My YouTube Playlist

Posted on October 15th 2017 at 11:22 AM Permalink

My YouTube Playlist


Happy 20th Birthday to Billy

Posted on September 19th 2017 at 01:35 PM Permalink

Wow --- Billy is 20 years old today!!  Happy Birthday!!


Humble Yourself by James MacDonald

Posted on July 5th 2017 at 07:29 AM Permalink

July 5, 2017

It’s a Do-Thing

[Jesus] rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him (John 13:4–5, esv).

Nowhere in the Bible are we told to “be humble.” Rather we are instructed, “Humble yourselves” (James 4:10). And Jesus shows us how in John 13. Too many Christians get stuck in acting humble. Humility is not an act-thing or a feel-thing; it’s a do-thing.

Humility is like exercise. Imagine if a friend told you, “I am thinking about exercise right now. Vigorous thoughts. I’m an exerciser. I’m cultivating the feelings that people feel when they exercise.” You would laugh, wouldn’t you? Because exercise is a do-thing.
No matter the problem... God is bigger!

Helping falls in the same category. Help is not a feel-thing; it’s a do-thing. If you were carrying bags of groceries in from the car, trip after trip, back and forth, and your friend stood and watched, thinking, I feel so helpful right now. I want to be a helpful person. I’m working on the mindset of helpfulness. I’m imagining the positive feelings associated with helpfulness, you would tell your friend to quit thinking and grab a bag!

Humbling yourself is hard work. Lean into it:

  When you receive a poor performance review or are passed over for a promotion—humble yourself.
  When a co-worker cuts corners or takes credit for your work—humble yourself.
  When something is taken that rightfully belongs to you—humble yourself.
  When your friends betray, desert, or disappoint you—humble yourself.
  When your life isn’t turning out the way you wanted—humble yourself.
  When you feel crushed under the weight of a crisis or a deep, bitter disappointment—humble yourself.
  When it’s hard to love the people God has placed in your life—humble yourself.

That’s what Jesus did. Look again at John 13:4–5 and notice the verbs. Jesus rose, laid, took, tied, poured, washed, and wiped. This wasn’t a ceremony. Hours before He went to the cross, Jesus expended energy and effort and got dirty for the sake of those He loved. The God of the universe did “humble.” And He tells you to do it, too.

Here are a few practical ways to humble yourself:

Ask for feedback. Ask your boss, spouse, or teammate, “I want to do better. How can I improve?” Then listen.

Apologize first. Without defensiveness say, “I love you, I hurt you, and I have no excuse. I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?”

Pray. “Lord, I’ve been making excuses and blaming others. I want to humble myself before You and acknowledge that everything You said is right.”

Admit you have a problem. The first step in any real change is admitting you have a problem. What relief you could bring to your family if you humbly said, “I have a problem with _____.” Grace flows to humility.

The list goes on and on. You can take the lower position, believe the best about someone else, and assume that your perspective isn’t the only one. Take action and humble yourself. It’s a do-thing.

JOURNAL

  Why is Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet the ultimate model of humility?
  As you consider His example, what humble action is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do?

PRAY
Father God, the story of John 13 cuts through me. Your Son, the rightful King of the universe, humbled Himself to the lowest job and washed the disciples’ feet—only hours before the agony of the cross. Just as Jesus, my Lord and Teacher, washed the disciples’ feet (even Judas’s), so I also ought to serve others radically, no matter how humbling it is. I want to follow Your example. Please show me what humble actions to do today. In awe of Your Son, I pray in His name, amen.


Happy 22nd Birthday Holly

Posted on June 27th 2017 at 08:20 PM Permalink
Happy 22nd Birthday to Holly!!



Happy 77th Birthday to my Mom

Posted on May 13th 2017 at 06:32 PM Permalink
Happy 77th Birthday to my Mom:



God Is Still On The Throne

Posted on May 2nd 2017 at 10:43 PM Permalink

Youtube: God Is Still On The Throne w/lyrics


London Trip

Posted on April 12th 2017 at 12:13 PM Permalink

Leaving for London right now. John & JoLene Hawbaker will be the chaperones for my 3 kids: Jill, Jake and Holly.

Psalms 121:8 - "The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."





Happy 25th Birthday Jill

Posted on April 2nd 2017 at 08:23 AM Permalink

25 years ago, my 1st child was born.  It was a very special day indeed.


