Friday, March 27, 2020

"Hey Ya'll Watch This" ...could that be, God?

“Hey ya’ll watch this”
Used to be words you only heard just before a redneck got hurt.
But, now, it’s the words of every red-blooded American pulling the choke-hold of corona-fear off the neck of America
Hey ya’ll watch this…
And just like that we have:
Bootleg hand sanitizer
Homemade masks galore
Delivery from our favorite sit-down restaurants
Church in parking lots and pickup trucks and flatbed trailers
Car places renovated to make ventilators
Cruise ships turned to hospital rooms
Virtual hugs are circling the globe
Prayer groups grown to God only knows

One thing is for sure and certain.
Panic is leaving.
Peace is remaining.
God is seeing and hearing and healing our land, our hearts, our world…and He’s using you, dear wonderfully made, beautiful, loving, awe-inspiring, YOU-nique, people to do it.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Listen, can you hear? Is that an echo from heaven? Could it be? Is that God Himself saying...

HEY YA'LL WATCH THIS




Thursday, March 26, 2020

People


People.

People can be so cruel. So evil. Such jerks

But then there’s times, like this

And God smiles; like a parent when their kids stop squabbling and start hugging.

You are People. Amazing. Wonderful. Loving. Awesome. People.

Do you realize you’re part of the most amazing of all creations?

You’re part of what God looked at and said it was, not just good, but VERY good.

People.

You’re what God saw and said, I love them so much I’ll send My only Son to save them.

People, are built into the solution for every problem.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God is healing our land, our hearts, our world…and He’s using you, dear YOU-nique, wonderfully made, people to do it.

Some sweet day, we will see, that God, whose specialty is bringing life from death, will have used (not caused, but used) something as ugly as coronavirus to wake a sleeping people to hope, healing, life and the eternal words…well done.






Sunday, March 22, 2020

But My Daughter Called


This morning, Sunday morning, just like many of you, I’m usually busy getting prepared for church.


But today’s different. Haven’t turned on the lights, queued the mic, set out the signs or prepared a message…haven’t even gotten dressed.

They said, church was canceled due to corona.

I’d probably be sad. I could easily be discouraged.

But last night, my daughter called.

We talked. We prayed. We shared scared...an hour and twenty-one minutes later, we hung up.

I stared at the phone and smiled with watery eyes as it occurred to me…we had church.

In all my life, in all my years, thousands of services, this was one of the best church services I ever had.

Church isn't canceled. No. It's not dead.

She's stumbled in the past

Most recently, in America, she's slumbered.

But, she's not dead.

No not by a long shot.

These times. These trials. These stirrings. This fear, has only shaken to awaken the most powerful family on the planet, the Church.

The Church isn't dead, nor ever will she be.

Because God's not dead and through His church He lives and moves and breathes.

The Church is alive and well and all of a sudden, she's multiplied her ministers. They're not just standing behind pulpits, but smiling across checkout counters and over steering wheel of truck and trailer. They’re reaching for trembling hands in nursing homes and health care centers. They’re tossing a roll of toilet paper across the fence to a neighbor. Their words are echoing through open air from the beds of pickup trucks and flatbed trailers. Their smiling faces are beaming through facetime and snapchat and closing the gap of social distancing by every form of social media…and personally, right now, my most favorite thing, they’re picking up the phone and calling dad.

Dear world, let’s have church.

Thanks Shyloh. I love you.


Painting by our friend & local artist Nancy Yearick



Friday, March 20, 2020

The Sacrifice Of His Golden Ticket To The White House


Did you see the Corona briefing today?
I heard words like, “We all have a part to play. If we work together and follow the 15 Day Guidelines, we can see a dramatic difference”
There were a multitude of questions about everything corona; fielded by a variety of experts.
The questions that got me to thinking, were ones about the economy. Which usually, isn’t my particular interest, but today, they just jumped out at me.
Not so much the nuts and bolts of what was asked or answered, but the way President Trump responded.
The economy. The awesome record-breaking economy. His golden ticket to another term in the White House.
The economy that has gone from top of the charts to bottom of the barrel almost overnight. By an invisible enemy.
You'd think it'd be a sore spot. Yet, if it was, The President didn’t show any signs of it. His answers about the economy were direct, polite, succinct. Then, he’d move on to talking about what was obviously, abundantly on his heart: beating the virus; saving the people.
As the briefing droned on and on question after question, I was thinking about how The President didn’t seem to even think about sacrificing his ace in the hole, his golden ticket. At the first signs of a problem with China, he cut off travel to the ridicule of many…the saving of more.
Today, through this crisis, he's shown me, that he cares more for the people than the presidency. (Accentuated by how he donates his pay; the latest check of $100,000, to help fight the coronavirus).
About that time, he said something like this:
“Let’s just focus on getting rid of the virus. We can always get back the economy, but we can’t get back the people.”
I thought about how God, puts down one and lifts up another and was thankful that He put this man, I’m proud to call my president, in office.
God bless President Trump, Vice President Pence, all of their families and staff; and God bless us as we stand united, one nation under God, the United States Of America.





