Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth

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Dear family of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 

 

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“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”  – Colossians 3:2
Amen and Amen!
Last night we lost our last game of the first half of the season to Mountain Springs Baptist Church. We are awaiting word if we have sole possession of first place or if we are tied……..BUT, that is not why I had problems going to sleep, it was because of the violence in our communities. These are issues that Politicians and Chamber of Commerce types don’t like talking about. This is not about passing more laws, we have more laws on the books than Carter has liver pills! It is about bringing others out of the darkness……getting our hands dirty for Jesus……….bringing the light of Jesus to meet and defeat the darkness in the lives of many! Getting out on the streets. We lock up people in prison and about 80% or more end back in prison. I posted at story at www.fggam.org this morning about the 3 year old that was hit in the head in one of Albuquerque’s supermarkets. Albuquerque is a very violent city, New Mexico ranks as one of the top states (Latest I saw was number 4 in the nation) for violent crimes. These are issues that will not get you elected into office because people don’t like talking about violent crime because they do not know what to do about it, accept pass more laws. But we know Jesus Christ is the answer. It is about reaching the heart, souls and minds of people in darkness. I ask these questions daily: Why are not our so called leaders calling all to pray for God’s healing rains in southwest America? Why are these folks who call themselves Christians who are in Political office not leading the charge for prayer? They must be held accountable. Leadership in America and the state I live in, New Mexico is at an all-time low. We will not turn our state and Nation around until we look into the eye’s of Jesus Christ! It is as simple as that, but harden hearts can’t see it. Politicians talk and talk and talk, NOTHING NOISE! Sure their is a few good eggs out there, but FEW! I say PEW TOO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!!!
I wish Will Rogers was living now and sounding off about the state of affairs! I was told by a leading Christian yesterday that most American Churches are failing God, a sad commentary from a leader, She said that the Church is too concerned about ITSELF and not people. Let us pray on that! Just think about 75% of America does not go to Church.
As my Daddy said to me years ago,” Son, sometimes the truth hurts!”
Last night before the softball game we were told that Pastor Al Casamento of the Rio Vista Church of the Nazarene passed away. Martha Powell also sent me a message this morning on Pastor Al’s passing. Some of our Softball players knew him and loved him so. As Martha stated in her message, he was loved by many churches!
Please also pray for the pre-marital counseling session I do  today.
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 WOW! Sonja sent me this Devo this morning, it is outstanding! Have you ever felt like the Caboose, or do you feel like it today? I had a talk with a man awhile back that he still feels like the caboose at age 57, because of things said to him by kids back in his school days. The words we speak to others are powerful, good and bad.
When You Feel Like the Caboose
Sharon Jaynes
Today’s Truth
“…when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).
Friend to Friend
My hands were clammy. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. A familiar knot in the pit of my stomach threatened to push me toward the restroom, and my dry tongue began cleave to the roof of my mouth. It was 10:25 a.m. In just five more minutes the dreaded event would begin.
When I was in the first grade, the one academic exercise I feared more than any other was the spelling train. It was sheer torture—at least for me.
“Okay, students,” Mrs. March would say. “Everyone pick up your chairs and move them over to the chalk board. It’s time for the spelling train.”
Twenty first graders slipped their munchkin-sized chairs from their desks to form a semi-circle around our chief engineer. I always put mine at the end.
“Now remember the rules,” she explained. “I am going to hold up a flash card. If you read the word correctly, you get to go to the front of the train. If you miss it, you have to go to the caboose.”
She held up the cards one by one, and the class chugged along at a quick pace. Dog. Sally. Bob. Spot. Red. Blue. Mother. Stop. Run. Then it was my turn.
“Sharon, what is this word?”
Pause. Giggles.
Well, more often than not I had no idea. And when that happened, I would either guess wrong or sit in silence. I spent most of my time in the first grade spelling train in the caboose.
As the year progressed, I did move up into the passenger cars a few times, but usually I didn’t stay there long enough to keep the seat warm. There was one particular word that kept me from ever visiting the engine: T-h-e. So Mrs. March decided she was going to help me. For two weeks, she made me wear a name tag that read “THE” plastered on my chest like the scarlet letter. I can still remember kids coming up to me on the playground, pointing at THE on my chest, and saying, “Hey, what’s that? Why are you wearing that? Is your name The? Are you stupid?”
Eventually I did learn how to spell the word t-h-e, but that’s not all I learned. I learned that I was stupid; not as smart as everybody else; and just not good enough. But you know what? That wasn’t true. Those were lies from the enemy. And it took many years for God to hold me by the hand and help me see myself as He sees me: a uniquely created, dearly loved, completely forgiven, and totally accepted child of God who is capable of doing everything He has called me to do by the power of the Holy Spirit.
That was more than forty years ago, and now I have found joy in stringing written words together. I’ve noticed that life has many unusual twists and turns when God is at the helm. He takes our greatest weaknesses and turns them into our grandest strengths. That’s what happens when we turn our lives over to Him—we get out of the caboose and get to ride up with the chief engineer to places we never imagined possible. When we are weak, then He is strong.
Where are you in the train of life right now? If you’re hiding in the back, listen closely and you just might hear God calling you up front where you belong.
Let’s Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, it’s amazing to think of all You have done in my life. You have taken my greatest weaknesses and turned them into my greatest strengths. When I am weak, through the power of the Holy Spirit I am strong. Thank You for working in me and through me. And help me never to believe the lies of the enemy that say I’m not enough again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
 
Thanks to Sonja for sending this in! I felt like the caboose to much of my life. I thank the Lord and Sharon and the kid’s and my mentor’s over the years for lifting me up! This is something only God can do, not man, BUT we can help, we can be a tool for God, that is what we do here at FGGAM! For God’s Glory Alone! 
 
For God’s Glory Alone in the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey Sharon and Family
 

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