Joseph

His name was Joseph. His calling was the most important task ever given to a man. Joseph was chosen to be the earthly daddy of the Son of God. He could have rejected this responsibility but He didn’t. Instead, Joseph chose to be the daddy he didn’t have be.

If I asked you to tell me what Joseph said, you couldn’t do it. None of his words are recorded in scripture. From the Bible we learn that he was a just, thoughtful and patient man. Yet it appears that he was not a vocal man. Being a righteous man, and knowing that actions speak louder than words, Joseph simply stood up and did as the angel of the Lord commanded.

The words of famous men are often immortalized, but the reserved and quiet man will not be remembered by many. His taciturn nature will frustrate his wife and children. But his love is revealed through his actions. God has created him quiet, but faithful. He does not seek to be noticed, he just seeks to please God. Great men show their greatness not with words but with deeds.

Most men are like Joseph. They are chosen by God for an important task. They may never build great buildings or lead great companies. But God chose them to touch the world with the hope that is within them. That is the most important task.

Remember, I said the words of Joseph were not recorded in the Bible? Well that’s not entirely right. One thing he said was reported in Matt. 1:25. In this scripture we are told that when Mary gave birth to her Son, Joseph called His name “Jesus”. Now the truth is people may forget everything you say or do in this life. So it is important to live your life in such a way that people will remember that like Joseph, you spoke the name of Jesus.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Down Where The Pavement Ends

Set Your House in Order

I once knew a man who became very sick. He went to the doctor for treatment. However, the doctor was unable to help him. He had an untreatable cancer and only a short time to live. What can a man do in this situation other than go home and get his house in order.

This man and his wife of many years had worked hard to build a house, a home and raise a family. As he looked around, he realized the house that he would leave behind was in shambles. Not wanting to leave his wife in such a rundown house he began to make sure it was restored and in good condition. Yes, he was going to be gone and would not benefit from the restored house, but he loved his wife, so he got the house in order.

Society is the house we live in and it is in shambles. It does not matter what your age is, you are not promised tomorrow. If you do not want to leave a broken and rundown house behind, do something to improve society today. Remember your loved ones are going to live in this world you leave behind.

So cover this world and your loved ones with prayer. Then broadcast seeds of the Gospel everywhere you go. Be kind to everyone and lend a helping hand to at least one person today.

Love God with all your heart and let this love be evident in your words and actions. Remember this, if one person has a closer walk with God because of your actions today, then you have made the world a better place for tomorrow. And you will have succeeded in setting your house in order.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Everybody is a Nobody Who Can be a Somebody

In Mark Chapter 5, there is a story about a woman who was a nobody. We don’t even know her name. If we had been there on this day, she would not have been in our field of vision. Seeing her would have made us uncomfortable, so we would have chosen not to see her. If we had saw her at all, we would have assumed her problems were her own fault, because that is the way we think.

She was a nobody that most people avoided. She was not supposed to be there. For twelve years she had suffered with an issue of blood. This made her unclean. Because she was unclean, she could not be around others. She could not even worship God. In her shame and grief, she spent everything she had seeking help. She has suffered all sorts of abuse and indignities. Hopeless and helpless, she spends her days and nights lonely and untouched.

She felt like a nobody, but one day she over heard people talking about Jesus. I say “over heard” because since she was a nobody, why would anyone bother to tell her about The Savior? She considers herself a nobody so she cannot even face Jesus. She hopes that maybe if she can just touch his coat she will be healed. To the world and to herself, she was a nobody. But to Jesus she is somebody. He stops everything and looks for her. He finds her and calls her His daughter. Her faith in Him has made her well. She was a nobody, but now she is somebody. She is a child of God.

Do you feel like a nobody? Has addictions caused you to spend all you have seeking relief from your demons? Are you broken and abused ? Do you stand there weeping? Your life filled with loneliness as you spend your days untouched and unloved. Maybe it seems that no one sees you, because no one offers help. It seems that no one cares. To the world you are a nobody.

Today I hope you hear about Jesus. I hope you will push through the the crowd and reach out for Him. Have faith only in Jesus. He will stop everything to reach out to the ones the world ignores. Everybody is somebody to Him. The Bible tells us that God is rich in mercy. Because of His great love, even when we are nobody and dead in our sin He makes us somebody who is alive in Christ. Wow, look at the love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Anybody can reach out to Jesus because everybody is somebody to Him.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Pavement Ends Ministry

Try a Little Kindness

I am determined to treat everyone with kindness. I do not care who you are, what color your skin is, or what lifestyle you have chosen, I am going to be polite to you. I may not agree with you about a lot of things, but when I speak to you, I’m going to use words like yes sir, no sir, please, thank you and excuse me.I am convinced that good manners would revolutionize this nation.

