Welcome to my page of occasional daily thoughts!
My prayer is that these thoughts will challenge you in your daily walk with Christ. – Pastor James
 
 
 
February 23, 2022
 
Hearing Man but Following Jesus….
 
When God first called me to ministry, this was an area that I struggled in. Even within my first church, I had outside influences that were trying to guide me… And looking back, there were so many mistakes that I made. Yet, I am willing to say that most “God-called” preachers can share a similar story.
 
However, Since those days, I have learned many valuable lessons. Some that I heeded immediately, others took longer for me to grasp. I have come to the understanding that the Lord is the only one we can put total confidence in (Ps 118:8). Men will fail us…..that includes men in the pastorate as well. In this, I can speak from the scars and deep wounds that I still carry. But I can also say that God can use “His men” very mightily.
 
Please hear my heart right here: Just because a man may sound like a gifted speaker doesn’t always mean that they are God-called. Just because they have the title of pastor, elder, bishop or any other name…doesn’t make them God-called. And that is why we need to examine them, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the lens of God’s Word, to see if they are indeed real. The devil can often blind men to truth if one is only hearing man, BUT not following Jesus and allowing Him to reveal what is ultimate truth. And the devil has his preachers too! Listen to what Jesus said would come of some of these false preachers:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, ‘cast out demons in Your name’, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:21‭-‬23
Jesus was talking about the religious leaders in His day…..and there are still many in our day too. These will stand before Him as imposters as they were playing a game called “name recognition” and their end goal, was/ is the following they would gain. They seek fame and fortune, while claiming generosity in the name of Jesus.
 
Over the past 15 – 20 years, I have discovered that ministry is hard work and often difficult. After all, it is about working with the sheep. It is about caring for those that are hurting, those that need caring for at inconvenient times so they can heal, and those that need to be freed from the parasites that afflict them. Being a pastor for me is not about fame or name recognition, as God could have called someone much more qualified than I. Pastoring is not about how many “followers” I can gain, not about building a brand or gathering together an online church. Pastoring is an in-the-field job, and it can be a hot, stinky job often filled with a lot of lonely isolated moments with only the Great Shepherd to confide in. But the results can be worthwhile when the sheep are returned to health or another lamb is added to the flock.
 
Therefore, be careful whose Kool-Aid you are drinking. Question everything that any man may say against the truth of what Jesus teaches. Otherwise, what you are swallowing might be tainted with the poison of the enemy. The past is proof of this!
Remember that Jesus never gained a massive following in His preaching. He often performed miracles and displayed His power amongst the few. Those He healed or released from the control of the enemy, He often told them to go their way and tell no one. He never sought a public forum to try and build up His name, or His brand. And He never had to publicize His own ministry…..like so many do today. His results were experienced, and experience is what speaks the truth to others.
Folks, from experience I can say, everything (and everyone) is not always what it might seem at first glance. Jesus never left a trail of broken people. He left a road of those that He restored. Don’t look at the current following, instead look at the past for those who can testify of a person’s character.
 
So, if something…..or someone…..seems to be stirring up a following…. use caution in listening to man, but in the end, always follow Jesus. His truth will set you free and bring the true deliverance into your life that you need!
Something to consider…….
 
 
 
February 10,2022
 
Today’s Thought:
 
Criticism is something that most people deal with, and many more struggle with. And when God called me into the ministry, it was something that I struggled with as well. If I may, I would like to share with you from a pastor’s heart to allow you to see a different perspective concerning your pastor.
 
