Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 Arrived and January is now already half over. We are still getting used to the idea and trying to finish out 2018 so we can close the books on it and look ahead.  The past year was a year of blessing and opportunity. Ruth and I were blessed to preach the Gospel in Kenya, Africa again with our friends of Burning Plow Ministries (Don & Becky Cameron). We are really bonding with the Kenyan Believers and love going there.  Christmas found me going back to Amarillo to be with my daughter, Heather and to have a brief visit with my son Aaron and his family. I was also able to see a few "old" friends during my short time there. Ruth stayed home to host some of her family who came for Christmas from Tennessee. We had a great Christmas celebration with our Cornerstone Church family and Drs. Robert & Glenyce Doorn. 
After the New Year, Ruth and Daylan (her 12 year old granddaughter) flew up to Knoxville for a week with family. Ruth was blessed on her birthday with a tour through the Vanderbilt Mansion in Ashville, NC. This was the fulfillment of a 20 year old dream. Thanks to her daughter Angielyn, she had a wonderful birthday.
As I get older, it seems truly as though the sands of time have sped up and we are running out of time to make our mark on this world. I am determined to fight for good health and mobility so I can keep going to the nations and to places here to preach, teach, exhort and encourage people in the Lord. I am excited about this year's opportunities from the Lord. Ruth is teaching, preaching, writing, blogging more and more. It is a joy to watch her go! I am also blessed to be able to mentor several younger men and women who are doing awesome things all over the world. God has given me favor to be allowed to speak into their lives the wisdom and insight that I have gained in over 50 years of ministry. These younger ministers cause me to believe in the generation that follows me and have high hopes for the Work of The Kingdom!
Many have asked if I have a fresh word for the new year. All I can say is that God has not changed! All around us we see changes, many for the worse, but this one thing remains true, our God is an unchanging God! Jesus and His Word endure forever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end!
"You can't lose with the stuff we use!"

Friday, August 10, 2018

@ Grand Canyon

A lot has happened over the past year and as I reflect on it all, I can only say "Thank You Lord" for your mercies shown to me and my loved ones!

Just to recap some of the events Since last August:

It has been exactly one year since our good friend, Gary Hines, received a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville. He and Kathy came by last Sunday to celebrate with us and the Cornerstone Church Family. What a time we had!!! Gary is doing great!

It was a year ago this month that we said "bon voyage" to both of my kids as Aaron took his family to Mesa, Az where he got a new job. The same Sunday, we said "bon voyage" to Heather who moved to Texas to her new assignments from the Lord. She spent most of the year in Early, Texas with Pam & Jim Fitzgibbon, teaching and winning souls. Now she is in Amarillo with Jim & Debbie Loper and Amarillo's Cornerstone Church.  

It has been very strange for me to not have either of my children in town with me. Ruth and I both miss our times with Ethan and Marlee and the weekly family meal after church on Sunday. It has been a big adjustment for me.

We did manage to go to Arizona last March during Ethan's Spring Break. Aaron took the week off work and we had a wonderful time with the family.  We took a tour of Ethan's school; Visited their church (Hillsong Phoenix) and took a trip to the Grand Canyon. They are doing great in school, church, work etc. We are happy for them! Stephanie has started her own business taking care of pets (dogs, horses, goats, etc.) while their owners are away. She has a growing clientele. 

Ruth and I went to Honduras last September for missions with Luis Sorto and his family and this June we went to Kenya for a time of ministry with Don & Becky Cameron and the Burning Plow Team. What a time we had in both countries!

In between those activities, we did normal life as Pastors of the great folks of Cornerstone Church and kept ourselves busy in the Work of the Lord. God has been very near as we live as large as our faith will permit.  What the future holds, only He knows, but we know He has us in His Grip and all we have to do is hold on and enjoy our life in Him!

This is my way of catching up on this blog. I will try to post more often. God bless you all!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ruth and I are making preparations to join Don and Becky Cameron and their Burning Plow Ministries Team in Kenya (East Africa) in June 2018. This is just a couple of months away! This will be our second trip to Kenya.  Pastor Jean Charles of Believers' Gathering Place, will be going with us for his first trip to Kenya.  We will be ministering in First Baptist Church of Kawaida (Near Nairobi) where Pastor Vincent Mokaya is building a new church facility and in Kibwezi (midway from Nairobi to Mombasa) for the First Annual National Conference of Kingsway Fellowship Int'l Ministers. We will joining Pastors Michael and Jennifer Criner from Dallas, Texas who also serve on the Board of Directors for Burning Plow Ministries. These are all wonderful people of vision and passion for the Great Commission. We look forward to our time with them and the Beautiful People of Kenya! Please pray for our safe travel and for effective ministry.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the News of His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles to confirm His deity, love for the lost, substitutionary death on the Cross, and resurrection from the dead.  This week, starting on Palm Sunday, we recall His Passion week which culminated in Resurrection Sunday. It is all Good News to those who believe!!!
A couple weeks ago, Ruth and I went to Arizona to visit with my Son, Aaron and his family for the first time since they moved there from Jacksonville, Fl. last August. It was the longest time I can recall being separated from them and we were excited to be there to see them and to experience their new world with them.  They live in Mesa, AZ and Aaron works in Scottsdale.  They love the outdoors, so they have already explored the surrounding area (which they were more than excited to share with us). It was Ethan's Spring Break, so after we attended church with them on Sunday (Hillsong Church, Mesa) we rented a Suburban and drove north to Sedona, then on to Flagstaff for the night. The next day, we visited the Grand Canyon! It was my first time back there since Aaron was a teenager. It was Ruth's first time as well as for Ethan and Marlee.  It was a great joy seeing the splendor of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World with these two grandchildren. Though at times I had to turn away for nervousness of watching them scamper out on the cliffs.  We enjoyed our brief vacation and really enjoyed seeing how God has placed them in their new life (Job, Schools, Church, etc. Plus their new friends are great too!)  Ruth and Stephanie enjoyed shopping and decorating.  Aaron and Ethan and I went to a nearby outdoor gun range to shoot some paper targets. And then there was Marlee, about to be 10 years old, but still able to love on Grandpa and play silly games with me. We came home refreshed in the love of family with great memories to cherish for a life time. 
Marlee with Ethan in the background out on a ledge.
Ruth and Ronny at the Grand Canyon

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It is very early in the morning as I lie awake praying for those in need of healing in their bodies. Several of my friends are going through severe trials as they fight for their lives. Pain seems to be everywhere. Spiritual leaders are under attack and are desperately in need of relief today. I also am experiencing pain in my body which heightens my compassion for others who are hurting. I am convinced that our Great Physician and Healer JESUS is touched and moved to compassion for those who are suffering. I know He has paid the price for our pain relief and total recovery! So I declare a pain free healed life for all of you who suffer today in the Strong and Mighty and Worthy Name of Jesus Christ!!!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Naomi and Austin Armour
One of the many benefits of my age (66) is that I am now given the opportunity to participate in the weddings of young people who I have watched grow up.  In recent months,  I have helped to join in matrimony my niece, Brianna Nicole 
Thomason to Richard Molina-Kammeraad and Rachel Fellows to Jordan Hill and Abigail Fellows to Zackary Hammock and most recently, Austin Armour to Naomi Hereford.  All of these are people that I saw come into this world, grow up and become amazing Jesus loving adults. It is one of the greatest rewards of being a steady influence in their lives..  There have been many weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms etc in my 45+ years of being a pastor, but nothing quite matches these decade long relationships. Now, with the coming of Rachel and Jordan's 1 years old, Dean, I am now enjoying "grand-pastor hood".  I am truly blessed!

Monday, February 27, 2017

One of the great influences on my life was Reverend Earl Gibson, my aunt Birdie (Thomason)'s husband. Though he was an uncle, everyone called him "Reverend Gibson" out of respect for his walk with God and powerful impact on the family and community. His ministry was centered around the cotton farming community of Memphis, Texas near the Red River. An Assemblies of God minister, Rev. Gibson pioneered many churches within a day's drive of their Memphis home which he built with his own hands. Whenever the large Thomason family had its get togethers, he was always the one called upon to lead prayer even though there were several preachers in the family. He was getting old already when I became keenly interested in him and losing his eyesight. I enjoyed many conversations with him, always about the Lord. He talked about Jesus like he was describing his best and closest friend and would always burst out in loud, joyful praise. I shall never forget his glowing face and dimpled grin as he encouraged his young nephew preacher boy.  When I pastored a church in Rockwall Texas, I made frequent trips back and forth to Amarillo. Memphis was on the way so I would stop in to cheer up the home bound old preacher. It never failed that I would be the one who got "cheered up"! His faith in God was enormous and his spirit never grew dull as he aged. He was known in the community as one who would pray for the sick with healing results. So, when his failing eyesight prevented him from driving, people would come to his driveway and "honk for prayer". He would make his way to their cars and stick his hand through their window to pray for them. He never quit. What an example to me even after all these years. All I have to remind me of him are these memories, an old bible he wore out, and this picture. I cannot wait to see Reverend Gibson again!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


It has been almost four years since one of the most remarkable men I have ever known left this world to be with Jesus. Don Normand blessed my life in so many ways and I shall be forever greatful to God for giving me such a friend. Don was a Father to me in the absence of my own Dad. He was a spiritual mentor and pastor to me in the ministry.  His example of loving people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ set the bar very high for me. He was by far the greatest soul winner I have ever been blessed to know personally. He won souls by the thousands in mass evangelism meetings, revivals and crusades, and one on one. He never met a stranger and never backed away from a challenge. I learned much by watching him work. He was a man's man. A great outdoorsman, he could fish, hunt, swim, fight, and joke with the best in the world. He was friend to Presidents, Kings, Generals, wealthy business people, Rabbis and Priests, common laborers and children. A great story teller and humorists, he was able to hold large audiences spellbound until he landed them safely into his gospel net. He loved Jesus with a passion. One of his last words to me was, "I cannot wait to see my King Jesus". His only regret was in leaving his beloved Cindy behind but he knew Jesus and their children would take good care of her. I learned much from this man about a lot of things. The fact that he included me as a part of his family and circle of friends is one of the greatest honors in my life. I truly miss him! I often find myself wondering what he is doing up there (with a big smile on my face).
Thank you Lord for Don Normand!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I welcome you to my blog and trust it will always be a blessing to you. I pray that you will receive so much blessing that you will come back for more. It is my intent to post a new installment once a week, on Thursday. Please check back often.

I heard a prophetic word recently that said God is taking the lid off of His people's finances. That is a good word, if you are one of His people and if you have positioned yourself through faith and obedience to be in line for the good side of this word.  It could be bad for you if you are walking in disobedience and unbelief. Having the lid off of your finances can allow for blessings to be poured in or out! Remember that God's Word has already said that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous! Just make sure you are on the positive side of the predicted and long awaited transfer of wealth!
Ronny Thomason