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Monday, August 22, 2016

Learning to be the Light...Happy Birthday !

Aye its another birthday for me...although for the vast majority of the world its just another day...and as I have spoken often each day is the day the Lord has made another chance, opportunity and choice to begin again...some days are like Okay lets go back to Genesis 1:1...some days Revelation 20:20-21...today is one of those days we all have I believe...where the Spirit reminds me to go to the Word and in a small verse in the signing off part of the goodbyes in Colossians ...

“And, oh, yes, tell Archippus, “Do your best in the job you received from the Master. Do your very best." (Colossians 4:17).

Have you ever been in a place where the phone kept ringing and nobody answered it? In moments like that it seems everybody is busy with something else, assuming that somebody else will answer the call. But nobody does. After awhile it can get to be quite annoying. There is something irritating about an unanswered call.

Over the years I have noticed a similar thing in my life and the lives of many people – a call that is not being answered. A call from God. Busy with so many other things, and sure that the call is for someone else, so many of us lose ourselves in trivial desires and moments and miss, or ignore, or choose not to answer the opportunity to answer the call of God on their lives.

One of the greatest fears we all face is having lived a meaningless life; a life that didn’t matter; a life that made no difference. It is a thought that haunts even the most "accomplished" of individuals.

Indeed, it is unsettling to get to...or nearer the end of... one’s life, cast a cautious glance back over time and discover what has been suspected all along, “My life didn’t matter!” Each of us long to know that our lives counted; that we accomplished what we were put on this earth to do. We want to maximize every opportunity, seize the day, and live life to its fullest...but do we?  ...and How?

Yes it's an odd contradiction, that no matter what I have done..indeed all of us,  that I still wonder about and seek... unrealized potential. Many times I have ( and perhaps most of us) settle for far less than we are capable of being, and of doing. On the one hand we want our lives to count; on the other hand, we seem far too willing to become pushed aside into mediocrity. As a fav song shouts to me "sometimes I fall so easily to the ruler of this world..."  Our only hope is to answer the call of God upon our lives.

Abraham traveling into the unknown, Joseph remaining faithful in Egypt, Moses crossing the Red Sea, Joshua conquering the Promised Land, David slaying a Giant and becoming a King, Isaiah telling his visions, Zechariah telling his dreams, Daniel in the Lion’s den, Nehemiah rebuilding the Walls, Zerubbabel rebuilding the Temple, Simon Peter leaving his fishing nets, Paul preaching the Gospel, John writing the Revelation ~ each one answered the call. They heard God’s voice and followed Him with trusting hearts...
And yes I know the danger of comparing ourselves to others be it family friends or such historical heroes as these...

And now it’s our turn.  Instead of names  put your name or simply "me" in those places in the previous paragraph that have names and think on what it says about and to you.  At one place I read "Me crossing the Red Sea of unbelief..."

Answer the call…… and Please ...Just Ask Him!  Happy New Birth Day to you all

Sunday, August 21, 2016

...My Joy...John 17

Psalm 52:8
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Ephesians 3:19
to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The Lord delights in our desire to live steadfastly in His Presence, as if we were a tree planted close to Him. However, unlike a tree that cannot move from where it is planted, each moment we can choose to stay near to Christ--or not. Though He will never leave us, we can "leave" Him by forgetting He is with us.
God's Spirit, who lives in us, will not leave us in this condition. He will help us remember Who Christ is and Whose we are. We belong to God! No matter how many times we forget God, His Love for us will never fail. Grow strong in this constant nourishing Love.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's a Love thing!

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 145:18
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

Colossians 2:9
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

Song of Songs 2:4
Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.

Nothing can separate us from God's love. When we trusted Him as Savior, He united Himself to us in eternal matrimony. Many things threaten to rip apart this holy bond--principalities and powers, controlling people, dire circumstances--but nothing can succeed, not even death.
Jesus embodies not only perfect Love but all the fullness of the deity as well. In Him we have everything we could ever need. As we invite Jesus into more and more aspects of our lives, we will discover a growing contentment within ourselves. Jesus is as near as a whispered prayer--even nearer, His banner over us is Love.

Friday, August 19, 2016


1 Thessalonians 5:18)
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Acts 3:15
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Everytime we thank God we acknowledge that He is our Lord and Provider. When we struggle to be grateful, stop and remember who God is: the author of our life and our faith. We are utterly dependent on Him for everything, including our next breath. When we persevere in this thankfulness, resisting the temptation to grumble, we can find Joy and Peace in the midst of our struggles.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Matthew 22:37-38
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
Psalm 90:8
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Jeremiah 6:16
This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Psalm 63:5
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

A successful day is one in which we have stayed in touch with God. Even if many thing remain undone.
To avoid confusion we need a rule of thumb: Seek to please God first. When communicating with God is our first priority, when we commune with God as we go through our day, the more we will walk in His ways.. The light of God's presence lights our path and satisfies our soul.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Every day...begin again...Rejoice!

Romans 12:12
constantly rejoicing in hope, steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 86:4
Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Revelation 19:1
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

Be steadfast and patient in suffering. When painful circumstances are weighing us down, God wants us to 'rejoice in hope' to 'leap joyously upward'. Although physical jumping is sometimes impossible, our soul can leap upward at any time. As we lift our souls to God in hopeful anticipation, showers of joy fall upon and within us. The longer and more expectantly we wait in His Presence, the more abundantly He can bless us.....we....us...it is a Fellowship of suffering...we are not in this alone! 
 Rock and Roll... some words from a song the Lord gave me to write... "Just for today I will be happy, Just for today I've made up my mind, Just for today I'll set my soul free... and even if it hurts...I won't be afraid , I won't be afraid... Just for today..."  Thank you Lord for daily  the chances and the choices we can make ....I do believe!... help my unbelief...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pray then....

Romans 8:26-27
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Micah 7:7
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior
my God will hear me.
Psalm 33:20-22
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

When we feel unable to pray, remember that the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
God wants us to watch in hope as you wait for Him, our Savior. Wait expectantly; confident that God will do what is best. The longer we have to wait the more we must rely on our trust in God. If we start to feel anxious, seek His help with short prayers such as "Jesus fill me with Your Peace". As we put our hope in God, His unfailing love rests peacefully upon us...and the peace turns into Praise!
Great devo this morn which led us into a "discussion" about how and why and what we pray...for me I learned that seeking God in prayer is key to that relationship.  And as we look to Jesus we read about how What and How and Why and When Jesus prayed... and we heartily recommend a great life changing little book that helps us by a Pastor I met years ago.  It is titled 'The Red Sea Rules" written by Robert J Morgan ...As God has had me share these lessons with other churches   Let me encourage you and lets hsare the Good News that Prayer works!