Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. ~Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Emotions..........We all have them

"You cannot help how you feel, feelings just happen.  But you CAN help what you DO when you are having those feelings.  And what you do tends to reflect what you believe to be true."

I am not sure where I read that but when I did I jotted it down and glad I did.  Yesterday I was battling some pretty wicked emotions; anger, hurt, and frustration and wanted so bad to be sinful with my emotions.  I came across this last night and boy did it hit the spot.

Thought I would pass it along.


 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?  When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.  In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.  In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: will not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?  Psalm 56:8-18

Friday, April 23, 2010

Marriage and Divorce

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!  Voddie never ceases to amaze me.  He is the epitome of Truth in Love.  I have been a believer for most of my life and I have never heard it preached like this.  Is it because pastors think they may offend?  Or loose some members?  Or hurt some feelings?  It seems as though Voddie never shy's away from what the scriptures teach, no matter what the topic is.  As believers that is what we should desire, that is what we need.  As Voddie says..... if you can't say Amen you better say Ouch.

Even though I have not divorced this still humbled me to pieces.  He finishes well in this sermon as he does with all that I have heard.  Grace and Love.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Laodicea Church part ll

The Holy Spirit is so active, so encouraging, so convicting, and so confirming.  Once again I am humbled to the core and brought to sobbing tears in church today. Will attach the amazing sermon as soon as it comes up.

Zealous:  Enthusiastic, diligent, and devoted to the pursuit of personal holiness for the glory of God accompanied by pain and righteous anger when at sin holiness or God is marred, maligned or mishandled by anyone.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Question of the Month

Each month Voddie will answer a question on his blog or his Newsletter.  This one was very beneficial to us since we are seriously considering going with this type of Health Care alternative.  Here it is for anyone interested.

Newsletter Question of the Month
Each month we receive dozens of questions.  Some I answer in my blog, but some require much shorter responses.  We try to answer one of those questions each month in the Newsletter.

This month's question is: 

I remembered reading a blog of yours some time ago that you used Samaritan Ministries instead of regular insurance. My family is having a hard time with health insurance (and NOT wanting Obamacare!) so we are checking into Samaritan. We wanted to ask a family that has it if they are pleased and would recommend it to others.

This question is very important in light of the recent passage of Obamacare.  We are in the midst of a Constitutional crisis the magnitude of which most Americans cannot fathom.  Even if the Republican party takes power again, they are likely to treat this issue like that of Social Security or Medicaid (two other socialist programs that were instituted under the "New Deal," and are now Sacred Cows that even the staunchest conservatives choose to ignore even though the programs are bankrupt both financially and ethically). 

Socialized medicine, in one form or another, is probably here to stay.  In the meantime, Samaritan Ministries (and other healthcare cost sharing programs) is a viable alternative.  We chose Samaritan for several reasons:
1) We do not want to pay for procedures we find morally repugnant

Samaritan Ministries is committed to biblical truth.  The members of Samaritan have to sign a statement of faith, and have a pastoral recommendation to join.  While this is not "foolproof," it is an important safeguard.  On the other end of the equation, we know that claims are examined based on the aforementioned standards.  I don't have to worry about funding an abortion through Samaritans.
2) We do not want to participate in an unconstitutional, immoral, unethical program if we don't have to.
The current healthcare bill is a constitutional nightmare in more ways than one.  Not only is it unconstitutional for government to mandate the purchase of any product or service, there is also the issue of the unconstitutional measures employed to secure the passage of the bill.  Not to mention the myriad other aspects of this legislation that cross the bounds of both Constitutional legality and ethics.  If there is any way not to participate in this system, we will find it (by the way, I opted out of Social Security for the same reason).
3) We want to be able to negotiate directly with our doctors for the best price

One of the reasons healthcare costs have skyrocketed is the existence of multiple middle-men.  When we show up at the doctor's office and tell them we're with Samaritans, and will be paying them directly, we almost always get a significant discount.  This is both encouraging and sad.  Encouraging in that we save money, and sad in that it demonstrates the amount of waste inherent in the current system.
4) We want to be a part of something that has the potential to bring about change

Because of the loophole in the bill, Samaritan is a safe haven for Christians who want to escape the government takeover of healthcare.  However, it also has the potential to open the floodgates for more programs like it.  I am encouraged by the number of people who have asked me about Samaritan Ministries.  A number of them have joined, and are now part of this important network.  Others still have questions.  

We are proud both to belong to and recommend Samaritan Ministries.  

If you have more questions, click here, or contact Samaritan Ministries at 888.268.4377, or email them at


Monday, April 5, 2010

The Laodicea Church

One of my favorite things to do is to get deep.  Listen to people talk about deep things and try to add my two cents in.  When it is done in love it can leave you with the feeling of fullness, conviction and challenge.  LOVE THAT!

Last night Neal and I had the opportunity to engage with some good friends on many deep issues and we left blessed, full, yet craving more.

One of the topics we talked about was the church, luke-warmness, mediocrity, middle of the road type of teaching.  It was no accident that I got into my car and heard this message today.  

Click on "Show me the map".... then click on #5 (a thermometer is next to the number).  It's the 1st message titled "The disgusting church laodicea"

Father in heaven, give us the discernment we need to be able to see the early warning signs of the laodicea church.  Satan is so sneaky and disguises things so well and it satisfies our wicked heart.  Expose our failing hearts and help us to be able to discern sound biblical doctrine.  Show us the areas fowl to your word Lord.