Update: This blog was written in January of 2020, when Sing Over America was still scheduled to take place on May 7 & 8. Due to corona the event had to be rescheduled. It now takes place on October 29 & 30. Click here for more info.
Along the career pathway of a minister, there are many, many years of simply continuing to do what you do ...
2017 is here. It's a new year. Time for a new song. I don't mean from me, I mean from YOU! I just released a CD with many brand new songs God has given me to share with the body of Christ....His anointing is all over it. It's color is many emotions and expressions of praise and worship offered to Him in new melodies....but I'm not talking about that. A "new song" can come from your heart. Wait - you're not a singer? Can't carry a tune in a bucket? Big deal. My Lord is not impressed with my voice - He's looking at my heart. Yours too!
Sitting at my desk doing much thinking today. I am by nature a very positive person. Anyone who knows me knows that to be true. Once in awhile I face a reality check just because it's necessary for my own perspective. Here is a synopsis of those thoughts.
I think it's time we stop calling the terrorists of ISIS "Muslim extremists". In reality they are Satanists, allbeit without even knowing or labeling it as such. They are deceived by the devil and doing his work. Their hatred for Christianity and Judaism can hardly lead to me to any other conclusion. In reality the entire Islamic religion is evil. Any religion that promotes killing innocent people in hideous and torturous ways is a satanic religion.
This year has brought a delightful change in my personal life, even an answer to prayer in that I have been able to resume my favorite of all pastimes, golf. Because of various circumstances I have not played what I consider to be the greatest of all games for the past several years. Not only has God provided the opportunity for me to play, he has brought several new friends and peers into my golfing circle here in Dallas for what has become a weekly game of competition, fun and fellowship. I’m beyond elated at this blessing!
I am now in my 40th year of full time ministry and my 59th year of full time life! Seems and feels more like about 35. He renews our strength and restores our youth! One thing that living to this point in time has done; it’s given me some experience, and as we all know, experience is the best teacher.
There is something that God has shown us in His word over and over again regarding the success of life in the heart of the believer. It is the unattainable quest of one enormously essential trait…. humility. That’s right – the dreaded H word! God has seen fit to order the bulk of blessing for His children through the avenue of profound lowliness. The stickler about this is the fact that when you believe you have finally achieved this level of spiritual maturity, you are guaranteeing yourself that you most assuredly have not. Let us ponder this fragile subject.
Over the past 15 years I have had the privilege of traveling coast to coast in America and in countless nations around the world. The more I travel the more I see a disturbing trend in the church at large….we’re playing into the enemy’s hand.
When one considers Satan’s strategy, one needs to be reminded that the devil is cunning, crafty and has a detailed plan that would fool even the elect, if it were possible, and I believe that may be the case. So, let’s understand that he does not come out with a blatant lie and ask you to believe it, but rather as one who is masterful in changing a black line to a gray line over many years of filtering, until we have forgotten the black line ever existed.