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1972

July 31, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

1 John 1.5-6

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

“God is light. In Him there is no darkness.” James writes to the mighty men of God in Christ concerning the goodness of God. He says that every good gift is from our Father above, the Father of Light in whom there is no shadow. I remember one day when I was a kid playing outside in the summer sun. I had a tendency to run from others during a game of tag by looking down and watching their shadows. I stopped dead in my tracks. Tag- I was it. But, that didn’t phase me. I looked down and saw I had no shadow, or at least a very small one. It wasn’t small because I was small. It was small because the afternoon sun was directly overhead. I keep that image in mind as I read His WORD for today and associated passages. I also have that grand hymn humming in my brain in the voice of George Beverly Shea (yes, I am showing my age)- “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” For those who are unfamiliar with them let me share the first stanza:

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

How wonderful it is to know that God is the Father of Light (and lights.) In Him there is no darkness nor shadow. This is where the Spirit wanted me to focus today. I was considering the nature of God as being free from darkness- no doubt, sin, false intention, etc. But, the Spirit brought this hymn to me and I marvel at the wonderful truth in it. Great is God’s faithfulness. There is no shadow of turning with Him. The phrase of “shadow of turning” refers to a sundial. If the sun is overhead there is no shadow. I was a part of the sundial in the moment of my awareness that summer day. We are called to be in that particular place in our own lives in this world. We are not taking the place of God in this world. We are standing in the place where God is. In that place there is no shadow because the glory of God is all around us. No matter how we turn nor in what direction, as long as we are under the “sun-ship” of God we are perfectly in His glory and grace. Yes, as Christ followers we are called to be under the “Son-ship” of God covered in His glory and grace. With this in mind at the moment, let me offer two points. I am sure there are many others the Spirit will teach me but two are offered now.

1) Turning with God is how we should be as we are repenting of the wrong we thought, spoke or committed by action. Turning on our own only says “oops, wrong way.” But, turning with God declares “I have sinned against God and man (including myself) and I am sorry enough to seek the everlasting change of my heart, mind, body and soul.” Yes, the path we may travel in that wrong direction may lead into darkness. But, in that moment of awareness by reality of disaster or the anticipation of it and its consequences, the Light of Life dawns on us. We turn in repentance and find ourselves under the Light of Lights. The shadow of death disappears and we see the truth of our salvation. The prodigal son found this truth and in the light of that truth he found his way home to the father. David wrote about such an experience when he said “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Your rod and staff comfort me.” The rod and staff represent the cross. The cross is the light of truth. When it is lifted up the light of God’s glory and grace comes over us. We are no long apart from the light but we are a part of the light.

2) I think of our nation. In our pledge we declare, by a fairly recent addition to it, “one nation under God.” How I shudder to think how we have stepped out from under the light of God’s Spirit of wisdom, truth, favor and grace. We are heading down paths with lights of our own cognition and creation. They are splinters of the light of truth heavily energized by the truth as many would rather it be. We are looking for lights of convenience instead of lights of conviction. I am not speaking of conviction as a judgment unto death. I am speaking of the quickening of our conscience, the voice of God who alone is moral and truth without shadow of doubt, deceit, despair, death and false intentions. We are not calling ourselves into accountability before God when we follow these humanist lights. We are buying into lesser lights, lesser gods, lesser truths which cannot save, transform and unite God’s people. Strange enough that today I read how the area of land on which Washington, D.C., is built is slowly sinking. It is a geological phenomenon not caused by global warming and the rising sea level. It is an area of land that was pushed up by the last ice age. As the effect decreases so, too, does the ability to support the land. It is seeking its original space at a depressed level. If this isn’t prophetic then I miss the mark and repent. But, Jesus taught “a city set on a hill cannot be hidden any more than a light put under a bushel can be seen.” God fully intends for America to His shining light as a nation among nations. His purpose is for the Church to the shining light of faith, hope and love among all nations. He intends for all His people to be shining lights of His glory through acts of faith by His love to restore hope and cause reconciliation. But, if our nation decides to hide the light of God and believe its own glory and decisions will be the true illumination of the capitol dome then the true is not in them. It will move from us as it did in the days of Ezekiel out of the temple to sit on a distant hill to await restoration.

