The Book of Psalms is packed with powerful prayers. These words I read and prayed this morning:
"... let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. Help us, oh God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of Your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of Your name." Psalm 79:8b-9 NLT
Today, in the United States of America, it is a sacred day of remembrance of those who gave their lives for ours. Let us never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice and especially let us live in memory of Jesus who gave his all to give us eternal life. Let us also pray for those who have lost loved ones and and let us pray for the USA and the world.
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.
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. 🐶 🏡
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)."
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