Thursday, March 29, 2018

Good Friday

I always thought that “Good Friday” was an interesting concept.  
How could anything be good about a day over 2,000 years ago
when an innocent man was crucified on a cross?  Add to that as
Christians we believe that Jesus, the Son of God, was innocent
of the charges made against Him.  But he was scourged and then
nailed to a tree. Add to the misery what the suffering Savior said
as he looked down at the Roman Soldiers who impaled his hands
and feet, casting lots for his clothing.  “Father, forgive them, for they
do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34. My good friend
Pastor John B Lowe II of New Life Christian Church & World Outreach
has written a book, “Forgiveness...An Act of Violence.”  In Chapter 5
he responds to what Jesus said, “Really! They didn’t know what
they were doing? Reading verses like that challenge our logic.
Christ’s sufferings at the hands of the Kingdom of Darkness seemed
pretty intentional to a well reasoned mind.”  Good Friday is about
forgiveness, period. The greatest man to ever live was killed in the
most horrible way but his mission was to forgive, showing the heart
of His Father - God Almighty. This Friday is Good because it’s about
mercy. John B notes in Chapter 6 of his book, “God doesn’t forgive
us because He is superior, even though He is.  He forgives because
He is love.” With sweat and blood running in his eyes, Jesus strained
to see those who meant him harm and loved them. We can be forgiven
of our sins as well because the Lamb of God shed his blood on the cross.
God sent his best, His only Son, to tell us that He loves us. Good News!
As we accept forgiveness we are challenged to forgive those around us
as well.  Make this season a Good Friday through Jesus and the ultimate
message of love...


For more information on “Forgiveness...An Act Of Violence”
go to www.ihavenewlife.com


Ken Locke
GWMA

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Billy Graham & Prayer

This is the inaugural column focusing on faith and the church community in Kosciusko County.  

There is a rich history of Churches and Christian impact here locally and ministries that have

gone around the world from Kosciusko County.  Many recall the days when a young

Billy Graham preached in Winona Lake for Youth for Christ in the 1940’s.

Dr. Graham served as the first Director of YFC.  But at 3 AM on July 13, 1949 an all-night

prayer meeting was held with 40 to 50 young men in attendance, many of them who

impacted the world through ministries such as World Vision, Ken Anderson Films and others.  

Even during a busy YFC schedule that week they took time in the Rainbow Room at

Westminster Hotel to pray for Billy and his team as they prepared to head to Los Angeles

for revival meetings. The rest is history as that moment was a pivotal point of the

beginning of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  On February 21st Billy Graham

stepped into eternity after 99 years on this third rock from the sun and now with Jesus,

the one he pointed to through 60 years of ministry.  It is estimated that he spoke to over

215 million people in over 185 countries with the Good News. Billy once said, “"Have you

ever said, 'Well, all we can do now is pray?' ...When we come to the end of ourselves,

we come to the beginning of God.”  That night many years ago God began using a

young man from a dairy farm in North Carolina to share His message of grace and mercy.

Prayer is where we should all begin no matter the situation as we seek God for His guidance

and direction.  It may not take you around the world but it will take your heart to a beginning with God.

“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Face Time



Let's face it.  Things have really changed the last few years.  Life is now concentrated on a little device that people don't seem to be able to get away from.  There have been other changes culturally and morally.  It is a challenge to keep our Hearts tuned to Jesus.  Fasting in the 21st Century might include "unplugging" from social media and our phones.  In this World of constant information the need is greater for "quiet time".  Lord, help me to always have "face time" with you...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

God Is Here

Tomorrow, August 21st, will mark a special event in the United States of America.  A total Solar Eclipse will cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  Some Scientists have noted that this solar event could only occur because some creative force has put it in place.  I believe that God is reminding us that He is there overseeing the universe as He always has.  I have now lived 6 decades on this third rock from the sun.  One thing I have learned during that time is the more I think I know the more I realize I understand very little.  But one truth has followed me through those years.  There is a God.  More amazing than that is that He sent His Son, Jesus to the World.  And then add to that Yeshua came to rescue and deliver us through His shed blood on the Cross.  He has always been there throughout my life in the good and the bad.  He is the only Hope for this World torn with sin, hatred and pain.  As the shadow passes tomorrow across our land God is telling us, "I'm still here and I love you."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Losing All But Jesus...

I have lived almost 6 decades on earth.  I have lost in many different ways.  I have lost loved ones to death.  I have lost in love going through a divorce.  I lost a position and career in The Salvation Army because of that divorce.  I have lost many games and other things I don't even remember.  But I have never lost Jesus.  He has always been there.  Even when I was far from Him and chasing other "brass rings" He has always been there.  I am the one who was lost.  Jesus has always been there.  Thank you Lord, for your grace and mercy...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Unity

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

1 Corinthians 1:10

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Prayer

"When we kneel before our God, bow our heads and pray heartfelt, fervent prayers, we connect with God, and He with us, in a very real and powerful way.
During His time on earth Jesus had much to say about prayer, and He lived it out in an intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father" - Author Unknown