The Example

Preaching and teaching the Word of God,
But a door is closed,
Uncertainty…confusion,
What would you have us to do Lord?

God is moving…leading,
Like the cloud by day or fire by night,
Trusting…believing,
Where should we go Lord?

Moving…following His lead,
Seeing His church grow,
Excitement…expectations,
What will our God do?

Doctors deliver a bad report,
Seeking guidance and wisdom,
Alarm…confusion,
By what means will he be healed?

Desire to keep preaching,
Reaching those not yet saved,
Passion…desire,
That the lost might be saved.

Hospitals…hate them,
But following Your will,
Humble…obedient,
The next step…in response to Your lead.

Surgery, radiation, and chemo too,
Wreaking havoc on the body,
Pain…unrelenting,
Seeking wholeness and healing.

Sustained by Your power,
Standing by Your mighty hand,
Strengthened…empowered,
Message shared…with those lost in their sin.

Standing amazed,
Silenced in awe,
Witness…participant,
Work of God, not of man.

Tool in the hand of the Master,
Used to do Your will,
Love…poured out,
Jesus…given to a world in need.

Praying, trusting and believing,
For wholeness and healing,
This world…or eternity,
Certainly in the world to come.

Heading the call of God,
To spread Your very Word,
Willing…servant,
Obedient…even to the end.

It’s all about Jesus,
It was, and is, and will always be,
Precious…Lord,
Savior, Messiah, He’s Jesus, my Jesus!

By Susan Bunts – 8/30/05

Favorites

Favorite book…the Bible
Favorite book of the Bible…Romans
Favorite chapter of Romans…Chapter 8
Favorite verse of Romans 8…Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I trust, hope and cling to the truth and promise in this verse. It has brought me much comfort and enabled me to trust God during times of adversity…and see God’s hand and Him bringing good out of bad.

What’s your favorite book of the Bible and verse? Feel free to post your answer by clicking on Comments. What’s your favorite verse and why?

Coveting Your Prayers


“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18

Your prayers for my beloved Pastor, Chuck Obremski, his wife Linda and their family are much appreciated and coveted.

Today Chuck was not able to be at church. During the night…Chuck was admitted to the hospital because of intense abdominal pain he was experiencing. Tonight he is resting more comfortably and has received more units of blood. Also of concern is Chuck’s blood levels. His platelets are low…and need to come up higher before they can proceed with the chemo treatments. On Monday the doctor will be running a CT scan due to concerns of a mass in his abdomen that appears to be the cause of the intense pain Chuck is experiencing.

Even in the midst of great pain…Chuck’s desire was to be at church and preaching the message that God had laid upon his heart, “Thinking Like a Genuine Servant”. Lord willing and by His power Chuck will be able to do that.

We thank God for providing his willing and obedient servant Dave Dunn and a timely message on adversity.

Dear Father we lift up our beloved Pastor Chuck to you. We ask for your hand to be upon him, Linda and their entire family. We ask for you to ease Chuck’s pain…and increase his platelet levels so his is able to receive the chemo treatments. We ask for you to give the doctors great wisdom and discernment in finding the cause his pain and the best treatment. We ask you to help Chuck bear that which has come upon him. Bring peace and comfort that can only come from you. Give Chuck and Linda great wisdom…may your grace and mercy be poured out upon them. Continue to reach out to the unsaved through Chuck’s suffering…and bring many more into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

We know that you are able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine…even healing your servant. Yet we humbly submit to your will and plan…for Chuck and our church. Thank you dear Father, in your Son’s blessed name we pray.

Please be sure to click on the link to Kindred Community Church…so you can download and hear Chuck’s recent sermons.

Defeating Real Evil

To those people on the left…or as it’s now called the progressives. To those who think evil is the person cutting down trees in the forest, or persons driving SUV’s. To those who fight the killing of baby seals…but defend a woman’s right to kill her baby up until birth. To the Cindy Sheehan’s of this world and those who stand with her…who think real evil is our President taking our battle with the terrorists to the middle east, drawing them to a centralized place and defeating them over there, instead of on our own shores. To those who call President Bush a murderer and terrorist…and say that America has killed millions of people and is not worth dying for. To those who “want to understand” the people that slaughter living human beings created in God’s image…like NIck Berg and countless others.

To those who have trivialize rape by defining it as rape when a women regrets the sex she had the night before. To those can’t see the racism in thinking that people of color are unable to meet certain standards…so you lower the standards. To those who are left over from the 60’s and 70’s…who can’t see or acknowledge that you just plain got it wrong. You’ve made the world a worse place, not better. Your naivety can’t be excused when it permits evil to continue to flourish.

Please read the words of my friend Dan Horowitz. He’s one who get’s it…he understand what real evil is.

