Battle For Position

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by powerbehindu

The Heat of the Race

Sgysbee Winning the Skipjack Race

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by powerbehindu

New Picture

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Sunset on the April Star

New Picture

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Watching For Dinner

“The Hope” Part 2

Posted in Assurance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by powerbehindu

It is clear throughout God’s Word that hope is offered. God is a God of hope and not despair. He offers more in a moment than the world can offer in a lifetime. We must remember that the things which we see are not eternal. The Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” God offers a hope beyond the grave knowing that this world and the things of it are passing away. This notion leaves many people disheartened because their affections are rooted in worldly ways and actions. For the believer in Jesus Christ, this world is not our home. We are strangers and pilgrims sojourning through this land. God, thorough the Lord Jesus Christ, has prepared a place in heaven for all who believe. It is here that Romans 5:5 tells us that we have a hope that does not disappoint.

The Death of a Friend and Elder

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by powerbehindu

I am deeply sadden by the loss of my friend and elder, Paul Tyler. Paul was one of those rare individuals who you run across that truly had the Word of God hidden in his heart. God’s Word was Paul’s joy and he spent over the last 35 years memorizing huge portions of Scripture. He was like a walking Strong’s concordance. You could give him a few words and he could quote the entire passage and give you chapter and verse. Not only was this Word hidden in his heart, it was reflected in his daily life. He lived, as best as he could as the grace of God would allow, what he had read from God’s Holy Word. Paul was not arrogant in what he knew, but loving and caring of peoples’ souls. He was a simple man; A waterman, who loved the outdoors. Great solace was found as he reflected on the creative power of his God and King. One wonders sometimes about the perfect will of God and his ultimate plan of working everything for good to those that love him and are called according to his purpose. What good was the death of a man who had so much to offer? Paul died saving his wife after their house caught on fire. He got her out with just singed hair. Elder Paul died moments later after returning inside the house to retrieve personal articles. He was 74. I was his pastor.

Discipleship: A Life In Christ

Posted in Discipleship with tags , , , on August 25, 2010 by powerbehindu

In 1993, God enabled me, by His Grace, to make a decision that changed the course of my life. The resolution was to follow Jesus. It was not an easy vow, but it proved to be the best I ever made. The costs of following Jesus were counted, added up, and I plunged head-long into a wonderful relationship with God that I have never regretted. Since that time, the course of discipleship began and continues as I write. The Master is in an on-going training with me and those like me (born-again believers), to complete the work He started. It is with this thought in mind, that the following posts will describe a Life of Discipleship. Always learning, always growing, always falling down and getting up, and always keeping my eyes focused on the Master/Teacher.

The Christian’s life is one of discipleship; constantly pressing toward the upward call and prize which is in Jesus Christ. Striving by the power of the Holy Spirit to be restored into that God-like image that was severely marred (or should I say destroyed) at The Fall. It is a process which allows Christ-likeness to be manifested in all areas of our lives. Regardless of what we think, say, or how we act, it is to be that Christ is shown in every aspect.

The endeavor is not an easy one. It is not something to engage in half-heartedly. This transformation will take great discipline, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The enemy will try to hinder the work that Jesus wants to accomplish in you. He may try to assault you from many fronts, but a greater One than satan is present. At times your flesh will rise up and say, “No more! No more!” However, we must put to death the old man and let the new man reign and control the direction in which we are headed. The task set before us in discipleship will be a fight. The good fight of faith must be waged in order for the process to be completed. There are moments when we would want to shrink back, but we must press on to allow the fullness of God to be glorified in us as we follow hard after Him.

Discipleship may carry us places we never thought of going or even wanted to go.  Battle lines will be drawn and choices will need to be made on what side we stand. If we stand true to the faith which is in Jesus Christ, we will be victorious and we will climb to greater heights in the Lord. Let us gird ourselves with the whole armor of God, preparing ourselves for living and growing in the great grace of our God and King Jesus Christ. Journey with me now as we delve into discipleship, it’s costs, pains, heartaches, and more so it’s triumphs and victories. May the rod and staff of our great and Good Shepherd bring comfort in our journey.