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September 28, 2015, 10:14 AM

Take Time to be Holy

I cannot remember a summer when so much has been going on AND how fast it has flown by. 

My thoughts have been filled with the words to some old hymns.  And one of those hymns is "Take Time to be Holy".  How wonderful this hymn is and the words are straight from the Holy Spirit's prompting.


          Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;

          Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

          Make friends with God's children, Help those who are weak;

          Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.


          Take time to be holy, The world rushes on;

          Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone

          By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be

          Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.


These are just the first two verses and the next two are just as significant in telling us that we need to TAKE TIME WITH HIM!    

I return to my words in the first paragraph about how fast the time has flown by.  The man who wrote the words to "Take Time to Be Holy" was neither a pastor nor a songwriter.  William Longstaff was an English businessman ––a Christian layman who took his faith seriously. He wrote this poem over 100 years ago and was later put to music by George Stebbins.  I am so glad that this particular hymn is "Public Domain"  meaning that it can be quoted without infringing a copyright law.  I personally need to keep this song forever in my mind, reminding me to always take time for my Lord.  As I do, I will surely make a better witness to those around me.

I hope you all have access to a church hymnal (which are becoming rare these days).  So that you can look up these old hymns and read the truth they are sharing. 


by Barb C.


10-05-2015 at 5:00 PM
David Mathis
Great blog. I read the words to the song over and over. Even though familiar it was a great devotional today.
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August 5, 2015, 9:13 AM

VBS lessons for all ages!

As I sit here wondering what subject I should blog on today, I am troubled. Satan is wrecking havoc in so many lives and in our world. What else can I reflect on.

Aww, it is VBS week and I am priviledged to work with the children in the science/craft area. Already I have received so many hugs and new friends. I have the priviledge of building confidence in our children in the word as we look at Proverbs and the parts of our body.

Did you know that Proverbs has lessons for even our children.

Ears: Listen Up! God wants us to listen to His Word. We learned of the tubes in our ears and the fluid that travels through them that we can keep our balance and of the tiny hairs that transmit the sound to our brain.  How amazing, thank you Jesus for my hearing that I might know your perfect Word. Proverbs 19:20 "Listen to wise counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days."

Hands: Wake Up! Get to work for the Lord;  Kaylee taught us about our fingers and the "receptors" sending information to our brain.  She then taught two phrases in  English Sign language. Thank you Jesus that we have hands for those who cannot speak for commuication and to do the "work" you have for us to do. Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the Lord."

Tongue: Build Up! Speak good not bad or evil of others. Last night we learned about the taste buds on our tounge and how amazingly it was created so that we can taste, salty, sugared and sour foods and drinks. Then we talked about speaking good not bad words. Thank you Jesus that we can taste the good things in life and share the good words with others. Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."

Heart: Check up! Tonight our children are going to learn about their hearts, Hope and Kennadi are even going to help them listen to their own heart beats! We're going to talk about "trusting in Lord with all our hearts." We will make plaques with crosses to remind us how much Jesus loved us! Thank you Jesus for loving us and for our amazing hearts that we might feel and give love."  Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."

Feet: Wise up! On Thursday Ashlyn will talk about the receptors in our feet. Then she'll demonstrate with magnets things that stick and things that won't. We'll talk about which way we can be pulled, "good ways," and "bad ways." Thank you Jesus for the feet that carry us to the good places in life." Proverbs 13:20 "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed."

Simple lessons that we as adults need to "hear" too! 

We do not know when Jesus will return, but we do know that we are to be ready. 

What is it today that is preventing you from "hearing;" "working;" and "speaking," "beating" and "walking" for the Lord?


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July 26, 2015, 8:54 PM


Doing this in remeberance of him,
filling our cups to the brim.
Drinking this juice represents his death,
which he freely gave with his very last breath.  
Sitting in this chair,
my mind goes to how much Jesus had to bare.
As a tear rolls down my eye,
its hard to hold back and not cry.
As pastor speaks of the Lord's supper, 
we do this in rememberance of him with one another.
He came for you and me,
to get into heaven he is the key.
Thank you God for this day,
when I can remember your son and what he did for me with the price he had to pay.
I will rejoice and praise your name on high,
my spirit is ready to fly.
You proved them wrong in the end,
thank you for becoming my best friend. 

