A Few More Rambling Confessions!

Written By: John - Jul• 31•14

Have you ever stopped to consider what it means to be redeemed? To have been dead in sin and yet now made alive in the Spirit? To have felt the choke of the dead man, marring the very image in which we were created, suddenly released? It’s like diving deep…deeper than you’ve ever been and realizing you are almost out of air—you turn toward the air, you swim, you struggle, you hold it in with lungs bursting and burning reminding you—beating in your brain like a hammer on a nail the reminder—WE NEED AIR!—and then suddenly you break the horizon and air…precious air…fills the lungs and all is well. That’s a picture of what it means to be redeemed except we were so dead we didn’t know we needed to breathe. We were just grasping at something—anything—to fill the void and yet chocking on the surrounding…knowing that there was a void, but unable to fill it with the only Thing…the only One who could satistfy.

Why is it that we who were once dead and yet now alive still dabble in the tombs? Why do we who were once breathless—still try to go to the realm of the airless vacuum of sin? Why do we make such stupid and pitiful excuses?

I’m just a man,

I’m still a sinner,

I can’t help it…

Just a man? I am created in the very image of God and that image has been renewed and I am in the process of being glorified into His presence! Still a sinner? There is nothing within me, as a Redeemed Man, that forces me to sin except my own weak desires—desires that Lewis described as a child who’d rather make mud puddles in the slum because he can’t image what is meant by a holiday at the sea…I’ve been redeemed, I’ve been transformed, I’ve been brought to life, I’ve been…and I have the audacity to say, “I can’t help it.”

Here I am stuck between the judicial reality of Romans 6 and the glorious heights of Romans 8 supported by the bottomless depth of Romans 9-11. Here I am stuck in the reality of Romans 7,

 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me…”

Here I am crying out with Paul,

 “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

I’ve walked the Green Mile… a dead man walking…but Jesus took my place and all that was left for me was freedom…glorious freedom. Freedom to breathe new air—celestial air. Freedom to step on new ground—holy ground. Freedom to take a new hand—the hand of God. Freedom to walk in a new spirit—the Spirit of God. Freedom to be what I was destined to be from before the foundation of this very world that bears the curse of my sin…your sin…our sin.

Here I am sitting in a chair, which is sitting on the carpet, which is sitting on a concrete pad, which is connected to a ball of rock spinning at over 67,000 miles and hour and I’m not dizzy! That lack of dizziness doesn’t surprise me as much as the fact that I’m not daily dizzied by the grace of such a Grand God. I’m surprised that I’m not daily drunk on the dregs of mercy to which God has displayed to me. How can I, again in the words of CS Lewis, consider “the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards in the Gospels” and go on like a half-hearted creature “fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered me?” Why am I so easily pleased with the things of the world?

When will I learn to be like Joshua and stay in the tent? When will stop being like Peter who in the presence of the Transfigured Jesus spoke and to be reminded that Jesus was the Father’s Son and that he should listen to Him? When will I take my eyes off the thirty pieces of silver and look to the Savior who hung on the cross so that I might be relieved of my love of money? When will I…when will I find all my pleasure in Him and glory in Him and make much of Him and Him alone?

I know that day will come…I know that I will be in His presence and that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and hearts have not imagined with the Lord has in store for those who love Him. I know that this is true, but I want to know what Tozer called the “Blessedness of Possessing Nothing.” I want to be like my forefathers who lived acknowledging that they were strangers on the earth, who sought a homeland…a better country…a heavenly home that God has prepared for them…for me…for you.

I want to live a life here on earth knowing that all the glorious things I see here are just shadows of what is to come. I don’t want to get caught up in the shadows when the reality is before me!

How about you?

A Confession…

Written By: John - Jul• 30•14

I’ll admit it…I can be a little grumpy from time to time.  I get caught up in what has to be done and lose sight of the now.  Two nights ago I KJ and I took the golf cart around the block a few times.  It was just getting dark, the creation was screaming a ‘good night’ to its Creator, and KJ was chattering the entire way.  Instead of delighting in her voice and in her excitement—I tried to get her to be quiet…I can be a grump sometimes.