Happy 23rd Birthday Jake

Posted on March 20th 2017 at 06:45 PM Permalink

Left:  Jill                       

Center:   Jake                    

Right:  Holly


Bread Day

Posted on February 23rd 2017 at 05:45 PM Permalink

I made 13 loaves today for a few friends, and then I made one extra loaf for our house church meal.





Salvation's Song by Stuart Townend

Posted on February 22nd 2017 at 09:34 PM Permalink

Salvation's Song by Stuart Townend


Loved before the dawn of time,
Chosen by my Maker,
Hidden in my Saviour,
I am His and He is mine,
Cherished for eternity.


When I'm stained with guilt and sin,
He is there to lift me,
Heal me and forgive me;
Gives me strength to stand again,
Stronger than I was before.


So with every breath that I am given
I will sing salvation's song;
And I'll join the chorus of creation
Giving praise to Christ alone.


All the claims of Satan's curse
Lifted through His offering,
Satisfied through suffering;
All the blessings He deserves
Poured on my unworthy soul.


So with every breath that I am given
I will sing salvation's song;
And I'll join the chorus of creation
Giving praise to Christ alone.


Singing glory, honour, wisdom, power
To the Lamb upon the throne;
Hallelujah, I will lift Him high.


Singing glory, honour, wisdom, power
To the Lamb upon the throne;
Hallelujah, I will sing....

With every breath that I am given
I will sing salvation's song;
And I'll join the chorus of creation
Giving praise to Christ alone.


Stars will fade and mountains fall;
Christ will shine forever,
Love's unfading splendour.
Earth and heaven will bow in awe,
Joining in salvation's song.


https://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/salvations-song/



A Shelter In The Time Of Storm

Posted on February 22nd 2017 at 09:07 PM Permalink


Youtube: A Shelter In The Time Of Storm w/lyrics


Camp Freedom, St Petersburg FL

Posted on February 2nd 2017 at 07:34 PM Permalink

Camp Freedom 2017 is underway.  Enjoy the services "live" or watch the archived messages.




For Such A Time As This

Posted on February 2nd 2017 at 05:55 PM Permalink


For Such A Time As This -- Youtube with lyrics




Happy 15th Birthday Mark

Posted on January 29th 2017 at 05:49 PM Permalink
Happy 15th Birthday Mark








The God on the Mountain

Posted on January 29th 2017 at 05:46 PM Permalink

The God on the Mountain Youtube


Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain
And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known
But things change, when you're down in the valley
Don't lose faith, for you're never alone


Chorus:
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night



We talk of faith when up on the mountain
But talk comes easy, when life's at its best
Now its down in the valley, trials and temptations
That's where your faith is really put to the test



Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary

Posted on January 29th 2017 at 05:24 PM Permalink



Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary Youtube



  Days are filled with sorrow and care,
  Hearts are lonely and drear;
  Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
  Jesus is very near.

  Chorus
  Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
  Calvary, Calvary,
  Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
  Jesus is very near.


  Cast your care on Jesus today,
  Leave your worry and fear;
  Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
  Jesus is very near.

  Troubled soul, the Saviour can see,
  Ev'ry heartache and tear;
  Burdens are lifted at Calvary
  Jesus is very near.


PA Farm Show begins Saturday

Posted on January 5th 2017 at 10:00 PM Permalink
It's that time of year again ---- The PA Farm Show begins this Saturday!!  Last year was the 100th Anniversary.

Here's the link for the 2017 Farm Show Schedule.

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My kids and I enjoyed our visit to Farm Show #101.  The Butter Sculpture was, as always, very nice.  We enjoyed various kinds of food, we enjoyed seeing all the livestock, and the many different items that were offered for sale.

It was over all too soon, but we'll keep the memory alive by reviewing the photos that we have, and by looking forward to our next year visit to Farm Show #102.





















Happy New Year 2017

Posted on January 1st 2017 at 12:15 AM Permalink

Happy New Year!!!!

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Update at 5:30pm:

We just had our traditional New Years Day meal:  Pork, Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes and Sunbeam bread with Mussleman's Apple Butter spread.

My prayer is that my family, my friends and I will all bring honor and glory to the Lord every day of this new year.



Gaithers Christmas Tour

Posted on December 3rd 2016 at 12:22 PM Permalink

Jill & Grammy went to see the 2016 Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour in Hershey.