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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 4 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 30, 2009


Part 3

Expand your horizons.

Over the last three articles, I have tried to show that Worship is not some organized, musical expression. Worship is an expression of relationship.  It is you telling God that you love him.

Comparing once again to the marriage, if I only show my love one way, it can get old and boring and could very easily become routine.  By only worshiping God one way, you run the same risks.

I want to end my little series here by expanding your horizons a bit.  Think outside the box. Add a little spice to your relationship with God.  In doing so, you may discover a deeper and fresher love and gain a stronger relationship.

  • Use the talent God gave you by returning it to him.
    • If you are an artist, do your art work for God, then give it away. During a prayer time, break out the canvas, chisel, or whatever tool you use and start creating. ¬†Don’t sell it, but give it away.
    • If you are an accountant, secretly help others or a smaller church body with their finances.
    • If you are a computer programmer, build an app that can help the church, but don’t charge for it. Remember that you are doing it to worship the Lord, not for your gain.
  • Incorporate art into a music based worship time. Watch the following videos for examples.

Note: if you are viewing this in Facebook, you may need to click on the images and go to the Web Site to see the videos.

My personal favorite…..

  • If drama is your thing, perform – not just in the church, but on the street or in a homeless shelter, somewhere where your peers can’t praise you.

You’re getting the idea. ¬†Pastors, try these combinations in your service. ¬†Mix things up – don’t limit the worship to just singing. ¬†There are a bunch of people that can’t carry a tune in a bucket, and so they listen to you are you worship. ¬†Balance out the forms of worship to address everyone’s strength as much as possible.

Remember that the most incredible form of worship Jesus saw was a woman who poured out oil on his head and feet; she didn’t sing a word.

By worshiping the Lord through the variety of gifts, talents and strengths of the members of the body, it brings value, wonder, freshness and excitement to the whole church and can possibility ignite a fire that will transform your local church into a powerful force that can change the world.

Remember that Jesus started with 12 people, so if you pastor a church fellowship of a dozen, you have the capabilities to change the world!

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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 3 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 29, 2009


Part 2

Worship is a heart condition.  It is a way of life. It is a passionate love affair with the God of all creation.

There is no limit to the possibilities of worship.

Like prayer, worship comes in many forms and degrees of intimacy. ¬†Praying for your food and interceding for a friend through a 3 day fasting and prayer time, are not equal in power or scope though they both pass as “prayer”. ¬†The same can be said about worship.

I can worship God singing to a tape in a car. ¬†I can also fall flat on my face and cry out to God in praise and worship for 3 hours. ¬†The two aren’t really in the same ballpark when it comes to the level of intimacy I am having with God.

I mentioned in my last article that I love to drive and worship.  It is my favorite time, but it is not my most intimate time.  There are quite a few distractions, which tend to take the intimacy level down a notch or two (especially when you get cut off by another car).

We all have a favorite a method of worshiping God though.  For many of us, it is Sunday morning.  For others, it is a devotional time after breakfast and before work, or a quiet time alone in your bedroom at night. But I dare say that very few of us have truly experienced breaking the surface on the possibilities of worship.

In my lifetime, I have had great times of worship. ¬†Usually, I judge the depth of my worship by how “I” feel when it’s over. ¬†While that may be a¬†gauge¬†to help me identify some level of my worship experience, it is not necessarily accurate since we are emotional beings, and easily excited. The intent of our worship should be to glorify God and not our own selves. The true gauge is not how I feel afterward but how God feels.

Biblical worship that seemed to have an extraordinary effect in the spiritual world tended to be raw, exposed, humble and selfless.  Looking at some of the times where God moved because of the worship, we find that many times, it was the unexpected that produced the greatest results:

Solomon went way above and beyond in the dedication of the Temple and the Spirit of God filled the place like smoke.

Abraham’s response to worship through the selfless sacrifice of His son was met by the miracle of the deliverance of his son from death.

Enoch’s level of worship was so close to the heart of God that God just took him.

