Colonel Sue Case (Ventriloquist’s Dummy)

When i was 8 my parents gave me a ventriloquist “doll”. As an 8 year old boy i didn’t see this puppet as a doll at all, i didn’t even see him as a puppet. He had a string coming out of the back of his head and when you pulled it it wasn’t like some of my “G.I. Joes” that would say phrases. YOU had to put words into his mouth.

I gladly did little improvisational shows to my family but when it came time to “perform” in front of larger groups i would freeze so, my dad would talk to the puppet and i would make the puppet answer. We did some church meetings, took him to youth centers and to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (The ARC). Sure when i pulled the string his whole head would move but people seemed to still appreciate my attempts and they would respond with a laugh.

As i grew older i was able to get better puppets and eventually “Justin” came along, last name “Case”. I would pull him out when a special guest would not show up or when i went to jails, prisons, nursing homes, orphanages and such. 20 some years later when people would see me and recall me from some point in their past they would sometimes as, “Hey, how is Justin Case?!” more interested in his welfare than mine. I think that is hilarious but also a blessing to know they remember him and the ministry i once did.

I’m sad to say, Justin is no longer with us. He didn’t die, for he was never alive, he is just no longer with us. Major Ron Mott was nice enough to purchase a new puppet i can use in the ministry of The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, FL. When i opened the box i found out, “it’s a girl!” So, Sunday Night  i introduced,

“Colonel  Sue Case”

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She currently has a police uniform on but we are slowly going to change it into a Salvation Army uniform. Right now there are some jokes about what happen to her husband “Justin Case” and how the police department has lots of “Cases”.

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When i introduced her Sunday night i asked everyone to come into the chapel quietly and reverently because our special guest, Colonel Sue Case, has been at the alter this whole time while were were in the foyer. The chapel lights were dim and as they came in and forward they saw this…

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Immediately they understood the name i had been saying all morning, “SUE CASE”

I opened up the case and explained the background of how the Lord has used ventriloquism in the past and requested that those present would pray for this future ministry.

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At the bottom is a link to one of the skits i do with the puppet (dummy) and i hope this will bless others, further the gospel of Jesus Christ and inspire others to think outside the “Sue Case”

“God can use a dummy, just like he used a donkey (Numbers 22:21-38)”

Puppets are just another mode of transportation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

Ventriloquist Skit -Abraham & Isaac

Ventriloquist Skit -Abraham & Isaac

Ventriloquist skit

Abraham & Isaac

Gen. 22

V: Ventriloquiest

D: Dummy (Mannequin American)

-this script is not verbatim, just main idea-


V: Want to tell a story about Abraham and Isaaac.

D: you are?

V: I am what?

D: you’re sick!

V: no, no, no Isaac, “I- Saac” that was the name of Abraham’s son in Gen. 22 we read about this test God put them thru.

D: NOPE!, Hate test, my grades we under water!

V: ?

D: “Below Sea Level!”

V: come on, we can even have fun retelling the story.

D: Can I be Isaac?

V: Sure, so one day God called Abraham…

D: (Shouts) ABRAHAM ! ! !  ! ! ! !

V: What r u doing ur Isaac!

D: yeah, AND sound effects.

V: ok, so Abraham said, here am I God and God said, I want you to take your only son Isaac, who you love, and offer him up as a burn offering.

D: Wait a tick, what is a burnt offering?  They burner up all their cash?

V:no they would take something valuable like a valuable bird or a lamb and they would kill it, and burn it as an offering up to God.

D:ohhhh, wait, WHAT?! Ya mean I am suppose to let him kill me?

V: now wait, let me just finish the story…

D: that is what I am afraid of, a big finish!

V: so early the next morning they got 2 servants to help, they cut wood for the burnt offering,  and saddled up their donkey.

D: YEHAW, High hoe Silver, (Sing out the lone ranger theme)

V: on the third day they finally saw the mountain in the distance that God had told Abraham to go to. He told his servants to wait here with the donkey while he and Isaac go on. He told them, “we will worship and then come back.”

Then Abraham took the wood and placed it on his son Isaac’s back.

D: he’s not only going to kill me, he is making me carry the wood for the fire?!?! This is brutally sick!!!! (Hang head low)

V: yeah Isaac carried the wood and Abraham carried the fire and THE KNIFE

D: UGH! Then Isaac drop the wood, turned and ran for his life!

V: NO!

D: I sure would have!!!

V:No, no, they walked together and Isaac looked up and said to his father, Abraham,

“Father?”

And Abraham said, “Yes my son?”

Isaac said, “We have the fire

D:Check!

V: we have the wood”

D:Check!

V:but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?

And Abraham said, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”

When they reached the place God had told him about, on the top of the mountain Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it then he tied Isaac up (Bound him)

D: this is bound to get real ugly folks!

V: then he laid Isaac on the altar on top of the wood and he reached out his hand and took out his knife and raised it above his head.

