Friday, July 21, 2017

Even I

Elijah's weariness was growing.  Not with the God he served, but in general.

I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD.  

Sometimes in this walk of faith we may feel as if we are alone.  But we are not.  Through our circumstances we fail to see clearly God and therefore do recognize His plan.
Today is the last day of our Independence Day weekend outreach. Weekend being from set-up Friday to tearing down Tuesday afternoon.  The 4th fell on a Tuesday this year.

What does God require of us as we go about doing the task He has called us to?
Faithfulness.
Plain and simple.

In what was obviously a high moment in the life of the man of God, Elijah looks outward and sees a people lost and confused and he alone defending the Most High God.  Even I, foolishly, see that 'aloneness' within the body of Christ.  Why?  The division.  The feuding over doctrine and interpretation of the inspired word of God.  Can a lost world be reached by those in whom the Truth has been intrusted?  No.
Elijah saw God's own children joining in with those who worshipped the Baal god.  Division,
doctrinal differences, confusion.
For the ONE TRUE GOD to be seen today we must not look outward and see the lack.  We must look inward and let His holy fire within us show the  need for Him and return to Him.  God is not slack concerning His promises.  God is also not lacking in servants.  He divinely tells Elijah, in 1st Kings 19 " I have reserved for me 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to the false god of Baal."

Even I can now see, that God has a faithful remnant of servants who serve Him alone.  In need not look at the 'lack of the body of Christ' because I have fallen into judging them. Yet, I must continue to do my accepted part and pray for others to do so as well.

God bless and have a great day.


My Watermelon Induced Rant

It is 0245 and I am eating watermelon.  Mind you, when I say rant, I do not mean a tantrum or a fit of rage.  It is quite the opposite.  But I will let you decide.


We all know that certain smells or sounds or even a place can trigger hidden, dormant or locked away events in a person's life.  As I sit here chowing down I am reminded of what is probably the first goal I set for myself.  "I want to help people."  My age at the time was about 10 or 11 years.  How I was going to accomplish this was vague.  Even vaguer was the profession by which I would be capable of doing so.  I had NO goals of being a doctor, lawyer, athlete or anything at that time. 


Fast forward several years and I am in high school.  My sophomore year another goal was set...to join the Few, the Proud, the Marines.  On Friday June 23, 1989 I graduated high school.   On Monday June 26, 1989 I was on my way to Marine Corps boot camp training in San Diego, California.  What a way to spend the summer.  California yes.  Getting yelled at by grown men in funny hats.  No.


Taking a break from eating I don't know if I should laugh or cry.  Looking back at it all from the days of my youth up until now, I have set very few goals in my life of things that I REALLY wanted to achieve.  Whether they be personal, professional or anything, I could count them on one hand.  Yes, you read that correctly. 


Another goal I had set myself as I got older was to go to bible school.  After a period in my life of wandering and being spiritually deficient and unsure of my salvation, I wanted to know more about the God of the bible my mother so enjoyed spending time with.  So in September of 2003, I enrolled in Maranatha Full Gospel Bible Institute.  Three plus years later I graduated.  To put it all together, I can say that from a young age God was leading me to a soul winner for the Kingdom of heaven.  Much like the Marines in which all who wear the uniform and no matter their job description as a cook, motor pool, administration, etc., they are all at the most basic level trained as infantry.  As with the church or body of Christ there are pastors, deacons, teachers, prophets, etc., but they are all at the most basic level evangelists.  We carry the gospel message of salvation.  The Good News.


What an amazing thing.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
The will of God is than no man or woman spend eternity apart from Him.  As a believer I and you are tasked with fulfilling this/His purpose.  
So can you tell me was that a rant or a kind reminder of the greatness of our God?
  

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Friday

You know it's Friday when you call a coworker, Alex, by the wrong name, Brandon, and we enjoy a good laugh.  That's the only time it's happened.

