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

Inspirations

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!

 

When Life Closes In

When Life Closes InRecently, I have been going through a number of health issues;  mostly due to high blood pressure and the problems it causes, plus a medicine conflict that about shut down my kidneys.  This landed me in the hospital for a week, and as a result, I have discovered that I have had a minor stroke.  My eyes also were affected, and so goes the existence in these earthly vessels we call bodies.  Still, amidst it all, I can see the wonders of God at work!
One of those wonders was how He speaks to us through His Spirit, when we are quiet and listen.  His gentle voice is amazing at healing our hearts and
curing our worries.  He is trying so hard to tell us just how much more peace we can have if we only trust HIM.
That word:  TRUST.  Five letters.  In scrabble it’s only worth 5 points; yet, we seem to cling to it, refusing to let it go when help is at our very doorstep!
Luke 12:35-40
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36“Be like men who are
waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that
they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
37“Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he
comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them
recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38“Whether he
comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed
are those slaves.
39“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what
hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be
broken into. 40“You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
that you do not expect.”
In trusting God, we are to be ready to stay fast amid the turmoil and
troubles,  Satan will try to sway you from the path, and discourage you from
fulfilling the ministry that has been appointed you.
I know I will see Jesus, either when He comes or when He calls me to HIM,
and that is what matters most to me.

 

In this episode:

Tim Kessee            Thank you lord
Faith of Joplin            Draw Me Nearer
Windy Mountain Bluegrass Band    Long Black Train
Won Heart            I’ve Had Enough    
Grandpa’s Neighbor            I Gotta Cross
Palmetto State Quartet        Not any more
Belinda Gail            Medley
Bodie                Enter Christ
Sons of the Shepherd        Dear God
Kendall Chaffee Band        Fill Me
Lori Bianco            Just a Closer Walk
Blessed Assurance Ministries        As Soon As I Touch Calvary
Cowboy Bob Wallace        Jesus Walks The Shore With Me
John Paulus            A Few More Miles
Rebecca Jo Huesby            Alright

And of course, SO MUCH MORE!

ENJOY your gospel!