July 16, 2016

Birth Pain

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Isaiah 66:9

I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the LORD. 

God wants to bring about new life in us, a progressive change from sowing our life pursuing dead things to sowing our life pursuing living and life giving things. Often, for new life to be birthed into us we have to go through pain.

This can be physical pain, financial pain, emotional pain, relationship pain or any number of other kinds of pain but each one holds the promise of life coming. 

We can choose to either resist the birth process, prolonging both the birth and the pain or we can choose to work with the natural process of birth, anticipating the indescribable joy that it brings. 

When we cooperate with that truth we can see how true it really is. Go through the pain and allow God to bring a new level of life on the other side. 

“To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to your children.” (Gen. 3:16)


July 2, 2016

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A bit surreal reading this.

February 15, 2012

Can we bless God?

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I recently wrote a post as a guest on the blog Testimony and Tunes.  You are welcome to visit this fine blog and view the post made by Brian and his many guests.


May 4, 2010

Your Value to God

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

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To God your value is not defined by your past. If you have been a user, an alcoholic, an abuser, you have no less value to God. Your value is not define by your looks. Your value is not defined by your job, how many friends you have, how good looking you are or are not or your weight.

If I took a hundred dollar bill from your wallet and stomped it into the mud, would you want it back? If I wadded it up, would you still want it back? If I took it to the nearest pig farm and threw it in with the pigs and then retrieved it, would you not take it back, wash it and put it back in your wallet, your treasury?

Most people have heard the story of the prodigal son but you may have not consider one aspect of the story. I had never considered this aspect until it came to mind today. The son ends up tending pigs in poverty at the end of his reckless living. If you have ever been around pigs you know they stink. No, I mean they really stink. It is a smell that lingers. If you work with these animals the smell gets in your clothes. Even when you wash your clothes the smell is still so noticeable that you wouldn’t want to wear the clothes in public. When the prodigal son returned to his father, do you think his father noticed the smell of pigs on his son?

We know he was living in poverty, so he probably didn’t have a pair of “nice” clothes to change into before he went to see his father. He was probably still wearing the clothes he wore to tend the pig and worse yet, he probably was not able to wash them well before going to see dad. I will be bold enough to say that his father did smell the filth of pig on his son and chose to embrace him anyway. Not only did he chose to embrace him he chose to place the clothes and jewelry of his authority upon him over the son’s clothes of filth. That is how much he valued his son. The son’s value was not defined by his past (where he had been) or his present (how he appeared and smelled), the father valued him simply because he was his son.

Thank God for the infinite value I have with Him.

February 17, 2010

Reason for praise

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God’s will has been revealed to us. The way to achieving His will was presented as a living example (Jesus). He then gave us His Spirit to work in us to accomplish His will in our lives. He paid the price for all our failure, so even when we don’t get it right we are still found blameless in His love. We were unworthy of His grace before we were saved. We are unworthy yet now. What an amazing gift grace continues to be each and every moment. How can we not have a heart filled with gratitude for such a gift. Praise Jesus!!