For Such Time as This

Esther is a young woman who has a choice to make. Her family, friends and people face extermination. She must choose. Will she put her life in danger and try to save her people? Or will she do nothing and watch as everyone she loves is destroyed. Her uncle Mordecai tells her that she was born, “for such a time as this.” She chose to put her life on the line and she was used by God to help save her people.

You and I are here in this place and this time. You did not choose this time and maybe didn’t choose this place, but here you are. I would like to suggest that you may have been chosen for such a time as this. You were uniquely created for the responsibilities and opportunities of your life.

Like Esther you have choices to make. Maybe your choices are not as drastic as hers but they are yours to make. I take that back, your choices are just as drastic as hers. Your choices are life shaping for you and everyone in your life.

You may never stand before a king, but every day you will stand before someone. If you will be like Esther, you can make a positive impact on this world, but you must choose wisely. Today choose righteousness, choose wisdom and choose kindness because you never know whose life you maybe saving. After all you were born for such a time as this.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where the Pavement Ends

Email- pavementendsministry@gmail.com

No Reserve, No Retreats, No Regrets,

His name was Bill Borden. He had been born into a wealthy family, After he graduated from high school in 1904 he felt a need to help the poor people of the world. He surrendered his life to Christ and decided to become a missionary. A friend of his told him that he would be wasting his life as a missionary. In response Bill wrote two words in the back of his Bible. The two words were,

“ No Reserve.”

As Bill prepared for the mission field he entered Yale University. While in college, he spent his spare time ministering to those around him. In his journal he wrote that his philosophy for life was simply to “say no to self and yes to Jesus every time!” After he graduated from Yale Bill received many high paying job offers, no one would have blamed him for taking one of these jobs. However at this time he wrote two more words in the back of his Bible they were

“ No Retreats”.

Bill Borden was a millionaire but he realized that his responsibility was to be about the Father’s business. His missionary call was to minister to the Muslim Kansu people in China. Bill planned to spend time in Egypt learning the Muslim language before going on to China. But he never made it to the mission field.Shortly after arriving in Egypt he contracted Spinal Meningitis. In less than a month he was dead. Shortly before he died William Borden wrote two more words in the back of his Bible these words were,

“No Regrets”.

Was Bill Borden’s life wasted? Some people would say; if only he had stayed in the States, with his money and talents maybe he could have done great things for the Kingdom of God. But that was not God’s plan. When his story was told it is said that many hundreds of people were inspired to surrender to the mission field. Because of this, more people were reached for Christ than Bill could ever have reached himself.

The Bible tells us that God’s plans are greater than our plans and His ways are greater than our ways. Bill Borden knew that obedience to God is the only way to be truly successful . His story is a challenge for us to surrender to God with no reserves, to follow Jesus with no retreats and to live in obedience to the Holy Spirit with no regrets.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

A Man After God’s Own Heart

When I was about fifteen years old, a Godly man named Jack McVeigh, became pastor of Falling Creek BC. Brother Jack was one of those old fashioned pastors, who proved his love of God, by loving the people of his community. Jack was a visiting preacher. It was not unusual to see his car driving through the neighborhood as he went from door to door sharing Jesus and inviting people to church. One day he stopped at our house, and the next Sunday we went to church. And we continued to go every Sunday.

My family is large. The day that Jack McVeigh came to visit us there were eleven people in that house, nine children and my mama and daddy. It was a good day for Brother Jack and for Falling Creek Church because that day a small country church added eleven people to its roll. If this was the end of the story it would be really good story, but it’s not. It is only the beginning.

My brothers and sisters and I have all married and have children and grandchildren. This family of eleven has grown to almost eighty people. Most of us have given our lives to Christ. In our family there is one preacher, at least five deacons, a lot of youth leaders and many Sunday School teachers. I truly believe that my extended family is having a positive impact on the world because of our love of Jesus and willingness to work for His Kingdom. It all started almost fifty years ago when a faithful man of God visited our family and asked us to come to church.

The Bible teaches that we are to go into all the world making disciples and teaching them about Jesus. When God asked, “ Who will go for me?” Jack McVeigh answered and said,” Here am I Lord, send me.” He was given the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the lives of the many people that he has reached with the Gospel, Brother Jack has truly gone into the whole world making disciples.

And so I say. Thank you Brother Jack for your Godly influence in my family. Thank you for sharing Jesus with my family and asking us to come to church. By your love and faithfulness you have proven that you are, A man after God’s own heart.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

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

Whooping the Okra

             Okra, I’m glad it grows where I live. It is one of my favorite foods. It tastes good no matter how you cook it, and it is good for you. You plant it in the spring and it will keep producing until the first frost of the fall.  However, during the mid-growing season, it might stop producing. When this happens, my Nanny would say the Okra needs a good whooping.

            A whooping! What did that mean? It is simple really. As an okra stalk grows it always produces at the top of the plant. Even though it is not producing any okra the bottom of the plant still has the old leaves. These old leaves are useless but they draw nutrients from the stalk and this prevents the plant from making tender okra at the top.  So, my Nanny would take a brush broom and knock the old leaves off. The okra would then begin producing again. 

            Usually here is where I would begin a spiritual analogy.  However, this is not a spiritual lesson, it is a civics lesson. You see the United States of America was designed to produce. With the natural resources that we have, we could and should be completely independent of the rest of the world.  This great land can produce everything that we, the American citizens need.

            However, most elected politicians are like old okra leaves. They do no good and only hinder our great country. They have turned the government into a giant money laundering scheme to pad their evil egos. For example, no federal program or department ever accomplishes anything and they never go away. They were not designed to accomplish anything they were only designed to perpetually line the pockets of career politicians.

