Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Thoughts

It is the Christmas season and our thoughts go to gifts, celebrations, carols, food and the sharing with loved ones. This is all right and appropriate. However, as all of you know, this season is really not about any of that. Christmas is about Jesus coming and loving and receiving us. This is a fantastic thing to celebrate!
I know many conservative Christians choose not to be a part of such celebrations, preferring to celebrate Him each day alike. While we must leave all in their freedom, it is hard to celebrate Him each day alike. I do celebrate Him each day and talk with Him and read His word. However, during this season of our calendar year, it is just really a blessed thing to give Him a bit more of “center stage.” He is the point of our lives and our breath. So it is good to have a period of time and a day to really go overboard a bit. The problem is, we usually go overboard in “us” and our loved ones, instead of overboard in Him. We could instead take extra time in reading His Word; extra time in listening to Him and journaling what He will say to us; extra time to sing His praise and the wonders of His grace. I think such would really be a true celebration of Him.
Who knows, maybe, just maybe, we could draw others into such a celebration and have a wonderful time in His presence together. I know many gatherings are planned to do just that - Psalm 19 Christmas Celebration is just one of them. But can we hear the precious invitation to spend extra time with Him and His Word? Oh how He would love that.
May we and our time be His gift and may He be ours.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

What an absolutely marvelous Conference! Dr. Carolyn Tennant shared our Lord's heart with us in teaching, instruction and prophetic authority! The clip above is from Saturday evening's session as she shared with the need to have a cooperative partnership with the Lord Jesus that is like the partnership needed in ballroom dancing. It was a very instructive teaching, including photographic illustrations of ballrooms. Some of them were cluttered with furniture which did not lend to dancing at all. Others had furniture, but properly placed for freedom of movement, still others had no furniture at all. In order to allow freedom of movement in our lives with the Holy Spirit, we need interior rooms that are not cluttered with items that cause cautious or no movement. Then she did some brainstorming with us as a group about what the furniture represented. It was a marvelous session.

Today's Sunday service included wonderful worship, Dr. Carolyn speaking on the tradition of the Celtic monks in prayer. Giving us a wonderful lesson on our heritage and the prayer undergirding of the great revivals. The overall lesson was one of the need for personal dedication to prayer. The text was 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We all heard the call to devote ourselves to prayer. I then, served the Lord's supper. It was a special time of belonging to our Lord Jesus and to one another. Thank you Lord.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Lord's Delight

You - you are the Lord's delight! Our scriptures tell us that He loved us before the foundations of the world. Now, whatever that really means, we can know for certain that He loved you (me too - but I will direct this to you so it can anchor well within) before the creation occurred.

His delight is not what you will do for Him in your calling. His delight is not in how much you know, nor in how much you love Him. His delight is just you. He called you, blessed you, has made a way of life for you, and has made provision for you. Now He just wants you to enjoy your breathing with Him.

These facts are so simple, but we tend to forget them in the business of our living. Today, on this Monday, may we just receive the fact of His love and His delight. That is what the Book says. Let's choose to believe these truths instead of our own interior dispositions. His word is higher and all truth. Our perceptions are faulty at best. So as you hear His voice through the Book, or individually in your interior, enjoy Him as He delights in you and your fellowship.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Refreshing Word!

Here is the latest addition to our video teachings. It is Rev. Lauren Godfrey (my daughter) teaching Romans during a 2010 Friday Fellowship time in Psalm 19 Ministries. It is also available on our video page at the ministry site.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Focus - Where is Ours?

Perry Noble, a senior pastor in S.C. has a nice item on his blog that he wrote on September 22. I thought my readers would appreciate it. So I will just refer you to his blog to read.

When I send you to read on a blog, that does not mean I am in totally agreement with everything they are saying - just that this item is very good to read. That should go without saying, but just in case you wondered.

All believers, regardless of their "brand," have some good things to share. Interdenominationalism means we do not allow even "agreement" barriers to keep us from loving and appreciating one another.

So go read. You will be blessed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another Voice!

I urge all my readers to read the blog "Vertical Church"  by James MacDonald. He says very clearly the need of every Christian (especially leaders) to be solidly attached in their personal life to the Scriptures. It is excellent.

