Monday, February 27, 2017

Mighty To Save

When Jesus walked the earth, he preached a message of love, compassion, mercy and peace. These characteristics were demonstrated by Jesus and, by extension, the Father in heaven, and are the goals of all of us as Christians. While Jesus is the perfect expression of these qualities, it is sometimes difficult to understand how we can put them into practice in our lives. One approach to answering the question is to look to ourselves as recipients.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

People look for hope in many places. Some look to drugs or alcohol. Some seek companionships of various forms, respectable and not so respectable. Some just try to ignore their problems, hoping the problems will disappear by themselves. There is an endless list of places where people look. However, there is really only one place that we can look to gain strength, hope and help. That one place is in Jesus Christ.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Now Is The Time

The song "Now Is The Time" by Tom Kendzia is an interesting song, written from the perspective of a discussion with God. Of course, conversations with God are held frequently in the Bible. God first spoke with Adam and Eve in the garden. He spoke with Noah, warning him of the flood. He spoke with Abraham, and Moses. God called Samuel so that Samuel could call David. God called on Isaiah, and told him to preach. This song reminds us of these discussions, and calls us to follow their examples.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

How Great Is Our God

Chris Tomlin has penned the song "How Great Is Our God", describing the wonder and beauty of our God. In keeping with Chris's usual strong Biblical references, he begins with a point of faith in Revelation where, according to Irenaeus, all of our interpretation of the Bible should start. (Irenaeus was taught by Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. Irenaeus preached that all of Scripture should be read from the point of view that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's great story, and that only by understanding the meaning of his death and resurrection can the Bible be correctly interpreted.) The song begins "The splendor of a king, clothed in majesty". Think of the imagery in those words. What does it bring to mind? For this writer, it calls to mind a king wearing a robe of royal cloth, in a beautiful, well-adorned and lavish palace. They point to Jesus as Lord and King (Rv 19:16). Though these words are lush, they do not adequately describe the beatific joy we will all feel when we are with Jesus, the King.

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