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April 24, 2013

I Love You with All My Son

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The mother tucked her son in for the night.  Their nighttime routine was as regular as clock work or so the mom thought.  Together they would say their bedtime prayer.  Mom would be first then her son would follow.  She was always eager to hear his prayer.  His prayer was always new and refreshing.  She would teasingly pinch his toe and then his nose.  His smile would brighten her heart and instantly life would be as right as rain. She would always say, “Son, I love you with all my heart.”  With that pronouncement their nightly routine would end with a huge hug, you know, one of those hugs we all need and treasure.

Then one night this routine was shattered in a most spectacular way.

The night began routinely enough.  The mother tucked in her son; they prayed, she pinched his toes and nose and then he gave her his world winning smile. Yet when she was about to say, “Son, I love you with all my heart” he reached up with his hand to silence her.  Time stopped.  Routine was shattered.  His smile was broader than ever before and his eyes, oh his eyes, radiated a light so full of innocence that she felt as if she were caught up in a massive black-hole pulling her into a world of pure love. She was enraptured. Then gesturing to his entire possession of toys said, “Mom, I love YOU with all my toys.”

The chords of her heart were stroked and in that single moment of clarity she knew what genuine love must be like in Heaven.

The story that I have revealed is true. A wonderful moment of love shared between mother and son.  Love shakes us, molds us, connects us, shapes us, motivates us, challenges us, moves us, strengthens us, confounds us, and dares us.  These precious love moments are but a reflection of a bigger purpose and spiritual force.  They serve as windows begging our attention to perceive the true source of genuine love. From that pure source love springs and never runs dry, is limitless in mercy, looks beyond faults, strikes the chords of our heart, and is always true.

God is love.

The mother’s son conveyed a type of love we yearn for every day; to love one another with the entirety of who we are and all that we have. Sadly, we miss the mark here. But, this is exactly the love God demonstrated so perfectly in the life and death of His Son Jesus ChristRomans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 John 4:9 “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

You may have failed in so many ways.  You may have lost countless opportunities to love.  Perhaps all you’ve done lately is be a negative, critical, unforgiving, and hateful person.

Today, God says to you and to a needy world, “I Love You with All My Son!”

The love of Christ is as powerful as any black-hole.  His love is an event that is life-changing. This dynamic love is tugging on your heart every day. The question is will you allow your heart to be pulled in and be embraced by His Amazing Grace?  Only then will you be able to experience and share a love “that passes all understanding.”



February 16, 2012

The Secret Places of the Stairs

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I like to exercise, so, at work every day I climb the stairs. During our break I traverse the six floors of our building twice. Most of the time the stairway is clear and this affords me the opportunity to meditate about the Words of God and Jesus, pray, dream, ponder the days decisions, think about home, think about family and friends, argue with myself, fuss about the politics of our day, and imagine. While climbing these stairs I can hear voices well before I actually see the person or persons, I can hear footsteps, I can hear activities taking place outside the walls of the stairwell, I hear doors opening and closing, I can sense the temperature change and the environment subtly effected by the upper roof door opening, I can hear my own movements and breathing, I know when folks come in and when they leave. What I thought would be routine and dull has truly become inspiring. To be certain these stairs have proven to be a world of wonder and a treasure cove of spiritual enlightenment. I now find myself looking forward to climbing these stairs with anticipation and expectation for incredibly this is like a journey filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, carefully stepping here and there, yet with the knowledge that the goal I’ve entered is destined to be completed.

Such is the nature and beauty of our journey and prayer-life in Christ. Along this journey there are opportunities for personal enlightenment. These spiritual treasures are hidden and waiting to be discovered through prayer. Peter refers to the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4) and that is the secret place where you and God are the most intimate. It is there in prayer, in that secret place; you open yourself fully and completely to God. Like in the privacy of the stairwell you enter that unique secret chamber to speak openly with God. About this Jesus said in Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Here in this stairwell of prayer we open our hearts freely and without reservation, we listen intently to His words, we know Him and walk with Him, we call out to Him, talk with Him, rejoice with Him, and move to the next level by His presence and powerful hand.

Are you and I really willing to enter that chamber? Are you and I truly willing to expose our hearts in prayer? Are we truly willing to open up our lives wholly in prayer in which by doing so we call on His name, hear His voice clearly, and so dramatically we are privileged to experience a level of unparalleled spirituality and inspiration. If we do then Jesus promises something quite amazing and remarkable- He will reward us openly. My friend, pray thus so, pray thus so. 14”O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2, KJV)


February 26, 2010

Jaws Study 2

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Judgment, Authority, Wholeness, and Salvation
Part 2 Study
(Words to Build a Life On)
Matthew 7-8:34

Jesus touches on a variety of important issues relating to judgment, authority, wholeness, and Salvation.  You will find these important truths throughout the study of Matthew 7-8, some you will find easily while others are gleaned through parables and miracles.  Please carefully read the passage under consideration then my notes and add your comments if you would like.

Jesus opened Part 1 of our study with a sound principle of “removing the beam from our own eye.” This is a self-examination process that will lead to success and in the following verses be the standard for other critical areas of our spiritual journey.

Continuing with Part 2 of our study.

1.  Matthew 7:6-Using wise judgment when dealing with the world.

a.    Dogs and swine were unclean- those who are hostile to Gospel. Rev.22:15
b.    Pearls- truths, treasures of the Gospel. Mt.13:46
c.    A pig has no use for a pearl and a dog can easily turn against you and be brutal. Neither dogs nor swine have the instinct to distinguish the holy from the unholy, the clean from the unclean, or the beauty of the most precious pearl.
d.    Prov.11:7-8; Prov.23;9
e.    Must be judicious in whom we counsel or whom we deliver the Gospel.

2.  Vs 7-11 Prayer in Judgment and Personal Ministry

a.    We need to go to God in prayer specifically in matters of judgment or even in our daily walk.
i. Sometimes it seems we ask God for something we care little about or that we really don’t expect an answer on.
ii. Ask, seek, knock seems to suggest a progression of intensity of prayer.  I used to think this wasn’t associated with prayer but have since changed my mind.
1.    Earnest, Diligent, and Persevering
iii. Jesus to make the case of the power of prayer illustrates the caring nature of God.
iv. We have a choice to believe the ASK principle or not.

3.  Vs 12 End result- Ability and judgment to take initiative to treat people with the same standard you would want for yourself.  This is really the basic idea behind the Law.

a.    Familiar statement in Mt.22:39-40; Lev.19:18
b.    The principle here encompasses the desire of God through His Law and Prophets for His people- Ro.13:8; Gal.5:14
c.    This is not about what we would wish that men would do to us, but this is a real life personal application of taking the initiative in exercising impartial judgment, and putting ourselves in their shoes concluding it reasonable and fair that they would do the same to us.
d.    So important to Jesus that He uses a similar thought in Mt.25:31-46 in describing the servitude of those who would enter heaven.
e.    Psalms 15

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