Praise God! It’s going to be an awesome day!
Be blessed and encouraged today by The Holy Spirit on today’s powerful prophetic prayer call with Jennifer LeClaire!
Praise God! It’s going to be an awesome day!
Be blessed and encouraged today by The Holy Spirit on today’s powerful prophetic prayer call with Jennifer LeClaire!
🎶 All of my life I’ve been waitin’ in the rain
I’ve been waiting for a feeling that never, ever came
It feels so close, but always disappears
Darlin’, in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue
But it’s time you got the news
I’m gonna harden my heart
I’m gonna swallow my tears
I’m gonna turn and leave you here🎶
Facebook friends, does this 1981 song by Quarterflash describe your heart? Is your heart hardened like unplowed soil? By no means am I a farmer like my good friend Darrell Grubbs. I do know soil needs plowing so it doesn’t become hard, dry, and unreceptive to growing life. What’s true for soil is also true for your heart my friends. The heart left on its own tends to become hard. The natural effect of time is to make your heart more and more unreceptive to YeHoVaH/God’s word, His love, and His life. The answer is Spirit plowing so to speak. Hosea 10:12 says, “Break up your fallow ground: it’s time to seek the Lord…” Has your walk become dry, or has your heart become hard to His voice? Learn to plow your heart. Plow open your life and your heart, break up your routine, your patterns, your rut, that habit, your daily life. Open up your life to the plowing of the Spirit. Amen?
🎶The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town. You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere. You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace.
It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away🎶
I was listening to the radio this morning (yes some people still do this) and U2’s “Beautiful Day” was the first song I heard. In all fairness I never have been a U2 fan, but “Beautiful Day” really moved me this morning. I’m fascinated that this song is almost 20 years old, and I never gave in a fair listen. I feel this song is a cry from the heart to open up your eyes to those who need you, and stop denying that earth has become a broken mess by human greed and get busy doing something about the brokenness. Evidence of a broken world lies all around us. We are aware of it when we turn on the TV or read the newspapers. We are assaulted by MEDIA from all directions. Reminded about the broken fragments of human life from dawn till dusk. If we are unlucky it even haunts our dreams. Contemporary life is filled with brokenness. In many neighbourhoods people don’t have to to go to far to touch the broken fragments of peoples lives. The song “Beautiful Day” reminds us of hope in the middle of the shards of broken lives. The song can be heard as a haunting prophetic voice that reminds us all of the person and the purpose of Yeshua/Jesus. “to seek and save the lost”. The song provokes those who hear it towards hope. We are reminded of the hopeful message of Yeshua/Jesus to those who live life in the dirt or on the margins and at the same time the song rings out the challenging and disturbing message of Him to those in power. Facebook friends, hope “Don’t let it get away”. Just think what it would look like to live in a world of hope rather than a world of despair. “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE” Get busy and do something about the brokenness in your Neighborhood, City, State, Country and this fallen World. Amen?
