For Such A Time As This

Today is Saturday, March 4, 2017. Six days until our Glen Rose weekend!!

Quotes of the Day

“The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.” ~ David Friedman

“Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

“The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Word of the Day

Lotus-eater ~ a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.

Alternate Word of the Day

Nugatory ~ of little or no consequence : trifling, inconsequential

Today is Marching Band Day. As I shared on Facebook, my memories of Mineral Wells High School and ETSU marching bands are some of the happiest, most hard-working days of my youth. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. I look back with pride on the accomplishments of those bands. I was part of the first band to ever win the Sweepstakes award at MWHS. And with the ETSU band, we (thanks to our director, James Keene) helped usher in an era of corp-style marching bands in colleges, which influenced high schools all over Texas.

We made it to Saturday! Yesterday was a pretty good day at work, with no major crises for me. C seems to be feeling better, after a checkup with her doctor on Thursday. He made some initial diagnoses and prescribed medication. Her bloodwork also showed a Vitamin D deficiency, so he has told her to start taking some of that. It makes sense. Vitamin D is, apparently, the one we get from exposure to sunlight. Since we hardly ever go outside except to walk from the car to a building or vice versa, that makes sense.

As previously mentioned, tonight is our monthly Night of Worship. C and I will be going to the host’s home at around 3:00 PM today, to set up and rehearse. She will be running the lyric slides on the Mac while we play and sing. I still have to print my music and go over a few songs, so I should probably get moving with this blog thing.

30 days until Opening Day!


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.

I will call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at the noonday, he will hear my voice. He will bring me safely back . . . God who is enthroned of old, will hear me.

Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
Psalm 85:7
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
Psalm 65:4
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah. 
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

Psalm 84:4-5
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. 
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

Psalm 59:16-17
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Psalm 84:2

(From The President’s Devotional)

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

These words were spoken to Esther by her cousin Mordecai. On a side note, I just figured out that Mordecai was not, in fact, Esther’s uncle, but was her cousin. She was his uncle’s daughter, which makes them cousins. Anyway. Mordecai, along with the rest of the Jews were about to be eradicated from the land where they were living, by King Ahasuerus. It wasn’t really the king’s idea, but that of a wicked servant named Haman, who hated Mordecai.

Esther had an opportunity to approach the king and save her people, but was afraid. Mordecai challenged her with the words from the above verse.

Who knows?

“Perhaps we are right here, right now, for a very particular reason. To declare a bold word. To write a brave phrase. To take a new step. To tell a hard truth.”

Either way, God’s will will be done. His purpose will be achieved. “But maybe, just maybe, this is our time. Such a time as this.”

“Lord, if this is my time, my time to do a new thing, give me the courage to act boldly, unafraid. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, I have felt your words in my heart, recently. I have felt the nudge of your Spirit, directing me in a certain direction. I pray for wisdom. I pray for you words to continue to speak to me, and that you would enable me to do that which you have chosen me to do. I am experiencing both anticipation and apprehension at the future, for I know not exactly where you are leading me. But that is what faith is all about, isn’t it? Do in me and with me what you will, my God.

I pray especially for tonight’s Night of Worship. I pray for your anointing on Brandon, Terry, Jared, Alex, Christi, Kristin, and myself. I pray for your Spirit to be active all through the afternoon’s rehearsals and the night’s worship. Make your presence known to us in a powerful way. If you choose to fill the place so strongly that we can’t even sing or talk, that would be awesome. I pray for restoration, filling, healing, salvation, and anything else that you want to do tonight. This night is all about you!

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

This reading made me think of this song by Rich Mullins, and while looking for a video, I ran across him saying this (remember that an “ass” is a donkey): “God spoke to Balaam through his ass, and he has been speaking through asses ever since. So if God should choose to speak through you, you need not think too highly of yourself.” So there you go.

Grace and peace, friends.


“It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.” – Arnold Bennett

Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is nugatory, which means, “Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless.”

Today is Title Track Day. Can you think of a favorite title track? The first couple that came to my mind were “Aqualung,” and “Breakfast in America.”

