OSCAR WILDE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 27]


Ever considered what you have been given? Ever considered what being a good steward looks like? Ever considered that you are given bread and seed, one to eat and one to sow? What type of seeds do you have? What type of seeds are you taking? What type of seeds are you planting? Are you planting or eating the seeds? If you don’t use what what you have been given as food (bread) for food but instead try to eat what was given so that you can reap a harvest later it will impact what is yet to come. If you try to go for the immediate or fast hit of eating the seeds rather than having the patience for the seeds to be planted, watered, germinate, and then grow, you will miss out on everything that was purpose and intended for those seeds. If you don’t sow you won’t reap. If you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. If you sow generously you will reap generously. Don’t miss out on all that God has for you. Don’t miss out on the blessings of scattering the seeds. Trust God for the harvest. Trust God because what you sow not only produces a harvest but more seeds. Sow to the Spirit in order to reap eternal life. Don’t allow yourself to be tricked or fooled and sow to the desires of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these because such things reap corruption. Instead sow to the Spirit which reaps eternal life by keeping in step with the Spirit and producing the fruits of the Spirit against which things there is no law like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So where are you at today? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to do good?

Let’s check out today’s reading from Galatians 6:

Bear One Another’s Burdens

1Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5For each will have to bear his own load.
6Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Final Warning and Benediction

11See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Galatians 6

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Oscar Wilde and his play The Importance of Being Earnest. We learn in today’s devotional about Oscar Wilde who was an Irish playwright, poet, and dramatist. We learn that he was famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his comic masterpieces. We learn that he was part of a movement in England that advocated art for art’s sake called Aesthetic: an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. We learn that it wasn’t until late in his life that he sought religious help. We learn that the Catholic Church welcomed him on his deathbed. We learn in the closing of today’s devotional that many of his works included biblical references with the example of Miss Prism quoting Galatians 6:7 in Act 2 of The importance of Being Earnest which is part of today’s reading.


‘Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ‘

Galatians 6:7

MISS PRISM: As a man sows, so shall he reap.

The Importance of being earnest – Act 2 – p.277
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World’s Classics)Jun 15, 2008
by Oscar Wilde and Peter Raby

So will you be earnest?

serious · serious-minded · solemn · grave · sober · humorless · staid · steady · intense · committed · dedicated · assiduous · keen · diligent · zealous · industrious · hard-working · studious · thoughtful · cerebral · deep · profound · bookish · donnish · devout · heartfelt · wholehearted · sincere · impassioned · deeply felt · from the heart · full-hearted · fervent · fervid · ardent · passionate · intense · burning · urgent · passional · perfervid


Interested in turning back to God and starting to walk in the Spirit rather than the flesh and starting to sow in the Spirit in order to produce the fruits of the Spirit?


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray Lord for Your healing touch as I have woken up this morning feeling ill. I give this day into Your hands Lord and ask for Your wisdom and help to accomplish all that You have planned for me. Help me Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory. Help my friends Lords who are fighting sickness, dealing with loss, and pursuing You Lord. I ask all this so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

RAVENOUS ALIENS … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 24]


Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone you love? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who is good? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who is in need? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who has done wrong? Does it make sense for someone who has been bad? What if the sacrifice was to die for someone else? What would it take for you to be willing to give up your life for someone? Would you be willing to give up your life for your family? your friends? your neighbors? your community? your city? your country? Is there a limit? 


Today’s reading comes to us from Romans 5

 

Romans 5

In this world we will troubles but we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. Today’s reading gives us another view on this truth where it says:

‘Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ‘

Romans 5:3-5

And going back to the questions which started today’s post, we read in Romans 5:7-8 which even aligns with today’s devotional where the Bible reads:

‘For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ‘

Romans 5:6-8

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Ravenous Aliens. We learn in today’s devotional how even movies like Alien can give allusion to biblical principles. Today’s devotional points us to today’s reading where in Alien 3 Ellen Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver is the sole survivor of a crashed spaceship which lands on a planet for prisoners living in a maximum security facility. We learn how in the movie the prisoners view her as a savior who has fallen from the sky. We learn how in the movie she reveals a Christ-like character when she sacrifices her life for them. We also learn of how at that moment in the movie she even stretches out her arms as if she is on a cross.

