As pastor of our local church, today I have scheduled a 7-hour prayer vigil from 1:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The event seems so ordained of God to me.
My partners who pastor alongside me will lead sessions of seeking God every hour on the 1/2 hour. I will lead the final hour from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If you read my blog in time, I invite you to join in praying with us from wherever you are. If you read my blog later, take an hour in the afterglow of our prayer block and call out to The Lord Above for Holy Spiritual Awakening in our world below.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a good place to begin. Also, I have the words of Jesus recorded in The Gospels on my mind, yes, these three words especially -- ask, seek, knock.
Seems to me that when we pray together, it is in some way an answer to the prayers our Great High Priest, Jesus, is praying. So, let us pray, today and day-by-day.
The music of Ginny Owens, a blind recording artist for Jesus, has been blessing my heart this week. At the link below, after a short interview with Michael W. Smith, Ginny sings her signature song. It will touch you deeply.
Today, it should appear evident to anyone paying attention that our country is going off a moral cliff. Even our president rejoices outwardly as he unashamedly declared on his Twitter feed that #LoveWins! Why is he celebrating? All because today same-sex marriage, by a vote of 5-4 by our Supreme Court, will become the law of the land in every state across the USA.
I know God and I know God is not rejoicing in this celebration. Jesus wept in Bible times and He still weeps in these times.
My heart is pained. It seems from The White House down, popular opinion is all that matters. Does anyone care about what God cares about anymore?
Ultimately, everyone has the right to choose whatever path they want to go down for their own lives. I understand that. But must we celebrate moral collapse in our country? In God's world? And call it Love?
On my Twitter feed, I posted this prayer about the same time the president was praising sin:
God, Your people #cryout for 1of2 answers from Heaven:
(1) A Holy Ghost Revival
(2) The Son of Man's Return
Now, I understand my message theme given to me by God months ago for this Sunday: "Refusing Love, Choosing Hell!" Lord have mercy.
Give away your life... To True Love, Holy God, Who has already Won and Who will ultimately make winners out of those who seek His face and turn from sinning to worshiping Him.
"Feeling always seeks something in itself; faith keeps itself occupied with Who Jesus is."
-- Andrew Murray
Lord, remind us deep within that feelings come and feelings go. Also, convince our faith that You come and You stay. We want to live always, yes all if our days, by faith, for without faith it is impossible to please You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
"Lust means literally -- "I must have 'it' at once, and I don't care what the consequences are. Lust is a characteristic that does not belong to the life hid with Christ in God. Love is the opposite; love can wait endlessly."
These words from John 2:23-25 (GWT) have served to deeply move my emotions this week:
"While Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover festival, many people believed in Him because they saw the miracles that He performed. Jesus, however, was wary (skeptical) of these believers. He understood people and didn't need anyone to tell Him about human nature. He knew what people were really like."
Lord, change us, change me. Amen.
Give away your life... In loyalty to Jesus, miracles or not!
As I entered the Virgie Mae Cemetery on Harkers Island to view my Daddy's just-put-in-place headstone, three Mourning Doves took to flight. When a friend asked me how my day had been, I replied: "It's been a Three-Mourning-Dove-day."
And here's Daddy's headstone.
Give away your life... To The Resurrection and the Life -- Jesus.
Today, I've had a day to reflect a little. So often the rhythm of our lives needs a timeout so we can focus on beautiful things close by our own homes.
Since my Dad passed onto Glory in November of 2014, my Mom has been most content at the Homeplace; she says it something like this: "I find my rest in the nest." Mom's surroundings are simple but adequate and she is so very content. Her comfort comes from The Lord's presence in the little earthly nest He has given to her.
A few hours ago after mowing our yard, I looked closely around the trees and bushes and found a sacred treasure of nature -- a Robin's nest with four eggs. It excited my heart to think that the God Who cares for birds, surely cares for me.
Here's a picture I took of the Robin's little nest right in the vicinity of our own little nest.
(Click on image for full-frame view.)
Give away your life... To The God Who Gives Us Rest and a Nest -- Hope and a Home. In fact, Jesus is our Rest, our Nest, our Hope and our Home. (Let's Rest in The Nest, Jesus.)
"There is a clear-cut distinction between influence and power. Influence is made up of many things -- intellect, education, money, social position, personality, organization -- all of which ought to be used for Christ. However, power is God Himself at work unhindered by our unbelief... Power holds the secret, yes the power from on high is no other than God the Holy Spirit touching souls through The Living Word, and giving souls birth from above."
-- Dr. A.C. Dixon
Give away your life... And influence for God's Power.
In my own life-experience, I am learning there are two quite simple, yet profound words, that are very comforting for me to personally speak to others and very comforting for me to personally hear from others. These two words are... "i care."
There are other word combinations that bring comfort to me. Here are two samples, both song titles:
1. Just Remember Jesus Cares
2. Life is Hard, But God is Good
So, because "i care" here's a link to one of the songs. I pray it will bring you as much comfort to receive it as it gives to me to send it.
Personal success in life for me is to be loved, respected, and appreciated most by the one who calls me husband and the two who call me daddy. I am honored to be the son of a fisherman and humbled to be a fisherman (and a shepherd) for the Son. To help others minimize future regrets is my joy-description. Ultimately, I only exist so that Christ can manifest Himself in/through me. In fact, for me, the Secret of Life is found in these 7 words from The New Testament in Colossians 1:27 -- "Christ in you, the hope of glory." I do not consider myself to be "religious" but I wholeheartedly believe that "when relationship RULES, there's little need for rules!" My first published book was released by Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, on August 6, 2009. It is titled "Relational Leadership -- What I learned from a Fisherman about Leading a Church." My second book from Beacon Hill Press was released in 2013. Co-written with Dr. Brian Charette it is titled "The Stress Factor -- Finding Rest in an Uneasy World." Finally, not to forget, I was master to a 13-year-old Beagle who passed in 2016 -- The Oreo Pup. I miss him. "...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW
My "Relational Leadership" Book. Click Image to review book and/or to order from Beacon Hill Press, NPH, Kansas City. Grateful!
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!
Click Image to visit America's Best Beach, Ocracoke Island, N.C.
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