POEM – The Glory of God

This week, I finished the book, The Garden of God by Andrew Peterson. It was a great read on trees, of all things, and the lessons that they teach us. It was a book that caused me to think, as the author related the life of the trees and how they are all the Garden of God. I wrote this after finishing the book.


On the inside, something I have missed
Not noticing on earth, God’s glorious kiss

In my heart, yearning for so much more
Eden’s garden, near Heaven’s shore

All too often, I overlook the glory of God
Along the path of life, everywhere foot does trod

It is evident that He is everywhere
Yet life goes on, as if we do not care

Perhaps the busyness, makes us look past
All the creation, God has graced us with

The water flowing and falls many feet below
It runs so much more, after winter’s snow

Though winter is long and the cold is blight
Though our sins are as scarlet, He does make them white

Winter gives way to spring when it all shall bud again
Flowers bloom, the grass will grow, when we get spring’s rain

Why do I miss the forest in the midst of all the trees?
But in the thicket, I feel the Spirit’s gentle breeze.

God is present and in all things good.
I cannot help but be grateful, like I always should.

-Danny Cheney-


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Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Sonya and I are blessed to be the parents of such a fine man. God has called him and set him apart for His work. He has grown into a man of God. Josh is a great youth pastor and loves each of those in his ministry. Even more, he is a great son who loves his family. We thank God for Josh everyday. Every parent should have a kid as easy to raise as this guy. Happy birthday, Son! We are proud of you!

Encourager or Fire-Fighter

Are you an encourager or a fire fighter?

Years ago, after watching the old Disney Classic, Third Man on the Mountain, our son Josh asked about being a rock climber

“Are you going to do this with me, Dad?” was his heart felt question.

I replied that it would take a lot of training in order to prepare ourselves for that type of adventure.  “Well, wake me up at five every morning and WE will start exercising.”

I then replied, “In our neck of the woods there aren’t any places to climb rocks.  The only hills we have are overpasses.”  (We lived in Southeast Texas at the time.)

“Well, I am going to do it any way.” was his reply. I finally concluded the conversation by saying that we would find a place around there that we could do some rock climbing.

The dreams of a ten year old boy cannot be easily quenched.  All it took was viewing a movie about rock climbing to spark his interest in the sport.  A dream was planted in his heart.  A dream that had him pretending that our backyard oak tree was the Citadel in the Swiss Alps.  The dream took precedence over logic, but isn’t that what dreaming is all about?

All too often people let their dreams die because no one will encourage them but rather their fire is put out.  Many people never try anything for God because someone told them that they couldn’t do it.  What dream have you laid down?

What we need in the body of Christ is encouragers, not firefighters.  People who will fan the flames of the dreamer and encourage them to go for it.  Our young people need to hear us telling them to dream of being all they can be for Christ. 

Firefighters are usually those who have no dreams or have let their dreams die.  An encourager is someone who believes that anything can be accomplished.  Many a church is not flourishing today because the fire has long been put out.  Dreamers are cast aside as people that are crazy.  Dreamers are people that intimidate those who cower at the obstacles.  All dreamers need to accomplish their task, is an encourager.

It was said of Barnabas, “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”  (Acts 11:23)

Could it be that some are not following the Lord today because their God dreams were not encouraged?  Note that Barnabas encouraged them that they should continue with purpose of heart. 

Parents, encourage your children to dream big.  Christians, encourage fellow believers to pursue the things that God has laid on their hearts even if it seems impossible to you.

What’s On The Inside

What’s on the inside? 

Often when you look at something from the outside you can determine what is on the inside.  If you look at a Mercedes Benz from the outside, you know the interior is going to look good on the inside. 

I remember going to a nice two story mansion years ago; it was in the nicest part of Pasadena, Texas in the River Oaks Addition.  It must have cost, a million dollars.  From the outside it was gorgeous.  Pillars lined the front with large windows all around the house.  It was a dream house.  When we went inside, we had the shock of our lives,  there was barely any furniture and nothing hung on the walls.  They had bought too much house and could not afford to furnish the inside. 

This is often how we do with our lives.  We fix up our bodies; keeping in shape, dressing nice, making ourselves look the best outwardly, but what about inside?  How come we do not take as much care of our inside? 

The Psalmist prayed, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12) 

We sometimes have faults that no one but God can see.  We are notorious for sweeping our sins under the rug while keeping the rug vacuumed.  Maybe we should clean out from under the rug first and then take care of the rug itself. 

Child of God, we must take extreme care that we do not harbor secret faults.  The eyes of the Lord are every where.  He sees even the deep crevices of the heart.  Ask the Lord to search your heart and when he reveals the secret faults, ask for forgiveness and clean them up.

Busy Spirituality

Do you ever get tired of being busy?

Isn’t it funny how we fill our lives with activity but somehow, we wind up regretting it?  Our lives are cluttered with so many types of “things” that we are distracted from the things of the Lord.

ImageWe have our kids and grandkids in sports.  School programs and extra jobs we must do.  The list doesn’t end there.  We have the “things” that must be done around the house and yet we still have to make room for all the church “things”.  Sometimes we feel more important if our calendars are filled with “things”.

Speaking of calendars, where on your calendar is your time of prayer?  I know you have appointments, but do you have an appointment with the Lord.  You may have doctor’s appointments to go to, but do you have an appointment to spend time with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ?

It has always amazed me that even in the church we keep the calendars full of activities but yet being busy doesn’t mean that we are somehow more spiritual or more alive.  Look at our weekly calendar at the church and find that we have thirty minutes dedicated to prayer out of a week of activities.  Is it the same in our lives?

We seem to schedule the most important element (prayer) out of our lives only to find ourselves too tired to pray.  Too tired to read the Word. 

I challenge you to slow down your life long enough to make sure that your relationship with God comes first.  Your prayer life is more important than activities and even more important than church ministry.  Everything you do in life should come after Prayer.  Adjust your life around spending time with God and watch your life be changed.

New Spiritual Warfare Series

I am excited to begin a new series tonight dealing with the topic of Spiritual Warfare.  In the last couple of months, this has been on my heart and mind and believe the timing is right to dig into God’s Word and see  that God has given us victory over the enemy of our souls.  We serve a powerful and good God who will help us through the battles of life.  I believe it will be a life changing study for many people.

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