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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Great is thy faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be
Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
 ~Thomas Chisolm

Monday, December 24, 2012

Think Right So You Can Speak Right

Think Right So You Can Speak Right 
(Joyce Meyer - Promises For Your Everyday Life)

Imagine that an employee hears a rumor that the company he works for is going to lay off some employees, so he thinks, "Every time things start to go well, something bad always happens." Then he says, "I'll probably lose my job." Negative statements like this start with a negative thought.

My thoughts used to be so negative, which caused my words to be negative, which all reflected poorly on my life. Finally, I decided to change my ways and stop talking so negatively. After awhile I realized that I needed to do more than just not talk negatively. Cutting out the negative talk wasn't enough - I had to begin to think positively!

Our negative thoughts cause us to speak the words that will shape our future. When we speak the wrong things, it can be like a fire (see James 3:6) in our lives.

But we can stop the fire before it starts by speaking right, and we can only speak right when we think right. I urge you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let Him influence your thoughts and lead you into a lifestyle of positive words. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

twas' 11 days before Christmas

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air,

They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"Come now my children, let me show you around."
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Monday, December 17, 2012

I Don't Understand It.....

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner,
the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell
many papers.

He walked up to a policeman and said,
"Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could
find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?

You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and
down the alley and its awful cold in there for tonight.

"Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You
go down the street to that big white house and you knock
on the door. When they come out the door you just say
John 3:16 and they will let you in."

So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the
door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,
"John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."

She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom
rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went
off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:
John 3:16... I don't understand it, but it sure makes
a cold boy warm.

Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry?"
He said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of
days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,"

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table
full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat
any more. Then he thought to himself:
John 3:16... Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure
makes a hungry boy full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub
filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a
while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...
I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy
clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my
whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in
front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,
tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers
up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out
the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the
window at the snow coming down on that cold night,
he thought to himself: John 3:16 ... I don't understand it but
it sure makes a tired boy rest.

The next morning the lady came back up and took him
down again to that same big table full of food. After he
ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom
rocker in front of the fireplace and
picked up a big old Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face.
"Do you understand John 3:16?" she asked gently. He
replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it
was last night when the policeman told me to use it,"
She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain
to him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace,
he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there
and thought: John 3:16 . don't understand it, but it sure
makes a lost boy feel safe.

You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either,
how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how
Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand
the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as
they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense
love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end.
I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.

me n’ God love ya! <:><

Life is short

Life is short no matter how many years we live. Don't be deceived into thinking that you have lots of remaining time to live for Christ, to enjoy your loved ones, or to do what you know you should. Live for God today! Then, no matter when your life ends, you will have fulfilled God's plan for you. (Life Application Study Bible)

Remembering to families in Newtown, CT.  #Prayers

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus

Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus
(Rick Warren's Daily Devotional)

When you are tempted, do whatever is necessary to turn your attention to something else.
Satan can't get your attention when your mind is preoccupied with something else. That's why the Bible teaches us to fix our thoughts on Jesus (Hebrews 3:1) and to fill our minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are "true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable." (Philippians 4:8 TEV)
When we're serious about defeating temptation, we will manage our thoughts and monitor our media intake. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived warned: "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts." (Proverbs 4:23 TEV)
Don't allow thoughts to run indiscriminately in your mind. Be selective. Choose carefully what you think about. Follow Paul's model: "We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5 NCV)
This takes a lifetime of practice, but with the help of the Holy Spirit you can discipline the way you think.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Israel And New Breed - Say So (demo)

Read the Christmas Story… with Everyone in the World

The story of our Savior’s birth has been told and retold for thousands of years, but this year, for the first time, you’ll be able to see how many people are actually reading it.
The Christmas Story Tracker is a fun live map we created to watch the world read about the birth of Jesus. When someone uses the Bible App to read a verse about the Christmas story, the map lights a star on their country. A counter at the top right shows the total number of readings from the YouVersion community since December 1.

Whether you’re reading a Christmas Bible Plan or just a verse about Jesus’ birth, you’ll light up a star on the map and add to the running tally. And it’s easy to get your friends in on the fun: look for the Facebook and Twitter icons.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chris Tomlin - I Will Follow

Came to my Rescue - Hillsong United

The Anchor of Hope

The Anchor of Hope
(by Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life)

All of us go through difficult times in our lives, and like a ship in a storm, we need help to remain steady. A ship has an anchor to help it hold steady, and the Bible says that the anchor of our soul is hope.