Thursday, March 19, 2020

It's The People Not The Steeple

Remember, church can never be canceled. 
Wherever two or more are gathered in His name, He’s right there in the midst. 
We don’t have to be physically gathered; after all, we are spirit, we have a soul and live in a body. 
Jesus told the woman at the well, God is Spirit, and those that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and Truth. He was having church, right there, out there, with the woman at the well.
We can gather, in Spirit and in Truth, via internet, phone, or even in writing if the electrical grid failed and we shared epistles as the apostles of old.
Perhaps, it’s even better in many ways. It’d definitely separate the worshippers from folks who do church as a social club.
Jesus said, "the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him." (John 4:23)
The same goes for prayer. Maybe now we'll have more time to devote to prayer. We won't just rely on the preacher to say a once size fits all prayer, but we'll actually call our family and friends, to see if they're okay...and pray.
Whatever caused this world-upside-down-turning event doesn't matter as much as us knowing that God is able and willing to work all things together for good to those who love Him.
Always, remember, it’s the people, not the steeple.




Fear Not, Only Believe

We hear bad news, daily.
But, rarely as bad as this:
"Your daughter is dead"
That was the news.
"Don't bother the Doc any longer."
That was the advice.
The dad's reply?
He couldn't. 
Before he could utter a word.
The Doc said,
"Fear not, only believe."
(Mark 5:36)

We hear bad news, daily.
He still speaks.
"Fear not, only believe."

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On


If we’re listening to the same Station, it’s only natural we’d be singing the same song. So, I shouldn’t be amazed, when it happens. But, I always am.
For about a week, I've been working on an article about God shaking everything that can be shaken, so only that which can't be shaken remains.
The text was from Hebrews:
"When God spoke from Mount Sinai His voice shook the earth, but now He makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire." (Hebrews 12:26-29)
As I wrote and prayed, I kept thinking "Now, if we start seeing earthquakes, that'll really be something"
During a prayer call with IntercessorsFor America, the text and theme was exactly what I’d been working on…(I know I shouldn’t have surprised—but I was).
In the middle of the call, I had to put it on pause, because a friend came over and asked for a ride to where his wife had just had a fender bender, (thankfully, no one was hurt).
On the drive I casually mentioned what I'd been working on and he said, "There was an earthquake, today! I think it was in Indonesia.”
I hadn’t researched what he’d said, but then, an hour or so later I was on a conference call for my work and one of the managers on the line lives in Utah.
Guess what?
She said today we’ve already had four earthquakes. This morning, a 5.7. and three more in the last hour; 4.6; 5.1; 4.2.
While we were still on the phone she said, another town, Taylorsville Utah, just had a 5.2 and they declared a state of emergency.
It seems the article I started last week, has run out of patience with my procrastination and is pretty much writing itself.
If there ever was a time, it's now, for us dear folks to put our house in order, grab hold of that which cannot be shaken, watch and pray, sound the trumpet and lift our heads for our redemption is drawing nigh.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Facebook States Posts Calling For Prayer & Unity "Goes Against Our Community Standards"

Today Facebook removed three of my posts claiming "Your post goes against our Community Standards"

(Note: Shortly after posting this blog, a fourth post "against our Community Standards" was removed)

3.18.20: UPDATE: Forget what I said about Facebook Calling Prayer & Unity
"Against Our Community Standards"

Turns out too much corona gave their algorithm the hiccups...
or some techno geeky security measure like that.

Oh, and the fact that my posts happened to be about "Prayer & Unity" ?
Well, pick any three of my posts and you'll probably get posts about prayer & unity;
since that's pretty much all I write about.
Strength of family, power of prayer, and the Battles that rage against them.

So. No conspiracy feary herey. Hear ye?

Notice how this retraction was placed front & center?
Not hidden five pages back in the bottom left hand corner?














What were the posts "against Community Standards"?

All three were invitations for unity and prayer.

THE FIRST:

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS


Today, if you hear His voice harden not your hearts.

Today is set before US the biggest “IF” challenge of our lifetime.

Read this powerful proclamation, this challenge...and choose.

God will not lie.
What will we do?
Choose you this day...to make history.


MARCH 15, 2020 | THE WHITE HOUSE

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS

A Presidential Proclamation

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP


“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14


SECOND:
















THIRD  A post calling us to prayer not fear. It went something like this:













Monday, March 16, 2020

Medicine For The Coronavirus Weary Soul


 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2Timothy 1:7)
  
Power:
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Unto Him who is able to do above and beyond all we ask or think according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)
Love:
God is love, whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16).
Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

Sound mind:
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee (Isaiah 26:3)
We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)
If any lack wisdom, ask of God who gives to all (James 1:5)
 Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)



Sunday, March 15, 2020

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS


Today, if you hear His voice harden not your hearts.

Today is set before US the biggest “IF” challenge of our lifetime.

Read this powerful proclamation, this challenge...and choose.

God will not lie.
What will we do?
Choose you this day...to make history.


MARCH 15, 2020 | THE WHITE HOUSE

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS

A Presidential Proclamation

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP


“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14