WALKING THE WIRE!

WALKING THE WIRE! It seems at times we walk through life on a high wire with a long pole in our hands attempting to keep our balance so that we don’t fall to sudden disaster. There is the sky above, the ground way below, the winds are blowing, rain begins to fall, and would you know it, there are people behind us shaking the wire. Life can be like that sometimes as all the pressures of life press in on us; people, finances, uncontrollable situations, health, work; the list of pressures seem endless. As humans it is easy to have sympathy for those who face the “high wire” without a safety net or divine friend to help them through the turmoil of life. As Christians we know, “whom (we) have bel

GOT YOUR EARS ON?

GOT YOUR EARS ON? My ability to hear has decreased over the years and finally everyone in my family was irritated by my requests for them to repeat themselves. Some handled that nicely some not so nice. My friends were kind and never complained. My wife and I had some interesting conversations because of my misunderstandings of what she said. If you have ever been in my situation you will understand. Finally early this year I broke down and put out the money for new ears. Now I am just broke but I have really good hearing with my new hearing aids. It is fun now because people are never sure when I am wearing my new aids so they have to watch what they are saying about me when I am around. I

COFFEE!

COFFEE! Almost the first thing I do in the morning is head for the kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee. So I asked myself today if I could start my day without a cup of coffee. And the answer is yes but I do enjoy my coffee while I read, write and meditate on God’s Word. And that started me thinking about other habits I have and for sure I have many. Some are good and some probably irritate the people I live and work with but of course those are not done on purpose to irritate them. And I find as I get older that habits of any kind are hard to break. As I look back over life I am glad I developed certain habits early in life because they have helped me to lead a better life in my relatio

MEDITATION!

MEDITATION! Some of the things I like about being an early riser (on most days) are the quietness of the moment, the sounds in the house that are quite distinct at this time but not so audible later in the day, the sounds and sights of nature that surround me, and the quiet time with God and His Word. There is time to read undisturbed and actually think about what God is saying to me personally and meditate on the implications of that as it relates to me and the world I live in. I wish I could say I receive profound thoughts that are life-changing for me and others I share with but I know I am a simple person and God deals with me in that manner. I am happy if God just reveals to me one thou

BEYOND THE CURTAINS!

BEYOND THE CURTAINS! Before Millie retired, her last job was as the Assistant Property Manager for a very high-end property development in Northern Florida on the Gulf Coast. Sometimes I would help the company in various tasks including some times as a security officer. Almost all these homes, which included multi-million dollar homes, owned by many politicians, athletics, entertainers, doctors and lawyers, had walls around them. As I drove around the development I could not help but wonder what was beyond the curtains. What was inside the home? I had watched as many of these homes were being constructed but now what was the inside really like? I knew how some of the people themselves looked

WHAT IS GOD GOING TO DO TODAY IN MY LIFE?

WHAT IS GOD GOING TO DO TODAY IN MY LIFE? Isn’t that a great question? I know God is going to love me and show me His mercy and grace and all those other things we take for granted in just having a personal relationship with God. As Christians there are just certain things we know about God’s work in our lives and those are things we depend on in our ongoing relationship with God. But what is God going to DO in my life today? Part of the excitement of living in a personal relationship with God is the fact that we do not know totally what God is going to do in our life today. There is always the unexpected event, the unexpected personal interaction, the joy, the sorrow, the blessing, the fail

COMPASSION?

COMPASSION? We have a great and compassionate God after which to model ourselves. The Psalmist said, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love: according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions,” (Psalm 51:1 NIV). Thank God He does just that. “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,” (Psalm 86:15 NIV). The Psalmist knew what he was talking about. Don’t we as Christians experience God’s love and faithfulness on a regular basis? “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him,” (Psalm 103:13 NIV). As Christians we experience that over and over. So that we d

KIDS...THEY DO GROW UP!

KIDS…THEY DO GROW UP! For a few days our family of four of yesteryear is together again in Florida. Both of our children, Mary & Rick, have families of their own now and some of their children have children of their own. But for a few days this week Millie & I and Mary and Rick are together once again without other family members around. This hasn’t happened very often since they became adults and married. They are not children or even young adults now but they are still our “kids” and always will be. They have grown into wonderful human beings with a love for God, a compassion for others, and a desire to see the wrongs of this world righted. And right now they are here to show their love fo

NOT HIDDEN FROM GOD!

