Thursday, May 31, 2012

Trailer Tire Update

The new tires are on the trailer and it should be ready to roll for many miles. Six good Firestone Load Range E tires were $1135.

There was no way to pull the trailer through all the low trees to the tire place so we removed the tires and took them to the store.

Bro. Jack and Bro. Tom from the Tunnel Hill Church already had the trailer in the shop where they work to fix a corner that needed repair. We took all six tires off in their shop (With Bro. Jack's help and ingenuity) and loaded them in his truck.

We arrived at the tire shop and less than 25 minutes later the tires were mounted, balanced and loaded back in the truck.

Bro. Caleb and Bro. Colton helped me put them back on the trailer and before I knew it the job was finished. It sure was nice to have a concrete floor, a good jack and air tools. That really made it much easier than it could have been.

I hated to replace all six tires at this time but once we removed them it was obvious I was making the right decision. They were in pretty bad shape. It looked like at least a couple more of them were separating so we were just a few miles from a major problem or even catastrophe.

As I mentioned the other day, God knows what He is doing when I do not have a clue. And you know what else occurred to me? God is under no obligation to keep me informed! He wants me to trust Him.

I do not know how, but God will work it all out! Amen!

We continue to have great services under the tent in Owensburg, Indiana. The weather man is saying there is 70% chance of storms at church time tonight. We are asking God for a space of time to have church but God's will be done.

Thanks for praying.


Bro. Jack and Bro. Tom

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Not Everything Goes Well

Great, great, great service tonight under the tent in Owensburg! God is helping each night. Keep praying for us.
We are incredibly blessed by God in so many areas. I give God praise on a regular basis on this blog detailing some of the wonderful events that God orchestrates in our lives.

I can not tell it all. There is no way I can praise Him enough for his blessings. He daily loads us with benefits. God is so good.

Yet, Not Everything Goes Well. In fact it seems like some days are pre-stamped "bad day" before they are even started. But that does not mean that God is any less good or deserves less glory on those bad days.

Life happens. Cars break down. People get the flu. Drivers cut you off in traffic. It rains and floods. The wind blows too hard. A thief steals your laptop. A liar focuses his attention on you. The Doctor gives you bad news.

Is God asleep at the wheel on those days and at those moments? Absolutely not!

Ecclesiastes 9:11 "..time and chance happeneth to them all."

Matthew 5:45 "...for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

Life happens and God is still God! Most of the time when I look closely I can find God doing something special even in the difficult times.

You all know I hate mechanical trouble. I hate the unknown of vehicle problems. Yet I often find God working when I am totally confused and frustrated.

I knew when the tent trailer was given to us that buying a set of six tires was in the future. The tread looked great but they have some years on them and they have been sitting for quite a while. That is a bad combination.

I convinced myself that I could get a year of use out of them and determined to keep a close eye on them.

I climbed out of the bus when we arrived at Tunnel Hill Church on Saturday and saw that one of them has a huge bulge in the sidewall. It could have blown at any moment.

I do not want to buy a set of tires. It could require a $1000 or more for six of the proper tires and it couldn't come at a worse time.

Or could it?

It could have blown on the interstate causing lots of damage or even a terrible accident.

It could have blown Saturday when I was super pressed for time and caused me not to make it to Owensburg on time to raise the tent.

And the list of bad possibilities goes on and on...

But now I can replace these tires in a parking lot and not on an interstate or curvy state highway with no shoulder.

I can shop for better prices rather than pay the going rip-off rate along side the road.

You see what I mean? Even in trouble God is working.

I know some of you are facing much worse situations than replacing a set of tires. You see no bright spots at all in where you are today or what you are facing tomorrow. Some of you can not imagine a worst case scenario.

But God is still God and still loves you and is still working for you. You can rest assured that God has a plan and that He is working His plan.

He may not come when you want Him but He'll be there right on time!

Trust is very hard, Especially blind trust. But God will bring it all around for our good. He is trying to conform us to the image of Christ and most of us have a long way to go! Friend, you can trust God!

One more thought about my tires....

Could it be that when I stopped a few weeks ago along I-75 in Ohio on a busy day when I was in a rush to get some where important and changed a tire on an RV for an older couple that could not help themselves and refused their money that God noticed???

Yep, and He payed it forward.

God bless you all.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tent Going Up and First Service in Owensburg, Indiana

I mentioned in a previous post that the tent went up well in Owensburg, Indiana. It was not completely without a glitch though. I was not able to park at the tent site because of low hanging trees over the road. I just could not get in.

Pastor Lakes and I regrouped and I parked at the church a few miles away. We loaded everything (Tent, poles, stakes, straps, Bible stand, carpet, lights, cords 200 chairs and a few things I have forgotten) into trucks and an open trailer and took it to the tent site.

It all had to be double handled but with super great help it seemed like no trouble at all. We will have to reverse all of that on Friday night or Saturday morning so that may slow our exit some but God knows.

The first service was good too. It was Hot but not unbearable for most. The people responded good in the prayer line and tarried for a while. God met with us and that is what we desire.

I reminded God under the tent this morning that I have told people every where that they could expect people to be saved, healed and delivered in these tent revivals. He assured me through His Word and testimony of past experience that He would keep His Word.

The pressure of these meetings is much too great for me. I can not save one soul, heal one sick person or set one captive free but I am secure in the steadfast knowledge that God can AND will do these things and more! Praise God!

I am typing this Monday while I have more than a glimpse of phone service. By the time this posts on Tuesday we will have had two services under the tent. I believe God is going to meet us.

It is Very Hot here but it is forecasted to be in the 70's later in the week. It may be downright chilly for service then. A storm front is bringing the cooler temperature.

They certainly need some good rain here but I am praying the wind doesn't blow too strong and we have good weather at church time. Please help us pray.