The reason we did it

Mary’s Dad Harold Ledgerwood was Mary’s second biggest fan, (second only to me) although he was her first and biggest supporter, (until I came along). Her Dad loved a song that Mary wrote a long time ago. The song is called “Glory”. It was on the list to be recorded on her first album but got bumped by others on the list. Harold was a little miffed that his favorite song didn’t make it onto the CD so we made a half hearted promise that if we record another album, it will be on there. Harold passed away before we got the recording done. We are confident that Harold is now in God’s presence surrounded by His Glory.

If you have a couple of minutes to spare, please click on the link and listen to Mary’s song Glory, the reason we started the recording that ended up being called “The Whole Year Long”. If you like the song, please share this. You folks are our sound sample distribution network and we so appreciate all of you who listen and share these links.

For all of you you listen, like and share, Thank you.

Post election and pre-holiday

This morning I read Psalm 146. The psalms even cover and/or apply to post election pre-holiday America.

“1 Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

3 Do not put your trust in princes,

in human beings, who cannot save.

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,

the sea, and everything in them—

he remains faithful forever.

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed

and gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets prisoners free,

8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,

the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,

the Lord loves the righteous.

9 The Lord watches over the foreigner

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.”

As christians, We have a mission. It hasn’t changed since Jesus left to prepare a place for us. We are to let the world know about Him.

After Jesus rose from the grave and before he ascended into heaven he left us with these words, “4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

In light of the election don’t lose hope. In light of the election don’t put your hope in the wrong person. In light of the fact that we are alive today let’s remind ourselves of who is King no matter who is president and let’s get on with our mission. Who can I tell about What Jesus has done in my life? How can I live to best show the change in my heart? Remember that we can be empowered to be his witnesses.

Just a reminder about how we should treat our leaders, Paul wrote this to his young pastor friend Timothy: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”

1 Timothy 2:1-6 -NIV

And as the psalmist started and ended his song, Praise the Lord!

(Originally posted 11/21/16)

God with us

We are 2000 years plus into the new era. For Christians it is easy to take for granted that God would come to earth and visit us. Sometimes it is easy to accept without much thought that he would come as King and creator of all of creation and yet be born in a most humble state. Born to peasants and sleeping in a barn, his cradle a feeding trough.

Mary’s song “God with us” starts out with our grandchildren singing “Away in a manger” and then Mary and our son Aaron Loeffelbein sing Mary’s song.

As I listen I try to take away the 21st century knowledge of the event and listen with fresh ears to the message that God has come to live among us. It was and is miraculous.

Click on the link to listen for free. If you like it, please share. We are using you folks that read these posts as our free sample hosts to spread this music out to ears that are longing to hear some good news, God with us.

Should I be doing this?

James 3

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”

Today’s chapter starts out with this statement, and it’s true, I am a sinner, I mess up. I should probably not be doing this. I don’t have it all together. In my posts I quote the Bible so there will always at least the words of the Bible, it is truth you can trust in. Listen to what the bible is saying, that’s the part that isn’t flawed. The rest is me telling you how I am applying the words of the Bible to my life.

“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

The tongue, the fingers, in my case, the heart and brain behind what I communicate. Not many People hear me speak but there are a few who “hear”my thoughts by reading my words here. My buddy Steve Selig gets to hear my unfiltered rants. We ride together to and from work. Work can be frustrating and difficult. I have said things, things that hurt, things that defame, things that are destructive. I am fortunate to have a good Christian friend who can listen to me without judgement but who can correct or redirect me back to the life of a Christian, the life of forgiveness and mercy, for others and for myself. We can’t unsay something like we can’t Un-ring a bell. We can’t un-splash a pond. So it is with our words. There is forgiveness in Jesus and there is value in guarding what we say, carefully considering the words. There is no back button in speech.

“13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

Using Gods wisdom can result in people turning to Jesus to have their sin forgiven, a harvest of righteousness. I am one of those flawed yet forgiven people. Will you accept Jesus gift of forgiveness today? Today is the only day we get. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never arrives. We have today. What will we do with it?

(Originally posted 11/20/19)

Feeling sheepish?

I read Luke chapter 15 yesterday. It is a collection of 3 parables. All 3 talk about something lost and the seeker of the lost thing. The most famous of these is the prodigal son. For some reason on this day I was captivated by the first story, the lost sheep.

“4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Luke 15:4-7 NIV

I have been that lost sheep. God sought me out and found me and gathered me up and carried me back home.

Where are you today? There are only two options, in the sheepfold or out of the sheepfold. If you are out, God is seeking you, not to punish you but to gather you up and bring you back to the safety of his flock.

Later on in Luke Jesus says this about himself and mission “10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10 NIV

Jesus, not just for December

When we decided to record Mary’s second album we already knew some of the challenges of recording independently. One big challenge is there is no distribution network and there is no support or promotional platform. Last year when we released the CD we did a couple of concerts. This year Mary is doing some local spots. I decided to post a song from her album at least 5 days a week from November through December. I just want folks to hear the music that rings through our house all season long. The album is called “The Whole Year Long” because the message of Jesus is not just for December and Christmas but it is for every day and every season. The message is that God loves us so much that he sent his one and only son to die for us, to pay a debt of sin that we cannot pay, and that payment enables us to become God’s children, to be adopted into his family and live with him forever.

Please take a couple of minutes and listen to Mary’s title track, “The Whole Year Long”.

If you like it, please share it with a friend.

What will my faith find me doing?

James 2b.

Or not 2b. That’s not the question.

“14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Can a we have a saving faith in Jesus without it changing our behavior? Is our faith in Jesus real if it doesn’t prompt us to act on the behalf of those around us with needs that we can meet? Real faith will change us. Real faith will not only cleanse our hearts, cleanse our minds, break chains from the past, change our thoughts and emotions but it will also cause us to do. Do stuff. Do stuff for people. Otherwise this faith in Jesus is not faith but an idea about or an opinion of Jesus. It’s not faith in Him until it grabs ahold of us and we start sharing the love we have been given with others.

The 2 examples James gives us, Abraham and Rahab acted on what they believed and showed by their actions that their faith in God was real.

At the end of the storm in Spokane this week there were 206,000 people without power. No heat, no way to cook, no lights, no refrigerators. 2 of those households are my kids. I’m not sure how I will help but can it be just “stay warm guys, love ya”? How will I help? How will my faith take action? (This was 3 years ago. I didn’t get an opportunity to help)

Where can I help?

Closer to home I have friend who has appliances that aren’t working and can’t afford a repairman. Will my faith move me from my couch to my garage to get my tools and to his house to help?

“26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”