SUNDAY AUGUST 2, 2015

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WELL,  I  AM  BACK  HOME  AFTER  THOSE  2  EXCITING  WEEKS  IN  BEAUTIFUL  SEATTLE… IT  WAS  WONDERFUL  TO  BE  WITH  MY  NATURAL  FAMILY,  AS  WELL  AS  THE  FAMILY  OF  GOD.  I  WAS  ABLE  TO  SEE  MANY  BROTHERS  AND  SISTERS  THAT  I  DID  NOT  HAVE  TO  WAIT  TO  GET  TO  HEAVEN  TO  MEET.   trans-smiley-tiny

I  WAS  ABLE  TO  MINISTER  IN  WORD  AND  SONG  9  TIMES…… SO  I  WAS  A  BIT  TIRED  WHEN  I  RETURNED  HOME…….. AS   I  DID  “HIT  THE  GROUND  RUNNING”,   I  HAVE  BEEN  BUSY  EVEN  THIS  WEEK…. ONE  WAS   FOR  A  VERY  ACTIVE  SENIORS MINISTRY…. THEIR  DIRECTOR  MS.  BECKY,  KEEPS  THOSE  SENIORS  MOVING  ….THEY  GO  ALL  OVER …TO  VERY  INTERESTING  PLACES…… SUCH  AS  HAWAII,  ETC.  

san dimasSENIOR’S DIRECTOR, MS. BECKY AND MS. LILLIE

I  WILL  BE  ABLE  TO  REST  THIS  WEEK  AS  I  DID  NOT  SCHEDULE  ANYTHING….. TO  GIVE  ME  A  CHANCE  TO  REST  A  BIT.  trans-smiley-tiny

I  AM  SOOO  THANKFUL  FOR  THE  “ASSIGNMENT”  GOD  GAVE  ME  NEARLY  39  YEARS  AGO…. TO  TRAVEL  THE  WORLD  WITH  THE  “GOOD  NEWS”  ABOUT  HIS  SON  AND  SAVIOR  JESUS  CHRIST…. WHAT  A  PRIVILEGE  IT  HAS  BEEN  FOR  ME   AND  I  AM  TRYING  TO  DO  WHAT  HE  HAS  CALLED  ME  TO  DO.  I  DO  NOT  WANT TO  “WASTE  EVEN  ONE  DAY”  trans-smiley-tiny

JOHN  9:4  ~  I  MUST  WORK  THE  WORKS  OF  HIM  WHO  SENT  ME  AND  BE  BUSY  WITH  HIS  BUSINESS  WHILE  IT  IS  DAYLIGHT;  FOR  NIGHT  IS  COMING,  WHEN  NO  MAN  CAN  WORK.

WHAT  A  JOY  TO  RETURN  TO   CALVARY  ASSEMBLY  IN  SEATTLE  FOR  A  TREMENDOUS  MEETING….. AN  ENERGETIC  YOUNG  LADY,  ANGELA,  ASKED  IF  SHE  COULD  HELP  OUT  WITH  THE  EVENING…. PASTOR  AND  I  AGREED…. SO  THE  FIRST  THING  SHE  DID  WAS  SEND  OUT  SOME  E-MAILS   TO  A  FEW  CHURCHES,  INVITING  SINGERS  WHO  WANTED  TO  COME  SING  WITH  ME… JUST   COME  AN  HOUR  BEFORE  THE  MEETING…. WELL,  32  HAPPY  FOLK  SHOWED  UP  AND  WHAT  A  GREAT  TIME  WAS  HAD  BY  ALL…. A  YOUNG  BLACK  MAN,  WHO  HAS  A  COMMUNITY  CHOIR ,  CAME TO  DIRECT  THEM…. BOY,  HE  REALLY  “MADE”  THEM  SING…. IT  WAS  AWESOME   trans-smiley-tiny  I  WAS  TOLD  MY  MANY  HOW   HEARTS  AND  LIVES  WERE  TOUCHED  DURING  THAT  SERVICE….. PRAISE  GOD!

