Work while It is Day

"I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work." - John 9:4

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege and Blessing of celebrating my 50th Birthday with family and Friends.

My wife did the most wonderful job of putting this all together without me ever knowing anything.

 I thank God for her.

One of the biggest highlights of the celebration was to have my mother and 2 of my Aunts come down from Temple, Texas and celebrate with us.
That truly blessed my heart.

While talking with one of my Aunts, I heard her say something that really had me contemplating more deeply the present moment that I was in.

She said, "Folks ought to work and do for the Lord while it is day, and while we still have the strength and energy to do so; because there will come a time when we won't  be able to."

That stuck with me. 

Right now, for myself (and many others) it is still daytime; and there are countless opportunities, and areas of great need, for God to do his works in and through us.

But these opportunities won't always be before us, and none of us will live forever.

Now is the time, to work the works of God, while it is still day; because the night will surely come.
My desire, at 50, is to do the works of God while I still have the chance. 
Lord, help us to do the works that you have called us to while we still have the chance. Whether it's to pray, go out into the fields, or simply share your love with those you bring across our paths; help us do your will, in your strength.

In Jesus Name.

May God continue to Show You Kindness,

Pastor Lowe

Only By The Grace Of God

Scripture Reading: "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1st Corinthians 15:10)

 This morning I left for work a couple of hours earlier than normal because I had some things that I needed to squeeze in before going to my regular job.

As I was getting ready to leave the house, my neighbor came out and asked, "Lowe is that you?". I confirmed my identity, and we ended up having a brief conversation.

The conversation was mostly small talk, but somewhere along the line I ended up sharing with him a little of my daily routine: and I told him because he indirectly asked.

Yet, after sharing with him a bit of how my average day goes, he said, "man I don't see how you do it"... My answer to him (he's unsaved) was, "Only By the Grace Of God."

My words to him were sort of cliche as they came out of my mouth; but as I drove to work and meditated on those very words that I had spoken to him, I realized in a much greater sense just how true it is.

The scripture says that God "daily loadeth us with benefits" (Pslams 68:19) and I have no doubt that Grace is one of them; or, it's the ONE that brings all the rest of them.

Either way, without God's grace, none of us would be capable of doing what He has called us to do, or fulfill what he has purposed, and ordained, for us to fulfill in this life.
We can only do it by His Grace alone.

Lord, help us to realize that it's only by your Grace; and teach us to daily depend the Grace that you give.
Thank You Lord

May God Bless You and Keep You,

Pastor Lowe

The Danger Of Neglect

"I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man lacking understanding and common sense; And, behold, it was all overgrown with thorns, And nettles were covering its surface, And its stone wall was broken down. When I saw, I considered it well; I looked and received instruction.“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest [and daydream],”Then your poverty will come as a robber, And your want like an armed man". - (Proverbs 24:30-34) AMP

At my job, for years I've had the privilege and responsibility of taking care of the grass, keeping it cut and trimmed when needed.

But, for various reasons, I hadn't taken the time to cut it for a long while; it's literally been over a month since I last cut it.

This morning I decided that "enough was enough" and I went to finally cut it.

It turned out to be worse than it actually appeared to be, and I had my work cut out for me.

While I was working, I couldn't help but think on the text I shared above, because I knew that what I was dealing with was solely the result of both laziness and neglect.

I had to do "twice" the work that it normally takes to get it cut because it was so thick and wet in the middle. But I resolved in my mind, when it was all over, that I would never let that happen again because I wouldn't want to pay the price of toiling to get it back right.

Yet, the case can be almost exactly the same when it comes to the upkeep of our souls and spiritual well-being. Ultimately, it is God that works in us, both to will and to do of His (own) good pleasure... (Philippians 2:13).

But we too have a responsibility to search him out daily, pray unceasingly, and study his word for the nurture and benefit of our souls.

If we "neglect" to do so, the end results could prove dangerous, and we could end up paying a price that we really don't want to pay.

Lord, help us to not be negligent or lazy with the upkeep of our souls; but grant that we seek you daily for our nurture and nourishment.

In Jesus Name.

May God Bless and Keep each of You Today,

Pastor Lowe

Abiding In The Father’s Care

And he said, “A certain man had two sons:and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living”. – Luke 15:11-12 

Recently, my wife and I had been helping my youngest son out with financial counsel and guidance. Our helping him required us having oversight, and input, into where the money should go, and where it shouldn’t go.
It was challenging for him to allow us to do it, to say the least.
Last week, he decided that he didn’t need our help anymore and insisted that he was well capable of handling his own finances.So, without any argument or resistance, we kindly obliged.
Yet that very situation had me thinking about the prodigal son, who one day, for reasons unknown to me, up and decided that he wanted what rightly belonged to him, and left home.
I thought about “what” he left “when” he left; and if you read further into the story, he quotes it right out of his own mouth; “how many of My Father’s hired servants have bread enough, and to spare, and I suffer hunger.”
When he left home, he left the provision of His Father. But not only did he leave the provision of his Father, he also left the protection of his Father and made himself vulnerable to many dangers.
I believe that the same can happen to us believers when we try to go at life alone, instead of Abiding In The Father’s Loving Care. Under His Roof there is safety and Protection.
Psalms 91, in the amplified version, says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]”.

