Month: October 2016

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/21- “Take Advantage Of Every Opportunity You’re Given—To Bless And Refresh Others!” (Galatians 6:10)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/21- “Take Advantage Of Every Opportunity You’re Given—To Bless And Refresh Others!” (Galatians 6:10)

Premise Question: Does this passage of scripture really mean, that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, are supposed to be good to absolutely “everyone,” when given the opportunity to do so?

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Consequently, since we, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, are already well on our way to experiencing eternal bliss, complete joy and attaining a wonderful harvest because we have not given up, but have trusted The LORD GOD, and have persevered in making the most of every opportunity given us; to bless and refresh, with generous gifts and acts of great kindness expressed towards all people everywhere, no matter their race, culture, or creed—and that, as always, we should be giving particular attention, with extraordinary watchful care, to those who are part and parcel, being members in good standing, of the family known and recognized as, The Company of The Redeemed. (Galatians 6:10 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The simple and most direct response to the premise question is: Whenever, wherever and to whomever, when given the opportunity to be merciful and kind, generous and gracious, patient and long suffering, compassionate and caring, encouraging and refreshing, we should absolutely never forgo or miss the opportunity presented us, of sharing Papa God’s goodness and loving kindness, with anyone and everyone we may come in contact with; whether they are good or bad, obstinate or indifferent, friend or foe, related by blood or related by and through the blood of our most precious Savior, The LORD Jesus Christ, we ought to take full advantage of doing all the good that is within our power and ability to do so!

And this, in spite of whatever the attitude and disposition of those we are sharing the goodness of The LORD with, may be! Just so long as we are always honoring, glorifying and praising The LORD GOD Almighty, by doing so. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/20- “There Is No Other Name, Or Way, To Salvation And Everlasting Life!” (Acts 4:12)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/20- “There Is No Other Name, Or Way, To Salvation And Everlasting Life!” (Acts 4:12)

Premise Question: Is there really not another name or way that one can be saved and set free, with the ultimate result of experiencing everlasting life?

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Deliverance from the heinous powerful influence and grip of sin, which, if not broken, results in eternal damnation, death and destruction, can only come by way of one person, who was sent by Papa God, from Heaven above, His Name is Jesus—The Christ! For there is not another name or person, that has been given, or ever will be given, for the vital divine purpose and mission, of the salvation of the whole of humankind!” (Acts 4:12 PDCP)

Bottom Line: There is only one way, one path! There is no other way or path, that is given or known to humankind, whereby, one can experience real deliverance from sin, salvation and ultimately, everlasting life!

Jesus Christ plainly said: “I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life! No one will be able to come to Papa God, and thereby, receive deliverance from sin and eternal redemption, except they come to Him through Me!”

There is only one name given, whereby one can be rescued from sin’s powerful grip and influence! For there is no other name that has ever been given to humankind, by The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty—The One and Only True God, who is The Creator and Maker of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, that will ever produce life and provide complete and total deliverance, by setting humankind free!

Jesus is also The Light of the world, and without Him illuminating our eyes, heart and understanding, we would continue in the grip and throes of darkness and sin; unaware that we are even unaware of the darkness and sin within and all around us!

We therefore, ought to thank Papa God every day for the incredible and indescribable gift of His Son and the magnificent power and presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/19- “Don’t Be Consumed With What Tomorrow May Hold—For We Only Ever Have Today!” (Matthew 6:34)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/19- “Don’t Be Consumed With What Tomorrow May Hold—For We Only Ever Have Today!” (Matthew 6:34)

Premise Question: Why are we, as those who have been cleansed, redeemed and set free, having been justified through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, still prone to fret, worry and to being filled with anxiety; allowing our anxious thoughts to rule and consume us, about what may or may not happen tomorrow or in the future, when we have this blessed promise and admonition of The Savior, and can really only live each day, living by faith and putting our trust and hope in The LORD, as each day unveils itself to us?

““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭NLT)

So, as a consequence of having all that you’ll ever have need of, in your daily life, provided to you by The LORD, you are now able to fully devote all of your attention to living life to the fullest, each and every day that you’ve been given. Therefore, it is foolish then to trouble or torment yourself, by being overly concerned about whether or not your daily needs will be provided for in a future time; such as, tomorrow, which you don’t even have the ability to live in anyway, as you only ever have today, each new day, to live and experience your life to the fullest! And besides, the future comes what may, regardless of whether you are adequately prepared for it or not; and by the way, today, this day, the only day you will ever actually have, has sufficient concern enough all by itself. (Matthew 6:34 PDCP)

Bottom Line: We, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, can still be subject and prone to fretting, worrying and being filled and controlled by our anxious thoughts, if we dwell on them; the actual or even the potentiality for severe trouble, difficult trials and the hardships of terrible tribulation!

