Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Because of His great Love....we will NEVER perish.
"I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
No one can snatch them out of my hand." John 10:28
God is aware of all things...at all times...and although it is hard to see this sometime...
He has told us, we are not called to necessarily see it--- we are called to believe it.
"When you can't trace His Hand...trust His Heart"
Friday, March 28, 2008
Everytime I see her head, I am reminded of Matthew 10:30, where Jesus says,"Even the very hairs on your head are numbered." This makes me realize in a graphic way-that God is fully aware of the situation and is still in charge. No matter what our human eyes may see.
Today, I humbly ask for you to pray for my friend Carol-and her precious family.
Paul wrote to the Romans in 12:12
Grace and Peace,
Thursday, March 27, 2008
As an acolyte on Easter morning..this is pretty serious business....there are a lot of specific instructions were given out- where to walk, turn, stand and return to your pew, etc, etc...
Preston, on the right, had the honor of bringing in the cross- not just any cross, THE EASTER cross....all decked out with gorgeous white flowers....
So, "Onward Christian Soldiers" he marched down the center aisle-stopped in the middle of the altar with all eyes on him and the cross.
Now, here is where it gets a little tricky....he was supposed to stop turn around to the congregation and sit down...however, he got caught up in the song...and the moment of it- and stood there....and stood some more....and then a little longer....mom's were trying to wave him off...clergy was sweating, audience was smiling....and then finally his wing man, Blake, ran up there to tell him, "the moms said you have to come sit down."
Now, what some might have seen as not following the instructions...I happen to see as wonderful! I also happened to see Jesus smiling from ear to ear as His Child, Preston made a very serious point by staying.
The longer he stood...the more we were all reminded, it is not about the pretty music or the flowers or the outfits....
The celebration of the empty tomb started at the cross...and without it,
Our failures were permanent.
Our faith was nothing more than a wish.
Christmas was just another ordinairy day.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
365, as in, Yes, God knew we needed to hear this once a day-
For some, you need to hear it right now.
For others, you need it later this morning.
For some, maybe you just need to share it with others today-
the bottom line, it doesn't matter when you need it...it is there and it is from HIM-
As a "worrier" myself, it is nice to know, He understands me. Since Is able-
to hang the stars, like we put a hanger back up in the closet-
to plant the mountains, like we pick up a Hershey's Kiss
to tell the rolling waves, exactly where to stop and start on the shore-
I am going to take His Word on this.
Grace and Peace,
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
having been folded up, in one place." ~John 2-:7
I am guessing yes to all of the above.
However, in Israel, I learned a few things of the Eastern culture...
not nearly enough..but a few things that have really enlightened The Scriptures for me
-one of them was about table manners back in the day.
The Hebrew tradition of that day about napkins, went like this:
When the master had finished eating, he would get up from the table,
wipe off and would then wad up his napkin and throw it onto the table.
The servant knew it was time to start cleaning-
because a wadded up napkin clearly stated,
"I am done. I am not coming back."
Because the folded napkin meant,
"I'm not finished yet...I will be back."
He is not finished.
He will be back!
Thank You God, for the empty tomb and all that You are still saying to us through it.
It does not come as a surprise to me that the disciples did not believe the women's report that Christ had risen. They knew that Jesus had been crucified. They knew he had been taken down from the cross and put into a heavily sealed and guarded tomb. But now the women claimed he was alive and the tomb was empty! Had their exhaustion clouded the facts?
Knowing this and them...Jesus appeared to them. Their joy must have been unspeakable. And certainly undescribable by me, some 2000 years later.
All their fears were now proven futile.
"Heaven unplugged the grave's power cord, and you and I have nothing to fear.
Death is disabled." -Max Lucado
All of their future was suddenly taken care of.
and guess what...
The same thing goes for each of us.
Easter blasts in and announces for every single one of us
Thanks Be To God!!!
In The Name of our RISEN and LIVING SAVIOR,
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The word "Gethsemane" comes from two Hebrew words:
During Jesus' time, heavy stone slabs were lowered onto olives that had already been crushed in an olive crusher. Gradually, the slabs weight squeezed the olive oil out of the pulp, and the oil ran into a pit. There the oil was collected in clay jars.
The image of the Gethsemane on the slope of the Mount of Olives where Jesus went the night before his crucifixion provides a vivid picture of Jesus' suffering. The weight of the sins of the world pressed down upon him like a heavy slab of rock pressed down on olives in their baskets.
