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Peace in Chaos

This, perhaps, is one of most peoples favorite time of year. However, it can often be a blur. It seems that in an effort to make every party, every play, every get together, every cantata and to see every family member and friend, we somehow lose sight of the true meaning of this season. In fact, all of these good intentions become nothing more than another item on our agenda or to do list. Those things that we all sigh in relief too, when they are finished.

Just last night Kaye (my wife) and I had this conversation. She had asked to slip away for 1 day, only 1 day, to retreat and find rest in this very busy and obviously chaotic season of life. After a near coronary while looking over our calendar for December, adding things to it that I had yet to record, I gave in with hesitation and frustration. I gave her every reason that we shouldn't or couldn't find one day this month to retreat and find peace. Truthfully, this morning, as I began to review the next few weeks and all t…

Keeping In Step With the Spirit

Occasionally, as part of my daily devotional, I will pick up Sarah Young's, Jesus Calling. Today was one of those days and I found myself so encouraged. She, led by the Holy Spirit, said; "Try to depend on the help of the Spirit as you go through this day of life. Pause briefly from time to time so you can consult with this Holy One inside you. He will not force you to do His bidding, but He will guide you as you give Him space in your life.

What a thought, the Holy Spirit (the Holy One) lives inside me. I don't have to be depressed today. I don't have to worry today. I don't have to sin today. If I will consult with Him and give Him space in my life, He will guide me! It's up to you. It's up to me. He wants to be our comforter. However, we having freewill, must remove ourselves and give Him space to lead; then must be willing to submit ourselves and follow His instruction!

Young quoted the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Galatia, 5:25; Since we…

A Heavy Heart-In A Thanksgiving Season

Today the hearts of Americans are heavy. More specifically, the hearts of Christians; as we continue to try and process the events of Sunday, November 5, 2017 in the small, rural, town of Sutherland Springs, TX. As I reflect over this tragedy, it seems difficult to "Give Thanks." However, while this calamity was unfolding, all while many others around the world were gathered for worship, I was preaching a message entitled, "Give Thanks, for His presence." 

The women, men, girls and boys were gathered at First Baptist Church (Sutherland Springs) for that alone; His Presence. They were prepared to worship, hear a message of hope in Jesus and encounter His presence. My heart breaks for the families who tragically have to say goodbye to loved ones here on earth. I pray for them. I pray for victims who survived and face days without their family and friends. But, I celebrate with those who came expecting His presence and today are living in the fullness of His glory! Pa…

Halloween

Today, October 31, is for some a day of evil and for others a day of community building. The truth is this, Halloween was established by the Celts many years ago. To them it was a day where the line between death and life became blurred and so they would gather to corporately attempt to ward off evil spirits through the dark months of winter. For them it was a day of separation. The abundant harvest they had seen had now become withered and was dying, due to the cold months approaching. However, as Christians, we too have attempted to manipulate this day into something that perhaps we could use to advance our agenda. Scripture, though, tells us that we have been brought out of darkness into His (Jesus) marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9.)

I see no problem with us gathering together and enjoying the cooler season that God has blessed us with, around campfires and enjoying a hot dog together. Though there is a line where perhaps even protestants have began to cross. You, I nor any potion or s…

Thankful

Paul, the apostle, said; Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18.) This past Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 was a day to remember. Our wonderful church family (LaFayette Church of God) honored us with a Pastor Appreciation Day. As I have sat and reflected on the days events, I was reminded of this simple, elementary principle. Frankly, it's easy to be thankful when you receive countless gifts, hear numerous words of affirmation and are given an opportunity to see and hug so many familiar faces that you hold dear.

But, what about the days that seem so rough, you don't know if you can bear them. What about the disappointing report from the doctor; or the final notice from the bank? How do you give thanks when your family is falling apart? How do you celebrate days that you simply want to forget ever existed? Often I am asked these and at times I think I have all the answers :). Then there are times I find myself posing t…

You're a Representative of The Lord Jesus

The past two weeks, during our Morning Encounter services at LaFayette Church of God, we have been discovering the importance of our story. The part of the story we play in advancing His kingdom, and literally being the hands and feet of Jesus, through the story of our life.

I love it when every piece of the puzzle seems to fit just perfectly. Today, Oct. 17, 2017, my daily Bible verse is found in Colossians 3:17. It's the words of the Apostle Paul, speaking to the church at Colossae.  The English Standard Version reads like this, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. The New Living Translation reads like this, And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. 

Wow, what an incredibly humbling thought that I get to be a representative of Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Father, the second person of the triune God head, the Great I Am.…

Your Private World

Many years ago I read, Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. Even now, in the hustle of every day life, I find myself having to be reminded of nuggets of truth he reveals. On page 92, he quotes Elton Trueblood's, While It Is Day: A public man, though he is necessarily available at many times, must learn to hide. If he is always available, he is not worth enough when he is available. 

What a sobering thought. Truthfully, we all have agendas that seem busier and busier as each day passes. We find ourselves quickly approaching the holiday season, already scheduling dates for multiple fall festivals, football parties, thanksgiving meals and yes, for some, planning their Christmas seasonal events. However, as we approach this overwhelming, somewhat enveloping, ridiculously busy time of year; let's make the decision now to hide. Yes, some events of these seasons are required and expected. Others are enjoyable and traditional. Though, I am afraid, at times we have grown so…