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Friday, 08 November 2013 21:31

It's My Time

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Psalms 102:12 “But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” We are so quick to make promises and then sometimes we are slow to make a promise good. And the longer we move away from a promise made by some of us, not me, we can even have the problem of forgetting a promise. We can promise a child for a reward and then when it is accomplished and they return to us for the fulfillment of our promise, we look at them with that odd, head tilted to one side, one eye squinted look and tell them that we don’t recall ever making a promise to them like that. Thank God that He ain’t like you and me! If God promised somebody something then you can bank on it, bet on it, or believe it, God doesn’t forget His promises. It might be a lapse in time, but He still remembers what He has promised. Now once in a while, when we find a promise tucked away in the scripture that we didn’t know was there, we chase God down like we are the promise Police and wave some promise that we just found out about and “Put Him in remembrance of His Word”. I can just see God throw His hands up as if you caught Him as He was trying to…
Thursday, 31 October 2013 23:50

You Don't Say

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The older I get the more I remember some of the little things that my parents, teachers, Sunday School teachers and grandparents tried to get through my thick skull.  We grow up sheltered by adults as they try to sensor what we watch, hear and see.  We didn’t go to movies, we couldn't listen to Black Sabbath, SteppenWolf type of music and certainly we were not allowed any slack on our curfews.  Now with a slight bit of gray in my hair I can begin to see why they were so protective.  I wish they would have just told me the truth about my mind being the battlefield that 90% of my toughest fights would take place.  Many of the things you battle in your mind began as a seed in a thought that just floated through your imagination.  Whether it’s a fearful thought or some sort of panic, or some lustful thought; it always begins in the smallest of seed form in your mind.  Your mind is like a greenhouse.  Go with me to the “Green House of Your Mind.” The only things that grow in this green house are the thoughts and ideas that you have allowed to be planted there through the open door of your hearing and seeing.  On top of that, your imagination has a mind of it’s own.  So, now in this green house you’ve got things planted by what you’ve heard, what you’ve read, what you’ve seen and the thoughts of your imagination.…
Thursday, 24 October 2013 21:45

Trust Me

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Most people I know have trust issues.  I wish I could pick your brain apart or your heart and get to the root cause of your trust issues.  Some of it can be traced back to your childhood or something that happened when somebody didn't come through on what they said they were gonna do.  Or you thought that relationship had so much promise and instead it ended up being more punishment that promise.  I know that time that it seemed like things were going so good and you were living the dream only to wake up one day with a broken heart, a broken dream and your dream turned out to be a nightmare.  For each of us there is some real true life story that gives us each very valid reasons to build those walls of isolation and insulation to not just keep people out from hurting us anymore than we already are.  Those same walls that we've built to insulate us also act as walls of imprisonment to keep us from advancing beyond our disappointments and hurts and they tend to keep us mired in the regret of yesterday, the wounds weariness and the hopelessness that "this is as good as it gets".  Most of life's great disappointments can be traced down to one root problem. Someone broke our trust.  We have trust issues.  Our momma's teach us to have trust issues.  We are taught "burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice shame on me".…
Thursday, 17 October 2013 22:26

Let's Be Honest

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He looked me straight in the eyes and spoke from the deep secret place of his heart. He’s a good looking young man, married, healthy, honored career, well thought of by everyone, but he had a major debilitating problem. I wasn’t looking at one person, I was listening to the voice of a generation standing before me with a problem that was crippling their future, their dreams, their hopes and all of their tomorrows. If you strip away all of the pursuits of this generation or non pursuits it can be simplified to one struggle, one fight, one enemy of their soul. An unseen dream stopper, joy killer, rip your hope out and stomp it on the ground, never before seen, but for sure felt by many! It has a name, and it’s name is “fear”. The fear of failure! The fear of failure will cause an Albert Einstein to bury his dreams beneath the soil of other’s opinions. Fear of failure will allow another’s perspective of failure become the mountain to keep you from the pursuit of that dream planted as a seed in your spirit before you were ever born. That fear will cause Harland Sanders to just keep cashing his social security checks and living out of his car until he dies an unknown Chef with a secret recipe for fried chicken, and nobody will ever get to lick their fingers with that formula. Fear will bury Albert and Harland and humanity will be cheated out of…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:53

