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February 12, 2018

At Your Darkest

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (TLB)

It happens in the most unlikely of places and ways. God shows up.

God shows up and demonstrates to us that He is always at work for you and for me, and finds ways every moment of every day to lift and encourage us. All it usually requires on our part is to look for Him.

A few days ago was no exception.

I was checking out of “Bed Bath and Beyond,” with all due diligence completing a list of errands Lynda had asked me to do for us. As I put the item I was buying onto the checkout counter, I could see that the young lady who was helping me checkout, had a tattoo on the underside of her left arm, which mentioned Romans, but I couldn’t make out the verse referred to from the book of Romans. (more…)

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February 13, 2017

Don’t Blink

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’”

James 4: 14-15 (NLT)

Whether we have realized it yet or not, our time here on earth is limited. No matter how uneasy that might make us feel, it’s an absolute fact.

No matter who you are, how young or how old, what measure of success, fame, or power by worldly standards you have attained, or wherever you live—mortality is the great leveler for us all. (more…)

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February 6, 2017

A Hand-Lifter Extraordinaire

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up.

So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

Exodus 17: 8-13 (NLT)

Friends and family, and people reflecting on their time with him, knew that’s what he was—a hand-lifter. We lost him from within our midst on February 2, 2017 to his eternal resting place. He reminded us what was most important in life—to lift and love those around you without fanfare or expecting any credit or recognition. Many of you don’t know him, but maybe someone like him.

That was our friend—Perry C. McGriff, Jr.

When we come upon this moment in scripture as recorded in the passage in Exodus above, Moses had been running on adrenaline for some time. Although he always felt ill-equipped to do what God had called him to do, he had taken on the responsibilities God set before him and led the Israelite people out of the slavery they experienced in Egypt. Across the Red Sea through the power of God, into the Desert of Shur, to Elim, and into the Desert of Sin by way of the less traveled “Way of the Sea” along the expanses of the Red Sea, Moses led his people. (more…)

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May 2, 2016

The Wonder of You

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5 (NLT)

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote—

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Now that’s a thought that will ruminate for a while in the cavity occasionally occupied by my brain.

Interesting, though, that such an ageless human malady as that—missing the wonder which is all around us and within us—doesn’t seem to affect our children or grandchildren, who with eyes wide open explore not only the wonders of God’s creation all around them but also the wonder of God’s creation which is who they are.

Until, dare I say, they grow older like some of us, and we’ve had a chance to throw enough cold water on their little minds and hearts of wonder to get them to start viewing the world—and missing all of God’s wonder within the world—like the rest of us older, and supposedly wiser ones do. (more…)

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September 16, 2013

On the Altar

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac…and set out for the place…On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance…

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together [up the mountain]…Isaac…said…“The fire and the wood are here…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide…” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him…

Abraham! Abraham!”

Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said, “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Genesis 22: 1-12 (NIV)

If what I see outside my window this morning is any indication of what the day will be like—it’s fixing to be a beautiful day. A bit warm again perhaps, but it’s cool inside, so I’m good.

But then I read this verse and see that God is talking to me again about putting something on the altar. (more…)

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