Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My Holy Spirit

My Holy Spirit, You’re my Advocate, my Friend.
My Holy Spirit, You’re the One that Jesus sends.
You’re my Comforter.  The One in whom I trust.
By Your Presence, I can flee all youthful lusts.

You show me things to come.  You are wholly love.
You’re my rest. You help me strive for the best.
You are my ability, and You give me songs to sing.
There is none like You Holy Spirit.
You give me power to be a witness.

You’re my closest Friend.  Your love will never end.
You make me pure.  You’re salvation is sure.
I surrender to You oh Spirit of Truth.
Without You I haven’t a clue
You’re the best Teacher, Helper, and Healer.  You are my Leader
And I will follow you. Come fill me through and through.

My Holy Spirit, my Holy Spirit.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Becoming Less

He must become greater I must become less. John 3:30

No one likes the individual who always trying to gain attention.  That me-first attitude rubs most of us the wrong way.  That instrumentalist or singer who always tries to steal the stage can be annoying.

Jesus taught us a different way.  He said we are to strive to give glory to God.  John the Baptist, who was a forceful believer, in a godly sense, said regarding Jesus, “He must become greater and I must become less.”  He had led his group of followers to repentance towards God.  His mission was to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry. 

He did not think more highly of himself than he ought.  Instead, all of his efforts were dedicated to preparing the way for Jesus and to giving Him glory.  Let’s learn from John’s example.  When we serve the Lord, in any capacity, let’s not draw attention to ourselves.

Lord, help us to have a servant’s heart, to walk in humility, and enable us to always give you the glory.  Teach us to truly serve you from our hearts to see your kingdom steadily advance.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

This God-Child


Hundreds of years before
The story was foretold
The humble entrance
The holy King born
Glorious to behold

For unto us was born
The Savior of mankind
This precious God-child
The one wise men find

He lived among us
The Way, the Life, the Truth
Pointing to the Father
Come for me and for you

God delighted in Him      
In Him He was well-pleased
Christ became the sacrifice
He bore our disease

Our sin and sickness
He took upon the cross
His death resembled defeat
He looked as if He lost

But in three days this God-child
Rose again
Now to reign
Now we can be
Forever changed
Because this God-child
Came



Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Fly's Story



I am a fly upon the cross
I saw him suffer, I saw his loss
I witnessed his courage
His sweat, his tears, his love
This God-man from this earth and from above

His agony was palpable
His pain beyond measure
They cruelly mocked him
His robe was their treasure

I heard him cry out
"Father forgive them they know not what they do."
Surely this man was innocent - he died for you.

I am a fly upon the cross
I saw him die, I saw his loss
Three days later, I traveled to his grave
He was not there, the stone had rolled away

I am a fly with a story
Of Jesus the Lord of Glory

He is the Way, the Truth, the Life
All who follow gain His sight

He is the Savior of Mankind
But who am I?
I'm just a fly

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.  Psalm 106:1
It is God’s perfect will for us to give Him thanks.  When we do this, we align ourselves with His purposes.  We have so much to thank God for.  Foremost on this list is the fact that He sent Jesus to die in our place.  His sacrifice bought our salvation and with it untold blessings besides. 
I am reminded of the time that Jesus prayed for ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19). 
 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
All ten were told to go to the priests to be ceremonially declared clean.   As they went, they were cleansed from their leprosy but only one returned to give thanks.  It’s possible that when he returned, he was not only cleansed of his disease, he was healed from the debilitating effects of it, which means that if he had lost fingers or toes or any other body part these were restored. 
At the very least, the man’s thankful return to Jesus enabled him to know the Savior in a deeper way then the other nine.
When we give thanks from a genuinely grateful heart, God blesses us in ways He wouldn’t have if we remained silent.

Let’s not just celebrate Thanksgiving one day of the year, let’s make thanksgiving our lifestyle.Thank

Monday, October 9, 2017

Becoming Thankful and Joyful

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.  Philippians 2:14-16

Our attitude determines our altitude.  This is so true.  When we take the position, throughout the day, of being thankful and joyful, our lives shine.  The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.  When we are thankful and joyful, we possess the wherewithal to overcome little and large circumstances.

A cheerful heart is also good medicine according to Proverbs.  It is healthy to have a joyful heart.

When we avoid grumbling and complaining and learn to praise our God throughout the day, we become winsome witnesses of the gospel.  No one wants to take advice from someone that is depressed and always complaining.  In Philippians, it says that when we cease from complaining and arguing, we shine like the stars in the sky.  Unbelievers will take notice of us.

Let’s make it our ambition to be thankful and joyful and let’s let our praise resound each day.  With this attitude, we will rise, we will shine, and we will become winsome witnesses in a world that is warped, crooked and hungry for the truth.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What Can One Life Do?

What can one life do?
In a world that unwittingly hungers for truth.
A people void of understanding
Reach out to God with aching
Their empty, hollow sighs
Are heard by the Author of the skies

Are you poised for battle?
Ready to pray?
Are you full of compassion?
Willing to share God’s love and truth today?
Preach the gospel story
Give Jesus the glory

Your one life can make a difference
Ushering many others into His Presence