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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hit by a car at 6, what I remember

Tonight I went to pray for my grand daughter in the hospital and memories came back to me of the time I was hit by a car. I know I was only 6 and so my memory my not be the same as everyone else who was there at the time, but this is what I remember.

First a little background:
My dad was an associate pastor of the 
Philadelphia Evangelistic Centerwho's pastor was 
Dr. Thea Jones.

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Philadelphia Evangelistic Center
One day as I was playing on a side street my little dog named Bear ran into the road and it was said that I ran after him (I never saw that dog again because my grandmother gave him to the milkman. I don't remember the accident). It was said the man came down the street the wrong way on one way street and I did not see him and he did not see me and so he ran me over with his car.

The man who hit me found my mother and she jumped in the car, and with me laying on her lap they rushed me to the Philadelphia Children Hospital. I was examined and they  found that I had an injured shoulder, crushed knee and a six inch fracture of the skull. The doctor told my parents that I had pressure on the brain and thy needed to drill a hole in my head to release it. They also said my knee would heal but the bones would fuse together and I would never be able to bend it again.

What I remember:

  • I remember waking up and my mother was feeding me Jell-o. I am fond of Jello to this day and can not eat it without remembering my mother feeding me Jell-o on that day.
  • I remember being cold and to this day I hate the cold.
  • I remember being in a ward with a lot of other sick children.
  • I remember waking up with a cast on my leg and wondering what happened.
  • I remember the Evangelist Gene Ewing coming and praying for me and also giving me a stuffed horse. I have always wondered why a horse?
  • I remember the  little boy in the next bed eating his dinner and then falling in his plate face first. I called out for help. Later I found out that he had died because he had a hole in his heart. I did not understand, as a child when an adult said he was with Jesus I just accepted that he was okay.
  • I remember being alone, I do not know if it was because it was not a private room, or why, but my parents did not stay with me in the night, but I was so happy to see them in the morning.
  • I remember the fuss that was made over me when I was leaving in 11 days.
You see my dad was strong on the Faith message and he did not trust the arm of the flesh, so he would not let them do much to me. He would not let them tap my spine. He would not let them drill a hole in my head. The lead Doctor told my dad your son will die. My dad said, well if God takes him that is alright, but I will not let you kill him.  That made all the doctors but one very mad. He agreed to watch my vital signs which was all my dad would allow and every day my dad wanted to take me home. They agreed to let me leave on the eleventh day. If my dad would bring me back for an examination to clear me in six weeks. When we came back they had a lot of doctors there including the insurance doctors. They put me on a brain scan machine and did that three times and told my dad the machine must be broken because they could find no evidence of any damage to my brain. They examined my leg and wanted to know if I was the same boy. My parents asked why and they said the x-rays before and after showed no damage to my leg. 

I was healed by the power of Jesus Christ as a child and I have never had any problems  Yeah, after hearing this story my friends always say, now we know what is wrong with Terry, Haha. In the sixth grade, I competed in a track met in Joneboro, Georgia and was the 4th fastest boy in the county. By the way, I am bending my knee right now. Thank you Jesus for healing me. 

People are shaped by their memories and experiences, so tonight I pray that God will bless you with good memories and great experiences.
Your turn below please share with me what you remember about something that happened to you when you were a child.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Valentine Rose

The other night I watched a movie set in the time of the middle ages. I was disgusted and upset before the movie was over. Why, because of how the men treated or shall I say mistreat their wives. They were no more than slave, sex toys, or worse. One nun in the movie said there are three women these days, a nun, a wife, a whore, only the nun is truly free. When I started working with other men, it became clear real fast that most men have a problem with authority. Most men do not want anyone to tell them what to do, yet those same men want to order their wives around as if they were their property. This is not biblical and I challenge any Godly man to prove me wrong.

  “Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way.”

This scripture is telling us men that if we want our home to be place of Blessing and Godliness, we must Honer our wives the way God has commanded us to. Once when I was overbearing to my wife the father spoke to my heart and said to me, I don't like the way you are treating my daughter. Wow what an eye opener, my wife is God's daughter. If you do not have this problem I say praise God, and your wife is blessed. Yet there are still some men who need to learn to Lay down their live, their wants, their hobbies, yes and even themselves for their wife and family. if they do no they will never be the man God wants them to be and their wife and children will not have the husband and daddy that God planned for them.

As Robert Lewis says the "

  1. "The Top-Down Traditional Marriage" is not biblical.
  2. "The Fifty-Fifty Identical Marriage" is not biblical.
  3. "The “Side-by-Side Biblical Marriage.” is the only one that is Biblical. 
In this marriage the husband is the Servant-Leader.
He Himself being the Savior of the body.  Husbands, love your
wives just as Christ also loved the church.”

Which means a cross in your life.  The next line speaks of death, because Jesus died for the church.

For this cause…(for this cause)…being the savior of your wife.”

The leadership style, though, is a leadership style that speaks to responsibility and sacrifice, because that’s what it means. The goal in mind is oneness.  That is, that we might find a mutual equality and intimacy as I initiate this kind of leadership in our home.  As I live for my wife, as I provide for her, as I take it onto myself to protect her in such a way that, not only can she work, if she wants to work, but she will have the freedom not to work, because of me.  She can invest in our kids, and explore new worlds.  As her “head”, I want to make that environment hers, as the responsible head who’s laying down his life for his wife.   That’s my role.  The goal in mind is to be one and it’s an awesome climb.

The effects on the marriage should be that it’s healthy; that it’s happy and that there’s harmony.  No woman in this marriage should say, ‘I feel oppressed.’  No woman in this marriage should say, ‘I don’t feel valued.’  No woman in this marriage should say, ‘I don’t feel like an equal.’  In fact, every woman in this kind of marriage should say, ‘I’m free to be me. And  it’s because my husband works so hard to make that true.’
Jesus blended leadership, and the business world is just now figuring it out.  Two thousand years ago He said, “you want to know what the best leadership style is?  It’s what I give to men in a marriage.  They’re not to be boss, and they’re not to be a wimp.  They’re to be a blend called ‘servant-leader.’”  That’s what head means: servant-leader.  And in a marriage, if you become too much leader, your wife’s going to feel oppressed.  If you become too much servant, then you’re going to be standing around, waiting for her to tell you what to do and you’ll frustrate the heck out of her. " Lesson 19

I thank God for Robert Lewis because he was used of God to help me see that my responsibly to my wife is more than I ever thought, and greater than I would have ever done. Without the revelation of this truth in God's word, I might still be the overbearing husband that I used to be. It is my prayer that you men will be set free to be who God has called you to be, the servant-leader of your family and that you would put into practice what the words say.

“And grant her honor as a fellow heir – (as an equal) – in the grace of life.
Otherwise, your prayers are going to be hindered.”

Here’s another rendition of it in the way the Living Bible;

“You husbands must be careful of your wives, being thoughtful of their needs
and honoring them.  Remember that you and your wife are partners in receiving
God’s blessing, and if you don’t treat her as you should, (there’s not only going
to be just horizontal problems – there’s going to be vertical problems.)  You’re
going to be cut off from the very power and life of God to you. 

Remember the power of God to be the man you are meant to be depends in part on how you relate to the woman who is your Wife, God's Daughter, your Rose, your Ruby.

My Rose!

“An excellent wife, who can find?  
Her worth is far above jewels.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lessons from Neverland

Years ago I had a room full toys solders and aquariums of fish, but I could not buy diapers for my baby boy.

You know at that time I could not see my responsibilities because, I was still in never, never land being a Peter Pan Boy. I wanted to play and not grow up. I did not understand responsibility and I did not want it, but like it or not I had a family and a new baby.

