“Teach us to number our days aright, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
“…your life is but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
Allow me to present a different perspective on a New Year’s resolution in line with the verse from Psalm 90 that Moses left us some 3500 years ago. Let us resolve to become more eternally minded and watch how some of the wearisome old habits that have plagued us physically, financially or relationally begin to fall in line or fade into oblivion. They begin to lose their power to make or break our day. Resolve to have a singleness of eye; to see yourself, others, your work, your resources, etc. through God’s eyes. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8. An earthly mindset blurs our vision and leads to worldly concerns.
The old song says it best, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” Resolve with me to spend some time in adoration of our Lord each day and let’s see if our self-discipline muscles take on some needed definition.
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
I am glad that God gave us a little glimpse into the heavenly mindset regarding the birth of our Savior: “good news of great joy!” Hardly another day at the office for these heavenly messengers. A little later in Luke we are given another snapshot of the heavenly mindset in 15:10, “…there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Heaven can barely contain its excitement over God’s plan being carried out.
Sometimes I wonder if the angels were perplexed at God’s selection of recipients for this announcement for the ages. A small band of shepherds taking turns watching their sheep out in the hills nearby probably raised some angelic eyebrows. But these angels were obedient and enthusiastic in their delivery and now it was up to the shepherds to respond appropriately.
And they did. First they found everything just as the angel had said and when they had seen Jesus they began to spread the word concerning what they had been told about this child, and others were in turn amazed at what the shepherds were saying. The joy was contagious and the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God. If the joy of the incarnation has been largely absent from your attitude this season ask the Lord to restore the joy of your salvation so that you may overflow with joy and hope. Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy…”
I am a musician. Music is constantly running around in my head. Hymns, show tunes, current pop songs, old pop songs, current church songs. My mom used to say, “There is a song for everything”, meaning you can come up with a song lyric for any situation or conversation for which you are involved. If you know me well, you know that I often burst into song in the middle of a conversation! Sometimes for a laugh, sometimes for a reminder of Who Christ is through the rich, Christ-centered lyrics of an old hymn.
Our lives are like a song, and songs generally have a theme. Love, pain, joy, a story, bitterness, discontentment, relationships, happiness, and, of course, country songs that list them all! What is the theme of your life song?
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
“raised with Christ”, so it is imperative that you “set your hearts on things above”, not on what this world is daily flinging at you. Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
What kind of song are you? One of despair, hopelessness, loneliness? If you are without Christ, you can find the perfect love song to sing by accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation for your weary, sad heart. Come to Him, and your song will change to one of ultimate Love, and you will find yourself bursting out into song about the One who saved you…
With what shall I come before the Lord…? … Shall I offer my firstborn…? He has shown you O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you… to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:6-8
“To act justly”. How would this play out in everyday life? To be right and fair, to live honorably, to keep your word even when it hurts. To speak
“To love mercy”. James 2:13 tells us that, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” Judgment will come at the proper time, but it is not ours to dole out in this life. Jesus did not come into this world to judge it and neither should we. The problem with extending mercy to someone is that it is so undeserved. That is what makes it mercy. It is a fragrant offering to him when we forgive someone who has sinned against us. But it is an offering of sour milk when we lock our offender in a prison of unforgiveness and do what we can to make their hell begin now. We will love mercy as long as we don’t lose sight of what it is that we truly deserve.
“To walk humbly with your God.” Jesus did this so well. He laid down his life and found true blessedness in being nothing in order that God might be everything. He modeled the empty vessel in which God dwelt and manifested his power and goodness. How pleased God would be if we were to embrace humility and take the place of entire dependence on Him. As a stocking stuffer this year could you be so bold as to ask him where pride still resides in you and ask him to extract those lumps of coal? If virtues were jewels, humility would be the diamond.
“Christ in you”
Mary literally had Christ in her. Mary was the chosen vessel to bring our Lord into the world and countless millions were blessed by her willingness to surrender herself as a ‘bondservant of the Lord’. Gabriel had said, ‘you will be overshadowed by the Holy One’ and was she ever. It was not at all about Mary, it was all about Jesus. But the favor of the Lord was upon her and she knew it.
Our experience may mirror Mary’s in many ways. As we receive the Lord, saying, “behold the bondservant of the Lord, be it done to me as you have said”, we too will be overshadowed by the Holy One. He will increase and we will decrease. At least that is how it is supposed to work. In our heart of hearts we would like to increase while he increases as well. As a result everyone loses. You lose, the purposes of God are detoured, and those nearest you go largely unblessed by you. It doesn’t have to be this way.
