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I finished reading Gene Edward’s book Living Close to God (When You’re Not Good at it) today.  I thought it was refreshing.  No doubt that most of us feel like we are spiritual morons from time to time.  We become frustrated that our efforts to grow close to the Lord and really know Him seem so complicated or out of reach.  

Gene’s book brings a living walk with the Lord to the “bottom shelf” where all of us can understand and practice the presence of God.  I love the simple suggestions that are part of Gene’s testimony.  Slow down, call on the name of the Lord, remember Him throughout the day, find a song and sing it, are all part of walking with the Lord in a powerful and meaningful way.  This is a practical and thought provoking way of life that holds hope for even the most “spiritually handicapped”.

Imaginary Jesus

Posted: May 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’ve been pretty busy lately.  A friend loaned me a book recently with the recommendation that I take some time to read.  I LOVE to read.  So over the past week or so I read it.  The book is called Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos.  I won’t ruin it for anyone, but I must say that the idea that we have the propensity to mold a Jesus that is in our own image hits close to home.

I wonder how many times I have constructed some weird version of Jesus that was more comfortable for me to follow than the REAL Jesus.  I see it all around me.  We project our pre-conceived thoughts and emotions on to Jesus instead of letting Him project Himself onto us.  I am reminded of the fact that often times I get so busy and so cluttered that I have drowned out the still small voice of Jesus.  I forget that He is right here with me.  I forget that He is speaking to me all the time through His Word and with promptings and whispers from the Holy Spirit.  I forget that He is praying for me.  He rejoices over me.  He is saving me.  He has a plan for me.

I want to stop scheduling Him into my life and instead let Him have my schedule.  After all, He doesn’t desire that I make Him the priority of my day, but rather that I give my day to Him to prioritize it for me.

Kosher What???

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

I saw this picture on a friend’s facebook page.  I have no reason to think it is fake, but even if it is – it’s stinkin hilarious.  I especially love the wording for the sign “Delicious for Chanukah”!  As funny as it is that a company/store would put out an advertisement like this which is obviously ignorant to an entire culture, it makes me think about how Christians communicate truth to our culture.  Paul tells us that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.  The Gospel can seem as crazy to the world as ham for Chanukah.    Crazy might not be a strong enough word.  The Gospel is offensive to the lost.  I don’t want to believe that I can’t earn my salvation.  I don’t want to depend on anyone else.  I don’t want to hear that my sin is an offense to a holy God and that the only thing I deserve is eternity in Hell.

That is the message of the cross, though.  We all have sinned.  We all deserve Hell.  God has made a way for us through Jesus.  His death made a way for me to be right with God.  I must depend on Jesus and His work on the cross to save me.  I didn’t earn it.  I don’t deserve it.

I love the second part of that verse in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”  The Gospel is still relevant and necessary to me as I am being saved.  God’s not finished with me yet.  He is still working to make me more and more like Him.   I still have to die to my selfish desires and eagerness to earn God’s favor.  I still have to rely and depend on Jesus to do for me what I could never do.

Thank You Lord for kosher ham!

GRACE: Gods relentless pursuit

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading about this book that I want to buy.  Surprised by Grace: God’s relentless pursuit of rebels, by Tullian Tchividjian.  Its centered around the story of Jonah.  I know a lot about the story of Jonah.  To be honest, it doesn’t even rank in the top 10 of my favorite Bible stories.  As I’ve read excerpts, though, it is climbing up my lists.  What a beautiful story of God’s goodness and grace.  Jonah rebels against God and God relentlessly pursues him.  So many times we fall into the trap of telling people that they better make sure that they do what God wants or He’ll find someone else to do it.  I think the story of Jonah teaches us (among other things) that God will go to great lengths to help us to obey.

Thank You, God for Your abundant grace and for Your relentless pursuit of me.  Its not that one time I needed His grace and now that I’m saved (justified), I don’t need it anymore.  Rather, now that I know God’s grace I am becoming keenly aware that I need God’s grace more than I ever did.