Tonight I participated in the Calvary Baptist Church worksop. I always enjoy working with my friend Cre Burkhalter and Andrew Emory. They are awesome and amazing. The Lord was truly in the rehearsal tonight. I am looking forward the musical Sunday at 3:00 at the Calvary Baptist Church. If you do not have anything going on please come out and support the musical. I pray your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I was sent a devotional today that I must share with you. The title of this devotional is called Truth in a Taxi.. I pray it encourages you as it has me. Take care and God bless you.
Truth In a Taxi One day when I was in downtown Chicago, I hailed a taxi. Once inside, I noticed several advertisements for a New Age guru posted on the seat in front of me. The driver claimed that this mystic was the “divine one” for our day. He believed that God appointed various leaders throughout the ages, and that Jesus had merely been the appointee for His time.
Of course, I had to disagree. As we talked, I mentioned Jesus’ words: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Contrary to the cabbie’s belief, Jesus was not just one in a series of enlightened religious leaders—He is the only way to know God, and only through Him can we get to heaven.
As the “Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16), Jesus didn’t simply declare Himself to be the ultimate spiritual authority. He proved it with His death and resurrection. Christ “offered one sacrifice for sins forever” (Heb. 10:12).
Jesus said of Himself: “I am in the Father and the Father in Me” (John 14:11). Therefore we don’t need to investigate any “new” path of salvation. It’s better to learn all we can about Christ; He is the only One who can provide spiritual certainty.
My heart is stirred whenever I think of Jesus, That blessed Name that sets the captive free; The only Name through which I find salvation, No name on earth has meant so much to me.
Spiritual phonies will only take us for a ride, but Jesus will take us all the way to heaven.
I am blessed to have seen this day. I had a great day with family. I am excited about what is to come and the blessings to come. Tonight I found another great devotion.In this devotion it clearly reminds us how important it is for Christ to live within. I pray your Sunday has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
Christ Living In Us by Albert Lee The Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. It is not an easy feat for anyone to accomplish. But Dick Hoyt participated in the race and completed it with his physically disabled son Rick. When Dick swam, he pulled Rick in a small boat. When Dick cycled, Rick was in a seat-pod on the bike. When Dick ran, he pushed Rick along in a wheelchair. Rick was dependent on his dad in order to finish the race. He couldn’t do it without him.
We see a parallel between their story and our own Christian life. Just as Rick was dependent on his dad, we are dependent on Christ to complete our Christian race.
As we strive to live a God-pleasing life, we realize that in spite of our best intentions and determination, we often stumble and fall short. By our strength alone, it is impossible. Oh, how we need the Lord’s help! And it has been provided. Paul declares it with these insightful words, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20).
We cannot finish the Christian race on our own. We have to do so by depending on Jesus living in us.
With longing all my heart is filled That like Him I may be, As on the wondrous thought I dwell, That Christ liveth in me. —Whittle
Faith connects our weakness to God’s strength.
I had a great today off from the job. I got a lot of needed things done today. I got my hair cut, paid bills, and got my homework completed from my business coach. Tonight was a great evening with my wife we had a great night out at the Outback for my usual Ribeye Steak. The day has been a blessed one. I pray your day has been a great one as well. Today I read a great devotional about Opposing God's Leadership by Os Hillman. This is very enlightening. I pray it ministers to you as it did me.
"The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them" (Num 12:9).
Beware of trying to depose a leader that God has raised in your midst. Leaders are placed by God in business, government, churches - almost every place where leaders are required. When God places a person in position of authority, it is a grievous sin to go against that leadership. God Himself opposes those who come against His leadership.
God's leaders are not perfect. They make mistakes. That is why following a leader can require a faith that goes beyond faith in the leader. Our faith lies in the God who elevated the leader to his or her position.
Miriam and Aaron, the older brother and sister of Moses, had a family dispute about Moses' wife, who was an Ethiopian and Cushite. She most likely was a black woman. We do not know the nature of the dispute, but it was a typical family conflict.
However, the family conflict began to impact God's agenda for a nation. They were now meddling in God's business. And He did not like that in the least. God literally brought Aaron and Miriam into the switching house. He judged both Miriam and Aaron for their rebellion against His ordained leader. "Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Num 12:8).
Miriam was stricken with leprosy and had it not been for Moses' appeal on her behalf, she would have been cast out for good. God gave her a second chance but it required being cast away from the camp for seven days. Miriam and Aaron repented for their rebellion.
If you struggle with a leader that God has over you, pray for that leader. If God wants to remove that leader, He can do it. Think twice about conspiring to remove a leader whom God has not chosen to remove yet.
Today has been a very interesting day. I had a very enlightening conversation with my music business coach today. The Lord has truly opened my paradigm in regards to the direction that the music business is going. I am really happy to be home and relaxing after a very long week. Today one of my friends on the job sent me a devotional about Family Togetherness that I would like to share with you from Our Daily Bread. I pray encourages you. Please let me know what you think? How has your week been? Thanks for your time and God bless you.
