Words of Wisdom from My Dad

May 17, 2012

My dad (Robert Hovind 1920-1993) was an electrical engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria for many years. He was a VERY smart man! In addition to his brilliant mind, Dad possessed enormous amounts of common sense. He often had great words of practical wisdom for me as I brought him my problems. I was scanning channels a few weeks ago and heard a song called “I hear voices.” Hmmmm… me, too, a voice from the past—my Dad’s!

One day as a young man, some kids were talking badly about me behind my back. I went to my dad, and the following is the gist of our conversation, a great example of Dad’s wisdom.

“Son, you say a few kids are saying bad things about you behind your back at school and this hurts you? Let me try to put this in perspective for you. As I see it there are four kinds of people in the world. Let’s see which kind of people they are and what kind of person you want to be.

1. Great people with great minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about ideas, concepts, plans, goals, and dreams. These people change the world! Be one of those.

2. Average people with average minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about events. What’s for lunch? What movie is showing this week? Who won the game? Did you get a deer last week? Have you heard about the tornado in Alabama? Have you seen the new Vet!? Who will care in 1,000 years?!

3. Weak people with weak minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about other people. Who is the best golfer? Who is the best quarterback? Who got a raise at work?

4. Evil people with evil minds.
These people spend their time talking about other people behind their back where they can’t defend themselves. Did you notice so and so showed up late again? Did you see that awful dress Sally was wearing? What do you think about the birthday gift she gave him? He really thinks he is something, doesn’t he?

Son, these people talk about you till you enter the room and then they start again when you leave; but, while you are there they will pretend they are your friend and smile and be nice and kind. They are hypocrites, son. Jesus warned us about them in Matthew 7:15. They are foolish and evil. They will accomplish nothing with their lives and will prevent you from accomplishing anything of value as well if you spend time with them or let them get to you. Avoid them, son. Forget them and walk away. (Proverbs 14:7).

It is not even worth trying to point out their problem to them. If you tell a pig he stinks he will do five things:

A. He won’t agree.
B. He won’t understand the problem.
C. If he does understand the situation, he won’t see it as a problem.
D. He won’t be glad you told him about it.
E. Finally, he’ll get mad at you for telling him. Save your breath!

Be a great person, Son.

Now, let’s hear more about that idea you had the other day…”

Hmmmm… Matthew 6:33

Kent Hovind

56 Comments

  1. Claas Lisowski May 18, 2012 4:31 pm Reply

    Thank you, Sir, for these encouraging words.
    I’m glad to have heard about you because it is excellent how you proof evolution is wrong and strengthen ones faith in Christ Jesus and his infallible Word.

    May God still use you as a light that shines in a dark place.

    In Christ,
    Claas – from Germany

  2. brenda May 19, 2012 1:42 am Reply

    Very wise words indeed! He must have known someone VERY important. I pray for the Lord’s will to be done in your life always Mr Hovind.
    God bless you and your family in all you do think and say in the days ahead.
    Brenda
    Canada

  3. Jenya May 19, 2012 1:45 am Reply

    Dr. Hovind,
    Thank you for sharing this. It blessed my heart and reminded me of what kind of person I am and what kind of person my Heavenly Father wants me to be. Thanks again.

    Blessings,

    Jenya (Montreal, Canada)

  4. marcy conway May 19, 2012 2:38 am Reply

    Dr. Kent Hovind…wanted to say hello many times to you from here in Knoxville. Glad I stumbled upon your blog. Met you here in Knoxville a couple of times and you dramatically changed my life as a public school teacher back then. We are praying for your release and that God continue to lead and guide you daily.

  5. Josh D May 19, 2012 2:15 pm Reply

    Hey Kent!
    I enjoy your blogs, youtube videos, and letters. I like to occasionally post your videos to my facebook wall to educate anyone who wants to listen, and a lot of my facebook friends are Christians and we need to be educated in these topics. Some are non Christians and when I post one of your videos, you better grab some popcorn, cuz the debate starts! haha. Anyway, is there an email address that you can be reached at? Every once in a while I have a question and Id love to be able to get your input on it. If its not too much of an inconvenience, would you email me at [email protected]?
    I know you’re doing a lot for the Lord in prison, but I eagerly await your release! As Im sure you do too! Thanks in advance!
    Josh

  6. Brian Schmitz May 19, 2012 8:02 pm Reply

    Thank you Kent for your Dads words of wisdom and all the great wisdom that you freely share with all your brothers and sisters sitting behind the computer screens. Your knowledge is well appreciated and I have used plenty of it to win minds to the truth (still working on winning the souls). You have been a great influence on my faith and God has surely blessed you with a great ministry. I will pray for you while you wins souls for Christ whenever and wherever you are.

