SUNDAY, JAN 4, 2015

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!….. FROM  THE  PLACE  THAT   IS  TRADITIONALLY  CALLED  “SUNNY  CALIFORNIA”……. BUT  WE  ARE  EXPERIENCING  SOME  DIFFERENT  KIND  OF  WEATHER   WOW!…. IT  HAS  BEEN  IN  THE  LOW  30’S….. AND  MUCH  WIND……. IF  YOU  WATCHED  THE  TRADITIONAL  ROSE  BOWL  PARADE…… YOU  WOULD  HAVE  NOTICED  HOW  THE  FOLK  WERE  DRESSED  EARLIER  IN  THE  MORNING…… BEFORE  IT  WARMED  UP  trans-smiley-tiny …… FOLK  WERE  WARNED  THAT  IT  WOULD  BE  EXTREMELY  COLD   EVEN  LOWER  THAN  THE  30’S  NEW  YEARS  EVE  NITE……. MANY  LOVE  TO  BRING  SLEEPING  BAGS….. QUILTS…… BLANKETS……… AND  SLEEP  ON  THE  SIDEWALK  SO  IN  THE  MORNING….. THEY  HAVE  A  GREAT  SPOT  TO  WATCH  THE  PARADE…. BUT  ME, I  WENT  TO  A  FRIENDS  HOUSE  TO  WATCH  THE  PARADE…… SO  WE  WERE  IN  A  NICE  WARM  HOUSE.   trans-smiley-tiny  I  HAVE  BEEN  3  TIMES  TO  THE  PARADE  IN  MY  LIFE…… ONCE  I  WAS  ON  THE  STREET  THAT  DAY  TRYING  TO  FIND  A  DECENT  PLACE…. AND  HAD  TO  “STAND”  FOR  THE  ENTIRE  PARADE….. THEN  I  DECIDED  IF  I  EVER  WENT  AGAIN….. I  WOULD  JUST  PURCHASE  A  RESERVED  SEAT  IN  THE  BLEACHERS…… THAT  WAY  YOU  CAN  COME  ANY  TIME  YOU   WANT  AND  YOUR  SEAT  IS  WAITING  FOR  YOU  trans-smiley-tiny ……. SO  THE  NEXT  2  TIMES  I  HAVE  HAD  RESERVED  SEATS….. IT  IS  WONDERFUL  TO  WATCH   THE  PARADE…… I  WAS  ABLE  THE  LAST  TIME  I WENT….. TO  GO  TO  THE  AREA  WHERE  ALL  THOSE  GORGEOUS  FLOATS  ARE  TAKEN  AND  YOU  CAN  SEE  THEM  “UP  CLOSE”  WHICH  IS  REALLY  SOMETHING ….. AS  YOU  SEE  ALL  THE  DETAIL  THAT  IS  NOT  VISIBLE  FROM  THE  BLEACHERS…… IT  IS  AMAZING  THAT  EVERYTHING  ON  THE  FLOATS  IS  NATURAL.  I  AM  AMAZED  AT  THE  CREATIVITY…… I  AM  CERTAIN  THEY  HAVE  ALREADY  BEGUN  TO  WORK  ON  IDEAS  FOR  2016.  trans-smiley-tiny  I  HAD  2  FAVORITE  FLOATS  THIS  YEAR  ….. OF  COURSE,  THE  ONE  FROM  THE  DOLE  PINEAPPLE  COMPANY  HAWAII…… AND  THE  OTHER,  THE  50TH  ANNIVERSARY  OF “PRINCESS  CRUISE  LINE”   WITH  THE  CAPT.  GAVIN  MCLEOD  AND  THE  ENTIRE  CAST  OF  THE  POPULAR  “LOVE  BOAT”  TV  SHOW …ALL  OF  THEM…. THAT  WAS  A  SPECIAL  MOMENT  AS  I  LOVED  THAT  SHOW.  trans-smiley-tiny  I  DISCOVERED  THAT  CHANNEL  5  RUNS  THE  PARADE  ALL  DAY  LONG….. BACK  TO  BACK  WHICH  IS  NICE…. SO  YOU  DO  NOT  NECESSARILY  HAVE  TO  GET  UP  SO  EARLY….. YOU  CAN  TUNE  IN  ANYTIME.  trans-smiley-tiny 

