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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Not An Original Thought In Mah Head!

The other day I was talking with one of the greatest thinkers in the Pentecostal Movement of Today, a great man of God ,one who like myself,  is not the least bit controversial, Bro. Steve Pixler. As per  usual the very CONCEPTS he shared with me have filled me with so many thoughts and ideas and UNDERSTANDINGS that I just have to dumb it all down to MY level and see if I can't share some of them with you.........

 I NEVER WOULD HAVE ANSWERED THIS QUESTION THE RIGHT WAY but here goes........

Q.)  WHAT IS THE FRUIT OF THE APPLE TREE SUPPOSED TO BE?

 Of course *I* being the thickheaded man that I tend to be would have blurted out
" APPLES!" (I mean EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT!!!!)

 But that is NOT the fruit of the apple tree, not REALLY you see the FRUIT of the apple tree was never intended by God to be just APPLES but rather ..... (wait for it...wait for it.......)

 MORE APPLE TREES!!!!!!!!

 (I mean THE CONCEPT JUST BLOWS ME AWAY!)

I have watched again and again as when someone starts to show the potential to be an APPLE TREE rather than just another APPLE IN THE BASKET the tendency of some  is to whip out the "AXE" and do every thing in their power to CHOP IT DOWN! (Which leads me to THIS question.... ARE THEY CRAZY? Shades of Athaliah!)

 I am so incredibly encouraged to see a shift away from focussing on CHURCH GROWTH to CHURCH HEALTH! A shift away from HOW MANY APPLES DO I HAVE IN MY BASKET to HOW MANY APPLE ****TREES**** HAVE I PRODUCED????

  Because the REALITY IS that HEALTHY CHURCHES ARE FRUITFUL CHURCHES!   The Miracle of the Two Fish and Five Loaves of bread was GREAT But I wonder ...... what was better? To eat the Fish and the Bread HOT OFF THE GRILL or to have to dine on the REMNANTS three days later?

 Keep the cold fish and stale bread..... keep the apples slowly rotting in their baskets.... I'm not interested in just  producing apples,  Lord, GIVE ME APPLE TREES!!!!!!!!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Would You Like Fries With That??????????

Life is FILLED with Pleasant Surprises! One of mine came just the night before I left Germany. As per usual I was running around like a chicken with my HAID cut off when from the laundry room downstairs came the MOST UNUSUAL SOUND imagineable from my Washing Machine.

 Now this machine has seen LOTS and LOTS of duty, and it was already on its last leg but WHAT ON EARTH could be wrong with it NOW I thought???????

 For all of a sudden echoing through the entire house came a sound that can ONLY be described as sounding EXACTLY like a MAJOR armload full of frozen french fries dropped INSTANTLY into a vat of boiling oil!  SNAPPING CRACKLING AND ***POPPING!*** I ran down the stairs like a lunatic thinking that ( this shows you how dumb I truly must be) that SOMEHOW the ELECTRICITY flowing into the Machine had made some bizarre contact with the WATER in the machine and was literally CRACKLING away inside of it! I gingerly unplugged it .... nope .... no water on the floor....no electric shock.... well "LET'S PLUG HER IN AND SEE IF THAT *FIXED* IT"

 NOPE IT DID NOT! DEEP FRYER SOUNDS IMMEDIATELY (What CAN that be?????) Needless to say Old Bertha (well I didn't REALLY name my washing machine) is DEAD.

 When I get home I plan to have a proper funeral for her, her epitaph being "SHE SERVED ME WELL" If there are any churches out there that desire their missionaries to have CLEAN clothes... feel free to help me to get another one! Washing Machine that is. NOT a deep fryer!

YEE HAW!

WELL IT'SOFFICIAL!!!! I AM NOW AN HONORARY TEXAN!

