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    Thank you, I will pass it on to Pastor Kirby.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    May the Lord bless and hold her in His loving arms, and may He give you and your family grace, comfort, and strength throughout these times. Amen.

    May God be with you and your entire family flightsimmer.

    ...and thank you for the daily inspirational.

    HAVOC!
    "Aeternum Vigilantium", "Braccae Ad Libitum."
    "Ever Vigilant", "Pants Optional"

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    35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay
    tree.
    36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not
    be found.
    37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is
    peace.
    38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked
    shall be cut off.
    39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in
    the time of trouble.
    40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the
    wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. Psalm 37:35-40

    There was a young lady (to me anyone under 60 is young) at church a week ago
    yesterday. She worked for a government agency. She told me she was being
    persecuted because of her Christianity. I believe her. Today, the wicked are
    in great power and likely in some of the most powerful positions in the world.
    They are growing in number like a spreading chestnut tree. The odds against
    those of us who are Christians ever getting any of these powerful positions back
    is over-whelming. We are becoming a minority in a country where we were once
    the majority. That is very difficult to live with but we must somehow learn to
    live with it. But, read carefully what David wrote. This is the way things
    have been for such a long, long time. For that matter go all the way back to
    the days of Eden and there you will find the serpent speaking his lies and his
    promises of fame and power into the ears of Eve to get her to turn away from God
    and her husband if need be to get that fame and that power. Satan could not
    carry out that promise then and he cannot do it now but that does not stop him
    from making the promises and it does not stop the majority from believing him.
    Eve had it made. There in the garden she lacked nothing. But Satan tempted her
    and opened up within her a lust for more than she needed and that is where he
    gets to all of us.
    The wicked of this world are growing in number by the minute. They hate God.
    That is the simplest way that I can put it. There was a time when they were
    only ambivalent toward God, but now, they have a hate for Him because He asks
    them to live a life of holiness and they are filled with a lust for something
    more. They want to march down the streets of heaven. Listen to them when they
    talk. They all expect to march down the streets of heaven. Ask them. Nearly
    to a person these expect to make heaven their eternal home and they expect that
    without ever making one effort at repenting for their sins and asking God to
    forgive them. They want to take heaven by force if need be. They expect to do
    that by their sheer numbers. Bluntly put, they will not succeed. They do not
    contribute a thing to the effort of Christ to save the world and, for that
    matter, they are the world that needs to be saved. They give nothing and their
    only wish is to take advantage of those that do. They look upon Christians and
    Christianity as another form or type of entertainment, a mere distraction, and
    nothing else.
    Why am I writing this? I am writing it because the Holy Spirit is leading me
    to. The church is not in trouble with God, the world is. God loves His church
    of which I am proud to be a member. One day we will march down the streets of
    heaven but only by the grace of God and though that grace is extended to the
    whole world that does not mean that the whole world will accept that grace on
    God's terms. Jesus said, "Many are called, but only a few are chosen." Why is
    that? Because only a few will find the strait gate and highway of holiness and
    chose to enter the gate and walk the path to heaven. You see, the wicked will
    be turned into hell but the righteous shall see God. I don't know about you but
    as for me I had rather suffer the pains of this world's rejection than to face
    the rejection of God.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    1 Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath: neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure.
    2 For Thine arrows stick fast in me, and Thy hand presseth me sore.
    3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Thine anger; neither is there any
    rest in my bones because of my sin.
    4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too
    heavy for me.
    5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. Psalm 38:1-5