His sweat, "like drops of blood falling to the ground" (Luke 22:44) flowed from Him like olive oil as it was squeezed out and flowed into the pit of the olive press.
Peter denies Jesus three times and Jesus is questioned by Caiphas the High Priest
In His Dust,
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
talked TO and ABOUT His Father.
I bet on Wednesday, He loved God and He loved others...and He did it and still does, perfectly.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
1. Religious leaders questioned Jesus' authority,
but Jesus evades their trick questions and speaks the truth.
2. Jesus teaches in The Temple, telling parables and warning people
against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
3. Jesus predicts the destruction of The Temple and tells
His disciples about His future return.
Where did Jesus get His Authority? Great question...with an even more powerful answer-
But first, I have to share a little background info with you-
In Biblical times there were rabbis with authority and those without.
Rabbis with authority, (aka Smikkah, Hebrew word for authority), got this authority,
which was very rare, by two others with authority.
Jesus received His Authority from John the Baptist (1) and from God Himself (2). He said..."This is My Son...in Whom I am well pleased." This took place at His Baptism.
If a Rabbi had authority, He had "permission" to not only teach The Torah, but to interpret it as well. Matthew 7 records, "the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as One who had authority."
Which brings us back to the religious leader's question- Where did you get your authority?
The answer -His Daddy.
Which, come to think of it...is the same place we get our's.
The Rabbi, Jesus, is available to you, today.
Right now, at the Very Moment you are reading this.
In His Dust,
Monday, March 17, 2008
Plenty! To understand, we will need to look back at what went on during this week so many years ago-
Jesus thoughts are not recorded during His last week. But according to the gospels, we do have some information about His actions during this time.
Scholars disagree over the specific days on which certain events took place,
but, to the best of my knowledge (along with alot of help from The Gospels and Ray VanderLaan, I will try to tell you what took place on those days-
2. Jesus clears the Gentile courts of money changers and vendors
3. Jesus curses Fig Tree
I remember this day as the day Jesus got mad!
When Jesus "cleared the temple", it was not a fit of rage, like
I tend to have in back of a slow driver.
Jesus' anger was very deliberate.
Jesus did not sin in His Anger.
Jesus anger was righteous. He was furious because they were not only ripping off poor people...but were standing in the way of the Gentiles worshipping and knowing about His Father, God.
Humbly today and this week..I will wonder...what does Jesus wants to clear out of my life...is it my lack of patience with drivers, (as I drive by with His Fish on the back of my Tahoe?) Or is it my attitude towards someone in my life, who I see as constantly trying to "diminish out my light." Maybe God is trying to clear out my impatience and with others- ouch.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
People spread cloaks and branches on the road before him. Then the disciples "began, joyfully, to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen" (Luke 19:37). The crowd began shouting, "Hosanna" a slogan of the ultra-nationalistic Zealots, which meant, Please save us! Give us freedom! We're sick of these Romans!"
It's almost as if God said to the world,
Jesus foresaw the terrible devastation of Jerusalem that would result because the people did not recognize him as God's Messiah. The people were looking for a messiah who offered political deliverance and a political kingdom.
However they would have nothing to do with the Messiah who offered forgiveness and deliverance from sin. In his grief over their distorted beliefs, Jesus wept out loud.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
(sung to the Band Aid commercial theme)
No matter what you have done...or have not done....
No matter where you have been...or have not been...
No matter what you have said or have not said...
No matter how far you feel from Him...
If you ask Him to, He will meet you there...and when He does...
He will stick with you.
Get stuck on that.
Grace and Peace,
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
He is just there in ways that are new to me.
He is working outside of my previous experience and current expectations.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1 John 4:12
Look around you...He is EVERYWHERE!!
Grace and Peace,
*Click below on comments and let's chat about where you have seen Him~
Monday, March 10, 2008
From the looks of this picture~
The shepherds kept watch with a staff in one hand and a slice of pepperoni in the other! The angel came down to say...don't be afraid, I bring you good news and more hot pizza!!
However, pictures don't tell the story.
The Bible, does...and from what I have read Jesus lived in the real world. The same one the rest of us live in. He understands our confusion, frustration and fear.
He wants to be a part of our everyday lives- He is ready to get in the mess of life with each one of us...pizza sauce and all.
Will you let Him in???
Grace and Peace,