052414, Considering, “The Simple, Yet Important, Things Of Life”

Consider the man who – loves Jesus – defends his country – is faithful to his wife – works hard to support his family – is respected by those who know him – nuff said

Small Town Southern Man

Ephesians 5:25, New King James Version (NKJV)

“Husbands, love your wives…,”

052214, Apostles’ Doctrine, Fellowship, Breaking Of Bread, Prayers, Acts 2:42

Acts 2:42, New King James Version (NKJV)
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Consider the simplicity of the early church, which is the body of Christ. Notice the four easy elements that define the home church meetings that took place in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. You will find all of those elements of worship in the following outline of our church’s worship times.

Consider the simplicity of the continued worship of the early believers in Christ, in Acts 20:7. In this passage, you will notice that the fellowship meals continued. The remembrance of our Lord’s Death, through “the Lord’s Supper, The Communion,” was probably a part of the meal. It is important to remember that we, the body of Christ, are “The Communion.” We use bread and wine, or grape juice, to focus on the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. Still we, the body of Christ, are “The Communion.” We are “The Communion Of The Saints.” In the Acts 20 passage, you can see that after the fellowship meal, the Apostle Paul preached to the believers who were present, “until midnight.” Now, a little ‘tongue in cheek;’ please don’t have anyone speak “until midnight.” Seriously speaking, when you lead a church group, you need to know about how long a guest speaker is going to preach. You will also need to know something about the speaker before you authorize that person to address your group; that can save you much embarrassment. You will also need to hold to acceptable times of prayer, and of anything else that takes place in your group.

Acts 20:7

New King James Version (NKJV)

Ministering at Troas

7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.

Compassion Church Outline Of Apostles’ Doctrine, Fellowship, Breaking Of Bread, Prayers

Please let me tell you about the breaking of bread during our church’s times of worship. In doing so, let me take you to Matthew’s account of the Passover Seder. We have found that account to be the best description of how Jesus took the opportunity of the Jewish passover meal to look back to the events of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, and then look forward to His soon to occur death, burial, and resurrection. We will start with our leader reading Mt 26:17-19. Then the food items will be given to everyone. We have paper plates, 9 oz plastic cups, napkins, and hand sanitizer that we all use to clean our hands. It is a hand pump, and is always present on our table. Then, the leader will give thanks for the “meal,” or ask someone else to give thanks. Then we will begin to share our meal, and have a time of fellowship throughout the sharing of our words. The leader will determine when the next reading will take place, and will read Mt 26:20-25. It is good to point out that Judas was present, and that Jesus treated him the same as He did the other disciples, and also washed his feet. No one is left out. (Please read my post 022814, and focus on the Corinthian account.). The leader will read vs 26, and ask someone to take a piece of the bread that is part of the meal, and break that piece and pray, as it relates to the body of Jesus being broken. All of us will break a piece of bread and eat it. The meal continues. The leader will determine when the next verses, 27-28, will be read, and will read those verses. Someone will be asked to hold the cup before them, pray for it, as it relates to the shed blood of Christ, and lead the rest of us in the drinking of the juice. The leader will read vs 29 and mention that we will share in the passover with Jesus in the millennium. We will continue our meal (we love to eat! It’s a joyous time for us). When we all have finished the meal, the leader will read vs 30, and lead a song, or ask someone else to lead a song. “Amazing Grace,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” or anything else that fits the moment. Then, the leader will ask someone to pray for travel mercies for our people. Then, we will clean up and fellowship some more. Then we will leave.

