Thy Will Be Done!

[Mat 26:42 KJV] 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
[Luk 11:2 KJV] 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

The words of Jesus concerning His own desire to follow His Father's will and His teaching of the disciples concerning how they should pray are "thy will be done". Such should be the declaration of our lives as we pray! Whatever our goals in life, those goals need to line up with the will of our Father God.

As we face the plans we have for our lives, it is easy to go about our activities without having consulted God's wisdom. Even the chosen leaders of Israel failed when they did not seek God and His will.

Joshua and the Israelites made a covenant with the Gibeonites who were able to deceive them because they did not ask God to direct them.  [Jos 9:14-15 NKJV] 14 Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. 15 So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.]  

We need to learn to pray as Jesus instructed, "Father, thy will be done", Even when we are facing trials and difficulties in our lives we need to pray not my will but thy will be done. That was the example of Jesus and needs to be the way we pray. When we seek the will of God He will never fail to lead us. Let us be faithful to do our best to follow the will of our Father God in all circumstances. We do not need to understand everything that happens to us, We just need to follow His will!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

 

God Almighty!

[Gen 17:1-3 KJV] 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him…

Would any of us not fall on our face, if God introduced Himself to us? The almighty God talked with Abram and Abram became Abraham the Father of many nations. Meeting with God is always a life changing experience. For Abraham it was in the latter years of his life when God came to fulfill his promises. Jacob wrestled with God and his name became Israel, Moses met God in a burning bush, and the list of the ways men meet with God seems endless. 

I am convinced that God wants to personally meet with each of us. We need life changing confrontations with Him. It is as we seek Him that such confrontations take place.[Jer 29:12-13 KJV] 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.]

Let us hunger for more and more of God that we can grow closer and closer to Him. We need the God of power and authority who we see in the scripture present in our daily lives.  Let us follow the words of Jeremiah and seek God with all our hearts. 

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Dan

Ah Lord God!

Jer 32:17 NKJV] 17 'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.]

Even in our most difficult trials we know that our God is sufficient  As surely as He made the heavens and the earth His power is adequate to meet our needs. We sing of His mighty power:

Ah Lord God

Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy great power,
Ah Lord God
Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy out stretched arm.

Nothing is too difficult for thee!

We know that God has the power. His hand will deliver us from all trials because as the chorus says, He is great in counsel and mighty in deed. The declaration of His word encourages our hearts and gives us peace![Eph 2:14 NKJV] 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,]

Lord, help us to lean on you even in our most trying and difficult times! [Phl 4:6-7 NKJV] 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.]

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

Veterans Day

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.Years later, realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars.

In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. On this special day we want to recognize the men and women in our military who defend the freedoms that you and I enjoy every day — The freedom to move freely about our country, the freedom to elect our governing officials, and especially the freedom to worship as we feel led. All of these privileges are bought with the price of human sacrifice and courage. We say a very special thank you to all who have served and to those who are serving today!

We also recognize the supreme sacrifice that was given by Jesus Christ our Savior as He died on the cross that we also could have freedom. The freedom from sin and the hope of eternity were purchased by His death on calvary. [Isa 53:4-6 KJV] 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.]

Our prayer is that God will continue to bless the United States of America with men and women who are willing to make the sacrifices to keep us free. Also that He will lead us into the spiritual freedom that was purchased by Jesus so we can be a nation that honors Him. May the blessings of the one and only true God rest upon us.

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Dan

Standing On His Promises!

[Jos 1:3, 5, 7 KJV] 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. … 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. … 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

The promises of God unto Joshua carry over for you and me into the promises of Jesus in the New Testament. God has promised us that He will not fail us or forsake us. He is always there. We can depend on Him. We do not deny that trials and tribulations come our way. But in the strength of our Lord and Saviour we persevere. We overcome. 

Sometimes His timing escapes our earthly wisdom and we do not understand the problems we face. However, that does not change the power and the promises of our God. What he has promised He will bring to pass.[Psa 37:5 KJV] 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.

