Gleanings From Psalm 23

This past weekend we were honored to have Brother and Sister Ensey as guests in our home and with us in services. Our church was extremely blessed by the ministry of Brother Ensey. On Sunday morning he taught on the 23rd Psalm, and brought out so many things that I had never before seen/considered.   It has always amazed me how you can still glean things from the Word of God in passages that are very familiar to you. The Bible truly is alive!  I want to share just a few things that stood out to me as Brother Ensey taught.


“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:……” he leadeth me beside the still waters. “

          God will never lead you to a place where you can’t grow and prosper spiritually.


      “he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

          Sheep need an atmosphere of peace. As God’s people, we need peace too, and we can have it in our churches and homes through Him.

     “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness  for his name’s sake.”

          God is doing a spiritual work inside of us. He will never lead us away from righteousness!


      “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:”

        Death is not something to be feared for the believer.  A shadow cannot hurt anybody.


        “thy rod and thy staff they comfort  me.”

          The rod stands for correction. Because God is our Father, He loves us enough to correct us as an earthly father would correct his son when he needs it.  Although correction can hurt when it comes, if we receive it rightly, it will end up helping us and being a comfort

          The staff stands for forgiveness and mercy. Where would any of us be without God’s mercy and forgiveness?

Finally, if you are a child of God, you are absolutely being followed each and every day that you live. According to Psalm 23:6, goodness and mercy are following you, and we need both. Those are the kind of followers that I want. How about you?


The Shoe Leather Of Repentance


Weeping bitterly at altar

Shoulders shaking with heart felt sobs

She kneels.


Determined to forsake old life

With all of its ugly bondage

She stands.


Later pulling out her cell phone

Humbly asks dad for forgiveness



The sordid books and magazines

Which once held her so spellbound, put

In trash.


Going to the walk in closet

She removes clothes she plans to wear

No more.


The music that filled her senses

Stirred up ungodly lusts, she now



A process that she must go through

She begins to walk on the path

To God.


Doing her best to be thorough

The path of repentance, she knows

Is right.




2Corinthians 7:10,11(ESV)  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.


2Peter 3:9(ESV) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.


This type of poem is called Synchronicity. For instructions on how it is written, click the link.





Others May, You Cannot

I posted this several years ago, but it has been on my mind lately. It’s definitely worthy of a reprint.


If God has called you to be really like Christ in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility and put on you such demands of obedience, that He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others can brag on themselves, and their work, on their success, on their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all you good works.

The Lord will let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His glory, which can be produced only in the shade.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making money, but it is likely God will keep you poor because he wants you to have something far better than gold and that is a helpless dependence on Him; that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day – out of an unseen treasury.

God will let others be great, but He will keep you small. He will let others do a great work for Him and get credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when He comes.

The Holy Spirit will put strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do what He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealing with you. He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say.

Settle it forever, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that others are not dealt with.

Now, when you are so possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this particular personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.

–G. D. Watson

Fat Bones Monday

” The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.” Proverbs 15:30

This sweet 10 year old girl received the Holy Ghost this past Friday night. If the angels rejoice over one sinner that repents, (Lk. 15:7,10) I wonder what they do when that repentant sinner receives the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. I’m thankful and still rejoicing today.👏🏻🙌🏻

So Run

So Run


Run the race

Run with purpose

Purpose of mind

Purpose of heart

Heart unwavering

Heart determined

Determined to endure

Determined to see

See that city

See the Savior


Savior, guide

Guide my footsteps

Guide my path

Path of righteousness

Path of holiness

Holiness in living

Holiness of mind

Mind of the Spirit

Mind of Christ

Christ the Light

Christ the Way

Way to salvation

Way to eternity

Eternity nears

Eternity beckons

Beckons and pleads

Beckons and summons

Summons to serve

Summons to sacrifice

Sacrifice self

Sacrifice time

Time to consecrate

Time to dedicate

Dedicate unselfishly

Dedicate wholly

Wholly yielded

Wholly given

Given to glorify

Given to fulfill

Fulfill God’s desire

Fulfill God’s plan

Plan to participate

Plan to be runners

Runners start

Runners finish






1Corinthians 9:24-27 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.





I Have Or I Will?

