Answered Prayer

As you know I had asked for prayer for my cousin Rocky and his need for a liver transplant. Here is the report that we received from Patsy. He went into surgery at 05:30 this am.

Rocky is out of surgery and the Dr said he did really good. He will stay the night in ICU . Thank each of you for the prayers!!! Please keep them coming as the next few days will be when certain problems can come up. You guys are so precious, THANK YOU !!!!

I would also like to thank each of you for your prayers, and would ask for your continued prayers that his body will take the new liver without any rejection.

Jim Harbin

Asking for Prayer

I am writing this for my cousin Rocky and his sweet wife Patsy. Rocky is in need of a liver transplant. They were called last Saturday to come to Dallas Texas for they had a liver. They arrived and had him prepped for surgery. As it turned out that the liver was bad so they checked on a second liver and it was bad also. So would you please lift him and Patsy up, and also that a good liver shows up. Patsy told me that Rocky was in good spirits and was feeling good today.

Thank you in advance.

Jim Harbin

Happy New Year 2014

I would like to wish all a very Happy New Year. 2013 was a blessed year for me P1090251even though my joint pain has kept me from enjoying a lot of of the things I would like to do. And having a heart attack back in June just 5 days before my 67 birthday. God has blessed me with good enough health that I can travel and see this beautiful land that He has made. I have a beautiful wife, three wonderful children and five wonderful grand children. Although one I have not been able to see since she was about three years old. My God is an awesome God and my prayer is that He will bless each of you in some way this up coming year. When you are happy He will be there, when you are sad He will be there, if you think you are all alone He will be there. I have had times when I was afraid or down and depressed and my God helped me through it and I know He will help you also. So for 2014 just turn your life over to Him.

I want to take this time to thank each one of you for following my blog and for putting up with the stories I have posted on my life.

Jim

Heavy Heart about what is happening in America and the World

It is so upsetting seeing and hearing about all that is going on, not only in the United States but around the world. It has not been all that long ago when people respected other people. I was raised to respect other people and people who had authority over me. I was also raised that not everyone believed in the same God that I believe in and even if I think that the believe in their god is wrong it was not for me to judge. I am to love and respect them and let them see the God that I believe in is living in me, and then and only then if they want to meet my God I will introduce them to Him.

When I was growing up we could go off and leave the doors unlocked, we could go to bed at night and leave the windows open for fresh air and never dreamed that someone would come in and rob,or kill us. We went to school and had an opening prayer. If the kids did not want to pray he or she did not have to they would just set there quietly. If he or she wanted to pray to their different god they could. We had no fear of walking down the street, going to school, shopping, or to church. If we acted up we would get a swat on the rear end from a teacher and then when we got home we would catch it from our folks. I never thought that I was being abused by getting a spanking. Now if I were to get bruises on my face and arms okay that might be abuse but I do not see getting a bottom busting as abuse. I truly feel that this is the biggest reason our kids and adults have no respect for one another because they know that no one can discipline them.

I have noticed that the US government is so busy trying to take God out of our country that I guess they can’t see that the country is falling apart. This country grew with God involved and taking him out will not help matters any. We all need to get on our knees and ask Him for forgiveness and ask Him to heal us. I know that I have not been perfect and I still make wrong decisions but my God is an amazing God and He has adopted me as one of His sons and takes very good care of me and my family. Our country is so far in debt but we keep shelling it out instead of taking care of our own people. We need to take care of this world that we live in. We as Christians our just pilgrims in this place we call earth, for we are just passing through on the way to are heavenly home and so we need to leave it in better shape than we found it for our kids and grand kids.

Daily Living

We went to a bible study Wednesday night and this is what the lesson was about. I know that I can’t do as well as the pastor who led the study and I cannot take notes as fast as he could talk so this will be mostly my interpretation. The word of God is God talking and I believe what He is telling me.

Have you ever wondered what would make our daily living easer? What I am about to talk about will only work for the families who have Christ in their lives? Here is God’s Plan for Daily Living. First read Colossian 3:17-25.

Ok now answer these questions.

  1. Whatever you do, do it all in the ____________ of Jesus.
  2. Match the Number word, with the letter word.

_____ (1) Wives                  (A) Love

_____ (2) Husbands            (B) Submit

_____ (3) Children              (C) Obey

3. Fathers do not embitter your ___________.

4.T ____ F ____ Slaves were to obey their earthly masters only when the masters were watching them.

5. Slaves were to obey with sincerity of _________ and Reverence for the _________.

6.Remember in all we do we are __________ for the Lord.

7. You will receive an ____________ from the Lord as a reward.

8.Anyone who does wrong will be ________ for his wrong.

Answers and also what I feel is what the Lord was and is telling us. The answers are right out of the bible and my thought is how I have interrupted it and how I try to live my life.

  1. Whatever you do, do in the Name of Jesus

All relationship guided by “what is fitting to the Lord”, our principles for life, can we do whatever we do in the name of Jesus

2. Match:

Submit (1) Wives

Love (2) Husbands

Obey (3) Children

This is only for Christen marriages, for non-christens will take this totally out of context of what God is telling us. If the christen man is following God and putting Him first thin the woman will want to submit to his leadership.

The Husband is to love his wife as Jesus loved us. Jesus loved us so much that he gave His life for us and that is the way we are to love our wives, with unconditional love.

Children are to obey their parents. If we raise them the way God tells us to raise them they will respect us and other adults. I was raised with a christen farther and he did discipline me with a spanking when and only when I deserved it and I loved and respected him along with my teachers or any other authority. I also raised my children this way and I have their love and respect.

3. Fathers do not embitter your Children.

We are not to over discipline our children to the point where they or bitter to or with others.

    4. False Slaves were to obey their earthly masters only when the masters were watching them.

5. Slave were to obey with sincerity of Heart and reverence for the Lord

Praise God we no longer have slaves or masters here in the United States and I pray that it no longer exist in the world. The closes thing that I can come to this is our jobs, we are to work like we are working for the Lord and do the job the best we can, not only when the boss is looking but at all times.

6. Remember in all we do we are Working for the Lord

This not only applies to the men but also for the women and children.

7. You will receive an Inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

Jesus tells us that He went before us to build a mansion for us when we go home to be with the Farther. John 14:2

8. Anyone who does wrong will be  Repaid for his wrong.

God will not play favorites with us, so we will be punished for our wrong doings. I do not know what all this in tells but I do know this that I will take whatever I deserve and be happy because I will be with the Farther. Amen.

What in the World is going on?

First of all I am a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. I love Him and I try the best this old human being can to follow Him. I am not perfect but I strive to be, and I also try not to use the excuse that there was only one perfect man and that was Jesus.

Okay I understand that there are several types of religion on this earth and I know that every one pretty much say that they are the only ones to follow. Some say you have to do good works to get into heaven, and others say you have to hate everyone who does not believe the way they do and that you have to die by killing the un-believers and then you will go to heaven. Well I am here to say that the only way is to believe that Jesus Christ came to this world born to a virgin died for your sins and arose again on that 3rd day. I know that sounds too easy but it is true. John 3:16 says 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jesus said in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God loves each and every one of us no matter what we have said, or have done, I do mean anything I or we have done. There is only one Sin that will keep you out of heaven and that is blasphemy the Holy Spirit Jesus said in Matthew 12:31 “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” In case you do not understand what this means is that if you do not accept Jesus He will not send the Holy Spirit to come in your life. So all other sins no matter what He will forgive, so right now where ever you are just put everything out of your thoughts and ask Jesus to come in to your heart and He will, then go out and tell everyone what you have done. Praise God that I live in a country where I can freely tell people about having God in my life and I know there or countries where if you do you will die so there I say be careful but no matter what you belong to God and you will always be His no matter what happiness.

I still Praise my Lord that I live in the United States of America. And I know that we as Christians or now being attacked by the devil. I have really never said much about what is going on but we has Christians need to make our voices heard, we have let people take prayer out of schools, take the ten commandments out of our courts, take the nativity sense out of our parks at Christmas time and so on. All other so-called religions can do whatever they want in public but we as Christ follower cannot because we might offend some one, give me a break if they do not believe in Him than what should it matter to them? I have some what is called gay kinfolks, I love them as people even though I do not agree with what they or doing, it is not for me to judge. Jesus says in Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. I am not going to say that I understand everything in the Bible but I do believe it is the inspired Word of God, and I also believe God is a loving God and that he will not tell me to do something wrong by hurting other people, so if we do not have love what good is believing in God. 1 John 4:8 says “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”. We are to love our enemies, Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. …

Okay I have gotten that off of my chest and I know that I did not explain what all I wanted to get across but at least I said something. I have felt guilty for years because I was afraid to say anything due to I might offend someone. Well I love God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit and I know that I will be with Him no matter what happens to me here on earth. I just want all to be there with me so if I haven’t turned you off by my non perfect explanation than please talk with Jesus and invite Him into your heart. The way things are happening around the word I would not take too long to accept Him.

I could use a little genealogy help

We are members of the local Amarillo Genealogy Society. We meet once a month at our down town library, we met last night and had a ferly short meeting due to the fact one of our officers quit and he was the one responsible to get speakers or a program for the meetings. I volunteered to take this job on and I have no earthly Ideal on what to do, but I do know that I would like to keep are society going. I guess what I am asking is if any of you have any good Ideal’s that I might be able to use I would appreciate it if you could pass them on to me. I do know we do not have much money to work with now but maybe we can grow big enough to where we could hire speakers to come in. Thank you a head of time for any suggestions you might be able to give me. May God bless each one of you? Jim

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Should I get involved at Church?

For years my way of thinking was the church was there for me to go and get revived, to worship with music and the preaching. I was just taking up space in the pew watching other people do all the work in the church, like the ushers, greeters, choir, Sunday school teacher etc. Did you know that when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord that he gives you a gift? Well he does and it is not the same gift for everyone, it could be prophecy, service, teaching, or several others.

The church is not the building that you go to but is the people who meet in that building and it is called the church body. Think of it this way your body and it consist of many parts the head, ears, eyes, arms, legs, and so on. Sure there are people who have lost some of their body parts and they know how hard it is to get along or around without these parts. That is the way the church is without your help at the building we call church. Romans Chapter 12 talks to us (me) about what we should do towards other believers and the whole church body.

[My input]

Dedicated Service

12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worshipAnd do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good andacceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself [In other words it is not all about you or me] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; [Hate what is evil and stay away from it] cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference[Give them recognition for the good things they have done] to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.[I know it is hard to do but by doing this you might just win them over.] 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, [I know it is hard for we always want to get back at someone but when we do we are just as bad as they are.] beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

One of my favorite verses

John 3:16 is one of my favorite Verses. God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life. (GWT) Gods Word Translation

What I do know is that I excepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and because of that this old earthly body may die and it may hurt with arthritis and worn out bones but one day when He decides to take me or He comes again my spirit will be with Him forever. I am so looking forward to that day, but this does not mean I should set around and wait but that I need to be about His will and that is to reach others for Him.