LIFE IS FULL OF IT! That means different things to different people and often that depends on your age group and your extended family. Sudden deaths, disasters, health issues, job losses or changes, graduations, marriages, births, accidents, war and on the list goes. Does anyone have a serene and peaceful life anymore or did we ever really have one? It seems life marches on at a rapid pace today. Even vacations can sometimes be full of activity and people return home more exhausted than when they left. Even retirement communities here in Florida where I live offer so many activities for the retired it makes one suspicious that they are attempting to kill off the current population so they ca


IT LOOKS LIKE A WAR ZONE. A friend and member of the Caribbean Vision Ministries Board of Directors sent me this email in reference to the tornado that hit Brookville, Ohio the city where he lives. “Thanks Chuck. Our community can use the prayers. Pictures don’t do it justice. An older plat, next to the high school, with hundreds of homes in town looks like a war zone. It does resemble Haiti in many ways. Stuff everywhere. Trash everywhere. No power. The difference is most of these people have relatives, friends, and money to survive. Lots of heavy equipment and people to use it. (My wife and I) went in town last night and just put gloves on and I took my chainsaw to start removing debris.


SOMETIMES ALL YOU CAN DO IS PRAY! What a week it has been with this crazy weather. It seems we have had tornados and bad weather everywhere. Millie and I have two granddaughters who live in the Dayton, Ohio area where tornados ran wild and caused extensive damage. We are thankful they were not harmed and suffered no damage. In the area also we have a Caribbean Vision Ministries Board member and his family, multitudes of personal friends and several supporting churches. Though many of them it seems suffered property damage as far as I know at this time none of them suffered injuries. Time and Facebook will reveal that to us I suppose. In the meantime 832 miles to the West from Dayton my daugh


CLOSED DOORS! You have heard it and so have I. “Close the door. Were you born in a barn?” A rhetorical question to be sure but closed doors are an everyday thing that we all observe. Closed doors have many uses; these are so many that I don’t need to recount them here. But metaphorical closed doors are also real and they can apply to many things in our life. The loss of a job, the loss of a spouse through death or divorce, the loss of an opportunity in education or position, a change required by health, a deadline missed or many other things can be seen as a door being closed by God to many areas of life. Closed doors may be seen as good or bad in life depending on your relationship and rel


HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE! “Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it,” (Pete Hegseth). The flags are out and flying, the bands are playing, the parades are in progress, and flowers are on the graves. Freedom comes at a heavy price. Freedom is not free. It is good to have a special day to honor those who gave their lives that generations to follow might enjoy the freedoms they died for. It is good also to remember, as Pete Hegseth


FREEDOM! “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! (Patrick Henry). These words by one of America’s greatest patriots I think would be echoed by all those whom we honor this Memorial Day weekend. Each one honored today served their country and it cost them their life. The line of honor stretches back into centuries past but each person in that line deserves our respect for service rendered and a life given that others might enjoy freedom and the riches of America. Too often people are remiss to remember what the freedoms they enjo


MEMORIAL DAY! “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be on May 27 this year.” We in the United States, and in many countries of the world, need to remember and honor these true heroes who have given their all that we might enjoy the benefits we relish today. It is disgusting today to see how little value some people place on the sacrifice these men and women have made on our behalf. While living in the comfort that has come from the sacrifice of thousands of people dying in this country, as wel


YOU CAN’T REDUCE GOD TO A BOX OR A BOOK! There are some people who think they know everything about God. They have given God a great deal of thought and now they have God all figured out. So they want to tell us everything about God. What God thinks, what God wants of us, and what God is really like is now so revealed to them that they want to write a book about God and get on the best seller list. Is God really so simple that we can TOTALLY understand Him, His ways and His thoughts? Is our God so shallow that our simple mind can TOTALLY understand and comprehend everything about Him? Can we know God so well that we no longer have any questions about Him or for Him? Can the one created by Go


PASTOR ELYSEE JOSEPH AND HIS FAMILY ARE TAKING THE GOSPEL AND A "HEALTH FAIR" TO HAITI. Pastor Elysee Joseph is usually a soft spoken man but he is a man who "walks the talk." Pastor Elysee is the Field Director of Haiti for Caribbean Vision Ministries, President of several non-profit organizations in Haiti, and Pastor of Eglise Evangelique de la Paix in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. He and his wife Yolette have a heart for ministering to Haitians in the U.S. and especially in Haiti. This summer from August 4-11 they and their three adult children will head a GO2Haiti Team to minister in the Cap Haitien area of Haiti. Daughter Loudrige will head the Team as they host a Health Fair on the campus


A USEFUL TOOL! As I was preparing my wife’s breakfast this morning, you heard me right I was preparing my wife’s breakfast; I began to think about the tools I used to prepare her breakfast. Now, I don’t recommend that you think too much when preparing breakfast because this can lead to common things like water or milk boiling over or instances of losing track of time that you really need to pay attention to. When preparing cream of wheat my mind can really wander sometimes because it is a mindless task to stir cream of wheat for two minutes and thirty seconds. My wife doesn’t care for the microwave version. The real key for my wife is how much butter, cream and sugar I add to the bowl after


