Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Please Pray for My New Young Friend

This morning at the Pittsburgh District Campmeeting I had an opportunity to pray with a high school student. It was a God-appointment. After I left the tabernacle and was driving the short distance across the campground to my room, I saw the teen standing by the duck pond. I rolled my window down to give a greeting and immediately realized a look of despair in the facial countenance of this young Jesus-believer.

In a few minutes the teen was at my window and after a few moments of compassionate diagnosis I began to intercede aloud in spontaneous prayer. The Lord was so faithful to join us as I cried out for new mercy on behalf of this one Jesus died for.

When the "Amen" was spoken there was new hope in the atmosphere. Jesus promised that when two or three of us gather in His Name, He is very present. Well, this morning at the duck pond near Pittsburgh, He proved Himself trustworthy to His Word once again. Surely, His mercy renews every day.

Please pray for my new, young friend, that God will be the One Who lifts this precious soul from overwhelming despair to a new place of amazing grace.


Monday, July 28, 2014

"It's Individuals That He Sees..."

Last night after preaching a message about how Jesus loves us one-on-one as individuals, one of the listeners -- Charlotte is her name -- came up slipped a piece of paper in my hand. It was a hand-written poem she had composed based on the words I shared from God's Word. I will share her poem now:

Jesus came
For you and me
It's individuals
That He sees
He sees and knows
What I need

He tells me what
I need to hear
For to His heart
I am dear
And He longs
To draw me near

When I fall
At His feet
From sin's power
He delivers me
And my soul
Is truly free

Grateful (and Humbled...)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Live as People Who Belong to God

So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation. Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good!
You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God.You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Jesus Christ. That is why Scripture says,
“I am laying a chosen and precious cornerstone in Zion,
    and the person who believes in him
        will never be ashamed.”
This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don’t believe:
“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,
        a stone that people trip over,
            a large rock that people find offensive.”
The people tripped over the word because they refused to believe it. Therefore, this is how they ended up.
However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.
11 Dear friends, since you are foreigners and temporary residents in the world, I’m encouraging you to keep away from the desires of your corrupt nature. These desires constantly attack you. 12 Live decent lives among unbelievers. Then, although they ridicule you as if you were doing wrong while they are watching you do good things, they will praise God on the day he comes to help you. 
-- 1 Peter 2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazing Grace -- "Beautiful"

Are there any two words spoken together any more "beautiful" than "Amazing Grace?"

Enjoy this YouTube that my friend, Lisa, forwarded to me today. "Amazing" and "beautiful", indeed!

 Click here: Tim Power- Amazing Grace - YouTube


Thursday, July 24, 2014

"In 50 Years..."

Yesterday, I shared these words with a friend a little younger than me:

We need Jesus and each other. We must complete the faith journey. In 50 years, nothing else in our life will have mattered in comparison to winning souls and winding up in Heaven.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"'Through' the Valley..."

This beloved Psalm of David, the Shepherd-King, is speaking nonstop to my mind this week:

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." (Psalms 23:1-6 KJV)

I love all the promises of The 23rd Psalm, but the promise that we will come "through" the valley of the shadow of death is the most hope-filled phrase for my soul today. In other words, death cannot keep us. We will enter the shadows but we will come "through", come out, into the Light of Heaven for forever.