Monday, June 30, 2014

Why Do We Pray for the Lost?

Why do we pray for the lost? Arthur Pink once wrote that he couldn’t find one scripture instructing believers to pray for the lost. Let me say, I haven’t really examined the Scriptures in that particular light, so I don’t know if Pink was right or wrong.

Since the bible teaches clearly the doctrine of election, we know that God will save those whom He has elected. There is no doubt that the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross was absolutely efficacious. We know that no one will come to Christ for salvation unless they have been sovereignly regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

So, no amount of prayer, regardless of how sincere or fervent will change the decree of God concerning the destiny of an individual. Our pleading will not cause God to change His mind.

Forgetting Pink’s premise for the moment, I do think I might possibly know why we can and should pray for lost individuals.

First of all let me say that regardless of election being doctrinally sound, we as believers are still privileged and commanded to preach the gospel to every creature. As you well know, we are not privy to who has been elected and who has not. We are to preach the gospel, call every creature to repentance and trust God for His will to be done. We have no excuse not to evangelize those who are not believers.

Second, I think we are to pray for the lost in order to gain and maintain a heart for their soul. When I pray for someone I cannot be ambivalent about them. As I pray for someone I become more and more concerned about them. As a matter of fact my heart is drawn toward them and I find that I am more compassionate towards them. I cannot pray for someone for very long and be angry at them, or view them with disdain.

Prayer is an act of submission to God and a recognition that He is sovereign. God is sovereign especially in the area of salvation. My willingness to humble myself and recognize this sovereignty brings me into line with God’s will. As I pray for a lost individual I am admitting that God is the only one who through His Holy Spirit implant spiritual life within the individual enabling them to respond in faith and repentance. As I pray my heart is broken for them, my heart is exposed to God’s overall plan of redemption, and I am recognizing that God will do as He pleases.

As a result I don’t pray things like:

·       Make them see how much they need God
·       Open their eyes to their need
·       Make them see their sin

Nor do I any longer pray things like this:

·       Give them life through your spirit
·       Regenerate them in order for them to repent
·       Save them in-spite of themselves

I think when we pray like this we are not praying in accordance with God’s will. We may be praying a prayer that God cannot answer.

My prayers for the lost now include things like:

·       O God how magnificent you are and that there is none like you

·       You do as you please and all that you do is to reveal your majestic, holy, and glorious character to your creation

·       Father, so and so does not know you nor have they experienced your marvelous unmerited favor we call grace

·       I recognize that you are sovereign and have chosen for yourself and your good pleasure a company of believers of whom you will cause to worship you in Spirit and truth.

·       Father, save those whom you will and if it pleases you use me as part of your means of grace. Father harden those whom you choose to harden lest they too repent.

·       Father, my heart breaks for this individual knowing their end if you do not redeem them, but use me to share the good news with this individual and I trust you with the results knowing you are a gracious God

I think this enables me to pray in accordance with God’s will even for the lost. Since He has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy and He hardens those whom He chooses to harden I can share the gospel, and ask God to do the work that He chooses to do in this individual. Therefore, God hears my prayer and answers my prayer, since I have left the results up to Him and His sovereignty.

Whether we have an imperative to pray for the lost or not, I think we should. I think our prayers will produce compassion in our hearts for those who are lost and I think they bring our desires/requests in line with God’s will. I think God can answer every prayer we pray for the lost as a result.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Test of Fellowship Part 12

SERMON            GM14-021

SERIES:              Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Test of Fellowship: Resisting the Antichrists

SCRIPTURE:     1 John 2:19-27

SUBJ:                  Warning against the antichrists

SUMMARY:       You must remain in Christ in order to overcome the deceptive teachings of the anti-Christ’s.

