Special Time, Special Songs, Special Savior

One of my all-time favorite sermons, and quotes, is “It may be Friday … But Sunday’s on the way!!!”
Two of my favorite songs are “Then Came the Morning” and “There Rose a Lamb,” both of which really convey that message, and should encourage us every day of the year.
I’d like to share both of those songs with you:
First, here’s Guy Penrod, singing with the Longview Heights Baptist Church Choir, as part of their Easter Service, in 2010:

Next, here’s Ivan Parker singing with Gold City:



A Message To All: President Ronald Reagan

We hold to our promise to share only good news here, to never
“air” any political views … to provide a platform for praise,
not politics.
As you know, we often feature quotes from U.S. Presidents, and try to feature great quote collections on occasion. We will be doing more of that in the future, as the response to quotes is always encouraging.
A friend just sent us this short video of excerpts from Ronald Reagan speeches, where President Reagan talks about Jesus, the Bible, faith, and prayer-and their place in American history and our daily lives. Carol was playing this, and I was in another room, but I recognized the voice …
Please enjoy this video, and remember that this was not that long ago, it was in our country, it was addressed to the American people, and this was our President … speaking while in office …



Great Online Resource: Peggie’s Place

Here is a great place to visit and stay a while!
To quote from their website information, “Peggie’s Place provides inspiration and encouragement for Christians.” We love that!
Peggie’s Place is a great online resource, featuring poems, hymns, Bible studies and devotions, great quotes, inspirational stories and sermons, and so much more! We especially enjoy the extensive list of links to other resources from other ministries.

We think you’ll like the whole emphasis of this online ministry, as we quote directly from “Peggie’s Place:”

“We, as believers in Jesus Christ, have the opportunity to be His Light in a dark place, to enjoy the fun and faith we find, and to spread the Good News everywhere!
There is no joy comparable to knowing the Lord and living in the center of His Will!
God’s blessing on this website is her greatest joy in the ministry God has prepared and planned. And the ultimate blessing, without question, is knowing and serving her Savior, Jesus Christ!
Extensive resources for the Christian family-both Christian and family-friendly links. Find 16 rooms with thousands of links, and over 500 original devotionals to inspire and uplift you, no matter what your mood-or need! It’s a place of love, laughter and life-where Jesus Christ is honored and proclaimed.
Today’s technology opens doors as never before to present the Gospel in accessible, attractive ways to a computerized world.”

Please click the link below to go directly to “Peggie’s Place:”


Open Invitation: Visit Our Pastor Appreciation Gifts Store

Hi All:
Since we began the Blog back in the Summer, we have been so blessed to have so many of you join us here. We began the Blog as an online  ministry outreach of our Christian Gift Store, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, which we have been operating, online, for several years.
The idea was to never have the Blog “go commercial,” as a vechicle just to send visitors to our business, and we won’t ever do that.

However, we realize that when we meet new people, the talk always turns to the business, because that’s such a part of “us.” People always ask “What do you do?” and so forth. We are proud to have been allowed the privilege to serve customers all over the world. Our business motto has always been from Genesis 12:3, that “I will bless them that bless thee.”
Our goal has always been to bless as many people as God will allow. That’s really it: To bless, inspire, and encourage.
My Mom used to always say that “God will honor those who honor Him.”
Well, that’s where we got our business logo from:
Screen PrintMost people know us as the source for our “Mini-Pulpits,” which are in the shape of a real pulpit, with exclusive plates on both the top and the front/stem of the Mini-Pulpit. A sample of these are pictured here:
minipulpitsPerhaps the first thing people think of is “Why, Pastor, Why,” which is also only available through Pastor Appreciation Gifts. In fact, “Why, Pastor, Why” was the initial reason for the first website. We’ve just added new products along the way.
Ruby MarbleIt’s still the “Flagship” product, and always will be, as we were instructed from the beginning. When we first published Pastor Appreciation Gifts, there were a very few website searches for “Why, Pastor, Why.” Last month, 1,830,000 searches were made for the term, “Why, Pastor, Why.”
groupWe are just beginning, and have many new products to develop as we go, which we will.

