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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

🎶 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?

 

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale :D

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***

https://youtu.be/fhbsb_tkGL0

 

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.28.18 ☻

🎶This is a call to all my
past resignations
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?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.23.18 ♥

🎶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?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.22.18 ❤️

**URGENT**

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.

Hey.

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.

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.18.18 ❤️

🎶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

Ramble on🎶

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?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.11.18 ♥

🎶She calls out to the man on the street
“Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it’s another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
Can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice…

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cos she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice…🎶

I heard this song on the way home tonight. I absolutely loved everything Phil Collins has put out. My good friend Andrew Lee can nail Phil’s songs on vocals! (And about any other singer you can think of) “Another Day in Paradise” is a protest song recorded by Phil Collins. Produced by Collins along with Hugh Padgham, it was released as the first single from his number one album …”But Seriously” (1989). As with his song for Genesis, “Man on the Corner”, the track has as its subject the problem of homelessness, as such, the song was a substantial departure from the dance pop music of his previous album, “No Jacket Required” (1985). Collins told The New York Times how the song came together, “It was begun at the piano. I started playing and put it down on a tape so I wouldn’t forget it. Then I decided to see what would happen when I started singing. When I began, the words just came out, ‘She calls out to the man on the street.’ I didn’t set out to write a song about the homeless. Those were just the words I happened to sing. It was only then that I decided that was what the song would be about.” Many of the songs from …But Seriously were written in attempt to offset what Collins called middle-of-the-road song choices that made his reputation “a little more trivialized than I wanted to be.” He had just played the title thief in the 1988 adventure comedy Buster, for which he recorded a hit cover of the ’60s pop song “A Groovy Kind Of Love.” He told Musician: “‘Another Day in Paradise’ was chosen because it was a bit different from what had gone on before. It would bring people back to the starting line of remembering what I’m about. I write ‘In the Air.’ I’m quite capable of writing a ‘Two Hearts,’ but let’s not forget I’m also doing this kind of stuff.” Collins sings the song from a third person perspective, observing as a man crosses the street to ignore a homeless woman, and he implores listeners not to turn a blind eye to homelessness because, by drawing a religious allusion, “it’s just another day for you and me in paradise”. This addresses the consequences of ignoring the needy and homeless. It’s a rare Phil Collins hit with a socially conscious message. Many of you know I have a huge heart for the homeless. I will be going soon to http://www.ccolife.org/ I encourage everyone to help the homeless. Collins also appeals directly to YeHoVaH/God by singing, “Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do? Oh Lord, there must be something you can say?” In the bible passage Exodus 3:1-10 we hear the cry of the city builders and listen in to the call of YeHoVaH/God on one mans life that will propel him into the places of seeking Justice. The complete focus of Exodus is found in Exodus 3:1-10 where moses hears the voice of YeHoVaH/God and recives the call to go and fight for justice with Pharaoh. His plan is to free the israelistes who have been made captive and given the role of city builders. By the work of their hands thay have toiled in building Pharaoh’s cities and palaces. The fundamental truth in the passage is that YeHoVaH /God hears their cry and sees their pain. The cry from the heart of the city and the pain from lives in captivity. Phil collins sings “Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do” “Oh lord, there must be something you can say” this is Collins response to homlessness in the city. We are not told what city but hear it is. Collins gives a contextual example of what it looks like and feels like to be homeless in the city. We are left with the question does any one hear and can anyone do something. This is exactly where the burning bush incident is equal. YeHoVaH/God choses Moses to be the instrument of freedom, peace, justice and comapassion. Please no that Yeshua/Jesus still walks the streets of the city calling for people to join Him in caring for the lost, the last, the least and the lonely. Facebook friends, let’s be peole who hear the challenge to work for justice and compassion in the heart of the city. Amen?

