Friday, May 30, 2008

Hiking in Badger

These are pictures taken by a family who went out for a hike in the Badger hills just South East of
West Richland. They were rock hunting and picnicing and enjoying a spring
day last weekend.

This was in southeastern Washington State.

Columbia Basin.

Thanks M. Ross

Signs and Wonders for today??

In studying Hebrews 2:1-4 I read this from W. Wiersbe, Be Confident his study of Hebrews.

Wiersbe writes -

I have often told the story about the pastor who preached a series of sermons on “the sins of the saints.” He was severely reprimanded by one of the members of the church. ”After all,” said the member, “sin in the life of a Christian is different from sin in the lives of other people.”

“Yes,” replied the pastor “it’s worse!”

We have the idea that believers today “under grace” can escape the chastening hand of God that was so evident “under Law.” But to whom much is given, much shall be required. Not only have we received the Word from the Son of God, but that Word has been confirmed by apostolic miracles (2:4). The phrase “signs and wonders” is found 11 times in the NT. Here it refers to the miracles that witnessed to the Word and gave confirmation that it was true. These miracles were performed by the apostles. (see Mark 16:17-20; Acts 2:43). Today we have the completed Word of God; so there is no need for these apostolic miracles. God now bears witness through His Spirit using the Word (Rom. 8:16; 1 John 5:1-13). The Spirit also gifts to God’s people so that they may minister in the church (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12)

Signs and wonders for today? NO.

Friday Funnies - Redneck Sea Food

Thanks Dave W.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Child Spanking Debate

Most of America 's populace think it improper to spank children.

The other day I was talking to a fellow worker about methods used to discipline children.

We talked about 'time outs', grounding, holding back 'rewards' until the child displayed desired behavior etc. One of the things we discussed was the act of spanking and my friend explained that no, he does not spank any of his children.

He explained that what he does is to take the misbehaving child out for a ride in the car and talk. He said that usually this works and that the child calms down fairly quickly and really doesn't take too much time.

By removing the child, in this case his son, from the immediate situation and providing a change of scenery, the child is allowed to focus on something different. Once the child has the opportunity to change perspective, things get better quickly and the child has better understanding of his place within the family and begins to understand the family’s concept of acceptable behavior.

He kindly shared a picture of the process which I share with you now......

Thanks Bro. Ohman

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Mom, Dad & The Kids"

By Tom Wallace

I Corinthians 7:2-3: "Let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence and likewise also the wife unto her husband."

The Bible places a lot of accent on couples: There are 29 couples mentioned in the Bible.

1. Adam-Eve
2. Abraham-Sarah
3. Issac-Rebecca
4. Jacob-Racheal
5. Joseph-Asenath
6. Amram-Jochebed
7. Elimelech-Naomi
8. Boaz-Ruth
9. Moses-Zipporah
10. Elkanah-Hannah
11. Saul-Ahinoam
12. Nabel-Abigail
13. David-Bathsheba
14. Rehoboam-Maachan
15. Ahab-Jezebel
16. Joram-Athaliah
17. Haman-Zeresh
18. Hosea-Gomer
19. Ahasuerus-Esther
20. Jehoiada-Jehosheba
21. Zacharias-Elizabeth
22. Joseph-Mary
23. Zebedee-Salome
24. Chuza-Joanna
25. Herod-Herodias
26. Ananias-Sapphira
27. Aquilla-Priscilla
28. Felix-Drucilla
29. Agrippa-Bernice


1. Cain & Wife
2. Lot & Wife
3. Job & Wife
4. Manoah & Wife
5. Sampson & Wife
6. Phinehas & Wife
7. Solomon & Wife
8. Jeroboahm & Wife
9. Naaman & Wife
10. Isaiah & Wife
11. Amaziah & Wife
12. Ezeliel & Wife
13. Belshazzer & Wife
14. Pilate & Wife
15. Cleopas & Wife


