Archive for April, 2009

For Such a Time as This

I have been thinking a lot about God’s plan for me and our church lately.  The verse that has continued to come up in my mind as I think on what God is doing and wants to do is Esther 4:14.  The time was fast approaching when Esther would have to stand up and do what God needed her to do.  She was told, “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.”

I am continually humbled and confounded that the creator of the universe and all that is in it chose to use us, his followers, to carry out his plan of redemption.  Yet, I am excited that we were created for such a time as this.  This is our time!  God created us to make a difference in our world – to carry his love and his message of hope to those around us.

You were created for such a time as this.  There is no other time in the history of the world that you could have been more instrumental in God’s plan than today – NOW!

So what do we do about it?  

I would love to hear your thoughts!

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God is Moving

Do you ever get the feeling that God is about to do something big?  I don’t profess to be a prophet – but every once in a while, I get the sense that God is moving.  We can always see where God has been at work (provided we take the time to look) .  But it isn’t a daily occurrence , at least in my life, to actually sense God moving in a real way now.

God wants to turn things upside down – he is in that business – just look at Jesus’ life and teaching.  He came and taught us to live and what he taught did not always fall in line with the normal practice of the day.  In fact, it rarely did.  He had a knack for taking the current mindset and turning it on its head.

God wants to use this generation, this place, this people – you and me – to make a difference.  It is not going to be easy.  But God is moving and I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the big middle of it!

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Psam 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?

 2 My help comes from the LORD, 
       the Maker of heaven and earth.

My boys and I took a day and did a little hiking and rock climbing in Fort Davis yesterday.  As I looked from the campground up at the mountain before us, I was reminded of this verse.  With all the majesty and beauty around us in that place, my concerns became so small.  

I was reminded that God created all that I could see and that same God knows me personally and cares for me – protects me – has a plan for me.

God knows you, cares for you and has a plan for you too – don’t ever forget that God is bigger than whatever you may be facing.boys-at-mountain

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Thinking on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus causes me also to think on his life – how he lived, what he stood for and what he taught .  On more than one occasion, it is recorded that Jesus retreated into the hills around the lake or at least away from the crowds to regroup, refresh and spend some time alone with his Father.

My boys are out of school on Monday and we have closed the office, so we are headed to the mountains – Fort Davis to be exact.  I’m really looking forward to the time away, even just a day or so.  

I’m praying that God will start a mighty work in our church, our community and our world – and let it begin in me!

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Jesus Breaks Down Walls

I had a conversation with a local minister earlier this week about how his church is planning to use this video in their services this weekend.  It is a great depiction of how we work so hard to build walls – walls of separation between ourselves and those who may not see things just as we do.  

But Jesus came to break down those walls.  Watch and let me know what you think.


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Luke 22:32 has to be one of the most redeeming verses in the New Testament.  Jesus knows he is headed to the cross – he started that journey years and years before.  He also knows that all of his followers, even the closest ones – will fall away before Friday.

Even knowing that he tells Peter, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Did you catch it?  “And when you turn back, strengthen . . .”  

Wow!  That is amazing.  Jesus knew Peter, in just a few hours was going to deny him three times, but he looked beyond that, accepted it and said – “when you turn back.”  That is forgiving grace – grace on a mission.

I am continually in wonder about the grace Jesus shows us – shows me!  He knows I am going to fall – but he keeps saying, “OK, get up and lets go through this one more time.”


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Jesus’ Suffering

We know about the physical suffering that Jesus endured through the cross event at the hands of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Romans.  But have you thought about the suffering inflicted by his own followers?  We celebrated Palm Sunday with a memory of all of Jesus’ followers waving branches and laying down cloaks in the path as Jesus passed.  The shouts were “Hosana” for the King.  Later that week, Peter told Jesus he would never forsake him, even if it meant death.

But as the week progressed and the closer Jesus got to the cross, fewer and fewer people stood beside him.  Have you considered the emotional and mental suffering Jesus must have experienced?  Jesus was left completely alone to walk that road by himself.  But the wonder of the cross is that Jesus chose it willingly.

Jesus’ sacrifice demands something of us.  It demands more than something – it demands everything – it demands that we die to ourselves and commit to live for Jesus every day.

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