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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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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Back to Normal?

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Here’s a good perspective a friend of mine posted on Facebook.

For weeks I have heard people saying:
“ I just can’t wait for things to be back to normal.”
I remember even saying that a few times myself.
But as I’ve thought about our current situation I have realized how much I DON’T want things to go back to the way they were. Here are a few of my thoughts why…

1. I pray that the next time a friend grabs me and pulls me in for a hug, I actually take the time to appreciate the gift of their embrace.

2. I pray that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded restaurant I take the time to look around at the smiling faces, loud voices and thank God for the gift of community.

3. I pray that the next time I’m standing in church listening to the voices of praise and taking communion that I take a moment to thank God for the gift of congregation.

4. I pray that the next time I see a person or situation that needs prayer, I hope I pray as passionately and fervently as I have these past few weeks.

5. I pray that when I am at the grocery store that I take a moment to thank God that He provides us with the necessities of life and the amazing people who work so hard to keep us supplied.

6. I pray that I never again take for granted the ability to hop in the car and visit a friend, go to the mall, or even go to the park, etc.

So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were. I pray that we take the lessons and challenges of the past few weeks and create a new normal.

My goal is to pray more, love harder, and truly appreciate the daily abundance of blessings that were so easily overlooked just a mere few weeks ago.

We really do need a new normal and to be more thankful!

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What Will You Do?

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The little boy put on his clothes for the cold and then told his father:

“Ok dad I’m ready”

His Dad, the pastor, said: “Ready for what?”

“Dad, it’s time to go outside and distribute our flyers.”

Dad replied: “Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s drizzling.”

The child looked surprised at his father and said: “But dad, people need to know about God even on rainy days.”

Dad replied, “Son, I’m not going outside in this weather.”

With despair, the child said: “Dad, can I go alone? Please!”

His father waited for a moment and then said: “Son, you can go. Here’s the flyers, be careful.”

“Thank you dad!”

And with this, the son went out into the rain. The 11-Year-old walked all the streets of the village, handing out the flyers to the people he saw.

After 2 hours walking in the rain and in the cold and with his last flyer in his hand, he stopped in a corner to see if he saw someone to give the flyer too, but the streets were totally deserted. Then he turned to the first house he saw, walked to the front door, touched the bell several times and waited, but no one came out.

Finally the boy turned to leave, but something stopped him. The child turned back to the door and began to touch the bell and pound the door strongly with his knuckles. He kept waiting. Finally the door was opened gently.

A lady came out with a very sad look and gently asked:

“What can I do for you, son?
With radiant eyes and a bright smile the child said:

“Lady, I’m sorry if I upset you, but I just want to tell you that God really loves you and that I came to give you my last flyer, which talks about God and His great love

The boy then gave her the flyer.

She just said, “Thank you, son, God bless you!”

Well, next Sunday morning, the pastor was in the pulpit and when the service began he asked:

“Someone has a testimony or something they want to share?”

Gently, in the back row of the church, an older lady stood up. When she started talking, a radiant and glorious look sprouted from her eyes:

“Nobody in this church knows me. I have never been here, even last Sunday I was not Christian.

My husband died a while ago leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday was a particularly cold and rainy day, and it was also in my heart; that on that day I came to the end of the road, since I had no hope and didn’t want to live anymore.

Then I took a chair and a rope and went up to the attic of my house. I tied and one end of the rope to the rafters of the roof; then I climbed onto the chair and put the other end of the rope around my neck.

I then stood on the chair, so alone and heartbroken, I was about to throw myself off the chair, when suddenly I heard the loud sound of the door being knocked.

So I thought: “I’ll wait for a minute and whoever it is will go”

I waited and waited, but the door knocking was getting louder and louder every time. It got so loud that I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

So I wondered, who could it be? No one ever comes close to my door or come to visit me!
I released the rope from my neck and went to the door, while the bell was still ringing and the door was still being knocked on.

When I opened the door, I couldn’t believe what my eyes saw, in front of my door was the most radiant and angelic child I’ve ever seen. His smile, ohhh, I can never describe it! The words that came out of his mouth made my heart, dead so long ago, come back to life, when he said with the VOICE OF CHERUB: “Lady, I just want to tell you that God really loves you”

“When the little angel disappeared between the cold and the rain, I closed my door and read every word of the flyer.
Then I went to the attic to remove the chair and rope.

I didn’t need them anymore. As you see. Now I am a happy daughter of the King.
As the direction of the boy, when he left, was to this church, I came personally say thank you to that little angel of God who came just in time and, in fact, to rescue my life from an eternity in hell. And replaced it with an eternity in God’s presence. ”

Everyone cried in the church.

The Pastor came down from the pulpit to the first bench of the front, where the little angel was sitting; he took his son in his arms and cried uncontrollably.



