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Connected?

What are you cooking up for the Lord? Don't forget to plug in!

In Mark 1, we read how Jesus was starting to get famous:

“News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.” (:28)

The jews liked the way He taught:

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (:22)

And they’d just seen Jesus command a demon to leave a man.  It was violent and scary and probably totally awesome:

“Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,

‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!’

‘Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!’

The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.’ ” (:23-:27)

And, not only that, but he could heal sick people:

“Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” (:30-:31)

So everybody in town started bringing their sick moms and dads, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters to Jesus.  He was really cookin’, Jesus was, and by nightfall he was completely surrounded by needy people who wanted His attention, the whole town, in fact:

“That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.  The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons … ” (:32-:34)

How was Jesus able to keep pouring himself out for these needy people?

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (:35)

He stayed plugged in to the Power Source, His Father.  It’s kinda complicated because Jesus was God in the flesh and all, but all I know is —

if Jesus needed to do it, How much more do I…

and you?!

I heard this on my local christian radio station this morning:

“Jesus knew that to minister to others He had to stay connected with His Father. Are you connecting with the Lord?” ~~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Seeking Him.

Let’s pray:

Oh, Father, You are and You reward those who earnestly seek You. (Hebrew 11:6)  I’m seeking you now, earnestly, and asking that you give me the desire to stay connected to You.

You said in John 15, “Apart from Me, You can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

And You said in Isaiah 45: “…there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.” (:5b)

You are the only God.  Whom have I in heaven but Thee?  (Psalm 73:25)  Oh, may there be none upon the earth that I desire beside Thee, like the rest of that verse says.  You know I desire many, many, many other things beside You, Father, on a general basis. (If you’ve been neglecting Your Bible and prayer, now’s the time to confess it.)

I want to be plugged into Your heart.  I want to stay connected to You.  Help me!  Help me! Help me!  In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Do you know the Lord? Click on the pic above to get connected. 🙂

Snowflake Faith

Looking out the window at the occasional  snowflake making its way haphazardly to the ground, my son pooh-poohed the morning’s forecast for snow accumulation. 

But, by afternoon, the weatherman was proved right.  Our lawn and surrounding woods were blanketed in white, and the air was filled with beautiful snowflakes, whirling about and smacking against our window panes.

I can understand my son doubting the power of the flake, though. It’s such a tiny little thing.  But, what are avalanches made of, after all?  Tiny little snowflakes.

Sometime, my prayers seem awfully small, too, compared to the avalanche-sized problem I’m praying about, and my doubts forecast dismal results, but, I’m reminded of another little thing that grows into something big.  Jesus mentioned it centuries ago to his disciples….the mustard seed. 

 

 It’s such a tiny little thing:

 

 

But look how big it grows:

 

 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” ~~ Matthew 13:31-32

That’s the kind of faith I want to have — snowflake faith, mustard seed faith.  I want to believe that my little prayers can have HUGE results! 

 

The Snowflake Prayer: “Oh, Father in heaven, You are and You are a rewarder of those who earnestly seek You.  (Hebrews 11:6)  I want to believe that my snowflake prayers  can produce avalanches in the spiritual realm!  So, I cry out like that father in the Bible who wanted you to heal his son, “I DO believe!  Help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Do you have faith in the One who created the snowflake?  Click on the pic below to begin a relationship with Him that can quickly snowball into an AWESOME life:

 

Walk in the Light

nature center walk 2009 037“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1John 1:7

I love to walk in the forest this time of year.  With the leaves  off the trees, all is open and laid bare, no secret critters lurking nearby off the path.  (I’m a paranoid hiker. 🙂 )

From the bluffs, the bare limbs reveal the river in the distance, hidden from view all summer. river bluffs, fall 2009

Reminds me of this verse: “ And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”  Hebrews 4:13 

That’s the kind of person I want to be; open, no secrets, nothing to hide. The view is so much better, inside and out.

Dave in the Woods

  

 “… O man… what does the LORD require of you but… to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

The Hiker’s Prayer (click on highlighted words/phrases for verse references): 

” Oh Father, You cover Yourself in light as with a cloak.  I want to walk in the light as You are in the light.  Help me to confess my sins, because when I do,  You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Father, right now I confess… (fill in the blank).  Thank you for forgiving me.  Oh, Father,  You exist and You are a Rewarder of them that earnestly seek You.   I am earnestly seeking You now.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Do you know Maker of the Woods?  Click on the bluff for a better view of Him.nature center walk 2009 039