"True friendships are lasting because true love is eternal. A friendship in which heart speaks to heart is a gift from God, and no gift that comes from God is temporary or occasional. All that comes from God participates in God's eternal life....You have to trust that every true friendship has no end, that a communion of saints exists among all those, living and dead, who have truly loved God and one another."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
"...Jesus dwells in your fearful, never fully received self. When you befriend your true self and discover that it is good and beautiful, you will see Jesus there. Where you are most human, most yourself, your weakest, there Jesus lives. Bringing your fearful self home is bringing Jesus home."
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Both of his hands are equally skilled at showing mercyEqually skilled at loving the lovelessEqually skilled administering justiceBoth of His hands, both of His hands.(Equally Skilled, Jon Foreman)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Our church is full of shipwrecks,from every hull these rocks have claimed.- Listener, Wooden Heart
Monday, March 7, 2011
The only ultimate answer lies in the cross of Jesus. If human beings have to bear suffering, God has borne more. Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, underwent mental anguish, human desertion, physical torture and a painful death. More, the sin that was swallowed up in his death created a schism in God, for the Son was alienated from the Father. That suffering is beyond our comprehension. 'No reason of man can justify God for His treatment of His Son; but whatever does justify it justifies God's whole providence with the universe, and solves its problem.' If the death of Jesus was necessary for putting right what was wrong with the world, it becomes evident that lesser measures could not have sufficed. Perhaps God has not abolished suffering by simpler methods because the death of Jesus guarantees something greater than the immediate abolition of suffering: present liberation from the power of sin and future liberation from the power of death. Further, victory over sin and death was achieved by suffering. This means that suffering can itself be triumphant. To suffer and yet to trust, to suffer and yet to hope - these things are vindicated by God. The cross alone makes the suffering that disfigures human history understandable within God's providence. (David Bebbington, Patterns in History, pp. 174-175)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Written by Joseph Hart, 1795. The song is called, I Will Arise and Go to Jesus. How easily I forget that everything I could ever ask for has been given to me already. I live trying to make myself better and fix my problems on my own, forgetting that the embrace of my Savior is waiting for me in an instant, no matter what condition I am in. He stands ready with the power to give life, while we run in the opposite direction. I am reminded that without Him we are weak and wounded; we cannot fix our own hearts.
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
Michael Card's version can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vMxuWdmcVo