Don’t let this message die of cold; after reading it, pass it on to others.

Remember, God’s message can make a big difference in someone’s life, never be afraid to spread it.

(I copied this story from a friend’s Facebook page. I don’t know if it’s true but I do know it illustrates a truth that there are people out there at the edge of eternity who need to hear about Jesus. It’s up to us true Believers to share the Good News of Jesus.)

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Are You a “He Who”?

I just love it when my pastor uncovers new truths from the Bible which are blessings to my waiting ears! A major benefit for a Child of God is to sit under the teaching of a Man of God who pours his life into the study of the Holy Scriptures, who then breaks open the Bread of Life and serves it to his people on a weekly basis. This is a TREMENDOUS blessing and that’s what happened to me this past Sunday.

We just wrapped up going verse by verse through the entire book of James in the New Testament, and finishing up we came to the below two verses closing it all out. This portion of Scripture is often used to teach that a person, once Saved or Born Again, can lose their salvation! Admittedly, when you look on the surface of the text it’s not too hard to come to that conclusion.

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that HE WHO turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)

The “new truth” to me, which my pastor powerfully proclaimed, was that in the New Testament God never refers to Believers as sinners! That is because after conversion, after a person is Born Again in Jesus, God sees them as “In Christ”, no longer a lost sinner! Not sinless mind you! We still do that, but from the day we are converted we should be sinning-less, as they say, as we grow in our newfound faith.

So back to James…

I’m sure you can identify with the fact that many people darken the door of a church, some making a profession of faith, some hanging in there months or even longer, some even following in the sacraments of the faith, but then “poof, they’re gone”! Sure, some may have just been on a search for a church that met their needs, but some just fall away! It’s like the parable Jesus taught, the seeds of their faith having fallen on hard ground, stony ground, or in the briars, dies out from lack of nourishment.

So here’s where the “HE WHO” comes in. Who in the world is the “HE WHO”??? Well, YOU ARE! That is, if you are a Born Again child of God growing in your faith, you are the HE WHO. It’s up to us, not just the pastor, to reach out in love and compassion to those who have struggled or fallen by the “wayside” in their faith journey. Only GOD knows what was going on in their hearts in the time when they may have thought they were doing business with Him. But a true living Faith grows, matures and multiplies and if that’s not happening then we who are “HE WHO’s” should, as the text says, endeavor to “turn them back from the error of their ways” with true love and compassion.

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A person in my life who was an expert at this was my brother, Evangelist Larry Wolfe who on this day last year went to be with the Lord. He ministered as Chaplain to hundreds of people in a truck stop on I-85 in South Carolina. He faithfully sat in his booth in the McDonalds with an open Bible on the table and it was like a magnet. People approached him from all walks of life and all manners of faith, and he was an amazing “HE WHO” giving counsel, answering questions and turning many to true repentance and belief in Jesus.

He’s my “HE WHO” hero! Let’s all commit to be a “HE or SHE WHO” hero!

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A Beautiful Soul!

In recognition of Heather Wagner’s memorial service tomorrow I’m reposting this tribute I wrote in her honor.

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Our beautiful niece Heather Faith Wagner just 37 years young, has left the bonds and pains of earth to be with her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ! Growing up the only girl surrounded by 5 strong and virulent brothers, she held her own and at times was a second mom to her younger siblings. She was strong in faith, character, perseverance and love. Yes, she was given extra portions of Faith, Perseverance & Love!

She was born just Heather Wagner, since her parents left out the middle names of their children to give them the opportunity to pick their own middle name later in life. Then Heather chose “Faith” which was a most appropriate addition. Because that is what it would take to face the huge hurdles she would eventually face.

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Trees and Me

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When I was very young I had an affinity for trees. They lined my paths, they were mysterious, something to climb to see far off views in the distance. They were living jungle gyms where secret treasures could be found among their leaves and needles.

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They were hideouts where a boy could sneak beneath their branches away from weather or wind or to climb up and up into make-believe places far away from the human struggles in which I lived.

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God made trees and every year within their bark they show a ring of life. Rings which record history over decades, waiting over scores of time patiently standing in the same place, never moving to the right or left but reaching ever higher, wider and bearing fruit which is of course their ultimate purpose. As God said…

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Timeless Advice for 2020!

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My brother Larry relaxing at home. Note his t-shirt “Tract Rack” filled with his testimony tract “The Hog-tied Wolfman” and ready to share.

My brother Larry made it a habit of reading the “Proverb of the Day” which simply meant that the first thing each morning he would read the chapter of Proverbs which matched up to the day or date of the month. As he read he would  look eagerly for inspiration to start his day and then to use to also be a blessing to the hundreds of Truckers to which he ministered from the McPilot truck stop on I-85 in South Carolina. Copied below is a devotional he authored and sent out to the hundreds of truckers on his email list.

