Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at https://www.lovinggodministry.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!

Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!

Monday, December 28, 2015

The RESET button for America's Greatness!

Here's a great clip from a documentary on our nation's history. It's the strategy, the RESET BUTTON for America to be great once again!  

the RESET button for America's Greatness!

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National Monument to the Forefathers

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Fair Vendor poem

This is a poem I wrote in November while at the Yankee Peddlar Christmas Craft Fair.  I hope you enjoy it!

Christmas Fair Vendor
By Dawn Foss

Here I am a-sittin’ at a holiday craft fair.
Spent lots of money on a fee just to be here.
Everyone’s a passin’ by my table with a smile
Saying, “Good what you’re doin’”, thinkin’ it’s worthwhile.

Lookin’ at the others with lots of customers near them,
Pretty scarves and teas, jewelry, facial creams and wooden pens.
Pot holders, cards, homemade dolls and home baked foods,
Teddy bears and sleighs, angels, vases, festive goods.

Smellin’ yummy food, would like a treat or two, you know.
Needin’ a rest room, but can’t leave my spot to go.
Feelin’ kind of lonely, wish I had a friend with me
To help me pass the time and keep me company.

Vending at a craft fair, meetin’ lots of friendly folks,
All of us supportive, laughing, smiling, telling jokes.
A staff member comes and relieves me for a break
To scope out the crafts and things the other vendors make.

Sittin’ at my table, watchin’ all the folks pass by.
Christmastime is coming, is there anything you want to buy?
Come get yours now, I won’t be here for long,
Would you like a book, a poem card, or a lovely song?

Yawnin’ at the craft fair, wishin’ I was selling food,
Craft fair’s almost over, soon my car I’ll have to load.
I see the other vendors countin’ out their dollar bills,
Christmas fair vending can give one a lot of thrills.

Had quiet time with God and thankful for the rest,
Hope that those who purchased my items will be mighty blessed!
Laboring for God is never a waste of time,

Talking with folks about Christ is a privilege so divine!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

This was sent to me by my friend George Zeller from Middletown Bible Church.  I thought this was a great outline, and I wanted to pass it forward.  

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Remember to celebrate Christmas with joy - there is no greater love in all the world, nothing that deserves our worship, celebration and thanksgiving more than God's love and salvation for the world. 

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ  

He is the only One through Whom all things were made (John 1:3; Col. 1:16).  

He is the only Man whose birth, life, death and exaltation fulfilled hundreds of prophecies (Luke 24:44).

He is the only Man conceived miraculously, apart from any human father (Luke 1:35).
He is the only Man whose birth triggered a public celebration by multitudes of angels (Luke 2:13-14).

He is the only One who existed long before His birth (John 1:1; 8:58).

He is the only Man who never disobeyed God, but always did those things that were pleasing in His sight, and never committed even one act of sin (John 8:29; 1 Pet. 2:22).

He is the only Man who could claim to be equal with God without committing blasphemy (John 5:18).

He is the only Man who died for sinners as their sin-bearing substitutionary sacrifice (Isa. 53).

He is the only Man to rise again, never to die again (Rom. 6:9).

He is the only Man who will return to earth in power and great glory (Matt. 24:30)

He is the only Man destined to be the world’s King and only Potentate (Isa. 9:6-7).

He is the only Man who will judge all other men (Acts 17:31).

He is the only Man who will be the center of worship throughout eternity (Rev. 21-22).  “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!”

He is the only Person that men must trust in order to receive the gift of eternal life (John 3:16).  There is no salvation apart from Him (Acts 4:12).

Thursday, December 3, 2015

At the Master's Feet song

From my Walking in Wisdom: Singing the Proverbs CD, I present to you my song, "At the Master's Feet."  I completed writing this last year, but the chorus and first verse I wrote in the 1990's.  I brought in the theme of the book of Proverbs, relating to God's omniscience or all-knowing power.  Worship the Lord as you recognize and celebrate His awesomeness!  Won't it be really cool to one day be able to sit at His feet and ask Him questions?  We will hear truth and accuracy as He unfolds the mysteries of the world!  At least I hope He will - that would be so amazing!

