Thursday, January 26, 2012
Powerful words for us to be reminded of each day! It's not the righteous things (remember those are like filthy rags) that I have done that make God love me. I once heard a preacher say that he was thankful for God's but because it saved his butt. "But because of his mercy" he loves us, he cleanses us, he makes us new and whole. He wraps us up in his arms of love when we need it most. He carries us on eagles wings when we can't run another step. Indeed Paul is right, the promise of the gospel is a trustworthy saying...it is so trustworthy it makes all other sayings or statements seem false.
Thanks be to God!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A good reminder that the grace of God is for all of us who recognize our need for a savior. A better reminder that we live in this tension filled world with a pull towards godliness and a perhaps at times stronger pull towards the evil and sinful pleasures of this world...that we would see our need to die to ourselves daily and the soon returning hope of the nations who gave his life to free us from sin and call us to a holy life!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A church is a place where you can go when you bottom out! paraphrase of Henri Nouwen
A church is where you go to share your fears. Walter B. Shurden
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Friday, January 13, 2012
I went to the VA hospital with my dad yesterday and realized how sad, even depressing place to be. There were so many people we passed who had been ravaged by life and service to our country. It made me want to make sure that our veterans are served and protected even after they are finished protecting us. I hate that my dad will have to see some of that suffering more often as he begins his treatments soon. At the same time I am hopeful that God will use him to speak truth in word and action to those around him. To other veterans, to the doctors, nurses, and staff may his words be seasoned with grace and peace. May the light of Christ be manifested in him, shine your light in the darkness through him.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Due to unexpected circumstances, I made a trip to see my Dad this week. Today we left the house before 6 and it was 50°. We ended the day with a blanket of snow on the ground after temps dropped drastically throughout the day. Freshly fallen snow always reminds me of the Biblical picture of our sins being washed white as snow. Thanks be to God that what we were powerless to do through the law, Christ did for us! We no longer have to live under the dark stain of sin or the fear of God's wrath because of Jesus and the cross.
Monday, January 9, 2012
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
/Eph6.19.NLT And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God's ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.