 Several weeks ago I found out that in order to get my German Drivers License I would have to spend close to Five Thousand Dollars (!) and several months in driving school UNLESS I HAD A TEXAS LICENSE! All I would have had to do in THAT case was to waltz into the German Drivers Bureau and for Fifty Dollars just EXCHANGE it for a German one! SO Being MUCH smarter than the average bear I hopped on a plane for Big D Little A Double L A S and the very next day switched my California Drivers License for a Texas Drivers License! THE PERMANENT LICENSE CAME IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY!

 What a way to cap the festivities of a Wednesday Night Thanksgiving Dinner at Brother Steve Pixlers house! I mean NOW it is OFFICIAL JOE CONROY IS A TEXAN!  NOW when I say "BOY HOWDY" It's gonna really MEAN somethin'!

 IN HONOUR of my new Texanianship I post this AUDIO ONLY clip of one of my favourite singers and one of my daily prayer requests singing I'M AN OLD COW HAND !
ENJOY! Brother Joseph Conroy
YEEEEEE HAW!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym_Awd9uVsA&feature=related

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Who'd A THUNK It??????


 This morning I was looking back over the statistics of this blog. In just the few weeks I have had it up the readership just astounds me. Not just in the VOLUME but in the various nations of the earth that we are drawing readers FROM!

The list of countries includes The US, Canada, Germany, Russia, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil ,The Netherlands,  South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, Norway,  The UK, Costa Rica, Croatia, Switzerland, The Ukraine, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Jordan, Finland, Indonesia just absolutely AMAZING! And all that without any other promotion than going on Twitter every once and a while with a "Hey! Check out my new Post!"

 Can you IMAGINE the possibilities?

I CAN!!!!!!!!

 This has to be one of the if not THE greatest means of communication since they invented WRITING! To disseminate an idea internationally IMMEDIATELY! Well...as I said before

WHO'D A THUNK IT????!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From European Apostolic Outreach!!!!


It is such a delight to take this occasion to wish every one of you a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING !

 Enjoy it!  THEN START THAT LOW CARB DIET!!! REMEMBER CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND!!!!!!!! 

 From Brother Joseph Conroy and Brother and Sister Brian Shell and Family

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BIRTHMARKS

One of the most dependable ways of identifying someone is by a BIRTHMARK. Historically it has served to identify both Kings and Criminals. 

 In fact some peoples birthmarks have become SO identified with them that you cant IMAGINE their faces without conjuring up the memory of their birthmark at the same time! Everyone from old Gorby Gorbachev to Marilyn Monroe!

 At various times in history Birthmarks became all the rage! In Pre-Revolutionary France until the Hollywood of today Women and sometimes even MEN have painted or pasted imitation birthmarks on in order to get that certain fashionable  "look"!

 It seems that Birthmarks rise and fall as either BEAUTY MARKS (which is what they have been called) or as disfigurements to be covered up!

 Many men and women go to great lengths and expense to either MASK their birthmarks with cosmetics or to actually have them surgically removed! They simply DON'T want to be "MARKED".

 One reason why is

THEY DON'T WANT TO STAND OUT IN A CROWD.


But what does that have to do with US? EVERYTHING!

 Jesus preached a NEW BEGINNING, a NEW BIRTH! In Mark 16 Jesus said....

  15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ; but he that believeth not shall be damned . 

 This is the message of the NEW BEGINNING the NEW CREATION, THE NEW BIRTH

 But in the very next verse he tells us something amazing.....

 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe ; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 The GREEK word here that the writer chose to use translated "SIGNS" is the word Semeion which means not just SIGNS  but MARKS! The word means the MARKS by which one is IDENTIFIED, the Mark by which a person is distinguished from others and known!

Imagine if a man claimed to BE Gorbachev and yet HAD NO BIRTHMARK (semeion) you would know IMMEDIATELY "IMPOSTOR! NOT THE "REAL  DEAL"!

