Fourteen Children

Sichuan China 2008 Earthquake Journal, Part 3 – Dr. Kit Miyamoto's ...
A native preacher in Nigeria where Boku Harem still terrorizes, received this from a friend:

    In the country of Armenia in Asia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.
    Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.  Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.
    Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble.  He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.
    One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?”   “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.
    Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble.  Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?”   The worker left and Samuel kept digging.
    All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging.  Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins.  But, Samuel just kept working.  He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!”  Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again.  Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”
    Samuel began to dig furiously.  Finally he could see his son.  “Come on out, son!” he said with relief. “No,” Armand said.  “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.”  Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared.  Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”
    Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.
    How much more faithful is our God Almighty!  Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles and diseases such as Covid 19, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness.  He is true to His character.  He is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on.

Prayer of Infinity

Bible Puzzles for Young And Old-CoverThe wind rushes anxiously down the mountains to worship you. The waters pound the shore so the sands will move aside and worship you. The snow falls in silence to purify the ground so it will worship you. All things worship you. They exist because of you. You are their Creator and their life force. Let me shout it to the world both now and in the infinity of forever.

Oh, Jesus, that cross was intended to be an instrument of torture and shame outside of Jerusalem but turned into a tower of light for the world. That crown of thorns was intended to be a mockery but turned into a crown of gold that pronounced you king of the world. Those nails were intended to pierce human flesh; instead, they pierced the heart of the world. How can I thank you? How can any of us thank you for rescuing my wounded soul and making me a child of the King of all kings?

I was in the valley of sin. You called me and lifted me a little higher. I got to my knees, you called again and lifted me even higher. I rose to a stoop, you called again and lifted me to greater heights. I stood tall, you called me louder and lifted me to the gate of heaven, forgiven. You called one last time and lifted me to your throne completely saved. I could not help myself. I descended again. Only this time it was to the foot of your throne where I worshiped once again.

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Soon will come your morning

OldOldTunes-ThumbnailThe scripture for today, May 3 (5/3), is Psalm 5:3 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Morning. The time of new beginnings. Birth is a morning. Graduating from a school is a morning. Marriage, a new job, birth of a child ~ these are obvious mornings.

You can create your own morning of life in a spiritual way too. You can stop depending on yourself and begin following and depending on God. You cannot fix all your problems. Sometimes you get yourself into your own problems and don’t know how to get yourself out. For you, it may be midnight. 

Lay your requests before God. Then wait. Waiting in the shadows can create frustration and even panic. But wait in peace. It is not quite dawn, and God is preparing the answer to rise up in your heart when morning finally comes.

He loves you as his child and knows when the moment is right for your dawning. Sometimes when you look back, you are most grateful he did not answer a prayer for you; he had something better in mind. And then, it was morning.

God loves to answer prayer. Therefore, while still in the shadows, wait. Do you see it now? The grayness of dawn with silver hopes intertwined?  Wait in peaceful expectation.  Soon will come your morning.

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Noah’s Ark: The original self-quarantine

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Of course, the world was not fighting the corona virus or any other major contagious medical disease back then. Rather, the pandemic was the uncontrolled and unabashed spread of corruption in the form of sin and evil thoughts (Genesis 6:5, 11). God had enough (6:6-7). It was time to cleanse the earth and wash His hands of everyone but righteous Noah and his family. “Noah walked with God” (6:9), and thus he had been spiritually distancing himself from others for a long time. Noah’s clan totaled 8, and with God there were 9 – just enough to still assemble under today’s social distancing limits. Though it must have seemed absurd to his neighbors, Noah prepared for this event decades in advance. Imagine the quantities of food they needed to store for a family of 8 and all the animals for over a year. Today, it seems most people can’t make it a week without a visit to the grocery store, though we all are now learning! Still, that is a lot of food with no big box stores to deliver more if the toilet paper ran out.

At the right moment, the Lord gave His “shelter-in-place” order: “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” (7:1). And then it rained for 40 days and 40 nights (7:12). I like a good rain. I’ll even take two days of it, but 40 straight? After the rain, it would take almost a year before the ground was dry enough to leave. The ark had only one window and one door (6:16), and no one was going to be stepping outside to walk the dog, kangaroo or elephant for a very long time. There was no television, internet, streaming movies, Facebook, Snapchat, online education, or cellphone connectivity. There were no reruns of sporting events, DVDs of childhood memories, photo albums, radios, letters, or packages from Amazon. There was just Noah’s family and thousands of animals in a large wooden ark. Could you handle it?

How did Noah and his family handle this ordeal? Several things stand out in Genesis chapters 6 to 8:

1. Noah walked, talked and obeyed God before, during and after the flood. Even when everyone else followed the evil intent of their hearts, Noah’s heart was loyal to the Lord. He did not leave the ark until God said to (8:15), and he immediately sacrificed to God upon disembarking (8:20). I personally find the days I struggle most right now are those when I am not consciously walking, praying and obeying God, but instead I am allowing the ways of the world fill my heart and mind.

2. Noah’s home was God’s home. Notice that the Lord said, “Come into the ark,” not “Go into the ark.” Why? Because the Lord was already there. Noah did not put his spiritual life on hold because God shut him in from the world. Noah now learned to walk with God with sea legs. He pressed on and taught his sons to do the same. Just imagine being one of 8 human beings left on the face of the earth with Almighty God as your shipmate! I need to ensure God is a welcomed and honored member of my home.

3. Noah’s family remained busy. They had been very busy for decades building the ark. With the ark built, animals loaded, and food stored, they just needed to rest and ride out the quarantine, right? Wrong! God gave them the animals for a purpose – to keep them alive that they might one day again “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 8:17). Noah’s clan basically had the 24/7 responsibility of an entire zoo. Hopefully, you are not managing a zoo in your home (please post on Facebook if you are!). There is work God has for us all to be doing for His and our benefit now and in whatever time the future holds. What things can you be doing for your family, others, yourself and God in this unique time?

Wendell Stevens

Christian, husband, dad, son, and brother

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Unable to Stop Myself

00-Stephen-Cover-Kindle-ThumbnailI adore you, my God.  You envelop the earth with grandeur. You soar through the cosmos stepping on planets and touching each star. You call them all by name and they join you in the song of the universe. You are so large, I cannot fathom you, for you are more gigantic that the universe you created. You are everywhere and you are in my heart.  I am passionate about you. May you forever be my obsession that keeps me lunging forward toward you, unable to stop myself because of the power of your love.

Ah, my Lord and God, how I love your Book.  You tell me so many things in it. They are so exciting. That is because you are so exciting. We are fickle but you remain the same. When things are going well, we take credit for it, then you bring us low. Then the cycle begins again. In your Book, you tell of the ebb and flow of our devotion to you. You tell of the depths of despair mankind lowers itself to when forsaking you, then you tell of the mountains of glory we can have when we return to you. I worship you. You are my light and life. Sometimes I feel selfish because I feel as though I have you all to myself.  I must tell others. I must share your Words ~  your Love ~ with the World.

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