I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
So – how’s your Prayer/Fast going? Leave a comment or two! Mine has had ups and downs. I’m doing well with the fast from sodas. I’m spending more time with Jesus. My devotional life is going well – but I’m still battling some things. I keep praying about them and I encourage you to lift me in your prayers!
I mentioned my father-in-law and my father in a recent post and thought I would again – it just seemed appropriate. In today’s passage – the author informs us – that he considers all of God’s works and meditates on all of God’s deeds. I often remember the things my father and father-in-law did in their lives and taught me. Is there someone in your life – whose teachings and deeds you remember? I pray there is! If not – maybe you can be that someone for someone else!
Today’s lesson is from a Psalm that begins with the following two verses. Psalm 77:1–2 – 1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. Continue reading
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”
How’s your Prayer/Fast going? Are there any words from the Lord through your increased prayer life? My sermon Sunday about worship was mainly something that came to me during a recent extended prayer time.
I was also thinking about dates and stuff – brought on by the recent passing of my father-in-law. It has been 3½ years since my father passed. I will turn 61 next month. This spring I will celebrate 43 years since I graduated High School. This summer my wife and I will celebrate 36 years of marriage. Starting this summer I will be in my 40th year of ministry. July 1st I will begin my 4th year sharing with the fine people of First United Methodist Church in Laurel – Maryland. All of these dates will come about – the Lord willing.
Throughout this life of mine – I have learned a great deal from many. My father was my key instructor through much of my life. Not only lessons on being a man and a father – but – because we shared callings – he taught me much in the way of being a pastor. In high school – college – and seminary – I learned much as well. I remember lessons learned from Mr. Bridger in Science. I learned a great deal from Big Al Larimore – both on and off the court. I learned a great deal from a dear friend – Harry Dobson. In ministry – aside from my father – I have learned a great deal from Rev. Ed Ankeny – one of my first bosses in ministry. I learned a great deal from an early DS – Rev. Richard Clifford. Many of my colleagues in ministry have taught me so much. I continue to learn much from my wife Carolyn – my life partner – and from my children – Shelly – Nicole – Jaclyn – Justin & Jason. And new lessons are being learned daily from my four granddaughters – Vyrie – Justice – Scarlett & London (namely that Pop knows when to give them back to a parent – LOL). Continue reading
Then he said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Denying self is not easy. Taking away things you enjoy – for a variety of reasons – is not easy. I enjoy a good Diet Pepsi or ten – I love the carbonation and the taste. But I might be addicted so I need to deny myself! Some studies have also shown that they are not good for the body! It will not be easy – but my last Diet Pepsi was Saturday at noon.
Denying self is not easy. Taking away things you enjoy – for a variety of reasons – is not easy. I’m cutting out desserts and as much sugar and flour as possible. I’m sure it will be hard at first – but in time – I will not miss it at all! And it will be better for my body for sure.
Denying self is not easy. Taking away things you enjoy – for a variety of reasons – is not easy. I like technology and I enjoy social media and some online games (like solitaire). But they can become time consuming and they can take valuable time from each and every day – time I could use to be more productive and to spend with God. In a previous prayer/fast – I stopped playing Farmville – and have never played it again.
I plan to use the time I gain from cutting things out of my day to spend more time with Jesus! Here are some devotional materials for our 49-day Prayer/Fast. Continue reading
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I seem to be doing more funerals of late – more than normal for sure. I have recently celebrated four funerals in a five-day period. It is an honor to help families celebrate the life of a loved one. Most funerals I celebrate are from folks in our community – folks I have not had a previous chance to minister to or with – and I just try to bring them a measure of comfort for the short time I have with them. I usually talk with them on the phone and meet them on the day of the service. I often read the 23rd Psalm.
I love today’s portion of the 23rd Psalm. One of the great hopes and blessings of our faith is that we do not have to fear death. I can usually tell people of faith versus people will little or no faith when I share at funerals. The way we face death is telling. Continue reading