Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 June 2011 Job 23:10‏

Job 23:10.     But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 
Oh Friends, isn’t wonderful when you talk to someone you haven’t spoken to in ages, only to discover that they also have a strong faith in God and an earnest desire to serve Him, like you do? It sure is! Yesterday I called an old friend to offer my condolences on the unfortunate and sudden passing of one of his children, and you wouldn’t believe the enthusiasm we both expressed in living for God. It was certainly a revealing and refreshing moment for me. Now here’s a quote from Robert Nathan that gives us some good insight into living this earthly life. ‘Give thanks for sorrow that teaches you pity; for pain that teaches you courage – and give exceeding thanks for the mystery which remains a mystery still – the veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see.’ Those are true words my people! We can’t always run away from problems, or be always courageous either, but whatever fear we feel, we’ve got to handle it with inner strength, which means entrusting it to our heavenly Father, invoking the power of the Holy Spirit, because strengthening us is one of His many purposes. That brings us to our Bit, where poor Job, beset by calamity and fickle friends, proudly proclaims: ‘But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.’ Oh Friends, what a stirring moment it would be in heaven, if most believers could say that with authority and true sincerity! Anyway, yesterday we looked at scriptures on the first part of our Bit: ‘But he knoweth the way that I take.’ Today, let’s check out some on the second part: ‘when he hath tried me, I shall come forth like gold.’ First up are some words from Bruh David in a prayer for protection against oppressors. ‘Thou hast proved (tested) mine heart; thou hast visited me (searched me out) in the night; thou hast tried (examined) me, and shalt find nothing (evil): I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.’ (Ps.17:3) What confidence my brethren! Bruh David really had it going on with the Father! Now listen to these heartfelt words of the psalmist in talking of the great works of God: ‘For thou, O God, hast proved (tested) us: thou hast tried (refined) us, as silver is tried (refined). Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy (an abundant) place.’ (Ps.66:10-12) Wow Friends! Those truly are encouraging sentiments! Please believe them, for they are true, and let’s write them indelibly in our hearts, because they are words for all believers to live by. And finally words from James, who puts it this way: ‘Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried (has been proven), he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that LOVE Him.’ (James 1:12) Yes mih people, trial and testing are an integral part of our earthly journey with Jehovah God, for that’s what brings us more like Jesus. It certainly isn’t an easy row to hoe, but as men of faith have proven, witnessed and testified down through the ages, if we totally trust and surrender our lives to the Lord’s will, though He tests us harshly and constantly, He will eventually bring us out safely and we’ll be much the better for it. That’s His promise. Please believe it, for then your perspective on this earthly life will be greatly enhanced. Much LOVE!…placing our lives entirely in the Father’s hands…that’s the wisest decision we can ever make… P.S. There certainly can be no complaints about the Bit’s length today. (smile) Much LOVE!

