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Saturday, March 28, 2009

the biggest thing

SIN do we truly get it
SIN is the biggest problem, the most horrible problem
God has dealt with the most horrible problem
by showing the most AMAZING MERCY, by shedding
the blood of HIS SON on the CROSS

He handled the biggest thing
so can't we just rejoice in His Mercy and trust Him to
handle all the other things

Thursday, March 26, 2009

a true and deep heart change

repentance, a true 'seeing' of the need for God's mercy and a true and deep 'seeing' of the provision of God's mercy on the cross
this is my prayer as our family walks thru a difficult time
this is my prayer for my friends in church and their families
this is the crying need of our church and nation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

beyond me

art katz has an anointed series on Cain and Abel
in it he speaks of ultimate righteousness
the righteousness that prompted Abel to "go out into
the field" to his 'death', in order that
in order that
in order that
maybe, just maybe, the darkened heart of his brother
Cain might be touched and saved and turned back to
so ultimate righteousness involves the laying down of
our lives
moment by moment
in order that
maybe just maybe
the darkened heart of your brother might be turned to God

it is beyond me
but it is truth
God make it true to our hearts open our eyes

Saturday, March 14, 2009

bruised reed smoking flax

Conviction from God is a good thing
When those in my family are demonstrating that they are bruised reeds, (hurt from the inside) or smoking flax (lacking oil or nourishment from the outside) i typically increase my expectations of them, express my disappointment in them, stand off from them, ignore their pain and just want them to get over it, refer to the things they care about as "silly" , just basically major in the minors, and so when it truly comes to the "majors" i have lost their attention because i have made too much of or handled wrongly the minors....
Conviction from God is a good thing.

Lord I repent, give me Your Holy Spirit that lived Isaiah 42:1-3

Isa 42:1
"Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one {in whom} My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.
Isa 42:2
"He will not cry out or raise {His voice,} Nor make His voice heard in the street.
Isa 42:3
"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

Thank you for Your mercy and Your conviction. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

the horizon

a beautiful book by amy carmichael "his thoughts said...His father said" has come back into my life and due to life experiences i am getting more out of it this time
she has tons of wisdom
the main encouragement i got today, as Laura and I strive to "hold the line" on some very important discipline issues, is to look out at the horizon, as we continue on this journey, not to get caught up in the rocks and "roughness" of the terrain of the next few steps but to see the reward of today's and tomorrow's faithfulness played out over time