“Not a single title advanced by Christ concerning Himself in the Word of God, nor any other name by which He is addressed overestimates His transcendent majesty or overstrains His tremendous merit. He is never called by any one of His distinctive designations of honor, without richly deserving the same; and by virtue of His celestial comeliness engraces each with a heavier weight of dignity and a greater degree of excellence in every instance. His suitability as a Governor and His stability as a Guardian are both underived. His durability as a Shepherd and His desirability as a Saviour are not qualifications conferred by any human administration. He is the Lord, ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.’”
Rolls, Charles J.. The Indescribable Christ: The Name & Titles of Jesus Christ A to G . Believer’s Bookshelf Canada Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Take a Break While Driving
Take a momentary break while driving by completely stopping behind the white line at each red light and stop sign.
“I enjoyed my time with the Lord this morning. Many good thoughts. It is like a satisfying meal. The one that I wanted to share comes out of Psalm 100 and says, ‘Serve the Lord with gladness.’”
“There are many ways to serve the Lord and I think that gladness is low on the list, if it makes it at all.”
“Many, I suspect, serve the Lord from a sense of duty or obligation. It is what we ought to do, what we should do, what we must do. There is no joy in it. And when you have labored hard…there is yet more to do. The work is insurmountable.”
“Some, I think, serve the Lord from fear. The fear that somehow God will ‘get’ me, punish me, express displeasure if I am not working hard. No joy here either”
“Some, I think, serve the Lord from a desire for glory and out of pride. You collect a team of guys, you speak well, you shine in the disciplines…there is glory and pride there. We all want the approval and applause of men.”
“But…to serve the Lord with gladness.”
“I think it is impossible to do whatever relationship, without a focus on our relationship with Jesus. Impossible without a conviction that we are desired, loved, delighted in. Impossible without the humility that understands that it is our Father’s work and he invites us to participate for His glory now we’re good.”
“It has taken me years to move or grow to this point in my thinking. And it comes and goes. None of us get it right all the time and perhaps not much of the time. We don’t have to. A compass and a good heading will always get us out of the swamp. It is still true that a righteous man falls 7 times and rises again.”
“When our father looks at us (and we are always under his gaze) he sees us through the righteousness of his son Jesus. We are acceptable, delighted in, and loved.”
Letter written to Michael from David Coffield, postmarked 21 Nov 20.
“The Gospel, Good News, is more about how good God is than how bad we are.” Michael Jay, John 3:16/17:3, J3 Khai Restoration.
by Marine Corps Chaplain, Father Denis Edward O’Brian
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them, a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?
A vet is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.
A vet is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th Parallel.
A vet is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
A vet is the POW who went away as one person and came back another – or didn’t come back at all.
A vet is the drill instructor who has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account punks and gang members into marines, airmen, sailors, soldiers and coast guardsmen, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.
A vet is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
A vet is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
A vet is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.
A vet is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
A vet is an ordinary and yet extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
A vet is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he [or she] is nothing more that the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So, remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, “Thank You.” That’s all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Again, two little words that mean a lot to any Veteran — “THANK YOU.”
Happy Veteran’s Day fellow Vets and Thank You, Sergeant Major Michael J. Weiss, U.S. Army Retired.
Our friend, mentor and coach, Dave Coffield, sends me a letter a couple times a month that Darlene affectionately calls “Dave’s Epistle’s.” I have shared from his Epistle’s before, below is from one of his most recent letters.
“I hear from time to time the idea that we need to strive to be pleasing to God and not to displease Him. We live with the nagging, background fear that we might slip up, might not try hard enough, might come up short. It is a performance mindset and once you start down that road there is no good outcome. God’s standard for being pleased is perfection. Absolute, utter perection. Good luck with that. “
“I would suggest that God is totally pleased with us because He views us through the shed blood of His Son Jesus, through the righteousness with which we are clothed becasue of His mercy, grace, and love. It says something wonderful about Him, not us.”
“The motivation to live pleasing to our Father is based on His love relationship with us. It is not performance; it is a response to the marvel of who He is and the wonder of His love for us.”
“I am free to engage with Jesus becasue I don’t have to. He won’t love me more becasue I have been “good” today; and He won’t love me less if I have been “bad.” He either loves us completely, accepts us completely, is completely pleased with us right now, or He never will. It is all about the finished work of Jesus.”