NOT HIDDEN FROM GOD! Calvary Missionary Evangelical Church in Lake Park, Florida is a little hard to find. You could drive right past it and not know it even if you are looking for it. It is in a non-descript building next to a business establishment. And the church has legal status in contrast to some other ethnic congregations in South Florida. Pastor Jude is a Pastor with a big heart and a love for His small congregation that is evident for all to see and hear. His entire family is involved in ministry in the church, from training the children on Saturday for lack of space in their facility, to leading the music and audio visuals on Sunday and the other days they meet. This church reminds

WEDDINGS - STILL GOD'S PLANS!

WEDDINGS - STILL GOD’S PLAN! Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a wedding in Plantation, Florida officiated by my friend and ministry associate Pastor Roger Dabideen from Trinidad. The occasion was the wedding of one of Roger’s relatives who lives in the United States. Roger and I have worked together in Trinidad for twenty years and it has been my privilege to watch Roger grow from a “lay” person assisting in God’s work to the position of planting and Pastoring a thriving church in Trinidad. Roger is also the Director of Trin-Grace Ministries in Trinidad and on the Board of Directors of Caribbean Vision Ministries. It was a joy to watch the ceremony and how Roger wove the gospel of

LOSING TRACK OF TIME!

LOSING TRACK OF TIME! I have observed over and over during my recent journeys through hospital doors and rehab centers one common trait among a lot of patients. They lose track of time; not just the hour but also the day of the week, month or year. Sameness can do that to you; routine and monotony, sleep and then waking up with no markers to give awareness of time. It is understandable how this can happen in those places. I think a lot of people go through life that way. They know all the information about hour, day, and date but they really don’t have an understanding of time. They have good health but they squander it on pursuits that have no lasting value. Eventually time runs out for

SINLESSNESS AND PRAYER!

SINLESSNESS AND PRAYER! Even though we may be Christians we are not sinless but we know the ONE who is and that affects our prayers. I may be stating the obvious but it is important. The writer of the book of Hebrews said: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need, (Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV). It is in

WISHFUL THINKING!

WISHFUL THINKING! I have met a lot of people in the last few months who say they want to serve God. We have discussed the needs of people in the world and their need to know Jesus as their Savior. Also, we have discussed the different ways Caribbean Vision Ministries is involved in serving Caribbean people and how they may become involved in this service to people whether through CVM or other organizations or in their daily living. Most of these people are Caribbean people themselves and I see and hear from them a desire to serve God by serving the Caribbean people. And I don’t doubt their sincerity because they are already in the service industry where they work though it is “secular” work.

WEED EATERS!

WEED EATERS! Since we have moved to South Florida it seems that weed eaters are running full speed around us 24 hours a day. I suppose that means we have a lot of weeds or else we sophisticate them and call weed eaters lawn trimmers or edgers or by some other name. No matter the name noise is always there to some degree though the amount of noise may be different. It often depends on the power source; gas, battery, electric. But the culprit behind all this noise is what grows in the ground; weeds and grass. All that has led me to reflect on life and consider what may be growing in my life. Weeds? I hope not. Is it the fruit of the Spirit? I hope so! This is a good thing to ask yourself or

TWO BEAUTIFUL LADIES!

TWO BEAUTIFUL LADIES! They came to visit my wife Millie in the rehab facility on Sunday and brought flowers and a card and blessings to Millie and me. They spent time talking and laughing together and encouraging Millie. Pastor Elysee’s wife Yolette and his daughter Loudrige are special people. They are deeply involved in ministering to the Haitian community in South Florida and in Haiti. Our friendship extends over twenty years and ministry together in many ways. We are thankful for them and all our other friends around the world who are a blessing to us. Yolette will be leaving on Thursday, along with others on a team, to join Pastor Elysee in Haiti and share God’s blessings with people

REST!

REST! A time out to rest is really important whether it is just a short break from work or a long night’s sleep. God designed us to rest physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. A shortage of rest in any of these areas can affect any of us and possibly with severe consequences. But things can rob us of the rest we need. Sometimes these things are outside our control and sometimes we are just negligent in our diligence to rest properly. Most people travel through a lifetime without finding rest for their soul in spite of all the things and avenues they try. And that is too bad because Jesus gave us the answer to finding spiritual rest in a life of spiritual restlessness. J

YOU ARE BEING OBSERVED!

YOU ARE BEING OBSERVED! A rehab center has a wide variety of people on staff. When you have a loved one there as a patient and you spend a lot of time with that patient you tend to become very observant of people and their skills, habits and attitudes. I will not discuss my observations in this text except to say there are the good and bad, those who encourage and those who need to seek other employment, those who have an attitude of servanthood and those who have an attitude of superiority. My observations in the rehab facility cause me to reflect on how we Christians appear to others who observe us; and people are observing us. Even before people know we are Christians would our words a

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