Oh I thought I had it under control, but I did not. I remember when my fish started dying and everything I did could not save them. I began to realize that I cared more about fish then I did my wife and child. I boxed up my toys and gave away the last of my fish and tried to get focused on the things more important. No it did not happen in a day and no it was not easy, to escape from never land, but thanks be to God I did. Now as an older man I still have times when I want to escape to never land, but the things that always saves me is reflecting on what is most important. Yes I still like games and even playing now and then. But I never allow that to take the place of being there for those who need me, or serving my wife. You see we cannot live in Neverland because it is not a real place, we can only live in the realities of life. I don’t want to be a Pete Pan Man, so I learned to keep before me my goals, I control my anger and put my family first.

I want to share something from Pastor Pete Bertolero on the application of these principles.

1)     Grow up. The Apostle Paul did not recognize the transitional period of adolescence. In 1 Corinthians 13:11 he addressed only two stages of development: childhood and adulthood. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”

2)    Stop being a parasite (a taker) and start being a provider (giver). Proverbs 30:15 “A leech has twin daughters named "Gimme" and "Gimme more." Ephesians 4:28 “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” 

3)    Become a Fighter, Friend and Frat. The three faces of Peter Pan: When the play Peter Pan is traditionally performed, the same actor plays all three parts: Captain Hook, Wendy’s father Mr. Darling, and Peter Pan. In order to free himself from the mire of immaturity, Peter Pan must first risk loss and death by fighting for his friends and island and defeating Captain Hook, and becomes a Captain/leader in the process. He then helps get the children escape from Neverland and get back to their home – back to reality, and thus fills the role of a father by taking on the responsibility and welfare of others. If he had chosen to remain in the real world out of his love for Wendy and care for the Darling children, he would have eventually grown into a mature, strong, responsible manly man with some help from a man-making community.

One of the things that christian men in our church have learned together is that masculinity is code imposed on the men in a given culture, by which they are expected to live in order to be recognized and accepted as manly men. This code of masculinity or chivalry contains some of the same expectations in every culture, including –standing up to danger; bearing up under pain and suffering, and sacrificing oneself for the good of others. A masculine code helps a man overcome his natural instincts so that he will do what’s best for others and not for himself.

I thank God that I had a loving wife who prayed for me and a God who corrected me. So I pray for you men out there to Put your wife before you and to prefer her above anyone or Thing in your life and join me in the REAL world.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wednesday, Blue Laws and Mayberry.

Debbie and I were celebrating our anniversary one year and so were out on a Wednesday and what happens the stores are closing. Why, well it is Wednesday and they are getting ready for mid week service. Years ago I was preaching a revival in a small town in South Carolina at around 2 pm I leave my room to go get something to eat and I can't find anything open...I go over to the police department and he says well they close half a day because it is Wednesday and they are preparing for church. You see in the past there was such a thing as "Blue Laws". According to one source "The first occurrence of the phrase blue law so far found is in the New-York Mercury of March 3, 1755, where the writer imagines a future newspaper praising the revival of "our Connecticut's old Blue Laws". In his 1781 book General History of Connecticut, the Reverend Samuel Peters (1735–1826) used it to describe various laws first enacted by Puritan colonies in the 17th century that prohibited various activities, recreational as well as commercial, on Sunday (Saturday evening through Sunday night). Sometimes the sale of certain types of merchandise was prohibited, and in some cases all retail and business activity.

Apparently "the word blue was used in the 17th century as a disparaging reference to rigid moral codes and those who observed them, particularly in blue-stocking, a reference to Oliver Cromwell's supporters in the parliament of 1653." (Oxford English Dictionary.

In Texas, for example, blue laws prohibited selling housewares such as pots, pans, and washing machines on Sunday until 1985. Many states still prohibit selling alcohol for on and off-premise sales in one form or another on Sundays at some restricted time, under the rationale that people should be in church on Sunday morning, or at least not drinking. Some places go as far as to declare themselves dry counties where not alcohol is sold in any store.While watching Mayberry one day,I heard Andy and Barney talking about Mayberry being a dry county.There are even some dry counties and cities around where I live.

