On this page...

...you will find thoughts, observations, musings and discoveries that I want to share with you. I don't have an exact route that I am following for this journey. I simply want to be open and obedient to the leading of God's Spirit in my life. As I travel along, I will look for things that I believe may be of benefit to anyone who takes the time to look at this page. I pray that it will prove to be a source of encouragement, challenge and/or spiritual refreshing.

Blessings to you,

PR

Readiness for God

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 18, 2019

I was challenged by Oswald Chambers' reflection on Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush (Exodus 3) this morning:


Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do; whatever God’s [program] may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God’s voice as Our Lord heard His Father’s voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. “That they may be one, even as We are one.”

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


Lord, I pray that you would find me ready for whatever service you may call me to do this day. Awaken me to the reality that I am in union with you at all times and may this be reflected in my readiness to do your will at all times. Amen.

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How much more must we be!

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 17, 2019

I really appreciate and am challenged by F.B. Meyer's comments on Mark 1:9-20. I pray that it will a source of encouragement to you as you continue to follow Jesus this day.


If the Lord was thus anointed ere he commenced his life-work, how much more must we be! Hast thou become united with him in his death, made one with him in his resurrection, and anointed by that same Spirit? Then be sure that thou, too, must be tempted. Sons of men must go the way of the Son of man, now under the opened heavens, then tempted of the devil; on one side the wild beasts, on the other the angels; now driven to loneliness, and then to the crowded street of the cities, there to gather disciples by the energy and beauty of a victorious life.

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 83.


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Not a guest

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 11, 2019

I really appreciate Oswald Chambers' description of how the Holy Spirit seeks to work in our lives and what our appropriate response is to be. I hope that it will be an encouragement to you this day as you strive to keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).


The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a house, He invades everything. When once I decide that my “old man” (i.e., the heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, then the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything, my part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals. 

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


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Not a martyr's death

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 06, 2019

As we are fast approaching Easter and the celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death on our behalf, here's a great reminder concerning the type of sacrifice that he offered:


Our Lord did not die a martyr’s death. The martyr is led to the scaffold or stake because he is overpowered by superior force. But our Lord knew that the invisible world was full of help if only he had expressed the slightest wish. Others die because they are born; he was born that he might die. “He laid down his life that he might take it again.” He would not receive help from the Father, or the angels, or Peter’s sword, but poured out his soul unto death, because of a love that was stronger than death.

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 65.


This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:10-11).

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Nothing but the love of God

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 05, 2019

I read these powerful words today and I wanted to share them with whomever may read this journal entry. They remind me of what really matters. Life can be so noisy and confusing and demanding that we often times end up getting sidetracked and distracted. Sometimes we even lose our way. Pause with me for a moment and drink deeply of this beautiful and sobering reminder.


All that is not the love of God has no meaning for me. I can truthfully say that I have no interest in anything but the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. If God wants it to, my life will be useful through my word and witness. If He wants it to, my life will bear fruit through my prayers and sacrifices. But the usefulness of my life is His concern, not mine. It would be indecent of me to worry about that. 

 Brennan Manning and John Blase, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir (Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2011).


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Love's Fragrant Ministry

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 02, 2019

We are fast approaching the time when we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is the foundation for our faith, the proof that Jesus is who he claimed to be. But before we can get there, Jesus must suffer and die a horrible and inhumane death on a Roman cross.


I just read Matthew 26:1-13 this morning. In verses 6-13, we have the account of the anointing of Jesus in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper. And it is obvious that no one understands what he has been telling them all along about how he "will be handed over to be crucified" (2). No one, that is, except for this unnamed woman who lavishes upon Jesus a very expensive jar of perfume.


I really appreciate F.B. Meyer's take on this scene. He writes,


It is probable that, of all people then living, Mary was the only one who had really entered into the meaning of the Lord’s words and had realized the scenes of suffering that lay before him. Through the succeeding hours the aroma of that ointment, lingering still on his person, must have sweetly reminded Jesus how dearly he was loved.

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 62–63.


Lord Jesus, help me this day to show you how you are dearly loved by me. Open my eyes to see the different opportunities that come my way this day to love you and serve you by loving and serving the people around me. Deliver me from my pettiness and stinginess and enable me by the power of your Holy Spirit to be extravagant in my love for you. Amen.

