When Fall Comes

When Fall Comes blog

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 When Fall Comes

the beauty of serving God in the season of release.

 

If left for us to choose, none of us would desire to lose,
It’s only natural to want to hold on and keep things and loved ones close,

God holds the times and the seasons in His mighty hand,
He alone knows the needs of our life’s landscape and land,

To every thing and every time there is a season,
For every thing and every time God has a reason,

When Fall comes may we not see it only as a time for cease,
Fall comes to every man’s life to be a season of release,

When Fall comes we are not alone, for others this path have trod,
When Fall comes may we be encouraged as we let go and let God

 

L. Chancy Gore
10.19.2005

Alone With God In Prayer

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bishop lcgore

Alone with God in prayer.
My heart with Him I share.
He knows my every care.
My brokenness He desires to repair.
He delivers me from despair,
When I get alone with Him in prayer.

Alone with God in prayer my spirit begins to fly,
Alone with Gzd in prayer my selfish will begins to die.
Alone with God in prayer & reading God’s Word,
Alone with God in prayer I begin to surrender to the things that I have heard.

Alone with God in prayer!
Spiritual word!
Victory is mine!
Hope is renewed!
My eyes, spirit & soul are washed afresh,
Strength to overcome the flesh.

Alone with God in prayer comes sweet peace,
Alone with God in prayer comes Holy Spirit release!

Answers!
Direction!
Wisdom!
Connection!
Correction!
Protection!
Preparation!

Alone with God in prayer.
Alone with God in prayer ‘Til my day is done,
‘Til my battles I’ve won,
‘Til my race is won.
Alone with God in prayer.
He is Jesus my Lord.

6-12-18
c.lc gore

“HE”

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lc gore 5-2-18
1 John 4:19

 

He was despised so we could be loved.
He was rejected so we could be accepted.
He was bruised so we could be beloved and beautiful.
He was bound so we could be set free.
He was afflicted so we could have peace.
He was broken so we could be made whole.
He was, at one moment, hopeless so we could live in daily hope!
He took our griefs so we could be victorious.
He took on our sorrows so we could be joyful.
He beame weak so through Him we could become strong.
He was buried for us so we could be buried with Him in baptism.
He rose again so we could live again and be born again.
He gave us His name so we don’t have to remain the same!
He gave us His Holy Spirit so we could be full of the Spirit of holiness.
He is One so that we could be one with Him.
He loved us first so that we could learn to love Him.
He is God!
His name is Jesus!

Earthen Vessels

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Earthen Vessels
bishop lc gore
6/5/2018

Earthen vessels down here below,
Earthen vessels filled with what God bestows,
Earthen vessels full of the Spirit’s glow,
Earthen vessels

Earthen vessels praying earthen prayers,
Earthen vessels full of earthen cares,
Earthen vessels subject to break and crack,
Earthen vessels sometimes we lack,
Earthen vessels in the Potter’s hands,
Earthen vessels & earthen hearts He mends

Earthen vessels filled with God’s glory!
Earthen vessels, each filled with a story!
Earthen vessels burst forth flowing over the brim,
Earthen vessels simply full of Him!

Earthen vessels who’ve found refuge, hope and healing
Earthen vessels full of God’s dealing,
Earthen vessels full of the Holy Spirit’s treasures,
Earthen vessels filled with abounding measure

Earthen vessels…

One Day I Looked Up From My Phone

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Recently the Lord dropped a little thought provoking poem into my spirit. I offer it to us all in the spirit of the continual need for balance and blessing. I thank God for the blessings of modern social media and our phones. As with anything, we are faced with the question of whether we will control it or will it control us? Let’s continue to make godly and righteous choices in our modern world of tech and connection.

Here’s a little godly pricking & provoking to just remind us to stay balanced in the midst of our ever increasing fast-paced lives. Let’s continue to use the internet, social media and suchlike for good and godly reasons. Yet, even godly peeps, tweeple, followers, likers and such need to keep things in check from time to time. I’m a fellow traveler.

Interestingly, I was recently with my family at a local home improvement store when I snapped the above picture. It appeared that possibly someone had enough and murdered their phone. Obviously, I stumbled upon a crime scene.

Kidding, of course.