https://youtu.be/Qt2mbGP6vFI

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.10.18 ♥

🎶Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right🎶

I had an interesting message from a man who is an atheist. He asked “Have you ever seen a real miracle?” I said, “of course every day.” I asked him have you ever wanted to see a real miracle, like the deaf hearing, the blind seeing, or the dead raised to life? How would it change you? “Of course it would” he said. Imagine if you lived in a world of darkness. Then all of a sudden a light appears rising in the sky, lighting up everything and the world is flooded with color. That’s a sunrise. We see the sunrise every day, but we don’t think twice about it. But if it had never happened before, it would seem like the most awesome miracle imaginable. We don’t see it as a miracle because we’re used to it. There are miracles all around you, the miracle of existence, and the miracle of your salvation and Yeshua/Jesus in your life. You may be used to it, but that is enough of a miracle to live the rest of your life in awe. Facebook friends today view the blessings of YeHoVaH/God and His power in your life as miracles. Start living in the miracles. Serve Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. For your life is filled with miracles, and they’re as plentiful and as wonderful as your daily sunrise. Amen?
 

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.9.2018 ♥

I happened upon the old Ma and Pa Kettle episode about math. (That was even before my time) So this morning I’d try my hand at being a mathematician. YeHoVaH/God is one God, He exists as one, and yet He exists as three. 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. So, how can three be one? The Father, the Son, and the Spirit do not exist independently of each other, but rather each exists by the other. In mathematics, the word “by” is represented not by the + sign, but by the x sign. So to see the mystery, you need to change the equation to: 1 x 1 x 1. And what does that add up to? One. Most believers relate to YeHoVaH/God with the mathematical mistake of adding, YeHoVaH/God plus them – two separate lives living side by side. But the Bible speaks of living in the Yeshua/Jesus, by Him, through Him, and He with you and through you. The secret of living victoriously is to change the plus sign into a times sign. Don’t live next to YeHoVaH/God, live through Him and He through you. Exist by His existence, live by His life, move in His moving, and love by His love. The two shall become one. How? Not by 1 plus 1, but 1 times 1… equals 1! 🤔

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.5.18 ♥

🎶It’s alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search
For peace of mind
Layin’ low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or
Disguising truths I’ve sold
Everyday it’s something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin’ by myself
No excuses, then I know🎶

This song came out in 1994, I was at the hight of my alcohol and drug use. “No Excuses” off of Alice In Chains album Jar of Flies was written by Jerry Cantrell for Layne Staley about his drug use. As I listened to this Alice In Chains song again today, I can see it being more universal than that. I think everyone has a time in their life that they just don’t have the motivation and patience to deal with others. Even family and friends. Depression and addiction is a B#tch. But if you tell people “I’m depressed” most won’t understand. They’ll take it as just an excuse to get out of doing something, or an excuse to isolate, or an excuse to get drunk and high. I think the lyrics definitely seem to fit Layne’s attitude towards the last years of his life. He knew he was depressed and a drug addict. He knew he was throwing his talent away. He didn’t want to lie and give some bullcrap excuse for his bad behavior. He, unlike most people in that position, was honest. There was “No Excuses”, so he didn’t give any. In many many ways I was just like Layne in my old life in this fallen world. The difference is I didn’t die in my depression and addiction. Today thanks to YeHoVaH/God, I’m sober, strong in my faith and even writing a book (hope to have it out soon friends) YeHoVaH/God is calling me to make an impact with my book and He has provided me the means to fulfill that calling. Even Moses didn’t feel he was qualified to do what YeHoVaH/God had called him to do. All Moses could see was his own unworthiness. To YeHoVaH/God there are “No Excuses” for not fulfilling the calling that He has put on our lives. When He calls us we can say, “I’m not ready, I’m not worthy, I can’t do it, and so on. But listen, there are “No Excuses” that matter to YeHoVaH/God. When He gives us a calling in our lives, He already has a plan for us to fulfill that calling. The only thing that holds us back is US! Facebook friends, if your fighting addiction, depression, illness or a whole host of reasons your not fulfilling your calling and making an impact. Please remember, if you have given your heart to YeHoVaH/God through Yeshua/Jesus, there are “No Excuses.” You have been given everything you need to make an impact. All you have to do is step out in faith and do it. Have you given your heart to YeHoVaH/God through Yeshua/Jesus ? Have you accepted Him as you savior and accepted His forgiveness of your sins? If the answer is yes, then make an impact for the Kingdom. If your answer is no, then give Him your heart today and join those who are making a positive impact on our world. Amen?

https://youtu.be/r80HF68KM8g