I also believe that crude, rude, vile and vulgar language have no place in a civilized society. People who persistently use such language are to be pitied. When you use such language, you cause other people to have a low opinion of you. You can go a long way toward improving your lot in this life if you will determine to only use good language.

The Bible teaches us that, “all bitterness, wrath, and evil speaking should be put away from you, . And that we should. be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” And we are also told that, ” The meek shall inherit the earth. Another place in the Bible He tells us that, “ a gentle answer turns away wrath.”

In the world today, it seems that rudeness, crudeness, vileness and vulgarity are celebrated. It also seems that mean-spirited and cruel people are admired. However, the Bible teaches that kind, tenderhearted, forgiving, meek and gentle are all words that describe good people. This words also describe people with whom God is pleased.

God has commanded us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We are also commanded to love God with all our heart. If we love God with all our heart, His love will compel us to be polite to everyone. So it does not matter who they are, what color their skin is or what lifestyle they have chosen we must determine to treat everyone with kindness.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

pavementendsministry@gmail.com

The Destruction of Hopelessness

The little girl was dead. Her father had ran to get Jesus in hopes that she would be healed. But they were too late. As they enter the house they found it filled with wailing and anguish. The possibility of a miracle had vanished with her last breath. Hopelessness now saturated the house.

But now Jesus is here, and when He says, “ little girl arise” she does. The wailing and anguish quickly turned to joy and shouting. She is alive because Jesus is Lord. Give the little girl something to eat, she’s hungry. In the presence of Jesus, anything is possible and hopelessness is destroyed.

This is not just a story from long ago. This is a promise for right now. The promise is this; miracles are not dependent on circumstances. Instead miracles are always possible, if Jesus is in the house. Tears are dried, sorrows are vanquished and impossibilities become possible when the Lord of the universe becomes Lord of the heart. In the presence of Jesus, hopelessness is destroyed.

Has hopelessness become a resident in your heart? The loss of a loved one may make you think that life can’t go on. Financial ruin can remove a roof from over your head. A disease diagnoses may put your future in doubt, or a prison sentence can convince you that your life is over. These things can rob you of your will to live and your hope for a miracle. But don’t let your heart drown in despair. The Bread of Life is here now. Jesus says; rise up and eat. So rejoice in the Lord and find joy in the God of your salvation. In His presence, miracles are possible because He is The Destroyer of Hopelessness.

(Read Mark 5:21-43)

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

email- pavementendsministry@gmail.com

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”Hebrews 13:17 NKJV

October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation month. All good churches will take time to honor and celebrate their pastor this month. A church’s pastor is one of their greatest treasures. There is no such thing as a perfect pastor but that does not matter. God demands that a congregation should love and respect their pastor. They must treat him with the honor and dignity that is due to the pastoral office.

God would have you to know that your pastor has the legitimate authority to lead the church. He is worthy of your respect and you should treat him as a leader and a friend. You should always pray for him and offer him your hands as helping hands. Deacons should shoulder their share of the ministry, and their share is probably more than they have been doing in the past.

Your pastor is not part of the furniture of the church, do not take him for granted. You should pay him as much as you can, indeed pay him a little more than you can afford. Above and beyond his salary, pay his ministry expenses. Understand that he will make mistakes and that he does get tired. He needs time off and adequate vacation time. Make sure he has it and make sure that he takes it.

A pastor is not hired by the church, he is called by God. He has been charged with the great responsibility of caring for the souls of his people. He is never off duty because his greatest desire is to fulfill his responsibility to the people he loves and the God he serves.

The challenge for the church is this. Learn from your pastor’s teaching, follow his lead and strive to be made perfect. You should also resolve to never hinder, nor allow anyone else to hinder, your pastor as he fulfills the functions of his office and position as your pastor. Finally, always treat your pastor as if he is the greatest pastor you have ever had and he probably will be.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

He is My Father and He Loves Me

My daddy is going to kill me! Sixteen years old and he has only had his driver’s license for a month. Driving his daddy’s truck he looks down to change the radio station and does not see the car in front of him slowing down to make a turn. Thankfully no one is hurt, but two vehicles are damaged.

Many teenagers have heard a list of “do nots” from their parents. Don’t hang out with people who do drugs, don’t drink alcohol, don’t look at your phone while driving, and many other do nots. Good parents always give their teenagers freedom with boundaries. However, most young people will mess up sometimes. And like the distracted driver who wrecked his parent’s truck they might think, “ my daddy is going to kill me.”

Of course there will be consequences for the mistakes that have been made. But when the parents arrive on the scene the first thing they do is grab the child and hug him tightly. Mamas and daddies love their children unconditionally and nothing will change that. The most important thing right now is that their baby is safe.

