November 16, 2018

  “He (the Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27).

  Neither the Lord Jesus nor the Holy Spirit ever thought of willing or praying outside the will of God the Father. Neither will we, while we walk in the Spirit, and abide in the Lord Jesus.

Faith is not a power that one possesses, by which he can move the arm of God and work miracles. ‘Faith accepts quiet guidance; only unbelief demands a miracle.’ There is nothing in true faith that the flesh can glory in. The power is God’s. It is the Father who works and does it according to His own wisdom and will. Faith is simply absolute confidence in the Father which gives the certainty that He will fulfill His Word.

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Faith must be based upon certainty. There must be the definite knowledge of and confidence in the Father’s purpose and will. Without that there can be no true faith. For faith is not a force that we can exercise or a striving to believe that something shall be, thinking that if we believe hard enough it will come to pass.

  “Let us not be discouraged if the transformation we long for does not take place immediately. Let us feel the need and lay it to heart. Let us stand in faith, and we shall never be put to shame. Cleaving to the Lord Jesus and His Word with purpose of heart can never be in vain. The hour will surely come when out of our hearts, too, will flow rivers of living water.”

  “Whatever sends us to the Lord Jesus—be it grief, disappointment or burden—is to that degree a blessing. No price is too great to pay in gaining this fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

  “That ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9).

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Pray for Brandi, she is having bouts of vertigo

Remember Richard Perales Sr. found out today he has diabetes. It really shook him up.


November 12, 2018

One of the great, yet neglected disciplines.

Throughout the ages, Christians have struggled to discern the proper balance between the cloistered existence and the life of reckless, zealous ministry—between bustling service and sacred hush—between Walden and the whirlwind. We contend with the Mary and Martha inside us. (Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He said while her sister, Martha, was busy with the preparations for visitors in their home. See Lk. 10:38-42.)

To set aside everyday concerns and gaze uninterrupted at the Lord seems utopian and escapist. But the continual giving of ourselves in service for Christ brings a sobering awareness of our frail humanity and limited store. We become caught in the Mary-Martha dilemma, weighing the active life with the contemplative life.


True service for Christ, however, occurs only when Mary and Martha marry—when neither isolation nor compulsion characterizes our lives. Bernard of Clairvaux, born in 1091, wrote, “Action and contemplation are very close companions; they live together in one house on equal terms; Martha is Mary’s sister.”[2] Bernard of Clairvaux, Selections from the Writings of Bernard of Clairvaux, ed. Douglas V. Steere (Nashville, TN: The Upper Room, 1961), p. 25. William Barclay also referred to a kind of coexistence: “The more one reads of the lives and works of great men, the more one sees that they have a twin capacity—the capacity to work and the capacity to wait.”[3] William Barclay, Daily Celebration, vol. II (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1973), p. 165.

The Christian life should have a rhythm—doing and resting, speaking and listening, giving and receiving. The life of Jesus illustrates that perfect balance. This busy Man (in perfect harmony with His Father, Himself, and His purpose on earth), who completed to the fullest the work given to Him, withdrew for prayer again and again. The Scriptures indicate that Jesus worked at getting alone, just as He worked at serving and teaching.

From the beginning of His ministry when He spent forty days alone in the desert, to the end of His ministry when He prayed nights on the Mount of Olives, Jesus’ life was interlaced with periods of solitude. In these quiet times alone, He enjoyed a deep, abiding fellowship with His Father. Psalm 16:11 records David’s expression of the exultant delight of this kind of communion with God: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Jesus was ever occupied with relating to and pleasing the Father, not in making use of Him. Prayer was the expression of Their unity, not a grip to wrest something from the Father. German pastor Otto Borchert wrote of Their relationship, “Prayer went like a divine shuttle backward and forward between Him and the Father—speech and answer, giving and receiving, a continual loving aloud, in the most intimate tones that the world has ever heard.”[4] Otto Borchert, The Original Jesus (London: Lutterworth Press, 1936), p. 223.

