Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I was reading a report this morning of a church near Little Rock. The report communicated that God was doing some very exciting things in, through and around this church and in the city of Little Rock. The hungry are being fed, people are being saved and God is being Glorified!

As I read through the timeline of what had happened I could not help but notice it all started with people praying. First a few then more and more. Eventually several hundred people were committed to praying.

Then I couldn't help but think, "hey, we have several hundred people here that can pray". The challenge... Lets pray. Lets pray that people are reached. Lets pray that the hungry are fed. Lets pray that God is glorified.

Lets pray!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Old Dog

My dog is growing old. She turned 15 this year, which, if one dog year equals seven human years, makes her 105 years old. She is fairly spry for having past the century mark. Last night, she was chasing bunnies. She moves slowly enough that she can't catch them, but she does give them a good run. I think the rabbits have figured this out – they were sitting by her house when the athletic events started. Besides her hair being a little thinner, her main problem is that she appears to be going deaf. Instead of calling for her at night, I have to shine a flashlight in the yard so she can see me. Otherwise, she will simply wait for the next rabbit to stroll by.

At fifteen, she has been a part of our family for a significant time. My girls and my dog have literally grown up together. My vet has prepared us for the inevitable; from what he has said, her particular breed lives for an average of 13 years. She is two years above average, and counting. We know that one day, she won't be chasing the bunnies anymore. That's the nature of this life. It ends.

It reminds me of my own mortality as well. One day, I won't be chasing bunnies, either. But that is what makes the reality of Jesus' resurrection so significant. He has solved what we could not. He has won the victory over death. When we know Christ as Savior, through his death and resurrection we have forgiveness and life everlasting. That's what we celebrate at Easter!

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV)
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.