For some crazy reason...

I found this a long time ago...and it's about "colonoscopies"---yes...let all the "butt jokes" begin....
I will always remember the first time I had one...1993....yes, that day lingers in infamy in the analogs of my was that "memorable." I watched the whole thing actually. Here is another guy's experience:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenteritis, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Toronto . Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground. MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but: Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt.

You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.

The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage.

I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.

Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' has to be the least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said.

And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it.

One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, Feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors.

I have never been prouder of an internal organ.
And the sad, alarming, and awful truth is that I'm due another "colonoscopy" some time this year...yep, in 2009. I've managed to avoid the "inevitable" long enough. It's really not that bad...just more annoying than anything else. The 'preparation' is far worse than the actual procedure...

I can't remember the exact phrase....

I think it may have been the "paradox of frugality"--mentioned on one of the Sunday morning "news/talk" shows yesterday--and "This Week with George Stephanopolous" in particular. The "Round Table" was discussing the current economic situation(s) here in the United States, and actually around the world.

One of the commentators mentioned something about people learning and living by the "paradox of frugality"--where the consuming public has actually learned (the hard way) the value of saving, and not buying everything in sight, just because they could afford to do so.

The paradox: When people "save their money" and don't spend willy-nilly, then the "economy" tends to take a downturn. Retailers depend on the "consuming public" to do just that: consume.

Maybe, just maybe we have come to a place in our national life that "greed is no longer good." Maybe we have reached that stage in our existence when we actually don't have to own the "latest and greatest" of all the gadgets and gizmoes that are currently "the trend."

Maybe, just maybe the "latest trend" in our "American way of life" is to enjoy living with what we currently have, and even giving some of it away.

Which reminds me of a song (and MOST things remind me of a song) that Bill and Gloria Gaither birthed a few years ago. Here are some of the poignant lines to "Give It Away":

If you want less lonely and a lot more fun
and deep satisfaction when the day is done,
throw your heart wide open and give it away.
If you want more happy than your heart can hold,
if you want to stand taller, if the truth were told,
take whatever you have and give it away."

I remember an illustration from many, many years ago. When you hold a "tightly-clinched fist", no one can take anything out of that fist...and no one can put anything IN it either...

Living life with an open hand, an open heart, and an open mind really does work.

All the "stuff" we have is just that: stuff. Clutter. One more thing to dust, repair, or replace the batteries in ...

So yes, the "paradox of frugality" really is a blessing, when we stop and think about it. There really are two kinds of people in life: givers and takers. I want to be a giver...

God is a giver...

I'm going wild with all these songs...
The Booth Brothers sing one of my very favorite songs by the late (and great) Albert E Brumley...

"Where the charming roses bloom forever
and where separation comes no more...
If we never meet again this side of Heaven
I will meet you on that beautiful shore."

Yes, I still love this song.....

Best I can remember, "Well Done, My Child" was #70 in the redback "Church Hymnal"...or the green hymnal, or the blue hymnal...depending on which one the congregation used.

Well Done, My child
My Lord will say...
A Crown of Life you've won...

I look forward to that day....

Yes, we will....
This song really says it all...."He'll guide us with His eye...and we'll follow till we die."

My Uncle Albert...

used to sing this great classic when he was in a a "southern gospel quartet" in the early 1970s...

"Swing down, sweet chariot, stop and let me ride..."

Just downright GREAT singing....

"Though hope may be gone
He'll cause you to sing..."

How many years has it been since you've heard "On the Jericho Road"?

Each burden He'll bear
Each sorrow He'll share...

Yes, it is still true.

Another Song about heaven...
And the prettiest flowers will be blooming
By the prettiest streets our eyes will ever behold
Where the beautiful streams of life for us is waiting
by the prettiest mansions made of purest gold.

And the prettiest robes and crowns we'll all be wearing
In that city foursquare beyond this world of strife.
And the prettiest songs with the angels we'll be singing,
On that beautiful morning by the river of life...

I remember hearing the wonderful saints of God sing this song of faith and testimony when I was growing up. Precious Sister Brewer (who was my spiritual mother in many ways) would often sing this and tears would pour down her she worshipped and magnified God. That dear saint of God is now rejoicing on the streets of glory...and I miss her so much. Sister Brewer believed in me, loved me, and cared for me in a very, very special way. She came to our house to pray for me when I was 16 years old, and almost died from double pneumonia--and couldn't afford health care (in the mid 1970s). God touched me...and I have lived to testify of His great Healing power!

