life, liberty, and the pursuit of Jesus
What is compassion? Mr. Webster says, ” sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. I believe that last part is key. Along with the desire to alleviate we should have an action plan in place of what exactly are we going to do about it. It doesn’t have to take a lot of our time, with 4 kids 12 and under who has a lot of time, but I do think we all need to do are part to make the world a better place and stop being so selfish.
As a father and husband the “others” that are of most importance to me are my wife and children. When their distress is taken care of then I can move on. For now the priority is my own house. God has given me responsibility to take care of these 5 others first.
I am convinced now more than ever that the reason I am alive and still on this earth is because our God is an awesome God and also because from the time I was born people were praying over my life. Some people prayed specifically for me because they knew the situation I was in, while others who did not know me had an impact on my life that they may never realize. Some are prayer warriors and intercessors, some are evangelists and church planters but most are normal people who shake your hand, smile and say those simple words, “I am praying for you”.
Our purpose in this place is to pray for and love on folks. Sometimes it may be a tough love but it is not our job to convict (See John 16). There are certain things that we are commanded to do and it is not a long list. In Matthew 22 Jesus tells the people there are only two commandments and both of these commands contain the word love.
As you go about your day pray for everyone that comes to your mind. There are many examples in scripture of people who prayed constantly (1 Thessalonians 5 , 1 Samuel 12 , Colossians 1 ). In addition if you have the chance to speak with people first you should listen more than you speak and second when you do speak make it words that are uplifting and edifying. Plant those seeds. With time and the power of the Holy Spirit they will grow and flourish.
Some of my friends and I have been talking, off and on, over the past two years about writing music. We have done a little bit here and there but after yesterday’s sermon from Pastor Mike it is time to take action. Here are some great ideas from Adam Russell over at indigenous worship about songwriting. I hope that when we look back at 2011 this time next year that we can say it was a year we started to take action. Be Intentional!
My friend Pastor Scott Hobbs has a wonderful post about the “new” things God has for us. While I was reading and meditating on his words and the words from Isaiah I was struck by the fact that sometimes these “new” things can pass us by and we won’t even notice them until it is too late. In many places throughout the Bible you will find the words “seeking”, “watching”, and “waiting”. These are all things we must do as well as be in constant communication with God so that we will not miss these new, wonderful, and exciting things that HE has planned for us. Don’t miss it!
why do we worship?
because our God is an awesome God and even though the best we can do is nothing but filthy dirty rags to Him we are made Holy in His sight but the blood of His Son Jesus!
I will continue to worship with everything I have not because I feel that He will “like me more” if I do but because He is worth it. It is not something I have to do, it is something I get to do.
I will worship the Almighty God. The Creator of Heaven and earth. I hope the others will see the fire and have the desire to come along with me but if they don’t that is their choice.
I am so very thankful to have served 8 years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps! I will never ever take for granted what the Marines and all of our military do for us everyday. I pray for safety for all of them and wisdom for those leaders who take them into battle. Please enjoy the report below from Michael Yon. Semper Fidelis!
Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan.
The U.S. Marines are flooding in, and you might think that every Marine helicopter in our arsenal is here. I’ll not give numbers and types other than to say the line of aircraft is long and formidable.
The U.S. Marines are a spectacle for the U.S. Army and also the British Army. The Marines will come in and live like pure animals, and build a base around themselves, whereas the British and American Armies will tend to build at least part of the base before coming in. One Marine commander told me that during the early part of this war, his men didn’t even shower for three months. We talked for a couple of hours and he was proud that his Marines didn’t need a shower for three months, and that his Marines killed a lot of Taliban and managed to lose only one good man. That’s the Marines. They’ll show up in force with no warning, and their reputation with U.S. Army and Brits who have fought alongside them is stellar. A NPR photographer who just spent more than three weeks with the Marines could not praise them enough, saying he’d been with them in Iraq, too, and that when Marines take casualties, their reaction is to continue to attack. They try to stay in contact until they finish the enemy, no matter how long it takes. Truly they are animals when it comes to the fight. Other than that, great guys. Tonight at dinner, a young Marine Lance Corporal sat in front of me at the crowded dining facility. “Good evening, Sir,” he said. I asked, “Are you living like animals out there?” “Livin’ the dream, Sir!” They are fantastic.
Link to the Commandant’s message
Calling all musicians. Check out this article on playing skillfully. I think it is mucho importante! I know that I need to practice more so that I can be a better musical tool in the toolbox of the church. Sometimes I hear people say why do we have to practice so much? If the Holy spirit is in it , it will just come together. While I do believe that is true and definitely can happen I also believe that we need to take some responsibility and sharpen our skills whether we play an instrument, sing, or do all the technical stuff behind the scenes. We do not want to be a distraction especially when we are leading others into worshiping the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth. Click here for Peter Park’s article