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THIS MINI SERMON WILL BE A LITTLE LONG BUT IF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS, I BELIEVE IT WILL BE WORTH THE READ.

     THIS MONTH HAS BEEN A HARD MONTH AT THE BILBREY'S HOUSE.  FOR THOSE THAT KNOWS ME, I HAD A GOOD BUSINESS BEFORE MOVING TO FLORIDA DOING HOME INSPECTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS.  AFTER BEING IN FLORIDA A COUPLE OF YEARS, THROWING AWAY ALL MY CONTACTS BEFORE LEAVING BECAUSE I DIDN'T PLAN ON MOVING BACK AND MY PHONE NUMBER CHANGING WHEN I DID GET BACK TO GEORGIA; BUSINESS TO SAY THE LEAST HAS BEEN A SLOW START, ESPECIALLY WITH THE RECESSION THAT ALLL STARTED WHEN I MOVED TO FLORIDA.

     BECAUSE OF THE WORK BEING SLOW, I HAVE TRIED TO SAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR A CUSHION IN CASE THE WORK STOPPED COMPLETELY.  NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG, GOD HAS BLESSED ME BY ALLOWING ME TO FIND A HOME THAT I COULD PAY FOR IN CASH DURING THIS TIME THAT NEEDED LOTS OF WORK BUT BY HIS GRACE, I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT A VERY NICE HOME FOR ME AND CARLA.  BUT EVEN WHEN YOUR HOME IS PAID, BILLS PILE UP QUICK WITH THE UTILITIES, GAS, FOOD, INSURANCES, BUSINESS FEE'S ETC.

      I DID HAVE A LITTLE INCOME COMING IN FROM LEADING THE CHOIR AT THE CHURCH I ATTENDED BY A LOVE OFFERING.  UNFORTUNATELY, THAT MONEY USUALLY ONLY COVERED THE GAS AND THREE MEALS IT TOOK TO BE THERE, NOT LEAVING MONEY MOST OF THE TIME FOR THE WEAR AND TEAR OF THE CAR.  I HAD ALREADY WENT THROUGH 2 COARS DRIVING THAT DISTANCE SINCE ALL THE CARS I HAD, HAD HIGH MILEAGE.  I FELT LED TO GIVE UP THE CHOIR AFTER 4 1/2 YEARS AND EVEN THOUGH THE MONEY MOST OF THE TIME WAS SMALL IN AMOUNT, IT DID GIVE SOME EXTRA WHEN THE OFFERINGS WHERE HIGH, SO NOW EVEN THAT MONEY WAS GONE.

     I HAD MANAGED TO SAVE A GOOD BIT WHEN Carla NOTICED A KNOT ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS THE CAUSE OF HER HEADACHES SHE WAS HAVING.  WE MADE APPOINTMENTS TO THE DOCTORS AND BY THE TIME THEY WERE FINISHED, THEY SAID THE KNOT WAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND THEY COULDN'T FIND WHAT WAS CAUSING THE HEADACHES AT THE SUM TOTAL OF $1,600.

     THAT PUT A BIG DAMPER IN OUR WALLET BUT EVEN BEFORE THAT, HER CAR NEEDED ABOUT $800 OF WORK FOR RADIATOR AND FANS, BRAKES, TIRES, ETC., THAT I HAD ALREADY SPENT.  STILL, WE HAD SOME MONEY LEFT FOR A VACATION COMING THAT WE HAD ALREADY SAVED FOR AND HAD ALREADY PAID FOR 7 NIGHTS AT A VERY NICE 2 BEDROOM RESORT THAT HONLY COST $250 ABOUT 2 MONTHS BEFORE THIS.  (I WOULD LIKE TO THANK A FRIEND OF OURS Francesca FOR THIS AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE HOW TO CONTACT HER FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION, JUST LET ME KNOW).  SHE MANAGES TO FIND VERY NICE PLACES FOR A RIDICULOUS COST SAVINGS.

