God is Always With His Children

By Ron English, The Editor

I write these words on Thursday, December 16, 2010.  On this day in 1989, our oldest son, Jim, fell while climbing a mountain in Mexico (The little mountain was called, Lighthouse Hill).  He struck his head on a rock before falling into the ocean.  He was serving in the United States Navy.  On a Sunday night, after returning home from church, two Naval officers were at our door with the sad news.  When I opened the door and saw them standing there, my heart stirred.  I knew this was bad news and it was.   My wife, Brenda, and me, were numb with the pain this news brought to our minds and hearts.

Jim had surrendered his life to be a missionary.  He was anxious for his tour of service to be over in the Navy.  However, His Heavenly Father called him home before that work could begin.  On second thought, Perhaps he had already started that work.  After his death we received letters from various people he had met along his Navy sea routes.  We learned of his dedication and spiritual work he had been doing while serving in the Navy.  He had touched the lives of many and shared his love for Jesus.  We knew Jim was a dedicated Christian,  we didn’t know the depths of that Christian dedication until we heard from those with whom he had shared his faith and devotion. 

Though we know and have full assurance where Jim is today, that does not keep our hearts from aching, nor does it keep us from wondering could we have done more for him and with him while he was with us.  We salute his memory and know that we shall see him again on that other Shore.   There were times I thought, how sad, Jim was all alone on the side of that mountain when his foot slipped and he fell to his death.  I no longer have those thoughts.  I have come to know that he was not alone at all.  God was right there with him.  That thought comforts me and comforts the heart of my dear, sweet wife.

The words of Dr. Adrian Rogers (who, himself, is already in Heaven) touched my heart and caused me to reflect on my son.  I pray Dr. Rogers’ words will be special to you.  Find a way to be a blessing to some special soul today.  If you have sons or daughters make sure you hug them and tell them you love them.  If they are away from home give them a call or send a letter or email.  Don’t let your love go unexpressed.  God bless you.

Jim English

For Thou Art with Me

Devotional thought from the messages of Adrian Rogers

Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”

There’s nothing, my friend, that will bring you more face-to-face with God than going through the dark valleys of life. When you are there, you are going to cling to His garments and hold onto His hand. You won’t stray far from the fold in the dark. Do you believe that He is with you? The ultimate Sovereign is your loving Savior. You will not have to cross Jordan alone. You will not appear before the judgment of a Holy God alone. You are not going to die alone.

What a joyful promise! You are not alone! Write these words on a card and post it in a place where you can see it all the time: “I am not alone. God is with me.”

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

4 thoughts on “God is Always With His Children”

  1. Dr. Mike,
    Thank you for your wonderful promise for prayer and thanks for the kind things you said. You and Marianne suffered a tremendous loss in your own family and God has used that to help you reach thousands with your Gospel messages. Love,


  2. Marianne,

    Bless you for that sweet and very touching comment in support of the tribute to our son, Jim. We know the hurt you and your dear family suffered just 7 years ago; we learned of that tragic matter just a few months ago. I praise the Lord that your loss, great as it was and is, has been used of the Lord to reach many for Him. God bless you.


  3. I just read the wonderful tribute to your son Jim.
    As a mother who lost a son in this life I can truly say I know the
    sadness and grief this loss has been, and will continue to be to you and Mrs. Brenda. But thanks be unto God for the comfort only the Holy Spirit can give.
    During the 7 years our son Shawn has been in Heaven I have claimed 1 scripture over and over again. Isaiah 26:3. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in thee”.

    Much Love,
    Marianne Stevens

  4. I have been in prayer for you , Miss Brenda and your entire family today. When things like this happen we never understand. Our hooks are not big enough for those hats.It is not all that important that we understand but that our Lord understands and we know that He does.

    When things like this happen we have to make choices. Quit or go own. Get bitter or better. I thank God that you made the choice to go on. You are a blessing to the world. Thank you for the
    wonderful story on Jim. I can’t wait to get to Heaven and vist with Jim and tell him how much his family missed and loved him Our 22 year old son Shawn has now been in heaven 7 years. I hope that he and Jim are in a corner of Heaven talking tonight Just like their daddys do almost everyday.

    In His Grip:
    From out family to yours

    The Stevens Family

    PS. For all those hurting tonight. Don’t waste your suffering. Give your hurts to Jesus and see what He can and will do with it.

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