Jesus considered prayer crucial to ministry. Periods of prayer preceded the critical junctures of His life: before He began His public ministry, before choosing the twelve disciples, before His transfiguration that prepared His disciples for a fuller revelation of who He was, and before Gethsemane. On one occasion, He rebuked His disciples after they attempted, unsuccessfully, to cast out an evil spirit that had tormented a boy since his childhood. When the disciples asked why they were unable to drive it out, Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer” (Mk. 9:29).

Solitude in the life of Jesus meant prayer, and prayer meant solitude. While the religious leaders stood conspicuously on street corners to pray, Jesus rose early in the morning or departed after dark to pray in private. It was His practice to enter His closet and shut the door.


To a culture that considered cloistered contemplation the highest status of the godly, Martin Luther proclaimed that work can be worship, too. Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me” (Jn. 9:4). Jesus was a Man of work, just as He was a Man of prayer. Throughout the Gospels we see Him giving Himself to people: He healed, cast out demons, and proclaimed deepest truth. Jesus engaged in earnest conversation with those who knew little of serious talk. He demonstrated His servant disposition as He cooked meals for His disciples on the beach or washed their feet. His life was one of sacrificial service even apart from His Death on the Cross. Virtue went from Him as He healed. His labors kept Him from food and brought Him to exhausted sleep in the stern of a boat. His ministry was hard work. Yet, as Romano Guardini has aptly observed, “Jesus is the bringer of the tidings of all tidings, but they neither crush nor drive him: he and his message are one.”[5] Romano Guardini, The Lord (Chicago: The Henry Regnery Company, 1954), p. 343.

Jesus and His message are inseparable. He stands as the perfect embodiment of all He proclaimed and taught. His totally integrated life and ministry reflect His union with the Father. His work, the expression of His life, is worship.


The marrying of service and solitude is not to be found in the balance of a happy medium, or in a swath down the middle between service and solitude. Rather, it requires pursuing distinct paths in each direction. E. Stanley Jones, fifty years a missionary in India, said, “I found myself going off in solitude and reading my New Testament, and when I came across a verse that spoke of Him, I found myself reverently pressing my lips to that verse…. But I’m soon up on my feet again with a compulsion, a divine compulsion to share this with everyone, everywhere.”[6] E. Stanley Jones, A Song of Ascents (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1968), p. 29.

This same rhythm of service and solitude characterized James Hervey (1713-1785): “But in-doors or out-of-doors, he was always full of his Master’s business, always redeeming the time, always reading, writing, or speaking about Christ, and always behaving like a man who had recently come from his Lord’s presence to say something, and was soon going back again.”[7] J. C. Ryle, Christian Leaders of the 18th Century (Edinburgh, Scotland: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), p. 350. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, says of His sheep, “He will come in and go out, and find pasture” (Jn. 10:9). Jesus has called us to go out into the world for Him, but He has also called us to come to Him for refreshment.


Service and solitude both require our full attention. Neither can stand alone and be truly Christian. Service without time apart for spiritual nourishment, reflection, and fresh instruction from God deteriorates into humanitarian effort. True spiritual ministry acknowledges God as the Source; the minister is merely the channel. The idea of living in Christ and letting Him live out His life in us is a recurring theme in the New Testament:

No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (Jn. 15:4-5)

Not only must God minister through us, He must minister to us. We must practice what we preach. Jesus called the honored teachers of His day whitewashed tombs because they taught what they didn’t practice. Earlier He had declared, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:20). We must not become so busy serving that we fail to obey God ourselves.

Unless we take time to reflect on who God is (His attributes) and what He has done in the past (our history), and contemplate what He says He will do in the future (His promises), our good works may have no eternal substance. Service in His Kingdom consists not of isolated acts for the benefit of mankind, but of acts of obedience done for Him, in Him, because of who He is and what He is like.

