Send Your Light and Truth to Guide Me

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David’s Song #43 is a prayer of petition asking for God to come through in a big way.

The presence of God, intimacy with the Lover of his soul, was the source of David’s joy and delight.

Two quick thoughts for this passage …

“Send your light”

Jesus, Son of David, is the light of the world. When we pray for more light, we’re asking for more revelation. God’s full revelation comes through Christ.

The more we look at Jesus, the more illumination we will receive.

“And your truth”

Jesus is the truth. He encompasses all truth.

The more we listen to and apply the teachings of Jesus, the more accurate divine insight we will receive.

When we follow Jesus wholeheartedly,  He guides our paths to the destination He has designed for our lives.

May His light and truth guide you today!

Don’t Sacrifice Your Soul for “Success”

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Jesus is saying you can have all the “success” in the world, but in the end, if you lose your “soul”, it’s not worth it.

The idea of “soul” is the immortal part of you that lasts beyond your physical life. We could also say that “soul”  represents your unique self, who “you” really are.

Don’t “forfeit your life”, pursuing, well – anything other than Christ. If Jesus is not at the heart of your ambition, it’s all folly and idolatry, and it’s all gonna burn.

So if you’re like me, a recovering “type A” nose to grindstone workaholic, invest that energy into what really matters and lasts forever.

Live the Jesus way.

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? Mark 8:34-37 The Message

Learn from Him. Wherever He leads, that’s the direction to go.

So, if you could make a change, what change would you make?

Live Right = Good Life

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The book of Proverbs is simple, practical wisdom for everyday living. Sometimes we just need to remember the basic truths of life & faith.

There is a reward for loving, following, obeying and serving the Lord.

A good life.

If you live right the reward is a good life;

 

That is no small matter actually. The good life what we all aspire to. No one wants a lifetime of misery.

if you are evil, all you have is sin. Proverbs 10:16

You can’t break the universal law of cause and effect without reaping the consequences. Likewise, when we live God’s way, we can expect His reward.

So just apply that simple principle. Then you will have positioned yourself so that God can bless you.

Love Overlooks Offense

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Conflict seems to be everywhere. In our culture, in our families, even in our churches.

“Love one another” is the simple answer. But not easy to implement.

The spirit of taking offense is a major snare that can develop into cancerous, demonic strongholds. We see this everywhere.

Holding a grudge is like taking poison.

The writer of Proverbs defines the problem, as old as human nature itself:

Hatred starts fights (MSG) and stirs up trouble (CEV). Hatred stirs up dissension (NET) and conflict (NIV).

Then the scripture offers the solution:

Love overlooks the wrongs that others do (CEV). Love pulls a quilt over the bickering (MSG). Love covers all transgressions (NET) and covers all wrongs (NIV).

We can’t always help feeling offended, but we can always chose to just let it go. In the end, that’s the healthiest thing to do.

Love overlooks offense.

Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

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The miracles recorded in Mark 5 are astounding. Jesus Restores A Demon-Possessed Man (verses 1-20), then Jesus Raises A Dead Girl and Heals A Sick Woman (21-43).

For the grieving parent, the chronically ill, or the demonically enslaved – the words  “just believe” may seem callous.

But Jesus does not offer insincere platitudes.

He speaks and acts with ultimate power and authority. He transforms loss into victory.  The dead are raised, the sick are healed,  the demons flee.

So, yes, for lovers of Jesus, it is that simple – just believe.

He will do what is best.

Hope In The Lord and Keep His Way

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Hope is the fuel that keeps us going. When our hope is in the Lord, then we have all the resources we need.

Some people have a vague hope that “things will get better”, but this is rooted in nothing.

Actually, things may get worse. But if our hope is in the One True God, we are not dismayed. Hope in the Lord is an expression of trust.

When we have real hope, then it is possible for us to “keep His way”. Then we can obey God in the small things, in the secret times and places that only He sees.

We we hope in God and keep His ways, He makes a promise in the second half of this verse (Psalm 37:24)

He will exalt you to inherit the land (NIV)

He will honor you by giving you the land (NOG)

Before your very eyes you will see the end of the wicked. (VOICE)

He will lift you up!

