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At Your Word – I Will – Part 1

Posted in Bible Reading & Study, Christ, Devotional Thought, Expectation, Family, God's Will, God's Word, Jesus, Luke, Trust with tags , , , on January 28, 2011 by Lee

I actually outlined the next two post a few weeks back – I am finally getting around to writing them.

My family and I are on a journey through the Gospels over the next 40 days. (Our pastor at Paul Ann Baptist has challenged the congregation to read through the Gospels in 40 days.) We are a couple of days behind – but we are having a good time doing it – at least I am anyway.

A couple of weeks back during his sermon, our pastor called our attention to Luke 5.

Jesus has been teaching the people, the crowd begins to press in on him to “hear the word of God.” (Luke 5:1). Two boats are near by, He (Jesus) hops into one of the boats (the one belonging to a fisherman named Simon Peter). He asked Simon to push him out a little from the land. Jesus sits down and begins to teach the people.

Simon and other fishermen were near cleaning their nets from a previous fishing effort. Jesus, “when he had finished speaking” says to Simon. “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4).

Jesus request of Simon the use his boat for the sermon of the day so to speak and then ‘invites’ Simon to go fishing in his own boat. Talk about inviting yourself over!

But it’s Simon’s response I find interesting. Luke 5:5 says, “And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

Simon, at first, does what I do when I really don’t want to do something – protest. “We toiled all night.”

Ever offer your protest or excuse to God to his request of you. ‘I already tried that God.’ ‘That will never work.’ ‘I’m tired.’ ‘I’m too busy.’ ‘They won’t listen to me.’ ‘I don’t have the answers.’ We have a ton of them – excuses we use to justify our unwillingness to trust God “at his word.”

God calls us to many things specifically, but two things always – to love Him and to love others. If what we do fits into one of those two commands then we should be on solid footing.

But I find myself offering excuses and not stepping up to God’s command on me way too often.

However, Simon steps up and responds with, “I will.” Matter of fact, his statement is, “but at your word I will.” We don’t know for sure – but I’m willing to bet Simon was tired (from the earlier fishing excursion) and a bit frustrated (Jesus wanting to fish after the failed excursion and the nets were cleaned). But because Jesus requested so Simon said yes.

Simon exhibited a level of trust and expectation in his response to Jesus. Do you trust and expect God to do what He says He will do?

What do you think? (Part 2 – Later)

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A Floyd Christmas Eve

Posted in Christmas, Conversations with Micah, Family, Personal Updates with tags , , on January 15, 2011 by Lee

Recently, Micah, was given a writing assignment at school. ‘How did you spend Christmas Eve?’ was the assignment. Here is what HE wrote:

My night before Christmas begins with me and my family coming home from eating out. We always go out to eat on Christmas Eve. When we get home my parents let me and my sister open one present. After that, we all gather around and watch “Holiday Inn.” By the time we get done with the movie it’s one in the morning so it’s Christmas day. We end up opening all my presents. And that’s how I celebrate my Christmas Eve.

Pretty accurate I must say.

Mercy not Sacrifice?

Posted in Bible Reading & Study, Christ, Devotional Thought, Family, Gospel, Matthew, Mercy, Sacrifice with tags , , , , on January 9, 2011 by Lee

The pastor of our church has challenged the congregation to journey with him through the gospels. So over the next 40 days we are striving to read through all four gospels. We (the Floyd 4) have been participating as a family. It has been a lot of fun reading and discussing together as a family. To see the M&M’s (my kiddos) interact with God’s word is really something.

Some nights go better than others. (Kids are not always so eager and honestly I don’t always have the energy by the end of the evening.) But most nights the attitude and spirit is good.

We are actually a day behind – but tonight we read Matthew 11-12. For the second time thus far in the book we have come across Jesus saying, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” (He states it in Matt. 9:13;12:8).

I found the statement odd at first. Why would Jesus not want us to sacrifice? Especially, when the implication and command to do so is found in so many places in scripture. But with closer examination we can see what Jesus is getting at.

Jesus is quoting Hosea 6:6, “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (ESV). (The word ‘steadfast love’ can also be translated mercy.) The ‘sacrifice’ referred to by Jesus is the religious ceremony and observations of the Pharisees (religious). They made a life of doing this and not doing that and observing the sabbath – a very religious, do the right thing kind of life.

