Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pray constantly

This will be a very solemn and sad plea for prayers.
One of the unfortunates in Fayetteville suffered an ignominious fate Monday night.
Some prankster set his tent on fire and didn't come to his rescue.
Sadly he was airlifted to Little Rock for severe burns. He was in a coma when he was found.
Rumors have it the culprit is in jail now, but it's not humane to even comment on that incident.
Just pray for Michael Phipps.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
"Though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
"And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." -- 1 Corinthians 13

Biblically speaking there are three variations of love.
Agape, love of all mankind.
Erotic love.
Romantic love.
We all say "Happy Valentines' Day" to our loved ones today.
But the true meaning of love expresses our love for our fellow man on a daily basis.
There are some of us who still love our significant others.
But all the faith in the world and all of our hopes and dreams for the future can't be accomplished unless we love our fellow man with agape love.
I've been blessed to experience that agape love during the holidays and during the new year.
Some very charismatic Christians adopted me as their spiritual kindred and bestowed on me rides to and fro.
I used to walk between five and 10 miles a day, but now I'm blessed to have a very special gentleman who picks me up in the morning and gives me a ride to the library and likewise gives me a ride home.
Another spiritual experience occurred when a nice lady saw me wearing a Santa cap and intriguingly gave me  a ride and has become a benefactor to me.
So, today I say I love all of my old friends and all of my newfound friends who've blessed me with their presence in my life.
I don't have a romantic significant other due to long, lost circumstances.
But I'm a happy camper because I know people care about me.
As someone once said, "Sometimes people don't care what you know, until they know you care."
I try and pass on that message in every way I can.
Others have provided me with warm boots to wear and a warm place to reside.
I love them for providing me shelter from the storms of life.
To end this blog I resolve and challenge everyone to follow John Wesley's Rule:
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all they ways you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
So Happy Valentine's Day all ye kindred spirits!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Three Dog Night

With temperatures projected to dip down to single digits tonight, it's apropos to say this will be a "Three Dog Night."
The coldest Eskimo night is termed a three-dog night, because it takes three dogs to keep them warm.
Some of us wish we had dogs to snuggle up with us and keep us cozy.
For my houseless brethren, they're praising the humanitarian gestures offered by College Avenue Baptist Church which opens its church up to those less fortunate whenever the temperature is supposed to go below 20 degrees.
And this is from a church struggling just to meet its own needs financially.
Praises to Pastor Aaron Combs and his Christian spirit!!
Those folks at College Avenue Baptist on the corner of Martin Luther King and College possess the kindest hearts in Fayetteville.
They've been feeding the struggling souls of Fayetteville on Sunday mornings with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and sausage and hot coffee.
If anyone wants to contribute or just drop by and see what's going on please support these kind-hearted Christians at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Don't get know better than that for helping the needy!!