D: (Gulp)

V: Then (Dummy hang head low and away as if not wanting to look, scared) THEN…

The angel of The Lord called out to him from heaven.

D: Abraham! ! ! ! ! ! (Just as at beginning of skit)

V: do it again

D: Abraham  ! ! ! !! !

V: Abraham said, “here am i.”  Then the angel of The Lord said, “ do not lay a hand on the boy, DO not do anything to him. NOW I know you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your ONLY son.

D: oh (not excited, then with great excitement) Wait, what? You mean I get to live?

V: yes!

D: YIPPY ! ! ! !

V: then Abraham looked up and saw a ram stuck in the thicket (thorn bushed) He went over and took the Ram and sacrifice it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

D: WOW! So God did provide, there was a Ram caught in the bushes? That was no coincident ! ! ! God did that ! ! !

V: YEP! And that is not the only time God provided.

Ya  know God offered up His only son and His only son was put to death in our place.

Jesus carried the wood

Jesus was the Lamb

Jesus died.

D: but he didn’t stay dead….

V: nope he rose from the dead and because of that if we believe in Him and ask His Spirit to come live in us we too will rise from the dead, our souls will go to heaven!

D: I want to go to heaven!

V: Ro. 5: 8 But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

(explain and do altar call)

Then for final conclusion dummy keeps saying right toe and interrupting.  Final you ask dummy,

V: “why are you always saying right toe when I am trying to talk at the end, and put you in the case after our time together?”

D:  (Punch line)  “Because you always close the case on my RIGHT TOE!

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This is just an example of a skit i’ve done with puppets in the past. Please pray for my ministry, that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart will be acceptable to God in The Name Of The Lord Jesus Christ.

If you would like to read about my puppet ministry please see: Colonel Sue Case .

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

Anxious much?

Philippians 4:6-9 NAS

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication withthanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

7 And the peace ofGod, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and yourminds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finallybrethrenwhatever is truewhatever ishonorablewhatever is rightwhatever is purewhatever is lovelywhateveris of good reputeif there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,dwell on these things.

9 The things you have learned and received andheard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

When you click on the word anxious above, it will take you to the original translation of that word.

I think the Lord will speak to you as He did me as you read and consider what anxiety is, if you have it and if you too need the Lord to lift that off of you.

Either worry or pray but don’t do both.

Consider once again just the first few line of this passage. Look here Phil 4:6-7 from the message translation:

6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
7 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Notice it uses the word displace, not replace. He can & will delete our worries, we just need to let go.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

HELP wanted

HELP !help

Where can I get some help?

Help wanted sign on my heart or more like, on my forehead.

But don’t want just any help, want good help! Someone i can rely on, not someone who will steal from me or my company.

Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

Psalm 46:1 NIV

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

Here is a cute story of a guy who was tying to do thing on his own at work and ran into some problems:

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information.

In block number 3 of the accident reporting form, I put quote “trying to do the job alone” unquote as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a six story building. When I completed my work, I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately was attached to the side of the building, at the sixth floor.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the brick into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow decent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in block number 11 of the accident reporting form that I weigh 135 pounds.

Due to my surprise of  being  jerked off the ground so suddenly,

I Lost My Presence of Mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rather rapid rate up the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collarbone.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two-knuckles deep into the pulley.

Fortunately, by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground—-and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed approximately fifty pounds.

I refer you again to my weight in block number eleven. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up.  This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations of my legs and lower body.

The encounter with the barrel slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks and, fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the bricks – in pain, unable to stand and watching the empty barrel six stories above me – I again lost my presence of mind–

I LET GO OF THE ROPE.

 

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God’s Shoulders, shoulder our problems, our weakness, our burdens

Psalm 55:22 MSG

22 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.

 Psalm 55:22 NIV

22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

1 Peter 5:7 NLT

7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

 

Philippians 4:6-9 NAS

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication withthanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

7 And the peace ofGod, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and yourminds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finallybrethrenwhatever is truewhatever ishonorablewhatever is rightwhatever is purewhatever is lovelywhateveris of good reputeif there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,dwell on these things.

9 The things you have learned and received andheard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Put this post together because I needed it. My aim is also try and help others get their mind off their trouble and on the answer, JESUS.

sing along song turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Galatians 6:9 MSG

9 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.

VideO/ closing song –Raise your hand and sing along. When I was in school you’d raise your hand if you knew the answer, raise your hand if you know the answer. “Jesus is the answer”

Supplementary video.

Going on –supplementary material

my son Alexx has a blog as well. If you’d like to read a post from his blog that may help you as your seeking God’s will, His help, click on these words “God’s bigger picture” to go to that link.

Trusting God as i hold one tiny piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle, called life.

Sometimes my life seems like A Grand Puzzle. (Click on those words in red for post).