I don’t want to be that way.  I want to enjoy the moment.  I want to return to that childlike fascination that stops everything to watch a bug scurry across the side walk or enjoys the spider in the web, but I’m often too busy with the urgent to enjoy the now.  I don’t want to be that way.

I want to wake up early with a smile on my face singing praises to God.  I want to go to bed late thanking God for the day.  I want to eat every bite with gratitude for the food, but more than that—for the extraordinary taste in every bite.  I want to attack every bite with the joy I found in first bite of banana pudding!

I want to talk to my bride with the joy I found the first week we met.  I want to cherish her with the love I found around Shadow Lake in Macon, MS.  I want to love her like Christ loved the Church and serve her because I love her.  I want to do all of those things, but I’m a grump sometimes.  I don’t want to be that way.

I want to dance in the joy of God’s grace as I did that moment on the creek bank in Tennessee when I finally knew what it meant to be saved.  I want to read the entire Bible over and over again with the joy I found the first time I read the Sermon on the Mount.  I want to pray with an awareness of His presence, preach with a dependence upon His power, and visit with a love for His body, do benevolence ministry with Matthew 25 in mind, and study with a passion for knowledge of His revelation…I want to do all of that, but I’m a grump sometimes.

Maybe I need a long vacation.  Maybe I need resuscitation.  Maybe I need vaccination.  Maybe…maybe, I just need the Cross.  It is at the Cross that I die to myself.  It is at the Cross that I see His great love.  It is at the Cross that I find myself, deny myself, renew myself, and find Him renewing myself.  It is there I find love and joy and peace.  It is there the grump dies and the joy revives.  Would you join me in the daily funeral I must attend—the funeral of dying to self and living to Him.  Let’s make much of Jesus and enjoy every single moment of the life He has given.

Making Much of Jesus!

Written By: John - Jul• 29•14

ND Wilson said, “God is a God of galaxies, of storms, of roaring seas and boiling thunder, but He is also the God of bread baking, of a child’s smile, of dust motes in the sun. He is who He is, and always shall be. Look around you now. He is speaking always and everywhere. His personality can be seen and known and leaned upon. The sun is belching flares while mountains scrape our sky while ants are milking aphids on their colonial leaves and dolphins are laughing in the surf and wheat is rippling and wind is whipping and a boy is looking into the eyes of a girl and morals are dying.” (Death by Living)

Every single day a choir of birds cheer the creation’s effort to make much of Him! From the ant to the elephant, the sparrow to the eagle, the minnow to the whale—they all make much of Him because they were created for His glory.

I love GK Chesterton’s quote,

Children…always say, Do it again; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough… It is possible that God says every morning, Do it again, to the sun; and every evening, Do it again, to the moon…  It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. 

Do we have the sense to join His creation today in making much of our Creator? Do we have the sense to hear the song bird and remember to sing praises to Him? Do we have the sense to see the beauty of this grand ball spinning through space at a little over 67,000 miles per hour and groan with it for our redemption? Do we have the sense to life today in expectation of His coming and if He chooses to give us another day on this earth will we have the sense to spend every moment for His glory.

Of all that He has created—we should lead the way in making much of Him! We were created in His image. Let’s make much of Jesus today!

Let’s Take Back Our Summer Vacation!

Written By: John - Jul• 28•14

The following blog is a re-print from a few years ago.  The last few years our summer vacation was extended and I for one was thrilled about it.  This year our schools start back on August 7 and I have to tell you I am not happy about it.  Now I will be the first to admit that I was never ready for Summer Vacation to end—I completely understand the line in one of the popular children’s show, Phineas and Ferb, “104 days of summer vacation and school comes around just to end it…” My problem is that there are no longer 104 days of Summer Vacation…this year my children had a total of 76 days…76 days!