 There is a PURPOSE included in the BIRTHMARKS of OUR BIRTH ( The SEMEION)
 Casting out devils in Jesus Name, Speaking in New Tongues, Laying Hands on the sick and seeing them Recover, Taking Up Serpents (CONFRONTING DEVILS)  Protection from Drinking Deadly  Things.
 THEY DISTINGUISH US AS THE CHILDREN OF  GOD!

I WAS BORN MARKED! I WILL NEVER BE ASHAMED OF MY BIRTHMARKS! THEY ARE THE VERY THING THAT DISTINGUISHES ME BEFORE GOD!

Monday, November 14, 2011

TIKKUN OLAM

We've Got The Whole World In Our Hands!

 There is a sublimely beautiful phrase in Hebrew.....
 "Tikkun Olam"
 it means

" Healing the World One Act of Righteousness at a Time"

 To say we live in a world that is desperately sick is an understatement to be sure. Read any newspaper any day any place in the world and you see the symptoms of a world completely gone awry.

 SIN RUNS RAMPANT!

War, Murders, Robberies, Diseases, Famines, Fraud, on and on and on we see not only SIN but the effect of sin on our Kosmos, Our WORLD!

 Again SIN RUNS RAMPANT!

 BUT
TIKKUN OLAM calls for RIGHTEOUSNESS TO RUN RAMPANT IN THIS WORLD!

 Can you wrap your mind around THAT? That YOU AND I are called to be the very AGENTS OF GOD IN HEALING THE WORLD BY ALLOWING ACTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO RUN RAMPANT THROUGH ****US****!!!!!!

 Jesus plainly commanded it!

Matthew 5:16 KJV

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
 Think about THAT ! That if we would demonstrate GOOD WORKS the RESULT would be that the FATHER WOULD BE GLORIFIED BY MEN!!!!!!  I can speak to this from experience as a Son of God who spent years in the Middle East going through the Gulf War and the Intifada. We endeavoured to do much more than just wear long sleeves and short sideburns. But surrounded by hundreds of thousands of uprooted men and women boys and girls, homeless, hungry, scared, the saints at First Apostolic Church in Amman saw that and just knew WE CAN'T SEE THESE PEOPLE AND DO ***NOTHING*** We must do SOMETHING. (Emphasis really on the DO!)
 OUR solution was to start a Christian School which really was MUCH MORE than that! We went door to door up the mountains and down the mountains, storage shed to storage shed (really! Some of these people were living like five to  ten to a STORAGE SHED! People who ONCE had lived in four and five bedroom homes with airconditioning, two car garages, nice furniture who because of WAR had been reduced to misery and uncertainty. We came with a HOLY GHOST SMILE ****AND**** Some real genuine tangible HELP! We told them that we knew they were only going to be in Jordan TEMPORARILY but that we would LOVE to invite them to place their children in our Christian School FREE OF CHARGE where they would be offerred courses such as Mathematics, English, History etc., and that OF COURSE since the kids would NOT be home during the morning or noon hours that WE WOULD FEED THEM Breakfast and Lunch. The parents would grab our hands and kiss them they were that moved!

 And then the "ICING ON THE CAKE" was that realizing that the parents were every bit as hungry as the kids we would throw in "Of course I know you're very busy BUT if you could come and help us at least at breakfast and lunch to feed all these crazy kids, it would be such a BIG HELP TO US!"

 That was REALLY how the revival in Jordan Broke out! JORDANIAN men and women who ininitially had written us off as a CULT saw that WE WERE THE ***ONLY*** ONES ACTUALLY ****DOING**** something for these poor people! And not just the Christian Jordanians but the MUSLIMS saw our "good works" and very quickly began coming in, repenting and being baptized in Jesus Name and receiving the Holy Ghost! TODAY the fruit of that obedience to demonstrate GOOD WORKS is spread all over the Middle East, North Africa, Australia, North America, Europe and South America!  TIKKUN OLAM! HEALING THE WORLD ONE RIGHTEOUS ACT AT A TIME!

