Monday, April 24, 2017


Romans 1:20-21 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

God's portrait of man's heart is sad; how far away his drifting has gone,
The devil is calling from everyplace and to him many are sadly drawn.
 Our Lord's handiwork is seen in the world; they have no excuse.
Their rejection of him is sad and more darkened hearts they produce.
Refusing God's grace is an awful thing; hearts grow dark and without hope,

And the more they reject God's offer of hope, the more they are unable to cope.(RP)

This morning we will be back at it. I will clean the bathrooms, then begin my regular work for the week.  We have a burial service and funeral this week.I also must be prepared for the Friday Bible class. I have a few hours at our church tomorrow, plus an elder meeting in the evening. We are sure all this will keep us going. We are grateful we can serve. I had a wondeful Skype visit with Harold last night. I always enjoy that. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017


These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.John 16:33

In Christ there is genuine peace, in this world only trouble awaits,He alone can solve our problems, and give peace which He creates.He wants us to be content and face life with a cheerful smile,Because of His overcoming work, we can face every trial.
What a nice visit from our son yesterday! He called and invited us to lunch in town. We had a great time, and he came to our house and spent the night. He will return home this morning. We welcome new members this morning at church. I have chosen a verse for each one and will present it to them when they are voted in. We pray this will be a wonderful day for each of you. Thanks for praying.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017


John 1:11-12 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

When Jesus came to the Jews, He was not received by them.And because of this rejection, all He could do was condemn.But when Jesus is received, eternal life to them He imparts,They become children of God, receiving cleansed, pure hearts.(RP)

I am glad for some extra time to get things done before time runs out. Yesterday I spent the afternoon going through Armond Daws' Bible, gathering gems to use in the funeral service next Thursday afternoon at his service. The Bible class yesterday morning went well and we always enjoy the fine participation of the members as they contribute to the discussion of the text. Thanks for praying.

Friday, April 21, 2017


There is power in the name of the Lord, like a very strong tower,
A place where one can take refuge from someone trying to devour.
God's children find safety in Him as they run for help to this place,

And the consolation He gives is a reminder of His love and grace. (RP)

The stunning announcement that Jason Nightingale died after heart surgery was a blow to all of us. We are grateful he is now with the Lord. His ministry of being able to quote huge portions of Scripture - even entire books of the New Testament, by heart, was inspirational. How the world will miss him. He mentioned before his surgery that a great team will help carry on the ministry of Wordsower International. The many orphanages and care ministries around the world will continue, we pray. Pray for Jason's family, his wife Sharon and their children. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8

There is a debt that everyone owes, God tells us about it here,
For those who listen to His command, they get the message clear.
The debt we owe is love itself, and we express it to each one,

When this is done we fulfill the law and honor God's dear Son. (RP)

We are back on track now for the rest of the week. The graveside service went well yesterday except for the very high winds. They were also COLD. It did not rain, for which we were thankful. I was able to park the car near the burial place, so Margie could enjoy the entire service without getting out of the car. It was very nice. We trust your day goes well. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.Psalm 119:111

God's Word is our foundation, on it we firmly stand,
Our heritage secure, and the guidance of His hand.
His joy is ours forever, given us by His great love,
And all this comes so freely from our Father up above. (RP)

This afternoon I have the graveside service for Kay Boykin, a long-time friend at First Baptist. Yesterday we returned to Bellingham to get some medications for Margie. I will be working more on our Friday class when we return from the service. I am not behind, but want to be well prepared for the class session. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.Proverbs 18:10

There is power in the name of the Lord, like a very strong tower,
A place where one can take refuge from someone trying to devour.
God's children find safety in Him as they run for help to this place,

And the consolation He gives is a reminder of His love and grace.(RP)

My eye exam went well yesterday and I have new prescriptions for glasses. My eyes haven't changed much in several years. This morning I go to church, just to be on hand in case anyone may want to talk to me. And a friend is coming in to make arrangements for a burial service also, which will take place tomorrow. I may go back to town this afternoon to return some items purchased yesterday which Margie discovered we do not need. Thanks for praying.