Monthly Archives: June 2016

Celebration

 

 

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Celebration!!

Next week we will celebrate the 4th of July.  The day in the history of our nation’s signing of the Declaration of Independence.

We will be having family and friends over to cook out.  We will gorge ourselves on food that is bad for us.  We will laugh and play and live “the life.” After all, that is what our life is all about! Right??

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NASB “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor-it is the gift of God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:18 “Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting; to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.  Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and the receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.  For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

I believe with all my heart that God loves to see his children enjoy the life He has given.  However, we frequently need a re-vision of what kind of life really brings one “gladness of his heart.”

“To realize our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever is to appreciate the whole thrust of Scripture, to see into God’s heart, and to discover our own purpose. A real grasp of this truth can enable us to see that knowing Jesus is eternal life, and that losing our lives for him means finding true life.” The Shorter catechism : a Baptist version : with scripture quotations from the New King James Version.p. Cm. Based on the Westminster Assembly catechism, with a few questions added and others modified to express the Baptist doctrine.

The real secret of life is experiencing the presence of God daily.  That was the first experience man had with God in the garden.  Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the evening.  

The freedom that comes from living free of the shackles of sin’s enslaving is a gift from God.  “When we confess our sin, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

The problem is we want to carry the shackles and keep reminding ourselves of our past as though it might keep us from going back and making the same mistakes again.

If we could trust God and leave our sin burden at the foot of the cross, we could move on to the great things God has in store for us.

How do we glorify God and enjoy Him?

1.We stop listening to the continuous tape in our head that says we are our past failures.  We are not our past!  The past is removed and covered by the blood of Jesus who cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness.

2.We remind ourselves of who we are “in Christ”.  Colossians 3:3 “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”


3. We learn to live a life of praise and thanksgiving.  

Life is a celebration.  God loves a good celebration.  His Word is full of parties.  The first miracle recorded in the New Testament was at a marriage celebration.  In the prodigal son story, the father gives a party for the son who came home.  All the feast of Israel were celebrations for the hope and future of God’s chosen.  And the best is yet to come, the marriage supper in heaven for His bride.

How are we to live?  “Lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1b-2

As we celebrate our country’s beginnings, I pray we will remember what made this country great.  It was founded on the principles of God’s Word.  God honors those nations who honor Him and His Word.

It was established as a place to raise our children in an environment that was safe because it was protected by God.  Now our children are at risk and our society is growing further and further from the truth we find in God’s Word.

My prayer is that we will turn our hearts back to God and repent of our sinfulness.  I pray it isn’t too late for America and the world.  But God… has a plan.  That plan for His children will begin with a very large celebration of the marriage of Christ and His bride, the church.

I imagine there will be lots of fireworks, maybe the stars and the heavenlies will give quite a show.  We will praise Him for all eternity for all He has done, is doing and will do.   Begin now. Praise and thanksgiving are attitudes that will make your heart glad. 

Keep your eyes turned to the eastern sky!  

“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Humbly let go. Let go of trying to do, let go of trying to control, let go of my own way, let go of my own fears. Let God blow His wind, His trials, oxygen for joy’s fire. Leave the hand open and be. Be at peace. Bend the knee and be small and let God give what God chooses to give because He only gives love and whisper a surprised thanks. This is the fuel for joy’s flame. Fullness of joy is discovered only in the emptying of will. And I can empty. I can empty because counting His graces has awakened me to how He cherishes me, holds me, passionately values me. I can empty because I am full of His love. I can trust.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

God inhabits the praises of His people!

 

 

Revelation 2:10 Fear Nothing

Revelation 2:10    Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  (KJV)

John the Apostle is recording his vision given to him by Christ Jesus.  This is a letter from Christ to His Bride (the seven churches) and specifically the church of Smyrna.  This church is the only one who received only encouragement and no point of reprimand.  This His most faithful Bride despite grave hardship and poverty.  (I heard a thought today of “we often grow more like Christ in adversity and reveal His very nature during times of hardship.”)

Christ encourages this body of believers and tells them they WILL suffer:  Suffer for ten days (remember a day is a thousand years and a thousand years is a day  II Peter 3:8).  In that ten days God who is in control of everything will use the enemy as an agent of HIS agenda for spreading the gospel in high places as Christ followers are incarcerated, taken to trial and many executed.  The faithfulness of these believers is seen in a public display.  Then, Jesus promises His Bride a CROWN.  The crown is eternal life.