I am so glad Mary submitted to being overshadowed by the Lord. Hers was not an easy road and ours won’t be either, but follow her example and whose to say how many will be blessed through us.
What about you and me? Has the hope that you will see, “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. And 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
A verbal expression of gratitude is necessary and nice. It is polite and perfunctory. But see to it that it springs from a life that is saying “Thank You, Lord” by its actions.
My suggested remedy is…..stop being so loopy. I am sorry that sounds simplistic, but it’s a proven remedy. Pride, ego, self-exaltation along with pet peeves and pettiness make us too loopy. If the loose hair can’t find a loop to hook onto, then you will leave as you came in….free. Like water on a duck’s back, the irritating behavior or cold comment rolls right off. You take care of your internal world and you will find that your external world has little or no power over you. “If the Son sets you free you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
“Brothers, in whatever condition each was called there let him remain with God.” 1 Corinthians 7:24
To stay in frustrating circumstances or to leave? That is the question. Neighborhoods, employment, relationships, how do we know when to leave and went to put roots down? The first thing we need to consider as we ponder these life changing decisions, is it my decision to make? 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 says “You are not your own, you have been bought with a price”. It may be time to leave and it may be time to stay, but as a child of God can you at least slow down long enough to remember who you belong to?
Could it be that the place and the process God is taking us to and through to be more closely identified with his purposes on earth will require this patient endurance? I certainly believe so. Jesus felt it in Luke 9:41, “How long shall I put up with you?”
In working for the Lord, rather than the company, I become the best employee that company may have. And may I add, that most of the professing of Christ will happen with actions rather than words. Your response or lack of response will model Christ far more than what you preach. As has often been said, most people would rather see a sermon than hear one. But I would add to that, people would rather see a sermon before they hear one. Be ready to speak, but make sure that your actions are supporting what you are saying.
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” -Isaiah 42:16
“When I am weak, then I am strong,” 2 Corinthians 12:10 tells us. It has taken me more than 30 years as a believer to finally begin to grasp what Paul was saying here. I – and I assume most of you – have come to the conclusion that when you are weak, uh you are weak. Most of us prefer to work out of our strengths and we allow those who are strong in the areas that we are weak to handle those areas. It makes perfect sense.
I recently overheard a former Wycliffe missionary share how the missionaries sent into the bush would often carry a small hand generator with them in case they were bitten by a venomous snake. In the event they were bitten they would immediately jolt the area the venom entered and the positive charge of electricity would (supposedly) neutralize the poison. Hmmmmmm.
In the classic movie ‘Moby Dick’ there is a scene where the whale surfaces and a flurry of activity ensues as the men scramble in the excitement of the moment. All except for the harpoonist who sits patiently awaiting his moment to fire the harpoon that is in place and ready to be launched. This picture of the harpoonist is the most desired and quite possibly the most effective position for the Christian to have. Andrew Murray calls it “perfect passivity with the highest activity.” It is the picture of a believer who understands that he is caught up in the purposes of God and he stands ready at any moment, as he moves about his day, to model Christ with words or with actions.
The 18th Century preacher, John Wesley, used to preach with such fervency that some would come to his meetings “just to watch him burn.” Some of course would catch fire themselves, but others were satisfied with the ‘second hand smoke’ of his messages and they developed a habit of feeding off his zeal rather than drawing closer to the flame themselves.
In John 4, the woman at the well had a one-on-one encounter with Jesus that lit a fire in her. In her zeal, she ran off to tell the townspeople who, after hearing Jesus, declared, “We no longer believe because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know.…”
As enjoyable as it is to sit under anointed teaching and be warmed by the flame that the Lord has lit in another, we must guard ourselves from being completely satisfied with that. The strongest of terms could not emphasize enough how critical it is for a child of God to sit or kneel alone with the Father on a regular basis. If we were to do this I believe we would then have the teaching from the pulpit and the books we read to help refine the theology that the Lord is forming in us, and the fire in us would be fueled rather than just warming ourselves with another’s flame.
The God of all creation would like to have a one-on-one relationship with you where he speaks and you listen, and you speak and he listens. This is accomplished by a stillness of soul before God and his Word. John said of Jesus that “he would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” It is a fire that threatens to burn away all the meaningless things of your world and set you aflame with a zeal and fervency that your world needs to see in you.
Perhaps you can help me. I seem to have misplaced my list of those who have wronged me or disappointed me. You know, those who repaid my kindness with cruelty. Those who discharged their venom on me because I was an easy target. Those I poured myself into only to find out later that they leaked. Those who misunderstood me. Those who hated me without reason. Those who despised and rejected me. Those who assumed the worst of me. Those who were delighted when I was humbled. Maybe if I were to look at your list, my memory would be jogged and I could have fresh recall of these scoundrels?
