Yesterday, Good Friday, was indeed a sad day for the saints (those of us who belong to The Lord.) Yes, Good Friday was The Day the Darling of Heaven, God's Son, proved His devotion to The Father by sacrificing His life for ours.
Here's a song of hope as we grieve on this Holy "Sadder" Day (Saturday), yes, as we envision our Savior dead and buried, we know a Gladder Day is tomorrow.
A sister-in-Christ, Judy, reminded me today, Good Friday, of this favorite song of my own soul by Steve Green. It serves to make Good Friday personal for me everyday and I pray as you listen it will do the same for you.
"'The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.' The battles of life are not ours; they are the Lord's. We must learn to be quiet and calm. It is true the the Christian who remains calm and without panic in the face of adversity and trial and refuses to speak critically and unkindly of any who have taken 'the lower road' most clearly displays the Spirit of Christ. The Psalmist said, 'Be still, and know that I am God.'"
This passage from Paul's New Testament letter written to Philemon ministers deeply to me personally when it comes to helping me communicate my gratitude for those who partner alongside me in ministry and life.
I have journeyed several times on the Rhine River of Germany. At every bend in the river, it seems there is another yet more majestic castle than there was at the previous bend. Germany is amazingly rich in majestic castles, indeed.
This reminds me of God's Love and Mercy. The further we journey with Jesus the greater the revelation becomes of His glorious riches. Yes, in every turn along our way Home, His abundance is only enlarged and enhanced towards us.
It's true! With our Lord, the rest of our days will prove to be the best of our days, for He gives and gives and gives more plentifully to His people as we make our voyage towards that Heavenly Shore.
"Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude. But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God's presence without sin, fault or blame."
The desert fathers said that judging others is a heavy burden, while being judged by others is a light one. Once we can let go of our need to judge others, we will experience an immense inner freedom. Once we are free from judging, we will be also free for mercy. Let’s remember Jesus’ words: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Nouwen
Recently in an antique store, I saw this friend's poem on the wall. It reminded me of the old hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." It also gave me cause to pause as I offered an inner applause of gratitude for the gift of giving and receiving friendship in my own life.
Recently, while driving through town, I came up behind a vehicle with license tags that proclaimed Psalm 18. In opening up this Word of encouragement, my heart was lifted indeed. You might want to read Psalm 18 in its entirety. Here's are some of the my favorite parts of the Psalm from God's Word Translation:
(1) I love you, O Lord, my strength.
(6) I called on the Lord in my distress. I cried to my God for help. He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry for help reached His ears.
(16) He reached down from high above and took hold of me. He pulled me out of the raging water.
(28) O Lord, You light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light.
(46) The Lord lives! Thanks be to My Rock!
(Click image to view full-frame The Jesus Lamp. Indeed, He lights my lamp!)
I've posted this music video before, nevertheless, today I needed it again. As the sacred season of our Lord's Passion approaches yet again, "The Song of The Lamb" is like an anthem that reverberates within my whole being.
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