Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Mission!

Psalms 144:1
"Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."

II Corinthians 10:4
"For the weapons of our warefare are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strongholds."

Ephesians 6:11
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye might be able to stand aganst the wiles of the devil."

Psalms 31:1
"In thee O Lord do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness."

I Corinthians 9:24
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? so RUN, that ye may obtain.

We're pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who've gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blessed be the Lord!

Psalms 28:6-8
"Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my sheild; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I prasie Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His annointed."

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name

Friday, July 3, 2009

May We NEVER Forget the BLOOD...

May we never forget the BLOOD that has been shed across this nation and all around the world for our freedom. But more importantly the BLOOD that was shed on a lonely mountain top that you and I might LIVE!

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast inJesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Faithful Man...

A Faithful Man, what is he? What does he look like? How does he act or respond in a given situation? What kind of an impact does he have on the world? Why be a Faithful Man?

II Timothy 2:2 says, "....These intrust to faithful men...."

This is the theme for the 2009 ALERT Cadet camps. So far this year I have had the privilege of attending as staff 3 camps so far. So now I have heard these lessons and am a pro at being a faithful man? Right? NO!!! Not by any stretch of the imagination. I am far from perfect. Each day is a work in progress for me. By God's grace and power I seek to become a faithful man. But it is not an overnight process. It is a life long commitment to seek Him though His Word, pray, discipleship, and service. It takes determination and a whole hearted commitment on my part.

Here are just a few qualities of what a Faithful man does or is. This is not an exhaustive list so feel free to comment with others you see.

[] Does what is in God's heart and mind - 1 Samuel 2:35
[] Trusted in business dealings - the temple workmen in 2 Kings 12:15, and 2 Kings 22:7; also applicable as a husband, or son Proverbs 31:23
[] Trusted to do his work - 2 Chronicles 34:12
[] Fears God - Nehemiah 7:2
[] Handles money Properly - Nehemiah 13:13
[] Does not reveal secrets - Proverbs 11:13
[] Does not lie - Proverbs 14:5
[] Does not proclaim his own goodness - Proverbs 20:6
[] He abounds with blessings - Proverbs 28:20
[] Judges the poor well - Proverbs 29:14
[] No error or fault found in him - Daniel 6:4
[] Is given rule over a household - Matthew 24:45
[] Is faithful in a few things - Matthew 25:21
[] Gains the joy of his master - Matthew 25:23
[] Able to carry a message - 1 Corinthians 4:17
[] A fellow servant of the Lord - Colossians 1:7
[] Serious, not slanderers, sober - I Timothy 3:11
[] Their children are not accused of riot or unruly - Titus 1:6
[] Keeps promises - Hebrews 11:11
[] Steadfast in the truth even unto death - Revelation 2:10

Thank you to Major Farr for all the lessons he has given about being a faithful man in the past two years of working with him at Cadets. And most of all to my daddy who displays Christ so clearly to me and is truly a Faithful Man.

Stand Strong!

Buffalo River Cadet camp.

The first week of this month I was the cook and organized the logistics for the Buffalo River Cadet camp. I had a lot of fun organizing the camp in the months leading up to it. We had 41 fathers and son's. We stayed at Tyler Bend State Park near Harrison, AR. Major Farr was able to join us for most of the camp along with his son Brian, and Peter Janowski. It was a great time of fun, fellowship, teaching, skill training, canoeing, kayaking, building relationships, sports, and RAIN! No matter what happened the guys were all still full of energy and never let the environment or weather change their enthusiasm for what God was doing in and through each person. God did a great work in all those who attended. Please pray for them as the run the race of life that they will keep the focus.