What's Your Label

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Be careful how you label yourself, you might be discounting the true value of who you really are. That’s original! It just came to me this morning. Why you ask? We all have this tendency to label people. We label them by their looks, their race, their economical status, their educational accomplishments, their hair, their teeth, their toes, their rump, their on and on and on and whatever. We as a nation have been taught how to label people, and we have not been taught how to label ourselves. We label ourselves, but most of the time we mislabel ourselves and then present ourselves to the public with a label that is not really true. Most of the time we sell ourselves far short of who we really are. I’m amused at the media and the results of their labeling of people. We make a big deal about the accomplishments of people according to the label our society has placed upon them. We saw the crowning of Miss America over the past few days. What a beautiful young lady, so talented. Congratulations to the great state of New York for producing the last two Miss America winners. I was stunned when she used the platform of Miss America to label herself as an Indian-American. Why label yourself? Why make a distinction between your color and my color. Between your heritage and mine. We continue to divide these “United States of America” into a very much “Divided States of America” when…
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:57

What's The Big Deal

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It’s a big deal! What? The invisible line in the backseat of our family car that separated my side, my space, from my older sibling. I don’t need to say their name or their gender because it wouldn’t matter. Their age didn’t matter. It’s a big deal when they cross the boundary line, even if I’m not using the extra space. It’s just the principle. We would take family vacations each summer and it was always from Kentucky to Florida. It was during the days that the interstate roadways were being built. Many times there was long delays waiting on construction vehicles to clear or accidents to be moved off of some mountain road. Nothing could compare to my personal frustration of my space being invaded. God forbid that I might have to share a blanket with my sibling because the A/C in our 1955 Cadillac was cold enough to be a refrigerator. My sibling seemed to enjoy the fact that the smallest things could make me scream or complain or sometimes cry, mostly out of frustration, because it seemed like there was nothing I could do to change the fact that there was someone in my life that seemed to enjoy making me miserable. Even the pretended wiping of a booger on my leg would make my voice reach tones that the Vienna Boys Choir would be jealous of. Those things were certainly big deals that I had to deal with at an early age. Most of them I…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:41

His Name is Faithful

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Deut 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and   keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” Rev. 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself. 13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He hath on his vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” There are many names through out the Word of God that describe a different side of God’s nature or His personality. Jesus is the sweetest name I know but sometimes the use of His name becomes so often used that we lose our unique connection to who He is and what is behind that…
Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:00

In Your Patience

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Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.” I have heard this quoted on many occasions during my lifetime. Usually it was by my grandfather, who was a preacher, or by someone who had mastered this quality of greatness. Patience seemed to be one of the frustrating fruits of the spirit that was always hanging on one of those branches that was just out of reach. A little too high on the tree, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and ask those great masters of human nature what in the world were they talking about!! It just sounds so spiritual if you say it in a deep tone and use both your hands, speaking in a real drawn out darth vardar type of voice. Try it! Innnnnnnnnn yooooouuuuuurrrr paaaaatttttiiiiieeeencccceeeee pooossseeeessss yeeeeeeee yoooooouuuuuuurrrrrrrr ssssssooooooouuuuulllllsss! Wow! Very impressive! You sound so deep, like a theological giant! Sounds deep but come on Papaw what does this mean? They would have probably said something like, “You gotta learn to hold your horses”! Hold my horses? What could that mean? How can that be biblical? Hold your horses! I remember hearing a great man of God, Charles Simpson, preach a sermon which he titled “Hold Your Horses”! He preached on the four horses from the book of Revelation and that they were a symbol of judgement. He told what each horse represented. But the greatest thing that I got from his sermon was that when…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:41

I Do Declare

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Psalm 37:1 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” I love to read the Psalms. There is such a variety of mood swings that David experienced and wrote about while in the midst of the struggles, the setbacks and the victories. I know that Solomon was a man of great wisdom and I give him his due, but for me, Solomon isn’t much like me and you. He was raised in a pampered, protected, sterile environment. He was not exposed to the dangers of the battle like his father King David. Solomon gave God all the right answers at the right time and God blessed him with great wisdom, abundance and peace. I love his story, but it’s much like a fairy tale compared to my life. I guess I like to read about David because he could take a lickin and keep on tickin! David could experience a setback and never take a step back. David was King of the “Comeback Kids”. I would like to be more…
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