He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays- Lord You Are



Gods character brings peace to the most worst storms. Life is chaotic, the hood seems it gets more depressing day by day. Yet, when I focus on who the Lord is, I am reminded of how temporary all this life is and how God has not forgotten me or those we minister to. Focus with me.....

*don't forget to turn off player below*




Lyrics:

Lord You Are (2x)

Hook:
Every time I think of You
When I think about the things You do
Oh it's not too hard to see it's not what You do but its whoYou are...
Good, Holy, Pure...all of this and God You're so much more!
Doin' your will
I can just chill
Focus on who You are

(Lord You Are) Kindness, Compassion, Timeless, Matchless, Divine in Your actions
(Lord You Are) The Bedrock of trust, sin stops on your block 'cause You're the head cop You're Just
(Lord You Are) So Gracious and Merciful, Praise - You deserve it, so worthy of worship, Oh!
(Lord You Are) We call You hope, we call You Peace and Love -You're all of these - You're all of the above

Verse 1
The Bible told me holy are Your ways (Your ways)
Nobody stops or had to start Your days (Your days)
So I marvel at Your endlessness
And at the fact that You're righteous-You're m'quadesh
You got the victory and the glory is already Yours
And we can be sure Your character is morally pure, Lord
We can't help but adore You
Can't help but applaud You
Our soul saw You so now we can't help that it's all You

My God You're awesome, majestic
Your style's eclectic
Pure perfection, King unelected, Nexus
Your love stretches...elastic
Now I'm connected
No more sin and death
You're sin's antiseptic
I checked forensics and found that your power's intrinsic and flows only for agendas that you've intended
Solid, the Rock, Sweeter than nectar
Three in one winner - Yeah, Trifecta

Hook

Verse 2
I bless Your Name Father 'cause your majestic, time tested
Skillfully built in six and on the seventh You rested
Who else could make the moon glow and the sun shine and have four different seasons flow all at one time?
You are the main attraction
The Who in what's happenin'
Universal Captain
No need for slumber
You're never slackin'
Nobody does what you do or could ever do what you've done
Most High, Supreme, King - The only One

If you would have never made the earth,Lord
That could never change your worth
And if there was never another soul to behold Your beauty You'd be just amazing as You are, Truly
I'm gazing at the stars
Each one tells a story
Each one tells us of Your glory, tells us of Your might and Your power
May my praise be like a flower...but You made the flowers too
What can we give You?
Nothing's ours
This is yours!

Hook

Verse 3
I'm not thinking about what most say
Lord I feel You in the utmost way
You're Divine
We know You're more cool than the Fonzie
You're shiny
Shekinah lights up all your Omni's
Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient
You're eminent in addition to intimate and sufficient
You're Logos and You're Abba-that's Poppa
You're living agua-that's Water
You're Potter
You're God and You're more than a brother has thought up

I'm electrified by your lightning likeness
Skip the Visine
No one that I've seen is like this
You're priceless
Nothing compares, nothing is fair enough to hold up toYou
What could dare receive stares and glory and while receiving it inspire awe and command all obedience? (No one)
You're infinitely exceeding man's limits (plus)
You're transcendent (plus)
And endless
Lord,You are

Hook

Sunday, June 20, 2010

SOVEREIGN GOD

There aren’t even words to describe just how great You are
In all Your majesty
You continually
Provide for me
There just isn’t anything that You can’t do
Lord I’ve seen Your work before
So I’ll trust you all the more
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

A wave of Your hand can command the seas to hold their peace
If you can handle the seas
Then I know that You can deal with all my needs
So I will put every situation
Into Your capable hands
I don’t have to know the plan
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly
Above all we ask or think
So take all your burdens and lay them at His feet
And watch Him meet the need
We have the victory
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God


He is sovereign, He is
He is sovereign, He is


You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Invasion(Hero) Trip Lee-Between Two Worlds


"...We need a hero to go in, cause our solutions don't win Education can't fix it, more dough just leads to more sin Medicine is temporary, government seems so thin With all these weighty problems, that ain't shrinking they just growing Who's adequate to save us, how about He knew no sin?"





I received in the mail yesterday Reach Record artist Trip Lee newly awaited third album, Between Two Worlds. According to Trip Lee, this album is “devoted to helping people see life in a broken world properly (the way God sees it). It’s meant to celebrate the good things, be real about the difficult things, and look hopefully toward the solution.” This album hits me on so many fronts. Trip talks about such a wide range of topics, from not focusing on the temporary but instead focusing on the eternal, to lust, idolatry, one's view on life, his love for music, along with many more that I will share with you at a later time. I plan on going through each song one by one in different post beginning with this one. The Invasion(Hero).