    All praise be to the Lord
    -Your brother Brian

  7. Stephanie May 20, 2012 3:57 am Reply

    I was just watching a video on YouTube and was convicted to reach out to brother Hovind in his continued (unjust) imprisonment. In my heart, I feel that he is a there for a purpose and I trust that God is using his time there to reach inmates who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to encounter a righteous, Godly person on a day to day basis. For this, I praise God Almighty for taking what satan meant for evil and turning it into a beautiful testimony of the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I’m no one special. Just another person occupying planet earth for a little while, but I feel sure that I’ve done worse things in my life than brother Hovind did and by God’s grace and mercy, I wasn’t arrested for it. I think the heavy majority of brother Hovinds accusers could say the same, but this is the world we live in and these are the things that prove the Bible true all the more. When I think of all the millions that have been reached and blessed through Dr. Hovind’s ministry, I stand both in gratitude for his obedience and perseverance and in personal shame for not doing more to share the truth of Gods Word to a world that so desperately needs it.

    Having said all of that, I understand that brother Hovind is not perfect and should not be glorified or put on a pedestal for simply answering the call that God placed on his life. But good, bad or ugly, I truly believe that he was placed on earth for such a time as this and that his message needs to continue, despite the many attacks from the enemy. For this reason, I wanted to write this message to bless and encourage him in the name of the Lord and pray that God continue to guide him (and his family) through this ordeal.

    “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

    Many Blessings in Jesus Christ,

    Stephanie

  8. Wes May 20, 2012 12:52 pm Reply

    I’ve never met your Dad but I love him :-)
    I just hope I can remember this kind of wisdom for my kids when they get older.
    Wes

  9. Jon May 21, 2012 12:54 am Reply

    Glad to hear again from you brother Kent. God bless you and your family. I’ve heard this idea about the difference in people but how your father told gives me a better understanding of it and truly it make a lot of common sense. I will share this with others also with acknowledgement from you.

  10. Jared kuppan May 21, 2012 11:53 am Reply

    Hi Dr Hovind, I have been watching your DVDs recently and was really amazed, to see some one tackle the evolutionary theories the way u do. I am from South Africa and after viewing your websites I found out that u r in prison.You remind me of Paul of Tarsus who for doing a great deed and had to suffer because of the foolishness of man’s understanding. God Bless you, Jared

  11. Tracy Mansfield May 21, 2012 3:25 pm Reply

    Thank you, I’ve been missing your posts. I pray you are in good health and are staying strong in the Spirit. You have been used by our Lord to greatly bless our family. Our daughter got saved when she was 3yo watching your video for children. She will graduate HS this weekend. She owns her faith and is growing everyday in her relationship with her Lord. You are a part of this, we will rejoice together. Our son grew up watching your videos also. He just graduated from a two year KJV Bible school and is getting married this summer to a God fearing young woman. They are saving their first kiss for the alter. We have six other children and one on the way. They are all or will all be very familiar with you and your videos. Praise be to God the Father!

  12. Austin Theander May 21, 2012 5:54 pm Reply

    Hovind, God truly blessed you with a rightous father. I have no doubt that the Lord used your father to prepare you for your current situation. I pray and petition christ for your release every day. May the Holy Spirit encourage you to stand strong and cling to the victory we all hold in Christ Jesus.
    Your brother in faith, Austin

  13. Randy Nelson May 21, 2012 7:49 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the post! I have been checking the site alot lately to see if you posted anything new. Thanks for the post.

    http://180movie.com

  14. Teressa Edmonds May 21, 2012 8:31 pm Reply

    Bro. Hovind
    I hope this works. I didn’t know how else to get this testimony to you. I have the condensed 24 hrs. of your seminars as you filmed them travelling from church to church. I share them as the Lord provides a way. Recently I shared with a young man named Patrick. After viewing them he came to my husband and I smiling and so excited.
    He said I want to thank you for sharing those dvd’s with me. He said, Mr. Hovind answered every question I ever had about evolution and creation and never could get the answers to. He said before watching those dvd’s I was clinically depressed every day. Now I am not depressed at all and haven’t been since I watched them. I feel like the Lord is calling me into the ministry and I want to travel the world and tell people about Jesus. He wants to thank you for your teachings and dedication to the Lord.
    I too would like to thank you brother for your teachings and dedication to the Lord. I have used your seminars again and again in my own personal life as a homeschool mother. Your seminars are our science class. Praying for you and your family. May God continue to bless and keep you all.
    Thank you – Chaz and Teressa Edmonds

  15. Johan Krafft May 22, 2012 8:58 am Reply

    That is so thru Mr Hovind. Exactly the same kind of things happend to me when I was younger. But today I’m all grown up, and know most of them back then, where looking for attention from everyone else, cause a lot off them come form broken families.Divorced parents.And they wanted it really from their parents. I watched your DVD’s about evolution and Dinosaurs, about 2 years back for the first time. Thank you for opening my eyes even more, and seeing the truth, as it has always been the truth.I live in South Africa. I would really love one day to come and see the Dino park in America.
    Best Regards
    Johan

  16. Tommy May 22, 2012 7:34 pm Reply

    Dear Sir

    Thank you for that pearl of wisdom and thank you for making a difference in the world especially in mine.

