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November 3, 2015, 10:38 AM

Working for Him

“…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:21). The Lord Jesus is not fair in His distribution of talents, abilities, finances, etc. He is just! Because He is just, He knows what we are capable of doing in and for His Kingdom.

I can endeavor to be both good and faithful with whatever Jesus has entrusted me with – big or small, enjoyable or undesirable. I resolve to do all I can with what I have wherever I am for His glory and the joy of working for Him. - jps


Working for Him

“Father, where shall I work today?”

And my love flowed warm and free.

Then He pointed me out a tiny spot,

And He said, “Tend that one for me.”

I answered quickly, “Oh, no, not that.

Why, no one would ever see,

No matter how well my work was done.

Not that little place for me!”

And the word He spoke, it was not stern,

He answered tenderly,

“Ah, little one, search that heart of yours;

Are you working for them or me?

Nazareth was a little place,

And so was Galilee.”


(1948, Edman, R.V., The Disciplines of Life)

October 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

When God Was Stunned

Have you ever wondered if anything ever takes God by surprise? It’s kind of hard to imagine isn’t it? Of course for a God who knows everything (omniscient), can do anything (omnipotent), and is everywhere (omnipresent) it would be very difficult to shock or surprise.

Imagine all that He has witnessed.

  • The Creation of the universe and all that is in it.
  • The rise and fall of Lucifer aka Satan – His favorite angel
  • The fall of Adam and Eve – the crown jewel of all His creation
  • The righteousness of Noah in the midst of great evil and spiritual darkness
  • The faithfulness of His friend, Abraham, who trusted in the word of the Lord
  • The doubt of Israel, while in the wilderness, in the word of the Lord after being delivered from Egypt
  • The love and devotion of David, the man after God’s own heart
  • Three Hebrew boys standing tall when everyone else was bowing to an idol


There is no excuse he has not heard:

  • You gave me the woman.
  • I was tricked.
  • Am I my brother’s keeper?
  • Who will know?
  • The preacher was late.
  • We are only grasshoppers.
  • I can’t talk real well.
  • I don’t want to do it!


And yet, NOT ONE of the things listed stunned God! In some instances we know He became angry, or happy, and in some manner proud…but never stunned. So what gives? A thesaurus will give you some synonyms for the word “wonder” such as, dumbfounded, awe, to blow one’s mind, knock out, stun, and surprise. In the bible the word “wonder” has shades of several other meanings such as, stun, devastate, stupefy, astonish, destroy, waste and wonder.

Isaiah 59:16 (KJV) - And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…


The lack of an intercessor stuns the God of the universe!


Have you ever felt devastated, stunned, that all was a waste, or speechless? So has our great, big and glorious God!


Moses, Abraham, David and others interceded for their brethren but their came a time when there was no intercessor, time when God looked for an intercessor, when God looked for something that could not be found.


An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power.

Hannah Hurnard (1905–1990)


Romans 8:26-27 (KJV) - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Could it be that today, God Almighty might look for an intercessor in your family, city, state or country? Will it be you or I that He sees ready to do his bidding for the souls of mankind? Join with me in maintaining a posture of prayer that aims to be ready for the time that God looks for an intercessor so that He will be pleased and His desire for harvesters in the great field of lost souls will be fulfilled!

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October 8, 2015, 2:09 AM

The Apostolic Attitude

The Apostolic Attitude


I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed; I have the Holy Ghost Power. The dye has been cast; I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.


I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals.


I no longer need prosperity, position, promotion, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, tops, first, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by present tense, by faith, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by love.


My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is heaven! My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.


I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, deceived, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of my enemy, negotiate at the table of the adversary, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.


I won’t give up, let up, or shut up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ.


I am a disciple of Jesus Christ! I must go ‘til He comes, give ‘til I drop, preach ‘til all know, and work ‘til He stops me. When He comes for His own, he will not have any problem recognizing me because I will not be discouraged and refuse to quit!   


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September 20, 2015, 4:50 PM

Written In My Bible

I enjoy quotes and pithy sayings. Many of them I have written in my Bible. Here are a few of my favorites. Please add sayings special to you in the comment section of my blog. Thanks for reading and may you be inspired, challenged, and recieve a chuckle from time to time as you ponder the sayings.

  • Unless there is within us that which is above us, we will soon yield to that which is around us.
  • The early church in many places, are late.
  • I get paid weekly…very weakly.
  • The Mentors Motto: He must increase and I must decrease
  • It does no good to complain without also offering a solution.

Three Attitudes to the Word of God 

  1. Find Fault
  2. Be Entertained
  3. Listen to and Obey the Word of God
  • Love without commitment is lust.
  • To want what you want, you must want where your want leads you – French Proverb
  • God is not nearly as interested in our ability or inability as He is in our availability.
  • Allowing impurities to survive in the spirit of a Christian is like reserving a corner of a garden to grow weeds.


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September 1, 2015, 5:00 PM

Reasons People Don't Bathe

I think it's a good idea to bathe or shower, don't you? Now, some folks don't like to bathe, shower, and beleive it or not go to church. Some time ago a survey was made by somebody, somewhere and they found out that the same reasons that folks give for not bathing are the same reasons people give for not going to's what they found:

  1. None of my friends bathe
  2. I only bathe on special occasions like Easter and Christmas
  3. All the soap manufacturers want is my money
  4. There are so many types of soaps, how do I know which one really works?
  5. I was forced to bathe as a child
  6. People that bathe regularly think they are cleaner than everyone else
  7. I only bathe while doing outdoor activities. That's when I feel cleanest.
  8. Tried it once and didn’t like it
  9. People that do not bathe have more fun
  10. I don’t have time to bathe
  11. Bathing is for people that really need it

Now, think about what you have read real hard...are you thinking? Good deal! Now consider what the Bibe says, "Not forsaking the assmebling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25).

Notice the words 'assembling' and 'together'...the church of the Living God comes with 'some assembly required' sure that when your part is needed you are clean and available to fit the assembly of God's church. 


09-22-2016 at 4:33 PM
Laura Cartledge
Praise The Lord! I agree that people should bathe. However the reasons people gave for not bathing is actually an unclean spirit they need deliverance from. This is a stronghold that they need and need a desire to be delivered from in Jesus name! Blessings...
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