God’s Goodness

by Jonathan Phillips

The innocence in the smile of a child, compassion in the eyes of the kind. Like the sunrise, chasing away the shadows after a long and dark night. Pure as the driven snow, gentle as the summer rain. Like dogwood blossoms in the spring awakening from their winters sleep, and bringing new life into world. It’s the blue of the sky and the green of the grass. The mocking bird’s song, in the morning, as he thanks God and welcomes another day. Like a ship out at sea, wild horses running free. The kindness of a stranger. The laughter of a friend. The silent prayer of a sinner received by a loving and merciful God. Like childhood memories of the best days gone by. A letter from your sweetheart. The selfless and unconditional love in a mothers embrace. Wisdom and instruction passed down to the next generation in a father’s strong but understanding voice. The milky way in the midnight sky. The stillness of a summer night. Like the leaves in the fall, as creation runs its course, and once living things slowly die, and let go as they return to the dust from where it all began. The birth of a first born child. A grandfathers story, of a life long ago in a world that seems so different, and so very far away. Like the tears of forgiveness as the hurt long held inside is let go, and the rush of relief, as the lifeblood returns to a heart so long cut off from the rest of the body. Its long shadows in the cool breeze of the evening. The morning dew on the grass. The smell of pine and honey suckle in the backwoods. Wild berries on the vine. The midday sun as it looks down from its vantage point on a world so far below. Raindrops on the water, whispers in the wind…”The earth is FULL of the GOODNESS of the Lord.” -Psalm 33:5

by Jonathan Phillips

Daddy’s Birthday

by Josiah Phillips                                                                                                                                                                                  Feb. 6th, 2014

Today would have been daddy’s 57th birthday. I’m so thankful that I am able to call myself one of his sons. Words can’t express how much I love him, and how much he means to me. (Matt 11:25-6)

by Josiah Phillips

Verses From Josiah

by Josiah Phillips

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (Col 3:1-4& 2 Cor 4:18)

by Josiah Phillips

Remember them…

by Jacob Phillips

“Remember them…who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow…” Hebrews 13:7                                              Feb. 6th, 2014

Today would have been my Dad’s birthday. So thankful to have been influenced by this strong, Godly man for so many years, for the enormous investments of time looking into God’s Word poured into my life and so many others, and for his incredible example of what true biblical manhood looks like. Definitely remembering him today, like every day, and looking to “follow” his example of great faith like we’re exhorted to.

Jacob Phillips

From Jonathan

by Jonathan Phillips

For anyone who reads this; Here are three reminders of what is important in life…

“Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly before God.”-Micah 6

“We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” -Acts 20

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13

Jonathan Phillips

From Jonathan

by Jonathan Phillips

Jesus said, to those who desire to follow him; “…Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many.” -Mark 10

