Sunday Scripture

On this 31ST and final day of May of 2020 my church family – the children of the lady – met corporately in our sanctuary for the first time in 77 days – since 11 Sundays ago.

Our Lead Pastor Bob welcomed us and addressed us, and then the Praise, Worship, and Celebration began – led by our Worship Pastor Ben and our sister Shirley. After the first song I greeted my church body with help from the start of the 122ND Psalm:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” And now here we are …

We continued to sing to our LORD, and then Pastor Bob preached his timely sermon on “The Church Under Attack”.

Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes – truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So He Himself stepped in to save them with His strong arm, and His justice sustained him. (Isaiah 59:14-16 NLT)

That Scripture sounds a lot like Sunday May 31ST 2020.

Following service I went to my other family at the workplace. We became an instant church family this afternoon, as we mourned and then celebrated the life of our beloved coworker who suddenly lost his life early this past Saturday morning while driving himself to the local hospital. I preached to my brothers and sisters – my coworkers – on this afternoon – barely keeping it together with sweat and tears covering my face.

God has our brother now. He will take great care of him. And our brother will root us on from up above, as we continue to fix the base and clean it up.

MORRIS ‘THE CAT’ MAXWELL – 29 February 1956 – 30 May 2020

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Memorial Day

2008 Memorial Day Poster #3.

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S.A. It’s not appropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day”, for this is a truly solemn holiday. It’s the day each year that we honor our fallen heroes – those military personnel who served their country in a time of war – and who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our freedom strong. They gave their life.

This is not a day for those like me who once served in the U.S. Armed Forces, for I am still alive. My day is Veterans Day on November 11TH. It is not a day for those who are currently serving in the military. That day is Armed Forces Day – the 3RD Saturday of May.

On this day I remember our fallen heroes. I will never forget.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

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Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday May 24TH 2020. This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us be the church. Let us bring the church – in everything we do – and everywhere we go.

For me (and for many of you as well) this is our 10TH Sunday in a row of no corporate church services. Many church services have been presented online – either LIVE or on Memorex. (If you get that reference then you are as old as me.)

I’ve watched many church services online. My Pastor has generally preached solo on Saturday nights from our sanctuary – recording his sermons – and then uploading them to Facebook soon after. I’ve been watching them the next morning – on Sundays right around 10 AM – the exact time when I would normally be driving to our church building. (Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again real soon – maybe as soon as next Sunday.) I miss my church family in-person.

Incidentally you can view any of my Pastor’s recent sermons on Facebook by clicking this link.

I’ve recently updated and enhanced my SERMONS page here on my blog. Check it out for my own sermon history. I’ve got future enhancements planned for this blog to include audio files of sermons. It would be a new concept for me – preaching a sermon while recording it (via my iPhone), and then uploading it as an audio file to my blog. I’ve never done it before, so I’ll experiment with it. Maybe there’s a podcast in my future ?

You know our God doesn’t want us to stay in place in neutral mode. He wants us to keep moving forward towards Him and His light. He wants us to move forward physically and spiritually. I believe that if you’re not learning something new about God on each new day of this journey then you’re not moving forward towards Him. You may not be retreating, but you may be standing still, or just barely moving along. Standing still does not get you closer to God. Barely moving along means you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities – on a lot of miracles – that God has planned for you. We must keep learning each and every day that God gives us on this Earth. Older people can learn about God from younger people. Longtime believers and followers of God can learn about God from newer and even baby Christians just learning how to walk on this journey.

Together we must:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead – fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

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Sunday Scripture

Boots On Guest Bed

This was my little feline buddy ‘Boots’. I met him in 1994, and we officially became housemates on New Year’s Day 1995. Over the years Boots developed my personality in a cat’s body. He was the smartest cat I’ve ever met. I talked to him, and he understood me, and he responded to me.

Boots’ favorite hobbies included greeting me at the front door all the time, following me everywhere I went, watching my every move, eating with me, sleeping with me, and (for fun) pushing geckos off the back porch screen in order to “save my life”. If Boots saw a gecko climbing on the outside of the screen it would only take him mere seconds to jump up and push that gecko off the screen and tumbling 15 feet to the ground below. Once he did that he’d look back at me for my instant approval (which I always granted).

Boots was with me for 12½ years – the toughest 12½ years of my adult life. Exactly 13 years ago last night on May 16TH 2007 was a horrible night for Boots and I. He was in agonizing pain (due to the effects of various diseases), and he could no longer hide it. He was screaming all night long. He could no longer walk. He lost the ability to purr. I knew that was his last night of life.

