Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
It is important to understand that all the events of the week are important. We need to experience the whole week in our lives not just one day. We need to live as Easter people but we need to go through the cross to get there.
There are times that we get focused or live like it is Friday with all of its sorrow and we forget that Easter has happened. We don't love the new life that is ors and we don't experience the celebration. We cling to the ol rugged cross so tight we miss that Jesus was buried and rose overcoming sin and death. We stay stuck in sin and death and think new life is impossible. We think pain and sorrow is all there is.
However, we can live the new life that Christ brings. We are Easter people.
But, the opposite happens too. We focus just on the celebration of Easter and we forget that the passion and the sorrow was necessary, is necessary, for us to experience true Easter.
We fool ouselves into thinking somehow that as Christians we should be immune from pain and sorrow and fail to see that God can be working through the passion of our lives. We want to be Easter people but we want to do it without the messyness of the cross. Without confronting our sin and dying to ourselves. Neither is right for followers of Jesus.
We need to take in and experience Holy Week. All of it. Over the next few days you will have ways to experince and take part in Holy week. We are going to have Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. We are also having a 40 hour prayer vigil.
I pray that this helps us to experience all that Easter has to offer us and that it helps us to live like the tomb is empty. Someone once said that the problem with many Christians is that they live like it is Saturday. They live like they don't know the hope, the healing, the wholeness that is ours because of Easter.
We need the cross and the empty tomb. We need to live through the passion so that we understand the celebration. But, don't get stuck on Saturday move on through the week. Not too fast or too slow. Follow God, get in tune to the Spirit and experience this week in God's time. Today is only Wednesday. We have made it to the hump.
In Christ's love and mine,
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My friend Paul who is in Africa has always said that he and his church have been praying and believe that God will make a way for us to set down and talk face to face. There is nothing like that personal connection that we can make when we look into one anothers eyes and speak face to face.
I believe that God wants us to meet face to face and I believe that it will happen soon. I just don't know how it is going to be made possible. Of course I didn't know how I would get a chair for him and that seems to have happened. The shipping cost to send the chair to Africa are $3500 - $4000. Now, here is the God thing. The cost to fly Paul here and have a face to face connection and have him minister to us and people with disablities in our community and take the chair back with him is around $2000. It is less expensive and the power of a face to face connection can happen. I don't know how yet, but I believe we are going to meet face to face and build on the relationship that God through His Spirit is nurturing. Please pray that God makes this possible.
There is nothing like a face to face encounter. Take some time and make a personal face to face connection with someone who needs that connection this week. Have dinner. Have a cup of coffee or a soft drink. Spend some time looking into one anothers faces and seeing Christ in one another.
The scripture says, "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray, turn from there evil ways and seek my face then I will hear their prayers in heaven and heal their land."
There is power when we see Jesus face to face. Seek his face today as you encounter others face to face.
In Christ's love and mine,
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.