Psalms

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

We know that David was a man after God’s own heart, but how did David get that beautiful heart we hear so much about? In today’s short video, Frank answers that question, and reminds us that only hearts that have been truly touched by grace can pass grace on to others.


Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

What Legacy Are You Leaving_--.jpeg

Heritage. Legacy. Ponder those words.

Where did King David, beloved King of Israel, author of the Psalms, a man after God’s own heart get his amazing heart?

Let’s start tracing back. Let’s look at where he came from. One of his ancestors was a woman named Ruth. Who was she? She was a Moabitess from a far country, one that was at war with Israel. A woman who, according to Deuteronomy wasn’t even allowed in the assembly of God. In the Book of Ruth Boaz took her as his wife and she was no longer a Moabitess. And where did Boaz get his heart? Well if you trace it back, his daddy was a man named Samon and he loved Rahab the prostitute. Do you begin to get the idea? All these people were touched by grace.

Hearts that have been touched by grace are the only ones that can pass on grace. I believe with all my heart that that’s what made David a man after God’s own heart. He wasn’t born with it. I believe he learned it from others, people who passed it down to him, a man who could unconditionally love a prostitute and a man who could unconditionally love a Moabitess.

It makes you start wondering, what are your kids are learning from you and your heart?

----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Connecting the dots: How to trust God in this dark world

The book of Psalms tells us that we will dwell in Him, and He will be our home. Using incredible imagery from a recent movie, Frank reveals the breathtaking words of our Father who tells us “I will be your host, I will protect you, and am so much for you that I will lay down my life for you.” In all that you face today Beloved, may you find shelter in your God who loves you and gave Himself up for you.


Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Finding shelter in God

The book of Psalms tells us that we will dwell in Him, and He will be our home. Using incredible imagery from a recent movie, Frank reveals the breathtaking words of our Father who tells us “I will be your host, I will protect you, and am so much for you that I will lay down my life for you.” In all that you face today Beloved, may you find shelter in your God who loves you and gave Himself up for you.


Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Finding Shelter in God

The book of Psalms tells us that we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever”(23:6). We will live with Him, in Him. He's going to be our address, our home. 

How many of you saw the movie The Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg? In that movie, Marcus Luttrel is hurt, and a Pakistani Muslim takes him into his own home and then defends him with his own life. They call this custom the Pashtunwali Code and the idea is when I'm your host I'm willing to lay down my life for you. 

There is amazing archeological evidence, which you can Google yourself, which shows that some of the tribes of Israel went into Afghanistan and that the Pashtunwali Code may have originated from Hebrew custom and culture. But regardless of where the code comes from this is exactly what God does for us. He invites us into Himself, to dwell in Him, and then he defends us with His Life.  Let's think about that. God says, “I will be your host, and I will protect you so much and I am so much for you that I will lay down my life for you.” Amazing!


----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Who God Really Wants to Be to You

What would our lives look like if we truly understood the depths of all God wanted to be to us? In this short video, Frank reveals how His faithfulness will be our shield and reminds us that our Father who loves us, doesn't just put a shield up around us, He IS the shield around us! Will you let Him be all that He wants to be to you?


Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Who God Really Wants to Be to You

photo-1522367711107-bf0b2552c731.jpeg

The book of Psalm shares this amazing promise with us: “He will cover us with His feathers and under His wings, we will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4). 

Of course, we instantly think of Jesus in Matthew 23:37 where He’s on the hill overlooking the city of Jerusalem and He's crying, He's weeping, “Oh, Jerusalem! How often would I have gathered you under my wings like a hen gathers her chicks?” What's He saying? That He wanted to protect them and shepherd them but they wouldn't let Him. They wouldn't come to Him, they followed that false theologian Frank Sinatra and said, “I’ll do it my way!” 

When we come to Him, “His faithfulness will be our shield and our bulwark.” (Psalm 91:4). Meaning that He literally puts a fortress around us. And it’s important to remember that, He doesn't just put a shield up around us, He IS the shield around us! 

At this point in the verses the Psalmist almost cries out, I almost picture him grabbing the person he's talking to and going, “Do you hear me?! Do you see what I'm trying to tell you that God is offering to be to you?”

Loved one, when you come to know Him and experience Him, you will not fear!


----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

How to avoid the greatest danger of trials

When trials come it can be very easy, for our eyes to become fixed on the trial, which robs us of our joy, peace and faith. In this clip, Frank reminds us of the One who delivers us. Beloved,  the trial may remain, but with God, it's not the end of the story!



Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

Knowing This Habit of God Will Change Your Life

photo-1527333656061-ca7adf608ae1.jpeg

It says in the verses of Psalms that there are snares out there; there are traps. Let’s look at one of those verses: “For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:3).There’s a feeling of very real danger here of capture and binding and the verses say that there's deadly pestilence, but did you notice that he didn't define it? He left it open. There are lots of pestilences on any given day of our lives. Do you realize that one little germ, one little virus can rob us of our health and even kill us? Do we really understand what James said, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away”(James 4:14)? 

What's the instantaneous promise though that we are given? “He delivers you!” And we need to park there for a minute and really look at what this means. This does not mean that those who trust God are never going to succumb to the enemy or die by disease. We must interpret these verses in light of the rest of the Bible. Hebrews 11 gives us a list of lots of people who put their faith in God but didn't get delivered from their struggle but instead were delivered to God personally in heaven. That was faith too: “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us” (Hebrews 11:39).

So what is the psalmist saying? I think what he's saying is this, if you will look at God in His recorded history, if you will look at God over the history of your own personal walk with Him, you will find that God is in the habit of delivering His kids. He does it all the time! 

We could go to 2 Corinthians 11:26 and look at Paul's personal testimony. He tells us that he endured shipwreck, and robbers, and disease, and famine—and through it all, God preserved him. We could go to Philippians 4:13, and the promise for us is, “I can do all things through Christ.” I can have a lot, I can have a little, I can be healthy, I can be sick, but no matter what the circumstance I have found that He is sufficient. 

Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me.” He doesn't say, “He'll get me out of the valley,” he says “He will walk with me through it. 

I think the message is clear, and one writer (George Whitefield) put it this way, that we who abide in Him are immortal until our work is done. Let that one sink in for a little bit! Until God is finished with you laboring on His behalf in this world, nothing can take you home until He says it’s time.

----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

4 Powerful things that will change the way you see God

What does God tell us about Himself in His Word? Who does He really want to be to us? In this clip, Frank quickly reveals four incredible metaphors to describe who our Father really is. Fear wants to take hold of us each day as we face uncertainty and trials, may you take refuge in the God who longs to be your shelter from the storm.



Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

The Heart of God and How It Changes Our Lives

When you're a little kid, and you’re living in a very dangerous world and your heart gets filled with fear, what do you do? I had four kids, and I can tell you what they do; they put a death grip around your neck! And what does a parent do when a child puts a death grip around their neck because they're afraid? Oh, we throw them down and say, “Grow up!” Right? Is that what we do? That's not what I did. I’ll tell you what I did, I put a death grip right back on them, and I’d say, "It’s ok baby, your daddy's got you. Your daddy's got you and because your daddy's got you, it's okay, and that's the only reason it's okay.” 

The book of Psalms tells us that He will rescue us. It says, “I will protect you because you know my name” (Psalm 91:14). I think that's a reference to all the names He’s given us for Himself: Yahweh, El Shaddai, Elyon, all references to His character. I'll be the strong one. I'll be the exalted one. I'll be your protector. I'll be your provider. I think it's supremely the name that Jesus revealed to us in John 17: Father.

And Psalms doesn’t say, “When we call on Him,” that's the wrong word! When you're in trouble as a little kid, do you call for your mom or dad? “Excuse me, Mother? Father?” That's not what a little kid does! They cry, and they say, “Will you help me? I'm hurting!” And what does God say? “I will hear him?” No! He says, “I will answer him!” You see, loved one, He doesn’t just hear us, He answers us. 

And even more than that, He tells us that He will be with us in the trouble. This is so important for us to know—God does not always deliver us from trouble. In fact, I have found that in my own experience, rarely does He deliver us from trouble. Being delivered from the trouble, that's Plan A, that's what we all want, but it's not what we get. We usually get Plan B, He'll walk with us in the trouble until we’re out of the trouble.


----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

4 Powerful Things That Will Change the Way You See God

photo-1456242773111-bfbc1bc54e7e.jpeg

Let’s take a look at these beginning lines from Psalm 91:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust!”

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper

And from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His pinions,

And under His wings you may seek refuge;

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

You're going to find that the Psalmist, in his exuberance, gives us four different metaphors to describe who God is to him through his proven experience. 

  1. “He is my shelter.” If anybody knows about needing shelter, it’s us in South Louisiana! When the storms come rolling in, baby you go looking for shelter!

  2. “He is my shadow.” When you live in a desert, it will beat you down and zap every little bit of your life and strength out of you. You need a shadow to cool you off. 

  3. “He is my refuge.” He's the one place where I can run to. He's my fortress. I love that. 