Mighty men, there can be no shadow of turning with God. Great is His faithfulness unto all generations who will abide by His name and live according to His purpose. We must be in the light and not apart from it. We must be under His light so there will be no shadows of doubt on our part as to who we are and what we will do.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will be leading God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Singapore
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* Awaiting delivery of a contract for a house that will be our new home in Louisville, Kentucky
* For a quick solution now to the Malaysian jetliner mystery as pieces are found on the shore of Reunion Island
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, in Your light we have light and life and have it securely and abundantly. Bless us now in our time of being Your light so that others can see Your loving glory and walk without a shadow of a doubt. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1971

July 30, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

1 John 1.5-6

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

When Jesus told the Elder John that “God is light,” He was speaking to God’s very nature. In the day and age of “light” thinking, I pray we do not trivialize this declaration of truth and make light of it. God is not a light switch to be turned on and off. God is not a feather to be swept away by the winds of doubt, bitterness, confusion, hostility and ill-will. But, God is so powerful that even if He were a feather He would be able to lift the whole universe under it without the need for an entire wing. God is not carefree. His care endures forever and reaches deep into the heart, mind, soul and spirit of each person (believer or non-believer) and whispers the truth of life leaving it to echo patiently and hopefully. But, God does enjoy laughter and knows exactly how to have the best time of all life. I even imagine Jesus dancing, singing, clapping and laughing with His followers at dinner, by the seashore, on their walks and around a campfire. I have little doubt there is such behavior in Heaven as well. However, when Jesus described His Father, our God, as “light” He is talking about the glory of wisdom and peace, love and joy, mercy and grace. His Glory is so magnificent that in His presence all the darkness of creation falls away. These are the darknesses of ignorance, fear, disease, dying, death, war, hatred, bigotry, disdain and more. God sees these things as plagues upon His people. They are the manifestations of disobedience- the lack of true love. His light is His life. It is perfect in every way. It can be consuming but maintains perfect balance so that life is encouraged and not destroyed. With God there is no question about what will happen. His intentions are revealed in hope and in trial. In Him all things work together for good which are committed to Him and His purpose.

And how do we access that “light” of God? By living more and more in the truth of His Word revealed before us in Jesus Christ and the testimony of faith born by His followers. As we discern His truth and His will, we will find, mighty men, that our own lives will become better understood and lived out with the power, dominion and authority Jesus left in our hands at His ascension to Heaven following His resurrection walk on earth. Paul understood this as he wrote to the mighty men of the Roman empire saying “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word preached which is Jesus Christ.” When we speak the Word of God its truth becomes a powerful force for good. Paul likened it in his letter to Ephesus as a double-edged sword. The good that happens is on behalf of God’s people for their defense against the attack of the enemy as well as moving forward into the lairs of the enemy to liberate those captured in the lie of sin. Do not think that this sword is heavy. It is “light.” Yes, imagine if you will the Star Wars light sabers. Weight does not indicate strength or weakness. Jesus said “Take upon yourselves my yoke- it is easy and my burden is light.” Oh, but what a force that yoke has proven to be. It is the yoke of the cross. He bore our sins to death. We bear His righteousness to life. From our perspective flavored by the darkness of this broken world we may not fully see how it is light when its weight bore Jesus to death. But, Jesus offered His cross to His Father in Heaven. It was perfectly fitted for the purpose. It became heavy on His flesh but godly light in His Spirit. That cross would be heavy for us as well if we had to bear it alone. That is the awesome power of the truth- it can never be borne alone. The truth always brings the company of Heaven to our lives. That is why John shares with us this teaching of the resurrected Lord. He declares “If you say you are in the light and walk in darkness, you are deceived.” If you are in the light, you are accompanied by the presence of God. Your actions, thoughts, intentions and words are known by God perfectly. Walk in the light of God’s love, mighty men. Work in the light of His mercy and grace. .

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Sierra Leone
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* Awaiting word on approval for a house that will be our new home in Louisville, Kentucky
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, may the light of Your Word bring truth to our eyes. Where we are erred let forgiveness to given and shared. Where we have succeeded in putting the truth to work let there be glory and honor for You. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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1970

July 29, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

1 John 1.8-10

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Of course, the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector who came to the Temple to pray is the perfect application of John’s teaching. The Pharisee saw himself only in respect to the sinner. He gave thanks that he was not like sinners. His understanding of his righteousness was sufficient for him to stand confidently in the Temple before all others. But, the tax collector saw himself in respect to God. He recognized his unworthiness and pleaded for mercy. So aware was he of his sinful self that he would not even dare pray looking up to heaven. His eyes were as downcast as he believed was his life and his soul. But, in the story, Jesus saw them both. His eyes were fixed on the attitude before God which was revealed by their heart. One exalted his position above others in the world. The other recognized his position before God who is above all else. One claim exemption and the other knew he would not be exempt from the penalty of his sin unless God intervened.

