My Beloved’s Birthday!!

Kerry celebrated her birthday this past weekend.  Ya know what is amazing….she doesn’t age!!
She still looks like the day I met her! She is My Beloved and My Beloved is Mine.

Blonde, Blue Eyed, and A Science Teacher to Boot!!
A Smile that Melts My Heart!
Kerry serving at World Changers in Arkansas, Summer of 2011

Student Servantship

Samantha is an amazing servant here at Eastern Hills Baptist Church.  Just recently she was awarded a bowling pin that read, “Kingpin of Service” for her organizing a fellowship bowling night for her Youth Group. She is also helped to organize tye-dying shirts for her the EHBC Youth Group, along with others in the Youth Group, for their Winter Retreat down in Lone Tree (outside of Capitan, NM.)
She is an amazing lady who is always there to serve another!

With Mandy rinsing off the tye-dye shirts.
Her Servantship Award-“Kingpin of Service”

Who Are You Seeking?

“I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.”
Psalm 119:10
As followers of Jesus Christ we are to be about His business daily. We are to be making a conscience effort to journey with Him.  We are to be seeking things of God in our pursuit of Godliness/Holiness.
The key words in those above sentences are, “We are…”  We are suppose to; however, life happens and our focus is taken off the King and onto the world.  Schedules, phone calls, unexpected changes in our daily routines, lack of sleep, health issues, personality conflicts; these and many others will try to edge in and take our focus off of Him. 
About two years ago, Kerry read an article about pursing God daily in a “self-focused” world. Shortly after reading that, 5 post-it notes went up in a place that we will see them every morning.  These five simple notes were reminders for us to start the day focused on the Creator of the universe instead of the trials and schedules of the day. The key words in that past sentence… “start the day focused.” Too often than not, we begin the day focused on our to-do list and not on His Hand in our life.  Yes, I am not denying that life happens at break neck speed and we must be organized and well thought out on our planning for our marriages, families, and work; however, without placing Christ as the central driving force in those decisions and outcomes, we are tilting to the windmills of the world.  Seek first His Kingdom and everything else falls into place.
So here are the five reminders that are written on post-it notes:
How would Your Spirit inspire me to pray today?
What acts of service can I do today to represent your Love?
What words can I utter that will honor and bless You?
What acts of worship can I do towards You?
Lord, how can I love You today?
May you continue to grow closer to the Lord each and every day!
A Growing Bond Servant to the King~
Joe 

A Growing Bond Servant to the King

Let me pose this question to you, “Who or what are you a Bond-Servant/Slave to?”  My prayer is that the question would stir up thoughts and emotions and make you think.  It did me.
To fully understand this question, we must define Bond-Servant.  It is the Greek word, doulos(1401), which means servant or slave.  One who voluntarily gives himself up to another’s will, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interest. 
Great picture from that definition.  Paul refers to himself as a Bond-Servant to Christ five times in his letters.  Spiritual leaders of the New Testament; John, Peter, James, take the title of Bond-Servant.   
So let’s again approach the question, “Who or what are you a Bond-Servant to?”  What are you a slave to? There are the worldly desires that we can be a slave to that many times sound justifiable.  “I need to put in those long hours so as to support my family.”  “All these practices and activities are going to help my child become better rounded.” “I only drink so as to help unwind from the day, I don’t have a problem, and I am still in control.”  “I really deserve this (place in here any major expense that will place a financial strain on the family).”   See how easy it is to become a slave to work, money, our children, even alcohol?
Then, for some, it comes in the form of emotional desires; lust, anger, deceit, pride, negative expressions.  Do you find yourself frequently apologizing for your actions or at least having to explain why you reacted in that manner?  Is there the pull to give your emotions and feelings to someone other than your spouse? Are you one who needs to make sure your feelings of injustice are heard rather than allowing His will to unfold?
Jesus Christ is the only One to whom we should become a Bond-Servant.  The key is to be totally devoted to should voluntary submission to Him. When one says that he or she will serve Him, that they do it without regards to their own interests or selfish wants and desires. 
It starts with the command that Jesus gives us, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  Luke 9:23 NASB emphasis mine   We must deny our motives and agenda, voluntarily submit our lives to Jesus daily, and begin walking with Him.
He, Himself, states, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5 NASB   It is a daily walk with our Lord and Savior.  It starts with repentance, turning from sin and turning to God, and then maintaining this relationship through obedience and faith. You must abide. 
Again, ask for God to reveal to you what you are allowing yourself to be a slave to. Things of this world or things of God?  When God shows you the unrighteousness in your life, start practicing the Truth, step into the Light and let your deeds be manifested as being wrought by God. 
A Growing Bond-Servant to Jesus Christ,
Joe 

Start The Day Focused

“I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.”
Psalm 119:10
As followers of Jesus Christ we are to be about His business daily. We are to be making a conscience effort to journey with Him.  We are to be seeking things of God in our pursuit of Godliness/Holiness.
The key words in those above sentences are, “We are…”  We are suppose to; however, life happens and our focus is taken off the King and onto the world.  Schedules, phone calls, unexpected changes in our daily routines, lack of sleep, health issues, personality conflicts; these and many others will try to edge in and take our focus off of Him. 
About two years ago, Kerry read an article about pursing God daily in a “self-focused” world. Shortly after reading that, 5 post-it notes went up in a place that we will see them every morning.  These five simple notes were reminders for us to start the day focused on the Creator of the universe instead of the trials and schedules of the day. The key words in that past sentence… “start the day focused.” Too often than not, we begin the day focused on our to-do list and not on His Hand in our life.  Yes, I am not denying that life happens at break neck speed and we must be organized and well thought out on our planning for our marriages, families, and work; however, without placing Christ as the central driving force in those decisions and outcomes, we are tilting to the windmills of the world.  Seek first His Kingdom and everything else falls into place.
So here are the five reminders that are written on post-it notes:
How would Your Spirit inspire me to pray today?
What acts of service can I do today to represent your Love?
What words can I utter that will honor and bless You?
What acts of worship can I do towards You?
Lord, how can I love You today?
May you continue to grow closer to the Lord each and every day!
A Growing Bond Servant to the King~
Joe