SCHEME:           The aim of this message is to test your claim of fellowship with God on Christological grounds


          1B     Fellowship is tested on practical grounds (1:5-2:11)

                   1C     Practical grounds of moral like-ness (1:5-7)
                   2C     Practical grounds of confession of sin (1:8-2:2)
                   3C     Practical grounds of obedience (2:3-6)
                   4C     Practical grounds of love (2:7-11)

          2B     Fellowship is tested on relational grounds (2:12-17)

                   1C     The Positive Relationship (2:12-14)
                   2C     The Negative Relationship (2:15-17)

          3B     Fellowship is tested on Christological grounds (2:18-27)

                   1C     The Contrast (2:19)
                   2C     The Christological (2:19-21)
                   3C     The Centrality (2:22-25)
                   4C     The Clincher (2:26-27)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Which Do You Seek?

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.

—William Gurnall

Friday, June 27, 2014

Today In Church History...

JUNE 27, 1736

1st of Many George Whitefield Sermons

Whitefield preached his first sermon at St Mary de Crypt Church in his home town of Gloucester a week after his ordination.

Monday, June 23, 2014

How Do I Prepare My Heart For Worship?

Worship. What a word! What a concept. I forget who coined the term that was representative of the 80's and 90's - "Worship Wars," but mention worship and you will have as many opinions as you have worshipers. 

Each week believers are privileged to gather as a body that is to be reflective of the overall body of believers. Each week buildings and meetings houses are occupied with individuals who claim to gather to "worship" God. I think there are at least three (3) dangers believers face each time they gather for the purpose of worship:

  • misunderstanding the nature of worship
  • failing to prepare for worship
  • maintaining improper expectations from worship
Today's post focuses minutely on the second danger that believers face each and every time they gather for the purpose of worship. Most believers fail to prepare their hearts and minds for worship. So, how do I prepare my heart each Sunday morning prior to gathering with the folks at North Kelso Baptist Church? Allow me to share some things that I do  in order to prepare my heart to gather for worship.

Delight in the Word

--read passages about worship
--you can find over 100 different passages dealing with worship 
--read a Psalm from Psalms 95-100

Spend time in confession

--Read Psalm 32, 51; 1 John 1:9
--ask God to search your heart (Psalm 139:23-24)
(read this and memorize it from the NLT)

Read about worship

--from the bible
--from the books

Worship: The Ultimate Priority (John MacArthur)
Worship Matters (Bob Kauflin)

Read a chapter from a solid devotional book about God

--The Knowledge of the Holy (A. W. Tozer)
--The Attributes of God (A. W. Pink)

Spend time in prayer for the worship service

Sing some hymns

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Test of Fellowship (Part 11)

SERMON            GM14-020

SERIES:              Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        The Test of Fellowship: Resisting the Anti-Christ’s

SCRIPTURE:     1 John 2:18-27

SUBJ:                  Warning against the antichrists

SUMMARY:       You must remain in Christ in order to overcome the deceptive teachings of the anti-Christ’s.

SCHEME:           The aim of this message is to test your claim of fellowship with God on Christological grounds


          1B     Fellowship is tested on practical grounds (1:5-2:11)

                   1C     Practical grounds of moral like-ness (1:5-7)
                   2C     Practical grounds of confession of sin (1:8-2:2)
                   3C     Practical grounds of obedience (2:3-6)
                   4C     Practical grounds of love (2:7-11)

          2B     Fellowship is tested on relational grounds (2:12-17)

                   1C     The Positive Relationship (2:12-14)
                   2C     The Negative Relationship (2:15-17)

          3B     Fellowship is tested on Christological grounds (2:18-27)

                   1C     The Contrast (2:18)
                   2C     The Christological (2:19-21)
                   3C     The Centrality (2:22-25)
                    4C     The Clincher (2:26-27)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand
Words by Gregg Metcalf
Music by Jenean Thompson
written May 1992
recorded by Christ Church of Federal Way, WA 1993

I was teaching expositionally through the Epistle to the Ephesians in our church in Federal Way, WA. As I studied the text I was moved by the promise of God's presence in a passage. I wanted to pray and praise God for the sweetness of the moment. Then I picked up my pen and wrote these words.