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 June 2011 Job 23:10‏

Job 23:10.    But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Oh Friends, do you ever feel like you’re on a never ending treadmill of pain, heartache, grief, sorrow and suffering, with only a few small windows of joy in between? Well that’s what life is often about. And in many cases there’s nothing we can do to change it. But luckily for us believers, we have Jesus to hold on to, to help and guide us through both the pleasant and unpleasant facets of life. It’s not easy being righteous in this evil, ungodly world, for sometimes when we’re trying our best, that’s when troubles befall us like rain. In anguish, we cry out to God, but He doesn’t answer, doesn’t seem to be there in our time of great need. So we feel lost and abandoned. But Friends, that’s the furthest thing from the truth, for God has promised to be with us always, (Matt.28:20) and also to never leave or forsake us. (Heb.13:5). And we all know that He faithfully keeps all His promises. So when we’re seeking Him and can’t find Him, then it’s possibly because of our sin, or He’s testing us. And if we’ve been fairly righteous, then it shouldn’t be our sin. We have a perfect example of that kind of dilemma in Job. He felt that he was doing a decent Job in obeying God’s will, and he was, but Lucifer talked the Lord into testing him, and during his time of calamity, he cried out to God, searched diligently for Him, but to no avail. As he says: ‘Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him. On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him, he hideth himself on the right hand (turns to the right), that I cannot see him.’ (Job 23:8-9) Yes my people, there’s nothing more disheartening than sincerely seeking God but being unable to find Him. However, as true believers, we’re inbred with His Holy Spirit, there for our help, guidance and protection. That Spirit never leaves or abandons us, instead it helps us to hang on, boosts our faith in Almighty God when things get rough. Thus in those times when we feel alone and abandoned, we ought to invoke the power of the Spirit, then rise up and say like Job does in our Bit: ‘But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.’ Yes my brethren, though Job’s friends felt that his life was riddled with hidden sin, that’s why such terrible calamity befell him, Job felt totally different. He knew that he sincerely tried to maintain a righteous attitude towards God, and felt sure that no terrible sins would be found if the Lord tested him in the fires of refinement. He would come out strong and shiny like gold. Now is that the way we feel today? It’s how we ought to. But unless we’re truly tying to live a righteous life, we won’t be able to say it with any sincerity, and since God reads our hearts, unless it’s reflected there, our words will be in vain. Now our Bit can be divided into two parts, the first being: ‘But he knoweth the way that I take:’ And that’s an undeniable fact Friends! The Lord knows all our comings and goings, nothing about us is hid from Him. So let’s check out a couple of scriptures that highlight that aspect of our Bit. In the very first Psalm, ‘Blessed are the righteous,’ the psalmist proudly declares: ‘For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.’ (Ps.1:6) Then in Psalm 139, talking of the everlasting presence and power of God, Bruh David offers these immortal words: ‘O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compasseth (comprehendeth) my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.’ (Ps.139:1-4) Yes my people, our God knows all about us since He created us and planned our lives, and He will never abandon us, though sometimes He hides His face from us, we can’t feel His presence. ‘Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.’ (Is.45:15) But usually those are times of testing; He’s trying to find out how sincere we are about LOVING, trusting and surrendering ourselves to Him. So in those lonely, troubled times Friends, please take heart, stand steadfast and strong, knowing that our God will never leave or forsake us, in fact, when we can’t go on any more, then He will carry us. I can tell you from personal experience that He’s a most wonderful God, so please don’t ever loose faith and trust in Him. We’ll continue this Bit tomorrow, God willing. Till then, please walk safely in His LOVING grace. Much LOVE!…when in the sands of our troubled times…only one set of footprints we see…that’s when our LOVING God carried us…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 June 2011 James 4:10‏