I think it was one of the verses our students were memorizing this week that got me thinking along these lines. The verse was 2 Timothy 4:7.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

This is a short and easy verse to memorize, especially with the repetition of “I have” in the verse. As I was thinking about these words written by the apostle Paul, another verse of Scripture came to my mind.

” 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.” Isaiah 14:13,14

There is such a great contrast in these verses. The words we read in Isaiah were spoken by Lucifer(aka satan)and show the rebellion that lead to his fall.

I noticed that:

  • He spoke in the future tense.
  • His plans left God completely out of the picture.
  • He started out in right standing with God, but because of his willfulness became the enemy of God.
  • Nothing that he said he was going to do came to pass. God saw to that, and we can read on in this chapter and in other verses in the Bible of his fall.


Paul on the other hand :

  • He speaks in the present perfect tense.(The present perfect  expresses an action that is still going on or that stopped recently, but has an influence on the present. It puts emphasis on the result.)
  • Paul’s past, after his Damascus road experience and conversion, clearly had an influence on his present and would also influence his future and eternal destination.
  • Paul started out in wrong standing with God(as all of us do)but through his faith and obedience became a friend of God.
  • Because of Paul’s “I haves” he would have a glorious future.

In 2 Timothy 4:8, Paul goes on to say:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

And we will have a glorious future too when our time of departure comes, if we’re living right!


In reading of two speakers

Their words, I ponder still

One of them said “I have”

The other said, “I will”


The one who proclaimed “I will”

Spoke purely out of pride

Inappropriate ambition

That in him, did reside.


Of all he said he would do

None of it came to pass

Then judgment came upon him

He fell from heaven at last.


The second, of which I read

The great apostle Paul

Who considered himself to be

The chiefest sinner of all.


On the road to Damascus

His conversion did take place

And this once so proud Pharisee

Became a trophy of God’s grace.


He went on to do a work for God

Served faithfully , and then

Near the end of his life

These  “I haves”  he did pen


The first I have we read

I have fought a good fight

Through battles in body and spirit

He clung to God with all of his might.


And then the following phrase

I have finished my course

He ran the Christian race

Pressed on with no remorse


I have kept the faith

The next phrase that he penned

Aided by God’s strength

On which he did depend.


Lucifer spoke in the future tense

Grandiose words he did proclaim

Paul spoke in the present perfect

Gave glory to Jesus’ name.


Realizing in past and present

God was with him all the way

And would give him the crown of righteousness

On the judgment day.


In reading these scenarios

We see two points of view

An influence for good or bad

In what we say and do.


We can boast of our future like satan

And leave God completely out

Scheme through our own ingenuity

To bring all our goals about.


But when that judgment day comes

And our lofty dreams come to naught

We will realize too late

The lie that we have bought.


Or like the apostle Paul

We can give ourselves to God

Allow Him to direct our steps

That path that we do trod.


And as we live and labor for Him

Walking in His glory and strength

When we reach the end of our journey

We will stand in heaven at length.





















H.O.O.F. 2016

This past Saturday our church had the opportunity to participate in the Heart Of Oakley Festival, which was held in the downtown area of our city. We had a booth where we gave out free bottled water, made balloon animals for kids, passed out church invitations and literature and offered people a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant by filling out a brief survey. Here are a few pics from the event.

These are set up photos. The triangular thing at the end of the table is a lollipop tree. Kids could pick out a lollipop, and if they pulled one out with blue marker on the stick, they would win a $5 gift card to McDonalds.

Sis. Miranda getting ready to give away some ice cold waters.

People visiting our booth.

Some of our young people stood in a shady spot across the street from the booth and made balloon animals to give away along with invitations to children’s church.

It was a super hot day in the high 90’s. Our booth was just a few yards away from the city water fountain. I had chugged a bunch of cold water but was still roasting. I saw children running under the fountain and getting soaked. “Should I?” I privately asked myself. My inner child was screaming, “Do it!” Hmm, didn’t Jesus say, “Except ye become as little children…..”  Okay, I didn’t really think that, but I did make the decision to go ahead and get wet. It felt so good! 😅

Although it was a hot day, it was also fun, and I know God blesses our efforts. I was proud of everyone who came out and worked hard. What we do for the kingdom is not in vain.