He Knows

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps 139:23, 24)
With complete confidence, David asked God to examine his motives and to challenge him to the point of anxiety. When was the last time we asked God to take us to a breaking point? David knew this process would deepen his relationship with God and provide direction for Kingdom walking. David understood that anxiety and worry diminish impacting effectiveness.
Why trust God with this level of evasive evaluation?
He knows me. (Ps 139:1-6)
He hears me. (Ps 139:7-12)
He made me. (Ps 139:13-16)
He thinks about me (Ps 139:17-22)
The Designer knows His design. The Author knows the storyline. The Architect knows the building. The Shepard know His sheep.
The Message reads, “Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.”
Trust and obey . . . for there’s no other way!

Big Investments

One of the great opportunities with this new world of “social networking” is the re-connecting that takes place with friends and family. I am still amazed at my excitement when I come across a friend from 10, 20 or 30 years ago . . . I know, that’s a long time!  These last few days, I have reconnected with some mentors and friends from the early to mid ’70’s. Wow . . . it has brought back a collection of memories . . . and you know all about memories . . . they are only good!

My family had always been involved in church. During my early years in Michigan, we were actively involved in a small church that had an active youth program. It was during those years that I learned the importance of reading, studying and memorizing God’s Word.  I will always appreciate Phil and Didi Hardley for encouraging me in that particular discipline.

During the early 70’s my family relocated to Clearwater, Florida.  While searching for a local church, we attended Trinity Baptist in Clearwater.  As we were leaving an evening service, the pastor came out to our car, introduced himself and asked if he could visit.  The following Tuesday evening, Pastor Kline and George Stepan, the church’s youth pastor, came to our home.  I really can’t remember if I was impressed or not . . . I don’t think I remember George as being “cool” or a “Rock Star” . . . he was a big guy, big hair, with a big smile and a commanding, yet inviting voice.

We began going to church and I began meeting other kids.  We all went to different public schools so we learned to connect, support and encourage each other.  George’s wife, Kathee was great.  George taught the Word and Kathee led us in worship . . . what a great combination.  I sat under George and Kathee’s ministry for about 5 years.  During that time, I was encouraged to not only read and study the Word of God . . . but to analyze it, prove it, by faith believe it, and to live it.  There were times of all night prayer meetings (where my mom would call her 18 year old son and wonder what he was doing), convicting times in the Word, strategic discussions, iron sharpening questions, and encouraging and loving support.

Before I understood any principles of leadership . . . before I knew about the concept of mentoring  . . . or before I valued investing in the life of another . . . I had been shaped, touched and Read More

He Got It Right

I’ve often wondered if God got it right.  Looking around at others & playing the comparison game can be unsettling.  The “what if” question becomes quicksand.  The psalmist knew, with love-based confidence, that God had it under control.   “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord , endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands.” (Ps 138:8).
When asking, “Does God have the right man?” or “Is this the right plan?”, consider these three assurances in Psalm 138.
God listens & answers.  “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” (vs 3). We call out, He hears.
God loves & accepts.  “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.”  (vs 6)  Coming to Him yielded and surrendered gets His attention.
God leads and accomplishes.  “”The Lord  will fulfill his purpose for me . . .” (vs 8). Without exception, God will complete His work in you and through you.
He hears you.  He loves you.  He is using you!
Be bold, be brave, be blessed.
 

Getting Squeezed

It’s a Monday . . . and I should not try anything technical. Mondays and technology just don’t mix

Today, I was going to be THE MAN! I was going to make my blog . . . THE BLOG

Today, I tried to be creative . . . witty . . . insightful . . . Kingdom minded. But, today the “creative juices just weren’t flowing”

How often does that happen in our lives . . . as dads, as husbands, and as men.

  • We often feel that the proverbial “grass is greener on the other side”.
  • We become convinced a “new idea” is a better idea.
  • We are often trapped with the “good things” or even “better things” taking precedent over the “best things”.

We want to be The Man . . . but we’re just not!

This past weekend, I was reminded in my reading . . . Read More

Help Me Remember

Captivity, destruction, pain, suffering, loss, heartache, hopelessness . . . the psalmist had every emotion, every reason, every opportunity to embrace the rights to his own bitterness. instead, he elevated his thoughts to the recollection of God’s blessings.
“Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy” (Ps 137:6)
The enemy will intimidate and taunt us as a means to steal and destroy our peace. God walks with us through our suffering and gives immeasurable grace for abundant life, joy and hope. He’s been there. He is our Peace.

Proclaim It or Practice It

This week we celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year . . . Thanksgiving Day! 

In our home, like many of yours, it is a time of enjoying the company of family and friends; sharing in the kitchen and around the dinner table; and remembering the grace of God as seen in His care and His compassion in our lives.

In the year of 1777, the Continental Congress issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation encouraging citizens of our new country to express appreciation to their Holy Creator.  Their proclamation, read throughout the colonies, instructed them “to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received and to implore such farther Blessings . . .” Read More