I have been in ministry for a long time. While there are benefits for longevity, there are also some pitfalls. I want to address one of the traps. I was reminded early this morning about the need for intense prayer. Let’s get real for a minute. Any believer worth their salt know about and understand the importance of prayer. Many times because of busyness we allow this critical function to fall by the wayside. I want to present to my readers this morning that daily prayer is much more than knowing about and recognizing the need for powerful prayer. Many believe that the demise of our great country began when prayer was taken out of our public school systems. My friend Mike reminded me this morning that the problem started when we took prayer out of the church. We pray, but we have made it part of our program. We often run through it quickly to allow us time to accomplish other things. Friends, we need to hear from God. Hearing from God is vital!
I love this beautiful old song. It is a reminder to me each day to consider the simplicity of my relationship with Jesus. I can go back to the time when my life was radically changed because of my faith. This event brings peace and comfort to me when my soul is troubled. All I have to do is trust in Him.
I love dreamers…
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
This morning I want to share a recipe for peace. Because so many are looking Peace, it is a concept that everyone is seeking. Peace implies unity and order. It is much more than a feeling. Peace is a state of mind, and it is a way of life.
God has got this. He has your life in the palms of His sovereign and robust self. I read yesterday that more people commit suicide in December than any other month. This fact is crazy. I want to encourage you this morning to simply Chill out! Don’t let the pressure of this holiday season stress you out. The Christmas season has been set aside to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, not to cause undue anxiety on you.
I love to dream!
I have been disturbed recently by the obnoxious post finding their way to my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I understand, and champion peoples need to express their views and thoughts. As Citizens of this great country, our founding fathers recognized the need for free expression and wrote into our Bill of Rights the first amendment, which affords us the right to speak out on any subject that we so choose. The question that I want you to consider as you read this post is “Do we need to respond and express our views on everything?”
Today I finish up our acrostic for SERVE teams. Our fifth letter is the letter E. This E stands for EQUIP. My hope in writing these blog post is to help those who belong to the church that I lead to an understanding of the requirements needed to SERVE! I pray that each of our members takes on the challenge and finds a place of service. At the POINT, every member is a minister so applying these requirements is paramount in answering the needs of our guest. To recap the acrostic, we have the words Smile, Encourage, Reach out, Validate and today Equip.