The sun’s up! I’m up! God’s up! It’s a new day! New things will take place declares the Lord! All praise be to God — no other and no idols!! Bring on the NEW God!! No more of the same old stuff! We are watching, waiting, trusting, anticipating, believing and pursuing!! Amen!!
“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare. Before they spring into being I announce them to you.” (Isaiah 42:8-9)
This message was recorded on Friday to have it online for some of our home bound congregants. I invited a senior saint to sit in for the recording of this video. She told me it was the first time she had left her house in a week. She was so happy to be able to be someplace where another human was. This sweet lady was almost giddy to be in church, even if it was only the two of us.
It is sad how many seniors are sitting at home during this crisis. Many do not know what to do. Some are scared and lonely. It was a blessing to have a dear sweet senior sitting in to hear me preach to an otherwise empty building.
During the recording session my phone rang. Which was quite unusual as it was set to ‘do not disturb’. The phone call turned out to be about another senior church member who is in the hospital. That call allowed me some time to pray with the one person in the building. We were both blessed by the interruption.
I finished the message and did not do a retake. Sometimes we just need to allow room for a little disruption to remind us of what really matters.
Rev. Burt Schwab
DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT May 19, 2020
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. (Psalms 45:4)
Difficult times are not new to God’s people. Nor do difficult times come as a surprise to God. The heart’s cry of the Psalmist gives permission for God to enter the situation and lovingly conquer.
If you are in the midst of a difficult time, give the fight over to God. Surrender control to his guidance. His truth, humility and justice will come out victorious. Watch and see his mighty right hand bring forth awesome deeds!
DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT May 18, 2020
Where are you heading? When you encounter darkness, what is your source of light? Who will you encounter when you arrive at your destination?
Psalms 43:3 says, “Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”
Something tells me that even the strongest Maglite won’t be enough! We need God to illuminate HIS pathway in our lives. Our desire — that he would keep us in HIS loving and faithful care each step of our days. The ultimate destination is to BE WITH GOD. To be in HIS presence, experience HIS holiness. To enter into the place HIS glory dwells.
So powerful and so incredible. It’s a place I cannot fully comprehend or imagine, but it is a place I want to be!!
A three part series with a brief look at some characteristics of God.
- God is Spirit (John 4:24)
- God is Eternal (Genesis 21:33, Deuteronomy 33:27)
- God is Self-existent and Self-sufficient (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1)
- God does not Change (Malachi 3:6)
“The reason for weak Christians is an inadequate concept of God.”- A.W. Tozer
Rev. Burt Schwab
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; (Psalms 24:1)
We have such a loving God. With creativity and purpose, he created the world and breathed life. Each day we are on earth should be a day filled with adoration, love and awe — Adoring the simple blessings. Loving our family, friends and special moments. Feeling, touching, breathing, experiencing the awe of God’s masterpiece.
Enjoy the gifts and blessing he has given you. Do not miss today’s purpose!
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. (Psalms 24:10)
Are you ever at a loss for words when you approach God in prayer? Do you feel too broken, too impure, too far away to even be understood? Or are there times when you just can’t seem to articulate what’s really inside? Yep, me too! Romans 8:26-27 brings great comfort!
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Holy Spirit, help us in our weakness. God, let your will be made known. Let our hearts align with yours. Amen.
The Holy Spirit is present, revealing what’s in our heart to God heart. Scripture says the Spirit intercedes for us in accordance with the will of God. DO pray. DO petition for needs. DO cry out to God. But take comfort and find peace in knowing the very deepest cries of your heart can be made known to God, even when you can’t find words.