Enjoy and begin if you are not already active in daily reading and interacting with the Word. May our Lord be praised!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Riches of Assured Understanding

We had an awesome time in the Lord's presence together last evening at Psalm 19's Friday Fellowship! The study was from Colossians 2:1-15 and the bullet-point highlights of my lesson are below. The entire message is available by CD or DVD.

Take your Bible and follow along with the bullet-points. It will encourage you deeply! What an awesome Savior we have!

Bullet-Points for Colossians 2:1-15

1.  "...riches of assured understanding - in Him (Christ Jesus) all treasures of wisdom and knowledge exist.

2.  Man's logic and reason (persuasive arguments) do not give us God's understanding and many times are deceitful. Deceit's nature is to grow - add more and more understandings that are not of God.

3.  "As you have received Christ Jesus, walk in Him!" The secret of a victorious life is to live in Christ the same way we received Him in the first place - just take Him to ourselves - an open willingness to receive. All the Christian life is to be lived in rest and out of rest - not effort, but trusting in the completed work in Christ - at rest. As we purposefully settle ourselves in Him and His love (on a daily basis) an abounding thankful heart is developed and prayers change from "Oh God, do this or that," our dialogue becomes, "O Lord, thank you for this or that." We begin to overflow in thankfulness.

4. God's entire nature dwells in Christ. He is the head over all rulers and authorities and we have been filled with Him. Therefore all rulers and authorities (our enemies in spiritual places) are under our dominion. In Christ the victory is already ours.

5.  We were circumcised by Christ which stripped off the body of sin of the flesh (old man). He did not wait for us to do it, but did it in the action of the circumcision of our hearts at salvation.

6. We were buried with Him in baptism; raised with Him through faith in the energy of God. Most of our Bibles say "power" of God and that is good. The word here in Greek is the word from which we get our English word "energy."

7.  He made us alive with Him and forgave all our sins; erased the debt and its obligations against us because He nailed it to the cross.

8. He disarmed (or divested) all the rulers and authorities publicly and triumphed over them through the Cross.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tongue Thoughts

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21
This chapter in Proverbs has much to say about the use of the tongue. In the New Testament we have Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." There are many, many scriptures which speak of the need to use our tongue wisely.

"Casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;..." 2 Corinthians 10:5. This scripture we are all familiar with in our understandings of spiritual warfare.

As we live our lives in Jesus, 'the imaginations' and "high things" usually come out of our mouths; things like need, lack, illness, gossip, anger, worry, poverty, unfulfilled desires, blame, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, criticalness and negatives of every kind. Precious Ones in Jesus, these are "imaginations" and "high things" that we exalt over the knowledge of God and His total provision for us in all areas of life through Jesus Christ our Lord. True spiritual warfare is to agree with God and let that agreement be the stuff of our speech - to allow the creation to hear of His goodness and sufficiency in our lives.

The Lord would encourage us today to set ourselves in Him to be a "life giver," and not a distributor of death through the thoughts that get released through our temples. In the lavished grace that He constantly pours over our lives, we have the power to become life-givers and those who bless and allow Him to bless through us in every encounter.

Our Lord God is faithful! He will fulfill His abundant promises. As we live our moments today - let's let Him interlace our thoughts with His own and the speech of our tongue with His goodness. None of us are exempt from needing this reminder, and there is no condemnation in it at all - simply an alert - to be active in His goodness as we breath His grace today.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Come - Come - Come!

Our Psalm 19 web site has the details for our Friday Fellowship Meeting. Rev. Lauren Godfrey is preaching and Rev. Tina Hook is leading the worship ensemble. I am unable to access my domain, as the new operating system in my iMac has caused a blackout - literally - screen went black. So it is in the shop. I also have a MacBook, so will blog and put items on Facebook.

We look forward to Friday Evening and will have a wonderful time together in worship and Word. Do come if you are in our area.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Unscatter Your Thoughts

Prayer is often a problem for us. We begin with all good intentions, but before long, especially if we are not using a list of some sort, our minds wander off into whatever is occurring in our own lives and we simply do not seem to “connect” well with the Lord. We rise from our knees (figuratively speaking for some of us) and sense no release nor progress in what we have just done. As a result, we have many, many Christians with only a dialogue with the Lord as they move. Their time in quiet frustrates, or else puts to them sleep. So around and around we go - seemingly with no way to break the ineffective cycle. 

