May 26, 2017

~ HE KNOWS YOU AND STILL LOVES YOU ~



“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

It seems, that in the modern world, one’s life is forever put on display.  From Facebook post to the forever present cellphone, a person is never really disconnected.  One would think since everyone knows more about each other’s lives that this means people know each other better.  However, do people really know each other?  If one close to you was asked the question, who is she or who is he, what would be their response?  Would it be, oh, he is funny or she is kind.  Would this person use words like refined and sophisticated or down-to-earth and pragmatic?  How well would others portray you and would they really ‘know’ the true you?  

From the first verse in Genesis to the last verse of Revelations, one is introduced to an immeasurable God who is intimately familiar with each of us, His created beings.  In the pages of the Bible. God makes Himself known and each word used is an expression of His love.  The totality of Scripture portrays an amazing God who values His creation.  This God, the one describe in the pages of the Bible, the Great I Am, the Creator God, the God that exists whether or not mankind acknowledges this existence… this infinite God, He who is eternal and self-existent, the one who is greater that mankind’s finite mind can understand… this God find each of us valuable.  Scripture clearly declares that God knows each one intimately.  He is familiar with theirs ways and is personally involved in each of life.  The Psalmist, in the one-hundred and thirty-ninth Psalms states, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know my every thought when far away. You know what I’m going to say even before I say it. I can never escape from your Spirit. I can never get away from your presence…You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous ....”

So, in a world where we are forever on display, yet we are increasingly hidden… it is my prayer that each person will encounter and come to know the one who truly ‘knows’ each of us and who truly ‘loves’ us anyway.


April 26, 2017

~ A GOD-SIZED LIFE ~



A Christian, by define, is one called to imitate Jesus.  In the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke this truth saying, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  For the past few weeks, the youth group and I have been considering this truth.  The truth that as Christians, one is called to do… one is called live out his or her faith.  Scripture is clear that a Christian is one who is called to find and follow the path God has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10). 

So, the question the youth are endeavoring to answer is the same one each one must answer… what purpose for which God has fashioned?  Too often this question is avoided.  Too often, one just survives.  One wakes up, gets dressed, goes to school or work, comes home and does whatever the evening holds, goes to bed, and then wakes up to do it all again.  Is that really living or is it just surviving?

As Christians, our answer is not to settle for the mundane but to live a God-Sized life.  We are not to live an ordinary life be to be extraordinary.  In a sermon titled, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis may have summoned it up best when he wrote “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”