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Prayer Request
A couple of weeks ago I asked you all to pray for my dad.  He and mom were setting up for a convention in Orlanda and he reached above his head to help hang a banner and somehow dislocated his shoulder.  He was in tremendous pain and they rushed him to the hospital in an ambulance.  As most of you know, my father is an amputee and only has one "good" arm to begin with.  His "good" arm has been in a sling for over two weeks.

To this day, he has almost no mobility in his "good" shoulder.  He is able to move his elbow enough to feed himself but that's about it.  He had an MRI on Tuesday and will find out the results next week.  We don't know at this point if there is a surgery in his future, or rehab or both.

On a separate note, he also met with a specialist on Tuesday because he is in need of a new prosthesis.  There are some new prosthetic limbs with great new technology that will help to give him more function in is right hand but they are VERY expensive (prototype pictured above and to the dismay of his grandkids, NO it doesn't have a built-in laser beam or nerf gun).  The only way he will be able to get the new limb is if the state approves it through workman's comp.

Bottom line is, my mom and dad really need your prayers.  They need a miracle.  Check that...they need a couple of miracles.    Thanks so much for your prayers.  I LOVE MY CHURCH FAMILY.

Breaking Free From the Kingdom of Me

 

Only 14.3 acres in total land mass, it is a small kingdom unto itself. Located in three separate areas in
the United States—part in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Northern California—you can leave the United
States and enter the Republic of Molossia. It is considered to be a micro-nation . . . a “nation within” our
nation.

Molossia has its own flag, its own signs, and its own boundary markers. It even has its own tourist attractions.
Kevin Baugh is the president, or Sovereign, over his own little kingdom. His space program consists
of model rockets. The basic unit of currency in Molossia is the valora. The valora is linked in value
to Pillsbury Cookie Dough. Three valora has equal value to one tube of cookie dough.

There is a railroad—model sized. The national sport is broom ball. And although his nation is landlocked,
he claims a navy that is merely an inflatable boat. You can visit anytime you like. But—although
it sounds fun—don’t think you can move there. He says there is not enough room. Kevin affectionately
calls his nation “The Kingdom of Me.”

Don’t laugh too quickly. We may not have gone to the same extremes as Kevin Baugh, but we mostly
live our lives as if we are rulers of our own kingdoms. What a surprise it is when we discover that we are
living in a kingdom but it is not ours.

That’s the message of Jesus. He came saying, “The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent
and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15). Literally he says the kingdom is “at hand.” It is that close.
All around us. Within reach.

His kingdom is not as a nation with armies and weapons but as a farmer who comes with seed and the
seed falls on soil (Mark 4:3-9). Finding his kingdom is like finding a treasure in a field (Matt. 13:44).
And his kingdom is worry-free (Matt. 6:25-34). Best of all, this kingdom has a king who is in control
(Mark 4:35-39).

Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. . .” (28:18). Kings say things like
that. Unlike Molassia, if you want to enter and live in this kingdom, there is room for everyone. That’s
not the problem. There is plenty of room in this kingdom for everyone.

But you need to know that there is only room enough on the throne of this kingdom for one King.

When I was a young boy, I used to travel with my parents each weekend as we traversed the State of Indiana and my dad preached in two different churches each Sunday.  My dad is a great preacher.  One of the things he used to say often that stuck with me is this: "In every heart there is a throne and a cross.  Now if Christ is on the cross, then self is on the throne.  But if self is on the cross, then Christ is on the throne."

Who is on the throne of your kingdom?

 

 

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