Aliens 3 - Sigourney Weaver - Arms out as if on a cross
Romans 5:7-8

So have you been saved? Have you received the incredible gift of life because of the incredible sacrifice? Have you receive the incredible gift of life through Jesus who gave up His life on the cross so that we can live, not just here on earth but also for eternity with God? Might today be your day?


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day. Thank You for time yesterday as a family getting to go get our tree and celebrating Thanksgiving together. Thank You for my incredible wife and children. Thank You for my incredible friends and relatives. Thank You Lord for the incredible sacrifice of Jesus who cares so much for all of us that He would come and give His life in such a powerful and painful way to pay the price so that we can be saved. Thank You Lord for touching me and calling me and saving me. I give this day up into Your hands and ask Lord for Your help in allowing me to live int out in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 23]


Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you living a life that shows what you believe in? Are you living a life that demonstrates your core values? What are people seeing in the way you live? What are people seeing in the way you carry yourself? What if they knew you when they couldn’t see you? Are you living your life as unto the Lord? Are you living your life in a way that will shine the light and bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name? Do you love Jesus? Are you living out a life of servant leadership? Are you feeding and tending His sheep?

Today’s reading comes to us from John 21

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

1After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Jesus and the Beloved Apostle

20Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
24This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
25Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding, and becomes instrumental in a money laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore appear in supporting roles. We learn in today’s devotional how this film was based on a Stephen King novel. We learn about the wrongful imprisonment, being put into a maximum security prison, the dangers of a calculating warden, how in a key scene the warden and guards come for a surprise inspection in hopes of convincing Andy to use his great accounting skills to help him launder money. We learn how Andy was digging a hole to freedom through a wall hidden by a poster when the warden had arrived. We learn about how the warden questioned Andy about the Bible he was holding and asked what his favorite passage was. We learn it was from Mark 13:35 KJV:

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning

Mark 13:35 KJV

to slyly reference the warden’s visit. The warden tells Andy he prefers John 8:12 to point out his plans

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12 KJV

We learn how when the warden hands back the Bible he says “Salvation lay within.” We learn how these words come back to the warden when Andy has escaped and blown the whistle on him how Andy speaks them back to the warden and we learn how when Andy opens it further it shows a cut out of where the rock hammer he had been using was hidden and had helped him escape through the tunnel.


Are you looking for true freedom? Are you looking for a way out of where you are at today? Why not turn to God? Why to read His Word and hear His love story? Why not learn of the gift of grace through Jesus Christ? 


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day and for everything within it. Help me Lord to live out my life in a way that will bring You glory. Help me to live out my life as a living sacrifice to You. Help me to live out my life as a servant leader who is watching and feeding Your sheep. Lord give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that in all things at all times I will be able to live my life that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name in every thought, word, and deed. Amen.

MEL GIBSON, THE PASSION … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 22]


What an interesting thing that appear as the devotional for today when today happens to be Thanksgiving Day in the US. This morning I saw a show about the people who gave and sacrificed in our military and I am so thankful that they were willing to serve, to go, and to give and and some to even lose their lives for freedom. Freedom isn’t free. As I was reflecting on that I was also reflected back on Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice in order for us to be reconciled back to God so that we can be free for who the Son sets free is free indeed. Freedom isn’t free. It has come at an incredible cost. Last night during the Thanksgiving-eve service a few interesting facts came up about Thanksgiving from US history. First 1621, where the Senate and the House petitioned George Washington the first president of the United States to issue a proclamation, declaring a national Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving. Second 1863, in the midst of the US Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving Day . In 1863, a year filled with pivotal historical events — the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and the Gettysburg Address — Abraham Lincoln issued what has become known as the first annual Thanksgiving Proclamation. As we can see it wasn’t always an easy time or a time of peace, but it was similar to Lamentations where in the midst of the trials and the troubles people are able to turn to God and give him thanks.

