Blog 218 for JUNE 12, 2021 






Two of the most anointed followers of the Lord God were Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was the mentor and teacher and Elisha was the follower. Elisha followed Elijah everywhere he went. He would not leave him because he wanted the anointed spirit of Elijah to possess his life. Elisha stayed with Elijah until God took him up to heaven in a whirlwind. The mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha with the anointed Spirit of God, and he was never the same again. Even in death Elisha was still a miracle worker when a man’s body fell on his bones and the man’s body came alive, according to II Kings 13:21. In my opinion, this was one of the most amazing miracles found in the Bible. The dead body of Elisha had more power than the average professing Christians today. Just think what would happen in our world today if dedicated members of churches had the power of God’s anointing Spirit! 


I am reminded of the ministry of evangelist Uncle Buddy Robinson in the early 1900s. “Uncle Buddy” as he was called, lived in Pasadena, California, in the third house on Bresee Avenue behind Bresee Avenue church where I was the senior  pastor. Even though he was an ordained Nazarene minister, he was in great demand by all denominational backgrounds in those days. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was upon him, with great revivals and camp meetings everywhere he went. While I was pastor there in Pasadena, from time to time I would walk by his house and pray for the Spirit of God from “Uncle Buddy” to fall on me. To say the least, I wanted the anointed Spirit of Elijah to help me with my ministry as the pastor of an historic church. That really was a very special time for my ministry.


I am just now wondering what would happen in America if an anointed pulpit would descend on every church and pastor in these troubled times. It goes without saying, I think all of us know, there would be a mighty anointing Presence that would change the lives of people from sea to shining sea. Without a doubt, it is our answer and our greatest need!


Dear Lord,  please respond to Your words in ll Chronicles 7:14!





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Blog 218 for JUNE 12, 2021




“The Serenity Prayer”

(written by Reinhold Niebuhr)


 The Serenity Prayer is one of those famous prayers.  Should you want to do some research about the prayer, check out Wikipedia.  Most of us have quoted the first four lines many times.  It’s very familiar and has been meaningful to us.


God grant me the serenity to accept the things   I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.


Reinhold Niebuhr was an American Theologian, born in 1892 and died in 1971.  He composed this prayer in 1932-33.  This prayer spread rapidly in the 1930s and 1940s.  It was adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. Reinhold used it in a 1943 sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts. It also appeared in a sermon of his in 1944 Book of Prayers and Services for the Armed Forces.  The USO circulated the prayer to soldiers on printed cards during World War II.  Well, so much for my research.


Through the years, I have personally enjoyed repeating the first four lines that I learned many years ago. I’m sure I learned it in school.


The rest of the prayer goes like this…


“Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.” 



Sending blessings, love and prayers your way.  Be filled with joy. Share the Christ-life with all you come in contact with.  Be HIS Hand extended to our broken world.           


 Please enjoy this Brigham Young University Combined Choir YouTube video of “Did You Think to Pray?”




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