How many people remember the days when you got out of school at the end of May and didn’t go back until the day after Labor Day?  Now that is a Summer Vacation!  It wouldn’t be 104 days, but it would be three full months!  I want to start a movement and I’m going to call it—Taking Back Our Summer!

I’m not an educator, at least not in public schools, but a full three months of summer makes sense to me.  Let me share a few reasons:

One, children need time to be children.  I am so tired of our society trying to make our children grow up before it is time to grow up.  They have their entire lives to work—let them learn to have fun.  Society puts enough pressure on our children—let’s be the first to give them time to just relax and enjoy life while they can.

Two, families need time to be together. Family vacations are a healthy thing. Spending time together doing things as a family is a good thing. I feel for those who are wrapped up in a summer sport program like baseball because by the time it is over there is very little time to do anything with just your family. Families need time to be together.

Three, it just makes financial sense.  We send our children back to school at the beginning of the hottest days of the year.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to send them back when the weather is a little cooler and let them out before it gets real hot—wouldn’t that somehow cost us less money with utilities.  Hey, that would even be a Green Idea! (Trust me, I don’t have many of those…)  We are cutting back in every area of education—why not cut back in this area and hire a teacher or buy a computer, or maybe even some good books!

Four, what about tourism?  What would another month out of school do for Gulf Shores?  What would it do for a place like Pell City where we sit right here on the beautiful Logan Martin Lake?  If we had another month I am willing to bet the condos would stay full…Alabama is constantly looking for ways to generate more income for education—here is a great place to start.

Finally, what about the teachers? I cannot tell you how thankful I am for them. I could not do what they do, but I do wonder what an extra month would do for their minds, their bodies, and their moral.

Well, that’s all I can come up with right now, but what are we going to do about it?  I have a few suggestions—first, let’s call our legislators and the governor’s office and demand that Alabama follow the lead of a few other states that have passed legislation forcing the schools to stay closed until after Labor Day.  Second, let’s let our School Board members and our Superintendent know how we feel. They do a great job, but if you feel strongly about this they should hear from you.  Third, let’s refuse to elect anyone to the first two areas unless they take this seriously.  Fourth, if that fails, let’s all take our children out of the school system the day after the school year ends and refuse to enroll them in school until the day after Labor Day…what can they do if we all do it?  I bet if every person in St Clair did it and if everyone in Alabama did it—we would get our Summer Back! I know this would work simply because of the reaction I get from those in the system…just Home School them for the month of August and get all of the holidays in the month of August. (I am not suggesting anything negative about Home Schooling! Please know my tongue is firmly in my cheek!)

Someone out there will know how to get the ball rolling so I’m just asking what we can do to Get Our Summer Back! :)

A Few Thoughts on Parenting!

Written By: John - Jul• 22•14

I often find myself wondering if moms and dads know that they will one day stand before God and give an account of how they bring up their children. How would we bring them up if that truth stayed at the forefront of our minds? What would be priority number one in your life, in your family, and in your day-to-day planning if you really let that fact sink deep into your heart?

I’m amazed at the goals we have for our children. Some would never express it this way, but they seem to live as if their only goal is to get their child out of high school without getting pregnant, without getting someone pregnant, and without going to jail.   Then it is off to college where they can sow their wild oats, get a good job, and live the American Dream! Is that really what we want for our children?

I have sought three things for my girls since I knew Kim was expecting—I wanted them to be healthy, I wanted them to be happy, but most of all I wanted them to be holy. My desire for them to holy has dictated my decisions in rearing them. I lived a very worldly life in High School, but I was lost. I do not expect saved people to sow wild oats—I expect saved people to grow in holiness.

In our life, for example, church is a priority. I know there are those who say—well, you are a preacher, but my being a preacher has nothing to do with that. I want them in church because I know it is God’s will for them to be in church. I’ve watched moms and dads let dance, baseball, music, or running lead them right out of church and for the most part their entire family goes with them.

