Daily Archives: October 24, 2012

Crumbs

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As I saw the crumbs of communion fall to the ground and then being walked on-

I was gently,

yet, vividly,

reminded of the cost of being a servant.

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My mind raced to the cross.

Jesus’ body was crucified at Calvary-

there were people who ignored him,

spat on him,

and trampled over him-

yet he loved them just them same.

He said,

“Father, Forgive them for they know NOT what they do…

Oh what a love He has for you and I….he loves us just because…

 

Today has been a day of reminders of who God has called me to be-authentic, real, genuine, and in love with Him…that no one is perfect, life is not easy and the compassion for the people that God fills us with is not for us to carry…He already has…

it directs our prayers and words and we must pray without ceasing…

and so I shall….p.r.a.y.

forever and always,

yours.

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What’s in the Box?

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The Holy Spirit cannot be contained in a box.

 

or a building.

or a ministry.

 

a box cannot contain the power that created the universe

a box cannot contain the breath of life

a box cannot contain the love of The Father for His people

a box cannot contain the power to heal

a box cannot contain the miracle to provide sight

a box cannot contain the mystery of the love of Christ

you get the picture don’t you?

John 14:15-17

“If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.

When Jesus was resurrected to heaven-God left us with the Counselor- a Helper- the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit resides in every believer. Whether you realize it or not you carry the power of the Holy Ghost with you wherever you go…

Jesus said that whoever believes would do even greater things than these….

John 14: 12

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes(S) in me will do the works I have been doing,(T) and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

The question is not whether you have the power to do it- but do you believe?

John 7:38

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said,

rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

YOU have the power to change the world around you…

One lone goose

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Honk! Honk! Honk!

I heard the call of the goose.

Honk! Honk! Honk! Honk!

It got a little louder.

HONK! HONK! HONK!HONK!

Desperation rising.

I looked down river and there she was-

honking away….

The longer I listened the more I “heard…”

from God, that is…

Geese travel in flocks and you rarely see one alone unless they have gone astray.

Let’s look at that word astray for a minute:

it means to “wander about”

Isaiah 53:6 says this:

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.

We all stray from the flock from time to time.  We do this when we want to do things our way and not God’s way.  That will always take us down a road that leads to nowhere- away from God.   Sometimes we know we are in trouble, and like the goose, we can call out for help.  “Help me find my way back to the family ( flock.) “ 

God loves for us to call out to Him. 

Psalm 86:1-7

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

It’s simple.  God wants his family together.  He sends us out to find the lost family members and bring them home- back to the flock or the nest.  Geese depend on each other for survival.  They mate for life.  When a goose gets sick or wounded two others stay with him until he flies again.  Isn’t this just like God-taking care of all those little details? 

We make things so complicated.  God already has it all worked out.  If we would just follow God we wouldn’t get lost.  But, since we do go astray from time to time-I thank God for people who guide us back onto the right path.

Today I thank God for geese who honk, rivers that are crystal clear and for a God who answers when we cry out.

Thank you Lord for loving me…

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Raised into Light

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This Sunday I am honored to be baptizing a young man in my congregation. I have watched God do a mighty work through the people of Glenwood UMC at Coal Creek.   I am humbled to be their shepherd. We are a team working together to build up the Kingdom of God.

I recently read this quote by Ronnie Collins:

” One of God’s greatest gifts of protection to you is your congregation. If you have one, cherish it and thank God for the strength you draw from it. Your pastor cares about your spiritual well-being, prays for your safe journey, and will help you watch out for the ditches. “

I thank God for my Glenwood family everyday and I cherish each person.  Last October I was speaking at Oakland UMC about the Father’s Love. While there I received a gift with this quote on it:

“ When you walk with God you always reach your destination.”

Little did I know God would be doing this a year later…wow

 

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God is all-knowing and the quote is true-

when we follow God we always reach our destination-HIS! 

Thanks be to God forever and ever! 

Amen.

 

Romans 6: 2-5 ( MSG) 

That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

3-5 That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.