Monthly Archives: January 2008

Just Begin!


If you have not gone on line to see and hear Rick Burgess Memorial Message – you need to do that. It’s available at in three parts, each about 8 to 9 minutes.
This is another one of those mornings when I don’t know where to begin. You’re had those days too, haven’t you? What I can tell you from experience is Just Begin. Just pick up the first thing at hand and begin. I think that will work in just about any situation. If the house is a wreck and you are too, just pick up the first thing at hand and begin.
For me with this IDOK, it was a devotional book written by Beth Moore which directed me to Scripture. So we will start there — Scripture. I don’t think I am going to have a lot of commentary on these passages. I hope you like me will just read them and allow the Holy Spirit to warm you with His Presence in them.
2 Thessalonians 3:
3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
As you begin today or as you begin again today what you need to know is Your Lord is Faithful.
And as you begin again to think of that family member or friend about whom you are worried, you need to hear: we have confidence in the Lord concerning you. Read that again, we have confidence IN THE LORD. Whatever the situation, HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD and Just Begin.

My First-Born’s surgery went well. She’s home resting. Thank you for your prayers! To God be the glory!
Father, thank You for textbook perfect surgeries. Thank You for steady recoveries. And Father as friends have tests today, we pray for good reports, good results and for peace and as much comfort as possible. We continue to remember folks who are grieving, some grief we have not experienced, some we have, some we understand, some we don’t but You Lord know it all and we have confidence in You that You are there comforting and guiding in all these. Thank You Father. And we pray for our IDOK Troops, for their protection today in mind and body and spirit. We pray for the safe return of each. We pray those on R & R that You will build and grow their faith and peace while here for their return there. We pray that all our IDOK Troops will at the appointed time come home safe and sound and we pray for a successful conclusion to this war. We pray for the Peace of Israel, for the Repentance of America – one soul at a time – use us Lord in that – help us Your Church and particularly IDOKs to minister Your Gospel in such a way that unsaved people in our paths will hear and repent. We pray Your Choice for President will be elected this year. And Father above all revive Your Church for Jesus sake. Amen and amen.
Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Tiffany & Makayla. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 55°F and clear in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 4:42 PM AST – on January 25, 2008