Thursday, December 17, 2009

THAT'S GOOD NEWS

Another Southwest flight from Dallas to Austin. It has been a busy week at the customer site SuperPages. As I often do, I opened my bible for some tranquil reading. As I was reading my bible, the Stewardess looked over at me as said; "Hey, that’s a good book!" I replied "Yes it is, it is THE good book". She smile and went on to tell me a story about her mother. She was watching TV with her Mom and decided to put a tape called "JESUS" in the VCR. They watched the movie in it's entirety, when it was over her Mom smiled and said "Well that’s good news" The Stewardess replied with "That’s why they call it The Good News".
I opened my bible randomly to Isaiah 61, the Chapter is titled "Good News for the Oppressed". This is a great example of the Lord's work living in and through us all.
Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
      for the Lord has anointed me
      to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
      and to proclaim that captives will be released
      and prisoners will be freed
This verse is very close to my heart and always has been. I need to memorize it!

Monday, December 14, 2009

WHO AM I TO JUDGE?

I have been very disappointed in my younger sister lately. I question her motives and wonder about her selfishness. Just as I am questioning this, I start to wonder "Who and I to judge? Especially if I am quiet?" Jeremiah chapter 17 describes this dilemma using the human heart as an example;
Jeremiah 17:9-10
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
      and desperately wicked.
      Who really knows how bad it is?
 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
      and examine secret motives.
   I give all people their due rewards,
      according to what their actions deserve.”
I wondered then how my sister would react if she read that verse? Would she, like me, find blame in others? Do I have secret motives? Like most people, I would hope I do not have secret motives, but my heart too is human, I need to reach out to her and try too help. Do my best to weather the storm.
Jeremiah 17:7
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
 and have made the Lord their hope and confidence."

Monday, December 7, 2009

ARE YOU THE MESSIAH?

Pearl Harbor was bombed on this day, many years ago. We try to never forget the sacrifice the fallen soldiers gave us. This past weekend, Daryl Pickens joined me on my Saturday run for Shoulder the Cross. We talked about the Word while we were together. In our conversation, Daryl told me he was struggling with a lot right now. His eyes swelled with tears as I explained my passion of serving the poor. He then stared at me puzzled and said "Brian, why is there only 3 years of Jesus' life covered in the bible?" The question took me off guard. I later posed the question to my pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, Matt Carter. Matt lead me to the last words in the Gospel of John;
John 21:25
"Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written."
Matt also spoke of John the baptist. While John was in prison waiting execution, he sent a friend to ask his cousin Jesus the question "Are you the Messaiah?" Upon hearing this question Jesus responded "Poor people are being fed with food and scripture"
Mathew 11:2-4
The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”
At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’”

Thursday, March 19, 2009

DISCIPLESHIP

I am reading a book called "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning. I read a quote in this book that really spoke to me; "God loves you as you are, not as you think you should be" I decided to text this to several friends. Brian Monroe replied with looked like he took offense to me sending these words to him. I later learned that he was crying on his way home from work today. It was a personal time between he and God. He sent me the text to confirm my message was from God. He thanked me for sending him this text message.
Mathew 5:1-3
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."
I believe God uses each of us to speak His truth to others. We are all disciples of Jesus in our spiritual walk with Him.

Friday, January 9, 2009

WORRY

It is the start of a New Year and I have high hopes for 2009. I am on an airplane returning from an application installation for work. The septic field at my house has been overrun by tree roots, I was working to fix this issue when I got the call that I would be leaving town less than 16 hours later. Work has been scarce so I welcomed the opportunity, even though I knew there would be challenges. There was a definite language barrier, and the customer was offered and promised more than I was there to fulfill. If I had the capability to transfer the knowledge and had my flight not been booked already, I would have been more than happy to fulfill this request. As it turns out, I installed a different version of the application than the customer needed. I conducted the installation according to the sales order, but this is not the answer anyone wants to hear. My focus was on this and it was difficult for me to concentrate on anything else. I grabbed a small book I had called, "My little book of Promises". I found a section on worry. I read and reflected. Thirsty for more I read the section on strength. I looked up the quoted verses in my bible. I thumbed through "Prayer" and found solace. I read Mark Chapter 11
Mark 11:24-25
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too
I read on and found Mathew Chapter 21 to be a very similar verse
Mathew 21:21-22
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
After reading this, I thought of my mountain of troubles this week. -The customer was hard to understand -The customer was hard to work with -The customer didn't understand me. I have faith it will work out. I prayed for peace and tranquility. I believe in it's deliverance. My worries have faded and I trust that all will be fine. I read again "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours!"