The next morning I made the ultimate decision to put him to sleep to end his terminal pain and suffering that he was enduring. I was with him at the very end at the animal hospital, and he meowed at me one last time as if to thank me for loving him for all of those years. His eyes slowly closed after that, and I cried.

His doctor said it was my final good deed for him, and that he probably lived much longer than he should have – due to the love that I provided to him over the years.

Boots On The Couch

Psalm 34-18

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Sunday Scripture

Happy Mother's Day

… And Proverbs Chapter 31 Verses 27 and 28 continue with this:

She carefully watches everything in her household, and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms. Thank You for all that you do each day, and may:

The LORD bless you and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
And all God’s children said, “AMEN !”

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Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday May 03RD 2020. This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us continue this praise – this worship – this celebration of our almighty God !

This is the 7TH Sunday in a row in which I am not praising and worshiping and celebrating my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with my brothers and sisters of my church family together in the same place at the same time, but this is also the 7TH Sunday in a row in which our church is in our homes – because we brought the church with us when we physically left the building back on Sunday March 15TH.

We must continue to be the church – and bring the church – in everything we do – and everywhere we go.

But I do miss meeting together physically. This is the longest stretch that I’ve been away from my church family since the start of 2007 when I was not yet part of a church family. I am hopeful (and praying) that before this month is up – we’ll be back together again.

I continue my daily / nightly Bible Study here at home, and with Bible Study comes praying and sermon-writing. I’m almost done with my current sermon titled “Satan & Hell”. It was spun-off from my 4-part online-only sermon series leading up to Easter Sunday titled “Faces & Heels”.

Here’s what I wrote this past week in “Satan & Hell”:

… There are some out there who are – for a lack of a better term – conspiracy theorists. You think conspiracy theorists only exist on one side of the political spectrum ? Heh. Think again. There are crazies on both sides. They push a certain narrative or agenda, and then they throw in a bible verse or two to make it all sound legitimate. Don’t give in to the false prophets. Trust only in God’s Word.

You know Lucifer – before he became Satan – wasn’t satisfied in simply worshiping God. You see he wanted to be worshiped himself. He wanted stardom. He wanted to use all of the blessings that were given to him by God – for his own gain. There are many in the global church today – those who lead, and those who serve, and those who show up – that are just like Lucifer. They would rather make themselves glorious than give the glory to God. Don’t follow the Lucifers.

You know Satan knows where he’s going. In these last days he’s hard at work – along with his followers – the modern-day Lucifers. He’s trying to turn God’s believers and followers against each other. He’s creating chaos and havoc – gloom, despair, and agony on us. When he goes to the pit of hell – he wants to bring as many of us with him as he can.

2ND Thessalonians (2:9-12):

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction – because they refuse to love and accept the Truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the Truth.

See Satan is going to look like God to many people – including some of God’s own believers and followers – but it won’t be the work of God. It will be the work of Satan – disguised as the work of God. But if you’re truly a disciple of God – immersed in His Word – consumed in His Spirit – then you will clearly see the difference between God’s Work of light and Satan’s work of dark. You won’t fall for the devil’s dirty deeds done dirt cheap …

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My Fantastic Journey: It’s In The Lyrics

13 years ago this week The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus debuted on my chart with their breakthrough smash that was huge here in the U.S. – and also in New Zealand of all places. It was a Top 5 pop smash in New Zealand !

Here in the U.S. it was a multi-format crossover smash – huge at pop, mainstream rock, alternative rock, and Christian rock stations from coast-to-coast. It was a # 1 smash at Christian rock, and it hit # 5 on my chart at the time (which skewed Christian rock).

It tells the story of a young woman who is the victim of domestic violence in her home.

♫ Do you feel like a man – when you push her around ?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground ?
Well I’ll tell you my friend – one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down – a new life she has found ♫

Here’s its official music video – with over 79 million views over the past 11 years on YouTube:

♫ A pebble in the water makes a ripple effect
Every action in this world will bear a consequence
If you wait around forever you will surely drown
I see what’s going down ♫

You abuse anyone or anything, and you’ll have to answer to God in the end. It’s in the lyrics.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are still recording, performing, and touring in 2020. They’ve been together since they formed in Clay County Florida in 2003.

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