Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner

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  1. Rocketman1

    Rocketman1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Chaplain and members.

    My wife has just been diagnosed with a vary rare skin disease called Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris (PRP). It is not know what causes it, and there is no know cure. It started several months ago, when her face turned bright red. Now it has progressed to an ugly orange rash all over her body. The skin on the palms of her hands and her feet is starting to become thick dry and cracked. It is sometimes treatable, with a drug called soriatane (Acitretin), but this drug can have serious side effects. From what we have learned so far it will eventually go ito remission, after three to four years when treated with soriatane. The problem is the soriatane is too expensive. My co pay after insurance is about $500 per month. (Total cost with out insurance is roughly $2000.)

    Were not sure what we will do yet, we are still researching the side effects of the drug, and looking into alternative treatments. I found out tonight that I can by the same drug in Canada for $300, and that is with no insurance. This tells me that the American drug companies are getting rich off of poor sick people. Shame on them!!

    After what happened with my mother-in-law last month I believe in prayer and divine intervention, so please send them my way.

  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Prayers from Oz on the way

  3. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Heavenly Father, we come before you this morning upholding this woman.
    The medical treatments available from our doctors are not affordable.
    But Lord, we know that you are God of all things.
    We know that all healing comes from you, regardless of the tool you use to bring it about.
    We ask this morning for a healing.
    We don't pray about which tool you use to bring that healing, but for the healing itself.
    If you choose to make the medicine affordable by some means, we will give you the praise.
    If you choose to bring a healing without medicine, we will give you the praise.
    We ask for a healing, Lord, and we place her health in your hands, and trust you to bring this about by some means.
    We also ask that you would touch her mind and give her assurance that you are in charge, and all things will be done in accordance with your will.
    Be with her husband, family and friends at this time as they all deal with this.
    Give them strength - -

    And we ask all of these things in the Holy name of Jesus, the Christ - the Great Physician - -

    Amen -
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    It has been a few weeks, so it is time for another QUIZ! In keeping with the current fad of radical diets to maintain the look of an Auschwitz survivor, this quiz will be on Famines.

    1. Which of the four horsemen in Revelation spreads famine on the earth?
    2. Who was food storage supervisor in Egypt when famine came?
    3. What nation was the victim of a seven-year famine in Elisha's time?
    4. Where did Abram go when famine struck?
    5. What New Testament prophet predicted a worldwide famine?
    6. Who went to live with the Philistines during a famine?
    7. What two plagues probably caused famine in Egypt?
    8. What king's reign saw a three-year famine, which ended when Elijah said rain was coming?
    9. What figure in a parable found himself starving?
    10. What Babylonian king caused famine in Jerusalem?
    11. Who sent his sons to Egypt because of famine in the land?


    1. The rider on the black horse (Revelation 6:5-6)
    2. Joseph (Genesis 41)
    3. Israel (2 Kings 8:1-2)
    4. Egypt (Genesis 12:10)
    5. Agabus (Acts 11:28)
    6. Isaac (Genesis 26:1)
    7. Locusts and hail (Exodus 10:14-15)
    8. Ahab's (1 Kings 17:1; 18:44-45)
    9. The prodigal son (Luke 15:14)
    10. Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:1-3)
    11. Jacob (Genesis 42:1-2)

    How did you do? Remember that you would be far better off READING about insufficient nutrition in the Bible than RECEIVING insufficient nutrition in some crazy diet to look like some skin-and-bones popular icon!

    May the Good Lord bless and keep each one of you, guys - -
  5. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Yesterday, I spoke briefly about the diet trends which over-do weight loss. Now, anyone that knows me knows that I do NOT follow this trend. Some of these people are in such poor condition due to excess dieting and subsequent weight loss that the least minor illness becomes MAJOR, since they have zero reserves for energy. For my part, if I become too ill to eat for a week or two, no harm will be done at all!