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Since the creation of the world

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 01, 2019

I'm still reading and meditating on Matthew 25 today. In verses 31-32 Jesus says, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." And I usually get all caught up in how Jesus describes the actions and the consequent destiny of the "sheep" and "goats."


But today, my attention was focused on what Jesus had to say before he passed judgment on both groups, "Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (34).


Did you catch that? It has been God's plan all along ("since the creation of the world") that all humanity (including you and me) would be citizens in his eternal kingdom. He has always had in mind that we would be in intimate fellowship with him. God has always wanted us to be near him and with him. And he still does.


Meditate on that thought today. Allow it to sink deep into your soul. Revel in the realization that the Creator of all things wants you (and everyone else in the world) to be part of his eternal kingdom. You are dear to God!

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Consumed with Christ

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • March 29, 2019

You don't have to be a doctor or health professional to know that our diet directly affects our well-being. This is not only true in the natural world, but also just as true in the spirit realm. That's why it's so important that we get (and stay) in the habit of reading and meditating on the Bible and allowing God to speak to us through it.


I've been reading Matthew's Gospel. I'm in chapter 24 and Jesus is describing the events that will surround his return. This, of course, got me thinking about his return and the matter of my longing for it. I wish I could tell you that it is something that is in the forefront of my thinking on a daily basis, but that is simply not the case. Just like you, I get distracted by the situations and circumstances that press in about me, and thoughts about "the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13) get squeezed out. As I thought about that, I was reminded of a book that I read some time ago by David Bryant entitled, Christ Is All! I would like to share a little excerpt from that book to stimulate my own spiritual life and I pray that it will be a challenge and encouragement to you.


How many of us possess a deepening sense of the imminent consummation of all things in Christ, in which we have a strategic part? Do we long to be a part of a movement toward the glorious climax of history in Him? Do we sense that we're on a mission that even now tastes the powers of the Age to Come because Jesus Christ is in our midst? Who among us ties our true destiny directly to the Hour when heaven and earth will be "summed up" in God's all-consuming Son (Eph. 1 and Col. 1)? And, how often do we Christians ever share such a vision among ourselves?


David Bryant, Christ Is All! (New Providence, NJ: New Providence Publishers, Inc., 2004), 9-10.

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Loyalty to Jesus

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • March 28, 2019

I was challenged today by these words from Oswald Chambers:


Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him? Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see anything (cf. Matt. 14:29); loyalty to my notions means that I clear the ground first by my intelligence. Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

Are you debating whether to take a step in faith in Jesus or to wait until you can see how to do the thing yourself? Obey Him with glad reckless joy.


 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


Jesus, help me to follow you today with "glad reckless joy." Conquer my desire to understand all of the details before taking the next step. Enable me to walk by faith rather than waiting until I can see it all with my natural eyes. Thank you for your persistent love and patience with me. Amen.

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What do we mean?

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • March 27, 2019

After just preaching on the subject of the Great Commission on Sunday, today I ran across this article on the importance of having common definitions of terms when we talk about matters relative to making disciples. I think that the definitions they give are both insightful and useful. Here's is a snippet from the article:


Words matter. Definitions matter, especially with regard to words and concepts we find in Scripture. A particular word may carry different definitions and meanings, depending on one’s perspective, and this is true for discipleship language.

That means we can use the same language about discipleship as someone else, and each of us be talking about totally different things.

But what does God’s Word say? And how do our definitions line up with his realities? This is an important discussion for discipleship and disciple making, so at Discipleship·org, we worked with our partners to agree upon specific definitions for important words in the church.

We have to be clear on definitions so that we can be clear on our success.

That’s why we offer these four key definitions for the church today:

  1. Disciple – someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is committed to the mission of Jesus (Matt. 4:19).
  2. Disciple making – entering into relationships to help people trust and follow Jesus (Matt. 28:18–20), which includes the whole process from conversion through maturation and multiplication.
  3. Disciple maker – a disciple of Jesus who enters into relationships with people to help them trust and follow Jesus.
  4. Discipleship – the state of being a disciple.


You can read the entire article at https://discipleship.org/bobbys-blog/what-do-we-mean-by-disciple-disciple-making-and-discipleship/ if you are interested.


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