Today 12/31/19 would have been his 75th birthday and is his first birthday in Heaven since going to be with the Lord earlier this year.

Truth for Truckers*December 27, 2013* Proverb 27

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” This opening verse immediately gets the mind engaged and challenged at the same time putting emphasis on the day which the LORD has given us. “This is the day that the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” is the right attitude for the believer as we praise the Lord for each day that He gives us to serve Him. One day at a time is the slogan many blessed Christians adopt. So, it is, we must live for the Lord and give Him each day as we go out into the highways and hedges to serve Him.

Solomon’s blunt emphasis reminds me of how James developed this truth later in the New Testament. James is the first book written after the Cross of Jesus Christ and is considered to be the New Testament Proverbs as he deals with vital subjects in a brief but powerful way similar to Solomon’s Proverbs. Listen to how James deals with this same topic:
“Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil . Therefore to him that knows to do good and doeth it not to him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17)

The clear teaching from both Solomon and James focuses upon the boastful attitude many display when they talk of how they will accomplish things in the future without regard for the Lord’s will in these matters. And, since we are approaching a new year in just a few days we must adopt the right attitude as we look forward to the future.

Although one day at a time is a great philosophy to adopt, we must also be responsible and consider what the Lord has for us in the immediate future, and the long range plan He has for our lives. We are first of all witnesses for Him. This one fact must guide all of our daily, short term future and long range plans that we have as ministers of the Gospel.

A good daily goal is to be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks a reason for the hope that is in us. Remember, we have this treasure in earthen vessels and if we are not prepared to share this treasure we are NOT doing God’s daily, short term and long range goals for our life. It is just that simple! Obedience brings forth fruit that remains!!

If we are ready to give an answer, the Lord will send those He knows need to hear the message of the Gospel. A good way to get ready is to carry Gospel tracts. Another good thing to put into your life is memorizing Gospel Scriptures, the Roman’s Road is and has been an effective method of presenting the Gospel.

The Romans Road: Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12, 6:23, 10:9.10,13.

Our job is to sow the Seed, it’s the Lord’s job to see to it that the Seed gets watered, and brings for the increase! His precious Word will not return unto Him void! So, it is the faithful servant’s task to learn the Word and be ready to give an answer to every man that asks. If you prepare for this daily goal, the Lord will fill in the short term and long range plans.

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Larry’s other method to sow the seed was to share his Gospel tract with others which told his story of how he came to know the Lord.

(His full story is here: http://www.btmi.org/harley.html)

Seed sowing is ‘a piece of cake’ when the Lord sets it up which is one of the key lessons I’ve learned during these thirty-three plus years since I was saved. His leading must be in the forefront of every day, hour, minute and second! Watch Him move and work, His Kingdom is operating 24-7 without fail! His Holy Spirit is available to all who ask! “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13) It is what to do each morning before the Word for the day, the Psalm/Proverb, today is the 27th and once again He delivered, right on time, as usual!

So, as you set your daily goals, your short term and long term plans, be sure you start with your main calling as a witnessing Priest unto God, praying in the Holy Ghost as He leads you each day, moment by moment, bringing to pass His will for your life through His Word and by His Spirit you will see Him move creating divine appointments that only He can bring about: “For Jesus said without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) OK drivers, let’s get on with it in 2014!

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Yes, whether said back in 2013 this advice is timeless! So let’s “Get on with it” in 2020!

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What A Life!

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Christmas 2019 is in the history books and during the celebration the Lord spoke to my heart about what could have been and what really came to be. How could a boy from a broken home, with no father figure to speak of, with all kinds of opportunity to go off to the wrong side of the tracks, with the odds literally stacked him, find himself blessed beyond measure with a marriage and family as seen in the above picture? That boy is me! Pinch me!

How do you explain it? It’s all because of the prayers of God’s people and the mighty Grace of God working in my life. The deadly winds of the world we’re stacked against my single-mom family as she was raising SIX sons all alone! Christian relatives prayed, interceded with love and care in times of crisis and took us in when needed.

God protected me as I sang in my rock-n-roll band in night clubs and fraternity parties where booze and drugs abounded.  My prospects for a family supporting career were minimal, as there were absolutely no funds available for higher education.

But with good training in drafting at my high school, and a big brother Larry looking out for his younger twin brothers (Bruce and Brian) he was instrumental in getting us drafting jobs with a major corporation. Each of us would make a good living there for the next 45 plus years! Isn’t God good?

Then in 1975 my wife JoJo and I both gave our hearts to Christ and the transformation which made all the difference began. What would our futures have been like without Jesus? We’ll never know but because of His Grace, Love, and unending Mercy we look forward to 50 years of marriage next year! God is SO good! Amen?

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