Friday, April 30, 2010
Live from Chicago..... I'm at the Q Conference- sitting, learning, discussing, wrestling and marinating on the teachings among 650 of the world's leading theologians, artists, communicators and thinkers.....and then....
there is...us. All of this with a side of deep dish pizza...cold beer...great friends and laughing until tears roll down our cheeks... Some thoughts from the week....
Where are we pursuing the prodigals to let them know their story doesn't end in the valley?
Who do u think of when u hear the word "Christian?"
Who do u think of when u hear the word "Christ-like?"
There is a place for apologetic, but it's not the first place
Fear does horrible things and Fear and Love can't coexist.
Once you get numb to human suffering, that’s the beginning of the end.
Hey church - it is more important to tell the truth about your failures than to present your agenda
I plead with you today stop being the gatekeeper and start acting like Jesus.
Preach Jesus- not salvation.
What if you live as a middle-class-in-spirit, instead of a poor-in-spirit person?
God, Thank You for this opportunity to just sit back and listen to You.
In His Dust,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Row, Row, Row your boat...
I forgot to mention what our job is in the storm...besides trusting Jesus.
Max Lucado wrote a great devotional on this subject-
“He went into the hills to pray.” Mark 6:46
So where does that leave us?
While Jesus is praying and we are in the storm, what are we to do?
Simple. We do what the disciples did. We row . . .
Much of life is spent rowing . . . Getting out of bed. Fixing lunches . . . More struggle than strut."
God, Thank You for the stamina You have instilled in each one of us.
In His Dust,
Monday, April 26, 2010
Still today...in your hospital room, in your office, in your travels, in your broken relationships, in whatever anxiety you have....Please remember and rest assured, as bold as He was against the Gallilean waves.
He says to you, and to me today, “I Am.”
In His Dust,
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Apparently, a little more so today. Yesterday, I sprained my ankle for the 8th time. To clarify, 6 sprains/breaks on the right..and we are now onto the left ankle for the 2nd time.
Did God Push me? Nope.
Was it His fault? Nope.
Is He going to use this time, of me walking slower than my great-great grandmother...to teach me to appreciate the things I usually speed past? Yep.
God, Thank You for the opportunity to slow down.
In His Dust,
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” What protection this phrase affords. As you confess that God is in charge, you admit that you aren’t. As you proclaim that God has power, you admit that you don’t. And as you give God all the applause, there is none left to dizzy your brain." ~Max Lucado
No one else.
God, Thank You for your constant protection...and promise that "revenge is yours."
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I get it. I hear about it from everyone I talk to....as I am sure you do too-
Seriously, take note today, of how many people tell you just how busy they are.
Why do people feel the need to tell everyone this? Do they enjoy it? Does it make them feel less busy to bore me and you about their busyness?
What really makes me nuts is the assumption that I am not just as busy-or even busier for that matter?Bottom line for all of us....
He makes me…He leads me…He is in charge.
The sheep (that's us) have a one job. That's it.
Watch and follow The Shepherd.
So how about if you and I get "busy" with that?God, Thank You for your consistent leading.
In His Dust,
Monday, April 5, 2010
I keep thinking about the disciples...can you imagine there conversation this am...
did they sleep at all- or did they just stare at Jesus?
Did they question Him all night long? Did they think they were dreaming- or hallucinating for that matter, due to a lack of sleep. Did they get up early and run back to the tomb to make sure it was still empty?
God, thank You for leaving the Tomb Empty for us...as a constant reminder of Your Love and determination to stop at nothing to reach us.
In His Dust,
Sunday, April 4, 2010
"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.'"
(Notice the stone was still in place- Nothing can keep Jesus from us!)
The angel looked at the women, and spoke words that transformed them from hopeless to hope-filled: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee" ~Matthew 28:5-7.
We can't imagine this deal! Going to bed the night before, exhausted, beat down, confused, frustrated....and waking up to this!?!?
Are you kidding me!!!! Hope wasn't dead. Jesus was alive!
Hopefully, we too will learn the lesson of the disciples.
When God is involved, things aren't always what they seem.
Thank you God, for what You have done...for what You are doing and what You will do. Please forgive me for not deserving any of it, and yet, you never waver. I love you very much.
In His Risen Dust,
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
After hours upon hours of being beaten, whipped, flogged, mocked, spit on...He sets His Face like flint...and walks to the cross.
“At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.”Matthew 27:45
"Of course the sky is dark; people are killing the Light of the World . . .
The sky weeps. And a lamb bleats. Remember the time of the scream? “At about three o’clock Jesus cried out.” Three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour of the temple sacrifice. Less than a mile to the east, a finely clothed priest leads a lamb to the slaughter, unaware that his work is futile. Heaven is not looking at the lamb of man but at “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29 ~Max Lucado
At 3 pm, Jesus, The Very Son Of God Himself dies.
Before the sun sets, as according to Jewish tradition, Jesus is taken down and placed in a very heavily secured and sealed tomb.
“The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself.” John 10:11
"God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed.
Spit and blood are caked to his cheeks, and his lips are cracked and swollen.
Thorns rip his scalp. His lungs scream with pain. His legs knot with cramps . . .
And there is no one to save him, for he is sacrificing himself.
It is no normal six hours . . . it is no normal Friday." ~Max Lucado
God, I am so sorry. I love you.
In His Dust,DCC
Last year's post on this day: http://alamoheightsunitedmethodistchurch.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-friday.html
Thursday, April 1, 2010
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
After Supper, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane"He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."
Then, just as Jesus predicted, Peter denied Jesus three times.
I have been to this location in Israel, and it is in the same courtyard where Jesus was being questioned by Caiaphas. Therefore, making it highly possible that Jesus and Peter made direct eye contact as the rooster crowed.
Thank You God.