"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Friday, September 28, 2012

ManUp Radio

 

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Since August 1st, on the Sound of Life radio network, a daily two minute spot, geared towards encouraging men, called ManUp Moment has aired. Yours truly is the host of that small program…God has blessed me with a huge opportunity and I am grateful. I realized that many of you will not be able to hear them (although you can listen on line) so I thought I shared a sample of what the program is like. I would appreciate your feedback so drop me a comment please!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

He was some Guy

 

Guy Milroy’s smile could light up a coal mine; it certainly would light up a room when he entered. Our friendship spanned a couple of decades, intertwined with all kinds of life events. A lover of accordions, stories and Starbuck’s Christmas blend, nothing about Guy seemed ordinary. The way he loved his family was real, powerful and inspirational. From his laugh to his heart, everything about Guy shouted Jesus.

This past weekend Guy went home to be with His Lord. There is life shrapnel when someone we love dies and leaves us behind. His passing leaves a void, an empty space that we need the Father to fill with memories and hope. I will miss hugging Guy’s neck on a Sunday morning and seeing his happy face beam across the fellowship hall. His animated “Hello Brother!” greeting will echo in my ears for a long time. Yes, the wonderful memory of a courageous and generous man will never leave me.

I know many of you who read my blog didn’t know Guy but I wish you did…

He was some Guy…

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
—Psalm 116:15

“Death in itself cannot be precious; it is terrible. It cannot be a precious thing to God to see the noblest works of his hand torn in pieces, his skillful embroidery in the human body rent, defiled, and given over to decay. Death in itself cannot be a theme for rejoicing with God. But death in the case of believers is another matter. To them, it is not death to die; it is a departure out of this world unto the Father, a being unclothed that we may be clothed upon, a falling asleep, an entrance into the Kingdom.” - C. H. SPURGEON

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Marks

 

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

Today’s post may ramble a little so I hope you hang with me while I wander around my thoughts. I’m thinking about marks…you know…impressions, dents, brands…stuff like that. Life is full of marks, impressions that shape our experiences, the seasons and all the relationships involved.

Some marks are deeper than others…some even cause pain…some bring joy…some deliver both.

See that smiling couple above...that’s my son Matthew and Samantha, the young woman he is courting (yes I said courting). This is a mark of joy, seeing two young people who love God and their family enough to start this relationship off right. Their joy (they look happy don’t they? You should see both sets of parents!) runs right off both of them on to all of us…priceless.

Their shared joy is a welcomed mark right now.

Matt and his siblings brought their mark to the VA Hospital this past Sunday. My father-in-law Jim has been there for a few weeks now, fighting cancer and other ailments, many of his days are clouded with some drug induced fog. The sight of his grandchildren parted that fog and for a few hours he was alive again. Swallowed up in their stories, their energy and their love for him, he became the PopPop they remembered before this awful disease attacked him.

The joy mark will do that.

I encourage you…leave a mark…make a deep impression of joy in someone’s’ life today. You may just lift a fog of sorrow off them. I know Matt’s and Samantha’s joy mark has done that for me.

 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Who I Am

 

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“You can not follow God in neutral.” Erwin McManus

See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children, and we really are!” I JOHN 3:1 NLT

This is something I wrote back in my journal back in March of this year. I share it now as a follow post to my last one. (See Make it or Break it) The reason I share it because I would like you to place yourself in this proclamation. I’m a firm believer in making proclamations; they are reminders of who we really are in Christ. They also remind the enemy of our soul that we KNOW who we are and will act and believe the truth. I hope you’ll join me in this declaration, after all you belong to the King, - JC

I am a set free son of God. My power, strength, abilities, talents, endurance, faith, vision…everything I need is from the Father. No good thing do I lack, Wisdom is free, grace is free, and forgiveness is free. Insight, knowledge, instructions…all are free in His Kingdom. It requires my obedience, my surrender and trust. I will stand up to my fears and defeat them. I will dominate my circumstances and be victorious over them. With God I am unstoppable. With God I am more than a conqueror. When I fail, I will get up again. I may slip, stumble or fall but I will not quit. I am his son and I belong to Him. I do not have to prove anything to anyone. My identity is hidden in Christ and I will not surrender it to anyone else. I can make decisions that bless; I can chart a course that leads my family. I can and will do whatever is needed to point them to Christ. I will live a victorious life in and for Him.

So, what do you think? Are proclamations a good thing?

 

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Make it or Break it

 

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Make it or break it - Resulting in great success or utter failure

Crossroads are peculiar, mirage like in their appearance, a flicker on the road of life. It’s my experience that crossroads are never planned...at least by us. I find myself at one such crossroad, straining to peek down each path, hoping to catch a glimpse of the right direction to follow.

No such luck, the mirage of the road leave no marker visible, it seems I must choose without the protection of a net. Is it a make it or break it moment? Sure feels like one.

My journey this year has had many successful moments. Highlights, one would think, that are leading me one way on that journey. Recently there have been some exciting road signs like having a daily radio spot on a local Christian radio station (This one). A long thought dead dream of a ministry opportunity may be resurrected soon. There are similar markers popping up daring me to walk a certain path...testing to see if I have the guts to go for it.

Then there’s the other dare...turn back and quit it all.

The utter failure possibility seems like a vulture circling at the juncture of the crossroad, just waiting to pick my bones clean. It may seem like I’m afraid to go down the path, that I’m afraid that I’ll fail in the pursuit of my dreams and what I feel I’m called to. No, I actually desire the opportunity to fail at it if need be, “to make it or break it” while I give it all I got. Fear of failure is not my problem in this case…then what is it?

I already feel like a failure.

It is hard to go forward when backwards seems your only option. The ability and the freedom to choose have been snatched from my hand by a financial collapse of the Cookingham economy. Every thing I have tried to do to stimulate the growth of our economy has failed. What right do I have to pursue calling, to run after a dream, when something else in my life continues to stagger? I don’t think I do…I forfeited my right with my failure.

Have I?

I didn’t write this morning to have you read and feel sorry for me; I actually debated keeping the above paragraph in this post. I wrote about my struggle because I believe many of us face the same decision this morning. Do we quit…or go on?

There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. And, of course when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. - Lucas Scot

This is what the LORD says: "Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, 'No, that's not the road we want!' Jeremiah 6:16 NLT

We must stop, for however long it takes, and look for the way…His way. Failure and success do not define us, they may mark us or even scar us but only the Father defines who we really are. Failures will try to rob us; success will try to blur our character, these are the unknowns that threaten us with deadly consequences.

We must go on…we must stay hungry

There are choices to make, dreams to pursue, plans to decide on…crossroads…always crossroads. The journey of choices is never alone, the Father calls to come follow the way He has for us.

“‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’” John 4:34

Can you relate to being at crossroad…how can I pray for you?