Today has been a day of worship. I had 2 services today and the Lord was in the house. I was truly blessed by the word that was brought today. I also got a surprise visit today from my daughter and her boyfriend. It truly was a great day we had dinner at the church and everything went well. I am blessed the Lord allowed me to see this beautiful day. It truly was a perfect fall day here in Tulsa today. I pray that your weekend has been an amazing one filled with great things. So how was your weekend? Anything special happen this weekend? Are there any prayer request? I would appreciate you responses. I appreciate your friendship and hope that we continue to stay connected. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you
Today has been a great day of family and productivity. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to see this day. I spent the day with my wife and her family.. we had a great day and enjoyed our time together. I have also sent some of my music to a local production company for a movie that is being produced here. I got the invitation from my lawn man Victor Muse who is playing in the movie. I will let you know if anything gets selected. I do pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care and stay encouraged. Tonight I am leaving with this devotion simple titled "Who's the Audience?" by Philip Yancy
I used to view the worship service in church as a time for entertainment. Speaking of folks like me, Sören Kierkegaard said that we tend to think of church as a kind of theater: We sit in the audience, attentively watching the actors onstage. If sufficiently entertained, we show our gratitude with applause. Church, though, should be the opposite of the theater. God is the audience for our worship.
What matters most takes place within the hearts of the congregation—not onstage. We should leave a worship service asking ourselves not “What did I get out of it?” but rather “Was God pleased with what happened?”
God took pains to specify details of animal sacrifice for the ancient Israelites in their worship. Yet He said that He didn’t need their animals: “I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Ps. 50:9-10). What He wanted was their praise and obedience (v.23).
By focusing on the externals of worship, we too miss the point: The Lord is interested in a sacrifice of the heart, an internal attitude of submission and thanksgiving. The goal of worship is nothing less than to meet and please our God.
Lord, may our worship and our praise, From hearts surrendered to Your ways, Be worthy offerings of love For all Your blessings from above. —Sper At the heart of worship is worship from the heart.
Today has been a blessed one. I have truly had a busy day at work. After work, I have had a rehearsal with the Voices of Praise. We had a great rehearsal and we learned Get your blessing and Awesome... I am blessed to have been apart of the rehearsal tonight. I am truly working on myself and my phrase for this week is to not let "emotion trump logic" It is vital that we make good sound decisions in everything we do and not let emotions overcome our logic. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you. Tonight I am leaving you a devotional titled Impact for Christ by Dave Branon
Over the past several years, I’ve been privileged to travel with teenagers on eight mission trips. One thing I’ve learned in those excursions is that teens are not too young to make an impact for Jesus—either on me or on others whose lives they touch.
I’ve also noticed that the teens who make the biggest impact for Christ match the characteristics Paul told Timothy about in 1 Timothy 4:12. Trying to convince Timothy that his relative youth did not have to be a deterrent to his ministry, Paul told him to “be an example to the believers” in several areas.
In word: Young people who make a difference for Christ control what they say, avoid negative talk, and speak words that honor God. In conduct: Teens who practice discretion in their behavior shine for all the world to see. In love: By taking heed of Jesus’ words to love God and their neighbor (Matt. 22:37-39) teens please Jesus and touch hearts. In faith: Those who put their faith into action change lives. In purity: It’s tough to be morally pure and doctrinally sound, but kids who are can set the bar for the rest of us.
Paul’s words aren’t just for the young generation. All of us should be an example in word, conduct, love, faith, and purity. That’s how we make an impact for Christ.
O Christians, remember, you bear His dear name, Your lives are for others to view; You’re living examples—men praise you or blame, And measure your Savior by you. —Anon.
The most valuable commentary on the Bible is a godly life.