Ministry is not an 8 to 4 job. Pastors never get to punch out or hardly even take a break or unplug. Few see the tears that are shed when a pastor lacks the words to say. Few know how ill-prepared we often feel when circumstances are beyond our comprehension and control. Few know of the times when a pastor is called on a day off…..or who returns home in the middle of a vacation because he is needed. You see, we don’t get to unplug….and we cannot simply decide to sleep in on the weekend because we are tired.
Few experience a pastors true concerns for others. How do you help the grieving widow when you still have your spouse by your side? How do you comprehend what a child is feeling when they ask why a parent/or parents abandoned them? How does one truly help the addict that feels as if relief only arrives in a pill or a bottle….even when we try to tell them Jesus is the answer? How do you help a grieving parent that watches their children being used like pawns as the attacks come from an ex-spouse whose only desire is to get even…regardless of who gets hurt on the process? How do you witness to that “lost” soul in a family who is lacking hope when they see how life is going and wondering why God does help those in the family who are Christians? It is in moments like these, we feel so helpless and all we can do…..is weep and pray! And that is when the enemy turns the criticism up on high heat!
You see, it is in moments like these when the whispers begin. You hear the complaining because the pastor was not at your childs school event, even though he was never asked him to come. You hear that complaint that the pastor didn’t call to check on you when you had a cold and missed church… even though he was crying out to God for how to help that person going through something that you have no clue of. You hear the complaint that in the message, you looked unprepared, and some are asking what did he do all week? And then you start to second guess your own calling.
 
Most don’t know of the 2 am prayer meetings where the pastor is praying….praying for direction, praying for the right words, praying for the hurting and wounded, praying for those who have walked away from the faith, and even praying for those who have personally attacked his integrity. They don’t see the tears that fall for that person who is gossiping and tearing down the church he was called to protect. They miss the heartbreak that comes from the lies that have been told against him, his wife and his family…. as he continually holds these things closely to himself and tries to minister to those exact same people. And they will never understand just how deep the love of a pastor is……for “every single sheep” the Great Shepherd has bestowed upon him. And if you want to know why a pastor does what he does…..even when those who criticize try to believe he does so very little….here is that answer:
 
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being Lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
I Peter 5:2‭-‬4
 
As a pastor, we love the sheep, but we love the Great Shepherd even more! Yes, there are days when we desire to quit, give up and walk away……. especially after we hear the lies that the enemy wants us to hear. But it is “His love” in us that makes us stay. So when you come to a place and feel like your pastor doesn’t see you, doesn’t know your struggles, doesn’t care……perhaps you need to open your eyes and look into his fields. You might just find that “your issues” are very minor, compared to the battles he fights every single day in protecting the most injured sheep in the flock. And when he looks tired, he probably is! While you were sleeping….he was probably preparing for battle….and you might have been one…..that he was trying to protect, because he sees what you are missing!! So next time, instead of being critical of your pastor, would you be willing to consider engaging in the fight on his behalf…..and alongside of him? Your pastor most likely cares for you…..much much more than you are aware.
 
Something to consider 🤔………
 
 
 
January 28, 2022
 
Today’s Thought:
Domestic abuse is real! And it happens more often than reported! Parents, please read this in it’s entirety for me!
 
As a pastor, I am occasionally blessed to be asked to perform a wedding. And when I do, I have two rules that I require. One, vows must be approved prior to the wedding if traditional vows are not used and certain phrases must be included…..and secondly, the men will make their vows first. I once had someone ask me why I require this and I use this verse to explain my reasoning:
 
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Ephesians 5:25
The command is too husbands first and part of the vows that I require is that the husband vows “to love, honor, and cherish until death”.
 
I believe that marriage should be for life, but I do not accept that Christ would have any woman (or man) live inside of a domestically violent and abusive marriage. (This can be verbal, mental or physically abusive). At the moment this occurs, typically vows have been broken…..and inside of a Christian marriage, there are three parties involved. Yes, I know mistakes happen and with God’s grace, those mistakes can sometimes be worked through. However, repeated patterns are not mistakes. And in these cases, abandonment of vows have already occurred.
 
Parents, you SHOULD NEVER tell your child that they should remain inside of an abusive marriage. And to tell them that this is what the Bible commands them to do is totally inaccurate. I oppose divorce, but I believe that abuse is equally wrong. Moreover, the Word of God commands that husband’s love their wife with the immensity of love that Christ loves us. He loved us so much that He gave his life to love and PROTECT us. And do you really believe that Christ would abuse us like some spouses (could be men or women) often do and then suggest that His Word affirms these actions? 🤔
 
I admit that abuse happens most often from men, and that is why I require men to make their vows first….that they will “love, honor and cherish” the woman they are marrying….with the heart of love like Christ has. And if they fail to do so, and (repeated) abuse takes place, then they have broken their vow prior to a spouse leaving a marriage. And Ladies, any man that is unwilling to promise to cherish you….is the wrong man!
 
