Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Sometime ago we were having devotions with our grandchildren who had spent the night with us. I chose as the scripture John 6 and the story of Jesus feeding of the five thousand. Several times I had to quite the grandchildren ages 5, 3 and 2. I warned them to listen well for I was going to ask them questions when I was through. Certain that they had not listened well, I asked the five year old, “What did Jesus feed the multitude?” With out hesitation she replied, “Buffalo.” I shamed her for not paying attention especially, since I had read very expressively. Earnestly my granddaughter replied, “But Pawpaw, you did say that Jesus fed them buffalo!” I read the scripture again to them, “…five barley loaves…” and then I realized she had heard buffalo instead of barley loaves. We all had a good laugh and a wonderful time teaching our grandchildren this blessed story of our wonderful Savior.
Time is never wasted when invested in the Word of God and in the lives of children. Though young perhaps, they hear and remember. Recently the same granddaughter spent the night with us, now six years old. When choosing a scripture for devotions she said, “Pawpaw, read that place where I thought Jesus fed the multitude, buffalo!” Once again, I read the amazing story of the Savior who can meet every need in a little girl’s life. It is wonderful to know that in my life growing up, that not one day was missed in reading the Bible and praying in our home. I must say, I believe that was the greatest influence in my life.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the influence your Word has been in my life for good. Help me to always be faithful in sharing your Word with others whether young or old. Amen
Taken from book "Joy in the Morning", by Lonnie Moore
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today our church ordained Bro. Brian Jackson to the pastorate. I was given the special privilege of presenting a Bible to his wife, Rachel. It was a special blessing to get to this. Following is a script of what I said to her before giving her the Bible:
Rachel, special, young, friend ........what a privilege.......to bestow my blessings on you on this special day! You are someone whom who I have grown to love very dearly and who will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s been a blessing to see God work in your and Bro. Brian’s life.
As a young girl, I asked the Lord to let me marry a preacher.....He did! Some would have called me naive; some of my own family have said to me, “I guess you live a really hard, life, don’t you? As a matter of fact, you will get that a lot when you tell people you are a Pastor’s wife.
I will admit that there are difficult times, and it is not all “hunky dory”. There are times when you may be misunderstood, criticized, lonely, poor (in the world’s eyes), over-worked, because even though you are not to be the pastor’s assistant, you will find yourself doing many different things, just because......
Yes, you may have to wear many different hats, have may job titles, and yes, your goal is to train, encourage and instill a love in others to do these things, but guess what..... when no one else wants to do them, you get to do them!!!!!! The negative list could go on and on, but you cannot dwell on those things.......you have to think about all the wonderful things that go with the territory......time or paper would not permit all the wonderful blessings that come with being the Pastor’s wife. The good thing is, as I have heard it said, the only thing you have to be is the Pastor’s wife!.
My single, most important bit of advice I could give to you however is to stay close to God by staying in His Word. That is your life-line. People will come to you for advice for answers and guidance. You will need to know how to get these answers for yourself before you can give them to others. The only place you can get these answers is from the Word of God. Make it a number one priority in your life. Don’t let a day pass without getting in God’s precious Word. It’s there you will find acceptance, when you are misunderstood, it’s there you will find, strength, peace, joy, contentment, and riches, (Ro 11:33 ¶ O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! ) It is there you will find that “Friend that sticketh closer than a brother It is thee that you will find all the answers to the questions you and others may have.
I once heard a preacher say that if he ever came into the room and something was laying on top of the Bible, he would get it off. So don’t every let anything lay on the Bible, especially dust!!!!
The Bible says in Ps. 138:2, “...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” As the Lord Himself has magnified His word, so must we.
So, Rachel, as we present this Bible to you,
May always the Bible be precious to you,
For in it’s pages are promises true.
When tossed and turned with life’s troubles and cares,
Always remember God’s Word is there.
The world may lend you success and pleasure,
Always remember this eternal treasure.
Written by Lonnie Moore
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
My husband included this poem that he wrote several years ago in the message on Sunday. This is one of my favorite things he has ever written. What a wonderful Savior we have. I am so thankful he died and paid my sin debt that I couldn't pay and that He arose again!
THE THREE CROSSES
Nearly two thousand years ago three men died on a cross.
One died railing in his wretchedness.
One died repenting of his wretchedness.
One died redeeming the wretched.
One died full of sin.
One died free from sin.
One died for all sin.
One died slandering the Savior.
One died seeking the Savior.
One died The Savior of sinners.
One died profaning and cursing the provision of God
One diedpraying and claiming the promise of God
One died pardoning and cleansing the progeny of God.
One died in transgression and enmity against God.
One died transformed and enlightened by the Grace of God.
One died and transcended to intercede at the right hand of God.
One died and perished.
One died and went to paradise.
One died to prepare a place.
One died forever forgotten.
One died forever forgiven.
One died forever forgiving.
Three men died on a cross.
One of them should have been me, but
One was my Substitute, my Savior, and the Son of God.
By Lonnie Moore