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compassion, confession, faith

Month: August, 2016

The Church is no longer invited to the Party

The Millennial Pastor

Luke 14:1, 7-14

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Read the Whole Passage)

Sermon

For most of the summer, we have been hearing the stories of Jesus ministry, dropping in on scenes from his travels, hearing parables and other teachings. Stories like Mary and Martha, the Lord’s Prayer and the Good Samaritan. Last week we heard about the women was bent over or stopped for 18 years. All Jesus had to was reach out to touch her and she stood up straight, she was liberated from her condition by Jesus’ compassion.

Today, Jesus…

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Nailed It

My blows of the hammer nailed it.

THE RIVER WALK

nailed it

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. (John 19:16-18)

Read: Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 3:7-24, Psalm 122:1-9, Proverbs 29:1

Relate: I don’t normally trust Wikipedia much. I use it, but I don’t trust it much. The reason I don’t trust it is because  have written a few of those articles myself and edited quite a few others. I know how easy it is for me to do so. I know how little accountability there is in verifying that I actually know what I am talking about with regards to whatever it is I just wrote about  or changed. even though I am sure what I wrote today was…

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Listen

Just three months till my retirement and my boss throws me for a loop. From now till my last day at work the job I have been doing for the last ten years has changed. I was informed that most days I could be assigned to just about any duty in my department. The reason given is that someone else has to be trained to do my job so when I retire he will be ready.

What irks me is why I am not training my replacement? So everyday I have no idea where I will be. Manual labor is out of the question as far as I am concerned, since it has been ten years since I had done any.

I was compelled to ask for a truthful explanation on why it has come to this. Moral in our department is at the lowest point right now that I ever remember it being. There is no trust in management’s decision making.

Through much soul searching and prayer the answer I received is just wait it out and it will be over in three months for me.

The only problem is my co workers venting their frustrations to me occasionally. So many times as they start the Spirit tells me to listen and not respond in a negative way. Listening and not responding as I used to is not easy but, then following Jesus was never easy.

Thank goodness I have the Spirit of the Trinity to guide me each and everyday. Soon enough the 35 years I have worked in municipal government will come to an end. How joyfully  I look forward to retirement. From then on out I will be working for God’s glory with the promise of salvation.

 

Where are you Lord?

We recently had a big problem with doctors coming through for us. My wife had waited three weeks to see a doctor to evaluate her pain. It could be sciatic nerve damage, from the symptoms she has. Only a physician can properly diagnose this problem. Yesterday she found out that the appointment she had was canceled by the doctor’s office. Now she has no idea when she will be treated. I had been praying that something would happen soon.

At times like this it is so easy to lose faith. Why God has this happened after all my praying? Was there something I had to do that I failed to do?  Searching my heart nothing appeared.

I  heard by NF a song “Oh Lord” on our local Christian music station  The rapper’s song sums it up perfectly. He speaks about how we asks if God is up there. How we only want Him when we need Him. So true for us sometimes. How can we expect something from Him if we fail to pray to Him? The first time I heard it, it hit a nerve and woke me up.

When we lose hope in God to move for us, it is because we don’t talk to Him enough. He will come through but, I must be patient.

In the early morning when I drive to work there is a high point in Tulsa where I live. This is a view where the eye can see for miles. The lights of the city are awesome because it illuminates Tulsa and the suburbs to the east. It is at that moment when I am in awe of what God has created for my eye to see.

How can I doubt in Him when all that I see is His gift. My humanistic mind can not grasp how great He is. It is by faith that I believe. I do talk to God and say I will never renounce Him. Trust is all He wants from me. I will wait on you Lord and not lose hope. Your ways are not my ways. Your time is not my time.

 

 

 

Just listen

I came in the front door from a extremely hot day at work. There was my wife at the stove preparing tonight’s supper. I could have told her how I was still wet with sweat.  Like most everyday I ask how she was feeling. I could tell right away she was exhausted from taking care of budget and her printer.

She informed me that she had to deal with our medical insurance provider over the phone multiple times to get an upcoming doctor appointment settled. I said, that I had  submitted time off for the day of the appointment. Then for some reason instead of  putting in my two cents worth, I just listened. It is always best for a husband to listen and only give feedback when asked. I have a terrible habit of giving feedback before she is finished  talking.

As she finished preparing the rest of the meal I didn’t say one word. For some reason I thought it best to say nothing but sit patiently in a chair and just listen. After she was finished venting I just moved to my recliner until she proclaimed the meal was ready for us to eat. She took her plate of food to her room and I to my chair. It was so peaceful.

I know now that God had intervened as soon as I came in the door this afternoon and guided me just to listen for once.

Before I started this post I thought to find out what scripture says about listening. As I went to http://www.biblegateway.com as I do frequently, there was the verse of the day. The verse is James 1: 22 ” Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”.  Further search leads me to, Proverbs 1:5 ” let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”. There were plenty of other scripture passage where Jesus used the word “listen”.

I learned two important things today . Listen more and speak less in marriage. Always listen for His voice to learn wisdom and guidance.