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 during the Christmas season. 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. But it is good to hear those words, “Merry

THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

THE CHRISTMAS TREE! The time of year has arrived to put up the Christmas Tree in our home. I noticed that Christmas decorations were being advertised before Halloween this year in a lot of retail stores and that products abounded in variety in a mind boggling manner. I noticed on Facebook also that a lot of people had their Christmas trees up before Thanksgiving which seems a little odd to me but then I guess society has changed in my few short years on planet earth. I don’t care much for Halloween but I do like Thanksgiving season and the focus and reminder of how we need to be thankful people and give God thanks in a special way on Thanksgiving Day though I do think we should be thankful e

SMALL THINKING!

SMALL THINKING! I have said it before and I will say it again. 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, and estimate cost effectiveness, review the past, tell God

WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY? A common description is, “Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end of year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.” Facebook and almost all major non-profits have jumped on the bandwagon to focus on encouraging people to give of their time, talent and treasure during this end of the year season and hopefully throughout the year.

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

BLACK FRIDAY!

BLACK FRIDAY! Yes, in name it has come and gone but what I have discovered is that Black Friday actually began several weeks ago and it seems may last until after Christmas day. Has the world gone mad? Do words really have any meaning anymore? For instance it used to be, “A man’s word is his bond.” Now that doesn’t seem to mean anything in particular because it seems most people would say, “My word is my bond unless it isn’t convenient for me to keep it.” A politician will say prior to the election, “No new taxes,” and then the first thing they try to do is raise taxes. For those old enough to remember, President George H.W. Bush found that is not always a good way to operate. I suppose most

TODAY WAS THE DAY!

TODAY WAS THE DAY! Yes fifty-nine years ago today I married the most beautiful lady in the world. I loved her from the time I first saw her when I was twelve years old and in the seventh grade. Millie didn’t even know I existed at the age of twelve. Though I was generous to her family in throwing free newspapers on their porch every day for quite a while I discovered later she had no idea I did that. My love was expensive and without any returns. Puppy love drives a young boy to do strange things. But God is good and eventually brought us together. At the age of eighteen I married Millie and meant it when I said “until death do us part.” Neither of us believes in divorce but I think my belov

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER!

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER! Our family will share in this prayer together today as we gather at our home to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together. The bible says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever,” (Psalm 107:1 NIV). Father, thank you for each of our family members whether they are at the table today or scattered in different parts of the world. We acknowledge your blessings to us through their lives and ask that you bless them today. Father, we thank you for the friends that you have placed in our lives and the blessings they have been to us. Please bless them today wherever they are in your world. Father, we thank you for the health you have given us that allow

LET ME BE THANKFUL!

LET ME BE THANKFUL! The story is told about an event in the life of Matthew Henry, the author of the Matthew Henry Commentaries, who wrote between 1706 and 1721. One time while walking the streets of London, Matthew Henry was attacked by thieves and robbed of his purse. He wrote these words in his diary: "Let me be thankful. First, I was never robbed before. Second, although they took my purse, they didn't take my life. Third, although they took my all, it was not much. Fourth, let me be thankful because it was I who was robbed and not I who did the robbing." What a great perspective on life! Most of the time we think of blessings in terms or what we get or what God gives us instead of bein

House of Hope Christmas

I want to thank all those who responded to our recent appeal to help those who suffered the worst flooding in fifty years in Trinidad. Your financial gifts have helped Pastor Dabideen and the folks at Cornerstone of Grace Fellowship in Trinidad minister to those in their community who suffered severe damage from the flooding. It is not too late to send financial gifts to help them.These are very needy people and many lost all of their possessions and many of them their homes.Thank you for helping. I have come to ask your help once again for another group that needs your help. These are the boys and girls and young adults at House of Hope Orphanage in Haiti. Each year several people from Egli

CORNERSTONE OF GRACE FELLOWSHIP UPDATE TO TRINIDAD FLOODING

We recently posted information on the flooding in Trinidad and asked for your help in ministering to the people of Trinidad. This is a followup to that newsletter. As of November 1 the public health inspectors in Trinidad had inspected over 17,000 premises in the flood affected communities. This includes 21 schools and 550 food premises and 17 farms that lost animals. The inspections continue. I report this to let you know that the longer things are not cared for in flood areas the greater is the opportunity for disease, long term health issues and deaths. Trinidad is a country about the size of Delaware with a population of 1,372,000 people. When a major portion of the country has been affe

THANK GOD FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON!