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

When i wrote this I worked at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

 Visit their Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

They also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call 904-824-6956 for more info.

Let Him Help You Today
By DeGarmo & Key

 

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

This is part of the  Prayer Journalism Series.

This post is a Bible study you can do personally or share in a small group that doesn’t necessarily place emphasis on how important it is to keep a prayer journal or How To keep one. Another post that is very similar to this one is the one on Biblical prayer. This one is a Bible study that can be done with or without a prayer journal. The prayer journal could simply be a cheap spiral note book used to keep notes on prayer.

Weather you keep a prayer journal or not here is a Bible Study specifically on prayer. For those with no place to write it down, a prayer journal would be your answer.


BIBLE STUDY ON PRAYER:

I would suggest you start the Bible study with this video/song or one similar to it:

You may  printed out or copied this post. I encourage you to perhaps use it as an answer key as you use the acronyms. Simply write the letters to each word vertically on a poster board or flip chart then as you plug in each word horizontally you can lead the small group.

Example

A.

C.

T.

S.

A.C.T.S.:
Adoration: Heb. 13:15; Ps. 34:1-3
Confession: 1st Jn. 1:9; Ps. 32:1-6; Ps. 103:3, 11-13
Thanksgiving: Phil. 4:6-9; 1st Thess. 5:18
Supplication: James 5:13-20; Heb. 4:15-16 (intercession, petition – lift up rather                                 than put down).

While we pray we can start with adoration, then spend time in confession, move into a time of thanksgiving  (it’s not just for Thursdays once a year anymore). And conclude our prayer with supplication (this involves asking the Lord for things but not as we would build a wish list for Santa or ask a magic genie for 3 wishes. God is not our fairy godmother granting all our dreams to come true and live happily ever after. He is, however,  our loving heavenly Father and wants us to live happily ever after in eternity with Him and until then while we are on this earth to let our request be made known to Him as we keep in mind His will, His desires and His best interest, not our own.

While praying if we devote the first portion to adoration, the next part of confession, the next part on thanksgiving and end with supplication we will be sure to have a focused prayer to the Lord rather than a hazardous one said without meaning.

Jesus taught His listeners to pray. Look at Matt. 6:5-15 and break down that prayer into sections to understand how Jesus said we should pray. Internalize “The Lord’s Prayer” rather than just memorizing it.

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Here are some more acronyms:

P.R.A.Y.E.R.:
Powerful (James 5:13-18)
Rescue (Psalm 34:4; 109:21)
Answers (Matt 7:7; James 4:2; Phil. 4:6) No, Slow or go.
Yearnings (Ps. 37:4; 66:18)
Enthusiasm for Evangelism
Righteousness (Psalm 139:23-24; 84:11; 66:18)

Our P.A.R.T.:
Praise –Psalm 150
Admit -Psalm 139:23-24
Request –Psalm 5:3 (Not telling, asking)
Thanks – Phil. 4:6-9; 1st Thess. 5:18

God’s P.A.R.T.:
Prompt us –touch us, motivate us, let us know what He wants.
Admonish –discipline and convict us.
Reveal –show us, teach us thing.
Triumph –He will always win the battles we fight in prayer.

You may want to end this section with this video and song


Write these questions down and look up the Bible verses to answer them (A Prayer journal comes in handy when wanting to take notes):

What should we pray about?
Everything thing: Phil. 4:6-8

How?
Spirit helping us: Rom. 8:26-27; Matt. 6:7-13; Ecc. 5:2

When?
James 5:13-18; 1st Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Mk.1:35; Mk. 6:46

For Who?
Matt. 5:44; James 5:13-16

Where?
Matt. 6:5-6

Why? Here are several reasons:

  • He Deserves our prayers Ps. 30:10-12, Rev. 4:18; 5:8
  • He Demands prayers (300 times in scripture) examples Psalm 150; Heb. 13:15
  • He Dwells in prayers Ps. 22:3-5,22-26
  • He Delights in prayers Ps. 103 (Make God feel at home in our lives)
  • He Delivers through prayers Acts. 16:25

Promises:
Mk.11:24, Mt.7:7, Jer. 33:3, Mt. 21:22, Jn. 14:13-14, Jn. 15:7, 1at Jn. 5:14-15

“Little prayer, little power, much prayer, much power, no prayer, no power, know prayer know power.

Prayers by Jesus as recorded in His word
(from Halley’s Bible Handbook pg. 508-509)
Luke 11:1 At baptism
Mark 1:35 In a solitary place
Luke 5:16 In the wilderness
Luke 6:12 All night, before choosing 12
Matt. 11:25-27 Before his invitation, “come unto me”
John 6:11 At the feeding of the 5,000
Matt. 14:23 After feeding the 5,000
Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s prayer
Luke 9:18 In private
Luke 9:28-29 Before Transfiguration
Matt. 19:13 For Little Children
John 11:41-42 Before Rising Lazarus
John 12:27-28 In the temple
Matt. 26:26-27 At the supper
Luke 22:32 For Peter
John 17 For The Disciples
Matt 26:36, 39, 42, 44 In Gethsemane
Luke 23:34 On the cross
Luke 24:30 At Emmaus

I hope and pray this will be helpful to you or the group you may share this with. Please post comments on how this was useful and encouraging  to you personally or used with a group you lead.

