Monthly Archives: March 2016

Special Video: The Greatest “News” … Every Day-The Video

Recently, we wrote a special introduction to this video, which included these thoughts:

“As Christians, we really celebrate “Christmas” and “Easter” every day. Think about it. We have reason … good reason … to celebrate what makes these two “holidays” important … every day … Because it is every day of our lives that we reap the benefits of what these two days represent … I think of a song by Anne Murray I used to play, in which the chorus, main idea, and, I think, the title of that song was something like:

“We sure could use
A little good news
Today.”

I wrote of an audience, years ago … an audience … hungry … yearning … for “good news” …

That was the first time that, just the intro, took a separate post.

Here’s a direct link to that blog post:

Special Video: The Greatest “News” … Every Day-The Intro

I remembered the words to that Anne Murray song, as I share this video with you.
I think of two stanzas I could include.
First:
We sure do have
Good News
To use
Today.

The other stanza would go like this:
We sure should use
Our Good News
Today.

Either way, it speaks to “The Good News” that already exists … within us.
The Greatest News
We can still use
Today.

Here’s the video:

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Shared Email Classic: “EDITH BURNS EASTER STORY”

EDITH BURNS EASTER STORY

Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning, he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap, earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.
Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way:
“Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you

believe in Easter?” Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office, and there he saw the head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she was taking her blood pressure. Edith began by saying, “My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?”
Beverly said, “Why, yes I do.”
Edith said, “Well, what do you believe about Easter?”
Beverly said, “Well, it’s all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up.”
Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, “Beverly, don’t call Edith into the office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.”
After being called back in the doctor’s office, Edith sat down, and when she took a look at the doctor she said, “Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?”
Dr. Phillips said gently, “Edith, I’m the doctor and you’re the patient.”
With a heavy heart he said, “Your lab report came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you’re not going to live very long.”
Edith said, “Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told me I’m going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter forever, and here you are, having difficulty giving me my ticket!”
Dr. Phillips thought to himself, “What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!”

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips.
Christmas came, and the office was closed through January 3rd. On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be moving her things to the hospital and said, “Will, I’m very near home, so would you make sure that they put women in here next to me in my room who need to know about Easter.”
Well, they did just that, and women began to come in and share that room with Edith. Many women were saved.

Everybody on that floor, from staff to patients, were so excited about Edith, that they started calling her Edith Easter; that is, everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.
Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was a “religious nut”. She
had been a nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times; she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.

One morning, the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were sick. Edith had the flu, and Phyllis Cross had to go in and give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her face and said, “Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you.”
Phyllis Cross said, “Well, you can quit praying for me, it won’t work. I’m not interested.”
Edith said, “Well, I will pray, and I have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the family.”
Phyllis Cross said, “Then you will never die because that will never happen,” and curtly walked out of the room.

Every day, Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith would say, “God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I’m praying for you.”

One day, Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to Edith’s room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed and Edith said, “I’m so glad you have come, because God told me that today is your special day.”
Phyllis Cross said, “Edith, you have asked everybody here the question, ‘Do you believe in Easter?’ but you have never asked me.”
Edith said, “Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told me to wait until you asked, and now that you have asked …”

Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, “Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your heart?”
Phyllis Cross said, “Oh, I want to believe that with all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life.”
Right there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time, Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital room. She was carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, “Do you know what day it is?”
Phyllis Cross said, “Why Edith, it’s Good Friday.”
Edith said, “Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!”

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work, did some of her duties, and then went down to the flower shop and got some Easter lilies, because she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith’s room, Edith was in bed. That big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith’s hand, she realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14: “In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down her cheeks, said, “Happy Easter, Edith – Happy Easter!”

Phyllis Cross left Edith’s body, walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses
were sitting.
She said, “My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?”

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Special Video: The Greatest “News” … Every Day-The Intro

Hi Friends:

This is unusual … even for me …
I think this is the first time I’ve ever taken an Intro to a video into two parts …
But, I will be obedient …

I “carry” a pretty large “to post later” list of songs, messages, quotes, etc., which I store “for later use,” as I always seem to be in the middle of a series, or something I feel led to share “right now.” Often, this means that a special post has to wait until, well … later. Sometimes … much later …

I’d like to share with you a video which someone sent me, late last year.
OK …. I must confess … it was an attachment to an email, which a friend of mine sent me … what is now several months ago …
I just opened it a few days ago …

I think of a commercial I shared with you, a few months ago, which was popular several, several months before that, yet I was seeing it for the first time, and it touched me deeply.

Here’s another video, which many of you may have seen already, but … like me, perhaps many of you have not seen … which, in my way of thinking, qualifies it as a “new” video.