On second thought, maybe it’s best that I don’t find this list and relive those moments. Jesus seemed to lose his list all the time. He would lose it by forgiving those who would have been on it. In Matthew 12:32, Jesus says, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven…” and in Luke 23:34 He says, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” as they were nailing him to the cross!
The art of losing this list must have something to do with forgiveness and I bet if we were to forgive as we have been forgiven we could lose our list as quickly as it resurfaces! Give it a whirl the next time you find your list.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Guard it from what? Being hurt?
I don’t think so. Love demands that we be vulnerable. We are to love God and love others made in the image of God.
I believe we are to guard our hearts from resentment and bitterness. It is impossible to live for Christ and not be wounded. So… what do you do with the wound? The wound came so that you could feel more closely that which God feels; to have a heart like his. The ache reminds us that we are not home yet. But if we don’t go to God with the ache then resentment and bitterness can grow in our heart and clog the flow of the life of the Son of God in you and me.
So guard your heart from a reaction of the flesh and respond in the Spirit with forgiveness, forbearance, patience, kindness, meekness and love. God will supply these if you are willing to let him.
Ponder this thought: It is impossible to go through life without being wounded. Whether the wounds are real or imagined, inflicted by those we love or those we dislike or by a complete stranger, it is a wound and it will leave a scar or a limp. Does time really heal these wounds? I don’t think it does. They scab over till someone or something reopens them.
What if we were to see our wounds as the opportunity to be more closely identified with Jesus? What if every wound he received during his 3 years of ministry, at the hand of those who were his own, was an opening for you and me who bear a matching wound? What were some of those wounds? To come into his own and have his own not receive him. To be misunderstood, hated without reason, falsely accused, humiliated, treated unjustly, despised, rejected, disowned, betrayed. He is our vine, we are his branches. We are to be disconnected from our old root system and grafted into the vine. In order to have a successful graft we must be cut to our life source. The closer the match of the wound on the vine with the wound on the branch, the better the life flow.
So…where do we go with the ache of an old or a recent wound? Jesus says, “Come to me…and you will find rest for your soul.” Isaiah 53:5 tells us, “By his wounds we are healed.”
Philippians 2:12 tells us “to continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” Think of yourself as a blob of dough (some of us already do), with an eyedropper of blue food coloring added. In order for the coloring to be worked into the ‘neglected’ parts of the dough, it must be stretched and kneaded till it has spread to every part of our being.
The Lord has been ordering your steps in order for his light to be worked into the dark areas of our being, but we have been resisting his will. Our knee-jerk reaction is to focus on the source of our trouble rather than on what our Father may be allowing the trouble for. He tells us to “endure hardship as discipline.” But nooooo, we insist on trusting our wits and walking on our own two feet, and the light he has placed in us settles somewhere around the little piggy that cried wee, wee, wee all the way home.
So the Lord turns our world upside-down, inviting us to once again take the dependent posture and get back to the business of working out what he has worked in. And it’s all because he loves us.
I asked the eleven and twelve-year-old kids in my class who had the most money on them. I had one boy with $5 on him, so I asked him if he would give me that money in exchange for what I had in my pocket without seeing what I had in there. He stood to lose $5 if I had nothing in my pocket and he stood to gain thirty times more had he taken me up on it.
Isn’t that a lot like what we are faced with in our walk with God?
Are you willing to give up the known and the familiar for the adventure He has set before you thathas the potential of taking you into unknown, unfamiliar, possibly uncomfortable, and maybe even unpopular scenarios where you will bear witness of him?
It’s the $5 exchange for 30, 50 or 100 times more if we will only trust him! Do we really believe him? Is every word of God flawless? Or is this a Lucy and Charlie Brown thing where she is going to pull the football away just before he kicks it and we end up flat on our back looking and feeling like a fool?
Because He is fully trustworthy, I’m willing to take that risk. Are you?
In Philippians 4:12, Paul writes, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” I am fairly certain that this was not a secret he intended to keep to himself, but judging by what is seen and heard amongst believers today we would be hard pressed to say it is common knowledge.
I believe Paul’s contentment and joy was found in entrusting his today and his tomorrow into the Father’s hand. Paul was content to let the Father plan his future, even if his plans were quite different from what Paul would have designed. Paul deferred to the Lord. Paul also trusted that he had what God wanted him to have and he didn’t have what God didn’t want him to have that day.