If anyone read my blog before I edited it, yesterday, I apologize. I wrote some harsh words that needn’t have been put down for public consumption. For reasons that even I can’t figure out, I was in a rather bad place, yesterday morning. Even had to wind up apologizing for some words I spoke during setup yesterday morning. I got better, though, and edited the blog entry when I got home from PAT meeting. One thing I can always count on is for my wife to be straight up with me and tell me when I’ve screwed up. It’s one of the things I really appreciate about her. And this is one of the things that I really dislike about me. Enough about that, though.

Worship went pretty well, yesterday morning, and the PAT meeting was good, too, I think. In the meantime, the Red Sox beat the Indians 5-2, while Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27. In addition, the O’s lost, putting them and the Sox back into a virtual tie for first, with only 5 percentage points between them. The Rangers got all over the Astros, winning 9-2. Unfortunately, the Mariners won again, as well, so the Rangers remain 1.5 out of first.

Today is Monday, of course. I think I feel some better than yesterday. Still not 100%, but better. I have band practice tonight, which I will try to attend. We’ll see how the day goes.


(From Praying With the Psalms)

Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!
You know my reproach, and my shame and my dishonor; my foes are all known to you.
Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

Psalm 69:16-21

The pain, rejection, and humiliation that are represented in this psalm were experienced most vividly by Jesus Christ. “The Calvary crucifixion is the proper exposition and commentary for Psalm 69.”

“‘O mysterious condescending! O abandonment sublime! Very God himself is bearing all the suffering of time! Evermore for human failure by His passion we can plead; God has borne all mortal anguish, surely He will know our need’ (W.J. Sparrow Simpson, ‘Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Careful Infidelity

Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Matthew 6:25

When we exercise “common sense carefulness” as disciples, we are actually practicing infidelity. Yes, this sounds harsh, but it’s the way Chambers puts it. We tend to worry about things, and it’s always the “practical details of our lives” that we worry about. We don’t really believe that God can take care of them, so we worry, and we practice this “common sense carefulness.” We become anxious about our lives, what we will eat or drink, or what we will wear.

What did Jesus say would choke out the word in us? It was the cares of this world, wasn’t it? How true this is. “The only cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit.” We must give these things up to him in abandonment to his provision and protection.

Father, teach me this abandonment! Teach me not to worry. I’m such a needless worrier. Even this morning, as C leaves for work without her phone because S dropped hers in the water last Friday, I am leaning toward worrying. We have become so dependent on these phones! Teach me to lean on you, Father, for everything!

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

Hopelessly Insignificant

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”~~Dag Hammarskjold

Today’s word of the day, from, is nugatory, which means “1. of no real value; trifling; worthless. 2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain. 3. not valid.” I certainly hope that my blog is not nugatory.

Today is Chocolate Fondue Day. That makes my mouth water.

The music world lost another great one, yesterday, as this year’s train of loss keeps on rolling. Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire, died in his sleep Wednesday night or Thursday morning. He was 74 and had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

It’s Friday, so this week is drawing to a close. I don’t really have much else to write about, so I’ll move on to the devotional.


(From Praying With the Psalms)

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

Psalm 22:6-11

The psalmist contrasts being mocked by men with “the reassurance of being treated tenderly by God.” While it is true that it matters how other people treat us, it matters even more how God treats us. God’s dealings with us will “finally make all the difference.”

“Dear God, let me see my life through the lens of your love, and so be able to discern in exact detail what you think of me and what you do for me in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Today’s reading is “Are You Ready to Be Offered?”

Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Philippians 2:17

This is a difficult reading. How far are we willing to go, in the service of Christ? Are we fully willing to be offered up? Many of us are willing to “suffer” by feeling like we are alone in our “mission,” but how many of us are willing to be “doormats under other people’s feet?” What if that is the path where God wants to take you?

“Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket–to be so hopelessly insignificant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served? Are you willing to spend and be spent, not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?” How many of us will fail in our work for Christ because we won’t do things that are beneath our dignity?

Father, you took me off the stage sometime back. While the music is still there, it has taken a back seat to something more along the sidelines; prayer. Prayer is not something that is visible very often. And that’s okay. I will continue to be okay with that. While there is still a desire to lead worship again, I must accept the place where you have me right now. This is the path you have put me on. Help me to walk it with grace and confidence, trusting in the hand that leads me. May your Spirit help me to be willing to be poured out, to be “hopelessly insignificant.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.