Hope your Friday was just as good.
God bless.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Midnight Cry

My soul does weep for the LORD.  

The Edge of Night

I'm sitting on the edge of my bed with my head in my hands, feeling dirty, ashamed, confused and lost.  Then I ask God this question, "Why can't I be free of these chains?"


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Calvary

O precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
no other fount I know
nothing but the blood of Jesus.


I stand in awe of you Jesus.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of no reputation who saught
nothing for himself, yet gave to
all he encountered

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of no physical beauty that
we should desire him.  He was
not a man of great wealth or stature.
He is a man who showed us the
beauty of God.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of great sorrow and familiar with our grief.
He is a man who knows and experienced our
pain and human suffering.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man stricken, smitten and afflicted by
the very people he came to save.  He was
rejected by mankind, but did not turn away.
He was stricken upon his face and
turned the other cheek.

I stand in awe of you Jesus.

My soul rejoices in the new birth after being
shaped in sin.  Lowliness of mind gives way
to divine grace and healing.
Now I am the righteousness of God through You.

Calvary...
To man it represented the worst form of torture
and prolonged death.  A symbol of a system,
Roman rule, used to suppress the will of the people.

Calvary...
To God it represented the best and only hope
of forgiveness and eternal life.  A symbol
that can be see across time and distance
used to reveal the will of God.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Famous Quotes

Miracles do not bring faith.  Faith brings miracles.

Famous Quotes

When God chose to love He became weak.

Famous Quotes

The kind of faith God wants does not grow during goood times.

Rabbi Mark Dayan

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Amazed


Good morning everyone.  I wanted to share some pictures with that I took last night after our Wednesday night bible study.  

  
  At first glance I really thought a twister was forming.  It had that "look" about it. 


This one scared me the most.  As you can see in the distance clear skies, where  only 2-3 minutes before, the whole area above the church was clear.


I stopped to go shopping and snapped a shot of the sun going down behind some trees.  The only clearer shot was just before we parked.  However taking pics while driving is not advisable.  Still amazing though.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

If You Dare

Sunday was a very special day for me.  Not only because it was the Lord's day and I got to spend it with other spirit-filled people, it is special because I get to do something I (regrettably) have not done in a while.

Praise the LORD.

My mind has been addled lately, no.  Let me use more concise terms.  I have been waging a spiritual battle and it has been taxing on me.  As per my norm, I forget to include God in my battles.  Yet, scripture tells me " the battle is not mine but the LORD's.  Therefore, I should trust in God and not myself.

So, as we prepare to enter into our special day of praise, I take a quick look about the sanctuary.  People.  Many people.  From all corners of Pennsylvania and whatever walks of life are these people coming together to do one thing.  

Praise the LORD.

Before we came to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, all of us were broken, battered and bruised, much like Jesus as He hung on the cross.  But for different reasons.  
Jesus was perfect in all of his ways.  Me on the other hand am an imperfect person.  So too are the people who are seated to my left, right, before and behind me.  Yet, a holy God allows us to come into His throne room and create a joyful noise into Him.

What will you do?  Will you sing along with the saints or will you remain silent?
Lift up your head, raise those holy hands and worship the King.

If You Dare.....

God bless.

Monday, May 29, 2017

If You Dare....prequel

Good morning.  Sunday was a doubly awesome day for me.  First of course being in the house of
God with other believers praising our God and King.   Secondly, my church set up its outreach tent at one of the rest areas and we are in full swing.  I shall detail that experience in another blogpost later today.  Kinda gives you something to look forward to.  😀

Have a great Memorial Day.

God bless

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Knowing and Understanding

Tonight I got a punch in the stomach and it felt great.