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calvary seattlePASTORS  SCOTT  AND  STEVE AND MS. LILLIE

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FORMER  PASTOR  AND  MRS.  ANDERSON WITH MS. LILLIE

MY  NEXT  TIME  OF  MINISTRY  WAS  AT  THE  INCREDIBLE  WESTMINSTER  CHURCH  IN  BELLEVUE…. MY  LONG  TIME  FRIEND,  PASTOR  LAUREY  BERTIG,  IS  ON   STAFF  THERE  AND  HAS  INVITED  ME  TO  COME   MINISTER  IN  THE  PAST.  THIS  TIME  I  ASKED  IF  I  MIGHT  COME  FOR  A  SENIOR  FUNCTION…. AND  THE  SENIOR  CHURCH  PASTOR,  GARY,  AGREED.   IT  WAS  HELD  IN   A  BEAUTIFULLY  DECORATED  FELLOWSHIP  HALL…. AND  GET  THIS….. WITH  “REAL  CHINA  AT  EACH  TABLE” …..  IT  WAS  EXQUISITE trans-smiley-tiny  ….PASTOR  AND  WIFE  JORIE,  LOVE  THEIR  SENIORS  AND  WANTED  TO  SHOW  THEM.   THERE  WERE  SPECIAL  FRIENDS  I  HAVE  KNOWN  FOR  MANY  YEARS  WHO  ATTENDED  THAT  DELICIOUS  BRUNCH.  I  WAS  TOLD  BY  A  SWEET  CATHOLIC  LADY  THAT  EVERYTHING  I  SAID  WAS  “FOR  HER”…. I  AM  HAPPY  GOD  TOUCHED  HER  HEART  AND  I  AM  PRAYING  SINCERELY  FOR  HER.  THERE  WERE  MANY  LADIES  HELPING  OUT  WITH  ALL  THE   NECESSARY  DUTIES…. FOR  THIS  KIND  OF  FUNCTION.  IT  WAS  SUCH  A  BLESSING  TO  SEE  A  DEAR  LADY  HELPING  TO  SET  THE  TABLES…. HERE  SHE  IS  IN  HER  SCOOTER…. PULLING  ALONG  BEHIND  HER  THE  PITCHERS  OF  WATER  TO  BE  PLACED  ON  EACH  TABLE…. SHE  WENT  BACK  AND  FORTH  BRINGING  DIFFERENT  THINGS  NEEDED.    I  THOT,  WE  CAN  ALL  “DO  WHAT  WE  CAN  DO”   AND  THE  JOB  WILL  GET  DONE….trans-smiley-tiny   I  ASKED  LYNN  IF  I  COULD  TAKE  A  PHOTO  OF  HER  “ASSIGNMENT”…… SHE  WAS  SOOO  SWEET.

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PASTOR   GARY  AND  JORIE  WITH MS. LILLIE

EVERYWHERE  I  MINISTERED  WAS A  GREAT  SERVICE…. GOD  DID  TOUCH  HEARTS  AND   LIVES  AS  THE  “SEED  WAS  PLANTED” …… SOMEONE  ELSE  WILL  WATER  AND  GOD  WILL  GIVE  THE  INCREASE,  HE  PROMISED

JOHN  12:32  ~  JESUS  SAID; “IF  I  BE  LIFTED  UP  FROM THE  EARTH,  I  WILL  DRAW  ALL  MEN  UNTO  MYSELF.”

