Now that our President is traveling in the east we would do well to remember what God has said about Israel and their friends.
2 And I will make of these a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; thou shalt be a blessing;
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
We do need to remember Israel is God's People, and we do well to help protect them.
My prayer is "Lord, I pray that we never do harm to your people, Israel. This I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
May 17, 2017
As a whole at the reunion of the USS Allen M. Sumner DD-692, this past week I saw a lot of love shown. As Jesus was teaching his disciples, he taught them about love.
43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy."
44 "But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"
45 "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
46 "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"
47 "And if you salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?"
48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
My prayer is "God, forgive us of our sins and grant us wisdom and strength to love each other. I ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen" ;
April 26, 2017
You have probably heard the statement, "No need for me to read the bible, it so hard to understand, it changes the subject almost a often as the dictionary." It's true it does change subjects, but life has a lot of changes. The Bible is your recipe book for changes in your life. This is what Paul explains to Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
As we study, we should apply two principles of interpretation, spiritual and literal. Spirtual would include prayer, cleansing, and illumination by the Holy Spirit. Literal, interpret it according to the mind of the author, it's historical background, context of the passage and basic rules of grammar. If we want the will of God in our lives, we must regularly and systematically interpret God's word according to it's meanings.
My prayer is, "Lord help us to better interpret and live by your word. Amen."
April 21, 2017
You may have heard that birds of a feather flock together. Well, this maybe so in birds, but not always necessarily so with Christians. You may find the on street corner, in parks, where the unborn again are most likely to hang out. If thwey don't come out, part of the Christian's job is to take it to them. It doesn't mean the Christian has to do as they do. The great Apostle Paul, in his teachings talked about this.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, (being not without law of God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
My prayer is, "Lord, I pray we will go where you lead us, that we may spread your word, Jesus is alive and He is still in the saving business. I pray this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
April 12, 2017
Easter is closing in on us again. For some it's the sign of the last cold
snap of winter and some it may be a time to show off our new spring
dressups. But for some of us it is the time of celebration of the death,
burial, and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In Apostle Paul's
letter to the Corinthians he writes, reassuring them this fact.
1 Corinthians 15:1-14
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto
you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
5 And that he was seen of Ce'phas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom
the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an
apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed
upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet
not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among
you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is
My prayer is; "Lord, I pray that we will not look upon this time as just a
time for picnic, party, and look pretty, but, a time of celebration of the
death, burial and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It is in his
name I pray. Amen"
April 5, 2017
Spring has sprung, how are you feeling? Are you gloomy or up beat? A little
comparison can be found in;
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart
the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth
of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart
hath a continual feast.
My prayer is "Lord, I pray for all to have a merry heart, for with a merry
heart, there is no room for evil. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray this.
March 29, 2017
When the Lord gives you an assignment, he has no need of an excuse for your
delaying your orders. Examples if this is found in:
57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said
unto him, Lord, I will follow the whithersoever thou goest.
58 And Jesus said unto him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have
nest; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
59 And he said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, Lord, suffer me first
to go and bury my father.
60 Jesus said unto him, "Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and
preach the kingdom of God."
61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid
them farewell, which are at home at my house.
62 And Jesus said unto him, "No man, having put his hand to the plow, and
looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
My prayer is; Lord, I pray for strength and courage to follow you in the
assignments you give me, with out any excuses or delays. In Jesus Christ
March 22, 2017
As we look around, after over two thousand years, the world is still in a
mess. There is so much killing, seems as though people just don't want to
take the time to understand the problems between themselves and solve the
problem, they just go out and shoot each other. Our Bible not only tells of
problems, but, it's good to look forward to.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be compared with glory which shall be
revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are
not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which
are not seen are eternal.
Titus 2:13 Looking for the blessed hope, and
glorious appearing of our great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
My prayer is, "Lord, as we travel through these tough times, I am thankful,
for we have the future time of your appearance. It in the name of Jesus I
March 15, 2017
It's hard for me to conceive why folks make life so complicated, when it's
so simple. Deuteronomy
10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require
of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and love
him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the
Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God? My prayer is, "Lord, I pray our leaders, of our
nation will come to know you and with this they will serve you, and govern
us, justly, with love, and walk humbly in the ways of God. I Jesus' name .
March 7, 2017
Last week we listed a lot of surefire things that will send you to hell.
But, being the God that he is, he gives us a way to keep from going to
hell. By following these instructions you will be heaven bound.
Romans 2:23 For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, "Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the
same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
5:15 And that he died for all, that
they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him
which died for them, and rose again.
Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door,
and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in
to him and will aup with him, and he with me."
My prayer is " Lord I pray all will come to know and live with you.. In
Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen."
March 1, 2017
In the news there is a lot about gender, and where they belong in our
society. Here is what God has to say about some of them.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind,
as with womankind: it is abomination.
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men
with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompence of their error which was meet.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and
sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever
loveth and maketh a lie.
My prayer is "Lord, I pray these people will repent of their ways and come
to know you as their saviour. It is in your name, Jesus Christ I pray.
February 22, 2017
Everyone needs a little encouragement and teaching as we go through life.
Paul does this to the young teacher, Titus. This should teach us and give us
encouragement in this world hate and misunderstanding.
1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obay
magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all
meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving diver lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and
hating one another.
4 But after that kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
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
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to
the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm
constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to
maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
My prayer is, "Lord I Pray people will come to know you, that they will
become better teachers and doers of your word. In Jesus Christ's name.
February 15, 2017
As you travel about, or as you see on TV, the big mega churches, you think
I'd go to church, but the big church is just to many people. Jesus says you
don't have to attend a big church in order to worship.
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
My prayer is, "Lord, I pray for folks that think they dislike large
churches, understand, the crowd and big building is not needed, to be able
to worship, the true living God. I pray this in the name of our Savior,
Jesus Christ. Amen."
February 8, 2017
If your looking for an example of whether prayer works, you only have to
look over the last two years of our shipmates. There are several of us that
wouldn't be here today without the prayers of their righteous friends.
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him
up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may
be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
My prayer is, "Lord, thank you for answering the prayers of your righteous
servants, that we are still here in your service. I also pray you continue
to bless our pray warriors. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen."
January 25, 2017
Word processors and computers have spell check. But you also have a check up
on your life. It comes from the WORD.
1 John 2:1-6
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also
for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he
My prayer is "Lord I pray we will do a checkup in our lives. With the new
people in our government this would be the best time we've had for checkup
and get in line with you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
January 18, 2017
If you think your really religious, study these scriptures.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,
but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit
the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted
from the world.
My prayer is "Lord I pray we will be able to keep ourselves spotless from
the worldly ways. In Jesus' name Amen."
January 11, 2017
Life is full of horrowed times. It seems everything is going wrong. We may
take a passage out of David's life, as he was running from Saul.
1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul:
they have not set God before them. Se'lah.
4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it
7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: mine eye hath seen his desire
upon mine enemies.
My prayer "Lord, as our lives seem on the down hill slide, We'll remember
who our helper really is. In the name of Jesus Christ. amen"
January 4, 2017
This beginning of a new year, we might rather think about where we will
spend eternity, rather than making a new year's resolution, that we'll break
in less than six weeks. There is a better time a coming. We'll have a new
earth new heaven.
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of
heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of
God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And
he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water
of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he
shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
My prayer is Lord I pray for the lost that they will come to know you, and
will be able to share the new heaven and earth with you. It is in Jesus'
December 28, 2016
The new year is fast approaching, and those new year's resolutions. I feel
if we follow these scriptures close the world would be a better place by
this time next year.
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor:
for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with
his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is
good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as
God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
My prayer is "Lord I pray folks will be more considerate of others and treat
them with kindness and love from their hearts. In Jesus Christ's name.
December 21, 2016
Most everyone knows about Virgin Mary and baby Jesus' birth in a manger.
But, did you give it any thought of what would have been the out come if
Joseph had disobeyed the angel of the Lord.
Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall
give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall
call his name Im-man'u-el.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on the wise: When as his mother Mary
was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child
of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a
publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to
take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and
they shall call his name Em-man'u-el, which being interpreted is, God with
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he
call his name JE'SUS.
My prayer is, "God we give thanks for Mary and Joseph as they followed your
instructions, also thanking you for Jesus that you gave us as a sacrifice
for our sins. It is in His name I pray. Amen"
December 14, 2016
Tis closing in on the season. As we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus,
these scriptures should help get you in the mood.
Colossians 1:16; 3:12-13
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:
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
1 Corinthians 13:13
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of
these is charity.
1 John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and one that loveth
is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
My prayer is, "Lord I pray our love for you and each other will grow over
the season and that it will be everlasting. In the name of Jesus Christ.
December 7, 2016
Our nation has just elected a lot of new people to govern over us. But I'd
like to remind you who is really in charge of government. The one that
directs and allows things to happen the way they do.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
My prayer is, "Lord, I pray for our leaders, that they will follow your
guidance, so that we will be governed as you would have us to be. In the
name of Jesus Christ, Amen.