THANK GOD FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON! In 1789, George Washington made a public proclamation concerning what we call Thanksgiving: “By the President of the United States of America. A proclamation: Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor-and Whereas, Both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me `to recommend to the people of the United States a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many favors of Almighty God…" Now, therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of

THANKSGIVING TAKES MANY FORMS!

THANKSGIVING TAKES MANY FORMS! I am not sure where I found this list because I have had it for quite a while and it is not original with me but I thought you might enjoy it while giving thanks to God is on your mind. The writer says: * I thank God for automatic dishwashers. They make it possible to get out of the kitchen before the family comes in for their after-dinner snacks. * I thank God for husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house. They usually make them big enough to call in professionals. * I thank God for the bathtub -- the one place the family allows Mom some time to herself. * I thank God for children who put away their things and clean up after themselves. Th

THANKSGIVING!

THANKSGIVING! This is Thanksgiving week on the American calendar but every Christian knows that every day should be a day of giving thanks to our great God for His many blessings and His daily care for us. In America we do make every fourth Thursday of November in each year a special day of celebration on the holiday calendar for all people in America. Christians may celebrate the event with special church services or it may be a time of family dinners or celebrations for all people, Christians and non-Christians alike. Many will celebrate the day at sporting events or by viewing these events on TV. There will be the usual Christmas parades and the Black Friday sales which now extend for wee

GARAGE SALES, THE BIBLE AND POLITICIANS!

GARAGE SALES, THE BIBLE AND POLITICIANS! What do these things have in common? Garage sales are usually fun for those buying but can also be hard work for those selling items. I say this from being an indentured servant for many years in our family garage sales. But at garage sales there are usually a multitude of many varieties of household items some of which are often useful and very cheap in price. A lot of items are just junk. But you know what they say, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” You do meet some interesting people at garage sales and most of the sales can be a lot of fun and very often it is a place where you meet your neighbors for the first time. The Bible however i

GOOD NEWS!

GOOD NEWS! It is really hard to get “good news” these days. The airways, printed pages, and digital media are filled with “fake news” and “bad news” but very little “good news.” Is this because there is so little “good news” or is it just that people like “bad news” better or that “bad news” sells better and produces a profit for the business world? I like “good news.” I like to hear about how well people are doing or how people are showing their love to their “fellow” human beings. I like to hear how Christian leaders are doing well and leading their ministries in doing a great job for Jesus Christ. I don’t like to hear the bad news when failures occur and leaders fail. While many may rejoi

ANXIETY!

ANXIETY! There certainly seems to be enough of it to go around in America today. Hurricanes, flooding, wild fires, earthquakes, contentious elections, immigration battles, racial conflicts, and international wars and conflicts rage on every side. It seems that anxiety grips all of society. And in the mist of all this anxiety the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays show up with their wild shopping days to pour on more anxiety. 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 and if we follow his wisdom we will all be better off. “All of you, clothe yourse

CRISIS!

CRISIS! Someone has defined “crisis” as a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. An alternate definition is “a time when a difficult or important decision must be made.” For some a crisis is something as simple as deciding what clothes to wear for the day or hair that doesn’t want to behave. For others it is a crisis when someone hurts their feelings or they are not included in the popular circle of friends or someone does something they don’t like. Pardon me if I can’t get too excited about those things or a similar “crisis” in life. A real crisis is when flood waters destroy all your earthly possessions and threatens your life, or a wild fire sweeps through and destroys your hom

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