Keys of the Kingdom

What/Who would you say is spoken of here, prophetically?

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

And what about here?

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Doesn’t it make sense that the authority spoken of here should be passed down throughout the church’s existence to ensure the will of God for his people? And should that authority be upon everyone that claims the name of Jesus Christ? Wouldn’t the ‘everyone’ theory be behind all the differences existing in the so-called Christian world? Seems to me that the authority given to Peter was meant to be passed on in a secure line carrying the will of God and the responsibility of the office. So, who has the Keys of the Kingdom?
PMCBurkey 2015


Road Trip 2015

When traveling and needing to check into a motel for the night I always ask to see the room and bed first before registering. If you wait too late into the night you may get the dregs of the rooms if there are any left at all. Some rooms I wouldn’t even want to breathe the air behind the doors! Some rooms I wouldn’t want to touch or sit on anything! Once even our dog, Priscilla, refused to enter a room. Makes you wonder what happened in there?! One night on this trip we asked to see the room first and were told by the night host, “If you want to see the room first come back in the morning.” Hmm…No thanks!

We have a five year old grandson who’s a budding genius! When asked what will his kindergarten teacher do without him for a week, he replied, “I got the week’s calendar ready for her!” She uses him to explain some concepts to his fellow students when she fails to get through to them!
When asking our three year old grandson where we should eat this time he exclaimed, “I want to go back to the cracker store!” I see our joy of eating at Cracker Barrels has rubbed off on him, or is it their tempting gift stores?!

I can’t believe we traveled all this way, 34 hours, to see the things we saw! We arrived at the reserved motel 4am but had to wait until 2pm for rooms to be ready. So we spent the cold night in our vehicles in the parking lot. All around were images of ghetto life…drug deals, shady dudes, crips and bloods brawls, profane language bandied about, and the motel filled with transients coming and going all night and day. Believe it or not we even waited to inspect the rooms or should I say the cells, dark and depressing. Oh, and one of the rules of this motel/suites is ‘one roll of toilet paper per week.’ So we were off to a familiar motel chain, La Quinta, with two rooms available and which we know is pet friendly. PTL felt like we were home! The comfort, cleanliness, and friendliness was almost heaven!

Before we left home on our journey three had been sick with gastrointestinal upsets. While traveling to destination another contracted the illness, and two days after arriving another came down with the same. That leaves three of us to either get it or avoid it. Hope we all get to enjoy Orlando’s attractions of choice the days we have left.

The main reason for this journey was for us all to be present at our number one son’s wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Resort Orlando. PTL we all were able to attend and enjoy amidst the coming and going of illness. If the marriage of Chris and Mallory is the only event of this journey we’re privileged to attend, then we are most blessed by God!

We eight, plus Priscilla, journeyed to Orlando in two vehicles. Four of us toured Universal Resort, Magic Kingdom, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Four of us stayed pretty much in and around the motel due to tiredness and one still suffering from the bug. Even so, we all enjoyed one another and the wedding of Chris and Mallory!

Where did we go?
Florida, Hello?!
You couldn’t prove it by the weather, though…
Swim and beach? No!
Temperatures low!!
Rain, snow, sleet did flow,
So Hi Ho Hi Ho…
Home to Jersey we go!
~PMCBurkey 2015

Traveling with young children was easier when I was growing up.
The kids could sit on the left side and look out the window and then slide over to the right window; lay down on the rear seat or climb up onto the rear window ledge and watch the scenery behind them. Remember those? When feeling lonely they could climb over into the front seat between mom and dad. There were no bucket seats then just benches.
Today the kids are strapped into car seats almost like being in straight jackets; can’t turn onto their sides, pinned down onto their backs and butts for riding hundreds of miles.
The kids tend to get bored, fidgety, and some carry on vocally to be released from their plight.
Yes, car seats are for the child’s safety; but I ask you, what about the parent’s sanity?!
~PMCBurkey 2015