Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I have a friend that many of you know who has a serious brain surgery scheduled for today. His name is Steve Lambert, senior pastor of Clearwater First Assembly of God. I have known Steve since I was 6 or 7 years old and our friendship has continued through college and all of our adult ministry.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Yahoo News shared this unique story of honesty displayed by a golfer named Brian Davis.
"Brian Davis isn't the best-known name in golf -- or even the hundredth-best-known -- but after Sunday, he ought to move up the list a few notches. Davis was facing Jim Furyk in a playoff at the Verizon Heritage, and was trying to notch his first-ever PGA Tour win.
Davis's approach shot on the first hole of the playoff bounced off the green and nestled in among some weeds. (You can see the gunk he was hitting out of in that shot above.) When Davis tried to punch the ball up onto the green, his club may have grazed a stray weed on his backswing.
So what's the big deal? This: hitting any material around your ball during your backswing constitutes a violation of the rule against moving loose impediments, and is an immediate two-stroke penalty. And in a playoff, that means, in effect, game over.
Okay, you can think that's a silly penalty or whatever, but that's not the point of this story. The point is that Davis actually called the violation on himself."
Brian lost over $600,000 by reporting his violation, but I believe he actually won far more. He will not have to live the rest of his life with making a mistake of dishonesty. Integrity is all that matters at the end of the day. If we cannot face ourselves and the facts that only we know then how can we face God? I have heard all of my life that no one is going to get by with anything. Be sure your sins will find you out. So the better part of wisdom is to own up to the facts rather than cover them or deny them or lie about them.
Brian may have less in his bank account today, but the respect others have for him could not be higher.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Make your face shine upon us.
God's was saying I will restore you. I will give you favor. I will save you. Over and over these words sunk deep into my soul. I claimed them for me, my family, and for the church I pastor.
This past Monday as Wanda and I were ending our morning devotional reading, I told her about this verse and felt that God wanted us to claim it for our lives, family, and our church. I got the Bible and read it to her and shared from my heart. Then we prayed over our lives and our church.
I especially felt led to pray for God to make His face shine on Southside Assembly. I asked for God's favor and for special blessing on this church and His people.
Later that day I received a call from a paving contractor. We had allowed his crew to park their equipment in our parking lot while they were repaving Atlantic Blvd. Their heavy equipment did some minor damage on our old pavement which already was badly in need of repaving.
To make a long story short, the contractor said they were not going to just repair the parking lot, but that they wanted to repave with "a new topcoat". At no charge. Free! Wow! A couple weeks back the contractor had told me that they were make the minor repairs on what they had damaged, but God had smiled on Southside in a great way. It was cost prohibitive for us to repave right now. Their donation ran into the thousands and thousands of dollars.
Did you know that free is better than cheap?
Praise God! The parking lot looks like new!
Our sanctuary and buildings have been renovated, re-carpeted, and repainted and now we have a sharp looking parking lot. Hallelujah!
Now, I pray that God will smile on you. That He would pour out a blessing so big you cannot receive all of it. I pray that He will do exceeding, abundantly, above what you might ask or think.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
On Thursday the AP reported:
"A dead man has been elected mayor of Tracy City, Tenn.
Carl Robin Geary died suddenly a few weeks ago. But he received 268 votes anyway in Tuesday's nonpartisan election, beating out incumbent Barbara Brock with 85 votes in the two-candidate race.
An , Donna Basham, said Wednesday she wouldn't speculate on why Geary won posthumously but noted his death had been widely reported at the time in this corner of southeastern Tennessee.
She says the city council will now have to appoint a mayor to the four-year term.
Brock had been appointed mayor 16 months ago when the previous mayor died. She says she thought she had done a good job but added voters wanted a return to the past."
If a dead man can win an election, then maybe there is some hope that in the upcoming elections that there will be a return to sanity by voting for candidates who love God, America, and our children.
How mad do you have to be to vote for a dead man? It is galling and unbelievable that our politicians have sold our countries future to liberalism and socialism. Both Democrats and Republicans are at fault and sadly there is little to trust on either side of the isles of Congress.
I am praying daily for God's mercy on America. Could we have a few more dead men win elections in the future? Who knows? But dead men beat the live ones overwhelmingly. How so very sad.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Our first year marriage anniversary came quickly. Zoom..... a year has passed and here we are.