 Some say isn't that the  "SOCIAL GOSPEL " ??? NOPE THAT'S JESUS GOSPEL! In fact it is the VERY PURPOSE THAT GOD CREATED THE CHURCH!

 Ephesians 2:10 KJV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 Thank God for the personal Life Style directives God gives us that help us to walk modestly in an immodest world BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF IT! ***DOING*** something to impact someone else is ESSENTIAL to being the People of Healing that GOD has ordained us to be! In THAT LIGHT the promise "THEY SHALL LAY THEIR HANDS UPON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL BE HEALED" takes on a whole new MAJORLY UPGRADED SCALE OF MEANING  !

James 1:27 KJV

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
 TIKKUN OLAM! THINK ABOUT IT!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Travelling Mercies


 I just got off the phone to America. I was talking with one of my favourite Christians in the world and asked him "Brother I am flying out tomorrow from Germany to Texas for a few weeks can you pray for me right now that I have a safe trip?'

 And then as the brother began to pray for me and I felt that sweet spirit of Jesus Christ, the brother said "And Lord, I pray TRAVELLING MERCIES for brother Conroy!" And man! I just fell in love with that Phrase! TRAVELLING MERCIES! Is it anything short of Beautiful?

 You know we usually ask the Lord to keep us as we fly or drive but the REAL travelling mercies I think we ALL NEED 24/7 are the travelling mercies he loves to give us as we navigate through this LIFE!

 Once I was on an airplane the same week as the Columbine Shooting, and for some reason as I read the International Paper at thirty plus thousand feet I began to feel a little anxiety at such a horrible tragedy.

 But as I continued to read we entered some VERY severe Turbulence! Anyone that really KNOWS me knows I HATE FLYING even though I do so much of it! But as that plane began to toss and turn up inthe higher levels of the atmosphere I began to pray PLEASE LORD! I DONT WANT TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH! ( I mean WHO DOES?)

 But as I prayed the turbulence only INCREASED! I was genuinely ASCARED!

 But just when it got to the point where I was gripping the arm rests of the seat (At least I HOPE they were the arm rests of the seat NOT the arms of the person NEXT to me!) but as I was gripping them STRONGLY I actually had a vision in the Holy Ghost that was so deeply comforting!

 It was as if I could see the plane from the OUTSIDE as it hurtled through the air! And JUST IN FRONT OF IT were several angels flying in front of it and weaving back and forth playfully the way Dolphins sometimes do with boats in the water! It was so AMAZING because just SEEING that made me to know INSTANTLY that Gods word IS TRUE and that he HAS given his angels charge over ME (okay and YOU TOO) to bear us UP and KEEP US!

 Tomorrow I am not the least bit anxious because I know that I shall have TRAVELLING MERCIES!
' The Man of God Prayed that for me and GOD HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYERS!

 Hey by the way! If any of you are wanting to have me when I am there you need to email me at Doranc@hotmail.,com because my schedule (amazingly enough this time) is filling up nice and quick for a change! I CHALK IT UP TO >>>> TRAVELLING MERCIES!

 See you in AMERICA!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Flaming Sword Which Turns Every Which Way


 One of the most vivid images in the first couple chapters of Genesis to me is the image of that Flaming Sword that God put in the hand of his angel to turn every which way to KEEP the way to the Tree of Life.

 It's purpose was to bring ANYONE down in death who tried to reach forth their hand to eat from that tree and thereby LIVE FOREVER.

 G. T. Haywood brought that point out so wonderfully!"Jesus the Victim of the Burning Sword!"

 A long time ago I read another article from an old time preacher in Illinois who wrote that HE believed that there was a reason God designed that Sword of the Spirit which is the Word Of God with TWO EDGES instead of one. His thinking and the concept that holds the most water for ME is that the two edges REPRESENT something about the Word of God something INDISPENSABLE for us to understand to properly USE this sword of the spirit.