I think that Christmas has past, Easter is just ahead … but, I think the same as I always think about “Christmas” songs or “Easter” songs, etc. As Christians, we really celebrate “Christmas” and “Easter” every day. Think about it. We have reason … good reason … to celebrate what makes these two “holidays” important … every day … Because it is every day of our lives that we reap the benefits of what these two days represent …

The word “news” strikes a chord in all of us (did you catch that “music” reference?) as we watch and listen to what is going on around the world, especially this week. I think that, here I am, in the middle of a series on terrorism, especially Islamic Extremist Terrorism, and, like you … I turned on the news on Monday …

I think of a song by Anne Murray I used to play, in the old radio days, about someone turning on the News, listening to “Bryant Gumbel squawking about the fighting in Lebanon …”
The chorus, main idea, and, I think, the title of that song was something like:

“We sure could use
A little good news
today.”

I am doing this completely from memory, but I think that is close.

I think of a song which Carol and I used to sing in Church, a song I’m sure you know:
“Good Old Gospel Ship.”

I vividly remember, as it comes to me right now, listening to Public Radio, as I took the long drive home from work, back in Connecticut. Please note that this was right after “9-11.”
It was the afternoon “Drive” show, and they were interviewing a singer from Canada. I’m sorry … working strictly from memory now … they were interviewing a popular singer from Canada (in reference to above, it was not Anne Murray) … the question was about how popular this song was, which this singer used to open her show … she was not a “Gospel” singer, but she would step onto the stage singing a Gospel Song … the question was about why she thought this introductory song struck such a “chord” (there’s that reference again) with her audience … just the video of her singing this song had become a huge hit …

The question was, again, “Why?”
I’ll never forget her answer. She admitted that, no, she was not a Gospel singer. Yet, she understood the profound effect this particular song had on her audience.
The question came again:
“Why?”
The singer then spoke the first words to the song:
“I have good news to bring …”

That was why!
As she explained, with everything that was going on in the world, fresh from the Terrorist Attacks, how everyone felt vulnerable … even scared … even frightened …
Friends … this was in the Fall of 2001 … 15 years ago …
I remember this conversation so vividly … With all going on in the world …
When she came out on stage, proclaiming, “I have good news to bring …”

She was facing an audience that, “with everything that was going on in the world, fresh from the Terrorist Attacks, how everyone felt vulnerable … even scared … even frightened …”
Here she comes out, with the announcement that “I have good news to bring …”
This was an announcement … a proclamation … that there is “good news” to be heard …
That, she, in fact, was the bearer of this “good news” …
She had the audience spellbound from the start …

An audience … hungry … yearning … for “good news” …

That was 15 years ago, and certainly we’ve learned …certainly something like this could never happen again … I mean, think about the world 15 years ago …
How we needed “good news,” especially “with everything that was going on in the world, fresh from the Terrorist Attacks, how everyone felt vulnerable … even scared … even frightened …”
Here she comes out, with the announcement that “I have good news to bring …” This was an announcement … a proclamation … that there is “good news” to be heard …

I think of another song, which goes something like,
“If we ever needed the Lord my friends … we sure do need Him now …”

You are right:
If the world ever needed the “Good News” we bring … they sure do need it now.
Ever wondered “Why” you are alive right now … Why you were born when you were?
Ever wondered “Why” you are here …

Just turn on the news …
And, remember the announcement … the proclamation … even the example you were sent to make … for “such a time as this.”
Think of the “good news” you have.
Think about those who … right now … may just be willing to listen …

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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Shared Email Classics: “Work”

Hi Friends:

I am working on a follow-up piece to an earlier post, which just happens to involve population figures for certain countries around the globe.
I discovered this old, “Classic” email, which lists the U.S. Population at 237 million, which was the figure at the time I first received this email, years ago. Today, the U.S. Population is listed at 324,119,000 … So, it also stands to reason that the other figures have changed as well … but, the humor of this piece still stands. Hope it brings a smile …

“Work”

For a couple years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason:

I’m tired because I’m overworked.
The population of this country is 237 million.
104 million are retired.
That leaves 133 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.
Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.
Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And you’re sitting at your computer reading jokes.

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Video: “An Irish Blessing” with Words Included

Hi Friends:

Recently, on our blog, we shared with you the history and words of “An Irish Blessing.”
Here’s a direct link directly to that post:
Origin and Notes on “The Irish Blessing (May The Road Rise To Meet You)

While I was doing the research, I found this beautiful video, which includes the words to “The Irish Blessing.” I can’t think of a better time to share the photographs, music, and words with you. Please note the credits at the end of the video:

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irish-blessing

 

Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-Part One

Hi Friends:

Recently, I have been led to follow the words of Hebrews 13:3, to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” Especially, recently, to make a real point to pray, every day, for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, around the globe, who are suffering persecution. To pray for their safety and protection. And, to make a point to pray for “the persecutors;” that “they will realize that the Messiah has already come, His name is Jesus, and He is alive forevermore. That He is the Savior of the world, and He is the only way to the Father. That Jesus is the Way … the only Way.” Period. That’s what I pray, literally, word for word.
I also make a point to follow the words of Psalm 122:6, to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” This, I can honestly say, is a part of my morning prayer time.