Father, help us to daily abide and trust in your Care.
May God Bless You And Keep You,Pastor Lowe

God Watches Over Us

Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this [promised] land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”  (Genesis 28:15... Amp)

Oftentimes, The Lord does things on our behalf that we are sometimes totally unaware of.

Yesterday, my wife and I took a trip back to my hometown, which is a 2 hour drive away, to pick up an appliance that she really needed for her cakes. We had planned the trip almost a week prior.

Since I knew that we'd be pressed for time to get there, and back, as promptly as we could, I decided to put gas in the truck early so I wouldn't have to later. 
When I lifted my hood that morning I noticed a work rag setting on top of my engine oil dipstick, "right" next to the engine belt.

I'd had a new tensioner and belt put on the truck 2 weeks before, and I believe my mechanic forgot to get his rag when he finished.

The rag couldn't have been more than 2 inches away from the belt, but it never got caught up into the belt. I'd been driving my truck for 2 weeks already, without incident!! 
Without ever knowing, on the day that my wife and I were getting ready to take a lengthy journey, "something" (I truly believe  it was "someone") told me to check my oil, and that's when I saw the rag!!
I can't tell you how much gratitude filled my heart the moment of that discovery! 

I just KNEW THAT I KNEW THAT I KNEW THAT I KNEW, that God was watching over us!

That's a truth worth rejoicing about! We have a Heavenly Father Who is always keeping careful watch over His own!

"Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]." ( 1 Thessalonians 5:24... Amp)

Blessings To You In Christ,
Pastor Lowe

Shielded From The Sun

Scripture Reading: “The Lord is thy Keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The Sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.”  (Psalms 121:5-6)
A large majority of the work that I do is outdoors. I love and enjoy what I do; it’s a craft that the Lord taught me.
Yet, because I work outdoors, that means that I’m oftentimes exposed to the elements such as The Sun and heat, wind and cold, and even the rain (and there are some aspects of my work that can be done in the rain, though it isn’t advised).
This past week has been a very hot week, and I’ve endured working directly out in the Sun light. 
If it’s sunny and hot, one of the things that I do when I drive onto a jobsite is find a tree, or a place that will provide shade, and I set up shop there. But the shade is only temporary because the “actual work” is out under the Sun. 
The good thing about that, though, is that I always have a place that I can run to when I get too hot; but sometimes there will be clouds to provide shade as I work. The clouds, every now and then, seem to cover me right when I need them the most.
The other day, right at a point when the heat had gotten to it’s peak, a cloud came and covered me for quite sometime. It was so refreshing.
Afterwards, that experience allowed me to see these particular verses in a different light.
The Psalmist said that The Lord is “thy shade upon they right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day….”. 
God is like the trees and the clouds, in that He provides us a place of refuge, safety, and protection from the heat, and elements of this life, that have a tendency to “smite” us in so many ways.
Mental and emotional stresses from the demands that life can bring can be just as draining and exhausting as laboring out in direct sunlight for a long period of time.
But we have a “shade tree” (in Christ) to resort to when life gets too hot.
The bible promises that He is our shade; and because He is our protector, The Sun (circumstances, loss, disappointments of every sort) shall not smite us.
God will be our Shield from the Sun.

May God’s Grace Continually Be With You,Pastor Lowe

Depending On God

Scripture Reading: “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23)
This morning I was thinking on the words of Jesus when He said in John 15:5, “apart from me you can do nothing.”Out of all of the truths that I’ve had to come to learn in this brief journey of mine (in Christ), this has probably been one of the toughest to come to grips with; and I’m Still not there.
 By nature, humans are proud, and for the most part, we like to believe that we  can do it (on our own), handle it (on our own), live a godly life (on our own), and conquer life (all on our own). That’s just the way of human nature.
But, if we were capable and had the strength to deliver, direct, and guide ourselves there would have been no need for a savior! 
Here’s God’s verdict on this…. “For when we were without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
We’ve been without strength from the very start.
God sent his Son into the world because we needed help. I desperately needed help (and still do).
Yet, just because I received that help by way of repentance and putting my faith and trust in his sacrifice for me (death, burial, and resurrection), does not mean that I no longer need his help and guidance for my life.
This is something that I’ve had to be reminded of over and over again.
The answers are not in me; but in God.
As I learn to depend upon Him, and trust His direction for my life, I’m discovering that Life becomes so much better, and a lot less stressful. 
We will never be disappointed when we truly Depend On God.

