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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fired Up or Burnt Out?

"And let us not grow weary while doing good. . ."- Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Are you still fired up? Or, are you burnt out for some reason? For those of us who serve the Lord in more than one capacity, it is easy to fall into the temptation of growing weary, feeling worn out by the work. Yet, it is still not a legitimate excuse. Our service is to be conducted out of faith and obedience, but we also should do as Psalm 100:2 says: "Serve the Lord with gladness."

Don't grow weary, get faint or lose heart. Jesus shared that we should always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). The task at hand is to stay focused and continue striving towards what God has for us.

In days like these, you hear a lot of stuff in the news about the new president and his stimulus package as well as the bank bail-outs and foreclosure forgiveness. I believe that the Lord is still at work. Stand firm through the storm. Hold fast to what you know to be true. The money still says it all: In God We Trust.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Since We've Started (The Journey of Life Path)

God has been so gracious to allow us time to reflect and look back at what we started and how far we have come thus far. When I consider the fear that held my dreams in 2006, I am thankful for the challenge of faith that came about in 2007 that made Life Path Ministries & Services more than a dream. I was sparked by Isaiah 61:1-2 to take a long, hard look at my christian walk and what I had really been offering God as my service. It was through much study and prayer as well as wise counsel from both friends and elders that has made me sure of what I have offered through Life Path as my best effort.
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
- Proverbs 16:3

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass

FYI: Lamentations in the Storm, my latest book of poetry, has been delayed due to some publishing challenges. Please be in prayer that these matters can be resolved by March.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Prayer Leads to Praise

Prayer Leads to Praise!

We often teach prayer as a personal or collective effort. It is usually either or, one or the other. Rarely do we see examples of prayer being both personal and collective. However, incorporate praise in the mix and we have a whole different ball of wax. When we include praise as part of the equation, we can see where where our personal prayer can lead to public praise that inspires the collective body.

It is my belief that we can seek God in prayer privately and publicly, but our praise is to be made public. We must boldly proclaim what God has done through his mighty works. It is up to us as His witnesses to offer testimony that publicizes all that He has done. We give Him the glory by offering sincere praise as the "fruit of our lips."
Make an effort to pray both privately and publicly. Get into the routine practice of prayer. Never let your prayer be without a praise a report. When God has given you an answer, praise Him in the sanctuary. When you have surrendered a matter to God, give Him praise among the saints for what is awaiting you. When God takes a while before He gives you answer, praise Him for keeping your hope alive. Even if the answer isn't what you hoped it to be, give God all the praise that you can for Him at least giving you answer to your situation. Whatever it may be and however it turns out, give God the glory with your praise!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Waiting on the Lord

Wait on the Lord. . .- Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

Imagine what it is for those who do not know God. These are those who have nowhere to place their hope. They cannot say that they have placed their patient hope in the true and living God. Such claims are reserved for the righteous, those who have embraced the salvation of the Lord.

As a believer, I believe in Him as God the Almighty. However, my belief must transcend into faith that trusts God to be God. It is through such faith that I am able to wait patiently on the Lord without imposing my deadlines on Him. Waiting on the Lord is the ability to wait and watch life go by while I wait without losing faith for what it is that I desire.

Have you had to wait on Him lately? Trust Him. He can do it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

College and Christ

College students provide a unique opportunity for evangelizing churches in college towns. In particular, churches should focus on the facts. College presents many Christians and would-be Christians with a plethora of exposures to many faiths and world religions and beliefs. These young adults may find their beliefs challenged by classmates and faculty, especially in light of salvation and Jesus' deity. College outreach ministries should seek to support and strengthen Christians on campus. Also, churches may seek to collaborate with ministries like Campus Crusade for Christ to reach these young people in an effort to spread the Word.
Amen Me!