Yes, Sister Brewer is rejoicing on the avenues of "that city Foursquare"....I look forward to the day when I see her again.

One of those great songs with a message...

This was filmed in the Citadel of David in Jerusalem...The Gaither Homecoming Friends did a great concert there. Bill insisted the Isaacs sing this great song they had written...and it will make you cry...almost every time.

Think about the "Heroes."

You gotta love this....

I would love to sing in an all-male ensemble like of those great songs..."I remember the day when the Lord saved me...."

I still believe the greatest instrument on this earth is the human voice...and these guys are using theirs wonderfully well.

The Greatest Song in the English Language...
I wrote a paper in my graduate studies, analyzing "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"--and I can still remember how God profound spoke to me during the research for that paper.

I agree with the theologians and scholars who say this great anthem, written by Isaac Watts more than 200 years ago, is probably the greatest piece of poetry set to music in the English Language....These words grip my heart:

"Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small!
Love, so amazing, so divine,
Demands my life, my soul, my all!"

The first song I can remember singing..about heaven...

I was probably 11 or 12 years old...I sang this great Dottie Rambo classic
"I see loved ones over yonder
Tears are gone, their hearts are free
And from the Throne, the Savior beckons
and the hills of home keep calling me..."

Like so many of you, I have great investments in that wonderful City Whose Builder and Maker is God. "And I'll take my flight like the mighty eagle, when the hills of home start calling me."

Dottie Rambo took that one-way trip on Mother's Day, 2008. She was on her bus, on the way to a concert in Texas, and the Lord decided that she need to "take a flight" instead...

The longer I live here on this earth, the more my heart yearns to city the New Jerusalem. That City not made with hands...where God's Lamb is the Light...

I'm looking forward to Heaven.

I remember my Granny Hoover's home church, Shipps Baptist Church in Gurley, Alabama. I had a lot of paternal family members who were part of that congregation. I remember their "monthly Singing" every 4th Saturday night of the month. It was always great!

I also remember when the Summer Revival started on the 4th Sunday of August--with all-day singing, and dinner on the ground....which really was just "all-day dinner" and rightly so.

But one of the great songs from that country church was "When They Ring the Bells of Heaven"...oh how I would love to hear those people sing that wonderful anthem of testimony again!

"That will be a glad homecoming, won't it be grand...
When they ring the bells of heaven on that day!"

Yes, it will be grand. Gloriously, eternally grand!

Whatever happened to these songs?

The Crimson River Quartet sings some of the great "revival songs" of the American church, in a special concert at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. Here a medley of these great classics:

In My Heart There Rings A Melody
He Keeps Me Singing
Standing on the Promises
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Victory in Jesus!

Maybe we need to "teach these great truths" to the "contemporary generation"...

As Bill Gaither has said, "these songs should survive--not because they are old--but because they are GREAT...and deserve to live."

Amen, Bill, Amen.

Songs we used to sing...and need to sing again....

One of the great songs by Haldor Lillenas...

I need to be reminded of this "wonderful grace of Jesus..."

A Song I would love to sing again...
The late Dottie Rambo could write the most wonderful songs about heaven, eternity, and the hope that every child of God has for the future.

I remember learning this song when I was a young teenager...and it's still true.

"I'm going there to live
When life is over....
On the sunny banks of my home, sweet home."

"The Sweetest Song I Know"

One of those grand old songs of testimony and faith that I learned in my "growing up years."

Yes, "Amazing Grace" is still the sweetest song I know! Russ Taff, Ben Speer, Mike Allen , Pastor Johnny Minnick, and others really bring this great "standard" back to life...

I've always loved the "southern convention style singing" anyway..and this song brilliantly demonstrates how joyful THAT kind of singing can be...

The Inaugural Prayer...

Here it is:

Almighty God, our Father:
Everything we see, and everything we can’t see, exists because of You alone.
It all comes from You, it all belongs to Y0u, it all exists for Your glory.
History is Your story.
The Scripture tells us, "Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one." And You are the compassionate and merciful One. And You are loving to everyone You have made.
Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States.

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.
Give to our new president, Barack Obama,
the wisdom to lead us with humility,
the courage to lead us with integrity,
the compassion to lead us with generosity.

Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans--united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget You--forgive us.
When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone--forgive us.
When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve--forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all.

May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.

And may we never forget that one day, all nations--and all people--will stand accountable before You.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into Your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, 'Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus—who taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Many thanks to Justin Taylor (Wheaton, Illinois) for posting this on his blog.

May the God of Heaven and Earth hear and answer this humble prayer.

President Obama, Congratulations!

Dear Mr President,

Today, the history of the United States was forever changed--and for the better! The world is watching at this great democracy engages in the peaceful transition of governmental leaders and the accompanying powers.

Even though I did not vote for you, I will be praying for you. I will be asking God to keep His might hand, and His strong love around you all the time. You will need His help. And you have already acknowledged as much.

You have promised "Change we can believe in..." and now it's "show time" for you! You have nominated a great Cabinet, and you will now have the dreams, hopes, fears, burdens, and aspirations of this great nation upon your shoulders.

Just as your friend, Pastor Rick Warren, said in his prayer, " Almighty God, Everything we see and everything we can't see comes from You....You are the compassionate and merciful One.....we are so grateful to live in this land where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of power in this nation....Give our president the courage to lead us with integrity, and the compassion to lead us with generosity....when we forget You, forgive we face these difficult days us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all..."

Mr President, that was a powerful prayer. I am confident the Lord God heard it.

You are bringing hope and encouragement to this great nation. We honor you.

God bless you!

Sitting here, at my desk, wiping tears from my eyes...

I grew up with very little--actually none--of this world's material goods...but I was RICH in the great treasures that really matter: knowing about heaven, knowing that Jesus made the way for me to go there.

This song just says it all for me:

We truly are "pilgrims and strangers here" and yes we are "seeking a City to come." I have many, many loved ones in that wonderful City Whose Builder and Maker is God.

One of my readers, Dr Jackie Johns, knows what a precious promise this is to those who love and know Christ. Both of his earthly parents are now in the presence of his Heavenly Father, rejoicing on the streets of glory.

So "cheer, my brother cheer, our trials will soon be o'er."

These "light afflictions" are just that...light...and they will wither in the presence of the Eternal Light...God's Only Son.

One of those great songs...

that I learned "later in life" (well, in my late 20s at least). Listen to the Ball Brothers sing this marvelous classic written by Isaac Watts:

The last verse is particularly wonderful:

"There's not a plant nor flower below
But makes Thy Glories known!
...while all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care!
And everywhere that man may be, Thou God art present there!"

A great blast from the past...

I remember the Virginia Boulevard Church of God Men's Trio singing this great, great song of hope, and testimony. No one could sing this great song like Keith, Claudie, and Brother "whatshisname..." (I honestly can't's been almost 35 years ago).

"I can see the Lights of Home
I can see Him on His throne.
I'm too near to turn back now...
O Praise the Lord, I'm heaven bound!
When my journey here shall end!
I'll say goodbye to this world of sin.
In that fair land, I'll take my stand..
It's good to be on this road to glory land."

Yes, it is! As much as I (and others) may complain about how "tough life really is.." I'm thrilled, deep, deep in my soul to know that I'm on the road to Glory.

Anthony Burger, who is playing the piano in the clip, is now rejoicing on the streets of Heaven! He was the principal pianist with the Gaither Homecoming Concerts, and suddenly sailed away to glory a few short years ago---while he was playing the piano during a Gaither Homecoming Concert on a Cruise ship in the Bahamas.

Dear President George Bush

Mr President,

In less than one week, you will again be "private citizen" George W Bush. As you have stated many times (in recent weeks), you are looking forward to this "drastic" change of pace in your life.

Let me say that we Americans appreciate your willingness to serve your country--both as Governor of Texas, and then as President of the United States. Thank you for serving.

While I have disagreed with most of your actions since you moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I do respect you as a person, and as a man. You have demonstrated what a good husband, good son, and good father should look like--and this nation has paid attention to your example.

My only regret is that you won't have the opportunity to "correct" many of the mistakes that were made on your watch. I'm sure you would like to "re-do" many of these...but alas, time and history doesn't allow for that to take place.

Your wife, Laura, has been nothing short of superb in her role as First Lady, and as a champion for literacy and reading in this nation. Even though you have been unpopular (understated, of course), Laura continues to be a favorite among all Americans. You "married up..." and you did quite well, when you secured her hand, her heart and her love to you.

Be a good private citizen. Join your parents in all of their great charitable endeavors. Make yourself, and this nation proud of you once again. You can do it.

Now you will have that opportunity.

This song makes me give thanks...

The late (and certainly great) Ira Forest Stanphill gave birth to many wonderful, wonderful songs--now standards in congregations around the world. Not only was he a gifted troubador, but also a pastor of many years in the Assemblies of God.

Some of these words bring tears to my eyes, and rejoicing to my heart:

"He washed my eyes with tears
that I might see
the broken heart I had
was good for me..."

Scripture reminds us that God is indeed "near to the broken-hearted." He is a friend of the broken-heart.

I am continually reminded that my "eyes" need to be washed with tears on a regular basis. Only then can I see the love and face of Christ He means for me to see it.

Heaven's Jubilee--our great hope!

One of my very favorite songs is linked here:
This great "standard" of the "southern" Church (mostly Baptists and Pentecostals) was also written by G T (Dad) Speer. He wrote songs that caused us to look forward to Heaven--knowing that what we have "here on this earth" is temporary at best, and will pass away quickly.

O What singing!
O what shouting!
On that happy morning, when we all shall rise!
O What glory!
Glory, Hallelujah!
When we meet our blessed Saviour in the skies!

Who is the Holy Spirit?

I owe much gratitude to Dr Mark Hardgrove for this...but it answers the "lead question" so very well: "Who is the Holy Spirit?"

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

I. The Holy Spirit as a Person
A person is characterized by consciousness, rationality, moral and ethical qualities.
A. (Lk. 12:12) He is a teacher
B. (Ac. 8:29) He speaks
C. (Ac. 5:32) He is a witness
D. (Rom. 8:26) He is a helper and intercessor
E. (Ac. 15:28) He determines the value of decisions
F. (1 Cor. 2:11) He is constantly in touch with the mind of God
G. (Ac. 20:28) He chooses church leaders
H. (Ac. 5:3) He can be lied to
I. (Ac. 7:51)

II. Symbols/Figures of Speech used of the Holy Spirit

A. Clothing (clothed with power) Lk. 24:49
B. Dove Matt. 3:16; Mk. 1:10; Lk. 3:22; Jn. 1:32
C. Fire Ex. 3:2; Lev. 9:24; 1 Kgs. 18:38; 2 Chron. 7:1; Zech. 2:5; Mal. 3:3; Ac. 2:3; Heb. 12:29; 1Pet. 1:7; Rev. 1:4
D. Oil Matt. 25:3-8; cf. Ps. 45:7 with Heb. 1:9
E. Seal 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30
F. Water Jn. 4:14; 7:37-39
G. Wind Jn. 3:8; Ac. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 1:21
H. Mouth/Word of God Isa. 34:16; Ezek. 1:3
I. Breath of God Gen. 2:7; Job 27:3; 33:4; 34:14-15; Ps. 33:6; Jn. 20:22
J. Finger of God Lk. 11:20, cf. with Matt. 12:28
K. Hand of God Ezek. 1:3
L. Earnest 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14
M. Seven Eyes Rev. 5:6

III. The Deity of the Holy Spirit
A. Divine Attributes:
1. Omnipresence Ps. 139:7
2. Omniscience Isa. 40:13-14; 1 Cor. 2:10
3. Omnipotence Isa. 11:2; Jn. 3:6
4. Eternality Heb. 9:14
5. Holiness Rom. 1:4
6. Transcendence Ps. 51:12
7. Agent of Salvation Heb. 10:29: Zech. 12:10
8. Perfection Rev. 1:4; 3:1
9. Unity of Spirit Eph. 4:4
10. Divinity of Spirit 2 Cor. 3:3

B. Various references to the Holy Spirit are interchangeable with references to God:
1. Ac. 5:3-4 2. 1 Cor. 3:16-17, see also 6:19-20

C. Holy Spirit performs certain works which are commonly ascribed to God:
1. Creation Gen. 1:1, 3; Job 26:13; Ps. 104:30
2. His work with humans
a. Regeneration Jn. 3:5-8; Titus 3:5
b. Resurrection Rom. 8:11

D. The Holy Spirit’s association with the Father and the Son: ( Mat. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2)
1. He is called both the Spirit of Yahweh (Isa. 61:1) and the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11)
2. Jesus ascribes the working of the Holy Spirit to both the Father and Himself (Jn. 14:16; 15:26) 3. The Holy Spirit is sent by both the Father (Jn. 14:16, 26) and Christ (Jn. 16:7).
4. The Son is the revealer of the Father by incarnation (Jn. 14:7-10), while the Holy Spirit is the revealer of the Father by inspiration (Eph. 1:17, NIV).

IV. Titles Attached to the Holy Spirit

1. Spirit of God Gen. 1:2; Mat. 3:16
2. Spirit of the Lord Lk. 4:18
3. Spirit of our God 1 Cor. 6:11
4. His Spirit Num. 11:29
5. Spirit of Yahweh Judges 3:10
6. Thy Spirit Ps. 139:7
7. Spirit of the Lord Isa. 61:1
8. Spirit of your Father Mat. 10:20
9. Spirit of the Living God 2 Cor. 3:3
10. My Spirit Gen. 6:3
11. Spirit of Him Rom. 8:11
12. Spirit of Christ Rom. 8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11
13. Spirit of Jesus Christ Phil. 1:19
14. Spirit of Jesus Ac. 16:7
15. Spirit of His Son Gal. 4:6
16. Spirit of the Lord Ac. 5:9; 8:39
17. One Spirit Eph. 4:4
18. Seven Spirits Rev. 1:4; 3:1
19. The Lord the Spirit 2 Cor. 3:18
20. Eternal Spirit Heb. 9:14
21. Spirit of Glory 1 Pet. 4:14
22. Spirit of Life Rom. 8:2
23. Spirit of Holiness Rom. 1:4
24. Holy Spirit Ps. 51:11; Mat. 1:20; Lk. 11:13; Jn. 14:26
25. Holy One 1 Jn. 2:20
26. Spirit of Wisdom Ex. 28:13; Eph. 1:17
27. Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding Isa. 11:2
28. Spirit of Counsel and Might Isa. 11:2
29. Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord Isa. 11:2
30. Spirit of Truth Jn. 14:17
31. Free Spirit Ps. 51:12
32. Spirit of Grace Heb. 10:29
33. Spirit of Grace and Supplication Zech. 12:10
34. Spirit of Faith 2 Cor. 4:13
35. Spirit of Adoption Rom. 8:15
36. Paracletos Jn. 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7
37. Spirit of Judgment Isa. 4:4; 28:6
38. Spirit of Burning Isa. 4:4
39. Holy Spirit of Promise Eph. 1:13
40. Power of the Almighty Lk. 1:35
41. Promise of my Father Lk. 24:49
42. Promise of the Father Ac. 1:4

V. Works Attributed to the Holy Spirit
1. Perfecting of the Saints 1 Pet. 4:14
2. Agent of Regeneration Rom. 8:2; Jn. 3:5-8
3. Sanctifier Rom. 1:4
4. Gives Wisdom Jn. 2:20; Eph. 1:7
5. Agent of Application of Grace Heb. 10:29
6. Reveals our Adoption Rom. 8:15
7. Helper Jn. 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7
8. Executes Judgment Isa. 63:10; Ac. 5:3-9
9. Ordains Ac. 13:2-4
10. Directs Christian Witness Ac. 10:19; 16:6
11. Guides the Church in Decisions Ac. 15:28
12. Distributes Spiritual Gifts 1 Cor. 12:11
13. Reveals the Lordship of Christ 1 Cor. 12:3
14. Provides Gifts of Ministry 1 Cor. 12:27-29
15. Provides Access to the Father Eph. 2:18
16. Agent of Incarnation Mat. 1:18-20; Lk. 1:35
17. Agent of Inscripturation 2 Tim. 3:16
18. Teaches Jn. 14:26
19. Intercedes Rom 8:26
20. Bears Witness Jn. 15:26
21. Convicts Jn. 16:7-8
22. Strives/Judges Gen. 6:3
23. Anointed the Anointed One Lk. 3:21-22; Ac. 10:38
24. Has a Role in the Resurrection 1 Pet. 3:18-19
25. Agent for Justification 1 Cor. 6:11
26. Enlightens the Believer Jn. 16:12-13
27. Glorifies Jesus Jn. 16:14-15
28. Enables/Empowers the Believer Ac. 1:8
29. Baptizes the Believer into the Body 1 Cor. 12:13

This precious song brings tears to my eyes...

My Grandmother Fields loves to tell me how she took me to my very first Gospel concert when I was less than 3 years old. The event was held in the National Guard Armory in Huntsville, Alabama...and the Speer Family were the guest singers for the evening. Mom and Dad Speer were still alive back then...