Listen to the full length version of "At the Master's Feet"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Come to Chick Fil-A in Wallingford on Dec. 15!

Want to come down to Chick Fil-A and sing some Christmas carols? It's on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 4-6 pm at the Chick Fil-A in Wallingford, CT. Words will be provided! I will also have my Christmas Love book on sale at discount ($11.99 retail, I'm selling them for $8 including sales tax). Come join in the fun! MidState Christian Academy will also be represented there, helping kids make Christmas ornaments.  Gather around the Christmas tree and help spread some Christmas Cheer!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sold Out! for God, Family & Country is RELEASED!!!!

Today my new album, Sold Out! for God, Family & Country is released to national distribution, and some international markets.  You can find it on iTunes, amazon.com, and other online stores.  You can hear samples of the songs on these sites, as well as my EPK (has 3 full length songs that you can listen to).

Jesus always was and still is the Answer!  God bless you, as you choose God-honoring music that will draw you closer to God, your family, and encourage you to stand strong for your country.

Take a look at Sold Out! at amazon.com
Dawn's EPK for her Sold Out! album
(note: my EPK says the genre is New Age; that is being fixed.  It is Christian, not New Age.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What Unifies Us?

I heard Ben Carson speak recently.  I'm not endorsing any particular candidate, although I do like him.  He said some things that really made sense.  He said (and I'm expanding on it) there are people out there who are devisive, trying to get brother against brother, whether it has to do with our physical appearance such as the color of our skin, our religion, our gender, or whatever it may be.  This is not a war against women, or blacks, or homosexuals, or Christians.  This is the UNITED States of America.  I'm not saying that there is no truth, because there absolutely is, and we need to defend truth and promote it and teach it.  But when people are not focused on teaching truth but are rather trying to divide people against one another, that is destructive.  We can agree to disagree, and should be able to have intelligent discussions and debates with one another without turning to violence, ridicule, or bullying, which includes crybullies and cyberbullies.  Ben Carson said there are plenty of things that unite us, and let's focus on that.

So I was trying to think of a list of things that do truly unite us as U.S. Citizens.  What are those things that most everyone can agree on?  Here's my list, and let me know if you can think of others.

1.  Everyone wants to be treated with dignity and respect.
2.  Everyone wants to be loved.
3.  Everyone wants to have the freedom to speak their mind and be heard and understood.
4.  Everyone wants to be able to love and care for their families, which includes providing for and protecting those they love.
5.  Everyone wants to be able to worship as they wish.
6.  Everyone wants to be able to live their convictions.
7.  Everyone wants to be able to follow their dreams.
8.  Everyone wants to feel safe.
9.  Everyone wants to be able to learn and grow.
10.Everyone wants to be happy.

Our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights was designed to protect these things.  This country was designed to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.  This country was designed to enable families to protect each other with fire arms, not take them away.  Our country was designed for men and women to work and provide for their families, not be provided for by the government.  This country was designed to allow invention and imagination to flourish, including entrepreneurs, so that we can create new things and new businesses, making improvements in our communities as we work together successfully.  It was not intended to tax these businesses to death so that they have to outsource and move overseas.

Education is meant to enrich people so they can branch out and contribute to society.  It is a privilege to be able to learn, and not something to be dreaded or fought against or even demanded, but embraced.  We are not to covet, but to earn.  This is the American Way.  If our thinking is not in line with this, then we need to re-evaluate our motives and intents, and decide if we are truly Americans.  If not, then we must consider what country we should belong to.

People immigrate because they believe in the culture of that country, and feel they can best thrive there.  Many have come to America for opportunity, because of the American Way and the freedoms it embraces.  That unites us into a melting pot.  It has been said we are not a melting pot, but a tossed salad.  We have seen that does not work.  Yes, we can have our own freedoms of religion and individuality, as long as we are united in our culture, and acclimated into a unified nation that shares the values it was founded upon.  Why?  Because that works.  Those values make for a strong society, built upon strong individuals that make up strong families.