Jehovah bless you and keep you, Jehovah make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, Jehovah lift up his countenance upon you and give you shalom. Numbers 6:24-26
The Failure by Ray Bailey
It was just another parachute jump I had to make with my unit. Drop time was to be about dusk and so it was called a “night jump.” It was a beautiful day in North Carolina with light winds and no problems in getting ready to jump. There was no indication of what was to come.
I really loved parachuting. Yes, it had some risk to it and to many it sounded a bit crazy to exit “a perfectly good airplane.” Apprehensive? Nervous? Sure. Anyone who knew of the risk and danger of doing something like this would have those thoughts. But, to take the risks and to withstand the doubts and fears and exit the plane with a parachute was worth it. It was a thrilling time and high adventure testing one’s courage and strength against the elements and oneself.
There is always a chance for failure one way or another either by the jumper or nature with high winds and lightning. There could be failure on the aircraft due to mechanical issues or even the equipment the jumper was using. Mistakes and failure were always a chance.
The excitement was felt by all as we sat in the airplane. We were about to do something that would change each of us in some way to make us more confident and ready for the next challenge. The commands began by the jumpmaster and assistant jumpmaster to stand up and hook up our static lines to deploy our parachutes once we exited. On command we checked our equipment and the person in front to make sure all looked good. The jumpmasters told us to get ready for the green light to go. The light went on and they yelled, “GO!” Out we went one after another.
As I fell waiting for the parachute shock to open, I began counting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…I felt no opening shock of my main parachute opening. I looked up and saw that my parachute was all rolled up and just waving in the air as I fell. I knew I had what we called a “cigarette roll”. Due to the intense training I went back into the correct body position and pulled my reserve strapped to my waist. I remember that it seemed like slow motion for the reserve to deploy and when it did the feeling that I had was such relief.
A couple years later I was stationed in Germany and was visited by one of my soldiers for counseling. He saw some paratrooper memorabilia around my office and our conversation went to his time spent doing the same thing and some stories shared of exciting jumps. I then told him of my reserve parachute moment, and he became very quiet and asked me when and where, which I told him. He then told me he had jumped right after me on that same drop zone. He said, “Wait right here. I’ll be back in a few minutes.” When he returned, he presented me a reserve parachute handle he had picked up on the drop zone. It was mine. I kept that for many years hanging on my wall till moving frequently, it was lost.
The handle wasn’t a symbol to gaze upon as luck or just another great story, but it was a symbol for me on failure. No, not my failure in that instance, but a symbol of how to handle failure that comes my way, either by circumstance or mistakes I made. When I gazed at that metal handle, I reflected on what it took to survive that failure. It was from training on how to respond and on keeping a clear head and doing what was needed to do the right steps. It was from my faith in myself and my Creator who was with me that pushed me to respond with all my resources.
Failures come in many sizes and shapes, both big and small. We all have them daily in some way. If one doesn’t fail, then one doesn’t try and that in itself is a failure. I do know this. Our Lord has given us reserve handles in every circumstance. There is always a way to help ourselves and do what the training our parents have given us, personal life experiences to draw from, and a deep faith in ourselves and the Master that we will keep taking risks in living and not ever quite.
“’The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing’” (Zeph. 3:17).
“’The Lord Your God is in the midst of you, a mighty One, a Savior—who saves! He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in silent satisfaction… He will exult over you with singing’” (Amplified).
“Your Father’s heart longs for you. Be blessed as you receive His embrace. He loves you in the way you were created to be loved. He has come to overwhelm you with His love. He takes great delight in you. The prayer of Jesus was ‘Father, let them know deep inside that as You love Me, so You love them, they in Me and I in You’ (John 17:21,26 paraphrased). God loves you as much as He loves His Son. His love for you is way beyond anything you can imagine.
“Rest in His presence and let His peace quiet your mind. Let His love calm your heart. He is for you. God is mighty to save. He will fight your battles for you. He has said to you, ‘You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you (2 Chron. 20:17).'”
“Your Father smiles at you today. God likes you — today, every day, every moment. Hear Him rejoicing over you with singing. Let His love be the foundation of your life. You are beloved in the complete finished work of Jesus. God delights in showing you His love.”
“Let go of the past, as you face the future with your Father. Be blessed with joy, peace, and rest in Him. Be blessed with refreshing and renewal in His presence, as you pursue the fulfillment that He has created for you. Be blessed as He gives you victory and rejoices over you.”