THE  REAL  REASON  I  WAS  EVEN  IN  SEATTLE  WAS  TO  BE  A  PART  OF   QUARTERLY  HYMN  SING AT  BETHANY  CHURCH  IN  EVERETT….. WHAT  A  WONDERFUL  EVENING!…. THERE  WAS  A  FULL  BAND….. AND  SO  MANY  OF  THE  OLD  FAMILIAR  CHORUSES  AND  HYMNS  WERE  SUNG …..THE  WORDS  WERE  ON  THE  SCREEN…. BUT  I  DIDN’T  NEED  TO   LOOK  AT  IT  BECAUSE  I  NEEDED  THE  WORDS…. NO!   THOSE  SONGS  ARE  IN  MY  HEART  FROM  WAY  BACK…..trans-smiley-tiny   SEEMS  THAT  WAS  THE  CASE  WITH  MOST….WE  JUST  SANG  AND  WERE  BLESSED.  IT  BEGAN  AT  6PM….. BUT  WHEN  THE  DOORS  OPEN  AT  5PM…     IT  VERY  QUICKLY  FILLS  UP  AND  LOTS  OF  FELLOWSHIP   “HAPPENS”  IN  THAT  HOUR  BEFORE  THE  6PM  SERVICE….. OR  ACTUALLY  5:45PM…. WHEN  THE  BAND  BEGINS  TO  PLAY  SONGS  YOU  CAN  SING  ALONG  WITH  AS  YOU  WAIT.  trans-smiley-tiny  PASTOR  TERRY  INVITES  2  GUESTS  TO  BE  ON  THE  PROGRAM  EACH  TIME  AND  I  WAS  ONE  FOR  THAT  SUNDAY….. I  WAS  SOOOO  EXCITED  TO  BE  THERE  AND  TO  HAVE  MY  2  SISTERS  COME  …..AS  WELL  AS  MY  NEPHEW  AND  A  LONGTIME  FRIEND,  NELL  ….I  WAS  ALSO  ABLE  TO  SING  IN  2  TRADITIONAL  “CLASSIC”  SERVICES  IN  THE  MORNING  ON  THAT  DAY….. I  HAD  BEEN  PLACED  IN  A  HOME  WITH  A  DEAR  LADY  WHOSE  HUSBAND  HAD  GONE  TO  BE  WITH  JESUS….. MS.  HELEN  WAS  VERY  KIND  TO  ME…. SHE  EVEN  MADE  ME  JELLO….. (I  HAVE  ALWAYS  LIKED  THAT  WITH  STRAWBERRIES…… APPLES… NUTS) …. UMMMMM!     WHAT  A  REAL  BLESSING  IN  THOSE  2  SERVICES   HAVING  A  BAND…. WITH  (A  REAL  PIANO)….. AND  THE  OPPORTUNITY  TO  SING  ALL  THE  SONGS  YOU  RECOGNIZE.  trans-smiley-tiny

“FAMILY  IS  EVERYTHING”…. I  SOOO  ENJOYED  THE  TIME  WITH  MY  SISTERS….. ONE  6  YRS  OLDER  AND  THE  OTHER,  I  YR  YOUNGER   trans-smiley-tiny ……WE  HAVE  ALWAYS  GOTTEN  ALONG  WELL…. AND  LOVE  BEING  TOGETHER…. IN  FACT  VERY  OFTEN,  WE  DO  A  3-WAY  CALLING,  SO  THE  3  OF  US  CAN  TALK  ON  THE PHONE…. IT’S  FUN  THAT  WAY!   trans-smiley-tiny ..…THEY  ARE  NOT  LIKE  ME…. AS  FAR  AS  NOT  EVER  WANTING   TO  HAVE  “PHOTOS  TAKEN”…. I  WILL  TAKE  AS  MANY  AS  ANYONE  WANTS  TO  TAKE…. NO  PROBLEM!…… BUT  THEY  SHY  AWAY….. AND  INSISTED  THAT  I  NOT   ASK  THEM  TO  STAND  AS  I  ACKNOWLEDGE  THEM  BEING  WITH  ME   THAT  NITE…..trans-smiley-tiny …….BUT  THAT’S  OK!  

PSALM  133:1  ~  HOW  GOOD  AND  PLEASANT  IT  IS  FOR  BRETHREN  (AND  SISTERS)  TO  DWELL  TOGETHER  IN  UNITY.

AND  THE  WEATHER…… I  LOVED!   IT  WAS  HOT  EACH  DAY…. WHICH  IS  SUCH  A  CHANGE  FROM  WHAT  IT  IS  NORMALLY  LIKE,   WITH  LOTS  OF  RAIN.  BUT  IT DID RAIN  JUST  A   SPRINKLE   ONE  DAY….. AND  I  WAS  INSIDE   trans-smiley-tiny   IT  WAS  IN  THE  HIGH  80’S  AND  90’S  THE  ENTIRE  TIME  I  WAS  THERE…. IN  FACT  THE  WARMEST  DAY  EVER  RECORDED  IN  THE  HISTORY  OF  SEATTLE  WAS  A  SUNDAY  WHEN  I  WAS  THERE.   IT WAS  97  DEGREES.     BUT  ALWAYS  IN  THE  MIDDLE  OF  THE  NITE  IT  WOULD  GET  VERY  COLD….. SO  WAS  GOOD  “SLEEPING  WEATHER.”  trans-smiley-tiny

WE  HAD  PLANNED  TO  BE  WITH  OUR  BROTHER  PAUL  WHO  WAS  COMING  UP  ON  AMTRAK  TO  BE  WITH  US….. BUT  HE  DIDN’T  AND  I  WILL  TELL  YOU  WHY  ON  NEXT  BLOG….. JUST  KNOW  THAT  ALL  IS  WELL.  AS  GOD  DOES  DIRECT  OUR  STEPS.   trans-smiley-tiny

AND  HE  WANTS  TO  DIRECT  YOUR   STEPS  ALSO…… HE  HAS  GIVEN  US  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  TO  LEAD  AND  GUIDE  US  INTO  ALL  TRUTH…… GOD  IS  FAITHFUL  AND  SOVEREIGN…. AND  PROMISES  NEVER  TO  LEAVE  US  NOR  FORSAKE  US…. EVEN  WHEN  IT  SEEMS  THAT  HE  IS  NO  WHERE  AROUND…. HE  IS!   WE  MUST  WAIT  ON  THE  LORD  FOR  HIS  BEST  IN  OUR  SITUATION ….CAUSE  HE  DOES  KNOW  WHAT  WE  NEED ……AND  WHEN  WE  NEED  IT.  trans-smiley-tiny

PSALM  27:14  ~  WAIT  FOR  THE  LORD;   BE  STRONG,  TAKE  HEART  AND  WAIT  FOR  THE  LORD.

THANKS  FOR  BEING  A  PRAYER  PARTNER  WITH  ME…. I  AM  TOLD  BY  SOOOO  MANY  OF  YOU  THAT  YOU  DO  INDEED  PRAY  FOR  ME….. I  AM  GRATEFUL  FOR  HIS  FAVOR  AS  I  TRAVEL….. BECAUSE  YOU  PRAY!  AND  OF  COURSE,  THANKS  FOR  YOUR  GIFTS  OF  LOVE  TO  THIS  MINISTRY.   YOU  ARE  INVESTING  IN  GOOD  GROUND….. AND  IF  YOU  WISH,  YOU  SHALL  RECEIVE  A  RECEIPT…. PLUS  YOU  WILL  BE  REWARDED   BY  GOD.  MAY  GOD  RICHLY  BLESS  YOU  AS  WE  CONTINUE  TO  PARTNER  TOGETHER.   LOVE  YOU!

ECCLESIASTES  11:1  ~  CAST YOUR  BREAD  UPON  THE   WATERS…AND  AFTER  MANY  DAYS  YOU  WILL  FIND  IT  AGAIN.

AS  THE  YEAR  2015   WINDS  DOWN….. MANY  OF  YOU  MIGHT  BE  PREPARING  FOR  YOUR  HOLIDAY  EVENT…. IF  YOU  WOULD  LIKE  TO  HAVE  ME  COME  SPEAK/SING  FOR  YOUR   GROUP….. I  WOULD  LOVE   THAT!… YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  DISAPPOINTED…. AND  YES,  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME!  trans-smiley-tiny  ..…GOD  IS OPENING  MANY  DOORS  FOR  ME  TO   MINISTER  IN  WORD/SONG  AND  I  AM  WALKING  THRU  THEM.  trans-smiley-tiny

PHILIPPIANS  4:8  ~   FINALLY,  BROTHERS  AND  SISTERS,  WHATEVER  IS  TRUE,  WHATEVER  IS  NOBLE,  WHATEVER  IS  RIGHT,  WHATEVER  IS  PURE,  WHATEVER  IS  LOVELY,  WHATEVER  IS  ADMIRABLE—IF  ANYTHING  IS  EXCELLENT  OR  PRAISEWORTHY—THINK  ABOUT  SUCH  THINGS.

UNTIL  NEXT  TIME……

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