O Most High

Tell the Lord you’re going to get back to church this Christmas season!

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Chapel

I guess going to church is in my genes and it’s a good thing! My great grandfather Samuel Wolfe founded a little chapel in the mountains of Lebanon County PA pictured above and his son took the reigns of leadership from him so future generations would benefit. In the same time period my grandmother Margaret Anspach on my mother’s side took the leadership in her family, in spite of grandpa’s resistance and made sure her family had a Bible in the house and her children were in church regularly.

In my devotions this morning I read these passages which talk of this very thing:  “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name O Most High. To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness…

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Turn!

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Larry the Wolfman

In my reading through the Bible this year I have been increasingly reminded of 3 amazing things, the Tremendous Love of God, the Mighty Power of His Word and the Amazing Forgiveness He bestows on his fallen creation of men and women.

My brother Larry pictured above in his days of living far from God was a perfect example of a man to whom God applied these 3 incredible principles. God loved him enough to draw him like a magnet out of the debauchery of his lifestyle, covered and showered him with the cleansing flow of the Living Word of God, and then when he TURNED in REPENTANCE granted him complete forgiveness and a NEW LIFE in CHRIST JESUS!

Larry’s Story (Go here for more on his story)

Consider now the below story from the book of Nehemiah of the same process that occurred to the Children of Israel when…

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A Few Good Men (and Women)

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful spiritual heritage. My oldest known ancestors were persons of Faith and that Faith, as a rich mountain spring, trickled down through the succeeding generations to me. It was still up to me to place my own Faith in Jesus, but the fact that I had examples to follow made a huge difference in my life. I saw not only an example of true Faith in these Saints, on both sides of my family, but also one of Faithful Service to their Maker, which is what I want to address here.

The fact is, we ALL are responsible to serve our Maker in some way. First of all, we are all blessed beyond measure with spiritual blessings (Grace, Forgiveness, Faith, Salvation, Power, Sustenance, etc.) AND spiritual gifts which God has ordained that we use to bless others and further the Kingdom of God during our lifetimes.

But unfortunately, in this day and age, the serving is often left to the “dusty half dozen” or so of Saints to do all the work! Sure there are those who are called to fulfill prominent positions of Pastoring and Preaching to the Saints and thank God for them who answer that call. But the “work of the ministry” also involves hundreds of others doing the myriad of things which honor God and bless others and therefore help build the Kingdom of God.

My Great Great Grandparents David and Rebecca Miller were “Sextons” which today could be called Deacons in their church. They lived just a few minutes walk from their church and faithfully opened the church on Sunday mornings. Then they would make sure the wood stove was burning and supplied with wood, and place a fresh cup of water on the podium for the preacher. They instilled that example of humble servanthood into my Grandmother Margaret who lived with them, and she carried that example with her, passing it on to her own children in later years.

When King David was looking for people to help build and maintain the first Temple he looked for “Capable Men” and he found them (1Chronicles chp. 26). Webster says being capable is “having attributes (such as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment”. Surprise! You are capable! At something! Ask God to help you determine what you can do to help build the Kingdom of God and then begin to serve!

I’m sure your Pastor would welcome your inquiry of what could you do to help in the ministry (that is after he recovers from fainting :). Ha! The physical church building and property always must be maintained. Singers are needed in Choirs and Praise Teams. Ushers and Greeters are needed. Childcare workers and Teachers for young and old alike are critical to the work of the minstry. People gifted to play instruments are needed. Unfortunately, these and many more places of service are going UN-filled, which will lead to an ineffective or even a dying ministry.

I’m sure many of you are already doing your part. Don’t stop or be weary in well-doing, a rich reward awaits even what you may think is a most insignificant effort. If you are not serving, then start making a difference today. Your generation and those to follow you will someday thank you!

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Grandma, A Pearl of Great Price

Here’s one of my Grandma blogs from 2016. My brother Larry who wrote the opening section has been with Grandma in heaven since 2-10-19. She was quite the lady! Enjoy and be blessed!

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Grandma Young2By Grandson, Evangelist Larry E. Wolfe

Her first name was Margaret and many of her friends simply called her Maggie, but her name Margaret in the Greek language means “Pearl”.  In the New Testament Greek her name “Pearl” is found the first time when Jesus gave a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking  goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”(Matthew 13:45, 46)

Grandma’ was truly “One Pearl of Great Price” for her value cannot be measured in silver or gold even though pearls are always listed with these great treasures. No, her life will never be measured in ordinary wealth or riches, for what she invested is having great impact for eternity due to her investment in her children and her children’s children…

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Grandma’s Hospitality

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G-Ma Salt Shakers A set of Grandma’s Salt & Pepper Shakers

I have recently been reading Grandma’s diaries from the years 1954-55 which was during the time when my mother Irene was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and my twin brother Bruce and I stayed with grandma from time to time (we were only 3 years old). What I found was that Grandma’s house was a literal magnet for people! She demonstrated an amazing record of hospitality. People just felt welcomed and loved there! Both family and friends would just stop in unannounced, not just on Sundays, but practically every day of the week!

Here is an example from 1955:

July 3rd Sunday Hot & dry 90 degrees. Betty went to Sunday School with John & Laura. Marion & Snack were here a little this morning. Socky Snyder was here, also Geo Feaser. Minnie & Mickey were here for dinner. Chicken was delicious. Pop…

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Out Behind the Barn!

