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Have you ever had one of those—Wait—What?—moments while reading the Bible. If you’ve been in the faith for a while it’s likely you know what I mean.

It’s especially fun when it happens in verses you’ve read hundreds of times.

Take, for example, Luke 1:2.

just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, - Luke 1:2 NASB

Luke, while telling his reader(s) what they’re about to read, and why he has the right to tell it, drops this phrase, "servants of the word."

For years I've read it in the KJV where it says "ministers of the word," which is a good translation, but somehow it didn’t grab me the way “servant” did. I guess I’ve often heard pastors and teachers referred to as ministers of the Word, but we, those of us who undertake to minister the Word, often forget that we are servants of that Word—THE Word, that is—not the other way around.

Luke looked back at those eyewitnesses who handed the first-hand accounts to him and saw that they were not bringing a message that served them. They were bringing a message that mastered them. They were not masters of the word, but subject to it. They didn’t reckon themselves teachers, but students.

And so it must be today. The one who lives as though he has arrived and attained some level of mastery quickly loses his ability to minister the Word. It is only in submission to the Word (Jesus) that we can be fruitful in ministry and helpful to those who hunger and thirst around us.

Lord, help me to serve the Word faithfully. Keep me from pride and arrogance. Anything I have, You gave, and Yours is the glory.

Thanks for stopping in today.

See you again soon,



My dear friend Larry Carroll posted this on Facebook and his blog recently and I couldn't agree more. So, I wanted to share it will everyone I know who is married or ever plan, or hopes to be. I pray you will follow the link to Larry's blog.



Helen and I recently attended our granddaughter's wedding. During the reception, there was the dance (a waltz) where all of the married couples got out on the floor and little by little were ushered off until just the longest married couple remained, and we were "it". (52 years in September) So, the MC gave me the microphone and asked us to give the newly married couple some advice.
Here it is, short and sweet:

(read the article here)



Harvest Bible Chapel Good Friday 2017


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The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. (Isaiah 9:2 NASB)

This verse is very familiar to me, thanks to G.F. Handel's Messiah. It's popular during the Christmas Season since we are celebrating the coming of the Light of the World.

But look what comes right before it:

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. (Isaiah 9:1 NASB)

I love this – Jesus growing up in Galilee of the Gentiles making it glorious – but check the beginning

No more gloom for her who was in anguish.

Are you in anguish?

Are you living in gloom?

Are you stuck in a dark land – a dark place?

Christmas is here to break the gloom – break the anguish.

Ok – that was a bit mushy – how 'bout this:

Jesus was born, lived, and died a cruel death to break the gloom with an astonishing light. [Tweet This]

BenTurn on the light!

See you again soon,


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This is Messiah week at Another Red Letter Day.

Handel's Messiah has a very special place in my heart. When I was in high school and for a few years after that, my parents and I would go and join with a bunch of our extended family for a performance of Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Two of my uncles would purchase adjoining boxes, and there would be a dozen or more of us gathering to enjoy this wonderful work of genius.

The performance was a particular group that roots in the Church, so, much of the audience was filled the people of faith. It was such fun to be in a venue such as Carnegie and hear the response of the audience in Amen's and Hallelujahs mixed in with the bravos.

At that time I had sung much of the Messiah in choirs and such, so I would always bring my score along and follow as the orchestra and choir performed this wonderful oratorio.

I found, this morning, this youtube of the Brandenburg Consort and King's College, Cambridge Choir. It's fantastic! My father passed down his love for boys choir music to me at a young age. Don't get me wrong, I married a soprano, but there is nothing quite like the pure sound of a no-vibrato boy soprano voice.

I'm hoping, like me, you'll let this music become the backdrop for the coming week, and let the words from, all taken from the Bible, soak into your Spirit.


Merry Christmas



Tomorrow, I'll be publishing a brand new, first person account. It's called Small Beginnings. It's the story of the young shepherd boy who became king of Israel. I think you'll like it.

The idea came from an online friend I met on Twitter - Ifeoluwa Fatoki. He blogs at Godly Ideas. You should check it out.

BenHeadshotHave a blessed Lord's day.

See you again soon.


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Next Wednesday marks 40-days-till-Christmas.

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This is the cry of my heart this morning.


Written by Jeremy Riddle

©2011 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing


Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken first love, come awake
And do as you did, at first


Spirit of the living
God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul
Pour in me to overflow


Come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade
Spirit come and fill this place
Let your glory now invade


Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

Walk in the grace.


Here's another wonderful heart cry from Jesus Culture. It's a very simple lyric. Let it wash over you, and let your heart cry out for His presence. There's more for you.

My Soul Longs For You
My Soul Longs For You
Nothing else will do
Nothing else will do

I believe You will come like the rain

You'll come like the rain

So let it rain
Let it rain

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