1. Adam-Eve
2. Lamech-Adah
3. Issac-Rebekah
4. Esau-Judith
5. Abraham-Keturah
6. Jacob-Rachel
7. Joseph-Asenah
8. Moses-Zipporah
9. Sampson-Philistine
10. Boaz-Ruth
11. David-Michal
12. David-Abigail
13. David-Bathsheba
14. Solomon-Egyptian
15. Ahab-Jezebel
16. Ahasuerus-Esther
17. Hosea-Gomer
18. Joseph-Mary
19. Herod-Herodias
20. Cana couple
21. Christ-Church


1. Lamech-two wives
2. Abraham-wife & Concubine
3. Esau-three wives
4. Jacob-four wives
5. Gideon-many wives
6. Elkanah-two wives
7. Saul-wife & concubine
8. David-eight wives
9. Solomon-700 wives - 300 concubine
10. Ahab-Jesebel & several
11. Rehoboahm-18 wives & 60 concubine
12. Abijah-14 wives
13. Joash-two wives


1. Men of Sodom
2. Lot's two daughters
3. Shechem raped Diana
4. Rueben-Fathers' concubine
5. Onan spilled seed
6. Tamar enticed Judah
7. Zimri's harlot companion
8. Sampson & a harlot
9. Hophni & Phinehas
10. David with Bathsheba
11. Amnon raped half sister
12. Absolom's public sex
13. Gomer before & after
14. Samaritan's six men
15. Adulterous woman forgiven
16. Woman who washed Jesus feet.
17. Corinthian & fahter's wife
18. Jezebel II - Thyatira

A well known Sociologist wrote, "the most dangerous place in our society is the home."

- 8 million assaulted by members of own families.
- More policemen killed each year in family disputes than any other line of duty.
- 16 of 100 couples have violent confrontations each year
- Of the 16, 6 are severe kicking, biting, or punching.
- In 4, the wife is seriously beaten by husband.
- In 3, children are kicked, bitten, or punched.
- 35% of brothers and sisters attack each other.
- Highest are under 30 with no religious affiliation.
- We live in a "ME" society. (self-living)
- "Our Pants"


- Only believers should get married. (DAVE & PEGGY)
- Love does not justify marriage.
- Pregnancy does not justify marriage.
- Family traditions are not always biblical.
- Social planners are not usually biblical.
- The "RIGHTS" crowd make poor risks.
- Divorced people are high risk and unscriptural.


- Unseen guest at every meal.
- Spirit filled man and woman will be ideally happy.


- Preacher who said he wanted to find a good church & move there, get job & build around church schedule.
- Consider services appointments with God, like doctor.
- Place of worship, learning, service, social, etc.


- The world Fascinates - then Assinates
- The world Thrills - then Kills
- The world Delights - then Blights
- The world Pays - then Enslaves

The world is an enemy of character. Those without character become feeling oriented.
During the last 20-30 years we've had a strong drift toward feeling & experience religion. THE REASONS:
1. Television influence.
2. Rock Music.
3. Humanistic Influence.
To offset these influences & minimize this intrusion.
- Cut T.V. Watching down or out.
- Provide stories, books, readers, that teach character.
- Use slogans. "Do Right", "Quitters never win", "Pray Without Ceasing", etc.
- Set a positive example.
- Projects of action: Paper route, Lawn cutting, chores, trips, fishing, camping, etc.
- Emphasis on accountability. Must keep books on allowance and spending, report on dates. (Debbie)


- He is God's High Priest & accountable to God.
- Not a dictatior but a leader. (great difference)
- He must set up guidelines. (give freedom within)
- He must assume authority. (someone will)
- Delegate responsibility. (involve everybody) use-lose
- Supervise. (T. Dollar-control) Not what we expect-inspect
- Build his ego, never tear down. (food & love)


- She needs security. (especially at mid life.) (When she starts caulking instead of powering)
- She has a homemaker and mothering instinct.
- Needs to feel loved. (Ky-She ain't got no mule)


1. Understanding and sympathy.
2. Thoughtfulness in little (flowers, candy, birthday)
3. Verbal reassurance.
4. Physical attention - Kiss bye & Hello.
5. Positive attitude.
6. Feeling needed.
7. Assurance that he's right with God.

1. Scheduling. (If you want supper it will be a 6:00)
2. Spending. Keep him off balance with credit cards. (Playing Teddy Roosevelt - CHARGE)
3. Sex. Powerful tool
4. Sickness. Backache, Headache, teeth itch.
5. Sobbing. Most powerful one,Man feel guilty,helpless.
6. Spirituality - Many women get ahead, & use it as tool
7. Silence. "Tell your father, I'm not speaking to him.
8. Suicide or Divorce threat. (95 yr. old)


- If lawn is to be attractive - It needs attention.
- If house is to look nice - It needs attention.
- If car is to look good - It needs attention.
- If kids are to turn out - they need attention.
- There must be discipline and training.
- Instill in them automatic understandings. (TTU)
- Set example for kids.(Have their respect)
- Will of parent must prevail over the child.
- Don't speak 7 times (Last time I'll say last time)
- Never, Never spontaneous smack or spank. (Go to bed and wait.)
- MOMMY, there's a peach growing on the peach tree.
- Rice: "Wait 3 weeks on girls, start on boys right away"
- Don't want to clone them but cultivate them.
- Teach them to be God controlled, not feeling controlled.

Illustration: Two little girls - One held by her foot on a rail road overpass With the train approaching, The other held by her love refused to leave her friend. Both killed by the train.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Little Baptist - online book

The Little Baptist

By J.M. Martin

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15

Publisher's Preface

We send forth "The Little Baptist", with a prayer that the reader may be stirred by the clarity and sincerity of thought and understanding, which this work reveals concerning the great Baptist Distinctives, that we hold so dear.

"The Little Baptist", is written so that a child or an adult may read it with equal enjoyment and learning.

"The Little Baptist", has been out of print since 1848. It was written by J.M. Martin of Rienzi, Mississippi, and was published by the Baptist Book Concern well before the Civil War.

NOTE: This work is in its original format and has not been changed.

Please note: Below is the Introductory material of the book, however,if you wish to continue reading this fine book [and I truly hope you do!] download the chapter from the document file (which is absolutely free). You will have the option to either simply open it or to save it as your own possession. GOD bless you from the Baptist Bible Believers website!

Please tell all of your friends and Church about this website, pray for this ministry - and that will be payment enough!



I have written a book; not for the student of classic lore, but for the young, to whom plain truths are of more value than polished style. Should it serve the cause of truth, I shall be content for critics to exercise their talents upon its imperfections. The object of the book is to give a plain, common sense view of the doctrines of the gospel, and to present, in a simple style, the peculiar features distinguishing Baptists from all other Christian denominations. I have no designs against the Presbyterians, as such, but select them only as representatives of the great Pedo-Baptist family. The expressions that Dr. Farnsworth is made to use, are generally the stereotyped sentences used by Methodist and Presbyterian controversialists with whom I am acquainted. The trial and expulsion of Mrs. Brown from the church, is introduced merely to form a basis from which to present the Communion question in its true light, and not with a view to show intolerance in the Presbyterian church.

With whatever imperfections this book may have, and with a just feeling of responsibility for the result of its teachings, I send it forth, attended by a fervent prayer that it may be instrumental in the acomplishment of much good.

J.M. Martin.
Rienzi, Miss.

Preface To New Edition

When the plates of this wonderful book became so worn by the issue of over 100,000 copies that the making of new plates was necessary, it was deemed best to have the book carefully edited. I have, therefore, gone over it and have eliminated some defects and some superfluities of expression, but in no case has the sense been changed. The aim has been to make it plainer.