Church is a priority in our schedule. My girls have always been active, but we will not allow someone else’s schedule to dictate ours. In other words—if I’m the parent and if church is a priority I will make sure it is a priority for them. I try to make sure they are home early enough on Saturday night so that they can get the full benefit of their time of worship. I know that our church isn’t perfect, but I also know that they have a much better chance of being around people who share biblical values here than outside of the church. It is amazing to me to see the number of children who drop out of church when they get to High School—moms and dads need to know that they will give an account for that one day.

Friends are a priority. Next to their decision to follow Christ there is no more important decision for High School students. I’m all about evangelism, but I’m not sending my girls out with a bunch of people who don’t love Jesus for the night. I encourage them to develop relationships at school, to be kind and compassionate to everyone, but at the same time I am not crazy. If your child hangs out with people who sleep around, drink, do drugs, etc.…don’t be so naïve as to think your child is the only one not doing those things. Soon or later they will be right in the middle of it all.

That’s not a slam on your child—that is just a true statement. Peer pressure is hard at any age, but when you allow your sons or daughters to be surrounded by people who do not love Jesus you are going to find them being pulled away. That’s true of friendship and that is true of dating relationships. Boys who want to date my daughters have to come talk with me. They have to love Jesus and they have to be able to talk to me about their spiritual walk. I want to see peer pressure work the right way—I want to see our Christian students surrounding those who are not saved and to have a positive influence.

I could go on and on, but I just don’t understand how our society has lost the perspective of the parent/child relationship. Someone has to be the parent and someone has to be the child. I want my children to love me and like me and want to be with me, but ultimately I’m going to base my decisions on my 48 years of life experiences instead of their 10-18 years of life experience.

As a parent of a soon to be college student, I would add one final thing. Recently I heard about a mom celebrating on Facebook that her child had turned 21 and was heading out to the bars for the first time. Scores of adults hit the like button and others were commenting that they wished they could be there. I don’t know the mom or the child, but really?! My daughter is entering college this fall and that education is a privilege and not a right. I am not going to throw out 18 years of expectations because she is now in college.

I will allow her to make choices, I will have to let her grow up, and I will have to let go of some of the reigns, but not all of the reigns. I can tell you this—if any of my girls become another statistic or a “Girl Gone Wild” in college I will not pay for that lifestyle. It is simple—they are in college because I am paying for it. Why would I pay for them to live a life that goes against everything I believe? In other words—they are not autonomous adults until they are self-supporting autonomous adults and even then I will continue to do all that I can to remind them of their call in Christ.

Moms and dads…what are your expectations? What are your priorities? What are you doing to show those two things? You and I will stand before God—dad, you are called by God to be the spiritual leader in the home. Are you leading or are you the king of referral?

How to Pray for those who suffer for the Gospel

Written By: John - Jul• 11•14

Jean-Léon_Gérôme_-_The_Christian_Martyrs'_Last_Prayer_-_Walters_37113Over the years I’ve wrestled with how to respond to reports of Christians who are martyred for their faith or thrown into prison for following Jesus. The moment the news comes out that a brother or sister in Christ has been imprisoned for their faith we find Twitter, Facebook, and all manner of media filled with calls to pray for their release, to write letters to the government, or just to express outrage at this unjust persecution.

The reason I’ve wrestled with how to respond isn’t because I do not feel compassion for them, but it is because we often act as if persecution is not normal. We act as if the only way people can truly live out their Christian faith is to live in what we would call freedom, but what if the freedom we worship in the USA isn’t really freedom at all? Stop and think about it—can you name a truly democratic nation where Christianity is thriving? Now, can you name a communist nation where it is thriving?

I’m not writing in favor of communism and I’m certainly in favor of democracy, but that simply isn’t the message we are to be about…we are to be about the Gospel. Nik Ripken’s book, The Insanity of Obedience, spoke to me and helped me clarify my struggle. He took me to the Old Testament book of Genesis and the story of Joseph. Joseph is sold into slavery, thrown into an Egyptian prison and all of it is due to the jealousy of his brothers. In other words Joseph is imprisoned unfairly.