James 4:10.    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Oh Friends, it’s a new day and new manna is being showered down from heaven! Yesterday’s manna is of no use today. Only the goodies that were made especially for Tuesday 28 June 2011 are viable today. So if you want any, you have to get up and get it. Remember, the early bird gets the best worms. (smile) Oh my brethren, whenever I sit and contemplate the goodness of our God, I can’t help but think how amazing He is, and how lucky we are to worship not only such an omnipotent Deity, but One who is also so magnanimous. Just look at all He’s done for us nuh! First creating us, then continuing to LOVE us unconditionally, providing, guiding and caring for us despite our disobedience and rebellion against Him. And then the crowning glory; sending His only Son Jesus to sacrifice His sinless life, so that we could be cleansed of our disgusting sins and be reconciled to Him. Wow! What a great and wonderful God! And having considered all that, it just makes me feel grateful and real humble. The problem though is that the world does not value gratitude and humility as much as it does arrogance, self-centredness and pride, and since we have to live in it, it’s obvious that some of its values will rub off on us, possibly not all the time, but for sure occasionally. Now the only way to beat the pressure of the world’s proud and lustful values is by following the advice James gives in our Bit. ‘Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.’ And that’s no lie my people! When you embrace the Lord, acknowledge His sovereignty and live an obedient life, He will cause you to rise higher in your endeavours, often higher than you expect or imagine. That’s the kind of God He is to those who are obedient to His will! It’s also true that the world will put you on a pedestal if you come out proud and boastful in recognition of your earthly accomplishments. However, the big difference between the world’s lifting up and that of God is that when your Achilles heel shows up, or someone else comes along that seems better, the world in it’s fickleness will knock you off that pedestal so fast and furious, you won’t know what hit you. But when the Lord elevates you, you will stay elevated, provided you stay humble and grateful, and don’t behave like it was all your doing. For believe me people, if you get too big for your breeches when the Lord lifts you up, He will pull you down even quicker and more painfully than the world. Nothing’s basically wrong with being acknowledged for our earthly accomplishments, but we have to ensure that we give God the glory for it, and not try to take it personally. Being humble in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s system is of the utmost importance, because pride seems to annoy Him more than anything else. And why is that? Because pride totally shuts Him out of our lives, we don’t take Him into account in anything we do, and He explicitly made us for the exact opposite purpose; to be very involved in our lives. Now let’s hear some scriptures that deal with the subject. In Job 5:11, Eliphaz, when rebuking his friend, says that one of the great things the Lord does is ‘To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.’ Later on, Eliphaz also declares: ‘When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up (exaltation); and he shall save the humble person.’ (Job 22:29) Then James, in paraphrasing Prov.4:34, says: ‘God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’ (James 4:6) Peter used those same words in 1 Pet.5:5, then boldly declared: ‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’ (1 Pet.5:6-7) Oh Friends, all those men of great faith knew back then that true humility was a necessity in being a believer, and it still is today, especially with the current prevalence of arrogance and pride in our society. And I’ve saved the best for last; the words of Jesus Himself: ‘But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (humbled); and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted (lifted up).’ (Matt.23:11-12) Yes my people, there’s no denying that a humble attitude is of great importance in the Lord’s kingdom, so please let’s try and acquire it nuh. Too many of us believers are behaving like the world behaves; proud, lustful and arrogant, which, in the Lord’s good time, will sadly lead to our eventual painful downfall. Much LOVE!…a word to the wise is usually sufficient…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 June 2011 Matthew 11:30‏

Matthew 11:30.      For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Oh Friends, that beautiful, long awaited day, Monday is finally here! It’s dawning bright and sunny in all God’s glorious splendour! So let’s be up and at ’em, resume the battle in the trenches of work, like the good soldiers of Christ that we are. Okay, so you think I’m crazy…and I might just be, but we ought not to dread Mondays the way we do. Instead we should embrace it as a chance to come our diligently fighting for Jesus after our short respite on the weekend. But be that as it may, let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn to get us going. Let’s sing in full voice now, so that the enemy’s strength and the walls of his spirit will come tumbling down like the walls of Jericho. And all God’s people vociferously sang: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Yes mih people, I know that Mondays are rough for many of us, but there’s nothing we can do about, so instead of stressing ourselves out over it every week, we need to be better prepared and ready for it. One of the great downfalls of believers is that we moan and groan too much about things over which we have no control, like beginning a new work week on Mondays. We can gather all our spiritual armour right by our bedsides before we go to bed on Sunday night, just to remind us of the next day’s importance. (smile) But the problem is that we try to cram so much activity into our short weekend, that on Monday, we’re even more tired than we were on Friday. We are living in a very stressful world, but as believers we have the immense benefit and privilege of working with Jesus which ought to have us better grounded than we are. As He so rightly says in our Bit: ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.’ So why are we still dreading Mondays? Simply because we have not fully surrendered ourselves to Jesus and His approach to life. If we had, then we would not be so fearful. Hear John tell it like it is: ‘For this is the LOVE of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (burdensome). For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.’ (1 John 5:3-5) Yes Friends, we need to stop being fearful of the world and all its evil. And the only way to do that successfully is to completely surrender, put all your trust, ramp up your faith to the max, in Jesus, the One who so selflessly and sacrificially died for us, so that we could be cleansed from sin, receive salvation and enjoy eternal life in the Father’s presence. We have the best example of total surrender in Jesus, who always acceded to the Father’s will. Listen to His agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane the day before His crucifixion. ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ (Matt.26:39) And a short while later He said it again: ‘O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except (unless) I drink it, thy will be done.’ (Matt.26:42) Oh Friends, surrendering to the Father’s will is also our duty as believers, so please let’s follow Jesus’ example and do it to the best of our ability. Much LOVE!…heaven is awash in smiles…when earthly children totally surrender to the Father’s will…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 June 2011 Psalm 145:18‏

Psalm 145:18.     The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Well a good Sunday morning to all you beautiful Friends and Neighbours in Christ! The new provisions of God, this new day, are being disseminated at this very moment to all who truly seek them. And while we are being richly blessed, it’s only right that we should remember others not so fortunate and do stuff to benefit them, though we may never see or know about it. In support of that statement, let me share a quote from my ‘I LOVE YOU’ poster, which says: ‘Do for others with no desire of returned favours. We should all plant some trees we’ll never sit under.’ And that’s the living truth my brethren! We should all aspire to do good deeds; some with hope of future blessing, but also some without thought of future reward. And yuh know, those are usually the ones that please our God the most. It reminds me of the story about an elderly man who planted a tree that took many years to grow and bear fruit. When asked why he did it, since he would most likely not be around to enjoy its fruit and shade, he simply replied that it wasn’t planted with his enjoyment in mind, but for that of some unknown person(s) in the future. Now that’s the epitome of selflessness, a lesson many many of us believers still have to learn because we insist on following the selfish, greedy ways and patterns of the world. Remember though that we ought to be in the world, but not of it. (Rom.12:2; 1 John 2:15) However, the only way to do that on a successful basis is by continually doing as our Bit advises: ‘The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.’ Yes Friends, we have to keep calling out to the Lord for help to handle the evils of our world; evils like selfishness, greed, anger, resentment, bitterness, hate and violence, otherwise we’ll get caught in the trap, fall into the pit of evil that the enemy has dug and set for us. As Moses said to the Israelites when exhorting them to obedience of God’s laws. ‘For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh (near) unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?’ (Deut.4:7) And the emphatic answer is NONE! Ah mih people, many of us want and expect God’s attention, but it doesn’t usually happen until we call out to Him, unless we purposely seek Him. He’s always there, right close by, but does not get involved unless we ask Him to, cause He’s a God of choices. Now the next important thing is that we can’t just go to Him and ask for whatever we want without a sincere heart; a heart that truly recognizes Him as Lord and Saviour. Selfish, greedy motives will be readily discovered since it’s our hearts that He searches and listens to, not merely the pleas of our mouths. Jesus said it quite plainly to the Samaritan woman at the well: ‘But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.’ (John 4:23-24) Oh Friends, to be true believers we must seek God on purpose, with truth and a right heart, otherwise we’re just fooling ourselves, our religion is vain and useless. So today, let’s ponder those two aspects of our lives, determine the intensity of our desire to know and seek God, and the rightness of our motives when we come to Him, then try our best to improve them, for there’s room for improvement in all of us. Note too, it’s all for OUR benefit, not God’s. Much LOVE!…remember…God is not there to serve our selfish purposes…but we’re here to serve His righteous desires…  P.S.  And my reason for the Bit being late today – I went to church, seeking God and fellowship with other believers, simply trying to practice what I preach. (smile) Much LOVE!