Today has been a Magnificent Monday.. I reached 1000 e-mails on Reverbnation and now I have upgraded to new package so that i can receive more. If you would like to stay in touch with musically and get the first listen to my new upcoming single selection please follow this link and join me. I would love to have you. I am always interested in what you think about my new music. There is nothing like friends that help you along the way to assist you in going where you need to go with real honest opinions. I do appreciate each of you and I am blessed that you are in my life and have shown a interest in me as a person as well as a musician. Here is the reverbnation link http://www.jdarrynzewalk.com/fr_home.cfm Thanks for all your support. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you. Tonight I leave you with an excerpt from Win or Lose by David McCasland (Our daily Bread)
The apostle Paul experienced God’s deliverance many times, but he didn’t insist on things going his way. From prison in Rome he wrote to Timothy: “I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand” (2 Tim. 4:6). Some might say that Paul had failed to accomplish his goals and that his life was ending in defeat. But he saw it differently: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (v.7). He looked forward to an eternal crown (v.8).
As we walk with God, we can praise Him for His faithfulness—win or lose.
I can always count on God, my heavenly Father, For He changes not; He always is the same. Yesterday, today, forever, He is faithful, And I know He loves me, praise His holy name! —Felten In every change He faithful will remain. —Katharina von Schlegel
Today has been day of rest and relaxation. I have actually got a lot done today regarding my business goals. I am getting things done with the grace of the Lord. I am truly learning and getting more organized as time goes on. Today I can feel the cold weather outside and not sure that I am ready for fall but it is here. How has your Saturday been? I pray it has been a blessed one filled with great things. Tonight I have found a very inspiration devotion to my friends that are going through obstacles. the title of this devotional is called "Drop you Hands" by Joe Stowell
You’d think I would have my mother’s fingerprints embedded in my knee from all the times she squeezed my leg in church and whispered in no uncertain terms, “Be still.” Like any boy, I had a bad case of the wiggles in places like church. So for years, when I read, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), I thought of it in terms of not being antsy.
But the Hebrew word for still means “to cease striving.” It’s the concept of putting your hands down and letting God intervene in your situation without your interference. This word picture is interesting, since we often use our hands to push things out of our way, to protect ourselves, or to strike back. When we drop our hands, it makes us feel defenseless and vulnerable—unless we can trust that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (v.1), and that “the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (v.7). In other words, stop struggling and wait on God to do His work!
In the face of all of life’s circumstances, we can know the peace of trusting the presence and power of God in the midst of trouble as we wait patiently and prayerfully for His deliverance. So drop your hands, for God’s hands are busy on your behalf!
Be still and know that He is God For pathways steep and rough; Not what He brings but who He is Will always be enough. —Anon. When we put our problems in God’s hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.
Just getting home and finally relaxing. The day has been a very tiresome day. I am blessed and happy the Lord let me see another day. I am reading more information about music business today. I also texted Jordan regarding one of my songs today and all is well. I am getting closer to getting things in the final stretch of my album. I am encouraged and I beginning with the end in mind and pressing toward the mark of the High calling. I am waiting patiently on the Lord because I know that his timing is always perfect. With this said I am leaving a devotional with you titled "Wait Quietly" by L.B. Cowan
"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Heb. 6:15).
Abraham was long tried, but he was richly rewarded. The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise. Satan tried him by temptation; men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition; Sarah tried him by her peevishness. But he patiently endured. He did not question God's veracity, nor limit His power, nor doubt His faithfulness, nor grieve His love; but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty, submitted to Infinite Wisdom, and was silent under delays, waiting the Lord's time. And so, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
God's promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized.
Beloved, Abraham's conduct condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God's will and way. Remember, Abraham was tried; he patiently waited; he received the promise, and was satisfied. Imitate his example, and you will share the same blessing. -—Selected
I am glad to be home from a busy day. I am encouraged and blessed because the Lord allowed me to experience this beautiful day. My wife and I have walked another hour tonight for the 2nd time this week. I am a little worn out from the walk but I am glad that i did it. I am in much need to get back in better shape this year. I am looking forward to my next photo shoot for my album and I have a lot of work to do before the pics are taken. I will get there... I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. I found a great inspiration tonight form Os Hillman titled "God leads us in the desert.
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil" (Matt 4:1).
There is a common teaching going around today that says if you do all the right things in your Christian life, you will be blessed and never experience problems in your life. This teaching is heresy. The Bible says that we will encounter many problems during this lifetime. Just read Peter's epistle.
