Words….BIble….Knees……Conversation

Well, it is time for another segment of this blog.  It has been quite a day for me.  Had coffee hour with a friend this morning and talked a lot about God.  Then picked up grandson and went to lunch.  Then later in the afternoon took him home and then shopping, stopped and had dinner, then home and unload car.  Then a little time of relax and then quiet time with Dad.  

The title I choose tonight actually was given to me as I read a book by my favorite author….Philip Yancy.  The book is titled “The Bible Jesus Read.”  If you haven’t had a chance to read any of his books, you need to pick them up at your local library.  In this one he takes us through the books of the Bible that Jesus read and that was the Old Testament.  He says the Job …is seeing in the dark.  Deuteronomy….a taste of bittersweet.  Psalms…spirituality in every key. 

One quote that Philip wrote was from Eugene Peterson.  He said “Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God.  Worship is the time and place that we assign for deliberate attentiveness to God — not because he’s confined to time and place but because our self-importance is so insidiously relentless that if we don’t deliberately interrupt ourselves regularly, we have no chance of attending to him at all at other times and in other places.”   

Think about this when you walk through the door of the church you are attending starting this Sunday.  As you walk to your pew, see if you can see evidence of Jesus being in attendance.  I am sure you will find some.  I know, it can take some time before you do see this happening.  It took me a long time to really see what I should have seen before.  Now I see his presence at Sunday School, Praise team warmups, standing next to Pastor as he gives the sermon or when he is praying.  Trust me brothers if you take the time to look you will see him.  Remember…Worship is about Jesus…..not about us.  Once you do that you will start see his presence in your everyday life.  

Thought for the day….Where will I met Jesus today? 

I really do suggest that you get a copy of any of Philip Yancey’s books.  You will change your thinking and you will reach out to God.  After all Prayer is nothing more than conversation with a friend.  His line is never busy and he does accept knee-mail.  

 

God Bless to all my brothers and sisters out there in cyber space.

No One Understands Me.

Hi, Silver Streak is back and on the job again.  I was taking a little time off from writing.  I thought that by doing that I would get better at this.  But God changed some things around and so I am back on the cyber space writing.  This is going to be some what different than anything I have thought about writing. 

There have been times in my life when I felt that “no one understands me.”  It seems to happen at times when I am not listening to God.  And in my lifetime there have been many times when that happened.  Then about 10 years ago, I met a group of great guys.  It was on my Emmaus Walk weekend.  It was a weekend that changed my life in ways I would not have thought was possible for me, a sinner.  I saw men who cared, shared and really showed Jesus by their actions and words.   I made many friends also that weekend.  But the most significant change in my life was at Dying Moments, when I met Jesus myself, with no one else with me.  Since then I have tried to talk with him everyday as much as I can.  I have now actually placed the time on my planner (both writing and computer). so that I won’t forget.  I have found out that he does understand me, really.  I also know that the men and friends I met also understand me, because they have been there.  Now I can share this with the men that I meet and hopefully God will come through my actions and words.

 

Jesus understands and is with me always.

 

Remember, He is only a call away.  That is a word away….hey, Dad…….That is the way I always start my conversation with Him.  Try it, you might be surprised when he answers you and what he tells you.  His line is never busy.  No computer voice asking to leave a message that may or may not be answered, no dropped calls.  He always answers.  He is waiting to tell you that he loves you and cares for you.  Just call and then walk with him.  It is a great feeling to know that when I stumbled he is there to pick me up and when I get tired and can’t walk, that he is caring me.  He will do that for you also.  Try it!  you might like it! 

 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  1 Chronicles 16:11

Tomorrow, I will start a series on talking with God.  How, when, where.  I pray that you will find some words to help you in your walk with God, the way I have.  Until then, Silver Streak is signing off.  God Bless

Hey, Dad! Are you there?

Evening to all my brothers and sisters out there in “cyber land.”  I know that it has been a while since I last posted on this blog.  I apologize for being lax in my commitment to writing something every day or at least every other day.  A lot has been going on in my life and that of my family also.  This is not really an excuse as there can be none as far as our Father is concerned. 

I do not have a lot to say at this particular time.  The reason is that I have not really listened to hear that still small voice of God our Father, as I was before.  That is why I took some time off to get my “head on straight,” so to speak.  I now am back to where I was when I started this blog.  I now spend more time alone with God and His Word.  I will be writing more than before.  During the time that I didn’t write here in my blog, I tried to remember what it was like when my own sons would ask, “Dad, Are You There?”  You see, I was away most of their years because I was earning a living driving a truck around the USA.  They asked that a lot according to my wife.  When I was home on the weekends, they would scramble to be the one that got a chance to share the weekend with Dad.  I can see the things each would use to get me to choose them.  We are not that much different, are we?