Two, no three, passages of scripture, awakened me out of my spiritual apathy. 
In preparation for my Sunday school or children's church lesson :)
I read the account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch found in Acts 8.
Philip is tasked by the Holy Spirit to help this man to understand what he is reading from the prophet Isaiah.  Isaiah records in 53:32-33, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Digging deeper into the moment I see the joy Philip has a he shares the Word of God with someone hungering to know the truth and leading them into salvation.  All by the Spirit's leading.  WOW!!! 
What a powerful scene to behold in my mind's eye as I continue on to the end to when the Ethiopian is baptized and Philip is taken away.

Joy.
Joy in the LORD.
Joy in the Word of God.

I had lost that joy.  Not so much of my own accord but through much difficulty, trials and spiritual warfare.  Sure I would pray popcorn prayers (as my Pastor call's them) that would focus on my needs and the occasional verse from a devotional or my bible.  During my battle a third verse came to mind. 2 Timothy 3:1-2 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For me shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,"
Thereby we have the punch in the stomach.  As soon as I read it I Knew.  I just knew where the Spirit of God was leading me and what He was telling me.  I HAD BECOME SELFISH in my ways.

My joy for God and the things of God were given way to my personal whims.  Without getting into details let me say I had to find my way back home to the fellowship of the Father.

The prophet Isaiah 53 paints a picture, though small, life of Christ and His subsequent death on the Cross.  We/I whom are called to be believers should never forget the Cross.  It has left an indelible mark on our souls.  The soul can be either our staunchest ally or greatest enemy in our daily lives.  As children of light our daily feasting on the Word of God and prayer helps our faith to grow and allows our spirits to flourish.  Without the daily koinonia, our souls become dark and the cares of this world takes our attention from the cross by which all things are possible.

God bless

Monday, May 15, 2017

nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. 




Friday, March 17, 2017

Awake

The time reads 0111, March 17.  Once again I'm awake.  For the past week or so, I've had a difficult time staying asleep once I fall asleep.  

In order to help me pass the time i would listen to podcasts on my iPad.  I would make something to eat ( not a good idea) or i would eat ice cream (see previous quotation marks). 

Notice that I did not say anything about prayer or reading my bible.  That comes two days later.  😪😪😪

After I realized my error I began to seek the Lord.  First for forgiveness.  I have spent a good part of my days not spending time in His presence and when I did it was for my own needs.  
Secondly, I wanted to come back to the Fountain of Living water.  I was dry, almost to the point of barrenness.  
David says in the last half of Psalm 63:1 
"My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water."
I did not see my need until I saw the breaks in my spiritual skin.  My skin was ashen. Half-hearted attempts in prayer and bible reading are not enough to get through the day.  If definitely does no good when fighting spiritual battles. 

My laying awake in the wee hours of the morning are now filled with prayer for the lost and spending time with the Lord.  
On the fourth day, my spirit was given notice.  If you are not going to spend time with Me during the day, I will get your attention during the night.
He has.  But you know what?  It's totally worth it.  

God bless




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seasons of Heaviness

The apostle Peter tells is in his first epistle "that we are to greatly rejoice, even though we are in a season of heaviness, because of many temptations."

In the three prior verses Peter reminds the child of God of two things.  (1) Peter tells us of the transient nature of our life here on this earth (verses 3-5) and (2) the transient nature of our trials (6).   

Sometimes rejoicing does not see to be possible when hurt and sorrow are nearby.  Sorrow does not lend itself to happpiness when the pain is too great.  Adding to that, hope does not appear attainable when all seems lost and our searching in vain.  The ache from the pain dulls my senses to His holy presence.
Several years ago while in college, a friend of mines grandmother passed away.  It was an extremely difficult time for her and the family.  Moreso for her because Brenda and her grandmother we best friends.  Her grandmother was very instrumental in raising her in formative years.  During this time Brenda began to question God and ask "Why did her grandmother have to die?" 
When my mother passed away, I too, questioned God about her passing.  So, i could identify with Brenda in that respect.  From that point on our paths took us different places.  Brenda's road led to bitterness of soul and anger.  Without divulging too much, Brenda walked away from God and her faith.  I tried my best to help her understand the joy her grandmother was experiencing at that moment being in that presence of God and Jesus her Saviour.  I relayed to her how i felt when my mother passed away and how i found comfort knowing she was in heaven also with God and Jesus.  