I heard this song when it was first released and to be honest I really didn't pay it any attention. Until I found myself in my current situation and begin to see things from a totally different perspective. We are so entangled in the lives of those around us. It hurts to see kids suffer from the decisions of their parental guardian and to know that you have no control over what happens to them or how they are affected by their situation. I have been crying my heart out to God all week asking Him to change things and praying that He is glorified above all. I was talking to a friend the other day and we began to dialog about what it means for God to be a Father to the fatherless, as well as what it means for us,the body of Christ to love on those who are poor without hurting them and ourselves. One of the things that she reminded me of that has been ringing in my head all week, well, two things..#1-God loves them more then I ever could.

I could never love any abused, neglected, abandoned child more than the Lord. He promises to defend them, He is their shelter, their refuge, their strength. I am not saying that I don't serve or help, I am just saying I am not all knowing and cant control the situation. #2- The goal in loving, and serving the poor,the orphan, the abandoned is not to give them a big house to live in, nice beds of their own, clean clothes, money in their pockets, great education, promising future, you know the "American dream" you see in all the sappy christian films today or better yet, what you see and read about many famous celebrities doing....though all that is good, I'm not knocking it at all, fully, I'm just saying there is more to it than that.. the goal my friends is the GOSPEL. Which brings me to Trip Lee's song.

The Hood (and burbs for that matter) needs a Hero. Christ is that Hero. The bible clearly states that this Hero has already saved the day and will one day return for those of us who belong to Him:

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:13-15)

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

This song speaks exactly what I am feeling..burdensome for the creation, heavy with all the brokenness around me,feeling like you cant keep ya head above waters because of all of hopelessness that surrounds you. Then you remember that Hero, the ONE who promises to return to make all things new. Trip does a wonderful job with pointing you to Christ and the hope of the Gospel message.
I wrestle to tonight to let go of a situation that I have no control over. To let get of three little girls whom the Lord has not placed me over. My heat breaks for these girls( and their mom) who have very much become apart of our family. Yet, I pray, with much zeal, love and brokenness that their hearts would become regenerated and that one day..one day they too would await the day for their Hero's return.

Please take the time to listen to Trip's song:(lyrics below)




Lyrics:
Creation's groaning, lost their hope and feel they always closed in Lots to cope with, on the ropes, wish they was in the open This broken world is so dim, our souls are searching, groping For one with hope to hold us close, and set goodness in motion I remember growing up in Dallas, I thought me and my close kin Was more than straight, our folks was great ,not broke that paper flowed in Not boasting man, just saying in my brain I didn't know then That all went wrong, and it just can't go right like a broke pen My mind was blind and cloaked in, but then that foolishness departed I saw this thing's an ocean, and we just tryna swim real far but But can't nobody float when we ain't got boats or no fins We need a hero to go in, cause our solutions don't win Education can't fix it, more dough just leads to more sin Medicine is temporary, government seems so thin With all these weighty problems, that ain't shrinking they just growing Who's adequate to save us, how about He knew no sin?

Hook:Like a G5 yeah you rushed to rescue me Took a cross in exchange for a throne to save me You began the work and I know you'll finish And make all things right when you come back Cause you're my hero, you already saved the day Cause you're my hero, and I know you're coming back for me

Verse 2:
Follow the steps bro, Adam sinned now we all dead so We gotta sentence on our head like death row, everything is wrecked All creation is a mess bro, In the fullness of time, in steps the hero no red cloak, He's Jesus No flashing lights, glitz n glam, and no cameras He came to serve needy folks, and point them to the answer You see Him healing, feeding folks, and telling them the standard Our most basic need is to be ransomed by Jesus It has first place, yeah we separated in the worst ways Even physically peep how the earth quakes Separated socially, murder and the worst rapes Even separated from ourselves, we in the worst state It's so major, that's the reason that we need a Savior Cause the root of needs is separation from Creator Jesus came humbly to restore us to our maker And later He'll restore all that He made bruh, He's Jesus