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 June 2011 Psalm 146:3‏

Psalm 146:3.    Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Oh Friends, the ole fella had a hard time getting up again this morning, thus the tardiness of the Bit. (smile) But today, at least I got up feeling refreshed, vibrant and alive, not mashed up like yesterday. Believe me, I’m trying to bring my life back to a pre-surgery time, though right now I’m obviously not doing such a brilliant job. But with God’s help, I know we’ll get there eventually, hopefully sooner than later. Anyway, here’s an encouraging story I’ve been meaning to share, but kept forgetting. A few afternoons ago I was listening to WACK 90.1 F.M, the Culture Crazy Radio Station out of T & T. Now at the beginning of the afternoon drive time, somewhere between two and three o’clock, the new announcer began playing some beautiful West Indian Gospel music, and listeners were calling in to tell him thanks and to keep up the good job. This one man though, called in and had a low level dispute with the announcer, re his godly selections. At that moment in time, it appeared that he wasn’t too thrilled with God because his place, I don’t know if it was his personal home, or the general area where he lived, was flooded. But right then he didn’t want to hear any God centred music. What really amazed, pleased and encouraged me though is that several people, internationally and locally, called up afterwards, taking him to task. Bravo fellow believers! Poor man. He didn’t realize that in his time of catastrophe, it was then he needed God the most. We can’t get too annoyed with him though, for that’s exactly how too many of us believers still behave. When things are going great, we’re all hyped up and God filled, but as soon as things turn sour, we get sour too and begin doubting, wondering if God is really all He claims that He is. Well Friends, I’m here to tell us this summer Saturday morning, that doesn’t feel nor look like summer, that out great and wonderful God is truly what he declares…and even more. What we have to realize is that life isn’t always going to come up smelling like roses, and when it doesn’t, that’s the time we most need our faith in Jesus, so that we can stand steadfast and strong and fight through the adversity with His ever-present help. As Job so rightly said, we can’t expect good all the time and no bad. Life just doesn’t work that way. (Job 2:10) And it’s quite easy to be faith filled when things are going right, but it’s in the times of adversity that we find out exactly how strong and sincere our faith really is, and discover, sometimes much to our chagrin, the true mettle of our inner man. Oh Friends, the ole fella’s enjoying writing this Bit because it’s one of those where the Spirit ‘s guiding me on a loose rein, allowing me to pour out my heart on the matter, whatever that might be. (smile) We obviously don’t have a Bit as yet, but we will be guided to a suitable one when the time is right…which I think is now. So here goes. Hallelujah my brethren! Two minutes later we’ve found our scriptural direction! Isn’t the Lord good to those who trust in Him? Most definitely! And that’s the title of Psalm 146: ‘The Blessedness of trusting God.’ Yes Friends, that’s the gospel truth! As our Bit so rightly declares: ‘Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man (a human being), in whom there is no help (salvation).’ Why? Because ‘His breath goeth forth (his spirit departs), he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.’  (Ps.146:4) Isaiah says it this way: ‘Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of (why should he be esteemed)?’ (Is.22:2) It’s a fact people, that man’s help is fickle and faithless, therefore not to be trusted. His comprehension of spiritual things is low, he has no real control over his life and he’s guided mostly by selfish and worldly motives, so you never know which side of the fence he’ll end up on. He can promise you help this very minute, then next minute his body dies and his thoughts disappear into thin air. So how can you trust such a one eh? But on the other hand, the Good Book tells us, and we know for sure that it doesn’t lie: ‘Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:’ (Ps.146:5-6) So when we opt for Almighty God instead of man, that’s where we show our wisdom! And once we do that, we automatically come to the conclusion that our thoughts, behaviour and attitudes should fall into line with the psalmist’s, and like him, we sincerely proclaim: ‘Praise ye the Lord (Hallelujah). Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.’ (Ps.146:1-2) That says it all Friends! So please, let’s consider and ruminate on these scriptures today, for they will bring great peace and calm to our mundane, troubled lives, if we do. Much LOVE!…in praising Almighty God…there ought to be no lack of enthusiasm…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 June 2011 Isaiah 5: 27‏

Isaiah 5:27.     None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken.