Likewise, solitude without service easily degenerates into self-absorption. Time with the Lord must quicken us to our needy world, not provide a soothing insulation from it. The natural fruit of looking at God is a heightened zeal and vigor to serve Him. As we ponder His grace and love, we long to express our gratitude in acts of obedience and to communicate Him to others.

If we emulate the Lord’s pattern, we embrace the poles: service and solitude. We acknowledge that although the needs of the world are great and ever-present, we do no real service if we are spiritually destitute ourselves. Withdrawing to be alone is not indolence or dereliction of duty; it is an imperative. But we must also remember the Jesus who left His silent chamber to freely give His life for our sake thousands of times, and then faced the Cross.

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Pray for Leon W, his wife recently passed.

Pray for Rebekah H, that she would realize the importance of having a servant’s heart.

Pray for Robbey D, just told he has AIDS.

Pray for Tim C. State Police Officer in NY, his wife is considering leaving him, the long hours and the low pay are taking a toll.

a new heart

November 11, 2018

  “That our God may make you worthy of His call, and by His power fully satisfy your every desire for goodness” (2 Thess. 1:11a, Williams translation.).

  If we are born into the Lord Jesus by sheer grace, surely He can manifest Himself in us on the same principle.

  It is this quiet expectation and confidence, resting on the Word of the Lord Jesus that in Him there is an abiding place prepared, which is so sadly wanting among Christians. The idea many have of grace is that their conversion and pardon are God’s work, but that now, in gratitude to Him, it is their work to live as Christians. There is always the thought of work (law) that has to be done, and even though they pray for help, still the work is theirs. They fail continually, and become helpless; and the despondency only increases the helplessness.

 Abiding in the Lord Jesus is not a work that we have to do as the condition for enjoying His salvation, but a consenting to let Him do all for us and in us, and through us. It is a work He does for us—the fruit and power of His redeeming love. Our part is simply to yield, to trust, to abide, and to wait for what He has engaged to perform. As it was the Lord Jesus who drew us, when He said ‘Come,’ so it is the Lord Jesus who keeps us when He says ‘Abide.’

The heart is constantly looking to God to give a testimony about itself; but the Father is giving a testimony concerning His Son, and not about what we are; if He were to give a testimony about us, it must be about our sin and unbelief of heart. But no; and it is of great importance in this day of infidelity to see that if the Father gives a testimony, it is about His Son, and what He is to the sinner. If you believe that, you will have peace.

  “And complete every activity of your faith, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus might be glorified in you” (2 Thess. 1:11b, Williams Translation.).

That we would all learn to rest, and abide in the Lord.

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Well had a great surprise today, Richard Perales, whom we’ve all been praying for, attended an event today with his mother and father, first time in years. And there was no drama. Who knows, maybe we will see him in church soon.

Pray for Cristina, she is being tempted to be unfaithful to her marriage vows. Pray that she stays strong.

Pray for Denise H. she is having severe migraines.

the yielded life

November 10, 2018


“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous” (Heb. 12:11a).

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].(Amplified version)

  You will be prepared, but never pierced, by the nail-pierced Hand.

  “Sufferings are for chastening (child-training). And chastening is from love, a token of our Father’s care. We live in a world full of trial and suffering. Many of the Lord’s people have complained that their circumstances were too unfavorable for a life of full devotion, of close fellowship with Him, or pressing on to maturity. The duties and difficulties, the cares and troubles of life, render it practically impossible, they say, to live a fully consecrated life.

  “Would God that they might learn the lesson of His Word! Every trial comes from the Father as a call to come away from the world to Him, to trust Him, to believe in His love. In every trial He will give strength and blessing. Let but this truth be accepted, in each trial, small or great; first of all and at once, recognize the Father’s hand in it. Say at once, I welcome it from Him; my first care is to glorify my Father—He will use it all for my good.”

