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Monthly Archives: May 2008

This book was God-sent for such a time as this both personally and professionally.  I see God’s hand in my life and in this world.  I pray He would continue to MOVE in our hearts and lives.  May we make our hearts His home as we rest in surrender in His arms of love.  

 

Thank you, Dr. Carson, for truly “…loving your fellow man, caring for your neighbor, and living a life of service by developing your God-given talents to the point that you become invaluable to the people around you.”  You are His instrument and I enjoyed reading the book.  He used it to feed and encourage me and I sincerely pray that He would use it to impact people’s lives worldwide. He has blessed us with brains and as you have shared with us, I pray we would use it wisely and effectively. 

 

Folks, this is a must read!! It is edifying and at the same time, there is a sense of true fellowship as we hold fast our confession per Hebrews 10:19-25.  Even though we may not know where we are going, God is good…I pray we would take each step by faith and not by sight in obedience (Hebrews 11:8).  I am encouraged reading this book–both personally and professionally–and pray, Lord willing, you will be too!

 

Excerpt from page 233:  “Dostoevsky was right.  Without faith and values by which to weigh the answers of our B/WAs, there is no way to conduct a valid or meaningful risk analysis.  For if there is no right or wrong, there can be no best or worst.  That’s a risk none of us should be willing to take.”

 

Thank you and God bless.

Hi! I love how the Lord works and I cannot stress how crucial it is for us to begin ALL that we do, think, say, etc with Him leading.  As I headed to the library to work on my class assignment submissions that are due tonight by 10pm, I did not know how to tackle the discourse but knew better to rely on Him to carry me through as always–through rain or shine–and He did! I pray His word will not return void as I am ever thankful to Him for placing me at a school that gives people opportunity to touch base with our spiritual side of living.  Although I posted this for my Religion and ethics course, I am a taking a step of faith to post because His Spirit bears witness with mine (Romans 8:16)…May God continue to go before you:

A faith-based influence on ethical decision-making is dependent on individual.  I perceive my faith have aided me in streamlining my decisions and do understand that everyone’s belief system may defer even within similar classification or strata.  Thus, consensus matters and there are times to be cautious because I cannot tell people to drink or not to drink and drive for example or even the controversial issue of to abort or not to abort, or the probable need for blood during surgery, but there is a limit in which I am not willing to compromise when it comes down to defaming the One I belief in and I will briefly illustrate my faith-based influences and how it is helping me in my environment.  You see, with each day and shall I even note, moment, I am realizing that the more biblical or other forms of knowledge I acquire, the less I know and the more questions I have.  I am going to be blatant that I am under construction and do not know/understand all. 

 

I thank God, the God of the Bible for who I am today and the continuous transformation into His poiema (Ephesians 2:10).  This is not meant to make me self righteous or anything of that nature because I am aware and confess (Romans 10:9) that I fall short (Romans 3:23) and realize that by His strips, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).  However no matter how imperfect (Romans 3:10) I am, He has saved me by His grace (Ephesians 2:8 ) through love (Romans 5:8), has made me into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and have promised (and yes, He keeps His promises—2 Peter 3:9) me eternal life (Romans 6:23), called me His friend (John 15:15).  I thank God for the gift of salvation for my reason for living is not dependent on what I do, but on the priceless act He has demonstrated on my behalf.  He could have condemned me for my sins but chose otherwise—rather, He reached out to me and all (Romans 8, Romans 10:13). 

 

Just as He did not force Himself into my life, neither will I impose my faith (Hebrews 11) on anyone whether at home, workplace or public at large.  However, having offered my life to Him, putting Him first (Matthew 6:33) in deed not only in words is my desire.  Therefore, He is my life and not part of my life.  I do realize earth is diverse and beliefs are heterogeneous.  (Romans 12:9-13)I will respect, love and serve wherever I am led, but pray not to compromise the sole purpose of why I do what I do on momentarily basis because it is so very easy to give up when life is difficult, and confusing when not standing on a firm foundation.  As I mature chronologically and spiritually, I pray to remain steadfast not befuddled by all the discourses that surround me. 