NOW, to parents: if your child calls you, asking to come home, and you KNOW abuse is happening, you should NEVER tell your child to remain where they are and that they cannot come home….and then use a biblical passage (out of context) to support abuse that will surely continue. In essence, you are contributing to domestic violence and mental abuse! And I believe as parents, we answer for these actions…even when our children are grown!
 
You may disagree, and that is your choice, but “you” answer for your words and actions…..just as “I” do in sharing these words.
Something to consider…..
 
 
 
 
January 24, 2021
 

TODAY’S THOUGHT:

Friends! We all claim to have friends, ….. but how many understand what a friend really looks like? Are friends the followers that we have on our social media accounts? Are friends our co-workers or schoolmates? Are friends the people that we attend church with regularly? The answer is Yes, No and Maybe!!

I believe that for most people, we are left to determine the difference between a friend, a close acquaintance and those that we simply meet during our life. All three are often defined as a friend oftentimes,…… and in that arises my question: What does a friend really look like?

I believe that Solomon tried to reveal this truth to his son. Listen to his words:

Proverbs 18:24A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I heard a video recently that has stuck with me about friendship. It was here that I was introduced to a thought: Friends are often like trees!For some, this might sound absurd, but listen closely to the truth in what I am about to share.

Some of the people that we call friends are like the leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season of life. When the seasons begin to change, they fall off and quickly are blown out of our life. They were there for a season…perhaps a season when we needed them desperately, but the question to consider is does that season really make them a friend. Yes, they may have provided shade from the heat that we were exposed to during that season, but once they had help us through that season, they were gone. I contend that people like this were blessings that God sent our way during a time when He knew what we needed most. It was Jesus who was sticking close to our sides, even when we did not see Him. It was Jesus who was the friend who sent relief.

Other people are like branches. When we climbed these trees, we learned lessons the hard way. Theses were the friends that would say, “you can depend on me. I will always be there for you!”. Yet, as we were enduring the struggles of life, and as we step out by faith and begin to place the weight of what we were going through, we found out what it feels like to land hard when the branch broke and these friends were not where around. The cracking and popping sound of the branch breaking from the tree might have come from the failure of someone who promised the stand with us. The popping might have come from a betrayed confidence in things shared only to hear the gossip spreading around the forest of what you have given in the confines of friendship. Perhaps, the cracking and popping was the sound you heard when they simply removed themselves without an real explanation of “why?” And in those moments when we were hurting….and the pain was coursing through our bodies…we failed to realize that there was a branch who could support us. He was with us the entire time as we were placing our faith in the wrong branches.

Isaiah 11:1There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

And yet once again, we find ourselves asking:  “ What does a friend really look like?”

A friend can be found NOT in the tree, but in the roots of the tree. You see, the tree itself may snap under the weight of the storms. It may get battered and bruised in during the rough seasons of life. But the strength of the tree is always found in the roots. If you were to take a look at a massive oak that was damaged during the storms…..and if you look closely at the ground, the roots are still there. Oftentimes, the roots are still alive and trying to give life back to that old stump.

Real Friends are like these roots……and while we may not see them all the time, and they are very few relative to the size of the tree…..they are there to give us life when we need it most. The truth is, for most people we may only have a handful of true friends in this life.

Yet, there is a very important lesson here for each of us……something that I do not want you to miss. One of these friends…..needs to be the main root. He is the one wanting to be at the center of our life. He is the One that offers to us “new life”….especially when we find ourselves destroyed from living in this rugged sin-filled world. That friend is……Jesus Christ. He is the One who has walked with us every step of the way…..was their to send the blessings when we needed them……and was the One to extend a hand of friendship when our bodies were riddled with pain from the broken branches. And isn’t it amazing that His Word….tells us….that He….is like a tree?

