Kid: "I hate vegetables!"
Mom: "But they like you."
Kid: "That's because I don't eat them!"
Mom: "Eat your vegetables."
Kid: "I hate vegetables!"
Mom: "But they like you."
Kid: "That's because I don't eat them!"
Claude Lee Goodrum Jr.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1946 ~ MAY 18, 2019 (AGE 72)
Claude Lee Goodrum Jr., 72, of Athens, died Saturday, May 18, 2019. A native of Athens, Lee was born to the late Claude Lee Goodrum Sr. and Inez Tillet Gooch. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Gooch Lord. Lee is survived by his wife, Sandra Goodrum, children, Weston (Nina) Goodrum, of Bogart, Whitney (Dan) Roof, of Jackson WY, and Wyatt (Nicole) Goodrum, of Charlotte NC, siblings, Darlene Goodrum (Travis) White, of Ohio, Adelia Goodrum (the late Joe) Murphy, of Tennessee, and John Wesley (Marie) Goodrum, of Athens, grandchildren, Clayton and Nolan Goodrum, along with many extended family.
Lee Goodrum served in the United States Air Force with honor and distinction. He was a postal clerk for some 43 years. He was a faithful husband, loving father, and a man who loved his church.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel of Lord and Stephens, West. Burial will follow the service at Oconee Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Straight Street Ministry-Street Impact, 2145 Centennial Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504, or online at straightstreetministry.org and designate to Street Impact.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, West, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
Sunday, May 19, began as we all got up earlier than usual on Sunday. I think it was because of our eagerness to attend morning worship at Christian Life Worship Center and our anticipation to see what God might do.
The singing and worship were deeply meaningful with a number of songs that we all knew. Arlette Revells played the piano, and Nick Moody played the guitar. They play their respective musical instruments with precision and with an anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We had a Gideon speaker today, James Watkins, from the Athens West Gideon Camp, as well as a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church. He was by far the best Gideon speaker we have had. He told some incredible stories of how God is using Gideon Bibles to win people to Jesus Christ. My soul rejoiced as he told story after story about God's redeeming love. Melvine and I wanted to respond to the special offering. In as much as I did not bring our check book, I gave a cash donation and placed it in an offering envelope. Jim Cox is one of our ushers and he walks down the aisle where we sit. He is also a Gideon, and is quite active in his particular Gideon Camp.
Greg had purchased a 10 pound bag of Vidalia onions. I was able to place onions in several plastic shopping bags and gave them to those who would like them after church was over.
I was able to give myself an injection of insulin today. I think I am making some progress.
Wesley Peyton sent a message to our son Greg about Voltaren gel. He said his wife has used it for many years with success. He advised to keep on putting this gel on Melvine's hands, fingers, and thumbs.
This week's news has seen the death of several of our dear friends. One by one, they are leaving this world of sin and sorrow. Lee Goodrum has died. His father taught me at Emmanuel College in World History.
I was able to talk with Sandra Goodrum by phone by expressing our sincere love and condolences for her and her children.
I talked with several people by phone: Austin and Joyce Johnson Burnette, Blenda Pearson Smith, and several other people. Hazel Wilson was able to come to church after her recent back surgery. She is one of the most faithful ladies you will ever meet. It is always good to see and talk with Watson Fowler. I think he is 90 years old. He is one of our church greeters and ushers. He was a tailor for a suit clothing company. He would like to be assigned to making heavenly robes of pure linen when he gets to heaven.
Melvine and I have a number of doctor appointments, doctor's visits in his chambers, a Cat Scan for Melvine, and injections in my lower back by my pain management doctor, etc.
We need your prayers for Melvine and me, and for Greg who is finishing up teaching this week.
Thank you for your many kindnesses you have shown toward us.
Our mailing address is:
Hugh H and Melvine S Morgan
17 Sweet Apple Lane
Winder, GA 30680
You may send me a message via an email: email@example.com
Ringo was the name of the little brown donkey who shared the field with two horses twice his size behind Greg and Sheila's beautiful farmhouse estate. During our visit to their farm in South Georgia, Sheila told me, "The first time our young grandson saw Ringo, he said, 'His name's not Ringo. That's Hubba Hubba!'" Guess what? Ringo had an immediate name change!
