Something Special

I went to get my haircut this morning and the lady who was cutting it asked me if I had anything special planned this weekend.  I told her that I did; we have some friends coming over Sunday after church. She and I then had a good discussion about church and how God directs our path.  It was truly an enjoyable conversation.  On the way home as I reflected on the conversation, I thought about her initial question and my response.  I considered it a special weekend because of the friends who are coming over for lunch after church.  But the truth is, even if we did not have friends coming over after church, we still have something special planned.  Sunday morning we will be headed to church.  I can relate to David’s words in Psalm 122:1

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

This Sunday we will enjoy the fellowship, discipleship and worship of God.  What a blessing that is!  Yes, something special is planned for this weekend!  I hope that you have something special planned for this weekend.  But most of all, I hope that you know how much Christ loves you.

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Love One Another

We took the dogs for a walk the other day and Lauren and the girls went with us.  I love going walking with Marta and the girls.  It provides a good opportunity to visit and just be together.  I took this picture of the girls holding hands while they walked with us.  I love the love they show for one another and for others.  Seeing the girls holding hands, walking and talking together reminded me of what the Apostle John said in 1 John 4:19

1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

It is good to demonstrate our love and care for others.  It is a reflection of the love of God which has been placed in our hearts.  I hope you know how much God loves you.  He loves you so much He sent His Son to be your Savior.  Oh how I hope you have experienced that love.  And I hope you show and reflect that love to others.

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Given with Love

The other day the granddaughters came over for a little while and they colored and drew some pictures.  Haley, the youngest one who is six, colored a special picture for Marta and me and signed it “Love Haley.”  Our refrigerator is always adorned by Haley’s pictures and letters from Avery who is eight.  All of the pictures and letters always tell us how much they love us.  I always feel so blessed when we receive these special gifts.  I am so glad they have learned to express and demonstrate their love for the people they care about.  The Bible declares that God has done that very thing for us.  Paul said in Romans 5:8

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God has shown His love for all of us by sending His Son to be our Savior.  God offers the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation to us through Christ because He cares so much for us and about us.  God loves us!  I hope you know how much He cares for you.

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Wherever You Are

Our granddaughters Avery and Haley came by the other day to play Hide and Seek.  Avery, who just turned 8 told me, “Pawpaw we are ready to play Hide and Seek.  And this time we aren’t going to fall for any of your tricks.”   Her little sister Haley who is 6 chimed in, “Yeah, none of your tricks work!”  They were referring to other times when we have played and I have made the bed and used the blanket to cover pillows so it looks like I am hiding there.  I even put shoes sticking out of the end of the blanket just to really sell it.  Other times I have left one of my shoes peeking out from behind a pantry door to draw them that direction.  The first time I did it, Avery saw my shoes sticking out from under the blanket on the bed and said, “I see your shoes!”  She ran over to the bed and pulled off the blanket only to find my shoes and several pillows.  I was watching from the closet and I laughed so loud she found me right away.  I love those girls.  And I love the games of hide and seek we play together.   Whenever I think of the game Hide and Seek, I am reminded of what David said in Psalm 139

[Psa 139:7-8 NIV] 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

David shares a wonderful truth in this passage.  God always knows where we are.  There is no way for us to successfully hide from Him.  God is everywhere.  There is no way He could not know where we are.  As David said earlier in this psalm, God knows our innermost thoughts.  God knows where we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  I find that thought comforting because wherever I am, I just need to reach out to Him and His right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:10).  I hope you know that is a promise for you as well, wherever you may be.

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A Fresh Start

I saw the movie “A dog’s life” the other day.  I enjoyed it.  It wasn’t quite as sad as “Old Yeller” or “My dog Skip.”  When I watched “My Dog Skip” I was at home by myself.  I cried like a baby.  It was good but really sad.  As I said, this movie was good too.  The movie does suggest that all dogs come back to life over and over again, reincarnated to experience life with another human.  For that reason, you may have to remind yourself that it’s just a movie.

The movie reminded me of a conversation about faith I had once with someone on the capitol grounds. They were sharing with me that spiritually speaking they were drawn to the idea of reincarnation.  I asked this person what it is about reincarnation that appeals to them.  They replied they liked the idea of being able to start over and have a “Do over” as many times as it takes to “get.it right so they could go to heaven.”

After listening, I acknowledged the appeal of being able to start over and have another chance to get things right so that one can get to heaven.  Then I shared what God’s Word says about those concepts.  God knows we all make mistakes and all of us could use a chance to start over and have “do over” to try and get life right.  God also knows that even after life time after life time of trying, we would still get it wrong in some way and still be separated from Him because of our sin.  And He tells us in His word that this life is the only shot we have (Heb 9:27).  The good news is that we don’t have to get everything right to go to heaven.  When it comes to getting it right, Christ did that for us.  He lived a sinless life and gave His life on the cross for our sins; whoever places their faith in Him will receive forgiveness and have everlasting life.  God does offer us a fresh start, a “do over.”  He offers it right now, in this life, through a relationship with Son.

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Happy Veterans Day 2017

Today we stop to share our thanks
For your service to our land,
You gladly put on the uniform,
Took your oath and took a stand.
 
We are grateful for your courage,
You, who chose to sacrifice and give,
It is because of the heroes among us
That Old Glory still flies and our freedoms still live,
 
So today we say thank you,
And, because these simple words are not enough,
We pray you will have health and happiness
And a life full of peace and love.
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The San Antonio Rescue Mission – A Safe Place

I had the opportunity to speak at the San Antonio Rescue Mission last night.  My friend Bill who has volunteered at the mission for 17 years and is on the Board of Directors invited me.  The mission has been providing shelter, food, and assistance to homeless men in San Antonio since 1975.  And while the service went well, the best part was arriving early enough to spend time visiting with the men prior to the service.  One man spoke of the decision he was wrestling with in regard to a potential job change – they both paid the same, but which one would last through the winter and into the spring?  One had no prayer requests but wanted to be sure that we “gave thanks for a safe place to sleep.”

Another man was excited to see my friend Bill who he had not seen in a while and proudly reported that he had been sober for 3 years 2 months and 7 days.  He said he had to take a time-out from where he was staying because it was getting too stressful with the people he was around and he didn’t want to break his streak.  He knew the mission was a better option.

I heard similar stories from others as well.  One was in from Arizona for a few weeks and knew the rescue mission would be a safe place to be because he was familiar with rescue missions from his past.  The Mission does good work; it does godly work.  On their website the San Antonio Rescue Mission declares, “The primary purpose of the Mission is to acquaint the homeless and the wanderer with the priceless knowledge of the love and forgiveness of God in and through Jesus Christ. Our secondary purpose is to offer a bath, clean clothes, food and a place of shelter for the night.”

Please keep the Mission and the men they serve in your prayers.

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