I finished them, took them to my secretary's office (an accomplished musician) and asked her to write some music. She did, a beautiful ballad was put together by her incredible voice and musical talent on the piano. She heard that Christ Church of Federal Way was producing a CD of worship and praise songs. She ran this song by the producer and our song was selected to be recorded. It came out beautifully.

When I fail and it's more than I can bear
when my heart tells me there's no one to care
when the sun has set and the night takes command
by His presence He takes me by my hand

Every day I live the winds of fear assail
and I think I'm about to be lost in the gale
I run to the one that commands the wind
I'm not afraid He holds my hand once again


Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

Have you fallen in the race and lost your way
is your night so dark you're afraid to pray
let me tell you friend there's a light up ahead
don't be afraid there is nothing now to dread

Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

We need not hear a heart so weak and in despair
have joy give praise for there is one who cares
Yes it is true that oft today I might fail
but I know I'll never be lost in the gale


Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

In His presence He takes me by my hand
Thank you Lord, for taking my hand

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Forty One Years

Forty one years ago Irene and I were married at the Tar Landing Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville, North Carolina. I was 18 and she was 19. Only by God's grace have we reached today.

At 7:30 PM my high school sweetheart walked down the aisle, took my hand, repeated vows, and agreed to marry me on June 18th, 1973. The bride wore a $11.00 white K-Mart dress and the groom wore his Marine Corps dress Greens.

We have no momentos and only one picture from that day. I was a PFC in the Marine Corps making a total of 288.00 a month. We had a little Betty Crocker box cake, a couple of witnesses and a Baptist pastor. What we do have is 41 years of living, four daughters, and four grandchildren.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What Can We Learn From Judas Iscariot?

SERMON            GMT14-020

SERIES:              Topical – Special Days:  Father’s Day

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        What Can We Learn From Judas Iscariot?

SCRIPTURE:     Selected Scriptures (Matthew 26:20-25)

SUBJ:                  Lessons from a traitor

SUMMARY:       I propose to you that there are lessons taught by the treasonous actions of Judas Iscariot

SCHEME:           The aim of this message is that the members of NKBC examine their profession of faith in order to avoid the mistakes of Judas

What lessons or truths can we learn from Judas Iscariot?

1A     Having a privileged position does not secure genuine faith

2A     Performing religious activity does not indicate genuine faith

3A     Loving money is destructive to gaining genuine faith

4A     Living is useless without genuine faith

5A     Sinning has destructive consequences on non-genuine faith 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

How Will You Carry Out God's Will?

“For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” 

C. S. Lewis,
The Problem With Pain

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our Wonderful Graduate!

(Madilynn is on the left)

Our Graduate

Madilynn Nichole Metcalf
Born: Seattle, WA
December 20, 1995

Matriculated: June 12, 2014
Mountain View High School
Vancouver, WA

"Mountain View Thunder"
Go Thunder!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review: Evangelicalism Divided

Title:   Evangelicalism Divided

General Subject Matter:  Doctrinal, Informational

Theme:  An overview of the fortunes and misfortunes of evangelical Christianity

Thesis:  To demonstrate the crucial change in evangelicalism from 1950 through 2000

Author:  Iain H. Murray

Copyright Date:  2000

ISBN: 978 0 85151 783 4

The purpose of this book is to trace the concessions which were made which seriously weakened biblical Christianity by examining the personalities, institutions, and publications related to evangelical Christianity in the last fifty years. Murray's greatest agenda in writing this book is to answer what he calls the most fundamental and divisive question of all: What is a Christian?

Murray takes on a tremendous hot-button and emotionally laced topic with skill and agility demonstrating the detrimental affects upon evangelicalism. It's Murray's desire for the reader to show how various personalities and their thinking have made a major divide in evangelical Christianity. Murray's book has opened my eyes and provided solid proof that much of the thinking in the last 50 years has been hurtful to the cause of Christianity and not helpful.

