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December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

Herod wanted to prey on Jesus. The wise men came to pray over Jesus and see the answer to their prayers for salvation. Blessed are those who are wise, may it be for all of the world. Woe to those who are otherwise for as they seek to consume they will be consumed to eternal death. Crown Jesus Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Let your prayer and worship be your daily journey in spirit and in truth. If you do then you will find your spiritual assets which will overcome your worldly liabilities.

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2089

Happy close of one age and the opening of another. Farewell 2015. Welcome 2016!

HIS WORD for TODAY: The Advent of Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-2

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Wait for it! Pause. Reflect. Contemplate. Pray. Search. Believe. Pursue.

I still smile when I think of this phrase I learned long ago which says “Seven days without prayer makes one weak!” One day without prayer is bad enough, maybe even one hour. As I think about it prayer and worship may be nearly synonymous spiritually speaking. Our prayers, if offered properly, should be an act of worship. Keeping this frame of reference in mind may increase our success with prayer. It will definitely make prayer a place where we would all want to be. When the wise men from the East made their way to Jerusalem they asked of Herod “Where is He so that we might worship Him?” To Herod, asking for the King of the Jews would have been one thing bitter in his mouth. But, to declare their intent was to worship Him would have been bitter in his soul. It is here that I have seen the contrast for today’s reflection. Herod consulted his own “wise men” and determined by scripture there would be a Messiah coming from the House of David. Bethlehem was the seat of the House of David and so they determined that He was there. Herod sent the wise men ahead to check it out and come back to him with the news. His stated purpose was “so I may come and worship Him as well.” His revealed purpose was not to pray over the Boy of Bethlehem but to seek Him out as prey.

Herod wanted to consume, devour and destroy the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The wise men desired to honor, worship and adorn Him. It had been their prayer since discovering the forgotten truth of the birth of the Savior of the world to see Him. He was their salvation, too. He was the fulfillment of their longing for ultimate truth and resolution. Each step of their journey was filled with only one purpose- to see Jesus. Not only did they get to see Jesus and worship Him as they said but they lived to tell the story back in their own homelands. Hope was born in Jesus and borne by the wise men. Is it born in you and by you as well? Isn’t this your prayer, or at least a significant part of it? Or is your prayer one of defeat and lament, pleading and plodding, urging and cajoling? No, our prayer is to be honest before the Lord but our intent is to glorify God first and foremost for the blessing we have received. If we take account of what we lack first and then give thanks for the blessing then we are digging a deep hole and praying someone will pull us out. If we start with thanksgiving and glorifying God for His mercy and provision then we discover the fruits and tools with which we can deal with the situations we find ourselves in in the world. One prayer is the liability prayer and one is the asset prayer.

As we journey into this new year 2016, we must count our blessings and name them one by one. As the hymn declares, “Count your many blessings and see what God has done.” The wise men counted their blessings and saw what God had done. His Word shared with them through His people was true and they rejoiced greatly with offerings of worth and value to His meaning and purpose. If we only make resolutions and deals for the new year we are stating only our liabilities and self-efforts. No wonder so many resolutions are forsaken so quickly after the first of each year! But, God has not forsaken us year after year. Pray that you not only see God again in your life but that you worship Him in spirit and in truth. Bring blessing to His purpose as He has shared it with you and find far more than you expected. 2016 will be a year of blessing and challenge for many in the world. The question is which will you seek out first.

“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 a safe conclusion to 2015 and a prosperous and glorifying 2016
* For those impacted by the severe storms of a major system moving through the eastern half of the United States as over 17 million people are under a flood warning
* For those citizens of impoverished and regime-torn countries seeking escape into freedom to be safeguarded and easily identified apart from those seeking to destroy freedom
* For the end of the ISIS regime and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, including the innocent refugees from Syria, and destitute as the season definitely changes and challenges all
* For family and friends battling cancer and dementia at all stages of life and those seeking to be their caregivers and those who are their families
* 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 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, Goodwill and the people of Fiji
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are struggling with their new realities; and courage to be a mighty man against all odds

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

* We have made it through another year by the grace of God
* We have the story of the magi to teach us to pursue the King of Kings
* God has a plan for our service that will meet and exceed our expectations; He will guide us in the direction we need to go to serve Him and His people best
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, how great You are! Thank You for bringing us through another year. Forgive us where we have not served You first and best. Receive our joy for when we found You in the midst of what we were doing to lead others to You. Join us in worship today as we step into the future of a new year. May You be first and foremost in our lives in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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December 30, 2015

December 30, 2015

Take nothing for granted and do not accept face value. The truth of God designed for your life is a great treasure buried in the heart, mind and soul of God ready to be found by those who earnestly seek it and commit all they have to find it. Easy answers have no root to sustain the opportunity to bear much fruit. Get deep into God and find God deep in you.

