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 Good day, everyone. My name is Donald Whitchard. I have served our LORD Jesus Christ as a minister of the Gospel for over thirty years, and have reached the "senior adult" stage of life. How old am I? Well, I'll give you a hint. Elvis was still alive and going strong when I was in high school, but had passed away the day before we were to take our senior portraits, which was on August 16, 1977. Bummer.

   I was born and reared in southwestern Louisiana, the heart of what is known as "Cajun Country". It is a wonderful heritage of which I am proud of and gladly confess. The swamps were a part of my life as well as the food, culture, and music. I also have an English heritage from the area of Hampshire. My ancestors arrived in America around the early 1700's. Both sets of grandparents lived and worked during the time of the Great Depression and World War II, part of "The Greatest Generation", the likes of which I do not believe we will ever see again. My parents were hard and honest workers, but there were times when all we had in the house to eat were a couple of cans of soup. I had the noodles and they drank the broth. Do not give me any junk about "white privilege", thank you. I started working when I was 16 at a local grocery store for $2.10 per hour and toiled at other jobs over the years. (Proverbs 12:11, 20:13; 1 Timothy 5:8).

   I am a graduate of Louisiana College (B.A., History Education, 1984); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Education, 1994); and Andersonville Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Bible Studies, 2000). I've served as a pastor in Louisiana and Oklahoma, worked as a teacher in both public and private high schools and a Bible college in the suburbs of New Orleans. I also served as both a rescue mission and hospital Chaplain until August of 2019, when I retired from public ministry due to health concerns.

   I have been married to the love of my life since 1983 and we have three children; a daughter and son who are now adults and a baby girl waiting for us in heaven. After graduating from the local Baptist Seminary, we decided to make New Orleans our home, living and working there for nearly fifteen years (1991-2005) until the 28th of August 2005, when we fled from the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and the horrendous damage it did not just to the city but to the souls of its citizens. We ended up moving to Oklahoma in October of 2005 and have settled near Tulsa and its suburbs. 

   My concentration is now in the harvest field of internet evangelism. I write Bible studies, sermons, and articles of interest for Christian websites. My style of writing is no nonsense, to the point, and with a sense of urgency, especially when it comes to the matter of where you will be when you take your last breath - heaven or hell? Time is running out and the day to surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is NOW (Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10, 6:2; Philippians 2:9-11). Nobody is exempt or without excuse (Romans 1:18-20). That includes you, friend. I invite you to contact me anytime at my Email address listed at the top of the page.

The Next Event on God's Prophetic Calendar

These Sites Have Good Stuff

http://www.raptureready.com

Articles and Bible studies covering the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I've written articles and Bible studies for them since 2018.

https://www.sermoncentral.com

Numerous sermons and Scripture studies from a variety of pastors and teachers worldwide. I have a post on this site as well. 

https://www.getalifemedia.com

Messages on the end times, along with subjects such as world religions, cults, UFO's, the occult, and the truth of Scripture from Pastor Billy Crone of Sunrise Bible Church, Henderson, NV.

https://www.jdfarag.org

J.D. is a Bible prophecy scholar and teacher based in Hawaii. He preaches excellent messages and teachings and is on fire for the LORD.

https://www.prophecywatchers.com

The website of Gary Stearman, dedicated to issues focused on the last days and the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

https://biblearchaeology.org

The best place to go for sound, scientific, Christ-centered, God-honoring Biblical archaeology research and information from top scholars.

http://www.wacriswell.com

The sermon library of Dr. W.A. Criswell (1909-2002), late pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas. He preached like few men could.

http://www.whatfinger.com

An "America first", God-fearing news site that presents honest and blunt reporting of events here and around the world.

http://www.newsmax.com

Excellent and fair reporting of what is going from a Christ-honoring viewpoint.

http://www.thefirsttv.com

Home to conservative news and viewpoints along with Bill O'Reilly's daily "No Spin" program.

http://www.easternheightsbaptistchurch.net

I am a member of this fellowship. Our pastor preaches and teaches the Scriptures without compromise or apology. Services are posted on the Facebook page (at least for now).

http://pastorcharleslawson.org

This is an old-time preacher who does not hold back when it comes to preaching the whole counsel of God. He is never boring, to say the least.

 

The King Is Coming. Be Ready!

The climax of redemptive history is about to occur, and the King of Kings is soon arriving to make all things new. Make sure you are ready (Romans 10:9-10).

