“Flamingo Guitar”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:2-3

Applying God’s Word

I could hear the beautiful sounds of Sergio’s flamingo guitar, as I entered the restaurant. He began playing guitar at age six and has played ever since. When I walked by him, we each smiled and nodded hello.

Moments later, he asked, “Jack. Any song requests?” I said, “I love everything you play.” Then his fingers began to move across the strings effortlessly and with incredible skill. It was as if God was using Sergio to touch the depths of my soul with his music.

With tears in my eyes, I asked him if he played at church, too. His smile grew bigger as he replied, “Yes.”

On leaving the restaurant, we exchanged gifts and hugs. I gave him a Christian book and he gave me an autographed copy of his newest CD.

Accounting of God’s Word

Is my life singing a new song to the Lord? Do I recognize others who are singing God’s praises?

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“Parenting”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13

Applying God’s Word

We were only able to have one child and we named her Jacqueline. I feel incredibly blessed that God has allowed me to witness forty-five years of her life, so far.

Similarly, God has witnessed all the years of my life. I have to say that He has done so with great patience, compassion and love.

Knowing God has taught me the importance of embracing His patience and His compassion for our daughter. Doing so has helped me see her with God’s eyes and love her with His heart.

On this Father’s Day, I want to thank God for allowing me to be a parent. I want to thank our daughter for being so patient and loving while I was obtaining all the on-the-job training that I needed to be a better parent.

Accounting of God’s Word

Happy Father’s Day! Happy Parent’s Day!

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“Get In”

Absorbing God’s Word

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Applying God’s Word

My friend’s enthusiasm for his new vehicle caught my interest. He talked about minimal moving parts, comfort, quietness and power. Then he said, “Get in. I’ll show you what I mean.” Experiencing the power of this vehicle was incredible.

Pentecost Sunday is today. Talking about the Holy Spirit can be exciting, but experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit goes beyond words. Once we experience it, we want everyone to “Get in”.

Pentecost is a reminder to me/us to ask for more of the Holy Spirit and to “Get In” as often as possible

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I allowed the Holy Spirit to transform me into a witness for Jesus? What is keeping me from getting in?

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“Sing To Them”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” Isaiah 60:19

Applying God’s Word

Over the last year, Louise and I have driven by this little garden center numerous times. Today, we both sensed we should stop and look inside.

A man met us at the entrance and proceeded to give us a tour of his nursery. There was a peace about him and his knowledge about plants and horticulture grabbed our attention. There was soft music playing in two of the greenhouses that could be heard throughout the nursery.

He asked if we knew the secret to growing good plants. We said, “Prayer”. He smiled in agreement and then said, “Talk to them. Sing to them. They love music. They are living things.”

He talked about the light of Christ and how people come to his nursery to experience the presence of God’s light. He invited us to come back any time to sit in his garden and enjoy God’s light and presence. Were we dreaming? Not at all.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I only looking to the sun or moon for light? Do others experience the light of Christ when they are with me?

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“ACT”

Absorbing God’s Word

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Applying God’s Word

The “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” are very real and very powerful. I don’t always realize when God is manifesting Himself through the power of his Spirit. When I do, though, it is incredible.

The other morning, I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to call a friend that I had not talked with in a while. I called and told my friend that the Holy Spirit urged me to call. He thanked me saying that he woke up that morning with a terrible pain in his jaw. Prayer took over from there.

God wants us to be aware of what His Spirit wants to do through us. We can’t possibly know what that is without a willingness to ACT on what we hear.

Accounting of God’s Word

Do I sense the urging of God’s Holy Spirit? Am I acting on what I hear?

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“Be A Mom”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

Applying God’s Word

Eighteen years ago, my daughter Jackie, lost her first child, Niccolo, full term. She was a key employee in my office, with plans of taking over someday.

Shortly after Niccolo’s death, Jackie resigned and told me she wanted to dedicate her life to raising her children. Jackie wanted to be present in her children’s lives and be the best mom she could be.

I had a chance to spend time with my granddaughters on Mother’s Day. I asked each of them what they wanted to be when they grow up. Jackie has set a good example, because two out of three said they wanted to be a mom.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I watching over the affairs of my household? Do I eat the bread of idleness?

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“My Atheist Friend”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” John 14:9

Applying God’s Word

When Philip said to Jesus, “Show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus replied, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”

Philip had the benefit of, at least, seeing God in person. I plan to see God in person also, but for now I am satisfied with the way God has manifest Himself to me through others.

I have a friend who is an atheist. One day he asked me if I believed in God because of all the stories in the Bible. I told him that was part of it, but not the most important part. He asked, “What’s the most important part?” I said, “Experiencing God personally.” There were no more questions after that.

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I experienced God personally? Am I willing to share it?

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“God Makes It Easy”

Absorbing God’s Word

“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

Applying God’s Word

When Louise and I eat at our club restaurant, we enjoy talking with the servers. More often than not, we give them copies of the different Christian books we distribute.

Recently, a server asked if we had given some of the books to his mother. Unsure, we asked who his mother is. He told us she is the office manager at an orthopedic surgeon’s office, the same surgeon that performed Louise’s knee surgery.

On the last visit to Louise’s doctor, we noticed that the server’s mother was wearing a wristband with John 3:30 on it. So, we gave her a few books. She in turn went home and offered one of them to her son. He smiled and told her that he already had a copy.

God sure makes it easy. We just have to tell God that we are available and then open our hearts to the situations He presents us with.

Accounting of God’s Word

Is God becoming greater in my life? Am I becoming less? Am I afraid to tell God that I am available?

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“The Best Part”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

Applying God’s Word

I used to complain about the forty days of Lent, but loved Easter Sunday. Then, I found out that the Easter season lasted another 50 days. “What? Ninety days in total?”

All those years, I was missing the best part. I focused more on Jesus death than I did His resurrection or the time leading up to Pentecost Sunday. Easter isn’t one Sunday out of the year. Easter is three hundred and sixty-five days long.

It was the Easter season of 1987, when I recommitted my life to daily prayer and invited the Holy Spirit to play an active role in my life. Easter started for me back then and has lasted ever since.

Accounting of God’s Word

Is Easter over for me, already? Am I missing the best part of Easter? Have I invited Jesus and His the Holy Spirit to play an active role in my life?

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“Him or Me”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46

Applying God’s Word

Admittedly, in my early adult years, Easter was a time for family reunions, Easter egg hunts, beautiful Easter baskets, good food and tilting a few brews. Easter is still a celebration, but it has become more about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, more about Him than me.

On Good Friday, for the last thirty years, I have read the Passion of Christ, usually from Jesus betrayal to His crucifixion. The first few years, I read from the bible. Now, I read it from “The Poem of the Man-God” by Maria Valtorta.

Maria wrote the five books about the life of Jesus, between 1943 and 1947. Even though they are controversial, I believe what she has written to be the truth.

I have never finished reading her description of Jesus crucifixion without breaking down. It is incredibly powerful!

Accounting of God’s Word

Is my Easter more about Jesus or more about me?

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