Mighty men, let us not be deceived nor a deceiver. We may think we can lie before men and claim a good place in their presence or the bestowal of favor from them. But, we cannot lie before God and believe there will be any safe place or blessing for us. It is difficult to admit our failures, shortcomings and indebtedness. Our pride, positive self-esteem, can too easily become arrogance, a denial of one’s God-created self. We were not made to be haughty, arrogant nor rude. Those are the fruit of the enemy sown into the fields of God’s righteousness. They may indeed grow up around us seeking to choke out the life of God in us. But, if our roots are firmly planted into the righteousness and mercy of God then when the day of harvest comes we will be known by our fruit of the spirit of truth.

We must come clean before God and walk humbly among the people of the world. Our life should be of worship to God and service to man. We must speak with honesty about who we were before God’s love transformed us and who we are since God has redeemed us. We must also be ready to admit when we still have fallen short of the glory of God’s purpose and intention in and through our lives. The truth we reveal about ourselves can be the link to another receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ into their own lives. Sin wants to alienate and isolate the penitent from righteousness. Sin wants to cluster everyone into one group labeled “failure.” But, grace wants to reconnect and draw together the penitent into righteousness. Mercy wants to gather the sheep of God’s hand and the people of His pasture into one group labeled “Church, the Body of Christ.” We may fall short. We may fall down. But, when we come clean we will be picked up, set aright and urged to move forward in faith to sin no more.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of the Seychelles
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, we ask for Your abiding forgiveness today. We know we have already said, done or considered a wrong thing and in that moment brought offense to others, a burden to ourselves and a sadness to You. Yet, in our confession we know our offense is forgiven, our burden is lifted and the joy of the Lord will be our strength. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1969

July 28, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

1 John 1.8-10

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

As I read through many scenarios in the gospels where Jesus spoke to others about sin and sinfulness, I find that He only called out the Pharisees and leaders of the temple to be sinners. To those who were honest about their sin and sinfulness, He called them in forgiveness sons and daughters of the Most High God. Of course, this truth stood contrary to the teaching of the day. The only sons and daughters of God would be those who said “I have no sin.” Their pretension was a prelude to life disaster. But, to those who were able to confess their sinful nature and disability, Jesus declared freedom from the penalty of eternal death through divine judgment and reconciliation leading to eternal life through divine love.

What kind of foolish boldness would we have to have, mighty men, to stand before the God of our Salvation and declare “I have no sin”? Here is the One who not only has created us but has sustained us in His mercy. He is omniscient, all-knowing, as sees our outward actions and measures them by our inward intentions. He alone truly knows, outside of ourselves if we would be honest, if we are walking our talk. How dare we presume to know more than the Lord God of Heaven and Earth! In this writing John declares that such a lie would in fact be an accusation on the Lord and Savior of all. Jesus taught that He came into the world not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. If there was no need for salvation then why was there an appearance of the God of our Salvation? Jesus claim to bring salvation should have fallen on deaf ears because there was “no sin.” But, there was sin. And the deaf ears were the ones who said “I have no sin.” Of course, they would not need a savior. Their hope, it appears, was not to be delivered from sin but sinners. But, Jesus came into the world to live and move and serve the sinners in the world. The evidence of sin was all about. It is the same today as it was yesterday. There is sin. There is also salvation. He who was without sin, Jesus, became sin for us so that we could receive our salvation and be forgiven.

The penitent sinner, however, we different. They were not afraid of sinners but of sin and those who declared “I have no sin.” They wanted to taste spiritual freedom. Sin had burdened their hearts and lives into a virtually inescapable darkness. But, as Isaiah proclaimed, those who dwelt in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus stepped into the darkness of their lives and gave them the light of eternal hope. Those who had been blinded now could see. Those who were lame could now walk. Those who were prisoners were set free. Those who had been told God cannot love them without offerings and good works were welcomed in to the midst of the Kingdom by mercy and grace. And what did they do? They turned around and began to look for others like themselves and share the good news. They were the welcome contradiction to conventional wisdom of the day. God hates sin but He loves the sinner. But, in that day, God hated sin and sinners. Thank God, that day has come to an end. It was sealed in the tomb with Jesus and delivered into its rightful place in Hell. When Jesus was raised in spirit and in truth, His life was restored and the new creation was made evident.