     FINALLY THE WEEK BEFORE THE VACATION, THE VAN STARTED TO ACT UP ONCE AGAIN.  I THOUGHT IT WAS THE COIL PACKS SO I DECIDED TO CHANGE THEM, THE SPARK PLUG WIRES AND PLUGS.  ALL THAT RAN ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL $250 BUT WHILE I WAS CHANGING THE PLUGS, BECAUSE THE VAN HAD RAN HOT BEFORE REPLACING THE RADIATOR, TWO OF THE PLUGS BROKE INSIDE THE HEADS.

     I THOUGHT GREAT, NOW THERE GOES A LOT MORE MONEY, SO I BEGAN TO REMOVE ALL THE ENGINE PARTS TO REPLACE THE PLUGS WHICH LONG STORY SHORT MEANT GETTING THE HEADS REBUILT AND A WHOLE GASKET KIT.  AN ADDITIONAL COST NOW OF $400 MORE.

     TWO DAYS BEFORE VACATION AND LOTS OF MONEY ALREADY SPENT, I DECIDED TO DRIVE THE VAN TO A DEAR FRIEND OF OURS FOR HIM TO DO THE FINAL WORK.  BY THE WAY, IF YOU NEED A GOOD TRUSTING MECHANIC, HE IS THE BEST AND I CAN GIVE YOU HIS INFORMATION AS WELL.

     I CALLED TO SEE HOW IT WAS GOING AND TO MY SURPRISE, HE TOLD ME HE WAS DOING A TEST DRIVE AND DIDN'T GET 5 MINUTES FROM HIS SHOP WHEN THE TRANSMISSION WENT OUT.  I KNOW I HAD OTHER WORK TO BE DONE IF IT EVER WENT OUT SO I ASKED HOW MUCH WOULD THAT COST.  HE INFORMED ME THE TOTAL WOULD BE AROUND $1,850 AND HAVE TO GO FROM THERE.

     THAT ALMOST DID ME IN.  HERE IT WAS A DAY BEFORE VACATION, WE HAD ALREADY SPENT THOUSANDS OF THE SAVINGS AND TO TOP IT OFF, ONLY HAD A LARGE WORK VAN LEFT TO GO ON VACATION WITH THAT ONLY GETS AROUND 13 MILES TO THE GALLON AND HAS LADDER RACKS AND ONLY 2 FRONT SEATS.  I COULD FEEL HELPLESSNESS SETTING IN AND WAS THINKING I MIGHT AS WELL CANCEL THE VACATION EVNE THOUGH THE ROOM WAS ALREADY PAID FOR.

     I WILL BE HONEST;  I WANTED TO FUSS AT GOD.  I WANTED TO SAY, "IF I HADN'T BEEN TRAVELING ALL THOSE MILES JUST TO LEAD THE CHOIR, MY CAR WOULD HAVE BEEN IN GOOD SHAPE AND I WOULD HAVE HAD ANOTHER NICE ONE JUST IN CASE IT DID NEED WORK".  I WANTED TO FUSS AND SAY, " IS THIS THE REWARD FOR TRYING TO DO WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO?"!

     THEN I HEARD THE HOLY SPIRIT REMIND ME THE DIFFERENT TIMES PAUL FOUND HIMSELF IN A BAD WAY BUT YET, HE WAS STILL IN GOD'S WILL AND GOD WAS MOVING IN HIS LIFE TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING.  LIKE THE TIME HE WAS HEADING TO ROME FOR A FAIR TRAIL AND GOT SHIPWRECKED ON AN ISLAND.  BUT THE ONE THAT STOOD OUT THE MOST WAS WHEN PAUL AND SILAS WERE IN PRISON.  NEITHER HAD DONE ANYTHING TO BE THERE.  BOTH WER ONLY DOING WHAT GOD HAD SAID FOR THEM TO DO.  NOTHING WAS GOING THE WAY THEY THOUGHT IT SHOULD GO AND YET, HERE THEY WERE, LOCKED IN CHAINS AND BEATEN ALL FOR JUST DOING WHAT GOD ASKED THEM TO DO.

     HOW EASY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TO QUIT AND SAY"IT'S NOT WORTH IT, I HAD BETTER LUCK WHEN I WASN'T DOING GOD'S WILL" AND YET, BOTH BEGAN TO SING IN THE MIST OF THEIR TROUBLE.  BOTH GAVE PRAISES AND WORSHIP TO GOD FOR THEM BEING RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.