How does holy God in His sovereignty use satan on a leash and allow suffering even unto death for His purposes?  I cannot explain it but from Scripture we know it is true.  Joseph’s brothers did a very evil thing when they sold their brother into slavery.  God used this act of evil, (for which those brothers are totally responsible, they made a choice,) to save a nation from starvation and insure the lineage of Christ is preserved.  It took years and we have the luxury of hindsight for this story.  But, what about our own story?  We are so quick to judge God when He does not answer our prayers IMMEDIATELY!

John 16:33 we read, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

In John 21:18-19 John writes of Jesus speaking to Peter these words,  “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”

II Timothy 3:12 is a verse we like to ignore:   “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

I Peter 4:16 reminds us, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”

**Acts 14:44 states clearly, “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

**II Corinthians 1:3-4 is a much loved Scripture,  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

Ann Voskamp wrote in her blog A Holy Experience, “When did we begin to think the Christian life is about putting on accessories instead of putting on armor?”  Life is a battle.

C.S. Lewis wrote “If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

One thing I have come to understand:  This world is the only hell I will ever know and for many it is the only heaven they will ever experience.   Knowing I have eternity and this life is but a blink in time makes the trials of this life easier to bear.  This is GOOD NEWS I want to share!

Suffering is not optional.  It is part of the human experience on planet earth.  How I respond to it is very optional.  My God given free will allows me to choose!  We were repeatedly warned suffering will occur.  We are also given promises of rewards when we endure persecution with eyes looking to Jesus as our source of strength.  Trusting Him for the outcome.

Treading water til Jesus comes was born out of God’s desire to encourage and comfort us through His Word as we journey together through the often stormy waters.  He has told us “you will have problems!”  He also states emphatically, He has overcome the world and the ruler of this world.  He has the keys!  He has crushed the enemies head!  No matter what is thrown at us, we are guaranteed victory.   As this study of “fear nots” draws near to a close, it is my prayer you have been blessed.  I have learned much and my Chicken Little heart has been strengthened and my heart truly knows I am safe in His arms!  FEAR NOT!

Safe by Phil Wickham

Yvonne

Revelation 1:17-18 No Fear in His Presence

Have you ever struggled to find the words to describe something you have seen?  Something you are trying to convey as vitally important?  Express your heartfelt love, thanksgiving, appreciation, or sorrow?  Me too!    This is the apostle John’s problem.  He has experienced much since the crucifixion of Christ.  John is now an old man in exile on the island of Patmos.  Alone.  Patmos:  A small treeless and rocky island, only thirteen square miles of hardened lava, in sight of Turkey in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea.  A Roman prison colony.  Tradition says John wrote the Revelation of Christ in a cave.  Scripture tells us he received the revelation here on the isle of Patmos.   He is struggling for the words to describe a vision not only of the glorified Christ but of all that is coming.  Trying to find words, images, and experiences that are familiar to explain the unexplainable.

Have you ever witnessed something that made you want to collapse or caused you to collapse?  Fear gripped your heart and your mind went to mush?  Read Revelation 1:10-16.  Remember John has seen the resurrected Christ.  He watched Jesus ascend into Heaven.  Yet, what John is seeing is causing Him to fall at the feet of Jesus “as dead.”  In other words, he passed out!  He fainted.  He was “scared to death.”  Try as they might, no illustrator even comes close to capturing this image of the King of Kings in all His glory with sword for a tongue, stars in His hands and candles at His feet, arrayed in light.

Jesus lays His right hand (Feb, 1st Our God is Right Handed and Feb. 3rd Daddy Holds Your Right Hand) on John and speaks the sweetest words He has ever heard:  “Fear Not, I have the keys back!”  Let that sink in for a minute.  Jesus has the key to your prison cell in hell and your death certificate.   Satan is defeated.  The Only ONE who has overcome both hell and death is Worthy of praise and able to say, “fear not.”  Jesus is reminding John, of all he has seen and experienced prior to this day to encourage John for what he is about to see will be even more difficult to comprehend!  Jesus is assuring John of His TOTAL control over all that has happened and will happen.  Jesus very appearance commands attention and proves His absolute authority:  regally dressed and fully in charge of heaven and earth, judging and ruling.  He is speaking and all fall silent.

