The following quote is NOT from the Bible:

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.                Aristotle

It seems that even Aristotle knew that the hardest battle we fight is with ourselves. All through the Bible we see instances of people just like ourselves battling with self. Paul summed it up best in Romans.

Rom 7:22  For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man;
Rom 7:23  but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin being in my members.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Thank God that today we have Jesus’s work on the cross and the Holy Spirit to indwell us!  Pray that today God will open a door for you to share the truth of the Gospel.

God Bless, Mike & Vicki

February 27, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Old Man and the Marine

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering Him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest while.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night Staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

“Who was that man?” he asked. The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.
“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his Son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

The next time someone needs you … Just be there. Stay.



February 26, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some Mission Opportunities




This post is a reprint of an email from a PT Missionary friend of ours, Carol Larson. Carol and husband Jeff go each year on trips. Vicki teamed with them once before in Ukraine.

June 9-June 16: Appalachia outreach in Cumberland , Benham, Lynch, Kentucky . Price is $350. You will be working primarily with young people doing a Bible School . Other possibilities are evening outreaches in the low income housing projects and a rally.

June 23-July 7: Belize mission. Price is $1500. You will be assisting a local congregation in building a church.

July 22-July 29: Appalachia outreach in Cumberland , Kentucky area ( Pine Mountain ). Price is $350. You will be helping to build a facility for missions groups and working with young children who live on the mountain. There will be lots of opportunity for ministry.

Contact: Carol Larson 434-444-1082

February 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment