Keep Singing

People who know me, know I can’t sing, it’s very true. However I keep on singing, no matter how bad it is.  That’s my message to you today. No matter how bad your circumstances, or how heavy your load, keep on singing. In just a little while, the trouble will be over, and we’ll be at home.  That’s the song that came to mind this morning too by the way.

Soon this life will all be over
And our pilgrimage will end
Soon we’ll take our heavenly journey
And be at home again with friends

Heaven’s gates are standing open
Waiting for our entrance there
Some sweet day we’re going over
And all the beauties there to share
That’s why I’m saying

Just a little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight

Oh, just a little more of sorrow
In this low and sinful state
Then we’ll enter heaven’s portals
Sweeping through those pearly gates

Just a little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait, oh
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight

iPainting Letter Writing Day 2017

Today is Letter Writing Day, and while no one seems to know how it started, it’s a great idea.  Write, text, or email a friend Today something kind. Let them know they’re not alone.

Abstract Art Piece Announcement In The Heavens

Over 2,000 years ago, there was an Announcement In The Heavens of a Life so significant, that He is most completely relevant today.  You know of Him, but do you know Him? Have you met Him at more than a manger?

There is an altar where The Child Of Christmas becomes the Savior of both your today and tomorrow. Because Jesus was born, we celebrate, because Jesus lives, we rejoice with life evermore!

Fill The Hollow

Exodus 38:7

7 And he put the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it with them. He made it hollow, with boards.

When referring to the Brazen Altar, verse seven says that it was made hollow with boards. Hollow things are meant to be filled up. A hollow is defined, not only as an unfilled space, but a small valley.

Both in your everyday Altar, for it was used daily, and in those hollow valleys of your life, prayer is the best means of filling it. Prayer fills a place with two presences, yours and God’s presence. You come to Him to share your worship, your fellowship, and your needs. He comes to you, to share His love, counsel, power, and wisdom.

Fill the hollow of your day, your situation, and your life with His presence. As the old song says, A Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right!

Heavy Lifter

We have a Savior built for difficult days. Today may be busy, probably a little crazy, but that’s okay. Jesus is a heavy lifter.

He is with us even in those busy, fast paced, hard, and difficult days. God wasn’t worried when Israel faced a river with Pharoah’s army trailing them. He wasn’t worried about stopping the orbit of the sun and moon for Joshua, because He made everything from the Sun He was stopping, to the child He was answering. He’s God enough to handle them, and Man enough to understand our fears.

The Spotless One faced Calvary, taking on the sins of the world to rescue us. He who had known no sin, became, not a sinner, but took on our sin and hung it on His cross. Jesus also knows what it’s like to face tasks that aren’t easy, and to defeat them.

So whether it encourages you that our problems are so small compared to Our Solution, Jesus; or it comforts you to know He knows how to face difficult battles, know this. You are important to Him, and from your smallest problem, to your biggest worry, they are more than on His radar. They are answered by the plan He has for you and I.

No matter what we face, we do not stand alone. He stands ever beside us, and always ready to provide for us. He is more than the bridge you need to get you to payday, or to answer the dream inside you. He is big enough to build you an everlasting testimony, one that conquers your today, makes better your tomorrow, and multiplies your future.

The Creator Of Blessings

We’ve feasted, strung our lights, laughed, and some poor souls braved the hordes for bargains. Today, we go to worship The Creator of blessings, light, laughter, and life itself. This day, as in every season, regardless of circumstances, we see His Light, feel the warmth He created, and experience because He created us.

We exist because He wanted to give us life. We can know Him because He gave His life to redeem us. He’s given us so much, and today, we go to say thank you. We do this, not only today, but every day, because each is a gift that did not have to exist.

We humans talk a lot about destiny, but until He decided to design us, it was only a concept in His mind. Everything we have, everything good about us, is because of Jesus. When I meet you in the Sanctuary this morning, let’s join our hearts, our voices, and our determination together, to not only say thank you today, but to live it tomorrow.

The Source Of Redemption

Today we honor a living God, One who makes free, and free forever. We celebrate a King of more than land, sea, and air, but a Sovereign who conquered death, hell, and the grave. We rejoice because He knew us, and yet loved us enough to die for us.

Because of His Resurrection, we live a free, and abundant life. Today we celebrate Jesus, the source of Redemption. He is our Joy on this beautiful Sunday!

Trust, Remember, And Believe

Trust God, when you don’t understand, remember how He brought you through the last time you didn’t have an answer. The next time, you feel overwhelmed, remember that He said you’d experience tribulation, but that He also said He has already overcame it for you. Lastly believe, not only that there is a loving God in Heaven, but a leading God in your problem.

Trust, remember, and believe. We do that with a loved one who’s been loving, faithful, and kind. We give them the benefit of the doubt when something happens. That’s what God asks us to do with Him, nothing more, nothing less.

If we’ll stop to remember, when we’re in a battle, that He remembered us enough to face Calvary, then we’ll know He won’t forsake us now. As a young man, I thought I needed answers. As a middle aged man, instead I ask a different question.

Why should I doubt The One who has never failed me? An why do I need to know how He is going to bring me out this time? For we know Him, and that’s really all we need to know.

Three Soldiers 

This Veteran’s Day, PruittWrites would like to briefly spotlight Three Soldiers of World War 1. It was after this conflict that Veteran’s Day was enacted. So we find it only fitting to look into the lives of three men who defended our nation during this time.

General Of The Armies

Only two men hold the title, and one of them was George Washington. The other, actually held it first, while in command, General Of The Armies.  His uniform included the wearing of four gold stars instead of silver, and any soldier that knew him, would tell you he deserved it. General Pershing was a man ahead of his time, a believer in equality, fairness, and in the American Soldier.

The famous epitaph he was given, “Black Jack”, came first as a derogatory slang for leading African American troops. Before joining the army, he taught local African American children in his home state of Missouri. In 1895 he commanded one of the original Buffalo soldier regiments in the 10th Cavalry. He led the regiment in the battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.

A lifetime of faithful, and expert service resulted in him being chosen to lead the entire American forces during World War 1. He was appointed the title General Of The Armies on the same year that Veteran’s Day was instituted in honor of our soldiers, 1919. This teacher, this soldier, this general, would go on to win the Pulitzer prize for his memoirs on the events of World War 1.

Sgt. York

Sergeant Alvin Cullum York, became one of the most decorated soldiers for his bravery during World War 1. He was awarded the Medal Of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun post that eliminated 32 machine guns, and captured 132 prisoners. The son of a blacksmith, he was born in a two room log cabin near Pall Mall, Tennessee on December 13, 1887.

As a young man, after the death of his Father, he worked to help his Mother support a family that included eleven children. His two older brothers having already married and relocated, it became his responsibility. Alvin would travel to Harriman for work in construction, and later logging to make the ends meet.

It was General Pershing himself awarded Sergeant York the Medal Of Honor. Alvin would go on to win nearly 50 decorations for bravery. A strong Christian, when asked about his accomplishments, he replied, “A higher power than man guided and watched over me and told me what to do.”

Sergeant York retired a hero, and though many would have been content to leave it at that, he wasn’t. When World War 2 arrived, he attempted to re-enlist. He was turned down, due to poor health, but that did not stop the man from Tennessee. He was commissioned as a Major in the Signal Corps.

At his own expense, he toured training camps, inspiring the soldiers. He taught them that well trained soldiers can fight their way out of any situation. Although he rose to the rank of Colonel in the Tennessee State Guard, to us and countless of Americans, he will always be Sergeant York.

First Lieutenant

Our last soldier, cheated to get into the Army. His eyesight was considered so poor, that he was turned down for service. This happened both at West Point, and the Missouri National Guard. Harry wouldn’t let it stop him though, he secretly memorized the eye chart to get in.

He was determined to serve his country. Others saw this determination and Harry was made First Lieutenant. A sudden attack by the enemy in the Vosges Mountains could have proved disastrous, had it not been for Harry. His unit began to retreat, but Harry encouraged them to stay and fight, leading his men.

On another occasion, his quick thinking in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive saved many American lives. Future World War 2 hero, General Patton’s tank brigade, would receive cover from his men as well. Like General Pershing, and Sergeant York, Harry would go on to serve his country during World War 2. First as a Senator from Missouri, then as Vice President, and finally as President Harry S. Truman.

In their own way, these three WW1 Veterans, taught their fellow Americans something. No matter what age, no matter how old, or how young, we are never too anything to stand for our country. 

The soldiers that have fought, bled, and either perished or survived in the defense of our great country deserve all of our honor. No matter what political persuasion, regardless of opinion, passion, or background, we can all stand together in this. The American Soldier doesn’t stand for a platform, candidate, or temporary argument, they stand for us. May God bless our soldiers, the frontline for all that we believe in and hold dear.