Our Lord is gracious and loving - always, so there is no condemnation in the above action, nor is there any progress really. For those who really want to move forward in their lives in Jesus and His word, this is a real frustration. A new book on prayer might help, for a short period of time. But nothing seems to conquer this dilemma for very long. What are we to do? 

I am not a big one for “how-to’s” for they all seem to how-to for a short period of time, fading away into another how-to that works for a short period - on and on it goes. So how do I relate what is inside me this morning without just producing another such “hot-to?” Well, maybe I can’t, but I will try. Last night in our Psalm 19 Friday Fellowship teaching, we worked with Colossians 1:1-14 in an understanding of “Increasing in the Knowledge of God.” The passage had a progression in it that we worked with in depth. 
  “6 The One being at hand into you as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit,
      as also in you from the day you heard and fully knew the grace of God in
      truth; . . .
   9 Because of this, from the day we heard, cease not praying for you and asking
              that you should be filled with the full knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
      spiritual understanding;
 10 for you to walk worthily of the Lord, into all pleasing, in every good work, 
              bearing fruit and growing into the full knowledge of God;...”    

You will not recognize the translation, because it is my own. I am sorry for it’s sometimes stilted language - I am just attempting to allow us to see some things contained within the text that we sometimes miss in our easy English. The portion underlined is all the same work root in the Greek and carries the idea of a knowledge of items and persons that is based not on what has been read or related to us, but on our own experience with the person. Please notice the progression. 1. We relax into the full knowledge (the total receiving and trusting) of His grace in and through our lives; 2. We have in that rest of grace the potential of becoming filled with the full knowledge of His will (in all wisdom and understanding). That is just another way of saying His heart. For the word means will, bent, inclination etc... So it is not at static word, but a personal one. We can in this grace become so acquainted with Him that His will is known instantly within us at all times. Amazing! Then, 3. the potential is there for us to know Him deeply and “fully” as we grow in this personal, experiential knowledge of Him.  
What an amazing progression! Notice that it begins with the “full knowledge of His grace.” As we trust Him and rest in Him, these matters begin to unfold in us. What a satisfying prayer-life: to know He has heard and is answering, long before anything is ever seen. To grow deeper and deeper in Him in every portion of our lives - what a marvelous invitation. 

As we purposely enter this rest of grace, we can “unscatter” our thoughts as we work in Him. I use journaling. Oh not the typical type of journal, but a prayer journal, where I write our my thanksgivings, and adoration and requests. But I don’t just write them out, I use this to share them with Him, and then He begins to share with me, and wonder of wonders, my (our) time becomes one of deep peace, rest, acceptance and revelation. Journaling might not be what you would choose, as it is just one way to concentrate with Him in quality time. Also I purposely hear Him and interact in that space. I am finding it wonderful. In the rare time my mind does wonder, He is always gracious to wait for me to return my attention to Him. Sometimes, even in that “dreaming” of scattered thinking, He will share and intersect. He is so very gracious. 

So how long does such a time take each day? Well that just depends on what else is assigned for my day. I am learning to make space for my time with Him in this way as it is so fruitful between us. This type of interaction does not happen without studying the Word. For me the Word is a platform upon which to concentrate for a few minutes before “we” begin to talk. However, just the study of the Word will not produce the progression the passage reveals. It involves the Word very much, because He is revealed there - first and always. As the scriptures begin to be unfolded - we find our Lord Jesus, in a way we may not have seen before. 

Anyway, this was on His heart as well as mine this morning. Enjoy the Lord today. He is delighting in you. “God so loved the world ...”

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Rest, cont...

"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil."
Psalm 35:7-9 KJV

The concept of "rest" is still upon us this week. As I wrote in my journal with the Lord Jesus this morning, I felt Him instructing me about the above scripture (for those who follow my reading plan - it is today's Psalm). The rest and peace that He gives are not based on our activity or lack of it. There are times when we need to just be still before Him and receive refreshment from the flowing river of His grace, mercy and love, but the rest above is not that kind. Instead it is a rest that has great energy and forward motion. It is a rest that abides, no matter what the activity of the day, and it is a rest that refreshes in the Spirit in the middle of turmoil. When we enter this rest, we have great movement and creative ability in the Holy Spirit, and anything that He calls for us to do will refresh us inwardly. This is not activity born in effort, although much effort may be expended in its process. It is a placement of deep rest in the Lord and His Word. Such effort will tire the body as the movement is made, but will not injure. It will be an effort of power and energy. 