Mighty men, continue to confess your shortcomings and profess your advantage in grace. Give thanks to God who has loved you in spite of yourselves and put aside the lie. Embrace the truth of His great love and find life as you have never seen it before.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Serbia
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, without Your love and sacrifice there would be no hope for us. But, by grace our hope has been restored upon our confession of faith and profession that Jesus is Lord. Let our lives be a powerful testimony to the truth today. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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1968

July 27, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

1 John 1.8-10

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Jesus is the Word of God made flesh to live in our world. His life with the people of God during those thirty-three years would be the same “yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever.” The times of our lives may have changed. The environment and advances may cause the world to appear to be far different now than it was then. Yet, the challenges of life at the root of their experience remains the same regardless of the age and time. What is different is Jesus. Jesus makes the difference in the world and in our lives without paying any attention to the date and the hour in which we dwell as well as the place. Jesus promised His disciples before He ascended to sit again at the right hand of God following His crucifixion and resurrection “Without question, I will be with you always to the end of the age.” Without getting into a word study on what the meaning of “age” actually designates, just consider for this moment that it means the age of the believer. If we are in Christ our age is connected to the Rock of Ages. Our spirits are eternal and our soul becomes the dwelling place of the Almighty. Jesus warned, “The body they may kill and you can fear that but be more afraid of the One who can kill the body and the soul. They cannot kill the soul.” Mighty men, what a joy it is to know that our souls are marked with an eternal address and date. When we confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and entered into the newness of life through the baptism of water and fire there was a new birthdate and place put in the book of life with our name on it and God’s name as “our Father.” So, take heart that in this hearing Jesus’ promise is that He will be with us forever.

Now, let us focus back on the beginning of this reflection and teaching on the biblical expression “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” This is where the groundwork was laid when it was said “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” When is the truth in us?

1. It is in us when we confess that we are indeed sinners unable to save ourselves from our own faulty decision-making. No matter how much we try through good works and the offering of sacrifices, we cannot save ourselves from physical or spiritual death. In the news today, I read where a 10 year old Nepalese boy was murdered (the murderers called it “sacrifice) in order to save the life of on of the murderers’ son who was gravely ill. The local shaman prescribed the death. Now the decision for death will be visited in greater numbers and the desired consequence will not be realized. But, if we cannot confess that we are sinners standing in the need of God’s unmerited mercy, grace and favor then the ability to discern the ultimate truth is not in us and cannot be in us.

2. That example was addressing when we have not made our profession of faith. In other words, our B.C. life (before Christ was Lord and Savior of our life.) But, what about when we make our profession of faith that Jesus is Lord and that in our confession of our sins of the past we are liberated from the penalty of death which is the consequence of unforgiven sin and a life still disconnected from God the truth dwells in us. But, even in our state of laying claim to the saving grace of God shared with us through Jesus the Christ, we still sin. Not one of us is perfect. We still dwell in the body of flesh tainted by the ravages of sin which is still in the world. Some may handle their forgiveness and the empowerment of righteousness created by the power of the Holy Spirit better than others. As Paul declared, “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Even Paul found himself captured in the turmoil of living in the world while he was not of the world. He said “That which I do not want to do, I do. That which I want to do I fail miserably at times to do.” Paul called himself the chief of all sinners. Yet, he knew the truth “that while we were yet sinners Jesus became our righteousness.” As those saved by grace, we must continue to dwell in the truth and the truth in us by confessing our sins (both of omission and commission) and the thanksgiving that “save for the grace of God there go I.”

3. So, there is the consideration of our past before Christ when the truth dwells in us. There is the consideration of our present in Christ when the truth dwells in us. But, what about the future? Can we ever fall out of the covering of grace? Is there a time in our future when we are no longer saved? Jesus taught there was only one unforgivable sin- the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. I do not know what it would take for a believer who has been overwhelmed by the righteousness of God and humbled by God’s grace who could then turn at declare against the evidence and presence of the Holy Spirit- “I do not believe in God or that which others may say is of God is actually not of God but of Satan.” The Pharisees were certainly walking on the precipice when they tried to defame Jesus by saying “His work is of Beelzebub.” But, when Jesus offered this teaching on the unforgivable sin it was based solely on those who believe that God is God. Unbelievers could never be guilty of this ultimate sin. But, it could fall on believers. Now what that circumstance would be escapes me but it has to fall in the realm of possibility or Jesus would not have mentioned it. Was it only in reference to the Pharisees and Jesus was using it as a motivation to those backsliding Jews? Could it happen to backsliding Christ followers, too? Regardless, if a Christ follower would then turn and say, “I have saved myself, it wasn’t actually God’s atoning grace through Jesus Christ,” we could easily see that the truth of God was not in them.