Oh Friends, it’s Friday! A cloudy looking one in my area, but nonetheless all around the world voices are thankfully chorusing ‘TGIF! Thank God is Friday! TGIF! Thank God is Friday!’ looking forward to the upcoming weekend. So without further ado, let’s chant our Friday Chant. ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Ah Friends, I don’t know if anybody needs that healing, cleansing and rejuvenation this morning more than the ole fella nuh. That’s because yesterday I decided to reintegrate my old body into the general society. It’s been five weeks since my surgery, time to be up and about in the world. The main reason I chose yesterday for that auspicious occasion though was because a choir, The Music Amateurs, from sweet Tobago was up here and putting on a concert in downtown Toronto. Now how could I pass up the opportunity to hear beautiful voices in song from God’s little acre eh? (smile) In addition to that, the choir director has over the years been my teacher, friend and mentor, but we hadn’t seen each other in a long time, so that seemed to be the ideal time to renew the friendship and meet each other’s families. The music was obviously fantastic! What else would you expect from a choir that has won the prestigious ‘Lions’ Trophy’ as the Most Outstanding Choir in T & T’s National Biennial Music Festival, the last four times, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. The guest artist, Macomere Fifi, the reigning Calypso Monarch of Canada, a born and bred Tobago gal, was also wonderful! However, on the downside, I don’t know if I could have chosen a worse day to go into Toronto. Steups! I left home around six p.m, but did not get into T.O. until after seven. Oh brother! Every major artery seemed to be a parking lot; eight and twelve lanes of traffic just standing still or merely crawling along. Then coming back home, around ten fifteen, it was almost the same thing. And that seems to happen everyday in many cities of the world. How could the workforce not be tired, disgruntled, resentful and nowhere near as productive as they should be when they have to sit in traffic for hours every day, five days a week? But instead of trying to solve that major problem, our brilliant governments and greedy company executives are more concerned about cost cuts and increased profits at their individual companies, when simply reducing the traffic problem would go a long way towards bettering those figures. And I can say this, because after all that sitting down; two hours in the concert, and three in a cramped car in stop and go traffic, when I got home last night I felt a tiredness like I haven’t felt in a long while. Granted I’m not in tiptop shape, but anybody who has to go through that stuff every day will never be as productive or enthusiastic as they should be. That tiredness further disrupted my already disrupted sleep patterns and I struggled to get up this morning, the reason why the Bit’s so late. It brought to mind the words of an old Prince Buster song, though the circumstances here were entirely different. (smile) ‘It was a rough night…It was a hard night…I feel so mash up today…’ Yeh mih people, the ole fella feeling real mash up this morning, but since we have such a wonderful Saviour in Jesus Christ looking out for us, we know that that too shall pass and we need to press on regardless. And as I am penning these words, I am already beginning to feel better. ‘Praise the Lord!’ Now lemme see if I can find a Bit to suit this. (smile) Today seems to be a real smiley smiley day. And why not eh? Smiles are good for both the body and the soul. No problems mih breddren! I found a Bit in no time at all! It was right there waiting for me. Oh the goodness of our God! It’s one of His faithful promises: ‘None shall be weary nor stumble among them: none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of (belt on) their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes (strap of their sandals) be broken.’ So Friends, even in all the doom and gloom, the destruction of the faithless, the wicked and His backsliding people, the Lord interjects a ray of hope for the righteous. ‘For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is still stretched out.’ (Is.5:25b) Please remember that my brethren. Though we may invoke the Lord’s wrath and anger by our sinful, ungodly behaviour, there is always, I repeat, there is always a chance, no, not a chance, but a sure hope of forgiveness and redemption if we acknowledge our transgressions. But we have to do that while we’re alive here on earth, like RIGHT NOW! So please, let’s be wise and turn to the One who so LOVINGLY moulded us and breathed the breath of life into our frail bodies, so that at the end, when our bodies return to the dust from which they were made, that breath of life will return to the Father and live with Him forever. Much LOVE!…to know, know, know Him…is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Him…

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