A Year in Review
Hello for those of you who visit the website. It’s been a while and I thank you for your reading these posts. Although Thoughts & Prayer is a part of my ministry, it is also very therapeutic for me. Writing has always been a form of exhaling, a tension reliever, a door opening, or closing, just plain exhaling … letting go of those things that appear to want hang on.
Thoughts & Prayer, this website, is a gift. A good and precious gift I have neglected. I have not written in T&P for some time. Why, I honestly do not know – maybe laziness, being non-committal, unfocused, distracted, not caring, lack of confidence in my calling, probably a little of all those things. The Holy Spirit is indeed my pen and these days I wonder if he has abandoned me; if he has forsaken me, but then I am reminded that it is not he who has pushed me aside, but I who have pushed him aside. I have neglected my gift, but with this year going out I pray I discipline myself to do, and to write, and to be led as before. One of the Pastors (Omar Thibeaux) whose sermons I study, once said that when he first began ministering on the campus curbs of LSU, someone advised him, “Do your ministry even if you don’t feel like it….” That was good advice.
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The New Year is around the corner and I usually take this time to reflect upon the events of the past year: to ponder how, once again, God was good, and as in years past, He did not disappoint. This year for me saw protection (God’s hand upon my life), good health, abundance, answered prayers, some struggles, spiritual growth, and guidance: yep, God is faithful; He is truly good. Philippians 3:13 comes to mind: “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” 2017 is nearing its end and I am, prayerfully, looking forward to a most wonderful, most rewarding, most joyful and adventure filled new year!
My sister and I recently discussed her pastor’s Christmas day sermon; it was not about Christmas, or the birth of Christ, nor about gifts or anything like that: it was about death. Pastor Banning of Braeswood Assembly’s prayer is that God take him peacefully in his sleep. And driving to work today, Chuck Swindoll’s sermon on 105.7 KHCB radio was again not about the joys of Christmas, but of death, specifically, where we go when we die. Continue reading →
John 3:17 reads “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Bible is really something when you stop and think about it. Our foundation of faith is based upon the words of this book: One either believe its truth, or not. Ponder this profound truth: God sent his Son to save the world, not to condemn it, but to save it: to save us.
When you think about faith, salvation; Jesus coming from a virgin birth, living for some 30+ years, hanging on a cross, dying a brutal death – it is all mind boggling to say the least; but, for those of us who believe, it happened, and in this season we celebrate the birth of Christ: He who was sent. Continue reading →
Today it’s raining in Houston. Actually, an amazing storm is travelling into our area. All the elements that make a storm so wonderful to watch, hear and marvel about is happening just outside my high-rise office window. Time and time again, I have said a good storm is such a peaceful occurrence for me. The only drawback about being at work is that I can’t fully appreciate all that this good storm has to offer, but from where I office (with an almost panoramic view of half the city), I am afforded another opportunity: I can see the storm coming in on one side and watch as it wraps itself around the building. As I peer through the windows and watch the storm coming my way (looking for any signs of a tornado) the views across the Galleria are breathtaking, and I am again reminded of what an awesome God we serve: One who can change, in a matter of moments, blue skies to black; a serene sky into a thunderous, rebellious landscape armed with dead bolts of lightning striking in dazzling arrays of silver, blue and green, and in a flash, dry land to overflowing tributaries! And the rain, what a sound as it forcibly strikes and pelts the building. What an awesome vision: a storm rolling in. Continue reading →
It has been awhile since I have been on the website. I could say I have been busy, but in all honesty, I have been doing more of nothing than busy doing more of something of value. Often I take time to reflect (and am rarely not amazed) at the things God has put before me; how often He has answered my prayers; how He has supported me and lifted me; how He has truly never forsaken me even in the roughest of times. In these reflective moments, I really feel badly about this precious gift He has given me (thoughtsandprayer.com) because I do not ‘shepherd’ it as I should. It is indeed one of His many, many good and perfect gifts to me.
We all have before us sheep to shepherd. We may not be fully aware of it, but if you have discernment and your relationship with God, and His word, is really good then you become conscious of the people God has put before you, along your path … your sheep. Just like a pastor, or mom, or dad, these folk are put upon your path to help them, to guide them, to instruct them in the way of the Word. Now keep in mind this is not some frivolous task because Scripture clearly says in James 3.1 that those of us who are given these sheep to shepherd are held to a higher standard, a greater accountability. I believe this is so because we are spreading the gospel of Christ, the good news of the Bible and we must be sure of what it is we are spreading. That accountability is a little scary, but it keeps me focused knowing that when I reach those pearly gates, I will have to answer for everything that I have fed those who have been placed upon my path. Let this be a reminder for you: Be conscious of those whom you run across each day and be mindful of this: Nothing is by chance: Nothing is a coincidence. Your reading this T&P – not by chance. Continue reading →