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Why would God lead His Son into the desert to be tempted? Why would God lead you and me into the desert?
The desert is a place to learn something about ourselves. It is the place where we determine if we will truly live by every Word of God, not by bread alone. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus responded to every temptation by citing what the Word of God said about that temptation.
This is also the way you and I must respond to the temptations that are brought our way. We must have the Word of God written into our hearts in order to know how to respond to given situations. The Bible says, "the truth shall make you free." It is knowing and doing the will of God that allows us to live free from the temptation of evil.
The desert is often the place of silence. However, it is also a place where the devil will speak loudest because you are in a place of weakness and the comforts of your normal life are not to be found. It is a place where God is often silent but can also be a place where God speaks loudest. The word desert comes from the Hebrew word "dahbaar" which means "to speak."
If God has placed you in the desert, meditate on the Word of God so that you will withstand the temptation that comes in the desert place.
I had a much needed day off from work and I spent the about 8 hours with Jordan McCleod listening to my music and correcting some things that needed to be take care of. I am truly excited about the direction the project is going and I am looking forward to the next stage of tracking more vocals and horns and strings. This project has stretched me as an artist and brought back some much needed old school back into my life. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I am leaving you a devotional titled a snails pace by Dennis Fisher. Let me know what you think..
One of my earliest childhood memories was watching snails in our backyard flower garden. I was fascinated by this little creature with a shell, a slimy little tummy, and tiny eyes that turned like periscopes. But what really seemed unusual was how slowly a snail travels.
How slow does a snail go? One study clocked a snail at 0.00758 miles per hour—or 40 feet in one hour. No wonder we use the phrase moving at a snail’s pace to mean “slow.”
Although a snail does move at a “sluggish” pace, one virtue it does possess is perseverance. The great 19th-century preacher Charles Spurgeon wryly observed, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
According to the apostle Paul, perseverance is a key component in character development. He explained that “tribulation produces perseverance” (Rom. 5:3). And upon that building block go character and hope (v.4). The original Greek word translated “perseverance” means “steadfastness, constancy, and endurance.” It was used of believers who endured in their walk of faith despite many painful trials.
Have setbacks slowed you down to a snail’s pace? Be encouraged. God doesn’t ask for a fast finish. He expects persevering progress.
When trials intrude to slow down your life, It would be easy for you to give in; But by perseverance you’ll overcome strife, So just keep on plodding—with Christ you can win. —Branon
Great achievement requires great perseverance.
Today has been spent getting everything ready for our kitchen transformation. The back splash was been decided. The granite has been.. decided now we wait for the work to be completed. I enjoyed going out with Latessa today and putting the finishing touches on this kitchen project. It is blessing to see the transformation of an old kitchen turned into something new and innovative. The day has also been another day of learning from my music business courses I am taking.. I also got a chance to listen and take notes on my current songs from my upcoming album and what needs to be done to get it where it needs to go. So overall this day has been a very productive one. I am blessed the Lord gave me the opportunity to see this day and experience the wonderful things that has occurred in it. I pray that your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with wonderful things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I am leaving you tonight with and excerpt from Champion Marksman by Les Lamborn.
What is your focus today? Are you preoccupied with getting ahead and making life more comfortable? If you’re a believer, the right target to shoot for is to become more like the Son of God (2 Cor. 3:18). Today make sure you are aiming at the right target!_Les Lamborn
I have one deep supreme desire, That I may be like Jesus. To this I fervently aspire, That I may be like Jesus. —Chisholm
To make the most of your life, make God’s goals your goals.
Today has been a day of encouragement for me.. I came across a very encouraging podcast today regarding goals that i thought would beneficial to share with you. I listened to How to stay focused by Steven Pierce. in this podcast I learned that there are 3 types of goals. They are as follows: 1) Outcome- results you want to happen 2) Performance - bettering your best 3) Process - the execution I learned that most people spend too much time on the outcome and not enough time on the performance and the process that helps you reach your outcome. Remember that your outcome is the lagging indicator.. to influence your lagging indicator you must do well in your performance and your process.. which impacts your outcome. Moreover, life is truly not about being perfect it is about being better in your performance. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.