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Registrations are pouring in fast, with over half the ship already filled, leading to another sold out ship. We will be the hosts at least one more year, and invite you to sail with us on the best Christian cruise available. Cruise brochures are at the welcome center in the lobby of Lake Gibson Church, or we will mail them to those that request them. Please call us at 1 800 519-3342. Once again 25 Gospel singing groups, along with 4 outstanding preachers will be featured, with Dr. Jerry Goff as master of ceremonies once again.
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Blog # 55 APRIL 21, 2018
Blog # 55 APRIL 21, 2018
Last week was a very exciting and memorable time for me. I went back to my roots.
Back to the old home place on Bear Creek where I discovered America
in our old farm house. Even though the house is gone and the area has totally changed with the heels of progress all around, the waters of Bear Creek are still flowing as they did when I was a boy playing in the clean, clear water and crossing the bridge in our old Model A Ford. Back then the road leading to our place was red clay where we would get stuck after a big rain.
I was very disappointed to find the old spring where I drank the cool clear water flowing from the hillside above as a boy was gone. It was an amazing spring that had been flowing for many years. My dad said he started drinking from that spring when he was a little boy. My heart
sank when I saw it had been filled in. However, I was thrilled and excited to find the old artesian well near by that dates back to my great, great grandparents, was still flowing with four fountains. I first drank from those fountains over 75 years ago.
I went back to the two Methodist churches of my childhood, Pleasant Springs and Bear Creek. Precious memories flooded my soul as I remembered my two saintly grandmothers shouting in the center aisle during the August big meeting time as people came forward to kneel at the big c-shaped altar seeking the Lord God.
I strolled through the two cemeteries where my grandparents are buried. I was thrilled to discover that both cemeteries are being well cared for, and really looked great. My dad would always make sure all four graves of my grandparents were free from weeds and growth.
We tried to cross Bear Creek to the north of the Kirby home place to the home place of my mother. It was sad to discover that the road crossing Bear Creek was closed because the bridge was out and became a dead end. The house of my childhood set on a hill overlooking Bear Creek. It really was a beautiful setting for a productive farming family. As a kid I loved the place and had fun playing in the barn with the horses and cows. I thought of the Sunday the new young pastor of Pleasant Springs came to our house for Sunday dinner. While he and my dad and I were waiting on the front porch for mother to finish preparing the meal, I got madder than a hornet when that “preacher” took a plug of tobacco out of his pocket and began to chew, spitting in our yard. I ran into the house and told my mother what was happening. I will tell you all about it in the next blog.
It really is fun to chase your roots!
Blog # 55 APRIL 21, 2018
(Part 1 of 2)
MORE AND MORE AND MORE, I’M FEELING THE BURDEN OF A COUNTRY (A WORLD) BELEAGUERED AND TORMENTED BY SIN… a world created by God without sin, originally. But sin entered that Garden of Paradise, and my, how it has spread. In fact the whole earth fails to see the glory of God; instead, it is blinded by Satan. Sin has covered the earth.
God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the penalty for the sins of the whole human race. For 2000 or so years, man has had the free will and the opportunity to choose redemption OR languish in his/her sins. But just as Judas rejected redemption, so have many...too many. We NEED TO PRAY.
Sin has spread like a fast-growing cancer. It has consumed the mind, emotion, will and actions of its subjects. Oh, how we need that healing balm of Gilead. O God, heal us of this devastating cancer of sin.
Where are God’s people? Where is the church? Where are the prayer warriors? Where are the burdened?
Dear Jesus, please help us! We are desperate. Save our nation, our world. Your Word tells us that You are not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Send a great revival, worldwide! May Your amazing grace and plenteous mercy win the hearts of the lost. May our prayers send conviction upon the lost. Help us, Jesus, to stand in the gap for our nation, our world. Amen.
All one has to do is read the newspapers and watch the news on TV to know the dire sickness of a town, a city, a county, a state, a nation, even a world. To be continued...in a few weeks. Please join me in prayer for our nation, our world.
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