ON  NEW  YEARS’  EVE  DAY  I  WAS  DRIVING  TO  SAN  DIEGO  FOR  WHAT  HAS  BECOME  POPULAR  NOW…. A  NEW  YORK…NEW  YEAR…… WHICH  MEANS  THAT  IN  OUR  CASE  WE  BEGAN  AT  6PM….. WITH  1  HOUR  FOR  FOOD….. AT  7PM  ALL  KINDS  OF  GAMES  AT  EACH  TABLE…. I  WAS  ABLE  TO  PLAY  MY  FAVORITE  BOARD  GAME  IN  THE  ENTIRE  WORLD…. S  C R  A  B  B  L  E ….. trans-smiley-tiny ….. (I  LEARNED  TO  PLAY  IT  IN  HAWAII  WHEN  SUNDAY  AFTERNOONS  3  OF  US  WOULD  PLAY  IT)…… IT  WAS  LIKE  WAR…. ALL  KINDS  OF  STRATEGIES  WERE  USED  TO  BEAT  OUT  YOUR  OPPONENTS…… I  HAVE  LOVED  IT  SINCE  THEN  AND  THAT  HAS  BEEN  MORE  THAN  20  YEARS  AGO….. I  EVEN  HAVE  TRAVEL  SCRABBLE…. AND  WILL  TRY  TO  CONVINCE  MY  SEAT  PARTNER  ON  THE  PLANE   TO  PLAY  WITH  ME.  trans-smiley-tiny  THE  SENIOR ADULT  PASTOR  BILL  HAD  A  WONDERFUL  EVENING PLANNED FOR US.…… SO  AFTER  AN  HOUR  OF  PLAYING  GAMES…. THEN  AT  8PM,  I  CAME  ON…. HAD  A  GREAT  TIME  OF  FUN  AND  MINISTRY  AND AT  8:59PM…. WE  TUNED  INTO  THE  FESTIVITIES  FROM  NEW  YORK……… AND  WHEN  THE  BIG  BALL  WAS  DROPPED….. AFTER  WE  HAD  COUNTED  DOWN….. TADA!…….. IT  WAS  2015…. MANY  OF  US  COULD  PROBABLY  SAY  THAT  WE  ARE  GLAD  FOR  SOME  THINGS  TO  BE  IN  THE  PAST………. AS  IT  WAS  NOT  A  VERY  GOOD  YEAR….. BUT  AS  WE  ARE  IN  A  NEW  YEAR  NOW…… LET’S  CELEBRATE  A  NEW  HOPE  WE  HAVE  IN  JESUS….. LET’S  CELEBRATE  JESUS  AS  THE  “SOLID  ROCK”……. WE  ONLY  HAVE  TO  LOOK  AROUND  US  TO  SEE  HOW  THINGS  ARE  CRUMBLING  AND  CHANGING……. BUT  OUR  LORD  AND  SAVIOR  JESUS  CHRIST  IS  THE  ONLY  STABILITY  WE  CAN  HAVE  FOR  SURE…… HE  NEVER  CHANGES…. SO  LETS  CLING  TO  HIM!

HEBREWS  13:8  ~  JESUS  CHRIST  IS  THE  SAME  YESTERDAY,  TODAY,  AND  FOREVER.

HEBREWS    4:16    ~    LET  US  THEREFORE  COME  BOLDLY  UNTO  THE  THRONE  OF  GRACE,  THAT  WE  MAY  OBTAIN  MERCY,  AND  FIND  GRACE  TO  HELP  IN  TIME  OF  NEED.

IT  IS  AN  HOUR  AND  HALF  DRIVE  FROM  MY  HOUSE  TO  SAN  DIEGO…… A  LOVELY  DRIVE…. BEAUTIFUL  HILLS….. AND  IN  ONE  AREA  THAT  IS  HIGHER  ELEVATION…. THERE  WAS  SNOW…. YES….. REAL  SNOW…. trans-smiley-tiny   MANY  DRIVERS……. LIKE  ME……  HAD  PULLED  OFF  TO  THE  SIDE  OF  THE  ROAD  TO  TAKE  PHOTOS……. HERE  ARE  MINE…… I  HAVE  NEVER  SEEN  SNOW  HERE  BEFORE……. I  LOVED  IT!   IT  WAS  FROM  LAKE  ELSINORE  DOWN  TO  MURRIETA…….

