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Word for the Week 08012016

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FB asks me, “What is on your mind, Mike?”
As I watch the coverage of the Dallas Police shootings I am concerned that a spiritual door from hell has been pried open in this country. Every police shooting has to be weighed out. The one in Minnesota is likely to be found a “bad shoot.” Baton Rouge I don’t know how that will fall. But the shooting now of 11 (4 dead as of 11:20pm cst)¬†officers, regardless of who did the shooting, has ratcheted up everything.
Some have laughed when I have said something like, “Don’t be surprised if they are reasons for Marshall Law in the fall…putting off the election. Many voices have said this, it isn’t really original to me. Some have referenced the summer of 68. I was only 10 years old, I don’t remember much…riots and violence on the news I do recall.
Demons are laughing, Satan is gloating.
The Lord weeps, the Spirit mourns.
The “church”, for the most part – unprepared.
How long, O lord, will you tarry?
How long, Spirit, will you wait for us to turn?
How long, Father, before you chastise?
It isn’t black, it isn’t white — it is all about the heart.
What lives inside it, what do we feed it —
Hate, prejudice, superiority, more hate?
All that successfully tears down the color walls is – One
One who lives forever
One who died so we can live
One who cleanses, changes, and renews the heart
One who knows what it is to be
discriminated, hated, profiled and entrapped
One who lays down his life, his power, his heritage
to identify with those who have none of the above
How long, O lord, will you tarry?
How long, Spirit, will you wait for us to turn?
How long, Father, before you chastise?
Do you know the One?
Have you allowed Him to affect your heart
Have you invited him to make you “color-blind?”
Have you begun the journey of change?
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“Our country tis of thee, sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing….”

America – Seek His face, seek His kingdom, seek His mercy on us…….

 

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In May my 2008 Ford Focus hit 300,000 miles. I am quite confident I have driven at least 275,000 of those miles. It is my “chaplain” car. People have asked, “why yellow”? Often I answer, 1. People can know when the chaplain is on site, 2. It is difficult to lose to the temptation of going somewhere like “Sammy’s” when you have only 1 of about 3 cars that look like your car in a 2 county area!!ūüėČ
 
I listen to a pastor who teaches that a testimony is more than just a story of what God did for someone. He teaches that a testimony actually releases God’s favor and presence to “do that thing again” in the present…so please receive today’s word as that for you in your life.
 
When the children of Israel left Eqypt and journeyed to the “promised land”, the Lord began an interesting feat for them. In Dt 29 we read: “5¬†Yet the¬†Lord¬†says, ‚ÄúDuring the forty years that I led¬†you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.¬†6¬†You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink.¬†I did this so that you might know that I am the¬†Lord¬†your God.‚ÄĚ
I want you to know that my Ford Focus has been in the shop to repair a broken serpentine belt, brake pads, a rear wheel bearing,  and to tighten an oil sensor. That is all I recall having down time for. I have fairly religiously changed the oil with BG oil additive. I have had excellent service at Joe Bullard Cadillac, where I serve as chaplain.
 
300,000+ miles. Very little down time. Simple, routine care. The smile and blessing of the Lord upon this car, that it may not wear out!! May He smile upon you today with your car, your marriage, your profession, your employees…in that area that when you see what He has done for you, you will hear him saying, “I did this so that you might know that I am the¬†Lord¬†your God.‚ÄĚ

Nature shouts of the work of the cross……..a true Christmas tree!!

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