    The purpose of these daily thoughts is to express what my heart feels and what
    troubles my mind or what brings joy to my soul. Think about it. One day I am
    over-joyed about my life and God's role in it and the next day I am perplexed
    and full of concern. I feel concern not only for myself but those that I meet
    along the way as I live my life.
    I was over to see my 97 year old mother yesterday. She was quite talkative.
    She was awake and alert and happy to have visitors. Who knows what tomorrow
    will bring but for that day, at least, she was glad to be alive.
    Isn't that the way of it? Some days things could not be better and some days
    they could not be worse. Today, at this moment, I am happy to be alive and to
    be saved from sin and to be sanctified by the Word and the Holy Spirit. There
    is no better place to be in life than safe in the arms of Christ. But, there
    are those days when Satan pushes against me and pressures me to live another
    way.
    Sin is a terrible thing and personal sin is a disastrous thing. Sin in the
    world around me grieves me sorely. But, when God reveals to me a personal sin
    that nearly grieves me to death. David speaks of his personal sin as a wound
    that stinks and that corrupts his whole being.
    I am not one who believes that we have to sin but I am one who believes that IF
    we do sin, we have an Advocate in Christ. Sin is always a choice and never a
    mere mistake in judgment. When one sins they are aware of the sin they are
    sinning. Sin does not catch us by surprise-the temptation to sin does. There
    is no sin without the temptation that precedes it. Every sin is preceded by the
    temptation to commit it. (I am speaking of personal sin). That is why John
    writes that there is a sin that is not unto death and that there is sin that
    brings death. The beauty of our relationship with God through His Son is that
    we have His Word and His Spirit to warn us away from sin. What a great God we
    serve.
    Sin always presents us with the consequence of guilt. That is what David writes
    in this Psalm. He is heavy-hearted because he has an awareness of the sin in
    his life. He is crushed by it. Sin is like a constricting serpent. It will
    squeeze the life out of us. The outcome of sin is death-always. The gift of
    God, however, is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. He is the one and
    only remedy for sin and thank God He is available to any and everyone who seeks
    Him to be that remedy.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep
    my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was
    stirred.
    3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I
    with my tongue,
    4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I
    may know how frail I am.
    5 Behold, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing
    before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
    6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain:
    he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
    7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in Thee. Psalm 39:1-7

    As we study these writings of David and his contemporaries we are struck by some
    thing. That something is their personal introspection and David's in
    particular.
    One has to wonder about David's personality, what sort of man that he was. God
    said of him that he was a man after His own heart which means to me that David
    and God thought a lot alike. God does not and cannot sin, of course, but David
    could and did. It is not the fact that he did sin that amazes me but rather how
    he would always openly humbly admit or confess the sin and take the consequences
    in stride. Where sin is concerned there are always consequences. As the poet
    has said, "no man is an island" and the things we do always affects others with
    out fail.
    David's main concern today is his tongue and how it may hurt others when he
    speaks. He even worries about how the words that he speaks may impact those who
    are his enemies. David realizes that even his days are numbered and that one
    day he too shall face the King of all kings and give an account of his life and
    how he used the power and authority that God had given him. Wouldn't it be a
    wonderful thing if every person in a position of power were to realize that God
    put them there and, not so much to enjoy the spoils of having won that place,
    but to use the position to make life a little less painful for others. The
    purpose for overseers, political or ecclesiastical, is to rule well the people
    given to them as their charges. I am not sure of that word rule and think a
    better word is to shepherd.
    When one is in a position such as the one David held, it is a trust. They are
    entrusted to that position and should serve God well in it and thereby serve the
    people well also. The problem with politics is that though most people may
    enter into it with a worthy goal in mind, that goal soon gets tarnished by all
    of the political maneuvering that has to happen in order to accomplish any good
    thing.
    In today's world of political maneuvering, a man's or a woman's word doesn't
    mean much. David is worried that his words may be taken to mean more than he
    intends for them to. How can we manage our words better? How can we be more
    considerate of the feelings of others when we speak? Is their healing in our
    words or is their a certain type of wounding in them? I like the great Apostle
    Paul would rather speak a few words that help than to speak a thousand that
    kills the spirit of another person. Even when we speak, do we wait upon the
    Lord? I wonder. May God sanctify our deeds and our words so that we can bring
    others attention to His great King and His kingdom.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    8 I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.
    9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not
    refrained my lips, O Lord, Thou knowest.
    10 I have not hid Thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared Thy
    faithfulness and Thy salvation: I have not concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy
    truth from the great congregation. Psalm 40:8-10

