You Wouldn’t Believe It

Our hope and prayer is that God has or will show you unbelievable heavenly things today.  I want to share something with you that you simply may find unbelievable.  Let’s talk about that.

I do not have a specific Bible study for you today but I desire to try to convey the unbelievable services we had this weekend at the Wahoo Winter Teen Meeting.  According to counts that were taken, on Friday night and Saturday morning there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 to 1,200 teenagers, pastors, youth pastors, church workers and families that gathered, seeking what God might do, might say, who God might save.  You might not believe it so we took a picture.  That crowd of decently, modestly dressed teenagers was holding up King James Bibles after singing songs from the Church Hymnal that they knew by heart.  Brother Ricky Gravely was mounting the pulpit to deliver the message of the weekend from Daniel 1, “What the Prince of this World Wants.”  


“The Prince of this World wants New Ground that doesn’t belong to him, Nice Gold that belongs to God, the Next Generation of the best and brightest.  He want them in Babylon.  He wants to bribe them, and brainwash them.”  Ricky Gravely

My top three quotable quotes from brother Ricky; “I don’t care how saved you are, you are not devil proof”  “As much as God has His hand on you, the devil has his eye on you” “Your circumstances may cause you to live in Babylon, but Babylon does not have to live in you for one single day.”

You would not believe how powerful that message was unless you were there.  You would not believe the waves of teens that flooded the altar during all parts of the services.  You would not believe the worship that filled that tabernacle.  You wouldn’t believe that the crowd was transfixed in listening to old time, Bible preachers.  You would not believe the choir singing great gospel songs from memory…

I have to stop for now, but I want you to know that no matter how hard the enemy is trying to derail churches into thinking they have to get as far away from old time religion, old time worship, modesty, standards, the King James Bible, old time preaching… it still works.  You still might not believe it, but I do.

God Bless You!!




That’s where I get it

Our hope and prayer today is that the Lord has used you for His purpose this week. In reality, we are just empty vessels until He fills us. I wanted to share something special with you. My dad, Lloyd Borden, is A Missions Director for the Lookout Mountain Baptist Association and he sends out a newsletter every month to let folks know of progress, plans and shares something from the pages of God’s word. I wanted to give you an idea of where I get my penchant for writing. Let’s see what brother Lloyd has to say…

Earthen Vessels

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:7)”

This verse of scripture has long been a favorite of mine and I have tried over the years to give devotions from it, but have never been able to fully bring ot all the vast richness it contains. So please bear with me as I take a word by word approach to this precious verse.

  1.  That’s us, Christians.  The Saved.  The Redeemed . Those who have had an experience of Grace.  Members of the family of God.  No one else.  Certainly not the lost world.

    HAVE.  We have.  We hold.  We possess.  It’s inside us.  We are engrained with.  It’s part of our being.  It’s contained.  We can’t lose it.  We’re eternally inseparable from it.

    THIS TREASURE.  Simply, it’s Christ in us, but it manifests its self in many ways to those around us.  It’s the anointing and presence of He, the Holy Spirit.  It’s light.  It’s peace.  It’s calmness in the midst of the storm.   It’s hope when no hope is in sight.  It’s love for the unlovable.  It’s concern for the hungry, the cold, and the fatherless.  It’s being a neighbor to a stranger who is ten thousand miles away.  It’s the gift of service. The gift of sharing the gospel.  It’s excellency. It’s power.  And it can’t be bought.  And it can’t be lost.  It’s an eternal gift.

    IN EARTHEN VESSELS.   When we were saved nothing about our mortal body changed.  It was dust and it still is.  You could say it was mud and it still is.  Nothing about us contributes to or is even vaguely in harmony with the goodness of God.  The TREASURE and the EARTHEN VESSELS don’t match.  It doesn’t make sense the two co-exist.  Why would anyone put anything so indefinitely good into something that is so bad?

    THAT THE EXCELLENCY OF THE POWER MAY BE OF GOD.  Those around us should surely know that the good that is in us, the treasure, had to come from God.  Our weakness, our sinfulness, our inability to raise our self from our lost state.  Producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit is far beyond our capabilities.  It has to be of Him.  The excellency, the power, the light, the joy.

    AND NOT OF US.  No…Never of us…just by His grace and mercy.

That’s my dad. I sure am thankful for him. He is just another vessel the Lord is using.

God bless you,




Ezra 1:1 “…that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled…”

Our hope and prayer is that the word of the Lord is being fulfilled in and by your life.  Today we strike out on a study that has been laid upon me.  I feel impressed by the Holy Ghost to set up camp in Ezra and Nehemiah until I receive other orders from headquarters.  Let’s begin to talk about that…

Ezra is one of the post captivity books.  The 70 year captivity of the Hebrew people was under Assyrian and Chaldean captors.  The captivity was due to the Israelites forgetting God, forsaking God and following after the sinful patterns of their pagan acquaintances.  Wicked kings brought wicked practices, influenced citizens to compromise, and hastened the hand of God to deliver them to the control of the carnal nations that they copied so closely.