Are you finding yourself fearful of the present or the future?  Do you know this Jesus?  He died for you.  Let this wash over you like a warm wave.  Ride the surf to the shore and fall at His feet.  See the scars!  They are there for all to see ETERNALLY!  Accept His grace.  Receive His gift of salvation.  Hear His Words:  “Fear not!  I have your keys.  I have the future under control.  Trust me.  I love you.”

Let Him meet you where you are.  Feel His gentle right hand…………..

Written in Red  by Janet Paschal

At His feet on the shore,

Yvonne

When You Can’t See God’s Hand

 

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Has your life turned out like you thought it would?
Is the direction
of your life going the way you planned?

What do you do when you plan your steps and find you life is headed in a different direction?

In Genesis, Jacob’s life wasn’t going very well.  He had settled in a foreign land with foreign cultures. He had trouble with his children, his wives and his daughter-in-laws.  His first son, slept with his concubine, the next two murdered the men from Shechem, and now the rivalry between them had become fierce over favoritism of his son, Joseph. Joseph was his very obvious favored.   

Jacob gives Joseph a coat multicolored which in their culture was a symbol to the rest of the boys that he meant for Joseph to be the chosen one. Joseph is young, probably around 17.  He is given a dream by God in which all the brothers bow down to him.  He, of course, being 17 and excited about this dream decides to tell the brothers.  He has another dream and again he has to tell the brothers and his father.  Whether or not Joseph is innocent in telling them the dreams, as some believe, the results are the same.  The brothers are so angry they can not speak peaceful to Joseph.

 One day Jacob sends the boys out to the fields to tend to the sheep.  They are supposed to go to the fields in Shechem but they move the sheep and go 20 miles further to Dothan.  Jacob gets worried and sends Joseph to see about them.  The brothers see him coming and plot to kill him.  Reuben talks them into just throwing him in a dry well. Reuben is already in trouble and has his own motives for not killing him.  His plan was to go back later and pull him out.  Judah however talks them into selling him to a caravan going to Egypt. They take his coat shred it and kill a goat to deceive their father.  

Jacob’s plan for his boys isn’t going well.   Twenty years later, Joseph has lived in Egypt in luxury, in prison, in favor, out of favor.  He has been made a ruler over Pharaoh’s house. He has been wrongly accused by Potiphar’s wife.  He interprets a couple of dreams of the baker and the cupbearer.  They promised when they get out to tell the Pharaoh about him.  The baker is hung; the cupbearer forgets him. Two years later the Pharaoh has a troubling dream and the cupbearer remembers Joseph.  He interprets the Pharaoh’s dream and Pharaoh sets Joseph up over his house to administer during the 7 years of abundance that was told in the dream.  Joseph is now 30 years old.  

We read in Genesis 41:48-52 that two sons were born to him. “Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, ‘For,’ he said ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household. He named the second, Ephraim, ‘For,’ he said, ‘God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”  Joseph remembered his trouble and his father’s household.  But he realized God had been there through it all.  

The seven years of famine begin and Jacob sends his other sons to buy grain.  Joseph recognizes them immediately.  The story is one of deliverance and redemption.  

Joseph could never have known the plan God had for him when he had that first dream.  He could not look into the future and see where God had intended him to go.  He could not have known God would use him to save his family and many in Egypt from a severe famine.

Lessons from the dreamer Joseph

  1. God will place in difficult circumstances in order bring about His best plan.
  2. God will give us wisdom and enough light for the next step.
  3. Forgiveness is the only way to live in peace.
  4. We may not forget all the past but God says he will “redeem the time the locust have eaten away.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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God will direct your path.

You can trust his heart even when you can’t see his hand.

Babbie Mason   Trust His Heart

 

 

I John 4:18 Love Stops Fear

I John 4: 18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

This may be my favorite verse of all the fear nots!  What a reminder to this Chicken little heart of mine.  Love eliminates fear!  Fear is from hell.  If I fear, I have not quite got all the LORD has for me down in the core of my being.  This year I learned this quote by the Asaro tribe:  “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the bones.”

