Category Archives: Journal Entry

Measure Up

I sure regret not getting together yesterday. You even reminded me as the day progressed and for whatever reason I ignored You. Father, please forgive me… Help me, please, to realize how imperative our times together are. To remain strong and focused, determined and driven in regards to my life in You, I have to have regular time with You. Please help me to remember. Help my love for You to increase to the point where it would crush my spirit to do anything that would hurt You.

Ephesians 4:11-16

As a pastor I am responsible for equipping the church, i.e. the body of Christ to do His work – so I must be growing and maturing in my relationship with Christ if I expect the body to be. In doing so we all can then “measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” If we do this we won’t be redirected by the slightest breeze to believe things that are not true. We’ll be able to ascertain the truth even if an overwhelming amount of people embrace things that are not truth. Sometimes to keep the Church moving forward the truth needs to be spoken in love. There needs to be a balance – truth and love. We need both because either one without the other will not bring the best outcome. If every part of the body will do this we will mature and grow. If we don’t our “body” will not be healthy and our love, which is so critical (essential), will be sorely lacking.

Lord Jesus, help me – help us – to be more and more like You. We are hopeless without You.

May 1st, Fri, 6:08am

Stoke the Fire

 

Father, I so appreciate this time together! Please stoke the fire of my desire so much that I literally cannot live without it! No matter how hard (or soft) life might get, I beg of You – I plead, help me to never give up our time together! “As the deer pants for the water” (Psalm 42:1) may my heart be drawn to You! Thank you, Father, for Your love! Thank You, for Your grace and mercy and forgiveness! Oh, where would I be were it not for You! Praise Your holy name! I love You, too! Help my love for You to be ever on the increase and never on the decrease! Please, use me today and every day to bring You glory and honor. Help me to be a light on a hill that draws others to You! Fill me! Use me!

Ephesians 4:1-10

Lord, help me to “lead a life worthy” of God’s call on my life. “Always [may I] be humble and gentle [and] patient.” And may I make “love” the compound that binds it all together in the unity of “oneness” that is found only in living out our relationships with each other in unity with You.

April 29th, Wed, 7:29am

Grow Down

Father, forgive me for yielding to distraction…this is my time with You and Facebook should have no part in it. My phone is down and my attention is on You. Please help me hear and listen to what You have to say to me today.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Lord, help me to be “empowered…with inner strength through Your Spirit.” I know You have been doing a new work in me, accomplishing things that I could never do on my own (Praise Your Holy name! All the glory to You!) and I pray that I will cling to You. May my inner strength continue to be powered from Your “glorious, unlimited resources.”

This wonderful passage admonishes me to let my roots “grow down into Your love and keep me strong.”  Without You I am surely weak and helpless! In my own strength I fail. Only in You am I victorious. Thank you, Lord…

I am incomplete without Your love. Help me so that my overwhelming desire will be to “have the power to understand how WIDE, how LONG, how HIGH, and how DEEP Your love is”! May I “experience the love of Christ” – overwhelm me with Your love. May it gush and splash over on to all I meet!

And “through Your mighty power at work within me accomplish infinitely more than I might ask or [even] think”!

April 27th, Mon, 6:30am

Love in Action

Good morning, Father! Thank you for the good experience last night* and reconnecting with old friends. Help me to cherish your Word and to not take it for granted. Please continue to bless the efforts of those diligently working to get Your Word into the hands of those who have never heard.

*Karen and I attended a Wycliffe Associates Banquet – it was a wonderful opportunity.

Ephesians 3:1-13

Lord, thank you for the affirmation of Your promises. The honor and privilege of coming into your presence is awesomely wonderful!  (vs.12) I am so grateful that You provided a way for me, a sinner, to come before You, to be with You. Without the great sacrifice of You Jesus, I could not do it! Praise Your name, O Lord! For Your forgiveness, grace and mercy I truly give You praise!

I come into Your presence this morning asking that You would use me, use me to communicate Your love. And not just through the sermon but through every opportunity I have when interacting with people in church, in public and in social gatherings today. Please help me see with Your eyes and to respond with Your heart. Help my entire body to be infused with Your love and to disperse it to all I come in contact with each and every day.

April 26th, Sun, 6:42am

Building Materials

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I have come this morning to bask in Your presence, to soak up the warmth of Your love, to be filled to the cusp of my being with Your wisdom and to begin the process of being a channel to the world by which You can disperse these great blessings to the world. Please help me to treasure our time together more and more.

Ephesians 2:19-22

God’s family is compared to as “God’s house”. We are part of something far greater than ourselves or even our local church.  We are part of a structure begun long ago by God himself. Our foundation is the apostles and the prophets and Christ is the cornerstone. We are not some hodge podge of odds and ends thrown together with hope of it all “miraculously” making sense, but (as the NLT puts it), “We are carefully joined together in [Christ]” – no happenstance, no luck, no pipe dreams but CAREFULLY assembled for a specific purpose. As the notes on this passage alluded to, this is so the world can see who God really is (LOVE!) and that harmony can be achieved – through Christ!

Oh, Great Master Builder, help me to fit in to Your master plan. Help me to be used for Your purpose. Enable me to bring to You other useful “material” – others – who will allow themselves to be used by You to be a “building” that all the world can see and be drawn to for Your glory!

April 24th, Fri, 6:38am

Today’s picture is of a home being constructed by a group of men from the Cypress Bible Church in Cypress, Texas  for two families in Juarez, Mexico.  My brother-in-law Chuck is on the far right and my son, Massey, is behind the camera. 🙂