Now think about God!   How often have we looked for Him and hollered around the corner of the room, Hey Dad, are you there?   Do we today still shout that phrase?  I bet if I were to run a poll, I would find out that the largest percentage of my brothers and sisters don’t look for Him much.  Are you actively seeking Him, even just a corner of His robe or maybe his sandals.  Remember back when you and Dad played “hide and seek.”  He would hide and you would try to find him.  After really running around looking for him you shouted, “Hey Dad, Are You There.”  And then you would see a corner of his shirt or maybe his shoe and then you would know where to find him.  Well, God the Father is the same way, He wants to play “hide and seek”, with you and He really wants  you to find Him, so He lets you see a corner of Him so that you will continue to seek Him.  Brothers and sisters, don’t stop, just because you can’t catch Him.  He wants tohave that close relationship with you and with me.  Keep seeking Him.  Look for His sign in the clouds, the rain, the snow, the flowers.  You will find Him and then you can feel safe in His arms.

Well that is about all for this time.  I am happy to be back here behind the chrom microphone, bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to you in a whole array of different ways to look for Him.  I will always pray for you as you search this site and others looking for Him.  God Bless you all until we meet again, either here, there or in the air.  Silver Streak is gone, bye, bye.

Judge Not

Good evening my brothers and sisters.  This has been quite a day.  I was able to set up two more blogs and get them up and running.  Then I went to church and helped set up for Ash Wednesday service.  I greeted people as they entered our church and helped pass out bulletins.  Our pastor gave a great sermon on Ash Wednesday, explaining why we celebrate it.  Then he put the mark of the cross on our foreheads to end the service.

After service I came back home and had dinner, then did some clean up around the house before sitting down to watch a little T.V. before signing on to the Internet.  The one program that I watched was an episode of  “Cold Case.”  This particular one was about a young girl who was murdered.  To make a long story short, it involved this girl joining a club, lead by a Youth Pastor.  He was able to help the students bring out their problems and then help them turn back to God.  Well, it seems that 4 of the group had each written down there deepest problem and put it into a coffee can.  The leader was going to talk about these at the next meeting.  Well, the four teens got this one girl to go for a ride with the one boy and then go for a walk in the woods, where they surrounded her and started calling her dirty names.  Then the one girl, who was the instigator, quoted from Deuteronomy, about stoning the wicked woman to death.  That is what they did.  After watching that I went into my quiet place and had a talk with God.  I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t having any problems of this nature. 

God told me to remember that we are not to judge other people, that is for Him to do at the day of judgement.  He said that we are to love one another.  We are to talk to the person about the sin they are doing.  If they reject that and continue, then we are to confront them with other Christians.  Then if that still doesn’t convince them to change, we go to the people of the church.    What better way to bring that home to me than have me turn that particular T.V. show on.  God is always in control.  We just have to get down on our knees and tell Him that we will let him control our lives.  It helps to re-read the older stories  now and again and gain more insight into what it means for us today.  We also need to pray about it before we even open our Bible as we enter into our quiet room.  Brothers and sisters, I pray that this little article will help you to realize that God doesn’t want us to judge others.  I think that what He wants is for us to understand that we are that way sometimes and that only God has the right to judge. 

 

Father, I praise you for being in control of my life.  I thank you for what you have taught me tonight.  I now ask you to search my soul and show me any other sins that I am still hanging on to and to help me to give them to you. 

Father, I love you and adore you.  Dad, I am chasing you because I want to see You.  I will never stop chasing You.  Father, I love you. I want to feel your arms holding me close.  I want to hear more of your voice teaching me the right way to walk.  Dad, I know that I upset you at times with my actions and I apologize for that.  I am trying to become more like you.  I will keep it up until I come back home to You, like the prodigal.  I say this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen! Amen!

 

Man in the Mirror

Hello, everyone.  I hope and pray that everyone is  doing o.k.  I know that it has not been easy with this change in weather.  We have had to cover up our flowers and tomato plants each night.  It has been fun tho.

This is going to be a real short article tonight.  I have some other things to do before I head to bed.  I have been reading a book by Patrick Morley, called “Devotions for the Man in the Mirror.”  It has been quite and eye-opener.  If you haven’t read any of his books, I suggest that you pick them up.  There are four all told and I have them. 

In Chapter 2, he talks about Jesus: A Case of Mistaken Identity. In Matthew 16:13-16, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the Prophets”

Then Jesus queried his disciples. “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  The people had mistaken His identity.  Still do.  “But shat about you? Who do you say I am?”

