If you could take a few quiet moments
now (or set aside a special quiet time later) to be still before the Lord and
fervently pray this Christmas 2016 & Beyond prayer with me as a local pastor in The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA, I believe our Lord will be honored, our
world will be helped, and we will be humbled.
So, Let Us Pray… A Christmas Prayer…for 2016 & Beyond:
Dearest Loving Abba Father, Daddy Father:
By the precious blood of Your Darling Son and our Dear Savior, Jesus,
And by the powerful presence of Your Blessed Holy Spirit,
We come now before Your Throne of Mercy to pray together.
We pray A Christmas Prayer for 2016 & Beyond.
First of all, Dear Lord, we pray for our Missionaries.
Indeed, Lord, all around Your world today and everyday,
Your Missionaries are depending upon the prayers of Your people.
May Your Missionaries who are scattered to the four corners of the
Know Your undeniable presence and Your indescribable peace.
Please, meet all of their specific needs according to Your abundant
In Christ Jesus. Let Your joy, oh, Lord, be their strength.
Secondly, Dear Lord, we pray for our Military personnel.
At Christmastime this year many families are separated
Because of loved ones who are overseas in uniform.
Bless the Chaplains as they pray and plan to celebrate Christmas
On foreign soil. Give to them Your embrace and Your Word.
We are blessed to live in the United States of America, Abba
Make us grateful & prayerful for those who protect & defend
Finally, Dear Lord, I pray for our Heavenly Mission as a glocal church.
We say “Thanks” as we savor yesterday’s memories. However, Lord,
We also want to seize today’s moments and see tomorrow’s miracles.
Help us be a bright BEACON of Your perfect love & prevailing hope
In Your Shenandoah Valley & Beyond… In 2016 & Beyond!
Give us a desire to seek Your face, hear Your voice, obey Your Word
And become Your will. Help us to keep living with devoted and totally
Surrendered Hearts so that our lives can be Your lights in darkness.
We pray for a God-ordered, Jesus-led, and Spirit-filled unity & future.
In the name of the One called Wonderful, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
How long has been since my heart and your heart sang out in uncontainable praise to The Lord? Too often, I fear, we forget to lift our hearts in song to the Lord especially when life seems hard. Yet, He is worthy and we must not miss any more opportunities.
Psalm 96:2, issues this command: "Sing to the Lord; praise His Name! Proclaim His salvation day after day."
Occasionally, my heart is lifted when I hear someone else say things like: "Jesus makes my heart sing!"
While at my brother's home in Tennessee for Thanksgiving Day, at sunset the heavenlies just seemed to be celebrating in synchronization with my own soul.
Funny thing is, this reality didn't register until the morning after, yes this morning. I am grateful for the invitation to join in with other singing hearts. Jesus makes my heart sing!
(Click image for sunset sky, a heavenly celebration synchronization for me.)
Today, my mom, Lady Melba ⚓, shared a devotional page from a book I gave her years ago. The author is Dennis Kinlaw.
The book is titled This Day With the Master. My mom likes to read ahead, so while today is November 22, the page she shared with me is November 25. Please click the JPEG below for a full rendering of the devotional reading.
In reading Luke 12 today from God's Word Translation of The Holy Bible, two ideas go deep into my thinking. Yes, so deep that tears come and line the corridors of my eyes. Two ideas in two of the verses particularly speak to me.
When I saw this powerful painted portrait pasted below, I thought surely "Jesus longs to heal our land." (See 2 Chronicles 7:14) If we are willing, it is surely His will. Jesus invites us to intimacy with Himself, and surely He longs to extend to us full forgiveness through His healing hand(s).
Five years ago I invited church leaders to a seaside retreat along my native homeland of Coastal North Carolina. Today, our fifth annual gathering -- Project Galilee -- just concluded.
Year one, seven leaders joined me. This year 32 joined us. God was honored. We were helped. I am humbled. And grateful. If you want to know more about this yearly season of sacred saturation please visit www.ProjectGalilee.org anytime.
Years ago I had the blessed privilege of meeting Dennis Kinlaw in Wilmore, Kentucky. His book of daily devotions -- "This Day With the Master" -- had warmed my soul many days before our acquaintance.
At the retreat in Kentucky, Dr. Kinlaw sat alongside me. I felt honored. At the break I handed him my copy of his devotional classic and asked if he'd sign it. Gladly and humbly he did. This is the verse he penned above his name.
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