Monthly Archives: October 2013

S&S Encounter Notes: Meditations on P E A C E





He is our peace.  Ephesians 2:14


JOHN 14:27  –   Peace I leave with you,

                             my peace I give unto you;

                             not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

                             Let not your heart be troubled,  neither let it be afraid.

Luke 1:78-79     . . . the dayspring from on high [Jesus Christ ] hath visited us,

                                  To give light unto them who sit in darkness

                                  and in the shadow  of death,

                                  to guide our feet in the way of peace.

Philippians 4:7    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

                              shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Romans 14:19    Let us, therefore, follow after the things which make for peace,

                             And things with which one may edify another.


Rudyard Kipling’s “If”

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

 May  you  have  P E A C E  in  the  face  of  adversity  on  your  journey!

S&S Call Notes: The Power of PRAISE!

The Power of P R A I S E!!!

But thou art holy, O thou who inhabitest the praise of Israel.  Psalm 22:3

P     –     Prayer

R     –     reserved for God:

A     –     adoringly

I      –     intentionally

S     –     sincerely
E     –     exclusively!

  On My Mind        

–     Praise is an antidote for depression  – Psalm 42:11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  And why art thou disquieted within    

              me?  Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, AND my God. 

           –      God be praised for his divine attributes, especially his mercy.

                   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my      

                   life.  Psalm 23:6

                   I trust in the mercy of God.  Psalm 52:8

                  O satisfy us early with thy mercy.  Psalm 90:14

                  Thy mercy is great above the heavens.  Psalm 108:4

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S&S Call Encounter Notes: On SEEING T H I N G S


The Jesus Question

When you look at your life with your spiritual eyes, what thing do you see?

The thing that comes before you may be good, bad, happy, sad – – whatever.
How will you use this thing victoriously as you move on your life’s journey?

The Process for Achieving Victory

1. Meditate on the thing you see. If you can see it; it is subject/susceptible to change. Consider 2 Corinthians 4:18b – – for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2. Speak/name the thing you see. When you speak what you see, its impermanence becomes apparent. It becomes subject to your power. Consider Jesus’ admonition in Mark 11:22 – – Have faith in God – – and his subsequent assurance in verse 23 that you shall have what you say.

3. Believe in the power of the Word over the thing you see. Pray in the spirit of Philippians 4:6-7– – Be anxious for no-thing, but in every-thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, that passes all understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

4. Receive God’s provision. Consider and affirm Psalm 23:5 – – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil [of blessing ], my cup runs over.

5. Announce/attribute your victory to the glory of God. Thank and praise God in the spirit of Matthew 5:16 – – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father, who is in heaven.

A Biblical Example from Luke 18:35-43

Bartimaeus [Mark 10:46] was ready to speak the name of his thing when Jesus asked the question. The blind man said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” This shows that Bartimaeus believed in the power of Jesus, the Living Word. Jesus granted the request, and immediately Bartimaeus was no longer blind. He received God’s provision, then responded appropriately by following Jesus and praising and glorifying God.

Thus, “Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.” Message, v.43b

Give God glory for the things you see to do this week!
God be praised !

Notes from S&S Call Encounter #8: Shaken, but not Stirred

The vagaries of life will certainly aggravate each of us.   The question is, “How will we deal with these erratic interruptions?”  We often will be shaken by some unscripted, unexpected, uncomfortable  circumstance that eruptively disengages our auto pilot. However, we can maintain our equilibrium, no matter how violent the shaking.  In simpler words, we can “not” be stirred.  For example, scripture tells us that Abraham, the father of the children of Israel, staggered not  through unbelief at the promise of God  [ Romans 4:20]  Even though the promised son, Isaac, did not arrive until he was one hundred years old and his wife, Sarah, was ninety, Abraham kept calling the thing that was not (the child of the promise), as if it were. [Romans 4:17b]  He was unstirred.

What is your “going through” attitude today?  Do you have the same spirit as the believer in Psalm 1:1-4?  Are you so anchored in your source, Jesus Christ, that events may cause you to shake, but none can shatter you?  Do you have the confidence of the psalmist that the Lord watches over the way of the  righteous.

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