Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

This week’s photo challenge is to tell a story in three photos: Threes

Here are other three photo posts!


And here is mine. I call it “The Growth of Snug the Duke Of Lennox”

Snug is now a missionary dog adapting to life in the Netherlands!

A Change of Heart

Forgiveness is so important!

DebBe Still and Listen

How often do we say the words, “I forgive you,” the question is do we really mean it or feel it in our hearts when we say it?  Personally, I have said theses words, “I forgive you,” and to be completely honest they were just words at the time.  God says we have to forgive, well, I did say the words but that is not what He meant, is it?  I just figured sooner or later if I said the words enough I would eventually feel it and begin to believe it in my heart or so I thought.  I’m here to tell you it does not work that way; you need to have a change of heart.

God states in His word that we must forgive.

Luke 17:3-4 (NLT)3 So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if…

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Skywatch Friday: A Storm Is Brewing!

This post was created in response to Skywatch Friday at:




“There’s always another storm. It’s the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.” 
― Maria V. SnyderFire Study

His Love Endures Forever (1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV)

It’s all about His love!

Growing Up, God, and Being Busy

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. ~1 Chronicles 16:34

In this season of my life, focusing on God’s love for me has really stuck the right chord. God’s love is abundant and last forever; which means God will always love me. No matter what I do, He will always love me. I like to focus on God’s love as a foundation in troubled times. When life get’s tough, I know that I will never be without God’s love!

If God’s love endures forever, what exactly does that mean for us Christians? Well, if we look at the “Love Chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, we find out.

If God’s love is forever, then we can know that:

  • God will always be patient with us (verse 4). No matter how long it’s been since we last came to Him, He will always be…

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The Legacy Of Trees

“The size and height of the tree determines how heavily the ground will shake when it falls. The cassava tree falls and not even the pests in the forest are aware. The baobab tree falls and the whole forest looks empty! Such is human life!”   Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“The size and height of the tree determines how heavily the ground will shake when it falls. The cassava tree falls and not even the pests in the forest are aware. The baobab tree falls and the whole forest looks empty! Such is human life!” Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes


May we so live that those behind us must strive hard to fill the void we leave!

This quote is part of Ese’s shoot & quote challenge http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/ese-s-weekly-shootquote-challenge-empty/

Heaven Pt. 139: From A Distance or Close At Hand


Job 22:12-14 NIV

“God is so great—higher than the heavens,
higher than the farthest stars.
13 But you reply, ‘That’s why God can’t see what I am doing!
How can he judge through the thick darkness?
14 For thick clouds swirl about him, and he cannot see us.
He is way up there, walking on the vault of heaven.’

My God sees everything. He misses nothing. According to the Scripture He is intimately acquainted with every man, woman and child on the planet. He clocks the moment we awake and He is aware when we fall asleep. He sees our public triumphs and is present at our private failures. The Bible goes so far as to say he keeps track of the numbers of hairs on our heads ( when you consider half the population is bald that’s not as huge a miracle as say healing cancer…but still).

  In spite of all He sees, though, God does not interfere where He is not invited. God is sovereign and He has sovereignly given us free will. For some of us that means God is intimately involved in our everyday decisions through prayer. He is our safety rope as we scale the peaks of life. For others of us that means God is totally cut out of our lives and any rope we have from Him is only enough for us to hang ourselves with. Those who pursue God intentionally and regularly understand that God is the unseen visitor at every gathering and the silent participant in every conversation. Those who ignore God take His invisibility and silence as absence or abandonment.  For them if God exists He exists somewhere far off and only observes our lives From a distance.

Pastor Howard Renker said to our congregation just the other night, “What you perceive is what you will believe. What you believe is what you will receive.”

Applying that logic, where we perceive God to be in our lives determines what we will believe about Him. That belief will affect what we can receive from Him. So if we think of God as far away in Heaven we may believe He is not present to help us with our everyday problems. If we believe that, then we will receive little help from Him on an everyday basis. If however we believe that Jesus lives with us in our homes,  in our hearts and is ever-present with us, then we will believe He is present to help us with the broken down car or the wayward child. In that case we will receive help everyday.

