Friday, April 17, 2015

Kenneth Grey Davis is Now... Over There!

Today, in my native North Carolina, I was humbled and blessed to officiate the homegoing service for my childhood friend, Kenneth Grey Davis. 

Ken is with Jesus now. His witness was strong. He had three slogans he lived and died by over this last year;

1. Cancer is a bad thing, but God is a GREAT Thing!

2. Either way, I win. 

3. No fear!

I will miss you, friend. I will meet you on That Golden Shore, Over There. 


A few weeks ago, along with our life-long friend, Paul (and Ken's Golden Retriever, Lillie), I baptized Ken at his home while he rested in his recliner. What a holy celebration! (Click on image above and below for full-frame views.)


Remember Ken's wife, Melinda, and Ken's loved ones in your prayers, please.

Give away your life... To Christ!

Grateful

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hope Beautifully Illustrated

Hope is a Beautiful Thing, And...
Hope has a Beautiful Name -- Jesus. 

In Lady Melba's house, I found Hope Beautifully Illustrated in the form of a simple but inspiring glass swan candle. 

(Click image to view full frame, 
And be inspired by the flame.) 

 
Give away your life... As beautiful light in your world, providing a flame of hope pointing others to The Light of The World, The Most Beautiful One -- Jesus. 
 
Grateful 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Unfailing Love

On this, my beloved son's (Grayson's) 28th birthday, my friend Keith sent me an appropriate word about Love from God's Loving Word:

"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 rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
-- Psalm 33:20-22

Give away your life...

Grateful 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Select A Sustainable Speed

Today, I confessed to a dear friend, that I have at times allowed myself to get too busy doing good things. I believe for the most part, my heart has always been in the right place, but still the pace has been, at times, maddening.

As I have now walked with the Lord for some 35 years, here's the good news --  one thing I realized just in time, probably about 12 years ago, was to lay my own life across the grid of a quote I heard from a wise pastor. He counseled me with this phrase: "Be sure to select a sustainable speed that will allow you to make it to the end of your life while remaining spiritually successful."

In other words, different personality-types can handle different speeds through life. I personally know how to throttle my own movement to retain a healthy all-around life. If I ignore my own reality when it comes to scheduling and the like, I really don't like myself very much.

So, how do I happen to know what healthy speed to select for my own unique existence? Only by knowing The Wise Counselor, yes The Spirit of Truth. He alone helps me to embrace a balanced work ethic. So, it's not so much "what I know" to make these most essential speed selections for my soul, it's much more about "Who I know" and "Who I go to" for the throttle position.

So, how's the speed of your life? Please don't live in denial. You are too valuable to God and to me. Oh yeah, and I totally trust you to go to The Holy Spirit to find out the very best speed for your own precious life. Our goal is, after all, to gain the crown of eternal life and not to crash in this earthly life.

Yes, I love you, and you are welcome. :-)

Give away your life... To The Holy Spirit's Counsel.

Grateful  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Help...

"There may be times when you cannot find help, but there is no time when you cannot give help." 
-- George Merriam 

Give away your life... 

Grateful 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Psalm 34:18

Click on text below to read full-frame the Scripture pursuing my heart today:


Give away your life... To the Heart Healer. Jesus.

Grateful  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"It's Saturday Night..."

It's Saturday night and what a week it has been -- a real whirlwind. Yet, in the midst of the many directions my mind, body, and emotions have journeyed, I know The Lord has been with me and is within me even now. His continuous Comfort is priceless to me as a believer and a pastor. 

In less than 12 hours I will stand to proclaim Good News to those who show up for Worship and The Word at our local church. (I hope many show up.) Right now my mind is on them and my prayers are for their eternal souls and their earthly situations. 

I pray Sunday will be a day of transformation. I pray hearts will become one with Jesus. I pray the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart will be pleasing to The Lord and will also be eternally effective in evangelizing the hearers. I pray the Presence of The Lord will be undeniably evident to those who see me, encounter me, and listen to me.

Thanks for praying with me and for me. 

Give away your life... For Jesus in your local church and beyond.

Grateful