Go!

I recently listened to a speaker who has a missions organization that does work all around the world. In fact, one of their missionary events was called, “One Day, One Nation”. It involved holding outreach events in every state in Honduras on the same day. It was so powerful that the president of Honduras actually made it a national holiday! I began to think — if they can do it in Honduras, why can’t we do it here?

In Mark 16:15 Jesus commanded us, “15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

So, I had a thought…… There are approximately 100 people that receive these daily devotionals. What if each of us tells a new person every day about Jesus? We could reach 700 people a week, 2,800 people a month and 33,600 people a year! it could be something as simple as forwarding a daily devotional to someone, talking to someone about Jesus, or asking the waiter/checker/etc. at the store if there is anything that you can pray for about them. We could have a huge impact on our local communities in a short period of time. I challenge you all to join me in this challenge as we follow Jesus’ command.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How to Keep Fresh

Science has proven that avocados are a good way to improve your “good” cholesterol and lower your “bad” cholesterol. I have been following this theory for a while now by eating half of an avocado each day. The only problem is keeping the rest of the avocado fresh until the next day. The best way, I have discovered, is to keep the pit in the avocado. Without the pit, it will go bad much quicker.  If you look at your spiritual lives, you will notice that if you do not have something in your heart, it is very difficult to keep fresh.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:17, “17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,”.

Just as an avocado needs it’s pit to remain fresh, we need Jesus in our heart to be “rooted and grounded in love”. Without Jesus, we will go stale. Do you have Jesus in your heart today?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Keep Watch

Recently, we have begun a “neighborhood watch” program in our area. While talking to our neighbors, we were shocked to hear of the crime that has been occurring near us (our car was broken into last week). One of the goals of our neighborhood watch program is to have all of us “keep watch” over the houses and streets in our neighborhood. If we, as neighbors, are more aware of what is happening around us, we can hopefully protect our homes from future incidents. This reminds me that we also must “keep watch” over our spiritual lives.

In Matthew 25:13 it states, “13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[a] in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Jesus warns us to “watch”, in other words, be aware of what is happening around us. If we “keep watch”, we are better prepared to identify what is and isn’t pleasing to the Lord. Just like a neighborhood watch program, it should be all of our goals to keep those things out of our lives (our neighborhood) that seek to cause us harm. When Jesus returns to our “neighborhood”, it should be our desire to make sure it is “crime free”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

From Suffering to Glory

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A few weeks ago, I had a pretty “interesting” week. Wednesday, I had my car broken into and things stolen. Thursday, I found myself literally parked on the 210 Freeway for 45 minutes because of an accident that closed the entire freeway. As people were walking about on the freeway (one man was even walking his dog), I sat and complained to myself about the “inconvenience” it was causing me. That lasted for about 4 seconds when I believe the Lord asked me who was having a “worse” day — me, or the person that was having to be cut out of their car. As I began to put things in perspective, it became clear to me very quickly that I wasn’t being inconvenienced at all.

In Romans 8:18 Paul writes, “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

If we keep things in a biblical perspective, we are reminded that while we may suffer here on earth, what we endure is nothing compared to the glory that awaits us in Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Victims 2 – 7

Recently, tragedy struck a local community college in Roseburg, Oregon.  A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded.  If victims said they were Christian, “then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.” We have all read the Bible, we all know that it tells us that we will be persecuted, but how far are you willing to go? Most likely, the first Christian victim was not aware of what was about to happen, but I am sure that victims 2-7 were. It strikes me that given the option to deny their faith, they chose to stand firm in their beliefs.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:10-11, “10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Faith requires sacrifice and with sacrifice comes blessing.  May each of those victims serve as reminders to us of what it means to stand firm in our faith. Our world is changing, views of Christianity are changing, but I pray that our faith never will.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

GI Joe

Do you know the story of GI Joe? Believe it or not, he wasn’t just a doll; he was an American hero. His name was Mitchell Paige.

Mr. Paige received the highest military honor awarded by the United States of America, for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands on October 26, 1942.

On Guadalcanal, the Marines struggled to complete an airfield (Henderson Field) that could threaten the Japanese route to Australia. Before long, relentless Japanese counterattacks had driven the supporting U.S. Navy from inshore waters. The Marines were on their own.

As Platoon Sgt. Mitchell Paige and his 33 riflemen set about carefully emplacing their four water-cooled .30-caliber Brownings on that hillside — manning their section of the thin khaki line that was expected to defend Henderson Field against the assault of the night of Oct. 25, 1942 — it’s unlikely anyone thought they were about to provide the definitive answer to that most desperate of questions: How many able-bodied U.S. Marines does it take to hold a hill against 2,000 armed and motivated attackers?