 

One Day I Looked Up From My Phone

bishop lcgore | sept 2016

 

One day I looked up from my phone and my baby was born,

One day I looked up from my phone and my baby started walking,

One day I looked up from my phone and my baby was graduating from high school,

One day I looked up from my phone and my parents were getting older,

One day I looked up from my phone and my adult child was getting married,

One day I looked up and my grandchildren were born,

One day I looked up from my phone and talked with the funeral home director about my spouses arrangements,

One day I looked up from my phone and began to notice life and..

One day I looked up from my phone and there I suddenly stood before the face of God.

When Dreamers Die

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When Dreamers Die

bishop lcgore | september 1, 2016

 

When dreamers die,
dark seems the sky,

When dreamers die,
It’s easy to ask, “Why?”

When dreamers die some give up the fight,
When dreamers die, how dark is the night!

Even dreamers hurt and bleed,
Every dreamer has their own need,

Even shepherds can fall apart,
Even dreamers can be weary of heart,

Sometimes hope hurts,
Sometimes dreaming again hurts,

“Lord, when…?”
“Lord, I thought…”
“Lord, things were supposed to be…”
“Why?”
“When?”

Every crucifixion leads to resurrection when you refuse to stay down,
The spirit of faith says, “My God will turn this around!”

Every God called dreamer must come to a place of…

“I die daily”,
“He must increase, I must decrease”,
“Not my will, but thine be done Oh Lord”,

Doth the dreamer yet live?
Doth the dreamer yet hope?
Dare the dreamer to dream again?
A thousand thundering times, “YES!”

It’s time to dream again!
It’s time to get up again!
It’s time to try again!
It’s time to run again!
It’s time to believe again!

Rejoice!

The dreamer liveth!
The dreamer cometh!
The dreamer is back!

He’s carrying his book of visions and dreams,
Hope, healing and Holy Spirit,

I hear the dreamer coming,
Can you hear it?

Let us work while it is yet day,
Church, we must all work,

Dream it!
Dare it!
Share it!
Do it!

The dreamer liveth!
The dreamer is arising!
Behold, the dreamer is here!
Thou art the dreamer!

Hope is rising!

 
 

Entangled!

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ENTANGLED!

l. chancy gore, bishop & senior pastor
the refuge church of the lake cities

feb 17, 2016

Help!
I’m stuck.
I cannot get out.
I cannot go forward.
I cannot go backwards.
I’m caught.
I’m caught up.
I’m ensnared.
I’m scared.
I’m entangled!

Help me!
Someone, please come.
I need help.
I cannot get out alone.
It’s getting dark now.
I should have never started this.
I should have never come here.

Drifting.
Slowly.
Surely.
Farther.
Neglect.
Deeper.
Darker.
Destruction.

This is not what I thought it would be!
Entangled!

How did I get caught up with this?
Him?
Her?
It?
Why was I so foolish?
Why didn’t I listen?

I’m entangled.
I’m tied down.
I’m tied up.
I’m too tied up.
I’m bound.
I’m in bondage.
I’m stuck.
I’m losing my feeling.

Entangled!

What is that light?
Where went my night?
I’m too tired to fight.
I’m ready to make things right.
I see it!
Light!
Hope!
A voice!
A hand!
Help has come!

Unraveling.
Unthreading.
Untying.
Unyielding.
Love.
Mercy.
Forgiveness.
Hope.
Refuge.
Truth.
Freedom.

Detangled!

I’m set free!
No more entangled.
No more darkness.
I’m no longer hopeless.

I’ve been loosed.
I’ve been let go.
I’m flowing.
I’m going.
I’m growing.
I see differently now.
I know differently now.
I am different now.

No more entangled!

Because I’m Your Daughter

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Because I’m Your Daughter!

a little church planting parable

 

chancy gore, senior pastor & suburban missionary
the refuge church of the lake cities

 

 

 

Mom, Dad, when I was born, you were so happy! You couldn’t quit smiling for days. A lot of planning, preparing and prayer were born long before I was even born.

 

“We’re gonna have a baby!” was my parents’ heart cry. All my brothers and sisters rejoiced over my birth. When I was first born, I received a lot of love and attention. All the family was excited about me. They even gave me a special name of my own!

 

It came to be understood real fast that it would take a lot of time, finances, sacrifices and of course, a great deal of love to birth and raise me. I guess you could say I’m a “big handful” of blessing and lots of hard work too.

 

“I guess you could say I’m a ‘big handful’ of blessing and lots of hard work too.”

 

I love being part of the family. One day I hope to grow up and have a family of my own. I’m thankful for all the love, attention and nurture that my Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters give to me. Without my family, I most likely wouldn’t survive or live very long.

