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Goodbye to Mom

June 4, 2015

This will appear in next Thursday’s edition of the West Orange Times.

Marguerite Sholar

Marguerite Jean Lynch Sholar- 78   Marguerite was a resident of Winter Garden, and she died on June 3, 2015.  Marguerite was born on March 19, 1937 in Lincolnton, NC to Ray Clement Lynch and Claris Ruth Tugman Lynch.

Marguerite is survived by her husband, Gene Arnold Sholar; her sons, Edward Scott Sholar and John Darrin Sholar; her brother, James Edward Lynch; her sister, Wanda Sue Lynch Haltner; her daughters-in-law, Lou Ann Corkery Sholar and Rhonda Jo South Sholar; her grandchildren, Andrew Darrin Sholar and Caroline Bei Sholar; and also by nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and one uncle.  Marguerite is predeceased by her father, Ray Clement Lynch; her mother, Claris Ruth Tugman Lynch; and her brother, John Clement Lynch.

Marguerite’s memorial service will be at the Southside Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy at 1320 S. Ninth St., Winter Garden, FL on Saturday, June 13 at 3:00.  Pastor J.V. Sullivan will be the presiding minister.

Marguerite was a third-grade schoolteacher from 1959 to 1961.  She was also a Sunday school teacher, children’s church director, a pastor’s wife, and she served the Lord in many other positions.

Marguerite loved crape myrtles, pinto beans and cornbread, the Gaither Vocal Band, the chicken ‘n dumplins’ at Cracker Barrel, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, her family and Jesus.  She will be missed.

Forty Years

May 27, 2015

Forty years ago today, May 27, 1975, I gave my life to Jesus. It was, and still is, the greatest day of my life. For if I had not given my life to Him, I wouldn’t be alive this morning.

My family and I were living in White Lake, NC (pictured above) during this time. I was twelve years old and just finishing the seventh grade. I was one of those “rebellious preacher’s kids” that you have probably heard of.

But even though I had rejected Christ many times before, He still kept drawing me to him. And on this particular night, I couldn’t sleep because of the Lord’s constant and soft knocking on the door of my heart.

So I got up off the bottom bunk as my little brother slept on the top one, and I found my parents who led me to the Savior. It was a glorious night; one that I will never forget. My life would change radically, and I thank God for His amazing grace, mercy and forgiveness.

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Jesus, Our Example

May 18, 2015

Image result for passion of the christ When Jesus walked the face of the Earth, He did many signs, miracles and wonders.  But do you know, He commanded us to do the same?  How so, you might say?  In the Gospels, we are shown the proof.

In Matthew’s Gospel we read:  “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:7-8).  Jesus gave this command to the twelve.  But those were the disciples, one might say.  But who are we today? – His disciples!

Jesus also said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).  Who are these “snakes and scorpions?”  They are the forces of evil.  Jesus gave us His authority over demons, sickness and death!

Also, the Son of God said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).  Jesus told His followers, and that includes us, that we would do what He did and even greater works!

It is up to us, however.  We have to be willing vessels.  And we have to have the power.  That’s why Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…..” (Acts 1:8).  We, as Christians,  can do the things that Jesus did!  Who else is going to do it?

Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.

Faith

May 6, 2015

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This, too, will not be found in the Bible:  “And he did not many mighty works there because of their belief.”

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Belief

May 4, 2015

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You will not find this verse of Scripture in the Bible:  “…..And God would not answer their prayer because their faith was too great.”

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For My Life

April 9, 2015

For My Life

In my last post, I talked about my week in Thomaston, Georgia and how much of a blessing it was to me. I want to talk, in this piece, about the staff of the “Be in Health” ministry and the teachers of the “For My Life” program.

First of all, everyone in this ministry, has dedicated their lives to God. This is evident from the check in time on Sunday to the celebration service at the end of the week on Friday night. This staff loves the Lord!

Secondly, they love people. If not, they wouldn’t have had the success that they have experienced over the last two decades. It is apparent that they are about helping others in their spiritual walk and in seeing healing of the mind, soul and body.

I wanted to share, however, one statement that was made last week by Mitch Griffin that impacted me. He said, “If God had a refrigerator, my picture would be on it.” This really “hit home” with me. And it built on the teaching that we had earlier in the week on “The Father’s Love.” God really is concerned with every aspect of our lives, even those that we think are inconsequential.

I, once again, highly recommend this ministry. I, also, would say that everyone should, at least once, spend a week at this place where God is honored and people are cherished.

iamchanged.com

April 6, 2015

Last week, I was in the small town of Thomaston, Georgia. I spent seven full days and part of two additional days at a church about an hour from Atlanta, Georgia. It was life-changing!

Back in January, an acquaintance told me about this place that specializes in healing of body and spirit. The church used to be called “Pleasant Valley Church.” Now, it’s called “Hope of the Generations Church.” The church has six pastors and the senior pastors are Dr. Henry Wright and his wife Donna.

They have been proclaiming this message of health for the body and soul for about twenty years at this current location. This past week, there were sixty-nine of us who came from all over the U.S. and from several nations (Germany, Australia and Canada).

The ministry that I was a part of last week is called “Be in Health.” The name comes from the Scripture verse which says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).  The five-day program is “For My life.”

I will elaborate further in future posts. I will say this, “I thank God for sending me there.”

Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.

Repentance

January 29, 2015

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For those of you who follow sports, you will remember (back in the good ‘ole days) that when a basketball player fouled his opponent, he would raise his hand to acknowledge his misconduct. That tradition has gone “the way of bobby socks,” however. Players in the NBA and NCAA never commit a foul, or so one would think in looking at their facial expressions (except for a few like Tim Duncan, pictured above). And so it is in our society today.

When something bad happens, in the political arena, it is always someone else’s fault. No person or party ever wants to take responsibility. The “buck” is always passed to someone else.

We see this in the Bible also. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. No one wanted to say, “I did it.”

There was one example, however, in the Old Testament where a man said, “It was me.”
That man was David.

David had committed adultery and conspiracy to murder. But when confronted by the Prophet Nathan, he claimed responsibility. He didn’t try to shirk it off or use his power and position to get out of it.

The other thing that David did was repent, and we see this in his writing in the fifty-first Psalm. He was truly sorrowful for his sin, and, because of this, he is called, “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).

David is an example for us all to follow. Although he wasn’t perfect, “when the foul was called, he raised his hand.”

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