I have added the statement of the offer of $1,000 reward for the production of single passage in the Greek of either the classic or the New Testament period where baptizo means sprinkle or pour, and have given some testimonies of leading scholars of different denominations.

It is confidently hoped that this great little book, whose author builded even better than he knew, will enter upon a greater sphere of usefulness than ever. It has already led its thousands to New Testament truth and practice, - may it continue to lead its tens of thousands.

T.T. Eaton.
Louisville, Ky.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Why I Am A Baptist - Noel Smith

Why I am a Baptist

By the late Dr. Noel Smith

Baptists are a people. They have a historical identity. They have a historical image. Their continuity is the longest of any Christian group on earth. Their doctrines, principles, and practices are rooted in the apostolic age. I am not a Pharasaical sectarian but I don't confuse Baptists with the Reformers. The Reformers wanted to reform the Roman Catholic Church; the Baptists were against the church, because it was not a New Testament church.

Protestantism originated in the Reformation. Protestantism is "protestism." That's a Negative. Negativism has within it the seed of its own disintegration. The Baptists were not reformers. They were not protesters. They were positive.

Freedom of conscience is not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine.

Religious liberty is not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine.

Believer's baptism is not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine.

Baptism of the believer by immersion in water, symbolizing the believer's death, burial and resurrection with Christ is not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine.

The local, visible, autonomous assembly, with Christ as its only head and the Bible as its sole rule of faith and practice, is not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine.

Worldwide missions are not a Reformation doctrine; it is a Baptist doctrine. The Reformers had no missionary vision and no missionary spirit. For almost two hundred years after the Reformers, the Reformation churches felt no burden to implement the Great Commission.

What kind of world would the Western world have been had Protestantism became its master? Who but the Baptist kept Protestantism from becoming master? The general attitude today is that the truth is determined by the passing of time; that there aren't eternal, abiding truths. "You can't turn the clock back. Time invalidates all truth. Time invalidates one set of truth and fastens another set upon us." Baptist history repudiates this philosophy of fatalism. Baptists today are believing, teaching, preaching and practicing the truths that they believed, taught, preached and practiced two thousand years ago. It gives me a feeling of stability to reflect that I, as a Baptist, am in the stream of this long continuity of faith and practice. The Baptist people are a great continuity ... a great essence ... a great dignity. The world never needed them more than it needs them today.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Funnies - Which Church

Three preachers were discussing, if Jesus came back to earth what church would he go to?

An Episcopalian said - "He would go to the Episcopal Church because of the line of Apostolic Succession."

A Holiness said - "He would go to the Holiness Church because of the enthusiasm."

The Baptist said - "Of course, He would go to the Baptist Church, why should he change after all these years?"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Curbing Church Growth

25 Easy Ways to Curb the Annoying Problem of Church Growth

1. Begin your message with the phrase, "You know what's wrong with you people..."

2. Place the student Sunday school space near the "Ruth class" for ladies 70 and above.

3. Move business meetings to Sunday morning and open up the floor by asking, "So does anybody have a beef?"

4. Begin that year-long sermon series on the 40 weeks of Daniel.

5. Place a polygraph machine on the front pew to be used during the invitation time.

6. Place tire puncture strips in the parking lot for cars going the wrong way before Sunday school.

7. Pick a NASCAR driver as your favorite and complain about all the other drivers (this works best in Alabama).

8. Place the roller coaster "You must be this tall" sign at the entrance of the worship center. (And make it stand about 5' 8 1/2")