When you and I base our hope firmly on God and His Word, we may feel the wind and waves, but in the end we will not be moved.

During a storm, hope gives us the ability to look at things as they are and still be confident that something better is coming. That makes hope a very powerful and important quality for you and me to have - especially in times of trouble. In fact, I believe it's the foundation that our faith must be built on.

No one - not even God - can promise that we will never have to deal with disappointment or trouble. But the important thing is that we never stop hoping. Maintaining a positive attitude and holding on to the hope we have in Christ puts us in a position to see God's miracle-working power.

Prayer: God, I put my hope in You. My expectation for the great things You're going to do in my life is my anchor in trying times.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Don't forget, they are only 13!!!

Don't forget, they are only 13!!
(by Mike Knighten...father to Reid Knighten age 13)

The quarterback took the snap from center and turned to hand off to the receiver coming on an end-around play. The defensive end crashed down on the left side and forced the runner to the sideline. All seemed right with the world. I let out a premature cheer of approval only to have my exuberance dashed as the runner danced into the endzone for a 30 yard touchdown. Thank goodness this was only a jamboree game.

As a parent, I have to constantly remind myself, "Oh yeah, they are only 10!" They are just learning the game of football that we as adults get so obsessed with at times. Yes, my son did his job, although he did not realize it. The two defensive backs behind him followed the quarterback as he ran to the opposite side before handing the ball to the receiver. The lesson we have to teach these players, not by screaming or by criticism, is to "keep your eyes open." "Things are not always what they appear." As the season progresses, they will learn to "stay home" and not bite on those type plays.

I will always cheer for my son and his team, regardless of the outcome. We often criticize young kids for mistakes like this instead of helping build their character through praise and instruction. Don't be a parent that lives vicariously through your child. Your children have a hard enough time in today's world without the burden of your short-comings in life heaped upon them as well. Go to the game. Cheer for your child. Win, lose or draw, hug them, love them, high-five them, knuckle-bump them and support them. In the end, you too will be a big winner!!

Rx for Worry

Rx for Worry
(Coach Joe Gibbs - Two Minute Drills - Game Plan for Life)

Live long enough, and you'll find yourself in a thin hospital gown, crawling up on the table for some kind of test procedure. You'll wait by the phone for the results, trying not to worry but unable to keep from wondering what you'll do if it's bad.

Is there a game plan for this kind of situation?

Let's just say that one of the blessings of living in daily fellowship with God is developing a settled heart. You realize your salvation is accomplished and complete. You recognize how many things are beyond your control. And you begin to understand that trusting him is a lot more effective than fretting and losing sleep. He takes care of you either way. So why waste the nervous energy?

Inner peace is not a formula. It's not treating God like a good-luck charm. It's about spending time reading His Word. Praying when you could be listening to sports radio. Talking to himinstead of talking to yourself. Relationship, not ritual. Try it consistently for a month, and you'll look back a few weeks from now amazed at the amount of perspective and security he's given you. You'll be more like a man who has "no fear of bad news," whose "heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord" (Psalm 112:7).

Want to be ready for that next trip to the doctor? Then run your laps, watch your portions . . . and start relying on the Great Physician to get you through each day.

Pray this prayer: Lord, I waste so much of my time worrying about things you're already taking care of. I long for a settled, peaceful heart—one that's ready for trouble because I've been trusting you all along.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Now Like Us on Facebook

Hello friends of the Cross, you now have a place where you can go to on facebook and share your love of God with all who wish to visit.

Just click HERE to access, and then like us there.

God bless!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Great Lie

 Despite what you might think, there is a racial divide in America. It's being kept alive by the Democratic party, because it suits their needs. America unfortunately has fallen for these tactics once again.

 I am not worried about this President being able to exploit its views of what America should be for his rich and powerful cronies. We as citizens have a checks and balances system working right now, to slow the roll of the corrupt government ideology of spend, and borrow. As long as those in the House of Representatives do their job, we will be safe, all of us. Regardless of color or party affiliation.

 Where the biggest concern comes from, is the completely erroneous idea that because you are poor, the Democratic party will take care of you. They never have, and they never will. When first elected, Barrack Hussein Obama promised to share the wealth. There currently resides many more households below the poverty line than when he first took office. Looks more like he intends to share the poverty.

  The fact that Americans have fallen for this completely, has me wondering why we don't have a much better education system. That must be George Bush's fault as well. Of course explaining that the Democrats had complete control of all spending in Congress the final years of the Bush administration has been conveniently kept out of the conversation.