Murray covers his topic extremely well. He does not shy away from any  past or present pastors, teachers, or theologians. He examines all the major writings and contributions on this topic as well. It is my opinion that Murray has been very balanced in his critique of "both sides of the discussion."

Murray's approach to his subject as been both analytical and descriptive. He has followed a chronological progression of writings, publications, preachings, and teachings on this subject. He has analyzed them fairly and accurately.

Murray makes extensive use of documents and footnotes them extensively. He does not make blanket statements failing to prove them. He offers documentation for each conclusion that he states.

This book has helped me tremendously to see the "why" of the decline of evangelicalism. It is not hard to see that evangelicalism has deteriorated in the last 50 years. Murray's book helps the reader to see why it has so deteriorated. I whole heartily recommend this book to any all believers. As a matter of fact I think this is a "must read" book for serious Christians.

Ian Murray is a prolific writer, has been in Christian ministry since 1955, served as an assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Murray is the co-founder of the Banner of Truth Trust. He has served at Westminster Chapel, Grove Chapel, and St Giles Presbyterian Church.

I received a free copy of this book from The Banner of Truth Trust. I was not required to write a positive review of this book. The opinions are my own.

Watch for periodic book reviews by the Gospel-driven Disciples. Solomon said there was no end to the making of books, therefore we have to choose what we read wisely and with great discernment. Not every book is worthy of its purchase price. From time I will offer reviews, both good and bad, of various books.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Danger of Feeling and Experiences

"The idea that Christianity is a form of feeling, a life, and not a system of doctrine, is contrary to the faith of all Christians. Christianity always has had a creed. A man who believes certain doctrines is a Christian. If his faith is mere assent, he is a speculative Christian; if it is cordial and appreciating, he is a true
Christian. But to say that a man may be a Christian.without believing the doctrines of Christianity, is a contradiction. A man may be amiable or benevolent, without any definite form of faith, but how is he to be a Christian? The idea...that a man maybe be a Christian although an atheist or pagan, destroys all distinction between truth and falsehood; between God and idols. between good and evil...It is one of he fundamental principles of the Bible, that truth is as essential to holiness as light is to vision. Hence, on the one hand, the reception of truth is made essential to salvation, and on the other, false doctrine is denounced as the source of sin and the precursor of perdition. (Charles Hodge, 1857)

Evangelicalism Divided, Iain H. Murray, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2000, p. 15

Monday, June 9, 2014

American's Growing Less Confident in the Bible

Looks like America could be growing in its lack of confidence in the Bible according to a recent Gallup Poll.

A poll measuring beliefs about the Bible, found that approximately 28 percent of Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God. This is down from a poll conducted in the late 1970’s where approximately 40 percent of Americans believed the bible to be the literal word of God.

Disturbingly it seems one in five Americans see the Bible in secular terms, which was described in the poll as ancient “fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.”

Barley half of Americans (47 percent) belief the bible to be the “inspired” word of God.

(From the Religious News Service, June 6th, 2014 publication)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Five Reasons Christians Think They Should Be Exempt From Suffering

SERMON            GMT14-019

SERIES:              Topical – Helping the Church Learn to Suffer

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM

SUBTITLE:        Five Reasons Christians Think They Should be Exempt From Suffering

SCRIPTURE:     Selected Scriptures (Luke 21:19)

SUBJ:                  Don’t misunderstand suffering

SUMMARY:       I propose to you that there are reasons why many believers have a tendency to think that they are or should be exempt from suffering

SCHEME:           The aim of this message is that the members of NKBC understand that they are not exempt from pain and suffering

Why do believers have a tendency to think they should be exempt from suffering?