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 4:19-24

Today’s reading comes to us from John 19. Let’s take a read from there…

Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified

1Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
12From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 17and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.'” 22Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

The Death of Jesus

28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Jesus Is Buried

38After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

–John 19

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Mel Gibson’s The Passion. We learn about the movie’s portrayal of the crucifixion or passion of Jesus. We learn how Jesus has inspired many works of art, music, and film. We learn how in Mel Gibson’s 2004 production of The Passion of the Christ how it is one of the most successful portrayals of this story. We learn how it was nominated for three Academy Awards. We learn how it grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. We learn how it was done in a very unique way by portraying the story in Aramaic which is the languages that was most likely spoken by Jesus and His disciples. We learn of some pretty incredible things that happened during the filming of the production to the actor Jim Caviezel who played Jesus like being struck by lightning, suffering injuries from the whipping, and during his hanging on the cross a separated shoulder.


What do you have to be thankful for? No matter if you are at mountain top point in your life or in the valley lows, what can you be thankful for? Do you need to go to the point of Lamentation where because of God you can be thankful no matter what happens? Do you need to reflect on assumptions like “no matter what happens” and “you are alive” for all today() = Happy!! ? Yesterday is gone. Tomorrows isn’t guaranteed. So why not make the most of your today? Let today be Happy, no matter what happens, you can celebrate that you are alive. You can celebrate the promises of God! You can celebrate that you know where you are going.


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day. Thank You for this time with my family. Thank You for this time to remember all that You have already done and are doing in and through my life. Thank You for my wife – the answer to a summer time prayer. Thank You for my children – the answer to continued prayer. Thank You for my home – the answer to a 8 year old boys prayer. Thank You for being with me every step of every day. Thank You for sending Jesus who made a way when there wasn’t a way. Thank You for the examples be it George Washington and the house and senate coming together during the first presidency which was fairly trying. Thank You for the examples of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and setting time aside to celebrate Thanksgiving. I give all this into Your hands so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

KARLA SPETIC …(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 21]


Leadership…Are you a good leader? Are you a good follower? Ever considered what it takes to be a good leader? Ever considered the qualities and attitude of good leaders? Ever consider how important being a servant is to being a leader? Ever considered that to be a good leader you need to serve others? Ever considered that you need to have vision? Ever considered that you need to have wisdom? Ever considered that you need God? Ever considered looking at the example of Jesus as a leader and trying to mirror that? Ever considered His instructions and direction? Ever invited the Holy Spirit into your life to help you become a leader? Ever considered the number of people who are watching you and looking for you to lead?


Today’s reading comes to us from John 10

I Am the Good Shepherd

1″Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
19There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

I and the Father Are One

22At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.”
31The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
40He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42And many believed in him there.

John 10

Will you stay? Will you stand? Will you be? Will you run? Will you scatter? Will you hide? What kind of a leader will you choose to be? For yourself? For your family? For your friends? For your community? For your workplace? People are looking to you even when you don’t know it and so it is up to you to choose.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Karla Spetic. We learn in today’s reading about how many of her dresses, tops, skirts in her spring/summer 2013 “faith” collection feature a prominent picture of Jesus — the Good Shepherd of John 10 with a lamb around His shoulders. Doing a bit of research I found an article that talks about her this way:

“Karla Spetic launched her namesake label in 2008 at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, just two years after graduating from the Sydney Fashion Design Studio. The Croatian-born, Sydney-based designer confesses to being her own harshest critic and, while she is never truly satisfied with a collection, that doesn’t mean others aren’t utterly delighted. Regarded as pretty and playful, modern and minimalist, her pieces are worn all over the world with 24 stockists in Australia and four in New York, Dubai, Auckland and Jakarta. In 2009 she was nominated as a finalist in the Best Up and Coming Designer category in the Prix de Marie Claire awards. Never one to let success go to her head, Karla is still genuinely chuffed when she sees someone in the street wearing her garments.”

KARLA SPETIC from Map Magazine

So what are people seeing and learning as they watch you? What type of leader do they see you to be? What kind of leader do you want to be? Are you leading where others are or want to follow you? Are you just going on a casual walk? Like all of life the choice is up to us to decide.


