A Hopeless Situation

Lazarus was dead. His strong body and determined will to live could not overcome his sickness. The doctors who treated his illness had given the family hope. His sisters had prayed to Jesus. Their faith in God had given them hope. But now not only was Lazarus dead, but he had been in the tomb for four days. His sisters did not want to open the grave because by now the body had begun to rot and it stunk. It was a hopeless situation.

When you think of the story of Lazarus, you may think only of a dead man being brought back to life. However, it occurs to me that this is a story of Jesus’ ability to overcome the most hopeless of situations. When Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, everyone thought that He was four days late. However, Jesus is never late. He simply waited until Lazarus was dead enough for people to see and believe that He is Lord over the most hopeless of situations.

Many situations arise in our lives that appear to be hopeless. They may be caused by our own foolishness or maybe things happen that are beyond our control. Our will to overcome is not good enough. Friends speak of hope, yet we feel despair. We have prayed but it seems Jesus doesn’t hear. Now our situation stinks worse than a four day old corpse and we are saturated by hopelessness.

Jesus said; “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die — ever.” If Jesus can raise a dead man for the Glory of God, He can handle your problems for the Glory of God. Bring your mess to Jesus, loose yourself and let yourself go. I promise you this, in Christ there are no hopeless situations.

Douglas & Deborah Huff
From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Founded On the Gospel of Christ

Everyone knows that Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death”. But did you know he also said, “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was not founded, by religionists, but by Christians. Not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” These words bear witness to the fact that our Founding Fathers knew this nation could survive only if she stood on the solid rock that is Christ Jesus.

Notice he said this nation was not founded by religionists. A religionist is a person whose faith is placed in the rules, regulations and other trappings of a religion. The establishment of this nation came about, not because of religious people, but because of Christians who followed Christ. These Followers of Christ knew that we are endowed with unalienable rights by our Creator. The government of the United States was instituted for the purpose of securing these rights and must never be allowed to become destructive of these rights.

In the early 1700s from the pulpits of Protestant churches, people were taught they were to be bond slaves to Christ and Christ alone. The sermons of many humble preachers stirred the souls of men to receive a Great Spiritual awakening. It was this Great Awakening that unified the thirteen colonies into one nation under God. From the pulpits were heard great patriotic sermons teaching that freedom was a God given right. These pastors were determined that no one should infringe on their congregation’s rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The men who heard these sermons became the Minutemen who marched into battle with Great Britain determined to have Liberty or Death.

The right to worship freely is the foundational right of all the unalienable rights given to us by the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. When the Freedom of Religion is abolished all other rights will soon be gone. We must never relinquish our right to worship and the focus of our worship must always be Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only One who can give Life, Liberty and Happiness.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

In The Declaration of Independence we are told that the government will govern at the consent of the governed. With that thought in mind understand this. As far as politics go, it really makes no difference who we elect if Christians continue to act as they have in the last few decades.

You see the ones who govern our nation will govern the way the culture of this nation demands. Regardless of who is in charge, Republican or Democrat it really makes no difference.Because the laws that are passed will reflect the morals of the people.

If it is true that righteousness exalts a nation, it also must be true that unrighteousness will bring destruction to a nation. We are living in unrighteous times. And we see daily the detriment that unrighteousness is having on our land. While many blame the president or the supreme court for the evil that seems to prevail today. I tell you they are not to blame. They are simply governing with the consent of the governed.

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

Douglas Huff

Freedom, Precious Freedom

I recently acquired some chickens. Seven fat hens. I am responsible for their safety, so I built a secure pen for them. It has a top to keep out hawks and is reinforced around the bottom to keep out varmints. Daily I make sure they have fresh water and plenty of food. They are safe, well fed and have a warm dry coop to sleep in. Everything a chicken could want.

