Thoughts and Musings

23
May

Retreat, evil! Advance, Christ!

Morning Moment of Power –

What about YOUR pain?

This morning I stopped in prayer for the tens of thousands we reach each week in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma and Northern Mexico and Central Oklahoma.  Many faces and names come to mind. Specific situations come to mind.

One is delivered instantly from a foreboding fear of death so evil it would wake him in the morning.  Another family is allowed to celebrate a big event that the normal evil wanted to stop. A woman crippled is given back her mobility with zero pain in an instant in prayer.  Children come home from foster care to a renewed family being built in faith not fear. Crime in our community went down 17% in the last year. 85% of those in community supervisor (probation) are completing their time against a national standard of 40%.  The daily miracles of life abundant are too numerous to list.

We sit in the shadow of the world’s largest casino where drugs, alcohol, violence, and human trafficking abound through the area and our community stares back and says, “Not here! Go away.”

It is not an easy road. TV preacher says, “Quit walking across the desert to serve those who won’t cross the street for you.” I am proud to serve Christ not Machivelli and grateful He crossed the expanse of eternity to serve me while I as yet broken, ungrateful, and self seeking. 

It is not a  easy road.  Some can only give a smile in return for great sacrifice. His grace is sufficient.

What about YOUR pain?

It is fine to read about someone else receiving a job after a drought of months of no paying work.  It is nice to take joy when a disease leaves someone else. What about me, Lord?

I simplified these verses and turned them into a declaration.  All the promises of God are YES in Christ.  When I walk in my new creation position in Him, I can see.  I can receive. Of course, I need to receive that new creation where old is past and all is new. I need to walk in Him and His grace not in myself.

Will you declare freedom in forgiveness?
Will you walk away from pain and embrace relief?

The decision can be hard. We love our pain. It gives us something to talk about.  We like sympathy it causes from others.  I like the power of freedom and the taste of strength and the satisfaction of evil running like a frightened dog.  I like the comfort of peace and security. I like the stability of Godliness and being surrounded by understanding love.  Those await all on the other side of pain and in the middle of the fight with pain.  When I accept my new position in Him, evil and pain begins a retreat into the invisible and ineffective. It may take a few days or months to get where you need to go.  It may be a bigger struggle than sitting down and living in pain. But, the walk becomes more peaceful and pain free every step I take toward Him and away from the normal evil of this world.

15
May

Opportunity from Disaster

Every disaster has potential opportunity.  These three wise women took action based on faith in God and faith in the future.

Consider their stories. Take time to open your Bible and read the story that surrounds each. Meditate on their actions.  I’ll post commentary and exposition through the week.
 Eve believed in life and men called on God.
Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord .Genesis 4:26

Naomi exampled faith and the heritage of Christ was set.
 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 NIV

Abigail overcame evil with good and a kingdom grew strong in God.
His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite. 1 Samuel 25:3 

04
May
17
Apr

the mosaic

  • wisdom and wellbeing
  • spirit.soul.body.mind.emotions
  • relationships and family

JOIN – be covered.be loved

16
Apr

Walk Through : the Power of Resurrection

In His pursuit of serving, Jesus found many opportunities to “walk through” the resistance of the crowd and His personal desire.  What about you? Engage with His power of resurrection life.

14
Apr

In thanks to God

Maybe, you’ve been receiving for some time now through online teachings and devotions.  The Morning Moment is an outreach of Hope Connection Church. Take time to give back in offering of thanks for what you have received and in support that others might receive.  As many people on the Morning Moment are seeking Christ as those that have already found Him.

Luke 21:1-4J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS) 21 1-4 Then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping their gifts into the treasury, and he noticed a poor widow drop in two coppers, and he commented, “I assure you that this poor widow put in more than all of them, for they have all put in what they can easily spare, but she in her poverty has given away her whole living.”
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14
Apr

Fit For Service

Morning Moment 4 Lent
You are Loved – Made Fit
The powerful truth of the Cross on this Good Friday is forgiveness. All the mistaken living and imperfect obedience of our life is forgiven when we accept. Yes, we must accept and commit our lives to Christ to enter into that forgiveness.
Some believe that because of the Cross all will enter into heaven.. What a horrible surprise, when they die, meet Christ and He says, “I never knew you. You did not enter into the family.”
Don’t be surprised. Don’t let your friends and family be surprised by an eternity of punishment and separation. Share this note today on a great Good Friday.
I’d love to hear today that you entered into the family in solid faith.
When a person genuinely confesses and repents that we are not able to live up to the perfect love of God, I make mistakes, I deserve the punishment.
When a person hands over their life to Christ and asks Him to come in and live in me and guide me and be my Lord.


In sold out faith I step into the family of God and accept that now through Christ’s death I am offered forgiveness, through His resurrection, I am offered life eternal and that I am now in His family and He is my Lord and Master and God is my Father forever.

This is a transaction of giving up my broken life and taking on His perfect life. I am no longer in charge. He is in charge of my life. He makes me fit for living and brings joy unspeakable.

1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

10
Apr

the team

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People You Should Meet

06
Apr

Conforming to Christ

biblethoughtproblemanalyzer

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Our challenge is to conform our thoughts to the path of the Lord.

This tool, used on a regular basis will engage and enable the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Bible to see that happen.

You may get stuck when identifying an appropriate scripture to help you progress.

Email me and I’ll help.  phil@hclive.org

26
Mar

Faithful in Fear

Christ is faithful even when we think ourselves faithless. Fear and failure, friend, are faithful teachers of exemplary courage. ;-{)

This morning as I remember you in prayer, I think of the face of a friend recently when I asked how I could pray for them. Shock responded. Their face was incredulous that I would pray for them. “What me? I am living in horrible mistaken moments and imperfect obedience (my definition for sin). You would pray for me? God would listen to me and my mess?” It was written all over the face.

Too often we pray for our mistakes instead of praying for our success. Pray for success. Pray for standing on the mountain top instead of wallowing in the shadow of a weeping willow.

Elijah was a man of like passions to us. I love the stories of Elijah. One of the greatest miracle workers of all history found himself at the footstool of fear and failure.

1 Kings 19: 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

The story goes on and he finds his footing again in faith and courage and goes on to serve for many more years in power and success.

Let’s Pray: Father, sometimes we find ourselves standing on the rickety footstool of failure and fear. But we don’t live there. That is not our home. Our strength and courage lie in faith and faithfulness. You are faithful. You are full of strength and courage. Let us embrace that and move to higher ground.