Daniel survived a pack of lions because he refused to stop worshiping.

David danced naked in the streets before God when the Ark was coming into town (I don’t¬†recommend¬†this on a Sunday morning). ¬†His wife mocked him and she became barren.

Paul and Silas in prison, with no fleshly motivation to worship, began doing so anyway. ¬†God delivered them from the prison by using an earthquake and saving the jailer’s soul.

Jacob, wouldn’t let go of God until he was blessed by God – though it would cost him one good hip.

And who could forget that Jericho fell to the sounds of praise.

There are too many examples of visions, prophecy, miracles, signs and wonders due to worship to list here. Each had a spiritual effect because of the connection established by the recipient and God.

Worship is to be experienced. Worship is to be challenging to the worshiper.  Worship is to be poured out from the depths of the soul if the worshiper wants to really succeed in the ultimate prize, which is glorifying the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Don’t hold back, you cannot give God too much praise, worship, adoration and glory. ¬†The only ones that will try to stop you will be people and the devil, and we know why the devil would want to do it.

I have never heard anywhere where God told someone, “Your worship is just too flashy, raw, out there, extravagant, or loud”.

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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 2 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 28, 2009


Part 1

What Worship is Not

This is the most important thing I will tell you about worship – Worship is not – Music and Singing

There, I said it.

Music and singing are only tools – pretty sounding tools – but still, only tools to help facilitate worship in your life.

Worship is so much, much, much more.  Worship, plain and simple, is you telling and showing God that He is the greatest being in the universe Рbar none!  How you do that, is your expression of worship.  But the worship is the message, not the method.

Worship is a Heart Condition

Do you love God?  Do you really love God?  Do you really, really love God?  Then tell him, show him, proclaim it from the mountain tops, let the passion for your God ooze from every pore in you being!  Eat it; live it; breath it! But DO NOT GET HUNG UP ON THE METHOD!!!!

For example: I went to a building yesterday in which the church was meeting. (Some people would say, “I went to church”, but that is not accurate, the church was already in the house). ¬†In that building, we did a little singing, a little teaching, a little talking, a little praying – then we came home. ¬†I then mowed the grass, went to the store, went to work, came home from work, went to bed, started all over again. ¬†In this scenario, where did the worship take place?

It’s a trick question, because I never actually told you. ¬†You have no clue where the worship took place, because it is not confined to a time, place, method or gathering. ¬†Each item I mentioned about had varying degrees of worship in them.

In the place where the church met on a Sunday morning, I prayed, and told God how much he means to me.  While mowing, the grass, I was praying and singing to the Lord a new song, something nobody wrote.  Just music from my soul to a God that I love.  In the car on the way to work, I praised God for who He is and worshiped in the Spirit.  No music playing; just me and him.

In the parking lot at Trader Joes, I broke out in a few sentences of worship to God, again telling him how awesome he is.

Are you seeing a pattern here? ¬†And of all of these, which do you think was the most powerful and least powerful times of my worship to God? ¬†My most powerful time was probably the parking lot and the least powerful was Sunday morning. ¬†The one that meant the most was unrehearsed, unscheduled and unexpected- but it came from a deeper place in my soul. ¬†The one that was rehearsed and orchestrated, was not as powerful. ¬†This is not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, but it didn’t ring with me this week as well as the parking lot experience.

In fact, I am sure that all across America yesterday, hundreds of believers, maybe even thousands, met yesterday in their respective gatherings and never actually entered into worship at any level, even though the “atmosphere” was conducive for worshiping God. Their bodies were there, but their hearts were far from worship.

I said all that to illustrate that you don’t need to wait for the right moment to worship. You can do it right here, right now! ¬†Just start telling God how awesome He is. ¬†In you mind, go before him as David would go before him. ¬†Let down you guard, let down your flesh and just simply proclaim him, love him and worship at his feet.

