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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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.
ELATION-ELEGANCE-EXALTATION
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).

 

Rules for ‘Holy Living’ (Scripture)

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3: 12-14 NIV

  • The rules for holy living (v. 1 – 17) can be found at the link below. After my last post on Godly living, these seventeen verses seemed to be the logical next step.
  • Keep on walking!

Rules for Holy Living

Colossians 3 1-17 – NIV


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8 Pillars of Living a ‘Godly Life’ (Scripture)

  • Faith
  • Goodness
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Mutual affection
  • Love

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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1 NIV)


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7 Tenets of Your Christian Discipleship J.O.U.R.N.E.Y.

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Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. Remember, he’s the Keeper of your Soul

  • Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15: 4-5 NKJV)

Omniscious, omnipotent, and omnipresent nature of God

  • All-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere.
  • “I Am God” (Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Gospel classic)

I am God all by myself, I don’t need any help.
I can handle things on my own.
I am the first and the last, whatever you need just ask.
For I am, I am, I am God.

I was there in the beginning.
And I’ll be there when you get to the end.
I’m all seeing, all knowing, almighty, ever showing.
For I am, I am, I am God


Unchanging Hand of God: Hold on to it tightly

Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
  • You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.  (Psalm 89: 13-14 NKJV)

Read and reflect on the 66 books of the Bible

  • The name of this blog (launched in Fall 2013) is based, in part, in the number of books that can be found in the Holy Bible.  66 Assurance Way.
  • Bible study and reflection can keep you connected to the Lord . . . and let the Devil know you’re a proud child of God!

Never forsaken: A benefit that believers, children of God, receive.

  • Please do not take it for granted.
  • If God Said It (Chicago Mass Choir):

If God said it, I believe it, for I know, He’ll make it alright.


Eternal Salvation

Goin’ Up Yonder (Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir)

I’m goin’ up yonder
I’m goin’ up yonder
I’m goin’ up yonder
To be with my Lord


Your Kingdom Keys for Christian Assurance

The Kingdom Keys represent the guiding principles which you, I, and all Kingdom-seeking Christians are expected to live by. They are from the 9 Pillars of Christian Assurance.

  1. Use your Bible Effectually
  2. Spiritually-Empowered Walker
  3. Exceedingly-Encouraged Attitude
  4. Christian Courage
  5. Acknowledge, Abide, and be Assured
  6. Right, Righteous Path


In your journey, as a Christian, the Bible tells you (and all believers) of many of the Do Not Enter signs you’ll likely see. Heed these signs, so you don’t need to seek God’s forgiveness or intervention.

The red Wrong Way signs tell you that you’re not headed in right direction now – and need to stop, pull over, or turn around.  In your journey, if you go pass the first sign, please don’t ignore the second one.

  • Even when you feel immobile and stuck, not moving at all, trust that your Heavenly Father will ‘make a way out of no way’.  News flash: God’s roadside assistance is better than anything AAA is selling!  He can send angels where ever and whenever they’re needed.  
  • Your club is the Always Abiding Association.  The cost of membership: Trust, Praise, and Prayer.  Need help? Just pray and wait.  While your car may leave you stranded, God never will!

Are you ready for your Journey? Don’t forget your Bible and Kingdom Keys. If you are willing to trust in the Lord, you’ll be able to ‘do all things’. Help is never far away, if you encounter a ditch or detour.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you. To God be the glory!


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‘A Love Supreme’ for God: John Coltrane’s Story

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is easily one of my favorite recordings of jazz music.  As noted in the Arun Rath story I quote below, it is his love for God that fueled this awesome 1964 recording by the talented jazz saxophonist.  It was released 50 years ago this year (February 1965).  How Coltrane got to the point of creating this classic album is reflected in his personal life.

  • Only 40 years old when he died in Long Island in 1967, today would have been the jazz musician’s 89th birthday.
  • He underwent a transformation in the months leading up to the December 1964 recording.  His new life view sparked his praise of God, including this 50-year old jazz masterpiece.

