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Nov 19, 2019

Blast from the Past

“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” -Job 19:23-27


Job to the rescue! His book is a life-saver for those who suffer, and which of us doesn’t? Very likely as old, at least, as Abraham, Job astounds his listeners in every age with certain knowledge of Jesus, the Redeemer. Job says this Redeemer will one day stand on the earth and he will look Him in the face.

He is not speaking of the first Advent, of Bethlehem and the manger, or Mount Calvary and the cross; he is speaking of the end of time when the Great Resurrection occurs and his dust is resurrected into eternal flesh. What a clear promise of future glory out of the ancient past.

This is a dynamic confidence in Job of thriving faith with a revelation to him from the Spirit. This is engraved on Job’s heart, and while at the time unknown to him, his bold words were indeed engraved in the rock forever. As the Psalmist writes, “The Word of God never fails; it endures throughout all eternity!” You read those words today in your own Bible.

From a valley of great affliction, in physical and mental anguish, Job nevertheless sees redemption clearly in front of him, just as though he was hearing those words written by the Apostle John in Revelation 21 millennia later: “Behold,” the Redeemer says, “I am coming soon!”

In a timeless heaven, those words ring into the ears of each generation before the Redeemer’s feet stand on the Mount of Olives. “Yes, I am coming quickly!” He essentially is saying, “Patience, dear soul. Your affliction is soon over.”

Timelessness is a mystery, something you cannot fathom, but this is the “clock” of heaven: no time! In these circumstances, “soon” becomes understood, and for your generation it really is. Believers today can affirm with Job, “I know my Redeemer lives! And with my own eyes I will look on Him whom they pierced,” and also know, as John reiterates the words of the Savior, it really will be “soon!”

At another time beyond Job, Boaz of Israel chose to become Moabite Ruth’s redeemer-kinsman, a known tradition of the day, in taking her for his wife and then becoming the great-grandparents of King David. Throughout history, the Spirit regularly provides forerunners of Jesus, like Boaz and King David, all in preparation for King Jesus, who becomes your redeemer-kinsman, culminating in your marriage to Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

The Bible in your own hands is a living promise-letter through millennia with living forerunner illustrations of God’s love for you in Jesus Christ. Once your eyes of faith grasp the essence of this, you cannot help but bask in its glory. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and I am going to see Him for myself.”


“Jesus lives, and so shall I. Death, thy sting is gone forever! He who deigned for me to die lives, the bands of death to sever. He shall raise me from the dust. Jesus is my hope and trust.”

(First verse of Christian Gellert’s hymn, “Jesus Lives, and so Shall I,” 1757)