Don’t be hindered by your environment or think that you have to sing well in order to worship. ¬†If you are an artist, paint a picture for God. ¬†If you are a writer, write a letter to God. ¬†If you are a guitar player, just pull out the guitar, no sheet music, then just play random chords and proclaim His greatness! ¬†You don’t need a song written by Chris Tomlin in order to worship God! As the old Nike commercial says, “JUST DO IT!”

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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 1 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 28, 2009


Worship is the most important thing a believer can do…. Period!

Yes, there are other important tasks, lifestyles, commitments, and the like, but there is no more important matter in a believer’s life than to Love the Lord God through worship.

When Jesus tells us that the most important command is to “Love the LORD your¬†God with all your¬†heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Matthew 22:37, c.f. Deuteronomy 6:5), He only places one verb in the sentence – “Love“.

Love is a Verb

You cannot love God by simply saying, “I love you God”. That would be like me telling my wife, “I love you”, but never doing anything to demonstrate that love.

How do you show God love?

There are two basic ways of showing God love РWorship and Obedience.  Each has a different purpose and significance, but of the two, the more powerful, albeit equally important one, is Worship .

Obedience is submissive Love. When you obey God, you are telling Him that His will is more important than your own. ¬†This is the breaking time in your journey with God. ¬†You cannot expect God’s best for your life if you are unwilling to let go of what you think is your best for your life. ¬†Obedience is the root of Jesus sacrifice and is demonstrated in His prayer before His death on the Cross:

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. РLuke 22:42

Submission to God’s will is a choice you make to follow God’s rule and not your own. ¬†It is rooted in the “fear of God”. ¬†Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). ¬†It is a fundemental and often forgotten key to establishing a strong relationship with God.

Worship differs from obedience because it is your choice to love God apart from any rule.  It is the step in your journey that demonstrates to God and yourself, that you love God because you love God not because you fear Him!

The Worship / Obedience Balancing Act

Many Christians focus on the worship aspect of God without a true¬†commitment¬†to the Obedience factor. They love God, but don’t really fear God. ¬†They are bold before Him, but really haven’t grasped the fact that He is untamable. This is not good balance and will lead you to an inaccurate understanding of who God is.

Others focus more on the obedience factor and even worship him more out of duty than love. ¬†It’s not to say they don’t love God, but comparing it to the marriage – it is like saying, “Honey, I love you.” and then demonstrating it by patting her on her head. ¬†It isn’t very convincing. There is no passion in it.

You have to understand that God is a passionate God first…. why else would He wipe out mankind after Adam’s sin? ¬†He passionately chased after man even to the point of giving up His Son to die in man’s stead.

Yes, we worship God in anything we do that gives him glory. However, what is the depth of that demonstration. It is very important that I tell my wife that I love her, but it is more important that I show her – clean the house, cook a meal, do her shopping, bring her flowers, give her hugs, listen to her (guys, notice which one I left out). ¬†These are all indicators that I love her. ¬†In and of themselves, I don’t get a lot of satisfaction from these things, but I know that they bless her.

If the only demonstration of my love for my wife is sex, then I only demonstrate to her that I want to feel the love while giving the love. ¬†That’s not going to fly with her, and it doesn’t fly with God. Once you understand this, your marriage will be better off, and once you apply this same concept to your relationship with God, you will have a whole new experience that will blow your mind!

Next Article, we will look at what worship is not.

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Can the Star Spangled Banner Stand?

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 25, 2009


The Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem for those unsure of the title) is a very brilliant anthem.

This great anthem is totally written in the form of a question.

Why a question?

Francis Scott Key wrote it so that every time you hear or sing it, you will reevaluate, ‚ÄúIs it still true today as it once was?‚Ä̬† He wrote it in 1814 when the British attacked Ft. McHenry.¬† When he witnessed the large flag still standing over the fort at the end of the battle, he wrote the poem which would later become the nation‚Äôs song titled, ‚ÄúDefense of Fort McHenry.‚ÄĚ

Let‚Äôs take a look line by line, and while doing so, ask yourself, ‚ÄúCan the Star Spangled Banner Stand as it once did?‚ÄĚ

Oh say can you see?