May Peace and Strength Be Yours In Christ,
Pastor Lowe

The Gethsemane Experience

Scripture Reading: "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as though wilt." (Matthew 26:39)

Have you ever personally been to the garden of Gethsemane?
Me neither; at least not in any literal sense.

But I do believe that, in a spiritual and emotional sense, many of us encounter our own personal Gethsemane from time to time.

What I mean by that is that we are sometimes confronted with having to make the choice between what we really want to do, and what God's "known will" is for us to do, in a particular circumstance; but if we're honest, it's not always easy for us to fully surrender and say, "nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."

I'm so grateful that Jesus was able to say those words and fully surrender to the will of God when he was battling in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. His victory "then" is what makes it possible for our victory "now".

As believers, it is inevitable that we will all come to a point and place in our journey in which we will have to make decisions that our flesh may not necessarily be eager to make.

But the thing that I'm excited about is that we don't have to overcome alone. God will help us and give us the strength to say YES to His will, as long as we seek His Hand (by the help of His hand).

The scripture says that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

What that verse says to me personally, is that God, who is always near, will be even nearer when I find myself in difficult circumstances; even when I'm having a Gethsemane Experience.

My Prayer for you today is that He will strengthen you in every way that you need it.

In Christ,
Pastor Lowe

You’ll Never Be Alone

Scripture Reading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)
Earlier this week we received the sad news that my uncle Terrence passed away and transitioned onto the “other side”. Our hearts were very heavy.
Terrence (or Terry, as we called him) was the fourth from the youngest, and he is the second child of my grandparents’ to pass from this life. They had 10 in all.
He was such a funny person who would always make you laugh and just bring such life to the party. Everyone loved him; and I don’t believe that he had one enemy in all of his life.Above all that I mentioned already, there’s nothing that brings more comfort and peace to my heart than to know that Terry was saved; and both of my grandparents’ children that have passed from this life professed Faith in Christ.
Terrence was like a brother to me because I was raised in the same house with the younger children of my grandparents. When the other two would pick on me he would be somewhat like my “protector”, telling the other two “leave that boy alone!!” So, I loved him, respected him, and looked up to him a lot. He was also one of my biggest encouragers. He could just say one word that would change my whole outlook on my circumstance.In a nutshell, he was very dear to me.
When I heard of his passing, I began to really think on death like I probably never have before; and I found myself deeply wondering what it must have been like for him to walk through those very corridors. It was a perplexing thought, to say the least.I realized that, though he had been surrounded by family, friends, and a multitude of others literally all of his life, this was one time that we all had to “stop” at this door and watch him go in alone. That really saddened my heart.
But I thought about what David said in Psalms 23:4, and it changed my whole perspective in a moment; I realized that, for the believer in Christ, we are never ever alone. God is there. And He will be there, even when others can’t be.
If you are a believer in Christ, you and I can take comfort in knowing That we will never ever be alone.
Please Keep my family in your prayers as we come together this weekend to say “See ya later Uncle Terry”.
With The Love of Christ,Pastor Lowe

Now is Not The Time To Cease Praying

Scripture Reading: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”  (Luke 18:1-8)
When I was a young boy, I could remember hearing my grandmother saying this phrase quite often around the house. She would say, at the top of her lungs, “Men ought always to pray, and not faint!” (in that order). 
In most cases, she would say it when someone had come to her with some sort of problem for which it seemed that there was no likely answer, or solution, to. My grandmother was a woman of prayer, and to her, any and all solutions to any and every problem was rooted and grounded in the sacred practice of prayer.
Prayer was never a last resort for her, but a “primary” course of action that she took whenever a problem arose. She truly believed in the privilege of carrying everything to God in Prayer.

Yet, what I can recall, with even more clarity than her declaration, is the unceasing resolve that she would display in her prayer habit.When a problem arose, she would pray… If the problem got worse, she would pray… When she got a breakthrough, she would pray… And when all was well, she would still pray.
What she often declared, she often practiced: praying without ceasing; and it’s to that end, and for that purpose that the Lord spoke the parable mentioned above.
Oh how persistence in prayer is so greatly needed in our day in time!
If you’ve ever been tempted to cease praying, Now is not a good time!In fact, no time is ever a good time!!
We ought always to pray and not faint!!
May God’s Grace and Power Continue to Be With You,

Pastor Lowe