     NEXT THING YOU KNOW, THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE AND THE DOORS WERE OPENED AND THE CHAINS RELEASED.  NOW FOR MOST OF US, WE WOULD HAVE RAN OUT AND PRAISED GOD FOR DELIVERING US FROM OUR TRIALS.  BUT PAUL AND SILAS KNEW THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GOD'S WILL TO JUST ESCAPE.  CROOKS ESCAPE.  THEY KNEW IF GOD HAD BROUGHT THEM TO THIS, GOD WILL BRING THEM OUT AND IT WOULD BE DONE IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE BOTH MORALLY AND PLEASING TO GOD, SO THEY STAYED STILL AND CONVINCED ALL THE OTHER PRISONERS TO DO SO TOO.

     WELL FOR THOSE OF US WHO KNOWS THE END OF THE STORY, WE KNOW THAT WHEN THE JAIL KEEPER NOTICED THE DOORS OPENED AND THOUGHT THE PRISONERS HAD ESCAPED, HE WAS ABOUT TO KILL HIMSELF WHEN PAUL LET HIM KNOW THEY WERE ALL STILL THERE.

     THIS CAUSED THE JAILER TO GET SAVED AND BECOME A POWERFUL WITNESS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIORS POWER AND GRACE.  IT OPENED THE DOOR FOR A ROMAN, AN ENEMY OF THE CROSS TO BE A PREACHER TO THE ROMAN PEOPLE.

     IMAGINE THE OTHER OUTCOME HAD THEY NOT OBEYED GOD AND DO HIS WILL EVEN THOUGH SATAN MADE IT APPEAR GOD HAD ANSWERED A PRAYER BY OPENING THE DOORS.  PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WOULD HAVE SAID "THE CHRISTIANS ARE JUST COMMON CRIMINALS, THEY RUN IN FEAR NOT BELIEVING THEIR GOD CAN SAVE THEM.  HAD THEY BEEN INNOCENT IN THE BEGINNING, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TRIED TO ESCAPE".

     BY THEM TRUSTING AND BELIEVING IN GOD EVEN WHEN IT WASN'T GOING AS PLANNED, THEY WERE ABLE TO DO MORE IN THAT JAIL SENTENCE, THAN THEY COULD HAVE BY PREACHING FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR AS FREE MEN.

     AFTER THIS, I JUST TOLD GOD THAT I WAS SORRY FOR NOT TRUSTING AND WE WOULD GO WHEREVER HE WANTED FOR US TO GO.  I TOLD WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO A FAITHFUL FRIEND OF OURS THAT HAS ALWAYS TRIED TO BE THERE FOR US AND PUSH OUR MINISTRY FORWARD NAMED WALTER AND FAITH NIX.  HE WITHOUG HESITATION SAID, "ROGER, TAKE OUR CAR ON VACATION".

     THAT WAS HUMILIATING TO ME TO DO THAT SINCE I HAVE A SIN OF PRIDE FULLNESS BY WANTING TO DO THINGS ALL BY MYSELF AND NOT DEPENDING OR ASKING ANYONE FOR ANYTHING.  GOD WANTED A TESTIMONY OUT OF THIS TO SHARE.  HE WANTED TO SHOW PEOPLE HOW HE COULD WORK IT OUT WITHOUT MY HELP WHILE SHOWING ME THAT HE WOULD BE THERE IN THE TIME OF NEED.

     I THANK GOD FOR WALTER AND FAITH'S OBEDIENCE.  IT MUST BE HARD TO ALLOW SOMEONE TO JUST DRIVE OFF IN YOUR CAR THAT ONLY HAS 43,000 MILES ON IT AND BE GONE OUT OF THE STATE FOR 8 DAYS.  BUT HERE WE WERE, HEADING TO BILOXI FOR VACATION WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY FOR A RENTAL WHICH REALLY WOULD HAVE PUT A BURDEN ON THE WALLET.  WE WERE DRIVING IN STYLE.

