Saturday, January 31, 2009

Once again the Lord is true to his word!

Taken from the Baptist Bread Feb 1st 2009:
"My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever." Psalms 145:21

On a cold January in 1736, two clergymen were with some passengers aboard a ship off the Georgia coast. A violent storm overtook them and broke the mainsail and mast. Most of the passengers fled screaming below deck. The two ministers noticed the Moravian Christians stayed above deck and sang hymns. The ministers asked, "Were you not afraid?" a Moravian answered, "Thank God, no." Two years later in a Moravian mission in England, one of those same two clergymen was converted. Three days later the other brother was converted. On the eleventh anniversary of that conversion, the words of the Moravian preacher, Peter Bohler, kept coming to the mind of Charles Wesley: "Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise God with them all." Charles Wesley soon wrote:
O For a thousand tongues to sing
My Great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!*
I wonder if God is pleased with the praise of my tongue? I wonder what percentage of my words are praise and thanksgiving to God? Let us use our one tongue to fulfill our purpose to praise God.
*Taken from A HYMN IS BORN, Clint Bonner, Broadman Press, 1959. C.S

As i sit here this morning thinking over the last couple of months, I realize how weak I really am, I realize how much I really do need my blessed Saviour. It is easy to praise him when things are going good, but I want to be found faithful in the good and the bad and through this trial I am sad to say I have gotten weary but inspite of my weariness the Lord has been faithful to me.
The Lord has recently provided enough money for us to pay all of our bills for Jan, Feb, some of March and April. I stand amazed at what the Lord has done for us. I can sit here and honestly say, My God shall supply all my need and I want to praise the Lord with the one tongue he has given me, Oh that we could learn to stand strong and praise him even when we are in the midst of the storm, others are watching how we will sustain the winds of our trials, people are looking for something they can grasp onto that is real. Let us always stand strong in the good times and bad and let his praise be continually in my mouth.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Are you 100% sure you are going to heaven?

This is for anyone who is not 100% sure that if they were to die they will go to Heaven
A few years ago railroads and airlines printed what were called "time tables." They all laid claim to the better route to your destination. They went so far as to print their line in big boxcar type, while their competitor´s line was put in the smallest type.
The different denominations and churches all have their peculiar route to heaven. The various sects and isms claim to have a monopoly on the only way to a blessed eternity. Which way shall we go? Certainly all of us want to go to heaven. Most assuredly we want to take the proper route. Which is it?
Instead of listening to this babel of voices all about us, why not listen to God? Here is what He says in the Bible. This is the inside story on God´s way to heaven. It is the gospel according to the Author:
God tells the truth about mankind:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10)
"For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and does not sin." (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
"…For there is no man that sins not…." (1 Kings 8:46)
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
God says that He must punish sin:
"Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sins, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4)
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
God tells the inside story about His remedy for sin:
"Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. " (Romans 5:8)
"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed." (l Peter 2:24)
"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; " (Titus 3:5)
"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
God wants to save you and will save you if you will follow His instructions:
"And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. " (John 3:36)
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your household." (Acts 16:31)
"To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
"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.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. " (John 3:16-17)
"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name." (John 20:30, 31)
God definitely declares that there is only one way to be saved:
"Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6)
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
"Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
(John 11:25, 26)
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
(l Timothy 2:5)
Christ extends to you a personal invitation: Won't you please lift up your voice and heart to Him today? Asking in simple faith for forgiveness and trust in the work HE did? Dying for you? Repent (be sorry for and turn AWAY from your sin) and ask Him into your life TODAY, for we know not what tomorow will bring!
"All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and he that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.
Now it is up to YOU.
Please if you have prayed and asked the Lord to save you from your sin, please leave a comment here and let me know you have prayed. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at I will be glad to help you anyway I can.
God Bless

Let me introduce you to someone.

This young lady is Sierra Joann McIlroy. She has become a significant part of our lives lately.
In 2005, Our family moved to Goodland, Kansas and My husband became her Pastor. We have watched Sierra mature into a very Godly lady and have taken pleasure in watching her walk grow in the Lord. She desires to live for the Lord and to be what he would have her to be.

In December, 08 a promise ring was placed on her finger, in hopes of becoming a certain young mans bride one day soon. We are thrilled to see what God has for her and Corey.
Sierra is an answer to our prayers. When our children were born, We began to pray for their mate, that God would help their parents to raise them in church and teach them to serve him, and that God would keep them from evil, and that God would make them a vessel that would complete our children and the ministry that God has for them.
Sierra was brought up in a family that is like two peas in a pod comparitively speaking. Their family is so much like ours, it amazes us that a family halfway across the United States can have so much in common. (only we know how much, lol)
Sierra brings us and our son much Joy.
I thank God for her testimony and her desire to serve the Lord and to be a willing vessel.
Please pray for them as they are seeking God's wisdom for their lives. This is a very dificult time for them as they are seperated by the miles from Goodland Ks, to Oklahoma City, Ok.
Corey is in his second year of Bible College and is working toward becoming a Youth Pastor as Sierra works and has recently earned her CNA license.
Please pray as they seek the perfect will of God for their lives.
Corey Estep and Sierra McIlroy Dec 08

Corey Estep and Sierra McIlroy Dec 08

These are some graphic verses that a friend made for me, she saw the need for KJV
and began to make verse siggys. I love her work and will post more of her verses.
She says they are for all to use and they are free. I think you might be able to snag them.
Help yourself.