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

Prayer Journalism Series (Index)

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study (The one you are reading now).

The entire series in one long post: PRAYER JOURNALISM (with a few variations)

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

When I wrote this I was working at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That was also my church. Visit the Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

They also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call 904-824-6956

Prayer Journal -Prayer Time

This is part of the Prayer Journalism Series .

This one focuses on making time for prayer.

Prayer Time:
Prayer, Communication With God. I asked myself, “how can i talk with my creator?” Then i asked myself, “How could i NOT talk to my creator?!” He desires to walk and talk with us. This is important to Him and He wants it to be a priority and important to us.

Here are some recommendations on how to develop prayer time:

Set a Time, place and plan
1st Choice Not Last Chance. Conversation and conviction rather than crisis.
Not just drive by prayers, hit or miss.
Gaze On God; Glance At Request


Setting a Time
God says, “Change your schedule. I’ll change your life!”
Don’t stop praying, but rather stop other things to pray.

Challenge you to set a specific time aside each day. Try 10 minutes of uninterrupted time in prayer and selected Bible reading (listening).

Examples of different times set aside in Bible:

  • In morning: Psalm 5:3, 59:16, 88:13, 143:8; Mk. 1:35
  • At night: Matt 26:36, 39, 42, 44
  • In Gethsemane (before death): Mark 6:46; Lk. 6:12
  • Anytime, all times: Without ceasing; 1st Thess. 5:17
  • On all occasions: Eph. 6:18
  • Devote yourself to: Col. 4:2-6
  • Impulsively & deliberately : Acts 1:14; 4:24; 12:12; 21:5

Other times:

  • Every time you hear a siren or bell: offer a special prayer for accident victims.
  • Church bells (a great call and reminder to pray)
  • Phone calls (text message notices -imagine saying, Thank you Jesus every time you you hear a text message chime. For some that is a lot of praising going on. Praise Him no matter who it is from, good or bad news.)
  • Emergency announcements. Let that “chime” remind you to pray.

Setting aside a specific devotional time to be alone with the Lord, talking to Him in prayer and reading His word will help you grow. Praying often in addition to that devotional time will help you grow even more. Consider how many steps it takes to get some place. Now imagine if you pray as you take each step how blessed you will be and how you will bless the Lord.

Priority/time management:
Do you love Him? Spend time alone with him.
We spend time doing what we really love to do and we spend time doing what we have to do as a necessity (job, family, school, eating, recreation, sleeping) but what do we do for our spiritual lives?
If you don’t eat you die, feed your soul.


Set A Place:
Recall Paul and Silas doing the original Jail House Rock.
Draw near to God (Heb. 10:22-23)
“Draw Near To God and He Will Draw Near To You.” (James 4:7-10)

Examples of places:

  • Driving, keep your eyes open and on the road but whisper a prayer as you go.
  • A room set aside (sanctuary). The Movie WAR ROOM is a good example of this. 
  • Altar -most churches still have them, if not find a place in your church, some stairs to the platform will do. Kneeling publicly proclaiming your faith can be as important as kneeing privately.
  • Holiness Table -some churches has a large wooden table between the altars. This is symbolic of the altars people built as mentioned in the Old Testament. There they would put an animal to be offered as a burnt sacrifice. Abraham was called to place his only son there (Gen. 22). Jesus became the scapegoat and lamb (God’s only Son) so that He is the sacrifice accepted for our sins. I have seen people go up to the holiness table and place their wallet, a pack of smokes, their day timers (pocket calendars), gifts for a brother or sister in Christ. Let us not forget the table of Holiness and not treat if like just another piece of furniture or decoration. May we place on it actual items we want to offer up to the Lord, let us kneel at it and use it as a place to offer up our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2) and living stones (1 Peter 2:3-5).
  •  Prayer path, what kind of atmosphere is there (site, smell, sound, feel). Global Family Fellowship made a path in the back side portion of their property. Simple wood chips spread out a path in which you could walk and from time to time you would come across a stand with a sign on it listing different petitions and praise reports. One sign would say, pray for our youth and it listed names of their youth group. Another sign would say pray for our missionaries and it would list them and where they were serving. Another sign would say pray for our future and it would offer praise for what they have and where God was taking them.
  • Prayer Closet , away from distractions (turn everything else off).
    Mark 1:35; Luke 5:15-16 shows Jesus in a solitary place.
  • Once again set up a WAR ROOM and set it on FIRE;

Set A Plan
Good book by Becky Tirabassi “Wild Things Happen When I Pray”
Ken Abraham also wrote some good books I used in developing this info.
Think of prayer as conversation between two people who love each other.

