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This morning as I woke, my mind was filled with a childhood memory. I remembered those nights when Mother & Daddy would get a quilt out of the closet and say, “Let’s go outside and look at the stars”. Sometimes it would be with a cup of homemade ice cream and sometimes with a glass of Iced Tea or Dr. Pepper. Most of the time it was just them, a quilt, and me. We would lay down on the quilt looking up at the beautiful heavens and start commenting on the beauty and wonder of it all. Inevitably Daddy would talk about heaven and how “of the increase of His government there shall be no end”. It always made me want to go there. I remember thinking that if God could speak all of this into existence then He can surely take care of me. Mother & Daddy was always quick to point out that this great God that made this incredible sky loved me and cared for me more than His creation. An aha moment indeed! I still believe the same today. Maybe that’s why the memory filled my mind this morning, to remind me that He hasn’t changed. He’s still just as great as He was when I was just a child! He still loves me and cares for me more than all of creation! If he can make that beautiful sky and put all the stars in place, He can surely take care of anything in my life that needs attention.

馃幎God is bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears; God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see. He’s bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything….!馃幎

馃幎Bigger than all the giants of fear and unbelief! Bigger than all the confusion! Bigger than ANYTHING! God is bigger! 馃幎

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The following thread is what has been happening on my facebook page the past few hours.聽 Someone suggested I copy and paste it here on my blog.聽 I thought it a great idea so here it is.聽 I hope everyone receives a blessing by reading the great testimonies posted here.

You just never know. One of the men we baptized on Sunday is a result of the very first park service we had where we baptized his children. He came in contact with some of our people this past week and he remembered them from the park a few years back. He was ready for salvation and came Sunday, was baptized and received the Holy Ghost. You just never know what your efforts will produce.

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      Jason West Amen. My mom came to God by entering her name into a drawing for a Free Bible a the First Church’s Peanut Brittle Booth at the County Fair. 

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      Jason West 鈥2 weeks later, a Family came knocking on her door downtown San Jose, and said she won the Free Bible, but she has to have the Free Bible Study that goes with it. 31 years later…here we are. I thank God for people that put time and effort of putting together that booth and sat that booth for hours, for a single mother to eventually push a 2 year old in stroller past it, and be drawn to it. 

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      Ronda C Hurst Bro. Jason, That is incredible! Those folks’ crown will be full of stars. Heaven will be such an awesome place, just to see and hear the testimonies of how many people are saved because someone set up a peanut brittle booth at the fair and offered a free Bible Study. 

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      Jason West You just never know who will be impacted. 

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      Tanya Hale Treasure Wow that was an awesome testimony!!! 

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      Elaine Long Totally awesome. Thank you Jesus. 

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      Ronda C Hurst 

      Okay, Jason got me to thinking……..When my grandmother (Layne) received the Holy Ghost way out in West Texas (Mountain Top), she was the only one to receive it in that revival. The Lord spoke to an old time preacher man (Wilkins) to go …out there and have a revival. There was no church. He just went out and started preaching. My grandmother was touched and repented. She was so desperate to receive the Holy Ghost that she began to fast because she said that food didn’t taste good. My grandfather was an incredible cook and a Southern Baptist. 馃檪 He was so angry that she was under so much conviction and not eating that he fixed a meal of Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits, Cream Gravy, etc and set it on the table and called for the children (Dean, Scoper, Murray[my dad], Doug and I can’t remember if Don was born yet) to come to the table and eat. He called for Grandma too. They all came, ready to eat. Grandma approached the table but when she stood there and looked at the food she began to cry and said she couldn’t eat. “What do you mean you can’t eat”, Grandpa said. She replied, “I want the Holy Ghost”. At that moment, she fell to the floor under the power of the Holy Ghost, speaking in another language as the Spirit gave the utterance. She was ecstatic! Grandpa was furious! Eventually, he received the Holy Ghost too. My dad (Murray L. Layne) received the Holy Ghost in a hog pen that they had cleaned out and scrubbed to make a prayer room.
      Even though some may say that was not a successful revival, I must differ. If Bro. Wilkins had not obeyed the call of God to go then my Grandmother may never have heard the gospel truth. And, consequently my dad would not have heard the call of God on his life. Not to mention the countless thousands that his ministry has touched through saints and ministries that were under his. Including: Keith (his son), Linda (daughter) married to Wendell Elms (both sons are preachers of the gospel). Myself (daughter) married to Nathan Hurst (our son is a preacher of the gospel and our daughter is married to a preacher of the gospel). Karla (daughter) married to Gene Holley (both sons have a call of God on their lives). Like I said, Heaven will be an incredible place to see the many souls whose lives were changed simply because ONE man answered the call to go to West Texas and hold a revival and ONE lady received the Holy Ghost and this precious truth.
      Do you think I’m going to give up?! Well, think again. This Truth and my heritage is way too precious to me to allow anything in this world to stop me from entering Heaven’s gate!See More
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      Jacque Howell Oh Ronda. I am so thrilled to hear this story. I had never heard it before. I just read it to my parents and they didn’t know it either. Thanks for sharing it. 