It was a treat to see Hubba Hubba and his two horse friends start running from their pasture toward us to get to their feeding stalls when Sheila sounded their "dinner bell." Well, the horses had a fancy gallop, while Hubba Hubba made his way with a stocky trot.
Donkeys have a reputation for being stubborn creatures. However, it appears that they aren't necessarily stubborn so much as they have a high sense of carefulness. If they don't feel something is in their best interest or safety, they will not do it. One writer said that training a donkey can't be done unless you show or prove that he can trust you to protect him from harm.
Is feeling safe important to you as it is to the donkey? I would have to answer yes to that question. The desire to feel safe is innate in all of us, not only to be physically safe but also to feel secure in our relationships with others.
The Christian life is all about learning to trust our Heavenly Father. The Bible says, "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go: He's the One who will keep you on track." (Proverbs 3:5-6 Msg). We are stubborn, just like donkeys, until we learn Who God is and then trust Him. Then our overwhelming fear goes away.
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Your future is bright, beautiful and secure . . .
as you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life daily.
That is a tall order.
Jesus said, "You can do nothing without Me." We need Jesus in our lives to help us day by day, and moment by moment to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives.
The Scripture teaches us that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13, KJV).
Do you remember the hymn, "I need Thee every hour"?
We need God to walk with us and talk with us and remind us that we are His very own.
When Jesus is the Lord of our lives, we will walk in the abundant living He has promised.
Cancer is limited . . .
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit.
Author: Mrs. Charles Cowman
"And it came to pass, before he had done speaking...and he said, Blessed be Jehovah…Who hath not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth" (Gen. 24:15, 27).
Every right prayer is answered before the prayer itself is finished--before we have "done speaking." This is because God has pledged His Word to us that whatsoever we ask in Christ's name (that is, in oneness with Christ and His will) and in faith, shall be done.
As God's Word cannot fail, whenever we meet those simple conditions in prayer, the answer to our prayer has been granted and completed in Heaven as we pray, even though its showing forth on earth may not occur until long afterward.
So it is well to close every prayer with praise to God for the answer that He has already granted; He who never forsakes His loving-kindness and His truth. (See Daniel 9:20-27 and 10:12.)
--Messages for the Morning Watch
When we believe for a blessing, we must take the attitude of faith, and begin to act and pray as if we had the blessing. We must treat God as if He had given us our request. We must lean our weight over upon Him for the thing that we have claimed, and just take it for granted that He gives it, and is going to continue to give it. This is the attitude of trust.
When the wife is married, she at once falls into a new attitude, and acts in accordance with the fact; and so when we take Christ as our Savior, as our Sanctifier, as our Healer, or as our Deliverer, He expects us to fall into the attitude of recognizing Him in the capacity that we have claimed, and expect Him to be to us all that we have trusted Him for.
"The thing I ask when God doth bid me pray,
Begins in that same act to come my way."
Author: Anne Graham Lotz
"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18, NKJV).
Bad things do happen to those Jesus loves. But remember this spiritual principle: Glory follows suffering, and life follows death.
Miss Audrey Wetherell Johnson was a woman greatly beloved of God. Born in England, educated in Europe, delivered from agnosticism, and transformed by God’s grace into a gifted Bible teacher and preacher, she answered God’s call to the mission field in China during the 1930s. After years of teaching pastors and church leaders in a theological seminary in Beijing, Miss Johnson was scooped up with other missionaries and placed in a Japanese concentration camp for three years of intolerable and unmentionable suffering. Yet once again we glimpse God’s glory when we learn that Miss Johnson was finally released, came to America, and began Bible Study Fellowship, an international ministry that now has approximately one million men and women who use her material and format to study God’s Word each week.
If something bad has happened to you, would you look forward to the glory that IS coming?!
Anne Graham Lotz
Copyright © 2014 Anne Graham Lotz (AnGeL Ministries) Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved www.annegrahamlotz.org.
Author R.T. Kendall
"Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord's wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah" (2 Chronicles 32:26)
The journey back to where you find the presence of Jesus involves passing through some important stages, one of which is repentance. In part, repentance means admitting you were wrong. Unfortunately, you seldom come to the place of saying "I was wrong" until you are forced to do so. The last thing on earth a person wants to do is admit to being wrong. The natural inclination in all of us is to defend where we are and why. Unless we are forced out of our comfort zone, we will stay in it.