Everything a chicken could want, except they want out. Whenever I go to feed them, they are standing at the gate hoping I will let them out. They are glad to exchange the free food for food they can find for themselves. They are also happy to swap the safety of the enclosed pen for the wide open freedom of the yard. When a hawk flies over they hide under a bush and when a varmint comes around they fly into a tree. They don’t need me to take care of them. They are willing to take care of themselves.

It occurs to me that my chickens are exhibiting the true American spirit. True Americans don’t sit around waiting to be fed, they take care of themselves. True Americans will not trade freedom for safety. True Americans will not be told when, where and how to worship. They will worship how, where and when the God of all creation calls them. True Americans don’t depend on the government but will lift their eyes unto God in whom they have placed their trust.

The Declaration of Independence declares that it is evident that we are endowed by the Creator with the rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It appears that many people are willing to trade these rights for the dubious promises of corrupt politicians. I am not! I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross to free me from my sin. And brave soldiers died on the battlefield so I can live in freedom. Satan cannot steal my salvation and I will not sell my liberty. I will stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made me free, and will not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. I was set free to live in freedom and I will be free.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Pavement Ends Ministry

I Am An American

I am an American. In my blood is the DNA of a Dutchman who in the early 1600s climbed onboard a small sailing ship to cross a dangerous ocean, He was seeking freedom to worship God as he was led by the Holy Spirit and also the ability to prosper in a new land.

I am an American. Within my blood is the DNA of men and women who carved a life out of the wilderness. They were farmers and hunters working hard to provide food and life necessities for their families. They were businessmen who thrived in a capitalist free market society. They were Christians who built churches and shared their faith with their neighbors.

I am an American. In my blood flows the blood of patriots who picked up their squirrel guns to defend themselves from an oppressive government. After the war they traveled from New Jersey to Virginia to North Carolina and finally settled in Goosepond, Georgia.

I am an American. I am proud to carry in my blood the DNA of men who felt compelled to take up arms and fight under the Stars and Bars of the Southern States. Some died, some lost limbs and one man who was my Grandfathers Grandfather suffered greatly as a prisoner of war.

I am an American. I am blessed to have inherited the DNA of my parents and grandparents. They were and are Great Americans who worked hard and prayed harder while they worshiped and served the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

I am an American, And I pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, and now, we must again become one Nation under God and forever be indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Pavement Ends Ministry

email-pavementendsministry@gmail.com

The Declaration of Independence

In The Declaration of Independence we are told that government will govern at the consent of the governed. With that thought in mind you must understand this; it really makes no difference who leads this nation. As long as Christians continue to act as they have in the last few decades.

You see the ones who govern our nation will govern the way the culture of this nation demands. Regardless of who is in charge, Republican or Democrat it really makes no difference, the laws that are passed will reflect the morals of the people.

If it is true that righteousness exalts a nation, it must also be true that unrighteousness will bring destruction to a nation. We are living in unrighteous times. And we see daily the detriment that unrighteousness is having on our land. Many blame the government or the Supreme Court for the evil that seems to prevail today. But I tell you, they are not to blame. They are simply governing with the consent of the governed.

Where does the blame lie? It lies at the feet of selfish children of God who are more concerned with their own comfort and preferences that they are for their lost neighbors. It lies in the hearts of Christians who think that the church was created for their benefit and not for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. It lies at the ugly feet of those who refuse to share the gospel and take the Good News to the ones who need to hear our report.

So, when the unimaginably wicked laws are passed understand this. The government will govern the way culture demands. If the laws are wicked it is because the culture is rotten. If the culture is rotten it is because the salt of your testimony has become useless, and fit only to be walked on.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where the Pavement Ends

Grab Another Gear and Go

In Matthew 11:12 we read “ From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” For a long time I did not understand this verse. I would read it, scratch my head and ask God “What in the world are you talking about?” The Bible says ask and you will receive, so one day while I was driving He showed me what this verse meant.

