Stuff Happens

Stuff happens. Life has its unexpected occurrences. I call them tweaks. We get sick, or someone near to us gets sick. One may go to the doctor for a check up and their tests come back not as expected. One travels to the grocery store and gets in an accident. We get sidetracked and do wrong and that can lead to other unpleasant stuff in our lives. For a time, we may lose our sense of well being and security.

On Friday, one of my boss’ best of friends, while performing his daily bike ride, so concentrating on his ride, ran head on into a parked delivery truck. He is, at present (for we know we serve a God who can change things) paralyzed. He is 56. My boss asked me to pray. I did. I am. I asked him to pray, too.

On Thursday afternoon, in broad daylight, one of our neighbors had her door kicked in, and she was robbed. Thanks to God, she wasn’t home. She is 83. You know what her response was? It wasn’t fear. It wasn’t anger. Her response was, “I’m not going to let stuff like that bother me. I’m not going to be around here much longer anyway.” Her response made me think.  Continue reading →

Asking Of God‏

praying god's willMy son and I had a conversation the other day about for what he prayed. He is leaving for his second tour of Iraq on the 12th and he doesn’t want to go. He has a three month old baby girl and wife at home. I asked him for what did he pray, and he said God’s will. I asked him to remember that we must not only pray God’s will, but we must also ask of God what it is we want from Him in accordance with His will for our lives.

What is asking of God but prayer, and what is prayer but conversation with God? Prayer is an intimate, loving, honest and revealing talk with our Father. My father is gone, but I recall many a day sitting and talking with him about my wants, my desires, my frustration, hurts and joys. Do you ever laugh with God? He can be funny at times. Remember, He is real. He is alive. He sees us. He hears us. He loves us. Scripture says that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. Ask someone whose Saviour is Jesus Christ to stand with you in prayer for when two or three are gathered together in His name [Jesus], He is in the midst and when you pray, what you bind, or loose on earth is also bound or loosed in heaven.  Continue reading →

Death – Are You Prepared?

I learned last night that two of my family members died. One mature in age, the other young by today’s standards. It made me think.

We are so busy living we sometimes forget we have to die, and unlike those in the Bible’s Old Testament who lived to be hundreds of years old, life is still short. purpose-life-life-purpose-706622James 4: 14 You who say today or tomorrow we will [do this or that] …Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? You are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Physical death (unless you are one of the fortunate ones to be caught up in the Rapture) will come to each of us. It is like the second coming of Christ; we do not know the day, the hour, nor the time, but it shall surely come. Are you prepared? Are you afraid of dying? If your number rolled this day, do you know with certainty where your soul shall rest for eternity? The choice is Heaven or Hell. Are you prepared?  Continue reading →

Satan Is Real

Today, through the prayer request of one close to me, I was made painfully aware that Satan is real. Sometimes, I think we in this secular world often forget that the Devil is real. Scripture says he is, that he roams to and fro, and so it is, for the Word of God does not lie.

There are at least 100 instances in New Testament that speak of the Devil. The Devil, Satan, thinks so highly of himself, he even attempted to tempt Jesus. Matthew 4: 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. When the Devil cannot touch you, he will touch those around you. He will scatter, confuse, and throw hurtful, sometimes harmful, deadly darts at you. Look what he did to Job with God’s permission. But for those who believe, God always gives us a way out of the pain inflicted upon us, and that is through the Blood of Christ Jesus.

I leave you this day with Scripture and may you inscribe it in your heart so that you may be prepared should you, or your family, be attacked.

Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 As always, let us pray one for another and be strengthened in the full revelation that God’s Word is true and binding. Try to learn one piece of Scripture per month. For the sword is His Word and you must know it to speak it. The time will come when you will need it.

BELIEVE on the Blood of Christ Jesus.

Because  Emmanuel  Lives  I   Expect  Victory  Everytime!


Lord, I realize I am a sinner. I know there is evil in this world. I know, too, that good overcomes evil, and that when I am weak You are strong. In Your strength I have hope. Father, I know You have given me Your Word to protect me in times of strife. Let me begin my day with prayer and in thanksgiving for blessings yet to be received. prayFather, let me, daily, put on my armor, as your word describes, so that I may be prepared. Let me end my day humbly in your word, in prayer, and in thanksgiving for the day and its blessings. Give me the thirst and the strength, Lord, to read and study Your Word so that I may be equipped to handle what comes my way. Let my trust always be in You. No matter what comes my way, let me live in peace knowing that I am a child of the King, and that Jesus died on the cross for me. Let me be mindful of Job and his struggles and how he remained faithful to You. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Submitted via email distribution on May 29, 2008.

On Praying

God’s blessings upon you. My prayer for you is that your prayer to Him is answered and that you not forget to give much testimony about His goodness, His grace, and oh yes, His mercy. For how can others know of His goodness, His love, His answered prayers if we do not go forth into this world and tell others?

Ephesians 3: 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. When you pray, do not be a double minded man. Do not be unstable, but believe and do not doubt in Him who has given each of us salvation through His son, Jesus, and if you know Him, rest assured that when you come to Him as a child of His, know that He hears you and that your prayers (in accordance with His will and His timing and His purpose for your life) will indeed be answered. When you pray, humble yourself before God and pray in God’s promises to His children. When you pray in this manner, you are reminding God of what He said He would do for you, but, to pray in God’s promises, one must know Scripture, and to know Scripture, one must read the Bible. Isaiah 55: 11 …so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Amen. Remember, His Word is truth.

Believe in your prayer and Him for your healing, your depression, your employment, your marriage, your direction, your finances, and your whatevers. Let Him deal with your enemies, those who do you wrong, for is it not written in Romans 8: 1there is no condemnation in those who believe on Christ Jesus? If God is for you, then who or what can be against you? Who indeed! Psalm 56: 11 What time I fear I shall trust in Him, for what can mere mortal man do unto me? What indeed! Place your trust in God who performs miracles!!!!! When you look up to God, who made the heavens and the earth, in perspective, does not your little whatevers seem minute? Place not your trust in mere man, but in God; He who made the heavens and the earth. What then would He not do for a child of His? Romans 4: 21 “…being fully persuaded that God [has] the power to do what He has promised.” His word does not lie. Mark 11: 24 – 25 “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Ephesians 1: 18 – 19 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. And so it shall be for those who believe. I trust He hears your prayers and He answers them. I can honestly say He has answered all of mine. Matthew 7: 7 – 8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


Lord, Our Father, for all of us who have a request for You through Your son, Christ Jesus:  Lord, first of all, I give thanks for I know in my heart and in my being that without You I am naught. Lord, I thank for answered prayers and I thank You for my situations, for I know it could always be a lot worse than what it is. Lord, I thank You for trials and tribulations for I know as in James 1: 12blessed is that man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. I shall have victory over my circumstance! Amen.

prayTrials are only temporary. Lord, I thank You for that. I know that joy cometh in the morning, and I have but to call on You and know that You will not forsake me. You who knew and formed me before the foundations of the earth; You loved me so much that You gave me Your only son, Jesus, to hang on that cross at Calvary to bleed, suffer and die for me.

Lord, how much thanks can I give You for that good and perfect gift? How much can I open my mouth and praise Your wonderful name and the works of Your hand? Lord, how can I give back to You for all that You have given and will give unto me?

Lord, You do not change; Your promises are true; Your Word is light and I need but have the faith of a mustard seed and believe. I need but believe. James 1: 6 – 8   “… when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Submitted via email distribution on May 19, 2008.