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The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Sunday, April 4, 2010

No Plan "B"

Sunday morning church in Honduras; After last years early breakfast feast on Resurrection Sunday, the little church in Choluteca opted to do it again. Thankfully, pot luck this time, since Lisa is not here. I awoke very early this morning to make French toast for everyone in the church. Jenny rose to help as well. After jotting down my thought from the night and time of devotion, then a couple of hours on the grill and an hour getting kids ready to go time, now time for the 6am preaching and breakfast. Carlos preached an hour and half on the Resurrection of Christ. One of our faithful ladies whose been praying for her husband to come and be saved for 2 years, got her prayer answered today at the invitation time. He quickly rose and went forward followed by another lady. The men of the church went forward to pray with them. What a awe-inspiring thing to see on Easter morning; Souls coming to Christ under preaching the death, burial, resurrection and blood of Jesus by a "Timothy". Amen! Afterwards, like all Baptist in good standing, we ate and fellowshipped. I think that might be the uninspired 3rd ordnance of the church…

A promise from a previous post- I did put a tarp in the Kia and filled it with water and bubbles for the kids to cool off in yesterday, to the delight of all. (been 100+ deg for about 2 weeks but the rains have begun) The girls splashed about for a few hours while the boys jumped in the bounce house then swapped. We also tried sleeping in the Lighthouse building for the first time this week to work out issues known and unknown. Like much needed fans that only work with all the lights on, ops, toilets not working, leaks, no lights where you really need it, ect. But even without matresses, beds or furniture, the kids preferred it over the 20'x30' space we have been in for over a year. So its progress. Lots of details to finish before making it permanent but its close
Sorry no photos, battery dead in camera and nothing is opened here.

The LORD woke me very early today with these thoughts of the day….
No plan B. Where are the ministers of God now days who have no plan B? The bible colleges are filled with future missionaries and pastors that are looking at career choices they chose, instead of men called and chosen of God. Men with a burning in their bones. Paul had no plan B when he fell from his horse and said what wilt thou have me to do. When he went to Rome he knew it ment death, and yet he went. Peter had no plan B when the LORD asked “Will ye also go away?” Then Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” When you read of early churches, martyrs, missionaries and circuit preachers of old, they had no plan B. Our LORD Jesus had no plan B leading up to resurrection morning. “Well if this doesn’t work out to my liking I’ll just send the Angels to do it.” No, rather He prayed “not my will but thine be done”. He went to the agony of the cross following the will of the Heavenly Father unto death. I see precious few men (or women) willing to die for the sake of the gospel anymore, willing to live and pay the price found in;

Matthew 19:29. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

All the plan B men in the Bible have left tragic testimonies. Saul with the witch of Endor, Judas’ betrayal, Samson, ect. Even Abraham tried a plan B. Pulpits and Lecterns are filled with teachers, teaching itching ears. It is prolific in every denomination, christian school and college, from small church of 3, to stadium sized churches, most are teaching of, and serving the god of I, not the God of IAM. It’s true, unto the followers of Christ there can be no plan B.

Faith- is the action demonstrating the convictions of the heart.

Jesus said “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Now time for a nap…if I only had the time.
Unworthy servant to a Worthy Saviour


At April 5, 2010 at 9:26 AM, Blogger Susanna said...

SO true...in this walk of "faith" for the Christian. Who needs a "plan B"?? Thanks for the encouragement and sharing your heart! God bless you as you continue to serve Him with all that you have!

Love and prayers...

At May 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Blogger PatchNix said...

Bro Barry, your "no plan b" words were from the Lord - especially for me! Thank you for your words. - and for a life that lives what you said! May God continue to bless and use you.

Praying for you.

Pastor Patrick Nix
Taylorsville KY


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