Search

Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Category

Uncategorized

To a Man of God: See You Again Someday

For those of you keeping up around these parts, you know that about 6 weeks ago my Father in Law was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor. It was indeed aggressive, and this past Friday the 4th of January we laid him to rest. I want to tell you a bit about him.

We called him a lot of things, depending on who we were. He was Pap to the grandkids, Dad to a son, and Daddy to a daughter. By his wife, he was often called Harold Edward!!! Yes, one has to say it with the exclamation points to actually hear it correctly. I don’t recall actually calling him anything, but “HEY!” was probably close. He had not been able to hear very much for almost 50 years, and when his hearing aids acted up, he could not hear thunder. He could often hear folks with loud, clear voices; but, you had to get his attention and make him look right at you. I have a loud, clear voice, and “HEY!” was how most of our conversations started. For the rest of this, he will just be Pap.

Pap was a simple man. Pap was an exceedingly smart man, but he was just simple in the ways of the world. I never saw him read anything in print, and I don’t think that was really in his comfort zone. Even though he didn’t read, he loved word search puzzles. Strange, really. He knew how to do a ton of stuff, though, that involved real life. Anything outside, he was your man. We will be eating the bounty of his gardening skills for at least another season or two.

Pap loved his family more than anything, especially his little girl (my wife,) and his grandkids. During his final days, while he never once got upset over the fact that he was dying from his own standpoint, the thought of his family having to struggle without him would reduce him to tears.

Pap was never mean to a soul. I have not heard, nor do I think I ever will hear, of a single person who would say this man treated them with less than kindness and respect. Even the jerks.

Pap loved his church. If the doors were open he wanted to be there with his brothers and sisters in Christ. In a day when people decline corporate worship over a chest cold or sprained pinky, Pap hung in there until the end. I remember one Sunday in the hospital he verified the day, then asked why everybody was not in church.  One that visit, he came home Wednesday and was crazy upset that they didn’t let him go home early enough to go to church that night. No problem, because the next night the church came to him and we had Wednesday worship in his living room on Thursday night.

Pap was a solid theologian, as we discovered at the end. He was not a big Bible reader; we already discussed that earlier. But he knew his Jesus, and that Jesus had saved him.  When he was deciding whether to pursue treatment for his tumor and finally decided not to, he just said, “No, I’m just going to go on home.”

Pap was an evangelistic machine. The thing was, we didn’t really know that. We knew he always talked about three things with neighbors: Jesus, his family, and his church. What we didn’t know was how dogged and persistent he was in his efforts to tell people about Jesus. We got so many reports from people about his witness to them….and we didn’t even know this. He was burdened for his lost kinfolk. During one of his rougher nights later in the illness, he just started praying out loud, in the middle of the night. No one had ever heard him pray out loud before. He prayed for us. He thanked God that his wife, children, and grandchildren all knew the Lord. But, he didn’t forget the two uncles who don’t know Jesus, and he prayed for them. It was back about 50 years ago when Pap first guided he and his wife back into the church. They had both been raised in it, and knew the Lord, but had been absentee believers for some years. Even though he probably didn’t give a theological dissertation on why he clearly understood what it meant to the future of his descendants. Now, his closest family members all know the Lord. I probably came to know Him myself because of a decision made 50 years ago.

We are going to miss you, Pap; but; we will see you again someday.

Thank you, for Giving to the Lord

I dreamed I went to heaven
You were there with me
We walked along the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea
We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name
You turned and saw a young man
He was smiling as he came

He said friend, you may not know me now
But then he said but wait
You used to teach my Sunday school
When I was only eight
Every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start
One morning when you said that prayer
I asked Jesus in my heart

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

Then another man stood before you
And said remember the time
A missionary came to your church
His pictures made you cry
You didn’t have much money
But you gave it anyway
Jesus took the gift you gave
And that’s why I’m here today

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

One by one they came,
As far as the eye could see
Each one somehow touched
By your generosity
Little things that you had done, sacrifices made
Unnoticed on the earth, heaven now proclaims
And I know up in heaven
That you’re not supposed to cry
But I was almost sure
There were tears in your eyes
As Jesus took your hand
And you stood before the Lord
And He said my child look around you
For great is your reward

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave
I am so glad you gave
I am so glad you gave

Advertisements

An Irish Wake-Without the Whiskey!

Hello Friends. As most know, my Father in Law has been very sick, and passed away the first day of this year. It’s sad, but we were all blessed in that the end came quickly and seemingly with little discomfort. Praise God for that.

As I wrote about in an earlier post, we knew when our Dad went back into the hospital over the weekend, that he would not be coming home again. One of the things he expressed repeatedly was that, more than anything, he did not want to be alone during this time. So, from the time he was diagnosed, he was NEVER alone. Somebody was always with him, and most times it was several somebodies. Once we knew things were drawing to a close, everybody pretty much dropped everything in their lives and gathered together. We had Mom, son and daughter, son and daughter on law, and 5 grandchildren. That’s 10 people, all basically camped out in a hospital room. If you add the intermittent visitors, at times there were close to 20 people gathered together.

