Praying over every decision will pay big dividends in life.View video in Standard Definition or High Definition
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When Mary travelled to be with Elizabeth in the early days of her pregnancy with Jesus she no doubt was looking for comfort and understanding. I am sure she found these in her three-month stay with her elderly relative but in addition to Elizabeth's other words she spoke these words to Mary.
"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Luke 1:45
Not only for her, but for you and I, there is the enduring promise of blessing to those who believe. We as Christians often times have our struggles with belief . We also should not be shocked that those on the outside have a problem with belief is well. After all the gospel asks us all to believe:
• There is an eternal almighty God who can't be seen
• He made everything through a process that can't be understood or duplicated
• God became a man
• Jesus was born of a virgin
• He lived a 100% perfect life
• He healed the sick, raised the dead an performed numerous miracles
• Even though He is God he was killed by man
• Even though He was dead he came back to life after 3 days
• He literally rose into the sky and now resides in heaven
• He will one day return to the earth He left
But believe we should and blessed we will be if we do. To believe requires a choice on our part to do so. To believe is to know and accept that He is, that He is at work and act accordingly! Are you looking for some blessings? Then believe!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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The one look into Jesus childhood reveals what our lives are all about. Learn more in this Recharge video
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I took this picture in our front yard last summer - when Julie's butterfly bush was in full bloom. I think about the road a butterfly has to take to reach maturity - egg, caterpillar, pupa, adult - this reminds me that we don't become beautiful instantly. It takes a lifetime of growth and development for us to move toward the ideal God has for us. That is to be remade in the image of Christ, as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says; in His time He makes all things beautiful. So keep following, keep growing and be patient with yourself and others - growth takes time.
I am planning to share more of my photographic work and scriptural thoughts in this way. Your feedback or comments are always appreciated. Feel free to share the picture or this blog post with any one you care to.
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A new video series has gone online - taken from the Archives of Recharge Video. In this video teaching series I will show you how you can make the most of today. Life is too short to waste even a single day and the scriptures show us how we should view and treat this day to make it what God meant it to be for us. So take a few moments and be encouraged as you make the most of today.
To access the entire series go to the Mt. Calvary Website.
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Sometimes we face pressure from others to disobey what we know to be the right thing to do. But even with the risk obedience is always best. Learn more in today's Recharge Video
Saturday, August 02, 2014
I WAS shocked at her simple beauty. Even through the 1920s styling of her clothes and the yellow tint of the photograph, she stood there smiling and confident with an expression of being at peace with the world. The faded image bore no outward resemblance to the woman I had come to know.
I was her pastor. I had visited in her home many times, talked with her, prayed with her and sought to encourage her. But the woman I knew was nearing the century mark. Time had ravaged her body and robbed her of even the mobility to leave her tiny home. The silent thief of Alzheimer's disease had stolen the best part of her mind.
I knew from the often-repeated stories that she was an orphan, her mother dying in the process of giving birth. She was raised by friends of the family, never enjoyed the company of a brother or sister. She never married, never knew the companionship of a loving husband or the tender touch of a nursing baby. She never traveled, and she saw the ocean only once in her 100 years.
She was never able to finish high school as the need for an income outweighed the need for an education. She worked in a factory making shoes. I make more in a few days than she ever made in a month.
She has no retirement, no savings and, apart from the family of church, no one to care for her. She survives on a small Social Security check and prayer.
I have wondered if this is the future she envisioned as she posed for that picture somewhere in the distant past. A future of loneliness, hard work, hard times and poverty? A future without the fulfillment of the dreams that most of us hold dear. The expression in the picture is one of confidence and hope; from every outward standard of measurement, her life has been anything but marked by happiness.
But if you knew her, in spite of a spotty memory and confusion, you would know that she has something money and achievement cannot purchase. Her spirit was one marked by an inner strength, a peace that goes beyond my ability to understand.
In spite of it all, she is content. In fact, she is joyful and thankful, rather than petty and bitter. She is always focused on what God has given her and not for a second on what God chose for her to do without. Her only disappointment is that God has seen fit to leave her here so long when she wants to go home.
The outward expression on a time-worn picture is a reality that is now seen in the inward images of the heart. This woman has found joy! The kind of joy I want to experience every day, every moment. I have come to her to give, to minister. Instead I have been ministered to. I have been encouraged and I have been wounded. I have been rebuked by how often I have taken the misguided path that believes lasting contentment and joy can be found in the trinkets and experiences of this world. Her life, the one I can see as whole from the picture I hold in my hand and the face that is before me, teaches me that joy can come only from things that touch eternity. It comes only from a person beyond this Earth and beyond this life. It only comes from a relationship with our Maker.
Psalms 16:11 expresses the idea in divine terms: "In Your presence is the fullness of joy."
One ultimately finds real and lasting joy in being with the God of the universe. It is not found in the stuff of the world. It is not found in possessions, in achievement or position. It is found in a simple dependence and contentment that has its origin in Him.
Why not take a few moments and take a look at the joy level of your life? Please do not confuse joy with happiness. The comings and goings of happiness are determined by the circumstances of this life. Joy is determined by our being in His presence and is independent of the circumstances of life. Joy is attainable, but only through a relationship with our Heavenly Father, gained through Jesus Christ.
She found this joy and lived it and lives it still. This is the goal I wish to pursue. I encourage you to make the journey as well.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I just want to give you a quick update on things…
1. Summer break has started and for the next 3 weeks there will be no new Recharge Video episodes, new episodes begin in August – be watching.
2. In the mean time you can watch previous episodes here http://www.recharge.waggonermedia.com
3. Since September of 2013 I have created 89 episodes of Recharge Video. Thank you for your comments, encouragement and support. Please continue to share with others so that we can grow our audience and share the encouragement.
4. In case you are wondering here is how this ministry operates. Everything you see online is created by our staff of one (me) and we have a yearly budget of $0 – in the future I hope to buy advertising to help get the word out but for now your sharing this ministry with others is the only way to move forward so please help as you can.
5. Be blessed and I look forward to being back with new Recharge Videos very soon.
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In part seven of a study through the Beatitudes from Matthew 5 - learn the value of being a peacemaker
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