Monday, April 30, 2012

JOHN WESLEY'S COVENANT ~

The Bible has much to say about the tongue. James tells us that the man who does not offend with his words is a perfect man and able to control his whole body. It doesn't take any time at all for me to know that I am not perfect. As hard as I may try to control my tongue, sooner or later I find myself offending with my tongue. A harsh word, a critical word, a discouraging word, an unloving word show proof that I am far from perfect. My constant prayer is Psalm 19:14 - "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." Only the Lord can control our tongues as we yield it to Him. Years ago I read about John and Charles Wesley and a handful of other Oxford students who devoted themselves to a rigorous search for holiness and service to others. Some of their fellow collegians in mockery of their emphasis on holiness and devotions named the group "The Holy Club". The following is a covenant that "The Holy Club" made concerning their tongues. I copied this and have carried it in my Bible for many years: JOHN WESLEY'S COVENANT 1. That we will not listen to or inquire after any ill concerning each other. 2. That if we hear any ill concerning each other we will not be in a hurry to believe it. 3. That as soon as possible we will communicate what we hear, by speaking to or writing to the person concerned. 4. That until we have done this we will not write or speak a syllable of it to any other person whatsoever. 5. That neither will we mention it, after we have done this, to any other person whatsoever. 6. That we will make no exceptions to these rules, unless we think ourselves absolutely obliged in conscience to do so. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29 (See April 19, 2011 for another covenant that "The Holy Club" made.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

WHY GOD ALLOWS PROBLEMS IN OUR LIVES

What is God telling you with the problems He permits in your life? The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you----depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react 'foolishly' and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving.Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Proverbs 20:30

God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags......if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot water. Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? James 1:2-3

God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned.Sometimes we only learn the value of something....health, money, a relationship......by losing it. It is good for me that I have been afflicted ; that I might learn thy statuteS. Psalm 119:71-72

God uses problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Genesis 50:20

God uses problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly,are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity. Romans 5:3-4

Here is the point:
God is at work in your life---even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it's much easier and profitable when you COOPERATE with Him.

Thank you to Pastor's Wife: DeRonna Riddick, Hamilton, OH

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mission's Conference in Daegu, South Korea~

We began a mission's conference in Daegu, South Korea, tonight, April 13. This is our fifth mission's conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Daegu. It is pastored by Larry Ferguson who was saved at our church, Rhein River Baptist, back in the late nineties. His wife Kay is very special to me and is an excellent pastor's wife. We love the Fergusons and Calvary Baptist very much.


Forty Nine Wonderful Years~

I can hardly believe that Tom and I are nearing the half century mark of being married, and most importantly, happily married. On April 5 we celebrated our 49th anniversary. On our wonderful journey together we have had disappointments, heartaches, storms, hurts, joys, good times, bad times but here we are 49 years later still, as the song says, "side by side." Tom often says, "what some couples file divorce over, other couples just work things out." We decided from the beginning that we were committed to each other through thick and thin. I'm so thankful that it has mostly been the most wonderful, amazing journey that I could have ever imagined. I love you, sweetheart!

I love this picture of us when we first came to Germany about 20 years ago. The last 20 years have been especially WUNDERBAR!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bradley, Madison, Haley - Easter 2012


Roy Rogers and Gene Autry


What a priceless picture this is of Tom and his cousin, (more like a brother)Gene, made when they were six or seven. Gene is a year younger than Tom and they were raised together as boys. I wish we were able to spend more time with Gene and his family.