This Scripture is the LORD of LOVE saying to us, “I Love YOU and all this you have read and studied is of no value unless you give me your fear and trust me to carry you through whatever lies before you! I will NEVER leave you or forsake you!”  (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5, John 14:18-28)

When I was barely twenty years old, a new bride, and a girl with an agenda (plan of how my life was going to go………) the officer and gentleman called to say he had a new job and it was in the state of Maryland!!!!  To say I was not thrilled is an understatement.  This was nowhere on my well thought out life map.  I had never been out of the state of Alabama except to the panhandle of Florida and I was registered to begin classes at the University of Alabama.  I had six short weeks to “like” the idea of this move to a major metropolitan area (smack in the middle of the Baltimore-Washington corridor) where I knew NOT A SOUL save my officer and gentleman. So, after I bid my mom and siblings a tearful goodbye, our drive to our new “home” state was a quiet one!  Just tellin’ the truth.  Not proud of it.  I faced some big challenges:  I found myself in less than desirable housing while we searched for a home.  I had never driven in such traffic and was unsure I would ever be able to drive 90 mph (speed limit then was 85mph with six to eight lanes of traffic and exits on both sides of the road).  Finding a new church family proved to be daunting.  I needed to look for a job because now I had to establish residency before I could resume classes due to the out of state tuition expense, and the cherry on top of this blizzard of emotions was I discovered I was pregnant and had no doctor and no one to ask who to use!  Enter what had all the potential to be a meltdown of global proportions.

The reality, it never happened.  I felt safe and secure and fear never crept in.  The reason?  I was surrounded by a love that I believed would take care of me, the baby I now carried, and this was ENOUGH!

His love for me cast out all my fear of all the unknowns.  There was no doubt in my heart.

I look back on that time and amaze myself.  A period of my life that had all the potential of disaster did not materialize because I had faith and trust in the officer and gentleman and his love for us.  I found a wonderful physician and our new pediatrician was an Alabama guy!  My next door neighbor remains one of my dearest friends–we have shared joy and sorrow for more than…………well, a long time!  She became an “aunt” to my children.  And, Indy 500 drivers have nothing on me!  I can come off an on ramp doing 80, merge across six lanes of traffic and exit off to the left less than a mile down the road and not even sweat! Yep, nailed it!

“F-E-A-R          Forget everything and run

Or

Face Everything and RISE!”  Zig Zigler

This is the love Christ has for His Bride!  His love for her surrounds her and keeps her safe and ever under His watchful care.  She has His name which is powerful and full of authority and sends the forces of evil packing.  She has but to say His name and He is present.  Nothing can touch His Bride that will not be for her ultimate good.  He carries her through the shadows, the valleys, and up the steep mountains.  His perfect LOVE for His Bride shields her from any torment as long as she stays close to His side.

If I had been a runaway bride because I was afraid, I would never have known how much my officer and gentleman really loved me.  I would not have become confident in our relationship.  I would have missed this truth!!!

Are you afraid of the future because you do not have all the details?  Trust the LOVE of the LORD.  He has already proven how much He loves you……………He died for you! (John 3:16)  Let His love cast your fear as high as the heavens above the earth.  (Psalm 103:11)  The best living testimony of how much God loves us is our peace in the storms of life.

Treading together with HIM,

Yvonne

Hebrews 13:6 Big Faith, Little Fear

Hebrews 13:1-6  “Let brotherly love continue.

2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Paul is writing to Jewish Christians.  Doubly persecuted.  Persecuted by Rome.  Persecuted by their fellow Jews.  No longer looking for Messiah but believing He has come!  Now trying to live as Jews but knowing they are now free from the weight of sin debt, free of constant sacrificing, no longer in need of a priest to enter the holy place for them, free from the law.

Paul reminds them to keep their heads held high.  Remember “your manners” as my Mamma used to say.  An admonition to live a life above reproach:  speech, faithful in marriage, being satisfied with what you have, visit the prisons, and be hospitable.  A life to be respected by a watching world.

Then he shares his reason for this reminder:  Read verse 6 again, 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  If we are faithful to Him (and even when we are not) we can proclaim in confidence the source of our faith, strength, and courage is the LORD and this is how we walk through uncertain times confidently.

Through His Word the LORD has given us nearly one hundred reasons to fear not.   Our fear need not be bigger than our faith.  So, today, will you be bold and take the leap of faith God is calling you too?  “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”  Not science fiction.   A.  Real.  Life.  Adventure!!  NO FEAR!  If the Lord is with us, who can be against us?  (Romans 8:31)   Joel Osteen is quoted as saying, “Faith activates God.  Fear activates the enemy.”  Activate your faith!

Not For A Moment by Vertical Church Band w/Meredith Andrews

Rising strong out of the water,

Yvonne

PS  I love God’s timing and sense of humor!  This one is for me alone today!  His gift to me!