Selfishness needs to be put aside, and we have to stop thinking of ourselves in light of what's in it for me, but rather what's in it for us?  United we stand.  We have common threats and enemies.  Let's remember as we celebrate Thanksgiving what we are truly thankful for, and look for ways to unite rather than divide.  Speak and embrace truth, but always with love, always with respect.  God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!

A Country Without a Man music video

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Great news! "Sold Out! for God, Family & Country" is available for preorder!

I believe we need to expose our minds to more good things, such as positive messages from the Bible to build our faith and glorify God. My songs combine beautiful, enjoyable music with lyrics that have substance and good doctrine.  

That leads me to my great news! Amazon has my "Sold Out" album up on their website for preorder, will be available 12/1/15. It's available now from Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group if you don't want to wait, but it's cheaper through amazon.com. It's a 2-disc set, 16 songs total, and there are samples of every song on amazon.com that you can listen to now. It's my best album yet - I hope it lifts up your spirits! It makes the perfect Christmas gift! 

Preorder Sold Out! from amazon.com (and listen to samples!)

Buy Sold Out! now from Tate Publishing

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Abiding in Jesus

John 15:4-11: "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

There are a few things that stand out to me in this passage that I read this morning.  I think of my apple tree, and how some of the branches grew no leaves this year, or just small, withered leaves, and no fruit.  Other branches flourished with apples, bending from the weight.  They made large, red, juicy, sweet apples.  The branches that grew nothing need to be cut off, because they are just blocking the sun, or keeping the other branches from spreading out.  They don't look good, either.  They look dead.  They don't match the beauty of the tree as a whole.  A good gardner would trim off those dead branches and allow the tree to flourish so it can make more fruit.  We had a really good crop this year, and it was a blessing to have so much fruit that we gave some away to our friends, family, and neighbors.  We also didn't mind when the deer and bugs ate some that fell on the ground.  There was plenty for everyone!  What a blessing!  I made a lot of apple crisp this year.  Yum!

Another thing that comes to mind is that I don't have to feel guilty when I realize that my talents are small, except when God intervenes.  I am a writer that just cannot sit and write something amazing on demand.  It has to come from something the Lord has laid on my heart.  Then it just flows out.  It must be inspired from reading the Word of God.  That's how it's meant to be.  It's not that there is something wrong with me, it's that I naturally will get my nourishment from the vine so I don't just wither and die in my service to Him.  Oh, how we need to be in the Word every day.  We can't just get by praying; we need that connection with Him, hearing what God has to say, not just us saying what we need.  The answers are not within us, but within the vine.  The branch itself is not self-sustaining.

Lastly, isn't it wonderful that God doesn't just care about the fruit we produce, but about us having joy?  He wants our joy to be full.  Joy is not dependent on circumstances.  It is there as a baseline, and as things around us happen that scare us, worry us, demand from us, etc., we can keep our joy through it all, which is the answer to anxiety.  We will not be overcome by our circumstances, but rather cope with it as it comes, with joy in our hearts that is there to stay.

He also wants us to know His love.  If we obey His commandments, we will abide in His love.  We are to continue in that love, and share it with others.  As we bear much fruit, our Heavenly Father is glorified, and again, that is how it is meant to be, and that's the source of our joy.

Christians, don't go around fruitless, joyless, and tired and worn.  We were meant to bear fruit - much fruit!  Make sure you are connected to that  Vine, Jesus Christ.  John 15:23: "He that hateth me hateth my Father also."  He has shown His love to you.  The flip side to John 15:23 is true also.  If you show your love to Jesus, you show your love to our Heavenly Father.  Abide in Jesus today.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Are you sliding?