God has to get your attention before you will repent, and He gets it by making you see what you have lost. As long as you can feel you haven't really lost His special presence, you are going to carry on. There are two ways by which you are called to repentance.
1. You admit God's special presence is gone. Rather than continue as though nothing happened, you repent.
2. You get caught—exposed. Someone discovers the truth. Someone "spills the beans." Public shame results.
If you do not admit that God's special presence is gone and repent, God resorts to the second plan—public exposure. When a person is forced to repent because of public exposure, the depth of the repentance remains an open question.
To be granted repentance is a gracious mercy of God. As the Word teaches us, we are "changed ... from glory to glory" as a result of repentance (2 Cor. 3:18, KJV). When a renewed measure of His presence reveals your sin and leads to your forgiveness and greater ability to do God's will ... you have received insight. The worst thing that can happen to a man or woman is to become stone deaf to the Holy Spirit, losing all sensitivity to His voice.
The way back is the way of repentance. It is admitting that you have lost the special presence of God and have been wrong in your thinking and presumption.
Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).
16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
[Editor's Commentary: We are living in a godless society. Christians are often made fun of, ridiculed, and sometimes punished for their faith in the resurrected living Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. No doubt the Christians in Rome were living under adverse circumstances. They must have felt beaten down, discouraged, and defeated. Paul is admonishing them to be strong, stand up, and be counted as a believer and never be ashamed to be counted as one who has believed the Gospel and whose life has been transformed.
No matter what happens in life, we should never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It is God's power that has brought us salvation, and a hope that will never fade away.
Are you trusting in Jesus Christ just now for your salvation? You know you can. Call upon Jesus right now. He is ever near, even closer than breathing and nearer than your hands and feet. Trust Him. You are called to live by faith.]
What did one ocean say to the other ocean?
Nothing, they just waved.
Although we have a prescription filled at our pharmacy in Winder (Farmers Prescription Shop) called Voltaren gel, it has not done the job we had hoped. In talking with a retired medical person in our church, she told me that this gel can be applied several times during the day. I did not know that. It may be I need to put the gel on her hands more often throughout the day. I desire to get relief for Melvine. I do not want her to suffer pain.
Melvine has told me several times that she plans to have pastor Terry Kesling and the elders to
to pray over her and anoint her with oil in the name of the Lord according to what James wrote in James 5:14-15, NIV, in church today, Sunday, May 19, 2019. We certainly believe in combining prayer and faith in God for our healing with the best use of medications that are available to us. The Apostle Paul told Timothy that he should "Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses" (1 Timothy 5:23, NIV).
Saturdays are always a leisurely day at the Morgan home. Greg enjoys sleeping in. Melvine was up before 7 o'clock. I slept a little longer. Greg slept much longer. When he got up and dressed he drove his car to Dairy Queen to get our biscuits with sausage and egg, and tenderloin dipped with hash browns. Greg fixed our coffee. I make the coffee during the week when he is not home. Melvine loves to drink coffee. Greg has only 4 1/2 days to teach school. He will be coming home and looking for a job near our home.
Melvine enjoys watching the Pioneer Woman in her show on cooking on Saturday mornings. I saw her on Fox & Friends on Thursday or Friday last week. She is gifted in talking and cooking.
On Thursday, my yard man, Charlie Arnold, came in his truck to pick me up to go to Home Depot to select various plants and purchase them for my two above the ground gardens. I left it with Charlie to plan it like he wishes. I think he did a pretty good job. I know we have a dozen tomato plants. I still enjoy having twin gardens that are raised above the ground. It makes harvesting the veggies much easier. Over the years I have selected the soil I want in the gardens God has so graciously given me to tend or get help from others to do the work There is nothing like a vine ripened tomato.
Greg purchased a 10 pound bag of Vidalia onions from a member of the band at his school. It was a fund-raising project. So, I will be giving onions away. We love Vidalia onions because they are sweet and taste so good.
