Ronald Arthur Pinkham (May 2nd, 1935 – April 22nd, 2019)

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It is with sorrow that our family reports to you that Ronald Arthur Pinkham has gone home to be with the Lord. He was able to come home from the hospital yesterday afternoon but this morning suffered a heart attack. He is now with his Savior who loved him, saved him, and called him to be a minister of the gospel. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

He loved writing this blog and helping all of you on your faith journey. He desired for you to know Jesus more and dig deeper in the Word. This blog, and your walk with God through it, kept him going each and every day. This was a blessing for him to serve you. He loved you all.

We do not yet have any information on any of the arrangements for the funeral service. We will let you know as soon as those details have been arranged.

Thank you,
Dan Sardinas (Ron’s Son-in-law)

What if That Was Me?

Make some time to read and think on all that Jesus went through in this final week on His earth mission. Then, ask yourself this question: “What if that was me?” Do we, could we, would we, ever love anyone that much? If He’d not endured it, what would that mean to us? Meditate on where that would leave us. If you are reading this and have never turned to the One Who loved you enough to go through that for you, how could you reject such love as His for you? Respond with love and deep gratitude. Receive Him as your Savior and Lord. It cost Him more than we could ever comprehend to make it possible for us to receive His saving grace and mercy and know Him in a wonderful and personal relationship. And, if we do know Him, how can we not respond with overwhelming love and gratitude and let Him use, guide and direct our lives for His marvelous glory? Can we not lovingly determine that which Paul, in Philippians 1:20-21, tells us his determination was? He declared, “….Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether (it be) by life, or by death. For to me to live (is) Christ, and to die (is) gain.” Although I’ve used this hymn before, it’s  a very timely reminder to all who know Him and those who will respond to His love for them: “When on the cross those cruel nails gave me a Christ Who never fails, and from His wounds there came a flow that saves from sin——How much I owe! How much I owe for love divine! How much I owe that Christ is mine! But what He did for me I know, I cannot tell how much I owe! (“How Much I Owe”-By T. P. Hamilton). Selah! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, (which is) your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). Let us do this!   Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

If God Went Missing

If we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let’s consider a question: What if God left us? He won’t do that, of course, but suppose it did happen: how many of us would even notice? Just think along this line for a few moments. Are we so aware of His Presence that, if He were to leave, we would exclaim: “Where did He go?” “Tell me that He’s coming right back!” Would we sense the huge loss, or would we even notice? Is it possible that our lives are so cluttered that without realizing it, we have only allowed Him to dwell in the attic or cellar of our lives? These are places we don’t go to very much. If His Presence isn’t the most important thing in our lives, what can we do to change that? We must allow Him to clean His abode in us. If His Presence is the burning desire of our hearts, He will fill us with Himself. Paul wrote to the Colossians (and to us): “For this cause we also, since the day we heard (it) do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9-10). If He fills our being, His Presence will take over and His will be increasingly done. That old Adamic nature will be unable to function when God rules and reigns! “Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good? Would you walk with Him within the narrow road? Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load? Let Him have His way with thee. Would you have Him make you free and follow at His call? Would you know the peace that comes by giving all? Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall? Let Him have His way with thee. Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest? Would you prove Him true in providential test? Would you in His service labor always at your best? Let Him have His way with thee. His pow’r can make you what you ought to be; His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free; His love can fill your soul, and you will see ‘twas best for Him to have His way with thee.” (“His Way with Thee”- By Cyrus S. Nusbaum). Selah! How much of our lives is really under His control?  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

How Many Counts?

