Change Psalm 30 #7

“Lord, when You showed Your favor, You made me stand like a strong mountain; when You hid Your face, I was terrified.” Psalms‬ ‭30:7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

The show and hide of God builds a confidence in us, when we let it. When we let it. When we let it.

Those are key words, “When we let it.”

Take the strength of the favor and apply it to the moments when He seems to be hiding. He is not hiding. He is watching. He is watching to see your faithfulness in the fearful. He is watching to see your loyalty in the challenging. He is watching to see your love when you feel unlovely. He is watching to see your faith grow.

Faith is amplified in favor on the mountainside. Faith is founded in the lone days in the valleys of desperation.

When we let it..

Too Stupid to Be Human?

Agur is a friend. He just dives in and levels the playing field as he approaches God and wisdom.

“The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭30:1-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

His weariness causes him to get down on himself, but he pops out quickly realizing God is Bigger. He really is not stupid, he just positions himself as a lifelong learner and attacks his own pride. People don’t collect your writings because you are stupid.

“First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neithepoverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.” Proverbs‬ ‭30:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This next piece of wisdom just is beautiful. Keep me with a reasonable happiness, Lord. Keep me contained. Let my life be neither too troublesome, nor too extravagant.

In the end, we do not take a UHaul to the cemetery. But our friends and family gather in the last moments and that is the sum of our lives here on this side.

God is faithful in these days of change. He speaks quietly, though. Do not expect Him to scream into your life, but listen for His small moments. Take an Agur Attitude – too stupid, willing to learn. You might see something you have never seen. Go someplace you have never gone. Enjoy someone you have never met. With an Agur Attitude.

Praying for you that God instills wisdom for the moments and a healthy attitude of adjustment that is ever learning and never too smart.

The Think Doctor, Pastor Phil

Change Psalm 30 #6

When I was secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
Psalms 30:6 HCSB
I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken. How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence? They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
Psalms 62:1‭-‬6 HCSB

Change brings out treasure from hidden closets, when God is the Author of your change.

This morning as I woke the Spirit spoke to my Spirit, “Put on the prophet’s robe. This is what you asked.” It rattled me.

Over the last few weeks, every day in Gainesville I run into another person who has been changed by the ministry of SOLUM and the Morning Moment. These are ones in the community that I rarely see face to face. At Walmart, Taco Casa, Neu House, Fried Pie and other places, they come up and say thank you. Online, they check inand say thank you. It is more than normal. Almost like they know I am leaving, even though they don’t. It is the Holy Spirit prompting and reminding me that the discipleship and investment of love continues when I am gone.

And the Holy Spirit yearns to express Himself stronger than ever. And He speaks of fresh oil to a weary land. My weariness will pass with rest and exercise and a stable nutrition and home and family time. The deep prophetic anointing will rush to the top a s manifest. It is time. The season of preparation closes and the next season begins.

These are days that require great faith. Stepping into yet another unknown that is secured in Christ.

Change Psalm 30 #5

Moments accumulate value.

For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor, a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning.
Psalms 30:5 HCSB

Last evening in parenting group, the weight of how sorrowful moments touch our memories weighed on me. A memory comprised of an event and an emotion has long impact. It lingers for decades. Yet, we can change that emotion attached.

Forgiveness, mercy, compassion, gratitude, hope, faith, and love are powerful forces of emotional and spiritual and mental healing. There is change.

Earlier in the afternoon, another group on relationships included a group of teen boys on probation. One defied the idea that people can change. He reviled the concept. What a tragedgy, if he stays this way. He is blocking hope for himself.

In the new life ahead of me in my changes, I will no longer be in back to back groups changing their lives. A certain sadness and weeping touches me. And then the joy comes.

With less responsiblity for groups, I will have more monents of one on one to see inner healing. That regimen of restoration is precious to me. Memories of instantly changed lives through inner healing and at prophetic healing flood my mind. For 15 years, I stood before and after services and prayed every week for folks. 15×50=750×5=3750+ one on one encounters. That does not count countless hours in Mexico praying for thousands the same way. Now, I will have time again to look you face to face and administer healing grace.

