Tuesday, September 16, 2008


"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness...."

Righteousness. That's it. That's what we are thirsty for. We're thirsty for a clean conscience. We crave a clean slate. We yearn for a fresh start. We pray for a hand that will enter the dark cavern of our world and do for us the one thing we can't do for ourselves--make us right again.

I'm overwhelmed at the thought that because of what Christ did for me roughly 2000 years ago I now have Right standing before a Holy God.

Wow. Thank you Jesus for thinking of me when you died upon that Roman Tree.

Ponder the Achievement of God

He doesn't condone our sin, nor does he compromise His standard.

He doesn't ignore our rebellion, nor does he relax His demands.
Rather than dismiss our sin, He assumes our sin and, incredibly, sentences Himself.
God's holiness is honored.

Our sin is punished... and we are redeemed.

God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream:
...perfect before God.

Your Road Ends Here

Today's blog is birthed from watching a lady on a moped die outside my office after she was hit by a car that simply didn't see her.

As you continue your trek through life simply allow the clicking of the clock to have its toll on you. Don't worry that your hair is falling out and you can't move the way you once did. You were not created for time, but for eternity.

Allow your heart to become homesick for that home you've never been to, made by The Architect of your soul.

Allow the inevitabilities of this life to turn your heart quietly towards the Maker of Days.

Allow His strength to renew you like that of the eagle and soar above the commotion and cares of everyday life to become a vessel ready for every good work. I know your hearts desire is to be a vessel of righteousness ready for the unexpected; a penny in his hand ready to be spent wherever you walk. Know this; you are well on your way, even though you are a failure.

I know you get saddened at different facets of times past. Many regrets from yester-year fill you with anxieties that weren't meant for you to bear. Squandered relationships have only resulted in heartache and current weirdness. Wandering thoughts, pointless exerted energy, and shameful exploits can only hold you down if you let them. He who the Son has set free is free indeed. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

There is simply no need to ponder through the maze of all the wasted hours you spent on seemingly unimportant tasks and unrelated heavenly issues. Put your eyes on your Prize and run the race set before you with endurance forgetting what lies behind.

Know this …it will all soon be over. It's funny to think we all have a destiny with death, even you. It seems we are all handcuffed by this thing called time. However, you don't need to be. Choose this day to see the invisible and hear the inaudible. The fleeing passing pleasures of sin are simply not worth it in light of eternity.

Time seems to be fleeing quicker than the latest fad. It treats its casualties as if it doesn't care for them. You need to rise above the plaudits and applause of the world and not be moved.
Sheep are noisy. Come away from the sheep and be with the Shepherd. Just like John hearing the heartbeat of Deity lean upon the bosom of your Lord and allow him to quiet you with His love. Every time your heart beats it's the drumbeat of your own funeral march.

D.L. Moody said, "Be often at the place where men die." There is something innately surreal about it. It has its way of stamping eternity on our eyelids, that whether we are awake or asleep we see glimpses into the future and realize life is bigger than what we perceive it to be.

You are a Witness

We are witnesses.

And like witnesses in a court, we are called to testify, to tell what we have seen and heard. And we are to speak truthfully.

Our task is not to whitewash nor bloat the truth. Our task is to tell the truth. Period.There is, however, one difference between the witness in court and the witness for Christ. The witness in court eventually steps down from the witness chair, but the witness for Christ never does.

Since the claims of Christ are always on trial, court is perpetually in session, and we remain under oath.

Let us open our mouths and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help us God. There is one way to get to heaven and that is through the Sinless Perfect Lamb Jesus Christ.

When was the last time you took the stand and boldly proclaimed Jesus as being the only hope for condemned criminals?

I Just want a Band-Aid

I Just want a Band-Aid
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:8-9
We do ourselves no favors in justifying our deeds or glossing over our sins. Some time ago my son Noah got stung by a bee in his foot. I took him to the sink and set out some tweezers, ointment, and a Band-Aid.
He didn't like what he saw. "I just want the Band-Aid, Daddy."
Sometimes we are just like Noah. We come to Christ with our sin, but all we want is a covering.
We want to skip the treatment. We want to hide our sin. And one wonders if God, even in his great mercy, will heal what we conceal.
How can God heal what we deny?
How can God touch what we cover up?

Quick Quiz

Quick Quiz-
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last six Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Best Actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the header-liners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them." Psalm 103: 15-18