He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

May 25, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about creating continuity in change through Jesus. His words, His truths, His ways, His love.

An article that got me thinking…

Thomas McDaniels: Churches should learn from Blockbuster – change with the times, or die.

The temptation for so many churches has been to just keep doing the same thing and stay in an old paradigm while they simply watch the culture overlook them and pass them by. At this point, this is simply unacceptable.
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A thought…

What are the constants in your life that sometimes bore you?

Say a prayer of thanks for the steady, sometimes boring, ordinary things in your life.

From today’s devotion

A devotion…

Ordinary Time
Life for Leaders Daily Devotion
https://lifeforleaders.depree.org/ordinary-time/

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
Genesis 8:22

A verse…

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day ordinary day which You created and for the blessings to come from it. God, I appreciate the extra effort and energy we pour into our holy days. I love when the sanctuary is fuller than usual. I love the banners and flowers and special music. And, God, I love ordinary days like today. Days when we bring our best to worship you in the regular part of the church years. Days like today remind me how much of our life is spent in ordinary time. We go to work. We go to school. We wait for the weekend. And even then wish for any day but today.
God, give us the courage to live in the now. Help us to live into the ordinary days of our lives and of the church year. Remind us again that this day is a gift from you in all its ordinariness. For this day, we give you thanks, Gracious God, because you gave us another day to love you and to love each other. On this ordinary day in ordinary time, we will worship you, Loving God. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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BreakPoint: The Martyrs of Burkina Faso

May 25, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about surrounding yourself in all things about Him. Always fight to focus on Him. Pray without ceasing.

A thought…

To be defenders of the faith and protectors of religious freedom we must be aware and study the word, always praying for the persecuted throughout the world.

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The Martyrs of Burkina Faso Know Their Names

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The Martyrs of Burkina Faso

Know Their Names

On Sunday May 12th, between 20 and 30 gunmen entered a Catholic church during Mass in Dablo, Burkina Faso, and started shooting the congregation. Six people, including Father Simeon Yampa, were killed. The attackers then set fire to the church with some worshipers still inside.

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JOHN STONESTREET

WITH ROBERTO RIVERA

Probably 95 percent of Americans couldn’t find Burkina Faso on a map. But that doesn’t make what’s happening to Christians there any less serious or any less deserving of our attention.

In fact, this was the second such attack on a church in the region in two weeks. The Sunday after Easter, “gunmen on motorbikes” attacked a Pentecostal church in a neighboring province, killing the pastor, Pierre Ouédraogo and five worshipers.

Burkina Faso, which was called Upper Volta until 1984, was not a particularly dangerous place for Christians until just a few years ago. While Christians are only a quarter of the population, the country, unlike other Muslim-majority nations, hasn’t been ranked on lists like Open Door’s.

As the Christian Post put it, “Although Burkina Faso is a majority-Muslim country . . . religious groups have largely coexisted peacefully there.”

These recent attacks owe their origins to neighboring Mali, a nation that is on the Open Doors list. Since 2012, Mali has been locked in a series of conflicts pitting the central government against Islamist and Islamist-backed forces.

Even after the initial conflict was put down by the French military, jihadis have continued to operate in Mali, which has been characterized as “fragile,” with “…weak state legitimacy leaving citizens vulnerable to a range of shocks.” In this case, the violence in Mali has spilled over into Burkina Faso in the form of Islamist attacks on not only Christians but also those deemed insufficiently Muslim.

After killing Father Yampa and his parishioners, the attackers “destroyed all places serving alcohol,” as part of an ongoing campaign to establish a so-called “caliphate” in the part of Africa between the Sahara and the rain forests of Central Africa.

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Since 2016, there have been more than 200 attacks, and in the past two months alone more than 70,000 people have been forced from their homes.

As order deteriorates and the government’s authority diminishes outside the capital, jihadis, mostly from Mali and other countries in the region, are free to operate with something close to impunity. That freedom is expressed by attacking Christians both inside and outside of church. In addition to the attacks I just told you about, jihadis have also targeted missionaries. Three years ago, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed six Canadians who were in the country on a mission trip.

Given these developments, I suspect Burkina Faso will soon appear on Open Door’s “World Watch List,” given the threat against Christians by those who hate them and the increasing chaos in the country.

Scripture commands us to “always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” This is especially true for our persecuted and suffering brothers and sisters. They are paying a price we can scarcely imagine for bearing the name “Christian.” The least we owe them is to become acquainted with their situation so that their suffering doesn’t go unnoticed. Yampa’s and Ouédraogo’s names were known to God. Likewise, they should be known to us.

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Love In an age of tolerance and equality…

May 24, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about surrounding yourself in all things about Him. Always fight to focus on Him.

A thought…

We must be defenders of our faith and protect religious freedom in and with the love of Jesus.