9. Keep the Christmas pageant livestock in the church choir room year 'round.

10. Announce that on high attendance Sunday, if the goal is met, everyone will kiss the pig!

11. If your auditorium slopes downward to the platform, give every kid under 12 a handful of marbles before the service.

12. Give deacons the ability to "gong" the special music.

13. Place the outdoor welcome center tent a few feet from the septic tank.

14. Replace the pictures of former pastors with pictures of Larry, Moe, and Curly.

15. Start arranging marriages in the singles department.

16. Put a blank for "weight" on the membership information forms.

17. Invite the "cops" crew along during hospital visits.

18. Demand mandatory drug tests for all senior adult excursions.

19. In order to feel relevant, say "Dude" 15 times from the pulpit each Sunday.

20. Have the organist play hockey cheers at pivotal moments of the sermon.

21. Place armed guards in front of the Sunday school supply closet.

22. Before the offertory hymn, have the worship leader scream, "Show me the money!"

23. Charge tolls for the use of restrooms.

24. Illustrate all sermons or Sunday school lessons with scenes from "Walker, Texas Ranger."

25. Use the "American Idol" format for staff hirings.

email from D. Fountain

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Spring is here in PG

First time mowing the yard this year. Praise the Lord the snow is all gone.
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Monday is Victoria Day here in Canada

Repeat from last May

How Queen Victoria Received the Assurance of Salvation

Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901) was noted as a moral and religious person. Her religion and morality, however, was unable to save her soul. The following is an account of how Queen Victoria gained real assurance that she would go to Heaven.

"One day, after an especially moving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, she asked her chaplain if one could be absolutely sure of Heaven. He told her he knew of no way to know. How tragic not to know!

"News of this conversation reached the ears of a humble Gospel minister named John Townsend, who then wrote a letter to the queen. He told her that the Bible is clear that we can know for certain, for God does not want us to go through life with doubts where we will spend eternity. As proof, Townsend cited two Scripture verses. The first verse was 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."

The second verse Townsend cited was, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

The explanation of God’s simple plan of salvation impacted the queen. In her reply, Queen Victoria told Townsend that she now, "believed in the finished work of Christ for me," and looked forward to meeting Townsend in Heaven." (adapted from "Blessed Assurance" by Good News Publishers.)

Do you know for certain that you will go to Heaven? You can, if you will repent and trust in the shed blood of Jesus just as Queen Victoria did. God says we can know for sure we are going to Heaven. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (I John 5:13). Will you trust Christ to save you right now?

"Meet Me in Heaven"

In a biography of Queen Victoria, and we learned that the queen would sometimes go to the slums of London. She went into one home to have tea with an older lady, and when the queen rose to leave, she asked, "Is there anything I can do for you?" And the woman said, "Yes, ma'am, Your Majesty, you can meet me in heaven." The queen turned to her and said softly, "Yes. I'll be there, but only because of the blood that was shed on the cross for you and for me." Queen Victoria, in her day the most powerful woman in the world, had to depend on the blood of Christ for her salvation. And so do we. The Bible says that God is the Author of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). God provided salvation through the cross. He made peace by the shedding of His blood. The war that exists between you and God can be over quickly, and the peace treaty is signed in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

Are you at peace with God? Or do the sins of your heart separate you from God?

The above two stories concerning Queen Victoria and her salvation testimony. Monday here in Canada is Victoria Day.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

What Holds Us Together

laminins are what hold us together....LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. What is quiet interesting is what they look like.

Just google "laminins" or go to

Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!
The 'glue' that holds us together....ALL of in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very literal standpoint, we are held cell to the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin "glue" would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

From Dean West email.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ann Judson The Heroine of Burma Baptist History

Ann Judson was more than a missionary's wife; she is one of the noblest and heroic women who ever bore the Christian name. Every Baptist should be aware of the life and the ministry of the heroine of Burma.

Ann Hasseltine was born in Bedford, Massachusetts, on December 22, 1789. As a child, she exhibited an inquisitive mind and a tenacious perseverance, and her thirst for knowledge distinguished her as someone destined for a life of service. In her 17th year, after many conflicts and much prayer, she found pardon in the finished work of Christ. When she was 20, she read the life of David Brainerd and was deeply moved for those who had never heard the gospel. She recorded in her diary that she felt "a willingness to give herself away to Christ, to be disposed as He pleases." But, her future life of service was sealed when she met and ultimately married Adoniram Judson. However, she did not make her decision solely upon Mr. Judson's proposal. After much prayer and earnestly seeking the will of God, she wrote, "I am not only willing to spend my days among the heathen, in attempting to enlighten and save them, but I find much pleasure in the prospect. Yes, I am quite willing to give up temporal comforts and live a life of hardship and trial, if it be the will of God."

