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September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

We are the strongest when we, too, exalt Jesus as Lord and let His Name be above every name and His power to be above every power on earth as it is in Heaven.

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HIS WORD for TODAY:

Philippians 2.9-11

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

The commercial says “MILK- it does a body good.” We know the value of milk as a source of many vitamins and minerals for our body. Praising the name of Jesus and honoring Him before God and one another is like the milk of the Spirit. Yes, acknowledging Jesus as Lord does the body good- the body of Jesus Christ, the Church. When the mighty men of God praise Jesus as Lord and call Him their Christ it also brings glory and honor to God the Father. It acknowledges the power of God’s love to save and restore life wherever sin has sought to sow the seeds of eternal death. And we know that because of what Jesus did we not only have eternal life as the result of our faith in Him but sin’s hold is shown as limited. Peter says it this way “He who descended also ascended.” Yes, sin cannot keep us away from God nor the blessing of eternal life which is ours in Christ Jesus. Sin has been defeated. Jesus is victor. Those who will be in Christ Jesus as members of the Church, His body on earth, continue to lift Him up in praise, worship and service. Each time it is like a trumpet blast of victory and the call to move forward to proclaim the truth which is for everyone to hear. It doesn’t mean we may not suffer for it in the world. Jesus told His disciples there would be trouble up to and including death for continuing the work of the Gospel. The enemy of God will not go quietly. But, he will go and the day is coming when he will be gone because every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.

So, praise the Lord, mighty men. It does the Body of Christ good to declare Jesus as Lord to the glory of God. It strengthens us and encourages us to keep the faith and fight the good fight. Each time we praise the Lord the Spirit within us is released more and more so that we can rise to the full measure and stature of Jesus Christ. Without Him it would not be possible. With Him all things that are needed and necessary are possible through the glory of God, by the glory of God and to the glory of God. Jesus is our witness!

“Let HIM be seen in the mighty men of 2016.”

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 this weekend
* For wisdom and provision of those in need as the seasons begin to change and the inclement weather challenges those in need of housing and food
* For the heart of American citizens to seek God’s will in the upcoming presidential election and to let peace and decorum guide tonight’s debate
* 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, NECC and the people of the Czech Republic
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife and myself and for our healing

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

* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, we join with the angels and saints in Heaven declaring that name which is above all names and commit ourselves to serve with Him today and all days yet to come. May Your Glory be made known in and through us as we align ourselves with Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray, live and worship. AMEN.

Hmmm…

September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016

And we, being found in the likeness of Christ, humble ourselves in obedience taking up our cross to follow Him who died for us that we might have eternal and abundant life.

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HIS WORD for TODAY:

Philippians 2.8

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death.” We know the logical teaching of the Apostle Paul on this subject “As in Adam all men die so in Christ all men shall live.” Thank God for Jesus Christ! Because of Him we have the opportunity to be reconciled back to God and blessed with the fulfilled promise of eternal life. While we may die in the flesh as men before us have, we will live in spirit and in truth as Christ does. He is able to enjoy the blessing of life after death because He humbled Himself to a life whose consequence would be death- even death on a cross. He knew He would not die of old age; He is the ageless One. He knew He could not abandon the body; He was God’s man on earth. He knew the consequences of living in obedience to God in a world of disobedience would be death. And He knew it would not be an easy nor painless death; it would be a terrible death. And His death was a terrible one not only because of the horrors done to His body with beatings, floggings, punctures and ultimately crucifixion but because He took on all the sins of the world. His death was a complete and awful death externally and internally. Yet, nothing could kill His Spirit nor His conviction to honor God.

