“The Lord hath need of them.”

It is a beautiful testimony that I hear when it simply suffices for a man to hear “The Lord hath need of them.”He could shift the responsibility to the Lord. “He knows everything; He controls everything.”

What I have to do is obey. I can depend upon it…if I obey the rest will come out all right.

We spoil so much of our obedience by criticizing the things were are called to do…or give….or bear.

Then we hesitate…question…doubt…and then finally, without enthusiasm we finally do what we were called upon.

If we know what God’s will is…that should always be enough.

We have nothing to do with the how or why.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

The Family of God

Someone defined home as the place where, when you show up, they have to let you in. So it should be with the family of God. It is God’s redemptive community. We don’t always agree, and sometimes members of that family get bent out of shape, or headed in the wrong direction, but we are still family. And if we are truly family, then we can touch each other on the deepest of levels, and meet the most pressing of needs.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

New and improved

New and improved. There is something contagiously alluring about the statement.

Obviously, research has shown that the American people like the idea. Manufacturers labor diligently to produce products which they can then describe as new and improved. And the reason, of course, is that we want things that are new.

We want a new and improved dishwashing liquid. We want a new and improved weed killer. We want a new and improved hair color. Some of us even want new hair — or any hair! We want a new figure. We want a new car. And the list can go on and on and on. We like things new.

All of this points to the biggest need that I personally had. It was the need for a new life.

The reason why I was dissatisfied with what I had is because I was dissatisfied with who I was.

I thank God for New (and improved) Life!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I have stepped over the line!

 I received this testimony in an email. It is too good not to share.

I am a part of the fellowship of the un-ashamed.  I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast I have stepped over the line. I am a disciple of His.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

 My past is redeemed…My present makes sense….And my future is secure

 I am finished and done with low living…sight walking…smooth knees…colorless dreams…strained vision…worldly talking…cheap giving…and dwarfed goals.

 I no longer need preeminence   prosperity, position, promotion, plaudits or popularity.

 I don’t have to be first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.

I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk in His patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.

The die has been cast – I have stepped over the line.

 I have moved from:

Membership to discipleship…Spectator to Participator…Coming to Church to Becoming the Church…Sinner to Believer…Passive to Gospel…Fear to Faith

 What caught me attention are the words……

The die has been cast – I have stepped over the line.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

What Will it Take for Me to Be All I Can Be?

 The slogan for a Branch of the Military is, “Be all you can Be!”

What does that look like for the military?

What does that look like for a Christian?

What does that look like for me?

I am pretty sure that the Bible says that I will need to:

 Be sober

Be  holy  

Be submissive

Be ready

Be prayerful        

Be happy

Be diligent    

I am challenged again Lord. Help me!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I left My Church Yesterday!

I don’t get to leave very often.

It is because I am a “workaholic”.

It is NOT because there aren’t others who can fill the gap. There are several who always do very well when asked to fill in.

That being said, I had occasion to be in the congregation of the Baypointe Church in Panama City Beach for their launch yesterday morning.

It was a great experience for me and certainly different from when Sandy and I started a work eons ago. This one was well thought out, well planned, well oiled, and well staffed. Everyone seemed to know their job and they were at their post wearing big smiles.

The music was good as well as engaging with the selections for the day being meaningful and worshipful.

The fellowship was good and all in all, it appeared that those who attended were glad that they did so.

The message delivered by the Lead Pastor, Dr. Ben Liles, was timely, meaningful, and relevant.

I had a great time and I came away blessed. I am glad that I was there to witness what is going to be a great church.

I don’t leave my church often but yesterday I was happy to do so.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Dinner at my House

I have been really busy! I recently added some additional duties to my already heavy schedule.

Knowing about my additional responsibilities my wife has become very accomodating and carefull about making sure I stop to eat,  excercise and sleep.

On Monday she came with me to the office. It was the first day of school for us and I wanted the parents, students and teachers to know that we were both thoroughly invested.

At the end of the morning I told Sandy that I would be home by 6PM to which she responded, “I will have dinner ready!”

Since that has not happened much recently, I was thrilled and looked forward to that time all day with great anticipation.

When I walked in at 5:50PM I heard, “Oh, is it that time already? I haven’t started dinner yet.”

We sat down for a few minutes and Sandy, having had a hard day, fell sound asleep.

I started dinner.

While one pot was simmering and another cooking I attended to some chores.

Dinner was almost done and I stepped out with the trash and that is precisely when Sandy woke up. When she went into the kitchen she saw that dinner was done….went to the front door and called, “Honey, Dinner is ready!”

It never dawned on me what had just happened until I was doing the dishes.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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