This is question that every American should be asking every day.  Can you see what’s happening to our nation, to our freedom, to the things that made this country great? Is the greatness of this nation and its freedom deteriorating?  Not only that, but are we still the leader of the free world, or are we becoming the follower of the rest of the world that has given up their individual rights and freedoms?

By the dawn’s early light…

What will the ‚Äúnew day‚ÄĚ bring?¬† A progressive view says, ‚ÄúWe need to change?‚ÄĚ But do we, and if we do‚Ķ What will that change look like?¬† Darkness is blackest just before the dawn.¬† Don‚Äôt surrender everything we are just because it seems to be night.¬† For the light is going to come and show that the flag of freedom is still needed.

What so proudly we hail

I am a believer in Jesus Christ first.¬† That said‚Ķ I love the nation God has chosen to allow me to live in.¬† There is now, nor has there ever been (except for early Israel) a greater nation.¬† Freedom here has historically been the banner we fly under.¬† The most known symbol of that freedom stands in a New York harbor.¬† It‚Äôs at the end of our pledge ‚Äúliberty and justice for all‚ÄĚ.¬† I am a believer first, but while I breathe in this flesh, I am proud to be an American!

At the twilight’s last gleaming

I will be proud to be an American til the last bastion of our freedom still remains.  Once that is gone, I will fight hard at the last twilight to win her back! That day is fast approaching, may God continue to show us the grace we do not deserve for the sake of our children.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars

Thirteen colonies became thirteen states.  The intent to start something that had never been tried (white), the blood of men and women that gave their lives for the freedom of the people (red), the robes of leadership we have shown the world over the past 200 years (blue) and the brightness of 50 states united as one (stars).

Through the perilous fight

A heavy, heavy, heavy HEAVY price has been paid for our freedom.  Freedom is not free and it cannot be legislated from Congress, it is earned by the people willing to stand firm on principle while the truth is the only thing marching on.

O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming

Ramparts  represent the walls of defense that must be put up to hold back the tides of change that take us from our position.  We cannot back down and thus let the walls fall else, the flag will cease to stand for anything.

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there

The battle now is not on a battlefield, but in the hearts, minds and souls of every American out there.  We must remember what made us a great nation and never forget.

Glenn Beck has an illustration ‚Äď In 2001, September 10th, we were apathetic, caught up in our own world. On September 11th, we cried together, our world was shattered and we were broken. But on September 12th, we were united, we lived and loved, we remembered why we were the greatest nation on the earth.

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

That day, September 12th, the flag was still there.  Is it still waving today?

O’er the land of the free

Freedom is not, never has been and never will be the government taking care of us.  It has always been people loving people, with the government ensuring that our freedom is not destroyed. Are we still free?

And the home of the brave

You cannot be free without being brave.  Brave men and women died to give it to us, and it will take brave people to hold on to it.

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A Prospective Teacher’s Thoughts

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 22, 2009


I found this today, thought I’d pass it along.

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

‘Let me see if I’ve got this right.

‘You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

‘You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . ….. I CAN’T PRAY????

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Bumper Bowling

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 21, 2009


One of my favorite analogies that the Lord gave me was around the use of extra rules and laws to enhance holiness in the believer.

Holiness is more a heart condition than acts performed by the believer. ¬†I find that people love to add rules to their lives because it either makes them feel successful when they follow the rule and/or it gives them leverage against those that aren’t following said rule to demonstrate that person’s perceived “lack of holiness”.

The Jews were¬†notorious¬†for this trapping. God gave about 613 laws in the Torah. ¬†To this, the Jews added Mishnah (oral traditions) which were rules to elaborate on the laws. ¬†For example, if God said, “don’t plow on the Sabbath”, the Mishnah told you not to drag your chair across the floor on the Sabbath because you might move dirt which would thus be plowing.

