This weekend’s hours were ‘back to back’ again and this morning is the same. Please allow me to share a re-run with you this morning from December 10, 2003.
Have you ever awaken in the morning and someone from your ancient history was on your mind… Like your history teacher when you were a freshman in high school; like the one you had this huge crush on; like the one in whose class you sat on the front row right at his desk and you consumed every word he said and you passed every test without really trying? Happened to me this morning. So I prayed for him and then from there another who is much more recent in my life with a similar name and now I sit here telling you about it and I’m not even sure why. But as I write these words it occurs to me that “love” is very motivating. “Love” motivated me to do very well in that history class. “Love” motivated me to think of “Mr. Grady” constantly even when I was not in his class; “love” motivated me to give him a Christmas gift and “love” motivated me to be faithful to class and on and on. Now, Mr. Grady was fond of me as he was the rest of his students but he did not go out of his way to be benevolent to me. But thinking of him this morning has prompted me to think of ONE who did go “out of His way” for me. All the way from the Glory of Heaven to the humble stable and then to a cruel cross and even if I were the only one He would still have “gone out of His way” to lavish His Love for me on me. In 15 days it will be CHRISTMAS DAY and we will gather with our loved ones to celebrate the Gift from Heaven. God was so motivated by His Love for us that He stepped out of Heaven and was delivered on this earth and even the calendar of man testifies that He came. But I wonder what would the testimony be if we were so motivated by Love that we sat on the front row, we listened to His every word, consuming every one of them and even when we are not “in class” He is constantly on our minds. I wonder? Wonder what we can give Jesus this Christmas for His birthday… Maybe our un-divided attention. Humm
Father, Your Word says Mary pondered …. I think we have some pondering to do for Jesus sake.
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:8.
Kathy N.and Family need our prayers today – Kathy’s husband, Jackie, suddenly physically died on Thursday morning – memorial service is today at noon.
And Mark F, his wife Margie and their son, Duncan. Mark has been battling brain cancer since 1999, and now there is a new area and he needs a bone marrow transplant and he and the family need our prayers.
Dylan is better but please continue to pray.
Jason is much improved too but please continue to pray.
Father, our minds are filled with many today. Particularly Kathy as she lays to rest the body of Jackie, the husband she loves more than life itself, and we pray for her that she will be comforted today and that quickly You will turn her heart to a purpose to live. Comfort and help the children and grandchildren today too. Thank You for Jason’s improvement and please continue and please lessen his pain and in the midst of this pain bring deeper peace and trust to both he and Vickie; comfort and give strength to Sharron and all the family. Thank You that Dylan is improving, please continue and make him completely well we pray. And Lord, we pray for Mark; there is no doubt You can remove the cancer in all the places and You can give Mark life fresh and re-newed; will You do that please? And help Margie as she waits by his side and bless Duncan – bring alongside family and friends to give him as much normalcy as possible during this time. Father, bless these families as only You can. And Thank You for these others that we bring to You. Many needs, heart aches and decisions to be made. Moms and Dads to be cared for, jobs needed, comfort, Christmas celebration plans, so much more Lord and we bring it all to You and we trust You with all our concerns. And we ask for the Peace of Israel, for the destruction of evil, for Repentance for America, for our IDOK Troops to be protected today in mind and body and spirit and that You bring each and everyone of the home safe and sound at the appointed time, that Your Choice for President be elected next year and this be the best Christmas yet for each and every IDOK, that we each worship You with more love and trust that we have before and this we ask in Jesus Sweet Name. The Peace of Israel Mark, Margie & Duncan. Kathy N. Dylan. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki, Sharron and other family members. Joseph Toomey and Family. Wheeler Family. Mary Ann. Mr. Nash. DeLois. Terri. Leah O. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Janie B. W.C. & Family . Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Taylor & family. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Rev and Mrs. Carpenter. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa and Brad and family. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Jenny. Julia and her mother. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. George. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Justin G. Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Drew. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 66°F and partly sunny in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 4:40 PM AST – on December 10, 2007
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU