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Friday, April 18, 2014

Is it in you?

Good Friday to you.

As we remember the Son's ultimate expression of love and obedience today it is good to remember that we have, living in us, if we love Jesus, the same Spirit of love and obedience.

How do we know we love him?  If the Spirit is giving us a will to and teaching us how to obey his commandments: forgiving others as we have been forgiven by our Father, loving others as we have been loved by the Son, doing our best to live at peace with all men, supporting and loving the Body and Bride of Christ: the church, seeking his face and our washing in the Word, doing justice for the poor and the fatherless and the widow and the alien living among us.  Not that we do these things perfectly, one was perfect, the one on the cross.  But that we express in our brokenness his strength and forgiveness and mercy and grace.  From outside, the church should look like messy people with messed up lives, confessing their messiness and repenting and loving each other and working together for the good of all.  Not pretty people pretending to be perfect.  We don't fake it till we make it.  Yes, we must always be hypocrites, because we are sinners.  Yes, our best attempts at righteousness are filthy, bloody tampons.  Yes, it will seem like work at times but remember, listen to the Spirit, He testifies not to your good work, but to Jesus' good work on your behalf!  You are a child of covenant!  You are a child of promise!  Not of what you will do for God but of what He has done, will do and is doing for you!  We don't "make it", HE. MAKES. US.


Abide in that love: the shadow of the cross, the sprinkling of his blood, the emptiness of his tomb, the glory of his throne, the hope of his promises.  Walk in His Spirit, the spirit that testifies of the Son and His Gospel, the Spirit seeks to glorify the Father through the Son, so that if He's in us, we should to!

Or, if you look at these traits and realize this Spirit isn't the one in you, if you can't see him or don't know him, get to the Cross!  Now!  While He has graciously given you time.  What better day than today?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For i have become like one who fell asleep in the tanning bed...

This one took me a bit of research.  Afterwards it was kind of, duh, but there we are.  A wise man knows when he doesn't know.  Or so wise men tell me.

It is really simple.  What happens to leather when it is dried out?  No, i mean really dried out.  Like the top of the back seat in a seventy-six Plymouth Valiant.  It dry rots.  It becomes hard, brittle, cracked.  Not the kind of thing you want to put wine in.

This is us.  This is us without Jesus.

"But days are coming when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. But no one puts a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment, for its patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear becomes worse.Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the wineskins burst and the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are destroyed. But they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.” Matt 9

You who have been baptized into his death through water and into his life through the coming of the Holy Spirit are a new creation.  You are a new wineskin and he is filling with living water, with the fountain of his blood of the new covenant!  Keep coming to the fountain in prayer and meditation on his Word.  Cuz the world is burning and full of smoke.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A little hell right here on earth: Bonus Wednesday Post

Nobody wants God anymore, they just want his stuff.  And for a time, times and half a time, God is content to allow this so that some would see and taste and wonder about the maker of such good stuff.  That some would see and taste and want the maker more than the stuff.  Sip the water and want the river.

But the world is getting darker and maybe it's cuz God is taking away his stuff.  Starting with light.  The definition of Hell is to be cut off from God entirely.  If you want a preview of what that will look like, read this.

"It is necessary for us to do the deeds of the one who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work! While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9

Quit squirmin'!

"Your hands have made me and established me," Yod begins.  Why oh why, do we think it's about us being holy?  Why do we think it's about us getting it right.  That if we screw up, God will cut us off?  We who have tasted the Gospel know, we KNOW that God has formed us for better things and if he formed us, He will complete us.  Abide in him is much different than be, actually, it's the same thing.  Abide in the one who is perfect, therefore, you will be perfect as he is perfect.  Those struggling to get it right are not abiding, they are trying to be like God.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cue up Stevie Ray... i prefer his version to the Beatles.

And what better time to remember the worth of our God than on the day we have to give half of our money to the authorities he has placed in our lives.  For our good!  Always for our good.  Pray for them.  Much will be expected of them.

Pray for us.  All our afflictions are for His glory.  All our struggles, all our chasing after wind is to drive us to the only one who satisfies.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pop Quiz

Being saved means:

a) agreeing with a statement or an idea?

b) making a deal?

c) a pursuit of holiness?

d) entering a committed, exclusive relationship?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Your listening to 88.3, WHUT. Whut's on your radio?

Sojourning!  Songs!  Sojourning songs!  My ipod is my personal radio station of my sojourn.  It has over 12000 of them and only a few, unfortunately, are based upon His statutes.  But God, according to Abraham Kuyper, looks on everything in creation and says, "Mine."  So even the songs not based upon His Law say something about Him or life without Him.  Culture itself isn't bad or evil, only what we make of it.  Whom we train it to serve.  After all, if we're silent, the very rocks will cry out.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

For better or worse?

Till Death Do Us Part.

These words are not a life sentence.  They are not a ball and chain, a burden to be carried until you're finally done praying for the end of time.

And unlike the way we wacko christians (we're all wacko, don't you know) are portrayed in tv crime dramas, these words are not a loophole to get us out of our commitment.

They are not a contract.  A business arrangement to be legally binding and annulled should they prove unprofitable.

They are a Promise!

They are a promise from the great God who loves us, knows what's best for us and how to give good gifts.  A promise that symbolizes His love, unchanging and eternal!  A promise that symbolizes His love, full of mercy and grace for the unworthy, and we are all unworthy of love! (That we actually are.)

You tell me your sad story of mistakes, misery, misunderstanding, shame and woe?  You tell me of his sins against you? You tell me of her unfaithfulness?  You tell me i don't know?

You're right.  i don't know your story, your specifics, how it fits into the larger story Jesus is telling.  You know, the one where he takes the greatest sin that was ever committed, His adulterous Bride seeing the promise as a contract, sentence and loophole, and torturing him, shaming him and killing him and He, turning that very sin into the vehicle of her very saving and cleansing!  That story?  Yeah, that's the one i know.  If God can do that, if God is really good, if God is really in control of all things...

Then yeah, he can handle your marriage.  It is a gift.