“Thanks Dad” 

Absorbing God’s Word

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 

Applying God’s Word

Thanksgiving was my dad’s favorite holiday. He loved that our family made every effort to be together. Last Thursday, November 24, was the 41st anniversary of my father’s death.  

When I think of my dad, I do so with a grateful heart. I think about how hard he worked to provide for mom and the five of us children. My father had a deep love for Jesus. I admired him for his commitment to following Jesus and yet I was too selfish back then to join him on that journey. 

I briefly turned away from my faith in my thirties but eventually returned to the way I should go.

Thank You Lord for all those who inspired me to follow You, especially my parents. 

Accounting of God’s Word

Who inspired me to fall in love with Jesus and follow Him? 

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“The Flame”

Absorbing God’s Word

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20

Applying God’s Word

It occurred to me that many of my readers and/or others may want to know a little more about our ministry called WorkLight.

On our webpage at https://worklight.org/ you will find:

Challenge Weekend Video Testimonials

Small Group Meetings live or via Zoom – How to start a small group.

About WorkLight – Our Mission/Vision

Resources – Daily Reflections, Newsletter, Tools, Video series.

The stories in the monthly Flame are about what God is doing in the workplace through thousands of men and women. Each newsletter has four different stories that can be used for your own weekly fellowship group. At the end of each story there is a Prayer, Reflection question and Discussion question. I’m sending week Three from September, which was submitted by a friend and customer of mine. https://worklight.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/CIC22flame-sep01e.pdf – It’s a great example of what our ministry is about and how God’s love is paid forward.

If you know someone who has a small group or who wants to start one, this really helps. I would be happy to assist with that.  

Accounting of God’s Word

Is Christ living in and through me?  

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“Changing Lanes”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. Proverbs.” 16:32

Applying God’s Word

I see myself as a pretty patient person, but at times, when driving, I turn into a warrior.

Ever drive the route from California to Scottsdale, Arizona on highway #10? It’s two lanes in both directions, with convoys of truckers passing one another. We drove it a few weeks ago and I decided to do a little passing of my own. That meant increasing my speed and changing lanes frequently as well. To my surprise, there was a sheriff with flashing lights right behind me. I pulled to the side of the road and so did he.

The officer asked where we were headed and I told him we were going to a Christian Conference in Scottsdale. He got all excited about that, but then said, “Mr. McCall, I stopped you for unsafe lane changes.” I agreed with him. After a brief review on changing lanes he said, “Please drive safely. I want you to get to the conference alive. I’m not giving you a ticket today.”

I deserved a ticket, but I was just doing what all the other drivers were doing. That was the problem, huh? More self-control and patience, Jack! Don’t take on a convoy either.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I easily drawn to impatience by the example of others? When am I least patient?

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“My Friend Aloysius”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

Applying God’s Word

Most of you have only heard me speak about the incredible work God has done in the USA through Christian’s in Commerce/WorkLight the last 40 years.

Forgive me for not sharing more about what God has been doing in Uganda through our ministry the past 17 years. The first CIC retreat in Uganda was presented in 2005 to 32 men and women. My friend, Aloysius Mugisa, became President of CIC for men and Gertrude Kabaliisa became President of CIC for women.

Thousands have made our retreats here in the USA, with each retreat attracting between 20 and 30 participants. Thousands upon thousands have made our retreats in and around Fort Portal, Uganda with each retreat attracting hundreds of men and women.

The baptizing of all nations in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit does not have to wait for another retreat or church gathering. It can also be accomplished when each of us realizes the importance of living out our own baptism.

Accounting of God’s Word

Who is God asking me to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  

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“Gone Fishing”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5

Applying God’s Word

God is constantly asking Louise and I to let down the nets to catch the opportunities that He presents to us. We do our best to be obedient to that call on our lives.

One night, while out dancing and in conversation Louise and I brought up the subject of faith to a few different people. Not even a nibble. We resigned ourselves to the reality that we were going home without a single catch. As we were leaving, a young woman stopped us and complimented us on our dancing. It was a reminder of how she and her late husband had danced. She got emotional. I extended my hand and asked if I could pray with her. She nodded yes and placed her hand in mine.

God oversees the catch and He knows exactly where and when He wants us to let down the nets.

Accounting of God’s Word

Gone fishing lately? 

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“You Talking To Me” ?

Absorbing God’s Word

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit … fruit that will last.” John 15:16

Applying God’s Word

Louise and I just traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Christians in Commerce WorkLight National Conference. To say it was “powerful” would be an understatement.

Christians from many different denominations were in attendance. It was and still is one big family of believers who understand the importance of making sure God’s presence shows up in all the areas of our lives, including the workplace. It also reinforces and helps us to recognize the importance of having each other’s support to live out that calling.

I’ve participated in other good ministries that, ultimately, were not right for me and when I was first introduced to CIC/WorkLight I didn’t even consider choosing it. It was God who appointed this ministry for me so that I would go and bear fruit for Him; fruit that would last.

CIC/WorkLight has challenged me to live my life much differently than I had planned. It’s a ministry that has challenged me to have an intimate friendship with Jesus first.

Accounting of God’s Word

Do I know what God has appointed me to do to bear fruit? Have I taken the time to be with God to find out?

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“On The Spot”

Absorbing God’s Word

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” Colossians 1:9

Applying God’s Word

Louise and I get a continuous flow of prayer requests. Don’t we all? Lately, we seem to be getting more requests from folks we know, and even more requests from people who have never asked us for prayer.

If we get asked for prayer over the phone, in person or in a text we pray on the spot. Afterwards, we add their names to our daily prayer list. We keep folks on that prayer list for as long as needed or until we get an update. If they don’t contact us, we contact them.

We think it’s very important to pray immediately for someone, because that’s the day the Holy Spirit sends them to us and the very best time to ask the Holy Spirit to give them favor. It’s also a reminder to Louise and me that God does all the healing.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I praying for people on the spot? Do I have a daily prayer list?

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“Up Antenna”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

Applying God’s Word

For three years I was a radioman on a submarine called the USS Sea Cat. One of the Captain’s commands to me was “Up Antenna”, which meant raise the antenna above the water level to send and receive messages. Jesus is continuously asking me to do the same thing. He wants me to keep my spiritual antenna extended to receive His messages.

Recently, Louise and I were sitting poolside on vacation. We noticed an older woman who appeared confused and hesitant about her direction. We introduced ourselves and asked if we could be of some assistance. Jane said she was spending the day alone while her children and grandchildren were at Disneyland. It was her first trip since her husband had died.

Louise and I received the same message from God, which was to take care of Jane. We took her for coffee and listened to her stories about her life in Scotland and Australia. We laughed, cried, and eventually got her safely back to her room.

What a delight Jane was. By being obedient to God’s message, Louise and I had offered hospitality to an angel without even knowing it.

Accounting of God’s Word

Do I keep my spiritual antenna up for God’s messages? Have I shown hospitality to any angels recently?

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“Prudent & Holy”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” Proverbs 19:14

Applying God’s Word

The room lit up that night when she walked through the door. There was a spiritual radiance about her that was so attractive. Her naturally curly, silver hair caught the light just right and her smile made me smile.

I decided to ask her to dance, but she beat me to it. On her approach, she noticed my wedding ring and asked if I was waiting for my wife. I shared that I was widowed as was she and the rest as they say, “Is History”.

October 3rd marks seven years of marriage. Both Louise and I are beyond grateful to God for that initial encounter and for binding our love in the Sacrament of Marriage. Louise is an amazing woman, mother of three, grandmother of two, holds two master’s degrees in education, retired from thirty years of teaching and has two green thumbs.

She is beautiful inside and out. How blessed I am that the Lord sent me a prudent and holy woman to be my wife.   

On the day of our wedding, we danced down the aisle and out of the church. We’re still dancing! We’ve been caught on video while dancing at Safeway, Costco, church parking lots, gas stations, retail stores and anywhere else that brings a smile to God’s people.

Accounting of God’s Word

Is it the houses and wealth that bring happiness?  

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“My, My, My, My”

Absorbing God’s Word

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Applying God’s Word

We are always on assignment, always! That assignment is to do the will of God. 

So why did I think it was my money, my time, my possessions, and my life?  The bottom line is that Satan had me believe it was.

Proverbs 16:3 makes God’s will for my life perfectly clear. He wants me to commit my life to Him. He wants me to have a personal connection to Him and include Him in everything I do. If I can’t include God, then what I’m doing may not be that important. He leads the way and I follow. He is the pilot. I am the co-pilot. I need to have Him establish my plans.

It’s not easy and I often struggle with Proverbs 16:3. However, when I fail to meet daily with God, I can’t possibly know where He wants me to be, what He wants me to do or how He wants to use me. It’s my intimate relationship with God that makes all that possible.

Accounting of God’s Word

Where does my daily meeting with God take place? What time do I meet with Him? Do I include Jesus in everything I do?

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