    I got saved in August of 2003, but the evolution faith was a massive stumbling block in my growth, saw your seminars in 2005 and got to the stage where I belief the Bible cover to cover. I am not perfect don’t have all the answers but can go back to the source.

    There has been a few people instrumental in me finding and following Jesus. You have made it possible for me to read my Bible for the truth there in and not question every second vers. As you know there is a difference of haven and earth between the two.

    I work as a engineer and got to the point where not concerned what my co workers think of my belief. You’d be surprised how many of them belief the same.

    Must say just mention of your name get the average evaluations puts them in fits of rage, you did make a major impact. This is in South Africa and all you wanted is that they take out the lies in the books in america. LOL

    I am sorry that there where a personal price to pay for it for you personally, and punishing your wife a real low blow, my goal in life now is that on judgment day God will say to me ” My son Tom in you I am well pleased”, in my mind you are already there.

    You are in my prayers and I pray for a long and healthy life for you and your wife to make up for lost time.

    God Bless you.

    Tommy

  17. Angelo L May 23, 2012 3:54 am Reply

    Wow, this really brightened my day – exactly what I needed to hear, actually. I pray you get out soon Dr. Hovind, I praise the Lord Jesus Christ for you, your wonderful ministry, and the good work Eric has done on it while you’ve been away. God bless you.

  18. Philip May 23, 2012 10:09 am Reply

    Thanks Kent

  19. Emma May 23, 2012 4:13 pm Reply

    Dr. Hovind…. This is just a thing on my mind that maybe you will know a thing or two about….
    Anyways a question that a non believer had asked was “if jesus was real and did all the things the bible claims, then why isn’t there a lot more writings about him outside of the bible?”
    I guess I kinda wonder about that a little bit too!

    And… do you find revelation a little freaky? :s

    also… good advice to your son. I’m not sure which catargory I would fall under!

  20. Michael Becerra May 25, 2012 1:24 pm Reply

    Thank you for passing your dad’s words of wisdom, Dr. Hovind! Keeping you, your family, and your ministry in prayers.

    http://michaelmark123.blogspot.com/

  21. Tom May 25, 2012 3:30 pm Reply

    Very nice, but the really evil people are in the first category as well.

  22. Noe May 25, 2012 10:00 pm Reply

    Great post Kent. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Daniel May 25, 2012 10:14 pm Reply

    You had a wise father who thought you to be a wise man, and by that you can teach other to be wise ;-)

    God bless you for your work ;-)

  24. Kathy Jaggers May 26, 2012 1:03 pm Reply

    So good to hear from you after two months!! I write right away when I see “no comments” and then don’t see mine posted. I trust you know that there are many praying for you regularly but, especially, Christ is interceding on your behalf moment by moment.
    Our son graduated from college last weekend. It has the reputation as a Christian college, but we have seen much controversy over “creation”. Well, the only controversy comes when one speaks up about six day creation, because it seems to be “settled” that creation involved evolution. Why shouldn’t the students then wonder what the big deal is over homosexuality? Throw out the first three chapters of Genesis and anything goes.
    We were again reminded of your influence in our family, as our son memorized your tapes at an early age, and they took root and grew. The Lord has given him the ability, through homeschooling, careful discipleship, and then Christian schooling through a like-minded teacher/mentor to see to the heart of an issue by the lens of Scripture. It is a gift beyond measure, and his father and I can ask his opinion of a certain cultural issue knowing that it will be framed from a Biblical perspective. We know of your joy in understanding that your children are passing this legacy onto their children and are so grateful for our fellowship in the Lord.

  25. Jeremy S May 28, 2012 2:56 am Reply

    Dr. Hovind,
    I was saved by our Lord and savior Jesus Christ over a decade ago. I am currently 21 years old and I’m preparing to fly out west to attend west coast baptist college. Before 02/03/12 I was at my ‘lowest’ in many ways physically, mentally, and most importantly-spiritually. I got into some trouble about a year ago and needed to get into an addictions program of any kind to show the judge I was shootin’ for change. For reasons unknown, on 02/03/12 after the last meeting I had* to attend. Gods Holy spirit flooded my being and it was absolutely wonderful! I felt feelings and emotions that I had not experienced in a very long time, all of which were occurring simultaneously! Joy, peace, love, understanding, etc.. Finding out later that these are some of the fruits of the spirit was a blessing of assurance:) Since then I work with the Reformers Unanimous(RU) ministries at Granite independent, temperamental, fundamental, right wing, chicken-eatin’ Baptist Church. ;-)
         You should know that I witnessed to and led my best friend(agnostic/atheistic, intellectual, evolution minded) to Christ using the information out of your seminars. I just started watching CSE 104 and lemme tellya, what a blessing your college courses are!! My faith has never been stronger and my outlook on life has never been brighter since last february when I ‘re-submitted myself’ (so-to-speak) in Gods army. I don’t really understand all that’s involved with why they persecuted you the way they did but I assure you, I am living proof Satan and all those miserable, money-grubbing, sin-controlled puppets that locked you up have failed to silence your ministry. I will be praying for your early release and that God will give you strength and grace through these troubling times 1 john 4:4 I’m also praying for your family to have strength and peace of mind. Looking forward to meeting you after you’re released. If there is anything I can do here in Maryland to help raise awareness or anything at all please** let me know. Thank you and God bless.

