Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

by clay on 07/19/2014

I grew up there-with lions and tigers and bears
Mysteries abounded-yet it sheltered me from the unknown
Deep in the recesses of my mind-it is a place I’m known
And loved
Throughout victories and defeat-I was welcomed as me
Warts and all it was where I belonged

Something happened as a teenager
I roamed-seeking new places
How to belong
Wanting to make my own way-to build a home
Make someone belong
Together we made our way-husband and wife

Children came, jobs and age went by
Our home, our place
Wanting to provide what we once had for our children
Acceptance and forgiveness are important
Listening without criticism, we love, they count
Christ in our hearts shaped our life and guided us in leading our family

Home is where the heart is
Christ has my heart, now when I hurt I run to Him
He reaches out and forgives me I need this the most
Jesus encourages me, loving me thru my remorse and fear
That loathing of self that sin brings-Jesus loves me
I belong to Him, my heart seeks His shelter, I belong

Clay Corvin July 19, 2014
clay@lifesongs.com

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THURSDAY IN BIRMINGHAM-7/3/14

by clay on 07/03/2014

Cool at 88 degrees, breezy and low humidity-Birmingham weather on Thursday July 3, 2014. I’m sitting at a Starbucks in Brookwood Village nestled against a low hill with a nice shade over the parking lot.
I’m not sure what I thought it would be like to spend ten days in the city of my youth. I’ve been back here only for a day or two at a time since then. I’ve actually spent more time in Israel in the past year than in Birmingham in the last thirty five years.
This morning I was confronted by 2 Kings 22. I was overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility and guilt. Am I as lackadaisical about my actions towards God as Israel was? The truth- I think I may be. Lord forgive me.
Three quick ideas:
1/v.13 Josiah asked the priest to go to the Temple and speak to The Lord for me
I don’t think anyone has to speak for me but the idea from this is the distinct understanding that we are in community. Each one of us had our responsibility and priority. Josiah the King was aware that he needed help as he wrestled with serving The Lord and doing what The Lord said. He hadn’t done such a good job and knew that all of them needed help in their relationship with The Lord. I’m making a big jump here but one that makes perfectly good sense to me-Jesus intercedes for us. We don’t have to go to the Temple but we do need to go to the Father and Jesus is our intercessor. Lord thank you that you are. As I listen to Jesus interceding for me I realize that I must be committed to doing what The Lord expects of me. Half service is no service and Lord I understand this. LORD I WILL DO WHAT YOU SAY FOR ME TO DO AND I KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

2/V.13… for the Lord’s great anger is burning against us- all around me are the lost. They have not gone about their day thinking about doing things against God, in fact most lost people comfort themselves with the vague thought that they aren’t as bad as so and so and will probably be fine if there is a God or they believe in God they just don’t believe the way that The Lord proscribes our belief-they have a cafeteria mindset about their faith. A little of this a little of that and I’ll be fine. Tragically they will not be fine. Separation from The Lord God will be an eternal desperate situation to be in and it will happen not because God is doing something but in fact because they’ve never chosen to be in His family.
Sad that we live in a society in which the current generation is turning against their heritage and faith. The end result is a choosing the wrath of God instead of faith in Christ. Israel knew about turning from God. They had done it so much that they couldn’t return to The Lord God and had earned HIS anger, a burning anger. That literally scares me. This is not an anger that will be soon turned away but is the type of anger that is earned by a final turning away, an absolute refusal, and they were proud of it. This is not unlike today. Our leaders believe that wrong is right and right is wrong. They scurry to sin. They announce their sin proudly before the world spurning God earning His burning anger. LORD SAVE US FROM OURSELVES.

3/v.13 We have not been doing everything it says we must do. Josiah had a good heart and wanted to do the very best he could but when he was confronted with the Word of God he realized that even as a follower with the best of intentions he wasn’t doing what the Word of God said.
We do not know the heart of God, we don’t understand the ways of God because His ways are totally different than our ways. He forgives sin. HE loves us even when we were dead in our trespasses and sin. Jesus came looking for us. HE died for our sin. The Lord loves us with a depth and breadth that is hard for us to imagine and we have a very difficult time believing Him therefore we need the repetition of His Word. He speaks to us in love. His thoughts towards us are only thoughts for good. Jesus loves us this I know because the Bible tells me so. God is love. His love is unbreakable and everlasting. LORD THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE!

THE WORD OF GOD IS A STRONG TOWER. HIS WORD COMMUNICATES HIS PRECIOUS LOVE TO US.

THURSDAY IN BIRMINGHAM

Life is a surprise
It fetes us and forgets us
Sometimes overwhelming us
Today it adjusted me

I wasn’t looking for an insight
Quietly it seized my heart
It was just a daily devotional
2 Kings 22-Lengthy kingly stuff

I was actually thinking of Paul
Acts had my mind
Josiah spoke across the years
The Holy Spirit quickened me

Are you doing what I said
Defensively I said of course
Reading on-I was stopped
No you aren’t

The world is hurting
Who have you loved today?
What are your prayers about?
Have you sweated blood?

Hurting grows
The world is darker
My evil foes revel
While you worry about clothes

Spend time with ME
Listen as I call their names
You are the one to love them
Your hands and feet proclaim

Jesus loves
You are loved-you count
God is good
His love is everlasting

Clay CORVIN  7/3/14

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IT ISN’T HARD (1 Kings 8:1-66)

June 11, 2014

It isn’t hard to ignore the Lord, we feel so accomplished and complete Hurting all over, ignoring our defeats We maintain a sense of eternity, no rational reason for belief But we do believe, Jesus is our strength-HE is God’s everything Night rolls into day, time flies by-leaving our good intentions high and dry What [...]

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KIND WORDS

June 3, 2014

Kind words Precious living Time enough for worry Let’s focus on the good All around are lights from the Lord Think on these things Jesus is Lord We serve Him We glorify Him He loves us Rest as you face adversity God is in control His Word is a light unto our feet A lamp [...]

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THE JOURNEY

May 18, 2014

Life is a journey, some old some new Always voices pulling at you Famous last words predicting our path We must learn to think and make good choices Who will we listen too? Daniel Webster ridiculed the purchase of California Today if it were a country it would be the 5th largest GDP economy in [...]

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GOOD NEWS (MK 15:42-16:8)

April 19, 2014

Sin has overwhelmed us Each one dead in their trespass and sin Christ has made it possible for our forgiveness God has met our desperate need Joseph of Arimethaea a member of the Sanhedrin Had covertly followed Jesus At the Cross Joseph changed He knew the sacrifice Jesus had made Defying his fears Joseph asked [...]

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GUILTY OF LOVE MK 14 AND 15

April 12, 2014

Jesus submitted Himself to the establishment Abused by the leaders who swore to do God’s will They lied and cheated the system Abusing Jesus they convicted Him and delivered Him to Pilate Jesus knew what would happen Willingly He accepted the road to the Cross He knew our sin; it destroyed Him His heart near [...]

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A CURRENT EVENT

March 21, 2014

Held a prisoner Info to come Walking daily by faith Knowing His way Believing He’s won No matter the outcome Holding on A prisoner no more His victory underscored Info has come We will walk another day Jesus is my ONE I know what victory tastes like I know how darkness feels The Lord never [...]

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GETHSEMANE (MK 14:32-42)

March 15, 2014

Jesus sweated drops of blood His pain for our sin His agony complete Christ knew what was ahead He felt the loneliness we feel and yet without sin Adam yielded to Satan Jesus yielded to God My life has been and is filled with sin Even though I seek to grow It’s always a struggle [...]

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JESUS CAME – MARK 1:14-34

March 2, 2014

The Gospel of Mark presents the activities of Jesus Fast paced, not concerned about the finer points of theology Just the facts please All about what Jesus did Christ came preaching salvation Repent and believe in the Gospel Change your mind, change your direction The Lord is alive and He loves you – Turn away [...]

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THE BEGINNING – MARK 1:1-13

February 22, 2014

JESUS the suffering servant, came to minister not be ministered too His love so great He gave His life, while I was still dead in my sin Christ was a real person and the power of God, He led a perfect life Serving by faith, walking by faith, living by faith, dying by faith Jesus, [...]

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PRAYER COUNTS (EPH 1)

January 25, 2014

Life is passing by at an alarming rate, tomorrow never arrives We are consigned to today, All we do and say is right now today The world lulls us to sleep, Identifying work as things we do But the Word clearly defines prayer as work, Work we must do now Faith is fundamental to our [...]

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KELLY AND ADAM

January 18, 2014

KELLY AND ADAM (married Jan 11, 2014) Kelly is wise, royal, servant of the most high God Christ is her compass, mentor, guide A deepening commitment, personal goals in tow, her life glows Adam is quiet, still water runs deep, He loves Jesus His strength is doing, he follows The Lord, he does for others [...]

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

January 18, 2014

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Adam and Eve not far fetched, a modern day Peyton Place, how do Satan it’s a nice day Did God really say that Satan asked about the apple, Eve was thinking about herself Adam wasn’t thinking about anything, no focus, doing his own thing, just another day in Paradise We stand [...]

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TRAVEL

December 30, 2013

Travel frees us from the ordinary Letting us see and participate in the extraordinary People count and we see that in distant lands They count with God and with us Their differences melt away- they are like us The Human Experience is similar across the world People want to be valued Societies extoll their virtues [...]

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FEAR IS AN ACQUIRED HABIT

November 2, 2013

I was taught to fear as a tiny child, everyone around me lived fearful mean lives Courage was never talked about, innate sense of foreboding about everything Luck was a cornerstone, Do you feel lucky? Circumstances dictated that I seldom did I didn’t have an attitude of gratitude, every situation was a battle with winners [...]

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JESUS IS LOOKING FOR YOU

November 1, 2013

Jesus is looking for you Jesus died for our sin, is alive today, giving us access to the FATHER, cleansing us from unrighteousness He paid a price we could not pay, living a life we fail to live, raised by the power of God Jesus is our righteousness, He is the One that takes us [...]

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PROMISES – PROMISES 2 COR 1:15-22

September 29, 2013

I – you – live beneath our privileges…. We serve an awesome God… He loves us totally Far beyond what we can think or see… He is with us in Christ He has written 7,000 plus promises in His Word.. Jesus Christ says yes to everyone of them His promises are for our welfare and [...]

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I CAN’T – JEREMIAH 1:6-19

September 22, 2013

I can’t Lord – not that I’m not experienced – it’s scary – I would like to But I can’t It would require too much work – Choices I don’t want to make Send someone else It’s you I want – you I’m calling I will take care of you – I want you to [...]

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CAROL – 45th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

September 14, 2013

Amazing that it’s 45, where did our time go? Vacations, trials and tribulations Relegated to far ago The now has been the best for me Each now we celebrate Every day is sweeter to me, I love the way we go Yes there were huge obstacles Yes we made mistakes, more me than you We [...]

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