Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso the WITW Morning Show for May 8.
It’s Testimony Tuesday!
I (RG) was joined in studio by one of my (and His) inspiring brother’s in Christ, Pastor Jim Norris. Jim is the Pastor for Boone Grove Christian Church, just south of Valpo. Jim shared the amazing journey God had for him to bring him to be a called Pastor, Practicing the Presence of God from Brother Lawerence, being led by the Holy Spirit and faith in the face of adversity. He shared a more recent addition to his story: There are two questions we need to be prepared to answer for God:
- Do you know Me?
- Who did you bring with you?
Watch our conversation
Jim and Nancy Norris are active members in the Indiana Dunes Great Banquet community. Banquet is where God crossed our (Jim and my) paths (IDGB #49 – Woot!) While I spoke a lot sharing my thoughts at the wrap-up of our initial visit to Banquet, Jim’s statement of God meeting him in that weekend has always stuck with me. I tend to use a lot of words to empty my heart and mind. Jim was far more selective and even more powerful with his explanation of how God met him that late September weekend in 2006. The weekend for us both redirected our paths to draw nearer to God and be more open to His plan for each of us.
Shortly after our initial weekend together, we served on team together. During that weekend, Jim shared an amazing testament of his ongoing communication with God through lessons learned from “Practice of the Presence of God” taught by 17th century lay monk, Brother Lawrence. The awareness of God’s constant presence and the ability to focus on an incessant conversation/prayer provides an amazingly freeing way to go through our day. It’s not something someone picks up in a day or a week, but through practice – it is the Practice of the Presence of God, you know.
During Jim’s visit for Testimony Tuesday, he shared how he is leaning into faith and believing God for a plan to reach someone who needs to be drawn nearer to God through his (Jim’s) battle with lymphoma. Before Jim and I talked directly, I knew what his attitude would be about what many would see as a devastating diagnosis. I knew he knew where his journey was ultimately leading. I knew he would tell the story of his faith keeping his focus on the long-term and the short-term was just that…temporary.
What I didn’t realize was how it would impact me to hear him say it. What I didn’t realize was how deeply it would grab me to hear him say “just one God.” What I didn’t realize was how far I felt I had to travel to get that confident in my faith.
So I pin that example of commitment to faith on the wall in front of me as a goal, as a reachable possibility, as an inspiration to give over more to Him to see what He has in store.
God’s blessed me with a number of inspiring people along my journey – paths crossing; running together for some time and in some cases diverging. There are some who inspire by their example. There are others who inspire me with their involvement on a regular basis. My hope is that I am sharing these blessings bestowed upon me with someone else who needs to be lifted up in the way I have been.
Just one God, just one.
We’ve received some great feedback about our discussion regarding the Daily Faith Confessions we talked about at our Sun Stand Still Study Group and shared on the air. I have been diligently “preachin'” them to myself each morning as part of my morning routine. They originated from Elevation Church and were brought to our group in the study package. They (the staff who put together the package of materials) were awesome enough to share bookmark and business card-sized version of them. I carried one in my Sun Stand Still book, as a bookmark, for several weeks before I actually put it to work on me. It has been a great addition to my morning and especially interesting as one of them will jump out at me each morning.
As awesome as these are, I’ve been working to try to personalize the list a bit. As I shared with the group on Tuesday and on the air Wednesday, I was looking to add one that I could find in myself and in my growth with God. As I shared, I found in a random devotional an “oh, by the way” reference to Barnabus’s name meaning “Son of Encouragement.” Barnabus was the person who ushered Paul into the circle of Apostles who weren’t real warm to Paul upon his initial visit with them, post-Damascus experience and all. Inspired by a new attitude I’m trying to employ in the world, I’ve adopted Barnabus’s name and charge and added it to my Daily Faith Confessions.
After my crushing and revealing experience during the Awakening Weekend at which I served (and was amazingly fed), two additional messages came to me about who God wants to be; one of which was tremendously affirmed by the message from Bill Hybels that he gave to Saddleback Church in late October. The first is one that came to me while writing to the young lady who’s story broke my heart “I am a child of the Most High God, uniquely equipped to follow His unique path for me.” Truly something I had never said before, yet it flowed from me onto the paper like my name or address on an application. Props to Joel Osteen for planting the “child of the Most High God” in my heart.
So, here is the complete, modified list. Also the link to the Daily Faith Confessions will take you to a printable .pdf file that has a bookmark-sized version and one which can be cut and folded in half to give you a pocket-sized version. On the back of the bookmark version, there is space for you to include your own additions as you find them.
I pray that you’ll start filling yourself with a positive message on a daily message and that the result will be even better than awesomeness I’ve began experiencing in my own life.
Your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated.
Blessed to be a blessing–
Daily Faith Confessions
- I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
- I act in audacious faith to change the world in this generation.
- I have no fear or anxiety, I trust in the Lord with all my heart.
- I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
- I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do.
- I have no insecurity because I see myself the way God sees me.
- I am (will be) a faithful spouse and a Godly parent; our family is blessed
- I am completely whole physically, mentally and emotionally.
- I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ
- I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make.
- I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.
- I am ready to be who You need, when You need, where You need and how You need to reach any person You need to hear the Word of Your Grace and salvation!
- I am a child of the Most High God, uniquely equipped to follow His unique path for me.
- I am Your son/daughter of encouragement in a world that needs to be encouraged.
Most from, but all inspired by Elevation Church, the book – “Sun Stand Still” and the GracePoint Sun Stand Still Study Group