Sunday, May 28, 2017

Perfect Peace

I love my mom's voice. Often talking with her is a highlight in my devotional life. She so often quotes a Scripture verse that stregththens my soul. Today was no different. She gave me a shot of inspiration from the Old Testament book of Isaiah. 


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

Grateful 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Darkest Hours

In our darkest hours we find out who we are but more importantly we prove Who's we are.

A saint is anyone who belongs exclusively to God.


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

Grateful 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Settling In

We are finally feeling as if we are just now settling in after our move seven miles across town. Pictures paint our blessed reality. "God your goodness is great." Psalm 31. Lucy's house is almost in order. 🐶 🏡 






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

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

3 Words

These three words Jesus The Peace-Speaker spoke to the Galilee sea storm are filling my heart today as I pray:


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

Grateful 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Keep Promises

I am praying Psalm 76:11 today:



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

Grateful 



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cult Observation

Today, in a local restaurant I watched from a distance as three members of a local cult put the full court press on a humble individual. It seemed there was desperation in his face and I prayed deeply in my spirit for him and for them.

Don't mistake what I am saying please.  I am not the judge of such things but knowing their message was not of The Real Jesus, my heart hurt for them as they offered him -- a man seemingly suffering the side effects of his human rebellion against God -- a dose of their empty religion for his gasping soul. 

How I wanted an in-road to the conversation but the four left and this time God provided no open entry for me to speak Hope. Still, I prayed and I am sure my prayer mattered.

A second thought I had was in the form of a petition of prayer for those of us who do have Hope for the seemingly hopeless. Oh, that we would have equal boldness as Jesus-believers that those lost in the leadership of cults possess. 

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

Grateful    

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mark 4

The seed in the Parable Jesus told of the Soils has three realities:

1. The seed has potential

When was the last time we stopped to realize the potential of God's Word within us?

2. The seed goes through a process 

Give the Word of God time and do not be discouraged during the process. As the process is underway, remember with God all things are possible. Live by faith over the long-haul, not feelings over the short-term.

3. The seed produces

We cannot understand the miracle of the seed or the mysteries within the seed, nevertheless, the seed, yes, God's Word will wondrously produce a holy harvest. 

* My paraphrase of devotional thoughts shared by Pastor Adrian Mills, our Execitive Pastor, at our all staff retreat day. 

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

Grateful 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Holy Hem

Lord, please hem us in on all sides with the atmosphere of Your holiness. Be our protection that we might be Your projection. You are so worthy of all of our worship and all of our praise. 

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

Grateful   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Beautiful Name

Yesterday, I posted a song titled "Beautiful One" and today another song of worship that constrains the word "Beautiful", yes it's titled "What a Beautiful Name!" Deep water for my own soul. I plan to implement this song in my sermon response on Pentecost Sunday at our local church.


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

Grateful 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful One

This song of worship has been on my heart today. Hope it lifts your heart, too:


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

Grateful

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Bride

was privileged to speak at a Bible study this week on the idea of the church being the bride of Christ. It came so plainly in my thoughts, that for anyone who claims to believe in Jesus yet says they do not love the church, they are essentially saying they do not love themselves because they are her.

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

Grateful 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reclaimed/Redeemed

My Twitter post for Wednesday says it all!


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

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Psalm 143

Psalm 143 is so powerful for us to pray still today. Verse 7a is as real and as relevant of a prayer petition as I have ever heard -- as honest a cry to our Holy God for help as I ever heard:

"Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens." NLT


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

Grateful 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dead / Alive



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Precious Ladies

This was my post on Instagram for Mother's Day 2017:


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

Grateful


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Praying the Psalms

If you are familiar with my faith, you know I believe in praying as my own The Old Testament Book of The Psalms. Here's my latest inspiration doing just that:


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today Pray

During our local church's dawn patrol prayer gathering for men, my son, Grayson, led us this morning. This was a portion of his prayer focus for us:

Grayson prayed that we would deal with just the 24-hour period before us -- today -- and not get caught up in worrying about the far-off future. We are not even promised tomorrow.

