Sunday, September 22, 2013

On the verge of disaster


On the verge of disaster, I read today on Yahoo News that in 1961 there was disaster in the making. The incident happened when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina, after a B-52 bomber broke up in midair. The devastation from this disaster would stilling be being felt 52 years later.
Ok, for those that don’t know I’m an Air Force brat! My father was a Tech Sargent and worked in Civil Engineers.  One area of importance for him was to make sure the runway was always open in all seasons for the B-52 bombers to take off.  As kids, there were on-going debates as to whether or not nuclear bombs were on the base. The line we were always handed was: we can neither deny nor acknowledge their presence.
I grew up living my life as any child playing in the backyard, going to school, and attending church. Later in life I lived 3 miles from a nuclear power plant. You may ask what does this have to do with things of importance. It has to do with how we live our lives.
Do we live in fear that the end is coming, that the doom day theory/conspiracy is going to happen. I remember in 1999/2000 when the Y2K bug was being talked about and many people were panicking that the entire computer systems were going to shut down. Every day our lives are in constant danger, when we ride in a car, fly in a plane; turn on the gas in our house, cross the street, and thousands of other situations.
Three things I learned from my dad growing up under the influence of an Air Force that possibility had nuclear bombs. Dad applied them to life, even after he retired.
  1.   God is in control of the situation and hasn’t required your help or mine to handle world problems.
  2.   God has a time frame for your life; live it serving him and let him worry about the future; because handling the present is hard enough for us.
  3. The hope and future is in your personal relationship with God, not in some Air Force pilot or tech at a power plant. It is what God in his Sovereign wisdom thinks is best, not yours.
God was in control of the 1961 bomb that almost exploded just like he remains in control of every situation we face. The only important question is: If the bomb exploded, how many people would have been ready to meet Christ? With the threat of terrorist attacks, the possibility of major natural disasters, or simple accident’s within our own home, the question is still the same: Are we ready to meet Jesus?
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

BE CONSISTENT! DON'T LOSE FOCUS! DON'T QUIT!


I recently received the following message from a gentleman that I’m friends with on LinkedIn, as I read it I was so blessed I e-mailed Pastor Isiaka who is the  NATIONAL CORDINATOR at The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Leicester, United Kingdom asked permission to post it here on our blog site. I pray you are blessed like I was:

 BE CONSISTENT! DON'T LOSE FOCUS! DON'T QUIT!
 The Quitter Will Not Win! The Winner Will Not Quit!

  "And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and Wash in Jordan seven times,
 and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean"! (2 Kings 5 vs 10).

 When Naaman went to Elisha for healing!
 He was instructed to go and wash in Jordan seven times!
 He was instructed to do the same thing seven times!
 God's instruction to Naaman was devoid of variety!
 It was monotonous and totally uninteresting!
 God's Pathway to Naaman's miracle involved doing one thing over and over again!
 It would have seemed boring to Naaman and to anyone who watched him dip himself in Jordan seven times!

  Notice that the same thing that looked monotonous eventually brought Naaman's miracle!
 The same Procedure that looked uninteresting eventually led to Naaman's healing!
 The same thing that would have seemed unproductive for six consecutive times!
 Eventually yielded result the seventh time! Never give up!
 Should Naaman had given up at the sixth time!
 He would have gone back a leper!
 Failure at the edge of success will never be your portion!

  Beloved, Isn't it true that sometimes, the things that will lead to our desired results often seem monotonous?

 It often seems monotonous to pray repeatedly!
 It often seems monotonous to study God's Word repeatedly!
 It often seems monotonous to live a righteous life everyday!
 It often seems monotonous to believe God by faith everyday!
 It often seems monotonous to go out for evangelism! Choir practice! Bible Study! Prayer Meetings every-week!

 
 Today, God says your efforts may seem monotonous!
 But they will bring results if you don't quit!
 You may have done the right thing repeatedly, yet without results!
 God says, don't quit, something great is coming your way!
 You may have made efforts to improve your career, and it seems the results are not forthcoming!
 You may have made efforts to improve your ministry, and it seems the results are not forthcoming!
 You may have made efforts to improve your business, and it seems the results are not forthcoming!
You may have made efforts to improve your family and it seems the results are not forthcoming!
 Don't lose faith! BE CONSISTENT! Don't lose FOCUS!

  Beloved, once you don't quit, be sure there is a massive harvest just by the door!

 Dearest of the Lord, DON'T QUIT NOW!

 You have come too far from where you started from!
 The Good news is already by the corner! Don't Quit1
 The Quitter will not Win! The Winner will not Quit!

  Pray with me,"Lord, I receive your Word, I won't quit. Grant me more Grace for Consistency"!

  HAVE A REWARDING MID-WEEK!

 Let Somebody Shout Hallelujah!

  THE FATHER'S BLESSING:"I Pray for you today, Failure at the edge of success will not be your portion! You will never quit your post prematurely before you reach your goal! You are on the winning side, you will not lose your trophy! All your efforts shall yield your desired result! You shall be celebrated! You shall be honoured both on earth and in heaven! Your situation is not your destination! No matter how hard it looks God will never give up on you! God is in the business of restoring hopes, your hopes will not be dashed! Everyone of your broken dreams shall God restore! He will restore every wounded spirit and hopeless live around you! He will restore what you have lost! God's favour is UPON YOU! KEEP MOVING FORWARD! DON'T QUIT! No matter how dark your life looks, with Jesus your future is bright! Our God is a God of restoration. There is nothing beyond His power of restoration. God can forgive and God can take a broken vessel: remake and refashion all over again! Today, Open your heart for God's healing! Have the courage to TRUST IN GOD! I decree upon your life that every disappointment shall turn into an appointment with divine appointment and a blessing to you! Let all your stolen blessings be restored to you in a thousand fold! From now on your blessings will become irreversible in Jesus name! (Amen)!

 Emmanuel=GOD With Us!

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Thoughts on the shooting today, September 16, 2013

Another shooting, another group of innocent men and women’s lives cut short, another group of police officers and first responders having to deal with the unspeakable.  As I am writing this blog the reports are 12 dead, 12 families ripped apart, 12 victims that at the present time seem to have no connection to their attacker. 
 
I realize it is early and the police, the military and the FBI will all be looking for answers and we pray they find them. However, there are 12 families looking for answers today and they are not going to find it in the police reports, they are not going to find them in the news reports, they are going to have to look within their heart and mind and seek the loving arms of God. It is in times like these that all the words of the friends, pastors, president, and a nation bring no real peace. It is in the heart of the individual remembering their loved one for who they shared their life with and the joy they brought to their life.

As pastors we never know how we will respond when a tragedy like this hits close to home in our community, we can only pray that we can stand faithful, share with compassion, speak the truth in love, and sincerely make an impact by being the witness Christ would have us to be.  I always find myself searching my own heart as a pastor and pastoral counselor in times like these wondering what I would say.

The three things that jump out to me are:

  1. I’m here to listen to you share (tallk)!
  2. I’m here to hold your hand, and let you cry on my shoulder!
  3.  I’m here to show you the love of Christ during your time of sorrow.
And lastly, I would want to have a prayer in my heart that God gives me the refreshing use of his word to help them walk through the horror they face, the sadness, and the knowledge of knowing my loving God who like he helped Job, go through the losses they will come to understand “Our God is sufficient even in this”.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Remember 9/11 ....

A few days from now we will “Remember 9/11” … do your remember where you were at, when you heard the news? Did you see the events unfold on live T.V., or listen to them on the radio? I do, I was at work and made a statement to a co-worker saying “I wish there was something I could do to help those people affected by this tragedy.” Having no clue that just eight months later my family and I would be living in Staten Island ministering to individuals affected by that terrible day.  I heard the shocking stories of heroism, heard the pain of loss and grief, heard the praise of God’s mercy, and saw the faces of those that survived.  One thing is for sure 9/11 is a day none of us will never forget.    

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