    Sincerely,
    Jeremy Stubbs

    http://kenyhovindblog.com

  26. Berislav Curic May 28, 2012 8:29 am Reply

    Dear dr. Hovind,

    in the past few years I went really far with “telling pigs that they stink”. It was a torture for my spirit, and I asked myself many times Why won’t they listen, why won’t they understand? Well, I’ll take a break and reconsider my attitude and methods, because I still believe that pigs too can enjoy roses, and I won’t give up, because I love them (referring to people:)).

    I won’t hold you long, just want to send you wery warm greetings from Croatia (guess we are spontaneously making a Hovind movement here:) ), I’m spreading your teachings and CSE seminars to all of my friends so don’t worry, you are free here and you are marching forward in your ministry.

    ps. sorry for bad English, God bless!

  27. Zoe May 28, 2012 9:29 am Reply

    Dear Dr. Kovind,
    This is my second post to you!

    I was inspired to pray for you today.

    I am convinced the Lord gave you the ministry for the express purpose of exposing so called scientists hiding behind their positions and destroying the faiths of kids to send them to hell.

    The so called academic world is supported by institutions like NSF. These professor would defend anything, including evolution, in order to promote their career; and to feel important! The political, judicial and financial world is the same way!

    They all stand opposed to the truths of God!

    What is wrong with that picture?

    Anyone that exposes these lies or goes cross with this institutions is bound to suffer, much the same way Paul, Peter, the disciples and even our Lord Jesus Christ paid the price of standing with the truth!

    Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

    Zoe

    https://zoelookup.wordpress.com/

  28. ralph May 28, 2012 6:38 pm Reply

    Always Throw Your Burden on Jehovah
    MANY today feel crushed by burdens. Economic hardships, distressing family problems, health problems, pain and suffering due to oppression and tyranny, and a host of other afflictions hang like millstones around their necks. Besides these external pressures, some also feel weighed down by a sense of personal worthlessness and failure because of their own imperfections. Many are tempted to give up the fight altogether. How can you cope when burdens seem unbearable?
    At one time King David of Israel felt that the pressure was almost unbearable. According to Psalm 55, he was driven to distraction by anxiety because of pressures and animosity from his enemies. He felt great heartache and fear. He could only groan in his grief. (Psalm 55:2, 5, 17) Despite all his distress, however, he found a way to cope. How? He looked to his God for support. His advice to others who might feel as he did was: “Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself.”—Psalm 55:22.
    What did he mean by “throw your burden upon Jehovah himself”? Is it simply a matter of going to Jehovah in prayer and expressing our anxiety? Or can we do something ourselves to help relieve the situation? What if we feel too unworthy to approach Jehovah? We can find out what David meant by looking at some experiences he would have remembered vividly when he penned those words.
    Do Things in Jehovah’s Strength
    Do you recall how Goliath struck fear into the hearts of the fighting men of Israel? This giant of a man, over nine feet [over 2.7 m] tall, terrified them. (1 Samuel 17:4-11, 24) But David was not afraid. Why? Because he did not try to deal with Goliath in his own strength. From the time he was anointed as Israel’s future king, he had allowed God’s spirit to direct him and strengthen him in all he did. (1 Samuel 16:13) So he said to Goliath: “I am coming to you with the name of Jehovah of armies, the God of the battle lines of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day Jehovah will surrender you into my hand.” (1 Samuel 17:45, 46) David was skilled as a slinger, but we can be sure that Jehovah’s holy spirit guided and made more lethal the stone he slung at Goliath.—1 Samuel 17:48-51.
    David coped with this immense challenge and came off victorious by having confidence that God would support and strengthen him. He had developed a good, trusting relationship with God. This was no doubt strengthened by the way Jehovah had delivered him earlier. (1 Samuel 17:34-37) Like David, you can maintain a strong personal relationship with Jehovah and have complete confidence in his ability and willingness to strengthen and sustain you in all circumstances.—Psalm 34:7, 8.
    Do What You Can to Solve the Problem
    This does not mean, however, that there will never be times of intense pain, anxiety, and even fear, as Psalm 55 clearly shows. Some years after this fearless display of confidence in Jehovah, for example, David experienced great fear in the face of his enemies. He lost favor with King Saul and had to flee for his life. Try to imagine the emotional turmoil this must have caused David, the questions it must have raised in his mind about the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose. After all, he had been anointed as the future king in Israel, yet here he was having to survive as a fugitive in the wilderness, hunted like a wild animal. When he tried to find refuge in the city of Gath, the hometown of Goliath, he was recognized. With what result? The record says that “he became very much afraid.”—1 Samuel 21:10-12.
    But he did not allow his fear and deep anxiety to stop him from looking to Jehovah for help. According to Psalm 34 (written as a consequence of this experience), David said: “I inquired of Jehovah, and he answered me, and out of all my frights he delivered me. This afflicted one called, and Jehovah himself heard. And out of all his distresses He saved him.”—Psalm 34:4, 6.
    Jehovah supported him, of course. Yet notice that David did not just sit back and wait for Jehovah to rescue him. He recognized the need for him to do all that he could under the circumstances to get out of the difficult situation. He acknowledged Jehovah’s hand in his deliverance, but he himself took action, feigning insanity so that the king of Gath did not kill him. (1 Samuel 21:14–22:1) We too need to do all we can to cope with burdens, rather than just wait for Jehovah to rescue us.—James 1:5, 6; 2:26.
    Do Not Add to Your Burdens
    David learned another lesson, a painful one, later in his life. What was it? That sometimes we add to our own burdens. Following victory over the Philistines, things went wrong for David when he decided to move the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The historical account tells us: “Then David and all the people that were with him rose up and went to Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of the true God . . . However, they had the ark of the true God ride upon a new wagon, . . . and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new wagon.”—2 Samuel 6:2, 3.
    Using a wagon to transport the Ark violated all the instructions that Jehovah had given regarding it. It was clearly stated that the only authorized bearers, the Kohathite Levites, should carry the Ark on their shoulders, using poles placed through the rings specially built into the Ark. (Exodus 25:13, 14; Numbers 4:15, 19; 7:7-9) Ignoring these instructions brought calamity. When the cattle pulling the wagon nearly caused it to tip over, Uzzah, who was likely a Levite but certainly not a priest, reached out to steady the Ark and was struck down by Jehovah for his irreverence.—2 Samuel 6:6, 7.
    David as king had to bear some responsibility for this. His reaction shows that even those who have a good relationship with Jehovah can occasionally react badly to trialsome situations. First David became angry. Then he grew afraid. (2 Samuel 6:8, 9) His trusting relationship with Jehovah was severely tested. Here was an occasion when seemingly he failed to throw his burden on Jehovah, when he did not follow his commands. Might that be the situation with us sometimes? Do we ever blame Jehovah for problems that result because we ignore his instructions?—Proverbs 19:3.
    Coping With the Burden of Guilt
    Later, David created a huge burden of guilt for himself by sinning grievously against Jehovah’s moral standards. On this occasion David had abdicated his responsibility to lead his men in battle. He stayed in Jerusalem while they went out to fight. This led to serious trouble.—2 Samuel 11:1.
    King David saw the beautiful Bath-sheba bathing. He got immorally involved with her, and she became pregnant. (2 Samuel 11:2-5) To try to cover up the misconduct, he arranged for her husband, Uriah, to return to Jerusalem from the field of battle. Uriah refused to have marital relations with his wife while Israel was involved in battle. (2 Samuel 11:6-11) David now resorted to wicked and devious means to cover up his sin. He arranged for Uriah’s fellow soldiers to leave Uriah in a vulnerable position in the battle so that he would be killed. A heinous, grievous sin!—2 Samuel 11:12-17.
    Eventually, of course, David’s sin caught up with him, and he was exposed. (2 Samuel 12:7-12) Try to imagine the weight of grief and guilt that David must have felt when the enormity of what he had done as a result of his passion dawned on him. He could have been overwhelmed by his own sense of failure, especially because he was likely an emotional, sensitive man. He might well have felt completely worthless!
    However, David quickly acknowledged his wrong, admitting to the prophet Nathan: “I have sinned against Jehovah.” (2 Samuel 12:13) Psalm 51 tells us how he felt and how he supplicated Jehovah God to cleanse him and forgive him. He prayed: “Thoroughly wash me from my error, and cleanse me even from my sin. For my transgressions I myself know, and my sin is in front of me constantly.” (Psalm 51:2, 3) Because he was truly repentant, he was able to rebuild his strong, close relationship with Jehovah. David did not dwell on feelings of remorse and worthlessness. He threw his burden on Jehovah by humbly acknowledging his guilt, demonstrating genuine repentance, and praying intensely for Jehovah’s forgiveness. He regained God’s favor.—Psalm 51:7-12, 15-19.
    Coping With Betrayal
    This brings us to the episode that prompted David to write Psalm 55. He was under great emotional strain. “My very heart is in severe pain within me,” he wrote, “and the frights of death itself have fallen upon me.” (Psalm 55:4) What caused this pain? Absalom, David’s son, had schemed to steal the kingship from David. (2 Samuel 15:1-6) This betrayal by his own son was hard enough to bear, but what made it worse was that David’s most trusted counselor, a man by the name of Ahithophel, joined the conspiracy against David. It is Ahithophel that David describes at Psalm 55:12-14. As a result of the conspiracy and betrayal, David had to flee Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 15:13, 14) What anguish this must have caused him!
    Still, he did not allow his intense emotion and grief to weaken his trust and confidence in Jehovah. He prayed to Jehovah to frustrate the plans of the conspirators. (2 Samuel 15:30, 31) Again we see that David did not merely wait passively for Jehovah to do all the work. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, he did what he could to combat the conspiracy against him. He sent another of his counselors, Hushai, back into Jerusalem to pretend to join the conspiracy, though, in fact, he went to undermine it. (2 Samuel 15:32-34) With Jehovah’s support, this plan worked. Hushai gained enough time for David to regroup and to get organized to defend himself.—2 Samuel 17:14.
    How David all through his life must have appreciated Jehovah’s protective care as well as his patience and willingness to forgive! (Psalm 34:18, 19; 51:17) It is with this background that David confidently encourages us in our times of distress to turn to Jehovah for help, to ‘throw our burden on Jehovah.’—Compare 1 Peter 5:6, 7.
    Build and Maintain a Strong, Trusting Relationship With Jehovah
    How do we get the kind of relationship with Jehovah that David had, a relationship that sustained him in times of great trial and tribulation? We build such a relationship by being diligent students of God’s Word, the Bible. We let him instruct us about his laws, principles, and personality. (Psalm 19:7-11) As we meditate on God’s Word, we grow ever closer to him and learn to trust him implicitly. (Psalm 143:1-5) We deepen and strengthen that relationship as we associate with fellow worshipers to be further instructed by Jehovah. (Psalm 122:1-4) We intensify our relationship with Jehovah through heartfelt prayer.—Psalm 55:1.
    True, David, like us, did have his low points when his relationship with Jehovah was not as strong as it should have been. Oppression can make us “act crazy.” (Ecclesiastes 7:7) But Jehovah sees what is happening, and he knows what is in our heart. (Ecclesiastes 4:1; 5:8) We need to work hard to keep our relationship with Jehovah strong. Then, whatever burdens we have to carry, we can depend on Jehovah to relieve the pressure or to give us the strength to cope with our situation. (Philippians 4:6, 7, 13) It is a matter of our staying close to Jehovah. When David did this, he was absolutely secure.
    Therefore, whatever your circumstances, says David, always throw your burden upon Jehovah. Then we will experience the truth of the promise: “He himself will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.”—Psalm 55:22.

