Sunday, May 17, 2009


We have started going through the Prominent Teachings on Sunday evenings and tonight we were on Sanctification and Holiness. I preached about holiness and purity a few Sundays ago, so we didn't go too much into that as a subject on it's own, but mainly with it's connection to sanctification.

An analogy that seemed to become pretty clear is that when thinking of the shadows in the OT three things had to happen before a vessel was used in the temple.
1) It had to be made
2) It had to be purified
3) Then it could be filled.

In our spiritual walk we must go through the same steps if we want to be fully used.
1) We have to be born again
2) We have to be sanctified
3) Then we can be filled with the Holy Ghost

Sis. Tammy Washburn has another wonderful analogy here concerning sanctification. It also made me think about the fact that though Lazarus was alive, his hearing would have been muffled, the extent of his vision would have been to possibly be able to tell the difference between dark and light, and his speech would have been muffled, besides not being able to move around, until his grave clothes were removed. We are the same until we are sanctified, we cannot hear clearly, see clearly,speak clearly, or move adequately just being saved. We have got to go deeper!

Additionally, Sis. Washburn has another analogy concerning being saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

It's a . . . . . .

Well, Kelley had an ultrasound yesterday and everything seems to be good with the baby. Thank the Lord. We found out that it does not appear to be triplets, or even twins for that matter, just one little one. We didn't really think that there were multiples, but you never know. But I guess the big news is that we found out it is supposed to be a

girl! I guess that gives me two little girls and hopefully at least two more to go to have my little group of girls like those at the end of "O Brother Where Art Thou" I always thought that those girls were cute walking along singing and said that I would love to have a group of girls like that as well. Truth be told I would be happy with whatever God sends our way though. Whether it be girl or boy. It looks like I am starting off like my grandpa with girls. He had to have four girls before he ended up with a boy, and then ended up with two girls afterward. I think Kelley is pretty settled on four total children being the final number though. But I guess for now that is just left up to God.

Thank the Lord for another day

And her favorite book is . . . . . .

A reporter came last week to interview us about the flood last year and our experiences. They are doing a one year anniversary edition. A photographer was supposed to come today to take some pictures, but he was booked up, so the reporter came back. During the course of his time here he asked Anna what her favorite book was. Her reply was "Jesus, Bible". I am glad that her favorite book is her Bible story book. I thank God that He has placed that love in her heart and pray that we can continue to help nurture it as she continues to grow. I also hope and pray that it touched the reporter's heart as well.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Please pray

Please pray for Melissa Hacker. God knows this dire need. She is in serious need of prayer. Please pray for her and her family.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

May's off to a good start!

Well May has gotten off to a good start.

Saturday, we had our Youth Convention in Elizabethtown, KY. Attendance was less than what I had hoped for, but there was a decent mix of attendees there. We even had some VLB's from our newest Church in the region which was organized about 4 1/2 months ago. The Spirit was really moving in the services. I was blessed especially during the afternoon service. It was good to see many of our dear friends as well. We had a good time of fellowship during lunch in the fellowship hall area.

This morning we had a good service as well. Our two new visitors were back this week and we are hoping and praying that they will be regulars. There are some good signs there, so keep praying for them.

My grandmother is doing quite a bit better now. She is still not up to her full strength though, last time that I talked to her.

Please pray for Mary Smith. We received a message yesterday that she is in need of prayer.

Let us go on to perfection!