    Just what is it we take our greatest pleasure in doing? Right now, it is "Deer
    Season" in Indiana and I know a lot of people who are deer hunting enthusiasts.
    They just cannot wait for that first day of the season. I believe it is bow
    season right now but that will change soon to gun season and that season will
    include the taking of both, does and bucks.
    When I was a young boy down in Southern Indiana, I used to love to hunt rabbits
    and squirrel. I would never hunt the limit which was five or either. I would
    only take one normally and head home. That was meat on the table for us and one
    was enough. We didn't have a freezer in those days so if you hunted too many
    they would just go to waste.
    In those days, I like to fish also. I was never as good at either of these
    things as other members of my family. I remember the last squirrel I shot. He
    was sitting on a limb eating. He looked beautiful to me. I shot him and there
    he lay on the ground and I felt guilty. I have never shot another squirrel
    since. I don't fault others who do and if it came to feeding my family I most
    definitely would shoot a squirrel, a rabbit, a deer, or other prey to feed them.
    In any case, it was pleasure then and it was part of being a young boy in that
    area of the state. I no longer find great pleasure in it. I have found
    something much better to take my pleasure in and that is serving Christ and
    winning souls to Him. I had rather be a fisher of men than a fisher of fish.
    Over the past 43 years I have preached innumerable sermons and taught countless
    lessons from the Scriptures. I take great joy in doing these things. When a
    soul comes to Christ and when that soul finds salvation, I experience great joy.
    What David writes in these few words that I have quoted in this Manna today is
    what I feel in my heart also. I am not trying to impress God by my works but I
    do want to express to Him my great love for Him and His truth which can be read
    about in the Bible. I don't remember ever desiring to leave Him and to go back
    out into the world of sin since the day He saved me. That is not to say that I
    have never been unfaithful to Him because I have but what it does mean is that I
    have never wanted to remain in a life of unfaithfulness. Christ is too precious
    to me. I never want to experience a day of life without Him at the center of
    it. It is hard to explain to those who don't love Him that way and they think
    it is strange when another person is not carried away by the excesses of sin the
    same as they are carried away by it.
    Today, I just want to live through it and come to the end of it and be able to
    say that I have been a pleasure to God and that it has been my pleasure to live
    for God. Oh, God, may I live today in such a manner that you will be pleased
    with my every act, my every thought, my every word, that is my prayer.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O
    God.
    2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear
    before God?
    3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me,
    Where is thy God?
    4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with
    the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and
    praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Psalm 42:1-4

    I try to pay attention to details. That could be one of my problems with other
    people. I see a person who has stage four lung cancer who just keeps on sucking
    on those cigarettes and I ask myself, why pray? Then I am reminded that this
    man not only has a physical life, he has a soul that needs salvation.
    In this Psalm David writes" "As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants
    my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God..." Is
    this true of me, it is true of us? He goes on to tell us that his tears are his
    meat day and night which asks the question, "Where is your God?"
    Then he tells us that he had gone with the crowd to the house of God with the
    voice of joy and praise on those special days to keep the holydays. I was
    thinking as I read this, isn't it a shame that we have changed the holy to holi?
    We no longer look upon those days that were holy to our forefathers as being
    holy, we see them as holidays and do anything but go to church or the house of
    God with the multitudes. For that matter, it is a rare thing to see a multitude
    of people in the house of God these days. The reason for this is that most
    people would rather forget God than to long for Him in their lives.
    My mother has been a journalist. Not in the sense that you normally take that
    term but in the sense that she studies her Bible and journals her thoughts every
    day. That is, she has done this faithfully for years until recently. I was
    with her the other day when a nurse was in her room tending to her and she told
    the nurse that she just wanted to get well enough again to study her Bible and
    to do her writing. She has not been well enough recently to do either. Will
    she ever get well enough to do these things again? I don't know but what I do
    know is that like the deer pants for fresh water to drink, her soul longs for
    the thirst-quenching words of God. We should all have this thirst but sadly it
    is lacking in many if not most today.
    God willing, I will be with the church in worship Sunday. There are many who
    want to be there that won't be able to come because of physical limitations.
    Some of these are shut-ins in their own homes and many are in nursing homes and
    some are in hospitals and some will be serving in a needed way in a vital job
    that keeps them away. But, God looks upon the heart of the person and notes the
    thirst they have for Him and honors that thirst and quenches it one way or
    another. If we can be at all, we should be where the body of Christ is and join
    it in the worship of our God and we should not be there merely out of obligation
    but from a deep longing to be where worship is happening.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work Thou
    didst in their days, in the times of old. Psalm 44:1

