Category Archives: God’s Love

Teen Repays Father’s Debt

I want to share this video I found on show2.me. Despite what the media will tell you, there really are some goods kids in this country.

When we surrender our life to Him, He gives it back to us: “For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death]”  – Luke 9:24

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He Is Everything

For anyone reading this that may have been around back in the day, this video is from a post I published several years ago.  A dear friend has asked me to repost it for his daughter to see.

The song is “Everything” by Lifehouse.  The song is very powerful, but the video really hits it home.

I am reissuing the tissue alert…

Blessings,

David

“Do you believe Him?”

Like many of you, the YouVersion Bible App has become my source of choice for daily reading of scripture and devotional reading. One of the many things I like about this app is the number of reading plans that are available.

I started a new devotional today called “One Word”. You can find more information about One Word on their website. In short, One Word is a 4-day devotional to help you discover the ONE WORD God has for you to focus on for the entire year. The idea is to use this word to cut out the clutter and complexity that can lead to procrastination and paralysis in your spiritual growth.

One question that I have seen in various posts and recently heard in a sermon is, “You say you believe in God, but do you BELIEVE Him?” So, after some prayer and reflection, the word I believe God has for me is “TRUST”. Do I really trust God? Do I believe God is who He says He is? Do I believe His promises? Do I acknowledge His power? Do I believe He really loves me for who I am? Do I trust Him to lead me if I truly let Him? My answer to all of those questions is, “Yes.” Then why do I still doubt at times? Why do I still fear? Why are there still moments when I feel God could not possibly love me? Are His words just nice thoughts or is He truth?

My prayer is that by focusing on TRUST, I will learn to trust Him more everyday and my doubts and fears will dwindle.

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

Feed my sheep redux

Our church is participating in a new ministry called “Feed my sheep.”  We gather on the third Wednesday of each month and prepare 240+ sack lunches for distribution to the hungry in our community.  We have always been a very welcoming congregation but we have not always been good at outreach.  Feed My Sheep is a great way for us to get out in the community and show the love of Christ to those we have been commanded to love.  I could list many reasons (read excuses) why we (read I) are hesitant to go out to demonstrate and proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I wonder if my list would be similar to yours.

I am reminded of a John Stott study where he tells of a homeless woman whom a parish priest promised to pray for as a brush-off, and who wrote the following poem:

I was hungry and you formed a humanities group to discuss my hunger
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health
I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of your God
I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me
You seem so holy, so close to God – but I am still very hungry and lonely and cold

Her words convict me every time.

Love your neighbor as yourself. – Mark 12:31

Do you love me? … Feed my sheep. – John 21:17

Blessings,

D.

Ashes to ashes…

ash.jpgTonight we gather to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Or, depending what part of the world you are from, also known as Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day. Today is also “Super Tuesday”, but with the gene pool being as shallow as it is for this election I’m not sure what’s so “super” about it. But, I digress… We will have the traditional pancakes, but we also be serving gumbo, jambalaya, and other Cajun delicacies to throw in a touch of the Mardi Gras spirit.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holiest time of the Christian year. For centuries, the faithful have gone to church on this day to have their brow symbolically marked with a cross of ashes. Traditionally, the ashes come from burning the palms saved from the previous Palm Sunday. And so, tomorrow, our rector will use his right thumb to apply the ashes to our foreheads while saying the prayer, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” The 40-day Lenten season will then commence.

It’s common for Christians to sacrifice something for Lent. No, not small animals, virgins, or anything of the sort. Generally folks will give up a favorite food, beverage or behavior. It should be something that is actually difficult to give up so the idea of “sacrifice” is real. It’s also common for folks to take on a discipline, such as a Bible study, joining a small group, or new ministry. For me, it’s always harder to take something on than to give something up. I haven’t decided yet, but I actually may do both this year; give something up and take something on. I’m open for suggestions! You know…when I stop and think…how small is my sacrifice compared to the one made for me? Saying, “Thank you, Lord.” is not enough, but, thank you, Lord!

So, if you are so inclined, what are you giving up or taking on this Lenten season?