I prepared a grocery list with the help of Melvine and Greg. They kept adding items. Greg went to Ingles to purchase our groceries. He does a great job. He earlier went to our cleaners to get our dry cleaning and laundry shirts. We do business with Elder's Cleaners. The owners are Christians and are good people. We love them.
Greg wants to cook Sunday dinner for us. Melvine says she will help him. I know it is going to be good. He loves pork chops and has a George Foreman Grill. He purchased three Idaho potatoes, and some Handover Italian Beans. I like these wide green beans.
I purchased a Marine flag to connect to the rope under the American flag on a flag pole in our front yard. I will have to get Greg to help me attached the metal clips to hold it. Although I have served in the Marine Corps, the Army and the Air Force, I am partial to the Marines. I guess you can say the Marine Corps is my first love. Marines believe that "once a Marine, always a Marine." That is true in our thinking. I don't have the strength and stamina I had when I was on active duty in the Marine Corps. What an honor it was to serve our country as a Marine.
Yesterday, May 18, 2019 was Armed Forces Day.
As we worship God today in our churches for worship, would you pray with me for our men and women in the Armed Forces of this great nation, as well as our chaplains. The IPHC has some of the very best chaplains in the military serving God and country and pointing these young men and women to Jesus Christ and the cross of Calvary.
I hope you will attend the church of your choice today wherever you live.
Melvine and I plan to attend morning worship at Christian Life Worship Center in Athens. It is located on Kathwood Drive just off US Highway 129. The worship service begins at 11 o'clock. If you do not have a church, we would like for you to be our guest this Lord's Day.
Terry Kesling is our pastor. He and his wife, Pam, are doing a good job in their calling. He is equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. He is getting a lot of people involved in ministry.
Matt Smith is our children's church pastor. He is gifted with telling Bible stories with the use of puppets on strings. We have a large puppet stage. It is first class and Matt Smith is a professional at what he does. The children love it. You can be sure the children at our church are in good hands and are learning about people of the Bible as well as lessons for the daily living of our precious children. It is refreshing to see young couples with little children coming to our church.
Melvine, Greg, and I want to thank you once again for your prayers for us, and the many cards you have sent.
Our mailing address is:
Hugh H and Melvine S. Morgan
17 Sweet Apple Lane
Winder, GA 30680
You may write me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It describes many of the cases in which he was involved and shows how God used him in solving these cases. The difficulties his family endured during those years are painfully written and displayed in a very honest and forthcoming manner in this book.
Bruce grew up in rural Alabama and later married his childhood sweetheart, Susan. They currently reside in Bay Minette, Alabama.
You may purchase this book at Amazon.com, and other book companies.
Bruce Lovett served as the youth pastor at Faith Chapel in Huntsville, Al, when Joel S. McGraw was planting this church in the late 60's. Bruce reminded me that he attended the church where I pastored in the community of Brownville, Alabama, at the Brownville Pentecostal Holiness Church.
For those interested in criminal justice, this book is one you will want to purchase and read.
Information on Book Signings and Speaking Events:
Evergreen, Alabama on May 21, 6:30 p.m. at Bolden Cardwell Building, 200 Mill Street, in honor of First Responders, all law enforcement, fire fighters, and rescue workers
Crystal River, Florida on June 1st, 11 - 4 p.m., at Curry Roofing, 1965 N. Dunkinfield Ave.,
Butler, Alabama on July 31, 4 p.m. at Choctaw County Public Library, 124 N. Academy Ave.
Author Joyce Meyer
Have you ever felt like you've been stuck in the same place for so long it seems like you are going around the same mountain over and over again? I have. For years I wasted a lot of time stuck in the same place—blaming others, feeling sorry for myself, complaining and the list goes on... I was miserable until I discovered the truth about the life I could have through my relationship with Christ.
I was in my late 30s when my eyes were opened to the truth in John 10:10 that showed me I wasn't living the good, peaceful, joy-filled life Jesus died for me to have. The problem was I had a very negative mindset because of the abuse I had experienced throughout my childhood.
God showed me that it was holding me back and keeping me from dealing with areas of life that He wanted to heal and restore. I was stuck in the mindset of, "My future is based on my past and my present." But God really wanted me to have a hopeful attitude of expectation that said, "I'm going to look ahead because something good is going to happen to me!"