The movement may be as simple as cleaning house or the garage, or as deeply spiritual as teaching a class, moving in the prophetic or another spiritual gift. The movement is not the point - the rest is. Another word for "rest" like this is faith. Faith's interior action is rest - regardless. Anxiousness and fear are never faith induced - but distressed generated. 

So how do we enter such rest? Purposefully. Just do it - really believe in the love His has for you and that He will be true to His word for you and yours. In Him, this is an activity that is Spirit empowered and available to every believer. He will do it - we can trust Him! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Taught of God

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8 KJV
These are the words of the Lord to the Psalmist. Our Lord makes it very clear in both the Old and New Covenants that He is the primary teacher of His people. There are many references scattered throughout the Old but for our purposes, I just want us to look at the ones in the New. (All references are King James - simply because I have it near by).
"It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." John 6:45
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you in all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26 KJV
"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another." 1 Thessalonians 4:9 KJV
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." 1 John 2:27 KJV
There are, of course, more but this is sufficient for us to see that the Lord expects to be our primary teacher. How does He do this? Is it just through a knowledge of the Scriptures? What role do people teaching people have in this scheme? 
First of all, in our walk in Jesus, we must always be open to other people, what the Lord is teaching them and having them share. This definitely is important, but in our world today we have made it "the" way of being taught. Someone, operating in the five-fold gifts (Ephesians 4:11) studies, prepares a lesson and then gives that lesson - or some situation similar. Yes, as a teacher, this is important and we learn from God like that. But that should not be the primary way. 
The role of the Scriptures is primary in understanding how God teaches us. Without the Scriptures, we are left to man's wisdom and ingenuity, neither of which have any inherent value. So we have the Scriptures. Is the only way the Lord teaches us through the Scriptures our studying out what others have said? Well, once again that is important. It is important to work with the language (many helps are available here) and to search out what others think it means, but the Scriptures written above point to another way entirely.
The Lord wants to be our primary teacher. As we study the Scriptures and have our time with Him, He speaks. As we hear Him, He will show us what He is talking about in the Scriptures and lead us into understandings, insights and revelations out of the text that we have never imagined. He teaches us of Himself. 
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV
This is out of the Scriptures, through the Scriptures, and into the Scriptures. He unfolds, reveals and allows “knowings” that teach us incredible things about Him. 
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." John 14:21 KJV
Our Lord is very personal. He is our teacher. In order to receive that teaching, we are to become open to Him and be His friend. Our prayers need to rise from being about our needs into a searching of His heart for the matters at hand that he knows. This calls for us to allow Him to be the focus of our time, and we will discover that He, in turn (like a good friend). will make us His focus. His teaching ability far exceeds what we can conceive on our own. He is able in the Spirit to launch us into realms of "being in Him" that thrill and rest us, all at the same time. He is able to take our minds and delight them and show them His great salvation while He enriches and ministers to the pressing needs of our moment. 
As our teacher, He is able to implant within our hearts and minds the wonder of Himself through His word in such a way that obedience is a flow from the river of His love. 
Why do we run from Him? Why isn't His teaching the most important item in our day? Why do we think the pressing matters in our day, outweigh the delight He longs to give us in their process? 

Saturday, July 02, 2011

We Need to Think!

We, as believers in Christ, need to begin thinking Biblically. In today's world, that is "outside the box" of what is usually thought in reference to our conservative Christianity. Now, I am conservative and I believe the Scriptures -- but what I see is a church world ready to right all wrongs, especially on the politically "right" side -- but non-Biblical thinking processes dominate. I am speaking in reference to our attitude toward those who differ with us, even on key issues; abortion, gay marriage, removing the Ten Commandments from public places, public school prayer, and on and on the list goes. Now while I do not like the path our nation is presently taking on these issues, there is something far more important to the Christian than these issues getting solved politically.