So, even though we sin, as long as we have no committed the unforgivable sin, the truth is in us seeking to come out. Let the truth out, mighty men of God, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ which is for all the world and for all time. It is the same truth in our “yesterday, today and forever.” If the truth is not in you or me, as individual believers, then grace cannot be grasped and being one in Christ in this age or in the age to come will not be realized in its fullness. Let us be honest with ourselves, one another and with God. The truth dwells in us. Jesus has given us the key to the kingdom which is our confession of sin and our profession of faith. In Him we live in truth and His truth lives in us. Without this truth, we are lost. Let His truth be found in us and in our spheres of influence for the glory of God.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For the Christians in Garissa, Kenya, whose lives are daily a witness for God and a threat to Al-Shabaab- let those who are on the side of the Lord pray for the saving of Al-Shabaab and the deliverance of God’s people from his terrorism
* For the silencing of internal voices in unhappy people leading them to murder themselves and others
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Senegal
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* We had a great visit with Sarah over the weekend
* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, may Your truth be so ingrained in our heart, mind and spirit that the fullness of our salvation shall be know in all the earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1967

July 24, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

A final note, for the moment mighty men, spoken out of this passage for me. If there is a perfect unity then there are other unities which are less than perfect. This means there is only one perfect unity and it comes only through Jesus Christ who is the epitome of God’s expression of love. No where but in Jesus as the Christ can we see, begin to understand and embrace the love of a mighty God. It would take the love of a mighty God to surrender His Only Son to the cross for the sake of forgiving sins. We know the story of Abraham who was challenged by God to put his faith to the test and sacrifice his son to God.

We call it a test of faith but it was a test of love. “How much do you love me?” God was saying. “How much do you love me? Is it more than you love yourself? Is it more than you love your wife? Is it more than you love your abandoned son? Is it more than you love your son born of Sarah?”

We can also put in the word “believe” and see God challenging Abraham in every corner of his life. Love is about our faith. Love is about our trust. It is alive in the vignette of Peter by the seaside following the resurrection of Jesus. Love is about believing. What do we believe about ourselves and what do we believe about God? Peter’s faith and love were tested in what he believed about Jesus. On the mountaintop gathered with all the disciples alone with Jesus in the midst of other religious venues it was easy for Peter to declare “You are the Christ, the One of God.” It was what he believed. His love for Jesus was manifested in his belief. The question of “Who do people say I AM?” is a question of what do you believe. But, by the seaside, Peter was wrestling outwardly in the presence of Jesus with what his fear to believe had led him to do- deny he knew Christ, was a follower of Christ and would be willing to die for what he believed. In the moment of challenge, Peter loved his life more than he loved the life of Jesus. He didn’t excuse his actions with “Oh, it is Jesus Christ and they can’t really kill Him. He will be okay.” No, Peter was afraid to die for what he believed regardless of what he said before. His love for his life denied what he said he believed. Now, Jesus was offering him reconciliation, a covering of love, to bring him perfectly back into the circle of life. Jesus asked him, “Do you love Me?” He was saying “Do you believe in Me? What do you believe about Me? What do you believe about yourself?”

But, let’s take this one step further. We can also put in the word “trust” and see how the challenge to walk in God’s love makes His love far different from all others. In “trust” we must see the concept of investment. Investment means to put something of ours into something else so that it becomes greater. If it is our money in a bank then it is to make more money for ourselves. But, if it is into the life of another it should never be about getting a gain for ourselves but for growing the life of another. Mighty men are called to build up one another until we attain the full measure and stature of Christ. God invested His gifts of the Spirit, the Life of His Son, the fullness of His grace into each of us not to get anything for Himself but that we might get everything that rightfully belonged to us. That is what Satan wants to stop from happening. He wants us to not trust in God. It means he does not want us to believe in God. Ultimately it means he does not want us to love God. He would love nothing more than for us to only trust, believe and love ourselves. That is the way it was in the beginning and has been every day since that fatal error in judgment in the Garden.

As people of this world we can trust, believe and love all on our own. It is temporarily satisfying and effective within limits. But it is not perfect, powerful or saving. What does it mean to save a life if the soul remains lost. We save a life with the hope that it gives an opportunity for the soul to be won to Christ. Many have laid down their lives to protect the lives of others. But, if they did so only to protect life in this world without regard for the true future of each person then does it truly make a difference for that person? It is a good work but only God’s love can make it a perfect work. Look at the balance, mighty men, when we consider the question ourselves: What do we trust in, believe in and love so much that we would give ourselves to it totally so that the lives of others can be saved from damnation and brought into the reconciling love of God which dwells in the Kingdom of His presence on earth as it is in Heaven. Only perfect love, God’s love, can create perfect unity. There are other unities- lesser beliefs, compromised trusts and conditional loves. But, there is only one perfect unity: one singular belief (Jesus is the Christ); one trust (I surrender my life in totality to believing in Jesus and by faith declaring He is my Christ) and one love (for God so loved me that He spared nothing of great value to bring me home to be with Him now and forever.)