Do not be afraid of the Father’s training school. He both knows His scholars, as to what they are, and He knows for what service they are to be fitted. A jeweler will take more pains over a gem than over a piece of glass; but the one he takes most pains over is longest under discipline and most severely dealt with. Once finished, however, the burnish never tarnishes, the brightness never dims. So with us. If we are placed, at times, as in a furnace, it is not merely for earthly service, but for eternity. May you so appreciate the plans of your Father that you can triumphantly glory in the love that subjects you to such discipline, though the trial itself be sharp and to the flesh hard to bear.

  “Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercised by it” (Heb. 12:11b).

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Keep praying for Richard Perales, his said that since we started praying for him, he’s completely changed, he’s polite, helping around the house, he even apologized to her, which has never happened before.


November 9, 2018


“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit (with Him)” (1 Cor. 6:17).

1 Corinthians 6:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

  We are one spirit with the Lord Jesus by the one and only Holy Spirit.

  “I can always know when the Holy Spirit is leading me, because He ever occupies me with the Lord Jesus. True, He may have to call attention to my own condition, but if He does, He turns me to the Lord Jesus, not merely to convict me, but to relieve me.

Spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit engraving the Lord Jesus on a man’s heart, putting Him into his thoughts, his words, and his ways, just as the Law was engraved upon stones. It is not that there is no failure. A man who is seeking to make money does not always succeed; but everybody knows what his object is. Just so, the Lord Jesus Christ is the object of the believer’s life.

 The believer is not to clamor for the solution of perplexities or for intellectual mastery of divine mysteries. What knowledge he has in this realm is his because the Holy Spirit has declared it to him; and for the Spirit’s declaration he must wait.

 None of us is ever beyond the work of the Spirit in us. What amazes me the most is that after 42 years of pastoring and counseling, each day I’m blessed by some new nugget, a kernel, a different facet to the Word of God. It truly is new every day.

And all those “ah hah” moments, brought to you by The Holy Spirit.

  “He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify Me” (John 16:14).

Remember Richard Perales, that he comes to saving knowledge, hopefully before the bottom falls out.

Pray for Barbara D, for strength and encouragement during her very long battle with cancer.

Pray for Danny F, it’s time to come home.

Pray for all the prodigals’ and give hope to the parents.


November 7, 2018


I put a question mark there in case you are trying to figure out what is happening to you and an exclamation point in case you know what’s happening to you.

  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous” (Heb. 12:11a).

  Our Father chastens us “for our own profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness” (Heb. 12:10). We are not chastened because we deserve it, but because we need it. And there is no wrath in His child-training.

Many have the wrong idea of that word ‘chastening.’ We think, perhaps, that it represents God as having a big stick in His hand and knocking us about all the time. You have only to make a mistake and down comes the big stick! That, of course, is a totally wrong conception of the Father, and is not at all what the word means. The word ‘chastening’ simply means child-training, which has to do with sonship. Sonship in our Father’s mind is to have people who are reliable and responsible, who know in their own hearts what is right and what is wrong, and do not have to be constantly told and admonished.

We should always look at our difficulties in the light of this training. It often seems that the life of a Christian is more difficult than any other life, and more troubles come to us than to anyone else. Whether we recognize it or not, these difficulties and troubles which come to us are to train us for something and to develop in us the spirit of sonship; that is, to develop spiritual intelligence and spiritual ability in us.”

One of the main purposes of all the Father’s dealings with us is to bring us into a greater knowledge of His Son. We never know anything about greatness unless we have a great need to know it. Therefore we are brought into situations where we must know something much greater than we already know. This is why our Father brings His children into difficult circumstances—that they may learn how great their Lord Jesus is.

  “Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercised by it” (Heb. 12:11b).


Pray for Ronnie R, his grandson 11 has developed serious heart problems

Pray for Robbey H, 50, and having heart complications, also pray for his salvation.