So, when “The Voice of the Martyrs” offered a free prayer guide entitled “Christians Facing Islamic Extremists,” I ordered it, in an effort to find out more.

Please keep in mind … please … that I am not “picking on” just one group or faction or religion. This was just a way to find out, in more detail, about my Christian Brothers and Sisters, around the world, and the persecution they are facing. I pray, every day, for all those who are being persecuted, by any group or faction or political system, etc. My prayers cover them all, but this particular guide detailed just those facing persecution from this particular group/groups.

Allow me to be honest: I live in the United States of America, and am so glad to do so. Because of where I live, and how I live, I just “don’t have a clue” about what it is like to live in a lot of other countries. I don’t. Neither do a lot of us. Oh yeah … I mention about the price of gas, and how we are always complaining, “over here,” about the price of a gallon of gas. How that “the rest of the world” has been paying so much more, for years … I just don’t have a clue about how hard it is, for so many around our world, just to survive, from day to day. How we complain about our “religious freedom” being taken away … we just don’t have a clue … we just can’t imagine how large a percentage of the earth’s population is facing life and death situations, every day … just because of their faith.

We feel like there is nothing we can do … certainly, the “News” doesn’t cover much of this. Certainly, if this was such a “huge problem,” the “News” would cover it … our Government would be outraged … we would take any step possible to stop it …

Hey! I don’t know a lot about what’s going on “over there,” do you?

Think about this: If there really is a “World System” out there … if it really existed … if what the New Testament writers warned us constantly about, does exist … that we, as Christians, are not part of the “World’s System,” doesn’t it make sense that we would be “shielded/blocked” from finding out about certain things happening in the world … especially the persecution of our Christian Brothers and Sisters???

I think about the “turmoil” going on now, in our country, in the political system (there’s that word “system” again), as we head toward another Presidential election. Turmoil? Turmoil? Playoffs??? Sorry … that’s from another line of work … We think we have political turmoil in this country? Regardless of how the elections turn out … who wins … who loses … think about how remarkable the peaceful, democratic process of the “changing of power” is, here in our country. Think about it. Then, look at what’s happening around the world. How does a “new party” take over power in most of the world? By ballets … or by bloodshed? No wonder the United States is so “different” from the rest of the world. Sadly, however, this “different” has a way of shielding us from “everyone else.” Oh yeah … if there is a situation, “over there,” which “affects our interests,” then we’ll hear about it.

But, as a “Christian” nation, a nation ordained to “look after those less fortunate” than us … does the merciless persecution of thousands, including women and children, even make the 6 O’clock News? If we are a Christian nation, shouldn’t we defend Christians? As a Christian nation, shouldn’t we rescue those being uprooted from their homes … being tortured and killed … because, they, too … call themselves a “Christian?” Their only crime is believing in Jesus … If we really are a “Christian” nation … shouldn’t our “interest” be in other Christians?

That’s sounds so good, I must repeat: If we are a Christian nation, shouldn’t our “interest” be how other Christians are being treated? Don’t “those other” groups “go haywire” when members of their faith are captured/held by an “unbelieving” group or government? Shouldn’t we realize that if we allow Christians, anywhere, to be persecuted … that may open a door somewhere else …?

If we ignore our Brothers and Sisters … that does mean we are family, right? Brothers and Sisters? If we ignore our Brothers and Sisters “over there,” how long would it take for us to start ignoring our Brothers and Sisters “over here?” Same family, right?

Same family, right? Let me get this straight: If other people think they can “beat up” our brothers and sisters over there … doesn’t it stand to reason that they will start to believe they can beat up our brothers and sisters over here?

Same family. Different block.

Same family. Different block.

Please … Please … understand that this is not an “anti” anything message. Not “anti” this, or “anti” that … It is, rather, a “pro” message … as in “pro-fession” of our faith, and encouragement for, and to, those of “like precious faith.” To those in the same family. But, on a different block.

That would be us.

Ok. Ok. Let’s talk missiles. I remember reading Rick Warren’s book, “A Purpose-Driven Life.” One of the great statements he made was about prayer. That prayer was the greatest weapon of all. He may not have used the word “weapon,” as I am, extremely, paraphrasing. He wrote that prayer was like a guided missile. You could launch it from anywhere … and, it could land in the heart of anyone … anywhere …

So, I encourage you to pray. Every day.

For our family.
Even though they may live on a different block.

Would you believe that my only intention was to introduce a Video?

But, God gave me this.

I must share.
To my family.
Even if they live on a different block.

I also didn’t plan on more than one part … but, God gave me this, and I’ll share the “numbers” next time.

Blessings to you, and your family (even if, on different blocks),
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Here is the link to the Prayer Guide from The Voice of the Martyrs

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