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HIS WORD for TODAY: The Advent of Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-2

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Wait for it! Pause. Reflect. Contemplate. Pray. Search. Believe. Pursue.

Has anyone asked you if thinking hurts? Are you so lost in thought that the world around you seems to fade to black? I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer is “yes.” As mighty men of God we do need to get lost in thought as we consider the journey of faith, hope and love under the Lordship of God’s Truth- Jesus Christ. When we reflect there is a tendency to look first at the past and do a personal inventory of what went wrong, what factors played a part in the decision and then set an intention to not do whatever it was again. Sometimes we learn and sometimes we don’t. But, contemplation is a bit more intense.

It was said that when Jesus prayed over Jerusalem, His disciples and the future of His people blood poured from His pores. That is intense! I would say that is truly pouring out one’s soul. Without question God’s mighty men need to be such deep and intense thinkers. Contemplation starts with the truth of the gospel and presses into God seeking guidance into the future. Contemplation grasps on to the very moment in which you or I live and desires to draw out of it the very presence of God at the roots of who we are. It takes in the majesty and glory of God and pleads with the Spirit of God to dwell in the midst of us to divine ultimate truth. The focus on contemplation centers on one thought but the doors and windows of God’s bounty are opened wide. The knowledge and wisdom we desire and need comes pouring through and sweeps us up in a vortex of spiritual peace which surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t mean we know everything. That opportunity and blessing belongs only to the Trinity. It does mean we will know what we need to know and know it deeply without question.

The wise men seeking the King of Kings had plenty of time to contemplate upon the truth discovered in the writings of God given to Israel. Their journey was not a party train but a path of discovery of who they were in light of this truth appointed by God and confirmed by the Star of Bethlehem. As they drew closer I can only imagine the thoughts that flooded their minds as they shared their own journey with the others. Humbling and exciting. Mighty men of God we need to have that journey time as well. We need to seek Jesus and King of Kings and Lord of Lords born into the world so that we can be born into the Kingdom of God. And we have the Star of Bethlehem with us still. It is the mighty Word of God. It will guide us to where we need to be which is in the very heart and presence of Almighty God. Step into His Word; digest, breathe, and rejoice in its Author and the Spirit by which He shares with you the Word designed for your life. Get deep in it so that it will get deep in you. And when that moment comes that revelation is apparent be prepared to be changed and to go back into the world with good news of a great joy- Jesus is Lord!

“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 impacted by the severe storms of a major system moving into the eastern half of the United States as over 17 million people are under a flood warning
* For those citizens of impoverished and regime-torn countries seeking escape into freedom to be safeguarded and easily identified apart from those seeking to destroy freedom
* For the end of the ISIS regime and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, including the innocent refugees from Syria, and destitute as the season definitely changes and challenges all
* For family and friends battling cancer and dementia at all stages of life and those seeking to be their caregivers and those who are their families
* 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 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, Goodwill and the people of the Federated States of Micronesia
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are struggling with their new realities; and courage to be a mighty man against all odds

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

* We have the story of the magi to teach us to pursue the King of Kings
* God has a plan for our service that will meet and exceed our expectations; He will guide us in the direction we need to go to serve Him and His people best
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, we are so thankful that Yo have opened the doors and windows of Heaven not only that we can see in but that Your blessing can pour out upon us in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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December 29, 2015

HIS WORD for TODAY: The Advent of Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-2