  4. “He is my protection.” He's the one place of safety I have in this life.

If I could have my own translation of the Bible, this is how I'd summarize these verses, “If anyone is going to try and get to me, they’re going to have to go through my Father first!” 

----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

The Freeing Truth Every Christian With Anxiety Needs to Know

Friends, this is a video you don’t want want to miss! May freedom be yours today as you hear Frank share truth that every Christian needs to know!

----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

The Freeing Truth Every Christian With Anxiety Needs to Know

pexels-photo-568027.jpeg

Friends, I want you to hear this, it’s very important for humanity!

I want to take you to the book of Psalms, where David says some very important words. He starts by saying to God, “When I remember you on my bed…” What do those words reveal to us? They tell us that he's not sleeping. He's not sleeping, gang! He's laying on his bed and he can't sleep. How do we know this? Look at the next phrase, “I meditate on you in the night watches.”

By the way, Israel had three late night watches, dusk to ten o’clock, ten o’clock to two, and two until dawn. So what does this tell us? It tells us that he's not sleeping ALL night long. Have you ever been in a wilderness, in a time of trauma, where you’re exhausted from what you're going through, and your head hits the pillow, but you still can't sleep?

Don’t you just love that this is in the Bible? Because this is exactly where we find ourselves in life. Let me tell you friend, when you’re in turmoil, when you’re in the pressure cooker of life, one of the most difficult problems you will face is the lack of being able to sleep. And sometimes if we share this with others, we will have Christian’s who tell us that it means that we must not be trusting God. Don’t you want to just slap them in Jesus' name?!

You see, they have failed to come to understand that our spirits can be at perfect rest, while our souls are all over the map. The proof of this is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said “Not my will, but thine be done. I'm going to the cross.” A spirit of perfect rest. But what’s he doing? He's sweating blood! That's a soul that's all over the map friends. If Jesus can have the freedom to be human and have anxiety in his soul while he's trusting God, why can't we have the same freedom?

I want to share something with you, and it’s very important; David’s spirit was at rest while his soul was going crazy, he was unable to sleep, but David did not allow his mind to take him where it wanted to go and beat him mercilessly. Look at the language he uses as he tells God, “I am remembering you, I am meditating on you, I'm not letting my mind fixate on the horizontal, which is beating the daylights out of me. I've taken my mind where I want it to go, which is vertical.” And it tells us in verse 7 that he specifically set his mind on remembering that God had been his help. He remembered, past tense. David sets his mind on how God has delivered him in previous times and connected the dots of God's faithfulness.


----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

What Every Hurting Person Needs to Know

arid-asphalt-barren-163848.jpg

There was a great onslaught against David, and he could have easily remained living horizontal and kept his eyes fixed on all the obstacles and pain around him. He could have stayed living horizontal, and looked at the wilderness he was living in instead of the throne room, but David says, “Oh no, I'm going vertical! You are my God!”

You see beloved when we encounter the adversities of life, one of the facts that we must remember is that God always holds on to us; whether we hold on to God or not though, that’s the choice we must make. And if we choose to stay horizontal, we will lose sight of God.

We must make the choice of the will to see past what is coming against us, to the God who is sitting on His throne. That is what David does, he says, “I am alone in this desert. Yet I am not alone!”

You see, in those trauma times of life, we can feel so alone, can’t we? We can feel like there's no one out there who gets us; even the one we're married to sometimes. When we're going through a traumatic time, we get the feeling that they really don't get us, and then we start to cry out, “Is there anyone out there who gets us?!” The answer is yes! Psalm 73 says, “Who do I have in heaven but you?” And then what did he say? “Who Do I have on earth but you?” Oh God, you get me.

----------------------------
Each week, Pastor Frank sends several short, encouraging videos to his circle of friends.
Interested in joining? Signing up is easy:
Get on the list here.

He Leads Down Well-Worn Paths

Our world calls us in a million different directions. How can we ever know which way to go? In this insightful video Frank shares that we have a loving Shepherd who never gives up on us and how by putting our hand in His, He will always lead us down His well-worn paths.

----------------------------
Each month, Pastor Frank writes a personal letter to a circle of his friends, much like the blog post you just read. If you'd like to receive it, signing up is easy:

Get on the list here.

There's No Place Like Home

red shoes.jpg

Psalm 90 says "God is our dwelling place".

He is the place where we are home. Home is a wonderful place. A place of security, comfort, and peace. A place where we are accepted. A place where we belong. A place where we can kick up our feet and just be.

This is what God wants to be for us... He wants to be our home, He wants to be the place of our rest, the place where we can learn to just be.

So like that great theologian of the early 1900's said---
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz...
"THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!"
"THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE GOD!!!"

----------------------------
Enjoy this blog post?

If so, you'll probably really like Frank's monthly emails.
Get on the list here.

Those Who Are Crushed In Spirit He Makes Whole

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

Psalm 34:18 is one of my favorite verses in all the Bible, for obvious reasons. I personally believe that every believer ought to have this verse as one of their favorites.

It says, “The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
and saves (makes whole) those who are crushed in spirit.”

I trust you now know why I say it is one of my favorites “for obvious reasons.” We all live in a world that we were never designed to live in. We were designed to live in a garden paradise called Eden, and if you had not noticed it yet --- “THIS IS NOT IT!” The result is that we all experience things that we were never designed to experience like sorrow, and rejection, and betrayal, and loneliness, and pain. These things can literally crush our spirit. They can leave us in desperate need of someone to “come near” to us and begin the “WORK” of making us whole again.

One of the problems in finding such a one though is that the others who might be able and desirous of coming to our aid are also dealing with their own struggles from living in this fallen world. Very often they are unable to do so because of all that this fallen world has placed on their own plate. This can leave us “feeling” terribly alone and promote a serious spirit of hopelessness deep in our soul. That is the great glory of this verse from Psalm 34:18.

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

I am reminded of the words of Asaph in Psalm 73, when he realized this great truth about God he declared, “Who do I have in heaven but you oh God? And who do I have on earth, but you oh God.”

Though we may “feel” alone and desperate and think that nobody cares, that is not the truth. God is near! And not only is He near, He is actively working to unleash all that He is to all that we need in the moment of faith as we trust Him.

If you are broken-hearted today and crushed in Spirit, I pray that you will cry out to Him Who is near to you, and that your experience will be as David’s was in Psalm 23, that He will restore your soul!

-----------------
Enjoy this blog post?
If so, you'll probably really like Frank's monthly emails.
Get on the list here.

A Similarity Between a Worm and The Son of God

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Oh the love of Jesus...

Psalm 22 - David's prophecy of the crucifixion, he cries out that he is a worm.
Strange language. The Son of God - a worm?

Many have stated that it is a declaration of his humiliation. Yes, that is true. But there is more here than meets the eye.
In the ancient world, there was a worm called the scarlet worm. The ancients would crush the worm to make scarlet dye for their beautiful clothing. Hmmm...

More amazing, the life cycle of the worm. When its life was ending, it would attach itself to wood, give birth to its young, die, the scarlet fluid would ooze out and stain the wood to which it was attached.

WOW!

What a picture of our Jesus. In His death on the blood stained cross, He gives new birth to His children. Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

He became a worm, that we might become the children of God.

-----------------
Enjoy this blog post?
If so, you'll probably really like Frank's monthly emails.
Get on the list here.

Triumph Through Tears

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

David was NOT bipolar, nor was he schizophrenic! I share that because a lot of people sincerely believe he was. He can be found in one Psalm living in awe, wonder, and joy at the love and care of God, and then in the very next Psalm claiming that God had deserted him and heralding that he longs to die! This diametrically opposed behavior continues throughout the Psalms, but I would hesitate greatly to say he was bipolar.

No, I believe he was the “total man” – after all, he was the man after God’s own heart.

Allow me to explain. There are two kinds of life given in the New Testament. There is "biaos", from which we get "biography". It is a word used for "life as man lives it!" I would define it as experiencing and expressing the life of man with the resources of man. Then, there is "zoe", meaning "life as God lives it", Life lived out of the resources of God.

My personal conviction is that David lived genuinely in both those lives and very often did so at the same time, just as we often do! The "biaos" life, though it can be good, can also be very hurtful, and full of loss and suffering because of the existence of sin and the enemy.

On the other hand, there is "Zoe" life made available to us at the moment of faith, where we can experience life as God lives it while at the same time experience life as man lives it in a fallen world.

In other words, we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

Oh, and by the way, David is not alone. The charge could also go against Paul, who was in such trouble that he despaired of life in II Cor 1, yet he could also say to the Philippians, "rejoice always, and again I say rejoice!"

And please don’t forget our Jesus, Who was experiencing such trouble he sweated blood in the garden, while at the same time experiencing the Father’s will and approval of Who He was and where He was going.

The world needs such real men, who do not offer plastic façades that everything is ALWAYS going great. The world needs men who will be honest about their pain, and their genuine experience of resurrection power.

I would describe the true Christian Life as the experience and
expression of the agony, and the ecstasy, simultaneously being lived out.