Monthly Archives: July 2012

What’s going on?

What’s going on?

This is the question I asked myself when I was (you know where) at the Y running on the treadmill as I watched in horror the news about this guy who opened fire at the opening of the new Batman movie. I’m not going to go on about what I think the reason is for all the violence, although I do have plenty of theory on the matter, or course.

But what I am going to say is that people are desperate for the gospel- the good news. Whether they know it or not, people are desperate. This is the kind of news that makes me more zealous to share that there is a God in heaven who has hope for you. That God is good, and He can heal your hurts and help you forgive. That God sees you and loves you, no matter what. That God wants to forgive you, too.

For those who are hurting, few words can soothe their brokenness. But the God of all creation, the one who sent His son Jesus to save us, can miraculously heal shattered hearts.

So pray, send, go. Fulfill the great commission in whatever way you can today. All of our lives depend on it.

Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all
creation.”

God bless you as you just do it.  Be courageous.

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“Like Sunlight Burning Up Midnight”

       I was running on the treadmill at the Y, headphones on, listening to Pandora radio when I heard it….”Like Sunlight Burning Up Midnight”

Wow, thank you, Francesca Battistelli! What a beautiful phrase! This is what the contemporary Christian soloist beautifully reveals in her song, Beautiful, Beautiful. I could so relate, and it made me want to shout, scream and cheer.

My life was black like midnight, too, and then came the gospel. The lyric’s line exemplifies the power the Apostle Paul speaks of:

I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

It was the gospel that gave the power to burn up the midnight- the darkest hours- in my life. The gospel: Jesus’s crucified sinless, blameless life and death on the cross that removed not only every single solitary sin against God and fellow man I ever committed but also all the multiplied masses of blunders and evils and mistakes and idiocies I ever engaged in. This Jesus did to make me perfectly free and cleansed and completely forgiven. Yes, I am forgiven! All those stupid things I did. All those mistakes. Gone. Caput. Washed away. Lost. Forgotten. Did you know that? Have you heard? It’s gone. All Gone. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is sunlight burning up midnight. It’s powerful.

I’ve heard many times in response to this gift of salvation, “But, but…what about this? …What about that? …You would not believe what I have done…I can never be forgiven.”

Yes. Yes you can. It’s by mercy. God is full of mercy. He is all mercy because of what Christ did. That’s good news! That’s the gospel! Just believe it. Accept it.

“Like sunlight burning up midnight, making my life beautiful, beautiful!” Thanks, Francesca! Thank you, Jesus.

Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
 
Check out her video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbCfyZHSQbE&ytsession=rV37hTTD3Zn8io8gvkYBi_BmdHUz8fUSrdlwR_38ljk-ouVjHGGv7OC5Z6NHrX7cPJwoyTFTULufcgOx_vCHI3-X-Jv0fdVUDC-IfbvuWH6jbskBaMal4mBRGK960O9z7LLPCw29kS-K-JeD4CouRxPvGono5fajNjVbbhjVk_Ag90jQq8n_Z_mqasALcbAOVa63f45566UvbY_bW80QUvY4VCgfN6LsPT9qT8Llh-ZQh22frzHP2Higi-lDozGDhjrLi-oTZeGNkCXWjEdc37sGRdOh5ROwvQ3VmvJNj3k

Not So Trite After All

I was just about to check on a job position for which I applied. This is a position that  I wanted a great deal. Three teenaged boys and the changing economic times necessitate that I work outside the home. So before I called the Human Resources department of our county’s schools, I stopped to pray. I just wanted to go before the Lord in prayer before I made that call. Somehow praying would assure me He is with me, and that He would give me favor. As I knelt to pray a scripture spontaneously came to mind that I read earlier. One which we all know,

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24

To be honest, my first thought reaction was, that’s so trite. But then in an instant the Lord showed me in my spirit what this verse really means.

This is the day that the Lord has made…this means this day was made by the Lord. He made it from beginning to end, from start to finish. This day in your life, in my life, was of His design. I can rejoice because this day belongs to God and He is orchestrating it. I can rejoice because I can trust God to orchestrate this day and the next and the next into days that will be good for me and others around me. This doesn’t mean it’s always going to go my way; things may go differently than I had planned. But it’s not really my day, it is the day the Lord has made, it really belongs to Him. And because I belong to Him -since I have given Him my life- He totally makes my day.  And because He is all wise, good, merciful, pure and strong, if He makes my day no doubt it will be a good one.

So today, I can rejoice. Not because this day is mine, but because it’s God’s. And God is good, and He will make it good for me! So, this is the day that the Lord has made! I can rejoice, and be glad in it!

Not so trite after all!

(Thanks for the correction, Lord.)

This is a copy …

This is a copy of the email I shared with my Sunday School class this morning…..

Good Morning Friends!
 
I just wanted to say hello to you all. I woke this morning with you all on my heart!
 
Tomorrow we will continue reading excerpts of Pilgrim’s Progress. If you have an extra copy at home or an e-reader please bring it to share. I will be ordering more books soon.
 
Did you have a nice week? How did you like this heat? I pray you are all well, and have a good testimony of how the Lord touched your heart this week. Please share what the Lord has done for you! Feel free to reply all!
 
The Lord gave me an excellent week. The boys were away at camp and I missed them, but the good part was that I spent more time with the Lord and heard many wonderful things from him!
 
While I was using the elliptical bike at the Y this week, I was listening to Scriptures from the You Bible app on my headphones. Now, I do not use this as my devotional time, but just as a excellent way to hear more of God’s Word. I heard this wonderful promise to share with you!
 
 
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30
 
What a wonderful promise!
 
This scripture does not mean that we should leave our families, as you know, but it does mean that we must serve the Lord in obedience and forsake doing things our own way. The Lord wants us to follow Jesus for salvation and then as His disciples, which is what we are. When we follow the Lord wholeheartedly, and forsake obeying every other voice and desire, then He says we will receive ‘many times as much in this age“! So whatever you are leaving behind to follow the LORD’s directions, He will give to you many times as much!
 
Praise the Lord today, and follow Him in the little and big things!!