Monthly Archives: October 2009

One of Two

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009

Lets see here, it is nearly 2:00 PM on a Son Kissed Wednesday, how shall I begin Thursday’s IDOK?  I have a load of laundry going, the house is quiet, not only the house but it’s tranquil outside too; I’ve been home from Mobile less than an hour – that wasn’t on my list of to do today, but I made room for it and I am glad I did.  I will briefly tell you about it and hopefully a devotional thought will come.  My red-haired first born called this morning about 9:00 to say she was scheduled to visit a client in Mobile this morning and she thought she could be at a certain eatery on Dauphin Street by 11:15 and could I join her.  Since this is such a rare opportunity for her and me these days, I said yes. So I finished day 4 of the Patriarchs, did some personal grooming and made it there by 11:10 (She had already arrived and had our order at our table).  I still had Day 5 to do before the video session, so I took my Bible and workbook with me, just in case.  The soup was good and the fellowship was superb, and then all too soon, it was time for her to scurry back across the Bay.  I walked her to her vehicle, kissed her ‘see you later’ and with her encouragement retrieved my Bible and work book from the truck, went back inside, purchased a cup of coffee and a muffin top, found a secluded corner and began to ‘feast’, and the muffin wasn’t bad either.  As I studied, I made some extra notes on Day 5 that I think I shall share with you. 
At this juncture in the study we are at Genesis 27 – Jacob and Esau – the stealing of the Birth Order Blessing.  Beth says this chapter is filled with more drama than a soap opera and she’s right. The chapter contains Jacob and his mother scheming, plotting and conniving; Isaac being tired, blind and deceived and Esau being cheated, enraged and murderous (and this is a ‘Christian’ family!).  As I worked through the lesson and in the final paragraph read these words: “They are humans whose hearts resemble the heart of their spiritual father, Satan”; I came to this reckoning: (not a new one, just reiterated, for us to ponder deeper) it really is black and white here, one of two.  All peoples, every soul who breathes, is either a child of God by re-birth or still a child of Satan by natural birth.  (Praise God, babies and young ones are safe and protected until that age of jeopardy is reached.)  So, every living breathing walking around person above the age of accountability that you and I will see today is at that very moment either a child of God or a child of Satan. There is no grey here.  ALL are one or the other.  How unpopular is that to teach? How uncomfortable is that ponder?  So, should we ponder it?  Would it make a difference if we pondered it and prayed over it?  You know these are rhetorical questions, don’t you?  Yet, I hope we will not allow our flesh, the world and Satan to keep us from answering them within our own hearts.  May it be that we will not only be conscience of it but moved with compassion about it; and be ready and willing when our eyes meet theirs to be available to the Holy Spirit to plant a seed in any ‘heart garden’ that He tells us He has plowed and made ready for planting.
John 8: 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[l] your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
41 You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
ABBA, You know I am still tendered at Leah Ann’s transitioning even though I did not have the privilege of meeting her here and so we continue to pray for her family for their peace and that they will experience You completely and perfectly able to comfort them.   I am thankful for this day; for every person and good thing that has greeted me; I am thankful for Your encouragement to me, for Your Word and for the Plans You have for this ministry, for every IDOK, and for me as Your servant.  You know my desires and I pray more and more that Your desires will be my desires.  I think maybe our IDOKs might be praying that too.   Please again comfort and protect our IDOK Troops, I pray they will be particularly mindful of You when they are confronted with evil and that they will be reminded by You, Holy Spirit, to draw upon Your Strength and Wisdom.  I pray that each of them will come home safe and sound at the appointed time.  Again, I pray for Israel to be at peace in the land that You have given them. I pray for the descendants of Ishmael to surrender their hatred and be healed.  I pray for America that the voices of those who have a moral sense of right and wrong based upon Your Word will become stronger and stronger and will negate and silence the voices of those in Washington and other places who are evil and bent on doing the work of their father. I pray for holy boldness, LORD.  It’s easy to be bold sitting here at this screen that obscures all the faces out there that oppose You.  If You will, I pray to be even more effective here at this screen and out there, face to face, with those whose ‘heart gardens’ You have plowed and made ready for seed.  I do not wish to be offensive, nor argumentative, nor to debate for the sake of debating; rather I pray that I will be discerning and only ‘retreat’ when silence or diplomacy paves the way to try again; and this I ask in Jesus’ Name as I think that is what You did, LORD, as You minister as the God-Man.   Amen and amen. 
 A Specific Unspoken.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about.
Children and/or Grandchildren about whom Moms (& Dads) are concerned that their salvation profession may not be true. 
Overstreet Family.  W.C. and family. Mary M. Danny and Tina.  Robert and Kerry L.  Ken and Della.  Art and Sula.  Rudon.  Kelly C. Henry P.  Dana and Joey and Children.  Tracey M. Vicki and Bob.  Brady and Chloe.  Patti and family.  Joyce, John & children.  Sparky.  Sean.  Susan R.  Kay B.  Rusty & Romney.  Johnny McK and family.  Katie H.  Amber Johns. Joe-Ann. Vickie and Family. Dennis and Lisa J. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. DeLois. Mollie B. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel.. Maggie and Family. Katelyn (H). J Lloyd. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters.
Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry
Ryan, Sarah, Josh & Caleb Bedenkop – missionaries in Arizona.
The Ministry of IDOK
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009)  Bill H.  (added 9/24/09) Brandon B.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Joey H.   10/21/09.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.
Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08)
Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew. Richard M. Matt P.  (added 9/24/09)  
As I post this it is 66°F and mostly cloudy in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 4:59 AM AST on October 29, 2009.

An UpDate on Leah Ann

IDOKs, I am sending this now rather than waiting until in the morning.
(Thank you, Sweet Sheila, for letting me know. Love you too.)

I’m sure you know by now, but Leah Ann died yesterday afternoon. Her husband had just had heart surgery, and he had to be re-admitted. I forgot to ask Mrs. Overstreet the husband’s name, but she had been crying so bad I didn’t push it. We were at Revival service last night, and I told her about our prayer group and that many people were praying for the family. Love you, Sheila

Abba, I am tendered with this news and You have been so gracious to immediately remind me that precious is the ‘death’ of Your saints; thank You. You know better than I the needs this temporal separation brings to a family and particularly this one when the husband is himself not well; so we pray for him and all the family, asking You to come in manifested Presence to comfort them. And I ask You to send alongside friends to do the needed practical things of food and hospitality that these days of memorial require. And Holy, Loving ABBA, thank You for the Promise of Eternity that we have received in our Savior and Your Son. Amen and amen.

A Song and A Prayer

IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009 

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Text: Martin Luther Trans. by Frederick H. Hedge
Music: Martin Luther Harmony from The New Hymnal for American Youth
Tune: EIN’ FESTE BURG, Meter: 87.87.66.667 From website:
http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh110.sht
1.             A mighty fortress is our God, 
               a bulwark never failing; 
               our helper he amid the flood 
               of mortal ills prevaling.  
               For still our ancient foe 
               doth seek to work us woe; 
               his craft and power are great, 
               and armed with cruel hate, 
               on earth is not his equal.
 
2.             Did we in our own strength confide, 
               our striving would be losing, 
               were not the right man on our side, 
               the man of God's own choosing.
               Dost ask who that may be?  
               Christ Jesus, it is he; 
               Lord Sabaoth, his name, 
               from age to age the same, 
               and he must win the battle.
 
3.             And though this world, with devils filled, 
               should threaten to undo us, 
               we will not fear, for God hath willed 
               his truth to triumph through us.  
               The Prince of Darkness grim, 
               we tremble not for him; 
               his rage we can endure, 
               for lo, his doom is sure; 
               one little word shall fell him.
 
4.             That word above all earthly powers, 
               no thanks to them, abideth; 
               the Spirit and the gifts are ours, 
               thru him who with us sideth.  
               Let goods and kindred go, 
               this mortal life also; 
               the body they may kill; 
               God's truth abideth still; 
               his kingdom is forever.
And yes here’s your youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRJHKzU_t1M
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
Update on Rudon: Good morning, it has been another wonderful night then i wake up to read i.d.o.k. and am reminded i am not the only one with problems. kathie i asked for prayer for my brother for cancer as the dr. said he had it and his hip and ribs looked like swiss cheese, this past Friday another dr. checked every part of his body leaving only one test to get the results this friday and guess what, no cancer to be found any place. a shocker, no our god is already at work leaving a lot of pain with no explanation, but i will continue to praise god for His mercy and proclaim His healing, love as always , Roye
Update on Doug: got the sad news this morning that Doug’s cancer is back.
Update on Tammi: Just wanted to let you know that Tammi’s surgery is over and went well.  Thanks for your prayers.
Update on LaJuanna: she continues to improve!
In the natural, ABBA, we term this good news and bad news, cancer gone and cancer back. But gratefully, can only understand that it is You, I am comforted that You have not changed, You are still Love, You are still Holy, You are still the Healer and still the Lover of our souls and You in mercy and love are doing for every one of this listed above and below what is needful.  Thank You for Tammi’s coming recovery and thank You for Rudon’s gift of healing and thank You for the coming gifts to Doug and Claudia and the family.  Thank You for LaJuanna’s recovery too.  Thank You for the day stretching out before us and I pray we will stretch up with open arms to receive You love and embrace; I pray we will bless You and love You back today in worship and obedience.  Thank You for the peace of knowing we have been saved from eternal damnation and You are now saving us from a life of mediocrity.  Looking over the list two more come to mind, particularly, that I will mention here, Art and Sula, You know the need there and I thank You that You are right there to meet it.   I pray too for our IDOK Troops for their safety and well being today and for safe returns home at the appropriate time.  I pray too for the situation in Afghanistan, what is needed, what can be done, what we should do and I pray it will be done quickly.  I pray for Israel, for peace, for protection and for America to arise has a faithful ally.   ABBA, thank You for Your mercy we experience every moment, thank You for Your Plans for each of us and thank You that You are teaching us to walk in it for Jesus Name sake.  Amen and amen. 
 A Specific Unspoken.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about.
Children and/or Grandchildren about whom Moms (& Dads) are concerned that their salvation profession may not be true. 
Overstreet Family.  W.C. and family. Mary M. Danny and TinaRobert and Kerry L.  Ken and Della.  Art and Sula.  Rudon.  Kelly C. Henry P.  Dana and Joey and Children.  Tracey M. Vicki and Bob.  Brady and Chloe.  Patti and family.  Joyce, John & children.  Sparky.  Sean.  Susan R.  Kay B.  Rusty & Romney.  Johnny McK and family.  Katie H.  Amber Johns. Joe-Ann. McCarver Family. Vickie and Family. Dennis and Lisa J. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. DeLois. Mollie B. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary.. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel.. Maggie and Family. Katelyn (H) J Lloyd. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters.
Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry
Ryan, Sarah, Josh & Caleb Bedenkop – missionaries in Arizona.
The Ministry of IDOK
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009)  Bill H.  (added 9/24/09) Brandon B.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Joey H.   10/21/09.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.
Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08)
Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew. Richard M. Matt P.  (added 9/24/09)  
As I post this it is 72°F and scattered clouds in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 3:28 PM AST  on October 28, 2009.