Peter tells us to remember.  Well, remember what?   This pain will only last for a season.  The pain of loss is great due to the fact we lost a loved one.  Yet, the pain of seperation is temporary because we shall see them again....in heaven.
Remember your new spiritual birth...
Remember your eternal hope...
Remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ...
Ah yes Peter.! I remember.
Remember your inheritance waiting for you in heaven...
Remember that your faith is secured because of faith in Jesus Christ...
Rejoice in this...
Ah yes Peter!  I shall rejoice.

Sadly, Brenda did not find solace in Her Saviour.  To this day i have no idea if Brenda has come back to her Heavenly Father.  (God please save her if You have not already.)
Rejoicing forces us to release our burdens unto the Lord and lay them at His feet.
Rejoicing also forces us to look to the only one who can help us through our season of trials and tribulation.  Our season of heaviness. 
God knows our hurt.  He himself is not immune to hurting.  His Son died a painful and horrible death for us.  Even in His season of heaviness, God offered us grace, mercy, hope and forgiveness.  
Why can i not rejoice?  It is not easy but i look for and to God to help me and heal me. 
God bless.

Seasons (refit)

Man's time is occupied by activities, employment, family and personal pursuits.  God has given man the capacity for many things.  Yet, man fails to give God some of the time He has given them.

But what happens when unannounced seasons come into a persons life?
Who is the first person they turn to or against? God

God has made everything beautiful in its time, or better, that there is an appropriate time for each and every activity. Including rejoicing and suffering. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Seasons

And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Genesis 1:14

Seasons.

Winter (current season), spring (highly anticipated), summer and fall.  Then the cycle starts again.
Winter, spring, summer and fall.

Depending on your geographic location, you are at present experiencing summer,winter, spring or fall.  Despite our feelings about certain seasons we do, or better yet, have to go through them all.
Each season in itself reveals something different and we are to adapt in proportion to the season and its requirements.
As i have gotten older I find myself liking the warmer seasons more so than the colder seasons.  As for me the summer can hot sometimes and i find myself struggling to function in the oppressive heat. Winters are the same in that i find it hard to function when my body temperature is low or the multilayered clothing restricts my movement.


On that note life for many of us has its seasons as well.  Unfortunately the seasons of life are not as few as the seasons of this world, nor can we mark a calendar and denote its beginning or its end.
Life has many lessons for us to learn as we pass from stage to stage.  We are babies, then children, teenagers, young adults and finally adulthood to the golden years.

Several weeks ago i had a bout of depression and to combat this i started searching the scriptures and praying the psalms asking the LORD to guard my mind and protect me from harmful thoughts. This was not my first experience with depression, however it was the first time that I sought the wisdom of the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
As i progressed through the scriptures i began to see other 'seasons' in the lives of many people and my faith, dependance and view of God increased all-the-more because of it.
As i concluded my search i starting postulating blogposts about the seasons of life we go through as human beings.  Thus, the Season series was birth. I pray you enjoy them.

God bless



Saturday, February 25, 2017

America Runs On......

I'm sure you can finish the statement above.

Right now I am sitting in Dunkin Donuts enjoying a cup of coffee and a blueberry donut.

As I was walking home it started to rain, so I ducked inside to get refreshed and wait out the wet season.
Not all of my days turnout to be this care free and it feels good to sit here and look at the others around me conversating away.

Surprise, suprise thunder and lightning.  Good thing I made the detour.

These days a few and far between.  I often long for escapes from the daily grind, by doing nothing.  Well, not doing nothing, but finding a place without so much noise.  Life has become noisy for me as I have realized how much there is going on around me. Life is too busy.
While out earlier I found this book in Ollie's Bargin Outlet.  The title intrigued me and I could not pass it up.  I am looking forward to reading it.


