Stan Toler in his book, God Has Never Failed Me Before tells the story of  a French soldier in WWI who used to carry a little card with him to help him overcome worry… with the following words;
“Of two things one is certain, either you are at the front, or you are behind the enemy lines. If you are at the front of two things, one is certain. Either you are exposed o dangers, or you are in a safe place. If you are exposed to danger, of two things, one is certain. Either you are wounded, or you are not wounded. If you are wounded, of two things, one is certain. Either you recover, or you die. If you recover, there is no need to worry. If you die, you cannot worry. SO WHY WORRY???”

One man who was drowning in problems said, “I’ve got so many troubles that if anything bad happens to me today, it’ll be two weeks before I can worry about it”

It’s so easy for us to worry, fret, and stew over things that we have no control of. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that eight-five percent (yes – 85%) of what we worry about never happens Moreover, the study found that 79% of us handle the 15% that does happen in ways that surprise us with our ability to turn the situation around.

It’s like what Mark Twain once said, “My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened.”

God encourages us in His Word to not be anxious. “Don’t worry,” He says, “I’ve got this.”
Luke 12:22-32  covers a lot of ground for the worrywart. Take no thought for what you shall eat or wear. But notice how Jesus doesn’t just tell the disciples that and leave them but promises them in Luke 12:32 to fear (there’s that worry) not, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. We are worried about what we are going to eat and wear, Jesus says, “Why worry about that, I’ve got a kingdom for you. An eternal kingdom that won’t fade away, that can’t be taken away.”

In my opinion that makes the things we worry about look pretty small. So small that why should I worry about them, why not let God handle them for me.


Is there anything you are afraid of? I mean really afraid of? Not just a little bothered by something but I mean really really afraid? It is human nature to be afraid to have phobias and fears.
Here are some interesting numbers according to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health and posted by Statistic Brain

Fear and Worry Statistics Data
Percent of things feared that will never take place 60 %
Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed 30 %
Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues 90 %
Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen 88 %
Number of Americans who have a diagnosed phobia 6.3 Million
Top Phobias Percent of US Population
1 Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia 74 %
2 Fear of death – Necrophobia 68 %
3 Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia 30.5 %
4 Fear of darkness – Achluophobia, Scotophobia or Myctophobia 11 %
5 Fear of heights – Acrophobia 10 %
6 Fear of people or social situations – Sociophobia 7.9 %
7 Fear of flying – Aerophobia 6.5 %
8 Fear of confined spaces – Claustrophobia 2.5 %
9 Fear of open spaces – Agoraphobia 2.2 %
10 Fear of thunder and lightning – Brontophobia 2 %

Fear is something that scripture says we combat and conquer with divine love 1 John 4:18. We may have fears and worries about things that could happen to us, but we don’t have to worry if God will take care of us or not. I’m glad He will not leave us or forsake us. That He will never let us fall, that HE WILL NOT FAIL. Of this we do not have to be afraid.

D.L. Moody used to say, ” You can travel to heaven first class or second class. Second class is, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3. First class is, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. Psalm 56:11.

The Early Church Was Absolutely, Unequivocally Trinitarian

First of all I would like to say that I am not interested in arguments. I am interested in the purity and the authenticity of the Bible. David was not afraid of fighting Goliath when he defied the army of the Living God, and I am not afraid of those who are out to pervert or change the meaning of what the Bible, the inerrant Word of God says.

David was a shepherd boy, had no business being on the front lines of war, I am a poor uneducated holiness preacher and have no business taking on theological giants, but feel that I must stand up for the Word of God and what it says.

Why does the doctrine of the Trinity matter? Isn’t that non-essential theological banter? Let me answer that with a resounding NO!!! It is very important that we understand who God is, what God is like, and to the best of our understanding how God operates. We have a very revealing picture in the Word of God of all three of these things.

First of all there is symbolism now I don’t want to dwell on this because, symbolism can be misunderstood and twisted to fit whatever opinion you would like, but there are a few important instances in the Word of God we need to look at.

  1. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God… the name used for God in this verse is Elohim and is in the plural tense. Not more than one God but more than one individual
  2. Genesis 1 God speaks, The Holy Spirit moves upon the face of the deep, and Christ is there as well
  3. Genesis 1:26 Let us make man… let who? Us God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  4. In every prayer that Jesus prayed, He prayed to His “Father.”
  5. When Jesus was baptised by John in the river Jordan  Jesus was in the water, God the Father spoke from heaven, “This is my beloved SON!!!” The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove.

On and on I could go with symbols but that is not what is so important, what does the Word say about it?

Moses makes it very clear in the Law given by God that “the LORD our God is one LORD.”

We must make no mistake, there is only ONE GOD, however He displays Himself in three different distinct personalities. These personalities have been named by God’s Word as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (Spirit). These are not three gods but One God in three. I like to use math to help me understand it. I am not adding 1+1+1 to equal three but rather 1x1x1 = 1. They work together in a unity, and coexistence that is really unimaginable and incomprehensible by us.

  1. John 1:1-2  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

    From the beginning we have the Word – The Word was God but we read on and find the Word was WITH GOD. The same was in the beginning WITH God.

