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We as men often let fear exist in our life. Whether it’s from a pressing decision that has to be made, or to someone’s opinion of us. We are big strong bull of the woods type who keep our fears locked away to never be confronted again.In 1 Kings there are quite a few mentions of a king who ruled with fear. He was a nasty king with a wicked wife. He ruled with fear, and caused fear in God’s people and prophets. He had a servant who ruled over all his possessions named Obadiah who he kept in line also with……..you guessed it, fear. Ahab was on a mission to find a land for his animals, and to find and kill the prophet Elijah.
Elijah showed up, and God showed up with him in a suddenly moment. At that moment Obadiah was overtaken by the fear of king Ahab. He said, “how can you send me back to tell the king you’re here, he’s going to kill me.”
That leads me to a few questions the Lord placed on me. What is the King in your own life that causes fear?
Is it a fear of what people will think if you step out and become one of those “Jesus followers”? Is it a fear of loosing an income because God’s calling you out to serve Him full-time? Is it trying to put together an event, and you don’t know where the funds will come from? Or maybe it’s a ministers fear that a new ministry locally is gonna be more impressive than his.
Whatever it is that’s causing you to fear a false king in your life, take a stand against it! God has gone before you to make you successful according to His standards. Don’t let an Ahab dictate your calling, or decision. God’s got this!
After April is a rock band based out of Greenville, NC. The members – Josh Branch, Tyler Williams, Thorne Wiggs and Jonathan Evans – each bring influences from various styles of music as each band member’s personality is completely different. They take their varying styles and mesh them together to create their music as heard on the debut EP, Canvas, which was recorded and produced by Grammy nominated and Dove Award Winning producer, and friend, Rusty Varenkamp.
After April was started roughly 3 years ago, believe it or not, through a Craigslist posting! They love creating music in their own ways to form a special piece of art and connecting with people through their beliefs and feelings. They are passionate about the creative process that leads to the thrill of a live performance and the connection with all the listeners when they receive feedback of how After April’s music positively affects their lives.
This band has big plans in their future, too. They want to break through to a professional level of musicianship and go where Christ leads them, reaching out to as many people as they can.
After April’s most significant event getting them to where they are today was their professional recording experience in Franklin, Tennessee where they journeyed there with rough ideas, and then left with polished products including five full songs on their first EP. Learning so much within a 5 day period has forever changed their lives.
Find out more about After April by visiting the following links:
It was just last year when my son turned 10 that I received a sudden JOLT in parenting. It was my son’s 10th birthday and as I woke him up to get ready for school, I was happy and wishing him a Happy Birthday and had told him that I was planning to come eat lunch with him at school to celebrate. And then it happened…. “Mom, I really don’t want you to come have lunch with me,” he says.
Wait. What? I asked “Why”? Did I do something? Did I embarrass him? While I knew the time would come when my little boy grew into a young man and he would no longer want to always be with “mommy,” I had never expected it to be so abrupt. He just said he didn’t want anyone coming to have lunch with him. Wow. What just happened?
As I said, I knew it was coming, but still… the words stung like a knife to the heart. So I had to pull myself together and realize that this was just a normal phase and I had to come-to-grips with letting go.
As Laura states in her post, “You’re not sure when, and you’re not sure how, but you turned around one day and realized it: you aren’t cool anymore,” and “Before you find yourself in a panic, know that this phase of childhood is common, and you are not alone.”
Read the blog post to find out how important it is to spend time with God and His word, be the parent, keep communication going and to have a support group of other parents and friends. Take comfort, my friend… you are not alone. And one day, you’ll get the opportunity to be “cool” all over again. 😉
One of the most famous of all figures of the Bible is David, the lowly shepherd boy who slew a Philistine giant and, favored by God, reined for 40 years as king of Israel. Wandering far from perfection, David was an adulterer, a murderer, and a man of war. Despite these human flaws, David had a unique relationship with God. In fact, David held a distinction shared by no other character in the Holy Scriptures. When God withdrew His divine favor from Israel’s first king Saul, we are told in 1 Samuel 13:14 of the Old Testament, “The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people.” That man who earned one of God’s highest commendations was David. Listen to what the Lord said in Acts 13:22 of the New Testament: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” Regarded as a man after His own heart, God gave His servant David perhaps the highest praise recorded in the Bible.
There are many reasons that the Lord considered David to be (quoting now) “a man after My own heart.” The character assets that prompted God to say that about David, according to an online source, can be discerned by reading the Book of Psalms, known as the national hymnal of Israel. More than half of the 150 Psalms were written by David. First and foremost, King David trusted God with absolute faith. “For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved,” said the faithful David in Psalm 21:7. Before taking down the 9’6” Philistine champion Goliath with a single stone from his sling, David exuberantly declared his faith the Lord, saying: “He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37) Not only was David a man of faith, He was obedient to God. Reflecting his attitude of obedience, David said in Psalm 119:34: “Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
David committed some horrible sins, to be sure, but His heart was repentant. In Psalm 25:11, for example, he sought forgiveness, asking: “For Your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.” The qualities of faith, obedience, and repentance all combined to endear David to the Lord Almighty as a man after God’s own heart. David’s life was also a picture of other godly attributes. King David was loving, humble, reverent, and respectful, devoted. He constantly gave praise and thanks to God for strength, guidance, and deliverance from his enemies. These are all admirable qualities that we should seek to cultivate in our lives. As Christians, we have been given the indwelling power of God’s Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and shape us into vessels of love and service. David was no less human than any of us, yet in his innermost being He was recognized by God as “a man after His own heart.” Let’s make that our aspiration as well, and seek, as David did to: “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;”
Shared post from Proverbs 31 Ministry. Writer Glynnis Whitwer shares about feeling “betrayed” and how Jesus always brings us hope. From the blog:
A friend once told me, “Don’t doubt in the dark what you know to be true in the light.”
Faith truly is a choice. We can choose to doubt, or we can choose to believe. I’ve come to discover faith isn’t fragile when it’s placed in the right person. Faith in Jesus is rugged, strong and sustaining when we make the brave choice to trust Him.