Don't Let Your Past Hold You Back
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV): "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
Without a doubt, holding on to your past will keep you from looking forward to your future. And sometimes it may even feel like you are being pulled in two different directions because God is trying to pull you forward toward a new thing and you're trying to hold on to something that's behind you.
The Israelites did not want to let go of their past either. They stayed in the wilderness for 40 years because they compared everything to their past. In fact, they complained to Moses that they wanted to go back to Egypt and return to a life of slavery because that's what they knew. But God wanted them to move forward to the promised land?a land flowing with milk and honey (see Ex. 13:5). They just couldn't get past their past.
Focusing on the Future
We've got to get a vision—one that goes beyond what we've already seen and experienced—if we want to see change happen in our life. The apostle Paul says it like this in Philippians 3:13b, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead."
God has good things planned for us, no matter what has happened in our past. He is looking and longing for someone who's waiting for Him to be good to them. God wants to be good to you, but you have to be expecting Him to move in your life! I've gotten into a habit of regularly saying, "God is good, and something good is going to happen to me today!" I encourage you to do the same.
Setting Your Mind in the Right Direction
God can help you set your mind in the right direction. The Bible tells us to set our mind and keep it set on things above, not earthly things (see Col. 3:2).
My husband, Dave, is a great example of what it means to set your mind. Dave loves to play golf, so I asked him one day, "How's it going to be for you if you ever get to the point where you can't play golf?" And he said, "I've already thought about that and I've just made up my mind I can be happy anyway."
Setting our mind and keeping it set means we keep our focus on where we want to go, not on where we have been or even where we are right now. God wants us to have a vision for our life and trust Him to help us get there.
Remember, God has a good plan for you, and He wants to see you live out that plan. But spending too much time looking back or thinking about what's happening in your life right now can keep you stuck in the past and not experiencing all that He has for you. Your future has no room in it for the past.
So, don't get stuck in the past. Let go of what lies behind and press into the great future God has planned for you. I can promise you: God is with you. He wants to lead you, strengthen you and help you every step of the way!
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Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the 3RD SATURDAY IN MAY.
Army Day formerly was the date the US entered World War I.
Navy Day was President Theodore Roosevelt's birthday.
Air Force Day was the day the War Department established a division of aeronautics.
President George Washington stated in his First Annual Message, January 8, 1790:
"Secure the blessings which a Gracious Providence has placed with in our reach ...
Among the ... objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard.
To be prepared for War is the most effectual means of preserving peace."
President Richard Nixon remarked on Armed Forces Day, MAY 19, 1973, at Norfolk Naval Base:
"Men and women who wear the uniform of our country are supposed to salute the Commander in Chief ... but on this day, I, as your Commander in Chief, salute you, each and every American who serves in our Army, our Navy, our Air Force, our Marine Corps, and our Coast Guard.
Your courage, your steadfastness are the backbone of America's influence for peace around the world ...
... We owe you ... a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay ...
- to the more than 2 million men and women now serving in uniform;
- to the millions of veterans who have returned to civilian life;
- to those missing in action and those magnificent men who 'roughed it out' in enemy prison camps; and above all,
- to the memory of those who gave their lives for their country ..."
"We are thankful, too, for the strengths and the sacrifices of America's military families ...
We must reject the well-intentioned but misguided suggestions ... to slash America's defenses by billions of dollars.
There could be no more certain formula for failure in the negotiations ... no more dangerous invitation for other powers to break the peace ...
... Bluntly: A vote for a weak America is a vote against peace.
A vote for a strong America is a vote for peace ...
So, support those men and women who have the courage in the Congress to vote for a strong America ...
The whole world today is watching to see whether the Star-Spangled Banner still waves ... Let us prove that it does ...
Then we can look to the future with confidence that Armed Forces Day in the years to come will be ... a day of peace for America and for all the people of the world."
America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations
U.S. Army Chaplain, Father William Thomas Cummings, was among those captured during World War II by the Imperial Japanese at Bataan, Philippines.
He died when the prisoner "hell ship" he was on was hit with a torpedo.
Father Cummings had stated in a battlefield sermon:
"There are no atheists in the foxholes."
Dwight Eisenhower broadcast from the White House for the American Legion's Back-to-God, February 7, 1954:
"As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth - that there are no atheists in the foxholes.
