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Chicken Auction Praying

Last night (Friday) Vicki and I went to the chicken auction in Eclectic for the purpose of selling Deacon, my prize Rhode Island Red rooster.

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I took Deacon up earlier in the afternoon in a cage, so I would be close to the front of the auction line. Later, as Vicki and I arrived, Jerry the owner came and asked if I would give the opening prayer. Normally a local pastor (who loves chickens also) opens in prayer each time. He was not there last night.

The Auction was opened and the auctioneer handed me the microphone, and I began to give thanks and ask a blessing on the auction for fair prices and such. I was honored to pray in the presence of such a large and diverse group of people from all walks of life, and end the prayer in the name of Jesus!

You never know, wherever you go, that God has gone before and set everything up. As I tell people wherever I go, when you serve God, it’s always a setup!

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Riches To Rags

All our lives we have been inundated with stories of Rags To Riches. We are told to “reach for the stars”, you can be anything you want to be. Even preachers espouse doctrine telling you that you should prosper in everything you do, and if you are not getting richer on a continual basis, that something is wrong with your faith!

Jesus had none of that. He followed the exact opposite doctrine and in reality teaches us to also. Now before you think that I have gone off the deep end and am saying that all should vow poverty and live as Ghandi or some backwoods prophet, let me explain.

Jesus had it all. He was one third of the Godhead. He owned everything and was ruler over all. But He came to save and seek the lost and then die for them. He went from Riches to Rags. He died naked, hung upon a cross, stripped of every possession, and what he left behind – soldiers gambled for.

His life was a continual downward spiral of servanthood. The exact opposite of what the world tells us to do. He gave all that was in Him for us. If we, as His servants spent even a tenth of the time we have in servanthood to our brother, how the Kingdom of God would grow.

For you see, after He had spent all His life on us, God exalted Him higher than any other name. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father. While we fight to sit at the head table, He urges us to sit with the kitchen staff.

More on this thought process later.

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Unashamed

Some would say he is unashamed.  Some would say he is a religious fanatic, or nut. Some would be scared of him. Some would wish they had the courage to do what he is doing. As I was riding home today from work, I came upon this guy.

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February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Bad Do You Have It?

From a news clip today:

“In the past months, about 70,000 factories nationwide have closed. Beijing official Chen Xiwen estimates about 20 million migrant workers have lost jobs. Tens of thousands of villages in the countryside depend on migrant workers’ income.”

The old saying is that when the US sneezes, the world catches a cold. How true. Our years of thirst for “lower prices” fueled a migration of millions of workers from the farms of China to work in factories to supply us with those cheap goods. Now, faced with unemployment, they are moving back to the farms that have long lay fallow.

Read the entire article here.

February 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leaving, on a jet plane……….

Pray for my sweetie. She boarded a plane today to go and visit Michelle, who we have been on two trips to Ukraine with. Michelle is in New York.

Those of you who know us well, also know that Vicki and I are hardly ever apart for more than 8 hours at a time while I am at work. In the years we have been married, I can count on one hand the times we have been apart for longer than that!

Keep her in  your prayers for traveling safety, and an enjoyable time with Michelle.

Thanks!

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Wife!

My wonderful wife. The best ministry partner and friend that a man could ask for. She always goes the extra mile. Vicki and I do not celebrate Valentine’s day. Probably the main reason is that our first date was on Feburary 17. So we choose to treat each other special on that day instead. (Saves us money too) This year it is up to me to choose where we will go out to eat.

However, this morning found her in the kitchen cooking the grandgirls favorite breakfast – pancakes. Sausage and crisp bacon also are always on the menu with pancakes. One grandgirl likes bacon and the other likes both. Paw Paw likes both also. But today there was a special twist. The picture should give you at least a thousand words better than I can. I love my wife. No one does it like her.

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February 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fish & Grits

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Cook grits. Real grits. Not microwave or instant grits. Cook real grits that take 20-30 minutes to render their creamy mushiness. While they are cooking, prepare a few filets of Tilapia or your favorite finned and scaly, gilled vertebrate. Vicki used tilapia filets and seasoned them with red and black pepper, cilantro, paprika, and kosher salt. Lightly oil the fish so that the spices will adhere and render their goodness into the flesh.

Slip the fish into the broiler of the oven. Check on the grits as they need stirring to keep from sticking. When the grits get done, add butter, pepper jack and monterey jack cheese. By this time the fish should be ready.

Plate and serve with biscuits for a pure southern flavor.

Fish and grits. Comfort food for a cool Friday evening. I hope yours was as good as ours!

February 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Haypile

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Morning light casting her glow. A hint of dew still lingering. A haypile is many things to a creature that eats bugs and worms. The light enhances the colors. The sheer goldness of the Buff Orpingtons reflects the light in it’s morning state. Deacon the Rhode Island Red rooster stands at attention with head erect, scanning around for danger that might lurk in the woods.

He is a sentinel as the girls scratch and pull and slowly over time dismantle the pile of rotting hay. Miniscule critters abound and are pulled out and quickly pecked and eaten faster than you can imagine.

My cup of black coffee warms my hands now after putting the camera down, and I spend a little morning time thinking about how wonderful God is to me. It is a slow start this Saturday morning, and I welcome that. Soon, I will be busy with one of many projects going on at Bethany, but for now watching the chickens scratch out their feast and a good cup of coffee are my delight.

Blessings!

February 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Beating The Bushes

This past Sunday we were at Harvest Church in Wetumpka Al. Pastor Gene Truman graciously invited us to speak and lead worship for him.

stumping2 On the left is Chelsea McCray, who went with us to play bass as I led worship and played keyboards. Chelsea has been to Mexico with us on a shoe trip, and is a blessing in our lives.

On the right is Pastor Gene Turman and his lovely bride Sharron. Of course, Vicki and I are hanging out in the middle!

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Chelsea brought along her camera and shot this picture as I was giving the Powerpoint presentation. I have always loved black and white photography and this one captured the essence of LTCM.

Thanks to Brother Gene and his beautiful flock there at Harvest!

Thanks to our Father for ALL His blessings!

February 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Participating?

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Are you participating in the depression? Oh, I know that world leaders are just now going as far in their admission as to call it a recession, but you and I are intelligent enough to know it is a depression.

Vicki and I are not participating. Why should we? Look at scripture:

John 18:36  “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would fight so that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here.”

There you have it. I am a part of His kingdom. I am in it. My faith is in the principles of that kingdom and all the laws of it. For instance:

Psalm 50:10  For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
50:11  I know all the birds of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
50:12  If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and the fullness of it.

And:  Job 22:25  Yea, the Almighty shall be your gold and silver, and strength to you.

Now, I could go on and on with more scripture to back up the point I make. But the point is, I serve the King of kings and to His kingdom, “there is no end.”

Nope, we are not participating in the depression. God is not broke. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the hills, and as one old time preacher put it – “the ‘taters’ under the hills”.

Have faith brothers and sisters.  Have faith.

February 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment