Sep
29
2017
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FRIDAY, 9/29/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Isaiah 7-8; Ephesians 2

There is something about the best laid plans of rats and humans.  “My” plan yesterday was to take the day off (vacation day) in order to get some personal things done.  Did not happen.  I was not in the office but I had a full day.  Sometimes it just happens that way.  It was a productive day.

Larry Whitehurst called me yesterday to share that Tammy Womack’s report from the doctor was not positive.  She will go for another scan today.  Pray for Pastor John, Tammy and the family.

One of our senior saints cooked and delivered supper to the house last night.  You talk about good!  Oh my!  Honestly, we have not had a bad meal yet.  (Couple of close calls!  Just kidding!).  We are very thankful for the outpouring of love shown to us.  Amazing!

It seems that Lisa’s casts have loosened some which means she has some use of all of her fingers now.  She did more things yesterday than she has done since the fall.  Believe me, she is still milking it but she is doing a few things much better.  I think that maybe God is telling her to slow down.  What do you think?

I completely forgot that Clint Landry lives in Arab.  He is going to be on the look out for a good church for the Wes Garrison family.  What a helpful guy!

Good news!  Our blog readership is back in double digits!  Hooray!  I was ashamed to report that after our week offline we had dropped to nine readers.  However, Katie Tillman recruited a new reader yesterday so we are now at ten!  Deidra and Daphne cannot understand why ten people would bother to read my writings.  I tried to explain to them the deepness of these writings but they simply cannot comprehend it.

This NCAA basketball thing is disturbing.  (Rumor has it that Pastor Jack Bailey is upset because Rick Pitino was fired.  Why would Pastor Jack care about Rick Pitino?)  Some of these super freshmen may not see the court this season.  They can clean this up but there will be another scandal.  As someone has well said, “as long as they keep score and there are winners and losers then there will be cheaters!”  So true!

I have decided that for the present time I am going to boycott the NFL.  Crushing blow to them!  Tired of their liberal agenda.  If they make some changes then I may watch the games again.  If not, I am good.  I will survive without the NFL.  Respect for the national anthem, the American flag and members of our military, past and present, mean much more to me than the NFL!  Hey, if these guys want change then why do they not take some of their millions of dollars and help these causes?  By the way, if things are so bad in the US there are planes leaving every day!  Right, just like all those who were leaving after the last presidential election – how did that go?  FYI – read last night where the Denver Broncos say their entire team will stand for the national anthem from this point forward.  Good for them!

Lord willing, Lisa and I will travel to Birmingham today and then over to Tuscaloosa tomorrow afternoon.  Yes, the game begins at 8:00PM.  Yes, we will probably leave Tuscaloosa around midnight.  Yes, it will be 4:00AM or so before we get home.  Yes, I will preach three times Sunday.  Yes, I will teach Sunday School.  Yes, I have two meetings.  Yes, I have lost my mind!

After “work” yesterday I was able to mow three yards.  Have three more today.  Lisa says we cannot leave until all the yard work is done.  Frost, where are you?  LOL!

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

 

 

 

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Sep
28
2017
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THURSDAY, 9/28/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Isaiah 5-6; Ephesians 1

Good Wednesday.  God is good and we are thankful!

I had the opportunity to visit with Robert Baria yesterday afternoon.  It is the first time in the last four or five times that I have actually gotten to see him.  As usual, Roseanne was there with Robert and he looked really good.  Was able to speak to us and was all smiles.  He knew it was Wednesday and wanted to go to our church service – how about that?  Keep praying for Robert.

Also visited with Pastor Louie Davis as he has a blood clot in one leg and another one in a lung.  They are treating him with medications.  Pray for Pastor Davis.

Attended the visitation with Wendy’s family yesterday afternoon.  Wow, what a crowd!

Attended the GBMS volleyball game yesterday afternoon.  One of the mothers had promised to get me in for “free” on her pass – whatever!  Cost me four dollars!  Congratulations to Haley & Bailey on the win!

Wes, Jennifer, Louis & Emma Garrison will soon be moving to Arab, Alabama.  I am happy for them as they will be close to both sets of grandparents.  However, I am sad for us as a church family.  The Garrisons are a wonderful family.  I am trying to help them find a good Baptist church with a good pastor in Arab.  Any suggestions?

Have had several comments about the turnip greens soup.  People want the recipe.  Here it is – take your left over turnip greens and add water.  Stir. Put in a bowl and take it to your pastor’s house.  Call it soup.

The Dodgers need one more win or a Cleveland loss to secure the best record in the majors.  Bobby & the boys are on cruise control and are waiting on the Cubbies.

I have failed to mention this in any of my posts this week.  My cousin-in-law (is that a word?), Pastor Roy Crouch, and his son, Titus, ran a 5K this past Saturday.  Titus finished in second place in the 13 – 19 age division.  First race so obviously a great job.  However, Pastor Roy finished in first place in the 35-39 division.  His first race too.  Is that awesome or what?  Let me list all of the runners in the 35 – 39 division:  Roy Crouch.  I know his wife, Rachel, is so proud!

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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Sep
27
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 9/27/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Isaiah 3-4; Galatians 6

Normal schedule this morning and evening.  My prayer is that the members of the Friendship family will be found faithful.  So many of you are and I do appreciate it!

Keep praying for Robert Baria.

Wendy Johnston’s uncle passed away on Sunday morning.  The visitation with the family takes place tonight and the service in the morning.  Everything from Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  Pray for the Levi Hopkins family.

Another wonderful meal for the Turrentine family last night.  The skinny girl did good!  We had turnip greens soup.  Folks, that was new one on me.  Am I in alone in that regard?  Again, we are a very thankful family.  The Friendship family has been very good to us.  (FYI, I avoided the turnip greens soup!)

Well, one election is over and now we get to hear the Democrats and Republicans scream at each other until December 12 – how exciting!  Obviously, the results from yesterday’s election upset the apple cart as far as the political establishment is concerned.  Just proves that the millions of dollars do not always equal victory.

The Dodgers secured home field throughout the NLCS with their win last night.  Now they need to fend off the Indians (I am offended by that name!) for the same right in the Series should they make it that far.  However, Bobby & the boys will place anyone, any place, any time!  (Court, you like that?). Go Bobby – third base coach of the year!

Can you believe that Bill Kendrick is once again wearing the very same socks he was wearing when his beloved “Black Bears” beat Alabama three seasons ago?  (How did Bill’s son, Will, turn out so right when it comes to college football?)

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

 

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Sep
26
2017
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TUESDAY, 9/26/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Isaiah 1-2; Galatians 5

Well today is voting day in Alabama.  I will be glad when 7:00PM has come and gone!  I do plan on voting.  It is always a challenging experience for me as the poll workers harass me.  Can they do that?

Went yesterday and took care of the financial arrangements for Mr. Smith’s cremation.  Again, I very much appreciate the Friendship family for giving graciously to meet this need.  I also appreciate Rita Broome’s help in this matter.  Rita is a very compassionate lady.

Speaking of Rita, she and a few others have been providing food for the Smith family.  If you would like to help in this ministry then simply contact Rita.

Sonny Bates is now into his second week of radiation treatments.

Robert Baria remains hospitalized but should be moved to another facility at some point this week.

Lisa was examined by the doctor yesterday.  The casts were removed and both wrists/hands were x-rayed.  The doctor said everything looked good and all of the bones had stayed in place.  Her right arm was really bruised.  New casts were put on her arms and the plan is to leave them in place for three more weeks.  If all is well, he will then remove the right cast and replace it with some type of a brace.  The left cast will remain in place for a total of eight weeks and then he may replace it with the same type brace for the final four weeks.  The best news we heard was “no surgery” because everything is healing properly.  We are thankful!

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus!

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Sep
25
2017
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MONDAY, 9/25/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 4

Tuesday, September 26 – Isaiah 1-2; Galatians 5
Wednesday, September 27 – Isaiah 3-4; Galatians 6
Thursday, September 28 – Isaiah 5-6; Ephesians 1
Friday, September 29 – Isaiah 7-8; Ephesians 2
Saturday, September 30 – Isaiah 9-10; Ephesians 3

This entry is late.  I apologize.  Monday mornings are hard now having to get myself ready plus get Lisa ready.  It is the hair thing!  By the time I get my “rug” glued in place and then get Lisa’s hair puffed out in the back the time has slipped away.

Good day in our services yesterday.  No public decisions but there were decisions at the altar.  Good to pray with Bubba and family before he left yesterday.  Special offering was sufficient to cover all needs – thank you!

Prayer time in the auditorium today from 5:00 – 7:00PM.

GROW ministry at 6:00PM in the church office.

Wow, are we eating well or what!  The weekend saw gumbo and homemade cheesecake – delicious!  Folks, I am fat!  Lisa is happy!  Enough already!

I am not listing the folks bringing the meals for fear of leaving someone out.

Tomorrow night’s meal is being brought by a real skinny lady.  I am not so sure she can cook.  Thinking it may be a Happy Meal!

Bobby and the boys continue to roll.  It is possible (not probable) that four MLB teams could win at least one hundred regular season games this year.  Pretty impressive.

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

 

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Sep
23
2017
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SATURDAY, 9/23/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Song of Solomon 1-3; Galatians 2

Good Saturday morning!  I “think” I missed announcing the Mission of Hope service last night?  No excuse.  My apologies.  Hope things went well.

Pray for our bus ministry workers this morning as they go into the community inviting folks to our services tomorrow.

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  Asking the members of our Missions Committee to meet at 5:30PM in the normal meeting place.  Committee members, please take note!

Our family had another delicious meal brought to the house last night.  Someone knows us pretty well as they brought bar-b-que which was very good.  Rumor has it that a “skinny” cook is bringing a meal today and Caroline Ford has always told me to never trust a skinny cook!  So, we shall see!

Received a very sweet message from someone yesterday apologizing for what they have not done for us as a family since Lisa’s accident – are you serious?  This person leads a very full life and has given us unwavering love and prayer support.  Folks, we are fine.  We are walking through a small valley that pales in comparison to what other folks are facing.  We are very, very appreciative of each act/word of kindness (well I am not real thrilled about spaghetti squash) and we really appreciate the prayer support.

However, that put me to thinking.  Folks like Ross Genzink, Tom Compagner, Eddie Turrentine, Pastor Joe Bailey, Dr. Rex Looney, Soy Taylor (just to name a few) live too far away to bring meals.  I am sure this disappoints them.  They probably feel helpless!  So, we are totally fine with receiving financial gifts from this select group.  We have found cash works best ($500 bills or higher)!  Just saying!

My wife is trying to do too much and is experiencing pain as a result.  Therefore, I am dropping the hammer today!  Putting my foot down!  Laying down the law!  I will let you know how that goes!

Congratulations to the Bryant Hurricanes on their win last night.  Ditto to JT and the Leopards.  I was in a pretty good grove of attending games and had plans but those took a turn when Lisa went down.  (Coach Collier has missed me!)

The Dodgers clinched the West last night.  I am in hopes of a NL championship series featuring the Nationals and the Dodgers.  (Sorry Pastor Wes Bates)

They say the world is ending today, 9/23.  I think it may have ended yesterday, 9/22.  Why?  Strange happenings around here.  Dana & Gina actually went and bought groceries for us!  (Please note that I paid)

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

 

 

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Sep
22
2017
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FRIDAY, 9/22/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 10-12; Galatians 1

Our youngest granddaughter, Audrey Taylor, is celebrating her third birthday today!  Of course, she is in Guatemala so we definitely miss being with her on this special day.  Happy birthday Audrey!

Spoke to Miss Vinnie Brewer last night and she told me that Oscar Petersen did well through his surgical procedure yesterday.  They did a skin graft as well so the entire process was about five hours long.

Did not get an update on Robert Baria yesterday but I do know he continues to need our prayer support.

Sonny Bates should receive his fifth radiation treatment today.  He will then have two days off.

Our grandson, Titus, had a cast put on his left arm yesterday afternoon.  The good news is that it is supposed to be for two weeks only.  He and Lisa now have matching casts!

My thoughts this morning will center on Lane & Amanda Zirlott along with their family.  The hope is in knowing that their son is now in the presence of Jesus.  May the God of all comfort be their source today and beyond.

There was a televised debate last night for the U.S. Senate seat.  I did not watch any of it as I am somewhat weary of politicians.  Made sure Lisa had everything she needed and then went to the office for a little over an hour.  Office work is better than politicians debating – LOL!  I will be glad when Myrtle and crew finish up next Tuesday night around 7:00PM!

I had mentioned that we have meals through September of 2033.  Courtney Cavin wants to sign up for the first Monday in October of 2033.  Unfortunately for her, we already have plans for that night!

Have to be honest.  I feed my chickens some table scraps.  One lady cooked spaghetti squash for us (not for this old boy!). Lisa ate some of it and I then took the rest to my chickens.  Basically, they said, “are you serious?  Thanks but no thanks!”  Folks, when your chickens will not eat the stuff. . .

Former NFL great Jim Brown is not someone I agree with very often.  However, I recently read something he said about the American flag, our National Anthem, and those players who are boycotting these things.  I quote, “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”  Well said Mr. Brown!  (This is one of those that I did not get to put in print last week because the blog was down).

Lisa may have both arms in casts but it has not stopped her from barking orders.  She has already told me exactly what I will do in the way of yard work today.  Plus, she found out about Nanette, the loaf and little pumpkin!  You ever been hit upside the head with a cast?

Leslie Hacker’s Braves beat Bobby & the boys last night which helps the Dodgers.  Of course, the Dodgers are playing so poorly these days that nothing is going to help them in the long run.  Go Nats!

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
21
2017
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THURSDAY, 9/21/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 13

Attempted to visit with Robert Baria yesterday morning but the nurses were working with him.  Roseanne told me that he did not have a good day and a scan was being done yesterday afternoon.  Keep praying for Robert and family.

Nancy Brunken was discharged from the hospital yesterday.  She was in good spirits whenever I visited with her.

Oscar Petersen will have outpatient surgery this morning.  Pray that all goes well.

Our prayer service last night was a special time.  Thank you to each person who attended.  Keep believing!

 

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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Sep
20
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 9/20/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 12

The visitation with the Art Elliott family takes place this morning from 10:00AM until the 11:00AM celebration of life service.  Per the family’s request, the service will be brief.  Everything takes place in our church auditorium.

Since we are not having a typical morning service then I will not be preaching from the regular series tonight.  Our focus will be on prayer.  I am asking all members of our leadership team i.e. staff, deacons, et cetera to attend the 6:30PM service even if they are present for Art’s celebration of life service.  Those in places of responsibility during that hour need to fulfill their responsibilities.

Nancy Brunken was admitted to the hospital yesterday.  Heart concerns.  Pray for her.  I want to say “thank you” to Linda Green for transporting Nancy to the doctor/hospital.  Those ladies in Miss Kittie’s class really know how to minister to each other as well as to others.

Roseanne and family have pretty much gotten it narrowed down to where they would like to place Robert for his extended care.  Just need to do some paper work stuff I think and it should be settled.  Pray that Robert will adjust well.

As many of you know, Little Lane Zirlott, age 11, passed from this life on Monday, 9/18.  Lane is a nephew of Jordon & Jennifer (nee Wetterer) Zirlott.  The visitation with the family will take place tomorrow night, 9/21, from 5:00 – 8:00PM at the Bayou La Batre Church of God.  The celebration of life service will take place on Friday, 9/22, at 11:00AM also from the BLB COG.  Pray for the Zirlott family during this most difficult time.

Praying for those folks in the path of Hurricane Maria!

Regular time schedule today/tonight.

You might want to avoid coming around this hill!  Titus has fractured his left arm and will most likely get a cast today.  He has a splint now.  This is pretty crazy but really it is life.

Our family was blessed with another wonderful meal last night.  I am not going to try and list the folks bringing the meals each night because I will leave someone off inadvertently.  Just know that we are very thankful, fat and happy!  Remember, Daphne is our meal coordinator.

Let me honest here (with a wink) – Nanette Brooks has been bringing a meal each day since Lisa’s injury.  However, she is only bringing enough for me.  Her only comment to me has been, “at least I do not fall off a treadmill!”  Folks, this is a weird situation!

Joey sent Amy with a meal Monday afternoon thinking it would throw Alexander off the trail.  No such luck!

Bobby and the boys won again last night.  The Dodgers need to win two more to wrap up their division.  Would love to see the Nationals gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs but not sure if that is going to happen.  Would be nice for them.

Something else I learned last week that I could not share because of the blog being down.  I have heard the question, “who let the dogs out” like a thousand times in my life.  I now know the answer – Bob Evans!  He and I were eating lunch together one day last week when he said, “I have to go let the dogs out!”  Now you know!

This entry has been too long.

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

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Sep
19
2017
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TUESDAY, 9/19/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

Today’s Bible reading – Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Visited briefly with Debra Elliott and family yesterday morning.  The visitation with Art’s family will take place in the morning, 9/20, from 10:00AM until the 11:00AM celebration of life memorial service.  Pray for the family as they continue to walk through this time of grief.

I did not connect with Roseanne yesterday regarding their visits to the prospective facilities for Robert.  I plan on making contact with her at some point today.   Keep praying for Robert, Roseanne and their family.

This is a bit of an unusual request so I especially need our church leadership folks along with the other members of the Friendship family to read it carefully.  I am asking our church leaders to be present for our 6:30PM service tomorrow night, 9/20, even if they attend the celebration of life service for Art in the morning.  This will be a matter of “effectual, fervent prayer” and is a serious matter.  So, staff members, deacons and all other leaders are asked to be in attendance for that service.  Pray without ceasing.

We need to pray for those who have already been in the path of Hurricane Maria as well as those who are still in her path.  I cannot imagine what it is like to live on one of those islands during one of these major storms.

Our family is being shown much love and is being loaded down with food – oh my!  Lisa’s injuries are going to cause me to add thirty pounds quickly!  We are very grateful!  Folks are graciously contacting me to ask when they can bring a meal.  I am clueless.  So, I am going to ask that if you want to bring food then please contact our daughter, Daphne, and she will coordinate the schedule.  If you need Daphne’s contact information then just let me know and I will give it to you.  Again, we need nothing but we are very, very appreciative for the kind support.  (Please note that if your first name is Courtney and your last name in Cavin that we do not need you to cook anything for us as we are booked through September of 2033 – just saying!)

The following is something that I did not get to post last week while the blog was down.  I found it interesting when the CEO of PP said, “At Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely.”  As someone else basically said, “this is like PETA endorsing bacon!”.

Well, Bill Kendrick did it again!  In 2015 the Ole Miss game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa had a kick off time of like 8:07PM Central Time.  Ole Miss won that game.  Somehow, someway, Bill has managed to get the exact same kick off time for the Ole Miss vs Bama game for next Saturday, 9/30, thinking the results will be the same as 2015.  I sure hope Bill is wrong about the outcome!

Bobby and the boys will be in Atlanta tonight.  The Dodgers lost to the Phils last night – are you serious?  I tried to watch some of last night’s NFL game but lost interest real quickly.

I was pleased with the cooler temperatures we enjoyed recently.  They have disappeared which is normal for our area this time of the year.  However, I will be glad when they come back to stay.  I love the Fall.

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus.

 

 

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