What a mighty God we serve! We are standing on His promises and depending on His Strength!

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Dan

Speak the Word Lord!

[Luk 7:6-10 KJV] 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it]. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus himself marvelled at the faith of the centurion. The centurion was a man of authority. He gave commands and they were to be followed. In the same way He recognized the authority of Jesus. He did not need Jesus to appear at his doorstep. He understood the power that Jesus possessed. While the centurion had power over men, Jesus had power over the principalities and powers of the air. [Eph 6:12 KJV] 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

The centurion knew that if Jesus only spoke the word his servant would be healed. The same is true today! Jesus power is still the same. If He speaks the word it must come to pass! In our time distress, we are calling on Him to speak the Word. There is no limitation to His healing power. At Jesus command satan's power is defeated. O God speak the Word over our needs. We need you and your healing! Let the testimony of your authority come forth as the world sees the work of your power in our lives. We continue to ask and pray in your name. You are the only true God and you have the  power!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

 

Do Not Be Afraid!

[Isa 41:8-13 KJV] 8 But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9 [Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Trials and difficulties of all types enter our lives. They can bring us to points of discouragement and despair. However, when you have relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ all of that is changed!  We can stand on the promises of scripture from the Old Testament through the New Testament. As believers we have become God's adopted sons and daughters and all the promises are ours.

In time of distress, be it  personal attack by others or sickness in our physical bodies, the book of Isaiah gives us the words that bless us and build us up. the prophet tells us to not be afraid for God is with us. Through the prophet God declares "Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God:" Whatever the trial or difficulty we can stand on that promise. Our God is always there to strengthen and help us!

Right now here in the hospital Nancy and I know that He is with us. We are leaning on His strength and depending on His promises. Let me encourage you to do the same in your time of trial.

Keep Looking up!

Dan

God’s Special Possession!

[1Pe 2:9-10 NIV] 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

I am sure that you have some special possessions that mean a great deal to you. They have meaning because of the memories they bring or because a special person gave them to you. What ever the reason they have become your special treasures. The value they have to you is beyond the ordinary things you possess.

Such is the expression Peter records concerning God's relationship to you. You are His Special Possession! Because of the sacrifice of Jesus as a believer you are now one of God's chosen people. A royal priesthood, a holy nation. Because of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have become a Special Possession of God. You have received the mercy for which the cross of Christ provided for you.

Nancy and I are still at Honor Health Hospital on Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please continue to pray for Nancy that all will be well as God touches her physical needs. It is a great comfort to know that as we are facing a time of crisis for our family that we are Special Possessions of our heavenly Father!  As the devotion for today In "Our Daily Bread" declares, We can hear our King and Lord say "This one I love. This one is mine!

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Our Path in the Darkness!

[Psa 118:6, 14-17 KJV] 6 The LORD [is] on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? … 14 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and is become my salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation [is] in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

It has been a long time since I have contributed to this blog. Over a year! It is time that I shared what has happened during this time. As I write I am in the Honor Health Hospital with my wife Nancy. These last several weeks have been very trying as Nancy has been battling Lymphedema that has led to kidney problems and other complications.

It is during these times that we either depend on our faith in the promises of God or realize our lack of resources. Fortunately we have been able to stand on the promises of God in the verses from Psalm 118. You need not fear when you know that God is on your side. It does not matter how Satan comes against you, you still have victory. The doctor was just in and said that the kidney function has returned to normal. Now the next step is to find out where we are in Nancy's diagnosis of multiple myloma. Another battle to be fought but when God is on your side, there is no fear.  We are believing the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly!  Miracles are in the wings as we agree together in Prayer!

Keep Looking up!

Dan

Our Lord and Master!

[Gen 2:4-5 KJV] 4 These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.

