Blessed… Give Me Faith

When they came to the crowd, a man met Jesus. He knelt before him, saying, “Lord, show mercy to my son. He is epileptic and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire or the water.  I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and crooked generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Then Jesus spoke harshly to the demon. And it came out of the child, who was healed from that time on. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and said, “Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?” “Because you have little faith,” he said. “I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be nothing that you can’t do” (Matthew 17:14-20, Common English Bible).

At one of the churches I served we had a southern gospel quartet who came and performed. We served them lunch following the concert. I was able to share the meal time with one of the group. As we talked I told him, “If I could do whatever I wanted, I would sing bass in a quartet.”

I am a preacher. And, while I am fortunate enough to sing bass with a barbershop chorus, I am not a gifted singer. I am fortunate that I have a career, a calling in something I love doing.

I really like to think that more often than not, my sermons are something from which people can grow in their faith. But, I also realize that it isn’t because of my skills, but God who is at work in me.

When I first started in the ministry, the idea if having to prepare a sermon every week scared me death. I knew I didn’t have that much to say. I have never been afraid to talk but I knew I was going to need something to say for about 20 minutes every week. It was able to happen, again not because of me but in spite of me. I am also convinced it happened because I prayed, “Lord, give me the faith I need to do this job.” It wasn’t always about the preaching or sermon preparation. That first hospital visit was also pretty frightening.

In our lesson today Jesus heals a young man the disciples had been unable to heal. Jesus said the reason was a lack of faith. He tells us if we have faith the size of a mustard seed there is nothing we can’t do.

So what does that say about my dream of singing bass in a quartet? Well, I do know this, singing bass isn’t my calling. And, God has given me all I need and continues to give me what I need to fulfill my calling in life. As for the singing bass part? I have a gift from God there too. When I came to Sweeny God lead me to the Coastalaires. To sing with them lets me have some of that experience that for me is beyond anywhere I ever thought I might be. All I can say is, “Lord give me faith. Faith to preach and faith to sing.” I am blessed.

What do you want to do? What are you called to do? Do you pray for God to give you faith?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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