Sunday, March 18, 2018
Today we attended Solid Rock in NJ for the Sunday service. Our good friend Bro Hanscom preached and I plan to share it with you tomorrow. This weekend we spent time with our mothers and with family. Noah turned 17 and we enjoyed celebrating with him. I remember when he was a little boy running through the woods and watched as he got in his truck and drove off with friends. Time goes by quickly. It was good to see my mom, nothing is better then time with her. We also visited Bob’s mom in physical therapy rehab. She is in good spirits and has a way to go before she is able to go back home. She is determined and is working hard at getting back up and walking again. RJ’s Spring Break is officially in full swing, He and I plan to fly out to California to spend time with family there. God is good.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
This weekend is the Spanish Conference and it is taking place at Bethel. At the beginning of the service. Bishop Dawson gave a sermon on "The Fly In The Ointment" from Ecclesiastes 10:1. One dead fly in a bottle of perfume can cause the bottle to stink. It doesn't matter how expensive the perfume is or how good it smells, one dead fly can ruin the whole bottle. So it is with sin. One Folly can ruin your life. The Folly in a wise man is like a fly in the ointment. In this context, folly is sin. Sin, when it is finished brings forth death. One moment of foolishness will ruin a lifetime of achievement. If you fall into sin, then the greater your ministry the greater the hurt to the church. King David fell into sin with Bathsheba because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was supposed to be in the battlefield, but instead he was is in palace. Be very wise about the dangers of falling into sin. Sometimes the most dangerous sin is not the biggest sin, but it's the sin that we find most precious. Keep your eyes on Christ. The greater your faith, the greater your miracle. God is good.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Family Tree Process has been very interesting. I have found many links to Long Island and most of the East Coast. It truly has been fun to learn about my family tree as well as the history of the area that I presently live. To be honest I never really paid much attention to History when it was being taught. Not the best idea since I wanted to be a teacher, but it just didn't catch my attention. Now, I am learning a lot about American History and it's filled with some really sad stories and some wonderful stories. However, it is a part of how America came to be and I wish this present generation wasn't trying to erase it. It's so important to look back and learn. How can we be better if there is no trace of what once was to learn from? Back to the Tree. I decided to start working on my birth dad's side. I don't know much about his side and I never met his dad. I did however know his mom for a very short time. She used to tell my sister and I that we were descendants of an Indian Chief. I listed to about half of what she told us, I was little an my attention span was short. She lived on a large plot of land and I wanted to go to the forest and see if I could find some deer. The deer used to come up to me and let me pet them, so as a child that was a lot more exciting. But, some of her stories stayed with me. Thus, when I first started the tree, I was surprised to see that her parents had very English Names. Several branches took me all the way to England. Then, I came across a branch that didn't. I was not expecting it to take me where it did. I'm in direct linage of Chief Powhaten. Chief who you may ask. I saw he had a daughter named Pocahontas and decided to google them. I told you, I didn't pay much attention in History class. I knew about Disney's Pocahontas, but the real ones story is much more interesting. My mouth dropped. It was that Pocahontas....you know the famous one. She's my Great Aunt times 11. I thought that was cool. Then I decided to learn about my 11th Great Grandfather and discovered he was a Chief. I am still seeing where the Branch takes me, but the Native American History Branch runs deep. I am discovering how rich the history of American is in my blood. I don't like everything I read, but I am glad to know the stories that define the lines that brought me to be me. Not everyone can trace back as far as I have. I am thankful to be able to have done so. I'm an American by birth and with is faults and all, I love America and pray that God Blesses America. God is good.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
It would seem that the month of March has been a very snowy one. We went to sleep to a few snow flakes falling and woke up to a full blown snow storm. I can do without the snow. However, I was thankful for a snow day and so was RJ. I mean what kid doesn't like a snow day? Spring Break will be here soon and I hope that Spring decides to show up and give us sunshine and the beginnings of warmer days. Snow or Sunshine, God is good.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