You Won't Get Away With It and There Will Be NO Place to Hide! (Hebrews 9:27)

The Lord Jesus Christ will sentence all those who died in their sins, rejecting God's offer of redemption. Make sure you are not in this final accounting.

Peace, Safety...and Something Else: A Lesson from History

"But concerning the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselfs know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when the say, "Peace and safety!", then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains from a pregznant woman. And they shall not escape."

                                                                      - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NKJV)

 

   The letters to the church at Thessalonica were Paul's contribution not just to pastoral care of a troubled flock that was undergoing a terrible period of persecution, but also explained the sequence of events that will occur prior to and after the event known as the Rapture. He was reasurring his brethren that they were not in the time of the Tribulation, which had been taught by Jesus in His discourse of things to come (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).

   Paul wrote that the Day of the Lord, or the time of judgment upon wicked humanity will come unexpectedly at a time where people will believe that all is well and can look forward to a time of "peace and safety" until the destruction arrives as prophesied. I was thinking about the terms "peace and safety" and saw that a particular trait was missing, that of freedom. Without freedom, any mention of peace and safety is no more than a method of government control and capitulation on its terms.

   It is a shame that our national history has ended up as a series of revisionist incidents of atrocities allegedly committed by a bunch of old white oppressors who did nothing but ruin the utopia that was the American continent or another place in the world. The noted men and women of the past are now considered racist bigot colonialists responsible for world wide oppression. Marxist professors fill the minds of gullible students with socialist dreams and communist ideals, deliberately neglecting to tell them about the horrid price people paid for crying out "Peace and safety!" to the "liberators" of nations only to find themselves trapped, impovershed, oppressed, and the target of government plans for ridding the country of anyone who does not "toe the party line".

   The facts and the truth of history are never mentioned or taught which is a danger for the upcoming generations. Failure to learn the past only gives way to failure in the future. It happened to the French after their revolution in 1789, toppling a king and ended with the bloodbath of the Reign of Terror and the guillotine. It happened to the Russians in 1917 when the Bolsheviks got rid of the Czar and Lenin promised the people "Peace, land, and bread" only to end up in wars, poverty, and mass starvation at the whim of men like Stalin and other Communist leaders. 

   It happened to post Word War I Germany, broken, impovershed, and seen as the global villian who deserved both harsh and humiliating punishment. Years of ridicule and desperation aided in bringing Adolf Hitler and his Nazis to power in 1933, promising that German citizens would never go hungry again and never bow to the rest of the world. It all ended with World War II, the Jewish Holocaust and 20 million additional deaths worldwide. China's revolution in 1949 saw the establishment of Mao Tse Tung's "People's Republic", with years of mismanagment and famine that killed an estimated 40 to 80 million Chinese citizens from 1959-1961, and things are not much better now. The same story was repeated in Cuba, Nicaraugua, Venezeula, equitorial Africa for a time, and the plight of a divided Berlin and the wall that brought about death and tension between east and west. The socialist system so many are championing today are not shown the 100 million known graves of its victims.

   The same pattern of national chaos and an absence of leadership is in effect today. People are desperate for direction and peace. It will come shortly after the Rapture and the chaos that ensues. Nations will cry out for someone to guide them out of the mess, and this will usher in the ultimate provider of "Peace and safety" in their eyes, the man known as the Antichrist. He will pretend to deliver this promise, but leave out what was missing from the previous revolutions, and that was the promise of personal freedom. He will put the world back into the order that the people want, but on his terms - obey him and take his mark, or die.

   Only when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this world as King of Kings and remakes it into the Eden of Genesis and the removal of Satan, the Antichrist, the False Prophet and their minions, will we have authentic, permanent peace, safety, and the gift of freedom from sin. He offers that peace to us today in order to be with Him in the promised paradise He will establish according to the book of Revelation. That freedom is yours if you will just ask Him (Romans 10:9-10).

When the Sermon Pixies Come Calling: A Manic Minister's Story

    In my library I have a book of cartoons that deal with church life, faith, missionary activity, youth camp, and preaching entiled "It Came From Beneath the Pew" by Rob Suggs. It became a part of my library in late 1989 and seemed to be the one highlight in a long, tragic, and absymal year. We had lost our baby daughter that summer at the moment of her birth and, needless to say, it brought a great deal of tears, sorrow, and anxiety upon myself and my wife. The remainder of the year was a complete blur of grief. I do not recall how the book of cartoons came into my possession, but it was a great blessing in an otherwise horrid time. It got us to smile and laugh at some of the crazy things that go on in the lives and work of ministers, churches, families, and assorted scenes that helped to dry our tears and get us back on the road to some sense of normality.