So about Bumper Bowling…

Using traditional rules to enhance your righteousness, is like putting bumpers up when you are first learning to bowl.  The bumpers actual do not teach you to bowl, they teach you how to run up the score.  Only when the bumpers are taken down, do you actually learn to bowl.

When the bumpers come down, the fear of not hitting pins at all because of the gutter teaches you to throw a straight ball. ¬†The bumpers, or rules designed to make bowling feel easier, actually don’t teach you the heart of bowling anymore than the rules added to Scripture teach you righteousness or the heart of God.

Jesus never just spoke the law without getting to the heart of the issue. For example,

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Matthew 5:27,28

If all we did was “not commit adultery”, yet wandered around consumed with lust, we really wouldn’t be learning toovercome lust. ¬†We might even consider throwing in dress codes to add bumpers to our lives. While the idea of modest dress is good, this doesn’t resolve the issue of the lustful heart. It simply disguises it. ¬†Then one day, when that person is in a place where the rules aren’t controlled and the bumpers come down, they fail to hit any pins because the bumpers they once used to keep them in line are now gone. ¬†They haven’t learned to be a strong Christian; they just learned a rule.

So don’t get hung up on rules and traditions without fully understanding the heart of God.

Are traditions bad?  No, but again, your goal should be chasing after the heart of God, not just following rules.

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God is Not Unjust

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 20, 2009


Today’s Biblegateway observation,

‚ÄúGod is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.‚ÄĚ- Hebrews 6:10

Most people look at God in one of two ways – knowable and unknowable.¬†Within each, there are two more ways of seeing God – either as a good God or a mean God. I know that is an oversimplification, but my point is that we rarely look at God at any one time with more than one dimension.¬† One day we see him as a God of love, the next, we see him as far off and “uncaring”.

God is so complex, that man will not, can not, and shall not ever, ever, ever figure him out.¬† You cannot look at God one dimensionally because you will quickly discover that he ends up being something or doing something you’d never expect.

The laws He operates by are not ours; His ways not ours; His mind does not function like ours – which are all very good things.¬† If God were as man is, we’d have all been incinerated eons ago.¬† But his mercy is unfathomable just as his holiness is incomprehensible, his love unbreakable, his forgiveness impassable and his justice unmatchable.

Was God unjust when he banned Adam and Eve from the garden, was he unjust when He destroyed the earth with water, will He be unjust when He again destroys the earth – this time be fire?¬† Was he unjust when he killed Ananias and Saphira for lying?¬† Is he unjust for saving those who come to him in repentance and condemning those to Hell who don’t?

God rewards those that come to him, that diligently seek him.¬† God redeems the repentant sinner.¬† God changes the humble heart.¬† God is faithful to all He has ever promised.¬† He is just in all his ways, both His promises and His curses.¬† It’s not God’s makeup to be a liar; It’s not His ways to deceive.¬† His is more just than any man could even dream to be.¬† His mercy is everlasting too.¬† This is reflected in Paul’s statement to the Romans,

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (5:19-21)

God has never given a law to man that He didn’t give a means to redeem man back to himself when man fails.¬† That is a just God.¬† He could have gone beyond driving Adam and Eve from the garden and killed them – after all, that’s what He said would happen to them if they ate from the tree. However, in his grace and mercy, he instead killed a lamb and placed the garments of skin on Adam and Eve.¬† For without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin. God made the first sacrifice for man’s sin.

But the lamb was only temporary because a lamb doesn’t equal a human.¬† You see, if the wages of sin is death – your death (Romans 3)¬†when you pay that price, you will be eternally separated from God.¬† The price has to be paid for each life born into this world, for we are all born as sinners.

So in the end, by God’s own rule, the only way to pay the price of sin and still give life back to the one in debt, was to be the one to pay the price.¬† He did this through Jesus, the Son of God.¬† God in the flesh.¬† He came, and God paid the price with a bank account that has no limits through the blood of Jesus.¬† His one Son’s life was more valuable than the sum of every sinful¬†person ever born in all of history past and future to come.

