Max Lucado, “Grace for the Moment Daily Bible”

“Jesus planned his own sacrifice.

It means Jesus intentionally planted the tree from which his cross would be carved.
It means he willingly placed the iron ore in the heart of the earth from which the nails would be cast.
It means he voluntarily placed his Judas in the womb of a woman.
It means Christ was the one who set in motion the political machinery that would send Pilate to Jerusalem.

And it also means he didn’t have to do it — but he did.”

(John 19:11)

 

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Has anybody else noticed how, about a month ago, we thought things couldn’t get worse?  And suddenly…it has.  You know how your body, when there are toxins in it, gets really sick to remove the toxins?  It feels like mankind had a all-night rage and got rip-roaring drunk on anger and hatred and now the very planet we inhabit is having the hangover.  It feels like people drank a gallon of milk, ate three pints of Ben & Jerry, and consumed a whole block of cheese knowing very well they were lactose intolerant.  Now our planet is reeling from that decision.  The very ground seems to be crying out, “Please stop!” Continue reading

Connections.

Just FYI.

So, this isn’t a sponsored ad for Spotify or anything, but my mother informed me recently that songs I post from Spotify only play a sample.  Spotify is a pretty rad music streaming internet thing (that is the technical term) that is free as long as you don’t mind advertisements.  I’m gonna keep posting songs because if you like them you kind find them wherever you get music…or you can download Spotify and jam out!  But I just wanted you all to know that I know that you can’t hear all the song.  Okay.  YAY!

Understatment

One of my all time favorite theologians (if I may be permitted to use that word at 7:30 in the morning) is Warren Wiersbe.  I just really connect with his writings and he opens up the Scriptures in a way that resonates with me.  In my personal Bible study time I truly look forward to climbing into his commentary and letting him dig me out.  That being said, today, he said something I just…I don’t know about.  So I want to talk with you about it, okay?

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I love how those clouds look like a city.  A city in the clouds.  I’m going one day.  Wanna come with?!

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With All

Listen to me beloved of God!  I’m going to get a little Greek on you this morning…maybe even a little Hebrew.  But God has been opening my eyes to a truth in His word this week that I have just got to share!  It has blown my mind and I’m hoping you will open your ears…and let it blow yours.

You only have one job for this.  I need you to open up your Bible with me, or log on to your Bible, whichever way you Word.  I personally love the YouVersion Bible app…but I love the feel of a Bible in my hands even more!  We’re going to first go to Deuteronomy.  I need you to turn to chapter six verse five.  Chapter six verse five.  Deuteronomy 6:5.  Oh yeah…we’re not in Sunday School so I don’t have to say it eight times… Continue reading

Storms Around Us

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“It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us.  Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us.  He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.  He did all this on his own, with no help from us!  Then he picked us up and set us down in the highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.”
Ephesians 2:3b-6, MSG (emphasis added)

“‘Lord, show us the Father.  That is all we need.'”
John 14:8, NCV

The world is raging right now.  We have had non-stop upheavals for about a month. At first, they were political; they have now become elemental.  Rain and winds and water and seas are raging against our fellow man.  This is when being a Christian becomes a tricky subject.  For instance, I can watch news footage of hurricane Irma from the comfort of my home and think of Jesus Culture’s song “Fierce” and be blown away (pun intended) by the magnitude of God’s love for me.  It is fierce…like a hurricane.  However, if I were to come out and say that like, I don’t know, in a blog post or something…that would probably be frowned upon.  But the fact is, I do see the fierce love of God in the powerful wake of a hurricane.  Not in the destruction of the after, but in the ferocity of the during. Continue reading

Tonight, I am very happy with myself.  When I was first approached about doing a “Blast Off to School” back to school event, a song came to mind.  Do you remember FFH?  Well they did a song called “Astronaut”.  I’m about to play that for a room full of unsuspecting victims.  Victims of great humor that is!!!  

BLAST OFF!!!