TRY
A Prayer board-with pictures, as you look at those picture you lift up that person. Praise God for them and lift up their needs (intersession) as you look at each picture.

Stretcher Bearers- draw a large cross on paper. At top put person your praying for. On Left side of Cross list things God is capable of doing (Supernaturally). On right side of Cross list things you or others can do in that situation or for that person (send a note, call, drive them or their family home, to store, from hospital, get something for them…can be something as simple as bringing in their mail because they are shut in or away on a trip) -This is especially good to do in a prayer meeting or small group and each person can put their prayer into action.

Prayer Journal:
Here is the shortest explanation of how to organize one for more details go to How To
Index in back, a list of just Subjects/names (straight down the page). Then to the right of subjects put a page numbers referring to pages in front. On the pages starting at the front after you write about situation, subject or person write “RESULTS:___” and leave that blank to continue on another page. Index in the back will help you find and follow subjects.

Use FB or social media:

Special note here, only read comments that are of praise or petition, scroll right by everything else. THIS may not work for you, to easily distracted by everything else on FB or social media. SO you may want to start a group or join one that focuses only on posting prayers in that group or on that page. Here is an example: Prayer Journal on FB.

These are just ideas that i’ve heard others use or i use to help me stay focused by setting a specific Time, place and plan of prayer. Heard someone say, “The key to praying more is, pray more.”

Talk causally with God throughout your day but also set some time aside, get to a place that is conducive and have a plan that helps you focus during that time and in that place.

“God hears those who listen. God listens to those who hear”

Special note to keep in mind; If we are not obedient to His word we cannot expect Him to be doing His will through us. James Chapter 4 clarifies why our prayers may not even be heard by God.


FRUSTRATED? CAN’T SEEM TO SET A TIME, PLACE or PLAN?

Take a deep breath. Whisper a prayer or even whimper one. God hears our moans and groans, our cries and whines (Romans 8:26-27). He is big enough to read our minds. Let Him.

You may need to start spending time in prayer with admitting to God you don’t even know how and He will direct you.

I hope this post is helpful to you. Please post comments on what works for you.

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

Prayer Journalism Series  (Index)

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time (The one you are reading now).

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

Entire series in one long post (with some variations)

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

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Prayer Journal -Biblical Prayer

This is part of the Prayer Journalism Series   on my blog. Each part can be used on it’s own regarding every thing from  the importance of keeping a prayer journal to  how to start one (click on those titles to go to those post).

This posts is a consideration of what God’s word has to say about prayer.

Biblical Prayer:

  • Prayer can become a way of life. We are told to pray without ceasing.
    1st Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually.”
  • Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions will all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints”.
  • James 5:13-18 Ask When? For who? after reading that passasege.
  • Colossians 4:2-6 “Devote yourselves to prayer, be watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
  • Philippians 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, 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.”
  • Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Here is a prayer David uttered when he gathered his people together:

1st Chronicles 29:10-13 “Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
Enjoy watching what God does as you journal and be sure to thank Him and give Him all the glory.

Prayer Journal Note/prayer:
Father as I “prayer journal” over time to actually “see” results help me to keep a good index, especially as I transfer from one journal to the next.
As I transfer names/events/situations help me to categorize them so I can find them easier for follow-up and do what ‘follow through’ you want me to personally do. In Jesus Name Amen

In a more advanced prayer journal you may split it up into sections and have tabs dividing lists of people or subjects under those areas.
Here are examples of categorizing to help me relocated and follow God’s work: Family, neighbors, work place, Church (Corps-Body of Christ), our social services, other agencies, other Churches,  other Salvation Armys, “others”.

Prayer to remind me of the importance and focus of my prayer journal: Lord I lift all these people/situations/events/circumstances up to You I am watching/following/logging/tracking/recording what You’re doing, as well as considering what I can do to be part of accomplishing Your will. Use me Lord. What a blessing, what an amazing opportunity to see long term effects. I praise You that I’m able to be part and take an active part in what You have done, what you’re doing and what you’re going to do.
Lord, let me in on Your plan of action. Help me continue to develop a way to have an active, schematic, strategic, prayer life.
I realize you are The Chief Musician (as mentioned in the Psalms). You orchestrate beautiful music from some instruments that are old and beat up, You even make music from things that are not seen as “an instrument”. I see You using everyday ordinary people to be part of a bigger symphony of sound, melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme. May I let You work in me and do my part. Help me to see and hear what You are doing. May this prayer journaling be a tool that aides me to do my part and accept others as they do theirs. Help me to rest when I am suppose to, accompany when you want and play out strong when you call for me to do a solo, knowing that in you I am never alone, even when I feel like it or think I am in the center of the stage. May others hear YOUR MUSIC, YOUR SONG, YOUR LYRICS coming out of me, YOUR INSTRUMENT.
When I stop, look and listen may I see YOU and hear Your plans, May this increase my faith to follow and serve You more.
I’m realizing that with my prayer journaling the importance  is not how neat, beautiful or well worded it is. You my Lord know, hear and understand me (Romans 8:26). You will carry, guide and counsel me (Philippians 1:6; John 14:16; 1Pe 5:7; Hebrews 4:16; Luke 6:38; John 15:7; Prov.3:5-6). When I call You answer (Jeremiah 33:3). The importance of my prayer journaling is how You can use it to help me keep track, focus and follow a progression of perpetual prayer. May this be a symbol of Your two way conversation and communication with me and I with you. I want to be part of Your plans, use me and hear my cries to You as I pray for others You are using as well. May You be in everything I do (1st Pe. 4:10). May you increase and I decrease (John 3:30). As I lift up Your Son I know you will draw others to You so help me lift Him up higher (John 12:32).

