Sunday, October 28, 2007

Blue Ribbon

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in High School by telling them the difference each of them had made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time.
First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her, and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon, imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference." Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project, to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a Community. She gave each of the students three more blue ribbons, and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.
One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby Company, and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon, and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like for you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person, to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."
Later that day, the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down, and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon, and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket, above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you take this extra ribbon, and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."
That night, the boss came home to his 14-year-old son, and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office, and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me, and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine! He thinks I'm a creative genius! Then he put this blue ribbon that says, "Who I Am Makes a Difference", on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor.
As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon, and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home, I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school, and for your bedroom being a mess. But somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid, and I love you!"
The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom, explaining why I had killed myself, and I asked you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all." His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch, but made sure to let all of his employees know that they made a difference.
The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning, and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his being the boss' son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson, "Who you are DOES make a difference".

There were still a lot out sick today in church. My sermon was on "How To Defeat Satans Attacks On Your Home" (outline on front page) Marion has come down with the community cold that is going around. I have a slight tickle in my throat. Hope it does not hinder our enjoyment of our little get away this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday a Lake Tahoe.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God, how could you do this to me?"

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

The moral of this story: it's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God. Romans 8:28


Very small group in prayer meeting tonight. Lots of folks down with colds. Brother Long has his passport renewed for our trip to Ukraine but we must delay the trip until December now due to a hernia surgery needed on one of Alex's sons.

Marion and I are leaving next Tuesday for two nights and three days at Lake Tahoe. This is a late celebration of our 42nd anniversary. We hope to visit sister Cookie in a Reno hospital while we are there after her hip replacement surgery.

Our grandson AJ two years ago at about six months.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

GOD and the spider

Quotation of the Day:

Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.-- Anonymous

See our church website for the latest report on our worship services at TLBC.

It was good to have one of Mom's neighbors in the SHAG apartment, Lakewood Meadows, in church today as a first time visitor. Most of the regulars were there. Some are still out sick and some are too busy with the things of the world to be in the Lord's house.

God and the Spider

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades. Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one."! Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave. "Hah," he thought. "What I need is a brickwall and what theLord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddeny, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. "Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, "In God we will have success!" [Nehemiah 2:20]

Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider's web can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always. Just speak His name through Jesus His son, and you will see His great power and love for you.

Yours Truly,

Larry Killion

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Several were missing in church today due to illness. That seems to happen every year around this time (a few weeks after school starts up again). My sermon this morning was on "Famous Last Words". See the outline here :

We have added another page on our church website called Click and Listen. Click the link in the blue section on the left of the front page. Our plans are to make some old time sermons available that were preached by brethren who have gone on home to be with the Lord. May the Lord bless them to your listening pleasure and to the benefit of your soul.

To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"
Keep Scrolling "Don't what?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!!!!!"

"No Way!"

"Yes way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.


"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was angry! "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?" said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it!" Adam said

"Did not!"

"Did too!"


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY! If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Travel Partner

Church Bulletin

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
that a man should have to seek Him first to find her."

Good prayer meeting last night at TLBC.
Tuesday was Marion and my 42nd Anniversary.
Turners took us out to the Country Buffet and
we have plane tickets, car rental and reservations
for a three day stay in a Resort at Lake Tahoe near
Reno the end of the month.

I have a travel partner for the trip to the Ukraine
but his passport has expired and we need to wait
for it to get renewed. Brother Ken Long, Pastor of
a church in Louisville, KY will be going with me.
Brother Long and I traveled together back in 1995
when we spent two weeks in Siberia exploring for a
missionary endeavor at that time.

I heard today that Brother Elton Wilson went home
to be with the Lord. Brother Wilson was my Pastor
back in 1974 to 1978 when I attended Clarksville Baptist
College in Clarksville, TN. He was a man that was used
of God in the lives of many people. Rest in Peace.

Yours truly,
Larry Killion

Sunday, October 07, 2007

3rd Quarter 07 at TLBC

We had a dozen in church today at TLBC. Sermon outline "Salvation on Trial" is on the front page of our church website:

Quarterly Report

The Lords Baptist Church
11102 Yakima Avenue South
Tacoma, WA. 98444
Pastor Larry J. Killion
Phone: 253-537-0129

This is our Newsletter and Quarterly Report for the 3rd quarter of 2007. We finished studying the Law, the Five Points of Grace and Pastor has preached on a variety of topical sermons. See our church website for the outlines of the latest sermons preached on Sunday mornings. In our afternoon services we continue to study a survey of things in the New Testament.

Pastor traveled to Troy, Michigan for the Bible Conference at Covenant Baptist Church and had a wonderful time of fellowship with the brethren there. We also enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day Bible Conference at SPMBC in Seattle. Our Missionary to Ireland, Robert Ellis and his wife Dee and their daughter Leta were here too and we enjoyed their stay with us very much.

Sister Marion is recovering more slowly now from her compression fracture in her back and Pastor has also developed back and leg (sciatic nerve) pain in sympathy for his dear bride. Pray that they would both be able to cut back on their Ibuprofen soon. We have been in communication with a group of believers in the Ukraine since early August and there is a good possibility that Pastor will be taking a trip there to teach, baptize, ordain an elder and organize a church in the near future. Please pray about this possibility too.

Our church attendance still needs improvement. We canvas the neighborhood around the meeting place using several different gospel tracts we ordered from Elder Wilbert Ellis in Florence, Kentucky. People here have very little concern about spiritual truth from the Bible. Our membership is aging and becoming less able to get out and about so we are praying for divine leadership on other ways to let folks know about our services.

Our Missionaries are doing well and we receive good reports from them. There are several new visitors in the work in Ireland and two have followed the Lord in baptism. The mission in Northwestern Mindanao is still working on the building program as finances allow and brother Baldemor, who is now in his eighties, faithfully labors to minister to them and other preaching points but is hindered at times due to transportation needs.

Pastor preached a wedding and a funeral in July. Sister Maxine’s son Donnie passed away from liver cancer. One of Pastor’s cousins is in hospice care with cancer. Brother Skip is still battling complications from diabetes. Brother Turner has retired from his secular job. Sisters Joan, Cookie and Sue encourage us from a distance. Sister Sue says she hopes to return to Washington sometime next year. Lloyd was here for the Labor Day Conference but we haven’t heard from him since his return to Texas. Brandon writes from time to time and we never hear from Tom.

Thanks again to those who faithfully remember us in prayer. We need it. We love you in the Lord. Pray for our children and grand children. Pray that God would be pleased in His sovereign grace to save the lost and ad the saved to the church.