 The percentages of those in the poverty ranks are decidedly Black Americans. A saddening but true fact. That is right where the Democratic party wants them. Wealth has not, and will not be shared. While seemingly being a great campaign strategy because it worked, it was and is a lie. Until next time.

God bless America.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Win is a Win

Sorry I didn't update on the blog last week. Lots of stuff going on.

OK, for this week.

Since Mike got married this weekend, we will give him another pass for this weekend.

Sam 1-25
Me- 26-50
KB 51-75
Johnathan 75+

Let's all pray for the coaches this week.

I listened to the game on the radio Saturday, obviously. At first, I was very nervous, as I am sure the rest of you were. However, after a bit, our boys for rolling. I don't know about you, but I will take it. I have 2 college teams I root for actively. My Auburn Tigers and then my Southern Miss Golden Eagles. As miserable as Auburn's season has been, Southern Miss hasn't won a game. The high school where I teach won a grand total of 2 games this year. My redeeming team has been the other high school I root for, McGill-Toolen CHS in Mobile, AL. They are headed to the playoffs off of a perfect season so far.

I noticed earlier that Jermaine Whitehead tweeted an excellent bible verse:

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12 NIV)

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

 War Eagle (always)


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tough times, tough people

OK my prayer friends,

I have stayed off of facebook and twitter lately. It is intentional and it has nothing to do with Auburn. Certain situations at my job have made a mess on facebook lately, and our boss asked us not to comment on it at all. Seeing things posted that are completely untrue have frustrated me, so I have just stayed offline.  So, if you messaged me and I didn't answer, the reason was probably I didn't get it.

I know things are tough. However, God called us to support one another, so I am pressing on. I don't know if you all were able to get through all of the players in your prayer challenge. Although I was able to pray for all of them, I didn't put my full heart into it. I will admit it.

My weekly assignments his week are:

Sam 1-20
Mike 21-40
Christy 41-60
KB 61-80
Jonathan 80+ and coaches

I can't put my finger on what is going wrong, and its clearly not my job. I am disappointed in the season, but I am going to support my Tigers, no matter what.  Doesn't mean I won't ever be critical, but this prayer blog certainly isn't the place for being critical.  At any rate, the players really need our prayers. There are certain players I feel need extra prayers and you probably do too. If you want to pray for players outside your 'assignment' that is certainly ok.

I would love to hear any stories you might have of good things that have happened to guys you have prayed for.

Galatians 6:9

New International Version (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hope yall have a great day. I am not trying to be evasive in my 'work situation', but I just can't get into it anywhere where things might be left in print. Pray for my school, if yall don't mind.

Love to you all,

Sunday, October 14, 2012


It's not always easy to be a fan of a team. There are some times that can be tough. I am not going to write about sticking with your team or anything like that. I just wanted to say this...

If you are a part of this prayer group and you are committed to it, my challenge to you this week is to pray for each player and coach. I did it the first week before I got everything set up. It takes a while...but it's do-able. I took a day and prayed for a few kids each day. I don't know what all is going on their lives and neither do you. I just know that they need some prayers for both on the field and off the field.

If any of you know me well at all, you know that I teach high school. Our team hasn't won a game this season. Friday was senior recognition. I had to help one student write what he wanted said for his parents recognition: 'Son of Pam and the late Theodore ________' being escorted tonight by his brother ____________.  The reason he is escorted by his brother? His mom is in rehab. Another kid...I helped him because he wanted to recognize his grandparents as  his parents and wanted to know if that was ok. I baked them cookies and made a goody bag for Friday. I told them that it's easy to stick with the team when you win. It takes a man to stay on the team when you are not. This is a team who played in the state championship 5 yrs ago. They were used to winning easily. Through a series of very devastating events, the boys aren't at the same place they were. It doesn't matter if there is a W or an L by the schedule on my closet.  I am going to do my best each day to help them become better people and help them prepare for life after school..

There are lots of things the kiddos face off the field. We don't know what goes on really. I've never been one to issue a challenge. Actually, when things get tough, my MO is to sit back and keep my mouth shut.

So can you do it? Pray for each kid and player this week? You don't have to pray for football skills. Pray for the things God leads you to pray for with them. I, personally, started looking at their photo on the website while I pray for them.

1 Thessalonians 5:10-12

New International Version (NIV)
10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Let me know how its going.


Saturday, October 6, 2012


Well, not a good week for us Tigers...even though I think it's always great to be an Auburn Tiger.  I just want to stress that there is always a bigger picture. Remember that if we are feeling upset, its probably nothing compared to what the players are feeling (despite what you think).