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, service and praise this weekend
* For the silencing of internal voices in unhappy people leading them to murder themselves and others
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Saudi Arabia
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* Lisa had a good interview yesterday
* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, thank You for loving us so much that we have a life that is true, free, abundant, peace-filled, empowered by love and eternal. We know it comes with a cost. May our investment of ourselves into Your call over our lives bring life to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1966

July 23, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

We do know what true love is. Jesus taught, “No greater love is there than this that a man would lay down his life for another.” Was Jesus speaking of Himself as He put this truth before His disciples? Without question there had to be some foreshadowing. But, it was not for Christ alone that Jesus gave this benchmark lesson. It was for all of God’s mighty men to consider as they evaluated their own love for God and man. Love is our aim. Does our love hit the mark? They say “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” I think that close must also count in love. How close are we to hitting the benchmark of the teaching which Christ has given us? In laying our lives on the line for the gospel and for those who enter our sphere of influence do we hit the mark or is “that” close close enough? Only God knows for sure but I dare say that if our intention is to promote the truth of God in Jesus Christ then our aim will be sharpened, more focused and more effective.

Is there latitude in this teaching? I do not mean if we sort of lay down our lives and then quickly step out of the way as a bullfighter does with the bull or one playing chicken. The work of the gospel is not a game of dare. It is a work of care. I believe the latitude is only in the understanding of our intention for taking the stand, or even the place, of another. Jesus died for their sins and their eternal life in Heaven is secure. But, we live also to serve in this world. Our call as mighty men of God is to serve and protect the dignity, honor and life-ability of others. Are we willing to put all we have on the line for the sake of the gospel? So, is any form of intercession physically or spiritually an appropriate expression of “laying down our life for another” as being love? The answer is “yes.” But consider, mighty men of God, that when we combine the effort with bringing glory and honor to God how much more we have aided in love covering the life of another. For example, if a soldier in his comradery and in his sense of duty lays down his life for another, then he is demonstrating true love for his fellow man and for his country. If he is doing it also because of that sense of higher calling which comes from being loved and saved by God then it is a testimony of God’s love. Winning a medal of honor or a badge of courage is one thing and of great value in this world. Bearing the cross of Christ before God and man is of greater purpose whose value cannot be measured by anything in this world. It moves mountains and lives and thus is a true testimony of faith, hope and love.

It is this love, mighty men, that must be put on as the covering of our heart, mind, soul and strength. It is not so much a covering of protection but a collection of power, dominion and authority. It holds all the elements of our being bound for God together. It heightens the impact and connectivity of our being so that we hit on all cylinders. It is the combining of all the forces of good which are of God so that demons are cast out, the lame walk, the blind see, the captives are set free and the acceptable day of the Lord is declared. It is Jubilee and jubilation. It is where the true and perfect will of God is made evident beyond question and without a doubt. And it happens even if our effort just misses the mark and it will because we are human after all. But, what we do not see is what God does with the mark. For God covers our efforts with His love. While we may miss the mark but have a true heart for the effort and purpose God expands the circle, the bull’s eye if you will, to take our aim in. His love, His mercy and grace, helps us to hit the mark and not fall short of the glory of God we intended to honor and make visible. If love, true love and true purpose, is our aim, then with Christ this thing we do will be done. That is the joy of His love for us.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For calm and wisdom in all encounters between law enforcement officers and the public- to not borrow trouble and to live in peace regardless of the circumstances and to let the Spirit of God lead in the decisions that must be made so that the safety and integrity of everyone is protected
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Sao Tome and Principe
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations
* For wisdom in a time of need as I counsel with a friend and pray for the truth to be known fully and compassionately communicated to family and friends with healing of all parties
* For a successful interview to know of God’s will for a job for a loved one

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, bless our aim today to bring glory and honor to Your Name to fulfillment as in Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1965

