Jul 28, 2013

The Journey LIVE Worship "Let It Shine"

Mother Dying of Cancer Gives a Godly, Life Changing Final Speech

Jul 23, 2013

For What Purpose?

This morning as I was laying in my hotel bed, some of my first thoughts were of the prayer I prayed yesterday; to be more than broken.  Because I know there is great revelation in our suffering as we seek God. 

He was waiting and as my mind became more conscious He reminded me of another, simple prayer I often pray while traveling:  'Lord, protect us as we travel today."  And as I recounted that common prayer, He spoke softly to me and said:  "For what purpose, Tim?" 

We often seek His blessing, His power, but to what end?  To serve ourselves with no thought nor desire of Him and what He wants?   

He is answering the first prayer, to be more than broken, by revealing a truth that already exists within me that I might fully see my great need for Him. In doing so, I realize my brokeness, more than brokeness.  So really the answer comes in the prayer itself.  I am already more than broken, I simply need Him to reveal it to me again and again.

I am reminded of Chris Tomlin's words in 'Lay Me Down":

I lay me down I'm not my own
I belong to you alone
Lay me down, lay me down
Hand on my heart this much is true
There's no life apart from you!
Lay me down, lay me down
Lay me down, lay me down

Letting go of my pride
Giving up all my rights
Take this life and let it shine!
Take this life and let it shine!

What a challenge it is to end our prayers with the thought and question:  'For what purpose?"   'To what end?"  How does an answer to this prayer serve you God?

He really knows how to put the ball back into my court so I might fully enter into His! 

Jul 21, 2013

To Be Broken

I have prayed many times to be broken.  Because I realize this heart is evil, I am wretched in all my ways, unclean in my thinking, confused and convicted.

Lord, I know, that I know not what it is that I pray - I know not what trial and tribulation you might bring to break me, to utterly crucify me - but I trust in you completely and the end result would reveal a new man, a new creature in You!

So I come before you again this day, realizing that being broken perhaps is not enough.  But I ask, plead, bowed down before you to break me again and again.  And when the pieces of my heart are laid before you, I ask that you stand upon them, reducing them to dust - that nothing could be pieced back together through my own actions or will.  And when the dust remains, I pray that you send down fire from heaven to consume it all!  That nothing of me would remain, that I would ultimately and completely be crucified by your all consuming fire!

Then and only then will I know the resurrection power of what took place on Calvary, then and only then will you be able to fully rule and reign in this vessel.  Then and only then will I be hidden in your heart!

Increase my faith, my desire, my pursuit of you and the righteousness that only you bring.  That I might walk upright in holiness before you, completely yielded to you and all your ways, taking delight in all your commands, joy in all your precepts and statutes.

Birthing an eternal song in my heart that the whole world sees and hears - for your glory!  For your Kingdom!  For You!  For You Lord!

Kat Kerr on Homosexuality - The True Image (Revelation Report)

Another good message from Kat Kerr regarding The True Image and homosexuality.  I can personally related to this message specifically that I know God has called many to specific powerful purpose in this life/world and the enemy seeks to entrap them in various ways but one in particular is the trap and deception of homosexuality.  Our forefather's, Adam, "image" was corrupted when he partook of the sin, forbidden fruit, with Eve.  So we were born "this way" in the sense, we were born in a fallen state, but God has the desire and ability to raise us up, in a born again, resurrected state!!!  The enemy desires that we remain in bondage, to keep us from the Truth of who we really are in Christ.  The truth that we were born this way, has been twisted to make us believe that the lives many of us have lived and are living is what God intended.  But that is the lie!  The act of homosexuality is a choice, perhaps the attraction toward the same sex is not so much, but acting out on that attraction through sexual relationships or encounters is a choice. Most often that attraction starts out as an innocent search on our part for acceptance or a right/nurturing relationship with a father figure, a mentor and the enemy uses that void to plant seeds of destruction and deception.    God says to "Deny yourself"... pick up your cross and follow Him and it is in that following, that pursuit of God, that will transform you and your sinful nature will be defeated.

Freedom from Homosexuality: My Story

Awesome testimony and story from a young man who so simply describes the origin of our fallen nature, our propensity to be disobedient toward God - whether you believe that you were born gay, or not, whether science supports it or not.  God has provided a way to free us from this bondage. And freely offers us the chance to be transformed by being BORN again!  Encountering God, will forever change you and facing Him, being in His presence will leave you with a Truth that you can only ignore for so long, your life will never ever be the same.