It is the personal encounter with an EverLoving God that elicits a joy in the morning. While He busys me differently, He increases my time and capacity to be a hand of healing. The tests and trials of the strain of the last 7 years as a missionary for broken families prepare me to see great joy.

Change enables grace. Our tough memories can be washed and revisited with improved faith and hope and love and the negative emotion attached healed and the pained person of our past released into the fresh new creation in Christ reality. These are exciting days.

Resilient Leaders

Articles like this one Depressed Pastor Leaders are written and rewritten multiple times a year. We love commisseration. Rarely are there answers, just observations and questions. It is ridiculous to expect happy go lucky to accompany a hard, thankless task. Sometimes leadership is just hard. But it is equally ridiculous to not address the stress. As a counselor and think doctor, I have a box of tools to ward off the evil spirits of depression. The black bile bites, but there is healing in the name of Jesus. Let’s skip the CBT toolbox for corrective action and look to resiliency basics for a pastor or business professional.

Here are a few.
1. Get a good friend outside your church/business and spend quality and quantity time enjoying them. Go fishing. Golf. Watch monster trucks. Enjoy college football.
2. Celebrate family in the church, business, and home.
3. Develop a mentoring relationship with someone who mentors you and someone you mentor. That is two people different than number one.
4. Be active in community. A ministerial alliance, kiwanis, rotary, lions, neighborhood association is a healthy place to connect. Be a community participant. Love where you live.
5. Take care of your personal exercise, nutrition, prayer, devotions, and growth. Be a lifelong healthy learner.
6. Take it to heart to give glory to God. Praise Him and give Him credit for everything.
7. Now, go do the work of the ministry or business to which you are assigned.

Times of Change Psalm 30 #1

I will exalt you, Lord , for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Psalm 30:1 NIV

Change never seems fun. Sure, my change agent nature likes it in the end. But the processing of my emotions and thoughts is a killer.

Psalm 30 is one of the psalms that speaks to change. I hear Jesus mumbling these words on the cross, His big change day. Ever had a big change day? My life is full of big change days.

Processing Me

“Boy did he make a mistake taking ‘that’ job!”

During a time of great change, I heard that one. After faithfully serving TG&Y Stores for ten years, the company sold to a rape and pillage chain. They gutted the inventory and tossed the people. My friends and I were the people. 28,000 families took the hit across the USA. But it was my family for whom I feared.

Each day another friend found work at another company. I had a closer contract to be the last to lock the door. The pain of losing friend after friend was monstrous. A risky job with a local hospital seemed more appealing than waiting out the funeral. Slow death is hard.

Prayers were fervent and shaky. How would my family survive? At the time, Dian and I had two children. Change could not be avoided.

TG&Y was a great company. Friendships were good. During those years, the Lord had built a Bible study inside the company and many miracles happened. Big miracles happened. People found hope and healing. My income was good and provided well. The job was a learning experience every day. Why, Lord?

The community was being built strong. In the same years, our neigherborhood had developed a Bible study and again, miracles flowed. Would all this stop? Did God quit loving us?


A co-worker had the paper open to classified jobs that morning like every morning. I had quit looking and was just praying. Seemed like I was going to have to move to another state. Increased automation and company mergers made my job more rare every day. There were maybe 10 in the city and they were all filled. But, there it was. A local hospital needed someone like me.

Many appplied. My boss and my shift mangers all applied. I applied. I was hired. Background checking told me it was a nightmare. The prior manager died of cancer and the shop had gone to pot. Systems were shaky, routines were disorderly, the employees were untrained, and management was ready to outsource to fix it. Hiring me was a last chance shot at resolution. This did not sound fun. It wasn’t. But it meant I could stay in the city with my family and that was important.

Be Still Heart

The next days were horrendous. Why did a good thing seem so painful? Friends were gone. These people were fearful. There was no team, just survivors thrashing. My faith was tested to the max. Had I been delivered out of a bad situation into a worse situation?

Subtle messages broke through. Inside this chaos were faithful believers, who had prayed for deliverance. It seemed our prayers met. The Lord placed me here to help me and them. We were in this together. And He prevailed. And my enemy, slewfoot, the evil one, lost.

A New Career

At this hospital chaos, the Lord built me into a new man. Change was necessary to grow me. Today I am facing one of the biggest changes of my life. At 63, when I would love to retire and have the resources to do that, my friends and I are called to yet another change. It is not just me. Families I love deeply are losing me as pastor, though we remain friend. I weep over and over and cry out to my Saviour, “Is there not another way? What about Plan B? This is not fun, Jesus. I thought we were friends?”

All of those prayers and more crash into my soul and the Holy Spirit replies, “Take the next step. This is good for all. Trust me again and watch what I do. I am faithful. I will watch over and care for all. This is right.”

He lifts us from the depths. He will not let us fall. We will not fail.

To those I love I write, “The Lord is with us. Each of us will grow. Walk with me and we all will see. Our enemies will speak evil. Even good people will say hard and condemning words. They are wrong. God is in charge and they need to shut their hearts to evil and open to good and see the salvation of the Lord.”

my people – my place – my time

Morning Moment
In a conversation with the Father concerning futures, this verse in Haggai is relevant to me. Many versions attempt translation. Most vary in how they see it. Consider that tremendous scholars struggle with this verse. To apply a verse is to extract meaning alongside the Counselor, the Holy Spirit. Walk with me a moment into application to your future.

1. The Father is consistent and works by principles. His ways are consistent. His intentions toward us are consistent and for good.
2. There is a timing to delivery of every promise of God.
3. All the promises of God are positive in Jesus.
4. Relationship and obedience are important in accessing the full extent of a promise of the Father.

The present season will be more splendid than past glories, and in this place and time I will give my people prosperity and peace. The Lord almighty has spoken. Haggai 2:9

You will not find a version that says exactly these words. They ar e my application version. The words are spoken first literally applying to the second temple to be built in Jersusalem after years of captivity. The Father wants to give you glory in your life after captivity, pain, addiction, anger, grief and loss. It is His heart. Will you let Him? Can you believe He can give greatness to you? Even after such hardnness of life. Then walk with me.

The glory of today may differ than the glory of yesterday. Have you had greatness that you no longer see? The Father is more concerned with your heart than your actions. Greatness and goodness and glory are not measured in dollars and things but heart and influence. He wills His kingdom to come. His kingdom is not of this world. What greatness and glory does He wish to do through you? Greatness in family? Friendships? Fellowship? Faith?

As a young man, I witnessed and participated in great moves of the Holy Spirit personally and in the local churches. I still do, but differently. In my life I have been a part of building a 5000 member congregation multiculturally, seeing a city-wide move in fathering, building a mission feeding 20,000 meals a month and more. That was then. This is now. It would take the rest of my life just to tell you the miracles of the past of my life. What could be a greater glory? A stronger prosperity? A deeper peace?

Yet, He wishes to do greater, more, and exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think. He moves to give greater presence in our present.

I have also lived through pains of rejection, misunderstandings, mistakes and messes while living in the moves. Maybe, you have had disappointments? He looks to give you greater good.

These are exciting days. Churches are failing. Families are a mess. Violence is rampant. Anger seethes. Depression prevails. In such a time, a move of the Holy Spirit will do much good. Believe for a greater glory. Believe for a deeper peace. Believe with me for a fresh prosperity of mind, heart, will, emotion, spirit, soul, body, relationships and provision.

Step into this moment of promise with me. Apply the verse to your life and family and city. For me and those joined with me in the local church, I say this:
Hope C : my people – my place – my time.

This is the people to whom I am joined in Jesus. Some are online and some are onsite. It is something new. Join a people that is a church.
This is the place He is happening for me. Take your place. Quit looking fir somewhere else. Enjoy this place and change it to look like His kingdom.
This is the moment, the hour, the time of His action and appearing in my life. Seize it.

What about you?