July 22, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Mighty men, let us not forget that there is a vast difference between God’s love and ours. God’s love is perfect. It’s motive is never self-serving and desires only what is best for the sake of others. Its motive is never conditional but it is absolute. Even His discernment in this world and the judgment at the end of time is tempered by His love. It is tough love as we cannot possibly imagine. Why would anyone want to be God but God? Yet, we are called unquestionably to be like God. In the Old Testament it says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deuteronomy) Love your neighbor as you love yourself.(Leviticus)” While they are never together as one statement in the Old Testament, Jesus offers them simultaneously in response to the questions concerning the greatest commandments and which they were. (Matthew 19 and 22). Interestingly enough, both dialogues in Matthew are within the context of marital relationships. These commands are not in the Ten Commandments which God scribed for Moses at Sinai to show the people what kind of life they were expected to live in the Promised Land He was giving them. Yet, Jesus declares that they are the greatest and most pivotal commands. Paul would write to the mighty men of Corinth “If you have not love, then you have nothing at all.”

We are exposed to these two love commands which show the two natures of our righteousness. One nature is our relationship with God. One nature is our relationship with man. Even the Ten Commandments have this spiritual definition of how we relate to God (1-4) and how we relate to man (5-10). The last six are contingent upon the first four. They show there is a difference and a similarity to them both. But, while our love and our call to love is like, or similar, to God’s love it is not the same as God’s love. The more we try to be loving as God is loving the more our works of love engage and enrich the lives of others. It is not to say that since we cannot love as God loves that we should not love at all. Love is our aim. But, in the flesh which is corrupted by sin our love is not always pure and certainly not perfect. Yet, Jesus calls us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. We are to strive toward perfection and allow for God to do in us what we ourselves cannot do on our own. By this I hear the Spirit saying that we are to cover those within our sphere of influence with love. Our love can help but it cannot cover the lives of others perfectly. Our love cannot fit us perfectly nor can it knit all the components of our wardrobe of righteousness into one fine suit! But, God’s love can. We can love ourselves, others and even God to the best of our ability yet that love will end up being imperfect and eventually ineffective. Yet, when we put on the love of God and act through His love for us in Jesus Christ then we see how all things committed to Him can work together for good.

Love one another, mighty men, and love yourselves. But, love with the love of God in you, on you and through you if you want the greatest effect in your ministry as husband, father, friend, colleague, neighbor and follower of Christ.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For calm and wisdom in all encounters between law enforcement officers and the public- to not borrow trouble and to live in peace regardless of the circumstances and to let the Spirit of God lead in the decisions that must be made so that the safety and integrity of everyone is protected
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of San Marino
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations
* For wisdom in a time of need as I counsel with a friend

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, love us so much that there would be no difference in our love and Yours. Let this love of Christ be made perfect in our desire to be agents of faith, hope and love in Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

1964

July 21, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

As mighty men we must dwell inside the circle of love. The circle represents the perfect unity. We signify it in marriage with a ring. Of course, the ring by itself is not representative of what we interpret this perfect unity to be which is God. There are others cultures, philosophies and ideologies which also use the circle to justify and symbolize their own thinking as perfect. But, regardless of the various applications the ring still is that powerful symbol. So, let me share what the Holy Spirit inspires about this: it is not the circle but what is inside the circle that makes it the symbol of perfect unity. Paul wrote to the mighty men of Colossae “And over all these virtures put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” It could just as easily be said “Put around all these…”

So, look at the full clothing of the mighty man of God. Every part of the true man is covered, protected and empowered. But, all these parts by themselves are less effective than when they are connected to each other. Their organization and structure may be a bit different from someone else’s but in the circle of love they are very much the same. The mighty man of God must have faith, hope and love. Faith and hope can represent the pathways of communication. Love is a communication effort as well but it is more so the filter through which our actions and works of faith and hope must pass in order to be most effective. We must communicate with love but it is through love that we find our greatest expression. In some ways we can say it this way:

1) We have faith in God through Jesus Christ. Our faith is a way in which we can communicate but if it is not through Jesus Christ we remain outside of the true favor of God waiting for something else to carry the message for us. Jesus Christ open the lanes of communication between God and man through His expression of true love. The barriers are removed. The handicaps are healed. The lack of ability is reversed. All of this because God loved us and Jesus became that vehicle of love through which we can easily speak to God and hear from Him. It was said of Jacob when he saw the ladder, or stairway, of heaven which angels ascending and descending on it. Jesus commented on this same image Himself as being the ladder or stairway on which the angels of God would ascend and descend. If there was no love in God for man and no love of God by man then our ability to be effective communicators would be absent.

