"It is finished!" He excruciatingly proclaimed,
"It is finished!" the Heavens joyously echoed,
"Come back!" His family and friends ached,
"Welcome back!" the Heavens cheered as the King returned to His rightful throne,
Mourning in the world and praise in the Heavens,
The Creator of both stepped from one realm to the other,
The sins of the repentant will be forgiven,
By the blood of the sinless Savior,
King of the Jews written on the cross,
He so loved the world He gave Himself up for us!
This is the good news: Death has been defeated by Love!
And now the earth and Heavens sing together,
"Death has been defeated by Love!"
Every Christian, at one point, has asked themselves, ‘where is the supernatural in my life?’
Walking on my campus today reading the school sign, Talbot School of Theology, I thought exactly that.
Looking at each student passing me by, I wondered if any of them were capable of healing the sick, casting out demons, etc.
As I plopped on a sofa at the school lounge to study, I felt God gently speak to me:
Isn’t it just as supernatural to witness someone loving their attacker/enemy than to witness a dead man come to life?
Is it not also considered a miracle to see a victim of rape/assault using his/her testimony to heal others’ emotional scars?
Isn’t it just as majestic to see a person, who has formerly given up all hopes of life in the abyss of their depression, take steps in living a new life than to see a man walk on water?
In all cases, we see redemption, resurrection, and reformation.
You cannot conclude one to be a miracle while ignoring the other; in each case there is a radically changed life.
Are we not astounded to hear the story in Nickel Mines, PA, of the Amish family, whose children were murdered by a man, deliberately donate money to their killer’s mother in a gesture of accepting their forgiveness?
Does the world not stand speechless and in reverence to witness a woman such as mother Teresa devote her whole life in reaching the poor and living for justice?
Does not the gates of hell tremble in fear as history makers like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and Christine Caine take a stand for justice in setting the captives free?
These, my friend, are profound miracles.
We are surrounded by them everyday.
Let us be aware of such glory.
Do not mock a pain that you haven’t endured.
The best way to stand by You is to continue to fall
If God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance,
then the devil will do everything he can to deceive God’s children by whispering lies that the Father is displeased or angry.
In the fray of our busy-ness and the world’s constant enticement a still, small voice beckons us back to our identity, our correct standing with Him…
“This is my beloved daughter,
in whom I am well pleased.”
When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself. It’s a great mistake——because it leads nowhere—to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, disappointed because you are disappointed.
Give me the strength to be weak.
There are so many broken people out here.
Church, I know you hurt and feel pain too, but remind yourself of the hope you have. The future glory.
Are we not jars of clay carrying priceless treasure?
Church, get out of your building/bubble and invade this world. Talk to some who don’t go to church.
Talk to those who don’t know Jesus.
Talk to those who hate Jesus.
I was one of them.
But there were some who took the time to reach out to me.
Love them to life.
Because, damn, there are so many broken people out here.
"Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ,
alienated from the commonwealth of Israel
and strangers to the covenants of promise,
having no hope and without God in the world.”
I don’t mind when people tell me they hate religion.
I do too.
As a matter of fact, I think Jesus came down with loving anger for just that reason:
To destroy man’s religiosity that interfered the loving, Father-child relationship Jesus initially had planned for the world.
Jesus came as the Defender for the oppressed.
Father to the fatherless.
The good Lord to the captives.
To those who were led astray to worship religion by the Pharisees, Jesus reconciled them to Himself.
He became our mistakes.
Our past, present, and future faults.
He who knew no sin became sin.
So that we might become the righteousness of God..
Our bridge, our medium, Jesus Christ.
When asked about how to define a practicing Christian, C.S. Lewis replied with, ‘…If you mean one who has practiced Christianity in every respect at every moment of his life, then there is only One on record— Christ Himself.
In that sense there are no practicing Christians, but only Christians who, in varying degrees, try to practice it and fail in varying degrees and then start again.’
Many times I take a look at myself and get discouraged.
How can such a wayward being continue on this ministerial journey?
More often than not, I feel too weak or incompetent to be who God has called me to be..
And I am not sure if it is me, but I feel a nudge, a tugging in my heart, a still small voice that whispers amidst of the accusing voices within me that says, “that’s exactly where I want you to be..
Your love knows no end. How is it that your love does not understand limit? It refuses to believe in boundaries. It sees no value in restrictions.
Your love knows everything but an ending.
"You can never be weak enough for God, only strong." - Hudson Taylor
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