So let me ask, is God working with you from a distance or is He close at hand? 

What needs to change in order for you to see God as “closer” to you?

If God Is Your Co-Pilot, It’s Time to Swap Seats.

Jesus KEEP the wheel!


Most people have probably at least heard of the World War II movie, God Is My Co-Pilot, or the book on which it was based by the same name.  More recently, you might have seen bumper stickers with the same expression.  You might have even thought it sounded nice and very spiritual.  At least until you actually think about it.


The story is told by Rev. Billy Graham of a little girl whose father was an airline pilot.  As they crossed the Atlantic, a storm came up.  The flight attendant awakened the little girl and told her to fasten her seatbelt because they were about to hit some turbulent weather.  The little girl opened her eyes, saw the lightning flash around the plane, and asked, Is Daddy at the controls?  The flight attendant replied, Yes, your father is in the cockpit at the controls.  The little girl smiled…

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Turbo-Follow: Week 2



I have lost track of which winter storm knocked us out of commission last week. It was Pax or Quentin or something like that. Regardless of its name it shut down our Turbo-Follow group last week. On the up-side that gives all of you an extra week to get through lesson one on “Being With Jesus.”

If you are just tuning in with us, Turbo-Follow is a class our church leadership is currently teaching using the “G.r.o.w. S.m.a.r.t.” method. Each week I write one of these posts in anticipation of my personal life group class on Thursday to help the participants prepare their hearts for what lies ahead!

If you missed the sermon on Sunday you can listen to it here:


In the sermon I mentioned several different kinds of fruit or blessings that God desires to release into our lives:

Fruit is godly attitudes that manifest in good behavior: Gal. 5:22

Fruit is prosperity and holiness in our households and children: Psalm 127

Fruit involves personal prosperity:  Deut. 28, Luke 8:8, Mark 4:20, Ma. 13:23

Fruit involves the lives around you that you influence drawing closer to God: Pro. 11:30

Fruit involves being able to speak positive words that bring life to yourself and those around you: Prov. 12;4/ 13:2/18:20, Heb. 13:15.  Isa. 57:19

Fruit involves good works that lead to reward:  Prov. 31:31, John 4:36, Jer. 17:10, 21:14, 32:19, Isa. 3:10

Fruit involves  being ale to think good thoughts:   Isa. 26:3

As you read this list which type of fruit/blessing do you think is most important for your life right now? What can you be doing to give God entrance to your life so He can produce this fruit in you?


This is a very important message for the church!



This morning I tuned into “Life Today with James Robison” and the program featured Minister Christine Caine speaking at the “Awaken Now” conference that was held last July at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Her message was something that I believe Christians/Believer’s/Kingdom Citizen’s everywhere need to hear either as a reminder of, or introduction to this truth.

Here’s a brief yet profound  mini-clip that I found on YouTube.

Watch and be challenged.

Watch and be motivated.

Watch and be blessed.

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” 

(John 17:15-18 – NIV)

“He said to them, “Go…

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Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 40

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

Many thanks to those of you who commented on our last discussion on being relevant with our witness. We had some great spiritual discussion on the topic from:




Drop by these ladies blogs when your done here and tell ’em Pastor J sent you!

If you missed it or any of our other conversations they can be found at


Here is today’s topic for discussion from the next segment of the Book of Acts:

Acts 18:1-17

Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. 3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers  just as he was.

4 Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. 5 And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.”

7 Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! 10 For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” 11 So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.

12 But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment. 13 They accused Paul of “persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to our law.”

14 But just as Paul started to make his defense, Gallio turned to Paul’s accusers and said, “Listen, you Jews, if this were a case involving some wrongdoing or a serious crime, I would have a reason to accept your case. 15 But since it is merely a question of words and names and your Jewish law, take care of it yourselves. I refuse to judge such matters.”16 And he threw them out of the courtroom.

17 The crowd then grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him right there in the courtroom. But Gallio paid no attention.

What does Paul seem to do with the conflict here?

What does the church do?

Would you have reacted differently? How?