  29. ralph May 28, 2012 7:01 pm Reply

    Your welcome to post or read the content of this page… I always keep you in my prayers, I hope you remain steadfast in the faith and give a witness to all whom ask and inquire about the good news of the kingdom of God almighty.Jehovah God has not and will not forget the great service you did in his name.You have affected many souls and won the respectof the almighty for your strong opposition to the elements we fight against everyday.I don’t know if these message reach you or not but i still send them…maybe Jehovah God keep you in his sight…and fear nothing at all because you’re a fine person.

    http://plus.google.com/u/0/108819734837757928016/posts

  30. Jesse Rowe May 29, 2012 12:38 am Reply

    What a wise man your father must have been and such great advice. You are blessed to have such a father.

    Thank you Brother Hovind for all your hard work, it has changed my life and greatly increased my faith. Your work has been very effective and even though Satan has sent you to where you are now – he can NOT STOP the work you’ve already done.

    May you be home with your family soon.

    God Bless You!

  31. Thierry May 30, 2012 10:18 pm Reply

    Very powerful words, Dr Hovind. You are where you are for a reason; may God uses you even more for His perfect will there!!!

    Thierry.
    London.

  32. Gracie May 31, 2012 9:27 pm Reply

    Thank you for all you’ve said and stood for over the years, growing up your tapes ment a lot to me, and as an adult they still do. May God keep you in his will and bless you.

  33. Mike Rimmey June 1, 2012 7:55 pm Reply

    Saw the TBN debate last night. Way to go Eric and Ken!

    I so wish someone would have said the age of the plane does matter, if it is the reason the plane is going down!

    Mike Rimmey

    http://mikerimmey.com

  34. Luke Martin June 2, 2012 12:02 pm Reply

    Dear Kent,
    Thank you for these words of correction and encouragement. I got on my face and repented for acting at work. It was my last day yesterday and I had worked for a secular company. I don’t feel my witness was good before God. It was hypocritical. Repentance was much needed. This was a small article but it had MAJOR impact because it was a good word spoken in a timely matter.
    Thank you,
    Luke Martin

  35. End Times Rapture June 3, 2012 3:04 am Reply

    Great words of wisdom from this article. We can all use advice like that. Keep up the good work and stay strong in the Lord. God bless.

    http://www.raptureforums.com

  36. Todd Patrick June 4, 2012 7:22 pm Reply

    I have certainly found this to be true in my dealings with people. It seems you cannot help people who do not want to be helped.

    http://www.crowncabinetryinc.com

  37. Bram June 5, 2012 3:59 am Reply

    Your father most have been a smart man Dr. Hovind God bless him.

