Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Unchanging God in a Changing World

John 1:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Psalm 81:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
    to follow their own devices.

This last week was a difficult one for those follow Jesus and treasure His Word, yet still love this country.  The sight of the promise of God, a rainbow, illuminating this country's White House, praising the pride of man and not the glory of God, was unsettling to say the least.  We have been outrageously impudent before the God of all to redefine and relabel what He has created.  I just looked up another landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v Wade, and have learned that well over fifty million abortions have been performed in this country since that right was granted in 1973, a court ordered sanction of the taking of lives created by God.   Now we have marriage equality.  That's a nice phrase to describe our stubborn rebellion against a God ordained covenant, a picture of Christ's own love for his church.  We want what we want and God may let us have it. 

What have we done?  Have we set our own house on fire?  Is it so important to be on the right side of history that we endanger our eternity?

God doesn't change, and in that truth we can find our peace.  We can trust Him even though the winds may blow against us. 

Hold to God's Unchanging Hand - Lindell Cooley 

Not Lying There

Monday, June 29, 2015

Unstoppable God

Romans 8:37-39 New International Version (NIV)

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your Church
We need Your power
In us

We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt; the sick; the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause
We are Your church
We pray revive
This earth

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray

Unleash Your kingdom's power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope

On earth

Heal Our Land (Song For The National Day Of Prayer)

Yes, I Still Like Cows...

...and I'm also fond of cats.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great I Am - Jared Anderson (from the upcoming New Life Church recording)

Unspoken- Bury the Workmen (Acoustic Performance)

It's Sunday!

Colossians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

1 John 4:20 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen.

Matthew 7:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Mark 12:31New International Version (NIV)
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] There is no commandment greater than these.”

Be prepared.  Because we live in an age where tolerance is the most acceptable moral standard  and laws written by man override the laws of God: the time may not be favorable, but preaching the word of God is what we must do.  Still, love always.  I know the amazing grace that saved a wretch like me is also well able to save my fellow wretches. 

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Mighty God Is In Control

Isaiah 40:22-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 It is He who [a]sits above the [b]circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth [c]meaningless.
24 [d]Scarcely have they been planted,
[e]Scarcely have they been sown,
[f]Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join The Resistance

Because I've been thinking about the need to resist temptation, I uploaded a Julie Miller song today, "Don't Let the Devil Ride."  It was going to be that or the Blind Boys of Alabama song, "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You," also a good choice.  When the little boy who then lived in my house was misbehaving, I'd quietly ask him, "Are you sinning right now?"  For him that was usually all it took to move him in a right direction.  It's a question I need to ask myself; and, not just ask, but also answer.  The devil runs when we resist.  So let's let him run.
"Don't Let the Devil Ride" - Julie Miller
Don't let the devil ride,
Don't let the devil ride,
Don't let the devil ride because he'll want to drive,
Don't let the devil ride.

Don't let him flag you down,
Don't let him flag you down,
Don't let him flag you down because he'll turn you around,
Don't let him flag you down.

Don't let him be your boss, no, no
Don't let him be your boss,
Don't let him be your boss; you'll be lost, boss, no, no
Don't let him be your boss.

Don't let him talk to you, no, no
Don't let him talk to you, no, no
Don't let him talk to you; he'll tell you what you do, (don't let him talk to you)
Don't let him talk to you.

Don't let the devil ride,
Don't let the devil ride,
Don't let the devil ride; he'll want to drive, (he will want to drive)
Don't let the devil ride.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

He Will Overcome

I've been thinking about some of my experiences attending African-American churches in my college days, as very young, very shy and very white woman.  Because of where my university was located, if I was going to attend a neighborhood church,  it would not be like the churches I grew up in.  I was always warmly welcomed and well received and I'm glad for that.  I learned and grew from my experiences and eventually settled on a Mennonite church within walking distance that was accustomed to students from my college.  

It was during those college years, I was invited to see a series of large, dramatic  murals painted on the walls of what was once a privileged white church that changed along with the neighborhood.  The woman that gave us a tour of the murals was as proud as I was shocked.  "Shock and awe" along with a loss for words would probably describe me then.  The paintings depicted "stations" of the Civil Rights Movement and the parallels endured by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. I just googled the church and the murals are still there.  The anger expressed toward white oppressors, the violent depictions by one of the artists disturbs me yet.  

I listened tonight to Pete Seeger's version of "We Shall Overcome" tonight that anthem of the Civil Rights Movement and realized a fundamental error in its message.  We shall not overcome this side of eternity of all societal ills, although we should pursue change when it is within our power to do so.  Overcoming is not within our power, however, it is only through the power of Christ.  I understand that some of the original words from that song are this: 
I'll Overcome someday, I'll be all right / I'll wear the cross, I'll Wear the Crown / I'll be like him, I'll Sing My Song Someday".

