July 31, 2010

Aug. 1 '10 - Rimes With Reason by Charles Rimes

Now that August has arrived and school activities start soon I was thinking back on every English teacher I’ve had. The first thing out of their mouth when school started again was: “Write a theme on What You Did on Your Summer Vacation.” It was always easy for me to write or make up an interesting story and embellish a little, though most times my really truthful events during summer were better kept mostly to myself.

With that being said, I decided to factually write about this year’s summer vacation. Now I’m completely retired from a regular 8:00 to 4:30 job at the bank where I worked for 42 years and my Massage Studio hours are very flexible. Being free to do most anything now and initially with a momentary lapse of judgment I volunteered to accompany several youth and our pastor on a mission trip. I had heard of World Changers because they came to Bogalusa mainly after Katrina and also several times since. This organization sponsored by the North American Mission Board physically helps build or repair homes for those unable to do so themselves.

Those traveling with us were our pastor Charles Rogers, whose also a physician, his son Steven; his daughter Mary; Reagan Holmes; Chloe Stokes, Cathy New, our Music and Worship Director; her brother Caleb; Marissa Mitchell, our former Youth Leader; and myself. The destination was West Memphis, Arkansas just across the river from Memphis Tennessee. Our group met up with 190 other team members from across the nation and with 20 administrative staff members. We were housed in the huge First Baptist Church in Marion. Arkansas a mile away from West Memphis.

Over the week, mainly four work days, all of us in 105 degree weather with a 115 degree daily heat index took shingles off 18 homes and completely reroofed them with edge trim, tar paper and architectural shingles. We also painted houses while some built decks and wheelchair ramps. All in all, 6800 work hours were donated to West Memphis with a minimum dollar value of $70,000 from us.

The point I am making is that in todays world there is the phenomenon of isolationism or “cocooning” with people pulling in and shutting out the rest of the world while interested only in what concerns them. Many are interested only in what can be done individually for them to the neglect of what can be done for others or those less fortunate.

Christ chose to get involved, passing through the heavens while coming to earth and becoming poor to make us spiritually rich. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, . . .” - Heb. 4:14KJV He was no stranger to real life while living and observing what people go through every day. One aspect of “cocooning” is an attitude of “When I’m done with work, I’m worn out. I can’t be bothered with people’s problems and can hardly manage my own. If anything I need to receive help, not give it out.” This attitude results in many receiving comfort, help and even peace from the very few who give and share their time and talent. Believing in Jesus empowers people. This verse challenges believers: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” - Heb. 4:16KJV. Why? To obtain mercy that we each need and grace to help in time of need. God’s grace, undeserved to us, relieves some of our cares and allows us freedom and strength to “pass it on” by helping others. By the way, none of our group complained about the extreme heat or hard work. They did exceptional in my opinion and each came home with a renewed attitude of service for others.

Aug. 1 '10 - Jesus, The Son Of God by Elder Burdette Thomas

Today we would like to take our study from the book of John Chapter 1. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

From the very beginning of time, Jesus has been on the scene. He, Jesus, was in the beginning when God created all things. He was God’s Son then and He still is today. Later in time He came to this world in the form of a baby, which we will get too a little later.

When you go back and study the word of God we will find that in Geneses 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” So we find that the Word was with God in the creation. Every time God spoke that was Jesus, His Son, because the word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Every thing in this world at the beginning was made by Him and for Him.

If only people could work together today as the Father and Son worked together in the creation. There would be a lot more things done if we could work together. There are people in this world that don’t believe in the trinity or three in the God head. They don’t believe in the three. These are three distinct individuals working together as one. These individuals are known as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We find all of them in the creation of the world. Geneses1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” One thing we know is that the Spirit of God brings life.

Geneses 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fwol of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” You see He was even in the making of man. God loved His Son, but He also loved mankind.

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.” Now we find that not only was Jesus, the Son of God in heaven, He also was when He walked the face of this world. John 1:11, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” So the Word came to earth in the form of a baby.

Luke 1:30-31, “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” We find Mary conceived by the Holy Ghost coming upon her and the power of the Highest over shadowing her. The child was born and walked the earth among men. We know that Jesus is God’s Son because Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized of him in the river Jordon.

Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heaven were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

God spoke pertaining to his Son. We read in Luke Chapter 9 that Peter, James and John went with Jesus upon a mountain, and there He was transfigured before their eyes. Peter was so happy that he wanted to build alters there in honor of those he saw. Luke 9:35, “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” I have been preaching for 25 years. I have heard about God and Jesus and I have preached about them. Like the words in a song, “There are not enough words enough notes in the music to tell the story of all the Savior has done.” I trust that this devotion will bless your heart. May God bless you.

Yours in Christ
Elder Burdette Thomas

Aug. 1 '10 - The Bible by Brother Shelton

Did you ever stop and think about the Bible? It is in just about every home, and hotel room in the world. This book is read and studied by more people all over the world than any other book. The Bible contains proof in itself of its divine origin. No other book can answer the questions of the mind or satisfy the longings of the heart as does the Bible. It is adapted to every age and condition of life and is full of that knowledge which enlightens the mind and sanctifies the soul. It is so easy to get your hands on one that all people of every country need to read and study and pray more than one every day.

The Bible is Gods great text ---book for man. It is His lamp to our feet and light to our path in this world of sin. The value of Bible study cannot therefore be overestimated. Considered from a literary standpoint alone the Bible stands pre-eminent. It’s terse, chaste style, its beautiful and impressive imagery; its interesting stories and well---told narratives; its deep wisdom and its sound logic; its dignified language and its elevated themes, all make it worthy of universal reading and careful study.

As an educating power, the Bible has no equal. Nothing so broadens the vision strengthens the mind, elevates the thoughts and enables the affections as does the study of the sublime and stupendous truths of revelation. A knowledge of its principles is an essential preparation to every calling. To the extent that it is studied and its teachings are received. It gives strength of character, noble ambition, keenness of perception, and sound judgment. Of all the books ever written, none contains lessons so instructive, precepts so pure, or promises so great as the Bible. In the Bible we have a revelation of the living God. Received by faith, it has power to transform the life. During all its history a divine watch—care has been over it, and preserved it for the world. So find one read it and live by it to give you a better life and understanding of it.
With love n God;
Brother Shelton

Aug. 1 '10 - The Living Room by Rev. Chad Jenkins

Have you ever visited people who had a “sitting room” in their home? When I worked doing pest control for a while, I had the pleasure of seeing all types of homes. One thing that jumped out at me was that a number of homes that I serviced had rooms that were not intended for use. The furniture was decorative, the floral arrangements were exquisite, the accessories were perfect, but this was not a room to spend time in. This is truly one of those puzzling things to me. I relate better to a “living room.” I am accustomed to a room where the furniture is tousled from wrestling with kids, the tables are fingerprinted from sticky hands, and the pillows are just as likely to be on the floor as on the sofa. I don’t think I am too far off when I suggest that this is more of what the Lord wants to see when he looks at us. Not a cold unwelcoming life with all things in place, but a life that invites others in to share in the joys and sorrows. Over the next few weeks, I would like to look at what Paul calls “a life worthy of the Lord.” To put this in context, read the following passage from the book of Colossians:

9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14

The first thing about such a life that we see is that it should be “bearing fruit.” Jesus was quite interested in the fruit of our lives. He said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)

To bear fruit, a few things need to be in place. First, there has to be life. Seems simple enough, but many who claim the name of Jesus, have never received His precious gift of salvation. They are so busy trying to get to Heaven by what they are doing, they never stop to realize that they are trying to squeeze life out of a corpse. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). As it says in Hebrews, “how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”

Secondly, to bear fruit, we must be nourished. Hebrews also teaches that we should continue to meet together. We are acknowledged in Scripture to encourage on another. Furthermore, we are commanded to study the Word. Many today who are frustrated with church life, give up on meeting together. Though the frustration may be justified (the church is made up of fallen people), the decision to run away is not. It is kind of like holding your breath and waiting for someone else to suffocate.

A favorite story (I apologize that I don’t know where it originated) of mine tells of a man who, for some reason or other, decided to give up and stay home. One day in the winter, the pastor drove out to the man’s home. When the pastor came in, they acknowledged each other briefly, and the man began to lay out his grievance, ending with the statement, “And that is why I am not coming back!” The pastor quietly listened, offering no argument. Then the two just sat quietly looking at the fire in the man’s fireplace. Finally the pastor took the tongs from beside the fireplace and removed a red hot ember from the midst of the fire. He sat the ember on the edge of the bricks away from the fire. As the two men watched, the ember lost its glow. Before long the little piece of burning wood became black and hard and cold. When the pastor finally looked over to the man, he saw a tear running down his face. “I will be there Sunday,” the man said. We need the life that comes from Jesus, we need the nourishment of His Word, and we need to trust the Father. It is not up to us who will respond to our seed-scattering (see Matthew 13), but it is up to us to scatter the seed. We must share the love of the Lord with others.

Stop sitting and start living!

Aug. 1 '10 - A Peek Into Heaven by Joyce Mizell

Today I thought I will take a peak inside heaven’s door
I saw my final resting place when life here will be over

Heaven is a beautiful place it’s not a fantasy or a dream
It’s our home in the sky and Jesus Christ will be King

With natural eyes what I was seeing was not complete
With spiritual eyes my sweet Jesus was the one to meet

With love in his voice so gently he said child come to me
Heaven’s Door flung open and there was so much to see

There was my family and they were happy as could be
I wanted to rush and hug them but they couldn’t see me

They had no sorrow, tears and they had no more pains
Wonderful peace and sweet hallelujahs they proclaimed

Jesus said Heaven a sinner won’t see unless they follow me
I Am The Way Heaven will be home for those I set free

In a kind voice he said earthly hardships I already know
Long ago when I came to earth I traveled that hard road

I know families struggle for their homes, food and for rent
Remember in Heaven are mansions that won’t cost a cent

I thought this-Heaven will be our home on that distant shore
And one day it will be my final resting place for ever more

Joyce Mizell
Written in 1990

Aug. 1 '10 - HEAVEN-Hope For The Saved by Joyce Mizell

(This article was written for someone by request. They received their copy and I thought others may enjoy reading it along with a poem written in 1990. Joyce Mizell)

Heaven will be a wonderful city for the saints of God to spend eternity. Everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ and is saved and obeys his Word has a paid in full ticket. Jesus paid the price with his shed blood on Calvary .

We read such comforting words in John 14:1-4 where Jesus is speaking telling us the way to the Father. 1-Let not your heart be troubled: Ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2-In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3-And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am ye may be also. 4-And whether I go you know and the way ye know.

The old Hymn “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be” has been sung through the ages. We read all about it in the Word of God. This earth is not our permanent dwelling. The Word describes us as Pilgrims passing through this way. When planning to take a trip with my family I try to get Brochures to read about the places we would like to visit.

We become familiar with what’s in store to visit and view. We can do the same about Heaven. Read the Word and follow the map it gives to Heaven. The Word of God is not a brochure to use on special occasions. It’s God’s Truth to live and obey!

The Word of God tells us there will be activity in heaven. Heaven is a City of Hope for the saved. There will be singing, serving; praising and other things just to name a few.

It will be a city of no night because the Glory of God will be the Light. One only need read Luke 9:29 to learn about the Light of God. Jesus prayed and was transfigured. His countenance was altered. His remnant was white and glistering. Peter, James and John witnessed the change on the mountains were this took place. 2 Corinthians 3: 7-18 is another example of the Heavenly Light.

In heaven ever thing will be made new. There will be no more tears, sickness death and all the things that trouble us in earthly life. All things will be made new.

As for me personally when I see Jesus I know I will fall to my knees in thanks. How can I ever thank Jesus enough for dying for me? After entering that glorious beautiful City where I will live forever I know I’ll want to see the prophets who did God’s will and carried the gospel, many at the cost of their life.

There’s no doubt about it I’ll look for my family, friends and all the others who have touched my life. When I realize they are in heaven it will be joy unspeakable.

Heaven will be a place of rest and happiness. Think about it-we spend countless days during a life time with trials and tribulations but in Heaven it will be peace and rest.

Heaven is a wonderful place to spend eternity!

Jesus told us in his Word he would prepare a place for all who love him and I believe all he said. I hope you do too! Books are kept in heaven and our name must be written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life. Recently the census was taken in our country. Think what would have happened if we belonged in another country. This is only a small comparison of what would happen if our name isn’t registered in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

We can imagine and paint our picture of the beauty of heaven from Revelation 21. Read it and be thrilled and amazed at the splendor of what Jesus went to prepare for all who love him. The Words of 1st Corinthians 2:9-10-But it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered unto the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared, for them that love Him. 10-But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Expensive jewelry is important to many people here on earth. It’s given as gifts on many occasions to those we love. Let’s look at the beautiful City called Heaven. This is what Jesus went to prepare for all who love him. Revelation Chapter 21.