A term we have often used when referring to a Christian who is getting "sloppy" in his or her behavior or attitude is "backsliding."   Well what exactly does that mean?  My Pastor, Dr. Chris Atkinson from Meriden Hills Baptist Church, preached a wonderful sermon this past Sunday morning  on "The Slippery Slope of Sin."  You can hear the whole sermon by clicking on this link: http://meridenhillsbaptist.org/sermons/the-slippery-slope-of-sin/

However, I am going to just post the outline, as it's a great outline to remember.  The passage of Scripture is Romans 1:28-32:

Romans 1:28-32King James Version (KJV)

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; [NOTICE THAT RIGHT HERE IT CHANGES FROM NAMING SINS TO NAMING PEOPLE'S CHARACTER] whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The whole issue with trying to avoid a slippery slope is to avoid a downward slide into deeper and deeper sin that will have undesirable consequences.  Think of going down a metal slide, and how hard that is to stop when momentum has begun and the slide is slippery.  You don't usually stop until you hit the bottom.  What is the bottom?  Well, sliding on a playground is a lot of fun!  Sliding into sin seems fun at the time, but where it leads you is somewhere you do not want to be!
1.  A tempting thought can become a sinful desire.  Resist that thought!  It's not sin yet!  Don't worry if sinful thoughts pop in your head; this is just the result of being sinners in a sinful world. These thoughts are going to come.  They do not become sin until you stop and coddle that thought, fantasizing, developing that thought into a desire.  Then it becomes sin.  
2.  A sinful desire can become an evil deed.  Evil deeds don't just happen.  They start with a desire, which might have started with a hateful thought or a lustful thought, and was dwelled upon until it developed into a plan of action, and an evil deed was done.  Repent and confess to God that sinful desire, naming it what it is, before it turns into an evil deed!
3.  An evil deed can become a wicked habit.  When you commit an evil act, it may shock you at first, but it can become addicting, and you may find yourself doing it again and again until it no longer pricks your conscience.  You have now developed a habit, and may eventually lose your sense of guilt about the wicked deeds.
4.  A wicked habit can become a corrupt character.  When you become a person who can do evil things and not feel guilty over it, or you can easily ignore the guilt and now this becomes a lifestyle for you, you have found yourself with a changed character and maybe even personality. Your mood may be different, and the good character you once possessed is now replaced with a corrupt one. 
Note: Your conscience can become what the Bible refers to as "seared."  One test of your salvation is that a true Christian cannot sin and enjoy it; the Holy Spirit will convict the Christian that it is sin.  However, a Christian can quench the Holy Spirit if rebellion continues, and that is a terrible place to be spiritually.
5.  A corrupt character can become a deadly destiny.  James 1:15: "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."  It can lead to physical death, as you are hanging around the wrong crowd, or inheriting the natural consequences of sin.  The severity of the consequences depends on the sin committed.  If you never trust Christ as your Savior, it could lead to spiritual death as well, as you chose a deadly destiny instead of a destiny of life through Christ.
God can't bless you in the pigpen.  Come home!  That is the good news; just like the prodigal son came home, so can you.  See Luke 15:18-29.  You decide when to stop the slide.  You don't have to go all the way to the bottom.  Pray and with God's power, you can have the victory, get off the slide, and God will bring you back up and restore you.  You may still have consequences to pay, but He will help you through it, and you will have a changed destination.  If you are truly a Christian, God's child, then you can't lose your salvation, but you could have broken fellowship with Him.  Repent, and that can be mended, and you can once again walk in the joy of the Lord!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Is your smartphone an idol?

See the link below for a test to see if your smartphone or other electronic device is taking the place of God in your life.  Replacing the smartphone for God in some verses helps us to measure how much we rely on worldly things rather than God, with whom we should be building a trusting relationship.  I didn't think so at first glance, but I am indeed guilty of this (my PC), and need to prioritize better in my own life.

Smartphone idolatry

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Message From My Heart

Honest reflection is very healing.  I realized again that inadequacy is what I have to offer.  I have people in my life who love me and support me, and they are kind.  But when I really think about what I have to offer the Lord, I come before Him with my knees to the ground and my hands held out with meager talents and gifts, and tears in my eyes.  I want Him to use me, and all I can give is what He has given me. I have developed some of those skills and talents, but they are still meager.  Believe me, He is not using me because of my ability, but rather my availability.  It is nothing good in me.  I am honored to be used by God, to be on His team, but I am one of the "little guys", the one last picked on the dodge ball team, so to speak.  It reminds me of the song, "What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.  If I were a wise man, I would do my part, yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart."

