I love when secular television goes sacred, yes, when Jesus goes prime-time! What a song of victory and freedom for the whole world to hear! Sing it Paxton Ingram. Your Voice is an instrument to our King of Kings Who Breaks Every And All Chains!
After an accountable yet awesome ministry training session with our pastoral staff under the leadership of church health consultant, Dr. Paul Borden, the youngest pastor present sent me these words of affirmation and inspiration:
"This scripture came to mind after our session so far...
Training isn't always enjoyable, but we are grateful for it and see its benefit and reward later..
“For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.”
This passage, Psalm 86:1-8 GWT, ministered to me much of the day yesterday, so I'm sharing it with you today. It took me a while to get past wrangling with and praying through verse one. Having finally realized my own neediness, the rest of the passage really fell into the deep places of my soul.
I am speechless with joy as I am able to be present for the 22nd consecutive year on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, for our Mens' Retreat. We are meeting as always in the old Methodist Church Chapel built in part with timbers from old shipwrecks along the Atlantic. Our theme this year is "ALL IN!"
This worship song is one of my all-time favorites and we used it as one of two songs to close our most recent Sunday services. It's a throwback song of yesterday but surely not a throwaway song for today. May it bless you as it blessed me:
I got such a good response from yesterday's worship song post, that I decided to share another Kathryn Scott worship song. She is an awesome talent and seems to be quite a daughter of our generous and kind Father God.
These words penned by The Apostle Paul and sent to the early Jesus-believers at Thessalonica, touch at the deep desires of my own soul:
"In spite of a lot of suffering, you welcomed God's word with the kind of joy that the Holy Spirit gives. This way, you became a model for all the believers in the province of Macedonia and Greece. From you the Lord's word has spread out not only through the province of Macedonia and Greece but also to people everywhere who have heard about your faith in God."
"Whenever we as Jesus-believers feel lonely, we should recognize it as the blessed voice of Jesus calling, "Come to me"; and every time we are "not understood," it is His blessed call to us to come yet again to Him. The Presence of Christ alone will satisfy the lonely soul."
-- Cowman remix
"...for I called him alone, and blessed him." Isaiah 51:2
"The righteous, loving Father humbled Himself to become in and through His only Son... flesh, sin and a curse for us, in order to redeem us without compromising His own character."
In other words, Holy God only found satisfaction through substitution of Himself for our sin.
Yes, according to the Word of God, the biblical gospel of atonement is of God satisfying Himself by substituting Himself for us.
"Unlike the other high priests, He has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this He did once for all when He offered Himself." Hebrews 7:27 NRSV
Trusting in the face of disappointment is hard but holy. It's more than a shallow feeling, it's a deep decision. Know that The Lord is pleased with your broken-hearted gaze still being focused on Him, even though the fog of your pain-drenched emotions might attempt to make Him invisible.
"Peace be still." (Words Jesus commanded as He called the Sea of Galilee raging storm to become a slick, mirror-like calm)
(Click image below for full-frame view of lighthouse I photographed at sunrise on Lake Michigan.)
My friend, Gary, sent these words in his e-newsletter today. May it be so of us:
E. Stanley Jones quotes the words of the philosopher Nietzsche, "If the Christians want us to believe in Christianity, they must look redeemed." To this Jones writes, "Few have the redeemed look. And they are the ones who are looking at Jesus." The world is desperate for those who have the redeemed look. Desperate for those who have not only seen the face of Christ, they continually see it."
"Redeemed" = "Bought back from the Slavery of Sin by The Shed Blood Jesus."
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