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Broken Road

This was my twist on the popular love song “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts that I did at church for Valentines Day weekend as a way to say thank you to Jesus for always being my side through all of the ups and downs of my life.

I believe that everything that we experience, good and bad, simply leads us to His truth for our lives which includes all of the ups and downs and everything else in between.  And as I get older, I can see that all of those times, places and people that maybe were not the most pleasant to experience, were merely preparing me to help find my way back to Him.  And because of Him, I can forgive others as I have been forgiven because that burden is finally freed from my shoulder, so that I can really live this life in the way that He would want me to live.  A life filled with grace that is sufficient for every possibility and circumstance that we will encounter on the road called life..

Yes, the road is broken but the journey always leads us back to confront the reality of the cross and the open arms of Jesus Christ.   “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:17).”   So if we do not have condemnation from a God that could/should condemn us for our mistakes, then how could we condemn others?  Can we forgive those who trespass against us as we have been forgiven by Almighty God?  Yes, I believe that we can.

We can only share or gift something that we have an abundance of.  We have an abundance of amazing grace, love and forgiveness, so let’s share that gift that was given to us on this broken road called life.  We can’t run to Him by holding on to the baggage of yesterday, so let’s just let go and let God by following His truth and message; that all people are children of God, who are loved as His unique creation, and need to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.  Amen.  

 

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One Love for all

One Love

Lord God, we come into this place today so that we can quiet down the world and turn up the volume of Your Word for our lives.   We come here today with so many questions and concerns that weigh heavy on our hearts, but there is one question that You have already answered loud and clear: Are we loved?   You say yes, we are so loved by God that He sent His only Son to free us from all of the wrong choices and decisions of this world. And it is from that same love that we can have the strength to let go of what once was and be made new and alive in Christ. For there is no ceiling that can limit God’s love and there is no wall or door that can shut us out from His grace and mercy.  Even as we break Your heart with our sins that tore a chasm between us Lord. It is Your Son, Jesus, who is the bridge between anything that would separate us from God. It is Jesus who is the source of our strength and the strength of our life. It is Jesus who allows us to live and dwell in the presence of the Lord. So we stand here, in the midst of our joys and sorrows, and claim Your Son as our Savior, Redeemer and Friend. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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No more doubts

Local Art Sculpture at Village Square Las Vegas

Local Art Sculpture at Village Square Las Vegas

Lord Jesus, thank You for another day and another moment to be in Your presence. Ever since you touched our hearts, You gave us more than just dreams because You showed us what God can do and gave us all a reason to live.   Lord, some of us are trying to deal with the weight of the world on our own. Remind us that even though we must walk through the dark valleys in this life we are never alone. So take away any of the doubts that we have and fill them with the truth of everything that You are. You are the hope, the way and light.  Lord, You are everything that You that You say You are. Give us the wisdom to trust in You for all things and give us the strength to glorify You in all that we do. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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You are the song

Easter Cross at New Song Church 2014

Easter Cross at New Song Church 2014

Lord Jesus, thank You for being everything that You are. Thank You for this life.  This journey that started at the foot of the cross: the place where all of the darkness of the world lost to the light of God’s amazing love. You gave us more than just words on a page, you showed us what God can do and gave us a reason to live. The world may bring us down but, because of You, we don’t need to stay there. Whatever issue we are going through, Your resurrection, allows us to go through life’s dark valleys without fear for You are always with us. Jesus, You are the song that opens up our souls to the story that is bigger than ourselves. Your life, death and resurrection gave us glimpses of our own humanity intertwined with the compassionate relationship with our Creator. Because of You, we live. Because of You, we can love. Because of You we have hope in the promise of never ever being separated from the Father’s love.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Reveal to us what we need to see

Reveal to us

Lord God, our life and our eternity belong to You and to You alone. Open our eyes to see the glimpses of heaven all around us.  Reveal the signs that lead us to the embrace of Your truth.  You stepped into our story, those many years ago, so that the courage of God would be revealed in His Son as proof that God stands beside us throughout every joy and sorrow in this life.  Help us to grab hold of Your promises that grace and forgiveness are real, so that we can have the courage to just show up in this life and stop performing with the crowd.  Don’t let us see just want what we want to see, but expose what we need to see.  We exist in the here and now but You, Lord, have always existed and the doors to Your love have always been open to us through Christ Jesus. We can’t wait for anyone to give us permission to practice our faith.   We just need to live out our faith in Christ, anywhere and anytime. And whether or not the crowd jeers or cheers, we serve only Him today, tomorrow and forever.

 

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Give us life

I saw this picture at an office complex. You can see my reflection behind Jesus.  I kinda like that.

I saw this picture at an office complex. You can see my reflection behind Jesus. I like that statement!

Lord God, we are grateful that You hear us…that You listen to each and every prayer that we lift up to You in this place and in our hearts.   Speak life into the darkness of death and prepare us now to receive Your forgiveness, grace and the new life that is given to us because of the sacrifice of Your only son, Jesus Christ.   Show us how this life works and let our hearts beat with the same pulse of Almighty God.  For it is You, Lord, who gives us worth because You value us.  You took on everything that is ugly about us and You put on all of our burdens on that cross.  You give us redemption.   You give us escape from the limitations of this world.  You give us life. And even though we don’t have it all together, and probably never will, You still look on us with love and remind us “that no matter how much time we’ve wasted in the past we still have infinite tomorrows with Jesus Christ.” (Billy Graham).   So as we confront the reality of the cross, let us remember, “it is not how many days we have left in our lives but it is how much life we have in our days that count.” (Ed Ly Stevenson).   Help us to live as You live in eternal grace.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Turn Our Eyes Upon You

View from Downtown Las Vegas Container Park

View from Downtown Las Vegas Container Park

Lord God, we come here today and pray that You will remove the blinders from our eyes and ears so that Your truth can be revealed to us.   Thank You for “the miracle that something so small and seemingly worthless as printed words, written 2000 years ago, would utterly and completely change our lives. “ (Emily Timbol)  Let Your word reverberate in this room and in our hearts so that the truth of the Gospel would resonate in our lives beyond these walls.   Tune our hearts to be in line with You because Your love inspires us.  Don’t let us be numb to this life or to each other.  Open our eyes to see that there is a child of God deep inside all of us and that child will be the one who will see You face to face.  In a world that gets it wrong so many times, we have You, Lord, and You get us. You understand us because You created us.   You heal our wounds and You take our place at the cross so that we can be free to share our lives and our stories to all for the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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