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, Be with me today. Help me to walk out my today in a way that points people to You. Help me in my thoughts, words, and actions to be living out my life so that if or when others are watching me they notice the difference and come to the realization of who You are in my life and how having Jesus in the center makes a difference. Help me Lord to check my heart and my mind that I will be a servant leader. Help me Lord to consider who I am leading in order to better serve them and be a good shepherd like Jesus. Lord, I give all this up into Your hands as I thank You and ask all this in Jesus’s name so that You Lord will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BIBLE STORIES IN FILM…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 19]


Ever considered that everything doesn’t have to be perfect for God to be able to use it for His purpose? Ever considered how allowing people to have free will that people have the opportunity to do things that don’t align with how God would have wanted it to go but that He is able to turn what the enemy planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good? Ever considered how God can use imperfect people for His perfect plan? Consider the family tree that gives us Jesus. Ever considered how from Abraham to David and from David to the time when the people of Israel got deported to Babylon and from the deportation to Babylon to the birth of Jesus were each 14 generations? If you look up the family tree which is part of today’s reading you will see that there were imperfections in that family tree and yet God was able to take it and use it to bring the savior of the world Jesus Christ.

Today’s reading comes from Matthew 1

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Matthew 1

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Bible stories in film and calls out the Gospel According to Matthew by Paolo Pasolini. Today’s devotional speaks to how many of the films produced about the Bible try to tell the stories in a straightforward and realistic way while others dramatize and take liberties in order to make the film “better”. We learn about how Paolo unlike many of the films took the direction of trying to show the ancient world of Jesus and the apostles accurately.


So where are you at in your walk thru life? Have you made a decision? Have you walked away from your call? Have you started to pursue your call? Are you ready to make a decision? Ever considered receiving the incredible gift of grace from God? Ever considered giving grace to others – be it family or friends or co-workers?

Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, I thank You Lord for this new day and for Your revelation that You are in control even when we feel like life is spinning out of control. Help me today Lord to live out this day in a way that will bring You glory. Help me to share Your grace at home, at work and everywhere in between. Help me Lord to take hold of the truth of Your Word in a way that will break any barriers or strongholds that would keep me from being everything that You desire and have planned for me. Help me Lord today to speak love, life, and truth into the world around me so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

THE FALL OF NINEVEH…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 18]


Ever considered what would happen if someone rejected or walked away from God? Ever considered what would happen if a nation rejected or walked away from God? Ever considered what would happen if the grace of God was taken for granted even when people turn their back on Him? What if God removes His hand over a person or a nation? What if God allows a person or a nation to receive what they were asking for? What would be the consequences? What would be the results? Do you think anyone might turn back before it was too late? Do you think they would be able to remember what had happened and not allow the cycle and so to turn back? What do you know? What do you remember? What have you been taught? Will you remember and allow God to be Lord of your life? God is love! God is just! The battle belongs to the Lord!

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Imagine from yesterday’s reading from Jonah who was called to go and warn the people of Nineveh and they received the message and were saved. What if those people aged and died and the next generation came without being taught about what had happened, about God’s love, about the messenger Jonah what might or could or did happen…


Today’s reading comes to us from Nahum 1

1An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
God’s Wrath Against Nineveh
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
9 What do you plot against the Lord?
He will make a complete end;
trouble will not rise up a second time.
10 For they are like entangled thorns,
like drunkards as they drink;
they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
11 From you came one
who plotted evil against the Lord,
a worthless counselor.
12 Thus says the Lord,
“Though they are at full strength and many,
they will be cut down and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13 And now I will break his yoke from off you
and will burst your bonds apart.”
14 The Lord has given commandment about you:
“No more shall your name be perpetuated;
from the house of your gods I will cut off
the carved image and the metal image.
I will make your grave, for you are vile.”
15 Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!
Keep your feasts, O Judah;
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 1

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of The Fall of Nineveh an 1892 production that was directed by John Rettig and performed for the Adam Forepaugh Circus in Philadelphia. We learn how the multimedia production was inspired by the book of Nahum and his account of the fall of Nineveh. 

