We Encourage When We Share

Most mornings I wake up with a song in my head. I truly enjoy music and during the last six months or so I’ve been listening to a lot more worship music. (I think I even mentioned this in an earlier blog post.)

Here’s how I think it works for me and I believe that means it can work for you as well.

Because I’ve been sincerely seeking to know God better through semi-regular worship and creating a study with two like-minded friends from church, I’ve been led/gone down a different (or deeper) path.

When I was 24 and my mom died of lung cancer I didn’t try hard enough to find help through people of faith. I remember reaching a point where people were telling me that maybe I needed to go to a professional (or semi-professional student counselor at SDSU, in my case) counselor to discuss my grief.

It is not my intention to sound harsh, but maybe what I should have done is found other believers who were willing to meet with me and pray with me (and counsel me) AND if I couldn’t find those believers at MY CHURCH, I should have looked at other churches for believers who would help.

That doesn’t necessarily mean leaving that church, but if that’s what I had to do then that’s what I should have done. As believers we have to take responsibility for our faith. (Check out Galatians 6:5-15 at BibleStudyTools.com which covers a great deal in this area.)

Today my wife and I attend Solana Pres in Solana Beach, California. I started attending a little over two decades ago. We also attend The Fire & Glory Outpouring Revival which is currently hosted at Summit Church in San Marcos, California. This doesn’t mean we are switching churches.

Tonight at 7:00 I expect that we will worship revival-style and tomorrow morning at 8:30 we will worship passionate-Presbyterian (or as close as Presbyterians get to passionate worship?) style.

When I started this blog I hoped to share my journey with Jesus honestly and assumed that a good number of readers would support me when I launch my brand.

What I’m finding is that by worshiping more frequently and continuing to meet regularly with good christian friends I can trust I’m more open to what God is calling me to do.

Evangelism is one of those things. I tell strangers that God loves them and I’m more open to conversations with them about what they want to talk about. Surprisingly, lots of people are open to someone who is sharing enthusiastically about their faith and many of those people are open to me praying for them. Sometimes that means right there on the spot.

If people support my brand when I launch, that’s wonderful. But, there is more to this blog than supporting me in what I do. Who’s supporting you?

Here’s Crowder with that song in my head when I woke up this morning.

God bless you!

YOUR Support Matters

Have you ever looked at a few words and realized they could be understood in more than one way?

Personally, I like to let people know what they are in for.

When I created this blog one of the things I wanted you to know from the very start is that I’m creating a brand and I’m asking for your support when the time comes. A funny thing happened during our journey together. I realized how incredibly important it is that each one of us has support for our daily lives.

In other words, not only do I boldly ask for support FROM you through Your Support Matters (this blog), I want you to remember that support FOR you is incredibly important.

Where does the best support come from? Actually, there’s a better, more impactful way to ask that question.

Where does INDISPENSABLE support come from?

Just in case anyone is unclear, here is what Dictionary.com says:

indispensable
[in-di-spen-suh-buh l]

adjective
1.
absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite:
an indispensable member of the staff.
2.
incapable of being disregarded or neglected:
an indispensable obligation.

noun
3.
a person or thing that is indispensable.

Quite simply, indispensable support is support that we can’t do without.

Here are some verses from The Message bible version about that indispensable support and how to get it.

Psalm 121

A Pilgrim Song

121 1-2 I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
3-4 He won’t let you stumble,
your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel’s
Guardian will never doze or sleep.
5-6 God’s your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.
7-8 God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

John 15:4

4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

Since your indispensable support comes from God it seems logical to me that each one of us needs to spend time with God deepening our relationship.

When I get together with a couple friends for our study I sometimes say our relationship with God is like riding with someone on a bus.

We might ride next to that person on the bus every day. We might even know that he’s part of a three-person family and he’s very pleased with his incredible son. We say hello sometimes and if something big happens in the world we might even ask how they’re doing with what’d going on. And maybe we’ve told him a little about our life.

In order to really know God and have stronger faith in his support for us we have to go deeper than that.

This is NOT about making anyone feel guilty.

It’s simply the way we are built as humans.

