Where do you find yourself this morning?

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Well, it is Wednesday morning. How is your week going?

Very often, when Friday morning arrives, I find myself asking:

Where has the time gone?

Who stole Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday?

If we find yourself asking questions like this on Friday mornings, perhaps it would be helpful it we prayed this prayer today (and every day):

Dear Lord,

Please help us to be more productive for you. Help us be more focused on doing good; and, less easily distracted by the things that rob us of time and diminish our effectiveness for you.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

© Bill Williams, a fellow sojourner
2018.08.15

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What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

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21D66A68-A7E9-44E1-9C5D-13FA7F18DDA5King Solomon’s purpose for collecting the proverbs is stated in 1:2-4, which reads:

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. (NLT)

Oh! How we need wisdom today!

Oh! How we need the Book of Proverbs today!

We have tons and tons of information stored in every imaginable way. In general, people are more highly educated than every before. But, in spite of the proliferation of information and our ever-increasing levels knowledge, we are wrestling to grasp some of the simplest things in life. We are struggling to interact with one another appropriately.

It is as though we have lost our bearing.

We have…

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What is more important than people?

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My family is excited to be part of a church plant in north Edmond, Oklahoma. Although there are many challenges associated with church plants, it seems to be where I am most comfortable. That is not to say that I prefer hard metal chairs over padded pews. However, there really is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than starting fresh and new. It is also a time which calls for greater patience and forbearance with one another, which results in growing much closer to brothers and sisters.

This morning, Travis Akins, our minister at the Heritage Church of Christ in Edmond, spoke to us about the importance of being a welcoming church. He brought out some excellent points about Romans 12, especially the two word imperative found in verse 13. Here we are instructed by the Holy Spirit to “practice hospitality.”

Travis helped me see something in the text that…

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Are you sowing to please the Holy Spirit?

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A few years ago, as I was studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the feeling that I was missing something just wouldn’t go away. As I recall, I was looking at Galatians 2:20 and contemplating the ideas of being crucified with Christ and living by faith. I was wondering, “How can a dead person live?”

A phrase kept running through my mind. It was as though God was speaking to me directly. The phrase was:

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.

Of course, this is a direct quote from Zechariah 4:6. Once I opened my heart and mind to the Lord’s leading, the answer to my question became so clear. One verse after another came to mind, which affirmed over-and-over again the compelling answer to my question. It is by the power of the life-giving Spirit that we are freed…

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Three ways to make the most of our second chances

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Today is yesterday’s second chance!

I have seen this quote or something similar to it several times recently. Second chances! Oh, how we need them! Oh, how we need each and every “Today!”

However, today is more than yesterday’s second chance. It does provide an opportunity try again. This effort needs to be intentional, though. We are given a golden opportunity to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others.

So, we tell ourselves, “Don’t blow it!”

Today is another opportunity to:

  1. Seize the moment— Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs…

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Are you longing for a better place to live?

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Many, many moons ago, I was both humbled and blessed by being present for a momentous occasion. You see, a small group of ministers was gathered at Silver Maple Camp, which is south of Kingman, Kansas, for the annual Kansas Ministry Retreat. 

The day, as I recall, was much like most days at this retreat. We enjoyed our usual study times, praise and prayer times, fellowship with one another at meals, and, I kid you not, smash mouth volleyball.

I am not sure who directed the retreat this year. It may have been Brian Cobb. What I do recall, however, is that Brian did an excellent job leading us into the heart of God through the songs he selected for our times of devotion and praise. We were having a spiritually enriching and encouraging time.

The momentous occasion happened late one evening, probably on the second night. It was…

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What is the desire of your heart?

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This popped up in my FB feed earlier today. It is a memory worth sharing.

Thus ends the book “The Pursuit of God” by Tozer…

Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all.

I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee.

I want constantly to be aware of Thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice.

I long to live in restful sincerity of heart.

I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every act of my life may be an act of worship.

Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love…

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