Sunday, October 23, 2016


James 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

God's order is right, because He knows the way things should be,
Submit to Him, then life will take on new meaning; we all agree.
The devil wants us to do wrong,so please listen to God today,
Submitting to God pays off and the devil will then go away. (RP)

Today we will hear a report from Benin, W. Africa from missionary Colin Ovenell. After church we will have a meal at the church. Margie has prepared a couple of things to take for it. Yesterday we went to the Ferndale Senior Center to celebrate Ione Beyerlin's 95th birthday. It was a joy to see her and her sisters and many of the family. We look forward to this day's activities. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016


James 1:22 
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

We fool ourselves so often when we listen partly to God's Word.
There is more He expects of us,and it is more than just inferred.
God commands us to act upon His Word and faithfully obey,
And faithfully keep on doing this every single day.
This means doing what he says with a sincere open heart.
And always being careful from His principles never to depart. (RP)

We appreciate prayer for my brother Harold who today is having more surgery related to kidney stones. This is the third time, I believe, he has had to do this in just a few weeks. Pray the doctors will have wisdom to solve the problem. Margie is preparing food for our after church meal tomorrow at the church. This is Missions Month at church and we are having an all church dinner after the morning service. One of our members is roasting a pig for the event. We also attend the 95th birthday celebration of our good friend Ione Beyerlin today at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center. Her family is here from various places to help with the celebration. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, October 21, 2016


Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. Romans 3:20

No one is saved by observing the law; there is a much better way,
The law makes us aware of our sinful state, but leaves us in dismay.
We are told the law is our schoolmaster introducing us to Christ,
We discovered this marvelous gift, and accepted without being enticed. (RP)

We are always glad for Friday because it's Bible study time at the Ferndale Activity Center. We think it is one of the most important ACTIVITIES there. We are thankful for those who attend. We are sorry one of our members is very ill today and we are praying for him. He is our daughter-in-law's uncle, Dick Hanowell. Thank you for praying 

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Psalm 31:3 
For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.

In a world of shaky foundations, we are glad for a safe and secure place,
This place is in Jesus our Lord and we have it because of His grace.
A rock and a fortress strong, is our Lord for His children each day,
When things around us are crumbling, we know with Him all is okay.
Our prayer today and always is: Lord lead me and guide me your way,
And may I ever be careful, to rightfully keep You in my life on display. (RP)

Our church is sponsoring a Good News Club under the auspices of Child Evangelism Fellowship. One of our elders teaches in the school where it is held. We have a great team which each Thursday afternoon is there to brighten the day of some 20 students who attend. Please pray for this outreach ministry of our church, Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:2

Christian, do you love God's book the Bible; do you delight in it each day?
If you do God blesses richly, and for sure you'll be lead along His way.
When you read this precious Book, and meditate on each thought therein,
It will thrill your soul completely and you will breathe heartily and give a grin.
This Word read with dedication will be your comfort in sleepless nights,
It consoles all along your journey, in the valleys and in the heights.  (RP)

There is a lot of activity around here this morning. This is Wednesday and that is almost always wash day. So that means I changed the sheets. In between washings, I am working on this blog and our web site, and Margie is making her famous chocolate sauce. Tonight we take it and ice cream for a meeting we attend. The weatherman told us this morning that more wind and rain is coming, probably tomorrow. Right now the sun is shining brightly. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Philippians 2:3-4 
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

God has a special word for us about what we think of others,
Perhaps you have another idea, and you call it your druthers.
We better not have selfish ambition when it comes to living life,
Cause so often this mind-set brings trouble and some great strife.
Conceited minds do awful things, so please take a lowly view,
Don't think you are better than others; you have some learning to do.
Start looking out for others, and the things they have interest in,
The results are rewarding and in personal relationships you will win. (RP)

This morning Margie sees the foot doctor. Then I go to the church office and stay for several  hours. Tonight I have an elders meeting. So I guess the day will be pretty busy. Yesterday's trip to the retina specialist went well. The big storm which never hi our area is the talk of the town. We are thankful the Lord diverted it our to sea and it dissipated. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, October 17, 2016


A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.Proverbs 17:22

We can go through life two ways: dejected or delighted,
The best way is God's way and this is one that's excited.
A cheery heart does its owner good; it's the best way to go,
And we would never want to change nor that attitude outgrow. (RP)

This morning I take Margie to the Retina specialist. As I mentioned yesterday, the high wind storm never threatened us like they predicted.  Today we are getting rain. We are used to that. Yesterday was a good day at church. We had a quiet afternoon and enjoyed a Christian program also on TV. Thanks for praying.