Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 150

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Foundations are very important. A house is only as strong as the rock cellar under it. A kingdom is only as strong as the establishment of its leader. Our chapters today tell us about Solomon’s first days as king.  Here we learn what things Solomon did to found a kingdom that would become legend.

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters:

I Kings chapter 2 sermon topics/ titles:

1. What You Must Do To Be a Man: I Kings 2: 1-4

2. Knowing Where the Bodies Lie: I Kings 2: 5-10

3 Remove The Three Rebellions: I Kings 2: 6-46

I Kings chapter 3 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Skirting the Law: I Kings: 3: 1-4

2.  The Golden Prayer: I Kings 3:  5-14

3. The Founding Decision: I Kings 3: 16-28

What do you see in these chapters? 🙂

Heaven Pt. 96

13 Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: “Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets.”

14 But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.

16 They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. 2 Kings 17: 13-16 NLT


Heaven is going to be absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to walk down the streets of gold. I cannot wait to stand in the rose petal rain that falls as King Jesus walks through the streets to the booming of the royal trumpets and angel song. I cannot wait to experience my new heavenly body. I cannot wait to see angels!

But Heaven, healing, and even angels are not what I worship. When I have experienced all those things they will still not compare to the sight of Jesus who died and rose again for me!

There’s a movement in our world today that worships the trappings of the Holy Kingdom rather than the King of the Holy Kingdom. The progenitors of this movement would have us looking for feathers and coveting gold dust and getting to know our angel when we should be looking for the Holy Ghost and letting our faith be tried until it comes forth as gold so we can better know Jesus.

I don’t want to settle for less than knowing Jesus my all in all. How about you?

Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 15


My meditational question for the day is: What do you want God to help you learn in life?

Again this question comes from :

There are lots of things I would like to learn, but we are not talking about foreign languages and how to fix plane engines here. Flights of fancy are strictly off  the menu and the Lord didn’t point this question at me so I could figure out what major I want to be in college. Maybe the question is, “What do I need to learn in life that God alone can teach?”

God has been burdening me with two deep requests these last few days and they boil down to: being proactive and being celebratory.

 My lead pastor has a favorite saying that I have tried to embody over the decade I have worked with him. That is, “Respond. Don’t react.”

Over time I have become pretty good at this but I think God wants to take this to a new level for me. I believe He is saying “Learn to respond before you need to react.”

To be proactive is to anticipate what is coming and to be ready for it. I know we can’t see every detail of the road ahead but I feel like God is changing me to make me prepare for needs that have yet to be  stated. I think the church has to begin to plan for the needs of the future by faith and as a pastor in the universal body of Christ I have to begin modelling this behavior for the body. I believe this preparation needs to be realized in several areas:

1. In Spiritual health.

2.  In caring for the possessions God has given us

3. In setting aside a surplus so that we can give it away to others in need.

I will talk about the need to celebrate tomorrow but for now let me ask you a question… Has God been saying anything similar to any of you?

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 149

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Transitions are always difficult. The larger the transition the greater the difficulty to be expected. In our chapters today, the nation of Israel was facing a major transition as King David neared the end of his earthly pilgrimage.

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters:

II Samuel chapter 24 sermon topics/ titles:

1. When  God causes His King To Harm the Nation: II Sam. 24:1-10

2. Falling Into God’s Hands: II SAm. 24: 11-19

3.  Making the Sacrifice Cost: II Sam. 24: 24,25

I Kings chapter 1 sermon topics/ titles:

1.  The Repayment Of a Spoiled Child: I Kings 1:1-7

2.  Priest Vs. Prophet: I Kings 1: 7-49

3.  Calming the Transition Drama: I Kings 1: 50-53

What is the most difficult transition you have ever been through?

What do you see in these chapters?

Pastor Wrinkles: And They Lived Happily Ever After

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?


I read this prompt from the Daily Post   and I just couldn’t pass it up as a meditation for the day:

Happily ever after is the born- again Christian’s  birth right.  It is not that troubles do not befall us. It is that our eyes are not on the troubles. Our eyes are fixed on the joy set before us…the happily ever after that Christ has promised us. The promise produces hope and hope produces joy in the midst of _____________. You fill in the blank with your current woe because hope tied to Christ is big enough to swallow any sorrow.

Take these words from the Bible with you as encouragement today.

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4: 11-13 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 14

I am coming back to a list of five questions I started meditating on while I was in Maine. The questions were posted by Cyndi Lu at

Today’s meditational question: What are you not letting God control?

I have grown by leaps and bounds in letting God have the reigns of my life over the last several years but there are still some areas where I need to surrender control to God. I guess if it comes right down to it we are not talking about a tug- of- war between my control and God’s control. The areas of my life where I am holding out on God are not under my control either. They are just out of control.

For instance, God told me a while ago that I needed to schedule my rest and my Sabbath; It needed to become intentional. I needed to value my rest time as important as my ministry time for my own health. I obeyed Him. I now schedule my days off. I even schedule naps. I don’t take them. But at least they are scheduled 😦

I guess I struggle because I fear negative reactions from men. I think it goes deeper than that though. Admitting I need rest is to proclaim I am weak. There is a lie in there somewhere that I am believing.

