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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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