They have to get up tomorrow and go to church and practice- then go to class Monday.

Just a reminder there is a reason to pray for the guys; they are going to need it this week. Keep their needs in your hearts.

Most of yall know I teach high school. Our school team is winless on the season. We are 4 yrs out from playing for the state championship. A lot of things have happened since then, but my kiddos- they keep trying. I know its hard for them to come into school Monday morning. It's a big school in a small town- so football is the only game in town. People in the stands yell at them like they  are pro players instead of 15, 16 and 17 yr olds. It hurts my heart.

Lift your players up. Remember they are people. They sure have had a lot of things happen lately. Just keep praying for them. If you didn't get the message on twitter, here are the assignments this week:
KB- 41-60
Jonathan- 61-80
Mike 1-20
Sam 80 and above and the coaches
Me: 21-40

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What are you praying for?

I just wanted to check in with my prayer partners. I liked this keeping them for two weeks thing. Let me know what yall thought. Last week, I spent time each night praying for players individually. I would do 5 or 6 a night. Then this week, I have prayed for something then prayed each ones names while I clicked on their picture.

Last night, I prayed for spiritual needs. Tonight, I prayed for anything they might be dealing with personally, even if we aren't aware of it.

I am telling you. I was convicted while praying for them looking at their pictures. It makes it a lot more difficult to be judgmental of them if you pray for them while looking at a picture.

Let me know what the rest of yall are doing or thinking. Even if you can't log in to the site, leave it in the comment section.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Life Well Lived

Our boys need our prayers more than ever. I will be honest. I didn't know that the team had a student assistant coach named Joe. I know another family, though, with a little boy with the same heart condition that ended Joe's life too soon. Everything I have read leads me to believe this young man was a believer and is now with Jesus. It seems he made the most of his very short time on earth. Pray for our players, the coaches, and Joe's family. They are missing someone this evening. If any of ya'll didn't know, I teach high school students with learning problems. I have seen many young lives taken too soon. It can be heart wrenching. Last year, about this time, one of my former students was killed in a car accident. It hurt me deeply, so I know this community needs our prayers. It doesn't take the pain away, but God had a different plan for Joe's life. The number of the days in his life were different from others. It seems like Joe made the most of the time God had him on earth.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

I will often use this verse. It always makes me happy and sad at the same time. One of my best friends used this in his valedictorian address to my high school graduating class. Less than three years later, he was dead from meningitis. I take joy and comfort in knowing that my friend knew Jesus as his Lord but sadness in wondering what he would be doing today.

I forgot to mention earlier that if you don't have access to a player roster, you can access one at the website. Click sports, then football, then roster.

Our boys are being attacked by the enemy. They need prayers for comfort and protection. I pray all of you are having a great week.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fearless and True

Did you pray for your players this week? Tell me about it! If you haven't msgd your info to KB, you can do that on twitter. Send him a message at autigerbloggin and he will fix a login up for you. I prayed for players 60 and up. I kind of divided them up and prayed for about 12 or so a night. This is more than about praying for a 'win'. I just feel that these guys are being faced with many things. If you didn't hear, the guys were dealt another blow with the death of their friend, Joe Bagwell, a student assistant with the team. I have heard more and more about players giving accounts of coming to know God during their college years. Because more are coming to know Jesus, Satan is going to attack. Let's give them support.

If you aren't sure about what to pray for, read up on your guys. I have prayed for them for protection, health,  happiness, safety, and then if there was something I knew about the player individually, I tried to pray for that, too.

This week is an off week but let's keep praying for them.

If you can't  or dont want to do it, please let me know so we can make sure each player gets prayed for individually.

Christy 1-20.
KB 21-40
Johnathan 41-60
Sam 61-80
Mike 80 and above and the coaches

If you know someone else that wants to join up, let me know.

Tell me about how you saw God moving in the players you prayed for! I got to pray for Emory this week. What I saw Saturday was a young man encouraging his teammates. I saw a kid standing tough in a hard-hitting game. I got to pray for Angelo Blackson. I noticed he made some big plays.

Col 4:2
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Let me know!
War Eagle!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Prayer Thoughts

 As you may have heard, we here at CTC have started a prayer group to pray for the players of football teams. We have several people doing this that are Auburn fans, but anyone can participate. It can be your High School team, or even, another sport team. It doesn't matter to us, the who or why, just that these players have someone prying for their lives on and off the field, or court.