Jesus knew the way, the course and the will for His life. We, as mighty men and those who are not so mighty, want to know the same for our life. What is our way, our course and our will for our life? So, let’s take this verse offered to the mighty men of Philippi and modify it in this way as a means of moving toward the answer to our question. Let’s read it this way: “And we, being found as in the appearance of Christ humbled ourselves in obedience to death- even death on a cross.” Because, as disciples, Jesus urges us to take up our cross and follow Him. Our faith commitment is a challenge to this sinful world declaring there is a worthy alternative to sinful living- righteousness. It may not set well with others but it is pleasing to God. In the end we are to please God alone. We are to love and serve others even our enemies. So, the choice for us would seem clear as the consequence of Jesus’ decision to honor God and love all men was and is eternal life in the presence of Almighty God, our Father. If this is what we desire then we must commit ourselves to embracing our true identity as sons of God, mighty men of faith, joint heirs with Christ as brothers and friends of the Messiah. Embracing this truth, mighty men, is the beginning of wisdom and opens the door to the rest of our lives. The choice remains, as it did for Jesus, to decide to walk through that door and pursue the life of Christ in us which leads to eternal life with the Father.

“Let HIM be seen in the mighty men of 2016.”

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

* For wisdom and provision of those in need as the seasons begin to change and the inclement weather challenges those in need of housing and food
* For the heart of American citizens to seek God’s will in the upcoming presidential election and to let peace and decorum guide tonight’s debate
* 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, NECC and the people of Cypress
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife and her healing

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

* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, our Father, we embrace again the truth that we are one in the body of Christ. Seizing that truth for ourselves we renew our commitment to go with Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray, live and worship. AMEN.

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September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

Not that He was surprised to find Himself on earth in the body of a man but that He understood His life’s purpose as a man on earth- to demonstrate God’s great love for others is the key to knowing who we are as men of God on earth!

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HIS WORD for TODAY:

Philippians 2.8

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

Jesus taught in word and in action “No greater love is there than this that a man lay down his life for another.” Jesus was, is and will continue to be consistent in His thinking, His actions and in His being. He is, was and will always be God’s love personified in life on earth as a man of God, God’s man, and in Heaven as the son of God, God’s Son. And because of His faithfulness to His understanding of love, mercy and grace and His commitment to both God and us, we have no reason to grumble. Through His death we became heirs to the Kingdom and those in whom the Spirit of God now dwells in power and in truth. We are freed from the burden of seeking to earn God’s favor and hope to appease Him so that we will not die forever. Before Jesus came into our world and into our lives we had only the hope of good works to be the definition of our righteousness. Now we have the place of righteousness to be the definition of our good works and the impetus for seeking to work for the Kingdom of God on earth as we will continue to do so in Heaven. We are given the full blessing and favor of God! Why do we seek to grumble each day? Is it because we have failed to grasp the truth of what Jesus truly did for us and for God? We ought to be rejoicing just as the angels in Heaven rejoice as another lost child of God is found in faith by hope with love through the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God!

So it seems, mighty men of God, that we should discipline ourselves to embrace the truth of who we are and proclaim it confidently whenever we are given the opportunity to grumble about life in this world. Quote a scripture such as John 3.16 or speak the Lord’s Prayer or declare a praise of thanksgiving to God whenever the urge to bemoan your current status and see what God has done, is doing and will continue to do in and through you by your faithfulness to being a follower and friend of Jesus.

“Let HIM be seen in the mighty men of 2016.”

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

* For comfort and wisdom to rise up and overwhelm the pattern of reporting so much bad news and those who follow the leads of law breakers to validate their own feelings of frustration; peace in Tulsa, North Carolina, Washington DC and Minnesota
* For the heart of American citizens to seek God’s will in the upcoming presidential election and to let peace and decorum guide tonight’s debate
* 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, NECC and the people of Cuba
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife her healing

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

* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, to this end we commit ourselves- that the truth of Jesus live in and through us so that others can join with us and with Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray, live and worship. AMEN.

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September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

Grasping the Word of God puts you in connection with the wellspring of truth that lives in You because God created you in spirit and in truth.

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HIS WORD for TODAY:

Philippians 2.14-16a

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

I needed this passage of scripture yesterday. God moved my eye from the line of scriptures preceding it to the “do everything without grumbling” because He knows I am struggling to keep the faith, hope and joy in my current work situation. It helped. I have to practice it more. What helps is to go back to the scriptures missed between where I was studying and where I was led yesterday to see an incentive reminder of why I should not grumble. Grumbling can be a sign of a lack of faith, or maybe just a lack of trust. It is easy for the weight of the world to be so great that our frustration bubbles up in grumbling. But, if we are drawing from the well of the Spirit which is eternal life then there is a spring of joy that should be bubbling up instead.