   One specific cartoon has stuck with me these past few decades. It shows a man sitting up in bed with his pillow over his head, eyes wide open and obviously nervous. On his nightstand there are a gathering of pixies, mythical creatures one might find in the land of Narnia or a companion for a Hobbit. One is whispering in the minister's ear, "And here's another great story..", "Oh, use this as an illustration!", "Here are some verses to use in your next point..". Another one is holding a notebook and pen (this was before laptops or tablets, kids..) advising the minister to write all of this down or he would most likely forget them in the morning. The caption at the bottom reads, "Another Visit from the Late Night Sermon Pixies".

   So, why does that cartoon along with what my adult daughter has referred to as "an encyclopedia of timely and trivial knowledge" mean that much to me? The story begins like most, a long time ago. My Mom took me for my checkup on my second birthday and after examining and testing me, the pediatrician informed her and Dad that I would be an abstract thinker with multiple interests as I got older. My behavior and methods of coping with it would be different than other children would encounter in their developing years. Mom and Dad invested what money they could to buy me series of story books, especially the Bible, and as a result I was reading coherently by the time I turned three. When I entered first grade, I was tested later in the year and was found to be reading on a high-school level which should have been an obvious clue that I was not going to be the typical middle-class youngster and a lot of attention was going to have to be given to me to keep me focused.

   The doctor's spot-on diagnosis showed my parents that I had not just a high IQ, but also the beginning stages of what is now known as bipolar disorder, or manic depression. As the years passed, my mood swings went from rapid thought and activity one minute to wishing I could crawl under a rock and be forgotten the next. I could go from estatic to moody in a second, and did so on numerous occasions. It got more frequent during my high school years but went untreated. I managed to graduate from high school, college, seminary, and my post-graduate studies and did my best to achieve a close and loving relationship with my wife and children but it had its challenges. My moods could change from bliss to rage with the slightest incident or word. I never brought any physical harm to anyone, thank God, but my family came close to leaving me because of the depression and its variances. Things had to change, and soon.

    We moved to New Orleans in 1991, and recognized the necessity of professional counseling along a balanced regimen of medication that stabilized my moods tremendously and has been that way for almost two decades. If you're reading this and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you no doubt know that getting the proper balance of medications and counsel can be a pharmecutical crap-shoot until you get everything under a sense of control and establish a routine that gets you on the path to improvement and recovery. 

   My wife has asked me when I discuss with her some beginning ideas for sermons or other activity, when my mind is working at a hundred miles a second, what the whole manic venture is like. The best explanation I have been able to give is that it is like watching numerous television screens and have to describe each detail of every program at the same time. I believe this is a suitable definition  that I have lived with over the years. My mind still has times where it is difficulty shut down and have periods where sleep evades me, so I get up and write, read, or do something that will help to wind me down.

   I will get numerous varities of ideas, topics, and series that could be developed into a series of sermons I could write and post on the websites to which I contribute, letting her know that the "Sermon Pixies" stopped by for a visit and consultation. That goofy book was a precious balm of God's healing grace to us and has been our comedic "running gag". It represents those times where I have quickly got out of bed in the middle of the night to write down not mere products of my imagination, but know that they from the Spirit of God, along with study, research, and prayer to help me communicate the truth of the Gospel through the internet and social media.

   God created each of us as unique and original individuals, and not automotons lacking any free will or creativity. The most devout and stalwart of Christians throughout time have experienced everything from physical ailments to agonizing depression. No one is "practically perfect in every way", as if they were a real world version of Mary Poppins.

  Paul taught the churches about the gifts and talents given by the LORD for the edification of the body of Christ, found in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 12. The Bible is filled with stories about patriarchs, prophets, kings, and commoners who thought that their quirks and traits could not be used by God. Surprise! His saving grace was on them as well as on you, my friend. You are not alone in this world.

   The "Pixies" are old and welcome friends who have helped me be a better minister, a more thoughtful Christian, empathetic person, and help me understand the concept Jesus spoke of when He asked His followers to help "the least of these". Weird is wonderful, especially when you are in the will of our gracious God and I'm living proof. I just thought I'd share this with you and I pray it blesses all who stop by to check this site out. I need to wind this up now. The Pixies need to get on the road and head out to California. It seems that John MacArthur is due a visit. Just kidding.