Heaven is that City that Abraham looked for whose builder and maker is God. Hebrew 11:10 -For he looked for a city which had foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

That city called Heaven will be 1500 miles wide and high with 12 gates. We will have perfect security in our new home. The brilliant, magnificent stones will reflect the Glorious Light of God in the city that will have no more night. The gold of the streets will be so perfect it will be clear as glass. Read all about the stones that will be in Heaven’s structure. Jasper, sapphire, emerald, beryl, topaz, chalcedony, chrysoprasus, jacinth, sardonys, sardius, amethyst, and those streets made of pure gold. (Some Bible words have different spellings) Revelation Chapter 21.

Thinking about Heaven we must remember what we read in Matthew about laying up treasures in heaven. Matt. 6:20-But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. 21-For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. A book could be written about heaven using all the Scriptures where we learn more and more. Even a good life on this earth has its troubles. Who would chose to miss Heaven for a place called Hell?

Attention is given in scripture to different things that will not be in heaven. There will be no more marrying or giving in marriage. Luke 20: 34-36. There will be no death, no tears, sorrow, crying or pain. There will be no more curse. There will be no more night nor will there be need for light because the Son of God will be the light of heaven. Revelation 21:4, 27. 22: 3, 5. Jesus descended from Heaven. John 3: 13 and was taken back up into heaven .Acts 1: 9-10. He died on the Cross of Calvary, was buried and rose again. He was seen by many after his resurrection. Later he was taken back to Heaven. Mark 16:19-So then after the Lord had spoken unto them he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Luke 24: 50-55. Acts 1: 1-11

Jesus went back to Heaven. Keep in mind that where he is we can be with him. The beautiful city of Heaven is too wonderful to miss. Search the scriptures, they testify of Jesus.

Jesus will return from heaven for his Saints.1st Thessalonians 4: 16-For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17-Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 17-Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

July 17, 2010

Rimes With Reason by Charles Rimes

Sometimes I step off into a subject that may be somewhat over my head or rather over my feet. We know through personal visits or watching media of the oil catastrophe in Gulf of Mexico how it’s affecting coastlines. People being careful to walk there try not to step in oil sludge or on tar balls. Walking down there, shoes or flip flops are worn but cleaning them or bare feet takes more than water or soap. It wasn’t that way during Jesus’ day. With most Biblical characters at that time wearing leather strap-on sandals and no socks, as we now have, dusty and muddy roads caused dirty feet.

The Bible has many passages on foot washing. When the Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees in Mamre three men appeared. Abraham rushed to meet them and said: “Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree,” Genesis 18:4 KJV. When two angels appeared in Sodom, Lot said: “. . .Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.” - Gen. 19:2KJV. When Jacobs’, or Israels’, sons traveled to Egypt, their brother Joseph, unknown at the time to them, gave orders to his steward: “The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder to their donkeys.” - Gen. 43:24NIV.

The Bible says Jesus spoke to Simon the Pharisee in his home: “ . . Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. - Luke 7:44KJV.

At the Lord’s Supper, Jesus: “ . .got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said ‘Master, you wash my feet?’ Jesus answered. “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear to you later.’ Peter persisted, ‘You’re not going to wash my feet–ever! Jesus said, ‘If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.’ ‘Master!’ said Peter, ‘Not only my feet, then, Wash my hands! Wash my head!’ Jesus said, ‘If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene.’” - John 13:4-10 MESSAGE. What did the Lord intend to teach in these verses when He washed the disciples feet? Did He institute a church religious worship ritual, or did He set an example of individual humble service? It’s not stated in the Bible that this should be a ritual of worship nor does any other Biblical passage state that Christians did this in church assemblies.

Jesus washed feet not a foot. For those churches who practice foot-washing some do it this way: "For people whose feet are being washed: Instruct them to come to the service with clean feet in clean footgear. Each person removes the footgear from one foot. It doesn't matter which foot. The foot-washer places the bowl under the person's bare foot, pours water on the foot, and dries it with the towel."