Could this be why he said, “I die daily” and, “I have died and my life is now hidden with Christ”? The old Paul would not have chosen this path. Could it be that your lack of contentment is due to the ‘old you’ still dictating your today and your tomorrow? Paul’s contentment was not based on what he did and didn’t have. His contentment was found in being putty in the Father’s hand; and so will yours.
How did you handle the last storm that shook you externally or internally? Did you say things you later had to apologize for? Did you lose it emotionally? Did you forget to whom you belong?
Look at the storms the Father brought Jesus through and how he responded. This calmness is available to you and me. It was during the last week of Jesus’ earthly life that he gave his peace away. John:14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give it to you as the world gives.”
This peace transcends our circumstances and may be a far greater testimony to those observing you in the storm than anything you could say. Jesus could calm the storm, but what if empowering you to remain calm in the storm is the greater miracle?
Judges 3:1-2 offers an often overlooked and misunderstood insight into the battles that come our way. Read it. Here is a glimpse, “…these are the nations that the Lord left…in order that the people of Israel might know war.” Here you and I are, not combative people but rather non-confrontational, just trying to go about our daily lives with as little conflict as possible and yet we encounter snipers cleverly disguised as co-workers, neighbors, family members, and sheep. “Why can’t I just be left alone?” we mutter. Well…..because the Father wants you to learn warfare. And how we fight this battle is critical if we are to move towards Christlikeness.
Oswald Chambers writes, “The reason the battle is not won is because I try to win it in the external world first.” Get alone with God. Ask him to show you how to walk throughout this conflict in order to obtain the goal of the conflict, which is hidden to you. We must learn to take the dependent posture before God and quit seeing ourselves as so capable. The first gate to being blessed is humility. Read Matthew 5:3. Pray, “I can’t do it Lord. Please show me the way. I am fearful of what I am capable of doing in this situation. Please place me on the path to victory.” He who guides us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake would love to honor the one who takes this stance.
So, before the battle can be fought in the seen realm, it must first be fought in the unseen realm. “My righteous one will live by faith, but if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him.” (Hebrews 10:38).
Fight this battle in faith and you will never be the same again.
How are you at living “today”? Are you reliving yesterday? Or are you living in tomorrow? Both of these are thieves stealing from today. Helmet Thelieke wrote; “We too are crucified between two thieves, regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” Have you forgotten how to live in the moment? I had forgotten how. Now I am amazed at what a difference it makes to say to the Lord over and over in a day, “I am yours, Lord. I surrender to Your will.”
He is my vine and I am his branch. Right now he is my life, my strength, and my peace. I lay down my agenda in favor of his; my impulsiveness, and my self-confidence. He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-discipline. The same spirit that supplied Jesus on earth lives in me and I stand ready at any moment to walk in the good works that he has prepared in advance for me to walk in. I don’t have to generate them, I simply walk in them. It is a walk of dependence, a walk of expectancy and a walk of worship. It is practicing the presence of God – and quite the adventure.
So….what are you doing today?
Are you continually aware that you are fighting a war? Every believer, at the moment of conversion, has entered into a lifelong battle with the dark side. And I’m not talking Star Wars. This is the reality in which we live, whether we are conscious of it or not.
The enemy’s job is to engage us in one of two extremes: either to make sure we remain oblivious to the reality of war in the spirit realm; or get us so focused on demons and their influence that we unwittingly become his pawn.
Paul makes this statement (above) in the context of spiritual warfare. The battleground is largely in our own mind. Satan is a liar from the beginning (John 8:44), and he is fully capable of planting thoughts in our head, often disguised as our own ‘inner’ voice. One of the ways in which we fight this war is to examine each thought and hold it up against the truth of Scripture. Does it pass the Philippians 4:8 test? “Finally brethren, whatever is true… honorable… right… pure… lovely… of good repute… excellent… worthy of praise… [let your mind] dwell on these things.” If not, reject it. Then replace it with Truth. Be familiar enough with His Word that you can refute the lie with Scripture as Jesus did when He faced the devil in the wilderness. That is your sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17).
When I have found myself in an on-going struggle with anxiety or stress, I can often trace it back to a lack of discipline in my thought life. I have allowed my mind to wander down the “what if” path rather than “frisking each thought at the door” of my mind,” as Kay Arthur puts it.
“Your heavenly Father knows what you need” ~ Matthew 6:32. The ones living resurrection life have learned this by letting go of “taking thought for their life” and have exchanged it for “seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness” ~ Matthew 6:33
Entering this rest does not mean you will never feel the burden of responsibility again. “Humility is the great secret of rest of soul because it does not presume to secure outcomes.” Willard. It simply means that the undercurrent of your life has been handed over to the One to Whom you now belong. Serving from a position of rest in Him means I am not trying to impress Him but to please Him with a childlike responsiveness to His Word.