    It pains me to see that satan will go to great lengths to keep anyone he can from coming to Christ. But on the contrary it is good to see that God has used the position you are in to bring more people to Him.

    I will keep you in my prayers doctor.

    God Bless!!!

  38. Keith Butler June 5, 2012 9:57 am Reply

    Hi Dr. Hovind Its me again, What you say is so true. I have often found myself casting pearl before swine and beat my head against countless walls. Until I did what Jesus’s instructed us to do in ( Luke 9 vs 3-5). And that is if you go into a town where the people don’t want to hear the word or bother to be interested or even give consideration to what you have to say then dust you feet off and move on. Until I learned to do this it would effect my faith and annoy them. I think the reason Jesus said this to His disciple is that it is pointless trying to convince someone or try and help someone who does not understand the Kingdom and or not willing to change or be encouraged. Furthermore if you have enough of these kinds of encounters and take it too personally it will break your faith down.At least you planted a seed. In Christ Keith

    http://save-a-lot.co.za

  39. Jim June 5, 2012 1:45 pm Reply

    Thank you Brother Kent,

    Just what I needed today. God bless you Brother.

  40. Zoe June 7, 2012 5:44 pm Reply

    Dr. Hovind,
    I am writing to say hi!
    Be encouraged the Lord is on His throne. He knows your condition and doing great things on your behalf, sure that may not be apparent now.

    He works all things for the good to them that love Him and to them who are called according to His purposes.

    You will have the last laugh!

    Zoe

    https://zoelookup.wordpress.com/

  41. Joyce Gaddis June 10, 2012 4:35 pm Reply

    Brother Hovind,

    Your father sounds like my grandfather. Wise, gentle man.

    I wanted you to know your seven video Creation Seminar series, which I purchased many years ago, continues to inspire and evangelize. I have loaned the series to several friends over the years with remarkable results. My 19 year old son, who claims to not believe in God, can recite entire sections of your teachings. For a self-proclaimed Atheist he sure takes a firm stand on creation vs evolution – thanks to you and your video series.

    God bless you in your current ministry. You may not enjoy the surroundings and circumstances, but I know He is using you in a mighty way. Some are called to worship and some are called to tend the donkeys (Gen 22:5).

  42. Bryan June 17, 2012 2:05 pm Reply

    Dr. Hovind, I am a Christian who leans a bit liberal on social issues (libertarian, actually- which is often the opposite of “liberal”) and conservative on fiscal issues. All that to say, I don’t run in the same circles of the church as you- though I remember my parents having me listen to your tapes as a kid. Anyway, although I have had a VERY terrible last 10 years, including recovered memories of childhood abuse, deaths in the family, suicide attempts, etc., I have come back here often to check up on your well-being. I am cheering you on, and praying you’ll get out soon. I can’t wait to see the Lord’s mercy on you- and by mercy I mean the mercy we ALL depend on, whether we seem to have earned it or not. I praise God that you haven’t waivered in your faith, even with your dad’s definition of category 4 people, presumably, all around you, and I just pray the Lord will bless you at the end of this, as He blessed Job at the end of Job. God never blames satan, or even mentions him to Job, and Job patiently endured without knowing the demonic plot behind the scenes. Father (God) and son (Job) simply had a fatherly discussion, and drew closer to one another, and lo and behold, after the fact, he must have learned about satan wanting to test him. In the end, as it is for all of us, God was the one who was proven to be good. Again, I thank God that you’re alright, and still drawing close to God in all of this. Looking forward to your safe return to the free world.

  43. Zoe June 17, 2012 8:12 pm Reply

    How are you doing Dr. Hovind?

    It won’t be long before you experience freedom! Hang in there!

    God is good…He is good no matter what!

    Let’s worship the Lord and give Him praise…He is the all knowing God!

    We love you!

    Zoe

    https://zoelookup.wordpress.com/

  44. Tess June 18, 2012 3:58 pm Reply

    Hi Dr. Hovind!

    Thank you so much for opening my eyes to evolutionism! Between you and and a few others I have the information I need to be saved. I just hope I’m acceptable to God!

    You are a truly good man as I judge things and I’m very sorry you’re experiencing. Of course you know and I understand about the “rejoice in all things” but as a man I also feel empathy – especially since you are my teacher.

    Do you have an email address I can sen you email to?
    I yearn to communicate with you (semi) privately!