I did some searching and found this quote about the production:

In 1892, the Adam Forepaugh shows sought to capitalize on the success of “Nero” with the “Fall of Nineveh,” a Biblical spectacular that reenacted the collapse or the “first great metropolis of the civilized world.” The Forepaugh show presented it on the “largest and best equipped stage in the world, 300 feet long and 55 feet wide” a cast of 1,000 men, women, and children costumed “in the most gorgeous array.” And like the Nero production, “Nineveh” included a ballet and athletic competitions, and concluded with the destruction of a mighty city.
Georgia reviewers applauded the Nineveh drama—as they had “Nero”—for its “almost realistic reproduction” Of the past. The Constitution pointed out that “Nineveh” had the power to transport spectators “back to the age of childhood” since it was an “old story which all had read in their infancy.”

The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930

Today’s devotional speaks of it as

Dynamic visual spectacles produced for large audiences were very popular in the late nineteenth century. The Fall of Nineveh production also drew large crowds because archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard had recently discovered the ruins of Nineveh in today’s Iraq.

–Global Impact Bible – Nahum 1

So where are you at in your walk thru life? Have you made a decision? Have you walked away from your call? Have you started to pursue your call? Are you ready to make a decision?

Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Thank You for allowing me to be a part of an incredible weekend of wisdom on the topic of grace and allowing me to be there last night to hear from pastor Dan and today to get to have the message reinforced as I get to be a part of 2 more services. Help me Lord with Your healing touch so that in and through it all I can live out today and the rest of my life walking in alignment with You and Your calling on my life not swaying to the left or right but walking out Your will for me. I give this day into Your hands asking that in and through ti all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

JONAH IN THE MOVIES…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 17]


Ever felt you were called to do something that was so against how you were feeling? Ever felt you were to do something that was so big that you tried to run away? Ever felt you were to do something that you felt so underqualified to do? What did you do? Did you try to run away and escape? Did you try to do it since you were called? Did you start turning away but then turned back to do it after all?

These questions make me reflect back to a time when I received the call “you will be president or you will be nothing” because the still quiet promptings to step up and be president weren’t working because I didn’t feel qualified enough to do that job. So I kept walking away until that pivotal moment when I stopped and said “If you want me to do this then I will do this and trust that You will help me through every decision and step of the way.” Some need hope to be motivated. Some need threats to be motivated. Some need fear to be motivated. What motivates you to do what you think is impossible or too big? Will you trust God that if He calls you to it that He will get you through it? Will you lean not on your own understanding and instead put your trust in God?

Today’s reading speaks to someone who was faced with a call. He had to decide if he would obey God’s calling or try to go the other way. Let’s check out today’s reading from Jonah 1.

Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2″Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
4But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. 5Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. 6So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

7And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” 9And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
11Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

–Jonah 1

Imagine a story where someone was placed in isolation – good as dead in a cavernous place – was there for three days. Imagine the foreshadowing such a tale might have when looking back over time as it foreshadowed a savior. Imagine the parallels and the foreshadowing of a willing and obedient one who went to save people. Check out the rest of Jonah or compare his story to the story of Jesus and see the similarities and differences.


Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Jonah in the Movies. Ever considered the various movies that have an origin from the story of Jonah? Today’s devotional points to three examples: The Whalers from 1938, Pinocchio from 1940, and Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie from 2002. Today’s devotional points to Pinocchio who while on his adventure to become a real boy gets swallowed by Monstro the whale and like Jonah survives. Today’s devotional points to The Whalers where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are the crew of a whaling ship when after a series of mishaps, Goofy like Jonah finds himself inside a big fish and also survives after make the whale sneeze from having lit a match. Today’s devotional concluded with the more recent animated movie by VeggieTales called Jonah which depicts the story of Jonah through the lives of the vegetables. 

Would you rather answer the call obediently before having to get swallowed up by the situation? Would you rather turn back before it is too late and drastic measures are required? Would you rather never turn back and have it end being entombed? We all have freewill. We all get to make a choice. We all get to deal with the consequences of our decisions. So…


So where are you at today? Are you angry? Are you bitter? Are you mad? Are you willing to have an encounter with Jesus and receive His grace? 

 Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, help me today. Help me Lord to hear the still quiet voice and to understand what it is You would have me do. Help me Lord not to walk away and end up at a crossroads where the decision becomes dier. Help me Lord to take hold of Your calling and to step out and do what it is You have called and prepared in advance for me to do. You told me to stay. I feel you are telling me to take this opportunity. Help me to know for sure Lord so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Help me Lord to not try to do it in my own way or my own strength but Lord that if it is Your will that You will provide me the door and the opportunity and the permission to step up and step out in order to complete the good work You have prepared in advance for me to accomplish in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

SEAN O’CASEY, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 16]


Are you looking for a transformation? Are you needing a transformation? Are you looking to be a catalyst for transformation? Are you ready to be different from the inside out? Are you ready to allow that difference shine out of you? Are you ready to not only be difference but also be a difference maker? Will you be a catalyst for others to receive the gift of a heart transformation? Will you be an agent of change?

Today’s reading comes to us from Ezekiel 36

Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

1″And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. 2Thus says the Lord God: Because the enemy said of you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The ancient heights have become our possession,’ 3therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people, 4therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God: Thus says the Lord God to the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become a prey and derision to the rest of the nations all around, 5therefore thus says the Lord God: Surely I have spoken in my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave my land to themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and utter contempt, that they might make its pasturelands a prey. 6Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I have spoken in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered the reproach of the nations. 7Therefore thus says the Lord God: I swear that the nations that are all around you shall themselves suffer reproach.
8″But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt. 11And I will multiply on you man and beast, and they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children. 13Thus says the Lord God: Because they say to you, ‘You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,’ 14therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord God. 15And I will not let you hear anymore the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord God.”

The Lord’s Concern for His Holy Name

16The word of the Lord came to me: 17″Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. 18So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. 19I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. 20But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ 21But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.
I Will Put My Spirit Within You
22″Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. 28You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.
33″Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.
37″Thus says the Lord God: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. 38Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 36

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Juno and the Paycock by playwright Sean O’CaseyJuno and the Paycock is a play by Seán O’Casey, and is highly regarded and often performed in Ireland. It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1924. It is set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early 1920s, during the Irish Civil War period. We learn how in the play a character takes words from today’s reading in verse 26 which says

‘And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ‘

Ezekiel 36:26

We learn that he insists that “hearts of flesh” must replace Ireland’s “hearts of stone”. We learn that the play premiered in 1924 at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. We learn that the play is set in the poor districts of Dublin during the Irish Civil War in 1922-1923. We also that it was turned into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1930.


So where are you at today? Are you angry? Are you bitter? Are you mad? Are you willing to have an encounter with Jesus and receive His grace? 

 Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day and everything that will be in it. Thank You that You replaced my heart of stone with a heart of flesh so that You are able to work in and through me. Thank You for making me a new creation with the old things gone and making new things come. Thank You for the transformational power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit who has worked in and through me. Help me today Lord to look beyond myself in a way that I am able to live out my life in a way that will bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA, LIFE IS A DREAM…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 13]


Have you ever had a dream? Have you ever told someone about it? Have you spoken much about it? Was it more of a story or vision than something you considered pursuing? Was it ever something you questioned as “could this become real”? Was it ever something that you brought before God? I have and because of it the dream of an 8 year old boy became a reality. I have and because of it I am married to the most incredible woman. I have and because of it I have incredible children 2 daughters who remind me of Philip the evangelist’s girls and 1 son who reminds me of the story of Abram/Abraham. What about you? Is life a dream for you? I know people who say when asked how they are doing “living the dream” but the intonation in their voices makes you question if it was a good dream or a nightmare. Would you bring your dreams before God and allow Him to guide you and direct you? Would you bring your situation before God and allow Him to give you wisdom and peace, guidance and hope? God’s timing is perfect! So will you bring your life and your questions before God so that you will know or better prepare for the timing at hand? What time is it in your life?
Today’s reading comes to us from Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything 1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. The God-Given Task 9What gain has the worker from his toil? 10I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. 14I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. From Dust to Dust 16Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 17I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. 18I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? 22So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him? –Ecclesiastes 3

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Pedro Calderon de la Barca and his play Life is a Dream. We read in our devotional how Pedro Calderon de la Barca was a Spanish poet who drew from the book of Ecclesiastes in his play Life is a Dream that was first performed in 1635. We go on to learn that the play’s main theme is around an allegory of the mystery of life that involves conflicts between human free will and fate and the difference between dreams and reality. Today’s devotional closes pointing to how these philosophical subjects not only are part of the play but are also found in Ecclesiastes and in particular from today’s reading in chapter 3.
So let’s close by pointing back, turning back, and turn to God… Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God

Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…

Heavenly Father, Thank You for preparing me for what is ahead. Thank You for allowing Your Word to be alive and to speak into my every TODAY. Thank You for the reminder of how in the morning You spoke and how it prepared me for the day and allowed me this morning to reflect on it. Thank You for allowing my reading plans to align with Your life plans. Help me today Lord as I consider dreams and reality, opportunities and choices to hear what You say in the midst of it all so that I can make the right choice and choose to do what will bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory today in and through every meeting and conversation and interaction today, in Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 12]


What comes to mind when you hear those words? Does your mind go into song? Does your mind think of mountains and hills? Does your mind think of singing? Does your mind flashback to the movie? Ever realized the connection with the Bible? That Maria had been a nun? That the Mother at the convent quoted scripture? What impact will you allow the Bible to have on your life? Will you allow it to speak right into where you are and what you are going through?
Today’s reading comes to us from Psalm 121
My Help Comes from the Lord A Song of Ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. We learn in today’s devotional that The Sound of Music may be one of the most beloved of all screen musicals. We learn in today’s devotional how it is based on a true story although some of the facts look to be modified for the film. Today’s devotional concludes pointing to the dramatic conclusion of the movie where the Nazis are pursuing the family and how Maria leads the family back to her convent where the Mother of the convent urges them to escape over the Alps by quoting from today’s reading in verse 1 which reads
‘ I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?’ –Psalms 121:1
Looking up this quote I found that it also makes reference to “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” which points to God’s grace. The article speaks to how Maria’s life is even more of a testimony. It’s been interesting of late the number of various places where they seem to be speaking of and to the topic of grace. It is as though God is wanting that to be shared broadly and for many to hear and receive the message. That included yesterday when I went to church and it spoke to grace as we are going through a series on God’s grace. My notes from this weekend’s sermon titled A Life Style of Grace – Building your Marriage upon the Grace of God, which pastor point out wasn’t limited to married couples but speaks of the importance of God’s grace in building all relationships. Genesis 2:18-15 was the reading which allowed me to capture the following notes:
  • Be a blessing into both their lives
  • Starts with grace, needs grace, builds on grace
  • Need grace to come together, to build together, to stay together
  • Sufficiency comes from a relationship with God
  • God would never put us in a situation that would harm our marriage
  • Grace is like the oil that keeps the gears running smoothly and preventing the damage of metal on metal
Ephesians 5:21-33 was the reading which allowed me to capture the following notes:
  • Submit -> Honor others
  • My wife is #1 human relationship. She is a treasure and a gift from God. She is to be valued and as such I should treat her as valued.
  • Be successful at home first and you’ll be a success everywhere else. (don’t get that backwards)
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 was the reading which allowed me to capture the following notes:
  • Love and Grace are intertwined
  • Grace -> Generous, Gracious, To give –> LOVE
  • Love in action shows grace
  • Grace comes as a healer into situations
  • Grace moments will either make you or break you
  • Grace is required in moments of need
Colossians 3:12-19 was the reading which allowed me to capture the following notes:
  • in grace moments we need to put on love and grace
  • in grace moments we will either build up or tear down

So let’s close by pointing back, turning back, and turn to God… Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God

Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…

Heavenly Father, Thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me today I pray to keep first things first and to align with Your plans and purpose so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, FAUST…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 11]