Yahweh is the promised proper name of God. It means Lord and Master. By Jewish tradition this name is too holy to pronounce or write. Therefore they just wrote four letters without any vowels: YHWH. Jews stopped saying the name all together in the third century AD. They stopped saying this name because they were afraid of violating the fourth commandment that prohibits misusing, or taking the Lord’s name in vain. Therefore scholars today don’t know for sure if the original pronunciation was Yahweh or Jehovah. (Yahweh, Lord Jehovah)

It is first seen in Genesis 2:4 and is used 6519 times in the Bible. The declaration of the name Yahweh as the one who created the earth and the heavens, leaves no room for other gods. Yahweh is the Lord and Master. There are no other Gods who can stand before him.

[1Sa 5:1-3 KJV] 1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. 3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon [was] fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

Such is the fate of any other God who would try to stand before the one true God. Man had to take the false god Dagon and set him in his place. Dagon's fate was then worse than before.

[1Sa 5:4 KJV] 1:  4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon [was] fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands [were] cut off upon the threshold; only [the stump of] Dagon was left to him.

There is only one God – Yahweh, Our Lord and Master! Let us worship him and declare His greatness before all men and nations.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

 

 

 

Elohim, The Only True God Who Rules With Majesty

[Gen 1:1-2 KJV] 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

There are sixteen names of God mentioned in the Old Testament. 

  • This very first name given to God is found in the very first verse of Genesis. This name shows that God is the majestic ruler over all. Elohim is actually a plural word and it’s use as the first name of God sets him high above all other gods. It also foreshadows the later revelation of the triune Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Elohim the majestic ruler over all is revealed here in the first book of the Bible. There is none other like Him. He is the only true God. He is the creator of all things.

 [Jhn 1:1-4 KJV] 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Men can declare that there are other gods but He is the only God that is there for all men from the beginning of creation and will continue to be there for all eternity. It is in His completeness as is shown by this name that we have a hope of heaven and we expect to see the completion of our salvation.

We worship Him in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That is the truth that is revealed in this 1st verse of Genesis. He is our Father and He sent His only begotten Son to die for us that our sins might be forgiven. He also gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us that we can live the lives on this earth that he desires of us.

[Jhn 3:16-17 KJV] 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Every man and woman needs to establish relationship with Him so sin can be erased and redemption can rule and reign. Our world is such a struggle! Without Him it will not get any better. Elohim is our only hope for the future.  As the songwriter has penned "Without Him I can do nothing, Without Him I'd surely fail, Without Him I would be drifting like a Ship without a sail."

Our society desperately needs God. If you have not invited Him into your  life, do so today! What a difference it will make.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

 

 

 

 

 

9th Annual Bluegrass Gospel Festival

What a busy time it has been at Fountain of Life. This last weekend we just completed our 9th annual Bluegrass Gospel Festival. We had four groups participating and they all gave a great presentation of Bluegrass Gospel Music. I want to say a  special thank you to Peggy and John Craig for their help in putting the Festival together. Their band Brush Arbor Revival was one of the performing groups and there is no question that they are one of the best bands in the area.

Also a special thanks to all those who helped in the setup of our foodservice and did the prep and cooking. The ladies and several men from our church went beyond the call of duty in helping us get ready for our singers and the many guests that attended the happening on Friday night and all day on Saturday!

If you did not make it this year, we are already talking about the 10th annual festival next year. It is always a great time. We are getting back to normal at the church and will resume our regular posts in the next days.  God Bless!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

P.S. Join us at 10:30 am this Sunday September 16 as we continue our sermon series on "Getting to Know God".

 

 

Greater Works Shall Ye Do…

Greater Works Shall Ye Do…

Text:  [Jhn 14:12 KJV] 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

As we think  about the promise of this verse,  we need to begin to  prepare our hearts so that God can use us to increase his kingdom by supernaturally using us to reach out to the world around us. That brings us to the point that we ask ourselves how can I have such power with God.

To have such power with God we must lay the foundation for an intimate relationship with Him! I think that involves several points that we need to incorporate into our lives.