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

That tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden was what revealed to us our need for life……and that tree of life, I believe was the friend, who offers to us…..new life! That friend, that tree…. IS Jesus!

So consider this….how many “friends” have you had in life that have fallen off and blown away during your life? You might have been glad that God gave you that blessing when you needed them most. How many “friends” broke on you when you wanted their support and left you hurting? Were you able to see that Jesus was the One offering to pick you back up? And how many “friends” have the roots capable of helping to bring life back into your body once you reach the end of this life? Only One! JESUS……and I am glad that He is more than just my friend! I hope you can say the same.

Something worth considering……..

 
 
 
 
January 21,2002
 
Today’s Thought:
 
Have you ever considered how social media has changed our world….both in ways that are good and sometimes that are discouraging?
 
In life, the different paths we take often cause to lose contact with friends from our past. Yet it is social media that makes us feel connected…..and yet time and time again it reminds us of how disconnected we are as well.
 
This morning, I had a post that was tagged to a long lost preacher friend of mine. Today was His birthday. I haven’t seen him in over a decade, but I still remember our last meeting when he called me and then met me in a middle TN restaurant after my world felt like it imploded. He was there to encourage me not to quit, and not to give up, to remain faithful to my calling.
 
But you need to know the entire story. You see, he was a guy who gave up what seemed to many as everything. He gave up his life to become a traveling evangelist going from town to town, from revival to revival while living in a 5th wheel travel home and raising a family of six on the road. He gave up his summers to work in a summer camp in Georgia encouraging youth to live for Jesus. He gave up so much…..so imagine my surprise when I learned that God called him home unexpectedly in 2020. At first, I was stunned. We had lost touch of one another over the years. Here is a man who was younger than me, and had children who was younger than my son. God called him home around the same time that I was going to go into the hospital with a ruptured appendix, something that I never knew happened and something my surgeon said was the worst she had seen. In her words, I was a walking miracle and God had protected me. But why me…..and not Him?
 
Life is short and we are never promised a tomorrow. When death comes calling, there will be no more time. And that is why we must know that Jesus is “our” Savior and Heaven is “our” home. My friend is in Heaven. He is with “our” Lord. He is walking on streets of gold and experiencing true life without the troubles of this world. He is not navigating a pandemic and all of the politics that are associated with that. You see, I asked “Why” God took him…and not me….and the answer is simple. His job was done, but mine is not completed. And he has received his reward.
 
The prophet Isaiah’s words ring so true here:
“The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.”
Isaiah 57:1‭-‬2
 
Here is my point: In a world that is so selfish, we should be thankful that God sends people into our lives who are there to encourage us, challenge us, and who are kneeling with us in our greatest trials. We should encourage them by blessing them with our kindness when we can. And we should daily thank our Lord for these blessings that He has sent our way. Lastly, we should never forget, that we should live today like there is no tomorrow. My friend might have gave up much (as we might say), but compared to what he gained, it was simply an investment in this life that paid great dividends. He invested in me…and many others as well. And isn’t that really the definition of ministry?
 
If you are reading this….and you are uncertain about your future and your eternity, reach out to me and allow me to help you find a peace that is offered for you.. and to you. And if your tomorrow never comes, then you can know that you are ready for today.
Something to consider 🤔
 
 
 
 
 
January 13,2022
 
Todays Thought:
 
“Believing God”
 
I have been in church most of my life. I have sat and listened to many a great preachers, who were great orators of the Word. I have had many wonderful Christians who have encouraged me. Yet, in so many of these cases, they also taught me who I needed to be. You see, I grew up in the “Be like Mike” generation where we were taught to idolize a man…..and I am ashamed to admit, that teaching invaded the church so very often.
 
This morning as I was reading, the Spirit drew my heart to this verse where God and Abraham were talking:
“And (Abraham)believed in the Lord, and (God) accounted it to him for righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
 
As I was growing in my faith, I cannot tell you how many people tried to influence me to be like someone else. I was told that I need to be like this person, I needed to be like that person and Heaven forbid, if I disagreed with someone over something that person believed, then I was made to feel like nothing more than “a heathen”. You see, If you were not like “Mike”, then you were second rate at best!
 
