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!

 

Faith To Follow, Strength To Remember


only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your sins, the other died for your freedom.

Philippians 1:3-6 NASB

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it untilthe day of Christ Jesus.

It has been quite a week here at Gospel Music Roundup!  Many changes are in the making, and as much as I would like to take control of it all, I have to rest in knowing the perfection of His will in my life only moves forward as I give Him the reins!  I have been offered a few things that, clearly, God has placed there;  For, as soon as I said “Yes!” all the minions of the underworld seemed to rise up against me.  But I know, as I trust in Him, His power will overcome all the stumbling blocks that satan tries to put in my way.  Just as God has given me the objective, my every step must rely on contact with Him, and following His commands.

Today was a day we honored the Fallen of our American Military.  Those dedicated soldiers who placed themselves in harm’s way and paid the ultimate price.  So many of them had no idea what was about to happen;  still others may have known the extreme danger they were in, and did their best to see to their objective in spite of the danger.  Some even knowingly laid down their lives, that others might live.

They may not have been involved in the planning of their mission;  they were simply following their leaders’ commands.  But each of them knew the purpose of their calling and took a certain pride in accomplishing their missions.

Our calling, all too often, seems to get sidelined by non-essential tasks and mundane chores that busy our hands, but don’t build the Kingdom;  Accepting Christ came with two mandates:

John 15:12-17 nasb
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14“You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17“This I command you, that you love one another.

and

Matthew 28:17
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

So, we are left with this:  Love each other, and bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, teaching those people to do the same; to LOVE EACH OTHER.

But to this end, we tend to put everything else on earth ahead of this calling!  Visiting the sick has been replaced with mowing the lawn or weeding the garden or cleaning the gutters.  Helping the widow and the orphan has been sidelined by rushing home to watch TV with the family.  Feeding the hungry has been replaced with Parties, barbecues and other celebrations that are by invitation only.  We rationalize away “Work day at the church” with “I don’t have time to even work on MY house!  How can I be expected to work on God’s?”  The list of excuses is endless.  But until we STOP busying ourselves with things that have no effect on the Kingdom, we are simply miring ourselves in the creation of wood, hay and stubble that won’t stand the test of FIRE.

IN MEMORIUM to our Leader, Jesus Christ, and his laying down of His life for US, the tasks he whispers in our ears need to become priority!

 

 

In This Episode:

 

Terrance Allen            Battleground
Tim Keesee            Christian Soldiers
Jay Deatherage            God, Guts And Guns
Circle Of Friends            Let Freedom Ring            
Blessed Assurance Ministries         He Whispers Sweet Peace To Me    
Canaan’s Road Quartet        I’m Free
Dan Adkins            Too Long Gone        
Don Loomis            God To America
Eric Gordon            Ain’t No Mountain
Faith Of Joplin            Star Spangled Banner
Faith Of Joplin            God Bless America
Firesong                May God’s Blessing Rest On You    
Roy Harris             Thank You Jesus
Instruments Of Faith        Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave
Jeff Buckles            Step By Step    
John Eric Anderson            My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me
Mark High                How Long Has It Been
The Denisons            God Walks The Dark Hills
The Williamsons            Walking In Step
Warren Henry Hull            Markin’ Time
Signature Quartet            Waiting For My Change