So many homosexuals argue that you shouldn't "repress" your natural tendency to be homosexual, but God says "Deny yourself"  Luke 9:23-24 "Then he said to them all:  Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."    What this scripture is saying is that if you want to follow Jesus and be His disciple you must deny yourself, deny your fallen nature, turn away from your wicked ways, turn away from those things that set themselves against God, against His ways.  Take up your cross... what is the cross?  To me it is the burden, carry the burden, pick it up.. what is the burden?  The choice to deny yourself, to fulfill the destiny of being crucified with Him, that you might participate and be a recipient of the resurrection power that came through Christ.  For without this power the realization of its far reaching victory - you will continue to go to the cross, but never dying with Him.  But its through our death and subsequent resurrection with Him, rebirth, being born again that we are made new.  Its the only way!  We must lose our life for Him, to live through these earthly vessels.  We must be crucified with Him!  For without it we will never find our true eternal life and salvation in Him.  

"Just Because He Breathes" - Rob & Linda Robertson

Such a touching story from two parents of a son who struggled with homosexuality and subsequently died of an accidental overdose.    A very good message for parents who are struggling to deal with this, with their own son or daughter.


Jul 20, 2013

Ohio Lake Turns "Blood Red"

In The Silence - Jason Upton

Jul 14, 2013

Loreena Mckennitt - Nights From The Alhambra

Jul 13, 2013

Building 429: "Where I Belong" Official Music Video

Jul 11, 2013

Lake Lure

Liked this pic so I'm sharing

Jul 8, 2013

I Have to Believe w/ lyrics Sung by Rita Springer

Jul 7, 2013

July 4th Vacation Photos...

Despite the rain, more rain and then some more rain... I was able to get some pretty cool shots of Western, NC and the surrounding area.  Take a look!


Jul 2, 2013

Jonathan Cahn Responds to Supreme Court's Ruling on Gay Marriage

Jul 1, 2013

The New Humans by Mary Rodwell

I present/post this material for those interested in these topics - but if you watch/listen be advised that while I fully believe most of what is being conveyed, is true, it is one of if not THE greatest deception taking place and for reasons that can be found throughout scripture.  We were NOT created by another race of beings/aliens, but certainly the people (as well as fallen angels/satan) would have you believe that.  Play very close attention to the position the presenter takes especially early on in the video.  There are tons of resources, videos, documentation related to these topics.  Make your own conclusions, but know that the ultimate Truth can be found in God's holy word, and discernment comes with earnest prayer, seeking God and knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

This Day - Summer Vacation Coming Up!

I woke up this morning to a special note from an old friend, from elementary school.  She told me that some time in fourth grade I stood up for her for being black.  It made me feel good, although I can't remember that far back.

It reminds me of how small things can be big things to others... God help me to make that kind of impression continuously, the rest of my life!  Thank you Bonita for sharing that with me.

I am looking so forward to a small but adventurous trip with Shannon this week.  To spend time in Western NC...  sharing our love of God, singing in the Jeep... hiking the Blue Ridge, taking tons of photographs and simply just getting away and relaxing.  I hope this is the first of many trips, special times!   We also have purchased tickets to see Chris Tomlin at a small concert in Cary, in October.  I am very much looking forward to that as well.  (Hopefully more in between).

It is so refreshing to be connected with another human being that shares the same desire/zeal for knowing God, loving God and who also has been brought out of and set free from so much.  Surely God has connected us for good things!

I think about other people as well, from my past.  And while I can never go back to that time and place, and although I can truly same I am a different person today.  I hope my life, will (if not already) be a living testimony to others who may not know Him yet...  a testimony to His grace, mercy and unending/abounding love.

I use to tell people sometimes - I wish I could just show you what I know, take you to those places I have been (Near Death Like Experience).. so you could see for yourself.  But I can't... so I pray that God will continue to transform my life, make me so transparent and so hidden in Him that others would see only You, God.  Because then they will know, then they will understand and seek You, earnestly seek You for themselves.  In the meantime, I pray that you send others to these people's lives, that would cause their hearts to turn toward you, understanding that its your love that transforms us, that opens our eyes and our hearts, not your laws.

But in getting to know You, we love You, and in loving You, we want to be like You.  And as our hearts are transformed, circumcised and made new - we find delight in your ways, your commands and statutes.  The old things pass away and all things are made new!  We desire to be tried by fire, we desire to deny ourselves, taking up our crosses and following You, all the days of our lives!

To all near and far, old friends and new - whether we see each other frequently or not, whether we speak now or not.  My prayers are with you this day, for you and your families, your friends - everyone in your circle of life, that God draw you near, protect you and fill your hearts with Joy and peace!