Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s Sunday night and I know I missed last Sunday night.  We were hosting a friend from Wesleyan Publishing House.  It was good to have my good friend Wayne Richards here.  He currently on the fall tour that is put on by Wesleyan Publishing House and was on his way between Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  Since we are not far off the interstate, it is a good place to stay.  Wayne is a true friend and it is always good to see him.  We recounted some of the great times we had in the past and are looking to some great times in the future.

Speaking of the future, I spent some time revising my resume and also getting some new pictures of Pam and me.  Pam and I would like to thank our good friend Stephanie for the new head shots.  She does a great job.  She also took James’ graduation portraits and we were very pleased with those.

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This has been another interesting running week.  I’ve been working with a new ankle brace and I’m trying to work 40 hours and get some runs in.  I was able to get two runs in this week – one 3 miler and a 4 miler on Saturday.  I’m really hoping for two three milers and a four miler this week.  That would get me up to 10 miles – relatively pain-free.

This morning found us again at Waynesboro Wesleyan.  We had a wonderful service this morning and the Holy Spirit really ministered to me through the Sunday School lesson, the musical worship and the message by our friend Craig, who is the pastor there.

After church we were invited to their house for lunch and Vilene cooked a great dinner.  It was great to fellowship with our friends.

That is about all folks.  I would encourage you to keep us in your prayers.  We are really seeking God’s direction and want to be where He wants us.  We want to go through the open door that he provides, even though we can’t see it at the moment.  Have a great week!

Seize the Day!

They Delight In the Law of the Lord

September 20, 2015 | Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


Psalm 1

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!
    They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
    Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
    but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Why Should We Pray

“Some have wondered why we should pray, if God knows better what we need than we do, and is more than willing to bestow it. The answer is plain: God cannot crowd his real blessings on us unless we are open hearted toward them…. Reception of God’s ideals for us, his will for our life, his power to endure and achieve, is vital work, and prayer is the best name for that kind of receptive labor.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God!

milkyway5Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 13, 2015)

Psalm 19 New Living Translation (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
    and follows its course to the other end.
    Nothing can hide from its heat.

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
    bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
    giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant,
    a great reward for those who obey them.

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
    Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
    Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
    and innocent of great sin.

May the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I Believe…I Believe….

I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe. – Susan Walker (Miracle on 34th Street)

originalThis week has been a tough week in our household.  This week marks seven months since we resigned at Parkway and it’s been an interesting search season to say the least.  The last couple of mornings have been tough, especially getting up at 4:30 – in the dark and getting ready for work. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a bunch of worship songs loaded in my iPad via Spotify and I play them on my way to and from work.  Since I use Anna’s car on those mornings, I use the Bluetooth feature – but that’s a whole other subject.

On Thursday morning, I was particularly down and I almost turned off the music. It was at that moment that I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  “Don’t turn off the music.  Let me speak to you through it,” was the gentle voice I heard.  In the next few moments as I drove to Chick-fil-A in the dark, the Lord ministered to me.  I was still down, but the music and especially the words that were being sung helped me.  The one song I remember playing was “Everlasting God.” It helped me get ready to step into the work environment.

Pam and I really miss the ministry environment.  We have been assisting at a small Wesleyan church across the valley, but we know it is not ultimately where God would have us.  In these waiting times, we sing the songs.  I know I might catch some grief for this, but in some ways these songs we sing are a “means of grace.” They are a way that God is ministering his grace to us when we can’t quite see His plan.

I thought it was interesting because I ran across this article from the Worship Design Collective which is a branch of Seedbed.  The title of the article intrigued me:

Why We Need to Lie In Church

A few months ago, or even a year ago, there was a blog article called Stop Singing Oceans.  I’m not so sure that I agreed with the author of that post…there are times that we pray — there are times that we preach — there are times that we sing — when we might not completely reflect the words we are singing — we may not completely believe them — we might not even want to do what we are singing or praying or preaching — but we do it anyway…because in the process God works — he changes us — he changes our thinking – he molds us into who we are – and in that process He changes are hearts so that the Spirit can take us beyond the border — he changes our hearts so that we can believe His plan for us.

So where are you this morning?  Are you in a dark place?  Are you somewhere that you don’t want to be?  Is God testing your limits?  Is God asking you to expand your borders?  Is God asking you to walk on the water?  Then sing – sing His praises – sing His promises – sing of His attributes — sing of the mighty things that He has done.  Worship Him — Worship him with all your heart…worship Him with all your mind…worship Him with all your soul…worship Him will all your heart…and worship him with all your strength — that you may find where he is leading.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)