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      Don Doran 

      Sister thank you for sharing with us this great testiimony…I am a product of your father’s ministry, received the Holy Ghost in his church 1965 and have been preaching the gospel for 40yrs. 

      Your grandparents were very good friends with my …parents when we lived in Fresno and I remember many an evening visiting with them. What wonderful people they were. I remember Pop Layne testifying of how God had saved him and delivered him from coca-cola, among other things. Precious memories and their finger prints are on my life. I too have a precious heritage…again, thanks! God Bless…See More

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      Felissa N Jeff Woods THAT IS WONDERFUL! 馃檪 

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      Karla Layne Holley Wow!! Awesome stories all around. So thankful for my heritage and for what God is still doing today!!! 

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      Scott Sarria Incredible! GOD is awesome… 

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      Rene Brewster Oh how awesome!!! I love hearing stories like this. You are so right, you just never know what a word or act of kindness will mean to someone down the line. 

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      Rene Brewster 

      Ok so after reading the testimonies here goes. Thirty years ago the church I was saved into used to go out every Saturday and knock on doors and offer free bible studies. They each took maps of part of the city with their route in yellow …high light. The men who had our area felt as if God told him to go off his highlighted route and to knock on our door. That day he spent 3 hours with us, my husband and I, telling us of the one God message. We did take the bible study, got baptized and received the Holy Ghost and I will never turn back!!! The wonderful thing is I found out later that my grandpa was a oneness preacher in the UPC and that my mom was raised UPC but because she was backslid and estranged from her heritage she raised us Catholic. Still God remembered the prayers of my grandparents, that I’m sure they prayed and brought, eventually, all of the grandchildren to baptism and allowed each of them to receive the Holy Ghost.See More
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      Kelly N Debbie Howard That is awesome!!!! 

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      Ronda C Hurst 鈥嶡Rene, That is so awesome! Holy Ghost Inspired witnessing is the best! What was your grandfather’s name? The Lord stored your grandparents tears/prayers in a bottle and when it was time He poured them out on you. Your testimony brought tears of thankfulness to my eyes.

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“A Word”

How many times have you wanted/needed a word from the Lord and opened your bible and received just that.聽 A word from the Lord that carried you through another day, another hour, another minute!聽 Those times are too many for me to even tell.聽 However, not too long ago I was having a very restless night (thank you Grandma for this “disease”).聽 I tossed and turned.聽 I had gotten up several times.聽 I wandered around the house for a while.聽 I went back to bed, only to toss and turn and get up again. 聽 This time I went and tried to sleep in the guest bedroom so as not to disturb Nathan, who was sleeping so soundly. UGH!聽 I slept soundly for hours only to wake up, look at the clock and realize it had been about 25 minutes.聽 So, up again!聽 Downstairs again.聽 I had already prayed, so if you’re wondering if the Lord was trying to get me to pray, I had already prayed.聽 Believe you, me!聽聽 So, now I reached for the Bible to see if聽 He wanted to speak to me through the word. 聽 I opened it up to begin looking for scripture that would possibly聽 be that “special” word, straight from God and read;聽 “And to you who are troubled, REST with us,” Well, I sure did like that part.聽 But then it went on to say, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.” Okay! I immediately began praying, Lord Jesus come quickly! If You are trying to tell me that I’m not going to receive any rest until you come, the please come NOW!

I know many of you have had something like this happen. It is just comical to me.聽 I believe the Lord must have a sense of humor and probably had me open my Bible right to that verse for me to read that night.聽 I got really tickled and I just imagine HE was laughing at me too.

The Lord didn’t come back that night to give me rest,聽 so now I聽 just pray for a few hours of sleep each night when I go to bed. Lord help!聽 Do I dare ask聽 for “A WORD”?

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I took this picture while driving home from General Conference.聽聽We were聽on Interstate 40 West in Arizona, October 5, 2010.聽 Nathan was asleep and I was driving.聽 I held the camera (iphone) over the steering wheel and shot this photo.聽

Today (October 12, 2010) as I was driving Nathaniel (our son)聽 to San Francisco so he could catch a flight 聽for a business trip, we began to talk about the day I took that photo.聽 I asked him if he had seen the picture when I聽 put it on my Facebook page and he said he had.聽 I then asked, “Do you know the next morning, Dad and I heard on the news that a tornado had touched down right close to where this picture was taken?聽 The wind so fierce it destroyed a mobile home park and other structures”.聽 And he replied, “I know!聽 It makes me wonder just how many times God has kept His hand on us and we didn’t even know it at the time”.聽 I began to think about “how many times…”聽and it would resurface in my mind off and on all day.聽 As I begin to聽settle down for the night, I聽am still聽thinking, “how many times…”聽 I sit here with a very thankful heart for the “how many times” God has kept His hand of protection on my life, even when I didn’t realize there was any danger.