1A     Christians maintain an improper view of the balance of scripture

2A     Christians fixate on the tyranny of the urgent

3A     Christians misunderstand key scriptures

4A     Christians have a convoluted system of theology

5A     Christians have not reflected on the meaning of the cross

Disclaimer: Please Take Note of the Following

First - Thank you for taking your valuable time to read these sermons

Second - If you find any blessing or benefit, please leave a comment

Third - If you find a "whole" in my theology, please tell me so I can grow

Fourth - I "borrowed" the outline for this message from D. A. Carson from his book O Lord, How Long? The outline is his but the meat on the bones, the sermon is mine. However, I know that I have been influenced by Piper, Bridges, Carson, Yancy, Lewis, and others on this subject of suffering. I make no apologies for the influence that seeped into my heart from extensive reading and meditation. However, I want to give credit where credit is due. 

Even though he is unaware of it, thank you Brother Carson for this outline. I acknowledge that it is yours and not mine.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Danger of Toleration

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Twin Falls to Kelso

Well, after a good night sleep we woke up early. We got ready, packed the car and pulled out of the motel before 4:00 AM headed for home. Normally I have enjoyed Idaho and Irene really likes the northern portion of the state. I was still apprehensive about some eager-beaver trooper pulling us over for having Washington license plates.

Fortunately nothing like that happened, praise God! We traveled a couple of hours in the dark and decided to go ahead and wait to eat and get gas in Ontario, OR. We hit Ontario around 6:00 AM and I was looking for an off ramp with food. I didn't see one and didn't realize we had blinked and past Ontario. No problem I thought, Baker City is just 71 miles ahead according to the sign. I had 1/4 tank of gas, should be enough, right?

The closer to Baker City we got the faster that needle moved. For the first time on any trip and especially this one I was getting worried. By now we are both hungry, I want a sausage biscuit and Irene wants hot water for her oatmeal and the car needs a major hit of fuel. Needless to say when I finally saw the Baker City exit I was both overjoyed and exhausted from anticipation.

We pulled in to a Chevron and told the guy to fill it up (you can't pump your own gas in OR.) We used the
friendly facilities and went back to colllect the receipt for the fuel. Well, I have a 15 gallon tank. The attendant added 13.5 gallons of gas. And that is without topping it off, the Oregon attendants do not "top off" or over fill. Wow! We had a gallon and a half of gas left. Too close for comfort, never again!

We found a Mickey D's where Irene got her hot water and I got my biscuit and coffee. We pulled out of Baker City much relieved, in more ways than one! :) Back on the interstate and pointed towards home.

The drive from Baker City to The Dalles (OR) is gorgeous. It is high desert. The sage brush was blooming along with the desert flowers. The sun was up and shinning bright. (We had a full tank of gas) It is desolate with just a few cities or towns in between. There's La Grande, Pendleton, Boardman, and then The Dalles. Yes, it is The Dalles, OR. At The Dalles we stopped for lunch and yes you guessed it fuel. At least that would be the last stop before home for both food or gas. Of course there were a few "rest stops" along the way.

The drive from The Dalles to Portland is beautiful. You find yourself winding along the way with the great Columbia River. But the drive seems intermnible. It goes on forever. All you want to do is hit Portland so you can jump on the I-205 cross the Columbia and head for home. I didn't think we would ever get to Portland. But we did!

We finally saw the wonderful beautiful sign that said Portland. We exited off of I-84 onto I-205 N and headed for home. We caught some rain. Naturally! This is the Pacific Northwest. We drove the final hour home and pulled in our driveway, Sunday afternoon around 4:00 PM. It was good to see the "Ye Ole" Tartan House Apartments.

We unloaded the few things that were in the trailer - Irene's tools that she had brought to "doll up" Sharon's house, my powerchair, and some snacks/drinks. I took the trailer back to UHaul and dropped it off to avoid further charges.

We hit the shower. I hit my recliner and we relaxed the rest of the evening thankful we weren't in a moving car. It was a great trip! WE had a blast. We would do it again and we both thought it was worth it!

