Aug 25, 2013

One Day in Your Courts

"One Day in YOUR Courts"...is better than packing for my flight tomorrow, doing expense reports, taking a shower, and anything else that I think needs to be done. YOU always make a way and I am learning to always make YOU first....thank you God for putting people in my life to help me along this journey. You answer every single prayer right down to the finest of details.

Salvation is indeed a free gift, but if you want to live a transformed life, it will cost you everything. If you want to live a life of peace, of joy and rest, you must exchange yours for His. Its the difference of laying it all down at the cross (as we say in the south) and being nailed up there with Him. When you realize you are the burden, you'll gladly lay yourself down with Him to be made new!

When you fall in love with God, you'll never be completely satisfied until you see Him face to face. It is the sweetest frustration I have ever known. Even when that day comes, He is so big, so great, so majestic, so brilliant, so indescribable... someone once said, who says they visited heaven...that the angels never tire of circling round about Him, because each time they pass by they experience a new dimension of His glory.

Kim Walker - Talks about the Condition of Our Hearts -

Excellent message from Kim Walker live in Los Angeles 2013 with Jesus Culture. I think this was for me today, God is "firming" up His Word to me, regarding my need to always ask the question after each prayer "For What Purpose"... if I answer that question honestly, it surely will reveal the condition of my own heart.

It's Your Breath In Our Lungs...!!!

Lord let every breath I take be a reminder of your sacrifice. Giving it all back to you, giving you the glory in all that I do, whether I eat or drink, whatever it is I do let it always be unto you!

Tremendously blessed to share in the worship that takes place at Journey Church in Franklin, TN when I am there, with great friends new and old.  All Sons & Daughters (when their schedule permits) lead worship on Sundays!

All Sons & Daughters - "Great Are You Lord"

 

Unto the Lord

I was thinking and meditating on a passage in scripture these last two days...

Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

 I looked for additional scripture relating to this...

I Corinthians 10:31 "So whatever you do, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." Colossians 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." 

He specifically made me think of the many, many times I sit down to eat, have a meal, whether with family, friends, alone - relaxing, on the go.. I am quick (sometimes) to thank Him for the meal and ask that He bless it that it would nourish my body - and then He asks "For What Purpose"...

Its obvious to me from a selfish perspective that the purpose is to do just as I had asked for nourishment, to sustain me - but He says again: 'For What Purpose, Tim?" So often we stop where we end. But He has no end. I place limitations on Him when I am selfish in my thinking - self righteous in a sense that I do not think past my own needs, desires. The only one getting the glory or benefit when I'm only asking for things that benefit me and do not further define "Why?"... "For What Purpose?"... "To What End?"

When I sit down to eat and ask for His blessings, I should be doing it with Him in mind, His kingdom and for His good pleasure, which would also be mine. For What Purpose? To carry the good news to the broken hearted, to give life to those who are dead and dying. To give hope, to impart peace, to encourage, to lift up, to be renewed, refreshed, restored!!!

Oh Lord, sustain me, for this purpose! And remind me always to think of You, and do just as the Word says... Whatever I do wether I eat or drink, whatever it is I do, I want to glorify you!!

To what end do we seek God's blessings? Is it for ourselves, our loved ones, or is it for Him? He has already told me, more than once, if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all, thats ALL these things will be added unto us. What are "these things"?

Matthew 6 tells us all about it - Our daily bread (both literal and spiritual), deliverance from evil, forgiveness, when fasting and praying in secret, He will reward us openly, and verse 25 says "Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on; Is not the life more than meat? and the body than raiment? 

What is really being said here, is that we don't have to worry about those things - He has it covered, when we seek Him first and His righteousness. Of course He wants us to be happy, healthy, clothed, and well fed. But He wants those things for a greater purpose which is the expansion of His Kingdom, that all might be saved and enjoy the rich inheritance He has for us, to be with Him for eternity!

Lord, thank you for asking me and for reminding to ask myself, "For What Purpose"...