One day I was visiting John's shop in Eatonton and He had to get to the bank before it closed, yep it was Wednesday. Our society and culture is losing so much each and every day and nothing is special anymore. Once I was on a holiday and I felt strange going out to eat while passing the churches and seeing believers going to worship. You see it has always been my habit that even when on vacations I find a church and go. What am I trying to say is, that the early church met everyday for Fellowship, Bible study and Prayer. You see I have tried to be an example to others, so because of that I don't ever want to lose the kind of dedication to God, that says Sunday only gatherings would be enough.

I have been reading Francis Chan's Book and I ran across this quote, I hope it will inspire your faith and dedication.

"We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God. You've probably heard the expression 'I believe in God, just not organized religion'. I don't think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live." 
— Francis Chan

Your turn (please leave your answer in the comments below) what changes in our culture you have noticed or what would like to see come back again?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to the LOVE of My Life

When I met her I knew that she was the one for me and now I know even more that without her I would not be who I am.
She has put up with me think of that.

She has made do without having the home or kitchen of her own.
She carried five of my children without ever fussing or complaining, that was not her way.
I know she felt bad but I never knew it.
When I saw my daughter the other day unable to keep her food down, I realized that I never saw Debbie throw up, she kept that to herself, maybe because at that time I was not very sensitive.
When she was in labor she was strong, stronger than I could ever be, she had no pain killers and she took it all and delivered them well, one even over 11 pounds.

Debra Elaine Seker Stair

I see her growing older now and doing that with all the grace she has, and even when life hits where it hurts she bounces back with a smile. 
Our home has always been a place of comfort, because of her.
She has taught me how to forgive, how to see the other side of something, how to pray for someone.
She has taught me how to be nice, when I wanted to get very mad.
She has shown me how to see the good in people even when I swear there was only meanness. She is the very Best DD that anyone could ever have and those Grand babies know it.
She has been an example of a southern Lady with grace and charm, that I needed and I thank God for her.
She is the Lady behind this man, and I am the better for her.
She is not getting older she just keeps getting BETTER. 
On this your Birthday, I wish you the very Best and Long Life too.

Did he say Holiness?

You know when I was growing up you could not go to movies, you could not listen to secular music, you could not smoke, drink, curse, dance with the opposite sex, wear jewelry, dye your hair, pierce your ears and whole number of No Nos. Then things started to loosen up a little bit and preachers started teaching that it was only what was in the heart that mattered. Well now we have come to the place where we do whatever we want as long as our heart is right. I will never be so spiritual as to know another persons heart that is for sure. 

My Grandfather Pastor Hilbert

However when all the studies tell us that the standards of church are no different than that of the world and now we even have churches that encourage abortions and homo-sexually relationships, well there just might be something wrong with our hearts.

I read an article about the Catholic Bishops’ in America who can not agree on weather to serve a member communion if they openly support abortions. And what about the open and disrespectful rebuke by the Bishop of Porto Manuel Clemente of the Pope on his stand against condoms? Is it a sign of the times when we do not respect our Leaders or Elders and just want it our way? 

Does this mean that we blindly follow our leaders, no but it does mean that we are respectfully of the place God has called them too, and pray the Lord will help us to hear their HEART. After all they are just doing what they have been called to do and that is to Shepherd our hearts and guides us in to a better way. 

By no means do I want to go back to the world of legalism anymore than I want to throw away the good things that times have taught us. But I also am concerned about what kind of world my children and grandchildren will someday live in.

When I see my grandfather’s picture on my wall I am reminded to ask myself would he be pleased with me. Am I living the kind of life that he prayed for me to have? Am I respecting those things that he would respect? What am I passing down to the next generation that would make him proud?

But even more than pleasing him, I know that I must endeavor to please Jesus, because someday I will give an account for every word that I have spoken and that is a scary thought. So I pray dear Lord help me keep my heart in line with you and your desires for me Amen.

Share with me in the comments below a story about one of your grandparents.
Thank you