On February 26th, I got word from my friend Mark Gayden, who is the DOM who followed me in that position, that Dr. Harold Hambley had passed.  Harold was the DOM before me, and helped me in many ways both before and after I became the DOM of that association.  He retired as a captain in the Navy, and was a devoted servant of the Lord.  Please pray for his wife Janice, and their family, and all who know them. Thank you.

I worked on my publishing idea all day.  It will take some months to complete what I am doing, so please continue to pray for me and it.  Thank you.

On the 27th, I worked on the publishing idea.  Then Lane and I went to Frankfort and picked up her mother for her to spend a couple of weeks with us.  She's a sweet lady.

On the 28th, Lane, her mother, and I went to Cracker Barrel for what we are jokingly calling our "business brunch!"  I gave two tracts to the staff.  I dropped Lane and her mother at Walmart, and picked up mail at the UPS mailbox.  Picked up Lane and her mother from Walmart, and went home.  I worked on the publishing idea the rest of the day.

Thank you so much for your prayers, and please continue to lift us up!

Food for Thought and Prayer:

In this life, victory often looks like endurance.  —Mark Dever

I never discuss anything else except politics and religion.  There is nothing else to discuss.  —G. K. Chesterton

The purpose of confessing our sins is not to render us miserable by simply reminding us what great sinners we are.  It is to remind us of what a great Savior we have.  —Iain Duguid

We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best, and in whatever time He chooses to make it available.  But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally.  It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.  —Charles Swindoll

When you say, “There’s too much evil in this world,” you assume there’s “good,” you assume there’s such a thing as a “moral law” on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil.  But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a “Moral-Law Giver,” but that’s Who you’re trying to disprove and not prove.  Because if there’s no Moral-Law Giver, there’s no moral law.  If there’s no moral law, there’s no good.  If there’s no good, there’s no evil.  What is your question? —Ravi Zacharias, responding at a conference to an objection from an audience member as to the existence of a Creator God.

One very real evidence of the effectiveness and the power of prayer is all the effort the demonic realm uses in the art of distraction.  —Jerry McCullah

A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibilities of their own souls.  —Walt Whitman

When I write I can shake off all my cares.  My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!  —Anne Frank

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.  —F. Scott Fitzgerald

For years as a pastor and then as a Director of Missions for a SBC association, I saw that two types of retired men appeared.  The first just vegetated, with no purpose or desire to accomplish anything.  (Their wives on the other hand did fine.  Why?  Because they had their families into which to throw themselves—children, grands, etc.).  These men usually died—heart attack, strokes, dementia, etc.—within a few years, ten at most. 

The second type of retired men had purposes and desires for objectives they wanted to accomplish, many of them with plans that had been put on the ‘back burner’ while they made a living and provided for their families.  These purposes brought them a sense of meaning, direction, and joy.  The greatest joy-giving ones were the huge ones that this type of retired men knew they would probably not finish in their lifetimes, mountain-size ones.  But they motivated them to get up every morning and get to work getting as far as they could on them.  They ranged from building a new home to creating a business to national and/or world travel to running for office to art, music, drama—anything that literally would make a difference in the world.  These men lived long lives after they retired. 

Which one are you or will you be?  Right now, you can work on that kind of goals. What are you waiting for?  Make your life count, buddy.  Share Jesus, achieve your purpose, reach your mountaintop.  Not only will you gain traction, and achieve more than you expect, you will experience joy and live a heck of a lot longer!

And I, and God, will tip our hats to you.  God bless.  —Richard Graham

Occasional outbreaks of those two super-contagious diseases, fear and greed, will forever occur in the investment community.  The timing of these epidemics will be unpredictable.  And the market aberrations produced by them will be equally unpredictable, both as to duration and degree.

Therefore, we never try to anticipate the arrival or departure of either disease.  Our goal is more modest: We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.  —Warren Buffett, 1986, in his annual shareholder letter

Be fearful when others are aggressive.

Be aggressive when others are fearful.  —Bill Murphy paraphrase of Buffett’s quote

Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. —John Piper

When we are weak, then are we strong.  When most empty of self, we are most full of God. —Charles Hodge

The voices of childhood echo throughout life.  The first learned is generally the last forgotten. —C. H. Spurgeon

Make no mistake: to be at peace with your sin is to be at war with God.  —Kevin DeYoung

When I preach—no matter where it is in the world—I can always count on five areas of human need that afflict all peoples.  Emptiness, loneliness, guilt, fear of death, deep-seated insecurity.  —Billy Graham

Preach with authority.  The authority for us is the Word of God.  Preach with simplicity . . .  Preach with urgency . . . heaven and hell are at stake.  Preach for a decision.  —Billy Graham

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If someone you speak to today dies tomorrow, will you be satisfied with the last thing that you said to them?  Share Jesus and the Gospel!  It is very easy with a tract.