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A Psalm for Everyday

For the leader. Set to “The Silent Dove in the Distance.” By David; a mikhtam , when the P’lishtim captured him in Gat: Show me favor, God; for people are trampling me down — all day they fight and press on me. Those who are lying in wait for me would trample on me all day. For those fighting against me are many. Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God — I praise his word — in God I trust; I have no fear; what can human power do to me? All day long they twist my words; their only thought is to harm me. They gather together and hide themselves, spying on my movements, hoping to kill me. Because of their crime, they cannot escape; in anger, God, strike down the peoples. You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water-skin — aren’t they already recorded in your book? Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call; this I know: that God is for me. In God — I praise his word — in Adonai — I praise his word — in God I trust; I have no fear; what can mere humans do to me? God, I have made vows to you; I will fulfill them with thank offerings to you. For you rescued me from death, you kept my feet from stumbling, so that I can walk in God’s presence, in the light of life.
Tehillim (Psa) 56:1‭-‬14 CJB
https://bible.com/bible/1275/psa.56.1-14.CJB

Christian Life

You’ve Already Been Drafted

The Stark Contrast: Who’s Side Are You On? Make No Mistake, You Are in the War of Wars… Now!

Satan

  • Kill, steal, destroy
  • Father of Lies
  • Hate
  • Goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour

God

  • Gives you life and that more abundantly
  • The Way, The Truth and The Life
  • Love
  • The Lion of Judah Who laid down His life for us
Christian Life, Fruit of the Spirit

I’m Live Streaming

Hi Friends,

Today was my first live stream on NowMentor.com. This is not my website; but I was blessed to be asked to join to discuss the Fruit of the Spirit. Currently, I’ll be broadcasting Tuesdays from 9-10:00 AM Pacific Time. It is absolutely free to join. You can ask question and make comments in the live chat box during the stream.

Today’s topic was kindness. I am thankful for those that joined. It is open to all who want to explore the fruit.

I hope you’ll sign up at http://www.NowMentor.com today and that I will see you beginning next week.

Change, Christian Life, Determination

Guess Who’s Turning 50? No, It’s Not Me.

Quick, flash back to 1969, if you are able. I wasn’t here until a few years later; but I wanted to acknowledge milestones, things that shaped so many of our lives and our culture in both positive and in some cases negative ways.

Sesame Street and Scooby Doo are turning 50 this year. How many of us watched one or both of these casts of characters? I did, to be sure. Big Bird reminded us to be kind and share as did so many human and muppet cast members on the show. They tried to make Oscar see the value in kindness, Cookie Monster the value in sharing and so on. Scooby Doo seemed fun as the gang sleuthed out who was behind the mask. I’ve been known as a huge fan of the show for decades now. But as I’ve gotten older, I see how my Aunt’s opinion of the show was wise. They are cute characters; and it was great that good always won. But now I see that it was a way for witchcraft to be made into something that seemed innocuous or palatable, kind of like Woodstock was just a great music festival…not at all. It was a gateway for mind-altering drug use and rampant sexual encounters.

Oh come on, Kristiann, it was just young people being young and experimenting. No, my friend, not so. When you open your mind in such ways, you are not in control and have truly opened a portal into the spiritual realm. How do you know what spirit might want to experiment with you? What about the reality that every time you have a sexual encounter, your soul and that of your partner connect? It isn’t simply a physical act. We are not animals, contrary to what many would like us to believe. We are, each one, knit together by God Almighty for relationship with Him, to glorify Him and to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

But sometimes good things come with age (and intentionality). We can gain wisdom, perspective and become more thoughtful about our life choices. Relationships can grow stronger. Our priorities can be re-ordered for the better. I challenge myself and each you to live intentionally, thinking of the repercussions of our actions and to embrace the gift of Life.