🎶In the peace between the stillness
When quiet is the sound
I remember not believing
And yet the joy that now abounds
Jesus is like an ocean
He’ll engulf and gently surround
With the tide of His love He’ll astound you
And He’s teaching me how to drown
In the ocean of His love
In the peace between life’s stillness
When no one else is around
Do you have that peace with the Saviour? Do you know His love? Does His joy surround?🎶
This, my Facebook friends IS a worship song. Many years ago I played drums in a Worship Band at local church. I suggested we step out of the “Normal 5 songs” ever church from coast to coast were playing. I was INSTRUCTED “Ocean of His love” by Glenn Kaiser was NOT a Worship Song by a very young Worship Pastor. So I politely packed up my Drum Gear and told the young lad “You wouldn’t know a Worship Song, if Yeshua/Jesus Himself stepped in the Sanctuary and sung it to you personally” (https://youtu.be/ReYfu5E-hOE)
We have more mega churches than ever before, it seems. Even the small churches are following what the “Mega Churches are Doing”. We have worship services brought into our homes by television. Many churches are filled with loud music and raised hands. Some even resemble rock concerts with the music being so loud that you can hardly hear yourself sing. There are all sorts of musical instruments from guitars to drums to cymbals to orchestras. Worship services abound and music abounds in them. Many churches have become seeker friendly and have very informal services on Sunday morning. We have experts in worship. We have books on worship. We have seminars and teaching on how to conduct worship. We have the latest state of the art audio and projection systems in our churches. We no longer need hymn books. It’s all on the screen or screens before us. We have well trained worship teams to lead us. Worship abounds in evangelical churches. Yet, in all of this are we pleasing YeHoVaH/God? Is He the center of our worship? For the most part, 98% of churches in America can not seem to figure out that the Day of Worship, the Sabbath is Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. If they can not even get the day right, how will they get anything else right? The church is in “code blue” condition today! YeHoVaH/God is totally against the modern ear tickin’, back scratchin’, charmin soft, compromising, pink tea and lemonade, Hollywoodized form of worship that never takes a Scriptural stand for YeHoVaH/God, and instead follows the sinful world. There is a shady technique in use today in which dishonest people poll a neighborhood to see what sorts of activities the people enjoy, and then build a so called “Church” that meets those specifications. They downplay the religious parts, to avoid offending anyone. Quite often there is no cross, the building does not look like a church, and they keep the Bible in the back room under wraps, in case you want one. The heathen world has actually invented a new, contemporary religion that is based in contemporary marketing techniques and expressed in contemporary entertainment genres. It is inherently narcissistic, (a characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance), because it is worship the way I want it, in ways that please me. In designing this sort of worship, we ask the question, ”How would a congregation of secular people like to be entertained?” We never ask the question, “How would YeHoVaH/God prefer to be entertained?” In this sort of worship, the congregation has usurped the role of audience, a role that properly belongs to YeHoVaH/God. In effect, the congregation is worshiping itself! Amen? This week Facebook friends, I have a Challenge for You. Here’s the challenge, and I triple dog dare you to prove me wrong. Every CCM artist today, and don’t miss this, refuses to speak out against the sin of homosexuality. I dare you to show me one website where a CCM artist blasts what YeHoVaH/God calls an abomination, homosexuality. You can’t show me one. In fact, I dare you to show me even ONE mainstream Contemporary Christian Music Artist who presents the Gospel of Yeshua/Jesus on their website. You can’t. I mean a clear Gospel presentation which stresses the importance faith. I haven’t even found a CCM website that presents any type of Gospel. “I hope your not busy for about a month man”✌🏼
I awoke last night with a song stuck in my head I hadn’t heard since my music class at Roselawn Grade School in Danville Illinois.
🎶 Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song🎶
Today WordPress friends, sing a song! Most Believers think it’s enough to know the Word of YeHoVaH/God, but the Word of YeHoVaH/God is so good, so beautiful, and so over flowing that it has to be sung. While reading in Ephesians this mourning, you are commanded to make melody in your heart. For the Word of YeHoVaH/God, like His Spirit, must flow and overflow in your heart. It has to become the music of your spirit. It doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like. He hears the singing of your he art. Today, no matter what’s happening around you, make melody in your heart to YeHoVaH/God. Amen?
