In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

1 John 4:9

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Joshua 1:9

Be of Good Courage!

   Bobbie was a young man, all of seven or eight years old when I met him. He was in the youth group at a church where I was doing some repairs to the old wooden pews. One night while I was working Bobbie asked if he could help, he told me that he had always wanted to work with wood but he didn't have a lot of money in his family. Needless to say over the next couple of weeks Bobbie and I had become close friends. His mom would even stop by to cook us dinner out of the kitchen and then walk him home. Bobbie came from a very rough neighborhood, on the nights Bobbie's mom had to work I would walk Bobbie home.

   The last night I had work to do at the church, a Saturday night, I packed up my tools and told Bobbie that I would walk him home. He told me that I didn't have to because he wasn't scared. I let him go, but I did walk about twenty steps behind him. Sure enough Bobbie made it home, then he turns to me and says, "see Rev. I made it. God was with me." He knew I was there all the while. The next morning I prepared to give the  message, there was no doubt in my mind what I was going to preach on. I got up and took my place right behind the pulpit and there was Bobbie, two pews back smiling ear to ear.

   After services that day I had to say goodbye to my little friend and his mom. Bobbie asked if I would be back, I told him that indeed I would, but it would be in about ten or twelve months away. Bobbie said that he would be waiting for me. We shook hands and went our separate ways. I had the Pastor of the church keep watch over him and I had a friend in the area that made sure he was safe.

   I was working about 1200 miles away and one night I took a phone call from the Pastor of Bobbie's church. Bobbie had been shot, a victim of a drive by shooting and he asked if I was going to come see him. I drove all night and arrived at the hospital where Bobbie had been admitted. I got to see him before he went marching home. There was nothing that the doctors could do. With his last breath he spoke the following verse:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Bobbie had God given courage, where is yours?

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We need to keep Israel in prayer, now more than ever!

God blesses those that bless Israel!

And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15 

Jesus * Said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: No one comes to the Father but though Me.

John 14:6

Reverend Neal K. Cartin


Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!