What will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive (Titus 2:9-10)? I believe it is a contentment that rests confident in Whose I am today, in what I have today, in where I am today, and leaves where I will be tomorrow in his hands.
Let’s pray. “Lord, you are my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures, you restore my soul. Father I desire to operate more and more from a place of rest so that I can be more Christlike in my daily interactions, with the result that my lifestyle and my teaching will be attractive to those in my circle of influence. In Christ’s name.”
“Therefore let us be diligent to enter [God’s] rest, so that no one will fall, through following [Israel’s] example of disobedience.” ~ Hebrews 4:11
Had a conversation with someone the other day who is so busy he hasn’t had time to pick up a book I recommended to him a month ago on Sabbath rest. As we laughed about that, I realized I had slipped back into neglecting it myself – making time to just stop, reflect, listen. Ironically, a sign in my living room reads, “Serenity: Make time for quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud.”
Though that is an important aspect of rest, I believe the author of Hebrews is talking about more than just setting aside ‘down time.’ Instead of trusting in God, Israel set the example of disobedience by trusting in themselves. God desired that Israel understand that they could not live acceptably on their own, and He desires (and requires!) the same for us. The “rest” of God is learning to put our full weight down on His grace, His strength that enables us to do anything and everything each and every day.
Paul testifies that we “can do all things through Christ who gives [us] strength,” (Phil 4:13) and that the Lord Himself told him to rest in His grace and strength because it is sufficient for anything (II Cor. 12:9). His grace IS strength. It not only saves us but it is how we are to live, day by day, moment by moment.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He declared to the disciples, “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you (that is the Holy Spirit); but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Are you living as one who has indwelling power from on high? That is how true Sabbath rest comes.
Have you entered into His rest today?
Is Your God Too Safe?
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” ~ Matthew 10:29-31
The Life I Now Live in the Body
“We live by faith, not by sight.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7
“We are all ordinary people,” G. K. Chesterton said, “and it’s the extraordinary people who know it.” When ordinary people order their world according to the person of Christ and the Word of God, they begin to move toward the extraordinary. Most ordinary people order their world according to what they see, feel, and hear on a horizontal level. Those who are living resurrection life, do so less and less.
Coming to Christ as Lord and Savior is the starting line of faith, not the finish line. Since we are still here in a body, how then do we live this new life of faith? Answer: “Step by step.”
This life of faith is not to be viewed as optional for the follower of Jesus, as the Scripture says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) and “My righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him” (Hebrews 10:38).
So what are you facing right now that requires a faith response? Please pray with me, “Lord, only You can see where I am ordering my world according to what is seen and felt rather than the unseen realm where You dwell. Please grant me an eternal perspective on the landscape that is dominating my life for the purpose of moving me ever closer to a life of faith that pleases You. In Jesus’ name.”
Truth You Can Know
“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” ~ John 17:17
The other night my husband and I watched the movie “Interstellar.” It was your basic Hollywood apocalyptic fare, with pretty much the same doomsday plot of any number of movies of the last decade. But in between naps, I was struck with just how sad it was that we humans spend so much time coming up with these wildly convoluted theories as to what’s going to happen to the planet, to us as a race, and even how and why we love. (‘Love’ is impossible to explain away for those who call apes our ancestors.)
Aren’t you glad we have God’s Word to explain all of that for us? We can relax with no worries because we can know for certain what the future holds for this world and all mankind. And we can know how to love and why, because we can know the Source of all love: God Himself.
The Scriptures tell us that one of the biggest things to beware in these last days is religious deception (Matt. 24:4-5,24). In this information age we are bombarded with all kinds of opinions and false teaching, even from folks who appear on the surface to be harmless. Don’t be deceived. Know His Word.
In His Word, God our Creator has revealed Himself and given us everything we need to know in order to thrive in this life. It is absolute truth you can count on. It is truth you can know.
Have you spent time in His Word today?
No Longer Living for Myself
“…He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again…therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:15, 17
Pastor Wayne Barber tells an account of a couple who after reading 2 Corinthians 5 came to him concerned and confused. “We thought we came to Christ a few years ago but we realized after reading this verse (17) that there is nothing new about our life, we have just added Jesus to our old way of doing life.”
This resurrection life begins with surrendering your will in favor of His. Pray with me… “Lord, I am living too much of my life for myself, the old is not gone, the new has not come. Please take hold of my life in a new way and show me where to begin to live the life I now have in you, for you and for others. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Pastor Doug Higuera