An Island to Yourself?

by Charles R. Swindoll

Romans 12

Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken.
Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited.
Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete.

We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands, we’re not.

To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace. And release and rely.

Especially in the God family . . . where working together is Plan A for survival. And since we’re so different (thanks to the way God built us), love and acceptance are not optional luxuries. Neither is tolerance. Or understanding. Or patience. You know, all those things you need from others when your humanity crowds out your divinity.

In other words:

Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always. When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. (Rom. 12:10-13, TLB)

Why? Because each one of us is worth it. Even when we don’t act like it or feel like it or deserve it.

Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super capable, all-powerful hotshot, let’s quit acting like we are. Life’s lonely enough without our playing that silly role.

The game’s over. Let’s link up.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent . . . ”  (John Donne).



August 30, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Team Hoyt

If you have never heard of Team Hoyt, you will be blessed by this.


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Cry Out To Jesus

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shoebox Funds


Shoe Box funds are starting to come in. Vicki and I have been given what we call a “God Idea”.  This year we are going to purchase the plastic shoe boxes that are made like Tupperware. This way the children will have a long term reusable box that can be home to many different things.


This is the Rubbermaid model shown above.  We will buy all of these locally.

Shoeboxes!  Ya gotta love it!

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


Obedience: The Final Test of Love for Christ                   By A.W. Tozer
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. . .and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. — John 14:21
The final test of love is obedience, not sweet emotions, not willingness to sacrifice, not zeal, but obedience to the commandments of Christ!

Our Lord drew a line plain and tight for everyone to see. On one side He placed those who keep His commandments and said, “These love Me.” On the other side He put those who keep not His sayings, and said, “These love Me not.”

The commandments of Christ occupy in the New Testament a place of importance that they do not have in current evangelical thought. The idea that our relation to Christ is revealed by our attitude to His commandments is now considered legalistic by many influential Bible teachers, and the plain words of our Lord are rejected outright or interpreted in a manner to make them conform to religious theories ostensibly based upon the epistles of Paul.

The Christian cannot be certain of the reality and depth of his love until he comes face to face with the commandments of Christ and is forced to decide what to do about them. Then he will know!

I think we should turn for a while from finespun theological speculations about grace and faith and

humbly read the New Testament with a mind to obey what we see there.

Love for Christ is a love of willing, as well as a love of feeling, and it is psychologically impossible to love Him adequately unless we will to obey His words!

August 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Makes Kids Happy?

       You might be surprized at this one.

Read This 

August 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That’s My King!

Thats My King. S.M. Lockridge. Enjoy.

August 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Man Fell In A Hole

August 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Map Me!

Over on the right hand column is a map. You can click on ADD TO THIS MAP and place a marker on the map showing where you are from. It doesn’t have to actually reflect your address. Just click on your city and add yourself. That way we can get a geographic visualization of how broadly LTCM partners are spread out.


Blessings – Mike-n-Vicki

August 16, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have You Seen This?

usa_2007_dodge_grandcaravan_van_4_x_exfrdrvr75_x.jpg    Have you seen this?

If you have seen this sitting still somewhere, not being used, that probably means it needs to be driven to us and placed in the ministry!

Are you still standing in prayer with us for this Need?   Thanks!!!!!!!!!

Blessings!   Mike-n-Vicki

August 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment