What makes today happy?


Is it a special day? Is there a party? Is there a reason? Is there something special about it?

Today is the day that the Lord has made, so lets rejoice and be glad in it! Don’t let anything rob us of that joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength! There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy, how about you?


The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.


There ain’t nothing
gonna steal my joy


Does it have to be a holiday? Does it have to be a weekend? Does it have to be a birthday? Does it have to be an anniversary? Does it have to be a party? Does it have to be a gathering? Or can it all be about the overflow of the joy of the Lord pouring out of your life?



Not feeling it? Why not fill up with Him? Did you listen to the above 2 songs? If not and you are questioning start with the one just above and then the first one. Don’t read on till you have listen to both and then come back to this point and continue.

Feeling it more? Needing more? Why not try going to the first one and watch it in YouTube and and allow YouTube to play thru a few more worship songs? This is the day the Lord has made! Music doesn’t work for everyone, so let’s do something powerful and turn to God’s love letter found in the Bible.



Even on special days, sometimes we need to know how much we are loved. Even on special days, the devil will try to rob us of our joy. Even on special days, people will do things or say things that will try to rob us of our joy. But we can’t let that cause us to lose our joy for the joy of the Lord of the joy is our strength and so if we feel it draining from us, lets turn back to God and be refilled. Let’s allow God’s Word to be our fuel for a new day so that in and through us and our lives God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.


Today’s reading from God’s Word:

  • Nehemiah 5
  • Nehemiah 6
  • Nehemiah 7:1-4
  • Ezekiel 46
  • Ezekiel 47:1-12
  • Acts 24:1-9
  • Revelation 17:11-18
  • Psalms 138

We need to defend the oppressed. We need to support the orphans and widows.

We need to ensure that the rules and ways of doing business don’t harm the oppressed.

Let’s live out our lives in a way that shows reverence to God so that in and through our lives, as living sacrifices, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.

Let’s live out our lives with the wisdom of the Lord

Let’s not be fooled or tricked but rather live out our lives with the discernment that comes with the Holy Spirit. Trust God!

Let’s complete the good work that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish.

Let’s be living sacrifices to our God that are pleasing to Him.

Let’s be living out our lives to supporting life and flourishing.

Let’s allow the living water of Jesus to flow in and through us so that there will be life wherever we go.

Let’s be a part of the victory by being on Jesus’s side.

Let’s be a part of the people who will spend eternity with God and not in the pit with the devil.

Let’s give God thanks and praise Him.

‘I give you thanks, O Lord , with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord , for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord ’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great. Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud. Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord , endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.’

Psalms 138:1-8

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:


This morning when I landed on Bing to get my reward points it started with this page:


Yes, today is my birthday but that isn’t what makes it happy. Thank You Jesus for this new day You have created and have prepared in advance for me. Thank You Jesus for the strength I receive through the joy You have provided me. Thank You for today!

It makes a difference who you are following…


As a leader who are you following? As a follower who is your leader? Where are they leading you? Are you heading in the right direction? Do they have your best intention in mind? Is it the best for you? Are their plans for you good? Is their plans to give you a hope and a future? Is their plan for you all about them? Are they trying to give you something or are they trying to take something away? Are they trying to speak the truth or are they trying to deceive you? Are they speaking life into your life or are they trying to suck out the life within you?

This morning’s reading starts on this subject…

The Parable of the Shepherd

1Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who goes in through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him; the sheep hear his voice as he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out. 4When he has brought them out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5They will not follow someone else; instead, they will run away from such a person, because they do not know his voice.” 6Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he meant.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7So Jesus said again, “I am telling you the truth: I am the gate for the sheep. 8All others who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Those who come in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.

–from John 10

As leaders we are called to a higher level! We are to be raising the bar not going with average which just continues to lower the bar. As leaders we are supposed to be light to those around us! Let’s shine the hope that is within us to everyone. Let’s speak life into their lives that they may come to know the truth and the hope that is within us because of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The New Command

7My dear friends, this command I am writing you is not new; it is the old command, the one you have had from the very beginning. The old command is the message you have already heard. 8However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining.
9If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. 10If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. 11But if we hate others, we are in the darkness; we walk in it and do not know where we are going, because the darkness has made us blind.
12I write to you, my children, because your sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ. 13I write to you, fathers, because you know him who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you have defeated the Evil One.

14I write to you, my children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong; the word of God lives in you, and you have defeated the Evil One.

15Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. 16Everything that belongs to the world—what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of—none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. 17The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.

–from 1 John 2

Let’s grab on to the things that last! Let’s be focused on the eternal rather than the temporal that will fade away like grass and flows as the summer heat kicks into gear. Let’s grab a hold of the things of God and help others come to the realization and reality of God’s love for all of us! For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe on His would not perish but have everlasting life! That’s right, God’s plan and hope is that we would all turn back to Him and spend eternity with Him! Not out of obligation or forced love, but out of authentic love for Him! Out of a relationship with Him!

Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t be deceived! Trust in God!

1I am tired of living. Listen to my bitter complaint. 2Don’t condemn me, God. Tell me! What is the charge against me? 3Is it right for you to be so cruel? To despise what you yourself have made? And then to smile on the schemes of wicked people? 4Do you see things as we do? 5Is your life as short as ours? 6Then why do you track down all my sins and hunt down every fault I have? 7You know that I am not guilty, that no one can save me from you. 8Your hands formed and shaped me, and now those same hands destroy me. 9Remember that you made me from clay; are you going to crush me back to dust? 10You gave my father strength to beget me; you made me grow in my mother’s womb. 11You formed my body with bones and sinews and covered the bones with muscles and skin. 12You have given me life and constant love, and your care has kept me alive. 13But now I know that all that time you were secretly planning to harm me. 14You were watching to see if I would sin, so that you could refuse to forgive me. 15As soon as I sin, I’m in trouble with you, but when I do right, I get no credit. I am miserable and covered with shame. 16If I have any success at all, you hunt me down like a lion; to hurt me you even work miracles. 17You always have some witness against me; your anger toward me grows and grows; you always plan some new attack. 18Why, God, did you let me be born? I should have died before anyone saw me. 19To go from the womb straight to the grave would have been as good as never existing. 20Isn’t my life almost over? Leave me alone! Let me enjoy the time I have left. 21I am going soon and will never come back—going to a land that is dark and gloomy, 22a land of darkness, shadows, and confusion, where the light itself is darkness.

–from Job 10