Heaven

I saw a picture of a friend of mine today, Cory McCool, a huge part of my family. His smile was as bright as ever, and I can’t imagine it any brighter. Although I know it is, for he’s there now. Heaven is a place as real as any address the Post Office delivers too. Even though a mail carrier cannot transit our letters back and forth, it exists. It is as real as the noonday sun, and more desirable than rain to a barren land.
Heaven holds more for me now than it ever held before. My Savior, my patient, loving, and yes, long suffering King awaits me there. Three out of four Grandparents have crossed over, no longer feeble, and no more wheelchairs. I have three siblings that miscarriages took from my Mother. An Uncle that passed as a child is there too. One of my best friends is smiling and laughing in that treasured place.
For those reasons alone, I long to go there, but even more than this, it means something else. It’s a place where all questions fall away. Paul said that now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. We get to be with Jesus, to know Him more than ever before.
I’m sure that like myself, you have plans for what you’ll do when we reach that shore. Right now, there is a lot we have to wait on, embracing certain ones and talking to them. However, there is one thing that I don’t have to wait on.
I may not get to see His face just yet, but here I can still talk to Him. In this vale of tears, I can still hear His sweet voice. How often do we neglect communicating to the One we claim we’re going to Heaven for?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I want my conversations with Him on this Earth to accumulate to more than just a few hours of my life. I can’t currently pass the milky way, but I can enter Heaven’s door. For where He is, is truly Heaven, and He meets me in that place of prayer.
So, I encourage you today, to take a trip to Heaven on prayer’s strong wings. They are more than capable of entering His presence as He wraps you in His arms. The old song says, “Sing One More Song About Heaven.” To sing or talk about Heaven is to talk about Jesus.
May the passion of His presence never bore us. His hands were scarred for you and I. Those stripes that He could have banished from His glorified body, but didn’t, those say I Love You. His patience with my stumbling and stupidity overwhelms me.
The fact that He saw me, and yet still loves me, leaves me amazed. I must never forget, Heaven is more than just the ending of my journey, Heaven is The God of my journey! The Lord Jesus should be more Heaven to me than walls of jasper and gates of pearl!
I want Him to know that He is more than just my pardon to Paradise, but my reason for existing. I want, some way, to let Him know that I appreciate Him. More than that, I want The Lord to know that I treasure Him.
Let’s take some extra time this week, and ignoring problems and requests, show Him that He is the reason that we pray. That it’s not what we need, or where we’re going, but that it’s who we’re traveling with that means the most to us.

Project C

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“God is known in her palaces for a refuge.” – Psalms 48:3

In the palaces of Jerusalem God was more famous than the kings that He had placed on it’s throne. That’s because everyone who lived in the palace knew who made it possible for them to be there. A shepherd king was there most famous royal.
God had established David’s kingdom with men and women who could not have possibly filled the positions that they were given alone. Only through the miraculous hand of God could those who were in debt, distressed, and discontent, as 1 Samuel 22:2 says, now run the country.
Felons and fugitives were now Generals and Captains of God’s armies. When they laid there heads down at night, they knew it wasn’t the stone walls they trusted in. You see, they had once laid the same heads to sleep in caves. They traded one stone structure for another, and neither one provided safety. There Salvation came from The God who brought them from cave to palace, and not the mansion itself.
Generation after generation had now set on the throne and you could add there testimonies to that of their famous ancestor. Jehoshaphat could tell you how The Lord saved them without picking up a spear. Hezekiah could tell you the story of how his palace was surrounded until God attacked the attackers.
I rejoice at the story because you and I are a part of it! We, who were strangers and pilgrims, enemies of God’s love due to sin, are now Children Of God! Your story and my story, shared with the world, can change someone else’s story.
That’s what we’re doing at a place called Point Of Mercy in Nashville, Tennessee. Every Sunday morning, individuals and families who have no hope, are fed breakfast and lunch. Something called The Care Closet gives them free clothes. Furniture is donated to those who have went from one trash bag in a shelter to a place of their own.
In 6 years, God has taken us from a Church of seven senior citizens to over 200 people. It’s all been due to the fact that we know who is responsible. It’s exciting to watch God rebuild a family from nothing. It’s thrilling to be on the front lines of ministry where souls are saved, lives are touched, and hearts are mended.
Now, we are literally busting at the seams. Our goal, turn the gymnasium in to a Sanctuary that will seat everyone. Right now, we can’t fit all the people into our current structure. I wish I had the words to do justice to what The Lord is accomplishing in our Church but my words aren’t sufficient to describe it. I do have a link to a video at the end of this blog, I’d like to ask you to watch it.
I want you to see firsthand what can be done when everyone comes together and leave there ego at the door. This isn’t about us, it’s about Him. He is known at Point Of Mercy as our refuge. Now our goal is to bring more hurting into the place where God is lifted so high. Some have offered to help, this link will make it possible for you to do just that.
Is it worth it? Just ask a family that God put back together that was spread across the country. Ask the little boy who wants other people to experience the joy that’s now on his face everyday. Question the ones with broken addictions and restored lives that stand and say they are better because God is known in this place.
I’m a little passionate about this subject, but I do not apologize. This is our dream, this is our goal. Not a building filled with fountains and glamorous fixtures, but a place filled with hurting people. We need more room to minister to those in trouble, click the link below to see what we’re talking about.

http://pointofmercy.net/project-c/

Lead Me

Psalms 61:1-3
To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I love David’s wording here! We see from his first sentence that he’s having a conversation with God. With that in mind, look at his second verse.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

He makes a declaration that he would seek The Lord from the ends of the Earth. He’s still talking to God because he says Thee. That’s important to note because of the next few words.

when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

We all agree that The Lord is The Rock he’s speaking of here. So David is essentially saying, “Lord, lead me to more of You. Take me to a higher place in You. Where I am in my relationship with You is not sufficient for what I’m going through.”
In other words, David’s solution to his problem of being overwhelmed, wasn’t looking for a way out of trouble. He knew if he could get deeper into God, then The Lord would handle his situation.
That of course is not David’s only reason for a closer walk with God, but it is a result of a great existing relationship. Look at verse three.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I know The Lord is the answer to my current situation, because He was the answer to my previous issues. He was my shelter against the lion, the bear, and the giant. God is great enough, and high enough, to handle this foe.
How often do I panic in the midst of a situation that I’ve already seen Him successfully bring me out of before? David said this is trying to overwhelm, or cover me, I’m going to higher ground! The Lord Jesus is still my answer! As the old Preacher used to say, “You still have to dig deeper to go higher!”
I need to bend my knees more than I chew my fingernails. It’s time to seek the face of the only One who can give me the favor I need. I don’t seek Him only to handle my problems. It’s because we seek Him that we know our problems are handled!