Month: November 2017

Life Quote #6

Originally posted on LIFE UNCUFFED:
William  Barclay was  born (5 December 1907 in Wick, Scotland; died 24 January 1978 in Glasgow, Scotland) was a Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of…

Praying For Children

Ramblings from Real Man's Land

Each month our church has a prayer service. There is a particular emphasis with each prayer service. Last month our emphasis was on praying for the kids of the church. In each prayer service I typically give out a Bible based prayer list. This service was no exception. I thought I’d share the list and my thoughts about the verses today.

Pray They Will Know And Follow Jesus– “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite passages right now. When I pray for kids using this passage I want them to:

Receive Christ

Follow Christ (walk in Him)

Be rooted in Christ (no fall away once they move on)

Be built up…

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Praying For Your Pastor

Ramblings from Real Man's Land

Scripture tells us that in one battle that the Israelites fought and won Moses stood on a cliff overlooking the battlefield and held his hands up. When Moses held his hands up, the Israelites gained advantage. When Moses hands grew tired and he lowered them, the Amalekites started winning. In order to help Moses hold his hands up two men, Aaron and Hur, came alongside Moses and held his arms up so that Israel could win the day (See Exodus 17:8-16).

Friday is the day when many pastors I know do their final preparation for their Sunday message. In my experience, Friday-Sunday morning is a time of intense spiritual battle. For me, this is a time I am most distracted. It is a time when more interruptions come into my life. It is a time when my sin nature feels the most like making trouble.

My conviction is that a…

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Thanksgiving is a choice

On Target

This was originally posted on November 27, 2014. In light of my current circumstances, I felt the need to be reminded that I need to make a conscious choice to give thanks.

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David’s opening words in Psalm 138 arrested my attention.

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (1-2)

I was stunned as much by what David didn’t say as what he did say. David doesn’t say, “I feel thankful. I am grateful. I feel like praising God. I want to worship God.” David doesn’t say anything about his feelings, emotions, desires, or longings.

What David says is, “I give thanks … I sing your praise ……

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Replace our sorrow with joy

On Target

Psalm 90:15 – Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.

I was teaching a two-week course in the Bryansk Bible Institute in February 1997. The school met in a large Baptist Church in Bryansk, Russia, about 250 miles southwest of Moscow. In between class sessions, I wandered through the church to look at the facility. I noticed this verse from Psalm 90 painted on the front wall of the sanctuary. Curious about the significance, I asked for the backstory.

The church was heavily persecuted during the Communist era. At one point, the church was closed and used as a storage warehouse. The congregation petitioned the local officials to allow them to reopen the church. The local officials said, “No.” The people petitioned the officials in Moscow, who said, “Yes.”

The congregation cleared out the church…

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HIS LIVING WORD

Where Words Daily Come Alive.com

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His words were very soft-spoken
They fell down gently from his lips
Their beginnings were full of much life
Yet to some who heard them the moment
Was missed

For the treasure most people desire
Would surely this day just fade away
Because they could not understand
What they heard so the roots of his
Word in their hearts did not stay

And yet again he would speak his
Living words with each begging for
A chance in a heart to live. Still,
No one took the time to listen and
Receive the life in his words which
He had to give

And he shed a tear for all the mothers
For all the fathers and children too,
Because he could see their life’s outcome
If today his words could not get through

As many sat down all around him some
Hungrily waited for something to eat
They felt the…

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Beauty and Time

Charis: Subject to Change

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We’ve been overwhelmed with grief;
Come now and overwhelm us with gladness!
Replace our years of trouble with decades of delight!
Let us see your miracles again, and let the rising generation
See the glorious wonders you’re famous for.
Oh Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us, and give us favor.
Come work with us, and then our works will endure,
And give us success in all we do!
(Psalm 90:15-17 TPT)

Can I be honest? This has been a tough year for a lot of us. The details are not necessary. I find that listing them often leads to a you-think-that’s-bad kind of discussion, and your challenges are much more real to you than mine are. Let’s just say that for months I have not been able to get outside as much as I like to.  This week, in a lull between storms, I am making…

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