2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

We cannot avoid the affairs of life mentioned in Verse 4. But, we must be very sure that we do not become entangled in them. We must, through Christ and uncommon sense, master the affairs of life.

Hardness in Verse 3 is what we today call "hard times". So, good soldiers simply endure. Millions of saints and sinners have survived hard times before us. Have we learned from them, or will we repeat all the dumb choices? Hmmmmmmm

"We can be very thankful the nothing is taking God by surprise." Robert Aseltine

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


The whole message of the Bible is about men and woman falling, all of us. It is also about those same men and women being given a new start and being invited by Jesus Christ to finish the race set before them.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Friday, December 13, 2013


When I was a kid growing up in Kenya many Christians in that country assumed the Masai might never really take an interest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Masai are one of those rare cultures who had a benevolent God concept, but they had almost no superstition or fear of devils and spirits. They were a near vacuum in the spiritual part of life.

God had other ideas. The Gospel HAS been received by the Masai people. Many have come into Christ. A friend of mine has gone to Kenya twice to be the cook for a Masai pastor. He had a great time being the White man cooking for the African pastor. Roll reversal, but more than that, a testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit in true believers.

So, listen to this song of hope that was born in Africa, not imported:

AND, the old men sing praise to God too:

Sunday, May 19, 2013


While attending a dinner, newly elected Senator Bill Bradley asked the waiter for an extra pat of butter. The waiter said, "Sorry, one pat per person."

The emcee overheard and demanded: "Do you know who this is? This is Bill Bradley! All-American from Princeton. All-Pro with the Knicks. U.S. senator! Potential president!"

The waiter responded, "Do you know who I am?"

The emcee replied, "I guess I don't. Tell me."

The waiter said, "I'm the guy who controls the butter!"

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Even a powerful person needs the person who controls the butter. Each person and each person's job is important—in the high calling of our daily work.