Unlimited Mercy

One of the great questions I have sometimes is not whether God would really forgive me because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I accept this by faith without fully understanding because the Bible tells me so. What puzzles me more is why an infinitely pure holy and powerful God would care to spend eternity with me. And then I come to this verse and am reminded that while the distance from the North to South poles is fixed (12,430 miles) from East to West there is no measure. That measure”s limit lies beyond the edge of the universe, just like the love and mercy of God!1502452057537_image

Who is Welcome?

I posted on Facebook yesterday what I thought was a pretty innocuous thought about unity in the church. Wow I was dismayed and surprised to see the “controversy this stirred up! My hope is that if we each ask ourselves this one simple question and be willing to take personal responsibility to reach out that each of our churches will be the better. Have a blessed day!

“Will folks who think or look differently than we do feel welcome at our church? If God wanted us all the same He would have used plastic and not dust when He was forming man.”

 

All kinds of folks

Waiting to Bloom

Wait on the Lord ; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord ! Psalms 27:14

Waiting for God is in some ways like waiting for a flower to bloom. The promise of it’s full beauty is wrapped tightly in a tiny bud. If we pry it  open we will forever lose the chance to see what the full blossom can become.

We cannot rush God but with strength and courage we must trust that He knows what He is doing in His garden. Whatever it is you are waiting for today – trust Him. He knows the precise moment for every flower in the universe to open. He will unlock the fragrance hidden in the blossom exactly when someone needs its perfume today!

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The Highest Name

20170724_202952For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. Philippians 2:9 GNB

When I am facing new battles and unknown roads ahead I sometimes forget things. I forget what things I had set out to do this morning. As difficult news struggles to take over page one news in my life it is calming and quietly joyful to remember that there is a name greater than mine. His name is greater than any human friend or enemy. His name is higher than the authority of any diagnoses financial crisis or uncertainty. His is the name calms waves rebukes hurricanes and calls the dead from the grave. It is no joke, no exaggeration, and totally abundantly in control of the universe. What an awesome name! What an awesome God we serve!

Front Page Headlines

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?       Romans 8:31‭-‬32

As we are growing older some days it is easy to feel discouraged. It seems to me often that we are just yesterday’s news to others. But I can’t forget in those lonely times that God never forgets. We are still front page headlines in Heaven!

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6 Hours on the Cross

It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. Mark 15:25 NIV

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). …And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27:46‭, ‬50 NIV

In six days God created the heavens and the earth. When He paused at the end of each day He saw that it was good.

In six hours on the cross our Lord finished the work necessary for His new creation. Through suffering He completed something so awesomely good that till today we can call it Good Friday!

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30

As we pause and reflect on this first day …the Lord’s day may we remember His work and rest and worship with thankful hearts.

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God the Artist

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

So as the artist and architect of the universe, what kind of artist do you suppose God is? Is He a realist revealing every detail? Could He be. French Impressionist, expressing His deepest emotions,or a pointilist making us connect the dots? Could our Lord be an abstract artist concealing His greatest beauty in a secret place. What do you think? Remembering my many childhood visits to see the art my parents loved I was just thinking about this today!20170627_113726