Jonathan Phillips

Randy And Maureen’s Ministry

In August of 1979, mama met our sweet daddy. Daddy was a new believer and zealous for the Lord. Our parents met at the MSU athletic department in the weight room at MSU. Daddy shared the gospel with mama and she received Christ as her Savior and only way to heaven. They married in May of 1980. In 1988 daddy resigned as principal at Hebron Christian School.  He did handy man jobs until about February of 1989 and this began their journey into full time ministry. Daddy started going to the MSU campus, and prayed that the Lord would use him in the work of God’s kingdom.  As the Lord brought young men into daddy’s path he pointed them to the truth of God’s word.  As a side note you can go watch daddy’s videos and see some of the same scriptures he shared with so many young men over the years.  Please get a Bible and look under “videos” on this website.   As daddy met young men, he saw the importance of being hospitable.  Daddy also wanted young men to see his wife and family. Normal, sinful, people that we were we had a mom and dad who loved us and disciplined us.  Many of the people that dad brought into our house came from broken homes. These young men saw the love and respect mama had for our daddy. They saw the leadership, training, and importance of God’s word in which daddy led the family.  They also saw the love mama and daddy had for each other which exemplified Christ and His love for His church.  Daddy and mama truly LOVED each other, and were the sweetest lovebirds I have ever seen.  I know for a fact seeing these things made an impact on many young men. Whenever we would have guests over, mama would clean and cook all day sometimes.  Many times, she had only a few hours of notice that daddy had invited one or more people over.  Mama was a gracious, down to earth hostess.  She often had to overcome her embarrassment of the house being not so tidy and a last minute not so fancy meal. Our parents entrusted the Lord for their needs even if that meant eating food that didn’t always go together. We never went hungry, God always provided.  Sunday afternoons were usually occupied with college kids or a family we knew invited into our home.  Daddy and mama had a heart to share God’s word with people even if that meant not having a relaxing Sunday afternoon every week.  Daddy saw the importance of numbering his days and redeeming the time because he didn’t know how many days he had left.  Many mornings, I would come down stairs to see our parents at the table. Mama would fix daddy’s breakfast, and she would sit and watch him eat while they exchanged their last words before their busy day began.  Once daddy got a cell phone he would often call during the day just to talk to mama before his next meeting.  Sometimes, daddy would have five or more men he met with individually in one day.  He would come home exhausted and tired of talking and listening.  He loved his job and devoted his life to it, but it was a labor of love and very draining. Mama would greet him with a kiss (after her long and draining day of teaching and training us kids at home) and patiently wait until there was time for them to catch up on the day.  Mama was happy to be daddy’s help fit for him. She was faithful, submissive, served daddy in every area, and made daddy so very happy. In daddy’s last days and minutes here on earth, mama hardly left his bedside. She would pat on him, kiss him, rub his legs to help with circulation, spoon feed him, quote scripture to him, whisper in his ear, and serve him in ways she never dreamed.  She was right by his side gently stroking his head when daddy took his last breath. She was truly devoted to daddy and his ministry, and they both devoted their lives to the Lord and His work.  I truly believe there are many awards awaiting daddy and mama at the Judgment seat of Christ.  Mama is the Godliest woman/wife I have ever known and she exemplifies Proverbs 31 very well.  Mama is now a widow and mother of 13 children, 8 are still at home. I’ve always been thankful the Lord gave “all those kids” to daddy and mama, especially now that they are such a comfort to her. The Lord gives mama grace each day to get out of bed and continue the work He has for her here on earth.  She continues to teach and train her children and serve others.  Even in her brokenness she has told me she has a perspective she never would have had if daddy hadn’t died. Please continue to pray for this special widow who lost her BEST friend, husband, sole mate, companion, and fellow laborer in the gospel….our sweet daddy.

Julie Woodall

 

The Dead In Christ Shall Rise

By Jacob Phillips

“Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust…” (Isaiah 26:19)

Long before Christ came to die “for the sins of the whole world” Isaiah wrote with poetic beauty of a time when “the dead in Christ shall rise” and “so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Praise the Lord for the “hope of eternal life” that we have when we trust in Jesus because of His “resurrection from the dead.”
I miss my Dad so much, but am so thankful today for the promise from the Lord Jesus that “Because I live, ye shall live also…”

By Jacob Phillips

1 John 8

By Jonathan Phillips

Regardless, of what we face in this life or in our death because of the true love of our heavenly Father we can face what lies ahead with out fear and in perfect peace…Perfect peace in the knowledge of God. This world is not the end; it’s just the begining…”By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…”-1 John 8

Jonathan Phillips

God’s Righteousness

By Jacob Phillips

“…the Righteousness of God is unto all, and upon all them that believe…” (Romans 3:22)
“…He hath made Him to be sin for us…that we might be made the Righteousness of God…” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

So thankful today that I have not been acquitted, but vindicated. It’s not as if there wasn’t enough evidence of wrongdoing to put me away, because there was plenty; instead, I’ve been proven innocent of all my sins because of the merits of the Lord Jesus. When God looks upon me He does not see the wrongs that I’ve committed against Him, but instead sees His Righteousness. Praising the Lord today that His Righteousness is available to all Who believe on Him.

Jacob Phillips