Despite the overall sadness of the situation, some funny things happened; some of these things have already become family legends, and the “inside jokes,” of the future. Most of them were instigated by my Mother in Law, bless her heart. She is pretty funny, with a sharp wit; add stress and some distraction and things can get funny really quickly.

The first funny thing that happened involved was her description of us as a “pack of gypsies.” This was because we were basically camped out in this room. We had brought in food, coffee, and people were piled everywhere in chairs. One of the grandsons went to empty rooms and imported chairs. Some of those who had been working or schooling would simply lay in the floor in a corner to sleep.  Until this moment, I did not know gypsies ran in packs!

The next funny thing that happened was my Mother on Law’s gracious introduction of people to each other, who had known each other for years! That amused us for quite a while, and several of us got a lot of laughs shaking hands and introducing our selves again and again over the next few days.

The real legend, however, is our Irish Wake. First, readers must understand that we don’t drink alcohol in our family as a beverage. No biggie and nobody cares who else does. We just don’t. Out of the blue, our dear mother says, “You know, we have Irish ancestry. Hey, this is just like an Irish wake without the Whiskey!” Huh? There were a lot of ways this was not really like an Irish wake at all, but she ran with it. We aren’t Irish at all, there was no deceased, and what kind of Irish wake doesn’t have whiskey anyway?

From there it just took off. Any time a hospital staff member came into the room and began to navigate themselves through the various bodies in the room, Mom would, EVERY SINGLE TIME, say: “Don’t mind us! We’re just having an Irish wake without the whiskey!” Over, and over, and over….and over. It degenerated further as the rest of us began asking visitors as they came in if they had brought the whiskey. When people would call on the phone, family in the room would holler, “Hey, tell them to bring the whiskey!”

Later, after Dad’s passing and we had returned home, somebody DID bring some whiskey. Good stuff, too, Jameson’s. Nobody’s going to drink that, not as a beverage. It does make a mighty fine hot toddy, though.

Guitar Lessons

Hi friends. As I said, taking a blogging break and spending family time. Yet as we celebrate one generation going home we get the joy of bringing the new generation along.

This me introducing Finlee to Rock and Roll lol.

The Last Vigil

So, here we are, in the hospital again. My Father in Law is still on hospice but they are managing his care at the hospital. Things turned very rapidly and they could not keep him comfortable at home any longer.

Basically, this thing is in its final hours, so I won’t be posting for a bit. I do have some things to say, though.

As I walk through hospital halls I see people who are…..alone. They are alone in the morning; They are alone in the afternoon, and they are still alone at night.

There is one room where the patient is not alone, nor will he be. As this is written, there are 11 people in the room; there were 18 but some of the family left. Now it’s just kids and grandkids.

Something else makes this room different. Let me preface this by saying that we are extraordinarily sad; the soon absence of our father will be felt for a while. So, people may be confused when they walk by or into this room and hear the sounds of love and laughter.

Soon, my Father in Law will stop breathing. He will not, however, stop living. At the very moment of his passing he will go to be with his Lord to live in Glory forever. He knows this, and we all know this.

So, even with death imminent in the room, joy has trumped it. Come on in, have a sandwich and some tea, listen to some stories, and have some laughs.

Then, somebody is probably going to tell you just where all the joy comes from.

Play Nice Part One

The upcoming series has been posted before. Let’s just say I needed a refresher course on this key Christian concept. I think maybe sometimes we all do.


I have no great lesson today, merely some nuggets from God’s Word. This is homework! Read, study and meditate on these verses. The homework is: if you find more, feel free to add them in the comments section!

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

 

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Colossians 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Acts 28:2 The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.
That’s only a few, as God’s Word has a lot to say about being kind to one another. What’s your favorite verse on kindness?
That’s only a few, as God’s Word has a lot to say about being kind to one another. What’s your favorite verse on kindness?

 

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Suffering of the Messiah

by Robert Brock

The Suffering of the Messiah

Isaiah 53:3-7

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he 
was bruised for our iniquities:…and with his stripes we are healed….the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,” Isaiah 53:5, 6.

One wonders how God could be satisfied punishing His own innocent Son to pay for the sins of the guilty. That is only part of the story. God planned to resurrect His Son to be the Mediator for believers and keep them saved.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). When the priest prepared an innocent animal to be sacrificed, the father of that family laid his hands on the head of the animal and proclaimed he was placing the sins of his family on the head of the innocent creature. This ritual was continued for about a thousand years. Then, Jesus appeared on the scene, and John the Baptist introduced Him as God’s Lamb to take away the sins of His people and the world. When the time arrived for Him to be sacrificed for us, God allowed Herod’s soldiers to push down a crown of thorns upon His head. Since thorns symbolized man’s sin curse (Genesis 3:17-19), God literally placed our sins on the head of His Lamb and let Him pay for our sin debt.

THOUGHT: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and 
shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). This is the rest of the Christmas story. Read Luke 2:1-20 to your loved ones on Christmas morning before they open their presents.

Bogard Press Facebook Page

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-We Must Never Get Ahead of God In Our Service

by Beverly Barnett

We Must Never Get Ahead of God in Our Service

Acts 1:4-8

“And, being assembled together with them, commanded 
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me,” Acts 1:4.

