Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keep On Keepin' On

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When I first started this, I was watching and listening to Bonnie Raitt on the April 23rd, 2016 edition of a CBS This Morning Saturday.  There was both performance and interview.  There's a lot about her life and attitude that resonates with me. We've both allowed substance abuse to detour us and we've both come back from that.  But there was an answer to one question that led to today's post.  Anthony Mason asked her how long she would keep performing -- Bonnie's 66.  

Bonnie Raitt's reply was that she hoped she'd be be doing this till she was 85 or 90, good health allowing.  She pointed to BB King and Tony Bennett as examples.  And she reminded us of Sir Paul McCartney asking if, instead of continuing to be active in music, he should just retire and go play golf.  I think we all agree that our ears are much better off because all of them kept doing what they're doing.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sandwiches and Wisdom (Video)

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I mentioned our International convention.  I thought I'd share our midweek service.  During convention, it always ties in with the theme and have a little extra kick.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Responsibilities of Salvation

It's the first day of our ministry's International Convention.  That means the better part of a week immersed in the Word, having fellowship with friends from all over the world (some of them missionaries, some native pastors).  And an array of booths selling a variety of things, mostly food and beverages, to support various foreign missionary efforts.  All in all, a great time.  If you're interested in joining us, here in Baltimore or streaming any or all of it live, go to the GGWO 2016 Convention page for more info.

In the meantime, here's a devotional from our one year year devotional book, Breastplate Gems, available on Amazon in bother paperback and Kindle editions, by following the link.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Today, UP and Out of Selfish Love

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There is still lots coming out about the mass shooting in Orlando. Relatives and friends are still hurting, surviving victims are still healing.  There is also lots of rhetoric about gun control.  Much of that ignoring the fact that, for the most part, we have all the regulation we need.  But some of it needs repair to work as intended.  We need to be in prayer for the victims, their friends and families.  We also need to pray for Godly wisdom in dealing with gun legislation.

Let's get to some better news.  Tomorrow is Fathers' Day.  Three cheers for all the great dads out there.  We should keep all dads in prayer.

Finally, our International Convention starts Monday.  Although, with all the returning missionaries, you might think it started several weeks ago.  The theme is "Wisdom for Our Times".  If you're interested in joining us, registration and more information is available here.

Now.  Without further ado, here's a meditation from Todd Parsons.

Monday, June 13, 2016

What Happened to Accountability?

Recently, I responded to an online statement that the rioting at Trump rallies was incited by Trump's statements and he ought to shut up.  Then the riots would stop.  And we'll get into my reply. But take a look at our graphic for today's post.

Today's illustration was shared on Facebook by my friend Pastor Eric Anderson.  Think about what Toynbee said.  All the major civilizations arose via standards.  And they crumbled when those standards were set aside for the "benefits" of a wealthy, powerful society.

We tend to think of that in terms of what we'd describe as moral degeneracy.  But there's much more to it than that.  And it includes Trump's freedom of speech.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Lord is My Strength and My Shield

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We have another gem from Pastor Chris McFarland, this one fairly recent.  We'll let the Word and his thoughts on it speak for themselves.  Be blessed.

Psalm 28:7–8 (ESV)  The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

Psalm 29:11 (AMP)  The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Breastplare Gems - We Need the Gentle Rain

It's the first Monday in June, time to share one of this month's readings from our devotional book, Breastplate Gems.  For those interested in the Kindle edition, there's a link to that version on the page.

The book's goal is to give the reader a chance to grow closer to God in a way that will leave us with something from the Word that will help us stay close to Him.

Life throws both good and bad events at us.  When we have a connection with God, it's no longer just us dealing with them.  We have God in that equation.  For instance, there's this:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Eliminating The Blind Spots‏

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Last Saturday, we shared the video from one of our Wednesday services.  Pastor Schaller spoke on blind spots.  Here, Todd Parsons continues on the theme.