I was driving up the road in my little pickup when I met a truck pulling an open sided trailer hauling 10 or 12 cars. As the air went over under and around these cars, a forceful turbulence was created. As I encountered this turbulent air, it was like a violent force that almost stopped my pickup. In order to continue on my way I had to become more forceful than this wall of invisible air. So I grabbed another gear, stepped on the gas and powered through the violence.

This is the lesson I learned. The kingdom of heaven and God’s children have always faced violent attacks from Satanic forces. These attacks have and will increase as the Great Day of the Lord draws nearer. God’s people must not be fooled by those who tell us we should be tolerant and compromising. Like David we must fill our pockets with stones and like Jesus we must prepare to turn some tables over.

Jesus told us in this world we would face turbulence. But we need not be afraid, He has overcome the world. Satan will continue to attack us with violence and force. But with God we will gain the victory and He will trampled down the enemy. So when the enemy comes at us with a wall of turbulence and trouble, don’t let it slow you down. Lean into it, grab another gear, step on the gas and go.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Email- pavementendsministry@gmail.com

The Broken Ones

What kind of people do you think Jesus likes to have around Him. You may have gotten the idea from some church people that Jesus prefers to be around preachers and Sunday School teachers and other good people. After all Jesus said be perfect because I am perfect and these people are perfect Right? Righttt!

I guess there are some people who think that Jesus would never choose to be anywhere near a drug addict or alcoholic or anyone who does bad things. And Jesus would never chose to be around anyone who does not go to church, would He?

I know that a lot of you have serious problems in your life. Maybe you are an addict of some kind. Most of us are. Maybe your marriage is closer to hell than heaven on earth. Some of you may have a child who has broken your heart or a parent who has broken your heart. Do you have scars and pains from past mistakes? Do you have wounds on your heart that still festers years after someone hurt you? If so I have some good news for you.

You are the kind of person Jesus likes to hang around with. Jesus loves broken people. The Bible tells us that “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” So if you have a broken heart or a broken marriage, if you are the victim of broken promises or broken dreams you can know that God has a special love for you.

All people have an element of brokenness within them but few find the blessing that God has for them in there brokenness. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Many of you have a darkness in your hearts that comes from brokenness. But Jesus says you do not have to walk in this darkness because His Light can overcome your brokenness.

There is blessedness in brokenness and it is this, God will draw near to you in your brokenness. He says to you come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Hands

Hands

He was looking at his hands.

A torn piece of cardboard announced his position in life.

It said, “I am homeless, need help, God bless you”.

His coat was dirty and ragged and all the warmth that he had.

A backpack lay on the ground beside him, possibly containing everything he owned.

He was leaning against the sign post, the sign said stop.

But the preacher, who preaches love and mercy, would not.

Hands

He was looking at his hands.

A torn piece of cardboard announced his want in life.

It said, “Homeless, I need help, God bless you”.

His hands were dirty and bare and empty.

I wonder, do you suppose he was thinking I wish I had work for these hands to do.

Maybe he was wishing for water to wash with or food to eat.

He was leaning against the sign post, the sign said stop.

But the preacher, who was busy doing church work, would not.

Hands

He was looking at his hands.

A torn piece of cardboard announced his prayer in life.

It said, “Homeless, need help, may God bless you.

He never looked up as the people drove by.

What was his greatest need? A bite of food, a drink of water or just a phone call home?

Maybe God had placed him there for the preacher to help.

He was leaning against the sign post, the sign said stop.

But the preacher, who preaches about Gods Greatest commandment, would not.

Hands

I am looking at my hands.

A torn piece of cardboard convicts my soul.

It told me that the man was homeless and needed help. God forgive me.

I gripped the steering wheel and tried not to see him.

I rationalized, I am busy, and it is to dangerous maybe he does not really need help.

God said you, are My hands, but I pretended not to hear.

He was leaning against a sign post, the sign said Stop.

But the preacher, who preaches about the need to obey, did not.

May God have mercy on all who speak about love, but do not.