Personally, it took me a while to appreciate this album.   Like my spiritual growth, my taste in jazz music evolved over time; initially a Ronnie Laws (another saxophonist) lover, I grew to love the jazz expressions of John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, & McCoy Tyner.  Once I came to understand Coltrane’s music, it was hard to really appreciate Laws anymore.

  • Excerpts of two NPR stories on this classic jazz recording are offered below.

As I read Eric Westervelt’s post, I thought of the importance of knowing someone’s story.  How Coltrane (Sept. 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) came to his respectful praise of God, and what that change meant, is a fascinating story.


A Love Supreme is Coltrane’s ultimate spiritual testament: The “love supreme” he describes is God’s love.


While A Love Supreme is a recognized musical masterpiece, it had enormous personal significance for Coltrane.  In the spring of 1957, his dependence on heroin and alcohol lost him one of the best jobs in jazz.   He was playing sax and touring with Miles Davis’ popular group when he became unreliable and strung out.   Alternately catatonic and brilliant, Coltrane’s behavior and playing became increasingly erratic.   Davis fired him after a live show that April.

Soon after, Coltrane resolved to clean up his act.   He would later write, in the 1964 liner notes to A Love Supreme, “In the year of 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening, which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life.”

But Coltrane didn’t always stay the clean course.   As he also wrote in the album’s notes, “As time and events moved on, I entered into a phase which is contradictory to the pledge and away from the esteemed path.   But thankfully now, through the merciful hand of God, I do perceive and have been fully reinformed of his omnipotence.   It is truly a love supreme.” [Emphasis added]


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Just a Shadow, Yes Just a Shadow (Faith)

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

I love it when I discover an insight into a Bible verse that had previously alluded me.  Given how familiar the 23rd Psalm is, that a mid-Summer Sermon would give me a new perspective on ‘I walk through the valley of the shadow of death’ was even more joyful.

When a sermon, song, or scripture lingers in my mind, I sense that the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal something to me.   The scripture which led this post, Psalm 23:4, will be explored.

For starters, what’s a valley?   The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it two ways:

  • “An area of low land between hills or mountains”
  • “A low period, point, or level”

The Shadow of Death in your Valleys (July 5, 2015)

As I sat on July 5th listening to one of the Associate Ministers at my church, Rev. Percy Pass (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church), give a sermon I wasn’t sure what to expect frankly.  While I’d enjoyed the last sermon he’d given, anytime anyone other than my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gives the Sunday Sermon, I’m not sure what kind of experience awaits.  The Scripture for the minister’s Independence Day weekend Sermon:  Psalm 23.   As Rev. Pass proceeded, I can say I was fully pleased with what I heard.  As I exchanged several approving glances with my smiling, 83-year old father, I knew I was not the only one in the sanctuary that Sunday morning who felt this way.

  • He made one statement in the midst of the Sermon that, as soon as he uttered it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.   I am paraphrasing here:

David wrote about walking through a valley of the shadow of death, not a valley of death.

Rev. Pass put an emphasis on the word not.  Guess what?  The Lord puts an emphasis on keeping all his sheep safe and comforted!  

As I returned to my Church Journal (with my Sermon notes) a few weeks later, I realized how much I’d missed in reading this one familiar verse (Psalm 23:4) of the Holy Bible.  As my seasoned Pastor has said on many occasions: ‘I saw something new in reading this scripture this week’.

  • If he can say that, I don’t feel bad that all the meaning in every Bible verse I read isn’t revealed when I first read it.   Bible Study, in a group and solo, has it’s benefits!
  • An active member of a mid-sized Missionary Baptist church in the Greensboro NC area, I can say that I haven’t heard many bad sermons.  Rev. Pass’s sermon touched my spiritual heart.  Without it, the blog post you are now reading would never have been published.

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