God's Accuracy

I believe if this much detail attention has been put into the creation around us,
Shouldn't we believe that God can take care of us also? Consider the Lillies.

God's Accuracy
How lovely to think about the way our Creator God planned everything so carefully and perfectly, everything with a plan. As His highest creation, "we are fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14 God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.
For example,
the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days.
Those of the canary in 14 days.
Those of the barnyard hen in 21 days.
The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days.
Those of the mallard in 35 days.
The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by Seven). God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other .Quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.
The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.
A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments,
as well as in the number of grains.
Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
Each orange has an even number of segments.
Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas,
and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number
and the next row an odd number.
The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.
All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks.
The Lord specified thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundredfold - all even numbers.
God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed! Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence. Only the God-planned life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is safe.
-- Author Unknown

We can truly trust our Father.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just an update on what is going on in our lives.

Today is Wednesday, January 21st, 2009, Yesterday was a day of historical proportions. I am so glad I do not have to trust in the things of this world. I will pray for our Leader and trust that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.

As for me and my family, we are taking one day at a time and trusting the Lord for all of our provisions. It amazes me how far God can stretch a dollar and how a 20.00 bill handed to you when you least expect it can carry you over until the next time the Lord sees the need of more.
We have not needed for anything. Last Sunday night the Lord seen fit to give us $800.00 he used other Christians to provide this and that was just enough to pay the pressing bills.
It has never felt so good to pay our bills.
I have been so encouraged by so many Christians that have been down this road before. I had one elderly lady tell me...." Becky, My family and I went 8 months one time without one penny of income and the Lord met every need." It helped me to know that others have trod this ground and came out stronger on the other side and are still faithfully serving the Lord today.

I have wavered, I have doubted, I have cried out to God and questioned What are you doing Lord? BUT,
I have been encouraged at how the Lord has held true to his word inspite of my weak faith, which has taught me that inspite of my weak faith, my weak faith is better than no faith because he honours faith just like he said he would.
Not my will be done, but thine be done. Lord I believe, Help thou mine unbelief.
I hope that my trial can some how encourage someone to keep hanging onto God's promises, because he is faithful and once again.......My favorite verse, God cannot lie...Titus 1:2

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Websters dictionary defines
WORSHIP, n. [See Worth.]
1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.

Last week we went to my fathers church and
he asked my two boys to preach, My oldest son,
Corey, preached a message out of Matthew 6: 9-13
The Lord's prayer, he outlined the prayer and
showed the parts of prayer that we should
allow in our time with the Lord.
In Verse 9 he pointed out that we should worship
the Lord. Verse 10 we should surrender, verse
11 we should confess our sin, verse 13 acknowledge
our deliverence and also Praise the Lord.
As he preached that message, I realized that I had not
been surrendering myself to the trial that we have been
in. I have been fighting the Lord in this trial, upset that
things were not as I would have liked them to be for the
As I was doing my devotions the other day, I was going
through the steps that he had pointed out and I finally
surrendered to this trial.....The peace that flooded my
soul was so wonderful. It is easy to say, I surrender
my life to the Lord and take off walking and forget that
surrender is an ongoing process in our lives. It has to be
a daily surrender. Easy preachin, Hard living.
This week as I have been following these guildlines, I had
to stop and take the time to acknowledge worship.
I began to study worship, I looked up all the times worship
was listed in the back of my bible and I began to realize what
true worship really is.
The first time it is mentioned in my concordance was in
Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us
kneel before the LORD our maker.
Verses 4 and 5 of that same chapter acknowledge the truth that
God is a great God and that he is our creator.

My thought about worship is this, according to the word of God
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth.
We must take the truths of the word of God and acknowledge
them as truths and allow our Spirit to bear withness
in our hearts that they are true.
In Psalms 95 as I said earlier That verse calls us to worship
him as our creator.

The Spirit bears witness in our hearts at the truths of God.

Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship:
for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when
the true worshippers shall worship the Father in
spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship
him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
As we see in these verses, He is telling them that they
are worshipping but not with the Spirit, but that the
Spirit will come and will guild them into true worship.

We cannot truly worship the Lord without the Spirit
of God. He is the one that settles his truths down deep
in our hearts.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By faith we take God's truths and we put our faith in his
promises. Remember when the father came to Jesus
with the child that was filled with demons and the father
said in Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out,
and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Oh he wanted to believe God could heal his son, but he knew
in his own heart his faith was not as strong as it needed to be.
We have the Spirit that gives us the strength to trust God's
word but even if we don't have strong faith, he has given us
this example to call out to him to help us with our faith.
We must acknowledge that our faith is weak and
We must constantly ask the Lord to increase our faith

Do we really worship the Lord with his truths?
Let me take a minute to worship my Lord.
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.

1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Philp 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.
Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his seed begging bread.

My favorite verse
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie,
promised before the world began;
I can worship the Lord in the fact that I know his word
is true. His promises are so sure. Because his word says
he cannot lie to me.
It is impossible for him not to fulfil his word.

What trial are you going through in your life?
Can we just stop and get our eyes off of the trial
for a minute and recognize and worship the Lord
and realize he is the one in control and he deserves
us to stop worship him. He is worthy to
be praised and worshiped.
WORSHIP, n. [See Worth.]1. Excellence of character;
dignity; worth; worthiness.
Can you imagine going through life without his
promises? People are doing it everyday,
We need to be people of faith so that others can
see our Lord.
Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.
Stand up and worship your Lord today and let the
Spirit bear witness that
People must see our unwavering faith in God's promises.