In a world filled with “I want to be first” attitude, first in line at the church dinner, first to get out of church to get to the favorite restaurant, first to get to the T.V. remote, first to get tickets to a ball game, first to get out of the movie theater. First to get a bonus at work. First to get in the shower on Sunday when others have to take a shower. Don’t want to be the first to run out of hot water! You have to agree there are a lot of “I want to Be first in life.” As I think about being first, I think about the old hymn “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior, hear my humble cry, do not pass me by.” As I think about this song, I wonder, if Jesus is passing by, and I wonder, just wonder if he is trying to get our attention in America, in this fast paced, me first world. The Old Testament book of Amos 7 v. 8 says – And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. Part of Gods judgment on Israel in this passage, was going to allow them to step out, in there me first, and God second attitude. In my life, I don’t want to step out of Gods reach. May my heart be continually saying “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior.” Pass me not. I think about the woman with the blood issue. As Jesus was passing by she reached for the hymn of His garment, and Jesus said “Who touched me? Matthew 9 v 20-22 And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well. (NASB) The woman who had this problem, knew that she had to get Jesus’s attention because He was passing thru. As Jesus and His disciples were walking near the woman, she reached and touched, just a piece of his clothing , hoping that Jesus maybe, will notice my need. Jesus did just that, He turned to her and met her need of healing. America, Jesus is passing by, reach for His power for your life.
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior –
- Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
- chorus: Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry, While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
- Let me at Thy throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief.
- Trusting only in Thy merit, Would I seek Thy face; Heal my wounded, broken spirit, Save me by Thy grace.
- Thou the spring of all my comfort, More than life to me, Whom have I on earth beside Thee, Whom in Heav’n but Thee.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to “Launch out into the deep and let down your net for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus feet and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will fish for people. they pulled their boats up on the shore, and left everything and followed him. (Luke 5 v 1-11.)
Wow, the theme of this blog sounds like the title of a horror movie, or a suspense novel, but in fact it is just a title that we are familiar with. Often in our walk of life we are called on, to step out of our comfort zones to travel across deep, and at times, unchartered waters to get to a point in time. The narrative from scriptures, however, tell us that the deep waters where Jesus asked the disciples to go, are familiar waters, in fact waters where they worked all night at what they do best, fish. It’s just human nature, to say, been there, and done that, got season tickets. Peter was a rough cut, professional fisherman and a person that knew, the human chances were slim of catching anything from this spot in the water. Jesus had other plans. Jesus said “Launch out into the deep and cast your nets out for a catch ,” a place were Peter had been many times and came up with nothing. This time was different. Jesus is in the picture. Jesus is confronting the deep waters of empty chances. When you add Jesus to a hopeless situation, endless possibilities can happen. Don’t let the term “Launch out into the deep,” discourage you. It might be exactly were God wants you, where you can trust no one for the outcome but Jesus. God Bless You!!!
I was up early this morning, 6:15 a.m. made me a cup of coffee and stepped outside to a beautiful sunrise, with a bit of chill in the air. I couldn’t help but praise the Lord for the beauty of the morning, as the sun beamed thru the tree leaves in my back yard. I decided that it was the perfect morning to take a walk thru the neighborhood. I have made it a habit to take my “Gods promises for everyday” book along with me as I walk. If you see some guy walking and reading a book, it is me, and it is sometimes challenging to stay the course of the road as I read. LoL.. Man, the Lord really spoke to me this morning as I read Isaiah 9 v 6. The New Century Version says, “A child has been born to us, God has given a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father who lives Forever, Prince of Peace…” As I was walking, I thought about what I had read, it hit me. Jesus is responsible for leading his people. He is responsible for leading me! That is a profound statement. The God of the universe sent his Son to this planet and he is responsible for leading me! Of course there are some stipulations on my part to participate, in falling under his responsibility. I have to daily die to my selfish ways and submit to His authority. I have to be willing to follow Him no matter where He leads me. I have to be willing to listen to the Lord and faithfully do what He says. Other versions read the “government shall be on His shoulders,” still a powerful statement. I realize how important my walk is with the Lord. I pray that my lifestyle will be acceptable to Him, for He has given His life for me. His promises will never let go of me.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Murfreesboro Firefighters Association Prayer Breakfast is coming up on Wed. Sept. 11th 2013, starting at 8 a.m. at the Maple Street Grill 109 N. Maple Street (west side of the public square) here in Murfreesboro. We would love to see you at the breakfast this year. The morning starts with a terrific meal served to us by the friendly and professional staff of Stones River Grill. Their courteous staff have created a pleasant atmosphere for our event in the past. Following the fine breakfast will be voices from the hearts, as we mention Veterans who are family who have fought for our country, and we lift these names up during a moment of silence. A prayer will follow the names of our loved ones. Then our key note Speaker.
I have asked Chaplain Ernest Brockman to come and speak to us this year. Chaplain Brockman is no stranger to our event, he spoke several years ago at our breakfast, and humbly accepted our invitation this year. A short Bio, Chaplain Brockman was born Spt. 2, 1941 in Corry PA. graduated from High School and joined the U.S. Army in 1959. While in the military Chaplain Brockman did numerous overseas tours including Germany, Vietnam nad a short stint in Honduras. During this time he married Martha J Sheckengost in 1966. The Brockmans have 3 grown children and 6 grandkids. After retirement from the army he earned a degree from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga in Biblical studies, and a Masters in Education from Samford University in Birmingham Alabama. The Brockmans currently reside in Clarksville Tn. where they have a ministry to the soldiers of Fort Campbell since 2007, and Ernest is the Chaplain of the Clarksville Fire Rescue Department. Chaplain Brockman is the current President of the Tennessee federation of Fire Chaplains.
After the message from Chaplain Brockman, We will exit the restaurant and walk as a group to the Firefighter Memorial on the West side of the Court House. There will be a wreath ceremony at the Firefighter Memorial, by those who wish to attend.
Serving those who serve,
Lee Douglas Chaplain MFFA 3035.