A little blessing from Isaiah 40

Let’s gaze upon God and wonder together at His majesty!

Isa 40:12-26

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his handor marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measureor weighed the mountains in a balanceand the hills in scales?13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,or who gave Him His counsel? 14 Who did He consult with?Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice?Who taught Him knowledgeand showed Him the way of understanding?15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales;He lifts up the islands like fine dust.16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,or its animals enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;they are considered by Himas nothingness and emptiness.

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18 Who will you compare God with?What likeness will you compare Him to? 19 To an idol?—something that a smelter casts,and a metalworker plates with goldand makes silver welds for it? 20 To one who shapes a pedestal,choosing wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsmanto set up an idol that will not fall over.
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?Has it not been declared to youfrom the beginning?Have you not consideredthe foundations of the earth? 22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 23 He reduces princes to nothing and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.24 They are barely planted, barely sown,their stem hardly takes root in the groundwhen He blows on them and they wither,and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
25 “Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.26 Look up and see:who created these?He brings out the starry host by number;He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength,not one of them is missing.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

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What are you shooting for?

I went out turkey hunting this past Saturday. Since this is only the third time I have tried it, I would hardly call myself an expert. I learned three valuable lessons about life in the midst of my failed hunt.

1.) Be patient when pursuing your goal.

Turkey hunting is one of the most challenging things a sportsman can do. Wild turkey are very intelligent and elusive. you have to call them in to you in order to take one. I am not a professional caller by any stretch of the imagination. Yet here I am in the woods calling in a Tom from the ridge over. It took about 30-40 Min. to bring him into where I was. So patience was vital. I would call and he would respond gobbling at me. A recent show I watched on hunting turkey said “When you get one responding spread out your calls.” I tried to do that and was rewarded by the tom gobbling behind the thicket 15 yards away! He came around the thicket and much to my horror my decoy hen was in between us. Hence the title for lesson #2.

2.) Make sure there is nothing inbetween you and your goal.

Yep, I made a huge mistake. I put something in between me and my goal of  taking a Turkey for the first time. All of the calling, and preparation for the hunt was about to pay off, except for my rookie mistake. Man, I couldn’t believe it. Did that deter me? Heck, no! He raised his head up and I thought I can take him! So I slowly squeezed the trigger.

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BOOM! the noise of my shot gun echoed down the hill and across the ravine! The Old tom flipped up in the air, and I knew I had hit him! in my excitement I stood up and yelled WOOOOOO!!!! I GOT HIM! Only to be disappointed as I went to claim my goal to watch it fly off into the woods uninjured. I then realized that my decoy had taken all of the pellets that were meant for my Turkey. Disappointment was very real at that moment. All my hard work just flew away. Fortunately, for me I had the third lesson to encourage me.

3.) Have a couple of good friends along for the journey.

My friend Jimmy was with me and saw it all. He shared the excitement and the disappointment. My friend Robby who I have become as close to as a brother was texting me and said this about my miss. “Oh well, It happens, stay at it.” While this wasn’t a life changing moment for me it was a valuable lesson.

What I learned is that we need to be patient when pursuing our goals, remove the obstacles we have up, and share the journey with at least a couple of friends. It’s much more fun! If nothing else after it’s all said and done, you will have someone to laugh with you over the situation.

Laying it open

It has been a while since I last posted. No reason really except.
Lately I have felt like God had been examining me. The only way to describe it is that it’s almost like the time I was being examined for appendicitis.
I could do nothing but let the Doctor work in order to find the root cause of my symptoms. I have been doing the same with the Lord over the last few weeks.
I encourage you all to do the same. Be still before him and let the Great Physician work in you to root out the infection that is causing you problems. It may be as serious as appendicitis, or heart disease, it may be a cold. Either way, we need Him to take the scalpel of His word and do His perfect work within us. I call His word a scalpel because it is sharper than a two edged sword, and can divide bone and marrow in a precise way.
Heb 4:12-13
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

God’s heart and mission


While reading the Bible I realized something. Did you know that the first call to a sinner was in Genesis? Yea, Gen 3:9 “So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?””
Ok, so I knew this all of the time. However, if we take another look at it, we will see that it reveals that God has a heart for the lost sinner. His desire is to see his relationship with them restored.
Perhaps, Jesus expresses it best in John 4:34 “”My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” What is the Fathers work He was to finish? Well, Jesus answers this for us in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
The call to lost Adam in Genesis 3:9 reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Found in Luke 15. In both parables the people who have lost something search until they find it. In these parables Jesus is saying “This is what God’s heart looks like! He is looking even now for those who are separated from Him and His love”.
The Church must return to the heart, and mission of God! And that is to seek and save the lost with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

A must for all Chrsitians!

Does this convict you? If I was a Pastor I would play this for the whole Church. Then I would repent of my own lack of anguish.

Something to think about

Last weekend my Wife and I were at a restaurant with her parents and I had an impression that we needed to pray for our waiter. So I told him we would be praying over our meal in a few moments and then asked “Is there anything we could pray for you about?” The language barrier was a little confusing, but finally he said his family.
So we prayed for his family and asked the blessing for our meal. The next day while out to eat with some friends I did it again. The cool thing was as one of us was praying for the waitress; she happened to stop at our table to check on us. So she heard us pray for her!
how often do you go out to eat and never give the waiter or waitress a second thought except at tip time? We don’t know what challenges in life they are facing, however we can show we care by asking them if we can pray for any needs they may have while we are praying for our food. It may even open up a chance to share the gospel with them.
Anyway it’s something to think about.

Let me know what you think?

Hey Guy’s,
A close personal friend of mine has a blog that I was on recently, and he had embedded the audio version of his blog along with the text. I thought it was cool and decided to give it a try.
It doesn’t mean I will do it with every blog, however I think that it adds a little something to the blogging experience. let me know what you think.