My talented friend from Budapest, Hungary, yes, singer-songwriter, Csilla, blessed our local church last Sunday by leading us in worship as she simultaneously debuted her new inspiring CD titled "Dreams Do Come True".
Watch and listen at the link below and order your own copy at www.CsillaMusic.com today.
This CD will make unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends as well.
Well, my back's been out a couple of days. Sitting seems to make me stiff creating pain and the likeness of an old man when I try to walk. I'm not whining or seeking anyone's sympathy or medical guidance. I've gotta deal with my situation and make medical decisions myself. For now, Aleve is assisting me. I will take your prayers.
What I would like to say is this: "I know God is in it all." Laying mostly on my back starring at the ceiling has heightened my worship of God. Of course, I've been laying low yesterday and again today in hopes of spending a full-day working at the local church tomorrow. But until then, I have come to realize that I have worship for my God, in my heart, in an undeniable way.
So, on the witness stand of your life, I testify: "My back may be out but my heart is in -- yes, in worship."
This song is guiding my adoration of The Almighty today:
I recently officiated a memorial service for a Christian gentleman named David. The song we used at the close of his service is still on my mind, today. As a matter of fact, this song is often on my mind. I pray it will help you this day.
Tuesday, our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey surely continued fanning the faith of our souls. We were inspired to be Jesus-believers who will live as those who are characterized by being light. Here's where we visited:
Bethlehem's Shepherd's Folds, The Church of the Nativity, The Southern Steps of the Temple, The Western Wailing Wall, and The Dungeon were Jesus was imprisoned beneath the House of Caiaphas the night before His Crucifixion.
(Click image below to see image of the spot in The Church of the Nativity's grotto.)
Monday our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey continued like this:
The Dead Sea, The Caves of David's EnGedi, The Jericho Dig, The Temptation Desert Wilderness, The Sycamore Tree, The Village of Bethany, Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, Church of The Holy Teardrop, and Gethsemane.
A full passionately lived day, indeed. Deeply emotional.
Our Sunday itinerary for our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey began with a stop at Cana of Galilee where I officiated wedding renewal vows for three couples in our group. So tender was the experience.
Next we went for worship with our Nazarene Family in Nazareth. It was so Heavenly in the atmosphere -- a taste of Glory from Above. Lunch with our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters followed.
Once leaving Nazareth, we went back towards the Galilee. We walked down The Mount of The Beatitudes together. The time of hearing God's Word read aloud from our Lord's Sermon on The Mountainside overlooking The Sea of Galilee was so very inspiring.
Next we went to The Jordan River where Pastor Margaret and I were humbled to baptize 18 dear souls in the holy waters where John The Baptist baptized Jesus -- speechless and uplifting, indeed.
Finally, as I write, the sun is setting over the desert wilderness as we are on the road south to Jericho. Our hearts are aflame within us. It has been a day of renewal for sure.
Click image below for full-view "sign of fish" written in the sky as we journeyed towards Nazareth for Sunday worship.
Give away your life... Dedicated totally to Jesus.
Our Saturday morning in The Holy Land began with a bus trip north of The Sea of Galilee to Mount Hermon to visit Cesarea Phillipi, known in the times of Jesus as "The Gates of Hell." It was, in those days, a pagan worship center, mainly to venerate the false god of fear, Pan, who was believed to be half man and half goat.
Against this evil religious backdrop Jesus boldly marched in and affirmed to his disciples that He was indeed The Christ, The Son of The Living God.
Today, our discipleship journey will also lead us to contemplate (1) the ministry headquarters of Jesus at Capernaum, (2) the deliverance of the demon-possessed man at Gadara, and (3) a recounting of Jesus on and around The Sea of Galilee as we sail across it. Our day will end in (4) the seaside village that Mary Magdalene called home -- Magdala.
(Click below for full-frame image of "The Gates of Hell".)
(Give away your life... To The Son of The Living God.
On Wednesday we sailed -- as The Apostle Paul did -- into the Greek island of Rhodes. It's easy to imagine the shipwreck story recorded in Acts 27 as you stand on this island and look out to sea. Actually, we experienced the toughest seas and strongest winds of our voyage as we left the port.
Click below to view The Harbor of The Apostle Paul located to the north of the island of Rhodes.
Give away your life... For The sharing of The Good News of Jesus.
Tuesday was indeed a double-blessing day as our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey made stops in both Ephesus, Turkey and Patmos, Greece.
Indeed, Acts came alive yet again in Ephesus, as well as a review of The Full Armor of God written in Ephesians 6 and finally, our Resurrected Lord's words recorded in The Revelation for the early church there.
At sunset we came to the sacred island of Patmos. Here, John the Revelator at age about age 90 saw the Glorified Christ and wrote down the account of The Apocolypse. Read especially Revelation 1 if you want to be deeply moved.
Click below for photo of the Aegan Sea from The Greek Islands.
Sunday we spent most of our day at Ancient Corinth. Our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey continues to inspire us deeply. Read Acts 18 to know The Apostle Paul's experience with the Corinthian people.
Saturday we arrived in Athens, Greece. The rain stopped and the sun reappeared just as we reached the location of Mars Hill, The Acropolis, and The Parthenon.
This is the location recorded in Acts 17, where The Apostle Paul wisely disarmed the great minds of Athens to teach them about Jesus. Yes, among the ones proclaiming many ways of life, The Apostle Paul -- working from an inscription on one of their Greek monuments built in honor of Their Unknown God -- made everyone there aware of The One called The Way, yes, The Resurrected Jesus.
Standing atop Mars Hill warmed our hearts. Do you know The Way? He wants to make Himself known to us all.
(Click image below to view fully Mars Hill in the foreground and The Acropolis in the background.)
Give away your life... To The Way, The Truth, The Life -- Jesus Christ.
Years ago, when our children were young, and while we were attending Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, one day we came upon a downtown statue of Mary holding Jesus after His Crucifixion. Upon seeing it, our son, Grayson, age 6, ran up to the likeness and lovingly threw his arms around Jesus. It was so moving to us all.
Well, yesterday while visiting The Vatican in Rome on our Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journey we saw Michael Angelo's original sculpture of that statue. Speechless.
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