Aug 24, 2013

Ocala Sinkholes and Bayou Corne Sinkhole



Aug 23, 2013

Just a Thought

I was discussing with close friends this past week the response so many Christians have at times when dealing with people outside of the "body" who don't know God, regarding their sin. So often we are quick to tell people about the laws and commandments of God, but most often these same people don't know God and therefore are spiritually discerned when it comes to understanding His commandments, his precepts, statutes and laws. So I have to repeat what I have learned to be True... Its the love of God that transforms a life, not His law, but as we get into right relationship with God and literally fall in love with Him, we learn to love His law... we begin to see the reason for His commands, we understand they are rooted in His deep and eternal love for us and we begin to take delight in them! And in our Loving Him, we want to please Him..to add to all the reasons He delights and sings over us! Loving Him, is to love His law even if it means sacrificing ourselves, our desires for His! In fact, as you grow in relationship with Him, the things of this world, pale in comparison to what He provides. You realize these worldly and carnal desires are like filthy rags compared to Him and His riches, His glory. But don't take my word for it, take His! See for yourself.

So with the topic of homosexuality - which I feel has been my cardinal sin if there were just one.. I have often said God has not called me to minister to this particular demographic of sinners, just as I don't feel He has called me to minister to people with addictions. But what He has called me to do is minister His great love to others, the Truth He has revealed to me through my own life, and through various trials and tribulations that include these various sins, but are not exclusive to them. So He caused me to ask myself this question: "Tim what would be your response to someone who might ask you if homosexuality was a sin?" I said to Him and to my friends, "I believe it is a sin"... then He caused me to think a little more... and I said: "A better response would be: I believe it is a sin, but lets not focus on that, lets talk about God and how a relationship with Him can liberate us from all sin, no matter what that might be".. Thats such a key to our own personal freedom in Christ, and for others. Without a true one on one relationship with Christ, we remain prisoners to our own carnal nature, our own intellect, our own understanding. It is through this relationship that He reveals Himself to us - He comes first...not our pastors, our friends, our family members, our husbands or wives, not even our children, and certainly not our sins, past or present.

He must be first above everything! He understands us individually so intimately... I mean gosh, He knows the number of hairs on our head... what human do you know that knows you that well?! No one! And because of that intimate knowledge He has of us, He and only Him, can teach us in the way we understand. Its like having a special unique, no one like Him in the universe, teacher especially for us, individually. He can teach us the way we understand because He knows our past, He knows our thoughts, He understands how we think. Through His spirit He teaches us from that perspective whatever it is...and every single human being is different because each of us have different experiences, we are each unique, none of us are the same!

I can't find anywhere in the bible where Jesus sat and talked for hours on end about someone's sin, I can't see where He analyzed it, and discussed and constantly went over and over how He would save us from sin. Because the salvation He offers us is not simply to be set free, but it is to live an abundant and holy, super enriched and rich life!!  He didn't come JUST to save us...thats the start, the very beginning of our relationship with Him!!!  He simply says "go and sin no more"... and if any man is to follow Him, then he must pick up his cross daily and deny himself.... noticing that the first step the first action in that is to 'follow Him'... and in doing so, we begin our relationship with Him, we have fellowship with Him, we grow to know and love Him... we begin to act and think the way He does... we are transformed by our association with Him, with His Spirit and His word.

He will reveal what needs to change in your life, He does so by His spirit within you and the conviction of sin you will ultimately feel, and you will go through a sanctification process... When we are in an intimate relationship with Christ - we are transformed! Thats what it takes! So I don't want to talk about your sin, I want to talk to you about this man named Jesus, the one who is the way the truth and the life. The One who was the Word made flesh, God's only Son, who came here to show us how to live, and die... to ourselves. The One who showed us what a True sacrifice is, an eternal and sufficient One! Who died for us that we might live, but not just live, but to live abundantly! Amen!

23 Minutes in Hell - Bill Wiese

Aug 18, 2013

Good times

http://youtu.be/Tsx7uSCMaOk


Aug 11, 2013

Galatians 5:16-26 "Walk By The Spirit"

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

"Skinny Love" - Bella Ferraro - X Factor 2012 Audition

This has got to be one of the best auditions ever!  This girl has the most beautiful voice I think I have ever heard.

Aug 6, 2013

Williamson County Fair Franklin,TN


Aug 4, 2013

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - official video

Somebody that i used to know Gotye Lyrics