The LORD has told us, in a myriad of ways, to not be afraid or to let our hearts be troubled, nor our emotions, situations or circumstances to rule or control us, and to not be anxious about anything, but to always put our faith, trust and hope in Him, by praying, believing and then, receiving a peace and joy that is beyond our comprehension, and that can only come from Him, who has promised that we would have trouble, trial and tribulation in our lives, in this world, but, in spite and in view of all that, to still be joyful and full of cheer about it, no matter what, because He has overcome this world and all of its troubles, trials and tribulations! And because He has, so shall we!

King David, while writing one of the psalms, came to the realization that anytime he started fretting, worrying or became anxious about something, it never produced anything that was good, right or holy, and tended to only result in producing evil. So, let us trust The LORD in each day, as it comes to us, and leave tomorrow and the future in the more than sufficient and capable, all knowing, all powerful and overcoming hands and ultimate purview of The One who holds not only tomorrow in His hands, but all of our tomorrow’s in His hands; for we only really ever have today! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/18- “Trust Your Friends Rebuke—Don’t Ever Trust An Enemy’s Compliments!” (Proverbs 27:5-6)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/18- “Trust Your Friends Rebuke—Don’t Ever Trust An Enemy’s Compliments!” (Proverbs 27:5-6)

Premise Question: Are we wise and mature enough to recognize and accept an open rebuke from a dear and close friend, when it’s for our own good and benefit; or are we so shallow, sensitive and thin skinned, that we live, yearn and thrive, only on the compliments of others, and even if and when it’s a detriment to our own well being, are we still willing and subject too, accepting the adulation and excessive compliments that come from an avowed enemy?

“An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” (Proverbs‬ ‭27:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

When you truly love and approve of someone, it’s much more virtuous and acceptable to be open and transparent with them, by administering a firm, but gentle rebuke, when appropriate! Hurtful insults that causes anguish, distress and heartache, which results in producing heartbreak, actually are trustworthy, when they come from a close friend, who has your best interest and well being at heart. But, deceitful, excessive compliments, with expressions of feigned affections are nothing but lies, and especially so, when they come from an avowed enemy. (Proverbs 27:5-6 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Unfortunately, all too many of us receive our sense of self-worth and validation entirely from others; through the expressions and comments that are uttered with wonderful sounding platitudes and high praise!

Not that being complementary of others is all bad, per se, because we ought to give honor where honor is due, and we ought to build each other up, through encouraging and by refreshing one another.

But we also ought to be mature and grownup enough to be able to receive strong correction and appropriate discipline, when and where it is needed; administered in the form of a gentle, but firm, righteous rebuke from a loved and respected, highly regarded, brother or sister in The LORD!

That we should be loving, kind, generous, respectful and considerate of one another, should be quite obvious and entirely apparent to everyone! But it should also be just as obvious and apparent to everyone, that being open and transparent, authentic and real, with each other, is just as vitally critical, as it will truly, (by having this perspective and attitude, and then actually implementing and doing it) prove our love, compassion, kindness, generosity, respect and consideration for one another!

Dear LORD, help each and everyone of us to mature and grow up in such a way, that we will not be susceptible to being wooed, influenced or swayed, by the compliments of others, including our avowed enemies; but that we will be strong and courageous, standing firm in our faith—unmovable, always being open and ready to receive, with joy, an appropriate and open rebuke, accompanied by righteous correction!

Remember, receiving an appropriate open rebuke and righteous correction, really is for our own benefit, our greatest good and interest, as well as, our overall spiritual well being. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/17- “Christmas In The Fall—An Announcement For All Of Humankind—God Is With Us!” (Matthew 1:23)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/17- “Christmas In The Fall—An Announcement For All Of Humankind—God Is With Us!” (Matthew 1:23)

Premise Question: How and why is the announcement of The Anointed and Promised One of Papa God, through the prophet Isaiah, some 600 years before the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, (delivered to the world through a virgin and by The Holy Spirit) so importantly significant and is such great news, still today, even after more than 2000 years later?