Thank you for letting me share the trip with you!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rawlins, WY to Twin Falls, ID

First of all, I am sorry this is late today. I was finishing Sunday's message yesterday and ran out of time. One of the things that I have learned from John Piper is that Pastor's must teach their people how to suffer. Many believers think that having become a Christian that they should be exempt from suffering. Most of us despise suffering, run from suffering, or at best hope/pray it never reaches our door.

Every preaching plan must include a purposeful plan to teach the church how to suffer for their own good and the glory of God. I have included this "topic" in my 5 year preaching plan. We have taken a small break from our study of 1 John recently. I have developed a couple of introductory messages on the subject of pain and suffering in the life of true believers.

Last Sunday we explored the idea from the standpoint of "Can You Trust God? We know that God can be trusted and we know that we are able and permitted to trust God. The question is can YOU trust Him? This coming Lord's day we will be looking at Five Reasons Believers Think They Should Be Exempt From Suffering.

Second, the leg from Rawlins to Twin Falls. I have to say this leg was uneventful. There is nothing to report. Thanks be to God the car ran great, we had no problems. It was fun to talk and laugh about various things including the trip and the visit.
Irene fell in love with north eastern Utah. She loved the mountains and the rock formations. She took a number of pics on her cell phone. I was shocked at how clear they looked on a cell phone, through a car window, and from a moving car at that. (Click on the pics to enlarge them)

We left Utah and entered Idaho. Once again I was a bit apprehensive about driving through that state. But we arrived at Twin Falls around 2:00 PM and had to wait until 2:45 for the room to be readied. We were an hour early. We had gotten an early start. We grabbed a subway sandwich for lunch and waited.

The room was gorgeous and very comfortable. We had a great afternoon of relaxing. Irene used the weight room. We went to bed early and got up early. We hit the road on the last leg for home about 4:00 AM.
Kelso, here we come!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

York, NE to Rawlins, WY

Somebody get me out of this car, please! What a long, monotonous drive across Nebraska. It is just as desolate and long going west as it was going east. It is all cattle country. Having grown up in cattle country I have nothing against it. As a matter of fact I really love it. But 6 or so hours at one stretch makes the drive very long.

There was one event however that broke up the monotony. About 15 miles east of North Platte, Nebraska my check engine light came on. At first I was rattled. Here I was in the middle of no-wheres ville with an engine problem. Up until this point the car had run like a champ. Of course I thought it had a drinking problem. The car couldn't seem to pass many gas stations without needing a hit. But that is what I get for pulling a trailer.

I realized that on my Magellan, I had a column for AAA approved repair shops. I pressed the icon and Bud's Auto Repair came up and was only about 12 miles ahead. I programmed it into the trip and "Kate" led me to the repair shop.

At first the manager didn't want to take us. Here it was late Friday afternoon on a long weekend. He was slammed as  it was. He took pity and agreed to read the code in order to determine the problem. The code said it was an Oxygen sensor. I pleaded with him to fix it. He was nice. He didn't pull any mechanics off their jobs, he came off the desk, got the part, and changed it himself. An hour later we were back on the road.

The rest of the way home we had no problems with the car, other than dealing with its drinking problem. I can't be to hard on it. Under normal driving conditions on the highway I get around 30-33 MPG. Pulling the trailer we dropped to a low of 22 MPG (climbing the great divide to 8800 feet) and an average of 26-28 MPG. I like 33 better than 26. Don't you?

One thing I can comment on,we in the Pacific Northwest, are getting ripped off by the gas companies. The further east we went the cheaper gas got. I filled up here in Kelso at 3.97 the day before we left. I filled up in Streator, IL for 3.23. And I don't use cheap gas. When we got home gas was 3.99.

Well, we finally crossed into Wyoming. Once again I really love that state. It is so beautiful. The desert smells so good. There is nothing like the smell of sage brush in the desert. I would have like to have stopped in Cheyenne but it was way to early. We drove uneventfully into Rawlins.

