Let’s Take a Walk


Marta and I have been walking in the neighborhood several evenings each week for a couple of months now. I have really enjoyed the time and the talks we have shared. I look forward to going on our walks together. I know that I am not the only one who looks forward to them because every day after supper, our two dachshunds start dancing around every time they suspect that one of us may be about to put on our tennis shoes. Those pups are just so eager and excited that even on days where one of us is too tired to go for a walk the other one will still go on a short walk just to take Briggs and Princess (a name like Princess is what you get when let granddaughters name your pets).

When I see how excited those dogs get to go on a walk with us and be out and about, I can’t help but think that as Christians we ought to get that excited about our daily walk with the Lord. We ought to look forward to spending some time with Him, letting Him lead us and guide us and watch over us as we venture out into this world. And the Lord does want to guide us in our walk; His word makes that clear in several places. Psalm 1:1-3 and Galatians 5:16 are just a couple of verses that come to my mind. He wants to lead us and guide us so that we can enjoy the fullness of His blessing in our lives and be a blessing to others. Now, I will tell you, we don’t “got” to walk with Him…we “get” to walk with Him. And that is definitely a reason to get excited.

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If You Only Knew

How would you live if you only knew,
The depths of the love God has for you?
Would you start each day off with a smile?
Would you push through each challenge and go the next mile?
Would you reflect His love in all that you do?
How would you live if you only knew?

How would you live if you only knew,
The depths of the love God has for you?
Would you treat everyone you meet with God’s love and grace?
Would you do your part to bring a smile to each face?
Would you share the love that’s been shared with you?
How would you live if you only knew?

How would you live if you only knew,
The depths of the love God has for you?
Would you face each day grateful for the gift of God’s Son?
Would you go into each battle knowing the victory is won?
Would you do things differently than the way that you do?
How would you live if you only knew?

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I Love the Spring

I Love the Spring

Oh I love the spring
And the way it goes,
How the birds sing
And the flowers grow.
It’s the season
When new life abounds
And I think of the reason
That I’m still around…

Oh, I love the spring!
I’m reminded of the One who loves me so,
I think of my King who came here below
To lay down His life and pick it up for me,
To forgive me, reclaim me and set me free…..
Oh I love the spring!

Oh I love the spring,
The blue of the sky,
And the fields so green,
That they testify,
It’s the season
When new life abounds,
And I think of the reason
That I’m still around…

Oh, I love the spring!
I’m reminded of the One who loves me so,
I think of my King who came here below
To lay down His life and pick it up for me,
To forgive me, reclaim me and set me free…..
Oh I love the spring!

Yes, I love the spring!
New life started for me on Calvary,
When He opened His arms and set me free,
He laid down His life and picked it up again,
Giving me life that never ends,
Yes I love the spring!

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Taste and See

The granddaughters had a sleepover the other night which means several things. It means we had a lot of fun and it also means that Papaw and Nana did not get nearly enough sleep. I got up Saturday morning about 6:45 am to make breakfast for two hungry girls. They wanted waffles. We had the regular kind they are used to or some new Apple Cinnamon flavored waffles that they have never had before. When I offered the Apple Cinnamon kind to them they exclaimed in unison, “Eeeww!!” Seems they are not a fan of trying new things. I already knew this from their past rejections of “things they have never tried before.” During previous visits they have turned down pineapple upside down cake and apple fritters; which even though I haven’t googled it I’m pretty sure are two of the four major food groups. Despite my pleading and promises of the joys that await, they typically remain consistent with a culinary cold shoulder to my offerings. Okay then, regular waffles for the girls; apple cinnamon for me. As we ate our breakfast, I was reminded of what David wrote in Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

I love the invitation and the promise presented in Psalm 34:8. I can hear the heartfelt words of one who has tasted and known the goodness, the mercy and the provision of the Lord. The psalmist is reaching out; entreating others to taste and see, to come to know the goodness of the Lord for themselves. Yes, how blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Taste and see.

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Walking By Faith – God is With Me

I was up early this morning reading from Isaiah chapter 41 and I was meditating on the truth and application of verse 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” In this passage God is promising that His help is ever present for His people; He is always near for those who depend on Him. As I was reflecting on such things, one of our little dachshunds started to go out of the doggie door. About that time he heard a big dog next door let out a couple of deep, loud barks. I heard my dog stop halfway through the doggie door and I knew he was going to inch his way back into the safety of the house. This little dog acts pretty tough when we are out on a walk together, but when he is on his own he can scare pretty easily. I got up from the couch and walked to the door and said, “It’s okay. Let’s go outside.” We went outside together, even though that neighbor dog was still carrying on.

My dog didn’t mind going outside, as long as he didn’t have to go out there alone. I can relate to that. And that is why I appreciate the principle of Isaiah 41:10 so very much. See, when it comes to difficult or intimidating situations or even being a little scared sometimes, I figure I can be a lot like my little dog. When I forget about the One who walks with me, I forget to walk by faith. When I forget that I have somebody who promises to help me, I forget to be brave and push forward in the midst of scary or uncomfortable circumstances. Yes, I am thankful for God’s word. It reminds me not to fear; it reminds me that God is with me.

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What to Do Today

I slept in a little bit today and listened to the rain hitting against the window. I just laid there trying to think of what all might need to be done and then I remembered this verse from Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” What a good thought. I really don’t have any agenda for today but if I did, this should still be on my list. And it should be right at the top. I will rejoice in this day and be glad in it for I know that God loves me and has blessed me in so many wonderful ways; a wonderful wife, fantastic kids and grandkids, great friends and good work to do. I will rejoice in this day and be glad in it.

I hope that you are able to rejoice in your day. Even if there are some difficult things going on, I pray that you will know that God is with you. I pray that you know that He will strengthen you and provide for you. I pray that He will help you, even in the midst of difficult times to rejoice in those moments of comfort and relief that He provides. I pray that God will help you to be able to rejoice in some manner in this day.

Until next time stay strong in the faith,
Pastor Phillip Stephens

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Dialogue not a Debate

I played basketball at the park today for about an hour with a couple of guys in their early twenties. When we finished playing we talked for about 45 minutes. We started off talking about struggles and victories in basketball and ended up talking about struggles and victory in life. We had a very authentic and open conversation about how each of us sees God at work in our lives, or in one man’s perspective, not at work in our lives. As one of these young men put it, “Wow, some of this is pretty heavy stuff. But I feel like it’s okay the way we’re talking about it.” And it was okay. We had a dialogue not a debate. We shared our stories, we talked about what we believe and we had opportunities to ask each other honest questions. I am grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to visit with these young men and based on the way our conversation ended and the way they took my contact information, I am pretty sure I will get to talk to them again. I am praying for these young men, thanking God for their openness to talk to me today and I am asking Him to make His perfect will known in their lives. I invite you to pray with me and pray for me. Pray, that just as Paul said in Colossians 4:3, I will have even more opportunities to share the gospel, and that when I share it will be in a manner filled with His grace.

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