 In his opinion (And MINE) those two edges represent THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and THE PROMISES OF GOD. He felt (and again I concur) that you seldom are able to KEEP the commandments of God unless you have a revelation of the correlating PROMISE of God and vice versa that you Can Not RECEIVE the Promise of God unless you KEEP THE CORRELATING COMMANDMENT.

 I cannot begin to tell you how many times this principle has bailed me out of some pretty sticky wickets to quote the British,

 Once years ago back in the very early 1980's I had received  "My Missionary Call" or  rather, my APPOINTMENT (from God), I had ALWAYS had the call. But NOW I knew WHERE  I was to go. Aleppo, Syria. In preparation I prayed "Well okay God HOW do I get THERE from HERE?" (Here being at the time a glamourous job as the manager of a Pizza Hut Pizza Parlour in the San Diego area.)

 I felt strongly impressed of God to MOVE from Southern California back up to Stockton, California where I had gone (PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE DON'T HOLD THIS AGAINST ME!) to BIBLE COLLEGE.

 I went to the district supervisor of the Company and told him I was wanting to TRANSFER to that area, "Are there any openings up there in Stockton for Pizza Hut?"

 Well as things would have it they said "ABSOLUTELY! We are getting ready to open our first Stockton unit in about three months and we are LOOKING for an experienced manager to go in there and open it up!" I jumped on it! ME ! ME !!! CHOOSE ME!!!!!!!!!!

 They did and so I put in my two weeks notice down there in San Diego and thought "Oh Praise God! I have enough money saved up to be able to move up to Stockton and actually take a few months vacation!" I thought I would just get involved in the things up there at the church, always so much going on, and I will just LOVE IT!

 Well everything was moving SO SMOOTHLY! I moved up to Stockton, found a tremendous apartment, utitlities included, with beautiful landscaping just GREAT very cheap, and got to enjoy service after service of some of the greatest preachers AND singers in Pentecost!

 After two months I was contacted by Pizza Hut "Things are not moving as fast as we had hoped so it will push back our plans by a month or two."

 WELL "That's okay" I thought. I STILL had money saved up and NOT TO WORRY!


 But after another month they got pushed up again and then AGAIN and pretty soon THEY CANCELLED THE OPENING COMPLETELY! They felt that the time was not right for opening a Pizza Hut in that location!

 "You can always come back to San Diego your old job would still be yours!"

  But there was NO GOING BACK! Stockton is where God told me to go and Stockton was where I would stay until he told me OTHERWISE!

 Well again "NOT TO WORRY!" I mean  I have worked since I was very young, Done EVERYTHING and done it well. My resume was great ! NOT one week here four days there an hour here, But rather long established track record with a good report from previous employers. "FINDING A JOB IS GOING TO BE A PIECE OF CAKE! I CAN WRITE MY OWN TICKET!!!!!"

 famous last words

 So I began selectively at first going out to look for a job, Of course going for management positions. I would go into the various job interviews and I knew it "THEY LIKE YOU JOE! IT'S IN THE BAG!" They would pour over my resume, making the appropriate "Wow's" and " Mans!" and then turn and say "This is fantastic! RIGHT NOW WE ARE NOT HIRING BUT WE WILL CERTAINLY KEEP YOU AT THE TOP OF OUR LIST!"

 oy!

 So I would go to the next place...  SAME THING.... Next Place SAME THING!!!! Days became weeks weeks became a month then two months and I was ABSOLUTELY RUNNING OUT OF MONEY!

 I went from asking for Management positions down to " I WILL DO ANYTHING! MOP FLOORS SCRUB TOILETS RUN CASH REGISTERS CLEAN PARKING LOTS ANNNNNNNYYYYYTHINGGGGGG!"

All to no avail NOTHING, NADA, ZIP as they say.

The day came when I closed out my bank account to get the last few dollars in it for food. And then THAT was gone! Being the resourceful guy I am I immediately went into action. Applying for work all morning long and then in the afternoon donning my BIB OVERALLS and going out with big old plastic Garbage bags through all the dumpsters all over the area picking out ALUMINUM CANS to then crush, and nobly cart off to the local supermarket where you could...