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Nov 13, 2019

Good and Evil

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13


A battle encompassing the whole course of humanity, from the original beginning to the present, is a very intense and palpable war between good and evil. This conflict is exposed not only as what is true of life but also as the same theme found in every story ever told, fiction or non-fiction. Good and evil really characterize everything about life. It seems to us there are many hues within their colors, every variety of intensity between these two polar opposites; that is, there is that which is not so evil and not so good, very evil and very good, and everything between.
When it comes to the wholly “other” world around us, good equals God and evil equates to Satan without equivocation. The battle continues in both spheres, visible and invisible. Satan ensures that evil raises its ugly head at every turn. It is always the tip of the spear seeking penetration in your heart, but what is good is always the choice beside it.
Scripture tells us God created everything that is, and when He was done creating He called all of it not only “good” but “very good!” So where does evil come into this picture of all being “very good?” The answer to that question begins in the unseen world. We have only snippets of what took place there and what still takes place today.
God created non-human beings we know as angels. A portion of those angels fell out of God’s favor, becoming His enemies. Why? We do not really know. Such is within the mind and plan of God for His own purposes. His ways are high above ours, Scripture declares.
The fallen angels chose to follow a leader in their fall from heaven, namely Lucifer, the devil, or Satan as he is variously called. He represents and is evil. He became so by his own choosing. Chronologically, we do not know when Satan and his followers fell. This could have occurred when he, of his own free will, determined to tempt Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden. Satan tempted them with the same sin which beset him: “You can be as God. Just eat this fruit!” We do not know if this falling of Satan was prior to or at this point. I tend to think it is precisely when it happened, but this is unknown.
We are told Satan was created most beautiful, perhaps the finest of the angel creatures. However, apparently angels have a capacity for pride, and Satan’s ran rampant; he attempted to elevate himself above God, though he should have been aware such was impossible. In any case, Satan is a cunning foe. He has been allowed extraordinary powers (see Job 1). He is described throughout the Bible as a treacherous, shrewd, and extremely dangerous enemy, leading all your enemies. The Scripture says he seeks your destruction, he desires to devour you, and he wants to have you (Genesis 4:7).
The question for you is, “Can he defeat me?” The answer is, “Yes.” In your own strength, the victory will always be Satan’s. In contrast, repeatedly in Scripture you are told and shown that if you incorporate Jesus’ strength and His Word in your defense, Satan will “go down” in all attempts to destroy you. His onslaught will neither penetrate your heart nor overcome your salvation. If you are in Christ through rebirth by the Spirit of God and you follow His example in defeating him, Satan will never win. Jesus Himself defeated him at the cross, and as your substitute on that cross, He won the battle over Satan forever.
God made this victory over Satan a matter for your faith. That faith is a gift to you, and it must be used by you to manifest you received it. Your personal faith not only recognizes Satan is, but it brings into your grasp those weapons which truly defeat him.
Jesus’ methods of defeating him are displayed in His temptation by Satan in the wilderness. Those are your temptations as well. The weapons you are to use are shown there by Jesus and are additionally arrayed in Ephesians 6. Break them down individually, understand exactly what they are, apply them in your defense, and win the battle over evil.
Good and evil are real. Living in evil is hell. Living in good is what heaven and eternal life are about. Good is who and what God is. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose sin and by that choice fell, God kept them from eating of the Tree of Life. He did this to protect them from living forever in a state of evil, the equivalent of hell. God has set before you good and evil. What is your choice?


“And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for He hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.”
(Second verse of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” 1529)


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Nov 06, 2019

Once for All

“You must be born again.” –Jesus, John 3:7


Last June 6th, about thirty veterans of D-Day, all in their 90s and 100s, celebrated seventy-five years of the greatest of victories in Normandy, France. D-Day was the largest naval, air, and land operation in history. Hitler himself was astounded by what was accomplished on this day in 1944. He asked his generals, “How did the enemy land so many soldiers on those Normandy beaches in just one day?” Indeed, this in itself was the most astounding accomplishment of this most famous operation in the history of mankind.
More than 150,000 troops representing the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada landed in five designated landing zones on a 50-mile stretch of beach in northwestern France all on one day. The greatest armada of all time set sail from England for German-defended France. The casualties that day were enormous, particularly on codenamed “Omaha Beach,” but the bridgehead won against the Nazi defenders, ensuring the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.
The specific answer to Hitler’s question was the Higgins’ Beach Landing Craft of nearly one thousand boats devoted to this operation and used primarily once and for all on this decisive day. Carrying thirty-six soldiers and measuring 36 feet by 11 feet, these boats’ top speed was nine knots. Fifty-five of them were destroyed on Omaha Beach alone. In the few days after D-Day, the original bridgehead was greatly enlarged and the march to Berlin began.
These small boats were barely seaworthy, made for the express purpose of landing soldiers on beaches from the large troop ships 8-10 miles offshore. These “soldier-delivering,” rectangular, flat-bottom boats, called “coffins” by some of the soldiers precariously ensconced in them, were developed by a New Orleans boat builder for this very purpose, all in preparation for a singular 24-hour span of time which altered the course of history.
One night in the first century, Jesus met with a man intending to hide the encounter from peering eyes. He told him of a once-for-all event with infinite meaning for mankind that would define eternal history. Jesus said to this man, “Nicodemus, you must be born again!” Just as He said it to him, He says to you and to each of us, “You must be born again!”
It is a once-for-all, life-transforming act. Just as every person has but one physical birth, he or she experiences only one spiritual birth by the Spirit of God, a once-for-all gateway into the kingdom of God. Once such occurs, no one, no thing, no power can pluck you out of the hand of Jesus Christ. You are eternally His; you are forever adopted into God’s family.
Unlike actual D-Day, where tens of thousands personally participated, a far vaster crowd of saints over all the ages of history experience their own D-Day when they are born again by the Spirit of God; their eternity is thereby forever secured. Jesus died once for all on the cross of Calvary, where He willingly gave His own lifeblood that you, once for all, might be born again.
This November 11th, we celebrate Veterans’ Day. In it, we remember the very great number of American veterans who served in the Armed Forces for the purpose of winning, protecting, and sustaining your freedom. D-Day is one of those grand memories truly honoring every veteran. But the greatest of once-for-all victories in your life is the day you were born again. It was won in the greatest of all battles on a cross on Golgotha.
This Monday, as you remember and celebrate veterans and their many battle victories over hundreds of years in far-flung battlefields spanning continents, remember even more your own greatest victory: being born again by the Spirit of God, sealing you for eternal life once for all.


