Lent, pt. 31

Revive. That is what we call our first-Friday-of-the-month worship time at church.

Revive. That is what it did for me.

God has ways of refreshing his people.

Tonight was God’s way of refreshing me.

Thank you, Lord. You are good.

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Lent, pt. 27

Happy April Fools’ Day!

To this day, I still don’t know why it is named April Fools’ Day. Probably never will.

Fools’ Day.

Are you a fool? Am I?

Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

fool

I don’t know about you but I never want that to be a description of my life.

I think there is a God. This same God loves me. Loves me in such a way that I am compelled to live for Him.

I know I can’t earn this affection from Him. I just need to accept it.

Take stock of your life right now. Let His love fill your heart. He wants to be near you.

Will you be foolish and ignore Him?

I hope not. If you have been turning your back on God, no worries. He gives more grace.

But more about that tomorrow.

 

Lent, pt. 23

Science is cool. I mean, really cool.

science is cool

Science tells me…

  • that there are 206 bones in an average adult human.
  • that if you put all the blood vessels in your body end to end, it would circle the        equator over 4 times!
  • that oxygen and hydrogen are two of the most flammable elements found in nature but when combined, they form water.

Shall I continue?

And God made it all.

He is responsible. The more I learn about the world above me, below me, around me, and even in me, I like God more.

Yep. He did all of it and I think He is awesome.

science and god

Lent, pt. 22

We got our taxes back today.

We have to pay in this year.

tax payment

I don’t really like to pay taxes.

I’d rather give that money to church.

It just makes me remember that God is in control.

He will take care of my needs.

My wife and I are faithful to tithe.

God will take care of the rest.

Amen.

Lent, pt. 15

We read yesterday how the woman, who was subject to bleeding, was in Pain.

In that pain, she was driven to desperation.

However, she soon had a Problem.

Reading Mark 5:25-34 can, again, give context.

If Pain=Desperation, then Problem=Disillusionment.

Here is what I mean.

Before she found Jesus, she tried normal methods to get healing.

Doctors, medicine, etc. But none of that was not working. In fact, she was getting worse.

This disillusionment with the world’s system can sneak up on us. This is what it might look like in today’s day:

     Going to the casino because you can’t make rent this month.

     Hiring a prostitute because you can’t find a wife.

     Leaving a job because you were treated unfairly.

     Breaking up with your boyfriend because of trust issues.

     There maybe more in your life. We all can have problems.

These circumstances become problems because we don’t go to Jesus first. 

The text says that the woman was going to doctors and getting worse before she ever heard of Jesus. She was disillusioned.

But thanks be to God because we have heard of Jesus.

Ironically, He may choose to use the very problems in our lives to bring about healing.

A doctor could do surgery.

An angry spouse could have a change of heart.

You could get a raise at work.

Life with Jesus does not exclude problems. Life with Jesus gives hope through problems.

It is okay to let you Pain push you towards Desperation.

But please don’t let your Problems bring about Disillusionment.

Tomorrow, you can come back to see what part the People will play in our narrative.