TURN YOUR CANS INTO CASH!!!

 Oh how the mighty are fallen!

 Anyway it never failed that brethren would see me in my shame picking cans out of the dumpster but by then there was really no choice! No one was hiring, I would rather DIE than ask for a nickel and since I was an able bodied person it left very little choice!

 But cans can only bring you in enough for a loaf of bread some fish sticks and a pack of bologna THEY CANT PAY THE BILLS! And with the rent looming at the end of the month I was panicking WHAT AM I GONNA DO!????? WHAT AM I GONNA DO!??????

 (my favourite mantra by the way)

I prayed and prayed and it seemed like there was no answer. Certain catastrophe was looming on my horizon! GOD WHERE ARE YOU?? I NEED HELP!


 It was a Sunday night service with just one week to go before all my bills came due with nary a cent to be had! I had worried all the way through the service and for the life of me can't remember who preached or what they had to say! All I could think of was my "MANTRA"

 WHAT AM I GONNA DO? WHAT AM I GONNA DO???????

 The altar call was given and everyone came to stand around the front, they had the choir up there and they began singing a song that the music minister there at the church had just written. It was the very first time I had ever heard it. Indeed it may have been the very first time ANY congregation ever sang it. It is very familiar NOW but THEN it was electrifying!!!

                                                "We've got the Power, In the name of Jesus
 We've got the Power in the name of the Lord!
Though Satan rages, we can not be defeated
 We've got the Power in the name of the Lord!"

 As the spirit of God just rolled over the congregation they caught the song and it was just one of those moments you had to live through they really can't be described! To say it was HEAVENLY is an understatement!

 I forgot all about my problems and just closed my eyes and raised my hands in worship as I began to sing along with the church.......

         "I've got the Power! In the name of Jesus! I've got the Power in the Name of the Lord!"

 And INSTANTLY I had a vision! Almost what I call a MINI VISION! Not with my eyes but there in my MINDS EYE! I***SAW**** IT!!! I SAW IT!!!!!!!!!!!

 There in my vision I saw this hand attached to an arm that was only to the other side of its elbow. Just this disembodied ARM. It was not flesh coloured but rather WHITE AS MARBLE! DEAD! LIFELESS!!!!!

 And it HAD something tightly gripped in its clenched fist!

"What IS that?" I wondered and in my vision I kind of ZOOMED in on it....

"Is that......is that A JOB APPLICATION?????" And in that SPLIT SECOND I KNEW IT!

 That was not just ANY job application that was MY job application! In a milisecond it all fell into place ! AHA! NO WONDER I CAN'T FIND A JOB EVEN SCRUBBING TOILETS! Everywhere I go there is a spirit of opposition OPPOSING me trying to IMPEDE me trying to cause me to FAIL and I no sooner go into a place and apply for a job then it comes along and SCOOPS THAT APPLICATION UP AND BINDS IT SO I CAN NOT FIND WORK!!!!!!

 And THAT is when the TRUSTY SWORD OF THE SPIRIT SPRANG INTO MY HANDS!!!!!!

 I flashed on that principle for just a second! It is the PROMISE of God that Whatsoever I ask in Faith Believing I will receive BUT I NEED A COMMANDMENT TO HOLD ONTO HERE TO to make this thing HAPPEN! And WHOOMP there it was! I started praying in that moment against that spirit of opposition like this.....

 "You listen to me RIGHT NOW DEVIL! MY GOD COMMANDED ME TO WORK! HE SAID THAT IF A MAN DOES NOT WORK HE SHOULD NOT EAT! AND THERE IS NO WAY THAT ****YOU OR ANY OTHER DEVIL****** ARE GOING TO CAUSE ME TO BREAK THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD! YOU TAKE YOUR HAND OFF MY JOB APPLICATION RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME! YOU ARE ****NOT**** GOING TO CAUSE ME TO FAIL TO LIVE UP TO GODS COMMANDMENTS!"

