Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 141

amos When God releases a blessing our responsibility is to step into it. I wrote a quote a a few days ago from Owen Carr that speaks to the situation David found himself in II Samuel chapters 8 and 9.

“God first gives a man a BURDEN to see what must be done. Then He gives a VISION to show what can be done. Then He gives a FAITH to believe that it can be done. The one thing God doesn’t give is the DARING to do what must be done. You have to provide that yourself.” Owen Carr

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters:

II Samuel chapter 8 sermon topics/ titles:

1.When God’s Blessing Means War: II Sam. 8 : 1-3

2. Shutting Down the Enemy: II Sam. 8 :4

3. When God Fills the Coffers: II Sam. 8: 7-18

II Samuel chapter 9 sermon topics/ title:

1. Fulfilling Your Vows: II Sam. 9:1-13

2. When Getting Rid Of Idols Seems To Leave You With No Blessing: II SAm. 9:1-6

3. The Restoration of Blessing: II Sam. 9:7-13

Now tell me what you see. 🙂

A 21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 12

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ― C.S. Lewis

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
― C.S. Lewis

The TV has been flipping today between the inauguration of President Obama and episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”. The audacity of hope VS. the end of the world. As I made lunch with my daughter Amanda and then brought wood up for the week of frigid temperatures we are about to have, I found my mind ruminating over where I fall on the hope/ despair continuum.

I know the biblical prophecies of the end are coming to pass but I have not given up my dreams. God gave me these dreams and so I am going to pursue them and see them through to completion whatever may come. In fact in light, of the coming fulfillment of prophecy I am hastening to establish those dreams in God’s power. You see I believe that God gave the dreams to be fulfilled at exactly this time and any future events in the world are not hindrances to my dreams they are only contexts in which they are to be fulfilled. My dreams and all future events in my life and the world will work together for good!

I am hopeful!

Today’s quotes:

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 
―    Shel Silverstein

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 
―    Paulo Coelho,    The Alchemist

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” 
―    Barbara Kingsolver,    Animal Dreams

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair.  And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” 
―    J.R.R. Tolkien,    The Lord of the Rings

As a believer do you ever find yourself giving up on dreams because of your belief that we are nearing the coming of the Lord?