By: Natasha


July 9, 2015, 11:42 AM


Have you ever given thought to how you personally take communion? I have and I am once again today. Why? Because I am preparing for Sunday school class this Sun. July 12th at Living Hope Free Methodist Church led by Greg Brillhart. (by the way it begins at 9:30 a.m.; why not join us?)

In I Corinthians Paul is disturbed by the news he hears about the manner in which they are partaking in communion and enjoying a huge feast.

When Christ administered that 1st communion on the night before his death, He took the cup and the bread and He gave thanks.

Eucharist from the Greek word "thanksgiving." Christ became our "Eucharist."

Paul goes on to warn the Corinthians whoever eats and drinks in an unworthy manner are guilty of sinning against the body and blood of Jesus.

There it is "unworthy" that has me thinking on my personal communion. Unworthy - unacceptable in a manner respectable for a "good" person; not good enough.

What makes me unacceptable; not good enough?

When I come to the table with un-confessed sin. I need to first look at my life; do I have sin I need to confess? Then I must do so in my seat before approaching or by kneeling at the altar. Once confessed, I am ready to partake and remember that Christ is my “Eucharist.”

Today I see my approach to personal communion as “I am unworthy” but it is through the blood and the body of Christ that I am able to come, confess and be forgiven and partake to be made worthy.

When Jesus comes, I want to be among those who are, “invited” to the wedding feast.

Revelation 19:9 “And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”



07-10-2015 at 10:43 AM
David Mathis
Let this be our prayer Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel
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June 30, 2015, 8:38 AM

Be Ready to give an answer for your hope

God's word tells us that we should "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15)"  These words have generated a desire in my heart to think deeply about what response I would be ready to give about these difficult issues in society today.  Such as, this recent decision by the Supreme Court about homosexual marriages.  I, like many of you might be tempted to just keep quiet not knowing what the best thing to say would be.  But there is another passage in God's word that tells me this is a sin. (If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17)

          Well--------I asked God to show me what to say.  After all, He has the answers written in His word.  In 1 Corinthians 6:9 the word definitely points out that homosexuality is wicked and sinful BUT there were those that Paul had been communicating with that had been washed from this sin and set free.  This goes against where our sinful world is headed by saying if it feels good do it.  He also states in chapt. 7 that for some it is good that a man should not marry.   I believe if we should have these tendencies in our life, then we should take on an attitude of celibacy. 

          There are people in our churches all over that are trying to change the way the church preaches about this even calling homosexuals into the pulpit.  But how can we dispute what God's word clearly says AND call ourselves a church of God.

          God help us to look to you for the answers to be ready to give a reason for our hope. 

Posted by Barb Crisenbery




06-30-2015 at 12:48 PM
Jackie Snider
I can HATE the sin and LOVE the sinner BUT I do not have to celebrate the sin. I have family who are gay and they expect me to be happy for them that this law has passed. To celebrate and be joyful. I LOVE THEM but in NO WAY, SHAPE or FORM will I celebrate that SIN has become law in our land!
06-30-2015 at 12:35 PM
David Mathis
At church we have been using Ezekiel 22:20 as ourv theme. Basically 6000 years ago God was looking for men to stand in the gap and speak up against the sins of Judah. He could find no one. Today, we are being asked the same thing- to fill the gap. I am opne who will do that. Will you join me?
06-30-2015 at 10:12 AM
Beverly J Zuvers
I posted on facebook: I choose to remain true to the Supreme Creator of the Universe. I do not have to have an opinion of this decision. I just do not have to judge, I just have show love.
In response to the article I poste there too. "How will you respond to the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage?
I am not of this world for I am of Jesus Christ.
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