Jonathan's Journey
Monday Feb. 18, 2013

Ronnie Hunter, Rick Harris, Mike Morello, Cesar Jimenez and I traveled to Mexico...with Rex Watson and Baja Missions this past weekend to learn about the churches and the work in the Baja.

We flew out Friday Morning (2-15) and returned home this afternoon (Monday (2/18). It was a jammed back weekend...we went non-stop visiting with churches, preachers, learning, praying and taking hundreds of pictures.

It was a rewarding trip and you will hear more about the Baja in the days to come.

Home for a couple of days...and then off with the Bisons for our final regular season road trip of the year...heading to Mercer and Kennesaw State.

Barbara went to Oak Ridge to visit her parents...and to put on a Valentine Party....while there she became ill with a 24-hour virus! She is better today---as I returned home tonight. She was able to conduct the party...and take Bethany to Winterfest...before she came back to Oak Ridge and then got sick on Sunday she was able to drive home...and today she continued to rest here at home.

A we begin this work are a few articles I would like to share along with an email from Mr. Al enjoy...

By Jim Burns

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

He had only one eye and his arm was dangling by a thread. But four-year-old Hannah loved Bear. Bear always accompanied her to Sunday School. One day her teacher suggested the class pray for people who were sick and hurting. The children prayed for hungry children around the world, sick relatives, and broken relationships. Hannah put her arms around poor, tattered Bear. She prayed, "Dear Jesus, please make Bear better."

Then Hannah had such a good time at church, she forgot Bear and left without him. One of Hannah's teachers, who heard her prayer took Bear home to "heal" him. She replaced both eyes with pretty new buttons and sewed the arm back on. When she gave Bear back to Hannah on the next Sunday, Hannah was filled with joy. "God fixed Bear," she said.

What Hannah would later understand about God, is that sometimes He heals directly; other times he uses people like her Sunday School teacher to sew our bears together and help mend the broken parts of our lives.

A Love Story

By Jim Liebelt

I trust in Godís unfailing love, for ever and ever.

Psalm 52:8b

Around Valentineís Day most people think about love. With all of the media hype, even people who arenít in love, think about love! Here, however, is a great story (author unknown) about the depths of real love; a love that goes far beyond romance; and a love that is instructive to all!

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided since I was not busy with another patient that I would evaluate his wound. It had healed well, so I talked to one of the doctors and got the needed supplies to remove his stitches. While taking care of the wound, we began a conversation.

I asked him if he had another doctorís appointment that morning as he was in such a hurry. He told me no, but that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while and that she had Alzheimerís disease. As we talked, I asked him if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and that she had not recognized him in five years. I was surprised, and asked him why he was still going every morning to visit his wife even though she didnít know who he is. He smiled and patted my hand and said,

ďShe doesnít know me, but I still know who she is.Ē

I tried to hold back tears as he leftóI had goose bumps on my armóand I thought to myself, this is the kind of love I want in my life.

We all want to be loved in that kind of wayóa love that remains strong and unchanged even when we donít recognize it! Thank God that He loves us in that same way! Though we may not recognize it, feel it, appreciate it, and even take it for granted, Godís love for us never changes! He is always there for us! And Godís love for us sets the example of how we are to love others: our spouses, children, close friends, casual friends, and strangers alike.

As we celebrate another Valentineís Day, may you be reminded of Godís love and experience it in a new and fresh way Ė and pass that same kind of love on to the loved ones in your life!

I got this from Al Bradshaw a few weeks ago, but I have been so busy--I haven't posted a Journey in a few here goes. Thanks Brother Al


Thanks for mentioning in your "Journey" that I advocate and encourage Daily Bible Reading to just about everybody I talk to. I am only one of many who have discovered the rich rewards and joys of letting bible reading be a part of your daily activity. With that in mind, I would like to offer a story by one of my friends, Larry Yarborough, who is chaplain of the Middle Tennessee YMCA.

Chaplain's Ponderings

A Million Dollars!

Many years ago a young manís aunt tragically died. Despite the sad loss, he was delighted to find that in her will she had left him $20,000, along with her Bible and "all that it contains."

He quickly gambled the $20,000 but didnít even open the Bible, because he knew what it contained, and he wasnít all that interested in what he called, "dry religion."

For the next fifty years he lived as a pauper, scraping for every penny and hardly having a shirt for his back or food on the table. Finally, he was so destitute; he had to move in with relatives so they could take care of him.

As he was packing his few belongings, he noticed the old Bible lying up on a high shelf. He reached up and took hold of it, but it slipped from his hands and fell on the floor, revealing a crisp new $1,000 bill between every one of its one thousand pages. There was a total of one million
dollars hidden in the Bible.

The man had lived as a pauper, when he could have lived his life as a prince. He didnít - simply because of his prejudice and his thinking that he knew what the Bible contained.

Source: This story was printed in one of the Bibles we give out at our YMCA centers. It is the Bible with the million dollar bill reproduced on its cover. It was produced by Holman Bible Outreach International. I donít know if this account is the truth or not. It may be allegorical or fact. It does, however, teach a valuable lesson.

My Pondering:
The contents of the Bible are far more valuable than $1,000,000. The Bible is considered the most important book in the world. It is God's word. When you read the Bible, you read a message from God Himself. When you read it and practice its teachings, your life will be changed. And, if you believe and follow its teachings, youíll enjoy eternal life in the presence of God.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16, HCSB)

Have a great Journey!

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