Journey Update — June 2018

On a recent Sunday, I preached using as one of my texts, Psalm 119:32 (NKJV), “I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.”  God works to enlarge our hearts so we can embrace the Kingdom of God and our place in it.  The Lord has touched my heart once again to stretch my faith so that we can stretch our reach in the name of the Lord.  I don’t know yet what more He has in store for us but I feel the rumblings of the Holy Spirit within me.  The Lord will enlarge our hearts to encompass His leading into the furtherance of His Kingdom into this world.  Stay tuned…

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They Are Still Smiling

When I visited a slum area in India, I witnessed children living in squalor and it dawned on me, they were still smiling.  I then thought about the thousands of children I have seen in Haiti and other places—in spite of their abject poverty, they continued to smile.  Their smile has kept me smiling.  There is something captivating about a sweet, innocent, smiling face.  I love to see children smile (grownups too).

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Spiritual Burden

SPIRITUAL BURDEN

As a child and young man growing up in church, I often heard people use the word “burden” quite often. Pastors would say they had a burden for their church.  Friends would speak of “carrying a burden” for a family member.  I don’t hear people use the term much anymore but I am very familiar with the term and the experience.  I would define “burden” as a deep concern planted by the Holy Spirit to motivate us to prayer and action.

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Obscurity

Obscurity

The subject of obscurity has dogged my steps for some time for reasons only God knows.  I know this sounds strange in a blog that could potentially be read by thousands of eyes but I would like to share my heart on this subject.  I think we need to rightly divide two statements made by Jesus.  In one He said, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them.  Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1 NKJV).  In the second one, He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).

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