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Some words from my quiet time on Luke 14:25-35

In My Walk on December 31, 2008 at 4:38 pm

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” 

Jesus does not mince words in this teaching, and as I was reading this I found myself starting to get somewhat angry.  This is incredible, hate my father, my mother, my wife, my kids, what!!  But then I stopped and began to think about what I was reading.  What in my life is standing in the way of my relationship with Christ, is it my kids, my wife? 

 He then goes on in verse 31, “Or what king, going out to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?”  Did I really understand what I was getting myself into when I decided to commit my life to Jesus, did I count the cost?

And then the kicker, verse 33, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”  This is hard, I’m not going to lie, it hurts sometimes and I often wonder what is going through our Heavenly Fathers mind when he sees my somewhat feeble attempts at forsakeing all.  I am thankful for His grace and His mercy.

A merry Christmas to all and to all, a good night.

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm


My nephew

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I have been thinking a lot about my nephew Daniel.  He was born on January 26th, 2007 and he died 36 short hours later.  His life has taught me much, which I won’t go into now, but suffice it to say I love him, and, I miss him.  Anyways, we went to a concert the other night and a fellow named Andy Gullahorn was playing.  He wrote this song and it made me cry, because it made me remember Daniel.  I really liked it.  Go here and give it a listen, don’t pay any attention to the man playing the guitar, he’s just teaching you how to play the song.  Listen to the words.  I think you’ll like it too.

Check out this great song…

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 at 12:43 am

This is Darius Rucker’s new release.  As many of you know he is the front man for the SC band “Hootie and the Blowfish.”  As a daddy with little girls I really like this song.  Hope you do too.

Wow, we are in trouble…

In The Church on December 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm

This in today:

SUVs at altar, Detroit church prays for a bailout

Sun Dec 7, 2008 7:05pm EST

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By Kevin Krolicki and Soyoung Kim

DETROIT (Reuters) – With sport-utility vehicles at the altar and auto workers in the pews, one of Detroit’s largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry.

“We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this week,” the Rev. Charles Ellis told several thousand congregants at a rousing service at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. “This week, lives are hanging above an abyss of uncertainty as both houses of Congress decide whether to extend a helping hand.”

Local car dealerships donated three hybrid SUVs to be displayed during the service, one from each of the Big Three. A Ford Escape, Chevy Tahoe from GM and a Chrysler Aspen were parked just in front of the choir and behind the pulpit.

Ellis said he and other Detroit ministers would pray and fast until Congress voted on a bailout for Detroit’s embattled automakers. He urged his congregation to do the same.

Other Detroit-area religious leaders — including Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders convened by Cardinal Adam Maida — have urged Congress to approve an auto aid package.

But the service dedicated to saving Motown’s signature industry at Greater Grace Temple was the highest profile effort to mobilize support yet.

“Everybody can’t live on Wall Street. Everybody can’t live on Main Street. But all of us have lived on the side street, the working class,” Ellis said. “I call it the working class because everything tells me there is no more middle class.”

Key Democratic lawmakers and the Bush administration were locked in negotiations over the weekend aimed at offering at least $15 billion in short-term loans to keep General Motors Corp and Chrysler LLC from immediate bankruptcy.

Automakers and their political allies contend a collapse by the industry would cost up to 3 million jobs as suppliers, dealers and companies in related industries were hit in turn.

Representing the 150,000 unionized workers at GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co, UAW Vice President General Holiefield said the industry had made its case for emergency funding as strongly as it could.

“We have done all we can do in this union, so I’m going to turn it over to the Lord,” Holiefield told the congregation.

Ellis said he started to organize the service last week after hearing from auto workers, retirees and their widows who were all fearful of even harder times.

At one point, Ellis summoned up hundreds of auto workers and retirees in the congregation to come forward toward the vehicles on the altar to be anointed with oil.

“It’s all about hope. You can’t dictate how people will think, how they will respond, how they will vote,” Ellis said after the service. “But you can look to God. We believe he can change the minds and hearts of men and women in power, and that’s what we tried to do today.”

Michelle McDade, 50, who attended the service, said her late father had worked at GM for 30 years and her mother was now living on his pension.

“I pray in good times and in bad times, but I pray these days because it’s something that directly affects our lives. “Politicians forgot autoworkers for ages. You can’t just forget them. We’re also part of the country.”

Founded in 1927 when Detroit was an automotive boomtown, Greater Grace Temple is one the city’s largest and most influential black churches.

The church was the site of the 2005 funeral for civil rights figure Rosa Parks.

(Editing by Leslie Adler)

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The Van

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Our Heavenly Father is teaching me many things as of late.  Patience being one.  We purchased a Saturn Relay Mini Van, yes, Mini Van, back in July and it has been nothing but a source of angst and trial ever since.  It has been in the shop, which is in Winston Salem, as we have no Saturn Dealer up here (first mistake) a total of 5 times and has already had, new brakes, 2 alignments, a new steering column, new cruise control, new air bag sensor module and cupped tires.  Now, to ad insult to injury the power sliding door on the passenger side is not working and is rather unsafe as it tries to open on its own while the car is in motion, very comforting with an 8 week old right there by the door!!  Franny nearly flipped, and who can blame her.  So, it’s back to the shop tommorrow and as soon as we can afford, goodbye Relay.

Please keep us in your prayers, and don’t buy a Saturn Relay, call with any questions.