Even though I was much too young to remember this occasion, I have always had a great affinity for the Speers, their ministry and their music. This video shows "Dad" Speer, "Mom" Speer, Brock, and his youngest sibling, Ben Speer. The chorus of this great song still gladdens my heart:

"Standing by the river
Waiting for the boatman
Listening to the music on the other shore!
I can hear the angels
Singing out a welcome
With my friends and loved ones who have gone before!

I have a great inheritance in that glory land! So very many whom I have loved (but more importantly, loved me) are rejoicing in the presence of the Lord this very a land where there is no night!

I have two grandparents there. I have a vast number of other "family"--people who loved and served the Lord--in that land.

Here I am..."standing by the river...listening to the music on the other shore."

Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time!

No one could sing this song like....

the Virginia Boulevard Church of God in Huntsville, Alabama...

Of course that congregation hasn't been the "Virginia Boulevard Church of God" for more than 33 years now...

If I'm not mistaken what became the Pulaski Pike Church of God (when Virginia Boulevard moved to a new location) is now Life Church International...or something to that effect.

This great congregation could sing, "Living in Canaan Now."

In the above clip, my friend Allison-Durham Speer and her colleagues do a marvelous rendition of this great song of hope and testimony.


I first heard this when I was about 8 years old...

Both of my precious grandmothers loved music. My late Granny Hoover watched the "Gospel Singing Jubilee" every Sunday morning from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. without fail. I remember hearing one of the featured groups sing this terrific song:

"O Rock of Ages, Hide thou me!" Amen, Amen, and Amen!

And the Gaither Vocal Band (at least this assemblage of that great group) sings it so very well.


Life in the Penalty Box

My pastor, Dr Erwin W Lutzer (The Moody Church, Chicago), preached a powerful message two Sundays ago: "Life in the Penalty Box"--about the life of Moses...

It's a penetrating reminder of how life can really be...sometimes...

One of the finest songs ever written...or sung

The last verse always brings me to tears:

Could we with ink the ocean fill
Or were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
and every man, a scribe by trade.

To write the Love of God above
Would drain the oceans dry!
Nor could the scroll, contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky!

One of those fun songs....

I can remember my Granny Hoover's little Southern Baptist Church singing this old song so very well...."Legacy Five" does a decent job of it...

Shipps Baptist Church, (in Gurley, Alabama) had some of the best singing to be found anywhere...Most of those people didn't have more than a high school education, but they could sing like canaries....and it was always good.

"I'm Winging My Way Back Home" was one of my very favorites to hear these precious people sing....and boy, could they sing it!

"O the Glory Did Roll!"

One of G.T (Dad) Speer's signature song is linked here: O The Glory Did Roll!

"Dad" Speer knew how to write those wonderful songs of testimony and victory. He was a very simple music teacher from Double Springs, Alabama. He met a wonderful lady, who was also a music teacher, Lena Brock ("Mom" Speer), and they began a marvelous love story.

Four Children, and more than 80 years later, this family group sang their last concert.

I grew up singing all of Dad Speer's wonderful songs...this being one of them. This great "standard" gives us a vibrant, joyous record of the power of God's forgiveness, and the victory accomplished in our redemption.

How I would LOVE to hear my "country church" sing this song once again!

"What a Lovely name.."

One of the great songs from the past, "What a Lovely Name..."
The last verse brings tears to my eyes:

"He'll return in clouds of glory
Saints of every race shall behold His face!
With Him, enter Heaven's city
Ever to acclaim, "What a lovely name!"

What a lovely name, the name of Jesus!
Reaching higher far, than the brightest star!
Sweeter than the songs they sing in Heaven!
Let the world proclaim, "What a lovely name!"

Yes, that name of Jesus still has power--because Jesus still has the power!

Songs from the past....

I grew up in north Alabama (back in the "sticks") loving Southern Gospel music. I will be posting several links (over the next few days) of songs that still bless my soul, comfort my heart, and encourage my spirit. Here's one from the "original" Hinsons:

I'm thinking this was recorded about 1975--more than 33 years ago.

And the message of the song is still true: He will calm the troubled waters of your soul.

He really will. He has has calmed mine many, many times.

New Year's Resolutions for 2009

1) I want to read more...and better. ( I want to expand my "reading interests, instead of just reading history, politics, and theological stuff. I want to learn about things of which I know nothing--and that will be a lot of reading...

2) I want to exercise my physical body more: I was doing very good for a while...and then...well, let's just say that I plan to exercise more...

3) I want to speak less, and hear more...two ears, one mouth...maybe God designed it that way for a specific reason.

4) I want to honor God with my finances, my time, and my talents....