Continue to bring YOUR word into my mind and help me put it in my journal in order to increase my faith in You and what You are saying to me. Father in the name of Your son The Lord Jesus Christ please let Your Holy Spirit rule, reign and work in and through my life, my way of life.

Please make me in sync with what You want, with Your will. Help me accept all Your answers whether they are SLOWer than I want (for Your timing is perfect Lord), sometimes “GO!” (a definite yes, or something I need to do), or simply “NO” because YOU know what is best and I want what You want Lord not what we think we want.

prayerIn The Name Of The Lord Jesus Christ and for His sake, AMEN

Writing names in a prayer journal:

The more I use some ones name the better I know them and remember their name. As I lift up the names I record in my prayer journal Lord, may I be part of their lives in You. Lord I want them to see Your son Jesus in me and I want to see Jesus in them. Father speak to me and inspire me. In Jesus Name, Amen

I hope this is helpful to others. Please share in comments what works for you. Do you have a strategy for your prayer life?

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

Prayer Journalism Series (Index)

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer (The one you are reading now).

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

The entire series in one long post: PRAYER JOURNALISM (with a few variations)

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

Prayer Journal -The Importance of

This post is part of a larger one called Prayer Journalism Series  (The individual post that are part of the series are listed at the end of this post).

However,  here i am just emphasizing the importance of keeping a prayer journal. By no means is it necessary to Salvation in The Lord Jesus Christ  but it can be a very helpful tool in your walk with Him. Here are some reasons why;

Prayer Journal:

  • Catch a glimpse of God’s heart.
  • Spend time with The Lord.
  • Have intimate Communion with Him.
  • Record: people, places and things.
  • Keep some type of log or record of
    how things are working out.
  • Recall people’s names because you are lifting those names up to The Lord.
  • Able to literally count your blessings and find that your counting them ton by ton rather than just one by one and you could fill a book with praises alone.

REMEMBER

God always answers our prayers.
3 main ways; No, Slow or Go.
Sometimes God says, “No.” because He
Knows what is best and what we are asking for
is not part of His plan. (see post on – And God Said “NO”)

https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/and-god-said-no/
Sometimes God Says, “Slow” because He
is working on the timing of things.
Sometimes God says, “Go!” because He
knows when it is time to move forward.
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Remember, God does not do evil. He may allow what we consider to be ‘bad things’ to happen, even toward good people but God is able to use even those bad things for good.

Study in your Bible 2 great examples of what God did for;

  • “Job” (book of Job)
  • “Joseph” in spite of the awful things his own brothers did to him (Genesis 45 Also Genesis 50:19-21).

We read their story and the accounts that happen to them, they didn’t know how it was going to end but stayed faithful to God. As you record events and prayers for others and for situations you two will see how God works over time.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of all those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Whatever you’re praying about God already knows and has the bigger picture in mind. You have just a few pieces of the puzzle. He will put it all together but in HIS timing not ours.
As you pray, remember to let God do His job. ONLY HE CAN DO THE SUPERNATURAL. Also, there are some things God wants us to do for Him and others. Ask Him what He wants you to do and ask Him to help you do it. He will call you to action. Ask Him to help you see what He wants you to physically do. We are His hands and feet. There may be times when we intercede spiritually only but other times God wants and needs us to intervene physically. God can use you.
As you consider the situation you’re praying about think of what you or others can do for and with Christ’s help to be part of the answer to these prayers. For example only God can physically heal someone but we can be there to hold their hand while they are sick, we can lift them up before the Lord and we can help their loved ones as they are going through this too.

You may find the opportunity to do what I call “prayer in action”. You may visit, send a card or call. You may even ask another person to help out. You may even offer to baby sit or drive someone where they need to go. Don’t just pray for the man who has a wife in the hospital see if you can help him by picking up some things from the store for him. That kind of action done in an attitude of prayer goes a long way and is honored by God.

