One Day Visit (Day 10)

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What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly. – Jonathan Swift

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought. – H. G. Wells

He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave. – Matthew Henry

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On Those Days It’s Hard To Hang On

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But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Hebrews 3:6
I’m surrounded by unpacked bags in my office. They sit, along with a good part of my to do list ignored, awaiting a bit of attention from me. In my free time, I sit and stare blankly, semi-paralyzed considering the lists that grow longer as my capacity to complete tasks grows more impossible…with every passing moment. I wonder why I return to this place, again and again.
 It’s the place of Overwhelmed. It’s not God’s place for me any more than the desert was for a bunch of wandering Israelites…and yet it is His classroom as it was for my sweet, Jewish, faith forerunners. I learn much from them, I confess. I read and re-read the story and History of Israel and I see myself more clearly, through His eyes. Am humbled by His mercy and wonder at His wrath. Am sick with the beauty and pain of it. The pure unadulterated truth that is being muffled daily by those who call themselves intellectual, enlightened, knowledgeable. 
I can’t watch a drop of news because my chest swells, and I can’t breathe and I feel Jesus weep within me. Not to mention I am waging war with enemies within and without of my own small circle of love. The battle to hang on spiritually, emotionally, mentally…wages on. Hanging on and victoriously living are two different things. Don’t you dare point a finger because suffering is promised my friend, along with victory. My stomach turns, and I hang on. Hope swells larger than my pride, and lingers long. It never leaves me…it never leaves you who cling to His hope.
I hang on to this hope.
Especially on those days it’s hard to hang on.
Even today. 
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5

What do you cling to on those days it’s hard to hang on? 

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Agenda {Faith Life Preservers- Day 18}

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If you are like me (is that too presumptuous?) then your “To Do” list exceeds your amount of time list.
Of course there are the absolute “Must Be Done” today things and the laundry, dinner, and the “What do you mean you forgot _______ at school and you will fail unless you complete it yesterday” surprises. 
So today I just want to give you a little gift to remind you (and myself) what is really needful today.
I promise you this one is a real Faith Life Preserver 
AND it also will give you peace and joy for whatever the day throws your way!
Here is your Agenda for today (and everyday?) based on Psalm 118:24:

This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1. Acknowledge God throughout day (after all He did make it)

2. Rejoice (encouraging a few others to join in with the rejoicing is cool)

3. Be glad in the day regardless of what happens. 

4. Repeat #’s 1-3 throughout the rest of day.



See how simple life can be when
 we just prioritize God’s way


31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
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Absolute Truth, Sin and Jaws {Faith Life Preservers- Day 11}

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How is that absolute truth, sin and the epic blockbuster Jaws have anything in common?
Well fortunately for you I pondered that exact combination today, hence the post.

You see, in the open waters of the sea of life there are a lot of dangers.
When it comes to defining sin and absolute 
truth we need to be clear about what we believe.
You need to be clear about truth, my friend.
The culture we live in demands it.
If not you will find yourself in shark infested waters,
chomped on and unable to survive, spiritually speaking,
in a vast sea where sin and truth swim together.
One will cause you to sink, the other will  hold you up. 
I assure you there is no in between.
Sink or swim.
I love sharks. They are fascinating creatures. 
But they are also menacing creatures.
When you look into a sharks eyes, there is blackness.
A soulless darkness that wreaks of death.
In the movie Jaws, the shark is portrayed as a fearless eating machine.
I can’t help but think that the shark in the movie reminds me of sin.
Sin brings death.
Sin seeks to consume.
I see in the three main characters different ways of dealing with sin, unsuccessfully.
Each reflect different faces of the ultimate sin which entangles: pride.
Captain Quint thinks he can outwit the shark because he is a master of the sea,
a relentless Captain who is experienced, brave and relies on his strong arm of flesh. 
Hooper believes his worldly wisdom and knowledge will lead to the catching of the Rogue shark. 
He thinks his understanding of the shark
will be they key to dealing with it. 
Brody just wants everyone to be happy. 
His continual compromise and passivity due to his desire to please everyone, 
ultimately leads to tragedy for everyone.
See sin is not outwitted by the schemes of man.
It cannot be explained away or excused.
Sin does not compromise.
It always leads to death.
Absolute truth always leads to light, peace and safety.
It does not bow to men.
It is never watered down or conformed to man’s desires.
It always leads to life.
Sin is like a shark, absolute truth is like a lighthouse.
Absolute Truth has served as a
Life Preserver in my life. 
There is only one way to deal with sin once it is identified 
by absolute truth, friends.
Sin cannot be tamed, compromised, re-named or cajoled.
It doesn’t need a bigger boat.

Sin needs to blown clear out of the water
of your life.

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And that my friends is the absolute truth.


Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, 
but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; 
and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 
For sin shall no longer be your master, 
because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:12-14


* You know I could not resist a shark post during these days, right?

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE.
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The Width of His Love {Five Minute Friday: Wide}



This is love: not that we loved God,

 but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10


He is my morning meditation.
This man. This God.
He is my life and breath as I gather my thoughts and energy for the day.
Limited stretching to grasp limitlessness.
My hand reaches, stretching out, fingers extended.
I am seeking to grasp the unseen.
Yet He is with me.
He promises.
I wonder about this Son of Man.
How His love is to be grasped.
That there is hope and power to grasp this unfathomable love.
That though it is wide and long and high and deep.
Though it seem insurmountable.
It still is so completely able to bend it’s knee and grasp my hand.
That together with all of His children, His holy people,
It is possible to know His Holy embrace.

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