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭NLT‬)

“Listen up! Look here! Take immediate notice! Pay very close attention, one and all! Right here’s the nascent announcement, of the fulfillment and delivery, of the promise of The LORD GOD Almighty, for all of humankind to observe and receive joyfully, as the only real truth: A pure and undefiled virgin shall apprehend the promise of Papa God, by The Holy Spirit, and shall bring forth a Son—The Anointed and Promised One, and Joseph and Mary shall give Him His Name, calling Him Immanuel, which is the greatest of all news ever, for all of humankind, because His Name literally means ‘God is with us;’ in essence, The Creator of the heavens and the earth, as well as everything therein, is personally living and dwelling within us, in our very midst, as His abode.” (Matthew 1:23 PDCP)

Bottom Line: How and why it is still significantly important more than 2600 years after it was first announced by Papa God through the prophet Isaiah, and even to this very day and time, continues to have such an enormous impact upon all of humankind, as being, still, the greatest news of all time, for all of humankind, is because the Faithful and True promise of The Holy One, not only came to pass in the exact way and manner it was prophesied to do so, in every intricately complex, minute and great detail way, some 2000 years ago, but also because, the message that was promised, given, announced and then delivered, has not ever been, is not and shall not ever be diminished in any way, shape, form or capacity, and shall therefore, still continue to carry the same humongous weight and glory it always has; not ever losing any of its influence or power to change and transform the sinful heart of humankind, than when it was first announced!

For Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! He has not changed and will not ever change, as He remains the same, down through the ages, as The Rock of all ages, even through out all of eternity, everlasting to everlasting!

He has made a sure and certain promise that He is and shall continue to fulfill and keep, as His Word is His bond, which is, that He will never leave, forsake nor abandon His own, and we are His very own—His dearly beloved children.

How about we all have some joyous Christmas celebrations this fall, after all, because of what Papa God did and accomplished, for each of us, by removing all of the repercussions of humankind’s fall, and has by His Spirit and through His Only Son, The Anointed and Promised One, has now reconciled us back to Him who is Just, Right and Holy—The Great I Am!

People of The LORD GOD Almighty everywhere! It’s time to give thanks, to rejoice, to worship and adore and to celebrate! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/16- “The Almighty Is Perfect And Flawless In Every Way, And He Protects His Own!” (Psalms 18:30)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/16- “The Almighty Is Perfect And Flawless In Every Way, And He Protects His Own!” (Psalms 18:30)

Premise Question: Is there another way to follow, besides The Way of The LORD, that we might consider following, that will have the same impact and desired result in our lives?

“God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

With regard to The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, there hasn’t ever been, nor is there presently, or will there ever be a concern raised about His “modus operandi,” the manner and way in which He chooses to do things. For He has put an excellent system in place, that is absolute perfection, beyond compare, as it is without defects, flaws or any shortcomings! All of The Almighty’s promises in His Holy Writ are infallible, tried and true, reliable and completely dependable, for they are all impeccable! The LORD GOD Almighty Himself shall surround, with His Angelic Shield of protection, all those who choose to look too, and then, run into His Everlasting Arms for sanctuary, a safe haven, relief, escape, peace and provision, for it is He, who is The Mighty Fortress. (Psalms 18:30 PDCP)

Bottom Line: According to Papa God’s Holy Writ, there is another way that does seem really right for humankind to follow; that being, the way of each one of us being lead and directed astray, by following our own way; which appears to be acceptable, plausible and correct, but actually won’t ever, nor does it have the ability or capacity to ever, end up with the good, right and most highly sought after and desired perfect result, that following The Way of The LORD ends up producing, in our sojourn. But, when we are intent on following our own way, it will most certainly, ultimately, end in total despair, complete decimation and utter destruction!

The absolutely only way that will lead us onto the path of righteousness, that will lead us into The Way that leads us into a life of eternal joy, perfect peace, total bliss and complete happiness, with the highest degree of satisfaction and fulfillment, in this life and the life to come, is Papa God’s Way! For it is the only way that is perfect, with incredible and wonderful promises, that are proof positive, and which, also includes a magnificent splendid shield of glorious protection, that is full and complete, and that shall never fail to protect all those who will look to Him, from all alarm and all harm! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/15- “If Thirsty, Come Drink And Believe, For Then, You’ll Be Forever Changed!” (John 7:37b-38)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/15- “If Thirsty, Come Drink And Believe, For Then, You’ll Be Forever Changed!” (John 7:37b-38)

Premise Question: What do we truly hunger and thirst for, that we are ever searching, looking and desperately hoping to somehow achieve and eventually receive fully, in this life, here on earth?

