Good Morning

Since my porch is facing to the southeast, I am able to watch the motion picture that is the rising sun and wakening day. This morning I am watching a doe and her two babies as they feed on the remnants of my garden. From the woods I hear chattering squirrels and all around me is the unmatched music of God’s orchestra.

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He Chose You First

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

Do you remember the old schoolyard ritual of choosing teams? Remember how the two oldest or biggest would appoint themselves captains then pick their teams. They would always start by choosing the biggest or strongest or the ones with the most talent. One by one they would choose while the ones who were not so big or strong or talented would stand looking at their toes hoping and praying that this time, they would not be the last one picked.

And there was always the one, “maybe it was you” that was not really chosen at all. The captain who was cursed with the LAST pick would look at you and say, I guess I will have to take you. Then you would play right field and bat last.

I have some good news for you. The biggest Captain of all time has chosen His team and guess what, He chose you, and He picked you first. The Bible tells you in Ephesians 1:4 that; He chose you — before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy and without blame before Him in love,” (Ephesians 1:4)

Now for the life of me I cannot understand how God does it! He has chosen all of us and we are all His first pick. But I don’t have to understand it. I just trust Him and know that it is true. He looked at me and named me as His V.I.P. I don’t stand around looking at my toes anymore because God chose me.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Down Where the Pavement Ends

Email- pavementendsministry@gmail.com

The Bible Is Always Right

The Word of God is always right. It is always right about everything. You may have an incredible IQ or you may be abundantly ignorant, however if you say, ” I know what the Bible says but this is what I think.” Be assured of this. God does not care what you think. If you disagree with God you are wrong and He is right! Always!

The Word of God is never wrong. Maybe your circumstances have led you to think you can disregard His teaching, but you are wrong. Perhaps your situation causes you to feel as if His commandments don’t apply to your life. If so, you need to know that your feelings are wrong. Understand this. His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts are higher than your thoughts. If you disagree with the Word of God, you are wrong and He is right.

God is never wrong! Never!

The Word of God is righteous. Some people have issues with the things the Bible teaches. Their perception of God is that He is cold and heartless. But they don’t know that God is omnipotent or that He transcends time. He was in the beginning and He is in the future. God has seen the actions of men in the past and knows the results of these actions in the future.

Do not trust your own understanding, but take joy in the Lord’s instructions. Meditate on His Word day and night and you will find that His Word is always righteous! Always!

Douglas &Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

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Healthy Hunger

Hunger is a good thing. It is a gift from God that tells us when we need to replenish the food that fuels our bodies. However, you need wisdom to know how to feed your hunger. For instance some foods are almost addictive, but they contain useless calories. Meanwhile other foods may not be as tasty but they contain the nutrients your body needs.

As I have gotten older, I have learned that I must control what I eat and drink. Sometimes I like a soft drink but I have found water to be the ultimate thirst quencher. Within reason cake and candy is alright, but fruits and vegetables are always better for you. Because of His goodness God has given us taste buds so that we can enjoy food and drink. God has declared all food and drink to be good. But as with all good things, the key to healthy hunger is moderation.

Okay, now you have received advice on eating from a old guy with diabetes. But I don’t really want to talk about eating the right food. I want to talk about having a healthy hunger. Proverbs 15:14 says; “ A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while a fool feeds on trash.” I am a physical diabetic today because for years I ate trash and junk food without moderation. Most of us today are spiritual diabetics because of the unmoderated trash that we have put into our heads, hearts and spirits. God says we need to develop a healthy hunger for righteous knowledge.

Hunger is a good thing. But feed your soul wisely. Stop feeding your mind junk and trash. Become addicted to righteous knowledge and develop a healthy hunger for God’s Holiness. Do this and you will defeat the spiritual diabetes that has crippled so many Christians.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Overcoming the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Everyone who has ever owned a house knows that taking care of it is a constant job. Everyday either the roof needs patching or there is cleaning and painting to be done. When you think you have everything under control and can sit down to rest, then you will find a faucet leaking or a light switch is broken. This is because in the natural order of life all created things will deteriorate. Everything of value requires a high level of maintenance.

This is also true of the human body. If we want to enjoy good health, we must be diligent to maintain our bodies. This requires us to exercise regularly and to be careful with our diet. As we get older, maintaining our health will probably require medication. So on a weekly basis we will fill our pillboxes and set alarms to remind us to take our pills. This is because in the natural order of life all created things will deteriorate. And even our bodies require a high level of maintenance.

All of this is true because when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he unleashed the second law of thermodynamics upon the world. This law states, that when left alone everything will collapse, breakdown, or wear out. When God created this world it was perfect and incorruptible. The first man Adam, chose to rebel against God and sin entered into the world. The curse of sin brought death and destruction. Therefore, we have to work hard to maintain houses and machines and our bodies or they will deteriorate.

But don’t be discouraged. Because of what Jesus did on the cross we can overcome death and destruction. Yes everything on this earth is temporary and one day it will all rot, rust or burn. However let’s not focus on that which is temporary, focus instead on that which is eternal. In Heaven there is no corruption and there is no death or destruction. There will be no medicine in Heaven because God has promised that if we believe in Him we will not perish but we will have eternal life. Jesus has prepared for us in Heaven an eternal home. A house from God that is not made with hands. A home that will never need any maintenance.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Pray for Peace

The soldier has a few hours of down time. He spends this time cleaning his weapons and checking his equipment. Christmas is coming. From his pocket he pulls a picture of his family. He kisses his finger and touches his wife’s face. With a smile he thinks about how excited his children will be on Christmas morning. He wishes he could be there to put their bikes together. It is hard to keep the sand out of his equipment. He wonders, “Will there ever be Peace on earth?”

The young mother drives home late at night. The brakes on her car have started making a squealing noise. Christmas is in a week. She thinks about the tip money she received tonight. It won’t buy many gifts for her two children. Her heart still trembled from the fear she felt when that customer was so rude. She had wanted to just run and hide. But that other customer was so kind, he left her that twenty with a simple note that said, God Bless you. She thought, “Maybe their will be Peace on Earth after all.”

A policeman sits in the backseat of a mangled car. He leans forward to hold the hand of a young man whose broken body is barely clinging to life. The policeman prays as the young man cries for his mama. As the jaws of life loudly rips the car apart the radio suddenly starts playing. As the radio plays, “Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come” the life of the young man slips away. The officer bows his head with a prayer that the young man has found the Peace that is not of this earth.

An old preacher sits on the back pew of a quiet country church. The worship service is over and the people have all gone home. In his heart, he still hears the choir singing and the children laughing. It was a good service tonight. Christmas plays are always special. His heart had filled with pride when the youngest member playing the part of the angel said, ” For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” When the choir sang they really did sound like a chorus of Angels. Before he leaves for home the old preacher bows his head and prays that there will be peace on earth tonight.

Christmas is about hope. The soldier, the mother, the policeman and the preacher all hope and pray for the same thing. We all hope and pray for the same thing. So like the angels let this be our song, ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

Douglas & Deborah Huff