Good Morning!

Am I a morning person?  This time of year I wake up in darkness, I leave the house at sunrise, and I get home from work at sunset.  That being said, I am a child of God and this changes everything.  This morning, before work, I walked down to the end of my driveway and gazed at the sunrise and the “tree skeletons” in complete silence.  I thought to myself, that’s God’s handiwork, but I still miss the leaves.  What is God going to do today?  How will the Holy Spirit inspire me today?  How will God use me? What will He teach me today?  How will He bless this day?  How will He use me to bless someone else?  The possibilities are limitless because God is limitless.

Sunrise on Mountain Road
Sunrise on Mountain Road

A few weeks ago I was in Columbus Ohio attending a conference and there’s this front desk guy named Clifford at the Downtown Hampton Inn and Suites that was unforgettable.  If you’ve been to this hotel – you undoubtedly know Clifford.  He’s this big teddy bear guy who gushes with Jesus’ love every second you see him.  He greeted me each morning saying “Good morning Steve – Jesus loves you today!” and “seize the day Steven, God made it!”  He only knew my name because I was wearing a name tag around my neck for the conference.  My first morning while eating breakfast, I heard someone singing the Psalms rather loudly.  Yes, it was Clifford singing “in the morning I will sing, I will sing glad songs of praise, I will sing glad songs of praise to You” loud enough for the entire first floor to hear and probably also woke a few people up. Fortunately, he had a nice singing voice.  Clifford didn’t care that he lives and works in a secular world. I watched as many people looked perplexed at Clifford’s bubbly morning routine.  They didn’t know how to relate to his joy and his exuberant love for his savior.  I could.  To me, this was the Holy Spirit making himself known in a powerful and memorable way.  I actually miss Clifford.  God put him into my life if but for a few days.

I thank God for today.  I thank him for Clifford and how Clifford made me think about Jesus while traveling away from home and my routine.  I thank God for the sunrise, the sunset, the food that I will enjoy today, the air that I breathe, the people that I will connect with, for my family and friends, for you, for whatever things that happen to me today and for whatever thoughts that cross my mind.  God is in control of everything.  Don’t you love that?

So good morning to you!  God loves you today!  God is doing something today that includes you in it!  So seize this day and smile, it is contagious and a great outreach tool.

A Call to Worship for Thanksgiving

A Call to Worship for Thanksgiving
Based on Psalm 136:1-3

The band plays the song “Forever” by Chris Tomlin during the following readings.

M: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
C: His love endures forever.
M: Give thanks to the God of gods.
C: His love endures forever.
M: Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
C: His love endures forever.

The congregation concludes by singing “Forever.”

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Sing to the Lord a New Song in 2016

It was popular last year, so I am doing it again.  Here are my “new song” recommendations for each of your Lectionary-based worship services in the upcoming church year.  On most of the Sundays I have included a choice of songs.  I have not used all of these songs in worship and some of them were released in 2015 so please have your Pastor review all the lyrics prior to use.

Here is an excerpt of the song choices:

Contemporary Song Choices for 2015/2016 based on the Lectionary Readings
Date Song Title Writer Scripture Ref
Nov 29
Advent 1
Overflow Matt Maher 1 Th 3:12
Lift High Steve Fee Lk 21:28
Dec 6
Advent 2
One Small Child David Mecce Mal 3:1-6
Every Promise Keith Getty Php 1:6
Give Us Clean Hands Charlie Hall Ps 24:3-6
Dec 13
Advent 3
Mighty to Save Reuben Morgan Zeph 3:17
Rescuer Johnny Parks Zeph 3:17
Whole World in His Hands Tim Hughes Zeph 3:17
East to West Mark Hall Php 4:6-7
Dec 20
Advent 4
My Soul Magnifies the Lord Chris Tomlin Luke 1:46-51
Dec 24
Christmas Eve
We Have a Savior Reuben Morgan Isa 9:6
Emmanuel (Hallowed manger Ground) Chris Tomlin Lk 2:6-7
He Shall Reign Forevermore Chris Tomlin Isa 9:6-7
Joy has Dawned Keith Getty Lk 2:1-20
Glory in the Highest Chris Tomlin Lk 2:13-14
Dec 25
Christmas Day
Glorious Day Mark Hall Jn 1:1-2
Uncreated One Chris Tomlin Jn 1:1-4
Dec 27
Christmas 1
Offering (Christmas Version) Paul Baloche
Jan 3
Christmas 2
Abba Father Steve Fry Gal 4:6
Rise and Sing Steve Fee Lk 1:68
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? Martin Smith Ps 148:7
Beautiful Savior Stuart Townend Col 1:13-14
Uncreated One Chris Tomlin Col 1:15-17
The Heart of Worship Matt Redman Col 1:17-18

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A Call to Worship Based on Rev 15:3-4

A Call to Worship Based on Revelation 15:3-4

M: Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.
C: Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.

M: Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name?
C: For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.

Pastor’s Wives

Pastor’s Wives

Pastor’s wives have a blessed ministry all their own
So much they do, so much unknown
They are mighty prayer warriors at heart
Supporting their church using their gifted art

Pastor’s wives are under scrutiny for sure
The clothes they wear must be demure
They teach and they follow, they encourage and clean
They lead and support; on them, their husbands do lean

Pastor’s wives listen and leap to respond when asked
They turn the other cheek when oft surpassed
She is of noble character, rubies compare
Her husband’s long hours, they willingly bear

The Pastor has confidence in her no doubt
The loving pair, both devout
She works with tired but eager hands
Pleasing her Lord and following His plans

The Pastor’s wife prepares food for her kin
A full time job, a mother, a ministry, a wife; where to begin?
She is clothed in dignity and might
Humbly having a heart contrite <3 <3 <3

My Awards

My Awards:

I have a Facebook page for my book and Facebook is always pestering me to fill out the “About Page” which includes a section for my awards. I have been reluctant but this is finally what I entered:

• I have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
• I have been chosen in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
• I have been predestined for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
• I have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on me.
• I am chosen, having been predestined according to the plan.
• I exist for the praise of his glory.
• I have been included in Christ when I heard the message of truth.
• I have been marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Based on Ephesians 1:3-14 and a Pastor’s sermon.

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Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. – Romans 5:11

A Favorite Chapter

I wrote this prayer based on a particular chapter in scripture. It is one of my favorite chapters.

Praise be to the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ,
You have blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
You chose me in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love you predestined me for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ,
You take pleasure in me.
You have given me redemption through his blood,
You have forgiven my sins.
You have lavished me with the riches of God’s grace.
Through you I have unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
I am here for the praise of your glory.
You have marked me with a seal – the promised Holy Spirit.
You have given me a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance,
To the praise of your glory.


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A Call to Worship Based on Romans 15:9-13

M:        Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
C:        I will sing the praises of your name.

M:        Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.
C:        Praise the Lord; let all the peoples extol him.

M:        The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.
All:      May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

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