7.30.2019

God Is Our Refuge

Hey friends, I just shared this verse on my facebook ministry page. Stop by and take a look. Like it, share it or leave a comment if you have time. How is God moving in your life today?One friend had a prayer answered and another is in need of prayer. #Godismoving

'God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude'

Psalms 46:1-3
https://my.bible.com/bible/116/PSA.46.1-3

7.23.2019

Your Worth Is Found In God


God reminded me of something this morning. Worth is not found in what others think about us, but solely in the value He places on us. Too often it is easy to get sidetracked and sidelined by the desire to fit in and be like everyone else. I speak as someone who often deals with wanting to be liked, or pleasing other people. Too often through no fault of theirs, comparison becomes a noose that attempts to choke out my faith. This has been a life long journey for me. Am I getting better? Yes.

I remember my father-in-law who has preached for many years told me long ago, "James, your gonna have to toughen up your skin if you are going to be in ministry". That is a realization I have grown into. You must toughen your skin not to keep people out but to be able to remain true to who God has created you to be.

Do not let the opinions of others define you because they change daily. God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Your value is found in the gospel of Jesus. You are worth dying for!

God cares for you. Even the most minuscule details of your day are orchestrated and ordained by Him. Today, fear God, not man. Live in the value that God has placed upon you, not what others try to place on you!

'And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.' - Luke 12:7

7.20.2019

Seeing The Face of God Through Special Children and A Fire Truck


I had the privilege of helping Erik Aiken and Jesse McElrath with Broadway Fire Department in doing a Firetruck "Display and Spray' for a group of children with special needs yesterday. The was an event sponsored by an organization called A Night To Remember.

I have done many of these presentations over the years to kids who could care less, but these kiddos thought it was the coolest thing ever. We don't claim to be a heroes but these children, parents and leaders made us feel like one. I truly saw another aspect of the face of God in the eyes and faces of those precious children.

Here's what Jesus says . . .

(Luke 9:1-3 NLT) As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.

Children with special disabilities do not want our pity, they want our attention and love. They are children who do not let their situation define them. They live their lives and love like anyone else and those who care for them are the true heroes!!!!!!!!!

I Am Starting A Facebook Page



I'm starting something new today.. . 

It's something I have been praying about for some time. I am starting a Facebook page to begin posting my thoughts on life, ministry, faith and fire. I wanted to start a FB page to go in tandem with this website. I will be moving most of my public type posts to this page. I do not seek the limelight, but believe this is God's prompting. I will say more about this soon. There will be at least one post a week. I would be honored if you would like, follow and share it. I look forward to your ideas, comments and journey as I begin to "step up" this part of my life and ministry. God Bless


www.facebook.com/jamesbstricklandministries/

7.17.2019

Move Those Mountains


This post is more for me than anyone I guess but today has been crazy and It isn't even noon. I have had to opportunity to fight a fire a large with my brothers and sisters of the ACFD, get relieved to go home, clean up and get ready to send off a dear friend of our church that passed away this week. Later tonight at 6:30pm I will lead our Wednesday night prayer meeting and bible study.

I am not posting this for attention or replies. I just want to thank God for revealing to me that for much of my life I have been waiting on God for the next thing rather than fully living in all He has provided in the now. I can't believe I get to do what I do and know the people I know.

Also, many may think that conducting a funeral comes easy to a Pastor but truthfully it is not. I am fortunate enough today to know this sweet lady lived her eulogy. She lived Jesus in front of all and walked humbly. Thanks for taking a minute to read this and whatever you do today, thank God for providing it.

If you think you don't have the faith to make it, take heart! Jesus said in Luke 17:6, that if you have the faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains! That's the funny thing about faith. It is always stronger than you think and like a muscle only hurts when you use it :)

Be blessed today and move those mountains!

7.10.2019

Thank God For The Roundabouts

Image by Tayyab Bashir from Pixabay

Random thought for tonight's lesson: 

Exodus 13:17 says that when Pharaoh let the Israelites go, God did not lead them along the main road which was the shortest route because it was more dangerous. He took them on a roundabout way through the wilderness while guiding them with a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. Sounds like the journeys God sends us on may not be the most direct route, but there are reasons He takes us on the roundabout. Also, He guides us if we will just look for Him! 

What lesson has God showed you on your roundabout journey?