Ever heard the lyrics “Who am I that you are mindful of me“? Do you realize that God is mindful of you? Ever listened to that song a bit longer and heard the lyrics “That You hear me when I call“? That’s right God does hear you when you call, so will you call? That first verse ends with the following lyrics “Is it true that You are thinking of me? How you Love me. It’s Amazing“. Do you take time to build a real relationship with God through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and thru the in between times too? It took me till I was in my 30s to have that aha. It wasn’t about going to church on Sundays. It wasn’t about going through rituals and routines. It was all about having an intimate relationship with Jesus! My life was transformed at that moment. It went from a God who was out there somewhere to Jesus being right here, right now, and being my comforter and guide. He never left me and never abandoned me during the highest of highs nor the lowest of lows. He was with me. He was directing me. He was speaking to me. Now, sometimes I resisted and other times I rejected, and other times I received it and watched how obedience to His wisdom and direction transformed not only situations but also my heart and my mind. As I reflect on this day to Remember (some know of it as Remembrance Day while others as Armistice Day and still others as Veterans Day) I think of how there was a battle of good vs evil and there is still a battle of good vs evil. Until that last day when Jesus returns to complete what is shared with us through the book of Revelation there is a battle – not a battle of flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. The devil is wanting to destroy us and keep us from God’s plan which is good. The devil is wanting to kill us and keep us from God’s plan which is to give us a hope and a future. The devil is wanting to rob us and keep us from even in the midst of various trials and troubles considering it pure joy because we know that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. And that when we let steadfastness have its full effect, that we will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Today’s reading comes to us from the start of the book of Job in chapter 1…
Job’s Character and Wealth 1There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. 4His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. Satan Allowed to Test Job 6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children 13Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. –Job 1

It used to be that when I got to Job as part of my reading that I would get concerned and question God as to what was about to happen. God’s Word always seems to speak right into my very situation though. The number of times I was going into or in the midst of a valley when my readings brought me to the book of Job is numerous. I remember just over 5 years ago while pursuing God’s leading and directing to get out of the boat Job started and I was like “What? Why now? What is going to happen through these days of reading through the book of Job?” The most incredible part of that journey was the day of my last day of my previous employer and the day before my new employer which was fulfilling the direction of getting out of the boat when I got to the verse which spoke volumes as I was about to start a new journey, it was Job 42:12 which completes what was in today’s reading speaking to how the second half of Job’s life was twice as good as the first. Job 42:12 says
And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. Job 42:12
My friend when I shared this with him as we had gone out for lunch that day questioned me saying that isn’t was it said until I brought him back to Job 1 to read verse 3 which says
‘He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. ‘ Job 1:3
So now my trust in God and my faith in Him has grown even more. He has proven Himself faithful and true. He has proven that He loves me and He hears me when I call. He has proven to me that just like Abraham, I too can be and am a friend of God. I believe in Him through it all. I have so many stories and testimonies of what He has done in and through my life. I can’t out give God. He has blessed me with an incredible wife. He has blessed me with incredible children. He has blessed me with the dreams of an eight year old boy. He has blessed me with wisdom for each situation. Trust Him! We need to trust Him! We need to be willing to hear, listen, and then obey in what we are told and given. Don’t lose hope because things get hard. Don’t lose hope because things get challenging. Don’t lose hope because you can see God’s hands at work. Trust Him! Believe Him! Obey Him! And see what will come of it.
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, FaustFaust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Today’s devotional starts pointing back to Job 1, our reading for today and how Satan challenges God to allow Job to pass through a time of suffering, as a test to see if Job will abandon God. It points to how through the the book of Job Satan systematically takes or destroys everything Job has in his earthly life – his children, his possessions, and his health. We learn that this story has impacted and intrigued writers for centuries. We learn how today’s devotional point is just one such example produced by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. We learn in today’s devotional how his religious views are debated and considered controversial even though his works are considered important. We learn how Job’s suffering was the inspiration, the basis for Faust. We learn how the two parts of the play were published at different times. The first part was published in 1790 with many edits and updates over the next 2 decades. The second part was published in 1831. The first part of Faust is similar to Job but its prologue provides an alternate version of Job 1. We learn in today’s devotional how Faust is similar to Job and Mephistopheles represents Satan. We learn how Mephistopheles makes a bet that God will lost Faust in the end. We learn that Faust struggles with desires for earthly power and knowledge and with his devotion to God. We learn how Job not only impacted but inspired Faust.
So let’s close by pointing back, turning back, and turn to God… Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God

Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…

Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Grant me wisdom and discernment for this day and help me Lord to not be swayed or tricked from walking in Your ways. Help me Lord to keep my eyes on You and to take hold of the incredible gift of grace You have provided me. Help me be the husband, the dad, the son, the brother, the worker, the friend, the neighbor You have created me to be. Help me Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.