     I ALSO PRAISED GOD THAT WE WERE NOT IN THE VAN IN MISSISSIPPI WHEN IT BROKE DOWN OR WE WOULD HAVE JUST HAD TO LEAVE IT THERE.  GOD KNEW AHEAD OF TIME THAT THE TRANSMISSION WAS ON IT'S WAY OUT.  IT HAD NOT EVEN GAVE A HINT THAT IT WAS FAILING.  GOD HAD MADE A WAY JUST LIKE HE DID FOR PAUL AND SILAS.

     WHEN WE GET BACK, OUR MONEY WILL STILL BE TIGHT BUT GOD WILL PROVIDE AS HE ALWAYS DONE.  DAVIDE SAID, " I ONCE WAS YOUNG AND NOW I AM OLD AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE RIGHTEOUS FORSAKEN OR HIS SEED BEGGING BREAD".  GOD IS FAITHFUL IF WE CONTINUE TO OBEY AND LEAN ON HIM!!!! 

     IF YOU ARE STUGGLING WHERE YOU ARE NOW, I HOPE THIS MINI SERMON CAN GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE SITUATION YOU ARE IN.  WE VIEW THE PROBLEM WHERE WE ARE, THEN INTO THE FUTURE BUT GOD SEES IT FROM THE FUTURE TO WHERE WE ARE NOW S, SO HE KNOWS THE OUTCOME IS GOING TO BE GREAT.

     LET ME SAY THAT AT TIMES, IT WON'T COME OUT LIKE WE WANT IT TO.  THERE WAS A DAY THAT PAUL AND SILAS HAD TO EVENTUALLY DIE FOR THEIR FIATH AND NOT BE DELIVED IN THIS LIFE.  BUT EVEN THEN, THEY WERE VICTORIOUS BECAUSE THEY LEFT THIS LIFE STRAIGHT INTO THE ETERNAL LIFE WHERE THERE WILL NEVER BE NO MORE BATTLES TO HAVE TO FIGHT.  WHEN THAT TIME COMES FOR YOU, KEEP TRUSTING IN THE ONE WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE AND KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T.

     "HOW A MAN THINKETH, SO IS HE"  THINK RIGHT DURING YOUR HARD TIMES AND DON'T JUDGE THE SITUATION BEFORE IT'S TIME.  GOD IS AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AND IS WORKING A MIRACLE, SO SIT BACK AND TRUST. 


IF YOU EVER NEED TO TALK, PLEASE CONTACT ME.  MY HEART IS IN BEING A PASTOR, SO IT WOULD BE A PLEASURE FOR ME TO LISTEN AND HELP PRAY YOU THROUGH.  GOD BLESS!!!!

      

       


PEACE IN THE STORM


     LAST NIGHT I HAD JUST WENT TO MY BEDROOM TO WATCH SOME TV AFTER FINISHING SOME EMAIL BILLING THAT I NEEDED TO DO.  I HAD CHECKED MY EMAILS ON MY PHONE TO SEE IF A CLIENT HAD PAID THE BILL I HAD SENT AND NOTICED HE REQUESTED A LIST OF THE MATERIALS WHICH I THOUGHT I HAD ENCLOSED WITH THE BILL.

     I THEN GOT UP AND WENT TO MY OFFICE, TURNED BACK ON MY COMPUTER AND SENT THE RECEIPTS WITH THE BILL.  AS I WAS DOING THAT, I HEARD THE WIND REALLY PICKING UP WITH A STORM WE WERE HAVING AND I ALSO HEARD HAIL HITTING THE HOUSE.

     I DECIDED I HAD BETTER OPEN THE BLINDS TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON.  I HAD NO FEAR CAUSE I ALWAYS BELIEVED AND TAUGHT MY KIDS THAT STORMS WHERE NOT TO BE AFRAID OF.  I TOLD THEM THAT GOD WATCHES US AND KNOWS WHERE WE ARE.  HE WOULDN'T LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO US AND EVEN IF IT DID, IT WOULD BE IN HIS PLAN AND WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO STOP IT EVEN IF WE WANTED TO.

