KIDS...THEY DO GROW UP!

KIDS…THEY DO GROW UP! On one particular occasion for a few days our family of four of yesteryear was together again in Florida. Both of our children have families of their own now and some of their children have children of their own. But for a few days a few years ago my wife & I and our daughter and son were 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 on this occasion

NOT HIDDEN FROM GOD!

NOT HIDDEN FROM GOD! There is a great Haitian Church in Lake Park, Florida that 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. The Pastor is a man 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 me o

WEDDINGS - STILL GOD'S PLAN!

WEDDINGS - STILL GOD’S PLAN! A few years ago I had the privilege of attending a wedding in Florida officiated by a friend and ministry associate from Trinidad. The occasion was the wedding of one of his relatives who lives in the United States. My friend and I have worked together in Trinidad for twenty years and it has been my privilege to watch my friend grow from a “lay” person assisting in God’s work to the position of planting and Pastoring a thriving church in Trinidad. My friend is also the Director of a Christian Missions Ministry in Trinidad and on the Board of Directors of a Caribbean Missions Ministry where we have served together. It was a joy to watch the ceremony and how my fri

LOSING TRACK OF TIME!

LOSING TRACK OF TIME! I have observed over and over during my Pastoral and personal journeys through hospital doors, rehab centers and home confinement times 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 and events in life. 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

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 i

I WONDER?

I WONDER? I think Christians on social media are far too involved in political commentary, people and government bashing, and even trashing others who disagree with them on just about any subject. I wonder what changes Christians could bring about in society if equal time were spent in practicing God’s admonitions in our lives. The Apostle Paul offered God’s thoughts on first things first in the Christian life. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people

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, a ministry I am associated with, is involved in serving Caribbean people and how they may also 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. I don’t doubt their sincerity because they are already in the service industry where the

WEED EATERS!

WEED EATERS! My wife and I live in South Florida and 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, or 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 yours

TWO BEAUTIFUL LADIES!

TWO BEAUTIFUL LADIES! Some moments in life remain in your memory banks for a long time. Such a moment is when two ladies came to visit my wife in the rehab facility a few years ago on a Sunday and brought flowers and a card and blessings to my wife and me. They spent time talking and laughing together with us and encouraging us. These two ladies, a mother and daughter combination, 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. Following her visit with u

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. I believe 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 restl

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 my personal experiences 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 rehab facility observations 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

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