How would we respond today? We’d champion Free Joseph prayer movements. We’d overwhelm the president to call for his release. We’d do all that we could do to set Joseph free, but what if that happened? Ripken said, “In the Genesis story, however, God is content to leave Joseph in jail for a long time. Somehow, God gives purpose to this time of suffering in Joseph’s life. Our typical assumption is that the highest goal would be to lessen Joseph’s suffering, to reduce his time in prison, and to put an end to his persecution.”

If Joseph gets out early—he doesn’t interpret the dreams, he doesn’t go before Pharaoh, he doesn’t become number 2 in the nation, he doesn’t put grain away during the time of plenty, and thousands die in the time of famine. Joseph knew it—he told his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Are we willing to see suffering as a good thing, a thing that not only conforms us into the image of God, but also accomplish His purpose?

Chinese Christians see prison as a time of pastoral training—it is a place where they share the Gospel and start churches. I’m not suggesting we cease to pray for the persecuted church—in fact I am convicted that we need to pray more, but instead of praying for their release or for their comfort—let’s learn to pray for their boldness and for the door to open for them to share the Gospel. Let’s pray that their captors will come to Jesus and that the Gospel will spread.

When we hear of Christian Martyrs—let’s stop and thank God for their faithfulness, let’s stop and recommit ourselves to following God in suffering, and ask Him for the strength to follow in their footsteps should His providence lead us down that path. Let’s take time to pray with our children and thank God for godly heroes of the faith who willingly join the faithful witness that have gone on before us. In other words—let’s drop the purely United States attitude of fairness and seek to embrace a biblical ideal of holiness and suffering.

Mortified Eyes!

Written By: John - Jul• 10•14

I came across the following quote from Thomas Manton.  It is based on Psalm 119:37, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”  Manton’s sermon “Mortified Eyes” preached in 1660 could have just as easily been written today,

“One great means of mortification is guarding the senses—eyes and ears, taste and touch—that they may not betray the heart into sin. I put it so general, because the man of God who is so solicitous about his eyes would not be careless of his ears and other senses. We must watch on all sides. When an assault is made on a city—if one gate is open—it is as good as if all were. The inlet and outlet of sin is by the senses, and much of our danger lies there. There are many objects that agree with our dispositions, and by them insinuate themselves into the soul, and therefore things long since seemingly dead will soon revive again and recover life and strength. There are no means to keep the heart—unless we keep the eye. In every creature Satan has laid a snare for us—to steal away our hearts and affections from God. The senses are so ready to receive these objects from without to wound the heart, for they are as the heart is. If the heart is poisoned with sin, and became a servant to it—so are the senses of our bodies “weapons of unrighteousness” (Romans 6:13). Earthly objects have an impression upon them answerable to the temper and affections of the soul—and what the soul desires—the senses pitch upon; and therefore if we let the senses wander, the heart will take fire.”

Standing between Initial and Ultimate Salvation!

Written By: John - Jul• 07•14

On Sunday mornings I have a routine…it is really simple, but I find myself sticking to the schedule week after week.  I arrive at the office early, meet with our Minister of Music to go over the first worship service—we just make sure there are no surprises, then I spend time praying.

I spend time praying, praising Him, thanking Him,  and asking Him to search me—I want to make sure that I’ve confessed my sin and that there is nothing in me that might quench the Spirit during our worship.  I spend time praying for four pastor friends asking God to use them and to help them preach His Gospel that morning.  After that I ask God to help me preach—I ask Him to help me know exactly what to say and what not to say that morning.

After I finish praying I spend time reading the passage that I will be preaching that morning.  I read over it and then I go over my sermon.  I preach from a manuscript and I pour over that manuscript—seeking to get the words just right, seeking to remove paragraphs that seemed good on Thursday, but just don’t seem to fit on Sunday morning, and sometimes I add thoughts God gave me during the weekend.  After I edit it I go over it a couple more times just to make sure it flows and that I’m ready to preach it without ‘reading’ it!

