Through the Storm, through the Night…

Romans 8:28 “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good,

even to them that are called according to his purpose.”

Through the Storm, through the Night…

Back in 1932 I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My
wife, Nettie, and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago’s South Side.

One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was
to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn’t want to
go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But
a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis.

I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A
and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66.

However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at
leaving, I had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully.

I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to
stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I
shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.


The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd
called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a
messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram.


I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the


People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could
hardly keep from crying out. I rushed to a phone and called home.


All I could hear on the other end was “Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead.”


When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy.
I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died.


I buried Nettie and our little boy, both together, in the same
casket. Then I fell apart.


For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an
injustice. I didn’t want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I
just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.


But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first
sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something
kept telling me to stay with Nettie.


Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him
that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died.


From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him. But
still I was lost in grief.


Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Fry, who
seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took
me up to Malone’s Poro College, a neighborhood music school.


It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.

Something happened to me then. I felt at peace. I felt as
though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody,
one into my head-they just seemed to fall into place:

Precious Lord, take my hand,
lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn,
Through the storm, through the night
lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

As the Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my
spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel
farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open
to His restoring power.

And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that
day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.

Tommy Dorsey/ “The Birth of ” Precious Lord

Neil and Rosemary Merckens

“Be still and know that I am God” ~Psalm 46


The Real Spiritual Cold War is on….

The Real Spiritual Cold War is on…

Yes there is a Cold War going on right now. It is an invisible one so we cannot see it.  There is a group of books authored by God that keeps us informed. Listen up!

 Job 2:2 “And the Lord said unto Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So satan answered the Lord and said, ‘ From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it.’

The warning and the solution to battling it.

I Pet 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.”

The main weapon of war in a spiritual cold war!

James 4:7 “SUBMITT yourselves therefore unto God, RESIST the devil and he will flee from you.”

 All those proclaiming to be from God are not!! The word Christian has a different definition in our world than in the Bible. Some supposed men and women of God proclaim a Gospel of health, wealth and prosperity and teach many different ways to get to heaven and they sound so good. So how can we tell the difference??

II Tim. 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. “

II Cor. 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

John 3:3 “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” 

 John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 Protection comes from!”

Ephes. 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. “

Have a great day and don’t forget the greatest book ever written provides you with the Armor needed to do battle. Apart from God’s power you are helpless to do battle!

James 4:7″ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Abortion, Children and God…

With another new year comes the result that Roe vs Wade has assisted in the death of

In America alone?? MILLION lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  3,300 children die each day

You will not find the word fetus in God’s vocabulary found in the Bible. Why is that? Just how does our Lord view the child in the womb and even before the womb?

Caution: God at Work!!

 Psalm 139:13-15a “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your  works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was  made in secret…”

 An example of God designing a purpose for lives BEFORE they are born.

Note, God calls them twins, not a pair of fetuses.

Rom 9:11 “For though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or  bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls.”

A step further. A design for life even before conception.

Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Other passages;        Ex 21:22

Ecc 11:5

Mat 1:18

Lk 1:41 & 2:21

Gen 25:21-24

Psa 22:9

The emotional arguments have swayed many a mind but you never justify sinning based on the removal or the results of another sin. The end does not justify the means.

So, what can I do? First of all be aware that abortion at any stage and for any reason goes against God’s will and then pray for individual and national forgiveness. The next steps are up His leading in your life. But remember the first church did not spend its valuable time attacking the terribly Godless Roman government. Remember while we are to pray for its end and be the salt and light of our Godless world and nation we are first and foremost to;

Mat 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

One Sacrifice is Acceptable for Sin…

One Sacrifice is Acceptable for Sin….

Satan’s biggest lie is that we are good enough to work off the penalty we place upon ourselves when we sin. The book of Romans and other passages of scripture note that the penalty is spiritual and physical death (Rom 3:23, 6:23) The most urgent question for each of us should be. Can I atone for my sins or does it take someone other than me to make atonement for my sins?

Isaiah 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The lie that we can work off our sins has another wrinkle. Maybe some organization or church can do it for me. What does God say?

Heb 10:11,12,14 “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. For by ONE offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

Another lie is that we must have someone to go between us and God when we ask for forgiveness of our sins. Again, what does God say? Who is the Mediator for me to go through to reach God to obtain forgiveness for my sins?

I Tim 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

The question of the ages is whether the church or my deeds can replace the sacrifice needed to wipe my sins away.

II Cor 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Eph 2:8,9 “For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone would boast.”

Have you first recognized your sin and then Who are you trusting in this morning for forgiveness of those sins?

The Temptation to sin…

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

The temptation to sin is normal and common for mankind. The temptation all by itself is not the sin. The sin occurs when I decide to stay with that temptation and develop it. When it goes from temptation to development either in my mind or in my actions it becomes sin. The real war that goes on within us is the battle to control the mind. That is why scripture tells us so much about how to manage these temptations.