Ann and Adoniram were married on February 5, 1812, and sailed for Calcutta on the 19th. It was on this three-month journey that both Adoniram and Ann embraced believer's baptism. Upon their arrival in India, they were immersed by William Ward. This decision severed their relationship with their Congregational supporters. The Judson's offered their services to the Baptists who gladly accepted.

Shortly after their arrival, they were ordered by the East India Company to leave India or be deported. After numerous hardships and disappointments, they were finally able to book passage on a ship bound for Rangoon, Burma. Upon arrival, they immediately established themselves and began to study the difficult Burmese language. Through their dedication and untiring labor, the gospel began to produce fruit.

In 1823, reinforced by additional missionaries, it was determined that the Judsons and Prices would relocate to Ava, the capitol. War broke out between England and Burma soon after they arrived and Judson and Price were accused of being English spies. They were arrested and thrown into a prison known as the death house. Adoniram's life depended completely upon Ann's ability to provide for his physical needs.

Ann's heroic efforts during those dark days read more like fiction than reality. Forced to live in inhumane conditions, she became seriously ill, and her responsibilities were multiplied when she gave birth to her precious Maria. Adding to her burdens, the two Burmese girls she had adopted and her infant daughter were stricken with smallpox. However, empowered by God's grace, she was able to sustain her husband and Dr. Price and nurse the seriously ill children while being assisted by only one helper. Even though seriously ill herself, she persevered through incredible hardships which continued until the Burmese were forced to sue for peace or be destroyed.

After Adoniram obtained his freedom, the Judsons relocated to Amherst where they established a mission. Judson was called away to interpret for the British, and sadly, in his absence, Ann Judson was seized with a malignant fever. Her shattered constitution was unable to withstand the attack. At 8:00 on the evening of October 24, 1826, she passed into the arms of her beloved Savior. Exactly six months later, little Maria also died and was buried by her mother. Suggested reading: The Judson's History and Legacy, Rosalie Hall Hunt.

Article by
Thomas Ray

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day Stuff

The housewife answered the phone and listened with relief to the voice in her ear. "How are you, dear? What kind of day are you having?"

"Oh, Mom, the baby won't eat, the washing machine is broke, I've not been able to get out of the house to shop, I twisted my ankle and have been hobbling around. On top of that, the house is a mess and we're supposed to have two couples over for dinner tonight."

"Now, dear, just stay calm. Sit down, relax, close your eyes, and I'll be over in 1/2 hour. I'll do the shopping, clean up the house, and cook your dinner for you. I'll take care of the baby when I get there and call a repairman I know who'll get the washing machine fixed. In fact, I'll call George at the office and tell him he ought to come home and help out for once."

"George? Who's George?"

"Why, that's your husband, dear."

"Mom, my husband's name is Ted."

"Is this 234-5678?"

"Uh, no, it's not. I think you have a wrong number." The housewife paused. "Uhhh, does this mean you're not coming over?"

To My Other Mother

You are the other mother I received
The day I wed your son.
And I just want to thank you, Mom,
the loving things you've done.
You've given me a gracious man
With whom I share my life.
You are his lovely Mother and
I his lucky wife.
You used to pat his little head
And now I hold his hand.
You raised in love a little boy
And then gave me the man!

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?

Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.

Only a Mother:

Can listen to the same knock-knock joke 27 times without hollering "Nobody's Home!"

Will be a Scrabble partner with a kid who thinks "cookie" begins with "k".

Seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

via email.

