Greetings everyone,

I trust you are all enjoying our beautiful spring and are experiencing the favor of the Lord. As most of you know I was recently blessed with my second Granddaughter, Zoë Lee Pangburn, and she is gorgeous! I believe that my granddaughters were born for a reason. I prayed for them both before they were ever born that they would find God’s plan for who they were born to be.

Where you are in life today is not where you always have to be. If your life is in turmoil it is because you have never become who you were born to be. Don’t use you nationality, your gender, color, handicaps, or inabilities as an excuse for not becoming who you were born to be!

What about Moses? On his side of the tracks all kids his age were put to death. They were commanded by the pharaoh of Egypt to be thrown into the Nile River as a sacrifice. But Moses was born to be more than just a wasted life given to a false deity. He was chosen to be a leader, a deliverer.

What about David? He was just a shepherd. Now his brothers they were something else, they were great warriors. David was content being a shepherd and part time musician. But that’s not what he was born to be!

Why are so many people miserable with life? They have never found their place in God. What you want to do may not be God’s plan. The Bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

The naysayers and the negative will constantly surround you. David’s brothers criticized him as nothing more than a shepherd. But in spite of their opinion David Killed the giant, won the hearts of the nation, and became the King of Israel. It was Winston Churchill who said, “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” I have found that great men are not made they are cornered!

There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee Braves. The teams were playing in the World Series, and as usual Yogi was keeping up his ceaseless chatter, intended to pep up his teammates on the one hand, and distract the Milwaukee batters on the other.

As Aaron came to the plate, Yogi tried to distract him by saying, “Henry, you’re holding the bat wrong. You’re supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark.” Aaron didn’t say anything, but when the next pitch came he hit it into the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and tagging up at home plate, Aaron looked at Yogi Berra and said, “I didn’t come up here to read.”

Don’t let the problems and circumstances of life distract you from reaching your potential and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.

Jeremiah 1:4,5

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you…

About Pastor Allen

Pastor Allen and his wife Molly have been pastoring Praise Tabernacle for over 16 years. Having grown up in Canada as the son of a pastor, he began attending bible college over 30 years ago. Before graduating, he met Molly, his wife of 31 years, at school. Together they have pastored in Canada and Maine before coming to RI. They also have raised two children, Margo and Levi. Levi is now married to his wife Gilannie and they a beautiful child named Gia. As the Rhode Island director of Christians United for Israel, Pastor Allen strongly supports the State of Israel. His strong desire is to encourage people in their faith and to tell unbelievers that God is their friend and not their enemy.