***Warning, this song will be stuck in your head for days***
🎶This is a call to all my
this is a call to all
this is a call to all my
past resignatoins it’s been too long🎶
I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. One of my favorite songs of his is “This Is a Call”. This was one of the first songs Dave Grohl wrote after his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain was found dead. I imagine the months following Cobain’s suicide were very difficult for Grohl, not just because he had lost a dear friend, but because he also stated he lost his musical direction and inspiration. I read once, thanks to a great deal of encouragement from his friends, he found his musical voice and set to work on his solo project that would become Foo Fighters. Grohl, who was the drummer in Nirvana, wrote this song on his own, played every instrument on it, and did the vocals. Released as the first Foo Fighters single, the song was an emphatic statement by Grohl and proof that he could carry a musical project on his own. Grohl says that while the verses mean nothing, the chorus means everything, as he is saying goodbye to his past with the line, “This is a call to all my past resignations.” Said Grohl, “It’s just sort of like a little wave goodbye to all the people I ever played music with, people I’ve been friends with, all my relationships, my family”. While reading this afternoon in Luke 5: 1-11, I found Yeshua/Jesus points to the call of following Him and waving goodbye to all of our past resignations as well. This is an unexpected day of change. When Yeshua/Jesus and His crowd turn up on the beach there may have been nothing to warn Simon that a paradigm shift was about to take place. Perhaps he saw the crowd as little more than a distraction….a festival of inconvenience dancing toward him while all he could think of was his aching back and bringing to completion the morning task. After a fruitless all nighter, Simon could be forgiven begrudging the need to wash these useless nets. He is tired and ready to sleep. He will need renewed strength to throw them all again tomorrow. So it must have seemed strange when Yeshua/Jesus climbed aboard. The request to anchor “a little way from the shore” may have seemed even stranger. But something in Simon is humble, inquisitive, and open enough to obey. A few moments later and he has prime seating before the most desired of teachers. Yeshua/Jesus is in his boat! While the crowd is held back by the water, Simon is so close he could reach out and touch the master. It is quite a turn of events, from a luckless night to a box seat. It is enough to make a tired man laugh. We are told nothing of the content of Yeshua/Jesus’ talk. But it would seem that Simon, perhaps feeling he had little choice, listened through to the end. But it was another thing altogether when Yeshua/Jesus asked to be taken fishing. By now the nets are clean and dry. They are ready for later when the fish will hopefully be out again. But that is not now. Yeshua/Jesus may know how to turn a phrase, but He does not know the timing of fish. Simon half protests but then gives up. Perhaps he is simply too tired to pursue the argument. Something tells Simon that this is worth the risk. The boat is mobilised and the nets lowered, filled, and all too soon there are two boats at risk of sinking under the catch of the day. It looks like a feast tonight! Every now and again a moment of clarity comes. For Simon it is now. But it is not immediately apparent that his will mean the leaving of a livelihood. Indeed Simon’s initial response is to send Yeshua/Jesus away. Simon is now only conscious of the gap between himself and Yeshua/Jesus. It looks like an insurmountable chasm. Simon has touched the holiness of YeHoVaH/God and it has made him aware of his unworthiness, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” I suspect Facebook friends, that Yeshua/Jesus understands. Fear can make a person reject another. And so, without denying Simon’s insight, He responds with an invitation to come even closer, “from now on you will be catching people.” He is speaking Simon’s language! And so Simon and his companions leave everything. Well, not quite. In a consumer society it is all to easy to hear this story as a turning away, highlighting empty boats and fish left for others to sell. Make no mistake, there is a radical abandonment here. But to leave it there would not do justice to the care taken by our storyteller. They did not simply leave everything. They “left everything and followed him.” It is a completely different concept. Simon, James and John found a better alternative. They have not turned from as much as they have turned to. It is not loss but gain. Yes, there is a rationality here. These friends have found a better path, and taken it. This indeed is a “Call to leave all my past resignations”. Come and Follow Him. Amen?