We are honored to have you visit our Blog, and it is a real privilege to serve you over at Pastor Appreciation Gifts. Please know that we are working on the website constantly, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Blessings to you, your family, and your Pastor,

Ted and Carol



Heroes of the Faith … and Courage: A Virtual Tour of the Ten Boom Museum

Just when I think I know about courage and faith …

Here is a follow-up to our last post about the ten Boom family …
We wanted you to see, and learn, for yourself, what the ten Boom family did, and how their legacy is being kept alive through the Ten Boom Museum. The link below will take you directly to the home page of the “” website, where you will actually be able to take a virtual tour of the museum, the actual “Hiding Place,” where over 800 Jews were saved from certain death through the courage and faith of the ten Boom family.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the family, and to share in this legacy work.

Please click the link below to go directly to the website:



Guest Post: Heroes of the Faith: The ten Booms and Sunday’s Anniversary

We are honored to feature this guest post from Dr. Mike Evans.
Dr. Evans is the Executive Director of The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, as well as Chairman of the Board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Ha’arlem, Holland, which operates the ten Boom Holocaust Museum. He also founded The Jerusalem Prayer Team, which is a direct outreach of the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship. He founded Churches United with Israel, Inc., the Middle East Media Group, the Evans Institute of Middle East Studies, The Jerusalem World News and TimeWorthy Books.

This is a post Dr. Evans sent me to recognize an important anniversary,
and it gives us an opportunity to introduce to many of you his work, especially in regard to the ten Boom Holocaust Museum. Growing up, in our home, Corrie ten Boom was a hero of the faith, and I can always remember a copy of “The Hiding Place,” and other books by Corrie ten Boom, being on our bookshelves. She was one of Mom’s most admired people, and authors. Enjoy the post, and please, look around at the various resourses you’ll be able to enjoy, as well:

Dear Ted,

Here’s my latest article published on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. It is about the amazing ten Boom family and their love and sacrifice for the Jewish people. It was 69 years ago this coming Sunday that Casper ten Boom died after spending 10 days in prison. Please take a few moments to read the article, and if you could give positive feedback or comments, it will help us expand our influence through this outlet. Also, you may want to forward this to other family and friends who love the Jewish people. I believe they will enjoy reading this wonderful story.
Forgotten Heroes |


Guest Post: Voice of the Martyrs: Modern-Day Sauls to Pauls

Be inspired by today’s stories of “Sauls” being transformed into “Pauls.”

“A racehorse can run just as fast in either direction.”
Russell S., a VOM contact in Colombia

Those who are most passionately opposed to the gospel can become the most effective in sharing Christ’s love.

New resource from Voice of the Martyrs: Saul to Paul book.

God chose Saul, a persecutor of Christians, and transformed him into a passionate preacher of the gospel who later became known as Paul. Today, God still calls out to persecutors of his children and changes them into preachers of his truth.

The angry men throwing stones at Stephen wanted a witness’s approval to kill him. So they took off their coats and dropped them at the feet of a young man named Saul, who was in agreement with the execution of the Jesus-follower.

Saul went on to lead the charge against the Jewish apostates… until he met the one he was fighting against.

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Jesus asked. Saul’s life was changed. Instead of fighting against the name of Jesus, he began preaching and praying and healing in it.

God chose Saul, a persecutor of Christians, and transformed him into a passionate preacher of the gospel who later became known as Paul. Today, God still calls out to persecutors of his children and changes them into preachers of his truth.

Read the stories of seven such men in VOM’s new book, SAUL TO PAUL.

The seven men in this book tried to destroy the Bride of Christ, but they ultimately succumbed to the power of the Holy Spirit. Their stories illuminate the struggle of the persecuted church and show that our sovereign God can incline even the most hardened heart toward his own.

This book will encourage you to pray for persecuted Christians and help you view “enemies” as people who might someday be a great asset to Christ’s kingdom.