Family Togetherness My husband, children, and I have a fun family tradition. It happens when we are at home and someone calls out “family hug!” We usually rendezvous in the kitchen; I hug the kids and my husband wraps his arms around all of us. It’s our way of expressing love and enjoying a brief moment of family togetherness.
Although we enjoy an occasional group hug, it’s not always easy to maintain that sense of unity. After all, each person in our family is unique. We have different needs, abilities, and viewpoints—much like the family of God (Eph. 4:11-12).
Despite inevitable differences with other believers, Paul calls us to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (v.3). Harmony with other Christians is important because it reflects the unity between Jesus and His heavenly Father. Jesus prayed this for believers: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You” (John 17:21).
When problems arise within the family of God, the Bible says we are to respond “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). This is the way to experience family togetherness with people who share the fundamentals of our faith.
I pray, O Lord, reveal to me If I have caused disunity, For You would have Your children one In praise and love for Your dear Son. Our hearts are linked through the love of Christ.
Today has been a day at the studio connecting with Jordan McCleod and with David Stern.. the project is coming along nicely. There is a lot going on. Jordan has been working hard on my music and a few songs are starting to take shape and the harmonies are very nice. David Stern and I chatted on the phone about learning more about the music business and I am looking forward to future correspondence. My day has been busy but I am blessed by the Lord and glad to have got to see this beautiful day. I pray your day has been a blessed one as well. I have found s devotional to share with you tonight. The title of the devotional is "The purpose of God's goodness" by Joe Stowell
When I was growing up, we often sang a song in Sunday school that went like this: “God is good to me! God is good to me! He holds my hand and helps me stand! God is good to me!”
I need to say right away that I believe God is good and He takes delight in doing good things for people. He does indeed hold our hand in times of trouble and helps us stand against the onslaught of life’s difficulties. But I wonder if you’ve ever asked yourself, Why is He good? It certainly is not because we deserve it or because He feels the need to buy our love and allegiance with His benefits.
The psalmist prays for God to bless him so that “[the Lord’s] way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations” (Ps. 67:2). God’s daily blessings are proof positive that He is indeed a good God who cares for His own. But how will our world know this about God if we never praise Him for His goodness to us? (v.3).
So, the next time God blesses you, be sure to look for ways to appropriately give Him the credit. Consuming His blessings without communicating His goodness shortchanges the very purpose of His gifts of grace in our lives.
As endless as God’s blessings are, So should my praises be For all His daily goodnesses That flow unceasingly! —Adams
God is good—make sure the people in your world know what He has done in your life.
The day has been a great one. I am winding down from a long day at the computer. I am into surrender mode and blessed that the Lord has allowed me to see this beautiful day. I have found another great excerpt from a devotional by Les Lamborn titled "Getting It Right On The Inside.." The passage says..
Like Jonah, if we are not careful, we can be spiritually “looking good” on the outside, but far from God in our hearts. He is most interested in what we are like on the inside. His Word is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit” (Heb. 4:12). With it, He performs divine surgery to remove the greed, dishonesty, hatred, pride, and selfishness that live in the deep shadows of our hearts.
So the next time the Holy Spirit convicts you and asks you about your bad attitude (see Jonah 4:4)—listen carefully. Surrender and let Him change you from the inside out.
I confess, heavenly Father, that I know what it’s like to be more concerned about my outward obedience than my inner rebellion. I want to look good to others. Forgive me. Change me and make me pure within. If God controls you on the inside, you’ll be genuine on the outside.
I pray your Monday has been a Magnificent one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
Today has been a day of praise at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. The Voices of Praise did an amazing job today.. The spirit of the Lord was in the house and I am blessed to have been used by the Lord in this service. Afterwards, I had a great lunch at the Olive Garden with my family. My wife and I have been relaxing and enjoying our evening. I am looking forward to a busy week. I am focusing on surrendering everything to the Lord in my life. I am learning not to worry and get discouraged over things that are out of my control. I am going to let go and let God be in my life. The sooner I put all my faith in Him the sooner things will move forward. Tonight I have found a devotional titled "Thoughtful Praises" by Joanie Yoder I wonder what God thinks about the way we sing at church. I’m not talking about the quality of our voices, but the honesty of our words. If we’re being truthful, the following rewritten hymn titles might more accurately express what’s in our hearts as we sing:
“Just As I Am” is “Just As I Pretend To Be.” “O How I Love Jesus” becomes “O How I Like Jesus.” “I Surrender All” is actually “I Surrender Some.” “He’s Everything To Me” means “He’s Quite A Bit To Me.”
Jesus said that we are to worship Him in truth (John 4:24). Singing sincerely and with understanding is a serious challenge (Psalm 47:7).
Let’s take up the challenge by seeking God’s help to make the original titles of these hymns true for us. In repentance and without pretense, let’s turn to Him just as we are. In His forgiving presence, let’s declare total love for Jesus by surrendering all to Him. As a result, Jesus truly will become everything to us. Then we will be able to sing honestly about Jesus Christ and our love for Him.