But by the time the night was over, “The 29th (Japanese) Infantry Regiment has lost 553 killed or missing and 479 wounded among its 2,554 men,” historian Lippman reports. “The 16th (Japanese) Regiment’s losses are uncounted, but the 164th’s burial parties handled 975 Japanese bodies. … The American estimate of 2,200 Japanese dead is probably too low.”

Among the 90 American dead and seriously wounded that night were all the men in Mitchell Paige’s platoon. Every one. As the night of endless attacks wore on, Paige moved up and down his line, pulling his dead and wounded comrades back into their foxholes and firing a few bursts from each of the four Brownings in turn, convincing the Japanese forces down the hill that the positions were still manned.

The citation for Paige’s Medal of Honor picks up the tale: “When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machine gun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire.”

In the end, Sgt. Paige picked up the last of the 40-pound, belt-fed Brownings and did something for which the weapon was never designed. Sgt. Paige walked down the hill toward the place where he could hear the last Japanese survivors rallying to move around his flank, the belt-fed gun cradled under his arm, firing as he went.

Coming up at dawn, battalion executive officer Major Odell M. Conoley was the first to discover how many able-bodied United States Marines it takes to hold a hill against two regiments of motivated, combat-hardened infantrymen who have never known defeat — one, Mitchell Paige (aka GI Joe).

The hill had held, because on the hill remained the minimum number of able-bodied United States Marines necessary to hold the position. And that’s where the unstoppable wave of Japanese conquest finally crested, broke, and began to recede. On an unnamed jungle ridge on an insignificant island no one ever heard of, called Guadalcanal.

The doll GI Joe was created in honor of Mitchell Paige because of his heroics that night. How does this relate to us? How many Christians does it take to change the world?  One, if you are willing to stand firm and fight, just like GI Joe.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

There are Many Ways to Die

I read today in Bloomburg Business that “There are 70,000 ways to get sick, hurt or mortally injured,” Wow! I did not realize that there are soooo many ways to get hurt or die. I find it more amazing that they could actually identify all of the possible ways. I am sure that there are actually more ways than that, but where would you stop? I find that rather than focus on all of the ways that we can die or get sick, I prefer to focus on the 1 way that we can live.

In John 10:10 Jesus says, “10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

We must remember that it does not matter how many ways we can die, or how we will ultimately die. What matters most to us is we focus on the 1 way that we can live. Jesus, and only Jesus gives us life. A life that ultimately wins over the 70,000 + ways that we can get sick or die.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Are You Listening?

Driving in my car today, I noticed that I was having trouble getting reception from my radio. You see, I was in an area that I normally do not get good reception. Once I got back into a location that had better reception, the radio came in loud and clear. Have you ever had that happen to you spiritually?

In John 10:27 Jesus said, “27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Yes, Jesus says that we can hear His voice, but we must always remember that we need to be in a “location” where we can get good reception. If you are not hearing the Lord right now, check your location. Are you in a place where you can hear the Lord? If not, moved to a place where you can get better reception.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Paid In Full

I recently received a bill for a doctor’s visit and I was shocked at how much it was for. Even though I used to work in the health care industry, and I am familiar with the cost of treatment, I was still surprised at the price. I contacted the doctor’s office and it was all cleared up. You see, since I only pay a small co-payment, not the full bill, I sometimes forget to appreciate how much doctor visits really cost. I think that the same can be said for our salvation.

In Isaiah 53:5 it states, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

Just like with my medical bill, when it comes to our spiritual “bill” we sometimes forget that although the Lord does ask us to pay a “spiritual co-payment”, we forget that Jesus paid the bill in full. My prayer for all of us today is that we will remember the payment that Jesus paid so that we could receive salvation. Remember, we are free because Jesus has already paid the cost.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Take the Word of God with You

One of our dogs, Oreo, loves chew bones that you buy at the pet store. When we give her one, she will carry it all over the house. She never chews it, just takes it with her wherever she goes. We have learned, however, that we cannot let her take them outside because she buries them. I honestly didn’t think dogs really did that, but apparently they do. As I was watching Oreo carry her bone all over the house this morning, the Lord spoke to me that we all need to be more like Oreo.

We read in Ephesians 6:17, “17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” That’s right, we need to take the Word of God wherever we go.

Dogs love bones, Christians should love the Word of God. Like Oreo, we are called to take the Word of God with us everywhere we go, at all times, both inside and outside of our homes. And, just like Oreo, we must plant God’s Word in the fields as He calls us. No, Oreo’s buried bones will never grow, but we can trust that the planted Word of God will always grow.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!