This has nothing to do with foot-washing, but we Massage Therapist use lotions, oils or gels to gently massage feet. The bottom of feet are a map of internal body parts and any soreness or hardness on them usually reflexes to indicate problems in that body part. When that body area is clear of problems, foot soreness is usually gone. I’m a believer of taking care of feet, because when they are pain-free the mind can concentrate on other things especially Biblical teachings and emulating Jesus.

Rebellious Nation By Elder Burdette Thomas

I would like to take our study this week from Isaiah 1:1-4. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.”

God is trying to teach us a lesson in these verses of scriptures. That it does not pay to rebel against Him. There was a time in the nation of Israel God had provided for them. It seems that each time God took care of them that they would complain. Each time this would happen God would punish them. These people were use to God taking care of them that they began to feel like we can do what ever we want to and God will provide. God was so good to the nation of Israel . Just like He has been good to America.

The nation of Israel had got to a point in their lives that the Lord said they had forgotten Him. God used natural things to give us a lesson. He said the ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib. If you have ever had animals you know that they know you. Animals know who tends to them. Cows know when you start to the barn that it is time for them to be milked. You can go to the crib for the horse feed and pretty soon the horse will know that he is going to get feed.

It is sad that we have come to a day when God the one that created all things has been shut out of schools. No longer are our children allowed to pray in the class room. But it is ok for drugs to be sold at our schools. It is ok for sex to be taught but don’t teach anything about the Bible. People what have we come too. Our nation was founded on IN GOD WE TRUST. I guess it was good enough for back then, but it will not do for the day in which we live.

People I have seen many changes in my life time. Some I have been very shocked to see happen. Some you would never have dreamed of. We sit around and wonder why our great country is in the shape she’s in, when all I can say is if you rebel against God what is there left. People God has been good to us. He has given His Son to die for our sins. That alone should make us serve Him. We live in the greatest country in the world. We have the freedom to worship God like we want too. If we desired we could go to church ever night of the week. There are churches on ever corner. The Bible was given to us that we might read and study and that we might see where the nation of Israel made their mistakes and you and I not make those.

Why can’t we just follow our Lord and let Him take care of us. People what is our world coming to when they are wanting to pass a law that you can carry a gun to church. I don’t understand this so maybe someone can help me with it. I tell you what there has been a lot of changes over the years, but I am glad that I am serving a God that never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The world can change but that doesn’t mean we have too. We can be like Joshua, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Yours in Christ
Elder Burdette Thomas

The Gateway by Joyce Mizell

The Great Smoky Mountains has been the gateway to millions of visitors through out the years. Those majestic mountains seem to say to everyone; we’re so peaceful and tranquil come visit. The foliage on the trees in fall turn dozens of blazing brilliant colors splashed on by God. The scene makes for a “Kodak Moment.” This happens to be one of my most enjoyable vacation spots.

A sign at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains deserves our attention. It reads-The Great Smoky Mountains International Biosphere Reserve. The G S M was dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in1940. Seeing the sign

I have wondered why the United Nations is involved with our land here in the US . Study shows the park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and is now a World Heritage Site since 1983. I understand the claims as to why this was done. If we give some serious sober thinking we may come to the conclusion that some of our USA Rights are falling off the mountain of the principals it was founded upon. This brings me to this thought, when the winds of change blow don’t bend like a reed, stand firm and strong
A study in the Bible tells us God divided the nations. Deuteronomy 32:8-When the Most High divided the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel . All nations are important to God. God is in control of all things and all people.
After reading the history of the Great Smoky Mountains the thought came to mind, is some of the sovereignty of the USA slipping away? I love America where I can worship the One and only True God. A One World Religion, A One World Government and A One World Money is not my American dream!!!!

Each day of our life we must ask the Lord let us never forget our Divine Blessings that only he can give. He will give us strength to hold on when the winds of change tries to blow us off the mountain cliff. Jesus said I and My Father are One. Never neglect to thank God for his Son Jesus incarnate. Through Jesus we see God!

John 12:44-Jesus cried and said, he that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45-And he that seeith me seeth him that sent me. Jesus the Son of God was Deity!

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains is just an entrance to an earthly vacation spot. The Gateway to Heaven is Jesus Christ. He is the Door! The entrance into heaven through Jesus Christ is Eternal!

John 10:9-I am the door; by me is any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. Jesus is our good Shepherd who gave his life for his sheep.
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