We can hear from of that dynamic in the story of the woman at the well. We do not hear her grumbling as she approaches the well. She has done it countless times in order to provide for herself and others. She could get there blindfolded because of the frequency of her journey. Familiarity doesn’t mean freedom or relief. It can lead to a state of dullness and regret. But, there is some of that grumbling mentality when Jesus engages her in conversation. She had gone to the well to draw water. Jesus went to draw life. He was hot, tired, thirsty and hungry. But, it didn’t deter Him from seeking one more person for the Kingdom of God. But, the experience He shared was not an external one dealing with the needs of the flesh. Instead, He drew upon the well of life in the woman which was based on her knowledge of the truth of God. Tapping into the spring with the truth of who He was connecting with who she was lead to an overflowing well of joy and healing. It is a good reminder to me that there is a wellspring of faith, hope, love, joy, peace and wisdom inside of me because I know Jesus. Life in this world may have caused it to be plugged or covered over. But, life in Jesus can cause it to spring to life again. It is that way for you, too, mighty men. Let the Word of the Lord connect, convict and convince you of the truth of who you are before Christ so that the Christ who is before You can free the truth leading to eternal life and the fulfillment of your earthly purpose.

“Let HIM be seen in the mighty men of 2016.”

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

* For those living in the flooded regions of Iowa and Wisconsin facing evacuation and in Tokyo following a 6.5 earthquake
* For comfort and wisdom to rise up and overwhelm the pattern of reporting so much bad news and those who follow the leads of law breakers to validate their own feelings of frustration; peace in Tulsa, North Carolina, Washington DC and Minnesota
* For the heart of American citizens to seek God’s will in the upcoming presidential election and to let peace and decorum guide tonight’s debate
* 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, NECC and the people of Croatia
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife her healing

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

* Happy Birthday, Mack!
* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, let peace flow like a river from the wellspring of Your Spirit which is in us as we connect with Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray, live and worship. AMEN.

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September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016

We are to be lights of hope in a world fraught with depression, beacons of confidence in a world besieged by negativity and the glory of God redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

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HIS WORD for TODAY:

Philippians 2.14-16a

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

How many of us awoke this morning facing a Monday! And our attitude following a day of worship and praise, walking and living in the intimate relationship of spirit and grace with God should be heaven high! Yet, Monday comes with work and life issues based on work that resemble more the valley of the shadow of death than a bright opportunity to love, adore and praise. This is in our control. We must take on the attitude of wisdom, peace and trust which is from God alone. We, as mighty men, are to be the bright lights of faith, hope and love in a darkening and depressing world. We are lamps of truth, peace and blessing set on the hills of industry, business and productivity. We are not to allow the baskets of consumption and falsehood cover us over and hide the light of God’s mercy and grace poured out over us nor of His Holy Spirit placed in us for life as created in His Image and for His Kingdom as we have been recreated and renewed in His Image. Take hold of your spiritual identity in Christ Jesus and move into this day with the confidence of being sons and daughters of God, ones of righteousness and friends and brothers of Jesus.

“Let HIM be seen in the mighty men of 2016.”

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

* For those living in the flooded regions of Iowa and Wisconsin facing evacuation and in Tokyo following a 6.5 earthquake
* For comfort and wisdom to rise up and overwhelm the pattern of reporting so much bad news and those who follow the leads of law breakers to validate their own feelings of frustration; peace in Tulsa, North Carolina, Washington DC and Minnesota
* For the heart of American citizens to seek God’s will in the upcoming presidential election and to let peace and decorum guide tonight’s debate
* 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, NECC and the people of Cote d’Ivoire
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife her healing

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

* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!
* We had a big Sunday for sales… and God will provide sufficient workers for the harvest.

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, with Your Spirit and with Your Truth we will go with confidence into this day to join with Jesus our Savior, in whose name we pray, live and worship. AMEN.

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