In order to receive this great love, you have to make your claim and go before God with a humble heart, confess Jesus to be the Lord and ruler of your life and turn from a life of sin to a life with God.

An unjust god would not waste his time and especially his son for a wretched people like us, but a loving and just God would do everything he could to make a way for us to come back to him out of our sin without violating our free will.¬† The price is already paid for every person, but it won’t be valid for you unless you receive the free gift from Jesus given for you through his death.

A simple verse sums up the just nature of God,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

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Undeniable Truth Number 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 20, 2009


Everybody has faith.

This is a huge subject, but I want to narrow the field to one question, “What’s your system of faith.”

Everybody has it, and God is always a part of it. Let me list out the two primary systems of faith.

  • Faith in God – this is a person who places trust in God for their present life and eternal destination.
  • Faith in Self- this is a person who believes that the highest order of life, humans,¬†are in control of their destiny.

Even those that call themselves “religious” can easily fit in the second faith-class. ¬†The tendency with religious people is that they shape religion to fit their beliefs. ¬†Instead of God changing them, they change God, or at least they change their understanding of God.

The Hebrew faith was the first truly monotheistic faith.  They believed, and rightly so, that there is only one God. He was not man made, man designed, or man tameable. He was God first, and we were not.

Faith in God is proven when God changes the individual. ¬†I can believe one thing in my heart, but if God doesn’t fit my belief, I have two choices – reject who God is or change my belief.

Faith in man is furthered hampered by so called “scientific discovery”. ¬†I work with many brilliant people with degrees in fields of science that make them almost intimidating. ¬†I have found that this can be both a blessing and a curse for them.

On the one hand, they understand the world in a more black and white sense than most of us. ¬†They understand why water in its solid state floats on its liquid state. ¬†They know how to analyze a material and tell you what its made of. ¬†And sometimes in this rational understanding of the universe, they can’t see the larger force of a creating God behind it all. ¬†Somehow, it is easier to put our existence in the hands of chance and fate than to believe that there is a God that exists outside the time/space continuum, that operates outside our universal laws and yet wants to involve himself in our daily life.

The point is that we all have a faith system, but no matter what that system is, there is only one truth. ¬†It really doesn’t matter what we think we believe, all that matters is the truth. ¬†Truth is not what we make it; truth exists beyond our reality. ¬†Truth is eternal, unwavering and unchanging.

Don’t rely so much on your own understanding. ¬†Seek truth, and when you find Him, the truth will set you free.

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    Undeniable Truth Number 3

    Posted by undergroundchurch on September 20, 2009


    God Loves You.

    Three simple words, yet they embody every bit of hope, peace and joy any human can possibly imagine. I look at these words and think three things.

    1. God loves despite my background, condition or situation.
    2. God loves us first. We can’t claim that distinction.
    3. Why would God love us?

    Perhaps the greatest mystery in the universe is not its origin (that one is solved); it is why God would willingly create people that he knew ahead of time would reject him? ¬†Why didn’t He just create us to love Him? ¬†Wouldn’t that make the whole ¬†snake-in-the-garden-tempting-Adam-and-Eve thing a futile effort?

    I have said this many times before, but it bears repeating until somebody hears it.

    Love is not real love unless the one loving offers the option not to love.

    God proved His love first by giving us a choice. ¬†Yes, He knew we would choose wrong, but that didn’t make Him grieve less for us when we failed to love Him in return. ¬†Yes, He knew we would fail to return His love, but that didn’t stop Him from making a plan to rescue us before we even failed. (cf. 2 Timothy 1:9 and Revelation 13:8)

    God then proved that love once again that while we were wretched, vile, disgusting sinners, Jesus Christ took our place in death, that if anyone should receive that gift from God, they would be saved from eternal death and would be able to show their love to God.  (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)

    God’s love is undeniable. ¬†So if you are still denying His love in your life… Stop it! Receive it! aAnd learn what real love is all about.

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