"Evil invades us quietly. Before we are aware of it, we have compromised and gone along with standards widely accepted... Many Christians allow evil to take root in their own lives... False forces can invade our lives and take up 'residence' in the very temple of our spirit, polluting and destroying us in the process... Do not allow evil to remain."
-- Stedman remix on commentary from Nehemiah 3:12-18
These words spoken by Governor Pilate concerning King Jesus touch my soul so deeply: "I don't find this man guilty of anything." (John 19:4b GWT)
So, I pray: My Lord Jesus, at your trial You were found not guilty, yet you were still put to death to redeem me from my guilt. Let Your Holy Spirit rise up within me, enabling me to live day-by-day with an undying realization that You willingly died for me. Amen.
Give away your life... To the One Who was innocent, yet crucified to save your soul for forever and today.
As believers we don't grow by leaps and bounds but by taking one moment at a
time and trusting God patiently through all circumstances. No matter where we are,
where Jesus is 'tis Heaven there.
-- Lady Melba
Give away your life... Trusting God patiently.
"Friendship is one of the greatest gifts a human being can receive. It is a bond
beyond common goals, common interests, or common histories. It is a bond
stronger than sexual union can create, deeper than a shared destiny can
solidify, and even more intimate than the bonds of marriage or community.
Friendship is being with the other in joy and sorrow, even when we cannot
increase the joy or decrease the sorrow. It is a unity of souls that gives
nobility and sincerity to love. Friendship makes all of life shine brightly.
Blessed are those who lay down their lives for their friends."
-- Henri Nouwen
"No greater love hath anyone, than he/she lay down their life for their friends...."
Give away your life... To The Friend of Friends and for your friends.
"LET US NOT GIVE UP MEETING TOGETHER, AS SOME ARE IN THE HABIT OF DOING, BUT LET US ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER -- AND ALL THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING!"
Lord, I am so grateful that I have a local church family to meet together with, to share life with, and to receive encouragement from. As The Day of Your Return approaches, increase and enlarge our Unity, I pray. Amen.
Give away your life... Meeting together in The Name of Jesus.
"If you find yourself beginning to love any pleasure better than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any house better than God's, any table better than The Lord's, any person better than your Savior, any thing better than your soul, a present indulgence better than the hope of Heaven -- TAKE ALARM!"
-- Guthrie, via Moody
Give away your life... Not to what is good but to Who is Best -- Jesus.
I am convinced that a future regret of ours will be how we too often held onto three strong words even though our hearts told us to say them aloud.The three words? "I Love You."
Is there someone in our lives today who we want to say these three words to, someone who also needs desperately to hear us say those words aloud?
I realize saying "I Love You" can feel immediately awkward at times, but not saying "I Love You" will, I believe, ultimately prove to feel pretty awful. If we can get past awkward today, tomorrow it will turn into awesome.
I want the people I love to know it. Some would declare that I say "I Love You" too often. Maybe so? Yet I will still keep saying to those precious-to-my-heart people in my life "I Love You" because it's true, and I want to minimize future regrets in my own life.
Do I say "I Love You" more to others than I hear others say "I Love You" to me? Maybe? But I'm not counting because Love keeps no records of wrong. :)
In spending a few days with my Mama, Lady Melba, at my childhood home, one of the many blessings of being with her is being able to share inspiring times of devotion in God's Word together.
Here's one portion of Scripture we shared, along with added commentary that touched our hearts:
Phil. 4:6-7 -- "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (KJV)
The Peace of God is that tranquility of mind freeing the believer from fear and worry. "Peace which passeth understanding" means:
(1) Peace divinely given in times of anxiety, so wonderful that it exceeds one's ability to understand it; and...
(2) God's Peace far surpassing one's own understanding of the problem, and his/her ability to cope with and solve it.
This week our local church has been experiencing days of revival. We call our summer gathering "Indoor Campmeeting". Today, one lady looked at me tenderly and said "Thanks Pastor for planning this season. So many blanks to my spiritual questions have been filled in this week." I agreed. For me, having a set-aside season of spiritual seeking in the local church gives missing pieces to the puzzles in my own life.
Many churches have given up on days of revival. My prayer is that local churches will return these sacred seasons to yearly schedules and experience spiritual awakening. Our church, for one, can testify on the witness stand of your life this truth: spiritual slippage is being corrected in those of us who have a hunger and thirst for a right relationship with God. Also, the burden of our lives has been lightened by the undeniable presence of the Lord among and within us.
Give away your life... To The God who revives His people when they seek Him with all of their hearts.
"Now you are light in The Lord; walk as children of light..." -- Eph. 5:8b
"We do not realize the importance of the unconscious part of our life ministry. It goes on continually. In every greeting we give to another on the street, in every moment's conversation, in every letter we write, in every contact with other lives, there is the subtle influence that goes from us that often reaches further, and leaves a deeper impression than the things themselves that we are doing at the time. It is not so much 'what we do' in this world as 'what we are' that tells in spiritual results and impressions."
-- J.R. Miller
Give away your life... As His light in the lives of others.
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