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Wait for it! Pause. Reflect. Contemplate. Pray. Search. Believe. Pursue.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the mighty men of Corinth (1 Corinthians 13) that when it comes to knowing who we are it is like looking in a mirror. We need to reflect upon who we are as men in this world. When we were children, we acted like children. But, we are not children any longer. Are we acting like a boy or a man? The good news for many is that one day we will see Jesus face to face. I say “for many” because on that day there will be many who will not find the vision so pleasant. The reflection of ourselves will pale in comparison to who we are supposed to be. How many places have I failed to reflect the glory of God because I saw myself more in the mirror of life than Him? And where do we see Him? Is it not in God’s Word? He is the Word of God incarnate. He is the embodiment of all truth. In Him there is authentic life. He experienced pain, suffering, frustration as well peace, love, joy and happiness. He spent time in prayer in order to keep His vision clear.

And, mighty men, when we reflect what do we reflect on? Our past? Is the mirror we peer into a rearview mirror? When we see Jesus, He who is without sin, we see only the empty cross where sin was crucified and covered with the blood of the Lamb in perfect forgiveness. We still see our sins. They are rooted in our memory and haunt us because the consequences of our decisions do have a rippling effect. But, the day is coming when we shall see perfectly and find our sins are forgiven and forgotten in the mind and heart of God. He sees us as worthy and loved. He looks forward to the day when we can see that as well.

Are we staring into a looking glass and hoping to find some encouragement for today? We want someone to tell us how good we are, even if they have to lie. We want to feel good about ourselves but the shroud of the past weighs heavily. We know we cannot do it on our own. We need someone else to carry the weight with us or for us. Is that not Jesus? When we looking into the mirror perfectly we will find the Savior who bears the cross of life as a yoke. It is a double-yoke made for God and man to work together to accomplish the good God intends. He knows we cannot do it on our own. He never intended for us to do so. When we reflect upon who we are today it should reveal that we are to be as one in and with Christ.

Or are we seeking the truth in some crystal ball hoping to tell the future of our lives. Will knowing what is ahead truly make us relieved and comfortable? We can be pretty good at guessing what fate may befall us because of the burden of sin we cannot easily shed. We play out the scenarios of disaster and leave the good life as a wish. But, as mighty men of God we are not to be a wishing people. We are to be a people of a promise and a prayer. We reflect upon our future one day at a time. Our long term future is sealed when we reflect upon the truth that we cannot have a glorious outcome on our own merit. In that reflection we know we need to see Christ glorious and victorious. The reflection comes clear when we stay focused on the “one day at a time.”

That is what the Star of Bethlehem meant to the wise men who followed it, I believe. In their reflection upon the Word which they found they saw a broken past, a questionable present but a glorious future revealed in the One who was born to be King of the Jews (and as we know- the rest of the world as well.) Their reflection was about grasping the truth revealed in their time of reflection. What is the truth we are finding now in our time? Is it freedom from the past, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow? If not, look closer and think upon Jesus and the God who loves you so much. The truth is there!

“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 impacted by the severe storms of a major system moving into the eastern half of the United States
* For those citizens of impoverished and regime-torn countries seeking escape into freedom to be safeguarded and easily identified apart from those seeking to destroy freedom
* For the end of the ISIS regime and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, including the innocent refugees from Syria, and destitute as the season definitely changes and challenges all
* For family and friends battling cancer and dementia at all stages of life and those seeking to be their caregivers and those who are their families
* 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 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, Goodwill and the people of the Falkland Islands
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are struggling with their new realities; and courage to be a mighty man against all odds

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

* We have the story of the magi to teach us to pursue the King of Kings
* God has a plan for our service that will meet and exceed our expectations; He will guide us in the direction we need to go to serve Him and His people best
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, open our eyes so that we can see most clearly who it is You see when You look at us in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015

A journey does not always mean we must be on the go. If we do not take the time to pause and see the world around us, then we may miss the very opportunities that will inform us of the fullness of our purpose as we go this way through life.

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2086

HIS WORD for TODAY: The Advent of Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-2

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Wait for it! Pause. Reflect. Contemplate. Pray. Search. Believe. Pursue.

