Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stumble / Fall

Isaiah 3, verse 8, reminds us of three sure ways to stumble and to fall:

1. Speak out against The Lord 
2. Refuse to Obey Him 
3. Provoke Him to His face

NLT

Be forewarned!

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stop Sign

"Our local church wants to be a stop sign on the road to Hell!" -- Pastor Rob Mills 


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sanctify Me

"Sanctify me... Make my heart Your holy place!" -- Song Lyrics, Kim McLean


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Revival Highlight

The highlight for me personally from our Summer Revival season came in our Saturday morning session when our revival worship leader, Jason Tuggle, sang this song with tears running down his face. Jason is four years into cancer recovery. At the five-year mark, the doctors will consider him healed. This reality from his life surely deepens his leading of worship. Here's the song:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Come Close

James 4:8 was the key verse of my short Sunday message and then the response was 30 minutes of worship as many took me up on the invitation to come around the altar expecting that as we come close to God, He will come close to us making us holy as He desires.  


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Abba

This song has been the theme song of our Summer Revival Season. Powerful words:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Soul

I awoke early Thursday morning with two verses of Scripture on my mind. About one hour later, my son who was leading prayer for our men's group, asked me to read the same portion of Scripture. It was amazing repetition. I pray the passage will also be amazing for you.


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Devastating Outcome

There cannot be a more devastating outcome in life than the horrifying conclusion defined in 2 Kings 17:23 NLT -- "... the Lord finally swept them away from His Presence, just as the prophets had warned." Why? They refused to obey their good God and would not turn from their great sinning! (VV. 18-22).

Our local church Summer Revival is this weekend, July 21-23, 2017, and my prayer is that true repentance will begin our season of "correcting spiritual slippage" in our lives and that a holy season of spiritual renewal will begin afresh and anew among and within us all. May the Lord never sweep us away from His Presence. God forgive! God forbid!


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Revival

(Click on image to preview full-frame:)


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Everlasting Love

This verse came to my heart early today. It's for you. Claim it as your own!

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

His Righteousness

This morning, I was humbled to preach about living life with a singular spiritual focus on Jesus, rather than living as a double-minded believer.

As I preached, I kept referring to a Bible verse but never shared the reference with the congregation. Sometimes, it seems God has me to communicate this way in hopes that the people will go and find the reference in their own Bibles and perhaps own the truth more intimately as their own.

Here is the verse that helps us to know we can live lives of Holiness. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me and continues to help me.


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Witnesses

Last Sunday, I preached from the words of Jesus recorded in Acts 1:8, especially these three words -- "Be My Witnesses."

This past week, our extended family vacationed together in our native North Carolina, and today as we were returning from the NC mountains, we passed a young lady with a flat tire as storm clouds were rolling in. She seemed so overwhelmed. 

I pulled the vehicle off and backed up to her front bumper and my wife and I got out and 12-15 minutes later I had the tire changed. Immediately the storm began, but Jackie hugged us and with teary eyes asked "do you go to church?" Yes, we said. Then she continued: "Thanks so much for helping me and please pray for my family. We had a cousin killed in a car wreck recently and our family is devastated by it." 

We pulled Jackie close and assured her that God loved her and we loved her and we would surely pray and God would help her and her family. (I've had her in my intercessions ever since.) 

As we pulled away from Jackie, the rain came down hard, however, my heart grew really soft. We had not said a word about God or church, yet the Lord witnessed to her through us. It was so humbling and fulfilling. When Jesus said: "Be My Witnesses" surely He intended on being Present with and within us always. "Christ in us, THE HOPE..." Colossians 1:27.

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT 

Grateful 

Friday, July 14, 2017

NC Mountains

One should not expect to advance while never taking time to retreat. A few photos I've taken while exhaling with my family in the Mountains of our native North Carolina. 

Lucy girl enjoying early morning ride to get groceries. 

Looking upward in town of Brevard.

Quilts for sale.

Artist's rendering of angel wings on rough board. 

Silver earrings I spontaneously picked out and purchased for my surprised wife. 

The youngest of our tribe at Hawg Wild BBQ Restaurant.

Jingle birds wind chimes. 

Marbles for sale in O.P. Taylor's Toy Store.

O.P. Taylor's called "coolest toy store on the planet!"

Bluegrass Band at Hawg Wild BBQ Restaurant played a special request for our family in honor of our late dad's birthday coming up in a few days. Song was "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" Sacredness indeed. 

 "Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 





 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Leadership

The leadership of those who refuse to serve is illegitimate. 

"The Son of Man came to serve not to be served..." Matthew 20, Words of Jesus NLT

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Breeze

Below are some photos I have taken during a week of exhaling along the coastline of my native home:

Cape Lookout 

Cemetery Angel a few feet from my dad's grave

Window Flower Boxes, Beaufort, NC 

My Granny and Grandaddy's old front porch newly decorated, Harkers Island 

My mom's one-winged angel 

Shrimp nets in the Summer Breeze 

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Helpful

These verses have helped me over the past days:




"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stronger

This song is often on my mind:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Revival Song

I led a gathering this morning of people hungry and thirsty for a right relationship with God, and I believe those who met with me really get it--that we need revival. One of the participants sent me this wonderful revival song after our two-hour session. It is one of my all-time favorites. Pray as you sing and listen to this wonderful arrangement.


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Know God

This is such a beautiful verse tucked away in the Old Testament Book of Hosea, chapter 6, verse 3, NLT:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Gathering Resumes


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Restore Us

Today, as I think prayerfully about dear people I know who are desperately broken either physically or relationally or spiritually or mentally, this verse offers hope to my own mind:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Contradict God

This verse is so very direct and powerful:


"Worship Only God! Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Strong Warning

"The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does... Make the Lord of Heaven's Armies holy in your life... Isaiah 8:11a,13a NLT

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Nonverbal Communication

Focus on the Family excerpt: 


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jaws 🦈 Jonah

From Jonah 2 in my NLT Bible, I imagine Jonah being delivered from the literal "JAWS" 🦈 of death. Amazing is the mercy and patience of our God. 

(Click on image for full-frame rendering:)


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

His Presence


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Safe / Dangerous

"The local church should be a safe place to hear the dangerous message of Jesus." Joel Hunter, remix




"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rescue


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cultural Norms

In the General Superintendents' Quadrennial report at our Church of the Nazarene's 29th General Assembly, Dr. David Busic passionately and lovingly shared these words as a small portion of His hope-filled message: 

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Something Big

My message back to our local church today:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Forever

"Forever, we are Christians in the making." E. Stanley Jones

My Tweet Saturday night from Church of the Nazarene General Assembly in Indianapolis is below.

 

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sea Song

Grateful to my friend, Walt, for sharing this inspiring music video by Hillsong United. Sea of Galilee was the filming location.


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Prayer

My prayer today:

Dear Lord, Your kindness rekindles hope in my heart. I am grateful.

Dear Lord, Your grace amazes my mind. You are Faithful.

Dear Lord, Your peace places my soul in deep confidence. I am blessed. 

Dear Lord, Your love offers my existence eternal life. You are beautiful. 

Dear Lord, Your trustworthiness demands my loyalty. I am trusting. 

Dear Lord, Your mercy makes my morning bright. You are wonderful.

In Jesus Name, I give thanks. Amen.

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT 

Grateful 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heavenly Song

After I preached on Heaven this past Sunday, Pastor Joseph, our worship leader sent me this amazing Heavenly song:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Christians Forgive

Click on image for full-frame forgiveness quote:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:3 NLT

Grateful 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Heaven

What joy to preach on Heaven today at our local church. I began with this verse:


So glad for the Hope we have in Christ in this life and beyond this life in Heaven. 

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Come Home

My Instagram post, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -- Father's Day Eve:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Day


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful  



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nothing New


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Remember God Before You Are Old

As I have been praying through Ecclesiastes recently, chapter 12 is so poignant:

"Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old..."

"Remember Him before your hair turns white... and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper..."

"Remember Him before you are near the grave... where mourners will weep at your funeral..."

"Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young..."

-Selected passages from NLT, Ecclesiastes 12.

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Solomon's Commentary on Riches

Powerful counsel to ponder:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fully Known

Today, as I turn 56-years-old, I am saturating my ageless soul in God's eternal plan and Place for my future -- Heaven!

This verse really satisfies my mind as I contemplate my forever life in and with Jesus.


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Come Down


Luke 19:1-10

"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lessons

My Twitter post yesterday:


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Friday, June 9, 2017

In You


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

Grateful 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lead Me


"Worship Only God!" Rev. 22:9 NLT

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