If we could make a list of all our sins today, and then make a list of all sins committed for every day we have lived on earth, with how many sins have we been charged? If you  haven’t taken Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have that many counts against you! You will be judged “guilty” on all counts by the Judge of all! On the other hand, if you have truly surrendered your life, in repentance and faith, to Jesus as your Savior and Lord, all charges have been dropped! How is that possible? Because Jesus took your place, and suffered the penalty for everyone of those counts! Because of His saving grace, you are cleared of all charges! “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:6-9). It was His death on the cross that made the offer of full and free pardon able to be offered to “whosoever will.” Refusing the pardon leaves one responsible for all counts against him or her, and the just penalty will be their fate forever! For those pardoned, they can sing from the heart the lyrics in Margaret J. Harris’ hymn: “He Took My Sins Away.” In her words: “I came to Jesus, weary, worn, and sad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. And now His love has made my heart so glad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. The load of sin was more than I could bear. He took them all away, He took them all away, He took them all away. And now on Him I roll my every care, He took my sins away. No condemnation have I in my heart, He took my sins away, He took my sins away. His perfect peace He did to me impart, He took my sins away. If you will come to Jesus Christ today, He’ll take your sins away, He’ll take your sins away, and keep you happy in His love each day, He’ll take your sins away. He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day! I’m so glad He took my sins away. He took my sins away.” Selah! Those who come to Christ are completely forgiven. Have you come? If you have, rejoice! Your record is cleared of all charges against you!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

Faith is Patient!

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him….”

When we are impatient, it is anything but restful. Faith is patient, no matter how long it has to wait. If it is genuine faith in God, we are at rest because we trust Him all the way to Heaven. The problem is that we want answers now, or to understand why He hasn’t solved our problem, or why He doesn’t respond to our crisis or emergency in the way we want or expect. That is only conditional trust: “If He isn’t going to answer my urgent plea for help, then why should I trust Him?” Unconditional trust accepts His answers when they might be “yes,” “no,” or “wait,” even if we have to wait until Heaven! He knows what He is doing; He doesn’t make mistakes, He will always do right (even when it seems wrong). When we trust completely in His wisdom, knowledge, love, mercy, grace, and promises, we can “let go,” relax, and rest, confident that “….all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to (His) purpose.” (From Romans 8:28). Edgar Page Stite’s hymn, “Trusting Jesus,” speaks of unconditional trust: “Simply trusting every day, trusting through a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all. Brightly doth His Spirit shine into this poor heart of mine; while He leads I cannot fall; trusting Jesus, that is all. Singing if my way is clear, praying if the path be drear; if in danger for Him call; trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting Him while life shall last, trusting Him till earth be past; till within the jasper wall, trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesus, that is all.” Selah! God isn’t a puppet or robot that we can bid do whatever we wan’t; He is a wise and loving Father to all the redeemed and He will always do right! We do not have to understand, only trust!    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

God’s “Toolbox”

  • Imagine God’s Word to be His “toolbox.” In it is every tool needed to shape us into the likeness of His Son. “For whom  He did foreknow, He also did predestinate (to be) conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). God’s tools include teaching, counsel, correction, rebuke, chastisement, discipline, learning from mistakes, Godly friends and mentors, sound reading and viewing, etc. However, all these tools, in order to be effective, must be used by the Holy Spirit. He will use these tools as they are in harmony with God’s Word. The finished “product” is when we see Jesus and become like Him, seeing Him as He is! (I John 3:2). God will sometimes even use a dull or broken tool, but He will make it work for good in the lives of His “called ones.” (See Romans 8:28). May our prayer be that of Charles Price Jones, in his hymn: “Deeper, Deeper in the Love of Jesus.” He prayed: “Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know. Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit, take me deeper still, till my life is wholly lost in Jesus and His perfect will. O deeper yet, I pray, and higher ev’ry day,and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious, holy Word.” Selah! Sometimes God uses the devil’s “grindstone” to sharpen His tools! (Source unknown).    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

Holy Ground

And he said,Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).  

We are highly unlikely to have an experience like this one that Moses experienced. However, we do have a holy ground experience, if we know Jesus as the Savior and Lord of our lives. It is called “prayer.” It is not prayer as a religious exercise or duty. It is prayer from our  hearts, a loving consciousness of being alone with God in wonderful communion of our redeemed hearts with His heart! If God’s Word is alive in our hearts, and we are “closeted” with Him in a quiet place undisturbed by distractions, His Presence can be known. Unconfessed sin can interrupt this wonderful experience. But the joy of his Presence is once again ours, once we deal with the sin(s). Interacting with God is a glorious and serious matter for a child of God. Be very aware that you are on “holy ground!” Selah! He is discerned with the eyes of faith. What an experience!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com