Scripture first tell us that God is never the Author of sinful temptations.
James 1:13 ” Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Our Lord also tells us that temptations are common to mankind so do not feel like you are fighting this alone.
I Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It is a daily war with decisions that we need to make. Do I stay with that temptation or do I flee it. Our Lord also gave us that answer.

II Tim 2:22 ” Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’

“The only way to be saved from the lure of the wrong roads is by doing what our Master [the Lord Jesus Christ] tells us, that is, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” If we do not watch and pray we shall be led into temptation before we know where we are. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” said Jesus (Luke 18:8). He will find faith in individual men and women, but the general organized form of the Christian church has slipped almost wholesale onto wrong roads to the Kingdom.”

–Oswald Chambers

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

And as Joshua said, the choice truly is mine……………..

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

What it takes to be a CHRISTian…

Without faith it is impossible to please Him!! Three young Christians respond to the
worlds call to bow down to the gods of the world.

Dan 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out
of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we
are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

When you live by faith you never walk alone.

Dan 3:23-25 “But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded
and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, was it not three men we cast
bound into the midst of the fire? They replied to the king, certainly O king.
He said, Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire
without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!

Walking by faith will touch the unsaved world around you.

Dan 3:28 “Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.”

Remember the gods of this world can be money, hobbies, people, health etc. Anything that takes your number one priority in place of Jesus being number One in your life. How do your priorities stack up???????

Does your Bible hold God’s Absolute Truths…

Mat 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Does your Bible hold God’s Absolute Truths…?

Are you using a different bible than I am? Recently I was asked that question in one of our bible studies. One person who was attending had mentioned to a friend that they were attending a bible study. The curious friend wanted to know more and one question that they had was whether or not the study was using the authorized bible from the church they attended. The attendee did not know and asked the question at one of our studies.

It brought back reminders of my early days as a Christian. I to have asked that question. Shortly after being ‘born again’ and with many questions my wife and I met with our RC Church clergy and talked about our new faith and why the RC Church had not taught us to be ‘born again’ as scripture did. We were told by the clergy to stay away from those people and to stay out of the bible. The insinuation was that the bible was too complex for us to understand it without their guidance and also those people were using an unauthorized bible leading us to believe it contained error.

God as with all of my questions and dilemmas in my life when I truly ask and trust Him for wisdom He then came to my rescue. Our God is great. He waits for us via faith to seek Him and to depend on Him.  He tells us He will never allow men or women to deceive us if we truly seek His truths. That was and is the most valuable source of information I use for my life today. God is in control and sovereign.  He is my protector and is greater than any power this world can come up with. But I must first seek Him and allow His will for my life.

With that question being asked at the bible study I sought God’s wisdom on how to help the group. The Holy Spirit led our group in a study of the bibles available to see if they held the same truths or had one been corrupted by mankind. As a very young Christian as previously mentioned I struggled with the question of whether my bible that I at that time was using (KJV) 35 years ago was different than the one my Roman Catholic Church authorized. God helped me by presenting His word to me in Mat 5:18 which says that both the OT and NT will be protected by God so that we have His truths. It says that protection will occur until Heaven and Earth pass. God does away with current Heaven and Earth and creates a new Heaven and new Earth for His eternal family after the 1,000-year millennium which is also after the 7-year tribulation period. The Book of Revelation provides us with the last time periods of mankind on this earth and the events leading up to the creation of the new Heaven and Earth. And unfortunately, the judgment of mankind that chooses to reject God. Until all of it occurs (Mat 5:18) God will protect His truths so that all of mankind have availability to it and no excuse for rejecting it.  That provided me with the peace that passes understanding on the topic of whether or not God can and does protect His truths for all those who seek Him.

With that in mind we took older and the latest bible versions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants faiths to our study. The Roman Catholic bibles all having the Imprimatur authorizing their use. We studied the most important question asked down through the ages, the same that the Philippian jailor asked; “What must I do to be saved?” We read from each on the following topics;

  • All being sinners (Rom 3:10, 3:23, Isa 64:6),
  • All condemned to Spiritual and Physical death because of our sins (Rom 6:23)
  • God’s awesome love for sinners (John 3:16, Rom 5:8)
  • No work, church affiliation or family heritage can save me from the punishment (Eph 2:8,9, Titus 3:5)
  • What must I do to be saved (Rom 10:9, 10 & 13, John 3:3)
  • My only Mediator in confessing my sins is not a clergy member but Jesus Himself (I Tim 2:5)

It soon became obvious that the bibles of both faiths proclaim the same glorious truths. God, as He says in Mat 5:18 will not allow mankind to keep His saving truths from those who truly seek them. The jot and tittle mentioned are the smallest punctuation marks of the Greek and Hebrew texts. That was and is comforting then and now. What is required of us is to take God at His word. If He can create us He can protect us and lead us to truth.

Heb 12:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

If you have a similar question today go ahead and check it out. Put the bibles side by side and see the power of our God. He will provide you with the truths you seek and need for your life.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”