    I am not the brightest snowflake out there but that tells me there are two distinct individuals that were at this event, God AND the Word. Now we know from reading through the Bible that The Word was Christ. We also know that from Genesis 1:2 that the Spirit the third part of the Trinity moved upon the face of the deep.

  2. Several references in Hebrews chapter 1.
    1. Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
      3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
    2. Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
    3. Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

      Notice the questions with implied answers in verses 5 and 13 God the Father speaks to Christ in an implied answer which you can find that this took place in other instances, “Thou art my SON…. I will be to him a Father and he shall be to me a Son…”
      Sit on my right hand… now I am not a genius but I know I can not sit on the right hand of myself. It has to be two distinct individuals. To drive this point a little further look at

      1. Acts 7:56 Stephen was being persecuted for being filled with the Holy Spirit and preaching in the name of Jesus, they begin to stone him and he cries, “ Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”
      2. On the day of Pentecost Peter preaches to the people in Acts 2:33 and he says, “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”

        Peter is speaking of Christ being by the right hand of God, receiving the promise of the Father, the Holy Ghost which Jesus sent down on that great day.

I feel I am belaboring the point, however I want to get across to you that, yes God is ONE but He works in Three Distinct Persons that are mentioned by name and duties in the Word of God.

The scriptures should be sufficient but I feel I must pursue this one step further and show that the Early Church Fathers understood this as well. Now we can take history and twist it to say anything we want, but I want to go back and get exact quotes from those individuals that have been left to us in their writings.

  • Poly Carp (70-160 A.D.) Prayed, “O Lord God almighty… I bless you and glorify you through the eternal and heavenly high priest Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, through whom be glory to you, with Him and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever.”
  • Diognetus (Written 130 A.D.) “as a king sends his Son, who is also king, so sent he him, as God (1) he sent him; as men he sent him; as savior he sent him,…”
  • The Apostles Creed or the Old Roman Creed was the first attempt at an organized creed dating from 390 a.d. says;
    I believe in God Almighty, and in Christ Jesus, His only Son, our Lord; who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary; who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried, and the third day rose from the dead; who ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father, whence he cometh to judge the living and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost, the holy church, the remission of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, the life everlasting.”

Again I could go on and on but feel I have belaboured the point laready.  I feel that all the above evidence is enough that I can conclude confidently that The Bible, The Early Church Fathers, and The Doctrine of the Trinity are in accord. I believe in the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, Three in One and they all reside in my heart, PRAISE THE LORD.


Five Principles of Thanksgiving

Psalm 107:1 tells us to give thanks unto the Lord, or we call it thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not just something we do one a day of the year or just one month of the year but is really an attitude of gratitude, that should be practiced every day of our lives. Here are five brief principles to help us in our giving of thanks to the Lord.

  1. Thanksgiving should be directed to God – If I could give you a million bucks, and did I am sure one of the first things you would say is, “Thanks you” and you would be saying that to me, the one who gave you the million bucks. So often this time of year we are hearing a lot of people say, “I am thankful for….” and that is wonderful, but the one to whom the thanks is directed is missing. The Psalmist said, Oh give thanks unto the LORD.
  2. Thanksgiving should be freewill, volunteer, cheerfully given to God – Thanksgiving is something we should enjoy doing, not simply because it is expected of us, or thought rude not to say it.
  3. Thanksgiving should include action (thanksgiving is a verb, not an adjective) – This is done by taken every opportunity to publicly thank the Lord for every thing that comes our way.
  4. Thanksgiving includes fellowship – Leviticus 7 talks about the offering of thanksgiving. In it are very detailed instructions on how they were to eat this offering as well. Thanksgiving is a feast of wonderful things that often brings the body of Christ together in a greater way than anything else.
  5. Thanksgiving Brings God’s blessing and approval. When the thanksgiving offering was done acceptably and obediently by the law given, God was very pleased. It must have touched the heart of God to see someone bring their offering to the altar without being forced to, or because they had done some terrible thing, but because they loved God, and wanted to thank Him for what he had done.
    So it is with us when we offer to God our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, God must look down in love and adoration.

    Helen Keller that lady who was both blind and deaf one said, “for three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of His Works; deep thanks that He has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to- a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.”
    I can’t help but think that as Helen Keller was making such a statement or as she came daily to God with these things that the Lord would stand to His feet, while the angels would stand around wiping the tears away from their eyes. What a scene it must make in heaven when God’s people give thanks.

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good.

The God That Lives In Eternity

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;

Whenever I think of the eternity of God, I go to Psalm 57:15 where the psalmist tells us that God inhabits eternity. What exactly does that mean? There can actually be two different meanings to this.

1.) God can move freely through time.

2.) God dwells in, for lack of better phrase, all time.

There is no Hebrew word for time and the word translated eternity in Psa. 57:15 is “ad” meaning, “Perpetuity, forever, continuing future” This word is very similar to our word for Lord, which means “He who is.” Moses in his psalm portrays this when he sang, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2) Notice the present tense in the phrase, “Thou art God.” In the New Testament Jesus confirms this in John’s Gospel when speaking to the Pharisees who were trying to trip him up, asking if He was greater than Abraham, Jesus responded, “Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) This is what Sister Rhoda Webb meant when she wrote in her song, “His name is I Am and not I was.” What greater way can we describe the eternity of God?