Repairing Ancient Ruins


They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.

~Isaiah 61:4, NLT


In His infinite mercy and grace, God takes the broken pieces of our lives and puts them back together, piece by piece.

~Jonathan Cahn {Book of Mysteries #253}


Joe David and I got to go to Israel in March, and we walked through some of the ancient ruins that Isaiah is alluding to. All the prophets made it clear, in the latter days, the Jewish people from all ends of earth would migrate back to the land of Israel and would rebuild the ancient ruins. I am here to tell you that it is happening as I speak. June and I were there 32 years ago, and we saw the tiny kibbutz {small Jewish settlements} but last March I saw apartment building eight to ten stories high everywhere. Bethlehem was a tiny village in 1990; now it is a metropolis of 300,000 people with apartment complexes in every direction. On practically every high hill, they have built a city. There are not just building new things: they are uncovering and restoring ancient things.

What do we do with broken things. My noise maker broke the first night in Israel and I threw it in the trash. That’s what we do with broken things: we discard them unless that have great sentimental value. For example: if a woman breaks her engagement ring, she will probably have it restored but with most things, we just throw them in the trash. Aren’t you glad that God does not throw broken things in the trash heap. Redemption is another word for restoration. God does not abandon us in our sin, He redeems us and restores us. He doesn’t give up on us in our fallen and broken state. Day by day and moment by moment, He patiently puts the pieces back together. He does not rush; He does not fuss; He gently integrates us into the person we were created to be. Just the thought of His gentle loving care encourages me, and I hope it does the same for you.


We want to pray for the REVIVE NOW YOUTH RALLY Sunday night at DBC with the STRENGTH TO STAND band and Mike Dawson. It begins at 6:00 pm inside. PTL, we will have A/C.

Joyce Chaney is in the bed now 24/7. She ate just a little last night. Pray for Joyce and Nancy. Peggy is not making a lot of progress and it is still undecided as to where she will go next. Continue to pray for Gregg and Holly. Holly {my sister} surgery is August 22. I think Gregg has a couple of more weeks at home before going back to Little Rock.

We do praise the LORD for the rain and the slightly cooler temps. It is getting below 70 at night. When your overnight low is 75, it makes it hard on A/C units to keep up.

Have a good Friday and a great weekend. Thanks for reading the blog.

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