I have not much to give.  I consider myself a "passer."  I'm just passing along God's truth.  I am not a gold vessel, but a clay vessel passing along a rare and precious medicine that heals souls.  I asked the Lord to give me a verse, and Psalm 96 came to my mind.  As I opened my Bible, there was a bookmark there from our missionary to Russia, and this verse was staring me in the face: "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" Isaiah 42:7.  I looked at it and read it several times. Is that the message God wanted me to see?  We obey and we tell of God's wondrous works because He wants us to bring healing salve to the blinded eyes, a key to unlock the chains that bind sinful men, and light to illuminate the dark world.  

I still wanted to look up Psalm 96, and was so pleased at what I read.  It reminded me of Psalm 66:2 I read this morning: "Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious."  That is what we should be doing with our voices, singing forth the HONOR of God's name, respectfully, making His praise (not our own) glorious.  Our music should reflect Jesus'  honorable name and character.  Here's what Psalm 96  has to say, and it's one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture to me right now:

 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

God is going to judge the people with HIS truth, the truth from His holy Word, the Bible.  We need to proclaim that any way we can.  If we are going to be judged by it, we better know it!  And we are to worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness, with fear and reverence.  What kind of offering are we giving to Him?  Are we declaring His glory among the heathen, and his wonders among all people?  Are we giving unto the LORD the glory DUE UNTO HIS NAME?  It's due Him!  We owe that to Him, because He alone is worthy, no other god but the one true God alone; there is no other true God.  He will judge, He will reign, and let's be ready for that day. If we have our reservation for heaven all set, then let's be in the business of bringing more people before His presence so they can see His glory and choose (or reject) Him. They won't see Him if we are blocking His majesty.

I now can go to my events with new meaning and purpose. It's OK and actually good to realize how inadequate we are in and of ourselves. It's healing power. I will continue looking for opportunities to share what the Lord has given me, and win or lose on my part, all that matters in the end is that I brought glory to God, and did my part in declaring His majesty. That's what we are commissioned to do, and I have found a way to do it - through my writing of books and songs.  May GOD ALMIGHTY get ALL the glory due His name!  John 3:30: "He must increase, but I must decrease."  That is the heartbeat of my soul.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Accident or Design? in English and Chinese

A friend of mine, George Zeller from Middletown Bible Church in Middletown, CT, shared this with  me, and I thought it was an excellent argument for intelligent design.  You know what went through my mind as I looked at it and thought about people denying there is an Almighty Creator and Designer?  "So silly!"  It really is absurd to think that all the complexity around us in nature occurred by chance, by nonintelligence.  It makes no logical sense.  Take a look at this link, and see if you still disagree with me.

Accident or Design? in English

Accident or Design? in Chinese

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sold Out! for God, Family & Country music samples now available!

Hey, I have some samples uploaded on my electronic press kit for my new album, "Sold Out! for God, Family & Country." This album, as you will see, has some bluegrass/country styles, as well as beautiful songs, sweet songs, powerful songs - you name it! You will be inspired and ministered to with this album. My style is to put depth of lyrics with beautiful music - a "symphony of sound" as one review put it (thank you Don Johnson at Tate Music Group for the orchestrations!). I hope you enjoy it!

Sold Out! for God, Family & Country music samples Click on "Music" for the samples. There are 3 samples, but the album has 16 songs on it total. Click on "Media" for the music video.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Yay! It's finally here! Choosing Music Wisely is now available at Tate Publishing. https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php…
How does the God-fearing Christian approach music choices, not just in church, but for entertainment? This book outlines musical concepts and balance so that people can find music they enjoy but that is pleasing to God. It's a life-changing journey, and appeals also to performers and writers to create godly music choices. This topic is a hot one, one that addresses the root of the problem with music choices: Christian liberty vs. holiness. This is a powerful book that will give you tangible guidelines and principles to choose music wisely and enjoy this wonderful gift from God!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

