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Taking Off

Right at this moment, I am in Lexington, KY airport, at my gate, waiting to start the first leg of my journey to South Sudan. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this trip!

In my own personal life, the weeks leading up to this trip have been somewhat hard and some circumstances had made them somewhat confusing. But, through God’s help, I have peace, and a knowing that He is with me and that I can trust Him with every area of my life.

I would write more, but I will be boarding my plane soon! I would greatly appreciate it if those that read this blog could keep me in their prayers. I will be back in the States on Dec. 18th.

Thank you and God bless,

John

Song of the day:

Thankful…

As we all know, yesterday was Thanksgiving. A time to reflect, and to give thanks, for the many blessings God has given us.

This year, my thanksgiving day started at about 1 o’clock in the morning, in the emergency room. A friend of my families’ was taken in, after having a episode that was thought to be a heart attack or a stroke. Fortunately, it ended up only being very low blood pressure and a seizure.

After this event took place, and I was able to ponder over it, it really reminded me how thankful we need to be for the time we have, and the time we have had, with the people that God has placed in our lives.

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Every person, whether they have added joy, love, confusion, hurt, pain, or maybe all of these, God has placed them in our lives for a reason. Today, let us be thankful for those that God has placed in our lives. We don’t know how long we will have them, and they were not placed in our lives on accident.

God bless,

John

Song of the day:

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

We, that are disciples of Christ, are to be people of prayer. As Christians, and as Americans, we have a responsibility. God has commissioned us, as His children, to pray for the leaders of this nation. Whether they are leaders that we agree or disagree with, we are to pray for them. For what is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, we should abound in. 

On a bit of a side note, today, there may be many people who are depressed, worried, or angry about the outcome of the election that took place last night. As children of the King, I would encourage all of us to be neither of theses things, but to follow the command of our King:

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Let us all, as children of the King, have comfort in this: that the Lord, has been, is, and will be with us, and will be our Refuge. Let us be still, and not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. If God be for us, who can be against us? With this, let us answer every fear that this life brings!

Let us be still, and know that He: The Prince of peace, the Father, the Lion of Judah, the Great I Am, the Eternal King, the Deliver, the Beginning and the End, is our God!

He is with us, not matter what happens through the next four years. For He will never leave us or forsake us, and He is with us, even to the end of the age. We can have faith and trust in our King, for He is faithful and trustworthy! 

God Bless,

John

 

America Today…

Today, for the first time, I had the great honor and privilege to vote. Normally, I believe I would be more enthusiastic about voting, specifically for who will be our next president, but I’m not. I honestly feel like I voted for the lesser of two evils…

I will not pretend that I am into politics or that I have kept real close tabs on the presidential race, but I did have the chance to listen to the debates, and what I heard and didn’t hear concerns me.

From listening to the debates, the main topic that I heard discussed, from both sides, was the issue of  the economy. Now, I know that the issue of money is a topic that has to be addressed, but why has money become the main issue of discussion for our nation?

Why is the main topic of conversation not that there have been more than 53 million babies killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided back in 1973?

Why is the main topic of conversation not that in the next four years, four million babies will die?

Why is the main topic of conversation not that approximately 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, but every single day, more than 3,000 American babies are killed by abortion?

Why is the main topic of conversation not about how one Philadelphia abortionist was charged with killing seven babies that were born alive, but witnesses claim that he actually slaughtered hundreds “of living, breathing newborn children by severing their spinal cords or slitting their necks.”

Why is the main topic of conversation not about how Planned Parenthood Founder, Margaret Sanger, once said the following, “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Maybe why they are not the main topic of conversation, is because of the topic that is… Money.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:9-10

The average cost for a 1st trimester abortion is $413. The average cost for 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions is $3000. If we take the $413 average for 1st trimester abortions and use a $3000 average for 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions, here’s what we get: $438 million is spent each year on first trimester abortions and $393 million is spent on late term abortions. That means that each year in the U.S., the abortion industry brings in approximately $831 million through their abortion services alone. If you add in the $337 million (or more) that Planned Parenthood (America’s largest abortion provider) receives annually in government grants and contracts for, the annual dollar amount moves well past 1 billion. Abortion, to put it plainly, is a very lucrative business, and this has been true from the beginning. By last count, Planned Parenthood (a tax-exempt organization!) has $951 million in total assets!

Now, I know there are many people who claim to be pro-life, but why is it that they are more concerned about the day to day gas prices, than they are about the silent cries of the thousands of babies that die everyday? America today, a nation that claims to be Christian, kills babies and could care less, because if we can have a president that helps us have more money in our bank accounts, we’re doing ok! How sick and depraved we have become!

