Monday, December 2, 2019

I have a special Thanksgiving “THANK YOU JESUS” this year. My son Aaron and his family were on their way from Mesa Arizona to LUBBOCK Texas for the holiday. Near Ruidosa New Mexico, they hit some ice and spun 360 degrees into the median. Their car stopped just short of oncoming traffic. They were able to get back onto the highway with no damage to themselves or the car. They drove on icy roads for hours and arrived at Stephanie’s parents home safely. I cannot let this pass without expressing my deepest gratitude to the Lord for His faithful care of my family and also for the many who travelled in bad weather this Thanksgiving week. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Always be thankful unto God. Why?
Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above who never changes. ( James Chapter One). We owe Him our Thanks! And good people pay their debts!
Thankful people are honest people. They are pleasant to be around and therefore popular. Be thankful and you will not ever be lonely or miserable.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


In the past few days we have said
Goodbye to two of our close friends and spiritual leaders. Dr. Robert "Bob" Dean and "Mama" Dr. Glenyce Doorn. 
Both of these powerful preachers and teachers of God's Word have greatly impacted their generation with faithful, long years of service. It has been my joy to know them when they were strong and active in ministry and to be their friend in these final days. They are now with the Lord in Heaven enjoying the fruits of their righteous labors and getting used to their new celestial bodies. For them we are happy, for us we feel great loss. We understand  that this is part of the "circle of life" and we cannot change it. We rejoice knowing that soon, we shall all be together again. Our prayers are for the comfort of Papa Doorn and Marti Dean as they endure grief and deal with the changes in their lives.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

September 25-30, 2019 I traveled to Honduras with my friend from Atlanta, Ga. Rev. Ken Browning to visit with a couple of ministries we have worked with over the years: Workers Together With God in Comayagua and Love Without Boundaries in Zambrano. 

Our Comayagua visit included meeting with the Hospital Staff, School Staff, and preaching in the church all founded by the ministry of Jim and Linda Tjelmeland with Francisco and Anamy Jocol..  We also spoke at a Couples Meeting, Pastors' Meeting, and a church in nearby La Paz with my old friend Rey Vallecillo. 

The Clinic Hospital is being required to move, so we were there for some of the negotiations. At this time it looks like they have secured a two story hotel which will work great. 17  air conditioned hotel rooms with a bathroom in each, plus a nice area for operating and delivery rooms. It also has secure off street parking. This is all good!

 We were blessed to be in the country for their Day of the Bible Celebrations. On Sunday we were in Zambrano to participate in a city wide church gathering in the town's central park for a special worship service to honor the Bible. We spent some quality time with Pastors Danny & Pahola Sorto before leaving the country on Monday. 

It was a quick trip, but very rewarding. I enjoyed traveling with Ken Browning. He is a remarkable man, full of wisdom, experience and vision. He makes a great missions partner!

Rev. Ken Browning
Atlanta Georgia

Friday, September 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian

The know-it-all's on television laughed at the notion that people were praying for this big storm to turn and miss Florida and the rest of the East Coast. They ridiculed the idea that prayer actually could change the weather. They implied that only simpletons would believe in such things.
Well, call me a simpleton then!
The Bible I read and believe, says that in the time of trouble, I should call upon the God who created all things and who still rules the Universe and He will hear me, and deliver me from danger.
History is full of eye witness accounts of how people prayed and the weather changed. I have personally seen with my own eyes how tornadoes, hail storms, and other weather threats have moved away or been dissolved after prayer. Yes, I and many other believers, were praying about this Dorian threat for days. It passed by us leaving relatively little damage. Whereas it was forecast to be the deadliest storm on record. Not a coincidence in my estimation! God heard and changed the course of nature because people dared to ask Him!
My God is Real! My God is always working, even in the storms! People who are worried about climate change and such things, just don't know God. They don't believe that He controls the Universe and this little planet Earth. They underestimate the Power of His Word and the Power of Prayer. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

On this day, Sept. 4th , 2003 Norma Joyce, my wife of 33 years, went to Heaven. It was her day of Victory and my worst day ever. As the years have passed life has continued on for us. Our family has grown. I have married Ruth (11 years now) and grandchildren have entered the picture.  We are blessed and happy. There will always be a huge place in our hearts for Norma. She is waiting for us to join her there. How wonderful that day will be!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

In our ongoing efforts to connect with the people of Jacksonville Florida and beyond, we have decided to air a 60 second broadcast on The Promise at 100.7 F.M. during the noon hour Monday  through Friday. This will feature myself, our website (, Cornerstone Church, and a simple Gospel message. It will be brief, but to the point and upbeat with music. Why are we doing it this way? John 10:3-5 talks about the dynamic relationship between an appointed shepherd and the sheep that are assigned to his care. They hear his voice and follow him out to pasture. I believe that sheep without a shepherd need to hear the voice of their true shepherd, so I am putting my voice out there to connect with the people assigned to me. Jesus is the Great Shepherd. He gives access to the Flock of God. There is a Divine Principle at work here. Not everyone is going to hear my voice and come to my church, but those assigned to me will. Read John 10 for yourself and you will see this principle. I am not doing this to boost my own ego or to teach the Bible to the whole community. This is how God is leading me to some precious people who love God but have no connection to a true Pastor. Our city is filled with these folks and I hope a few will follow me as I follow the Lord!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday August 18, 2019
Today we had Gary & Kathy Hines with us for the morning service. Gary is celebrating two years since his liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic. He and Kathy are long time friends that we met through our mutual friends Don and Cindy Normand. We have them staying in our home this weekend through Monday night. He goes to Mayo Tuesday for his two year check up. He is hoping they will release him for overseas missions travel. It is critical that he does not expose his liver to live viruses so they may not let him do that. Currently they are traveling in the U. S. teaching, preaching and raising support for other missionaries. They are an awesome couple and great friends. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fifteen years ago, yesterday (August 14) my son, Aaron married Stephanie Voight in a lovely wedding chapel in Amarillo, Texas. I was his Best Man, Randy Voight officiated, and Dr. Don Normand pronounced the Wedding Blessing.  It was a wonderful occasion. 15 years later, they are still happily married and living in Mesa, Arizona. Their children, Ethan and Marlee are both serving the Lord and excelling in their studies. Aaron and Stephanie are very much in love with each other and with the Lord. As his Dad, I could not be more pleased! I thank God for this special couple and have great appreciation for this anniversary milestone. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YOU TWO!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Happy Birthday Norma Joyce (PRATT) Thomason. Though you have been in Heaven for Sixteen years now, you still remain in our hearts and thoughts always. As Heaven draws nearer our reunion grows sweeter!