Consider the preparation that goes before each of our worship services. Each Friday when I wake up, it is usually dark. I think, “God, how great this is. You created this day that is being preceded by darkness.” Then, the darkness turns to dawn. I will say, “God, you did this; You did a great job!” As the dawn turns into day, I think again, “Wow! God! You really did it! What a great job you did of creating this wonderful day.” This time of day, from dawn until Sunset is the Preparation Day (John 19:14). The Jews used it to prepare for the Sabbath, the Lord’s Sabbath, which would would arrive at Sunset, on every Friday, and stay until sunset on Saturday, every Saturday. During the day I am keeping the Lord’s Sabbath on my mind, and thinking that God made it, set it apart from every other day of the week, and made it Holy. (Gen 2:1-3). During the day I am preparing for our Friday Evening Sabbath Service, which will begin at 6:30, which will be close to dusk, sundown, the beginning of the Lord’s Sabbath. During each Friday, I will not do anymore than I absolutely have to do. I will go to Walmart and buy French Bread, cheese chunks, bananas, and grape juice (low cal, low sodium, low sugar). I will return home at about 3:30 and begin praying and listening to worship and praise music as I prepare to lead our people in their worship and praise, and Bible study and communion. I will usually arrive at our church’s meeting place at 5:30 and will begin setting things up. The first thing that I will do is to put up a cross in front of our big window. Then, I will set up chairs and my pulpit. Then I will pray, read my Bible, and sing to God. At 6:30 our people will begin a time of fellowship, sharing, praying, encouraging, and singing praises to God. We may sing a song, and then pray. Or we may sing all of the songs and pray. We may pray for each other, and we may pray for whatever God will lead us to consider. Until 7PM, we will have this time of fellowship. It is very casual, and very worshipful. At 7PM, we will begin a Teaching Sermon. At 8PM, we will begin a preaching sermon. At about 8:30 we will come around our big table and begin the sharing of our fellowship meal of bread (already sliced), bananas, cheese, and grape juice. We always use Matt 26:17-30 as a guide. It shows the transition from the passover to the Lord’s Supper. A prayer is given for the meal. We eat and fellowship. A prayer is made for the bread (the bread that comes from the meal – not a realistic presence of Christ’s Body. We break the bread and continue with our fellowship meal (we are standing). Then, we will take of the cup of juice – not the actual blood of Christ, but juice that came from the meal on the table. Then, we will continue eating (isn’t that good?). When we all have finished the meal, someone will lead in a song (Mt 26:30). Then, and only then, we will clean up, and fellowship more. It is about 8:45 PM when we will leave. We will have seen day turn to dusk, and dusk turn to darkness. Wow! That is great. What is important is that nobody has taken the meal in an unworthy manner. Jesus served Judas, and washed his feet. (Please read my posts on communion). Our people are being trained to minister to others. Each person in our church is being prepared to lead this fellowship meal and communion service. Women will be better able to minister to other women if they are trained to do so. Therefore, we include our ladies in the leading of the fellowship meal and communion.

As you have read this post of communion, you will have notice the aspect of our Friday Evening Sabbath Worship. My blog address that subject; I encourage you to read the posts that teach on the Lord’s Sabbath. In them, you will notice that Sabbath worship is not a requirement for the church. Still, it is a time that lends to Holiness. It is working well for our church. (Please see my posts: 011714, 020314, 021514, 021614, 022114, 030714, 032014, 042514, 042514-3, 041014)

For a time of worship, please consider the two following songs. May they draw you into close communion with our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

In The Presence Of Jehovah

Holy Are You Lord

John 4:24, New King James Version (NKJV)

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

052114, Compassion For The People, Matthew 15:32

Matthew 15:32, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Four Thousand Fed

32 And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”

Compassion Ministries International (CMI)
Mt15:32 “Compassion For The People”

The above link will take you to the latest blog that discusses one of our church’s ministries. Please check it out. You might find additional support for benevolent ministries in which you are involved. The blog has just recently been published, but it has been in the spiritual design phase for a few months. It replaces a similar ministry that has been terminated due to its web page being hacked and its information being compromised. You may find some similarities of thought of CMI that relate it to Equipping The Saints, but you will also find many distinct differences. At present time there are no posts on the blog, but there are three pages of information that relate to the ministry of compassion. By virtue of its name it can be seen that the CMI ministry is truly of a benevolent nature and international in outreach. As you read the page on the CMI Mission And Belief Statement, you will come across the term “Heart Member;” it may be of interest to you. That term comes from a thought that was provided by a blog friend who lives in Australia, which is the amazing “land down under.” Please check out the blog and give me some feed back. As usual, I will close this post with a song of worship and Bible verses. May our Lord Jesus bless all of you. If you are reading this post, and do not have an intimate personal and saving relationship with Jesus, I invite you to make a decision now to give up your will to Him and ask Him to be the Lord and Savior of your life. Please consider the following verses that are known as “The Romans Road” to salvation.

Romans 3:23, American Standard Version (ASV)

23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23, American Standard Version (ASV)

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8, American Standard Version (ASV)

8 But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9, American Standard Version (ASV)

9 because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved:

Romans 10:13, American Standard Version (ASV)

13 for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Paul Wilbur, Jerusalem Arise

Philippians 3:10, American Standard Version (ASV)

10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;

052014, U.S. Memorial Day, John 15:13

John 15:13, New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

As Americans, citizens of the United States Of America, we owe a great debt to the members of our U.S. Military Forces. Some have served and returned home to family and friends. Others served and paid the ultimate cost for freedom. On this Memorial Day, let us not forget the members, past and present, who served during the periods of war of World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, The War In Iraq, The War In Afghanistan, and other contingencies around the world. Not a lot is being said about the War In Iraq. The war in Iraq was conducted during the 2003-2011 time frame. There were 4486 US war casualties during The Iraq War.