                    

Truth be told there is entirely too much turmoil within me right now.  I'm seeking comfort not from life, but from the Lord.  Getting out and blending in with others and doing the things I used to do has been therapeutic for me.  Writing has been a constant in my life from my earliest days (that and trouble).  
As I think back God has been so faithful to me in all things.  
David wrote in Psalms 36:5 saying "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds."
I truly love the LORD. I long to, with a great burning desire, be with Him right now in heaven away from this place.  I cannot imagine what hell would be like eternally separated from God.  My heart aches some days for death or the rapture.  I would never try to hurt myself or expedite my trip to heaven.  Please don't get the wrong idea.  This life hurts and I don't want to hurt anymore.
Yet, Jesus tells us to "endure to the end." Hmm.  My physical endurance and tolerance has lessened over the years but spiritually I'm still building it up.  There are no shortcuts to eternity.  

On a side note, the rain is not letting up.  That's ok.  I bought a sandwhich just so I can sit here a little longer and think.

Well, I going to end there and start on my new book.  How is your day going?  Drop a line and let me know.

God bless.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Famous Quotes

"It's better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret."  

Rexella Van Impe

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Untitled Post


Matt Redman has become, over the last couple of years,
one of my favorite Christians artists.  I know you will
enjoy this video and song.  It speaks
a great truth.



God bless







Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Famous Quotes

"I find that the world cannot speak good or bad.  Whatever it may say, their is no effect in its voice, because the spiritual man is not judged according to man."

Jim Elliot
 From "The Journals of Jim Elliot"
January 25,1948

Heaven (Hope and Grace)

"Be still, and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10a

Heaven.  The City I long for.
My soul, my soul wait for the day.

As I ponder how to present this blog, my mind wonders to the theme of heaven.  All three of them.
The first heaven of course is our atmosphere.  The clouds, sky and the air we breathe.
The second heaven contains the sun, moon, stars and planets.
However, it is the third heaven, that I cannot physically see, that stirs my desire and longing.

Heaven.  The City I long for.

In my moment of haste and unrest my God calls out to me and says  "Be still, and know that I Am God.". 
Another voice within says "My soul, my soul wait for the day."
God offers hope to all who long to be with Him both as His called and those who are not.  To those who are His children it is the promise of Jesus in John 14:3 "To come back for us" at an unspecified time, but He will come back for us.

For the one who is not yet a child of God, your hope is in the Cross of Calvary.  Deuteronomy 10:14 Behold the heaven, and heaven of heavens is the LORD's thy God, the earth also, with all that is in it."   Sin has seperated us from the God of heaven and earth.  Jesus suffered and died on the cross for our sins.  Without Jesus no one can have the hope of entering into eternal rest and the presence of God Almighty in heaven.

When shall I see Him?
My soul, my soul wait for the day.

As you go through this day think about the hope you and I have in Jesus Christ.  Joy should fill our being.  An anticipation should fill our very soul.

Rejoice you who are redeemed of the Most High God.
Our hope is not in the things we see, but in the unseen and soon coming.

God bless.

Monday, January 16, 2017

John 6:37



Where do you go when you have 
nowhere left to turn?









Choose life
Choose Jesus Christ


Monday, January 9, 2017

Famous Quotes

Don't think about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.  

Thomas à Kempis

Famous Quotes

Nothing is or can be accidental with God.  

Henry Wadsorth Longfellow

Famous Quotes

For God Himself works in our souls, in the deepest depths, taking increasing control as we are progressively willing to prepared for His wonder.  

Thomas R. Kelly 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Things that make you go hmm!

It is significant that the highest military decorations in many countries are symbolized by a cross-that sign of greatest conflict and greatest victory.  

From the book "Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith"

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Beginnings



Happy New Year.
What better way to start the new year, than on Sunday the first day of the week, 
in the house of God?  
I am excited for the New beginning.  








Enjoy the video.