 

Mom, Dad, I LOVE BEING YOUR BABY GIRL!

 

My family is so kind to me. They make me feel loved, included and just as special as the rest of the family. After all, we are all brothers and sisters in the same family. They think of me on special days, holidays and always seek to include me.

 

I’m just a little baby girl now, but I’m growing up! I will be a “big girl” one day!

 

Mom, Dad, family, thank you for loving me, caring for me, protecting me, providing for me and helping me to grow every day. You always smile and tell me you love me and kindly remind me, “That is what Moms and Dads do best!”

 

Mom, Dad, I LOVE BEING YOUR BABY GIRL!

 

Oh, I’ve made my share of messes, forgetting things and even falling down and skinning my knees. Whenever I’m hurt, Mom and Dad, you’ve been there. Whenever I cry, you hug me close and wipe away all my tears.

 

I feel pretty because you often tell me that you think I’m beautiful. Your love gives me confidence every day as I live, breathe and grow little by little.

 

It has been fun growing up while you’ve watched me. Your approving smiles cheer me on to do more and inspire me to keep going and growing forward. I love being your daughter. Thank you forever for taking care of me. I know you naturally would have done all of this and will continue to do so because I’m your daughter.

 

Mom, Dad, where have all the years gone? Today I’ve been enjoying the precious memories and joyful reflections of you and all my brothers and sisters. Today my hair is longer. Today my smile is brighter and bigger than before. I’m growing up too!

 

Mom, Dad, family, thank you for helping me all these years! I love you forever! Thanks for believing in me. I feel like a beautiful butterfly spreading her wings to fly high. I am still your baby girl in my heart of memories, though! I love being your daughter.

 

Mom, Dad, I’m grateful for you now, more than ever before in my life. It’s amazing how time brings more vision and perspective to us. As I move into this next phase of my life, I appreciate you all the more. In this new phase of my life I realize all of the sacrifice, love, care and time devoted to raising me. I know you did it all, as you often told me, “Because you’re our daughter”. Today, I shower you with blessings, prayers, support and much love! All of this too, is because I’m your daughter.

 

I’ve got some sweet news for you and all my brothers and sisters. Since I’ve had a family of my own, I wanted to surprise you with the news that our family is growing again! We’re going to have a baby! I’m expecting a baby girl. I want to give her all the love, nurture and support that you’ve given to me all these years. What a joy it is to grow together through this journey of life.

 

“What a joy it is to grow together through this journey of life.”

 

I send you all these words of thankfulness and love today because I’m your daughter. I rise up and call you all blessed today because I’m your daughter. I’m eternally grateful to you all because I’m your daughter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Daughter Work

 

 

9.16.11  lcgore  

Hope Is Rising!

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HOPE IS RISING!

 

Farewell, 2015. Hello, 2016! Thank God for another day. Thank God for a fresh year to begin. Thank God for His mercies which are new every morning.

 

May we all endeavor to make the most of this new year concerning our faith, families and future. It’s time to hope again. It’s time to dream again. It’s time to love again. It’s time to believe again. It’s time to be renewed again. It’s time to forgive again. It’s time to pray again. It’s time to seek the face of God again. It’s time to get up again.

 

Hello, victory! Hello, healing! Hello, hope! Hello, Holy Ghost!

 

May you feel fresh strength, anointing and hope in your wings today, friend. It’s time to fly again, child of God. Hope is rising!

 

HOPE IS RISING!

bishop lcgore

 

Hope is rising,

A new day surprising,

 

Today is the beginning of a new season,

Lean not unto your own reasons,

 

Continue to walk with God,

He will guide you on the path you trod,

 

May you feel His soft wind blowing you ahead,

You are alive! You’re not dead!

 

May you feel His hope again,

May you feel HIs Spirit within!

 

Hello, victory! I knew you’d be mine.

Hello, healing! I knew you’d finally come for me.

 

Hello, joy! It’s been a long night.

Hello, mercy! It’s a new morning.

 

Hello, hope! You’ve brought me through the storm.

Hello, prayer! We’ve got a lot to talk about.

 

I’m dreaming again.

I’m believing again.

 

I’m seeing again.

I’m forgiving again.

 

I’m loving again.

I’m trying again.

 

I’m getting up again.

I’m flying again.

 

I’m hoping again.

I’m free!

 

Hope is blossoming.

 

Hope is rising!