Ezra is the beginning of the open door of release of the 70 years of captivity.  The first task that was stirred into the heart of the pagan idol worshipping king, Cyrus, was to build, rather, rebuild the temple in the Holy city of Jerusalem in the promised land of Israel.  The temple had been destroyed, the homes burned, the walls were pulled down and burned and tens of thousands of the Hebrew people had been taken from the city of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judah over three campaigns.

Why?  Because the people of God had ignored God’s word, made themselves look like, act like, live like, and marry themselves tothe world around them.  And God did not like it, endorse it, condone it, and in fact, punished His beloved chosen people because of it.  I believe that the church of America has reached a state of critical mass that is so close to every image of the surrounding carnal world, with very few exceptions, that we might scarcely avoid a coming time of judgement upon the church in our country.  Let us pray that the Lord will stay His hand in hope of a repentance among His people.

My burden in these scriptures for 2018, according to the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2), is to call out for the need to Rebuild the Church, Restore the Homes, Rebuild the Walls, Re-emphasize the Word, Revitalize the spirit-filled Worship, and Return the Church to a state free from the imitation of the worldly influences of the day. Pray that the Lord will make His word come alive and burden us, correct us, conform us unto His image, and instruct us unto righteousness in these last days.

God bless us all as we seek His face,




Our hope and prayer for you today is that you have you have been able to stand up under the testing and trials of this week.  God is making us better when He allows us to go through some things.  This applies to the temptation that we face as well.  God does not want us to fall to sinful temptation, but it is part of our human experience.  Let’s talk about that…

It is something that all people of all times and all places experience in one way or another.  It is as common as breathing, eating and sleeping and as certain as death and taxes.  Temptation is certainly a daily factor in our life but it does not have to be a daily failure.  In Paul’s first writings to the church at Corinth in chapter 10 verse 13 he writes words of admonition, warning, encouragement and instruction.

“Tempt”ation.  The root word has two biblical meanings.  One pertains to God’s tests and trials that he allows to build our faith, character and courage.  The other meaning goes to the process of our own flesh or the evil forces of the devil that attempt to draw us away into a sinful act which he desires to become a common practice which is designed to end in a habit with the intent of our life ending in calamity and shipwreck.  It means to be tricked, fooled, beguiled.  Wicked temptation can be helpful to point out weak areas of our life so we may recognize it, repent and rededicate.  Only by prayer and biblical preparation of the heart can we “bear it.”  Notice in our verse that Paul writes that temptation has “taken you.”  that makes us think of someone who has been captured, imprisoned, ensnared, or more vividly, taken hostage.  Let me encourage us all that according to Psalm 124 verse 7 the “snare has been broken”  by the Lord.  II Timothy 2 and 26 lets us know that we may recover ourselves out of the snare of the devil.

Paul also tells us in our text that temptation is “common” to all mankind.  Old testament, New Testament, Dark ages, ages of exploration of the planet, even today in 2018 temptation is something that every man, woman, boy and girl has to deal with no matter what.  The three main designations are given to us in I John 2:15-16.  They are the Lust of the flesh (our inner man), the Lust of the eyes (our outer influences), and the pride of life (our ego).  Be very sure that the devil knows your weaknesses and he capitalizes on them.  “BUT, God is Faithful!”  Yes, He Is!!  Just as faithful as He is to forgive (I Jn 1:9), to call (II Thes 5:24), to stablish (II Thes 3:3), to keep His promises (Heb 10:23) to be faithful and true to His word (Rev 21:5), God is faithful in our times of Temptation!

Think about how that in our most common times of unfaithfulness, when we fall to a temptation, God is still faithful.  His faithfulness is not to allow the devil to gain permission to tempt us above our spiritual ability to withstand and turn away.  In the same moment of temptation the Lord provides “a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  Every prisoner sitting in a cell has at one time or another thought of a way to escape his imprisonment.  Good News!  God has left the keys to the cuffs, He left the cell door unlocked, He has broken down the prison walls (Acts 16).  What is your escape plan?

Five ways to create an escape plan.

  • Scripture:  Psalm 119:11
  • Songs:  Ephesians 5:19
  • Safeguards:  Remove Access, Avenues and Accidental opportunities of Temptation. (Eph 4:27)
  • Saints:  Have accountability for a weakness
  • Scram:  I Corinthians 10:14, 2 Timothy 2:22 Get Out Of THERE!  Don’t Go THERE

Let us not go to sleep on the fact that temptation is around every corner in our life.  Have your plan in place so you can finish the race.

God Bless,


P.S. This message will be in our audio preaching podcast very soon.