Some articles worth reading…

Love In an age of tolerance and abortion

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/05/20/love-in-an-age-of-tolerance-and-abortion/

Conscience, courts, and the coercion of “equality”

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/05/23/conscience-courts-and-the-coercion-of-equality/

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“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”

May 24, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about pleasing Jesus above all everything and everyone else. Throwing out all people-pleasing that supersedes our desire to please God.

A Song or two…

Scars
I Am They
https://music.apple.com/us/album/scars/1341233127?i=1341233135

Warrior
Hannah Kerr
https://music.apple.com/us/album/warrior/1199834663?i=1199834758

A thought… from Jesus Always Kids

Look for Me as you go through this day–I’m waiting for you to find Me! I watch over you all the time; you’re never out of My sight.
page 161, "Don’t Forget Me"

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:8

A verse…

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Isaiah 40:29 (NLT)

A devotion…

I Believe This is Your Plate of Trash
Proverb 31 Ministries
http://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2019/05/21/i-believe-this-is-your-plate-of-trash

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”
Proverbs 4:26 (NIV)

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day and all the opportunities to serve You that await. Lord, show me what expectations are truly part of my mission, and help me to fulfill them joyfully. But strengthen me to gently reject inappropriate expectations. I ask that You continue to bless me and mine according to Your will and purpose for each of us. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Raise a Hallelujah – Surround Yourself with Jesus

May 23, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about surrounding myself with all things about Him, knowing that He will bless me with the right program, sermon or song. Yesterday it was with song…

Songs..

I Have This Hope
Tenth Avenue North
https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-have-this-hope/1130475730?i=1130476068

Raise a Hallelujah
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Hesler & Melissa Hesler
https://music.apple.com/us/album/raise-a-hallelujah-live/1445055135?i=1445055136

A devotion…

Imitate Your Heavenly Father
Life for Leaders Daily Devotion
https://lifeforleaders.depree.org/imitate-your-heavenly-father/

A thought…

The greatest gift of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit. The living God gives the gift of himself to those who are baptized.
FR. DAVE PIVONKA
from The Wild Goose (Episode 10)
Daily Catholic Wisdom

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for loving me, not because I have done anything to earn your love, but because you are Love and have chosen by grace to love me.
Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for the ways I ignore or minimize your love for me. Forgive me for the times I turn the life of discipleship into a fruitless exercise of my will rather than a grace-filled reception of your love. Help me to believe that I am your beloved child and that nothing in heaven or earth can separate me from your love. May your love transform me so that I might indeed be an imitator of you in what I do and say.
In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us…

May 22, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about walking as one with God the Father and Jesus the Son, the Christ our Lord and Savior through His gift of the Holy Spirit…

A Song…

More Than Conquerors
Steven Curtis Chapman
https://music.apple.com/us/album/more-than-conquerors/1061879439?i=1061879903

Devotions…

The Explanation for Our Difficulties
My Utmost for His Highest
https://utmost.org/the-explanation-for-our-difficulties/

Be Like God . . . But Not Always
Life for Leaders Daily Devotion
https://lifeforleaders.depree.org/be-like-god-but-not-always/

A verse…

…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us…
John 17:21

A thought… from Jesus Always

I want you to know the depth and breadth of My Love that surpasses knowledge. There is an enormous difference between knowing Me and knowing about Me.
page 149

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for thank You for this day. For Your continued blessings.
Once again I am astounded by the honor and overwhelmed by the challenge of being like you. I want to be like you in all the right ways. And I want to stop trying to be like you in all the wrong ways. Help me, Lord, to discern wisely how I should be like you and how I should not be like you.
In particular, today I ask you to help me exercise the authority you have given me for the good of others. Help me, Lord, to be a servant leader in imitation of you.
In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love…

May 21, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about being imitators of God…

A thought…

And yet, even in our imitation of Christ, we will discover a startling paradox—the more we become like him, the more we become fully ourselves. The more fully Christ lives in us, the more fully we will discover our uniqueness. Our talents and gifts will shine forth the clearer and we will understand, perhaps for the first time, the truths that there are many gifts, but one Spirit, and we, though different members, are one body in Christ.
Sam Guzman
from The Catholic Gentleman
Daily Catholic Wisdom

A devotion…

Be a Mime of God
Life for Leaders Daily Devotion
https://lifeforleaders.depree.org/be-a-mime-of-god/

A verse…

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day You have made and blessed us with. For each of mine and all Your blessings.
Gracious God, what an amazing imperative: Be imitators of God. I find this encouraging and overwhelming. Help me to know what it means for me to imitate you (and what it doesn’t mean). As people observe my life, as they see my deeds, may they sense your presence in me. May they know that even though they cannot see you with their physical eyes you are real and your Spirit dwells in me. May my life honor you in all that I do no matter where I am.

In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer from today’s devotion

A song…

If You Ain’t In It
Danny Gokey
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-you-aint-in-it/1174317441?i=1174318330

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