“While I have been self described as to the right of Atilla the Hun, perhaps in my old age I have become more tolerant of some things which I previously have condemned. But one thing that I have learned in my life is that evil is best fought with the barrel of a gun. You do not defeat tyrants with words, resolutions,self doubt, offers of therapy, you defeat tyrants by standing up to them, refusing to be cowed and when all else fails, military action. How many of my relatives would still be alive if during the beginnings of world war two the British and French tried using force versus appeasement? Peace in our time as said by Neville Chamberlain resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people.”

“Will people never learn that the price of freedom is paid in blood, not speeches! I’ll get off my soapbox now.”

Thank you Dan for so eloquently putting into words how to fight evil in this world. Please…don’t get off your soap box…it’s a message much needed by a naive people.

You Don’t Know Me


You give your hand to me
And then you say, “Hello.”
And I can hardly speak,
My heart is beating so.
And anyone can tell
You think you know me well.
Well, you don’t know me.

No you don’t know the one
Who dreams of you at night;
And longs to kiss your lips
And longs to hold you tight
Oh I’m just a friend.
That’s all I’ve ever been.
Cause you don’t know me.

For I never knew the art of making love,
Though my heart aches with love for you.A
fraid and shy, I let my chance go by.
A chance that you might love me too.

You give your hand to me,
And then you say, “Goodbye.”
I watched you walk away,
Beside the lucky guy
Oh, you’ll never ever know
The one who loved you so.
Well, you don’t know me

For I never knew the art of making love,
Though my heart aches with love for you.
Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by.
A chance that you might love me too.

Oh, you give your hand to me,
And then you say, “Goodbye.”
I watched you walk away,
Beside the lucky guy
Oh, you’ll never ever know
The one who loved you so.
Well, you don’t know me

Music and Lyrics by Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker

Ray Charles…with his voice of velvet…this album is pure magic. Be sure to give it a listen…Ray Charles “Genius Loves Company”.
For My Sam!

Point…Counterpoint!

My friend Dan Horowitz sent the following response, via e-mail, about my early posting on Hugo Chavez:

“I was quite amused by the remarks of Pat Robertson coming from a man of god, I was a bit surprised. While I absolutely despise hugo chavez (not worth capitalizing his name), perhaps Pat’s comments will mobilize the opposition in Venezuela. I have two good friends who live there and their lives are being ruined by chavez. If you do not support him or vote for him, you are unable to get a passport to leave the country. Both of my friends voted against him and now when they tried to renew their passports, they were told they cannot get one. So now they are stuck in the country with this tyrant.”

“Perhaps since he is already paranoid, this will drive him over the edge. I don’t really care what the Venezuelans think of our country, as to be honest, they are but a speck of dust on the map. The only importance they have is their oil. I’m sure chavez will continue to boast that his troops will defeat the USA in case of a invasion. (Perhaps if we only sent two Marines, his army might have a chance to defeat us.) But since that is not going to happen, he will continue his slide towards fidel castro and ruin the lives of the citizens of Venezuela.”

To Dan’s comments…I must say I second them. Chavez is a tyrant…and must be disposed. He is slip sliding his way towards Communism and totalitarianism. He is evil and wicked…and must be removed from power. Amen, preach it brother!

Unlike the Hollywood left who are enchanted with the likes Castro…I have nothing but distain for him and look forward to that day I wake up to the news that he is dead. Like Dennis Prager frequently points out the left goes around singing the praises of Castro and saying that in Cuba there is a 100% literacy rate. But what they leave out is that they are not free to read what they want. Better to be uneducated, illiterate and free. You can get educated and become literate…but the freedom thing is a little harder to achieve…just ask a few Iraqi’s.

I hate all bullies…and think they need to be opposed and removed from power…from the school yard to those running a country.

While I agree with Dan’s comments and even understand Pat Robertson’s comments, I’m looking at them from standpoint of coming from a Christian leader. I’m not setting myself up as a paragon of virtue…goodness knows I’ve said worse about leaders whom I oppose. Yet…I also know there is a bigger picture than this world. As a Christian leader Pat is called to a higher standard.

Thank you Dan for your perspective. Dan, for as long as I’ve known him has been a passionate conservative…and speaks the truth. I love that and respect that about Dan. In a world filled with people being politically correct or burring their head the sand…it is refreshing to have the truth spoken so clearly. I always remember Dan describing himself as “being to the right of Attila the Hun”. I’ve adopted that description too.

Dan just recently had a couple of job interviews…and is waiting to hear back. He is an excellent investigator…and I’m selfishly hoping he get the job based in California. It’s been too many years since I’ve seen Dan or talked to him. Please join me in lifting Dan in prayer as waits to hear back about his recent job interviews.

Thanks Daniel…please feel free to comment any time. I greatly respect your very conservative and proud American and Jewish perspective. Dan…you need to get back to California…into Prager territory. We need more good conservatives in this very liberal state.

Pat…one last thing!

Pat…one last thing. And it’s a poor reflection on me as a Christian that this was not my first point to you.

As a Christian and Christian leader, entrusted with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, you have been called to pray for the repentance and salvation of Hugo Chavez.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

“Everyone”…includes Hugo Chavez!