Remember we are not alone. We have God on our side and a body of other believers to help. Just as we ask God for help we can also ask brothers and sisters in Christ to help us or help others God wants to reach.
Remember what the “stretcher bearers” did in Mark 2:1-12. Four friends could not heal the paralyzed man but they knew they could carry him to Jesus. They even took the effort to get the man up on the roof, dig a hole in the roof and lowered him down before the savior.
We have to do our part. As you write God may show you exactly what He wants you to do. Keith Green had a song, “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest”, in which he sang, “Do your best, pray that it’s blessed and He’ll take care of the rest.”

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As you Journal don’t forget to
LISTEN TO GOD
and always leave room for His answers
and His directions.
Fill your prayer Journal with Scripture. The Bible is God’s voice.
You may want to write some of the Psalms and Proverbs or some of your favorite and most helpful verses from “God’s Word” in your Journal.

You can even read a portion of scripture and make that your prayer, may of the Psalms are just that but you can also read  a passage like 2nd Peter 1:1-11 and turn it in to a two way prayer between you and the Lord as you hear how He calls us. Thank Him for calling you and ask God to  equip you as you read and jot down notes.

In my prayer journal i have a list of Scripture references i call “Emergency Phone Numbers” that encourage and instruct me when i am calling on God. One of those is Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

I hope this is helpful to you and encourages you to start your own prayer journal. Let me know what works for you and please see my other post regarding Prayer Journalism, how to and more.

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

Prayer Journalism Series index

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of (The one you are reading now)

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

The entire series in one long post: PRAYER JOURNALISM (with a few variations)

Pressing on,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

When wrote this i was working at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

Visit their  Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

They also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call at 904-824-6956

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Prayer Journal -How To

This is part of a larger series

Prayer Journalism Series index

The first one places emphasis on the importance of a prayer journal

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

This post is a HOW TO:

How to start:

  • Make sure your name is on the front as well as the month and year you’re starting this journal. Leave room on the front to write the month and year in which you finished or filled this journal. You may even want to number your journals. Obviously this would be Journal #1 if this is your first one, maybe you kept one in the past but never really kept track. Consider this #2 because then you can refer back to journal #1.
  • Inside the front cover write information on how to get this journal back to you if it is ever lost.
  • Number the pages (may do just the even or odd pages).
  • Page one should describe what this journal is. Write a little bit on what your intentions are, for example you may write,

‘this is a journal I am keeping to help my prayer life. In this journal I am writing prayers for people, places and things God lays on my heart. An index is in the back to help me find things.’

You may also tape or glue in a program cover, typed notes, pictures, ticket stubs or a flyer. Remember this is YOUR journal and you can add whatever YOU want. People who love to scrapbook love to make it more like a scrapbook that a typical journal. AWESOME! If it is more pictures than words you can still use it to help you focus in prayer. Insert anything that is helpful in reflecting back on moments of YOUR LIFE WITH GOD.

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Indexing:

  • After making sure all the pages are numbered go to the very back of your journal. On the last page list vertically, straight down; people, places, and things. This is not a wish list. You should also writing down things your thankful for (count your blessings). Do not write a sentence, just one word or name on each line. First names are great for confidentiality purposes. Remember, even though this is a private journal it could get into anyone’s hands.
  • After recording a few subjects go back up to the top of that list and to the right of the names or subjects you’ve listed put a page number that leads you toward the front of the journal. The things at the top of the list will obviously be in the early pages of the journal (page 1,2,3 and such).
    On one of those pages in the front of your journal
  • Write the same name or subject matter that your index list refers to.
  • Then, be sure to write the date. (for example on the last page in the back of my journal i write,  “mom” at the top of my list because i am praying specifically for my mom. Then on the first blank page in the front of my journal i write, “Mom and today’s date”).
  • Now you’re ready to write some details. (I would be writing a prayer for my mom lifting her up to the Lord and interceding for her with petitions and praise to God for my mom)
  • At the end write Continue on page or Results ______ and leave this blank.
    As time goes by and you continue to pray for that subject. You’ll be looking to your index, going to the page where the prayer started and continuing on. (At the end of the prayer for my mom i would write “Continue on page ___” or i would just write the word “Results___” and leave that blank until i need to plug a page # into that blank line letting me know where to find my continued prayer for my mom and the results and answers to prayers for her)

Key to Organization:
TO HELP KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED WHEN YOU WRITE A PAGE NUMBER IN THAT “CONTINUED ON PAGE ____” ALSO WRITE IT IN YOUR INDEX (LOCATED IN THE BACK OF YOUR JOURNAL). NEXT TO THE PERSONS NAME YOU WERE PRAYING FOR. This makes it much easier to find the last page where you left off with that subject. Your index should indicate where you started and where you left off last.