    But there are other reasons for setting into a radical diet, and one of them is what I want to discuss with you today, and that is fasting for spiritual reasons. I assure you, from both the Word of God and my own personal experience, a fast of a day or two has great benefit, spiritually. When your body energy is not being used to digest food, it is expended in other areas of the body, such as the BRAIN, which causes your mental capacity to be noticeably increased. Bible study and meditation combined with a fast have great benefit for a Christian, but should NEVER be done to excess. And, one should be prepared to deal with family and friends that may attempt to talk them out of any kind of fast.
    I once read a story, for instance, about a man who announced to his family that he was going to enter a few days of fasting and pray. His 5-year-old daughter had recently learned that fasting meant not eating.
    "No!" she shouted. "You can't fast! You'll die!"
    Her dad carefully explained that many men and women fasted in Bible times.
    His daughter only paused a moment, and then, with a flash of insight and a note of warning, she proved her point. "And they all died!" she said.

    The Word of God tells us that Moses fasted while on Mt. Sinai;
    Exodus 34:28(KJV);
    "And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."

    The New Testament believers fasted;
    Acts 14:23(KJV);
    "And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed."

    Follow these examples in the ACT of fasting, but do not follow Moses’ example for the duration of fasting; his was, after all, a unique experience.

    May God bless you, guys -
  6. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Re: Chaplains Corner


    question for you Terry

    is it just food or is it other things as well ?

    i've a mate whom i would consider a good and holy man , but like all men has weakness's , he like me is a smoker . and he stops smoking at Easter and Christmas,

    drinking too !!! ( for a aussie to not have a beer at Christmas is of note )

    he dont rant about it , it's just something i noticed over the years and asked him on it once

    your thoughts ?
  7. reflex1

    reflex1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Thought y'all (well the older ones at least) might enjoy this!!!

    Senior version of Jesus Loves Me

    While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak ...

    "When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me.

    The only thing that would comfort me was this verse ...

    "Jesus loves me this I know.
    For the Bible tells me so.
    Little ones to Him belong,
    We are weak but He is strong.....

    Yes, Jesus loves me.....
    The Bible tells me so."

    The old pastor stated, "I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best."

    "Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me":


    Jesus loves me, this I know,
    Though my hair is white as snow
    Though my sight is growing dim,
    Still He bids me trust in Him.



    Though my steps are oh, so slow,
    With my hand in His I'll go
    On through life, let come what may,
    He'll be there to lead the way.


    When the nights are dark and long,
    In my heart He puts a song..
    Telling me in words so clear,
    "Have no fear, for I am near."


    When my work on earth is done,
    And life's victories have been won.
    He will take me home above,
    Then I'll understand His love.


    I love Jesus, does He know?
    Have I ever told Him so?
    Jesus loves to hear me say,
    That I love Him every day.


    If you think this is neat, please pass it on to your friends. If you do not pass it on, nothing bad will happen, but you will have missed an opportunity to "reach out and touch" a friend or a loved one.

    God Bless Us All!!!
  8. reflex1

    reflex1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Chaplains Corner

    And one more before I call it a night!


    A Poem by Ester Mary Walker

    ::: ::: :::

    Blessed are they who understand
    My faltering step and shaking hand
    Blessed, who know my ears today
    Must strain to hear the things they say.
    Blessed are those who seem to know
    My eyes are dim and my mind is slow
    Blessed are those who look away
    When I spilled tea that weary day.
    Blessed are they who, with cheery smile
    Stopped to chat for a little while
    Blessed are they who know the way
    To bring back memories of yesterday.
    Blessed are those who never say
    “You’ve told that story twice today”
    Blessed are they who make it known
    That I am loved, respected and not alone.
    And blessed are they who will ease the days
    Of my journey home, in loving ways.
  9. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Cheers Reflex, there're Rippers!
  10. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Good stuff, Reflex!!

    Jack, giving up smoking or drinking (or anything else usually enjoyed) for a specific time is good for you because it exercises self-restraint, which is a character building exercise.

    Fasting is also good for you in the same way, but has the added benefit of allowing your bodies energy to focus on things other than digestion.