Are you sure of His real identity?  Have you assumed too little — or too much — about who He is?  Don’t get caught in a case of mistaken identity.

Know Him as He really is, be humbled by the revelation of His true identity , and worship Him, Christ the King.

From Chapter 3, we are asked if we are a disciple of Christ , or still an infant?  Patrick tells tells us to learn why Paul “preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”  What is it that Paul saw that today’s Christian has not yet seen?  Do you see it yet?

In Chapter 4, the last one I will touch on tonite, talks about Worship: Our Attitude Toward God.  Patrick talks about God from the Book of Rev 4 and 5  how we should take our cue from “other” created beings.  I will not go into the words as Patrick wrote them, instead I will suggest that you get down your Bible and dust it off.  Take it and go to a quiet place and open    the Bible to the Book of Revelations  Chap 4:8  then read Chap 5:12-13.  Then consider who God is—-His power, His wealth, His wisdom, His glory, His honor, His praise.  then as Hebrews 4:16 says,  “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence” , but with the bearing and respect we would show to the One whose identity we have learned: the God who is, who created all things, in whom we have our being.

As you sit or kneel there in your “man cave”, to meet God, consider these statements as you begin your time in His presence.  Pause and meditate upon them: 

Father, I come to meet with You…..Meet with me.

Lord Jesus, I come to meet with You…Meet with me.

Holy Spirit, I come to meet with you….Meet with me.

Enter into the presence of the God who is with the respect and honor and praise He is due.  Do it as you would when you learn the identity of the dignified stranger.

Pray this: Father, my attitude has be capricious and overly casual.  I have not shown you the respect due Your name.  I abandon the specious ways in which I have    spoken to You.  I humble myself.  Hide me in a cleft in the rock so that I will not perish when your glory passes by me.  I surrender my unthinking attitude toward the privilege of entering the holiness of Your presence. Amen.

I think my brothers that that says it all.  I have nothing to add to what Patrick has been telling us.  Only that as I read his words and then went to the Word of God,  I realized that I had missed the meaning of those verses when I had read them some time ago.  But God impressed on me as I read them that I needed to adhere to them and that I was to pass this along to all my brothers, (known and unknown) so that they might do the same.  So my brothers, I ask you to allow God to speak to you as you read those verses.  Read them through (both the verses before and after the ones stated here) and as you finish the first reading, sit silently and allow God to point out a word to you.  Then do the same thing again and listen to what God says again.  Then the third time through, sit and wait for God to lay on your heart what He wants you to do with what you have learned. That is the way that we read His word.  It really opens up and gives you the meaning, better yet, it gives you what He wants you to know.  Listen, my brothers, as you are in your “man cave”, for the voice of Christ.  He will speak to you in some way. 

Well, brothers, that is all for tonight.  I am emotionally spent and exhausted.  So I will finish this post and drag my body off to the bedroom and a final talk with My Lord.  Tomorrow I will bring you 3 more chapters from Patrick’s book.  My prayer is that what I pass on to you will help you in your Walk and Talk with Christ.  If I can help you in any way, just drop me an e-mail.  I will answer it.  I will pray for you.

God Bless each of you and Good Night.

Silver Streak

Discipleship

Hi!  Silver Streak here.  Just finished feeding the mules and now letting them digest it before I  get them to moving again.  Got to get this load of stones to   the city.  There is something big going on t his weekend and they threatened me if I am late.  So, I am trying very hard, but they don’t understand the actions of mules.  But I do!.

I am reading a book on Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship. What a book.  If you haven’t read it, you need to. It is the book a Christian needs to read.  Anyway, I have a few things to write that were given to me.    I love this book.  It was something that we read along with another book as a group study this past summer.

Bonhoeffer say’s,”When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die,” and “Suffering, then, is the badge of true discipleship.” The immediacy is simply, Bonhoeffer’s call to renounce “false gods,” to abandon anything that stands in the way of Jesus as the only path of salvation.  The book, faithfully calls us to a real, transforming, costly discipleship.   He talks of grace, both cheap and “costly.”  He say’s “cheap grace” rather than having been given by God, is the grace we give ourselves.   In contrast, real grace, “costly grace” challenges us “as a gracious call” to follow Christ Jesus.  He talks of Peter’s experience of grace.  Peter received the call “Follow me,” two different times——at the beginning of his relationship with Jesus and at the end of his earthly relationship with Jesus.  Which grace are you getting?  The “cheap grace.”  Or the “costly grace.”  Think about it and pray about it.  Tell God, that you want the real thing.  You want the “costly grace,” that only comes from answering His call.  That is my prayer for all of you tonight.  I will try to write more from Bonhoeffer tomorrow.  For now, remember to kneel in prayer and ask His forgiveness for your sins and for what He is going to give you for the rest of your life.  God Bless each and everyone of  you.

