Saturday, August 31, 2013
This may well be my favorite one verse in the entire Written Word of Holy God. It is the last line in The High Priestly Prayer of my Jesus:
John 17:26 (NIV) "I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Friday, August 30, 2013
"How can we truly advance in our own personal faith journeys if we know others are falling desperately behind and crying out for encouragement (and resources) that only we might be able to give them?"
We must respond without reservations.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
This is my solemn prayer:
Lord, give me a desire to have my mind always on You.
In those times when I wander, gently lead me back...
Until Your own mind is finally, fully formed within me.
Then, I will no longer forget you, not even for a moment.
The soul that chooses not to remember You, Oh Lord,
is indeed wretched and will -- without returning -- ...
also be wrecked forever. God forgive. God forbid.
Your Presence, Lord, is Everything to me.
You are my Life.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
November 14-16, 2013, in Beaufort, North Carolina, along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, USA, I, along with some close friends, will be hosting a few days for the purpose of focusing on our interior lives as Jesus-lovers.
All of the information for this season of saturation can be found at our website:
There is no registration fee for this gathering of souls who love God's presence. Just get yourself there and work out your lodging somewhere nearby. One waterfront hotel is recommended on the website. (A light breakfast will be provided free of charge Friday and Saturday mornings by "Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journeys".)
These words from Mark 16:7 (NLT) inspire our anticipation as we come together:
"Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee (the sea side)... You will see Him there..."
Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
God is up to some new things in the Old Country. Take my word for it. I apologize my updates from Germany have been somewhat "here and there". Our gathering took place in a mountain monastery. Yes, you got it -- no Internet or Twitter connections.
I am back in civilization and hope to give more updates later this evening. I am humbled by how God has allowed me to deliver His message to precious souls of all generations.
Friday, August 16, 2013
My first overseas journey was to the Middle East. My second was Germany and many repeat journeys are now in the books to both places. A few years ago I was called to Turkey to lead a prayer gathering for Christian leaders and last December, I was summoned to Haiti to meet with and to train pastors, there.
Sometimes people ask me, "Why do you do it?" It's simple really. Two verses of Holy Scripture validates "why I do it." Yes, there's a twelve-word explanation taken from combining two verses of the Holy Scriptures:
(1) "To Refresh the Hearts of God's people."
(2) "To Strengthen the churches, 'There'."
Yes, "wherever "'There' may be" at any given place and at any given time." It's an Isaiah 6:8-thing.
So, together, Acts 15:41 and Philemon 1:7 are the verses hold the secret. Here at the full verses:
"Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often 'refreshed the hearts of God’s people'." -- Philemon 1:7 (NLT)
"Then he (The Apostle Paul) traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, 'strengthening the churches there'."
-- Acts 15:41 (NLT)
Today, I am in Mainz, Germany to fulfill, in part, this humbling call of God on my life. Tonight and tomorrow, I will be in Frankfurt, and Sunday and Monday, in Kaiserslaughten (K'Town).
I am indebted to God, all eternal souls, and especially to my local church for prayer-cover and overwhelming support -- Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene -- and also to my prayer brother in the cause of Christ, Steve Thigpen, who often travels with me handling logistics and having my back in intercession.
And I want to thank you for your interest as you "travel" with me on this "how-beautiful-are-the-feet-of-those-who-bring-good-news blog".
Finally, in case you are wondering... Yes, whenever I arrive in these faraway places "to refresh the hearts of God's people" and "to strengthen the churches here", as always, I expect seemingly hopeless pre-believers to "come to Jesus."
Be lifted up, Jesus! In my life, Lord, be glorified, today, I pray.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish."
Good News today: "God has moved into our neighborhood through His Holy Son and our Elder Brother, JESUS!"
Deo Volente... Whatever God Wants... (WE NEED!)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
May our time together in His presence continue to increase our intimacy with Immanuel -- Christ with us and within us.
HIS STORY covers our yesterdays, gives us today and guarantees our tomorrows.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Henri Nouwen writes these wonderful words about The Love of God:
Often we are preoccupied with the question "How can we be witnesses in the Name of Jesus? What are we supposed to say or do to make people accept the love that God offers them?" These questions are expressions more of our fear than of our love.
Jesus shows us the way of being witnesses. He was so full of God's love, so connected with God's will, so burning with zeal for God's Kingdom, that he couldn't do other than witness. Wherever he went and whomever he met, a power went out from him that healed everyone who touched him. (See Luke 6:19.)
If we want to be witnesses like Jesus, our only concern should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was.
God's Love Never Fails!
Friday, August 9, 2013
Click here: Phillips Craig & Dean - When the stars burn down (Blessing and Honor) - YouTube
Glad we don't have to wait until Sunday to get our worship on! So, let's get our worship on, Today!
Singing Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power... forever to our GOD!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
"I stand amazed just to think the King of Glory would come to live within the heart of man!!!!"
Please click-on or cut and paste this YouTube link below in your browser, sit back, and as a friend told me yesterday: "Own this song as yours!!!!" He is worthy of all our worship!!!
("More Than Wonderful"/Sandi Patty & Larnelle Harris)
Holiness Unto The LORD!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
This morning as I led the prayer time, I referred to the touching story in John 4. If you need a good read, please saturate your soul in this Scriptural passage about Jesus "having to go going through Samaria" to meet a seemingly hopeless and soul-thirsty woman at Jacob's well. He offered and she received "Living Water".
The verse that struck me most powerfully today is the final verse of the encounter -- John 4:42:
"They" (that is, "the people of her town that she went back and witnessed to about Jesus") Yes, "They told the woman, 'Our faith is no longer based on what you’ve said. We have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He really is the Savior of the world.'”
My prayer today for eternal souls everywhere, is that they will have ears-wide-open to hear the invitation of our Savior, that they too might believe and be saved. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Take comfort today in knowing The Good News. Yes, Jesus really is The Savior -- The One Who first saves us from sin and then keeps us from sin.
Monday, August 5, 2013
"In Him (JESUS) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding..."
Let's read again and again and again and let's be...
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
-- Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
You know before you went into the hospital, Jesus sent you a sparrow; something you had been caring for and loving unconditionally and studiously watching out for their welfare, as God instructed you to do. So did Jesus, do the same for you. He knew of your impending situation, he also knew of your loyalty and love for Him, but most of all your trust in Him.
It's sounds like when your day started, you were a little unsure of yourself. Jesus sent the Sparrow ahead of Himself to help you through the day. When you were praying over the congregation the Lord needed you to rest and calm yourself, the sparrow landed on your shoulder. He brought peace to you and reassurance that He not only loves you, but you are very important to Him. He trusts you too. And He sees your compassion in everything you do, and your heart is the best place where life flows. I also believe He said "Thank-you my good and faithful servant."
I hope to hear and share more stories like this so our young can find where hope lives.
P.S. If you'd like to listen to the July 28, 2013 message I preached titled "Presence" you can access the audio file by going to www.abeaconofhope.org and clicking on the "media" banner.