                        The politicians and the so-called news media constantly treat Americans like mushrooms, they want to keep us in the dark and feed us crap. They tell you that the programs and departments are for your own good. They say that the government will protect you and provide for your every need.  With governmental smoke and mirrors, they promise to defend your civil rights while behind your backs they decimate the Constitution. As long as they can convince gullible idiots to vote for them, they will get away with it.

The treasonous traitors in Washington DC have sold our birthright for their profit. The nation’s capital is full of bottom-feeding, nutrient-sucking parasites. It is time for God-fearing American citizens to take a brush broom to Washington DC and flail and give it a good whooping.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where the Pavement Ends

In Honor of Veterans Day

“Thank you for your service.” We always mean well when we say this but I have noticed many veterans seem to be embarrassed by the recognition. It is as if they would say,” I was just doing my job”. Yes, they had a job to do and they did it well. Veteran’s Day and everyday a grateful nation says thank you for a job well done. Myself, I will always be proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free and I will never forget those of you who served so faithfully to preserve that right for me.

This devotion is an audio podcast. In it I wish to say thank you and honor all brave Veterans who served our nation so faithfully. Please Click the link below to listem

https://podpoint.com/pavement-ends-ministry/in-honor-of-veterans-day?fbclid=IwAR1KSo1g3ku5FiscoCTVgaXVhZ1hWB5llj6WHHd6rQD4fkQsAbp_OitNpu4#

Do It Again Lord

Do it Again Lord

Lord, once there were people who were told by their government how they must worship. They were told who they would serve and what their doctrines would be. But You stirred their hearts and they rose up in defiance of the tyrannical rulers. They bravely risked their lives and sacrificed all they had for religious freedom.

Lord, once again we find ourselves oppressed by a government who would tell us how we must worship, who we will serve and what our doctrines will be. Lord you once stirred the hearts of your people to rise up in defiance of an unjust government, My prayer today is that you will do it again Lord

Lord, this great nation was born when men were stirred to fight for their Independence and freedom. Brave men realized that they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Lord you stirred the hearts of these brave men to stand up to despotism and demand the right to live in a land of truth, justice and righteousness. Today I beg you Lord, please do it again!

Lord, once you raised up great men to lead this nation. These men were not politicians who could be bought or swayed by vagrant ideologies. No, truly great leaders are valiant statesmen who stand on Biblical principles and refuse to be bought or bullied by ungodly men or entities. Lord you once raised up true leaders to guide this nation, please Lord do it again.

Lord, you once raised up prophetic men who were unafraid to stand before evil and corrupt leaders and proclaim , “Thus says the Lord’. Heavenly Father we once again need a Moses to say, “Let my people go”. Once again we need an Elijah to challenge the false gods and the evil Jezebels of today. Once again we need a Nathan who will stand before the nation’s leaders and say, “be sure you sins will find you out”. Once again we need a Jeremiah who will weep over this broken nation as he boldly proclaims a truth that burns in his bones. Once again we need a man like John the Baptist who will shout loudly, “Repent, because the Kingdom of God is at hand” Lord you raised these men up once, today I beg You please do again.

Lord, in past centuries you stirred the hearts of common people to call out to you and from these stirrings great awakenings were born. During these times of revival, fearless evangelist thundered across this land preaching that you must be born again. They proclaimed the truth of God’s word and did not hesitate to call evil, evil and sin, sin. Lord, we desperately need for You to do it again

Lord, once you made this nation great. But now we wallow in sin. The cesspool of sodomy is forced on us by evil men. Right is called wrong and wrong is called right. Today righteous people are ridiculed and perverted people are celebrated. How long Lord will you strive with wicked men.

Lord, you have told us that we who are your people must humble ourselves and pray, and that if we will turn from our wicked ways, then you will hear from heaven and heal our land.

Lord you once made this nation great; it is my humble prayer that you will please do it again.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Are You Scared

I have come to believe that God is not saying that fear is sinful nor is it a bad thing. Fear teaches us to be careful and seek safety. We learn in Psalm 34:4 that if we seek the Lord He will answer us and deliver us from all our fears. For this reason, if you are in Christ you are going to be all right.

This Devotion is an audio podcast. Click the link below to listen to the rest of the story.

https://podpoint.com/pavement-ends-ministry/scared?fbclid=IwAR3VdpyqZIPRkrBF7LfMILY8I5VV07GygQ6SNh9hbjrA-IdMkJ0gQUG5zyM#

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

I Believe

I believe that laughter of children is sweet music and the love of a child can put a song in your heart. I believe that the sweat from hard work feels good and the reward of working hard is a good feeling. I believe that reading the Bible while the sun comes up is the best way to start the day. A cup of coffee while talking to God will make the day good to the last drop. The Bible tells us in Romans 15:13 “ The God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus said whoever believes in Him will never die and I know this to be true. I also am convinced that whoever does not believe in Jesus has never lived. Belief is a powerful thing. It can imprint on your life unending hope and it can erase from your life debilitating fear. Belief in the Savior has caused crippled men to walk, blind men to see and dead men to live. I believe that God is good and greatly to be praised. I will praise God in all things, good and bad.

God has promised that with a little faith, we can prayerfully move mountains. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, your prayers can bring healing to the sick, salvation to the lost and hope to the hopeless. This is true for all of us who believe in the power of Jesus our Savior. Sometimes in our human frailties, we struggle to believe this. But if we cry out to Jesus, He will help us in our unbelief.

I believe that my sins are great but God’s forgiveness is greater. I believe that when I fall my Jesus will be there to pick me up. In my weakness, I often stumble but I have this certain assurance that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I know that I am righteous, but only because of the shed blood of Jesus. So for this reason I have firmly planted my feet on the Rock of my salvation. This salvation is found only in Jesus Christ the Son of God. HE is the One in whom I believe.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends