Monday, December 13, 2010
The song is sung to a tune originally composed to celebrate the work of Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type. He is probably best known for his publication of the scripture, often called Gutenberg's Bible. This publication allowed many to own a copy of the scripture who could not have afforded it in the days before Gutenberg's work.
Isn't it interesting that this song, written and published by two men who dedicated their lives to sharing God's word, sung to a tune about a man who's invention allowed millions to read God's word, is now sung the world over to remind us of the night when the angels announced that the Word of God had come into the world.
And I have told you this on the internet, an invention that allows anyone with a computer to share their testimony to the power of God's word with people around the globe. Amazing! Truly we have reason to celebrate this Christmas.
Monday, November 8, 2010
We often thank God for what we can see, but we need to thank him for the unseen blessings as well. God is at work in our lives, even when we are unaware of it. Remember to thank God this week for whatever is under that foil.
Romans 11:33 (NIV)
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Monday, July 12, 2010
While mopping up the water and pieces of ceiling tiles, I had a positive thought (always a good thing when mopping). We should pray for this every week. Not for water in the building, but for God’s transforming power to flood our community every week. People in our life have all kinds of “gutter systems” to channel God’s influence away from their heart; the world provides all kinds of distractions and walls. What if we could overwhelm those defense systems by showing God’s transforming love in our lives?
What if God’s Spirit was so pervasive, so powerfully present, that every person coming into contact with our lives would be flooded with His power, more than their walls and systems could withstand? That’s my prayer - that God’s presence would be so evident in the lives of His people that their friends, neighbors, and the world could not miss the flood of Christ’s power and grace.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Our theme scripture is one of my favorites:
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
I need wisdom every day, but especially the week of VBS. The first day of VBS is always a wonderful, chaotic, beautiful mixture of children enjoying new experiences to learn about Christ’s love. I’m grateful for every person who plans, paints, constructs, teaches, sings, runs, and creates to make this week possible, and especially to the God who makes it worth all the effort. We look forward to a great week!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
To make the trip work, I have booked a series of flights and car rentals over a two-day period that, I fear, will make the reality show Amazing Race look like Sesame Street. The chances that I, my luggage, and my sanity will all arrive in the same place at the same time are somewhere just short of the miracle level. We’ll see how it goes.
It reminds me of the one reservation I know will not be overbooked. In God’s timing, through no merit of my own, I will be reunited with some folks I haven’t seen for a number of years - and some I have never met. I’ll visit a location that no travel brochure could ever do justice. My bags are packed; my ticket is punched. One day, I’ll be in the presence of my Savior. You can’t buy a ticket. They don’t sell them on Travelocity.com - if they did, you couldn’t afford them. The price has been paid in full by the only One who could. One day, I’ll be with Him. It’s going to be a great day. I want to do everything I can to make sure everyone has the same opportunity I’ve had, to hear the message of the Savior.
That’s a reunion you don’t want to miss!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In 1898 the theologian and Prime Minister of Holland Abrahm Kuyper said:
"The fundamental problem has always been, is still and always will be till the end, Christianity or Paganism, the idols or the living God.
Romans 1:25 says it this way:
"For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
We worship a variety of things these days. Money, stature, comfort you name it. Every day we have the option to worship either God or created things. This is a battle that is waged inside of each of us.
What or who do you worship?
Why not worship the Creator instead of the created?
What are your thoughts?
Monday, March 8, 2010
I’m glad God provides the change of seasons. It reminds me of the change to come. No matter how bad it gets, if you know Christ, it’s not the end of the story.
Revelation 21:2-4 (NIV)
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
That’s a change of seasons I can’t wait to see!
Monday, February 8, 2010
So I shoveled. Then I shoveled again. Then I shoveled again. The process, besides reminding my how out of shape I am, also reminded me of a spiritual truth. I need God constantly. Not that He is going to leave me; He has promised that He would not (Matthew 19:20). However, I need to be reminded of my constant need for Him. Even if I wasn’t a pastor, I would still want to be a part of a local church every week. Besides all the wonderful benefits of a church family, I receive a weekly affirmation that I need God. I need Him to shovel the driveway of my soul - some weeks I let way too much pile up. I need Him to prepare the way before me, to guide me, to protect me.
And I will need Him tomorrow, too. Even if it doesn’t snow.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The reality, though, is that this was not the beginning of the Upward season. Teams have been practicing for several weeks, learning skills and teamwork to get ready for that first big game. Most organized sports are that way, teams practice for hours and hours to prepare themselves for that one moment when they get the ball and shoot the basket.
The Bible often uses sports analogies to describe the life of the believer. Paul must have been a sports fan - he has a clear understanding of the athlete’s preparation.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Be encouraged. Live your life in Christ to the fullest this week. Run a great race!