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The Old Wet Rooster
11/26/2020 7:42:06 AM
I read the story, related by another preacher, that was printed several years ago in the "Pentecostal Evangel" where J. K. Gressett wrote about an agriculturist named Samuel S. Scull, who lived on a farm in Arizona. This is part of the story he told:
"One night, a fierce storm struck with rain, hail, and high winds. At daybreak, feeling sick and fearing what he might find, Samuel went to survey the loss.  The hail had beaten their garden and truck patch into the ground; the house was partially unroofed; the henhouse had blown away, and dead chickens were scattered about. Destruction and devastation were everywhere.  While standing dazed, evaluating the mess, and wondering about the future, he heard a stirring in the lumber pile that was the remains of the henhouse. A rooster was climbing up through the debris, and he didn’t stop climbing until he had mounted the highest board on the pile. That old rooster was dripping wet, and most of his feathers were blown away. But as soon as the sun came over the eastern horizon, he flapped his bony wings and proudly crowed.”  (From a CAL post)  Sometimes you feel as though all you've been through this year has crashed in on you, but, like that old wet rooster, we are able to rise up out of the mess today and still give glory to the One who has redeemed us and kept us safe, bringing us to where we are right now.  Are things still a mess around us?  Sure, but for now, let's lift our head to heaven and give thanks to the Lord who has blessed us far greater than we all deserve. 
The "Unthankful" Generation
11/24/2020 7:58:48 AM
When the apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy about the conditions coming in the last days, one description he gave of the people and their attitude during those times is found in 2 Tmothy 3:2 which was that they would be unthankful.  Simply put, the word means ungrateful.  Could a better word describe this generation in so many ways?  The generation of "give me" is what we've become.  Our nation has raised a group of young people who feel they deserve more for nothing.  Far too many have developed the attitude of deserving just because and what they have they are not thankful for.  Think about it.  How often do we even hear someone say the words "thank you" anymore?  The longer I live, the more I realize that if I truly got what I deserved I would be cast out of God's sight forever in hell.  Anything that I have in this life or in eternity is all because of God's amazing grace.  I have no grounds for unthankfulness whatsoever.  Period.  Does that mean I always get my way?  No.  Does that mean I always get what I want?  No again.  But it means that I have much more than I deserve and for all that I have I need to stop and say to the Lord every day, "Thank you, for your blessings on my life."  I look back through my years and see how good the Lord has been to me and I must say, "Great has been His faithfulness."  So, I say today with all my heart, "Thank you, Lord, for your blessings!"
Always Trust What God Has Said
11/17/2020 6:38:15 AM
I just wanted to give you something that I haven't been able to get off of my mind and heart since yesterday.  It is something I heard or read a long time ago that says this, "Never doubt in the dark, what God has told you in the light."  If He has promised you something when things were well, don't doubt Him now though things may be tough.  What He said then, is still true now.
Jeremiah 29:11-13
11/13/2020 10:25:18 AM
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Changing Times
11/9/2020 8:21:51 AM
We are living in changing times.  With the strange elections now seeming to be coming to a close and things not looking very promising for the future, I'm afraid there are some changes ahead for us all.  I guess we say that every time things don't go our way in an election, but this one has an unusual feel to it, especially with how the year 2020 has gone.  Everything about this year has been different.  With the pandemic, with violence and looting in cities, talk of defunding the police and now the election as strange as it has been, times are changing.  I am so thankful that God said to Malachi in Malachi 3:6-For I am the LORD, I change not.  Although everything else may change in life, He never changes and He never will.  He is firmly in control of the world situation.  He has grace sufficient for His children for changing times.  There are those who are probably reading these lines whose world is changing.  Your home, your health, your happiness, your life has changed.  Take courage today in the One who never changes.  He will never forsake you in your changing times.  Although our lives outwardly change, our salvation is secure and our Savior is supreme.  The hymnist wrote, "When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace.  In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within in the veil.  On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.  All other ground is sinking sand."  Stand firmly on the One who never changes today.
Believing In Spite of What You're Seeing
11/6/2020 7:42:37 AM
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Martha and Mary thought that He had arrived too late.  Their brother, Lazarus, had been dead four days.  When Martha received word that Jesus was in town she ran to meet Him and said to Him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  Jesus began to talk about the resurrection and she said she believed Lazarus would rise again in the last day.  But Jesus was talking about now in the immediate.  His final statement and question to Martha was, And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?  With that she responded that she did believe He was the Lord, the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.  Jesus was asking Martha, "Can you believe in spite of what you're seeing?"  It's easy to believe when everything is going our way.  It's easy when no one is sick, bills are paid, life is running smoothly and all is well.  But what about when everything gets messy?  What about when we don't understand what He is up to?  What about when things aren't going our way?  Can we believe in spite of what we're seeing?  What you are looking at in your life today may seem like an impossible situation (theirs was).  You may think the Lord isn't coming.  You may think nothing is changing.  You may think He is never going to work.  Just keep trusting and believing in the One who can do the impossible.  He is the same One who stepped into their situation and raised the dead.  Nothing was going to change their situation but a miracle and He still does miracles today.  Keep believing in Him in spite of what you're seeing.
Walking By Faith
11/2/2020 8:20:42 AM
Nowhere did the Lord ever promise us that the Christian life would be a life of ease.  He did tell the disciples before He left this world that in the world we would have tribulation or pressure.  We know that the Lord's ways sometimes are not always what we thought they would be.  At times He works differently than we expected.  At other times He works slower than we had hoped.  It all teaches us that we must walk by faith.  I read someone that said walking by faith is trusting that God's ways are always at work, even when we can't see how.  That is so true.  So often we don't see how the things we are going through can be anything good, but we just trust by faith that His plan will bring about the good He has designed for us.  That is what faith is all about.  Another preacher named John Blanchard said this, "Walking by faith means being prepared to trust where we are not permitted to see."  There may be something right now that you are going through that you can't see how it can be anything beneficial for your life or that any good can come out of it.  That's where you have to trust in the Lord and walk by faith.
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