Please take time to look at the following videos. As you consider the videos consider the greatness of our country, The United States Of America. Remember that our country is a great country, because it is a good country, and that as long as we are a good country, we will continue being a great country.

And yes, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

Manila American Cemetery

As a young airman, stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War, I was able to visit this cemetery. It was an honor for me to have walked among the grave sites of the more than 17,000 war heroes of the Second World War.

Tribute To A Fallen Marine Who Gave His Life In Iraq

Fallen Soldier Returns Home

May God richly bless the air crews who bring back home the remains of our heroes who have given their lives on foreign soil.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

It was very humbling for me to have seen the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, that was traveling throughout our great nation, while it was at Fort Stewart, in Georgia.

Motorcycle Escort – Traveling Vietnam War Memorial – Lancaster, Ohio

May God richly bless our patriotic bikers, and the people who stand along the road sides to honor them and the causes that they honor.

Fallen Soldier Funeral Procession

May God richly bless the Patriotic Guard Riders. They escort our troops who are returning home from overseas, and funeral processions of our fallen soldiers.

USMC Fallen War Hero

May God richly bless the patriotic Americans who stand along side of the roads and give honor to our fallen heroes as they are driven to their final resting places. May God richly bless our law enforcement officers who escort those funeral processions. May God richly bless Americans who pull their cars off of the road, in respect for the fallen war heroes, and for the patriotic Americans who remove their caps and hats, and put their hands over their hearts, and lower their heads in honor of our fallen heroes.

USMC Fallen Hero

May God richly bless our military honor guard details. May God richly bless the mortuary officials who transport the remains of the fallen heroes.

Medal Of Honor For Fallen U.S. Navy Seal Of Iraq War By President Bush
May our nation never forget to honor our military heroes.

U.S. Armed Forces – We Must Fight

Taps, Lyrics

Philippians 3:10, New King James Version (NKJV)
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

051814, Armed Forces Day, John 15:13

John 15:13
New English Translation (NET)

13 No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.

Not much press is give to Armed Forces Day, but many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May. It is important for us to remember the sacrifices that have been made by the members of our armed forces, and of their families.

There are two videos that tell a story of the members of our armed forces, their families, and the people of our great nation, the United States of America. In our great country, people on the street will pay honor to our nation’s flag when it passes by in a parade or motorcade, by the removal of our hats from our heads, by placing our hands over hearts, and by saluting the flag as it passes by us. We give thanks to God for the food that we eat, in our homes and in restaurants. In our country we stand still and pay honor to those who pass by us in funeral processions. In our country we line up for many miles to give respect to the bodies of fallen members of our armed forces as they are taken to their home towns for proper burial.

Our military services have a proper and dignified way of returning to their places of burial, the bodies of fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines,and Coast Guardsmen, whether they are active duty, reserve, or national guard. The process is known as, “The Dignified Transfer.” The soldier’s creed of, “Leave No Man Behind,” applies to all members of our Armed Forces. A video that follows is that of a media report of such a dignified transfer. A fallen soldier, who was a citizen soldier – a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, a father and husband, was returned from the place of his death in Afghanistan to his hometown in the great state of Oklahoma. You will see many fellow citizens who lined the street and paid respect to the fallen soldier. You will see an interview with his grieving widow, as well as with members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. One of the Guardsmen is a military chaplain, who is also a Christian. It needs to be said that an atheist chaplain, who knows nothing of an eternal afterlife, would be totally inappropriate to be included in a detail, to tell a widow that her husband is now deceased, but is present with God. You will see the love and care that exists within the armed forces, as it extends to caring for its military families who have undergone the suffering that follows death. You will see many American flags behind held by the American citizens who are present when the honor motorcade passes them. You will see that a great majority of American citizens still love “mom, home, apple pie,” our nation, our military, and the men and women who serve our nation through our armed forces.

In our country we are guaranteed the freedom of religion by our Constitution. If you will read the words of the First Amendment to our Constitution, you will find no “great wall of separation,” written in it. The words are very clear, and state that “we the people” are protected from our government, which is not allowed to make a law which concerns religion. There have been leaders of our government who have used the words, “freedom of worship.” There is a great difference in “freedom of religion” and “freedom of worship.” Many in our government would like for us to be free to go into a building and sing, and clap our hands,and hear a sermon; that is freedom of worship. Freedom of religion allows us to practice what we learn inside of those buildings, outside of those buildings.