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It started way back in the beginning with a question, “Did God really say?” The effort to undermine the Truth of God began in the Garden of Eden when Satan approached Eve and sowed the seeds of doubt in her mind. Satan deceived her, and continues today to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of believers leading them to question their salvation. So why is that such an important mission for him? Think about it, eternal salvation is a wonderful treasure but will a person share something with others in which they themselves have doubt that they possess? What kind of salesmen or witness for The Faith would a person be if they didn’t believe in the product? That is a major problem which undermines Jesus’ Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.

So where do we go to solve this issue? You guessed…

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Remember!

History very worthy of remembering!!

Not only are the pictures awesome, but so are  the statistics! Please take time to read this and share with the younger generations.

 

    

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, “We the People of the U.S.A.” produced the following:

22 aircraft carriers

8 battleships

48 cruisers

349 destroyers

420 destroyer escorts

203 submarines

34 million tons of merchant ships

100,000 fighter aircraft

  98,000 bombers

  24,000 transport aircraft

  58,000 training aircraft

  93,000 tanks

  257,000 artillery pieces

105,000 mortars

3,000,000 machine guns and

2,500,000 military trucks

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately, conquered Japan and Germany.

It’s amazing what America did in those days

Many of you already know the story, here is the update.

 

THE FINAL TOAST

The text below references the movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

There is a second film made in 1944 that details the “show” trials of the 11 airmen that were captured & tortured by the Japanese titled “The Purple Heart.”

Three were executed as war criminals, a fourth died in captivity.

The FINAL TOAST! They bombed Tokyo 78 years ago.

 

They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States .. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.


Now only four survive

After Japan ‘s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor,with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.

 Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan

for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised.

Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried — sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.

 



The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle,

who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet,

knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.

They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.

But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan.

The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out

in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on.

They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety. And those men went anyway.



They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could.

Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died.

Eight more were captured; three were executed.

Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia .

The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.

Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ,” starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story…….“with supreme pride.”

 



Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April,

to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year.

In 1959, the city of Tucson , Arizona , as a gesture of respect and gratitude,

presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets.

Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.



Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city.

Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion,

as his old friends bear solemn witness.



Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac.

The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.



There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.

As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.

What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions.

He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.

The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts … There was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:

“When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife, and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning.

He did that for three years until her death in 2005.”

So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.

The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle;

Florida ‘s nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.

Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice?

They don’t talk about that, at least not around other people.

But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might want to offer them a word of thanks.

I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.

The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date — sometime this year — to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy.

That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.

They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.

Their 70th Anniversary Photo  


PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE
IN  
YOUR ADDRESS BOOK, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO
WERE TOO YOUNG TO KNOW ABOUT THESE BRAVE HEROES.

They are all gone now but should never be forgotten.

A Meadow Walk

A solitary walk and the simple messages surrounding me….

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)

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Go into the fields for they are ripe unto harvest…. (Jesus)

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A hiding place to raise her young exposed to the sun and elements of winter…

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God’s handiwork of beautiful hues of green and no four leaf to be seen!

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A weed in my flowerbed yet a lovely purple hue in the meadow!

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A prehistoric monster laid to rest and be reclaimed by it’s Maker…

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Drinking at the springs of Living Water… Happy am I!

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Could this be that smelly old Skunk Cabbage? Can you smell it?

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An umbrella for mice and such!

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A notation of love? A message from above? Lab Bug 15? Ha!

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The “Plus 30” Plan

In this time of quarentine, bordom or restlessness… take a seat in a quiet place and open your Bible to the book of Psalms and follow this plan.

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House Light

From the very moment we open our eyes in the morning the world cries out for our time and attention. Work, housework, exercise, yard work, appointments, shopping, errands to run, kids crying for attention, on and on it goes. Where do we get the energy? How do we keep everything together and going in the right direction? From where do we get our guidance? How do we answer life’s questions which inevitably face us as we move through our day? I suggest before you do anything take time every morning to look up. Yes, look up to God and seek His face before doing anything else to start your day.
The place to seek God and hear from Him is in His Word the Bible and I suggest following this simple plan by reading the book of Psalms to start your day. The Psalms have been referred to as the…

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Feed the White Dog!

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There is a story told about a missionary who led a tribal leader to Jesus. Some time later he went back to see the chief and asked how he was doing. The chief responded, “Inside of me there are two dogs, a white one and a black one. The black dog is mean and tries to talk me into making the wrong choices. The white dog is good and encourages me to make the right choices. The black dog fights the white dog all day.” When asked by the missionary which dog wins, the chief reflected for a moment and replied, “The one I feed the most!”

You know, most of us believers are the same way. There is a part of us that is Christ-filled, compassionate, trusting, caring, serving and focused on helping others. (Our White Dog or New Nature.) We also have a self-centered, fearful, vengeful, controlling, anxious part of us that is generally focused on “me, myself and I” and preserving the status quo. (Our Black Dog or Old Nature.)  These two natures are in a constant battle.

Even the Apostle Paul had this struggle. He put it this way. “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:21-25 NLT)

So how do you feed the white dog? Turn from the dark and un-holy things which your spiritual enemies, the World, your Flesh and the Devil throw at you every day and seek and saturate yourself with the things of the Lord instead! Daily reading and meditation of the Bible, God’s holy Word (see link below for my blog “The Plus 30 Plan” for a helpful way to read the Bible).

Make a prayer list and pray daily for yourself, your family and others. Attend a church which preaches from the Bible and where you can make new friends of common faith. Serve others in any little and large way you can. All these things feed the white dog and lead to a much much more fulfilling and rewarding life.

And here’s the secret… the White Dog inside of you is Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! He has already vanquished Satan the enemy of your faith. Trust in Him today!

FEED THE WHITE DOG!

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