2) Our hope is in God and in that hope we have life through Christ. While Jesus was in the world it was easy for people to put their hope in Him. He was the fulfillment of the hope of the prophets and they saw themselves living in an age of possibility. But, then He was crucified and then raised from the dead to sit again at the right hand of God. Once again, our hope is in the future when Christ returns. We live in hope of things as if we do not have Jesus now. But, the truth is that we do have Jesus now and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we know that Jesus lives and loves in us. If Jesus did not love us all then He would not have given us so great a gift as the Holy Spirit. It is a comforter and guide through all the moments of our lives. But, it is also more than that. It is the vehicle through which the love of God for us is communicated through obedience to the Word of God which is Jesus Christ. In that Word we have gifts, talents and truth. But, if we did not have love between us and around us then the blessings which Christ desires to give to us would fall on deaf ears. We would be returned to the status of beggars and those who plead for God. Our words would fall pitifully short because we do not frame them with the true hope which comes out of authentic love. And those blessings may fall around us, even on us, as the rain of God’s desire but if we did not have love then we would not understand what it was. That is why we need the Holy Spirit.

So, let love be our aim. It is like a spiritual antenna by which we can communicate the presence and blessing of God. We are called to broadcast that truth within the circles of our influence. As we communicate full circle the message will reach out beyond us to others. In this way the circle actually reaches out and brings others in. Like the ripples in the water which move out from the initial dropping of a stone, so does the love of God with faith and hope move out into the world. And it we cast our blessings out they will return to us fulfilled because the extreme of our circle is God alone. There is nothing beside or outside God because God is love and love is the circle of His influence around us all.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Samoa
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, thank You for including us in your circle of life. Work and speak through us of us today as we share that circle of blessing with others not to exclude them but include them in faith, hope and love in Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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1963

July 19, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY!

Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Are we fully clothed? What a stark contrast this image portrays when we think of how Jesus went to the cross! He was stripped and beaten then given a purple robe with a crown of thorns. He was stripped and beaten again and then given His original clothes back. He is stripped again at the cross and while He hung from the cross exposed to the world, Roman soldiers gambled for who would get His clothes. He was bared before God and all the world and clothed with nothing but righteousness. Do not think, mighty men, that when we are clothed with the full armor of God it is made of anything of this world. Nothing of this world can survive the attack of the enemy against man and God except that which is made out of the righteousness of God. It is not real armor nor real clothing but the power and presence of Almighty God in all its virtue and glory. Remember, the body they may kill but they cannot kill the soul and and spirit of the mighty man of God. Death under the influence of the power of sin and thus its consequence could not defeat Jesus. It will not defeat the mighty men of God either. Following His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many of His followers including His disciples. He was clothed again in clean linens. Just as He had been wrapped in a swaddling cloth when He was born, He was wrapped in perfect love and adoration. We know that we will also be given a robe and a crown when we enter Heaven. It will not be in mockery as were the ones given Jesus by the Romans. It will be in love from the Father as was Jesus. How He had been truly clothed in the world with the full garb of God, the robe of righteousness and crown of glory, was revealed in His resurrection. He was the picture of restoration so that we could see how it is and shall be for all those who claim Jesus as the Lord and Savior.

Do not chase after the things of this world, mighty men. Seek first the things of the Kingdom of God and all the other needs of your life will be provided. Clothe yourselves in the righteousness of God and you will find not only your protection but your provision in this world as in the next. Be satisfied with what God has given, is giving and will give to you as you see to accomplish His Work and His Will in this world. You are perfectly fitted (and outfitted) for the gospel work of peace, reconciliation and healing.

“Let HIS TRUTH be seen (and heard) in the mighty men of 2015.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people this weekend in worship, praise and service
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For the end of Boko Haram and for the defeat of the terrorist rebels, ISIS, as they have joined forces in bringing death and terror to the innocent
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana and the people of Saint Vincent
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends; especially the breaking of addiction chains binding them; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own- we need God’s intervention and His wisdom as we seek to please and honor Him in the next step of our journey of faith for jobs, housing and transportation in order to accomplish His purposes for us in the nations

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world)

* Some of the shadows of death are being driven away from our family as we reconcile ourselves to God’s plan- some jobs have been assigned and for others interviews are pending (I remain trusting for provision once the move has been made as God has spoken)
* We are being prepared for God’s provision as we seek His purpose for our lives with jobs, housing and transportation in a new venue and are under attack so we know we must be moving closer in our trust in God
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, how we love the perfect clothing You have given to us. We are outfitted without flaw for the work of the day which You have made and called us to do; we are thankful. Bless us now as we take inventory of what is ours and put to our imagination by Your Holy Spirit all that can be accomplished in this day for Your Glory and Praise, in Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

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