“O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”
(Third verse of Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” 1757)
 


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Nov 05, 2019

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Face the Enemy

In 480 BC, King Leonidas of Sparta led a small contingent of Greek troops against the invading Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae. When he saw the size of the Greek army, Persian King Xerxes was filled with confidence by his numerical superiority. In his mind, he would quickly vanquish his hopelessly outnumbered foe before going on to “swallow tiny Greece.” He ordered his troops forward and expected to be celebrating his victory in short order. However, his hopes began to crumble as wave after wave of his best troops were scattered against the Greek shield wall. Persian casualties climbed into the thousands while the Greek formations remained largely intact. As night set in and the troops prepared for another day of fighting, Xerxes realized his conquest of Greece would cost far more than he planned.
According to Herodotus, the Persians boasted a force of 2.6 million, while the Greeks mustered a mere 5,200 to oppose them. How then were the Greeks able to stand against such overwhelming odds?  The answer lies in the workings of the Greek phalanx – their formation of mutual defense. In the phalanx, each soldier’s shield helps to guard the man next to him, allowing disciplined soldiers to create a nearly impenetrable shield wall. In the right terrain, such as a narrow mountain pass, this formation can make defenders nearly invincible. However, it only works as long as each soldier does his duty, holds his ground, and Faces the Enemy.
Like the Ancient Greeks, we too are engaged in a very real war. God called Paul Anderson Youth Home into being in order to transform the lives of troubled young men and to give them a second chance through Christ, and that is extremely displeasing to the enemy. We are under constant assault intended to suppress our efforts and, if possible, destroy us. This is the nature of spiritual warfare, and PAYH is what in my Army days we called a “High Payoff Target.” Satan knows the ending of the story as well as we do; in the end, he is doomed. But just as we sometimes do in a hopeless fight or contest, he is determined, knowing he is ultimately going down to defeat, to take as many with him as possible.
To weather his relentless assault, we must stand together in formation as Christian soldiers, interlocking our “Shields of Faith” while wearing the “Full Armor of God” (Ephesians 6). Only then can we stand victorious. We must each do our part, and Face the Enemy with confidence. We must stare down the armies of Hell, repel their assault, and pay it back in kind. To do otherwise would be costly not only to us but also to those who stand with us on the battlefield. Like the Greeks, we face a dangerous and powerful foe that we could never defeat in open battle. Unlike the Greeks (who were eventually surrounded and overcome), our victory is assured, because we do not fight through our own power. God tells us in 1 John 4:4 that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” It is through this power, the power of Christ, that we fight, and WE WILL WIN!
God bless you.
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Col. Ken Vaughn
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Stories from the Home