Let me list them for you.

1. We must know who God is.

II. We must Know what God knows

III. We must See what God Sees

IV.  We must do what God does

In our morning services on Sunday at Fountain of Life, I am sharing from these points. We began by searching the scripture to find out who God says He is. He is not some distant identity who created us and now is some distant personality we cannot reach. God shows by the names He gives himself that He desires to be deeply involved in each of our lives. 

Before we can nurture the relationship with God that He wants us to have, we must gain an understanding of who He is! Who is God to you? Do you feel Him close to you? Are you confident that He cares for you? For that to be possible in your life, you must know who He is.

In the first verses of the Bible God begins to identify himself. He then continues to show who He is by revealing the  names that show the aspects of His person. There are some 16 in the Old Testament and there are over 50 names that describe Jesus in the New Testament. How many of them do you know?

It is only as you know who God is that you begin to learn what he can and will do in your life. If you do not know the names  that God gives to himself you are missing much of the richness that can be in your relationship with Him. 

In the days ahead we will look at some of those names as we try to learn more and more about Him. He is the only true God and we need to know who He says He is.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

 

 

All Things Work Together …For Good!

[Rom 8:26-28 KJV] 26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

An infirmity in scripture can be a physical sickness or it can be a moral failure or defect. Whatever the infirmities we have, I am glad that we do not have to bear them alone. The declaration of our verse is that the Spirit of God –The Holy Spirit — The Third Person of the Trinity helps us. How great an encouragement to us is the fact that we are never alone. God steps in to the place of our infirmities. He walks with us during those times whether they be physical or spiritual.

Even in the times of desperation where we are to confused to pray, we are told the Spirit makes intercession for us! Such intercession is said to be with groanings that cannot be uttered. When the infirmities of this world are so heavy upon us that we cannot speak for lack of wisdom and strength, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us  "according to the will of God." 

It is with the help of the Holy Spirit that we are able to know that all things work together for good in our lives. 

[1Pe 1:6 KJV] 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

[Gal 6:9 KJV] 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We would not begin to declare that all circumstances in our lives are good. Some are almost more than we can bear. However God knows the end from the momentary and as His Spirit intercedes for us we can stand!  "All things work together for Good" as the Spirit prays for us according to the will of God.

There is nothing that can defeat us as the Spirit of God helps our infirmities!

[Rom 8:37-39 KJV] 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

 

 

 

Our Refuge

[Psa 62:5-8 KJV] 5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him. 6 He only [is] my rock and my salvation: [he is] my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God [is] my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, [and] my refuge, [is] in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.

This Psalm of David speaks to  my heart today because it expresses what needs to be done by all who want to live a successful and fulfilled life in today's world.  We need to learn what it is to wait upon God! Let's face reality. We are not good at waiting. We live in the age of fast food, instant gratification, and selfishness. We want what we want and we want it right now!

David, who wrote this Psalm had learned to put his expectations in God. God, David says, is his rock and his salvation. All of his strength came from God. God was his refuge. David tells us to pour out our hearts before God for He is also our refuge.

We often find ourselves in need of answers and direction. What is the reason we are here? What is the purpose of our lives?  Men and women find that our society is not satisfying even when we achieve fame and fortune. We see the large number of those who have become stars in our world, and yet turn to drugs, alcohol, and even suicide. All the world provides does not meet their needs.

David realized that truth. As a result he put his expectations in God. We need to do the same. Our world is a mess because people are trying to shape the nations into what will make them happy.  The harder they try the more frustrated they become. We cannot look to our own efforts to bring up peace and happiness. Just as David we must realize that true happiness must rest in the God that created us. He is our refuge.

Listen to the words of the Psalmist. Place your expectations in God. Pour your heart out before Him.Tell Him your desires and He will become your rock and your salvation. He will be your refuge in times of storm and trouble. In Him you will find satisfaction and true joy!

Keep Looking Up.

Dan


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