In a few hours, we will find out who will lead our country for the next four years. One of the two men believes in abortion and one believes in it for special occasions. In my personal opinion, there should never be a special occasion to take the life of a human baby… point blank!

So, today as we sit and wait for the votes to be tallied, let us take more time praying for our nation, than watching which state is red or blue. America is in need of a revival, and throughout history, all revivals have a common dominator, prayer. Let us remember that we are more than just Americans today, but more importantly Christians.

God bless,

John

Simply Wanting More – Journal Entry

Come and meet me, I am waiting, Father hear my one desire. Fill my hunger, with your presence, let your glory come abide! Love everlasting, come and dwell with me!

Oh Lord, I just want you more, more. I just want you!

Sweet surrender, to your spirit, draw me closer to your heart. I am thirsty, for Your presence, just to be where you are. Love everlasting, come and dwell with me!

I need you more than anything! I want you more than anything!

Dear Journal,

The words above are those of a song that I just recently came across. If one was to read the lyrics, they would see that it’s very simple, but also hopefully see that it’s very powerful. For me, it has become more than just a song, it has become my prayer and my heart cry for what I want my life to be. A life that simply just wants more of Jesus.

Just simply wanting to abide with my King. Wanting to dwell in His presence, and draw close to His heart, so that I might know it. To be silent in His presence, so that I might recognize His voice. What could be any sweeter or more fulfilling than to dwell with Him, and be were He is?

May we as Christians always have this as our goal in life, to be simply and utterly devoted to Jesus. May He be our all in all and our one desire.

Singing off,

John

To Our God – Brian Johnson

Up from the ashes Your love has brought us
Out of the darkness into the light
Lifting our sorrows
Bearing our burdens healing our hearts

To our God we lift up one voice
To our God we lift up one song
To our God we lift up one voice
Singing Hallelujah

Chains have been broken eyes have been opened
An army of dry bones is starting rise
Death is defeated
We are victorious for You are alive
Hallelujah Hallelujah

We’ll make His praise glorious glorious, glorious
For His name is glorious, glorious, glorious
Make His praise glorious, glorious, glorious
Shout His name Glorious, Glorious, Glorious

How To Know the Will of God For My Life (By A.W. Tozer)

 

First, it is essential that we be completely dedicated to God’s high honor and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. God will not lead us except for His own glory and He cannot lead us if we resist His will. The shepherd cannot lead a stubborn sheep. The evil practice of using God must be abandoned. We must submit ourselves joyously to God and let Him work through us to achieve His own ends.

Now, granted that we are wholly committed to God with full intent to obey Him, we may expect actually to be led by Him. The Scriptures that teach this are many, such as Proverbs 3:5,6. It only remains for us to believe they mean what they say. The choices that we make from day to day involve only four kinds of things:

 ● Those concerning which God has said an emphatic “no.”

 ● Those about which He has said an equally emphatic “yes.”

 ● Those concerning which He wants us to consult our own sanctified preferences.

 ● Those few matters which require special guidance from the Lord to prevent us from making serious mistakes.

First, put this down as an unfailing rule: Never seek the leading of the Lord concerning an act that is forbidden in God’s Word. To do so is to convict ourselves of insincerity.

Again, prophet, psalmist, apostle and our blessed Lord point out the way of positive obedience. His yoke is easy, His burden is light, so let this be the second rule: Never seek the leading of the Lord concerning an act commanded in the Scriptures.

Now, a happy truth too often overlooked in our anxious search for God’s will is that in the majority of decisions touching our lives God expresses no choice but allows us to choose our preference. Some Christians walk uncertainly, worrying about which profession they should enter, which car they should drive, which school they should attend, where they should live and other such matters. The Lord has set Christians to follow their own personal bent, guided only by their love for Him and their fellow men.

It appears more spiritual to seek God’s leading than to do the obvious thing. But it is not. If God gave you a watch would you honor Him more by asking Him for the time of day or by consulting the watch?

Except for those things that are specifically commanded or forbidden, it is God’s will that we be free to choose. The shepherd leads the sheep but he does not decide which tuft of grass the sheep shall nibble. Touching our life on earth God is pleased when we are pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker’s praise without anxiety. God’s choice for us may be any one of a score of possible choices. The Christian who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ cannot make a wrong choice.

 But what about those times when much is at stake and we can discover no clear scriptural instruction and yet are forced to choose between two possible courses? We have God’s faithful promise to guide us aright. Here are two among many passages from God’s Word:

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering” (James 1:5,6).

 “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go” (Isaiah 48:17).

Take your problem to the Lord. Remind Him of these promises. If you are dedicated to God’s purpose, He will not permit you to make a mistake.