 

lcgore, hope dealer

5 Ships That Are Coming Into Your Life

Your ships are coming in! It has been said, “Some people are waiting for their ship to come in while they haven’t even sent out a canoe!” I also like the adage, “When your ship comes in make sure you’re at the right dock.”

I have found out that sometimes opportunity doesn’t knock, it just whispers. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!

 

Allow me to point out to you 5 ships that are on the horizon and headed into your life (or perhaps some of these are already in the port of your life).

 

FELLOWSHIP

We all need fellowship with God (prayer, fasting, Bible study, worship, and we all need fellowship with others. No man is an island to himself. Beware of isolation. The early church needed and practiced “fellowship” and so does the 21st century church.

 

Acts 2:42
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

Phil 1:3-7
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

 

Rom 1:12
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

 

 

FOLLOWSHIP

We all need to be followers of Jesus. “Follow me” is still His invitation to us all.

 

We all need to follow our local pastor and shepherd. “Follow me as I follow Christ” (see 1 Cor 11:1; Heb 13:7, 17) was Paul’s advice. Beware of the man who has only a preacher or an advisor in his life, but no true biblical Holy Ghost filled apostolic pastor. God’s plan is for us to have a pastor in our lives who can speak into our lives without fear or favor. The greatest Bishop, Overseer, Superintendent, Presbyter or Elder in your lives is not an organization, not an elected organizational or denominational official, but your pastor!

 

Jer 3:15
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

Eph 4:11-15
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 

We must be good followers before we can be good leaders. If being a servant and a good follower is not learned first, one can easily become a tyrant.

 

LEADERSHIP

God wants us to be difference makers. We all have influence with others that should be used for good and for God, not for evil or merely ourselves. Leadership is a place of trust, influence & direction. You don’t have to have a title or position to have leadership and influence. You are trusted. You influence others. Lead with harmony & unity. Never lead mutiny. The man who leads mutiny needs never to feel his own neck is safe. Here be dragons and sharks!

 

Live to influence others for good and God. Live to invest in others. Live to help others be all God wants them to be. Live to help others see how great they are and not just how great you are. Live to help people find their place, not to just put people in their place. Jesus is the ultimate example of being a servant-leader.

 

MENTORSHIP

We all need to be pouring ourselves into someone else. If you die today, who will carry your legacy (your work, ministry, local church etc) on? Use your influence to raise up a Timothy, a Titus, a Paul, etc. MENtoring is a must! Notice with me that the word “mentoring” begins with men. Help raise up others (men, women, people to work for God).

 

The Book of Acts records how Barnabas mentored Saul. Barnabas and Saul one day turned into “Saul and Barnabas”. The time came where we read of Paul and no longer hear about Barnabas. Are you big enough to be a Barnabas? Are you willing for others to outshine and outdo you? Those you mentor should fly higher, reach further, and accomplish more because of your fingerprints on their heart and life coupled with their own gifts, callings and talents from God. They should have a double portion like Elisha!

 

Ephesians 4:11-16 teaches us, among other things, that the five-fold ministry is to equip the saints to do works of ministry and service. Mentoring is a must!

 

Every Elijah needs an Elisha. Moses needed Jethro. Moses mentored Joshua. Jesus mentored the original 12 apostles. Acts 6 gives us the pattern of releasing others into service within the church. Barnabas mentored and nurtured Saul (Paul), Paul in turn mentored Timothy & Titus, along with a host of others.

 

 

FRIENDSHIP

Choose your friends carefully! Don’t get so close to anybody that they know all your business. If they know all your business, you don’t have any business. Remember friendship with the world is still enmity with God according to the scriptures. This doesn’t mean don’t have any friends or to not be friendly with unsaved people. In short, we are to be the ones winning them to God and not them winning us back into a world or life of sin. Love people, but not the spirit of this world (see 1 John 2:15-17).

 

We need friends. We were made by God to walk with Him and with others. We need the benefit of friends in our lives. It is true that, “You cannot make an old friend.” The wise man said, “A friend loveth at all times.” That doesn’t mean that they have to always like what we do or agree with us one hundred percent of the time. When we are in trouble it is sure nice to have a brother who will help us through the tough times of life. Abraham was called the friend of God. Jesus called His disciples friends. Thank God for true friends! We need our friends. Our friends need us.

 

Prov 17:17
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

 

John 15:12-15
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends…

 

 

Don’t let any of these ships sink in your life. At one time or another they will all come into port.

 

lcgore, hope dealer