Monday, April 27, 2009

Tell me

I want to encourage my friends that read these words to ask questions or leave comments. Anything that you want to say is ok by me. You can click the comment area and fill out the info or feel free to email me at either of my addresses. or . I would like to hear from you so I know that you are reading and that if you have any questions about your faith or the scripture I would be blessed to communicate with you.

Today I am trying again to be at peace with the timing of God. His word tells us that one day is as a thousand years. Donna is trying to find employment and this has been a burden for us for the last five years.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Faith is the Victory

There is an old hymn that has a line in it, Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. I have been slowly moving from Passover and the crucifixion to the Easter morning. That seems to be the way I move most of the time. This spring I have spent a lot of time and heart work thinking and pondering the crucifixion of Christ. I must admit that it probably has been to some neglect of the resurrection truth. I am reminded that the stone was rolled away from the tomb, not to let Jesus out of the death chamber, but to let me inside. To let me inside the monument to mens mortality, the cave of darkness that has scared mankind for millenia. I can appraoch the tomb and look inside and see for myself the linen bondage wraps set aside. Next to them I see the napkin neatly folded that covered His face.

The power of our faith is found in the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the tomb. No other faith or religion or spiritual teaching has the dynamic of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead brings life to our spirit. His Spirit witnesses to my spirit that I am a child of God. Jesus Christ is my brother and God is my Father. It is a good thing to spend time and pray and ponder the events of Passover and Christ's crucifixion, but not to the neglect of the mystery of the resurrection.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Facing Darkness to Marvel in the Light

The Prophet Isaiah speaks to my heart with very powerful words. His utterances about the Suffering Savior have pierced countless hearts. As I think about our Lord's passion in these days leading to His crucifixion the Prophet's words lay my soul open again. I have to try and come to terms with my lostness. We do not like to think or talk about man's depravity. O sure we think some men are depraved and evil; but do we think and believe we are? The prophet's words are pretty clear to me, "All our righteousness is as filthy rags, no not one is righteousness". I guess that means me. Without Jesus Christ I am hopelessly and eternally lost. I can not impress God with my education, vocabulary, talents, money, power or my acts of charity and kindness. I must hang my head in shame before my perfectly Holy Creator and confess my lostness, my helplessness, my complete and utter corruption. When I am willing and able to do that the weight of Black Friday will crush me. But the wonderful news is this, the life of Easter Sunday will rise within my heart and the Joy of the resurrection will have such meaning that my soul will love and dance and sing and rejoice in Christ my Risen Lord.