An Elder Worthy Of Honor

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We were blessed this past Sunday to have Elder Vaughn Morton in our evening service.  I am so thankful for the influence that he has had in my life and so many others, his commitment to preach truth and holiness and his example of evangelism. He was a blessing to our congregation as he talked about life and our response to it. I’m not going to try and explain his message here, but soon there will be a link to it on our church website where you can hear it for yourself. I hope to post the link here once it’s on our website.

 

  I’m truly grateful for all the elders that have helped to mold and shape my life. I am reprinting a poem I wrote a few years ago to honor this wonderful man of God.  Thank you, Elder Morton for your preaching, teaching, example and consistent Christian living we have seen over many years!

 

Path Of The Elders

 I still hear their voices, ringing so true

My mind sees their hands uplifted in praise

Precious, the memories of elders I knew

Influencing me in my younger days

Their hoary heads I can still clearly view

Slower in step, but their eyes still ablaze

So privileged to have their path cross with mine.

Their lives spoke to me of God’s love so divine.

Worshipping the Lord and loving the Word

Serving God in valley or mountain peak

Many dead now, but their voice is still heard

Beyond the grave I can still hear them speak

Oh, may their memory never be blurred

To walk as they walked is the thing I seek

They left a heritage godly and great

A lifestyle I want to emulate.

One day when we cross to Heaven’s fair shore

And meet again in that blessed, sweet land

Those elders, they will be tired no more

We’ll sing strong and clear with the glory band

Praising the One they taught me to adore

As in His glorious presence we stand

Taking part in eternity’s pages

Forever blessed with the Rock of Ages.

Written 3/10/08

An Angel Of Light

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

With clever craftiness, he makes wrong seem right

It’s no wonder his ministers do the same thing

With ear  pleasing doctrines that they do bring.

 

Bringing deception to a new height

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

Injecting his lies into our society

The masses then believe they are propriety.

 

He endeavors to infiltrate heart and mind

With ideals, the misleading and subtle kind

Satan is transformed into an angel of light

Seeks to make God’s Word appear trite.

 

When Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven erupted

He was cast down to earth, his wisdom corrupted.

Now this has become his pitiful plight

Satan is transformed into an angel of light.

 

8/19/16

 

2Corinthians 11:14-15  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

 

2Corinthians 4:3,4  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

Isaiah 14:12-15  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

Ezekiel 28:14-17  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

Isaiah 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

 

30 Years Later


This is something I wrote thirty years ago, and I find it interesting that back then, I thought I was seeing a lot of changes in the world. How much more have there been changes and an acceleration in the rate of change since I was in my 20’s!

I never thought I would see the day when

-Gay marriage was legalized.

-Men would be allowed at some places in women’s restrooms.(and vice versa)

-Disney would be producing things for children that would portray same sex relationships as normal

-Our government here in the U.S. would begin to shift from democracy to socialism.

 

and the list goes on.

 

In a world that is changing rapidly, one thing has not changed.

 

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

In a world that is very unstable, Jesus is the One who is stable and unchanging.

The prophet Isaiah wrote in chapter 33 and verse 6,

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Although I haven’t studied it out, so I’m not sure what time period Isaiah was talking about here, I do know where we can find the kind of wisdom and knowledge that will give us stability.

 

Colossians 2:1-3  For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I’m grateful we have a God that never changes. We can have a stability and a peace in Jesus in spite of the ungodly things transpiring in our world. Thank God we have an anchor in Him!

 

 

 

If Jesus Were A Blogger

If Jesus were a blogger,

I’m sure His stats would soar.

When folks read of His miracles

they’d want to come back for more.

 

 

There’s no doubt in my mind

that His followers, they’d become;

when they read how He could heal

the lame, blind, deaf and dumb.

 

 

His popularity would be off the charts,

at least in my estimation.

As they heard of the  loaves and fishes,

He would be an instant sensation.

 

 

His fame would be astronomical,

spreading afar and near ;

As long as He constantly published

what the masses were  wanting to hear.

 

 

But what if He wrote to His “followers”

that they needed to take up their cross?

Would folks still throng to His site

or would blog traffic  suffer a loss?

 

 

What if He got specific,

and in writing, defined what was sin?

Would the groupies continue to follow,

or would the blog crowd start to thin?

 

 

Well, Jesus is not a blogger,

but He has given us His Word

While some cling to it tenaciously,

others think it outdated, absurd.

 

 

Some thrill to read of the miracles;

the blessings on earth and above,

The wonders of His creation,

His mercy, His grace, His love.

 

 

 

Don’t  tell them of expectations.

To serve God, there’s a price to pay.

It doesn’t please their ears.

From sound doctrine, they turn away.

 

 

But God’s Word is not a smorgasbord.

There is no take it or leave it.

It’s inspired, profitable, all of it.

So obey it and believe it.

 

 

It may not be the popular thing,

what majorities want to pursue.

The Holy Bible, will you wholly follow?

The choice is up to you.

 

 

7/8/16

PCC-Making An Eternal Difference

  


Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. NLT

 

There is an unseen battle that takes place everyday in the lives of those who are truly striving to live their lives in accordance with the Bible, God’s Word. We will either succumb to the pressures that this world hurls against us and conform to ungodliness or we will be transformed in our minds, that our behavior might be pleasing to God. This battle can be especially intense for young people who are in their formative years and are making choices and decisions that will determine who they are and ultimately, where they will spend eternity.

I am so thankful for Pacific Coast Camp, which I was privileged to be able to attend last week with my family and other members andoung people from our church. I can’t remember the exact number of campers (ages 7-25) that were there, but I know it was over 300. Most of the young people that attended have already received their initial salvation experience of repenting of sin, being baptized in the name of Jesus and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. However, there is a whole lot more to living for God than obeying Acts 2:38. We still have a sinful nature to contend with and a devil that does all he can to hinder our salvation experience from becoming a growing and wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ. At Pacific Coast Camp, young people were given an opportunity to disconnect from the hindrances of technology(cell phones, ipads, ipods, MP3 players, etc.) and connect with God through the preaching of the Word, prayer, praise and good fellowship.

The teaching of Bro. Lackey each morning and the preaching of the good elders in the evening services was outstanding. It was so uplifting to see the response to each message as young people would flood to the altars to rededicate themselves to God. How helpful it is for young people as well, to see other youth from different churches who are endeavoring to live for God too. It is encouraging to know that you are not alone in choosing to walk in a way that is contray to the practices of this world.

I am grateful to the men that had the burden and vision to bring this camp into existence. This was the camp’s 10 year anniversary, and I believe it was our 6th year of being in camp with a group of young people from our church. There is much time, work and sacrifice involved in putting together such a powerful meeting, and I know God does reward and will reward those who played a part in it.

I believe the greatest reward will be seeing those that make it to heaven, because something they received at camp got embedded deep in their spirits, and they remained faithful. Thank God for Pacific Coast Camp!