Yesterday, I was led to consider the pursuit of Christ as a wise, mighty man of God. Too often, I believe, pursue seems more like a chase than a journey. Much has been said of our journey of faith in Christ. We certainly are only able to journey with Christ one day as a time. Sometimes, it seems, we are only able to do it from one minute to the next. But in those minutes the journey feels like hours, days even a lifetime. At other times our trek with Christ flies past us leaving us wondering what we might have missed along the way. As wise, mighty men of God we cannot allow ourselves to focus only on the end of the journey. We certainly know, and pray we will have been wise enough to accept God’s mercy and grace for the forgiveness of our sins, to trust in that certain end which is to dwell in the House of the Lord forever. We want to focus on the temple palace with jeweled gates, streets lined with gold, cloudless days, peace and joy as well as that glad reunion in a house built just for us in the neighborhood of God. We want to focus on it because those are the things we lack in this world. However, the Kingdom of God in Heaven is not to serve as blinders to the world in which we live.

The wise men from the east, how far east is the stuff of legends and story, were not blinded to the world in which they lived. Surrounded by libraries of local and foreign works, sages such as themselves, wanderers and story-tellers, kings’ riches and comfortable opportunities these wise men had the luxury of pausing to study and reflect on the pursuit of truth. Perhaps they were under orders by the king who was hoping for some advantage for himself or by a queen who hoped to use such truth as a bargaining chip for power or prowess. Whether in ivory towers or musty libraries, these wise men were familiar with the world at hand with an eye to a power greater than themselves. They also knew that if they did not pause to reflect they may miss the very thing they were searching for. Truth was a key to unlock the mystery of today. The search for truth looks into the past to discover the patterns of events, the muses of predecessors and the wisdom of colleagues near and far. The hope of truth is to be better prepared for what is at hand and how to endure it into a better tomorrow- if one existed.

Mighty men of God, one does exist. We know that it exists because it is the promise of God. We know that promise of God is true because Jesus came into the world just as the prophets of old foretold. We are not so blind as to ignore the star that led the wisemen to where Jesus was in Bethlehem. How many representations of that star did we observe this past Christmas season? How many times do we see the brightest light of Heaven and consider what it must have been like to see the Star of Bethlehem? How many smiles on the faces of those who have had an encounter with the risen Lord have we been privileged to witness? How warm have our hearts been when the Spirit of God moves in us in word and deed? These are not happenstances. These are evidences of a truth that will be fully revealed in the day to come. And like the wisemen of old we, too, must not be ignorant of the world in which we live. Just in the past few days we have been witness to wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, winds, fire, flood and works of nature that astound and terrify us. These, too, are the evidences of God’s truth because those last days will be filled with such angst, sorrow, pain and death just as His Word has spoken.

All of this must give us pause. If we are wise, mighty men of God, then we must pause to remember and pray for greater wisdom. That wisdom will rise up in courage and strength. Strength not only to endure such events but to carry boldly the cross of Christ that is ours so that the Star of Bethlehem continues to shine brightly in what seems a dark and dreary world. The Star of Bethlehem might even be burning in your smile and in the your eyes which are the windows to a soul touched by the truth of God. And consider this- if we do not pause then we may move right passed one who needs to see the Star so that their hope is not lost. Stop not just for yourself but for the sake of others- it is the wise thing to do on a journey that will last a lifetime. Pause for eternity’s sake and give thanks to God for the Word that refreshes, revitalizes and restores the hope of a weary world.

“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 impacted by the severe storms of a major system moving through the southwest, central plains and midwest
* For those citizens of impoverished and regime-torn countries seeking escape into freedom to be safeguarded and easily identified apart from those seeking to destroy freedom
* For the end of the ISIS regime and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, including the innocent refugees from Syria, and destitute as the season definitely changes and challenges all
* For family and friends battling cancer and dementia at all stages of life and those seeking to be their caregivers and those who are their families
* 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 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, Goodwill and the people of the Faeroe Islands
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are struggling with their new realities; and courage to be a mighty man against all odds

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

* We have the story of the magi to teach us to pursue the King of Kings
* God has a plan for our service that will meet and exceed our expectations; He will guide us in the direction we need to go to serve Him and His people best
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, as we pause in this time of study and prayer may the light of Your Word shine definitively on our path so that we always journey in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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December 27, 2015

December 27, 2015

Sometimes the better decision is not to wait for Jesus to come to you, He already has. The better decision is for you to come to Jesus which is the way, the truth and the life you truly desire. Be wise and seek Him who has sought to bless you with faith, hope and love.