“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John‬ ‭7:37b-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Let anyone and everyone, from anywhere and everywhere, who has an unquenchable thirsting for real truth and authentic love, beat feet quickly, without delay, to Me—The One True Authentic LORD GOD Almighty! For I Am The Real Truth and The Only Authentic, Pure Love! Come drink till you’re full and spilling over! Come drink to your hearts content and full delight, even till you’ve become a fountain of real truth and authentic pure love! Whoever, from wherever, places their complete faith, trust and reliance in Me—The One True LORD GOD Almighty, in accordance with what has been recorded in The Holy Writ—Papa God’s Word, shall have gushing out of them, rushing rivers of the life-giving flow of The Living Water, bursting forth from deep within the within, of the innermost part of their being; becoming a pure source of The Fountainhead of the life-giving flow of all life, which is, Papa God’s Holy Spirit—The Spirit of Christ!” (John 7:37b-38 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Every individual person that is born into this life upon the earth, and then, has the opportunity to grow up and live long enough to experience the culture and life around them, no matter what that life or culture may be, has deep within themselves, a Papa God (The Creator of humankind) given innate hunger and thirst to be loved, accepted, embraced, understood and then, a desire for their life to have significance, purpose and meaning; hopeful that they can achieve a legacy, to leave behind, after they’re gone from this world.

They will have a desire to have compassion shown towards them, to be able to personally experience sympathy and empathy, for themselves and have it towards others; to receive and give relief, aid, help, comfort and encouragement; and to have and experience complete joy, real peace and safety; to take and drink in the fullness of life as a huge cup of satisfying, thirst quenching cheer; to celebrate life with a thanksgiving toast of gratitude; lifting their cup of salvation up to The Giver of all life, Jesus Christ, The Fountainhead, The Holy Spirit, The One who fills us to overflowing with gushing and rushing rivers of life, which then causes us to thrive and flourish, thus being completely satisfied and fulfilled, while finding refreshing rest, solace, succor and success, here on this earth and beyond.

The LORD Jesus says that He is The True Bread from Heaven and The Only Real Living Water! And if anyone, anywhere will come to Him, their search for true food will be over; for they will never again hunger, nor will they ever really die! Furthermore, He says, that if anyone, anywhere will believe in Him, they will never ever have to look for that satisfying, thirst quenching drink ever again; for their deepest hunger and thirsting will be completely satiated and satisfied!

Are you thirsty and hungry, my friend, and you’ve not ever truly been satisfied or fulfilled, seemingly always something a bit amiss or not quite there? Come drink to your fill, to your heart’s delight, quenching your thirst, being completely consoled and fully satisfied! You won’t ever, throughout all of eternity, regret it! Blessings…
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The Benefits of STORMS in our lives: STRUGGLES—TRIALS—OBSTACLES—REJECTION—MISERY—SUFFERING! (Psalm 23)

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With all the storms going on right now, both in the physical world and spiritual realm, here is a repost from a while back, for perspective…😇

The Benefits of STORMS in our lives: STRUGGLES—TRIALS—OBSTACLES—REJECTION—MISERY—SUFFERING! (Psalm 23)

Jonah 1: Papa God uses a STORM, ( circumstances) to get Jonah to consider doing what He, Papa God wanted him to do, in order to fulfill Papa God’s will for his life!

Papa God hid Jonah in the belly of a very large fish (perhaps a Monster Goliath Grouper) for three days and three nights, so that he could be all alone, without any distractions or interruptions, to contemplate life and his decisions and choices! Papa God, in a sense, had a captive audience that finally was willing to listen and obey the voice of The LORD!

This story of the STORM in Jonah’s life, somewhat, reminds me of a STORM I once encountered way back in the mid 1970’s. If I am remembering correctly, I believe it was the summer of 1977. At the time, I was a youth pastor, children’s pastor, and had recently launched a concert ministry called, “Sonshine Concerts” and was also working a full time summer job at Peterbilt motors, in Newark, CA.