Streamed live on Oct 25, 2018
🎶Blinded by the light
Revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light🎶
“Blinded by the Light” is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen, although it is mostly known by its 1977 #1 hit version recorded by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Mann’s remake was released in the United Kingdom in August 1976, where it reached No. 6 in the charts. A song that speaks of blindness similar to Paul on the Damascus road. Paul had a powerful testimony, but not everyone knew what to make of his sudden turn around. Could he be trusted? Would it last? Was he safe? Perhaps it was for everybody’s sake he was sent home to sort himself out. Verses in Acts 31-32 are one of a series of summary interludes Luke uses between sections of his story, but one wonders how much the “time of peace” in 31 is the calm after the disturbance of someone who saw the truth about Yeshua/Jesus uncomfortably clearly. New converts often have the strengths of their weaknesses. Uninhibited boldness. A fresh experience. A new story. It is a pity if growth in sensitivity and tact and a growing awareness of the complexities in life and faith dull clear testimony. It does not have to be. Paul was not an instantly mature Believer, never mind a leader. He knew a lot, but had to discover what it meant to be a disciple. Over a long period he learnt how to be more relevant and less abrasive, when to speak and when to keep quiet and what to say, but if he grew in wisdom he did not fail in courage and neither need we. A reckless witness is careless of the risks to others, and also uncaring about effectiveness. A living gracious witness can speaking for Yeshua/Jesus and be both bold and sensitive and which knows what can be done and what risks to run. Again we need grace to grow as Paul did, and wisdom to handle Paul’s God which He is sending to stir up our sleepy fellowships. Thank YeHoVaH/God for people like Barnabas. Pray for those who may be brash young disciples today, but who will be our “church” and mission leaders tomorrow. We need to be open to what He wants us to do. We are often surprised how YeHoVaH/God chooses to work. Just like those in Acts 9:21. God is in the business of calling the people we least expect. No one more fits the bill than Paul. YeHoVaH/God had to get his attention. Yeshua/Jesus the light of the world turned up in a big way and Paul was “Blinded by the Light” Amen?
Facebook friends, I came out of closet this morning. I looked around at this world and scurried back in.
🎶 Weave the rainbow in your eyes,
Quiet evening lullaby,
Cross your heart to never die,
Broken on the wood.
Silenced by the deafening roar,
Driven from the nether shore,
Violent tremors, wars, and more,
No, not one is good🎶
In Matthew, Yeshua/Jesus was speaks about going into your prayer closet. Have you ever thought about how strange it is to talk about praying in a closet? Your closet might have vacuum cleaners, umbrellas, winter coats, and mothballs in it. The word closet actually refers to a storage room. A storage room wasn’t made for prayer, it was made for junk. In order to make it a place of prayer, you have to push other things outside and make space. It takes work to have a prayer for me closet. It takes work to take the junk and clutter out of your schedule. There are a lot of things that push their way into our lives, and we have to push them out. If you are going to have time with YeHoVaH/God every day, it takes work. Clear your schedule, because it’s more important to be with Him. Remove the clutter and simplify your life. Then that junk room of time, that cluttered closet of your week, will turn into a tabernacle of prayer. It all begins when you press into the presence of YeHoVaH/God through the mothballs.
🎶Leaves are falling all around
It’s time I was on my way
Thanks to you I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it’s time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
For now I smell the rain
And with it pain
And it’s headed my way
Ah, sometimes I grow so tired
But I know I’ve got one thing I got to do
This week I have been listening to Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. The golden rock god burrows deeper into gothic American roots music. Trading in T-Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss for Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin, thereby finding the only sound that matters. My favorite track is Angel Dance and a new rendition of Ramble On. This album has brought me much Joy this week. Who doesn’t want Joy in their life? Isaiah 55:12 says, “You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” The word “led forth” in Hebrew, is “yabal.” Yabal also means to “flow”, like a river flows. YeHoVaH/God’s Spirit is likened to water that flows. So, when you’re living in His Spirit and being led by Him, you’re going to flow. Is your life characterized by flowing or is it being driven, pressed, and compelled by all the things that are happening around you? Are you rushing and running but not being led? If you’re not being led, then you’re not going to flow. Anger, jealousy, fear, and depression have no flow. A life that’s driven, forced, and pushed has no flow because it’s not led. But if you’re led by YeHoVaH/God, you have the quality of flowing. Love, faith, mercy, kindness, Joy, and peace flow. That’s how you are to go through life, flowing in His Spirit. Don’t be driven, but instead be led and be Joyful. For when you are led by His Spirit, your life will flow like a river. Then you shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace. Amen?