 My group was selected to be Auburn football players with jersey numbers 1 through 20. The things that I prayed for, for each of these young men are safety on the field, and humbleness of heart to treat all people with kindness. I thanked God that these young men are getting an education, and that they have an opportunity to become better human beings.

 There are personal prayers that were offered, and thanks given. #17 Kris Frost tweeted just last week that he was getting Baptized last Sunday. What a joyous moment in a young man's life.

 We would encourage each of you to share some of your prayer thoughts with us, and if you would like us to include someone you know in our prayers, please by all means let us know your needs. The power that prayer brings is unimaginable, and peaceful all at once.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Praying for Players

 I would like to welcome Christy to our staff here at CTC, and wish her the most fulfilling of adventures as a contributor here. We have started a program of sorts called "Praying For Players".

 As most of you know I am an Auburn sports enthusiast, but don't let that stop you from adding your thoughts and prayers of your teams and the players, coaches, and their families. You are more than welcome to leave your kind thoughts, and prayers in our comment section at the end of each post.

 This is a non-denominational site, and everyone is welcome.

Thanks and GOD bless,
Klell aka KoolBell

Monday, September 17, 2012

Prayer Works

I divided up the players this week by numbers. I gave each person a certain set of numbers. I was thinking maybe at the end of the week, we could share some of the things we prayed for. I did not ask Sam to pray for any particular group, as his wife has been quite ill. If anyone else wants to join in, please let me know.
It has just been something on my heart. I feel like these boys need some spiritual protection. I have been trying to pray for a small group each day so they all get a little time. I have been trying to pray for each one by name and pray for as much specifically as I can. Let me know about the rest of you!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Changes Are Coming

 Just a brief note to let each of you know that we are making some changes here at CTC.

 We will be adding a Sunday School lesson each week from my Nephew, and a prayer group has been started for College football players, that will shared with each of you.

 We look forward to spreading God's message, and bringing joy to lives all across the universe.

God bless

Friday, August 17, 2012

Kutless Unplugged

Listen as the word is spread thru the band members in their own words. God truly moves with these guys.

Their newest release "Believer" is in stores now.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blessing and Honor

In this time when our faith is under a tremendous attack by the media and all those who choose to live in sin, we have shining examples of what we should be.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Have We Learned Anything?

 America has enemies.

 If you don't believe that, then I can't help you. It is plain a simple, we must never bow to those who would impose their will on us as a country. It does not matter if they live inside or outside of our borders. Our enemies have learned that they can not take us by force, so their tactics have been more politically based.

 Most of our Congressmen and Senators are lawyers. Therefore they can complicate things for us who are not. Our enemies know this. That is why with only two phone calls, we see this happen in Florida.

 It is a sad day in our country, one that we need to turn around starting with the election of 2012. I do not care which party you vote for, just make a change, and send the message to congress. "We are tired of this nonsense!"

 Congress must become less powerful, and be more responsible for it's actions. If we do not change things ourselves, we have only us to blame.

 GOD bless America!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Our Texas Neighbors

There are going to be many story lines arise from this terrible weather outbreak we witnessed today. We here in Alabama know all too well just what these people are going through, and what they will soon have to endure in their recovery.
Many, many homes have been destroyed, but more than that, many cherished family pictures, heirlooms, and basic essentials have been lost forever.
Let us keep these people in our prayers, and support efforts to increase severe weather alert capabilities.
May GOD be with each of you.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Prayer We Should All Pray

Father, I have a problem. It's weighing heavy on me. It's all I can think about, night and day. Before I bring it to you in prayer. I suppose I should pray for those who are less fortunate than me. Those in this world who have hardly enough food for this day, and for those who don't have a roof over their heads at night.

I also pray for families who have lost loved ones in sudden death, for parents whose children have leukemia, for the many people who are dying of brain tumors, for the hundreds of thousands who are laid waste with other terrible cancers, for people whose bodies have been suddenly shattered in car wrecks, for those who are lying in the hospital with agonizing burns over their bodies, whose faces have been burned beyond recognition.

I pray for people with emphysema, whose eyes fill with terror as they struggle for every breath merely to live, for those who are tormented beyond words by irrational fears, for the elderly who are wracked with the pains of aging.

I pray for people who are watching their loved ones fade before their eyes through the grief of Alzheimer's disease, for the many thousands who are suffering the agony of AIDS, for those who are in such despair they are thinking of suicide, for people who are tormented by the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction.