There's Nothing Like Going to Church

The church - so amazing how everyone comes with various backgrounds, and yet we are all unified because of Jesus Christ! A friend reminded me that Simon the Zealot hated Rome, and yet Matthew was a tax collector for Rome. And yet they could come together as believers in Christ and be unified because of their love for and faith in Jesus. One thing that is important about the church: God loves the church so much He calls it His Bride. I wrote a poem/song about the church to hopefully get people to be attracted to this bride, because if we want to show Jesus we love Him, we will love what He loves. So many people sadly think they can do things their own way, and disregard the church, because of all kinds of excuses like hypocrisy, money hungry preachers, etc., but bottom line: if you are going to be right with God, you are going to love what He loves, and be involved in His church. If there's something wrong with it, hop on board and make it better, but first and foremost, come in unity because it's all about Jesus. Love Him, and disregard the failings of everyone else that is distracting you from His beauty and holiness.

There’s Nothing Like Going to Church
By Dawn Foss
There is nothing like going to church,
Where you feel a sense of community.
Worshipping together by singing God’s praise,
And giving in the offering.
Hearing the preaching and praying to God,
The Holy Spirits moving, touching hearts in the crowd,
There’s nothin’ like making decisions for Christ,
There’s nothing like going to church!
Mother’s Day banquets and Father’s Day roasts,
And Fourth of July picnics are fun;
We love missions conferences, revivals, retreats,
Excitement stirs up everyone!
Bus ministry, Sunday School, Jr. Church,
Master Clubs, Awanas, and more,
Teaching all the children to love God and His Word,
From teens to babies crawling on the floor!

Visitation Saturday mornings are great,
Knocking doors, inviting them to
Come out Sunday morning and learn about God,
Something many intended to do!
Christmas caroling in the nursing homes,
Bringing cheer and spreading God’s Light;
Decorated bulletin boards, music choirs,
Make holidays so festive and bright!

Easter Sunday mornings, sunrise services, too,
Bring celebration here to a peak,
Candlelight services are so beautiful,
All day services are really a treat!
Christian fellowship is totally grand,
But we love something greater by far,
The time to worship Jesus, and grow in His grace,
Use our gifts, relying on the Lord’s power!

One amazing thing that never grows old,
Is the unity of everyone;
So many backgrounds and differences,
Yet united through Jesus God’s Son! 

Communion, ordinations, baby dedications,
Baptisms, weddings, funerals, too,
Bring us all together to honor our friends,
Our families, our Lord, and His Word.
Youth groups, Christian schools, Bible camps are so cool,
Singing for the Lord is the best!
All these wondrous things and so much more
Will leave you feeling so mighty blessed!

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Best Grapes

I was eating lunch in my car today, and had one of my favorite radio programs playing: Discover the Word.  It plays on our Christian radio station, 104.9 FM at about 12:33 pm or so.  The special guest on the program was a breast cancer survivor, and she was giving testimony about how the Lord helped her through that difficult time.  God often used others to uphold her and support her, making meals for her and her family, being an active listener, a caring heart, and someone to pray with.  Through it she drew closer to the Lord, and appreciated "community" more than ever before.  

One thing that caught my attention was that she knew some people from California who knew wines really well.  Now, I'm not advocating drinking wine, but it was interesting to hear that there were some things about grapes in the vineyard that made better wine.  The fruit of the vine is actually enhanced under certain conditions.  Grapes made better wine when they sustained a flood or a drought.  In other words, they had better flavor if they were deprived of water or were given too much.  Those trials changed the taste of the grapes into something even better. 

It was also interesting to note that the roots of grape vines can do down very deep, even to the point that they do not require watering at all to make a successful crop because the roots go so deep they can get water from under the ground.

This makes perfect sense when we think about Scripture, and what Jesus said about Himself being the vine and we are the branches.  

John 15:4-5: "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

Isn't it wonderful that we as the branches on the vine can bring forth much fruit because we are connected to the vine that brings us living water?
John 4:14: "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
It's a never ending supply of water!  No matter what trials we are going through, we can take comfort in the fact that we are plugged in to God, into the Vine that is our Great Provider.  He quenches our spiritual thirst.  Don't die on the vine; draw from the life giving water that will sustain you through drought, and will protect you from the floods, and will nourish you to bring forth fruit more abundantly than you ever imagined, reaching people you never thought possible, and making a difference for good in this ol' world around you! God bless you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Do you have your death insurance?

Do you have your death insurance yet? The premium is paid for the lifetime of the policy, but you do have to sign on the dotted line in order to claim it.  It only covers the person who signed it; it doesn't cover your entire family, but it is available for every family member if they sign.  They do have to be old enough to sign; if they are too young or unable to understand yet due to mental disability, they get automatic coverage, but as soon as they are old enough or able to understand, they have to sign to remain covered.  Oh, and the best news is that preexisting conditions don't matter!  Unfortunately, we all have preexisting conditions that would disqualify us from this policy, so this very generous Benefactor has offered this to us despite that fact...and really because of that fact.  He knows we need it!  Signing does associate you with the payer and the company, but it's a reliable company that has wealth untold and will never let you go uncovered once you have signed, so no worries there.  They are an A++ rated company that has integrity, and will always deliver what they promise.  While life insurance covers those you leave behind when you die with some financial means, this death insurance covers YOU when you die with something you really need at that time: eternal life in the world to come.  The catch? You must come with humility and a repentant heart, which can be difficult but not impossible. And the benefits of getting to know this wonderful Benefactor in this life, the one who paid your premium, are endless! Are you ready?  None of us know when our time is up, so now is the time to get your death insurance.  2 Corinthians 6:2: "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"

I had a dream last night that I was at a sort of bed and breakfast, and suddenly a lightning storm hit and caught on fire the tree in the front yard.  It quickly turned into a house fire, and there was no time for the firemen to get everyone out, so I ran upstairs and woke everyone up and got them out safely.  I had to check the attic and every nook and cranny quickly before the fire swallowed me up, but I didn't want to leave anyone behind.  We all made it out safely before the entire structure buckled up and burnt to the ground.

I  woke up with the burden on my heart to post this.  Last night before I went to bed I watched an interview with Donald Trump, and I was disturbed by a lot of the world events going on.  While we don't know the day or the hour of the Lord's return, and most of us do not know the day or the hour that we will die, it's vitally important that we know where we are going when that day does arrive. Matthew 24:36: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." 1 Thessalonians 5:2: "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

We are to watch for the signs, and they are upon us.  Please don't hesitate!  This is how to sign your name on the dotted line of the best investment you have ever made: salvation in Jesus Christ.

Are You Sure about Heaven?

Think carefully on this soul-searching question. If you were to die right now, do you know for sure you would go to heaven? If your answer is anything other than, “Yes, I am absolutely certain that my sins are forgiven and that heaven will be my home,” then here is an important message just for you. The Bible teaches that you need to know and believe these things to settle this:

First, you have sinned against God.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)

As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. (Rom. 3:10)

Then God tells us where sin leads.

Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Rom. 5:12)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)

The wonderful news of the Bible is that Jesus loves you and died in your place to pay the penalty for your sin.

But God commendeth [demonstrated] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Now here is what God wants you to do:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Rom. 10:9)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rom. 10:13)

God wants you to believe His Word and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

If you will, then right now pray a simple prayer, asking the Lord to save you. (Remember, the words of this prayer do not save you, but it is what you believe in your heart with repentance of your sin that saves you.)

Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you came to earth and died on the cross for my sins and that you rose again from the grave, and now you live in heaven! Please forgive me for my sins and come into my heart and save me right now. Thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Congratulations! If you prayed that prayer in faith, believing it with all your heart, then you are saved! You will go to heaven when you die, and, starting now, God will help you throughout your entire life. Eternal life starts now! 

If you need information about how to find a good church near you, please contact me. I’d also love to hear from you if you got saved or if you have any questions! God bless you!