I Peter 3:14 Don’t Be Afraid to Stand

I Peter 3:14  “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;”

There are many ways to say “fear not”:   “Be ye not afraid,” “don’t be troubled,” “stop your  worrying,” “take a chill pill,” “dude, relax,” and so it goes..  Somehow the idea of suffering and terror is not something the normal, rational, and healthy human being would be “cool” accepting……….  Just sayin’.

Peter would be crucified upside down (according to tradition) for his faith and witness of Jesus the Christ.  It is said that Peter requested this form of crucifixion.  Simon Peter the disciple who denied he even knew Jesus.  So, how does this transformation occur?

Forgiveness.  Faith.  Foundation.  Fellowship.  Family.

Peter is writing to the early church.  A church under severe persecution.  A bride being thrown to the lions, a bride being stoned, a bride imprisoned, a bride facing famine, exile, and anything else Rome can come up with to squelch the spread of following a god that is not Rome and its emperor.  Peter is reminding these early believers of the cost of discipleship……….taking up a cross and following Christ, even to death knowing their reward will be great.  For as Paul said, “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

Let’s bring this forward two thousand years and the nightly news.  God fearing people are being harassed, maligned, imprisoned, killed, and beheaded.  The “if” is more and more becoming “when” and not “if”.  Americans once believed we were safe from such persecution.  Now, some of our fellow countrymen are among those throwing the stones of words, undermining the Biblical  principles our nation was founded on, and some are even leaving our beloved America and joining forces with those intent on destroying not only America but all that would defend her historical roots.

Many years ago, I had a vivid dream.  I do not dream often and remember them less, but, this dream I cannot forget.  We were attending a small fellowship at the time and in this dream the setting was a Sunday morning during worship.  Armed gunmen entered and demanded all those who believed in Jesus as the only way to salvation to stand and face them.  The officer and gentleman immediately stood to his feet.  I was in the back with two small children, our children, sitting next to me watching as their Dad was approached guns aimed at him like a firing squad.  I sat frozen debating my next move.  Protect my children or stand and join the courageous soul standing.  The alarm clock went off jolting me back to my comfortable reality.  I could hardly breathe all day as I wondered what I would have done.  A mother’s heart torn knowing if I stood and joined my husband who stood for Christ that my two children would also stand and join us and they too would possibly die.  If I remained seated to protect my children I was in effect saying I did not believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for the remission of sin and was just an actor on Sunday mornings; being politically correct, being a “good” parent, going through the motions of playing church.  Guilty of the blood of Christ.   Sobering battle for truth.

I have often wondered if God used this dream to make me evaluate my own faith and commitment because this dream left the unanswered question: Are you willing to die for the cause of Christ and leave all the unknowns in His hands?

Could I be “happy” if I found myself in this situation?  If my son or daughters or granddaughters have a knife at their throats?  Could you?   Important questions, demanding answers.

In an article in Charisma News dated 6/15/2015 we find this short excerpt:

Imagine ISIS kidnapped a relative of yours and then you see their brutal beheading on television. Many different emotions can take over, including anger, grief, and depression.

CBN News found a group of Egyptian Christians, however, who responded much differently. They are happy (emphasis mine) their family members stood firm in their faith.

Widow Mariam Farhat told us she “was very proud” that her husband “stood firm in his faith and that he didn’t deny Jesus.”

http://www.charismanews.com/world/50079-this-martyr-refused-to-deny-christ-when-beheaded-and-his-widow-has-a-startling-reaction

(Read the entire article)

Persecution is not new.   The prophets before Christ faced it.  John the Baptist faced beheading.  Christ faced crucifixion.  The disciples and apostles faced horrible deaths.  Christians faced persecution in the beginning and will be facing it til the very end.

May God give us the courage to stand up for Christ.  May we spread His love among our enemies.  May we be found faithful of the high calling.  WHEN called upon to suffer and face terror may we do so with a “happy” heart without fear or worry.  May we be inspired by the courage of those who have gone before us and their sacrifice will not be in vain.  The days ahead may be perilous.  Hear our Savior whisper, “Fear not, child:

‘Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’.”  (Matthew 5:12)

Just as the officer and gentleman stood and was counted, at this time in history, may we give thanks for the godly men of our nation, our state, our county, and our city who take a stand for the cause of Jesus Christ.   Give thanks for the godly man or men in your life who have boldly proclaimed Jesus as LORD.  Give thanks for those boys and young men who will grow to follow this example.

Yvonne

Choose Ye This Day by DarNell Owens