 

Everyone have their opinion, thus I choose to rest on the ultimate vista by not being ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16) but being set apart by the way I live (Romans 1:32) by His strength (Philippians 4:13).  Again, if Jesus does not force people to Himself but gives invitation and anyone is more than welcome to RSVP, who am I to shove scriptures down people’s throats? This may sound outlandish but it is real, when in love we talk about the one we love and hope to stay in love.  Similarly, I am in love with God and hence desire to share Him.  I understand that I have to be sensitive because say if I keep blabbing about the man or in this case Man I love, and no one wants to listen, I pray to apply wisdom and not fill your ears or page with information on my love life—do keep in mind though for His word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).  Yet, we have the option to listen or walk away.  I share because He is my life and my heart is His home—that is my choice—I understand yours may differ not only in Public Health arena but overall.

 

To God be the glory for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in and through His children!!! You see, I was not sure what yesterday would hold, but thankful God was in control as always.  Not only did I spend time alone with Him, touched based with some friends, but I was also blessed with meeting Jimmy, worshiping with him, and attending to his table. 

 

I was first introduced to his songs last year during Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s School of Worship Pure Worship Conference.  It was a true blessing and from then on I have been enjoying the songs that our Lord has freely given him.  Not only do I get to listen to it on the internet, I also get to enjoy it during commute and practically anytime, wherever! I praise God for his humble soul and a heart of worship. 

 

Jimmy, thank you for your heart of service to our God and King, and I pray He will ever lead you to His throne room of grace as you persist in worshiping Him with all your heart, soul and strength—in Spirit and in Truth!

 

In His precious name, amen.

 

PS:  Please visit http://brodyharper.com/ for more post and post one too! God bless!!!

 

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“You Are There”

 

When I don’t have the words to say
You are, You are there
When I don’t have the faith to believe
You are, You are thereYou’re my hope for tomorrow, the peace for today
You’re the joy in my sorrow, the truth and the way
On this long road I’ve traveled there’s one thing I could say
You are, You are there

When I can’t see the First from the Last
You are, You are there
When my heart is broken and weak
You are, You are there

When I choose to get down on my knees
You will still be there

 

 

 

Since I have to head back to work in addition to the fact that He cannot be contained with words, this will be very succinct.  I would like to thank God for loving me even while a sinner—a filthy rag.  He promises and keeps.  In fact, no one is like my God.  I am in love with Him and keep falling more in love with Him.  I thank God for every journey in life no matter the circumstance because He knows best.  He always assures us that He is near—that He will never leave nor forsake us.  Praise God for being our Jehovah Nissi—my/our everything!! I thank Him for because He lives, I can indeed face tomorrow.  Lord, may your name be glorified as You lead people to Yourself to behold Your beauty and enquire in Your temple.  In Jesus’ name, amen!!!

I do want to thank God for leading me to Brody and Kristin’s sites.  It has been a blessing getting to know them via cyberworld.  I do pray to someday see them if not here on earth, in heaven when the time comes, Lord willing.  You two are awesome couple and I love you guys.  It is as if I have known you for ages.  You have become another family member!  You are blessed to have each other and God has blessed you with three heritages.  When you hurt or celebrate I do too.  I love your creativity and you never cease to put a smile on my face.  Thanks friends for remaining available to be used by God for He has certainly used you and keeps doing so worldwide.  I pray God will continue to bless, guide and use you beyond your imagination.  May His face continue to shine upon you as He persist in strengthening your love for Him and one another (Proverbs 16: 3, 9)…

Rick Goad is a man after God’s own heart.  I was blessed by God with his CD at church on 28Apr2008 (Monday).  I picked the CD up from the foyer prior to serving but after prayer.  Due to the busyness of life, I was not able to listen to the CD until Wednesday of that week on my way to work and boy I was glad I did! The spirit moved and it was a great worship time as I sang out loud to our King.  I was later led with passion to share the good news through the CD.  So, I attended Wednesday night service and then picked up nine CDs.  Mind you, by the end of next day, they were gone and I believe He used me to give it to just the nine that needed to hear that message at work, yes at work–praise God! 

 

I thank God for Rick and his wife.  Although he is no longer with us as he is now with our Daddy, I thank God for using his life and death to lead me & countless others to His throne room of grace.  Words cannot fully grasp my joy and gratefulness to God for divinely appointing the CD.  I praise God for using Rick to edify through his illness.  To God be the glory forevermore! God does build His monument for it is one thing to praise Him when all is well and another to exalt Him when facing trials and tribulations.

 

Please feel free to check out www.rickgoad.com.

 

Blessings in Christ and please check out brodyharper.com for more much needed positive posts!