Houston: Hang On In There

What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost?  Tell me.

My prayers are with the people in the city of Houston . . . and the states of Texas and Louisiana. This song’s title and lyrics came to mind this morning as I watched what the wind and rain of Harvey has done to your communities in the last few days. Hang on in there.


What you gonna do when your back’s against the wall?

How you gonna smile when it seems that hope is lost? Tell me

What you gonna do when you need a little more grace?

How you gonna respond when they try to test your faith?


What you gonna do when your strength gets a little weak?

What song will you sing when you’re feeling incomplete?  Tell me

What you gonna do when you try and almost slip?

What you gonna do when it seems you’re losing your grip?


Hang on, in there

Hang on, in there

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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Lyrics from Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, “Hang On” (GEI)

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For Times Like These, Just Say Lord Please

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As an abiding Christian, know that a prayer of supplication is often what’s needed for a particular situation.  If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, develop a fervent prayer habit.  Pray, don’t despair.  Look up and keep your head up; be hopeful and remember who your refuge is.  For times like these, just say Lord please

Do you remember how Paul acted when he was jailed?  He didn’t fret, he kept praying and praising!  In his ‘midnight hour situation’, his prayers were indeed answered (Acts 16:25-34 NIV).  For times like these, just say Lord please.  Paul and Silas did; you can too!  

  •  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”   Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJV
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV

While it’s important to pray, to keep a line of communication with the Lord, keep three more things in mind too:

  • Be willing to be an Angel for someone else. Through you, yes though you, God may answer another’s prayers.
  • You often in life need to give to get.  You may get a prayer answered from someone you’ve given nothing to. To someone you perhaps don’t even know.  Perhaps in fact from someone who dislikes you, but who God moves to position you for a victory nonetheless.  
  • My Pastor and First Lady (Dr. Rev James A. and Brenda Webster) are celebrating this week 33 years leading my church, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church.  God, Family, and Church are -in that order- Pastor Webster believes the proper priorities of an abiding Christian.  It’s hard to put God first if you don’t prayer regularly, right?

So what does a child of God need to do in uncertain times like these?  It’s simple: Ask, seek, and knock.  Just say Lord please

   Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit:  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

Rejoice, Pray, & Meditate on Godly Things


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 NKJV


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Photo credit: Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (Poem, audio)


A Love Supreme

I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank you God.
Peace.
There is none other.
God is. It is so beautiful.
Thank you God. God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
Thank you God.
In You all things are possible.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what…it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, thoughts,
fears and emotions – time – all related …
all made from one … all made in one.
Blessed be His name.
Thought waves – heat waves-all vibrations –
all paths lead to God. Thank you God.

His way … it is so lovely … it is gracious.
It is merciful – thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God … everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear … believe … thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all. His way … it is so wonderful.
Thoughts – deeds – vibrations, etc.
They all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful…thank you God.
Glory to God … God is so alive.
God is.
God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement of Thee O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears …
He always has …
He always will.
Seek Him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God
To whom all praise is due … praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all
go back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with God.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.
Blessed is He.
We are from one thing … the will of God … thank you God.
I have seen God – I have seen ungodly –
none can be greater – none can compare to God.
Thank you God.
He will remake us … He always has and He always will.
It is true – blessed be His name – thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely …
so gently we hardly feel it … yet,
it is our everything.
Thank you God.
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All from God.
Thank you God. Amen.

JOHN COLTRANE – December, 1964


  • From the liner notes of the jazz musician’s classic, A Love Supreme (February 1965 release).

 

O Lord, Listen to my Plea! (Psalm 143)

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1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my plea!  Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.  2 Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.  3 My enemy has chased me.  He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.  4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.

5 I remember the days of old.  I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.  6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.  Interlude
7 Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.  8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.  Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.  9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me.

10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.  11 For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life.  Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress

12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Psalm 143(NLT)


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 Photo Credit: Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Every Christian’s ‘Work Partner’ (Luke 12)

For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.

Luke 12: 12 (NIV)

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Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


  • Never forget this: The Lord is with you at work too.  Christian assurance doesn’t vanish for 40 hours when you’re on the job!
  • Jennifer Duke Lee‘s post, You Don’t Go to Work Alone, is one every Christian worker should check out!    It’s based on Luke 12:12.

As Lee notes in her The High Calling post, in describing the context of the words being spoken by Christ:

Jesus first spoke those words to his disciples in the context of their ministry. Jesus was assuaging fear among the disciples about what to say . . .

The same Holy Spirit— who supplied the disciples with the right words—works within each of us today.

  • The lesson I gleaned from her post is an important one:  Jesus is the Work Partner for every Christian.
  • Lee states in her powerful post:

Here’s what we need to know: God doesn’t send us out the door with our briefcases in the morning, wave goodbye, and say to us: “Well, have a great day at work.  I’ll see you around supper time!”

God literally goes with us.  He promised in Scripture never to leave us or forsake us.  We have a Helper.  And He is saying to us today, “Trust me.   I will teach you ‘in that very hour’ what you need to do and say.”   He is saying to us: “I am with you always.

Jennifer Dukes Lee ends her post with Questions for Further Reflection and a fine Prayer.

  • I’ve provided Lee’s prayer below.
  • I’ve showcased a post which I enjoyed reading.  Lee is a community editor for The High Calling (where I found her post).  She is a very gifted writer and storyteller.  As I read this January 2015 post (You Don’t Go to Work Alone), I was thinking: “This is good!”  When I got to the Prayer, at the end, I was hooked! (smile).
  • I believe that Faith in the Workplace, at it’s core, involves thinking and actions guided by Biblical principles.  The 12th verse of the 12th Chapter of Luke conveys a basic principle:  The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us in our everyday actions.

Prayer (Jennifer Dukes Lee)

Dear God, we spend so much of our life doing ordinary work, and we confess that we feel isolated from you at times. Help us to remember what you promised. Remind us that you are working in us and with us. As we move through our days, may we remember that you are our companion, offering strength and wisdom. Teach us to listen to you, and to remember that we are never alone. Amen.


Photo credit:  Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

A Stranded Sailor’s Story: 66 Days of Praying

ScreenHunter_1319 Jun. 06 13.50When I first heard about this story, on the day before Good Friday, I saw God’s fingerprints all over it. When I read about the man’s praying and demonstrated faith, and that of his parents, I knew God had surely sustained and saved this grateful man.

  • Do you believe in miracles?
  • Do you remember the pilot (Chesley “Sulley” Sullenburger) who landed a US Airways plane with over 150 people on the Hudson River in 2009? (geese flew into the engines, which disabled them).  Not a single life was loss!
  • Jesus Christ was in the wilderness 40 days (Matthew 4) and prayed.  While the Devil sought to tempt Jesus while he was in a vulnerable situation, he wasn’t successful.

As reported in Christian Examiner, Rescued sailor: ‘I was just praying to God’ (4/3/15):

 “I was just praying to God, ‘please protect me,'” to survive the 66-day ordeal, [Louis] Jordan said after returning safely to land.  According to CBS News, he said he had not had much time on the water before the incident.   But details about his disciplined approach to survival appear to belie his claimed inexperience at sea . . .

He limited his water intake to about a pint a day, praying daily, “‘Please God, send me some rain, send me some water,” he told WAVY TV in Portsmouth.