I pray for children who have been abandoned by their parents, for those who are sexually abused, for wives held in quiet despair, beaten and abused by cruel and drunken husbands, for people whose minds have been destroyed by mental disorders, for those who have lost everything in floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

I pray for the blind, who never see the faces of the ones they love, or the beauty of a sunrise, for those whose bodies are horribly deformed by painful arthritis, for the many whose lives will be taken from them today by murderers, for those wasting away on their death beds.

Most of all, I cry out for the millions who don't know the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ... for those who in a moment of time will be swept into eternity without experincing the saving power of Jesus by the cold hand of death. Oh God, I pray for them.

Strange.... I can't seem to remember what my problem was.

In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Wedding Guest

 There are times in the life of each person where critical decisions are made. Some are readily noticeable as really important. Others? Not so much.

 Take for instance your wedding day. Many important decisions were made to get to the actual day of your marriage, the least of which was to either ask someone for their hand in matrimony, or answer the question.

 What about your choice of music? Is that important?

 You have carefully chosen when, where, and even what colors will be worn during the ceremony. You had to pick and choose whom you wanted as bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Even whom to invite, and not to invite were choices you may have struggled with.

 Did you forget the most important guest? I certainly hope not. You won't have to plan on feeding this guest. No rooms will need to be reserved, no parking space will be needed, nor any special seating planned for their comfort.

 I ask that you invite your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into your marriage plans. It's an insurance policy, and a warm comforter all in one. The best thing is, it's never too late to invite him into your marriage. I pray that each of you are blessed with the comfort that his word can bring into your lives as husband and wife.

GOD Bless....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raising Money Through Blogging

 This past week, our great state was hit yet again with a deadly tornado outbreak. In a continuing effort to help raise money for those struck by this devastating event, I ran across something unusual, that I thought I would pass along.

 There is a group that has started the Alabama Disaster Relief Blogging Program. Their mission is to raise awareness through internet blogging, and therefore raising money for the victims of these storms. A noble idea whose time has come. I wanted to do my part.

 The National Weather Service issued this statement about the storms of January 23rd, 2012.
"Several damage surveys were completed today in the wake of a tornado outbreak in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama last night. Most of the damage surveyed so far has been rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, indicating considerable damage with wind speeds reaching between 111 and 135 mph. However, the tornado that passed through Clay, Alabama, which is just north of Birmingham has been rated an EF-3. This tornado produced significant damage and was capable of wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph. National Weather Service officials will continue to conduct damage surveys throughout the affected region tomorrow. This wintertime outbreak shows it is important to be prepared for tornado safety at all times of the year".

 The families effected by these storms have had their lives changed forever. Some of them lost loved ones, many lost their homes, or parts of their homes. Some even lost everything they owned.

 Imagine coming home from work, to find the neighborhood you live in completely destroyed. It's difficult to really imagine, but if you have the time, you can go volunteer, and see for yourself, what effects these storms have on peoples lives.

 Having lived in a small town that was devastated by a powerful tornado, I thought it important to get the word out as quickly as possible. You see, the town in which I live is Enterprise, Alabama. Just a few short years ago, we lost eight kids, and one elderly citizen when two tornadoes joined together, and slammed into our local high school. You can imagine the panic, then the shock, and ultimately, the realization that our children had lost their lives.

 There were to be stories relayed in the next few days of heroism. In one case, a young man threw his body over a his fellow student, a young lady to protect her. She lived. He did not.

The pain and suffering that comes with these disasters, can only be helped by loving kindness, and volunteers. Enterprise seen many, in it's time of need, let's do our part today, to help those in North Alabama, who need us now, more than ever.

Thank You.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers

While yesterday was full of excitement, and wonderment for this college football fan, the euphoria I was experiencing was soon to be extinguished.

Back to reality, and tragic news.

An Auburn football player, and his girlfriend were in an automobile accident yesterday, that left us with heavy hearts.
Drew Cole, a Senior Defensive Back, and Elizabeth Lauren Ainsworth were involved in a single car accident.
This is just part of the report from OANow..

          "The Alabama State Troopers report that Elizabeth Lauren “Libbie” Ainsworth was airlifted         to  Columbus Regional Medical Center after the accident. Ainsworth is listed as being from Coppell, Texas, in the Auburn University telephone directory".

Libbie was ejected from the car during the accident.

The only updates I am receiving are via twitter, but they are starting to be more optimistic in nature. Libbie is unresponsive, and in an medically induced coma. With GOD's love, she will regain consciousness when the medications are reduced.

 Our prayers and best wishes go out to these families.