Pray for Terri I, married twice, she is dipping her toe back into the dating pool

Pray for Sherri, our church bad girl, three steps forward, 5 back. Pray she stops before it’s to late.


November 6, 2018

faith-origin“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

  To be Christ-centered, we must be Spirit-dependent.

It is basically the belief of the truth; it is not belief of the fruits. The Holy Spirit cannot present to me the fruit He has produced in me, as the object of my faith. He speaks to me of my faults, of my sins, but not of the good works that may be in me. He produces them in me, but He hides them from me; for if we think of them, it is but a more subtle self-righteousness. It is like the manna which, being kept, produced worms. All is spoilt—it is no more faith in action. The Holy Spirit must always present to me the Lord Jesus Christ, that I may grow and have peace.

  “An understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is basic to Christian growth. Spirituality is Christ-likeness, and Christ-likeness is the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual power is not the miraculous or the spectacular, but rather the consistent manifestation of the characteristics of the Lord Jesus in the believer’s life. All this is the work of the Spirit, of whom the Lord Jesus said, ‘He shall glorify Me’ (John 16:14).

  “What are the ingredients of spirituality? First, a spirit of dependence, whatever may be the state of faith and the blessings we may have realized. Secondly, an entire confidence in the goodness of the Father; for He is love. Thirdly, the Lord Jesus as the constant object of the affections of the heart, for the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart is to fill it with contemplation of and fellowship with the Lord Jesus in glory.”

  “Changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).

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Pray for Connie’s daughter, she’s 17 and in a bike accident broke her hands, her wrists and her arms. It will be 3 months before they know if she will get back the use of her hands.

Pray for Don K, Vietnam Vet, he’s in hospice, has maybe a week left, pray that sometime in this week he will be lucid enough to say goodbye to his wife and kids.

Remember Steve H, and his family in prayer


November 5, 2018

Some will get this, some won’t.


Your car is not a holster (Pat Rogers)


Your bible is not a Weapon, the Word of God is.


So what do the two quotes have in common?


Quite a bit, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard, “I ran back to my car to get my gun.” Thus, your car is not a holster, if it’s not on you, it’s supposed to be in a safe. If it’s not on you, the 2 second rule means your dead, or someone else is.


Your bible is not a weapon, it’s just a book, the words ‘Holy Bible’ don’t really mean anything. The original manuscripts were inspired and inerrant. We believe in the fact the that bible is an accurate rendition of those originals (98% scientifically verified,100% by faith).

But it’s just a book. As it says itself, it is living, sharper than any two-edged sword. If it’s in you. When temptation comes, when you need to give a right answer, it’s what’s inside you. If you have to run and get it, well it’s probably to late. Just like the gun. 2 seconds, have gone by and you fell, gave in, gave up, fornicated, masturbated, lusted, looted, stolen, coveted, sinned. It’s all over but the confession. Left of Bang. (great book by the way).


Bible memorization, after salvation, learning to pray, it’s the next most important thing you can do in your Christian life. Bang, you failed.


Harsh, maybe, over exaggeration, probably not. The bible says we are to ‘eat the word’ digest it, consume it, hide it in our hearts. Because just like any other weapon if it isn’t on/in you it’s to far away.


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Get up, get over it, get going. We all get another chance if we survived the first encounter.

Pray, read, memorize, repeat.

the school of law

November 4, 2018

Paul tells us sin is no longer our master “because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Ro 6:14). The truth that we’re no longer saved by the law, however, does not mean it is irrelevant to the Christian life. The reality is that the law is still needed, not least because it reveals much about Jesus. Here’s how:

  ➤ The holiness of the law points to Christ’s holiness—The Law created a people who were “holy,” set apart or unique in a way that is similar to the character of God. As the Law commands, “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44). God’s Law is a reflection of God’s holiness that prefigures the holiness of Christ. Peter later quotes this passage in reminding us that we are to be holy in all that we do because Jesus is holy (see 1Pe 1:15–16).

 ➤ The ceremonial law points to the cross of Christ—The part of the Law that we often call “ceremonial” (e.g., regulations for feasts, festivals, sacrifices) expressed rules that applied directly to Israel’s circumstances and allowed them to atone for their sins. The ceremonial laws symbolize and foreshadow by means of temporary outward ceremonies the nature of Christ’s redemptive work. Because Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law, we no longer have to offer sacrifices in the temple.

 ➤ The moral law points to the righteousness of Christ—The moral laws set forth the permanent standard for human righteousness and show what human beings who serve God are expected to do.” Not only does the moral law show us the standard, but it shows us what we must do to please Jesus.

  We are kidding ourselves if we think of ourselves as having an intimate relationship with Christ, if we refuse to see our religious hypocrisy, our refusal to rest, our persistent coveting, our belittling of our parents, and our twisting the truth as an ongoing offense to him. Can you see that the way God intends for us to enjoy communion with him is by keeping his commands?

As the Apostle Paul says, “the law is like a school teacher” it is necessary until we discover ‘grace’ and the salvation Christ affords apart from the law.

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Pray for Kennie, 8 years old and tipped a 3 wheel atv over on himself in the garage. So he’s in the hospital and Child Services have shown up. This is a family of ranchers with 6 kids. And 30 years in our church. There’s never been any bad reports. Wait till they find out the kid’s a crack shot with both a rifle and shotgun and helps skin his dad’s dear this year.


November 2, 2018

  “You. . . hath He reconciled” (Col. 1:21).

  Our Father’s Cross was personal, we almost never call it what it was, a cross of love; we were there in the Son. Our Father’s heart-love is personal; we are hidden there in the Son. That’s why we wear a cross, or have a picture of it, not for the brutality of it but the love of it.

Have you ever thought of the Father dealing with you not as to what you are in yourself, but as to ‘where’ He has positioned you in His Son? Have you ever thought that it is the affections of the Father’s heart which flow down to us where we are, seeing us in the Son, not in our poor wretched selves? What we are in the old man is not the thing that is seen, but what we are, and where we are, in the Son; and what there is in the living affections of the Father, who has raised us up together with His Son, and has given us all heavenly blessings in Him.

Nothing can make up for a lack of personal acquaintance with the Lord Jesus. Intimacy with Himself is certainly the secret of true devotedness. Occupation with Him, the heart readily detects, and rejects the voice of the stranger, and cannot but own the Lord’s claims to be paramount. Nothing so thoroughly tests the state of our hearts, as whether or not we have intimacy with the Lord Jesus Himself.

A great deal of our time is spent in learning that there is nothing here to meet the requirements of our new affections. There is a wandering in the wilderness in a solitary way, and yet no city is found to dwell in. But our Father allows this in order that His children may find that their desires can only be satisfied by and in Him. We must learn that their desires can only be satisfied by and in Him. We must learn that we are not of this world.

  “To present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight” (Col. 1:22).

If only we would all learn this lesson quickly, like the song says; “all for Jesus”.

If you could only travel with a shoebox, what would be in it?

If you only had $3 dollars a day, how would you spend it?

Look at a daily calendar and mark the moments, minutes or hours that you gave to God.

Not to cause guilt, but to show the need, more of Jesus, more of His word, more moments in prayer.

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Pray for revival first for our self, than for our spouse, then the family, then your neighbors. Then the list of all that God has laid on your heart.

Pray for your own personal worship time, your alone time when you sing to the Lord, or shout out a praise, a thanks.

Pray for you to witness to at least one person a day, just by saying God Bless you.

I started a new thing today, when I walk across a parking lot I make eye contact with someone, put on a big smile, put out my hand to shake and I say; “I’m a friend of Jesus, have you ever met him?”

The results were startling, both to me and to the other person, but what a great conversation we had.