    My grandchildren (especially one) love to hear about our exploits when we were
    children ourselves. By we, I mean my brothers and my sister and myself. There
    are so many of them and all of them are true. We would build "dens" to hide in
    and treehouses to climb up into in order to get away from it all and would round
    up neighborhood kids to play "cops and robbers" and "war" and back yard base
    ball, football, soccer, and so on. It was fun. We had no money to speak of in
    those days but every now and then we would scrape up enough to go to a Saturday
    afternoon western at the local Riviera theater. We got the money by gathering
    up pop bottles and selling them or junk and taking it to a local junk yard and
    selling it. I can only imagine how amusing it was to the fellow running the
    scales to see us pull our home-made cart onto his scales to have our junk
    weighed and then to give us a ticket to take to the office to get our cash.
    It was a different time but it was not all that different in some ways.
    I could go on and on about these things but I had best get to the point of this
    "Manna". The point is that we all have a life to share with our kids and our
    grandkids. One of the most important things to share with them as far as my
    life is concerned is when I got saved and Christ entered into the picture. I
    was nine years old (nearly ten). It was on a Sunday night and late September.
    I don't recall the exact date but I do remember the place and the saints that
    came and gathered around me and prayed with me. I believe all of them were the
    men of the church of God located on 22nd and Nell Street in Anderson, Indiana.
    These men were awesome. They cared. They embraced me following my conversion
    and took me under their collective wings and nurtured me as a Christian. It was
    a wonderful time and as a great author once said, "These were the best of times
    and these were the worst of times". Being a Christian in my neighborhood was
    difficult in a way. My brothers did not understand at the time but have come to
    understand today. My journey in Christ is my story to relate to my kids and my
    grandchildren. God has given me many victories along the way and, I have
    suffered some defeats. The defeats came when I was not in the will of God and
    this is God's way of teaching us to be careful to be in His will.
    Our children need our stories. Can you imagine sitting at the feet of his
    father and his grandfather and his uncles and hearing of their battles and how
    that God brought them one victory after another? I can. What a time for David
    that must have been.
    God is the same today in our lives as He was then in theirs. We need to let our
    kids of this generation know that He will be the same in their lives. This is
    very important. Share your testimony with your kids and your grandchildren. Do
    this and see how suddenly interested they become in you and your life and the
    God who has given you that life.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a
    strange god;
    21 Shall not God search this out? for He knoweth the secrets of the heart.
    22 Yea, for Thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for
    the slaughter. Psalm 44:20-22

