Tuesday, April 29, 2014
My first car was a 1949 Mercury Eight coupe, a sharp car if I may say so myself,and as you might well imagine I was proud of it.
The car sales man told me when I purchased it, if I would change the oil and keep it serviced it would last me a long while, course being 18 years of age that didn't seem as important as driving the car to me.
I soon found out what he meant by the maintenance suggestion after a few major repair bills, and the expenses that went with them, I immediately became a believer and decided to follow his advice.
Maintenance is important in our Spiritual life as well, just as changing oil and keeping your car serviced is important for it, so is listening to God, Reading your Bible, and praying, they are good for your spiritual life, each goes a long way in preventing major break downs and heart aches in your life.
Some spiritual advice; You just might want to do your maintenance at the beginning of each day, before you do Face booking, e-mailing, watching the News, exercising, eating breakfast, or anyone of the many other things that seem more important.
Stability, blessings and spiritual growth come from Maintaining a close relationship with God.
My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In my back yard a few years ago, this ambitious poison ivy plant had a secret plan to conquer the world, especially my favorite maple tree, of which I was most anxious to protect.
Every few weeks I would look out my back window and notice this plant attaching its self to my maple tree and winding its way up the trunk.
By now I realized the solution required action I must stop this vigorous plant.
Instead of pulling it off the tree, and most likely getting poison ivy, on my hands, I decided to take my hatchet and make one quick cut near the bottom of the vine.
The next day its leaves looked a little dull, two or three days latter they were brown with cancerous looking black spots.
Christians who lose God during a period of spiritual confusion are like the plant cut off from its source, they are deprived of nurture and strength. They seem to cope at first, but the concealed wound is mortal.
They usually drop out of Church and quit reading the Bible and praying. Some go off the deep end and begin doing things they would never have contemplated before.
Jesus warned of this situation in John 15: 5-6 when He said I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains with me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown in the fire and burned.
If you are among those people who have been separated from the vine, because of disillusionment or confusion.
Jesus knows that you are hurting He understands the pain that has engulfed you, Especially when one of your loved one's died, or your husband or wife betrayed you, along with many other things that can cause you to feel separated from Him.
Remember no matter what you are going through He still cares for you even if your heart is broken and you're feeling bitter toward Him, He still wants to mend your heart today, so that you can remain on the vine and connected to Him and produce much good fruit for Him.
Will you let Him?
Thursday, April 17, 2014
My Grandfather George Parman was a man I looked up to as a youngster. He had wisdom far beyond his age. He and I had many talks before His passing, one conversation in particular remains vivid in my memory.
This is the one,I remember so well, mark my words Coleman, one day the United States Government will go broke, and the moral decay of the nation will be great, this prediction or prophecy was in the nineteen sixty's.
As I look back on our talks, I can't believe how fast this prophecy is being fulfilled today, word for word.
Looking at my country today I see it unraveling
right before my very eyes, which bring these scriptures to mind.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; whatever a man sows that he will also reap.” (Gal .6:7 NKJV) These words of the Apostle Paul could also be applied to the United States of America; whatever a nation sows, that a nation will reap.
For nearly one hundred years, the United States of America has led the world.
Citizens of the USA have enjoyed unprecedented levels of freedom and liberty, and the highest standard of living ever experienced under human governance.
Could all of that be slipping away? I see signs as my grandfather did that say "YES".
will you join me on this Good Friday and Easter Sunday in praying for America and its people, that we may get our hearts right with God and avoid the great catastrophe that is most surely to happen if we don't?
Millions of people in our country who acknowledge Easter Sunday as a day of celebration and who briefly turn their attention to stories about Jesus, but who do not personally "Know Him and the power of His resurrection." ( Philippians 3:10 )
Thank you Grandfather for your words of wisdom.
may we take heed to them.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I went for a walk today, the sun was shinning with a radiant warmth, something that had been missing all winter long. The Robbin's were back from their winter migration, celebrating the end of their long journey.
I noticed some of the hostas were peeking thru the ground, to taste of the warmth of the sun.
As i walked, i thought how marvelous it is to see the magic of spring unfold before your eyes and how only God can preform such a miracle.
Spring brings forth its own standard of beauty, such as the cardinal making its nest again, the deer bringing forth its new born fawn, the cherry trees beautiful blossoms.
What a blessing to be able to see and be part of such a wonder. I can't think of anything that is more beautiful.
I have seen and been part of many beautiful things in my life, none of which over shadow spring.
May the magic of spring come alive in your life once again and may the spirit of God spring up in your heart to the warmth of God's love, as the hostas to the warmth of the sun.
For my wife and i and all our neighbors in Warren Mi. we wish you a blessed and happy spring.
And God said let there be lights in the firmaments of the heaven to divide the day from the night: and let them be for signs, and for SEASON'S and for days and years. Genesis 1:14
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When I was five years of age a strange and horrifying thing happened to me.
My mother and father were working in the garden near our home. a storm came up, and suddenly out of no where lightening from the storm struck the house.
It jumped from the radio to the bed I was lying on, setting the mattress on fire, scarring me beyond measure, as well as my mother and father, Thank God I wasn't injured .
Life is obviously a challenge like this storm was to me,and my family, its designed to be that way it seems, we can see it unfold in how Jesus related to His Disciples.
One day the Disciples were in a small boat you know the story Jesus went to sleep on a cushion and while He slept a "Furious squall came up" the disciples being fisherman knew very well what a storm can do to a small craft and its occupants.
They were frightened ----as you and I would have been
the panic stricken men could stand it no longer. They awakened Jesus and said, "Lord save us ! we're going to drown !"
Before quiet-ing the storm He said to the disciples, " You of little faith, why are you so afraid ?" (Matt. 8:23-26).
My sympathies would be with the disciples in this instance who could blame them for quaking in the path of the storm, there was no Coast Guard or helicopter to pluck them out of the churning sea, still Jesus was disappointed by their panic.
Why? because faith and fear do not ride in the same boat. And because He wanted them to trust Him even when facing death.
Are you trusting Jesus when you are in the storm? Do you panic as the disciples did? are you trusting the Master of the sea, to quieten the storm for you, as He did for them. Remember He wants us to trust Him in all things, even when facing the most periless of times .