When God called me to preach, I worked with a person who attended a different church. But to this day, I still recall how my calling was made to feel cheapened because I didn’t go to this persons church. I had not learned from their pastor! Therefore my calling was disingenuous. And there was a point, that I even questioned myself, because I had been taught to follow “man” and what man believed.
 
It took me many years to discover the error in my own belief system. It took many heartaches to discover a truth…”Mike” wasn’t the man….Jesus was! It wasn’t until I released a false concept in what someone else thought of me, that I realized and embraced what God thought of me is what truly mattered. I lost friends in the process because I started following the Spirit and stopped listening to men. And in the process, I can now see that “I BELIEVED” …..and it was then that the Lord accounted it to me as “His Righteousness”.
You see, a man did not die for me…God’s Son did! A man did not call me into ministry..my Savior did! The only impact that I can have will never come from doing what others want, it will only come from “following Him”….and isn’t that what Jesus calls us to do?
Over the past 15 years, I have had both failures and successes. I have experienced jubilation and pain. But I have also seen glimpses of how God has used my life to influence and encourage others along the way….many of who I never knew was even watching. And it is then, that I see….what I once missed. God was impacting others while He was changing me.
I may never be a Charles Spurgeon, a Billy Graham, a Adrian Rogers or the such….and that is Okay. Many today believe that success is viewed in the form of numbers, but God is showing me that success is determined by individual impact. Jesus only had a dozen men with him most of the time. He had followers leave Him when He proclaimed the truth. He was abandoned by nearly everyone while on the cross. He was lied upon by many, and He was often the emphasis of destruction by many more. And can I tell you that I have experienced so many of these same things. I even had one tell me that they would “destroy me” because I refused to follow that person and agree with a specific belief! But once again that is Okay……because I would rather “be like Jesus”…..than to “be like Mike” any day of the week. Why? Because Jesus is the only One who has ever radically impacted humanity! And so often, He impacted others…..one person at a time!
 
Maybe the greatest question we can ask ourselves is simply this: Who do we “believe” is right? The answer is found in the person(s) we follow. And if we get it right, it is then that God accounts it to us as “His righteousness!”
Something to consider 🤔
 
 
 
 
 
November 4th, 2020
 
Today’s Thought:
Our nation is the most divided that I have witnessed in my lifetime. The media tries to proclaim reasoning behind the division…..but not once have I heard it mentioned that the Bible declares that the devil is the one behind this confusion and division.
Here is what I know….when everything is tallied up for president…half this country will rejoice and the other half will be ready to wage war. Yet the Word of God reminds us who ultimately is the decision maker:
 
And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:21
 
Regardless of who wins and even if we disagree with their beliefs and policies, we are encouraged to pray for our leaders. As a believer, I believe God is in control and everything has a purpose. I also believe that His return is closer than we are anticipating, and rather than allowing ourselves in getting tied up in all of this confusion….let’s look to the author and finisher of our faith for direction!
 
Something to consider…..
 
 
June 24th, 2020
 
I believe that we could accurately say that the society we live in today do not like rules. They do not like laws that they are asked to abide by. As we watch the division that is currently gripping America, should we not stop and consider which laws are needed now more than ever?
 
God knew that in our sinful state, that we “needed” laws to live by. The Old Testament is filled with laws that men constantly failed in fulfilling. And God wanted to simplify these laws to a number that men should be able to follow. So He wrote down 10 laws – 10 commandments – on stone tablets and he gave them to Moses to give to the people. And still they (and we today) struggle to keep these ten! But what if we could simplify these 10 even further? 
 
I believe that most of the issues in this country and around the world could be fixed, if we could only learn to keep TWO laws! That is correct……We only need to keep TWO! And Jesus Himself was the one who suggested that we do such a thing:
 
Mark 12:29-31 (NKJV) 29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
 
Imagine how much different our country would be currently…..if we loved the Lord first……and then we loved others as we do ourselves. Violence would end! Police interactions should cease. Racial division would be non-existent. Crime would dissipate. I truly believe that there would be so much positivity that would come into our lives…..if “we” could only keep these two laws; these two commandments.  LOVE THE LORD! LOVE OTHERS! 
 