RICH OR POOR? I may be wrong but there seems to be a greater emphasis on the financial status of people today than there was when I was growing up. Maybe that is because the place where I grew up people seemed to have more interests than just what they could buy or what they could possess. Or maybe our parents were just so busy trying to earn a living and provide for the family we didn’t have time to dwell on rich or poor but rather just lived our lives and loved each other and the people around us. I guess we were poor and just didn’t realize it or maybe we were really rich and didn’t realize that either. I don’t remember really thinking about whether we were better off than other people or


FIGHTING AGAINST GOD! Think about it. Reflect for a moment on the foolishness of fighting against the very one who created not only the heavens and the earth but also the very people who occupy this planet called earth. Would we call one wise that fights against God? In the book of Isaiah the question is answered in this way, “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” In reality every person before God is as nothing in a battle with God. Our wisdom and strength is nothing compared to the great God who has created every


HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT that maybe Preachers have forgotten what they ought to be doing when they stand (or sit) before the congregation Sunday morning, or today it may be Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night or some other time? The precious time that a Pastor has to share with the entire church family is very precious time. In fact for many people this is the only time in the entire week that they will have an opportunity to listen to their Pastor and the message that God has asked him to bring to the flock. So what does the Preacher or Pastor do with that time? For many who carry that title or office it is a time of self-promotion, or a time to tell stories, speak of certain personal


A PROMISE TO CHRISTIANS! The Apostle Paul reminds all Christians while writing to His protégé Timothy that persecution will be a part of the Christian life. Anyone who thinks life will be a bed of roses after establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ is sadly mistaken or misinformed or has not read and understood the pages of Scripture. Charlatans abound in our society who promises health, wealth, and the good life with holy formulas, charms or icons and often at a financial cost to the person seeking those things. But the Apostle Paul said, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, decei


HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SUCH PEOPLE! Yes, there are certain people that God tells us as Christians not to have anything to do with; in other words avoid these people at all costs. There are valid reasons for God to warn us about these people and give us such an admonition. The Apostle Paul expressed it to his fellow worker and disciple Timothy in this way, “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedience to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers o


JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY AND TODAY AND FOREVER. These words jump off the pages of God’s Word from their address in Hebrews 13:8. In the midst of encouraging words like “keep on,” “do not forget,” “do,” ”continue,” “be content,” we find the words that help us in living out these encouragements. “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” and He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). If the Saints of old could love each other, show hospitality to strangers, pray for those in prison, have honorable marriages, be sexually pure , not be governed by a life of greed but rather be content with what they had, then so can we today. How can we achieve this? We can do it thr


IS IT TRUE? In the era in which I grew up from childhood to adulthood we were often told, “Anyone has the opportunity to become President of the United States.” Is that really true? It appears that many in the political arena today still believe that axiom. I have never seen so many people running for the position of President of the United States and the election isn’t until November 2020. It would be nice if all these people who currently hold public office would just do the job they have been elected to do right now on whatever level and in whatever city or state they reside. If they can’t or don’t do what they have currently been elected to do and do it successfully what makes them think


LEADERS! The world is looking for real leaders today. There are many among us who want to be in the spotlight or limelight. They want to be seen and they want to promote themselves or some weird idea and attempt to change the world to fit their idea of fairness, supposed equality, or sameness. Some of the wannabe leaders want to change the world in to a multiple bi-sexual, multi-sexual, all one sexual world. Others want to redistribute wealth until everyone is poor but the “leaders.” Some of the wannabe leaders attempt to morph into what they think their targeted followers want them to be and thus show their real lack of leadership abilities. If you doubt what I say just look at those who a


TRUTH VS LIES! In America today and it seems around the world also, we have a big contest going on between the reality of truth and lies. This is not new but it has expanded today because of all the new communications systems developed in our modern society. It seems we have millions of people who will believe anything that is put on social media, TV, radio, internet or any other electronic media. Photos or video can be doctored as truth or visuals without context or sound can be made to be whatever the person wants them to be when totally void of the truth. Politicians on all levels who are totally ignorant of the facts of history can be elected by gullible constituents and given a platform


JUST WAIT! It is hard sometimes to “wait” on someone, something, some event, or some day or some…you name it. The problem is that waiting takes patience which is not one of my greatest virtues. I guess that God is trying to develop patience in me because I am always waiting on something; or at least it seems that way. God seems to know where the problem is and the solution to what is causing my impatience. I am sure I am not the only person infected with this problem. The Psalmist said, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him,” (Psalm 37:7 NIV). It is not the Lord I have a problem with. It is all those other people and events in life. Seriously now, do you have a problem with pa

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