It definitely was a whirlwind schedule, with little time for anything but activities and work! Needless too say, I was neglecting my personal time with The LORD, and had replaced it with work and the work of the ministry! It should be quite obvious that staying busy, even if it is the work of The LORD, is not necessarily doing the will of The LORD! I believe, too many of us have substituted a true, authentic and genuinely real relationship with The LORD, with being busy for The LORD; even justifying our actions and behavior with the worn out excuse of “I just don’t have time to spend on my personal relationship, with The LORD, and besides, He’ll understand!” It is true that He does understand, but He doesn’t have to agree with you! For if we don’t have the time, by choosing not to make it a priority to spend time with The LORD, in intimate personal fellowship, in developing a right and holy relationship with Him, then we are too busy!

It’s time to re-prioritize our life and schedule, making room and time for the manifest intimacy of a right relationship with The LORD, if not, then He might just do it for you, because He really does love you that much!

The LORD looks at the heart and if He sees that you have just gone haywire, but knows that you truly down deep want to do His Will, He loves you enough to make sure you will have an opportunity to do His will. He will, therefore, utilize an event, (STORM) situation or circumstance in order to get you alone, so that He can convey His thoughts and will for your life at that time, in order to get you on the right track and moving back in the right direction!

The following account is what happened to me, with regards to being too busy, in the summer of 1977!

I was working at Peterbilt Motors, in Newark CA, in a grinding booth with two other young men. The booth was elevated five feet above the floor of the factory, with heavy plastic panels draped down all the way around it. The plastic panels were very dirty and covered with debris from all the material that was used to grind, as well as the wax that was used to help in keeping that which was being ground down, (metal steps, doors, brackets for the gas tanks, etc.) from getting too hot.

My job was to work on a huge grinder with a very large sandpaper belt grinder. I usually did the steps and the brackets while the other two young men did the doors with smaller hand held grinders.

There were times when we were inundated with work and then there were times when we would go for long stretches without any work. The work was not ever steady work, and yet, we were not allowed to leave the booth, because at anytime there may be a piece that needed to be cleaned up and ground before it was needed back on the assembly line almost immediately.

There was little toleration for stopping the line while they waited for a part from the grinding booth! So, to deal with the down time, my two young friends would devise games that they could play, while waiting for the next project to come into the booth. One of their favorites was “Home Run Derby” in the booth! They fashioned a bat from a piece of 2×4 and formed a ball out of the wax used to cool during the grinding process. It was during those times that I would go to a corner of the booth and stand on the edge looking out for any work that may be headed our way. Ok, so to be completely truthful, I was also the un-official lookout, as well!

I don’t really know why on this particular occasion I had positioned myself where I did, but it was definitely not the safest place to be, as you’ll soon understand and realize why. First one to bat was the right handed batter. He struck out on three wax ball pitches. Next up was the left-hander. He did not strike out, but was hitting the wax ball all over the booth. I don’t know if his hands got sweaty or just tired, but he took an especially big swing and missed the wax ball completely—a swing and a miss! Just before he took that mighty swing, I had moved behind him to get a better vantage point to see if anyone was coming towards the booth. Someone surely was, so I turned to tell them, and it was at that very moment that the bat came out of the lefty’s hands and smashed me, with full force of his mighty swing and a miss, directly on my mouth! “Whack!” I immediately was knocked out and fell backwards off of the platform on to the concrete floor five feet below! I was told later that my arms went down to my sides an I took a “Nestea ice tea plunge” into the concrete head first!

The young men were absolutely shaken and stunned! They told me later, that when my head hit the floor it sounded like a watermelon splitting! What I experienced at that very moment was the sense of falling back onto a huge cushion made of the softest down imaginable.

I distinctly and clearly remember hearing the voice of the safety officer having a conversation with the company’s nurse. They were discussing my vitals. The safety officer was checking for a pulse and the nurse was checking my blood pressure. The safety officer said to the nurse, “I don’t have a pulse” the nurse said in response, “I only have one number for the blood pressure, it’s 20!” Then I heard, “we’re losing him!”

The very next thing I remember was being enveloped by overwhelming waves of joy and peace washing over me, while completely surrounded and immersed in the most wonderful, incredibly beautiful light! It literally took my breath away, to the point of not being able to breathe! The light was so bright that it was difficult to see anything but the brilliance of the light surrounding me. It was then that my eyes began to focus and adjust to the light, that I was finally able to see my surroundings! I cannot describe adequately with mere words what I saw, but to say, that it was absolute serenity, with the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen anywhere or anytime here in this existence!

