Thursday, May 23, 2013

Goof Off and Graffiti

Our church sign was vandalized.  I was told of a product called "Goof Off" ( that is stronger than graffiti.  Members of our church board brought the product to church last night and removed graffiti from our church sign.  It is as if it never happened. 

Whatever and whosoever is a problem at the moment may not exist after the proper use of a stain remover.  For those deep/inner/mental/addiction/strongholds you will need more than deep breathing and meditation. 

Here is what I have personally found to be stronger than my deepest problems.

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.(NIV)

for my non bible friends, the "he" is Jesus.  

Jesus can make you so new, that it is as if you never sinned.

Today, our church sign is as if it had never been vandalized.  I didn't think it was possible and am glad to know I was wrong, again.   

What is going on inside of you, that you think is permanent, and is impossible to remove or change?

You may be wrong about its permanence.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Life is fragile

This Saturday I planned to run in the Capon Valley 50K.  This follows my graduation from AGTS with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.  If you would like to see the five minute testimony it is at 41:52 in the commencement video below.  ( 

To date, it was the highest honor and most privileged opportunity to share about my relationship with God, through Christ Jesus.

On Saturday I would have be running by faith for the missions cause of building and maintaining Bible schools around the world, but a tragedy occurred Tuesday night.  A good friend’s son’s truck hydroplaned off a curve on a mountainous road in West Virginia and he entered into eternity. 

The funeral will be this Saturday, and instead of running the 50K I will be supporting the family.  Life is so short, even if we live to 120, we will never complete everything we want to do.  Take a moment and love the loves of your life, for there is no guarantee our mortal bodies will live forever.  Our mortal bodies will be raised (1 Cor. 15) to be with Christ in eternity, and until that time we do the best we can with what we are given and trust God for the rest.

Would you consider a missions offering for this non-run?  The most important things of life are the unseen, the inner life of us all.  It really does matter if we are ready for eternity, and that is why I feel so strongly about training up ministers of the gospel around the world.

If you have a moment, go to and make a donation.  It will all go to Bible colleges in a very needy part of our planet, via Priority One Missions, led by Rev. Sam Johnson.

Blessings, and pray for my good friends, the Lewellen's, who loved and raised their son.  He now has finished his race and entered his eternal rewards,


Craig Burns