First Amendment

Main article: First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A Dignified Transfer: A Fallen Soldier’s Final Journey Home

The second video shows similar respect for a fallen soldier. You will see a lone Marine who stands holding a very long salute of honor.

For The Saluting Marine

We, as citizens of the United States Of America, live in a great country. We are great country because we are a good country. As long as we are a good country, we will be a great country. And yes, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

Matthew 25:40
New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

051714, The War In Afghanistan, John 15:13

John 15:13
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Not a lot of news reporting is done on the war in Afghanistan. This has been a source of concern for our troops in that war-torn country. There is a need for letting our troops know that their country appreciates them. Holidays are times that we can let our troops know of our love and appreciation for them. This ministry has been directly involved during the last three years in sending cards to our troops in Afghanistan, via military chaplains. Planning is essential to sending cards and various care packages to the chaplains. Please let me know if you would like to become involved in this Matthew 25:40 ministry. Churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals can take an active role in this greatly needed ministry. There was one Christmas season that this ministry was able to provide a coordinated effort that resulted in more than 2400 Christmas cards being sent to our troops in Afghanistan. We have helped to send Christian study materials, Bibles, blankets, toiletries, and snack items to our troops. Such acts of love and benevolence provide a way for Christian chaplains to extend that same love to members of other religions groups. A year ago, there was a need for blankets. One shipment of blankets arrived at a Chaplain’s office. Immediately, the blankets were given to a US Army helicopter medic who needed them right away. We have provided many bibles, some of which were give to coalition troops, Polish and Czech. Ranger chaplains have taken bibles to their troops who were in areas that were inaccessible during the frigid winter months. Our military forces in Afghanistan are our heroes of this time in the history of the USA, and of supporting coalition services. If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry of spiritual and physical support, please let me know. In order to protect our troops, protective care must be taken, as we send support items to our military personnel. A reply to this post is the starting point. I will provide an email address where further planning will begin. Please consider the following videos that relate to the realities of the war in Afghanistan. Consider the ages of the troops that you will see in the videos. Consider how you will feel when you get your first “thank you letter” from one of our heroes. And, regardless of what the liberal members of our media and government may be telling us, there are very many members of the armed services who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and unashamedly serve Him.

The following link will lead you to the total war casualties of the Afghanistan War. The names of our heroes are listed, along with the day that they gave their lives in support of freedom. Please pray for their families.

US War Casualties – Afghanistan (by date) | Citizen Journalist Review
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And yes, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

Matthew 25:40
New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

051614, The Vietnam War, John 15:13

The US involvement in Vietnam was from 1950 until the last US combat troops were withdrawn in 1973. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were the commanders in Chief. There were more than 500,00 US troops stationed there by 1969. 58,220 US troops died in the war. In the US, there were many protests against the war. Troops who returned from their tours of duty often faced great ridicule. Today, in the US, there are questions about the proper treatment of US veterans in VA hospitals. Many of those who have not received proper VA treatment are those whose ages place them in the Vietnam War era. They may have been stationed in Vietnam, or in other adjoining areas of Southeast Asia, such as Thailand. The time was during that of the Cold War with Russia. Other US troops were stationed at bases throughout the world. Many people had loved ones who died in the Vietnam War. In the 1960s the life insurance death benefit for service members was $10,000. Basic pay in 1968 for pay grade E-1 was $96.00 a month. Of course, the barracks was free, as was the food. Wow! Such a deal! Because of the many duty stations that I had during that time frame, it seemed that my job was actually “moving.” I wasn’t stationed in Vietnam, but in Thailand and in The Republic of the Philippines. Please remember to thank a military veteran for their service to our country, regardless of their time of service. Don’t forget about those who are serving now, whether it is active duty, guard, or reserve. The video that follows has music that is played. It is not Christian music, but it may tell a story of the war in Vietnam. Maybe there are some stories that need to be shared. Please consider the following Bible verse.

King James Bible, John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him…”

Editor’s note: The original video was removed; I apologize. The replacement video did not carry the spirit of the one tha that was replaced. Robin Williams played a wonderful role of a military disc jockey who attempted to improve morale in the lives of our forces who were stationed in and around Vietnam. May we never forget the great sacrifices of the members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard who served their nation well in that war that caused so many lives to be taken from us. May we also remember the forces of the allied nations who served their nations in the Southeast Asia Theatre. I trust that the song that I have added to this post will interject reality into the discussions that have taken place about the Vietnam War.