Have you been in the gym lately? Well, I can’t say that i have, lately, in which i have good excuses, really i do? Now it seems like something important always steps in front of my intentions of going to the gym to work out, especially in the warmer months of the year. I am usually one of the many dedicated new years revolutionist headed there on January 2nd. of any year, and I’m lucky to make it past March. With that being said, I remember some years ago I had visited a gym that I use to exercise at, years prior, and as I was walking across the weight room area, I looked into the mirror, that same mirror, I looked at years ago and I saw a different person than I was accustomed to looking at from times past. I was a few pounds lighter, and a few wrinkles less in my face the last time I saw my reflection in these mirrors. Its funny I see the same person every day, as I look into the mirror at home, but looking into the mirror of a place that I haven’t seen in years produced a change.
Reflections, often remind me of what gets our attention. In the fire service we have turn out gear that has refection tape on our coat and pants. When we test fire hydrants we wear a reflector vest. The fire truck has reflector tape that corresponds with the paint on all four sides of the truck. These reflectors remind people that we are there. When its dark outside and lights shine on these reflectors, it reminds people that someone or some object is there.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world, a city set on a hill. Most city’s that are on a hill or mountain can be seen at night for many miles. We should be the same way. We should be reflecting the light of Jesus for everyone to see. When we read the Bible we should reflect what we have absorbed for others to see. We need more reflectors in the world today, not judges. When someone falls into sin or make a mistake, we often judge them by our standards. We to often should judge less and reflect more. More of Jesus.
Matthew 5 :13You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.…
Have a Great Week!!! Reflect Jesus!!!
Fellowship of Christian Firefighters inaugural fellowship –
You are invited to meet with us at Wilson Bank and Trust 3110 Memorial Boulevard (Osborne and Memorial) on Tuesday March 8th 2016 at 6 p.m. Wilson bank has a banquet room upstairs we will meet in. It will be a time of fellowship, devotion, and encouragement. Any questions call Clay Estes, Jammie Bigelow, Joe Bell, or Lee Douglas.
Thank you. Have a safe day.
Have you ever felt like your life didn’t matter to God? Maybe your life seems to be surrounded by activity that day by day is draining the life out of you. We often become a product of what drives us, and often we fall into a circus of events that holds us hostage with seemingly no way out. It doesn’t have to stay this way. God wants to deliver us.
God wanted to take the slaves in Egypt, and allow them to become a “Kingdom of Priest,” God told Moses that these slaves, out of all the Nations , would be My treasured possession…..Ex.19 v 5 & 6.
I’m glad God loves the people captured by circumstances out of their control. I’m glad God has a plan for the captured, caught, those calling for change, in a world that is a vacuum for their vulnerabilities…..God is awesome in power, and may we release His power today, by saying “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here today, you are welcome here in my house….Have your way with me, have your way with me today, have your way with me….Here is the keys to my house, Holy Spirit, here is they keys to my closets, my rooms Holy Spirit, here are my belongings, I’m giving them to you, have your way with me Holy Spirit…..We are, or have been, all slaves in the flesh, God is calling us to be His Holy Nation….to abandon the shackles of pride, and receive the humility of being His prized possession…
Have a great day!!!
Happy Thanksgiving! This is a day filled with grace and love as we meet with our families and share God’s goodness of this past year.
When I think of Thanksgiving I can’t help but think about grace. Grace was once spoken of as God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Grace is something that we have to take care of. We have to nurture grace the same as nurturing a little child. If we take care of grace, then in return, grace would take care of us in our hour of need.
Bitterness would love to steal the grace of God, which He has given to each one of us. Unwanted cirumstances that have happened to us, that we have no control over, often rear themselves into our lives, and can take root and turn us into bitter people.
On this day of thanks, lets conquer the bitterness of life’s hurts with Thanksgiving, and grace. If we nurture Thanksgiving and Grace because God has trusted us with it, this special gift, then it will take care of us in time of need.
I’m thankful for you,
Why do tragic things happen to good people. That is the age old question, that alot of people are asking. Another question, is why do good people have to suffer? There are a lot of theologians and teachers that try to tackle these questions with answers that are above my head. I think our response should be to these questions is, how can I respond to your situation, in a loving way? A response without using judgement toward someone, on why, but a response, on what can I do to make things better.
In the Bible, Old Testiment, book of Job, we see a good man that is overcome with tragedy that was out of his hands. Job lost his children, to a natural disaster, his home was destroyed, his cattle all killed, Jobs wife challenged Job to curse God and die, however Job remained faithful to God thru this terrible tragedy. Job’s three friends heard about the trouble and they came to sympathize and comfort job. When they saw Job, they hardly recognized him and they began to weep for their friend and for 7 days and 7 nights no one said a word to him because they saw how great his suffering was.
