Friday, November 17, 2017

Tribute to Garry Abbott

Tribute to Garry Abbott from Bessemer. Last night a memorial service was held to remember our friend Garry who passed away last weekend. Garry and I were classmates at Greenwood Jr High and Bessemer High. I'd like to share this story to honor him. When we were in junior high we had a coach named Joe Kirkland. One day in PE class Coach Kirkland introduced us to boxing gloves. Garry and I had a demonstration boxing match on the stage. We went several rounds and knocked each other silly. I will never forget that experience. The brand of the boxing gloves was "Everlast". This brand exemplified Garry Abbott. His life will "Everlast" in our hearts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16th & I Am Thankful-God is on Our Side

Psalm 124 "If the Lord had not been on our side..." We were going under, we couldn't make it, it was all over, BUT God! Our help is in the name of the Lord.
1 “If the Lord had not been on our side . . .” (Israel should repeat this.) 2 “If the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 then they would have swallowed us alive when their anger exploded against us. 4 Then the floodwaters would have swept us away. An overflowing stream would have washed us away 5 Then raging water would have washed us away.” 6 Thank the Lord, who did not let them sink their teeth into us. 7 We escaped like a bird caught in a hunter’s trap. The trap was broken, and we escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In My Life

This week some of us from my high school Class of 1967 will gather to remember another friend and classmate. This song has been echoing in my mind as I remember my friend. I'm sad that he is no longer here but I believe I will rejoin him someday in eternity. This song is also in honor of those who have been dear to me and to those who are still living. Some are dead and some are living. I wish somehow that they could hear this song and remember with me. In my life I am grateful that they loved me too.

In My Life

Seeing Through Kingdom Glasses

This is a season for seeing things with a new perspective. It is important how we look at what is happening in our lives and in the world. Circumstances are changing so quickly which can cause our vision to become blurred and hard to focus. Maybe it is time for new eyeglasses. The wrong eyeglasses can distort what is seen. Our eyeglasses were right for a season in our life but now new eyeglasses are needed for this season.

"Sight is the sum of the light receptive and integrative capacity of the eye including best vision, color vision, night vision, depth vision, field of vision and the ability to track objects in motion." Dr. Hamid Sajjadi. When our seeing is not correct even our lives are affected. Correct sight is essential for the way we live our lives and perceive what is going on around us.

Best vision is obtained when we see with 20/20 vision. This is a term used to express normal visual clarity and sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.  God wants us to see spiritually with 20/20 vision so that we can see with clarity and sharpness. 

Do a self-examination of your eyes and ask the Lord to reveal anything that might be blurring your vision. Do this on a regular basis because spiritual vision is so crucial to seeing what God is doing in the Earth at this time. Be sure that you are wearing the correct frames and lenses. You may need to update your frames to be able to contain your new lenses.

The frame (framework), or world-view of how we see what is happening on planet Earth cannot be out-of-date. You may require an update. Not only do we see Scripture being fulfilled before our very eyes but there is also the Kingdom of God with God's purposes being manifested in the nations. If we only "see" this with our "church" eyeglasses our perspective will be limited. That is why we need to update our frames so that we also see beyond the obvious and perceive God's kingdom being established in the Earth (nations). Revelation 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. This is a season for seeing things differently.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13th & I Am Thankful to be Forgiven

Yes, I am thankful that God forgave my many sins and the truth is, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. During this season of thanksgiving I have taken serious stock of my spiritual life and it has come up short. Deep in my heart I want to be used by God. My prayer is, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

A clean heart and a right spirit does not hinder the flow of God through us to others. To be at the maximum use by the Lord, the Holy Spirit cannot be hindered by sin. It is a daily walk with the Lord. Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. Psalm 32:1  I am truly thankful that God forgave my sins.