Monthly Archives: March 2013

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:

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Of Stairs, Prayers, and High Chairs

I have said so often that, what seemed to be the worst thing that ever happened to me, turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I just didn’t know it at the time. Usually, it takes a long time, maybe even years, to realize this simple fact, that what appeared to be a great tragedy, had to happen, in order to realize the even greater blessing later. You realize that God was, really, in control, the whole time-even though I wasn’t.

Rarely, you realize this fact soon after the “event.”

I’d like to share with you a story to explain:

A teaching colleague, Liz, who is one of the best-and nicest-teachers I’ve ever known, recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Arielle. A beautiful, and from all appearances, a very healthy baby girl.
Just a few days after coming home from the hospital, Liz was holding Arielle tightly, as she walked down 5 stairs in her home. Liz fell down all 5 steps, with baby. This was a tragic event, and Arielle was rushed to the ER …
It was while baby Arielle was being examined that the doctors discovered a tumor on the infant’s brain … an extremely rare, and at the very least, an immediate life-threatening danger … it would turn out that Arielle is the only documented newborn with this type of brain tumor. Just a newborn, and facing surgery, biopsy results, waiting, another surgery, waiting, biopsy results, waiting, surgery, waiting, waiting for chemo, and waiting … waiting … waiting …
By the way, the initial surgery was 8 hours.

Immediately the prayer requests went out, and I know that people from all over have been praying, and continue to pray for this precious child, her parents, and her two siblings.
God responded.

The initial surgery went better than expected, and her symptoms are under control. Elizabeth and baby Arielle were able to go home on Thursday, March 21 … On Tuesday (Tomorrow as we write this), March 26, the doctors should know exactly what kind of tumor it is (2 previous biopsies with 2 different results) … and the first round of chemo starts tomorrow … long road? A minimum of 1 1/2 years traveling back and forth to chemo … at least the medications and various procedures can be done at home …

We are joining with the family and asking you to pray for this precious family, because we know that you will … we promise to give you updates on baby Arielle as we go …

I would like to share this message from Elizabeth, which part of a thank you letter she sent to those who have been praying for and supporting the family:
“… the doctors have been stunned by her resilience … Phil and I are completely convinced that we were given a miracle, and that God responded to the flood of prayers that have been sent. (Plus, I don’t think my fall down the stairs was a random occurrence … It was a trip to the ER to have her checked out that coincidentally found this tumor. If I hadn’t fallen, the tumor may have been discovered too late).”

There are 2 websites that we would like to make you aware of:
The first is “Care Pages,” a website which offers “free patient blogs that connect friends and family during a health challenge.” There is a lot of information here, and great encouraging stories. Many of you may be familiar with “Care Pages,” but this was new to us. What they are doing is trying to help and encourage, and we support that. Here is their main website link:

https://www.carepages.com/

One of her family members set up a website for Elizabeth and her family, called
“Prayers and Pennies for Arielle,” where donations can be made to help the family with their expenses. I personally know that this is the website that schools, organizations, and so many friends are using to give, to support this family. We encourage you to join us in helping to bless this precious family during this time …
There is also a link where you can go directly to the family’s page, so that you can
communicate directly with them, and get all the updates.
Just click on the picture (of Arielle) below to go directly to “Prayers and Pennies for Arielle.” And, please join with us to continue praying for more miracles to follow:
Baby Arielle

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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 …

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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:”
http://www.peggiesplace.com/

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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 PrintWhile we carry a lot of unique Christian items, almost all of which can be personalized, and we can add your favorite Scripture Verse to most of our “Plaques of Praise,” most 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
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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 “tenboom.org” 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:

http://www.tenboom.org/

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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 | TheBlaze.com.

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