The way we respond and behave toward those who differ with us is a key. The following quote is from a fellow blogger, Peter Kirk on Gentle Wisdom. While I never agree wholly with any other blogger, his thoughts, especially in these two paragraphs, speak what we need to hear.
It is right for us to be sad when we see such things, and for them to drive us to prayer. And sometimes it is right to speak out for truth and righteousness. But when instead we take offence and start complaining in a judgmental way, in fact we harm the cause of Christ, in the same way that Calvin did when he presided over a legalistic state in Geneva. This is true whether our offence is over the Pledge of Allegiance, over bad things we see in society, or over what some blogger has written.
How is this harmful? We give outsiders the false idea that Christianity is all about keeping rules and saying the right words. We make them feel condemned rather than loved by God. Instead of attracting them with the true gospel message, we repel them and cause them to reject any Christian faith that they might have. In short, we do great damage to the Kingdom of God.
Our hearts and our expressions of that heart must be in line with the love of the Holy Spirit expressed in and through the Word. This is also true when we begin to criticize our government officials. What the word says is clear, "...The only thing that matters is faith working through love." (Gal. 5:6b) NIV

Beautiful Day

I wanted to share with you some of the beauty of my flower garden. This particular plant was given to me for Mother's Day by one of my daughters-in-Spirit. She has blessed me deeply, for I am really delighting in them. 

A new prayer letter is up on Psalm 19's web site and we also have all the data up for our Summer Event (with worship by One Voice). You can sign up on line if you would like. We will have an awesome time in His presence in Worship and Word. Lauren and I are both speaking and the Lord is already working our lessons in our hearts. It will be a good time to come together for the summer meeting. 

For our regulars, we do have Friday Fellowships beginning on August 12, so I pray you are looking forward to them. 

The following is from my prayer letter that I sent earlier in the day to our Intercessors. (If you wish to be a part of that group, go to the prayer section of the web site and sign up. It will be done automatically and kept private, for that purpose only).

"I encourage you to drink deeply in the well of our Lord's love this week. Do not short-cut your appointment to just be with Him. Take that one-on-one time with Him, and also remember that He interprets time with us in that "us" word. He is a part of all we do, think and feel. So "we" have this appointment all the time. It is not burdensome, but joy filled. He is the power, the mind that we lean into, and the sweetness of "being" that only He can be with us. Enjoy His love and allow that sweet fragrance to prevail through-out your day. It is such love."

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Prayer Letter

I am listing my Prayer Letter link above, so any can read if you wish. This is a weekly letter (usually out on Saturday morning early) which can be sent directly to your email inbox if you would like. Just fill out the form on the web site. That email address goes only to the mail service and is not used for anything further unless you specifically let us know you want our general email mailings. That notification must come directly to us at This one on the web site is only for the Prayer Letter.

Please visit the total web site. There will be a registration form so you can sign up for our Summer Event on July 23 in Syracuse. One Voice from Auburn will be leading our worship and Lauren and I will both be teaching. It will be a wonderful retreat day. Come. You will be glad you did.

The registration data will be there later today. I will send a new notice out that it is ready.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Slide-show + New Teaching Video

The New Slide-show of our ministry time at Stella Maris Retreat Center, on June 8 is here:

The New Video of Good Friday 2010 is here:

I pray you enjoy both of them. Bless you for checking in here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Good Friday Service 2011

Psalm 19 Ministries & Church of the Resurrection Good Friday Service - 2011. Photo's by Diane Hernandez and music "O Sacred Head" sung by the Psalm 19 Singers under the direction of Rev. Kreg Godfrey - all used by permission.

It was a well attended event at the Church of the Resurrection building. Pastor Lou Giordano spoke on the Seven Words of Christ from the Cross, and Rev. Iris Godfrey brought a lesson on the purpose of the sacrifice in purchasing a people and releasing them into true life. Warm fellowship shared marked the final part of our time. Many people, from many different denominations were present to worship together. It was a wonderful evening in our Lord's presence. You may also view this video on the Psalm 19 Ministries web site. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Back to Blogger

Back to Blogger

I am choosing, after several years away at Wordpress, to return my blog to Blogger. The reason is quite simple. There are times I wish to add video etc... to my posts, and I would have to pay to do so in Wordpress. I also am liking what I see in the template section. I will be working during this next week to adjust somethings more to what I would like, but for the time being, this is good. 

I will probably leave the past few years' post in Wordpress for the present time, but will advise all who go there to come here instead. 

Thanks for reading.