In a Hurry?? Go to the Summit!

Hey there, Silver Streak here.  I am just a moving on down this dusty road at a high rate of food consumption.  That is right, I said “Food consumption.”  I have to constantly keep feeding this pair of mules, just to keep my wagon on schedule.  So what I have to talk to you about will make sense.  Max Lucado, in his book writes about always being in a hurry.  He says a man in Florida bills his ophthalmologist ninety dollars for keeping him waiting one hours.  A woman in California hires someone to do her shopping for her—-out of a catalog.  Twenty bucks will pay someone to pick up your cleaning.  Fifteen hundred bucks will buy a fax machine. . . for your car.  You can even get greeting cards to express to  your children things you want to say, but don’t have to time to: “Have a great day at school” or “I wish I were there to tuck you in.”  America—the country of shortcuts and fast lanes. (We’re the only nation of earth with a mountain called “Rushmore.”

We were told in 1965 that the future looked bright for free time in America.  By 1985, says the report, Americans would be working twenty-two hours a week and would be able to retire at age thirty-eight.  Boy, they sure got that one wrong.  But they said the reason would be because of computers.  As the individualism of the sixties led to the materialism of the eighties, the free time gained for us by technology didn’t make us relax; it made us run.  Gadgets provided more time….more time meant more potential money…more potential money meant more time needed …and round and round it went.  Lives grew louder as demands became greater.  And as demands became greater, lives grew empties.  One young  father complained, “I’ve got so many irons in the fire, I can’t keep any of them hot.”  As a youngster, I took piano lessons.  I learned all the signs and what they meant except one…the zigzag.  It meant to do nothing.  Why sit at a piano and pause when you can pound?  “Because,” my teacher patiently explained, “music is always sweeter after a rest.”  It didn’t make sense to me at age ten.  But now, a few decades later, the words ring with wisdom—-divine wisdom.  In fact,  the words of my teacher remind me of the convictions of another Teacher.  “When  he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside….”   

Don’t read the sentence so fast you miss the surprise.  Matthew didn’t write what you would expect him to.  The verse doesn’t read, “When he saw the crowds, he went into their midst.” Or “When he saw the crowds, he healed their hurts.” O “When he saw the crowds, he seated them and began to teach them.”  On other occasions he did that ….but not this time.

Before he went to the masses, he went to the mountain.  Before the disciples encountered the crowds, they encountered the Christ.  And before they faced the people, they were reminded of the sacred.

After the kids are in bed and the wife, too, I go into my computer room to write.  That is where I am now.  I sit in the stillness accompanied by the tap of a computer keyboard, and the aroma of coffee.  They quietness will slow my pulse, the silence will open my ears, and something sacred will happen.  The soft slap of sandaled feet will break the stillness, a pierced hand will extend a quiet invitation and I will follow.  I wish I could say it happens every night; it doesn’t.  Some nights He asks and I don’t listen.  Other times he asks and I just don’t go.  But on some nights I hear his poetic whisper, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…” and I follow.  I leave behind the budgets, bills and deadlines and walk the narrow trail up the mountain with him.

You have been there.  You’ve escaped the sandy foundations of the valley and ascended his grand outcropping of granite.  You’ve turned your back on the nose and sought his voice.  You’ve stepped away from the masses and followed the Master as he led you up the winding path to the summit.  His summit, Clean air, Clean view, Crisp breeze.

Gently your guide invites you to sit on the rock above the tree line and look out with him at the ancient peaks that will never erode. “What is necessary is still what is sure,” he confides.  “just remember:

“You’ll go nowhere tomorrow that I haven’t already been.

“Truth will still triumph.

“Death will still die.

“The victory is yours.

“And delight is one decision away — seize it.”

The sacred summit.  A place of permanence in a world of transition.

I read recently about a man who had breathed the summit air.  His trips up the trail began early in his life and sustained him to the end.  A few days before he died, a priest went to visit him in the hospital.  As the priest entered the room, he noticed an empty chair beside the man’s bed.  The priest asked him if someone had been by to visit.  The old man smiled, “I place Jesus on that chair, and I talk to him.”

The priest was puzzled, so the main explained.  “Years ago a friend told me that prayer was as simple as talking to a good friend.  So every day I pull up a chair, invite Jesus to sit and we have a good talk.”