    Romans 8:36 is a direct quote of Psalm 44:22. Paul writes this. I have always
    had a hard time understanding this verse until it dawned on me today that it is
    not God slaughtering the sheep, it Satan. As a child of God, as a sheep of His
    sheepfold, I am marked by the evil intent of Satan for slaughter.
    It appears that this world in our time has forgotten the name of our God. This
    world certainly does worship a strange God that I am not acquainted with and, in
    truth, don't want to know. It is not that I don't want to know the one and true
    God better, it is that I have no desire to become acquainted with any of this
    world's idols nor this world's idolatrous ways.
    My God satisfies my every want and need. As I follow my Jesus, my Christ, I see
    sacrifice and not avarice. He gave all that He had in order to bring to us the
    message of God and to make God more personable to us. I never see Jesus using
    any of His God-given authority and His God-given powers to mitigate His own
    comfort and ease and health and wealth. He could have been very popular with
    the in crowd of His day. All He had to do to save His life was to do a little
    miracle for Herod. It was the same with John the Baptist. Both of these men,
    one the fore-runner of Christ and the other Christ Himself, gave up all of the
    comforts of this life in order to bring to us the salvation required for the
    blessings of the next life.
    We have Christians today that are more concerned about their own ease and
    comfort than they are about lost sinners. Christ concerned Himself with the
    souls of those that were lost. He came to restore the lost house of Israel. In
    this way we have forgotten our God and have created a God of creature comforts
    that will be a household God more than the Great God of creation and of eternal
    affairs. We go to our God with our personal needs and neglect the weightier
    needs of a world gone feral. We need to look at the world through the eyes of
    Jesus Christ and see it as a lost house that needs to be found for Christ. We
    must get back to serving the one true God who is not the God of gluttons and
    drunkards and dope pushers and crooked politicians and so on. God is the God of
    the righteous and the holy ones of the earth. God help us to see this and get
    back to the preaching of it. I only hope that you understand. I am a pastor
    and I find myself begging people who say that they love my God and their God to
    do the right thing in His behalf. I nor any other preacher should ever have to
    beg people to properly serve the Lord. They should do it out of reverence and
    respect for God and for who He is. God help us to see Him high and lifted up
    and the God of glory.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the
    mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
    3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake
    with the swelling thereof. Selah.
    4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the
    holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
    5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and
    that right early.
    6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth
    melted. Psalm 46:1-6

    Our local newspaper has become an agent of the left. It celebrates the
    victories
    of the left and bemoans those of the right. I am speaking politically, of
    course.
    It does have a few writers that attempt to balance the political editorial
    position of the paper and a good political cartoonist but other than that it is
    just another arm of the leftist movement in this area.
    I mention this only to point out the up-hill battle the church is fighting to
    stay the course of the leftist movement(s). I am not shy about my stand against
    same-sex marriage and, I feel that I am in the majority when I say that I have
    no hate in my heart toward anyone. But, after having said that, I want to also
    say that I love God more than life itself and His Word is truth and absolute
    truth at that. You can try to manipulate it to move people into your corner
    when it comes to moving forward an agenda that goes against the Bible but the
    problem you have with that is that intelligent people can read it for themselves
    and see what it says and make up their own minds about it.
    There are some who say that the church (and Christ) are in peril of becoming
    irrelevant. I read in the local paper today that more and more young people are
    moving away from religion. I remember back in the 1960's when the "hippies" had
    the headlines and the same thing was written about them. It was said then that
    they were against "organized religion" and the established churches. I was a
    lot younger then and about the same age of many of those who this was being
    written about. It wasn't true then and it is not true now. Many people may be
    against organized religion but very few are against God Himself. Most people
    that I come across are simply confused when it comes to religion. I want to
    insert here that religion isn't what most people are in search of; what they are
    in search of is something or someone to put their faith in and to base their
    hopes upon. God is that Someone. The problem is that the so-called church has
    made God over in its image instead of allowing God to make the church in His.
    I have come to almost hate the word religion. It is sad what we have made of
    that word. I am not "religious", I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and I
    intend to be faithful to the One who saved me, the One who gave His life on
    Calvary to give me eternal life. Some would call that being religious but I
    call it being true to Christ.
    We live in troubling times for the Christian. Do not fret my brothers and my
    sisters. Christ is still at God's right hand and God is yet on His throne and
    nothing that happens on this earth politically will ever change that. Listen,
    there is a river that makes me glad, God is still in His holy church and she
    shall not be affected by all of the uproar and the political to do of today. He
    will and has come to her aid. She shall be left standing when all else has
    crumbled at her feet. Trust God in this. He has promised and what He has
    promised will stand the test of time and eternity.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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