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THERE  WERE  CERTAINLY  WONDERFUL  HIGHLIGHTS  FOR  ME  IN  2014….. ALL  OF  THE  CHRISTIAN  WOMEN  CONNECTIONS I  SPOKE AND  SANG  FOR….. I  WAS  TOLD  THAT  WOMEN  WHO  NEVER  KNEW  JESUS  AS  PERSONAL  SAVIOR…. ASKED  HIM  TO  BE  LORD  OF  THEIR  LIVES…… HOW  WONDERFUL  IS  THAT?   I  LOVE  BEING  A  PART  OF  STONECROFT  MINISTRIES…… WE  ARE  THE  SAME  AGE…. AS  IT  BEGAN  IN  SAN  JOSE  CALIFORNIA…. IN  1938…. BY  A  PRECIOUS  LADY  HELEN  BAUGH…. WHO  WANTED  TO  HAVE  WOMEN  GATHER  FOR  A  BIBLE  STUDY  AND  FROM  THAT  IT  HAS  EVOLVED  TO  MEETINGS  ALL  OVER  THE  UNITED  STATES  AND  IN  39  COUNTRIES….. THERE  IS  A  MILITARY  PRESENCE  ON  OR  NEAR  18  BASES…. WHERE  MORE  THAN  45  WOMEN  BEGAN  A  RELATIONSHIP  WITH  JESUS  THRU  THESE  OUTREACHES….. I  HAD  MANY  OPPORTUNITIES  TO  SPEAK  AND  SING  FOR  SENIOR  ADULT  GROUPS….. LOTS  OF  LADIES  TEA  PARTIES…. IN  RETIREMENT  HOMES…. CHURCHES  AND  PRISONS…… (WHICH  IS  WHERE  I  WAS  ON  CHRISTMAS  DAY….. WHAT  AN  INCREDIBLE  SERVICE…… HUNDREDS  OF  LADIES  JAMMED  INTO  THAT  AUDITORIUM…. TO  PRAISE  AND  WORSHIP  JESUS……. THERE  WERE  39  WHO  WERE  BAPTIZED……. AFTER  HAVING  BEEN  IN  THE  CLASS  THAT  INSTRUCTED  THEM  THE  REASON…. IT  WAS A   GREAT  DAY  FOR  ME!)…..

BECAUSE  I  LIVED   IN  HAWAII  FOR  10  YEARS  OF  MINISTRY  WITH  THE  WAIKIKI  BEACH CHAPLAINCY….. I  LOVE  TO  RETURN  TO  MINISTER  AND  SEE  FRIENDS…. AND  THAT  IS  WHERE  I  WAS  FOR  3  WEEKS  IN  APRIL…. I  HAD  AN  EARLY  BIRTHDAY  CELEBRATION  THERE  IN  THE  ISLANDS….. CAN’T  WAIT  TO  RETURN.   trans-smiley-tiny 

WAS  IN   VANCOUVER  CANADA  AREA  FOR  4  CONCERTS….. TOOK  THE  AMTRAK  DOWN  TO  SEATTLE  AND  SPENT  A  WEEK  WITH  MY  FAMILY…. THAT  IS  ALWAYS  NICE.

MY  FAVORITE  TIME  OF  THE  YEAR  ON  THE  EAST  COAST  IS  FALL…. SO  I  LOVE  GOING  BACK  THERE  TO  SEE  THOSE  RICH  BEAUTIFUL  COLORS…… SO  OFF  TO  CONNECTICUT AND NEW  YORK  I  WENT …… BUT  BECAUSE  IT  WAS  THE  WRONG  TIME….. I  SAW  ONLY  2  TREES  THAT  HAD  CHANGED COLORS…… OF  COURSE  I  WAS  DISAPPOINTED….. BUT  PERHAPS  NEXT  TIME.  trans-smiley-tiny  STOPPING  OVER  IN  FLORIDA  TO  VISIT  FRIENDS  AND  MINISTER  WAS  AWESOME.

A   SPECIAL  SURPRISE  CONCERT  LAST  WEEK…. A  DEAR  FAMILY,  DIRK  AND  CHERYL  ZWIEBEL  WITH  THEIR  3  CHILDREN…. AND  WAS  IT  A  SPECIAL  TIME  TO  HEAR  THEM  AGAIN   AS  THEY  CAME  HOME  FOR  CHRISTMAS  AND  LISTENING  TO  CHILDREN  SING  IS  A  GREAT  THING…. I  LOVE  THEM.

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THE  SUNDAY  AFTER  CHRISTMAS….. I  DID  A  CONCERT  AT  A  BEAUTIFUL  RETIREMENT  CENTER…….. AFTERWARDS ,  I  JOINED  THE  CHAPLAIN  ….HIS  WIFE  AND  A  VERY  INTERESTING  97  YEAR  OLD  MAN…… (A  FORMER  COLLEGE  CHEMISTRY  PROFESSOR)  FOR  DINNER…… GREAT  CONVERSATION….. AND  FOOD!

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I  MUST  THANK  YOU  FOR  YOUR  MUCH-NEEDED  PRAYERS.  THEY  HAVE  KEPT  ME  GOING!….. AND  FOR  ALL  YOUR  FINANCIAL  INVESTMENTS…… YOU  WILL  BE  REWARDED…… HERE,  WITH  A  TAX  DEDUCTIBLE  RECEIPT  AND  A  REWARD  IN  HEAVEN.   trans-smiley-tiny  

LET’S  HAVE  A  DESIRE  TO  BELIEVE  ALL  THAT  GOD  HAS  PROMISED  IN  HIS  WORD….. IF  GOD  SAID  IT….. IT  IS  TRUE!…. HE  DOES  NOT  LIE!…. LOOK  FORWARD  TO  ALL  HE  HAS  PLANNED  FOR  YOU  FOR  THIS  NEW  YEAR  2015  AND  BEYOND.  I  HOPE  THAT  YOU  WILL  BE  SPENDING  TIME  IN  THE  BIBLE  EACH  DAY  TO  KNOW  WHAT  HE  IS  SAYING  TO  US….. IT  IS  SUCH  A  PRIVILEGE  AND  PLEASURE  TO  SPEND  TIME  WITH  OUR  HEAVENLY FATHER……….. I  AM  CERTAINLY  LOOKING  FORWARD TO  HOW  HE  WILL  CONTINUE  TO  USE  ME.

PROVERBS  2:4-5  ~  IF  YOU  SEEK  WISDOM  LIKE  SILVER,  AND  SEARCH  FOR  IT  AS  FOR  HIDDEN  TREASURES;  THEN  YOU  WILL  UNDERSTAND  THE  FEAR  OF  THE  LORD,  AND  FIND  THE  KNOWLEDGE  OF  GOD.

 I  KNOW  CHRISTMAS  IS  PRIMARILY ABOUT  THE  BIRTH  OF  JESUS….. BUT  AS  I  SHARED  IN EACH CONCERT ………  THE  “REST  OF  THE  STORY” ……I  WAS  REMINDED  EACH  TIME  I  SANG  ABOUT  THE  LITTLE  BABY  JESUS  BORN  IN  BETHLEHEM…… GREW  UP  IN  NAZARETH…. WENT  ABOUT  DOING  GOOD…… WENT  TO  HIS  DEATH  FOR  ALL  OF  US …… AND  ON  THE  3RD  DAY  MORNING…… HE  AROSE  AND  IS  ALIVE  FOREVER  MORE….. HE  HAS  GONE  AWAY  TO  PREPARE  A  PLACE  FOR  ALL  WHO  KNOW  HIM  AS  LORD…. HAVE  ASKED  FORGIVENESS  FOR  ALL  OUR  SINS…… AND  HE  WILL  RETURN  FOR  US….. WE  WILL  GO  TO  SPEND  ETERNITY  WITH  HIM.  EVEN  SO  ….COME  LORD  JESUS…..

I  AM  AVAILABLE  TO  COME  MINISTER  FOR  YOUR  SENIORS  GROUP…. LADIES  FUNCTION…. OR  IN  YOUR  CHURCH  SERVICE …… CALL  ME  AT  909-948-2448……. YES,  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME…. AND  YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  DISAPPOINTED.  trans-smiley-tiny  

PHILIPPIANS  3:14  ~  PRESS  TOWARD  THE  GOAL  FOR  THE  PRIZE  OF  THE  UPWARD  CALL  OF  GOD  IN  CHRIST  JESUS.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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