Month: May 2013

The Power of His Call — Luke 5:1-11

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May 26, 2013

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“It’s All About You, Jesus” — Shelley Nirider

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Over a decade ago, thousands of college students assembled for a day of worship at a farm on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee.  I nearly wore out the DVD that came out of that event, but one song in particular has been on my mind lately and today I found it on YouTube.

NiriderShelley Nirider sang this piercing song of worship, affirming that when we have given our lives to Jesus Christ, life is all about Him and no longer about us.  There are a couple of comments by participants during the first 30 seconds but the rest of the video is just the simple, gentle song acknowledging that life really is all about Jesus!

Also, love the closed caption translation across the bottom of the screen!   Definitely a moment of worship worth sharing!

Tomorrow I will be preaching on how we respond to the call of Christ on our lives by looking at how Simon, James and John left everything to follow Him in Luke 5:1-11.  Be sure to watch this video before you listen to the sermon if you can!

“Your Name” — encouragement through the storm (Oklahoma City)

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VMusicAs the tragedy of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma continues to resonate in the hearts of people all over the nation, this song of hope and worship from Victory Church in Oklahoma City (just a few miles from the path of the tornado) offers the answer through the name of Jesus Christ!

Please remember to pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down by this storm…and continue to remember the victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still trying to recover.

Your name, Hope for the hopeless
Your name, Healing the broken
Your grace Is making me whole again
In your name Carries the weary
Your name Rescues the hurting
Your grace Making me whole again
Your name is holy Your name is worthy
Your name is Jesus

The Calling Is For YOU!

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May 19, 2013

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Venice Corner, Levanto Balcony and Siena Sunporch — At Home in Italy

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Venice Corner
Venice Corner
Levanto Balcony
Levanto Balcony

Never a bad view on the streets of Italian cities…here are three house scenes, the first in Venice, the second in Levanto, and the third in Siena.  Love the way the homeowners pay attention to the details!

These pictures are digital photos I took and then reworked with computer oil painting software.

Siena Sunporch
Siena Sunporch

Michelangelo Favorites…Pieta and Moses

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Cathy and I returned late Friday night from our trip from Italy with lots of great memories and hundreds of photos!  Let the viewer beware of many uploads to come.

Just to get us started, here are two memorable photos of my favorite pieces by Michelangelo.  Absolutely amazing works!

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The Pieta
St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Moses Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
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Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

Spiritual Fullness and Personal Holiness

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July 20, 2003

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Nurturing and mentoring…

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Went to church this morning in Rome.  Beautiful day in the ancient city and warm, inviting time of worship at Rome Baptist Church.  Pastor Dave Hodgson explained the need all of us have to be nurtured for now, mentored for the long-haul.  Without nurture now, our immediate needs and concerns may overwhelm us and shut down our growth.  Without mentoring for the future, we can get stuck and not move forward toward maturity.

The Bible is filled with examples of both.  Thinking back in my own life, I have been blessed to have both nurturers and mentors to help me grow up in Christ.  Giving back is my responsibility and privilege.  All of us are called to have both and be both!  From one generation to the next, we need to embrace this part of our identity as members of His body!

Note:  We will complete the first installment of our sabbatical this week and be back in Raleigh late Friday night.  Thanks to all of you who have made this trip possible and to those of you who continue to pray for us!

Happy Mothers Day from Italy!

When the answer to prayer matters…

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When we can pray with dry eyes and indifferent hearts, not much faith is necessary.  What grips your heart so much that you pray as Hannah prayed in 1 Samuel 1:15, “I’ve been pouring out my heart before The Lord.”

Faith that God will move in response to prayer begins with the act of praying expectantly and fervently.  Occasionally mentioning something in passing fails to meet the standard of pouring our hearts out.

A challenge I want to embrace this year is to embrace some concerns with faithful prayer and look with hope for God to move His hand in a way that cannot be mistaken for anything but God.  Will you join me?  I have already identified five areas I want to see Him work.  As I read His Word, I believe that is the kind of prayer in which He delights!

(thoughts while in Siena…ciao!)

The Dynamic Pursuit of Holiness

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July 6, 2003

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