Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lead Me

It's been nice to have a day to find a few moments to rest and to reflect.

From today's reading...

Psalm 143: 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground. 
11 For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

I am reminded over and over again that my life is to be for His Name's Sake.  And I love that.

Lord, as the Psalmist says here, please show me the way and lead me on level ground.  May your name be hallowed with this life I have to give.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Finding Jesus

These words are hard, but familiar

John 12:25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

But these words seem almost new...
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Where have you "found" Jesus?

There you will find contentment.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Julian Smith

My kids are going crazy about Julian Smith TV - http://www.juliansmith.tv/

Anybody know anything about this guy? :)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Whatever You Want

If you could have whatever you want, what would it be?

Double Stuff Oreos, A College National Championship, One good night's rest...


1 Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

If I'm asking you this question - you shouldn't expect too much. But if God is asking then it becomes a powerful, life-changing question. I think this question shows if we are desperate for God or not. It shows where our passions lie.


What do you want?

O The Blood - Gateway Worship

Really enjoying this song lately. Some songs just make you burst forth in thanks. O The Blood is one of those for me.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fighting for Significance

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing when you are convicted by your own sermon. Today we were looking at our passion for knowing Christ and living a life that reflects the glory of God. It seems easy for me to get side tracked.

I don't know how effective I will be, but I'd like to do more creating and reflecting and less consuming. Life is too short spend it watching re-runs. :)

What do you do to help keep yourself from wasting time on insignificant things?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It Takes Time

Some times I find myself frustrated with the pace of our new ministry.

Today, I took part in the funeral of a dear friend, Dale Donoho. Dale was a great encouragement to me. I felt today that I actually helped some people, I comforted them in their time of grief. I also enjoyed so much seeing the church minister to Dale's wife, Judy and the rest of the family. It felt significant.

On my drive home tonight I was reflecting about the day, and realized something. In my time at Calvary, I was part of both Dale's Mom and Dad's funeral. I was also a part of both Judy's Mom and Dad's funeral. This stuff didn't happen overnight, not even in a couple of years. It was years of friendships, and prayer, and doing life together, that helped this moment today feel so significant.

My brother gave me some great advice tonight. He said - you shouldn't compare the end of your last ministry with the beginning of a new one.

It takes time.

You Won't Relent

This scripture in Zechariah reminded me of this song by Jesus Culture...

Zechariah 8:14 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I would not relent, 15 So again in these days I am determined to do good To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear.

The Lord would not relent, because of their sin, but He would also return grace in a relentless way because of His great love.

This song expresses incredible passion. Listen closely at 5:03:

"I don't want talk about you like your not in the room... Want to look right at you, want sing right to you."

The Lord is not relenting in His pursuit of you, will you relent in your pursuit of Him?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's been a long time...

It's been very quiet on this blog for a long time, but I think it's about to be resurrected.

No long post here tonight, just thankful for Psalm 33.

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— 15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Thank you Lord for Psalm 33.