(For example in the back of my prayer journal my mom’s name or simply “mom” would be listed then next to her name the page number i started praying for and as time goes on i will be writing page numbers next to my mom’s name correlating with the pages i wrote the prayers  for her)

Continuing:

When you’re ready to continue to another page on that same subject go to a page that has room and record just as you did when you started but be sure to write the person’s name, write “Continued from page ___” in that blank write the page number that has the last prayer you wrote regarding that subject.

Remember to also write the new page number in your index next to the initial page number.
Make sure the starting page number and the, ‘continued on’, page number are both listed next to that subjects in your index. For some subjects, before long you’ll have several page numbers listed to the right of that subject.
When continuing
Fill in the “continued on page ____” with the page number you’re going to. ALSO WRITE THAT PAGE # IN INDEX
On the new page write the subject matter you’re praying for or about.
Then, be sure to write the date.
Now, before you write details be sure to write,
“Continued from page ____.”
Then you’re ready to write/pray some more details.
Make that into your prayer for that particular subject matter.
At the end, once again, write Continue on page ______ and leave this blank.

Index              Subjects                 Page                    Number

( The words above are so you can cut out the words above to paste at the top of each page in back of journal to help keep your journal neat. Remember you work from the back forward with the index.)

These are some other post that can be printed out and put into your prayer journal:

From the post called  “Work Day Prayer”

From the posted called “A Short Conversation With God”

From the post called “The Prayer Chair”

From the post called “And God Said No” (which is also part of the post Prayer Journalism -The Importance of)

Other than the last one these are not in the individual post that are part of the Prayer Journalism Series.

I hope this makes sense and is helpful. When i share this with people in person  i am able to show them what i mean, writing it out is much harder. Please feel free to contact me or post comments.

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

Prayer Journalism Series index

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To (The one you are reading now).

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

The entire series in one long post: PRAYER JOURNALISM (with a few variations)

Pressing on,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

Track & Field Day

gty_kids_playing_jp_110615_wg1When i was 8 years old we had a track & field day at school! I was a really fast kid at that age. I also gave credit to the special new shoes my mom bought me for the event. With those shoes on i was bound to win ! ! ! I got my hair cut so i would be more aerodynamic and wore the typical 1970 something style shorts (it was okay back in the 1970’s my advice now is, please burn them!)

One thing my dad knew more than i did at the time was that i was great at the 50 yard dash, but not so much at longer distances, let alone a marathon.  I stretched and got ready for about 15 seconds, hey i was 8, my attention span was pretty short. I walked around smiling at friends who also ran fast and i smirking at those who couldn’t. I got into the starting position and BANG the starter pistol rang out!

Never having really run in an event, the gun sound startled me right from the start.  I lost my footing and did a face plant into to track pavement. I was able to jump up and press on but felt my face turning several shades of red and could hear the crowd yelling and some laughing. Already behind a little, for the first few minutes of the race my mind could think of nothing else but of how i fell and of how  i could ever to catch up. I wasn’t focusing on finishing i was battling with myself and that just slowed me down more.

Because this was elementary school  the distance we were running was shorter than that of middle school or high school  but for me it seemed like we were running for hours and no matter how much i tried to catch up i seemed to fall farther and farther behind. I knew i was in real trouble when some one passed me on the track and i was already in last place to begin with! My elementary school mind thought, does this mean i’m in second place now?  The reality that i was not going to win almost overwhelmed me until i heard my dad yelling from the crowd, “KEEP RUNNING BEETLE!” That put a pep in my step. I ran until my side started to hurt and then i heard the coach yell, “walk for a little bit, you can still finish!” I did just that.

Being in the back of the pack i was able to notice some kids looking up into the stands as they ran; looking for their parents, grandma or girlfriend. Later a friend of mine said he saw his family dog up in the stands and ended up running into the lane next to his. I finished the race and now know it didn’t really matter what place i was in i still finished.

As i grew up i learned how to pace myself a little better. In middle school we would train with weights on our ankles so that we would build up leg muscles and when we took them off we would run even faster. When we laid aside those weights our legs felt as lite as a feathers!

In high school we would run up and down the bleachers and train in order to build up our cardio and be able to endure running further and longer distances.

This brings me to the point of this post:

Philippians 3:13-14 MSG

13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus.
14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
The Message Translation puts it this way;
1 Do you see what this means – all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running – and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. 
12 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! 13Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!
So just keep running my friend, no not just run, but run for the right reason and purpose and with perseverance. Finish the race knowing that Christ has already won for you, we just need to run (be a participant in Christ like faith) and finish the race.
Pressing on,
Tom Beetle Bailey

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Wednesday Nights 6:30pm Men & Women’s Ministry

Thursday Nights 6:30pm Bible Study

Sundays

10am Bible Study Sunday School

11am Worship/holiness Service

6pm Salvation Service

We also offer opportunities for “Community Care” visits, projects and more

call me at 904-824-6956 Ext. 4407