Whoever Has Ears To Hear, Let Them Hear

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Are you listening, really listening to Jesus? To the Holy Spirit? To the Word of God?

Jesus used this phrase “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” on more than one occasion.

What he is saying is PAY ATTENTION! This message is IMPORTANT.

May we have ears to really hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to us today.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7

Preparing For Lent Video

http://www.hyperpixelsmedia.com/sermon-illustration-videos/preparing-for-lent
February 18 2015

I thought this was a good video from Hyperpixelsmedia.com to launch congregations into the season of Lent.

“Lent is a time of prayer, repentance, giving, and self-denial. As Jesus spent 40 days in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11), where He endured temptation by the devil, we follow his example during the season of lent where we deny self, pray, and focus on God. Use this powerful video to prepare your congregation for the celebration and sacrifice of lent.”

The Eyes of The Lord Are On The Righteous

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God sees. God hears. God cares.

This is the good news followers of Jesus (“the righteous”) are to remember and share.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:17-18

WE’RE MOVING!!!

Moving Annnouncement

Dear Friends, this post is mostly personal. Since going on staff at HFUMC in Hendersonville, we’ve been in the process of praying about, preparing for and finally making the decision to pull up roots in south Nashville and relocate north to Hendersonville.

It was typically a one hour hour commute one-way to the church (on bad traffic days, much longer), which translated into at least 2 hour project every “work” day just to get there and back. After doing that for the better part of 2 years, it just made sense to live closer to the church. Our biggest motivation was to be able to build closer relationships.

This was a tough decision because we have loved our current house and location in Brentioch. We were close to everything and we have a lot of friends nearby. The setting was exceptional, every morning I have a fantastic view of the morning sunrise which inspired the “Sunrise Worship Devotionals” series and my book Resurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World: A Devotional Journey.


I had a wonderful recording studio in a full daylight basement with plenty of space for writing and producing content. I was able to finish record and mix What Words Can’t Say and Joyful! Christmas Praise and Worship, as well as producing several audio books for authors such as Jeff Goins, Allyson Vesterfelt and Tyler Ward.

HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH

I’vestay connected made a private e-mail list just to stay in touch with friends old and new. If you’re in that category, please sign up, I’d love to stay connected. Just click here. 

 

OUR MOVING SALE

Neotek Series III Cutting Rack

  • Ivalene is also posting furniture and a bunch of other cool stuff to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ivalene.still?fref=ts
  • We’re having moving sales on Feb 14 and 21. I’ll update a link to the details on Craigslist.

So the packing and downsizing is a HUGE project, but we’ve been blessed to have friends help.The move will be in March. We’re excited about the next chapter God has for us in His story.

The Lord be with you!

We Can Trust Everything The Lord Does

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Psalm 33 is such a powerful song! It is “A liturgy in praise of the Lord, the sovereign God of Israel. In the Psalms, calls to praise (v.1-3) and motivations for praise (v.4-19) belong to the language of praise.” (NIV Study Bible commentary)

I love verse 6 because it gets to the heart of the matter.

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.”

When God speaks, it’s not a suggestion or a notion. His words are all-powerful and the overflow of His fierce love.

Listen to Him.

Trust his word.

He is faithful and good in all He does.

The peace of the Lord be with your spirit today!

So Be Strong and Courageous

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In this final verse of Song 31 (remember all of the Psalms are songs, right?) David brings to remembrance the instructions God gave to Joshua when it became time to enter the next season of his calling. The destiny of the people of God was at stake.

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9

When he says to “be strong”, our application is to rejoice in the ways of God whatever our current circumstance.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Courage is cultivated when we know that we know that we have obeyed God.

“Be careful to obey all the instructions … be sure to obey everything written” Joshua 1:7 & 8

Worship in spirit and truth transforms the soul, mind and spirit by building up our strength and courage.

You can’t be “strong and courageous” on our own, but only by the grace of God. And He is gracious indeed to provide all we need.

The Lord be with you today!