Friday, January 30, 2015

Together: The Characteristic of True Christianity

The main characteristic of True Christianity is the "together" aspect. False religions call for an isolated holy life. Try and develop a holy life in private, and you will find it cannot be done. Individuals can only live the true Christian life when they are dependent on God and one another. When you try to develop holiness alone and fix your eyes on your own goodness, you lose the whole meaning of true Christianity. Yes, Jesus spent much time alone with the Father in prayer and He also spent a lot of time together with people.
-- Oswald Chambers remixed 

(Read Acts 4:32 & Hebrews 10:24-25)

Give your life away... To God and others.

Grateful 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"THE LIVING GOD"

What if we began every day and ended every night believing in these three words to the Max: "THE LIVING GOD!" Early this morning the idea of "THE LIVING GOD" illuminated my mind and tonight as I am about to call it a day, I still cannot shake the powerful thought!

Friends, our God's not dead. He really is ALIVE! The way I make it personal for my own life is to connect THE LIVING GOD to my family and to say something like this: "THE LIVING GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is also THE LIVING GOD of Billy, Kerry, and Grayson."

THE LIVING GOD IS INDEED THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER!

I invite you to join me, yes, to "give away your life..." ...to THE LIVING GOD!

Grateful  

  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Understand All Mysteries..."

Among the most mysterious things for me to understand is the passage of time, yes, the brevity of our earthly lives as human beings.

Today, my two brothers and I have journeyed to the island of our upbringing to share one meal together with our Mom on her 73rd birthday. The time of travel will be much longer than our time together. Yet, we were drawn here as this is our Mom's first birthday since Dad's Heavenly departure. 

I took a short drive today around my native island reminiscing about my boyhood. I went down the Old Ferry Dock Road and entered the Virgie Mae Cemetery. Immediately, I recognized many names on the gravestones before finally arriving at Dad's burial spot. 

As I exited the graveyard, I stopped by the Seaside Convenience Store to fill my coffee mug with decaf. Gathered around the coffee pot were four local men between my age and Dad's -- Panny, Winkle, Doug and Rickey. I knew when I saw them that I wasn't there for just coffee.

As I tenderly encouraged the men, and gently but surely confessed Jesus to them, I couldn't help but think if I would ever see some of them again in this short lifetime of ours. 

So, the mystery deepens. Indeed, the passage of time confounds me, yet I have peace that surpasses all understanding. 

So, I will journey onward until I see Jesus, where on That Day I will understand all mysteries completely. 

Give away your life...

Grateful 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reveal

Most often, God primarily reveals to us Who He Is, not necessarily what He's up to. 

Jesus Himself wants to be our Total Vision.  

"Lord, help us to know You for Who You are, not just know about You. Reveal Yourself to us so we might be utterly changed from death to life. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Give away your life...

Grateful 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Completely Irrelevent

“The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self.” -- Henri Nouwen

"Give away your life..."

Grateful

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"I am so totally dependent..."

I am so totally dependent on You, Jesus. In those moments of insanity when I forget my dependence on You, please let Your mind overtake mine and bring me back to hear and believe Your words recorded in John 15:5 -- "Apart from Me, you can do nothing."

Lord, Your are...
my Bread of Life, 
my Living Water, 
my Breath of Existence, 
my Everything all-the-time... 
and for-all-time.

I love You so much, Jesus, because You first Loved me TOO MUCH! In Your Name I offer these honest words as worship to You and You alone. Amen. 

Grateful 

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Sound Track of Your Life...

My prayer for you is that 2015 will be a year when The Lord gives you a song in the night hours. Yes, I wholeheartedly pray The Lord will prove to be The Sound Track of all of your days until you see Him face-to-face and the sight of His Beauty takes all your pain and sorrow away and replaces the suffering you now know with The Unending Song of His Healing Presence for forever! 

"Give away your life..."

Grateful