Friday, May 9, 2008

"Let's run through the rain!"


She must have been 6 years old, the beautiful brown-haired, freckled-faced little image of innocence. And this day it was pouring outside, the kind of rain that gushes over the tops of the rain gutters. The parking lot drains were filled to capacity as huge puddles laked around the parked cars. Many of us stood under the awning or just inside the door of Walmart. We waited, some patiently and others aggravated because the rains messed with their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rain fall, getting lost in the sounds and sights of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.

Then we heard a child’s voice, so sweet as it broke through the hypnotic trance of the rains. "Mom, let's run through the rain," she said. "What?" her mother asked. "Let's run through the rain!" The mother responded, "No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit.” The child waited a minute and repeated, "Mom. Let's run through the rain." Her mother explained, "We'll get soaked if we do." The child tugged at her arm, saying, "No we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning." Her mother questioned, "This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?" Then the little girl recounted her words. "Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!’"

The people stopped silent while you couldn't hear anything but the rain. And no one came or left as the mother paused and thought for a moment about what to say. Some might laugh it off or scold her as silly. Others might ignore her. But this was a moment of affirmation, a time when her innocent trust could be nurtured to bloom into faith. And then we heard her mother say, "Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God lets us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing." And off they ran!

Watching, the crowd smiled and laughed as they darted past the cars and right through some of the puddles. They held shopping bags over their heads but they were obviously being soaked. Then other shoppers made their break from the store, running through the parking lot while screaming and laughing like children all the way to their cars.

I want to believe that somewhere along the road in life, that young mother will find herself reflecting on those moments together. They had captured a memory, like the pictures of a scrapbook of some of their most cherished memories. Maybe watching her daughter graduate, she will reflect upon that rainy day. And maybe again if God spared the little girl’s Daddy to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. And I suspect this mother and daughter will smile and laugh again as their hearts beat a little faster. And their smiles that day will simply tell the world how much they love each other. But only those two will share that precious moment of when they ran through the rain, somehow believing that God would get them through.

And Yes, I did too. I ran and I got wet. I needed washing too.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

11,802 or 7376 miles trip

We praise the Lord for His goodness and watchful hand upon Regena and I. We were able to travel some 11,802 kms with safety and without van troubles.

We were welcomed home with some northern BC weather.

This fellow was in Jasper National Park.

Regena sighted 7 black bears just within 200 kms of Prince George driving from Jasper area.

Slept in our own bed last night, and it was great night sleep.

Now there is much work to be done.

Our Last Sunday on the Road

We had a great time with Pastor & Mrs. Bob Garner of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Loveland, Colorado.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tyler Rose Garden

Last week we stop in at the world famous "Tyler Roses Gardens", this is where I ask Regena to be my wife and the mother of my children.

We had a very delightful time in Tyler, now we are on our way home to Prince George.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Last Sunday in Texas

On Sunday April 27, we were at Northside Baptist Church Mineola, Texas

With Pastor Joe Adams and his family, we had a great time teaching and preaching the Word of God in this church.

On Sunday morning I was surprised with three visitors, "Butch" (the first fellow I lead to Christ) his brother Steve and his wife.

Then on Sunday night, Randy came to visit Northside Baptist and to hear me preach. Randy was the second soul I was able to lead to Christ. The same night I lead Butch to Christ I told Butch now he needed to tell others he got saved. So Butch told Randy, then Randy said to me, can I get saved tonight as well. Praised the Lord he did.

Hallmark Place

Trying to keep up on a daily blog while traveling, visiting, ministering and preaching is just too much for me. So I will be wrapping up my posting on this trip is just a few post.

While in Tyler I had to go by Hallmark Place name after my grandfather who poured all the curb and gutter in concrete.
Note the L H Hallmark, this was stamp in the curb three times one for grandpa, my dad and my uncle.
I noticed the curb is getting old, some fifty year. Yet their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life which is forever. Is your name written there???