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HIS WORD for TODAY: The Advent of Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-2

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Wait for it! Pause. Reflect. Contemplate. Pray. Search. Believe. Pursue. This is the life of God’s mighty men regardless of their time, place or situation. It is an experience of the heart, mind, body and soul. It is a holistic event that energizes and synergizes the believer and entices the non-believer to have to make a decision for themselves. But, in the end the life of God’s mighty men is a pursuit of righteousness, goodness and the opportunity to praise God from whom all blessings flow in worship. Isn’t it strange how sometimes the truth is more apparent to strangers than to insiders? We can become to used to our reality that we lose touch with it. It becomes a blur instead of a distinct vision. Time passes and yet it seems just like yesterday. We yearn for tomorrow but the one we want never seems to come. Today is the gift we take for granted. Until some kind of intrusion enters into our life that causes us to pause, reflect, contemplate, pray, search, believe and pursue this new vision of truth.

As we come to the close of 2015 and focusing on the truth of the gospel from the Old Testament witness to the New, we are now given that opportunity to be wise men. Will we pursue Jesus into the age that is coming? Yes, we are still in the age of the Church. We are still members of the Body of Christ all equally important to its function in the world. But, has our reality as members of that Body of which Christ is the Head changed a little as a perhaps different vision, not version, of the truth has been proposed? Do we feel the truth’s accountability status in our lives? Are we not challenged to think more about what God has said, is saying and will continue to say to us? And if we are wise men of God then pursuit is what makes us different from all the rest. Too many are waiting for the fruit of truth to come to them. They sit like kings waiting to be served instead of wise men whose whole purpose is to serve. There is the fruit of the truth. To serve is to bear fruit, consume fruit and bear more fruit. Goodness becomes the cycle of life that keeps on giving regardless of the time, place or circumstance in your particular situation.

I still do not know where the next leg of my reflection journey will take me (and those of you who are following Him with me.) That is a mystery of the Spirit that we all must trust in our lives. That reflection is a mirror in which we see ourselves or a refraction as in a fine gem that spreads light into its individual colors so we are inspired by the detail. It could be, and perhaps should be, like the light of the moon which falls on the earth. It is nothing more and nothing less that the light of the sun shared by the moon. The moon does not make the light itself any more than we manufacture the truth of Jesus Christ. He is the light and the truth. He is the way through the next valley, over the next mountaintop, across the next plain or desert place. But, wise men still follow after Him. Wise men still believe He is with them. Wise men desire to become one with Him in spirit and in truth.

The truth is “Jesus is born. Immanuel, God with us, has come into our world.” Now, the choice is up to us. What will we do with this truth. Will it call us, guide us, teach us and create in us a new song to be sung into an increasingly monotone world? I do not know about you. But, I look forward to singing it, sharing it and becoming it for myself, others and most of all for the glory of God which is shining in the world today.

“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 leading God’s people in worship, praise and service today as wise people seeking Jesus
* For those citizens of impoverished and regime-torn countries seeking escape into freedom to be safeguarded and easily identified apart from those seeking to destroy freedom
* For the end of the ISIS regime and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, including the innocent refugees from Syria, and destitute as the season definitely changes and challenges all
* For family and friends battling cancer and dementia at all stages of life and those seeking to be their caregivers and those who are their families
* 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 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, Goodwill and the people of Ethiopia
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for needs on my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are struggling with their new realities; and courage to be a mighty man against all odds

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

* We have the story of the magi to teach us to pursue the King of Kings
* God has a plan for our service that will meet and exceed our expectations; He will guide us in the direction we need to go to serve Him and His people best
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, continue to shine on and into our lives so that the truth is plain and visible to the eyes of our heart, mind, soul and spirit in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

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December 23, 2015

December 24, 2015

If love is truly love then we must embrace the truth that we are not called to remain little lambs. Christmas is about calling lambs of God to be a flock of sheep and sheep to become shepherds. The joy of Christmas is known best when the love of God feeds little lambs with the truth of Jesus, care for them as they become productive sheep and feed them with the gospel of salvation which comes from the Great Shepherd Himself

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