They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage and peace of mind."
Chief of Naval Operation Admiral Vernon Clark, stated July 21, 2000 (AG News, July 28, 2000):
"My hopes, my most sincere desire ... for the future take the form of a prayer along the lines of Admiral Holderby.
And that is that our Heavenly Father will grant me wisdom and courage and make clear the way ahead, so that when we are finished, we can say ... that we did the right thing ... that we served well."
A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Vernon Clark was quoted in the Pentecostal Evangel:
"I have found plenty of opportunities to practice my belief in prayer. The Navy offers incredible challenge.
When we get placed in positions of leadership we are responsible for mission accomplishment, for the manner in which our nation is represented, for the conduct of people who are assigned to our commands, and for outcomes, which can include matters of life and death.
The Scriptures say, ‘We have not because we ask not.’ I have learned the wisdom of asking for wisdom, for guidance ... and for help."
The Treacherous World of the 16th Century and How the Pilgrims Escaped It: The Prequel to America's Freedom
General Douglas MacArthur addressed Massachusetts State Legislature in Boston, on July 25, 1951:
"I find in existence a new and heretofore unknown and dangerous concept
that the members of our Armed Forces owe primary allegiance and loyalty to those who temporarily exercise the authority of the executive branch of government, rather than to the country and its Constitution which they are sworn to defend.
No proposition could be more dangerous.
... None could cast a greater doubt upon the integrity of the armed services.
For its application would at once convert them from their traditional and constitutional role as the instrument for the defense of the Republic into something partaking of the nature of a praetorian guard, owing its allegiance to the political master of the hour ...
The armed services ... are accountable as well to the Congress, charged with the policy-making responsibility, and to the people, ultimate repository of all national power.
... Yet so inordinate has been the application of the Executive power that members of the armed services have been subjected to the most arbitrary and ruthless treatment for daring to speak the truth in accordance with conviction and conscience."
On Armed Forces Day, May 15, 1995, Secretary of Defense William Perry said:
"In World War II, the United States Armed Forces helped defeat the forces of aggression and oppression on two sides of the globe ...
In the Cold War, we faced down the global Soviet threat.
Today, our forces stand guard, at home and abroad, against a range of potential threats ..."
Secretary Perry continued:
"On Armed Forces Day, the nation says thank you to our men and women in uniform, their families, and the communities that support them ... Daniel Webster said,
'God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.'"
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Author the Rev. Dr. P. Doug Small
Over the next several weeks, my blog will include excerpts from a message that I delivered at the 25th Anniversary Gathering of the PCCNA, in Memphis, in March 2019.
I believe the church of the future will be, and must be, a glorious intertwining of Messianic roots, liturgical rhythms, evangelical expediency, and Pentecostal empowerment
Messianic roots reach back to the richness of the Old Testament, to our Jewish forebears and their story, encoded in the festivals.
Liturgical rhythms, along with the Jewish redemptive calendar, guide us to retell our story annually and to systematically revisit basic theological truths.
Evangelicalism urges us to be missional out of core theology.
Pentecostalism endues us with the power to accomplish the task.
We are a long way from this synthesis. Now, we are a decidedly divided Church. It has been my privilege, over the last two decades plus, to move across many tribal lines in my involvement in the exploding prayer and city-impact movement. I have been greatly enriched by the friendships and exposure to so many traditions.
I have been privileged to participate in many multi-denominational gatherings, large and small. I have also been in meetings with groups that were feverishly denominational. In such a context, I did not take offense that the group represented itself as God’s preferred best or as His cutting-edge people. When such groups, with me as a guest in the room, often there to speak, reviewed their tribal doctrine and polity, and inferred its superiority, I sat silently without protest. I understood their denominational passion because I have been in gatherings of my own tribe that echoed many similar sentiments.
Tribal/denominational self-esteem is a positive thing, if we keep it in balance and avoid exclusiveness. We must learn to embrace the entire body of Christ – stewarding our loyalty to our immediate community with a multi-denominational openness. The prolific attempts to be non-denominational always end either as anti-others or as another quasi denomination.
