Archives for October 2006

What In The World

Those were almost my exact words this past Monday morning. “What in the world?” We were making our way to the Grand Rapids area for the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches Annual Conference.

‘About thirty-five miles short of our destination on U.S. route 131, suddenly the steering on our Buick stiffened in my hands. At 64 mile an hour it was a nasty surprise. A moment later the charging system warning light came on and stayed on.

My mind raced through the probable causes of these problems– “Looks like Ive lost the serpentine belt powering theseâ€, At that moment the temperature warning light came on and stayed on about two minutes. “Uh, oh! Ive lost the water pump action.” Next the “check engine” light!

Taking stock of our situation Jane and I ran through our minds whats in that area to help us. We pastored in that area many years ago and it is still pretty rural. We opted to move on north.

Eventually we made it to the GM dealer in Wayland. And, there in the waiting lobby was a dear young woman Jane and I witnessed to for an hour. God is working in her life as we speak.

We were on our way in a few hours and with thanksgiving our dear Lord worked it all out for His glory.



This week our son-in-law, Rev. Jim Evans, was hurrying down the interstate highway in Tennessee, delivering a large new crane truck to its destination. He came upon another, just like his, stopped by the side of the road.

Jim quickly cell phoned his boss. “Do we have another of our trucks in my area?” he asked. Yes, it was theirs.

Turning his truck at the next exit and returning he found the driver prone on the seat, desperately ill. The man, though, declined Jim’s help.

Sencing the man was near delirium,, Jim insisted on taking the man to a Knoxville hospital. Calling ahead, the man’s family was notified and met them at the hospital.

The intensive care physician told Jim the man was lapsing into a diabetic coma and would, I all likelihood have died if he had not rescued him.

While our son-in-law was loading the man into his truck, another of their trucks whizzed by.

“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” (Lamentations 1:14)




I was a schoolboy during World War II. Half way through the second grade, I remember sitting in front of our huge old radio that presided over our humble depression — era living room. Announcements had begun flying in the airways. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. My young mind could take in only that great astonishment and excitement instantly flooded everyone’s lives. My dad excitedly phoned loved ones. In an instant my life and those of my family changed dramatically. It would be over three and a half years before there was peace again.

When you go out to vote next month our nation will have been fighting in Iraq the same length of time we were in World War II with the three nations that declared war against us. We need to compare the results of the two.

WWII — Japan attacked us and declared war. The next day Germany and Italy went to war with us.

Iraq — We attacked a sovereign nation without provocation at the behest of George W. Bush.

WWII — Complete unity by Americans to insist upon an honorable victory over our foes.

Iraq — Hopeless division among all Americans with civil war in Iraq.

WWII — Unconditional surrender of all three Axis powers.

Iraq — All American military leaders agree there is no military solution possible. Last week 27 of our brave troops laid down their lives for a cause that cannot be won. They joined the list of over 20,000 other casualties we have already suffered!