Founders’ Day
Founders-Day-2019Every year we celebrate Paul Anderson’s birthday with a special event known as “Founders’ Day.” Designed to honor Paul and Glenda’s acceptance of God’s call to begin the PAYH ministry, this year’s program featured a special guest, strongman Tim Fox. Yards away from where Paul is laid to rest, Tim recreated some of his feats of strength, including bending steel bars, rolling frying pans, and driving a nail through wood by hand. Additionally, Tim taught some of the staff and young men how to bend their own bars. Afterward, we held a family softball game and enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Papa Buck’s.
Tour de Tugaloo
Tour-de-Tugaloo-2019Three of our PAYH young men (Caden, Kyle, and Tres) had a chance to ride in the 2019 Tour de Tugaloo. Beginning at the Yona Dam, the ride took them through a scenic tour of the Toccoa area. Although the weather was cold and wet, they had a great time of fellowship with the local riders and a delicious meal afterward. Special thanks to Duane Mahon for making this event possible, and for allowing the PAYH team to kick off the event.
Paul Anderson Memorial Park
Paul-Anderson-Memorial-Park-2019In 1999, a group of Stephens County 4th graders had been studying the history of a famous Toccoa native and developed a vision for a park in his memory. With the help of numerous friends and supporters, the Paul Anderson Memorial Park Foundation was established and their vision became reality in the early 2000’s. Today, it has become somewhat of a tradition for the PAYH young men to visit the park while they are at nearby Athens Y Camp, and this year was no exception. After walking the grounds, the young men gathered in the center of the park and posed for a picture with the 800 pound statue of the man who gave them a second chance through Christ.

Brewton-Parker Southern Classic
BPC-Southern-Classic-2019Brewton-Parker College, South Georgia’s only Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, held its 3rd annual Southern Classic at Willow Lake Golf Club in Metter early last month. Advancement Officer Tim Ritchie sponsored the PAYH team and was joined by Chief Operating Officer Col. Ken Vaughn, Director of Communications Stephen Nichols, and Board Vice-Chair Fritz Olnhausen. Against all odds, they avoided coming in last place, and had a great time helping BPC reach its goal. This year’s tournament raised over $46,000 – more than double the previous year’s total. To learn more about BPC and the educational opportunities they provide to, visit bpc.edu.
Glenda Rose
Rosie2008 alumnus Jonathan Carter and his wife Julie recently celebrated the birth of their 4th child, Glenda Rose Carter (“Rosie”). Stating that he owed so much to Glenda and PAYH for giving him a second chance, he noted “What better way to honor Glenda and her investment in me than to name my child after her? I am so very thankful for Glenda and Paul’s answer to God‘s call on their hearts. Their walk and sacrifice afforded me an opportunity to meet the Lord. My sincerest thanks to all those at PAYH, their prayers, and you donors for your part in the Lord’s work at the Home. The Lord has restored the years the locusts have eaten! Thanks be to God!”
Trevor
Trevor-2019Throughout his time at PAYH, Trevor was absolutely insistent that he didn’t know Christ. In early 2017, he finished the program and went his way, still an unbeliever. While it is our fervent desire that no young man leave our campus without knowing Christ, that decision is ultimately not in our hands. However, as Trevor now says, “the Holy Spirit is very persistent.” Several months after leaving the program, the seeds of the Gospel that had been planted in Trevor began to grow, and God changed his heart and saved his soul. Today, Trevor serves in the US Navy, has a wife and young daughter, and recently visited PAYH to share his testimonty about how he became a new creature in Christ with the current young men.

Upcoming Event: Christmas Play

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As we look forward to the Christmas Season, one of our favorite ways to celebrate God’s marvelous gift of His Son is through our annual Christmas Dinner Theater, to be held December 5th & 6th at First Baptist Church Vidalia. During this time, guests will be treated to dinner and a special production of “It’s Never Too Late” showcasing our PAYH young men. Through them, we will get to know 3 soldiers from the Vietnam era: their hopes and dreams, Christ’s impact on their lives, and how through Him it’s never too late to make things right.
Limited seating available. For tickets, please visit payh.org/Christmas or call us at 912-537-7237.

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