Invitation to Dine

First of all, I want to start off this post by saying “thank you” for praying.  My time in Illinois went well.  Trying to get home was a bit of a challenge with flight delays, etc., but I finally made it home.  I really sensed God’s presence while I taught, and the parents and youth leaders I spoke to at the church were very responsive.  Praise the Lord!

Also, Kelly and I are really doing well at releasing any anxiety about the pregnancy to the Lord.  Thank you for your prayers in this regard, and praise the Lord that He is our peace!

Recently, during several mentoring meetings, I have encountered many young men who do not know how to have intimacy with Jesus.  They know how to read their Bibles and pray, but they do not know how to transfer that into intimacy with the King of kings.  Part of the issue for them is they make it merely an intellectual exercise.

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

If you look at the context of the passage, you will find that Christ is addressing the Church at Laodicea (believers who know Him).  The invitation that was given to the Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3 is an invitation that is given to us today.

One of the things that God has challenged me with when I pray or read my Bible is to picture Him sitting across the dinner table from me desiring intimacy with me.

How cool is that?  The King of kings wants to dine with me, talk to me, fellowship with me, hang out with me!  Wow!!!

When I mentor these young men, I encourage them to take their time in the Word and their time in prayer and picture it as an intimate meal time with the Savior, King Jesus.

This is what I know:  When I do this, it helps my intimacy with Him.  These young men I mentor tell me that it is helping them.  Maybe God could use this to help you as well.  Maybe this is a new thought, or maybe this is just a reminder.

Regardless, may we all walk away praising King Jesus that He desires intimate relationship with us!  Let’s go have a meal with Him!

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A Couple of Things

There are 2 things I wanted to write about today.

#1 – I will be flying out on Sunday morning early to speak in Bloomington, Illinois.  I will be at Eastview Christian Church addressing parents and student leaders.  We will be discussing something I have taught many times:

  • Connecting Relationally with Students
  • Investing Spiritually in Students
  • Appropriately Protecting our Students (Online Awareness)

Please pray for this time.  Pray that God’s Spirit would give ears to hear and pray that my power would only rest on Christ and Him crucified.  Also, please pray God’s protection over my family while I am gone.

#2 – This next one is very personal.  As many of you know, my wife is about 9 weeks away from giving birth for the 8th time.  God has blessed us with another son.  The last time Kelly was pregnant with our son, the Lord chose to take him home.  As you can imagine, as we get closer to the due date, we can’t help but think back to five years ago when Caleb went to be with Jesus.  I don’t want you to think that we are in constant fear about this pregnancy because we are not.  We just know that we need to cling to God and His truth when those moments of insecurity come because there are a few times that they do.

These passages have spoken to us recently:

Psalm 29 –

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Why has this spoken to us?  It speaks to the bigness of God, the glory of God!  God in His bigness and glory has my wife’s pregnancy and my son’s life in His hands.  Because of this we can trust Him.  Please pray we would continue to rest in God’s bigness and His glory!

Psalm 46:1-3 –

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

This speaks to us because it reminds us that God is our refuge in the midst of whatever circumstance we encounter.  Pray that we would continue to run to Him as our refuge!

May my time in Bloomington, may Kelly’s pregnancy, and may our new son’s life bring glory to Almighty God!