This morning we visited with my Mother in Law in the hospital and were glad to see she was sitting up in a chair and was in very good spirits. From there we went to church at Solid Rock. For the past two months they have had the assistance of Bro and Sis Peyton who are getting ready to leave for the mission field of Vanuatu. They are a wonderful couple and I am confident we will hear good things from their time in Vanuatu. Bro. Peyton preached on "The Consequences Of Conviction". I did not take notes, but I will do my best to share with you what I received from it. We all have something we are passionate about. What you have the deepest of conviction for in you life will be reflected in everything that surrounds you and what you do. There is a difference in having a beliefs in God and a Conviction of God in your life. If you are only a Christian on Sunday then it's just a belief for you. If you live like a Christian every day outside of Sunday, then it's a conviction. What is the focus of your life. What your main focus is, will be in everything you do. If God is your main foundation, then He will be part of everything in your life. If you don't have conviction, it doesn't change you. You can come to church and hear the message but if you don't leave with the message having changed you, you are not convicted. He shared a story of a man who was convicted of the message of God. Many in his family abandoned him. He knew he had to keep on preaching because he was persuaded. Our Pastor Davis often says buy the truth and sale it not. God is good.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
The phone was ringing and it was 2:30am. We knew immediately that it was one of two things a wrong number or bad news. It was the latter. My Mother in Law otherwise known as Grammy, was being rushed to the hospital. She had tripped over her boots and fallen. She was not able to move and was in a lot of pain. Bob and I got in the car and made our way to the hospital in NJ. When we arrived she was still in the ER. News was that she had fractured her right hip and femur. She was in good spirits and had full trust that God was in control. It was decided that she needed to be operated on. After about two hours her amazing surgeon was able to put a rodd among other things to put the broken pieces of Grammy’s right hip and leg back together. We are thankful to the nursing staff and doctors who moved quickly. She is doing well and is on her way to recovery. She has been in the hospital less than 24 hours and already has been surrounded by an outpouring of love and prayers. There is a long road of recovery ahead, we are confident that she will heal well. Thank you to all that prayed for her today and sent well wishes. God is good.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
The speaker for tonight's midweek service at Bethel was Bro. Terry Shock. Tonight he taught on "Hindrances To Our Prayers". He gave many scriptures as he was teaching. I managed to get some of them. We are to ask ourselves if we are convinced yet that we are really no match for the enemy with our own power? We need to position ourselves to be better connected to God. Daily connected with God by prayer and the word is like oxygen and bread to our souls. There are many things that hinder our prayer. Mathew 21:13 instructs us that our body houses the spirit of God. This can mean our physical body as well as the church body. We read in James 4:1-3 that we can be asking amiss. If God answered the prayers you prayed this week, would it be your kingdom that advanced or His Kingdom. We tend to pray only for the things we need and we should do this. However, we need to take it a step further. The prayers need to be big prayers. Pray for those who no longer have a walk with the Lord. Pray for your neighborhood. Pray for your loved ones to be kept from the evil one. Pray for unity. Pray against chaos in your home and in the lives of your loved ones. Pray for the terrorist that God will either deliver them or send confusions to their minds so they can no longer cause harm. Pray for emotional wholeness in others. Pray for all the churches around you. Read the Word of God and then Pray it. Isiah 59:1 shows us that sin hinders our prayers. We need to ask God to forgive us for whatever it is we need forgiveness of. Don't be general about it, be specific and then make the changes needed in our life to get the sin out of your life. Don't wait for things to be right to come to God. You come to God to get things right in your life. The wicked flee when no man is pursuing. The righteous are bold as lions. It's not God's will for you to hide. Ezekiel 14:1-3 shows that there are idols in our hearts. We have many idols. Things we worship, that we create with our own hands. Examples could be our family, money, entertainment, success, love, romance and even our self. God does not want us to have any other gods before Him. If you are married, it's good to talk to God first before you speak with your spouse. We also need to be givers. We are to take care of the poor. Giving is for the rich and for the poor. Everyone needs to be giving of something to help the needs of others. Mark 11:25 tells us that unforgiveness hinders our prayers. If you want God to forgive you, you must forgive everyone. God's answer to our request is conditioned to our answers to the request of others. To get it, we have got to give it. What are forfeiting because we pray amiss and allow known hindrances in our lives. God is good.