Friday, December 27, 2019

A New Direction

"Surrender don’t come natural to me. / I’d rather fight you for something I don’t really want, than take what you give and I need." - Rich Mullins (Hold Me Jesus)

When God finally got my attention in my late twenties, I started looking for music that reflected my new passion for Him. The only Christian music that I had been exposed to in my past were the hymns of old. Great songs, rich in theology, but lacking a modern, contemporary arrangement. So off I went, into my local Christian book store, inquiring about what Christian music was available for my generation. 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Linus's Christmas Speech

One of my favorite childhood memories of Christmas.

Friday, December 13, 2019

God's Ways Are Not Our Ways

Did you know that our Sun is almost 93 million miles away from Earth? The ex-planet Pluto (it still stings to write that) is over 2.7 billion miles from planet Earth. Science informs us that there are undiscovered planets, galaxies and wonders beyond our knowledge at this present time. So the reason for this very short sidebar into space and distance is because of its relevance to one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55: 6-9 ESV)

Friday, December 06, 2019

"It" Is Coming

What is this "it"? When is "it" coming? Is there anyway I can avoid "it"? These are all questions that we all ponder at different seasons of our life, but mostly when our lives are turned upside down. 

When the normalcy of our life ceases to exist, we can choose to either fill that vacuum with what God intended, Himself, or we can continue to give everything else a priority over Him. Therefore the "it" can be a doctor's diagnosis, or an accident, the loss of a friendship. 

"It" can be the loss of a job or financial status. A common thread is that "it" is usually something that we either value or depend upon more than our relationship with God. And let's be clear, God allows suffering so that our lives will be saved, not to drive us into despair without hope. He is our hope, He is our King, and He refuses to share His throne with anyone or anything else.