In my next post I’ll share more about going deeper in our relationship with God.

This video is Crowder singing about God’s love for you and me.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus 2 (Connection)

“He loves what you love more than you love it.”

My wife was watching a video on Facebook and I asked her to share it so that I could share it. I did and found out that a couple people I know in real life are not connected to me on Facebook. I hope that enough people are eventually reading this blog so that hundreds and thousands [or maybe hundreds OF thousands or millions! I can dream, can’t I? Don’t worry. This is going somewhere.] of people aren’t connected to me on Facebook.

As I write this you can still connect at Facebook.com/BigManWalking. If you are or you become connected to me on Facebook, this video of Shawn Bolz was posted August 15, 2016.

Right now I’m listening to another of Shawn Bolz’s videos with my wife while I write. Shawn tells a beautiful, life impacting story about dining with very wealthy people and how hearts were changed soon after he uttered the quote at the beginning of this post. You can watch this video even if you’re not connected to me on Facebook. Here is Translating God part 4:

One huge problem is finding enough time for all manner of things.

Connection, by which I mean RELATIONSHIP, suffers.

As I learn to set aside more time to learn about God and enhance my intimacy with God I see benefits like learning to distinguish his voice from other voices. I know one religious tradition seems to say that it’s all about what we learn in the scriptures, but I believe there is more than that.

Recently I’ve been reading the bible with new eyes. I’m reading John and throwing out an old assumption. The assumption? Miracles, signs and wonders don’t happen in modern day life or they are incredibly rare. I’m coming to believe that those things happen and the book of John reads differently when you start to believe that God can do greater things through you as you choose greater intimacy with him.

Set aside time or integrate time into your schedule or whatever you have to do to communicate with God.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Look Full In His Wonderful Face.

Be filled with wonder!

Charlie

Native American Jesus Song

When we attended the revival several weeks ago at the L.A. Coliseum I really enjoyed the Native American musicians. They played a song that seemed to be a combination of rock, Native American music and what I sometimes call “Jesus” lyrics.

I had assumed that I would easily find it on Youtube a few days later by searching for songs from the revival. That was not the case, but today I searched “native american jesus song” on Youtube and a list of songs from a group called Broken Walls came up. This is the same group we heard at the revival. I really, really enjoy “Ride the Wind” by Broken Walls.

Here’s “Ride the Wind”:

Read more about Broken Walls on the Broken Walls website:

About Broken Walls

What Music Moves YOU!?

Years ago when I first really became a follower of Jesus I was sure I could make it easier by listening to “Christian” music.  That strategy didn’t last, though some songs have had a lasting impact.

What I’ve come to realize over the decades and especially recently is that what you (really, really!) want are songs that you find encouraging to your faith that you enjoy.  If the songs that your church plays in worship aren’t your favorite I strongly urge you to find the ones that are.  (Psst…it’s really ok if the same songs you hear in a worship service or mass aren’t your favorites – no matter what others may tell you.  There’s this thing that’s really real and it’s called grace.  That covers it.)

Because I desire more intimacy with God (whom I will refer to as the Holy Spirit for the rest of this post) I want to engage in behaviors that help me do that.  Music is one of the things that helps me become more intimate with the Holy Spirit.

In order to not get tired of this practice I want to “keep it fresh” by using music that I truly enjoy.  What I enjoy and what you enjoy may not be the same thing.

Also, some of your favorites may change as you find or remember other songs.

I’m sharing eight songs with you that I find helpful in directing my thoughts toward the Holy Spirit and what I’ve read in the bible.  I hope you find at least one that you enjoy, but there’s no requirement.  Maybe you’d prefer something like the Doobie Brothers’ “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me” or U2’s “40”.  That’s ok.  If you’re wondering about either one, check out Youtube.

Here’s my current list in no particular order:

1) Michael Row The Boat Ashore
2) In Moments Like These
3) Day By Day
4) The King of Glory
5) A Church Not Made With Hands – The Waterboys
6) Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
7) El Shaddai – Amy Grant
8) You Are My Hiding Place
More about these songs in my next post.  There’s one for you to enjoy below.
Be filled with wonder!
Charlie