In His Presence

Ruth 1:16 - But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.Ruth 1:16-18 

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your peopleshall be my people, and your God, my God. 

17 “Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”

18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

When God prepares you for service, He has promised to prepare you, Equip you and guide you.  He is our fortress, our Rock, our covering, our shelter in  the storm.  But all of this is not to send you away from Him, but rather, to draw you closer to living IN HIM.

Throughout our walk with Him, we will go through various stages, most of which are there to craft us into His image, and to learn His was.  Sometimes, He will bring someone into your life as a helper, a friend, a guide in times of trouble.  Yes, we have this in Jesus.  But that is also something that grows within us, and God seems to see fit to pair up friends, brothers and sisters, even business partners who have that like mindset of serving Him, Following Him, and loving Him. Sometimes, we find these people in our churches and congregations, our schools, our work or even across the miles-  and His mighty Love creates a bond, that you know you can talk to that other person and they will read your heart as you speak.  As each of you go through life, you help each other through, and eventually you realize just how much a part of your life they have become;  Even in the midst of trials and tribulations and personal struggles, they are there for you, clearly demonstrating the Love of God.  That, my friends, is our own personal miracle that comes only from a life-long attempt to walk closer to Him, and to share the love, the life, the gifts that He has given you.

Romans 8:16-17 - 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.In the above verse, Ruth had become just that kind of partner, friend and companion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and valued that relationship far more than ever having a husband, again.  Wherever she would go, Ruth would follow.  So it was with the apostles of Jesus;  in the final days of His time, here on earth, Jesus admonished his apostles to love one another as He had loved them.  As such, our relationship to each other is to be as Jesus was to each other as well.

John 13:34-35

34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”.

Think of your time here on earth as your practice session- your preparation- to live In His Presence, for eternity, and act to each other accordingly as eternal neighbors!

John 21:17 A third time he asked him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you." Jesus said, "Then feed my sheep

In This Episode of Gospel Music Roundup:

Tim Keesee

Lottie Collier

Golden State Quartet

Mark Cable


John Paulus

Jay Detheridge

Canaan’s Road

Michele Cupit

James Balyeat

Won Heart

Wendell Austin

Terrance Allen

Still Waters

Instruments Of Faith

Timothy Charles

The Missourians

And of course, so much more!


Gospel Music Roundup Memorial Day 2011

The Lord of all heaven and earth is Lord over Joplin, still, and loves us all

A different kind of Memorial Day, at least here in the Joplin Missouri area.

Search and rescue efforts are still underway, and the City of Joplin is just beginning clean-up efforts in response to Sunday’s EF-5 tornado and subsequent destruction.

What amazes me, and many others, isn’t the destruction, but the response of the Joplin People.

People crawled out of the rubble and went straight to the business of making sure others were alright, and pulling them out of the rubble as well. People who lost their homes, who even lost family and loved ones, set about the task of helping to ensure the safety and well being of others. You’ve seen the stories and testimonies on TV, but just how many there are doing the same thing who never even get their face in the camera or their picture on TV will astound you.

Professionals and civilians alike from many miles away jumped in their vehicles and came here, simply because they knew they would be needed. They didn’t wait for a call, they didn’t say, “We’ll go in a week or so,” they came now, and they came prepared to pitch in. Medical professionals, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Chain saw crews, heavy equipment operators and more came pouring in before the federal officials even were made aware of what had happened.

We have a God who inhabits the praises of his people, and even moreso a God that hears our cries in the midst of the storm and beneath the rubble.  No doubt, some of his children were called home, but a great many have been kept here to share in his miraculous works.

Now they need your works.  Donations are needed, and cleanup is going to take weeks.  Rebuilding will take years.  Some were hit without insurance, without resources, without Godly counsel, and it is our aim as brothers and sisters in Christ to be the body we were called to be.  Please, do your part, that being whatever it is that God calls you to do.

Clean out your garage, your closet, drive down and help or write a check;  it’s up to you to listen and obey, and to use the talents He has given you for His glory.

People can now text the word “Convoy” to 50555 to donate 10 dollars to Joplin relief efforts.

These donations are funneled through the same structure that started “Hope For Haiti” and multiple other text-to-give operations, and seems to have withstood scrutiny thus far.

The City has established the following phone numbers for people interested in donating their time or items to aid in the recovery effort:

  • Individual volunteers wanting to donate their time should call 417-625-3543
  • Volunteers wanting to donate items can call 417-625-3542
  • Volunteer groups (churches, businesses, etc.) should call 314-623-9991

Some of the tasks available to volunteers are:

  • Clean up of debris in the neighborhoods
  • Search lines to locate victims
  • Hospitality volunteers to work on campus at MSSU assisting first responders and fellow volunteers
  • A crew to help clean the police and fire building located at 303 E Third
  • Volunteers to work at City Hall and assist residents and businesses with completing the FEMA disaster assistance application
  • Sorting debris once it has been collected

Volunteers who wish to assist with clean-up efforts will continue to be staged and dispatched from the recreation center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

Continue to receive updates on our Facebook page at

Finally, there is always the opportunity to meet with your pastor and give to the ministries of your choice.

A Joplin Catholic High School- The Cross remains!

St. Mary Colgan

In This episode:

The Missourians – His Amazing Love – Daystar.mp3
Lottie Collier – Heaven Jammin’ – I will rise.mp3
Lottie Collier – Heaven Jammin’ Lily among the thorns.mp3
Lauren Talley – You’ll Never Walk Alone.mp3
The Revelators – In His Presence – He’ll Never Leave His Own.mp3
Michele Cupit – Theres A Healer In This House.mp3
Pure Heart – Time.mp3
Chosen Few – PRAYED UP – Come  Sit  At His Feet Again.mp3
George Jones – Peace in the Valley.mp3
Mary Alice Vanderwaters – It’s Just So Beautiful here.mp3
The Crownsmen – Introducing The Crownsmen –  More Than A Name On The Wall.mp3
Crawford & Company– Chosen – While my troubles pass by.mp3
Belinda Gail-Blessed Trails – In the Garden.wma
Balyeat Family(James) – I Love Your Presence Most of All- Do I Trust You Lord.wma
Signature Quartet – On The Road -Never Been This Homesick.mp3
Timothy Charles – The Best Times – Temporary Home.mp3
Canaans road – We Will Rise.mp3
Inspirations – I Know – If You Only Knew.mp3
Mark Cable – Just Mark Cable – Empty Pockets.mp3
Colonial City Quartet – Lookin’ Up- I’m Not Giving UP.mp3