I awoke this morning praying this deep song of comfort and hope — yes, praying it for myself and especially praying it for others in my life who have asked me to intercede in prayer for them as they are facing hard-to-understand situations. Hear us pray, O Lord:
I cannot think of two more beautiful words together than these two — “SOULS SAVED!”
This morning I was praying for all the churches now entrusted to my oversight on the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. As I prayed one verse of Scripture took over my mind and heart, yes, this one verse I prayed for God to repeat in my lifetime, even now.
Here below is the verse and below it are the words of prayer I prayed (along with it) for the churches I oversee and for churches everywhere else, too.
I’ve had a busy summer. It’s been a beautiful summer, in so many ways, but make not mistake about it, it’s been busy, too.
I have given all of myself, all of the time, because that’s what my Lord is worthy of. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the undeniable seasons of rest He has so graciously offered me along the way.
People who forget or neglect to unplug in life are more likely to come unglued at life. When was the last time you fell asleep on the couch in the middle of the day and didn’t even feel guilty about it? Well, I did that just a few hours ago. Indeed, I am so grateful for rest.
Resting is akin to waiting on God. Sadly, in these days we exist in, living lives that include resting and waiting is not very valued. Still, both are very valuable, especially for Jesus-believers. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said: “Come to Me and I will give you rest!”
Pasted below is an Instagram I posted this week — a photo and a writing about waiting on God — yes, resting in God’s timing and the life-rhythm of His choosing. I think it’s important enough to repeat it here on my blog, today.
Yesterday, I was talking to Jesus about a question people seem to have about my ministry style — a DS in a RV? Yep, why does a district superintendent choose to drive a RV back and forth across the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene? It’s a good question.
Nevertheless, when I am asked this question, to be honest, I probably answer the “what do I hope will happen as I drive a RV as a DS across my mission field?” The answer to this question is: “I drive a RV as a DS across the district in hopes of ‘refreshing the hearts of God’s people and strengthening the churches here!’”
However, last evening as I asked the Lord “Why do I drive a RV as a DS across my mission field,” He seemed to point me immediately to Matthew 9, yes, to this specific passage:
I think I do it because it’s what Jesus did and what He still wants to do through me — “Jesus went through all the towns and villages...” I am humbled. No, Jesus did not drive a RV but He went as a holy happy camper back and forth across His mission field, yes, “He went!” And because He went then, I go now.
Stain-glass that inspired me on my Jesus-led journey.
Gazebo we passed as we left our overnight camping spot this morning.
As I type, we have just arrived in Toms River, NJ. Will meet with the pastor and his staff in a few minutes. Pray we will refresh the hearts of God’s people and that the church will be strengthened here. Pray also that we will see the people, have compassion and pray for workers for the harvest field.
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We don't have to. We get to.
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me...
My late, dear, artist friend, David A. Lawrence, painted this dove in the 1970s. It hangs majestically today in my Granny and Granddaddy's old homeplace. Click on Dove Above for David A. Lawrence's tribute page.
From Cradle to the Cross
From His first cry in the manger to His final cry on the Cross, Jesus lived and lives again with His arms-opened-wide saying, "Come to Me!"
i am grateful. kerry i am.
I pray the time you invest saturating on my RomansTenFifteen blog will inspire your life by radically increasing real intimacy with the Wonderful One, Jesus the Nazarene.
LOVE A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
My neighbor, Philip blessing me.
Lil' Boy, Big Sea. I Stand in Awe of YOU, my GOD!
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His Beautiful Feet
I want to know Christ... in the fellowship of His sufferings...
Spontaneous Baptism: Click Image for Article
Sunday, May 31, 2009, was Pentecost Sunday and a highlight in my life and ministry as 191 in our local church were spontaneously baptized -- some emmersed, some poured, all humbled! Hallelujah!
Human Feet, Holy Water
i am grateful. kerry i am.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. -- Colossians 1:27b