The following blurb and photo was taken from Yahoo News:

聽For most of Arizona, the first week in October will be remembered for its tornadoes, hail storms, and other severe weather.聽 The National Weather Service has officially reported five tornadoes in Northern Arizona this week and a fierce hail storm pushed through metro Phoenix on Tuesday.

Arizona Tornado and Storm Photo.

Thank you, Lord, for your protecting hand!聽

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Yesterday I found聽myself humming a tune.聽 As I realized what it was, I began to sing, “God likes people…”, softly at first.聽 However, by the third time I sang the chorus I was singing rather loudly.聽聽聽

“God likes people, any shape, any color, any size.
You don’t have to be an angel to be really special in His eyes.
He said it in John 3:16 and He proved it on Calvary, too.
God likes people, ordinary people, people like me and you”.

This is a little song the childrens choir use to sing many years ago, but somehow it聽made its way back into my conciousness yesterday.聽 God likes people!聽 It doesn’t matter your color, your status in life, your shape, skinny or otherwise, where you live or anything else.聽 If you are a human being God thinks you are pretty special.聽 “God likes people, ordinary people,聽 people like me and you”!聽

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Today I found myself at the piano, singing a song by the title, “Jesus is Still the Answer”.聽聽 After having just turned off the news, this was the first thing that came to my mind.聽 “JESUS IS STILL THE ANSWER”.聽聽It rang in my聽ears聽when I heard the news of聽the couple who left their baby in the car for 14 hours and聽the baby died.聽 It rang in my ears when I heard the news about yet another person killed because of聽someone driving under the influence of alcohol.聽 It rang in my ears when I heard the news of聽 another war and the newscaster said, “We are hoping for peace”.聽 “JESUS IS聽STILL THE ANSWER”.聽聽聽The lyrics in verse two is what really caught my attention…”Some men pretend that things of this world has brought them peace of mind, but with the dawn of each new day, new thrills they try to find.聽 Not until they meet the prince of peace will they ever hope to find relief.聽 Jesus is still the answer for a world that’s seeking for peace”聽聽聽Oh!聽 What would the world be like if everyone knew Him?

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I know some of you have read this before, but read it again.聽 You will be smiling by the time you get to the end. 馃檪
GOD聽 vs. Science
A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, “Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
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“You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”
“Yes sir,” the student says.
聽聽
“So you believe in God?”
“Absolutely”.
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“Is God good?”

“Sure! God’s good.”
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“Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?”
“Yes.”
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“Are you good or evil?”
“The Bible says I’m evil.”
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The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considers for a moment. “Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?”
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“Yes sir, I would.”
聽聽
“So you’re good…!”
“I wouldn’t say that.”
聽聽
“But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.”
聽聽
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. “He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?”
聽聽
The student remains silent.
聽聽
“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
聽聽
“Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?”
“Er…yes,” the student says.
聽聽
“Is Satan good?”
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. “No.”
聽聽
“Then where does Satan come from?”
The student falters. “From God”
聽聽
“That’s right.. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?”
“Yes, sir.”
聽聽
“Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”
聽聽
“Yes.”
聽聽
“So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”
聽聽
Again, the student has no answer. “Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”
聽聽
The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.”
聽聽
“So who created them?”
聽聽
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. “Who created them?” There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. “Tell me,” he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”
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The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.”
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The old man stops pacing. “Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”
聽聽
“No sir. I’ve never seen Him.”
聽聽
“Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?”
“No, sir, I have not.”
聽聽
“Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?”
聽聽
“No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.”
“Yet you still believe in him?”
“Yes.”
聽聽
“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?”
聽聽
“Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.”
“Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.”聽
聽聽
At the back of the room another student stands quietly for a moment before asking a question of His own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?”
聽聽
“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”
聽聽
“And is there such a thing as cold?”
“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”
“No sir, there isn’t.”
聽聽
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’.聽 We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.”
聽聽
“Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.”
聽聽
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
聽聽
“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?”
聽聽
“Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t darkness?”
聽聽
“You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.”
聽聽
“In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?”
聽聽
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?”
聽聽
“Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”
聽聽
The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. “Flawed? Can you explain how?”
聽聽
“You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains. “You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.”
聽聽
“It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.”
聽聽
“Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?”
聽聽
“If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.”
聽聽
“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?”
聽聽
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
聽聽
“Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?”
聽聽
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
聽聽
“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.”
聽聽
The student looks around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter.
聽聽
“Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelled the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.”
聽聽
“So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?”
聽聽
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.
聽聽
Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. “I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.”
聽聽
“Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,” the student continues. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”
聽聽
Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”
聽聽
To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself.
Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
聽聽
The professor sat down.

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