     WHILE LOOKING OUT, I SAW LIGHTNING HIT THE NEIGHBOR'S TREE AND THREW IT STRAIGHT TOWARD THE OFFICE WHERE I WAS SITTING.  THE LIMBS WERE RUNNING RIGHT ALONG THE HOUSE FROM WHAT I COULD SEE AND THE HOUSE SHOOK ALL OVER SO I WAS SURE IT HIT THE ROOF OR SOME PART OF THE HOME.

     I STILL HAD NO FEAR EVEN WHILE WATCHING THIS MASSIVE TREE GO RIGHT BY ME.  I WAS SHOCKED THAT IT DIDN'T KNOCK THE ROOF DOWN OVER ME INJURING ME OR EVEN BEING FATAL.

     MY WIFE CAME RUNNING OUT SCARED TO DEATH.  SHE WAS IN A PANIC AND I TOLD HER NOT TO WORRY, THAT GOD HAS PUT A PROTECTIVE SHIELD OVER US AND THE HOME.  SHE WASN'T QUITE CONVINCED OF THIS AT THAT TIME.

     I DECIDED TO GO IN THE ATTIC WHILE THE STORM WAS STILL GOING SO I COULD VIEW THE DAMAGE.  I COULDN'T SEE ANY WATER LEAKING SO I WAITED TILL THE STORM PASSED OVER TO SEE THE EXTERIOR.

     WHEN I STARTED TO GO OUT THE BACK OF THE HOME, I COULDN'T GET OUT CAUSE THE TREE HAD BLOCKED THE DOOR.  I WENT OUT THE FRONT DOOR AND TO THE SIDE OF THE HOME.  I SAW MY LADDERS COVERED BY THE TREE.  I LOOKED CAREFULLY AND NOT ONE OF THEM WAS DAMAGED EVEN THOUGH THE TREE WAS ON THEM.

     THE SECOND THING I NOTICED, WAS EVEN THOUGH THE TREE WAS LARGE AND HEAVY, THE TRUNK WAS JUST RESTING ON THE FENCE AND THE FENCE WASN'T DAMAGED EITHER.

     I CRAWLED THROUGH ALL THE BRANCHES TO GET TO THE BACK OF THE HOME.  THE LIMBS WENT RIGHT ALONG THE SIDE OF THE HOME AND YET, THE ROOF WASN'T DAMAGED, NOR THE SIDING, OR MY GRAPE VINES OR EVEN THE WINDOW SCREENS.

     I CALLED MY DAUGHTER TO TELL HER WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW GREAT GOD WAS.  SHE SAID SHE SEEN THE STORM COMING FROM MY DIRECTION AND FOR THE FIRST TIME (BECAUSE SHE TOO IS NOT AFRAID OF THE STORMS KNOWING WHAT SHE HAD BEEN TAUGHT) SHE PRAYED A QUICK PRAYER, "GOD PUT A PROTECTIVE SHIELD AROUND ME AND MY IMMEDIATE FAMILIES HOMES".

     THOSE WERE THE SAME WORDS I HAD TOLD MY WIFE THAT GOD HAD DONE WITHOUT EVEN TALKING TO MY DAUGHTER.  MY DAUGHTER AND I LAUGHED AT HOW GREAT GOD IS AND HOW HE WATCHES OVER US.

     WE COME THROUGH MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF STORMS IN OUR LIVES.  SOME ARE FROM NATURE LIKE THIS ONE, OTHERS ARE FROM THE PHYSICAL, EITHER BY THINGS WE HAVE CAUSED OR JUST THE DEVIL TRYING TO STIR UP TROUBLE.

     KEEP THIS IN MIND IF YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.  HE KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE.  HE CAN DELIVER YOU IF IT IS HIS WILL AND IF IT'S NOT, HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON.   NEXT STROM IN YOUR LIFE, DO AS CHRIST DID IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BOAT THAT WAS BEING TOSSED BY AN ANGRY STORM, JUST REST IN GOD KNOWING HE HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTRAL.  HAVE PEACE IN THE STORM!!!!!  BELOW ARE JUST SOME OF THE PICTURES.  I HOPE IT BRINGS YOU HOPE AND ENCOURAGMENT.


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