    Can you watch youtube videos from where you are?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjmFm8PIz8M

    You are very often in my thoughts and I will pray for you and for the improvement of your conditions!
    – Always, Love,
    Tess

    http://www.tess.com

    • CSE (for Dr. Hovind) July 10, 2012 4:25 pm Reply

      Dr. Hovind is not able to see YouTube videos where he is, and his email list is very short. You can write him via snail mail @:

      Kent Hovind #06452-017
      FPC Satellite Camp Florence
      P.O. Box 5000
      Florence, CO 81226 USA

  45. Tess June 19, 2012 7:34 pm Reply

    This is quite interesting as well. You guys have probably already seen it but I’ll add the link just in case someone hasn’t:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsG3E7WAn0

    Wonderful!

    http://www.tess.com

  46. Laura June 22, 2012 1:03 am Reply

    A wise father with a wise son that listened to his father. What satan means for bad, our FATHER in Heaven is using for good with you. Our continued prayers with you and your wife and family. “Glory Be To GOD”

  47. Thabang June 23, 2012 7:38 am Reply

    Good day to you Sir
    In a 1000 years our bones will be nothing but dust,but our actions in God will remain forever.And yours Sir shout out loud.As you know God works all things together for good for us.I don’t know how or when but Sir you better get ready b’coz you’re about to be lifted up even higher remember joseph,david and many others.All I know is that God is elevating you big time,and that there’ll be frustration and confusion in the other camp(devil’s).You’ve given me a number of ideas on how to reach out to skeptics,atheists and those uncertain about God.Still collecting info and references.I have so much more to share with you but for now pls remember what I said above.Look to God always…not at you or your surroundings or your abilities….these will always fail you .Look to Him only

  48. Alvin Stoltzfus June 23, 2012 2:56 pm Reply

    Some day I would love to sit down and visit are you allowed visitors?where r u by now???your life is a challenge to many

  49. Richard June 27, 2012 6:36 pm Reply

    I need help. I’m praying and studying as much as I have the time for. I know the Lord will see me through this. But I need fellow Creationist that have knowledge in the teachings of Evolution to help me in my studies.

    Every Wednesday (including today) I meet with a atheist (William) for 7 or so hours at the local library. We usually talk about website coding, and such. But Religion, evolution, and evidence of God always comes in at some point. William is usually the first to bring it up. As I’m typing this, he’s telling me that “there is too much evidence against the flood myth.” Earlier he said “it has been proven that God doesn’t exist.”
    They guy is super smart but he’s also super stupid in what he believes. He says he doesn’t but he consistently takes for face value what PBS and NOVA say. I’m nowhere near as good at speaking my views as William is so I have a very hard time explaining where he his wrong.
    This is where my fellow Creationist come in. Okay William just challenged me to prove where in the Bible God is against lesbians. Really? That’s his close mindedness. He refuses to see how lesbian and homosexuality are the same. :(
    Where I’d like to ask for help is with the following website.
    http://godisimaginary.com/i17.htm

    William is a ex-marine, that has been all around the world and has studied MANY cultures and religions. Including the many different forms of Christianity. He has admitted that he loves to get in arguments and starts them without worry.

    Please Help! And PLEASE pray for me as I deal with him. Above all, please pray for William’s soul.

    http://www.sespiderproductions.com

  50. Natalia June 29, 2012 5:12 pm Reply

    Hello Kent,

    You are wise as your father. You write and speak great things! We thank God for you! I know many people myself who turned to God because of you and the work God does through you. I thank God that you made all the DVDs about creation and evolution. We watch again and again. We started watching them when my daughter was a little girl and she could not understand all. Now, she is a teen and she can see what is going on especially at schools. She loves to watch your DVD’s over and over again. We wish all teacheres were more like you! We thank God for you and keep praying for you every day.
    We love you.

  51. lynn weddle June 29, 2012 6:59 pm Reply

    Thanks Dr. hovind .I just wanted you to know that your teaching has literaly been an obsession of my sons. He was saved at a very young age and has always had a hunger for truth/science . Your teaching is still a huge part of his every day conversation at age 19.He is constantly saying well dad Dr. Hovind said this or that.You’ll never know what a blessing you are to my family

  52. sunisa khamruangsri July 7, 2012 7:32 pm Reply

    thank you for you has been so bless me we pray God to set you free may God of peace be with you all the time

  53. Marian July 14, 2012 8:13 pm Reply

    hi
    i am a catholic boy from poland
    i realy like this guy, hope dr hovind will be free soon again.
    democracy,evolution and socilism are 3 bad things in the world
    manoarchy free market this is the only way to freedom
    US before 1913 was the country from my dreams
    next year 2013 i pray that US will do the same what did yours grands and grandgrands.EU and europe is deeply in socialism
    hope US safe world as in 1918 and 1940but first u need to build freedom again

    thanks marian

  54. Lucas Carvalho July 17, 2012 10:02 pm Reply

    wise words!
    thank you for share those things with us!
    you have helped a lot of people and will help much more!

    From Brazil

    http://lucas5.net

  55. Chris January 4, 2013 5:45 pm Reply

    Hi Dr. Hovind

    i watch your seminars and they have Truly strengthened
    my ability to reach others , as my Faith was always strong because God has spoken to me many times i never cauld get phased by any false teachings of nonsense , but i didnt quite know exactly how to describe or show this to sceptics but you showed me how to reveal God through the very earth that surrounds us , so thank you for all the years of hard work you put in ,
    God keep you safe always Amen

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