I was privileged to know Jacob and his family for a little while when they lived here in our city. I remember the very beginning of Jacob’s call and the beginning of the ministry to which the Lord called him. It is amazing to me to see what God has done. What God has done in Jacob’s life comes as a great challenge to my heart and I pray a blessing to the followers of my blog.
This is the first of several messages shared by Jacob Pursely. His call is to Turkey however the message he shares about reaching Muslim people with the love of Christ is immensely needed here in the West.
Soon the last colors around here will be the blue of the sky and the gray of the bare trees. But today I had to stop the car and run out into a field to capture this bit of blue and green with just a few dabs of the creator’s paintbrush left on our mountains.
Ahead lie months of slush covered roads, gray snow clouds and chilly winds. As if to say, we will be back in full leaf and beautiful again next season, the trees wave good-bye. Maybe King David was feeling down and a little sorry for himself on the day he left us these words. But just as He was headed on that downward spiral of despair and depression he caught a vision of what praise was still to be! For I shall again praise Him!
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God Psalm 42:11 ESV
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Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. Psalm 19:2
In the storms my God shouts with a loud thunderclap
While on my windows He whispers with the gentle rain’s tap
In my mornings He speaks like the sweet robin’s song
And He calls me to action with the breaking of dawn
With each day my God gives another sermon begins
When I listen I remember He’s forgiven my sins
Then at noonday He pauses and calls me to rest
Because there’s work to be done before His sunsets
When we are bruised and feel s like our candle of faith is flickering our Savior has promised His gentle renewal as we trust in Him!
A bruised Reed He will not break and a smoldering wick He will not quench until He brings forth justice to victory. Matthew 12:20
Just last week another house in our neighborhood was condemned and demolished. The house had the unfortunate problem of being too close to a storm sewer project gone awry. All the digging, rock breaking and steam rolling weakened it’s foundation. Once decided on the removal of 60 years of family dinners, children playing, and Christmas celebrations took just a few days.
Around us every day are people just like that little home. Their biggest dreams and most careful plans are often undermined by someone else’s important project. Happy memories fade in the face of dark reality. They teeter just at the edge of life’s cliff. But the King who came to heal wounds and shine in darkness has put us right next to them. He has…
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Since it’s composition as a poem by Carl Boberg in Sweden more than a century ago this beloved hymn has passed through several renditions, translations and editors. Our most popular English version was translated and added to by Stuart Hine in 1949. This single song is likely sung by more churches around the world in more languages than any other hymn. Have a blessed Lord’s day1