I am a child of God. He is my Father in Heaven. In Christ I am free, but there are boundaries that I should not cross. And yet I often do. This is sin. There are consequences for sin. So I stand heartbroken before God, knowing that I deserve the wages of sin. But a broken and contrite heart my Father will not despise. Because of His unconditional love for me, I am safe in the arms of God.

Borrowing a thought from Job 13:15-16 I say, God might kill me, but I have no other hope. This is what will save me. I am not Godless nor am I Fatherless. I am made righteous by the Blood of Jesus and saved by the Grace of God. He is my Father and He loves me.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Email- pavementendsministry@gmail.com

Jesus Loves Broken People

What kind of people do you think Jesus likes to hang around with? Some people think that Jesus would never be near a drug addict, an alcoholic, or any person who does bad things. The Bible teaches that we are to be perfect just as He is perfect. So does that mean Jesus only hangs out with perfect people? Do you think that He prefers to be around preachers, Sunday School teachers and other church people? After all, church people are perfect right? Righttt!

Do you have self-inflicted scars and pains from past mistakes? Do you have wounds on your heart that still fester years after someone has hurt you? If so, I have good news for you. You are the kind of person Jesus wants to spend time 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 be sure that God has a special love for you.

Most people have serious problems in their lives. Maybe you are an addict of some kind. Most of us are. Maybe your marriage is closer to hell than it is to heaven. Perhaps you have a child who has broken your heart or maybe it is a parent that has broken your heart. If so read Psalms 147:3 and find the promise that God will not turn away from a broken and contrite heart.

All people have an element of brokenness within them, but few realize that God can turn their brokenness into a blessing. The blessedness of brokenness is this; God knows you by name and He wants to mend your wounds and heal your broken heart. 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 darkness in your hearts that comes from brokenness. But Jesus says we do not have to walk in darkness because His Light can overcome our brokenness.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Marvelous Grace

There once was a young man who was homeless. He lived on the streets. Finding shelter where ever he could he existed on food and clothing that others had discarded. He was hungry and cold, he was ragged and dirty and he smelled bad.

One day a very kind man saw him and felt pity for him. The man took the boy to his own home. He gave the young man use of his bathroom and provided him with everything he needed to be clean. The boy was then given new clothes and fed a good meal. At the end of the day, he was shown to a wonderful bedroom with a soft bed and fine linen. When he awoke the next morning he was fed a hearty breakfast and sent back out into the street. The young man was grateful for what had been done for him, but he was still homeless.

Now listen as I tell the story again. There once was a young man who was homeless. Finding shelter where ever he could, he existed on food and clothing that others had discarded. He was hungry and cold, he was ragged and dirty and he smelled bad. One day a kind man took the boy to his own home. He gave the young man use of his bathroom and provided him with everything he needed to be clean. The boy was then given new clothes and fed a good meal. After the meal, he was given a wonderful bedroom with a soft bed and fine linens to sleep in.

This is where the story changes. The next morning after sharing a good breakfast with the young man the host said “I have something to tell you. Son, if you choose to stay you will never have to go back to your old life. Because I am offering you a new life. From this day forward everything I have will be yours. My home will be home now. From now on you will be my son and I will be your father. You will never be homeless again.”

This is the message I want you to receive. In the first story, a homeless man was shown pity. In the second, Grace was given. In the first story, the boy was given temporary relief. In the second he was made permanently whole. You should know that God is a giver of Grace. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” God the Father with His Marvelous Grace is saying to everyone “Come with Me and all I have will be yours. I will be your Father and you will be My child. And you will never be homeless again.”

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Zaccheaus, You Come Down

Have you ever been thirsty or hungry or tired and not know it? I have, there have been times when I would be busy doing something and simply forget to take time to eat or drink or rest. But then I would hit a wall. I would realize that I could not keep going one more minute, because I had a need. I needed food or water or rest. When I would take a drink of cool water it would rejuvenate my whole body. It would make me wonder why it took me so long to realize that I had a need.

Zacchaeus was a man with a need. He had been so busy becoming a rich man that he did not realize how poor and tired and hungry he really was. One day he heard a crowd coming, and asked, “what is going on.?” Some one said,”Jesus is coming.” So Zaccheaus climbed a tree to see who Jesus was. When Jesus saw him in the tree He said,”Zaccheaus, come on down I am going to your house today.” That day Zaccheaus found that Jesus met a need he did not know he had.

I know that many of you today are spiritually thirsty, hungry and tired. You have been so busy trying to live life that you have neglected to care for your soul. Now, you are out on a limb and you have a need that you can not fill.

Jesus is the Son of Man who came to seek and save the lost. He is looking up at you on your limb and saying, “ come on down I want to go to your house today.” If you will receive Him, He will bring salvation to your house. Then you can quince your thirst with His living water, satisfying your hunger with the Bread of Life and rest your weary head on His gentle shoulder.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends