4.7.17 – The Weekly Walk. Response required.

4.7.17 – the weekly walk – Response required.

Good afternoon.  First of all, thank you for all who tuned in on Monday night on Facebook.  We really had a great night of worship and prayer.  Here’s one comment that I got that I wanted to share with you all.  I’ll keep the name anonymous but this was soooo encouraging:

“Hi Dave, Thank you for your music and the faith and hope behind it. At your live Facebook feed last night I was feeling helpless and hopeless. I turned to Jesus (and your music) and felt so blessed to have all these people praying for me when they didn’t know me. That is faith, love, and hope at its best. Most of all it was Jesus embracing us all with his love. Hope came back and I’m so grateful.”

I can’t begin to tell you what emails like this do to us as a band.  The encouragement that we get from you guys really keeps us going.  Thank you.

Here’s the facebook livestream if you missed it:

4.3.17 – Monday Night Worship

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Posted by Dave Pettigrew on Monday, April 3, 2017

I was reading in John earlier this week. Here’s the scene.  Jesus was just convicted, beaten, tortured and crucified.  They lay Him in the tomb and the disciples and all those that loved Him and believed in Him are devastated.  They mourn, they weep.  Mary Magdalene is at the tomb on the third morning, she’s there early.  She sees that the stone has been rolled away and runs back to Peter exclaiming “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!”.  She’s distraught.  Peter hears the news and runs to the tomb, sees that he’s not there and then heads back home. Mary, stands outside the tomb weeping.  She sees two angels sitting there.  They ask her, “why are you crying”.  First of all, if I see two angels hanging out by a tomb, I’d be a bit overwhelmed, but Mary takes it all in stride.  She tells them, “they have taken my Lord away”.  Did it dawn on her that she was talking to angels?  Did she find this odd at all?  What did they sound like?  How tall were they?  So many questions, but I digress.  She turns around and sees “the gardener” or who she thinks is the gardener and says, “Sir, if you’ve carried him away, tell me where you’ve put him.”  The gardener says “Mary.”, That one word and she realizes that it’s Jesus.  The risen Jesus.

That one word. Her name.  Mary.  Jesus speaks her name and she knows that it’s Him.

How many times does Jesus speak our names to us?  How many times do we actually hear Him speak to us?   Are we listening?  Do we want to hear?  Are we willing to hear?  Would we respond if we heard him speak?  These are good questions, hard questions. Questions that demand answers.

Our lives.  The way we live.  The words we speak.  The decisions we make.  The way we treat other people.  The way we care about other people.  These are all actions that respond to Jesus.  Jesus is speaking to us every day.  It may not be an audible, booming voice that God sends down from heaven.  It may be the interaction we have with others every day.  It may be the person that serves us coffee.

I truly believe that Jesus is in the midst of our every day life.  Of our every day struggles.  Of our every day joys & pains.

How do we respond?  That’s the question.  Do we run away from Him or do we run to Him.  I try to run to Him, I really do but life is so full of distractions.  There’s family and work and movies and tv shows and music and the dog and the fish and the lawn needs mowing and the laundry and my phone and there’s Facebook……the list goes on.

Lord, today, help us to respond.  Respond more. Respond more often.  Respond with willing hearts.  Help us to hear when you call our name.  Help us to be the world that you see.  Help us to be a reflection of you.

The Weekly Walk – 7.22.15

7.22.15 – The Weekly Walk – devotions.

Hey everyone.  Thought I’d share more devotions. Please follow us on Instagram to get these daily.   Here are a few highlights from the last week or so.

7.22.15 – taken from the song “Tear Down the Walls” by Hillsong.  

“This life is yours and hope rising as your Glory fills our hearts, let love tear down these walls.” – John 14:6 says this, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no ones comes to the Father but through me.” When we say this life is yours, do we really mean it? There are tons of entries on Google when you google the phrase “are you all in?”. Sports teams, corporate speakers, self help books….the list goes on and on. Jesus makes it simple. He’s the way, the truth and the life, He’s the only way to the Father. Hope rises when we trust Him. His glory fills our hearts. What does that mean? His glory. He is worthy to be praised, to be honored, to be set apart from anyone or anything else, He is king. Today, as you go through your day, ask “are you all in?”, and what does it mean for you. Prayers up for each of us as we seek Him.

7.21.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.” – There’s a passage in Mark chapter 4 where Jesus and the disciples are out on the water. Jesus was sleeping in the front of the boat and this storm comes rolling through and almost sinks the boat. The disciples of course are freaking and wake Him up. “Don’t you care if we drown?”, they ask. Jesus looks up and says to the wind and the waves, “Quiet, be still” and it goes completely calm. He looks at the disciples and says, “Why are you so afraid, do you have no faith?” – it’s an amazing story, one that has me shaking my head often, do I really have that kind of faith. I try to. I want to. But in the midst of the storm, can I say that I do. I lean on God daily, I call on Him daily. But this is a kind of faith that is difficult to swallow. Right now, someone reading this is going through a storm, going through some kind of struggle, depression, addiction, pain or suffering. All I can say is this, Jesus is there, with you, saying to you, be calm, be quiet, watch as I calm the waves and silence the wind in your life. It may not seem like it but He is. It may be a long road or a short one you’re on but He is there with you. The question I’ll ask is this “Why are you so afraid, do you not have any faith?”

7.19.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.” – When we are weak, He is strong. When we have troubles, we can find peace in His arms. When we are worried, we can find relief. When we are hurting, we find in Him healing. When we are tired, He gives us strength. When we are lonely, He holds us. When we are lost, He makes us found. Take a moment at the end of your day and just sit, be silent for a moment and just think on who God is. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.

7.16.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, what could stand against us”. – Romans 8:31 says this “what then shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us, than who can be against us.” – As we go through our days today and each day, we are constantly pushed down, told we’re not good enough, told that we’re not working hard enough, not strong enough, not skinny enough, the list goes on. Know this today, God is for you. God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is there with you through every struggle. I’ll say it again just as Paul said it in Romans, our God is for us, who can stand against us. Take heart and joy in that fact today, no matter what the world throws at you today, God is greater than all of it.

7.15.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“Water You turn into wine, open the eyes of the blind, there’s no one like You, none like You.” – John 2 recites the story of Jesus turning water into wine. 38 other miracles are recited in the gospels. Jesus was in the business of miracles, of making people believe in miracles. Believe in the impossible. There are miracles that we come across every day. Jesus lives in these moments, these daily miracles. He wants us to seek these miracles out and praise Him for them. In the society that we live in, we’re made to believe that everything has to have an answer, there has to be a science to every event. There has to be a reason. Maybe sometimes there isn’t, maybe sometimes it truly is God saying, this is a miracle that I’m sending down to you. Maybe. Do you believe in miracles.

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