My prayers are still with the Mother Emanuel Church in Boston.  They welcomed their killer with the same love showed so often to me when I was his age.  The martyrs of that massacre have truly overcome.  The rest of us will continue on in the power of God's love and might. 

"All Ye Tenderhearted" - Daniel Martin Moore

Ginny Owens- Made for More (LIVE)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's Sunday

Psalm 116:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Cups of Cold Water

Matthew 10:42 New International Version (NIV)
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

John 7:37New International Version (NIV)
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.

Matthew 25:35 New International Version (NIV)
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

2 Timothy 3:12 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Some years ago I attended a small church that held its prayer meeting every Saturday night.  Not only did that at first that seemed strange to me, but I also wondered if others would think me strange, a single woman who spent her Saturday nights at church.  I was so completely and gently folded into that group, however, that it wasn't long before that small gathering of believers were the dearest and closest to my heart.  I've been remembering this because of the terrible murders of those meeting for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.  Those dear believers going about their Father's business welcomed this stranger as our Lord instructed them to do.  It was their their last and perhaps best service this side of eternity.  I have to wonder, where will I be when my Father calls me home?    

Just a side note:  I married the man who moved me with his spoken prayers during those meetings and stirred my heart to love.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Doing for His Glory

By beanscot's husband

Acts 12:23  Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people's worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

Herod had just given a speech. The people deified him. He died. Luke explains why.  I think it interesting that Luke, a doctor, points out the cause of death. He should have been called in to do an autopsy so that he could document the cause of death: Didn't Glorify God. Put that in the medical records.

I wonder why Luke includes this in his history of the church. Herod was a thorn in the side of the early church, so maybe he is showing how God moves obstacles to His work. Like a chess game, God  simply removes Herod's piece from the board.

Steven Curtis Chapman's current hit "Do Everything" talks about the range of human activity, from the mundane to the "significant". It has gotten stuck in my head. Some of the lyrics are:

"It all matters just as long as you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,"

Steven Curtis Chapman - Do Everything

Herod blew it. He needed Steven Curtis Chapman around with his music, I guess. But he had Peter, et al. Pride is a big human problem. I am human. It is a problem for me. No, I'd rather do even the mundane for the glory of God.

Joey+Rory - Amazing Grace (Live)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

So You're Having a Sick Day

3 John 1:2 English Standard Version (ESV)
2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

Luke 10:9 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

2 Corinthians 4:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
The good news is that my insurance company finally approved my biologic medicine for rheumatoid rheumatoid.  The bad news is that it might take another two weeks to kick in since I've been off of it for a while now waiting on its approval.
The good news is that I'm really enjoying having that young man home for summer and spending time with him.  The bad news is that I caught his cold/bronchitis.
Lord, Give me oil in my lamp and keep me burning.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Writing Chapters In Your Story

Guest Writer, Beanscot's husband

I was recently struck by a statement by Richard Foster in his book Streams of Living Water. In the section titled The Contemplative Tradition, he writes that we are responsible for developing a personal history with God, our own personal history. This is an individual history. He means, for example, while Christian groupings have a key role in our lives, yet the church can't write this personal history for me, nor can the choir, nor can the Bible study, nor can my best friend. I have to compose it, because it is more about God and me than anything else. Growth in grace requires solitude as well as community, Foster says.

Foster's emphasis is that we sometimes have to walk with God alone, no matter how tempting it may be to cling to our forms of fellowship to stay afloat, especially in times of trouble. God likely offers us doors of opportunity to enter this isolation with Him. You may have gone through one of these doors, perhaps due to personal loss.  Walking through the valley of the shadow of death is not a group excursion, but God can do in a person what He would not otherwise get done, in that valley. Fruit is grown in the valley.

I found this stimulating, and made me wonder how I would write my own, or at least rehearse it to myself. I would think it would involve chunks of time and passages of life, sections of the forest I call my pilgrimage, without getting stuck on the individual trees we call Today. There would be major movements as well as interminable stretches where nothing seemed to move, or should I say, I didn't move the needle of spirituality. Would it include embarrassing, shameful things, or just the "high times" with God. I suppose it would include both.

What about those times when God shows us boatloads of blessings, and the times when the well seems dry? What did I learn from these times? Most importantly, what did I learn or what did God want me to learn about who He is and how He operates? What did I learn about myself that I wasn't already aware of? If I don't or if you don't have more spiritual insight after these kinds of experiences, well, I think we should know more. I would think a personal history would include these, but it would be open-ended, that is, more is to come on this side of glory.

I think we all have a lot of the material for this history. The challenge is putting it together in a single story. An encouragement to me is that we can still write this story. What chapters would you like to add to yours?