As we make melody in our hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19), let’s worship in spirit and in truth.
You are the chosen of the Lord To sing His highest praise, And through the melody of song To show His wondrous ways. —Anon.
To sing God's praise, keep your heart in tune with Him.
I pray your Sunday has been a great one. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
I am happy to have this day off.. I have enjoyed the day with my wife and we have relaxed and enjoyed our day. We just finished an hour walk and I am feeling a bit winded it from it but.. I must keep on moving. I am focusing on goals and most of all strengthening my relationship with the Lord. I know that with Him all things are possible. It is vital that I stay prayed up and keep all my trust and faith in the Lord. This is a very interesting time in my life and I must stay on the path that He has paved for me and not waiver off to an unknown and un-favored direction. I know what the Lord is capable of doing in my life. He has been there for me too many times and like a lot of songs say no one can praise Him like I praise Him and I can't praise Him like you can but the point remains.. "We Praise Him"... I pray that your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with blessings from above. I am going to leave you with these words of encouragement from an excerpt of "Plowing Straight Lines" (Our daily Bread)
Like Paul, if we focus on Christ, we will plow a straight path and accomplish God’s purpose in our lives.
Lord, help us keep our eyes on You And focused on the task Of bringing glory to Your name By doing what You ask. —Sper When you keep your eyes on Christ, everything will come into focus.
It's Friday and most would say TGIF.. Like Os Hillman would say TGIF means Today God Is First.. and everyday for the believers. The Lord is working and I am looking to him to connect the dots in my path and work on my upcoming album. I have so much to say and now He is giving me more music to write and sing. The Lord is great and I am in awe of what he is doing in my life as well as the lives on my friends and family. There is nothing like having real people in your life that tell you when you are right and when you a wrong. One of my great friends just told me today to give it God and leave it.. once we surrender to the Lord there is no need to take it back. He has it and vengeance is His on those who mess with His people. I have connected with a few people today regarding my music and the next step regarding my upcoming project and business affairs. Please continue to pray the Lord's will be done and not mine.. I am grateful for each of you reading my blogs and supporting my ministry. I pray that your Friday has been a Fantastic one. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I have found a perfect food for thought from Our Daily Bread titled "Courage: Live it" by David Branon. Have a blessed evening and a wonderful weekend.
Courage: Live it
Courage is one thing you need if you want to get God’s work done. That’s what I said when I spoke in a church service in Jamaica. I told the people that according to 2 Timothy 1:7, God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power.
A couple of days later, I stood 35 feet above the water on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Should I jump off the precipice into the waters below? The teenagers who were with me said, “Yes!” Most of them had already done so. One told me, “Mr. Branon, if you don’t jump, you can’t preach about courage again.” I knew that sometimes the courageous thing is not to go along with the crowd. But this time, I jumped.
Courage makes a good theory, but sometimes we need help to practice it. We have many opportunities to step out of our comfort zone to serve God. When we don’t have courage, we need to be reminded of God’s promise in 2 Timothy, and we need others’ encouragement to take the leap.
Perhaps you need someone to tell you: Volunteer for that job at church—they need you. Have lunch with your co-worker to discuss matters of faith. Or join that small group.
Be courageous for Jesus. Sometimes it takes just that first step of courage to serve our majestic God.
Lord, give me the courage to rise above fear, Even of danger, because You are near; I would be faithful to face any foe While I am walking with You here below. —Hess
Courage will follow when faith takes the lead.
I am just getting home form Voices of Praise Rehearsal. I am glad to b home and blessed for the from the rehearsal. We worked on Awesome, Look Up and Get your Blessing, Have you Tried Jesus and God Gave Me a Song tonight.. I am excited about learning new music that we will be doing in the future. The Lord is moving in my life in a mighty way. I would like to take this time to send a shout out to my friends. Here is a devotional titled "Best Friends" by Julie Ackerman Link.. I pray you have had a blessed Thursday filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God Bless you
When I signed up for a popular Internet social network, I was shocked to be greeted with the words, “You have no friends.” Although I knew it was untrue, I still felt sad for a moment. The idea that anyone, even an impersonal Web site, would call me friendless was upsetting. Friends are essential for our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Friends listen to our heartaches without blaming us for having problems. They defend us when we’re under attack. They are happy when we succeed and sad when we fail. They give us wise counsel to keep us from making foolish choices. They even risk making us angry for the sake of making us right. My friends have done all of this and more for me.
Perhaps the best-known friendship in the Bible is that of Jonathan and David. Jonathan was heir to the throne of his father Saul. But he knew that the Lord had chosen David for that role, so he risked his own life to save his friend (1 Sam. 20).
As the Bible shows us, we need to choose friends carefully (Prov. 12:26). The very best friends are those who are friends with God and who strengthen our relationship with Him (1 Sam. 23:16).
I do not ask for many friends, But give me, Lord, the few Whose loyalty and faithfulness Are first of all to You. —Meadows True friends are like diamonds—precious and rare.