motivating! part 1

Music is often motivating. Lecrae’s new CD Rehab: Overdose has a song on it that particularly is.

Rehab: The Overdose

Song number 3 on this CD is called “Battle Song”. It is very motivating. The song is about being bold in our witness for Christ. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:

“was engineered in my mother’s womb for God’s glory/ plenty faith in the persecution is inventory/ I been spit in the face, still exhibiting grace/ kicked out many a place, just for sharing my faith/ My belt tight, shoes laced, plus a breast plate/ my war helmet on, now I got my head straight/ the battle’s on but the war is over when Jesus reigns/ and fo’ his name I withstand the pressure and take the pain/ and if they drop us, this promise, we’ll take it to the grave/ that tonight we may die, but to die is our gain”

Now that song motivates me to go live for Jesus. He is our gain!


Valeria

Yesterday I was able to have a very nice Valentine’s Day with the love of my life, Valeria.

She means more to me than she knows or I have let anyone else know. God has been so good to me in giving me her for a best friend and wife. I do not deserve Valeria. I love her dearly.

your light will shine will all else fades

Life is hard. I am really aware of it from two angles.

One, I work with so many people who are having such a hard time, and my heart breaks for them. I pray and labor for the Lords grace to be poured out on them.

Two, I am a aware of my own personal shortcomings. I am not perfect. Jesus is, and I am so thankful that through faith in His work I can be forgiven and re-made. I often feel down and discouraged knowing that Christ is worthy to be exalted in our lives and that I do not at times reflect this. The Lord is the lifter of my head.He surely is. I know He is worshipped in my repentance and prayers as much (maybe more) than in my faithful obedience.

I say all of this to point out that I do love Jesus very much. Primarily, because I need Him so much. I need his love and forgiveness. And He gives it. He loves me so much. He loves me so very much. His Word and His cross prove that to me over and over and over again. Wow!

This song often expresses what He puts in my heart. “Not to us, O Lord, Not to us, but to you be the glory!”

Geneva Stinson James funeral

The funeral services for Mrs. Geneva are:

  • Visitation – Thursday 1-8pm
  • Funeral – Friday 10am

All services are the Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home in Fairdale right beside the church.

please help me out – song lyric

I would like for anyone who views this to help me out. Please.

I am working on a project.

I would like for you to leave a comment telling me your favorite song LYRIC.

I am wanting to capture all these amazing song lyrics and do some stuff with them.

So Please do this for me. Take a minute and leave me the comment with the song lyric.

REMEMBER = Not your favorite song, or your favorite lyrics. But your favorite lyric. I guess, what I am looking for is “one line” from a song.

Please do it. Thanks in advance.

common bonds

At a funeral today, there were so many people gathered together today because of one simple reason = we all were friends with the gentleman that had passed away.

I heard one of the ministers make this statement:

“I want all the people I know and love to know and love all the people I know and love.”

It stuck with me. I like this statement.

The people in my life that I know and love are such a blessing that I really wish that everyone else who does not know them could know them.

Making this comment is really another way of telling someone “I love you, you are meaningful to me, and I wish all my other friends knew you too.”

Hearing that, moreover feeling that from someone, would mean so much.

Heres the point: Let people know how special they are to you.

you are what you are

What a great point to live by! What a great truth to help you in life! You are what you are! This is the point that Paul is making in 2 Corinthians 11 and 12 when he is speaking about “boasting.”

2 Corinthians 12:6 “so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.”

WOW! What a statement. What humility! What a God-centered, Christ-honoring, all-attention-to-King-Jesus attitude!

Paul is saying that he doesn’t want to boast, or say too much, in case someone may think more of him than he really is. He is what he is by the grace of God. (1 Cor. 15:10)

I pray the church of today would see themselves rightly and therefore be lowly and humble, so that in all things Christ may get the attention and glory!

dynameno article

A great time long-time friend of mine, Josh Honeycutt, is blogging now, and I have been so blessed by it. The two of us grew up together and were in the same Youth Group together during high school. I am so blessed by his biblical insight.

Please click here to check out his blog DYNAMENO and the many similarities he has found between Noah and Jonah. It is interesting.

resting in His Word

On a very, very tired Monday morning, I am leaning heavily on the Word of God. Last week took its toll on me. These truths are what keep us going.

Psalm 3:3 “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 51:12 “uphold me with a willing spirit.”

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness… for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

And perhaps my favorite strengthening passage for today:

Psalm 23:2-3 “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”

life is not the best

Last night for our Sunday evening service, I planned to preach through Psalm 63. But every once in a while I allow for the whole congregation to have the liberty to raise their hand and share any and everything that they would like to with the rest of us. It is really good to hear people speaking about encouraging and refreshing things in their lives through their walk with Christ.

Well last night, this carried on long enough that I was only left with about 10 minutes to preach. So I shifted gears a bit and explained verse 3 of Psalm 63.

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”

There is a comparison here between God’s steadfast love and life. David, the author of this psalm, says that God’s love is better than life.

The point I wanted our church to grab hold of and completely digest and stand rooted and established in  is that LIFE IS NOT BEST. It is not!

While things in this life may be good, they are not the best. And while things in this life may be bad, there is something better.

Life is full of good and bad. But we all should know that the lottery, and parties, and relationships, and new cars and cell phones are Not the best thing ever. Just like we know that polar pops, and drugs, and stolen air-conditioner units is Not the best thing ever.

The love of God in Christ Jesus for us is so good. It is so lasting. It is so refreshing and restoring. It is so sin-forgiving. It is so peace-bringing. It is so unlike-anything-else-this-life-can-give.

The love of God in Christ Jesus is the best!  Paul knew that. That is why in Phil. 1 he could say “for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” For those people who know God’s love, they are fully aware that this life is not best.

So, lets resolve to never ever allow our lives and thrills to send the message that Life is the best thing ever. It is not. God’s love in Christ Jesus is!