After I pray and go over my sermon I find myself reading the passage of Scripture that we will read in the worship service.  We have church members who read a selected passage, but I make sure that I’ve read over it just in case they are ‘providentially hindered’ from attending that morning.

I will also take time to go over the hymns we sing in the first service and spend time thinking about the ‘pastor’s prayer’ that morning.  From time to time I will write out the prayer, but most of the time I just pray from the heart.  Yesterday I found myself writing out the prayer and I wanted to share that prayer with you today.

Father,

We read in your Word that the living creatures and angels who surround your Throne worship you perfectly.

We read in your Word that there is coming a day when every knee will bow down—in heaven, on earth, and under the earth—and every tongue will confess Jesus as Lord to your glory O Father.

We read in your Word that when John saw the multitude worshiping you at the fulfillment of all things—the number was beyond his ability to count.

Here we are this morning—standing between our initial salvation and our ultimate salvation.  Draw us close to You!

If there is anyone here this morning who would not join that multitude should you choose to come today—draw them and save them.

If there is anyone who is at this moment living in such sin that they would be ashamed at your return—grant to them repentance.

Help us Lord to be filled with your Spirit.  To understand you have given us everything we need by your Divine Power for life and godliness and let us worship as if we were alive and let us live as if we were godly.

This we pray in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

“All that we need for Life and Godliness”

Written By: John - Jul• 05•14

Yesterday I sat outside and did some reading.  I found myself closing out 1 Peter and turning to 2 Peter and once again I was amazed by the words of Peter,

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self- control, and self- control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-11, ESV)

There are phrases here that as just staggering,

“You may become partakers of the divine nature…”

“For if you practice these qualities you will never fail…”

“There will be richly provided for you and entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”

But I will have to admit that the most staggering promise I find in Peter’s words is in verse 3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” I absolutely love this verse!  Look at what the Holy Spirit says to us through Peter.

First, we find God’s goal for us—life and godliness.  We who were dead in sin have been brought to life.  We who were sinful and under God’s wrath have been brought to godliness.  God’s goal for every single one of us is simple—life and godliness, but how do we get it?

Second, we find the source for life and godliness, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”  We cannot do it on our own.  We can’t earn life and godliness.  We can’t achieve it.  We can’t buy it.  It must come from the Author of life and the essence of godliness.  It must come from Him and Peter says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”  Not some things—all things.  Not most things—all things.  Everything you and I need for life and godliness is found in His divine power, but how do we get it?

Third, we find the means of life and godliness.  We have to read the entire verse: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”  The goal—life and godliness; the source—His divine power; the means—“knowledge of him.”  Peter is urging us to get to know Jesus and he tells us that our knowledge of Him starts with His call and then verse 4 tells us that it continues through our knowing His “his precious and very great promises.”

This reminds me of Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-13 where we are told God to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, but we are also told that it is God who works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Everything you need for life and godliness is found in His divine power which comes from the knowledge of Him which is found in His precious and great promises.  God gives us all that we need in the Person of His Holy Spirit and in His Word.  We must devote ourselves to living out what He has done within us and we have all that we need to make that happen!

Worshiping God in Kenya!

Written By: John - Jul• 03•14

IMG_1151Those who know me know that I don’t see a lot of sunrises in life…I’m more of  a sunset kind of guy—in fact I often jokingly quote Psalm 127:2 as my life verse, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”  But while I was in Kenya I found myself walking out on a little grassy knoll looking toward at the this view of the rising sun and worshiping the God who made it.

I stood there going over the words of Romans 8 and then I slipped my headphones in and listened a couple of worship songs and sang along.  I listened to the hymn from Together for the Gospel, “Behold Our God,” I listened to the old hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and I found myself listening to Chris McClarney’s song, “Immortal Invisible.”

Here is a copy of that song with someone’s own sunrise!