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!


Turn West O Man!

Turn West! Western Gospel Music on Gospel Music RoundupOne of the things I have loved best about being in the Family of God is the way we all love to sing His praises!

No matter where I go, I find people who want to sing in praise.  It doesn’t matter the style, the format, the accompaniment or the lack thereof, by the grand cathedrals or the mountain stream, the man in tune with his Creator loves to sing His praises, and cannot help but to do so!

This edition of Gospel Music Roundup takes a walk on the western side, riding the trails and sauntering through the streets of heaven, singing like we’re a part of the grand heavenly choir.  so far, the only person missing is you, so fork your bronc, saddle up and spur your faith into action, joining in the praises of His people!


Psalm 22:23-28

23You who fear the LORD, praise Him;
         All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
         And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of        Israel.
24For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
         Nor has He hidden His face from him;
         But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
25From You comes my praise in the great assembly;
         I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.
26The afflicted will eat and be satisfied;
         Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
         Let your heart live forever!
27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD,
         And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
28For the kingdom is the LORD’S
         And He rules over the nations.

Lottie Collier            Dirt Road Turns To Gold
Michael Crawford            Eagle’s Wings
Belinda Gail            The Old Rugged Cross
Curly Musgrave            Curly’s Song
Eric Gordon            Sweet Jesus
Instruments Of Faith        I Still Believe
Kelly Lee James            Did You Take Time?
The Crownsmen            I wanna Know
The Burneys             I’ve Never Been Sorry
The Inspirations             Heaven By And By
The Missourians            There Is A River
Wendell Austin            Dirty Windows
Destin Don            Jesus
Fletcher Jowers            Old Campmeeting Ground
Dale Mackay            In The Sweet By And By
Michele Cupit            There’s A Healer In This House
Dave Berland            He Keeps Me Singing



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