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August 26, 2017

Let us be the BEST we have ever been as 2017 mighty men!

HIS WORD for TODAY

” As He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.  And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But He was asleep.  So they came and woke Him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” But He said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.  And the men were amazed and said, “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!”  (Matthew 8. 23-27)

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

We may not be engulfed in the current voracious hurricane spreading carnage along the Texas coastline but we have all faced a storm in our lives that has threatened our existence physically, emotionally or spiritually.  If you are one of the lucky few who have never had such an experience, I pray you never do.  But, for the rest of us there is a story that can speak to a reminder of who we are to be in Christ.  The story of Jesus calming the storm and sea is well-known.  It isn’t the first nor the last storm the disciples will experience as followers of Christ.  On another such occasion we see Peter reaching out to Jesus with an impetuous request.  He asked to walk on water to be at Jesus side.  Things seemed to have gone pretty well until Peter took his eye off Jesus and took in the horrifying scene that surrounded him.  Just as quickly as he stepped from the boat onto the water so he began to disappear under the stormy waves.

What do these stories have in common?  Jesus, of course!  But, what else?  It is the call to have peace in our own lives as it was for the disciples.  When Jesus was awakened by the disciples it was from a peaceful sleep.  His confidence was in God; the same God who created the presence of storms on the face of the earth.  He knew it wasn’t His time to die so there was nothing to fear.  The disciples should have taken a hint from Jesus in His peaceful sleep.  Instead, they cried out in fear “Don’t you care?”  So, Jesus called out to the wind and the water and declared “Peace, be still.”  Without question the disciples were calmed as well.  He not only was Lord of nature but of life as well.

He is the Lord of life still.  He is in the midst of our storms resting peacefully.  He desires for us to be at peace as well.  He doesn’t desire our death.  He died for our lives, too.  He speaks the word of God over our lives so that we can rest peacefully in the midst of the storm and live confidently when all else seems to be falling down around.  If we are at peace ourselves, a peace founded in Christ alone, then we will be peacemakers as well.  Our peace-filled presence when all else seems to be breaking loose in someone’s life can give them the faith and hope grounding that strengthens, encourages and settles their troubled waters.

Mighty men, live a shalom life- one that is peace-filled in our coming and our going and in the times when we need to rest, too.

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 those who have been, are and will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the storm it will continue to be in the days ahead
* For the victims and the families of the victims of this latest rash of killings across the world that they may have peace and comfort in their time of grief
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana, Goodwill, NECC (and their service to the education community of 31 campuses)  and the people of Niger
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom- especially for Tom Jensen; for needs of my family mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually; wisdom to know the truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation and wise counsel in seeking the proper doctor to diagnose my condition

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

* We have a loving God who speaks to us in all seasons of life reminding us we should do the same to Him
* 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 us for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace; has given us relief in my health
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, Your love is so amazing.  By Your love we are changed from a loss to a gain, from a defeat to a glory.   With Your love we go now into the world to share the truth that can set all men free.  Let this witness be powerful and transforming, affirming and empowering in the name of Jesus by whom we pray, live and worship here on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.

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August 1, 2016

HIS WORD for TODAY:

Psalm 131.1-3

“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

The enemy uses things of this world broken by sin to plant the seeds of fear, failure and frustration into our minds and hearts as well as on the paths we walk day by day. The enemy wants to distract us from the truth he knows he cannot overcome. The truth is that God’s will cannot be avoided. As mighty men of God, we see the truth best when we humble ourselves and become content with the knowledge that God can be trusted. When we put our hope into His hands He will return it with wisdom, knowledge, strength, fellowship and peace. These are all elements of God’s love. When we feel shaken either by events which have happened that we did not anticipate or by those we know are happening in the time before us we must trust in the Lord. Leaning into Him is our best choice.

I remember when my daughter was born. While we were still in the hospital waiting release, I had her laying on my chest to sleep. It was such a peaceful moment. However, I had the Dallas Cowboys game on and whenever I would be excited or agitated she would stir and fuss. My heart was racing and it impacted her. When I remained calm by putting the game in its proper perspective she slept peacefully. This is the way it is with us and God. His heart remains calm. His way is perfect in its perspective. We can rest being assured that He will lead us in the way we should go and that His presence will be our strength at all times.

“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 strength and wisdom for the start of a new work week; seizing the opportunity to serve others first
* For the safety of those involved in the Rio Olympics- physically, mentally, morally and spiritually
* For the rise of the body of Christ in the world through prayer to be the voice that is heard sounding out against terrorism with faith, hope and love
* For those whose burden in life creates such desperation that taking the life of another as a means of escape and problem-solving seems reasonable and for their victims that they may have peace; as seen in the sex-trafficking slavery business of young girls
* For the end of the ISIS regime and replacing it with the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the nations of the earth
* For the homeless, especially now as summer heat and drought bring searing temperatures
* 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 Azerbaijan
* 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; 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

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; but a new job is coming as I seek His will and not my own being humbled in what I still need to learn as I wait for His unveiling
* God answered prayer for a financial breakthrough for a family member
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly
* 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 being in the center of our lives. By Your Holy Spirit remind us of this simple truth so that we can find the calm and peace that surpasses our understanding and lead us confidently in this day. We receive this blessing through Your Son and our Savior Jesus, in whose name we pray, live and serve. AMEN.

March 4, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Joshua 1.9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As I was visiting with our receptionist who is going on her first cruise it became my job to calm her fears so she could enjoy the trip. She is a god-fearing woman and is attending the cruise with a number of women from local churches. But, she has never been at sea nor even stood on the deck of a sailing vessel. I reminded her that the Lord is the Lord over fear. God is not intimidated by the things which trouble His people. He is the author of calm and peace and safe journeys. Trust in the Lord and enjoy the trip.

But, it does remind me of some men who were on a boat trip as well. Some were able-bodied fishermen whose experience had led them through a number of storms on the water. The others in their company were not. In fact, this may have been their first experience of deep water. How fortunate for them that it was one of the worst storms, a tempest, to ever rise up on the Sea of Galilee. I say fortunate because Jesus was with them. No, He didn’t start out in the boat with them but He ended up there. He was the Lord of the sea, the water, the wind, the storm and of their lives. He came to them in their time of need, a promise He would never forsake, and brought peace and calm to them.

Yes, God’s mighty men, remember what He has commanded. He declared “Peace, I am with you always even to the end of the age.” So, no matter the storm which rises up against you and those given to your care, practice the presence of His peace for He is with you everywhere you go.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For a successful testing week- three days behind and one to go…TGIF!
* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For safe journeys to those who will be travelling this next week for Spring Break
* For the family and congregation of the Texas pastor shot and killed in his church and his
ministry assistant seriously wounded
* For the stress that is now overwhelming schools and school districts across the country to
become productive and inspiring for solutions to make teaching young people more successful
* For wisdom among all leadership that Jubilee become the motivating desire- that all should be
free from burdens
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, in the Far East with North Korea and South Korea and now across North Africa
from Egypt to Libya to Mauritania; for Ghadafi to react in peace which comes in the fear of
God alone instead of war rising out of selfish fear
* For Mission Waco and the people of the Burkina Faso

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

* For health and healing throughout my family; especially Lisa, Michael, Mack and Sarah
* Only one more day of testing this week!

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, for the presence You practice we are grateful. As these mighty men who are practicing practicing Your presence be successful in bringing peace and calm into the lives of others. AMEN.

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