I was standing in the midst of a field that was covered with a myriad of different kinds of plants and trees, all exemplified by beauty and grace. I began to realize and ponder…”Wow, I can’t believe it, this is it, I’m really going to be in the very real presence of The LORD! I’m shocked, I thought I had so much more time with so much more to do and experience! I still hadn’t had any children, was still pretty much a newlywed, with so much in life to look forward too, not to mention all the ministry I was involved in and one day hoped to accomplish and do!”

As I was pondering, I heard and felt, at the same time, a voice penetrating my mind, heart, and every part of my being. It was a strong, resonating, reassuring, comforting, soothing and quite pleasant voice, with many layers, speaking to me and through me all at the same time. I understood it to be the very voice of The LORD! He gently conveyed to me that I had become too busy to hear His voice and therefore, He needed to get me all alone, without any distraction or hindrances, so that He could speak to me and I would listen. Listen, I did!

During this incredible and most divine encounter, I was never at anytime afraid or apprehensive. The LORD indeed did speak to me about things that would happen in my life and what He intended for me to do, with regards to ministry. I didn’t remember a lot of it, as I believe was His intention, but He did show me many faces of those who would be impacted by Him, because of the ministry He had called me to do. It was quite overwhelming, extremely exhilarating and quite exciting! I do well remember though, The LORD giving me the opportunity to choose whether or not to stay with Him or go back! He really does give us free will in letting us determine our destiny!

I also remember asking The LORD what He would want me to do, stay or go back? Without even hearing His response, I felt a strong sense and urge that I was to do His will, which was to go back and finish the work I had been given to do! As soon as I concurred, with His will for my life, I was seemingly hovering above a crowd of people that were all focused and looking intently at something on the floor in the midst of them. I quickly moved towards them and peered through the crowd to see what they were all gazing and murmuring about. What I saw, was myself lying on the floor looking very peaceful and serene, maybe taking a little snooze, while on the job.

It was an unreal experience, to say the least. My two young co-workers were having a frantic conversation about what they should do! They were both overwhelmed, being distraught and stricken with fear! Then, I heard the lefty say these words; “I don’t know what we should or can do, but I know what Don would do!” Then I heard righty say, “what’s that!” Lefty…”He’d pray right now!” Righty…”we don’t know how to pray!” Lefty…”yes we do, remember, Don said praying to God was just like talking to someone when you are having a conversation!” Righty…”yeah, that’s right, let’s pray!” Righty and Lefty…”dear LORD, please help Don and don’t let him die, amen!”

As they said amen, I opened my eyes and looked up and saw both Righty and Lefty with there eyes closed and tears running down their faces. The safety officer shouted, “I’ve got a pulse!” The nurse exclaimed, “his blood pressure is returning to normal!”

I declared my thanks, gratitude and appreciation to everyone for their help and looked at Righty and Lefty and thanked them for their prayer of faith! They both had astonished and happy expressions upon their faces, as well as, much relief!

I went for a ride to the hospital in an ambulance, was thoroughly checked out with a battery of tests, then pronounced completely fit and good to go, except for the busted lip and loose teeth in my mouth. My head, which had hit a concrete floor, from a five foot free-fall backwards, didn’t have a scratch, knot, or contusion of any kind! Now that was a miracle in itself! I really did fall onto a cushion of incredibly soft heavenly goose down!

I went back to work the next day with fat lips and loose teeth, which I had to have crowns put on, eventually. Righty and Lefty were never the same after that and were more open than ever to the things of The LORD!

I was able to share my story on a number of occasions, with great results of people being encouraged and responding to The LORD in positive ways. I also re-prioritized my life and focused more on my personal relationship with The LORD, with less activity and more of Him. Oh, and by the way, there were a lot less games played after that, with a lot more talks about life and God.

I, to this day, thank Papa God for His wonderful grace and matchless mercy shown to me on so many different occasions, so many times and in so many ways in my life!

Like Jonah, The LORD placed me alone, in a corner, in life, whereby, I too could hear His voice, listen, then obey, His will for my life at that time. His love truly does endure forever!

Please don’t get too busy and then, not take the time needed and absolutely necessary to build and be in right relationship with The LORD! Make room for Him in your life and don’t limit Him and what He wants to do in and with your life! Desire, above all else, to do His will!(Ps. 40:8)

And always please remember this: If and when STORMS come into your life, they may be sent from or allowed by The LORD for your benefit, and that, because He loves you and wants what’s best for you and also to have a personal intimate relationship with you!

Finally this: With obedience comes blessings and benefits, with disobedience comes curses and consequences!

I should know, I’ve experienced them both! Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/14- “When All Else Fails—He Still Remains The Same And Continues To Sustain!” (Psalms 73:26)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/14- “When All Else Fails—He Still Remains The Same And Continues To Sustain!” (Psalms 73:26)

Premise Question: Regardless of what may happen or what we may have to go through and endure in this life, what and who always remains a constant and through it all, will never abandon, forsake or let us down, but will in fact, continue to remain, forever and ever, the same?

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Everything around me, including my health and my heart, may falter and fail, but The LORD GOD Almighty, is now, has been, and shall always continue to forever be, without end, the unfailing, ever refreshing, truly encouraging and renewing, joyful strong force and strength of my innermost being; deep within the within, of my heart and soul, as He shall always be, (for nothing else can even begin to fulfill or satisfy) my portion and lot in life—the epitome of all that completely fills and sustains my life.” (Psalms 73:26 PDCP)

Bottom Line: There are probably, in many of our individual lives, going to be an occasion, a time, an event, situation or circumstance, whereby, we may be subject to slipping, faltering, floundering, fizzling or falling short and perhaps even completely failing, and as a result, becoming embittered because of it all; torn up on the inside, by resentfulness, malice, hate and an unforgiving heart, lacking any physical or spiritual vim, vigor or vitality, completely bankrupt and devoid of a flourishing and refreshing life.

But, The LORD GOD Almighty, who is ever merciful and enduring, faithful and true, will come to our aid and rescue, when we call upon His Everlasting Name! And then, He will lift us up out of the mire and mud, stuck in the ditch, trench or chasm we’ve fallen into, and set our feet upon solid ground, even The Rock of our salvation.

It is then, that The LORD GOD Almighty begins leading, guiding and giving us wise counsel, that directs our feet onto the path and into the way, that will bring us back into a right and holy relationship with Him and that ultimately leads us to our most glorious and divine destiny.

That is why we desire Him more than we desire anything else upon this earth! Because He, The LORD GOD Almighty, is the quintessence of our existence, as He is our treasure trove, our wellspring of life and the secret to a thriving, more than just surviving, flourishing, completely satisfying and fulfilling existence!

When all else fails around me, even when I fail, He remains ever the same; for I am His and He is mine, nothing’s ever going to change that, for He will always continue to sustain me, forever and forever, without end! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/13- “Whatever Presence You Allow To Operate In Your Life, Will Bear Fruit!” (James 3:16)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/13- “Whatever Presence You Allow To Operate In Your Life, Will Bear Fruit!” (James 3:16)

Premise Question: What does the saying and principle—whatever presence we practice and allow to operate in our lives, will bear fruit in our lives, accordingly, mean?

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” (James‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

For when feelings of discontent, coveting and resentment are allowed to thrive, along with self-seeking, self-indulgent, self-serving ambitions, filled with strife, selfish motives, being incongruous and having ungenerous cravings, that’s the time and place where you’ll discover great turmoil and disarray, resulting in disturbing, destructive, deranged behavior, leading to a total discombobulating mess; involving every kind of depraved, morally wrong, pernicious practice, performed in a habitual customary fashion and nefarious manner. (James 3:16 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Whatever we give ourselves too, whatever we do, as our daily common practice, routine and behavior, whatever consumes our thoughts, whatever fills our atmosphere and environment, whatever we allow to operate or influence us, in our attitudes, actions and behaviors, will have a dramatic and huge affect on our outlook, perspective, outcome and result in everything that happens and takes place in our lives!

Be very careful and be absolutely keenly aware of what you are giving yourself too, and what you are allowing to operate and bring influence to bear in your life; because, whatever it is, it’s going to have a huge impact upon what’s going on in your life, and the fruit that you will bear, as well as, what the outcome of your life will be!

Don’t allow any kind of evil or negativity to have influence in your life; whether it be a person, place, attitude, behavior or event, that happens to take place or be in your life!

Practice your faith, pray, give, forgive, love and walk in release and be influenced by the presence of Papa God in your life, and you’ll find out, that this life, has so much more to offer us, in the way of blessings, benefits and the fullness and complete joy of The LORD! Blessings…
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