This passage was where my prayer was focused:


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

Grateful 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jesus / Victory

Dearest Jesus:

If we are to have victory in our lives it will only be reality if You are our Life.

Lord, give us victory in our hearts.
Lord, give us victory in our minds.
Lord, give us victory in our souls.
Lord, give us victory in our strength. 

Be Life to us and within us, Jesus.

Only by Your Holy Name do we find hope for the human dilemma and only by Your Holy Presence are we changed from victims of defeat to victors of triumph.

Amen and Amen.

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

Grateful  


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Peace in the Valley

The day was almost over when I realized I had not taken time to load my blog post for Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Nevertheless, just before I retired for the night, the lyrics of this old classic gospel song were suddenly on my mind. I pray the words will minister to you as they do to me.


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

Grateful

Monday, May 8, 2017

Brainstorming Vs. The Mind of Christ

As I talked with a pastor seeking counsel in leadership of their local church today, these words flowed freely from my mouth: "Human brainstorming is no substitute for the Mind of Christ!"

It's all true! Very true!


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

Grateful 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MORE

I shared this song with a friend yesterday. On a previous email he made a powerful statement: "It is better to know God than to know answers." Truly, this song is a testimony of my own heart to know God more. 


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

Grateful 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Have Faith

God never says "you figure it out" but always says "have faith in me."

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

Grateful

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sabbath Blessing


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Life Savior

In the sanctuary of our local church, we have a tall, white, beach life-saving chair. (It even has a lifesaving ring attached to the seat.) I had the inspiring chair constructed as a visual reminder of our Life Savior, Jesus Christ, and that we also are called into His lifesaving work.

Today, in my devotional reading, Psalm 18, verse 16, spoke to my heart reminding me of the great debt of love I owe to Jesus, the One Who saved me from the deep waters of destruction.


Psalm 18:19 also humbled me:



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

Grateful 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Examine Yourselves


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Project Galilee

Save the date: 


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Grateful

Monday, May 1, 2017

Your Presence

The words of David's heart-wrenching prayer after his sin involving Bathsheba is recorded of course, in Psalm 51. There are many strong cries in his desperate prayer, nevertheless, none are stronger then verse 11: "Do not banish me from Your presence, and don't take Your Holy Spirit from me (NLT)."


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

Grateful 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Apart / Together

On the Cross of Calvary, Jesus let His own life fall apart so He could put our lives back together. 


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

Grateful 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ZIP Codes

My wife and I have been packing over these last two days to change our ZIP Code by one digit. Yes, we are making a move across town. These days have been like a whirlwind, yet the presence of the Lord has been very real as our strength and our peace. 

Here's our day and a few yesterdays in photos:







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

Grateful 






Thursday, April 27, 2017

Know

In seasons of change, chaos, and transition, we must trust Who we know rather than what we feel.

"If you are going to hang your head, hang it up so you can see the face of God." -- Capt. Billy Willis ⚓️


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

Grateful 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Worth It


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Where I Belong"

This song expresses my heart's cry today:


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

Grateful 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Greater Hope

Kathy Kipps, Director of Greater Hope Ministries, began her vision sharing at the annual banquet to raise funds and awareness for the relationally and sexually broken with these Old Testament  words:


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

Grateful 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bold Verses

These verses on Boldness are true and powerful. 



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

Grateful 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Iron Men

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that "as iron sharpens iron, so one man (person)  sharpens another." 

Our yearly Keepers of the Light Men's Retreat to the Outer Banks of North Carolina proves this verse true to me. 

Photos below:



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

Grateful 



Friday, April 21, 2017

Lantern Waver

My Instagram post today:


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

Grateful 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ocracoke 2017

Today, was a perfect day on planet earth as our 23rd Keepers of the Light Men's Retreat attendees enjoyed Day #2. Here are a few photos:






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

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Retreat #23

Today, is Day #1 of our #23 Men's Retreat to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am so blessed to be with these souls for so many years. Keepers of the Light is our name and we hope we won't leave the coast the same as when we came. Presence of the Living God be with and within us! 

Click on images from previous retreats:









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

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