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Category Archives: Your Part to Play
04/22/2017Posted by on
From Reasons to Believe in 2016:
Every year on April 22, millions of people worldwide will gather on local beaches, streets, and parks to collect trash, plant trees, and honor and celebrate our Earth. In recent years, Earth Day has become almost as popular as Halloween and Christmas, observed by people from diverse religious beliefs and backgrounds. Rather than dismissing the holiday as just another day, Earth Day can remind us of the carefully crafted and fine-tuned home God has made for us. Read more of this post
04/19/2017Posted by on
I don’t know Grant but what I hear is truth that convicts me and challenges me in what I need to/want to seek for the church and my life.
04/17/2017Posted by on
Repost: see John 21.
Seven of the 11 disciples are at sea and are attempting to catch fish. The Master comes and guides them. A net full of fish results. Jesus gathers them around a fire and they eat roast fish together.
After the meal He turns to Peter and seeks to restore His friend and follower. “Peter, do you love me more than these?”
I can imagine for Peter and arch of pain goes through his stomach. then anguish of soul, and finally release. “Aaah, the Lord is coming for me, He still loves me?” “I will go there with Him.” “Lord, you know I love you,” said Peter. “I will soon be free of this plague of failure which has bound me ever since He died.” “I know my denial sent Him there. Maybe, now I can get past my remorse for failing Him so badly.”
The Lord ask Peter the same question again, and then again. The Lord asks Peter the question three times. It was three times that Peter was asked a question about his association with the Master and denied that he knew the Lord in the courtyard of the high priest’s house in response to each question.
So, what is Jesus doing here on the shore? Jesus wants Peter. He wants Peter to understand that even denial and betrayal is forgivable. Jesus wants Peter to see the resurrected Jesus–the One who died for Peter’s sins and the sins of all others who come seeking forgiveness
Where would Peter have been if the Lord had not pursued him as He did at the shore? How would His life have been different if the Lord never engaged Him directly?
I am seeing this encounter with Peter as life changing. Peter can throw off the sin and turn from his past. Peter will become a new man because of the Lord’s pursuit of him today.
We see the results in the remainder of the New Testament. Peter lives to call men and women to their Savior and to guard and feed the Lord’s sheep. Peter is a great example for us. Though we have sinned and grieved our Lord, we can be renewed and restored. We may hear the call to a flock of a few or of hundreds.
We desperately need to see the Lord pursuing us as He pursued Peter. The Lord seeks to restore us by His love and grace.
Seek Him and you will find Him. He will find you. Know that He does pursue you. Submerge yourself in His love.
02/08/2017Posted by on
12/23/2016Posted by on
The Garden of Eden and the Value of Marriage
Genesis 1–3 defines marriage and shows us that marriage began in the Garden of Eden, in a perfect world. What’s amazing is that when we were thrust out of the Garden under God’s judgment, he let us keep marriage. So marriage today—even an imperfect marriage—is a remnant of the Garden of Eden.
In Matthew 19, Jesus is debating with some theologians about divorce. They want to talk about divorce. He says, “Let’s go all the way back to the beginning. Let’s talk about marriage.” And he quotes Genesis 2 with regard to our marriages today in an imperfect world. So Jesus says that every biblical marriage today, though imperfect, is as sacred, divine, and amazing as the marriage of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Your marriage matters.
12/16/2016Posted by on
11/28/2016Posted by on
Sir Francis Drake has a great way of expressing himself before the Lord.
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore. Read more of this post
11/11/2016Posted by on
If life goes in waves, mine are rolling in faster and higher. In fact, I’m a bit seasick.
Weren’t we just children whom someone else worried about? Then college students, totally independent except for our parents’ money? Fast forward to marriage, careers, and kids of our own to worry about.
Weddings now fill the horizon as friends of our 20-something kids begin echoing “I do’s.”
11/09/2016Posted by on
Tim Keller speaks at Samford on the wonder of work. (From al.com)
The Rev. Timothy Keller, bestselling author of “The Reason for God” and “Making Sense of God,” meets a lot of high-paid executives from the worlds of finance and entertainment in his New York City church.
But the people working menial jobs and the work they do are just as important, Keller told a crowd gathered to hear him in the Wright Center at Samford University on Tuesday.
“All work that helps people is God’s work,” Keller said. Read more of this post