However, their religious observance proved to be a cataract on their eyes – preventing them from seeing what was really important. The showing of mercy. The practice of good not just the appearance of goodness. The meeting of needs not obligations. And the practice of principles and convictions not the reading of the rules.

God desires to see the extension of mercy from His follows to those in need of mercy. The practice of our faith is not found in the Bible study, the church going, worship singing, community building or even our praying. The practice of faith is found when our doing of the above results in the pursuit and practice of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control towards those we come into contact with each day.

Being more concerned about church attendance/participation than about our neighbor puts us the road to Pharisaical success. To show mercy puts us in a place of redemption. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Matt. 5:7 (ESV).

Lord help me be a person of mercy towards others – not just a man professing religion.

Opening Night

Posted in Family, Personal Updates, Theatre with tags , , on December 4, 2010 by Lee

Tonight I am participating in Angelo Civic Theatre production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The play is an adaptation from the classic movie with Jimmy Stewart (for the most part – its just like the movie).

This is my first official theatre performance since my early childhood. But most of the fun as come from hanging out with my dad – he plays the part of Mr. Potter (and he plays him very well). Come and check out the performances. The show opens tonight and runs through Dec. 18th.

To see some of the production photos click HERE

For show times, dates and to purchase tickets click HERE.

Conversations with Micah

Posted in Conversations with Micah, Family, Personal Updates with tags , on May 14, 2010 by Lee

Here is a recent conversation with my son. It is brief. It is a sign my son is moving ever closer to a teenager.

Micah: “Dad, I am growing up.”

Dad: “Micah, why are you telling me this?”

Micah: “When boys grow older they become interested in girls.”

So, I’ve just been informed my son is interested in girls. So it begins.

Rhonda Apprehends a Shop Lifter

Posted in Family, Justice, Rhonda with tags , , on January 30, 2010 by Lee

Friday, January 29, 2010

At approximately 5:00 PM, Rhonda was downtown on Oaks Street approaching the bridge just before the San Angelo Art Museum. On her approach to the bridge she noticed several cars stopped in the street by a woman trying to dial her cell phone.

On further inspection, Rhonda recognizes the woman as the owner of a local downtown clothing shop (she knows them all). Rhonda pulls closers and inquires about her welfare. Her friend informs her that a young lady in the car she was standing in front of had stolen clothing from her shop.

At that point the young lady jumps from the back of the car and proceeds to run. Rhonda (being a very impulsive person) throws her van in park, jumps out, kicks off her shoes and proceeds to run after the shop lifter in her socks!

After a sprint of two blocks Rhonda catches the fleeing thief (who was unloading her loot along the way)! She grabs her by the purse and puts her (with a bit of force) on the ground. At this point Rhonda is standing over the future convict. The ‘unsub’ then fills the air with a series of four-letter words directed toward her captor. Rhonda demands the thief’s purse and gives it closer inspection.

At this point the victimized shop owner comes upon the scene having collected the tossed loot by the young thief. After determining all the merchandise had been recovered, the shop owner scolds the little criminal soundly who then proceeds to make another break for freedom and succeeds.

Although no arrest were made, all the stolen merchandise was recovered and no one was injuried. Rhonda, in her sopping wet socks, returns to her van (still parked in the middle of Oaks Street) and gives the shop owner a ride back to her shop.

Just another day in the life of Rhonda Floyd. San Angelo – watch out, there’s a new Sheriff in town!

Disclaimer: This is a true story. Rhonda was warned about the dangers of taking the law into your own hands and in telling this story we are not advocating doing so. We are very thankful no one was injuried in the altercation.

That being said, I do find myself very proud and thankful for my wife whose heart beats for justice and helping someone in need. Believe it or not I have seen her slam her car to a stop in the middle of the road to help a person in need more than once.

Man Time with Micah

Posted in Conversations with Micah, Family, Personal Updates on January 19, 2010 by Lee

Micah and I had our “Man Time” this past Saturday. We hit the new ‘Cork and Pig Tavern’ Fantastic pizza. You need to go.

Before that we hit the bowling alley and knocked around the pins.

Our discussion went from Dallas Cowboys, best pizza around, comic books, best comic book movie, super heros, and Abraham’s obedience.

We had a great time.