 And just as quick as ya please (now to quote the Irish) the Lord spoke to me! He said "TONIGHT BEFORE MIDNIGHT YOU WILL HAVE A JOB!!!!!!!"

 It wasn't just something I "THOUGHT" it was one of those rare times I KNEW it was going to happen.

 Service was over, some of my friends came up to me at the altar and said "Hey Joe! we're going to Dennys! ya wanna come with us? we're buyin'!"

 Well my first thought was NO! I have to go home ! Someones gonna call me with a job TONIGHT! But then I thought NO! I really BELIEVE THIS so HERE is what I am going to do! I told my friends how that God had spoke to me that before MIDNIGHT I would have a job that very evening! So I said I WILL GO WITH YOU ***BUT*** you have to PROMISE to have me home by eleven o'clock so that I can be there to answer the phone! I'm tellin' ya! It's GONNA HAPPEN!

 They said "Brother, It's Sunday night! No one is going to call that late with a job! They will probably call Monday!"

 I said " NOPE! In fact LET'S DO THIS! LETS GO TO DENNYS! THEN YOU GUYS COME OVER TO MY HOUSE AND SIT WITH ME! YOU'LL SEE! THIS IS THE LORD!!!!!!!!"

 So we went out to Dennys, ate hamburgers or something, they did indeed get me home by eleven o'clock that night and all came in. I could tell they didn't think ANYTHING was gonna happen! They sat around making small talk! I just kept waiting for the phone to ring. Eleven fifteen NUTHIN'
Eleven Thirty NUTHIN'

Eleven Forty Five NUTHIN'

 By then they were all sitting around kind of silent thinking what it was they were going to say to make me feel better when nothing happened.

At eleven fifty NUTHIN'

One of them started to say "Brother, sometimes....." And I just shot him the biggest grin! Brother It's not midnight YET!"

 And then  (And let me tell you the truth when It happened I just about jumped outta my skin!) because at Eleven Fifty Five THE PHONE RANG!

 I picked it up my hands shaking!

"Hello?"
" Yes is this Mr. Conroy? "

 "Yes it is" I replied

 "Sir we are SO sorry to call you so very late but we have an emergency here at our restaraunt. Tonight about ten o'clock we had FOUR of our employees quit and walk right out the door! We don't have ANYONE to open the restaraunt tomorrow! ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB?"

 I HAVE RARELY SHOUTED SILENTLY WHILE HOLDING A TELEPHONE IN ONE HAND BUT I DID THAT NIGHT!


 "Yes! Yes I am! " I said

"CAN YOU START IN THE MORNING?" They asked

 "Well, let me see, yes, I can." I said.

 Can I tell you , that restaurant was the most lucrative job I had ever had! It was a very VERY fancy restaurant and the tips alone every night that I would walk out the door with for just a few hours work were always between three hundred and five hundred DOLLARS PER NIGHT!

 I look back over my life and think of all the horrible predicaments I had to go through to discover YET AGAIN that the word of God is true!

 To quote an Old Andre Crouch Song....

"If I never had a problem
 I'd never know that GOD could solve them
I'd never know what FAITH IN HIS WORD COULD DO!"

 I thank God for the knowledge of HOW TO USE THIS SWORD OF THE SPIRIT! To claim the Promises I have to CLAIM THE COMMANDMENTS!  And to keep the COMMANDMENTS I MUST KNOW THE PROMISES!

 I MEAN I WON'T HAVE TROUBLE WITH " THOU SHALT NOT STEAL" WHEN I KNOW THE PROMISE IS "I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE RIGHTEOUS FORSAKEN OR HIS SEED BEGGING FOR BREAD"

And never NEVER to forget that the  sword doesn't just have TWO EDGES but is ON FIRE WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD THAT BREATHES LIFE INTO BOTH HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS PROMISES FOR THOSE WHO CLAIM THEM!