Monthly Archives: September 2013

Buried in Brokenness

Buried in brokenness.Heart - Broken

I’ve been listening to Rick Warren and his wife speak regarding the loss of their son, Matthew, and how their strong faith is bringing them through. And then the killings at The Navy Pier. And the innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary.

It can be overwhelming to watch the news at times.

And all of this is a reminder of the grief and pain we’ve suffered because of the ones we’ve lost tragically or to old age.

We miss them and long to see them.

All of pain we have suffered in this life, whether physical, mental or both will be made new.

My daughter, Kate, left this world at the young age of 21 years old because of injuries suffered in a car crash. Listen to this verse:

“Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.”  1 Corinthians 15:43

And this is our hope in Jesus…

We will be new.

We will be reunited with our loved ones.

We will see His face and live with Him forever in Glory.

Do you know this Savior, Jesus?

Praise of Men More Than the Praise of God

Praise of Men More Than the Praise of God

The fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah’s words convinced some of the authorities that Jesus was the Messiah but they would not share it with others. The anger of the pharisees scared them to death. After all, the pharisees  wielded a lot of power in this part of the world.

Sharing the good news was simply not important to them. The truth had to remain hidden. No feathers were to be ruffled.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?  Yes?

“When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.

Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him; it was that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe. For Isaiah again said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.” Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”  John 12:36b-43

Stop hiding your light (aka “the good news”) under a bushel because you’re so afraid your business will suffer or you will lose your good reputation with those around you.

You see, He died for you, right?

Do you really believe that if others do not know Him they face an eternity separated from God?

If you do believe that, why are you hogging the news?

Tell someone today!

Waiting in the Water

Waitng in the Water

There are things that prevent us from moving forward in life and I would venture to say that “fear” is one of the main reasons we stand still.

What’s preventing you from moving forward toward the plan God has laid out for you?

Do you doubt that He will “have your back”?

Are you afraid what others will say if you fall down?

Remember…the Savior didn’t pass you by. When you accept God’s gift of Jesus as your personal Savior, you have Him by your side forever and ever.

No, He didn’t give us the ability to see into the future. However, when you step into the water, those steps of faith will give sight to the blind.

Trust Him today. Ask Jesus to be your Savior. The best laid plans for you are the ones He has laid down.

The Pharisees Couldn’t Stand Him

The Pharisees Couldnt Stand Him

You see, through the various prophets in the Torah and the Bible, God told the people exactly how the Savior would come to us.

Isaiah said:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

Sound familiar? Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary. The name “Immanuel” means “God is with us”.

Pretty obvious.  Could God be more clear?

But the pharisees insisted the Messiah would arrive in a more kingly manner.

The people, for the most part, did not heed the prophets warnings or prophecies.  And even when Jesus our Messiah was standing right in front of them, the majority (including the pharisees and sadducees) did not believe the King of Kings would arrive in a manger or enter Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.

You see, their plan was that the Messiah would arrive in the most spectacular way. Perhaps He would come down from Heaven in a chariot and save the day.

Well, He did come down and He saved more than the day.

He came to save us.

Who is Jesus to you?

Do you believe He died for you?

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