Bebo Norman sings "I Will Lift My Eyes"

A Wake Up Call

Ephesians 5:14
This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Wake Up, Oh Sleeper - Jason Crabb, Jonathan Shelton, and Bear Rinehart 

the lyrics:
Verse 1
 I know you’ve been sleeping in your bed of sin
 Life’s passing by while you’ve been sleeping in
 I know you’ve been running, running from His grace
 Why don’t you know that you can’t get away
 Wake up, oh sleeper, rise from the dead
 Christ will shine on you
 Wake up, oh sleeper, rise from the dead
 Christ will shine on you
 Verse 2
 Now you’ve been busy sleeping in the shadows of your own
 Wasting the gift of your life
 Now the sun is rising, the shadows are gone
 Get up, wake up, for you’ve been justified
 The prodigal is waking up
 The wayward child is waking up
 The down and out is waking up
 The prisoner is waking up
 The lonely soul is waking up
 The Pharisee is waking up
 I hope the church is waking up
 Everybody’s waking up

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (Acoustic)

Remembering Elizabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot (née Howard; born December 21, 1926) died this morning (June 15, 2015) at the age of 88.

You are loved with an everlasting love. That’s what the Bible says. And underneath are the everlasting arms. This is your friend, Elisabeth Elliot.
(From her radio program: Gateway to Joy)

Women of Faith

Monday, June 15, 2015

It's A New Day!

2 Corinthians 5:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's Sunday!

2 Timothy 1:5 New Life Version (NLV)
5 I remember your true faith. It is the same faith your grandmother Lois had and your mother Eunice had. I am sure you have that same faith also.

And I'm so thankful for faithful church ladies...

Unspoken - Call It Grace (Acoustic Performance)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Love Is Not Cranky...

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Life Version (NLV)

4 Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. 5 Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. 6 Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. 7 Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things.

...but sometimes we have our days.

Love Never Fails - Brandon Heath

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jesus My Anchor

Increased work hours that lead to increased rheumatoid arthritis pain (I'm still waiting on my specialty pharmacy.) slow down my work on beanscot Youtube videos.  I'm thankful today to have uploaded another video.  I am reminded in doing so that my anchor is not my job or family or medicines or Youtube, it is Jesus and Jesus alone.  He is my hope and the anchor for my soul.

Anchored In Love - Jenny & Tyler

Where She Was Last Seen...

...when she was supposed to be blogging.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What a Day That Will Be [Live]

Rivers In the Desert

Inflate your inner tubes, your water wings and rafts, because God keeps is promises.  He will make a river in whatever spiritual desert you find yourself in.
Natalie Grant - Desert Song

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sara Groves "Setting Up the Pins" Music Video

A Southern Gospel Revival: Ben & Micah Hester - By The Riverside

Transformed By The Light

Leonard Misonne. Sheep, 1905
Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing, light is everything.
Leonard Missone
Isaiah 42:16 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 And I will lead the blind
    in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
    I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
    the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
    and I do not forsake them.

John 1:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sweet Fellowship

Psalms 55:14
We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.

Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Luke 14:15

When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!"

I had sweet fellowship after church today but it was at McDonald's and there were only three of us.  Still it was good and I'm thankful.  I doubt, though, that McDonald's food could compare with what this church picnic fare of old; and both pale considerably when I consider my place at the Lord's banqueting table.  I can only imagine.
MercyMe - "I Can Only Imagine" Official Music Video

Matt Redman - It Is Well With My Soul (Acoustic/Live)

The Storm Is Passing Over - Mason Jar Music & Friends

It's Sunday!

There will be coffee and donuts in the fellowship hall...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

He Gives a New Strength

Philippians 4:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

While my insurance company is trying to figure the best way for them to pay for my rheumatoid arthritis medication, I find myself without it.  It does have me thinking about strength or my lack of it.  After a work day with the phone and a computer keyboard, I'm ready to find a new strength; and maybe that's what God wants from me, as He has me wait; and, when they do come, I'm really going to enjoy those eagle wings.  

Teach Me, Lord, to Wait [Live]

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Good Prayer...

...for those who have work to do.  

She's Reading

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

― Charles H. Spurgeon

I just know she's reading, because she reminds me of me back in the day.  Right now I'm reading AD 30: A Novel by Ted Dekker and I'm enjoying it.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Because Sometimes We Need To...

Hebrews 6:1 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

6 So let us go on to grown-up teaching. Let us not go back over the beginning lessons we learned about Christ. We should not start over again with teaching about turning from acts that lead to death and about believing in God.

...take off our water wings, let go of side of the pool, climb out of the boat, walk out on the high board and dive in, or do whatever it takes to be grown-up followers of Jesus.  
Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus - Jordan Howerton Band