We checked into the 1st Choice Inn. This motel was a little rough on the outside. Wasn't quite like its pictures online. Inside it was OK. It was clean but older and a little worn. But the bed was comfortable and the room was large. However, it had a side walk that ran all the way around the building. There was no ramp or path for a wheel chair to gain access to the sidewalk. I had to run my power chair up onto the sidewalk. The doors had a large threshold that I had to get the chair over. It was not wheel-chair friendly.

We checked in, unpacked a couple of things. While Irene was in the shower I ordered a pizza from
Domino's. They delivered about 25 minutes later and we had dinner for the night without even going out. First time I have ever ordered a pizza to a motel room.

We went to bed very early. Which meant we got up at 3:00 AM. So we showered, dressed, packed the car and loaded up. I plugged in the next address into the Magellan, turned the swoop light on and we pulled out of the driveway at 3:45 AM. Next stop - Twin Falls, Idaho!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Streator to York, NE

Thursday morning came way to early. We got up around 4:00ish. After a shower, getting dressed, at last look around the motel to make sure that we didn't leave anything, we pulled out of the parking lot at exactly 5:00 AM. It was hard. Just 2 miles down the road and a left turn was our daughter, grandson, and son-in-law. But we had to go home.

It is about a 20 minute drive to Ottawa, Illinois. I like Ottawa very much. If the Lord opened a door I would move to Ottawa in a heartbeat. If the Lord said you had 30 minutes to pack for a move to Ottawa, I would ask Him what He wanted me to do with the remaining 29 minutes.

About an hour later the sun came up. Shortly after that we crossed the Mississippi River leaving Illinois and entered Iowa. Most of the day was an uneventful drive across Iowa. The country was gorgeous. It was pretty flat and straight. Our conversation centered on how short the visit seemed, how happy Sharon was with all that Irene brought, and what a good time we had.

There is really nothing to say about this leg of the trip. The weather was great. The car ran like a champ. Thank God for talk radio and sports radio to break the periodic monotony. However, this trip did something that nothing else had done in 59 years. I became a basketball fan.

Up until arriving at my son-in-law's home, I hadn't seen a complete basketball game. I watched playoffs at his house on that magnificent 71 inch TV. Most of the radio programs was sports radio that featured on Miami's bid for a three-peat; whether Labron James would stay in Miami or go to Cleveland. All that basketball talk was broken up now and then with talk that centered around Johnny Football in Cleveland. After getting home, I have now watched the Spurs eliminate the Thunder. I have decided that my favorite basketball team is the Portland Trailblazers and ANY team that beats the Thunder.

We crossed Iowa with nothing to report and drove into Nebraska. I
think we drove a couple of hours into Nebraska when we came to our first motel stop which was in York, NE. York is a city and county seat of York County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,766. It is the home of York College and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women

Our first motel was The New Victorian Inn. What a motel! It was a little slice of heaven. The room was gorgeous. It had a recliner for a side chair. A recliner! You don't know what that means to me. I can only sleep for a couple hours and then the pain in my knees and legs wake me up. I switch directions on the bed and I get another couple of hours sleep. The pain wakes me up again. I go out into the living room and sleep in my recliner and I get a good nights sleep. So having this recliner meant I would get a good nights sleep.

I unloaded my power chair and "wheeled" my way to McDonald's for a chicken sandwich. We took a "walk" and then went in and got ready for the night. Was able to finish Iain Murray's book, Evangelicalism Divided before bed. Now I need to do a review on it for The Banner of Truth Trust. Let me say this is an excellent book, it is a must read, and I think you should drop what you are doing and go out and purchase this book or order it online ASAP! Thus far it is my best book of 2014.

Sorry, lights out! Time to hit the hay. Already put the do not disturb sign on the door.Tomorrow -  the leg from York, NE to Rawlins, Wyoming.