presence in us that allows us to truly love, not as man loves and describes it, but as God loves and has demonstrated it in the gift of His Son. It is this love where we abide in God and God abides in us that gives us confidence for the future when we appear in the presence of God, “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” (1 John 4:17 NIV). Yes, there is a coming judgment. We will appear before Jesus. The reason we can have confidence TODAY that the outcome will b

HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT LOVE IS?

HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT LOVE IS? “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18 NIV) Ouch! Jesus gave His all for us. Are we willing to give our all for Him? Are we even willing to sacrifice for our “brothers and sisters” (fellow Christians) to the extent of sharing the essentials of life with them? Or are we all talk and no action? In the gospel of John Jesus is recor

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH ITI?

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? As it turns out love has a lot to do with everything. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 NIV) But how do we define the word “love” used in these verses. In the context the word is not used as a “feeling” but rather as a commitment. What are we really committed to? And it helps to understand the word “world” used here. The word is used in the sense

SIN? WHAT SIN?

SIN? WHAT SIN? In our society today there appears to be no standard for what sin actually is. People appear to just pick and choose what they consider right and wrong. The government can pass laws but a lot of people just obey what they like and disregard what they dislike. This attitude more often than not carries over to the realm of how people approach God’s Word and how God defines what sin is. People tend to pick and choose what parts of the bible they agree with and what they don’t. But having said all that the reality is God is the ultimate authority on what sin is and what the results of sinning are. A person may not agree with God’s principles and guidelines for living but their opi

THE LAST WORD

THE LAST WORD: Last words spoken by people sometimes have a lasting impact. Such are the Apostle Peter’s words in the third chapter of 2 Peter. I encourage you to read the whole chapter. In these verses Peter says ten things that are really important for the church of his day and the church today. First, Peter told the people that he wrote these things (1 & 2 Peter) to cause them to think and also to remind them to recall the “words spoken in the past by the holy prophets” and to recall the “command” of Jesus “given through your Apostles.” It would be good if today more of God’s people spent time thinking about the words of the Old and New Testament that have been conveyed to us and less abo

TRAPPED?

In our society there are millions of people who are trapped…by alcohol, drugs, sexual perversion, materialism, false religions, and you can continue the list. Sometimes these people have been led astray by others and now they are trapped in a lifestyle they can’t seem to overcome. The Apostle Peter speaks of the danger of this in the second chapter of 2 Peter. The entire chapter is basically devoted to the false teachers and religious leaders of his day and how many of them had even permeated the church and would still do so after his death. This is serious reading for us today on how we need to be aware of those religious leaders around us. But the verse that I want to share today is 2 Pete

IS THE BIBLE REALLY GOD’S BOOK?

The Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:16-19 reminds his readers that what he has spoken to them is not “cleverly devised stories” but rather he is telling them about what he has seen and experienced as an “eyewitness” of the majesty of Jesus in the flesh and real life. He relates the instance on the mount of transfiguration when the glory of God appeared and God the Father spoke and said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” What Jesus did and what God has said is the truth as related by those who walked with Jesus for three and one-half years and experienced life with Him. But how do we know what we are reading is really God’s message from him to us?” Peter answers that que

ANXIETY

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may life you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV) Anxiety is a common human trait that all must deal with. To be or not to be (anxious) is the question. The Apostle Peter understood this and addressed the issue in a simple concise manner. According to anxietycentre.com, “Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It’s estimated that one third of the North American population experiences anxiety unwellness issues.” And a

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV) God does not expect Christians, as the body of Christ, to do what He has not equipped us to do. With His Word, His Holy Spirit, Prayer, and His Spiritual Gifts He sends us forth to be His servants. It is up to each individual Christian to take the equipment God gives us and ente

HURRICANES - SCHOOLS - MEDICINE - TEAMS

Thank you for your recent gifts to help us with the Haiti hurricane disaster needs. Your generosity has enabled us to begin repairs to the damaged buildings. The boys dorm and the kitchen areas damaged at House of Hope Orphanage have been repaired. And in addition we would like to report that the government finally, after a long period of time, has connected and turned on the electric power at House of Hope. We are very hopeful this will be consistent power supplied to the Orphanage that will make life better for the residents. The Bord der Mer Church now has a new roof and the eroded foundation is in the final stages of repair and we trust both of these items will have a happy and long life

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