Love Divine | Rend Collective

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing some Charles Wesley hymns done in a different way.  This week we listen to Love Divine (All Loves Excelling.) The horns are quite interesting – as is the whole arrangement.  There is no video to go with this, but I encourage you to listen to the song and the lyrics.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

I think tonight’s edition is going to be shorter than usual. “Why?” you ask.  It seems I’ve caught a bit of a cold that’s been going around.  Since I do have an online presence, I looked to see when I was sick last.  As far as I can tell it was way back in January of 2013.  That’s almost 2-1/2 years without a cold.  Quite remarkable considering I work in the food service industry and the amount of people I have contact with in a day.

It was interesting because I woke up completely fine but a sneeze early on – around 8 this morning gave me an idea something was up.  I felt fine all the way through church but then by early afternoon, I knew it was coming.  Right now it is just a head cold – with just a little stuffiness.  James already had a cold last week, so I suppose it was inevitable.

My mind is a bit cloudy, but that’s probably from the Dayquill.  I can’t wait to pick up Anna and get some Nightquil in my system and go to sleep.  I was planning on going for a run in the morning – I’ll have to see how I feel by then.  They say running is good even when you have a cold – as long as you don’t have a fever.  I think my running routine is why I don’t get colds very often.

In other news, we had a great service at Waynesboro Wesleyan this morning.  This little church is currently our church home and they have graciously allowed Pam and I to move in and help with the worship and children.  We focused on the worship of heaven – from Revelation 4 and 5 which also happened to be the theme of the Sunday School lesson.

I spent most of the rest of the day on the couch resting.  Pam and I are really looking forward to our trip to Canada for Thanksgiving in two weeks.  It should be fun and we can’t wait to see the kids.

That’s about it.  Seize the Day!

What If the Lord Had Not Been On Our Side?

more-raging-river18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2015

Psalm 124 New Living Translation

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

What if the Lord had not been on our side?
    Let all Israel repeat:
What if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us?
They would have swallowed us alive
    in their burning anger.
The waters would have engulfed us;
    a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
Yes, the raging waters of their fury
    would have overwhelmed our very lives.

Praise the Lord,
    who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
    The trap is broken, and we are free!
Our help is from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessings (On God’s Provisions)

Gods-provision-in-time-of-lackThis morning I was on my way home from my run and turned on the radio.  I tried to tune in the local KLOVE affiliate, but was a bit out of range, so I pushed the preset for SpiritFM which plays a very similar mix of music.  As I listened the second verse of Blessings by Laura Story.

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

As I listened to the lyrics, I resonated with the song writer.  These weeks have been tough – as we have prayed for wisdom and God’s direction.  There are times when God has felt far away for both Pam and I – there are times when we have doubted His love and/or his goodness — and I have had to be reminded of the promises in his Word.

While I don’t claim to know all what God has planned for us during this season, I do know that He is working His plan in our lives.  He has not failed to provide and we continue to trust God for his provisions.

I love the affirmation in the chorus of this song

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Today I am very thankful for God’s mercies in disguise.

A Special Kind of Awesome

Here is a link from Asbury Seedbed called “Becoming Chick-fil-A in a McDonald’s World.”  The scripture that inspired the article is below.  We are called to be holy.  Just what does that mean? What do you think of when you hear the word “holy?”  I encourage you to check out the article.

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Trials Come In Various Forms

“Trials come in various forms. The word various comes from an interesting Greek term, poikolos which means “variegated” or “many colored.” We also get the term “polka dot from it. Trials come in a variety of forms and colors. They are different, just as we are different. Something that would hardly affect you might knock the slats out from under me—and vice versa. But God offers special grace to match every shadow of sorrow. This variety of trials is like different temperature settings on God’s furnace. The settings are adjusted to burn off our dross, to temper us or soften us according to what meets our highest need. It is in God’s refining fire that the authenticity of our faith is revealed. And the purpose of these fiery ordeals is that we may come forth as purified gold, a shining likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.”

Charles Swindoll