Verse 3:
God is not pleased man, it's clear that His standards missed The world is running rampant with, sin it's an abandonment Man is feeling stranded, feeling hopeless since his banishment God is angry at the distortion and the mismanagement Evil is at work, but don't be thinking He can't handle it He promised He would do away with all of it, dismantle it He's put up with this damage in His world, but He's promised us That He'll destroy all His enemies and then He'll walk with us New Heaven, new Earth that's where all His sheep dwell Cause Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed Died the death we couldn't die, paid our price with 3 nails Began the work He promised, in the end we all will be well Already beat our enemies and when His Kingdom's realized All those who oppose Him will see Jesus with some real eyes Deliverance is offered us, the hero He is urging us Salvation is exclusive to His people who have turned to trust

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dabar (Promise) Psalm 125:1-3


Today's Promise comes from Psalm 125

"Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore"



Gods word is full of wonderful life changing promises. His words have been my comfort, my joy, my strength through such a challenging time. I am currently reading When Helping Hurts- How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting The Poor ...and Yourself and I must say, I am being challenged and encouraged. I spent most of today reading/meditating on scripture, praying for our hood, our family and listening to some of the webinars that are offered as additional study to go along with the book. Now I just need to process this stuff. Man, its weighty I tell ya.
As I stated in another post, having a four person family live with you all of a sudden can be a bit of a challenge, but, as I focus on Gods word and spend time in prayer, my perspective changes and I can see things totally different. Which leads to the verse above. One of my best friends gave me that verse the other day. She took me out for a milk shake (yum!!) and began to just speak Gods word over me. (thanks Toni!) I am learning in this situation as we as a family minister to those in need how to def. trust the Lord but also be reminded that God promises that His presence will forever surround us. In His presence is the joy I feel at times I don't have in the midst of serving, in His presence is strength I need to continue to serve, in His presence is grace to do it all through Christ. When I am trusting the Lord, I am unshakable, nothing within my trials can move me because of the knowledge I have of the One who placed them there.

Oh, man, how I need to hear that, I don't ever want to be out of HIS PRESENCE. I have been asking Him to grant Kevin and I wisdom, grace, and more wisdom. My biggest fear in this situation has been the fear of not glorifying Him and hurting the poor more so than helping them. Oh, friends, the line is so thin and tricky. Its been scary for me to think about how the Lord has called many of us to be the forerunners of this ministry. The first to go through situations and have to make decisions that will often lead to mistakes, and that is so okay I know. But, its scary. (can u tell how scary I am? -LOL) I am thankful that Gods care, provision,leadership and wisdom aids us on this journey. I just pray that this family sees Gods goodness,mercy and love as they are with us. Please pray that with me.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Its A Great Thing I Love Kids!!

When I say our quiver was full today, I mean, baby it was full!!! 120+Kids today were apart of our first official day of summer camp. 120+!! As I left the building today there were parents coming in wanting to sign their kids up but heard "I'm sorry, we don't have any more spots available"..we have reached our limit.
This excites me. I wonder what does the Lord have planned in their lives that has to do with us and what they will learn this summer? I think about the interns. What will they witness and learn about Christ and His kingdom while ministering and doing LIFE with our children and their parents? How will this summer impact the rest of their life, most importantly how will it change Christianity as they know it?? Ah, man I am so excited. It was a busy day, yet their was such a calm today like nothing I have ever experience in the two years I have seen us as a ministry do camp. We were so much more organized and prepared then we have ever been before. I really believer prayer and the proper perspective had a lot to do with that. God is amazing, I cant wait to see how He will use these kids to impact Montgomery,AL..better yet, the WORLD!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Taste Of History...

I knoow TWO post in one day...LOL! I have a lot on my heart. This past Thursday, our summer interns had the joy of taking a tour around downtown Montgomery. We visited the Rosa Parks Museum, Martin Luther King house (as well as the church he first pastored at-Dexter Ave.), the Civil Rights Memorial/Southern Law Poverty Center and so much more. Below is a few photos of our trip as well as a quote by Chris Rice from his book "Grace Matters-A True Story of Race, Friendship and Faith in the Heart of the South. I think its the foundation of what our tour and time so far that the interns have had to spend with one another, as well as what the interns will witness as they love on our neighbors this summer. I believe God is raising up amongst us another generation of believers that have a passion and love for justice,mercy and racial reconciliation. A generation of those who will speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, who will defend the rights of the poor and who will look after orphans and widows.
I am in awe to witness such a work.

Enjoy~


“Giving each other grace is looking at people through God’s eyes. It's internalizing God's love so much that we can get into the bones of others that God loves them – by serving, valuing and caring for them. The Bible doesn’t talk about Jesus warm feelings for his disciples. It's mostly about how he served them – a bunch of failures, doubters, and traitors. God wants us to use our lives to help each other understand who God is.
P 257.








