Small Beginnings

Since I came back from Pasadena in April of 2016 I have new habits. One (or two) of these habits is asking Holy Spirit how much to give. I do this when we make an offering and often when I encounter a person living on the street or in a recovery program or someone who is traveling and may not have a place to stay.

I have taken a few guys to lunch and even prayed with people who accepted Jesus or rededicated their life to him! I’ve done this alone and with two friends, Mike and Richard, in Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Monrovia, Pacific Beach, Pasadena, Palm Springs and Kauai!

In trying to give some help I’ve offered rides to the Fire & Glory Outpouring and made plans with more than one person. One man let me drive him to the revival a couple times, but he had some mental health issues and it became difficult for him. Another told me where to meet him last night and yet he didn’t show up.

A homeless woman who made plans with me to move her stuff didn’t show up on two separate occasions. Twice I invited two different sets of friends to help us with the project and both times she wasn’t at the storage facility. Yet another woman seemed excited and grateful for the opportunity to attend revival and she fell asleep and forgot to be where she told me to meet her.

I have known people who tried one project to help the homeless and when it didn’t work out the way they hoped, they simply decided to stop trying.

If you’re doing something for God that you had hoped would be more successful faster, keep going. Learn what you can and see how you can improve what you’re doing, but remember, God may have outcomes in store that you don’t expect.

Good things are happening if you care to notice. My two brothers-in-Christ got to know each other while I was out looking for the woman who didn’t show up. Last night I know a man was blessed by our brief interaction even as the man who was going to meet me somehow didn’t make it.

One verse I’ve learned about during the last 20 months goes something like this…

“Do not despise small beginnings…”

Check out the full verse at BibleGateway.com by clicking the link:

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

Don’t give up. Keep praying and keep going.

Press On!

Here’s the song of the day:

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Keep Going

Tonight I’m very tired. I’ve blogged on and off for around 15 years and this will be the first time that I’ve blogged every day for an entire month.

When you’re tempted to quit or accept less than your best you can call on God for help. As you practice this it becomes more familiar. You can sense that you’ve “been here before”.

One way I’ve been practicing keeping going or pressing on is at The Fire & Glory Outpouring. At least a half dozen times I’ve been there when I was really, really tired and I’ve found that you can still stand up to worship. (Sometimes I’ll sit and in a little while I find that I have more energy to stand up again or at least continue worshiping without falling asleep!)

In fact, I’m tired enough right now that I can’t quite remember where I was going with this. As I write I’m listening to an audio program titled “Developing Your Seer Anointing” by Jerame Nelson.

What I’m experiencing more and more is that listening to audio like this or christian music that I really like helps me persevere. So you can make choices to help you keep going.

On the other hand, if you give up at the first sign of resistance or if you make a habit of saying “I’m too tired” to continue, you can become familiar with how it feels to simply give up.

Sooner or later you will say to yourself (something like) “I’ve been here before. I know what this is.”

If you want to say that about perseverance (instead of saying it about giving up), please remember that you can always ask God for help to keep going. Always!

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Ephesians 6:13-18 The Message (MSG)

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
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God bless you!

Bold Belief

Here’s another quick post for your edification. What do you feel is an important message in this passage?

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Mark 2:2-5 The Message (MSG)

A Paraplegic
2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
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God bless you!

Time For Some Rest

We need to remember to rest simply because we’re currently in these earthly bodies. I like these verses and hope you enjoy them and the music of Jaci Velasquez.

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Exodus 33:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
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Psalm 3:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5 [a]I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 3:5 [Or] As for me, I
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God bless you!

Remember Intimacy With God

No matter how busy you get and even if you’re involved in some really great stuff, keep seeking intimacy with Holy Spirit.

Here are verses and a song to remind you:

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Psalm 42:1-2 Living Bible (TLB)

42 As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?
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God bless you!

Habakkuk For Me & You 3

For a few days I’m simply sharing Habakkuk starting two days ago with Eugene Peterson’s commentary section. Tomorrow I will post something else and finish up with Habakkuk after that. Here’s Chapter 2:

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Habakkuk 2 The Message (MSG)

2 What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst.
I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon.
I’ll wait to see what God says,
how he’ll answer my complaint.
Full of Self, but Soul-Empty
2-3 And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
4 “Look at that man, bloated by self-importance—
full of himself but soul-empty.
But the person in right standing before God
through loyal and steady believing
is fully alive, really alive.
5-6 “Note well: Money deceives.
The arrogant rich don’t last.
They are more hungry for wealth
than the grave is for cadavers.
Like death, they always want more,
but the ‘more’ they get is dead bodies.
They are cemeteries filled with dead nations,
graveyards filled with corpses.
Don’t give people like this a second thought.
Soon the whole world will be taunting them:
6-8 “‘Who do you think you are—
getting rich by stealing and extortion?
How long do you think
you can get away with this?’
Indeed, how long before your victims wake up,
stand up and make you the victim?
You’ve plundered nation after nation.
Now you’ll get a taste of your own medicine.
All the survivors are out to plunder you,
a payback for all your murders and massacres.
9-11 “Who do you think you are—
recklessly grabbing and looting,
Living it up, acting like king of the mountain,
acting above it all, above trials and troubles?
You’ve engineered the ruin of your own house.
In ruining others you’ve ruined yourself.
You’ve undermined your foundations,
rotted out your own soul.
The bricks of your house will speak up and accuse you.
The woodwork will step forward with evidence.
12-14 “Who do you think you are—
building a town by murder, a city with crime?
Don’t you know that God-of-the-Angel-Armies
makes sure nothing comes of that but ashes,
Makes sure the harder you work
at that kind of thing, the less you are?
Meanwhile the earth fills up
with awareness of God’s glory
as the waters cover the sea.
15-17 “Who do you think you are—
inviting your neighbors to your drunken parties,
Giving them too much to drink,
roping them into your sexual orgies?
You thought you were having the time of your life.
Wrong! It’s a time of disgrace.
All the time you were drinking,
you were drinking from the cup of God’s wrath.
You’ll wake up holding your throbbing head, hung over—
hung over from Lebanon violence,
Hung over from animal massacres,
hung over from murder and mayhem,
From multiple violations
of place and people.
18-19 “What’s the use of a carved god
so skillfully carved by its sculptor?
What good is a fancy cast god
when all it tells is lies?
What sense does it make to be a pious god-maker
who makes gods that can’t even talk?
Who do you think you are—
saying to a stick of wood, ‘Wake up,’
Or to a dumb stone, ‘Get up’?
Can they teach you anything about anything?
There’s nothing to them but surface.
There’s nothing on the inside.
20 “But oh! God is in his holy Temple!
Quiet everyone—a holy silence. Listen!”
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God bless you!

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Revival Leads To David Herzog

What does this title mean?

I’m amazed how one thing leads to another. I’ll even skip the stuff leading up to this year.

Consider:

Upon returning from Power & Love in Pasadena I learn of the Fire & Glory Outpouring from my wife. After attending the revival more and more often I learn of what Jerame & Miranda Nelson call “Fresh Awakening”. When different speakers come to preach I notice one man is funnier than anyone else. He seems to have what you might call a humorous anointing. His name is David Herzog.

After experiencing worship with David I later decide to buy the Jumpstart! Supernatural Health Bundle at a huge discount.

Listening this morning to the first session I hear David Herzog mention Psalm 148. This will not be the last time I mention this psalm. I will share five translations with you today.

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Psalm 148 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3 Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4 Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6 He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,[a]
wind and weather that obey him,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
old men and children.
13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

148 Alleluia. Ye of heavens, praise the Lord; praise ye him in high things. (Alleluia. Ye in heaven/Ye in the heavens, praise the Lord; praise ye him in high places.)
2 All his angels, praise ye him; all his virtues, praise ye him (all his hosts, praise ye him).
3 Sun and moon, praise ye him; all stars and light, praise ye him (all the stars of light/all the shining stars, praise ye him.).
4 Heavens of heavens, praise ye him (Heaven of heavens/The highest heaven, praise ye him); and the waters that be above (the) heavens,
5 praise they the name of the Lord. For he said, and things were made; he commanded, and things were made of nought (he commanded, and everything was made out of nothing).
6 He ordained those things into the world, and into the world of world; he setted a commandment, and it shall not pass. (He ordained those things forever and ever; he gave a command, and it shall not pass away.)
7 Ye of the earth, praise the Lord; dragons, and all depths of waters. (Praise the Lord, from the earth; ye dragons, and all the depths of the waters.)
8 Fire, hail, snow, ice, spirits of tempests; that do his word. (Fire, hail, snow, ice, and the winds of the tempests; that all follow his command.)
9 Mountains, and all little hills; trees bearing fruit, and all cedars.
10 Wild beasts, and all tame beasts; serpents, and feathered birds.
11 The kings of earth, and all peoples; the princes, and all judges of earth. (The kings of the earth, and all the peoples; the princes, and the judges, that is, the leaders, over all the earth.)
12 Young men, and virgins, eld men with [the] younger, (Young men, and virgins, old men, and the young,)
13 praise the name of the Lord; for the name of him alone is enhanced. His acknowledging be on heaven and earth; (praise the name of the Lord; for only his name should be exalted. For his glory is above the earth, and above heaven;)
14 and he hath enhanced the horn of his people. An hymn be to all his saints; to the children of Israel, to a people nighing to him. (and he hath exalted the horn of his people. So let there be a hymn to all his saints; to the children of Israel, to the people who be the closest to him/So let there be praises from all his saints; from the children of Israel, from the people who be the closest to him.)

Psalm 148 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights.
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
praise Him, all you stars of light.
4 Praise Him, you highest of heavens,
and you waters that are above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for He commanded, and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree that shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures, and all you depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and mist,
storming wind fulfilling His word,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds;
11 kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth;
12 both young men and maidens,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a victory horn for His people,
praise for all His saints,
even for the people of Israel near Him.
Praise the Lord!

Tehillim 148 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

148 Praise Hashem. Praise Hashem from HaShomayim: praise Him in the heights above.
2 Praise ye Him, all His malachim: praise ye Him, all Tzivos Hashem.
3 Praise ye Him, shemesh and yarei’ach: praise Him, all ye kokhavim of ohr.
4 Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above HaShomayim.
5 Let them praise the Shem of Hashem: for He commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath also established them forever and ever: He hath made a Chok (decree) which shall not pass away.
7 Hallelu Hashem from ha’aretz, ye sea creatures, and all tehomot:
8 Eish, and barad; snow, and cloud; stormy wind fulfilling His Devar:
9 Mountains, and all hills; etz pri (fruitful trees), and all cedars:
10 Beasts, and all cattle; remesh (creeping things), and flying fowl:
11 Malchei eretz, and all people; sarim (princes), and all shoftei aretz:
12 Both bochurim, and betulot; zekenim, and ne’arim:
13 Let them praise the Shem of Hashem: for Shmo alone is excellent; His hod is above Eretz and Shomayim.
14 He also exalteth the keren of His people, tehillah (the praise) of all His Chasidim; even of the Bnei Yisroel, an Am (people) close unto Him. Hallelu Hashem.

Psalm 148 King James Version (KJV)

148 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.
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God bless you!