Monday, November 24, 2008

James 3: A Story

Here’s a short film by Desiring God. Ever been guilty of it? I know the Prater household has (I’m thinking especially about two Sunday’s ago), and it usually starts with yours truly. And I’m the preacher who is supposed to be setting the example for my family and the church!!

So here’s a great resolution for this coming Sunday, the Lord’s Day for us all. Begin your day of service, kindness and patience at home. Set the Christlike tone with your family, and it’s bound to come easier outside the walls of your house.

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I don't know if you’ve seen these or not. (I've posted some of these once before on my blog) Demotivator posters are take offs on how corporate America has become filled with cliché. Motivational posters, quotes and advice seem to haunt every wall, computer and meeting room. Yet somehow all of this motivation doesn't seem to make people more productive.

You can check out their website at: for a twisted laugh or two.

Anyway, some of them are absolutely hilarious. Here are some I laughed at and thought they contained a lot of truth in them.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Captain VBS!

Here is a small portion from the South College Church of Christ VBS slide show promoting Tyrel and Justin Hatfield’s great VBS material from Christian Academy. Sensing the children and VBS are under attack, Captain VBS finds a place to change were no one will see. Well...almost no one. This video features Tyrel as Captain VBS and his son Nolan. Great video!

You can find this VBS curriculum and other great spiritual material at their website:

Robert Prater

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

A tribute to our veterans! Truly a labor of love!

God bless them all,
Rob Prater

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Robin Williams as the American Flag

Thought we could all use a little humor today after the longest Presidential election in US history concluded last night. I think most Americans are glad its over.

Last night was certainly a historic night for America. Regardless of what you think about Barack Obama's politics (and I greatly disagree with much of them), you can't deny that last night was a special turning point in this country as we elected the first African-American president.

I thought John McCain's concession speech was very moving and graceful.

McCain said, "My friends, we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly," Mr McCain said, flanked by his wife Cindy and running mate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd on a outdoor stage at a luxury hotel.

The Vietnam war veteran, who has often said that honor represents his highest ideal, showed a defeated soldier's nobility as he praised Mr Obama for inspiring millions of followers.

He continued by saying that Mr Obama's election would help the country heal its racial demons.

"This is an historic election. I recognise the special significance it has for African-Americans, for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

"I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too."

He said, "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together. Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans."

Truly humble and wise words from an honorable and courageous man.

We all should hope and pray for the best for President-elect Obama and his family and administration. We hope that the future will hold four our nation and us something better than what we have had in the past.

We hope for justice adn moral uprighteousness to prevail. We dream of leaders who will believe and stand for is right and act with courage and godliness. Most of all, we pray for leaders who will simply allow us to be free to serve the God we love. Upon these principles every Christian should agree.

Regardless of who is the President, in the future days there will be days of prosperity and there will be days of adversity. The best of presidents will not stop adversity and the worst of presidents will not permanently stop prosperity.

One fellow preacher blogger so beautifully put it this way: "There is a country where there is no president to elect, there is only a King. He is the Monarch of Monarchs and the King of Kings. His rule is just and perfect; His power is holy and awesome. There is none like Him, no not one. In the midst of the United States Day of Change, the changeless one seeks you! His thoughts have not been on red or blue states, but on the life you can live and the opporutnity, you have. Why haven't you taken advantage today? What are you waiting on?" (The Preacher's Pen)

May God bless our newly elected President and our nation,

Rob Prater

Monday, November 3, 2008

Twas the Night Before Elections

Twas the Night before Elections and all through
the town

Tempers were flaring

Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe

With a cat in my lap

Had cut off the TV

Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden

There arose such a noise

I peered out of my window

Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet

They wanted my pay

To give to the others

Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money

And quick as a wink

Jumped back on his bandwagon

As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen

Who were pulling his cart

I could tell they were out

To tear my country apart!

' On Fannie, on Freddie,

On Biden and Ayers!

On Acorn, On Pelosi'

He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause

And as he flew out of sight

I heard him laugh at the nation

Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think

On this one final note-



What are the stakes in the upcoming election? Liberals could dominate the government in a way unlike they have ever before. Come Nov. 4, it's possible Democrats will control both chambers of Congress and the White House. And for all practical purposes, the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wall Street Journal said it "would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven't since 1965 or 1933."

The Far Left has already taken over the Democratic Party of the U.S. They also control the educational systems of America and they control the major media and most major multinational corporations. In addition, they control the dependents created by the welfare system. During the next election they plan to get control of the few remaining areas in this nation that they do not already control. Those areas among others are the Presidency, the Supreme Court, the Internet, talk radio and the evangelical religious systems of America.

One writer has well said that, "God is a gentleman, if He is asked to leave, He will, he never forces Himself on anybody." We are certainly witnessing a nation that as a whole is starting to ask God and His Lordship to leave.

Our nation is calling for change, and there is a possibility that God will give them that. Obama is just a face for that change, our nation is deteriorating, just look at what we value. Money, sex, power and strength with little regard to moral value. Many Christians have even invited it into our homes through the television, and through that television we have allowed our children to be desensitized so they are not sure of what truth is anymore.

In recent days I have posted several videos, articles, and info that Christian people need to think about, including the very important ballot question, Proposition 8 in California. Next to the presidential election, California Proposition 8 is the most important vote in America. It will determine the definition of marriage for the largest state in America, and it will determine whether judges or society will decide on social-moral issues.

English statesman, Edmond Burke never spoke truer words when he said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (Isaiah 5:20)

May God help us hold to the truth of His Word and His righteousness in these evil and troubling days.

Robert Prater