    For today, even more self improvement.

    I have always loved Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip. There were so many real truths brought out by this mans writings, and it is truly sad that there will be no more new ones. I remember the one where Linus asks Lucy,
    "Why are you always so anxious to criticize me?" She answers,
    "I just think I have a knack for seeing other people's faults."
    "What about your own faults?" asks Linus. Her response is,
    "I have a knack for overlooking them."

    We have two things to learn from that little cartoon strip:
    First, as Christians, we should always be looking for the POSITIVE rather than the negative. The Word of God tells us:
    Philippians 4:8 (KJV);
    "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

    And second, as Christians, we are not to make ourselves out to be the judge of other people. Jesus tells us:
    Matthew 7:1-5 (NCV);
    "Don't judge other people, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you. "Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, 'Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye'? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend's eye."

    Deep truths in a comic strip? Indeed, we can find deep truths in virtually everything we encounter in this life. All we have to do is LOOK for them.

    I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.
  11. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Truths come from many places , my Grandkids do it to me often .. and i love it , makes you realise the simple truths are often the best , sadly as a adult , i miss them often , Thank God for all the ways truth get shown ..

    Thanks Terry
  12. Rocketman1

    Rocketman1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Thanks ampaterry and Jack404, greatly appreciated.
    Meeting with the Doc on Wed of next week to discuss options.
    Guess for now we think positive. Will try to keep you updated.
  13. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Terry, If we would look at the good and not the bad the world would be a better place! Thanks
  14. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Thank you, guys, for the encouragement and feedback; it is deeply appreciated!

    With the economy of the US in shambles, I would like to talk just a bit today about money. We got in our present condition through one simple error: Too much spending of money which we do not have. I am a fan of Dave Ramsey, the Christian Financial Councilor. He advocates NO debt for ANYTHING at ANY time. His motivation for this philosophy was the fact that he was a multimillionaire real-estate investor who was heavily leveraged, and a slight problem was multiplied and exaggerated by his debt load to the point that he lost everything he owned, and had to file bankruptcy. He has re-built his fortune again, but this time without any debt, and that is what he advocates.
    In this world of easy credit, I believe Dave Ramsey's teaching is badly needed, because many people for several years have been living just one paycheck from disaster due to their debt load, and in the current recession and tight job market they have lost everything. Dave teaches to build your nest-egg from your income, compounding it with good mutual fund investments, and NEVER going into debt.
    While I follow his teachings in investing, and agree that one must be VERY careful with debt, I do not hold as strict a philosophy as Dave does in that area.
    But what of this money which he teaches us to accumulate? Is it proper for a Christian to have a substantial amount of money? Shouldn't we be selling all that we have and giving it to the poor?
    John Wesley said "The fault does not lie in the money, but in them that use it."

    The Word of God tells us:
    Ecclesiastes 5:10 (GWT);
    "Whoever loves money will never be satisfied with money. Whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with more income. Even this is pointless."

    1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV);
    "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

    It is not the money that is evil, nor the possession of it that is to be avoided; it is in the LOVE of it that we sin.
    Gluttony is a sin, but eating is not.
    Lust is a sin, but love is not.
    Coveting is a sin, but working to better yourself is not.
    As Christians, we should accumulate enough money so as never to be a burden on our families or on society. That, brothers and sisters, is a virtue, not a sin.

    May God bless each and every one of you -
  15. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Daphne, Al
    Re: Chaplains Corner

    Thanks Terry.
    I for one decided several years ago to have what I wanted if I could afford it and not go in debt for it. It has worked out really well, we have what we need and if we see something we want as a luxury and can afford it then we buy it. But never pay interest on a debt other than a big ticket item like a vehicle. But even then we know we have the means to pay for it. We are true believers in not living above our means.

    I am with you 100% on thats the way the world has gotten where it is today, (over spending). We, and more over the GOVERMENT have got to stop spending. But sometimes I wonder if it is not already too late.
    Just my thoughts.
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