Some days later, the daughter of this man came to the parish house to inform the priest that her father had just dies.  “Because he seemed so content,” she said, “I left him in his room alone for a couple of hours.  When I got back to the room, I found him dead.  I noticed a strange thing, though;  his head was resting, not on the pillow, but on an empty chair that was beside his bed.”

Learn a lesson from the man with the chair.  Make note of the music teacher and the rest.  Take a trip with the King to the mountain peak.  It’s pristine, uncrowded, and on top of the world.  Stubborn joy begins by breathing deep up there before you go crazy down here.   Oops, I think I hear someone calling  your flight……

Max has a unique way with words and story telling.  I always enjoy what he has to say.  He is right about the Summit.  Have you been there?  would you go if the Master called or would you just stay down here.  Myself, I go as often as He calls me.  I have just come back down tonight  before I wrote this article.  It is such a nice time that I never want to leave His side, to come back into this world of craziness. 

Brothers and sisters, take time to listen and when He calls you (and He will), don’t hesitate to slide your hand in His nail scarred hand and let Him guide you up the trail to the Summit.  Sit with Him and learn, then come back down here and spread that knowledge around to those who don’t know Him.  DeColores

Used as a Vessel

Hi, Silver Streak here. 

I know that I have not been writing for a while, but I have had some things going on in my life that needed to be taken care of, before I could continue to write.  But, as the little girl said , as she sat in front of the television with snow on the screen..They’re back!!.  Or as Jack Nichols said “I’m Back!”  Yes, brothers and sisters, I am back and full of spirit and ready to write whatever God gives me to write.  I know that HE will have a lot of things for me to talk about over the next few weeks, because of a couple of retreats that are going on.  I had the pleasure of being involved in the last one.  It was this past weekend.  There were 51 men together for the whole weekend.  It was just great. 

I don’t know if you have ever heard of the Walk to Emmaus.  So I will tell you a little bit about it.  It is a 72 hour retreat on which you will learn to walk closer with God. you will learn to set priorities.  you will learn to be a disciple. and that is just the first day.  No not really, but they are some of the things you will learn.  You will pray and cry and pray some more…….and cry some more…………and pray some more.  You will laugh, you will eat.  You will see movies and you will eat.  You will talk and you will eat and eat and eat and eat.  I mean have you ever know Methodists to get together and not have food!
If you come home hungry, it is your own fault.  You will see the Spirit moving around the complex.  You will see lives changed, right before your eyes.  I wish that I could tell you everything that I saw and was a part of, but then you would have nothing to surprise you.  What I really want is for you to see God work in your life.  I want to have you as a brother and sister for eternity.  If you are intrigued by what you have read, find someone in your church who has been on a Walk and talk to them.  Find out when the next walk is in your area and get a sponsor.  If you can’t find someone to talk to about it, let me know in a comment and I will talk with you and sponsor you myself.  It will be the best thing that happens to you in your life.  Well, maybe just above getting married and having children.  But it will be the most important event, I know.  So go talk to someone.  God Bless.

What a Moment

Hi, this is Silver Streak, coming to you over the waves of the Internet. I know that it has been a while since I last posted on here, but I have been rather busy.  Most of it has been personal, but that is not for here.  I may blog about that type of thing some day.  But here on this blog it is all about GOD.  Yes, I am talking about the Man upstairs, the Great Father or whatever you may have been told to call him.  I prefer to call Him….Daddy.  You may call Him…..Father.  I have known Him since 1991.  He is so much a part of my life that I talk to Him every day, all day, about everything.  I talk to Him more than I talk to my wife or kids or grandkids.  I love Him so much.  I relish just being able to crawl up onto His lap and hug Him and be hugged in return.

Tonite, I would like to talk to those of you who have taken the Walk to Emmaus or are thinking about taking it.  If you haven’t, why not.  What is stopping you? Fear? Apprehension? Satan? Well, what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation?  It ain’t happening.  Talk to the person who wants to sponsor you and then just go.  It will be the best 72 hours you have ever spent.  I will tell you that you will come away from that with a totally different outlook on life and you will want to share it with everyone you meet.  I know that I did and still do.  God don’t make no mistakes.  He is calling you.  He wants to fellowship with you for eternity.  Ain’t it great?  Well, we will talk about that after you have been on the Walk.           

 

O.K.  that is enough for this article.  I will be back later with more.

God Bless You

Fourth Day

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I am grateful to say ╔══╗ ╚╗╔╝ ╔╝(¯`v´¯) ╚══`.¸.JESUS for forgiving me!  This is something that we need to say everyday.  We need to say it even when we are mad, because of something that happened to us today.  We need to say it even when we are tired.  I pray that you will start today, saying I LOVE YOU, JESUS, for forgiving me.  I PRAISE YOU.  Amen.

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