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It’s been a couple weeks of craziness at work.  I am thankful for the times God gives when it is so obvious that only he can sustain.  It is those moments when he is palatably near.  They are priceless.  It is also in those moments that he reveals his desires for you.
 
It’s become obvious to me over the last couple of months as I’ve attempted to blog that blogging takes a lot of time – at least for guys like me 🙂  I stand in awe of folks that can post time after time and seem to get their thoughts out quickly.  Such is not the gifting God has given me. 
 
God used this time away to clarify for me that my calling, or better, the method of pursuing the calling God has for me, is more on the person to person basis.  Specific, personally encouragement for people going or at risk of suffering is the niche he has for me.  This blog, while a joyful exercise, has taken too much time away from that.  I am thankful that I can write things that encourage en masse.  I am thankful that God has used what he allowed me to write.  But God has made it clear that I need to focus on the individual more than the group when it comes to strengthening people in light of 2 Peter 3:12.
 
Was it wrong to blog?  No.  It was a God-planned risk.  But God had a lesson that he wanted to show me through this risk.  I had struggled for a long time with whether or not to blog.  Fear, in many ways, kept me from blogging.  God lead me to trust his grace to overcome that fear.  Now I see that there is grace to overcome fears like this and I have a specific outlet in which to apply this Spirit-given confidence in Christ’s sufficiency for me.  It was a risk worth taking even if it only lead to 11 posts on a blog that soon will be forgotten.
 
I’ll look forward to tracing where God used this blog and the lessons learned from it in my life and in others when I get to Heaven.  But until then, we must do all we can to hasten the day. 
 
Whatever the risk God puts on your heart, whether going (Matthew 24:14) or sending, suffering (Revelation 6:9-11) or supporting, remember, Christ is with you (Matthew 28:20).  The rope will always be held for you by Nail-Pierced Hands that will never let go.

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If life is meant to be a long illustration of Christ’s sufficiency, then I’m about to have a front seat to some amazing pictures of grace.  From now until July 5th my work is going to be pretty all-consuming, so I won’t have any time to write.  God willing, I’ll be able to put something up before the 10th.  Until then, let’s pray for those that go (Matthew 24:14), and those who suffer (Revelation 6:9-11), and let us enjoy together now what we can of his presence (Matthew 28:20), while we long to see Christ’s face and do all we can to hasten that day.

Our world is eroding – and that’s a good thing. After a week of failed power service, bad breaker switches and blown-out phone services, I am keenly aware of the fact that this world is decomposing. Do you realize, or better yet, do you stop to think that everything from the rock you stand on as you look out at the lake to the chair you are sitting on as you read this is breaking down. We live in a world that is passing away. Nothing will last forever. Almost.

Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

I pray that as we all face mounting evidence that all in our life is fragile, that we will remember that the Cross ensures that the One Thing we need to be constant will always be. He will always love us and be with us.

A Word from God for you and me:

Psalm 94

18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.

And a way that helps me remember this:

Never fear

The Savior is near

And he has died

To prove to you

That to Him

You are dear

As the fire surrounds

And the flames roar

Hear the blood-bought whisper:

I am here

Have you ever considered that the sight of God’s devouring glory may have actually comforted Moses?

Exodus 24:17

Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

He had seen this fire before at the burning bush, where he had learned that God’s fire only devours what he intends it to devour.  The same fire that lit the mountain, lit the bush – and the bush was never consumed. 

No matter what you risk for the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14), or what the results of your risk (Revelation 6:9-11), don’t miss the fact that the glory of God takes the form of fire, and because of Christ, the glory is meant for our eternal joy.  For the fire reveals what will give us endless joy – His Presence (Matthew 28:20)

Aslan the Untamed

The tamed box that Christians seek to put Christ in is the very box that limits their joy in seeing him do terrible things.  The Narnians had it right.  Whenever a Narnian tried to put Aslan in a tame box, or a box that dictated what Aslan could and could not do, they were admonished, “(Aslan’s) not a tame lion, but he is good.”  This is a lesson we all need to draw from as we look at promises like Matthew 24:14 and particularly Revelation 6:9-11. 

A couple of verses from Exodus may give some insight as to how God uses terrible things to increase our joy in him. Continue Reading »

Mankind has a terror-filled fascination with an unstoppable foe.  The Borg from Star Trek were able to adapt to and overcome any weapon used against them.  Jason, from the Friday the 13th series of movies raged through 12 movies and, at least according to rumor, killed each of his victims in a different way.  Mythologies are filled with every shape and form of wrath filled deity.  So where does this leave us with Christ? Continue Reading »