Only one adequate plan has ever appeared in the world, and that is the Christian dispensation.
John Jay - First US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Wednesday's Word: March 2011

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday's Word - Son Shine

The Son will Shine

All things were created for His pleasure
His grace and mercy are without measure
for those who know Love, He is the Treasure
Rest assured that the Son will Shine

God is faithful, His promises stand
The hearts of His children are in the palm of His hand
and having done all, we must continue to stand
God's plan is the Son will shine

He never slumbers, nor does He sleep
He's the only real comfort for those who weep
and as a man sows, he shall also reap
His word He'll keep, and the Son will Shine

High and lifted up The Son will shine
As He has from the beginning, til the end of time
Help me allow You to rule my heart and my mind
Oh Father mine, I want to see the Son Shine

The only begotten Son, and the Calmer of the sea
He'll be worshiped and praised for all eternity
His great day of Glory will arrive with certainty
So it will be, and the Son will Shine

The Son will Shine and nothing can compare
He is the Triumphant Conqueror no challenger would dare
His Magnificent Glory no one is worthy to share
Every eye will stare and the Son will SO Shine

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

In Him,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday's Word - Living Water

Hello All,

Now the funny thing about this Wednesday's Word - (The day late
edition) is that this was actually a dream I had just about 4 or 5
days ago. So I am trying to recall it as it happened:
In the dream I was explaining to a married couple (friends of mine)
the nature of getting along in the relationship - I know, seems quite
ironic. But as I walked up to the table where they were sitting -
they were both drinking and there was a cup in the middle of the
small table not standing out like an example - just a nonchalant part
of the situation. She was drinking tea and he was drinking coffee -
the cup in the middle of the table was full of ice water.

As I sought to make sense of the situation, I drew their attention to
the 3 cups and started to explain:

I said -"Now this cup in the middle of the table is God - its full of
ice water and will never be empty."
I said to the man, " You're drinking coffee, so if you pour your cup
into your wife's tea - that's not going to taste very well, and she'll
probably reject it - and vice versa. The way it works is that only
God can pour into your cup. When God pours into your cup its more
tolerable to what you were already drinking as opposed to somebody
pouring tea into your coffee or any other mixture.

As God IN Christ, conforms us to the image OF Christ - He's weaning
you off of you and what you're used to and onto Himself.
Eventually, not only will all of your coffee be replaced with water -
but it will be only then that someone else can receive you pouring
into their life as well."

Here's The Word:

John 4: 10 - 14 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and
who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he
would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you
have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this
living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us
the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his
livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be
thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never
thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of
water welling up to eternal life.”

John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of
his heart will flow rivers of living water.

So as I've been pondering over this dream for days now, I think the
Truth applies whether you're married or not, whether you're a tea or
coffee drinker, or if your thing is red Kool-Aid. God is about the
business of getting more of Him into you and as John understood and
embraced it - He said " He must increase but I must decrease"(John
3:30). And as you live for Christ - make sure its HIM you're trying to
see added to the cups of others, not simply what feels tolerable to you.

In Him,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wednesday's Word - I exam

Hello All,
How's your eyes? I mean your outlook; your perspective? Looking at your life and the person you're becoming - Is the future so bright you gotta wear shades, or is it more of life in the rear view where hindsight is 20/20 vision? Some trip over their own feet from the temporary blindness caused by a pretty face or more money or gaining some assemblance of power. Some wear rose-colored glasses and nothing is truly as it seems. Even still, some cover one eye and focus on reality apart from hope and become disheartened at the hardness of it all. Its as evident as the nose on your face that we rely heavily on the power of observation. We react to whatever jumps in front of our bi-focals. But just as important as a proper perspective of the world around you is proper clarity of what's going on inside you.
Here's the word:

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

As plainly as we can see that cataracts and cloudy vision can affect how we see the world around us, just imagine the ramifications of blurred vision when it comes to knowing whether or not you're in the faith. This really is an important eye exam. So the next question is how do we conduct such an exam? Well I'm glad you asked - Scripture offers the perfect answer. Let the Lord lead - then follow the Lord's lead

Psalm 26:2 - 5 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. 5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

We serve the True and living God who sees everything in High-Definition. We can have an eye opening experience if we would just care enough to let Him bring life into focus by making ourselves available to his hands of restoration. It is His will that we see clearly. Why else would you suppose Scripture contains an I exam.

In Him,

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wednesday's Word - Do Loss

Hello All,
I've been pondering something over in my mind lately - pondering the idea that many Christians don't know what it means to be Christian -Trust me, the first thing that comes to my mind after a thought like that is "Who am I to make such a bombastic statement?" Now if you know me, you know I'm not much for bombastatism (I'm not sure that's a word, but you catch my drift). I know that all we can really do is work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). But I ponder, not only because of what I see on the outside, but also because of what I'm confronted with on the inside. I can jump up and shout "Hallelujah!" with the best of them - turn around and sing I'm Glad I'm Saved with the rest of them. But when I really look close,I'm faced with a nagging question; Is Jesus really Lord? I mean there's no question when I feel "blessed" by what He gives me - I think of Him and say "Lord, thank You!" but am I thanking Him in the proper context or am I just caught up in that moment of Jesus as a Gracious Provider? No one can look at my life and say that I've had it easy, and trust me, I'm not looking for sympathy. On the contrary, since I didn't grow up with much I know that I have to be extra careful that the things I've acquired don't put me in a mindset that these things are anything but things; blessings yes, but no comparison to the Blessor!

Here's the Word;

Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Now Paul had just gone down a list of things that most anyone would call a "blessing" Good family, good schools, dedicated and all around well respected. But even in the middle of all of that he makes the statement "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:" .I'll put it this way. If you say Jesus is your LORD, what does that make you? The Greek word is doulos (pronounced do-loss) and here's what it literally means: devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests.

Whew! Something to ponder right? Even more than pondering, its something to follow hard after. I believe if we take the time to ponder, pray and purpose in our hearts to live as a doulos of Christ - it probably won't be a life of showered blessings, but since when is 'this' supposed to be Heaven? And on the other hand - I bet the JOY would be unspeakable. Now here's my balance statement - am I saying don't receive blessings from the Father's Hand? not hardly - that would be unappreciative. But rather more than looking for gain - we should also consider it a blessing when we have an opportunity to do-loss.

In Him,Cros