What Its Like To Be Gumby


Yesterday I attended some summer training to our camp with the interns that are here. Our ministry bought in a guy from CEF-Child Evangelism Fellowship to train and encourage our interns on the basics of ministering to urban youth/children in general. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a full day. As I write this my house is quiet. No one is here. I am alone. I have dinner in the oven and I can smell my apple candle from the other room. ("ahhh") This has not been the norm for us here in the King house. Let me explain... *exhale*. Last week my husband got a call from a yelling mom who was in a confrontation with another young woman. On the other end of the phone my husband hears her desperate cry for help...they have no where to go and they are in need of us to come and get them. They were put out of their place of residency. A mom, and her three daughters...homeless. (ages 13,11,and 8) Yes, they are temporary living with us. My life has taken such an interesting turn. I struggled with this for a while in so many areas.( how will this effect us, my daughter, me while my husband is away at work?) Yet, my heart just brought up some many bible passages on what it means to be hospitable. (esp. in crisis situations) and now, I am seeing what the Lord wants me to learn, I am getting glimpse of the Kingdom that are deeper than anything I have ever imagined. I am watching my daughter struggle and learn at an early age what it means to show mercy and walk humbly before God. One of the things that stood out to me at our training time yesterday was when the staff guy told our interns that they need to have the "gumby" approached when ministering to our kids. Who's Gumby? Well, Gumby is a green clay humanoid figure who was the subject of a series of animated television shows that I watched growing up. Key word here is CLAY. We, who minister to kids (or families that live with you for that matter), or do any form of ministry in general must always remember you have to be flexible to whatever it is the Lord brings in your life. I must have the understanding that there is going to be some stretching, pulling, twisting going on while ministering to others.I forgot this.... and some of the past couple of days have been hard for me. But, yesterday the Lord was faithful in bringing so much to my remembrance. I find myself up late praying and reading a lot about what biblical hospitality looks like. I am always asking myself am I being an instrument of Gods grace to a dying world? Am I using my home to minister to those who are in pain and who are spiritually sick? God is encouraging me and he is molding me while I am in the thick of this thang.
I was able to spend some alone time with the oldest while my little one got out the house for a little while with a friend. I listened to her pain, her struggles with her family and how she is searching for significance and acceptance. She tells me she doesn't want to leave me and my husbands home; yet, she does pray that God would provide a home for them. It broke my heart. As challenging as this is, I know God has ordained every waking moment of our lives and in those moments, God has provided grace for me, my husband and my daughter to be a "gumby" in this situation and for that I really am thankful.

Please keep this family in your prayers Pray that they find a permanent home close to where we minister. Pray for these girls and their moms salvation and also pray that in our helping them we don't hurt ourselves.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Common Ground Montgomery-Update June 2010



Thank you for all of your prayers and support! Please pray we have out needs met before we really get into camp. Thanks again!
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Summer Camp!!

The summer camp will officially begin on Monday, June 7th. We have 16 interns living in the neighborhood for the summer who will help lead the camp. They are staying in a house that has been newly renovated by our partner ministry 'House to House' and that will eventually be sold to a wonderful family. The camp will serve 120 kids from our community and last for 8 weeks. It will serve as a safe haven for these children while providing an environment of grace and love, but also teaching structure and justice. Camp will also give us a chance to develop the kids age 6-14 through the bible studies focusing on creation, fall, and redemption, small group discussions, mentoring, and exposure to arts, sports, and entrepreneurial classes culminating in a week away camping in cabins at a lake. Please pray for our staff, the interns, volunteers, and all the kids and their parents as we begin this camp.

Needs:

1. Camp Sponsorships- it costs us $400 per child to run the camp for 8 weeks. We have currently raised half the sponsorships. Would you and/or a group you are a part of consider sponsoring a kid? You could even shoot to save $50 a week for the eight weeks.

2. Dinners for the interns. Would you consider providing a meal or more in the evening for the summer intern team? You would need to cook or buy for 20 hungry adults, including a few volunteers. These are needed throughout the summer starting now.

3. We need a white refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher for the intern house, as well as any good condition twin bed mattresses. Lastly, we need a few nice couches and chairs.

Thank you so much for your prayer and partnership! We love you dearly!

Psalm 34:3,
Bryan Kelly