The power of presence is huge during a tragedy. Job’s three friends show tremendous kindness by just being present. At times, words just get in the way to the power of just being there for someone.
The MFRD Swiftwater team has responded to the floods in South Carolina. We’ve heard about a tremendous outpouring of support from people in South Carolina, because of their response. The question is never asked, nor shouldn’t be, why do you live in a flooded region? Our response is, How can I help, I am here for you….One of the task of the team was to perform welfare checks, by knocking on the door, to see if there is any need the team could meet. The team members knocked on doors, to do welfare checks. We heard about a person, that was overwhelmed, by their simple, act of kindness, to check on her well being. The resident emailed a thank you to our department for the response of the team. Over 100 people have responded with comments to their reponse….The power of presence is a tremendous comfort to someone on need…..
Be an encouraged encourager to someone this week….You will be blessed by your good deeds.
Pray for the MFRD Swiftwater Team this week. God bless you for responding.
You and your family are invited to the MFFA’s Annual, Prayer Breakfast Friday morning Sept. 11, 2015, at 8 a.m. The location will, again be, The Maple Street Grill at the downtown Square, in Murfreesboro Tn. Mike, and his staff have done an outstanding, service for our event, the past 5 years and I’m sure this year will be no exception. TPFFA President Eddie Mitchell will be our guest speaker, and will be sharing some of the laws the international has helped pass, involving firefighter safety. I will be offering a message on “Change in the Fire Service,” followed by prayer and a wreath ceremony. Thank you for all you do, I appreciate serving you a Chaplain.
See you there!
- FAITH – Believe that God Can!!!
- Jesus, Help me to give my life away to you everyday.
- We are so prone to “finish someone” by what they have done. We are finished with them because they hurt me. But God might be just beginning. Beginning with that person.
- Problems tend to cause me to trust Jesus, at the same time, I try to refocus on the “what If’s.” Its a struggle.
- God can get us alone and wrestle our stubbornness to the ground. Consider Jacob? Genesis 32 v. 24 – 30.
- Trust – He wants me to trust HIM beyond my temptations.
- God is attractive to my weakness.
- My flesh says “I can’t,” but God can.
- God uses the wilderness to get our attention.
- The people God blesses, the poor in spirit, the mourners, the pure, those who hunger for right living, the persecuted – Matthews Gospel – The beatitudes.
- To get to the presence of God, we must stoop to enter.
- The people Jesus attracted Sinners, prostitutes, demon possessed, tax collectors, zealots, the outcast of society.
- FAITH – Believe that God Can!!!
Thanks for letting me share my sticky notes with you. Be safe, and have a great evening!
Come and meet an American Hero, Saturday May 16th 2015 @ Unity Free Will Baptist Church @ 1901 Florence Rd. Mr. Edgar Harrell has graciously accepted my invitation to come and share his story with us this Saturday. Mr. Harrell has already booked over 150 events this year. He has a story that needs to be heard by our generation. I read his book last year, call “Out of the Depths,” and to be frank with you, I couldn’t put it down. He shared details of that horrific day when the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a Japanease submarine. I want to invite you and your family, especially your children, to be part of this special day. A love offering will be taken at the end of Mr. Harrells presentation to offset his cost. He has a team of people that travel with him, including a retired Lieutenant Colonel. I will see you on Saturday. Thank you and God Bless you.
“Out of the Depths”
Where can I go from Thy Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Thy hand will lead me,
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
OUT of the DEPTHS
Dedicated to my shipmates, the crew of the USS Indianapolis.
—Ed Harrell, USMC
On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis departed from San Francisco for the American B-29 base on Tinian island with a top-secret cargo that would ultimately put an end to World War II—components for the first operational atomic bombs. After a record run, covering 5,300 miles in only ten days, the Indianapolis successfully delivered her cargo on July 26, 1945, and was ordered to set a course from Guam to the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. Traveling unescorted, at fourteen minutes past midnight on July 30, 1945, she was hit by two Japanese torpedoes midway between Guam and Leyte, sending her to a watery grave in twelve minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, about 900 sailors and Marines entered the water. Due to a series of Navy debacles, no one knew of their plight. Five horrifying days later, 317 men who had survived the terror of shark attacks, hypothermia, severe dehydration and salt-water hallucinations, were accidentally spotted and rescued.
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time : 9:30 A.M.
Location : Unity Free Will Baptist Church 1901 Florence Rd.
Landmark: If you are leaving station 5, turn left on Florence Rd., after you cross the I-840 bridge, the church is on the right.
I’LL SEE YOU SATURDAY!! Have a blessed week.