As I pondered this question 2 other areas also popped up that I need to spend some time praying about. This is good stuff…life-changing stuff. I thank Jesus that He is transforming my heart.

Do you struggle with guilt over taking a break? How do you deal with it?

True North

God  shared with me a few years ago that my travels needed to be ordered and approved by Him. I sort of concluded that meant I would be travelling less. I expected that I would be shelving my love for wandering… at least for a while. Nothing could have been further from the truth. If anything my journeys have increased in number; But now they are with a purpose.

This week’s trip sent me north to Waldoboro ME, to help out my brother-in-law who was recuperating from surgery. It was not a vacation in the strictest sense of the word. It was something far better.

I arrived at Midnight on the 21st.

Midnight in Waldoboro

Midnight in Waldoboro

I met and chatted with my brother-in-law’s friend, Janet who had been his driver to and from the surgery and who  stayed with him until I could get there. I walked Gideon (the dog), stowed my gear and finally bedded down on the couch about 2:30 A.M.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were spent walking the dog, making meals, visiting with Cliff and making sure he was taking his medicine. I am the mean nurse :). We did shoot out to the bank and the store on Friday to make sure he was stocked up for the weekend storm. We shared faith and watched a lot of movies. I finished my sermon and kept tabs with my office by cell phone. All in all it was a quiet three days in Maine farm country.

Here are a few photos:

I left Cliff much recovered on Saturday morning and headed down the coast stopping in Haverhill MA to see my daughter and her beau for lunch. Not to worry folks I kept it limited to veggies and fruits in keeping with Lent! Can I just say, travelling for God’s purpose is so much more fun than just going on vacation!

James Franklin and Melanie Lillie

James Franklin and Melanie Lillie

What have you been doing for excitement this winter?

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 9

This week’s questions are fun and straightforward. The share your world game is so easy to play. You can answer the questions in a comment here on Lillie-Put or on Cee’s photography or you can write a blog of your own and link it to Cee’s Photography. Come on play along.

How do you write: computer, longhand or other?

I generally write using the computer except when I am starting a book; When I begin framing a story I always keep my original notes in a journal or notebook.

Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could play any sport professionally what would it be? Or if you can’t picture yourself playing sports, what is your favorite sport?

I love swimming.I would love to give Michael Phelps a run for his money.

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

The kind I am doing right now. My life’s dream was to be a pastor and a writer.

What subject was your favorite in all of your schooling? Why?

I loved English and history because they were all about story and I love story.

Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 13

Why do we do the things we do? Why do we go to church? Do daily devotions? Fast? Serve in the church?

Do we do them for the praise of men? Do we do them to enlarge our congregations? Do we do them to sway our countrymen to our way of thinking? Do we do them in order to grow closer to God?

For me I think that all of these answers are true depending on the day. Sometimes I also do all of these things only to please myself and to make me proud of me. I guess that last one sounds kind of terrible but it is what the Spirit has been showing me during this journey. We have been going deep into the motivations of my life and HE has been bringing me inner healing with the understanding.

Last night we had an evening of praise, worship and prayer planned at the church. The worship band was larger than the congregation. For just a moment as I began the service I was despairing of the size of our congregation…err…small group.

Then God said to me, “I have released you from the need to perform for others. You and this band are here for Me…for My pleasure alone. Will you worship with as much abandon as when the whole congregation is here?”

I realized then that if I could not worship with as much excitement, if we could not worship God with the same abandon as when we were in a crowd of hundreds then our worship was not for God but for men; So we worshipped and God showed up as though there were a thousand people there. He is getting to my roots. It is uncomfortable but oh so worth it!

Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 12


Every year our lead pastor takes a winter vacation to Canada to visit with his family. Usually  he leaves the day after Christmas and is gone through the New Year. I am usually left to fill the pulpit and make important decisions like if church needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather.  It always and I mean every year snows on the first Sunday of January. I have seldom cancelled preferring to meet with a few of the brothers and sisters for edification rather than miss out all together.

This year Pastor Risto did not leave after Christmas. He waited until this week the last in February to get outa Dodge.

Guess what?

No snow on the first Sunday of January.

Guess what else? …You got it right!

We had a weird snow storm this morning that decimated almost two-thirds of our church population today!  So even though the winter vacation was off by about a month and a half I felt right at home with a number of seats empty and a frosty white blanket covering the out-of-doors.

I find God a humorous teacher. He used this event to remind me in a sort of tongue-in-cheek manner that He is not reliant on large crowds or kicking programs to get His plan accomplished. We had church. The kids joined us since our Kids Church teacher couldn’t make it in. A baby cried in the back. I think the nursery staff was snowed in as well.

But God met us as He always does. People wept at the altar at the end of service and His presence was sweet with healing. He is the point and I am learning He is not only the point…He is the only point! We are but vessels for Him to ride upon the wind, ships in which he sails upon the flood and oh what a privilege that is.

What points of your life are being swallowed up by Jesus today?