We must, especially in the current hour, learn to walk with other movements while celebrating our differences. We can find mutual ground around core theology and common mission. We should not insist on either-or, on exclusively denominational or multi-denominational constructs. We should learn to move in both worlds, cherishing the slice of doctrines that make each of us distinctive, treasuring our unique gifts and callings, relishing our own history and yet, enriching, not diminishing one another.
Core theology is that simple center of Biblical truth that makes Christians Christian. Tribal theology are those slices of truth that make Lutherans Lutheran, Baptists Baptist, Jewish Congregations Messianic, and Pentecostals Pentecostal. Such differences should not destroy us – they should, however, be subordinate to the Christological non-negotiable core. With such differences in view, we must find a protocol that allows us to create synergy in task theology, out of that simple common core of theology, being enriched by our diversities. And, we must also find forums for honest dialogue about our differentiations, neither to dismiss nor homogenize them. True unity demands the full force and flavor of authenticity and diversity.
That being said, there are times when each denomination or movement, a cluster of denominations, must address its own calling before God, its tribal theology, and its common mission. Such a discussion is not meant to exalt that tribal council above another. It is a behind closed doors conversation – and yet, as mature followers of Christ, we should learn from one another’s tribal councils.
This article is the essence of a multi-tribe address delivered at the PCCNA 25th Anniversary in Memphis in 2019. It is intended for the audience of Pentecostal tribal leaders. Hopefully, it will be informative to all who read it.
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"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (Acts 2:42).
If we follow His impulse, the Holy Spirit will always lead us to pray. Consequently, when the Spirit is absent, we will find excuses not to pray: "God understands. He knows I love Him. But I'm tired ... I'm so busy ... It's just not convenient now." When the Spirit is absent, our excuses always seem right, but in the presence of the Spirit our excuses fade away.
All prayer comes from the Spirit—be it disciplined prayer or spontaneous prayer.
We pray spontaneously, both privately and with other Christians, when we are suddenly aware of a great need in the world or the church. God often uses something external to bring the church to her knees. We ought to see it as the kindness of God when He allows trouble to drive us to prayer. In our individual lives, family tension, financial worries, or illness will do it.
We also pray spontaneously when there is an overwhelming inner pressure from the Spirit resulting in a vivid awareness of the Spirit's presence. When this happens within the church, people come from everywhere to be there.
What are the characteristics of this kind of spontaneous impulse to pray? There are four: time becomes unimportant; there is a caring for others (for example, in Acts 2:44); there is clear guidance; and there is unity (Acts 2:46).
The result of all of this is worship. We need to understand that worship is not just singing hymns, nor even consciously adoring God. Some people think that worship is limited to the moment in which one is saying, "God, I worship You." But this is a wrong idea. Worship is any activity that is carried out under the impulse of the Spirit of God. We are also worshiping God when we are praying for others or witnessing to others.
Excerpted from Worshiping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).
Here's the hymn I have been singing for several days as I go through the day. I love to sing. I hope you do. If I had my life to live over again I would preach more about the cross. It was there at the cross that love and mercy found me when I was six years old. I am thankful to God that I gave my heart and life to Jesus at such a young age. Now, I have opportunity to share messages about the Cross of Calvary in Hugh's News. It is at the cross that pardon is made available for all our sins. Hallelujah!
Please Click Here on this hyperlink I have prepared for you to hear this great hymn. It is my sincere prayer that it will bless you on this Sunday in May 2019.
Near the Cross
Frances J. Crosby, pub 1869
Scripture: Galatians 6:14; John 19:25; Revelation 22:1-2
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain--
Free to all, a healing stream--
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.
Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 God's plans for you is to prosper you and give you hope and a future
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 God is in control and has planned it all out to take care of you
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
An unemployed guy got a new job at the zoo. They offered him to dress up in a gorilla's skin and pretend to be a gorilla so people will keep coming to the zoo.
On his first day on the job, the guy puts on the skin and goes into the cage. The people all cheer to see him. He starts really putting on a show, jumping around, beating his chest and roaring. During one acrobatic attempt, though, he loses his balance and crashes through some safety netting, landing square in the middle of the lion cage!
As he lies there stunned, the lion roars. He's terrified and starts screaming "Help, Help!" The lion races over to him, places his paws on his chest and hisses, "Shut up or we'll both lose our jobs!"