I believe that one day I shall see this come to pass. It will happen when Christ returns and He establishes His rule and kingdom on this earth. Until then, the best I can hope for is the good in others will prevail……and the best I can pray for is His soon return! 
 
 
 
 
June 3rd, 2020
 
“I Love You!” ……….such a simple statement, yet how many really understand what that means. Sure, we have all experienced puppy love. Many understand the love we have for a friend (Phileo in the Greek). Some have experienced the love that we have for our spouses (Eros in the Greek). But how many of us understand what it is to love like Jesus loved? (Agape) 
 
We look at people and we tell them that we love them……but do we really love them with an agape love? A love that transcends all issues. A love that forgets the past pains. A love that comes from our the depth of our souls. 
 
1 John 4:7-11  (NKJV)  –  Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
 
Many of us have told others that we love them……only to allow them to walk away or for us to walk away from them. Many have left the church that the once loved over minor issues. Many have walked away from Christ after once proclaiming their love. But to what degree was our love? Was it just a Phileo (Brotherly love) perhaps. God is calling His children to have an agape love. One that resembles the love that Christ had for us while on the cross. One that forgives the sins of others. One that is willing to say “I messed up” and need your forgiveness.  You cannot tell people, the church, or even Christ that “You love them” ……. if you walk away from them. Christ never left us. In fact, He left Heaven for us! So the question you must answer is this: Are you sure what it means to say “I love you!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 1, 2020
 
Today’s Thought:

How strong is your prayer life? How committed are you to prayer for answers?…especially considering that our nation is looking for relief and answers in these uncertain times.

As I am reading through the book of Daniel for my current Seminary class, I found it challenging that Daniel was committed to prayer even when he knew the outcome of praying could be his own death. King Darius had signed into law that anyone petitioning their gods over a thirty day period would be put to death by the cruelty of hungry lions. Even in knowing the outcome…notice how Daniel responded:
 
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

Many today are worried about things we cannot control….as was the case with Daniel. He had no control over the law that was made….but he took control over what was controllable in his life. How he responded was in his control…and Daniel choose to respond in faith through prayer multiple times that day.

As Christians, we say we believe in prayer….but how are we controlling what is controllable on our part? Can we control this virus? NO! ….Can we control the economy? NO! …….Can we affect the outcome? YES! YES! YES! …..Committed Christians can affect the outcome with God’s help….and that starts with the power found in committed prayer. Daniel continued in his committed prayer life….and notice the outcome: The mouth of the hungry lions were closed by the faithfulness of Daniels committed God. Imagine how quickly this virus could come to an end….if God’s children were as committed to prayer as Daniel was in his day! Imagine how quickly the economy could rebound if we employed what we claim to believe.

When faced with an uncertain outcome…Daniel did not run in fear…he fell to his knees in faith. Perhaps rather than praying for the end of a deadly virus….what we need more than this…is to ask God to help us have a committed life of prayer and dedication to “our God” that has the ability to unleashes His power and protection for the whole world to see.

Something to consider……
 
 
 
 
3/30/20
Today’s Thought:
 
Was reminded of this truth during my quiet time this morning:

I have read many social media post in the past two weeks about the churches inability to meet and worship. This is a lie that the devil is using folks! Notice what Paul told the Corinthians:

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. I Corinthians 3:9

Do you want to know who the church is? It is the people! Paul teaches that “you (we) are the building”. We are the church! Therefore it is an impossibility for the church NOT to meet…unless you chose to NOT do so.
 
STAY WITH ME HERE: While it is true that we cannot meet “together” currently….the church CAN and SHOULD meet with the Lord daily! Are you taking time to “spiritually isolate yourself” each day and worship God so that He can provide you peace you need in these uncertain times?

Think about it! If we are indeed the church…then consider “Who” is abiding in our tabernacle.

Something to consider……