Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25 "Blinded By Light" Acts 22, 23

When the blood of the martyr Stephen was shed, Paul was there side-by-side.
His eyes were blinded by the darkness.  Acts 22:20
Soon, his eyes would be blinded by the light.
We do not have to live where we are.   Blind eyes.
God can enlarge our steps.
When all looks gray,
Can we trust in the Light?

Depart:  I will send you far.  Acts 22:21
This metaphor twists and turns.

Our eyes have been opened.
And they can be opened one more time this day.
Again and Again and Again.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, enlarge our hearts to possess more of You.  Would You shine your Light into those places in our soul where the light does not reach.  Lord Have Mercy!

PHOTO:  Pondering this Texas scene in my own heart.  Blinded by Light.  Blinded by Dark Forces of this world.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24 "Gospel of Grace" Acts 20, 21

All those hardships, sleepless nights, shipwrecks, merciless beatings. "None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God." Acts 20:24

The Kingdom stirs in this heart. And it's a beautiful calling. This Gospel of Grace. And it is this Grace that builds us up. Acts 20:32. We all need to be built up this day, this moment.

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, by the Word of Your Grace, would you strengthen us all in the inside where it really counts that we may walk by faith.

PHOTO:  The Hill Country.  Reflecting on this Gospel of Grace.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 23 "Mighty God" Acts 18, 19

Let us not be dismayed; the Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters; he can still the rage whether it be in my own heart or those I disturb. Acts 19:41. There is so much noise in my life.   My God is mightier." 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 22 "Searching Scriptures" Acts 16, 17

The Bereans.
More noble.  Why?
They searched the Scriptures daily to see if what the disciples were preaching was really so.  They didn't take face value.  It was that important to them that they find it for themselves.  And they found the Supreme Treasure.  No posturing.  No pretense.  No phonies.

"Many believed." 

They took the Gospel as very real unto themselves.  Reminds me of the mantra from Larry Crabb: "You are not alive in this world in order to experience God or to enjoy the blessings of a comfortable life.  If that were God's purpose, He would have brought you into His Presence in heaven the moment you were forgiven and adopted into God's family." 

These Bereans.  They knew.  And.  They trusted.
What about me?

"Your purpose till you die is to reveal a new attitude toward suffering and a new agenda in prayer that flows out of your new purpose in life that makes sense only if you claim your new hope of resurrection."  Larry Crabb

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, these disciples were so devoted, committed, dependent, confident, and willing to suffer to great lengths for You.  And I'm caught up in the daily hum-drum of 2014 that buzzes to me that I am unimportant, overlooked, and disenfranchised.  Oh, God help me!

PHOTO:  Contemplating as I walk 10,000 steps that I'm not here for experiences or comfort or solutions or success.  I am here to claim my new hope of resurrection. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

October 21 Come! Acts 16

"The gospel thou preachest has arguments and powers beyond those we have yet been furnished with.’’ Matthew Henry. Acts 16 say: Come. Come Lord Jesus. By Your help. We will make it. 

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Like the jailer, may we all ask today, "What must I do?" Not what others must do. Not what our children must do. What we must do and that is to wrestle well with the text. Come. Come Lord Jesus. 

PHOTO: does the road wind up-hill? Christina Rosetti. Why, yes. All the way to the end. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 20 "A Mist of Problems" Acts 14, 15

The apostles spoke so plainly, so pure full of concern for souls. People knew their success was attributed to God not their expertise. Not so today. It's too much about how good people are in speaking, teaching. These plain pure men proved the Spirit of God. May it be said of those of us who are nondescript in obscurity. It is God in our lives willing and working on our behalf. 

Our God has opened the door of faith wide open to all of us who were once strangers. So, according to Acts 15, let us bury our past injuries and insults. 

Rend your hearts not your behavior. And we will know what we really care about when we are snubbed and dubbed and can walk away rejoicing we were counted worthy to suffer. 

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Father, Lead us this day to rend our hearts to You alone. Not to change our behavior to fit the occasion. But would You change our lives this day. 
PHOTO: Wide open spaces. A wide door of faith. Open. Help us to walk through the mist. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 19 "Wrestle Well" Acts 12, 13

Called the "enemy of everything." 
Elymas. Acts 13:10
Even adamant procounsels bow.

Just like David and all who have gone before. We are called to serve God's purpose in our generation. And it just may mean in widespread view or obscurity. Acts 13:36. What's wrong with leading ordinary lives? Wrestling lives.  We live in such a celebrity world. We are here to leave our mark for Him. 

God has made us a light in the places where we dwell. Acts 13:47. So what about the dark places in my heart. Am I wanting something here that God has not seen fit ever to provide. The disciples were persecuted. I'm not close to that kind of status. But they went away in joy, rejoicing. What's going on in my life?

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, May the Word spread with adhesive to our own hearts. 

PHOTO:  The Hill Country today. Praying for a spreading of Grace on this fractured heart of mine.