Poured Out

I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax it is melted in the midst of my bowels. Psalm 22:14

As a teen ager I always loved the Christmas presents I got from my stepmother. She bought me beautiful expensive clothes. But as a loving reminder she would leave the price tag on! She didn’t mind spending the money but she wanted to be sure that I treated her gifts other special care!

When we are singing It is well with my soul we should always remember the cost of that message. In the garden His soul was sorrowful unto death. On the cross He was poured out like water. When the spear pierced His side the last drop of the lifeblood of Jesus flowed down to the ground. When we always remember the price we will always treasure the gift. 

Whiter than Snow

Purge me with hyysop and I will be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow Psalm 51:7


Here at the tag end of summer even the concept of the first snow seems unreal. But God gently prepares us for that experience. First will come the bright reds and pinks of the maple leaves. Then the tomato plants will cease their harvest. Finally the frost will pass through like a silent thief and steal the last blush from the Rose. Then gray skies, cold winds and brown grass will be all that remain of the summer’s  memories. That is the moment when the blessed first snow comes to gently cover the hills with it’s white winter blanket.

 David reminds us in Psalm 51 that the sweet but temporary snow is nothing compared to the purest of whites found only in God’s mercy. When just as David did, we cry to our heavenly Father for forgiveness He sends a cleansing agent that does more than simply give us a fragile whiteness that can be blown away or melted in an hour. God sent us His only Son to die in our place. That Innocent blood alone has the power to wash me and make me forever whiter than snow!


Life is at work

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We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed…
So then death is at work in ua but life is at work in you. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9,12

When Jesus told Thomas that He was the way, the truth and the life , He was just 12 short hours away from the cross. Jesus knew that until His own life’s blood was given we would have no hope of anything beyond our grave. But He chose the road that leads to death so we could find the road to life!
Who in my life or yours are we are willing to walk that path for so they can find His life?

Whiter Than Snow

Many of us have been complaining about the April snow, but God sees snow differently than we do. For Him, the snow is the quiet unmarked innocence of His Son Jesus Christ. It was by His innocent life’s blood that our hearts are washed and made whiter than snow. Here is a sweet rendition of this hymn and I pray it will bless your hearts today.

God’s Spotless Church

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He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. Ephesians 5:27

We were looking at the Bible picture of this church at prayer meeting last night and the question came up as to just who this perfect church might be. Is there such a thing as an imperfect church – and if so- what will happen when the Lord Jesus returns?

God is not at all afraid of our questions, in fact without a question, there will never be an answer. In my brief stint as a teacher I came to the conclusion that in fact there is such a thing as a stupid question: that is the question that is asked when the questioner doesn’t want to know the answer. (Not that I could say that in class!) God loves for us to ask so here is my question today:

Can there ever be a church that is holy and without fault in this world?

In that case back the question up a half a step and ask, “Can I ever become holy and without fault in this world?” Because as believers in Jesus Christ we are considered members of His body: The Church. If there is a single imperfect member, then there can not be a perfect church. So then, in light of the statement of Paul, that he did not consider himself to be perfect and that even the other apostles including Peter had struggles, conflicts and doubts, how are we ever going to get to the place where we are pure enough for Christ to claim us as His bride?  KIMG0601

There are times when we use the phrase “He has fallen from grace” or “I feel like I’ve fallen away from God’s grace”. But the Bible doesn’t say that when we sin, we fall from grace.

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4

It all comes back to the blood. It all comes back to faith. When I first became a Christian we used to sing a camp meeting song that I still love titled “Are You Washed?”.

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power

Are You washed in the blood of the Lamb

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?

                    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Elisha Hoffman

So whether you attend the largest church in your city or if you are a member of a little country chapel, it all comes down to faith. Not faith in our best efforts, in our religious affiliation or the accolades of our friends. The only spotless thing in all God’s universe is the Blood of Jesus Christ! Your were paid for and washed only by the blood!

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.1 Peter 1:19