For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:17

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Joshua 1:9

Be of Good Courage!

   Bobbie was a young man, all of seven or eight years old when I met him. He was in the youth group at a church where I was doing some repairs to the old wooden pews. One night while I was working Bobbie asked if he could help, he told me that he had always wanted to work with wood but he didn't have a lot of money in his family. Needless to say over the next couple of weeks Bobbie and I had become close friends. His mom would even stop by to cook us dinner out of the kitchen and then walk him home. Bobbie came from a very rough neighborhood, on the nights Bobbie's mom had to work I would walk Bobbie home.

   The last night I had work to do at the church, a Saturday night, I packed up my tools and told Bobbie that I would walk him home. He told me that I didn't have to because he wasn't scared. I let him go, but I did walk about twenty steps behind him. Sure enough Bobbie made it home, then he turns to me and says, "see Rev. I made it. God was with me." He knew I was there all the while. The next morning I prepared to give the  message, there was no doubt in my mind what I was going to preach on. I got up and took my place right behind the pulpit and there was Bobbie, two pews back smiling ear to ear.

   After services that day I had to say goodbye to my little friend and his mom. Bobbie asked if I would be back, I told him that indeed I would, but it would be in about ten or twelve months away. Bobbie said that he would be waiting for me. We shook hands and went our separate ways. I had the Pastor of the church keep watch over him and I had a friend in the area that made sure he was safe.

   I was working about 1200 miles away and one night I took a phone call from the Pastor of Bobbie's church. Bobbie had been shot, a victim of a drive by shooting and he asked if I was going to come see him. I drove all night and arrived at the hospital where Bobbie had been admitted. I got to see him before he went marching home. There was nothing that the doctors could do. With his last breath he spoke the following verse:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Bobbie had God given courage, where is yours?

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John 15:16

We are Chosen!

   When I come to the understanding that my Lord and my God chose me, they called me, I am absolutely humbled. The Creator of all things has chosen me out of His massive creation, making me His child; making me a part of a royal priesthood. It is truly a humbling experience. Our God has made us Holy unto himself, what an honor; we are His possession, we belong to Him. Imagine the enormity of that statement, we are His possession, He owns us; the devil can't have us.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1 Peter 2:9

   When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our life, we no longer walk in the darkness of sin, the sin of this world. It doesn't mean that we won't sin but what it means to us that are in the Lord Jesus and He in us; that if we sin we have an advocate in heaven that mediates on our behalf and we only have to ask for His forgiveness. Friends we are called by God to be a light in this darkened world.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

   God wants us to be an example for others to follow, so that by our good works others might come to Jesus. people are watching as we face our trials, tribulations, persecutions and temptations; they watch to see how we will respond, what we will say, and how we will act. It doesn't stop there, God also calls us to produce fruit, good fruit. God has chosen us and He commands us to take His message into a darkened world so that others may be led out of the darkness and brought to the light. The light that is Jesus Christ (John 14:6). We are commanded to preach the gospel to all creation and make disciples of all nations (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8). If God calls you too it He will equip you for it just like He did with Moses and Jeremiah. We are not chosen to have a spirit of fear but a spoirit of power and might (2 Timothy 1:7). God even promises to be with us as we go. Not everyone is called to public speaking, but you can share your faith at home with your family, in your neighborhood with your neighbors and friends and at your work place with coworkers.

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

John 15:16

God chose us!

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John 15:13


   When you enter a marriage, you enter a relationship with your wife and with God; and it is a relationship that makes a covenant 1 man - 1 woman and the only true living God. On July 18 of 2015 I entered into just such a relationship and covenant with a beautiful young woman in Debbie and with God. In our wedding vows I promised to love my wife for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer; and stay with her, stand beside her and with her. These vows were a promise to her and to God.

   On the fourth of the month February 2016 Debbie found lumps on her neck, had them biopsied and they were found to be a cancer. We now know that they are chronic lymphoma. The first thing my beautiful wife says to me, "You didn't sign on for this. If you want out I will understand." To which I reminded her; "For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, I vowed to you and God. I did sign on for this and no I do not want out. I will stand by you and with you and if I have to carry you I will do that too because God has had to carry me before." We both had our cry, but the bottom line is, she is God's gift to me and I shall cherish her as such. I wouldn't be a man if I just turned and ran leaving her to face this on her own. I wouldn't be a man if I turned my face away from God's precious gift to me.

   The problem today is that people are looking to turn tail and run for any given excuse. Real men are willing to face adversity for their love. In Europe they have even turned to something called a wed lease; if you don't want your mate any longer you just don't renew the lease; how sad. I have prayed that God take this burden from my beautiful wife and put it on me. I have prayed for God to heal my wife. My faith is in Him, He alone is my God and in Him all things are possible.

   Jesus Christ laid down His life for me as the ultimate display of love and following in His footsteps I am willing to lay down my life for my wife. That is how much I love her and cherish her. I would be more than willing to face what she is going through right now if it meant she were cured. That is how much I love and I cherish my wife. My word of exhortation to all men, if you are married stay married for our Lord hates divorce; if you aren't married then unless you are willing to lay down your life for the woman then don't get married. You have to have Jesus to know what love is, so I urge you to turn to Him. Let Jesus guide your steps in love knowing that He first loved us.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:13

Love the way Jesus loved!

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We need to keep Israel in prayer, now more than ever!

God blesses those that bless Israel!

And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15 

Jesus * Said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: No one comes to the Father but though Me.

John 14:6

Reverend Neal K. Cartin


Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!