JESSE FRANK.

Jessie Frank was having one of those nightmare travel days. Earlier this month, she was heading home to Atlanta to pick up her 12-year-old daughter from diabetes summer camp. But a string of weather delays, flight cancellations and a mechanical failure landed Frank at a Washington, D.C., airport instead. As she wrote in an open letter to Delta Air Lines CEO, Richard Anderson, posted on her Facebook page, despite the “calm, kind, diligent [and] funny” efforts of multiple Delta employees who tried to help her, at 9:30 p.m. she thought she’d miss the last flight to Atlanta – and the chance to share an end-of-camp experience with her daughter, who has Type I diabetes – because hers was the eighth name on the standby list for a very overbooked flight. Somehow, flight attendants found room for the first seven people on the list and, just as Frank was about to give up, the gate agent called her name and rushed her down the jet bridge. “A vaguely familiar face met me at the doorway, not in uniform so probably an off-duty pilot I had seen before,” Frank wrote in Facebook post. “He quickly grabbed my roll-aboard, helped clear a space in the overhead, and showed me to my seat.” Only when the plane landed in Atlanta did flight attendants tell Frank and the rest of the passengers that there was very special guest passenger on the plane, Delta CEO Richard Anderson. He had been the one who had helped Frank aboard and swapped his cabin seat for a jump seat in the cockpit to make room. “You… did all...

SCIENCE IS NOT GOD . . . NEVER HAS BEEN . . . NEVER WILL BE.

IT SEEMS THERE WAS A GROUP OF SCIENTISTS WORKING TO FIND THE SINGLE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE. FOR YEARS THEY WORKED ENDLESSLY FOR THIS ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE. FINALLY, A SCIENTIST SCREAMED OUT; “I HAVE FOUND IT! NOW, I HAVE THE ABILITY TO CREATE LIFE FROM NOTHING! I HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE LIFE!” IMMEDIATELY, A ROAR FROM HEAVEN ANSWERED…”YOU CANNOT CREATE LIFE FROM NOTHING.” THE SCIENTIST ARGUED BACK. “BUT, I CAN. I FOUND THE ANSWER IN A SAMPLE OF SIMPLE DIRT.” GOD MUST HAVE SMILED AS HE SAID; “GOOD….NOW, DO IT WITHOUT THE DIRT I CREATED. CREATE YOUR OWN DIRT FROM NOTHING AS I DID.” HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN OR HEARD OF SOMEONE THINKING THEY WERE EQUAL TO OR SUPERIOR TO GOD…OR MAYBE NOT EVEN UNDERSTANDING THE AWESOME GOD WE HAVE. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID; “I CAN DO THIS OR THAT.”, WITHOUT ASKING GOD OR GIVING HIM THE RESPECT FOR BEING GOD. WE ARE TO BE HUMBLE. IN A RECENT SERMON, I EXPLAINED HOW GOD CREATED ALL….WITHOUT WORKERS, WITHOUT CONTRACTORS, WITHOUT ARCHITECTS, WITHOUT INSPECTORS AND YES…EVEN WITHOUT A CHURCH COMMITTEE! “GOD CREATED…..” “GOD CREATED THE SKY, SEAS AND LAND.” GENESIS 1:1 NIV “HE MOCKS PROUD MOCKERS BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” PROVERBS 3:34...

TO HEAR GOD- LISTEN.

DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL GOD DOESN’T LISTEN TO YOUR PRAYERS OR DOESN’T ANSWER? BE ASSURED, GOD HEARS EVEN YOUR TINIEST PRAYER. THERE IS NOTHING TOO SIMPLE OR TOO COMPLEX FOR GOD. SOMETIMES WE FEEL WE ARE NOT BEING HEARD…BUT, MAYBE IT IS US WHO ARE NOT HEARING! THE STORY IS TOLD OF SEVERE RAINS AND FLOODING BEING ANNOUNCED AND WARNINGS TO PACK UP AND LEAVE YOUR HOME IN LOW WATER AREAS. A MAN LISTENED TO THE NEWS REPORTS AND DECIDED HE DID NOT NEED TO LEAVE SINCE HIS HOUSE HAD NEVER FLOODED. THE RAINS CAME AND CAME. IT WAS NOT LONG UNTIL THE WATER WAS FEET DEEP IN THE STREET. POLICE AND FIREMEN WERE GOING HOUSE TO HOUSE. HE TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS ‘OK’ AND WAS NOT CONCERNED. BY MORNING, WATER WAS ALMOST IN HIS HOUSE. AUTHORITIES WERE NOW PATROLING RESCUES IN SMALL BOATS. AGAIN, HE DECLINED AND STAYED IN HIS HOUSE. BY AFTERNOON THE TOWN WAS VACANT AND WATER WAS IN HIS HOUSE AND RISING SO HE WENT UPSTAIRS. SOON THERE WAS A HELICOPTER. STILL, DECIDING THAT THE WATER COULD NOT GET ANY HIGHER AND WOULD SOON SUBSIDE, HE REFUSED THE RESCUE HELICOPTER AND WAVED THEM AWAY. BUT, THE WATER ROSE. WITHIN HOURS, HE HAD CLIMBED ONTO THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE. SCREAMING FOR HELP, THERE WAS NO ONE TO RESCUE HIM. SO HE TURNED HIS SCREAMS TO GOD….AT FIRST BEGGING…THEN DEMANDING GOD’S HELP AND ASKING WHY GOD HAD ABANDONED HIM AS HE CLUNG TO THE CHIMNEY. QUIETLY, GOD ANSWERED. “MY SON, I ANSWERED YOU OVER AND OVER BUT YOU IGNORED ME. YOU DID NOT TAKE TIME...

HAMLET???

SHAKESPEARE HAD A WAY WITH WORDS. CLAUDIUS SAYS IN HAMLET, “WHEN SORROWS COME, THEY COME NOT SINGLE SPIES, BUT IN BATTALIONS.” DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE SATAN HAS SENT HIS BATTALIONS…MORE THAN YOU FEEL YOU CAN DEAL WITH? ALONE, YOU CAN’T STAND UP TO THE BATTALIONS, THE SELF DOUBTS, THE HEALTH CONCERNS, FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, PROBLEMS OF OR WITH A LOVED ONE…WE COULD CREATE A LIST OF A THOUSAND PROBLEMS. DO YOU FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS WORKING AGAINST YOU SOME DAYS? THERE IS ONE SOLUTION… PACK UP ALL YOUR PROBLEMS AND GIVE THEM TO GOD. THE BIBLE TELLS US THE PROBLEMS OF JOB. HE LOST HIS CHILDREN, HIS SERVANTS, HIS WEALTH, HIS LIVESTOCK, EVEN HIS HEALTH. THRU IT ALL JOB KEPT HIS FAITH. HIS FRIENDS CONDEMNED HIM AND HIS WIFE QUESTIONED HIS FAITH. YET, HE REMAINED FAITHFUL AND GOD CREATED REPLACEMENTS FOR ALL HE LOST. DAVID RAN FROM SAUL. SCRIPTURE TELLS US HE FELT AS WE DO AT TIMES. AS HE HID, HE WAS REMINDED OF HIS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO HAD ABANDONED HIM. WHILE HE WAS ABANDONED BY THOSE HE KNEW, HE DID NOT ABANDON GOD. SOME OF HIS GREATEST WRITINGS CAME DURING THIS PERIOD. IN TIME, HE WAS MADE KING BY GOD. GOD NEVER ABANDONED HIM. GOD WILL NOT ABANDON YOU! DON’T ABANDOM HIM! PRAY IN FAITH AND GOD WILL HEAR YOU…. “FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD; HE WILL NOT ABANDON OR DESTROY YOU OR FORGET THE COVENANT WITH YOUR ANCESTORS, WHICH HE CONFIRMED TO THEM BY OATH.” DEUTERONOMY...