No greater privilege...

A very dear friend of mine needs a kidney. He is in his 60s...probably closer to 70 by now. He and I have been acquainted for more than 25 years....he was actually one of my professors when I was a student Lee College (now University).

I have submitted myself as a possible "match." I went through all the blood tests at the hospital yesterday, and those samples have been sent to the University of Alabama-Birmingham to see if I am a "match."

Will you help me pray concerning this? I just want to see what the Lord has for my friend...and surely, somewhere, in this LARGE family of God, there is a match for my friend.

She has won the race: Beatrice Stansky makes it home to glory!

Even though I'd met her many years ago, she seemed like a personal friend. Her son, Bernard Stansky, is a dear friend of many, many years. Her grandson, Rod Stansky, is one of my dearest friends.

This precious saint of God served her Lord Jesus, preached the Gospel all over the world, and finished her race late last night. She slipped off to glory shortly after 9 p.m.

Her Lord has now said, "Well done, my child." She is now sheltered safely in the arms of her Lord, whom she so loved and adored. The Psalmist David said it so wonderfully well, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

This, indeed, is precious to God.

A great ANGLICAN congregation

One of my seminary colleagues (meaning we were in seminary together), Loyd Harp, is on staff at this great church in the United Kingdom.

I'm fascinated with the website, and from what Loyd tells me, they really do preach the "full counsel of God" in this place.

Check it out!

The "Tea Party" Hypocrisy...

I've already made some people mad...even some who have claimed to love me for MANY years...

This whole "tea party" over the Budget Deficits and Federal Spending is nothing more than hypocrisy garbed in robes of "emotional frenzy"...

Where were all the "budget hawks" when the Bush Administration was spending money as though there were no tomorrow? Why didn't these same people have a TEA PARTY and organize PROTESTS back then? Did "deficits" matter then?

While I am against all "budget deficits"---these supposed "tea parties" are nothing but pure hypocrisy, plain and simple. Our elected governmental representatives have been spending this way for YEARS, and not one peep out of either major political party when THEIR party is in power and doing the spending.

Let the "opposing" party start spending, and all HELL breaks lose!

Now, everyone should step back and take a long, deep breath.....I'll be first in line.

Welcome to Chicago, Dr Paul Nyquist

Dr Paul Nyquist has just been announced as the NINTH President of the historic Moody Bible Institute of Chicago...

Sources have told me that Dr Nyquist has a long and storied ministry as a missionary, and that he will be "wonderful" in this position.

Moody Bible Institute is a vital part of Christian missions. At one point in time, about 1 out of every 7 people in full time missions ministry was a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. And that's a legacy that should be lauded.

Welcome, Dr Nyquist. May the Lord Himself guide and direct your steps as your serve Him here.

Roger G Rollings, Rest in Peace...

Roger G. Rollings
Oct. 4, 1947 - April 12, 2009

Roger Glenn Rollings, 61, of Huntsville passed away Sunday at a local hospital. He grew up in Florence, where he graduated from Coffee High School and later from the University of North Alabama. He was a member of Lincoln Church of Christ and also served as an elder and deacon. Mr. Rollings work for more than 30 years in retail and law enforcement. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward and Mary Camp Rollings.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Tereasa Rollings; son, Wes Rollings and his wife Farrah; and granddaughter, Olivia. He also leaves behind two sisters, Renae Clifford and Rita Ingrum; one brother, Rick Rollings; aunts, Faye Stocks and Glenda Stringer; uncle, Billy Rollings; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.Memorials may be made to Latin American Mission, c/o Lincoln Church of Christ, 1307 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35801.
I've known Roger Rollings for the best part of 35 years. His wonderful, wonderful widow Tereasa, was my very best friend in High School, as well as being my instructor in Anatomy/Physiology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry. She has also been one of my greatest mentors through the years. She is remarkable in every sense of the word.

Roger loved his Lord, his family, and life in general. He will be truly missed. But we know that "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints." This is precious to God. In time it will become precious to the rest of us.

Easter Blessings!

He is Risen! And yes, HE is Risen indeed!

This Easter 2009 finds me in the home of my wonderful sister and brother-in-law, along with my precious niece and nephew: Cynthia, Scott, Chelsea, and Caleb Elmore. They live just outside Huntsville, Alabama...and it is COLD down here this morning...

But it is warm in our souls, because Christ has set us free. On this day we celebrate the truth that "death has lost and life has won" and that we can be free from the guilt of our pasts.

Death could not conquer Him...the grave could not hold Him, and we cannot live without Him.

Jesus is Risen!

Making Friends....

From all published and video reports, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II now has a new friend: First Lady Michelle Obama. I think it's great. At the grand age of eighty-two, the monarch is the symbol of all things "royal" and good in the civilized world. And I'm glad the Obamas have now been her "guests" at Buckingham Palace. (I was there in 1992 myself--but the "ole gal" couldn't see me on that particular afternoon).

Friends are the most precious gift, other than my relationship with God, that I possess. And I'm fortunate enough to have 'friends' in all kinds of places....literally around the globe.

I'm a very fortunate and "rich" friends.