Wait…

“Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence” (Psalm 59:9). “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” (Psalm 62:5). These are but a few of the many Bible verses that encourage us to wait on God rather than getting ahead of Him. Many, many times we can look back and see situations where if we had waited on God, the situation most likely would have turned out differently. Waiting on God can try our patience in this instant-gratification world, but it is always the best thing to do.

One young preacher questioned an older preacher about moving to another church. He wanted to be sure he was following God’s will. The old preacher told him to work where he was until he felt sure God was moving him. “After all,” said the wise preacher, “God told Abraham to leave Ur, but He did not tell him the exact place to go right then.” Young preachers should not stop what they are doing, but work where they are until God tells them when and where to go. If they will wait until the Lord moves them, they will avoid many mistakes.

REFLECTION: If we wait on God to lead us, He will lend us His strength. He will defend us, and we can expect greater blessings and accomplishments. If we wait on Him, many problems will be avoided.

Bogard Press Facebook Page

Bear.png

The Devil Knows Your Past, But God Knows His Future

Revelation 12:10-12

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.


As we learn in 1 Peter 5:8:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Satan is prowling the earth, not only seeking to stand in the way of non believers coming to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, but also seeking to devour and destroy those who do possess a saving relationship with Him. We know this is true, as we see warning after warning directed towards believers by the inspired writers of Scripture. Besides Peter above, the Apostle Paul had some warnings for us too.

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

What is Satan hoping to accomplish? Why does he attack believers? Well, we know clearly he does not come after us in order that we might lose our saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ; we are secure in that eternally and nothing can take if from us if it is really ours. Here is a pretty good list of things which can never separate us from the love of Jesus Christ, and His salvation:

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That’s pretty comprehensive, right? What can take our salvation away? Nothing can! But Satan wants us to think we can forfeit it. When Paul speaks of the helmet of salvation in Ephesians 6:17, he is likely referring to the assurance of our salvation. That helmet of assurance protects us from Satan’s tactic of making us want to doubt our salvation.

Satan’s primary tool is guilt. Now, understand that guilt is not a bad thing. We all feel guilt arising out of the conscience which God gave us. It is guilt, or conviction, of our transgressions which is the first step in our coming to faith. It is our understanding of our need for a Savior that brings us to the Savior in the first place. So, guilt in and of itself is not a bad thing.

Do we feel guilt, and should we once we are saved? Well, that depends! We certainly do not bear any guilt in terms of concern for impending eternal punishment for the things we have done, or even the things we will do in the future. We are not on, as one writer put it, on “eternal probation” with God, constantly striving to prove ourselves to Him. This mindset might be termed false guilt. Is there true guilt? Sure there is. We call that conviction. On one hand, as we covered, conviction may ultimately lead to salvation. Conviction also matters in our daily walk with The Lord as well. We don’t become sinless, perfect people upon our salvation; our complete sanctification is a lifelong project. We will sin. Our sins, however, are between us and God. Honest confession and repentance for our sins likely will be part of our daily lives until Jesus comes back or we are called home.

If Satan cannot wrest us away from God in terms of our permanent relationship with Him, then what is his goal? Why bother? It’s really very simple. While our sin will never separate us from God’s permanent forgiveness of our sins, that sin can certainly interfere with our daily fellowship with God, our connection to Him, and our work for Him. The solution to even that, however, is simple. When we sin, we must confess it to God and seek His forgiveness; He will then restore us to full fellowship with Him:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The key here is that this is between us and God, not us and The Devil. Satan desperately wants us to believe he is somehow involved in this process, but he is not. Satan hates God, and he hates God’s people. Even though he knows he can never snatch us from the hands of God, Satan will do anything in his power to hinder God’s work on this earth.

How does he accomplish this? It’s fairly easy to explain really. Satan wants us to dwell on our past sins, and doubt our standing with God because he wants us to remain fixated on ourselves. He wants us to forget about Grace and concentrate on works. And there is nothing wrong with works, as they should be the natural outflow of a born-again person. God expects us to work, but we are not expected to work to save ourselves or keep ourselves saved. Our works should be the plan God has for us and not the things we, or some other person,  think we have to do to stay in God’s grace. The plan is God’s plan. It is not ours, the churches, some pastor’s, or any plan created by any person.

Why is Satan so angry and why does he want to interfere so much? Surely he knows how this all works out, right? Of course he does! Satan has the same information we have, and that is God’s Word as revealed in Scripture. We often like to say we have read the end of the book, and God wins. Well, Satan has read the end of the Book, and he loses.

It has been said that it doesn’t matter so much how one starts the race, but how one finishes. That is certainly a true statement, and one the Devil would love for us all to forget. The past is the past. If we are saved believers, then God has chosen to no longer remember any of the things we have done. In fact, He has also forgotten in advance the sins we may still commit! That makes us free. We are free to no longer worry about the penalty or any eternal punishment for our failure to meet God’s expectations. Now, we can concentrate on fulfilling God’s plan for our lives and communing with Him through prayer, study, and meditating on His Word.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: